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Hey Now July 24, 2006

Arros Raikou - 6:07 EST

Nothing much has changed in my world since I last co-hosted a column alongside Matt.

If anyone is curious as to what I'm playing right now, I'm playing Tales of Phantasia on the GBA and trying to clear all the bonus stuff on Makai Kingdom for the PS2 to get me prepared for Disgaea 2 next month.

It's all part of an NIS SRPG ritual I developed back when La Pucelle came stateside. I played it, Disgaea and Phantom Brave in rapid succession and last year prior to Makai Kingdom's NA release I finished the special bosses of PB. I save the bonus material 'til a new game in the "series" is coming out then finish it up to get myself reacquainted with the "series." Strange ritual, huh?

Oh and I also sacrif...erg...um...uh...yeah that's the only ritual I have, you know nothing of the bodies...let's start the column ^^;;




L E T T E R S
The tables have turned!!


Hey, Arros!

Arros Raikou

Hi there Matt!

Congratulations on yet another guest-hosting! You're getting your share of fame around these parts, lately. As long as you aren't planning a coup or anything underhanded anytime soon...

Arros Raikou

No nothing like that, both you and Ouro do a fantastic job and provide me with entertainment at least 6 days out of a week, I'm just glad to get to be a regular around the columns and host them once and awhile!

Arros, what has inspired you most from reading the columns of both Ourobolus and myself? Specifically, are there any games, series, or companies that you had never heard of before that you now have a great interest in?

Arros Raikou

No offense to Ouro, but most of the things he has mentioned RPGwise I've already heard of, played or I own the game at least. You, on the otherhand, introduced me and a great many others to Dragon Quest VIII, which has me hoping that the Wii's Virtual Console is for real so I can go back and play the entire series. You also introduced me to Earthbound and a few other games I want to try out.

Josh

In my defense, this is only my 34th column, and Matt's over 100. I pounded DQVIII into many people's heads (in real life), so don't feel like you're the only one, Matt. :P. Wait till Aug. 11, then I'll be back to playing all sorts of games.

Oh. Right. Your question. My bad. ^^

*returns to munching on his cookies*

And if, hypothetically, you had no limit to the amount you could spend, what are the five video-game-related items that you would want to buy before the end of this year? There's so much that I'm looking forward to, but it'd be great to hear what your opinion is on the subject.

Arros Raikou

Man what a question...hmm it seems like an entire library of RPGs are coming out in the next four months...hmm let's see here...here's a numbered list and with reasons why:

  1. Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories - There is just something about the games NIS creates that makes them just addictive to play, and they usually have a nice, funny, heartwarming story that I just can't resist. On top of that, the preorder goodies for this game are all pretty good - an artbook, a soundtrack, a manga and the sequel to one of my favorite games of all time...*squeals with glee*
  2. Final Fantasy III - Even though I've played the original through less than legal means, I still want to pick this one up when it hopefully comes out in September.
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Zelda is something that has been with me since I was in second or third grade, maybe before that, and I own all of the true games in the series, so this one would have to be added to the collection despite the less than entertaining feelings I've gotten from WW and FSA.
  4. Baten Kaitos Origins - I loved the original Baten Kaitos because of its unique and challenging battle system, and I look forward to hoping that my healing items stay healing items in those tough fights.
  5. Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation - I've heard somethings about this series on a few different forums, and even in Q and A back when goog was still around, so I'm looking forward to it's debut in America if it comes out before the end of the year, plus, I have a love of robots that is only matched by my love of transforming things...

Other notable mentions, FF12, FF7:DoC, the new .hack games, Xenosaga 3, Rogue Galaxy and a list full of others. I hope I have enough money. o.o

Thanks!!
--
Matt, the moderately-evil Q&A host

Arros Raikou

No thank you for writing a letter just to me I feel so honored ^^

And whatever happened to the good hearted Q&A host, you are moderately-evil and Ouro is planning to becoming Overlord of RPGamer, shouldn't it be one angel and one demon? Two demons makes for a strange conciousness ^^;;



TRPG Deathmatch! Fight!


What's your take on the new wave of TRPGs hitting western shores in the last few years, particularly those from Nippon Ichi? I think these games (Disgaea, Phantom Brave, La Pucelle, Makai Kingdom, etc.) are fairly overrated. They feature mildly entertaining battle systems but leave much to be desired in the story/character department. I'm an FFT fan myself (no, I did not like FFTA, btw). Besides offering some interesting challenges, no TRPG has offered the same amount of lore and history as FFT. Blah, blah, bad translation, I know, but I've played through much worse translations relatively unscathed. I think there's more than enough to recommend FFT to offset its flaws and place it firmly at the top of the TRPG pile of all time (with Arc the Lad II as a close second). What's your pick?

