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31  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 31, 2016, 02:44:33 PM
Paired off Silas and Corrin in Fates today, so now I have to go rescue Kana and Sophie. I've been surprised by Silas. Either he wasn't well suited for the enemy types in Conquest, or he was RNG raped in my game. He turned out to be less than useful in Conquest, but he's turned into a powerhouse in Birthright. Hopefully this means that Kana and Sophie will be more useful to me this time.

In terms of story development, I finished chapter 15 this morning. Poor wolfies. I'm going to get to chapter 18 or 19 before I start grinding supports out for the rest of my team. Hopefully I'll be able to get some other characters paired off before then so my grind time won't be as long.
32  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The "what was your first anime?" Thread on: May 31, 2016, 11:46:10 AM
It was probably Pokemon for me as well. I'd probably seen some other anime prior to that, but didn't know it was anime. After Pokemon it was DBZ, and that is what turned me onto anime completely. I followed DBZ religiously for several years in the late 90s and early 00s until the series ended on Toonami.

It is possible I saw Akira before I started watching Pokemon, but I don't know for sure. It was somewhere in that time frame because I remember seeing it after playing Ocarina of Time at a friend's house.
33  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 26, 2016, 10:02:52 AM
Yeah, I really enjoyed both Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War. I haven't found the series to be very groundbreaking by any means, but it's well written with great characters and cool stories and ideas.

And I've seen those "Blind Date with a Book" books at B&N. I think it's a really fun, cool idea. I've been tempted to get one myself.
34  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 25, 2016, 04:19:00 PM
I guess I should mention that I'm reading The Last Mortal Bond, by Brian Staveley. I started last week after I finished up Wheel of Time. I haven't gotten very far though because I'm only reading during down time at work. All my usual reading time is spent playing FE Fates: Birthright. So far Last Mortal Bond is boring. But the previous book in the series was pretty explosive, so hopefully this will be the same.

After that I have several options to read: Ready Player One, Abaddon's Gate (Expanse #3), or Neverwhere.
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 25, 2016, 09:32:30 AM
Just finished up chapter 12 in Birthright. I had some trouble at first, because I thought it would be better to not use the ice as it could give the enemies too much movement. But that didn't work, so I used the ice on the next try and was happy to see that most enemies (as well as my army) had poor movement on the ice, so that made things easier. I established lines, took out the enemy Outlaws as quickly as possible when they came into range, and used Hinoka with her Guard Naginata as a support unit when I needed to move a character off the front lines.

Fun map. I found it a lot more enjoyable, but still just as strategically complex as many of the maps in Conquest. Plus, it allowed me to make a creative strategy. Conquest often felt, to me at least, that it forced you into using a specific strategy, and I didn't like that.
36  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 24, 2016, 11:06:06 AM
Alright, the last post where I review the series as a whole is up on my blog. It includes the tl;dr, which I updated slightly. It's mostly the same as the above post still.

Here it is: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/the-wheel-of-time-series-review-conclusion/
37  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 23, 2016, 10:12:52 AM
True, a tl;dr would be helpful. So before I write up the last long post on my blog, I'll do as Yoda requests right now. From best to worst:

1. The Shadow Rising, book 4. Takes a while to get started, but once it does it goes nonstop. Lots of action and revelations about the characters and the fictional world.

2. A Memory of Light, book 14. Written by Brandon Sanderson. Again, takes a while to get started, but once it starts it doesn't let up. The whole book is essentially one large battle taking place on various fronts. Comes to an excellent, unexpected conclusion in many ways.

3. The Fires of Heaven, book 5. No pacing issues! Many revelations and lots of action again. Jordan proves himself to be very adept at writing large scale battles.

4. Knife of Dreams, book 11. The first half of the book is slow, but the latter half is completely explosive. Many plot threads that have been ongoing for multiple books finally conclude.

5. Towers of Midnight, book 13. Written by Brandon Sanderson. Even more plot threads that have been ongoing for multiple books conclude here, mainly involving Mat and Perrin. Lots of great character development and page-turning action. Sanderson had a much better grasp of the characters this time around.

6. A Crown of Swords, book 7. Not as action-packed as some of the previous books, but there is some excellent character development on almost all fronts. Nynaeve in particular shines in this book.

7. The Great Hunt, book 2. Starts off with a bang, but has some pacing issues afterward. Seems a bit more focused on world-building and starting new plot threads than the characters (not a bad thing). Comes to another action-packed ending.

8. The Eye of the World, book 1. Has some pacing issues throughout, and can be disorienting for new readers who will need to make use of the glossary at the back of the book frequently. A good start with well-rounded characters and a wonderful climax and ending.

