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1936  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chasing the RPG Dragon on: July 06, 2010, 08:09:31 PM
Absolutely - and other times, you're like "Why don't I have anything to play?  I was just swamped a while ago!"
1937  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Chasing the RPG Dragon on: July 06, 2010, 02:37:57 AM
I'm not sure if you're serious or not, so I'm going to assume you're serious.

It's a play on the phrase "chasing the dragon," which refers to doing drugs (I'd only heard it in reference to heroin, but Wikipedia says it's about others too), plus the fact that many RPGs include dragons. :)
1938  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Project: Find something new in your town. on: July 04, 2010, 02:10:56 PM
Yay for resurrecting dead threads!

Anyway, I talked about geocaching here before, so when I saw that woot.com is selling a GPS for REALLY cheap today, I had to post it here.  So... if you're reading this on July 4th and want a GPS, check out woot. :)
1939  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Solomon's Keep - iPod game I love on: July 03, 2010, 08:12:08 PM
I thought I'd started a thread about this, but couldn't find it... so I'm starting a new one. :)

There's a game on the iOS that I have been playing for a while now, and I love it soooo much.  It's called Solomon's Keep, and it's a dual-stick RPG.  I'd review it for the site, except that a) I'm not sure it quite meets the site's definition of an RPG, and more importantly, b) I would be completely unable to be objective. :)  It's only a buck, and there's a lite version if you want to try it before you buy it.

Long story short, you fight your way up a tower, with 3 mid-bosses along the way to the final boss on the 13th (and final) level.  When you beat him with a character, you can move on with that character to two more difficulty levels.  You can play hardcore, allowing just one life, or not, allowing you to try again every time you die.  I've never managed to beat the second difficulty in hardcore, but I keep trying anyway, because it keeps being fun.

In typical RPG fashion, beating enemies earns you XP.  Each time you earn enough XP and level up, you are offered three semi-random skills, which may be new to you or upgrades to skills you already have.  There are three basic attack skills, and you can stick with one or learn multiples and improve them both.  Learning more than one will give you the chance to weld the skills together (fire + lightning = flame lash), but it also means dividing up the skill points you put into each.  There are also a bunch of support skills, all of which have their uses.  The random nature of the skills offered to you at level up means that you keep trying new things.

In "town," there is a guy who sells you weapons, rings, and potions, as well as a guy who sells you skill upgrades.  Your first upgrade costs 300, and each subsequent upgrade (in normal difficulty) costs 300 more, regardless of whether you're upgrading Lightning from level 7 to 8 or Mana Up from level 1 to 2.  Some games, I save up cash for sweet gear, and other times, the skill dude has better options.

Seriously, if you have an iPod Touch/iPhone and are reading this post, you should get this game.  At least try the free version!  (And please come back and comment about it here.) :)
1940  Media / General Games / Re: inFamous 2 Gameplay Footage on: July 02, 2010, 06:36:14 PM
That's what I said when I saw it too!  But they're still saying it's Cole...  Anyway, that video looks great.  I was worried when he wasn't busting out the electricity for a long time, but then he did, and I thought "whew - they were just trying to demo different stuff."  The wall-sliding stuff was sweet!  And the freaking electric tornado thing at the end...?  Exciting. :)

Along these same lines, I've been playing the demo for Crackdown 2 this morning, and although I loved the first one (and inFamous), I haven't really fallen for Crackdown 2.  Anyone else playing that and/or looking forward to inFamous 2?
1941  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: June 30, 2010, 12:08:08 AM
Not my favorite season, not my favorite doctor (and I have only really watched the new stuff), but certainly not a bad season or doctor.  I didn't feel like the Silence thing or the exploding Tardis thing were a horrible thing to do, OR like they were the central mystery of this season.  I thought it was obvious that the cracks were the central mystery.  The Silence and the exploding Tardis go together in my mind as "the next big thing."  I don't mind at all that they drew over into the next season.
1942  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sorry, you're too fat to go on the Harry Potter ride on: June 27, 2010, 11:18:41 AM
It's obvious that his next course of action is to build his own Harry Potter ride. With blackjack! And hookers!

