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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 04, 2018, 10:25:32 AM »
I didn't like coffee until I was 31, when my son was born. It was pretty much necessary to make it through the first few weeks. I've actually met several people over the years since who also didn't like coffee, until they had kids.
Now, I love it. Nothing like a hot cup on a chilly Saturday morning.

On that note, @Rucks  will be pleased to know that I've already bulk-ordered some pumpkin spice coffee for the season, because it seems to be going quick. Cookie cutter as it is, it's damn delicious. ;)

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 02, 2018, 08:37:13 AM »
Mustard is great in coffee, D, you should try it

There's no way you're being serious... That sounds like a terrible waste of perfectly good coffee.

My haps: A month or so ago, I bought my family tickets for a special showing of My Neighbor Totoro. None of us had seen it yet.
The show was on Sunday. We all completely forgot about it.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: October 01, 2018, 09:59:29 AM »
Berseria - Just starting to explore The Empyrean's Throne.
Nice of Magilou to finally join the battle party after hanging around so much (I've swapped out Eizen for her for the time being). Of course, this means the obligatory obnoxious small mascot makes its appearance. Why do some Tales games have to have some annoying creature with an equally annoying voice in the party? Things were just fine before that blabbermouth started with his/her/its shit. At least he/she/it is consistently picked on by Magilou.
I sank 6(-ish) real bucks into pirate costumes, because Velvet wearing a parrot on her shoulder during serious scenes is worth it. Plus, I like the hats.
I really like the game so far. Easily in my top 3 Tales games of all. The only thing I don't appreciate is a common complaint: The dungeons are tragically uninspired. They seem like what a 10 year old DM would create in a table top game. Good thing said dungeons don't go on too long (yet), and combat is fun.

TEW2 - Still exploring the town in Chapter 3. Taking my time, because stealth, because enemies seem difficult to kill in open combat (or I just really suck at it, which is most likely the case). At one point, I ran into the creature that stalks you while creepily singing to you through the controller. Was very happy to be done with that sequence.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 27, 2018, 11:49:50 AM »
Tales o' Braseria - Arriving in Loegres, after spending some time at Port Zekson playing mini games and buying/upgrading/managing equipment and costumes.  Velvet looks awesome as a DJ.
I'm enjoying the battle system. Might be my 2nd favorite after Graces f. So far, none of the main characters have annoyed me, which I guess means I like the cast at this point. "Coo, coo!"
Playing on Moderate difficulty.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Quest XI looks glorious
« on: September 24, 2018, 09:02:54 AM »
meanwhile Persona is like watching Homer Simpson saunter into an early 90s Grunge Metal concert in full Reggae and it just comes off as sad sometimes.
I do not get that metaphor Homer Simpson metaphor at all :P

I do. Hard for me to believe that was a quarter of a century ago...

I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy this game (after a reasonable price drop, of course). I had a lot of fun with VIII, as much of a slog as it felt at times...
As weird as it may sound to say this about an RPG, I've personally never thought of DQ as a "deep" series. People expecting such should look elsewhere. It's just old school RPG fun.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 24, 2018, 08:38:08 AM »
Sorry @Rucks , but I do believe I mentioned that it bored me to death.  However, that was after giving it like.... 2 hours?  Maybe slightly less.

I still want to play it again now that my attention span has evened out in my old age.  But I'm not sure what the best way to do that is.

If you still have your Wii, I will send it to you when I'm done.  I bought it off @Frostillicus (he gave me a helluva deal, tbh) and I'm sure he'd want me to do the same.

Indeed. It's not easy to find for cheap, and I think all lovers of RPGs should give it a go.


Tales o' Braseria - Currently navigating Vortigern.
As far as the game itself goes: so far, so good. As I've said before, Velvet's badassness feels forced, but some of the decisions she makes definitely back up the 'tude. Combat is fun, and of course, that's the meatiest part of a Tales game.
I'm wondering why the hell the glowing Katz ball system is even a thing. They re-spawn everywhere in no time. I've already got 150-ish, and haven't found any chests that cost more than 35.

In the spirit of this time of year, I've started The Evil Within 2. It definitely borrows a thing or two from TLoU, but it's still spooky goodness. I remember the first game starting out "heavier", psychologically. However, I just started Chapter 3, (when this game opens up a bit), so I'm sure much will happen, still.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 20, 2018, 07:51:24 PM »
^ Glad you're enjoying it, @Rucks .

