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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 15, 2016, 03:58:14 AM
My emotions have been all over the place today. I already went through the 5 stages of grief, and upgraded to the deluxe 12-stage package. Just would be nice if I knew what I was grieving about. I mean, yes, approximately 6 relatives I never met died since November, all of whom were really old and died of natural causes, but it's not really much for me to grieve over.

My Sense of Time is Fucked, too. I was going to give context, but for some reason I'm not sure if it's a good idea, at least right now, as on top of the emotional flux, I'm also dirt tired and totally not thinking straight...
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom announced! on: January 14, 2016, 07:41:09 PM
I was fine with the battle system, it's the AI they need to work on. It's hard to get anything done when you're essentially babysitting two flailing idiots the entire battle (assuming you took them off the default "spam my most powerful Magic/Tech until I'm out of MP, regardless of whether or not it was necessary" mode).
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2015 - Unofficial Thread on: January 13, 2016, 11:39:44 PM
Thank you DivingFalcon for getting me interested in 80 Days. Didn't really understand what that was before, but I think I'd like it.

Also, thank you Colins for reminding me to play Yakuza 5. If it really does do a good job of getting you up to speed, I might just jump in (I have 3 and 4, but 5 is the one I want to play most, and I don't want to wade through other games I'm less interested in just to get to the one reason I started in the first place).

Personally, I don't think I actually played anything that definitely came out this year, though I'd have to dig through my backlog to make sure. Not to say nothing good came out, I'm just really, really behind these days...
49  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Movies that make you cry on: January 13, 2016, 11:17:33 PM
Pretty sure I haven't cried watching a movie since the first (three) time(s) I watched Iron Giant back when I was 10. Not to say I'm a tough guy or anything (I think the number of times One Piece has had me balling is proof enough, but it's hardly the only example). It's just that it usually requires the death or loss of something that I've become attached to for me to get sad enough to cry, and it's rare that I see a movie these days where I can get attached to anything, let alone ones where they die or are otherwise lost. Other ones that made me cry as a kid:

Bambi (first time, at least. Even as a kid, I could tell the drama was forced)

Old Yeller

The Fox and The Hound

The Land Before Time (mostly just the end song in the first movie. As a kid, I always believed the singer was supposed to be Little Foot's mother singing her son one last song from the great beyond, though I now doubt that was ever true. It's still a beautiful song, regardless, of course)

Transformers: The Movie (Okay, 15 might not exactly count as a kid, and the fact that I had recently seen the first Bayformers shit all over one of my favorite childhood franchises may have played a part in making me especially emotional, but damnit, Optimus' death scene still got me right in the feels...)

I'm tempted to make a joke about how the movies made for kids can be more emotionally involved than movies supposedly meant for mature adults, but really, that list just proves that I had better tastes in movies as a kid than I do as an adult. I probably had more patience to sit through them the whole way back then, too.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 13, 2016, 10:30:21 PM
Yes! The mission to aquire sustinance without waking the little boy (dog) and spend the rest of the night listening to him beg for my candy (a.k.a. Operation: Cancel Halloween) was a rousing succe-
*opens soda can*
*dog comes running in, whining expectantly*


Captain's Log: Stardate...um...Tuesd-no, Wednesday.

It's been two days since we began our journey into the unknown, and already things have been rough on the crew. Our head cannoneer, who insists on being called "Ace Detective Andy Horkings" has been firing nonstop, although we're beginning to doubt his aim. We've asked our XO, Andy Rall, to try and calm him down, but all he's done so far is give him more ammunition.

Our navigator keeps complaining of seasickness, despite the lack of a sea, nor any rocking movement whatsoever. We've had Doctor Sparky take a look at him, but the only treatment he's offered thus far is a kiss on the boo-boo and a doggy treat...the treat is for the Doctor, btw. He just wants the patient to give it to him.

As for our technicians, they're complaining about their uniforms. They said they're tired of the standard issue Navy-blue shirts, as well as their increasing scarcity after their ill-advised wet t-shirt contest. There's even been talk of going on strike until new uniforms are included with the next supply shipment. I've tried offering them red shirts, but they keep passing it off as a joke. I'm not sure why? It's not like we ever run out of red shirts...