Vicissitude

Josh

Don't get me wrong, I still hail Final Fantasy Tactics as one of the greatest TRPGs of all time. Nothing like good old-fashioned back-stabbing to get your blood flowing. The story was great, and the job system was spectacularly implemented. However, I do love Disgaea. The goofiness of the plot and the characters just made my day, and while the story wasn't that great, I found it entertaining enough to see how it ended. The battles in Disgaea weren't especially original, though the addition of team attacks was fun to mess around with, if mildly annoying to execute. Levelling was a huge pain in the ass though, as you had to get the killing blow to gain experience. Needless to say, as much as I wanted to finish all the bonus content, I eventually just got tired of grinding. I'd still rank it as an awesome game, though.



Arros Wiikou?


To Arros

Arros Raikou

Hi there, Bainick!

What RPG would you like to see utilised on the Wii?

Arros Raikou

I'd have to say either a Tales game or a Seiken Densetsu game, because the Wii's remote is supposed to be able to move things on the screen, so it could be used for attacking, or held in a certain way to activate spells, or it could also be used to solve puzzles that those series' games sometimes have. But in all actuality, any solid game that isn't loaded with gimmicky gameplay could work quite well - anything action-based should benefit greatly from the Wiimote.

And what RPG would not work on the Wii?

Arros Raikou

Hmm...well given the complete "WTF were they smoking when they made this" nature of the game, I'd say a Lunar game in the same vein of Dragon Song would be a bad investment on any system, other than that I can't think of any RPG that would really be hurt by the Wiimote or the Wii itself, but that game was just a failure as a game.

Bainick hopes this makes it through the bad modem line

Arros Raikou

Thankfully for all concerned it did. Nice to know I'm not the only guy on the planet with questionable internet service ^^''

Thanks for writing in, Bainick, and I hope everyone else out there writes in about which RPGs would or wouldn't work on the Wii.



Deja vu.


Hello Ouro and Arros, I guess,

Arros Raikou

Hello there BLG.

Josh

Hey man, how's it goin'?

First, to anyone curious about when Arros was last a cohost, it was last month with Matt on June 16th. Here's a link if you're curious.. http://www.rpgamer.com/ask/matt/Q2-2006/am061606.html

Second, I might as well ask you the last two questions I asked Ouro...

What music genre would you like to see more of in RPGs?

Arros Raikou

Oh dear much like Matt, music is not my forte, I'd say battles need more of a heavy metal theme to them, but the hard truth is that American music won't be featured heavily or at all in RPGs do simply to the fact the lion's share of RPGs are made in Japan so if we do hear any popular music in RPG's it is more than likely to be from Gakt, Ayumi Hamasaki and whatever else they listen to over there, or if we do get American music it would more than likely be translated into Japanese or be lyricless, I feel like I just paraphrased what Ouro said on Saturday without the authority and knowledge of what I'm talking about ^^;;

Josh

Well, you don't get to be Supreme Overlord without knowing a few things. Here, let me take you under my wing...*coughhackcoughcough*

*spits up Matt's femur*

Oh crap...I mean...uh...how'd that get there? ^^;;

*runs*

My only question is which incarnation of FF13 looks pretty good to you so far? The one from the developers of FFT and past FF's, the one from the developers of KH2, or the one with the idea of playing-on-the-go in mind on your mobile/portable?

Arros Raikou

Well if I was certain we'd actually get the portable/mobile one in America, I'd go with it because very rarely do I have time to sit down and play a game anymore, put since we probably won't get that one unless the N-Gage comes back to life*shudders*

I'd have to go with the regular FF13 made by the makers of FFT and the past games in the series, it looked interesting from what little we know about it, and honestly I'm still wary of the assorted spinoffs of FF games so I'll have to wait to pass judgement on FFVS13 until I know more about FF13 and until I know exactly what is meant by the Versus in the title

Finally, this one goes out to both of you. What is your favorite kind of Japanese junk food, besides Pocky?

Arros Raikou

I'd have to say those fizzy Coca Cola flavored hard candies my ex sent me one year after she visited Japan, I'm not exactly sure what they are called but they are the only non-Pocky Japanse junk food, I like Pocky purely for the fact I can make a Vulcan 3000 out of the box ^^;; I'm such a lame ass.

Josh

Well, I came from Korea, and we had Peppero (the equivalent of Pocky), which was good. I had two favorite snack foods, though. These bacon fluffy chip things my friend randomly named "Smoky Bacon Barfin' Chips," and this red bean ice cream that was encased in this green rice cake shell...it was REALLY good.

