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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 26, 2016, 08:55:52 PM
UFO: A Day in the Life - Found the flea alien. I was mistakenly under the impression that, if a given hour for a given apartment was not flashing, it meant that there was nothing of note going on in said apartment at that time.

Turns out nope. Also dang I'd forgotten how perfect the music in this game was.

Age of Wonders - Played around on the first campaign map for a bit, then got swamped. I'm not sure I've got the patience for the sort of... strategy games where the flow is explore/build up -> find thing to conquer -> conquer it -> repeat. Got the same kind of vibe from from Ogre Battle? It's not that it's repetitive per se, it's this like... feeling of rubberbanding gains.

Lunatic Dawn: Passage of the Book - Failed a couple missions, then cleared a dungeon of its cockroach infestation in exchange for some Spiked Leather Armor (which Karaana won in the post-quest card game, although she let me take it from her). Also did some free exploration in a few dungeons to find some treasure chests. Wakana's definitely the weakest link in the party right now, as is whoever keeps casting lightning spells.

Oh also knocked out a few typos in the as well.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 25, 2016, 09:25:04 PM
Seeing how much I am enjoying Graces f, I am surprised it could be anyone's "least favorite" in the series.  I guess every other game must be amazing.  But besides Graces I've only played Eternia, Symphonia, and Xillia.  I'd give the edge to Xillia for gameplay, but Graces has the better cast, I think.

Tales of Rebirth seemed pretty cool. I need to get back to that -- I think I could probably understand it better now. In particular:

- Token Child Character, Mao, was like the only Tales of kid I liked.
- Veigue is not a Lloyd.
- Battle system was Guardian Heroes.
- Also it had random battles which initially seems like a downside but it freed them up to do better dungeons since they didn't have to put a bunch of empty space in there to dodge enemies.
- Also the towns had a bunch of stuff you could look at and there were like little subplots embedded in the wall decorations.

Also I really like what I played of ToP PSX except for the part where you're getting the elementals because... idk what happened but the enemy AI like shut off and everything just got REALLY hitspongey. Although I also didn't realize you could stick Klarth in the front of the line to actually get him to attack.


Suikoden - Got all of the stars except Sonya. SHOULD be really close to the end. Gonna take a break before jumping into Suikoden 2.

Also I wish I'd played this before S3 because S3 has all these mythology references I'm JUST getting.

Passage of the Book - Did a few delivery missions between various cities in Iltal to kill time until some better work showed up, until I got an escort mission. Adahn didn't want to do it so I dropped him, although that was in the middle of another quest and idk how NPCs react to getting ditched before getting paid (Lunatic Dawn 1 and 2 outright stop you from doing this afaik). Anyway, either Quicksand or Sand Sea City has a quest to clear out some roaches, although the only reward is an item which is kind of ehn. There's also a quest open somewhere to kill a Sphinx in the Abandoned Prison Camp dungeon, which is a really straightforward dungeon, although the golems there are giving me trouble. I could also train, although that drains like two weeks of time.

Also I don't know where Adahn got off to.

Beyond that, poked around at the text encryption in Lunatic Dawn 2's data file and it looks like it's just a straightforward XOR cipher. So yeah, more corners of Artdink's Steam catalogue to drag kicking and screaming into English because what is my life.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 23, 2016, 08:51:20 PM

4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 22, 2016, 05:18:12 PM
How many 80s cyberpunk novels predicted the rise of weaponized, unprotected thermostats?
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 22, 2016, 05:05:27 PM
a 50+ hour journey down a road I've been down before.

There was an editorial on RPGfan awhile back making this point almost exactly.

Anyway, actual game haps:

Fly'n - Steam game I got a million years ago and forgot about cause it didn't work quite right on my laptop. Did the first three levels. Lovely art and music! Sort of reminds me of Gumboy: Crazy Adventures.

Intelligent Qube - Haven't played this in like forever. Did a round, got up to level 5 before losing. Had totally forgotten how advantage cubes worked. Good lord that music <3

One Piece Mansion - Another PSX puzzler I completely forgot about! Did like three levels in the campaign.

Also okay I have no idea what's going on but as I'm writing this the Steam notification popup thing just like decoupled itself from my taskbar and ascended to heaven. Anyway.

