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3676  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: November 19, 2013, 12:39:56 AM
I am baffled by the apparent requirement to use a Facebook account for a lot of PS4 features (streaming and social stuff).  As somebody who won't touch Facebook with a 10 foot pole that just guarantees that I will never use those features...

OK, so I probably wasn't ever going to use them anyway, but now I'm definitely not going to use them.

Can't you just create a fake account? I don't use facebook either but have created one if anything ever requires it.

That's still pretty bullshit.
3677  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: November 19, 2013, 12:35:36 AM

Another hilarious observation about TNG.
3678  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 19, 2013, 12:34:14 AM
Star Trek Into Darkness -

I pretty much felt the same way about this as I did about the first one. It was decently entertaining, but there's just something there that doesn't work for me.
I still wish they had just gone with original characters instead of rebooting with all the iconic ones  It's just weird. Spock is Leonard Nimoy, not Zachary Quinto. I don't care how hard you try to persuade me otherwise. Ditto for all the others. Simon Pegg, as much as I love his work, just comes off as a spoof. I can't take him seriously. When I watch these movies, I almost feel like I'm watching a Saturday Night Live skit. Not good.
The story is all over, just like it was in the first one, with very little making sense. Benedict Cumberbatch, whom I love in Sherlock, was decent here, but ended up kind of wasted. I don't get why he's such a "super soldier". Was the original Kahn like that? I don't even remember.
I'm not sure why I was expecting more out of this, when I was so ambivalent about the first one. I guess all the good reviews got my hoped up.

To be fair, the original actors are either really old or dead at this point and the alternate version kinda works given all the time fuckery the franchise has indulged in at this point. And yes, Kahn and his crew were indeed genetically engineered super soldiers in the original series as well, just not as over-the-top as he was in here (it was almost Peter Griffin vs. Giant Chicken levels of over-the-top; but then again the fact that Spock was on par with him is about right with the original series given the amount of bullshit Spock pulled out of his half-Vulcan ass throughout the series; a far cry better than Kirk beating him in hand-to-hand combat). That said, I would also put Simon Pegg at only okay as Scotty. Not a good fit, but serviceable.
3679  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: November 19, 2013, 12:32:27 AM
Have you ever thought of taking all that character info you write on birthdays and compiling it in a guide or something?
That looks like something I'd use whenever I end up playing this.

I could give you my notes, although they mostly use the pretranslated names instead of the official ones, (and there's probably a couple of errors in there as well plus a bunch of redundant information like growth rates and such). Although if you want to, I am open to going back through and cleaning up my previous posts and putting them up into some kind of document or guide (I know that they tend to be on the long side and that early on I wasn't really mentioning about stat cap modifiers and such plus if they're all in one place I'll have to cut out a lot of the redundant information). Either way, I'm tempted to wait until after hitting up all the characters.

Anyways, today is the Velveteen Bunny's birthday.

The three things Panne has going for her is that she's tied for the highest Speed and Skill stat modifiers with Sumia and a bunch of the ladies including Sumia respectfully plus the second highest stat modifier total of all 1st gen females of +4 (being beaten by Nowi and her +5), she's one of the two non-Avatar/Morgan characters in the game to start with the Thief/Wyvern Rider class combination (the other being Lon'qu), and she's a Taguel.

For modifier maximization, pairing Panne with Lon'qu will sire a Yarne with the highest Skill and Speed stat modifiers possible for a second gen character (namely because Lon'qu can't get it on with Sumia) outside of pairing with the Avatar with a specialty in one of those stats (although even then the Avatar cannot surpass both at the same time, thus only providing equal value at a different distribution of those two stats; provided the flaw taken doesn't impact either stat). Thus when a female Avatar breeds with Yarne with either stat taken as a strength, the resulting Morgan will have either the highest Skill or Speed possible of either 58/55 or 56/57 respectfully (and this is before Limit Break or any other stat boosting skills). Of course, if paired with either Vaike or Gregor, Panne can produce a Yarne who can sire a Morgan with the lowest possible Resistance cap in the game of -6 (and as either a Barbarian, Thief, or Wyvern Rider Morgan will have a Res cap of only 14; although the Resistance +10 skill Dread Fighter learns can fix this as well as Limit Break). Alternative pairings involve Virion, Stahl, and Ricken, each of whom provide a full set of 9 classes to her son Yarne.

