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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 12, 2016, 04:24:02 PM
I feel like an otaku dating site would be the creepiest place ever.  I know the stereotype is that 95% of it would be creepy, gross, and socially inept guys, but how far from the truth?  

Then again, in looking at the photo thread here, a good portion of the RPGFan populace looks good and has social lives.
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 12, 2016, 04:17:40 PM
Presidency is a wash... which is why, as I've said a million times before, we now have to use our voting power for all the midterm elections for all the eighty-something open seats in congress and state governments.  The most strategic move we, as a people, can do is to use our voting power to take back the senate and make Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren majority leader.  And in our state and community levels, vote third-party and build up a third party from a grassroots level.  

I'm focused a lot more on my local politics, because that is where my voting voice is more meaningful and I can potentially influence change.  

In a perfect world, politicians wouldn't be bought the way they are, which was a big appeal for Bernie's platform.  All the attack ads talking smack on everyone being a millionaire?  Newsflash, they all are.  From what I understand, you need to cough up $350,000 just to throw your hat in the ring to run for president.  And I'm sure the entry fee to run for local or state office is no small potato either.  

Do I trust politicians?  No, not really.  But you know who I trust even less?  Casino owners.  
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 11, 2016, 11:24:32 PM
Glad to hear a positive tinder story.  I always thought tinder was a casual fling/hookup app, so seeing that a tinder encounter could potentially be more than that is cool. 

In haps, I'm strongly thinking about deactivating both my Facebook accounts since social media is more trouble than it's worth to me, and I want to see if I'm happier without it.  I'm also contemplating getting rid of Love Live! from my iPad since that game is proving to be more hassle than it's worth.  I'd probably be happier without it too.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Shallie, a slight step backwards? on: October 10, 2016, 09:02:21 PM
I was poking fun at myself by also poking fun at Gary Johnson- the libertarian running for president.  He was on a news show and the interviewer asked him about his thoughts on Aleppo and he asked, "What's Aleppo?"  Aleppo is a city in Syria that's been in the news a lot recently due to it being the epicenter of Syria's civil war and meddling foreign governments.  The city has been razed by war and it's thought that everything coming to a head in Aleppo is what started the Syrian refugee crisis.

As for Atelier, the one Atelier game I played where I felt like I was running around like a chicken with no head was Atelier Annie for Game Boy Advance DS.  I needed a nap after that one.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Shallie, a slight step backwards? on: October 10, 2016, 08:48:38 PM
So, you'd do a New Jersey table-flip over my Vita/PSP hiccup?  Wow...

...what's Aleppo?  

Regardless, my points about the Atelier series still stand.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Shallie, a slight step backwards? on: October 10, 2016, 07:47:49 PM
And from what I understand, Shallie is one of the most relaxed Atelier games with the timelines.  I felt Escha & Logy was quite relaxed too.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Shallie, a slight step backwards? on: October 10, 2016, 04:09:55 PM
I said something along these lines in my Escha & Logy PSP review.  That while the Iris subseries is more like an adventure anime with some slice-of-life elements, Escha & Logy was more of a slice-of-life anime with some adventure elements.  Iris is the closest to traditional "exploration" RPG structure, whereas the majority of Atelier games are more about the crafting and perhaps the day-to-day townie stuff than the adventure.  The Iris games are kinda the Atelier outliers.

I've played a handful of Atelier titles, and the first Iris game was my favorite because there was more of an adventuring aspect and the character development (especially for the shopkeepers Veola and Blair in the first Iris game) was damn good.  

23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 09, 2016, 03:22:56 PM
Trump has done worse things that are unconstitutional and illegal, but this recording was just the straw that broke the camel's back.  I'm not sure if that's the right idiom, since it seems like the Republican party has been more "asleep at the wheel" during the Trump tornado.

EDIT: Oddly enough, there is one thing Trump said, I don't know if it was during a debate or a town hall or what, that I actually 100% agree with.  He said that we need to fix this country's infrastructure.  It's no secret that our infrastructure is literally crumbling.  We're seeing roads crumbling, we're seeing bridges crumbling, we're seeing decrepit sewage system pipes in our communities in disrepair and, as such, are flaking heavy metals and other contaminants into our drinking water.  Incidents like Flint and Erin Brockovich have the potential to become the rule rather than the exception in our communities. 
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 09, 2016, 07:56:59 AM
Re: absentee ballots.  In NJ, I got my mail-in ballot a week or two ago.  

As for that, if we had a big 4: Clinton, Trump, Stein, and Johnson it would be such that Johnson would siphon votes away from Trump and Stein would siphon votes away from Clinton so the "I hate both" fence-sitters could hypothetically vote against Trump without voting for Clinton.  But Johnson and Stein have been all but shut out in the media and you need more than just grassroots support in the presidential race.  It's like the Super Bowl- not only do you have the team's fanbase, but you have a whole extended fanbase that includes people who only watch that football game.  
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 09, 2016, 06:34:25 AM
I still think Trump's "apology" was a douchey "sorry, not sorry" thing.  He is not sorry for the bad things he's done.  He's only "sorry" because he got caught or was called out.  Even then, he'll somehow spin it against Hillary.

And any action the RNC is doing, any anti-Trump stuff other Republicans are saying, it's all too little too late.  They made their bed with this farce of a candidate, now they need to sleep in it. 

As for Clinton, like I said, I would prefer a more leftist candidate regarding the issues.  But she is the best choice and I voted for her.  I had some interest in Johnson, but after the Aleppo and world leader flubs, I can't vote for a candidate so clueless on foreign policy.

Ugh, I don't want to talk about Trump.  It gives ke agita and only serves to give him publicity, which nobody wants to do.
26  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: October 08, 2016, 06:40:52 PM
This year, one of the classes I'm supporting a special-needs student in is TV/Media Production and the first project is creating a music video.  My student was not sure what song to do, but when I told him that if I were a student, I'd do the full version of the Power Rangers theme song, he got the idea to do the Pokemon theme song,  Hence, it's my song of the moment. 

I wanna be the very best...

27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 08, 2016, 08:47:10 AM
Without a doubt. The moment Trump is on the news, I say, "The circus begins" and sing Send in the Clowns.  RPGFan is the only online forum I discuss politics in because you fine folks are reasonable people.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 08, 2016, 07:10:44 AM

I know some of you guys think I don't take this election seriously enough but I just can't do it. This election is going to break me.

I know you do. 

Like, I don't talk about religion or politics at all on my Facebook and I posted a status saying that just because I don't talk about those things on social media doesn't mean I'm apathetic or uninformed.  Ignorance is not bliss and I do my best to stay informed in involved in such things from the presidency down to my municipality.  I just elect not to air that dirty laundry in public.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 04, 2016, 05:43:35 PM
With that formula, I generally round up. 

As far as having game goes, I'd say my level of game is still more padawan-level than wizard-level. 
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 04, 2016, 02:46:15 PM
ha HA!  Were I a younger man, I would have totally asked her out.  I definitely liked her attitude/vibe and she was kinda cute in a nerdy way.  But at 20... way too young for me.  If I were to use the "(age/2) + 7" formula to determine the youngest a guy can date without it being creepy... the youngest I could theoretically go is 26.  

EDIT: This is almost like back in 2008 when I went to pick up my preordered copy of Persona 4.  The girl behind the counter at GameStop and I were geeking out over JRPGs and anime conventions (she liked to cosplay), and she specially warned me multiple times not to look at the artbook before finishing the game because it had spoilers.  I recall that girl was super cute but she didn't look any older than 19 which, again, was waaaay too young for me.  Otherwise, yeah, I would have tried to Facebook her or something.  
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