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  1. Sometimes, the best Fire Emblem experiences seem to be gathered from taking in advice from friends... If there's anything that I've learned from my time playing Fire Emblem Heroes last year, is that the Reborn Community has a lot of great friends who really do dig the franchise and provide a lot of handy tips. Here's a place where you can do just that - bring up a unit, share your thoughts on how they can be optimized or what you think should be done to make them enjoyable to play with, and just talk about why that unit is good or not-so-good in general. If this thread takes off - you should have a list of Fire Emblem characters across all games that can be referred to by people who pick up one of the titles themselves. Kicking off this list is a controversial character that I don't really like, but can absolutely respect as a unit. Peri. --- (No, she isn't a Hero at base -or- after heart seal usage...she's a cavalier.) Peri is a young noble girl who serves along with Laslow (or Awakening's Inigo) as Prince Xander's retinue in Fates. She has an incredibly child-like personality in that she's written in a way to where she doesn't truly understand the difference between right and wrong and is often seen fussing about not getting her way. This manifests itself most noticeably in the form of a striking bloodlust, where her servants and any wildlife that are nearby are in serious danger if Peri is bored or upset. Xander employed Peri after a mediocre showing at a jousting tournament, because he was by self-admission attracted to her. Because, Xander is a totally reasonable individual. In comparison to Silas and Xander, Peri is a noticeably faster and more magic-resistant cavalier. She has better weapon ranks than the former, but is eclipsed by the later due to Xander's personal weapon having two range and high might. She also differs from the new knight and the crown prince in that she prefers to use lances as opposed to swords, boasting an impressive C rank in lances at base. She even joins with a Steel Lance. Depending on how much usage you get from Silas prior, Peri has the potential to be the better offensive cavalier in a one-to-one comparison. If Silas isn't close to reaching C rank in swords, Peri probably wins the toss-up from there as she can use Beast Killers to down shapeshifters, pegasus knights, and Vallite/Bandit/Garon's army cavaliers from base. She also can use Killer Lances for a high critical hit chance and Blessed Lances to heal every turn and down Faceless and Stoneborn enemies. Defensively, she is the worst cavalier you pick up despite having the edge against mages unless you have the Hexlock Spear accessible via castle battles or you have gotten lucky and picked one up. The Hexlock Spear accentuates Peri's lean toward magic resistance and definitively establishes her as the physical damage dealer to send after mages. Without the spear, Xander's great physical bulk is too much to go up against and Silas usually turns out fairly balanced with better availability. She shines even less if you are one to use Silas' daughter Sophie. Sophie has the potential to become the best cavalier barring Xander in the game because like her father, her growths are evenly pretty decent across the board. Seigbert, Xander's son, can also get some good resistance, but not if you are playing the game the right way and marrying him to Charlotte. Peri reclasses into a Dark Mage through her heart seal option. It's not a great class for Peri to stay in and she should definitely promote as a Cavalier to either Paladin or Great Knight before considering it. The reason why - is because she can then immediately hop over into the Dark Knight line, where her usage is saved by her sword rank. Through Dark Knight, she can pick up Heartseeker, which lowers her enemies' avoid by 20. Malefic Aura to help her usage in Sorcerer if you want to switch over for the skills, Seal Magic, which is a very good skill for Peri as it hits her opponent for -6 Magic (making her resistance beefier when she fights them), and Lifetaker, which is good for Peri because her kills will not only give her her personal skill stat buffs but also some HP back, which helps improve her survivability by playing aggressively. Sorc, likely at the expense of an Arm's Scroll, gives you Vengeance, which is another good skill for Peri in that any damage she has taken can be used as extra damage - especially if she doesn't have Armored Blow or Lifetaker to beef herself up. I don't see the Arm's Scroll usage as worth it here though. Of her base class, the better class promotion to go is Great Knight. It patches up her poor defense growth wise and gives her access to Luna to deal more damage (increasing her chance to proc her personal) by halving effective Defense/Res (or something like that) along with Armored Blow to reduce physical damage when she initiates combat. Peri has one of the more fun personal skills in the game in Bloodthirst. When Peri kills an enemy, she gets +4 in Strength, Magic, Skill, and Speed. This makes her a very scary enemy phase unit and a good unit for Azura to tail and dance for in order to make use of the boosts. While fun, it may require some strategic setup or relegating Azura to one unit when others may need to be refreshed more than Peri does. All the same, when she pulls the skill off, Peri's usually killing at least two units per round fairly consistently. Recommended Skillset: Bloodthirst, Elbow Room, Heartseeker, Seal Magic, Lifetaker/Vengeance, Armored Blow Recommended Weapon: Hexlock Spear, Javelin, Steel Lance, Iron Sword (if Dark Knight) Recommended Final Class: Great Knight --- Closing thoughts: I personally have a predisposition towards Silas and Sophie, so Peri is a benchwarmer for me. Especially after Xander and his son join the party. This isn't because I can't find a way to use Peri at all though, rather than it being a redundancy issue. In order to use Peri well, you must play her aggressively. Doing so however can be a hilariously carnage-filled experience in your favor and is mighty rewarding. She may not be characterized well, but as a unit, she's pretty good. Solid B grade.
