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2551  The Rest / General Discussions / Tips on how to fight burnout? on: April 10, 2007, 10:40:00 AM
Thanks for all the replies.  

Quote from: "jphussey"
The only advice I can give you my friend, is, whatever you do, do not take any time off. When working on my PhD and feeling burnt out, I took time off. Suffice it to say, Ive not gone back.

Just think of it this way: if you dont finish, what are you going to do with your life?

I agree.  Taking time off would be counter productive.  I don't plan on quitting since It's just one more semester after this one and it's looking to be like a fairly easy next and hopefully final semester.  

Quote from: "Morwan"
When I burn out, it's because work has become so overwhelming that I've completely lost my perspective. You need to take a step back and re-evaluate the situation you're in. What's your goal in life? What's your reason for going to school, and why is it better than the alternatives? What's going to happen if you don't finish? Just make sure to look at the big picture, keeping things like buying a house, a car, etc.. in mind.

Once you've answered those questions, everything should be clear.

That said, doing this made me decide not to pursue graduate school, so your mileage may vary.

Work has indeed been quite overwhelming to me.  It feels like once I get caught up in one subject, I am behind in another one.  I attribute this to the burnout as well.  I agree with Aelph in that a goal or motivation would help things, but right now I don't have any goals that wouldn't require a hell of a lot more studying to pass a certification exam after I graduate.  I know bad things would happen if I didn't graduate and I wouldn't want to waste all the time and money I've invested this far so it's definitely onward in some way.

I definitely don't think I could do graduate school anymore either.  Initially I thought that it was a great idea.  I could make more money, have a better job, etc.  When I think of it now, it just doesn't seem worth it, unless somehow I don't go for a couple years and my employer pays for me to go.

Quote from: "kyuusei"
Man, when studying, I not only burn out, I crash and burn. I've had nothing but As and Bs for like five semesters (only one B-) and now I'm getting like..a Csomething in physics. Then again I went five-six straight semesters, most of them full. I so need a semester off, especially when I need physics grades a whole lot better than that.

I'm hoping so hard for a C in the two classes I'm doing horrible in.  B is a possibility but I'd sure have to do really well on the next test and hope there is some sort of end of the semester curve for attendance or something.  I'm just glad I'm not taking any summer courses (can't really do that anyway unless I was taking them at a bigger school).

Quote from: "Ryos"
Keep going man, I spent like the last year and a half of my graduate degree burned out. As long as you balance your goofing off time and your scholastic necessities that should help you pursue your final months.

Definitely.  I'm trying to limit video games to weekends.  We'll see how that helps.  Might try to exercise more, but I've been feeling particularly lazy about doing that lately.

Quote from: "Aelph"
I've found that working in very small increments can help: do an hour or two of work, then go do something else for awhile. I think most of the 'burn out' for me comes from feeling like I've got a constant pressure on me, so I'm trying to convince myself that taking a bit of time off -- just a bit, mind you -- isn't going to make or break my average.

That's what I used to do and it worked well.  I still try to do that but often the "little break" turns into a bigger break than it should be.  Maybe I should plan something for the summer to look forward to as well.  My sister really wants me to get an internship down in NC where she lives.  She's been sending me internship postings to my email from down there.  Maybe I should take the hint.  It'd be nice to live in a warm climate for the summer.  Probably too late to get an internship though >.>
2552  The Rest / General Discussions / GameStop: Spoiling games for you! on: April 10, 2007, 10:13:08 AM

Love the picture.

Personally I'm not going to take my chances with it.  Almost done with the game I think.
2553  The Rest / General Discussions / Hockey Playoffs Thread on: April 09, 2007, 01:15:59 PM
I've always been a Stars fan myself, even though I haven't really been around to watch hockey much these past two years.  So I'm rooting for them.

