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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2016, 10:53:48 PM
haps:

HavingExperiencing a bit of a fruit fly incident.
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 24, 2016, 10:29:53 PM
afaik the problem is that they... don't go through normal screen rendery libraries/interfaces/APIs?/whatever DirectX is, so those kinds of tools don't seem to actually hook them. also re Falcom webstores, dlsite only has midi music for LoH1/the Lord Monarch games, whereas the other storefronts seem to pack them with mod music as well.

Anyway, gonna go play Suik 1 for a bit. Only other gaming haps was getting the item details popup resized in Lunatic Dawn.

Suikoden - Recruited Gaspar and Sheena. Did very little else.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2016, 12:03:33 AM
white people skin tastes like milk
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 23, 2016, 10:40:16 PM
Suikoden - Up to the Elf Village. idk why they're being jerks. it's not Suikoden's elf v human conflict is parable for nuclear proliferation or anything.

Also discovered that if I want to play older PC Legend of Heroes stuff comfortably, I'm going to need to set up a Windows 10 VM on my Windows 10 PC so I can force the to run in a Window/use my laptop for dictionary fun. To clarify, I can't run them windowed normally, and I can't screenshot them for some reason, so checking a dictionary would be problematic. Also true of Sorcerian to a lesser extent, although I CAN screenshot /the text/ and nothing else in that.

ALSO discovered that Artdink made some Oldtimey Japanese Merchant sim that... looks very Lunatic Dawn/Atlas-ish but I don't think you can buy it anywhere now.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 22, 2016, 01:32:00 AM
I had a cup of cheese for lunch and very little else because uh...

I need to be better about not forgetting to eat.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 22, 2016, 12:49:03 AM
Suikoden - Got stuck on Tai Ho's dumb dice game. Eventually got past that. Liberated the castle. Picked up some dudes. Did the Lepant thing. Murdered Kraze inadvertantly but oh welpers. Found a damp elf. Recruited Juffo's niece. Fed Gremio a speed crystal.

Also imagining a Suikoden LP but instead of doing the world map and recruitment bits, bounce over to Bandit Kings of Ancient China instead, and then drop in Tendou for the fortress stuff. For extra bonus fun I think I found some Water Margin porn games while I was shunting down Falcom stuff last week.

... Actually no this needs to be a real game nevermind. I mean Suikoden with simcity-ish fortress building and a strategic meta, not the boobs. Anyway.

LD95 - Rewrote 50?ish lines of dialog, then repeatedly murdered a nun because the dialog you get when you loot her corpse and play dice to see who gets what is broken.

Did confirm that your party members restock with their own money when you rest at the inn. Can probably use this to farm torches. No clue if the party NPCs eventually get mad at you for taking their stuff. They were chill with me murdering a nun although I think we're all evil alignment, so they would be.

I wonder if guards stop you from murdering nuns in order-aligned towns.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: August 20, 2016, 12:05:49 AM
is it just me or is the left/right balance and bass/mid/treble on these Pokepreviews kind of... off?
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 19, 2016, 10:51:45 PM
@ Klyde: Suikoden 1's autopilot is definitely not something I /like/ and it's more that I'm just okay with it because S1's atmosphere/je ne sais quois appeals to me a lot. Suikoden 3 isn't a hard game by any means, but the controversial changes/quirks to its battle system appealed to me entirely FOR that reason. There's still a degree of autopilot there but the setup's got a lot more going on.

Meanwhile there's still that part of me that wants a physical copy of Suikoden 2. I have enough money to easily afford it, but I'm old enough to recognize that that's a pretty frivolous usage of my money, but them I'm ALSO in touch enough with the transient, ephemeral nature of all things that it's like, in the long run it doesn't matter either way and it's not like I'm saving up to pay for the college tuitions of all the children I'm never going to have to grow up to silently resent me for every mistake I made, out of love, without realizing it.

Anyway so I guess suika's the Japanese word for watermelon so now I'm thinking like, Suikaden, and Gremio's a horrible watermelon creature.

