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16  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: August 22, 2016, 04:18:38 PM
Sure, no problem :)

Sins of the Demon - report 2
I think I'm close to the final third of the game. Most of the map has been explored and I've mostly been visiting old locations the past few hours, with some revealing flashbacks to spice things up. It's surprising how much I like some of the characters, most RPG Maker games don't exactly excel when it comes to characterisation. The cat is probably my favourite.
17  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 22, 2016, 12:50:10 PM
Who says it was my idea to place the torch? The group decided, we decided wrong and I fought as hard as I could, but in the end, it didn't matter, nothing mattered. We all failed... ;_;
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 22, 2016, 03:25:01 AM
... Maybe I should have warned you about tentacles and torches...

Maybe you could bring me back as Maria (my middle name)? If you happen to find an arbalest in your stage coach, that'd be great. Arbalest Maria and Bounty Hunter Klyde could make a great team.
19  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: August 21, 2016, 02:45:33 PM


Sins of the Demon - Report 1
The 'cover' of this game is pretty misleading. While the big titted anime girl is an enemy found in the game, the actual game looks more like this:



I'm an hour in and it's looking really promising. There's a simple but fast-paced ATB combat system and I'm enjoying the banter between the two main characters. One of them is a sarcastic talking cat and that's an instant win in my book. There are even Tales-style skits to be found.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2016, 11:55:15 AM
I only read the English edition so I'm half a dozen volumes behind, but I'm sad to stay I'm not surprised he piled on some more bullshit. Kubo is zo preoccupied with revealing twists and introducing new characters, he tends to forget about important stuff he's already written. Like, Chad was supposed to be a central character in the Fullbringer arc? I literally can't remember him doing anything important aside from existing, which is, now that I think about it, pretty significant, as Kubo often forgets he exists, so... yeah.

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How does Fairy Taill's Guild system align with actual guilds, if at all?

(Guessing perhaps not much)

I'm nor very familiar with Fairy Tail, so I can't say, sorry.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: August 21, 2016, 05:01:27 AM
The early years of the manga were great fun, but about halfway true it just started sinking deeper and deeper...

I'm not entirely sure why I'm still reading it (I buy the volumes), since the last arc has been super weird. I mean, it's not often you see villains based on something you thought was just a small local thing...

Okay, I should probably explain that. You see, this part of Europe (mostly The Netherlands and Germany) had a very special sort of guild. We call them schutterijen or schuttersgilden in Dutch. Up until two hunderd years ago or so, these guilds were basically the city guard, police force, fire department and, if needed, an army all rolled into one. Their traditional weapon: (cross)bows.

You'll still find these guilds in the eastern parts of the Netherlands and western parts of Germany, but the purpose of these modern guilds is to protect the traditions and folklore of their communities. The one I'm a member of still has archers (erh, to defend their honor in competitions, not to enforce the law!), but that's not the norm. What all these guilds do have in common is a love for fancy uniforms.

Okay, I admit I have no actual proof Tite Kubo knows anything about Dutch and German culture, but if he doesn't... well, it's a pretty big stack of coincidences.
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: August 20, 2016, 01:40:10 PM


This Starry Midnight We Make - Final Report
Huh, wow, I'm done? I wasn't sure I knew what I was doing, but it seems like my 'throw everything into the basin and watch stuff react' strategy worked well enough. Once you've found a new star, the game notes down the 'recipe' for it, making it easy to replicate the process, even if you discovered the star by accident. My laptop, however, was not a fan of the starry clusterfuck I made. That's the main reason I probably won't try to complete the catalogue (I did finish the whole story, of course). Oh, but I did make a god! And little UFOs! Whee!

I paid: €3,05
I played: 6.4 hours
Worth the wait?: Yep, I love quirky stuff like this! The game is a bit hard to recommend because the star making is rather intimidating when you first get started, but it's an unique experience.
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: August 19, 2016, 10:24:38 AM
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Wow do I know this feeling.

I went from having virtually nothing to play on computer to a steam library of 129 games now (since may/june) thanks to bundles/sales/clients tipping me in games/winning games in give-aways.

My pace is a little slower, but I went from a few Steam games to 91 in 2,5 years time. My laptop can't handle much, so I need to be picky.

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As for you actually managing the voting and time spent with the titles, maybe try something arbitrary like 1 game per weekend per vote? (just an example, I don't know what type of time you have on your hands or how dedicated you are to other titles at the moment).

Hmmm... The games currently waiting are some of the longest on the list (10-15 hours each, I think), and it'll take me a few weeks to complete those. After that it may be easy sailing, depending on what titles are picked.

Anyway, time for the first update!

This Starry Midnight We Make - report 1
After an hour of playtime, I think I'm starting to understand what I'm doing. Basically, you need to grow stars in a basin. They start out as little seeds, but they grow larger as they gather energy. Stars evolve depending on the surrounding energy and stars.



It's very much a matter of trial of error. Try different combinations, see different evolutions. The game does give a few hints, though. Right now I'm focusing on 'planting' lots of fluffy stars. These are unstable and explode into nebulae if there's not enough energy to feed then, thus creating more energy for other types of stars.

