Stardew Valley (Switch) – Playlog 1

HLTB Estimate: 50.5 hours.
.5 hours played.
Day 2.

Picked this game up on the eShop over lunch today.  Started up and played a half hour, didn’t really get anywhere.  Found maybe 8 of the 28 people I was supposed to greet.  Overexerted myself clearing land, woke up the second day and was only at half energy.  Bleh.  My first thoughts are… fuck, this game is slow.  I’ll try to give it a chance though.

Dragon Quest X (PC / Switch) – Playlog 8

HLTB Estimate: ???
48.5 hours played.

メルフェ 39 Thief | 37 Warrior | 32 Minstrel | 31 Priest | 31 Mage | 31 Martial Artist | 31 Dancer | 13 Weaponsmith.

Played a bunch this morning/afternoon while home sick.  Just did a bunch of grinding while watching TV.  I spent about a half hour on each of 5 classes and got them up to 31-32.  (That’s all the classes I currently have unlocked).

Used level 90+ folk from the Dragon’s Den team and went into the cave to the north of Jurette.  Nasty monsters in there, but they give a ton of exp, especially when using +exp consumables (hence the 30 minute limit).

2017 Completed Game List

107 Games Finished, 1280.5 Hrs

January: 9 Games, 147.75 Hrs
001 – 01/01/2017 – Abzu – PS4 – 1.5 hours
002 – 01/02/2017 – Three Fourths Home – PS4 – 1 hour
003 – 01/02/2017 – Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – PS4 – 5 hours
004 – 01/10/2017 – Inside – PS4 – 3.25 hours
005 – 01/15/2017 – Dragon Quest IX – DS – 50.25 hours
006 – 01/18/2017 – Final Fantasy XIV: Revenge of the Horde (3.3) – PS4 – 40.25 hours
007 – 01/18/2017 – Infamous: Second Son – PS4 – 13.5 hours
008 – 01/23/2017 – Yoshi’s Woolly World – WiiU – 8.75 hours
009 – 01/31/2017 – Final Fantasy XIV: Soul Surrender (3.4) – PS4 – 24.25 hours

February: 9 Games, 179 Hrs
010 – 02/03/2017 – Tales of Berseria – PS4 – 57.25 hours
011 – 02/03/2017 – Unravel – PS4 – 5.75 hours
012 – 02/05/2017 – LIMBO – PS4 – 2.5 hours
013 – 02/14/2017 – Demon’s Souls – PS3 – 30.5 hours
014 – 02/14/2017 – Sword Art Online – Lost Song – PS4 – 19 hours
015 – 02/23/2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD – WiiU – 43.25 hours
016 – 02/24/2017 – Killzone 2 – PS3 – 7.25 hours
017 – 02/26/2017 – Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage – PS4 – 2.5 hours
018 – 02/27/2017 – Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (Aqua) – PS3 – 11 hours

March: 8 Games, 209.25 Hrs
019 – 03/02/2017 – Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (Terra) – PS3 – 7.75 hours
020 – 03/10/2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 50.75 hours
021 – 03/11/2017 – Blaster Master Zero – Switch – 6.25 hours
022 – 03/17/2017 – Horizon: Zero Dawn – PS4 – 49.5 hours
023 – 03/25/2017 – Super Mario Run – Android – 2.5 hours
024 – 03/30/2017 – Persona 4 Golden – Vita – 64.5 hours
025 – 03/31/2017 – Shovel Knight – Switch – 5.5 hours
026 – 03/31/2017 – Nier: Automata – PS4 – 22.5 hours

April: 19 Games, 116.25 Hrs
027 – 04/01/2017 – The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 3: Above the Law – PS4 – 1.5 hours
028 – 04/05/2017 – Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows – Switch – 9 hours
029 – 04/06/2017 – Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment – Switch – 5 hours
030 – 04/07/2017 – Astebreed – PS4 – 2.25 hours
031 – 04/07/2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary – 3DS – 1.75 hours
032 – 04/08/2017 – Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – PS4 – 6.25 hours
033 – 04/10/2017 – The Longest Journey – PC – 18.75 hours
034 – 04/16/2017 – Kamiko – Switch – 2 hours
035 – 04/16/2017 – Super Bomberman R – Switch – 4.5 hours
036 – 04/17/2017 – Dreamfall: The Longest Journey – PC – 12 hours
037 – 04/18/2017 – Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap – Switch – 4 hours
038 – 04/19/2017 – A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV – PS4 – 1.25 hours
039 – 04/19/2017 – Syberia – PC – 7 hours
040 – 04/19/2017 – Sonic CD – PC – 2.5 hours
041 – 04/19/2017 – Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 – PC – 2.5 hours
042 – 04/25/2017 – Snipperclips – Switch – 3 hours
043 – 04/25/2017 – Yooka-Laylee – PS4 – 16.5 hours
044 – 04/28/2017 – Beyond Good and Evil HD – PS3 – 11.25 hours
045 – 04/30/2017 – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 5.25 hours

