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My Angel Trainee Daughter

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As some of you may know, my daughter is a Disgaea fanatic. Therefore, it came as no surprise to me that she wanted to dress up as Flonne for Halloween this year.

For those who don't know, this is Flonne:

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And this is my daughter attempting to dress like her.

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Not exactly cosplayer worthy, but not a bad effort.

Going on lately, not much, though I am excited to be going to a book signing for the latest Wheel of Time book on Saturday. Brandon Sanderson and Harriet Rigney will both be there (that's the fellow who took over after Jordan's death and Jordan's wife/editor), so that should be fun. Until next time, when I shall hopefully have something interesting to write about again.

Life is a highway....

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For all you youngsters reading my blog, Life is a Highway was a moderately popular song by Tom Cochrane from the early 90's that's generally a metaphor explaining how exciting life is, with new adventures at every turn.

Well, while I agree with the choice of term, I think the metaphoric conclusion is flawed. Highways are neither exciting nor adventurous (at least not after you turn about 22 and don't drive like a total jack ass anymore), and therefore, are a fitting metaphor for the common man's life.

In any case, this is just a boring way of saying I haven't been doing terribly much lately, but felt the need to reconnect to my friends here lest you all forget that I do occasionally blog and (more rarely) have something interesting to talk about. So, at the risk of sounding even more like Eeyore, here's what I've been up to.

Completed Games:

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La Pucelle was a charming Strategy RPG with some fun and cute characters and an okay story about loss and redemption that would have been made better with actual loss. In any case, it was fun and worthwhile for SRPG gamers. Maybe I'll do a review on it at some point, but for those who just can't wait, I'd rate it in the 7.5 range.

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Fable 2 is miscla-ssfied in my opinion. It's not an RPG, at all. It is, in fact, an Action RPG/Adventure game just like Zelda and Landstalker. That being said, it's not a bad game, just not one that I was able to really enjoy due to the very poor narrative and direction. Couple that with the fact that some skills morphed my fun female character into an unrecognizable behemoth with crazy blue lines all over her and the game was more or less ruined for me by the end.

Soon to be complete/Now playing:

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At the beginning, I loved this game. By the middle, I was convinced, thoroughly convinced, that I hated it. Now I'm at the end and I'm loving it again. Whatever, I'm almost done, though I'm sure I'll play it again sometime to see which of my two viewpoints was valid.

New Acquisitions:

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Obviously, I don't have this baby yet, but it is payed for, and likely to be the only game I buy for myself for the rest of the year.

In life news, my wife is STILL looking for a job (thank you housing market for both killing her last job and the economy in general), my son made first team Defensive End for his football team, and my daughter joined the church choir which makes me a proud papa.

Oh, and I changed my avatar to something that even fewer people will recognize. His name is Needle Faintheart and he's from the 1995 PC version of Blood Bowl. I find him appropriate in honor of both the release of the new Blood Bowl and the nearing of Halloween.

Alright, I guess that's it unless anyone wants to offer me copious amounts of money :P

Completed RPG's as of 7/17/09

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I've stolen Jude's (Lightfellower) idea because I thought it was interesting to examine. I'm ever so slightly ahead of him with 58 total completed RPG's.

Sega Master System (2)
Miracle Warriors
Phantasy Star

Sega Genesis (7)
Phantasy Star II
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
Phantasy Star IV
Shining Force
Shining Force 2
Shining in the Darkness
Starflight

Playstation (2)
Suikoden
Suikoden 2

Gameboy Advance (2)
Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones

Gamecube (1)
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance

Playstation 2 (24)
Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia
Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
Champions of Norrath
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X-2
Gladius
La Pucelle: Tactics
Persona 3
Radiata Stories
Rogue Galaxy
Shadow Hearts
Shadow Hearts: Covenant
Shadow Hearts: From the New World
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
Shining Force Neo
Suikoden III
Suikoden IV
Suikoden Tactics
Suikoden V
Xenosaga Episode 1: Der Willie Zur Macht
Xenosaga Episode 2: Jenseits von Gut und Bose
Xenosaga Episode 3: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Xbox (1)
Jade Empire

