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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 18, 2016, 08:29:31 PM
Final Fantasy 3 is part of the ever growing list of FF games I didn't play. I tried my hand at the PSP remake briefly but couldn't handle the handheld and lost interest by the time the PSTV rolled around.

I just get this sense of dread each time I approach an FF title nowadays in the vein of "I know what to expect" even though that is a falsehood. I wish I could get over that because I once believed I would play every installment of the franchise but the older I get, I have my doubts.

That being said, I feel like the job system really shined in FF 5. I still wanna give the steam incarnation a whirl because I'm actually fond of the art direction. Yet still, I have a distinct sense of "been there done that" and I'm just unmotivated.

BERSERK THE GAME 3/ Level 96 in Lothric Castle and another boss down! Armored Dragonslayer (or some such armored something) fell to Lein the flunky black sword paladin in a single bout!!! Booo-Yah!!
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 17, 2016, 04:20:11 AM
So, I started Atelier Rorona.  Great music.  Cute characters.  Horrible battles, so far.

God bless you good sir.

That game legit bored the piss out of me.

I look back on it and realize Kevadu was right at that point when he was busting me for forcing myself to play games I hated. I literally did not enjoy a shred of that one.

Ok so MAYBE I'll concede that the characters were cute. **HARD TO DENY THE AESTHETIC**

BERSERK THE GAME 3 -- So there is apparently a mondo difficulty spike when you hit Lothric Castle and the Untended Graveyard. I feel like the game is finally as challenging as I expected.

DARKEST DUNGEON -- Ok condensed update. Week 13-15 Aeolus led a party out and Klyde led 2. No casualties and I'm finally getting some heavy hitters. Aeolus and Dice lead the pack as my highest leveled heroes. Arvis, Mesh, Glass, Tooker, Marius (Rana's paladin incarnate), Marie (Tomara's 2nd incarnation) Klyde, Star and D are my second string now. Just joining the pack fresh outta the stagecoach is Jermeister the Houndmaster.

Problem is, afflictions are mounting and everyone is becoming wonky in their own respects. More on this in future updates.

This game is like, the best thing to play for halloween. I feel I'm celebrating with all of you every time I turn it on.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 17, 2016, 04:07:57 AM
. Anyway think the eggs made me sick? Maybe they were bad. Maybe it's because I don't usually eat eggs so I've got some intolerance to just eating them straight.

Dude, it started innocently enough. After eating eggs my whole life and enduring other intolerance to various other sources of protein, eggs suddenly began making me innocently ill. Ya know, upset tummy and digestion issues. Now every time I eat em its like I got the plague and it lasts upward of 2-3 days.

I'm still on my beaker-made lab diet of artificial protein supplement foods at the moment. Never felt better. Had a bowl of ice cream over a hot fudge brownie with chocolate and caramel sauce I constructed entirely out of protein and fiber. It was the macro-nutrient equal to about 12 oz. lean chicken and two cups broccoli. That my friends, is why it is wonderful time to be alive. If only I knew in the year 2016 I could eat hot fudge brownie ala' mode (sp?) and still maintain my womanly figure... maybe I wouldn't have been so depressed in my teens. (I do have a penis and that was a bad joke for anyone wondering)
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: October 09, 2016, 05:07:16 PM
Really interested in LISA myself. Earthbound-ee and weird looking to the max, it was an appealing prospect to me for originality alone.

From what I saw it struck that lovely note of "pretty pixel art" for me personally. This is important because retro graphics could potentially come across as just ugly IMO.
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: October 07, 2016, 04:32:08 PM
** Squirms anxiously waiting for someone to pick a number **

** gets nervous no one is gonna pick a number fast enough to stave off ninja nerves **

** mutters 10 discreetly in disguised tone under a cough **
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 07, 2016, 04:24:42 PM
As i keep walking around the new town I can't help but stop and look at virtually every halloween store/display/attraction. What a fantastic time of year to be traversing on foot. The weather suits my journey (albeit getting chilly at night) and I feel like there is always something neat to look at it.

My gripe? WHY DOES CINNAMON BROOMS NEED TO BE A PART OF EVERYTHING!!! (I am allergic to cinnamon, fake cinnamon, cinnamon oil, cinnamon flavor et cetera.)

Saw Louis CK last night.  Man he is good

I missed an Alice in Chains concert recently and I am pissed off I didn't even know about it til after the fact! Not that there is much correlation between a comedian and a late 80's early 90's rock act but it reminded me none the less.

I never actually attended any comedy performances/shows come to think of it.

7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 05, 2016, 03:01:38 PM
Man, I've been a bad gamer lately. Life has compelled me in senses that have jeopardized my game time!!! After completing my personal and professional move recently there was just too much to journey about and explore (I travel everywhere on foot). I can't be certain but I know I ventured somewhere in the realm of a cumulative 80-95 miles in the last 4 days. That is a very modest estimate mind you, assuming I only ran/jogged a few hours of the distances traveled.

