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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 12, 2016, 11:24:53 AM
I made it to chapter 5 in Bravely Default after taking a break to read the Mistborn book. Aeolus warned me a few pages back that it became a grind fest. I see that now. I'm currently back in Florem working my way through the side quests, and once they're done I'll go back to the main quest and take care of that.

...This is just as bad as a Mega Man game so far. Liking BD a lot less already.

EDIT: Forgot my jobs update.

I currently have Tiz as a Dark Knight, and damn, is it powerful. Pairs okay with the Ninja skills. I think I may have found my main job for Tiz. I will switch him to something else once he masters this job, probably back to Pirate, but will likely go back to Dark Knight toward the end.

Agnes is a Spiritmaster. Really like the White Mage boost, and the elemental defenses and immunities that Spiritmaster brings to the table are definitely appreciated. Once she's finished with Spiritmaster I'll switch her back to Performer to finish getting those skills and abilities.

Edea is a Red Mage. Don't really care for the magics, though it is nice to have those in a pinch. I'm mostly just using this to get the BP boosting abilities to supplement the Valkyrie job. Once Red Mage is mastered, I will switch her back to Spell Fencer so she can get the rest of the Sword Magics. They stack nicely with the Valkyrie abilities.

Finally, I have Ringabel as a Spell Fencer at the moment just to finish getting the abilities and skills for this job. It won't be his main, though I haven't decided what will be. Once Spell Fencer is finished I will swap him back to either Black Mage or Time Mage in order to finish getting those abilities and skills.
2  Media / General Games / Re: Games so good you got sad when it was over on: February 10, 2016, 09:54:26 AM
Okami the first time I played it. I fell in love with the world and its characters so much, and the scene toward the end of the last boss fight was just so incredibly touching. I actually even cried a little because I knew that if we ever got more Okami it just wouldn't be the same because Clover Studio's shutting down had been confirmed by then. No other game had touched me quite so much though a few runners up would be Ocarina of Time and Chrono Trigger.
3  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Reading more on: February 09, 2016, 09:54:22 AM
I thankfully have it pretty easy as far as my reading time is concerned these days. I have a two hour round trip subway commute to and from work every week day, so I'm able to get a lot of reading done in those times. Occasionally I replace the books with a 3DS game, as I've been doing with Bravely Default, but I always go back to the books. It's the best way to lose yourself on a crowded train.

I used to do as the article suggests and read for at least half an hour a day. I didn't have a number of pages to read goal as books can vary in the amount of words that are crammed onto a page. Speaking of Atlas Shrugged, I have a mass market paperback edition that has ridiculously tiny font. It would probably take me five minutes to just read a page.
4  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: February 08, 2016, 01:04:08 PM
Been reading the latest Mistborn novel, The Bands of Mourning, over the weekend. I'm about half way into it. So far it is pretty good, but nowhere near the non-stop action that Shadows of Self was. Still enjoying it immensely though. I think I like characters from the Wax and Wayne series every bit as much, and maybe even more than I liked the Vin and friends. I know that may be blasphemy, but there it is.

EDIT: Okay, I finished Bands of Mourning. It wasn't as explosive as Shadows of Self, and it seemed like there were some plot shortcuts, which surprised me somewhat coming from Sanderson. There was also an incredibly predictable plot twist that I had pegged right from the start. It was still another good, fun read though with lots of great character development; Steris steals the show this time around, which was really nice as I really have grown to like her character throughout the Wax and Wayne books.

Now, after finishing I read the postscript at the back in which Sanderson said he'd put an ebook on sale called Mistborn: Secret History up for sale on the same day Bands of Mourning went on sale. It follows Kelsier, and not in a way you'd expect. There are lots of revelations and explanations happening in it so far, but I can't really say much more without spoiling it. You could probably read it without having read the Wax and Wayne books, but Sanderson said Secret History is meant to be read after reading Bands of Mourning as it will spoil some of the plot of that book.

I'm glad to have a little bit extra Mistborn since the last Wax and Wayne book probably won't be on sale until 2018.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 05, 2016, 09:48:39 AM
Finished a long sidequest to get the Vampire Asterisk from Lord DeRosso in Bravely Default. The six elemental dragons were really difficult, but I managed to make it through them with sword magics and Utsutsumi. The Vampire Castle was a longish dungeon with tough enemies too, but Lord DeRosso wasn't too difficult.

