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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: Yesterday at 10:00:20 AM »
Cold Steel 2:

- So I did the Valimar battle against a certain Instructor.  And I won!  First try!  Booya!  All thanks to Alisa and her CP generating ability.  Felt dang epic winning that fight.

- Jusis finally bit it in battle for the first time ever, including my CS1 run.  And against a stupid giant Creepy Sheep, no less (by far the cheapest boss fight so far).  What an ignominious way for him to get benched.  I will miss his Noble Command.  But his absence makes room for Emma on my team, who I've equipped very lightly with Scepter MQ and one of the 3 Lost Art quartz I now have.  I could make her more of a cannon, but I kinda want to level up Scepter and see what I can do with it.  I almost lost Alisa in that same fight (perish the thought!) but her 10% evasion happened to save her from almost-certain death.

- I took out that group of worm things that you're supposed to damage one at a time or they'll earthquake you.  I AoE'd them into oblivion anyways and still won.  Ready for Operation: Rescue People You Know From CS1, #2!

I know people say that Emma can be the strongest character in the game but I could never get much out of her. She would always get one shotted by tough bosses. I think you gotta put some quick casting time quartzes on her. Jusis is kind of weak but that platinum shield is an incredible skill. Strangely, well maybe not strangely, Sharon was my tank.

When you say Sharon was your tank, you mean Evasion Tank, right?  IIRC she has some innate EVA like Fie?  Sharon is a ton of fun to use with the Juggler quartz, I'll say.  Lots of AoE moves mean lots of status effects.  Never gets old.  Glad I still have Juggler MQ with me.  Was just as hilarious with Gaius when I was locked into using him for a while.

Emma has really helped me get through some of those optional super monster fights (forgot what they're called) where you get the Lost Art quartz.  It's her Crescent Shell, though, and not her Arts that do the trick there.  But it's kinda tough with Arts specialists in Cold Steel in a way that was never a problem in Sky.  If you want to stack EP, EP Cut, Action, and Cast quartz on someone, there's no more room for actually having Arts you can use!  The addition of Rare, Super Rare, and Master quartz, though, mitigates that difficulty somewhat, especially the further into the game you go.


Cold Steel 2 Journal update:
Spoiler: show
Liberated Roer and it was crazy epic.  What an awesome chapter.  For seemingly no reason I got an AP bonus for going to the Schwarz Drache Barrier before rescuing Irina.  So... that was cool.  I also came DANGEROUSLY close to facing my first legit loss with Valimar, when I was up against Vulcan in the Goliath.  Do all the truly challenging Valimar battles basically boil down to the enemy cheating by getting multiple turns in a row for no reason?  Either way, I still won, so... in your face, Vulcan.

On a lighter note, Alisa is hilarious.  And so is Rean, for that matter.  She's on the verge of openly confessing her feelings and physical attraction to Rean, and yet still doesn't for... reasons I don't understand.  And Rean, for his part, continues to play dumb in front of her and yet very clearly is aware of what she's not saying and of their romantic dynamic.  Despite pretty much knowing how she feels, he seems content to just be passive toward her and let her make the first move, just like the good little harem protag he is.  Blargh.  That said, goodness they're adorable together.

Elliott bonding events are seriously the least creative of all, even Gaius.  I honestly think Elliott might be the most boring character in the game and his BEs don't change that: "Hey, Rean, there sure are problems aren't there?  OH!  I have an awesome idea!  Let's play music! *and then they played music, the end*"
That said, I have never actually used a bonding point to view one, just save scumming.  Do they change?

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 16, 2018, 05:16:15 PM »
..but...but...I highlighted the title in red.  It's not good for my ego if you all do the exact opposite of my recommendation. :-(

ROFL

Sorry man, didn't think anyone would even notice my post.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Octopath Traveler
« on: July 16, 2018, 04:29:56 PM »
I am waiting for it to be released on either the PS4 or PC.  I won't be buying a Switch just for this game no matter how appealing it is.

