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1801  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: October 02, 2007, 12:42:29 AM
We did make an LS named Unpossible, but we're pretty much considering quitting that to go to another LS (Er, the name slips my head right now) owned by Sevrine, who isn't from RPGFan but was a member of Waterslide. We didn't really want to try to move everyone over to a new LS because that always just creates a bunch of chaos.

Most importantly Sevrine's LS has a few of former Zohar/Solaris/Waterslide/Whatever the hell people in it like Risten and Evalith (though its usually empty), and most notably Valesti. Can't have a complete RPGfan LS without his random legendary rants. :P

So yeah, we're probably going to toss Unpossible and go to Sevrine's LS, since Unpossible only had like 5 people in it anyway. We just made it like 2 days ago, so it's not too bad to quit while we're ahead.

Also, in-game name is Kincard now.
1802  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/Symbios/F-Aries-Subli on: September 26, 2007, 01:04:00 AM
Man, so many people are joining in again. I should probably start playing more.

Kind of a long story, but I'll be back on Leviathan by this Sunday or so (Which should be Saturday over there in the States). My character is the artist formerly known as Howard, but now my name is changed. Since I need to get back to Leviathan I'm not sure if I need to change it again, so I'll withhold from posting it for now.

Also, remember all you newbies. There's always power leveling. And always remember that everyone in this game has a bondage fetish of some sort.

1803  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Any FFXI players still around and Discussion on: September 22, 2007, 09:35:34 PM
Spoiler, after thinking about it for a while.

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I hope Atomos isn't the last boss.

But according to their track record for the last 2 expansions, that's probably what they're going to do.


Dancer using daggers kind of pisses me off. Why can't they just add a few new weapons instead of dancing around the issue giving the new jobs old weapons with crappy skill ratings?

Whips and cloths from previous FFs is kind of a long shot since it's pretty damn obvious they do their best to avoid any flexible weapons, probably because they're too lazy to animate them. But come on, a bit more effort? Please?
1804  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Any FFXI players still around and Discussion on: September 20, 2007, 07:49:05 AM
I always figured that if they added Dancer, it would end up being another hybrid class: Kind of like Corsair, except with focus on melee combat instead of using guns.

I'm surprised that they are bringing even more classes at all. Though most would probably agree that's one of the most interesting features of the game.
1805  The Rest / General Discussions / Halo 3 Spoiled! on: September 18, 2007, 01:18:45 AM
Wait, wait.

Halo has a story?
1806  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Any FFXI players still around and Discussion on: September 16, 2007, 07:14:24 PM
Actually, I'm pretty sure that even if your character is deleted, you can try talking to a GM or something and they'll help you get it back.

You can only do it once, though, as far as I know.
1807  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Any FFXI players still around and Discussion on: September 16, 2007, 07:56:33 AM
Yeah, Ulli got a lot better, but Despot became annoyingly difficult to get (Which I believe they fixed in a recent patch). We'll have to see if RMT can overcamp anything else now.

Lowbies are pretty underpopulated because of the small amount of new players and the general unfriendliness of people to new players, on which I really agree with Jylan. As I recall, there's a pretty healthy increase in French/German players, but I dunno if they tend to be on certain servers more than others. Leviathan is a pretty old server, so I doubt we'll be getting any new players in large amounts.

I level a lot of lowbies, so maybe we can try to organize a party when I get back onto Leviathan.
1808  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Any FFXI players still around and Discussion on: September 16, 2007, 07:33:11 AM
Well, I don't really know how long I've tried to get it, since I don't really keep track, but I'm pretty sure it's at least a year. Maybe 2. Can't remember.
1809  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Any FFXI players still around and Discussion on: September 16, 2007, 06:35:45 AM
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It's cool to see Great Axe getting some well-deserved lovin' after all these years.. People will still camp for Ridill though, right? =P


Yeah, people camp Fafnir nonstop for Ridill, but good luck ever getting the god-damn thing. In the off chance that drops, you're probably competing against several other people for it, assuming your LS even lets you lot it in the first place.

