I should think of better titles, ok starting next time

I’m waking up at terrible hours, so I’ll need to force myself awake earlier and fix my schedule.

I got the vampire job asterisk in bravely default today. That was pretty fun, had to grind out what I thought was an OP combo though, which is the templar/rampart + red mage job. Basically the strat is if you have at least 3 templars you can have pretty much nonstop ramparts going if you want to take no damage at all, and the red mage part gets you extra BP if you take status effects or damage. Then you just have to make sure your base speed is faster than derosso and bam, you can get into a nice loop where you rampart his strongest physical attacks, and since you’re all red mages you can heal up when he does the occasional graviga or something gets through. Then it’s just queuing up your special attacks; man that’s pretty satisfying to pull off when you chain together 4-5 special attacks. This strategy also crushes all the dragons which with other job combos is a huge pita to deal with. Like, I was burning though ethers/turbo ethers/xpotions/etc just barely hanging on most of the time, since the aoe weakness thing they do basically makes your team a one shot unless you have a rampart or utsuemi or whatever that autododge skill is called for ninja.

I digress though. I guess what I really wanted to type out is how much I enjoy the backstory that came with this sidequest. You can tell by the dialogue the gameplay was meant for like 12 year olds when the main characters go like “yawn, tl;dr” but for you, the player, between the D diary, reading between the lines of what your “enemies” say, and the sidequest of derosso, the story really gets fleshed out through all the satisfying foreshadowing and connected characters. Like, one of my favorite eggs is the Ciggma Khint and Eternia hospital tie-in.

Read a couple of pages of manga. Which is more like Japanese practice, as they’re entertaining ways to practice reading hira/katagana and just encountering new kanji for different vocab.

Finally started messing around with Android Studio. The gui stuff looks pretty straightforward, wondering when I’ll have to get my hands dirty with the codez. Probably when I start implementing logic and data storage etc.

Guess I’ll draw a few things before I go to sleep.

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