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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: Today at 02:01:27 PM
Plus, she kinda gets the role of party leader hijacked from her by Stealth Protagonists Fang and Vanille, since the whole rebelling against the machine plot kinda goes nowhere (at least until an even bigger god shows up to save the day).
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: Today at 03:35:27 AM
Unfortunately for Leona, she didn't realize that the significance of this tribe's totem pole is that of what the tribe considers to be a delicacy, in other words, she's less a 'servant of the gods' and more like 'food of the gods'.

Seeing the crowd turn their voracious gaze towards the talking fancy feast, Crestee shouts "RUN!!!" and both Leona and half the tribesmen charge headlong into the swamp.

"Good. Now these are far more manageable numbers." Exclaims Roko as the party charges into battle.

Crestee and party encounters 'Tribesmen' x3. "Command?"

*snip*

"YESSSSSSSSSSS!"

*Party obtains 75 Exp*

*Crestee gains a level*

*Alex gains a level*

*Alex learns "Parry Parry, Thrust Thrust, Dodge, Spin, Turn, Chop!"*

*Party obtains Gooey Salve x 1*
(Item Description; Gooey Salve: Sticky, smelly, off-white colored goo with the consistency of butter, that's hard to wash off and causes swelling, tingling, itching and heightened sensitivity where applied. Has the unusual side-effect of restoring 1000 HP.)

*Party obtains 100 gold*

Now standing amongst the fifty knocked out barbarians, Alex quickly rushes over to Alex's side wherein Alex frees Alex from the bonds holding Alex.

"Oh!" States Alex.

"Come Alex!" States Alex.

"Quick! Back into the swamp!" Shouts somebody not named Alex.

And then the party runs into the Swamp where....


@kkhohoho: Me? Being Spiteful?? Why I'd never....

I just want to get this showboat on the road as it were.
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: Today at 02:26:39 AM
even if it wasnt a sausagefest....you only control noctis so its repeating the same thing i hate about kingdom hearts. i also hate the fanbase that shits on lightning and acts like FF15 is somehow gonna be the saviour of the series....it basicly comes off like they are saying FF13 ruined the FF series and has female protags. FF15 has only male protags and is gonna save us all. i really dont think i'm the one being sexist here.

Hey, I don't dislike FFXIII because of Lightning. Hell, Lightning's among the best parts of Lightning Returns (plus she's more or less Solid Snake to Noel's Raiden in FFXIII-2, its just that the game's Tanker level only lasted roughly 5 minutes in a 40 hour game).

I'm far more down on FFXIII-1 being such an unfinished product, and not really doing a very good job of either diversifying itself or building on what's there in a meaningful way.
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: November 25, 2014, 02:30:54 AM
@Aeolus: Sorry, and no offense, but can you please stop with the walls of texts? They're a darn pain to read, and they're not really needed here either. I'd recommend either drastically turning down the amount of prose, or just switching to a mostly dialogue driven format. Just think about it, alright?

Barkeep: I know a great way to make a buck.

*Proposition: Wetlands Exploration.*

Barkeep: You'll need 2000 gold for info etc. Still wanna do it?

Party: Ok/No.

Barkeep: So, who you wanna send?

Party: Alex, Lenora, Roko.

Barkeep: This job's from 15 to 16. How many days you want?

Party: 16.

*cue Crestee walking back and forth between Current Town and Boonies for sixteen days straight, then returns to the bar*

Barkeep: Wanna hear about 'Wetlands Exploration'?

Lenora: We left Current Town and...

Lenora: Departed for the site at Wetlands.

Alex: I had a good feeling!

Lenora: This area is famous for monsters.

Lenora: But we tried our best...

Lenora: As a result, we were able to excavate it!

Lenora: Different ores were found from the dike, but...

Lenora: There was one big one that stood out.

Lenora: Alex opened it with faith, inside was...

Lenora: A treasure that I've never seen was inside!

