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Cblogs of 06/19/14 + Awakening Battle Couples

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Well, now that the insane hype of E3 2014 has passed and I am safely in the knowledge that spectacularly awesome games or going to be coming out for my good friend the WiiU this year and next, I decided to take a dive into my backlog while I'm waiting.

There was one game in particular that got backlogged for god knows what reason: Fire Emblem Awakening.

Seriously, don't ask me what happened there, because I honestly have no idea. For some reason I haven't been able to get into it until just this week. I think it might be my devotion to the Fire Emblem: Tellius games. I love Path of Radiance so much, and Ike and the Greil Mercenaries in particular, that it was actually kind of difficult to dive into Awakening and to get to know Chrom and his Shepherds. It kind of goes without saying, but I'm really glad that I finally took that dive this week!



I started playing on Hard Mode - Classic, which is actually giving me quite a challenge. I'm OCD enough that I'm not letting anybody die on my watch, or I'm starting the entire fight over again. So far that's happened quite a lot, not because I don't pay attention to enemy placement or whatever (thinking is what I do best, so I rarely if ever miss relevant information), but because I tend to underestimate the enemies significantly. I mean, surely my armor-clad General will be able to survive three axe users, right? Nope, because those guys hit pretty damn hard, even if you do have high defense.

It's starting to get a lot better though, because I've found out which units really pull their weight. Well, that and the immense value of Pair Up. Stat boosts for the lead character and the benefits of fighting as a team? Hell yes. I found this to be especially useful to power up my flying units; Sumia and Cordelia tend to be fast enough to do double strikes on almost anyone, and teaming them up with a defensive guy or a powerhouse helps them a lot to murder dudes while staying alive themselves. In fact, one of the last missions I did was set in a desert, and Sumia/Chrom tore through it like it was nobody's business. Although to be fair, Cordelia/Stahl helped a lot too. My flying ladies are doing great work, let me tell ya. Sumia/Chrom is especially great though, because that's currently also my only married couple, meaning that their power is boosted even more when they fight side-by-side.



Apart from Chrom and Sumia, I haven't really decided on any other battle couples yet. I tend to keep the group together as much as possible, so pretty much everybody is building relationships with everybody, but I haven't really dedicated most of them yet. The only ones I'm sure of at the moment are Donnel/Panne. I don't have a good reason for them, I just thought it was fun to hook up a proud warrior race girl with a meek little villager type. Both of them are fierce on the battlefield though (Donnel takes some training, but his stats took off like a fucking rocket), and the support conversations show that Donnel's traps frequently get the better of Panne's rabbit-like instincts. They make a cute couple, and become (literally) beastly once paired up.  

So yeah, having tons of fun now that I've finally dug Awakening out of my backlog, and I am deeply ashamed that it took so long. Great strategy, great challenge, nice characters with fun interactions, and a story that's starting to pick up well. Can't wait to play more. In fact, I might just do that now!

* - I'm pretty sure Voltech was just waiting for an excuse to post about Kamen Rider here. Now he's found it, linking the main character from that show to Beyond: Two Souls' Jodie. No points for guessing who comes out on top.

* - Pixielated shares the tale of the knights who fight at Elenex, while the Bard is making his own sweet music. This may or may not be a metaphor for something.

A - Xero had to do some backpedalling for this blog, but there are still some good points in here.

A - Replaying JRPGs isn't always the most rewarding experience. The trick is finding the ones that are worth it.

A - RedHeadPeak has some great games that he can always go back to. What are yours?

A - Noice, Time liked Jagger's video game rehab blog....that wasn't posted on Dtoid. You've got some explaining to do, mister!

A - The Yoshi's Story 64 OST Case study. Those singing Yoshi's are forever ingrained in my memory.





C - Scholarly Gamer has been on Dtoid for a little while now, but has some pressing concerns about the Cblogs. Go over there and ease his worries for me?

F - Xbox FNF and Scield made a funny.




- Pictured: two of my best units.

A - Hoffmann's (fixed) site is going to be hosting new Mario art come september. Looking forward to it!

