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  1. After getting into Builders 2 a bit, I'm going to tack in the spinoffs. So of the versions I've played: VII 3DS => VII PSX >>> III GBC => III SFC > III NES >> Dragon Quest Builders 2 > XI Switch > VI DS => VI SFC = IX > Dragon Quest Builders > Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker > Dragon Quest Monsters 2 > Dragon Quest Monsters 1 > XI PS4 > III Mobile > VIII 3DS > V DS > V PS2 > VIII PS2 > V SFC > IV DS >= IV PSX > Swords > Rocket Slime > IV NES >>>>>>> II SFC => II GBC > Heroes 2 > II NES >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I (all versions)
  2. ... Divide + Dual Falcon Swords in Act 1. Granted that's near the end, but it's output is higher than anyone else's, even factoring in the rounds used to cast Divide. Unless heavy seed farming was done for Strength seeds for the Hero and/or Jade. Dagger output is good, but of course...setup, and it's not worth the effort. Act 2, Boomerangs are king as his best two are found midway. Though he can actually output really good Dagger damage at this point. That he gains access to a full-powered backhand hit is certainly helpful (and for awhile assures dual Falcon Swords remains very solid damage). Act 3 = God Mode, and given bosses now have over 3k HP on average, he becomes the best two-round boss killer. A little seed farming and he can two-round kill the bonus bosses with Daggers or Boomerangs. If you can set-up with Wild Side on the first round (with a supped up Agility seeded Serena), it can be done in one-round. Fatal Flash can if the element is correct and he gets more than 5 crits on his attack round.
  3. Merry Christmas guys, and if I'm not around for it, have a happy New Year!
    ...and now, a classic Christmas song!


  4. That SFX though...Moero Chronicles would be a bit much for me. How is it? As per Dai. Someone mentioned Action RPG. I have to agree. Though take some notes from Fantasy Life, and the combo system Fantasy Life uses. It's really well done having multiple combos with a single button, just based on sequencing. I like the spawn rate in Fantasy Life, and Builders 2. So keeping with that would be a nice touch. Then some extra buttons for quick spells, and comboing with L and R buttons for skills and extra spells, or Co-Op attacks (make it a button prompt within a window of time, after a charge bar fills up, like in Builders 2...that might work better). I guess what I'm saying is, the game DQ9 was supposed to be. Yeah, I'm liking the idea of a more practical and normal ARPG, on the Switch (and PS4)!
  5. Japan (3.8m) 3DS: 1.86m PS4: 1.53m Switch: 0.41m 5.5 - 3.8 = 1.7m Worldwide Steam = 0.2~0.5m...most likely around 0.3 , 1.7 - 0.3 = 1.4m between PS4 and Switch worldwide.
  6. Have you tried turning off individual features @AustNerevar Could be something like a driver conflict, causing excess work, or locking as the driver isn't properly reading and breaking down the data it's supposed to... Does your system overheat, or use excess resources while playing?
  7. Oh, believe me, I'm well aware. It just takes too long to farm the rarer nodes. Even abusing Chemistry and Rikku, the stats still need to be really high, in the 150's or higher, to even last a few rounds. Nevermind at least 20k HP.
  8. Damnit....I haven't been able to stop playing DQB2.  It's much more fun to battle and build than the original.

