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526  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: DIVEKICK on: July 27, 2013, 01:27:38 PM
In the kumites that followed the tournament, a few of the non-Yume Japanese players won only about 50% of their games against American players (Die-chan was one of them, don't remember the others).  The best Kanji player I know won against Die-chan's Mitsuru.  But you're both right - the American P4A scene is pretty strong, except against Yume.  No Orgia? No problem.
527  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: DIVEKICK on: July 27, 2013, 12:31:58 PM
I can't get over that Gen play.  Tricky, mistake-free, and still some stylish shit like hit confirm super into ultra.  Like every other match!  It's too bad that Xian says he's retiring his Gen for Ultra. 

But even scarier than Xian; did anyone see the P4A top 8?  Yume's Aigis was terrifying!!! Way better than that of Xie.  The American players did better than I thought, but holy shit Yume. 
528  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: The comic books thread. What's your fave? Marvel? DC? Top Cow? on: July 25, 2013, 10:53:59 PM
I'm more of a DC fan than a Marvel fan, and that's 95% because DC's 90s cartoons (Batman TAS, Superman TAS, Justice League, Batman Beyond, Static Shock) were way better than anything Marvel produced.  The only current DC books I follow are Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, and recently Superman Unchained, but all of those are excellent and I recommend them wholeheartedly.  DC also still runs the Vertigo imprint; Vertigo is probably my favorites comics label of all time.  My favorite DC character of all time is Batman, but I also have immense appreciation for Nightwing (especially Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder's runs on him in 2009-2011), Wonder Woman (GEORGE PEREZ GREG RUCKA GAIL SIMONE!!!!!1!1!!111) and Animal Man (original Grant Morrison series and subsequent Vertigo comics).  

My favorite Marvel books now are probably Superior Spider-Man, Wolverine & The X-Men (Logan as headmaster of a new mutant school) and All-Female X-Men (self-explanatory), but there's some good stuff going on right now.  Favorite Marvel character of all time is probably Beast.  I'd explain Superior Spider-Man to you guys, but those of you not in the know would probably flip a shit.  (major spoilers).  Seriously, I don't even want to talk about Superior Spider-Man unless you already know the twist.

In terms of stuff I collect in trades, I'm currently reading American Vampire by Scott Snyder, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, and The Unwritten by Mike Carey.  I also recently finished Irredeemable by Mark Waid.  Those four are probably the best comics I've read in the past two years.  I'll talk about those four here, because they don't receive NEARLY as much attention as mainstream DC and Marvel stuff and I'm always eager to talk about them.  

American Vampire - with episodes set in the 1880s, 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s (I'm only at volume 3), American Vampire chronicles the lives of Pearl Jones and Skinner Sweet, two new-species vampires born in different eras of American history.  The underworld is dominated by a rule of European vampires of Dracula's ilk, while Pearl and Skinner are day-walking terrors with new powers and weaknesses, having been turned under unusual circumstances on American soil.  The old vampires view them as abominations, Skinner wants to live a hard and fast un-life, and Pearl just wants to be left alone.  American Vampire is some the best vampire fiction out there.  

The Unwritten
- Tom Taylor is the son of legendary fantasy author Winston Taylor, whose Tommy Taylor books (an obvious send-up of Harry Potter) are the most popular books in the world.  Tom Taylor has lived under his father's shadow and made a living speaking at conventions, but resents his father for his rough upbringing.  Eventually Tom and some allies unearth a literary conspiracy spanning millennia and discover that they can use the spells in the Tommy Taylor books as long as there are enough believers in the magic of fiction.  It's pretty incredible.  

Saga - this is the series that BKV allegedly wanted to make all his life, and I think it's his best work since Y: The Last Man (one of the best comic books of the past twenty years).  Set in an interstellar war between two species, one of which is technologically advanced and the other of which is shamanistic and able to wield magic powers.  Alana and Marko, soldiers from opposite sides, fall in love and try to raise the first known inter-species child ever conceived.  Saga is an excellent space opera that I implore you check out.  

Irredeemable - what if Superman totally snapped?  Legendary writer Mark Waid (author of Tower of Babel, Kingdom Come, and some groundbreaking material for Flash and Daredevil, among others) creates a rich universe of unique superheroes, with the all-powerful Plutonian front and center.  Plutonian is similar to Superman, with senses capable of detecting any sight or sound on earth and a myriad of incredible, nigh-invincible powers.  "Tony" grows sick of all the criticism, ridicule, and opposition that superheroes receive, so he loses his goddamn mind, murders most of his former teammates and adversaries, and starts erasing entire nations.  Irredeemable is a superhero drama among superhero dramas, with superheroes, supervillains, armies, aliens, and extradimensional beings all teaming up to stop the one that used to be the greatest of them all.  I recently finished the series (which ended in early 2012) and it's amazing.  

