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I'm sure plenty of us here at the 'fan love comic books.  What are some comics you like and why?  What genres do you like?  Superhero?  Sci-fi? Fantasy?  

Do you have a favorite publisher?  Among the big two, do you prefer DC or Marvel?  Or do you lean toward alternate publishers like Top Cow, Dark Horse, and the like?  Do you visit comic book stores in your neighborhood?  How are they?  There are multiple near me and I think I've found the one that I really like and will loyally frequent.  

Among the big two, I prefer Marvel.  DC does some excellent stuff, but Marvel stokes my fire much more.  Growing up, I preferred "Spider-friends" to "Super-friends" and when I was first introduced to X-men, that was it for me.  Storm is still my favorite comic book character.  I just recently read the 2011 Marvel/Crossgen reboot of Sigil and I dug it; the art style was vivid and Samantha Rey was a cool protagonist.  I hope the series continues beyond this initial 4-comic story arc, but I kinda doubt it.

EDIT (whoa, time warp!)- lately, the more I've been reading and delving into more comics by the big two, I find myself favoring DC over Marvel lately.  Like, there's more DC stuff that I want to buy than Marvel stuff.  Like Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Worlds' Finest

I also recently read the first four issues of Ascension (published by Top Cow) and I love the art style and am getting into it, but I read that the series is unfinished due to low sales.  Too bad, because it's good.  I especially love the vivid art style.  

So, yeah, let's talk comic books.  

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Single-Player RPGs / The favorite sidequests thread
« on: July 24, 2013, 10:10:17 PM »
I think I did this years ago, so it's a good enough time as any to do it again.  Every RPG has sidequests.  Many are busywork, but some are really engaging for whatever reason. 

What are some of your favorite RPG sidequests? 

And if you want to expand on that with more food for thought, what is it about that sidequests that you liked so much?  What makes for a good sidequest? 

It's no secret that my favorite RPG sidequest of all time was the Zell love quest in Final Fantasy VIII.  Playing wingman trying to hook him and the library girl together was great.  I wrote about it in our "Favorite Couples" feature earlier this year.  http://www.rpgfan.com/features/Our_Favorite_RPG_Couples/index.html

I also liked the way sidequests were handled in Phantasy Star IV.  I did them all.  Normally, I only do one or two sidequests in an RPG, but the way the Hunter's Guild was set up in Phantasy Star IV, I did them all.  I felt like the sidequests really fleshed out the main characters, the game's world, and the world's inhabitants. 

So, yeah, let's talk sidequests. 

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Since we're all anime fans here, I'm sure we all have our favorite seiyuu.  Who are some of yours? 

Megumi Hayashibara and Aya Hirano are obviously awesome, given how prolific they are and the sheer variety of roles they play.  But I've always been an Aya Hisakawa fan.  That may be because Devil Hunter Yohko was the first anime that *really* got me into anime and Hisakawa voiced Yohko. 


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Single-Player RPGs / The indie RPG discussion
« on: May 29, 2013, 04:53:20 PM »
It's no secret that indie gaming is becoming much stronger lately, especially with XBLA, iOS apps, etc. as well as good ol' PC gaming.  Dust: An Elysian Tail was a one-man project that looks as good as any VanillaWare game.  Smaller developers are creating a lot of games that many of us seem to clamor for more than the bigger boys.  Look at all the successful Kickstarters out there (i.e. for the new Shadowrun) and even the growth of commercial RPG Maker games utilizing good production values (like Rainblood: Town of Death or Whisper of  Rose.) 

So what are some of your favorite games created by independent developers?  Who are some indie studios that you're keeping an ear to the ground for?  Do you have any RPG Maker games that you particularly like? 

I'm still scratching the surface of indie/homebrewed/underground gaming so I'm still figuring out which development houses I like.  My favorite RPG Maker games are easily Eternal Eden by Blossomsoft and To The Moon by Freebird.  The former is very ambitious (their debut RPGM game changed the way RPGM games are presented and they now create their own engines and eventually want to take their games to 3DS) and the latter has amazing storytelling (Quintessence: A Blighted Venom and The Mirror Lied are cool too). 

