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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 21, 2015, 10:38:42 PM

Dodridge Dam is about a block from my apartment and I go by it nearly every day. I was walking past it yesterday and I saw a boat go by and I guess it was for that. The Olentangy always smells like death and I'm hoping it's just the constant mix of roadkill, tar, and machinery and not...

This fucking city :|
17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2015, 08:54:37 PM
Morrowind - Went to Hla Oad cause I remembered I had a thing from Larius Varro?. Did the thing. Remembered I had a thing from the thieves guild to do. Tried to do it, but I don't have a high enough sneak/security/stock of luck and chameleon potions to pull it off. Found ANOTHER thing to do with a drug mule. Inadvertantly completed it in a non-standard way. In the process of doing that, remembered I had a quest for Ahnassi and ended up back up at Vivec.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 20, 2015, 08:21:51 PM
I need to vent about work because I feel like I'm about to put my fist through a wall.

Our team's lead business analyst has been lobbying to get a dedicated resource to design the user interface for a few months now. I agree with doing this, because none of us have any real UI design experience. Anyway, we get a UI guy.

1. Prior to this, lead BA was telling me not to spec out certain things because they would have to be decided by the UI resource. I relay this to the client, because I need to explain why certain things either aren't specified and/or are subject to change.

2. Lead BA finds out that the UI guy wants a longer period of time to go through everything so that he can properly and starts complaining that UI guy is only in it for he money. Management gives UI guy about a fourth of the time he was requesting. As a result, UI guy is no longer doing the stuff the lead BA was telling us he was going to do.

3. Lead BA complains about me telling the client that certain things would need to be decided by the UI guy. Lead BA tells me not to blame him when I tell him that I was just repeating what he said.

4. UI guy offers a number of suggestions. Lead BA shoots all of them down.

4.a. UI guy tells lead BA that he can't work if lead BA keeps shooting down all of his ideas. Lead BA responds by laughing.

4.b. UI guy and graphic designer have a meeting where they talk about what they want to do. Lead BA spends the entire meeting playing with a coaster.

5. UI guy is working with a graphics designer. Lead BA keeps describing her role as "just applying color to the UI wireframes."

6. Lead BA makes suggestions that require him to do some additional work, with regards to estimating or planning or whatever. Lead BA refuses to do any additional work and immediately backpedals from his suggestions when the suggestion of additional work comes up. Lead BA whines about nobody listening to his suggestions.

7. Lead BA can't communicate worth shit. I don't listen to a number of his suggestions because they don't make sense or approach anything resembling grammatical.

8. Lead BA compulsively eats paper and plastic.

Meanwhile I've been having a psychotic break or whatever for most of the day over the prospect of having to deal with this shit when I get back in to work tomorrow.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 20, 2015, 07:42:09 PM
This is another problem I have with a lot of JRPG's: This tendency for tutorials to explain all the game's mechanics, but not how to use them effectively, which is why a lot of JRPGs get accused of having "tacked on" mechanics with no real use, because the game fails to explain their use.

To be fair, most JRPGs aren't balanced enough to make using the mechanics worthwhile anyway, so they pretty much are tacked on. I'm playing BoF4 right now -- I'm not far in it, but I've not really found a practical use for the combos beyond /style points/, which is how I've felt about nearly every combo system in a JRPG.
20  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: July 20, 2015, 02:18:52 AM

-- lelolelolelolelo --

More specifically, been on a Joanna Newsom and Mark Hollis kick lately.

... God now I'm wondering how a collaboration between them would turn out.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 19, 2015, 10:49:25 PM
And then I realized that I had no idea what a Scottish accent even sounded like.
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 19, 2015, 09:11:07 PM
G Darius - The PSX version has an issue with missing music. Apparently the Taito Legends 2 version is the better port :S Oh welpers. Anyway though the atmosphere in this is fantasic and really Panzer Dragoon-y. There's also a bunch of interesting mechanics with the capture ball and and using beams to get multipliers that I don't quite understand yet.

Update but this game is cool as hell and I'd be less annoyed about the music if Zuntata wasn't so godly (Darius Gaiden's one of my favorite game soundtracks, period). Also Queen Fossil, go home, this isn't Radiant Silvergun, you're dunk >:TTTtt

Morrowind - Went from Molar Mar to Suran. Got the sword of white woe. Screwed over the mayor of Suran for Fun and Profit. Planning on getting alchemy up, then another level of Enchanting and Security each and then maybe going for a level up.


screw it, ordered up cheap copy of Taito Legends 2. Sound issues are too much.