"Tir," he says, in a deep, gurgling voice, black seeds spilling out from the moist red interior of the fissure of a mouth carved into his uneven, green visage. "Tir. Stop. Tickling. Me."

Monarch Monarch - Okay, I think I get what this is doing now. You can win the maps without any user intervention -- the AI will manage your taxes and take a straightforward, but slow, approach to expansion -- but if you want to improve your score you need to take a more hands on approach. For instance, the AI will clear Level 2 in something like 1200 days, but I got that down to 900ish days.

Depending on what the ceiling for score optimization is this might actually be REALLY interesting.

Lunatic Dawn: Passage of the Book - I sort of want to do an LP of this but it is a very, very text based sort of game and not at all interesting to watch :S

Anyway, started a new game, and focused on picking up good party members. I found some rather OP mages from Japan-flavored country, and some solidish melee fighters to take up the front. Did a few delivery missions. Lucked into finding a monster extermination that paid 8400Gold and only had me fighting some bats in one of the simpler dungeons in the game. Encountered the /wandering shop/ called Simbad's Airship from which I could afford /nothing/.

Oh anyway, gold is distributed evenly among your party members. So having a full party is kind of bad for making money, although having a full party is a lot safer (also, if you have someone good with you, and I do, they tend to wander off if you leave them in town, and afaik you can't kick them out when a quest is going on). You can't actually get your party members to give it to you (you can take their items for the most part), although I THINK they buy their own provisions in town.

Or you could retire and just, uh, start playing as one of them I guess. You can do that. Your own PC doesn't become an NPC if you retire, though I THINK if you buy a house you can eventually play as your children who grow up to silently resent you for every mistake you made, although in this case said mistakes were using them as meat shields/accidentally charge attacking into them.

I'm actually surprised I haven't encountered more sandboxy RPGs where the NPCs are all autonomous, persistent agents that do quests on their own. Ishar had party members that'd screw you over, Wizardry 7 had those other parties going around and occasionally getting to quest targets before you, and uh... Mount and Blade does that, actually.

Oh wait STALKER. Duh. Also Space Rangers 2 and Hardwar did a notably good job with that sort of thing.

Anyway, I found a few broken lines of text while playing it, soooo off to go fix those.

Unrelated, but the PC port of Legend of Heroes 1 does NOT seem to like Windows 7.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2016, 06:59:40 PM
Just to prove how garbage I am, here are the two C# things I made over the past two years:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22006397/Lunatic%20Dawn%20translation/RadKey.zip
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22006397/Lunatic%20Dawn%20translation/LD%20Text%20Injector.zip

Don't make anything like this. There are just like... originally tended to be throwaway tools, so noooot at all well organized.

---

idea:

Occulus/VIVE ASMR video
The entire video is a person rubbing a dummy head's ears, which are mic'd for 3D audio, and also the eyes have camera in them for the 3D. It's basically a normal ASMR video, but 3D, and you feel like it's really your head they're massaging.
at the end of the video they pic up the dummy head and walk off with it/lob it somewhere, while still filming.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 18, 2016, 06:59:51 PM
Caveat: I am not a professional programmer and I'm not good at coding.

C++ doesn't let you get away with certain things and kind of forces better coding practices on you, so when you move onto something like C# afterwards and willfully disregard said good coding practices, you'll at least know to feel mild pangs of self-disappointment.

Also C and C++ let you play with pointers directly in a way which is great if you want to experience magic.

I sort of want to say Common LISP too but the community's frustratingly insular, especially if you use Windows/learn things in a way that they're not used to.
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: August 18, 2016, 06:40:04 PM
11.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 18, 2016, 01:11:34 AM
RC2 might be something I'd want to check out. I also think I have Uncharted Waters 2 on the VC so

I guess what appeals to me about Bandit Kings is that your end goal isn't map conquest, just taking out the necromancer, and the exact approach you take to that is more open. I also like the particularly RPGish bent it has, where you have a main character that you control and a limited number of sworn brothers, and the way turns work has this... I don't know, Princess Maker 2-ish lifesimmy vibe to it? Also the Crusader Kings-ish mechanic where you're forced to delegate provinces to vassals is something I like in general (I guess RotK has the option to let the AI run cities/provinces but I was under the impression it was just a convenience feature sort of thing).