No, but seriously, what is the worst spoiler either one of you read from this column that ruined a game for you before you play thru the RPG to that spoiler point?

Arros Raikou

Generally Matt and Ouro mark spoilers for games rather well, so I have easily avoided having things ruined for me through QnA. The only time this happened in the past was back when goog ran things and Shadow Hearts 2 was out, and somebody asked a question about a certain character's ending sequence and that sort of spoiled some things for me, along with a character from SH1's untimely death that put me off from playing those games for quite some time.

Generally if anything spoils a game for me, it is ----ing trolls on message boards and forums, not the ones at RPGamer, but at other places, I have run into a great number of spoilers. I had the twist of Star Ocean 3 ruined thanks to some message boards, and honestly the twist of the plot is the only part of the game that didn't drag on forever.

Josh

I can't say that anything has been spoiled for me here...and I don't think I've spoiled anything for anyone, at least not for any games that came out recently. The general rule for me is that after 6 or 7 years it's ok to spoil the game, as an adequate amount of time has passed. I knew Aeris died days before I played the game, but I heard that everywhere on the internet...

Goodbye or farewell?
BLG

Arros Raikou

Hmm... a tough choice, I'd have to go with goodbye though. Thanks for the interesting questions posed in your letter, and I hope you write in again soon, BLG.



Oh dear Lord thank you.


i would like to know if you are familiar with znes it is a website i got star ocean rom for super ninteno but idont know how to translate it

Josh

Oh sweet Jesus yes. They just flock to me.

Well, sonny. I am quite familiar with ZSNES, actually. I've done an incredible amount of research on the subject and have come to the following conclusion that may help you in your search for the translation for a ROM I'm positive you don't own the original copy for. I also know that ZSNES is not a website, but actually a program that emulates the SNES hardware so that you can play ROMs on your computer rather than for the system it was intended. But I digress, and you probably weren't paying attention.

I'd recommend learning Japanese, as that would be the best way to enjoy the game. You wouldn't want someone mucking around, creating a shoddy translation for you and the strenuous efforts you went through to acquire this piece of software, would you? No! I can tell that you're a man of action, one of principle! I know that you want to earn everything that you gain, so I will help you in this endeavor. Japanese Online should be able to help you with your conundrum. Please let me know how you fare, as I wish you well on your linguistic journey! Fare thee well!



Feelings...nothing more than feeeelings...


Dear Ouro

Donovan asked about sad RPG moments the other day. It got me thinking that many RPGs almost feel like they were meant to depress people with their grim tales and tragic overtones. So I want to ask a slightly harder question: what was the funniest moment in an RPG for you? What RPG scene made you laugh the most, or what RPG do you think is the funniest in general? I know that there must be funnier games, but for me, Tales of Symphonia was full of lines and scenes that made me laugh, or at least smile, such as the scenes involving the washtubs, carrying Regal, taking the exam, the ruins at Asgard, and the many skits throughout the game.

Arros Raikou

I'd have to say Disgaea; I just like the funny lines, item descriptions, and the conversations with vassals in the castle all made me chuckle and to this day I still pull quotes from the game in the voices of the characters much to the chagrin of those around me, a grown man doing a perfect Flonne voice is scary. An honorable mention would have to go to Joachim from Shadow Hearts 2. He's like part wrestler and part Sailor Moon, though Tales of Symphonia did have some very funny moments. The one that stands out in my mind is when you revisit where you first met Sheena with her in the lead. Although, Collette(sp?)'s clumsiness was funny for a good while, as were some of the battle quotes, namely Xelos' - "We're goin' with my pimp plan!" Oh, and I thought of another game that has some pretty funny moments in it. Lunar 2, when a certain character shows up mid-game had some of the funniest stuff from that game, but sadly I can't spoil it, and also the outtakes were hilarious.

So I'd highly recommend Disgaea, Shadow Hearts 2, and Lunar 2 for anyone looking for some humor with their adventure.

Also, is there a specific RPG character that you would love to have in Super Smash Bros. Brawl? On Tales of Symphonia again, I would like to see Lloyd in that game. So much so that I even play Symphonia like a Smash Bros. game. Set block to L, B Demon Fang, Up B Tempest, Down B Tiger Blade, Right/Left B Sonic Thrust, I think you get the picture. If only the game had smash attacks with your normal attacks, then that would really satisfy my desires.

Arros Raikou

Another weakness of mine is the fact that I don't play many fighting games. Sadly, I have never played a Smash Bros. game, since back when the first one came out for the N64, I had wanted it but never got around to buying it. Anyway, I'd have to say Alucard from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, simply because his magic spells and some weapon attacks work like fighting game combos. Plus, I'd love to see him in 3D, and if he doesn't count then my other choice would be Yuri from the Shadow Hearts series; he's a martial artist character, so he'd be right at home in a fighting game, plus turning into demons is cool.

