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10281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT Pet Thread (56k) on: January 12, 2007, 04:11:41 PM
Quote from: gellar
Where he made a friend

Quote from: Gratch

Apparently our dogs have met.
10282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warlords, Disciples, and Jagged Alliances, oh my! [DS] on: January 12, 2007, 02:43:43 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 12, 2007, 02:38:48 PM

You're absolutely right though, and it's something that I never considered: it's a huge departure from AoW and HOMM III style play.  Harumph!

Part of my problem may be that I cut my TBS teeth on HOMM 3, so it is my basis of comparison for all TBS games.  Disciples requires such a radically different style of play, and it takes quite a bit of getting used to.   I don't think my brain could ever really make that switch.

Speaking of HOMM3, I heard a rumor long ago that there was a DS port in the works for it.  Did anyone ever hear what happened to that?  Portable HOMM would be about the coolest thing since...well...ever!
10283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warlords, Disciples, and Jagged Alliances, oh my! [DS] on: January 12, 2007, 02:33:46 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 12, 2007, 01:29:59 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 12, 2007, 12:51:55 PM

Played a bit of Disciples 2 on Gametap last night.  I had forgotten how ridiculously hard and/or frustrating that game is.  It tempered my enthusiasm for the DS port somewhat, but I'm sure I'll still pick it up.

Perhaps, sir, with all due respect, it was your incompetent playing.

<drops silky white glove on the ground>

Pistols at dawn.

Oh no you di'unt.

Admittedly, I am pretty bad at TBS games, but I've always had particular trouble with the Disciples series.  It has always seemed very unbalanced to me.  You start maps with low level characters, and the only way to build up those characters is by defeating monsters to gain XP.  However, there are a very limited number of monsters that low level characters can actually defeat.   So your only options are to either build up a single uber-group, or try running around with multiple groups of under-powered characters.   IMO, if they would simply lower the XP required to level up (nothing drastic, just keep it in line with the enemies on the map), it would make the game 100% more fun.

I'm sure I'm probably just missing something obvious, but this series has always been an exercise in frustration for me.  Doubly so, since I absolutely love the artwork and the setting
10284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 12/Jan/07 on: January 12, 2007, 02:21:07 PM
Will definitely put some time into Winning Eleven 9, and will probably give Xenosaga 3 one more shot to see if it grabs me.  Might also fire up Planescape:  Torment again (through Gametap), and also see if I can figure out the insanely complicated Yggdra Union
10285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warlords, Disciples, and Jagged Alliances, oh my! [DS] on: January 12, 2007, 12:51:55 PM
Played a bit of Disciples 2 on Gametap last night.  I had forgotten how ridiculously hard and/or frustrating that game is.  It tempered my enthusiasm for the DS port somewhat, but I'm sure I'll still pick it up.
10286  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Neverwinter Nights 2 (PC DVD) on: January 12, 2007, 02:16:29 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on January 12, 2007, 01:42:30 AM

Any game you are interested in trading it for? Or is it strickly for sale? Thanks.

Nothing really leaps to mind, but let me know what you've got for PS2, PC, DS, or XBox.  Something might strike my fancy.
10287  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Yggra Union (GBA) & Neverwinter Nights 2 on: January 12, 2007, 12:52:10 AM
I've got a massive case of gaming ADD right now, so NWN2 is the one that goes.  Box, manual, & everything shipped for $25.  PC DVD version.  **SALE PENDING**

I can also do Yggdra Union (GBA) for $20 shipped.  **SOLD**

I've also got Gal Civ II ($20 shipped) if anyone wants it.  **SOLD**
10288  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT Pet Thread (56k) on: January 12, 2007, 12:38:30 AM
Here's Vader.  He's a black lab/border collie mix:






This one's Buddah:



Here's Saba:



And finally, Doodle:

10289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New FF13 info on: January 11, 2007, 09:40:06 PM
This will be the game that forces me to buy a PS3.
10290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Calling it Quits on a Game: What's Your Threshold? on: January 11, 2007, 08:48:20 PM
I very rarely finish games.  I will play most games until they don't interest me anymore, then move on.  Occasionally one will hook me all the way through (most recently FFXII & Dreamfall), but they're few and far between.  As a general rule, I try to give most non-RPG's at least 2 hours, and I try to give RPG's at least 8 hours.  If a game doesn't grab me by then, chances are it never will.  There have been a few that have seen less than that, but that's pretty much my "make it or break it" point.  I've only spent 70+ hours on 3 games in my life:  FFVII, FFXII, and FF Tactics Advance. 

