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466  The Rest / General Discussions / Enjoyment Editorial was excellent.. on: January 27, 2014, 09:31:49 PM
I simply want to say that editorial that was recently posted on the art of enjoying games was superb and insightful.

I myself have known for quite some time that I can suck the fun out of a circus if I let myself.

Particularly when it comes to my gaming I have a myriad of traps and pitfalls I must avoid to enjoy them properly. The biggest hurdles for me personally include but are not limited to:

-New release hype the "I must play everything mentalitiy": This is the biggest one for me. Even if I have already established I don't in fact like a game I feel I NEED to experience and play them based on the fact that I see news on siliconera pop up every other day. In fact I will, and have, purposely delayed playing things I know I love for a day 1 purchase of something I know I will in fact dislike based on hype alone. I hate this about myself.

-I wonder what else is out there: Even if I am thoroughly enjoying the game I am playing, I can easily become lost in thought/obsessed with the next thing I am gonna play and rush the hell out of something I could savor. Another tendency I am trying to work on.

I wish I had more time now to elaborate more. But I simply had to express my appreciation for the editorial. Really hit home.
467  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 27, 2014, 09:21:17 PM
I can't remember if it was Vesperia or Abyss, but in one of the serving mini-games I was struggling even using pen & paper, and then found out you didn't really have to perform that well to get the outfits and felt like a complete tool.

I'd venture to guess it was Vesperia as the same thing just happened to me!! LoL

I was so happy to finally get another outfit for Estelle. I like her character enough but her outfit bugged me.
468  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: January 27, 2014, 06:55:58 PM
Man, all I gotta say is that is ANYONE was able to pull off the waiter/waitress mini game in Tales of Vesperia with Raven without using a pen and pad you deserve a medal.

That was tedious even with a pen and pad in hand.

I can happily report I have now acquired everyone's resturaunt service outfits. I feel a wee bit more complete as a person now...
469  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 27, 2014, 04:53:52 PM
My guts can't handle fruit or berries any more but when I was kid I LOVED fresh dark purple grapes right off the vine....

There was also this strange hybrid tree on my property growing up. It was amidst pear and apple trees and it produced the most unique fruit. Gee golly what I'd do to have and be able to eat a pear-apple, pain free, once again.
470  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 26, 2014, 07:24:32 PM

Extremely accurate visual portrayal of how my mind feels lately, Mesh.
471  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 26, 2014, 07:22:26 PM
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0975265628?tag=maofhethstofs-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0975265628&adid=0KCQ6QHZ97JJZXEWA5FJ&
Maid of Heaven: The Story of Saint Joan of Arc
by Ben D. Kennedy

Extremely well-regarded amongst fans of Joan in spite of the fact that its expressed via poem. I must admit recalling being a bit thrown by the simplistic poem structure of the writing myself at first. Not by any means a bad read though.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0812812603?tag=maofhethstofs-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0812812603&adid=07N994V47X8SWFQQS1DZ&
Joan of Arc: By Herself and Her Witnesses
by Régine Pernoud

Cool because its an almost entirely factual and objective read. Comprised of translated historical documents and facts.


http://www.amazon.com/dp/0898702682?tag=maofhethstofs-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0898702682&adid=1S5ZCZPSN874NY2WCEDY&
Joan of Arc Paperback
by Mark Twain

Fictionalized account of Joan but extremely accurate historically. This is considered by many to be the go to book about Joan. Twain supposedly spent 12 years researching her to write this.

Beyond those there are some REALLY neat books that examine the whole faith and spirituality aspect, long before they concern themselves with historical fact. But those reads would probably prove a wee bit more interesting after familiarizing yourself with Joan's story.

There are also great films about the lovely lady.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EU1OXI?tag=maofhethstofs-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B000EU1OXI&adid=1753Y4CDBG992ZVP54PX&
Joan of Arc - Child of War, Soldier of God

Not the most incredible cinema but it does a decent job as a good overview of Saint Joan's story.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001UZWMU?tag=maofhethstofs-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B0001UZWMU&adid=18A0S915EGW1089T0BY8&
Joan of Arc (1948)

^^ just discovered this one recently actually and haven't got to watch it yet, but it came highly suggested to me.
472  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 26, 2014, 04:20:51 PM
I enjoyed just watching this. :)

I'm not sure if your model was based on something, but it feels like it should be a Persona enemy to me.

