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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-18 11:21 pm

I spent a lot of time kinda running around and doing whatever, so I hope this isn't too random. I have about 400 screenshots on the Vita from these play sessions since the last time...

But yeah, I'll try to cut out a lot of the random stuff, so it shouldn't be longer than normal entries for these, and some pretty interesting stuff happened!

I feel like this game has an unusual amount of story for a SaGa game. And Leonard is supposed to have the least amount of story, so I really wonder what the other characters are like!

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-18 11:40 am
I got my 100-day streak badge on KA~~~

I was getting kinda worried because today was day 102. I was about to write support about it because I really wanted my badge hahahah XD But it just popped after my mastery challenge today for some reason.

And speaking of study stuff, I started taking notes on SaGa SCARLET GRACE as I play, and I'm actually taking the notes in Japanese. I haven't written in Japanese in so long... my handwriting is so wonky anymore. Not that it was amazing to start with or anything.

I'm basically keeping notes on where all the blacksmiths are and what they specialize in -- though I mentioned this in the play diary, I think. And then I'm also taking notes on what materials I need to upgrade certain things that I want to upgrade, so I'm not constantly running to blacksmiths and looking through every last item to see what I can and can't upgrade and what stuff costs lol.

I'm also taking notes of words that I have to look up or words I don't know how to read. As in like, I know what it means and I know the word, but I can't say it.

Japanese is different from English in this way in that in English, even if you don't know a word, you can at least GUESS the pronunciation, and you'll generally be close enough that someone else could probably understand you.

But in Japanese, characters can have many different pronunciations which are vastly different, so you could guess one and be so far off it sounds nothing like the word at all. I mean, there are certain ones it's more likely to be in certain situations or whatever, so you can make educated guesses but...

And then there's the fact that characters carry meaning as well as readings, so it's possible you could come across a word you've never seen before, gather its meaning through context easily, but have absolutely no idea how it would even be pronounced.

And I have a lot of words like this -- words that I actually know, and could read or write them, but if I had to say them, I wouldn't even be able to tell you how to say it. I guess it's similar to reading something with emoticons or emojis in it -- you see them, understand them, can produce them in your own writing, but if you have to SAY them, you're suddenly stuck. For emoticons of course you can just describe them, but for Japanese words you just... have no phonetic component to your lexical entry for this word so there's just... no pronunciation for you. It's so weird. But you can still read entire sentences with words like this in it and they make perfect sense, you just wouldn't be able to say them aloud???

But yeah, I have many words like this in my vocabulary because I have so many words I've picked up through reading and haven't been diligent enough to actually look up how to say them. It's not particularly hard, but it gives me a headache because it's sort of like doing a word search -- when you just have to look through a jumble of characters and try to pick out the one you're looking for. That always makes me feel dizzy and my head starts hurting. I can't do word searches because of this, and I hate stuff like looking up words in dictionary or whatever because of this (which is why I'm very fortunate for electronic dictionaries these days, because you just TYPE the word and it finds it for you!)

But with Japanese, you can't just... type the word. Because there are thousands of Japanese characters, you can't have that many keys on a keyboard (well, you could I guess XD), so when you type Japanese, you actually type it by sounding out the word (you type in Romanization, like... Japanese keyboards are also QWERTY XD) and then there's like an autocomplete thing that lets you pick the characters (since almost every word is a homophone with like fifty other words in Japanese, which is why it's nice to have the Chinese characters that have meanings XD) Also, this means in order to type in Japanese, Japanese people have to know not only their own script, but the roman script, too, and how Japanese is Romanized. that's just... too many characters to memorize XD How do they do it?!

So if you want to look up a word you don't know how to say, you have to look it up by its radicals, which are the little like... pieces of the character, like... I don't really know how to explain it, but each character is made of like... lots of little characters jumbled together in various ways. If you're using a paper dictionary for this, you have to know which is the 'major radical' and how these are ordered and stuff, but thankfully with electronic dictionaries, you just can click on all the radicals and it will show you all the characters containing those radicals... and they're ordered by the number of strokes (like, penstrokes) it takes to write the character, so if you can count those you can find it easily enough.

But if you have like, a word with many characters, something like 帝国図書館 (Imperial Library, to use an example that shows up in SaGa SCARLET GRACE a lot haha) you'd have to look up five separate characters, then paste them all together and search in a dictionary for them. These days, there are 'advanced' Japanese dictionaries online thanks to WWWJDIC, and you can paste as much text as you want and it will attempt to parse it into separate words and look them all up for you. It's not perfect and doesn't translate anything, just brings up a bunch of dictionary entries, but it's still super helpful. For example, "Imperial Library" would not come up with a single definition, so if you didn't know the words and only could look up one at a time, you'd have to try to figure out how many words there are (is this 5 words? 3 words? 2 words? 1 long word? Who knows!) by splitting it up into different sized chunks of characters and searching for each... XD

Anyway, we don't have to do that these days.

So to look up 帝国図書館 , assuming you don't know how to say any of the characters, you would have to start by trying to find 帝 .

And to do that, you have to look at a chart like this:

Which just looking at it makes me dizzy. These are all the radicals that can be a part of a character. So you have to have a pretty good handle on what all these look like in different shapes (because often they don't really look like what they look like on this chart lol) and where they begin and end... and then look at the character you're trying to look up and try to pick out the radicals and then click them on this page...

This is the newest and most helpful kanji dictionary I've found online, and it actually greys out radicals that are not possible combinations with the ones you've selected, which is very helpful. Before, most dictionaries did not update while you were using them, so you just clicked checkboxes next to each radical you wanted, typed in a number of total strokes for the character, and pressed search, and it would come up with a new page of all characters that matched. A lot of times you didn't realize you may have made a mistake counting strokes wrong or whatever. There's also stuff where like... some radicals are actually just combinations of other radicals, so you might forget that some random combination also counts as its own radical, and select the individual ones that make it up and it won't show up... and sometimes stuff just looks like something else but isn't that for some reason... it's very frustrating LOL. Usually it's easy enough, though, and you can find them somewhat quickly...

But it still makes me dizzy and gives me a headache looking for the radicals in the chart X_X But this is what I have to do to look up words I don't know how to say, and this is why I often just decide not to learn how to say it. Especially since it's quite possible to look up how to say it, say it to yourself a few times, say it as you read it... then not see the word again for a long time and forget by the next time you see, and have to look it up again. And I forget things easily so I can easily look up a word, say it to myself, then forget it like by the next sentence and have already exited the dictionary tab or whatever lololol.

