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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 07, 2016, 04:58:18 PM
I'm looking forward to the autism ride I'm doing this Saturday. I haven't ridden in earnest in a LONG time due to vacation (I'm not counting the bicycle tour I did of Honolulu as earnest.  Plus, I ate too much and exercised too little on my trip), jet lag/ airport runs, and some TMI pain-in-the-butt reasons, so this should be a happy return to form. I have been lifting at the gym and doing a fair bit of running in lieu of riding, so I should be good.

Plus, since I work in the special education field, the cause (benefiting autism education programs) is super close to me.

The ride: AJF Ride 4 Autism. 50KM (about 32 miles.) http://clc-ajf.donorpages.com/BikeRide2016/NealChandran/

And this year (my second doing this ride) I vow not to get lost and to climb that monstrous hill I mistakenly bypassed due to misreading a road marker. And I'll probably be singing as I climb.

32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2016, 05:24:00 PM
As for moves, break dancing pig move in Color Splash video.


Also, I imagine Rose in a more modern context as a fierce bisexual with a penchant for pain (giving or receiving, who can really say for sure?)

Oh, Rose is a domme without question.  

And Tomara- if haven't played any games by Wadjet Eye, those scratch that itch big time.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Members: PS3 IDs / 360 Gamertags / Wii Friend Codes / Steam IDs on: September 05, 2016, 09:41:02 AM
Out of the blue, my "Friends" tab started to work properly on my Vita, so I was able to add a bunch of ya's who'd been trying to add/friend me.  

PSN- DustRagger
3DS: 2208-4742-2278
iOS Game Center: Dincrest
GOG (Good Old Games): Dincrest

If any of you play Love Live! School Idol Festival on your phone or tablet, add me: 376726528

I'm also Dincrest on Steam, but I don't use Steam, I don't like Steam, GOG is my jam!
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 05, 2016, 09:14:16 AM
I couldn't imagine a Legend of Dragoon Let's Play without snarky comments about the errr... "special-ness" of Rose's special attacks:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vvw42jvxUs&app=desktop

Of special note are Astral Drain (the first one) where she emits a healing beam out her crotch, and Demon's Gate (the third one, about 1:05 in) which starts of with her dripping period blood.  I get the feeling the designer/programmer who created Rose's special attacks was either sexually frustrated, really kinky, or both.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 05, 2016, 09:08:25 AM
When your dad is a better rapper than the whack-ass hip-hop artists on the radio today...

36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 04, 2016, 06:08:54 PM
A part of me wonders if that dude made the taco truck statement intentionally knowing it would spectacularly backfire the way it has in that everyone I know loves the idea of taco trucks on every corner.  Hell, I'll gladly introduce Indian food to a Mexican taco truck for some good fusion.  Indian food cooked by a Mexican would probably be the most delicious thing ever!  Arroz con pollo tikka masala!

there used to be a place near the campus called Currito that had like
channa masala burritos

they closed down though but still the concept works

fwiw they got replaced by a place that has like bibimbop burritos

Oh, I like those ideas!  Let's get crazy and be even more Asian.  The Japanese word for octopus is "tako" so there can be a Tako Taco as well! 
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 04, 2016, 12:42:57 PM
A part of me wonders if that dude made the taco truck statement intentionally knowing it would spectacularly backfire the way it has in that everyone I know loves the idea of taco trucks on every corner.  Hell, I'll gladly introduce Indian food to a Mexican taco truck for some good fusion.  Indian food cooked by a Mexican would probably be the most delicious thing ever!  Arroz con pollo tikka masala!

Or let's go full on brown-out and get a Muslim cook in there too.  Yeah, a halal shwarma masala queso taco!

In your face, President Duck-Fart!
38  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 03, 2016, 08:31:46 PM
About 500 pages into Words of Radiance and keeping Guardians Inc.: The Cypher as my "palate cleanser" book. 

The former is... epic and the latter is a fun read, though there were a few little things that made me suspend my disbelief (like talking about "recess" during a high school day.  I can understand some high schools have a common "lunch 'n learn" free period mid-day, but recess?) 

A part of me is thinking of throwing in the towel on Words of Radiance.  The book is excellent and I love me some epic fantasy, but I haven't read it in weeks and have no motivation to.  I realize that I don't have the time or mental energy to dedicate to that level of epic fantasy.  I'm more motivated to read my "palate cleanser" book (Guardians Inc.: The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain) because I realize those are the type of books I have the time, motivation, and mental energy to commit to.  I think the Alloy of Law Mistborn books may be more my pace, and that's cool because Sanderson. 