Job wise I haven't switched it up to juggle the jobs in a while since I like the current setup I have. I'll be switching things soonish though as all of the characters are getting really close to level 14 in their current jobs. After they get there I'll switch Edea back to Red Mage to max out the support skills, Ringabel to either Time or Black Mage to get all of the magics available with those respective jobs, Agnes to Performer to max out those skills and then to Spiritmaster. Tiz, well, I'm not really sure what I'll do with Tiz at the moment.

Anyway, I'm going to take a break for a few days to read the new Mistborn novel. Once that's finished I'll pick it back up to go and awaken the Earth Crystal.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: TP amiibo dungeon [is awful]!) on: February 05, 2016, 09:40:47 AM
Even though you rarely used the spinner and Dominion rod, the times I did get to use them were pretty super fun. Actually, the whip in SS was pretty cool, and so was the beetle really..

I think the TP items just felt more like medieval gothic fantasy or something (Ball and chain, mind control rod) etc as opposed to more Wind Waker fantasy.

Anyway! I did see the new information about TP, sounds like minor changes mostly, none that really affected my impression outside of rupees don't go back in the wallet which has to be the first time I've seen the new change be less favorable to kind of completionism which is sort of nice (always kind of annoyed me to have chests hanging around with $ that I would have to go get later)

The Poe Lantern seems like the other way which is, eh, whatev. I never got all the Poes either but it didn't really bother me that I didn't I guess. I can't even remember if that's because it felt cheap-difficulty or good-difficulty, so maybe that's even a good change.

Poes were really annoying to find as they only showed up at Night and required you to be in Wolf Form to see/fight and unlike OoT, the game did not keep track of the ones that you had already gotten. Not helping matters was that it was yet another collectathon except that it started about half way into the game, and the good prize only required like 20 or 40 of the buggers while getting all 60 was just infinite money in a game that was so absolutely flush with money that you were leaving behind dungeon chests because you couldn't carry it all and only the Magic Armor ever really required rupees (you could replace Potions with Chu Jelly and eventually the Soup, while the only other buyable piece of equipment was the basic Shield which was outdated by dungeon 2 and maybe some of the more esoteric items like the Hawkeye Mask or a Bomb Bag, plus the minigames themselves tend to run really cheap and tended to award Rupees anyways so you could only burn so much of the stuff off of those).

So yeah, I never did the Poes either because it was always way too much work for no real benefit.

Yeah, I've always been a Zelda completionist (which thankfully has never been too time consuming), at least when I first play a new Zelda game. I ended up using a guide to find all of the Poes because it was so difficult, and it really wasn't worth it getting all 60. Really, the unlimited rupees was only useful if you wanted to run the magic armor, which was basically useless except for maybe in the lower levels of the Cave of Ordeals.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: February 03, 2016, 04:49:09 PM
And it would make sense given her existing familiarity with a staff as a weapon. Her stunt double being an expert with the staff just makes it even more awesome.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread on: February 03, 2016, 04:41:27 PM
Maybe Rey will turn into a staff lightsaber user like Darth Maul!
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: February 01, 2016, 11:28:22 AM
A little over 30 hours into Bravely Default. I'm currently in the Engine Room area of Great Ship. The wrap up to the Hartschild/western continent storyline was pretty nice. Some good solid character development and I enjoyed the story arc. I guess all that is left is that imposing northwest continent where I assume the main bad guys reside.

Job wise right now everyone is all over the place. I have Tiz as a Freelancer just so I can get it leveled somewhat for now. Once he gets to level nine Freelancer I'm planning on switching him to Ninja.

 I made Agnes a Summoner since I hadn't experimented with Summoner at all despite having all the available summons so far. The summon animations, while cool, are kind of odd, and they really don't seem to do much damage despite the high MP cost, so I'm not really using them. She just made it to level nine and I'll swap her to something else (not sure what as yet) once I finish this dungeon.

I made Ringabel a Knight just because, outside of Spell Fencer, I hadn't really ever made him a more physical class. He also just made it to level nine and I'll switch him to something else once I finish the dungeon.

