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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top 10 RPGs Poll on: May 21, 2015, 02:44:30 AM
Here's my ten:

Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy VI
Seiken Densetsu III
Final Fantasy Tactics
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Skies of Arcadia
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Persona 4
Diablo Dos
Dragon Age: Oranges

If Castlevania doesn't count, then replace it with Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. 
2  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 15, 2015, 01:25:17 AM
Played Heroes of the Storm quite a bit tonight.  Did some AI matches to get comfortable with rotation heroes I hadn't tried yet (Jaina, Sgt. Hammer) then a few Quick Match games before it got irresponsibly late.  Got annihilated in one match, then won in a back-and-forth that lasted almost 35 minutes.  Crazy stuff.  Mostly favoring tanky Warrior characters, like ETC and Muradin.  I really like Sonya, Jaina, and Thrall, but I haven't put a ton of time into them yet. 
3  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 11, 2015, 06:10:35 PM
Carnelia is interesting to complete with a guide (I'd be shocked if anyone got all ten without a guide), but the only difference is having a 120-attack weapon for the final dungeon instead of a 130-attack weapon for the final dungeon.  And on only one character.  Ultimately not worth it. 
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bloodstained Ritual of the Night on: May 11, 2015, 03:46:03 PM
This is a game that I 100% want to play and couldn't give $28 to the KickStarter fast enough. 
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 07, 2015, 10:24:29 AM
I said it before and I'll say it again.
Seiken Densetsu 3 feels kinda sexist to me, since overall, the 3 guys are much better than the three girls.

I'm not just saying that, because I played the game twice (once 3 girls, once 3 guys) and my 3 guys playthrough was much easier.
You could probably solo the game with Kevin or Duran which none of the girls could ever do.
I've beaten SD3 seven or eight times.  It's one of my favorite games ever.  I think that Lise is better than Duran, because her skills add so much more utility than his do, and if you want her to go full-offense like Duran's Dark classes, Lise's Vanadis is about as good (or better) than Swordmaster or Duelist.  Her dark classes are about even with Duran's light classes, but I like stat-downs more than Heal Light because the only ways to get stat-downs in the entire game are skills from Lise, Hawk, or Carlie, while there are dozens of items and spells for healing.  Also: Carlie is the best support character in the game and it's NOT close.  If Carlie is on your team, you can have your other two characters go full offense, which is extremely useful.  Angela is right down there with Duran as one of the worst two characters, though, especially since she's bad in the first 2/3 of the game before she gets useful spells.  

...but Kevin and Hawk are so much stronger on physical offense than the other four for the majority of the game that it's not an argument worth having.  Kevin = Hawk > Carlie > Lise > Duran = Angela.  Whatever.  I liked my 3 girls playthrough MORE than my 3 guys playthrough, but that's because I planned my classes ahead of time (Vanadis, Grand Devina, Evil Shaman) to a specific end (Demon Breath, Divina's Rank 2 spells, Vanadis' Light Shot Spear and stat-ups).  Yes, the men are mostly stronger than the women in SD3, but no, two playthroughs is not a good sample.  

I feel that Kevin still edges out Hawk in terms of damage since he's pretty much guaranteed a good power attack and takes less time to start up (you only need to buy a shitload of Dreamsee Herbs). Hawk doesn't quite have the durability that Kevin does and he needs to Class Change to get to his debuffs. Duran's just slow as hell and should be a tank or stopgap healer, full stop. Lize(Rise/Lisse/Lize/Risze?) is the definition of mediocre as she only has decent damage output untile promotion then either gets buffs or debuffs (and if Hawk's around, really?) and then has to choose between mutlitarget buffs/debuffs or wasting her 2nd tier promotion (at least her durability's pretty good with all that Agility, Vitality and Wisdom plus Def/Mind Ups or Str/Int Downs, possibly even better than Duran's). Carlie's all about Healing and Angela takes forever to do anything but can nuke the pants off of a shitload of enemies (right up until she runs out of MP, then her tissue durability will let her get killed while an Angel's Grail will fully recharge her HP/MP) with the proper element, Deathspell, Ancient or Rainbow Dust.
Not disagreeing with any part of your assessment, but I stand by my mini-ranking. Hawk isn't as good as Kevin on offense, but his large number of useful skills in all his classes makes him around even. Carlie is high ranked because she has useful support skills and your healing problems are over if you pick her. Angela's later classes are good, but she's awful in the early game. I actually like her light classes slightly better for MT level 2 spells in the last few dungeons. You're right on about Lise (sometimes Riesz?) and Duran.
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 07, 2015, 12:23:28 AM
I said it before and I'll say it again.
Seiken Densetsu 3 feels kinda sexist to me, since overall, the 3 guys are much better than the three girls.

