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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - 4/29 edition on: April 29, 2016, 11:40:45 PM
I'm on the last level of Epistory, and will try to finish that one up.  Need to catch up on the FFXIV weekly and daily stuff I've missed while on the road this week.  I feel like I should be playing Bravely Second, but I just get bored with it so quickly.  Might jump back into Destiny for a change of pace.  I haven't turned on my PS4 in weeks...its feeling neglected.
2  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 29, 2016, 10:42:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 28, 2016, 04:00:46 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 28, 2016, 02:00:01 PM

Pathfinder Adventures by Obsidian released today. Its a card-based strategy game. You can download it for free, or pay $24.99 to unlock just about everything. Otherwise, you can accrue gold to unlock character, chests, etc. The game looks very robust, and although I am still confused on a couple rules, I'm really enjoying it so far. I may just drop the $25 to support Obsidian.

https://pathfinder.obsidian.net/

The physical game is pretty great. I've been looking forward to this.  I wish my iPad wasn't so out of date (or that it ran on my phone).

I played through the tutorial this afternoon.  It looks neat, but probably a little too complex for my blood.  I was completely lost by the time the tutorial was finished.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 04:27:52 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 25, 2016, 03:42:23 PM

The Magic Circle is quite wonderful.  I played it when it was on PC. Itís a game about an unfinished game that has been in development for a long time.  Itís a bit of an adventure/puzzle game with some minion summoning action thrown in for good measure.  Assuming they didnít mess something up in the Gold Edition, I highly recommend it.

Thanks for the reminder, I missed that on the list.  It's been on my Steam wishlist for ages, but I might grab it for PS4 instead.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 02:03:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 25, 2016, 01:58:42 PM

And Aliens vs Pinball, because I get all of the Zen pinball tables.

Same here.
5  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: April 24, 2016, 10:38:11 PM
I'm at about the 10 hour mark, and I wish I could say Bravely Second was grabbing me more than it is.  It's not a bad game by any means, but it's just...boring.  The characters have a ton of charm, but the story itself is really dull.  The dungeons are bland, and I find myself navigating simply by the map rather than watching the actual dungeon.  I'm unlocking a veritable shit-ton of skills, spells, and abilities...none of which I have to use outside of boss fights.

So far (through level 20), dungeons involve setting my auto-battle to do 4 braves (i.e. extra turns) and 4 physical attacks with each character.  That typically takes care of the mobs, with the occasional spell or two thrown in.  Rinse and repeat a few dozen times while I find all the treasure chests on each map, then go tackle the boss.  I suppose I could up the difficulty (playing on Normal), but making the same rather boring combat simply take longer due to more HP doesn't seem like it would be any more compelling.  There's a huge variety of skills, ability links, special attacks, combos, etc., that I haven't even really bothered to do anything with.  I'm guessing they'll become more important later on...at least I hope so.

I did do a side quest that required some interesting choices, but outside of that, the game so far has just been meh.  I think all of the job, equipment, and skill options would be interesting if there was more to the game than a very basic grindgrindgrindgrindBOSSgrindgrindgrind.  Every time I sit down to play, I find myself either dozing off or my mind drifts to other games (what should I do next in FF XIV?  Should I try Black Desert again?).  That's usually not a good indicator of a compelling game.

Oh, and a game with this many choices and options with a single save slot?   finger
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 23, 2016, 08:05:37 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 23, 2016, 02:36:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah
I'm surprised anyone is upset about this. If I was a console-only gamer I would be thrilled at the option to upgrade my system. As it stands, I already spend something north of $500/year upgrading my PC.

The whole reason I bought a console is so that I wouldn't have to spend $500 a year on PC upgrades.  icon_neutral

This.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/22/16 Death of an Icon Edition on: April 22, 2016, 03:06:35 PM
I'm hoping to finish up Epistory: A Typing Adventure, which has been far more fun than it has any right to be.  Should unlock the Ninja class in FFXIV this weekend, and I'm sure I'll spend some time with Bravely Second as well.

