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346  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 17, 2014, 10:57:35 PM

'twas easy.  All it took was an Ike with four maxed stats and near-max HP and an incredibly over-prepared Mist.  He only used Luna once (I was at max, thank goodness) and Ike finished him off with the only Aether skill of the mission.  Great stuff.  

One shameful thing: both Ike and Mist gained a level in this fight.  Both levels had zero stat gains.  Ike has four maxed stats and Mist has two maxed stats, but I'm still a little bummed....
347  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 17, 2014, 07:45:17 PM
I'm 99% sure Ultra's the end.  Most of the new characters have their models imported from other games (Sfexty, mostly) and the game has been out in various versions for six years.  I think there were six versions?  Arcade - console - Super - AE - AE2012 - Ultra.  Not counting the mobile or 3DS versions.  Really the only one of those updates that I consider significant was going from original console version to Super.  Ten characters, new modes, better online functionality and netcode; that was a good update.  The rest are only if you're hardcore into it.  I might pick up the $15 Ultra patch version eventually, since I do have AE-2012 currently, but it's not a high priority. 
348  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 16, 2014, 05:17:12 PM
Anyways, what's your Ike and Mist looking like right now?

Ike's a beast.  Level 19/13.  STR, Skill, and Speed are maxed.  HP's at 48, and Def is at 23.  Luck and Res are both 14.  I feel very confident about this Ike, and (checks a wiki) I'm pretty sure he can grab another level or two for an extra point of Def. 

I've been told to work on Mist since before starting this game (by Aeolus and a few others), so she's been my number one recipient of BEXP.  Some amount of soft resetting / manipulation there.  Her MAG is at 24, Skill is 20, Speed and Luck are both 25, Def is 11, and Res is 22.  A-rank in staff, with a fresh, unused Physic on top of the one she has equipped now.  I don't know exactly how powerful the BK is in this upcoming duel, but I think these two are prepared. 
349  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Monsoon Market - GBA, DS, PS2, and GameCube for sale on: May 16, 2014, 05:12:58 PM
I have the composite cables that came with the cube, and a set of 3rd-party component cables that I use for both the GC and Wii.  If you want I can throw in one of my spare 3rd-party composites for an extra few bucks (no more than $5, but I'd have to check replacement value first). 
350  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: May 16, 2014, 02:52:42 PM
I'm leaving for Vienna, Austria in four days.  Got my plane tickets, hotels, train tickets, and friend visits all set up.  After attending the wedding of one of my closest friends in Vienna on the 24th, I'm going to spend about a week in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.  I'm incredibly hyped, but also a littler nervous.  Going to be a hell of a time. 

Oh, and I'm selling off a bunch of games to help pay for the trip / not go broke.  Check my topic in the Bazaar if you're interested. 
351  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Monsoon Market - GBA, DS, PS2, and GameCube for sale on: May 16, 2014, 02:48:32 PM
Big update on the first post!  Added a large number of my PS2 games up for sale.  Sorry, I'm holding on to most of my RPGs.  I have several of those PS2 games on PS3 (or alternatively, II can get a few of them on PS3 later if my money's better), which is a big reason why I'm willing to unload them.  It's also why they're going so cheaply. 

I'm also selling off my GameCube and three of its games that I don't play anymore!  Those three games are a little on the rare/popular side, so they're going to be more expensive than my PS2 offerings.  If you buy some of the GameCube stuff in a package deal, I'll probably be willing to discount.  So negotiate away!  Hit me via PM. 
352  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 16, 2014, 02:30:59 PM
More Fire Emblem stuff
Yeah, I forgot those two.  Whoops.  I haven't really been using Laguz at all for several chapters; I used Lethe a bit at the beginning but right now she's level 7 and going nowhere.  I've been using Stefan sporadically since his starting stats are insane, but I dunno if I'll continue using him; his dodge % isn't great thanks to his low Luck, but hopefully me bringing his Soren support up to B will help. 