I'm not just saying that, because I played the game twice (once 3 girls, once 3 guys) and my 3 guys playthrough was much easier.
You could probably solo the game with Kevin or Duran which none of the girls could ever do.
I've beaten SD3 seven or eight times.  It's one of my favorite games ever.  I think that Lise is better than Duran, because her skills add so much more utility than his do, and if you want her to go full-offense like Duran's Dark classes, Lise's Vanadis is about as good (or better) than Swordmaster or Duelist.  Her dark classes are about even with Duran's light classes, but I like stat-downs more than Heal Light because the only ways to get stat-downs in the entire game are skills from Lise, Hawk, or Carlie, while there are dozens of items and spells for healing.  Also: Carlie is the best support character in the game and it's NOT close.  If Carlie is on your team, you can have your other two characters go full offense, which is extremely useful.  Angela is right down there with Duran as one of the worst two characters, though, especially since she's bad in the first 2/3 of the game before she gets useful spells.  

...but Kevin and Hawk are so much stronger on physical offense than the other four for the majority of the game that it's not an argument worth having.  Kevin = Hawk > Carlie > Lise > Duran = Angela.  Whatever.  I liked my 3 girls playthrough MORE than my 3 guys playthrough, but that's because I planned my classes ahead of time (Vanadis, Grand Devina, Evil Shaman) to a specific end (Demon Breath, Divina's Rank 2 spells, Vanadis' Light Shot Spear and stat-ups).  Yes, the men are mostly stronger than the women in SD3, but no, two playthroughs is not a good sample.  
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 07, 2015, 12:10:10 AM
I WILL BE THE BEST CARLIE EVER
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 06, 2015, 11:07:01 PM
Where do you find these images, man? xD
Marcos has a black belt in reaction.gifs

And I'm really glad that this has gotten such a positive reception!  Hopefully we can keep some of this momentum going! 
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 06, 2015, 01:15:31 AM
Was Ore no Shikabane o Koete Yuke that very Japanese (well myth, look, and everything) PSP game?
Almost.  It's usually called Oreshika and it was PS1 Japan-only RPG.  It recently had a PS Vita sequel, Oreshika 2, which made it to North America as Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines.  I stuttered through a discussion of it in the most recent Random Encounter podcast. 
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 06, 2015, 01:06:28 AM
Stephen, that's the PS1 Japan-only cult hit usually truncated to Oreshika :)

And I *ADORE* Seiken Densetsu III.  One of my all-time favorite RPGs, not joking.  Better than Secret of Mana.  Beaten that thing seven or eight times.  Unreal replayability for a Super Famicom RPG. 
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: May 05, 2015, 11:26:04 PM
I like the idea.  But you guys are just calling things "retro"whenever you feel like it.
This was a concern that came up when we were having discussions as to what to call the podcast.  We ultimately decided on Retro Encounter because 1) it looks / sounds good alongside Random Encounter and Rhythm Encounter; 2) we are more than likely to concentrate on games that are 10+ years old; and 3) it was probably the favorite suggestion among all the options. 

Trails in the Sky was chosen as the first game because it was the suggestion that garnered the most interest after an internal vote.  The second game is another game from the early 2000s - we don't want to put ourselves in a box by ONLY playing RPGs from the 80s or 90s, even if it makes the podcast's title a little misleading.  And honestly, "retro" is in the eye of the beholder. 
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Game that took you the longest time to finish on: May 01, 2015, 08:48:27 PM
One that comes to mind for me is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  Played it a little on a borrowed N64 in 2000 or 2001, never got very far and had to give the N64 back.  Bought the Zelda Collection disc for GameCube in 2006-ish, and played the very beginning of it right after getting it.  Then fast forward to the end of 2011 and I finally decide to finish it, doing so on Christmas Day.  So right around a decade for an extremely popular game. 
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 15, 2015, 10:06:24 PM
I'm about two hours in, and I'm super-digging this.  I spent over an hour on the character creation screen, and settled on a dwarf paladin.  Gonna try and become a near-unkillable tank backed by a posse of mages and archers.  Doable, right? 
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The movie was better than the book. wut? on: April 11, 2015, 11:56:27 PM
edit: I forgot he directed Elf

double edit: HE DIDN'T ACTUALLY DIRECT SWINGERS??!!  WHAT>!>!
Uh, Jon Favreau's a really good director who has done plenty the past several years.  He directed the first two Iron Man films and Chef (from last year).  I heard his interview on Marc Maron's podcast last year and that got me interested in Chef.  Sure, it's basically him calling his entire rolodex of celebrities for cameos, but I really enjoyed it. 
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 09, 2015, 05:12:12 PM
Final dungeon of Ys: Memories of Celceta.  Contemplating looking up weapon-refining strategies, grinding for materials, hunting down, every resource I missed, and defeating the game's superboss vs. just beating the final dungeon and calling it a day. 

Got the first two treasures in Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines.  Nueko is a game-changing character / mechanic / thing that I'm not sure if I like.  She's fun in that she's capable of some crazy shit, but I'd also sort of prefer to build my own clan of generic characters.  Not totally sold on her yet, especially since she's necessary to kill Abe no Seimei's guardians. 
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