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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 02, 2015, 07:28:03 AM
Actually, all my pants are pretty loose-fitting, and some probably need adjustments so they don't fall off (because I'm not wearing a belt...). It's just that the pockets are really small because most of the pants with decent pockets were made so shoddily I'm surprised that they made it to the display racks without falling to pieces...

Not that it matters, the 3DS XLs are unjustifiably expensive for me right now, too.

Dude, as a dudette, if our pockets aren't already ridiculously tiny then we have fake pockets that some shitheaded designer thought up.  I get the plight of bad pockets (I just wanted to share stupid picture too). :(


A little while back I saw a cute belt with a pouch attached. It'd look nice with a tunic. I guess the female solution for lack of pockets is dressing like a Dragon Quest character.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 30, 2015, 01:11:23 AM
I'm sure they had other cables. They were just nowhere near the projector. Which is... still not that great, I guess.

BTW, conputer is a great word. It describes the laptops by the conventions perfectly. They may look too bad, but most are fossilised pieces of shit that might spontaniously combust midway through your lecture.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 29, 2015, 05:36:45 PM
At yet another anime convention. Things I did/learned thusfar:

-I ate a green cupcake from a jar. It had sprinkles on it and tasted like lemon.

-The bracelets are ticking timebombs, but security will kick you out if you remove them. They slowly draw tighter around your wrist, until it's impossible to cut them off. Hope you don't like having circulation in your hand! It's like a really slow Zero Escape penalty death, really.

-Screw the rules, I'm important. (Seriously, I'm kinda the editor-in-chief of the magazine that's a major sponsor for this thing. That has to count for something, right?)

-I finished my lecture on game journalism in exactly 60 minutes (the exact allotted time), question round included. I am awesome.

-Haven't been able to spend much time with my friends, sadly, but random strangers are fun to talk to, too. (This is how I learned the evil plastic that turns the bracelets can sometimes be removed by twisting the bracelet. However, if you are to late and the death trap has drawn too tight, you'll need to smash the plastic with a hammer or other heavy object. Without hitting your hand, of course. Fun times!)

-People made fun of my laptop. Yeah, I know it's old and bulky, but atleast it hooks up to the projectors with zero problems. Can't say that about your fancy smancy hyper sleek Apple products!

-I have a fan. She buys a jellyfish amigurumi from me every convention. This time she bought three. Soon, her collection will be larger than my stock (Twenty Jellies at a time, at most.)

-I kinda feel obligated to eat some fruit at breakfast, but my stomach nevers agrees. Threw half of the contents up behind some bushes. Hope nobody saw.

-Not-asthma is playing up again. Coughed through good chunks of the convention. Kinda suits the theme, though, which is zombies. Well, zombies and candy or something. Some sorta mix of deadly diseases and delicious desserts anyway.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 25, 2015, 04:44:06 PM
Oh, don't worry, all three cats are still very much like cats (and not the dumb sort), but they're just very important to their owners for various reasons. And I get that. Cats don't judge (well, not by human standards anyway), offer company, and well, they're living things. Once you take them in, you feel this obligation to take good care of them, right? It gives you some purpose. Sure, it may be extremely minor, but a happy pet makes your own life a little happier as well, so...


5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 25, 2015, 11:31:17 AM
Their cats are like their children, so, yeah, that's a thing that's happening.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 25, 2015, 09:22:13 AM
My sis got a new boyfriend and they're already arranging playdates and sleepovers for their cats in case the relationship becomes serious. I thought they were overreacting, but now...

I hope your cat will be adopted soon, Dag :(

I had to surrender a rabbit for similar reasons, and the shelter was like 'this rabbit is awesome!' (I had given them various pictures of my rabbit getting along with children, cats and a variety of other living things - anything but my other rabbits) They found a new home for her within two weeks of her picture going up on the website. In fact, her new owners drove two hours to pick her up. Some people are crazy in all the right ways.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2015, 03:43:06 PM
The weather has been a little cooler the past week, so I'm wearing layers and fluffy slippers again. I've also started crocheting again and I have carpet. Add all those together and I'm zapping myself everytime I touch a door handle. Lamest super power ever.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2015, 02:48:01 AM
You should give compound a shot. Even my instructor who absolutely loathed the idea of using a compound switched to one when he got older. He now loves it.

There are only two real downsides to compounds:
1. They're not the Olympic standard
2. Recurves look cooler (I may be biased)
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommend me some RPG Maker games! on: August 22, 2015, 04:15:00 PM
I hear a lot of 'translated German RPG Maker game'. Does Germany have a significant RPG Maker scene?

