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46  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 22, 2014, 09:37:51 AM
More Dragon Age and Dragon Quest.  Juuust outside of Gotha/Granvania in DQ V, and juuuust finished the Hushed Whispers quest in Redcliffe in Inquisition.  Dorian just joined and... I think I might try and have a gay romance with him?  Maybe?  Would be a first for me in BioWare games, heh. 
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 21, 2014, 01:13:39 PM
You can buy the re-spec items from the I think materials sack? Right next to the forge. The first one cost one gold, but the others cost several hundred after that.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Most Favourite Gaming Moments~! on: November 20, 2014, 09:19:00 PM
I'll be brief.  Unlike Aeolus, who only *said* that he'd be brief :P

Death Mountain in Chrono Trigger
Entering the second castle in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
The crumbling bridge near the end of Shadow of the Colossus
The day the world changes in Final Fantasy VI
The last stand in Red Dead Redemption
Landing on the Fallen Arm in XenoBlade
Wheatley's character turn in Portal 2
The ending to Breath of Death VII: The Beginning.  I was not expecting such a silly story to end on a poignant note. 
The very first time you walk around in Mario 64 (HOLY CRAP THIS IS THE 3D FUTURE)
The death of Papas/Pankraz in Dragon Quest V (NEVER FORGET)

I'm sure I could think of others, but there is Dragon Age: Inquisition I could be playing right now. 
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: November 19, 2014, 10:46:27 AM
I'm messing around in the Hinterlands, with a mage named Moses. I'm focusing on Spirit and Storm spells, since parlaying enemies with lightning and throwing barriers on my tanks is appealing to me.

I dunno if I can throw 100% of my concentration behind this one, though. I'm in the middle of a few other games (mostly Xenoblade) and I don't want any of them to fall by the wayside. I have a feeling that I'll play this in binges and short bursts over several months. I loved Origins and thought DA2 had some problems, but Inquisition seems like it could be lastingly good.
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 15, 2014, 12:17:30 AM
Guys, I've had a shitty year.  My girlfriend broke up with me.  My roommate contracted cancer, but should thankfully make a full recovery.  One of my co-workers died a month ago and the rest of our section has had to work overtime to pick up the slack.  One of my best friends divorced his wife, and now I can't even stand to hang out with him because he definitely cheated on her and may have abused her (his ex-wife is also a friend, but she won't tell me everything she did).  Plus I had a lot of expenses (health, house, car stuff) pile up and I was nearly broke for a few weeks traveling out of the country to attend a friend's wedding.  All of that happened between December 2013 and September 2014. 

But it's looking up!  I just got promoted at work and will be joining a new office after New Years.  I'm going on dates again for the first time in ages.  My roommate is in the process of moving back in (he was living with his folks so his mom could take care of him for most of his illness).  My asshole ex-friend is still around, but his ex-wife is doing very well.  Money's still tight, but a little better overall.  And RPGFan recently hired me to a writing/editing position.  Sorry to get all whiny for a bit, but I'm finally in a decent headspace, heh.  First time in months. 
51  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Random VGM on: November 13, 2014, 11:08:04 PM
Lonely Rolling Star, from Katamari Damacy.  That soundtrack is an all-time classic. 
52  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 12, 2014, 09:26:14 PM
I started up a new playthrough of Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride over the weekend, and I just reached Granvania / Gotha.  It's my third run of the game, second on the DS.  I mean, I mostly do it for the hero's journey in this story.  It feels more personal than other DQ games.  Also, monster recruiting. 
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: November 11, 2014, 01:45:41 AM
ERB debuted the Ghostbusters vs. Mythbusters episode earlier today: - the rhymes aren't great in this episode, but it's a good ensemble bit. 

And because why not, here's a Mark Ronson / Bruno Mars joint that's currently stuck in my head: [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StIN75qfFZ8]Uptown Funk
54  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2014, 12:24:22 AM
I thought about playing Mass Effect 2 today, since it's N7 and all, but I ended up starting a new game of Dragon Quest V DS instead.  Not sure how that happened.  Beaten that game once on S.Famicom emulators and once on the DS; it's tied with DQ VIII as my favorite in the series. 
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGForums, by the numbers (AKA Josh goes meta all over everybody's asses) on: November 07, 2014, 05:50:47 PM
Alright! Fess up. Which among you are the wise guys? Eh.
...how would the people ignoring you know that you asked them to fess up?  I guess they know now, since I quoted you and they can read that.  Unless they ignore me too.  Damn.  I may have blown my own mind.  I need to lie down a bit....
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: November 05, 2014, 11:51:40 PM
Yep, all good vibes around here.  Except for that whole going to the wrong university in the SEC.  We all can't be perfect...

