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Celestial Healer wrote:
In other words, sorry to anyone I've been neglecting.

indeed we gotta hang out. Does the beginning of October sound good? Before comic con madness?


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It's on comixology? rushes to buy


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Wow. This really, really isn't the movie for you then.


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Bitter Thorn wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
I hope both of your days improve, and the same for anyone else having a bad day.
+1

It seems positive waves were all I needed.

Found the keys when I went home. Wife excitedly shared with me the news that she HAS A JOB INTERVIEW TOMORROW FOR BANK OF AMERICA IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN- BROOKLYN'S FINANCIAL CAPITAL.

So yeah. Excited.


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Quirel wrote:
Hama wrote:
One mech. And it was far away.

One mech. And it was far inside the blast radius.

Went and saw the movie with engineering buddies, and we had a whole lot of fun with that scene.

Freehold DM wrote:

anti ship ballistic missile into a populated area.

This is why you will never be president.

There's a number of reasons why I'll never be president, but this is not one of them.

1:An ASBM has a conventional warhead. Next time I mention a weapon system that you've never heard of, consult wikipedia instead of assuming it's nuclear.
2:The whole point is to catch the Kaiju before they make landfall. You wouldn't be firing into a populated area.
3:If your early warning system is good enough, any place a kaiju makes landfall can be considered unpopulated. Everyone is either dead, in shelter, or running away.
4:If you are really, really squeamish about collateral damage, fill the warheads with concrete and let kinetic energy do the job. But in that case, why are you using Jaegers in the first place?

Dazylar wrote:

Quirel, I don't think this movie was aimed at you.

...and doubt that the next movie will be...

It mostly boils down to one question: How much idiot plot am I going to have to excuse for the sake of drama? If none, I'll enjoy the movie as much as the rest of y'all. Otherwise, I'll be picking the movie apart with friends and having a ton of fun doing it.

not once did I mention the word nuclear. That was your assumption, not mine. I am well aware of what an ASBM can do despite the fact that I am not an engineer.

That said, a movie about missiles fired by a guy thousands of miles away from a target is the plot of a rather boring video game (see missile command), not a movie I would want to sit through. Stick with physics demos and the occasional episode of Mythbusters, engineer, I'll be watching giant robots punch monsters and have fun while doing it. Snickering from the peanut gallery will be ignored at first, followed by a demonstration of popcorn ballistics if it continues.


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Quirel wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Quirel wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
And my hope for awesome stand alone movies continues to dwindle :(

Doesn't have to be a rehash of the original. This time around, maybe the humans will fight intelligently and deploy submarines and surface ships instead of Hasbro toys.

they explained why this was a bad idea in the first few minutes of the first movie.

Yeah, think I remember that. Something about how kaiju are magically immune to everything but giant robot fists. Or maybe the world just forgot about all its heavy ordnance, up to and including anti-ship ballistic missiles.

Here's the thing: I'm more than willing to suspend disbelief, but it takes some effort on the part of the writers and director. I'm willing to believe that conventional weapons couldn't bring down the kaiju, just don't establish that fact by having F-22s strafe so close that they crash into the beast. I'm willing to believe that the characters are reasonably intelligent, but only if they don't pull off stunts like leaving a mech's energy cannon online while training the pilots on the Drift controls.

It was a great popcorn flick and all, but I'm going to agree with the thread's title. del Toro dropped At the Mountains of Madness for this?

Hama wrote:
yeah. It took them forever to bring even one down, and nuking would make earth uninhabitable.

Like I said, maybe this time the characters will fight intelligently and not employ Hollywood tactics.

Hama wrote:
Let's not even mention that category 5 kaiju survived a nuke. underwater.
So did the mechs. Ladies and gentlemen, the laws of physics were out for lunch.

anti ship ballistic missile into a populated area.

This is why you will never be president.


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Can't link to stuff as I am posting from phone.

I'm old school. It doesn't get much better than bubblegum crisis music. While bubblegum crash has the occasional good song, it doesn't get better than the original. Also, do not listen to the dub. I implore you.

