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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 11, 2014, 10:56:20 AM
I should take up crossdressing and get some more Febreeze while I'm at it.

Can't blame you if you want to wear a skirt/dress. Those things can be amazingly comfortable! :D

If he needs to spray some febreeze down there then maybe he should hold up on that.

How about a "Man Skirt" (aka a utility kilt)? http://www.utilikilts.com/
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 10, 2014, 07:10:57 PM
As far as I know, it doesn't.  I also don't know if any RPGM developers have managed to manipulate the engine to play SRPG style. 
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 10, 2014, 06:57:05 PM
You could always use RPG Maker as a starting point to try and bring your ideas to life.  At least see how the dialogue and scenario writing works with the stock sprites and tiles.  Many people call RPG Maker a "cake mix" type of software, but you gotta start somewhere and I've seen aspiring developers use that before moving on to more involved engines or creating their own proprietary engines.  Plus, I've seen several RPGM developers do some pretty amazing stuff with the "cake mix."  e.g. Freebird Games' To The Moon. 

Will it be time consuming?  Yes.  Will you get bored with the monotony of detailing out your paths and stuff?  Yes.  Will you reach points where you'll get frustrated, want to punch walls, maybe even give up?  Yes.  Is all that worth the sacrifice to realize the dream and craft a game of your very own?  That's up to you to answer.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs and the horrible path they follow on: October 10, 2014, 05:12:03 PM
And there are plenty of independent developers out there who feel the same way about the RPG mainstream and create the kinds of games they and like-minded-others want to play.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 06, 2014, 05:13:19 PM
I work at a high school and it still weirds me out that I'm in better shape than a good portion of the students who are half my age.  I'll bet many who think they're all that and a bag of potato chips would have been absolutely done after the first leg of the PD500. 
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 06, 2014, 05:09:20 PM
x__X  I would have died.  My stamina is super low (I should do more cardio) so I likely would have been trampled.  But this is really amazing to hear (I think I'd be scared getting lost/left behind though...so I love that you found other people kinda having a time getting through).  Well done!!! :)
Is the terttain really rough and bumpy?

And I've actually heard they get singers to jog and sing at the same time so they can perform better live.  So I say your singing was a good thing!  Plus, for whatever mysterious reasons, musical therapy works, so sing away!

Wow, thanks for actually reading that whole story!  You rock!  We rode on public paved roads (it was a road ride rather than a mountain bike ride) and some of the roads were less maintained than others. 
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: October 05, 2014, 06:43:39 PM
Yeah.  I also grinded a lot for weapon points so I could get more combo attack options.  Plus, I naturally take longer than most people to finish RPGs anyway. 
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 05, 2014, 06:36:37 PM
So, I did my Parkinson's Bike-a-thon today and man, it was an epic adventure on par with your favorite RPG.  

I got lost driving to the starting line, but made it with time to spare, so that might have been an omen for things to come.

The ride itself was really small (only 150 riders total, only a fraction thereof were on the 100km/62 miler).

So after a chilly launch off the starting line, I kept pace with the group over some steep climbs, we ended up getting lost and ended up adding .3 miles to our distance. We passed a walkathon during a twisty climb to the first rest stop, where I shed a bunch of my cold-weather layers.

I launched off the second leg with a couple of riders who let me tag along with them. I kept pace decently, but over a series of climbs with confusing turns, I got completely lost, was riding alone for a while, eventually found the right roads, but made a right instead of a left at Albuquerque (like Bugs Bunny) and had to do those confusing-turn hills AGAIN! So that's another 3.1 miles added to my total. I made it to the second rest stop, but few people were there and any who were, launched off while I was taking a leak.

So on my own again, I followed my cue sheet to a road where I was supposed to turn off after 1.4 miles. I completely missed the turn and when I realized it, I was at a T-junction with a road that was a little further along my cue sheet. So I took it. Had I followed the cue sheet, I'd have only been on that road for .2 miles, but I was on it for pretty much a full mile and the first leg of that road was a short-ish climb that was probably the steepest I encountered. So, an estimated .6 mile gain thanks to my impromptu detour. Further along, I caught up to another rider I recognized from the starting line and we decided to ride together for a while. We got to a confusing turn and his dad was there riding in circles trying to figure out where to go. So I took out my cue sheet, decidedly took the leader role and successfully led them to the third rest stop, where the three of us decided to form a 3-man team for the last leg (which had the most monstrous climb).