Er right. This is tense and adorable and I love it. I do wish it was more playable in zoomed in mode because the sprite work is really detailed and well animated and the tenants have multiple actions.

Also played around with Lunatic Dawn 2 and 3 briefly.

Lunatic Dawn 3 is... awkward. You move really slowly and you like... point and click where you want to move to (this was fixed in the PSX version afaik)? Otherwise it feels KIND OF like Ultima Online or Diablo, though visually it REALLY resembles Faldon (for whoever's versed in early aughts freeware MMOs). No idea if it has the like... dynamic world alignment/NPC-as-automata thing that Passage of the Book does.

Lunatic Dawn 2 on the other hand seems pretty cool. I only did a single delivery mission to get the feel for it (and will probably start over because I ran out of food money) but my observations are:

- The towns are nicer in Passage of the Book. They're actual... layouts with people walking about and you can click on any building to get some random NPC chatter. No clue if they change over time, but they are neat to look at.
- All shop owners are named, which afaik never showed up in the Books spinoffs, and you also have named kings and local mayors, which WERE brought back in The Third Book but not in Passage of the Book. I think this is more flavor text than anything, but again, nice detail.
- You have good and evil churches (not totally sure what the difference is) and you can rent carriages to move faster, although those are expensive.
- Combat is... sort of pausible real time with your guys walking around a grid. I think I prefer the more Suikodenish battle system the Book spinoffs use. It's faster and ultimately more manageable.
- Map movement is interesting. You have an actual world map with everything visible on it, and you have to manually chart a path between towns and then have your guys follow it. You don't control them directly with like the keyboard or anything. It basically works like, uh, sending ships out on expeditions in Neo Atlas 2 (to use a meaningless comparison!)

Beyond that I'm not really sure if it does the NPC autonomy stuff thing that the Book games do, either. I do kinda wanna see how this works under the hood, though. I think it's a native windows game and not like, emulated PC-88 stuff, so that should be possible.

... Why is the Steam notification thing still ascending what is this what
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 20, 2016, 07:10:03 PM
FF3 be all

Also I would've really loved FF1 if it wasn't for its strange "hey lets have hallways full of these 100% encounter chance tiles hrr drr" fetishism.

-- edit --

Suikoden - Picked up Mace and put a party together. I should probably be optimizing my party to have characters that have like, unite attacks instead of just being character I LIKE, but screw that.

Also I just noticed that Artdink's stuff is on sale on Steam so yeah I should uh... probably finish a thing.

-- edit 2 --

Grabbed the Atlas and Lunatic Dawn legends packs off of Steam, since they're on sale. Atlas 2 looks interesting although appears to be less... RPGish/character driven than Neo Atlas 2, so I'm immediately thrown off on how to approach it.
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 19, 2016, 07:36:56 PM
If every dungeon is like this and has no save points....

From what I saw before I gave up...

Every dungeon is like that and there are no save points.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 18, 2016, 10:25:03 PM
Oh hey Meg Whitman's one of Clinton's special guests at tomorrow's debate.

2016: Making HP Relevant Again! (kind of! not really! get me out of here I'm losing my mind!)
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2016, 10:01:30 PM
Also FF3DS is rendered kind of unplayable by its /enjoyable/ combination of long dungeons + you have to be a frog sometimes + no save points anywhere ever + death = game over and not just like going back to the previous town with some gold loss (see earlier comments about Mother 1, and how I'm totally fine with oldschool RPGs with long dungeons and no save points as long as you /can't actually game over/).

I'm sure that most of these issues were there in the original game honestly but FF3DS has /way/ less of an excuse because it's newer and also on a handheld.

Also my copy crashed quite a bit which uh
yea crashing with limited saves.
good times.

Suikoden - Cured the dragons, leveled up my fortress, picked up another Silverburg, the Kurdish Army, Gunman Clive, and Alistair Crowley. Also leveled up some of the B-team guys in the process.