Giant robot music is also a staple of my ear's diet. Dangaio's opening theme and overall theme music is perfect. PERFECT. There is a recent take on the Combattler V opening that is good, along with a music video for a semi unrelated song that is breathtaking. Just YouTube Combattler V 2012 to see what I mean. There is also the soundtrack to the love child of Dangaio, Godannar, which has AMAZING music.

I love true Gundam. But I have to say aside from the opening to Zeta Gundam, the music is lacking. The only good thing to come out of the pretenders is the music of Two Mix, and G Gundam first opening is wonderful. The closing to Gundam X pulls at my heartstrings, for some reason.

But when it comes to robots, anime and music, no series does it better than Macross. Over 30 years of amazing music in every incarnation. While my personal favorite is the music of Macross frontier (I love may'n and Maya Sakamoto!!! Yoko Kanno arranged/composed all of the music, to say nothing of the work Gabriela Robin put in!), the music of Macross 7 with its John Lennonesque main character with his peace and love soundtrack brings my friends together every time- even one who HATES giant robots is a fan. A friend recently went to a concert shelling out major money just to hear two songs by the artist who did the series. I liked only one song from Macross Plus, but it's Yoko Kanno- it's all good stuff. And of course, what would Macross be without the original Super Dimensional Fortress Macross? Lynn Minmays music is amazing even today, Little White Dragon remains a personal favorite, but My Boyfriend is a Pilot is the takeaway hit that was redone in Macross Frontier. But it is the over the top music of Macross 7 that I think has the most crossover appeal. I was originally going to warn everyone off from listening to ENGLISH FIRE!! but I just discovered that it is actually part of the universe- a band on Macross 11 that is managed by *Lynn Kaifun* that claims FIRE BOMBER!! is a rip off of their original music. If you know who that is, I'll give you a million internets.

As I am old school Megumi Hayashibara is a goddess. Listen to almost every Slayers opening ever, along with the music to most 90s harem action anime such as Sorcerer Hunters and Saber Marionette J.

In terms of outliers, I loved the music to Debutante Detective Corps, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and a host of other series I can't think of right now.


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Quirel wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
And my hope for awesome stand alone movies continues to dwindle :(

Doesn't have to be a rehash of the original. This time around, maybe the humans will fight intelligently and deploy submarines and surface ships instead of Hasbro toys.

they explained why this was a bad idea in the first few minutes of the first movie.


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Cr500cricket wrote:
I'm being initiated into firefly!

:-(


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Aberzombie wrote:

Also - FINALLY watched Pacific Rim!

What an awesome movie! Go Gipsy Danger!

WE ARE GETTING OUR PREQUEL!!

I really hope Puma Real is in it.


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BigDTBone wrote:
Simon Legrande wrote:
Frankly, as a white male, I find the idea of "white privilege" offensive. Especially the damned if you do, damned if you don't thinking behind it.
You're in good company. People who aren't white find the idea offensive too.

While I think white privilege is a thing, I also think the concept is a very crude, unfinshed bludgeon when on such a sensitive topic an obsidian scalpel is needed.


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The 8th Dwarf wrote:

I just find it odd that a company has that level of control over your health....in Australia if you earn a lot you get private insurance and if you are an average person you mix both private and Medicare.

I am very lucky though while my employer is an Evil Bank - us minions and henchpersons get "unlimited" sick leave (I have never had to use it - 2 weeks is the longest I have had off sick at pay) paternity leave 2 weeks, maternity leave 12 weeks.

We also have

Defined diversity policies that are very actively pursued insuring everybody is treated with respect in the workplace.

- we still haven't had a female CEO, yet.

Two weeks paternity leave sounds wonderful. Twelve weeks maternity leave sounds like mothers finally getting the respect they deserve.


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Kryzbyn wrote:

I've seen gameplay footage of Mortal Kombat X.

They tend to get bloody before revealing much, which is funny.
Gore < nudity ftw!

Can't wait.

FINISH HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Rawr! wrote:
Cr500cricket wrote:
First post from my new laptop. Happy birthday to me! :)

Well, happy birthday, fellow birthdian!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAIG!!!!


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Cr500cricket wrote:
First post from my new laptop. Happy birthday to me! :)

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!


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Well said LordSynos. Very well said.


