vilkacis: (Pissed-off musk cat!)
Things that should not happen to anyone when they're heading for work: hearing a "splat" and then having to go back home to clean the bird shit off their jacket.

It's the dumbest thing that's happened to me in months, possibly years.

I had my revenge, though. I had chicken for lunch.

HEY

Mar. 6th, 2013 07:37 pm
vilkacis: (Default)
HEY

EVERYONE

INXILE ARE KICKSTARTING A PLANESCAPE: TORMENT SUCCESSOR-LIKE THINGY

GO TAKE A LOOK

Holy crap!

Jan. 25th, 2013 08:49 pm
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They're making a Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover? An official one? What a thing to come back to! I'm excited, except for the part where I'd have to buy a wii u to play it. Hm.

...anyway: usual vacation stuff. Did anything interesting happen around here in the past couple of weeks?

WEATHER

Dec. 5th, 2012 04:59 pm
vilkacis: (Pissed-off musk cat!)
So once again everyone in the entire country (except me) has spent the previous nine months forgetting that it may snow during the upcoming three, and thus once again we have road chaos.

Well okay there was quite a lot of snow, but out of things I don't want to hear at work, having a coworker walk in and inform us that he took the last bus because as of now they're stopping all bus traffic in the entire city because of the weather? It ranks pretty high on the list. Or low. Whatever.

Oh, and then the bus company didn't update their website to tell people they started running again.

Shit.

Well, at least once I did find a bus and get on it, the ride was free.

...that aside, I like snow. I just wish the rest of the country would stop acting so damn surprised when it shows up.
vilkacis: (MGS: Infinite Ammo)
Magran - The Aedyran name for a goddess of war and fire. Her priests commonly employ firearms and some helped construct the "Godhammer" bomb used to destroy St. Waidwen. Following the Saint's War, she became the most popular faith in Dyrwood. In Aedyr, her symbol is a flame, but in Dyrwood, it is a flaming bomb. Worship of Magran is extensively persecuted in Readceras.


(My emphasis.)

I just can't find the words for how much I'm loving this.

Everyone, please go throw some money at Obsidian while you still can. There's just over 50 hours left!
vilkacis: (Chibi!Train)
Obsidian is doing a kickstarter for a new isometric, Baldur's Gate-styled PC RPG.

Project Eternity will take the central hero, memorable companions and the epic exploration of Baldur’s Gate, add in the fun, intense combat and dungeon diving of Icewind Dale, and tie it all together with the emotional writing and mature thematic exploration of Planescape: Torment.


Looking at their various commentary around the place, I'm feeling pretty hopeful about this one.

Quick, everyone, throw money at them!
vilkacis: (Pissed-off musk cat!)
The stupid fucking birds are back. Let me tell you: there are few things more disturbing to wake up to than having a wild animal in your bedroom flapping all around the place because it managed to get in but can't find the exit. GAH.

It's not just that, either. I remembered to close the window today, and then I found it trying to get in through the closed window!

Seems like it's only around in the mornings, though. I guess it's nice that I don't have to keep it closed all day, but on the other hand... it's kind of the worst possible time to have a bird launch itself through the window and start making a racket.

Sigh. Well, at least it's a small bird, and it is kind of cute when it manages to stay on the right side of the glass...
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Instructions on how to clean my water boiler: follow the instructions on your bottle of water boiler cleaning fluid.

Instructions on my bottle of water boiler cleaning fluid: follow the instructions supplied with your water boiler.

...

They're actively trying to drive me insane now, aren't they.
vilkacis: (Chibi!Train)
...but when I do, it's because Frustrated Journalist Cat occasionally hits a little too close to home.



WHY DO PEOPLE DO SHIT LIKE THIS

WHYYYYYYYY

Huh.

Jul. 9th, 2012 02:18 am
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I'm pretty sure I got approached by a drug dealer today. I was on my way to buy some food, and this guy comes up and tries to be all discreet, asking if I "need" something...

...that ought to teach me not to run around the bad parts middle of town at night in broad daylight... wait.

Actually, there are some parts that are said to have Illegal Shit Going Down, but I've been passing by here for years and it's the first time I've ever seen anything suspicious.
vilkacis: (Chibi!Train)
A lot of it is responsibilities, bills and boring shit, but there are some good spots too.

"Hmm, do I want to make Food A or Food B? I feel like both."

"..."

