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1036  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 30, 2012, 03:55:27 PM
Doing some side quests before I tackle Ghardia Shaft (again), first attempt at it ended pretty miserably, lol

I too am tackling the side quests at the moment and let me just say..... sandshroud ruins puzzle? yea..... that sucked away an hour and fourty five minutes of my life... and I still needed a mapped out path even after I figured it out due to the mechanics of that final color puzzle so I could arrange the switches ahead of time and not screw myself...... Kudus to ToGF, as that proved to be the most challenging puzzle I've encountered in a long time.... and man I did not see that coming at all given how easy the earlier puzzles were....

I feel as though I've done enough to move on now but I like this game so much I'm tempted to FAQ-it to catch what I've missed.... I haven't felt like that about a game in awhile..... Even Xenoblade, by the end of it, I was so fetch-quested-out I could care less about what I was missing and just wanted to finish it....

EDIT: So I finally concluded I was through with all I could find on my own after hours of trying to figure out what to do with certain things in my inventory that didn't make sense to me.. decided to FAQ-it to see what I was missing..... much to my surprise, save a few town-item-requests, some titles I could care less about, a title for malik (I do care about missing although he was my least favorite character) and a swimsuit I didn't miss anything! That means it is time to off the main arc of this baby today!!!! Maybe this should be in the game journal.... oh well, I'll be heading over there once I am through.....

A FINAL WORD: I find it safe to say at this point that this is, by far, my absolute favorite PS3 exclusive title yet.... I can honestly say, in a world where the JRPG is becoming something....well.... something that is not quite as sacred as it once proved to be here in the west.... The Tales series has not disapointed me in the least... In fact, this month I'm gonna go buy an x-box just to play vesperia as its the only member of the franchise I've yet to indulge. Good stuff here, good stuff indeed.
1037  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your very own Klyde Chroma is now a TV personality... sort of on: April 30, 2012, 03:36:59 PM
If I ever got a tatoo, I would get an asian style dragon coiling around my arm starting at my shoulder and going down to my hand, with the top being the dragons top jaw flames down each finger.  I dunno if you can get the bottom of your hand tatoo'd as well, id modify the idea some.

But cool stuff man, the only time I got on TV was when I killed this one dude and stuffed his body in an ice cream freezer...I mean, Ive never been on TV >_>

I love to do asain style dragons.... this was one of my favorites I got to do :)



As for the bottom of the hand, it isn't so much that it can't be done as it is VERY difficult to get to heal properly and "stay" . ink tends to suffer from something called "cellular migration" and it is pretty nasty on fingers, palms, and the soles of your feet and once again that is IF you can get it stay at all... there are techniques that can be employed during the tattooing process which do increase the probability of it holding up, however whether or not it still looks pretty in even a month or two depends on how little you use your hand and how infrequent you can manage even opening and closing it for a good while)....

Very cool Kylde, I imagine the stuff I sculpts I got from you are worth even more now...... :)

Someday I will increase the value of the sculpts a great deal for you my friend.... unfortunately you will probably have to wait until I'm dead, even if I do foster some acclaim in my lifetime, as that is typically when most artists work is worth anything to write home about-LoL
1038  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your very own Klyde Chroma is now a TV personality... sort of on: April 29, 2012, 11:48:19 AM
I think that's the first time I've actually heard someone use the word "eclectic" out loud.

I must say that I acredit my vocabulary entirely to the fact that I poured over Tolkien novel's, Discworld novels, played text-based MUDs and RPG's loooong before there was such a thing as "voice acting" in video games, all well before my comprehension was appropriately developed for such.... I remember always having a pocket dictionary with me for these endeavors as a young child because it drove me nuts not knowing what words meant..... I still have quite the collection of handy little pocket dictionaries might I add.....I was a strange kid... I never grew out of any of that come to think of it.... including the "being strange" part :P

That is pretty cool. Looks like you stayed cool and calm under pressure, I would have been all, "I....errr....welll...ummm.....tattoos?"
Yeah, I pulled a goof ball move on live t.v. ("hey, hey, LOOK AT THIS"), yours was way more noble... :(

That'd be a pretty cool convention to check out though...  Always  love a good tat, even if I wouldn't get one.  That, and some of the work people get done is out of this world.


Thanks for your kind words friends but in truth I typically am, in most respects, a complete klutz and embarasment to myself.... clumsy doesn't even do it justice... I'm like a walking hazard... communication, speaking and art are the few respects were I tend to shine on occasion.... otherwise I'm something of a sentient trainwreck with interesting hair.