...and clearly that applies to my Gamecocks this year.
My roommate is a Gamecocks alum and he's already so done that it isn't even fun giving him the business.  But don't feel bad.  I attended one of those "is it basketball season yet?" ACC schools. 
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: November 01, 2014, 12:44:19 PM
Ahaha, been awhile since I updated this.  I got sidetracked by life a little the past few months. 

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
9. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
10. Persona 3: Portable (FeMC)
11. Sonny
12. Sonny 2
13. Dragon Age: Origins
14. Dragon Age: Origins: Awakening
15. Retro Game Challenge
16. Batman: Arkham City
17. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
18. Bravely Default
19. Persona 2: Innocent Sin
20. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
21. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Next up is (hopefully!) XenoBlade or BioShock Infinite. 
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: October 31, 2014, 07:42:41 PM
A couple of my co-workers decided to make giving candy to trick-or-treaters a drinking game.  Down a shot if Elsa or Olaf (from Frozen) came to your door. 
Me and my roommate would be dead if that happened.  Elsa and Olaf are the two biggest costumes.  Third is probably Katniss (mostly teenagers). 
59  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 31, 2014, 05:41:02 PM
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Replaying an old favorite because it's the end of October.  Messing around in the second castle, got two of Dracula's pieces, but I'm going to grind for a Crissaegrim, a Yasutsuna, and a Mablung just for fun.  Love this game. 
60  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 28, 2014, 01:01:20 AM
OK, now I have all seven XenoBlade characters, and of course I made a list ranking how much I like them.  Currently rolling through Mechonis Field and occasionally using a guide to help me find NPCs and items for sidequests. 

XenoBlade Chronicles Characters, Ranked by How Much Monsoon Enjoys Controlling Them

7.  Sharla

Sharla has some useful break-topple-daze arts and even some ether stuff, but really she's a support character with less offense than anyone else and that's not much fun.  Whenever I use her, it's always as the third character so she can heal in the background and occasionally pick off enemies with Head Shot. 

6.  Shulk

Only eight arts.  Dude.  That's not enough.  He at least has some ability to help in a stun-lock scenario and some okay positional attacks, but he can't do anything other than straight damage (with his one crappy healing art sprinkled in) and Monado tricks.  I sometimes *need* to switch to him to handle a difficult mob or a story boss, and that feels like a chore.  Yeesh. 

5.  Reyn

Like Shulk or Dunban, but with more Aura arts, more aggro, and a little less versatility and speed.  I like most of Reyn's toolset and he's great for daze-locking and soaking up damage.  Still, if I use Reyn, he'll be the second or third character for tank 'n spank. 

4.  Riki

I'm shocked at how much I like Riki - I generally don't enjoy using mascot characters, but Riki's fun and really useful!  Those DOT Ether spells are really effective, and his physical arts are serviceable enough that you can keep one or two around if you favor pink or red Chain Attacks.  He also has a decent backup healing art, some party gauge stuff, and the ability to steal items and EXP.  His survivability is incredible, but he's not as well-suited for tanking as Reyn or Dunban.  All of that is great.  I am using Riki way more often than I thought I would originally. 


SPOILER is a rock-solid offensive character that probably has some hidden tanking strategies that I haven't discovered yet.  Lots of potential for links in a stun-locking chain, big positional and situation-specific damage, and a lot of tricky ether and anti-Mechon stuff.  SPOILER sometimes feels like playing Shulk with a little more variety in art selection.  I'll be using SPOILER in almost every party for awhile to build up affinity, and hopefully I'll have a better feel for strategies soon; I'm a big fan so far. 

2.  Melia

Really neat concept of trading off between offense and defense.  I have a harder time building Melia's moveset than any other character's, because she needs summons to keep her offense up, her Ether status spells are solid, the Spear-Kick combination is an easy Topple that your other party members can capitalize on, and Burst End and Mind Blast are so powerful it's crazy.  I want to equip something like twelve arts when I only get eight.  I like using Melia, but I'm not great at figuring out that offense-defense balance yet so I die a lot.  Doesn't stop me. 

1.  Dunban

Incredibly effective at evasion-tanking, quick physical offense, or stun-locking, and his moveset has a ton of interesting ways to do it.  Good selection of Aura arts, lots of synergy between his skills (aura > Tempest > Thunder, Gale Slash > Gutbuster > Steel Strike, Worldly Slash > anything).  I like using him so much that I am basically forcing myself to use other characters unless I need Dunban for a boss. 
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