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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 15, 2016, 06:32:07 PM
While it doesn't seem to fix the main problem I had with the game(4 party slots, 5 characters meaning everyone but the two perma members fall behind in a game heavily about building up your characters) I'll probably cave and nab it.

I wonder if there's a concession for that.  Like having non-active party members gain 1/2 to 3/4 of the EXP that actives do.  If that exists, it's better than nothing.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 15, 2016, 06:30:47 PM
Marty- Fair point.  At least with the Judgment Ring in Shadow Hearts, there were skills and such to manipulate it to spin in your favor.  

Jermeister- I respectfully disagree.  Some of the most highly regarded old-school PC RPGs had extensive gameplay manuals.  Would you call IKEA furniture poorly designed because it requires an instruction sheet to assemble?  I wouldn't.  IKEA stuff is great.  Plus, cars in Europe and Japan often have extensive manuals for their gadgetry and stuff.  Are those poorly designed?  No.  I think they're forefronts of new technology.  The only reason it would be seen as "poor design" in the US is that the culture here wants everything "pick up and do" because there's that stupid mentality in America that "real men don't read directions."  To hell with that.  Real STUPID men don't read directions.  

I'm also in favor of in-game tutorials, especially for games that experiment with new gameplay ideas.  Sometimes it's easier to learn in a guided hands-on way than just reading it or full immersion.  Guided hands-on is how I learn best. 
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 14, 2016, 05:49:23 PM
I've said it elsewhere in staffland, but I hated the Playstation original.  I found it dreadfully dull and laborious to play and it had a bargain basement localization.  Here, it sounds like this remake took this coal and made it a true diamond.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: September 14, 2016, 05:47:27 PM
Here's the thing.  I feel like Unlimited SaGa could have been good with a better manual or tutorials or any sort of explanatory exposition.  It's like trying to play a complicated board game without knowing the rules and there is no expert player there to kinda help walk you through the rules.  Unlimited SaGa is not a "pick-up-and-play" type of game. 
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 14, 2016, 05:45:09 PM
Kev- you found the needle in the haystack, my friend.  That club you describe is what any of us sane people would WANT anime club to be.  Glad to know that the ideal does exist and is not just a pipe dream.  Too bad your grad school's anime club was the "universal truth" one. 

Now I await someone refuting my other "universal truth assumption" that the people with the loudest car stereos always play the worst music.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2016, 05:45:04 PM
+1 on Band-Maid.  They're legit.

And it looks like my universal truth assumption about all college anime clubs is being validated.  

Another "universal truth" I find is that the people with the loudest car stereos always play the crappiest music.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2016, 02:38:18 PM
I think it's a universal truth that all college anime clubs are creepy.  I found this true at SUNY Albany, NYU, and Rutgers (New Brunswick), 1996- 2008.
23  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: September 10, 2016, 04:15:10 PM
So who here heard the new Metallica song "Hardwired"? 

I did not like it at all.  Musically it was alright; pretty average thrash.  But those lyrics were insipid, like they were written by a pissed off 10 year-old whose mommy made him eat brussel sprouts.  Even the new KoRn song was better, and the only KoRn album I like was the first one. 

The new Dysrhythmia song, Internal/Eternal is fantastic, though.  They have a new album coming out later this month.  I LOVE that band.  https://soundcloud.com/profoundlorerecords/dysrhythmia-internal-eternal
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 10, 2016, 03:39:17 PM
I finished that aforementioned autism bike-a-thon today. The good news is that I did NOT get lost. The bad news is that the 95+ degree heat absolutely brutalized me. Those 32 miles felt more like 52 miles.

Eagle Hill was the big climb (one of the longest and steepest I've done) about 10-11 miles into the ride and I only climbed 90-95% of it before I had to stop to catch my breath and chug a bunch of water. And I was averaging only about 3-5mph on that climb, which is lousy by my standards. I never walked my bicycle up it, though, and did pedal the full way, taking that final summit while singing the Thundercats cartoon theme song. I was not happy with my performance, but I felt better that even really good climbers were crippled due to the intense heat. A LOT of folks walked their bicycles up it.

And apparently I didn't learn my lesson from a previous ride. See, this ride had two rest stops- one at the 15 mile mark and one at the 22 mile mark. At the 22 mile stop, I made the mistake of only refilling ONE of my water bottles thinking, "Eh, it's only 10 miles. I can make that on one bottle." That turned out to be a mistake, because about a mile or two from the end I was starting to run low on water, my legs were cramping up (I was maintaining a nice cadence to work the lactic acid out of my legs)... then a short yet brutally steep climb (called Black Rock Hill) snuck up on me. My cramped legs were screaming in agony, but I screamed back at them and managed to scale that summit (albeit, again, at around 3-4mph and in pain.) I did my best to conserve my last gulp of water from there to the finish line, and my finish was not as strong as it could have been.

