June 2018

June 2018 will be a fairly normal month for the channel on the surface, with a couple new series started (and a few hopefully getting resolved). Since I had to push back the beginning of the “year project” by another month, due to Jury Duty and a few other obligations, that will also likely be starting this month (I’ll explain how I’m restructuring the “year project” to make it more manageable in another post, as well as how you can follow along).

I will be trying to do an update video for the month, since there’s several announcements I want to make – one being this website finally being active, the other being the VEDAGaming2019 “Sequelitis” update and information segment (you can find more info about it in the “Events” tab up top). I know I’m terrible about these things.

It is also worth noting that if you have a channel (yours or another), that you want promoted in my “Spread The Subs” campaign, be sure to mention it either on discord, in a video comment, or on a comment here – as that will help me add to the list of channels I cross promote (Spread the Subs is linking people to “friends of the channel, channels that inspire me, or channels I find interesting” – I generally favor smaller channels under 25k subs, but will link larger channels if they are applicable to the game being played)

I’ll be writing these posts in the 2nd or 3rd week of each month, and releasing them a week before the following month (this will give me time to write it out, and format things how I want, while still leaving some time for editing should it need to happen)

It is also worth noting that I am intentionally diverging my thumbnails – with an Event/Collab thumbnail, a Casual Thumbnail, and a new “guide thumbnail”, I will also likely be making a “News” thumbnail at some point in May to use for updates.

Continuing Series:

  • Lost Sphear – looks like it will continue into at least the 3rd week of the month, maybe slightly beyond for sidequests
  • Battletech – Will likely continue into July, maybe August
  • Pillars of Eternity II – Long as hell game, so will be on the channel for several months

New Series/Playthroughs:

  • Diablo 2: LoD, Season 3: “Pacifist Paladin” – Should start the first or second week of June, will be a real trial for me to continue though
  • Undetermined jRPG to follow up Lost Sphear (may put CSH in this slot, or record them side by side, depends on the amount of time I have)

Revived Series (to finish them):

  • Cosmic Star Heroine (Mid-June, Hopefully) – I’m so out of practice with this game, I’ll probably just bump it down to easy and beat it… crashes too much for me to consider a proper guide sadly 🙁
  • Hard West (End of June to mid-July) – I want to just finish this one off because we’re fairly close to beating it, while not super popular, I don’t see a point to not resolve it

Also working on some thumbnail concepts for when I start recording the guides – I’m going to use these regardless of whether it’s on the main channel or a dedicated secondary guide channel – just need to refine them… the first one completed (used Tactics Ogre as a template, though it likely won’t be the first game in the series):

Vital Stats (As of May 16, 2018):
youtube.com/alzorath : 2392 subscribers, 611k views.

No other channels to report on for this month (though I’m going to start doing that as the channel list grows – since I will have a ‘b-reel’ channel going up as I do test runs for the guides, and next year sometime we should have a channel set up for the “year project”)

Want to support more content, you can always support @ Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/alzorath)

Tactics Ogre Notes: The Gods

Rough Introduction

At the beginning of the Tactics Ogre you are presented with a series of questions from the gods, that will effect your starting stats. It is worth noting, that for every “+” stat, there is an equal “-” stat effect, and that no matter what you choose you have a fixed total number of stat points (220). Below “the plan”, you’ll find the full list of stat effects of the answers, should you be interested in attempting a build yourself.

The stats that counter each other are:
STR (strength) vs AGI (agility)
VIT (vitality) vs DEX (dexterity)
INT (intelligence) vs HP (health)
MEN (mental) vs MP (mana)

These answers can also change the elements of certain story members (Vice, Kachua, Lans Hamilton, Guildus, Mildain, and Warren – basically the “starting party/guests”) – This can influence the ease of battle, but due to the complexity of tracking this alongside stats.

The main reason for changing the elements, is if there was a trend in enemies for damage/debuffs or allies for healing/buffs – (I haven’t looked for the patterns as of the writing of this) – I am including the element charts though for future reference.


The Plan?

For the initial test runs I plan to do a “AGI” focused character – as AGI is the only stat that cannot be modified by enemy tarot drops (Random Stat boosting drops). I may skip doing this if I find it lowers my damage output too much (due to lower STR). Dexterity is would be my secondary focus.

