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1  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.
2  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.
3  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'.

4  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.
5  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.
6  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!!
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2016, 06:22:44 PM
Klyde- how is the music in Chroma Squad?  I'm aware RPGFan's reviewer thought it was forgettable, but I want to hear how others found it.  Like, I read all the bad reviews for the Megadeth album Supercollider but then I listened to it and I actually liked it a fair bit. 


And because it MUST be posted... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJFvkUCXPLQ GO GO POWER RANGERS!!!!!

"THEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYY know, to only ever use their weapons for defense!!!"

Ahhh what a fantastic tune, wrought with my favorite flavor of cheese.

The Chroma soundtrack, IMO is fantastic. Thing is, it isn't fantastic in an MMPR OST sort of way. When I first posted about the title I mentioned Earthbound coming to mind and the soundtrack, in a lot of ways, is the reason for that. It is Sentai inspired for certain but very Earthbound'ish in tone if that makes any sense to you.

A subjective matter to be certain but I found the chiptune arrangement therein excellent. I'm not going jogging to this like I would be to the Ys OST's or MMPR but I will happily make ring tones out of some of this material and let it play in the back of my skull in the shower!

Reviews of albums are hit and miss for me so I get where you are coming from with the Megadeath example. Gavin Rossdale's career is wrought with albums that were not exactly well recieved and oddly enough Bush's sixteen stone (while great) is actually one of my LEAST favorite. I adore "The Science of Things" and "Goldenstate" waaaaay more and then thereafter I felt like his band Institute's single album had some of his silliest/best lyrics and writing.

Hurray! For the record, green is my favorite color. :p

One thing I will say, I MUST exercise creative control with team colors. My sixth ranger likely won't be green on account of it looking waaaaay to close to the Teal Ranger (Dice). Plus a sixth ranger being green could ONLY be Tommy in my mind. He was my favorite ranger growing up and is just too iconic for me!! LoL
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 18, 2016, 07:36:05 AM
Klyde, if you happen to get any additional ranger slots later on in the game, I'd like to put my name into the running for sixth ranger. :p

Since you my friend are the second to bring up the possibility of a sixth ranger, I'll divulge the evolution of my thoughts on the matter.

At first, it was gonna be Mesh. Quite simply every game I play has a Mesh just cause.

Then I secretly was gonna make Mickeymac the sixth because good ol' mickey was first to bring it up (surprise).

Finally after reflecting on it, I really felt like the sixth ranger should be a non-forum character. A) Didn't feel like I was playing favorites cause I could only pick one and B) not being part of the core ranger team it just felt appropriate.

But now you've thrown me a curve ball. How can I deny a brazen request to fill the parodied shoes of Tommy the Green Ranger? You've illustrated bravery in your willingness to volunteer good sir and that goes a distance with this ninja.

Only time will tell as the seasons roll on following halloween (we need to resume our regular scheduled program of Darkest Dungeon soon). This COULD of course all prove a mute point altogether considering I don't actually know there even will be a sixth ranger as I am not keen on spoilers. AND IF ANYONE KNOWS DON'T SPOIL IT

the cheery "we are all friends here!" grated on me.

The only thing I can't stand more than the "friends" schtick is romance/love/dating. Its a wonder I find any JRPGs to play at all ^_^
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2016, 01:33:57 AM
The other thing that kinda sucks is when you feel like you need to learn to love yourself, except you don't want to because that would mean giving something between tacit approval and acceptance to the parts of yourself you hate.

Speaking of things I hate that, I went to this thai restaurant last night and got red curry which I'm pretty sure is supposed to be like, reddish orange and not pink n FrOtHy.

that was... yeagh.

I swear this city is giving me fewer and fewer reasons to go outdoors. I can just dump a spoonful of gochujang into a bowl of microwave rice and corn and it's more adequate.

I feel like learning to love myself is dangerous and compromising. That is, there are most certainly aspects of me that deserve no slack. Then again, I think to myself "damnit, entertaining the notion that this variable is even a part of me that warrants disdain is in of itself negative and defeatist".

Ultimately at the end of the day forgiveness is what is truly of utility to me. The older I get, my capacity for forgiving myself is virtually the only sign of maturation beyond ever worsening posture, poorer vision and crumbling back teeth.

I'll never achieve perfect love for myself or for another, but forgiveness dips my toes in that pool.

