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6376  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hey guys... on: April 16, 2009, 09:59:40 PM
And don't forget Treelung McLungtree.

In Russian class Wednesday, 1guy1cup came up in class for some reason, and I was theorizing that that guy must be a Russian. It's really easy to explain though, Dincrest.

See, you say that words fail you. You really only need one word here.

6377  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Graphics in RPGs - how important are they to you? on: April 16, 2009, 02:57:43 PM
more appealing than generic next-gen action game #87.

holy shit guys let's add more hdr and while you're at it make everyone look like they're covered in vasoline

The one thing nice about oldschool graphics is that technical execution didn't matter much. Generation wise you either had EGA or VGA. So the phrase bad graphics generally meant "learn how to draw man."

Generally really inconsistent styles in graphics bug me more than straight-out quality or perceived quality. Like, if you have an RPGMaker game where have of the PC sprites are from phantasy star and half are from ToP. That's going to look damn stupid no matter what you do.
6378  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Getting back into Oblivion. on: April 16, 2009, 10:43:38 AM
but these Western RPG's were always so different to me that they were hard for me to grasp.

Oblivion's not indicative of Western RPGs, the PC's version's better because you can mod some of the stupid crap out of it, and if you want Oblivion with more items and quests and content in general go find a copy of its prequel, Morrowind.

Although in general there are way better WRPGs than Morrowind too, and in general Bethesda is and always has been a bunch of fairly incompetent hacks.

Compasses, in general, point in one direction, and generally always remain oriented to that direction. The quest compass in oblivion replaces magnetic north with a quest location. In general, if you're following it and you run into a mountain, just go around it or something, and reorient yourself when you've done so. I WOULD say just ignore the compass and go with direction the questgivers gave you, as that would probably be quicker, except, because there's a compass, there's also no real written information most of the time on where your quest target is located in relation to you, because Bethesda is and always has been a bunch of incompetent hacks.

( Play Quest for Glory 2, dammit. It's free: http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/qfg2/homepage/homepage.html )
6379  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: In this thread, a guy bites his own dick off! on: April 16, 2009, 10:33:56 AM
big deal i bit off like 13 of my own dicks at least twenty different times each
6380  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 16, 2009, 02:53:31 AM
Chrono Cross:

Went into the dead sea which is like, my favorite area in the game. Except I forgot to turn on PS2 disc speed up so the thing was running slow as hell, and I don't have any revive elements on hand, so I couldn't revive peeps when they got dead. And the dudes that kept dying were Lynx and Norris, one of which has to be in the party and one of which I like using in general because they rock.

LoRes should, in theory, work. It doesn't actually seem to be working. Maybe if I move it up in the grid so it lasts longer. I was honestly never that comfortable with how phases played out in CC. Also, I need something to uh, block its 300+ damage attacks and that goddamned blinding thing.


Yeah I barely even played this let's just


Actually got this last weekend. Leveled up a bit. Nice game. Glad I finally got around to buying a copy.

Unlimited Saga:

Did... the sparkling waterfall quest. Which was short and easy and gave me generally crappy panels. Sort of. I got Staff 3 for the little mage dude which I wanted, and defuse 3 for Kurt which is VERY good -- except i lost inconspicuous for it which I'm sure I'll regret. However, Kurt's Skill stat is now within acceptable levels, so he's doing better LP damage. Like, to the extent I might be able to take out that Gauntlet beast I'm stuck at with just kicks.

Also got 13000 Kr and got Life Protection on one of Mordeus' armors, which is good. However, now all of my weapons are run down and I just ran into, inadvertently, another quest in... some town. Which actually sounds sort of neat since it's basically about securing areas in a town in a certain order, so it's got a very strategy/tactics vibe to it. But my weapons suck. Though, I did pick up a new character in doing this.

Anyway, going to stop doing sidequests unless I need to since I... really don't need to and I've been running into really easy ones.

Also going to play more tomorrow because my eyes hurt and I'm not hitting panels very well right now.
6381  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite plants. on: April 16, 2009, 02:47:13 AM
Mesh, you seem awfully knowledgeable about plants. Do have a Hort degree or something? Perhaps work in the industry?

I'm actually a comp-sci/russian major. Undergrad at that. I don't really like either of those and I'd rather to have gone into something ag-hort related, but my uni doesn't have any programs like that, and I graduate next year, so whatever.

Google apple blossom tree, it looks exactly like that, but I don't think it's a apple tree. It's fruit is a lot smaller than a apple, unless it's some variant that people don't eat. Regardless, it looks great.

Malus has a lot of species in it. And malus domestica has a lot of variety too. How big are the fruits in quesiton? Golf-ball size? Smaller? Is it some kind of crabapple? Some other apple-like plant in the rose family, like a mayhaw* or hawthorn?

* Mayhaws lead to some really awesome jelly. Unfortunately, I only ever found two places that sell mayhaw jelly. One's in Tennessee, and the other one's Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati but they're expensive with it.
6382  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Graphics in RPGs - how important are they to you? on: April 15, 2009, 10:55:24 PM
I have this long standing theory that a lot of people got into RPGs, and similarly railed against quality graphics, because it made them feel smarter than everyone else. Or maybe that was just me.

I don't think it was just me though. I remember back during my **GAMEFAQZ DAYZ** when everyone on the Xenogears boards was like, if you don't like Xenogears you're an idiot and a graphics whore. Come on. That's elitism.

Except now I have meth so I don't need pretension to fill the holes that living in Ohio has brutally clawed out of my soul.

