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1 hour ago, Wild Emotion said:

I've been playing Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on Switch. I've had Quezacotl and Shiva learn everything except SumMag+30% which I'm working on now. I'm using Card a lot since the monsters level up as your characters level up in that game. A lot of refining monsters turned into cards into items. lol Even so, it's worth it. So far I've got 5 rare Card transformations of the Glacial Eye monsters that ended up giving me Jumbo Cactuar. Bite Bug's (which I'm working on right now) rare Card transformation is Elnoyle which refines into 10 Death Stones, but as far as actually playing cards the Jumbo Cactuar card has better numbers. After maxing out the number of Death Stones from Elnoyle cards, I'll move on to the Caterchipillar to get the rare card Trauma via the Card ability on it. I'll have to save after every battle with those monstrous caterpillars though since they can cast Berserk on my characters. If it did, they'd be forced to gain experience points which I don't want for Quistis or Squall right now. Using Card to turn monsters into cards voids any and all experience points that would usually be had from battles. So, it's a good way to hoard items from monsters without gaining levels. ^^ T-Rexaur has the rare card transformation of Shumi Tribe which will also be useful. I'm not sure what items those refine into though. ^^; I guess I'll find out. XD

Triple Triad is a fun card game for sure. What is your motivation for not leveling up now? Are you trying to farm for Junctions first, or just wanting to max out your GFs before continuing fights? Usually if you keep up on your Junctioning, the level scaling is not really a problem.

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42 minutes ago, Wild Emotion said:

Yeah it is! I'm at the part just before the Fire Cavern and I haven't played the game in a long time. I'm not looking to get in over my head.

Gotcha, it sounds like you are wanting to get a head start on your item inventory and Triple Triad playing. Sounds like fun!

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Not much time for games lately but I did spend a couple hours exploring an underwater cavern/cave complex in minecraft.  Actually it started with finding & looting an ocean ruin looking for suspicious sand & gravel but one of the ruined buildings was down at the bottom of a nearby canyon.  One end of the canyon dove underground then opened up into this huge cave complex.  Interesting scenery.  Got a lot of glow ink sacs, a bunch of copper and iron ore, and even a few diamonds.  A few copper bars from the numerous Drowned as well.  Unfortunately no more tridents.  No armor templates from the ruins either.

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38 minutes ago, Wild Emotion said:

Yeah. That, and getting some good magic early on to put me in a better position to Junction stats. The only time I ever beat the game was when I was a kid and had a Gameshark CDX with all kinds of codes for it. lol It's the only way I was able to finish off Ultimecia in the very final fight of the game, but back then I didn't really comprehend the Juntcion system. Now that I'm older it makes more sense. I don't actually know if it's because I'm older or because I'm just paying more attention to it. o.0 Oh, and getting some strong weapons early on, too. ^^

Makes sense, sounds like you are constructing a power file to breeze through the game! The Junction system definitely takes some getting used to as not only do you have to go out of your way to draw magic, but you then have to be careful about using it as well. I see why that system never advanced to other titles, but I always liked the idea of it.

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5 hours ago, Wild Emotion said:

I don't know about a power file, but it'd just be nice not to panic during boss fights. lol Besides that, I really need to build up Quistis' Blue Magic list. Playing a whole bunch of Triple Triad is a good way to accrue those. ^^ I'll wait until I've got all of the party together before I start leveling up, too.

Fair enough, but between you almost completing the first two GFs and the items you are building up, you should be able to get through the next eight hours of progress as you are now if you optimize everything. New characters scale in level based on your party level so you don’t have to worry about someone missing out if you start your leveling early.

I don’t remember Blue Magic being tied to Triple Triad though, what do you mean by that?

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2 hours ago, Wild Emotion said:

I'll stick to the plan. ^^

The items you get from Card Mod can be used to teach Quistis various Blue Magic.

Haha, well you certainly will not have any issues inventory wise. I would say you not leveling would balance that out difficulty wise, but since Junctions determine how the bulk of battles go, you should have a smooth time with it.

Oh, I know what you are talking about now with the Blue Magic. I was thinking of Final Fantasy IX’s Blue Magic system this whole time for some reason. Probably since both Blue Mages have a ‘q’ name. But true, that is a good way to get a head start with that. As long as you have Degenerator, random encounters should be fine. Good luck and keep us posted!

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After a bit of playing with allays and reading of wikis I discovered that allays can be directed to give their items to a note block instead of the player.  Normally if a player gives an item to an allay it will follow the player around, pick up any items that match the one the player gave to it, and deliver the item(s) to the player.  I went and built a pumpkin farm that used allays to collect the pumpkins after they were "picked" by pistons.  To keep them from following me or wandering off while waiting for the pumpkins to grow I tied them to leads.  This worked but I wasn't too happy with the production rate due to the limited reach of the leads.

