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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do You Ever Look Through Your Old Posts? on: October 01, 2014, 07:47:20 PM
Sometimes when I click "Who's Online" for giggles, I see some guest perusing an old topic and I see how old it is, if I posted in it, and how I responded.  

I seem to have been more verbose, intellectual, and kinda pedantic in my 20s and now in my 30s I'm less mature, less verbose, more mellow, and now laugh with the peanut gallery instead of trying to shut them down.  

I also sometimes look through my old reviews.  I look back and think, "Whoa, I rated that game this highly?  I know I was a forgiving grader back then, but still..."  It's kinda like how the first year teacher who's apprehensive about giving bad grades because of the backlash and tends to be more forgiving, to the more jaded teacher who grades harshly, but fairly, and doesn't give an inch. 

I still like to bring up and read this unfinished gem every once in a while: http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=8002.0
I had WAAAAAY too much fun writing Taressa.  Just like the story evolved from something stupid into something really good, Taressa evolved from merely being sexy fanservice to being a really cool and badass character.  
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 01, 2014, 07:27:15 PM
Sounds like a discussion: what tunes do you play (either on a device or in your head) when you work out?  

For me, it's either cheesy Japanese music like the aforementioned Love Hime theme or something heavy and fast like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aadmG5-k3w or this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYr-M5YcFg8 or this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lXYHwyC9GM

Returning to the straight-edge lifestyle back in June was one of the best decisions I've made, and good straight-edge hardcore just amps me up all the more to conquer things.  
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 01, 2014, 05:53:02 PM
Routine training ride was surprisingly eventful today.  

1) When going up my massive climb, a female motorist on the way down slowed down to check me out.  I didn't respond beyond a cursory head-nod, because I'm in the zone when I'm climbing and I can't let up on a serious slope.  

2) A few minutes later, I saw another rider who was younger than me and looked to be in good shape walking his bike up a hill I would consider a "bunny slope."  I roared past him.  

3) Not long after that, "tag, you're it!" struck again.  Car with a couple cute girls whooped at me as they drove by, so I sprinted to the stoplight, caught up to their car, said, "Tag, you're it!" and they were like, "Ooh, you're fast!"  Sadly, I didn't get their Facebooks or anything, because the light changed rather quickly before the dialogue got anywhere.  Looks like I need to work on making my pick-ups faster, since I'm most confident on the roll.  
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 30, 2014, 05:03:04 PM
I finally made my aforementioned big life decision.  I've decided that 2014 will be my final year playing with the band.  I love music and it's been a great ride (both with this band and my prior bands), but hot damn that whole "touring band" lifestyle's REALLY taken its toll on me and I look forward to closing that chapter of my life.  I have other priorities in my life that demand my time, energy, and attention.  

So, yeah, Dincrest will be hanging up his "rock star" spurs.  This was a super difficult decision and one I've been twisting myself in knots over for months now.  I'm not the type to make snap decisions, I always think them through often to the point of overthinking.  

The band is obviously not happy about this development.  It's like a painful breakup with a significant other (or in this case, four significant others).  But I gotta follow my heart and know when to say "enough is enough."  I think they'll be alright, though.  They existed for years before me and will thrive after me.  

EDIT: And Mesh, yes.  I naturally do walk fast and with a wide stride.  The only times I don't walk fast are if I have the flu, if my legs are destroyed from a massive bike ride, or if foot traffic's packed like sardines (though I do look for openings to slip through.)  

Looking for a post of mine I missed this bombshell.

Damn.  I'm sorry, I know over the YEARS this has been a big thing in your life and you've shared a lot of it here on the 'Fan as well.  I'ts for good reasons I assume, but I hope you still enjoy some wicked jam sessions with them or get into some new musical project.  You're a talent!

Meanwhile, I've loved all the bike-a-thon posts.  It's great you can do something for good health and for a damn fine (albeit tragic) cause.  You're giving hope to people; all charities do, I'm sure.  I have channeled "DIN" on my gym runs...  I still have little vitality, but it helps the fight to keep it going.


Believe me Dice, this was NOT an easy decision, but I firmly believe it is the right decision for me.  And I'm glad I'm an inspiration for your workouts.  I've had a lot of people tell me that lately.  I take it as a sign that the direction I'm steering my life into is a good one.  And, not gonna lie, I do use this song to help me pedal stronger and faster up hills like Onoda in YowaPeda: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrshPMtH0CY

As for Freudian psychoanalysis, yeah much of it is bupkis nowadays but if it weren't for Freud's (and later on Jung's) bizarre theories, psychology as we know it would not exist.  The fact that the human mind and imagination can veer off into such twists is pretty damn fascinating.  I was a psych major in college so I do respect Freud's contribution to the field. 
35  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Legacy on: September 28, 2014, 06:56:30 PM
I also think it's a matter of when rather than if.  I was thinking XSeed or someone would likely take it. 

