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Like most long challenges, sometimes they end with a whimper instead of a bang. Due to a bunch of other distractions, I crapped out a bit on my Final Fantasy challenge towards the end. That doesn’t mean I failed necessarily, I just saw no light at the end of the multiple tunnels and it made me think “Balancing these games is hard as shit.” Here are my final thoughts on, well, Final Fantasy Month.

Final Fantasy 1

As usual, Final Fantasy 1 leaves me in a lurch. Every time I play this game, I find myself in the same situation: leveling up near Elfheim, trying not to get poisoned and hoping to hell I run into Ogres so I can get money and level ups more quickly. Wolves? No thanks.

So I didn’t advance very far, trying a few journeys to the Marsh Cave in which every enemy beat the holy dog shit out of me. Especially the four Mindflayer looking dudes. 

That said, Final Fantasy 1 is still one of my favorites in the series. I will probably continue to play it even as March comes to a close. I just won’t be playing it every day.

Final Fantasy 2

I beat this game a few years back and thought “I probably won’t play that again.” Yet here I was playing it again. I don’t hate this game by any means, but I do think it has the steepest learning curve of the whole series. I think I’m somewhere near the Imperial City, Borsk or whatever the hell it’s called. I’m unlikely to finish my playthrough of this one, but it’ll taunt me like a stubborn hangnail anyway.

Final Fantasy 3

Being that I already had a copy of this for the DS, it seemed redundant to buy another version for my Vita. But it was on sale, so whatevs. This is another game that sorely needed a makeover after its release and I think they did a good job sprucing it up. It’s one I may come back to simply because I think it’s one of the few I’ve never beat. And if you fought the last boss, you might  know why. I remember getting my ass kicked my a huge turtle. Yeah, that’s about it.

Final Fantasy 4

Another one I beat not that long ago, it’s still a game I can play over and over again. I’m not a huge fan of the moon part of the game, but the characters and storyline are still enduring after all these years. I got a little stuck on the battle with “King Baron,” or Calamazoo the Shitty Tidal Wave Turtle (what is it with me and turtles kicking my ass). I will probably put this one on hold for now since I beat it not that long ago, but it’s a favorite that feels like a warm blanket now and again.

Final Fantasy 5

Criminally underrated, Final Fantasy 5 always shows me something new each time I play it. The job classes are fun and it’s nice to experiment with them. The characters are pretty good and the storyline is simple. It’s a game I don’t remember ever beating, but for some reason I think I did. I left off the game at the end of the month on a mountain (maybe). I was just starting to find a rhythm with my current group, so it’s likely I’ll come back to this one soonish.

Final Fantasy 6

My favorite still, playing this again made me happy as usual. However, it can sometimes be like watching a movie you’ve seen over and over again. The game doesn’t offer much in the way of replayability like some of the others on the list, that is until your characters get higher level. Playing through the early parts is always good to remember nice times with one of the best RPGs ever, but I’m less likely to go through this one again simply because I have so many games right now I’d love to get to playing.

Final Fantasy Tactics

Maybe I’m impatient with tactical games more than I thought or I’m playing too many casual games as of late. But one thing I noticed about Final Fantasy Tactics, one of my all-time favorites, is that it’s not an easy game to just pick up for a few hours. It requires dedication, something I’m not really able to give it right now. While I’ll always love this game and will likely give it a try again sometime in the future, for now I need to put this one on standby. 

So that’s my conclusion of my month of Final Fantasy! I had good times, bad times, and great memories. Starting next month I’ll be playing PC games again, so check out the website for news about that soon. 

Which games in the Final Fantasy series would you like to revisit? Comment below!

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Ready to die?

Instead of doing NaNoWriMo this month, I’m doing my regular reading, writing, and other shit, but also playing Darkest Dungeon every day. I originally wanted to play until I died, but for a game so brutally difficult yet fun as hell, I decided I’m going to push through and play every day of November. Each week I’ll post my progress, notable occurrences, and how I’m feeling about the game overall. I honestly wish their were more games like this and I’m hoping a Darkest Dungeon 2 is in the works!

