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Tactician Karina
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  • Seeing as how I've seen you around a little more frequently again lately I hope that's a good sign that things have gotten better for you, and that you're doing better in general.
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    Ebail
    Ebail
    That's fine though, I mean if its stuff you need to get off your chest who cares how long you go on for? You say what you gotta, no matter how much.

    It is good that you brought it up to your manager at least. Even if they can't do anything they know the situation so if it does progress any, well they were given a heads up so they can react. Based on his asking you to hangout, regardless of the context of it, and then avoiding you it definitely sounds like a crush as it seems he avoided you due to rejection. If they were just asking you to hangout as standard friends do, whether annoyed or not by the no, you would typically just go something like "ah well, that's cool, maybe another time then" but in this case it definitely seems like it was something more in his mind. I mean I guess if push comes to shove if he could be persistent about it you could always just say you have a boyfriend or something.

    Which is understandable. Afterall you did tell me in our prior chat you currently had a lot going on. Either way it's not a big deal that you weren't here for it, because it is just nice to see you around in general. But thank you again for that, although I do intend to be no different than how I already am as a normal user here.
    Tactician Karina
    Tactician Karina
    This may sound annoying but, once again, thank you. I've only ever really vented to my parents mostly, and occasionally my brother but sometimes I notice him zoning out when I talk a bit longer. So I try not to drag it on too much lol.

    My dad said the same thing earlier too, that at least it's written down in case anything ever does escalate (hopefully not though, I'd rather avoid a confrontation if possible!). On one hand I do feel slightly bad that he might be hurt and feel rejected, but on the other hand I was busy anyway and he's been rude to me so even if I wasn't busy I don't know what he'd expect my answer to be, a happy affirmative and brush off rude comments and the cold shoulder he gives me? He's so confusing, and well if he gets persistent then I'll say I have boyfriend, like you said. At least he doesn't know any of my offline friends or knows where I live, my co-worker kind of made me a little paranoid today with a joke by saying he could be a stalker, I don't think so but it still nags in my mind a bit.

    I still feel bad about that though, but it's nice hearing (or rather reading lol) that from you.
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    Ebail
    It's not annoying at all, so don't worry about it in the least bit. And of course, you're welcome. That's understandable. It can be a bit tougher to vent to family at times anyways so it would make sense that you try to cut yourself off, especially when you notice someone zoning out a bit.

    Absolutely. It would of course be far better if the situation is totally dropped, and there is never a need for any sort of confrontation. Eh you shouldn't feel that bad about it. I mean we all get rejected at times (well maybe not everyone, but you get my point) it happens. With all the more iffy attitude he'd been giving you later you have no reason to feel bad about rejecting him asking you to hangout. Besides you said yourself you already had plans you couldn't break so. Yeah that boyfriend card could be a good trump card to just hang onto, just in case. I doubt that they are, that other co-worker just made a dumb joke. I wouldn't be too paranoid about that personally, I mean you're smarter than that.

    Ahh, don't worry! There's no reason at all to feel bad about it, really.
    Well, since you requested this from me, I'll just chime in here to tell that I have completed Shadows of Valentia... if you still care. I did enjoy the game, overall, and the dungeon-crawling was well done, IMO, if maybe a bit repetitive in layout design. I can understand why the battle maps are so simple, being a remake of a two-and-half-decade-old game, and that didn't really bother me much, either. Oh, and I only lost two characters in the final map, but did just revive them, anyway, although I did still miss their respective endings in the epilogue as a result. :oops: I finished with the longest total hours played in a Fire Emblem title, so that might indicate how much I enjoyed the game on the whole.
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    Trainer Gabriel
    Trainer Gabriel
    Hrm. I kinda figured you'd try to persuade me to try these games, and if you really insist... maybe I will consider it, if only for you. Though, it looks like the first Persona title is too expensive on Amazon - and I can only find P2 on the PS3, which I don't own - so I would probably just look toward the latter entries, or at least 3/4 (since I do not own a PS4, either). Or I could just stick with Shin Megami Tensei for the reason you mentioned; it does look like I can get some of those for decent prices for the PS2 and 3DS systems. But I have to ask: What is the SMT series about, anyway? Sounds to me like the series involves... summoning demons? o_O And judging by those odd titles, the series really must be trippy games. Also, what else is Persona about, besides attending school and the like? I wouldn't have guessed that dating girls was completely optional itself...

