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Baldur's Gate Trilogy: Reached the bottom of the Nashkel Mines. I scouted (read: got killed by) the fight on the outside of the mines backdoor, and Mulahey took me a couple attempts (I wound up abusing the fact that hostile NPCs can't target you with a spell they're currently casting if you manage to change maps which causes them to waste their spells, which is why the final boss fights are all in self-contained rooms that can't be escaped from). Nimbul hilariously died instantly to a trap that Imoen had set weeks ago, both real-time and in-game.

Pokemon Crystal Legacy: I really need a pokemon that knows Teleport. Constantly running back to New Bark to heal is kind of boring, but that's the cost of playing a pokemon rebalance hack (the levels were scaled up so for once I'm not complaining about the level curve, the "problem" is just everything has a much better moveset so I actually need to take every battle seriously for a change. If I could get this rebalancing hack with the speedchoice options integrated into it, it would be the definitive version of Crystal)
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Got to the end of Animal Well. Nice short experience, took me a bit over 5 hours. It weirdly pushed right up against my limits of "how was I supposed to figure that out"? With only one small thing I looked up to confirm my theory before trying something that would have been a bit tedious for an experiment

You have to take the mock disk to the alter labeled "mock disk" but I couldn't remember it was called that, the alter just says "M DISK" which I thought maybe meant "magic disk" and was the one I had? But doing that whole run being chased by the ghost cat guy would have been tedious to try if it turned out to not be the solution so I just looked it up to confirm that's what it wanted, and indeed I was correct)



I very conveniently found out about a technique that was pretty necessary at just the right time

you can basically fly with the bubbles by launching one just as you jump off the last one. Probably should have been obvious but I didn't figure it out until my last play session somehow)

. Felt kinda lucky with how the whole playthrough went. But it was a lot of fun and I felt rewarded solving puzzles.

But there's a bunch of collectibles and a few extra achievements, so I plan to just use a guide to finish it off. It's fun but I don't think there's really a strategy for finding all the eggs. I can think of better uses of my time than endlessly wandering the map for the remaining eggs.

Anyway, yeah. Good game, play it.
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Baldur's Gate Trilogy: Largely worked on a bunch of sidequests today to get some magical weapons. And also another suit of Ankheg plate (Jaheira's wearing this set) as well as the "Bardic Chain" that Myr'Cutio wears. Unfortunately I also picked up a couple more reloads - I need charm protection along the coastline in order to invade the sirene caves, and Myr'Cutio killed me on attempt #2 with a confusion spell (attempt #1 was ages ago and it was more to find out if he was susceptible to mundane weapons). Currently up to six reloads. Anyway all of this to say it's time to go to the Bandit Camp.
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KobaBeach wrote: 1 week ago Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sonic Jam) - Sonic (& Tails) has passed. Yeah I think Sonic 3 & Knuckles is the best one (I haven't beat S&K or S3&K on Sonic Jam yet). All emeralds, no savestates.

S3&K > Sonic 2 > Sonic 1 > Sonic CD for me, from best to worst. Though objective arguments on game quality aren't a thing at all most of the time.
Same ranking here, though I will say that CD's US soundtrack is one of my favorites in the series so it has that going for it at least!!
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GenesisJames wrote: 4 days ago Same ranking here, though I will say that CD's US soundtrack is one of my favorites in the series so it has that going for it at least!!
More of a JP CD soundtrack guy (New Jack Swing and Piano House... drool) but some of the US tracks aren't bad either.
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Saw some streamers doing Castlevania games, and that caused me to try Castlevania Legends since I had just updated the Game Boy games on the Switch. This is definitely going to be one of those better than the first but not close to the second kind of deals here after a couple stages. Can already tell.
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Final Fantasy X International - idk why but i was grinding in Mi'ihen.

Very upset that Kimahri seems to be taking the longest to level up. Thankfully you don't need a lot of the sphere grid for normal gameplay, it's just that I want to do Penance and shit lmao
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Bean wrote: 3 days ago Saw some streamers doing Castlevania games, and that caused me to try Castlevania Legends since I had just updated the Game Boy games on the Switch. This is definitely going to be one of those better than the first but not close to the second kind of deals here after a couple stages. Can already tell.
Oh yeah no people don't really like CV Legends, even beyond the complications of shipping Sonia with Dracula (which Konami did again on Lords of Shadow by technicality). KCE Nagoya moment, though I think I heard GBC Azure Dreams is alright.

I want a female Belmont in a good game but. Lmao @ Castlevania getting a new game again. Thank god for Miriam in Bloodstained and to a lesser extent cool gals like Sypha, Carrie and Shanoa.
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KobaBeach wrote: 3 days ago shipping Sonia with Dracula
You mean with Alucard, right? I'm sure that's what you meant but I'm clarifying more for a don't knowing third party that might take it at face value and get grossed out and then even more so at what I'm about to say if not for this disclaimer.

I do find it interesting how every canonical instance of a non-Belmont killing Dracula involves them using his own power against him. In Curse of Darkness, Death says the forgemasters all share that power, and there's another source, I'm pretty sure it's the audio follow-up to SOTN, that says the same for Alucard. Meanwhile, Shanoa's case pretty much speaks for itself.

With that in mind, the thought of Trevor being Alucard's son and all the Belmonts secretly being Tepeses by extension could be what really makes them so special? But for that to "really work" you'd need to make all of Legends canon except Sonia managing to kill Dracula herself because she wouldn't have the DNA for it, and that kind of undermines the point of having a strong heroine like her. nyoro~n
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SiFi270 wrote: 3 days ago You mean with Alucard, right?
Oh yeah oops im sorry, need to play more vania
SiFi270 wrote: 3 days ago I do find it interesting how every canonical instance of a non-Belmont killing Dracula involves them using his own power against him. In Curse of Darkness, Death says the forgemasters all share that power, and there's another source, I'm pretty sure it's the audio follow-up to SOTN, that says the same for Alucard. Meanwhile, Shanoa's case pretty much speaks for itself.

