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1  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 01, 2015, 05:13:37 PM
9/10s through The Way of Kings and things are going crazy (in a good way).  Anyone else reading this series?  It's pretty intense and after I finish this book, I'll need a breather before I start book 2 Words of Radiance. 
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: September 01, 2015, 03:56:28 PM
Avocados make me queasy.  The thought of eating one does not sit well with me. 

I'm not a fan of brussel sprouts, but I am open to tasting different recipes with them to hopefully find one I like since those mini-cabbages are packed full of nutrients.  They also stink when being cooked.  That's a big reason I won't cook fish in my home kitchen- that smell gets everywhere so if I ever want fish, I'll eat out. 

Another vegetable I'm not a fan of is cauliflower, because it's pretty flavorless.  Normally I don't like my vegetables "seasoned to death" but cauliflower is an exception.  Buffalo spiced cauliflower sounds like something I'd try. 
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 01, 2015, 11:01:13 AM
Oh, how could I forget Boyzby in Thousand Arms.  That town was fun to explore, was the setting for many of Meis's early misadventures like
when he delivers a fixed cooking pot to a lady and while he's hooking up with her, her husband comes home and literally tosses him out!
, and I LOVED its music.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8srCqSrhAfs&t=2m26s
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 01, 2015, 09:23:56 AM
Since someone said Disgaea:

Soul Nomad & the World Eaters > Disgaea (any)

Soul Nomad is like distilled Disgaea in a much less grindy format where the main cast is actually interesting instead of just stupid funny.
I'd encourage anyone who likes Disgaea to play Soul Nomad AND to complete it to open up the Demon Path.
The Demon Path is stuff of legends.

(Also, ENGLISH voices. The English VA are killing it in this game)

I thoroughly enjoyed Soul Nomad.  Gig's English voice was a million times better than his Japanese voice.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 31, 2015, 08:10:09 PM
I remember finding Thousand Arms laugh-out-loud funny at times.  Most scenes with Bandiger were hilarious, but this one is classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SANRhLOWjg

I already talked about Thousand Arms elsewhere in this thread (though I don't remember if I mentioned really liking its music), but since we're talking about video game humor, I figured I'd give it another nod because popular opinion of the game is that it's stupid, but I found it truly funny.  I'm trying to think of another RPG that made me laugh out loud the way this one did.

Man, if we all met in real life for a big ol' RPGFan party I'm willing to bet we'd all start doing the dinner dance when food's ready and recreating memorable scenes with each other, like the laughing scene.  Hell yeah, I'd act out the laughing scene with someone.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 30, 2015, 05:05:56 PM
I FINALLY took advantage of a set of nephews coming over to beat Sonic 2's first boss (in 2-player mode) in Genesis Collection for PS3 to unlock Phantasy Star.   I still think it's pig spittle that unlocking Phantasy Star has a 2-player requirement, but whatever.  

I also downloaded a bunch of demos for my 3DS, including Hatsune Miku and Adventure Bar Story.  I'll mess with them at some point.

EDIT: My demo evals.

Hatsune Miku is fun.  It's like Miku meets Gitaroo Man.

Adventure Bar Story reminds me of Recettear with more traditional 16-bit style.  I was addicted to Recettear, but I'm not in the mood for that type of game again.  Really good, though.

Azure Striker Gunvolt is a fun, stylish, and tightly controlling side-scroller. 

Dark Witch Chronicle is a cute and fun sidescroller that doesn't control as tightly or look as cool, but I had fun with it.

7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 30, 2015, 04:25:32 PM
 Japanese Tidus's laugh was a chicken-crow-leafblower.  

Another opposing opinion I hold elsewhere regards Etrian: Mystery Dungeon.  I thought that game was terrible, but most critics thought it was good. 
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 30, 2015, 09:56:12 AM
Here's one.  

Not only did I like the laughing scene in FFX, but I thought the English version of it was superior to the Japanese version of it.  