The fourth leg... 49.4 miles into the ride, we hit Harmony Hill. We're talking a good 1.5 miles of climbing with some grades I'm guessing to be 13-16%. Compare that to the Manayunk Wall, which is only about a half mile with a 17% grade at its steepest point. Harmony Hill is where I took over pulling duties for our group, because I was the strongest climber. We even picked up a couple more riders into our pack of misfits during Harmony Hill. From Harmony Hill to the end, I pretty much pulled the group and my navigation led us to the finish line without getting lost! I always thought of myself more as a domestique/assist/support type rider, but it felt good that when called upon to lead, I led, pulled the pack well over 10 miles, and stayed cheerful and positive the whole time.

And, yes, during that fourth leg, I was either whistling, singing, humming, or "la la la"-ing the Hime Hime song from Yowamushi Pedal and grinning at every grueling climb. I'm sure the riders behind me kept thinking "This guy's nuts" but I'm sure my energy was infections, because we caught our second wind about 5 miles from the finish line.

The mountain gods must have heard me constantly saying how much I love hills and climbs and tested me by having me get lost repeatedly and having to do extra hills (including an impromptu one that I may detour on again next year). But I proved to the mountain gods that even though I was born in the year of the Horse, I'm a capable Goat on the climbs....with a heavy hybrid bicycle. And since 2015 is the year of the Goat, I see that as a sign.

And when all is said and done, with all my detours et al. my 62 mile ride turned into a 66 mile ride. And crazily enough, my legs are not as destroyed as they were when I did the cancer ride this summer... and this was a MUCH more grueling ride. I think all my training's paying off, and my 2015 New Year's Resolution is to become an A-class rider (a rider who averages 21+ mph on a bicycle).
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: October 04, 2014, 07:53:39 PM
Not quite Agarest 2 darkness, but  remember that Agarest is by Idea Factory and Compile Heart is a different division of the IF parent company.  Compile Heart has never really gone "grimdark" in their games and FFF is noticeably darker than, say, Hyperdimension Neptunia or Mugen Souls. 
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: October 04, 2014, 05:09:43 PM
Well, my review is up.  Bottom line is that I thought it was alright.  It wasn't as grindy or needlessly convoluted as other Compile Heart games, didn't overuse the fanservice, and had good music, but it got repetitive for me and the environments were kinda boring to look at. 

Comparing this and Mugen Souls Z (which I played earlier this year), I would say that objectively FFF is the better game, but Mugen Souls Z was more memorable. 
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2014, 12:58:32 PM
So, to anyone playing Love! Live! School Idol Festival, we've talked favorite idols, but what songs do you guys dig?

So far, my favorites are Natsuiro Egao de 1, 2, Jump!, Mermaid Festa Vol. 1, and Aishiteru Banzai
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The one (rather popular) RPG series i havent tried.... on: October 04, 2014, 09:14:45 AM
The break zones (only ONE best way to skin a cat), stocking, characters doing the most paltry of damage, battles taking WAY too long... I do not feel guilty at all for Gamesharking the hell out of that game when I played it.  I'm glad I played it, though, since the story was good.  It's different to experience the story firsthand than as a passive recap in Xeno 3, especially since I liked the story in Xenosaga 2 the best of the trilogy. 

What hurt Xeno 3 was that the events that happened between Xeno 2 and 3 had to be read in the compendium, so that progression felt disjointed.  I also felt that Xenosaga 3, while having the best gameplay, had the least interesting story. 

And I gotta comment on the voices. 
Xenosaga 2 and 3's chaos was better than Xenosaga 1's chaos.  Josh Seth, the guy who voices chaos in 2 and 3 is also a hypnotist so his hypnotic voice worked well with chaos.
I found Shion's voice less grating on the ears in Xenosaga 2 than in 1 and 3.
MOMO's voice was adorable in Xeno 1, less so in Xeno 2, but Xeno 2's VA improved a lot in 3. 

I recall blustering on and on about my progression through Xenosaga in one of the old Game Journal threads, kinda like how Dice and Maxx are doing in FF7 and 13. 
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do You Ever Look Through Your Old Posts? on: October 03, 2014, 08:59:57 PM
I work at a high school, so that perception isn't lost on me. 
29  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: October 03, 2014, 06:04:46 PM
The first 16 seconds of "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" by The Hollies is the best part of the song.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP94PlEtsEQ
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do You Ever Look Through Your Old Posts? on: October 03, 2014, 06:01:18 PM
Looking back, I find it hard to believe that I've been posting in the RPGFan community since October 1999 (15 years) and have been on staff since November 2004 (almost 10 years).  I was a fresh-faced 21 year-old when I first posted at the 'Fan and *I* was one of the old guys so I was more self-conscious about being a mature adult.  And now, most of us are all in the same nebulous age bracket. 
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