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  1. I just started reading this, and I am bit over a quarter in. So far it is quit enjoyable. But it is making me not like women. Anyways has anyone else read this? I should be done with it but by the end of the week so please no spoilers till then thanks. Also the guys suck pretty bad too.

  2. I just finished Jacob de Zoet yesterday, and it was fantastic. It was the first book I've read from this writer. I have to agree with the other commentators about how Mitchell can just create some some pretty out there scenarios for the characters in his story. The last half of the book became a page turner, and I was able to finish it in just four sittings. Also this book has one of the best passages, I have read. Chapter ten, where de Zoet is gardening, just brought a huge grin to my face.

    Any ways I can't wait to start on Cloud Atlas. I already bought it, but I'm a little disappointed that I saw the cover with the movie actors on it. I try to stay in the dark when it comes to any book I read, and having an exact image of what the characters look like or what Hollywood has decided they look like, takes some of the enjoyment of building the images in my mind as i read. Oh well, I'm also bumbed that i wont finish it until some time after the podcast has gone up.

  3. There hasn't been anything good out recently, but the last thing I saw that I would highly recommend to any one who likes anime is Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, or Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. In English. The only simulcast that's been able to hold my attention is Yurumate3Dei, which is a three minute episode dumb little thing.

    I've been wanting to watch A Certain Scientific Rail-gun on the Funanimation website, but they really suck at updating it. It is by far one of the worst for pay streaming experiences I've had. It been in beta for over a year and they still haven't improved it.

    But other then that I've found my self re-watching The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Toradora. I'm enjoying both again .

  4. Wait, wait...


    I didn't know where the door to the lower part was. I even went all the way through Blight Town from the Vally of Drakes up until I hit the locked door to the Depths. I was wondering why all the enemies where facing the wrong way. Must be a bug, you dumb designers. I guess I'm the dumb designer after all. The depth where a joke at the level I was at. And it became my go to place for farming humanity .

  5. There is some thing really satisfying about being high leveled, with a fully upgraded weapon, and going through the early parts of the game just wasting everything in the way. I didn't go into the lower undead burg, until after I got passed Anor Londo. Man the Carpa Daemon stood no chance. Right now even though I can kill any regular enemy with one or two shots, I am still getting killed by just cocky play, where I rush into a battle and get overwhelmed by a mob. It was a big game changer when I learned to dodge and parry properly. I just run around with real light armor and a plus 15 Iaito and plus 5 chaos blade for regular enemys, and a plus 5 Black Knight sword for boss fights.

  6. I got invaded twice, once under the Wyvern Bridge, this one was early on and terrified me because I still did not have a grasp on the mechanics. I quickly died. The next one was in the bottom of Blight Town near the entrance of Quelaags Domain. I was busy with those annoying mosquitoes , and for some reason I did not realize that I was being invaded. The guy stabbed me in the back just as I realized he was there. Man fuck those mosquitoes.

    But I also had my first invasion of another person. This was in Darkroot Garden, in the section with all the stone knights. first I awaken all of the knights and ents, and got them all to follow. The host had just entered this section, and at this point all of the knights and ent agrowed on him. He tried to fight, but was quickly overwhelmed. It didn't help that the knights where casting slow on him.

    Man talk about heart racing gaming experiences. Also I fell real bad bad after this. But i feel bad killing guards in Metal Gear games so meh.

  7. I find that third person action games like Dark Souls, Space Marine, and Darksiders, are much easier and smother with a game pad. When it comes to first person any thing I need M&K. I tried to play Syrim with a wired 360 game pad and could not deal with it. I had to go back to M&K.

    Also most modern PC games work seamlessly with the wired 360 controller, so that is a no brainer if you play enough games.

  8. I haven't been more exiteded to come home and play a game in a long time. It's not that it is hard, it's just that you have to be careful about everything. Most of my deaths where due to the fact that I got a bit cocky, and rushed through a section.

    One time I spent some time going though a part with a minor boss in an area full regular enamys. After taking my time and carefully maneuvering the area, I cleared it out. I justifiably felt like a badass. The path out had a coridor with like five of the weakest guys in the game. Obviously I was a total awesome awesome guy, and these guys where no match for me. But I went in too quickly, and one of them got a hit on me, which staggered me and the rest of them took me out.