Now PiNk frothy curry... that is just simply unforgivable.

Tonite marks the end of my first private self maintained studio/business. I just finished my last appointment to close the doors and tear down the place to move into the new establishment I'm setting up.

This is sort of surreal for me for a number of reasons both obvious and otherwise. I was a bit mixed up over how I felt but now I'm just anxious to get the labor over with. In fact I should be tackling that instead of typing but in truth KLYDE IS TIRED.

It is in instances like this I wish large doses of caffeine had some impact aside from just being numbing and front line defense against anxiety. Yes, for some reason post drinking black coffee since the age of 6, I now find the brew anxiolytic by nature oddly enough.

STUPID KLYDED FACT -- I can't fall asleep without two or three hot cups of black coffee directly before shutting my eyes. I sometimes like to chew nicotine gum while I drink them cause stimulating the nicotinic receptors in this fashion elicits primo-dream environs in my grey matter.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 17, 2016, 03:07:52 PM
I have depressing news. I've been put on an anti-depressant.

Those things scare the living daylights out of me.

I've been granted so many lovely "qualities" by professionals throughout my life.
-Clinically Depressed
-Obsessive Compulsive
-Ritualistic Obsessive Compulsive
-Over-Active Thinker
-Attention Deficit
-Avoidant Personality
And the list goes on.

Thing is, I wouldn't trade any of my "qualities" away even if I could. I feel like in some stupid way they work well for me professionally and I've come to terms with managing "me".

You are brave. I spent many years addicted to illicit substances and still won't/can't entertain the idea of anti-depressants. I never will. To those ends, I tip my hat to you for your willingness to "try".
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 17, 2016, 02:53:11 PM
Well, Chroma Squad is on my wishlist now.

You won't be disappointed. I feel like this game is one of a kind in all the right ways. In fact, I'd go so far as to say the only people who couldn't appreciate it on some level would be those who have a STRONG distaste for the following.

--Sentai/Power Rangers
-- Turn-Based gameplay
-- Retro-Graphics

Otherwise, this one is a win my friend.

Orange? Do I get a mecha?

(I love that one of the available colours is teal. That's so not primary!)

You being the Orange ranger was totally necessary for a few reasons. 1) The whole Tomara/Tomato thing you posted about in "the haps" (red looks too much like a cherry/berry in this palette). 2) I am the Purple ranger. Orange is the complimentary of Purple. We look good together and being an artist I can't help but take aesthetics into consideration. 3) This was dumb luck cause I didn't know it would pan out this way til the first season's end, but our Mecha comprise the right and left arms of the robot (making the complimentary colors all the more appropriate).

(Also, Klyde, I recommend checking out Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger for inspiration for your project here.)

That may very well be the coolest freakin' thing you ever told me about. Thank you.
12  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: Selling PS4 on: September 16, 2016, 01:44:39 PM
That is a great question.

I was wondering that myself when I heard they were going for big bucks on e-bay. I mean, my train of thought is you need to forfeit your account essentially right? I always assumed that was why they were fetching thousands of dollars.

That is, your not just getting additional value for PT but your selling your PSN account and ALL digital content. Which then enters the realm of "strictly against sony's terms and conditions" hence this type of thing became a craigslist affair.

I am certain there is NO WAY to transfer ownership of digital property from one account to another so no matter what work around someone cleverly drafts up, you are still in violation and running a risk in the event that you can still keep your account.

In short, I wouldn't do it UNLESS I was completely comfy selling my account and even then it would have to be to someone trusted as I'm certain the potential for something fraudulent occurring thereafter exists far beyond what I know of/could predict.

Sony is quick with bans when it comes to funny business. I don't believe there is any way to do this without rule breaking being involved. Thus, I simply wouldn't do it. I'm sure that wasn't the answer you were looking :( Sorry.

13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 16, 2016, 12:46:57 PM
@Klyde The real question is...who is gonna play the brain-washed friend-turned-enemy that will eventually become an important ally?

...I don't wanna say my guess outloud, so...actually, don't spoil it! I wanna see if I'm right!
What I can say, is if more characters enter the game (which in truth I don't know, because I look up nothing ahead of time, although given MMPR story it would make sense...) I may make them NoN-RPGFan cast members because that somehow seems appropriate to me. Not being part of the initial "core" cast and all that. I have a slew of characters that pop up in most my games. I like including a "Lein" in my games and even use that as an alt. name in real life when I have reason to. I also tend to always have a "Zak", "Aeric" and "Xerina" in most games where possible.

