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5641  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: November 29, 2006, 09:58:04 PM
"Spongebob Squarepants" theme song.  

Why?  Because I was asked today to be on the bill for a Rutgers Musicians' Guild show on Friday and that's my opening number.

I don't get to gig very often so I love it when I do.
5642  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 28, 2006, 03:30:46 PM
Ozzy woke up from a nightmare shouting "SHARON!!! I just had a dream that the kids turned into the Osmonds, and and..."

"There there, dear," cooed Florence Henderson.  It'll be okay."

The TV then faded out and all that the story participants felt were loads of brief flashes as "The Man" was flipping the channels.  "The Man" eventually settled on Pokemon so now Dincrest and the happy RPGfanners were now trapped in an episode of Pokemon.  (OMG 4D plot twist!)

After the Pokemon theme song played...
5643  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Just Beat an RPG Already! on: November 27, 2006, 06:48:40 PM
...that and even an RPG with awesomely cool and dynamic gameplay can have its gameplay start to get a little stale by the 70th hour.  And then it feels like an obligation to finish.  It becomes work.  And a game should never feel like work or an obligation.
5644  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Just Beat an RPG Already! on: November 27, 2006, 11:40:23 AM
When keeping tabs on multiple RPGs, it helps to keep a notebook so that you can jot down where you left off  and where you need to go, when you stopped playing.  That way if you come back to it weeks later after the burnout's gone, you won't be totally lost.  That way you also don't have to tax your brain to remember stuff.  

Or invest in a cheat device like a Gameshark.  When things get too tedious, just punch in some cheat codes and breeze your way through to the end.  That way you can get the story without the chorelike gameplay.  

Makes the time commitment less tiresome too.  With a GameShark, FF7 can be beaten in 25-35 hours.  And I'll be honest, these days any RPG time commitment more than that becomes quite tiresome for me.
5645  The Rest / General Discussions / Thanksgiving on: November 27, 2006, 11:35:43 AM
Darkrider still hasn't told us how his turkey-cooking adventure went.  I'm really curious to know how it all turned out.  Or at least whether he used Dag's brown bag idea.

...only in the Neal household would the Thanksgiving bird be tandoori chicken.
5646  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 24, 2006, 03:37:49 PM
...he was smited by Ultimecia still wearing a Spongebob costume.  Just then, a purple-ish object came twirling down from the sky.  It was a familiar Warwick Fortress MasterMan bass!  That could only mean one thing.  Dincrest had been brought back to life.  

Only Dincrest was a bit, ummm, different than usual.  Instead of his usual clothes, he was now wearing...
5647  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 23, 2006, 11:51:06 AM
Spongebob Squarepants, who was really Ultimecia in disguise.  Ultimecia then noticed...
5648  Media / The Soundroom / Sonata Arctica... video game (RPG to boot) on: November 21, 2006, 09:55:15 PM
Heh, but what if it was a DragonForce RPG, hmm?  

But hmmm... who to play as.  I'll probably play as Marko Paasikoski, the bassist.  He too is a user and lover of Warwick.  The site says that all manner of weapons will be used... but I'd want to use their instruments.  I mean, Henrik with a keytar of doom.  Or Jani with his Ibanez "axe."
5649  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: November 21, 2006, 12:46:42 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/tracememory/index.html Here's my review of Trace Memory.  I'm pretty much the graphic adventure/digital novel/dating sim/love adventure guy on the staff.  I have a review of Touch Detective too.  It's nice to see that 3 of us (me, Clueless, Britton) actually liked Touch Detective, which I feel got unfairly slammed by the critics.  Methinks they don't play enough adventures.  http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/touchdetective/index.html

I believe Cing, who developed Trace Memory, is also behind Hotel Dusk.  And given how much I loved Trace Memory (I consider it a DS "must have") I hope Cing doesn't let me down with Hotel Dusk.
5650  Media / Brush and Quill / Tales of RPGfania! (a round robin) on: November 21, 2006, 12:38:05 PM
Toilet, with Limp Bizkit swimming in it!!!