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jemstone wrote:

I want to clarify, since my entry to this thread has sparked some intense conversation, that the player I mention wasn't just coming up with poorly thought-out attempts at Diplomacy roleplay - nor did I expect him to eloquently roleplay out everything that he needed to do in order to make his roll succeed.

He simply walked into towns, said "I lay some trinkets out on a rug" and rolled Diplomacy, expecting them to come walk up to his feet like some Great White Hunter Savior.

He never went out with the group to taverns after finishing tasks set to them by Thrall or Jaina or Tyrande. He never took part in any tests of strength or courage in Orgrimmar. He never did anything in character that could in any way, shape or form be construed as "bridging gaps."

Any of those things would have sufficed for me, as a GM, to let him get some awesome results.

He'd basically roll into town like he was a Stereotypical Catholic Missionary and they were Stereotypical Primitive Savages and expect his dice to win him praise and adulation. And when that didn't work, he would get (rather uncharacteristically, honestly) very, very upset about it. Red in the face upset.

Because he had a High Diplomacy. And that should have been sufficient.

i see.

I can see how that would have been offensive to many, but I also can think of a few ways it would have worked at my table at least. I don't know if I would have invited that guy back.


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Celestial Healer wrote:

I have a dilemma. The lady at the cookie shop wound up giving me two maple-bacon cookies. When I pointed out that I had only ordered one, she allowed me to keep the second one.

Now the dilemma: on one hand, I really should not be eating two maple-bacon cookies on the same day. On the other, maple-bacon cookies are delicious.

rides across Brooklyn Bridge to CH's office


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Kazaan wrote:

Cthulu senpai noticed me =^.^=

No, Cthulu senpai, yamete! ^o^;

YES


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Well.

This is a humbling top.

Because no, I don't call this a bagel.


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The problem with contraband and smuggling is that it's rarely used for any one thing. It's used for EVERYTHING.


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Wow. Hawaii for a week. Awesome.

Welcome back, Lynora. Your sacred animal is now the DOLPHIN!!!!


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Thanks everyone. *sigh* nothing to do but watch starship troopers now....


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Muad'Dib wrote:

I am partially responsible for the worst PC duo.

My friend and I were playing in a Super Hero game. We created a wrestling tag-team duo who on a goodwill tour of Ukraine back in 1986 got irradiated with chemicals from the Chernobyl disaster and developed super powers.

They decided to "tag-team" up against crime.

The characters had tragically low IQs and drove a monster truck as their super car. The duo arrived on the scene of a crime by leaping the monster truck over (and crushing) a squad of cop cars. Walk-off music blared from the trucks speakers and fireworks shoot out the top of the truck. They brothers jumped out of the vehicle all baby oiled up. After flexing and taunting the enemy one of the brothers jumped into melee while the other went to the corner of the room and begged to be tapped in. "tag me brother!!"

Once tagged they had a few rounds in which they could act together, pummel foes and pulling off combo moves. If there were more than one foe it was considered a "royal rumble".

Like any classic hero they had weaknesses. They were both terrified by folding chairs as the chairs always did double damage when used against them.

We modeled the wrestlers after Randy the macho man Savage and Rick Flair. We each had developed signature moves and never turned down an opportunity to yell in front of a camera and tell kids not to do drugs.

I never laughed so much as a game. We never broke Kayfabe.

It was beyond stupid, but it was fun...

-MD

This is supposed to be the WORST characters ever, not the most awesome!


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Travel safe.


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Two down. Many more to go.


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Rysky wrote:
Odraude wrote:
darkwarriorkarg wrote:
We went from Torag to Erastil dysfunction...
If you want, we can make this about how Iomedae is the epitome of Lawful Stupid now :)
No she's A+~~@#@ Good.. With an appreciation for TranceStep appearantly.

slight leaning towards awful good in my opinion, but I am more concerned about beach ball good with respect to the deities mentioned above. The last thing golarion needs is to turn their good deities into laughably flawed time of troubles FR nonsense.


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Orthos wrote:
LordSynos wrote:

Is it odd that, while they are clearly sci-fi, I categorise such anime as, well, anime, and hence it doesn't compete with TV shows like Firefly in my head?

(Not "doesn't compete" as it "not as good" but as in "apples to oranges")

Nope, works exactly the same for me as well.

all I can say is watch outlaw star.


