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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 05, 2014, 05:41:17 PM »
I decided to get the new Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS. It's a good game. It's just that the 3DS brings pain to my hands.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite Arc
« on: October 02, 2014, 11:04:46 PM »
I'm surprised that some chose the Fantasia arc, especially considering that it just started. I mean seriously, you telling me an arc that just started, that is not even close to completion, already trumps all the development and epic moments that came before it? Calm down people, wait a bit. LOL!

Rickert hype! But seriously, I think it would have been best to leave Fantasia out of the vote until it is at least close to finished.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:02:09 PM »
He, and the task achieved by him are just too grandiose, of such magnitude that it makes any transition to Guts party like going from google earth fully zoomed out to street view. He seems less and less of a dynamic antagonist and more of archetypical super villain, where only others with major super powers can have a glimpse of his vulnerability.
Griffith's conflicting nature was only presented in the Hill of Swords scene and that was many volumes ago, Miura planted a seed there, but so far it only served to ground him a bit more in reality. That whole thing in retrospect seems to be so far away now, that i can't even grasp how much Miura has to thread to connect the dots again. Maybe the first step was done on this episode.

It doesn't matter how many volumes ago the Hill of Swords was though. Everything that was presented in the Hill of Swords is still relevant when understanding who Griffith is. I love the fact that Griffith is an amalgamation and I think because of that he is not invulnerable. Griffith is still really ambiguous, so I think it's way too hard to conclude too much about him still.

Also, I was trying to avoid any spoilers for this episode but couldn't help myself! I can't wait to read the full thing and see how awesome Rickert is.  :badbone:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Looking for some recommended board/card games?
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:21:18 PM »
to me it just seems like there is very little strategy because all of the card piles are exactly the same, and you can see every pile on the table so you just pick which ones are the best compared to the lesser cards that don't reward you with much. I thought I heard the Resident Evil version of Dominion has the piles randomized which sounds more interesting. I'd give it another shot but I don't think I'd spend more money on it again.

The Agricola and Zombicide sound pretty neat, I will definitely look into those!

Even the base game requires quite a bit of strategy. Some of the early presets may not seem like they require much thought, but there are plenty of card combinations that will require a lot of thought and effort to win. Having the card piles be the same is necessary to eliminate an arbitrary level of randomness to the game. However, you can simply make ten randomly distributed card piles if you felt like it.  :slan:

The whole point of the game is to formulate a varied deck of cards full of action cards and good coin cards (with not many victory cards at first). Each game starts off very simple, but as a game goes on you have to decide when it is right to buy victory cards, when to trash cards, when to get defensive cards, when to get attack cards, when to buy coin cards, what action cards are good, etc. Each game requires a different play-style based off the ten cards that are in play.

I have mainly played Dominion with three people. Three person games could be a lot more different than two player games. Obviously Dominion isn't for everyone, but I just wanted to add a little bit more as to why I enjoy Dominion so much. Agricola and Zombicide are super fun too! Hopefully you'll be able to try them out sometime.  :serpico:

Site & Forum News / Re: Karma Unleashed: Give Props or Disapproval for Posts
« on: September 25, 2014, 05:24:22 AM »
If I had been here longer then I certainly would have been obligated to post a lot more "thank you" fluff comments.  :ganishka:

I think the karma system will bring a further incentive to put more effort into each post. Plus it's neat to see one's karma quantified!  :carcus:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How did you find out about Berserk?
« on: September 25, 2014, 04:38:20 AM »
The reason I got into Berserk was because of Dark Souls. After learning that a lot of Miyazaki's inspiration for Dark Souls came from Berserk I knew I had to check it out. I watched the first episode and thought it was pretty cool so I ordered the first volume off Amazon and continued purchasing each one slowly. I still haven't watched anymore of the anime but would like to eventually. It's too hard to pull myself away from the manga though.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Looking for some recommended board/card games?
« on: September 25, 2014, 04:30:06 AM »
I've played a a fair share of Dominion and I have to ask, were you just playing the base game? It's highly unlikely that you would be playing with all of the expansions, but just one or two added expansions really changes up the game. The added cards are incredibly clever and game-changing. I had a lot of fun with Dominion once my friends and I understood what we were doing (which didn't take too long). There's rarely any downtime because turns are normally fast and everyone is always shuffling their discard piles and such. There are eight expansions making it one of the best games to play over and over again because you'll never play the same game twice (unless you created a set of ten kingdom cards that you really liked).

Another favorite of mine is Agricola. This one takes a long time to master and is fairly complex and challenging. Essentially you are a farmer and you have to do various things that farmers do like plow fields, sow crops, fence in livestock, expand your house, feed your family, etc. It would take me way too long to explain how to play it, but it's really fun if you take some time to learn it and have a few friends willing to try it out. Games usually last a decent length of time and you're going to wish that you had a lot more turns because there is so much that needs to be done in order to get a good amount of victory points.

Unlike Dominion or Agricola, Zombicide is a cooperative board game where you and your friends are survivors who are trying to survive in a city full of zombies. You create various scenarios that have different goals that need to be accomplished. It's another sort of complex game with a lot of replay value. Games can last awhile, but probably not quite as long as a game of Agricola.

The setup for Agricola and Zombicide can take awhile because there are a lot of parts to them and the rules are very lengthy. You can technically play both Agricola and Zombicide by yourself too, but I've never really considered it. If you want a really simple, easy to pickup game then you should play Parcheesi if you haven't already. It's a classic and tons of fun too.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite Arc
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:13:08 AM »
Thanks for the quick reply, Walter!

