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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:58:25 AM »
I also jumped on team Robin since I have him and everything, but goddamn are my teammates idiots. People sending me blue units all over the place so I can get solo'd by the Christmas Lissas who show up. Don't have any friends on the same team giving me good units either. Can only hope that one Brave Lyn I ran into will accept my friend invite.

If you want Aeolus, we can trade IDs so its less painful. I'm leading with Nino at the moment (took Reinhardt off the lead since color overlap is bad). Mine is 5002653070.

I also got up to ~30 orbs, so I tried a few pulls and got more a few more junk units plus a 5* Rhajat. 5* exclusive is nice, and she's +ATK -DEF which I think is really good on her, but I've never cared for Rhajat or her alternate-dimension-ancestor/descendant she's based off of. At least I got another solid Reinhardt counter I suppose, but Reinhardt's presence has been leveling off a bit in recent times. Bow Lyn is the bigger cancer.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: January 01, 2018, 03:15:34 AM »
Well, Maria is probably the best infantry healer (aside from Bridal Lyn) so you might get some use out of her, at least?

If it makes you feel any better, my pity rate also just put out and gave me Minerva with noodle arms (+HP -ATK), so she can sit there and look cool in her armor alongside that -SPD Ryoma I pulled earlier.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 30, 2017, 09:10:55 AM »
Haven't done the new BHB, but I did take my free pull and got a 4* Maria with bad stats.

Also went and sunk 60 more orbs into the Legendary banner. First two sessions gave me some okay fodder (and a third Tailtiu with bad stats still), but my third pull was pretty magical because aside from another 4* Bartre to put in a pile, I got a Brave Roy (+HP -RES) and the prize pull Gunnthra (+DEF -SPD). Neither of them are a good set but at least they're not unsalvageable ones, and that's good enough for me.

EDIT: Perhaps as punishment for my moderately good luck on the Legendary banner, I dumped all my ~120 orbs into the New Years banner today and have come out pretty much empty-handed. Lots of sessions with no greens whatsoever like usual, and no 5*s so far, so my pity rate's at 4.25%. January starts tomorrow and lots of time left on the banner though, so I'll probably be able to get something, at least.

Didn't get too many interesting fodder units either, though I did get a -SPD +DEF Beruka, who might be fun to build at some point. I also got a -HP +DEF Lukas, but with all the units I'd like to play with I'd probably wait for one with -SPD or -RES before I bother.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 29, 2017, 05:01:35 AM »
Well, happy news for Tomara I guess, she can get pity broken by Mist or someone instead of Corrin.

I'm actually wondering if I should dump my orbs into the Legendary banner and then spend orbs from January into the New Years banner since it lasts much longer. Of course, there's supposedly another Legendary banner at the end of January.

I don't get a Christmas vacation where I am, and I haven't really celebrated Christmas for a while now. I have, however, watched a few not-so-Christmas movies.

I watched Arrival after hearing quite a few good things about it. I found it good for the most part, but I think I might've actually preferred if the entire movie was like the middle portion, where it's the very slow-paced, methodical kind of scifi movie, rather than it turning into a bit of Hollywood schmaltz at the end. Kinda reminds me of Sunshine and Interstellar, but not nearly as egregious as the former or as absurd as the latter.

Saw two pretty old films in Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). The former makes me kinda want to see what a more light-hearted fantasy movie like the old Robin Hood movies would be like with modern tech, instead of the grimdark serious reboot/reimagining/regurgitations we get. The latter was a film I never got around to seeing before, but I did enjoy it a lot once I did. Reminds me a lot of an old Twilight Zone episode, in the best possible way.

Also rewatched District 9. Not much to say aside from that it still holds up as a great film for me. Sucks that Blomkamp's films have been getting progressively worse since it, but hopefully he'll get back on track instead of going the way of Shyamalan.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The NEW New Star Wars [s]Trilogy[/s] Thread
« on: December 28, 2017, 07:21:57 AM »
Like I said in the movie thread, I kinda like and hate the movie at the same time. I like that it tries some new things with the franchise (even if the plot takes a couple beats from both Empire and Jedi), but only maybe half of it worked for me.

I liked the majority of the Rey/Kylo/Luke/Snoke plot, although while I liked the premise of Luke's story I still don't really buy that Luke would go into exile like that (at least not for so long- he'd take a bit to gather himself but I doubt he'd just leave things the way he did).

Got the point of Poe's arc but didn't like the way it was done too much. You just don't really learn enough about Holdo to really understand why it played out the way it did.

The Finn/Rose story was the worst part for me, it felt tagged on, it wasn't that interesting in its own right, and neither Finn nor Rose got to grow much as characters during it. Rose herself I found mostly nondescript until the very end where she shot into the realm of mind-boggingly stupid.