My body hurts but I've been having a blast.

Now, since we talk about food often here in the "haps" I MUST share something profound in my life. My gut health has been improving (as I'm sure anyone who has payed attention to any food related post I've made knows, I have had mondo issues in this respect). As it turns out, where I was prior had some serious environmental issues (hazards) making me a wee-bit worse for the ware.

In short, because of this ^^ I have reconnected with my first foodeborne love. THE SUGAR FREE PROTEIN BAR! Yep that is correct. There isn't a morsel in this world I fancy more. I've been that way since I was a little kid. Sugar itself turns my stomach but these franken-foods are heaven sent by my tongues measure and I never thought I'd be able to eat them again (its been quite a few years). So for the last 5 days or so I have lived off the bars and I'm sort of obsessed. I don't see this stopping. I'm a bar-addled fool and elated over it. Best of all, they don't compromise my womanly figure.

In all seriousness I may not eat anything other than sugar free protein bars until the next calendar year.
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: October 01, 2016, 02:51:14 PM
I have some adulting to do.

^^ I'm stealing that phrasing. I promise to give you credit.

I was adulting around for the last 5-6 days or I would have seen that and thanked you for the verbage sooner.

9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 01, 2016, 02:41:33 PM
ON the NINTENDO NX NOTE. I would just like to say that if the NX had the ability to play DS/3DS games on the big screen I would buy it immediately. That right there is the very move that would qualify me as a Nintendo Kid (or 30'something old Nintendo ninja) all over again.

BERSERK THE GAME 3/ I just made my way to the profaned capital and am REALLY appreciating the departure in DARK SOULS tone to more "horrorfic" in the present environs. Don't know if it would be as pleasing to me during another season but this is almost as "Halloweeny" as Bloodborne was to me (halloween perfect).

I am developing a slight gripe with Dark Souls 3 though to be honest. Mind you it is SLIGHT but too obvious to ignore. I feel like there are way too many obviously gimped/underpowered/useless weapons and abilities. Or more accurately, some just outshine the rest making it silly to stray away from a small percentage of available equipment and builds.

On the other hand, the game clearly favors my Melee oriented weapons/offense (which is how I wanted to play this anyhow) so the discrimination is sort of a boon for my build.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 26, 2016, 11:36:54 AM
@Natros.. Firstly I love your avatar right now. Been meaning to say that.

Secondly I concur on the majesty that is Rayman Legends. Not too many action platformers grab me like that title did but it really is brilliant by just about every measure. For what it is worth, take heed and continue to grab as many lums as possible. Once you reach endgame you really don't wanna have to go back and farm em from stages to unlock progression (not so fun).

On MARIO -- Mario has offered me some genuinely awesome gaming experiences and I have to tip my hat to the plumber. While my love of the franchise didn't necessarily grow along with me and my tastes in gaming, I've enjoyed nearly EVERY title I've picked up. From tennis to racing to Mario 3 to his transition in 64-bit 3-dimensional life I can think of no other that genre-hopped with such grace. All that aside however, my most recent experience with Mario 3D-World was truly remarkable in the sense that it was (at least in my mind) the perfect incarnation of the Mario formula. Don't deny yourself the pleasure of that one (3d-world) my friend.

LETTERQUEST Now that Halloween-gaming is officially on for this Klyde I tried out Letterquest Re-mastered. I didn't go in expecting much and what I found was one of the most charming bastard-izations of scrabble I've ever come across. I knew what I was signing up for but the game pulls it off with charm to the max.

In short, if you like scrabble, silly-halloweenee aesthetic and turn based pick up and play affairs LETTERQUEST does it with an extremely friendly UI and enough attention to detail to make it highly enjoyable.

Final note. If you stumble across/spell a word on accident, it lets you know AND you can check the definition right on screen to anything you spell. Silly as it sounds, I love this feature.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2016, 10:49:05 AM
Sometimes I feel like a complete ignorant fool because I have zero frame of reference when it comes to contemporary politics. I mean, I seriously turn a blind eye.

I read a ton. But for the life of me I can't animate an interest or habit of keeping up with any of it. When I spend an hour in the morning pouring over current news/event with a cup of coffee I immediately gravitate toward Nutritional/Sports Science, Health and Medicine, Tech Crap and gaming, a little fringe science/tabloid crap and I'm on to the day.

Part of me knows politics effects me in a very real way and another part of me erroneously believes knowing anything about it will make absolutely no difference in my life. **shrugs**

And yes, Tabloid news DOES make a difference in my life. At the very least it usually makes more sense to me than politics.
12  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 25, 2016, 10:40:11 AM
I'm double dipping here because no else posted since yesterday and an EDIT with an additional update to Ys seems more weird/confusing than a double post.