  2. I'll take the target off your back by saying that Phoenix Mode isn't as bad as everyone will make it out to be. The mode broadens the player base by removing all frustration from the game. While I would never play it personally - it enables players who care about story and shipping to essentially do that and a few may even learn how to be a more efficient tactician in the interim. Dont like the Mode? Don't play it. Permadeath is always going to be an option. Theres nothing wrong with expanding the playerbase and making coin by making the game more accessible. --- Ive got no beef with Avatars, but I like them not serving as Lords. I'd rather them be customizable in primary class -and- secondary class and we spice it up by letting them start getting some Choose-your-own-adventure elements or something as a tactician. The biggest issue with MUs always seems to be wearing too big of a pair of shoes. Bring back personal skills. Personality is cool.
  3. Title speaks for itself. I would want to have a mixture of classic Fire Emblem classes with culture inspired ones. Much like Hoshido's Oriental classes in Fates. The story doesn't need to be Classic Vs. New, but having new classes is pretty fun. I would want a class promotion system similar to Fates where the unit's personality, friends, and romantic partner expand their class tree beyond their base class - using Seals or some other promotion items. I would want some sort of weapon triangle. Echoes was cool, but it's an oddball for a reason. The WT provides the player more control of the situation without utterly breaking the game unless the unit is over-leveled. I do not want Awakening Second Seals. Fates Eternal Seals are fine. The next 'Mila's Turnwheel' mechanic from Echoes needs to be a staple in the franchise. Most players tend to try to beat the game without losing units and will reset over simply leaving a unit they invested time into dead. Towns and Dungeons would be pretty fun if they could be implemented without classic Fire Emblem mechanics and not in a complete Gaiden reboot. Full VA. Please. It's great. However, get your money's worth on your VA and have units support the entire army. The newer FE's do a great job at providing replayability through all the customization and optimization.. more on this later. The better reason for this bullet though, is that various characters seem to bring out more obscure traits to characters in supports when they have many and with characters they would typically be less involved with. I don't mind if quality suffers a bit in writing here (within reason), as supports are not the main character presentation. I'm going to be a tepid supporter of child units. Awakening and Fates did a poor job of making them fit in the narrative (with varying degrees, as Awakening at least tried to make sense of the situation.) The bottom line is, the various skill passing and modifier changing and hair colors all the way to "Scramble" DLC that makes every version of the child different depending on the auxiliary parent is just pretty great for the games value. If it requires making the war last multiple decades in order to make sense, Fire Emblem isn't a stranger to that. If Competitive play is a thing, why not take it to the next level and make it three generations, with the last generation not being so needed in the story, but being the slice-of-life characters we seem to like in the later Fire Emblems: with now absurd skill inheritance options and modifiers and growths that are ripe for competitive min-maxing? Fanservice characters need to be reasonable and I would prefer Intelligent Systems refrain from making them marketing tools. Charlotte in Fates is an excellent example of battle bikini done right. Since promiscuity is a required facet of Charlotte's plan of getting ahead as a person, it would make sense that her armor would be made with alluring men in mind. Camilla, despite being a great character, is the inverse of this. Intelligent Systems, both in Fates' cutscenes and in following titles, have made Camilla more of a promiscuous character for the sake of attracting the players themselves and more importantly, to expand their pockets. The ultimate portrayal however, is Sonya in Echoes. Sonya combines deadly beauty with display of power as a mercenary mage, and she does it without being over the top in the art department.
