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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: February 24, 2018, 06:26:52 AM »
Well, I've got my depressing Takumis and now I'm both sad and happy. Sad because, shit, that backstory, that confession, that everything. Happy, because I beat Infernal with Takumi backed up by two dancers and Klein. It was a really tough battle what with all those (ranged) reinforcements and all, so I'm pretty proud of myself.

Got one of them up to 5 stars, but I'm not entirely sure what do you with rest. Maybe I'll just build all three and bully GHB characters who are dumb enough to cluster together and not move.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to that free Ike. I feel bad for Soren that he'll have to end his support with Brave Ike, but two green units hooking up just isn't a very tactically sound decision. I'm sure him and strategically appropriate Ike will get along just fine. Now, I'll just need a not-green Soren for Brave Ike and everything will be perfect.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: February 22, 2018, 05:26:18 AM »
Possessed Takumi comes with Fury. Because he's angry.

Actually, no, angry may be the wrong word. I spoiled myself by reading the mined data, and he's mostly confused and sad and says 'The enemy!' only slightly more often than Brave Lyn.

The Fury 3 is not a joke though.

On that note, I really hate the concept of the Chill SPD skill. I guess they want to punish the speed-centric game a little bit, but it's stupid to have a debuff that just works on the best opposing unit with no thought needed into how it's used.

I took one look at my Celica and gave her Renewal.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:19:35 AM »
I feel conflicted. Yes, we're now a step closer to Takumi emblem, but that isn't really Takumi. Okay, the Heroes version seem to have atleast something left of himself compared to the Fates version, but still... I'm going to feel bad if I use him too much.

Speaking of Takumi, holy shit, I've been lucky with my pulls ever since I got the New Year's version! A Saber for a free pull, three 5 star heroes from the Legendary banner for a little over 30 orbs including two with ideal boons, a Lovely Lyn within 50 orbs or so (and some good fodder to boot), and now, after pulling a total of seven characters from the Fallen Heroes banner:

1. Hardin
2. Hinata (4 stars, so perfect Fury fodder)
3. Nino (3 stars, but draw back is always nice)
4. Marth (MY FIRST! oh, and 4 stars)
5. Marth (also 4 stars, but this one is +atk!)
6. Lon'qu (4 stars, so Vantage 3 is ready to go)
7. Duma Celica

Having a Grima!Robin as well would be cool, but I'm not going to push the luck Takumi has given me. I'll save my 400+ orbs for something else.

There's a downside though: I'm running out of basic fodder. There isn't even a Swap left for Hardin!

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: February 18, 2018, 06:25:20 AM »
Cutest girl this Olympics is Esmee Visser. She was a true underdog (well, relatively speaking anyway), couldn't believe she qualified for the games in the first place and is probably still surprised she won a gold medal. And how she's both modest and so incredibly genuinely happy about her victory is adorable.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:39:34 PM »
Apparently YouTube thought I should really watch videos from some dude who just films ordinary Dutch cyclists/cycling routes and it's fascinating. Okay, as a Dutch person the videos are very 'been there, done that', but the comments give a lot of insight into cycling cultures in other western countries.

Some commenters praise the Netherlands for having such great infrastructure for cyclists, and I guess you can't argue with that. However, they seem to really idealise the cycling itself, saying it must be like heaven to be able go to school/work by just hopping on your bike. Even the vids with snow get responses like that! Which feels weird, because to us, bicycles are just a convenient mode of transportation, even when the weather is kind of shitty. Only a few commentors understand the actual freedom it offers: you don't need much for cycling, yet you can get almost anywhere on a bike. Cycling means independence for minors, the poor, the elderly and disabled, the city dwellers who don't want to compete for parking spots, and okay, drunks who want to get home slightly faster.

Others mention that they barely see any overweight people, as if we don't have a growing obesity problem. Well we do, sadly. It's just that they're in cars and you don't see to many cars in those videos. Cycling may be something every Dutch person learns, but just like everywhere else, some people develop bad habits, like taking the car to run some simple errands that could easily be done by bike.