  9. https://www.famitsu.com/news/201912/11188695.html This is a limited time. Until sometime late tomorrow, probably 10 PM. I didn't catch the exact cut-off date, but it's December 13th, sometime mid-day in Japan, and there's a 14~17 hour gap in time with us, depending on West Coast (17 hours behind), and East Coast (14 hours behind). So if it's 12pm December 13th in Japan, it will be 10pm East Coast December 12th (tomorrow) to 7pm West Coast December 12th.
  10. Maxing the sphere grid prior to changing out the nodes. The other is...I've gotten halfway in one game, and I still need another 200 or so max level stat nodes. That's too much work. So as is, and the freebie stat boosting nodes the game automatically hands the party. So all locks removed as well. I would equate maxing out all nodes by farming the high-tier stat boost nodes, and purchasing the node removals, is the equivalent of getting stat boosting items in DQ's or the few FF's that have them, like 7.
  11. Ok boomer needs to die. It's the most mind numbingly stupid retort I see people usually using when they literally have no relevant points to make in any argument. At least thus far it's how it's been used with me, and every other time I've seen it used. It's not a valid criticism, just an escape from meaningful dialogue by moronic trolls who think themselves clever that they've somehow escaped using the wasted rental space between their ears. That said...it's not something that bothers me. I don't always grind to the level cap, but in some games I will. After beating the boss, and if available, the bonus boss. I require the desire to continue playing. I've done so in FF1 NES (once...not doing so again, it's very slow past 28). I've done so in the PSX rerelease twice, and the GBA version several times. FF4 it's been a few games where I've hit the cap, both in the remake and in the original SNES version. Not in the GBA version and I still need to get the PSP (not too enthusiastic about it). FF6 I've hit the cap quite easily in numerous replays. FF7 I've hit the cap in almost every full playthrough, and there have been a lot. FF8 I've hit the cap twice, and regretted it both times. Low level is the best way to play. It's not even challenging. It's more like a beatdown, even with Holy Wars, Aura, and Triple with a fair chunk of monsters, as their stats cap out at 255, and it's very hard to max every player stat higher than 180. 180 vs 255 is a huge difference, and with only a handful of 255 stats, often some defense has to be sacrificed, so damage intake is very high, often one-shotting party members from several end-game enemies. Omega and Ultima weapons are relatively unforgiving, and Omega's HP is insane at cap. FF9 I hit cap every game. FF10 I've hit cap twice. FF13 I've hit cap in my one and only playthrough. Tales of Phantasia, I hit cap every playthrough after getting to the second to last area. It's very easy to hit. So in this case, it breaks my rule, but not by choice. Tales of Destiny, I've hit cap twice I think. It's much more difficult to cap out. Tales of Eternia, I've hit cap once. Might and Magic 2 and 3, I've actually hit cap, on multiple characters, and age cap as well, which wasn't fun, forcing retirement. Xenogears I hit cap in every playthrough I get to the end. Xenosaga 1 and 2 I've hit cap. I haven't gotten far enough into 3 to cap out. Etrian Odyssey 1 and 2 I've hit the initial caps with one character roster each, before retiring for skill point bonuses. Lost Odyssey I've hit cap in every area I visit. Then again the game is designed to thrust the player to the cap immediately. I've even gotten Cap +1~5 thanks to grinding out literally 1 exp per enemy trying to farm items. Blue Dragon is so easy to max out levels in for each class. The moment the Kelonlon tunnel opens up ...Barrier leveling to the max! Seriously broken, but at least it's very very late game. The trick for BD is to get the Barrier class up asap, get the 3rd version Barrier, then get the basic freelancer type class up to max asap, then play the game normally with the other classes, using Barrier level 3 to leech EXP without getting into battles, and just run around maps insta-killing things) to get that class up to decent level. It's great that BD also offers a lot of areas with tons and tons of instantly or nearly instantly respawning enemies. I guess Blue Dragon is the one exception to my rule by choice. I always cap out early. Dragon Quest 2 I've hit the cap at least once, maybe a few more times. NES original only. Dragon Quest 3 I've hit the cap in each version at least once. My current mobile phone game has my Hero and 9 additional characters representing both exes that I like still/on good/great terms with after breaking up and women that I didn't date but really wanted to. They've been level 99 for quite some time. It's just about seed farming to max stats, now HP, and then MP for at least the Hero. Maybe getting 500 MP for the three Martial Artists. The other two groups are three Sages and three Thieves. All of which have every spell. Dragon Quest 4 I've hit the cap in numerous playthroughs, including my last DS playthrough. Dragon Quest 6 I've hit the cap in two playthroughs. Dragon Quest 7 on every playthrough I've gotten to the end. Dragon Quest 8 on every playthrough I've gotten to the end. PS2 version...it's always abusing turbo-controllers auto-farming seeds of strength on the hidden SW island. Dragon Quest 9 on three playthroughs I've capped every class enough times to get max skill points. Two of them were solo games. One is my main (I use a save manager). Dragon Quest 11 I capped in Act 2 because I'm FAQ writing, gathering data, and did not put the EXP cap Draconian setting on. It's very easy to max out in DQ11. There are probably a few other games where I've capped out, but can't recall. OH, Nostalgia and Skies of Arcadia (multiple times...like every playthrough...it's almost necessary in Legends for the extra super fights).
  12. It's a shame you cannot duplicate Seeds of Life in Builders 1.
  13. I haven't posted here in awhile... Dragon Quest VII 3DS - currently getting every monster to at least level 5 so I can see what their chest reward groups are in their independent tablets. Fun times =p...actually, despite repetition going through the share and find menues, and receive text over and over again, it's not that bad. Even after 8 months of this. I still have another to go, and then I have to figure out what chest items each monster spawns, and then there are a few groups where I have to then level to 20~50 just to find out what they are. Good times with menu text. Dragon Quest XI Switch - getting critical data for fisticuffs as a baseline. Then it's onto Swords, then PS4 testing. Already done Greatswords and Daggers. Fantasy Life - finally got the DLC after all this time. Started on the quest to access Origin Island. Though I really should finish up the quest backlog. I think I have another 20 quests after completing the ones on my list, left over in the main game. It's kind of surprising how many there are. Sekiro - started, just got the arm attachment, so the true beginning. Dragon Quest Builders 2 - Forrowfield. Attempted the Seed of Life infinite trick. No dice. They should make it possible to farm them somehow. I noticed something interesting. The Hero has hidden stats. Both hidden Strength and hidden Defense. So it's not just his/her HP that goes up. Even without any new armour of any kind (or having invented any yet....I've just been exploring the island gathering things and making a giant barrier around the town, the leveling out the land, lol). I noticed this after keeping the same gear (no new weapon recipes at level 7), and dealing 1 extra damage per hit on everything, with 2 extra on slimes/drackies, and my damage intake went from 5~8 to like 2~5, so a 3 point difference from level 6. My crit rate also seems to be slightly higher. Bloodstained - still in the ship dungeon, farming away to get every enemy list filled out 100% as I go.
  14. Eh, the cleanliness of the graphics is a tad more enjoyable. As is the darker colour pallet, something that's changed drastically since DQ8. Even DQ4 and 5's original remakes have darker colour pallets than the DS remakes. It's a change I've never liked in Dragon Quest, including 11. My favourite part of 11 is just after arriving on the beach at the start of Act 2, and seeing the sky, the darkened land, the grim and grueling changes to the world. Then it's ripped all away after the first major battle, and only one area is left with that sky and darker colour pallet (Gallopolis).
  15. ...must...resist...urge...to...play...DQB2, Sekiro, or Bloodstained...must...not...play ... ... ... *fails*  DQB2 I'm really loving, I spent 4 hours hunting around Furrowfield for extra levels because damnit, I love grinding!  I just popped in Sekiro, though I have stuff.  Bloodstained is going to be very difficult to resist, but I have to complete certain other objectives for FAQ purposes in DQ11, and the one MMO I play, Ragnarok Online, is doing a special Christmas series of events as they're shutting down for 3 months for some major patching.  Free upgrading to the halfway point, instead of spending $20~200?  Yes, please.  Only 5 more days.