    Don't get me wrong about FE: Three Houses - I was still willing to give it a try, and what you described makes me feel more confident that I will still enjoy the game. Funny story: A few days before the game was released, when I went to a GameStop to buy Pillars of Eternity for XBO, I was asked if I wanted to pre-order any upcoming games displayed on the front counter. The games that interested me the most that caught my eye included Pokémon SwSh, Doom Eternal, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Bloodlines 2... and Fire Emblem: Three Houses. When running through what collectibles were included with the pre-orders, it turned out that GameStop had run out of the House pins that came with TH, so I decided not to go with that. I ended up just pre-purchasing the new Star Wars game, as you may have already noticed. I still don't have a Nintendo Switch yet anyway, but definitely plan to change that soon, given how many games there are for the system that interest me, and will get TH at some point when I do.

    That is true. I'll bet everyone figured out who the "Masked Stranger" really was, lol. That is true, and terribly tragic, about what happened to Rinea, but given that she as well as Alm were able to forgive Berkut for his terrible atrocities, I don't think I would have done it any other way. Well, that's kind of too bad about those villains you mentioned being in games that were never released outside of Japan, but maybe they'll get remakes and then I could experience them myself. I should also mention that I did explore the post-game dungeon in SoV and, after several tries, did also manage to reach the end and defeat the final boss at the bottom, who turned out to be Grima. 0_0

    On another slightly different note, I thought I'd let you know that I bought Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright at my local Retro Game Trader for about $35 (with some store credit for other things I turned in at the same time) two days past, since you did recommend it about a year ago. The reason I choose Fates is, for one, because from what I gather, it's better to play that before Conquest if I plan to play both eventually, and because... well, I'll admit that it's because I had heard about that version having optional grinding to make it easier, just like in Awakening. Go ahead and laugh all you want. I suppose this is also a good time to confess that I never beat FE7 because I struggled to get past a certain chapter that I found too difficult, with no way to grind my units to make it easier. Apparently, I'm still not as good at FE as many other players are. :( (And sorry that this message turned out be so long.)
    Tactician Karina
    Tactician Karina
    Well you don't have to if you don't want, but if you do go for Persona then yeah 3 or 4 is a good start, as well as 5. Just to let you know though, if you do start with 3 there are different versions of it, there's regular P3, P3 FES (is an enhanced release, has additional hours of gameplay and has "The Answer" which is an epilogue), and P3P (portable version of P3, considered both an enhanced and inferior version, has a female protagonist choice with new social links and interactions, introduced a new character named Theodore for the Velvet Room whom you can choose over Elizabeth in the female route, but it removes anime cutscenes and doesn't have "The Answer" and lacks 3D environment and models outside of Tartarus). If you want to try P4, then there's regular P4 and P4 Golden, an enhanced version; it adds Marie, a new character, and has more Persona's and outfits plus anime cutscenes and new social links. SMT is still a great choice for a starting point, my personal favorite is SMT III: Nocturne, but Strange Journey Redux (an enhanced port of the original DS version) and IV are good starting points due to their availability. (actually SMT IV: Apocalypse is another good starting point, also on the 3DS and is an alternate version of IV, a lot of people bash on it but I enjoyed it so much personally)

    As for what they're about: SMT games have post-apocalyptic settings where you do recruit and summons demons, or make new ones with ones you have by fusing them. SMT also focuses on alignments, pretty much you can choose/lean more towards Law, Neutral, Chaos (some installments will have variations though); other games in MegaTen that have it are Devil Survivor, Majin Tensei II, Devil Summoner 2, and Catherine (though this one is a tricky spot whether if it's part of MegaTen or not). (I'll post the Persona descriptions in a second post, it went over the character limit lol)

    Ha I figured you would go for Star Wars. I did get the Three Houses pre-order that came with the pins and other stuff, but it sucks that the expansion pass came out a bit later so I had to buy that one separately.

    I'm hoping for a FE4&5 remake soon tbh, though with Echoes' director saying he wanted to remake Binding Blade first kind of worries me, but still hoping they'll be made so more people will have a chance to try them out (they are amazing). Yeah the final dungeon is brutal, took me several tries too, I'm kind of mixed on Grima being the final boss of it though (and it further muddies the Archanea games lore).

