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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 27, 2015, 09:05:36 PM



Smash bros. is one helluvah game.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommend me some RPG Maker games! on: August 24, 2015, 08:54:22 PM
There's also The Middens if you really feel like going too deep.

{Looks up Middens. Watches Youtube trailer.}

...Whelp. Now I need to go play this game. Thanks for mentioning it, seriously, because it looks amazing.

After you play Middens, be sure to play Gingiva.

Let me edit this game as well: Toilet in Wonderland. This game is perfect.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommend me some RPG Maker games! on: August 24, 2015, 07:01:21 PM
A youtuber to check out that plays a bunch of rpgmaker games is ManlyBadassHero. He plays a lot of them (Middens including) and they are very interesting to watch (while some downright creepy).
4  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Dice's f-ART thread ('fine art') on: August 24, 2015, 02:30:29 PM
Ah! I saw that Sheena drawing on tumblr the other night when I zipping through the daily posts! That's some quality stuff there. ;)
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Data Whore 4: the one where Josh sifts through console sales figures (1977-2015) on: August 22, 2015, 11:43:43 PM
thoughts: I must be the only one on here that's interested in this kind of thing.

That's not true. ;) Personally, I've just busy with retro encounter and working most days at my full time job.

I always appreciate when someone goes out of their way for data/info-gathering. ;) I do the same for indie composers/videogame music/music in general and have amassed multiple, long-winded notepad files (You should see my game/anime mashup tracklist and arranger list). ;)

In regards to your post:

That's really interesting information their on the excel file! ;) Interesting seeing names like "Fairchild Channel F" and "Arcadia 2001" in that list. So, out of curiosity, do you happen to own a copy of "Game Machines" by Winnie Foster? I think you might enjoy that book, especially just the infodump about every console/handhelp/etc they cover in the book in the appendix. :)

I just ordered that book for purchase at IndyPL.  THANKS!

Very nice! Let me know what you think of it after it comes in. I really like all the interesting tidbits about each console and the pictures. Man, when I saw the amount of pictures in this book, I was so happy! I've read enough info-dump books where it describes something in great detail, but sometimes I just want to look at pictures.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: August 12, 2015, 06:42:54 PM
Hey, I got mentioned in the most recent episode!

Good music choices in this episode by the way--I can't get enough of the Tactics battle music!

Yep! I remember that either this show or the last one, during the pre-recording I had to leave the room for a moment. When I returned and put my headset on, I believe the other members were talking about how to pronounce marshmallow. I had absoultely no clue why the heck they were talking about that until later when I found it they were talking about you. For a while I thought they were just all talking about marshmallows, like, did I miss something important or a punchline, lol? ;)

And yes, battle music from this game rocks. And this will remain true for our next game as well. ;)
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Data Whore 4: the one where Josh sifts through console sales figures (1977-2015) on: August 12, 2015, 03:16:39 PM
thoughts: I must be the only one on here that's interested in this kind of thing.

That's not true. ;) Personally, I've just busy with retro encounter and working most days at my full time job.

I always appreciate when someone goes out of their way for data/info-gathering. ;) I do the same for indie composers/videogame music/music in general and have amassed multiple, long-winded notepad files (You should see my game/anime mashup tracklist and arranger list). ;)

In regards to your post:

That's really interesting information their on the excel file! ;) Interesting seeing names like "Fairchild Channel F" and "Arcadia 2001" in that list. So, out of curiosity, do you happen to own a copy of "Game Machines" by Winnie Foster? I think you might enjoy that book, especially just the infodump about every console/handhelp/etc they cover in the book in the appendix. :)
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 12, 2015, 02:57:59 PM
Is that...strawberries, cucumber and kiwi with hotdogs and eggs?

I'm so lost. My european brain can't handle it.

I may or may not be odd.