Lenora: So, this job was a big success!

*Found Treasure 'Star of Mongoose'*

*Gold: 2500*

*Lenora: 267 JP*
*Alex: 246 JP*
*Roko: 275 JP*

Roko: You're all a bunch of idiots.

Barkeep: Wow, what an amazing thing to find!

Barkeep: That's a treasure, and it's extremely valuable.

Barkeep: From now on, you're 'Treasure Hunter Lv1'!

*Treasure*
 - Star of Mongoose. A once famous jewel that a local village worshiped roughly once a month or so until it was tragically lost during a rampaging monsoon. It is said to bring out the inner Persona of any who traveled to its sight of worship.


@kkhohoho: How's this?
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: November 24, 2014, 11:34:40 PM
...I'm not surprised to find out that Hideaki Anno's the president of the studio that made that. ^_^; Because I relate a lot of his works on a disturbing level, and while he's not actually involved with this one, it still hits home way too hard. I know it's about Otaku-ism or whatever, but on a personal level I find that there are a lot of scenes that...aren't very different from delusions, experiences, metaphors, and dreams/nightmares I've had in the past, and I feel it could be just as easily used as an allegory for sexual repression/addiction. I dunno if I should go into detail or not...like, I had a whole big thing planned out, but I dunno if it'd be worth it or just be too weird, and it involves things I don't even talk to my therapist about...

Interesting that it was able to touch at you in some way.  I thought how the video 'looped' by the end was perfect at trying to chip away that deeper meaning.

So, my mum calls me downstairs to watch something.
http://youtu.be/qdgE-JVhWMU
Super Mario freestyle dance on Dancing with the Stars.
Kudos to them, it's not necessarily easy tunes to adapt...(I would have stole the props).

I still can't believe Dancing with the Stars Did the Mario.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: November 24, 2014, 04:11:51 PM
Tired of all the wailing and postulating, Lenora activates the Eye of Spacetime and transports the party back 100 years ago into the middle of a busy bustling street where they immediately hear the gasp of a woman's surprise and alarm. Alex looks up bewildered by the sudden change in scenery towards the source of that gasp and finds an older woman of nearly thirty years of age, with long black hair, an outfit that is in no way conservative (a very thin, sleeveless, single black piece with no sides, that extends down to the hips then extends downward and tappers off over the thighs, with a collar that's folded over and extends just slightly past the neck horizontally and almost half way up it vertically and a plunging neckline that descends down to the navel, held on a small belt looped around the waist with a small and unassuming pouch on one side and a rapier holstered in a scabbard tied to the other; her hands are covered by two fine white with a hint of pink gloves that extend up to the elbow, a pair of white boots that extend to the base of the knees at the back with an upward slope that crests on the opposite side slightly above the knee and a pair of panties as the only undergarment), an athletic build with a wiry muscle tone, a few scars here and there as her only visible distinguishing marks, and is holding a mace style wand in her right hand (the overall device is one foot in length with a green colored glass orb set into a round half-sphere that tappers off into a handle with a noticeable green colored section attached to the back as an accent to the piece, it is highly likely that this wand is capable of performing wind based magic).

The woman asks Alex where he's from and why his cute young friend is sobbing so uncontrollably. Alex pipes up and says "We are from 100 years into the future and have come back to find my friend's mother who somehow made it into this period.". A somewhat befuddled scowl crosses her face for a moment as if she finds the story to astounding to believe, then the moment passes and she closes her eyes and asks "If that is true, then how did you get here?", Alex then holds up the Eye of Spacetime and states "With this!". With a cocked eyebrow and a chuckle she extends her left hand to Alex and suggests "It would be better for you and the cutie rubbing her face in the dirt if we continue this discussion at her room at the nearby inn.". As Alex grabs her hand a realization sets in that something is off about this hand in both shape and feel, let alone the lack of warmth and notices that even the wrist and part of the lower arm look odd as if they were prosthetic in place of a lost hand or something to that effect. The how and why of her missing hand, especially in place of the scars that seem to stem from right to left and resemble fencing wounds only adds to the mystery surrounding this new character.

