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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Frostillicus on January 29, 2019, 01:19:50 PM »
Megadimension Neptunia VII - You know that battle later in the game; against the main 4 CPUs? The battle in which your success is almost completely determined by the RNG, no matter how strong you are? Yeah..., that battle is horse shit.
It's a big-ass sucker punch of a fight. Might even be enough to make me quit the game, because losing 2-3 characters before you can even act is garbage. Meanwhile, the CPUs' HP are through the roof.
Nothing before this even came close, in terms of difficulty. I can't see beating this, even if I grinded another 5-10 levels... Bah.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Annubis on January 29, 2019, 09:35:21 AM »
My Time At Portia

Halloween event.
God damn that thing was hard. I fought my best against the whole town but came out with 4t position.
Was pretty damn fun to go around gun people (watergun of course).

You get some nice relationship boosts with the entire town at the end which is great.
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Hathen on January 29, 2019, 03:17:51 AM »
Leo will want to comment on my luck I'm guessing, because I manage to stave off a defensive match in the final 15 hours of this AR season and stepped into sky whale paradise. The funny thing is that this means I paradoxically get to relax this week, because I'm assuming there's less than 3000 people total in T21 so I'll get my grails as long as I don't go into the negative for some reason.

Also yeah, once in a while you have people do that dumb setup where a unit is bodyblocking the pots in the corner of Spring Breeze, so the advice from one of the top AR players was basically just "have a team with Fir with Pass just for that".

As for Duma- I don't think anyone expected this one, but for once it's a pleasant one as opposed to "surprise, here's a 5th Azura". Colorless Armored Dragon, probably with like 5 SPD and like 40 in every other stat. Shouldn't even be surprised at this point. Probably gonna need a Dragon Killer on at least one of your teams not to get hardwalled by this guy, the Robins are popular support units after their refines and might do okay against him (doubt anyone will run Cancel Affinity on the guy), but honestly their stats are so bad at this point, even TA'd they'd probably get killed by an Ignis bomb from him before they managed to KO.

That's definitely an annoying C skill too, but not as bad as it might seem considering how useful Eir is in most teams and she takes care of equal HP hits on the team fairly easily (of course, we don't have an Astra Mythic yet, Eir will have a harder time fitting in once that comes along). Basically "bring a healer or get bent". Blowing up your buildings probably isn't as practical as it sounds, because everyone spams Restore staves or dance shenanigans anyway, so Tactics Room and Panic Manor only do so much. Plus I know some people just straight up don't take their buildings for AR because they actually prefer that extra row to move around in.

As for his Blessing, I was really expecting either a Dark or Astra Hero this month instead, the former because Micaiah, and the latter because Light/Astra is generally more valuable than Dark/Anima. I'm still on the fence on the whole value of Dark/Anima Heroes. The formula for them reducing Lift loss is [Mythic hero count (max of 2) x blessed hero count x 4 + mythic hero merge count (max of 20)]. Even if I managed to pull 2 Dumas and made some laughable defense with that plus whatever Legendaries of the week there are, it means I can save 32 points per loss. A single Light/Astra Hero can probably add that much to each of your wins, and that comparison is ignoring the fact that you could just build a cancer defense map and probably save nearly as many points over time from the odd victory you get.

Of course, that doesn't matter as much when he's sharing colorless with Loki, quite possibly the single most powerful unit for Aether Raids (Though Nailah probably matches her for the current meta). Staves are already stupidly good, combine that with being a mobile Tactics Room and she's invaluable. Summer Linde is kinda meh though, I guess Starfish is kinda cool but compared to the daggers Ryoma and Elincia are packing on this banner it's not even close in SI value.

I'm actually super torn for this banner, there's something I want in basically every color, but I don't think any color is especially good for me. I want LEirika at some point from Red (and even after that ATK/SPD solo is one the best A slots in the game), all 3 blue units have some kind of useful SI (plus Liki is broken as shit herself), Green has LLyn who I'm missing and Special Fighter which I actually want to give to a lot of units. Might just open every color and and see what comes out of the box.
Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Mickeymac92 on January 28, 2019, 08:20:04 PM »
I just don't have the stomach for things like Attack on Titan anymore.

Same here, for the most part. I still enjoy stuff like Hellsing and Kabaneri, but I think that's out of nostalgia for their art styles at this point - the heavy use of shading intended to portray a very moody atmosphere that used to run rampant in old anime OVAs and films at one point, and outside of a few hear and there (mostly just MAPPA's works), I don't really see that much anymore. I mean, OVAs these days are mostly extensions of TV series or Limited Edition Manga tie-ins, and I don't watch anime films very often, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Still makes the shows that mimick that style stand out to me, though. I mean, I don't think either or the examples I gave could be considered "good" from a narrative standpoint, so it really is just the art & music holding my attention, and that's on top of being horrifically violent in ways that would normally turn me off a series.
Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« Last post by Rucks on January 28, 2019, 07:28:49 PM »
Running through Full Metal Alchemist again.  Still 10/10. Though I've come to the point in my life where shows like this are about as violent as I can handle.  I just don't have the stomach for things like Attack on Titan anymore.
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on January 28, 2019, 06:10:09 AM »
Incidentally, I think I've had a repeat match against a player from a few ranks back. Had a single unarmed Linde body blocking the pots, preventing full lyft gain. Not that I cared this time around since I was nearly full, and that I seriously don't care due to all the toxic maps I didn't want to deal with, especially since I currently have no hope of advancing past 9400 Lyft. Of course what this really means is that the back end has caught up to me. But again, I've no fucks left to give at this point.