I guess I'm rooting for the Pens too since I'm close to Pittsburgh.
2554  The Rest / General Discussions / Tips on how to fight burnout? on: April 09, 2007, 01:10:51 PM
I'm burnt out.  I know there has been discussion about RPG burnout and this isn't the same burnout I'm talking about.  I have 2 more semesters left of college (including this one) and I am completely burnt out on studying.  For a lot of my friends, this is not a problem because they don't really have anything tough going on in their classes anymore.  However this semester is probably my biggest workload and most tough class wise to date but I cannot bring myself to study or read anything anymore.  In previous years, I would be able to do the assignment for one class, take a small break, then start on another assignment.  Now, I'm lucky if I get one chapter read per day.  Every time I pick up a book to start studying for class, I cannot keep focused anymore on that subject.  Hell, I stopped reading a book to type this post because it has been on my mind for a month or so.  This has become a huge problem for me because I could possibly fail two of my courses if I don't stop fucking up.  If my school didn't suck, this wouldn't be too bad as I could possibly re take the course in the summer or in the fall, but they don't offer it again until the spring (pushing back my graduation date, which I don't want to do)

Anyone have any tips?  I ask here because I know some of you guys are pursuing your masters or in some cases your doctorate.
2555  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia III review... on: April 08, 2007, 01:29:52 PM
Quote from: "Prime Mover"
Does anyone think the Grandia III review on the main page is a bit high? To be honest, I think the game was a real letdown from the other games in the series. I MIGHT give Grandia II a 91% (even with its major dramatic flaws). I guess my main beef is that Grandia III started off with so much potential, and then completely killed all of its originality about 1/3rd the way through the game. I'd put it in the mid 70s, in terms of score.

I don't usually post my opinions of reviews, but this one seemed particularly agregious.

I agree.  Honestly while I do read and enjoy Lee's reviews, I ignore his scores since they always feel too high to me.

Grandia 3 was definitely a let-down.  Though surprisingly, I actually did finish the game.  That's rare these days.
2556  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: April 07, 2007, 07:48:37 PM
Quote from: "Ryos"
Good news: I got the shard of virtue.  Seeing as how this is the best healing weapon I'm likely to obtain any time soon, I was pretty stoked about it.  I also got the nifty boost on blessing of light libram when we one-shotted the big bad wolf (not bad for a first boss attempt, so I'd say that illustrates how easy it is :P).

Bad news: curator's still a bitch.  No idea how to approach that.

grats on the mace.  our pally is still trying to get it.  I got myself Light's Justice from Prince Malchezaar on Monday.  I'm quite happy.

As for curator, i've done it two different ways that worked very well (note:  i'm a healer and i don't pay attention as much as to where others are standing / what they are doing if I don't have to.  I know what I need to know and this is what I've picked up from it.  Also I've only done each strat once):

-Have your group in a sort of "number 6 on a dice position".  3 healers in the back row.  3 ranged in front of them and whatever is left in front of them.  they should be evenly spaced out to avoid the spacing issues.  Melee can do what it needs to do.  Just kill adds as they appear otherwise dps on him.


-Healers in the cubby on the right side near the back wall.  Everyone else wherever, but not too close.  Adds appear, frost shock em to stop them from going anywhere and dps em down.  Resume dps on curator.  We only had a shaman and myself during this strat and he was down before the 2nd evocation and I didn't even have to use my shadowfiend.

In other news, there's all this talk about "Priests are going to get buffed" that, iirc, tigole posted somewhere on the forums.  I'm pretty skeptical.  Not only do I think this will take a long time for it to happen, but I don't think they'll do it right.  I don't think it'll be what priests need.  Honestly, if they added 100-200 more min and max health restoration to priests last rank of gheal and they upped the chance of clearcasting to 10%-15% (wishful thinking), i'd be very happy.  I don't feel that they are going to change our 31 and 41 point talents, which is something we really need.  It'll be interesting to see what they end up doing.
2557  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: March 31, 2007, 06:30:15 PM
Well fuck.  I dropped over 200 gold last night on gems

Our guild killed Netherspite as usual and he drops priest pants.  I don't necessarily want them, but they're given to me for free because I was the only priest in the raid and we have tons of void crystals due to karazhan loot generally sucking ass.