As they enter the woman's room, she introduces herself as Roko a "Wandering Magician" by trade. She then asks "First though, I must ask why your lovely friend's mother has come here in the first place?", to which Leona hisses "That is none of your business you harpy!". Crestee, at this point, has finally calmed down enough to give her answer "I believe it was to escape the Republic's massacre of my home village.". Roko calmly replies "Hmm. A talking cat, a girl with a mystery surrounding her, a destroyed hometown and a person dumb enough to rattle off valuable and sensitive information like a naive child? I seem to have found a new party to adventure with after all.". A dumbfounded look glazes over the other occupants of the room at this admission. She then continues "If the poor girl's mother is here because her hometown was destroyed and yet you possess the power to travel through time and space, I wonder why you have come here instead of trying to stop this destruction from ever happening in the first place? If you did that, then would your mother have any reason to leave for this period?". Lenora immediately hisses "Time travel doesn't work like that! If it were so convenient, then why would anyone allow tragedies to ever happen? Obviously, even if we were to try, fate would undo our work until we did what we're supposed to do in order to circumvent fate!". Before Lenora's rant could continue, Roko interrupts "Have you tried yet?". Lenora hisses "We don't need to try, it just is, and that's the end of it!". Alex pipes in "Besides, there was a massive and hideous monster that tried to attack the airship and only managed to force the attack to come to a halt before we were killed in carpet bombing but it fell to the earth before it could destroy the vessel.". Roko then asks Alex for a description of the beast, "Ah, what you witnessed was an Artma." Roko explained. "I wonder if it was a female one? It's been so long since I was last groped by one.". "You really are a horrible slut!" Exclaims Crestee. "See, I told you both that we shouldn't have given this indecent witch the time of day!" Shouted Lenora. "Unlike you three, I happen to enjoy the finer things in life." Roko spoke in her defense. "This is getting us nowhere. We should be out looking for my mother right now!" stated Crestee. "Agreed." stated Lenora. Then Roko offered "Still, despite my looks, I'm quite handy with both spells and the sword. Even if you are going to ignore my advice, I still would like to go on a new adventure." and continued on with "In fact, I think I heard something from some of the local villagers about there being some kind of mysterious sightings down in the sewers. I think that would be our best chance. Don't you?". "Hah! You probably just want to go down in there to roll in the muck with Crestee!" shouted Alex.

"Alright. Fine. You caught me." claimed Roko, "But to be fair, adventures like these always involve a sewer level sooner or later, and I simply wanted to get it out of the way since they're always so boring, dreary and dull." "That and I didn't get to go last time. I didn't even get to see our party leader Aurolus covered in muck. She had already cleaned up by the time I caught up with her and the party." Roko grumbled under her breath. "Err. Anyways, unfortunately, I really don't know anything about you guys or your friend, Crestee I believe *Alex's face turns red as the realization of the slip up*, so I suppose I've got nothing resembling a lead right now. So, what about you guys? Do you have a clue as to our next destination?"
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 24, 2014, 01:32:42 PM
SAO:

Even when they're having a story arc ostensibly about Asuna, Kirito has to pop in out of nowhere to save the day at the last second.  Because of course he does.  Sometimes I think this entire show is just a power fantasy for people who want to be Kirito.

^Still better than Mahouka.

I'm biased about Mahouka because I read the novels first and the anime is...well...not very good.  It just leaves out so much that makes the story more interesting.  Since you brought it up, take Tatsuya.  Yes, in terms of combat ability he's ridiculously OP.  But his OPness comes from a combination of genetic engineering and magic circuitry implanted in his brain and in the process he kind of lost something as a human being.  In a way he's not actually that different from the "generators" that pop up at one point.  And I think the story is supposed to be as much about how he copes with daily life while severely lacking in basic human emotions and empathy as it is about him fighting.  But though the anime does sort of cover the former it never actually explains why he does things the way he does so it just looks like he's kind of quirky instead of the hollow, emotionless shell of a human being that he's supposed to be.

