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6661  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I can make games? Journal on: November 18, 2009, 01:19:42 AM
I decided to get off my ass, learn SDL, and try to make a seven day roguelike, which will probably take longer than seven days and it's Boolean RPG, which isn't really a roguelike.

So far I have movement and sprites working. Not happy with the movement code though.
6662  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Most under-rated games ever? on: November 17, 2009, 09:37:07 PM
Just since I've been playing it, Ragnarok. Actually, it's not so much underrated as it is... well, unknown. The reviews for it are pretty good. It's just nobody's played it. the only real disappointment for me is that I'm not sure you can wield the rubber chicken ala Nethack, and potions can't be tossed and weaponized. DISREGARDING the fact that it doesn't have Nethack's insane amount of interactivity, it does so much unique stuff for with the roguelike genre that I haven't really seen since. Additionally the setting is cool. There are different areas. Large areas. And they're actually different so it's not a ZAngband-style endless sprawling wilderness filled with identical dungeons.

And since I'm playing roguelikes right now, one of the things I really liked about Unlimited Saga was that it gave me the rather roguelike-ish option of bashing the hell out of a chest I couldn't otherwise open. Options I enjoy!!
6663  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: December is language learning month. on: November 17, 2009, 09:35:34 PM
Oh, hey, I tried doing Finnish for the first thing. It's fun! Ymmarra Suomea is a good resource.


Specific difficulties I had with Finnish were consonant gradation as it wasn't entirely regular. Additionally, synthetic languages with heavy sandhi make it sometimes difficult to un-conjugate a word. What I did though was basically go through YS with a dictionary and various case charts, translating it, and checking my translation with people on HowToLearnAnyLanguage. I don't remember any of it but you might want to give it a try!

FSI made Finnish language tapes and that FSI archive site has them though I don't think the book was converted to PDF format.
6664  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: November 16, 2009, 10:16:47 PM
Ragnarok. Making very limited progress in the dungeon. I'm mostly armored although I don't have enough carrying capacity left to get a helmet which I sort of need because I keep finding falling rock traps. The notion that permasaves make roguelikes easy is a flawed one, I'd say. Also gained blacksmithing from a scroll of knowledge though I only have, uh, tongs right now. So no smithing for me.

It does follow some standard roguelike tropes. Eating a wraith is an instant level up. Vampires drain levels. Pale mosses make you forget item memory and there were tons so i genocided the fucks. I'm not sure if I can use paralyze/blind/hallucination potations as weapons.

Also random teleportation + ring of locus mastery has proven VERY useful, constantly.
6665  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 16, 2009, 07:23:03 PM
If Mario was in Dante's inferno it wouldn't have been such shit. See, instead of getting Dante emo-ing around in hell for three million pages, Mario'd be like "Fuck this shit," eat a mushroom, save all the tortured souls, and stomp satan's ass.

Actually, I mean, the last part of inferno IS Dante crawling around on Satan's ass, but I mean, that's not weird gay subtext or anything. I think.

Is three Dante's Inferno's lemons..?

That reminds me, all nobody else besides me who's played Devil Children, but were you getting some Dante/Virgil vibes from Setsuna and Kuul? And I KNOW there's Devil Children slash out there.
6666  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 16, 2009, 04:09:33 PM
Dios it's not like you said ALL 35 year olds had down syndrome.

Besides, I think Mr. Nails might be in his 70s. He dropped a few "my friends" in there and I think he might be a certain somebody whose name rhymes with Mohn JcCain.
6667  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 16, 2009, 12:30:06 PM
Hmmm. I don't recall learning about Dante in school, let alone ever reading anything by him. I just learned a few bits and pieces from the ole interwebnet.

Well yes, but you use real words and capitalization and have generally shown not to be completely insane in other contexts, so in your case I'd just assume your highschool had enough good taste not to ram the mildly schizophrenic rantings of some dead, pissy Italian down your throat.

6668  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Most under-rated games ever? on: November 16, 2009, 12:22:31 PM
Haunting Ground reminds me of all those weird Haunted House dreams I had when I was younger, only get to to play with a dog while you're at it. I never got very far in that game, but I really should.

Also it doesn't use RE style movement so it immediately gets a million bonus points in MY book.
6669  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 15, 2009, 08:01:16 PM
mr. nails, even ignoring the possibility that you went to a really horrible highschool with a completely sub par curriculum, Dante's Inferno is so heavily ingrained into human culture, in a very international sense, that if you don't know what it is I'd have to question whether or not you've ever left your house. The other option is that you're twelve.

So given the choice between assuming that you're a forty-year-old basement dweller that hasn't seen the light of day in decades, or a twelve-year-old that just doesn't *know* what Dante's Infero is *yet*, I'm going to assume that latter, because that's the nicer of the two options, and I'm just a real nice guy like that.
6670  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Parasite Eve is five hundred fucking dollars on Amazon on: November 15, 2009, 02:51:22 PM
One of my all-time favorite games, "E.V.O. The search for Evolution" on SNES is a great example. It still took a lot of liberties, but a good bit of what it taught was actually rather accurate. Plus, it was just a kewl game.

6671  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Dante's Inferno on: November 15, 2009, 02:49:58 PM
hrm.  all right.  did not know this.  learn something new everyday.

How old are you O_o
6672  The Rest / General Discussions / December is language learning month. on: November 15, 2009, 02:38:33 AM
Not officially because I just made this up, like,  right now*. It's sort of like nanowrimo except more futile but potentially more interesting.

About a million years ago on the how to learn any language forums I introduced this idea of a group Learn A New Language Month sort of thing, where the goal, obviously, wasn't fluency, but just learning a lot about a language that was new to you, or working extra hard on improving another language, or whatever. Nobody was interested, though.

Then a few months later some guy proposed the exact same thing and everyone jumped on it. F'ing bastards.

Anyway, I'm trying to revive this. The basic idea is that you pick a language you want to learn some of, and, starting December first, you start studying it, and see how far you get by January first. It's sort of a personal edification thing. Log your progress. Make Language Buddies. Whatever.

So, just throwing the idea out there. RPGfan's a somewhat international community, this seems like it could prove interesting! Any takers? I'm thinking of maybe doing Inuktitut.

* Someday I'm running for king of Ohio on the platform of making this real and also legalizing peyote because I want to grow lophs because they're adorable. It's like if someone combined a cactus with a bunny and filled it with mescaline.
6673  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: November 15, 2009, 12:02:24 AM
Found the dungeon in Ragnarok, after getting raped by wretchweed. Also there's somthing in the forest causing lava to erupt everywhere, so... glad I'm out of there. Got diseased, briefly. Found out NOT to eat the grey speckled mushrooms. Hit level 10 and multiclassed to a blacksmith. Not sure when I get blacksmith skills. This game is depthy.
6674  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Parasite Eve is five hundred fucking dollars on Amazon on: November 14, 2009, 11:54:30 PM
Yeah, like the thargoid ship at the center of the galaxy.
6675  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Parasite Eve is five hundred fucking dollars on Amazon on: November 14, 2009, 08:05:23 PM
I never heard the rumor. It's patently false, in any case, because the science in Parasite Eve has about as much to do with real science as, uh... some analogy expressing the notion that PE has really bad science.

If only I hadn't relied on videogames to teach me literacy then maybe I'd know what words did.
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