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January 25th, 2015

12:36 pm - bummer
Looks like I won't be able to buy FFIX. Sony is not accepting my Vanilla Visa gift card as a valid payment option. Boo.

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January 24th, 2015

10:26 pm - temptation
I was bored so I did a search for "PSP browser games" and found out there was such a thing. They require Flash, which needed a system update. So I did another search for my missing memory card.

I FOUND IT! It was in a small basket I have. System has been updated and Flash is enabled, yay! I have yet to try it.

I'm thinking again about buying FFIX, now. I tried logging on the PSN Store but there's a forced password change which has to be done from a PC so it'll have to wait until tomorrow.

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January 17th, 2015

02:40 pm - Etsy names, FFTA & video game wish list
i've been doing a lot of thinking about Etsy names. I think I'd like something that's subtly Final Fantasy releated, since the franchise means so much to me.

One of my first thoughts was the word "solace", after the Afflatus:Solace stance that white mage has in Final Fantasy XI. I did a search on Etsy, though, and there are other stores with solace in their names, plus hits on items named solace. So that's out.

My next option is Esuna Designs (esuna is the spell used to remove status effects). I really like this; it sounds soft, like yarn is soft. I did a search and got just one hit, and it was for an item, not a store name. My only qualm is that I'm pretty sure Square Enix coined the term. What if they have a trademark on it? So, I'm a bit leery about using it.

My third thought is Yagrush, which is the white mage's mythic weapon in FFXI. The name comes from mythology, so should be fair game. I'm not sure if I like Yagrush Designs or Yagrush Creations better. I don't like Yagrush as much as I like Esuna, but there should be no problems using it. A search turned up no hits on Etsy.

So right now I'm leaning towards Yagrush something, but haven't finalized my decision yet. Thoughts?

In other news, I've been playing a lot of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance this week. Did a lot of leveling, so much so that my playtime was twice that of my first playthrough when I reached the spot that I had gotten stuck on. That spot proved to be no issue this time, because I got lucky and the boss didn't use his ultimate attack. I woke up early (for me) today, so I fired up the game and actually finished the storyline and saw the end credits. You can continue to do missions, however, which I will be doing. I have about 100 more left to do.

I liked the game, but wouldn't say I loved it. I was indifferent to the main character. The storyline is pretty simple. The best thing about the game is the gameplay. It took me a bit to learn it - it did NOT make sense to me at first - but once I grokked it, it became pretty easy, and fun. The laws can be annoying, but with a well-rounded team it's pretty easy to ignore them (though Copycat got me several times). I would definitely play the game again.

While it's on my mind, I want to make a list of games I'd like to acquire, just so I don't forget any. Right now I'm tempted to spend most of my Christmas money on games, because I've been enjoying FFTA so much. But I need yarn as well, especially if I'm going to open an Etsy store. So I'm still only going to buy two games with the Christmas money, and spend the rest on yarn. And then use profits from Etsy to buy more games, hopefully! Anyway, the list. I'm open to game suggestions.

Lost Odyssey (Xbox 360)
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Xbox 360)
The World Ends With You (DS)
Picross 3D (DS)
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS)
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS)
Bravely Default (3DS)
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS)
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (PSP)

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January 3rd, 2015

02:26 pm
I've been listening to the Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack lately. It's not as bad as I thought it would be when I first heard the music in the original trailer, but still, large portions of it are forgettable. So I made a CD of my favorite tracks. It was actually pretty hard to get it to fit to a single CD, but I managed. Here are the winners:

  1. Saber's Edge
  2. Snow's Theme
  3. Eidolins
  4. Blinded By Light
  5. Glory's Fanfare
  6. The Vile Peaks
  7. Lightning's Theme
  8. March of the Dreadnoughts
  9. Serah's Theme
  10. Hope's Theme
  11. Vanille's Theme
  12. Chocobos of Cocoon ~Chasing Dreams~
  13. Fighting Fate
  14. Desperate Struggle
  15. Fang's Theme
  16. The Archlyte Steppe
  17. Pulse de Chocobo
  18. The Yaschas Massif
  19. Start Your Engines
  20. Eden Under Siege
  21. Kimi Ga Irukara (Long Version)
  22. Ending Credits
  23. My Hands

If I have one complaint about the soundtrack as a whole, it's that it lacks a great opener. FFVII had Opening-Bombing Mission, FFVIII had Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec, FFX had Zanarkand--all great themes. FFXIII has the Prelude to Final Fantasy XIII, which is one of those aforementioned forgettable tracks. Bleh.