Er, anyway the point is that I'm not sure Tatsuya (at least novel Tatsuya) is somebody you would actually want to be (though he is somebody you would want to have on your side...more like, just surrender if he's not on your side).  Kirito, on the other hand, feels like every gamer's wet dream.  He's so awesome (because of his prowess at video games of course), all the chicks dig him, etc. etc.  It's pandering.

Right. And Kirito's harem isn't flocking and tripping over themselves in a desperate bid to nurse Tatsuya back to health, nor does SAO have a server that's dedicated to Chinese hackers that Kirito and harem have to go in and save in a proxy war against the evil Chinese Empire (afaik).
8  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Super Smash Bros. Namdai on: November 24, 2014, 11:53:41 AM
Sorry I was online with my roommate slaughtering randos in tag team. I hate playing with randos on the internet. Except when my roommate and I get to murder them.

Highlight of the evening was double-9ing two people in a match with Game and Watch. I hit them both at <20% and KOed them, then with a full oil bucket killed both of them at the same time again from 30%. It was glorious.

I only really play online to participate in those poll competitions. Last night's highlight for me was scoring a double KO at the very last second with a Smash Mode Shulk at the edge of the Gerudo Valley stage. It was impressive only because the lag afforded me a moment to realize that I wasn't going to hit the guy charging me so I spun around and went after the other two just off screen. Not only did I hit one of them with my side smash, but the guy charging me ran past me and straight into my Monado's second hit getting launched and KO'd along with the other guy in an instant, the very instant that the match ended on. I was still going to win that match but that moment doubled my score at the end.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 24, 2014, 12:39:39 AM
I reckon a PS4 is cheaper than a PC that would actually run this (assuming it even comes to PC).  I assure you what I have now will not...

By the time it does, it won't be.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: November 24, 2014, 12:35:38 AM
But before she could even reach halfway between the house and the stables, the flaming house explodes into a shower of flaming debris and rubble as a giant three tusked Artma (about three stories tall, 4 meters wide, hideous monstrosity with huge sharp claws and teeth, scale plated skin as tough as steel, lanky arms with a span of 6 yards with hands with eight fingers (the claws extending half way up each digit like a shin guard that extends past the knee and forms a large blade-like triangular wedge with the first two fingers and the digit that closest resembles a thumb extending a full inch beyond the others) that could wrap around a donkey, short but massively thick legs with two knee joints on opposite sides of the leg (from the legs they extend back than forward, the toes also posses similar but far shorter blade like claws found on the hands), three eyes (the third one on the forehead is not slitted like the two on the sides of the face; speaking of the face is human like in structure despite the fangs, no protruding mouth/jaw structure on one of these motherfuckers) and 40-50 tentacles (depending on the age and gender, not including amputations, unlike the rest of the body these are not supported by a skeletal structure nor are they scaled but are slimy and soft, they can also grow back after time, the slime possesses adhesive properties to enable the tentacles to grapple onto creatures making rear or aerial assaults as well as to serve as a means of balance to compensate for the creature's massive size) of roughly 13 to 20 feet in length (that can stretch up to 40ft at maximum) for hair) erupts from the broken remains of a once minor and peaceful abode.

This monstrosity, covered in a viscous yellow like substance (which is an Artma's blood fyi), missing an eye, body covered in damaged or missing scale plates (especially around the bicep of the right arm), roars to life and immediately launches itself up towards the airship. In spite of the continuous barrage chipping and plinking away at the beast's armored skin, the Artma latches onto the airship's underside (it should be noted that Artma's only weigh a goodly 350-375 kilograms at most due to their hollow bone structure supported by fluid sacs maintained by one of their three hearts to pump and regulate the fluids, which in conjunction with the scaled plates (which are molted about once every 70-ish years or so) and the creature's massive muscular build enable it to move at surprisingly high speeds and to cross large distances in spite of its relatively short strides) using its tentacle hair and with only its left arm, begins clawing and tearing away at the vessel's underside; sending cannons, armored plates and nameless crewmen plummeting to the hellish landscape below.

