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1  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 27, 2016, 11:50:05 AM
Hero also learns Scorch,  if you want to see the animation for a breath attack without using a monster class or Monster Masher.  It's probably the best screen clearing attack that costs zero MP. Better than Thin Air, which is very good but deals less damage and a type (wind) which is resisted by more enemies.

One bummer is that I'm not sure human characters can learn the ice version of Scorch.  I'd have to check a list of skills learned by monster classes, but I think that skill is enemies–only.

EDIT: okay it looks like you CAN learn the ice version of Scorch,  but it comes from Galumph, one of the most advanced monster classes.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 26, 2016, 04:33:39 PM
My favorite island quests were probably Alltrades (formerly Dharma) and Buccanham (formerly Coastal). I still haven't 100% resolved the Buccanham story in the present-day, but I hope I do soon. Sharkeye is probably my favorite NPC, haha,
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past on: September 25, 2016, 10:38:43 PM
I just finished the boss at the end of the Excavation Site, about 50-55 hours in.  I understand that this is the end of Disc 1 in the PS1 version (which I own, but didn't get far in).  My team for that boss:

The Hero: Paladin and Pirate mastered, currently a Gladiator, eventually Champion and Hero

Ruff: Gladiator and Monster Masher mastered, currently a Paladin, eventually Champion and Hero

Mervyn: Sage and Armamentalist mastered, currently a Jester (lol), eventually Luminary, Druid, and Hero

Aishe: Gladiator mastered, currently a Luminary, eventually Paladin, Champion, and Hero

So yeah, my plan is to get everyone to either Champion or Druid, plus one other intermediate class to let them be a Hero as well.  If I max those classes before beating the game (maybe? Not a guarantee.) then I'll mess around with more intermediate classes.  When Maribel left the party she had mastered Luminary and was working on Sage. 
4  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: September 24, 2016, 12:02:00 AM
A few Retro Encounter updates:

- The second Valkyria Chronicles episode is up as of a few days ago!  The first one got a very positive response, and I hope you all enjoy part 2 as well.  

- Next week is the release of Retro Encounter's 50th episode (!!!).  Five panelists have a free-form discussion of the first year-and-a-half of Retro, and each of them pitches a game to be the first Retro Encounter game of 2017.  A public poll of those five games will go up after the episode is posted, on Wednesday.  The five games debuted on five different systems, with the oldest released in 1994 and the newest released in 2014.  Those are the only hints you get.  

- After Episode 50, the Retro Encounter team plays the teenage-murder visual-novel shooting-gallery cult-hit Danganronpa.  The first episode will air in the first week of October, with the second either one or two weeks after (depending on scheduling).  We've already made the first episode, but the second one has yet to be recorded - if you want to ask any questions directly to us, post them here or send them to retro@rpgfan.com and we'll answer them in the second Danganronpa episode.  

So that's all.  TL;DR: Valkyria, Danganronpa, 50 episodes, more to come.  Please look forward to it.  
5  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: September 07, 2016, 10:50:37 PM
We're posting a special Dreamcast RPGs episode today, and the next two weeks will be the two Valkyria Chronicles episodes.  It's Sega month!  (total coincidence). After those we have a special 50th episode planned, which is getting posted on the 28th. 

We're still yet to record our first Danganronpa episode due to scheduling difficulties.  If you want to ask a question or make sure we address a specific topic, then post it here or send an email to retro@rpgfan.com.  Thanks for listening and discussing! 
6  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: September 04, 2016, 04:40:17 PM
I hear if you say Suikoden II three times in front of a mirror Jason Schreier shows up behind you and gives you a free copy of the game
Well damn, now I feel like I wasted $10 a few months ago. 
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: August 31, 2016, 03:25:56 AM
Both episodes are recorded.  They'll go up in mid-September, after the second part of our Essential Ten episode and another bonus round episode.  In general, the game journal episodes are played over one month and get posted the following month.  Thanks for your input, though!  Alana, Chris, and Nilson were on that episode; I'll direct them here in case they don't check this thread often.    

The September game for Retro is Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and the first episode of that has NOT been recorded yet.  If you have any questions or comments for the first three chapters, then ask them here and the panelists will be happy to read them on the air!  

Also: Kingdom Hearts is bad.  Sorry Peter.  
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: August 26, 2016, 01:38:51 PM
EDIT: I'm deleting this response because it was probably in poor taste. But everyone should listen to the "Hamilton" album. It's spectacular.

(this post used to be a top ten list of songs from "Hamilton" under spoiler tags, masquerading as our Essential Ten)
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: August 26, 2016, 11:26:08 AM
^ can ya'll just POST what your essential 10 ends up being after both eps air?

Some of us don't have enough time to listen to everything.
I'm inclined not to.  The point is the journey and not the destination.  Someone else (staff or listener) is free to do so if they want, of course. 

This reads bougie as all get out. "I'm inclined to restrict access because I'd rather you just listen, even if you can't.  So I'm not going to do a favor for the plebes that would literally take me 30 seconds" 

People will still listen. Lots of people.  Just not me, possibly not ever again.

I don't see how putting up a recording for free counts as "restricting access." I suppose it's inconvenient if you are uninterested in the discussion and just want to see the final list, but I feel that's missing the point a little. And claiming my preference not to post a list is a form of classism ("bougie," "plebes") is ridiculous.
10  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: August 25, 2016, 01:00:32 AM
^ can ya'll just POST what your essential 10 ends up being after both eps air?

Some of us don't have enough time to listen to everything.
I'm inclined not to.  The point is the journey and not the destination.  Someone else (staff or listener) is free to do so if they want, of course. 
11  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: August 24, 2016, 06:22:16 PM
New episode of Retro Encounter is four panelists (Josh, Marcos, Peter, and myself) each submitting a top ten list of his favorite RPGs, then arguing those lists down to a final ten:

RPGFan Essential Ten

(this is something that Josh has wanted to do for at least a year)
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: #7favfilms is trending right now. So what's your 7favfilms? on: August 16, 2016, 12:06:14 AM
Alphabetical order, so as not to rank them officially. 

The Blues Brothers
Clue
Goodfellas
Inglourious Basterds
The Incredibles
Kung Fu Hustle
Seven Samurai

I love superhero movies (and superhero stuff in general), but I still find it a little strange that the best superhero movie is a 2004 animated joint about family and uniqueness. 
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: July 14, 2016, 11:58:23 AM
Somehow I prefer these pirate costumes to the ones that Tales of Beseria are getting (even if they do make Dogi look like an old man).
I don't see Dogi in that gallery. The big guy with green/blue hair is Shahad, who wields axes and anchors (I think?). Did I miss a page?
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: July 13, 2016, 01:49:10 AM
Vita version of Ys VIII comes out next week.  Here's a translated interview from Dengeki Playstation: SOUND OF A WALL SHATTERING

Some details:
- Gonna be a 40-60 hour RPG, the longest and "most substantial" game in the series
- Dogi isn't playable, but he's in charge of the village that you help build over the course of the game. 
- Boss Rush mode added in day 1 patch and pirate costumes available as launch DLC
- Dengeki PlayStation gave it 90/95/90/90 (four reviewers scoring out of 100)
- Famitsu gave it 9/8/8/9 (four reviewers scoring out of 10)
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 10, 2016, 10:26:44 PM
We've posted the panel's final thoughts on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask here: Boom

Next week is the first Xenogears episode.  We're sticking to this weekly schedule, so keep an eye on your podcast feeds for more Retro Encounter! 

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