@ Dice: Love of the tat tis the seed from which all ink is born my dear :) I once thought I would never EVER (even working as artist) want to get a tattoo.... now the only spots not adorned with something are my right arm and most my torso (saving em for few particular artists with very long waiting lists).... The thing that always turned me off about them was the permanence of the whole thing.... Once your around em long enough though, you start to realize (especially working as an artist) they are really not quite as permanent as you think, and when that happens apprehension disappears and one day it just seems like the thing to do for the hell of it. Next thing you know your freakin' hooked-LoL
1039  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: April 28, 2012, 11:56:27 PM
I don't what it is about trophies.... in theory I think they are stupid... just plain silly and pointless really.... but I will be the first to admit to my elation when I earn one... why? well that is what I don't know I guess..... I love that it is linked to my facebook and everyone one of my clients whom have friended me to see my tattoo work get an aggravating update on their smart-phone of my latest digital accomplishment :)

Anyhoo.... finally at the end of Tales of Graces F, or so it seems... tying up loose ends and side-quests and whatnot... man, I gotta say, this game has not let me down at all yet... even the end-game-sidequesting is proving to be awesome fun and adequately challenging, yet not so much so that I have been tempted to look up one thing yet... just enough to keep me heavily engaged

In other news Final Fantasy Friday this week marked to procuring of two new eidolons in FF 4 CC. Asura and Leviathan and, might I add, they proved to be hella-difficult... I decided to fight asura first before getting reflect... dumb move....

Lastly I am currently in the process of attempting to thwart the extermination of our pointy eared friends in suikoden.... I forgot how amazing this game was...

I feel like I'm spoiling myself with great gaming lately, and it is lovely :)
1040  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your very own Klyde Chroma is now a TV personality... sort of on: April 28, 2012, 08:00:18 PM
Cool shit man

thanks man! I was pretty stoked about it! I appreciate you taking a gander :)
1041  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Website/resource suggestions for game and anime related imagery? on: April 28, 2012, 05:23:30 PM

That is as visually valuable as forum threads come.... thank you so much :)

PS: For anyone else seeing this of remote interest in this stuff, this is proving to be a perverbial treasure trove of imagery here guys... Check these suggestions out if your interested in the like.
1042  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your very own Klyde Chroma is now a TV personality... sort of on: April 28, 2012, 03:19:46 PM
Yea "traditions elite" is the name of the shop I work at..... don't ask what it means.... I didn't name the place... and to this day, I still can't figure it out...
1043  The Rest / General Discussions / Your very own Klyde Chroma is now a TV personality... sort of on: April 28, 2012, 02:58:22 PM
Hey guys, I made the news!!! Sorry to create a throw-away topic like this, but well.... I was excited... I was never on the news... well for anything good that is... LoL

http://wnep.com/2012/04/27/electric-city-tattoo-convention/

I had to work a convention yesterday and they interviewed me and used a segment of it to kick off the broad-cast.... and holy-heck do I look bad-LoL.... still fun for me none-the-less

Ok, and so that ends the pointless throw-away post. You can all ignore this now.
1044  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Website/resource suggestions for game and anime related imagery? on: April 27, 2012, 04:31:29 AM
Safebooru.org

Freakin' awesome site, can't thank you enough!

minitokyo
anime-paper
konachan (NSFW)
desktop nexus
pixiv (can be annoying to sort through)

Stellar suggestions! I've been browsing minitokyo for hours! Many thanks :)
1045  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 25, 2012, 06:22:08 PM
Mondo thanks for the advice Aeolus!! You actually made things easier because HSotD is one of the shorter series on my list and what I was initially inclined to check out first anyhow, so I will actually do that one first before moving on the magical girl stuff...

Berserk vs. Slayers vs. Magic Knight Rayearth eh..... that is a tough one.....  I would say Magic Knight Rayearth is definately the weakest of the three but if you dig nineties fantasy anime as much as I do you'll love it all the same :)..... Berserk is one of my favorite series of all time, though as Aeolus said, waiting for another installment of the manga is rough.... luckily playing catch up takes a little bit if you pace yourself seeing as how there are like 20 volumes of manga beyond the covered story arc of the series.... Berserk also sports some of the most shocking twists and turns in a fantasy anime plot I've ever witnessed, as well some of my all-time favorite characters and battles, so I suppose I'm highly partial to berserk.... Slayers is great, don't get me wrong, I've watched all but the very last season and have enjoyed all of it, but its just no Berserk to me... no sir...

My final word on the matter is this... if you want something more lighthearted and traditionally "anime", go Slayers.... if you want something that is gonna really grab you, take you for a more serious  adventure and are in the mood for something darker and deeper go Berserk. Either way watch both Berserk and at least the first 3 Seasons of slayers and then at the end of it, don't forget MKR

As for dougram and dancouger..... I got nothing.... not familiar I'm afraid
1046  The Rest / General Discussions / Website/resource suggestions for game and anime related imagery? on: April 24, 2012, 07:28:13 PM
I'm looking to acquire/expand on my image library of high resolution anime and RPG illustration and graphics.... I love collecting wallpapers, sprite graphics, original game illustration et cetera..... Particularly the wallpapers because the resolution is usually good enough for me to make poster prints for my house and tattoo room.... and so I was wondering if you guys had any decent resource suggestions for the aquisition of such. I have naturally already done google searches for "rpg walls" and "anime wallpaper" and the like and browsed a number of sites but there are A LOT of them. So do you guys have any go-to places for this type of stuff?
1047  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Record of Agarest Wars 2 LE.... and its coming out in the US... on: April 24, 2012, 12:46:49 PM
Well I haven't had an erection in almost 3 years now

A) Too much info, B) maybe you should see a doctor about that, and C) perhaps your ailment is being afflicted by the very thing you're defending.



