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301  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 29, 2014, 01:49:20 PM
I'm kinda fucked.  Metaphorically. 

I paid all of my April bills last week, but ended up with VERY low savings in my account because my quarterly bills (HOA and water) both landed, with a late fee from the HOA because their first mailed bill was lost in the mail.  So my April bills (other than mortgage) weremore than double as expensive as they usually are.  And this is with me trying to afford a trip to Europe in a few weeks (planetickets already paid for, thank goodness).

And THEN my annual car insurance payment hits me this morning.  I'm at a negative balance at my bank. I called them and found out that I won't be affected in a major way since my paycheck comes in on Friday (they have several days' grace period for this sort of thing), but I have NEGATIVE money right now, except for what's tied into my mortgage account (which I won't touch).  Not fun financial times for me right now. 
302  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 29, 2014, 01:44:28 PM
EDIT: whoops, wrong topic. 

I played Fire Emblem last night.  Jill and Astrid seem good, but I am doing a lot of hard resets so they get good levels with BEXP.  It's a little frustrating, but I'm aware it's self-inflicted.  Whatever.  This is a solid Fire Emblem game.  I should probably get a 3DS to play Awakening.  If I had money. 
303  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: April 27, 2014, 09:56:08 PM
It probably speaks to my tastes and preferences to say this, but I thought that inFamous 2 was much better than the first one (which was also really good).  The more textured city, the more diverse, interesting powers, the improvements to fast-travel systems, and the increased variety of enemies put it way over the top for me.  And hey, I thought the story in inFamous 2 is really good!  The twist with The Beast was a little out there, but Zeke really came into his own as the most interesting character in the whole series.  Whether you go for the good or evil endings. 

As to making commentary on this thread... I'm good.  Every time I beat a game I write a review on my blog and then add to the list here.  I'll just keep doing that. 

Games Beaten: 2014 Edition
1. Ys Seven
2. Rayman Origins
3. Assassin's Creed II
4. Dust: An Elysian Tail
5. The Walking Dead (season one)
6. Frog Fractions
7. Mortal Kombat (2011)
8. Digital Devil Saga

Hmm, I'm a little behind....
304  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 27, 2014, 08:02:01 PM
Went to the Wizards game this afternoon with one of my college buddies.  The Wizards were missing their 2nd-best player, but somehow CREAMED the Bulls.  Wiz won by 9, but were up by as much as 25 in the second half.  Hugely entertaining. 
305  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 25, 2014, 07:15:22 PM
Thanks for the info, Aeolus.  I'm not positive I'm going to play FE10 - I've heard some negative things, and I don't favor the super-difficult FE games.  I had to be a little savestate-happy to beat FE6.  I think FE9's difficulty curve is quite reasonable and I'm enjoying it; definitely going to see this one through to the end. 

Jill is giving me a Miredy / Milady vibe, which is about the highest praise I can give.  Miredy was my favorite FE6 character.  I don't even know who to compare Nephenee to, since lance infantry is extremely rare (...non-existent?) in the FE games I've played.  Her stats are similar to a Merc/Hero's as you mentioned, which is awesome.  I'm definitely going to work on Astrid, in no small part because cavalry's attack/run ability paired with a bow is basically perfect.  She's the Mongolian rider of Fire Emblem 9 as far as I'm concerned. 
306  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I have a complaint on: April 25, 2014, 07:00:03 PM
I see your battle between Animal and Buddy Rich and raise you Animal meeting his match in Rita Moreno: Fever
307  The Rest / The Bazaar / Monsoon Market - GBA, DS, PS2, and GameCube for sale on: April 25, 2014, 11:39:46 AM
My best friend is getting married and I need some spending money for airfare and lodging... in Austria.  I'd like to go to her wedding and pay my bills for May and June without one compromising the other.  As such, I'm going to try and sell some GBA and DS games. 