Nope not based on anything. Though I totally agree. Maybe playing SMT titles for a cumulative 150-200 hours last year influenced me creatively without my realizing it-LoL

Score!  I can't believe it wasn't Itzpapalotl, though... ;)  It's a cool little sculpture, glad I won.

Did you ever play the PSP game Jean D'Arc?  I'd be curious to hear what you thought as a fan of the real lady.

I played through most of the game before losing my data/losing my SD card. I am actually torn on my opinion of it. As a SRPG I loved it. As a fan of Joan though I must say the game missed the mark for me. The core legend/tale of Joan is there and the fairy-tale-take on it is cool, it is just Joan as a character that I felt was a little (or a lot) off.

But to be perfectly honest, when it comes to Joan of Arc I don't feel any representation could really do her justice in my mind. It is hard to recount the tale of the lady without portraying her in a way that paints the picture of a crazy or war-driven character. While no one knows for certain, I really don't feel that was the case.

And double post for very amateurly taken pics of my Green Lantern ring.  Just links because they're big photos.  It's a little scratched and dinged from years of wearing.  I should take it in and have it cleaned up some.  The stone's a tourmaline - not valuable, just the right color.  I wear it on my middle finger, which hopefully gives you an idea of scale.

Front of the ring.

From the side.
I certainly had fun with this too.  And it's interesting all the intellectual responses we got, like I actually learned something.  

Klyde- if you ever do the Griever ring on one of your fingers, ya'd better share pics.  

That lantern ring is AWESOME! Waaay more classy than I imagined it looking. Very nice.

And as for the griever, there is strong possibility of that happening and you guys will certainly see it if it does.

Now, as for Joan/Jeanne and me and why I chose to commemorate her in such a permanent fashion...

Its as simple as this. Jeanne D' Arc is the absolute zenith/pinnacle illustration of the utility of faith to the human condition in my mind.

I grew up with no religious background.

I didn't "find God" in a conventional christian sense.

I did however eventually discover the story of a lady who's profound faith enabled her to far exceed the capabilities and ambitions of those around her. The aspects of her life that cannot be denied as anything other than entirely factual make it difficult to deny the strength one can foster when they are doing what they believe is their purpose. Doing the right thing, for the right reasons.... This is essentially what Jeanne means to me.

- At the age of 16 she was able to take up a sword with no combat training and proceeded to conquer one of the strongest known armies in the world to free her people at what she believed was God's behest.

That fact alone, amongst the many other remarkable aspects of her tale, illustrated to me the importance of faith itself. All of the sudden God and faith became something more important to me than a fleeting intellectual curiosity and something I really cared to understand and include in my life.

I went on to read/watch just about everything I could about Jeanne and now find her story to be one of the most compelling historical events in human history. A story that goes overlooked and under-appreciated by my measure.

I could expand on all of this but you get the point.
473  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 26, 2014, 03:56:18 AM
How about a bow, related to Diana/Artemis, or a fleur de lis, which is associated with Joan of Arc.

Or thanks to randomly hunting through Wikipedia, maybe a deer or a bird for Itzpapalotl, Aztec warrior goddess.

AND TOOK WINS IT!!!!

The correct answer is the Fleur De Lis!! It is real late.... I just got done tattooing for a long time and need some Vesperia in my life before I call it a day. Come tomorrow I will elaborate more on why I adore Joan/Jeanne, the Maid of Orleans, as much as I do. Forgive what will presumably be a double post but I was far too eager to wait to announce that we have our WINNER!!!!!

Congratulations again Sir Tooker. PM me wherever it is you want me to send your prize.

This was fun for me. I think after my next batch of sculpts I may do it again if no one is opposed to the notion.
474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 25, 2014, 08:32:30 PM
I actually used your PSN handle "Triscal Goddess" along with your other hints to make my guess. 

Very clever!

Is it one of Boudicca's Celtic things?  That lady was a true bad-ass. 

