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16  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 10, 2016, 10:02:05 AM
Stopped playing Story of Seasons for a few weeks out of frustration over the lack of content in the first year. Played one more day yesterday and finally unlocked a new merchant. Played another day and unlocked my first editable area in town. Progress!

What day was that? I recall you quitting not far after I did (near the end of the 1st Summer), and I certainly wouldn't mind an excuse to go back.
17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 09, 2016, 01:06:41 AM
Also, swashbuckler is completely broken *wink wink nudge nudge*

I don't know what that is.

Classes in BG2 have packs or specialties you can take at character creation. Many of the recruitable NPCs have them too.
Some of them are pretty interesting.

Swashbuckler is a rogue one. You basically give up backstab bonus for incredible dual wield fighting potential.
The synergy is crazy since a backstab rogue is limited to daggers but a swashbuckler using the level 20 'use any item' power can go around dual wielding longswords/bastard swords/katanas and pretty much massacre everything.

That and I don't like the NPC rogues.

Well, I'm playing as a Mage/Cleric, but I'll keep that in mind...maybe...I honestly don't know where the character sheets are in this game. Are there any? Is it just the inventory screen?
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2016, 03:38:18 PM
Also, swashbuckler is completely broken *wink wink nudge nudge*

I don't know what that is.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2016, 03:32:14 PM
Yeah, I know. I was there. They gave me that exact same summary. I've been told before that Baldur's Gate 2 has a much more interesting antagonist, and better writing in general. So far so good, at least. I'm still in the first area (I went through the first portal), but I keep dying trying to stop the demon-spawning portals. I think I'll have to make use of planning mode next time I try. Default for that is the space bar, right?
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 08, 2016, 03:08:39 PM
You guys are reminding me why I quit my job on Saturday. And also reminding me why I didn't quit any time in the past 6 months when I probably should've...ugh...I know I hadn't entrenched myself as much as daggerstrike or (possibly) klutz, but I don't have much to go off of as far as contacts or references, and I have no friends that could vouch for me. I didn't think that'd ever be a problem. Why should I ever need friends? Why do I need them to convince people? Shouldn't my skill as a worker be proof enough of my worth?

...But I forgot that doesn't work when you're meeting new people, or doing a job for the first time. And I can't do what I did before - it was too taxing on my body, and I was getting sick every single week. Now all I have to help me are my words. And I've never been good with those...
21  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 08, 2016, 11:26:15 AM
BG2 is preferred because being higher level means your characters can be more active and versatile.
Low level casters in BG1 are pretty much useless which isn't very fun (as opposed to BG2 where Aerie is a machine of destruction, slaughter and healing)

Sold! Downloading it right now. Should take about...done.

EDIT: Yes, much better. That said, I can see what draak meant. They basically don't talk about the mechanics at all at the beginning. It feels much more like a part 2 than a sequel, and when I first started, I thought I had clicked on one of the expansions by mistake, but then I remembered that they're referring to the story from the first Baldur's Gate. Thankfully everything seems to be the same from the first game, so all that ended up paying off in the end, now that I get to utilize it in a much more meaningful way right off the bat. I guess that's why every BioWare game thereafter (except Jade Empire) keep trying to mimic this opener, but with some instructionary tutorials thrown it in that usually ruin the pacing and any sense of urgency or immersion it otherwise might've had. This setup works best in a direct sequel, or a game that doles out its gameplay features gradually, a-la most JRPGs, IMO. But that's kind of where I'm coming from, at the end of the day.
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 07, 2016, 11:28:50 AM
I actually felt like playing a proper RPG!

- Baldur's Gate

My initial attempts at this series all ended up in failure. Couldn't get into it, had no idea how to play even after reading the manual, couldn't handle those 394791 spells with varying effects. It was frustrating. In the end, my problem was listening to the internet hive mind telling me how BG2 was so superior you shouldn't bother with the first one. Bullshit.

BG1 is much better, at least for newcomers. The place you start in is a big tutorial and characters have fewer spells, so you can take your time learning the system, step by step. Something fairly interesting is how some companions have quests that are time sensitive, with proper consequences when you don't heed their warnings. In addition to that, I was surprised by party infighting -- in most RPGs the NPCs merrily journey all over the place even if they hate each other. Pretty cool.