  4. Things HoshiDOES that Nohr doesn't.

    I mean...I don't agree with that completely. Fire > Rat Spirit Ox Spirit is probably cooler than Thunder and Mjolnir, although Mjolnir is a great tome. Sheep, Rabbit, and Monkey Spirit look.....almost exactly the same? All of them have some Indigo-ish, blue, purple color and I can't tell them apart. Dragon Spirit -is- pretty cool. Calamity Gate looks more like a head than a gate. Unless the calamity is that it's hideous looking...then I guess the name kinda works.. Meanwhile, Fimbulvetr is a cool ice tome, Nosferatu is consistent dark magic, Ragnarok and Ginnungagap look extremely dangerous.... --- However, Healing Staves are much better in Hoshido. You did remind me of that. --- After looking at the Hoshido cast, I would argue that Hoshido's non-nobles may not have loveable tropes that jump off the character's person immediately, but that the characters are slightly better written, with the exception of Niles and Charlotte on the other side being excellent personalities and Setsuna being ... hand picked out of nobility to be an unhelpful retainer to Hinoka and a walking meme. (sorry...) Oboro is the daughter of two tailors who served the Hoshidan royal family and both were killed by Nohrians, leaving her with a beyond rational hatred for the entire nation of Nohr that manifests in both a scary facial expression and a really good Personal skill. She also has romantic interest in Takumi. Saizo comes from a long line of ninja (along with his brother Kaze) and was designated as the serious Christmas Knight of this game, while still being totally unique both in class and in character. He upholds a strict honor code that is only backed up with insane levels of verbal savagery. The war - in all three paths - serves as a kind of revenge tour for Saizo, who will always have help from Corrin and their forces (even if sent from Nohr) in killing the man who murdered his father. Orochi was a retainer for Queen Mikoto along with Reina before she was killed - and as a seer, was able to warn the Queen of her impending death. Rather than take measures to avoid being killed, Mikoto sort of embraced the reality and prepared herself to be laid to rest. Orochi comes from a line of nobles who served the Hoshidan royals with their fortune telling, and the entire family was not well-liked because they divined both good and bad futures. She overcomes this stigma by being an incredibly playful adult. Azama is a fantastic love-or-hate unit, but is a gold mine philosophical mind and his sense of humor is pretty great. Despite being an easy-going priest who seems to bend the rules of how a priest should act on the surface, he is quite serious about his duties. Kaze seems like a regularly devoted Hoshidan "retainer" to Corrin - but only because that was likely a role he could really "claim" for himself. He seems to be the incredibly-sexy-yet-oblivious-to-the-fact male character who is more concerned with being helpful and feeling needed than he is in returning the favor to those women. While lacking an A-Support in Birthright is disastrous writing, the story in the support best explains Kaze as a character in this cast. Without Corrin, Kaze legitimately is merely a ninja-for-hire to the Hoshidan royal family. Not all of them are great. Hana is forgettable outside of being a pretty face, Subaki could have been super cool but instead is literally just Man-Cordelia (except he's not actually perfect), Rinkah is a ....stoic?....angry person?.....Both?..... Reina is a....sadist?.....
  5. "Help me, You."

    Really?... Suddenly, I can see you and Mael's side of things a little bit clearer. I certainly can't speak for Catholic doctrine, but the clergy doesn't look like a fit for me in that setting. --- I want to think that in regards to the Presidency making these tough decisions, that it wouldn't be as much of an issue if President Trump doesn't have a reason to be so consistently pro-men in this debate (such as trying to normalize his own case(s) of abusing women by proclaiming the innocence of other abusers.) I want to believe that if Trump was able to take up normal presidential positions with regards to how "great" of a leader Vladimir Putin is or to what degree should we defend neo-nazis that maybe playing devil's advocate here wouldn't be such an issue. Of course, I like to place my faith in my leaders, and use my criticisms not as a bid to usurp those in power by to improve the actions of those in power. leaving all of those boxes unchecked and then having this happen is greatly concerning and understandably begets the kind of response it has gotten. When things get bad enough that I start to counting down for the next election season, it's not because I like the political process (even though I do more than most) but because I've reached the end of my rope. The thing here is, because of this President's approach during the campaign, many of us have gotten to that point before we knew he was actually going to win the election. You propose a grim, but fair view of reality - and one that I see all too clearly. If I didn't ask for advice I would have felt alone in struggling with it. Thank you, all who reply here, for being comforting and providing some wisdom. Evi, what you reminded me of specifically is two things, even if you didn't actually say them yourself. Sometimes the right thing to do isn't something you want to do. Pastors protect their flocks as the shepherds do. When in that frame of mind, I don't feel as conflicted. The challenge will be remembering both things at once should the issue arise. -- Actually, nearly all of those are New Testament passages. A few of them were copied from larger excerpts, but it seems to all stem from the Pauline epistles and tree of influence, as well as the Pastorals written by Jesus' disciples. There are also a few that deal with fathers and sons, and not the relationship of a wife to her husband. I'll have to read some more into these to see if there's some imperial background going on or if this is more like you said, direct exhortation. Technically, all of these places do fall under the Roman Empire - but someone like Peter, the author of Hebrews, or John may have more direct teachings. except in Revelation. John was either on some seriously good drugs there on that island of Patmos or speaking pretty extensively in Imperial code.