I have also recently acquired the Final Fantasy XII soundtrack, but I haven't listened to it yet. I'm only familiar with two songs from it: the Dalmasca Westersand, which was featured on Distant Worlds:The Celebration, and Kiss Me Goodbye. Both good songs. I'll be listening to FFXII while weaving in ends...

In 2013 I did a block-a-month crochet-a-long (BAMCAL) and made a blanket. I used it all last year. The ends are popping out. >_< I did a lot of crocheting over ends as I went along, so I think that is why. So for 2014's BAMCAL, I did not crochet over ends, figuring I would weave them in very well so they won't pop out. Except I neglected to weave in ends as I finished each square, so now I have to do them all. I've been slowly working on it, and it's taking forever. Hence listening to the soundtrack. I think it's going to take the full soundtrack to finish what's left.

After a bit of a break, I've gotten back into playing Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Still only have two rules, but they are getting tougher. I've gotten a yellow card twice, but both times I turned the game off and restarted from a save. I can't figure out how to unlock advanced jobs. For example, there's a quest that requires a Blue Mage, but none of my clan members are Blue Mages or can change to that job. According to the wiki I have to master abilities, but I'm not sure how to do that. I think I have to equip weapons that grant that ability, and then characters will naturally master them?

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December 26th, 2014

02:26 pm - Presents!
I finished my blankets in time! The Pineapple Afghan was finished on December 7th; I finished the Snowflake Afghan the day before our party. Both blankets were well received. My sisters told me I should sell stuff on Etsy. I asked them if they had any idea how much I'd have to charge. I put over 60 hours into the Snowflake Afghan alone. Multiply that by minimum wage and you're talking a lot of money.

Still, I've been mulling it over in my head. Maybe not blankets. Maybe hats. They're relatively quick. Thing is, if I'm going to sell stuff I'd want to use nicer yarn than Red Heart Super Saver. I'm not even sure I can find wool at Joann or Michaels, and as far as I know, there are no local independent yarn shops. Another issue with selling stuff on Etsy is that I lack the means to take professional photographs. My Canon is broken, and my old Blackberry that I use for Ravelry pictures turns everything yellow.

Our Christmas party was the Sunday before Christmas. We had dinner reservations at 3:00. I finished my Jaywalker socks at 2:45, lol. Just in time! Dinner was good. I had fettuccine alfredo with chicken and broccoli. After dinner we came back to the house to open presents. I got:

A pink chenille sweater
A blue long-sleeved shirt
A framed photo of my niece and nephews
A Nivea bath set
A $25 Visa gift card
A $25 Starbucks gift card
A box of four Godiva chocolates

On Christmas Day we went over to my sister's house for bagels. The kidlets were very excited because they got an Xbox One. Then it was back home, and a very long wait for me to open the day's presents. Finally about 8pm we gathered together. I got

A Suave Moroccan Infusion gift set
A $100 Visa gift card

YAY! I was hoping I'd receive enough money to buy some video games. I am definitely going to get Lost Odyssey and Final Fantasy XIII-2. I'm thinking about Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep as well. If I could find my other memory card for the PSP I'd buy Final Fantasy IX, which I haven't played and am eager to, but I fear the card is well lost and I don't want to spend the money for a new card.

The remaining amounts of the gift cards will be spent on yarn. I just need to decide if I'm doing BAMCAL again this year. I joined the group and will be following along, but I'm not sure I want to make another blanket because I have no one to give it to. I could buy yarn to make hats for Etsy... which I might do. We'll see.

All in all, it was a nice holiday.