Nope, excellent shot though.
475  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 25, 2014, 06:30:18 PM
The triskelion triple goddess symbol. There are so many, like the legs, the spiral, the crescents... I can't decide WHICH triskelion to go with.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triskelion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_spiral
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b0/Three-Crescents-Diane-Poitiers.png


holy crud dincrest.... well i don't know what to say...that is not the tattoo on my right ring finger. Although IT IS the tattoo on my right pointer finger!! LoL

I'll tell you what. I don't have the time/resources to get to it immediately but in the coming weeks I will make you a sculpt for this ridiculously dead on guess.

I never expected someone to have figured out one of my other finger tattoos... How surprising. Congrats.

You are still welcome to try and win this particular sculpt as well Din. If you do in fact win this one as well, I will still make you an additional one in the not so distant future for this remarkable shot in the dark.

I'll PM you when your sculpt is ready to find out where you want it sent.

SO THE CONTEST IS STILL ON GUYS!!!

Hint Number 4: The FEMALE with whom this symbol is associated (and why it is signifigant to me) is more often then not depicted and viewed as a warrior or sorts.

Now we are really narrowing it down! The next hint will probably give it away if no one gets it with this one. So get guessing!

EDIT: Fair is fair and all.... I have a third finger tattoo in addition to the symbol in question and the triskelion. If anyone happens to stumble upon what that one is they will also win a sculpt.

476  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 25, 2014, 04:38:47 PM
no Jesus fish either I'm afraid... don't be discouraged though! Keep guessing and a few more hints in someone will get it for sure :)
477  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: January 24, 2014, 06:01:14 PM
43 hours in and im not bored yet.  ive kiiiiinda been obsessing over the titles lately so a lot of those hours have been used through title grinding....which has lead to me being overpowered when it comes to the boss fights. 

I'm only pushing 30 hours or so in Vesperia but have encountered the same problem. Grinding for materials for synthesis has left me a wee bit too strong. The difficulty balance is the only problem I've found thus far. On "normal" fights are way too easy for me at this point, but "hard" mode doesn't so much make the battles difficult as it just makes them lengthy and (after quite a few in a row) annoying to a point.

I hope the difficulty ramps up a bit (I just polished off the events at the colliseum with Belius after the desert, really cool part BTW!!).
478  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 24, 2014, 05:50:12 PM
A Labrys

Klyde always comes armed to the fight... or just likes shouting "and my axe!"

Wow.... does that fit the bill or what!?

Based on my hints thus far, I feel like that is what should be on my finger! Lol... I was unaware of all the meaning behind the Labrys. Great wiki link. Very cool stuff.

While that may have been the perfect guess, I'm afraid that is not the answer to this riddle.
479  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 24, 2014, 04:28:18 PM
Excellent guesses! I've got a funny feeling my other open fingers will not all remain so after the fine idea's you folk are throwing out here. Of the last four guesses, I really wouldn't be opposed to wearing any of them in all honesty.

However, my right ring finger is not adorned with any of those I'm afraid.

This hint will still be somewhat vague, after this I will start getting more and more concise.

HINT 3: the SYMBOL IS OLD and while present in modern pop culture, its origins date back from long before MTV, Atari or Leave it to Beaver.

NOTE: I do not in fact think, or know, that the symbol has appeared in Leave it to Beaver. But it was a great sitcom none the less..



Keep the guesses coming and by tonite we will be on to more narrowing clues!

480  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Klyde Chroma's Contest: The Sequel!! DON'T MISS OUT on: January 24, 2014, 01:46:57 AM
Nope no one got it yet, remember I was being "REALLY VAGUE" with the first one!

Actually, upon reflection it was unreasonably vague. So first I will expand on hint 1.

(The new and improved) HINT 1: a particular SYMBOL associated with or related to a particular FEMALE GIRL OR WOMAN. In other words, this symbol is associated with someone who does not or did not have a "man part".

And now, for HINT 2: the SYMBOL IN QUESTION also appears elsewhere, aside from the association with the particular female.

And lastly..

 
I just noticed your PSN name is in your signature and I do not believe you are on my friend's list. This must be rectified. Probably tomorrow.

A valued addition to my friend list you shall be Klutz!! Thanks :)

Post-hints, that's what I was going to guess. Pre-hints, I was going to guess a green lantern ring.

In case that's not right... A broken heart.

Although I'm not a lantern fan, if I were I would totally get that ring. Good idea. I may make money off the next lantern fan I run into thanks to you Took.
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