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Anvil Archive / Re: Broken Mirror | Eldritch Mirror
« on: January 21, 2012, 10:05:02 pm »
Despite proposing a possibly unstable trio deck concept, Chapuz has hit the nail on the head.  This is a deterrent, a passive counter (an active counter to creatures would be something that removes creatures from the field, or deals equal damage back while ignoring shields).  It is worthless against creatureless decks, and weak against stalls - in fact, the immaterial nature of the creatures it generates is a two-edged sword, since it's providing creatures you can't do anything but attack with.  They can't be mutated, duplicated, momentum'd, blessed, whatever.

What I'd like to see if this were introduced ingame is an off-element card that plays a creature of some kind on your opponent's side of the field.  It would take a while to set up, and wouldn't be an impossible offense to block, but it would rival Growth/Ablaze in terms of creeping power.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:56:24 pm »
Get Touhou here:

You will need to sign up for free on that forum.  Search for "Imperishable", it should be the third instance of that word down the page.  Click the link on the name itself, and you may need 7-Zip (free) to unzip it or something.  There's a translation patch somewhere in there, I may or may not have used it myself, and it's not necessary to play the game.  Controls for the game are arrow keys for movement, hold Z to shoot, press X to set off a bomb, hold shift to switch to youkai mode, which also slows you down for more precision and displays your hitbox.

Now, back to MUSICK.  (Please don't link to stuff like Grooveshark, stick with YouTube where possible.)  7/10 for good presentation in a genre I don't like.

And my next submission, a piece from a game you absolutely must play if you haven't... it will change your life.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:07:06 pm »
7/10 for presentation mostly.  Dude does need to learn how to mess with melodies, so he can throw some more variation in there.  Good foundation, but the devil's in the details.

I have been playing a lot of Touhou lately.  Getting pretty good at Imperishable Night.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: December 25, 2011, 06:03:58 am »
7/10, I like the style and the production is good but the melody is just far too static.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: December 24, 2011, 11:41:07 pm »
5/10, decent production but the only thing of substance was the slide on the refrain.  The rest was cliché rock stuff.  Also, overuse of fisheye lens.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: December 21, 2011, 06:56:35 am »
7/10 - points for French language, but the lyrics are uninteresting and the melody lands on the second scale degree at the end of way too many lines.

Movies & TV / Re: My little pony, FiM (bronies yay!
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:44:41 am »
Noticed on the wiki that there's a skip in the episode numbers:

"Secret of My Excess" is #10(36), while "Hearth's Warming Eve" is #13(39).  Anyone know why this would be?  Just a numbering error, or are there two episodes lost in the void somewhere?

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: December 15, 2011, 11:46:25 am »
Ah, back when Final Fantasy men were MEN.  9/10 just because I wouldn't loop this, unlike some other things.

(I should mention that this track has two ingame versions, as game tracks often do, and thus the instrumentation and texture changes dramatically about three minutes in.  Make sure you listen to both versions, you may want to skip ahead as the first version loops several times first.)

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: December 15, 2011, 10:44:56 am »
9/10... I can appreciate the genius behind that piece, but it's not something I listen to daily... anymore.  I've just heard it too many times!  :D

About the next link... the theme you'd remember from the game doesn't show up for two minutes.  However, I would consider this perhaps the greatest Main Theme from any individual Final Fantasy title.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: December 15, 2011, 05:19:30 am »
7/10, typical Zimmer fare - pleasing but you take nothing home with you.  Likely a more useful backdrop than a standalone, as with much of The Dark Knight.

Since we're on a movie kick, here's my favorite piece from one of my favorite movies; I am stunned by Howard's ability to stretch tension through two hours' worth of film with three notes, then flip them on their head at the very end in such a way as to create a sense of relief.  It's similar to the effect produced by the modal alteration of the Uruk'hai theme used by another Howard when Barad-dur fell.

Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: December 14, 2011, 11:18:29 pm »
7/10, mostly for presentation.  I'd label it "canned," as far as film music goes; it uses aeolian mode exclusively, the melody hovers around the root and uses nothing nonharmonic; pedal tones are overused; strong beat patterns sound "epic," but never leave the beat.  Good production values, but uninteresting and unmemorable.

To expand on the question of what ratings mean: I would give "meh" a 5/10.  1/10 is horrible and ear-bleeding.  3/10 is something I actually dislike but can bear for a little while.  7/10 is good, usually showing skill or at least good presentation, and not in a style I object to.  8/10 shows some characteristic I really enjoy, but I might not care for the whole.  9/10 is shy of perfect, has parts I don't care for, but overall something I would listen to on a regular basis.  10/10 is something that I would listen to daily, and gives me chills most of the time.  Disclaimer: I may not have adhered strictly to this, as I'm making it up right now, and was more or less going with my gut earlier.

Related note: I dislike rating systems that never put anything below a 5 or 6.


Music / Re: Rate the song above you
« on: December 11, 2011, 02:07:54 am »
(Studio Ghibli did an animated short set to that Capsule song I just linked.  I was unable to find it on YouTube, I think it was removed.)

9/10 - reminds me of several things I love, such as Parasite Eve and Chrono Cross.  Suffers from a little lack of variety, but overall it's very good.  I only recently stumbled on Homestuck, read a while into it, but it was a bit too random for my taste.

(Recommend you listen a while, it gets better as it goes.)

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