Hell, I've been playing since US Launch and I still only have one job at 75, haven't finished CoP, don't have a single item from HNMs  (Unless you count sky, of which I have one Shura Kabuto I haven't used to date), and still don't have the only piece of armor I've been trying to get for months (Haidate, had a chance but ultimately got #2 on the lot, though the guy who got #1 deserved it just as much so I'm not really complaining).

Though, granted I play way less than pretty much everyone, so your mileage will vary. :P
1810  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime: Good year for Mecha Fans Amirite? on: September 07, 2007, 07:00:41 AM
I'm a huge mecha fan. When it confirmed that Seiji Mizushima was directing the next gundam show, I was excited. Still, Gundam has had a pretty bad track record for the past few years, and I'm wondering if they can really bring it back to justice especially when they can just keep making crappy rehashed Gundam designs and get tons of money out of it.

But between Code Geass, Gurren Lagaan and Yet another Macross, I think all the mecha fans are going apeshit right now.

I dunno, anybody else looking forward to this crap?
1811  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Guy applies to guild in WoW. on: September 07, 2007, 06:54:54 AM
I'm not too familiar with WoW's endgame since I've only been up to about level 20 or so, but I thought this was a pretty epic thread:

http://skunted.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2568&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Best part of the thing was probably when one guy went

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that is fucking coercion right there... I know how this shit works I've seen dateline... first you are all like I'M YOUNGER COME MEET ME MY DOOR IS UNLOCKED... and then he heads over there and walks in and BAM fucking Stone Phillips is sitting there with a camera crew and he can't go within 2 miles of an elementary school for the rest of his life.
1812  The Rest / General Discussions / Sony Europe: Wikivandals on: September 07, 2007, 06:52:08 AM
http://www.maltastar.com/pages/msFullArt.asp?an=14323

This will probably explain a few things, methinks.
1813  The Rest / General Discussions / Forced Abortions in China on: September 07, 2007, 06:49:09 AM
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He faced a fine of $660 to $1,330 for not having gotten a family planning permit in advance, so he treated Di to the Peking duck lunch on Aug. 15, 2000, hoping to escape with a lower fine since this was his first child.


This probably wouldn't have happened if the couple just went ahead and paid the fine instead of trying to get out of it by bribing the officials with a dinner. I'm gonna go with being an asshole and say that the parents are partially to blame here (Not that I don't think this whole thing is disgusting, just stating the fact that the citizens are just as ready to manipulate the system as the officials are).

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Zhai Zhenwu, a sociology professor at the People's University Institute of Demographic Studies in Beijing, said that while forced, late-term abortions do still occur sporadically, they have fallen sharply.


Is the argument here just that "current China sucks", which I agree with to an extent, or "they're not improving", which you know they are obviously trying to do.

Like Leyviur said...it's obvious from this article that this is the result of corrupt officials and not the fault of the PRC itself that led to an event like this. Though it's pretty clear that this article is written in such a way that if you just skim it, you'll think "omg china forces people to abort babies" or something along that line.
1814  The Rest / General Discussions / Wow.....China bans reincarnation w/o goverment approval on: September 07, 2007, 06:31:45 AM
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The Dalai Lama has already said that he would accept Tibet as an Autonomous Region, provided it was actually autonomous. Interference in spiritual affairs however, is not permissible. That much should be determined by the at-home culture. Further, there has to be large political standing given to minority groups, especially where industrialisation and commercialisation are considered, as well as human rights. These things are still heavily lacking in the PRC structure, and have been since its founding.


The problem with not intervening with the religious system is that the Dalai Lama, as I said before, has tried to go for independence, and Tibet does have a long history of not separating their church and state. Obviously I can't prove the current one has any intention of wanting to do so, since if he outright made it obvious to everyone there'd just be a huge uproar. I believe China is going more for the "Safety first" rule to an extent, but like I said before, I'm not really in agreement with the methods involved, either.