So I've started writing down all the words I don't know how to say and looking them up, which helps me remember just from writing them down, and then if I forget, I usually will remember that I wrote it down, have an idea whereabouts I wrote it down, and be able to find it way more easily than doing all of THAT.

It's also helpful if you happen to know other words that contain the same characters, because you can just type the other words you know and then delete the characters you don't need lmao.

For example in 帝国図書館 , the first two characters mean emperor and country, so you might already know those words as 帝 mikado and 国 kuni for some reason, and then you can just type "mikado" and "kuni" and you'll get 帝国 , but despite it being possible to read those characters as mikado-kuni, the word 帝国 is said as "teikoku" which is nothing at all like "mikadokuni" so this is why you can just have no idea how to pronounce stuff in Japanese despite probably easily being able to pick up the word "empire" from context if you saw it being used in a way that made sense and the characters literally mean "emperor's country."

For a more convoluted example, for the library part you could know words like 書留 kakitome (registered mail) and 館内図 kannaizu (indoor map) which contain all the three characters you need, so you'd have to type those words, and then delete characters and rearrange them... still easier then looking them up in the kanji clicker thing. Also only the 館 kan part is pronounced the same, the 書 kaki from kakitome and 図 zu from kannaizu are pronounced as syo and to respectively, so "library" is 図書館 tosyokan and not something like zukakiyakata, which would still be using completely valid readings of those characters but it would make no sense and no one would have any idea what you're trying to say, because there are like 100 different characters that can be pronounced with those sounds, too, so it's not like you can just guess LOL.

Anyway, I guess I'm just kind of venting the frustration that is trying to look up Japanese words and learning them without knowing how to say them XD And hopefully you can get an idea of why I often just choose NOT to look them up in a dictionary. Usually if I know all the characters at least, I'll just look it up (and of course, if you're reading something online, you can copy/paste the text into a dictionary!) but in games there's always tons of WERID words, and games in fantasy settings like to use obscure or obsolete characters instead of the normal ones, similar to how in fantasy settings in English we like to use lots of weird ~old sounding~ words and fake middle English and stuff. So a lot of times it can even be a word I know but they're just using some ridiculous old character to write it that is like 25 strokes and hard to see because it's all so tiny and mushed together, when they could have just used the modern character that is like 4 strokes. But it doesn't ~look cool~ so they write this weird crap in the game XD

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-18 09:18 am

I made a little video to show what battles are like in SGSG. I had to like... stack my PS3 games up into a weird arch thing with a little gap for the phone camera and then put my psp in between the stack of games on the floor at the 'wider' part of the arch stack XDDD


Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-17 11:19 am

Are you ready for some Rico? ^___^ How about a huge string of fetch quests?


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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-16 08:15 pm

So, Leo has a baby now. Where even is this going?!

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-15 07:25 pm

When we last left Kurt and friends, we had recently spent way too long wandering around caves with our new friends Norff and Mordeus, and then smashed up Fugar's Mansion mostly so we could steal his daughter's magic tablet.

We also just... happened to defeat Agares very early and opened up Kurt's final adventure. Oops.

But we're still far too weak to try to go take on Chaos, so we're going to do some adventuring to pass the time, and maybe see what's going on in the Temple of Iskandar again.

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-15 02:55 pm

I think I like typing up stupid crap about RSG3 more than I actually like playing it?!

Anyway, continuing from last time, I'm going to think about the roles party members could play in the 'harem' party if I went with Mikhail, and what kind of starting setup to use with him.

The five recruited members would be Tiberius, Herman, Wod, Trucks, and Leonid. Notes on their strengths:

Makings - Only Sun is really even decent (2)
Stats - Magic (23) and Spirit (20) are the only decent ones.
Makes good healer, can be offensive with sun jutsu. Good candidate for a life cane, maybe carry healing items too? Glimmer type is none.

Makings - All 0. So can really focus on whatever he needs to because it will be the same no matter what.
Stats - Skill (20) is ok. Spirit (24) is pretty great. Would be good for inflicting status effects with skill-based weapons (bow and foil?). Suzaku jutsu might be nice since it's all support and doesn't necessarily need stats as much. Moon jutsu for cheap healing maybe. Just tons of support abilities. But stretching him too far with all 0 makings is kinda ineffective. Glimmer type is axe.

Makings - Great foil growth (4) and comes with Screwdriver. 1 in all elemental jutsu except Suzaku, and a surprising 3 in Sun.
Stats - Skill (17) is better than Strength (15). Speed (22) is the most useful.
Magic is not good enough to warrant focusing on sun magic, so possibly a foil focus with a weapon crown is best. Glimmer type is foil.

Makings - swords, axes, clubs, all good. 3 in swords, 2 in axe/club. Other weapons still get a 1.
Stats - Big strength (22) and endurance (23), and decent spirit (18). Very slow (10). Good for tanking as well as dealing damage with variety of weapons. Glimmer type is greatsword.

Makings - Also 0 in everything lol.
Stats - Good speed (21) and not bad strength (19). Magic is great (25) and charm is even better (27).
Would be great with moon jutsu. Can pick up weapons that others don't have, especially strength-based. Glimmer type is sadly foil.

Makings - Good at spear/foil (2), swords and bows are ok (1). Sun is really great (4).
Stats - Vary depending on choices. Generally well-balanced except for magic is bad.
Should probably, along with Leonid, pick up the weapons that no one is using. Glimmer type can be chosen to reflect that.

Weapon types:

Greatsword - Wod
Sword - Leonid
Club - Tiberius, maybe also Leonid
Axe - Wod
Foil - Trucks, Herman
Spear - Mikhail
Bow - Herman
Martial - Mikhail

I put Mikhail on Spear and Martial since we can boost his strength, and he does have good spear making already. His glimmer type can go to martial to really boost his strength and make up for the 0 making with it a bit. Plus it will open up the ability to glimmer some of the better martial arts easily. Spear arts can mostly easily be glimmered by people with foil glimmer type, so it might not be bad to let Trucks carry around a spear for a while to try to glimmer some stuff.

