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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:34:09 AM »
So does that mean you are playing Kingdom Come Deliverance too?

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: March 05, 2018, 06:33:14 AM »

This got me thinking about something.  While so many things are far easier in video games than in real life (e.g. fishing, karate fighting, even dating), what instances are there where doing the real thing is easier than the video game? 
Driving while obeying traffic laws.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: February 27, 2018, 06:36:26 AM »
Does Zeke actually have a missing eye, or is his eye-patch fashion statement?
Isn't it stated early on that he wears the eyepatch because he could only afford one contact? not ask me how that works.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:31:55 AM »
Put me down as preferring the manga story to the 2004 anime as well.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG Fan Decides My Next Game
« on: January 17, 2018, 06:16:12 AM »
I voted Cold Steel because it is my favorite among the options. I do wish I could have also voted for Rune Factory 4 though because it is sad that it has less votes than Star Ocean 4. :(

I HATED Bravely Default. I bought it on launch day but I should have known. I never really liked the FFesque job system except in FFX-2 and FFT (some people do, personal taste). Grinding is rarely ever fun anymore especially w/ a battle system that IMO wasn't fun. Plus the characters were annoying. Graphics were good tho, and I did sell it on amazon for a miniscule profit. So there is that and according to reviews its seems like I'm in the minority thinking that its lousy.
Oh thank god, someone else that dislikes Bravely Default. I'm not the only one!

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:35:23 AM »

I don't have Ursula. I have Dahlia (I mean, how many large breasted Ice Element Healer Type Bitball Blades are there in this game? #pedanticquestion).

Also, grinding Rare Blades on Merc Missions is all very well and good in all, but I'm literally within spitting distance of the final boss (with filled in Skill Charts for everyone short of Nia) and I'd rather use the Merc Missions to grind up my Commons so that I can convert them into Weapons for Noobs and Boosters for more attempts at Rare Blades (not that I don't use Rare Blades for Merc Missions, but that I tend to focus on sending them when they have the appropriate skills and I want to get it done sooner rather than later).
I only mentioned Ursula because she has a bunch of 10 min repreatable Merc missions as part of her quest, so she makes grinding affinities a lot easier.

The game does explain it, but in the most roundabout and kinda useless way by sticking in with the Rumor Blurbs (so you're getting half a tweet's worth of information about the subject buried underneath a bunch of other half-tweets of good-to-know information).
Well that's not entirely true, there are also 1 or 2 NPCs that explain it in a bit more detail, but I suppose if you don't go around looking for NPCs with new info after every chapter/major event, you could easily miss them.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: January 07, 2018, 07:02:48 AM »

Turns out I was literally one cutscene away from it happening. Man, I am so grateful it took me as long as it did to pull Michel Phelps blade. Imagine getting him around the Wind Fish Titan and staring at his Pastry Chef field skill for the next 100 hours or so (still not as awful as Adult Lissa; "Hey, how would like a Blade that's locked to their third Affinity tier until the start of the endgame?").

That said, I've since added the other set of Ice Boobs to the growing harem. No need to burn an Overdrive on her since she landed on someone lacking both Blitzballs and Ice Elementals, but man oh man, grinding her now kinda really sucks since as far as Rare Healing Blades goes, she's not all that good (especially since I've long since gotten the Scimitar). Fortunately, she's on my Goddamn Furry Cosplaying as Ashton user so I can switch between the two Blades for a steady-ish stream of health (of course doing that means that I can't mainline Megaman Rex, which means no cheating like a motherfucking bastard on Blade Combos).
The easiest way to grind rare blade (or really any blade) affinities is to just spam merc missions with them. Completing any mission gives them half the requirements (rounded up) of 3 nodes (except own  x copies of an item, do x damage in a single attack, or kill 1 monster). If you have Ursula's missions unlocked, you can very quickly grind a few rare blades up as those are the shortest merc missions. Before doing this, you should feed them enough food (ideally not their preferred food so that they say nothing) to unlock all their trust related nodes.

General Discussions / Re: Most anticipated JRPG of 2018?
« on: January 06, 2018, 08:05:44 AM »
Hacker's Memory, I guess? I'm really not too sure what all has been announced for the year so far, but I know this is coming out and I am looking forward to it.

Another possible contender (if we ever get a release date) would be 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. I want that game so much! But I could easily see it slipping into a 2019 release since we still don't even have a JP release date.