  6. "Help me, You."

    @Eviora Clergy, just as their fellow secular members in counseling, are strongly urged to report abuse claims to law enforcement. Confidentiality is never intended solely for the purpose of keeping secrets. It's about providing advice and aid to the person who comes to talk to you. By allowing the abuser to remain in a position where they can continue abuse, the pastor is providing no help to the person confiding in them. Failing to report is unethical in any situation, and is a particularly unloving action that is frowned upon in ministry circles. Often, the best way to help an abuser is to have their abuse revealed. While initial reaction to a pastor (as would be anyone else) informing the authorities would feel like being betrayed, bringing justice to the abuser effectively can put them in a place where they can start anew and move on for the better, where keeping the victim's accusation in the dark leads to no reform for the abuser - which is obviously a bad place for the victim and a failure on the part of the minister. --- I'm down with consistency, and I would be inclined to agree that President Trump did confess to abusive behavior in the Access Hollywood tape - at the very least more so than it being "locker room talk." It's consistently demoralizing watching President Trump use his office to play Devil's Advocate for issues that merely require the status quo (Abuse is wrong and we can't have Mr. Portman do that and represent the United States in such an unbecoming manner) answer to keep the media from postulating that you are a white supremacist sympathizer or that you are fundamentally against women. I also don't dispute how potentially damaging it might have been for women to have watched in early November that man become the President-Elect. If anything though, while I am not a woman and have no idea what's going on in the minds of each individual woman in America, I would contend that women have ROARED since the election. The Women's March gained more coverage than President Trump's actual inauguration and happened pretty much concurrently. The #MeToo movement has made revealing abuse "trendy" and has been used by many people to overcome what may have held them back previously. The Democratic Party is stationed to have an unusually strong Midterm election period behind a largely female pool of political hopefuls... I don't mean to be ignorant of women that are still keeping silent. I just can't speak to how large that number actually is and can only assume that there are indeed still women who are under pressure to keep their stories to themselves. Nevertheless, women have persisted. And if you have any doubts as to how I feel about the situation, I believe that to be the biggest shame of them all - that in a time where so much liberation is taking place regarding this issue, that not everyone is able to be free from the shadow of abuse just yet. --- I believe you have me pegged wrong. Just because my father and my president provide "true" (-ish. President Trump doesn't know what Due Process actually is, but I understand his point) realities regarding men and I have some barriers on my end regarding my choice in profession doesn't mean that I am particularly distraught at all over how men who are facing these severe allegations are treated. I merely wish to fairly acknowledge validity where it is. People -are- falsely accused. That's just as much of a reality as abuse itself. Men -are- over-correcting and harming women inadvertently in their quest to avoid harming women. Abuse -isn't- a purely women's issue. Being a sexual predator, be it as consequence for real action or being falsely convicted of such action, is life damaging. I would never use my position as a counselor to advocate for the feelings of the subject of someone's complaint. If that person has something to say to me, they should come say it to me personally. At that time when someone is claiming abuse, it's the victim's story that matters and that story only. How do I assist you? Here's what I am -obligated- to do with this information, so will you stay here and tell the police what you told me, or would you like me to tell the police myself? Can I refer you to someone I know who has survived and overcome what you are going through? Would you like my wife's number so you can talk to a woman about things you may not feel comfortable telling me as a male? None of those inquiries or any others that may arise would seek to level the playing field. That isn't my job. However, with debate raging and being influential on various people throughout the gender spectrum and outside of it, I want to know how to navigate the fallout in the most fair way possible and in a way the preserves my dignity and ability to effectively provide help to those who approach me with something in this ballpark. That's truly my only motive. If someone is accused of abuse, you're absolutely right in that it isn't my place to find out if they are guilty or innocent. --- I trust I don't have to convince you that it preaches