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16  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 26, 2011, 06:29:07 PM
I thought Wizard's First Rule was pretty good as a standalone, but the further I got into the story, the more I started hating the characters and the writer. By the time I got to Temple of the Winds, I was like "Well, I don't really enjoy this - but I should keep going!" By the time I got to Faith of the Fallen (airplane reading when traveling), I was like "Nope. I'd rather just stare out the window than read any more of this crud."

To me, he was like the inverse of Robert Jordan, where the more I read, the more I liked it (well, outside of boring books 7-9).
17  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 20, 2011, 08:40:32 AM
A friend of mine told me Anansi Boys is the weakest of his novels, recommending Neverwhere instead.

Yup. I liked both Neverwhere and Stardust better than Anansi Boys. That having been said, I liked Anansi Boys.

These days I'm reading Kindle samples of trashy fantasy novels,

What's your tolerance level on bad fantasy? I could send you the first couple chapters of mine. :)
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FNC/Production 1 Conference Recap (FFXIII-2, Agito XIII->Type-0) on: January 19, 2011, 02:39:04 PM

VXIII = Versus XIII
19  Media / The Soundroom / Re: In the spirit of the best of 2010, what are some of your favorite albums of 2010 on: January 19, 2011, 08:57:33 AM
Oh fuck what came out in 2010...

I... I guess Arcade Fire - The Suburbs and Janelle Monae - Archandroid?

At the risk of seeming like a hipster, I second the Arcade Fire pick. Also The Hold Steady's Heaven is Whenever. Not their best, but still a good time.
20  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 17, 2011, 08:06:48 AM
Yep, American Gods rules. :-) If you can, pick up Anansi Boys. Not quite as awesome, but if you like one, you'll probably dig the other.
21  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 12, 2011, 02:10:14 PM
Honestly, I think that Eye of the World is weaker than the next book in the series, The Great Hunt. Also, I think that some of the plot questions you might have seem to get answered moving forward in the book - not that it's a total excuse for leaving you with said questions.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 07, 2011, 08:05:36 PM
Spaced > Everything Else
23  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 07, 2011, 07:13:06 PM
So I ended up reading the entirety of "Eternals" over the last few hours and now I need something else to do this weekend. :P

I didn't love the art but I quite liked the story. It had its moments-- I've never read the original "Eternals" so I can't compare, but I do kinda wish that this hadn't been cancelled. I feel like it could have grown into something much better if given the chance. Oh well.... what ifs. Will need to take a trip down to the comic stories tomorrow...

For all the terrific work that Neil Gaiman has done has done in the comic world, I think that Eternals was his weakest. And honestly, I felt that the Kirby Eternals, for all their clever design and space-dots, never really resonated with me at all. No question he's a master storyteller, but the pieces of the cosmology didn't fit into place, didn't feel epic enough to me. But he did some nice work with the characters.
24  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 06, 2011, 07:27:05 PM
A friend lent me a graphic novel called the umbrella academy. Thoughts? Prayers?

I liked it quite a bit, and didn't expect to. If you like a little surreal in your superhero comic (ie. Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan) then you'll probably like this. And the art is pretty fun, the artist is one of the more talented working today. Definitely worth a read, though it doesn't really resonate with everyone.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which Final Fantasy Has The Best Story and Why? on: January 04, 2011, 10:26:30 AM
If we're talking about story, meaning the why and the tone, the character journeys, I'd probably put 4 and 6 on the pedestal, with 13, 10, and 7 as the next tier.

FF4's story is relatively simple, being first about redemption of a tarnished soul, and then the attempt to bring about the redemption of others. And all of this is housed in a very simple fantasy setting, with many of the tropes of the genre. But I'd actually argue that no other FF game has such a strong undercurrent of meaning from start to finish. Final Fantasy IV is about saving your soul, and then saving the souls of others.

FF6, in my opinion, has the best PLOT of all the FF games. <Sorry, had to cut most of the content I'd originally posted here - I've found my next editorial!> At any rate, it doesn't have the true overall tone that some of the FF games had, but it had more characters, and more quality of storyline for each character, than many of the other games I've played. If you could even drag out the depth for these characters more, it would be even better - but what this game lacks in depth, it makes up for in breadth.

I still (firmly) believe that PS3-quality remakes of 4, 6, and 7, using the Crystal Tools engine, and slightly revised battle systems, would be among the greatest games ever built. I bet they'd sell well too.
26  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: January 02, 2011, 08:37:52 PM
Ra Ra Riot - "Boy"

Mmm. Indie rock.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: December 19, 2010, 08:07:28 PM
As an occasional podcast contributor and staff member, I'm happy to be the first to say thanks for listening. I'm glad you've enjoyed it so much.

As for your discussion topics, I totally think that's a great topic for discussion. I don't know what the rest of our podcast team thinks - but I definitely think that'd be a great area to talk about.

I know that Rob (and the rest of the team) is always looking for feedback, so anything else you have to offer is really appreciated.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: December 11, 2010, 12:59:51 PM
And that's where the question comes in; would you have rather had more single player content or the multiplayer component?  A more polished overall experience or the multiplayer?  There's no correct answer to this question.  It's all personal taste. 

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Is your decision how you make your moneys worth, after all...

I disagree with this.  Playing through the main game again does extend the life of the product, sure, but I would have rather had a longer or more involved single-player experience, and you could argue that creating the multiplayer component took away from this.  Does that mean that I'm not getting my money's worth if I don't play the multiplayer?  What about the SOCOM series.  Most of us just avoided the solo campaign and went straight for multiplayer.  Did we get our money's worth even though we missed out on some content created by the developers? 

I just disagree with the current notion running around the industry that every game needs multiplayer.  It only extends the life of games with an active community of players, and very few games are able to keep up the numbers to justify this feature being added to a game.

Quoted for awesomeness. I'm always devastated (ok, not devastated, but more like a little ticked off) when I can't get all the best gear in a game like War of the Lions because I'm a game-playing hermit and can't get the stupid PS3 ad-hoc stuff to work right.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 11, 2010, 11:49:23 AM
That gamespot review blew my mind, this industry isn't going anywhere with a press like this.

Over the last couple years it really seems like the quality of reviewers in the industry has plummeted. For years I've sung the song of how helpful a good review can be in purchasing decisions. As much I still hold this to be true, finding good reviews is actually quite a chore now. It didn't used to be this way =\

It's not that tough. You're already here.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier on: December 08, 2010, 08:54:51 PM
About halfway through it now. Nice game.
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