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  Legacy of Evermore
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 09-07-2013, 01:31 AM - Forum: Claude's House of Pain! - Replies (3)

Introduction:  I have always been a fan of the Mana series and when I saw Secret of Evermore back in the day, even though I knew it wasn’t quite a Mana game, I jumped at the opportunity to play it and the game clicked with me. Despite some gameplay similarities, Evermore sets itself apart with its setting and plot...Evermore itself is a dark, alluring world that’s easy to get lost in, and its hokey dialogue keeps its atmosphere from coming on too strongly. I, and many other fans of Secret of Evermore, have to deal with the fact that a sequel isn’t likely to ever happen. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t revisit Evermore on our own terms...
Summary: After the passing of Professor Ruffleberg, an adult Elizabeth (Fire Eyes) returns to Evermore with two teens and their cat in tow to find some startling changes and additions in her absence. Curiosity triggers the catapult that will send them hurtling towards the core of Evermore’s deepest, darkest secrets.
Disclaimer: Secret of Evermore and all related properties belong to Square Enix; I just whipped up some of the original characters solely for this story.

Legacy of Evermore
By ClaudeLv250
Prologue – Podunk, 2015
Heavy curtains snuffed out the sunlight that attempted to weasel its way through the aged windows of the classroom. The only light in the room was provided by a projector casting the image of a velociraptor lowered into a pouncing position. The class of high school students looked on as their teacher, a woman with fiery red hair and thick coke-bottle glasses, pointed towards the image.
“...Modern science now tells us of the close relationship between birds and dinosaurs. So what we once thought of as raptors...”
She pressed the clicker and the image switched to an identical picture of the raptor, adorned with tufts of feathers on its head and along its limbs.
“...May have looked a little more like this.”
Lame!” someone called out from the back of the class. The room filled with giggles.
The teacher shut off the projector and sent the curtains receding back to the top of the windows, allowing the sun to filter into the classroom. She glanced at the clock and made her way back to her desk.
“Class, I have a small announcement to make,” the teacher began softly.
“Surprise test on Monday,” Luke Durant murmured in despair from his desk.
“Miss R wouldn’t be that cruel,” his friend, Krista Plunkett, whispered from behind him.
Miss R, their teacher, gave a forlorn look to the binder sitting open before her until she closed it. “I have some...family business to take care of,” she continued, her lip quivering ever so slightly, “So you will have a substitute through all of next week. I expect you all to behave, all right?”
There were some silent expressions of victory and praise that were cut short by the ringing of the bell. School was over and the weekend was just beginning, and most of the class reacted in kind by attempting to vacate the premises as soon as possible.
“I told you she wasn’t that cruel,” Krista said, coming into view as Luke filled his backpack. Her ruby red hair was tied into a simple ponytail. A few bangs curled over a pale face and a smattering of freckles.
“Yeah, but...something seemed to be bothering her,” Luke admitted as he pushed his arms through the straps of the pack. Luke’s dark brown hair was cut short and gave full view of his tan face.
“I know. She’s been a little weird all day.”
“Man, don’t you guys watch the news or something?” their friend Mark interjected suddenly. He pushed his cellphone toward their faces as it displayed a news story. “Sidney Ruffleberg died last night. Of course she’s not herself!”
The pair traded shocked expressions before Krista uttered, “Wow, poor Miss R...”
“I had no idea.”
They left the classroom in a dark mood, but Krista thought she could salvage it.
“Do you want to go to the movies and see the Vexx reboot?” she asked.
Luke furrowed his brows, “Didn’t the last couple of Vexx movies suck?”
“It’s a reboot! They’re supposed to be fixing everything that went wrong in parts four, five and six.”
“Sorry but I can’t. I’m taking Domino to the vet tomorrow to get her shots.”
Krista sighed. “That shouldn’t take all day.”
“I didn’t say we couldn’t hang out. I just wouldn’t hold my breath for the movies.”
“Okay, but you know Podunk is boring as hell,” Krista complained. “There’s not a whole lot else to do!”
“Yeah, yeah. I know,” Luke found himself in agreement. “We’ll find something to do.”
Under the orange radiance of twilight, Luke navigated the worn sidewalks of downtown Podunk with Krista in tow.  The teens were dressed in casual wear for their Saturday outing: Krista wore a blue denim jacket over a green shirt and blue jeans, while Luke sported a white vest over a black shirt and black and white cargo pants. In Luke’s right hand was the handle to the simple beige carrying case that contained a white domestic short-haired cat. Two patches of black fur marked her forehead, giving her the namesake Domino.
As they rounded the corner, Krista stopped and gasped dramatically at the sight of the Bijou theater.
“I completely forgot we were heading in this direction!”
“What a coincidence!” Luke exclaimed with the rolling of his eyes.
Krista ran over to the ticket booth and read the times. “The next showing of Vexx 3D is in five minutes! We can get in before the previews start.”
Luke tapped the carrier in his hand and said, “Even if I really wanted to see that movie, I’ve still gotta take Domino home.”
Krista gave distressed glances between the cat and the ticket booth. The ticket taker shrugged at her plight. “But...but...they accept pets, right?”
“They dropped that policy when they upgraded to a multiplex,” said Luke, and the ticket taker nodded along.
Krista sighed, looking down to the cracked pavement and let her shoulders sag in defeat. “Alright, let’s do something else.”
“Maybe we can see it next time,” Luke murmured. He hated seeing Krista lose her fire.
When they reached the end of the block, the old Ruffleberg mansion loomed in the distance at the top of a hill. A wicked idea crossed Krista’s mind but she quickly dismissed it. She did spot a female figure walking across the premises and squinted to make out any recognizable features.
“Luke, look!” she pointed at the figure. “Is that Miss R?”
“Yeah, looks like it,” Luke confirmed.  He caught the grin Krista was giving him.
“Let’s go over there and cheer her up!”
“What if she wants to be alone to grieve?”
“In that big, lonely mansion?”
“Alright,” Luke caved. “I guess we can go over and see how she’s doing.”