women should be subservient to men. Paul and his psuedo-Pauline associates are oft misunderstood authors, by fundamentalists, to women in the church, to skeptics and opposed nonbelievers alike - and they are castigated by women in the faith the most for narrow interpretation of this passage. What you say isn't incorrect, but it's cherry-picked without supporting context in the manner that you understand it (or seem to prefer using it). It's important to note how much of the supporting context doesn't seem to provide the image that a household is to be a patriarchal unit. The first verse of this section is verse 21, which states that people should submit to one another regardless of gender. Egalitarian Christians point to this opening verse to affirm women's equality in the eyes of the Pauline authors. Men tend to note that "Paul" doesn't ask women to "give herself up" for her husband as he does ask the husband to "give himself up as Christ did" for his wife. Paul draws from Christ's so-called "Golden Rule" regarding how men should love (and by proxy treat) their wives. As themselves. It would be tough to argue that the author of Ephesians is advocating for self harm, so why would he be advocating for abuse? The church in Ephesus had a serious "Roman Empire" sized problem looming over them, just as the rest of the Ephesians at the time. When the author of Ephesians mentions "headship", he is using an analogy to that of the Emperor being the head of his Empire. This may be merely to use a recognizable analogy by those within the Empire's constraints at the time, but it's also perhaps more purposeful in addressing Ephesus' overarching concern (and thus, the reason "Paul" was writing to them) with how to appropriately navigate the Roman world as a Christian. Women in the faith at the time this epistle was written actually had much more sway in comparison to the typical Roman woman. They often owned property, and many were leaders of churches at the time. However, it's this discrepancy between the woman in the church and the woman in the Roman Empire that drew undesirable attention from the Roman authorities. If a woman were seen shouting at a man in the public forum, the authorities could arrest her for causing a scene, and she could be killed. Paul and his associates, mission-focused as ever, would encourage keeping a low profile and not drawing Roman attention to the church - and it may be this type of "controversial" language that can be partially attributed to the survival of Christianity as a major religion. This type of encouragement in a Roman context would then leave room for Paul to say something like this elsewhere: This is Paul's assertion. The equality in oneness of God's church in Christ. In the end, we're all going to end up with the same value and there won't be silly distinctions that can be prone to discrimination or even considered as "superior" to others. What about Jesus? I dunno. He was just that one weird Jew that went around everywhere talking to women on the street in a culture that looked down on men addressing women they weren't married to publicly and viewed said women as property. The Pharisees didn't like it, and even his own disciples were concerned about it. Clearly, Jesus wasn't. In fact, women had the honor of being the first people to discover Jesus was no longer in the tomb. That matters, because if the Gospel writers were going for some "epic story" about Jesus and his disciples they wouldn't skimp on writing a favorable tale at the time by making the men a bunch of saddened defeatists while the women were the ones making the crucial discoveries of the truth of Christ's words. Embarrassing testimony, that also doubles as an elevation of women in itself.
  7. "Help me, You."

    Allow me to check my privilege before going any further with this post... I am a straight, white, cis-male college student who hasn't personally experienced any of the subject matter in this thread. I understand that there may be some things I could say that some may claim I have no place saying so. Knowing this - I am going to attempt to be as delicate (that's not my strong suit) as possible and apologize in advance if any exception is taken. I am not using this post to argue a point anyway. The problem at hand... There has never been a brighter time for women. They are able to pursue the jobs that they couldn't in the past. They are able to hold the same legal protections as men, and to the point I'm addressing, they are more able, thanks to a wave of people coming out and sharing their stories via the #MeToo movement, to open up about times of abuse in their lives and more importantly who the abuser is. This has resulted in closure for many people of all genders (despite the founder possibly intending this to be a women's movement only) and has put away people who were avoiding justice. These things are good and in many cases necessary for recovery to really take place. However, with the #MeToo movement's focus being on revealing abusers just as much as it is on providing women a chance to