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Should anyone wonder where I've been... it's on Imzy, mostly. Google Plus' new layout emphasizes flashy videos and big pictures and hides actual conversation, and isn't really as appealing to me as it was when it was just... conversations with the occasional picture at the top.
A few weeks ago, we created That Gaming Forum community on a new social network called Imzy. I thought I’d written about this earlier, but I checked and…I guess not. Imzy is …
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Wow +Brenda Holloway That's the same reason why I left twitch and now hang out at Beam, the user base is not as big, but by the same token people are playing more uncommon games and really interact with each other.

Also I joined Imzy, so far I like the feel of the site, lets hope the gaming community picks up :D
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Some screenies from Hero's Song. Generating a world, and getting cheered on by locals. If you hang around NPCs long enough, they will mention other settlements, dungeons and monster camps -- but they won't yet put them on the map for you.

I hope they do that at some point. Right now, Hero's Song is just wandering aimlessly until a bat one-shots you. The only way to survive in the game right now is to attack from a distance. Health doesn't return naturally so once you get hurt, you stay hurt until a bat kills you.
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I was obsessed with Mike Oldfield and his music when I was a kid.
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I'll always remember: "ONE THIRD???!!!!!"
The party was promptly returned to Waterdeep by Elia, who couldn’t stick around, on account of the fact that she was needed back at Metallic Dragon HQ to help prepare for the new alliance. Th…
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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius remains my main MMO. Wel, it's technically a single player mobile game -- almost all the MMO part is centered around the r/FFBraveExvius community. But it is a pretty compelling community.

Without the community, I wouldn't know how good I'm doing, or how good my team is. When Amarant, one of the villains of Final Fantasy IX, joined the team, I didn't know what he was for. But the community let me know that his particular skills made him a super tank.

So when I was forming a team to go through the current end game content, the Lands of Plenty PRO exploration with three punishing bosses in a row, I made him my main tank, with my Golem Esper backing him up and full of defense materia. And even though my damage units (Cloud of Darkness, Artemios, and Firion) weren't that effective against the physically-resistant Hill Gigas and Ogre, Amarant could turtle up, keep provoking, keep himself healed and cured, and evade and counter the enemy attacks while the rest of the group chipped slowly away at their health.

This morning I finished leveling my Warrior of Light, a more traditional tank, to 80. I've previously had to borrow friend WoLs to take on one of the previous end-game bosses, Intangir, for the essential Full Break ability. Since I could now take that role on myself, I invited a friend Chizuru (a samurai) along for the companion slot. Chizuru shares with Artemios and Cloud of Darkness the Barrage ability, four chained attacks which are devastating against a single opponent.

Intangir hits the group with Meteor at 50% and again at 10%. In addition, he will cast Meteor whenever anyone in the party casts magic (including heals). This does about 5000-7000 points of damage to each party member. Full Break reduces this to about 2500-3000 points. Full Break plus another ability Focus, which boosts magic resistance, reduces it further to about 1500 points -- easily survivable for a few rounds (units typically have between 2000 and 4000 health). Intangir also falls asleep for a turn after he buffs himself at the start of the fight and after 50%, unless he needs to respond to magic by casting Meteor.

The usual fight is to chip away at his health and use a friend unit (usually Vaan) to handle the Full Break and the Focus, eating damage until the healer heals just before the 50% Meteor, and then chain healing (and eating Meteors each turn) until the end of the fight.

With my own Full Break, and an additional Barrage from the friend Chizuru, Intangir died before he even woke up. Passed away in his sleep.

Bad thing, though -- as time goes on, my "A Team" looks more and more like everyone else's "A Team". I'm basically using the units suggested, as I randomly earn them, in the ways everyone else uses them.

When I started playing Brave Exvius, I went with whatever cruddy units the game gave me, not knowing which were good or bad. My team wasn't very good -- but it was very much my team. Now my team is very good, but it looks like everyone else's.

I've lost sight of the game and am now essentially playing with cheat codes. Which, I guess, is pretty much how I played all the actual Final Fantasy games back in the day...

Brave Exvius is about to release a new expansion which will change the recommended units and add more challenging bosses and dungeons. I don't know if I'll be able to take on these new challenges without waiting for the walkthroughs.

