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Tacticslion wrote:

Speaking of,

Tacticslion wrote:
Jeanne d'Arc

I ran into a random battle that is total and utter marlarkey. Just pure, grade-A nonsense.

So the local battles are with dudes what be about ~20-30 in this chapter, give or take. The (not-actually-) random battles are consistently lower level than the average chapter level.
The "random battle" aspect is called "free battle" because you can play the exact same battle freely over-and-over again. So I'll be calling it that.

So a new Free Battle location opened up. It was surprisingly tough! A bunch of powerful creatures and things that were all around level 40! Snap! But I'd leveled well and equipped the best, and made it through. Nice rewards, so I thought I'd go through again. But lo! NOPE! It's an entirely different battle. Now, this isn't uncommon for most games, but this battle has three level fifty creatures. Mind, exactly one of my characters has just made 40, and only because of that last battle. But that's okay. That's fiiiiiiiiiiiiiine, right? NO. I can't even hit the monsters, and if I do, then I do zero damage. The one exception? My archer. Ahah! I can damage them! Three damage at a time!

... and I have a total of thirty rounds to take them down.

... ... and they have more than 1,300 hit points... each.
This is an estimation, as I'm not looking at the battle.

... ... ... hhhhhhhhhhhhhuh.

It's a good thing I'd saved on the main map before even entering the place, instead of just in front of the battle, or I'd have lost my whole game permanently unable to defeat this thing!

I've checked around and it's a well known issue. "Yeah, that second battle type on that place sucks and the rewards aren't worth it, even if you succeed. Ignore it and move on." seems to be the strong general consensus. And if it were that, I would still have gone after it, just to try myself! ... but, no, it's entirely impossible, and I am grossly over-leveled for this part of the game...

maybe you aren't supposed to win those battles?


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I know I am not supposed to wear clothes.


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This explains so much about why Freehold and I are on opposite sides of stuff. Because while I have no fashion sense, I PREFER to wear clothes...unless I'm in the shower.


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Yay, my computer cant make sound....thanks windows update.

F$&%ing sound card issues I f&!~ing swear...


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Tacticslion wrote:

I ran into a random battle that is total and utter marlarkey. Just pure, grade-A nonsense.

So the local battles are with dudes what be about ~20-30...

Did anyone else read this and think that random street battles were just a "Florida thing" and move on?


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NobodysHome: (Teaching Impus Major to drive) Now don't run over that Shiro wannabe.
Impus Major: Yeah. Shiro's hair, but NobodysHome's sense of style. That's really sad...

Ouch!

CORRECTION: "He looks like Shiro, but with the fashion sense of NobodysHome."
Somehow, that's even crueller...


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Now my battletech mods wont work because of THEIR update. Ugh.


Tacticslion wrote:
Jeanne d'Arc unfair battle gripe
Freehold DM wrote:
maybe you aren't supposed to win those battles?

They are certainly beatable once you level enough (the first one I beat, after all).

But then you have to question why they exist.

They do not block your path.
They do not cause things to be difficult for you.
The second one does not grant any significant rewards.
They are entirely optional at your convenience.

It's a very odd place to put such battles - you can come back to it, without problem, but there is literally nothing like it before or anywhere nearby.

I'm not angry at the game (though I am concerned that if newer, younger, or unprepared gamers, or gamers who, for whatever reason, didn't have more than one save and saved it pre-battle could get easily stuck); I'm still having a good time. It was just... really an odd thing to have, there.


NobodysHome wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

I ran into a random battle that is total and utter marlarkey. Just pure, grade-A nonsense.

So the local battles are with dudes what be about ~20-30...

Did anyone else read this and think that random street battles were just a "Florida thing" and move on?

Hey! That's more of a Ney York thing!


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Tacticslion wrote:
My Eldest has turned merchant! He is selling his rock collection and other things in a effort to gain cash toward the purchase of a Switch. He made 60 cents today.

As a Nintendo Switch owner, I love mine and always suggest it to others looking for a good handheld game system.


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captain yesterday wrote:
I found the best way to defeat robocallers is to have a dump truck run over my phone.

Now we just have to find a way to have the dump truck run over their phones, preferably while they're holding them.