Just as the beast has finished carving a hole into the bottom of this massive warship, the solitary figure of a giant man stands on the now exposed chamber of the vessel and punches the creature square in the central eye, causing several tendrils to cover the beast's face with three veering outward towards the massive man. However the massive human hops up towards the ceiling of the room and in a feat of both strength and agility, flips and launches himself off of the ceiling and through a remaining portion of the floor, beneath which is the Artma's right arm and shoulder. As he approaches, the fierce warrior's fist begins to glow and with a single swing, splits the scale plating covering the right shoulder and a spray of hot yellow fluid flies outward of either of of the split. The beast, now howling in pain, wraps its slimy tendrils around the man in an effort to strangle him, however a burst of energy wells forth from the old man and blows apart his uniform and the groping appendages glued to it, revealing a tattoo of a bouquet of daffodils on the left side of his chest (over his heart). In an instant, the aged commander swiftly flings himself towards the ill-fated creature's head in an effort to deliver the finishing move. Aware of its condition and sensing its impending doom should this foe's uppercut find its mark true, it uses all of its remaining power to recline its head back and disengage its remaining tentacles from the hull of the ship. Through sheer luck, piece of the ship comes off still attached to the tentacle and catches the skilled combatant in the shoulder, though it does no lasting damage, the coupled surprise and the force of the blow serve to off center his approach. Though the blow still connects upside the Artma's head, the now misdirected force is only enough to inflict a concussion rather than a fatal hit and the beast falls to the lake by the outskirts of the Serene Forest Looking Dungeon.

Now that the immediate danger has passed, the Republic Warship Walistar lands and....
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 23, 2014, 11:17:57 PM
I need a PS4 first...

I probably will play it eventually, but I'm not sure when that will be.  No immediate plans to get a PS4.

I'm waiting for the Steam release myself.
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 23, 2014, 03:42:33 AM
SAO:

Even when they're having a story arc ostensibly about Asuna, Kirito has to pop in out of nowhere to save the day at the last second.  Because of course he does.  Sometimes I think this entire show is just a power fantasy for people who want to be Kirito.

^Still better than Mahouka.


I:FA ep2: I still can't get over how fast this shit is wrapping up. Somebody other than Inuyasha gets a power up, Kikiyo sets both something awful and the endgame strategy into motion, Kagura can finally shut the fuck up about being free, Seshomaru (LIGAF about spelling) lost a power up and latest Naraku minion crashes a turtle's hideout to yoink its shell off its back like he was swiping the clothes off a guard's back to use as a disguise (it doesn't work). This shit is making DBKai look like DBZ at just how fucking fast this is going compared to the original series which would've taken 24-ish episodes to cover everything that went down in this one episode.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: November 22, 2014, 10:28:10 PM
Suddenly Crestee collected all the animals after exploring a serene looking forest dungeon located right outside of her home. Her spoils from completing the dungeon included a Mysterious Pendant, a Rusty Rapier and a Chestnut Breastplate. She also collected a full layer of muddy and torn clothes from the obligatory pig mud wrestling minigame. She scored 80 points which was enough for the 2000g reward but not the sweet +1 Coon Skin Cap that increases jumping distance by enough to straddle waist high hurdles (which requires 9000 points btw).

Having returned from her harrowing adventures in Serene Forest Looking Dungeon, Crestee was greeted by the local.....
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 22, 2014, 10:17:44 PM
I wanted to like final fantasy 12 but just the fact that the whole point of the game was to not play the game with the battle system destroyed that game for me. How dumb can you be that you make it so your whole battle system is just auto battle and how could people actually like that? I know I sure didn't I bought a game not a freaking auto battle mmo simulator bullcrap.

