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Mar. 27th, 2005 @ 08:58 pm a rambling entry about nothing
Kind of funny how my most typically college days usually happen over break.

Whenever people from back home ask me how I spend my time at Oberlin, my answer is usually "Uhhh..." That's the beauty of college--there are a million things to do and you can have a great time doing none of them. Sure, sometimes I go to a cappella concerts or club meetings or movies or whatever, and on very rare occasions I go to parties or drink, but the best moments are spent hanging out with people and doing absolutely nothing.

Today was a perfect example.

Since the dining halls are closed over spring break, Brian and I went to Missler's today to buy groceries. Trouble is, today is Easter Sunday and all the stores are closed, even the supermarkets. So we went to the nearby McDonald's for lunch/dinner, where we met Brian's friends Marion, Reggie, and Renee. Kinda fortuitous, I guess, since I've been thinking over the course of the semester that I don't know awful lot of people who aren't white or some form of Asian (Carly being the cop-out exception because she is ethnic American: black, white, Native American, everything), and as I've always been fascinated but intimidated by black people I haven't had much opportunity to get to know any. Not to mention that Renee and Marion also live in Third World House, and I've done a poor job of getting to know my neighbors. We talked about stupid things, like spilling fries, and pseudo-intellectual things, like the cultural significance of old Looney Tunes cartoons. No idea how we spent all afternoon doing that, but yeah, we spent all afternoon doing that. Over three hours. A spectacular waste of time, in which we accomplished nothing and participated in no particular activity--it was great. Haven't done that since Will left. I miss Will.

And now I'm back in my room with several plastic bags full of ingredients and canned food (Gibson's was open, inexplicably, so Brian and I managed to get groceries after all, albeit not as much as we need), and despite the gazillion things YOU MUST GET DONE KEVIN OR YOU ARE A WORTHLESS PIECE OF MAN-FLESH I am going to play Knights of the Old Republic until the wee hours of the morning, and then I am going to continue playing KOTOR until the not-so-wee-hours of the morning, and sooner or later I'm going to fall asleep but it doesn't look like it's going to be sooner, because I have the rest of my life to worry about goddamn responsibilities and if I don't ignore them every now and then I will grow up to be my parents.

Darn you, Lisa! You just had to lend me this game, didn't you? I've had it for just a day and clocked over seven hours of game time. Seven hours. Not counting reloads.

And here is the point that I have been so magnificently leading up to since the beginning of the entry:
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Date:March 28th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC)

isaaaaaaaaaaku

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kevin i love you too~
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From:erf_
Date:March 28th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)

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I had a weird dream about our taekwando Jiao Lian last night.

Something to do with his Jiao Lian's funeral and a weird secret homeless people funeral ceremony that involved sprinkling his ashes over a bowl of rice.
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From:dwh
Date:March 28th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
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And you haven't even gotten into the really interesting part of the story yet. You off Taris? Playing male or female? C'mon, I need details! Details!

It's better to play it over spring break when you have the benefeit of being able to clock that time on the game. I had one day where I really didn't have the time to play, but something happened I didn't count on and I was sucked in for the rest of the day/evening. Good thing I didn't have overly much work.
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From:erf_
Date:March 28th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I don't have time to play KOTOR because I have a gazillion menial tasks to do (since my dad is clueless and my mom is incapacitated). That doesn't stop me from playing 7+ hours a night. Day. Morning. Whatever. :]

You want details? You got details.