Here are my journeys, some more detailed than others:

 

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WARRENS: EXPEDITION 1

November 2nd, 2016

The Warrens are a place filled with plague, bacteria, and all sorts of other nasty poo to make you sick. Pig people vomit on you, slice you with rusty hooks, and chop you with butcher knives. Not a nice place to visit. It’s like a slaughterhouse gone horribly wrong.

My Group:

  • Death-Bringer the Hellion: Think awesome barbarian woman with a huge ass axe.
  • Pig Vomit (appropriately named) the Abomination: Hard to describe, but basically a cursed individual who can change into a gut-ripping beast.
  • Devereux the Jester: Good at supporting the group with his jaunty tunes, but also slices people with his sickle.
  • Sickle the Plague Doctor: Speaking of sickles, the Plague Doctor rains all sorts of horribleness on her victims with poison, powders, and other concoctions.

Bullet Points:

  • Sickle blighted folks left and right. She gives no shits.
  • Death-Bringer contracted Scurvy and became Fragile. What a wonderful combination.
  • Devereux clung to life by a thread for most of the journey.
  • Pig Vomit healed himself a bunch and became a Warrens Scrounger! That makes him way better at finding good junk.

Overall, I’d say a minor success!

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WEALD: EXPEDITION 2

The Weald is slightly less disgusting than the Warrens, but has tons of graves, creepy ass trees, and mushroom bastards that are like those insane zombies from The Last of Us. A place you don’t want to be late at night.

My Group:

  • Pig Vomit returns for another round of being abominable.
  • Cruel the Highwayman: Like a bandit that loves cutting and shooting. His pistol skills are no joke.
  • Sardine the Bounty Hunter: Probably my best named character, Bounty Hunters have a well-rounded mix of skills including chopping with a hatchet and throwing a chain on a hook. Who doesn’t love a chain on a hook?
  • Sickle (I think) rounded out the group.

Bullet Points:

  • Pig Vomit got Rabies, trapped and Slowdraw
  • Cruel got Slowdraw, too. Damn sappy mushroom folks!
  • Sardine got Death’s Door from a mushroom man and became Vigorous. Hot damn!

Got a Town Fair that makes all Stress Relief activities free! Yahoo! I needed that after all the stress I’ve had.

 

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WEALD: EXPEDITION 3

The Weald is full of bandits and mushroom people that love to beat the shit out of you with their meaty arms. Good times!

Bullet Points:

  • The Collector showed up. Shit. This doesn’t look good.
  • Bretteville got hammered bleeding and Death’s Door became Fearful
  • Tournebut the Antiquarian died
  • Abandoned quest and fled The Collector
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WEALD: EXPEDITION 4

Back to the Weald.

Bullet Points:

  • Death-Bringer hung on at the end
  • Cobb brought the pain salad
  • Pig Vomit killed folks

 

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RUINS: EXPEDITION 5

The Ruins are like a crypt no one should ever go into full of eldritch horrors and devilish undead. Not a place to travel to late at night.

November 3rd, 2016

  • Party Wipe from the Sonorous Prophet. That Rubble of Ruin skill is brutal. He rained death on us and we all died. Poo.

RIP folks. Pig Vomit, Sardine, et al.

 

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RUINS: EXPEDITION 6

November 4th

I decided to keep on going even after a devastating loss, and back into the Ruins I go. Albeit, a bit simpler this time. Got some successful upgrades! Not much else to report from this one, fairly straightforward.

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WARRENS: EXPEDITION 7

Killed the Swine Prince! Kiss my ass you pork…ass.

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Isn’t he lovely?

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COVE: EXPEDITION 8

The Cove is a stinking pit of salty death full of fish people with rusty hooks and other horrors of the deep.

Font the Crusader became Paranoid and bloated corpse exploded and almost killed everyone. Those are the main highlights.