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F~#!ing sound card b@+##+!~...ugh. At least I have my phone and another computer to use, although this is NOT a computer I would like to watch videos on. If this happened on my only computer I'd be breathing fire.


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Just clocked out. Gonna lock the door and try to get some sleep while listening to Youtube sleep music. See everyone at 5 A.M.


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Aaaand just lost alllll my save data due to update issues with battletech. What a f$%@ing awful day computer wise.


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I found a lion and a witch haggling in my wardrobe. When I asked what they were doing, they said "Narnia business."


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Genie: "I shall grant you three wishes."
Man: "Great! First, get rid of all the lawyers."
Genie: "Done. You have no wishes left."
Man: "What?! I still have two more!"
Genie: "Sue me."


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Okay. Fighting back on the computer front. Got the game working and learned how to edit save files so that the game start isn't QUITE as awful as it once was. Learned a lot today. Humbling experience.


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Good morning(?) everyone.


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Morning?!? Where?!? Where?!?

Good morning yourself. I hope that your day goes better.


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I just brewed an entire gallon of tea. I hope it helps keep me awake until around 4 P.M.


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Days like today are why I love my job.

Guess who gets to use a flame thrower today!


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You do. How much foliage are you gonna burn?

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

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Freehold DM wrote:
F&#@ing sound card b!@$@~$&...ugh. At least I have my phone and another computer to use, although this is NOT a computer I would like to watch videos on. If this happened on my only computer I'd be breathing fire.

Have you tried removing the card and seeing if the onboard sound works? Unless it's a very old computer, most computers have decent onboard audio. It may not sound as good but if it works...


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John Napier 698 wrote:
You do. How much foliage are you gonna burn?

I'm using it to dry off pavers.


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Okay. Are you gonna post videos of your prowess?


The Spoony Experiment now seems gone for good, apparently having shut down a few months ago.


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Oh my word, this is comedy gold.

(Jenny Nicholson reading a book on her bed.)


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Okay. Are you gonna post videos of your prowess?

I can PM my phone number and send you pictures if you want, but no, I didn't film it.


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DeathQuaker wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
F&#@ing sound card b!@$@~$&...ugh. At least I have my phone and another computer to use, although this is NOT a computer I would like to watch videos on. If this happened on my only computer I'd be breathing fire.
Have you tried removing the card and seeing if the onboard sound works? Unless it's a very old computer, most computers have decent onboard audio. It may not sound as good but if it works...

mm. It may be worth a shot.


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captain yesterday wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Okay. Are you gonna post videos of your prowess?
I can PM my phone number and send you pictures if you want, but no, I didn't film it.

Don't worry about it. Maybe next time. Would be epic, though. Captain Yesterday, Fire Commando.


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So this, in a nutshell, is the problem with "absolute Lawfulness".

(1) The city, recognizing a real issue with cyclists rolling through Stop signs at dangerous intersections, mandates that police shall start enforcing the law and ticketing bicyclists who run Stop signs.

(2) The police, in addition to targeting the problem area, also target empty streets, hitting bicyclists who are endangering absolutely no one.

So the history is basically:
- City council decides to make Milvia a dedicated bike path
- In order to get cars off of Milvia, city council puts in speed bumps, Stop signs on every block, and occasional full road blocks, all under the assumption that bicyclists will know to roll through the now-ubiquitous Stop signs
- Because of bicyclist misbehavior elsewhere, police are now ticketing bicyclists for running the Stop signs that were put there under the assumption that bicyclists would roll through them.

So, I'm 100% in favor of ticketing the bicyclists who are running Stop signs on the Ohlone greenway. I don't care what they THINK; they're an open danger to everyone, and I've complained about them frequently. But the cyclists on Milvia? I'm a believer in the intent of the law, not the absolute wording. If you roll up to an empty 4-way Stop sign, what is the purpose of coming to a full stop other than, "You're supposed to?"

Anyway, I was going to go biking in Berkeley this morning, but now that I know I have to come to a full, "Put your foot down" stop at every single block, I doubt I will.