Anyhow, the chapter I'm at right now lets me use something like 18-20 characters, so I might have to throw Silver equipment on those pre-promotes and see what happens.  I think I'm probably near-ish to the end of the game.  I imagine I'll beat it this weekend. 
353  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 15, 2014, 11:05:05 PM
More Path of Radiance.  A few new pre-promotes joined, but I don't think I need to use any of them.  Geoffery is probably the best of them (Tauroneo, Bastian, Lucia, Geoffery, and Largo).  For awhile I was struggling keeping Reyson alive during the map where Lucia and Bastian join, but then I had an epiphany: skip using Reyson for this chapter.  Worked like a charm. 
354  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 13, 2014, 02:12:34 PM
A pretty interesting Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones character discussion / playthrough recap

I'm a little surprised that Lute didn't work out, because I consider her one of the most RNG-proof characters.  In my two playthroughs she and Ewan were definitely the two best magic users. 

I'm less surprised that you didn't use any of the trainee characters, because, well, Hard Mode.  I think that Amelia and Ewan are two of the best non-Lords in FE8, but I imagine that raising an Est character in a Hard Mode run isn't worth it. 

And I'm jealous of your good Garcia.  In both of my runs Garcia couldn't get Speed or Skill at all.  FE8 isn't the best game for axe users in general - you either need to put hard time into Ross, make Gerik a Hero, use Dozla or Duessel, or promote one of your cavs into a Great Knight.  Sheesh, Gerik might be the best option. 

Anyhow, after reading all that I'm going to go hard back into Fire Emblem.  I took a few days off of Path of Radiance, but I'll crash back into it tonight.  Just recruited Tauroneo and used my Occult scrolls on Ike, Volke, and Oscar.  i.e. my three best units that don't already have a good skill built in (not counting Jill, because Stun doesn't seem very useful at all).  I might even finally try Hector Hard in FE7.  That's less likely, though.  FE7's my favorite, but I don't want it stressing me out. 
355  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 10, 2014, 05:41:28 PM
Unfortunately, I killed Shinon and didn't get the Knight's Ring.  A few crows died and I saved without knowing what's up.  I have an earlier save that's just before chapter 18, and I'm considering redoing it to get Shinon and the ring. 

Volke *just* promoted, and I wish I had known about it beforehand.  He was at level 15 or 16 before promotion; should have gotten him up to 20.  Might try reloading back to ch.18 and using some BEXP on him. 

Mist is up to a B-ranked support with Jill, and I think I'll have it at A rank soon.  I haven't really jumped into chapter 20 yet, but probably will later tonight.  I also haven't recruited Calill yet, but I'll probably use her.  She supports both Nephenee and Tormod, and I use both of them. 
356  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 10, 2014, 04:58:45 PM
FMP? FUMOFFU!: The Sousuke/Kaname comedy hour. Pretty much the highlight of the series right here and vastly superior to FMP S1.
I'm not sure how far into Fumoffu! you are, but look forward to the episode with the rugby team.  Sports is my favorite genre of anime and manga, and that episode had EVERYTHING I WANTED in a wacky anime sports story. 
357  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 10, 2014, 01:55:06 PM
Right before chapter 20 in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.  This is slowly turning into my favorite game in the series.  Keep in mind I've only beaten 4, 6, 7, and 8 before.  4 and 6 were translated ROMs, the other two were English-language GBA carts. 

Promoted Ike is such a boss.  I love how his stance is cooler and more relaxed; way better than his weird one-handed overhead stance from before.  It makes him look like a fuckin' Jedi Knight, and he's still hilariously OP.  My army's MVPs are definitely Astrid and Nephenee, with Jill and Oscar rounding out my four best non-Lords; Aeolus wasn't kidding when he said that the collection of mounted units in this game was awesome.  I'm sorta regretting training Zihark instead of Makalov.  If I ever replay this game (which is a possibility) then I'll definitely give Makalov and Marcia a shot.  Didn't really give them a shot this time around, unfortunately. 
358  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The one that got away... on: May 07, 2014, 05:14:15 PM
Xenogears.  I have a save in the final dungeon (a big, empty black/gray area navigable in your mechs) but gave up.  I sold my discs, too.  Not sure if/when I'll ever get back to it, since I've forgotten most of the game.  Except that the best party is Fei / Citan / [does not matter, because of Fei and Citan]. 
359  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 07, 2014, 07:21:41 AM
This week's One Piece manga has one of the greatest Usopp gag faces ever.  Majestic. 
360  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 07, 2014, 07:20:28 AM
Played some Ratchet & Clank HD last night because... why not.  Having some trouble on the branching path area in Orxon; tougher than I remember. 
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