speak out, it has caused people both close to me and in seats of power to push back rather than rejoice. My president (who may not have any room to talk) is a consistent "defender of men" when abuse is mentioned in close proximity to himself (notably) and his administration. My father is a defense attorney (who, personally, may also not have any room to talk) and deals with the accused for a living, and has become one of the most cynical voices with regards to this movement in my life. It's not at all far-fetched for President Trump and Dad to be right in their claims that people are to be given due process for mere accusations against them. However, today's culture almost demands that we take the opposite approach. That in cases of abuse, the accused is guilty until proven innocent. On top that, men are being exceedingly careful on the opposite side of the spectrum to avoid being suspected of abuse in turn, which leads to unintentional discrimination against women in the workforce. An example of such would be a man refusing to interview a female job applicant until he can safely schedule a time where another female can join him in the room during the interview, causing male applicants to take precedence out of convenience. Then, you have issues where the founder of the #MeToo movement ended up getting #MeToo'd by a male, painting the movement as one borne out hypocrisy. Then you have that same founder taking exception to a transgender person's #MeToo confessional, claiming that it was supposed to be employed for the advancement of women and that her coming-out was more valuable than the transgender person's coming-out...because, one type of group is more important than all people in today's understanding. All of that being said, an accusation of abuse is treated (as I believe it should) as a serious allegation by most fields, and many of the "guilty until innocent" actions taken by members of these fields is done so out of the belief that it prevents further abuse from occurring, not in a manner that proves innocence or guilt. (i.e. getting expelled by a university via violation of Title IX) The issue with seeking justice first and foremost is that it can be seen as downplaying the issue or normalizing abuse incorrectly. At worst, it's outright siding with abusers when such actions truly did take place. Why it matters to me...and why I need your input... I am a Christian Studies major. There is a high likelihood that I end up in a position that is people-oriented and one that may be sought as a confident. A congregation member may seek me, as a pastor - or a youth as a youth pastor - to report an abuse. The current climate around abuse seems to be turbulent, and I do have a tendency to be a cynic. The last thing I want to do in that position is tell someone who is talking to me about abuse that they are wrong or "force" them to provide "evidence" that such abuse is taking place. As I said before, I believe it to be a serious allegation and that all the correct avenues have to be reached. However, I - as a male - do feel spurned by this culture of men being forced on the defensive. A male ministry hopeful often will not get invited for a job interview unless he is married, especially if the desire is to work with youth. While this is sensible in preventing abuse in the church it seems to be a redundant requirement that ignores a calling to celibacy and pre-supposes that single men are too much of a liability in the ministry field. My privilege position may -allow- me to be critical where it's a non-starter for those who have been abused or aren't a male. I understand this. That being said, I would like to see if you guys can offer some pointers on staying on message - that abuse is categorically wrong regardless of who initiates it and any claim should be taken seriously - from any perspective that isn't my own. Thank you all.
  8. Fates Festival Scramble

    As far as I know - the child festival scramble DLC for Fire Emblem Fates was never localized, leaving people to translate the conversations between parents and auxiliary (or...not 100% of the time) children and share them via the internet. These conversations sort of are the reward for the scramble maps, and projects a lot of different traits onto the children from their -other- parent. Some of these make for some real gold. Here are my favorites. Oh, and if you want a master list of conversations. Here (some of them may not work) https://serenesforest.net/forums/index.php?/topic/62128-child-scramble-convo-topic/ --- Rhajat (Mother: Nyx) Shiro (Mother: Azura) Midori (Mother: Camilla) Siegbert (Mother: Charlotte) Shigure (Father: Laslow, a.k.a. Inigo from Awakening) Sophie (Mother: Selena, a.k.a Severa from Awakening) Mitama (Mother: Effie) Kiragi (Mother: Camilla)
  9. Things HoshiDOES that Nohr doesn't.

    Man, ....is it because Setsuna is a meme? I like her personality, but .....Takumi joins in literally the next chapter. And WELL beforehand in Revelation. ....he's also a meme but he is also the better bow unit.... (I like Setsuna too.)
