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Checkers and Book-Skirt were something of a joke here at RPGFan, what was it, a year or two ago?  Felt like much longer ago.  Either way, it's like a meme that only gets 5 minutes of fame rather than the requisite 15. 
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General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« Last post by Dincrest on Today at 02:51:21 PM »
And food culture is at a point now where people want, and champion for, better ingredients in their meals (particularly fast food); and are slowly turning their backs on those contrived and mediocre chains like Applebee's et al.  In lieu of eating out, those boxed meal kids (like Blue Apron) are becoming more popular. 

Of course, no matter what, restaurant food always has more sugar and salt than necessary to hook you in like a drug.  Fast food, especially.  It's no surprise why everyone on the RPGFan staff who's gone to E3 has referred to Pollo Campero as "crack chicken."  I'm not sure I want to know how much salt and/or sugar was in the food I ate there. 

And even healthy options, like vegan restaurants put extra salt and/or sugar into their meals.  And outside of that, if you compare vegan/soy protein powder with traditional whey protein powder, the vegan/soy stuff is a total sugar bomb that completely negates everything that's supposed to be healthy about it. 
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by ironmage on Today at 02:45:30 PM »
I watched Log Horizon a few years back, but, like Hathen, forgot most of it.  According to my notes, the first season was "entertaining fluff", but the second season had very slow pacing, and lacked an interesting conflict, so I dropped it.
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by ironmage on Today at 02:41:19 PM »
Being familiar with Lovecraft's life and work, that does not make me feel better :(
Sorry (>_<).  Some of Lovecraft's earlier writing relied on a sudden twist at the end, and he had several stories which centered on discovering things underground; that's what that section reminded me of.

You seem like a pretty un-Lovecraftian person in general (Lovecraft surely never dreamt of anything cute like Pokemon), so as long as you don't start roaming the streets at twilight in search of antiquities, you're going to be okay.

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I'm not going to post about my Strudel nightmare.  That still makes me cringe.
Now you have to post it.
...I honestly don't know if I actually wanted anyone to call me out on that, or not.

This is hard for me to write about, partly because it's just so ...mundane.  It not proper nightmare material at all.  I had this dream while I was under a fair bit of stress at work, and it was affecting my health.

When the dream starts, I'm driving alongside the river, but this transitions into walking.  A woman appears and takes me by the arm.  We seem to know each other.  Maybe she's my girlfriend?

It's summer, and there's some sort of festival going on near the river.  We go to a food stand, and she hands me a plate with some strudel on it.  But my hand starts to shake, and the shaking gets so bad that I have to put the plate down on the ground to keep from dropping it.  I start to explain to her that this is because I'm stressed at work, and then


I wake up in a state of panic.  Heart pounding, cold sweat.  Just because I had to put down a plate.

What bothers me is not the dream itself, but that I reacted so severely to it.  Even now, something in my brain fights back when I try to analyze it.  What am I repressing?  Have I not come to grips with my own mortality?  Is my job really causing that much damage?  Better not to think about this too much.  It's just a dream.
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Tomara on Today at 11:20:33 AM »
Yay, I got myself some Nohrian scum! Granted, Summer Corrin is -spd and therefore a huge disappointment, but whatever. I'll fix that 31 speed one way or another. Besides, she'll be spending a lot of time with Bunny Camilla, and I think we can all agree that is punishment enough. I'm going to love hating my Flyer Emblem team.

In other news, I was looking for a unit to sacrifice fodder to and am now well on my way to building an +atk Quadsuna. Biggest challenge will be getting a Brave Bow+. Those are very expensive...

My T_T news: I'm on track to hit 80,000 points today, so 99,999 should be easily reached before the deadline.
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Ranadiel on Today at 10:30:39 AM »
I dunno, I guess I don't hang around anime communities often enough, because a ton of people I talk to think the show is way too slow paced and they can't get themselves to finish it. I'd say that's also reflected in how things like Sword Art Online are just more popular...but I suppose that would be like saying Evangelion is more popular than Lain or something despite some similarities, the action just makes casual viewing more enjoyable.
I'm curious as to how many of those people who "can't finish it" only tried to watch it when it was originally airing. I did a rewatch of it a few months ago. I remembered it being very slow from when I watched it on Cartoon Network back when it first aired, but on rewatch the show is not as slow as I recalled it being. I think it is just better suited for binging than it is for weekly watching.

Really I consider .hack to be the king of the "stuck in a video game" genre. I mean they have a bad track record when it comes to animes (2 out of 3 are bad), but they have done some really interesting stuff across the overall series and I love most of it. God damn it, waiting for Last Recode is torture. x_x
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Was this ever covered in some capacity? lol...

Reasonably in the case of the former, barely in the case of the latter.

I dunno, at least the latter isn't one droop away from V-day
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Was this ever covered in some capacity? lol...

Reasonably in the case of the former, barely in the case of the latter.
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General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2017
« Last post by Frostillicus on Today at 09:56:03 AM »
1) Lego Marvel Super Heroes
2) Tales o Graces f
3) Tales o' Xillia
4) Infamous 2

5) Tales o' Vesperia  - Just under 55 hours. Really enjoyed my time with this one. Definitely glad I resurrected the Xbox 360 for it. Good story/characters/skits/gameplay/dungeon designs/music. By far the best of the three Tales games I've played so far this year. Might just be my favorite Tales game of all that I've played. As I've said before, there is an undeniable old school charm that is sorely missing from more recent RPGs that I've played. That goes a long way with me. Also, Yuri's anti-hero nature is indeed refreshing.
The only big cons I'd give it are the fact that enemies are practically invulnerable when knocked down (really messes with the flow of battle), and there are some crazy difficulty spikes with a few bosses. Other than that, highly recommended.  Especially for fans of the series who haven't gotten around to it yet.


Next up is Lost Odyssey, since I have the 360 hooked up. Never finished it back in the day.
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Hathen on Today at 09:19:53 AM »
I dunno, I guess I don't hang around anime communities often enough, because a ton of people I talk to think the show is way too slow paced and they can't get themselves to finish it. I'd say that's also reflected in how things like Sword Art Online are just more popular...but I suppose that would be like saying Evangelion is more popular than Lain or something despite some similarities, the action just makes casual viewing more enjoyable.
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