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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 17, 2014, 05:11:22 PM
Mother of God.

My wife and I have been looking for houses, and we found one we love last month. Made an offer and it ended up tying an investor's offer and we were lucky enough to get picked. The offer was the absolute peak of what we could get a loan for, and a struggle to get the down payment and all together... but we've been doing it.

We've put in $3,000ish in the last 2 weeks towards earnest money, appraisal, inspection, etc. We're 30 days away! We still need to come up with $4,000 before closing on the 20th, but with extreme budgeting and my dad giving us $500 as an early housewarming gift we should be fine!

... but.

They tried to run it through to get a loan number today and it came up that I had a government loan in default. Madness, clearly. I've spent the last few years clearing up all of my old debts and my loan officer and his boss went through it as well to make sure there would be no issues. Except for a student loan for one semester I took out when I was 17, that for some reason was never reported to any credit bureau. I called to find out if it was real or some glitch... and it's real. $3,100 loan in default for over 15 years.

I now have 2 options.  I can mug old ladies until I have the $3,100 on top of the $4,000 I already needed (no relatives I could get that much from, or anywhere near it).... or I lose the $3,000 we've already put into the place, don't get the house, and cry into some liquor.

... fuck.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holy CHRIST, RPGFan. I'm glad you're still here. Sorry I killed Anime Dream on: April 16, 2014, 12:46:53 PM
Another old name is always good to see, though I lurk far more than I chat. In the last decade or so I've moved cross country a few times, got married, and finally settled in Denver. Bought our first new cars in the last 6 months and currently under contract for our first house. Currently playing ESO, where even the goldfarm bots are out leveling me due to limited play time... waiting for the next good DQ/FF/Shining/Phantasy title to pull me in. :)
3  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: April 16, 2014, 12:40:50 PM
You know, I never understood the way new MMO's do their free trials. You still have to buy the game to get the free trial, so it's not so much a "free trial" as it is a "grace period as a way of saying thanks for buying the game."

What I'm trying to say is as much as I love MMO's, I don't have enough confidence that I'd enjoy this one to gamble $60 on it.

Most games don't have demos anymore, so you're gambling $60 on any game you purchase.
4  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: April 07, 2014, 02:39:15 AM
ESO = crack.

Less gear/level obsessed than other recent MMOs, much more story/lore focused. It's very easy to spend an entire day off wandering around chatting, reading, and collecting crafting mats.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Underrated Classic!: Gothic 1 on: February 21, 2014, 06:35:38 PM
Gothic 3 was made by different guys, basically.

That was Gothic 4 (which is just called Arcania now since the rights to the series reverted to PB), Gothic 3 was still made by Piranha Bytes. I enjoyed G3 when it was fully patched, but it was still nowhere near G2. They bit off more than they could chew by making the game world too big - the quests suffered as a result and the combat wasn't up to much either.

After playing the demo of Arcania I think it's best to pretend that Gothic 4 never existed. Risen is pretty much another Gothic game with some names swapped round anyway, though Risen 2 was let down by having combat as bad as G3.

Agreed. Gothic -> Gothic II: Gold -> Risen

Arcania is a definite skip, and Gothic III is a mostly skip. You can really get lost in the atmosphere and world fully patched, and the patch helps combat a bit... but the quest/storyline isn't nearly as tight or well done as the first 2 due to the overly massive world, and very easy to break/seal off access to large portions of the story and world without even meaning to if you don't explore everything before you start questing.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help me get caught up on the last 13 years. on: February 20, 2014, 02:43:12 PM
Xenoblade Chronicles is the best JRPG I've played in over a decade. Only regret I had was not waiting for the Wii U to come out (so I could enjoy the upgraded resolution) after I already played 100+ hours on the Wii. Epic gameplay, exploration, soundtrack, uber-bosses, story, side-quests (if you don't mind doing a bunch) and of course the English accent voice-overs were amusing.

Dolphin actually makes it look damned good.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Underrated Classic!: Gothic 1 on: February 20, 2014, 09:10:49 AM
Gothic II: Gold is my favorite PC RPG.

I agree with the dark souls kind of feel... I remember being roflstomped by a big ostrich within a few seconds of starting the first one, but once you learn the attack patterns most non human/orc enemies are easy.

I love that you can be creative and use scrolls/arrows/climbing to get past or defeat things way beyond your level and get good loot faster in some cases, and the number of chances the games give you to come back to a tough fight or jackass once you've gained power for a little payback.