Now I feel dumb about getting the PSX one though :T
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 18, 2015, 10:43:23 PM
Went to Michigan because it wasn't raining today HAHA JK IT RAINED.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 18, 2015, 10:17:48 PM

Picked up GDarius in Ann Arbor and played around with it for a bit. I think you could argue that GDarius and Darius Gaiden are more style than substance, but when they style's so /on/, do I really care? THERE IS FUCKING DINOSAURS AND OPERA RAVE MUSIC. It's like Lisa Frank came to life and started barfing suicide bullets at my emotion core.

@Draak: Ultima 7's my favorite thing, if you can get past the weird perspective on the graphics. The combat in U7 is kind of just there (you press C and your dudes autobattle) but it's NOT at all focused on combat -- like Torment, its essentially a semi-openworld adventure game loosely within an RPG framework. Definitely needs Exult to run though since I don't think Dosbox ever emulated its memory management stuff totally right.

http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/qfg2/homepage/homepage.html also his is free and excellent.

And if you want to go /too deep/, look up anything on GOG from eastern Europe.

Or, better answer, since you probably don't want to /go deep/, anything by Jeff Vogel's probably a good choice. Although you might want to hold off on Avernum 3 since that's probably being remade.
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 16, 2015, 09:43:13 PM
I need to get back to ToR. I'm not really in the mood to /dictionary dive/ right now though and as I said I don't remember any other Tales of game having so much background objects to read.

Morrowind - Got a quest from Ahnassi. Sold skooma to Ajira and Ra'Vir. Wandered around in the ashlands doing some mage's guild quest. I think I can walk to Molag Mar but the ashlands are like cliff racer hell. Which is sort of useful for leveling up enchant because endless stream of souls to trap.

... still need to get back to ChoroQ tooooo.
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: July 16, 2015, 07:26:29 PM
'I think  you are misunderstanding me.It was how it was written that made those works cringe worthy to me. Nasu is just terrible with ero. The scenes  just came off awkward and flat out weird.  

Saw an episode of that new Dragonball thing. This seems legits neat.

Goku's Japanese voice though what the helllllllllll.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 16, 2015, 06:29:02 PM
Frozen goat cheese ravioli + coke + ibuprofen == DINNER OF LORDS AND LORDETTES.

also maybe goat milk yogurt

goats are nature's fruit trees.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 15, 2015, 06:06:24 PM

Tripped walking up the stairs and faceplanted against the door. My exact words were "FUCK." Lip is busted but I think I'm alright.

The worst part is when you're falling and trying to right yourself but you're already too far shifted one way to do anything.
29  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 14, 2015, 08:55:25 PM

Morrowind - SLAUGHTERFISH OH MY GOD. Leveled up; still getting very little intelligence boosts ergo limited magicka. Killed the camonna tong guy in gnaark mok and explored some breeding netches. Also killed a pair of shipwrecks. Also I guess I wasted a bug musk since I didn't need to have high personality to piss off the camonna tong guys. WHOOPSIES. I want to head back to Hla Oad and do another thing but I'm overburdened, so...

Also I thought the level cap was like 20. Guess it's more like 75. Whopz.
30  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 13, 2015, 01:10:25 PM
Morrowind - Did the puzzle canal. Think I got all the shrines in Vivec done for the pilgrimage. Talked to the Hall of Wisdom lady. Spent WAY too long finding the Propylon Index in St. Olms.

I like how the game uses non-textual information to convey stuff. Like the way the St. Olm's temple is full of rats and nearly empty, or how one of the apartments has a mannequin with a couple of daggers in it and a khajiit that's not willing to say what he does for a living. Or the way that it's initially weird how Vivec's the biggest city in Morrowind but you only see ordinators outside of the cantons, if you see anyone at all -- but then you start hearing about the murders and implications of oppression.

BoF4 - Found old saves and got back up to Windia. Also fusht.

-- edit --

BoFouR - I met an old lady. She made me nervous. She took me in and told me to come back with a flute.

ToR - Read descriptions of decorative items around Przewalski. Did other Tales games make a point of letting you look at stuff in houses?

Moon - Got like four souls. I find this a lot harder to understand than Tales of Rebirth.

Romancing SaGa 1 SNES - Not sure if I like this. The movement speed's really slow and it's /ridiculously/ combat heavy. TONS of enemies spawn on the map and pursue you endlessly and corner you. And I think this is the only saga game I've /really/ had no clue what I need to do in. Also it's a pretty staid 16-bit JRPG -- it doesn't have the conceptually weird settings of the other saga games or any bizarre/obtuse/complex mechanics to play around with, and those were what drew me to the series in the first place. Also I think a thing broke Sif's quest.

... There is something weirdly appealing about it though.

-- edit 3 --

Also wrt Morrowind, need to get Telvanni Bug Musk and head off to Gnaar Mok.
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