Fighter+Spear and Fighter+Martial give very similar stats, but Martial has 22 endurance while Spear only has 20. Everything else is pretty much the same; Skill is worse with Martial. Overall, Endurance is probably more useful than Skill for Mikhail.

Hunter+None is an interesting choice because it gives 19 Skill and 21 Magic, which would let him perform a completely different role. It complements his foil and bow making, as well as his great sun making. Though it's not a role we really have use for with the rest of the party.

For jutsu schools, I might not end up covering all of them.

Tiberius - Sun, Genbu
Leonid - Moon
Herman - Suzaku
Trucks - Genbu?
Mikhail - Seiryu?

Mikhail will have 21 spirit, so maybe Seiryu for the sole purpose of using Nap, though having a waza crown would be nice, too. A waza crown for Wod is very helpful. Trucks having a crown is good, but having an extra Genbu is always nice, at least for the support jutsu. Missing out on Byakko isn't too big of a deal.

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-14 09:59 pm

This is mostly just my own musings/organizing my thoughts but...

I don't think I'll ever do eight whole playthroughs of RSG3 because the game just isn't different enough between all the characters. But I'd still probably end up doing half of them?

And there are 23 recruitable characters in the game. Though two of them are kinda... iffy. One only is really playable in one scenario and has some special conditions, and the other can only be recruited at the very end of the game, past a point of no return, so there's... no real point in recruiting them, since you won't really get to raise them or anything (which is sad because he'd be the final member of my fuzzyface harem team lol)

But I'd like to do themed teams with each playthrough, and I'm trying to come up with some different themes based on the available characters. You get your protag plus five additional characters for the party, though one character doesn't battle, so if you're not planning on using Commander Mode, you could really only worry about four additional characters.

The 'themes' that I definitely want to do are:

- Harem Party: As in Tiberius, Wod, Trucks, and Herman. The problem is I don't know what to do for a 5th. Originally I wanted to theme this as all fuzzy-faced characters, so I'd put Yan Fan in since he's the only other character with facial hair. But he's also the only-available-for-the-last-area character, so that's kinda stupid. Boston and Leonid are characters I have a crush on but I plan to use them in other theme already. So I don't know what to do about the 5th. I also am not sure who I'd want to use as the protag for this. I want it to be someone to kind of ship everyone with LOL so I kind of like the idea of Monica or Mikhail; Monica means I can't use Leonid, though, and Monica or Thomas seem good for the magic-only party, so maybe I'd go with Mikhail.

- Non-human Party: Boston, Snowman, Fairy, Elephant, and Leonid. Boston is a lobster; Leonid is a vampire. Vampires are kinda humany but not exactly, plus he has a unique gameplay mechanism so I think that qualifies him enough to be on this team. I don't know who would be a good protag for this, either. I've thought of Sara (since she reminds me a little of Claudia from RSG1 for some reason?), or maybe Katalina? I don't feel like anyone REALLY makes sense for this, though, lol.

- Mage Party: This can be literally anyone, but generally the characters who seem more magic-inclined would be better: Bai Meinyan, Fullbright, Muse, Tiberius, and Undine seem the most 'magey' of everyone, but you could use anyone really. Thomas or Monica would be the best protags as they're the most magic-inclined, I feel. I think Thomas even starts with some magic available? Anyway, I may even do a 'challenge run' type of thing where I only use jutsu and no weapons, or limit to only martial arts or something.

- Girls Party: Only female characters. Try to use the ones not from mage party, and avoid recruiting the other protags. Bai Meinyan, Muse, Nora, Tatyana, Undine, Zhi Lin. Of course, we'd still need to have some overlap with the mage party... But Nora and Zhi Lin would be a must. The protag I feel is best with Ellen or Katalina. Actually, if I did Katalina, I could recruit Ellen to add some variety.

The characters not utilized in any of those would be Black, Paul, Minstrel, Robin, Sharl, and Boy. That's only 6, and Boy is one of the iffy ones. So maybe the other five -- Black, Paul, Minstrel, Robin, Sharl... they could be a theme of annoying young guys. The protag would be Julian XD

Though I'd like to play with Harid once I think, so maybe a theme of money-seeking characters? Black and Paul would fit in there, being a pirate and a bandit. Minstrel I guess performs for money? But his main motivation seems artistry. Um, honestly no one else really fits this. Maybe Wod since he's kind of a mercenary lol. Undine and Leonid maybe make sense here, Leonid has a castle with lots of treasures, Undine fights over a treasure ... XD

But uh, thinking of the protags, I'd like to definitely do at least Mikhail, Harid, Sara, Monica, and Katalina. Ellen and Thomas share the same story with Sara pretty much, and Julian's is shared with Monica. But the five I listed have unique story elements, I think. Even though most of the game is still identical, it's just a little different in the intro, lol...

I could do the themes like this:

Mikhail - Harem (Tiberius, Trucks, Wod, Herman, Leonid)
Katalina - Girls (Nora, Zhi Lin, Tatyana, Ellen, Muse)
Monica - Mages (Tiberius, Thomas, Muse, Undine, Bai Meinyan)
Sara - Non-humans (Snowman, Fairy, Elephant, Boston, Boy)
Harid - Other (Black, Paul, Minstrel, Fullbright, Sharl)

Unused - Robin, Julian

Harid seems like he'd just let anyone tag along as long as they didn't get in his way, so maybe I could just throw everyone I didn't use into that run XD

Then maybe if I ever feel like playing again I could play another Sara and throw Boy, Julian, and Thomas in there, and pick up Yan Fan at the end just for the heck of it, so I'd have used everyone XD

Another idea is to use Boy with Sara and have it be Boy and Sara with a bunch of non-humans. That's kind of interesting, too. I'd kinda consider Boy and Sara to be like a dual-protag sort of thing XD Actually, I really like that idea. I'm going to move Leonid off that list and put Boy there. Then everyone has a generic name in that party except Boston hahaha.

Then other than the protags Julian and Thomas, and of course Yan Fan, I'd have used every character.

