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[Aug. 22nd, 2005|09:19 am]
Silicon Rose
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The cataloging continues, albeit slowly. I started in to English and Hebrew books, the latter of which are fiendishly difficult. They require me to actually find Hebrew characters on an English keyboard (set to Hebrew via Windows, of course). There's no correspondence to letter sounds. Thus, responsible me is currently setting them aside and ignoring them. The other reason I'm setting them aside is because, try as I might, I can't seem to find the bloody ISBN on them. One I am certain does not have an ISBN. The other, I might be missing something.

Ah well. I've finished the books I brought back and approximately one and a half boxes worth of others. While it is proceeding slowly, it is proceeding.

I decided I should actually finish some of the games I had started and not finished. Since my characters were far underlevelled for the final boss of Disgaea, I spent about three to four hours levelling them. Experience Innocents are your friends. My levelling gear was a Dark Rosario with a just-over-level-300 experience innocent, and an approximately level 60 mana innocent. Add to this the first map of heaven, where you fight Mid Boss. (This map is covered in Exp+100% red squares.) Add to this a couple of sessions blowing 100 mana for a "first enemy killed grants 3x the Experience." I came out of it with a level 120 Star Mage, a level 100 Priest, a level 100 Archer, and a level 102 Rune Knight. My other characters were between levels 50 and 75, with Lahar at 63. I was aiming for the Angel class, but I figured I might be able to beat the final boss with that lineup, and while it took me two tries, I was right. The cornerstone of my successful strategy? My Star Mage (who had Tera Star) was the pupil of my Priest. I spent around seven turns pounding the final boss (who I had accidentally decided to face with the enemy levels up one) with dual Tera Stars until he finally kicked the bucket.

Unfortunately, I wasn't too happy with the ending. That is probably because I screwed up somehow and managed to get the Normal Ending. Sigh. I do have a party that can kick butt and take names, now, so I might just go through again and do it right this time. Argh, argh, argh.

Next up is Tales of Destiny, I think. I'm currently glued to the Game Guide for .hack 2, hoping it will remind me of what the heck was going on the plot. I can't remember what we were doing in Tales of Destiny, except that I think I'm a dungeon or two from the Fake Ending.

[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-08-22 05:07 pm (UTC)
I greatly enjoyed Disgaea, though I cheated massively by "borrowing" Cyrus' obscenely leveled Larharl. Cyrus' "strategy" for the game was to fill Larharl's sword with experience-increasing guys and never use any other characters. Ever. The result was a ridiculously overpowered Lord of Hell (level 300-ish at the last boss_ who could smack Seraphim around like dolls, and a decidedly sub-optimal ending. But a handy character to yoink, though I keep him back except for emergencies. Anyway, Disgaea=good game, but I really don't think I'd have the time or patience for it without cheating/new game plus-ing.

I didn't know you could read Hebrew.
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2005-08-23 02:31 am (UTC)
Eh, I did lose patience for quite a while, especially since I managed to reach the last boss with a minimum of power levelling only to discover that I just couldn't beat him using the techniques I had used up to that point.

I can read... very, VERY little Hebrew, but I've started picking up books to give me incentive. Unfortunately, I'm not finding many fiction books that aren't translated from English.
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[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-08-23 02:39 pm (UTC)
I recommend the Hebrew editions of Isaac Bashevis Singer, who wrote mostly in Yiddish and English (only occasionally in Hebrew), but did most of the Hebrew translations himself. Plus they're great stories.
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[User Picture]From: ketsugami
2005-08-22 06:09 pm (UTC)
The key to ultra-broken-levelling in Disgaea is the Cave of Ordeals. One of the levels is nothing but a 3x3 grid of baddies close to the start space -- any character with a 3x3 attack, once they get to the point where they kill those guys in one hit, can just go to town and do that stage over and over and over.

I know harinezumi ended up beating the game with Laharl at level 3,000 (!) after being reincarnated a dozen times. I didn't quite have the patience for that...
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[User Picture]From: froborr
2005-08-22 07:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds like Cyrus, who, last I checked, was at level 1200 and climbing.
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[User Picture]From: harinezumi
2005-08-22 08:37 pm (UTC)
Once you get the ball rolling (and have a party that can "push" any bill through the senate), you can get a character from lv1 to lv3000 in a couple of hours, as long as that character can do a 3x3 area of effect attack.

It takes a while to get going because pushing bills through the senate is no small task, and it takes a couple of reincarnations before you start 1-shotting the catgirls and the armors trivially even on the lowest monster difficulty, but once you get things running, it just gets faster and faster.

First, make sure you have your levelling gear: a piece of equipment with 300 xp innocents, 300 mana innocents, and 300 money innocents (no point in wasting resources, after all). Have the lv1 character equip the leveling gear and assist someone on the killing blow in one of the final levels (that should get you close to 100 right there). Then vote the monster levels down to minimum and start working the 3x3 square of catgirls on the first map of the chapter where Gordon appears. When you stop getting about 10 levels/clear with the catgirls, switch over to Cave of Ordeals 3, and raise the monster levels so that you're always just barely 1-shotting the group. After the monster levels are maxed, keep on working Cave 3 until you're lv3000 or sick of it. Then reincarnate and repeat.

Yes, I've spent way too much time playing that game. I blame unemployment at the time ^^
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