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46  Media / RPGFan Music Discussion / Re: RPGFan Music Podcast (Rhythm Encounter) Thread on: November 23, 2015, 05:30:04 PM
I subscribe to 29 podcasts and my backlog is around 100 episodes.  Send help.  Or more RPGs where I can grind and listen to podcasts at the same time. 
47  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Second on: November 23, 2015, 01:47:23 AM
I really, really dug the first one, but I understand the frustration with the recycled environments, bosses, and story segments.  I feel that it was mitigated a bit by the ability to turn encounters on and off, but... yeah I'm not going to try and defend Bravely Default's, uh, repetitive elements.  I'm really pumped for Bravely Second and when I preorded like five ****ing games over the weekend (Fire Emblem Fates special edition, Mario & Luigi Paper Jam, Dragon Quest VII 3DS, Bravely Second, and Trails of Cold Steel).  Jayzus, 2016 is going to be expensive....
48  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest Heroes, CE on: November 20, 2015, 08:33:29 PM
Dammit, I really want to play this but lack a PS4.  This Steam version is quite tempting.  Dragon Warriors appeals to me way more than Hyrule Warriors does, even though I don't enjoy Musou games in general. 
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: November 17, 2015, 01:13:23 AM
We have a giant spreadsheet, Josh picks four or five games from it, then we hold an internal vote on those.  Our only rule is that it has to be at least two years old.  Deus Ex: HR was on the list, Deus Ex (original) wasn't even on the spreadsheet.  Nobody on staff suggested it and no fans asked about it.  If you want to see a particular game on the podcast, at least post here about it or send an email; those are the only ways we can figure out what the public is thinking.  

And I don't even remember what I voted for in the list this month; I think maybe Anachronox or Torchlight?  Whatever.  I really struggled during the first boss battle a few weeks ago when I started up Human Revolution, and I'm *not* looking forward to the next one.  
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best Thread Ever! (Nov. 15 - Best Comfort Food) on: November 16, 2015, 08:10:57 PM
man, if there was ever an RPGFan potluck the feast would be O-MAZING.  This thread is making me hungry. 
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best Thread Ever! (Nov. 15 - Best Comfort Food) on: November 15, 2015, 10:41:01 PM
Mashed potatoes.  Potatoes, butter, milk, and seasonings to taste.  Extremely simple, filling ingredients and an AMAZING blank slate for additional flavors.  I could probably eat four ****ing pounds of mashed potatoes but they will fill you up like nobody's business.  


Cornbread stuffing - the best non-potato item on my family's Thanksgiving spread. Cornbread made from scratch, often with sausage and/or apples included.  It's the bibbity bomb.

Pho - my go-to restaurant "junk" food, since one large bowl has a day's worth of calories and two days' worth of sodium.  But it's so satisfying, dayum.  It helps that I grew up in an area with dozens of pho joints.  

Suggestions for future favorites topics: animated films, musical instruments, wild animals. Just trying to cast a wide net.
52  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest 7, 8 and Bravely Second announced for 2016 on: November 13, 2015, 12:43:49 AM
DQ VII is the only game in the series from I to IX I haven't beaten.  I can't wait to finally play it!  (I've started the PS1 version like three times and got bored early on each time).
53  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: November 08, 2015, 01:44:38 PM
I beat Undertale start to finish in one sitting yesterday, on an Extra Life stream.  Man, the final sequences of that game we a major struggle, because I was only level 8.  After (perhaps stupidly) killing some enemies in the first two areas, I did the rest of the game (from the Snowedin boss through to the end) on a zero-EXP run.  And that game seriously f**ks with you in its last phase.  I might do a pacifist run in the future to see everything the game's ending(s) have to offer. 

Also, continuing to feed my ongoing addictions to Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm.  I can solo-clear G-Rift 51 in Diablo III comfortably, and in HotS I mostly play with friends to clear daily quests.  In Hots I've spent $20 of real money in total, but using gold I've bought 27 characters.  In sheer playtime I've definitely got my money's worth, heh. 
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The GameFAQs Best Game Ever competition on: October 29, 2015, 05:48:14 PM
I used to follow all the GameFAQs brackets quite enthusiastically when I regularly posted there.  Haven't in awhile.  Still a good concept, though, and I don't begrudge anyone that is into it.  I've been there, heh. 
55  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 20, 2015, 08:21:05 PM
Playing a bit of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, which is Sly 4.  It's... competent?  Like, definitely not a bad game, and consistent with the other games in the series, but it's not really lighting my world on fire.  If you're curious about the Sly games, you should probably just play Sly 2 and call it a day.  Maybe I'm starting to get jaded with cartoony animal platformers. 