The humor was mostly bad and stuck out like a sore thumb.

Unlike a lot of people I didn't really feel either way about the Super-Leia scene. Not that hard to think of a explanation for it but it did feel a bit tagged on. At least she got to do one cool Force thing in the movies before leaving, I guess?

Some of the subversion felt overdone to the point where it got to a point where it felt more like doing them for their own sake to surprise the audience, rather than because it served the story somehow. Also, I've said this before, but it's really hard to take the "let go of the past" theme as an artistic narrative choice instead of just a cynical business one while Disney ramps up their Star Wars Movie assembly line. That and the fact the end of the movie just ends up at the whole Rebels vs Empire setup. Even though the main conflict wasn't resolved it feels like such a thematic dead-end that I have very little interest in Episode IX at this point, but who knows what they might pull out (given that it's JJ Abrams working on it again though, I expect it to be filled with lots of unsatisfying mystery box bullshit plots, part of why this movie was so awkward to begin with).

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 28, 2017, 05:11:56 AM »
I see they got the king of pretty men (Tobi) to draw Takumi this time. Seeing Takumi with lots of RES feels weird though. Anyway he pretty much deposes every other dagger and comes with a really good weapon (I think it's kinda lame to bar what's essentially the Slaying Dagger behind an event unit though).

Me though, I'm gonna go for Azura of course. Aside from being a pretty lady she's a flying dancer (and she comes with Hone Fliers if that wasn't reason enough)- guess it was only a matter of time before they started adding those. Let's just hope horse dancers never become a thing.

With the New Years banner being so disgustingly good I only did one pull session in the new Legendary banner, but I got pretty lucky (?) by pulling both a Ryoma and Fjorm. Ryoma is -SPD and Fjorm is -DEF so they're both basically useless. I'll probably merge the Fjorm and Ryoma has no interesting skills to pass on so I guess he can sit around and shoot lightning at birds in the castle courtyard or whatever.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 27, 2017, 06:19:56 AM »
All 3 new seals are absurdly good. Iote's Shield is self-explanatory, and it makes flying mages even worse than they already were. Yet again Arena Assault gets worse because you can't just cheese them with some random Gordin you have sitting around anymore. Tanky fliers like Michalis, Beruka and Subaki will be able to laugh off archers too (Subaki in particular can now play around with Berkut's Lance to patch up his RES if he wants for a mixed tank build).

Sharena could run a triple debuff build, but I've already put Threaten SPD on her C slot so I guess I could instead stick it on Raven, who already has Threaten DEF.

With Heavy Blade as a  Sacred Seal I guess I could just make all my Ikes eat each other now, though I dunno if I should leave one of them sitting around in case some weird build calls for it.

Anyway I promoted one of my 3* Fredericks to 4*. Apparently I had a -HP +ATK one just sitting around. I fed him a variety of skills, most notably Brave Axe, Reposition and Drag Back, so he's doing pretty nicely with a cheapo build.

This TT is pretty awful though, especially since I'm forced to use an armor (preferably 2 so Armor March goes off). With Masked Lucina as my healer it means I'm not running any 2-range units, and this wastes a lot of turns on the final map as well as the one where the enemies start in a fort.

Honestly though, more copies of Masked Marth isn't so bad, I think I prefer her over Tobin, who's still mediocre, or Clive, who's an okay physical tank but is completely outclassed by Camus and now Berkut. More copies of BK or Joshua would be nice but I doubt we'll get them anytime soon.

And we have out second Legendary Hero coming, and it's Fjorm's oneechan as expected, although it bothers the hell out of my OCD that she's a princess of an Ice Kingdom wielding an Ice tome and special but is considered our Wind hero (Yeah I know Blizzard has been a Wind tome before, but still). That B-slot skill on her is just absurd, there's no HP or positional requirements at all and it's likely your lowest-DEF unit will be your high-RES counter for Reinhardt, and we all know we're just going to be seeing a team of her alongside Reinhardt and Lyn everywhere (especially if we get one of her for free...but the trailer seems to indicate otherwise).

The rest of the banner is...actually kinda underwhelming. 8% is nice, but we have lots of good units but not any "great" ones IMO. I'll probably still dump my orbs though, if only for a chance at some seasonal units I don't own (or maybe even a better Spring Chrom).

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 22, 2017, 06:05:59 AM »
Since ISIS decided to be dicks about the bonus units, I put about 50 orbs into the Christmas banner before I came out with a 5* Christmas Robin with -HP +DEF. Might've preferred Tharja for that broken ass B skill she has, but finally having an Armor Marcher is nice too, despite already having a +6 Effie to fill the blue armor slot. Didn't get much in fodder, most notably I got another Reinhardt, Tailtiu and Caeda, but they were all +HP.

