EpicRome23 reacted to zackrobbman for a status update, So Crash 4 follows the lead of it's predecessors when it comes to difficulty. It's st
So Crash 4 follows the lead of it's predecessors when it comes to difficulty. It's strict, unforgiving, platforming can make a man break his $60 controller rather quickly. But it wasn't TOO difficult. Beating the game got frustrating toward the end, but it's more than doable. I went back and played through its most difficult levels after beating it and they were cake.
But of course, what's a Crash game without it's large amount of collectibles and the looming taunt of beating the game 100% to get the true ending?
I'm a filthy casual that's never 100%'ted a Crash game, (Except Crash Twinsanity when I was like fourteen) but I decided to end that two weeks ago. And I FULLY...regret my decision.
The Gems? They can be found. The insanely perfect medals? Easy peasy. But the RELICS?! My...my GOD the RELICS! The times you have to beat to get a platinum relic on each level is...indescribably unfair and difficult. It's like Toys for Bob wants you to die inside from playing this game. Frame perfect movement and complete total mastery of the super spin are REQUIREMENTS to get even CLOSE to getting a platinum on a level. To make matters worse, the game is glitchy as HELL when speedrunning!
Faulty collision detection will send you plummeting through a platform and to your death. Glitchy spin reach will sometimes blow up TNT and Nitro crates that are NO WHERE NEAR YOU! Enemies and hazards sometimes turn freakin' INVISIBLE because they don't load their models, but they can STILL kill you! Blowing up TNT and Nitro crates feels like russian roulette, since its explosion radius is so got dang BIG! Oh, and the explosion lasts half a second, so it doesn't matter if you run into into it well after it's happened. Sometimes you reach for a rope and it goes right through you! Sometimes the bounce on a crate won't register! Sometimes the CUTSCENES lock your character in place over a death pit and you fall FOREVER! (can't even press start!) The platinum ghost you try to beat can JUMP on you to cancel your momentum and block crates you shoot as dingodile! Hazards you slide under will still kill you at random! Icy surfaces do all KINDS of crazy stuff that I don't have the time or patience to go into detail for! And pointless props BLOCK me when I jump!
And for the cherry on top, I'm playing with a glitched controller! At random, when I'm trying to move forward by pushing up the left analog stick, I'll slow to a walk! Slowing down mid-air in a platform game as strict and precise as this is SOUL CRUSHING.
And I've only got TWENTY THREE PLATINUMS. I still gotta get FIFTEEN more!!!
I know what you're thinking though. "Zack, just stop playing the game!" I CAN'T! I've got TWENTY THREE PLATINUMS, man! I'm too far gone now! I can't be saved! And....this game costed me sixty two dollars. I'm far too cheap to quit. I threw my controller four times to today, but I know I'll be right back at it tomorrow right after work. It's like a black hole man! It sucks you in!!!
The worst level of them all so far, though? Bear Repeating. Nearly all of that glitchy crap I stated up there happened in this level. I got so dang good at speeding through it that I was regularly leaving the platinum ghost WAY back in my dust, but I'd STILL come short, sometimes by a SECOND, of the platinum time. Why? Because I missed one or two time boxes. I wanna cry just thinking about it, even though I eventually GOT that platinum through SHEER WILL-POWEEERRRRRRR!
Oh, right. There's an even faster Relic you can get. The Toys for Bob Relic. These relics are OFTEN a whole FIFTEEN SECONDS FASTER than the platinums! I've only managed to get ONE, and I bet I got it by MILISECONDS! Why the hell did they think it'd be a good idea to make those a thing?! I'm already beating the GAME TESTERS speed with platinums! Who the HELL is getting these crazy times with the TFB medals!? Who is he?! WHERE is he!? I'm gonna MESS THAT GUY UP when I see him!!!! NO RULES, BARE KNUCKLE BOXING! BRING IT, NERD!
Whew! Got that outta' my system. Actually, one more thing. I'd be willing to pay a large sum of money for one of the level designers of this game to sit next to me while I play. Every-time something janky happens, I get to punch the employee. The pay for this will likely leave me and my kids, kids, kids in debt for the ret of their lives, but if I'm being honest, the employee will likely be very dead after an hour.
Learn from my example, people. Don't do crack, don't do heroin, don't do embalming fluid, and definitely DON'T try to 100% Crash 4! Save yourselves!!!!