X360 (8)
Enchanted Arms
Eternal Sonata
Fable 2
Fallout 3
Infinite Undiscovery
Lost Odyssey
Mass Effect
Tales of Vesperia

PC (12)
Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn
Diablo
Diablo II
Icewind Dale
Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic 2
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos
Might and Magic IV: Clouds of Xeen
Might and Magic V: The Darkside of Xeen
Planescape: Torment
Star Control 2

Soon to join the list: The Last Remnant, Persona 3 FES, Growlanser II, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines.

Catch Up Time

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Okay, so it's been since April that I've posted a blog. In that time, my wife had her gall bladder removed, lost her job, my daughter turned 10, I turned 29, I celebrated my 11th wedding anniversary, and my wife found another job (tentatively).

Eventful to say the least. Anyways, the whole point of this blog was to catch myself up to present, which I guess I just did, so therefore, I shall astound you with one of the two fish my daughter caught on Saturday.

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Also, in Gamespot related news, here's my most recent review: Disgaea 2

Okay, that's it for today as I'm at work and should be, you know, working. I'll try to put up a better blog in the near future. Maybe even a top and bottom 5 if I can get inspired.

10 Things You'll Wish You Hadn't Bothered to Learn About Me.

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Good day, loyal readers. Over the weekend, my friend and fellow RPG Templite, Angel (KenshinGirl) tagged me with the festering "10 Things" disease and so now I must spew forth some useless info about myself. Let's see...as is the tradition with this strain, here's a picture of me (not like those are rare in my blog, but still...)

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Well, I didn't say what part of me I'd post a picture of...this part just happens to be my post surgical ankle from last October. Sweet, amirite??

So anyways, let me see if I can think of 10 thinks to divulge now...

1) I work as a Customer Programs Analyst for a major natural gas distributor, so if you do business with us, I'm one of the folks who works on features that face you (your bill, your call experience, our effectiveness in responding to service requests, etc.). Exciting, huh?

2) I recently remodeled a dining room that was essentially wasted space into a den/gaming room which will be housing my future PS3 (or maybe the 360, depending on the selection of games I find for the PS3).

3) The best childhood vacation I ever went on was to Colorado when I was 12. We visited Pike's Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Bear Lake in a week long adventure full of hiking and, well, more hiking. Good times!

4) My best adult vacation was taking my kids to Disney World in 2007. It's such an easy place to have a good time and so much fun to watch the kids enjoy it...

5) I have a plant in my office at work that's been with me since I nearly died in Sept 2007 when I was hospitalized for Stevens Johnson Syndrome (do yourself a favor and don't search for images). Anyways, I think I covered that in a previous 10 things list, but I regularly refer to the plant as my "life plant" to which I am inextricably connected and joke with my coworkers that if they don't water it while I'm out that I might die.

6) My wife makes a wonderful chili (my favorite thing she makes), but she'll only do so in the fall and winter, despite my requests to the contrary.

7) I wish to visit Germany, Italy, England, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hagia Sophia, Machu Picchu, and Chichen Itza before I die. Chichen Itza is in pretty easy reach, but I suspect I'll only be able to experience a few of the others.

Sheesh, this is hard...

8 ) As evidenced by my photo, I had surgery in October to repair a torn ligament and three detached ligaments in my ankle suffered while playing basketball with my son. It took six months, but I'm finally feeling better.

9) When I was in middle school, I earned a berth on the all city band in my home town of about 200,000 (at the time) while playing the euphonium.

10) I'm an avid crossword puzzle doer....(sorry, I know that one was incredibly boring, but I can't think of anything else...)

Okay, my pennance is done. Michelle(Mangaminx), Anne (Melainy), and Dave (celtic1962), I choose thee!!!

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