EDIT: Full disclosure: When I ride the Ohlone greenway, I *do* stop on every block because it's downright dangerous to do anything else. But Milvia's like an abandoned post-apocalyptic road with nothing on it except 4-way Stop signs at every corner. Yeah, no one should ever roll through a 2-way stop, but when the whole bike path has been designed for rolling 4-way stops, ticketing people on them just kills that as a viable path. The bicyclist who said, "This will force bicyclists onto the main roads," is absolutely right in the case of Milvia.


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Who has two thumbs, just realized he wasnt working NYCC this year and SCRAMBLED to get a Thursday ticket, the only day that isnt sold out?

THIS GUY!


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Freehold DM wrote:
DeathQuaker wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
F&#@ing sound card b!@$@~$&...ugh. At least I have my phone and another computer to use, although this is NOT a computer I would like to watch videos on. If this happened on my only computer I'd be breathing fire.
Have you tried removing the card and seeing if the onboard sound works? Unless it's a very old computer, most computers have decent onboard audio. It may not sound as good but if it works...
mm. It may be worth a shot.

Honestly, I haven't bought a separate audio card for a computer in 20 years.


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NobodysHome wrote:

So this, in a nutshell, is the problem with "Lawfulness".

(1) The city, recognizing a real issue with cyclists rolling through Stop signs at dangerous intersections, mandates that police shall start enforcing the law and ticketing bicyclists who run Stop signs.

(2) The police, in addition to targeting the problem area, also target empty streets, hitting bicyclists who are endangering absolutely no one.

So the history is basically:
- City council decides to make Milvia a dedicated bike path
- In order to get cars off of Milvia, city council puts in speed bumps, Stop signs on every block, and occasional full road blocks, all under the assumption that bicyclists will know to roll through the now-ubiquitous Stop signs
- Because of bicyclist misbehavior elsewhere, police are now ticketing bicyclists for running the Stop signs that were put there under the assumption that bicyclists would roll through them.

So, I'm 100% in favor of ticketing the bicyclists who are running Stop signs on the Ohlone greenway. I don't care what they THINK; they're an open danger to everyone, and I've complained about them frequently. But the cyclists on Milvia? I'm a believer in the intent of the law, not the absolute wording. If you roll up to an empty 4-way Stop sign, what is the purpose of coming to a full stop other than, "You're supposed to?"

Anyway, I was going to go biking in Berkeley this morning, but now that I know I have to come to a full, "Put your foot down" stop at every single block, I doubt I will.

EDIT: Full disclosure: When I ride the Ohlone greenway, I *do* stop on every block because it's downright dangerous to do anything else. But Milvia's like an abandoned post-apocalyptic road with nothing on it except 4-way Stop signs at every corner. Yeah, no one should ever roll through a 2-way stop, but when the whole bike path has been designed for rolling...

FIFY


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John Napier 698 wrote:
You do. How much foliage are you gonna burn?

Foliage? You think I'm going to waste an opportunity to use a flamethrower on foliage?? Oh, no. I have a far more dangerous game in mind...

Wait...I'm not sure if I was supposed to say that part out loud. Probably not.


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Vanykrye wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
You do. How much foliage are you gonna burn?
Foliage? You think I'm going to waste an opportunity to use a flamethrower on foliage?? Oh, no. I have a far more dangerous game in mind...

Tell me you sipped wine while typing this part.


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Does eating a blueberry muffin count, or does that kind of ruin it?


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Having a DAUGHTER!


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Freehold DM wrote:

Who has two thumbs, just realized he wasnt working NYCC this year and SCRAMBLED to get a Thursday ticket, the only day that isnt sold out?

THIS GUY!

Imagine what you could have done with more than two thumbs!!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

I ran into a random battle that is total and utter marlarkey. Just pure, grade-A nonsense.

So the local battles are with dudes what be about ~20-30...

Did anyone else read this and think that random street battles were just a "Florida thing" and move on?

I meant to reply to this last night, but forgot.

Yes.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
Having a DAUGHTER!

YES


The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
Having a DAUGHTER!

WOO!


Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

I ran into a random battle that is total and utter marlarkey. Just pure, grade-A nonsense.

So the local battles are with dudes what be about ~20-30...

Did anyone else read this and think that random street battles were just a "Florida thing" and move on?