Also, here's some notes for myself on characters' growth rates in magic for the sake of the mage run:


Monica - 0/0/0/0/0/4
Tiberius - 1/1/1/1/2/0
Muse - 2/1/2/1/0/4
Undine - 0/0/0/5/0/2
Bai Meinyan - 3/1/1/1/0/0
Thomas - 0/0/1/1/3/0

OK, I said Fullbright but thinking about it now, I don't know why I feel like he's magey? He's not particularly magey compared to anyone else. Maybe I should go with Thomas? Since I'm not going to use him for his own run. Then I could put Fullbright with Harid (and Fullbright is definitely a money-based character because he's a businessman lol)

OK, I added Fullbright to Harid's team, and that's a pretty decent 'money-seekers' team, really. Pirate, Bandit, Performer, Businessman, and ... a poor kid from the slums LOL.

But now Robin is not being used anywhere...

I could swap him into the 'mage' party and have Thomas as the lead, but then I wouldn't have a playthrough with Monica... Though I could try to make the Monica playthrough the 'perfect' game... XD;;;;; I don't really feel like Robin fits in a mage party anyway, though. I think Fullbright fits better than Robin XD

Anyway, to make sure all the magic schools are covered:

Monica - Suzaku
Tiberius - Genbu
Muse - Byakko
Undine - Genbu
Bai Meinyan - Seiryu
Thomas - Suzaku?

Thomas has 0 making for Suzaku, but I'd like to have a "replacement" for Monica if she's the commander, so all four schools are still used even if she's not on the field. His makings in the four elemental schools are not that amazing anyway (Genbu and Byakko are just 1 lol), so he'll mainly be useful for his high Sun making, as he and Tiberius are the only ones that even have non-0 Sun Making...

Then for the light schools:

Sun - Tiberius, Thomas, Bai Meinyan
Moon - Monica, Undine, Muse

Even amount of each :P Bai is the only one who isn't really proficient in either sun or moon, so she'll probably just stick to a healing jutsu for emergency only or something.

Well, not that makings are really all that important in this game, but XD

Here's the Magic levels of each of the mage party members:

Monica - 16 *
Thomas - 20
Tiberius - 23
Muse - 19
Undine - 24
Bai Meinyan - 23
(Fullbright) - 19

* This is assuming giving her the star sign of the scholar and no initial weapon proficiency (which starts her with suzaku jutsu, too).

The fastest character will likely be Thomas at 18. Monica's speed with scholar/none is only 16.

Builds for Monica: Since the most important stat will be Magic, but then secondly Speed and Spirit are both important, there are a few different ways to "build" Monica if she's chosen as the initial character. Thomas as the protag can get insane magic level (I think up to 27), but Monica's base magic is very low (9) so even trying to max it out, you only end up with 18, which will still be the lowest in the party. The main reason Monica makes a great starting mage character, though, is that she is the only character who can actually get a jutsu crown reasonably, by choosing 'none' as her weapon proficiency.

To get a jutsu crown, your jutsu points must be more than 10x your waza points plus 45. The lowest WP Thomas can start with is 11, so he'd have to get JP of 155 without ever gaining WP throughout the game. I don't even think it's possible to get JP this high???

Monica is special in that she doesn't start with any base WP, so she simply has to get to 45JP to get a crown. Other weapon proficiencies are technically possible, since she'd start with 3WP, but then she'd have to get to 75JP before she ever got the crown.

Since Monica will be one of the weaker mages anyway, it might be better to focus on her other abilities. She has naturally very high Charm, and you can give her the highest charm in the game by going Royalty/None (or Royalty/Foil), which will give her 25 Charm.

Since she'll be using Moon jutsu, she will have access to the charm glare thingy, which is the best seduction ability in the game. So focusing on Charm may be a good idea.

Other stats to pay attention to are Speed, Endurance, and Spirit. If we can make Monica the fastest character in the party, we'll have more enemies we can beat in speed using a fixed-turn-order formation. The best we can get her speed is with Hunter/Foil, which will leave it at 22, two points above Thomas, and generally on the higher end of base stats.

Endurance is important for absorbing physical damage, and in fights where having a tank in front helps, it might be good to have a high-endurance character. Thomas has 19 which is not bad. We can get Monica's to 23 with Fighter/Martial.

Spirit will help avoid status effects, and there isn't a reason to focus on one character having a higher value than the rest of the party, but it's good to pay attention to, because you don't want it to be too low. Only Seiryu school has jutsu that can inflict status effect as far as I know? (Nap)

Anyway, looking at some possible combinations, here are what her starting stats would be. They'll be listed in the order Speed/Endurance/Magic/Spirit/Charm

Scholar+None - 16/13/18/19/24
Royalty+None - 14/15/16/19/25
Hunter+None - 18/14/17/17/24
Fighter+None - 15/17/15/19/23
Hunter+Foil - 22/15/15/15/24
Fighter+Martial - 18/23/10/17/20

The Fighter+Martial set does have nice Endurance, but Magic is dropped to low (10 lol) for an all-mage game.

Scholar+None gives the best Magic/Spirit/Charm set. The +1 in Charm from Royalty+None doesn't really seem worth the drop of 2 in Magic, though a +2 in Endurance isn't so bad.

Hunter+None seems pretty balanced with decent speed, but if the speed doesn't outrank Thomas, it's not particularly useful, so it's kind of a misleading balance. In the end, it's a 'just ok' all around build it seems.

Fighter+None seems sort of lackluster all around. You can get the same Spirit from other builds, but without all the sacrifices everywhere else. 17 Endurance really isn't all that amazing.

Hunter+Foil is intriguing -- you get 22 speed, so she'd be the fastest character, and Charm still stays very high at 24. Going fast and charming opponents seems great. 15 is mediocre for Magic, but if she focuses on support jutsu, it won't matter as much, and Suzaku+Moon does have quite a bit of support available. Being able to deliver fast support and the ability to charm quickly sounds nice.

The biggest problem is Hunter+Foil makes getting the jutsu crown a far late-game thing... And we'd have to be very careful never go gain a single WP. A crown is nice but big speed might be worth getting it later rather than sooner.

Suzaku jutsu are almost completely support, and we'll have other characters on Moon jutsu who are more offensive (including Undine, who has the highest Magic level in the party...), so having the higher speed and charm seems to be more useful than the higher magic level.