No, Kiwi with everything is perfect. ;)
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommend me some RPG Maker games! on: August 12, 2015, 02:39:41 PM
I'm going to leave this here: http://vgperson.com/games/

EDIT: Also, one of my favorite rpgmaker games is Moshi Moshinee (Hello? Hell... o?)
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: August 10, 2015, 12:29:53 AM
True Art:

11  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: The ETHEReal String Project on: August 05, 2015, 09:40:35 PM
I'm really glad you all love the album! The arrangement work was quite the experience and I learned more from the musicians than I could have on my own. Andrew especially taught me quite a bit on orchestration.

I am planning out what I will do next, but rather than go with a collection of themes from various games, I want to focus on one composer or series. I'm thinking something Mitsuda possibly :).

What do you all think?

I would like to see that. Personally, I would like to hear something from Noriyuki Iwadare/Grandia series or Naruke/Wild Arms Series. However, I think Mitsuda is always a safe pool of memorable pieces to choose from.

Actually, and this is for kicks and giggles, how would you orchestrate "Let's Join" from Dragon Warrior Monsters for strings? I arranged it for bassoon, flute and clarinet (definitely going to expand it for a quintet because lol when do they breathe?) in Sibelius and it came out humorous. ;) Again, just for kicks and giggles!
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: August 05, 2015, 08:06:20 PM
*digs around looking for his Wii component cables*

Hahaha, Mike, I am literally doing that tonight.
13  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: August 05, 2015, 03:39:15 PM
We ARE kinda awesome.



14  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: August 04, 2015, 12:44:33 AM
Hey, thanks so much for saying that! We have so many people here who work hard to try and deliver exactly what you described. It's nice to hear it comes through. :)

Dang Mike.  Happy 7,000th, and going by your avatar, you're lookin' prettier each day!

I like the independent feel RPGFan reviews have. When reading something on IGN or Gamespot I never really know weather I'm reading a review or a sponsored advertisement. Big points for reviewing obscure titles (Especially when Neal was around). I personally hated the Laxius power games, but I appreciate someone taking the time to play and review what was obviously a labor of love. The latter is  actually one of the main reasons I applied for a reviewer spot when the draft was on.

I've ALWAYS thought this as well, I think it really helps that the Fanner staff is usually lingering around the boards so it feels a lot more personal.  I'm not really into thinking about "sponsored reviews" (not that I don't believe it doesn't exist, I'd just rather not really think too hard about it), but the sort-of loose scale on RPGFan is really good too.  I remember it was a big topic not too long ago, but I do like that the 'overall grade' isn't a a product of adding individual marks but just general overall enjoyment.

Also, I love the reviews, or reviews in general, for the same reason I do my silly "Let's Play" journals: I love those 'things' that writers can find and talk about, the details and the fine wording and finding the words that writers are generally good with.  I dunno, it's stupid but I guess i just like reading something from someone that's well read. :P

15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 5 JRPGs for Total n00bs! - Post Yours! on: July 31, 2015, 11:52:44 AM
A pox on everyone above me for forgetting my first entry. Considering it was designed specifically for this sort of thing. :-P

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
Pretty much THE quintessential tutorial to RPGs. It'll give you a taste of everything the genre has to offer so that you know right out the game if this is or isn't the game-type for you.

-Experience with RNG battle values, delivered right away from the very first Bull-Boss that can just outright slaughter you with lucky critical. Yet completely forgiving due to the retry system.
-Teaches you about grinding by offering incentives via upgraded gear in the Battlefields; if you can't handle FFMQ's grinding then you know JRPGs aren't for you because it only gets worse.
-Very basic magic system that instructs on the fundamentals of elemental systems and limited casting costs; even rewarding you for thinking outside the box via the Healing-Hurt factor.

Who really needs RPG tutorials tho? It's not a hard genre. Read some bits, walk around and fight shit. Rinse and repeat. Mystic Quest's excessive hand holding and juvenile dialogue is more likely to bore new gamers than inspire them to try more RPGs.

But that sweet music though




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