To FFXII's credit, the game really does respect the player's time more than most JRPGs (outside of doing any optional horseshit like treasure chests, some of the Bazaar combinations, dicking around in optional areas, grinding super rare drops and optional bosses). You don't have any scene transitions for any encounter (though bosses do get a title card), you don't have any dramatic camera panning with every battle or attack, canned animations are short and fairly fast, running from fights simply means just running as you would normally do, there are waypoints all over the place (to the point where the Airship is almost entirely superfluous since the waypoints had you covered for the most part), buffs carry over from fight to fight so you didn't have to recast them every time, the game gave you the means of regenerating MP just by moving and fighting and killing and taking damage and a quick pick-me-up ability if you did somehow run out of MP (not regarding those optional areas with enemies that straight up blow away all your MP) and even using the game's variant of Limit Breaks gave you a chance to walk away with a goodly chunk of MP recharged, you can skip any cutscene and hell, they even limited the post battle victory screens down to boss fights and marks.

The argument that FFXII is bad because it plays itself is an incredibly stupid one. You can totally play it like an SuperNES era style ATB system, just by turning off Gambits and menu dive with the best of them. The player has always had that option in that game and the only reason why the game makes it the less efficient way to play is because it simply is.

Take FFVI's endgame strategy of Dualcasting Quick (Ultima/Ultima) & Ultima (unfortunately, the way the game's engine handles Quick prevents dualcasting it), that entails selecting Magic, scrolling down to nearly the bottom of the magic list for Quick (because there's only nine White Magic spells so optimally speaking Quick will be six rows from the bottom at best since you'll want Black Magic up on top), select your target, selecting Magic again, scrolling roughly a third of the way down the magic list for Ultima (10 rows down from the top or 17 rows up from the bottom), select your targets, selecting Magic again, scrolling again down to Ultima, select your targets, selecting Magic one last time, scroll and select Ultima and finally select your targets then watch for about a minute as your character does up to 29997HP worth a damage to everything in that one battle. All that will take the better part of two minutes to fumble around with menus and prompts, and even if you do mitigate the issue of seaching for spells with Cursor Memory you now have to deal with adjusting for your last position which makes learning the muscle memory needed to expedite the spell selection much harder since you no longer start at the top of the menu every time you choose Magic.

And its not like there's any meaningful strategy behind this either. You're taking the most destructive and efficient option every time since very few things in the game can stand up to 29997HP worth of damage. Why not just automate that one sequence? You can still cast Cure 3, Haste 2 or Life 3 if you need to (especially since those are the only spells that matter at that point, the rest are outdated or not nearly as efficient at ending battles like the Triple Ultima spam). And the same goes for FFXII. Why spend all that time in menus digging for the right sequence of spells or risking a wasted turn by messing up a command for the sake of speed or even losing track of your options because you've spent so much time using that one option when you can set up automated contingencies in case of a need to heal or rebuff? There's no real skill in menu diving beyond knowing to use the right tool for the right job. RPGamers don't play RPGs for the battle systems anyways; they play them for the sense of character progression, the constant Soap Opera tier melodramas and the almost delusional hope of finding a cool adventure to go on.

Now of course, that's not to say that FFXII doesn't do incredibly stupid shit from time to time, but its disingenuous to state that FFXII was ruined by the Gambit system, because all it did was present to the player an alternative to the classic ATB system. Kinda like what FFIV did to the series when it introduced the ATB system to begin with.
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 22, 2014, 01:51:02 AM
i hope it crashers and burns myself. hoping final fantasy explorers and bracely second outsell this

I don't know if I care for a Monster Hunter clone to become Squeenix's new direction for the mainline FF series, nor BD if it continues to pull bullshit like its second half in other games.
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