A thought on GBF’s latest event

The world is on fire.

Let’s not kid ourselves. If you are an English speaker and spend any amount of time online, it’s hard not to miss the dumpster fire that is our world right now. A lot of rights are under threat or being co-opted by fascists, trolls and general pieces of shit that delight in making the world that much more miserable for the rest of us, sucking out any possible joy from the day.

Tear my heart out why don't you cygames

It’s hard not to just hunker down and hide yourself from the world, from showing any form of vulnerability to anyone just to protect yourself. If your work involves empathising with other human beings, any form of creative expression and in general just trying to make the world a better place, it’s hard not to wonder what’s the point of it all when you see the pedophiles running the place and the loonies stripping you of whatever dignity you had left.

Singing won't turn back time

In times of disaster, art cannot fill the belly. It is powerless in the physical world. It cannot adequately protect from the loss of a home.

Singing won't fill the belly

But to expect that of art is unfair. Art admits it cannot fill the belly. Art admits it is powerless in the face of physical upheaval and the force of nature.

But that is not art’s purpose. It never was.

One of the most amazing things about Granblue Fantasy’s (GBF) writing is that it never quite answers what art is supposed to mean. Everyone has a different (literally) view of art. In fact, in its current mini event, Thought in Song, GBF sends out a timely reminder to all those who pursue any form of creative endeavours, that they need to take care of themselves.

The entire storyline is an expression of love from the writers and designers to the community. It is a comforting message, and in days where people are being hounded because they dared to try to make others feel better, it steels you.

You are needed and wanted.

“We hear you.”

“We know it hurts.”

“We feel the pain, anger, hurt and confusion.”

“We are here for you.”

“We got you.”

Hey, we're here for you.

“We believe in you.”

Thank you, Granblue Fantasy writers, translators and whoever directed this. I needed to hear that.

Now excuse me while I go and sob ugligy. WHY DID YOU DO THAT TO PRECIOUS CARO WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???? ;_;

Edited: Another reason why I love this storyline is because they make it an IMPORTANT POINT to show that art is not something you get by on sheer talent. No, you need to master the basics and practise over and over again until you get it right.

One of the key scenes involves a main character reminiscing about the time he first learnt to paint. There’s also numerous other scenes in Thought in Song where characters either practise or demonstrate the importance of practising.

In this case, literally, practise does make perfect!

[Gaming] Postknight tips

Postknight image taken from Facebook
Kurechii’s Postknight is a cute side-scrolling game that harkens back to the RPG days of Maplestory, Dragonica and the like. It’s also designed to be played in minutes rather than hours, so if you’re looking for a quick game to destress or to play while on the train, this is the game for you.

That said, if you weren’t part of the beta and you’re looking to maximise your Postknight sessions, here are some tips that might be useful:

Getting equips

Each town has 3 equips sets per town. They’re distinguished by different tier levels. Things to note:
– 3 pieces of the 4 equip set will always be drops. Your 4th will always be available only from the merchant (last guy in each town).
– Always try to wear an entire set whenever possible. Resist the urge to switch to a higher-stat one when you get it, as you get a bonus when you equip all items from the same set
– Upgrading your equips to the max will grant you additional perks on top of what you get from the full set equip bonus

Potion upgrades

When upgrading your healing potion, note that you will have 3 options. One upgrades how much health you recover, the second how fast you can drink the potion, and the third is the defensive boost you receive (thanks Reddit for the last!).
– Before adding herbs to the first option (to increase health recovered), add herbs to reduce your cooldown. Every time you upgrade to increase how much you recover, you add a 1-second delay to your cooldown timer.
– I’d get it down to a 4 second cooldown before upgrading how much health I can recover.
– Upgrading the defensive boost doesn’t affect the cooldown timer.

Delivery Quests or Main Quest?

Depending on your game style, you may prefer to blast through the story before engaging on the Delivery Quests. This is a bad idea.
– Delivery quests refresh every 3- 4 hours. Doing a Delivery Quest earns you tokens which you can use to upgrade your Postknight rating.
– Each rating has 8 levels, so you start off at C8 in the beginning and can work your way up to S1 (I assume).
– Earning the tokens allows you to earn EXP and gold when you’re not in the game or idle – useful for resource management.
– The Delivery quests have some good storyline.
– TL;DR Do your delivery quests before you continue with the main quest for levelling rewards and cute glimpses into your town’s lives.

Combat-Ready

When fighting, remember:
– Spam your pots as much as you can. This lets you heal quicker.
– Use your shield when approaching enemies. Your shields should stop the attack.
– Time your charges wisely. When fighting a boss, resist the urge to follow the boss too closely. Rather, charge him when he’s firing at you (make sure your shields are up!).

Will add more when I remember. Did I miss out on anything? Let me know in the comments below!

Distracted by Path of Exile

Path of Exile

I’m alive! Or so it may not matter, if you haven’t been by the blog recently. Things have been, as they are apt to be at the end of the month, simply nuts.

That, and I kind of got swallowed by Path of Exile.

It’s a game very much in the vein of Diablo, if you’ve played it. Unlike Diablo though, the story feels more interesting to me, and the character you play does have an impact on the dialogue other characters have with you.

I actually started a Patreon for this, thinking to document my journey. Within three weeks that got shot to hell because I tend to be playing faster than I’m writing. What I do have are impressions, so I’ll probably concentrate on that more.

On one hand, I finally killed Malachai (yay!) but it was a tough fight. Urgh. Not quite looking forward to the fact that I’ll need to go through him a second time to get to Merciless. In terms of loot and storytelling, that’s where I’ll need to go next, says the boyfriend.

Which brings me to something I find really interesting. Path of Exile’s lore is depicted in conversations (as you might expect) graffiti, and even random notebooks and the like here and there. What I find interesting is how the same NPCs can say completely different things to your characters, simply based on what class you’re playing.

Yes, I know there are other games that are more decision based, but one of the things I like about PoE is the straightforward, linear storytelling. There’s no real room for deviation, only what build your character is. Also discovering uniques is fun. Quite a bit of story unfolds with them.

With that, back to game!

PS: I don’t play the Garena version which is what Malaysia’s officially on. I’m playing on the Grinding Gear Games official client. Faster updates.

3DS… WANT!

So… thanks to [Marauderz] and Kakei, I now feel like getting a 3DS. List of games I’d get:

  • Ace Attourney 5 (C’MON, MILES IN GLASSES!)
  • ALL the Layton games available
  • Devil Survivor… the Overclock versions, even though yes, I have already finished them.
  • Animal Crossing… and finish it for real
  • Fire Emblem (the amount of squeeing on my timeline…)

I like the fact that I can get the games semi-legally through the Nintendo e-Shop, though I am really unhappy that the games are tied to the device rather than the account. This means if something happens to the device, all my games are gone ARGH.

I’ve been told that it makes more sense to get the 3DS before I go to Japan because then I’d get more Street Passes. Someone remind me again what do they do?

This hole is deep… but not deep enough.