(Not that it would surprise me. Germans be like "Oh, your cosplayers do short little acts on stage? We got Showgruppe that produce complete musicals." They excel at being productive fans.)
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 22, 2015, 01:19:43 PM
Final Fantasy XIII isn't linear enough.

Actually, yeah, that makes a lot of sense. I never saw the point of being dropped into that big (and rather empty) world later on. It felt like the optionele content was mostly there to pad the game. There is nothing wrong with lineair RPGs as long as they are engaging every step of the way.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 20, 2015, 05:40:24 PM
My boyfriend grew up in Munich and told me amazing tales of all the stuff available to kids while he was growing up. They even had a mini-town for a week that was run by the kids and they were given the opportunity to set up their own business and trade using fake currency.

Absolutely nothing like that in available for kids in the UK - no events, no nothing.

From my experience smallers towns and villages in the Netherlands are pretty big on organising things for kids. There are various cheap summer camps (and by cheap I mean: 50 keeps your kid fed, entertainment and our of your hair for week) and there are a lot of clubs that specialise in organising events and activities. For instance, back when I was young there was this two days event that was basically about building a small town out of old boards, leftover wood and fabric, and whatever you could find in the nearby woods. The goal was to build a place to sleep before sundown, and the next day the tiny makeshift town was demolished and used for a big bonfire.

These events are all (fairly) cheap to organise. The two big challenges are:
1. Finding a safe location for the event. You want something big where kids can run around without constant supervision.
2. Recruiting volunteers. That's something clubs and organisations in my area struggle with. Nowadays, few parents want to take the time to help out.

If you can't do both, it's hard to make anything happen.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 20, 2015, 05:19:54 PM
-Tales of Symphonia is a nice game that's still worth playing today, but it doesn't deserve the amount of attention it's getting from European Tales-fans. Sure, I get that it was their first and that some players were even RPG virgins back then, but remove those nostalgia goggles already! (Also, Tales of the Abyss is best Tales. This is a fact.)

-Final Fantasy V was a lot of fun (because I love abusing job systems); Final Fantasy IV was kinda meh.

-Bravely Default is the best recent Final Fantasy.

-Secret of Evermore deserves more love. For some reason some people still hate that game because it isn't Seiken Densetsu III. These people are dumb.

-Bulbasaur is best starter. Let's be honest, it'll give you a major type advantage against the first few gymleaders, when the rest of your party is basically still bugs, birds, rats and rocks.

13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 20, 2015, 08:41:44 AM
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Where do you work, Tomara? That sounds wild.

I live in very small town (practically a village, really) in the Netherlands and work from home.  The room I use for work is on the second floor and overlooks the street, which means I can hear all sorts of stuff. Kids in this region started school again this week and apparently the teachers of the local school wanted to do something fun while the weather is still nice. The game was basically a very elaborate version of a game we call 'vossenjacht'. Teachers and parents dressed up as all sorts of fantasy characters. The kids had to not just look for them, but also earn money by completing challenges. This money could be used to bargain with certain characters and obtain jewels. The goal of the game was to find a complete set. The game was set up in such a way that there were multiple ways of completing it. I saw groups buy several of the same gems so they could use them to trade things with other groups, for instance.

'Hellevuur' basically made this street her territory and since she was in charge of the very expensive diamonds, kids were jumping through all sorts of hoops to get discounts. Another character called 'Vagevuur' (Purgatory) was Hellevuur's younger sister and in charge of the somewhat cheaper sapphires. I also saw a man dressed up as some sort of wizard who was handing out quests so kids could earn money, and apparently there were one or two angels roaming around that would lend the kids their power (in the form of a card) so they could get a free jewel from one of the demonic characters.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 20, 2015, 05:39:05 AM
I'm trying to work, but the elementary school children appear to be playing some village-wide cardgame that involves collecting gems and fighting demons. Loudly. Worse, it sounds like a lot of fun. Being an adult sucks ;_;

Edit: A woman just introduced herself as Hellevuur (Hellfire). I'm not sure if she's supposed to be a place or a demon. A bunch of kinds came running yelling they found an angel and want to do battle. It appears they will recieve 'money' and 'treasure' as rewards.

Edit 2: Some other children are haggling with a 'merchant', but it appears the rules don't allow for haggling. They'll need some more gold if they want to buy the items they want.

Edit 3: No, wait, apparently the can get discounts by showing their strength (doing push-ups) or cunning (basic maths).
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: August 19, 2015, 05:27:54 PM
Such pretty kitties *_*

My cat is a girl and she's okayish, but I don't have any recent pictures of her, so here's an old picture of me and the best rabbit ever:

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