EpicRome23 reacted to -Lilium- for a status update, When life gets messy pour gasoline on it, light a match, and keep on walking. Throw y
When life gets messy pour gasoline on it, light a match, and keep on walking. Throw your shades on and don't look back, because that's how bad ass we are.
EpicRome23 reacted to P.N.See for a status update, Ok, so... Long story short: AFV no more. I'd got released from the hospital three day
Ok, so... Long story short: AFV no more.
I'd got released from the hospital three days ago. (COVID-19 had got me). Still weakened, I need some time to sort out my affairs and get myself together before I dive back into RP.
EpicRome23 reacted to -Lilium- for a status update, To those I am in collaboration with, This update should have come weeks ago, so I do
To those I am in collaboration with,
This update should have come weeks ago, so I do apologize for the tardiness in presenting it now. We have moved and-although settled for the most part-have shoddy internet, strange school schedules for the kids/hubby, and I am in the process of orienting at my new job.
At some point when I finish orientation and convert back to my usual night schedule, I will return. I may be away right now but I am still very much with you.
PS: That was supposed to just be a heart but since I am unable to delete it via mobile at this time, you get adoring eyes along with this ❤ and a 🍪.
EpicRome23 reacted to Csl for a status update, I'll be away from Valucre likely until December. Details in my original (updated) AFV
I'll be away from Valucre likely until December. Details in my original (updated) AFV post.
EpicRome23 reacted to danzilla3 for a status update, WHEN PEOPLE DON'T INSTANTLY REPLY TO MY MESSAGES BRAIN: People have lives! There's an
WHEN PEOPLE DON'T INSTANTLY REPLY TO MY MESSAGES
BRAIN: People have lives! There's any number of reasons why they haven't responded y-
ANXIETY: THEY HATE YOU. YOU MADE THEM HATE YOU. WHY DO YOU PUSH EVERYONE AWAY?
EpicRome23 reacted to Zashiii for a status update, Posts will be delayed until the internet guys fix our connection. Apologies. 🙏
Posts will be delayed until the internet guys fix our connection. Apologies. 🙏
EpicRome23 reacted to Tyler for a status update, Hey everyone, so I know you've all heard this from me before, but this time I'm afrai
Hey everyone, so I know you've all heard this from me before, but this time I'm afraid I'm pretty serious.
Some of you may have seen a related statement or two from me already, or may just have noticed my general inactivity, but to make it clear to you all, I am ending my involvement in Canon Valucre. For one, I have largely lost interest in the canon world and process. My factions have gone as far as they're allowed to go (be it by the setting or my own personal limitations), and my characters either reached the end of their progression, or lack any avenue to be useful or interesting in the world going forward. And I'm just simply not interested in all the grind and post count requirements needed to adapt everything again.
But more importantly, I just don't have the desire to devote the time to it anymore. The first time I tried to "leave", it was because I thought the situation at work was about to change and that it would affect my ability to RP reliably... well, things did change, only not in the way I expected. Rather than things suddenly getting busier and me being unable to find the time, COVID came around and caused our office to shift everyone to work-from-home (a change I absolutely love, by the way). As it turns out though, this change has sapped my RPing reliability considerably, but not due to lack of time or access. Rather, the availability of other activities to conduct in my free time has all but quashed any desire I might have had to try and rekindle the dimming fires of my canon characters and plots.
That does not mean I have lost interest in RPing entirely. But the type of RPing I enjoy, the kind I cut my teeth on if you will, is not viable with the canon setting. I am in discussions with another person to set up an RP in the alternative section, and I have otherwise devoted time to doing quasi-tabletop/DnD type RPs in Discord servers. It is my plan to focus on those things with what time I allot to RPing.
I only have two active RPs left here (and one inactive), and I fully intend to conclude them. For any of you who may have still been banking on any future plans with me though, I apologize. Hopefully I'm not leaving anyone high and dry, but I'm thinking I've already had discussions with anyone who I had any imminent plans with. Maybe I'll end up RPing with some of you again in the alternative RPs if they happen.
Was tempted to wrap up the message all formal-like... but it's not like I'm leaving the site (at least not yet), so I'm just gonna leave it that.
EpicRome23 reacted to zackrobbman for a status update, *writes post* *Post get three likes* *Notices that another persons previous post got
*Post get three likes*
*Notices that another persons previous post got all superlikes*
Me: ….Wait....was my post bad?
Evil Me: Your posts annoy people! Regular likes can only ever mean that they didn't deem your work worthy of anything more than being noticed! People don't enjoy writing with you! You should stop writing and wallow in pathetic self pity!
