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  1. Bumping this up price gouging mockery topic up. Someone is selling an empty DQ sake bottle for a whopping $233. Empty. No actual sake. Just the box, empty bottle and wooden cup. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dragon-Quest-sake-empty-bottle-slime-Square-Wood-Whole-sale-From-Japan-2J/323757900165?hash=item4b61798185:g:P8MAAOSwhWFcniPF
  2. We'll no doubt have at least the regulars, which is enough for a fun time. We'll see who else we can get. It's a bigger challenge for NY, with a niche audience. Here's my post about it: https://www.reddit.com/r/dragonquest/comments/cbzina/dragon_quest_ix_9th_anniversary_nyc_multiplayer/
  3. Change of plans, we're actually moving our July 11th meet-up to the following Tuesday, 7/16. I had a conflict on the 11th, unfortunately. I'll do more of a formal write-up to talk about the NYC meetup, sometime soon.
  4. I've been learning through Pimsleur's Learning Language series of audiobooks. I find (as we learn when we are young) it's easier to learn audibly first and then you have the basis for learning the writing, later. The language audiobooks help with conversational Japanese and sentence structure. You can find them at your local library and rip them if cost is a factor.
  5. Chapter 3 started out hard because Torneko is really weak at level 1. I was averaging 1 battle per time I needed to go home and sleep for awhile until he got to level 2, and that's with consuming the packed lunch. Humorously, I crit'd a few times at level 1, with no weapon and did 4 damage. Eventually when he's strong enough, around level 3 you can venture long enough to get some decent weapon and armor drops that he can equip. I got a Chain Sickle and eventually an Iron Spear that way. Also got a chain mail drop, making this no-shop quest relatively easy. I had to run from a bunch of battles this chapter, though, especially before I found a strong weapon because monsters with heal spells were near impossible to take down, solo. Healslimes actually have 255 MP. I kept waiting for it to run out, and eventually bailed. By the time I had my chain sickle and a few more levels I could take them out in 2 hits. Eventually the no-shop quest became pretty easy and there's no boss fight in this chapter so I bought my shop and tunnel and moved on. Chapter 4 for the no-shop quest is pretty easy too. Things are going smoothly because Meena starts out with a copper sword and Maya's magic is strong enough to best most of the early monsters with a single hit of Frizz. There's also their hometown inn, which lets them stay for free, in the center of the available map in Chapter 4. I just picked up Oojam as an NPC so I've got some extra muscle for awhile. I don't anticipate this to be too hard until I get to Balzack's first form, but we'll see. I may be leveled enough by then and with the sphere of silence it should be fine.
  6. Not yet. Hearing mixed reviews on what works and what doesn't from people on Reddit, so I'll have to try a few things. NintendoNY's wifi was WEP and worked when the server was supported. I also wonder if this would work on their premises.
  7. I can host a New York chapter for the 9th Anniversary and do a July 11th meet-up event at NintendoNY, which is the official day that the game debuted in both Japan and the US. Release JP: July 11, 2009 NA: July 11, 2010[1] July 11th is a Thursday, which works better for me to host because I work just a few blocks from NintendoNY. If I can figure out the WEP connection on my phone I may even be able to offer the DQVC shop download to event attendees in real time (but as of now that's a big IF.) Let me get back to the DQIX: Tag Mode Tuesday regulars and see if we are aligned for that Thursday.
  8. I got an uncomfirmed message from someone that this worked for them with just tethering, but that they did have to set their phones to an unsecure WEP connection. I'm going to give this a shot this weekend.
  9. You could probably do both, for more exposure.
  10. Love the idea. I've been talking with you and Woodus about doing a DQ podcast for awhile, particularly one hosted by long-time fans. I'd love to help host if you're interested.
