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Letters From the Void


End One Path, Resume Another

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 27 2014 · 71 views

Well, I did the thing that one guy suggested near the end of Chapter 6, which took me into the "short ending."  That's as vague as I have to be without spoiling it.  It wasn't all too difficult, I think...but, then again, I have been playing on Easy for a while. :P This ending does seem pretty open-ended, but there's still a sense of accomplishment.  Plus, now I can have Agnes wear her vestal garb all the time!  Worth it.
The save file then spit me back into Chapter 6, so now I'm going around doing all the new sub-quests before ending the chapter the proper way.  I've seen enough online to know that it's going to be one long haul to the true end, but I shall not waver!
...Although I might take a bit of a break once I get the Steins;Gate visual novel which I think is allowed since they have the same writer but I digress
Also I finally tried out Conjurer.  Good gosh it's amazing.  Once you get Steady MP Recover, that combined with MP After Battle (or whatever it was called) removes any worry over the MP cost of Invocations, plus once you get your hands on Obliterate you can farm weak enemies like there's no tomorrow!  Plus Edea finally mastered Swordmaster, netting her the Free Lunch ability that nullifies all MP costs for two turns, and doesn't cost any MP or extra BP itself.  Totally broken.  Totally awesome.
But Tiz is still bland.


Turning Point Reached

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 25 2014 · 94 views

After a lengthy side-quest to get the Vampire asterisk, I restored the Earth Crystal and stuff went down.  I won't spoil anything.  I do, however, want to go on record as saying that I was right about who wrote D's Journal!
...It's actually really, really obvious when you read the Enigmatic Writings so I don't deserve that much credit.
It really is a lot easier to get JP now.  I've even managed to master a few Jobs!  Also, I was able to hunt down all the Genomes for Vampire, so I think I'm in pretty good shape going forward.  I'm near the end of Chapter 5, and I can only imagine what waits beyond that, since things are already so...drat, anything I say will be a spoiler at this point...
Anywho.  Whole party is at Lv 62.  Tiz has mastered Performer; Agnes has mastered White Mage and Spiritmaster; and Edea has mastered Spell Fencer.  No Jobs mastered for Ringabel yet, though he is close on Black Mage (Lv 12) since I want to cast Level 6 Black Magic, as well as Vampire (Lv 13) since I used him as my main Genome gatherer.  The complete Job histories are way too long to list now, so I'll just leave it at that.
Current set-up:
-Tiz as Summoner Lv 11 with Singing
-Agnes as Salve-Maker Lv 11 with White Magic
-Ringabel as Black Mage Lv 12 with Vampirism
-Edea as Templar Lv 11 with Sword Magic
All of which will see frequent change as I move forward.  I know I'm going to be getting some more JP for Edea's Dark Knight job soon, at least; everything else is sort of up for grabs.


Inconsistent Spell Naming

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 23 2014 · 83 views

All the spells in Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Bravely Default follow the same pattern: the first tier has a normal name, the second tier ends in -ra, and the third ends in -ga.  Except for Bravely Default's Cure spells.  Those go Cure, Cura, Curada, Curaga.
I certainly have nothing against a fourth tier Cure spell--I'm sure it'll be very helpful, and a precedent for that was set way back in the original Final Fantasy.  Of course, the spells in that game went Cure, Cura, Curaga, Curaja.  You know, consistent with the third tier spell ending in -ga.
But...literally every other spell family in Bravely Default uses -ga for the third tier.  This one stands out, and it's weird, because the first two follow the pattern, then they change, then they use the name that should be third tier for the fourth tier, and...
It bugs me.  Like, is Curada supposed to be a "second and a half tier" or something?  What even is that?
Also I think this game's equivalent of Blue Magic does involve some fourth tier spells ending in -ja, so it's even more inconsistent and arrrrrgh


Tales of Grinding

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 22 2014 · 115 views

I made it through Chapter 3 in Bravely Default.  It wasn't easy.  Still, quite an interesting piece of the story--don't want to reveal too much, but between Tiz's mental state showing signs of deterioration and Edea coming face-to-face with her former master, needless to say it drew me in quite effectively.  I'm starting Chapter 4 now, but I'm still doing terribly, so I've resorted to grinding to gain levels and Job Levels.  Also, something interesting that struck me, but it's spoilers for Chapters 3 and 4!