Alan

P.S.

http://www.dorks.com/html/Zidane-Headbutt-Game.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbE-sNsR_vo

Arros Raikou
Josh

XD

Thanks for the letter and the links Alan!





T H O N G
Combat Log

Roku casts BOLT 2 on Vicissitude!
Vicissitude falls 2 spaces to Tile 15.
Macstorm moves 2 spaces to Tile 16.
Roku moves 3 spaces to tile 16.
Vicissitude moves 3 spaces to tile 18.
Ourobolus casts STOP!
Vicissitude must wait until Sunday to move!
BLG moves 3 spaces to Tile 14.
Alan Tse moves 4 spaces to Tile 15.
Bainick moves 2 spaces to Tile 19.
Wonderslime moves 3 spaces to Tile 15.


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Presenting...

THE HOPEFULLY OUTSTANDING NEW GAME!

Or, THONG for short. For now, the prizes will be limited to Guest-Hosting opportunities, since this is essentially an experiment. I'm positive that it will turn out well, though! Now, for the setup:

This is the game board. If you ever talk to CactuarJoe, make sure to thank him for the wonderful job he did! Thanks Joe!

If you want to join: Please send me your top 3 choices for characters for your game piece. A list of them that can be used can be found here. Please only choose from the "PARTY" or "NPC" links. Also make sure that the character has a left/right-facing sprite, and a front/back facing sprite. Thanks!

  • Everyone begins the game on START.
  • For every letter you write in, I will roll a 4-sided die (I'll use RPGamer's resident Random Number Generator, DiceyBot). That will determine how many spaces you move.
  • You may only get credit for one letter, per day - max 3 per weekend. Timestamps will be checked, and only letters sent during Friday - Monday before my column will be counted towards that weekend. Letters sent at other times during the week will not count until Saturday.
  • Letters must be addressed to me, at either qna@rpgamer.com or ourobolus@rpgamer.com. Letters will get credit even if they are unanswered, or even if Matt answers them.
  • If you land on a Spell Tile, you MAY use the spell listed on the Tile (excluding Haste, Slow, Roulette, and Stop). You do not have to, Spells and their effects are listed after the rules.
  • The Trivia Tile MUST be landed on before you may enter the FINISH Tile. Answering the trivia question correctly will automatically grant you entry into the FINISH Tile, and you will receive the prize.
  • If you reach the Trivia Tile, another reader who is participating in the game will ask you a question. However, the person who lands on the Tile decides WHICH reader asks the question, as well as WHICH RPG from which the question will be asked (e.g. "Wonderslime wants Bainick to ask him a question about Chrono Trigger").
  • If the person who provides the question has not played the game, they may use anything necessary to come up with a question. Failure to provide a question over 2 days of my column will result in the same effect as if the receiver answered the question right, and he/she will progress to the FINISH Tile.
  • If you are on the Trivia Tile, you are invulnerable until the first question has been completed.
  • The Prize for this initial board will be 5 Guest Hosting positions. Once those are completed, a new board will be created, probably with more prizes.
  • The effects will go as such. Movement->Spells Cast->Effects. Everyone will move at the same time, all spells will be cast at the same time, and all effects will happen at the same time. Attack spells will be cast at the beginning of the day after they were landed on. Spells are cast only if the character is on the space at the -end- of the day.

Spell effects are as follows:

  • Bolt 1: Player chooses another player to push back 1 tile.
  • Bolt 2: Player chooses another player to push back 2 tiles.
  • Stop: The next time Player sends in a letter, it will take 2 days for the roll to take place.
  • Haste: Player receives an extra roll which will make him/her advance 1-3 tiles.
  • Slow: Player receives an extra roll which will make him/her retreat 1-3 tiles.
  • Merton: Player chooses another player to push back 4 tiles, at the cost of Player moving back 2 tiles. Can only be used twice.
  • Roulette: I roll a 20-sided die. Any players standing on that numbered tile are pushed back 2 tiles.
C L O S I N G
IN CONCLUSION:

The game is starting to get down to the wire...we've got two Mertons on their way, as well as 4 people within 4 spaces of the end...who will it be?

Everyone give Arros a round of applause for a successful guest-hosting! I enjoyed doing it, as it's always fun getting a different perspective on the issues, as well as sharing the love of reader harassment! Yay! Thanks again, Arros!

The week comes, and so does Matt...hope you guys have a good one!

ourobolus@rpgamer.com
***Josh liked doing that, actually.


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