Afterwards I took my free pull of the Weapons banner which gave me 3* Draug, and my free pull of the Tempest Banner which gave me...5* Ike. Feels like a waste of luck for me personally. Ike's a great unit and all, but sword is a ridiculously crowded unit type and I barely use the Ike I have. I still haven't done anything with that extra Ike I got from the Legendary banner so now I just have 3 Ikes sitting around. It'd be fun to play around and give Heavy Blade to a high ATK unit like Lilina or something, but I just know the instant I do that they'll release some other Heavy Blade unit who will get demoted to 4*.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:01:55 AM »
I'm really not a fan of the massive BSTs these new units have on top of their ridiculous power creeped skills, coming right off the weapon refining update which you'd think was intended to balance out some of the power creep that had been going on. At this rate they're going to have to introduce some way to boost the BSTs of the older units (I still doubt a 6* rank is coming, so the simplest way I can think of is allowing older units to be merged beyond +10).

Also I hear the next TT is going to have these limited units as the bonus units, which would be pretty shitty, but I won't put it past them, so I'll save my free roll until we hear a bit more.

In concept, I actually think all the prequels had some good ideas on the table. But I'd also say that about Star Trek V. Or Batman v Superman.

If there's one thing that lets me know not to take someone's opinion on the movie seriously, it's if they claim the prequels were in any way better. They completely dwarf the sequel trilogy in terms of annoying flaws and just plain failure at basic storytelling and character conception.

I liked the main plot thread with the Force users well enough. It had some neat subversions but one in particular I'm still not sure of.

(Ultra Mega Spoilers below, read at your own risk)

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Snoke being out of the game so early in the plot is somewhat shocking (Though they made it a bit too predictable 5 seconds prior with Rey's lightsaber rotating- I get that it was to preserve continuity in the scene but I feel it kinda ruined what was meant to be a big plot twist. If they didn't have that shot it wouldn't be that hard to figure out what happened. Or, hell, a more subtle lightsaber rotating in a wide shot of Snoke instead of that close-up would've worked too) but it seems like something of a mistake. I really liked Kylo Ren as the enforcer villain and I found him compelling, but I don't feel he'll work as the main villain at all. Part of the reason he worked for me was precisely that he was not the main villain, because Snoke filling the role of being the real menace freed up Kylo Ren to be a more pitiful character.

I guess I'll see what they do with it though.

Didn't really like the Finn/Rose side plot.

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I kinda get what they were trying to do with how it ended up, but I thought it really dragged the movie down. It somewhat ended up like a "had to give them something to do" plot. Wouldn't be a problem if it was interesting on its own, but I didn't find the casino planet interesting at all. I also didn't really get a good feel of Rose's character. Personality-wise she felt kinda bland, I don't feel her presence helped develop Finn, and her actions at the end of the movie just made her seem really short-sighted and dumb.

The romance angle felt really tacked-on too. I didn't really feel like they bonded during the scenes on the planet at all, Rose just dumped some backstory on Finn.

Also I really, really, dislike the Disney-Marvel style of comic relief here. Some of it did work okay when it felt like it was something the character might otherwise say, but other times it just deflated all the drama. Comic relief was in all the films too, but in the good ones they felt like they flowed naturally from the dialogue and the characters instead of obvious jokes that completely ruin the tone.

Can't do worse than Jar Jar Binks I suppose, though the mid-section of the movie did have the headscratching inclusion of some CGI abominations that were oddly reminiscent of some special edition changes/the prequels.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 16, 2017, 08:33:31 AM »
Well, do keep in mind that if you average everything out you get like 1 focus unit per 120 orbs or something similar, so if luck's not on your side you could dump everything and have nothing to show for it.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:51:08 PM »
There's supposedly a banner with a Legendary Hero coming at the end of the month (might just be Fjorm again though), so I might save for that, though hopefully news of that will come before the Christmas banner ends. The flood of armor units is one thing, but I'm not crazy about those insanely broken B slot skills. I guess armor units did need a boost of some kind but that's probably too much, especially with the options that weapon refining opened. That and these units being limited.

A really popular build on lance units now is a refined Berkut's Lance which makes Effie really bulky (to say nothing of Wendy- the build works really well on Oboro and Donnel too, since most of them get +4 on a RES boon). The prize pull here is Tharja I'd say, because with that B slot, DC, Berkut's Lance and probably an Aether special it functions very similar to Brave Ike except able to get both the special charge acceleration and distant counter in the same build.

Also my free pull from Tana/Amelia BHB was 3* Nino.

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