I myself have not been without misfortune, either, as I've been plagued by strange dreams since last night. I dreamt I was back in high school. Except the teacher was an owl, and he was having a pop quiz, asking the class how it would be possible for two cowboys to ride the same horse. I quickly realized I was in the wrong class, and proceeded to melt into the desk until I woke up. The answer to that owl's question will haunt me to my grave...

I've tried talking to Doctor Sparky about it, and he's convinced it's because of the copious amounts of pornography I've been absorbing while on company time, but what does he know? He's just a dog...

...redact that last part. I don't want to sound speciest when my memoirs get published. I'm thinking of calling it, "The Spacey Adventures of Captain Spork"...I'll of course be using a pen name...
51  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 13, 2016, 02:20:49 PM
Fill your inventories with the best recovery/mana items before the last dungeon.
I ended up getting to the last boss but without any items left and had to warp out of the dungeon, restock and redo the whole damn thing...

Considering I definitely want Devil Katt and Fairy Nina (and Bug Rand, too, probably) for most of the Dungeon, that's a given. I've already got 5 extracts, two Vanilla Extracts, and 3 moondrops from grinding, and HelpBLs are cheap, so I can stock up on those pretty easily. I'm stuck with WFruit when it comes to AP restoratives, though. Why give you the choice of 3 carpenters when only one of them is useful?
52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 13, 2016, 02:06:44 PM
So I found a new show I actually like.  Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (aka "Erased"...I'm really not a fan of Crunchyroll's habit of completely renaming shows.  That's not a translation, they just make shit up.) looks pretty rad, at least so far.

Ah, first episode's up already? That was the one I've been wanting to see the most this season. I'll check it out later. Hope I like it, too.
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 13, 2016, 02:03:07 PM
I'm on the final stretch of Breath of Fire II. I'm about to take on the final dungeon (probably with a boss fight beforehand), so I'm doing a lot of grinding to get ready. I already got the important fishing stuff, but since I'm definitely not 100%-ing this file, I'll just the more tedious side quests and get this over with. All I need is to get everybody into the 40's...which is taking longer than I'd like. Will I actually need to switch up my party in the final dungeon? Or can I just bring my best guys and leave everyone else in the 30's?
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: January 12, 2016, 09:24:01 PM
^Yeah, but they could've at least gone with a better flag...oh wait, that was the map? Seriously, I could maybe see a map soo easily distributed if it was 3 states of a single small country, but those guys musta been real fair after the last major war...

(or at least anyone with the MC, which I think is how it was in SO3?).

Indeed. I believe the game even mentions that somewhere (or at least the manual and/or game box), as I remember too excited to see which characters I could pair up with (I was 14. Thank God I didn't have access to dating sims back then, I was awkward enough already...).
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 11, 2016, 08:48:49 PM
I'm having one of those days where every little thing seems off about the world, but I've been too physically and mentally exhausted today to really think about how it's off...and in retrospect, that could explain the bulk of the problem right there....

So in better news, I finally got my first full night of sleep in weeks, without even resorting to sleep aids (even if it probably came about because my body finally crashed entirely).

P.S. - that "everything seems off" part is making re-reading this post a bitch. I've probably gone through it 50 times without even really changing anything, because I apparently wrote it correctly, but I'm reading it wrong every freakin' time. >_<
56  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2016, 01:41:12 PM
Um, I wouldn't believe for a second that the Manga design was in any way meant to be religious. Yes, the skirt was longer (which actually makes less sense, because realisitically it would just get in the way during combat), but it's still wide open in the front, thus meaning it serves no purpose, unless they worship the Goddess of Garterbelts. I'll admit that looking at the Wiki, I can see that quite a few characters got changed drastically (mostly the female JSDF soldiers, many of whom went from looking like actual soldiers, to lolis and bimbos in camouflage), I just don't think Ruri- Rory is the best example of this, since her character design, at least in the manga, is clearly over-the-top, anyways.