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 22, 2016, 02:26:06 PM

I am a HUGE Prince fan and his passing is affecting me.  I usually don't star worship, but Prince's music seen me through some very hard times in the early - mid 90's

I was the same way when Bowie passed.  frown
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMZ: Legendary Musician Prince Has Died on: April 21, 2016, 07:37:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 21, 2016, 06:24:29 PM

I don't want to be "that guy", but I never got into his music at all and didn't understand the love.  But still a shame since I know he was very influential in his quirky way.

While I was never a huge fan of his music, the guy was ridiculously talented...a fact I never really realized until long after his "prime" in the 80's.  He was an absolutely amazing guitar player.
9  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: April 21, 2016, 03:42:47 PM

Quote from: ericb on April 21, 2016, 01:08:17 AM

Well, this thread dried up quick.  Anyway, still playing and honestly I think I like it more as I keep playing.  It was good when I started and now it's very good.  The only sad thing is this one is the first WoW contender I've played in a long time...but it will never succeed due to the cash shop.  Too many quality of life parts missing to "encourage" you to use the cash shop.  You don't realize how much you miss inventory/bank space and auto loot until it's locked behind a pay wall.  Otherwise though I'm finding it to be a realistic and complex series of MMO systems that mostly work.  I became much happier when I started treating it as a diablo type combat MMO (I mean come on...you're going to be killing tens of thousands of mobs in this game using action based combat).

To anyone still interested they added 2 new classes in today's patch and the new limited event started today.  Collect 12 of the seals (1 per day per login) and you can get a free pet and some upgrade stones.

Glad to hear you're enjoying it.  I gave up on it...got tired of bashing my head against it's layers of complexity and went back to something I could actually make sense of.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/17/16) on: April 18, 2016, 04:46:17 PM
Huh, I had no idea Banner Saga 2 was coming out already.  Will keep an eye on it...the original was a game that I so wanted to like, but it just never clicked for some reason.
11  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: April 18, 2016, 01:37:21 PM
Picked this up on Friday and spent a few hours with it over the weekend.  I was hesitant to take the plunge, but heard that they didn't replicate their ridiculous "play the same game twice" padding misstep that they did the first time around.  A few quick early thoughts (4 hours, just finished the prologue):

-  Feels almost exactly the same as the first game.  This is a very good thing when it comes to artwork, music, and combat, as all three are very solid.
-  Not sold on the story yet.  Seems very cliche and starts really slowly.  The saving grace is that the characters, while incredibly cheesy, all have a certain charm to them.  They spout silly lines that you can't help but chuckle at.
-  "Yew" might be the stupidest name for a main character ever.
-  It takes forever to start opening up different jobs and other game systems.  Don't be surprised when there are multiple options greyed out in your menu for the first few hours.
-  The combat automation is great.  You can set it to auto battle based on previous inputs, which makes grinding a breeze.
-  Every RPG needs to take a UI lesson from Bravely Second.  The way everything functions is damn near perfect.
-  I like the risk/reward system of both the Brave/Default mechanic, and the option to bring in additional enemies if you kill everyone in the first turn.  Again, makes grinding much easier.
-  The main character is voiced by the same actor who does Dean Venture in The Venture Bros.  He does a good job, but it's incredibly distracting.

Overall, I'm quite enjoying it so far.  I have a little concern about the job system becoming somewhat overwhelming in terms of building an effective party, but we'll see how that goes. 

If anyone is playing, please friend me (Skinypupy).  I could use some minions to help build my moon base.  smile
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/15/16 edition on: April 18, 2016, 01:25:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 15, 2016, 03:35:17 PM

I think I'm going to bite on Bravely Second today, so that'll get most of my time.  Also need to catch up on my FFXIV weekly stuff after being gone on a work trip.

Lots of both of the above.