I decided to make a bigger version, but glass it over so the allays can fly freely within and seek for their item(s) over a larger area.  While I was at it I planted a few flowers and added a couple beehives.  This new version not only produces melons and pumpkins, but honey, honeycomb, and sugarcane as well.  The honey and honeycomb are collected by hopper but the melons, pumpkin, and sugarcane are collected by the allays after being broken by piston.  The same redstone signal that triggers the pistons also pings the note block.  For about 30 seconds or so after the note block is triggered any items collected by the allays are then thrown at the note block, under which is a hopper that collects the items and transfers them to a chest for storage.

The whole thing works surprisingly well.  It produces enough that I can trade the melons and pumpkins to a nearby farmer for enough golden carrots to sustain my night vision potion habit and use the 'cane to make paper to sell to a cartographer for a steady supply of easy emeralds.  :)
 

 

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Still working through Dark Cloud, I managed to beat Muska Lacka but the weapon inventory limitations are frustrating. Toan has all his weapon slots full so I am trying to upgrade his weapons but I do not want to burn my supply of repair kits to do it. Plus, I don’t have a good supply of weapon attachments anyway. So I may have to just progress and hope he does not get another weapon for a while. I am still going to try and stick with the weapon upgrading for now but we will see what happens.

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Since today is a holiday where I live, I'm not going to go anywhere and spend the day relaxing at home and playing OSRS 🥳 I already got 2 hunter levels today on it and will probably get 1 more before going back to farming (should get 92 farming today). 

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3 minutes ago, Sakura said:

Since today is a holiday where I live, I'm not going to go anywhere and spend the day relaxing at home and playing OSRS 🥳 I already got 2 hunter levels today on it and will probably get 1 more before going back to farming (should get 92 farming today). 

Holiday here too but I'm the designated driver responsible for getting this half of the family to the other half for holiday dinner.  That's about 1.5hrs one way (depending on Los Angeles freeway traffic) plus dinner itself and a bit of socializing afterward means I'll probably be getting back late and tired so no games for me today.

I do have tomorrow off as well tho so maybe some more minecraft or kerbal space program then.  Fingers crossed.  :)

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6 hours ago, efaardvark said:

Holiday here too but I'm the designated driver responsible for getting this half of the family to the other half for holiday dinner.  That's about 1.5hrs one way (depending on Los Angeles freeway traffic) plus dinner itself and a bit of socializing afterward means I'll probably be getting back late and tired so no games for me today.

I do have tomorrow off as well tho so maybe some more minecraft or kerbal space program then.  Fingers crossed.  :)

The idea of socializing is why I stayed home this year lol ~ Traveling every year like that back and forth and around to everyone's houses mostly feels stressful to me anymore, at least browsing the internet with a cup of hot chocolate and playing some games is much more relaxing 🤭 I have always wanted to play Minecraft but I never have despite hearing so much about it. 

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2 hours ago, Sakura said:

The idea of socializing is why I stayed home this year lol 

Socializing is not really my thing either but I can handle doing it once a year for the fam.

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Steam has a lot of games on sale right now, so I bought the Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War bundle.

Started playing SoM just a little while ago. I like it so far, but I'm still getting used to the controls a little bit.

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More work is being done in Dark Cloud though now I am at Yellow Drops so exploring the Moon Sea to rebuild the Moon Factory is the goal. I am still concerned with my weapon inventory for Toan, but I am going to try and push ahead as is for now.

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21 hours ago, efaardvark said:

Socializing is not really my thing either but I can handle doing it once a year for the fam.

I do it on Christmas but that's usually about the only day :)

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I removed the center flowers in that allay habitat / melon farm and turned it into a small pond.  Then below that I dug out a large chamber and added an 8x8x8 tropical fish aquarium and viewing gallery.  I read somewhere that there's over 2000 combinations of fish shape, type, and pattern for tropical fish & I wanted to have someplace large enough to collect them all.  jk  🤣
And now that there's water I'm going to try adding a few tadpoles.  Do fish eat tadpoles?  Guess I'll find out.

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I also cleared out an underwater geode.  If you get rid of all of the amethyst blocks that don't have cracks in them and all the calcite and basalt then you can maximize the growth of the buds and clusters on the remaining cracked amethyst.  The amethyst crystals will grow underwater and the water makes it easier to collect them so I like to do this when I find one underwater.  (Unfortunately you can't transport the cracked blocks so you have to do this wherever the geode happens to be.  Trying to mine the cracked blocks even with silk touch destroys them completely.)

This geode is really deep too.  Just at the level where deepslate starts to form.  That's deep enough that glow squid (and Drowned) also spawn in the water nearby.  That usually gives me a couple glow ink sacs as a bonus every time I make the trip to harvest the amethyst.
 