Our VG for this month is the Female Parent/Male Child match-up counterpart. No surprises or lucky 5 star freebies this time though.

My final Battle Ballot ended up consisting of RD's Lucia, Ayra, Miranda, Karin, Machuya, Larcei, and Selphina. Hopefully no 'obvious' patterns indicating my preferences emerge from this random assortment of FE characters (its only too bad that I couldn't vote for anyone from Tear Ring, Berwick or Vesteria).

Actually, outside of Lucia, Ayra and Larcei, this was sort of a 'in memory of' selection for Mayumi Hitora, if I had more votes, I'd voted for more FE5 characters (as well as Tear Ring if they were available). Its a damn shame the game's so neglected by the series, nevermind FEH.

In less Fates/Alts Royal news: Duuuuumaaa!

Yes, he's going to be yet another bullshit whalebait dragon armor (and colorless to boot), but who cares. At least he isn't our fourth M!Corrin alt or Seventh Camilla alt. The rest of the banner features L!Ike, Leirika, Laegjarn, Pancho Tiki, Dancer Ryoma, Kliff, Wyndis, Dancer Elincia, Axephraim, Summer Linde and Loki. Lots of good fodder if you can grab some.
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Hathen on January 28, 2019, 04:10:27 AM »
Yowch. Just finished my final matches for the week and screwed up royally. I am currently sitting at exactly 11012 lift, but I haven't gone through my daily loss yet. I have to go 14 hours without anyone matching against me which is very unlikely, so unless I'm crazy lucky it's likely I'll lose all my progress this week. Currently at the borderline I'm at around rank 1000, seems there's a sizable number of players in the same predicament as me too, so I'm going to guess when the dust settles there will be ~2000 players in Tier 21 so the top dogs of Tier 20 can still make it into top 3k next week, so maybe I can still aim for those shiny golden chairs if I'm crazy enough. Still really sucks to choke so close to the finish line, but at least next time around I'll probably have better luck because a lot of the super cancerous maps will already have been promoted to Tier 21 and I'll be matched against people near my power level.

Also CYL3 coming to a close, get your predictions in now folks. My ballot is ready:

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Last post by Hathen on January 28, 2019, 12:43:23 AM »
I still haven't finished The Orville S1 (I think I got through most of it though). It's definitely something I intend to get back to, despite a multitude of problems I have with the show. Just like Discovery I expect them to tweak the show over time though, and hopefully Seth himself takes less writing credits because I just don't think he's a particularly good writer, and Trek type stories pretty much live and die by the script.

Meanwhile, I saw Episode 2 of Discovery S2. Funny you mention how un-Treklike Discovery is, because if this is an indication of what's to come, it's a confirmation of what episode 1 was suggesting, that they're stepping back into a Trek-style episodic show with a subplot throughline connecting it all. To be honest this to me is both a good and bad thing; I think we've talked about in the past how one of the problems with some of the Trek shows is that they became to complacent in its formula (TNG being new-TOS for its initial seasons and DS9/VOY both being very TNG-like in their early days). Sticking with that can work, but obviously with the same core group of people running the show for like a decade and a half (Berman, Barga, Taylor, and even Piller) the stories eventually got tired or unwatchable. To be fair The Orville did have a handful of episodes that I think did the formula quite well, updated for modern topics (The sex-change baby one was decent, and the social media one was pretty good if you overlook how the entire problem was caused by how idiotic LaMar was acting), so maybe all it takes is some new eyes at the formula.

Anyway this episode was just banal Trek stuff done a million times. It was about a splintered group of humans who are mysteriously in the Beta Quadrant (Discovery can still mushroom-teleport everywhere, angering canon nerds everywhere), and the mystery itself is actually never solved, because that's the subplot of this season. The suggestion by the episode is that there's some kind of God-like space entity doing this, so I guess that's classic Trek stuff, but it does kinda hurt the episode's own standalone mystery. The rest of the episode was basically Prime Directive stuff that's been debated about 12 dozen times throughout Trek, with nothing really new to show for it this time. At least it wasn't at fucking stupid as Enterprise's Prime Directive episode though (Dear Doctor), or even some of Voyager's Prime Directive episodes (like Time and Again) because the Discovery crew isn't a bunch of genocidal maniacs.
Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Der Jermeister on January 27, 2019, 11:05:00 PM »
Still working on Ni no Kuni II, and have increased the difficulty a few times when facing enemies weaker than my characters. I have access to the seas now.

I also started Timespinner, and must give a shoutout to @divingfalcons for bringing attention to the game, which has definitely been an enjoyable Metroidvania.
Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Last post by Aeolus on January 27, 2019, 04:10:30 PM »
Yeah, the front end of B5 can be a large turn off if you come at it wrong. Its what happened to me when the show was first broadcasting (that, and I knew that it being serialized meant that if I started missing episodes, it was going to be damn near impossible for me to follow correctly, and I was going to miss episodes due to having activities beyond school, homework and videogames in those days, especially since this was airing back in the dark days prior to the Internet/Youtube/Streaming and I was too young to operate a VCR or have disposable VHS Tapes on hand to make up the difference; I wasn't going to start taping shows I've missed until the late 90s).

Meanwhile The Orville continues to be Star Trek in lieu of Star Trek. Latest episode was a First Contact scenario, and while the Xenophobia was rather heavy handed, it was amusing watching the crew explore this strange new world and being completely bored/unimpressed by its technical/cultural achievements (normally Sci-Fi treats trips to lesser worlds like a trip to a museum or a case study of human history, rather than "Hi. We're your new neighbors. Sorry we're such a disappointment to you, but you're not exactly winning any awards for 'chosen' species either.").
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