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LordSynos wrote:

Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and all the Gundam's I've watched to date (mainly Wing, Seed, and Mobile Fighter) have been awesome. Will add Bubblegum, Planetes, Outlaw Star and MOAR GUNDAM! to the list.

Is it odd that, while they are clearly sci-fi, I categorise such anime as, well, anime, and hence it doesn't compete with TV shows like Firefly in my head?

(Not "doesn't compete" as it "not as good" but as in "apples to oranges")

DO NOT WATCH BUBBLEGUM CRISIS 2040.


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And just as people who loved the lion king loved kimba the white lion, you'll love outlaw star.


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And of course, there's always Cowboy Bebop.


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For drier fare, check out Planetes.


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There is also Bubblegum Crisis. It is just awesome, though it is more cyberpunk than scifi.


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LordSynos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
LordSynos wrote:

I never took to Enterprise, but my favourite Star Trek was Voyager, so I'm told my opinion doesn't count. :P

Firefly is still the greatest sci-fi TV show I know of. I have the theme song and the Hero of Canton on my iPod, and listen to them regularly.

*shakes fist in general direction of Fox*

sad sigh

I used to love you, man....

I included "that I know of" for a reason, man. :P Guide me here! :D

Just don't say BSG. It's too late for that now.

it's never too late for BSG...

But since you asked, it's always time for MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM.

Not wing. Not Seed. Not X. Not 00. The original, from the hand of Tomino-o-sensei and company themselves. Parts of it have NOT aged well, but it is an epic. I am interested in doing the hardest of hard core things and enjoying Gundam in chronological order- reading the manga, watching the anime, movies, OVAs, etc as they happened in the universe.


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Female Gnome Ranger 1

It did it again SUPER PERCEPTION!!!

120 + 8 = 128


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Orthos wrote:
The book could basically also be titled "Elves, Sex, and Making Fun of Paladins".

I stopped reading after the "sex" part.

rushes out of thread to buy book


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TOZ wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
It'll grow on ya.
So will Firefly.

Fortunately, I have a creme for that.


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meatrace wrote:

When did we start living in a Judge Dredd comic where the cops have the duty to execute unruly citizens?

It's not "innocence until proven guilty...or you die in which case you probably deserved it you scum."

Couldn't have put it better myself.

The world we live in IS NOT that of Judge Dredd. The cops ARE NOT judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one- they are COPS.

We have had too many people of late die from offenses that they should have been rightfully ticketed or arrested for. Resistance should be futile, but not deadly, not in the ways we have seen it over the past months. Yes, cops put their lives on the line every day. One never knows when something is going to get ugly and potentially life threatening. But the people who have been killed lately presented only a minimal threat at best to the officer that ended up killing them. It would be different if they had a gun, or hell, even a knife. But the idea that they are big black and scary and the white cop is so *utterly helpless* in every way shape and form that they HAVE to shoot the person despite the other non-lethal weapons at their disposal is unacceptable. Forget the loss of life, it's also making THEIR OWN LIVES a living hell. I may not trust cops very much, or even like them, but I know when they fire a gun, they are accountable for each and every bullet they fire- and when they kill someone they end up living with the ramifications of that death for the rest of their own lives. We should not be putting people on the street, entrusting them with lethal weapons, only to have them use them in situations where it isn't warranted and/or break down when they DO have to use them or shoot themselves out of a job. There's something wrong with the way these cops are being trained, and I think the militarization/mechanization of the police force on a large scale is the main problem.


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Tordek Rumnaheim wrote:
Bitter Thorn and I are meeting for lunch today.

PULL BACK A BEER FOR ME!!!!


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Orthos wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
FF VII is a slow burner. The longer it goes on, the deeper the story and characters become, as more of their story unfolds and backstory is revealed.

Admittedly part of the reason VII is not higher on my list is a bit of annoyance at how it's Square's favorite and has gotten so much attention compared to the entire rest of the series. It's gotten more spinoff games than any other FF, its characters show up more often in other media*, it got its own freakin' movie.

But it's not a bad game in any sense of the word, and it does to this day remain Square's best-selling product of all time, even not counting all the spinoffs and pre/sequels. So I'm not surprised they milk it for everything it's worth.

