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10841  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: Titan Quest on: August 21, 2006, 01:01:29 AM
YGPM
10842  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTB: Titan Quest on: August 20, 2006, 11:48:56 PM
Deal done for Titan Quest.  Thanks LE!
10843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: PnP gaming over IM. Anyone tried it? on: August 20, 2006, 02:36:16 PM
We spent about 3 hours with Fantasy Grounds last night.  It's pretty, but really lacks in functionality compared to a few other systems.  Maybe functionality is the wrong word, but it really requires both the players and the GM to keep track of many things on paper that really could be automated somewhere within the game.  This can get tough when one person is in Detroit, one in Salt Lake, one in San Fran and one in Seattle.  We were also recommended another program called Klooge (Kloogeinc.com).  It's certainly not even close to as pretty, but the functionality is just amazing.  It does things like tracking each participant in combat rounds based on initiative, automatically applying attack modifiers based on distance, allowing the GM to customize spell effects, showing HP indicators (to the GM only, of course), etc., etc.  We were all set to buy Fantasy Ground, but after spending a few hours with Klooge, I'm convinced it will be a better program in the long run.  We shall see...
10844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 18/Aug/06 on: August 19, 2006, 07:23:56 PM

Quote from: depward on August 19, 2006, 02:04:48 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 19, 2006, 12:28:46 AM

Quote from: depward on August 18, 2006, 10:05:04 PM


Tell me you disliked it as much as I did (X2)?  Seriously, I loved the first but (like you) powered through the second just so I could be up to date for the third installment.  I think it's fantastic that XIII is supposed to be pretty good!

I don't dislike X2 yet- so far (mid first disc) it's good but not great like the first one.  However, I hear that it tanks hard on the second disk (though supposedly the ending is pretty good) so I'm sure my opinion will dip. 
Well, when it dips, do just remember the ending is pretty nifty.

I tried twice to get through Xenosaga 2, and just couldn't do it.  It just got way to boring to keep pushing through, so I gave up.  9 hoursin the first time, 11 hours in the second.  Guess I'll just have to read a plot synopsis before picking up X3.
10845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII Dirge of Cerberus Impressions on: August 19, 2006, 05:48:16 PM

Quote from: warning on August 18, 2006, 07:16:00 PM

Man this game is getting hammered in its reviews.

http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages4/924449.asp

Avg Ratio:  56%   eek

Wow.  I'm as big a FFVII as you'll find, but there's no way in hell I'm picking this up.  Sounds like it might not be worth it, even after the price drop.
10846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / PnP gaming over IM. Anyone tried it? on: August 19, 2006, 02:12:51 PM
*cross-posted from OO*

A couple of the guys in our gaming group have moved out of town, but we we're looking at possibly starting up a session via IM/webcam/other software.  We'll just be playing a standard D&D 3.5 game, so nothing fancy.

Has anyone tried this?  Do you have any suggestions on certain software to use or avoid?  I found a system called Fantasy Grounds that looks very cool, but I'm not sure everyone will want to plunk down the $$ for it.  The original option was to just play through MSN messenger, but I'm not terribly familiar with it, which may cause problems.

If you've got any suggestions for long distance gaming, let me know.  Thanks!
10847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 18/Aug/06 on: August 18, 2006, 08:13:14 PM
More Summon Night and Tactics Ogre for me.  GBA goodness.
10848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 18, 2006, 07:25:15 PM
10849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 17, 2006, 11:57:06 AM

Quote from: Hamsterball_Z on August 17, 2006, 08:13:53 AM



Well, that certainly went stright to the top of my 'things I didn't need to see today' list.  Why don't you go find some man-Faye pictures and completely fry my retinas?  slywink
10850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantom...canceled? on: August 16, 2006, 04:17:36 PM
And to think that these assclowns were able to gather millions of dollars in venture capital to create...absolutely nothing.  Someone is laughing all the way to the bank.
10851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is this the Best Time Ever to be a Game Player? on: August 16, 2006, 04:14:43 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 16, 2006, 02:38:43 PM

Objectively, I think games are certainly better than ever.  However, in terms of sheer excitement I don't think 1998 can be topped.  That year brought us:

Thief
Half Life
Grim Fandango
Fallout 2
I-War
European Air War
Metal Gear Solid
Sanitarium
Unreal
Freespace
Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Xenogears
Baldur's Gate
Starcraft
Heretic II
Battlezone
Rainbow Six
Elder Scrolls: Redguard
Myth II
Railroad Tycoo II
Resident Evil II

and others that I can't even think of. 