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WEALD: EXPEDITION 9

Not much to say about this one. Easy as shit!

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WARRENS: EXPEDITION 10

OK, it’s the weekend here so I can get more detailed with the journeys. I also got creative with the names…sort of.

November 5th

My Group:

  • Regamey aka Hot Dog the Abomination
  • Carbuncle the Man-at-Arms
  • Martel the Antiquarian
  • Giscard the Occultist

Bullet Points:

  • Martel got Death’s Door after being sliced by a pig man and now she is teetering on the edge of death every few minutes.
  • Regamey got a good quirk and a bad quirk! Shit.
  • Breezed through the rest. Pretty simple scouting mission. Now onto something a bit more difficult…
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COVE: EXPEDITION 11

My Group:

  • Bloody Jobe the Leper
  • Carbuncle the Man-at-Arms
  • Courteney the Gravedigger
  • McMurphy the Vestal

Bullet Points:

  • Damn, that first swarm of fish people royally kicked my ass. This is not a good start.
  • Both Courtney and McMurphy are at Death’s Door early on. This sucks for me.
  • Got overwhelmed by some bandits and decided to flee and get the hell out of there. My characters were all low on health, two at Death’s Door and it looked likely that they wouldn’t make it. Hate to run, but screw it. Plus, they all got diseases afterwards. A nice plague cherry on top.
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WARRENS, EXPEDITION 11

My Group:

  • Death-Bringer
  • Hot Dog
  • Sardine (back from the dead!)
  • Giscard

Bullet Points:

  • Killed a bunch of pig people.
  • Good combination of heroes with Death-Bringer hitting hard, Sardine pulling off some Mortal Kombat Scorpion moves (get over here!) and Regamey and Giscard disabling everyone.
  • Easy expedition, got off with a few scratches (and diseases).

 

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WEALD: EXPEDITION 12

My Group (The Laughing Dogs of War):

  • Font
  • Cobb
  • Bretteville
  • Giscard

Bullet Points

  • Font is getting barraged with disease, bleeding, and blight. He probably looks like uncooked hamburger meat.
  • Managed to survive despite mushrooms hitting me from all sides. And with some loot!
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WEALD: EXPEDITION 13

Lucky 13!

My Group-Puke Green(with wonderful nicknames and matching green outfits):

  • Carbuncle
  • Hot Dog
  • Sardine
  • Sickle

Bullet Points:

  • Everyone was stressed AF and it didn’t look good since Sardine became Masochistic (wanting to be hurt) and Carbuncle was Paranoid (thinking everyone is out to kill him). Team Puke Green was having some trust issues.
  • In the end, the rabid dogs were kicking my green ass, but I managed to pull the team through to the end, diseased and near the edge of mental breakdown. Ah, good times.
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COVE: EXPEDITION 14

My Group (The Laughing Dogs of War are back!)

  • Font
  • Cobb
  • Bretteville
  • Giscard

Bullet Points:

  • Got stressed as hell again.
  • Managed to keep things under control with Bretteville’s stress reducing lute.
  • Killed loads of fish people.

 

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RUINS: EXPEDITION 15

A long expedition, Veterans only, so let’s see how this turns out.

My Group:

  • Bloody Jobe
  • Death-Bringer
  • Sardine
  • McMurphy

Bullet Points:

  • Well, that sucked.
  • McMurphy’s dead. RIP.
  • Everyone got their Resolve tested and went mad. Then I got ambushed by some spiders while I was camping.
  • OK, so that went badly. I had to run again. These Veteran expeditions are no joke.

Well, that concludes Week 1. If you read all of that, you have more endurance than me (thanks!). I’ll continue the journeys with Week 2 so keep an eye out for more journal-riffic descents into the Darkest Dungeon!

And if you want to check out The Grim Tidings Podcast interview with some of the awesome guys from Red Hook Studios discussing Darkest Dungeon you can find it here!

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