Me:....That sounds kinda' boring though. I think I'm just being paranoid. They probably just didn't think it was worth a whole bunch'a praise, which is fine.
Evil Me: No! People hate you! Your writing sucks! There are no good people! No one appreciates anything you do! Everyone is selfish and evil and you should assimilate to get back at them! The government watches you through your computer! The CIA planted a chip in your brain to brainwash you into killing their enemies! Aliens abducted you when you were nine and wiped your memory! There's poison in all the food people give you! The lizard people wait for you to come outside at night! Your neighbors are government agents that were hired to watch you! Your life is wrong! Trust no one! *pulls out gun and cocks it* Not even yourself!
Me: Why do you have a gun?
Evil Me:....I don't know.
EpicRome23 reacted to Praetorian for a status update, Mag comeback, you can blame it all on me. Mag comeback, I can change you'll see. 💔 ;-
Mag comeback, you can blame it all on me. Mag comeback, I can change you'll see. 💔 ;-;
EpicRome23 reacted to -Lilium- for a status update, Once again, I am falling behind and apologize for any delays due to this. Things have
Once again, I am falling behind and apologize for any delays due to this. Things have been a little hectic and exhausting so I have been getting as much sleep as possible between homeschooling the kids and working.
I have Friday-Monday nights off this weekend so I am hoping to catch up at that time. As always I appreciate your patience and understanding.
EpicRome23 reacted to vielle for a status update, Market research time: two characters and a dynamic, go! 😄
Market research time: two characters and a dynamic, go! 😄
EpicRome23 reacted to Ataraxy for a status update, What if supernal is like the dread pirate roberts and is actually a line of different
What if supernal is like the dread pirate roberts and is actually a line of different administrators taking over the throne from previous supernals. Meanwhile the alt supernals are supernals that were tested by the previously reigning supernals in order to see whether they were worthy of the supernal throne. But when they flunked out of the exam, they became alt supernals because they were addicted to the throne's power.
EpicRome23 reacted to zackrobbman for a status update, Good news! I've... figured out ...this internet thing! @Tyler @jaistlyn @Higuu If all
Good news! I've...figured out...this internet thing! @Tyler @jaistlyn @Higuu
If all is as I think it is, I should definitely be much more active. Not that I think you guys were sitting at home constantly wondering "Man, I wonder what that Zack guy's doin'." as if I'm that big a factor in your life, but I like to keep folks informed because its polite.😀
EpicRome23 reacted to vielle for a status update, Ya girl takes her first step into her 20's today, and already, I feel really old. 😂 I
Ya girl takes her first step into her 20's today, and already, I feel really old. 😂 I continue to thank Val for being such a wonderful community and for helping me get through some tough moments in my life recently. 💖 Here's to more years together, y'all! 😂🙏
EpicRome23 reacted to vielle for a status update, *drags feet in* Hello everyone, it's vielle ( again again)! 🙈 So, I disappeared again
*drags feet in* Hello everyone, it's vielle (again again)! 🙈
So, I disappeared again, and it's only been a month or so, but it feels ten times more depressing because I thought I wouldn't have to do it a second time, but. . . life is life. Still, there's no excuse for not informing people earlier and ironing out plots before I yeeted, so again, I very sincerely apologize for ghosting on threads and leaving. If I need to take an extended break again, I promise I'll be responsible and let people know properly next time (and not just through my mediator-not-an-owl @Csl, who continues to be amazing). Yaay for character development. 😂
In the meantime, I'd like to make up for my absence with a flurry of activity as well as gradually posting to all the threads that are waiting on me within the week. It shall commence now. 🙏 Again, I'm sorry for leaving, but I'm ecstatic to be back around. 💖
EpicRome23 reacted to The Alexandrian for a status update, Is Ursa Madeum brimming with speciests? There appears to be a lot of species-based ge
Is Ursa Madeum brimming with speciests? There appears to be a lot of species-based genocide and discrimination in UM's lore.
EpicRome23 reacted to WarCrimes for a status update, what if you went to heaven but god said Quote how do i FORMAT THESE POSTS and then yo
what if you went to
heaven but god said
and then you said
omg i can change colours
EpicRome23 reacted to vielle for a status update, Hello everyone, vielle here (again)! ? So: I'm a prodigal daughter on her way back ho
Hello everyone, vielle here (again)! ?
