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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: March 22, 2014, 04:00:44 PM
So far all I have is:

1. South Park: Stick of Truth
2. Thomas was Alone

In a week or so I'll add
3. Suikoden II (for the bajillionth time)
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: February 05, 2014, 05:33:26 PM
Pre-orders are happening now for this. I pre-ordered a collector's edition, but damn did the S-E store make me wish I could've just gotten my copy with Amazon.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Bring back RPGBoards on: January 04, 2014, 12:37:30 PM
I don't think I ever posted on RPGBoards, but I joined RPGFan around 2002, which is crazy to think about now that I'm married and have a career and all that adult crap.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The PS Vita is Awesome! on: January 04, 2014, 12:32:36 PM
Having PS Plus with a Vita is great, as is the backwards compatibility. For the majority of its lifetime, I used my PSP more as a PSX machine and that continues with my Vita, but it is just so much more pleasant to use than the PSP was.  I got mine about six months after it launched and still consider it a good purchase. I wish Sony would've continued the backwards compatibility trend with their consoles, because that's definitely the easiest way to get me to buy them.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Members: PS3 IDs / 360 Gamertags / Wii Friend Codes / Steam IDs on: December 21, 2013, 04:28:44 PM
Hey, I made a gaming PC!

Steam name is Auromarshmallow for whomever doesn't already have me on there.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Listen to his story again... on: August 24, 2013, 10:51:11 PM
I like the new arrangement! I still like the old battle theme too, but it's surprising how MIDI-like some of the instruments sound.

I can't wait to add this to my growing collection of portable FF games on my Vita.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: August 18, 2013, 06:31:19 PM
Mice and Mystics seems pretty streamlined compared to other co-op dungeon crawler games. I would say it compares best to something like Descent instead of Arkham Horror though--the board is composed of large tiles, each with many spaces on them, and your party is usually confined to one tile at a time. They're really spectacular-looking though, and while the spaces are generally grid-shaped, they vary in size and shape based on the 'terrain' of the tile, so it looks really natural.

Gameplay-wise, each character has four stats: Offense, Defense, Lore and Move. Offense and Defense affect the dice rolled in combat and equipped weapons or armor are added to the score. For each point you get to roll one die in combat. All the dice are the same and have 1 sword icon, 2 sword/shield icons, 2 bow icons and 1 cheese icon. Swords hit in melee combat, bows do the same with ranged combat, shields block one enemy hit if you are defending, and if you roll a cheese icon when attacking or defending, you get a piece of cheese. Cheese acts as both Mana and Experience, in that you spend it to fuel your abilities, or you can spend 6 pieces all at once to "level up" and learn a new skill. Mice can level up as many times as you have the cheese to spend, but they are restricted to skills based on their "class". Of the seven mice so far, three have two classes and the rest have only one. Since there's only one copy of each skill card, you have to best determine which mouse should take overlapping skills. One good example of this is a skill called First Aid, which can be learned by any mouse, costs 2 cheese to use, and removes one point of damage from an adjacent mouse. However, if a "healer" class character learns this, it only costs one cheese to use. Therefore you have to determine whether you want a cheap heal skill and only one healer, or if you want to give it to someone else in order to have two mice capable of healing.

One thing I like about Descent as compared to M&M is that you roll different dice depending upon what you are doing or what you have equipped. Better armor gives you different dice. Because of this, getting new equipment feels fresh and fun. In M&M you just roll more of the same dice when you have better equipment. It's still fun, but it's different. You also are only allowed to keep one piece of equipment to carry over from chapter to chapter in addition to your starting equipment. Therefore you'll be searching for new stuff every chapter. If your mouse loses all its HP, it gets "captured" and when it is rescued (you defeat all the enemies on a tile) it comes back with only its default equipment. I prefer the equipment system in Descent to that of M&M, but M&M has such a cool theme, which is evident in every piece of equipment. Since you control mice, you might equip a helmet made of an acorn, or a sword made out of an old needle. Also, M&M is 100% co-op (like Arkham Horror) while Descent has one player controlling all the monsters. Unlike equipment, skills carry over from chapter to chapter, as do "Party Items" that you might acquire, so there is a sense of progression and growth for your characters.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: August 18, 2013, 02:32:10 PM
Oh man, board games! In the past three years or so I've gotten pretty deep into collecting and playing board games. I started out with stuff like Settlers of Catan, Dominion and Carcassone, and I've found that I tend to enjoy super complicated Euro-style games the most. My current favorite in that realm is Agricola, but Le Havre and Castles of Burgundy are also in my favorites.

I also really like 4X games like Rune Wars and Eclipse, but I don't own any myself. I plan to get Eclipse eventually, because it is awesome though. For those who don't know anything about it, it's a space-themed game of exploration and territory control where you need to strike a balance between expansion, defending your territories, and managing your economy. You get four classes of ships that you can build and you can customize them with different weapons, engines and defenses. There are also a bunch of different races with different advantages and disadvantages, so it's very replayable!

My other favorite game at the moment is Mice and Mystics, which is a dungeon-crawler-esque board game where you control a group of humans-turned-mice as they explore the castle they used to live in. It's a cooperative, chapter-based game, so my wife and I are running through it together, and when we get through all the chapters we plan on playing it with a full group of people.
9  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Persona 4 G: Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PS3/360/Arc) Announced (2012,ASW/Atlus) on: August 16, 2013, 09:52:21 PM
This news! Today is my Christmas. I've been hoping for more characters--namely Junpei, pretty much since I bought the US release of this.

Here's hoping they'll add Koromaru in to one of those suspiciously empty spaces.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Conventions on: August 05, 2013, 06:04:21 PM
I'm going to Otakon this year for the first time since 2009 and I'm pretty excited about it. Last year I went to PAX East, which was cool, but took a damn long time to get to.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: August 05, 2013, 05:30:23 PM
I forgot this was shipping this week, then I got all excited again when I remembered!
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV on: July 20, 2013, 02:10:02 PM
My wife got this game and she said it is destroying her. I, for one, have never taken interest in the core SMT series because, at least with Nocturne, I never felt that there was enough story to keep stringing me along. Same with Strange Journey. How is this game with regard to the story--do you get a relatively constant flow of information, or does it just sort of trickle in intermittently like in Nocturne?

It's pretty cool that the press turn system is back though. It's probably one of my favorite battle systems.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Suikoden Topic on: July 20, 2013, 02:06:25 PM
Seeing any postings about Suikoden just make me feel sad and kind of nostalgic now. I even went on Suikosource a few weeks ago and was surprised that they had some new content up, but at this point I'd be less surprised by a FFVII remake than I would be if I heard Suikoden was coming back.

Which is really depressing.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Surprise! Drakengard 3 (aka; how to damn "nier" lose your shit about old title) on: April 08, 2013, 12:52:26 AM
I will buy this. I'd buy anything that contributes to the slim chance of Nier 2 ever happening though.
15  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Borderlands 2 on: September 21, 2012, 11:42:05 PM
This got to my house today, so I took a half day at work. Currently working on a melee Zero, PS3 version.
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