And just for fun, here's who has the best making for each category (not including HP since a lot of people share top):

Sword - Julian, Harid, Boy, Wod (3)
Axe/Club - Ellen, Nora (3)
Spear/Foil - Trucks, Fairy (4)
Bow - Zhi Lin (4)
Martial Arts - Elephant (4)
Seiryu - Harid, Boy, Bai Meinyan (3)
Suzaku - Sara (3)
Byakko - Sara, Muse, Yan Fan, Nora (2)
Genbu - Undine (5)
Sun - Mikhail (4)
Moon - Monica, Muse (3)

Interesting that the only making of 5 is Undine's Genbu rate. Which is good because she has a making of 0 in everything else (well, a 2 in Moon). Byakko doesn't really have anyone particularly good at it, with four people tied at just 2.

Nora is the only character that has the highest making in more than one category that can be held at the same time (Sara tops Suzaku and Byakko both, but you can't have jutsu from both schools at the same time.)

The highest in the static stats, with some notable mentions (basically anyone over 21):

Strength - Boy, Nora (23) - Wod (22)
Skill - Zhi Lin, Nora (24) - Fairy (22)
Speed - Fairy (25) - Katalina (23), Trucks (22)
Endurance - Elephant (26) - Snowman (24), Wod (23)
Magic - Leonid (25) - Undine (24), Tiberius, Yan Fan, Bai Meinyan (23)
Spirit - Herman, Black (24) - Snowman (23), Julian (22)
Charm - Leonid (27) - Muse (25), Monica (24), Minstrel (22)

The most overall stat points is Leonid with 135. Sharl with Silver Hand comes in second at 130. Harid, Monica, and Black are tied for third at 124.

I'm mildly offended that Monica has less Charm than Muse. Leonid having highest charm is amazing, though, and makes it even more fun for him to be in the harem party.

Notably, Trucks has a charm of 19 which is fairly high, especially considering he's a fat guy with a mustache. His speed is also huge, too, which is cool. The other characters I think are hot have some of the lowest charms -- Tiberius is 14, Herman is 12, Wod is 13, and Boston is 9 lmao. Bai Meinyan has the lowest, at 8. (Charm is only used for seduction chance, so it's completely an 'attractiveness' factor.)

Nora is very powerful. The highest strength and skill in the game, plus the best making in axe and club level. She's also not bad at Byakko jutsu, though a weapon crown probably suits her well. She also has one of the higher HP makings, too. Overall she's very versatile and powerful when it comes to dealing damage. She also has one of the highest LP in the game, so she can take a lot of damage and deal a lot of damage.

Zhi Lin has great skill and bow making, so she's the most fantastic character with bow. Fairy is the fastest and has great foil making and skill, so it's great for foil stuff. 20 charm, too, which is good. I don't know if that affects stun rate, but if it does, that's great.

Elephant has huge endurance, huge HP growth, and 36 LP. Why does anything have that much LP?! Speed suffers a lot at 7, but in a way, sometimes it's good to be guaranteed to go last, or if you use fixed order formations, speed is irrelevant, so that can easily be overcome. Pretty decent strength and the highest martial arts making, and with martial arts having a healing art, this means Elephant is pretty amazing, too.

Herman has the highest Spirit, which is great, because it means he's the best at inflicting status effects... kind of. Because status effects are also often dependent on your proficiency (so like, shadow sew's effect rate is based on both your bow level and your spirit). Since Herman has 0 making in everything, he'll probably have lower levels in everything in general. But the extra points in Spirit may make up for it. Of course, if you turn him into Black, he'll get better makings. But I like him as Herman :P

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-14 05:30 pm

This game is so weird lol.

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-14 12:52 pm

Also, here's a little update on some Imperial SaGa stuff, since I've been getting a lot done there recently, it seems XD

There's a "combat" event going on right now, which is kinda like a PvP thing, but not really. You register a party for the event, and then you fight other players' parties, but it's AI-controlled. I mean, you control your own party, but the other players are AI. But the setups are what other people have, and this is the only way to fight other characters in the game, so it's pretty interesting.

Anyway, I ran into this team that was just six Aisha (the commander was Aisha, too). I said this on Facebook, but in the current event, all Romancing SaGa (including Minstrel Song) characters get +10 to every stat (which is a LOT).

My battle party has a character each from Romancing SaGa 2, Romancing SaGa 3, SaGa Frontier, SaGa Frontier 2, Emperors SaGa, and SaGa Scarlet Grace. Every game represented in Imperial SaGa except Romancing SaGa or its remake lmao. The few 'alternates' I have seem to mostly be from RSG2 (there's more RSG2 than anything in this game, it seems), though I do have a Hawke (SFC version), but he's not even fully trained, and I screwed him up so I need to redo him anyway. And he kinda sucks in general. Which is sad because I love Hawke XD Though PS2 Hawke is a thousand times better so it's NBD.

I also saw someone with a Baldy!Galahad with 76 speed, which is ridiculous. You can even see how the little yellow bar has that huge lighter-colored area -- those are all the points given from modifiers, the darker part is his normal speed. His speed is almost doubled, which is ridiculous. How do they even do it?!

Speed is important in combat events. There are some battle formations that will give you a fixed turn order, and your entire party will move at the speed of the character in a certain position. Once that 'anchor' character acts, the rest of the party will act immediately in the order of the formation.

So normally you only need one character with a good speed, and everyone else's speed can be ignored (as long as you're using one of those formations). But in combat events, those fixed turn order effects don't work, so every character's speed is important.

I got three more gold characters (Bear, Rose, and Ivan) to hit crown. I guess Ivan doesn't really count since he's a story character and will die as soon as I move on.

Rose's stats actually grew pretty well, but I'm really disappointed in Bear. I'm disappointed in Ivan, too, but I don't actually plan on using him unless I have to for some reason.

I've probably explained this like a million times before, but I'll explain again anyway :P

In this game, your characters get stronger by random stat-ups at the end of battle. The entire game is composed of "quests" which are series of battles (they're a little more interesting than just that, but the point is that you have a limited number of battles per quest, and that's the only way to fight battles and train characters).

Each character has a 'crown point,' a limit to the number of quests they can do before they stop getting stat-ups. Once they've participated in that many quests (even if you give up or die on the very first battle of each, so they get 0 stat-ups lol) they will get a crown on their status page, and will never be able to raise stats again. They can still glimmer weapon arts, equip new items, etc., but their base stats will never raise again.

The rate at which your stats grow is highly based on the difficulty ranking of the quests the character embarks on. So you want to try to complete the highest-level quests you can, or else your character will not grow very much before they crown.

