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736  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: E3 2013 on: June 06, 2013, 05:08:55 PM
I'm calling it right now... I truly believe capcom's "big surprise" is going to be about megaman somehow. The end.

737  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 06, 2013, 04:03:12 PM
I fractured my foot falling backwards over a curb. I have a temp cast on now, and will get the real thing tomorrow afternoon. 4-6 weeks. Plus crutches. I'm trying to stay positive, but this certainly happened at a bad time. My garden is in full swing, and now I can barely even move through it. My son will help with the smaller tasks, but the rest will just have to wait. Oh, well. Shit happens, right?

Man, injury is no joke... I screwed up my back real bad back in april. I actually came on here to post about it a few weeks after the incident.... I just started posting again within the last week because of the freakin' BLACK depression the whole ordeal slung me into. I mean pain is one thing... but when pain impacts your quality of life by barring you from engaging in both what you care to do AND what you need to do life can become seemingly unbearable in time....

I have sympathy for you and your garden, friend.
738  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: June 06, 2013, 12:32:50 PM
Soul Hackers... I'm glad I'm getting to play it, especially since I was clamoring for it back in the Revelations: Persona for PS1 days, but it really hasn't aged that well.  It's good and all (especially the music and voice acting), but definitely stuck in the 1990s to the point where it feels a little more anachronistic than timeless.  It's good, but I'm often more compelled to play something else whenever I have the downtime. 

I'm still getting my sorry butt kicked by Snappy.  

I hope you realize his trick. You aren't supposed to do damage to him. There's another way.

Yea, don't be a fool and spam 5-30 damage for 45 minutes to beat him like i did-LoL
739  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most aesthetic armor you've seen on: June 05, 2013, 02:53:20 PM
"i don't think he is really particular"

that's a pretty interesting quality to have when the appearance of your body is about to be changed forever.

Klyde, how much you charge for a big job like this?

My typical rate is $100 per hour but when a job is this big I know people can't realistically finance it through to completion so I cut them breaks. Usually the more hours you buy the cheaper I make it (I require all work be prepaid as I was royally screwed waaaay too many time when I first started doing completely custom work) such as 8  or 10 hours for 400. My rates vary drastically project to project.

And on the other point... you'd be surprised how little some people care when it comes to their tattoo. Most of the time it is a real let down for me as I tend to become far more interested and excited about what my clients will be "wearing" then they themselves are.  Thankfully that is not the case with this gentlemen. He has been great to work with thus far and has been keeping the lines of communication up and open since dropping his deposit. He just is more concerned with the aesthetic of the piece more than anything else I believe.
740  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most aesthetic armor you've seen on: June 05, 2013, 12:33:09 AM
these suggestions are AWESOME!!

Does he want it to be more historic or more fantasy? Watch LoTR!

I don't think he is really particular. And I didn't even think about LoTR references... Great Suggestion.

Dark Souls has a lot in the style you're looking for I think. I've also always liked this one

That, my friend, is as gold as advice can get. Thank you.

Dunno if I'd call it Byzantine, but Gut's armor in Berserk is pretty badass.

I don't think Gut's chaos armor (forget the name) would quite work. But berserk in of itself is loaded with good material for the project! Unfortunately I think this stuff would be better suited for a personal armor design (as it is very akin to my own taste) but a bit further from what my clients aim is.

Gee golly I love berserk... I stopped reading around volume 35... need to get back to that... Griffith is one of my favorite characters of all time.

So I'm guessing he doesn't want a chainmail bikini and boobs drawn on him... right?

One armor that looks badass... but not really what you're looking for.

Only thing Bizantine-ish I can think of is Pantheon from LoL. Can't say I find his armor awesome though =/

I really like how form fitting your example is anubis! that is precisely what I need to achieve to compliment his musculature. I just need to busy it up with some details and make it sectioned off to create elements of depth and whatnot. Something in this "shape"  is definately the direction I need to move though.
741  The Rest / General Discussions / Most aesthetic armor you've seen on: June 04, 2013, 09:01:18 PM
So I'm working on a tattoo for a client of mine. He wants body armor tattooed from the waist up.... no joke.