E:F;B!

I unfortunately I have to see doctors far too often and they are well aware of my condition... or more accurately a side effect of how  hormonally retarded I am as a result of my condition.... I was diagnosed with, when hospitalized for a week a ways back..... ready for this one.... "Non-renal metabolic alkalosis, with a standard anion gap hypothyroidism, indicating failure and malabsorption".... long story short, most foods are like poison to me, my diet is limitted as hell, I can't get it up, I lost like 60 pounds, and my central nervous system occasionally feels like there is a cannon being shot through it...... all that aside, the worst part is I have to take a loop diuretic in dosages twice that of my 87 year old grandmother or I swell up like an italian sausage to the point where I experience pulmonary edema..... I have to see two seperate sets of doctors because the ones in my area are only competent enough to take my bloodwork every few weeks, while the others I correspond with are specialists a state away.... They claim that ultimately what has really occured is not hypothyoidism per se' but more or less my thyroid "shut off" and most of its functions in regard to digestion had been assumed by my hypothallamus.

..... now given all that, you can see that erections really are the least of my troubles.... quite honestly I've found my complete lack of sex-drive to be awesome.... you have any idea how much money I've saved without having a girlfriend for the last 3 years? or how much time I've been able to devote to my career and gaming? in other words, the way I see it now, the loss of my ladibo has been the only bonus is this mess...

...let this be a lesson to all the kiddies reading this by the way... take care of your body.... don't abuse the hell out of your body when your young and you won't feel like your 26 with your 65th birthday on the horizon....

But that is enough of that, back on course, the topic is not "Klyde's Pickle" and I don't mean to turn it into such :)
1048  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Boot Hill Heroes on: April 24, 2012, 12:27:08 PM
Strikes my fancy indeed.... in fact it put me over the edge, I think now is finally the time for me to get an x-box....Initially I thought that Tales of Vesperia was the only undeniable appeal of the system for me.... after hearing about this and few others on the Live network I think I'm sold
1049  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Crown (Vanillaware RPG, now 2013 all regions) announced for PS3/Vita on: April 23, 2012, 08:45:50 PM
Klyde: Kamitani (founder of Vanillaware) worked on the old side-scrolling D&D games from the 1990s.  This game is supposed to be similar in style.

Wow, no kidding.... I don't know my ass from my elbows when it comes to much outside the realm of your JRPG.... particularly anything that has to do with company lineage.... now, given that is the case, I'm even more impressed with Odin Sphere whose visual style ranks amongst my favorites in recent history. The illustrations for that game actually help motivate me to get to work on the days when drawing does in fact feel like work to me.... I wish someone would come to me for an odin sphere tattoo.... I think I would do it for next to free just to get to do it....
1050  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 23, 2012, 08:37:31 PM
I have always watched anime via a "research and then purchase" order of operation... thus I was not exposed to alot of stuff that made it to cable television.... cowboy bebop was one series I actually never saw believe it or not.... I know nothing about it... and while its on my "to get to" list, there are a number of titles before that one....

As for the time being I'm now watching Utawarerumono (I wonder if I spelled that right......) and though I almost gave up after a few episodes and wrote it off, I'm glad I didn't. I'm about 11 eps in and really digging this at the moment. Great one as far the fantasy stuff is concerned.

I'm also rewatching Sailor Moon-LoL! I'm also 11 eps in on that as of today and not really digging it.... the appeal of this one is purely nostalgic to me as it was the first anime I was ever exposed to.... Never did watch past season 2 though, so I guess I've got something to look forward to... then again maybe I don't.....

On deck I have Saiyuki, High School of the Dead, Clannad, Murder Princess, Gai Rei Zero, Eureka 7, Revolutionary Girl Utena and Magical Girl Lyrica......something or other.... full title escapes me at the moment..... anyhow, any suggestions as to what to dig into next out of that bunch?

I'm a big supporter of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. (I've recommended the show to some girls and guys and up to now everyone loved it)
The biggest problem with starting to watch it used to be the terrible and lolitastic season 1... but not anymore!

For maximum enjoyment I'd say watch "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha - The Movie 1st" which is the improved movie version of the first season.
After that "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's".
If you liked it and want to see more of the characters then check out "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha  - Strikers", but be warned that season 3 is pretty average.

Thanks for the advice my friend! Figuring out where to start with some of these series is the hardest part :) I'm going heed your words and start my magical girl adventure tonite! hahaha... that sounded dirty

Watched Thermae Romae a few days ago, short but man it cracked me up! Currently watching Desert Punk and I love it, just the right amount of humor and dark humor for my tastes.

Though I'm not one for humor much, desert punk was one I wanted to check out too and I like your tastes Bytor.... think that one is going on the list now too...
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