So: I'm a prodigal daughter on her way back home. I just wanted to apologize to everyone for ghosting all those months ago—it's as @Csl has said: I've taken a leave of absence because I had to focus on stuff irl and also my mental health. Things haven't been the best in that latter aspect, but methinks I'm doing better nowadays. It's kinda tough, having to learn some things the hard way, but that's life for you! Now, I've kinda gotten better at handling my stressors now. ?
Which leads me to that elephant in the room: I'm dropping out of past threads, cutting down on new threads, and focusing more on personal plots this time around. Taking up all those past threads and keeping up with them was in fact doable, truly, but I unfortunately overestimated my capacity to stay interested in all the things. It's not that those plots weren't interesting; don't get me wrong! It's just that there's only so much my writing muse can do for me, and though some once thought it of me, I'm not a machine. ? So, as I make my slow return, I'll be more particular about the future plots and threads I'll be engaging in, so I can give them my utmost writing efforts to the best of my ability. It's the least I can do for my writing partners; you all deserve the best I can give. ❤️
By the way, I have not checked Discord yet and probably will continue not checking Discord for the foreseeable future. I'm sorry if anyone sent me any messages over there; I haven't opened it at all over these past few months! ? But please know, whatever you may have sent me, I appreciate that you have thought to interact with me at all, even when I was, y'know, away. ?
Overly sentimental stuff aside: I'm (omw) back! I've missed you all dearly. If you would have me back in your good graces, I'd be happy to write with you all again. Gonna do some spring cleaning on my thread tracker (it's a little dusty in there!) and take over handling that character/lore garage sale @Csl was doing for me (thank you so much, bestie!), and then maybe I'll have a cup of tea and look around what's changed here in my absence some more.
It's kinda great to be back here. ❤️
EpicRome23 reacted to Tyler for a status update, So, as some of you might already be aware, I have made the decision to phase myself o
So, as some of you might already be aware, I have made the decision to phase myself out of RPing in Canon Valucre. A few different conditions, including an increased feeling that posts are more like grindy chores than fun, and the threat that my job is going to get way more busy and make it difficult to find time to post, have contributed to this decision. What does it mean? It means I will be completing my current ongoing threads, but not starting anything new. I will be working on setting suitable endings for my existing characters and plots in the next couple of months, and I am shooting to be done with everything in the canon world by about January 1st.
I will not be quitting any threads. All my existing obligations I will see through until the end. Also, for those in Chasing Legends, I will stick with that thread however long it goes, including if we do sequels (unlike the canon threads, I feel more at ease in Chasing Legends and find it more fun, and if it is just that one thread, I should be able to keep up well-enough), so you needn't worry about me leaving there. Also, I will still be approachable for graphic design commissions, if anyone is interested in that.
Interest checks to determine the fates of House Karradeen and the Plateau of Zuhl/Sidereal Lake will be made in probably a week or so from now.
This is not a farewell, merely a transition to a less active state-of-being. So let's avoid getting sappy over it; I loath sadness, so let's just not give it any time of day, eh?
EpicRome23 reacted to Fierach for a status update, Lore Blurb: In the depths of the Dawn Komturie, James Eredas and several engineers, C
In the depths of the Dawn Komturie, James Eredas and several engineers, Custodes Militants, and scientists oversaw the development and testing of various weapons systems both existing and new.
The variety of enemies the Order Of Force Majeure were called upon to answer to and the variety of their forces called for many specialized developments. The magical and supernatural had many advantages over the mundane and conventional, and whilst Knights were usually the ones to deal with the most fantastic threats, Custodes of all types had to be able to hold their own, or at least survive in the face of them.
Now, the Order of Force Majeure were developing three other new lines of weapon systems concurrently.
Codenamed in development with the names of three of the Major Arcana of esoteric tarot, the first weapon was:
The Hermit: A powerful pistol that fires 12-gauge shotgun shells. Built as the pinnacle of personal defense weaponry, the standard Hermit comes as a double-barreled pistol that is loadable with up to four shotgun shells, two in each rifled barrel. Somewhat larger and bulky then many other pistols due to its construction, and the need for recoil compensators, nevertheless the pistol is ideally to be fired with both hands, and only by individuals of enhanced strength, or wearing strength-enhancing wargear such as power armor due to the severe recoil. The design is to be used against and be capable of stopping the likes of even a dire bear in its tracks, and its primary disadvantages are its low number of available shots, and short effective range, which can be somewhat extended with sabot slug ammunition.