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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 06, 2016, 06:12:43 PM
Got a text at 2AM this morning telling me to go to a bit.ly URL to talk to someone.

Well aware that it was probably just a robot sending me a virus that would only work on a smart phone but that still kind of freaks me out since /that's never happened before/.

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17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 05, 2016, 10:31:55 PM
Mostly been screwing around with AoE1/2. Discovered that AoE1 has some weird issues that I'd need Rise of Rome and a fan patch to address, so putting that on hold for now. With AoE2, did the first Joan of Arc mission, and screwed around in skirmish mode for a bit. Might fiddle around with Pharaoh/Stronghold Crusaders/Seven Kingdoms 2 a bit as well since I'm in an RTS mood for no discernible reason.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 05, 2016, 07:25:52 PM
Those are some ridiculously Bowie/Prince pants.

... BRB crying myself to sleep.

In all seriousness I may not eat anything other than sugar free protein bars until the next calendar year.

Not sugar free but I've been eating Clif bars for breakfast almost every day for breakfast since like
the last two years, and then probably 2011 through 2013 as well

i'm so sick of them. they taste like mute resignation and regrOH MY GOD WHAT WAS JUST CRAWLING ON MY HAND !@#% THIS SPIDERY GODDAMN RIVER I LIVE NEXT TO.

-- edit --

Oh right so I forgot about this, but the stack of Koss KSC75s and the Sandisk Clip Sport I got with my CoMpAnY fUnBuX came.

The Sport is NOT good, which is a damn shame since the Clip+ is out of production. Navigating music by folder view has the folders in not alphabetical order, buttons are not responsive, there's a ton of slowdown when navigating menus while music is playing, having the equalizer on cause slowdown which results in the music crackling/suttering/playing at the wrong speed wtf? Also the gap between track changes is pretty dreadful.

And there's no Rockbox port.

glad I didn't spend any money on this thing ._.

Anyway, additional unrelated point that I forgot whether I brought up, but pawpaws (Asimina triloba) take on some interesting flavor characteristics if you let them get overripe (slightly mush, yellow flesh, MAYBE to the point of fermenting a little). They get a bitter note to them and the... white Lifesaver flavor they have kind of evaporates out of them I guess (assuming that's what contributes to the strong fruity smell when ripe. Also assuming that if you can smell it, it's volatile enough to dissipate into the air). What's left isn't fruit at all, nowhere near as cloying and... I don't know, it's like a mix of creme brulee crust, toast, and roasted strawberries?

The only downside here is I'm not entirely sure that the bitter flavor compound isn't some kind of neurotoxin /so maybe I shouldn't have been eating those oh welpers/.

Anyway, yeah, now I'm out of pawpaws and pawpaw season is over. :( On the plus side, we're almost back into persimmon season! (Also I mean pawpaws DO contain neurotoxins so it's probably good they aren't in season very long :B)
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 03, 2016, 10:44:32 PM
Mesh thinks they'll be iPants because

i don't wear pants
i'm just a disembodied pair of arms from the 80s
20  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 02, 2016, 08:13:05 PM
Suikoden - Got the Star Dragon Sword. Adored the music in the Hidden Rune Village. Also picked up Window Billy, Book Johnson, and Strong Punchman. Might go and grind the fishermen a bit to see if I can get the pirates recruited. Current party is Victor, Ronnie, Kuromimi, Rubi, Tir, and Cleo. Might swap out Rubi for Gon, since I can backrow Ronnie.

I wonder what other games I've intellectualized myself into not playing because they didn't meet my standards that would end up becoming a personal favorite if I just idk got over myself and quit doing that.

Anyway, think I might go play around with Age of Empires 1 a bit out of nostalgia.


Age of Empires 1 - I played around with Age of Empires 1 a bit out of nostalgia. Did the first mission in the Greek campaign. Started the second but it went badly. I'll try again some other tiiiime.

I remember liking AoE1 more than 2. Well aware that AoE2 has a lot of improvements/better balance/quality of life features, but AoE1's atmosphere and aesthetic sense and... I don't know it felt a bit slower in its pacing? really appealed to me.

Neo Atlas 2 - Found an island north of Great Britain with a tech tree book, so I took an upgrade to the more combat oriented boats, re trying to deal with the lobster monster in the sea above Russia. Moved Ruiz out that way, though he's not quite strong enough -- even with the upgraded ships he caps out at 12ish combat strength, whereas the lobster is at 14.

Meanwhile, Maria's still exploring Africa (and lost a boat in the process). King of All Cosmos Portugal wants me to find a bottomless pit in Africa. idk where that is. DID find a town with cinnamon, but I can't access their port, so I'm trading it from my main trading post to somewhere with sugar to see if I can... idk invest cinnamon toast crunch or something. Apparently if I find all six types of spice resources I get like 500万 of money, however much a 万 is. It's probably a lot.

Also found another flying frog? I guess there are multiples of the animals out there..?

Anyway, might try doing some quests to see if I can get something that buffs attack power. Unclear if I could send Perez over to where Ruiz is to do a joint attack. I'd have to pay a ton to land Perez there, though (since his friendliness is too low and the Arctic circle towns hate everyone), also his base attack power is low. Swapping him out with Gomez might be a good idea.

Regarding trade routes, I WAS selling pearl rings from my trading post for awhile, although I ran out. Actually all the lucrative goods are low right now. idk if I can boost product rates somehow.