I do have this interesting situation where my TV set is rather tiny, so really detailed graphics don't do much for me because I can't actually pick out the details. Smooth, clean graphics look a lot better on it. Something like P3 or Ookami or DQ8 or Unlimited Saga. FFXII just looks like a snowy mess. SH:C isn't really playable. Haunting Ground and Chrono Cross or somewhat difficult to play on it.

Computer games are kind of a different story, since that's a monitor and all.

The biggest thing is that you need a gestalt, really. You don't want people picking apart different *parts* of your game. You want them to take it as a cohesive whole. Generally most console RPGs I've played are no cohesive wholes, and almost every PC RPG I've played is not a cohesive whole. RPGs, in general, do not lend well to being cohesive wholes because in the case of JRPGs you get the story, AV elements, and gameplay being kept very compartmentalized from eachother, and with CRPGs you get creeping featuritis and end up with Daggerfall. Atlus I think is the only company that, in this sense, has a clue what they're doing, consistently.

The one exception for 8-bit is Phantasy Star; I could look at that game for hours.

That's because the master system was awesome and it's a damn tragedy that the NES is the one that caught on.

the first three Dragon Quest games feel clunky to me in their original form, but playing them on the GBC was just fine, and that's not necessarily much better visually.

DQ3 was one of the better looking GBC games you have to admit though. They put some effort into that.

You know, it's disappointing when I hear that people are uninterested in playing games they think are ugly.

I think 8-bit games are generally uninteresting on their own merits, visual or otherwise.
6383  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 15, 2009, 10:44:46 PM
Started Riki.

Fed Riki a zombie.

Riki turned into a MetalSlime.

Fed Riki a Shellbug.

Riki turned into some sort of blue lion thing. His strength is currently 3x the party average, he has 400 HP, and 100 some WP.


And then I got ate by Tanzer. !@#% Tanzer.
6384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Difficulty of Translation vs Port on: April 15, 2009, 09:57:45 PM
No, but removing a good chunk of the game did change the storyline.

Nothing about the snowqueen quest sounds playable, storyline or not. I'm also not even sure how you're supposed to find out how to do the thing without using a strategy guide, going from the faqs I read. Entire way to open that quest up sounds obscure as hell.

More annoyed by taking party chat out of DQIV, in any case.
6385  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obama's greatest enemy on: April 15, 2009, 10:57:24 AM
Goddammit internet. Go back to providing free porn and leave the president alone >:/
6386  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 15, 2009, 10:56:16 AM
Wait the Essence semi-translation I saw made it sound like Cube is some sort of powercore that plays a bigger role in Robo's quest, and the Mask is what posessed Ren, because it was some other ancient artifact made to retrieve Cube.

Also did anyone ever write up a summary of Fuse's axed storyline, if you know? I'd bug gamefaqs about it, but, you know. It's gamefaqs.
6387  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: suikoden question on: April 15, 2009, 01:11:26 AM
What's Tierkreis supposed to be like? It sounds like a pretty traditional JRPG so I'm assuming it's just like the rest of the games in the series.
6388  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Difficulty of Translation vs Port on: April 15, 2009, 01:10:17 AM
No, an ugly localization is one where the original game ends up being completely incoherent, like BoF2. Making everyone white in Persona didn't actually change the storyline.
6389  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite plants. on: April 15, 2009, 01:08:45 AM
So yeah, I ordered a cactus, and alluaudia, and a huernia last... Wednesday. Company I used ships priority mail with USPS which should take 2-3 business days. It's been 4 business days, still no plants, and the weather turned bad again. Hopefully since they're succulents they can take being in a box for a week but good god this is getting dumb.
6390  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 14, 2009, 11:58:07 PM
You don't consistently get stat-ups.  You get 2-3 random stat-ups per star level, and then they stop.

Okay, that explains a lot. Not that I should actually care because:

A) I don't like grinding generally.
B) There's no rational need to grind in CC anyway.

Anyway, back to RS. Beat that damn Water Nymph quest and good got that was fucked up at the end there. Especially after, I don't know, getting the Eres amulet as Claudia which was an absolutely adorable little seen. Then went on to do that thing in Tarmittan. I started pulling of Vortices although like in SGF and RS3 I'm still not sure I understand the combo system fully -- it seems that stuff fires off a bit arbitrary unless I go through and set attack order manually here, and I'm not sure if there are any in-game combo references.

I'm still surprised at all the gameplay systems here. I'd forgotten about the classes and how shop ranks worked. Currently trying to find someone selling a de-trap skill. also, made Claudia a L3 hunter, so i should probably go back to South Estimir and grab that hidden chest in the catacombs.

Only thing with the game that I'm not really happy with is that like, compared to SGF, there's nothing creepy like the Bio Lab, or none of those vague, looming, threatening entities like Trinity or that whole Mystic society. Or at least nothing I've really noticed like that so far.

Also kind of wish you could have six people in your party like in the original I guess, or at least the ability to keep some dudes in reserve like in SGF or US.


Heeeey beat Diva. Yey. No idea if I got the good ending or bad ending though. I go the ending where she marries ren so I guess that was the good ending. where's the ending where she DSC's Fuse (or is that something from one of the books?)

anyway Liza and Fei-On finished out the battle sort of in a deadish state.  DSC proved fairly useful till Fei-on's WP ran out and he became a healer. Retribution scared the hell out of me because good god that was close. MindHeal and Starlight heal and all those powercures helped a lot. And I did it with sort of sucky armor too!

and I still have no idea who or what Cube is although i seem to recall that coming up in other quests a bit.

WHO TO PLAY NEXT HMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm (I'm thinking Riki)
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