YS Ark of N. -- DONE!!!
Beating an Ys game is a special type of accomplishment because you really wonder when you start an Ys game if you will rage quit before the credits roll.

Now I haven't played each entry in the franchise yet, but of the 4 I have played this was by far the easiest. That isn't to say it wasn't challenging. It was certainly tough enough to keep me engaged but nothing produced the palm sweat quite so much as say, Ys 1. The biggest surprise was that the final dungeon and boss were the EASIEST parts of the whole enchilada.

What I really adored here was how much the title reminded me of Shining Wisdom from the Sega Saturn. Now I can clearly tell it was Wisdom that was influenced by Ys but regardless, the chronology in my own life made Ark of Napishtam a real throwback in terms of presentation which was just fine by me.

I played the PC/Steam incarnation which by my measure is the best way to digest this one, having sampled the PSP and PS2 versions in the past. I will, without a doubt, be playing all the Ys titles available through Steam with my DS4 controller. <--- This is my hands down vote for the best way to enjoy em'.

13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 24, 2016, 12:15:44 PM
Forgive me for playing "catch up" here.

I've been silenced from the internet for a few days due to my move but I can't let the puppy posts
go unaddressed.

In particular Dice, first and foremost, my sincerest sympathies.

Secondly, you touched upon something I feel is truly remarkable about our pets that I can relate too. That is, the unconditional love they offer.

My cat Pip, and my dog Interceptor were always there to love me through my scummiest of hours. I'd come home to the little shack I was living in at the time and no matter what caliber of loser/screw up I was during those days/years they greeted me like I was the king. It somehow made me feel like I wasn't the complete villain I was living my life as at that point in time. It was the only reprieve from the loneliness and ache I had during those years. And THAT type of love offered by our pets is often over-looked.

When my cat died, I was a mess for months. Could NOT walk by kitty treats without balling my eyes out. A few months later Interceptor died. I took off work to be with her in her final days. After that I realized upon reflection those two animals offered me a glimpse at a "perfect" love. A love of christian lore I never really "got" before. It is the model of compassion I wish I can exercise with my fellow humans more often.

Pets really do teach us, in execution what it is to love and forgive.

Given all this, and my own experiences with the matter, I really mean it when I say I understand the depth of loss one can experience when going through what you have.

I commemorate my pets by way of characters in my games whenever I have the chance. I try to think on their exemplary practice of patience and love with me when I'm feeling mad and condemning. Keep your pooch's love in your heart forever and celebrate it, as the way you post/spoke, I can tell it was profound.

Once again, my thoughts are with you on this one. Your pooch is in my prayers.

NOTE: I still don't have the internet and am in the process of getting moved/settled. It won't be turned on til this tuesday. I rigged up a hotspot with my phone and temp set-up to come visit RPGFan quick cuz, **withdrawals**. In short, if there is something post this message I should respond to and don't/can't for another 4 days forgive me.
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 24, 2016, 11:25:42 AM
Phantasy Star IV - Final report

I did it! I defeated my first Phantasy Star :D

It's weird, having grown up with Nintendo and Sony systems, Sega games always felt out of reach. It makes having finished Phantasy Star IV feel like a Very Important Thing.

I actually totally know what you mean with this statement. I just moved my business and residence in the last week, have been staying awake 30 hours + in a clip before napping to get the labor done in my "timestable/schedulde" and I still somehow feel like your accomplishment here puts me to shame. Mondo congrats on this one Tomara.

This was exactly how I felt when I finally played Terranigma a few years back.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 24, 2016, 11:22:03 AM
Golly, I've been stuck without my com/internet for a few days now due to "life" and not getting to come to the journal and post REALLY bugged me.

It is amazing how disconnected from life I feel when in fact I'm just disconnected from the internet/you guys.

That is probably a discussion better suited for " the haps ".


Well I think part of the reason I'm frustrated is because the annual holiday game drop is almost here and this game is really starting to feel never ending. Combine that with very little time to play due to school and work, and I'm really getting anxious to finish this one. I'm at the very end of Chapter 5, though, so I'm getting closer. Hoping to finish it by the end of the first week in October.

I am totally intimidated by long games ATM because I get very little playtime in myself. I get this. Its like you fall in love with a game, want to play all day, don't actually get to turn it on til the weekend and by then some other media has peaked your interest. Next thing you know it is two months later and you've only ticked away some odd 10-15 hour chunk of an 80 hour endeavor and you do the math. All the sudden ***discouraged***

YS ARK OF NAPISHTAM -- Highly disturbed by the techno-tastic music for one of the final dungeons. It's not bad per se but it feels like it doesn't belong. Rock-guitar-90's-fantasy-cheese tracks are just fine with me but this is NOT that. Minor gripe.

I think I'm nearing end-game just in time for a full on return to Dark Souls 3 and halloween gaming!!
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