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2521  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: June 18, 2010, 08:10:53 pm
Ramones - Road to ruin.  Yes, the whole album.
2522  General Discussion / Travel / Re: VACATION!!! on: June 18, 2010, 08:08:48 pm
In a hotel on the other side of Ohio, fresh from the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

It is amazing yet frustrating... so much awesome stuff but hardly any of it can be photographed.  For me the highlight of the trip was the escalator trip down to the main floor because the morning sun shone like a beacon across the room and I screamed " OH MY FUCKING GOD, THAT'S JOHNNY RAMONES GUITAR!!!"  And it was...

Then I got into an argument discussion with a dimwit employee who confuses pop sucess with artistry regarding why Metallica was inducted while Motorhead is conspicuously absent.  Worse yet Trujillo was inducted while Mustaine was snubbed?  Gah...  But anyway, the rock hall of fame, check it out, more wonders than I can describe AND a nice record store (with shit for Motorhead variety).

And for those of you standing by for Shiren saves, I still haven't had time to turn the DS on.  Whenever I get a wifi signal this is pretty much the only place I check on...
2523  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 17, 2010, 12:28:07 pm
Because it's a niche group game, it's brutal, more forgiving than some roguelikes but unforgiving enough for you to make a combo of curse words at your DS when you die, it's savage...
And because Log, TLO and Gez play it as well.


I swear to God you guys are going to get me started on that damn game again  Tongue  I brought my entire DS library with me on my trip "just in case".  The first downtime I get I'm playing Shiren..
2524  General Discussion / Travel / Re: VACATION!!! on: June 16, 2010, 08:07:14 pm
Found wifi hot spot at Cedar Point.  Top Thrill Dragster is awesome!!!!  Google it.
2525  General Discussion / Travel / VACATION!!! on: June 14, 2010, 11:20:23 pm
I will be gone until right around July 4th, through careful plotting and hoarding of vacation days I've managed to accrue 27 consecutive days away from work and I will travelling most of the country during that time, most likely away from computer access.  As I hit occasional wifi hotspots I may pop in but don't plan on seeing much of me until late this month/early next month.  Later all, behave while I'm gone  laugh

 Outlaw with an upgrade
2526  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: RogueLikes... on: June 14, 2010, 11:16:30 pm
I hereby anoint this topic AWESOMESAUCE!

So... on the subject of Roguelikes I've played.

Rogue (of course) the father of them all and very good.  Amadeus, I have never had treasure drops that good that early and to have them yanked so soon thereafter is sad but seems fitting somehow.  Welcome to the Roguelikes.  

NetHack is my favorite, I've spent countless hours playing it, I ascended to the astral plane ONCE, whereupon my deity personally smited me for being a heretical ass before I could claim godhood for myself.  Apparently karma IS a bitch.  Some people supposedly have games they've spent in excess of a decade playing without completing and then you have guys who have completed it in excess of 20 times within a month.  I'm happy with my puttering around and getting my ass handed to me.  Most embarrasing death?  I polymorphed into a red dragon which was fucking epic.  I tore ass through level after level of the dungeon, ripping my foes apart with claws and melting them with my fire breath.  I was unstoppable.  But... I made two mistakes.  Mistake 1.  I didn't remove my armor before polymorping, which destroyed it in the process.  2.  I drank the wrong potion, which instead of healing me reversed my polymorph.  You can imagine how long I survived in an advanced level of the dungeon with no armor...  Second most memorable death was being killed by my own ghost who had starved to death on a previous play through (yes, you can encounter ghosts of your previous failures.)

Related to NetHack I dabbled briefly with it predecessor Hack but NetHack had so many more features I didnít stick with Hack for long.

Angband is very good.  Based heavily on Lord of the Rings lore, it had a predecessor, Moria that I never played.  Angband was hellishly hard even by Roguelike standards and I never got very far into it, repeatedly being gangbanged by Nazgul and Balrog discouraged me after a while and I havenít fired this one up in years.

