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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2016, 12:07:32 PM
I never got into drinking sugary drinks... My favorite drink right now is lemongrass tea with cinnamon, ginger and pepper. It tastes a little like those fireball jawbreakers I used to eat as a kid.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2016, 05:27:09 AM
My cousin just had her third child, a little girl named Anna! It's awesome, but uhm, I wonder if they realise having both a Sven and an Anna is kinda... DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2016, 02:27:45 AM

What is this workshop? Is it online? I would buy gemstone-related things from you.  I'm a moonstone.  Sadly, no gem in my name.

We organise workshops for anime conventions where people can learn stuff like making amigurumi or Japanese braiding. Sometimes we have our own spot and are open all day, other times we're scheduled to hold classes. It's fun but exhausting, especially the amigurumi one. Most people have never held a crochet hook before and are bound to make lots of mistakes. Explaining the same thing over and over again is a big part of the job, but we spend a nearly equal amount of time encouraging people. The whole thing 50% explanations, 40% encouragement and 10% horrible, horrible puns.

And because it's always at anime conventions, there's all sorts of weirdness. Years ago, we had a class scheduled right after the big cosplay competition, and one of my helpers was in it. In fact, the ranked really high with her Madoka (final form) cosplay. She walked in exactly as she looked during the competitions, and we had to take off half of her costume before she could help out. The wings were particularly tricky. After that was done, we spend the rest of our time setting up for class and discussing carpet, because the carpet on the floor of the conference room we were in felt so amazing to our tired feet. It was so fluffy! We wanted to, like, make carpet angels or something, but then we remembered we were supposed to be adults...

Also fun is when moms drag their children to our workshops. There are always some attendees that are too young to go to conventions with parental supervision (most Dutch conventions require all kids under 13 to be supervised by an adult), but most parents get a little bored/tired after doing stuff their kids want to do all day, so they come to us. It doesn't always work out like the expect, though. One time, there was this tiny Zuko who turned out to be much better at crochet than his mom. Oh, and this one year we met The Best Mother Ever. There was this woman with her 14-15 year old daughter, and the lecturers and other volunteers ended up loving them. Even afterward we were like "Did you see them? The mother was super nice and supportive" "Did you see them? The girl was so sweet and adorable! Her cosplay turned out so well!"
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2016, 11:44:18 AM
I just complimented a new convention staff girl for responding to my e-mail within two weeks and I wasn't even being sarcastic. Dutch convention staff usually operate on the 'a wizard is never late' principle, so it's nice to see someone who's trying to stay on top of things.

On a side note, I just noticed my regular workshop helpers all have a type or metal or gemstone in their name, sometimes both. That includes me, by the way. I bet we'd make awesome magical girls.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 11, 2016, 02:48:12 PM

Oh yes I just was just thinking of that picture of the Dutch chocolate being poured away somewhere in the picture thread lol, it looked most impressive!

Oh yeah, the doomed chocolate! I actually went back to one of those stores last week. They're temporarily open again to sell remaining stock for low prices. And not just stock, they were selling everything that wasn't a part of the building. Bolted down or not, there was a price sticker on it! The building is huge and was always filled with products, people, fancy displays and so on, but now it's just empty, hollow and depressing...

I did buy Up on blu-ray for 4,50, though, so for me it was a good day.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: April 11, 2016, 02:40:53 PM
1. Trails in the Sky SC
2. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
3. Legend of Legacy
4. Stella Glow
5. Nights of Azure.

6. We Know the Devil
I needed something to fill a spot in a magazine ASAP, so I was like "To the Steam Mobile!" and grabbed the first visual novel that met these requirements:
-less than two months old
-not made in Japan
-under 10
-not too time-consuming
-not erotic
-not in early access

We Know the Devil is a short visual novel about bad kids who're bad because society says they are. It's about rejection, love and self acceptance. At summercamp in surrealistic version of our own world a group teens has to fend of the devil in an old cabin in the woods, which is easier said then done when there are arcade rituals to follow and the whole thing seems meaningless anyway. Worse, there are three of them, and the world is not kind to groups of three. One will be left out and it's for you to decide who that will be.

The writing is at times obtuse (punctuation and proper grammar are sacrified to simulate the way teenagers raised by the internet speak), but I would be lying if I said the game didn't leave an impression. While not everyone will be all that interested in the LGBT problems the teens are trying to face, the themes are actually very universal. Trying to be normal and failing again and again hurts. Nobody wants to chose between rejecting yourself or being rejected by society, but sometimes you have to lose something in order to gain something else. The true ending is pretty morbid but offers relief at the same time.
37  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 11, 2016, 12:56:51 PM
... Valkyrie Profile: Hrist is our Half-Life 3, isn't it?
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 11, 2016, 12:03:31 PM
Mobile is fine, as long as it's good and eventually ported to a console/handheld. Or PC. PC port is fine, too.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PS4 or Vita? on: April 11, 2016, 10:07:07 AM
Used Vitas are very affordable right now (try to get one with a large memory card!), and it'll let you play PSone and PSP games from the PSN Store. Even if support is fading*, there's more than enough games to play on it.

