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46  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 30, 2014, 08:41:40 AM
So I watched History of the World Mockingjay Part 1 today. Admittedly, I felt that some part's of the movie's dialogue was worse than that of that currently running RP in the Game Journals board.

The difference is that stuff like Hunger Games and Divergent try to take themselves seriously, but our Round Robin knows it's a far-fetched, semi-parodical JRPG plot and not Le Morte d'Arthur or something.  

Anyway, I had some downtime and Mean Girls was on.  Hard to believe that film is already 10 years old and todays teens might even look at it the same way I did back when I was in high school and teachers (who were around my age back then) showed us teen movies from the 1970s.  The issues were relevant, sure.  I mean, teenagers are teenagers and for all the nonsense I see at work (I work at a high school), I realize that I was just as bad, if not worse, back when I was their age.  But still, everything seems anachronistic in prior-generation teen movies.  Heathers is still my favorite 1980s teen movie, though.  That movie was great.    
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 30, 2014, 08:09:01 AM

A ComPilE fActOrEE epic is on the way, I can feeeeeeeel it!!

I think the Fairy Fencer F may be a step closer to that.  It's reportedly darker than FFF (which had a darker undertone than most Compile Heart games), and considering that FFF had less frequent and more toned-down fanservice than other Compile Heart games... Klyde, the people may think we're crazy, but I believe with you... on the wings of an eagle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRXxjDT53rg

Just picture this:

Chocobo Hot and Cold, Chocographs:

but in a world the size and scale of FFXV. It. would. be. glorious.

Road trip games!  Like padiddle.  Or I Spy.  Or the licence plate game... http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-10-road-trip-games.html

Or if you watch Big Bang Theory, Sheldon had the right idea with his interactive GPS with fun facts and quizzes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHFoByKHUjI

Will Noctis and his buddies do a singalong?  Dude, it would be hilarious to have a scene of them singing along to Suteki da Ne or Eyes on Me... or headbanging along to Otherworld.  Then ripping on each other, "Dude, shut up.  You sing like a strangled crow!" "No u!"

It's like I've said in other threads lately, it's the little moments like that that stick with me in RPG storylines.  Not the epic bombast, but the more "human" moments where the characters just kinda get to be themselves. 
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 28, 2014, 12:10:32 PM

I fired up the ol' SNES and played some Chrono Trigger.  Still a killer classic.  Bringing Crono's friends home to meet his mom never gets old, especially Frog and Ayla.  Also occasionally playing some Chrono Cross- I'm at Fort Dragonia.  And trying to earn some achievements in School Idol Festival. 

But the game I'm most thinking about is the new round robin on this forum.  It ain't quite the " Taressa" one, but it's still loads of fun.

There is something between the Trigger and the Cross that probably is not kosher for me to speak about openly I have been dying to get to after I replayed Chrono Trigger last year and had an absolute blast.

Of all the retro-tastic titles I've replayed in my adult life, I feel pretty safe in saying Chrono aged far more gracefully than most from his day. I had forgotten how the soundtrack in particular was sooooo moving. I was laced with goosebumps during the Magus encounter at his castle and final boss battle. It is AMAZING how emotionally charged you can become by the right tune at the right time in an RPG. In fact, I credit the OST greatly for making the initial catastrophe at the millenial fair so memorable to me along with the atmosphere of the End of Time.

As a kid I used to leave the TV on at the end of time constantly just have the ambient tune play in the background while I tended to other stuff. Good times.

I'm actually torn on this playthrough.  I could
fight Magus
and get my favorite ending, but if I don't
fight Magus
he'll join my party and I can level him up.  His levels are in the 70s and everyone else is in the 90s on my cartridge.
  Still, "Prehistoric Mountain" is my favorite piece of music from the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJBHFjwet7s
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: November 28, 2014, 07:59:20 AM
Alexandra and Roko go with Dincrest.  

Alexander, Leona and Crestee press on.  

Dincrest's Party

Alexandra, Roko, and Dincrest hightail it back to Sherdal's house stomping any hostile amphibian or reptile in their way, including a brief boss battle with the legendary zombie alligator.  One well placed healing spell by Alexandra dispatches the beast.  