  10. "Colige" starter pack

    You know, I wouldn't mind stealing the gloves personally. If you're paying lab fees as a part of your billing statement that semester, are you really stealing them? I'm not trying to actually ADVOCATE theft, but: Take when your billing statement has taken from you. If you have a technology fee for example, use your printer points and the campus computers. It saves you from HAVING to buy a printer or hassle someone who has one. Especially if your printer points don't roll over to the next semester. Supplies that are given out for free at a university, probably aren't actually free. Check the stuff you pay for on your statement, and it will make you feel a lot better about using things that belong to the school. Here's a story that may help some of you out. My university has three different types of currency. Meal Swipes - "Swipes" are essentially admission to the campus' resident dining hall. They are doled out on a weekly basis and don't roll over. If you eat in the cafeteria, you probably are using a system like this. Try to save these when you can, because you can run out before the weekend and not eating on the weekend can suck. Dining Dollars - Dining Dollars are used at "on-campus" food establishments. For example, there is a Starbucks and a Chick-Fil-A on campus, as well as a sub-sandwich joint in the student union building. These three locations are spots that use your Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars can only be used at places on campus and are often tied to your meal plan along with swipes. The less swipes you have (as a dormitory resident), the more dining dollars you might get to compensate. These are very easy to spend, and they may not be re-loadable because you've already purchased them through your meal plan. (worth checking out) This is a good currency to "treat yourself" after a successful battle with an exam. "CruCash" - (my school mascot is the Crusader) - CampusBucks or...something, can be used at VARIOUS locations. They can be used in a pinch at on-campus locations that range from dining to the campus bookstore, and local off-campus locations that range from restaurants, to salons and spas, to gas stations, to the movie theater. This currency is given out each time the semester begins based on something like which living situation you have (dorms, apartment styled, etc.) - and they DO roll over! TRY TO SEE if you have CampusBucks. Sometimes, for those of us that aren't stipending our campus living with a job, the campus can feel a little claustrophobic and you will need to get away. If you're not a freshmen and had no idea they existed, you might....accidentally realize, that you have around 750 bucks in CruCash lying around and decide you're going to watch at least one movie every month, buy some swag from the bookstore, and actually eat a steak every once in a while. Some of you may have more than I do!
  11. Best Songs for Depression?

    I had a feeling Mael was a Breaking Benjamin fan. Never called him on it, but I probably should have just to see how he would have reacted. For those of you out there that like the poetry known as rap, I present to you Nate Feuerstein, known simply as 'NF'. '10 Feet Down' is a personal song of reflection. In it, Nate describes his life post-fame, and ponders about how easy it is to forget about the reasons why we strive for things simply out of the pace in which we strive. If being pensive is your pick-me-up, this one might help. If you find shouting a form of catharsis, Anberlin's "Feel Good Drag" is an aptly titled song despite leaning toward "Alternative" instead of "Screamo." The premise here is pretty simple. The singer's ex-girlfriend asks for a one-night-stand, and the singer is #OverIt. Anberlin is just a good band in general to look up when things aren't so hot. If *shouts in Alternative* isn't enough, I guess we can kick it up a notch.. if you're hurt so much it makes you angry, I'm one of those people that thinks fighting fire with fire is a good thing. Enter rap rock band Hollywood Undead, with "We Are". The song has been described as an anthem of "misled youth" and emblematic of collective resistance - using the band's hometown of Los Angeles as a backdrop. For me, this song was a sort of in-body, out-of-body experience and the "misled youth" bit kind of makes sense with my view of people. There's something comforting in knowing other people are hurting too, even if that's a depressing kind of treatment. Be mindful, there is some minor language here. Let's stick with HU though, because sometimes, you just need something...."silly". These guys kind of remind me of Eminem with songs that are just absurd lyrics-wise, and sometimes what you need is a good laugh. There is DEFINITELY language in this one - and if taken with a modicum of serious attention it's a rap song that objectifies women and is guilty of self-aggrandizement. Also, the advice Charlie Scene gives as to how cool he is isn't good advice. The bottom line is that it is probably meant to sound funny. The instrumentals are catchy, the flow is there, and my first time listening to it was a hilarious experience. From the band's testimony on seemingly every track on this album, they just kinda wanted to make some money and make it big. Not everything needs a story. Finally, let's go for some hope. Despite this band having a considerably more liberal political lean and significant political activity than I, Rise Against's "Prayer of the Refugee" is not only a classic 'Guitar Hero' track, but one that seemingly provides hope. The story goes, that a refugee or immigrant from some generic country is trying to find and foster success in America, where the government and the nation's people discriminate and try to undermine them. The singer's tone seems defiant, and the lyrics provide some respite to the downtrodden soul. This one has been one of my long-time favorites. Like....that song that plays when someone checks your MySpace page long-time...and I didn't have a MySpace.
