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  • Sachi 10:22 pm on February 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: charity, Christchurch, disaster, DriveThruRpg.com, Earthquake, fundraiser, New Zealand, Red Cross, roleplay game   

    New Zealand Earthquake Relief – Receive RPG Bundle! 


    I suppose I’ve reached that point in my career as an internet celebrity (ha, I wish) in which I start supporting fundraisers and using my vast power and influence to get my fans to rally up and do the right thing. Well, at least hear me out, because have I got a great deal for you.

    As you might have heard, New Zealand’s city of Christchurch was recently devastated with a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Nearly one hundred people have been confirmed dead at this point, and about two hundred people are still missing, leading New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to dub February 22, 2011 as the nation’s darkest day. This is a national emergency for the small island-country, and they can use all the help they can get in recovering from this disaster. This is where you guys come in:

    DriveThruRPG.com, the largest online store for new and vintage RPGs, has teamed up with the New Zealand Red Cross to raise funds for the earthquake relief. For only $20 you can purchase a Role Play Game bundle containing nearly $340 worth of RPGs; that’s nearly 50 RPGs for an the simple price of $20, and all the money is going directly to the New Zealand Red Cross. Alternatively, if you’re not interested in all this RPG crap, you can simply directly donate money to the funds.

    I personally think this is a great way to help out; even if you’re not concerned with the disaster in New Zealand, just think of the amazing deal you’re getting with all these amazing games. I’m not too crazy about getting so many games that I could never finish, since I’m not a huge RPG fan, but I didn’t hesitate at the offer and the chance to do what I could to help out. It’s cheap, and it’s going to a great cause, so what’s stopping you?

    You can make your purchase or donation at this address: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=88713&src=social_media_link&sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d65ef0306a6ccaa%2C0

    Thanks for the support, everybody!

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  • Sachi 2:35 pm on February 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Olacion, , religion, roleplay game, science, , , Valkyire Profile, Vareth,   

    Science and Religion in Radiata Stories 


    In the Kingdom of Radiata, the city is split into four sections, each run by a different guild: Theater Vancoor (Warrior Guild) resides in the Red Town; the Olacion Order (Priest Guild) resides in the White Town; Vareth Magic Institute (Mage Guild) in the Blue Town; and the Void Community (Bandit Guild) in the Black Town. While ultimately contrasting, and often clashing with each other, the four guilds help maintain the balance within Radiata, and are on occasion called to set aside their differences to go to the aid of the Kingdom.

    Today, I’m here to talk to you about the Mage Guild and the Priest Guild.

    On the surface, these two appear to be complete opposites: one advocates the use of scientific reasoning and understanding in order to solve the world’s mysteries logically; the other advocates the importance of religion based on holy scripture and uses faith to solve the world’s mysteries. Here, we have the classic clash: science and religion.  However, many ways in which the guilds interact with one another, as well as core similarities between the two, lead me to believe that some suggestion is being made about the interaction and coexistence of science and religion by example through Radiata Stories. (More …)

     
    • Kyalie 3:04 pm on March 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, i ran into your blog while searching how this f*cking door before Lezard was supposed to be opened 😀
      Anyway, that’s an interesting article of yours, but not the first subject i would have chosen about Radiata Stories background.
      Somehow, coincidences have made me being into stories related to two peoples, one forest-loving and the other one technology lover, fighting over each other; the Soldier’s son trilogy of Robin Hobb, Avatar and Radiata Stories (i think Avatar is the one of these three media that deals with the subject in the least subtle way).
      I remember Ridley saying something, during the sidequest for the green orcs, about humanity, defending it, explaining why the humans acted like they were. I thought this was very true, and was eager to listen to the quote again so i could write it down in my second non-human game… but i missed the quest, i didn’t know it was actually a side-quest. Anyway, i thought it kind of stood out from the rest of the game, which unfortunately leaves a feeling of incompleteness; i was baffled by the two endings which really deserved to be deepened. I mean, they were shorter than many other cutscenes in the game! and the silver dragon seemed out of place as a boss.
      I thought the story had much potential, and that the designers were in a good frame of mind to treat the subject (of two peoples with different cultures fighting against each other) but somehow they missed the point, maybe due to the Larks-Cross dynamic which seems so not believable and to Jack being almost obnoxious if the human path (maybe because it was my second game…?).
      On the other hand, they managed to make you feel really bad for leaving your friends behind when you choose the fairy path just by making them become random enemies, and emptying the fields and villages. I think it hurt me more than any cutscene would have ^^’
      Anyway, i hope you’ll make an article about it, the fairy people/human people opposition 🙂
      Have a nice day! (sorry if there are some mistakes, i’m french).
      Oh, btw, i think the water dragon gives us its name just before you fight it in the optional dungeon, though i just can’t remember it right now.