As such I need some inspiration here. What is some of the coolest looking body armor you guys have come across? Any ideas are welcome as I will using multiple references as "jump off" points to draw visual styling from.

EDIT: I should have noted, this armor is going to be medieval and very "byzantine" in style. So ,while all ideas are welcome, anything along those lines would be most helpful!
742  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: May 30, 2013, 03:42:11 PM
So now there is an LE in addition to the CE apparently....


If I am reading this right, I am seriously disgusted with this announcement. This means that if I wanted the costumes say, I have to buy a LE in addition to already shelling out 100 for the CE.

I'm a huge fan of special editions in general but seriously... if you have a fan forking over 100 bucks shouldn't they get the same crap they could have for 60 and then some?
743  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Battle Princess Of Arcadias on: May 28, 2013, 11:49:46 PM
If it makes you feel better, Klyde, the Prinny game was known for being brutally hard.  I also did not do very well at it.

That actually does make me feel a bit better. I thought I was as embarrassingly horrible at action/platformers as I am at 3d fighters whilst playing the prinny games... I played Megaman 10 shortly after and self esteem dropped even further...
744  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Battle Princess Of Arcadias on: May 28, 2013, 08:27:46 PM
I know there is not much about this yet (no screens or any concrete info) in circulation but when I read this...
... I couldn't help but become excited over the prospect of a metroid-vania title with a touch of Disgaea. In spite of my disdain for the prinny platformers they did for the psp (ok... so the games were alright, I just SUCKED at them with a capital SUCK... not fun) I am still sort of stoked to see what they pull off with this. The fact that it is for PS3 and not the vita only compounds my enthusiasm.

Odd with a tentative release of late september there isn't more info though...
745  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 28, 2013, 06:17:33 PM
So I've finally picked up Soul Hackers again, but man, this game just doesn't excite me. The Haunted House got a bit annoying so I just put on auto map and easy and rushed through it. The dungeon itself is cool though. I like how your choices affect how difficult that boss fight can be too. I just didn't feel the want to actually try at it though.

Now I'm on the Mayone fight and getting my ass handed to me. If I grind up two levels I can make Byakko with marakaran, where can I grind that will actually give me xp? That optional dungeon doesn't give me very much xp per fight.

Edit: I also picked up Strange Journey. Does anyone know where i can get some cover scans, because mine didn't come with a case.

That is ironic... I put it down at the EXACT same spot a week ago myself... It is really rare for me to abandon a title this far into it but I (like you) just don't seem to have a real itch to continue.

I imagine I will pick it back up once I finally polish off P2 EP, but I am not looking forward to that boss fight... I think I lost like 9 times in a row last I turned it on-LoL

746  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 27, 2013, 02:47:49 PM
Klyde- when I think about it that way, yeah, I relate to so many of the P2 characters.  Maya, Eikichi, Katsuya... 

And, not gonna lie, I did have a bit of a "grown-up pixel crush" on Yukino in IS back when I played the import.  <3 her! 

Nothing to be ashamed of there good sir! Hell, I figure if things don't work between me and Rei Ayanami,  I'll probably just go after Ulala myself..... Good to know I've finally found some "options" in life...
747  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs where you don't save the world? on: May 26, 2013, 05:38:39 PM
This is tough... I just went down a little mental checklist of my library and I feel like every game I can come up with disqualifies itself for one reason or another.
748  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 26, 2013, 02:42:29 PM
Klyde- I'm with you in that P2: IS and EP are my favorite Persona games.  For me, I could relate to Maya.  I share a lot of her personality traits and when EP first came out, I worked in publishing (proofreading for a publishing company was my first job out of college) so I felt like I "got" her.  And with IS, I ADORED the masked kid flashbacks.  I felt sorry for Eikichi when
he never got a chance to pick the activity, because he always brought his crayons because he wanted everyone to draw pictures of stuff they liked.

And I thought the Playstation Persona games had exquisite soundtracks.  Okay, Aoba Park in IS was kinda lame, but Mt. Katatsumuri was fantastic.  On the other hand, Aoba Park was better in EP and Katatsumuri was meh. 

