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46  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 25, 2015, 02:18:15 PM
I get that way with gaming or with specific authors, definitely.  There are so many books on my list of stuff to read that I haven't yet gotten that way about books in general.  I'm always happy to throw book recommendations, so hit me up if you want some that might help you get back in the groove. :)
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 25, 2015, 10:08:40 AM
You might think a link from the Wall Street Journal is a pretty weird thing to post here, but I'm posting it for the random, amazing picture they included with the article.  At front left is RPGFan's own Derek Heemsbergen.  Next to him is Liz Maas.  And across from Derek, at front right, is Mike Salbato (whose name is on less things, but on whom we may depend more than anyone).


And it's also random because it's about Dragon Quest, and they're probably playing FF XIV.
48  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 21, 2015, 01:49:05 AM
Oh, yeah, I'm not saying he's wrong about the story.  He finds it fascinating that you're trying to convince people to ditch the cool, magic world and go back to crappy lives just so that you can go back to your better life, and he sees that doing so makes you at least kind of a jerk.

Somebody needs to buy his nephew a new hand held lol

Actually, I bought him a 2DS last Christmas. :)  He has brothers, so that 2DS and his old DS are his best shots at playing a game and not having to worry TOO much about losing his saves, although even there, there's no guarantee.  (His brothers also tend to break things, making the 2DS a better choice for him than a 3DS would have been.)  Somewhere, he got introduced to the Final Fantasy series, so I think he searched for what games in the series he could play on his handhelds.  And I'm glad he did - they're good stuff.
49  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 21, 2015, 12:04:15 AM
I have a nephew who's been into Zelda and Pokemon for as long as I can remember (he's 12), and this summer, he has jumped head first into the FFTA pool, and never wants to come out (he thinks FFTA was much better than 2, partly because he finds its story more compelling).  We'll see if he goes back and plays FFT, but I thought you guys would appreciate the fact that these games are definitely relevant to younger people than I might have expected.
50  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: July 20, 2015, 11:59:31 PM
I appreciate that the key stats panel is back.  I'm generally the one who approves new forum members, and I often like to check on them after a day or so to make sure they're not spamming it up. (Which would mean I done goofed.)

Like I see that this latest person included Paper Mario: TTYD on their top 10 list, so they're obviously cool. ;)
51  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 15, 2015, 06:57:41 PM
My hope is that it'll be looked at historically like the sequel someone wrote to Gone With The Wind, which has been largely forgotten.
52  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: First time Dungeon Master, needs advice on: July 14, 2015, 06:48:05 PM
If you do want to do stuff online, we had pretty good luck with Roll20.  The system worked fine for our group, it was our calendars that didn't.
53  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 13, 2015, 11:27:47 PM
I think reception was mixed on Steelheart, but I enjoyed it and the sequel.

I'm having the same problem you had with Outcast, in the second book of the Bartimaeus trilogy.  The main character is really hard to root for, although in this case I believe that it's intentional.
54  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: First time Dungeon Master, needs advice on: July 13, 2015, 11:23:56 PM
I was in a campaign for a while with RPGFan's own Kyle as the DM, and it was great... but we played online, and scheduling fell apart, and we only did like four sessions, and I'm still kind of bummed about that almost a year later. :(
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Nintendo's President, Satoru Iwata, Has Officially Passed Away on: July 12, 2015, 08:41:53 PM
Way too young.  Sorry to hear we've lost someone who contributed so much to the hobby we all love.
56  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout New Vegas on: July 12, 2015, 02:05:10 PM
Depends on why you play games.  I play Fallout more for the story and the world than I do for the combat and the tactics of figuring out what I can cart around with me.
57  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: I almost never read the main site on: July 09, 2015, 12:28:30 AM
We actually did April Fools a while back, and people seemed to really not like it. Which made me sad, because I thought we wrote some great stuff. :(
58  Media / Game Journals / Re: Retro Encounter Podcast Thread on: July 09, 2015, 12:25:21 AM
I really wish I had the time to be on the FFT show. So I could tell you all why War of the Lions is the best English localization ever.

I might second that.  Here's my review, in which I talk about my experience with the original and the PSP localization.
59  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: TV shows axed too soon on: July 06, 2015, 11:07:22 AM
Reaper.... brisco county junior.

I think you may be the only person I know other than me who even knows those shows existed.  I definitely agree in the case of Reaper.  Can't remember well enough where Brisco left off to say if it got canceled too early.  If you like it, though, you might try to find Jack of All Trades, which also starred Bruce Campbell.  It's a piratey show, but it's got some of that same feel.  It didn't last long either, but hey, it's something. :)
60  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: July 03, 2015, 10:57:39 PM
Yeah, best to take a break at the point you've reached.

If you'd like something light, might I recommend Good Omens?  I just read it again, and it's great, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.  In fact, I read a bunch of Discworld books recently, and they live up to their reputation.  I think I remember that you live in Utah like me - Good Omens is available from my local library in eBook form, so it might be available at yours, too.  Discworld, not so much, although they have a bunch physically.
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