As far as indie publishers, I was a big fan of the late Hirameki for localizing a lot of visual novels.  Sure their text-editing was a little rough, but Ever17 in English= awesome.  I'm still scratching the surface on the indie publishers out there, though. 

Shadowdawn Genesis is a title that looks promising, but it's been in development forever. 

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Before I answer the question at hand (which was inspired by a Grandia song just randomly popping into my head and realizing we haven't had a new Grandia game in forever), allow me some exposition:

What I liked about the first two Grandia games was that they were personal journeys for the protagonists.  For Justin, it was a coming-of-age journey and convenient plot devices be damned, we saw him come of age.  For Ryudo, it was a journey of redemption; sappy endgame sequence be damned, Ryudo did find that being a festering cynic is not quite synonymous with being a realist and that there are positive aspects to reality too.  I don't recall any journey theme for whatshisface in Grandia Xtreme.  And Grandia 3's Yuki... it could, nay SHOULD, have been a simple journey of a boy chasing his dream and leaving the nest.  A good theme to tie into that could, nay should, have been his mom's psychological journey coming to grips with her son becoming a man and not her little boy any more (though any mom will always view her son as "her little boy" no matter how old he gets.)  A simple tale of a boy, his plane, and the changing dynamic of his relationship with his mom.  But it definitely didn't happen that way.  

My wishful thinking would be that the next Grandia game returns to form where the theme is a personal journey for the protagonist.  And even more wishful thinking would be to have the next Grandia game have a female protagonist, but that's probably stretching it.  

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Guilty pleasure anime thread
« on: April 13, 2013, 10:28:27 PM »
We all have them.  I know the RPGFan community is a cut above the average consumer sheep and seeks out anime that's deeper, more intricate, more intellectual, etc. than normal.  Heck, I do too.  If it weren't for the RPGFan community, I wouldn't have known about Boogiepop Phantom, which is one of my all time favorite series.  

But sometimes, I like fluff.  Sometimes, I just want cotton candy.  Sometimes, I just want mindless fanservicey fun with an *ahem* "jiggle factor" that makes me go "tee hee hee" like a dorknerd who can't get laid to save his miserable little life.  In short, I have my guilty pleasures.  

Some of my guilty pleasure anime includes the Burn Up! series (I've seen the original OVA and the Burn Up! W OVAs, but have not seen Burn Up! Excess yet) and the Bakuretsu Hunter series (Carrot is too much fun and I heart the Misu sisters).  Yeah, those anime are kinda stupid, fanservicey, and not exactly "high brow" series, but they're really fun and speak to my inner 12 year-old.  I also watch Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z when they're on.  Heck, they're just plain fun;  Cell saga is my favorite DBZ story arc.  Maybe Lucky Star and K-On! could be guilty pleasures since parts of their fanbases can be a little "ehhhhhh" but I love those series.  (Well, okay, season 2 of K-On! isn't that great, but I loved season 1).  

So what are some of your guilty pleasure anime?  The ones that you almost feel like a fool to share with us or your more "anime illuminati" peers, but say, "screw it and your pompous 'tude, I like it, it makes me happy, and that's that!"  

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With Pokemon X and Y on the horizon and this being the first time I've actually been kinda excited about a Pokemon game (only one I've played was Crystal, and I enjoyed the hell out of it), I figured I'd pose the classic question.  What criteria do you use when choosing a starter pokemon? 

Is there a particular type that you go for by default?  For example, do you always pick the water type?  Or do you pick different types in different games?  Do you choose the type that's opposite of the popular choice?  Why do you pick the type you do?   

Do you go by looks?  Do you pick the cutest one?  The most badass looking one?  Or the "dorkiest" looking one, because you feel bad about it being picked last and could probably beat the popular choice in a battle?  Do you use teh Internetz to see the leaked evolutions and pick based on that?  (Tepig was adorable, but his pignite and emboar evolutions looked cheesy; on the other hand, oshawott looked dopey but his evolutions looked killer.)  Do looks factor into your choice? 

For any budding trainer, the choice of starter pokemon is a crucial choice, no?


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Yeah, I've been hearing a lot about this epic battle happening Sunday night: Participants in the 1849 gold rush are battling flocks of ravens. Now, I don't care how much wealth these prospectors procured, they will still die (because s/he who dies with the most toys still dies) and ravens will feast on their dead flesh.

