Googleshng - January 8 '02- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time|
So, I post my column, sign off with just a handful of minutes left on
my intermediary ISP, and wait a few days for my DSL to get hooked up. Meanwhile, what happens around here?
A couple staffers and my page of rantings get abducted by ninjas. So, I threw on my cloak, grabbed my
staff, and headed out to rescue them. They have now all been safely returned home, safe and sound as
far as I could tell, and I even managed to throw a new rant up on the way. Unfortunately, while I was
out, a second group of ninjas stuck into my e-mail client, and stole both my ability to send mail, AND
the e-mails from the people who won my pseudo-contest back in October for the subject of my Halloween
scary pic, which is now REALLY late... you guys want to throw those at me again?
My old nemesis returns!
I know some games on Sega Net(I think that's the right name for it anyway) are
pay-for-play and othes are free, do you know which are? I've heard conflicting
reports on PSO and a few others. I was going to get PSO, but then a friends
told me it's pay-for-play, but then the people at EB said it isn't.
Oh, and what DC RPGS are coming to the US, I know a lot of RPGs are coming out
for it, but are they being brought to America?
"You don't know how much you love the cheese on your burger, *sigh* until they
forget to put it on..."
OK, before PSO was released, I was asked this sort of thing so many times that I made this.
PSO has no monthly fees. In fact, ABSOLUTELY NO Dreamcast games have any monthly fees, with the exception
of PSO Version 2. Personally I don't think having a higher level of difficulty and a much higher
level cap are worth it.
Now, as for what DC RPGs are coming to the US, uh, at the moment, none. None are even coming to Japan.
Development for the system has ended. Quite a while ago. At the moment though, every store is cleaning
the games off the shelves, so you can get some GREAT deals on DC games. I just picked up some brand new
games for $7 each the other day. Try to find Skies of Arcadia.
Hey there Googleshng,
How are you today? After finding out that the school's administrators have snowshoes permanently grafted to their feet ala Return To Castle Wolfenstein, I came home to play my new game that I'm working on a review for, Hoshigami.
How to put this subtly? HELP ME!!!
For the love of God, what was MaxFive thinking? It takes HOURS to rebuild characters that automatically die in battle. I thought this was the team that brought us Final Fantasy Tactics. The difference in playability is horrendous. If that wasn't bad enough, the learning curve is just as bad, if not worse.
If anyone has any suggested battle tactics (other than getting to like floor twenty of the Tower of Trial), please send me them!
How to character build in Hoshigami: Hop into the first floor of a tower of trial.
Set them up in a bit of a ring with Fire facing Lightning facing Ice facing Light facing Wind facing
Earth facing Fire.
Have everyone just whack the person they're facing as lightly as possible over and over for oh, say...
Use full sessions to take out the losers who've been attempting to hit you this whole time.
Head to a temple to harvest all the skills you got doing this.
Whatever fight you're stuck on should now be QUITE manageable.
And if all else fails, figure out how the coin system works so you can wipe out your enemies before they
can even blink.
and on a related note...
What's up Google?
So I got Hoshigami for Christmas. I just got around to starting it, and
I need to know: How much should I worry about keeping my mercenaries alive?
Because I can't seem to get through the third mission without losing at
Luckily, while you do tend to lose generic characters here and there, Hoshigami is infinitely better
than FFT when it comes to replacements. New mercenaries start at whatever multiple-of-5 level you last
go everyone up to, and more importantly have a devotion level on par with what they'd have if you'd brought'em
up yourself. You can rename'em and pick how they look too.
A Lunar 2 question? O_o
Hey there slime of the Google variety -
I am having a rough time in Lunar 2 :EBC, and since I may or may not
remember if you've played it, I decided to push the send button in your
direction. I'm currently stuck in the Black Dragon cave after defeating
Borgan, and I can't get through the cave itself. My levels are around 38-37
for my party, and yet I seem to get smacked down every time I try to go
through. Do I just need to level-build, or is there some clever trick I'm
not taking advantage of? Thanks in advance.
How to beat any boss late into Lunar 2 with no problems: Cast White Dragon Protect every round.
Goog, I'm confused.
The Advanced Dungeons and Dragons system has been around for a very long time, and while it is time honored, I must ask the one question... WHY??? The AD&D system has glaring flaws that the 3rd Edition D&D fixed. Thac0 and Armor Class numbers were confusing. Stat changes changed EVERYTHING, making it necessary to go through an upheaval just to level up. The systems gave me migranes. With AD&D, 2 Baulders Gate games have been made for the PC, plus Planescape: Torment, and 2 Icewind Dale's. The AD&D system is whacked, but 3eD&D is the light. Why are they making yet another game (Neverwinter Nights) with the massively flawed AD&D engine? Why would they do that when they could be doing so much better? Just thought I should speak my piece.
Walo "Sure it will save lives, but MILLIONS will be late!"
On most of what you said, I agree completely. Up until the complete overhaul that is 3rd Edition, AD&D
has always had the most poorly conceived, senseless, arbitrary, and incomplete set of rules I have ever
seen in an RPG. Combat in particular, which is honestly where most of the rules apply, is heavily heavily
flawed, with way too little accuracy, minute long rounds, and no variety. Oh, and the class balancing is
absolutely atrocious. There is absolutely no good reason to model computer RPGs after it's rules, yet
for years, practically everyone has been doing so.
Therefore, you should be pretty happy to know that you're wrong about NWN. It IS going to use 3rd Edition
rules according to everything I've ever heard. (Although, fair warning, I DID double check my answer to
this question and thus I may invoke that curse...)
Hey Mr Goog/Googette/Googthing.
I've been hearing how FFX rocks and its great and its the best thing that ever happened to the planet since Paws was glimpsed treading daintily on a rooftop wearing nothing but a red collar, but but but, when will it be released in the UK? Cause I'd really like to play it. Really Really. Even some kinda complete guess would be nice.
It's the best thing that ever happened to the planet since last night? Well THAT'S not saying much. On
to your question though. I'll just look in our release sec- no. On FF10's pa- no. On a site with date
listings for everyt- no. Hmm... I know! I'll just ask RPGamer's resident Brit! Oh, wait. He's been kidnapped
by ninjas too. I thought ninja season wasn't supposed to start until spring? Maybe I'm thinking samurai
Seriously speaking though, if I ever dig it up, I'll post it in here. A few people are wondering, but
it's DARN hard to find that date... I'll say April if you really want a guess.