Damn, that's a lot of good games for one year.
10852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bad Day LA demo on: August 16, 2006, 01:24:57 PM
Isn't this the new American McGee game?  You know, the guy none of us had ever heard of before they plastered his name all over the 'Alice' box.
10853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Rocky Balboa on: August 16, 2006, 01:23:43 PM
I know I'm just picking nits here, but Rocky and that other boxer don't look like they would even be close to the same weight class.  I doubt I'll see it (never been a big fan of Rocky to begin with), but I can see that the movie might work.
10854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 16, 2006, 12:21:38 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 14, 2006, 02:56:14 PM

What is Opeth?  The only thing I found was some Swedish death metal band...   :icon_confused:

Hence the funny
10855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/14) on: August 15, 2006, 06:18:32 PM

Quote from: -Lord Ebonstone- on August 15, 2006, 01:38:13 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 15, 2006, 01:31:43 PM

Isn't Disgaea pronounced DIS-GAY-AH?  Which we all know is just fast talk for "This is Gay eh"
I've always heard Dis-gee-ah.

I always thought it was Dis-guy-ah.  Be interesting to know what is correct.

Nothing for me this week either.  Busy with Summon Night, Tactics Ogre, & New Super Mario on my DS.  I'm also getting my gaming PC back tomorrow after a motherboard replacement (finally!), so I'm going to try and finish Oblivion and put some more time into HOMMV.
10856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now this is one fast gamer... on: August 15, 2006, 12:14:42 AM
Wow, that was impressive.

BTW, you might want to stick a 'NSFW ads' tag on this.  The chick doing a spread-eagle in a micro-thong might not be the best thing for a boss to see.
10857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 14, 2006, 04:58:20 AM

Quote from: warning on August 14, 2006, 04:44:14 AM



icon_lol icon_lol  That's awesome.
10858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [GBA] Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Impressions on: August 14, 2006, 04:57:15 AM

Quote from: Destructor on August 14, 2006, 12:09:25 AM

2) While I've never tried it out (as killing guys for experience is fun and worthwhile, IMHO), I believe the items to decrease (and increase) the spawn rate are single use items, not equipable ones. Check your item menu.

Yep, that's it.  Thanks.

One other question.  How did you guys allocate your stats?  I'm at level 14, and have been going in a pattern of 2 defense, 2 attack, and 1 agility.  I haven't really run into any problems yet, but I figured I'd better check before getting too much further along.
10859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP - $149 by year's end? on: August 14, 2006, 04:55:00 AM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 14, 2006, 04:50:05 AM

Have you tried Untold Legends 2 to say it's not a good game? Just curious...

No, but the original Untold Legends was the first game I bought when I had a PSP, and it absolutely sucked.   (and it takes a lot for me to say that a hack-n-slash game sucks, since I'm usually a sucker for them).  Every review and person I've talked to said that UL2 was nearly identical to the first.
10860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP - $149 by year's end? on: August 13, 2006, 11:32:36 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on August 13, 2006, 11:21:27 PM

No good games on the PSP?  saywhat

Sony has said there will be 200 PSP games available by the end of the year so it's hard to say there aren't "any good games" on the PSP.

Like I said, matter of taste.  There's not a single good RPG in the bunch you mentioned, which means a PSP would gather dust for me.  The DS isn't exactly a bastion of good RPG's either*, but at least I've got the GBA games to play, many of which are superb RPG's.

*yet.  With FF III, Baten Kaitos, Xenosaga, Contact, and a few others in the pipeline, it's looking pretty promising.

