"In its place I'm playing through Star Ocean III"
Stop. NOW. Please, if you keep playing you'll wish you had. We're talking "candidate for most disappointing game of all time" here. Believe me, the plotline gets MASSIVELY less interesting the further it goes, and finally degenerates into pure stupid. Metastupid, even. Bad enough even to sully memories of Star Ocean II. And the gameplay is a big fat step BACKWARDS from SO2. It ends up "Enix repetiveness meets Square pomposity" with a big fat dose of bad-fanfic-level plot twists. The sort of thing you expect in a Mary Sue crossover holiday special slash fic, not a commercial product. Horrible, horrible game.
Anyway... what's NaNoWriMo? It sounds interesting.
Oh, um, and if you haven't, could you look at my second-to-most-recent livejournal post? It's expired off your friends page. I don't care how or if you respond, I just want to be sure you've seen it. I'm rather hoping you don't care. If you DO respond, though, keep it in that thread.
I saw it. Don't worry. The reason why I didn't post was that I didn't want to interrupt the conversation.
Hope you don't mind me responding to you here to let you know why.
Thanks. Sorry about that.
Dude, cope for a bit. I liked it. The only two things that really ticked me off about it were (A) Hard is way, way, too hard for me, and (B) I made the mistake of looking at FAQs before finishing my first time through, which I find makes almost all games much less enjoyable.
Well, I'm trying to avoid spoilers. Let me just say that I found the identity of the villains very, very, VERY stupid. And the way they sort of shunted the entire first half of the plot aside even MORE so. And I still can't figure out how the AI for your allies got WORSE since the PS1.
I'm sorry. I really, really liked SO2, and I was *really* looking forward to SO3. It was a massive letdown. The only thing I can compare it to is Star Control III (incredibly crappy game, with the worst ending I've ever seen) coming after the long dry post-Star Control II (Best. Game. Ever.) years.
W00t, a fellow SC2 fan! I still use that game as an example of excellence in game design and writing. And the only disappointment bigger than SC3 was the cancellation of SC4 and the series with it. Ah well, at least it wasn't as horrible as Ultimas 8 and 9. Not that I'm bitter or anything.
I actually didn't like SOII, so...
Anyways, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, that being November. Starting on midnight Nov. 1, you begin writing a novel. The definition of novel, for their purposes, is 50,000 words. The first draft should be finished and 'submitted' for counting by midnight October 1st. You win... a sense of accomplishment.
It's a chance for all those people who are always saying that, someday, they want to write a novel, to do it. Since it's organized, there's a lot of support.
Though what horrible parent would name their child "Fate"?!
The same sort of person who names their kid "Trinity". Not naming any names of popular authors or anything here.
Riffing aside - go write the novel. You were making good progress on Familiar for awhile, why did you suddenly stop?
And RE: Star Ocean 3, never played it but that was more due to disliking the character designs. Star Ocean 1 (SFamicom) was good though? :P
I really, really liked Star Ocean 2. Then again, at this point my tastes in RPGs run to "anything that isn't Final Fantasy." Not that the FF games are bad, mind you, some of them were brilliant. It's just, enough is enough already.
I think it's sort of like Microsoft - they're being held down by their legacy.
I haven't played any past 10, but I can't shake the feeling that large parts of the combat engine are essentially unchanged from FF1. That's part of the problem.
The other problem is that their storylines have gotten progressively more pompous and ponderous over time. FF1-4 (well, I don't know about 3, having never played it) were fairy tales, light and fun. FF5 and 6 were starting to lean over into serious fantasy, but still cartoony enough to be enjoyable. With 7, the shark was officially jumped, and Square started taking themselves far too seriously: pop psychology, melodrama, and angst started to proliferate. More and more angst. Drowning in angst. I am so bloody sick of main characters whining all the time. "Alas, for I am a Square hero. It is my fate to attain godlike power, accumulate millions of gil and enough legendary weapons that I can *sell* the ones I don't like, and be surrounded by beautiful women, at least half of whom will fall in love with me. Plus I get save points. Is my life not an endless torment of misery? I wrote a poem about it."
I also think it's sort of like Microsoft, but for a different reason: they have no motivation to change because people keep buying their stuff.
It just kind of reminds me of a bad fanfic. "My name is Beauty Serenity Colorful Butterfly Princess of Faerie Land!"
Because I lost something like 8,000 words, then when I picked it up again work did its best to kill me. Now it's difficult to pick it back up for the third time and keep the characters the way they should be.
But it does appear to be your most complete (or at least most-number-of-words-written) project to date. It seems a pity to not continue it, as it had some interesting ideas.
I'm still trying. I haven't entirely given up yet.