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  Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune's new Mega Man
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 08-31-2013, 09:27 PM - Forum: The Arcade - Replies (2)

Keiji Inafune has a kickstarter for an action/platformer in the vein of Mega Man, a collaboration of his company (Comcept) and MM vets Indicreates. $900k goal, WiiU/360/PS3 stretch goals.

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Will he succeed? Is this what we want?

Is this the only way to keep the spirit of Mega Man alive?

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  I Like Cars
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 08-11-2013, 03:34 AM - Forum: Claude's House of Pain! - No Replies

A long time ago, I wrote a poem about Captain Falcon's love of cars. It got plagiarized twice. The only reason I didn't repost it is because I forgot, so I'm fixing that. KIJ4 hasn't been posted either, but that's next.

Disclaimer: Captain Falcon and all other Nintendo related characters/things are the property of Nintendo, obviously.

Now, ClaudeLv250 presents: Poetry from Kirby's Insane Journey's universe:

I Like Cars - A Poem by Captain Falcon

I like cars!
Do you like cars?
Because I like cars!

I like cars that are pretty and fast
so fast that you won't see me driving past
cars can drive very long and go very far
Wow, I just realized how much I really like cars!

But what I like more than cars is my Armored Muffin
Her name is Samus, and uh...does anyone know what rhymes with muffin??
She's a bounty hunter, just like me!
She even takes me across the galaxy for free!
But sometimes I wonder...does she like cars?
Because I like cars!
They can drive very long and go very far!
Wait...I said that, didn't I?

Well...uh...I like cars!
Do you like cars?
Because I like cars!

I think Samus likes ships more than cars
Her ship can reach the stars!
My Blue Falcon can't go that far...
But I don't care...because I like cars!

I'm afraid to ask her about cars because of what she might say
Hey...you think I can buy her a car for her birthday!?
I'll paint it orange and red just like her Varia Suit!
And call it Kiwi because thats her favorite fruit!

Oh my god, I'm a genius!
Okay, maybe not...I don't know what rhymes with genius
I suck at poems, but I like cars!
My passion for them caused me to write this far!

Oh no! Yoshi is making fun of me for writing a poem!
If he doesn't stop laughing, I think I might have to own him!
Don't make fun of Samus or cars!
Or I'll Falcon Punch you hard and far!

I'm glad I got to write about what I like
even if I had to get into a fight
Hey, did my poem about cars make you want to drive one?
Maybe you can play F-Zero, 'cause racing is fun!!

...I like cars
Do you like cars?
Because I like cars!
And so does Samus!

I should probably change this to 'We Like Cars' now...

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  So this spam wave...
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 07-21-2013, 09:22 PM - Forum: Binhqx's Fix-it shop! - Replies (1)

We've got something to stop it, right?

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  Xbox One revealed
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 05-21-2013, 05:32 AM - Forum: The Arcade - Replies (14)

Can't believe I forgot to make this sooner.