Great series.... only counting G1-G2. G3 with the community patch is passable, but the difficulty is screwy so I never became a big fan. Very strange going from G1-2 starting out on molerats/boars and working your way up to Orcs and Orc Commanders, then having G3 reverse all that and suddenly you can wade through an army of orcs without much problem but 2 boars together and you'd better have a good strategy.
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you canít bear in RPGs on: December 30, 2013, 12:32:46 AM
Long cut scenes don't bother me... but games that auto skip them when you press 'Start' make me crazy. Sitting through 15 minutes of unskippable intro story, press 2 buttons, then another video that skips when I try to pause for a second so I have to restart totally and watch the first video over or miss that bit of story forever? Hate.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2013, 02:36:00 PM
Woke up at 11, wife and I went to VIllage Inn for breakfast, got a pie to take home... good Christmas.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2013, 07:39:03 PM
Funny, I used to live in OH and never knew of it until I moved to Denver. Microcenter is amazing. :D
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2013, 02:59:41 AM
So I manage a thrift shop, and one of our charities brought a truck that had a bunch of clothes and some other things... including projectors. I didn't touch them and let them be priced and put out while I was off, figuring they were old/dead.

Come back after 2 days off to find them priced at $25, and got curious. Turns out they're NEC WT610 models, which do 720p/1080i. Perfectly good bulbs. Bought one to play with and then picked up a screen at Microcenter for $60. For a total investment of $90 including tax and DVI cable I now have my original 26" monitor, and a 86" 1600x900x60 projection on the wall behind it that I also hooked my PS3 up to.

Shiny as hell. It's almost like Christmas. :D
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 17, 2013, 02:36:13 AM
Finally bought my first new car today... 2014 Kia Forte. With bluetooth, and a small built in jukebox to copy favorite MP3s to, the tech features are damned shiny for the price.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: October 07, 2013, 11:30:56 PM
ZshadeZ:  Yeah, you're not supposed to go into that area until much later in the game.  I'm surprised you were able to handle it, honestly.  Even if you're good enough to not get killed aren't your AI companions getting slaughtered?

Third try or so when I won I started with a back attack and rushed with some quick ass beatery and 2 of the little rappy looking bird guys died fairly easily. Then Slenderman touched Alvin in a bad way and he died, but I sidestepped and warped behind him and started punching him in the ass. Millia was far off and set to artes only since I thought she was supposed to be the main mage-type at that point. She auto-item res'd him while I was comboing slender and by the time my ac ran down Alwin and her were both attacking him... he ended up stunlocked by constant attacks until he died, and then we all shot up 2 levels.

The next 2 fights were a pain too, but after that it was fairly easy so I figured it was just a nice little grind spot for challenge. After clearing each map between story areas in Graces 3+ times to try to get titles and get them to level 5 and still having bosses maul me most of the way through I thought 20 minutes of grinding couldn't possibly hurt me. >.<

I've sort of changed plans, if I hit somewhere else with overly high exp that's better than that place was I'll spend an hour in it and continue to RP as epic god slaying martial arts master PHD of Asskickery.

Also I gave Jude sunglasses and made them sink into his head and colored them an aqua that matches his outfit trim. So I'm a PHD of Asskickery with insect eyes.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Xillia on: October 03, 2013, 11:24:46 PM
Beat ToG with 70ish hours in, made final save, and decided to save future arc and such for the end of play 2 to have something new to look forward to.

Started ToX a few minutes back. Changing camera angles pleases me, but the menus and amount of polish in them... very unTalesy. Just met up with Ms. Maxwell, and trying to decide on my first grind spot. I miss Lhant Hill.


*edit*

ToG -> Grind titles and grind more to max them, character progress is still pretty slow. Beat the main arc on Chaos and it was a challenge even with a few hours of grinding (ended main arc with 120 mastered titles for Asbel and 3200 ether mixer)

ToX -> Started on hard and beat down the red haired girl with my Tales skills. Got to Millia's hometown and the gate guard said the floodmeadow had tougher enemies... got wiped out the first try. Tried a few more times for the challenge and won. Ended up spending about 20 minutes running around killing things and looting without paying attention to level. Realized I'd gone from level 12 to 26. Shop levels all around 30. That was about 6 hours ago. Left to continue and realized all fights are now a joke. Been running through collecting loot and shiny things between story segments and ignoring fights. Boss fights just involve mindless artspam and laughing as they try to injure me.

Eh. All of my Tales experience to date has been grinding and keeping at the highest difficulty I can handle and having the game only really easily "breakable" with grinding at NG+ using the grade shop. I didn't really expect 20 minutes of side grinding/looting to impact the game so much and for so long. If it's this easy to grind up to uber it's good that there's a 2nd play needed to get all of the story or there'd be no reason to NG+ at all.

/pouting
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 25, 2013, 08:07:51 PM
^ Take it back and return it. I worked in a big box store for a couple years and the things we had to take back were just plain insulting.

Winner was a half-eaten (as in 50%) pie that customer complained "tasted funny".

You could also put Visine in Costco's mother as revenge.

Take that, Costco's mom!
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