The shortest I've ever spent with a game is 5 minutes with the Earthworm Jim 2 port for GBA.  Bought it used, played it for 5 minutes in the parking lot of the Gamestop, and immediately took it back in for credit.
10291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warlords, Disciples, and Jagged Alliances, oh my! [DS] on: January 11, 2007, 03:51:02 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on January 11, 2007, 03:37:19 PM

Damn, we need DiabloDS...

That would be awesome.  I'm dying for a good hack-n-slash on the DS.
10292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Human Mr. Potato Head on: January 11, 2007, 03:31:03 AM
Thought this was pretty fun to play with.
10293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 10, 2007, 11:13:58 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on January 10, 2007, 10:43:53 PM

I know I've posted this one before but it bears repeating.




That's fake.
10294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DS MMOG: Maple Story on: January 10, 2007, 08:36:01 PM
From the trailer, it looks like fans of FFX-2 should feel right at home!   icon_wink

I keeed, I keeed...
10295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My wife's fist very own "real" game... on: January 10, 2007, 08:30:55 PM
You must be so proud! ...sniff...   icon_wink

Mrs. Gratch has also had a minor breakthrough lately.  While I don't think I'll ever get her playing a "real" game with any regularity, every time I walk in the office she's playing Bookworm Adventures on her computer.  She won't let me pay for the full version, and I think she's been through the demo about a hundred times now.  I just need to break down and buy it for her.  She also watched me play the last 10 hours of Dreamfall a couple weeks ago because she got so wrapped up in the story.  We're going to start The Longest Journey together soon, so we'll see how that goes.  Maybe adventure and puzzle games are "gateway" games.
10296  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 11/06) on: January 10, 2007, 03:25:02 PM
+1 to zero, Goldchamp, and wonderpug for quick payment.
10297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero II 360 Info!! on: January 10, 2007, 02:43:15 AM
I like these two:

Possum Kingdom—Toadies*
Salvation—Rancid

but the rest of those songs are pretty 'meh'.  Nothing that will make run out and pick it up anytime soon.
10298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/8) on: January 09, 2007, 12:17:46 AM
Picked up Yggdra Union and Winning Eleven 9 this afternoon, and preordered Rogue Galaxy.  Off to play the demo now.
10299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 07:32:37 PM

Quote from: Louis Cypher on January 08, 2007, 07:04:29 PM

Actually I bought a DS Lite.  I just meant "made the right choice" as in "is it any fun? "better than a PSP?"

That's a whole 'nother debate, one which you'll get a wide range of opinions.  FWIW, I much prefer the DS to the PSP, but it all depends on what type of games you like and how important graphics are.  There are a shit-ton of RPG's coming down the pipe this year, so if you're a fan of JRPG's you definitely picked the right system.

I'll be honest, there's not a ton of games on the DS that have really hooked me so far.  The only real "must have" for me at this point is Meteos, but the Castlevania games, Mario & Luigi:  PiT, New Super Mario, Mario Cart, Trauma Center, and Metroid Pinball are certainly all fun little diversions.  Elite Beat Agents didn't click for me, but I can certainly see how people would love it.  I still need to get my hands on Contact & Phoenix Wright.  There's also a ton of good GBA games, in case you missed them the first time around.
10300  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Final Fantasy III w/guide FS on: January 08, 2007, 05:37:18 PM
**SOLD**

$32 shipped for both.  Could also do a trade, currently looking for:

-  The new Castlevania (DS)
-  Grandia 3 (PS2)
-  Valkyrie Profile (PS2)
-  Yggdra Union (GBA)
10301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Into the Breech! on: January 08, 2007, 04:16:27 PM
Good luck, and I'm sure everything will go fine.
10302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 04:12:23 PM
Quote from: warning
And I agree about Advance Wars and Fire Emblem having a very puzzleish nature.  That's my main gripe with both.

I also completely agree, and it's what ultimately killed my interest in both games.
10303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Finished: The Greatest TBS of All Time on: January 08, 2007, 12:50:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 08, 2007, 02:57:41 AM

4. Can anyone think of a TBS game that is as good or better- on any platform?  I could toss in Disciples 2 (my all time favorite PC game) and HOMMIII (really my first TBS game), but the balancing and excellent AI of AWDS tops them all in my book.

None of the games in the Advance Wars series did anything for me, so I can think of about a dozen TBS games I enjoyed far more than AWDS.  I think a game like Final Fantasy Tactics trumps it in nearly every way possible, but thats just my opinion.