May: 11 Games, 119.25 Hrs
046 – 05/03/2017 – Severed – Vita – 6 hours
047 – 05/04/2017 – The Technomancer – PS4 – 17.5 hours
048 – 05/05/2017 – Puyo Puyo Tetris – Switch – 8 hours
049 – 05/11/2017 – Dreamfall Chapters – PC – 18.25 hours
050 – 05/13/2017 – LEGO City Undercover – Switch – 12.75 hours
051 – 05/13/2017 – Star Wars: Republic Commando – PC – 7.25 hours
052 – 05/15/2017 – The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks – DS – 30.75 hours
053 – 05/23/2017 – Thumper – Switch – 8 hours
054 – 05/24/2017 – Ys V: Kefin, Lost Kingdom of Sand – SNES – 10.5 hours
055 – 05/25/2017 – Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge – PC – 4.5 hours
056 – 05/27/2017 – Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers – Switch – 5.75 hours

June: 21 Games, 146.5 Hrs
057 – 06/04/2017 – Disgaea 5 Complete – Switch – 44 hours
058 – 06/09/2017 – Undertale (Not Quite Genocide) – PC – 6.5 hours
059 – 06/10/2017 – Undertale (Pacifist / True Pacifist) – PC – 4.75 hours
060 – 06/12/2017 – Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation – DS – 34.5 hours
061 – 06/13/2017 – Sonic the Hedgehog – Genesis – 2.25 hours
062 – 06/13/2017 – The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 4: Thicker Than Water – PS4 – 1.75 hours
063 – 06/13/2017 – Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Genesis – 1.75 hours
064 – 06/14/2017 – Sonic the Hedgehog 3 – Genesis – 1.75 hours
065 – 06/14/2017 – Sonic & Knuckles – Genesis – 1.5 hours
066 – 06/14/2017 – Chuck Rock – Genesis – 0.75 hours
067 – 06/15/2017 – The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 5: From the Gallows – PS4 – 1.5 hours
068 – 06/15/2017 – Aladdin – Genesis – 1.25 hours
069 – 06/15/2017 – Gunstar Heroes – Genesis – 2 hours
070 – 06/16/2017 – Mighty Gunvolt Burst – Switch – 3.75 hours
071 – 06/20/2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 1 – PS4 – 1.5 hours
072 – 06/20/2017 – Cave Story+ – Switch – 4.75 hours
073 – 06/21/2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 2 – PS4 – 1.5 hours
074 – 06/26/2017 – Final Fantasy XIV: The Far Edge of Fate (3.5) – PS4 – 26.5 hours
075 – 06/27/2017 – Metal Slug – PS4 – 0.75 hours
076 – 06/27/2017 – Metal Slug 2 – PS4 – 0.75 hours
077 – 06/28/2017 – Metal Slug X – PS4 – 1 hour
078 – 06/29/2017 – Metal Slug 3 – PS4 – 1.25 hours

July: 13 Games, 173.5 Hrs
079 – 07/05/2017 – Metal Slug 4 – PS4 – 1 hours
080 – 07/05/2017 – Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood (4.0) – PC – 56 hours
081 – 07/11/2017 – Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas – Switch – 10.25 hours
082 – 07/14/2017 – Bulb Boy – Switch – 2.5 hours
083 – 07/15/2017 – Shadow Hearts – PS2 – 25.5 hours
084 – 07/16/2017 – Crash Bandicoot Remastered – PS4 – 4 hours
085 – 07/18/2017 – Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Remastered – PS4 – 4.25 hours
086 – 07/18/2017 – Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped Remastered – PS4 – 3 hours
087 – 07/22/2017 – Implosion – Switch – 6 hours
088 – 07/22/2017 – Metal Slug 5 – PS4 – 1.75 hours
089 – 07/22/2017 – Metal Slug 6 – PS4 – 0.75 hours
090 – 07/30/2017 – Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – PS4 – 48.25 hours
091 – 07/31/2017 – Splatoon 2 – Switch – 10.25 hours

