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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 22, 2015, 10:06:37 PM
I miss Japan. My wife and I are planning a tentative trip in 2017-2018, but it's kinda scary how expensive it is to get there.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 20, 2015, 12:09:55 AM
I believe what happens is that the interest on your mortgage is tax deductible, and since you end up (at least in my experience) spending a shit ton of money on that interest, it gives you a decent tax break?

Despite my griping, it is nice having a space that is unquestionably mine.  I always felt like I was stepping on somebody else's toes when I lived in an apartment building.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 19, 2015, 10:32:35 PM
Home ownership is nice but holy shit does it feel time consuming.

I used to have money, now I just have a list of home improvement projects and a yard that I think always looks shitty. I miss money.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best Thread Ever! (Nov. 15 - Best Comfort Food) on: November 15, 2015, 04:13:36 PM
I think in terms of actual comfort food that I know I shouldn't have more than a few times a year, it's McDonald's chicken nuggets.  I very very rarely eat fast food, and it's pretty much been relegated to being strictly hangover food, but I love 'em.

Runners up would probably be my wife's matzo-ball soup and the acorn squash stuffed with nuts and brown sugar that my mom makes for thanksgiving.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Nier 2 for PS4 on: November 01, 2015, 09:50:10 PM
After looking at the trailer, all the robots look like they have Emil heads, and this worries me.
6  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Hearthstone on: September 25, 2015, 12:59:20 AM
I feel the same way. I like being able to tweak and refine my deck in constructed play (though I rarely make a deck myself from scratch) but I always find Arena to be an exercise in frustration.  My best run was 5 wins and I've only done that once, so it's mostly more worth it for me to buy packs with my gold instead of using it on arena runs where I just end up losing.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: September 24, 2015, 11:00:11 PM
This isn't necessarily an unpopular opinion since many on the board share it, but The World Ends With You is the best RPG Square Enix has released in the last 10 years. 

No, it's NieR--but you were close. TWEWY is definitely the second best (and I'd imagine the best Square-developed one since Cavia did NieR).  An extra benefit to me was that I was in Japan the first time I played through TWEWY and I think it added to the experience. I don't remember if I got to experience much of Shinjuku though, sadly.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 24, 2015, 10:53:56 PM
Pope madness begins in Philly tomorrow, I think, with a bunch of road closures. I don't work in the city and I'm still dreading getting to and from work tomorrow. :(
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Best First Towns in an RPG on: September 23, 2015, 01:10:13 PM
My favorite starting town will always be Janos from Tales of Destiny, both for the background music, and because it's snowy :3

Other than that, I think Parm from Grandia is the coolest town in that game. Also Yokohama from Enchanted Arms was cool. I think the town designs were the only thing I enjoyed about that game.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: September 20, 2015, 12:13:11 AM
I've been using that damn avatar on this site for close to a decade I think, but no--I'm as pasty white as they come.

Fun fact: the gun in the full picture of my avatar is a cartoon hippopotamus, which is partially how my cat got his name, and partially why I'm still using it. My twitter avatar is a hippo too, bizarrely.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 20, 2015, 12:09:51 AM
  In fact in his 40 year political career he has never used a negative attack add in a political campaign.

I shall eternally be politically neutral, but this alone (if true) makes me like the guy as a person.

That's fantastic if true. I hate smear ads--they were definitely the worst part of election seasons. I haven't really watched non-Netflix TV since before the last presidential election though, so I thankfully haven't seen any in a while.  For what it's worth, I'm party neutral but I lean liberal as fuck and will be voting Sanders if at all possible. If Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, the choice of whether to vote for her or to vote "no candidate" becomes slightly more difficult for me.

Sanders at least seems like a decent human being, which is not something I feel like I could say about most presidential candidates in general, but also the other 2016 prospectives in specific.
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you tell me about Suikoden II? on: September 03, 2015, 12:49:18 AM
I have! It's probably my favorite tactical RPG, with FFT being a close second. Suikoden Tactics does a better job of characterizing a greater number of characters, I think, but that's also helped by the game being a direct sequel to a different game with a large amount of returning characters.  I really enjoyed Suikoden 4 so I was happy that the Island Nations setting got some more exposure.

The only gripe I have with the game is the same gripe I have with every tactical RPG besides Arc The Lad, which is that you never get a chance to do any real exploring of the world. Everything's pretty much either combat or menus, like most tactical RPGs. I think the game would've benefited from a bit more exploration so that searching for recruitable folks could be slightly more interesting, but the game still works well as-is.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you tell me about Suikoden II? on: August 30, 2015, 04:39:19 PM
Suikoden 3 was too damn far in the other direction for sure. But honestly I think that 3's weird battle system didn't help it from being any easier. I wouldn't mind seeing a Suikoden 3 de-make using 2's system, although I think I've also said on here that I'd like a Suikoden 1 remake using 2's system. Let's just remake every game using Suikoden 2 mechanics!
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you tell me about Suikoden II? on: August 30, 2015, 01:27:12 PM
I've played Suikoden 2 so much that I kinda wish somebody would make a hard mode mod for it somehow. At this point I can almost play it in my sleep.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 28, 2015, 10:53:42 PM
I took the day off work so I could do some share duty for a CSA I joined. I spent three hours outside harvesting vegetables. It felt really good to do, and it definitely gave me a perspective on what's only a small portion of the work involved in food production.  I'm happy it didn't end up being balls-ass-hot today, because that could've made things unbearable.
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