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7516  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona port for PSP? on: January 16, 2009, 04:11:23 PM
If they do translate the remake, I totally hope they Americanize everything again just because pissed off megaten fanboys are sillydorable :3

And by that I mean make the main characters Americanized as hell but actually keep the rest of the game really Japanese (if not even MORE Japanese). That would be all kinds of crazy.
7517  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 15, 2009, 11:15:27 PM

Managed to get White Peace with Seljuk by... excommunicating my Steward for being a witch, which got my piety up high enough so that I could bargain with them. I gained about as many provinces as I lost in that war, but the ones I gained were more important cause they allowed me to ring the Caspian Sea, more or less, except for the south edge. Also, I took over the eastern branch of Azerbaijan, which is now situated in Lesbos for some reason.

Hungary keeps invading into Cuman territory, and me own Ryazan means I'm going to clash with Kievan Rus if they ever get their act together. Hungary's getting scary, though.

Good news is, I'm fairly close to Jerusalem, so if I decide to persue the Crusades more actively... I've got another 300 years of game left, though, so I plan on building up my infrastructure a bit. I'm going to need to be able to handle an army of 60k before I can seriously thing of taking the holy land, and I'm nowhere near that yet. Like, I can get an army of 30k assuming a grand mobilization goes perfectly. MAINTAINING that for a few years is another story entirely.
7518  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SaGa 2 remake announced on: January 15, 2009, 09:14:13 PM
can someone tell me the difference between this game and the newer Saga games. I only played Unlimited Saga and Romancing Saga. and I also do not know anything about the former ones.


unlimited saga was more of a turn based strategy game than an RPG, in the sense that weapon and health preservation and maneuvering around are really important, and character stats don't really play a huge role.

saga frontier 2 is more like a traditional RPG in how it's balanced, but the gameplay progression is very episodic, and fairly linear. Basically, the story follows two characters over the course of about... 70 years?

saga frontier 1 is a fairly normal JRPg. It's rather nonlinear, you get seven main characters, and a ton of side characters. Some characters have fairly different gameplay systems.

Romancing Saga 1 and 3 are fairly normal non-linear SNES-era JRPGs. 3 doesn't have weapon breakage. I never played RS1 much, because I don't know Japanese, and the remake's just a lot more interesting

Romancing Saga 2 is kind of a life sim, apparently.

And then FFL1-3 are fairly normal console-style RPGs. 1 and 2 let you make your own parties. 3 does not. Also, robots in three don't make any sense and are basically just monsters.
7519  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sea Kittens! on: January 15, 2009, 08:48:12 PM
Some of the foods PETA lists as being vegetarian aren't actually vegetarian, BTW.
7520  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 15, 2009, 08:43:02 PM
Civ 4's manual really explains everything.
7521  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SaGa 2 remake announced on: January 15, 2009, 06:00:15 PM
Square's never made a balanced game. If they have, I certainly don't remember it.
7522  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 15, 2009, 02:51:47 PM
All of your talk of epic medieval history and strategic dealings has made me play the next best thing (that I own), Civ4. I'm really not that good at the game, but for some reason I tend to do rather well. Part of that could be that I am playing on the second easiest (default) difficulty setting, but sitting down for a game of Civ relaxes me and I don't know if I quite want to lose that aspect by pumping up the difficulty. I'm playing with the Dutch (Willem Orange or something like that), and everything is peachy except with Joao II (Portugal). Who is a cunt. I think he poisoned my water supply. Back to why I'm bad, I never read the manual and the tutorial is pretty bad at introducing the more complex concepts of the game like espionage. So I basically don't know what I'm doing. I'm also really tired, so if none of this makes sense: my apologies.

If your town is sick, it could be because there are too many people in it. You're going to want to start capitalizing on resources like fish or anything else that gives health bonuses. You'll want fishing boats and engineers for that. Keep in mind that if you build, say, a hunting camp on a deer location, you're going to need to connect it to your city with roads.

Of course, it's also possible someone poisoned your water.

To do espionage, if the game works like older Civs in that regard, just build a spy unit and send it to the enemy town you've got a problem with. The game has pretty good fedback and extensive tooltips so it shouldn't be too hard to figure out.
7523  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sea Kittens! on: January 15, 2009, 03:44:51 AM
Slowly I've come to hate vegans/vegetarians and what they stand for.

7524  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 15, 2009, 03:41:48 AM
TP HAS jumping puzzles IIRC, but they're not as obnoxious as OoT.