A part of me feels guilty about wanting to abandon Words of Radiance, but I think about my aunt who's a retired geriatric psychiatrist (who still does some consulting at her hospital).  Because her job was so mentally taxing and draining, she never wanted to read anything too cerebral.  She just wanted to let her brain relax.  I don't claim that my job is as mentally taxing as that, but working in special education is psychologically draining in its own right.  It's like, if I'm already sore from weightlifting that day, the last thing I want to do is exercise that night. 
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 03, 2016, 07:49:30 AM
Whenever I see Hurricane Hermine on the news, am I the only one who reads it as Hermione- you know, from Harry Potter?  

The news these days is a circus as usual and I'm left wondering what shady stuff is happening behind the scenes that the media is distracting me with pointless stories about professional jocks not standing for the Pledge or Allegiance or whatnot.  EDIT: And since Donald is a famous duck and Trump is 1970s Northern England slang for fart, I feel it my duty to refer to a certain presidential nominee is President Duck-Fart.

Anyway, here's a feel-good story about an FSU football player visiting a middle school and deciding to eat his lunch with an autistic boy who's usually by himself.   http://www.cnn.com/videos/living/2016/09/01/fsu-football-player-sits-lunch-pkg.wctv
40  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: September 03, 2016, 07:34:44 AM
I love this band, I love this song, I love this video

The song is "Udoroth" by A Sound of Thunder

41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 01, 2016, 06:17:00 PM
I've tried nude and underwear sleeping and it's just not for me.  I'm most comfortable sleeping in pyjamas. 
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Blue Reflection on: September 01, 2016, 06:14:12 PM
(understandable rant)

And yet, amongst the Disqus comments on the link, you have people who are picking favorite girls already, with such thoughtful comments as "This one likes music.  She has the same taste as me!"

As someone who has been on the recieving end of a 'you like videogames, please be my girlfriend', I almost feel sorry for these fictional girls.

On the other hand, I can't help but adding my own twist to generic 'likes' and imagine what that character would be like.

Likes: Money (and will go on paid dates to get some)
Likes: Music (but only listens to really shitty metal)
Likes: Thinking (about hot guys engaging in unprotected sex)
Likes: Sports (especially the violent fights with fans of the opposing teams)
Likes: Dance (she's the best twerker in town)
Likes: Running (away from commitment and responsibility)
Likes: Clothes (and thinks the bold, often neon coloured patterns of the early nineties are due for a comeback)
Likes: Training (her attack dog Hector to go straight for the throat)
Likes: Cooking (and bullies her little sister into doing the dishes)
Likes: Accessoires (which is her way of saying the really like easily manipulated bad boys)
Likes: Flowers (but only if they're handed to her by handsome/rich men)
Likes: Going out (and doesn't mind missing a few classes - or school days - in the process)

Now that love-adventure I would totally play.  However, I say that as someone who's played so many love-adventures with so many predictable archetype anime girls that I look for something a little different, a little askew, a little twisted.  But for the average "otaku type" who wants to live out the fantasy of dating one of several anime girls whose personalities and archetypes remind them of their favorite anime characters, then the material we scoff at as "generic" or whatnot will totally fulfill their desires.  

As a reviewer, I often have to consciously step out of myself and think like the demographic who would enjoy said game.  It's kinda like with film reviews.  We can all think of films that critics have derided but audiences have loved and paid good money to see.  And how many films win all the awards, but are not exactly movies we want to see?  

But to reiterate the positive I mentioned in my previous post, I rather liked that beautifully melancholy piano piece that played on the game's official website, so the potential for a good soundtrack is there.  Did anyone else like that music?

EDIT: Speaking of music, I never understood how "but you both like music" is ever a good enough reason to try and set two people up on a date.  I mean, EVERYone likes music.  Even the hearing impaired like music.  
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 31, 2016, 06:40:46 PM
The Pet Rock was the best pet.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Rock
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Blue Reflection on: August 31, 2016, 06:38:53 PM
Souldiers is a Western-hemisphere magical girl fiction story I read on a whim a couple of years ago when I needed a palate cleanser "fluff" book.  The premise and all was pretty ridiculous (but what magical girls premise isn't?) but I thought the action scenes were pretty nifty. 

45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Saga Scarlet Grace announced for PSVita on: August 29, 2016, 04:40:49 PM
Hopefully Scarlet Grace gets a Western release. 

I know Romancing SaGa 2 was released on iOS back in May, but how many people are going to shell out $18 bucks for it?  A part of me thinks that in order to get Scarlet Grace, we need to speak with our wallets and show that SaGa is viable by purchasing RoSaGa 2 iOS and letting the sales numbers do the talking that there is a market out there for the series.  But $18 bucks... Square Enix totally price gouges their iOS games and that's not something people want to support.  I'd love to try RoSaGa 2 iOS, but I don't particularly want to pay $18 for it, especially since there doesn't seem to be a demo so I can try it out. 
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