Also picked up Epistory:  A Typing Adventure, which was a fantastic "typing RPG".  Think Typing of the Dead meets Legend of Zelda by way of Bastion.  Or as someone else put it, Mavis Beacon's Diablo.   icon_lol  Only problem is that I hit a gamebreaking bug about 2 hours in, and can't continue until they patch it out.  Sucks, but the dev is aware of it and has said they're working on a fix.  Fingers crossed.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/15/16 edition on: April 15, 2016, 08:24:50 PM
Started playing Bravely Second this afternoon, which is fantastic so far.  The only problem is that the main character is voiced by the same actor who plays Dean Venture in The Venture Bros.

He does a great job in Bravely Second, but I can't shake the feeling that Brock Sampson will be joining my party at any moment.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/12/16) on: April 15, 2016, 03:36:05 PM
Most of the new reviews for Bravely Second have been extremely positive, so I'm going to take the plunge on that one today.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/15/16 edition on: April 15, 2016, 03:35:17 PM
I think I'm going to bite on Bravely Second today, so that'll get most of my time.  Also need to catch up on my FFXIV weekly stuff after being gone on a work trip.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 13, 2016, 09:12:40 PM
One more interesting tidbit on Youth Code, from the Pitchfork review of their album.  It was produced by Rhys Fulber of FLA fame.  Which explains why it sounds so much better than the first album.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 13, 2016, 12:39:39 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 12, 2016, 11:40:37 PM

I'm not sold on Youth Code, though this new album is better than the last as they definitely learned some things on the SP tour. They are opening for Baroness which I find weird.

I actually didn't care for their first album very much, but you can feel the SP influence all over this new one.  From the interviews I've read, it sounds like Ogre took Sarah under his wing during the tour, and it's definitely reflected in the new tunes (musically, it has a far greater Ohgr feel than Key).  I mostly just paid attention because they brought such fantastic energy in a live setting, and I'm glad to hear their sound evolving.  And yeah, Baroness is definitely strange.  I can't see them being embraced by that audience.  Like...at all.   saywhat

Quote
Hey, Gratch check out this old industrial band Out Out if you don't know them, specifically Pepperbox Muzzle and Finched, both on Spotify. They were local to MA and I'm not sure how much exposure they got, but certainly underappreciated industrial band from that era.

I'll check them out, thanks.  I don't have the energy to keep up with anything new in the genre...I'm still spinning my old SP/FLA/Hocico/wumpscut/Project Pitchfork stuff whenever the rivethead mood strikes.  smile

Oh, and I got tickets this afternoon to see Behemoth and Myrkur on May 4.  I'm hearing that Behemoth is playing The Satanist in its entirety this tour, which would be fantastic (even if I am more excited to see Myrkur).
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 12, 2016, 11:20:04 PM
The new Ihsahn album, Arktis is just nutty.  It's far more progressive than anything we've seen from his previously, which certainly isn't a bad thing.  While some of the songs are straightforwardly unique (I may be the first person to ever use those two words together), he goes off into some rather abrupt musical left turns.  All of these happen to click with me (sounds very Mike Patton-esque), but I can see lots of folks turning up their noses.  If nothing else, it's an incredibly interesting listen.


SYG:AR:TYR - Northen.  I had never heard of this band until the stellar AMG review...upon which I immediately picked up their entire backcatalog from Bandcamp.  Incredibly powerful Pagan/Viking metal out of Ontario.  Used to be a one-man outfit, but he went with a complete band for this release.


(metal'ish)  Youth Code - Commitment to Complications.  These guys opened up the Skinny Puppy/Frontline Assembly show last year, and were absolutely fantastic.  They remind me of early SP, but far far far more angry and agressive.  Watching Sara Taylor on stage is a blast...she's adorably brutal (and would probably kick my ass for saying that).
19  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 12, 2016, 01:12:34 PM
I've been playing quite a bit of the new Kingdom Hearts X Unchained game the last couple days.  It reminds me a lot of Final Fantasy Record Keeper, in that it's less of what you'd consider an actual Kingdom Hearts game, and more something that uses that KH framework for a monster collection/fusion system.  It's pretty ingenious, highly addictive, and I imagine they'll make a ton of money from it in the end. 

