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 on: July 25, 2016, 04:40:23 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Dincrest
...and we're back to that democracy discussion we had back on page 85 or 86.  

I learned my American history about the 1912 election where the republican votes were split between party nominee William Howard Taft and Teddy Roosevelt, who formed his own Bull Moose Party, electing democrat Woodrow Wilson into office. 

 on: July 25, 2016, 04:36:20 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Arvis
So basically Trump's got a good chance at winning because he's doing the thing he did in the primaries where he's only getting like 40% of the vote but the remaining 60% if dividing between Clinton, Stein, and Johnson enough that nobody else is going to get over 40%. Yeeeeeeeeeey.

Which is why "nominees" exist instead of everyone just voting for whoever they want and why there are only two parties and this will never change.

 on: July 25, 2016, 03:51:24 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by MeshGearFox
So basically Trump's got a good chance at winning because he's doing the thing he did in the primaries where he's only getting like 40% of the vote but the remaining 60% if dividing between Clinton, Stein, and Johnson enough that nobody else is going to get over 40%. Yeeeeeeeeeey.

 on: July 25, 2016, 03:20:01 PM 
Started by glassjawsh - Last post by glassjawsh
The Battle of Narshe (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BlackBelt)

Celes: "When I was a baby I was taken from my parents and forced to be a magic soldier for the Empire. It's actually pretty fucked up and scarred me for life"

Terra: "mmmk...but have you ever been in love?!??"

Celes: "WTF is wrong with you??"


- As you all know, during the Battle of Narshe you have to split your party up into 3 groups.  Since there are only 7 members right now, you are really only left with 2 choices on how you put them together.  Either 3-2-2 or 4-2-1.  I tend to lean towards using the 4 person "power party" in order to bull rush the attacking Imperial army with one powerful group and then use the other 2 to mop up anyone who gets past.

- No one is higher than lvl 14, so I feel like I'm on a pretty good pace as far as not over leveling.

- Group 1: (healer), (cause tools), (dispatch is quick and powerful) and (Rage?).  I put Terra in the back row and equipped her with both of the Earnings I've scrounged up so far in order to make her a more effective healer.  I also put Edgar in the back row because he'll pretty much exlusively be using tools for these battles and they have the same damage from the back.  I also made an effort to give Gau the strongest armor possible since he is going to be functioning as a tank here.  Cyan is only going to use Dispatch every single turn (and I'm not sure if that ignores row or not so I put him in the front to start).

- Group 2: (sort of ok at everything) and (healer)

- Group 3: (most powerful fighter, can just spam blitz' to get out of a jam) I put the genji glove on Sabin so that when he counters being attacked (due to also being equipped with BlackBelt) he gets two swipes. Incredibly helpful trait when you're in a group by yourself. It almost plays like there are two of him.

-  This strategy only sort of backfired.  I placed Sabin directly in front of Banon and had Locke/Celes block the path on the left side on the map.  Then I sent my "super party" down the right side.  Everything was going according to plan (murking fools, all day) until A) an enemy group snuck through and immediately KO'd Locke and Celes and B) I'm an idiot and had Terra (aka my only healer in the group of 4) equipped with a Rune Blade* that uses her MP to augment its attacks.  I was down to less than 30 mp before I realized what was goign on. 

- This mental gaffe necessitated the use of my only 2 tinctures to refill Terra's mp and forced me to have Sabin franctically run up and down the back row in order to stop 3 separate enemy groups from reaching Banon.  Thanks Zeus his Blitz' are so powerful and AuraBlast can usually oneshot enemies because otherwise I would have been completely boned.

- By the time I'd cleared the map of regular enemies I was down to 3 potions and totally out of tinctures.  Not wanting to risk depleting my main group of HP and MP they couldn't refill, I took a HUGE risk and had Sabin attack Rider (aka the goofball sprinting back and forth in front of Kefka)

The battle went exactly like this: Sabin AuraBlast for 320 damage. Rider attack for 48% of Sabin's health. Sabin counter for 150 x2. Sabin AuraBlast for 320. Rider attack for another 48% of Sabin's max hp. Sabin counter for 150 x 2. Sabin AuraBlast for 320. SUCCESS!!!   And there was much rejoicing.

Kefka was actually a cinch.  I just had Terra heal every turn and unleashed the other 3's most powerful attacks. It would have been MUCH better forsight on my part if I'd included Celes in the party of 4 instead of Terra so I could have ultilized her Rune skill to absord Kefka's Ice2 spell that he cast every other turn.  But ultimately it didn't end up mattering.

* This is ok for Celes and Terra to use because they have mp innately and it doesn't teach them anything new.

