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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Arvis on November 27, 2018, 02:03:48 PM »
Octopath Traveler

Started with Alfyn.  He's pretty cool!  His VA is the same as Raz from Valkyria 4, so that makes me happy.  And I always enjoy "Chemist" jobs, especially ones with "Mix" type skillsets.  I tend to hoard items, but I do try to make myself use Alf's "Concoct" from time to time.

Went on to get Pokemon Trainer H'aanit, who's pretty great.  I enjoy the monster capturing and summoning.  Could not be more in love with her village and surrounding area.  She died against her boss, though, so she gets bumped to the bottom of the list.  Still in my party for now, though.

Just finished up getting Primrose and completing her first chapter on my lunch break.  The heck.  That was pretty gross, but at least I'm sufficiently motivated.  Also, I love her ability to recruit NPCs!  NPC recruiting is another favorite of mine (thank you, Blitzball), but I do wish Prim's Allure wasn't so limited.  Being stuck with only one at a time can make some missions more unwieldy than is necessary.
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Der Jermeister on November 27, 2018, 01:26:26 PM »
Sometimes the classics age horribly.
Very true. I managed to beat the last boss by spamming kicks (he was short, so they worked), since trying to execute moves just got me constantly beaten down.
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Arvis on November 27, 2018, 09:24:49 AM »
Sometimes the classics age horribly.
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Der Jermeister on November 26, 2018, 08:29:55 PM »
I'm playing Shenmue as part of the PS4 collection with its sequel, and it's somewhat hard to think it was one of the most expensive games ever made, since it feels horribly unrefined in many aspects, like its red-herring plagued plot and direction, and subpar English voicework with horrible timing and bad writing.
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Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« Last post by Greganox on November 26, 2018, 06:16:17 PM »
Several months ago I did mention that I've been reading through the Redwall series. As of today I've started reading The Rogue Crew, which is the last book in the series due to the passing of Brian Jacques's. I'm enjoying it so far especially the ship that can move on land.
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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« Last post by Arvis on November 26, 2018, 11:05:59 AM »
Finally started Octopath!  SO happy!!
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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings!
« Last post by Arvis on November 26, 2018, 11:04:00 AM »
Have I mentioned that I'm caught up on Dragon Ball Z: Abridged?
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Hathen on November 26, 2018, 04:16:00 AM »
Honestly Surtr is pointless for Aether Raids IMO, yeah you gotta make sure you have a really strong Red to wall him off on your squad (or build Lilina to one-shot him), but he's relatively easy to play around like most armors are when you're not forced into using crappy armors yourself. In Grand Conquests he's just the worst though because he's basically invincible on forts, and trying to bait him out results in instant 20-damage.

Also my Aether costs are already at 60 per match- it's pretty crazy that there will be many days where the only match I'll get is my free one, but unlike a lot of the community I appreciate this mode only takes like 15-20 minutes to do your runs of every day (and that's if I'm going super slow to plan my turns ahead). Apparently a defense victory can protect you for 20 hours, not just a defeat, so it's not quite as dumb as first assumed and a high win/lose ratio will result in you getting bumped down less, but it also means you might get unlucky and get 5 defense wins and just happen to get your loss after that 20 hour mark, so that'll be fun.

Also also this new Legendary banner seems pretty good for me. With Blessed Gardens annoyingly requiring more and more teams, I'm going to try to get Lyoma and Bowcina alongside Hrid. Laevatein and Bector are also great units I wouldn't mind having, so Red and Blue will be my prime targets (watch me pull like 6 Summer Cordelias though). Don't really care much for Green or Colorless though. Getting merges for Gunnthra and Queen Squatter of Colorless is low on my priority list, don't care for the two seasonals (even though Summer Innes has a pretty nice statline and a hilarious weapon), Kana and her greasy hair have already been left in the dust, and Nina sucks and should've been demoted in the first place.

As for Hrid in particular, I have a Eliwood+8 and I was planning on building him with DC due to his solid RES, but I'm expecting Hrid to just completely outdate that idea, because Hrid
1. Comes with DC
2. Can stop all follow-ups with a relatively easy requirement
3. Will probably have low speed and good mixed bulk to capitalize on that
I even had Eliwood S-supported with Gunnthra already. Time for a Durandal refine IS (Hell, even Blazing Durandal is kinda outdated now).

