Posts made by Randall - LAC
Cosplay Pre-Panel Meeting & Anime Viewing (12/19)
This is listed in the Nerd Alert, briefly.
We'll be meeting at the Southwest Regional Library (where Random Fandom was held) for a joint event. After setup for the anime viewing on the big screen, we'll be splitting up and those who want to participate in the cosplay panel on January 25th will discuss what they can present.
Location: Enter the library, turn right twice and you should be facing the large conference room doors, past the bathrooms. It's basically a upside down U from the entrance.
As space for panelists is very tight, we won't be accepting walk in panelists on the 25th, so this meeting will be mandatory for the speaker or their representative to know what is going to happen and how much time, etc, each will have. If you're planning to come as a panelist (not just for the anime viewing), please comment on the event page.
We're hoping to make this into a cosplay how-to series with the library, which has a very new and modern facility. Anyone that can't make it, provided we get attendees on Jan 25th, should be at ease, as we will try to do more of these type events.
Louisville Anime/Video Gamers: BYOC Card and Video Gaming (12/3)
Come play both tabletop games like King of Tokyo and video games like Smash Bros. We generally try to run a few anime themed games at our events. Console wise we'll likely have the mainstays, N64, 360, PS2-4, Dreamcast, over about 5 or so screens. We'll have a mixture of games, anime, party, racing fps, etc in rotation. Depending on turnout we may do something with a tournament ladder. We'll have a few tables of board games as well, if you're not so much into pixels.
Please bring and tag your own controller, controllers can also be purchased in store. If you want to come with a gaming or anime cosplay, that's fine. It most likely will be colder out being December.
Card-N-All also has a nice selection of new and retro games at reasonable prices, as well as hardware. Please be considerate of their space. They are also giving us a special 10% off discount for the event. Much of the store is already really cheap compared to any other game store in Louisville. So come down to play some games and check what they've got.
If you're coming from Manslick Rd. headed South, it will be in a 2 story white strip mall on the right, across from the Marathon station at the traffic light. Card-N-All is the last shop in the plaza on the end. If you pass the Cardinal Market gas station you've gone too far.
We're definitely interested in relaunching the podcast. We bought some additional mics so gear isn't an issue. We have a full setup, we just need someone to take that project on.
^ as he said above, looking to relaunch. So what I said was in relation to that.
Provided I had a location (or online), and a NL person I could record it myself, I just don't feel comfortable committing to doing that regularly.
My car got totaled by a deer yesterday, so +1 to stuff on plate.
We did it in a coffee shop off Baxter/Bardstown Rd, which got progressively more full and had music playing.
Andy was the NL rep, Amber came in right at the end. I think Alfred and maybe one other came in for my side after it was done. There was a group photo that wasn't used. The coffee shop people were serving us death glares for interrupting.
The handheld recorder was picking up all sorts of BG noise, including I think sirens off passing EMS. Things were smaller, we hadn't discussed the questions beforehand to be prepared for them, couple questions on the underbelly of the worldwide anime community were cringe-inducing. We're not corporately about that sort of thing, we're about building members up, sharing resources and activities, creating opportunities.
It was quick and dirty. Being that it's gone I think everyone involved is in a better place to do a do-over. We've got more to be able to talk about.
Just let me know when to set up something.
I think it'd be worthwhile to redo the Louisville Anime Community's cast which I think was like, edition 3, and then disappeared.
I have a yeti mic and have done 35+ casts before. Really wasn't thrilled with how ours here came out between the cafe we were in with noise, missing folks, some stuff could be done better. We're 4-5 times larger now, more seasoned, etc.
Another option would be to use an online service such as Discord, Skype, Google Hangouts, or if you're inclined to use a Mumble Server that way you can get per user audio channels. Saves a ton of headache when you need to fix "that one guy."
RE: Destiny 2 on XBone
I kinda understand where you're coming from. I prefer the Xbone or Xbox controllers in general for shooters. With the hundreds if not a thousand hours on Destiny on One before, the muscle memory is forever there.
The PC version having a 1 for 1 clone of the Xbox One settings so we can use the controller over bluetooth or with a cable was a major factor in me going that route. None of my core group of friends really played Destiny anymore, and with my life as it is, I can't power level 4-5 days a week like them anymore. I'd rather take a chance on new people or a community of randoms.
Sony honestly does have a better ecosystem, I go to their local E3 event each year, the players are generally on the older side, the menu system isn't the 90th iteration of mistakes layered. I don't have to put up with as many updates. It just feels more designed, and less kitbashed. But I'm not 100% on the controller. It's perfectly fine for most things, a lot of platformers which is what is on Sony. Being the anime guy I've got an increasing collection of that stuff... But using shoulder triggers for a gun trigger is wonky feeling. Maybe if you were slow tap sniping all the time, but otherwise no.
RE: Louisville Anime Community - Local Events
Um, up to you? I figured Gen Disc' was the least of evils as to where to put it. I had a post on the first forum, and I made a new one here before the Groups feature was implemented, but they seem to get eaten or deleted. I searched, nothing remains. The Cosplay bowling that Dave was posting is our event, we put stuff up on a monthly basis.
Louisville Anime Community - Local Events
Seems like the forum loses my post every few months.
I mostly contact Nerd Louisville through Jonathan and Andy, but we all cross paths here and there.
Wanted to let people know that the Louisville Anime Community exists. We've been running events over 3 years
now and one of our side projects is the Louisville Video Gamer's Guild.