9. Winter's Heart, book 9. Some very crucial and exciting plot developments happen in this book. Unfortunately, character development is kind of stagnant. Lots of action in yet another explosive climax.

10. New Spring, prequel. Not a great, or necessary addition to the series, but it does tell the story of how two very important characters meet prior to the main series. Blissfully short in comparison to the main series.

11. Lord of Chaos, book 6. Character and plot development stagnates for most of the book. Redeemed by an excellent, climactic battle that seriously gave me goosebumps at several points.

12. The Dragon Reborn, book 3. Develops the supporting cast, including the women characters. Unfortunately, the pacing is pretty awful, and Jordan may have written himself into a corner with all the prophecies he teased in the previous books which forced him to fulfill all of them.

13. The Path of Daggers, book 8. All the excitement happens at the beginning of this book. After that the rest of the book is a long protracted battle that's sole purpose is for a minor plot development.

14. The Gathering Storm, book 12. The first Brandon Sanderson book. A few plot developments in this book, but mostly nothing happens. The conclusion may not be very believable to readers. Sanderson didn't seem to have a grasp of the characters yet.

15. Crossroads of Twilight, book 10. Nothing happens in this book. Seriously. The only important plot development happens in the last two or three pages.

EDIT: Fourth post covering books 11-14 is on my blog here: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/the-wheel-of-time-series-part-4/. I'm going to write one more post reviewing the series. I'm also going to include the above tl;dr in that post, but you guys won't need that since you have it here.
38  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 23, 2016, 09:30:52 AM
I'm to chapter 11 in Birthright. Haven't started the chapter yet as I'm finishing up some challenge maps. I also completed the first castle invasion. So far the story doesn't seem as sporadically nonsensical as Conquest for which I'm grateful. The maps are a little on the too easy side, and the maps in Conquest were a little on the too hard side. Hopefully Revelation will be the happy balance.

I've also been playing Batman: Arkham Knight on the PS4. This game has legitimately startled me several times already. Most recently I was blithely grappling along rooftops when the Manbat came out of nowhere and took a swipe at me. It scared me half to death. I'm currently taking detours from the main story to progress the side missions. Namely, Manbat.
39  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 19, 2016, 02:21:12 PM
Phew. The second part of my Wheel of Time series review is on my blog. It reviews books 4-7. Here it is: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/the-wheel-of-time-series-review-part-2/

EDIT: Alright, I've finished up the summaries and reviews of books 8-10 as well as the prequel novel. Here it is: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/the-wheel-of-time-series-review-part-3/
40  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 18, 2016, 12:38:46 PM
I typically get a lot of reading done on the subways and when I have downtime at work. I can usually get 100-150 pages or more per day depending on my workload. I actually read less on weekends these days because I'm not on the subway or working.

EDIT: Okay, I've written up summaries and reviews of the first three books in the series. I've tried to keep them as brief as possible, but it is still a lengthy blog post. Here's a link: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/the-wheel-of-time-series-review/

If you'd prefer I just copy and paste the summaries here without the images then just let me know. I'm happy to do either.
41  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 18, 2016, 10:21:27 AM
Since I finished up reading the Wheel of Time series, I got back to Birthright on the commute to work this morning. I'm to chapter 9 and finding it to be much, much easier so far than Conquest. I'm okay with that, honestly. Still a bit of RNG nonsense, like Rinkah having a 97% hit rate and missing, but nothing too crazy.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: May 18, 2016, 10:17:30 AM
I'm going to get it for Wii U. Even if the NX turns out to be the best console ever (which is unlikely), I will wait a year or two to purchase one.
43  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 17, 2016, 01:44:32 PM
I just finished Wheel of Time 14 on my lunch break, and dang, what an ending! I'm still kind of processing what happened, so I'll post more, as well as the summaries of each book that Yoda requested.
44  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: May 16, 2016, 03:55:42 PM
I'm on the "Exvius looks cool" train.  Doesn't mean it will BE cool, but it LOOKS cool.

I'm of the same opinion. I could actually see myself playing this.
45  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 16, 2016, 02:48:05 PM
Nintendo CEO talks about stuff:


Mostly he talks about movies, smartphones, and the NX. Every response is terse and calculated. He isn't giving away much, but it sounds like they're working on developing animated movies for some of their franchises. Nothing really new as far as smartphones are concerned aside from the FE game being decaf, and all he says about the NX is that it's completely new and different.

Still a few things can be garnered from it. In a nutshell it seems they're trying to diversify their portfolio, so to speak. That way they won't be dependent on the success (or lack thereof) of a given console.
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