Inside Sherdal's house, the party sees Sherdal slowly right himself.  

Sherdal: What are you all doing here? You should be out with Crestee.  

Dincrest: Father!  You're alright!!!!

Sherdal: Of course I am.  What makes you think I wouldn't be?

Dincrest: But the Eye showed an image of you bleeding out and...

Sherdal: Oh, this?  Come on.  You mean to tell me you FORGOT one of the earliest feints I taught you?      

*Sherdal opens up his shirt to reveal several satchels filled with bloodberries, a nutritious berry native to the swamps whose juice is thick and iron-y like blood, strapped to his body*

Sherdal: One "lucky" thrust of the intruder hit one of those and I fell, hoping he would take the decoy Eye I set up.  Considering what I knew about Crestee's party I had a feeling my prodigal son Varth would be sniffing around... so I set them up a trap!  

Dincrest: Father, you're a genius!

Sherdal: Damn straight, Dumb-crest!  But it appears Varth might be as well.  Or he's partnered up with one.  His silver hair and voice indicate his age as he'd be older than dirt in Crestee's time, but his body is still young and strong.  

Roko: So what DID that decoy eye of yours do to the intruders anyway?  

Sherdal: Oh, you do not want to know.  I don't even know what it does myself, honestly, since its effects differ with people.  For me, it just made me LOOK prematurely old.  I may look hundreds of years old, but I'm a spry 51!  As for Varth and his companion, it sent them off and god knows what else...  Anyway, you all should be with Crestee right now!  You caught me at the tail end of a battle, but Crestee might be on the edge of a war and you foolishly left her without a swordsman, a healer, and whatever the blazes Roko is!  Quit standing around.  Go on.  Git!  Kids these days...

MEANWHILE, 100 years in the future

Varth is rocking back and forth, his form that of a large, childlike purple dinosaur with a green belly and a nasal laugh singing "I love you, you love me..."

Zidd: Curses, this is going to take all the genius I have to fix.  Age manipulation was one thing, but this... I've never seen anything like this.  Good thing I didn't touch that Eye.    

Something garnet red glimmered in the distance.  Zidd eyed it carefully.  

Zidd: This is not the Eye of Spacetime but a powerful decoy that had unspeakable effects on Varth.  I'll have to contain this and manipulate its raw power.  I may not have secured the Eye of Spacetime from that damn girl, but I may have stumbled upon something better.  MWA HA HA HA HA!  

Varth is still rocking back and forth, dumbfoundedly, this time singing "Elephant, elephant..."

Zidd then manipulates a specimen-grabbing mechanical arm from his mechsuit, extends it, and holds the eye away from him.  He then cautiously places it in a containment unit in his airship for further study.  He then smirks evilly before unlocking a secret panel in his quarters of the ship and pulling out an ornate gun, kinda like this: http://www.collectie.legermuseum.nl/sites/str.visser.nl/contents/i000444/193.jpg Primitive in design and only holds one shot, but it's a shot of something truly devastating.  

Zidd takes his gun and walks back out to Varth, who's still singing "Elephant, elephant..."  

Zidd: Oh how the mighty hath fallen!  

Zidd then steps behind the unsuspecting Varth, places the gun to his oversized purple temple, and fires!  In a WOOSH, Varth is completely disintegrated without a trace, a crater lies on the ground where he once sat, and 3/4s of the gun's barrel is melted off.  Zidd tosses the gun into the furnace of his airship, and gloats as he flies back to his sinister lab way out in an inaccessible region of the Norgo Mountains.  

Zidd: It was bound to happen.  The second-in-command villain ALWAYS kills the emperor in a JRPG story.  Just you wait, girl.  You may return to our time, but it may not be as you remember it!  I WILL discover the secrets of this decoy eye, but first... I have to go make a potty in the bathroom once I arrive back at my lair.    

Fade out with Zidd's airship landing at an undisclosed location in the Norgo Mountains.  

