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1  Media / The Soundroom / Re: I wrote music for a high school percussion ensemble (performance video inside) on: Today at 03:17:58 AM
Nice. Well, it was a pleasure to listen to. Thanks for sharing!
2  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: April 30, 2016, 02:23:47 AM
So... where're we at these days? I need to stay up to date henceforth so I can finally get a suggestion in on the podcast, or, you know, weasel my way onto it with my sultry thespian vocals!


Hey you, if anyone's gonna weasel their way on to this podcast, it's me!  Step off!

Haha! You tell me, Arvis!

On that note, kudos on all your song reviews! Really great way to keep up to date on the tracks listed in the podcast, it's appreciated!
3  Media / The Soundroom / Re: I wrote music for a high school percussion ensemble (performance video inside) on: April 30, 2016, 02:13:02 AM
That was lovely! Nice work!

I didn't recognize all the musical pieces, but it was well done!

Was it all original, what you wrote? Or adapted?
4  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Any Anamanaguchi fans out here? on: April 30, 2016, 12:11:19 AM
Anamanaguchi is hecka rad.

I agree with Stephen that Mermaid's pretty tight. Dawn Metropolis has some really great core tracks, with Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues easily being my favourite track for a long time. Afterwards, with Power Supply, I found it was more of the same, though none really stuck with me like DM did. Still, it was more of the same, which is mostly a good thing.
With Endless Fantasy, I really dig that they innovated a bit. It also makes for a fantastic live set. You can really groove to that music. It shows the band can mature, change up their flavour while still maintaining their chippy roots. The titular track, Endless Fantasy is now my new fave. That song just makes me want to grab my partner by the hand take on the world in a way no one can stop.
Seeing them life was definitely one of the highlights of my days and their music just fills you with unbridled joyousness. They also seem like pretty rad doods.
I am always grateful I was recommended in their direction, as they just make good music and exposed me to the chiptune universe. It's impressive the depth of emotion and scope they can capture with the medium, which honestly should be unsurprising to me considering how masters like Uematsu were doing it on the NES and such back in the day.
Also, this:
It helped that SPvsTW is a perfect homage to Crash n' the Boyz/River City Ransom style beat em ups.
Yes. Very yes.
5  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: March 15, 2016, 11:09:24 PM
Hey! Need to dust off my forum account, and what better place to do it than here?

I finally got not-shitty-headphones new headphones so I can hear podcasts again! Hizzah!

I've gotten myself entirely caught up with the exception of MotY 2015, and I gotta' say, it's been fun.

I'm sad to see Derek go, but Mike and Caitlin's consistent presence is great. Plus, I never tire of your segues, Stephen.

There's been a lot of great music poured into my brain this past month as I shotgunned, like, 8 or so episodes, and it's all been pretty on point. Being introduced to some new stuff has been fantastic, and I'd like to go back over the show notes and, you know, remember.

Also, Stephen, word up on Palpota Harbour. You know where it's at, sir. I need to get that arrange album.

So... where're we at these days? I need to stay up to date henceforth so I can finally get a suggestion in on the podcast, or, you know, weasel my way onto it with my sultry thespian vocals!

As always, great work, and continue it! A joy to listen to.
 
6  Media / General Games / Re: Yoshi's Wooly World on: October 23, 2015, 02:25:08 AM
I think what *actually* sealed the deal (since I'm not actually amiibo-crazy) is the co-op. :D

How does the co-op play? I'm very much wanting to nab this title. It looks and feels a lot like Kirby's Epic Yarn. Does the co-op play the same way? NSMB-esque?
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommend me some RPG Maker games! on: August 27, 2015, 06:25:47 AM
Paradise Blue and Hero's Realm are two pretty rad titles, if you like homages to the original Final Fantasies. Both lovingly put together, in my opinion, especially Paradise Blue. I've sadly been unable to beat Hero's Realm as there seems to be some weird bug with trying to run it in Windows 8 or something. The walking speed gets all messed up and the site's proposed "fix" doesn't seem to work for me.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A rant OR what bugs me about Nintendo on: July 29, 2015, 02:50:54 AM
That would be a pretty stellar feature, honestly.

It would be a very advanced version of Super Gameboy, essentially. I already think it's great that they've been porting GBA games to the system, to play on the big screen (sweet, sweet Minish Cap...), but this would have completely opened up the console's potential that much more, for sure. Perhaps, with the New 3DS, it's something that's built in that will work with the NX? Or with their new focus on mobile gaming? Time will have to tell, but this fun concept is, sadly, to be put behind us...

I really wish the Wii U had done better. It is really a solid console with lots of potential, but suffered, again, from people not really knowing what to do with it, aside from Nintendo. Even though they are really open to indie devs working on it! It's a shame, really.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: July 24, 2015, 03:03:30 AM
That's one reason I liked Tales of Destiny.  In that game, every house in every town had a full bathroom with a toilet.  Even the airship had a toilet.  The whole lack of toilets in JRPGs was a major plot point in our infamous round robin: http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=14636.0

There is a lot to be said for this! It has been really frustrating playing so many JRPGs where basic human needs were so heedlessly overlooked! Where do you eat!? There are 5 of you! There aren't any beds!

