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7636  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: You know have a drinking problem.... on: January 13, 2009, 01:21:01 AM
Sweet, this didn't happen in Ohio!

Although admittedly this is something I would expect from Ohio. A girl from the neighborhood I grew up in sold her baby to a couple out in California, for instance.
7637  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 13, 2009, 12:10:23 AM
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Persona 4- In Heaven level 5, this cluster of regular encounter enemies who get to strike first and cast megidolaonn twice in a row are pretty annoying.

Is it true that Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens?

Anyway.

Giorgi Bagratuni died with fairly crappy stats all around. Despite his successes in expanding Georgia, he lost much of thta territory when his vassals defected, primarily because of mistakes made during a pre-emptive and poorly planned war against the Tribe of Cuman. In the second or third war against them, he died, and his son Leon Bagratuni, Count of Saray, was crowned the new King of Georgia. Immediately after this, three more vassals defected--one in North Georgia, one of the former Alanian states, and the province of Albania, all of which were reconquered and reincorporated into the Kingdom of Georgia. The County of Kakheti also defected, but refused to cede land at peace signing. Current early expanses made under Leon Bagratuni include taking over the Emirate of Turkmens and its single-province vassal, and the Tribe of Bolgar and its single-province vassal. Georgia is slowly gaining the gateway it needs to migrate into Scandinavia.

Leon has also gained the trait honest, after refusing to cheat on his wife while at war, and his piety and prestige are increasing. He is also respected by his vassals, one of which has been around, I believe, since the rule of Leon's grandfather, Bagrat Bagratuni.

Currently, the County of Semakha, ruled by a 13-year old, and containing the essential province of Imertia, has refused offers for vassalization. They have also made an alliance with Georgia's eternal enemy, the Tribe of Cuman (which is slowly being eaten by Ryazan, Muscovy, and Hungary).

Why the hell did I narrativize that. Goddamn I'm a loser.
7638  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Master Chief, instigator of murder. on: January 13, 2009, 12:04:00 AM
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Ohio teen convicted of killing mom over video game

God dammit I had this stupid state.
7639  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Sigil. on: January 12, 2009, 11:57:33 PM
Mazes of Fate, from what I remember, didn't get good reviews.
7640  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Down in the dumps, and need a good new RPG... on: January 12, 2009, 11:55:04 PM
But it gains points for beautiful water-colored non-battle backgrounds.

(I also, personally, found it to be the most difficult of the saga games, just because while a lot of them had weapon breakage, stockpiling weapons in SGF2 is a bit harder to do. Also, I can't remember whether or not it had a system in place like in romancing saga remake where you could weasel out of losing weapon points when your weapon skills got high enough).
7641  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Do you like the Star Ocean-style RPG structure? on: January 12, 2009, 08:55:35 PM
SO1 and SO2 actually have entirely different battle systems. I didn't like how battles worked in the original SO1 either. And I'm just gonna say it--Star Ocean 3 is one of the very, very few RPGs I openly have something akin to hatred for (Daggerfall maybe being the other one).
7642  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Down in the dumps, and need a good new RPG... on: January 12, 2009, 08:52:36 PM
Legend of Mana. To me, it's still the most beautiful game ever made.

I was going to suggest that but I thought he already played it and didn't like it.

Of course, I tried playing LoM to get through the endless winter of 2003, but somehow ended up with Xenogears instead. I'm NOT TOO SURE that this was a healthy decision.
7643  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Down in the dumps, and need a good new RPG... on: January 12, 2009, 04:46:44 PM
PM it'd be easier to suggest a game if you weren't being such a negative nelly all the time :(

i don't have any specific game recommendations but I do suggest you find the most colorful RPG you can think of and play that, and try to avoid the dreary, depressing ones, and i'm pretty sure you've already played them all because nobody likes making colorful games anymore.

---edit---

Oh, wait. Go try Avernum 3. It's 25 dollars but the demo's like, 30 hours long so you don't need to pay for awhile.
7644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Entire Life Completed RPG List on: January 12, 2009, 04:41:42 PM
Keep in mind that I have over 600 or 700 games. I'm not really sure. I haven't taken census in a few years.

And please note that I don't consider any of the games on the following list to be personal favorites.

Chrono Trigger
Chrono Cross
DemiKids Light
Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner 1
Legend of Mana
Secret of Evermore
Secret of Mana
Persona 1
Phantasy Star
7645  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best nature story/freak accident ever? on: January 12, 2009, 12:10:41 AM
Hippos don't eat dwarves anyway. Only elephants and carps do that.
7646  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bob's Game. One man's obsession, Everyone's game. on: January 11, 2009, 05:35:44 PM
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The mental torment Bob has suffered has begun his metamorphosis into the end boss villian of "bob's game,"
the egomaniacal creator of the "bob's game" inside "bob's game" known as "Bob."

Oh bullshit. Now I'm starting to think this is some bizarre alternate reality game.