ASIDE: I picture Zidd kinda like this, but larger, more menacing, and more badass.  He's both a genius and a powerhouse.   http://thegia.com/archive/psx/smad/art2/clemett.jpg

Cut now to Crestee, Leona, and Alexander, who have just arrived at the capitol city of Selasse...
50  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: November 27, 2014, 06:54:48 PM
Prehistoric Mountain- my favorite piece of music in Chrono Trigger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJBHFjwet7s
51  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: November 27, 2014, 01:48:08 PM
Crestee: So why were you always hasslin' me and my livestock?  If y'all were lookin' out for me, why'd you scratch me all the time?  

Leona: When you're as old as I am and have been around as long as I have in this accursed cat body, you tend to get a little ornery.  And I often used that to keep people at bay.  Plus, like I said before, if I scratched you, I had the power to keep tabs on you until your scratches fully healed up.  I initially scratched at your livestock to get a bead on you, then scratched you directly.  I knew you were different when your scratches healed up faster than usual.  You were a magic innate.  So I had to keep scratching you to keep tabs on you.  And THAT is why I picked on you so much.  

Crestee: Why you... why didn't you just right TELL me what was going on before things got all clitchy?  I ain't some prissy little Strassle princess who's virgin ears can't hear a bull's backdoor trots or even them uppity girls in Madora with their prize winnin' animals.  For corn sakes, I get my hands good 'n dirty on Uncle's ranch rescuin' and rehabilitatin' abused and neglected animals.  I seen Loper at his worst when he weren't nuthin' but sickly skin 'n bones and now he's as stout and healthy as any blue ribbon stallion.  With time and patience I can have the most irascible horse eatin' outta my hand.  And my dad... when I was a wee baby our house was bein' robbed and he was killed fightin' off them outlaws so mama and I could escape.  We were homeless drifters for a while till mama's little brother Clyde took us in.  I had trouble saying "Clyde" as a baby, so I called 'im "Unca" then "Uncle."      

Leona: Crestee, I know you've seen and experienced tragedy in your life and I didn't want to burden you with more weight on your shoulders.  I wanted you to have some semblance of a normal life.  Be  regular girl as much as possible.  Be like everyone else in the village who's tangled with the ornery cat.  Plus, I wanted to be sure you grew mature enough to handle things, especially your latent power.  I know you're a spitfire around people, especially those you think are stupid, but you're as cool and collected as can be with your animals.  

Crestee: Darn tootin.'  Animals, especially horses, are super sensitive to peoples' emotions and the ones we rescued spooked even easier 'cuz o' what they gone through.  

Leona:  Maybe I spoke too late, but better late than never.  The winds of change blow strong with you, Crestee.  

Crestee: Spare me the elemental puns about being dust in the wind and all that.  

Roko: So even if you had been forthright with cowboy barbie earlier on, you're saying she'd be in a bad predicament even if not this one?  Between a rock and a hard place.  

Leona: Yes, and at this point I'm glad she's not alone on this journey.  The Eye is attuned to Alex as well, so his fate is intertwined.  Why you're with the party is a mystery, but something compels you, Roko.  

Just then, Alexandra meekly steps out of her hiding place and into the main room.  

Alexandra: I'm, I'm sorry I freaked out a little earlier.  It's just that...

Alexander: No need.  Sorry I got carried away.  It's just that...

Alexandra: No need to explain yourself again.  We're all in the same boat.  You need answers.  Crestee needs answers.  I need answers.  I'm not much good at fighting, but I can do this *Alexandra casts a low level water spell with healing properties* so maybe I can come along with you?  I won't get anywhere on my own and you do seem to care, Alex.  

The party nods in agreement.  

*Alexandra joins the party*

Sherdal: Dincrest, I would like you to accompany them as well.  The truth is out there and this motley crew is a lightning rod for it.  

*Dincrest joins the party*

Roko: It's about time we got a hunky swordsman in the party, no offense buttercup.  

Crestee: None taken, though you could ease up on the pet names.  I'm not some twee little girl.  I'm a lot taller and have a more... erm... hearty build than some twig noble.  Them prissy gals couldn't handle my horses.  

