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901  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 14, 2013, 01:16:27 PM
Klyde, when I finally hit that massive lotto jackpot I secretly yearn to win, I am so getting my tattoo done by you.

It doesn't have to be a massive jackpot D, in all honesty if your project was geeky enough to entice me you would probably just have to pay travel expenses and I would only charge you the cost of materials for the tattooing.

And with that said... last night was many many hours of drawing a geeky tattoo that DID NOT entice me... bitter sweet for me as the project and client are cool but I freakin' HATE super heroes... and while batman is one thing (no hate for the b-man, just no love) I really can't take the avengers... well now I have full avengers back-piece that I will be working on for the better part of the next year. Starting with hulk.... *groan*
902  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2013, 08:30:35 PM
you're amazing klyde.  its awesome you can make that even without the batman love.

Your too kind Dice. Thank you.

In truth I'm just so OCD with my tattoo work I pour that effort into everything.

Case and point, here is what happens when someone comes to me for something "simple and small" like two bows (well it started out simple and small, I swear!!)

903  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 13, 2013, 08:13:39 PM
Got Soul Hackers.

I like how visually pleasing hacking is.

You get everything early! Phooey on you!! I'm jealous enough waiting for the rest of Attack on Titan to come in the mail-LoL

The clan/Atma symbols from DDS are a great choice, they're very iconic but subtle.

(You can see it by her collar bone.)

Oooo boy... maybe the mongoose was right and i'd best wait to play DDS before making the decision... I would really like to sport the symbol done just like that in the same spot if I dig the game and character.

Man, I really am gonna be playing nothing but SMT stuff for the rest of this year... that was a joke before but now I'm not so sure.
904  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2013, 08:08:18 PM
Even here, when I write about it here, I know most of you don't really give a damn, and I'm honestly just stroking my own ego, but I can't stop doing it anyway. I feel a need to talk about it, but know I shouldn't really. Basically, I'm sorry for always bragging about my feats, especially if it comes off as bragging. I'll try to cut back on it some...

Dude in terms of posting stuff that nobody cares about, you're never going to beat me :P
Well, I always pegged your ramblings as simply humorous anecdotes more or less, a joke about real events. Plus, you're random about what you write, so it always comes off as something new. My shit's getting tires, I feel.

There is abso-freakin'-lutely nothing wrong with posting meaningless crap or stroking our egos. Hell, if we don't do the stoking who will!??

On that note I love D's "log of strength"... I do my anaerobic training vicariously through his posts-LoL

And Mesh, you make me feel like "I'm not the only one" with a great deal of your "ramblings". Ramble on my friend.

And lastly here is my contribution to the meaningless and unimportant
This was really fun to get to do even though I am not a batman fan by any means.
905  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 13, 2013, 04:34:46 PM
Ahhhhh you lucky folk (dice and kevadu) are making me jealous! I have to order (and wait) for everything after volume 2 of AoT!!! (manga availability in my area is pretty poor) and I'm already hooked...

In other (current) anime/manga related business I watched the first ep of Gargantia today and can safely say I'll be tuning into the rest of that. The pretty space battle that kicked stuff off was a wee bit too much sci-fi-flash for my taste (a subjective matter) but everything else seemed reeeeeal promising.

Good golly guys, I gotta say. After having suffered through all of Persona Trinity Souls, subs don't seem troublesome at all to me now. I actually wonder why I really had a problem with em in the first place...

Lastly.... THAT FREAKIN' DBZxTORIKOxONE PIECE crap totally made me crave DBZ! LoL! For the first time in like 15 years I decided to re-watch some. Nostalgia at its finest, rivaled only by sailor moon for me... I love it.
906  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 13, 2013, 02:43:49 PM
I would wait until you play all the SMT's before you decide. The games are very symbol heavy and you may find a favorite later on.

More then likely the best advice ^^

I've got Devil Survivor (most of 1 and all of 2), Devil Summoner 2 and Digital Devil Saga (1 and 2) to go before I will have gotten through all the SMT stuff on my agenda (and of course everything that comes out between now and then).

