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1981  The Rest / General Discussions / Wow... this is a surprise. on: October 21, 2007, 03:44:54 AM
And the point is...? Seriously, why? What does this add to the story? I'm sure this news will make some slash fangirls very happy, but other than that... Pointless.
1982  The Rest / General Discussions / Work Stories on: October 19, 2007, 01:23:24 PM
Quote from: "Tooker"
Quote from: "Leyviur"
killing bunnies


Lalalala - I can't hear you...

/bunny owner


Rabbits are awesome. Mine likes to sit on my shoulder and I can walk around (even up and down the stairs) without having to worry about him falling off.

But back to the work related stories. Some kids need to be shot. A few years ago I took over my sister's paperroute, because had found another job and couldn't quit this one yet. It was the second week or so and two kids were obviously very bored. I think they were about 12-13 years old and they had been following me for a few streets, I pretended not to notice.

A few streets later I parked my bicycle against a tree, because I had to deliver some papers on foot. I didn't lock it, because the houses I needed to go to were all less than 10 meters away and this is a quiet and peacefull town. I went through my usual routine, the old folks behind the windows waved, I waved back, I greeted some lone dog and so on. The sun was shining and it felt like a 50's sitcom. Meanwhile, the boys snuck closer and closer to my bicycle, they were very obvious about it, but I pretended not to notice. Not until they tried to steal it atleast! I was back at the tree in three seconds, pushed one of them away and grabbed the shirt of the boy holding my bike. I forced them to tell their name, address etc and chased them away. Of course these were false, I know the neighbourhood pretty well and the adress didn't match the names.

A few streets later they were back again, but this time they tried to stay at a save distance. They followed me again for some time, I ignored them. I kept ignoring them until they started throwing rocks. I dodged most of them, but one of them hit my head. Luckily, bicycles with multiple gears are faster than idiots on loose sneakers. I threw both of them against the ground (no, that wasn't unfair, they may have been younger than me, but they were atleast the same hight, maybe even taller than me) as a warning and continued my route.

After a few quiet minutes they changed their strategy. From a safe distance, they started their name-calling. I wasn't impressed, there was little originality to be found, there were just a lot of fucks and cunts and age old curses. I ignored them and continued my business. They stopped cursing eventually, but they didn't stop shadowing me. Unfortunately for them, they made the mistake of staying within hearing range, not only did I overhear their complete conversation (which consisted mostly of bragging  about getting into trouble at school), I also heard their real names. With that information, it was easy enough to find out where they lived. I went to their house around dinner time, but nobody was home. I tried again later in the evening and again, no sign of life. I did see the kids hanging around near their house, but I lost interest at the end of my job and went home. I should have persued them longer, but with crappy parents like that they're going to end up in jail eventually anyway.
1983  The Rest / General Discussions / Work Stories on: October 16, 2007, 02:12:27 PM
Quote from: "Degolas"
Quote from: "Tomara"
Quote from: "Degolas"
I work in a pet shop, and therefore quite a lot of stupid questions. My favourite at the moment is: (Lady looks at the goldfish) 'Excuse me, do you sell jellyfish?'

Also, you might be aware that male rats have quite obvious genitalia. Aside from the fairly frequent screams of shock, I once had a lady screaming at me that one our rats had a tumour. I went over, had a look, then politely informed her, 'No, it's a boy.'


I worked at a petstore once. Worst job ever. The first day they had me clean all the fishtanks, including one with piranhas. These fish were very small and completely harmless, so I could stick my hands in the water, I didn't even wear gloves, because the owner didn't want to buy any. The customers kept asking me what I was doing and I always replied: "Oh, just cleaning the piranha tank."

The job gave me nightmares though. It was not thanks to the spiders, the gigantic dog with prominent teeth, the lizards or whatever no, it was because of the dead fish. While cleaning the filters I found several decaying fish and since I didn't have any gloves, I had to remove them with my bare hands. I had tried using a plastic bag, chop sticks etc, but that didn't work... Those dead fish still haunt my dreams...

What else...? The owner always had me do the dirty work and I didn't even get paid for it. Yay for internship. It wasn't all that bad though, at least one of the turtles thought he (she?) was worse off. It was suicidal, it always ended up on its back and if we hadn't turned it upright again every time, it would have died a long time ago.


Your pet shop sounds a lot more exotic than mine! Unfortunately we don't have reptiles or spiders or anything. I wish we did.

The dead fish really don't bother me, to be honest. I touch them all the time with by bare hands and it really doesn't bother me. Customers bring in dead ones all the time and ask me to check them over to see if they died of a disease or anything. They are quite slimey, but otherwise fine!


Well, those were fresh, the ones I had to touch were little Nemo's that had flopped right into the filters. Some of them were kinda... mushy and falling apart. How could they let this happen? Well, there is a small space between the fishtanks and the wall, this is where the filters are located. There is only enough room for one small person and my boss wasn't exactly small, so it would be difficult for him to check the back of the tanks himself. I arrived at just the right time to do the dirty work.
1984  The Rest / General Discussions / Work Stories on: October 15, 2007, 02:17:37 PM
Quote from: "Degolas"
I work in a pet shop, and therefore quite a lot of stupid questions. My favourite at the moment is: (Lady looks at the goldfish) 'Excuse me, do you sell jellyfish?'