Rough Answers (Unoptimized)
Hahnela: Honor , Peace , Revenge (+4 AGI, +2 Dex)
Zoshonell: Reign , Love , Flourish (+6 AGI, +6 Dex)
Bartha: Glory , Sacrifice , Hatred (+3 AGI, +3 Dex)
Gurza: Ideal , Victory , Hope (+1 AGI, +1 Dex)

Important Notes
AGI -> directly influences turn order ( WT = 510 – AGI + WT from class & equipment ), Accuracy/Evasion
DEX -> effects hit rates of both Physical and Magical Attacks, and boosts physical damage
STR -> effects physical damage (and special skill damage), and increases resistance to physical damage
VIT -> effects resistance to physical and magic damage

MP is almost useless in this game unless you are chaining a lot of expensive spells (it recharges slowly in battle) – I may look at dropping a lot of MP to boost the MEN stat in the future (don’t think MP can become negative… so it may be a way to break the 220 rule – as it is the only stat that can be pushed to/below zero)

Base stats
HP: 68, MP: 4
STR: 27
VIT: 25
INT: 26
MEN: 24
AGI: 20
DEX: 26


The Gods (Stats)

Plus/Minus points indicated for each choice, yes there is a pattern. If you are focusing on a given stat, use the sorting option to prioritize that one.


HAHNELA

PRAY
No Effect ( Reign, Glory, Love, Victory, Flourish, Hope )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Peace-1+1+1+1+1-1-1-1
Honor-3-1+1+1+3-1-1-1
Hatred-3-3-1+1+3+3+1-1
Sacrifice-1-1-1-1+1+1+1+1
Ideal-1+1+1+1+1-1-1-1
Revenge-3-1+1+3+3+1-1-3

OFFER
No Effect ( Peace, Honor, Hatred, Sacrifice, Ideal, Revenge )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Reign-1+1+1+1+1-1-1-1
Glory+1+1-1-1-1-1+1+1
Love+3+3+1-1-3-3-1+1
Victory+1+3+3+1-1-3-3-1
Flourish-1+1+1+1+1-1-1-1
Hope+1+1-1-1-1-1+1+1

VOW
No Effect ( Reign, Glory, Love, Victory, Vow, Hope )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Peace+1+1-1-1-1-1+1+1
Honor-1-1-1+1+1+1+1-1
Hatred-1-3-3-1+1+3+3+1
Sacrifice+1-1-3-3-1+1+3+3
Ideal+1+1-1-1-1-1+1+1
Revenge-1-1-1+1+1+1+1-1


ZOSHONELL

PRAY
No Effect ( Peace, Honor, Hatred, Sacrifice, Ideal, Revenge )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Reign-3-1+1+3+3+1-1-3
Glory-1-1-1+1+1+1+1-1
Love+1+1+1+1-1-1-1-1
Victory-1+1+3+3+1-1-3-3
Flourish-3-1+1+3+3+1-1-3
Hope-1-1-1+1+1+1+1-1

OFFER
No Effect ( Reign, Glory, Love, Victory, Vow, Hope )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Peace+3+3+1-1-3-3-1+1
Honor+1+1+1+1-1-1-1-1
Hatred+1-1-1-1-1+1+1+1
Sacrifice+3+1-1-3-3-1+1+3
Ideal+3+3+1-1-3-3-1+1
Revenge+1+1+1+1-1-1-1-1

VOW
No Effect ( Peace, Honor, Hatred, Sacrifice, Ideal, Revenge )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Reign-3-3-1+1+3+3+1-1
Glory-1-3-3-1+1+3+3+1
Love+1-1-1-1-1+1+1+1
Victory-1-1+1+1+1+1-1-1
Flourish-3-3-1+1+3+3+1-1
Hope-1-3-3-1+1+3+3+1


BARTHA

PRAY
No Effect ( Reign, Glory, Love, Victory, Flourish, Hope )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Peace-1+1+1+1+1-1-1-1
Honor-3-1+1+1+3-1-1-1
Hatred-3-3-1+1+3+3+1-1
Sacrifice-1-1-1-1+1+1+1+1
Ideal-1+1+1+1+1-1-1-1
Revenge-3-1+1+3+3+1-1-3