I DID do Lands of Plenty the first time without any help, and succeeded. But all my subsequent runs (had to do about eight of them to farm for the necessary components for the event sword) were done according to steps I found on Reddit....
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Spend too much on this game, Isn't as good as Brave Frontier either.
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I TOLD YOU I heard a noise out back!
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No idea who you are but yeah, the buddy system is cool.
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I know I may be forgetting to tag some of the module designers I know to be on G+...

I may be DMing a 5e adventure in the new year. If it happens, I'd love to play something designed by one of the game designers I follow. Has anyone written a 5e, or close enough to be adapted, adventure for level 1 characters? Failing that, would anyone be able to recommend one that isn't one of the standard WotC beginning adventures?

Thanks!

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I haven't written anything yet, but I've been thinking of doing more tabletop RPG stuff in the near future.
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I apologize to the world. I'm sorry, and I hope we don't bomb you or something.
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My whole neighborhood right now I cannot stop some people crying, others trying to accept the fact that it is what it is. However no one is happy. I think I will be going to the nearest pub for a bit of commeseration. God bless you and the rest of the planet that can be adversely affected by this tragic loss.
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Just killing dragons in Hero's Song, as one does.... My game world had died by this point, though, so I had to delete it all and start over.

There are soooo many issues, the game is barely playable now, but I can't wait to see what it becomes.
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Hi! ;-) That is a beautiful bridge; I was inspired to research it. The entire Fair Haven neighborhood has so much history and beauty.
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These wild turkeys did NOT want to be photographed today. #WhyIBikeToWork :-)
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Ever have one of those mornings where you come downstairs and there's a Brachiosaur there?

Before the recent Final Fantasy Tactics event started, Gumi resurrected Final Fantasy VI's Brachiosaur in its Final Fantasy nostalgia-drenched mobile game, Brave Exvius. Sadly, I didn't have enough characters from FF6 to take it on just with them. FF1's Warrior of Light, III's Cloud of Darkness, IX's ubiquitous Garland (he keeps popping up in games!), V's Lenna and Exvius' Artemios stepped up as my "A" team.

They were my "A" team, too -- all fairly rare characters that I was proud to field, as a "F2P" player who had spent no real money to acquire them. (I've since paid some money).

But the dinosaur let loose with Snorts that blew party members out of the battle, Disasters that inflicted everyone with conditions, Meteors that rained from the sky (ironically, I thought), and Ultima that one-shot killed the unprepared. I was forced to cough up some in game currency for a continue once I had the luck to survive until it was close enough to dead that I could kill it quickly once revived.

Having 3/5 of the party snorted away makes things a little tricky. Plus, my party is comprised of physical attackers, and Brach is strong against physical. Weak against ice, I believe.

I had no strong mages. So I was weak. I bought some of the in game currency, Lapis, and pulled a gacha machine's handle a few times until some better units popped out. I got Kefka, the FF6 villain who is the game's current strongest mage. Also: Celes, the FF6 rune knight that can seal an opponent's Ultima. And Cecil, the FF4 paladin who has, apparently, the best limit burst in the game. (I never played FF4. Not sure it was released in the US).

I gotta level them fast, because Ivalice, the world of Final Fantasy Tactics, operates on some slightly different rules, and physical damage teams that were godlike until now once again fall short.

Chained magic attacks are where it's at. Flashbacks to having to learn to coordinate chains with groups in FFXI... I remember which chain you did influenced which limit break the group would end up with, too, so it was something every player eventually had to learn.

And it's the same in Exvius.
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Hello! Brenda! My name is Eldar.Nice to meet you

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I think we were all well aware that agreeing to every dragon demand without negotiation was going to put us in a sticky situation when we got back to the Council. But, they DID grant us full authority, and they're going to have to understand what that means.

As part of my character's backstory, I had gone on the run from Brawnanvil's wrath because I insulted his daughter. So, I'm not going to be explaining to the dwarf why he suddenly has to apologize for his race to a dragon, the sort of dragon he might well want to kill as part of dragonmoot revelries.

Additionally, we don't know why Neverember is OUT and Silverhand is IN with the council. Given the nature of this module, it likely has something to do with which adventuring options we have chosen to pursue to this point, but I doubt either of them will come out and explain it to us. I may have to do some minstrelling at local watering holes to try and find out the real story.
The party wasted little time getting the act together, and none too soon: Turns out Lady Elia had a trick up her sleeve, and that trick was turning into a silver dragon in the fortress court…
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Web developer, bicyclist, gamer, writer, Supra and Celica owner.
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