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31  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.
32  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.
33  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.
34  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)
35  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.)
36  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.
37  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.
38  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.

39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 20, 2015, 08:41:44 AM
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.
40  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).
41  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:

42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2015, 04:48:44 PM
You do not want to see my lunches back in high school... I could eat so much food back then without gaining any weight. Heck, I ended up losing some when I ate more "reasonably" for a month or so.

Still, I'm glad I adjusted my habits as my lifestyle changed from 'high school student who races home (all 10+ km) to play videogames' to 'videogame journalist who hasn't been outside in like, two days'. My meals are a little healthier and the portions a little smaller, I use my exercise bike nearly daily (now I can ride a bike while I play videogames, hah!), that sorta stuff. I can't imagine how hard it must be make drastic changes.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2015, 03:26:20 AM
No, no, no, less talking about weights, more talking about girls! I'll be disappointed if this doesn't turn into Gym Man.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 17, 2015, 03:23:54 AM
Who even has personal landlines anymore, for that matter?

I do.

I make most of my regular phone calls through it. I do have a mobile phone, but that one is mostly for when I'm away from home the most of the day. The very idea of having to answer the phone whenever someone calls (or just hearing the ringtone out of nowhere for that matter) puts me on edge. And the mobile phone is mostly used sending texts, because it's old and the sound is all weird.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 16, 2015, 11:33:56 AM
We held a little epic crochet bootcamp thing at my place this weekend and basically spend 20 hours:
-crocheting granny squares for our secret project (we made over 400 of the 899 we need)
-drinking tea
-watching anime on crunchyroll

Since no one had a premium account, we had to watch commercials and for some reason they were all American. Here is what we learned:
-Some people have a hard time seeing the difference between black men and Smokey the Bear
-Despite Smokey's best efforts, forests are constantly on fire
-You should totally take your kids to a forest, it'll be fun!
-Those kids better be adopted!
-Also, adopt some pets
-You can buy treats for your pets and have life insurance!
-There is not enough food in the US to feed everyone except there is, maybe
-Everyone is poor because they don't understand things cost money
-In order to save money, men will once chase down a man-pig and sexually assault it on a weekly basis. This is encouraged.

It made that anime about donut-animals shaped in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo seem normal.
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