There are also always people (usually Americans) who freak out because nobody aside from sport cyclists wears a helmet. For everyone of those there are five people explaining that our infrastructure is highly developed and bicycle oriented, that the Dutch learn how to ride at a very young age, that managing to fall on your head while riding on one of our utility bikes is a skill in and of itself, and that helmets just provide a false sense of safety in most scenarios you see on our roads.

But what might be most amazing is that people think we all ride the same bicycles. We don't, seriously! Sure, you mostly see city bikes and similar types (such as the classic 'omafiets'), but they come in a large variety of models from different manufacturers, and there's so much extra stuff you can put on them, from bags for grocery shopping to fancy child seats that are almost as expensive as the bike itself. It's just that most of us don't care much for gimmicky colours. "But wouldn't girls want a fun color like pink?" some commenters ask. Well, they do, when they're in first grade. But when they're a little older it's much more trendy for girls to not stand out. They want something like the Gazelle Miss Grace, and perhaps something even simpler when they're in high school. Some of the artsy types get a really old bicycle and paint it in funky colours, but they're a minority. I had a yellow bike in high school for two simple reason: it makes it easy to find in the bicycle rack and nobody is going to steal a bike that's so easy to recognise. (Okay, three reasons: some of the best robots are yellow.) The number of times it was vandalised for being different... Let's not talk about that. But it never got stolen, despite me forgetting to lock it a few times. Yay!

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:51:32 AM »
I did manage to beat Narcian with a team of only melee armors. It required me to put Wings of Mercy back on Black Knight for some shenanigans. Also if I didn't just happen to have an armor march available it wouldn't have worked either.

What was your strategy? I assume you had one unit facetank the first batch to aggro them, then retreated (using Armor March?) and had Black Knight jump in to protect the original bait from further harm. I'm just not quite sure in what order and who was your bait...

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:42:37 AM »
My goal was to pull for fancy valentine heroes without my orb stash going below 300 and I just got a Book Lyn! And my second ever Jeorge! He's just a four star, but he is not -atk or -spd, so I'm considering building him up to 5 stars and eventually upgrading his weapon. That'll have to wait, though. I have less than 10,000 feathers because I keep promoting whatever unit is useful/cool. I have 80 unique 5 stars (and only 151 different units!). However, my orb stash is at 306 again, so all is well.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:40:40 PM »
Oh, I was able to go during my tea quest, in case you're wondering (why are you wondering? That's weird...). There weren't as many cosplayers getting ready then, though it was still a challenge to get to the sink and wash my hands. Next time, I'll just confirm with a male friend which male restrooms have urinals and use one that doesn't instead when I identify as a person who really, really needs to pee.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:13:35 PM »
Yesterday was a convention day. Didn't sleep much, because nightmares kept waking me up.

First one, I happened to meet a fellow fan on the train. We started comparing phone charms and then the train crashed and we all died.

Second one the train was delayed and I tried to grab some breakfast. While waiting in line, someone grabbed my shoulder bag (the Important Bag with my laptop, wallet, phone and our craft's club little money box) and ran. I managed to tackle the thief, but then people started accusing me of stealing his bag!

Third one, everything tiny thing I did took way more time than logical and around 2PM I still wasn't on my train and I obviously ruined everything for everyone.

Anyway, because I woke up way too early I was able to take it easy that morning and the journey to the convention was uneventful as well. Then I got there the people behind the register wasn't sure what bracelet to give me, so they let me in to ask a staff member. Its', uh, nice there are still some people out there that trust others? After some running around (this is going to be a theme), I got my bracelet (shiny teal!). I was thinking I'd be able to take it easy for a bit, but I barely got a chance to drop off my bags out our table before I was kidnapped to make an appearance on stage during the opening. What I really wanted to do, though, was use the bathroom. I quickly snuck out to use the nearest one, but there was basically a small horde of cosplayers in there and I noped out. I checked backstage as well, but the dressing room that was open was in use by a man halfway through changing into some flamboyant dancewear. I sort of assumed it'd be rude to just storm in there, so I held it instead.