*Unless you're mostly playing games from companies like NISA and Bandai Namco, that keep spamming new Vita releases. I'm still getting more Vita games than I can reasonably cover!
40  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 10, 2016, 12:50:13 PM
That sounds like a good length, especially if the content is of high quality. It's not as if the first Star Ocean took any longer to play through.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 10, 2016, 02:11:30 AM
Female armor bingo
As far as I know this is the original one Bikini Armor Battle Damage - Female Armor Bingo but I've seen other versions as well.

Release dates
The more recent ones I thought I remembered I just checked on gamefaqs. As for the others... Remember the site with the logo-humping dragon? RPGamer's outdated design has some advantages: go to release dates en simply sort games by system, Released (or All) and the region you're in.

If you want something beyond RPGs, your best bet is to google something like: [name of large gaming site] new releases/release dates [month] [year]
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: April 09, 2016, 04:10:29 PM
I have faith now in this game because it comes out the same week as my birthday. No game released the week of my birthday has ever failed me.

Now I want to know what games were released around my birthday. Let's see...

Dark Cloud - Could be worse.
Fantasy Life - That one was okay.
Ayelier Totori - Perfect!
Fairy Fencer F - Meh.
Mugen Souls - Eh...
Disgaea D2 - Not bad.
Ar Nosurge - Another Gust game? Sure, why not.
Star Ocean 3 - Wait, really? I never knew. Probably because I already owned the American edition by then.
Golden Sun: The Lost Age - I wasn't that impressed, but many people thought it was the best thing ever.
Okage: Shadow King - Nice.
Grandia Xtreme - Well, it has a nice battle system, I guess.
Dual Hearts - I barely remember this one...
Tales of Destiny - Woohoo, a Tales game!
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - Fuck yes.

And this year I'll be getting... Final Fantasy 15? Yeah, I have about zero fucks to give.

(If European releases hadn't been available, games like Grandia, Suikoden II, Secret of Evermore and Symphony of the Night would have been on the list as well. Apparently late September/early October is a pretty classy time for niche game releases.)

I wish there were a site that lets you sort games by releasedate. I'd be fun to be able to check what games share your birthdate...
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2016, 06:55:09 AM

But yeah like I totally didn't know about those super different night/day cycles, I've basically never been out of the dark at 7-10 PM light at 6-7 AM sort of deal for pretty much my entire life. I think that would just freak me out lol!

Japanese guests at conventions make the same comment all the time! In the Tokyo are, the sun typically sets before 19:00, even in summer (they do have very early mornings, though), meaning most people don't see much sunshine after a regular workday. When they come here, they get another 3 hours of sunlight, and I've heard several mention how awesome it is to enjoy the evening sunshine with a nice glass of beer. It's like daytime drinking without the guilt.

On the other hand, it can seriously screw up your sleep schedule if you get short nights on top of a jetleg. I feel kinda bad for the Japanese guests who attend Scandinavian conventions...

I'm also sort of imagining chocolate factories littered about just for no other reason than to show off but I think that's part fancy and wild imagination.

The Netherlands aren't known for their chocolate. I'm not even sure if we are known for any kind of food... Liquorice, maybe, but we share that with several other countries.

Japanese guests at conventions do often like our fast food (which is like a big 'screw you' to culinary/cultural borders) and traditional foods (rich and comfortfood-like). I guess those things hit the sweet spot between 'familiar' and 'exotic', and well, they go well with beer.


Oh! Exercise yes that thing with the um *cough* running and jumping yes well as you can I um er I uh-

Yeah, I'm actually trying to get more active in recent times, hopefully sooner rather than later.

A long walk in nice weather works well if you feel you don't have the energy for 'proper' exercise. Just being outside and moving around is often enough to feel better.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2016, 02:30:18 AM
I'm intrigued to read your comments on the Netherlands Tomara, being from America much of the world is just kind of a big question mark, aside from what I read in books or wikipedia or something of course.

Thanks. If you have questions about or manga or game industry, just ask. I love taking about that stuff (as if that wasn't obvious yet) :)
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 07, 2016, 12:53:36 PM
I used to tutor kids and maths lessons were always in demand. A lot of kids did okay in primary school, but started to fall behind in secondary education when they were required to use everything they'd learnt thusfar, plus a bunch of new, more complicated stuff. The thing with maths is: once your foundation starts to crumble, it becomes next to impossible to catch up again. I spent a lot of time going over all the basics again, and that always paid off.

Why am I saying this? Because if what I've seen of common core, American kids are screwed (and tutors are gonna be rich!).

Teaching kids different methods to calculate something is fine and all, but common core uses very vague language (what was wrong with 'add' and 'substract'?!), which won't help the kids who are already struggling. On top of that, common core saddles more advanced students with a lot of busy work that'll most likely bore them to tears/make them hate maths.
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