    Birthright is a fine starting point for Fates, especially if you prefer to grind before chapters. Conquest is great for maps though, and it's a bit closer to older FE games. And Revelation is just lol, all three Fates games are bad story wise though as a heads up. Speaking of, you gonna play Revelation after Birthright and Conquest? (it's fine you don't want to, I can always tell you what happens) I'm not gonna laugh at you for playing Birthright first though, I don't at laugh others for playing on the easier difficulties either (I mean they are an option for a reason), Sacred Stones is one of my favorite installments in the series and it's notoriously easy, so don't feel bad. If it makes you feel better, I still lose units from time to time in some installments, like 4, 5, and 10 are still the top entries I'll most likely lose characters in. (which in turn cause me to always restart)
    Tactician Karina
    Tactician Karina
    (I tried to make this one for each game as short and understandable as possible, though you might want to watch a playthrough or read the full plots on the wiki if you're still confused)
    Persona is set in modern (for the time of release at least) Japan, characters in these games have Perosna's that awaken for one reason or another, plot in Persona games heavily vary: Revelations has two story routes to play through, SEBEC route has an alternate version of the town the characters live in and must reverse this process, Snow Queen route is in the real town but it gets frozen due to a mysterious mask (whom anyone has previously worn died, except for one) that Saeko wears after she gets possessed by it, predictably you have to reverse this process too; both Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment directly relate to each other, it's kind of long winded so long story short, in IS Nyarlathotep controls a specific group of people and forms a cult, rumors and wishes come true and Sumaru City becomes part of Xibalba (came about from a certain character's father's writings), defeating Nyarlathotep causes Philemon to reverse the damages but the characters must give up their memories of each other, thus a new timeline is made which leads into EP. In EP (which is a doozy) "Joker" returns but it's a different person, the characters must figure out why "Joker" is attacking others and trying to force them to remember events from the previous game, he wants to bring back The Other Side (previous timeline), at this point new "Joker's" are being made. Tatsuya (protagonist of IS) is the only one to remember the previous timeline, causing a loophole due to him not keeping Philemon's promise (Tatsuya's sin). Essentially you defeat Nyarlathotep again, and Tatsuya finally fulfills his promise and says goodbye, and every one goes about their lives; P3 protagonist joins SEES, long story short humanity has a limited amount of time left and defeating Nyx/Ryoji will cause the characters memories to be wiped thus sparing them knowledge of their impending doom, or choosing to spare him will reverse this through, essentially, the power of friendship after defeating him (yes again lol); P4 is about murders happening around town, and the characters try and find out who is doing it, they go into a TV World (a world inside TV's) looking for clues, solving the case of the murders and who is doing it will make the fog (which would kill all of humanity) disappear; and P5 follows the Phantom Thieves in reforming peoples corrupt hearts, they accomplish this by going to the Metaverse, Mementos, and going into people's Palace's and stealing their treasure, of course the PT's are under suspicion of causing a "shut down" on people's minds, and later on they're framed for murder (there is a traitor among them), you also have to defeat Yaldabaoth to prevent him from controlling humanity (and for context the protagonist was arrested for an assault he didn't do, at the end of the game he gets arrested again but he is found innocent later on). Also, save for the P2 duology, Persona games have multiple possible endings.
    So I'm curious now that you've had a chance to finish a play through of Three Houses what don't you like about it? I haven't finished yet myself but given that I'm at point where they said to me graduation is coming up I figure I'm getting close.
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    Fire Emblem usually uses names that aren't as commonly used (especially in older games), and then the fact that some characters have name changes depending on the region. So I know that feel of autocorrect lol.

    I sometimes go unconventional when it comes to pairing off characters in FE (especially in 4, with the exception of it's automatic couplings), but not pairing off Female Byleth and Dimitri together felt like a sin, imo (though that won't stop me from pairing her with Felix next time, maybe lol). I thought so about Edelgard's siblings, and my bad about the Lysithea spoilers then, I wasn't sure if you've raised any of her supports yet or not. Petra has grown on me more after starting the Black Eagles route, I think she's my favorite girl in this house; and her timeskip design is pretty neat too. This run I might S Hubert (even though his support is kinda hostile to start off!), but I might do the same and make another save when I raise Ferdinand's supports too and see how both compare.

