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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:42:42 AM »
As long as I still get max orbs from Arena every week, I'm okay with the changes. In fact, this encouragement to use bonus units works out rather well for me, because I have this tendency to build whatever seems fun/interesting.

The Grand Conquest addition doesn't seem so bad to me either. It's just another opportunity to earn some more feathers.

As for all the other stuff:
- A whole bunch of free summons! Yay!
- Orbs, orbs and more orbs.
- Tempest Trials units making a comeback! And not all of them are Marth! Nice!
- The grindy new support seems like it could be okay.
- The orbs from the new chapter brought home Summer Leo. That's all I wanted.

Speaking of Summer Leo, guess how low it took me to get one. Seven pity breakers. All of them arguably better than the unit I wanted. Luck is strange sometimes. In any case, a certain ship has set sail for a tropical island!

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 15, 2018, 03:29:31 AM »
It's okay, because...


I got a Takumi! And the most adorable Tiki was in the same circle!

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 14, 2018, 10:48:53 AM »
Takumi update:

Last night, I spent an hour going through my finances, cleaned up my entertainment budget, and concluded that I can easily afford to whale for one character.

Of course, that would be dumb and I hate gambling (even spending my free orbs makes me want to barf at times), so I set my budget at 30. It was about time I paid a little for the game I've been enjoying for like 18 months now anyway.

Now I'm the disappointed owner of a Legault. It's a fine Legault, but he's just... not what I hoped for.

That said, I still have 17 orbs left, so I'll get to take another shot tomorrow. Actually, I think I'll let my sister try. I'll be seeing her tomorrow anyway. She doesn't like gambling either, but her luck is absurd. She's the type that will hit the slotmachines once and will then walk away to pay off her car.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: July 14, 2018, 06:13:23 AM »
Holmes of Kyoto (12-minute drop):  Antique appraisal has never been so boring.

On a lark I googled all of the Current Season Stuff you listed and this actually looks like something I could maybe watch.  I think I enjoy boring anime, though?

When someone asked me if I'd watch an anime about some dude working on a dictionary for a decade or so, I was like: "Yes, please press play!" I think I'll give this one a shot, too.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 12, 2018, 08:44:51 AM »

Still no Takumi.

I estimate I have aprox. 226 orbs to use before the end of the banner, so worst case: 45 heroes. The odds of every one of those heroes not being Takumi is 27,86%. It looks a little better if we also consider the heroes I've pulled from the banner this far. Counting those as well, the odds of me not getting a Takumi from the banner are, in the worst case, 12,2%. If you're the glass half full kind of person: that's a 87,8% chance of getting Takumi! However, if you're more of a classic Fire Emblem player, it's more of a 'reach for the reset button because you are going to miss and die' kind of thing.

As for the 5 star units I did get, aka the annoying pity breaking traitors I can't hate:

She's something dumb like +def and I already have a perfectly okay Genny, so this one is going to be fed to either Elise or Lucius.

+ Really needs it, because dealing damage and debuffs/gravity is the only thing she can do. The girl has, I kid you not, 27HP. Wet tissue paper looks at Elise and sighs in relief, because it's so glad it's not that fragile. She does have 36 attack unarmed thanks to a good boon and merge, so hey, she knows how to hurt things! Also she's cavalry, which is another word for 'Teehee, I fuck up people's arena runs'.
- I'm never going to get enough merges to make her the monster she was meant to be.

+ My new merging project!
+ I don't have one with the perfect boon yet, but with or without it, he can be brought to my Elise's level of offensive might
- I already have a perfectly okay infantry wrazzle dazzle healer: Genny.

Opinions are welcome.

Summer Linde
Summer Linde appeared the circle after Genny because she's a good girl who hates to see people sad. She was even kind enough to be +spd, -hp! I'm going to treat her with respect and help her become a terror of the arena.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:58:21 PM »
I love compensation orbs, so of course I love the dumbasses that earn them for us. I hope we get them soon, because this is going to be one of those 'Will Tamara ever get a Takumi?' kind of months.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:56:43 PM »
Hang in there, Annubis. Whatever your motivation, you are doing the decent thing to do and that says a lot of good things about you as a person.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: July 09, 2018, 05:41:11 AM »
I'm going to make Takumi emblem happen. I'm a little sad he's sharing a colour (and I wasted 300 orbs on not getting Leo), but atleast it's with Linde and she's looking really cool. I'd love to have them both.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: June 30, 2018, 05:54:19 PM »
I wanted a summer Leo. I now have: Summer Xander, Kana, Minerva, New Eirika, Ike, Lyn. Aka, a bunch of units that are (much) more useful than the one I actually want.