Regarding the other games mentioned so far:

Ni No Kuni 2- Didn't play the first one because I have sworn off Level 5 games and nothing I saw interested me. Can't say anything has changed for 2.

Valkyria Chronicles 4- If we actually get this in the west in 2018 then it could take the spot of most anticipated

Kingdom Hearts 3- I guess my feelings on this one are "I'll believe it is a 2018 game when we are a month away from an announced release date....maybe." :P

Penny Punching Princess- I know nothing about this game

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:51:04 AM »
It’s silly how easy G becomes to grind once you get access to gold cylinders. I took me less than an hour to get 1 million+ gold to buy and unlock Sheba’s affinity tree. And spent 30 more minutes to just be comfy on G for probably the rest of the game.

I’m at the start of chapter 6. I have 5 rare blades left to pull. Are there any good spots to grind for cores? I want to try and get all the RNG blades. Mostly to just get that out of the way because I know I’m going to end up doing basically everything in this game because I’m loving it oh so much.
It gets even more ridiculous when you use premium cylinders (which just randomly show up in shops sometimes), but you probably don't need any more money at this point. Incidentally, I ended the game with 13 million because of all the accessories I sold to keep me under the accessory cap (since accessories just vanish with no notice if you hit the cap).

As for core grinding, the place I grinded for common and rare cores was the port on the lower level of Mor Ardain. You want to go salvaging with the lowest cylinder type. The enemy you are looking for is a Krable, which if I recall correctly always drops a common and has a good rate of dropping rares. You can improve your odds by getting Gold Chips in Temperentia as they raise item drop rates. You get Gold Chips from one of the flying enemies on the southern shore (forgot the name, but there are three of them there, one on the eastern edge of the shore, one near the eastern edge which pops up out of nowhere when you walk by a certain spot, and one near a rock formation along the middle of the shore).

I got a ridiculous amount of legendary cores by grinding superbosses, but I doubt you are up to that yet. :P I think any 65+ unique monster can drop them, but I'm not sure on any good ones for quickly getting a lot.

I guess I should clarify, I'm currently at the start of Chapter 9 (the event you speak of happens late in Chapter 8; and so far only the Dev Levels and that Wall Marking sidequest node have made the transition).
If I remember correctly, the move happens middle of chapter 9. Just keep advancing and you'll know when it happens.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: January 01, 2018, 08:32:53 AM »
Also, with my Mercenary Rank maxed out, I used the extra space to pull three more Rare Blades (and then had to burn an Override to send Sheba to Rex due to the fact that I had three Water Blades on one Driver (I know, I should've sent her to Nia, but everybody has at least one Water Blade and those two were the only ones without a Cannon Rare Blade; plus Sheba belongs on a Male Driver Peon dammit, and I really wanted to keep the newly pulled Chef where he was)).
I would not have done that considering how valuable Overdrive Protocols are. You only get 3 from chests, 5 from maxing character affinity charts, and 1 for each 4 star blade you release (who has a complete affinity chart). Really all Rex needs is his sword, an axe (Edit: and late game there is an alternative to using an axe), and dual scythes. Oh well, I guess I'm late on giving this advice. >.>

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« on: December 25, 2017, 07:18:01 AM »
I suspect that Story Progression is a factor as well.
It is not. It is possible to get any rare blade as soon as you have access to cores. The earliest I would recommend grinding for them all is after the story events in Temperentia as you can then easily grind Gold Chips, which raise drop rates. Get one of those on each of your active party members, and you basically guarantee common core and rare core drops from some enemies (plus Gold Chips are fairly strong).

The other potential "factors" are nebulous as to their benefit. Ideas/Boosters are supposed to impact the element of the drawn blade, but they are certainly not guarantees. I remember one instance where I drew two rare blades in four draws on Nia. I was using 5 of the Electric/Earth booster and both of my rare draws were Fire (and of course neither of them were healers). The game says that Luck impacts the strength of drawn blades, but I suspect (with no confirmation) that this refers more to RNG for 1-4 rarity with rare blades just having a flat chance.

I ended up getting all rare blades sometime around chapter 6, and I never bothered with luck boosting (so my luck was around 300 on all characters). Last couple of rare blades took me 80 or so cores, but I read manga while I was salvaging for Krables, so it worked out.