    Like I had a feeling he wasn't actually her brother and reading about it confirmed it for me, though that isn't to say older siblings can't have a large age gap compared to their younger siblings, but with FE I had a feeling they'd pull a twist with it. Linhardt has always been a dedicated healer for my playthroughs, so him backing Hubert's dark magic made sense for me; Dorothea might be a good healer for me too, but I might have her stick with swords, not too sure yet. Got it, I know for this route I'll be doing paralogues more so I don't miss out on backstories. And for me the BL final map and boss was tough (spoilers here), though when I logged on I guess Monstrous Edelgard was a cake walk for others in the video game thread. Though it didn't help that I didn't take the recommended route either (note, go left on the map, I literally went straight though and it didn't help), and there were reinforcements, so that kinda slowed things down a bit. She also has 4 HP pools to go through, and I mainly used Byleth and Dimitri to beat her. So most likely YMMV for this fight, but I would definitely recommend to grind anyway, hard/classic didn't give me much to grind so that does play a part too.

    The relic for Byleth's sword is so great that I think, no matter what class you put him in, that sword will still be used a bit especially for boss fights. And he still gets the sword stat raised regardless that sometimes, it's best to just have him in most sword classes.
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    It just kinda makes me laugh seeing all those names in there and then there I am strolling through the game running my name, Eric. Really feels out of place there.

    Yeah that's how I feel about Edelgard now. Once I beat all 4 routes I probably will just do one final 5th run going with BE and marrying Edelgard to end my game and whatnot. No worries about the spoilers. If I didn't want to be spoiled on anything I'd have no bothered to come and message you about the game. Yeah Huberts B support alone is very hostile too. Like I said though it's tough because BE really seems like on either side they have a lot of units worth making S as opposed to other houses that may have one person. Wish it was as easy as past games where I was like "okay I like Tharja so her." Where I only really saw one unit I felt like making S and usually one you had to recruit in like her or Nyx.

    Yeah that's for sure, my oldest brother is 15 years older than me. See for my Dorothea didn't even go down the heal route, she ended up being a main magic attacker for me, no healing at all. The battle with Edelgard is going to be tough for me because of our run together in the BE route and opting to save her life. It's gonna strike my heart.

    Yeah his sword work is pretty damn good. I always need to at least split him leveling up sword and something else. I gotta say though I'm not sure when I'll even finish the first route. I'm so eh lately and this game isn't really helping for a few reasons. It is great but I might need to put it on the shelf for a while.
    Tactician Karina
    Tactician Karina
    Well there is a boss character in FE6 & 7 with your name, but replace the c with a k. But in Three Houses I can see how it'd be a little out of place lol.

    I kind of want to do both a male and female Byleth pairing with Edelgard, but I'm not sure if I'd ever get around to it, so I might just watch a support of it instead online; but male Byleth does give off a feeling of being a "canon" option with Edelgard (him or Hubert depending on who you ask I guess lol). I just ran into a transcript someone did of Hubert's supports with Byleth, and I just can't get over how hostile he is to them, I mean I get why but it's interesting regardless. I have to agree so far with BE having, pretty much, everyone being S support material, BL is similar with that too imo and for GD, while I like most of them, don't have much stand outs for S supports; exceptions being Claude, Hilda, and Marianne. I had similar feelings for Awakening and Fates too, for each three files there at least was one I want to S support and that's that; and when trying to complete the support log in Awakening was a drag since only three guys to me where best suited for S (Inigo, Gerome, and Lon'qu).

    Oh wow 15 years older huh, that's similar with one of my acquaintances where her older sister is 16 years older; my older brother is only 2 years apart from me though. Dorothea is definitely better as a unit for attacking after getting a little bit farther in, I was gonna have her go healer but it seems RNG had other plans for me in that department. Even in GD route when you fight her it's pretty sad, since Byleth literally strikes her down mid-speech about her wishing Byleth was with her this whole time, so that one might get to you as well whenever you start GD.