I was bored the past few days with pressing projects to work on, and I didn't feel like playing FF Tactics Advance, so I started a new game of Final Fantasy with four warriors. My goal was to complete the game without them dying. This was pretty easy until Mt Gulg, where I was insta-deathed by a pyrolisk. Grr! So I restarted from my save, and decided I needed some Protect Rings. Off to the ice cavern. First try: insta-deathed by a Mindflayer. Second try: paralyzed to death by a wraith. Third time was the charm, though, and I managed to get the levistone without another death, though I missed two of the treasures. Got the airship, then went off to Gaia and bought my precious Protect Rings. Went ahead and did the class change quest, then headed back to Mt Gulg. After that the game was pretty easy... until I reached Chaos, who whupped my butt. Not sure I'll be able to beat him without some deaths, hmmm. I also have a single red mage file that's also stuck on Chaos. One of these days I'll complete that one as well.

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November 29th, 2014

03:31 pm - I dreamt I was a moron
So I finished Final Fantasy VIII yesterday!

FFVIII was the second Final Fantasy game I ever played, and for years, it was my favorite. I've since played most of the others, and I don't think I could call it that, anymore (FFXI probably deserves that distinction). Still, I like the game a heck of a lot. It holds up well.

Gameplay: I love the Junction system. You can make your characters really powerful with it. This can lead to some easy fights, however. I don't mind the Draw system too badly, though it can get tedious. I think one of the reasons I like the Draw system is that it means I'm not just mashing X to attack each round (like I did with FFXIII). Limit breaks are fun, especially Squall's. I also like the compatibility feature with the GFs. This playthrough, I must not have relied on the GFs that much, because even Diabolos (my favorite) was summoning pretty slowly.

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Next up: probably Dragon Age: Origins. I'm pretty far along in my play of it, and I'd like to finally finish it.

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November 5th, 2014

02:44 pm - busy busy busy
On Halloween I finished Infinite Undiscovery on hard mode. It wasn't all that hard, in my opinion. I've decided against playing the Seraphic Gate bonus content, mostly because I lack the ingredients to make the special sword. You can buy the ingredients from a store if you have downloaded some free vouchers, but as my Xbox is not connected to the network I don't have those vouchers. Otherwise, you can farm the ingredients...from the Seraphic Gate itself. Since I have problems beating the third wave of mobs in the very first level of the Gate, farming the items is out of the question. So the Seraphic Gate will have to wait until some time in the future when my Xbox is hooked up to the network again.

I needed a game to play, so I decided to go back to Final Fantasy VIII, which I was playing a few months ago. Then I got stuck and couldn't progress the story, so I put it down for a while. I recall seeing the cutscenes at Trabia Garden, but no matter what I did I couldn't advance to the next plot point. So when I picked it up again this weekend, I went back to Trabia, thinking that I must have missed something. And... the game acted like I hadn't been there yet. o_O I must have neglected to save, because I'm positive I saw those scenes already. Oh well. After watching them again I was able to advance just fine, and finished Disc 2 last night.

I've also been doing a lot of crochet and knitting. I'm caught up to October in my Block-a-Month afghan, and have made progress on the ministry shawl I'm crocheting. I'm also working on finishing afghans for my sisters for Christmas. I am not at all embarrassed to say that I have been listening to Christmas music while doing so, even though it is only early November. Finally, I've finished the leg of my first Pumpkin sock, which I hope to have finished by Thanksgiving so I can wear them then.

I've been going to the library for several months now, and have a ton of books checked out. I just finished reading Death Note, which I enjoyed. I have several books in the Pretty Little Liars series checked out, but I think I am going to return them un-read and try them again at a later date. I still enjoy the suspense of the stories, but I'm getting tired of the bad choices the girls are making, which makes me dislike them. I want to re-read Mockingjay soon since the first movie is coming out. I've also been on the lookout for The Maze Runner, which I saw in theaters earlier this year. I enjoyed the movie and now want to read the books, but the library hasn't had it in yet.

And now I need to figure out why the sound is b0rked on mom's computer. It's not on mute and the volume is fine, so that's not it. I think it might be a device issue. Hopefully I can solve it, because my mom likes to listen to streaming radio.

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October 20th, 2014

03:02 pm - Breaker of Chains
For the second game on my Xbox I played Infinite Undiscovery which I finished yesterday. It's developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix.