Finally, I currently have Edea as Swordmaster. I like the counter attacks, but honestly they only really work well if you have BP and can attack on top of using a counter ability because often times Edea doesn't get hit. I could use the Performer ability to make her the enemy's main target, but that seems like too much work. Not sure what I'll switch her to once she gets to level nine, but she has a ways to go yet.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 29, 2016, 12:10:18 PM
RuroKen season 1 is on Netflix with both Japanese and English audio options. The English dub is the better, Media Blasters dub thankfully, but I'm also glad to have the option for Japanese audio. Let's hope season 2 gets onto Netflix too!
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 29, 2016, 09:56:49 AM
I'm heading for Starkfort in Bravely Default. Really beginning to see some of the characters' tragic flaws at this point. Agnes is a slave to her duty, and Tiz is suffering PTSD from the loss of his village and brother. Meanwhile Ringabel's lechery got him an elbow to the ribs (supposedly).

Job wise I still have Tiz as a Ranger. Going to maybe try switching him to something different in the near future, but right now I'm finding his Ranger abilities and damage output too useful. I was thinking I'd give Pirate a shot, but I may switch him to Knight just long enough to get the Two-Handed ability to boost his damage for other, physical attack based classes.

Agnes and Ringabel are still White Mage and Black Mage respectively. They're both currently at job level 9. I was going to switch Agnes to Performer to take advantage of its buff skills, but she's less than 1000 JP away from job level 10. Ringabel's in a similar situation. I was going to switch him back to Sword Fencer or try something else, but he's getting close enough to job level 10 as a Black Mage that I'm sticking with that for now.

I switched Edea from Valkyrie to Red Mage so that she could take advantage of the BP adding abilities of the Red Mage as applied to her Valkyrie skills. It's working, not great at this point, but still working. She's more Valkyrie than Red Mage since I left her Two-Handed skill from the Knight equipped along with the Spear Lore skill to bring her equipped Spear back to S rank. She's not quite as powerful as she was as Valkyrie, but can still dish out over 2000 damage with her abilities. I'll likely switch her back to Valkyrie as a permanent job, but only after I've knocked out all the BP adding abilities.
12  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: January 28, 2016, 10:03:36 AM
^ I bought them both too, I WISH I had a penpal... Especially when I received one of the games for $20 despite it having a SALE sticker on it... ah well (it was a glitch-free Eternia, so I think it balances out).

Hey let's keep the happy train going!!!

Well its nice to see Squeenix bother with a regionlocked to not-JP system again, but ehh. I stopped caring a while ago, especially for their crappy Aughts era blatantly tedious bullshit grindfests. FFTA became extremely dull extremely fast, except for the points where it threw complete bullshit in your direction (*cough*Laws*cough*), sure, you can break the game five ways from Sunday, but enemies stop being more than a speedbump by hour 10 of the 300+ needed to clear all of the missions with Laws being the only actual threat.

This. I played FFTA thoroughly when it first came out and by the end I was determined to never play it again because I'd spent 70+ hours grinding and finishing all the missions, etc., all for very lackluster story and characters. Fire Emblem came out right as I was finishing up FFTA and the rest is history.
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 27, 2016, 10:32:14 AM
I'm about 20 hours into Bravely Default and just made it to the western continent where I'm now searching for a way into the Fire Temple. Agnes is starting to grate on my nerves a little. I mean, I get that things are rough, but she doesn't need to treat Edea who has consistently proven to be on the team's side so harshly. Oh well.

As far as jobs go, I switched Tiz over to Ranger, and wow, it's great. Does lots of damage plus good agility and plenty of special abilities to do extra damage to different enemy types without relying on a potential elemental weakness.

I switched Agnes back over to White Mage, and Ringabel back over to Black Mage so that they can level those jobs up and make use of the higher level magics whenever I get to them. I'd like to switch someone to Summoner at some point, but I'll worry about that later I guess. Edea is still Valkyrie and killing it.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: January 26, 2016, 02:18:03 PM
So apparently some figure skater dressed up as Spike from Cowboy Bebop and did a routine to TANK! It's kind of cool.

15  Media / General Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: January 25, 2016, 01:54:36 PM
Necro-ing this topic again as it was announced today that Mighty No. 9 has been delayed yet again. Who was surprised by this announcement? Absolutely no one. Here's a link:


It's pretty sad that the software they were using when they began development of this game is no longer supported and they actually have to do coding themselves for something that sounds like had been a pre-fabricated tool. Though it makes sense that they're having issues given all the platforms that are supported.

Oh well. We'll see it someday I guess.
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