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Or even better, go to Gamestop, get a used PSP, 2 games (SOCOM and GTA are my recommendations) play it for a couple of days, and return it for your cash back saying you "didnt like it" (that's a valid reason to return used items to gamestop in 7 days) and at least you'll have had the chance to "rent" a PSP and see if it's for you or not.

My understanding with Gamestop (last I checked anyways), you can return used games but not used systems.  Used systems can only be traded for the same thing if defective.  Maybe someone can correct me here.
10861  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 13, 2006, 11:11:02 PM






10862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [GBA] Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Impressions on: August 13, 2006, 10:53:55 PM
I probably just need to RTFM, but I thought I'd throw a couple questions out there:

1.  Is the number of times your Guardian-thing can cast a spell determined by it's level?  Right now, it can only cast it's healing spell once before I have to find a restore point (I'm at 11, he's at 10), and I'm wondering if that will increase as we go.  Maybe it's determined by which slot it's equipped in?

2.  I bought an amulet at the store that is supposed to reduce enemy encounters, but it won't let me equip it (doesn't come up as an option in the equipment slot).  Am I missing something?

Put in a couple hours today, and it's a fun little game.  I'm enjoying the battle system much more that I thought I would, since 'real-time battles' usually has me running for the hills.  The fact that it can be beaten in under 20 hours is also a big plus for me.  Anything over that, and I usually start to lose interest.  The one problem I can already see is the insane encounter rate.  Fighting a battle every 2 steps might get grating after a while.   Hence, the question about the amulet.  smile
10863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP - $149 by year's end? on: August 13, 2006, 06:49:22 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 13, 2006, 05:37:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 13, 2006, 04:52:17 PM

Heck, if they'd release any decent games for it, I'd buy one at the current price.

/dons flame-retardant suit



Too easy!  The PSP has some fairly awesome games

I know, I was just stirring the shit.  smile  It does depend on your taste in games though.  I'm sure sports, action, racing, or fighting game fans love it.  However, as an RPG fan, the PSP is a barren wasteland of suck (with Valkyrie Profile as the one exception).

I have nothing against the system, but there's just nothing that appeals to me.  If they ever release some decent RPG's, I'll be all over the PSP.
10864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP - $149 by year's end? on: August 13, 2006, 04:52:17 PM
Heck, if they'd release any decent games for it, I'd buy one at the current price.

/dons flame-retardant suit
10865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My favorite topic I used for beta testing [NSFW] on: August 12, 2006, 08:03:31 PM
Great thread, but...

Having the h-scroll in the picture box is really annoying.  Scroll down to end of pictures, scroll back up to picture, etc.
10866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / at last.......bully on: August 12, 2006, 04:01:44 AM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Ok, watched the trailer, and I must be in the minority as I really have no interest in this title.


I don't either.  Rockstar's MO (Table Tennis aside) seems to be, "Let's find the most controversial topic that will piss the most people off, then build a game around it.".  It gets people talking (and buying, apparently) but usually doesn't exactly make for the most compelling gameplay imo.

Then again, I was one of the 5 gamers on the planet that hates the GTA series.  Maybe I'm just missing something.
10867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 12, 2006, 02:03:37 AM
10868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it the Weekend Again? 11/Aug/06 on: August 11, 2006, 09:22:35 PM
Woo hoo!!  Just found a copy of Tactics Ogre and someplace that has Summon Nights in stock for the GBA.  smile  Should keep me pretty busy.
10869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Impressions on: August 11, 2006, 09:21:39 PM
Just found a copy at GameCrazy.  I hate that store, but I'll have to brave it to pick this up.  smile
10870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [GBA] Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Impressions on: August 11, 2006, 07:36:28 PM
Well, crap.  I can't find this damn game anywhere.
10871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is it the Weekend Again? 11/Aug/06 on: August 11, 2006, 01:14:06 PM
Just picked up a DS Lite yesterday, so I'm going to try and beat New Super Mario and start on M&L:  SSS.  I might also see if I can track down a copy of Summon Night anywhere today.
10872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Would you Buy the Wii for $229? on: August 08, 2006, 02:10:29 PM
I probably won't get one at launch, but will pick one up shortly afterwords if the feedback is good.  I'm still not sold on the controller and would like to actually be able to try one (store display or some such) before plunking down the money.