Each character also has a set maximum to each of their stats, indicated by the little bars above. If you fill up the whole bar, it means you got the maximum available for that stat. It's not very common, unless you use the growth crystal things, which cost real money (well, you can get them in the game normally, just not very frequently).

Bear is special in that he seems to have a HUGE potential base defense, but I'm really sad that he only reached 70, with all that empty space in his bar...

I did screw up training this crew, though. I was doing rank 10 quests to raise them, but once I accidentally did a rank 9 that I didn't mean to select, and instead of just finishing it, I just ran, without thinking much (I was tired lol) and so they lost out on an entire quest's worth of battles to grow. And then another time, I picked that same rank 9 on accident again, but I competed it that time. And the very first time I took them out, they both died because I was not prepared properly, but they only died on the last battle. But that's about 15 missed opportunities for growth. Granted, they don't grow so rapidly that that would make a HUGE difference, but they'd probably have 3 or 4 extra points across the board each.

You can get 'reset' items in the game, too, which will set your number of battles completed back to 0, but also revert your stats back to their starting positions (which is about halfway of each bar filled up).

What's also annoying is that Rose's most important stat is magic... but that stat is hidden, and I have no idea how it works. It's very clearly a part of the game, because you can boost the stat with equipment, buff spells, formations, but you can't actually see what your current magic stat is. And I have no idea if it grows like the other stats do while you're training or what??? And so it's hard to really know if your mages are any good or not, except through teaching them jutsu and trying to compare them to each other.

A nice thing about magic, though, is that it has 100% accuracy all the time. Weapon arts have an accuracy rating and can miss. You can boost the accuracy to 100, but there's still stuff like the darkness status effect or enemies with some kind of evasion boost. Magic tends to be weaker in general, but you can pretty much unlimitedly boost the power of any art in the game (it just takes a very long time), and you don't have to worry about boosting accuracy (with weapon arts, when you boost power, accuracy drops a bit, and when you boost accuracy, power drops a bit...) so you just have to worry about balancing SP cost (which is not hard).

So anyway, I'm wanting to get more 'mage' characters (one way to tell if a character may have a good magic stat, though, is that characters each have various 'tags' or I guess like classes, stuff like 'male' or 'female,' 'non-human,' 'imperial guard,' stuff like that -- and one of those tags can be 'mage,' so...) to utilize this, but it's annoying because I have no idea how good they'll actually be.

I'm getting closer and closer to upgrading the jutsu facility to rank 10 (the highest rank), which will give me access to the final set of magic arts. I think that will really make mage characters worth using at that point.

Anyway, I also got my first 7-win streak in a combat event :D So that's yay.

Right now I don't have too much to do... I'm just training a bunch of characters I'm going to throw away. To upgrade the facilities, you have to sacrifice characters to them, and they seem to give the facilities much more 'exp' or whatever toward upgrading if they're fully trained when you dump them. So I just have been running through the current low-rank event quest with a party of Leon and a bunch of randos that I can dump. I probably won't have enough to upgrade to rank 10 when I finish all of the characters I have currently, but I'll be very close. Considering I've been playing for like a year now, being close means I'm REALLY CLOSE but also very far lmao. And my blacksmith is still rank 8 lol.

Characters come in a few 'rarity' levels, and the higher this is, the higher starting stats and potential final stats they have, as well as the more quests they can do before they crown. Where I am now, only gold (the rarest-- well, for over a year the rarest) characters are worth adding to my party anymore, in addition to the new 'rainbow' rarity which seems almost impossible to get.

Gold characters are hard enough to get -- there's only a 2% chance of getting a gold character when you get a new character, and you have to save up the premium currency to try for a new character. During certain events, there will be a 50% chance of getting a certain character as your gold character if you get a gold character, and then I think that character has a small chance of being rainbow only during that event period. So it'd be less than 1% chance and only for a specific character at a specific time. Though there's pretty much ALWAYS some rainbow character on promotion at any given moment. Right now it's Ginny.

So basically I wait until I have 3600kr (which is enough to buy 10 new characters, and you get a free 11th if you spend all 3600 at once) and there's an event for a rainbow I want going on at the same time. I went for a rainbow Leon recently (I would easily put two Leons in my party, no questions hahaha) but I did get Bear instead. But he's one of my most useless golds. I may even consider dumping him into a facility or trading him in for gold medals. You can trade charaters in for medals, and only gold and purple characters give you gold medals, and these can be used to buy items from the shop that are only available through gold medals. One of these is a gold character ticket, which lets you hire a character, but it's guaranteed to be gold.

I really wish they'd make an English version of this game because I want other people to be able to play it, plus I'd be able to make another account and play on there XD I mean, I could make a second account on this one but I don't want to manage two accounts lol.

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-14 11:09 am

So, I started playing Trails last night. I was going to play some USg or SGSG but ended up feeling unwell and went to sleep really early lol. But um TRAILLSSSSS

I am really enjoying this game a lotttt so far, though I'm only in the very beginning. I don't think I'm going to do a full-blown play diary for it because there's just... so much dialogue and I'd feel like I'd want to cover it all, but I'll continue to update on my opinions and progress. So it'll be like an almost play diary XD

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-13 03:01 pm

So, I have a huge hankering to play Romancing SaGa 3 recently. I'd have three SaGa games going at once though >_> I'm very slowly chugging along at Scarlet Grace because using the dictionary a lot is giving me a headache lmao. But the game uses lots of weird language.

But yeah I wanna play RSG3 because I keep thinking about it and there's some really cool systems in that game that I miss, but am constantly reminded of from playing these other games :P I guess I'd actually be actively playing four SaGa games, since I still play Imperial SaGa every day, too.

I also got Trails in the Sky thanks to X today, so I'll probably start that, too... I don't know if I'll do a play diary type thing for it or not. Quite possibly, though.

I've done a bit with both Kurt and Leo but don't have enough content for new posts yet. Leo just did a lot of running around and looking at things, but not too much happened (well, one big thing did happen, so maybe I'll go ahead and post?), and Kurt did two subadventures that I covered before in previous scenarios. I think one more, though, and he might have another story scene?

I have a bit of a headache today which is always so much fun lmao.

In Imperial SaGa, I finally got another mage armor thing, so now Rose and Eleanor have one to share. I want a third one, though. But it takes forever to save up all the Valk medal things.