Also, you might be aware that male rats have quite obvious genitalia. Aside from the fairly frequent screams of shock, I once had a lady screaming at me that one our rats had a tumour. I went over, had a look, then politely informed her, 'No, it's a boy.'


I worked at a petstore once. Worst job ever. The first day they had me clean all the fishtanks, including one with piranhas. These fish were very small and completely harmless, so I could stick my hands in the water, I didn't even wear gloves, because the owner didn't want to buy any. The customers kept asking me what I was doing and I always replied: "Oh, just cleaning the piranha tank."

The job gave me nightmares though. It was not thanks to the spiders, the gigantic dog with prominent teeth, the lizards or whatever no, it was because of the dead fish. While cleaning the filters I found several decaying fish and since I didn't have any gloves, I had to remove them with my bare hands. I had tried using a plastic bag, chop sticks etc, but that didn't work... Those dead fish still haunt my dreams...

What else...? The owner always had me do the dirty work and I didn't even get paid for it. Yay for internship. It wasn't all that bad though, at least one of the turtles thought he (she?) was worse off. It was suicidal, it always ended up on its back and if we hadn't turned it upright again every time, it would have died a long time ago.
1985  The Rest / General Discussions / CARMEN SAN DIEGO FOUND! on: October 13, 2007, 06:42:05 AM
Well, she has been traveling the world for over twenty years and her job is very stressfull, no wonder she has aged.
1986  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Fire Emblem DS!!!! on: October 13, 2007, 03:41:32 AM
Oh that. The first game didn't have any shamans, so I don't think you should expect any. There are other fun classes in the first (and third) Fire Emblem. For instance, commandeos can change into any allied character, mimicking all stats. There are also several mamkutes (but Chiki is the only useful one).

BTW I think the fifth game was the first to offer shamans as allies. You get exactly one of them and he sucks.
1987  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #9999 on: October 12, 2007, 03:51:54 PM
Yay, I finally had the chance to play some games again! Last weekend at Abunai! (a Dutch anime convention), I played Tetris against random people in the karaokebar. I didn't know half of them, but they were nice. One of the gophers even made some time to bring us a free energy drink. Several people took pictures and a film crew dropped by, but I was too busy to pay attention to them. I do hope to find that material, since I didn't pose for pictures while in costume and I was still wearing the outfit that evening, so it would be nice to have some pictures.
1988  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Fire Emblem DS!!!! on: October 12, 2007, 03:21:38 PM
Which class system did PoR use? I remember it had automatic promotions, but I can't recall any other major differences.

BTW I hope they remake Seisen no Keifu and Thracia 776 as well, those are my favorites.
1989  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Fire Emblem DS!!!! on: October 11, 2007, 02:29:48 AM
Yep, that the first Fire Emblem, I recognise the characters :) It would be so nice to be able to play that game without having to wade through Japanese text. The first time I played it, I missed half of the orbs and was unable to complete the game >_<

I wonder if this will be a remake of the first game or the third. The first half of Monshou no Nazo was a remake of the first game, the second half was a new story with a more mature Marth.
1990  The Rest / General Discussions / The video game difficulty discussion on: October 05, 2007, 01:20:02 AM
Normal difficulty for me, because it's usually just right. The only game I always play on hard is Valkyrie Profile, since it's allows you to experience most of the game and it's actually easier than easy mode. That game had a serious balance-issue...
1991  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So many games... So little time on: October 04, 2007, 12:31:12 PM
I welcome the break, I need some time to catch up.
1992  Media / Single-Player RPGs / So many games... So little time on: October 03, 2007, 03:10:29 PM
I focus on one game at a time. I don't play games that often anymore, because I have all kinds of new obligations and videogames from a major distraction for me. But when I do have the time and allow myself to play something, I usually go all out and finish a 40 hour RPG within a week.
1993  The Rest / General Discussions / The swag with games discussion on: September 24, 2007, 03:38:13 AM
Console games rarely come with extra's in Europe. Except for the SNES era, French and German publishers released practically all SNES RPGs in large boxes with complete strategy guides and it didn't cost a penny extra.

But now... Koei and Ghostlight include soundtracks quite randomly. I paid 3 extra to get a Digital Devil Saga 2 with soundtrack.
1994  Media / Single-Player RPGs / UK RPGFans listen up! on: September 19, 2007, 08:45:44 AM
Except for the original Valkyrie Profile. In the first game mages were often the best damage-dealers, because magic couldn't be blocked. And of course, Celestial Star was a great PWS. But in practically every other game mages were weak, because they were too slow and used to much MP, using warriors or perhaps a hybrid characters was much more efficient. Not that I would want to use a character like Sophia...
1995  Media / Single-Player RPGs / UK RPGFans listen up! on: September 18, 2007, 02:07:59 PM
Nice how you only adressed the people from the UK. You're absolutely correct though, Square Enix screwed up the distribution and it's next to impossible to find a PAL copy of either Valkyrie Profile game in any mainland country.
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