After I wrap that up, I need to get back into Digital Devil Saga.  I want to do a NG+ of the first one and start up the second one before the end of 2015.  I also need to start up, uh, a certain RPG on PC for Retro Encounter's November shenanigans. 
56  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Diablo 3? on: October 12, 2015, 01:51:52 AM
My Witch Doctor's clearing ability plateaued a little bit, so I'm taking a break from using her; I need a Restraint ring and some better-rolled Helltooth stuff before I can reasonably challenge higher rifts than I'm currently at.  I started up a Hardcore character for the first time since, uh, probably 2005 or 2006.  I tried to beat Diablo II with Hardcore characters multiple times, but never made it very far.  I have very angry memories of losing HC characters against Duriel twice in one summer.  Not a good time.  Hopefully it works out a little better for me in 2015.  The goal is get to level 70 and most of the HC achievements. 
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: October 10, 2015, 03:34:18 PM
Probably unpopular opinion: people shouldn't be excited about a new Star Fox game.  There is one Star Fox title that's any good, and it came out 19 years ago.  Every non-64 Star Fox game is a disappointment, so there shouldn't be any reason to feel excited about this new one coming out, beyond a misguided hope for a return to form that goes against recent evidence. 

(I almost included a dig about furries in this post, but that's unfair and probably offensive so I backed off; there are definitely non-furries that enjoy more recent Star Fox games that just have different gaming tastes than I)
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project Setsuna (or 'Ikenie to Yuki no Setsuna') on: October 08, 2015, 08:26:11 AM
Square-Enix Japan just filed a few Setsuna-related trademarks, notably "I AM SETSUNA" straight-up in English.  I hope this means an officially English-language branding that results in a localization, but it's not a guarantee. 
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Indivisble: first combat prototype footage on: October 05, 2015, 08:26:19 PM
Ajna's battle sprite is fly as hell.  Love the movement, love the idle animation, and love how meaty those strikes look.  I am gonna keep an eye on this one, but I dunno if I want to give to the IndieGogo page. 
60  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 04, 2015, 10:09:51 PM
Replaying DQ5 in anticipation of DQ Heroes coming soon. I understand anyone who has any qualms with the series, it certainly suffers from clinging to long-abandoned design choices and being particularly grindy, but I love the simplicity and polish the games offer. Bringing a lot of the games to the DS was such a brilliant move, as their the perfect game to play on a commute or before bed.

Anyway, favorite part of DQ5 is how much you can break most of the game with the casino so early on.

Between that and the fact that Slime Knights are just so goo'd, you basically set until the endgame where you can pick up a Golden Dragon and then laugh at the final boss, and you'll never need to bother grinding outside of shaming the bonus boss with a King Cure Slime in tow (unless you for some reason decided to never use Perry and why would you ever do that?).

Though the best part was and will always be the second time skip.
Slime Knights are the bibbity bomb.  I've always recruited a Heal Slime in each run of Dragon Quest V I've played, but their chances are something like 1/32 or 1/64, so they might not be worth it.  Also, Golems are mid-game monsters that have great stats and are super-easy to recruit (like 1/4 or 1/8).  Those three and your Sabrecat are more than enough for backup monsters until the endgame if you really want.  Great Dragons are one of the best monsters in the game, and I'm IRRATIONALLY ANGRY that DQ V is the only game they appear in (other than the DQ Monsters subseries).  I really wanted one for my team in Dragon Quest VIII!!! 

The only reason why I can accept the fact that they didn't include a Great Dragon in that game was because you only had enough space for two teams, which essentially meant that you could only afford one team because the other was busy forming Golem Voltron (and if there had been Great Dragons, you could bet the farm on there being a team of S-ranked assholes carting three of them around, and welp).

Also, I can't believe that DQVIII is a decade old now.
If they add a Great Dragon to the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VIII it will be much more easier for me to justify the purchase.  V and VIII are my two favorite DQ games, but I've only beaten VIII once.  It's a given that they'll add more monsters to recruit and more features to the Monster Arena, right?  Morrie joins your team after you beat him, right? 
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