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Jen
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I had started Fallout 2 so I could maybe play Fallout 3 sometime this decade, but then I sorta accidentally got hooked on Chrono Trigger for DS instead. And I do mean hooked! This is my most favorite kind of game, surprisingly, because usually I am not a fan of Square games. Relatively easy, majorly fun, fast-paced, turn-based JRPG--what's not to love?

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I'm ashamed to say, I haven't even begun to play my copy yet. It silently mocks me from the other room.

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Just got two games for my ds -- Puzzle Kingdoms, which I'm really looking forward to playing, as I loved the first Puzzle Quest game, and almost free, for trading games in to Amazon, Suikoden:Tierkreis, about which I'm more ambivalent.  For one thing, I can't pronounce the title, but it was the only game of the ones available that looked even remotely up my alley.  Haven't played a jrpg yet -- should be interesting.  So I have lots o'stuff to keep me occupied.  I keep seeing Chrono Trigger around -- what's it like?

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Very Japanese! You play as Crono, a boy whose best friend, a girl named Lucca, invents a machine that can transport a person from one place to another and is showing it off at the town's Millennium Fair. The princess in disguise, Marle, comes out to play at the fair all incognito-like, and after Crono gets in Lucca's machine successfully, Marle wants to try. When she gets in, her heirloom pendant causes the machine to send her into the past. You set off to rescue her and eventually visit some six or seven time periods and try to fix all of the world's ills by changing things in each period.

You start off as Crono alone and eventually end up with a party of six (so far), three (including Crono) of whom you can have active at any one time. You can switch out party members just about any time, but for certain quests you are forced by the story arc to take one or another. Each has a regular melee attack, and then the human characters also have attacks called “tech” or “combo,” which equate to magic. Different character combinations in party can combine their magics to make whopping attacks, and some of the techs include healing or resurrection. All of the magics are elementally aligned, so I tend to pick characters according to what type of monsters I am facing, e.g., I take the water and ice characters into the desert and the fire character into the forest. Crono's alignment is lightning, which is good in most situations. As you level up, you get more and better magic attacks, and you earn money with which to buy better weapons and armor.

You get a choice between two battle modes, Active and Wait. I chose Wait because it amounts to classic turn-based combat where you have time to choose what you want to do. I think Active, though I have not tried it, means the combat is more along the lines of that in Anachronox or Knights of the Old Republic, where you can pause to choose attacks or just let combat flow with minimal intervention on your part. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong about this.

The game is mostly combat, but there is a surprisingly rich backstory (of course–it is Square, after all). This is a remake for DS of an old Super Nintendo (I believe) game. It translates very well to the dual screen. The top screen has all of the action, and the bottom screen has the map and menus. Mostly you use the buttons, though.

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Oddly I was just reading the wiki on Anachronox and they cited Chrono Trigger as a major influence on the Anachronox devs.

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Thanks for your lengthy post, Jen.  I think I will save up for it.  Especially after reading Scout's remark concerning the game's influence on the developers of Anachronox -- one of my all-time faves!

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May 14, 2009 - 8:07 pm

I just traveled back and forth from Washington to Alabama, so my DS has been getting plenty of attention. I have put about ten hours in Suikoden Tierkreis so far and loving it. I haven't played anything in the series since Suikoden 2 on PSone. I am still getting through GTA: Chinatown Wars as well. 

I am surprised how much fun Suikoden has been. Even though it's very different than the older games, somehow I still get that Suikdeon feeling from it. The storyline is awesome so far, even though the game has been on the easy side for sure.

Also, this is my first post - hello everyone! Matt told me about the site when I interviewed him for my job a few months back. 

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Aaron
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May 14, 2009 - 8:12 pm

First order of business: How do I change the avatar??

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Spike
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Welcome, Aaron.  You can go to gravatar.com and set up a free account, and upload and crop if necessary, your preferred images.  You can have several, and switch back and forth between them as you wish.  Once you've uploaded your images and selected the one you want to use, it will show up here automatically.  It's a piece of cake to do.  You can also upload your image on this site via your profile page.  The nice thing about Gravatar is that it will automatically show your chosen avatar on any site that is Gravatar-compatible, presuming you're registered on those sites.

Come back often.

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Welcome Aaron!

Did Matt also tell you that all hazing of new members is carried out by Helmut? [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Pshaw. 1000 push-ups, that's it. We'll need them verified of course. A notary public will do. Then there's the small matter of the geo-locating chip and the RFID dental implants but any ortho-nanotizing surgeon can handle those details. scout will help you with indoctrination, inoculations, endocrine boosting, and paperwork. Welcome to the site Aaron!