M - The OC Remix crew has made a Mario album, and Timnoldzim is here to give you the lowdown.

C - Needs more substance, but liking Metro is respectable at least.

F - Stop hyping what I don't hype!


- And rabbit warrior girl pussy.



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This month's bloggers wanted prompt is something we stole. You see, by stealing this idea, you have no idea how truly inept I actually am. By pretending to know what I'm doing, I have clearly used my ill-gotten status to meet such big-time celebrities as Darlington Woolie "Pie Stealer" Madden or Sara from [insert pixel indie game studio here].

This month's bloggers wanted was inspired by the internal enjoyment we had at reading TheBlondeBass' promoted blog on faking conversational anime knowledge. And now it seems as good a time as ever to pretend to know what's going on since the new Fate/Grand Order game launched and qtoid is talking about it. I am a big fan of the character design of Artoria in the blue dress, or Artoria in the suit, or Artoria in the red dress. But seriously, we enjoyed the format so much that we want to ask the community for their own ideas at faking it at all sorts of things.

But this prompt is not just for anime, of course. The video game industry is fractured with all sorts of niche interests that only an insane rich person with no job could realistically know everything about. This month's bloggers wanted is about taking a subject you want to offer advice on faking knowledge about in order to help the greater community, for better or for worse. If this doesn't sound serious, don't worry, you're not supposed to take it seriously. You don't have to be an expert in whatever you talk about any more than Bass is an expert in anime.

I seriously don't know if that was a compliment or an insult.

Offer advice on anything you can expand your mind on. Want to help people get into character action games? The more Ss you put into its grading system, the cooler it is! Want to convince people to get into the Neptunia series? Just say "Nep-Nep!" and you're all set to convince people of your technical knowledge! Can you get someone into RTS game by just talking about your APM? Someone's bound to believe some random technical jargon you made up!

To get started, start a blog and title it "Faking it: [your blog title here]." Then you can be as serious or facetious as you want as you provide advice on any number of things: learning how to play fighting games, trying a long-running franchise you've probably neglected, or even explaining a game's timeline. Heck, you can probably seriously try on that last one and we still wouldn't believe you.

Good luck this month. Only true cowards rely on facts. Real heroes pretend to know what they're doing!



Current Community Contests
PREPARE TO CONTEST - The Master Gaming List Birthday Giveaway!

Good Morning/Evening/Yesterday, my Friends/Robots/INSERT WAIFU HERE,

More or less a week ago, the Master Gaming List turned one year old. I had a speech prepared, but the blog editor ate it four or five times over the last few days, so I'm kind of winging it now.

Despite all of the threatening and cajoling I initially made to get you all on the list, I never imagined I'd still be adding names a year later (and by "you all", I mostly mean GajKnight). It was kind of a ridiculous undertaking at first, trying to make a semi-permanent, easily-updatable list of everyone's contact info. I'm not even sure what everyone was being hyped over last year that got me to do this.

That said, I'm glad it came together, and this list has lead to many other things for me on Destructoid; whether it was me becoming our laziest, cuddliest Community Manager, or our laziest, cuddliest Reviews-type-person, I have always enjoyed the full love and support of this community.

In thanks, and with the assistance of quite a few others, I've gathered up a number of game keys to give away to you all.

The Contest

I've never run a contest before, so let's keep things simple. Write me a haiku about your favorite game.

Rules

1. The haiku must not include the title of the game.

2. I will accept any other form of structured poetry if you are unable to haiku but can iambic pantameter (you monster).

3. Please state what key you are going for, and a backup if that one is taken (admittedly, it's quantity over variety here)

4. The tentative end date of the contest will be August 13th, and will be bumped at least once during that time.

Available Keys

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-Aporia: Beyond The Valley (Multiple Keys)
-The Witness
-Citadel: Forged With Fire (Multiple Keys)
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-ABZU

Thank you to all 282 of you who have made the Master List a successful project over the past year! I will continue updating it into the forseeable future.


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