After my bit on stage was done, I rushed back to our table. Fortunately, the other club members are awesome people and they'd already put my stuff on there. I made tea for everyone and when I went to refill the thermos, I discovered something awesome: I'm allowed to pass through the most amazing and special door that connects the vendor area and the gopher and staff lounges. That's where the water cooker is! I mean, sure, I'm quite adept at dodging convention goers and most volunteers at the various checkpoints recognise me by now, but still, this made things so much easier! After getting back with the liquid loot, I rushed off to my first workshop thingie.

That's when I found out what my longtime friend and partner for the writing workshop/competition had no familiarity with the concept of a relay race. Which was not good, because the competition was basically a relay race. Whoops. Fortunately, after some improv comedy our improv writing competition took an improv shape and everyone ended up having fun. Team Dwarf was the clear winner, but our runner-up, Team Guinea Pig, deserved extra praise for being a makeshift team that managed to beat the odds with their bold shojo parody. The other two teams, French Kiss and Smurf, made everyone laugh as well, so it really was time well spend.

After rushing back to fetch my laptop for my next event (a panel about boys' love and yuri manga from the 70s, 80s and 90s), I learned there had been a slight laptop related panic. You see, I have this adorable pink Asus Transformer Book and while it only has a pathetic little micro HDMI port, it lives in a little bag filled with cables that let it hook up to outdated beamers and other fun stuff. But, as it turns out, the cluster of cables was bit of a challenge for the staff member who wanted to borrow it. So, panic. I was too busy at the time to fix it, sadly, but I still saved the day by hooking it up for our panel and showing the Transformer's true form! Not the tablet form. The other true form, the one that involves extra bits of cable and hooking up to ancient beamers.

The panel went well and right after I was running to another room. My tablet in disguise was needed for a pub quiz. Or maybe just the cables it came with were. Don't know, don't care. I pointed out there's cassette tape shaped flash drive in case they needed to transfer anything and ran back to the vendor room for a break. Some of the girls were off to a workshop, so I talked Gundam with the one who was there. Last year, I accidently infected her with the Gunpla virus and now she's way more into it than I am. That seems to happen often. There's a member who hated knitting and I was like, "It's not so bad, I'll show you!" And now she spins her own yarn and wears fancy handknitted dresses while I'm like "I made a scarf. It has stripes."

But speaking of Gundam - Newtype flash! The charity auction had started and my intuition was telling me the rainbow scarf and sparkly rainbow flower unicorn we donated might not be on stage yet! I ran to the staff room and lo' and behold, the bag they were in was still sitting under a table! I made my way back to the stage in record time and one of the stage hands quickly and quietely deposited the scarf in the box with good to be sold. But oh no! The unicorn! By the grace of a strong throwing arm, it made it into the safe arms of the lovely assistant. All was well, and I ran off to get some well-deserved lunch. At 3PM. And it was only one taiyaki, so it was more like a snack but still, glorious food! I ate it as slowly as I could and made it back to the main stage to see a small bidding war unfold for the scarf. It was eventually sold for 50. Nice.

I went back to our table in the vendor area afterwards for another cup of tea before I had to rush to my next event. The Pink Laptop That Could was already waiting to be hooked up. Then I realised that I hadn't had anything to drink aside from two small cups of tea, so I quickly chugged the water in my Dopper before it was my turn to introduce myself. I'm not entirely sure how the audience thought that looked, but I really needed it. The panel, which was about meta storytelling in games, accidently moved to fairytales, but I managed to bring it back on track by bringing up The Guided Fate Paradox, proving that I was still very much alive and awake, thank you very much.

