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2626  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: July 09, 2010, 10:53:52 am
With all the musicians of various sorts we have here on the forum we should create a ginormous jam band.
2627  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: ADMIT IT! (Part dos/deux/two/2/doo) on: July 09, 2010, 10:52:38 am
This is why punk rock and metal are the way to go.

Stan, I could not be more proud of you than I am at this moment.
2628  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: July 09, 2010, 06:27:31 am
Did you get the scroll that allows you to leave the dungeon? I know the first one had it.

Haven't played a game in days due to summer school...

Yea, the dungeon flee scroll is there and I've been abusing the hell out of it.  I redid the first dungeon many many times, picking up every damn thing until I couldn't carry more, teleport back to town, repair my crap, sell stuff and storehouse the rest.  I reached the second town last night and the storehouses apparently share inventory like Resident Evil item boxes.  This is by far the easiest roguelike I've ever played, especiallly since you can bring a partner in with you and do double team attacks and stuff.  It's fun though, I'm enjoying it while I wait for my spiritual batteries to recharge for my next spurt of Shiren runs. 

Shiren requires an interesting level of focus for me to play since I always end up thinking a couple lives ahead of what I'm doing and planning for my final run.  I'm still searching for another staff of stability and I can't decide which shield I'm going to take for my final run.  I've put a lot into buffing my mega armorward but I'm unsure if I want to cart the extra riceballs it will take to offset the double hunger it causes.  A really buffed hide shield is appealing because of the half hunger while buffing the hell out of iron shield also has its appeal since it's ALMOST as strong as the armorward but does regular hunger.  I'm also trying to replenish my blastwave scroll supply, I'm still pissed off about losing my jar of them to the freakin' rice changer on pegasus ridge.  When I finally beat Shiren I will do my happy dance then throw a party, everyone from TZH will be invited of course.

And Hail, Fallout 2 is superior to FO 1 in a lot of ways but I can't imagine playing it without playing the first.
2629  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: ADMIT IT! (Part dos/deux/two/2/doo) on: July 09, 2010, 06:14:43 am
This. A lot of pop music these days is riddled with sexual innuendos and other stupid crap and it sucks.

I admit I also dislike most pop music, but the sexual innuendo side of it is nothing new, it's just much less subtle than it used to be.
2630  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Gamertag, friend codes, PSN, Steam IDs, ect... on: July 08, 2010, 01:26:50 pm
From an old post in this thread

Here I be

I think a few more profiles are in that thread if you were inclined to mine it.
2631  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: July 08, 2010, 01:06:54 pm
Still playing Izuna 2, it's deceptively hard though being able to keep EXP between lives really takes the sting out of dying.  I think I'm leaning more towards Roguelite with this one.  Though in true Roguelike fashion I got suckerpunched this morning right at the end of the first dungeon and will have to restart it.  But I have been stockpiling tons of goodies for just such an emergency hehe hehe.
2632  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: ADMIT IT! (Part dos/deux/two/2/doo) on: July 08, 2010, 01:01:18 pm
Don't feel bad, we're still stuck with Lady Gag.
2633  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Interview With A Forum Crazy II: Modern Wurfur on: July 07, 2010, 11:40:57 am
Momaw Nadon and the Jagged Jawas.

Obscure Star Wars reference blended + bizzare in-joke = win.

Same Question?
2634  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: July 07, 2010, 06:23:28 am
Saw them live, they were heaps good till some arse in the crowd threw a glass bottle at the bassist, who started bleeding from the head and walked of stage in a dazed way. The rest of the band noticed this, went to see if he was ok, came out and said they were stopping the performance because their bassist had a concussion >.> I was so annoyed at the stupid person who threw the bottle! The whole crowd was.

I just saw them live with Demon Hunter earlier this summer.  The show was epic and thankfully no bottles hit the bass player to stop the show.   laugh
2635  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: RogueLikes... on: July 07, 2010, 06:21:43 am
Yes I'm double posting...

I'm posting my initial impression of Izuna 2 here until I get further into it to do something worthy of a full review.

Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns.

My first impression is that this is REALLY easy as far as Roguelikes go, it borders on being Roguelite but I think it falls just short of crossing over into that territory.

Why it's a Roguelike:

If you die you lose your items and money, all of them, and return to town.

Dungeon crawling where each level is randomnly generated.

Turn based action.

Lots and lots of items, most of which are not identified.

Why it's a Roguelite (almost):

You can store items and money that will persist even after death.

You keep your EXP when you die.

You can choose to bring a party member with you while dungeon crawling and you can switch between the two, even if the primary character "dies".

Since it's a graphical Roguelike for the DS I keep wanting to compare it to Shiren so I'll make the followingn additional observations.

The graphics are good.  Large handdrawn sprites are used for conversations while standard looking sprites are used for the dungeon crawliing.  This is sort of unfair to compare with Shiren which is a port of an old Super Nintendo game or to Nethack which I still play in ASCII flavor but whatever *shrug*.

Unlike Shiren you can't retreat to previous floors in a dungeon but also unlike Shiren the Dungeons don't seem to be a linear progression.  Town appears to act like a hub and there seem to be multiple dungeons.

Weapons in Izuna can break through use.  This adds a nice bit of resource management and difficulty which brings me to the other thing Izuna does that I like.

Talismans are basically magic stickers you can find throughout the dungeons.  You can either use them like a spell scroll by reading them, or you can stick them on a weapon to grant it some ability OR stick to a staff to make the staff magic.  This seems to be how you would grind weapons up to uber levels of power through careful application of talismans, assuming you don't break the weapon.

The game also has a voice overs during most character conversations.  I give it bonus points for using the original Japanese voices and not redubbing.  The game also has a good sense of humor.

Overall initial impressions are favorable, if you like Roguelikes I would get it.  It was well worth the less than ten bucks I spent on it  laugh

Now to find the original...
2636  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: July 06, 2010, 06:24:05 pm
PP:  My vacation ended today...

Work sucks...
2637  Art Discussion / Music / Re: What are you listening to? on: July 06, 2010, 05:57:22 pm
Beneath the Encasing of Ashes - As I Lay Dying

One of the best post Zao metalcore bands around though I think I prefer Haste the Day.
2638  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Team Fortress 2 on: July 06, 2010, 05:54:29 pm
I can run TF2 on a laptop, just gotta force the low res materials....

I didn't know they had TF2 for the Atari 2600.
2639  General Discussion / Random Stuff / Re: Dreams on: July 06, 2010, 05:41:50 pm
So I dreamt I was at the museum with my mom.  Not horribly odd, it's happend IRL a few times...

Then she breaks some ancient thing that causes some mummy to revive (of course) and instead of seeking vengeance on her it decides to stalk me instead.

Which involves it sending me text messages?  Which I could totally tell were from the mummy because they were spellings of his indechipherable moaning like, "hhurrarrggha!!!" 

So yea...
2640  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: July 06, 2010, 05:56:51 am
I remember buying Izuna near when it came out for $30. One of the few times I bought a non-PC game new and near it's release date.
It's far more forgiving than Shiren, that's for sure, and quicker to boot.

And also give me the heads up if Izuna 2 is worth a purchase.

Wish I knew that before I tossed that staff aside three rounds ago...

MUCH more forgiving.  You can save EXP between deaths?  Pssh...  But the items do break which is interesting.  I haven't gotten far into it, I'll report more later.

And the staff of stability?  You won't trip on those stumble traps and break jars full of good stuff as long as you carry it (not in a jar.)  VERY handy later on when they have those stupid stumble traps everywhere.
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