Doom the Roguelike is awesome, I first heard about this one from one of my college buddies who remembered my misspent time in college either playing NetHack or surfing www.doomworld.com and I canít repay him for the joy Iíve had playing this beauty.  If you like Roguelikes and Doom you just canít go wrong.

Shiren the Wanderer.  I got this for Christmas when it first came out for the DS from my cousin who thought it was just a JRPG.  Just glancing at the box I had the same impression and I put off playing it for about two weeks.  But once I did I quickly realized I had been given solid gold.  Despite the graphics (I usually prefer my Roguelikes in ASCII) itís a real honest to goodness modern roguelike.  The only concession it makes to the player in the way of ease is that you CAN stash items that will last between lives.  This may not seem like much but if you can keep taking a sword out, grinding a few levels into it and then stashing it for later it WILL make your ďfinal runĒ playthrough a LOT easier.  However this also adds a further sadistic level of soul shattering horror when the ďfinal runĒ fails short of the mark and you shriek to the gods ďI JUST SPENT FOUR FUCKING MONTHS LEVELING THAT GOD DAMN SWORD!!!!  WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM ME!?!?!?!Ē  Iíve gotten closer in Shiren to completion than I have in any other Roguelike, like close enough to see the finish line only to have it snatched away at the last possible second with the maximum amount of anguish rubbed into my already salted wounds.  I still havenít recovered enough to play it again but the itch is still there, I think any day now Iíll start climbing that damn mountain again.

Iíve heard the Pokemon mystery dungeons are ALMOST roguelikes but I havenít played them.

I think that's enough ranting for now.
2527  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Awesome image 2: Return of Raptor Jesus on: June 13, 2010, 07:03:13 pm
Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (DS, Wii)
And yes, I am jealous of that sword...
2528  General Discussion / Movies/TV Discussion / Re: What Are You Currently Watching II: You Only Watch Twice on: June 13, 2010, 07:02:07 pm
If you think you like Lupin now go buy the Castle Cagliostro.  Best animated adventure movie ever made.  You will not regret watching it.
2529  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 12, 2010, 01:52:23 pm
Had a water nymph steal all my gear then I was attacked by a horde of bugbears.  Only in NetHack *sigh*
2530  Roleplaying / Role Playing Sign up and OOC / Re: Anyone interested in Hunter RP? (oWoD) on: June 12, 2010, 11:35:06 am
Yea... I haven't touched this recently for a few reasons, the player base seems to have vanished and I'm getting ready to leave for vacation.  I won't be back until after the 4th of July and I've been informed I'll be on special projects at work when I return so I really have no clue when this going to be revived which is a damn shame because I had some big plans for Brookvale.
2531  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Awesome image 2: Return of Raptor Jesus on: June 11, 2010, 10:14:45 pm
And the answer would be no.  The swastika points face the opposite direction.  That would be a manji.
2532  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Funny Image Thread Lives Again!!! on: June 11, 2010, 04:58:00 am
Linked for viewablity
 
The witch explained

I must be missing something, this is just browsing DA pieces with the witch tag.
2533  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: June 10, 2010, 08:17:21 pm
Heavy Metal Pirates-Alestorm
2534  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 09, 2010, 02:16:27 pm
NetHack and iNetHack are the two choices avaliable. 

First impression is that Nethack is the better choice. 

The only real difference between the two is NetHack uses screen motion commands similar to the Rogue Amadeus is playing right now while iNetHack has the commands buried in layer upon layer of menus.  NetHack also has a more in depth option set which will make those more familiar with the depth of the original more comfortable.  And of course the first thing I did was rename my dog.  Go Slaytooth!  (Whereas my cat is always named Hammerclaw.)  Ah, I fucking love Nethack.

My last death was starvation, Slaytooth kept eating the bodies of our slain foes before I got to them...
2535  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 08, 2010, 08:19:55 pm
FUCK YEA!!!

I searched iTunes when I got home tonight and discovered that there is now TWO versions of NetHack for free download.  I now have both and will advise which is better.
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