CHECK HIS ROOM FOR FENNEL AND GODSEED SHARDS.
7647  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Super Game Journal Turbo II - The New Challengers on: January 11, 2009, 03:48:58 AM
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Man, the writers must've been sexually frustrated given the sheer number of horny people in this game.

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* Chestburst wang demon Taro.
* Giant Spider Vagina Mary.
* Mara.

Still, no quests where you have to get magical viagra before a local ruler will listen to you, like in Albion. Go Germany!

Anyway, more Crusader Kings. All of my vassals hate me, because they gained a ton of prestige in a needlessly long campaign waged against various pagan tribes in the Urals. Hungary allied with me, though, and my kids are maturing, so I'm marrying them off to Hungary and some of my formal vassals. It's 1089, and I'm only about 700 in debt.

Oh, and my character got his some teeth knocked out in battle and developed a club foot from a leg injury, so now everyone hates him because he can't walk right and has a speech impediment. I'm hoping he dies soon, and that my son ends up better than him.

Prestige dropped from a high of 117 to the like, 60s.

And accepting peace deals with Muslims does NOT help your piety.
7648  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bob's Game. One man's obsession, Everyone's game. on: January 11, 2009, 03:29:40 AM
Well, okay. More directly stating what I said earlier:

* There's no playable demo. If it's written in pure C, he should be able to release something on the PC, or a demo rom.
* Demo 1 showing it being played on a DS, as I said, looks like a sloppy cut away from a monitor to the actual DS he's holding. Namely, the screen size doesn't remain consistent. In demo 2, you see it on an actual DS, but it, honestly, looks superimposed.
* Also, I thought the entire point of his rebellion was to get a DS SDK so he could port his game to the DS. If it's aleady on the DS, he has the SDK, rendering this entire debacle moot. If he doesn't have an SDK, then there's no way he'd have a running game on an actual DS.
* The fact that Cave Story is getting a Wiiware port makes his claim about getting denied by Nintendo kind of odd.
* Black Sigil's getting an official release through normal channels too.
* Bob also makes claims that he's been contacted by publisher, which would ALSO render all of his claims sort of void, as getting a publisher would alleviate his... problems with getting published.
* Actually, getting a publisher is the hard part, and if they're showing interest...
* His conspiratorial bullshitting is just bizarre and insane and incredibly unbecoming to this actually being a real project.

So, to summarize this:

* He's either lying about not having a DS dev kit or lying about having the game working on an actual DS.
* He's either lying about publishers showing interest in his game or STRICTLY interested in Nintendo publishing it.

So, upon cancelling his "protest," or whatever it is, two conclusions can be reached:

* He cares more about proving a point than actually releasing this game he's supposedly worked on for five years.
* There is no game.

The absence of a game would explain everything. If he didn't actually have a playable product, Nintendo wouldn't have given him an SDK. If he didn't have a finished product, all negotiations with other developers would've fallen through. If he didn't have an actual game, he wouldn't have made more appropriate efforts to get it published.

Now, let's seriously consider what we saw in the videos.

We heard lots of chiptunes. We saw crowd simulations. And we saw trucks stopping for the player. We saw some text. We saw a sprite exploring a house.

We DIDN'T see anything particularly gameplay oriented. What was shown was very typical demoscene stuff. Especially the uh... pre-demo 1 thing. Very demoscene in its aesthetics. Also, taking into consideration how competition oriented the demoscene is, I wouldn't be surprised if this is part of some bizarre contest.
7649  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bob's Game. One man's obsession, Everyone's game. on: January 10, 2009, 11:14:28 PM
The lesson is, if you want attention, pretend to be making a game and then act like an utter psycho on the internet.
7650  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bob's Game. One man's obsession, Everyone's game. on: January 10, 2009, 07:28:58 PM
He cancelled his protest.

Re-reading the webpage again, I seriously doubt this was actually a real project. For several reasons. Just ignore his BS claims about it being the biggest game made by a single person ever. Nevermind that he wrote it in pure C, and could just release it as shareware for the PC if he cared that much about actually releasing it. Nevermind his absolutely insane, endless attacks on "big companies." Nevermind that it looks like a QBASIC RPG from the 90s. Nevermind that at the end of Demo1 it's pretty obvious that the video of the game cuts away to a video of him holding a DS and the game was never actually being PLAYED on that DS. Nevermind his akward comparisons to himself being Link and nintendo being Ganon. Nevermind that his behavior isn't really... suitable for getting the thing published, or for getting taken seriously. Nevermind that the production values aren't even good by indie game standards (seriously, now. Cave Story is getting a Wii port. Come on). Nevermind that the ego on this guy dwarfs Derek Smart's. Nevermind that the interview in the interviews he's given his mannerisms are completely different.

Actually, don't nevermind all that. It's important.

Either YABT, HAND, or this guy's intentions were always to either release this on some other platform or on that homebrew-device-via-WalMart thing, and this was the biggest publicity stunt ever.
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