    1. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

      I haven't played Ragnarok Online since High School, and only then the playable demo, which was free, but the lore was always fascinating.

    2. Twinkie


      Oh man. Ragnarok Online is so good. I didn't start playing it until late 2000 but I had a lot of fun with it. I really should visit it again sometime.

  16. @Plattym3 Ok...Target and Walmart have it on sale for 49.99. A few ebay stores are selling at 45, Apparently until I think the 2nd. So through to Monday. It's definitely in stock in my area, so likely in yours as well. Given the timeline, I think you CAN hold out until Monday to see if there are any Cyber Monday deals (Amazon is a likely potential source of them, and Gamestop....I'm actually surprised at some of the Switch Gamestop deals, and Gamestop deals period...they are desperate to stay in business, though my area is actually good as we've only seen one store closure in the last 10 years to consolidate one area because there were two within a few blocks, but we still have like 8 stores out here, on top of all the EB stores).
  17. Happy Thanksgiving guys!  Much love to you all!

    ...I was bad, I participated in Black Thursday!  The day of true evil, but I snagged the last non-floor copies of Bloodstained, Builders 2, and the last Walmart copy of Sekiro...got into Walmart at 6:45 or so, and with a nearly depleted PS4 black thursday, the day of evil, stock, I managed the last copy of Sekiro.  So I now have Sekiro as well :).

    I can get the DLC packages for Builders 2 later, after I beat the game.

    1. Brother Jaybird

      Brother Jaybird

      There's another Black day to come, so you be on guard against further evil, young padawan.

    2. eal


      Thank God I live in a Blue Laws state. That being said, this doesn’t extend to food service, I believe. So I find it ironic watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Dany Parade and seeing Ronald McDonald and his balloon and thinking how there are employees who won’t even see him because they’re too busy working.

    3. ignasia


      It's a right tragedy.  They should enforce Black Friday on Black Friday, not the Thursday before.  So I wouldn't have to worry about stock over the weekend, but I am glad I was able to snag these after driving my sister back home (Walmart right next door to the Gamestop, and both off one of the three main paths returning home).

      When I worked at Starbucks, it was a huge point of contention for those who would work Black Friday.  Being senior for 3 of my 4 years there, it was easy to get off (plus I'd ask very early on, and I took almost everyone else's shifts during the rest of the year, when they needed time away/emergencies).  I would have been pretty pissed had we a floating Siren balloon, complete with legs spread wide and inviting, that I would not have been allowed to see.  Oh, tragic irony.

      I wonder if they still use a Ronald Float as well?