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The Soundroom / Music of the Year feature
« on: December 02, 2012, 09:15:02 PM »
2012 marks the debut of the "Music of the Year" feature here at RPGFan.  http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2012/2158.html

So what were some of your favorite game soundtracks for 2012?

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General Discussions / The sports thread- 2012 edition
« on: July 31, 2012, 01:48:47 PM »
What with the Olympics being in full swing, why not have a sports topic?  

So what sports do you generally enjoy?  Which ones do you enjoy playing/participating in?  Which ones do you enjoy watching?  Do you have any teams or athletes that you like?  Is there anything else about your relationship with sports that you wish to share?  

My answer:
When it comes to sports, I generally prefer to go out and play them rather than sit on my fat butt watching them.  However, I do actively watch Olympics, World Cup soccer, Le Tour de France, and the NHL playoffs.  I'm not glued to the TV, though, because I may watch for an hour or so, then decide to shut off the TV and go work out or ride my bicycle.  Again, it's my desire to do rather than just sit on the sidelines.  However, the sport I would most actively watch is ice hockey because I cannot skate if my life depended on it.  And with the Olympics, I most enjoy watching events like kayaking because that's not something you see every day.  

Those who know me know my absolute favorite sport is road cycling, both to watch and the participate in.  I've been an avid cyclist since summer 2008 (it's how I got on track to losing 80 or so pounds).  And, yes, I *am* one of those shaved legs/spandex/lycra warriors.  Okay, I've never raced competitively, but I do enjoy doing long distance group bike rides.  Longest I've ever ridden is 40 miles.  I also enjoy playing a rousing game of ultimate frisbee (go figure, I love ultimate, but do not enjoy playing American football at all.  Soccer (aka real football) is fun to play, though.)  And a part of me is considering getting back into martial arts.  I did Tae Kwon Do as a kid.    

As for my relationship with sport, I find it very amusing that a lot of my friends think that riding bicycles is all I do so it blows their mind that I spend as much, if not more, time in the gym doing weight training as I do "on the roll."  I'm still working on cracking the "200 pound bench" club (I can bench 185 pounds now.)  The 100 kg club would be sweet.  I still won't forget this one girl's surprise that I actually lifted and didn't just ride bicycles and when she dared me to show my guns, her reaction was, "Whoa!  I didn't know you were packing THOSE under your sleeves!  You DO work out!"  Guess she had low standards since my guns are not very impressive.  

Yep, I'm pretty evenly split between being a nerd, a jock, and a rebel.  /Brooktown High reference.  

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I was at the IndieCade booth at E3 checking out a bunch of indie games, and this one caught my eye.  The Moonlighters is a story-based stealth game (with graphic adventure elements) set in the 1950s that attempts to recreate those cool heist scenes from movies where you have to choose which of your team will play what roles (i.e. the instigator, the distraction, the safe-cracker, etc.) and it switches between them as each one completes an objective.  It really is a neat game and I felt like I was playing out those tense "team heist" scenes from movies. 

The storyline centers around a group of hip-cat performers who did some heist scenes in movies, but when Rock 'n Roll pushed them out of the spotlight, the down on their luck troupe entertain the notion that if they could pull off a heist in that movie, maybe they can pull off a heist in real life.  Will they succeed?  Hopefully episode one will tell us. 

What I played of the game was the first heist (a guided/semi-tutorial one) and I liked the idea of selecting who would do best at what role.  I also like the potential the game has.  When I talked to the developers, they see the potential of incorporating branching pathways where selecting between heists influences the storyline or maybe even who you choose for what role influences some outcomes too.  Sure, you need to walk before you run so perhaps this first effort may be more linear/story-focused, but really, I thought this was a pretty neat little game that I couldn't quite classify into any specific genre, but makes perfect sense. 

http://raddragon.com/

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General Discussions / The superpowers thread.
« on: April 02, 2012, 03:05:04 PM »
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? 