Anyway, in light of that I kind of want to try RotK8, although from the youtube videos I watched it looks kind of grindy wrt the social aspect and doesn't seem have the same sense of... actions taking time and you needing to budget your turns.

I guess maybe that's my issue with RotK11 and I'm totally aware this could change further on in the game, but there just didn't feel like there was the need to balance doing one option instead of another.

Anyway.

The Other Suikoden - Did Mt. Seifu. Ted looks like Owen Pallett to me :S I think at one point I would've been turned off by how simple the gameplay is but... I'm really not.

Also made some attempt to understand King of Dragon Pass and failed terribly. Dooon't quit have the patience for this.

I think I'll get back to focusing on Phantasia and Okami since other project's done now. Fallout New Vegas and Metal Max Returns are going on hold because I want something greener.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 17, 2016, 09:36:54 PM
speaking of usernames, Mesh Gear Fox is a guided by voices song and i used it as my nick because like guided by voices a lot 8v

i think that's technically copyright infringement.

my avatar is the chair from Star Ocean 4 with Macha from Chrono Cross mangledly superimposed over it because I think I made that in a hotel room in Gatlinburg one year and nothing good ever comes from that.

... I should probably learn how huffman encoding works because I've made horrible life choices.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 17, 2016, 01:00:27 AM
oh god eyes burn from weekend coding binge.

... I wonder if anyone's ever learned to read raw shift-jis fluently. I'm assuming it's theoretically doable but I'd imagine hex codes don't really give distinctive word shapes.

Anyway the tiger eye figs I got at Trader Joe's this weekend are !@#%ing great and actually properly ripe and a lot better than the kind of not-very-good brown turkish figs I got from Jungle Jim's back in July. Definitely worth checking out if you live near a Trader Joe's. You probably do. They sneak up on you like that.

Tomcord? concord grape hybrids I got from Fresh Market are not so great. About a tenth taste sort of concordy, a tenth have this ammonia-ish thing going on, and the rest mostly just taste like normal Generic Table Grapes. idk if anyone else lives near a Fresh Market but if you do maybe go to Trader Joes and get the figs instead.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2016, 10:13:16 PM
Re previous tales talk, the original PC versions of LoH 3-5 look a whole hell of a lot better than the PSP versions that came out here >:T

Also re previous Tails talk, exploring some of those Dragon Slayer-related things I got from one of the myriad weird porn stores that sells Falcom stuff.

Sorcerian - Played the first scenario of this. On the one hand, it's like a jankier Ys 3. On the other hand it's jankier in a way that actually makes it really fun because it captures that early Ys feeling of /you never stop moving/ that Ys 3 didn't. Also your dudes are strong and don't implode from gingerly touching a bird for three seconds.

Monarch Monarch - Okay beat level 3 by just playing with taxes and not microing anything. Level 4 needs the red team to build a bridge to attack anyone but otherwise you can win without any manual intervention, whereas manual intervention MAKES you lose. >:T It looks like that stops working around level 5 so I'm not giving up on this by any means but still.

Then again maybe the entire point is you let the AI run stuff and you only intervene when you need to, and the amount of intervention goes up later on. Which is fine, assuming the amount of intervention DOES go up.

Also briefly experimented with Lord Monarch Original, which is very much not the freeware English LM game that's been floating around for years, and Lord Monarch First seems to be something else too.

Anyway I also played around with Bandit Kings of Ancient China since sleep deprivation + doing nothing but coding project stuff for like two weeks gave me that weird Koei obsessions. this one actually seems really good/a lot more interesting than RotK11.

re coding project, I should probably beta that/maybe do a let's play of the beta.
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