But only time will tell what is to come for the Chromateers!! As Season 1 draws to a close, this will be "to be continued" likely til post halloween for me. Halloween gaming is Mondo-Important to me and virtually everything I play/watch after this week will be in that vein.

This is also somewhat appropriate. I remember as a kid being taunted with a few eps of MMPR and then having to endure some terribly long scheduling hiccup and a rotating time slot for the rest of the season to be aired. Now with that said, the report.

CHROMA SQUAD -- SEASON 1 DONE -- I really couldn't put this down the last few days after deciding I just was gonna "sample it". I want to go over some highlights but I don't want to spoil the shenanigans for anyone who may pick this up in the future. So without being spoilerific...

--The game is actually VERY challenging right from the door. Don't let its playful guise fool you. This is a great "pro" for me but luckily, should it be a "con" for anyone, the difficulty is adjustable.
--Mecha battles truly ARE some of the coolest 8-bit graphic segments (with mega enhanced palette) I have ever seen. I mentioned yesterday being impressed but it is in these segments that I feel retro-style hits the highest note of contemporary caliber.
-- The game feels great being played with a mouse but AWESOME with the steam controller (for anyone who has taken the college level course to learn how to use the device).
-- Here comes the rarest point of all. The game actually made me chuckle a bit. Yea. I'm not a laugher. I have a hard time digesting comedy. This title scores major point for actually making me think to myself "that was funny" and smile.

Sweet, I'm Black!

Wait, what is this?  Is this a real thing and is it really called Chroma Squad?  Is it... named after YOU?

This is indeed a real thing my friend. Check it out on steam. It has been picked up for console port so I figure the royalties should come a' rollin in any time now! ^__^
14  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 15, 2016, 01:47:40 PM
I've been pretty stagnant in the game journal for a while, but I needed to pop in to unequivically state that Ys SEVEN on hard is harder than Oath in Felghana/Memories of Celceta on hard.

I've been housed at least once by every boss since that shitty one-on-one fight in the coliseum

Totally giving me things to look forward to right here ^^

CHROMA SQUAD -- Had to try this out. Maybe it is because it is fall and as a kid in the elementary school there was nothing more riveting then the new season of Power Rangers. Maybe it is because Tomara's thread about her steam backlog inspired me. Maybe the reason simply boils down to the fact that there was NO purple ranger in the first 3 seasons of MMPR and I always wanted one.

This game is spectacular. That is, if MMPR meets Earthbound with a dash of X-Com-bat sounds spectacular to you.

Here is comes folks. Meet the cast.

THE LEADER -- White Ranger -- Aeolus.
THE TECH SAVY -- Black Ranger -- Arvis
THE COMBATIVE -- Purple Ranger -- Klyde
THE ASSIST -- Orange Ranger -- Tomara
THE SUPPORT -- Teal Ranger -- Dice

The game allows you to customize the entire Rangers production naming your powers, transformations, et cetera. Even the Studio itself, which you run, is directly under your creative control. All in top notch 8-bit form. Seriously, this has to be some of the best retro-NES-presentation I've come across.

The gameplay itself adds some unique elements to the isometric grid based battles by way of trying to achieve audience/fans by meeting specific criteria each fight. Each battle is an episode and if you follow "directors orders" you get a better result. This is a brilliant way to lend a more strategic angle to the otherwise simple gameplay.

All in all, I'm mega-impressed and looking forward to seeing what elements the game throws into the mix as I progress.

NOTE: No one feel bad that Aeolus got the lead in my game. I vaguely remember him astounding me at some point in the past with his knowledge of the Super Sentai somewhere on the boards here and thus it only seemed right.

15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 15, 2016, 12:57:03 PM

*Various Final Fantasies, Tales of Phantasia and Destiny, Lunar, Grandia, Terranigma, Star Ocean - all the cool kids has either an important character or an entire town turned to stone (well, okay, or crystal, in the case of Terranigma). I do understand why it's was popular: it's like death, but you can fix it (well, usually anyway). It's the perfect level of drama for games aimed at young players.

Brilliant point. I never really thought about it that way.
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