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 on: Today at 09:52:37 AM 
Started by Aeolus - Last post by Agent D.
Breath of Fire 3 was pretty great but also like that killer Shroom boss and a few other blocks were kind of absurd... or the bone dragon in BOF3 after you finally become an adult. I seriously think I must of fought that boss for like 18 hours.
Meanwhile, my first playthrough of thebgame I actually leveled Garr up enough to learn Kyrie, which totally 1 shot him. Gud tiems.

 on: Today at 08:53:51 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Ranadiel
So currently playing Nights of Azure. Got it because I love Gust...but this is really not one of their stronger games. I'm not even sure what it is that I am particularly disliking, but the battle system feels lacking and I don't particularly care about the characters/world. Oh well game is beaten, second post-game boss is beaten, so I just have a fuck ton of grinding to get the platinum left. Yay. >.>

Not sure what I'll be getting to next from my backlog. What choices do I have anyways? Atelier Sophia, Star Ocean 5, finishing platinum in Tales of Zesty, Codename STEAM, Tales of Heart R, Persona Q...well this is going to be an interesting decision when I get to it. x_x

 on: Today at 08:25:34 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Draak
^ He is fighter/cleric, shame he is so pissy.


Got out of the Underdark. What the hell were those beholders?! I innocently walked in a cave full of the things. Had to use every cheese tactic I knew, only to later find out there was a special shield which would easily counter them. :|

Did the fire dragon quest and the adamantite golem was harder than the dragon itself. Took Korgan (only one who had a crushing weapon capable of hurting it) + transformed PC (almost died, lol special powers) to kill it. Doing stuff in Trademeet, De'Arnise and Watcher's Keep and whatever I missed in Athkatla are next on the list, then I might be ready to face Irenicus & friends and finish Shadows of Amn.

Despite my criticisms (which I still stand by), I'm liking the game better now that I found an enjoyable party composition: Archer PC (aka machine gun), Korgan (huge hp pool, usually dual wields axes), Viconia (awesome all around, turned immortal once decked out in good equips), Imoen (mage and thief needs). Very low on the micro managing scale and no one keeps whining.

 on: Today at 03:48:55 AM 
Started by Lucca - Last post by Tomara
The show is called Studio C, here's the full skit.

... It's like a dramatised version of having the bullied kid as a goalie. They kept aiming for my head again and again ;_; (Fortunately, my reflexes are pretty good and I managed to stop most balls with my hands. Still hurt though... I don't like ball sports very much.)

 on: Today at 03:34:17 AM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by Tomara
Tomara I wish you had like Dutch candy export business or something... I'd totally be all over that.

I could probably send you a box if you're willing to send me something in return (books from Bookdepository or something). I have to warn you, though. Shipping is expensive. Less than 2kg will cost 18 without tracking. 2-5kg with tracking will be 34,30 (close to $40 American). Fortunately, Dutch sweets are pretty cheap, but they will end up costing atleast twice as much if you include shipping.

I'm also incidentally curious since I came across this totally at random (seriously, I wasn't like fixated on the Netherlands or something) whether this actually represents a stereotypical view or some version of stereotypes.

Yeah... that's pretty much true. Examples:

-I'm from the Achterhoek or 'Motorcross (and farmers)'. Our region is known for this huge music/racing festival called De Zwarte Cross, and our roads (flat and scenic!) were popular with motorcyclists long before that. (See the dot with 'Doetinchem'? I live a little north of there.)

-Train Delay Central is Utrecht, the city where many train lines connect. Countless people travel through there every day and yeah, delays happen. The worst one I've experienced was less than an hour, but when the weather is bad enough, everything shuts down. Half a decade ago, there was this massive storm. I was at an anime convention and if I had left 30 minutes later, I'd would have been stuck in Utrecht for the night. As bad as this may sound, Utrecht is actually a great place, especially for tourists that don't want to settle for just Amsterdam. It's a lively old city in its own right, and you can easily get to the other parts of the country from there.

-Greenhouses everywhere? That's where my dad is from and yep, there are greenhouses everywhere. They call it the 'Glass City', which makes it sound so much more awesome than it actually is.

-It's easy to forget there are people living in Drenthe. It took me three freaking years to get a Streetpass from there and complete the map of the Netherlands!

-We're tsundere towards the Germans, that's for sure. On one hand we aren't really over World War II yet (many people who lost family and friends during the war are still alive today), but on the other we recognise that the country has changed a lot and that living in the past is a bad idea. Plus, many like to hop over the border for a little vacation or just shopping for a day.

 on: Today at 03:13:38 AM 
Started by brogidchwa - Last post by Artimicia
Hm, well I didn't think there enough fans of the original SMRPG kind of around to fight that fight per se... I think SMRG was really quite good though, it wasn't an easy transition for me in many ways, but yeah M&L and it's iterations have really done a lot of things so very well.

 on: Today at 02:06:02 AM 
Started by brogidchwa - Last post by Towns Car Marty
I like Thousand Year Door but I think the original game is much funnier.

 on: Today at 02:00:07 AM 
Started by brogidchwa - Last post by Aeolus
Hm I got another one I think the M&L series is basically just as good and worthy as SMRPG.

That's not an unpopular opinion.

*states that OG Paper Mario is the only good Paper Mario*

Now that's an unpopular opinion.


Because seriously, Thousand Year Door is dull, overrated and suffers from way too much backtracking.

 on: Today at 01:50:54 AM 
Started by Hidoshi - Last post by Annubis
I'll never remember the name of that manga...

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku / The Legend of Koizumi

 on: Today at 01:17:39 AM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Hathen
As far as whether or not the TPP would erode safety/environmental standards, I think as far as the United States goes we'll be safe as long as we have a relatively sane President. After Obama rejected TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline, they are now seeking $15B+ via the ISDS introduced by NAFTA. If TransCanada wins this case, the cost would probably fall to the taxpayers. Protests did play a role in influencing the decision, I'd say- but this is over environmental concerns, and God knows how many cynical fuckwads gentlemen in the US think protecting the environment is not a worthy pursuit. Imagine the protests for something like food safety, where it could actually immediately affect number one.

Rather, I think it is the smaller and/or poorer countries that would be at the mercy of ISDS- when it comes to environmental protection though, just looking out for ourselves doesn't really work. Of course, since China isn't all that interested in joining the TPP (for the moment anyway), you can't really force these standards onto them, they're probably just hoping they'll adapt them over time (that plus actually respecting intellectual property for once) since the TPP will change all the smaller countries around them. Singapore, Japan and Vietnam are already on board, while South Korea, The Phillipines and Taiwan are all interested- if you're keeping score, that's three of the Asian Tigers (except for HK for obvious reasons) along with Japan.

To me this seems like yet another case of compromising principles for a better result. Quoth Obama in the video above- "We've gotta get out there and help to shape those rules so that they work for our workers and our businesses. Because if we don't, China will write the rules, and they may not have the same regard for the same values that we care about. Other countries will write the rules in ways that will disadvantage our workers and our businesses."

As for the odds of it passing Congress, I personally would rate it pretty high- beating up China probably has bipartisan support, and what has the last few decades been if not the government constantly doing things people don't like because it leads to something better (or so claimed, at least)?

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