This isn't really a spoiler, but I actually sat down and read through the Enigmatic Writings in D's Journal finally.  I think I have a theory of who wrote it, and possibly who Ringabel may actually be...
Also I finally got the pun in Edea's name after seeing that both her parents have pun names.  I like her even more now!
So, Job Report:
-Agnes: Currently White Mage Lv 10 with Singing; other Jobs include Freelancer Lv 5, Time Mage Lv 9, Summoner Lv 9, Salve-Maker Lv 9, Performer Lv 9
-Tiz: Currently Salve-Maker Lv 6 with Summoning; other Jobs include Freelancer Lv 2, Monk Lv 2, Black Mage Lv 9, Thief Lv 9, Merchant Lv 9, Time Mage Lv 9, Summoner Lv 9, Red Mage Lv 9
-Ringabel: Currently Spell Fencer Lv 3 with Hunting; other Jobs include Monk Lv 9, Knight Lv 9, Thief Lv 9, Ranger Lv 9, Valkyrie Lv 9, Pirate Lv 3, Ninja Lv 9
-Edea: Currently White Mage Lv 7 with Sword Magic; other Jobs include Freelancer Lv 2, Knight Lv 9, Spell Fencer Lv 9, Valkyrie Lv 9, Red Mage Lv 9, Pirate Lv 9, Swordmaster Lv 9
I think I may keep grinding until Agnes learns White Magic Lv 5, since I kinda really need that...but that could take awhile.  Everyone is Level 51 (except for Ringabel, who dies the most and is stuck at 50), but I'm not sure if that's good or bad at this point in the game.
As for Norende, using my previous tactics and adding in the fact that I spent today driving up to a small anime convention where I gained 20 more villagers, I actually completed reconstruction as I was typing this entry!  I was kinda hoping I would get a special thing, or at the very least a message box telling me I'm done, but oh well.  It's still neat.
I'm beginning spring break now, so hopefully I can clear Bravely Default before the Steins;Gate visual novel releases at the end of the month.  That's going to take most of my attention then.  For now, I'm jut going to grind like heck until I get impatient and try moving on.



Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 17 2014 · 123 views

Hm, now seems like a good time to update y'all on my Bravely Default progress.  Spoiler-free as possible.
Made it to Chapter 2, where I'm finding much irritation, but at least I got the satisfaction of killing that wretched Red Mage in the sub-quest.
Not to mention said quest gave me the first sign that Ringabel isn't a complete son of a brakas!  Character development!  Anything else I'd have to say about him, well...let's not and say we did.
Tiz is...boring?  I mean, all I've seen of him thus far is a set of pretty common Hero tropes.  He's nice.  But...eh.
I like Agnes, though.  She's very driven and dedicated, so I have a lot of respect for her.
Edea's probably my favorite at this point.  She's hot-tempered, but still really friendly and has a strong sense of right and wrong.  Mrgrgr...!
Oh, I should probably mention Airy too, maybe?  I don't find her annoying like some other fairy guides.  She's humorous and helpful, but I don't know that I've seen any actual character yet.  Though, voicing her disapproval of going out of the way rather than just doing the thing with the Water Crystal has earned her a special spot in the "calling out their genre" region of my heart.
On to jobs!
-Agnes is on White Mage Lv 9.  It'll be a while before she reaches Lv 10, it seems...aside from that, she has two levels on Freelancer, but that's all--you gotta have a White Mage, so she's only been in that role.
-Tiz is currently set as Red Mage Lv 4 with level 3 Time Magic as his ability (though I can't purchase the third tier spells yet).  Previous efforts leave him with Summoner Lv 6, Time Mage Lv 7, Black Mage Lv 7, Monk Lv 2, and Freelancer Lv 2 Jobs.  He's primarily functioning as my offensive mage, so I'm changing him around a lot.  Still working on getting it quite right...
-I just got my hands on the Valkyrie asterisk and equipped that on Ringabel, but I have yet to fight any battles with it.  His extra ability going into this is Thievery, which should be pretty effective since he was a Lv 9 Thief.  Prior to that he was a Monk, which advanced to Lv 5 so I could equip him with Knuckle Lore so he could still kick butt as a Thief.  One of my two physical attackers, previously designated as the "agile attacker", though that's clearly out with Valkyrie now.  I didn't want to mess up Edea's set-up!
-Speaking of Edea, when she joined the party, I left her as Freelancer for a while (she made it to Lv 2).  Once we got the Knight asterisk, though, I was sure to give her that so she could learn the Two-Handed support ability.  After equipping that and netting her Knight Lv 7, I switched her to Spell Fencer because, as in Final Fantasy V, a Two-Handed Spellblade/Sword Magic is painful as karzahni.  She's currently sitting at Spell Fencer Lv 8, and I don't imagine I'll be switching her any time soon.
...Well, I have been thinking about spending a little time grinding so that Agnes and Edea can learn some support abilities and commands from other jobs.  Agnes only has Examine and Treat aside from her White Magic--I use both, but letting her get some more Miscellany skills (and the Dungeon Master support skill) might be nice.  As for Edea, I don't think I've used any of her Chivalry commands since changing her to a Spell Fencer.  I'm not sure if I should get her some more Chivalry commands or go for another job...Two-Handed Sword Magic is really all she needs, to be honest.
It's interesting to acquire Jobs by fighting bosses.  Hooray for Megamanning!  Provides some real satisfaction, and eliminates the mixed feelings and, to a degree, plot spoiling that came with Final Fantasy V granting Jobs through Crystal fragments.  Although I'm hoping they go more into what the asterisks actually...are.  The journal just says "semi-precious stones" that grant you Jobs.  But...why?!  I need details!  Though it could end up being something...horrifying...
So anyway.  Norende Village.  Using the internet, some Streetpass, and that glitch from the demo, I currently have 45 villagers!  Even those imposing 99 hr tasks take less than 3 hours to complete!  I've been leaving it on during class and while I'm at work, so I've made a lot of progress on everything, including unlocking all the special moves.  Now I just need to get the hang of customizing them...
Overall, I like the game so far.  I'm at the stage where I want to accumulate a ton of knowledge on it, but, well, even only a quick glance at Final Fantasy Wiki ended up spoiling something for me, and I refuse to let anything else be spoiled!  This is my time to practice patience, I suppose.  I could never get the hang of that Job.


I've Been Reading Too Much Poetry Lately

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 14 2014 · 79 views

These literature classes have me analyzing poems and stuff, which made me want to write a poem.  So I did.  Figured may as well share it, since it's been a while since I've posted...anything, I guess.  Hope you like it.



Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 13 2014 · 93 views

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I bought the thing


Another Technic Proposition

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 08 2014 · 164 views

I was thinking about making some of the more powerful items harder to get.  Rather than just selling them at the shop, I could present them in an auction mode.  Every so often, a new auction would be announced, and a rare/powerful item would be offered at a starting price with players able to place bids to decide who wins it.  Still just a very rough idea--I'm not sure how often these auctions would take place, if they would have time limits, or even what specific items would be restricted to auctions (maybe items currently priced 15,000 or more?).
Any thoughts/suggestions?


I Need To Pay More Attention

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 07 2014 · 93 views

I only just found out that Bravely Default and Steins;Gate share a writer.
Also I somehow missed just how Final Fantasy the game is.
So yeah, I'm playing the Bravely Default demo.  A little late to the party, haven't been able to play it too much yet, but I think it will do nicely.  I'm recognizing a lot of elements from my favorite Final Fantasy games in the battle system even just from this point.  And if it's a Final Fantasy plot spun like Steins;Gate, well...I can't not see that.
On a related note, Square-Enix is conducting a Kingdom Hearts survey--not for the faint of heart (pun!), as it includes such impossible questions as "What is your favorite Kingdom Hearts game?"  I don't know how I made it through.  I can at least say I tried to take it seriously, unlike everyone in the Kingdom Hearts tag on Tumblr.  Good gosh I hate this fandom.
But the survey did propose some possible items they might include in a collector's edition of Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX.  Hopefully they'll actually do that, since I really want a wayfinder now that I know I can get one...


They Told Me I Could Build a Pong MoC

Posted by Pahrak #0579 , Mar 06 2014 · 182 views

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Look at this masterpiece.  I won't be entering it in the contest, though--it wouldn't be fair to the rest of you.

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