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931  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: October 05, 2007, 06:56:07 AM
and my sig is awesome.
932  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: October 05, 2007, 03:36:39 AM
Alright, time to do this.

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1. Your character's race, face, and hair color.
2. Your character's classes (two maximum) and their respective equipment. Equipment should reflect your character's actual gear and not be /too/ outrageous.
3. The pose(s) you would like the character(s) performing.
4. The desired background and color scheme.
5. The thickness of the border. Personally, I like thick borders, but Levit and Leyviur wanted thinner ones, so those are two good reference points.
6. And finally, text. Personally, I like cramming /lots/ of information about my character's job levels, mission status etc. in the signature. Levit and Leyviur's take a more minimalistic approach. And think of a cool quote, too.


1. Tarutaru, face ... I dunno! What are the options? He has silver hair.
2. I am WHM onry, but I want two different geared pictures. One is my mage-y WHM/BLM, the other is my fighting WHM/NIN.

For WHM/BLM --
Weapon - Light Staff
Head - Nashira Turban
Body - Noble's Tunic
Hands - Healer's Mitts +1
Legs - either Blessed Trousers or Zenith Slacks (whatever you think looks cooler)
Feet - Rostrum Pumps

For WHM/NIN --
Weapons - Purgatory Mace, Darksteel Maul
Head - Optical Hat
Body - Reverend Mail (same design as hauby I believe)
Hands - Healer's Mitts +1
Legs - Blessed Trousers fo sho
Feet - Rostrum Pumps

for WHM/BLM, go for /kneel I think.
for WHM/NIN, see if you can either get a funny looking /panic, or else some sort of battle/attack pose

background? If you can get it, I want my background to be of Sea. You know, Al'Taieu? You can probably find some nice hi-res screens of it. I live there baby! The color scheme here is light blue, dark blue, pink, white ... you'll see when you look at it. It's awesome.

Border, basically what Levit has, but a color that fits with Al'Taieu.

6. Text ... let's see

Tonelico - Leviathan - 75WHM
Windurst Rank 10
ZM cleared, PM cleared, AU cleared
"I heal my friends, but I club my enemies."
933  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: October 03, 2007, 01:35:32 PM
Quote from: "Ventrue"
And yeah I don't know much about WHM gear, but you seem to be fine, the only urgent piece you could get now is the obligatory Apollo's Staff (why Pluto's and no Apollo's?!). The rest you are aware already. What AF2 pieces WHM uses btw? And what about the AF+1, is there any useful piece for your job?


Lessee...

I got Pluto's for a really good price. Apollo's is *mad* expensive. Eventually I hope to own all 8 HQs since I'm taking up SMN (I'd sell back most if I get Bahamut's Staff, which I may end up with BEFORE YY Robe...so backwards...).

What AF2 do WHMs use? Really, not much. I honestly think my present gear is better than any piece of AF2 in almost any situation. The only thing I really want is the AF2 body (Cleri'c Briault). Reason being, it adds +3 to any regen spell. I'm working on maxing out regen potency in merits, so a Regen III would be 28hp/tick, and Regen II would be 20hp/tick. As you may know, Regen II sticks much longer than III, so I could essentially cast a long-lasting Regen II, or a super-effective Regen III.

Cleric's Mitts (AF2 hands) are also useful in particular scenarios. It gives a crazy dmg bonus vs undead w/ Banish, and it's Enfeebling mag +15. However...

you asked about AF+1. As you may have already seen on my list, I already have one piece of AF+1, which is the Healer's Mitts +1. Arguably the best hands a WHM could have. MP +15 Strength +7 Mind +7 Healing Magic Skill +15 Enmity -4. The only thing I'd ever want in its place is Zenith Mitts for super-duper mp and possibly banish-casting since it gives MagAtt Bonus. But that's low priority. Other AF+1 that I'd possibly getting is the feet: MP +15 Agility +5 Intelligence +5 Spell Interruption Rate -25%
MP Regeneration While Healing +1. Currently I wear Rostrum Pumps, INT and MND +3, enhances "Fast Cast." So that's about it there.

