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The Lounge / FFXII IZJS Party Setups
January 24, 2011, 06:05:03 am
After sifting through esper combinations for quite some time a while back, I came up with the following two parties:

Vaan Shikari (Zalera) - If anyone is going to be a Shikari, it had better be Vaan.  Shikari is something I was wanting to use in one of the teams, and no one is better at it (particularly at abusing speed), making Vaan the obvious choice.  Zalera gives him an extra 435 HP for more durability.
Ashe Knight (Belias, Mateus) - Like Vaan and Shikari, there is no one better at being a Knight.  Why Knight in this party?  Because it fit with the other Esper choices.  She gets an extra Potion Lore as well as Curaga, Regen, Esuna, and Cleanse, helping her fit into a backup healer role when you need it.
Balthier Red Mage (Zeromus, Zodiark, Shemhazai, Cuchulainn, Exodus) - Red Mage is definitely master of none in FFXII, but it does get fairly potent with the right Espers.  Except for Vaan, his stats are the most well rounded for this role.  He gets another Channeling, Esuna and Cleanse, the -ga elemental spells, can wear some degree of heavy armor, and gets Ragnarok as a choice in weaponry.
Fran Breaker (Ultima, Hashmal) - Vaan fills every role perfectly it seems, so many choices are the second best in all honesty...  Fran fits perfectly into Breaker.  Ultima and Hashmal giver her the necessary Swiftness licenses to keep up.
Pennelo Uhlan (Famfrit) - Uhlan is another jack of all trades type character, but it is much more focused on melee than Red Mage.  Solid fighter.  Famfrit gives her an extra Potion Lore in case things go bad.
Basch White Mage (Adrammelech, Chaos) - Interestingly enough, he makes the (second) best White Mage.  (Damn you, Vaan!).  His MP is kind of low, but an extra 310 HP, a Battle Lore, Souleater, and the Defender make him a good Souleater spambot when he's not healing.  The backup healers (Knight and potion abuse) help make this possible.

I have written down "Blok 20,5,5", but I don't remember why exactly.  I think it gets you another Maximillian?

Vaan Monk (Ultima, Zodiark, Chaos) - Like Shikari, if you're going to use a Monk, you should do it right.  Ultima gives him two much needed Swiftness licenses to make him a beast.  Equip poles for dealing with defensive enemies or bare knuckle box any wimps.  Chaos and Zodiark give him Holy, Esunaga, Protectga, Shellga, and Renew, if you really really need him to be a backup caster.
Ashe Samurai (Belias, Exodus, Zeromus, Cuchulainn, Zalera) - This is probably the one and only scenario in which Vaan isn't the best at something.  Ashe is.  She gets Libra, an extra 500 HP, Stamp, a Magick Lore, and access to the Blood Swords if you want to abuse them instead of the one-handed Masamune.  She can do a lot of things, but she's best at spamming physical attacks and your motes.
Balthier Black Mage (Adrammelech, Mateus, Hashmal) - Anyone except for Basch and him are a waste of potential as a Black Mage.  The three espers give him access to bombs, including the strongest in the game.
Fran Machinist (Famfrit) - Machinist doesn't really use Strength or Magic much... making Fran the obvious choice.  (Poor Fran.)  Famfrit gives her much needed Warp, Vanishga, Slowga, Reflectga, Hastega, and Graviga, which is the closest you can come to a Time Mage without the suck.
Pennelo White Mage (-) - In this case, the choice was to abuse her highest MP of the party for heal spamming.  Considering only one member of the party has heavy armor, you might need it...  The espers were all better off with someone else.
Basch Archer (Shemhazai) - Shemhazai allows Bash to equip the best heavy armor in the game, turning Archer into a beast.

I have written down "Stok 25,1,1" but I don't remember why.
The Lounge / So apparently the world is coming to an end.
September 04, 2010, 03:10:03 am
The Lounge / A public apology
April 26, 2010, 09:03:03 am
If this is considered spam, then please do move it to spam, but be aware that is not how this is intended.

If any of you noticed my absence, then I am genuinely flattered. So... I vanished a short while back.  I have no interest in going into detail, but I will say that it was not intentional and I did miss this community in the mean time.  Normally nobody would care and I wouldn't bother people with a thread about it, however I recall that the timing of my disappearance was rather... poor.  For this I would like to make a formal and public apology to the following three people:

Kokojo, I am very sorry that I disappeared shortly after telling you I would help edit the text of items.  I feel the worst about this as I have read your thread expressing frustration on the seeming abandonment from the community on your project.

Vanya, you probably aren't too concerned about this given what little I know about your nature, but I wanted to apologize to you and the contestants of your sprite contest for disappearing before judging the entries.

VampragonLord, I am sorry that I vanished when I had made prior obligations to assist you with the writing of your patch.

To the rest of you, I hope this little display does not annoy.  I felt the need to clear my conscience and felt this was an appropriate means of doing so.  Ignoring it or dealing with it in private and sweeping it under the rug just wouldn't have sat well with me.  I wanted it known that I recognized my guilt here.  Thank you for your patience.

For the record (and possibly the curious), I do hope to become active in this community again very soon.  That said, I'll be a lot less inclined to rush into future obligations in order to try and avoid this in the future.
Spam / 1000 POSTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
February 18, 2010, 10:06:30 pm
I'm so very awesome because I'm acting like Dome.  Now I need a nightmarish avatar, like Mario-Cthulhu or something.
Help! / Can the generic base job be altered?
November 16, 2009, 02:17:18 pm
Short and sweet, I think Chemist would be better (for my plans) for the base job for generics and the job that special jobs replace.  Can Chemist be swapped with Squire for that purpose?  If so, how would one go about doing so?  I have not seen this answered anywhere yet.
PSX FFT Hacking / Harp animation
September 23, 2009, 02:41:40 am
Before I go using up all my free time to try and figure this out, does anyone happen to already know what the game does for the harp attack animation?  As far as I can tell, the weapon sheet just has two identical sideways harps.  If anyone already knows which is used for what and how, it could save me a fair bit of effort in experimentation.  I would love to know what it does with those images.

And for anyone wondering why, I'm trying to see if I can work in the Judge Blade from the FFTA games in its place.  (You know, the weapon in all the main character art but NEVER ACTUALLY APPEARED in the game just to drive people like me nuts?)  LastingDawn suggested the harp with the possibility that it could be put in Mercenaries.  (Wild guess, I suppose the harps were chosen because they aren't used in Mercenaries.)
Spriting / My attempts
March 04, 2009, 08:56:06 pm
Work in progress, but you can see what I have so far.  The center is to show I used Knight as a base.  It's supposed to be Ike.

I think it's obvious what this one is.  I couldn't really think of any good base, so I just used Velius as a size reference of sorts.  The shading sucks and making it was a pain in the butt as it was, so I might not do more with this one.

I can't seem to get the image tags to work... oh well.
Archives / I just found this site a few days ago.
February 27, 2009, 11:02:16 pm
I've been looking around everywhere, and I can't stop thinking how awesome it all is.  I had no idea such a community existed and had so many achievements.  I'm afraid I don't have any hacking skills personally, but my curiosity got the better of me and I felt compelled to register so I could start asking about stuff.  (Currently mostly about FFT v1.3 which has intrigued me greatly.)  I probably have no talent in any of this, but I would love to learn what I can and start doing some of this stuff myself, and if that fails, I hope to at least enjoy the community and what it produces.