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61  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 24, 2014, 10:22:27 PM
I keep a wide variety of healing elements in various colors.  I can't seem to find enough trap elements or buffs/debffs.  I don't have an anti-white, which would be cracker for the Miguel battle (he kicked my ass just now).  His HP was low, but he was doing two elemental attacks in a row.  Lynx and Irenes were down and Zappa was still standing.  I wished I had put diminish on him.  I'll probably swap Zappa out for someone else, so I can try and control the field effect to all blue and have Irenes summon Frog Prince.  I feel like the key to the Miguel battle is not to let him dictate the field effect.

But talk about a sharp spike.  The boss battles were pretty easy until Garai and now Miguel.  I know I can beat Miguel, though. 
62  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 24, 2014, 08:04:04 PM
Most of my SRs are event cards (I have never gotten more than the minimum you can get when scouting...) so when I said her stats were lower than SRs at the same level that's compared to event SRs.

My best card, that I got from random scouting, is my SR Smile Honoka in her pajamas.  I have her at level 60 and her stats are the 2nd coolest of the cool, the purest of the pure, and the smiliest of the smiles. 

I can't wait till the next Score Match.  Those are fun! 
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 24, 2014, 05:07:54 PM
That's why you cycle right? You need to stock up on calories for those bike a thons :)

The weather hasn't been too cooperative lately, though.  I have been lifting, though. 
64  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 24, 2014, 04:44:32 PM
If it wasn't abundantly clear, the first time I played CC, I never got as far as I have now.  So a lot of what I've played and logged about is new to me.  

Anyway, I despise the Isle of the Damned sequence after you get Irenes.  That dungeon has no save point, Garai is a difficult boss (the first boss I've encountered so far to annihilate me), and I can't run away from the battle to regroup and/or save.  That's a load of donkey crap, since other bosses let me run away so I could regroup.  I lost progress here and I'm none too happy about that.  

Plus, Lynx is freaking weaksauce.  The last two boss battles, he's been knocked unconscious.  Lynx is a declawed pussycat.  I want Serge back.  Black element sucks.  

Garai and the Isle of the Damned can bite me!

EDIT: Finally got past that damned Isle of the Damned.  I swapped out Norris for Harle and we prevailed- we being Lynx, Irenes, and Harle. 
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 24, 2014, 02:36:17 PM
Zwarte Piet was badass.  Fat Santa's elves got nothing on him. 

My mom told me that as a kid, I had no trouble hanging with Sinterklaas for photos et al. with his majestic bishop outfit, cool horse, and everything, but that American Santa Claus creeped me out, I hated having my photo taken with him, and I'd pitch a fit. 

As for the Xmas season, the best (and worst) part for me is the cookies.  See, I try to be all healthy living, but cookies are my kryptonite.  Not mass produced hockey pucks like Oreo or Chips Ahoy, but homemade, soft baked, preferably with melty chocolate or fudge.  I don't eat cookies often, so when I do they have to be ace, and this time of year is when people pull out all the stops when baking cookies.  And I get all conflicted about eating all those cookies. 

66  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: pokemon purchase decision help on: December 24, 2014, 01:52:22 PM
i've always felt the first gen was the best.

You want Pokemon X.  Trust me on this one.  I'll give you the reasons, but it's a good sized spoiler so highlight at your own risk. 

And though I loved Y, I wish I'd gotten X because the legendary is better (Xerneas annihilates Yveltal) and...
Mega Charizard is Dragon Type in X but not in Y.  Yes, that's the big reveal.  When you meet Prof. Sycamore in the big city, you can actually pick a second starter out of the gen 1 starters!  So if I know you, you'd likely pick Charmander, and if you do, you want X so you get the dragon-type mega-charizard.
67  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 24, 2014, 08:53:21 AM
... so next in line is Open Minds, book 1 of the Mindjack trilogy by Susan Kaye Quinn.  It's part of the "YA dystopian" wave and it was a freebie.  So we'll see how this first book is, and if I like it, I'll buy the rest.  It seems to be about a girl who lives in a future where humans have evolved to read each others' minds and telepathy is the communicative norm, yet she cannot read minds.  But she discovers a far darker and more dangerous power that lurks within her mind.  