10304  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it worth reporting this to the police? (Internet sale gone bad) on: January 07, 2007, 04:50:03 AM

Quote from: Tebunker on January 07, 2007, 04:35:23 AM

well I would do some research on his locality. Odds are the police won't do anything. You may have something because some places have internet fraud laws, but since it's under $500 it's not a felony in most places. However, just looks at the theft laws in his state, consider the filing internet fraud charges with the FBI, hell you have the guys address. Also, see if he deposited your check or cashed it. Hopefully your bank has a record on file, mine has digital images of all my checks. If he deposited it in his checking account, raise a stink with your bank. A lot of the times they are willing to investigate on your behalf, and sometimes you get your money back.

You have a lot of options, I would still go public on the board (please pm me the board as I am now morbidly curious and because I use several sites for sales and trades) since you are a newbie what do you have to lose? At the very least you will raise into question his credibility , check out local laws, consider the banking options and check out internet fraud laws. I think you could do something, depends on how much you want to pursue it.

What he said.

That's brutal man, I feel for ya.  I find it very suspicious that someone with a 100+ trader rating wouldn't bother to get a tracking number for a $400+ sale.  Hell, I do it on $10 sales!
10305  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Clearing out the old PC games on: January 07, 2007, 04:46:10 AM
New Year's resolution was to clean the office, so my dust collectors gotta go.  I don't know if anyone will want them, but here's what I've got.  There's some damn good "retro" gaming here, if you missed any of these the first time around.   nod

Pick any two, and I'll send them to you for $7 (shipping included to US addresses), or shoot me an offer:

-  Warcraft 2
-  Warcraft 3 **SOLD**
-  Diablo (w/strat guide)
-  Indiana Jones & the Emperor's Tomb
-  Art of Magic
-  Caesar 3
-  Age of Empires II:  Age of kings
-  Neverwinter Nights (w/official campagn strat guide) **SOLD**
-  Starcraft:  Brood Wars (expansion)
-  Worms: Armageddon
-  Decent to Undermountain **SOLD**
-  Etherlords 2
-  Age of Wonders
-  Fallout 2  **TRADED**
-  Risk/Battleship/Axis & Allies **SOLD**
-  Age of Mythology **SOLD**
-  Dungeon Keeper 2  **SOLD**
-  Chessmaster 7000
-  Heroes of Might & Magic III:  Armageddon's Blade (expansion for HOMM 3)
-  Septerra Core
-  Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

Most of them are jewel cases only.  I'll try to track down manuals, but the boxes are long gone.   PM me with questions
10306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 07, 2007, 01:03:34 AM


And I thought my commute sucked!









10307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Moral Kombat: A fair & balanced VG documentary on: January 06, 2007, 10:40:10 PM
Yeah right.

Let's see:  biblical references?  Check.  9-11 references?  Check.  Columbine references?  Check.  Jack Thompson?  Check.

Fucking disgusting.   Roll Eyes

10308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Non-mainstream music recommendations on: January 06, 2007, 02:30:30 PM

Quote from: warning on January 06, 2007, 02:19:02 PM


My newest find is the metal band Mastodon.  They are beyond hard with a thunderous wall of drums and guitars.  They are just stupidly great.  Their album Leviathan is a concept album based on Moby Dick of all things.  It's sheer brillance and their newest is Blood Mountain According to the band "It's about climbing up a mountain and the different things that can happen to you when you're stranded on a mountain, in the woods, and you're lost. You're starving, hallucinating, running into strange creatures. You're being hunted. It's about that whole struggle."  I play this when I want something loud and powerful but they're not for everyone I suppose.

I definately need to check out Blood Mountain.  It's been a while since I've bought any new metal albums, and that sounds pretty cool.
10309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Non-mainstream music recommendations on: January 06, 2007, 02:12:58 PM
I'd be wiling to bet that 80-90% of the bands I listen to have either never been played on the radio, or have had extremely limited airplay.  I tend to lean toward the gothic/industrial stuff, so here's a few of my favorites.  They may or may not be considered obscure, depending on the musical circles you travel in:

-  All time fave is Skinny Puppy .  Also dig all the side projects like Ohgr, Rx, Download, Tear Garden, etc.
-  Front Line Assembly
-  Hocico 
-  Assemblage 23
-  Black Lung
-  Clan of Xxymox
-  Noise Unit
-  Dead Can Dance
-  Faith and the Muse
-  Cradle of Filth
-  Funker Vogt
-  The Jesus Lizard
-  Legendary Pink Dots
-  Mr. Bungle
-  Vast
-  Wolfsheim
-  The Cruxshadows
-  Project Pitchfork
-  Opeth
-  etc., etc., etc
10310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best ideas/suggestions on what to do with the backlog on: January 03, 2007, 10:41:30 PM
Backlog has never really concerned me, mainly because I don't worry to much about finishing games.  I play a game until I'm not having fun anymore, then I'm done.  Doesn't really matter to me if it's 8 hours or 70 hours with the credits rolling.  I never feel like I have to finish a game.
10311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saw Appleseed for the first time... on: January 03, 2007, 05:28:39 PM
There is a box set available on Amazon for $179.00.  Seems like an odd-price, considering each individual DVD is $20-$25 and it doesn't look like the box set offers additional content. 
10312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Saw Appleseed for the first time... on: January 03, 2007, 04:36:30 PM
OK, I know it's a completely different style from Appleseed, but how in Bob's name did a 'recommend some anime' thread get this far without a single mention of Miyazaki??  For shame people, for shame.   icon_wink

Anyone with even a passing interest in anime needs to immediately watch Spirited Away.  One of the single most incredible movies you will ever see.  I also really liked Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Sky.  A couple other suggestions that closer the Appleseed style:

Vampire Hunter D.  The original is so-so, but the second one (Bloodlust) is awesome
Metropolis.  This one is very unique, and tends to elicit some pretty polarizing reactions from people.  I loved it, but have talked to plenty others who hated it.  YMMV.

Most of my faves have already been mentioned, but I'll add a hearty +1 for:

-  Ghost in the Shell
-  Akira
-  Cowboy Bebop (probably my all-time favorite series)
-  Ninja Scroll (Loved the movie, absolutely hated the series)
-  Trigun
-  Record of Lodoss War
-  Berzerk (I wasn't a huge fan, but I know a ton of folks that love it)
10313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Guitar Hero 2...too easy? on: January 03, 2007, 02:08:52 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 03, 2007, 03:03:50 AM

Quote from: Farscry on January 03, 2007, 01:37:24 AM

You think that's fast?

Try Misirlou icon_biggrin

Meh.  I beat that song the first time I tried on Expert.  There are definitely harder songs.

I remember seeing a YouTube of 'Misirlou' prior to GH2's release and thinking, "There's no way in hell I will ever beat that song".  Ended up getting through it on the second try, and it really wasn't all that tough.

'Hangar 18', however...
10314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/1) on: January 02, 2007, 03:30:59 AM
Nada.  I've bought enough over the last 2 weeks to keep me busy for quite a while.
10315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FF:CC ring of fates on: January 01, 2007, 06:09:57 PM
I'm in the same boat.  I don't have any gamer friends (a few that play PC games, but none that would play something like this), so these sort of games are lost on me.  I somewhat enjoyed FF:  CC for the Cube, but it got pretty frustrating trying to play by yourself.
10316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's January 1, 2007: What's your most anticipated game? on: January 01, 2007, 06:05:58 PM
Right now it's probably Rogue Galaxy.
10317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone going to see Pan's Labyrinth? on: December 31, 2006, 09:42:45 PM

Quote from: siege on December 31, 2006, 07:19:03 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 31, 2006, 04:58:58 PM

So how gory/violent is it really?  I'm interested, since this is the main reason Mrs. Gratch won't go with me to see it.  Some of the reviews say it's absolutely horrible, and others don't even mention it.  Just curious.

It's very violent. One scene in particular that involves a bottle is pretty gruesome. There are many scenes with gunshots to the head. I defintely wouldn't take someone who was opposed to violence in films.

Thanks.  Definately a rental for me, then.
10318  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Elite Beat Agents (DS), Dreamfall (PC) on: December 31, 2006, 05:16:04 PM
Already have most of those.  Thanks though!
10319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone going to see Pan's Labyrinth? on: December 31, 2006, 04:58:58 PM
So how gory/violent is it really?  I'm interested, since this is the main reason Mrs. Gratch won't go with me to see it.  Some of the reviews say it's absolutely horrible, and others don't even mention it.  Just curious.
10320  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / F/S: Elite Beat Agents (DS), Dreamfall (PC) on: December 31, 2006, 04:55:31 PM
Elite Beat Agents:  $22 shipped.  Perfect condition, probably only played for about 2 hours before realizing it's not really my thing.  **SOLD**
Dreamfall (PC - CD version):  $15 shipped.  Box, manual, discs all in perfect shape.   An amazing and sadly overlooked game that easily jumped to second on my GoTY list (behind only FFXII).  **SOLD**

I've also got a few more games in this thread.

Can't think of anything I'm interested to trade for right now, but feel free to make offers for PS2, DS, XBox 1, or PC.
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