Next Xbox gets revealed today at 10AM/1PM EDT, so this will be the thread for it.

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  E3 2013 thread (MEGAMAN IN SMASH)
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 05-20-2013, 01:05 AM - Forum: The Arcade - Replies (27)

It's almost that time of the year again. Will keep updating this post with all the conference times and some links.

June 10th
Microsoft - 9:30AM/12:30PM
EA - 1/4PM
Ubisoft - 3/6PM
Sony - 6/9PM

June 11th
Nintendo E3 Direct - 7AM (PDT), 10AM (EDT), 3PM (BST) (NA - EU - JP)

Other Stuff
Konami Pre-E3 Show - June 6th
Square Enix Presents - SE doing a livestream broadcast of their booth during E3
Gametrailers Pre-E3 episode - June 7th
"The Future of Final Fantasy" - Media-only event at 12/3PM on the 11th.

GameTrailers E3 All Access schedule Wrote:GT E3 All access Programming Schedule

On-Air and online via SPIKE TV, GAMETRAILERS.COM, GT iOS app, GT Xbox Live app

• Noon ET/9:00am PT – ALL-ACCESS Microsoft PRE-SHOW
• 12:30 ET/9:30am PT – XBOX: A New Generation of Games Revealed Press Conference
• 2pm ET/11am PT – ALL ACCESS COVERAGE (Exclusive demos, interviews, debuts, and more)
• 4pm ET/1pm PT – EA Press Conference
• 5pm ET/2pm PT – ALL ACCESS COVERAGE (Exclusive demos, interviews, debuts, and more)

Online via GAMETRAILERS.COM, GT iOS app, GT Xbox Live app

• 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT – ALL ACCESS COVERAGE (Exclusive demos, interviews, debuts, and more)
• 6pm ET/3pm PST – Ubisoft Press Conference
• 7:15pm ET/4:15pm PT – ALL ACCESS COVERAGE (Exclusive demos, interviews, debuts, and more)
• 9pm ET/6pm PT – Sony Press Conference

Online via GAMETRAILERS.COM, GT iOS app, GT Xbox Live app

• Noon ET/9:00am PT – ALL ACCESS COVERAGE (Exclusive demos, interviews, debuts, and more)
• 1pm ET/10am PT – Nintendo Hour
• 2pm ET/11am PT – ALL ACCESS COVERAGE (Exclusive demos, interviews, debuts, and more)

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  Farce Ocean 3: Wings to Another Time
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 04-26-2013, 02:27 AM - Forum: Claude's House of Pain! - No Replies