You hit the nail on the head as to why P2 IS and EP have proven to draw me in. I am a complete sucker for a compelling cast I can relate too... Typically I am hard pressed to find one character in a game that has me go "wow, I know just how they feel"... yet with P2 its quite the opposite as I found myself relating a bit to everyone (some more so then others).

I am terrible with analysis and am not going to pretend to know jack about good writing or how to flesh out a fictional character until they damn near have a pulse but that is precisely what they pulled off here. Particularly in EP with the exception of ellen and nate, whom I imagine I would tend to "connect" with a bit better had i play P1.

As for the personal chords that the cast strucK with me... Ironically Eikichi proves very relatable for me as well
having been a little fat shy kid (as I was) and growing to become a skinny little wannabe rockstar (which I did toward the end of my teen years)
. Then Tatsuya for
being the seemingly typical emo hero-type the dude has layers of self-loathing/self-punishing themes floating about him that I make his character very relatable for anyone who has dealt with guilt and sadness (and who hasn't) but far more so for anyone who has dealt with true self-destructive mental issues. In other words, while he maybe the emo-hero of sorts, he becomes something more in EP when you begin to gather that the guy is truly troubled and not just sad or self-hating to fit the role.
And if I was a combo of Ekichi and Tatsuya in my teens I certainly grew to become a little bit of Baofu, Katsuya and Maya in my adulthood. I have a terrible sense of style (with long hair and outdated clothes) and smoke like a chimney (Baofu) coupled with Katsuya's insecurity about getting older (while not a major leg of his character traits, it is revealed numerous times) and Maya's overt-positivity.

749  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 25, 2013, 05:27:06 PM
Haha, do you plan on playing Persona 3 and 4, Klyde? I highly recommend them.

My summer of 2008 was nothing but persona 3 fes. I'll never forget it because I was on probation and had a curfew at the time so I was home early each night with nothing to do but play the beee-jesus out of it! I loved it. (still totally an akihiko fanboy to this day...)

Persona 4 I finally got to in fall of 2010. I remember it was then clearly because (ironically enough) I was playing it when I finally got off probation-LoL

Is it odd that I seem to recall periods of my life concurrently with the RPG I was hung up on at the time?? Anyhow...

While I enjoyed P3 a wee bit more purely  for the cast, the gameplay and "tone" of 4 had me from the door. Both were fantastic games though, and probably the only 2 in my library of the last 10 years I really feel like giving a re-play. Partially because the stress of probation  impacted my enjoyment of any leisure activity I tried to enjoy at the time and partially because I missed so much on my first and only play-throughs.

I also have to say that, hands down, they have the best soundtracks of any JRPG I played in the last decade IMO (a tall statement, I know)... the opening theme to p3fes still gets stuck in my skull from time to time.

On the note of p3 fes though... screw "the answer".... drove me nuts. I never did complete that extra leg of the journey and if/when I do replay it I want to go the psp route next time around.

And the last thing I have to say about it... in spite of all my praise of the two titles, I have to rank p2IS and EP to be my favorite amongst the three (I can't help but view IS and EP as one long game). As I have expressed already pages ago, I haven't been this wrapped in a game in all my adult life. I had actually gotten to the point where I really believed I simply could not enjoy games to same extent or degree I did when I was a kid until I played Persona 2. Now I know better... I just wasn't playing the right games :)
750  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: May 25, 2013, 12:56:19 PM
Pretty sure the fastest way to rack up the coins is bingo.

Figures! I spread the rumor at the beginning for blackjack to payout big. I did so on account of just enjoying the blackjack game.... after seeing that blackjack does NOT in fact pay out big (not by my definition at least) I had a funny feeling i botched that decision.

If it was in the game I would probably think the game was balanced around that being in mind, so I would use it.

Since it's DLC I know it's not necessary and thus I won't use it.

I'll end up using it because these SMT games kick my ass!! My recent runs of P2EP and Soul Hackers have proven to be the most challenging gaming experiences I have had in recent history to be honest.... Well ok, Agarest war 2 on hard was more difficult but in a completely different "frustrating and unfair" sort of way... anyhow, point being I will exploit any edge I can get in SMT IV even if it costs me a couple bucks as I now suffer from PTSMTS (post-traumatic-shin-megami-tensei-syndrone)
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