*ALL* games will come with a protective plastic case, but only SOME of them have manuals and boxes. If it doesn't say anything on the listing, it's a plastic clasping case only.  All games are used, but are tested and functional.  All games are the English-language, USA NTSC versions.  I've never sold anything on RPGFan before, but I've bought a few things from veterans Dice and Klyde Chroma, so my contact info is out there. 

I'd be shipping everything from Virginia on the USA's east coast.  If the shipping fee is over $2 or $3 then I'm going to need to ask for more than the listed price to compensate for shipping.  If you're interested in anything I'm listing here please send a PM and post here that you have done so.  I hope there's something here you might like! 

PRICES - I'll take the best offer available, but if it's too low then I'm going to decline.  Sorry. 


Gamecube (black) with 1 controller and 1 memory card - $35 + shipping
Super Smash Bros. Melee - $25
Pokemon Colosseum - $25
Ikaruga - $25
DK bongos, Donkey Konga, and Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat: $15 + shipping

If you want to buy the GC and more than one game, I will be very amenable to discounts. The games have boxes and manuals, except for Colosseum, which lacks a manual. 

GBA Games

The Legend of Zelda (classic NES series) - $6
Sword of Mana - $6
Final Fantasy I+II: Dawn of Souls - $8
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - $8

DS Games

Scribblenauts - $8
Metal Slug 7 - $8
Golden Sun: The Lost Age - $8
Mega Man ZX - $8

PS2 Games

($10 games)
Shadow of the Colossus
Final Fantasy X
Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts 2
Odin Sphere
La Pucelle: Tactics

($5 games)
Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
Ratchet & Clank: Deadlocked
Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Jak 2
Jak 3
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Sly 2: Band of Thieves
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
God of War
God of War II
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry 2
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition
Tomb Raider: Legend

Most of my PS2 games have boxes and manuals, but not all of them.  I'll check all games that you make inquiries about and respond with the important info.  All games are used, but in good condition and are 100% playable.  I'm selling these for very cheap, so I'll probably ask for additional charges for shipping.  Sorry. 

Also, I found several boxes containing game boxes and game cases.  I have almost all of my DS, GBA, and PS2 game stuff located.  Huzzah! 

I may be adding to this list over the next few weeks.  Happy shopping!
308  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 25, 2014, 10:52:27 AM
Couple more Fire Emblem chapters.  Turns out Nephenee is a SUPERBEAST.  Best unit on my team other than Ike.  Kieran is okay and I probably won't continue with him since Boyd has turned it around.  I'm going to keep using Mist only because I heard she's important in a later chapter.  I'm going to have Jill, Astrid, and Zihark gain a few more additional levels before I decide whether or not to use them, but my initial impressions are good.  Already like Zihark better than Mia.  
309  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 23, 2014, 03:37:54 PM
I think I just took a year off my life watching the ending to the Wizards-Bulls game (I'm a Wizards/Ravens/Orioles/Capitals fan).  Why do I like sports?  Why does anyone like sports?  We're fools for caring.  And it's the best. 

I can't believe the Bulls lost both games at HOME. People have been all over my Pacers for slumping hard the past couple months, but no one has said anything about the Bulls until now. At least the Pacers won a home game! That said, I watch tons of NBA and NFL games to the point that I spend entire days just sitting in front of my TV. It's certainly not the best way I could spend my time, but I love it! I could beat so many more games, do my homework, clean the house... but nah, sports bro lol.
I find it difficult to spend an entire day watching sports on TV unless it's a special occasion, like the NCAA men's basketball tournament or the Olympics.  Even if I'm watching football with the boys we'll usually take a break to play pickup basketball at the nearby rec center or something.  And really, the fact that people care about sports so much is a little silly, but I have so much fun following my favorite teams and attending a few games each year that I can't stay away. 