On a completely unrelated note I am pleased as punch to report P2 EP is treating me just right! Really happy to see the difficulty was adjusted to provide (somewhat) of a challenge in combat in contrast to IS. I really can't believe these games were developed so close to one another, as EP is really striking me a step up.

EDIT: I never use guides or faqs... never even check em to see what I've missed after I'm done really.. having just looked up Mara from P3 because I had no recollection of such I am beginning to wonder just how much hidden or optional stuff I have missed out on. I am starting to feel like a second run through of some games may be necessary for me (waaaaay down the line).
907  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 13, 2013, 01:36:56 PM
And lastly.... I'm not even kidding about the tattoo... anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Magatama or the pressturn icon.  Something iconic definitely.  cj_iwakura would probably have good ideas.

I like the idea of the press turn icon to be honest. I'd get that. Or, there's lots of symbols everywhere, like in Digital Devil Saga - the Embryon etc. all have symbols.

I wish I could get Klyde to do tattooes for me. He'd totally understand when I ask for totally geeky ones like this. ;)

I think I am leaning pretty heavily toward the press turn icon, it would fit around my elbow nicely... the only problem is I can't tattoo my own elbow (obviously) and that means I gotta find another artist to do it... that means I gotta wait! Oh well, good things to come I suppose.

Well in that case, go minimalist, not something tacky looking like that One Piece thing.

Also, I recorded some of OG Soul Hackers the other day(as well as Devil Summoner 1/Raidou 2) if there's any interest.


I completely agree on the one piece tattoo and appreciate you for entertaining my question in spite of your personal feelings on the matter.

I love so many of the symbols from the games, but with details like they sport I would need to use a large area to render something like and make it look good. The symbol you have posted would require at least a full shoulder blade or better to look and age appropriately.

Cellular migration of pigment (tattoos spreading and looking nasty the older you get) is only a concern if you cram details too close togeather. Regardless I thank you again

And double- thank you for getting me a wee bit more excited for tuesday/monday midnight as well!! :)
908  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 13, 2013, 02:47:19 AM
Woo-hoo my pre-order is in! If I have a good week business wise I am totally grabbing a second one of these to keep sealed. Bamco is really knocking it out of the park with their LE's (ni no's was awesome, exclusiveness and availability aside).
909  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 13, 2013, 02:38:56 AM
great suggestions guys!
And lastly.... I'm not even kidding about the tattoo... anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

the pressturn icon.  Something iconic definitely.  cj_iwakura would probably have good ideas.

That is precisely the direction I am thinking. I just haven't arrived at "the one" yet...

And lastly.... I'm not even kidding about the tattoo... anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Well, I'll steal this from another thread...

And suggest you do something similar, but with Mara.

I don't have the arm space left for that-LoL

And Mara....? Seriously?? Isn't/wasn't mara the blob-like thing in Nocturne?.... That would be a tattoo I would love to do and throw in my portfolio but I don't think I would want to wear that one...LoL

I'm not fond of tattoos, so I'm the wrong person to ask. Obviousness of the permanency aside, it also puts ink into your bloodstream. That doesn't sit well with me.

Unless someone is tattooing waaaaaay wrong no ink gets in your blood. You would have to go sub-dermal for that to happen. The pigment is left in the third to fifth layers of the skin. Now the liquid which remains does leave your body via plasma and blood but is comprised of safer substances in regard to your body than crap most people eat on a daily basis. Mind you that is taking for granted you are getting tattooed by a responsible artist. There are PLENTY of risks involved if proper practices are not adhered to, equipment or ink is of poor quality, or plain and simple (the scariest scenario of all) the artist is just an idiot and working somewhere without regulation.

As for the permanence, well I actually hear you on that note... Although I'm a tattoo artist, for years I didn't have many tattoos at all. Now after doing it for nearly a decade I just see things differently. There is nothing I can't cover-up and removal is such an accessible option they don't even really seem permanent to me any longer.

