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7516  The Rest / General Discussions / Favorite plants. on: August 04, 2008, 04:34:02 PM
Gymnosperm trees:

Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood)
Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Island Pine)
Wollemi nobilis (Sort of. I don't have one. They're expensive. They might be really annoying to be around).
Cyptomeria japonicas are also pretty cool. They look kind of like araucarias and there's a billion cultivars.

Angiosperm trees:

Tulip trees


Asplenium nidus
Any sort of tree fern.
Platycerium bifurcatum (Not hillii. Those are really annoying).

Other angiosperms:

Sansevieras are pretty fun.
Ananas comosus, because they behave predictably and they're pretty easy to grow and start.
Banana plants are also pretty but whether or not I think they're a favorite will depend on how well I can overwinter them here. I mean, lots of people grow bananas in ohio, but that doesn't mean it's EASY.
7517  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Choose me a game! on: August 03, 2008, 09:01:26 PM
Chris is funny because he sort of goes insane after that.
7518  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Choose me a game! on: August 03, 2008, 07:50:29 PM
Oh, I WILL recommend Arc the Lad 1 and 2 (Arc 1 is, for all intents and purposes, the first chapter of Arc 2). Gameplay's good but I'm gonna talk about the story. It's not so much morally ambiguous as rather !@#$ed up. There's also definitely political stuff going on. There's any evil empire, but they're more like organized crime on a huge level.

Do play Arc 1 first, though, because it does a really good job of convincing you that the state of the world is ONE way, when in fact it's very, very different. Also Arc 1 is seriously only 10 hours long.

Also good luck finding this :(
7519  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Flood of rpg games for 08... How many can you afford? on: August 03, 2008, 07:23:16 PM
Attention duelists: AIDS.

Anyway, I had a question about the DQ4 remake since it came up (and also DQ3, by proxy). DQ4 has the immigrant minigame from DQ7 and the DQ4 PSX remake. However, I heard it was dumbed down from the PSX remake. Can someone explain how it's changed?

(Also, DQ3. I hear it has an immigrant minigame. When do I unlock it).
7520  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFIV DS Impressions Thread on: August 03, 2008, 02:13:00 AM
Feeling more compelled to buy this now. How do the hi-tech dungeons look?
7521  Media / Single-Player RPGs / FFIV DS Impressions Thread on: August 03, 2008, 01:31:36 AM
Can you use status attacks like blind and poison against bosses in FFIV successfully?
7522  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Choose me a game! on: August 03, 2008, 01:31:06 AM
Does cooking restore a meaningful amount of HP on hard mode or does it still only restore 5% of your HP because I'm not really seeing how that would be useful. and as I said I already missed out on two recipes (Ant Lion Man and the Miyagi one. Dunno if I can get the second one later) and at 17 hours in, those two still wouldn't have been useful at all.

also where do you get to pick if it's hard mode or easy mode? I never saw an option for that.
7523  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Choose me a game! on: August 02, 2008, 07:29:12 PM
I retract my Tales of the Abyss recommendatin for a few reasons:

1) It doesn't let you backtrack.
2) Cooking is useless, apparently, as I'm 20 hours in and the only recipes I have restore something like 5% of my max HP if they work which is roughly 50 HP.
3) I missed a side quest by doing some events out of order without any real indication that I was doing them out of order. This sidequest would've apparently led to recipes that would've been somewhat useful. What's funny is that the game is so utterly adamant about not letting you do stuff out of order that it's really surprising when this happens.


I'm talking about the ant Lion man sidequest in Chesedonia. This guy gives you a sidequests (well, five, actually, but you have to do them in order, and I missed the first so I missed the entire thing) and some of the rewards are recipes. Anyway, there's a manor in Chesedonia, and if you go into this manor, it triggers a cutscene and ends the ant lion man sidequest.

Going from the point where you enter the town onward, you reach the manor quite a bit before you reach the ant lion man. There's no indication that going inside will trigger this cutscene or really do ANYTHING. Except it does.

This is bullshit design.

4) I'm not really sure whether or not the town link system actually does anything. Apparently I've locked myself out of most of them up to where I am in the game because they're very obscure or something. I make a point of talking to every NPC twice so I'm not really sure what I'm doing wrong.
5) Load times that are longer than the battles.
7524  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: August 02, 2008, 05:26:01 PM
Of Montreal - Id Engager

Really in the style of Hissing Fauna which I loved. although I hope skeletal lamping isn't just a retreading of the last album.
7525  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Flood of rpg games for 08... How many can you afford? on: August 01, 2008, 09:57:31 AM
My job pays decently and I have a full scholarship so pretty much all of them, and by all of them I mean Dragon Warrior 4 since that's the only one I care about that's on a system I have.


oh shit didn't see Persona 4 and the tales gamse on there wups.
7526  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The (double) posted Atlus secret on: July 31, 2008, 09:27:06 PM
I never really found SMT1's demon dialouges that great. Yes, they're long and involved. They're also unpredictable and seemingly random and in general a bitch to work with and I didn't really find them all that fun. Persona's was a bit better because you could gauge how the demon was feeling but it was still mostly guess work. Nocturne also had random morality questions at the end of the negotiation process, which were annoying, but at least the entire thing was sped up. Persona 2 was the only one where demons really seemed to behave that rationally.

What I'd like to see is each demon having a set and fairly detailed dialogue tree. Not generic, semi-random conversations.

I wasn't that fond of the eating mechanic in DDS1/2, really. Raidou's thing was a bit too pokemonish, but you still got a new toy to play with. DDS' thing amounted to more AP for getting a finishing blow.
7527  The Rest / General Discussions / The Nostalgia Thread. on: July 30, 2008, 09:52:41 PM
I used to read this website back in 1999/2000 during study hall in fifth grade.

7528  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The (double) posted Atlus secret on: July 30, 2008, 09:37:47 PM
Summary of the next thirty posts:

FUCK [words] [console name] [words].

I'm actually curious as to why they're developing on the PS2 still. I'd guess lower development costs and lowered prices on the games (which can never hurt a niche title).

I'd honestly expect them to go 360 before PS3, though.

Or maybe classic SMT games on Wiinet! That'd be terrif.
7529  Media / Single-Player RPGs / What dead series(or mostly dead) do you miss the most? on: July 30, 2008, 08:31:53 PM
Oh jesus christ how the fuck did I forget this


Not necessarily a new game set in Britannia or following the same storyline, but something with the same kind of battle system 6 had and the same kind of interactivity and openness without being directionless that ultima 7 had.

You can' use the paint supplies in Oblivion. Do you have any idea how much this bothers me? If you're not going to let me DO anything with them or sell them for money why let me even pick them up in the first place, Bethesda? Why do you do this stuff? It's just as bad as Greeton.
7530  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The (double) posted Atlus secret on: July 30, 2008, 08:05:14 PM
Fuck the PS3 getting SMT games I don't have a PS3.
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