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1  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.
2  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.
3  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. :(
4  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.
5  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.
6  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.
7  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.
8  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!
9  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.
10  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.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Which "Tales of" games have you played more than once? on: August 28, 2015, 12:49:44 AM
I own most of the main-series Tales games, although I have a bad habit of not beating a lot of them. I have beaten:


And of those I have started additional games of Destiny, Eternia and Symphonia. Destiny, being one of my favorite games of all time, is a special case, because I've beaten it twice on PS1, and have also gotten to the endgame with the PS2 remake and director's cut version of that remake. In total, I own three copies of Tales of Destiny, and if it ever gets released as a PSOne Classic I will buy that too.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 26, 2015, 04:54:07 PM
When I was young and outside the city in a suburb I wanted to be in the city because that's where everyone was.
I live in the city and everyone left for the suburbs.

I don't know how I'd even make new friends but I need at least one in the city.
It's just retarded that it takes over an hour to go see anyone.

The majority of my friends that still live in my area live in Philadelphia, while I live in the suburbs.  It's inconvenient having to travel to see my friends, but you couldn't pay me enough to move there.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 24, 2015, 12:29:34 AM
Were you shooting with a traditional bow or a compound? A more modern compound bow might be better, if only so that you aren't straining as much if it takes you some time to aim.

For what it's worth, my wife shoots a 22lb traditional bow and while she has experienced back pain doing other activities, I've never heard her complain about it with archery.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 23, 2015, 11:54:49 AM
Suikoden 1 Remake

I've always been of the opinion that if Suikoden got remade using Suikoden 2's art assets and battle system, it would be perfect.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 22, 2015, 05:05:06 PM
So I was told by a girl that I look cute with facial hair.

Granted it was online and she saw a photo, and I have NO IDEA what she looks like, but I think this is legitimately the first time a woman has ever complimented my looks. I really am sort of lost about it...

I know that feel.

I still get confused when my wife compliments my looks, and we've been together almost ten years.
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