    • meister_dan 7:26 am on June 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The Water dragon’s name is Kelvin

  • Sachi 5:38 pm on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ashe, Balthier, Basch, Dr. Cid, , , , roleplay game, , Vaan,   

    Balthier Truly is the Leading Man 


    So, I’ve recently been on a huge Final Fantasy XII binge; most of my time outside school and college applications have been dedicated to exploring the vast and expansive world of Ivalice and reworking myself through the story of Princess Ashe’s reclaiming of Dalmasca and its independence from Archadia. It’s a good thing I hadn’t done a review of this game to this point, because up until now I would have had hardly anything positive to say about it; frankly, the game annoyed me more than Final Fantasy X, which is hard to do. However, over the years the game has really grown on me and is now probably my favorite of the series, next to Final Fantasy IX. I can get onto a whole tangent about why this game is awesome (which I may do in another essay), but that’s not what this rant is about. No, this rant will be about a something a little more specific.

    Now, those of you who played FFXII, you probably found yourself a little annoyed with the awkward placement of two certain characters: Vaan, the lead protagonist who seems to just be there for the ride, and Penelo, who seems to just be there for Vaan. It’s true; other than Vaan’s loose association with the plot due to his brother Rex, these two characters seem to be of no consequence to any real end in this plot and are rather vestigial. You’ve probably also heard rumors suggesting something along the lines that Captain Basch was supposed to be the lead, but was pushed into the side so that Vaan could bring about a bishounen, teenage icon aspect to the story. If true, that would have totally been awesome and much better than what we ended up with. But this, too, doesn’t matter, because it turns out that another character is actually the lead, and that character is Balthier. (More …)

     
  • Sachi 5:44 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , elves, , Jack Russell, , , Ridley Silverlake, roleplay game, , ,   

    Radiata Stories 


    Time, yet again, for another video game review, and who would have guessed it would be another RPG? In 2005, Tri-Ace released their newest game, Radiata Stories. A completely new project, Radiata Stories aimed to take the aspects of the basic RPG, mix it with a compelling story in a fantasy setting, and make it modern with little taste of Tri-Ace here and there. Overall, the game is a cross between Star Ocean (another Tri-Ace series) and some children’s fairy tale involving knights, elves and dragons. Radiata Stories literally offers hundreds of hours of entertaining gameplay, and the possibilities seem endless. It is definitely one of the great games of the RPG genre, and here’s why. (More …)

     
    • Fer 6:26 pm on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Really a great game!! One of my favourties! Love it, love it!! :3
      nice gameplay, music and characters!

  • Sachi 12:33 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Disney, Donald Duck, , , Goofy, , Mickey Mouse, , roleplay game, ,   

    Kingdom Hearts 


    Are you a big fan of Final Fantasy for its badass characters, innovative battle systems, and its state based leveling system? Are you a big fan of Disney for its fun, lovable, and versatile characters and settings? Then you should certainly love it when they’re put in a blender together and make what is now one of the most popular game series of the decade: Kingdom Hearts. Released in 2002, Kingdom Hearts took the world by surprised, offering a real-time battle system, character classes, and a great story, becoming the perfect mix of Final Fantasy and Disney. This game was on of the first video games I ever grew to love, and it certainly opened me up to a vast world of gaming, especially in RPGs. To this day, almost eight years later it remains as what may quite possibly be my favorite games series of all time that I make sure to play through every once in a while. You may be wondering how such an odd blend could ever be good in any way shape or form, and I’ll tell you how now. (More …)

     
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