Besides, with FFXII & Guitar Hero 2 coming out right around that same time (iirc), I'll be tapped out on my gaming budget.
10873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 08, 2006, 01:09:27 AM

10874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 10 most odd statues... on: August 07, 2006, 12:51:55 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
What the...what is with the babies on the naked dude?!


Vigeland Park.  I went there when I was in Norway, and it was one of the stranger things I've ever seen.   I'll have to see if I can dig up some of the pictures I've got of the other statues there.  Very, very strange stuff, but pretty cool.
10875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rediscovering Final Fantasy Tactics on: August 05, 2006, 11:24:10 PM
Quote from: "Kevin Grey"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Quote from: "Misguided"
Slightly off topic, but would FFTA be a reasonable entry point into the FF series for someone that likes TBS but has basically no knowledge about the FF universe?


Yes.  There are some minor connections to other games (probably nothing you would even notice if you weren't familiar with them), but it's a completely new set of characters and plotlines.  IMHO, it has one of the better stories of any FF game, so if you enjoy TBS strategy and don't mind some dated graphics you should have a blast.


Actually he said FFTA- I'm guessing you were referring to FFT since I don't think many would say Tactics Advance has one of the better stories.  


Doh!  Yeah, I take that back.  FFTA is still a great game (my personal favorite GBA game), but story is not one of it's strong points.  

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not to mention the music is some of my favorite (the 'arranged' soundtrack cd is fantastic!)...


+1.  The full orchestrated soundtrack is really pretty amazing.

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IIRC, the equipment is actually unlocked per city


You were right, thanks.  I just hadn't looked in the right city to find the spears yet.   2 lancers with the +8 jump ability are sweet.   Cool
10876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rediscovering Final Fantasy Tactics on: August 05, 2006, 06:47:45 PM
Quote from: "Misguided"
Slightly off topic, but would FFTA be a reasonable entry point into the FF series for someone that likes TBS but has basically no knowledge about the FF universe?


Yes.  There are some minor connections to other games (probably nothing you would even notice if you weren't familiar with them), but it's a completely new set of characters and plotlines.  IMHO, it has one of the better stories of any FF game, so if you enjoy TBS strategy and don't mind some dated graphics you should have a blast.
10877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rediscovering Final Fantasy Tactics on: August 05, 2006, 05:57:28 PM
This is a long shot, but I can't find it in on GameFAQ's anywhere and figured someone here might know.

Is there a specific number of battles or a certain level you have to hit before certain basic weapons become available?  I have 2 characters I want to change to Lancers (mainly to move to Samurai), but there are no spears available at any of the shops.  Makes them pretty ineffective if they don't have a weapon to equip.  Frustrating...
10878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Take the Gamer Test on: August 05, 2006, 01:54:57 PM
84% for me.  I got tripped up on the 'Which FPS is this' questions, as that's not a genre I play much.
10879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Stitches? Broken bones? on: August 04, 2006, 11:44:43 PM
Too many to name, nearly all from playing soccer.  Broken fingers, toes, wrist, leg, nose (twice), concussions...you name it.  Such is the life of the goalie.  Worst one was when a guy took out my legs and slammed me into the corner of a square goalpost at a dead sprint.  40 stitches in the shin, torn ligament, 2 broken ribs, and a really jacked up elbow.  Pretty much ended my senior season of high school.  Anyone who says soccer isn't a contact sport obviously hasn't played the game.

Most recently tore the ligament on the outside of my ankle, which is still giving me trouble 3 months later.  Getting old sucks.
10880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / C'mon!!!! C'MON!!!!! (NSFW) on: August 04, 2006, 10:17:34 PM
'My grandmother gives good head'

That's right up there with 'Where is the bathroom?' as english phrases every non-native speaker needs to know.
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