Legendary Edit: Pretty much exactly as I guessed, Hrid not only has low SPD, but in fact has one of the lowest in the entire game, beating Arden out by 1 point at neutral (and losing to him by 3 points when baned). Whatever the case I dropped about 250 orbs on the Legendary banner and I managed to do pretty good. My 5*s were:
Hrid (+SPD -ATK)
Pewpew Lucina (+ATK -SPD)
Hrid (+DEF -ATK)
Flappy Ryoma (+SPD -ATK)
Laevatein (+SPD -HP)
Hrid (+ATK -HP)
Pewpew Lucina (+RES -ATK)
Was getting flooded by terrible IVs at first but the latter ones salvaged it a bit. Only natural I started off by pulling -ATK and -SPD on precisely everyone who doesn't want them. I'll probably end up using that SPD bane Lucina for now anyway, +6 ATK is probably worth the -3 SPD. That last +ATK Hrid is really nice though, he gets a superboon in that stat, though HP is a superbane on him too so that kinda sucks for his intended role. Also nice to have good IVs on Laevatein but I doubt I'll be using her all that much. Would've liked a Bector too, but I think getting all 3 of the Legendaries I was aiming for is already a really good result, so I won't complain too much. Now I gotta decide if I wanna merge the Hrids I got or finally start handing out DC to units.

Did okay on 3/4* pulls too, got a copy or 2 each of Athena/Shigure/Hinata/Soleil/Shanna, but didn't get any of the units I want to finish up merging for (mainly Draug, but +ATK Reinhardt also continues to elude me). Also no Silas- I actually really would like Steady Stance fodder right now.

Also I've played a bit of the new Forging Bonds and so far I'm liking it more than the previous ones. They need to structure more of them like this one. It still has FEH's typical sucking up to the summoner but its not nearly as bad so far. Pretty late to add some much-needed characterization for the Nifl squad, but better than never I suppose. Hopefully Book 3 actually sticks this shit at the beginning.
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on November 25, 2018, 03:52:17 PM »
I wouldn't worry about accumulating Aether too much at this point, given how rapidly Aether costs are escalating versus our piddly +50 Aether daily restore. Soon, we're going to be seeing situations where, unless you have some kind of bullshit defense, it'll take two, three or even four days to gain 100 Lyft over where you started the week on (and that's if you make no fuck ups on your end).

Meanwhile, it seems that the popular thing to do nowadays is to rematch the player that cost you your 80 Lyft of the day, so that you can hopefully cost them their 80 Lyft back.

At any rate, I would hold off on upgrading your roster size until we hear back from our glorious mode leaders on whether or not you get whatever the Blue variant of Mountain Dew was called back from the upgrade or not, and if it fucks with Lyft gains/losses.

But for all the awfulness of Aether Raids, at least it hasn't turned into +10 Surtrs and Aversa bombs on top of the usual endless wave after wave of bullshit +10 Armors and +10 Dragons that Grand Conquest has. I'm not playing for rank this time (partly because of the above, but mostly because Aether Raids damn near got me to snap my phone in half, so I'm doing the sane thing and scaling my activities way the hell back, including Arena Assaults beyond once a week because 100 Feathers isn't worth having to put up with that mode anymore), and I really wish they'd roll back the mode to only have 20 Tiers instead of 25, because the less I have to play GCN, the better.


Edit: Prepare to be shocked and amazed....no wait. I meant the opposite of that. Its just Hrid and his best friends in the whole wide banner, Lyoma, Bowcina, Green Mage Hrid and Female "Will Never Leave These Goddamn Banners Until I Fucking Pull Her". Summers Cody, Innes and Noire are our seasonals of the banner (of which I already have 2), and the rest being rounded out by Brave Hector, Laevatien, F!Kana and Nina.

The Legendaries are meh, but the rest are solid pulls.
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General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Hathen on November 25, 2018, 06:03:19 AM »
Some people are guessing Gharnef's PRF might be useful in Aether Raids, but the fact that it only hits non-magic units probably really hurts that because basically everybody is using 2-range units- DC just doesn't solve the problem when dazzling staves are everywhere. Cecilia MVP.

Speaking of which, annoying maps galore have prevented me from getting the bonus aether several matches in a row, leaving me with 42 leftover Aether which could've gotten me another match if I wasn't running into Veronica and one-shot wars in a super cramped map basically every single match. I also failed a match once again this season. It seems the annoyance is putting everything into balance though, because despite me doing a lot worse this week so far my rank is 1017. There's still 12 hours left of course, but I am fairly confident I can get another Golden Throne this week.

Next season has the dumb healing tower as the bonus building though, so I have a choice to make- either I get the healing tower to keep the stat advantage I've been enjoying so far, or I spend my stock to unlock my fifth unit slot. The latter sounds like it'll be a lot more useful, but there's been a ton of matches which just devolve into whoever one-shots the other first so losing 4 in every stat might make that a lot less reliable (plus Aversa will be worse at panic ploying everyone).

Also despite the odds for Iceloli or Evil Pyro being a lot better than usual, I'll probably wait for them to show up on a Legendary banner nonetheless because pity breakers are awful, and at least Legendary banners always guarantee you something kinda useful.
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