Roko: *licks lips* Sure thing, apple tart.  

Sherdal: The eye will guide you on your way, and my son can forage a path.  

The party is now:
Crestee, wind elemental, rapier type swords
Alexander, fire elemental, knives & daggers
Leona, ???, claws
Roko, ???, whips
Alexandra, water elemental, rods
Dincrest, ???, longswords

So the party exits the swamps and is back out on the overworld where the Eye points them to...
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: November 27, 2014, 11:44:58 AM
Just then, Crestee and Dincrest walk in, panting from time spent swordfighting.  

Crestee: "Umm, what's with all the sullen looks?"

Sherdal: "Your kitty cat was just about to spill the beans on this whole mess."

Dincrest: "Let's take a seat then."

So everyone sits down on the floor (except for Alexandra who's in another room, but still listening in) and Leona begins her lecture about the Eye of Spacetime, her connection to it, and why she's a cat...
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: Let's write an RPG story- A Journal penned by all! on: November 27, 2014, 09:08:33 AM
Remember, this is the age of magic so everything is bigger due to magical enhancements.  Note the Artmas.  Nothing that big exists in Crestee's time, but they existed back then.  Granted, they exist where few tread, though Roko's seen one in her travels.  And the house could be like the Weasley's camping tent in Harry Potter.

Oh, and I'm naming the old man Sherdal

Roko: Wait, you all are just gonna trust ol' swampy and his son?  

Crestee: His name is Sherdal and he's my great grandpappy.  And Dincrest is my grandpappy.  The Eye tells me they're above-board*, and besides, can't you see the family resemblance?  

Dincrest: Hey, Crestee was it?  How are you with that sword?  Wanna spar?  

Crestee: I ain't one to back down from a challenge *said with false confidence since she's mainly been wielding the rapier like a riding crop*

Dincrest is a bit perturbed by her lacking technique, but is happy that he breeds a pretty cool granddaughter who, he finds out, is a horse handler on a rehabilitation ranch for rescued livestock animals.  He then coaches her on some of the sword techniques he's been perfecting, mainly through watching animals fight.  No sense letting his blood go out there wielding a sword incorrectly.  

*Crestee learns Copperhead Strike*

Dincrest: Something wrong?  You're looking at me rather strangely.

Crestee: Sorry, it's just surreal hangin' with a not-much-older-than-me grandpappy.  

Dincrest: And I never expected that I'd have a granddaughter let alone a daughter or even a wife or girlfriend.  I know dad and I live in the swamps for good reason, so we're away from the rulers' probing eyes and don't have to fall into lockstep with what "they" want us to do, especially after what happened with my mom.  But I don't exactly meet a lot of girls living this life.  

Crestee: So?

Dincrest: So what?  

Crestee: You ain't gonna ask me about your life in the future?  All the family stories I've heard about you from ma, pa, and uncle?  

Dincrest: Tempting, but no.  I've always been the type to discover things on my own and learn everything the hard way.  I'm stubborn like that, and I get the feeling you're pretty headstrong too.  *smiles* Classic family trait.  Perhaps your existence is a spoiler in my life's story, but now I'm curious to find out how my lineage actually passed on.  And I'd rather "read" that for myself.  Now, let's refine those sword techniques of yours.  *laughs* after all, I don't know if I'll ever get an ancestor-progeny bonding moment like this again.

And thus Crestee continued to practice her sword techniques with "young grandpa," both of them feeling a sense of familial pride; her for the family she came from and him for his family's future.  

*Crestee learns Cottonmouth Sweep*

Meanwhile, Sherdal, Alexander, Alexandra, Roko, and Leona are in the house discussing...

*above-board is cowboy slang for "in open sight, without artifice, or trick." I've been taking slang from http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-slang.html to pepper Crestee's speech.
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 26, 2014, 10:16:19 PM
I fired up the ol' SNES and played some Chrono Trigger.  Still a killer classic.  Bringing Crono's friends home to meet his mom never gets old, especially Frog and Ayla.  Also occasionally playing some Chrono Cross- I'm at Fort Dragonia.  And trying to earn some achievements in School Idol Festival. 