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SMN eh? Camp for Yinyang Robe before you start leveling it XD (I remember shortly before I quit FFXI we used to camp Shikigami for weeks until we decked out 8 people with the Robes, they all leveled SMN eventually) and work on that Bahamut's Staff later X)


Yeah ... getting YY Robe will be a joyous experience. /sarcasm

I'm not looking forward to the Shikigami hunt. But I am looking forward to owning it. That piece of gear is absurdly good.

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I'll check with some friends later about gear and merits for WHM and if they have any piece of advice I'll post it over for ya ^^


Would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Tone

PS - I helped Dennis last night with the rest of G3, so now his bard is cleared to level to 70, then he gets to take on what might be the toughest Maat fight in the game. If anyone's done the research, it's a given that Bard vs. Maat is like, the hardest thing ever.
934  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: October 02, 2007, 06:22:39 AM
False. Shiguma doesn't have sea. I was planning times with him to help him get it.

I finished CoP in July of 2006. I was dedicated to finishing it with a static, and it was EASILY the most enjoyable thing I ever did in the game.

I didn't even get sky access until two months later.

Reason I got Novia before Noble's:

The job I work, I have to work every *other* Sunday night. My LS did sky and sea on alternating weeks on Wednesday and Sunday night. Wednesday nights were "farm" and "lesser" god nights (so like ... in sky we're talking the four gods of the season, or even lower things to get triggers ... in sea it usually meant tier-1 Jailers and the Ix'DRG/DRK/MNKs). Sunday nights were the *big* nights (sky, we'd usually do multiple Kirins, sea we'd do tier2 Jailers and JoL).

So for about a year there, I was *always* at work during sky nights and always had the night off during sea nights. Up until last month, I hadn't missed a single JoL fight my LS did. To date I think we've brought the giant jellyfish down 9 times. We have 5 Novio earrings, 3 Novia earrings, and 3 Love Torques within the LS. I got that third Novia, and I am quite happy to have it.

Then, after the summer, school started up again (I work at a school) and my weekends got moved around. So I actually missed my first JoL two weeks ago, but have been able to attend any and all Kirins. I've now seen him die ... three times? And finally, two nights ago, it dropped Shining Cloth.

I had Dracana do the synth, No HQ but who cares ... I *finally* have a Noble's Tunic.

So if you're interested, here is my current 75WHM/BLM gear setup.

My standard (or "standing") gear:
Main: Light Staff, Pluto's Staff, Earth Staff (if something's beating on me)
Sub: Staff Strap
Ranged: ____
Ammo: Bibiki Seashell (I know ... I just don't want to spend 1m on Hedgehog Bomb!)
Head: Nashira Turban (it's for epeen, but it's decent, Proto-Ultima drop)
Neck: Enlightened Chain
Ear1: Magnetic Earring or Novia Earring (depending on what I'm fighting)
Ear2: Loquacious Earring (no mage should go without it!)
Body: Noble's Tunic
Hands: Healer's Mitts +1 (so awesome, STR and MND +7!!!)
Ring1: Tamas Ring
Ring2: Sapphire Ring (if in Assault/Salvage, Balrahn's Ring)
Back: Rainbow Cape (eventually hope to get something better, but it works nicely)
Waist: Heirarch Belt (unless it's lightsday/light weather, then I have Korin Obi for big cure-boost and Banish-boost).
Legs: Blessed Trousers (very basic, but it's got so much good stuff. MND+6, some Haste+ on it, can't go wrong)
Feet: Rostrum Pumps

Changes if I'm going for a "max mp" setup:

Head: Zenith Crown
Ear1: Magnetic Earring *always*
Legs: Zenith Slacks
(currently my max mp with gear is like ... 1168. Finishing up mp merits and hoping to get more mp+ gear to reach 1300).

Changes if I'm going for a DD WHM/NIN setup (and trust me, I LOVE to do this):

STAFF
Main: Kirin's Pole (used to do Eight-Sided +1, but I like Kirin's more)
Sub: Mythril Grip +1 (some good stats on this one)

CLUB
Main: Purgatory mace (DMG41, STR and MND +3, sometimes Stuns)
Sub: Darksteel Maul (DMG39, Att+10)
I have much to earn in the way of good clubs. I hope to get Sea Wolf and Sea Robber's Cudgels, Prudence Rod, and Morgenstern's for different scenarios. I even have lofty goals of finishing up relic maul (Mjollnir), because you *recover mp* with each hit you do ... I'd NEVER have to rest again and always be in the middle of the action ... but that is a dream that will probably go unfulfilled.

