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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 16, 2016, 09:28:14 PM
^On the flipside, we get some facinating insight on how he apparently reads criticism.
32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Western cRPG revival on: October 16, 2016, 09:25:19 PM
I've never been a big fan of western RPGs, but I will say that a lot of promising games have come out of this recent nostalgia binge than I expected. A lot more attention to the writing and making the gameplay fun without going full-on action-RPG, and WRPGs in general are finally starting to understand that an open-world needs more than just random monsters and fetch quests in order to be interesting.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 16, 2016, 08:35:13 PM
>Steps away from the forum for a couple days
>Comes back to a discussion about bishi-shippers and gay subtext in anime

Well hello to you, too...(; . _  .)
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 13, 2016, 10:36:37 PM
Crazy Russian Scientist Wants to Make Crowdfunded Space Colonies a Thing

...where can I go about applying for citizenship? I have a feeling I might need it, soon...
35  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 12, 2016, 12:00:35 PM
I think I'll wait until ep. 2 is up on CR before I watch more Gundam. Until them I'll watch some more "I Can't Believe It's Not Gundam!", starting with Round Vernian VIFAM, which I just realized was on Daisuki.net, which in and of itself is not as terrible as it used to be. The website performance is still shit, though. Can't really leave it open if I'm not watching something.
36  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 11, 2016, 08:13:00 PM
Remember: the role of the Scout in Valkyria Chronicles was intended to serve as your eyes, so that's why you can't examine the whole battlefield at any time like in most strategy games.
Of course, despite that intention, Scouts mostly ended up as overpowered winning machines.  But still.

I feel like someone should do a Spoony-style recruiter video for Valkyria Chronicles scouts someday. :P
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Shallie, a slight step backwards? on: October 10, 2016, 10:07:10 PM
Heh, I really liked Annie. It was complicated, but it seemed fine so long as I didn't stress out about it. It helped that its mechanics resembled a less-savory game that I spent way more time on than I'm proud of. =P
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Shallie, a slight step backwards? on: October 10, 2016, 08:53:41 PM
So, you'd do a New Jersey table-flip over my Vita/PSP hiccup?  Wow...

...what's Aleppo?

Yes, because I thought exaggerated reactions were hilarious.

Also...seriously, what is Aleppo? You lost me, there...
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Atelier Shallie, a slight step backwards? on: October 10, 2016, 08:11:41 PM
I said something along these lines in my Escha & Logy PSP review.

in my Escha & Logy PSP review.

Escha & Logy PSP

40  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 10, 2016, 05:49:35 PM
I went through it on easy and had almost no difficulty that I can recall.

I should hope so, if it's called "easy mode". >_>

EDIT: Spent a good hour or so trying to get a PC-9801 emulator working, just to see if I could. Wasn't that hard, really, I just couldn't read the instructions a certain game was giving me. Dunno if I'll ever bother with it again, though, since apparently shmups for the system used some sort of joystick, which I don't have, and the closest substitute was the number pad, which was not a good solution at all. Plus, the game I was playing was Steam Heart's, which has two better ports on the PC Engine and Sega Saturn...oh well, at least I proved I could do it if I ever really need to.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 10, 2016, 05:47:42 PM
what if some guy came out to steal your wallet

but then he also stole your heart????

Then he'd be dead, just ask this guy:



Oh hey, the heat never turned on today, and the landlord can't get to it until tomorrow, so I'm gonna have to spend the night at my mom's house, because at least she just got a new furnace put in last week...

On a sidenote, how long has Adobe Acrobat been so broken on Windows?! I had to switch to CDisplayEx, because AC was giveng me so many problems, and it's...better in every single way. The interface is clean, it loads up way faster than even the working versions ever did...huh. I guess that really worked out for the best, in the end...
42  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 10, 2016, 02:06:21 PM
It's called Wolf Children, it's by the same person who made Boy and the Beast, and I love it.

That's right, thanks!
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 10, 2016, 12:57:53 PM
Ooh, Imma keep that one in mind, Dice. After enjoying Paprika so much, I think I should try more anime movies now. I already got Children Who Chase Lost Voices lined up, and now I got three more - Garden of Words (I remember reading about this when it came out), The Boy and The Beast (been on my "to watch" list for a while now, and I appreciated your perspective on it), and now Your Name. Actually, wasn't there a movie about werewolf children back in 2013 or whatever? I reember wanting to watch that, but I never did...
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Character Tracking Programs for Tabletop RPGs? on: October 10, 2016, 12:40:54 PM
Hey, I got some tabletop RPGs (well, .pdf resources for them, at least) I wanted to try out on my own to see how they play. I don't really have any experience with these kinda things, though, I mostly just want to practice character-building and making simple scenarios.

However, the biggest hurdle is just keeping track of all these stats, mostly because I'm terrible at math, and I don't want to keep track of them in a physical notebook. I've tried looking around for things I could use, but I've mostly been finding ones that are specific to certain games, none of which are the ones I'm playing (we're talking really obscure ones here, including Albedo and Ars Magica 4th Edition). I definitely don't think I'll bother with D&D or Pathfinder, and Star Wars isn't really my thing, either, so I'm not gonna switch gears just to accomodate the majority here.

At the very least, I already have the character sheet templates for most of them, so now I'm wondering if there's some other way I could do it, like an Excel spreadsheet (or rather, the OpenOffice equivelant, which I haven't used yet). One didn't even have character sheet, though, and even the sample sheet seemed improvised. I'm probably going to have to make one myself, since it was apparently just something that was sold at a convention...I guess? Like, there's so little info on it, that I'm kind of afraid I might be in for a Jumanji-type scenario...

...anyways, I did surprisingly find a program for creating character sheets, but it's pretty unintuitive, and I can't make heads or tails of the instructions it came with. I think I might still have to track them by hand if I went that route, too.


If anyone knows of a program I could use to easily track character stats for multiple different games/rulesets, and/or have some tips for tracking them in OpenOffice, I would greatly appreciate that!
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 10, 2016, 10:51:52 AM
Whole Foods near me is finally stocking muscadines.

idk what it's like elsewhere but go check 'em out, they're interesting.

The one near here wasn't a good experience for me. I can't really say off-hand why - it was just weird and uncomfortable. I also had a couple of former coworkers who tried working there, but they hated it, way too much work for not enough pay and/or benefits.

They didn't have anything I'd want, either. It doesn't help that it's right by the Trader Joe's, which I usually prefer if I'm looking for something different food-wise.
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