I say everything I need to say about it here: http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=6353.0

And while I thought it was awkward in its execution at first, I realize that THAT's what makes the scene what it is.  It's supposed to be awkward and it becomes really endearing.  

EDIT: Japanese laughing scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAgVjH9V9Ps (starts at 5:45.  Laughing at about 8:01)

English laughing scene:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg9I54vFFms
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 29, 2015, 01:07:02 PM
Good peanut butter is one of my favorite foods.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 27, 2015, 09:50:10 PM
Klutz- exactly.  Her analogy is why I use the term "comfort food RPG."  And chili mac sounds good. 

Luna- Some baked broccoli mac recipes say to boil the broccoli and pasta together in one pot, so perhaps the starches and the draining process keep the broccoli from getting too soggy.  I have this cool microwave steamer that  steams veggies in their own juices, so my broccoli comes out of it soft but not soggy.  Or, you could grind up a bunch of broccoli in a food processor and mix that in with your cheese sauce.

Or perhaps lightly sauteeing it before putting it in an already-done batch of mac 'n cheese will keep its texture.  But I wouldn't recommend sauteeing for a baked mac 'n cheese or the broccoli will end up overdone. 

As for kale, I like it but not in mac 'n cheese. 
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 27, 2015, 08:27:39 PM
Spinach and cheese is a delicious combo.  Kale and cheese, not so much.  And I'm not above slicing some jalepeno peppers into my mac 'n cheese.  Then it's like jalepeno popper mac 'n cheese.  I'm also not above making "pizza mac"- macaroni with tomato sauce (well seasoned) and mozzarella.  Broccoli mac 'n cheese- now THERE'S a combo!  I tend to like my broccoli mac 'n cheese a little on the garlicky side.  I happen to think broccoli + garlic is a yummy combo, and I like garlic on my pizza.  Ooh ooh ooh!  Pizza mac with broccoli and garlic!  Yeah!  And some jalepenos for a kick.  

Mac 'n cheese is an interesting food.  It tastes good and you like it, but it's not one of the more exotic meals.  I remember a friend of mine describing Final Fantasy IX like that.  Wise woman, she was.  

Man, we could go all day on doctored up mac 'n cheese.  So far we have
-Luna's mac with spinach, kale, and curry powder
-jalepeno popper mac (baked with breadcrumbs on top for that real breaded popper effect!)
-pizza mac
-broccoli mac (with garlic)
-pizza mac with broccoli, garlic, and some sliced jalepenos. 
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 27, 2015, 08:25:21 PM
As long as they keep the property as well-maintained and fabulous looking as their He-Man physiques and aren't nosy neighbors, it's all good.  I'll take He-Man, Fisto, and Ram Man as the HOA over a meddlesome "biddy committee" any day. 
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which "Tales of" games have you played more than once? on: August 27, 2015, 08:09:02 PM
I've played Tales of Destiny twice to completion on Playstation, and it remains my favorite Tales game.  I'd play the original Playstation version again.  I hear the newer Playstation 2 versions revised the story and I'm not too fond of that, since I liked the story as it was.  My favorite scene was when Stahn
goes on a date with Ilene and we see Rutee trying to spy on them with Mary in tow, but Mary becomes distracted by an ice cream stand and starts eating ice cream while ignoring Rutee's spying mission.
 And I hear that scene was cut out of the Playstation 2 versions.  Boo, hiss, donkey piss!  

I've played Phantasia three times on three different platforms, though only once to completion.  The US releases for that game have been subpar (I reviewed the Game Boy Advance and iOS versions, and neither review was favorable.  The iOS port was exceptionally bad.)

(I've played Tales of Symphonia and Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, but I've only beaten those once.)
14  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: August 27, 2015, 04:22:53 PM
Song of the moment is "7 Wounds" by Inkblott.  It's like Mudvayne (Inkblott's bassist pounds!), only more proggy, more mathy, and more intense.  I also get a bit of a Car Bomb vibe from them, and they're a pretty mathy band.   

15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 27, 2015, 11:51:29 AM
Fair point, for sure. 
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