I'm doing not so terrible in the combat event. I can get 6-win streaks kind of a lot now. In the last one, I only got a 6 once.

The current combat event, though, gives a big boost to all characters from Romancing SaGa and Minstrel Song. My six character party actually has characters from six different games: Romancing SaGa 2, Romancing SaGa 3, SaGa Frontier, SaGa Frontier 2, Imperial SaGa, and Emperors SaGa.

That's every game represented currently in Imperial SaGa except the original Romancing and its remake lol. I do have a Hawke (SFC version) in my army but he's terrible and even with +10 to all stats I don't think he'd be that helpful. Plus I screwed up training him and need to restart him anyway.

Um, that's about it I guess XD

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-11 02:26 pm

Well, I ended up reading this whole thing in almost one big marathon. But I got a little tired and distracted near the end and ended up finishing it up this morning. No pressure to anyone else, I realize I'm finishing this way early than anyone else and y'all have lots of things to deal with on your own.

Anyway, I don't have really any as-I-go thoughts since I read it all at once lmao. But I'll answer the little questions at the back of the book, too. Because I'm not good at creating my own talking points. But I'm also terrible at answering these questions, so...

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-11 09:21 am
wawwawa, so I made a phone call today. I called back the psych people like 5 minutes after they called me. It helps if I'm super tired because I don't have time to get scared or something???????? Plus I had been anticipating this so I was a bit braced for it. Everyone had just left for the laundromat so I knew it was the perfect time to make a phone call and just did it.

So now I have a psych appointment. Yay. It's in about a month. It's on a Monday which is good because every appointment I've had has been on a Monday so far. But it's on the 13th, which is the day before V-day, and Dens will probably be sad that I have to leave the day before V-day.

Anyway, I looked up the doctor that the phone person said I was going to have an appointment with, and it's not the hot mustache guy from the psych department lmaoooo. The guy I'm seeing is a baldie, though. To be honest I'd rather see a woman but I've already had enough difficulty getting an appointment in the first place so I can't really afford to be picky. Apparently this guy seems to know a bit about neurological disorders, because on his profile thingy it listed autism and ADD as things he "treats," though they weren't part of his "green list" which are things he apparently has a lot of patients for or something, but those included phobia, anxiety, and depression (I would assume he has more patients with those things because they're much more common) soooo hopefully this is somebody who knows about the things I am dealing with lmao, and hopefully he'll take me a bit more seriously when I say I might be autistic than my regular doctor who dismissed it immediately within like 5 minutes of meeting me.

I love Dr Marlin though and she is very helpful and considerate. I think that the autistic world is something a lot of people just don't know about so I can't really blame her and it's not like it's her specialty or something, and she still suggested I get full neuropsych testing, but the place she referred me to didn't do that, and was kind of rude to me on the phone, and before I even got my insurance, I was looking at things in the network and that place really made me feel uncomfortable so I never ended up going.

But yeah APPOINTMENT. Now I have something else to worry about for another month yayayay

I'm on a higher dosage of Prozac now. I think it's hard to really communicate what is even wrong with me because 1. that is part of what is wrong with me and 2. there is just so much???

And um I looked up this psych dude on those like dr-rating websites and like half the reviews are like 'best ever so wonderful listens to everything and helps so much' and the other half are like 'stole my money wouldn't listen to a single word doesn't care' so it's like... hahahaha. No one really gave any details, so I guess it's better not to really worry about any of it.

I think it's easy to feel like people are not listening to you when you're having difficulty communicating. Dennis has a lot of trouble communicating these days and often feels like I'm not listening or not trying when honestly he's just not making any sense. And I know that a lot of times I don't make any sense when I'm talking to Dr Marlin, especially because I'm trying to explain a lifetime of mental disorder in 15 minutes while having a lot of anxiety about how to explain it, and sometimes it feels like she's not listening. But she is listening, she just has a lot to try to understand and I'm not really helping make it any easier. But I think some people would just get frustrated and accuse the other person of not listening. So I think whenever I hear people say that their doctors are not listening, I immediately give the doctor the benefit of the doubt. Because I think doctors honestly have a very hard job, and everyone describes their problems differently, and most people think that because their problems are obvious and familiar to themselves, that they should be that obvious to someone else when they explain them.

But the problem with this benefit of doubt is that there are doctors who don't listen, and doctors who just go through the motions or are more interested in selling drugs or maintaining regular appointments are not entirely uncommon. There are doctors with biases and doctors with prejudice and doctors who simply don't care. Doctors are just people and they come with all the hideous flaws that all people have. And so it's not unreasonable to think that people's doctors simply don't listen, or are perhaps too proud to consider where they may make mistakes enough, things like that.

Anyway, I'm mostly just rambling because I'm nervous and still trying to calm down from the terror of making a two-minute phone call. I've actually been here clattering around at the keyboard for almost an hour now. I should probably get up and make some coffee and go to the bathroom. Not that I have anything to do. I do want to get back to reading my book though.

I actually ended up spending all of yesterday reading. It's rare that I'm actually able to read without being too distracted (maybe it's the Prozac???) and so I took the opportunity to do nothing but read for the entire day. I did eat a couple times, and took a few breaks to chug away at some grinding I have to do in Imperial SaGa, but other than probably about an hour or two of combined time doing all that, and then writing the unsaga entry before going to bed (the gameplay was done the day before), I was pretty much on the floor with a book the entire day. And I still didn't finish! Well, I read slow. And I'm ALMOST done. Everything is wrapping up in the story already. But I decided to take a little break and ended up writing the unsaga entry, and got too tired by the end to continue reading.

In a way, I was hoping to finish the book before my dad went to the laundromat today, so I could ask him to drop the book off in the return slot (the library is very close to the laundromat), but alas, I did not. But it's not due til tomorrow, and I'll be visiting Dens a day early this week, so I can have him take me when he picks me up (the library is also close to the apartment lol. I can walk there but it's a bit further than the grocery and the weather recently is not great for walking.

I realize I can just renew my loan on the book but I have anxiety about doing that for no reason and I'm quite enjoying it anyway just actually want to finish it. I'll be done well before anyone else in the book club because everyone else is going through stuff right now lol. But it's an interesting story and I'll probably be posting about it soon.