Tattoos have just become a matter of fun for me. I don't take them seriously unless they are on my clients-LoL

Soooooo, with that said, lets forget I'm asking about tattoos here and let me just ask you what you feel is some of the most iconic imagery from the SMT franchise.....
910  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 12, 2013, 05:30:19 PM
Double post because "One Piece x Toriko x Dragon Ball Z Crossover" is as awesome and weird as it could be.
But seriously... we all agree that even Krillin could kill everyone in the two other shows, right?

I just watched the 2 crossover eps myself... while nothing spectacular I enjoyed it, although I wish supporting cast members got a little more screen time... That made me want to see the new DBZ movie-LoL
911  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 12, 2013, 05:22:33 PM
Well I couldn't take wondering any more and had to get EP and give it a shot last night to at least see how it started. Man CJ, gotta hand it to you, you hit the nail on the head when you said they flow togeather nicely. Actually I think that was an understatement. Thanks for the advice.

My initial impression of EP is that this will prove a to be far less trying on my patience  than IS. If for no other reason than aesthetic and tone. The game simply looks much prettier and has a completely different mood to it.

I am still going to juggle soul hackers and persona 4 arena as well... I thought after watching P4 the animation, trinity souls and playing P2 IS I would have had a sufficient SMT fill and be able to return to some other backlogs and whatnot but I just can't get enough at the moment... I don't see me managing to escape the SMT universe for a little while. I've never been so swallowed by a franchise before. I'm to the point where I think I am gonna get an SMT tattoo-LoL

The thing with IS's final dungeon is that based on a dialogue choice halfway through, the remainder of the dungeon will either be short, medium, or long.  I played the import and overthought it, so I ended up picking the longest and most tiresome path. 

The thought of that dungeon being any longer than what I experienced is frightening... I lucked out and picked the shortest route (being ever the the optimist that I am). I had no idea that dialogue choice actually impacts the dungeon length though... very cool stuff :)

And lastly.... I'm not even kidding about the tattoo... anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
912  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 11, 2013, 07:52:34 PM
Go right into it. You'll see why immediately. They flow beautifully together, and EP is twice as good.

Woooooh boy... now that sounds mighty convincing (not that I need much convincing at this point).

What to do... I've got 1 yay and 1 nay... anyone care to tip the scale?
913  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 11, 2013, 03:48:38 PM
That tattoo rocks! Not exactly the prettiest this I have ever seen as far as shading and execution but the placement and design totally make it freakin' awesome!!! **jealous**

On another note I finally got to reading the first volume of attack on titan. My impression? Best suggested reading in some time!! I went out and immediately got volume 2. I haven't been this excited about reading a manga since berserk.

In anime news I think I have really finally gotten over my problem with subs! I am actually pretty stoked about tuning into some of the newly airing series. There are so many that look tempting to me right now...
914  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 11, 2013, 03:24:04 PM
Sorry to double post but I feel today, I have earned it-LOL

I've done it! I beat P2 IS!! I now believe Xibalba was created as some type of twisted joke or test of patience... there is no freakin' way designers could not have realized how longwinded that place became! In all honesty I really can't think of one other dungeon in my 20 odd years of gaming that tried my patience in the same way xibalba did.

Without getting into spoilers the ending was great. While I wouldn't go so far as to say stellar, I really felt a sense of closure and completion. It makes me reeeeaaaaaal curious as to how things go in eternal punishment all things considered.

So curious I now feel even more tempted to move right into Eternal Punishment without skipping a beat.... Meshgear advised against this over in the gaming journal and I think I am going to listen to his advice, as any time I don't listen to the wisdom of the board here I regret it... Probably gonna make soul hackers my next SMT venture next week and play P4 Arena in the meantime to get my fix.

Though I am still curious how anyone else feels about IS and EP as a whole? I know EP is a direct sequel but how much so? Does anyone else see a benefit or detriment to moving right into it?
915  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: April 11, 2013, 03:03:33 PM
That LE looks mighty fine to me! They got my hundred bucks :)
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