It's a Nintendo-published game so you'll be waiting a long time

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 13, 2018, 01:54:11 PM »
Cold Steel 2:

- So I did the Valimar battle against a certain Instructor.  And I won!  First try!  Booya!  All thanks to Alisa and her CP generating ability.  Felt dang epic winning that fight.

- Jusis finally bit it in battle for the first time ever, including my CS1 run.  And against a stupid giant Creepy Sheep, no less (by far the cheapest boss fight so far).  What an ignominious way for him to get benched.  I will miss his Noble Command.  But his absence makes room for Emma on my team, who I've equipped very lightly with Scepter MQ and one of the 3 Lost Art quartz I now have.  I could make her more of a cannon, but I kinda want to level up Scepter and see what I can do with it.  I almost lost Alisa in that same fight (perish the thought!) but her 10% evasion happened to save her from almost-certain death.

- I took out that group of worm things that you're supposed to damage one at a time or they'll earthquake you.  I AoE'd them into oblivion anyways and still won.  Ready for Operation: Rescue People You Know From CS1, #2!

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:06:05 AM »
Sorry, Annubis. :(

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Octopath Traveler
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:54:03 AM »
I think I need to keep off the Discord and this site until I either get this game or everyone is done with it...  T____T

I have the cash for a Switch right now, but.... oy.

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:53:00 AM »
Holmes of Kyoto (12-minute drop):  Antique appraisal has never been so boring.

On a lark I googled all of the Current Season Stuff you listed and this actually looks like something I could maybe watch.  I think I enjoy boring anime, though?

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: July 05, 2018, 12:03:58 PM »
I really hate to say it, but anyone playing Vanilla XII instead of The Zodiac Age is massively wasting their time.

My own journaling: Trails of Cold Steel 2!
Spoiler: show
So these two gigantic military dog things are sent at me by some Provincial Army scumbag holding Elliott's sister hostage.  They proceed to call in SIX little dog friends.  At one point, I fail to rebuild Millium's shield and she gets absolutely plastered by one of them.  Crit health and Faint.  Jusis runs over and wakes her up and she responds to the affront by FLYING INTO OUTER SPACE and blasting everything from orbit with a laser.  On a Crit turn.  Those were some dead monster dog things.


I am seriously loving the way this game is structured.  The way it uses towns and spreads out its rest/bonding days is awesome and a ton of fun.  And the dungeon that led to the boss fight I just described was awesome, too.  A few challenging opponents as well as some fun fodder ones and lots of treasure to discover!  I am so very addicted to this game.

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General Discussions / Re: Most anticipated JRPG of 2018?
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:26:08 AM »
My first post in this thread said "Valkyria Chronicles 4 and it isn't even close", but honestly I'm pretty well decided on focusing on Dragon Quest XI instead.  Not entirely sure what changed my mind, but there you go.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: June 26, 2018, 05:11:10 PM »
Trails of Cold Steel 2

Not sure what I would have done if someone in the Discord hadn't pointed me toward the FAQ for this that had a bunch of strategies and character build ideas, because some of these request/chest monsters I've gone against were ridiculous and I'm not sure what I would have done without the formations I learned from the FAQ.  Especially the massive ape monster outside Legram.  That thing not only got turns constantly, but could do AoE uber attacks that put Faint on everyone, and also heal itself at a faster rate than I could damage it.  I had to cheap out with Arc Slash/Heavenly Gift spamming, as well as baiting it with Millium.  Took frickin' forever.

Still, everything is still coming along and I'm not feeling too stressed about boss battles or anything.  I adore Trails, but I really do get stressed about its boss battles. 

Currently in Bareahard.  Been busy so I'm not making a lot of progress.

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General Discussions / Re: Most anticipated JRPG of 2018?
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:10:14 PM »
I'd say Octopath too if it wasn't a Switch exclusive.

Amen... T____T

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That is adorable, Jimmy.

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You still get Underboob Velvet in every skit... :/

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 19, 2018, 03:49:18 PM »
This is just Scott's way, Jimmy.  Don't take it personally.

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