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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 29, 2018, 12:05:21 PM »
For the past 3 weeks, I haven't been drinking coffee.  I seem to be feeling better as a result of being totally caffeine free.  A couple of days ago, something in my brain wanted a cup, but after having one (good coffee too, from Bangalore), it just didn't taste pleasurable to me.  That's when I know I'm done.  Kinda like when I was weaning myself off beer years ago.  I was off for a month, something in my brain wanted a beer and a top-quality IPA from one of my favorite microbreweries did not taste good to me.  That punctuated it for me and I was like, "Yep, I'm done."  I prefer tea these days, but it's not something I need to drink daily. 

Single-Player RPGs / Re: A JRPG About BOOBS!
« on: June 25, 2018, 02:06:12 PM »
Censorship alarmists may try to cry foul and use the "slippery slope" argument, but I don't think there is anything to worry about.  Gratuitous sex and violence in video games will always be there.  Games like HuniePop and Grand Theft Auto certainly aren't hurting for sales.  I think the biggest squick issue with Omega Z is/was the "loli" factor.  Sexualizing children is criminally and morally wrong in pretty much every country of the world. No matter how much you retool the script to say the girls are 18+, anyone can plainly see that several Omega Z characters are hyper-sexualized schoolgirls under the age of consent.  Criminal Girls tried to script it so that all the girls were 18 or older, but one look at the game and you know several of them were kids.  I STILL wonder how in blue blazes both of those games got through the rating boards, because they were 50 million shades of wrong, nope, and WTFisthisIdon'teven...

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your favorite basic weapons
« on: June 21, 2018, 11:14:47 AM »
Even the most basic weapons are stylized like crazy in video games, comic books, movies, etc.  On my most recent trip to India, I visited a kalari (dojo) where they teach kalari-payattu (an ancient Indian martial art that's possibly the influence for the animal-based subsets of kung-fu) and was shown demonstrations of both hand-to-hand techniques and weapons.  Two of the weapons I saw were the chakra and the urumi (basically a whip-sword.)  Both were rather plain looking in terms of style, but quite effective when used properly. 

Watching the guy wield the urumi was wild!  That is such a complicated weapon to wield, since you can seriously injure yourself with it if you lost control.  It's handled more like a whip, but because it has a heavier blade than a whip's leather tail, it requires modified technique. 

In Indian combat, chakram are a throwing weapons somewhat comparable to Japanese shurikens.  Warriors would often carry loads of chakram.  In the Indian comics I read, a warrior would spin a chakra on his finger then let it fly.  FWIW: the word "chakra" literally means circle in Sanskrit and "chakram" is plural. 

Coming back to the topic, along with the staff (as mentioned with McDohl because it's rare for an RPG protagonist to wield that instead of a sword) I can dig a good pair of knives or daggers.  Nothing flashy, but quite effective in rendering multiple strikes in quick succession. 

I wonder why wearing clothes is so difficult for so many female RPG protagonists...

And even when they wear clothes, they're ludicrously skin-tight or have "boob windows" or something ridiculous, right? 

Septerra Core seems to mostly buck that trend.  Maya wears full armor.  Okay, so Led (a girl who's maybe 18-20) wears a tank top and there is a brothel in the game with scantily clad prostitutes, but that's about it. 

As for a new Tales of... game, I don't expect too much from that series beyond a fun-to-play, pulpy, summer-blockbuster style romp.  I just hope that it bucks the trend I complain the most about in modern gaming- miniscule text fonts in dialogue boxes with no way to make them bigger.  If I'm allowed complete wishful thinking, I also want to see someone other than Motoi Sakuraba composing the music.  I think Sakuraba is an uninspired hack.  He farts out so much music that it all sounds boring, generic, repetitive, recycled, and completely unmemorable to me. 

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: June 20, 2018, 06:02:08 AM »
20 or so chapters into Three Musketeers.  I find it amusing that D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers were supposed to be on a secret mission to London,
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yet Porthos, Athos, and Aramis did not keep a low profile, as they were peacocking and getting into fights.  Of all people, it was Scrappy Doo D'Artagnan who showed discretion.  I guess Scrappy Doo is maturing.  Granted, D'Artagnan is still impulsive and it was his hot-headed impulsiveness that put him on this mission in the first place.     

D'Artagnan is now on his way back to France, where he caught a glimpse of
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the mysterious lady whom the guy he marked for revenge in the first chapter was conspiring with.  D'Artagnan learns, in England, that she is one of the top agents for Cardinal Richeliu, who has agents and spies everywhere.  Heck, even normal people could be considered his minions, since he is influencing the masses to look to him as the true leader rather than the idiot king on the throne.
  Cardinal Richeliu is a conniving and sinister mastermind, he is. 

Alongside Three Musketeers, I'm also reading Madame Mirage vol. 1- a comic by Paul Dini (who wrote some of my favorite episodes of He-Man when I was a kid.)  I'm digging it.  The art is vibrant and the pulpy storyline has some cool characters.  So far, it's good summer blockbuster stuff. 

UPDATE: 23 chapters in and although D'Artagnan is a slightly matured Scrappy Doo, he's still Scrappy Doo.  Planchet thinks he's walking straight into one of Cardinal Richeliu's traps, but D'Arty is all, "Puppy power!  Lemme at 'em, lemme at 'em, I'll splat 'em!" 

And what is up with so many of these old timey novels having misleading titles where the title characters aren't really there?  When I read Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe himself was only in a couple of chapters in the beginning and a couple of chapters at the end.  In Moby Dick, the titular whale doesn't even show up till maybe 2/3's of the way into the novel.  And now, I'm 1/3 of the way through Three Musketeers and the book isn't really about the titular three musketeers, but someone else entirely. 