We're a group for fans of all ages who appreciate Anime (Japanese Animation), whether you're new to the genre or an "oldy moldy" who subbed VHS back in the day. We endeavor to connect people with similar tastes, and expand fun opportunities for anime related events in the Louisville / Southern Indiana region. Some of those being anime viewings, manga swap, gaming parties, panels, social convention groups, food meetups, cosplay, & more.
We generally hold 2-4 events per month across Louisville & Southern IN. Tonight we're doing cosplay bowling and have a number of theater movies coming up.
We also work with conventions, such as ConGlomeration, FandomFest, comic shops, the library system, and are expanding into other groups to get the word out and expand their anime related programming. We're aiming to start a new anime convention for Louisville soon.
We produce a 6-8 page newsletter bi-monthly for our Meetup members, or if you prefer to stay on the fringe but still see what events we have going we have a Facebook group.https://www.facebook.com/groups/louisvilleanime/
Young or old, if you like anime, come check us out!
RE: Destiny 2 on XBone
The Xbox One controller works the same on PC as it does on Xbone, Bungie put a lot of work into equalizing that controller scheme. Use a micro USB cable on Win 10 and it just works. It also can work over Bluetooth if you install the drivers.
Now the PVP players on PC are pitching a pissing contest cause they feel the controller affords an unfair advantage with auto centering, but they really need to can it. One of those "this is why we can't have nice things" kind of deals.
RE: Destiny 2 on XBone
Here's my 10 cents.
I was a fairly devout Halo guy up through 3 and Reach, Reach broke the formula, 4 and especially 5 were failures.
5 is the only Halo I have ever sold off, that should say something when in some cases for friends or LAN reasons I own multiple copies of some. I was also in several clans between H2 and Reach.
Destiny I played hundreds of hours into since day 1. But I never got to Mercury or even got to play the last Raid due to a lack of friends online. The friends I did have either played more than me so the light level difference was too great, or played less than me. LFG or sherpas were not always helpful or available. Destiny 1 did have its share of problems, many being more prevalent prior to each DLC update.
Destiny 2, I think honestly as far as the campaign and public world, fixed I dare say everything that was a concern.
The individual planet maps are much larger, they have many more routes and caves and detail. There's a lot more vertical spaces to explore. If anything is a triumph, they turned the annoying patrol missions that had to be "ground into the fossil record" into missions that actually feel like a story mission. You may end up still collecting 15 of some thing, or planting a beacon, or killing a boss, but the process of getting there is more involved and feels a lot less like boring grunt work of going here, do the thing, rinse repeat ad infinium. The music is more varied and unique to each planet or enemy, it's also much more "in your face" about being themed to an activity.
Weapon play has always been Bungie's strong suit, and it continues. The weapon slot changes I can understand better now is a result of simply having more enemies rush the players. You need to weapon swap rather than reload, and for that they introduced two primaries. Weapons too, seem a little better modeled and segregated. Hand cannons are sufficiently punchy. Snipers are punchy and slow. Pulse rifles and fusion rifles I hate so I won't speak to that. Scout rifles, are somewhat neutered. Swords are back, and there's far more variety of them for different uses. Rocket launchers are more rare. Grenade launchers IMO are useless. For a Arc hunter, your trusty melee blade sees "a lot" of use. Light has been overhauled to "power" and thank the heavens, they changed it so engrams drop based off all your gear's average, rather than currently equipped gear. The "traveling to orbit and back down" grind is gone. Fast travel is present, you won't get a sparrow until the campaign is cleared.
Customization has finally come to Destiny and by an large Bungie seemed to listen. Shaders can be applied to ships, sparrows, and various clothes. Mods that offer various buffs or effects can be added to most gear. There's a lot of hidden little missions and things to do. Armor can be spec'd for recovery or speed.
Story wise, Zavala and Ikora are annoying, or barely believable as far as their arcs go, but fortunately, they have new supporting cast that makes up for them being paper thin. Cayde and Failsafe on Nessus is probably the highlight of the game. The final boss fight is wholly predictable and rather unoriginal, but I don't know that they could have really went too many other directions with it. By the time you get to the end zone of the game, you feel a sense of coming full circle, exploring the new zone is kinda poignant. The setup is made for the DLC, there are several big name drops during various missions. Destiny 3's next enemy is somewhat teased as well post credits.
I rented and beat the campaign on Xbone, took about 24 hours doing all the story missions and campaign missions except for the new ones after the ending. There are a few spots where you're either a veteran and you chug through a few enemy spam sections, or you could go with a team and it would have been easy as pie. Strikes were not available during the rental. I finished around 204 power / light.
I've also played the beta on PS4 and PC, and ofc the game in full on Xbone. The Xbone version does feel like it suffers and there were some noticeable frame drops by being limited to 30 FPS. The PC version is definitely smoother and more fluid. I'd compare it to music and tempo or half steps or measures. At console levels, you're forced to issue a command and watch it play out. PC feels like you have that extra half a second or frame that it continues to register what you want it to do and react. PS4 didn't feel quite as rough as Xbone, but it was still under the PC version.
Ultimately, I think Destiny 2 was what everyone had expected from Destiny 1. It was also what many had expected from Halo 5, but got so wholly disappointed by.
RE: Destiny 2 on XBone
We have a Discord server for console and portables gamers in the area. The Louisville Video Gamer's Guild - https://discord.gg/tMyc5BC There's a few people on Xbox in there. I rented D2 last night, might keep it one more night, but I bought it for PC, instead of Xbone for D1. Using Redbox so I could get my veteran rewards.