Head: Optical Hat (for the acc)
Neck Chivalrous Chain (for acc, STR, and not having to spend ludicrous gil on Peacock Charm)
Ear1: If I'm "clubbing," Suppanomimi. If Staff, usually Magnetic since I'm not as worried about hate control.
Body: Reverend Mail (graphically, it looks like a Haubergeon. It's a WHM75 only gear, and it basically gives hauby stats ... Acc+10 is what I need from it most)
Hands: Healer's Mitts +1 (again, this isn't a gear swap, but I have to emphasize STR and MND +7. Why would SE give STR+7 on a WHM-specific gear if they *didn't* want me smacking things now and then?!)
Ring2: Ruby Ring (STR+4 thank you!)
Waist: Potent Belt (Acc+8 STR+3 and some Store TP I think... very decent belt. It's standard for most DDs, but for WHM it's the best you can get)

So that's me. What am I lacking as a WHM? Other than the clubs I mentioned, the notables are:

1) Hedgehog Bomb
2) any AF2 (I'm a Dynamis n00b, but plan to start up soon)
3) any salvage gear (I'm working on this, will own the full Marduk set someday I PROMISE)
4) more HQ staves (I plan on taking SMN to 75, so for this reason, they'll be important, so far I'm only at Dark +1 ... they're EXPENSIVE)
5) the Templar Mace / Holy Shield setup (this seems extraneous to me, but I might spring for them someday. I like wielding light staff w/ staff strap though and it basically gives me all I need)
6) more Zenith gear for max MP (hands and feet, I can't imagine owning a Dalmatica...)
7) an "mp rest" macro setup. I haven't even put this together yet, but I realized it's basically the next thing I need as a WHM. If I wanted to go all out, I'd take the Yigit set. But number one on the radar is the relaxing earring, which I'm getting materials for right now.
8) a sea "gorget" for weapon skills. I plan on making a light gorget. All I need now are 2 (yes, two...sigh...) Yovra Organs.

As a WHM, you can see that I'm *definitely* an end-game player, with pretty good stuff, but I don't think that exactly makes me a l33t WHM. Any and all advice from the RPGFan community would help me with my gear acquisition!

THere's also merits, but that's a whole other discussion...I've only spent about 35 merit points to date, so I have a loooong way to go. But I finished up WHM Group 2 which is good. I capped Devotion and unlocked everything else.

Ramza (I'm going to start signing out of this forum as...)
TONE
935  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: October 01, 2007, 11:56:09 PM
RPGFan end-gamers can join BringeroftheDawn, which is the LS I've been in all this long lonesome while.

As for a social LS ... Dennis what are you wielding as a linkpearl? I'm in an old, almost defunct Social LS called OldSchoolElite. We could hijack that, or create something new, or join Dennis's?

Ramza
936  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: October 01, 2007, 01:13:08 AM
Well, finally got shining cloth today from Kirin, a good step in de-noobifying my WHM.

(I have a novia earring, which is pretty absurdly good WHM epeen for those of you that weren't aware. But at the end of the day, Noble's Tunic is like ALL a WHM needs).

I'm having a friend synth tomorrow, hopefully get a +1 out of it (it's called "Aristocrat's Coat" and the big difference is cure potency +12% instead of +10%.)

So I'm in a pretty good mood.

Ryan you didn't reply on this point ... are we cool for makin me a sig? I really want one from j00.

:)
937  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: September 30, 2007, 05:10:05 PM
Oh hey SHig-attack, can j00 make a sig for me? PM me and I'll give you details as to what I want on it. :)

Tone
938  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: September 30, 2007, 01:13:49 AM
It's so exciting to have many people coming back to the game and leveling jobs again!!

I'm a 75 WHM, and I have two "subjobs" at 40 (BLM and NIN). My most obvious lacking subjob, of course, is SMN. I had been static-ing this with my IRL big brother, but he got really busy right after we hit 30. He said I could go on without him, at least until about 40. My plan is to take SMN to 75 since I f*cking love the job and have unlocked all the avatars.