Lessons learned- Fill up BOTH bottles when given an opportunity to and don't forget to drink. I often went stretches without drinking because I just forgot to drink and then was like, "Oh crap, I need to drink!" I was reminded of students I used to work with who had to hydrate often throughout the day so I'd always remind them to drink otherwise they would just forget to.

I rode a fun ride, raised money for a good cause (autism education), so I feel good.

Next on my docket is the PD500 Rock 'n Roll Ride for Parkinson's Disease October 15. This one is a VERY meaningful ride for me. I'm riding because my mom has PD, my late uncle had it, and the date is meaningful too. October 17 was my late father's birthday and I had to miss the ride last year because he passed away October 16. So I'm doing this one for my dad as well. This one is 45 miles and even more brutally hilly, so I'd better work! https://fundraising.active.com/fundraiser/NEalChandran3
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 09, 2016, 09:15:45 PM
Slaps on weeb glasses I started playing volleyball after I watched Haiykuu!!. It's pretty fun, although more so with a group of 12 which, obviously, isn't very easy to pull off with any frequency.

I feel like I live my own version of Yowamushi Pedal.  Onoda is so much like me it's crazy.  We're both climbers.  We both sing while riding and subject our teams/clubs to it.  A lot of the conversations Onoda's had with more advanced riders are ones I've had myself.  We both favor BMC bicycles. 

It's eerie.
26  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 09, 2016, 06:16:51 PM
I loved P3 from the start, but P4 had to grow on me and now I like it better.  The soundtrack had to grow on me (which it did, big time and I listen to P4's music more nowadays) as did the whole "Scooby and the gang" plot beats.  For me, P4 felt more " teen beat" with an appropriate amount of teenage immaturity to keep it believable.  I also loved the unique setting.  P3 just felt too adult, especially characters like Mitsuru who came off more like she was in her late 30s or early 40s or something.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 09, 2016, 06:09:55 PM
Olympic badminton gets intense.  I feel like the sports that get a bad rap for not being "real" sports are the ones we'd fail most miserably at.  Backyard badminton is not the same as competition level badminton.  Basement ping pong is nothing compared to competition ping pong.  And I still think that the average American who thinks soccer is a "gay" sport would be completely gassed before the half, even in a pickup game.

As for haps... 50km (about 32 mile) charity bike-a-thon tomorrow= Yay!  Tomorrow's weather being upwards of 95 degress fahrenheit (about 35 celsius)= Not yay!  Though I'll probably burn a ton of calories, which is never a bad thing.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 09, 2016, 03:49:36 PM
And we're not getting Agent D on the tennis/fitness action here?  

I'm awful at tennis.  Ultimate frisbee's more my field sport.  Even then, my strong point is my stamina, that's about it.  EDIT: If it has to be a racket sport, I'll badminton all day!
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2016, 07:03:23 PM
Regarding fitness, I'm always asked "my secret" because as most all of you know, I used to be grossly overweight and very sedentary but over the last 7-8 years have transitioned to a more active and healthier lifestyle.  

This is the advice I always give, and I think it's sound advice.  

Find a sport/physical activity that you enjoy doing.  That way, working out becomes something you WANT to do rather than something you HAVE to do, because no matter how strapped for time we are, we always make time for the things we WANT to do.  If working out feels like something you HAVE to do, then you'll procrastinate and make all the excuses, the most common of which is "I don't have time."  Yet, you have oodles of time to watch all that junk TV and do jack-all on social media...

For me, that activity happens to be cycling.  I fell in love with it and it's saved my live twice already.  And I'm at that point where I get kinda grumpy if I miss a workout, because I had to miss out on something I wanted to do, but generally my mood, attitude, and psychological well-being is better now.  And even workouts I used to not really be into (e.g. running, lifting), I became more fond of because I wanted to become a better cyclist.  

And from my experience, I felt like the more I exercised the more my body craved good food and I felt my palate changing.  I used to be a guy who hated broccoli and loved fried chicken.  Nowadays, I devour broccoli and the mere thought of anything deep fried makes me gag.  And, thus, everything goes hand in hand.  

So, yeah, find that sport/physical activity you enjoy and want to do, and the rest will fall into place.  
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 08, 2016, 05:45:27 PM
So Trump's a bigot, Hillary's a corrupt politician, and Gary Johnson failed geography and current events (he had no idea what Aleppo was when asked about it in a recent interview).  If this is the best we can do in terms of national leadership, we're screwed. 

All that being said, I think my best bet is to vote Hillary.  If for no other reason than to have four more years of Bill, because the country was in great shape during his time in office. 
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