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite Arc
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:40:45 AM »
I tend to lean towards the newer stuff though in general, starting with Millennium Falcon. I feel like that's when the story "truly" begins. I know Miura made a similar comment at the time, and I take it more literally.

Interesting. Do you have a link to that source by any chance?
I sort of agree. A lot has happened to build up to where we are now and I cannot wait to see how the Fantasia arc shapes up to be.

It's near impossible for me to choose a favorite, but my vote will go toward the Black Swordsman arc. I was full of questions the whole way through which kept me wanting more. The ending of volume 1 with the Beherit was the perfect cliffhanger and volume 3 blew me away when the God Hand showed up. Plus, showing Griffith as a human and as Femto was the perfect combination of understanding and wanting to know more. Finally, after reading the Golden Age arc I was able to enjoy the Black Swordsman arc even more. Guts' beginning relationship with Puck was great too.

Speculation Nation / Re: Do you think Casca will be cured soon?
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:01:11 AM »
Could it be possible that Casca would want to be with someone else? Or no one in the romantic sense? I used to think it was revenge vs. NO, but the more I think about it, the more I think that maybe Guts still wants a relationship but Casca does not? At least not the way they used to be.

Who else would Casca want to be with? I think she will inevitably regain clarity and be more mindful of reality. After that happens she will see Guts for who who he is again and most likely form a positive relationship with him. I think we will see her in fighting form once again so she can take on Griffith alongside Guts.

I'm also anticipating setbacks. It probably won't be an easy task for her mental state to get back to 100% and same goes for her physical-self.

Well it's a flashback, so it's bound to progress relatively quickly. And yet ten volumes isn't all that short. Besides, the Golden Age arc didn't feature more character development than the rest of the story.

Whether it's a flashback or not is irrelevant. The aspect of length is fairly subjective, but in terms of why the Golden Age may be seen as more enjoyable is possibly because of the pacing.

As is the rest of the series.

Haha I know, I know.

See what I said in my previous post about not understanding what Berserk is about. Resenting the presence of supernatural elements in a fantasy series seems quite foolish to me.

Foolish to you, but not to those who think the Golden Age is the best. From their perspective, they like the Golden Age more just by the fact that Guts wasn't branded till the ending of that arc. By being branded, it demanded for the story to have demons hunt Guts down for sacrifice. They may not understand what Berserk is truly about, but even if they do understand, they can still like one aspect of the story (where Guts is not yet branded) more than another aspect (Guts being branded).

I don't agree with this statement, but I can maybe think of some reasons for why the story seems to go downhill after the Golden Age. For starters, the Golden Age is about 10 volumes long and the story progresses quickly (you get to see a ton of Guts' life) and so you can see a lot of character development take place. For Casca fans you get to see her in a normal state as opposed to her regressed state. Plus the Golden Age builds up to one of the biggest climaxes in the story (The Eclipse) and so it may be seen as a very well-thought story from start to finish and is full of interesting, exciting, and romantic moments.

On one last note, maybe some see the Golden Age as having less demon fights as a plus to the series. Zodd, Wyald, and the Eclipse are still some of my favorite encounters with apostles when compared to some of the later demon fights and there is a lot more demon-killing later on. Guts having to fight demons all the time may be too exhausting for the reader?

Very impressive! I love the colors used. :beast:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 50
« on: August 19, 2014, 02:39:18 AM »
Good in-depth discussion like always. Lots of funny moments too when talking about the apostles in Falconia.  :ganishka:

I really like The Morning Departure episode when Guts decides to leave the Band of the Falcon. A tense and sad moment for everyone involved. It's a great way to show off Guts' independence and how he has evolved from when he first fought against Griffith.

Is it worth watching Orange Is The New Black?

I'd say it's worth it. I binge-watched both seasons over the span of about two weeks and it kept me wondering how things would play out. I'm looking forward to season 3 when that starts up. There's a lot of good character development and interesting stories that take place.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 336
« on: August 15, 2014, 03:25:16 PM »
Something strange happens in this episode, and I don't quite know what to make of it yet...

Normally when unlikely bouts of chance occur, we attribute them to causality. But seeing Erica, Daiba and Luca drawn together like this -- three people linked by Guts, could this also be causality at work? And if so, to what end?

The flow of causality has typically been in favor of Griffith's ambitions, so perhaps causality is slightly out of whack at the moment. Seeing characters who will probably have a good relationship with Guts forming in Falconia may be the start to some type of resistance against Griffith.

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:26:52 PM »
Gameplay Trailer:
Some screenshots:

Visuals are stunning. Souls-like game play. I wonder what the level design will be like? Demon's Souls is my favorite (Nexus hub with zoned off levels), but Dark Souls was great too.

Character Cove / Re: POLL: Vote for Your 2 Favorite Characters
« on: August 13, 2014, 08:32:23 PM »
Too few of options for so many great characters...  :rakshas:
I voted for Schierke and Void.

Schierke for her strong impact on Guts' group. I usually have a good laugh when she's mocking Isidro or when Ivalera points out her feelings for Guts. Plus I really like her character design.

Void since he is just really interesting and mysterious to me. What he has to say about causality and sacrifices makes him my favorite member of the God Hand. I can't wait to learn more about his story and what type of relationship he has with Skull Knight.

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