So whenever you guys hit the 30~ish range, please send me a /tell, friend request, etc. My name is Tonelico, and like everyone else, I'm on Leviathan. Also, if you catch me at a good time I can definitely PL you. Sadly, I still haven't capped my healing magic (about 4 levels away, 272/276).

Gogo team!

Ramza
939  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 08, 2007, 10:57:32 PM
PM, it's difficult to say. But my suspicion is that they weren't doing it for the "cool" factor. The game is dark in a way that even your cliched "emokid" wouldn't know how to react to. It's really...something else. Consider the cacophany of the soundtrack: sampled orchestra pieces mixed and run together, turned upside down, destroying the pieces themselves and helping to paint a realm of true chaos (something other than what anime culture would teach us "chaos" is). The very act of the music's composition followed suit with deconstructionism and other ideas that influenced (or were influenced by) nihilism.

Furthermore, Drakengard wasn't exactly a best-seller. Most people just didn't "get" it. That, and it's a hack-and-slash Dynasty Warriors clone at its core. But gameplay aside, most of my friends never bothered with the game precisely because they were more attracted to the pop-culture-friendly stuff.

Ramza
940  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 08, 2007, 10:34:11 PM
No. PM, you're way off on this.

Nihilism, a self-defined belief of nothing (and, in a sense, everything), tells us that there is no absolute truth, inherent value, or meaning, in anything. In other words, there is no difference between the pious man and the sinner because there is no objective standard to determine which to be better (and when I say "better," I mean on ANY good/bad scale, since nihilism would reject all the scales anyway).

The end to following nihilism, according to Nietszche (and according to his own brand of the philosophy, which he would never refer to as such), was to find an equal love (and, in some ways, an equal hate) for all things in the universe. From puppy dogs to genocide, it's all the same. The result is a sort of anti-authoritarian stoicism.

Emo, on the other hand (though the word has really LOST its meaning over the years), derives from the word "emotion." The early emo music scene was hailed in the mid 90s from those who were so benumbed by culture, but found themselves able to "feel" emotion with these songs.

Here's the difference between nihilism and emo, using the red dragon Drakengard quote.

"What's the difference between a man who prays and a man who kills?"

Nihilist's response: "nothing. Exactly my point."

Emokid's response: "probably nothing. And that makes me sad. *slashes wrists*"

The clear difference is that "emo" denotes an unending melancholy and teen angst. The quote in Drakengard has absolutely f**king nothing to do with these things, and if you think it does, that's because you are inferring it when you read it (making YOU the angsty teen). Anyone who's played Drakengard to its end knows that it appeals to the early-20th-century notions of nihilism and, in some sense, theatre of the absurd. Emokids may want to float around in this cultural realm, but that doesn't mean the two can be equated. OKAY?!

Final, semi-related point:

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And... I'm tired of people using the word philosophical to refer to everything.


Too bad. In some sense, everything IS philosophical. Almost any given statement can have a connotation (or connotations) behind it, especially if you decide to put your own spin on it (as YOU did when you declared the statement "emo"). Check this: philosophy =/= depth. There are plenty of shallow philosophies and worldviews out there, such as materialism. And I dare say, the Drakengard quote is even more ripe for philosophical inquiry, considering it begs a rhetorical value judgment from the reader (that is, "which is better? IS there such a thing as 'better'?").

Ramza
941  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 08, 2007, 02:30:50 AM
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Sounds more philosophical to me.


It's philosophical if, say, you're 15 and don't know what philosophy is. Other than that, it just doesn't really make sense. I mean, it seems to be saying that religious people are murders. Sure. Okay. That's a nice sweeping generalization. It might make sense in the context of the game, but beyond that, no, it's very simple on a philosophical level, and too inspecific to mean anything.


I think you meant to say "murderers."

And like Bernhardt said, the equating of one who kills and one who prays has little to do with being "emo." It's nihilistic. Since you completely dodged this point, it makes me wonder who does and who doesn't know about philosophy around here. I'd recommend you not be a prick, acting like you have some surpassing knowledge of philosophy, or that a 15 year old cannot grasp what is truly a basic concept. Philosophy is regularly practical, and most people ought to be able to wrap their minds around it quickly, whether they know the terminology or not. Grow up.

And, finally, "Square" had little to do with Drakengard. The developer was Cavia; they did the writing, and I doubt the English translation (which WAS the work of S-E employees) was far from the mark.

