|| Ask Chesh
For Friendship, Perhaps
Chris Martin - April 6th '02- 2:00 Eastern Standard Time
I've returned from a spring break full of sleep, food, and TNN. I can already hear the siren's call of my matress, so I better get started before I fall asleep.
Know your hardware!
I'd just like to correct something that came up in Google's letter column
the other day. The Seiken Densetsu 3 cartridge didn't contain any special
hardware at all; it was just a standard 32 megabit SFC cartridge (the same
as Chrono Trigger) The letter-writer's friend is probably thinking of Star
Ocean, which did contain a chip to decode graphics which were stored on the
cartridge using data compression.
Not much to add here. Just some standard clarification.
You may be able to soak sub-machine gun fire, but all it takes is one lucky punk with a fork to ruin your day.
I have me some questions aboot RPGs, eh? Pen and paper and console, buddy.
1. Is Saiyuki worth my money? I liked Final Fantasy Tactics, but I hear it's not as expansive as FFT. What do you think?
2. My friend wants to start a Werewolf: The Apocalypse campaign. I've played vampire, and I liked it. I like the White Wolf games, but I need to know how the clans are set up in WW. He just got the book last week, and next time I go over, I want to have a character idea.
3. I heard that there's a hunter game coming for X-box. Why hasn't RPGamer covered it?
1. Saiyuki is much happy good time. While you don't have FFT's job system that let you create a myraid of different parties, you do get some cool characters and some fun battles. A good TRPG especially now, because the price has dropped.
2. My GOD, I'm going to earn some good karma for this. Better crack my fingers and get typing...
For those of you not in the know, pretty much every White Wolf RPG has a clan system set up for it's characters. Assigning your character to a certain clan can help round out the characters interests depending on how the clan acts. In Vampire, you have the black magic Tremere, hideous under-dwelling Nosferatu, out-of-their-skulls Malkavian, etc. Werewolf continues this tradition with twelve tribes. (Tribes, not clans.) Here's a really down and dirty explanation of each tribe.
Black Furies: Feminist Werewolves.
Bone Gnawers: Werewolves living on the streets.
Children of Gaia: Hippie peace-loving werewolves.
Fianna: Drunken Celtic Werewolves.
Get of Fenris: Werewolves who act like Klingons.
Glass Walkers: Techno, high-life werewolves.
Red Talons: Beastial human-hating werewolves.
Shadow Lords: Sly politiking werewolves.
Silent Striders: Egyptian journeyman werewolves.
Silver Fangs: Proud leader-type werewolves.
Uktena: Mystic Werewolves.
Wendigo: Pissed-off native-american werewolves.
In addition to this, you have your five auspices. (Character classes)
Granted, that's the super simplistic version, and each class runs deeper than those one-word descriptions. It gives you an idea, though. The game offers characters "Gifts" whch acts as the special werewolf superpowers granted by Gaea. Also, these abilities (and others) are governed by the characters Rage and Gnosis scores. This reflects the dual man-monster (person-monster, for you Black Furies) nature of these critters. Last among the basics is renoun. Renoun increases your rank. Higher rank gives you access to better gifts. Renoun comes in three forms: Glory, Honor, and Wisdom.
And that's the mechanics in a nutshell. Next, you learn about stuff like the Triat and the Concordiat. I'd explain those, but then I'd probably start demanding money from White Wolf for doing their work for them.
3. Because it ain't an RPG. It's a third person shooter with RPG "elements" (skills that go up as you shoot more and more zombies.)
This should be in quickies. I'm a bad organizer.
So Dave the nerd wrote a short about 6.02^23. It hurt. Avogradro's
(sp?) number is 6.02 x 10^23. Writing it the other way makes the math
sooooooo hard. and it hurts. But, then again, I'm from MIT. And yes,
it's the number of molecules or atoms in a mole. I normally wouldn't
write something this small, but it made my brain hurt seeing it
written backwards. I guess I'm just a nerd.
My knowledge of Chemistry:
1. Some things explode when you mix 'em.
>2. Drinking the things you make in class does not give you super powers. (Unless you count the bloody, pus-filled sores that cover your body that give you the repulsion power of 10 mortal men.)
3. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. This is because God knows how cool it is to explode the stuff, and wanted to accomidate us.
4. Helium makes your voice funny, but it could also collapse your lung. Dare your lab partner to do it.
Time for some jokes about the butt.
First letter, a lot of the FF summons suffer from translation errors, Like
Shiva, it's not supposed to be the Hindu god of death that's a man with 4
arms, it's supposed to be 'Shivver' (you know, when you shake) but Shiva
sounds cooler in English I guess. Also, Ifrit is supposed to be 'Efreet'.
I'm sure theres more, or maybe I can't think of any more because there is no
Second letter, I'm not defending ballet, but to say that anyone who reads,
looks at art, listens to music, goes to operas, ballets, or concerts suffers
from some sort of Freudian Complex is not only stupid, but simply not
accurate. Almost all Freudian concepts have been completly abolished in
terms of people following them in order to gain phycological superiority. I
mean everything isn't your mother's fault OK? Some Jungian theories are
still valid and utilizaed however.
Also, why would people create Ballets, Art, music, or Operas if there wasn't
an audience for them. These forms of art rely on their audiences to live.
I don't understand why someone would say that unless you too are a dabbler
in the arts you can't enjoy them just the same.
I'm not defending ballet or anything (I've never seen one) but what the
person in yesterday's column said about art is too arrogant for me to say
quiet on this matter. I would like to say that I write AND draw every day,
so I'm not defending myself either, I'm defending the nor artistic public
whom was probably insulted by your elitest attitudes towards them.
Good Day Chesh,
1. I've heard this explanation before, and it sounds pretty reasonable. The esper/summon/GF/Eidolon/Fayth Shiva has nothing to do with the actual Shiva, but it does sound cool. I mean, it's not like Square's not above manipulating religious imagery for their own games: FFT and Xenogears.
2. I've been to a few ballets in my life. They are a beautiful testament to the form and grace of the human body. There are also a lot of asses in them. There is an element of great art in there, but I just can't get past thinking about the guy who's leotard is so far up his buttcrack that he can taste it. Does that make "The Nutcracker" so bad? No, that's just how I perceive the whole thing. Even if something is good, you're allowed to not like it.
No one likes an intellectual snob. Conversely, there's nothing to be gained by writing off all forms of high art as the result of a mental disease. It's like when the "misunderstood goth" kids in school say, "The football players tease us all the time. If only they could see us for how cool we really are, but they're all a bunch of brain-dead jocks." Countering discrimination with more discrimination isn't a good tactic.