I'm about 1/3 of the way through the book and am enjoying it.  I'm not sure I'm invested enough to read the whole trilogy yet, though.  I think the writing is a LOT better than Divergent, it's cool how the setting has its own set of slang like Maze Runner to make it feel post-modern.

I could probably see this series becoming the next YA novel-based movie.  
68  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 23, 2014, 10:28:38 PM
I also just remembered the sadistic Snow Queen Quest in Persona.  That's a snow queen story that begins with a fire-breathing penis demon formed from the pent up frustration of the fat kid being harshly rejected by the girl he's crushing on. 
69  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 23, 2014, 09:44:50 PM
I fucking love Saturn/NAOMI/Dreamcast-era Sega. It's like


Beyond that though I think the reason why I'm liking Sonic Adventure is that the levels are pretty short and only have you do something once. I always felt like 2D Sonic levels were like the same section repeated three times per act.

I LOVED the first Sonic Adventure game. 

But the game of that era that really made me go "whoa!" was Jet Grind Radio.  To this day, it's still one of the most visually stylish games I've ever experienced.  Super fun to play too.
70  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 23, 2014, 09:39:23 PM
Basically, today was movie day at work so I saw both Frozen and Lilo & Stitch with my students.  

I thoroughly enjoyed both.  With Frozen, I liked how it all ended.  
Flipping the script by making the gallant prince a scumbag and making the "act of true love" between the sisters was fantastic.
 I ought to read the Hans Christien Andersen tale "The Snow Queen" since Frozen was inspired by it.  

And I liked Lilo & Stitch because it wasn't based on or inspired by some old fairy tale or legend or anything like that.  It was truly an original story with original characters.  And with both the human and alien characters, I liked how their designs were creative and relatively unconventional- especially when compared to the more archetypical Disney style.  I also like that even if you were to remove the mascot character (Stitch) from the film, it would still be a compelling story about the two sisters holding onto the pieces of their fractured family.  Oh, and the downplayed boy/girl thing was good too.      

Speaking of Disney, I'm REALLY interested in Hullabaloo, a 2D animated project made by a bunch of ex-Disney animators.  Two badass female protagonists, a steampunk setting, 2D animation... yep, it's pushing all my buttons.  

71  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 23, 2014, 01:56:10 PM
So you're saying Irenes is a Neck http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neck_%28water_spirit%29 or a Faroese or Icelandic Selkie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selkie

Had she had a Slavic accent, she'd be a Rusalka: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusalka

I feel like it's one of those accents that would make more sense heard/spoken rather than read. 

72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2014, 01:47:47 PM
poffertjes are so good! 

The commercialism of Xmas is annoying, as is most Xmas music.  And I always preferred Dutch Sinterklaas over American Santa Claus.  Instead of leaving cookies and milk for Santa, we left a carrot in a clog for Sinterklass's white horse.  When I moved to the US, that "rule change" left me conflicted, but I just shifted to "leaving a carrot for a reindeer." 

We always did Xmas in a secular way growing up, because it was hard enough for me being the only brown kid in a lily-white neighborhood so if everyone else in school had Xmas show-and-tell after vacation and I didn't, I'd be singled out even more and my parents were smart enough to know that their kid's already different, he knows he's different, but he's gotta do what he's gotta do to at least kinda fit in or his school life will be miserable.  And since he's there 6 hours a day for 10 more years, that'd be a lot of misery.
73  Media / Game Journals / Re: Dincrest plays Chrono Cross PlayLog on: December 22, 2014, 09:02:46 PM
Speaking of, I just recruited Irenes.

Her accent is odd to read, but it's gotta sound better than "shloop shloop skree" from the Sea Mother in Shadow Hearts. 
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2014, 05:51:03 PM
Closest I can think of to a lightgun RPG was Elemental Gearbolt for Playstation. 
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2014, 03:32:31 PM
Sounds like some of you need my friend Ray's Punxmas comp he does every year.  You can't go wrong with songs like Christmas in Las Vegas by Richard Cheese or Oi to the World by The Vandals.

I prefer Christmas Time for my Penis by the Vandals.

Excellent choice too.


This is my favorite Xmas tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pPCGCRgx2I
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