Ramza

PS - Drakengard has an excellent plot with great characters; though I don't think quoting the lines out of context helps in justifying this. The portrayal of the characters goes a long way. Like that time those giant baby-angel-demon-freaks (I assume they're corrupted cherubim) eat that side-character party member. Yeah, that was nuts.
942  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Greatest line in an RPG ever! on: June 04, 2007, 08:17:39 AM
Quote from: "Bernhardt"
"Barrel!" - Click upon a barrel in any Atelier Iris game, and one of your characters will shout out the obvious. Ingenius in it's simplicity. I guess it's AI's hilarious, non-sensical quirk; every RPG has at least one of those.


You beat me to it. That is my all-time favorite humor quote.

A recent favorite of mine comes from that broken PSP game, Generation of Chaos.

"there are no judges that await you: only the executioner!" ~ Gena

Other than that, I'll have to admit that I don't know game quotes very well. I mean, I know about Spoony Bards and all that, but nothing very cool.

Ramza
943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Etrian Odyssey on: May 21, 2007, 11:59:50 PM
Masamune's correct. We get games as advance releases, for free. That's one perk of working at this site.

And yeah...again, like Masamune said, don't be giving rude snarky comments to the site's webmaster. That's just a terrible idea.

And, IMO, the game isn't very good.

Ramza
944  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: February 28, 2007, 09:32:36 PM
I wish I could replay games more often than I do. The most time I had to replay games where those lovely middle school and high school years. As such, this is what i can remember playing:

FFV - I've beaten it 3 times now if you include the GBA game. I beat it once for fun, then I wrote my own walkthrough on the 'net the second time through (it was crap but it had screenshots to guide you), then again for FFV Advance.

FFVI - 4 times on this one. The first time I beat this, I had this weird glitch; when I went to get Gogo, one of those construction-worker-dudes kicked me off the bridge. In fact, he kicked me off the bridge a good half-dozen times. The last time it happened, I was SO angry that I mashed on my controller as I fell from one screen to the next. Then, I hit start to use potions/ethers (low hp/mp from the random encounters), and TADA! I had 99 of every item in the game, including the Paladin Shield, Ragnarok Sword, and whatnot. In Espers, I had Odin and Raiden simultaneously, which is supposed to be impossible. It was excellent. But I felt like it was cheating, so I beat it a second time that same year. Then there was the PSX remake. Ten years later, GBA port.

Chrono Trigger - Only fools didn't take the time to get ALL the endings. This took me three complete play-throughs instead of two, cuz I missed a few my second time around.

Alundra - Once by myself, once with a friend and my little brother...we had WAY too much fun with this game.

Star Ocean: The Second Story - Once with each protagonist in the lead. The first time I totally missed everything and got a crap ending. The second time I was on my way to the best ending, but I missed some trigger to get the last event with Chisato...it pissed me off.

Final Fantasy Adventure - I beat it once per summer for about...six summers in a row. It was my "family road trip" game.

Final Fantasy Legend II - Same as Adventure, but slightly less awesome for me. I probably beat it 3 times.

That's about it...except, more recently, I'd say I beat Ys: The Ark of Napishtim either 3 or 4 times and gotten really good at Time Attack.

I wish I had more time to play RPGs more than once, but as a devoted reviewer, I try and portion my time out evenly for as much stuff as I can. Currently, I can boast that I've beaten 101 RPGs...I won't stop until at least 200! :)

Ramza

PS - Welcome. You sound hip.
945  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Things you can’t bear in RPGs on: September 04, 2006, 10:04:26 PM
I can't stand the following things in RPGs:

1) Programming or text-based errors that destroy puzzles (see the "Fate" puzzle from Tales of Destiny).

2) Good storylines with poor execution, or vice versa (lots of RPGs have this problem).

3) Killing God -- j/k I'm just being stupid. I don't mind using that cliche, depending on HOW it's used. I think all religious people ought to expose themselves to this sort of thing, whether it be book, film, or videogame. There is a primal urge (whether it be good or bad you decide) to rebel against authority, and if God's the ultimate authority...yeah. That's one of many motives to fight back at God.

4) RPGs with bad music, or a lack of a real score.

Pat
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