With the Star Wars prequels, I blame the directing more than the acting since Natalie Portman, Ewan MacGregor, and company are all skilled actors.  Hayden Christiansen too.  He was very good in Shattered Glass and in the Star Wars prequels, he was at his best when he wasn't talking.  When he was acting purely through facial expressions and not saying a word of insipid dialogue, he was chilling in Ep. 3. 

I will be seeing Last Jedi next week.

Lucas hadn't written anything in a long time and it showed to top it off he really had no one to tell you no, you can't do this. He might have had a bit more success if he decided to write 7-9 instead but sometimes with prequels you are more boxed in with what you have to write and its a tough sled. Hayden didn't deserve the stick he got in those movies. Yes he was miscast and there isn't really much you can do with that dialogue. Shattered Glass was a very good movie.

I've actually been watching a web series that has been going over the behind the scenes stuff related to the Star Wars movies, which is currently releasing episodes on the prequel films. Worth a watch/listen if you've got some time as there was a lot of factors that lead to what we ended up with.

Prequel Episodes

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 19, 2017, 06:28:53 PM »
Meanwhile Naruto's first arcs sucked until Chunin Exams which were interesting, which then got completely negated by the timeskip abandoning all that potential and devolving into a contest between Asian Wizards looking to see who could claim the most Shotting Guns.
I disagree as I think the Bridge Arc in Naruto has good fights in it. Chunin Exam is certainly when Naruto's fights were their best, but Bridge Arc was not bad.

IGPX only had Optimus Prime voicing the old mentor going for it. The rest was derivative dreck.
I wish they had gone with the original IGPX premise instead of turning it into a race. I don't know if the story would have been better, but the fights would have been more visually engaging.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:31:47 AM »
This is probably why I liked Bleach. Ichigo may be impulsive, but he's not an idiot. It was just nice to see that he actually made an effort to do well in school. Sadly, his type isn't too common. Aside from the occassional detective, shonen heroes tend to be not very smart. In fact, many are as dumb as bricks. I wonder if that's meant to make them more relatable? I know the Japanese school system can be very demanding, so maybe characters that don't do well when it comes to intellectual stuff are more relatable?
If you want a smart shonen protagonist, you should try Dr. Stone when its first volume comes out. Being smart is really that MC's primary defining feature.

Honestly the first couple of story arcs in Bleach were fine.  Pretty good, even.  It's just that after it got really popular the author started dragging everything out waaaay too long and not really going anywhere with it.
Part of the reason it got dragged down is because he made each faction way too fucking big and then refused to trim the fat in later appearances.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:21:35 AM »
Yep, it's basically a series made for a new generation of readers. My youngest writer entered the scene a couple of years ago, and he's pretty fond of the manga. Meanwhile, all my older writers including myself have absolutely zero patience for Black Clover, because to us it's yet another remix of the tried and true Shonen Jump recipe. We just want to watch series about cyborg grampas and dictionary makers, and yell at kids to get of our lawn.

That said, the writers in my generation also have a shonen series or two they grew up with that's special to them. I have a soft spot for Bleach and Inu Yasha, and I know someone who's really happy right now, because his old favourite is suddenly getting a brand new anime adaptation next season.

Speaking of shonen, I got the first volume of Astra Lost in Space to review and that turned out to be a surprisingly fun read. It starts out with a wellknown premise: kids get stranded in some deserted place and try to get home. But in space. Lots of things about their situation are suspicious, and they need to get along to survive, but one of them might be a mole. There are plenty of clichés (heroine is a ditz, hero yells a lot), but the author makes it work by either turning them upside down (main guy does have actual survival skills and leadership abilities) or having characters outgrow their archetype by means of character development. It's nothing groundbreaking (and the answers to the mysteries could make or break the story), but it's a good start and I want to stick with it to see where it goes. It's 6 or 7 volumes, I think? Once I'm done with them, I could probably hand them over to my younger cousin who's just gotten into reading comics in English.
While Bleach and Inu Yasha both have problems, most of those problems come up later in the series (such as Kubo being unable to manage a large cast effectively), whereas Black Clover's biggest problem for me was that the main character was pretty much unlikable from the word go.

On the topic of Astra, I got Vol. 1 as well. I have heard good things about it and I enjoyed it as well. I don't know how many volumes it is in total, but it was recently announced that the series is wrapping up, so it will be a short series overall.

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