The main mechanic has you collecting "medals" of certain characters in the KH universe, both Disney and FF.  These medals can be upgraded and fused using different currencies found in-game.  The medals range from 1-star (crappy) to 6-star (awesome).  You fuse medals together to upgrade specific characters, give them new stats and abilities, and once they hit a certain point, they can be "evolved" to the next star level.  The game is F2P, but you can (of course) buy jewels with real $$, which can then be used to acquire more random medals, level up existing medals, etc..  The game is broken up into short (i.e. 5 minute) levels that have you using your equipped medals and keyblade in turn-based combat against shadow monsters in Disney settings.   I got up to level 9, finishing Snow White yesterday and moving on to Alice in Wonderland.   The combat is rather simplistic, but I can see it getting extremely complex at the higher levels.  Each medal has their own special ability, which sometimes corresponds with other characters.  I.E.  Peter Pan has a multi-hit attack that does 2X damage if the target is asleep, and another character has an attack which puts characters to sleep.  You get the idea.  You have a set amount of AP, and each battle takes a certain number to attempt.  Once you run out, you either have to wait for a timer to recharge, or your can (of course) pay $$ to recover AP.

It's nothing revolutionary and I can imagine it becomes more and more of a time and/or money sink the further you get, but I have to admit that it's really quite fun.  I got a fortunate initial medal draw, with a 5-star Auron, a 5-star Peter Pan, and a 5-star Yuna all hitting right out of the gates.  I've upgraded them with multiple lower-tier Mickey, Goofy, Rikku, and Tidus medals, and am about ready to evolve them to the next level.  I'm sure that all sounds ridiculous, but there a certain charm about it all that is undeniable.  It also helps that Little B 7.1 was absolutely enthralled watching me play yesterday, and her enthusiasm for it was infectious.

It won't be everyone's cuppa tea, but I'd certainly recommend giving it a try since it's F2P.  I've spent at least 5 hours so far without spending a penny.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/12/16) on: April 11, 2016, 11:59:55 AM
Still on the fence with Bravely Second.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/8/16 edition on: April 11, 2016, 04:10:01 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 08, 2016, 03:51:29 PM

Probably FF XIV and continue working through Grim Dawn

Lots of both games.  Started leveling my Ninja in FFXIV, which has been far more fun than the other melee classes I've tried.

I'm finding I have a strange relationship with Grim Dawn.  Some days, I feel like I could play it for hours.  Other days, I'm bored within 10 minutes.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/8/16 edition on: April 08, 2016, 03:51:29 PM
Probably FF XIV and continue working through Grim Dawn
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 06, 2016, 01:15:05 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 05, 2016, 05:33:13 PM


I don't get it.   saywhat
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nioh - Team Ninja action RPG on: April 04, 2016, 11:25:03 PM
Hey look...another game I'd buy in a heartbeat if it wasn't so intentionally difficult.  Yay! 
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/05/16) on: April 04, 2016, 02:08:33 PM
Nothin
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 04, 2016, 03:01:59 AM
Got my second job (Dragoon) to 60 in FF XIV, which is the equivalent of max leveling a second toon in most MMOs.  So that was kinda cool.

Making good progress in Grim Dawn as well, about halfway through Act 3 (according to this quest list)

Finished off Astebreed on PS4, which was a pretty fun SHUMP.  It was short (about 2 hours), but had an appropriate level of bullet hell-yness.  If nothing else, it was nice to finally put another game on my completed list for the year.