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Sorry to interrupt (but not sorry enough not to).

Helmut, what in hell is happening to your head? afro 'do? hat?

Back on topic, how much will it cost him to buy into the FFC Tunnel Complex*?

*(or are we now in a silo [mine going UP as in farm, cold war leftovers going DOWN], I can't keep track)

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It is a hardhat. It replaces the racing goggles and helmet indicating my new focus in getting our house built in the next n months. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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If I remember correctly, Steerpike wanted the silo but Helmut was lobbying hard (and winning, I might add [Image Can Not Be Found] ) for the tunnel. The tunnel was more spacious but there was the whole underground damp, rats and darkness thing. The silo offered cliff diving into the unknown depth pool of water at the bottom and elevators. Neither involved windows.

*edit: And Aaron.. why the heck were you in 'Bama? I've been there and there ain't nothing there. 😀

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If TR ever follows FFC into the nethersphere (oh, please, no…no…no…)  those left standing should rename the site Hijack This Thread.  We are already so good at it, and we so love doing it, and we so have fun viewing each other's hijacks.

And Yap, be kind to Helmut, after all you used to be a long-earred dog with beehive, and now you look like a vampire-child.  That said, eventhough I don't much care for cartoony art, I smile every time I look at your current avatar.  There's just something so, so, something about it.

And Helmut, maybe you're being entirely too easy on Aaron.  When I first signed up Jen made me play with Barbie dolls each time I had the urge to play a game - and for a whole week, too.  She was a tough taskmaster.  Drill sergeants had nothing on her.  (love ya, Jen).  Then again, now we have Steerpike, who makes us do higher math (n months indeed).

P.S.  I hope we haven't scared Aaron off.

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P.S.  I hope we haven't scared Aaron off.

It wouldn't surprise me.

Yes, I wanted to buy the abandoned missile silo for our high command, and Helmut pretty much ruined the whole thing with his campaign of lies. You guys were all duped and frankly, it's your loss. I don't need you. I'll buy the missile silo myself and you can go buy your stupid tunnels and live in them and while you're miserable with the rats and stuff I'll be happy and content, enjoying the low level background radiation.

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As we're hijacking to our heart's content, here's something for Yapette's avatar to cuddle up with at night.

http://www.amazon.com/Domo-Inc.....038;sr=1-1

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Yapette
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This is the first toy I sent my baby grandson. He loved it. I currently have a smaller version* on my keyring.

Excellent, Spike. Deciding now that next gen will be Hijack This Thread shortcuts weeks of behind-the-scenes chatter.

My avatar was created in league with the new PopCap game, Plants vs. Zombies. Eventually Mona Goat will return. The dog with the floppy hat may never be back after being labeled “adorable” by Esteemed Leader Steerpike. Anything adorable or cute gives Yap a headache. [Image Can Not Be Found]

* I sign all emails to offspring with xxoo

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Steerpike said:

It wouldn't surprise me.

Yes, I wanted to buy the abandoned missile silo for our high command, and Helmut pretty much ruined the whole thing with his campaign of lies. You guys were all duped and frankly, it's your loss. I don't need you. I'll buy the missile silo myself and you can go buy your stupid tunnels and live in them and while you're miserable with the rats and stuff I'll be happy and content, enjoying the low level background radiation.


You're just jealous you didn't think of the underground tunnels first.And just think, you won't be able to sneak into the warmishly damp tunnels unannounced because you'll glow a lovely pale shade of neon green due to the "low level" background radiation. When you sprout that third arm from the middle of your spinal column, don't come crying to us. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Spike, I almost bought myself one of those little plushies. They make me giggle. Of course, if I were to add it to the collection of stuff already on my desk at work, I'm sure they'd have me committed to the university's psych unit. Keyring size, eh? I'm all atwitter over the prospect!

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The dog with the floppy hat may never be back after being labeled “adorable” by Esteemed Leader Steerpike.

It was a dog with a hat.

A dog with a hat!

One of the many, many reasons I love Yapette is her ability to make me laugh. Dogs with hats... it's like comedy gold. Mona Goat was pretty darn good too.

As for you, Toger, you've always been against me. Don't think I don't know it. Like I said, take your stupid tunnels, I don't want to visit. The article Helmut pointed us to at the beginning of his Campaign of Lies said those tunnels were really hot, and I hate heat. I live in Michigan. I like radiation, because it's like heat without the hot. And think how useful a third arm would be! I could use it to turn the air conditioning up in my missile silo while I use the other two for... other stuff.

I am playing Cryostasis and Grand Ages: Rome, by the way. 🙂

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