"Hey, I just realized that I'm an adult now, and if I decide to make half of each, no one can tell me otherwise!"
vilkacis: (MARASPIN)
So apparently the new one is actually for real (unlike the last time someone showed us a blurry photo and told us it was totally real, and I wish I still had that picture but apparently not oh well). This is good news! Apart from the part where it's on the 3ds.

I'm going to hope for something more Nocturne-inspired than Strange Journey-ish, but mostly I'm just going to hope they translate it, and then I'm going to hope I can come up with a way to convince myself getting a 3ds is a good idea because... I don't think there's anything else on it that I actually want.


(...and, oh, man, looking back at that post... I think I may have to make peace with the thought of a proper Suikoden VI never happening.)

Gundammit!

Apr. 21st, 2012 12:48 am
vilkacis: (MGS: Infinite Ammo)
Turns out I've been posting these elsewhere and neglected my actual blog. OOPS time to rectify that.

So over the past week or so, I've been keeping myself busy by converting Mass Effect into Super Robot Wars style sprites.

So here's a tiny Thane shooting a merc in the head.


And a less tiny version.

More under the cut. )


In other news, I've started watching an anime for the first time in years. Mobile Suit Gundam - the original from 1979. This shit is older than I am! And it's actually pretty good, despite the, uh, dated animation. I'm not sure how this happened, but I'm prepared to blame SRW for that, too.
vilkacis: (McDohl - running)
No new douchebaggery to report, but hey, ridiculously powerful armoured cavalry that requires special spears to beat! And something that very closely resembles a Firewind Cannon! Getting into familiar territory now. Soul Eater level 3, fuck yeah.
vilkacis: (McDohl - running)
Song Jiang advanced, wine cup in hand, and said apologetically: "I'm here in this marsh only temporarily, just waiting for an imperial amnesty so that I can repay our country with my utmost loyalty and strength. I'm not covetous, I don't like killing, and I never perform unrighteous or unchivalrous deeds. I devoutly hope you will sympathize with me, Inspector, and join me in acting in Heaven's behalf."


Only a few paragraphs later, one of his underlings:

"There's one more thing I must tell you. We ran into a party of merchants on the way. I dressed in your armour and smeared my face. Using your name, I robbed them. By now the Eastern Capital must have sent out notices for your arrest."

"You've harmed me grievously, cousin!"

Chao Gai and Song Jiang offered words of apology. "If we hadn't done that, Inspector, would you have been willing to join us?"


...chivalrous and righteous behaviour in ancient China, tl;dr version:

"Fuck you, we've framed you for robbery."

"wat"

"But we're telling you we're very sorry, so you're not allowed to be mad at us."

"wat"

"trufax"

"Fuck."

Welp

Mar. 14th, 2012 07:33 am
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Brian Fargo seeking Kickstarter funding for Wasteland 2.

We’re going back to the original and building from there. No first person shooter, we’re going top down so you get a tactical feel for the situation. And we’re not ditching the party play to turn it into some hack-and-slash bloodfest. It’s turn based, tactical, with a storyline that will be deeper and broader.

We’re determined to keep the gritty, grim and satirical writing. We’re going to pitch those moral dilemmas at you. You’re going to be faced with the consequences of your actions.


(Wait, did you just say "turn based tactical RPG" in 2012?)

Honestly a lot more excited about this than Schafer's "we don't have a plan but give us money and we'll get on that" project.

Will have to throw some money at this.
vilkacis: (Default)
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been playing one of my most anticipated games since... I forget.

I am of course talking about Devil Survivor 2, the same-but-more-and-better sequel to a game I enjoyed.

HaVE a nICE daY )

All in all, recommended if you like SRPGs, JRPGs, the usual weird shit SMT-related games tend to pull, or (better yet) a combination thereof. There's no need to play the first one before it, either; the stories are completely separate.
vilkacis: (McDohl - running)
Slowly, slowly making progress on Outlaws of the Marsh - I'm ~1200 pages in now, so at least I'm more than halfway done.

It's fascinating. Not because the protagonists are not getting any more likeable, mind - in fact they're probably getting worse. For instance, I've just passed a section where:

Dai said that Chao Gai and Song Jiang were chivalrous and charitable, doing only what was morally right, never harming faithful officers of the emperor, noble-hearted men, filial sons, righteous husbands or chaste wives.


Only a few pages earlier, Song Jiang's representatives murder a small child in order to get a man to join them - because he knows he'd be blamed and has nowhere else to go. Now, the victim of this little "prank" is actually quite pissed and refuses to join if they keep the killer around, but then later on they make him apologize and it's all well I suppose that's fine then. Though, this is a setting where "kill him and his entire family" is apparently considered a perfectly acceptable punishment for... well, anything that pisses you off, really.