But on the other hand, does it really make a difference who the Dalai Lama is or not? Even if China does get to choose who gets to be the Dalai Lama, either way, he should be just a religious leader and nothing else?

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In regards to the India-China issue, that is debatable. Both are trading partners with the USA, which places them in a bit of an economic obligation. Attacking one another would probably prove extremely unfavourable, especially since both are nuclear powers. Where in a historical context Tibetan occupation may be seen as necessary, it is less so in modern political context. Further, the Chinese occupation has been far more damaging to Tibetan culture than was ever necessary merely to keep a border closed.


Well expanding on that, Tibet would not only be with India, but more importantly, Tibet would be more pro-America if anything. Indeed, the world is at peace for the most part, especially when it involves any kind of nuclear power, as it can easily mean the end of the human race if conflicts arise between huge powers like China and America.

However, it doesn't mean there's no tension. Being blunt, China and America arn't on very good terms with each other. They're huge trading partners with one another, but it ends about there (Just from that, actually, there's a lot of tension because America is always criticizing the quality of Chinese products and then ends up having to get them anyway). If Tibet becomes a independent nation, America could easily station troops there. While normally this isn't really a big deal, it doesn't make much strategic sense to constantly keep a potential enemy in your backdoor. Sure, America and China have a very, very small chance of kicking each other's ass, but that's only because it can lead to much larger consequences than just millions of soldier deaths. Tension is there, which is probably why you're rarely seeing any Americans media outlets actively praising China in any way, just a lot of criticism.

I personally think that if China was still weak as hell, the Western nations (and probably Japan, for that matter.) would have no real hesitation to tear up China fast.

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As to the Taiwanese issue: Taiwan is generally better off than the PRC where human rights are concerned. There is a higher standard of living, not only in major cities but in rural areas as well. But even more necessary to cite is the recall issues ongoing in Taiwan. Chen's position is currently being challenged by the Pan-Blue coalition and Shih Ming-te, a very open battle against the administration which could not happen in the PRC.


Oh definitely. Taiwan is miles ahead of China, but keep in mind that so is Hong Kong, but they have no need to break apart completely. While Taiwan has been, for many years, much like an independent nation, there's no real reason at this point to make it official- all that's going to accomplish is pissing a bunch of people off.

Human rights, however, are as open as they can be- it's just that if you state your opinion and it happens to be pan-blue, the government tends to screw you over a lot because the majority of the high ranking officers are pan-green (Except for Taipei Mayor, but it's hard for him to accomplish much on his own).

I'm mostly indifferent to the whole concept of Taiwan independence, but I don't see why the Pan-Green has to go and make it all official if it's just going to cause a lot of needless conflict.
1815  The Rest / General Discussions / Need Some Advice. on: August 21, 2007, 06:32:51 AM
I was going to post this in The Helper Monkey, but I don't think I'm going to get the most out of it there.

I'll try to keep the simple and to the point.

A few months ago I graduated from high school, so I'm about to be separated from one of the few people I've considered a true friend to me. He's been a little annoying for the past few years, but I thought that was just his growth and not really anything to worry about.

Of course, gossip leads me to find out- he's taking Prozac. And he's been taking it for years.

Somehow after I heard this a lot of things seemed to fall into place, he's always been a very nice person, though he lacked a lot of common sense and was, in my opinion, masochistic in many ways. He's the type of person who's constantly worrying about his grades and would be completely depressed over the smallest things (Like a girl turning him down for a dance or something).

Prozac isn't exactly famous for its ability as an effective medication. Many people on Prozac end up killing themselves, or worse- hurting people around them. For all I know this guy I've known for years is just the mask that is put on by his medication, and I've never really met the guy.

The worst part is that he chose an extremely good school to go to, definitely one of the top in the country, and nobody he knows that gives a damn about him is going there.

I fear for the worst, so I'm not really sure what I can do as a friend right now.
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