    RNG has not let me down with Byleth's sword stat, they're certainly up there for best sword units in the series I'd say with Felix as a tie in. Understandable, I wasn't able to get too far on the first BE route lately since other things irl has been going on (work and family stuff mostly), which is also why I haven't been on too much or at all these couple of days, I might try and get more progress in later tonight though. Hope everything is alright on your end though, and hopefully whatever's making you feel the way you are right now passes soon (those days can be rough/tiring, so I feel ya there).
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    Loving the Famitsu cover for FETH. Probably the best one yet tbh:
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    I've just completed chapter 6 so far, though I haven't promoted too many of my students just yet. So far just Hilda, Leonie, Lorenz, Linhardt (whom I was able to finally recruit), and Byleth. Haven't done that yet with Claude though, might do that around chapter 7 or 8 I think. I was too busy raising Magic and Reason skills at the time. Maybe raise certain skills for whichever characters you want to recruit? If you haven't done so yet that is. I've just been taking my time though, trying to raise my professor level (almost a C rank) and doing quests, so I'm afraid I don't have much tips to give you. Sorry :(

    But yeah the game is great so far. I do get a Persona vibe at times from it (mainly from 5 though), especially the art design. Glad you're loving the game too though!
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    I’ve just got the “thing” from the tomb. I’ve been leveling Magic and Bow to get Mercedes.

    Yeah it’s mainly 5 vibes I get scared of making mistakes so the online feature that shows the popular choices for days off is cool.

    I knew you liked Linhardt before release but I admit I’ve come to like him differently Bae tier. Leonie and Bernadetta have grown in me to.
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    I really should talk more with Bernadetta now that you mentioned her. Her personality and trope is cute tbh, and Leonie has definitely grown more on me now after reading some her supports. So far she's been my MVP on most missions, probably gonna be one of my best units by endgame.
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    I really enjoyed Cadence of Hyrule. It can be difficult (though not as difficult as Crypt of the NecroDancer) if you're not familiar with rhythm games, but it offers fixed beat mode. Hope you enjoy it if you eventually decide in giving it a try!
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    I love rhythm games so no issue on that lol. But I'm hoping it does give me a good challenge, and the fact it features LoZ characters is so cool, gonna get it sometime Sunday after I play a bit of FETH Friday and Saturday first.
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    Great! I found it to be challenging in certain areas.
    Have fun with Houses this weekend! Looking forward to it myself. :)
    Nintendo just took payment for my 3HousesCE T_T it’s almost time
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    It’s the same release day ai think here it just takes longer to get to me as I live in a very remote village but Nintendo are good getting it here on release day 9/10

    I know what you mean I even dusted the wii to play FE yesterday. Hopefully I have the hospital early this week a few days sleep to recover will make it fly in!

    Be thinking of you when I put the cart into the Switch high five

    Grace
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    Hope it'll arrive the day of release then! I'll have to pick mine up from GameStop, but it's worth the drive.

    I actually started a new file on both Sacred Stones and Awakening a couple days ago, I might also replay PoR and/or RD too just to make the week go by faster lol.

    I hope everything is alright and you'll get to leave the hospital soon, wishing and praying for a speedy recovery for you. I'll also be thinking of you when starting Three Houses on Friday! :)
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    I saw that! It’s what made me put batteries in the Wiimote...

    Just to discuss my MRI and meds I’ll be out the same day but thanks for your concern.
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    Yup I know, I posted the same video on the YouTube thread . :)
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    I remember this after I posted sorry >_<

    Hyyype
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    Tactician Karina
    That's alright, at first I thought it was a similar video by a different person until I recognized the thumbnail and YouTuber lol.

    So excited for Three Houses though! Soon in two weeks!
    I am Black Eagles (It is close to my family coat of arms IRL) but I am lucky Mercedes confirmed recruitable. Do you want to play Golden Deer first time round? I admit Claude is suave AF.
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    We get a calendar, artbook, sound selection CD, steelbook, and a pin set (GameStop exclusive only).
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    I was about to rage quit life as I thought we only got the coin and pin set but I doubled checked...

    UK/EU:

    The Limited Edition includes
    Fire Emblem: Three Houses game and SteelBook
    USB Stick containing the soundtrack
    Artbook and a pin badge set of the three houses

    Worth the extra £20 for a change really hope you enjoy it you’ve been getting me so hyped =)

    Do you feel a bit “spoiled” by them revealing the timeskip? I’d rather not have known that personally.
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    I was surprised that the North America SE gets a steelbook tbh since usually it's European SE's that get them, and for the pin set here in the US the SE has to be pre-ordered from GameStop in order to get it, I was lucky to order from them since the House pin set looks so cool. But it's worth paying $100 for it tbh.