I liked it quite a bit! The premise is that the evil Order of Chains has chained the moon so it stays in one place, which is wreaking havoc on the land. You are part of the Liberation Force which is going around breaking the chains. There's some nice character development as you start out as a reluctant companion and evolve into competent leader. All the characters are likable (except Edward, who starts out as rather a jerk) and have stories of their own.

The gameplay is action-based. Pressing A deals a quick attack, whereas pressing B deals a slower attack that has more power behind it. You can also hold down A or B to execute special attacks, which are as signed in the Battle menu. There's a neat system in which you Connect to other characters. During battle, you can Connect to them to perform special actions. For instance, Aya is a bow user, so you can Connect to her to snipe enemies from a distance. If you Connect to characters in town, dialogue with NPCs may change.

The game reminded me a bit of a western RPG because there are quests to be done. Many are fetch quests and require running about town a lot. There are also some killing enemies quests. Even with all the quests, the game is pretty short - I only put 40 hours into it. I started it again on Hard mode, lol. This time I'm going to spend more time on crafting, in order to get the crafting achievements. One thing I dislike is that shops change their wares, and in endgame there's not a lot of materials to be found in the shops, making crafting impossible. I've read that you can download vouchers from the Live marketplace that fixes this, but my Xbox isn't connected to the network, so that rules that out, darn. So I'm going to stockpile materials and do crafting as soon as possible to try to get around this issue. I also might skip the shop upgrade quests.

I really enjoyed this game, and wish I had more JRPGs to play. I do have Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS which I might play next, haven't decided. Otherwise, it will be a western RPG on my Xbox. I've got a playthrough of Dragon Age: Origins in the works, but I might restart it because it's been so long since I played it. I also have Mass Effect, which I barely got into.

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October 10th, 2014

03:33 pm - We survive
My mom gave me $50 for my birthday, so I bought a new Xbox 360 controller (the A button on my old one was broken). This meant I could now play games again instead of just using my Xbox as a media player, and so I played Final Fantasy XIII.

I wasn't impressed with the trailer for this game, so I didn't have high expectations going into it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it quite enjoyable. The story is solid; each of the characters had a reason for their actions.

The battle system is turn-based. You control the leader of your party; the other two party members are controlled by AI. As the ATB charges, you can enter commands for your character to perform. The commands vary depending on the role of the characters: Commando and Ravager (damage dealers), Medic, Sentinel (tank), Synergist (buffer) or Saboteur (debuffer). You can make paradigms for your team with different roles set for each member. For example, I often used Relentless Assault (RAV COM RAV) or Combat Clinic (MED SEN MED). You can freely change between paradigms during battle, but I found that most of the time this wasn't necessary. Also, instead of inputting commands myself, it was easiest just to choose Auto-battle, which meant that fights were pretty much just mashing the A button. Pretty boring.

There were not many sidequests in this game. There's a series of 64 missions you can do; I did most of them, except for the ones which the guide I was following warned were extremely difficult. I wish there had been a quest line to make some ultimate weapons; if there was, I didn't discover it. This game was also missing out on the feeling of getting new, powerful weapons as you progress in the game. You can upgrade weapons you have; once upgraded, they tended to be better than new weapons you find. So my characters used their initial starting weapons for most of the game. I did change some of them to weapons with more favorable passive abilities, but never did I have the feeling of having an uber-weapon.

I was a bit alarmed when it asked for disc 2 after a mere 9 hours, worrying the game would be short, but in the end I put about 86 hours into it, which is decent-sized. I'm sad it ended, though, because I was enjoying it and now I don't know what I'll do. I will probably start a different Xbox game after I finish reading my library books. I'm thinking of doing Mirror's Edge next.

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February 5th, 2014

03:07 pm
So I found out what happens when you enter the shrines in Final Fantasy I--you enter a GBA-only dungeon. There's four of them, and one of them is HUGE. Forty floors! You get to fight bosses from other Final Fantasy games. It effectively doubles the playtime of the game.

I'm running out of games to play. I finished Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. Had only 5 hours left to play on it. I still need to finish FFIV. After that, I'm not sure what I'll do.

In other news, I've been crocheting and knitting a lot. I finished a baby blanket for my newest nephew recently. We left the baptism party before my sister opened gifts, though, so I don't know how she liked it. I worry about what I'm going to do when I run out of yarn. How am I going to keep busy then?

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