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:13:48 PM »
El Paso taco girl says it all.  "Why can't we have both?"

...that being said, I much prefer the soft taco.  With the crunchy taco, more food falls out of the shell than gets into my mouth. 

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:36:37 PM »
This conversation needs Grandpa Simpson:

It also needs Marty McFly:

And good point about time zones, Tomara.  I don't think many of us even thought of that. 

As for haps... how about World Cup today, eh?  Japan and Senagal upset Colombia and Poland!  Japan's win makes me forgive that one bullshit penalty call the ref made against Japan that gave Colombia its goal.  If Japan breaks my bracket, I will only be too happy. 

And meh to Russia dominating its group.  They're in a milktoast group anyway and once they and Uruguay make it to the next round, they'll both be iced by powerhouse teams like France or Belgium. 

I saw Lockhart as thirty-something.  So he'd be in that bracket where both younger and older fangirls could dig him (since in the book both Hermione and Ron's mom fangirl over Lockhart).  Kinda like where Justin Timberlake is now. 

Plus, I felt Branagh's performance as Lockhart was totally phoned in.  I get that the movie portrayed him as a washed-out has-been, but in the book he wasn't a washed-out has-been yet.  He was still riding the wave of his popularity.  It was only after Ron and Harry exposed him as a fraud that he became a has-been, but not without using his name recognition to write a book about his amnesia. 

Still, when it comes to "book vs movie" I am firmly on the side of "book is better." 

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:16:16 PM »
@Arvis  I don't like being constantly connected either.  That's why the only device I go online with is my home computer.  Usually when I'd come home after my post-work workout, I'd do my rounds (checking e-mail, doing RPGFan work, some browsing) then log off for the night.  Eat a peaceful dinner and chillax with a book before bed. My eReader is a basic Kindle with no backlit screen or anything, so it's as if I'm just looking at paper.  No blue light here.  I may be online more since school's out for summer, but I'll be busy with all my side hustles.

The only reason I have a smartphone is because it allows me a virtual keyboard to make it easier to text.  Otherwise, the available dumb-phones are flips and it's difficult texting on something without a QWERTY keyboard.  All I really use my phone for is to call and text people (mostly text.)  Heck, I miss sidekick style phones that had a physical/tactile keyboard, because I make fewer spelling errors texting on one of those than on touchscreens. 

It's kinda funny that I'm moving away from using portable smart devices, yet my mom uses her iPhone for almost everything. 

I hope the main female in this one is just completely naked (save for just a cape).  That would be the next logical step forward from Velvet.

Unless they decide to flip the script and go in the opposite direction, giving the leading lady proper armor and having her companions be the "cherry poptart chainmail bikini team" ya know?

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:08:17 AM »
On the other hand, The Hobbit was a wonderful standalone novel.  And though I've not read it yet, Brandon Sanderson's Elantris is often mentioned as a gold standard for standalone novels. 

I'm all about worldbuilding and establishing a proper lore in fantasy novels and I love a good, immersive read that just takes me away to a world beyond my imagination.  But a 10 book series like Wheel of Time, Malazan, or Stormlight Archive is something I can't feasibly commit to.  Longest book series I've ever committed to was the 7 Harry Potter books.  But I'll take a good trilogy, quartet, or maybe quintet if compelled. 

As for Discworld, thanks for the chart and when I finish Three Musketeers I may look for Sourcery on Overdrive.   

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:50:27 AM »
I'm also old-school because in my old-man brain the community hub should be directly attached to the "thing" the way the forums are.  Plus, I turned my back on social media a couple of years ago (so I'm not on any of the Tweeter, Bookface, or Snapagram type stuff), so it still seems weird that the new community hangout is somewhat indirectly connected to the main site...

But I finally caved and got on the Discord today, because the RPGFan community is the only online community I actually enjoy interacting with.  Granted, I still prefer the more patiently organized nature of the forums over the more chatroom-esque flow of Discord, but that's just the old man in me talking. 

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: June 18, 2018, 04:17:07 PM »
My reading list is already miles long, so I'm trying to be more focused about it.  Otherwise, seeing a ginormous backlog browbeats me and something I love starts feeling like work. 

Anyway, I'm still making my way through Three Musketeers.  D'Artagnan and the titular musketeers are planning their journey to London for D'Artagnan's secret mission. 

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: June 17, 2018, 08:33:36 PM »
I've never read a Discworld book, and Discworld is such a massive series, I would have no idea where to even start.  I find that kinda daunting, and I often avoid mainstream DC and Marvel comics for the same reason because where do I start/jump in? 

And, to be frank, I'm avoiding any fantasy series longer than a trilogy or quartet because I simply do not have the time or fortitude to dedicate to a 10+ book series like Malazan, Wheel of Time, or Stormlight Archive.  That's a big reason why I created that "standalone fantasy novel" thread years ago, because I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in wanting some good epic fantasy without the epic commitment. 

That being said, I still want to read Ashok Banker's Ramayana.  I have the entire series on my Kindle and it doesn't get more epic than that (except Mahabharata, and Ashok Banker is doing that one as well.)  It's a part of my cultural heritage and I feel like I only got bits and pieces of watered down versions growing up, and Ashok Banker's version of Ramayana is perhaps the most comprehensive.  I read a bunch of Ramayana years ago and was really into it, but real life got in the way, so I want to restart it. 

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