I meant to reply to this last night, but forgot.

Yes.

Hey! I already said,

Tacticslion wrote:
Hey! That's more of a Ney York thing!


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
Having a DAUGHTER!

Congratz!


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And since I have 5 minutes before I have to go:

The Rolling California Stop:
Our "standard" for Stop signs is:
- At a 2-way stop, come to a full and complete stop. Always. Because you never know.
- At a 4-way stop, slow down to 3-5 miles an hour until you have complete visibility of the intersection. If you don't, stop. If you have complete visibility and the right of way, keep on rolling at 3-5 mph; there's no need for the person with the right of way to stop, as it slows down traffic for everyone else. Everyone else has to stop, of course.

There's an impression that people blow through Stop signs willy-nilly at 15-20 mph, and that's just not the case. The rolling stop works well and alleviates traffic in almost all situations. Yes, there are people who don't get the idea and just roll, but since you're already going pretty slow, it's easy enough to stop for them and honk at them. Impus Major dealt with them easily with under 10 hours of driving under his belt.

So it's not anarchy, it's a "generally accepted interpretation of the law that isn't in line with the letter of the law".

Much like speed limits in this state. On sunny, dry days, most traffic drives at speeds safe for the conditions, which is frequently 10-15 mph over the posted speed limit.

Californians and inclement weather, however, I just don't want to talk about.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

I ran into a random battle that is total and utter marlarkey. Just pure, grade-A nonsense.

So the local battles are with dudes what be about ~20-30...

Did anyone else read this and think that random street battles were just a "Florida thing" and move on?

I meant to reply to this last night, but forgot.

Yes.

Hey! I already said,

Tacticslion wrote:
Hey! That's more of a Ney York thing!

I've been to Ocala. You can't fool me.


Tacticslion wrote:

I ran into a random battle that is total and utter marlarkey. Just pure, grade-A nonsense.

So the local battles are with dudes what be about ~20-30...

NobodysHome wrote:
Did anyone else read this and think that random street battles were just a "Florida thing" and move on?
Vanykrye wrote:


I meant to reply to this last night, but forgot.

Yes.

Tacticslion wrote:


Hey! I already said,

Tacticslion wrote:
Hey! That's more of a Ney York thing!
Vanykrye wrote:
I've been to Ocala. You can't fool me.

That's a dirty lie!

... I can fool you if I really want to.

(Also, if you're looking to indict a place in Florida, you really should aim toward Miami rather than Ocala. Our combats are most commonly held in martial arts tournaments, which make them one-on-one. :V )


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Tacticslion wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

I ran into a random battle that is total and utter marlarkey. Just pure, grade-A nonsense.

So the local battles are with dudes what be about ~20-30...

NobodysHome wrote:
Did anyone else read this and think that random street battles were just a "Florida thing" and move on?
Vanykrye wrote:


I meant to reply to this last night, but forgot.

Yes.

Tacticslion wrote:


Hey! I already said,

Tacticslion wrote:
Hey! That's more of a Ney York thing!
Vanykrye wrote:
I've been to Ocala. You can't fool me.

That's a dirty lie!

... I can fool you if I really want to.

(Also, if you're looking to indict a place in South Georgia, you really should aim toward Jacksonville, Tallahasee, and all the way down past Orlando. Our combats are most commonly, but certainly not exclusively held in martial arts tournaments, which make them one-on-one. :V )

FIFY


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That's not fixing! You just added extra words! To a TL post, of all things! That's hard to do, man!


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Aaaand... the house is already sealed up for another 90°F+ day. I will say, one of the few advantages of spending five years in Davis (outside of the whole Ph.D. thing) was learning how to deal with hot weather without using the AC.

The whole, "Open the house up all night, then seal it tight and close the curtains the moment the sunlight hits it," works amazingly well, even in crappy uninsulated houses like ours. (And as I think I said during the last "heat wave", the new roof and insulation are performing magnificently.)

And for those unfamiliar with Bay Area temperatures, we get maybe 5-6 90°F+ days a year, and maybe 15-20 80°F+ days on top of that. So anything that climbs out of the 70s is news.

Kind of like disco.

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