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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: Yesterday at 04:43:32 PM »
I'm going to refrain from using a guide, since this is the first time I've ever played this game, and I have too much respect for it to cheat.

Good on you.  I'm of the opinion that following a 100% guide removes the whole point of playing the game.  May as well just watch a LP on youtube.

Using a guide for one part when you're stuck, though, or after you've beaten the story, that has a lot of value.

The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:37:24 AM »

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 21, 2018, 02:32:46 PM »
But what about slipping on rocks when it rains?

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 20, 2018, 10:16:38 AM »
Trails of Cold Steel

I wonder if my wife will be opposed to me marrying this game?

I've explored the schoolhouse down to the 5th level and fought the Freeze You Constantly Dragon.  Gave me my first party wipe.  Went back in and changed nothing but my strategy and won with only the loss of Gaius.  Poor Gaius, I was really enjoying having him as my #1.  With his 4 ARCUS lines he was incredibly effective at putting all kinds of fun status effects on enemies.  But to the bench he goes, leaving Alisa as my new #1.  I've changed Gaius' master quartz from Falco to Raven to give him more speed and really focus on getting those debuffs out quickly.  However, that will definitely impact his Evasion.  I honestly haven't been using Insight the way I probably should.  Heck, even the Freeze You Constantly Dragon was wasting turn after turn going after Gaius on my second attempt, and I wasn't even thinking about the EVA boost Insight gives as being the reason Gaius was dodging so well.  I'm bad at this game.

My current Alisa build is ATS/HP based.  I'm wondering if I should try to make her more of a healer, though?  She's still using her Angel MQ, which is why I am focusing on her HP.  But for healing she only has Teara and Thelas, for now.  Wondering if I should try giving her Holy Breath or something to go with it.  She has plenty of great offensive Arts, though.  With her Red/Red/Gold quartz requirements it makes diversifying her a bit difficult.  Any advice?

Also, I've got two new characters:
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Crow and Millium

For the guy, complete with his default MQ, I'm going for a SPD/ATK build.  For the girl, with her default MQ, I went all DEF, which just felt obvious.  Wondering if I should take a different approach to either of these?  Any suggestions are appreciated!

Whoops, I forgot, I had burgeoning Rean Waifu thoughts...
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So it's really weird how Rean is openly attracted to other female students, but not the ones from Class VII.  Alisa seems like his canon (future) GF, as she clearly has the hots for him.  Other Class VII girls will have their hearts flutter if he does something heroic/kind.  But Rean doesn't say or think anything (iirc) up to my point in the game that suggests he's at all romantically affected by them.  However, even without doing any of her bonding events, Rean has expressed (in thought) an attraction toward Towa at least once, maybe more, just in the course of missions/events.  I finally did do a bonding event with her and it was oddly romantic, whereas my bonding events with Alisa have not really been.  In addition, I did a "hidden" quest this morning that resulted in Rean walking the lovely and pious Rosine back to church in the rain, sharing an umbrella.  During that sequence, he thought about how cute and attractive she was, multiple times.  This strikes me as odd.  Since a small mechanic of the game is the cringey Waifu Simulation, I really would have expected Rean to be constantly waffling between his classmates, but instead his interest seems directed anywhere but.

Am I imagining this?  Or are the writers doing this on purpose to avoid giving any early impression of where Rean's "canon" interests lie?

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:59:30 AM »
Reviews are all over the place.

Also 30 hours is too short for a jrpg imo. I hope that was just people rushing through it.

39 Positive, 5 Mixed on metacritic.  "All over the place"?

The reviews I've read stated that it's 30 hours if you do none of the secondary gameplay, so hopefully we should be good on that front.

Ehh.  I still don't regret getting the US collector's edition.
I mean, for now, I can't see why you should.

I'm an "A" guy.  Makes minmaxing/specialization more fun, but it also makes it fun to build "against type", like making an Orc Mage or something.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:12:51 AM »
Dark Cloud 3 was Rogue Galaxy.

N..... no....?

EDIT: NNK2 is sitting at 86 on Metacritic right now, with the two lowest scores being 85 and 60.  With that one aberrant 60 removed its average review score is 92.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: March 16, 2018, 01:34:03 PM »
Had to get up early this morning and hit the road before the sunrise.  Guess what?  People were driving like absolute maniacs.

It's like, because there's more space on the road that means they can just use it all however they want?  Idk...
At least you didn't catch a coffee to the face from some douchenozzle this morning.


General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: March 16, 2018, 09:27:05 AM »
Had to get up early this morning and hit the road before the sunrise.  Guess what?  People were driving like absolute maniacs.

It's like, because there's more space on the road that means they can just use it all however they want?  Idk...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:44:47 PM »
Well, I just pre-ordered the base game.  Can't believe it's only a week away already!

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced!
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:23:13 AM »
Wow  O___O

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:22:45 AM »
Yeah, same @Frostillicus @Dincrest

Not that I get up early, but that I'm having trouble falling asleep at a normal hour, which makes getting up an awful experience.  I had settled into a good rhythm, where getting out of bed in the morning was actually easy (which I never thought would ever happen).  But now I'm right back to my old snooze-three-times-then-start-weeping pattern.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:25:25 PM »
That's brilliant, @Dincrest

I just had this same thing happen to me last week.  After changing the batteries in both of my smoke detectors, after a 4am drive to Walmart to get 9-volts, all in an attempt to prevent my wife, who struggles with sleep issues, from waking up, I soon realized that.........
... I have three smoke detectors.  I didn't know this just from the chirping, because the third one is right next to the second one in a room we never use.  And, of course, the wife did finally get woken up before I could get it changed.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:15:44 PM »
In the Nord Highlands in Cold Steel.

I'm having a heck of a time getting money in this game.  And U-Material for upgrading weapons?  Forget about it.  Definitely feeling like I need to stop and grind now.

You really don't need all the weapon upgrades.  In fact I feel like they're kind of a waste since they'll immediately be surpassed by a new weapon (which you can also upgrade...).  Meanwhile U-material is actually much more useful being spent on things like special quartz upgrades that you'll actually benefit from for a much longer period of time.

Yeah, but I want the best!  Plus, some of the upgrades work well for my builds (EVA/SPD boosts, etc) as well as being really helpful for my mages.

It helps that I'm getting U-Mats from boxes/urns and stuff now.

Also, the grinding didn't take long at all.  Maybe an hour at the most?  Got plenty of U-Mats, and then got MORE besides as I continued the chapter.

Still didn't have enough to upgrade everyone's weapons in the next chapter, though.  But I'm close.  I am currently...
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exploring Heimdallr where Laura and Fie are having a heck of a time forming a combat link.  Rean's solution after fighting the monster in the tunnel is genius.  I love the writing in this game.

Trails in the Sky cameo watch: Holy crap, Lechler showed up to pick up Obligatory Disgusting Lolicon Millium!  I about jumped out of my seat when he showed up.  Also, Olivier's VA is the same as Alvin's from Xillia 1 & 2, which was odd for me since I just finished that.

Lastly, when Rean went Super Saiyan I literally laughed out loud.  That was dumb as heck, but also still cool.  I guess I wish they hadn't done the hair color change.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Next Fire Emblem Thread
« on: March 08, 2018, 03:36:29 PM »
being able to pick weapon type would be nice for a change.


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