I've had a rough time with Baldur's Gate, too, but Ironically, it's because of the tutorial-filled nature of the first game. That, and I don't like Biowares "Everyone is a walking, talking library" method of handling NPCs, but at least that's easy to ignore. It's a lot harder for me to forgive just how slow, plodding, and boring the first area was. It's literally nothing but tutorials. I've played it multiple times, and I'm not even sure if they even bothered with any world-building, and they only barely established some characters you were supposed to have known before killing them off in a cheap attempt at establishing drama (a huge pet-peeve of mine, btw. It's ruined many first impressions for me over the years).

I mean, I don't need it to pull a Morrowind and drop me in the middle of nowhere after 30 minutes, especially considering how complicated the gameplay is, but I still think a ton more effort could've gone in to make it all feel more natural from a story perspective, instead of just going "Alright, sit your butts down, kids! Class is in SESSION!"

That's a problem I seem to have with every Bioware game, though, except for Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Now those games knew how to hook you!

...though, I haven't tried Baldur's Gate 2. I didn't know people prefered the second game. I'll have to give that one a shot sometime. I have the Enhanced Edition of that one, too, so that should help, as you mentioned.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: July 07, 2016, 11:01:08 AM
That "ineffective president" sure got a whole hell of a lot done in spite of the "No" Congress he presided over.

He did a lot, I'll agree. I disagree that any of it was positive, but I'm not one to argue over politics. All I know is that this is his last year in office, and I don't like any of the potential candidates looking to fill his shoes...
24  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2016, 08:11:36 PM
Oh god this yes, and the only other game that's really hit the same /mood/ for me is Nanatsu Kaze.

Speaking of which, I spent about an hour today trying to get that to work until I remembered your posts a while back. Or at least, that made me think about how the file itself may have just been crap, which it was, and there are no other decent online sorces for whatever reason, and I may have to buy the actual disc from eBay, all because I thought you encountered a similar situation last year.

So yeah, I probably would've spent all day trying to get it to work otherwise......
25  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 06, 2016, 03:23:26 PM
@glassjawsh

Have you gotten through the lighthouse section yet? I still can't figure out what you're even supposed to do in that mini game...
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 06, 2016, 08:30:18 AM
Mickey- eating one meal a day is one of the worst things you can do.

Yeah, that I know, especially since I usually eat 4 or 5 small meals a day...plus I kinda did that for a much longer time in 2010, except then I was...kind of morbidly depressed, so the starvation was more of a, uh...purposeful attempt to harm myself. A very slow one, mind, but I probably wouldn't be here if not for an act that I can only describe as divine intervention.

...Hey, wait, didn't a lot of religious prophets fast/starve themselves for long periods of time?

EDIT: Oh yeah, this time it was only over the Holiday weekend...and mostly because I kept losing track of time, since everyone was busy celebrating while I was busy hiding in my cave hoping everything goes back to normal soon...
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix' best surprise EVER!! (Adv. of Mana) on: July 05, 2016, 06:46:56 PM
Speaking of which: I Am Setsuna is Digital-Only? That's...kind of a relief, actually. I think I should only get two games this month, and Monster Hunter Generations already has one slot booked up...and there's a Gundam game coming out next week. I don't need anything else standing between me and my sweet, sweet Mobile Suits...

Doesn't stop it from having a special edition though.

At this point, I don't think anything will stop them from having special editions of games that cost more than $20...
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grand Kingdom announced for the West on: July 05, 2016, 05:47:04 PM
This one's still high on my list (that wishlist I mentioned has been whittled down to 5, maybe 6 by now, though), and I got the demo to try at my leisure, but it'll be a while before I get gaps to actually give it the time of day...
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 05, 2016, 04:21:06 PM
On a diet, since my body slowly started giving subtle signs of giving up on me. While not obese by any means, I was starting to get a little too chubby for my own good, and my joints and other body parts made sure to let me know (not to mention getting a phone call from a doctor after doing some routine tests, asking if I'm being treated for diabetes and that I should really look into it, set of some major alarm bells).
Sucks to have to say goodbye to eating most of the stuff I like, but on the flip side I've been at it for a few weeks now and feel pretty good in comparison to when I started.

Oh hey, I'm on a diet, too. I guess. I don't remember when or why I started, but I've been eating one meal a day for a while now...that said, I think I might go grab some supper tonight...I'm starting to feel really...whoozee while I type this...
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Squeenix' best surprise EVER!! (Adv. of Mana) on: July 05, 2016, 04:11:54 PM
Speaking of which: I Am Setsuna is Digital-Only? That's...kind of a relief, actually. I think I should only get two games this month, and Monster Hunter Generations already has one slot booked up...and there's a Gundam game coming out next week. I don't need anything else standing between me and my sweet, sweet Mobile Suits...
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