Me and one of my college buddies are going to game 4 of Wiz-Bulls at the Verizon Center this Sunday!  There's a chance it could be the clinching game!  I AM SO PUMPED THAT IT'S KIND OF A PROBLEM!!!
310  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 23, 2014, 03:34:16 PM
FF VI and FF Tactics are my favorite FF games too, but COME ON, Mr. Steinman.  Accusing Stephen of being a Nazi hipster on trial for war crimes for saying VI isn't in his top five?  While he explains his choices and you refuse to justify your accusations (and try to avoid taking a stand on your own top five FF games)?  Not cool at all.  I guess you prefer to identify something you disagree with as being too "bro" or "hipster" and hope that settles the matter. 

LOVED the discussion on Conception, even though it's a game I know next to nothing about.  Really, what I felt Persona 3+4 did exceptionally well was marry the gameplay aspects of narrative (Social Link dialog and time management), customization (Social Links enhance Personae, determine which Personae to focus on), and action (Personae are your most important tools for combat).  Even though it seemed weird or disjointed at times, those three parts being attached in that way enhanced all of them.  The fact that combat was snappy and fun and that the characters were interesting also do a lot for the game, but I always felt that Persona 3 and 4's gameplay synergy were its most fascinating parts. 

So Conception tried to mimic Persona 3's dating-sim elements connected to combat+customization elements, but ultimately failed?  Makes sense.  And I'm also with you on dungeon stuff - navigating cool spaces can be a great part of an RPG, and Dragon Quest VIII is a good example.  Something like 60% of the reason I like Zelda is because of fun, memorable dungeon areas.  Interacting with the world outside of combat is pretty important, and I would be overjoyed if Persona 5 can improve upon its predecessors in that way. 

And MY top five Final Fantasy games are (ranked 1 to 5): VI, Tactics, IX, VII, V.  If Tactics doesn't count, move the last three up one space and add X. 
311  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 23, 2014, 01:26:02 AM
I think I just took a year off my life watching the ending to the Wizards-Bulls game (I'm a Wizards/Ravens/Orioles/Capitals fan).  Why do I like sports?  Why does anyone like sports?  We're fools for caring.  And it's the best. 
312  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: April 22, 2014, 11:05:35 AM
April 24th Famitsu previews are out. Next Ace Attorney is in Meiji Japan, Rise is playable in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax console version:


Rumors also hinting at playable Ken Amada and Tohru Adachi, but that's unconfirmed. Yukari, Junpei, and a new character are already in the arcade version, so these are console additions, like Elizabeth and non-Shadow Labrys for the original game. 
313  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 20, 2014, 11:53:56 PM
Struggling in Chapter 10 of FE9.  I'm trying to complete the mission via stealth, because I assume it gives you some sweet bonus items, but it isn't working.  Thinking I'll either check a guide or just give up.  Ike is still ridiculous, Soren is really good, and Titania seems closer to a Seth than a Marcus.  Oscar and Boyd both seem to have potential, but neithe rof them have had great growths to start out.  Dunno if I like Mia or Ilyana much at all.  No idea if Mist or Rolf are worth it, but I put a few levels into each of them just in case.  Also not sure what to make of these cat characters, but Lethe seems to be working out okay so far. 

...I miss Fire Emblem.  I had great times with the others I've played. 
314  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 20, 2014, 01:36:12 AM
Played first four or five chapters of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.  I've beaten FE's 4, 6, 7, and 8.  The plan is to finish PoR (#9) now and play Awakening (#...13?) when I get a 3DS later this year.  Probably.  Anyhow, Ike gained in four or five stats for all of his levels, which is totally insane.  Oscar and Boyd are... okay.  Not sure if they're worth it; they didn't get great levels in the first two chapters. Titania is a Jeigan, so I won't be using her for awhile, natch.  Gatrie and Shinon seem okay, but they're at a high level so I'll try not to overuse them.  Soren seems really solid.  Will be using him. 

(I love when you're early in a Fire Emblem game and you're getting new units every chapter. Lots of in-in-out-out-in going on.)
315  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: I made a list quiz on JetPunk on: April 19, 2014, 01:09:49 PM
Great quiz.  I usually use Sporcle for this kind of activity, so maybe you can make it there too?  Good stuff. 
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