    I don't mind honestly, on one hand yeah it would be nice to find that out on our own but on the other hand I get why they showed us the timeskip at E3, most likely to reassure people that "Hey, this game isn't just set in the school so don't worry." Though I had a feeling the game wouldn't be in the school the whole time anyway, but it's nice they are taking cues from GotHW, so that makes me even more excited.
    More earthquakes and aftershocks in SoCal been happening, two happened not too long ago one after the other. Please be safe everyone in the area, people are saying more might happen in the coming days. A 7.1 hit Ridgecrest again few minutes earlier, really felt one here too, had to hold Sweet Pea's cage so it wouldn't fall so I put her cage on the floor close to me, and my cat Shadow is anxious. Again everyone in the area, be safe throughout night and the coming days.
    Ebail
    Ebail
    You stay safe and careful up by yourself too.
    TRNatalie
    TRNatalie
    You stay safe too. We’re all thinking of you.
    Tactician Karina
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    Thank you both, I'm just really worried for the people up in Ridgecrest and areas closer that really got the brunt of it. Hours earlier today they got a 5.5 aftershock, and people have been saying the shakes were even felt as far as Sacramento and Las Vegas, NV. Definitely got things ready over here just in case, called my parents to make sure they are prepared too and my brother as well. Hope this passes soon.
    Timeskip Claude and Dimitri are looking good! Hoping that fourth path leak ends up true and isn't like Fates' Revelations path. Byleth's sword is also apparently a whip, so cool. And apparently no customization of Byleth beyond gender and name? FETH is looking better and better so far, now I'm just waiting on watching the gameplay tomorrow.
    Still kinda salty that Dorothea, Linhardt, Ferdinand, Ashe, Sylvain, and Felix aren't in Golden Deer in FETH. At least I still have my boys Claude, Ignace, and Lorenz (smh people are needlessly dunking on this poor boy) to look forward to.

    Speaking of needlessly dunking on FE characters, let's appreciate Kris (yes I love them, yes I liked New Mystery of the Emblem, nobody can change my mind). Also put them in Heroes damn it! (at least male Kris has Cipher cards..)
    (Art by 南北(なんぼく)on pixiv)
    Hi, how are you Karina? I just checked your profile, and we have one coincidence: we are both of Relaxed nature LOL

    I saw you like SO many series that I just got curious: is Pokémon your favourite?
    Cool avatar!
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    Thanks, though I've been trying to find who the artist of this one is (doesn't help that some have used this one as Twitter profile pics, making harder to find who the artist is). Usually I use official art or my own sketches, but I saw this one on a google search of Joker and couldn't resist!
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    I usually go for official art, too. In case I ever use an avatar I don't know the artist of, I left a message on my bio as a heads up haha. I remember seeing a wolf-like sketch as your avatar. Was it one of your sketches? It was neat! :)
    Well, as you may have noticed, I did finally get back to another playthrough of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, as promised, and beat it a few days ago now, doing Ephraim's route this time. :) I gotta say that the Phantom Ship could get rather frustrating, but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. It was similar to that ship stage from Awakening, as far as I could see, just with fog.

    Overall, I don't know if I have a preference for which route I prefer. And... honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about SS compared to Awakening after all. :/
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    Trainer Gabriel
    Well, when you put it that way, I guess I can see why supports are done on the battlefield (though I can't say I get how that works in-universe). Still, I can't say I like the idea of having the characters meet in the middle of battle so they can converse, instead of doing that at camp, and I never got exactly what supports do in SS and how they benefit the units. Yes, Lyon actually had more layers to his character than the cookie-cutter villains of Awakening. Strange that there are some who don't seem to like his backstory that much. I've heard about there being recruitable characters with the completion of special towers, or whatnot, but I do still would've preferred to be able to recruit Selena during the base campaign by persuading her that she's fighting for the wrong side. I saw her as a victim of her loyalty to her Emperor, who turned out to not be the real Emperor (rather just a shell, as it were), instead of a true enemy, and felt that this was a wasted opportunity for a redemption arc for her character. :/ I guess I've forgotten about Orson being a temporary team member, though; I rather wish I could've redeemed him for similar reasons as Selena, too.

