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Web developer, bicyclist, gamer, writer, Supra and Celica owner.
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Interested in web development, programming, photography, 80s Toyotas, gaming, blogging, bicycling, puns.
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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 don't think it was lost on any of us that we need to intercept another mask bearer. Personally hoping the metallic dragon council can speed us on our way there. It confuses me that they don't see the raising of Tiamat as an immediate threat. In Neverwinter Online, I also don't remember the metallic dragons taking much part in the battle, though I think one showed up to help send Tiamat back into hell once the Thayans and the cultists got her raised.
The party was summoned before the Council of Waterdeep upon their return to…eh…Waterdeep. They had turned Varrum the White over the Council’s “Hospitality Ambassadors”…
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I've started posting my bridge pictures over on Facebook (in the Bridges page I found recently), and just for giggles wondered if any had made it elsewhere on the internet. Yup, Hooksett Chamber of Commerce is using one of my faves. Funny, they don't mention me anywhere...
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Well, I don't mind, I'd just like credit. It's true that I didn't do anything in particular to say NOT to use it, and I like that they thought it was good enough for them to want to help promote the town.
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Gnome Ann's Sky was exactly what I thought it would be, but I clearly wasn't thinking about it all that hard. I was touching down on planets only long enough to recharge the hyperdrive and then continue on, by the end, having done enough trudging on foot through caves to get all the achievements available for trudging on foot through caves, I think. Excuse me, the Journey Milestone for trudging on foot through caves.

When I found out what happens when you follow through the Atlas, or reach the center of the galaxy, I understood that neither of these things were meant to be the goal of the game.

What I really wanted, I think, was a reason to stay in one system, settle down, make a difference in one small part of the big wide universe. Once all the aliens were happy and the bases rebuilt and the planets terraformed, well, maybe then it would be time to move on.

I haven't quit GAS; I've just suspended it while I wait for Hello Games to patch in some more reasons to play.
I gave up on No Man’s Sky even before I got on my suicidal Star Citizen kick. My reasons follow closely to many other’s reasons who fit into what I’m going to call the “midd…
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Well, it's not competing well against Deus Ex, Witcher III or my continued love of EverQuest. Maybe one day I will meet the nome named Ann and her Sky but it is not this day.
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Cat enjoying his new Catrike.
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It's a mystery. I could make a second cat -- a LARGER cat -- from the hair he leaves.
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Nobody said the DM has to be fair. :)
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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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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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Took the trike on its first real ride today, a 35 mile loop to the Massachusetts border and back. My legs felt the burn, but the rest of me feels fine. On an upright bike, my hands would be numb, and my back would be in agony.

If I keep at it, I'll be able to work up to a metric century before riding season ends. Metric this year, imperial century next year.

Got stuck behind tractors pulling racks of tobacco leaves... I should have grabbed a picture. Or a leaf of tobacco -- they were dropping them all over.
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First commute to work on the trike. It was an adventure... because I had to choose paths where my low visibility would not be a problem.
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Thanks for the offer, but that's a helluva commute! LOL
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I knew it all along.
<span>They were down in the White House kitchen eating Popsicles when he asked if he could tell her a secret.</span>
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In all seriousness though, the US does fund and manipulate private and foreign mercenary groups in proxy wars. ISIS was funded and assisted to take down the assad regime by the US.
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No Man's Sky: Finally got that crashed ship I found on a very very inhospitable world back in the sky. I've been going all over trying to find components to fix things and to make a lot more warp cells for the hyperdrive.

SPOILER FROM HERE.

I went to the Atlas and got directions to a wormhole through a black hole that should let me put these rim worlds behind me. On the other side of the hole, stuff gets real.

This ship wasn't that much of an upgrade. A couple improvements, one more cargo slot... I just wanted to make a change.
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+Derrick Whittet I've no doubt it'll get tweaked as the game matures. I don't foresee much though. doesn't seem like there'll be much in the way of "Star Wars" space combat. so hyper-realistic flight control will not be a priority I'm sure. 
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