I'm at 95-day streak on KA right now (!!!) so only 5 more days until I get my 100-day badge thingy. I'm going a bit slow in my general progress though because matrices are a lot to wrap your head around. But only the beginning, I think. Once you really start to get it, it makes a lot more sense. But I've been slow to reach that point, because whenever matrices are taught, they're taught very mechanically, and it's very hard to grasp even what the point of them are.

I guess it helps that I understand a bit about the general concept of how computer animation works, even if I don't understand it in detail enough to know the matrix functions going on underneath. But the more I practice manipulating and using matrices the more it's starting to make sense. It really helps to understand that they are a human construct, a tool designed to perform a function, rather than a tool designed to represent and communicate an observed relationship.

OK, I've now taken a shower even (!) and made coffee, so I guess I'll get back to reading, idk. Recently I feel like I can't do anything (what else is new, lol, but I mean it's particularly disabling right now) so it's hard to start anything. I was very lucky that I got into reading when I did yesterday. I'm pretty excited to finish, and even though the book is literally inches (I really overuse 'literally' anymore, something I used to be annoyed when others would do) from my fingers, picking it up and opening it seems... so hard... even though... I want to...

So I guess I'll stop typing here and just... force myself to do it. Which again is easier said than done lol.

OH OH OH but I did want to talk about Civ. I've been playing a lot of Civ 5 recently, because X gifted it to me. We've been playing together, too. I actually have like multiplayer games going with many people right now lol. But anyway... yeah, IDK, I don't have a lot to say, really. I wanted to comment on all the little things that happened but I don't remember any now, and you can see it all by looking through my screencaps on Steam. But there are so many hot leaders lmaoooooooooo. Also I got Tycho Brahe as a scientist which was quite exciting.

Anyway, I guess I don't actually have much to say about that. I'll just go now.

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-11 12:27 am

In our last exciting episode, Kurt and friends adventured into a weird house with weird keys just for the hell of it and ended up taking down a creepy necromancer who had for some unknown reason locked himself in the far back of a basement. And since we passed enough time, we learned that Leon has started to show his own interest in the gauntlet, in a sort of ominous way, and we've gained access to three new cities -- Longshank, Chapa, and Loch Vaan. We traveled around to them to see what's up, and in the Loch Vaan magic shop, the wizard there asked Kurt to take along his apprentice, so we gained a strange-looking new friend.

Today, we're off to Longshank, where there seems to be some hubbub around town.

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-09 11:20 pm

Last time we left off, we had ventured through the Jade Forest and ended up at Sadovos, the same path Mythe had taken Michelle through in order to find Judy's grandfather Josef, to ask him about the gauntlet. In the end, Mythe just popped the gauntlet off in some kind of weird youngster shenanigans we can only imagine, but this time, we have no brave kiddos, so Josef, interested in the power of the gauntlet, decides to tag along on our adventure.

Now, we're going to go back to Gadeira where we started, and embark on the original adventure we saw in the inn, "The Three Keys."

There's an isolated house far from town that used to belong to an aristocrat known for his eccentricities. It seems anymore, the house is abandoned and known as "Monster Manor."

Creepy house full of monsters. Seems like that's definitely worth our time, right?

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-05 03:23 pm

So, when I last left off Scarlet Grace, we had just finished a bunch of stuff in Megdasse, and moved on to the Kei province. It seems to be a desert area, and I have no idea what I should be doing there.

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-03 01:17 am
Sooo I'm on DW now. I'm posting this from there. It goes to lj and it seems everything works yayyyyyyyyy

So I'll be doing everything from DW as home base from now on XD

I need to learn how to mess with the theme because it's not auto-shrinking images based on browser size or whatever so that's bad.

But uh overall DW seems a lot nicer than LJ so... I recommend everyone move here XD If you're not already. It's the same but seems more people and not as dumb and the site works better. Also you can just import your lj so it's pretty much just moving your lj to another site. And you get to pick a new name without paying for it XD


Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-02 06:47 pm

When we last left off, we had traveled to Serin past the Vale of Swords and saw some disturbing activity with the knights, and along the way rescued (and recruited) the bandit Armand.

But as I said before, I am in a hurry to get to Sadovos, so today, we're going to adventure through the Jade Forest to find our way there.

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-02 06:42 pm

Well, I am importing my lj over at dw, so I should have a functioning dw account soon. I'll post again here when it's done, I guess, with a link to my profile if you want to add me there.

It's still in the process of importing (and will probably take a while because I have a LOT of lj entries) but the profile and sticky are at least there:


So feel free to add me there :O And tell me your DW profile names if you have it. Later I'll set it up so that it xposts here, too, so I can just post in one place and have it in both places.


Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-02 01:37 am

I keep forgetting to go to DW and import my lj lolol I guess I'll do it tomorrow. For now I wanna write about my progress in Scarlet Grace.

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Thaao Hanshew
2017-01-01 12:10 am

After our last adventure, we need some kind of break. What a better place to take a place than the Vale of Swords, swarming with undead and hazards galore.

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Thaao Hanshew
2016-12-31 04:46 pm

Welcome back! It hasn't been long since I finished Mythe's story, but I'm already excited to start adventuring with Kurt. Kurt is one of my favorite characters even if his scenario is the most annoying to play, and he was also one of the first characters I ever cleared. Since then, I've never replayed his game (you'll soon see why), so I've forgotten a lot about the story. This game came out more than 10 years ago, after all!

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Thaao Hanshew
2016-12-30 09:59 pm

I'm thinking of moving to DW now because of the whole physical-servers-in-Russia thing and I'm just worried about the future of LJ. I'm not as doom-and-gloom about it and I don't think it's just going to disappear soon, but the future of this site is at least looking unstable, and I'd like to at least have a place where I can back up everything I have here. It's possible to completely import your LJ to DW, right? I'll still xpost and check here as normal, but I just want to have a second place. I'll have to look into it later.

For now, I think I'm going to play UNLIMITED:Saga a bit. Itching to start Kurt story again XD

Oh, and in other news, I did my taxes last night. Now just to wait for January to hit so I can actually file. But it's all ready to go. I'm so glad to have it done. I had been stressing about it for a while. It seems like I might owe less than I had originally planned for (even less than I had expected -- I had expected a certain amount, planned for about 50% more, but it might be as much as 50% less...!)