When the panel ended, it was almost time to pack our vendor stuff up. I made a quick round through the vendor area to look for self-published comics to review, but most artists focus on illustrations now (which brings in much more money) and I slunk back to our table empty handed. Had a quick chat with everyone, packed up and the five of us took a polaroid to prove we had fun this anime convention. It will also prove that my 'clone' and I are not in fact the same person.

On the way out, I quickly reunited with a childhood friend. In the old days, she was a normal person, now she's weird like me and a volunteer at the manga library. It went like "Hi!" and "Bye!" Next anime convention, we might have time to talk.

The journey home was a smooth one. I was lucky, and friends gave me ride to a train station closer to my final destination, making the trip back both shorter and more convenient. The idea of going to a McDo was tossed around, but in the end they decided that fastfood is a bad habit and that I'm a robot and don't need food.

How's that for a haps entry?

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: February 12, 2018, 07:43:13 AM »
I can't seem to be Narcian with Armour Emblem either. Halloween Jakob was able to succesfully block the stream of units for a turn, but after that they were all overwhelmed. I kinda doubt this is doable without a 1-2 range blue armour.

Oh well.

Let's stop and appreciate the little things in FEH life for a bit, like this sort of Valentine's themed set of Arena bonus units. It's obvious which gears in my head are turning, isn't it?

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: February 10, 2018, 08:56:03 AM »
I've been able to complete all the GHB quests so far. I'm really glad I got lucky with the seasonal units and have a very solid flier team now. Blarblade Corrin is amazing, Gronnraven Camilla takes care of all blue and colourless units, Palla is a very supportive tank and New Year's Azura ties it all together with her singing and Hone Fliers.

My usual all star team for cavalry is Xander, Reinhardt, BLyn and Elise, but I swap characters out depending on the situation.

For infantry I just send Takumi & Ninian and Klein & Olivia on a double date. Works every time.

Armour is... tricky. For Lloyd I went with my usual: Black Knight, Hector, Effie and Halloween Jakob. That was mostly baiting and swapping. Michalis was a bigger challenge. I ended up with Black Knight, Sheena, Draug and Arden.

I send up Black Knight equipped with Close Def up to the right, supported by: 1x Fortify Armor (+6), 2x Drive Def (+6) and 1x Ward Armor (+4), bringing his total defence to 35 + 6 (Steady Stance) + 22 (spurs and buffs) = 63. Then he sat there and killed stuff. Sheena took care of that annoying blue guy with the Heavy Spear+.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:21:03 AM »
Do you have Alm? Refined Alm is insane. At 100% he basically wields a Brave weapon with 16 might, and it works with Windsweep.

Did Tappa~Tappa~Tappa Emblem up to floor 40 wherein the remaining floors were unavailable. Kinda disappointing that you don't get any extra rewards for S-ranking stages or clearing the higher difficulty modes.

I'm glad I'm allowed to half-ass it for rewards. I came here for pocket-sized strategy, not the storebrand Theatre Rhythm.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: February 04, 2018, 09:13:19 AM »
More like the little mage who could not be doubled. 49 speed is just... yikes!

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: February 02, 2018, 01:14:52 PM »
When you get a pull like that, you need to stop. That's the jackpot. It's not going to get any better.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: January 31, 2018, 06:17:40 AM »
I'm pretty okay with the announcements. A new Ike just means another Ike I probably won't get. Rhythm game? I'll have someone else play it for me while I clear some strategic challenges for them, because that's what friends are for.

One good thing though: I dropped about 30 orbs into the new Legendary Banner and got:
- Summer Xander (+def, - res)
- Siegbert (+atk, - hp)
- Summer Frederick (don't know, don't care)

On top of that I got my first Soleil and then another Soleil with better stats. I also got my very first Jakob.

All things considered, that's pretty amazing.

However, that means I can't really justify pulling from this banner again. Well, maybe green would be okay, since I want both Gunthra and P!Azura, but red is just too dangerous right now because I already have Sanaki and Siegbert. I guess I should just hope everyone likes Like enough to convince IntSys we need one for free.

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