[FONT=&amp]Introduction:[/FONT][FONT=&amp] I am a huge Star Ocean fan, to say the least, and have been ever since I played Star Ocean: The Second Story in 1999. I like to write, fan fiction included. I?ve been trying for ages to write the right Star Ocean piece. I actually have a few unfinished things sitting around (like Star Ocean Zero) that may see the light of day. But here we are with ?Farce Ocean 3.?[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]To get a bit more on topic, I originally envisioned Farce Ocean as a series of straight parodies of each Star Ocean. That idea evolved into alternate takes on their narratives. You will see what I mean when the story really gets started.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Summary:[/FONT][FONT=&amp] If anyone knows me, they know that I am not a huge fan of Sophia Esteed. Instead of writing a bash fic like a lot of people would, I decided to explore the character from another viewpoint. This is an ode to Star Ocean 3, an alternate novelization, and an attempt to flesh out and give Sophia more of a role in the storyline. This is a story that adds a layer of uncertainty to the tale we all know, peppered with a bit of my personality. I hope you enjoy the ride back to SD 772.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Disclaimer:[/FONT][FONT=&amp] Star Ocean and all related properties belong to tri-Ace/Square Enix. I guess the only thing I own here is...myself?[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]NOTE:[/FONT][FONT=&amp] To those that have read this before, this is a NEW prologue. What used to be the prologue is now the first chapter.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Farce Ocean 3[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]Wings to Another Time[/FONT]
[FONT=&amp]by ClaudeLv250[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Prologue ? Drifting in the Ocean[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]I had never felt so alone in my life.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Painted before me was an endless sea of stars glittering against the depths of space, and the only thing protecting me from the cold vacuum was the glass-like canopy of the escape pod. The inner workings of the control pad sprawled before my fingerstips was far beyond my understanding, but the systems were user-friendly enough.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]An Earth-like planet slid into view, its atmosphere slathered in maroon hues and one side of its spherical body cresting with the luminous rays of the sun. The beautiful sight put me at ease...until the auto-pilot announced that it was taking me down for a landing. I wasn?t surprised, of course. This destination was inevitable. But there?s no easy way to prepare someone for their first landing from space.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]I gripped the seat and tightly shut my eyes as the ship broke the atmosphere. It wasn?t as bumpy as I expected, so I gathered some courage to open my eyes again only to find that my view was obscured anyway by the entry into the atmosphere. Once the ship plowed through the cloud barrier, my sight was flooded with the green of a forest, and it was approaching fast![/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]My pod slammed into the ground and only slid a short distance. That wasn?t anywhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be. I grinned and almost laughed...that was sort of fun![/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]I pulled my backpack from between my legs and slide it onto my back. The canopy lifted and I took a deep breath before leaping out of the pod. The short grass crunched beneath my feet. A thin, pretty minute layer of frost was trying to form. I blew into the air and watched the smoke that was my breath dissipate. Before me stood a forest and not far behind where the pod had landed was a ridge overlooking another expanse of trees. The sky was overcast; a wall of grey smothered any signs of the sun. Mountains in the distance kissed the cloudy skies. There was nothing unusual about the environment ? in fact, it could have been on Earth ? and yet, I knew this was an alien planet. I had landed on Vanguard III.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]I turned around and examined the remains of the escape pod. It was trashed for sure. It was only supposed to get me here safely, so I guess it had done its job. A sound pierced my ears, like a plane dropping in altitude but not quite as harsh. I turned and looked up to see another escape pod burst through the clouds. The blue jetfire from its back-thrusters cut out and it plummeted into the forest. The ground quaked and I saw debris fly into the air. That was probably Fayt?s pod, and it hadn?t landed too far from here![/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]Following what could be considered a trail, I sprinted through the forest in the direction of the crashed pod. I found an escape pod identical to my own perched atop a few downed trees. That was odd...this definitely didn?t look like the same crash site as Fayt?s pod in the game, but this was real life so I just accepted that there were more details than what sprites and polygons could convey.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]As the pod?s canopy lifted, I eagerly awaited for Fayt to emerge. What I saw first were the long locks of a brunette, before my sight locked with the teal eyes of...[/FONT]


[FONT=&amp]She had abandoned the hair-in-a-bun look, but it was still the one and only Sophia Esteed. ?Claude? You made it here too!?[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]I grabbed her hand without realizing it and helped her navigate down from atop the trees. You may be wondering about what she meant by ?too,? and how we could have possibly crossed paths beforehand. For that, I would have to go a ways back. You see...[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]?Is Fayt here too?? Sophia asked suddenly, cutting through my thoughts.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]I looked into the gray sky. No more pods had emerged, and I realized what that really meant. Only one person was supposed to land on Vanguard III. Taking myself out of the equation as the true anomaly in this situation, that meant that that one person had been Sophia instead of Fayt. Somehow, my presence had disrupted the natural chain of events. We were in deep.[/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]?I think we?re the only ones,? I admitted reluctantly, my voice nearly a whisper. Sophia?s eyes widened with fear. [/FONT]

[FONT=&amp]But before I can even begin to wade through the mess I had landed into, there?s time for just a bit of reflection. They say that before you know where you?re going, you have to know where you?ve been. So, about how I met Sophia...to begin, I?d have to go a ways back, like I said before...to the moment before I was pulled out of the life I knew and dumped into another universe at the random will of a super-being, like a fish out of water, ironically drifting through the star ocean...[/FONT]

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  A Link to the Past sequel announced for 3DS
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 04-17-2013, 10:03 PM - Forum: The Arcade - Replies (4)

The best Zelda gets a direct sequel!


Miyamoto talked about remaking LttP but I didn't expect a sequel. LttP perfected the Zelda formula, I can't imagine what a game built directly off of it as a sequel could do.

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  Duck Tales Remastered!!
Posted by: Cap - 03-22-2013, 11:52 PM - Forum: The Arcade - Replies (3)

Duck Tales Remastered!!
Coming to XBL, PSN and WiiU this Summer!!


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  Playstation 4 announced
Posted by: ClaudeLv250 - 02-20-2013, 03:36 AM - Forum: The Arcade - Replies (12)


Playstation meeting today, big show, lots of attention, will be livestreamed. Starts at 6PM eastern.

There's no way the the PS4/Orbis/whatever isn't announced here.

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