Anyway, CK:

Leon died of a disease, and the Kingdom of Georgia went to his brother because he didn't have kids. I managed to close the eastern front, and on that side, I'm making a push into the middle east. In the West, the war with Azerbaijan is essentially a stalemate. I take some provinces, they take some provinces, and then I lose them again. And the eastern group of Seljuk turks is being huge and problematic again. I might just start pillaging the hell out of Azerbaijan and then focus on the Seljuk's. Still, I DO almost have a nice ring around the Caspian. And Sebeos Bagratuni doesn't suck at diplomacy like his brother.

I'm trying to raise Sebeos' kids NOT in the army, as raising Leon in the army as a child made him a bit unbalanced.
7525  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The irony is raping me on: January 15, 2009, 03:37:30 AM
I like Alaska. They make Ohio look less bad.
7526  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: whats your next highly expected rpg! on: January 14, 2009, 06:20:40 PM
Oh wait there's a new puzzle quest game coming out. That's gettin' me fairly happy.
7527  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: SaGa 2 remake announced on: January 14, 2009, 06:14:33 PM
goddamn yes you are the best news ever


wait goddammit the screenshots don't look that promising.
7528  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: whats your next highly expected rpg! on: January 14, 2009, 04:14:49 PM
Hnnnnnnnn The Dark Spire maybe? Although I'm sort of thinking that's going to just end up being a grindfest or completely miss the point of how first-person dungeon crawls work.

Dragon Quest 5 DS, maybe. Unless Square takes out party chat again, in which case I'm not buying it out of principle.

It's kind of hard to get hyped up new games because the DS is the only sort-of-modern system I have, and my laptop doesn't have a graphics card, and I'm not fond of a lot of indie RPGs because they're generally either kind of derivative JRPGs or kind of derivative roguelikes. And getting anticipated about indie RPGs is a tad risky given the high projects to vaporware ratio.
7529  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Do you like the Star Ocean-style RPG structure? on: January 14, 2009, 04:08:32 PM
As for the AI doing nothing problem, it's a combination of the Attack/Defense skill level, strategy set for the character, and current HP or MP. It's not a bug, but it can be annoying.

No. It was a bug. They AI broke. None of the other conditions would've caused the NPC to behave like it did. I'm not the only person that experience this. If it actually was a feature, it's a damn stupid feature, and if it's something you can turn off, then that speaks volumes about the level of feedback you have on the game's mechanics in-game.

And the dungeons were horrid, which was the worst part for me. Nevermind that they made item making a pain in the ass. Nevermind that the game was just flat-out ugly. Nevermind the stupid turtle minigame. Nevermind that the battle system was slow and felt kind of outdated. The only game I've played where I liked the dungeons less was Daggerfall, and *that's* what killed the game for me.
7530  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 14, 2009, 02:50:07 AM
Crusader Kings:

All of my decent marshals and stewards keep becoming counts, so my stats are getting worse. Specifically, in a recent push into Turkey towards some one-province, non-allied Muslim beydoms, I apparently pissed of the Very Massive Sheikdom of Seljuk turks. So they went to war with me. I took one of their provinces on the western front, they took one of mine. Big deal. However, 'cos they were distracted, I had some of my vassals in east Georgia (one of which was now a Duke, because I had enough of the provinces over their to make that title) take out... oh, three or four provinces in the east. Then I declared war on someone who as part of a (small) Emirate. Whoops. They didn't do much cause they were fighting in the west, but then some OTHER non-Seljuk aligned Sheikdom go mad because I was getting too close to their borders. And then they declared war. And then Azerbaijan decided they wanted in on the action too. Azerbaijan alone isn't a huge problem as they're small. Same for this other Sheikdom. Problem, though, is that I'm drained from fighting the Seljuks, and now I'm fighting two separate wars on two separate fronts.

On top of this, some of my old vassals died and their kids don't like me as much. Their kids also aren't masters of the battlefield which DOES NOT HELP.

Also, they're Muslims, so if I try to offer peace deals with them the Pope gets all up in my grills as he's like


and i'm like

goddamit you stupid bastard i'm orthodox go to hell

Also Leon doesn't have any kids. That could be a problem. His wife's like, in her 50s and he's only 30 so I don't really blame him. He is, however, chaste. Which IS a problem. So I need to change the inheritence law to something more beneficial, but I think that can cause revolts which is *bad*.
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