For skills and class trees, Panne's combination of Thief and Wyvern Rider class trees provide a rather rare and useful combination of mobility and avoid boosting skills with Movement +1 and Deliverer skills for +3 move (and since there are two pairs of boots in the game that +3 move could look a lot better as a +5 move) as well as Lucky Seven and Quick Start for a massive +28-35 avoid boost at the start of fights (Lon'qu is the only other non-Avatar/Morgan character in the game who starts with this combination as well as Myrmidon for the Avoid+10 skill; I say starts as you can engineer children to sport this combination as well). She also obtains Sword and more importantly Lancebreaker to cover her biggest weakness, her persistent Beast type classification (making Beast Killers a constant threat to her). And speaking of problems, the Taguel class is more of a double-edged sword compared to most classes. On the one hand, it's high base Speed and the bonuses from either variety of transformation stone make doubling not an issue and Beastbane is a constantly useful skill, especially during the Valm subcontinent chapters. On the other, Even Biorhythm is a poor bunny's Avoid+10 skill, Beastbane only works as a Taguel, and the Taguel class isn't nearly as good as the Manakete class with it's 1-2 range attack and greater emphasis on Strength and Defense. Meanwhile the benefit for reclassing Panne is to get skills that aren't limited to one class and to have better base stats and stat caps (as both Taguel and Manakete's base stats and stat caps pale in comparison to other classes), thus reclassing her will have an effect similar to reclassing Donnel out of Villager (actually most unique classes tend to suck compared to promoted classes, they either have low bases and caps or no skills that function outside of said class, if any at all).

The tl;dr is that Panne is a fairly solid combatant and can eventually turn into an excellent dodge tank and ferry for other characters if you decide to reclass her. If not, she'll make for some excellent anti-cavalry. Either way, her son is going to be highly accurate and have some lickety speed on him.

Edit: Well damn. That almost worked. Bravo IntSys for thinking of that contingency too. Looks like another birthday has ended. Too bad not every day can be like this.

(To explain: I decided to put off on cashing in on one of my files' birthday until I could get to it later since I was busy at the time, namely with writing this post, so I entered the Barracks and made sure that the B-Day icon appeared on the screen then closed my 3DS and walked away, and after finally returning to it, Panne walked onto the screen then both her and the B-Day icon disappeared with a loss jingle playing and a pop-up message which I quoted in italicizes above, I'd be pissed if it weren't such a clever and obscure feature.)
3680  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: November 18, 2013, 09:00:34 PM
Makes me really miss Andriasang even more.  That was a really good site.

I know what you mean. I'm glad the guy got a job in the industry, since he deserved it, but it still feels like there's a void not quite being filled with that place gone...

Same here. It was the place to go after 1up fell apart back in 09.
3681  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: November 18, 2013, 06:40:15 PM
you have to pick specific parts of the body to talk to.


(note that this is not just a 'lol'. This is me posting my actual physical reaction to this, while avoiding to spam the letters "H" and "A" ad nauseum, for your viewing pleasure)

This just looks so wrong in my head.


And as funny as it is, it's indeed wrong. The original article in 4gamer and Dengeki states that the player can insert crystals in five specific points (head, torso, arms, abdomen and legs) on the heroine, but the heroine won't allow the player to do so until they had enough conversations and grew close enough to each other, similarly to how the Dive system worked in Ar tonelico. To put it simply, that translation in Gematsu is filled with errors.

Son of a bitch! Why can't I find a news source that isn't fraught with errors and mistranslations? :(
3682  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust making a spiritual successor to Ar Tonelico: Ar no Surge on: November 18, 2013, 02:16:55 PM

A bunch of details and screenshots about the game.

Looks like you can only talk to your girls while they're in their bathing suits and then you have to pick specific parts of the body to talk to.
3683  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 18, 2013, 12:34:46 AM
And speaking of plot twists, I heard that you recently got a Newsbox Star....
3684  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 18, 2013, 12:33:19 AM
I got a Wii U!  I traded in a bunch of stuff and got it for less than $100.  The Wind Waker bundle as well.

I've played the beginning of WW dozens of times, but this was the first time I did a "perfect run" of the prologue (ie; I jumped platforms and swung across  the lanterns without falling at all --- something I've oddly had trouble with  -- and I didn't get caught once at the Forsaken Fortress -- though I almost did and the way the screen alerts you always gives my heart a jump).

Needless to say (but I will): It looks pretty freaking beautiful and hope we'll see other HD remasters of old GC titles because that era had some gems.

How do I add you all as friends??? D:
...if you wanted...

Congrats Dice.

I'm holding off on getting one until Nintendo or Atlus starts talking about SMTxFE and/or Monolithsoft or Nintendo starts talking about X again.
3685  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: November 16, 2013, 06:03:34 PM
omg, I'm never posting things again.  between Yodes pissing on something funny and y'all others pissing on Daily Mail (I just wanted to link the video but they have their own shitty video streamer I don't know how to link)

Hey now, I didn't piss on anything.