Currently:

At Dantooine: Grove

Crin Avery (Female)
L8 Scoundrel (three words: female ninja Jedi)
L1 Guardian

Skills:

10 Stealth
11 Awareness
11 Persuade
4 Medical
rest negligible

Feats:

Weapon Focus: Lightsaber
Weapon Proficiency: Melee, Blasters, Rifles (all native)
Armor Proficiency: Light (native)
Improved Critical Strike (the stun is great for sneak attacking)
Sniper Shot (native)
Flurry (native)
Power Attack
Dueling

Force Powers:

Cure
Lightsaber Throw


I'm suffering a bit from NPC envy because all of my party members are way more tricked out than I am. Carth, for example, is pure walking death with two blaster pistols (one fully upgraded, the other one getting there) and all Level 3 combat feats; few non-boss enemies can survive a single combat round against him if he uses his three-shot Master Flurry. Zaalbar's bowcaster, though a neat weapon, is wasted on a 20 Strength Wookiee; Mission's tiny little vibroblade looks really awkward in his big furry paws but he can do twice as much damage with it as I can with my lightsaber. And little T3-M8 can hack through anything, sometimes with 0 parts/tools/spikes. I'm feeling a little obsolete.

My character's relationship with Carth is hilarious because she's a smartass and he's so clueless. It's like Han and Leia with the genders reversed.
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From:dwh
Date:March 29th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
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Don't worry, you'll be plenty powerful by the end. And good call on playing it through female first, I think the story rocks twice as much as a girl. But play a bit as a guy if you get the chance, because male PC flirting with Bastila is FREAKING HILARIOUS. He's such an arrogant bastard. It's great.

Stop by the crystal caves at some point if you can. It's a trip well worth making. And a tip that Brian gave me (and I didn't follow through on, and kinda wish I had) is to visit Yavin between every planet you visit. Just trust me on that one. It doesn't seem to do much, but it does. I only forgot the last time I needed to go there, and it was a little unfortunate.

T3 is a good little fighter, too, Lauren and I discovered. On her second run through she played all of Taris on level 2, so that when she became a Jedi, she'd have a whole bunch of Jedi powers. This, unfortunately, meant that Kale died if you sneezed at him. It was T3 that took down the Sith Governor on Taris. :D Just equip him with the flame thrower and lots of grenades.

And some of the best characters you still have yet to meet. My favourite part is when they start talking to each other when you're all out together. There are some really interesting scenes as a result of that. I'm taking Carth and Canderous out a lot more in my next game. Whee.

Man, now I want to play. But no matter. I can hang on until I get back and then I'll have the sequel, too. :P
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From:erf_
Date:March 29th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I do feel like I'm missing out by not being able to hit on Bastila. She may be an arrogant, scruffy-looking nerfherder, but she's got a kind heart and a sharp wit and she's quite the looker. Sure beats having to see Carth half-naked all the time (since I keep switching out his armor with Canderous). Then again, if I'm going to be staring at someone's butt for 7 hours a session, it might as well be a female butt. Even though Echani armor makes Crin's butt look fat.

I've just been to the crystal caves. Do you get anything there except one stun and two attack/defense bonus crystals (and a bajillion colored ones)? I was amused but a little underwhelmed. Can't complain, though; my new RotJ green blade looks spiffy, and Bastila's double-bladed lightsaber looks great in Guardian blue. I'm kind of disappointed that there weren't any magenta crystals, personally. Red is nice, but it's sooooo Dark Side.

Do try taking out Bastila and Canderous sometime--you'd never imagine it, but they have some really funny conversations, mostly because they are stubborn and insufferable and opposite alignment. "If the Republic had more Jedi like you at the Mandalorian Wars, perhaps my people would have won!" "Now listen here, you scruffy-looking...no. I am above this. There is no emotion, there is peace."

The Sith Governor is a pushover even at level 3 if you never take him on head-to-head. Grenades, yeah, that alone will do the trick if you have enough (and frag grenades become increasingly useless afterwards anyway). Or just have Bastila keep stunning him until it works.

T3 is a pretty powerful support fighter because of his utility weapons, but I find him very lacking with his standard attacks. Perhaps he only seems underwhelming to me because I completely overuse Master Power Shot and Master Rapid Fire with Carth and Canderous, but oh well.
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From:dwh
Date:March 29th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
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You think Bastila and Canderous are amusing? Try Bastila and Mission. That one's pretty good for laughs.
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From:erf_
Date:March 29th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Will try. ^_^