But the game I'm most thinking about is the new round robin on this forum.  It ain't quite the " Taressa" one, but it's still loads of fun.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 26, 2014, 07:33:43 PM
Just like a lot of modern Final Fantasy games, eh?

Funny you say that because my personal problem with modern Final Fantasy games is they're entirely *too* focused.

Final Fantasy XII and XIII are both just a long chain of combat. I mean, XII had that stupid foot race mini-game but it only served to highlight how few distractions there were to take away from all the fighting.

I consider FF7 as the start of "modern" FF, but even that's, what, 17 years old already?  Yikes.  And some of the plots from FFs dating back to that have been more needlessly convoluted than need be.    

Though FF8 is my favorite FF, its misguided focus was one of my problems with it.  With all the epic bombast "Blair Witch space-time continuum" hoosefudge, the game shafted everything that made it great- the quieter, understated, reflective moments.  Those subtle moments were the most powerful ones in the story  That game would have greatly benefited from the virtue of restraint.  I say this in my review of the FF8- Melancholy Tribute soundtrack: http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/ff8-melancholy/

EDIT: It's not lost on me that the FF game I consider my favorite is the one I complain about the most.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 26, 2014, 07:15:17 PM
Just like a lot of modern Final Fantasy games, eh?
57  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: November 26, 2014, 06:33:05 PM
Grim, I was iffy on that too, but it grew on me.  My mom also had to be sold on that idea, and she grew to like it as well.  Yeah, my mom is an avid fantasy reader (she could read Lord of the Rings a million times over and never get tired of it), and I turned her onto Song of Ice and Fire and Mistborn.  So we often read the same books and discuss them.  

As for my reading, well... as several of you know, I'm an aspiring voice over artist and thanks to the guidance of my coach, I auditioned to narrate two brief audiobooks and I nailed both auditions.  I recently finished my first one (a short travel guide for Dubai and am working on my second one (a short guide about sugar addiction).  

...so I'm officially a voice over artist, more specifically an audiobook narrator. 
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 26, 2014, 05:38:15 PM
And then you have Tifa.  I've said this about her a MILLION times:
She kept the 24-7 vigil with Cloud while he was a vegetable in the hospital after his mako poisoning.  She was probably helping feed him, bathe him, change his bedpan (or diapers), and all of that.  And she did it without complaint, because she loved him.  That a girl will stand by a guy during something like that shows intense dedication and Tifa's strength of character.  She's not a "fair weather" girlfriend who'd run when things get tough.  And that she's willing to work on a relationship with a headcase like Cloud- most women would run away screaming from a guy with that many psychological and emotional problems.  Tifa didn't.  That's love.  That's dedication.  That's strength.  Sure Tifa dresses sexy and has basketball boobs, but if you look past all that, you'll find an amazing woman.  

EDIT: And now I wonder what would an opposite gender FF15 would be like.  Methinks it would be like a fantasy version of Thelma and Louise. 
59  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Movies that make you cry on: November 26, 2014, 04:57:55 PM
Not gonna lie, Monsters Inc. made me shed man-tears.  So did Dead Poet's Society. 
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: November 26, 2014, 04:54:59 PM
And now I reflect back to my own biases.  Like I always choose the girl because I always think the girl will have the better storyline.  It's true enough of the time, but then Hexyz Force came along and proved me wrong.  The girl's storyline was enjoyable, but the boy's storyline was a LOT stronger.  He was a more interesting protagonist.  Talk about flippin' the script, huh?  

And as much as I love the women in Game of Thrones/ A Song of Ice and Fire, my favorite character is one of the guys.  Or in Mistborn, as cool a heroine as Vin is, my favorite character in that saga is one of the dudes.  

A good character is a good character regardless of gender, and I hope Noctis and his buddies are more interesting than stereotypical dudebros road tripping to spring break.  EDIT: And again, there I go biasing...
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