And the SNES era games are getting some love now, between the various remakes and IV getting a sequel. (VI's ending makes it particularly difficult to make a sequel for, as well, which is probably one reason why it's not gotten further attention.**)

That said I consider VI much the same. Especially compared to IV and V, the characters are much deeper, much more developed, their individual stories are more complete and more involved (heck, even the caveman boy gets plot development; the only ones who don't are the two secret characters, really), and the entire plot is more thorough than previous stories, and some to follow as well.

** spoiler omitted **

** spoiler omitted **...

VI REIGNS SUPREME!!!!!!!!!!!!


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LordSynos wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

CUTE!!!!

My mom still laughs at all the times I tried to feed my ears and was disappointed that food wouldn't go in.


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LordSynos wrote:
ebon_fyre wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
LordSynos wrote:

@ Orthos - Is this your first time playing FF VI? It's my second favourite FF, after VII, so good to see (hear/read?) someone enjoying it. :) Never knew that about Gau either, played the whole game without using him. Never real took to his character. Also didn't help that I didn't have a guide. :P

Speaking of guides, I find myself using guides a lot more these days than I would have when I was younger. Possibly a reflection of having less time to commit to games, and figuring things out myself.

0.0

Say wha?

Yeah, you know? Final Fantasy VII? The greatest video computer-game of all time?

;)

No. Nononono.

Baldur's Gate and BG2 remain my favorites.

now for the real fun... :P

Nah, Dark Alliance was the pinnacle of the Baldur's Gate series. Truly, none of the others in the series came close.

** spoiler omitted **

** spoiler omitted **

What? It was fun, I played it with my wife a dozen times. It was fun having a 2 player game.


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LordSynos wrote:
ebon_fyre wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
LordSynos wrote:
Orthos wrote:
I haven't even started on VIII, which I also have on Steam.

And you're better off for it. :P

More seriously, VIII is my least favourite of the pre XI series by a significant margin. It is not a very good FF, and not a very good game at all, in my opinion.

Heh, don't tell Ebon that, it's her favorite.

You mean Ebon is THE ONE PERSON who liked VIII?

Her arrival was foretold.

And FFX, X-2, and XII. I know, I'm a heretic. I have FFVII on Steam but can't seem to get into the story.

I actually found X-2 pretty fun. Could be something to do with my love of the job system. That or girls in constantly changing costumes.

FF VII is a slow burner. The longer it goes on, the deeper the story and characters become, as more of their story unfolds and backstory is revealed.

I need to..*ahem* research...x-2..Yeah, that's it, RESEARCH X-2. In slow motion.


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Mikaze wrote:
The Crusader wrote:
Icyshadow wrote:
I bet someone will complain about this change, even though it was called for.

Challenge Accepted.

I actually liked the fact that all the LG deities were not squeaky clean. I guess we can just keep ironing out all of the wrinkles until they are all the same...

Nothing bland about that.

Except this isn't making them all the same.

It's making Torag actually Good.

There is nothing bland about that unless one buys into the wrongheaded conceit that the only way things can be interesting or have depth is to grimdark them up.

Is long past burnt out on Good being portrayed as "good in name only" in this genre. Like by twenty or so years.

I'm sorry to disagree with you here. I have no problem with Torag being more than a bit of a jerk to his enemies, and I read "scatter" to mean something other and considerably less than "genocide".


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SaGa series 4 life!!!!!

Aaaah! Foaming at the mouth fantacism! Fuungaaaaahhhhhh!


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Orthos wrote:
Also, I never realized just how game-breaking Gau can be in the early part of FF6 if you know what you're doing with Rages and take the time to track down the nicer ones.

I can't believe you didn't know that. I personally think it's so the fight with Ultros in the Operahouse goes well if you didn't level everyone appropriately(Ultros can kill everyone at that point in the game), but Gau is a true beast(LOL). My friend cracks him out every game to give him the Merit Award(may have changed in later version) so he can have the fight ability and then truly turn the game on its' head.


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Just applied for 3 jobs. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Heading back home today. Will post pics later. Great weekend.


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I am post 111111!


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Dear fawtl.

I am drunk.

That is all.

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