It's taken 1000+ pages before we got any female fighters joining the band, and one of them is promptly married off to a rapist. (Actually, we're only shown how he almost rapes a woman, but some other guy saves her because she's married to someone he needs to impress. (Not because rape is wrong or anything, mind you.))

Black Whirlwind is generally an absolute fucker who at one point (and possibly more) has to be ordered to stop killing civilians.

The more I read, the more these people seem to act like RPG characters. Nameless NPCs are utterly disposable and no one bats an eye if you kill some random dude in the street. (It's technically against the law and people do get punished for it, but to go back to the RPG terms, it tends to happen when you're a level 1 scrub and after that you get busted out of jail, recruited to join the party and start gaining levels, preferably by killing random dudes in the street.) None of this shit would be out of place in a D&D campaign, especially not one of the OMG Chaotic Neutral So Edgy ones. Well, apart from the rape. RPG characters don't do that. Much. Unless you're playing FATAL.

Well, at least we're getting to the part where they seem to be starting to bring up the whole "stars of heaven and earth" thing a bit more.

Oof.

Jan. 26th, 2012 06:09 am
vilkacis: (MGS: Infinite Ammo)
Finally finished SRW J. It was fun. Giant robot-ness aside, it was a bit on the easy side (don't remember dying even once, and it lacks the "skill point" feature of the OG games where you can accomplish certain tasks in order to ramp up the difficulty), but a nice little SRPG. You get to pick your protagonist (male or female, with different personalities) and your mech (shooty, punchy or somewhere in between, with a fourth one unlocked if you beat the game with all three original ones). There are several route splits as well, so it should be good for at least two playthroughs, and it lets you continue with your money and upgrades from the previous run so you can blow through it pretty quickly if you feel like it - but it also unlocks an option to upgrade enemies as well, but I don't know how hard that makes it yet.

I'm not familiar enough with the original shows to say much about the story, but it's a big crossover mess and tends to ramble on (there is a lot of dialogue), which may or may not be a good thing, but I rather like that rambling mess.

It's probably easier to find it pre-patched, but if not, the English patch can be found here.


Also, after all that, I found this rather enjoyable. It's a collection of random mostly mecha-related clips with wildly (in)appropriate music or other audio over them - pretty funny in places.
vilkacis: (McDohl - running)
I'm reading Outlaws of the Marsh again (got distracted last time and didn't finish).

It's starting to dawn on me that the "heroes" are not nice people at all.

Initially it seemed like most of the murdering could at least be somewhat excused, but here we have goodies like a guy not just killing the people who were trying to get him jailed and killed, but killing all their servants and children as well! Here's the police report on the case.

Cut for length (and also murder) )

...I'm quite happy the burning and murdering in the Suikodens is generally carried out by the side I'm not supposed to be rooting for.

Hmm.

Dec. 15th, 2011 10:44 pm
vilkacis: (I totally get high.)
I've never been very interested in the fandom aspect of media outside gaming.

Random thought: one of the draws of game-related fanfic over other kinds may be that it's relatively easy to find fic that matches the quality of the original writing.

...or surpasses it.

Hmm.
vilkacis: (Pissed-off musk cat!)
Too bad the situation isn't.

Breeding farms in Indonesia are being used to launder illegally caught wildlife, finds a new study published in the journal Biological Conservation.

The research is based on surveys of traders who supply the market for green pythons (Morelia viridis), a non-venomous snake popular in the pet trade for its many color forms. The authors — Jessica Lyons and Daniel Natusch of the University of New South Wales — tracked pythons from their point of capture in Indonesian New Guinea and Maluku to breeding farms in Jakarta where the snakes are exported for the pet trade as "captive-bred". They found that 80 percent of snakes exported annually from Indonesia are illegally wild-caught, revealing high levels of fraud in Indonesia's reptile export market.

http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1120-python_laundering.html

Blech.

damn it

Nov. 21st, 2011 03:26 am
vilkacis: (Pissed-off musk cat!)
Why, self, do you suddenly find yourself on wikipedia researching roof building techniques? The detail of what kind of roof the rain is falling on is utterly irrelevant to the scene at hand. Could you please go back to thinking about the characters?

...what do you mean, "no"?

...

Oh, fuck this shit, I'm going to bed.