All gemmed up they aren't half bad:
-36 stam
-34 int
-22 spirit
-+150 healing

I lost 6 mp/5 over my old pants, but oh well.  They're still in my inventory in case they're needed for more mana regen.

Was hoping to drop Prince again last night as well, but we were short on healers and just had bad luck on the fights.  Though we did get him down to about.. .5% i'd say.  So heartbreaking.  I would love to get his mace.  I've been saving up the mats for the healing enchant for awhile.  I'll probably pass it to our main paladin healer though.  He's been there for a long time and deserves it more.
2558  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: March 28, 2007, 10:16:53 AM
Quote from: "Daggerstrike"
We attempted the Mech....wow. We got destroyed hard by the first boss. Repeatedly. It went very smoothly up until him. I am not sure if it's our gear, or that we just suck, but we are having quite a bit of trouble with the Tempest Keep bosses.

Tempest Keep while very nice visually, can suck my balls.

Mech's first boss is definitely the hardest one in Mech.  It's not that it's so hard, but but damage is going everywhere in that fight.  A priest using PoM when needed really saves the day.  Positioning also helps a ton too.

Personally I really hate Arcatraz.  I've only gone in twice and I'd like to keep it that way as long as possible.  I only made it to the final boss once, and since I was the only healer, it didn't work out so well.  I got randomly Mind flay stunned three times in a row and that pretty much killed us without a backup healer.  We didn't get anymore attempts in after that because this was back when things respawned like mad.  The last fight is fun though.  I heard a pretty sweet strat for him the other day that I'd like to try out someday.

I transferred my priest to a different server the other day.  We'll see how this goes.  My last server was rather dull and boring.  This one is a pretty full server and just hearthing to Shatt lags my PC like no other.

Oh.. and this came from the server I just transferred away from.  I remember all the threads in our forums about this.  I know it got spread around on different wow forums but i'll link it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet:

2559  Media / Single-Player RPGs / i give up. on: March 19, 2007, 02:31:53 PM
Quote from: "Bernhardt"
I'm definitely going to Gameshark this one. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: level-building does not constitute gameplay.

I never felt I had to level build at all until one of the last few dungeons.  I didn't fight any more enemies than I had to to finish the dungeon.

Like I said earlier, if it concerns anyone, you can buy Embroidered Tippets somewhere around mid-game to compensate if you're feeling "low leveled".
2560  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: i give up. on: March 19, 2007, 12:28:08 PM
Quote from: "Alisha"
i can deal with needing to spend points to get access to new weapons,armor and magic/skills but accessories? come on now. another problem with this game is it indirectly punishes you for not exlporing or doing sidequests. if you just go from point A to point B without at least exploring you will find yourself quickly underleveled. i tried to force myself through it for the story but i couldnt do it anymore. when i was stopped i just died at some zombie dragon at a lighthouse.

I always felt license points were quite abundant.  

Zombie dragon?  i thought he was easy, but it depends on how many sidequests you have done because at that point your gear and spell arsenal can be vastly different if you have done them (and I have).

Honestly there is a FF12 "ez moad" if people want to use it.  While fighting pretty much anything except a hunt or boss, have your party equipped with Embroidered Tippets which double the xp you gain.  This makes skipping areas very possible.  I found it pretty easy to power level your way up in a rather small amount of time with those accessories on.  Also between the three quickening charges on your main characters to triple their MP, I had one of my characters equip a Nihopalaoa and had them pick up all the remedy lores on the license board.  This made some fights a hell of a lot easier because a single remedy could inflict every status ailment on an enemy as long as they aren't immune to that particular ailment.

Quote from: "Dincrest"
I'm probably one of the few who really likes FF12's music. Sure the music does not stand up well on its own and I wouldn't buy the soundtrack, but within the context of the game, it's great. It adds the right amount of atmosphere without overpowering anything, like too much salt on french fries. Again, I could spend all day in Rabanastre, because not only is it an awesome town visually, but that town's theme is killer.

I wouldn't say I really liked the music, but I thought it was pretty good as well.  I enjoyed listening to most tracks and nothing really bothered me.  The music felt like it fit.