Although flight sounds fun and the ability to read minds would be insanely useful to me as an educator and a potential counselor, the one superpower I really and truly want is the ability to be in several places at once.  In looking at my current lifestyle, assessing my life satisfaction, and thinking about the lifestyle I desire, the ability to be in several places at once would be fan-freaking-tastic!

So what about you guys?  What superpower would you want and why? 

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General Discussions / The "7 plots of literature" discussion.
« on: March 25, 2012, 09:46:03 AM »
http://www.ipl.org/div/farq/plotFARQ.html This site looks at the various theories of there being 1, 3, 7, 24, or 36 basic literary plots and that every story boils down to one of these.  

I figured this would be a good time to bring up this topic of discussion since the Hunger Games film is out and we're already seeing people spouting stuff like, "Yeah, I already saw it back in 2000 when it was called Battle Royale" and other stuff about how they don't have to see Hunger Games to know that "it's just a cheap knockoff of 'the original.'" (which, you know, isn't a truly original concept.  It's certainly been done before.)  I'm reminded also of the "Simpsons Did It!" episode of South Park. 

Basically, no matter what story you see, someone already did it first because there are only a finite number of plots, right?  Reflects the finite nature of the human experience?  For me, I don't expect true originality in my stories, but I do expect good storytelling.  I feel as if "How To Train Your Dragon" explored the same themes as "Avatar" much more effectively and presented IMO a more engaging story.  It's like two chefs making mac 'n cheese and one just pleasing my palate more I guess.  

So, do folks buy into any of these plot theories presented in the link?  Why or why not?  

Do you think there are any plot points that these theories overlooked?  

Is "so-and-so did it first" an acceptable argument against a story's credibility?  When does that argument go from being decent to pseudointellectual snobbery?  

In looking at the various mediums we enjoy at the 'Fan (video games, movies, books, comics/manga), is that "been there done that" feeling stronger in one medium vs another?

Basically, discuss and debate the whole notion of "finite plot" theories and perhaps even how we use them when trying to argue a point.  

 

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http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2012/1012.html

I'm a couple hours into the demo and man is it FUN!  The 2D sidescrolling goodness makes me feel like a kid again.  If you dig games like Popful Mail, Eternal Daughter, or the VanillaWare stuff, this'll be up your alley.  The storyline is pretty basic so far, centering around an adventurous young girl named Arche who's new in town and trying to fit in.  She's pretty deft with a sword, but all the kids in her new school use magic and her family can't afford an Elemental Stone to allow her to participate in magic class.  Although Arche makes a new friend, there are a couple of students who tease her and stuff.  She doesn't let it get to her, though.  I like that even though the mages tell her that she should wield a staff or dagger, she cheerfully says how she likes using swords.  

Yeah, the story isn't Le Morte de Arthur or anything, but this game is more about the gameplay anyway.  The graphics are stylish but nothing flashy.  The style is more cartoony cutesy.  The vibe of the game is so cute... but even in the early going it's no stroll down lollipop lane.  Button mashing will actually put you in harm's way and its finessed use of the controls that will see you through even normal battles.  The controls are fairly tight, though jumping can be a little floaty.  This is definitely a game you want to play with a gamepad.  

As soon as I met a swordswoman at an armor shop complaining about revealing armor, I totally grinned since that's something I complain about all the time in my reviews.  

The only negative I have is that the music is pretty nondescript.  The voices are cute, though. 

I'd recommend checking out the demo.  This doujin 2D sidescrolling action-RPG is quite fun.  

EDIT: I just finished the demo (the prologue).  2 hours 41 minutes and I even unlocked an optional bonus dungeon, which was amusing to do.

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My mom got me a Kindle for my birthday back in May.  She had gotten one before then and she sold it on me.  I love it now (currently reading The Taqwacores on it.)  So I ask, what are some good "indie" or self-published novelists who may have e-books available for e-readers?  Genre-wise, I'm mostly an epic fantasy and sci-fi (I love cyberpunk) kind of guy, but a good book in any genre is a good book. 

I would think that e-readers would be a place for independent writers not on Simon and Schuster (or a reasonable facsimile) to showcase their works, right? 

Just like in the local music scenes (I myself play in a local punk band) I like seeing what's in the underground, and I want to try and do the same for writers.  Look for writers in the underground. 

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