In fantasy JRPGs, I can forgive the lack of restroom because, let's face it, most peasants did it in a dirt trough out back. But in something more modern, no excuse, yo'.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Looking for Group on: July 24, 2015, 02:59:59 AM
The downside is that it is pretty time intensive being in three campaigns (two of which are bi-weekly and one which is weekly) as it means I usually have to reserve two evenings a week for roleplaying.

Yeah, I was wondering, since I have a hard enough time staying committed to one and an half!

I've been playing with the same group largely for four years now, and we've done most of one campaign, that I joined midway. We've had some stops and starts since then with trying to nail down a new core group and having odd scenarios preventing things from moving forward. We've started a new 3.5 game from the Sunless Citadel collection of books, and it's going all right so far. We'll see where it goes. This group is very invested in role-playing, which I've always enjoyed. My DM is a great storyteller, and is very committed to immersing his players as much as possible, which has kept me with the group for so long. Everyone else's commitment to that immersion has helped, too. I'm rocking a Lv. 4 whisper gnome wizard. I've never done the wizard-thing, so it's a fun new task. In the past, I've tended towards rangers, but I mixed it up with this group. In the last campaign, I had an human bard, and he was pretty rockin'. Both literally and figuratively. I miss being a charismatic wonder *sigh*

As far as online play goes, I've not done it yet. I'm intrigued by it, but I know I'd have a hard time committing to it at this point in my life. My focus is demanded too much elsewhere, really. I've had a hard time just playing tabletop games and such with friends that I used to see on a weekly basis a year ago! It's crazy! I want my Twilight Imperium time back, dangit!

At any rate, I like D&D a lot. I've also recently had the pleasure of trying out the new FATE: Core system and I really want to play more with that. The new Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG system has a very FATE feel to it's mechanics as well, and I'm jonesing to run an adventure in that sweet, sweet galaxy far, far away. Another RPG I've done, that's purely storytelling, is Fiasco, and it's a riot if you're quick with a bit of improvising and fleshing out ridiculous characters/stories. Check it out for a night of storytelling. Since playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution/Shadowrun Returns, I really want to try an adventure in Shadowrun as well. I'm curious if anyone here has! I'd like to hear about it!
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: July 14, 2015, 08:22:32 PM
Finally, beginning your adventure in Pallet Town is always memorable for me. Even though it makes NO sense because there aren't enough homes for the amount of people there. Nor bathrooms. Or beds. But whatever. It's where it all begins and it has stuck with me for some reason.

Plenty of SuperNESes though.

HA!

Maybe they're fancy foldout SNESes!?
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: July 13, 2015, 01:00:09 AM
Oh! This IS a fun topic! I'm late to the party, but whatever. Lots of great towns mentioned here, for sure.

For me, I really like Rabanstre in FFXII. It sets up that game so nicely, and is so vibrant and full of life. The music is fun and lively and makes you want to hustle about it.

Also agree that Alexandria in FFIX does as timmyFd said in setting the tone.

Finally, beginning your adventure in Pallet Town is always memorable for me. Even though it makes NO sense because there aren't enough homes for the amount of people there. Nor bathrooms. Or beds. But whatever. It's where it all begins and it has stuck with me for some reason.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game that took you the longest time to finish on: July 13, 2015, 12:51:48 AM
I'm surprised that Zelda is a recurring one.
I thought people liked Zelda games =P

It is strange, but seems to happen, like it was said, because of the "slog point". I've not completed Spirit Tracks because of this yet.

However, as much as I've been enjoying it, I've not finished Dark Souls since I started it 2 years ago, because I took a break to go through something with more story, but haven't taken time to go back to it.

Also, I'm guilty of having started Legend of Dragoon about 10 years ago and not finishing it either yet, so... I feel that...

Then there's Rune Factory Frontier. My on again, off again love-affair. And Torchlight II.

Jeebus, I need to finish some junk!
14  Media / General Games / Re: Massive Chalice Kickstarter on: July 13, 2015, 12:38:10 AM
As to the above statements, I know nothing.

I, however, did Kickstart this beauty piece of work, and it was a joy to play throughout beta, to watch it grow, and it's rad now that it's finished. I loves me some X-Com, but the ways they have added to the formula are really interesting. It's got that darned addictive 'just one more turn, oh hi, 5 a.m. thing going on' because you just want to know, WHAT'S GONNA' HAPPEN!?!? With the bloodlines, and random events, and births and deaths, it's all so cool! Love the spin on the formula. I recommend it to everyone!
15  Media / General Games / Re: No Man's Sky -or- Meet Yoda in the Stars. on: July 12, 2015, 11:39:47 PM
*blows dust off account*

So, this game. THIS. GAME. When I saw it at E3 2014, it sold me on a PS4 (when I can afford it). What they showed this year made me yearn for it more. Horizon didn't hurt either.

This looks like everything I wanted from Freelancer and more. I'm pretty stoked to just hop in my vessel, meet up with some folk, and make some sort of, oh, I dunno', trek, we'll say, across the stars, if you will. As a sort of... star... trek... Sounds like fun, no?

I hope it doesn't go all Spore on us and not live up to it's potential, but with hardware capabilities being what they are, and learning from the mistakes of others, this should work out, I imagine. Don't ya' think?
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