Got legit feels over Black for some reason :[

I think the only two things this game does that *genuinely* annoys me are some of the stars are kind of obscure to find which normally wouldn't matter but you know, gotta git dat Grems for the transfer. Also over reliance on random stuff (the gambling, Lepant's Wheel, Clive Spawn Chance, Opal and Urn drops). BEYOND THAT though, I've loved this so far.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2016, 11:27:32 PM
Suikoden - Got the pirates. The fishermans's union attack kind of... went REALLY high after a few of the top tier blacksmith upgrades, and then the lady that gives you the blinking mirror's got a deluxe edition earth rune that has a rather friendly set of defense all/attack all spells. Anyway I think I'm five guys short of a burgers and fries a level four castle. idk if I'm missing anyone. The guy under Qlon needs a level 4 castle to join, and the other Silverburg hanging around in Kalekka or w/e isn't joining either.

X-Scape - I did like two levels of this. I don't remember getting this. It's basically battletanks?

Age of Empires - Did the third? Greek mission. I think what I really want is just something more building focused, but set in the same kind of like... antiquity era.

Not unrelatedly, picked up Children of the Nile from gog sale but it doesn't work on either of my computers and I have no idea why, unless it just flatly doesn't run at more than 5 FPS on anything more recent than XP. I guess I could play Pharaoh a bit though from what I've read that's just 90% route optimization.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 16, 2016, 08:41:58 PM
I want to try fresh dates sometime. Only ever see dried around here, and while I do really like dried dates, after trying fresh figs and really experiencing just *how* different those are from dried ones, I'm really curious.

Likewise, I love concord grapes but not when they're cooked/as jelly. They lose something and get... simultaneously cloying and that weird, slightly burnt taste that heat-pasteurized orange juice has?

-- edit --

Ya so I decided to get some frozen (vegetarian!) egg mcsandwich for lunch because, uh... I hate eggs and microwaved sandwiches are usually gross. This was at like 3? or something. Anyway, ate that, went to sleep until five, woke up, and just kind of wandered out to some park in a haze of, uh, sleep inertia and dehydration. Anyway think the eggs made me sick? Maybe they were bad. Maybe it's because I don't usually eat eggs so I've got some intolerance to just eating them straight.

Everything from like 9? AM to 5PM is... What was I doing? Why would I eat eggs? I do not like eggs. I am very confused. And possibly have lowgrade food poisoning.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 14, 2016, 11:14:07 PM
And I still think the only reason Gundam Wing shippers paired off Heero with Trowa, Duo, or any of the other dudes is because Relena Peacecraft was so damn insufferable. 

EXCUSE ME SIR but Quatrowa is otp thank you very much.

but re anime/weeaboo/etc

Actually no screw that ranting about dumb MP3 player

... Unrelated but I think the Sandisk Sport Clip might be distorting/crackling when the music gets busy which is pretty wtf.

-- edit --

Yeah this definitely like... if you're playing a music file and the bitrate is too high or something the internal CPU or whatever can't keep up with it, playback slows a little, and you start getting a lot of like, glitchy crackly noises. This is dumb. This is really dumb.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 14, 2016, 07:45:13 PM
Hypothetical question but does anyone else wonder if Bernie's glad he DIDN'T win the nomination at this point?

Anyway I think I'm going to take next Friday off to go vote. High five for Franklin County's board of elections being inside of an abandoned Kohl's in the crappy part of town east of Easton.

14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 12, 2016, 11:24:22 PM
Suikoden - Did the Necklord stuff. Have some general castle maintenance to do, then might try to pick up some pirates. Ronnie Bell is <3

Age of Empires - Figure out that if I put all my villagers on getting wood, I could build a bunch of scout ships and rush the area near the stone deposits with that and pin whatever was around there down long enough to clear out the watch tower, and then the docks. Currently got a resource pit set up with a pair of villagers mining stone, and like, three axemen and three boats holding it down. About to age up, so I can upgrade my boats and get a second base going.

I quite like this. I'm not sure why I couldn't get into Starcraft, since it's sort of in the same line of things.

SimSafari - Oh hey a Maxis Kids game this should be easOH GOD WHY ARE MY TREES ALL DYING.

-- edit --

Okay, beat the second Greek mission in AoE.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 12, 2016, 06:23:32 PM
Could Sanders be a majority leader if he's not part of the Democratic party anymore? That'd be an interesting move if they COULD do that.

Right now I'm mostly just concerned that Trump loses, challenges the election, and things go


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