Now I'm just not sure what to feel. On the one hand, what I got for my orbs, well, it's great value. Aside from the (new!) 5 stars I also got things like Hinatas and several merges for my projects. On the other, I didn't get what I wanted and my orb stash is almost gone.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: June 29, 2018, 05:25:57 PM »
Legendary Banner was super nice to me. I invested 55 orbs and walked away with Lector (+res, - def, which may seem far from ideal, but 29 res is nice to have on an armour and he still has 38 def with his default weapon equiped), Grima (a merge for my current +spd one) and a "Winter" Tharja (+atk, -hp). I also got some good fodder (Barst, Shanna, Fae, Selena) and another Soren (finally!).

On the other hand... The game still refuses to give a Leo! I threw some orbs at Summer Leo and only got terrible things.

Speaking of people with names like sound like 'leon', I'll be supporting Lyon because he needs a hug and I need multipliers.

I wonder why wearing clothes is so difficult for so many female RPG protagonists...

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:45:26 PM »
This summer banner is one I will be skipping. None of them are my favourites and I don't 'need' any of them for gameplay reasons, so I'll just spend 15 orbs for one full summon and leave it at that. Besides, skipping banners like this make Legendary banners a little more worthwhile, because there will be more units on there that will be new to me.

Back onto the subject of FEH, I don't know what's worse. Noire as done by Rob Leifield or the fact that she's armed with a lovely bunch of coconuts (diddle le dee)

They milked Tharja for all she's worth (though I guess they could stick a fanservicy Rhajat somewhere someday), guess they felt it was time to move on to her daughter.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:36:44 PM »
Discord doesn't really click with me either. I'm in a very different timezone compared to most people here, and it always feels like I'm late to the conversation in chats. The forums feel more laid-back.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:54:21 AM »
Survived another animeconvention, yay.

It was... an event.

I spend the most of the car trip there wedged into leftover space like a tetrimino. Still very grateful for the ride though, because the tram would have been much worse. Start-up was slow, because our team had a bunch of things to do during the hours we had for setting up, including but not limited to being held up at the front entrance by stewards and launching a rescue mission to retrieve the person stuck at the entrance.

Fortunately, we had a really good spot this time. Central isle, well lit, decent neighbours. The opposite of last year, really. We even managed to avoid Beef Jerky Guy. Now, Beef Jerky Guy is not a bad guy, but the flirting is just too much. I managed to dodge the bullet because I don't like meat, but one of my friends - eh, just imagine her as Fire Emblem's Ike but female talktive ("I bake for my friends!"- my friend, probably) - ended up as one of his favourites. She's asexual and if she had to choose, prefers women over men. So, yeah. Atleast we got some free stuff out of it, I guess.

I had two lectures on Friday, the first day. Game Localization drew a really good crowd, both quantity and quality-wise, despite the unpopular timeslot. Fan & Finances didn't do that well, but the few people there really appreciated it and this lecture may have made a real difference.

I found some time to eat, but what I ate - some sort of Japanese style vegan wrap thing - ended up a disappointment. Someone didn't wash the lettuce and I could hear the sand between my teeth. Went back to tell them someone made a mistake. I didn't want to make a big deal of it, but they offered me a free drink before I could walk away. For some reason they talked to me like I was a child. "It's a Japanese drink. You like Japanese drinks, right? I bet you'll like this drink!" I did not like the drink. I was sort of hoping they'd grab the green tea thing from the top shelf, but they ended up opening a Ramune for me. Female Ike ended up drinking it. Later on, I informed two staff members (both friends of mine) as revenge for treating me like a child. That sandy lettuce probably violated a health code regulation or two, so hah.

Saturday was a relatively quiet day. I worked befind our little booth for a while, my shojo manga lecture went well (another good crowd) and I had a fancy crepe with matcha cake, whipped cream, red bean paste and more for lunch. That was too sweet to be filling, so I got an onigiri elsewhere after that. Then back at the booth I just kind of crashed and they sent me outside to get some fresh air. Saw some cool Fire Emblem cosplayers there. I had wanted to talk to 'Takumi', but ended up fangirling over Samurai Flamenco with 'Kaze'. Our conversation was basically just half-sentences ("It becomes all weird..." "... but once you see what they're trying to do..." "... it all comes together!" "The cellphone!" "The feels were real!") and I'm not entirely sure the others could follow what we were talking about. Doubled over coughing for a bit and after that I shared some hard candies from my secret stash. Screw the rules, I have hidden pockets. After wandering outside some more, I returned to the booth refreshed.

Later that day, I:
- Saw Your Name on the big screen. I could have watched it at home, but my TV doesn't do the visuals justice, so it was nice to watch it like this. I'm glad I didn't cry, because that would have looked weird.
- Went to an comic artists panel just to support some friends and acquaintances, but it turned out they didn't really need any filler. It was fun to see some of their old work though.
- Mentioned wanting to check out the Side 7 room and the empty party slots were quickly filled by people who actually did buy things. Despite having a hand in creating a bunch of new Gundam fans, it still feels very lonely, because I'm like 90% series and 10% gunpla and they're all 50-100% gunpla.

