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7486  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Girl turns cute to ugly on: April 18, 2009, 12:52:00 AM
Uh, stare at her eyes a bit. Something uncanny valley starts happening. I was about to post a "WTF DONT GET IT" post and then I saw that.

Her eyes really are out of proportion somehow.

Then again, if you stare at any face long enough, it starts to like... mutate. You get spacial disphoria or whatevs. Try it in a mirror with yo own damn face.
7487  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 17, 2009, 07:51:16 PM
BG2 has a lower hit rate, IIRC. It's just not noticable because combat's fast.

Or you could use a Kensai, yeah.

I don't remember HP raising very fast in FF2 in FFO, but I also don't really remember enemies ever doing any damage to me. Also they were slow as hell to actually attack and rarely even got hits in.
7488  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 17, 2009, 03:10:37 PM
At the risk of getting into Magical Pengel territory, it should, on a DS, be feasible to have a "make your own character" thing via some sort of... HeroMachine like interface. And I think I'll just say this for the millionth time that more games needed to do what Wizardry 8 did and let you pick voice-sets/personalities for the characters.

Actually, Forsaken Land was really interesting like that. Alignment and race affected how much your party members liked eachother and in turn what combos you could. More games need something like that also.

Anyway finished that mission in unlimited saga. It was... pretty damn easy to do that as I just had one fight left. Gave up on getting the chests. Probably could've grinded a little bit more and maybe gotten them. Oh well. Kurt's panels sucked. Everyone else got a pretty good selection. Armand was a problem because he got L4 Axe and L3 diplomacy in his selection, and has L3 Fashion. L3 Diplo + L3 fashion would mean I could get out of a lot of fights, potentially. I went with Axe since I ditched Kurt's inconspicuous skill, which made diplomacy a lot more useful.

Also Mordeus got L4 throw, which I liked, exceeeept replacing L3 throw with L4 throw was lowering my stats for some reason, and replacing L3 QuickFix with L4 throw would've given me the biggest strength boost but fuck that I need QuickFix.
7489  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 17, 2009, 11:07:21 AM
Does this dude actually have scar magic or is that just roleplaying on your party?

Wizardry 8 I remember being really goofy about attacks not hitting much, though that might've been my own crappy character builds. IIRC, I gave the the stats/skills that govern accuracy WAY, way too low of a number.

M&M6 and 7 also had fairly low hit rates but the battle systems in those gays were very, very fast.

Oh, and I guess Chrono Cross does to when the giant car you're fighting keeps blinding you (the bastard).

I also hit some point in unlimited saga last night where i had Ventus trying to kick one of those fuzzy little brown enemies and half of the attacks missed. I've had attacks miss in that game, but usually only the really slow and inaccurate ones like Stardust. I'm not sure what stat governs attack hittiness in that. Probably Skill since that governs nearly everything.
7490  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Hey guys... on: April 17, 2009, 11:01:49 AM
Nichevo in russian is, potentially, the genetive form of nichto, which means nothing.

In this case, though, it means nevermind, but it a very fatalistic sense. Sort of like "A raccoon just ate my dong and then planted a tree in my lungs. Oh well. Nevermind."

And oopsie for forgetting Mr. Lungtree, although unlike the others, he didn't put his penis in a precarious predicament.

Give it a week.
7491  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure on: April 17, 2009, 04:31:00 AM
bloodier than Fist of the North star.

I call bullshit.


If you're just looking for some sort of fairy-tale-ish RPG, I can think of a few recommendations. Like, plugging Quest for Glory 2 VGA because it's that kind of week and it's freeware. There's also legend of mana, which i loved, and Odin Sphere, which I didn't like. legend of mana also fulfills the music requirement sense all of your magic are flutes except the drums

Specifically musically themed stuffed is harder to find. Although to that extent that extent Tales of the Abyss and Ar Tornelico (apparently?) might work.

Or if you're just looking for cute happy games for LEETLE GURELS then you could try Riviera. It's full of LEETLE GURELS and they interact and I think you can like date them or something. I don't know. I never got very far in it because I don't have a reasonable adult attention span.
7492  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Dude had a tree growin' in his fuckin' lung. on: April 17, 2009, 02:16:03 AM
That's not a tree. That's a branch.

I think the theory on gardenweb was that he inhaled a bud and it continued to grow somehow. That's slightly less impossible than it growing from seed in any case.
7493  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite plants. on: April 16, 2009, 10:21:58 PM
You can make hooch out of a lot of things.

Anyway, new plants came in the mail.

http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/8623/cactus001c.jpg Huernia of some sort or other.

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/9563/cactus003.jpg Astrophytum asteras. It's got buds. Hell yes.

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/548/cactus004.jpg Alluaudia procera that's like twice as big as advertised. Hell yes.
7494  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: April 16, 2009, 10:16:44 PM
I played that a bit and I pretty much agree. Also is it just me or do all of these D&D games - even the good ones like the Infinity Engine games - have ridiculously low hit rates?

I think that's something with the normal D&D ruleset, and it applies to the Goldbox games too, obviously. What's a bit annoying is that the low hit-rate thing has spread to a lot of PC RPGs in general.

Much like the previous I hadn't planned on picking this up, but at $10 I'm happy with it so far early on, assuming it has the same easy difficulty level of Origins by default.

FF2 in general is really easy as long as you don't try to make a single character a dedicate spell-caster. Alternating between magic and physical attacks tends to, if not eliminate the stat-downs, at least completely offset them, since you gain faster than you lose. Or at least you seem to.

I don't wager that the PSP version has fixed the high number of useless spells (Although I guess that can be seen, as I said earlier in this tread, as a backwards positive -- the only spells its hard to level up are the ones you have no reason to ever use anyway).

I have to admit, though, I realized recently that everything I liked about FF2 was done in SGF, FFL1, and FFL2, only pretty much better. Although I do love the atmosphere in FF2 for whatever reason. Favorite of the original FFs is probably 3, or the DS remake thereof (though I actually like the NES original, which is unusual for me, as the only other NES RPG I like in its original form is Mother. And RCR, which is kind of an RPG, although the GBA remake is better and introduces some of the better aspects of Tecnos' Samurai).

Unlimited Saga:

Okay, doing that quest I talked about last night. Except the way it works out, there are like... basically there are three hubs with a set number of monters, but they also seem to act as monster generators. And there's two chests RIGHT next to one of the generator hub thingies. Meaning that if I fail to open a chest, i'll likely get into a fight and have to do that before trying again. I'm not really good enough with the chest lock/trap/disarm reels so fuck it. I think I have enough money for weapon repairs in any case.
7495  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.

7496  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.
7497  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 )
7498  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
7499  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.
7500  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.
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