I'm in the second to last dungeon and the only thing I can say I am disappointed with is the story.  I heard it picks up towards the ending so I'm hoping for that.  It just feels like (not really a spoiler but ill put it in a code just in case)
the world is left unexplored.  Rozarria?  We talked to one dude with a European accent from there.  We didn't even step foot in the place.  Very disappointing.

I also feel that too little has happened in the game's span.  The game is almost over yet I don't feel it should be.
2561  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: March 16, 2007, 09:11:07 AM
Quote from: "Ryos"
Quote from: "Akanbe-"
Quote from: "Ryos"
Lol, one of my guildies who's been in the guild since before I got there (like a year and 3 months ago) got a perma ban for exploiting the economy or some such BS without a warning for whatever random GM noob decided something was an issue.  GG.

Lemme guess... Arcatraz key?

Hmm, what do you mean exactly?  

There is/was a bug that would allow you to throw away your arcatraz key and the quest giver would give you a new key and the gold reward over and over again.

my guild had a meltdown.  fucking gay guild leader ftl.  the guild kinda reformed and they told me they are trying to recruit the guy who fucked us over and just disbanded the guild over a really stupid issue (tank server transferred).  doubt ill join them but i dont have many other choices since there's not many other guilds on the server that have decent members.  the ones i do like are past karazhan already so i'm not even going to waste my time trying to get in. might find a new server and transfer my character.  the horde on our server suck.
2562  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: March 15, 2007, 06:23:11 PM
Quote from: "Ryos"
Lol, one of my guildies who's been in the guild since before I got there (like a year and 3 months ago) got a perma ban for exploiting the economy or some such BS without a warning for whatever random GM noob decided something was an issue.  GG.

Lemme guess... Arcatraz key?
2563  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: February 27, 2007, 11:26:53 PM
God forbid they nerf paladins.
2564  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: February 27, 2007, 05:53:08 PM
I'm kinda happy patch didn't hit today.  Priest nerf is a fucking slap in the face.  Not only are we second rate healers (and have been for awhile), now we'll get shot down so much easier in arena battles unless your group is good enough to try and keep you alive.  People say "well it's OP"  Well, I've heard the argument over and over that pvp and pve balancing is not focused on 1v1.

I did 5v5 arena last night and honestly with my stamina gear on, I don't see how I could ever hope to stay alive longer than 5-10 seconds now. I'd say out of the 15 or so games we played, I'd say a good 12 of them had 2+ people dedicated to taking me down ASAP.  Paladins have plate and their bubble yet they can't give us this?  Hell I wouldn't mind a cooldown, but 20 seconds is excessive.

Thoughts on this / upcoming patch?

edit:  I also find it odd that they are just now nerfing paladins.  It would have seemed more logical to do it when only alliance had them.  I don't know what goes through their minds.  

Also the warrior buffs are well needed.  I'm glad to see it.  Now we'll just have to see how much aggro thunderclap will cause.

Druid nerf was needed to some extent.  Their DPS in bear form is ridiculous.  I've seen some guilds post DPS charts where their druid tanked curator and still hit #1 on the DPS charts.  Honestly I'd rather just see warriors get buffed and druids less nerfed.
2565  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: February 17, 2007, 11:25:09 AM
I've been 70 for awhile on my priest.  I've been mainly rep grinding to try and get better gear.  I'm about 2 bars away from getting revered with Cenarion Expedition and picking up that extremely badass cloth healing headpiece.

Still trying to get the D3 shoulder piece from vorpil.  that fucker won't drop it.  doesn't help that often pug shadow labs suck.  Attempting some to try and get the 1h healing dagger from Botanica, but no serious attempts yet.

Trying to get attuned for karazhan.  Haven't really found a suitable group yet for black morass.  The amount of stupid shit you have to clear before engaging Medivh is retarded.  

Nice arena team John.  Should be fun.  I think some people in our guild are trying to form a 5 man  but I haven't seen them on that much lately.  I guess we'll see.
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