    So that's what I had to do, huh? Since Eirika couldn't recruit Joshua, I guessed I could only do it with a specific character, and I figured it had to have a been a girl who could convince him to join, just not necessarily Natasha. To be honest, I thought I might've had to first recruit Tethys the dancer from the house she's in and have her dance for Joshua, prompting him to join Eirika's band. :ROFLMAO: I'll definitely recruit him next time for sure.

    Indeed, many of the RPGs from Bioware have choices with consequences (however minor) and more than one ending. And in KOTOR's case, it's about choosing to follow the way of the Jedi or the way of the Sith. You'll have a meter next to your character in the character menu - an alignment or karma system, if you will - that will start in the middle (gray zone) and will steadily shift toward the blue (Light) zone or toward the red (Dark) zone, depending on your actions. If you are compassionate and helpful toward people you meet throughout the game, you'll be more in-tune with the Light side of the Force; if you are aggressive towards NPCs or lie/cheat for personal gain, you will succumb to the lure of the Dark side of the Force. The choice is yours and yours alone. ;) (Or, in this case, do whichever you'd like to do first. Lol)
    Tactician Karina
    Tactician Karina
    Someone else on SF forums mentioned it better than I did about how it works in universe, but yeah it's essentially when a group of misfits fight with each other for a while in a army wanting to beat down the bad guy that wronged them in some way, friendships are gonna form into (sometimes) a strong bond. As for why they are there, some have a good payoff of seeing a great convo between two characters and the added bonus of a possible marriage, it's pretty much a bonus for putting in the work. Yeah recruiting Selena the usual way from a regular fight would've been easier, when I first found out how to recruit her a while back ago I was kind of irritated that they made it into an obscure way of obtaining her, but I guess that's the price to pay for a secret recruitable character plus her not having any influence in the game after getting her. :/

    Natasha and Joshua are each others fastest support growth, though their actual conversation is kinda weak. But it's funny for Joshua's recruitment, in English he doesn't attack Natasha, but in the original Japanese version he can attack her. But yeah Joshua doesn't like to fight women but still attack if he needs to, so you'd think you'd be able to recruit him with any female character regardless if he attacks.

    Ah good, as long as I know if I'm going to the Dark Side first I'll love that meter (even though I know some don't like that kind of "help"). I'm very interested to see what the Dark Side ending is so it pretty much prompted to me to try that one first. Definitely gonna start my playthrough tonight.
    Trainer Gabriel
    Trainer Gabriel
    Okay, I guess that makes sense now - by anime standards, anyway. I see, so supports just allow for chats between two characters and... possible marriage? I did not know that SS even had that function (yet another mechanic in SS that Awakening would later feature -_-). Yeah, and it's not so much the fact that I couldn't recruit Selena alone that I'm disappointed, but for development-related reasons for her character that made me wish I could recruit her. I could understand Selena's reasons for doing what she did, after hearing her story, and believed that she deserved a second chance for redemption and to see the truth of the matter for herself... before I had to kill her. :/

    Glad I could be of help there! It will also help that the game will tell you that you have earned points toward either the Light Side or the Dark Side when you select a dialogue choice that shifts your alignment toward either side. And yeah, I guess doing the Dark Side path first sounds like a good plan to me, if you're planning to play both paths back-to-back.

    In case you log in here again to see this profile post before you start the game, I do have one tip for you to consider: when you create your character, there are three starting classes to choose from - Soldier, Scout, Scoundrel. The Soldier, being the most combat-heavy class of the three, would likely be the best starting choice, for being the toughest and most straight-forward. If you do choose that class, you'll want to start by pumping the most attribute points into your Strength and Constitution, followed by Dexterity, to make the most of the class. On the other hand, if you do plan to work towards a Dark Side character, I'd be inclined to say, due to a slight spoiler-related second class you will later choose to become, a Scout or Scoundrel would technically be a better combination for the second class that I would recommend for a DS character, for reasons we can get discuss when you get to that point. I hope I'm making sense here to you; I'm just trying not to give too much away (or maybe you already have an idea of what that second class is about). If you already start before reading this, then let me know what class you chose. Maybe you'll want pointers about the skill-related mechanics before you decide to create your character, anyway.

    Well, I hope you have fun with the game, and that it runs adequately enough on your monitor to enjoy. :)
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