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16  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: June 28, 2015, 06:39:12 AM
Symphony X - Church of the Machine

I LOVE that song, but it ends too abruptly.  I wonder if that's the point artistically or what?  

Symphony X is easily the best band to come out of New Jersey, and that's saying something since the armpit of America (that I call home) spawned some really good bands like Burnt By The Sun, God Forbid, Dillinger Escape Plan, Zakk Wylde, 40 Below Summer...

Anyway, SOTM is "When the Lights are Down" by Kamelot because I was without power for most of the week.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPiy535fmUI
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game Changers: The accessories that matter on: June 27, 2015, 03:42:25 PM
"I love the Power Glove.  It's so bad."     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya0F83Bmbl4

Seriously, though, the game changer for me back when I was a kid was the Max controller for NES.  It was ergonomically shaped to fit in my hands nicely, it had turbo, and the circular direction pad was really smooth.  I couldn't go back to the standard rectangle controller after that.  Since then, that's always been a biggie for me- the ergonomics of the controllers.  Can I hold this thing and play for hours without my hands cramping up?  I might have to get hand grips for my 3DS XL for that reason, but that would make it unwieldy to put in a bag or pouch, so there's a tradeoff.  

Another game changer for me were the adapters that let you play Game Boy games through your SNES on TV.  No more eyestrain at a small screen for hours while at home, and the convenience to take the game with you on long car rides or to the waiting room.  Too bad DS games don't have TV adapters what with the touch screen and everything.  The "secret of life" for me was being able to connect my PSP directly to my TV without the need to go through a Sony console, bypassing the middleman.  With Nintendo, you had to go through your SNES or GameCube to play your Game Boy or Game Boy Advance games on the big screen.  

EDIT: And Klyde- which female-fronted metal bands are you jamming out to?  Because I could recommend a whole bunch of killer ones.  
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: June 27, 2015, 12:47:24 PM
Well, I had fun with them, especially taking all the wacky stuff other people wrote and creatively making it work within a context.  Good imagination stimulation, it was.  Anyone can come up with a wacky idea, but I liked the challenge of making other people's wacky ideas work.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: June 27, 2015, 08:26:10 AM
However, every time I start a round robin, it fizzles out quickly or never gets off the ground.  But if someone else starts one, it goes on for a long time.  It never fails.  Ergo, I'm not starting the next one.  My favorite part of both of these were taking what others wrote and then making it work for the good of the narrative.  Turning chaos into order.   
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 27, 2015, 08:23:35 AM
Wishful thinking: FF7 with Chrono Trigger style battles right on the field. 

And considering that folks who came of age with FF7 are now adults (someone who first played FF7 at age 12 would be 30 this year), bring on the adult language, situations, etc.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 27, 2015, 05:38:07 AM
Power just came back!  Booyah! 
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 26, 2015, 01:30:39 PM
Skydiving is AWESOME!  I did it with my cousin and some of his friends after I graduated high school.  Back then, I was allowed to do a static line jump as my first jump (meaning I jump out of the plane by myself but they deploy my chute remotely) and it was unreal!  

Anyway, haps.  On Tuesday night, a seemingly harmless, no-name storm quickly blew through my region of southern New Jersey and left serious damage in its wake.  My house got away with some downed fence panels, but my friends who live a town over had trees fall on their car.  I had zero phone service on Wednesday and have been without power all week (it was bad with road closures, non-working traffic lights, grocery stores and gas stations out of commission, bags of ice being a hot commodity) and the power company is saying that my area may not get power back till Sunday!  To add insult to injury, our hot water stopped working last night.  Water still works, but it's cold.  I'm writing from a library and am camping out here simply to charge my phone and some of my other devices like my Kindle (which has been keeping me sane.)  

This sucks.  My dad was in the hospital, came home Tuesday before the storm and this situation isn't helping.  Been buying bags of ice like crazy to keep some food and his insulin cold. Ridiculous that my area has to go 6 days without power.
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: June 26, 2015, 01:22:37 PM
Glad you enjoyed this little slice of community storytelling.  You should have seen this one that we did 5 years ago, but never finished: http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=8002.0

I think writer fatigue, loss of interest, and all that played a part in that, and this, being kinda abandoned.  The older one lasted a long time, though, and I had WAAAAY too much fun writing Taressa.

Round robins are fun, aren't they?

24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 23, 2015, 11:36:36 AM
That's been a hot-button issue for decades.  I fully support any state legislature that requires that individuals 65 or older need to retake the written and road tests- especially the road test.  Older folks can get all crotchedy about it and grumble about darn kids these days, but newsflash: As you get older, your body breaks down (your vision ain't what it used to be), your reaction time slows, your circadian rhythm changes so you're sleepy at different times, etc.  I'm only in my 30s and I sure as hell can't drive in the dark like I could in my 20s.

But the universal experience of driving is so idiosyncratic between states.  Like, for example, the road test in New Jersey is a joke.  On the other hand, I've heard that Minnesota's is far more rigorous.  (But then again, if you were to take a Minnesotan and plop him/her on some of New Jersey's most notorious interstates, that person would probably be like Griswold navigating a circle in National Lampoon's European Vacation.) 

25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 23, 2015, 07:00:02 AM
I still think FFX had the best battle system in the series.  Too bad it was only used for 1 game. 
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 22, 2015, 10:53:50 AM

For you, Jawsh.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 22, 2015, 10:39:38 AM
I've never been happy with AI in Star Ocean games.  

Now that I think about it, while I think Gambits and Materia could gel, it would be a nightmare for the obsessive-compulsive among us.  Back in the day, several folks pored over materia combinations for hours and couple that with poring over the most effective gambit combinations, and that will potentially be an obscene amount of time spent in menus.  

Speaking of which, that could be a sticking point right there.  I'm always complaining if menus are not intuitive or difficult to navigate.  I also complain all the time is the fonts are too small in RPGs these days, and that was a sticking point with the FFXV demo.  So will the new menus be easy to use and will the fonts be reasonably sized or have an option to make them larger?  
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 22, 2015, 07:13:09 AM
But I feel like straight up ARPG wouldn't work so well with such a large party.  In Crisis Core or Dirge of Cerberus, you were only controlling one character.  The biggest complaint about party-based ARPGs is that character AI is lousy and you spend too much time babysitting the characters.  Hence, something like the Gambits in FFXII.  I LOVED that.  You could program the AI very specifically to make your party members do exactly what you want when you want. So you get the control of turn-based with the seamless integration of ARPG.  

I could see FFVII with Gambits working.

29  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dice Plays FFIX on: June 21, 2015, 10:40:26 PM
In that context I read it as "I don't know what you're (going) on about" or "I don't know what you're babbling about."  

so ken= know?
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII Remake (updates in the 1st post) on: June 21, 2015, 09:37:01 PM
My gut reaction is Gambits from FFXII, since I think that would gel with the Materia system better than, say, FF13's Paradigms.  Or, it could be turn-based like Ni No Kuni or Mugen Souls with some free-range movement on the battlefield.  I liked the Gambits a LOT in XII.  Most of the time, companion AI is lousy and the Gambits allowed me to tailor that wonderfully precisely.  I disliked the License Board, but that's another discussion entirely.

I've said this a million times, but I still think it's a shame that FFX's battle system was only used that once.  I thought it was the best in the series and know several folks here agree.

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