Come back Dice. I'll miss you! ;_;
3686  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 16, 2013, 06:00:20 PM
Well..My internet just didnt let me participate properly.. It was still a fun though extremely fragmented quiz.. I didnt even get to see half the questions, I dont even know who won or what the hell happened. WHAT IS THIS MADNESS? WHAT IS A MAN?

Edit: I am going to forever wonder about what transpired in that infamous Chrono Cross Quiz.. It will haunt me for the rest of my life. I shall be left in the darkness for all eternity.
WHAT could the next quiz possibly be? Can we have an ace attorney or zero escape quiz pretty please?!!!

I suspect that you were getting pulled into a parallel dimension where you didn't participate in the quiz and Mibbit was running some sort of Xanatos Gambit to get you back to it so you could participate and win a Frozen Flame while body-swapping you with Holykael999 to minimize the risk.

Too bad, Prometheus won it instead. :/
3687  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: November 16, 2013, 05:53:24 PM

So for $100, what is the name of the attack used when the command 236P is used?
3688  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: November 16, 2013, 03:53:25 PM
It's Quiz day!

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down

Wrong game. That's Chrono TRIGGER.
3689  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 16, 2013, 01:40:38 AM
Beat Chapter 22 in my Lunatic Run on FE:Awakening. Wound up leaning on Florina instead of Est since Est had just reclassed into a Dark Knight and I had Florina pack a Brave Lance, a Beast Killer, and a Hammer for mopping up the Deadlords. Micaiah also got some rare field time as well thanks to her shiny new Mire tome for long range sniping. Of course she still sucks at using it due to her low level/stats (and the fact that there's almost nothing you can do to improve Mire's performance beyond having higher Magic and Skill). I'm probably going to have to burn a Hammerne staff on it provided that I have one to keep her useful (she had to burn 3 shots on the Helswath dude in order to avoid his Counter skill), and I still wound up accidentally burning a use off of it due to accidentally having Ayra attack with a Silver Sword instead of her Brave Sword. Fortunately, I managed to avoid wasting any other Legendaries by having all my ranged attackers gang up on the Gungnir Paladin, Florina two shot the frail Valflame Valkyrie with her Brave Lance, switching to Seliph to ORKO the Yewfelle Sniper with an Astra proc (not that I needed it), and had a combination of Est and her Superior Sword and Chrom and his Killer Bow plus Aether to take down the Balmug Swordmaster. Tiki wound up taking down one of the other Deadlords for some badly needed experience before I sent her to job Aversa since she really wasn't a threat compared to any of the other enemies in the stage (especially since Chrom could just Nuclear Option her ass into Chapter 25). In the end I reclassed Seliph into a Trickster for Lucky Seven and I managed to get through without any casualties. Next chapter should be entertaining given my complete and utter lack of Avatar use this playthrough (of course, Chrom could just solo Validar anyway given his stats being maxed out aside from Magic and Resistance).

SMTIV: Black Samurai Showdown. Welp. I've caught up to the BS again and wouldn't you know it, now I get to play the alignment game while on a fetch quest for her. What I can't believe is with all this alignment stuff dropping now I'm beginning to wonder just how much I have left in this game? I mean, was half of this game really about trying to get to a fucking bookstore? Oh well, either way I'm probably going to lean towards Chaos until the route confirmation choice since while I like Johnathan better than Walter, I hate that the Law choices still suck in this game (why is Law always such a non-option in these games?). At this point I should probably get the Hunter Tournament Preliminaries out of the way to make sure I don't veer too far into Chaos territory and I think I'm coming up on the point where I'm going to be hitting the route choice soon. About level 48 now. Also had Burroughs randomly warn me about a seriously strong enemy while I was hanging in the park behind Shibuya (I chose to bail thinking it was some kind of boss fight, but I've been all over the area and haven't gotten the prompt again; I suspect it may have been some rare encounter or some other kind of BS at this point). Also also, wound up getting the App DLC during the sale last week (but I sold the App Point items for cash instead to complete the last of the Ginza shopping quests, and to preserve some semblance of challenge as bosses have been rolling over more or less (barring the misfires where I blew it on trying to figure out boss weaknesses and nailed a reflection or drain instead)).
3690  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: November 15, 2013, 09:02:54 PM
You can also have your character wield a Bo Staff in Jade Empire and in Dragon Quest IX.

Wouldn't say no to a Lucha Libre grappler with masks as weapons, either. 

I see you're all geared up for the quiz tomorrow.
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