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    I’ve confirmed it with other people. That’s the pronunciation the localizers went with, apparently, and I only noticed because of headphones!

    I’m a bit dejected today. I’ve failed two hunts in the Necrohol of Nabudis, and I got my ass handed to me by Cúchulainn. I don’t know whether I should find a place to grind to finish the things up or just make my way through the Feywood and come back after Giruvegan. For now, I’m just kinda sad
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    Another weird thing I noticed - the d in Reddas is apparently pronounced like a th sound. Reddas, Vaan, and Balthier all said it that way and I had headphones on, so I doubt it was audio issue.
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    So I can’t beat Roblon because of those smurfing skeletons. I did beat Carrot though despite it being both a higher rank and an elite mark
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    Oh yeah I’ve seen that! It’s hinestly kind of intimidating how many games you’ve played What makes Arc the Lad unique as an RPG?
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    I actually had to memorize all the states for my American life and institutions class so I’d do better than most but still probably mess up most of my answers.

    Still, you’re not exactly one to have to be apologetic about it since you’re still one of the more culturally aware Americans I’ve encountered, and that’s very appreciated.

    Now I’ve reached the Tchita Uplands and the trek to Archades is much smoother and easier than I remember. I almost feel like I’m overleveled. In FFXII. How.
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    She’s my Uhlan too but I do agree that there is tons of fun time magic. I’m just having real trouble determining what conditions should set them off

    Czechia and Slovakia don’t count as Baltic’s because they don’t even have access to the Baltic seas, or any sea for that matter. I have seen actually lumping Poland together with Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia), even though like you said, we share nothing with them. In fact, only Lithuania and Latvia are linked by a linguistic heritage - Estonian is an Ugro-Finnic language which, interestingly enough, is not part of the indoeauropean super family of languages that is shared by most European languages, as well as Hindi and other neighboring language, with the link between all us being a shared proto-indoeuropean language and Sanskrit.

    Yeah, our cultural identity has always been a big topic for us with the bulk of literature in the romance period and onwards being centered on that. I personally really like that cultural trait and I am pretty proud to have this sort of bullheadedness about my autonomy culturally ingrained into my psyche, though I can see a lot of people taking it too far with stuff as harmless as wearing red and white eagle shirts on a daily basis, to very worrying trends like the increase in nationalism and elements of that nationalism bleeding into our political doscourse. Like many things, it’s a double edged sword. But nevertheless, I do consider myself a patriot, and as much as an inferiority complex I may have because of it, I still believe I’m pretty lucky to have been born here.
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    Btw, I am having a hard time coming up wit a decent gambit setup for my Time Battlemage
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    I have a passing knowledge of Hettalia, so I might look into it one day. But that does sum up how we’re all viewed by the world, doesn’t it
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    That sounds very similar to the word we use for small dumplings in Polish (pierożki), which is actually a diminutive form of pierogi (which, incidentally, is actually a plural form; one “pierogi” in Polish is actually called “pieróg”).

    But even though we have those similarities, Polish and Russian are actually very different languages that are mutually completely unintelligible (though with some hand gestures and similar words, you can communicate more easily that with speakers of completely unrelated languages). People are usually surprised when I tell them that, as we’re all pretty much conflated info one big Slavic mass from a more Western perspective. Which is to be expected, I guess.

    An interesting thing to note is the word for thank you, as it’s one of those things that separate West Slavic languages (Polish, Czech, Slovak) from East Slavic ones (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarus). The Eastern word is some variant of spasiba, while we Western Slavs use the Germanic riot found in German and English - our “dziękuje” sounds very similar to “danke” and, by extension, “thank you”.

    That all said, I don’t think I’ve ever tried actual Russian piroshki! Then again, over here we don’t exactly do Russian cuisine. It’s very rare to the point that I never encountered the restaurant like that. We get all the standard exported cuisines, plus Czech and Lithuanian stuff at the appropriate borders, but things from a bit farther to the East are not common in the slightest.
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    Just took a turn and entered the Necrohpl of Nabudis and in a cutscene I learned that apparently the Tchita part of Tchita Uplands is pronounced tseeta? It doesn’t make any sense with that spelling. So weird.
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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Arc the Lad II

by Wolf Kanno on 03-27-2018 at 10:53 PM
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One of my all time favorite publishers in the 90s for video games was Working Designs. It was a company that actually tried to get a lot of cool JRPGs released in the West long before the actual JRPG boom in the last years of the decade. I've already spoken about their most high profile title they ever worked on, Lunar: The Silver Star Story,

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Final Fantasy III

by Wolf Kanno on 03-07-2018 at 08:10 PM
Blah blah blah Top 100 blah blah blah too many good games to list. Blah blah blah, games that weren't good enough for my list but still excellent nonetheless.

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Of the Classic series within Final Fantasy, FFIII was the last one for me to play, partly cause I didn't emulate very often and partly because I had hoped SE would come to their senses and re-release this title.

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: I am Setsuna

by Wolf Kanno on 02-23-2018 at 06:38 AM
So I did my Top 100 last year, and this year, I'm focusing on a few entries that didn't make the cut for one reason or another. I'll start off by saying that most of the games mentioned in this blog series are all worth playing, they simply just haven't enraptured me enough to place them on my List. I started with Demon's Souls, and i have about 24 more entries to go. I know I said it would be like four or five, but giving myself some time to think about it made me realize how many great games I

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My Top 100's Lost but not Forgotten: Demon's Souls

by Wolf Kanno on 01-22-2018 at 03:23 AM
So as many people know, last year I did my Top 100 Games list, but as usual, there were a lot of games I loved that just didn't make the mark for one reason or another. I didn't really want to make a thread about it though, and figured the Blog would suit it better because there is likely only five or six games I wish to highlight here. I also feel annoyed I never use the Blog feature as much since it feels like a better platform for these types of discussions. In addition to these blogs, I do plan

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by Wolf Kanno on 11-08-2017 at 01:25 AM


A few days ago, I went to a midnight showing of Princess Mononoke at the Esquire Theater downtown. The very same theater I went to watch it the first time back in 1999 during it's initial release in the States. At that time, I was an avid anime fan who would consume whatever I could find as the medium was only in the beginning phases of it's explosive popularity in the 2000s, so the prospect of being able to watch an anime flick in an actual movie

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