August: 7 Games, 65 Hrs
092 – 08/08/2017 – Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star – Switch – 22.5 hours
093 – 08/10/2017 – Torneko’s Grand Adventure: Mystery Dungeon – SNES – 8.5 hours
094 – 08/11/2017 – My Nintendo Picross – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – 3DS – 10 hours
095 – 08/11/2017 – Graceful Explosion Machine – Switch – 4 hours
096 – 08/15/2017 – Sonic Mania – Switch – 4 hours
097 – 08/23/2017 – Ironcast – Switch – 10.25 hours
098 – 08/25/2017 – Sonic Heroes – GC – 5.75 hours

September: 5 Games, 49.5 Hrs
099 – 09/12/2017 – Super Motherload – PS4 – 4.25 hours
100 – 09/20/2017 – Cook, Serve, Delicious! – PC – 24 hours
101 – 09/22/2017 – Steamworld Dig 2 – Switch – 9.5 hours
102 – 09/24/2017 – Thimbleweed Park – Switch – 7.25 hours
103 – 09/27/2017 – Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga – PSP – 4.5 hours

October: 4 Games, 65 Hrs
104 – 10/07/2017 – Cuphead – PC – 13 hours
105 – 10/08/2017 – Picross S – Switch – 14.25 hours
106 – 10/09/2017 – Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Switch – 18.75 hours
107 – 10/18/2017 – Golf Story – Switch – 19 hours

Golf Story (Switch) – Playlog 6

HLTB Estimate: 14 hours.
16 hours played.

Level 31.

Finished up at the Coldwind Wastes.  Warmed up some people, got a new set of loft wedges, beat a snow bandit in a round of golf and regained the Tidy Park rule book.

Completed the tournament at Tidy Park and won against Max again, by quite a margin too.  Now I’m a pro and can go to Blue Moon Dunes, the pro course.  Nice.  Hoping to wrap this game up soon.

Dragon Quest X (PC / Switch) – Playlog 7

HLTB Estimate: ???
42.75 hours played.

メルフェ level 39 Thief, level 34 Warrior.

Another day of DQX!  I must say that I’m really enjoying this game… more so than I expected.  While translating line by line of text using my phone can be a hassle, it’s awesome to be able to play a game I never expected to play at all.  Gotta love technology.

I started off my play session tonight by pushing the Puklett quest further.  I followed the circus Ringmaster to a “Silver Hill” where I witnessed him throwing the children he abducted into a magical door, locking them away.  Poor kids.

From there, I followed him back to town… where the sky went dark and a nasty demon appeared, looking to eat the town’s children!  Turns out that the Ringmaster wasn’t evil after all… he was just in a hurry to protect the kids and didn’t tell anyone what was going on.

The demon spouts off something about a contract involving eating the children and that he’d returned after 15 years.  My assumption at first was that the Ringmaster was the one with the contract, and had used the demon’s powers for ill gain…

The Ringmaster taunted the demon and got it to chase him out of town.  He lead it to a forest grove with a statue in it… a statue that shielded him from the demon’s attacks.  Then he entreated me to destroy the demon.  Which, of course, I was glad to do.

The demon went down without too much of a fight.  I’m sure I’m very overleveled for this content… It’s probably meant for level 20-25 and I’m 37 with a group of 40s.  Afterward, I follow the Ringmaster back to the Silver Hill, where he releases all the children!  Turns out, the door would only ever open again when “fate” allowed it to — which meant after I had destroyed the demon that was out to get them.

After this, the Ringmaster explained exactly why the demon was after them.  15 years ago, his daughter had come to this grove.  She had the gift of seeing the future.  She went into the door and was gifted a book that granted her three wishes, though if you used the third wish it’d bring ruin upon you.

She used her first wish to become a princess.  Then, years later, when she was queen, the demon came to her and tried to force her to foretell when/where the world’s savior was, so he could destroy him/her.  The demon threatened to eat all of the children in Orfea.  The queen told him that the savior had not been born yet — but he would be born in the next 15 years in Orfea, so he couldn’t eat any of the children.  The demon agreed to wait 15 years before eating all the children, savior included.

I’m not sure what happened to the Queen after that — but it doesn’t seem like she’s around in the current day.  So probably nothing good.  She had instructed her father to save the children when that 15 year span was up, though.