Ran through all of the new FFXV demo and most of the first one as well.  While I don't completely have a handle on all the combat systems yet, I've seen enough to know that I'll like it.  I know...it's pretty shocking that I'd like a FF game.  smile

Think I'm going to hold off on Starpoint Gemini 2 until I wrap up Grim Dawn.  Also, I finally gave up and deleted Black Desert Online.  It's far too much work for far too little fun.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: April 03, 2016, 08:31:50 PM
Played both the new and old demos today.  Much prefer the old one.  The new one is just kinda weird, and doesn't really do anything to show off the game.
28  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: April 03, 2016, 02:24:46 AM

Quote from: ericb on April 02, 2016, 03:59:26 PM

Anyone have a guest pass?  I'd love to try this, especially with the comments in this thread, before buying.

I've got one, will send you a PM shortly.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: April 03, 2016, 02:23:45 AM
I tried a few matches in the MP beta this afternoon. Really only came away with two impressions:

1. It's all very, very pretty.
2. I am absolutely, completely, 100% awful at multiplayer FPS games.

I used to love UT and Q3 back in the day.  Sadly, this is a genre that has passed me by entirely.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 02, 2016, 12:12:57 AM
Thanks all for the input.  I think I'll start keyboard/mouse, then see if it's worth adding complexity once (well, if...let's be honest here) I get the hang of it.

I was mostly just looking for an excuse to use my x52, since its been gathering dust since I stopped playing Elite.  smile
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 01, 2016, 08:34:52 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 01, 2016, 07:05:45 PM

Gratch, I don't think Starpoint Gemini 2 is something you need a joystick for.  It plays more like a 3D version of Starfleet Command.

Never played Starfleet Command, but SG2 looked like something that would be perfect for a HOTAS setup.  I even stumbled across a very detailed article on how to set one up properly.  Maybe it's better to stick with keyboard/mouse though?
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/1/16 April Fools Edition on: April 01, 2016, 06:39:57 PM
I'm going to try and run through both of the FF XV demos this weekend.  I tinkered with the first one (Episode Duscae) when it first came out, but never finished it.  I've heard they patched in a bunch of the new combat tweaks, and that it's lots better now.  Looking forward to the new demo as well. 

I'm sure I'll run some FF XIV dungeons, along with a few Grim Dawn areas.  May give Fallout 4 another look, although I was hugely unimpressed with the couple hours I spent with it last weekend.  I also picked up Starpoint Gemini 2 + DLC (was $8 on Steam yesterday), so I'll have to dig out the x52 and see if I can't get it up and running again.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: April 01, 2016, 01:44:50 PM
A few new pickups this week.

Goatpsalm - Downstream.  I love finding music that simply refuses to be categorized. This new Goatpsalm album is fascinating, and I have no idea what to describe it as. Dark ambient pagan atmospheric electronic metal?  This album sounds like what would happen if you took the creepy, minimalist soundtracks to the old Thief games, mixed in some unique instruments (tribal drums, mouth harp, clay bells, sanshin, etc.), layer some whispered and/or harsh vocals on top, and record it all in the middle of a forest at night.  The entire album can be streamed from their Bandcamp here, and is the perfect "lie down in a dark room with good headphones" album.


Temple of Gnosis - De Secretis Naturae Alchymica.  In a similar vein as Goatpsalm, from their own description "Music is a peculiar combination of dark ambient, doom riffs and death metal vocals, all supported by dark symphonies".  It's not nearly as interesting as Downstream, but certainly worth a listen, if only because it's so unique.


Deviant Process - Paroxysm.  Wow, what a debut.  I'd heard about these guys from a EP they did a few years back, but their newest full-length release is simply a thing of tech-death beauty.  Absolutely devastating all the way through.


Twilight Force - Tales of Ancient Prophecies.  I've never been a power metal fan, but there are a few bands whose glorious cheese and ridiculousness I simply can't resist.  Twilight Force is one of them.  We caught the tail end of these guys' set on the 70K cruise, and I had to hear more.  Between this and Gloryhammer, I think I'm probably tapped out on D&D-themed adventure metal for the year...but damn if it isn't fun.