- Up next: The Part Where Terra Freaks Out

 on: July 25, 2016, 02:25:38 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by MeshGearFox
@ Klyde: I think I asked this but did you ever read through the WORLD HISTORY things in Legend of Mana? You get them from some of the characters in the game, but the INFORMATION guide on gamefaqs has them all typed up.

Zwei - Got up to chapter 5. Difficulty shift after episode 3 is considerable.

Also just since I was playing it recently, something about Morrowind's Dunmer settlements /really/ reminds me of the aesthetics in the Panzer Dragoon games. I think it's the prevalence of weird masks, mutants, and everything being really chitinous. What happened to Bethesda's worldbuilding department after Morrowind :(

Way of the Samurai 1 - So basically the Boku no Natsuyasumi games got me wanting some explore japan funtimes. WOTS1 seems pretty cool but it's more focused on technically sword combat and decision making, and less on the exploration side of things. So I think I'll pass on it for now and maybe... I don't know, pick up Okamoi again.

Jade Cocoon - ALONG THOSE LINES, THOUGH! Talked to Koris. I have no idea who that is cause I started playing this in 2013 and immediately forgot about it. Anyway, opened up dragonfly forest. Trying to level up some fire-type bugmons.

ToP - Finished Dhaos' Castle; off to find a unicron. Dhaos' Castle had a number of little puzzley bits in them that I was /not fond of/.

Clarifying on this: There's one part where Cless and Arche have to press some buttons at the same time, one after the other, but the controls for walking on the map are NOT AT ALL precise enough for this (ie they're normal JRPG controls so sort the imprecision generally doesn't matter at all).

Second, there's some other part where you have to leave Arche behind so that she can fly up through a hole in the floor elsewhere. There's not really a good indication that she'd be able to do this (she can fly but there was no precedent for puzzles involving it). Also the hole isn't really that near to her. So yeah that was offputting.

(Previous puzzle I had to consult a walkthrough for I'll forgive because it's entirely because of a Japanese pun that didn't really work out in English).

 on: July 25, 2016, 02:04:18 PM 
Started by Dincrest - Last post by Arvis
Probably seeing it on the 30th myself. I'm not crazy about the Trek reboots (yeah I'm one of those Trekkies), but the fact that Simon Pegg is writing this one instead of the guys who wrote Transformers and Eagle Eye does pique my interest. That and it looks like they're using original aliens this time instead of recycling ideas from The Wrath of Khan for the fourth time or whatever.

I have a lot to say about this but... you haven't seen the movie yet.

 on: July 25, 2016, 02:04:07 PM 
Started by Agent D. - Last post by Tomara
My family is very serious about this game...

My sister and her boyfriend have systems in place to catch the maximum amount of Pokémon while in the car. Last week, he went out to get some cooking oil and came back an hour later with a bunch of Pokémon. The super market is practically around the corner.

My dad calculated that his mobility scooter is the most efficient way to hatch eggs, because it's top speed is 15km hour. Walking is too slow and if you ride a bike, you might go too fast too often.

When I mentioned I couldn't play because my phone is outdated, my mom offered to buy me a new one.

My brother is probably the highest level of them all (he has a habit of walking/cycling to and from work) but he's trying to downplay his interest.

I refused to accept a new cellphone by the way, so now my sister is going to go and see if they have an old one that can run the game. So, eh, I might be joining the craze sometime soon, I guess? I will probably be disowned if I join a team other than Mystic.

 on: July 25, 2016, 01:23:12 PM 
Started by Dincrest - Last post by EmeraldSword
A page late, but I can remember watching All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) as a kid and leaving a trail of tears about dogs taken away too soon. The whisky voice of the German shepherd, Charlie was voiced by legendary, Burt Reynolds and Itchy voiced by Dom DeLuise.

Seeing Batman: The Killing Joke tonight and the new Star Trek tomorrow. A busy, yet fun week for entertainment. :]

 on: July 25, 2016, 01:16:36 PM 
Started by Lucca - Last post by EmeraldSword
I just got back from Glacier National Park. It is gorgeous.  Here's one of my favorite pictures I took there.

Now that's a desktop background picture. Good stuff, Tooker!

 on: July 25, 2016, 01:10:06 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by EmeraldSword
Good haps this weekend! I volunteered at an event to help blind people onto cruising boats and inter-tubes so they can ride around the bay. They were a brave bunch of all ages. In other haps, tonight, I'm going to see a limited engagement of Batman: The Killing Joke with new friends, should be fun. Curious to see how the first rated-r Batman cartoon turns out.

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