Oh and Lubeck just invented a pocketwatch that uses a fern fiddlehead as a spring. Because Artdink.

i might have to check out Neo-Atlas 3 at some point. Shame about the art being so... egafgnh. Also shame about the new Neo-Atlas game being a vita exclusive.
21  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: October 02, 2016, 02:59:35 PM

I never played AoE2 that much and don't remember this song at all, but hearing it now, It's like... It's sunny, it's got those... synthy 80s percussion sounds, it's got flutes and birds noises. A bit like an intersection of of 90s Maxis, Mitsuda, and Tota - Africa.

Also initial impressions of new Bon Iver are super positive. Listening to the tracks out of sequence by themselves sans context doesn't really give the same effect.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: October 01, 2016, 07:45:55 PM

Old timey Indiana cookware propaganda. Educational, and strangely relaxing! Also has attractive gentlemen in period garb.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 01, 2016, 07:24:09 PM
Just to clarify, mine's on a thermostat that I can control and everything, so it's totally fine except for when you get weird cold snaps prior to the boilers being turned on.

Doubly alternatively, my thermostat's batteries died months ago so maybe the boilers are actually on and i just haven't noticed.

-- edit --

I think my apartment is technically student housing maybe I should like move to an adult apartment.
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 01, 2016, 07:23:59 PM
^^^ Noting my previous issues with being unable to hold a 3DS comfortably, this, this, a million times this.

Anyway, let's see if I can wake up enough to game tonight instead of just watching Vinesauce/Age of Empires 2 replays.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 01, 2016, 04:07:42 PM
Wait, you can't turn on the heat in your apartments outside of a certain period?

I can turn my heat on in the middle of summer if I wanted to.  Not that I want to, but I could.

My apartment has radiators that run hot water through them for heat. They don't do anything when the boilers are off, and they don't run the boilers all year.

That being said, this is a large part of why my electrical bill in the winter is only like... 15-25 dollars a month.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 01, 2016, 02:34:17 PM
It's not so much the temperature by itself -- it's 64F here, and when you're outside in the sun with some humidity, that feels quite warm. In an apartment without much natural light and with the humidity tanking, though, anything less than 73ish feels really chilly.


Also I thought Cincinnati was a little further east -- like roughly parallel with Lima and Dayton -- and this is freakin' me out.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 30, 2016, 09:08:34 PM
I'm yet again surprised by how little women are playing LoL at pro level.

... Good god I misread that.

Apartment is cold. Heat doesn't get turned on for another couple of weeks so dang. Couldn't sleep well /at all/ last night 'cause of this. Stayed up till like 3AM shivering and having disturbing... not-quite-dreams. Ended up watching youtube on my 3DS for awhile to knock myself out.

Anyway, got myself a birthday present and then donated a near-equal amount of money to charity to make my soul feel better about being such a consumer whore.

(Thing was sort of expensive. Trying to get it held at the post office/signature confirmation because USPS still is refusing to carry stuff downstairs into the actual mail room and are just leaving it on the floor. I think I'm gonna talk to the apartment management about that tomorrow. Like legits if I hadn't been on sick leave when my copy of Neo Atlas/textbook with companion CD came it PROBABLY would've gotten stepped on/smashed, and I'm tired of having to clear packages off of the front steps to get up to my floor).
28  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 29, 2016, 09:21:15 PM
I am kinda interested in  Princess Maker. I have been hearing that the translation quality is like really bad.  I know Mesh kinda alluded to it, but is it really machine translated level of bad?

Oh god no, not THAT bad.

Mostly just... stiff/bland with some occasional weird typos ("You spend time with in talking to the guard," "Adventurers stray at our inn", etc.). But since it's mostly fine the weird bits are like... I don't know, biting into an omelet and getting shell.

It's more of a problem because it's a very texty sort of game and those kind of... well, live or die by the text being pleasant to read.

Also Refine feels sort of /off/ compared to the original DOS version. Like the voices... don't quite work right, the fonts are weird, the new art is... peculiar.

-- edit --

Okay, dunno if I got prudish or if I'm just remembering things, but PM2 kind of squicks me more than I remember. And I don't mean the "Oh hey you can marry your daughter" sense -- that, honestly, isn't THAT weird. It's more like... there's something weirdly objectifying and voyeuristic about the game that I can't really put my finger on?

I don't remember that at all :(
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 28, 2016, 06:55:16 PM
fwiw I'm really interested in the VP debates.

I think there's a not insignificant chance that, were Trump to win, Pence would basically be in charge of things.

Also I guess Pepe Frogs are hate symbols now?

The news is getting really weird????
30  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 28, 2016, 06:32:14 PM
Princess Maker 2 Refined coming to steam Oct. 3rd.

I am excited. So excited that I flew off the handle when I saw the broken engrish intro text scroll, not realizing that they otherwise farmed out a fan-translation (possibly the one I had been following, since that has now disappeared completely). The rest of trailer and screens they've shown are fine. This game is really ****ing good, and I also kinda hope they release one or more of the sequels (at least PM3, since that sounds like they beefed it up in a number of ways, while still retaining the awesome adventure mode that I know for a fact aren't in 4 & 5).

I just came here to post about this ffffffffff

So much nostalgia ._. Thiiiis does have a bit more T&A than I think I noticed when I was 13.

But still, bring on the weird oldschool Japanese PC games, son.

This is very clearly not professionally translated. Iiiiiiiiii might be refunding this :|
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