34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/29/16) on: April 01, 2016, 03:41:30 AM
Starpoint Gemini 2 + all the expansions were on Steam for $8 today, so I finally took the plunge.

Now where did I put that x52 HOTAS...?
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: March 31, 2016, 03:30:06 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 31, 2016, 01:57:48 PM

Anyone try the demo? 

I started it downloading before going to work but I won't be home for long time.


I set it to download before I left for work.  Will play it tonight.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: March 31, 2016, 03:15:02 AM
The event was cheesy, but Square is really going all out in creating a full-fledged universe for FF XV.  I'm starting to see why this took 10 years to come out.  smile  There's a 5-part anime series, a full-length CGI movie (that looks incredible) with Lena Heady, Aaron Paul, and Sean Bean doing voice work, Audi is creating a model of the actual car used in the game, there's a new "demo" coming out that's actually a completely separate Kingdom Hearts-ish add-on game that ties into the main story, a mini-game that is also being released as an iOS app, a very cool collectors edition.  It's all very neat.

And it comes out Sept 30.   thumbsup
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: March 31, 2016, 01:49:38 AM
Suppose I should get around to finishing the original demo at some point.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: March 30, 2016, 04:35:59 PM
Squeenix is doing a big "reveal" event, live in LA, plus streaming in multiple languages.  Will include an official release date (rumored to be in late June), along with a bunch of other stuff.  Interested to see what comes out of it.
39  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Black Desert Online on: March 28, 2016, 08:58:39 PM
Turns out a group of my IRL friends all got hooked on Black Desert recently, so I joined up with them over the weekend.  Make it up to level 11, but am still really struggling to figure things out...even when I have a built in support team.  smile

 I was complaining last night that I couldn't find any quests, and one of my friends mentioned that he had done about 50 quests just in the first area.  Turns out, the only way to unlock additional quests is by using the Amity system...which the game doesn't even bother to give a cursory explanation for.  You see, each NPC you meet has Amity towards you, meaning how much they like you.  In order to unlock additional quests, buffs, or items available to purchase from them, you have to complete a dialog mini-game in order to increase how much they like you.  It's a bafflingly complex system involving conversation points, interest levels, knowledge levels, favor levels, etc.  Here's a walkthrough, and this is the "simplified" version.  And before you can even get to the point of accessing this mini-game, you have to gain knowledge about other areas or NPC's that this particular NPC might have interest in.  

It's astounding to me that this system that is absolutely integral to how you progress in the game is a) so insanely complex and b) doesn't event get the slightest explanation anywhere in the game.  The only way I found any info at all was in a sub-sub-sub-menu in the "Help" section, and by googling it.

Interestingly, a few things finally clicked into place yesterday and I had a bit of fun.  I'm interested enough to keep bashing my head against it's obtuseness, which is about the highest praise I can give it at this point.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Easter Bunny edition (3/25) on: March 28, 2016, 01:01:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 25, 2016, 07:31:41 PM

I've gotten into Grim Dawn this week, although I'm starting to cool on it a bit after not picking up a weapon in nearly 6 hours that's better than what I grabbed at level 15.  Still, it's a fun Diablo alternative.  Will run a few FFXIV dungeons and probably do some Fire Emblem Birthright levels.  May poke around with Black Desert as well, as I've seen it getting a few patches.  Maybe one of them will help it actually make sense.

 A little Grim Dawn (up to level 35) and a few FF XIV dungeons as well.  I've gotten to the point where all that's left in FF XIV is the end-game grind, which typically sees me wandering off to other things.   I also tried Fallout 4, and came away entirely unimpressed.  Feels much more like a Boston-themed expansion to FO3 than an actual new game.  Maybe that's what people really wanted, but I thought it was 'meh'.

Found out a group of my IRL friends are playing Black Desert Online as well, so I connected with them yesterday.  Was able to piece a few more things together about the gameplay systems, but even with a group available to ask questions of, it's still confusing as hell.
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