  12. Not. My best thread title...Yikes... After booting up Conquest again over the weekend, I was reminded a bunch of why I happen to have a predisposition toward my family that lives in perpetual nighttime. This also caused me to think "is there anything that Hoshido does BETTER than Nohr, or has that Nohr doesn't have?" What do you guys think? I have one to start. 'You of The Light' is the far superior Sibling boss theme over 'You of The Dark' For as potentially "bland" the Hoshidan royals may be perceived as, they ARE categorically badass antagonists who KNOW you made the wrong decision and WILL let you know about it. Ryoma, much like his son Shiro despite being a bit more disciplined and much more reserved and refined, has a penchant for recklessness, which makes him fit 'You of The Light' in a unique way. Swordmasters and frenetic, soaring tunes just work. Hinoka OWNS this track in every encounter you have with her. It's particularly great in Notre Sagesse when you choose to encounter her with Camilla - causing the two to share special catty dialogue (essentially, Corrin picked me and not you, Deal with it.) Takumi is the least "fitting" of 'You-Light', but it isn't far-fetched either as the oriental background does match the devil's advocate dislike of you he has had the entire time. Sakura's second encounter with Conquest!Corrin's army is HER first usage of this track, making for a strong finish. Here, Sakura actually is a decent mini-boss, actually can deal damage, and is overcoming her fears to defend her nation. Even from her sibling. It's great. 'You of The Dark' attempts to keep pace with it's Hoshidan counterpart, and can also be described as "frenetic" - but for the following reasons, it's not a strong representation of the Nohrian royal family. Xander's usage of this song may work in Cyrkensia, but your chances of defeating him are likely not very high as the objective is to escape (meaning, you're probably losing a unit here and who cares about the damn boss music when "Everlasting Nightmare" or whatever it's called should be playing instead.) In his second appearance, this tune just doesn't fit the mood. Xander has just killed his/your baby sister, and he's essentially fighting you because he believes he doesn't have a choice. A funeral dirge is more appropriate here. I've heard an argument for Camilla's appearance in Cheve being acceptable. Big Sister, who despite resigning herself to killing you as punishment for rejecting her specifically, sounds like her usual doting self and the boss music can be seen as imposing. However, with music, it's the last thing that your ears experience. Slightly deranged Camilla may be the best bet for 'You-Dark' - and I would contend the song is too 'happy' for her considering she's losing her mind in the most literal sense during the events of Birthright. This doesn't fit Leo at all. Next. Elise, despite having the courage to take on the Hoshidan army already, joins your party in spirit instead of engaging with you on the battlefield, meaning the song never applies to her. This is sad, because Elise might be the best wielder of the tune! 'You-Light' is a beautiful "heroic" tune. When you listen to it, it's got this really neat effect of making you feel conflicted because it's not playing for YOU, the so called protagonist of the game. It's playing for the family that is defending its homeland from unwanted conquerors and perhaps trying to beat some sense into their sibling, who has no idea what they are doing. 'You-Dark'....doesn't seem to know what it wants to sound like. On the one hand, there are instances of "oh shit" - such as Camilla (Cheve) or getting caught by Xander in Cyrkensia because you suck at Fire Emblem or are very brave - where the tune does hold to being a boss-fight score. On the other, the tune is much too frenetic to match any of the personalities and their situations well at all. Both Takumi and Leo seem like afterthoughts when it comes to these tracks, but Takumi's ever-present resolve gives him a leg up on Leo, who is trying to mask his displeasure with having to fight a sibling with fake confidence. Nohr would probably prefer their royals have a more "serious" sounding tune - and I'm in the camp that believes it would have been okay to make the Nohrians "sound" like sinister villains. The track's indecisiveness over if it should sound "happy" because they are your family members or "scary" because they are the antagonists is just jarring, and the instrumentation makes it sound more "hokey" than it should.
  13. I like the rotating map when it has the indication of what North is on the edge of the emblem. I am pretty good at directions, so I prefer seeing my indicator going up the map.
  14. A Proposition.

    I mean - you can believe it to be obvious but the onus of affirming what is implicit is not wielded by the speaker. Text isn't a great medium to convey sarcasm, and your response read like it was directed at the OP regardless of whom you actually meant to address. Glad we seem to be on the same page though.
  15. A Proposition.

    That's the thing though, Wolfox. Every post had the advice they needed somewhere in it. It's the extra haughtiness and frankly unrequired defense that Reborn gets in these posts that have a tendency to prevent the advice from being taken due to ensuing shame and continued frustration. Reborn can be a very irritating game by design and by accident - even if the solution is there on the player's end and what suggestion there is from the newer folks seems not totally thought out. Just because we as a community take our lumps and "git gud" doesn't mean that's something that will be easy or quick for everyone. The forums used to be more keen to help others who were struggling. Not belittling them for being upset at their struggle. There's no reason to be a "forum warrior". If we're all playing the game - we're all on the same side. It won't hurt Ame and the development team's feelings if their work is criticized. The game isn't finished. It's the time to be critical.
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