So does any of that sound good to you?  Check them out!  The more people that read those four books, the better I feel about comics.  
529  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The favorite sidequests thread on: July 24, 2013, 11:20:23 PM
Bounty hunting in Skies of Arcadia: Legends.  One thing that the Legends version had over the original was the addition of a few extra pirate bounties.  They were usually fun, had good rewards if you challenged them as they became available, and had enemies full of personality.  Hidden postgame bounty is also probably the best boss battle in the game.  

Also: the epilogue in Lunar 2.  So much extra stuff.  Sad ending turns awesome.  Gets me every time.  
530  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: WARRIORS of OZ on: July 24, 2013, 07:38:26 AM
Ahahaha if they manage to rope James Remar to play a major character I will lose my damn mind.  Love that movie. 
531  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: WARRIORS of OZ on: July 23, 2013, 11:56:17 PM
Best part of Roger Rabbit is Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny doing a bit together while falling off a plane.  Legendary moment.  Incredible movie. 
532  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: WARRIORS of OZ on: July 23, 2013, 07:43:59 PM
oh what the fuck.  Oz should have ended with the Muppets. 
533  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: July 22, 2013, 12:17:32 PM
My favorite classes in western RPGs always have summons or auras.  Ranged vs. melee vs. spells doesn't really matter as long as I can approach a mob, summon my guys and set up my buffs/debuffs, then clean house.  Barbarian, Druid, and Necromancer were my three favorite Diablo II classes and I really enjoy all four classes in TL2 because all of those have summon AND aura options (except for the D2 Barbarian, whose war shouts and look I love).  

I should also mention: I overwhelmingly prefer tribal/shamanistic looks over gothic/medieval looks.  I avoid knight/paladin/holy characters in general as a result.  Couldn't tell you way exactly, just a personal preference.  And I use male and female characters almost equally, since I care much more about class.  If I have the option, I go with my whim.  If I'm playing something for the second time, I'll usually try the sex I didn't use the first time.  

Favorite class ever: Samurai from Final Fantasy Tactics.  Blade Grasp is so strong it feels unfair.  Draw Out consists of decent-to-awesome offensive and defensive skills that require no charge time or MP usage and are immune to Brave or Faith effects.  That way you can create a low-Faith character with offense, defense, and support skills that can use MP for MP Switch.  Giving Draw Out to a Wizard, Priest, Oracle, or Summoner is the ****ing greatest.  

Least-favorite class ever: Battle Suits from Disgaea 4.  I love most of the Disgaea 4 classes and characters, but Battle Suits are just lame.  They're decent fighters, but automatically self-destruct when their HP goes below 10%.  I've had one at full health gain 40 levels after one attack, have its HP below 10% as a result of its new max HP, and then die.  **** Battle Suits.  
534  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: July 22, 2013, 12:38:29 AM
I was at a friend's BBQ before he gets shipped off to Afghanistan, so I couldn't make it this week.  I'll try and make it next time, though! Do you have any ideas about what game it's going to be?
535  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NISA announces Danganronpa and Demon Gaze on: July 21, 2013, 11:27:47 PM
The website has changed the "fatty" designation for the fat kid to "otaku" so that's over with.  I'm still way interested in this game and I'll definitely buy it soon after I get a Vita.  Which I'm guessing will be sometime in 2014. 
536  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGfan Community Quiz Quiz Show! on: July 20, 2013, 09:55:40 AM
I'm not 100% sure I'll make it tonight. Medium-busy day today.  We'll see what happens.
537  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What do you want out of PS4/XBone RPGs? on: July 19, 2013, 10:28:04 PM
Fast Travel kind of ruined Skyrim for me. I just couldn't NOT use it, you know? It should have been an option only available at cities or something.
I'm the exact opposite.  If I didn't have Skyrim, I would have been too disgusted to finish it.  I will always welcome fast travel as an option for open-world stuff.  If there's no fast-travel, then there should at least be methods of going super fast.  Like riding power lines in inFamous. 
538  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 19, 2013, 12:36:43 PM
I finished Tactics Ogre a few nights ago, so it's very, very likely I fire up the Wii for the first time in months.  Might even start XenoBlade, which I, uh, bought at launch. 
539  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nippon Ichi's Project: D "Disgaea D2" on: July 16, 2013, 08:02:25 PM
I'm pumped for the Disgaea 4 Vita port.  By the time we get it (USA) I'll have a Vita, and I've barely touched the Disgaea 4 postgame.  Vita should have new content, some of the DLC built-in, and be on the sexiest small screen available.  I'm 100% okay with this. 
540  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: July 15, 2013, 07:45:55 PM
Final set of battles in Tactics Ogre: Knight of Lodis.  Looks like at least five in a row without saving in between.  Heaven help me....
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