  18. Yeah, it's been 49.99 for a month now, consistently, with a handful of 44.99 sales here and there, with the price with that slash through and the "sale" sign, but the slash through was for most places, the 49.99 price, and now it's back up again. I wonder if it's because stock is moving well and they're looking to gain more profit? I don't know, it's hard to gauge that thought process, as the change to 49.99 is the typical change when the normal price goes down. Perhaps it's due to backstock of original release copies, or they're hoping popularity and nearness to Christmas will increase sales anyhow, so they're assuring maximum profits on the retail end. See any sales for Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Switch this Black Friday? Just PS4 unfortunately. Target has the second best deal. Walmart has it down to 39.99 for Black Friday. I would check on Cyber Monday, though that's now being blended with Black Friday for one large sales grouping that often lasts until December 2nd or 3rd. So what's on sale now is often what continues to remain through "Cyber Monday." We'll have to wait until Sunday to likely know what the extra deals are for Cyber Monday. I suspect that's a strong possibility. One problem I have with Amazon and videogames, is they often wait until the day before for individual game deals, some of which only pop up for a few hours at most.
  19. Well, I haven't actually tested it to know. I own them on PS4. I'm just going by recommended hardware settings on Steam. DQ11 is much more resource intensive based on those settings. That said, I should be getting the PS4 version tomorrow or Friday. Gamestop has a sale, and DQB2 is 24.99. Target has it as 29.99 on sale for black friday.
  20. @Dakhil and anyone else wondering about weight gain in the US...well, it's happening worldwide, and there's also a weight loss revolution in the US due to certain new dietary trends thanks to more people listening to doctors that actually talk about Insulin resistance.  This should peak your interest on one of three major glaring problems facing health and creating fat people (ir, omega-6, and sugar):


    1. ignasia


      8 ) There's also the sugar added to almost all prepared foods in the West.  It just adds up to the point where quite a few Americans eat about a pound of sugar a week, if not more.  Not all, but a lot.  The fat acceptance movement isn't helping anyone either, least of all the fat people afflicted by their own poor choices.

    2. Erdrick The Hero

      Erdrick The Hero

      Oh no. I thought better of you, Iggy.

      Doctors wouldn't provide vaccinations if they were known to be dangerous. The point is to prevent disease, not cause it. There are rare cases in which someone can be harmed by a vaccine, but it's generally caused by an allergic reaction or compromised immune system.

      VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM. Autism is a trait that is determined by birth, even though signs may not be noticeable for a couple years. You don't "get" autism, you're born with it.

      I'm honestly disappointed that you've been fooled by some of the misinformation out there, as I know you're a smart guy. PLEASE do some research on this.

    3. ignasia


      Erdrick, just look into the Vaccine Court.  That's a good start.

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  21. @Liamland That was someone else, probably Dark RPG Wizard. I wonder what happened to that guy? He was really helpful. Really good guy. I know what you're talking about though. There are a lot of DQM breeding data sites now gone. The biggest hit was the Joker 1 site. That was super detailed. Even broke down best stat growth practices, and had full charts to all S ranks. Alongside full skill breakdowns.
  22. For sure. Eventually caffeine just adds to headaches and the general fog effect from overdosing on the drug start to kick in. Nevermind the general feeling of lethargy due to lack of sleep over extended periods. It's one thing to have Insomnia, quite another not to, and force yourself to stay up. I may not have kids at the moment, but I can't do MMO grinds like I used to. So it gets frustrating meeting people on the ones I do play, and the time it takes to get certain quests done....we're talking several hours. This sort of game is even worse, because of the nature of the planning, it just engrosses me and absorbs all my time, leading to 3, 4, 5 hours going by like they were nothing. Over time, combined with that groggy feeling, it's just not fun because I can't really engage on the same level, or the level I really want to.
  23. Hmm. Spend $85 on Switch or PS4 for all content, and lacking the pre-order bonuses, or get everything at the same price as just the game on Switch/PS4 for all that and a bag of chips; Lays chips, not Kettle or Boulder Canyon, but still chips...no cookie though. They're not that great, fanservicy, but I wouldn't really see myself using them...maybe if they released special equipment that's costume equipment to look like other DQ heroes...that would be bangin'. I am praying I can run this game, and they get the recommended out beforehand so I can consider a pre-order, or wait until PS4 or Switch goes on sale. I can run Heroes 1, barely run 2, but I can't run 11. Not by a long shot.
  24. Erik, Sylvando, Jade, and Rab are all prior to the "Fish" scenario in Act 2. All back to back. The 8th's extra content isn't until Act 3, in Heliodor, after unlocking the Trials. It's by far the shortest. You have to enter the outside area on the first floor of the castle, where the Yggdrasil root is. Serena and Veronica have no extra scenarios, unfortunately.
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