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17 hours ago, Wild Emotion said:

In Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on Switch I've collected 100 Death Stones from refining 10 Elnoyle cards I got as a rare result from using Card on Bite Bug. Just in case, I've stocked 10 Elnoyle cards for refining into more Death Stones later on in addition to the 10 I've already refined. It turns out if you have 100 cards of the a monster and you use Card on it you get only the rare card result. Not all monsters transform into a rare Card though, like Fastitocalon-F. Unfortunately sometimes Card doesn't work though when that's the case, but that's what the Life magic is for. ^^ One thing about this game I love is the infinite supply of magic you can Draw or refine from items in this game. :D I've collected 5 Jumbo Cards as the rare transformation of Glacial Eye via the Card ability, too. Right now I'm working on getting 5 Trauma cards from Caterchipillar as the rare result from using Card on it. It's taking a lot longer since Caterchipillar can cast Berserk sometimes with Ultra Waves when its HP is low. You need to reduce a monster's HP first in order to use Card on them to turn them into Triple Triad cards. It's worth it though since the card has some considerable numbers on it, especially this early in the game. ^^ I save after each Caterchipillar encounter so I don't gain any experience points until I absolutely want to. lol Maybe I'm too intimidated by it, but either way, I'd rather not find myself in a situation I regret getting into only to find that I have no way out of it. ><

Sounds like you will be prepared for everything once you set out on your leveling!

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The trials of Dark Cloud continues. I am almost done with the Moon Sea which would leave finishing the Sun Giant in the Moon Factory before I am done with the area. I feel like Xiao, Ruby, and Toan are all at a good strength level, while the others still need some work. Toan’s weapon inventory remains the biggest challenge that I have though.

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Ark Ascended

Focused more on building my wall around my base for a couple of hours. Liking how it’s turning out. I also am finally finding a place for all these damned tamed Dino’s, lol. I still have yet to build the lookout tower however. 
 

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Been redecorating each region as well as adding more stuff to my home. 

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13 hours ago, Wild Emotion said:

Maybe. I hope so. The last time I attempted to go through the game at a full party of Level 100 it definitely didn't turn out well at all. lol Though I have a grasp of the Junction system now, I'm just hoping I can get my hands one some good Spells like Ultima. I love that one. ^^

Well thankfully the game scales so your level never really matters outside of boss fights and Level 5 Death one way or the other. It is all about how you Junction that determines how the experience goes.

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2 hours ago, Wild Emotion said:

What do you mean it scales? I've never really understood what that meant.

For random encounters, enemy levels match your level. So if you kept avoiding experience points and ended up getting to the end of the game with an average level of 10, enemies at that point would be Level 10 as well. Similarly, if you somehow found a way to get to an average level of 100 right now, all enemies you face would be Level 100 as well. You would face the same enemies, but they will have higher stats and I believe different Draw Magic too. New characters who join match your average level too so levels are irrelevant anytime you are not in a boss fight.

This was done to make sure whether you avoided battles and gaining experience, or over-leveled, that the difficulty remains the same where how well you Junction determines how easy fights are. However, the bosses have fixed stats so staying under-leveled is common to keep those fights interesting.

So that is why when you said you were avoiding leveling to avoid a difficult situation, I was so surprised. I get your reasoning from the perspective you have but your knowledge of the game does not really match your plan. Only if you are stuck on random encounters should you avoiding leveling up so you can get a chance to optimize your Junctions. But you are doing this at the start of the game with solid knowledge of magic, items, and it sounds like a decent feel for Junctions. If you are already trying to get Ultima, that is endgame magic. Meaning if you Junction properly, you could move forward right now without ever leveling up and beat 80% of the storyline bosses. But since I imagine you will be leveling up once you truly start, no boss will be able to beat you if you even just do decent Junctions until you get to post-game bosses. Random encounters are fundamentally easier than bosses, but punish you if you are at a high level with bad Junctions. So you will always need to keep pace with that for the full game but your level does not factor into the experience at all with them.

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8 hours ago, Wild Emotion said:

Huh. That's interesting. I was under the impression that bosses also leveled up with your characters. At least that's been my experience.

Well they technically do but only to a point so it is not as noticeable as random encounters. I don’t remember the exact numbers but eventually bosses will stop leveling up with you while random encounters always do. However, there is never going to be a time where your level makes you unable to beat a boss. That can happen with the random encounters though.

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Made some more progress in Dark Cloud yesterday. The Sun Giant is built, Moon Sea is done, and final battle at the Dark Heaven Castle has been teased. I worry about a difficulty spike or swerve last level as I have only tapped into maybe 50% of what the weapon system can be. I would rather have a post game dungeon but time will tell.

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Started the last level of Dark Cloud yesterday. As expected, there is a final dungeon. So far so good but with how much of the game has not been necessary to optimize, I expect either a long dungeon or a hard one.

The weapon capacity issue for Toan rang true as I had to throw away one of his weapons to make room. My plan had been to use repair kits to grind with his weaker weapons and then absorb them into a stronger weapon since that is what the game wants you to do. But, since I randomize who gets the repair kits when I find them, it did not work out as Ruby kept getting picked. Because I am so close to the end now, I will press on with this plan for now. At least Ruby is very strong now.

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