Then again, looking at that wiki, I'm wondering how much input the writer of the original web-novel had, seeing as the print versions were supposedly sanitized and rewritten to make them "less poisonous". At the very least, seeing as he was in the JSDF, that could possibly explain the "propoganga" Kevadu spoke of...
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 10, 2016, 05:38:17 AM
Went to groceries. Got:
- Licorice ears.
- A jar of sumac.
- Some cheese with a coffee rind.
- Humboldt Fog.
- A cup of skyr.
- A bottle of yerba mate.


I can't tell if my recent insomniatic episodes are starting to get severe to the point where my reading comprehension has flown the coup...or if you're a witch. If it's the latter, do you have a sleeping potion? Preferably a Rip Van Winkle-grade one?
58  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 10, 2016, 01:57:11 AM
Except I have 8 antidotes and a bag full of worms, Gold Armor (which I want to give to Jean, but I don't feel comfortable having a character with a Speed Stat that is literally zero, especially now that he has a use for his Holy Affinity, having given him the Sole Sword [did I mention the terrible translation already? Because seriously, did anybody with even a moderate fluency in English so much as glance at the script?]), and 4 pieces of Gold that I can't sell, but apparently I can put it on my fishing pole and occasionally rangle in an overpriced Merman/Drug-Dealer, who will then sell me some Medicates.

They can take damage, but unless I keep their health up, they won't survive more two hits, and there's one enemy (who usually appears in groups) who hits hard, and hits twice. It's honestly in my best interest that they attack Ryu, since even the most powerful attacks only hit for ~30 damage so far. Combined with Smoke, if I can keep the enemies' attention on Ryu, I might actually make it pretty far, only having to heal every other battle.

EDIT: Holy crap that fucking worked! Well, that and remembering what formations are for, as well as a random DreamBR drop that I immediately put on Ryu. It totally saved my bacon. Also the boss was a chump. Except when it killed Ryu with a death spell, but at least he got better immediately afterwards...somehow...

So now I'm out of the fort, and I'm grinding the rest of the party. I found an island with easy enemies that gave a lot of EXP and even some rare drops, so it's been my new home for the last hour. ShinyBRs are great.

Oh yeah, and I discovered that the old man I talked to in the Waterfall cave did actually do something really important, I just didn't have right person in the front. So now I have good Dragon magic, finally.
59  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 10, 2016, 01:23:42 AM
I hope so, too. I thought I quit after the second episode, but it turned out that I had only watched episode 1, it just felt like two episodes...it seems like there's some interesting stuff behind it, and I'd like to see where it goes. Let me know if they keep it up, I might skim the first season so I can jump in at some point.

You could read the manga/novel too if you want the story.
(disclaimer: if you read the manga, you'll be disappointed with the character design of the anime)

I could, but I'm not much of a reader in a general. Like, even getting into subtitled anime took a while for me (ironically the trial-by-fire that was Excel Saga really sped things up), and I still prefer decent dubs when I can get them, just so I don't have to read.

And dangit, you got my hopes up for the character designs. They don't seem much different from what I've seen in the promos, which I already dislike simply because everyone looks like they were ripped right out of the cosplay-focused episodes in OreImo. I'd even be tempted to speculate that I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-Ruri was a direct homage if Gothic Lolita characters weren't a pretty same-y group to begin with...

Then again, that's what I get for believing an anime about an otaku in the JSDF on a mission to explore a Medieval Fantasy realm ripped right out of a 2nd Edition D&D campaign, immediately after their Stargate appeared and caused Comiket to be canceled, somehow wouldn't crank the animu meter up to 11 in the character-design department...
60  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 09, 2016, 10:08:39 PM
Sadly, I can't cheat on the Wii U. Best I got are some save states, that's it. I did level Spar enough to get the Exit spell and Warp spell...only to find that neither of them work here. The way you're introduced to this area, it comes off like a complete tangent, so I'm not exactly sure why they decided to make this a point of no return...
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