With that in mind, the thought of Trevor being Alucard's son and all the Belmonts secretly being Tepeses by extension could be what really makes them so special? But for that to "really work" you'd need to make all of Legends canon except Sonia managing to kill Dracula herself because she wouldn't have the DNA for it, and that kind of undermines the point of having a strong heroine like her. nyoro~n
I would really like to know who wrote this game's plot tbh. Also I guess that explains why CotM isn't canon bc Nathan is not a Belmont by blood, nor did he use Dracula's power against him. He could just wield the Vampire Killer for some reason.
SiFi270 wrote: 3 days ago I'm sure that's what you meant but I'm clarifying more for a don't knowing third party that might take it at face value and get grossed out and then even more so at what I'm about to say if not for this disclaimer.
To be fair that almost happens in Castlevania 64.

Dracula's just a 10 year old half the time in that game and Carrie becomes his future wife in her bad ending if Vincent eats shit.

Smooth fucking move not killing him for good in the first place Cornell

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Oh it gets worse.
64's chronologically the last game before the original Bram Stoker novel because that's canon too, and it starts with a Dracula that's just hanging around with no one to challenge him, in a castle largely devoid of monsters. Almost as if the bad ending where they kill the wrong Dracula is actually canon, and Malus made Carrie promise to be his bride. By the time of the novel, Dracula has three brides.
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oh that's gore. that's gore of my comfort character (carrie)
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Okay I double checked the book and it describes the brides and none of the descriptions match Carrie. Also come to think of it I don't think calling them "brides" caught on until the second Hammer movie, the book was more vague about what they were to him.
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god if konami kobe made a 10 year old spellcaster in castlevania that is Literally Based on a concept for a dracula bride in bram stokula's draculer (obscure chip cheezum retsupurae reference) i would shit my pants in real time

because i know the bram stoker book is canon due to bloodlines (John Morris, i forget how he and quincy are related to the belmonts)
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KobaBeach wrote: 3 days agothough I think I heard GBC Azure Dreams is alright.
you heard rightly.

I unlocked a new Joker in Balatro last night by forcing an Ankh card to duplicate a polychrome joker, so that's fun (the run died very shortly thereafter, since the duplicated joker really wasn't very strong on its own and I was on a high ante)
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8 Powers - Trying to get past the WATER WORLD boss.

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Even with a guide, collecting all eggs in Animal Well is kind of a pain. The best-looking text guide with images I found on Google, I spent all this time cross-referencing on paper to write out the eggs I was missing based off their grid system, then started trying to actually use the guide and the eggs so be labelled completely wrong? Like it'd say "egg 3C is here on the map" and I'd go there and it was an egg I already collected, even though 3C was labelled as a completely different egg in their grid at the top.

So I moved onto YouTube videos, there's a couple that show them all but one seems to be in completely random order and the other is alphabetized. Rather than showing in an order that would make sense to grab them. The game hasn't been out long so I guess they were just trying to be first to show them all, and someday there will be better guides. But for now it ain't easy sailing! On top of that, some eggs require optional items to get, some optional items require other optional items that require doing something on the other side of the map, etc.

The map isn't particularly easy to read, sometimes it looks like 2 areas connect but they don't, or it's a 1-way connection and you can't go that way in reverse. You end up doing a lot of platforming challenges over again. There's a few vertical shafts in the game that have various connections to different rooms, and you may only be able to access from a specific room. There's also warp pipe type things in the game that can take you from one end of the map to another, so even though an egg is technically in one room on the map, you access it from the other end of the map.

I figured it'd be a chill thing I could do while listening to podcasts but I'm spending so much time cross-referencing my list of eggs to collect, items to collect, routing myself around, trying to remember how to get some platforms to move another way, or access a specific room, it's actually requiring some brainwork.
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Adding to the NSO games along with Castlevania Legends, I booted up the N64 one. Wave Race didn't click, but of all things, Pokémon Puzzle League is since it's Tetris Attack in style as well as Sin & Punishment. Kind of weird that last one didn't make it stateside since it has English VA, but I guess that was in a more family-friendly era for Nintendo.
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Super Mario Bros. - I beat Deluxe! And it's probably the only version where I'll bother with Beetle Mode, so that should hopefully go a lot faster too. And then with Challenge Mode I think I'll only go for the coins and eggs, since the score thing is already enough of a pain in 1-1.
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Ashan wrote: 2 days ago The game hasn't been out long so I guess they were just trying to be first to show them all, and someday there will be better guides. But for now it ain't easy sailing!
Yeah turns out same day I wrote this someone posted a way better guide than the other ones.


Also turns out

there is a way to fast travel. Or at the very least fast travel to the screen with all the portals which is good enough. I probably never would have figured it out on my own but it's made things way faster. Got all but a couple eggs in a 2.5 hour session.

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Oracle of Ages Randomizer: Another seed in the done pile. This one I had to look up the spoiler log for, since the item flag I needed to follow up on (Goronade) was hidden by an item flag I couldn't actually do anything else with (Old Mermaid Key) - I had the former and forgot because the menu only shows the latter if you have both. tl;dr: use a damned tracker.

Baldur's Gate Trilogy: Bandit Camp cleared out, time to begin the interminable march through the Cloakwood. I actually ate a reload that wasn't due to player death this time - on the first attempt an NPC that I needed/wanted kept alive got caught in my opening fireball.
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