After the story, everyone headed back to town, to the circus tent.  There, the crowd celebrated my vanquishing of the demon.

The Ringmaster apologizes for what he did and says he’ll leave the circus and the town… but the townsfolk will have none of that and tell him there’s no need, that he did nothing wrong.  He agrees to stay and then they have a circus performance, complete with the awarding of the town’s key emblem to me.  That makes 5!

Next up, the adventure guide ported me at a second town in the Pukpo region.  I worked my way there.  It’s huge!

I started exploring the town some, but then I decided that I was getting ahead of myself too much.  I pulled up a database site and found a page that listed important quests.  From the level 1-20 list, I’d done half or less of them!  I’m slacking.  So I got to work on those.

First off, I completed the second round of the Adventurer Academy quiz game thing.  They grill you about the game’s features, asking you questions and having you go into the door that corresponds with the answer.  Despite getting a couple questions wrong on the first try (they were oddly specific, and bad translations didn’t help), I was still able to complete the test.  I was rewarded with another ruler stone — bringing my teleport destinations to 3.

Next, I worked on the Material Store quest – 129: Sweat and tears and material store hats.  I was getting sick of the NPC asking me about it every time I went to the store for crafting materials.  I had to wear a specific hat and defeat 10 enemies at or above my level.  Easy enough.

This unlocked the “Sweat and Tears” system, where you can break down equipment that you’ve used into a crafting material.  It’s basically a simplistic form of FF14’s spiritbonding and materia.

While I was there, I took care of the daily request from the Weapons Blacksmith guild.  In doing so, I hit level 19 on Weaponsmith.

Next, I explored the recreation town (Casino, Arena, Medal Castle) and got a quest from the Mini Medal King’s assistant.  It just entailed finding his husband and talking to him.  I came back and unlocked the ability to exchange mini medals.  Surprisingly, I already had 59!  It turns out that every yellow NPC you talk to (which is used to guide you to important stuff) gives you a medal.  That and an NPC there next to the king gives you medals for killing large numbers of creatures.  I got 3 off him.

I bought a bunch of items, including a fourth ruler stone!  4 teleport options now.  Awesome.   I bought a few more items, including a Jade Key, which I have no idea what to use for.  But it was unique, and expensive, so it must have been worth getting.

After that, I started looking for a house.  I had been given writs for free land and a free house when I bought the game, but had just thrown them in the bank.  After finding that the residential areas of two towns were full, I started to despair and think that the housing situation was akin to FF14.  Aka impossible to find one.

But eventually I found an open medium plot in the dwarf town.  Bought it and built a “Medium Round House” using the items I’d been given.

Hit up a vendor nearby and bought a bed, just so I’d have SOMETHING in the house.  Turns out the bed functions as a free Inn, which is nice.  You also get a house-specific ruler stone, so it’ll be easy to port here, heal up, and return to wherever I am.  I’m going to plan on using one ruler stone for basically wherever I am at the moment, and leave the others for favored town locations.

At this point it was super late, so I called it a night.  Tomorrow, I’ll continue on this list of important quests.

Dragon Quest X (PC / Switch) – Playlog 6

HLTB Estimate: ???
38 hours played.

メルフェ level 37 Thief, level 34 Warrior.

Woke up too early this morning, thanks to my daughter, and got another hour and a half in.  I headed to Azuran and started doing the story quests there.  I found the Lord of the town and he was concerned about his daughter’s lack of willingness to replace her mother as the “wind rider.”  Her mom had died 6 years ago while trying to save a fallen elk-like creature that seems to be very important to the town.

These elk have been trying to help the little girl, but she gets pissed at them and tries to shoo them away.  I found her at her mother’s grave and talked with her some — after which she decided she would try to take on her mother’s position.  So I escort her to a huge tower, where she can get the raiment she requires for the ceremony.

At the top we’re faced with this really big demon thing.  And the demon is obsessed with the girl’s stuffed animal.  They fight over it and eventually we defeat the demon.

The girl gets her mother’s clothing and heads back to town.  We follow and see her flitting from rooftop to rooftop upon one of the elk before she gives a speech in town.

I was overleveled for that entire section, so I didn’t gain any levels at all.  Not even from the 10k exp or so that I got from the boss!  I’m pretty sure this is everything I’ll need for the Key Emblem here, but I’ll have to wait until later to collect it.  I’m out of time.