    The whole point is that you just have to respect all of the bad guys, even the unimposeing starting guys because they can all do serious damage. And you also don't nesceraly need ultra fast reflexes like in a God of War game on the harder difficulties, but just take your time and watch the enamy for an opening.

    Also, when I got to the entrance of the chapel with the bell. It took like fifteen minutes to take out the four heavily armored knites in there. Just as the last guy died, I heard a ringing, and it took me a second to realize that someone else had roung the bell. In which I exclaimed hell yeah. Everything in this game just makes you feel like you're actually accomplishing something. Even though it is a Video game.

  9. Yeah i tell my self, how much I hate all those dumb mundane activities. Yet, with out even realizing it, I got to the top of the black smith, enchanting and speech trees in Skyrim way before anything else. The time I spent smiting and selling might be equal to all the adventuring i did. And when I look back at it, all that siting in a menu pressing the "r" key and "enter" over and over again was real dumb. But I'll do it again when I go for another play through. sigh

  10. Figure out your chosen weapon's move set and become comfortable with what you can do. (Two-handing prevents you from using a shield, but in most cases will let you do vertical strikes in narrow hallways where your weapon would otherwise clang against the wall.)

    If you find a weapon you like, stick with it. Most are balanced to be viable through to the end game, and most have long and elaborate upgrade paths to go down.

    Carrying a shield is almost essential, and while certain builds that emphasize evasion or parries can be viable, it is generally a way more difficult way to play.

    Don't equip heavy gear unless you specifically want to play a knight, so try to keep encumbrance under half, because run speed and a quick dodge are important.

    If you're using heavy weapons, make sure you wear armor with good poise so you aren't constantly being staggered out of attacks.

    Keep a bow on hand so you can pull enemies away from groups and deal with them one on one. That is a very, very valuable tactic starting out.

    There's three kinds of magic - Miracles, sorcery, and pyromancy.

    Miracles are governed by faith, sorcery by intelligence, and pyromancy purely by upgrades to your pyromancy glove. (Which can make pyromancy extremely powerful, since it doesn't require you investing levels into making it stronger, but failing a couple tricky questlines can lock you out of further pyromancy upgrades.)

    Some priority should go towards upgrading your stamina and health.

    If you find humanities and souls as consumable items, don't activate them until you need them. You don't lose items when you die, only your active stock of humanities and souls.

    Being human lets you summon co-op partners and upgrade bonfires, but also lets you be invaded. (You don't need to be human to invade or be a co-op summon.)

    If you're invaded, asshole people will often try to sprint in close and then dodge roll right past your side and stab you in your back. So control spacing, be aware of what people are trying to do, and be ready to roll out of the way.

    You can carry humanities without being human.

    The more humanities you have, the tougher you are. (Early going though, you're better off spending them to upgrade bonfires, so you can carry more health restore items.)

    Don't hoard souls, spend them so you're not constantly at risk of losing them.

    Certain consumable soul types can be used to upgrade your estus flask, so don't eat those. (I think the bonfire keepers can upgrade your flask? It's been a while since i played.)

    The covenants all tie into the metagame and can dramatically impact how you play, but there's way too much about that to go into, so just start reading wikis.

    The most important rule: Just be careful, take your time. The game isn't that hard, it just requires constant attentiveness and caution.


    I wouldn't necessarily say you need to be a warrior, but I definitely wouldn't recommend thief as a starting class. Knight can also be a good choice, as can pyromancer. Most of the classes can work, but thief is a genuinely difficult one for a new player I think.

    Is the thief hard because of all the parry that one has to do? Or is there something else more horrible I don't know about. Any ways what type of build was the most enjoyable to play as?
  11. 1Q84

    I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "nipponoweirdness" but you might want to check 'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman': the short stories have less of the 'fantasy' element but retain Murakami's style; so the result is better IMO.

    edit: reworded because the original might have sounded agressive.

    If you are looking for some good shorter no fantasy with Murakami's style, you should definitely check out Norwegian Wood.
  12. 1Q84

    As far as being to long. I took a break half way for week, and reread a short book. Dose any have an opinion on take breaks in the middle books either way?

  13. 1Q84

    Wind-Up bird is p. incredible, if that's sitting around unread I'd go for that first.

    I was thinking of making 1Q84 my holiday read, does anyone have any experience with the kindle version? Or rather, is there anything in the text that would make it obviously unsuitable for that.

    The Kindle version is fine. That's where i read it