So, who are people thinking of making their main character and who'll be his/her companions?  It feels like Pokemon where we're looking at early art of the starters and asking each other "who you gonna pick as your starter?" 
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 28, 2014, 06:52:59 PM
This here bikeathon's a week from today.  I've been training pretty hard for it (been riding 65-100 miles a week the past couple months) but I still wonder if it's enough.  I'm excited, especially for all the challenging climbs. 

It's a degenerative disease, so it's more debilitating as far as I know.  I don't think the disease itself is fatal, but complications that arise from it can reduce life expectancy.  

EDIT: I just found out a few days ago about this benefit bike-a-thon for Parkinson's happening near me, and I'm doing it:
http://www.shakeitoff4pd.org/pd500-rock-n-roll-bike-ride.html  

Here's my fundraising page: https://fundraising.active.com/fundraiser/NealChandran
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New NIS announcements - Battle Princess Arcadia and Fencer Fairy F for NA on: September 28, 2014, 06:37:09 PM
I'm playing through Fairy Fencer F to review for the site, so if you actually give a damn about what I have to say, please be patient. 
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 28, 2014, 06:35:29 PM
I didn't use stats to pick favorites.  Just used looks, side story, and overall "vibe."  My favorite normal is Akira Kizaki (#91) and my favorite rare is this smile Kotori I recently idolized.  She's just too damn kawaii for words.  And because i started with Umi Sonoda, I digs her.  And Rebecca's fun to poke.   
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 28, 2014, 08:42:34 AM
BTW, for anyone playing Love Live, we should friend each other to circle jerk those daily 10 FP.

My ID is 603682484
You should write something like RPG or RPGfan so I don't ignore you =P

My ID is 346415269, I sent you a friend request.  And I'm super-jealous of your Eli.

My ID is 376726528 and my name is Dincrest.

Kevadu is Kevadu
Dincrest is Dincrest

I almost feel bad for picking a witty name =P

Normally I would too, but since RPGFanners are the majority of whom I friend on gaming platforms and you all recognize my username, I use that.  The only exception is PSN where I use the handle DustRagger, and I wish I had used Dincrest.

Anyway, for you guys playing School Idol Festival, who are your favorites? 
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 28, 2014, 08:39:07 AM
Two years ago on my birthday, my friend Deanna said to me "Neal, you're not 34.  You're 8!" 

I like to think I've grown up a bit since then.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Legacy on: September 27, 2014, 08:28:57 AM
And oddly enough, Pokemon X/Y was a mild exception to the Stumpy McGunderthumps rule.  On the field, your avatar was not super-deformed, though his/her proportions did become more svelte when playing dress-up.  
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Legacy on: September 26, 2014, 07:09:46 PM
I figure if the pop-up cuts load times and all, then I'm for it.  Plus, it's stylishly done, kinda like a pop-up storybook.  I also like being able to select one of the main characters then meeting others along the way, kinda like in the first SaGa Frontier.  I remember once renting SaGa Frontier just to see how bad it was and ended up enjoying it a lot.  I played for 3 hours straight and only stopped when a friend called saying he wanted to hang out.  

And I'm willing to bet that the majority of players will choose either Filmia (the frog prince) or Eloise (who sticks her booty out like Dragon Crown's sorceress.)

As long as it's not like Lute's quest in SaGa Frontier where you're given no direction and could potentially face the final boss in 10 minutes, my interest is piqued.  

Heh, the game is called LoL.  Legend of Legaia was LoL too. 
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 26, 2014, 09:45:04 AM
I remember WAAAAAY back in the day (well over 10 years ago since it was before I was on staff), an RPGFan poster mentioned that he adopted a stray kitten and needed a name for it (not specifying gender.)  Many of the 'fanners suggested really epic names and I said "if it's girl cat, Josie (after Josie and the Pussycats) and if it's a boy cat, name it Bob last name Cat."  

Turns out, it was a girl cat and he named her Bob.  So somewhere out there, a girl cat (if she's still alive) answers to the name of Bob thanks to me.  
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 25, 2014, 08:58:09 PM
BTW, for anyone playing Love Live, we should friend each other to circle jerk those daily 10 FP.

My ID is 603682484
You should write something like RPG or RPGfan so I don't ignore you =P

My ID is 346415269, I sent you a friend request.  And I'm super-jealous of your Eli.

My ID is 376726528 and my name is Dincrest.
45  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 25, 2014, 12:23:49 PM
I finished reading Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), and all I can say is damn. It knocked me off my feet. Definitely one of the best books/series that I've read this year.


Glad you and everyone else who scoped Mistborn this year liked it. 
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