This evening I played about three hours, though some of that was setting up my new PC version of the game.  The graphics look so, so much better than they do on Switch.  It’s a little sad how low-rez the Switch’s port is!  My laptop isn’t super powered, but I’m able to run it at 4k resolution with max settings and still have my framerate capped at 30.  The launcher says 60fps, but that doesn’t seem to be happening at all, it stays capped at 30.  Oh well.

So while 4K ran perfectly, the screenshots were too large to share in discord!  That was kind of a bummer, so I swapped to running it in a window using about 2/3 of my desktop space (still at 4k resolution).

This is similar to how I was playing Switch in a picture-in-picture window, but better by far.  I’m happy with this setup.  It’ll allow me to still view web pages – RPG Club chat and DQX resources.

So, I had left off in Azuran after doing pretty much everything I needed to for the emblem.  And I was right, all I had to do was run to the large building to greet the town’s leader, get thanked and get it handed to me.

That makes 4!  Moving right along.  I headed to Orfea next, the city in the “Pukpo Lands.”  They’re kind of like this game’s equivalent of the Taru Taru, little midget people.

Explored around town and eventually made my way to the story area — a circus.  They were putting on a free show to celebrate their 15th anniversary.  Everyone seemed happy…

…until the show was over.  The lights went out and then when they came back on… both the ringmaster and all of the children were gone.  He had abducted them.  Yikes.

I made my way back stage to help a city official look for clues.  Talked to some workers and there was one child who wasn’t kidnapped.  Likely because they were from another town.  Then the ringmaster appeared, apologized for his sloppiness, and kidnapped that one too!

This was where I stopped story-wise for the night.  Why?  Because I got an invite to the Dragon’s Den team!  (Teams are guilds in this game).  I had been waiting and hoping for an invite since I first started the game.  The leader, Cranberry, saw my post this evening and got me in.  I then spent a bit of time talking with them (my keyboard on PC works fine, it’s just Switch that has issues with turning text into Hiragana), introducing myself and getting to know them a bit.

I also noticed that I was carrying around a couple books that grant 25,000 exp to Thief.  Must have been a quest reward I hadn’t noticed.  Used them and shot up to level 37.

I learned that I can now use them as my AI companions, and many of them are up around level 99.  I recruited three of them and set out to find the hardest monsters I could… just to see how it went.  I never really found anything too hard, or worth all that much more exp than I get normally.  The max I found was about 1500 exp per battle, which isn’t bad, but probably isn’t worth grinding on at this point in the game.

While it’s fun to fight “with” my new teammates, I probably won’t do this going forward.  The max level for the 1.0 content is like level 45, and they just decimate everything.  Removes any challenge the game had.  What I will use them for, though, is grinding alts.  I have no qualm about cheesing the game to power level alts to catch up to my main class.  I’ll focus on finishing 1.0 before I consider that, though.

And with that, it was already very late so I stopped for the night.

Dragon Quest X (Switch) – Playlog 5

HLTB Estimate: ???
33.5 hours played.

メルフェ level 34 Warrior, level 34 Thief.

I started off today by continuing my thief grinding on Cat Island.  Made it from 22 to 31 or so before getting tired and moving back onto the main story.

From there, the Troll City’s story led me to the Urbea Underground ruins.  The enemies weren’t too tough there, so I think I picked a good time to stop grinding.

Spent a good amount of time exploring the dungeon, and ran into a boss fight that was for my level 30 Thief quest.

That fight brought me to level 32.  Kept exploring and found the real, main story, boss.

This one was a bit harder but still doable (on hard mode, like all bosses have been so far).  I’m glad I had some MP restoratives for my healer, though!  Killed the boss and was eventually rewarded the troll’s Key Emblem.

After this, I decided not to spend more time pushing the story forward tonight, but instead to explore crafting stuff.  I had selected Blacksmith, and I went back to Glen Castle to start poking around that.  Turns out it’s a minigame much like FFXIV, but maybe a little simpler.

Leveled from 1-10 and then realized I was capped.  Had to complete a quest to move further in (and also committing to this one craft, which was fine).  I had a hell of a time figuring out what item he wanted me to make, though!  Eventually I figured it out and got a couple more levels, ending at 12.

I also learned how to sell on the auction house and sold some of the stuff I made. Looks like I can only sell four things at once though — I wonder if that has to do with how high of a level you are, or how long you’ve been playing?