  11. Amazon will most likely offer free shipping. Ebay is hit or miss for free shipping, depending on the seller. However Ebay's selection tends to be better than Amazon in terms of the different types of plushies they actually have available. Amazon has a lot of stuff that's no longer in stock when you search for it, which is pretty pointless. Ebay is better about clearing out old listings. If you find what you're looking for on both or even other sites like Ami Ami or Play Asia, do a price comparison before you buy.
  12. Maybe it would make more sense to provide a series of ways to accomplish DLC-unlocking in one thread and then stickying that. Ultimately the above method might not be any easier for some than any of the other solutions. Someone might have better success connecting an NDS Adaptor to a Windows 7 PC, or using Action Replay, than rigging a WEP connection on an old router with a mobile hotspot and guest network. Ultimately the solution ends up being whatever you're able to get to work, so my recommendation would be to compile information on all methods and then sticky that.
  13. I'm in Chapter 2 around level 12 for everyone. Borya (whose name I prefer as Brey, but whatevs, it screws up a DQIX DLC-locked quest pun if it's not Borya) anyway Borya has just learned Crackle, his first multi-damage spell. It does 50+ group damage as opposed to Crack's 10+ single damage. Unfortunately it fails at a rate that often makes it a complete waste of MP. I hit a bit of a wall at Endor as I'm now training for the tournament with no weapon for Alena, and the base weapons that Kyril and Borya (I think it's basically a copper sword and a cypress stick). Alena has a silk robe, Kyril has wayferer's clothes and Boyra has plain clothes. The spoils in chapter 2 dungeons have not been weapon and armor friendly. I thought about a loop hole for buying weapons like a falcon blade if I use casino tokens to get prizes, but then dismissed it as cheating the concept of the challenge. The biggest hurdle right now is getting strong enough to get through all rounds in the tournament. I'm not confident in their ability to even attempt it right now, given that most regular battles can take up to 5 rounds of physical damage, let alone the mini-bosses from the tournament. If I'm banking on Borya's spells not failing it's not a good strategy. I'll just have to level slightly more, maybe to 14.
  14. My DQIV no-purchased-weapon-or-armor-equipping play-through is interesting so far. I'm in Chapter 2. Borya is really helpful with casting Crack, until he runs out of MP and then he's hit or miss for 1 damage. I can't wait for him to get Firebal (or whatever it's called in the remakes), so I can hit for multi-damage. Right now Alena and Kyril need to team up on one monster in order to take one out in a round, so as a result most battles take multiple rounds. Kyril has been dying more often so I tend to spend money I would have spent on armor, to revive him, but I'm still up about 2k in gold. I'm around level 9 for all characters, and I'm currently in the Vrenor plot where the fake princess was captured by bandits. The one caveat about no purchasing weapons or armor is that there are certain cases where I do have to like in Torneko's chapter, but I'm only equipping weapons and armor that I find in chests, pots, drawers or sparkle spots, found in towns, caves, towers or dungeons. The other caveat to this is that at the end of the chapter (if memory serves me correctly) I lose whatever gold I acquired. So before I completed Chapter 1, I bought up a bunch of half plate armor (without equipping it) so that in Chapter 5 I can sell it and regain some of that otherwise lost gold.
  15. Last night I rode the train home playing DQIV on my DSi XL. Glancing to my right I saw the dude sitting next to me playing Dragon Quest Builders on his Vita. I was about to tell him, "great game. I'm looking forward to the sequel on July 12th," but we in the "quiet car" on the train, so neither of us said anything to the other.

    1. eal


      Someone playing a Dragon Quest game AND a Vita at the same time? Is this person a unicorn?

    2. YangustheLegendaryBandit


      Did you at least look at each other and silently nod in understanding?

    3. Liamland


      Not sure he noticed what I was playing. I had my brightness turned down because my battery was low. I'm sure I'll see that dude again. He seems familiar and us train folk tend to congregate in the same train cars. I always pick the 2nd quiet car because the first one (ironically) is prone to loud noise, from the train horn.

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