"I always knew Limp Bizkit was a crappy band, but this is ridiculous."  

Just then...
5651  The Rest / General Discussions / Thanksgiving on: November 21, 2006, 12:10:09 PM
I find the prospect of Drakrider cooking a turkey very amusing.  

Go all American, dude!  Take a turducken (deboned chicken stuffed inside a deboned duck stuffed inside a deboned turkey), coat that thing in flour, spices & lard, and deep fry it in coconut oil.  Use a pressure cooker/fryer like Colonel Sanders did!  :P

(If the thought of that didn't give you people a heart attack, then I pity you.  But still, only in America would someone create a turducken... with sausage stuffing.)  

As for me, I love Thanksgiving.  Fun with family, getting happy off of tryptophan and beer, and sharing funny stories about how wacky we all are.  (I'm part of a very large and very dysfunctional Indian family, but we're generally a happy bunch, especially when we're soused on comfort food and alcohol.... and don't talk about sensitive topics.)  

I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving, because life has been go go go for me lately and the break will be nice.  Last Thanksgiving, our neighbors had the garage door open and the guys were putting a turkey in a huge deep fryer and acting all "manly" while the wives were all like "oh, my fucking god.  Will our husbands EVER grow up?"  My family lives in a very ethnically diverse neighborhood, so Thanksgivings are always amusing.  I'm still waiting for the day someone decides to emulate that Cosby Show episode when Cliff Huxtable decides to break out the grill and make BBQ ribs in the middle of November.  

Pizza on speed dial when the turkey doesn't work out.
5652  Media / The Soundroom / Sonata Arctica... video game (RPG to boot) on: November 20, 2006, 07:55:49 PM
From what I understand, DR, the game is supposedly based around stories and characters in Sonata Arctica lyrics, so I'm sure the FullMoon werewolf will be in there.  Hopefully the boy who wanted to be a real puppet will make an appearance too.
5653  Media / The Soundroom / Sonata Arctica... video game (RPG to boot) on: November 20, 2006, 06:11:51 PM
This would probably fit better in Computer RPGs than music, but more Sonata Arctica fans would probably look in this forum.  

It seems Sonata Arctica will be starring in a PC action-RPG and doing a lot of the music for it.  It's called Winterheart's Guild.

http://www.winterheartsguild.com/wg/index.htm

It's no secret that I love Sonata Arctica and hopefully the game won't suck too horribly.  

It' s probably old news, but whatever.

"If Neil Diamond were to form a metal band, it would be Sonata Arctica"- one of my friends.
5654  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Level 5 announces new game: A... DS Graphic Adventure? on: November 20, 2006, 05:54:15 PM
Man, I hope this game makes it stateside.  I'm digging the traditional art style.  

I just preordered Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and I can't wait for that one.
5655  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: November 20, 2006, 10:57:49 AM
My main beef with Legend of Dragoon (besides some horribly cheap bosses like Grand Jewel and issues with money/items/EXP) was that the plot was pretty much a by-the-numbers RPG plot until disk 3 with the whole thing
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about Rose and the Dragon Campaign of 11,000 years ago.
I thought *that* was more interesting than the whole Dart story.  

So basically, I chalk Legend of Dragoon as a classic case of the RPG world's mythos/backstory being more interesting than the one you're currently playing through.  This holds for Tales of Destiny as well.  I had fun with the game and it had some interesting aspects in the plot (I liked how religion was handled), but the whole backstory about the Aether Wars and how the Swordians came to be was more interesting than Stahn's quest and I wished the game could have been about that instead.  

EDIT: Oh snap: My old reader review of Bokosuka Wars http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/bokosuka/Bokosuka.html reminded of another RPG that was horrible beyond belief.  Bad music, bad graphics, bad gameplay, bad story, bad everything:  Super Hydlide for Genesis.  That game is even WORSE than Secret of the Stars, and we all know how much disdain I have for that game.    

So, yeah, 3 worst RPGs of all time, and this is me at my most objective:
-Super Hydlide
-Tecmo: Secret of the Stars
-Bokosuka Wars
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