Why grow stars? To change the city, of course! For instance, Kyoto is rather hot in summer and the girl on the main street doesn't like that. By growing the right stars I can affect the climate and make it cooler. I've got a bunch of those unrequested requests lined up.

24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2016, 08:30:15 AM
Plus I'm now tempted to call Tomara Tomato, I don't think that would be a good idea for too long though =-P


I got over my hatred for tomatoes decades ago, and it wouldn't be as annoying as those weeaboos who like to call me Tama-chan in an overly cutesy voice*, but... Yeah, it wouldn't be a good idea for too long.

*It makes absolutely no sense for them to call me that. If you're going to pretend you're a Japanese school girl, atleast observe proper etiquette and call me [last name]-san. And despite the obvious level of cringe, [last name]-sensei would - technically- be acceptable as well.

But awkward teens are going to be awkward, I guess...
25  Media / Game Journals / Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: August 18, 2016, 05:02:30 PM
I buy weird stuff on Steam. Sometimes I buy a a little faster than I can play and the games stack up. Right now, I have this list of 20 games I'd like to play through sometime soon. I could simply roll a dice or three and decide the order that way, but that's no fun. I'll let you guys decide! Without actually telling you what games you're voting for!

Here's the list:
1. ???
2. ???
3. ???
4. Cubicle Quest (4) - Now playing!
5. ???
6. ???
7. ???
8. ???
9. ???
10. ???
11. Machina of the Planet Tree -Planet Ruler-  (5) - Playing games on its phone
12. ???
13. ???
14. Postmortem: One Must Die (1) - Finished!
15. ???
16. ???
17. Sins of the Demon (3) - Finished!
18. ???
19. This Starry Midnight We Make (2) - Finished!
20. ???

I've already played through Postmortem: One Must Die, a game in which you play as a grim reaper attending a fundraising gala in order to snuff out a life at the end of the night. You can choose randomly (which makes for a very short playthrough), or talk with the guests, make an informed decision and maybe even bend the future a little.

It was a short game that can be completed in 5-50 minutes, but since there are various different outcomes a few replays are recommended. I wouldn't recommend it at its original price, but it's a fun little thought experiment to grab during the sales. I paid €0,74, played for 87 minutes and it was worth it.

Next game up is This Starry Midnight We Make, a game in which I will be making stars using alchemy, I think? I'll keep you guys posted, because, of course I will. It'd be a waste of a perfectly good thread if I didn't.

Want to decide what I should play? Pick a number! But... maybe don't pick them too fast? Like, maybe keep the 'line' at 3 games or less? I'll mark the games I'll already played through, so it should be easy to see how many games are actively waiting.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: August 18, 2016, 04:41:20 PM
Most games on the list are rather short (about half of them are just 2-5 hours long, the longest one is a classic JRPG that should take about 20-25 to play through), I might be able to reveal the whole list by just playing the games.

Oh, maybe I should make a Journal topic!
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: August 18, 2016, 04:12:19 PM
Okay, so first up is This Starry Midnight We Make (19), a "a celestial growth simulation" game from the makers of that organ harvesting game I liked. Apparantly I'll be developing a galaxy using alchemy. Looks it'll play the role of 'in between' game just fine.

After that it's Sins of the Demon's (17) turn, also known as "one of those random RPG Maker games I bought for a quarter because, hey, the reviews weren't bad!" Actually, the Steam reviews were really good in this case. And it has a cute little cat!
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: August 18, 2016, 01:19:59 PM
So... I'm playing Trails of Cold Steel, but I've got to let my Vita charge every ten minutes once in a while. I could use another PC game to use on the side, but I can't decide which one. Anyone want to pick one? Number between 1 and 20, but not 14 because I'm done with Postmortum: One Must Die.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 17, 2016, 03:31:10 PM
It's always tulips, isn't it?

Anyway, I'm in a bad mood. I donated blood on Monday, something that's usually no problem, but then my period started right the day after. Now I'm too tired for archery practice. Which sucks, because one reason I like archery so much is because it let's me focus on just one thing for a few hours. Now I have nothing to distract me from my magazine related frustrations (Monday is the big deadline, but there is so much to do, but I can't do much because I need to wait for others to finish first and it's just all very frustrating!), which means I probably won't sleep that well despite being tired. Yay...

Maybe I should play some Tetris... That used to work (until I accidently turned into one of the country's best players and got bored with it)...
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 17, 2016, 10:11:36 AM
On a related country-names-note: Holland may not be what you think it is. The name of the country is the Netherlands (Nederland), which sounds sort of evil in English, like a mini-version of the Netherworld. Holland is just two of the eleven provinces (North- and South-Holland). However, these regions were super important during our Golden Age, so the name kind of stuck. The 'hol' part comes from 'holt', an old word for 'hout'(wood), but feel free to believe it comes from the Dutch word for 'hollow' ('hol'). ... Damnit 'Hollow Land' sounds pretty evil, too...
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