In fact, forget the Harry Potter ride!
1943  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jeanne d'arc on: June 26, 2010, 11:59:00 PM
It is good stuff - I played some of the game and liked it, but Josh finished it and thought it was worth an Editor's Choice award!
http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/jeannedarc/index.html
1944  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Sorry, you're too fat to go on the Harry Potter ride on: June 26, 2010, 12:18:43 PM
I've been on Small World when that happened!  It was really annoying.  You'd get partway through the ride, then hit a Big Traffic Jam.  It just seemed to prove that it was NOT such a Small World after all.
1945  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: "Confessions of a Hypocritical MMO Player, In Three Acts" Discussion on: June 25, 2010, 10:40:17 AM
Must... not... post... the "arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics" picture...
1946  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: "Confessions of a Hypocritical MMO Player, In Three Acts" Discussion on: June 22, 2010, 06:23:51 PM
Congrats, Hathen!

A friend of mine showed me the trailer for that Transformers game a while back, and it looked amazingly fun.  Maybe enough to get me on the MMO train...

Edit: read a review and found that I had misunderstood the game.  Not an MMO.  3rd person action game with coop and competitive multiplayer online.  Even better!  I hate people! ;)
1947  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Toy Story 3 on: June 22, 2010, 02:26:00 AM
Agreed - great stuff.  Lots of dark & depressing, like Pixar has done for the past several years, but a happy, tear-jerker ending.  One of my friends took her kid to see it, and said that the dark, depressing stuff she noticed went completely over his head.  He didn't even notice it.  Then we had a discussion about depressing stuff in some of their other movies.  Up, Wall-E, Finding Nemo... I found them all terribly depressing.  Well done, but depressing.

I saw a video the other day from Disney, showing Lotso at California Adventure.  You know, like the other costumed folks they have there.  After seeing it... I can't imagine that any kids who'd seen the movie would be too stoked about getting hugs from him.

PS.  Depressing. There - that's an even half-dozen times I've used that word in this post. :D
1948  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: June 22, 2010, 01:37:29 AM
I <3 the Wheel of Time series a ton, and therefore Robert Jordan, but...

I felt the same way, that some of the characters changed in this book, but for the better.  Finally, some of these people are freaking growing up!  For example, at one point, Rand gets something wrong, and Aviendha thinks to herself that he's not an idiot - he just doesn't know better on this one, and she needs to teach him about it.  That NEVER would have happened in a Robert Jordan Wheel of Time book, and it REALLY needed to.  He would have had her go off on a rant for several pages about what a moron Rand is and how can she be expected to deal with a moron like him who can't even get simple things right!!!!!!!!!!

So yeah.  Love the series, but also love the way the new guy has honored the old stuff, but still made some of the changes that absolutely had to happen in order to get to a good ending.

Oh, and yeah - Ituralde is a pretty cool guy.  My feeling is that he's basically Napoleon, except that he's not in a position to take over the world himself.
1949  The Rest / General Discussions / Hilarious Facebook update thread on: June 21, 2010, 11:48:28 AM
Link goes to an image of the best Facebook update ever. :)

http://i.imgur.com/17Kkt.jpg

(Remember that you might have to click the image to zoom in.)
1950  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: New console campers ain't got shit on this Apple nutcase.. I mean fanboy. on: June 19, 2010, 07:48:16 PM
I think that part of it is the sheer scope of things.  People don't usually camp out for games for nearly as long as this guy's camping out for his phone.

Oh, and Thoren, for now, he's fine - there's no one else in the line.  But when someone else does show up... I guess he'll have to rely on the publicity he's already gained and perhaps the good will of the employees and the other people in line to not lose his spot.  Hope it works, because that'd suck! 

Re Disneyland: it's funny that you would specifically say there, because I've been to that park WAY too many times. :D  I've seen (and aided) lots of folks there who run out of line to take a potty break.  Of course, it only works if the line's so long that it goes outside of the building and such.  People do get grumpy sometimes, but... now I can't think of a way to end this sentence that doesn't involve naming another dwarf.
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