OFFER
No Effect ( Peace, Honor, Hatred, Sacrifice, Ideal, Revenge )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Reign-1-1-1-1+1+1+1+1
Glory+1-1-3-3-1+1+3+3
Love+3+1-1-3-3-1+1+3
Victory+1+1+1-1-1-1-1+1
Flourish-1-1-1-1+1+1+1+1
Hope+1-1-3-3-1+1+3+3

VOW
No Effect ( Reign, Glory, Love, Victory, Vow, Hope )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Peace-1+1+1+1+1-1-1-1
Honor-3-1+1+3+3+1-1-3
Hatred-3-3-1+1+3+3+1-1
Sacrifice-1-1-1-1+1+1+1+1
Ideal-1+1+1+1+1-1-1-1
Revenge-3-1+1+3+3+1-1-3


GURZA

PRAY
No Effect ( Peace, Honor, Hatred, Sacrifice, Ideal, Revenge )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Reign-1+1+1+1+1-1-1-1
Glory+1+1-1-1-1-1+1+1
Love+3+3+1-1-3-3-1+1
Victory+1+3+3+1-1-3-3-1
Flourish-1+1+1+1+1-1-1-1
Hope+1+1-1-1-1-1+1+1

OFFER
No Effect ( Reign, Glory, Love, Victory, Vow, Hope )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Peace+1+1-1-1-1-1+1+1
Honor-1-1-1+1+1+1+1-1
Hatred-1-3-3-1+1+3+3+1
Sacrifice+1-1-3-3-1+1+3+3
Ideal+1+1-1-1-1-1+1+1
Revenge-1-1-1+1+1+1+1-1

VOW
No Effect ( Peace, Honor, Hatred, Sacrifice, Ideal, Revenge )

 STRVITINTMENAGIDEXHPMP
Reign-3-1+1+3+3+1-1-3
Glory-1-1-1+1+1+1+1-1
Love+1+1+1+1-1-1-1-1
Victory-1+1+3+3+1-1-3-3
Flourish-3-1+1+3+3+1-1-3
Hope-1-1-1+1+1+1+1-1


The Gods (Elements)

Add Up the instances of the given element with your selections, highest number determines the element (in the case of ties, it’s randomly assigned between tied elements)


HAHNELA

PRAY

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
ReignWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
PeaceFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
GloryEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
HonorWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Love-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
HatredWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
VictoryFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
SacrificeEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
FlourishWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Ideal-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
HopeWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
RevengeFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth

OFFER

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
ReignEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
PeaceWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Glory-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
HonorWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
LoveFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
HatredEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
VictoryWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Sacrifice-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
FlourishWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
IdealFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
HopeEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
RevengeWater-WindFireEarthWater-

VOW

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
Reign-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
PeaceWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
GloryFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
HonorEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
LoveWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Hatred-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
VictoryWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
SacrificeFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
FlourishEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
IdealWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Hope-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
RevengeWindFireEarthWater-WindFire


ZOSHONELL

PRAY

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
ReignFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
PeaceEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
GloryWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Honor-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
LoveWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
HatredFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
VictoryEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
SacrificeWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Flourish-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
IdealWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
HopeFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
RevengeEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater

OFFER

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
ReignWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Peace-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
GloryWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
HonorFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
LoveEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
HatredWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Victory-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
SacrificeWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
FlourishFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
IdealEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
HopeWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Revenge-WindFireEarthWater-Wind

VOW

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
ReignWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
PeaceFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
GloryEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
HonorWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Love-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
HatredWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
VictoryFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
SacrificeEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
FlourishWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Ideal-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
HopeWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
RevengeFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth


BARTHA

PRAY

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
ReignEarth Water - WindFireEarthWater
PeaceWater- WindFireEarthWater-
Glory- WindFireEarthWater- Wind
HonorWindFireEarthWater- WindFire
LoveFireEarthWater- WindFireEarth
HatredEarthWater- WindFireEarthWater
VictoryWater- WindFireEarthWater-
Sacrifice- WindFireEarthWater- Wind
FlourishWindFireEarthWater- WindFire
IdealFireEarthWater- WindFireEarth
HopeEarthWater- WindFireEarthWater
RevengeWater- WindFireEarthWater-

OFFER

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
Reign-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
PeaceWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
GloryFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
HonorEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
LoveWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Hatred-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
VictoryWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
SacrificeFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
FlourishEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
IdealWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Hope-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
RevengeWindFireEarthWater-WindFire