Sunday was hectic and went by surprisingly fast for a Sunday. I started the day with an early lecture/quiz, which made it really difficult to keep my mood in check. Not because I don't like doing that particular event, but because the audience was... difficult. I was there as editor-in-chief Tamara, and some of my sorta-fans have, well, learning disabilities among other things. They're young adults, but cognitively they're more like young teenagers. Young teenagers that mistake my approachability for permission to be distruptive. And this was the type of event that was part game, part lecture. One of them had a very difficult time switching between the two and keeping their behaviour and energy-levels appropriate. I know a thing or two about teaching kids and regular young teenagers, but I have next to experience with people with pervasive learning disabilities, not to mention that I wasn't exactly a teacher in this context - I was a convention guest representing another organisation. Honestly, the whole experience made me rethink the concept despite having used it succesfully many times.

There's always such a big variety of people at this conventions. The young girls tend to be my favourite. More often than not, they're just so gosh darn happy to be at an event like this, overwhelmed but enjoying every moment of it. Their awareness of their surroundings makes them very polite. They're very focused on doing things properly. It's cute and, most importantly, hardly ever causes problems. I say hardly, because they can also be very shy. One my friends hosted a casual, low-key cosplay competition and one of the contestants was a 9-year-old girl dressed as Raven from Teen Titans. She froze up on stage and cried through the rest of the compo. Everyone was really supportive and I hope she had a good experience despite the anxiety attack.

Anyway, after the lecture/quiz I rushed to the room across from my current one to turn back into craftswoman Tamara and take charge of the kumihimo workshop. It was a full house, but what's so nice about this workshop is that every the initial rush to get started, people settle down and quietly braid for the remainder of the time. It's relaxing and Sunday morning really is the perfect timeslot for this workshop. I pointed people who were really into it towards the manga library, because I knew they had some mobidai for sale (my workshop is free, so to reduce costs everyone makes their own braiding disc out of cardboard, but a foam disc is obviously a better choice if you want braid more often). Later on, they thanked my 'clone' for sending them to me because they sold out after that after-workshop-rush. We had a good laugh about that, because at this point we just expect this to happen. We do look very similar but our convention schedules are very different, so you rarely see both of us together. It isn't that weird for people who don't know us to think we're the same person.

Somewhere during that day I found time to eat. One of the food court booths had this vegetarian menu set with onigiri, miso soup and edamame. I needed something easy to digest, and that sounded perfect. I found a seat at a practically empty table and yep, the food was perfect. It had this homemade, light but filling feel to it. I must have looked like I really enjoyed eating it, because the guy across from me kept smiling at me without trying to start a conversation.

The remaining time at the booth was filled with fast sales and juicy gossip. One of our members is a staff member of this convention. Actually one of the most powerful people there. She is also extremely sweet and easily stressed out. She came sit with us for 10-15 minutes here and there to hide from dumb stuff, eat and vent. Earlier that weekend she'd bought one of my pineapple keychains as a joke gift for one of her colleagues. It was not appreciated. That's when I learned pineapple was one of their codewords that year and when my friend had tried to get her colleague's attention with a "Hey, I've got a pineapple for you!", said colleague exploded. She had been so on edge and devoid of a sense of humour (it's rumoured it was murdered and buried in woods years ago), that despite the context and presentation of the pineapple, she assumed it was a real emergency for a second and started yelling at my friend. Someone is never ever getting another cute crocheted keychain.

Eventually, Sunday ended and I tetrised myself back into my friends' car. That was yesterday. I'm still tired, so I'm glad I more or less have today and tomorrow off.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 09, 2018, 04:08:18 PM »
Hey, if you land the right jobs, you can be a Jedi, a wizard and more!

Speaking of the elderly (j/k), I introduced my parents to Netflix. My account had an open spot and they'd been interested in it for a while now, but had no idea how to set it up. Hardest part was finding hardware for the app. Their PC is in the attic and there's no infrastructure to turn it into a media centre, their tablets and smartphones are too weak for proper streaming, they don't have a smart-TV, and their TV provider doesn't support the app (yet). I ended up setting up my Wii U for them. I can miss it for a few months. If they want to keep Netflix, I'll figure out a more permanent solution. Maybe I'll buy them a cheap used PS3. They don't have a Blu-Ray (or even DVD) player yet, so that would kill multiple birds with one stone.

My dad was really happy. He let my mom pick the first movie, but it was obvious he's looking forward to watching a whole bunch of scifi. He loves the genre, but there's not much of it on regular TV and his English is too limited to watch things with English subtitles. He rarely gets to unlock his true geek potential. Netflix should keep him busy for a while.

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