"Now it is time! For-you-to-die!"

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 20, 2018, 07:25:51 PM »
^ Canada's too cold for t-shirts.

In Saskatoon, the average daytime high in summer is 25C (77 F), with this year hitting ~37C (98F) at one point.  We don't all live in Tuktoyaktuk, you know.

I thought it was obvious I was kidding. My fault for not using Facetia font.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 20, 2018, 02:04:53 PM »
^ Canada's too cold for t-shirts.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: September 18, 2018, 08:50:15 AM »
Recently recruited Higgins.

Awesome. He's apparently pretty good at combat.

General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2018
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:01:51 AM »
1) Wild Arms 2
2) Pac Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2
3) Mario Galaxy 2
4) Suikoden 2
5) Ratchet & Clank Future: A Butt Crack in Time
6) Horizon Zero Dawn
7) Lego City: Undercover
8) DoA 5: Last Round

9) Dragon Age: Inquisition - Credits have rolled. Over 80 hours, and there's still lots of things to do (dragon fights; Deep Roads quests; etc.). I'm personally done with the game for now, though. It has taken up enough of my time, and there's lots of other games I want to play.
I enjoyed it. Good western-style RPG. Some areas were a bit too empty, but fast travel and steeds helped with that.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 10, 2018, 11:07:29 AM »
As for haps, no major haps but I'm thinking about stuff.  Like does the nature of the person who made a craft affect how much you like the craft?  For example, do you like a band's music less if the people in the band are douchey?

Absolutely. For example: I won't listen to The Black Crows (as much as I like some of their songs), because Chris Robinson is a smug dick. I also enjoyed the early Lostprophets albums at one point. Then Ian Watkins attempted to do horrible things to babies, so no more listening to that, either.
I feel less so about actors, because they are showing you someone else. Music is more a personal expression.

People only have kids because they're searching for some shred of meaning in their existence.

I like how you said that so matter-of-factly, when it's really more complicated than that, in many cases. Most aspects of life look more simple from the outside, indeed.

I'm only married because my wife woke up one day and demanded it happen.  I've never wanted children, but I suspect if I ever do have a kid it'll be because of something similar. Her best friend just had a baby and she is all googlie eyed over it...

Offer to take care of the baby for a few days straight. I'd bet her mind would change so fast, you'd actually hear her brain shift. Getting through the first 6 months is a rite of passage in itself.

I'm glad you enjoyed it, @Arvis . It was as much fun to write as I am told it is to read. Sucks the pictures are gone, but that's what happens when no one looks at the thread for a long time...
I'm sorry it fell by the wayside. Other games came along that I wanted to play more, and then this year, I moved away from PC gaming (sold my graphics card already).
With the cooler autumn and winter months ahead (meaning more time indoors), perhaps I'll purchase a PS3 copy, and continue this bad boy. I would like to, honestly... I wouldn't be able to put up such accurate pictures as before, but I'm sure there will be plenty of nonsense to write about.

General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: August 27, 2018, 01:15:36 PM »
^ Consider me excited. SoR 2 is my favorite beat 'em up of all time. I still play through it, once in a while.
Here's hoping these guys don't take any stupid ideas from the disappointing 3rd entry*, or fuck it up in some other way...


Single-Player RPGs / Re: Grandia 1 and 2 are coming to the Switch
« on: August 23, 2018, 09:08:00 AM »
I also hope in the first Grandia they make the compass more useful (like in Grandia II), since I found it easy to get lost in dungeons at times,

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you got lost because there is barely enough room to slip a sheet of paper in between the camera and characters.  It's undoubtedly annoying to repeatedly lose the sense of where you are in a dungeon, simply because you can't see much around the party.
..but hey, at least the two or three enemy varieties present can see you from further away, which helps them consistently get the much-needed drop on you. That's pretty awesome. Also, the zoom out viewpoints that twist the camera (unless you stick to the default position at all times) while performing their function are extremely helpful.
Nothing quite like trying to disguise tedium as difficulty, Game Arts.

Yes, I have gripes with that game. To be fair, I enjoyed the characters, and the battle system is top notch. Never played the second, although it's waiting in my Steam library, because I like sales.

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