VOW

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
ReignFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
PeaceEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
GloryWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Honor-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
LoveWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
HatredFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
VictoryEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
SacrificeWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Flourish-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
IdealWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
HopeFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
RevengeEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater


GURZA

PRAY

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
ReignWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Peace-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
GloryWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
HonorFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
LoveEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
HatredWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Victory-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
SacrificeWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
FlourishFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
IdealEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
HopeWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Revenge-WindFireEarthWater-Wind

OFFER

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
ReignWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
PeaceFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
GloryEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
HonorWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Love-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
HatredWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
VictoryFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
SacrificeEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
FlourishWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Ideal-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
HopeWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
RevengeFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth

VOW

 KachuaViceLansWarrenCanopusMildainGuildus
ReignEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
PeaceWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Glory-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
HonorWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
LoveFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
HatredEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
VictoryWater-WindFireEarthWater-
Sacrifice-WindFireEarthWater-Wind
FlourishWindFireEarthWater-WindFire
IdealFireEarthWater-WindFireEarth
HopeEarthWater-WindFireEarthWater
RevengeWater-WindFireEarthWater-


References:
GameFAQs ( gamefaqs.gamespot.com/ps/198881-tactics-ogre/faqs )
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together ( luct.tacticsogre.com )

Testing Guide Prep

I am currently in the process of converting my normal notes, references, etc. into short articles here, it will take some time, but once I get the notes converted, they will be added to the “The Library” tab at the top of the page for easy navigation (similar to the “Videos” tab).

This will be the pattern all for the standard document work I will be doing with projects to keep it organized for browsing. I will be also converting information from the referenced sources to include in the posts in case something happens to the original source.

Full Guides will have dedicated pages, rather than these loose leaflets, but I kind of want to keep both around for posterity’s sake.

Progress on Tactics Ogre Walkthrough

Recording issues are the main reason the PSX version of Tactics Ogre has been on hiatus for those wondering, now that I have things set up how I want them, I can get back into doing that (though I will need to do some things from scratch, I still have my initial notes) – obviously it’s easier to make notes postmortem from a recording – since I can pause while watching footage back, rather than documenting while trying to play (which is draining as hell).

That said, I do have rough pathing done, notes on how to obtain each of the characters for varied endings, etc. – even have an order of the 3 major branches to cover them… trick is testing theories on them all to make it more fluid for a final guide.

I may do a semi-casual playthrough prior to this on the channel… we’ll see if time allows.

Lost Sphear Test Runs

I’m going to be doing some test runs for doing a Lost Sphear Guide currently – I may record these and release them as “un-commentated footage” on a side channel.

I will be using the FAQs/Guides from Gamefaqs (found here) for some reference, but even just on the initial browsing through them, there’s definite things I want to change… as well as a piece of information that either seems overlooked or considered unimportant (such as a reward for not capturing any of the people in Sacred Rahet).

I’ll also be wanting to optimize my path through… I kind of want to do progress on this even if the recording is going to be further into the future, so that I can have it ready for release.

Rough Version of Website Up

Just filling out a few posts to test out the layout I’m using for the site (decided to go the ‘less custom’ route unfortunately, since I really just don’t have the time to code the site from scratch… may add a proper forum in the future if we grow big enough, but for now it’s just comments on news pieces… )

What’s gonna be on here for gaming-content?

I plan to host the “milestone” stuff here when it comes to the casual gaming stuff, but I also plan to host proper gaming guides, reviews, etc. here as well to compliment the video content over on youtube… mainly since there are things that are better done in text than video 🙂 (and sometimes you can’t watch a video to get the info you need)

I’ll also likely do “work in progress” posts regarding guides and such so you can follow along with guide development – though there will be dedicated static pages for each finalized guide.

Other Stuff?

There will be other types of long content, updates regarding side projects, etc.  I will likely expand the front page in the future to include the art end of things, behind the scenes on project 365, and the like… though I will only add specific widgets for major groups of projects (like if I feel like doing welding for a week, it won’t get a category, but if I start doing art workshops? yea, they’ll get their own category).

I should also note, that, yes, I plan to have links to EVERY playlist on EVERY channel navigable from the top menu, I’m just working on organizing it in a sane manner… feel free to mention any ideas you have for organizing it better, kinda just winging it at the moment.