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BAD NEWS

So I started my day with a hardware failure with my work machine. (I still have my Surface 3 but that has certain limitations.) I might be able to bootstrap parts to get it working again but I can't make any promises. Money is extremely tight here so buying hardware is out of the picture.

Just thought I should put up a notice in case.
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Beyond the Beyond: Update 88: When Bad Plans Come Together (Flying Palace pt. 2)

Beyond the Beyond: Update 88: When Bad Plans Come Together (Flying Palace pt. 2)

In our last episode the team raised the Flying Palace to the ocean's surface. Daring to venture inside they found a motif totally alien to them. Also, there were traps. And monsters. And cursed treasure. And non-cursed treasure. And dragons. And a total lack of ice cream sundaes. And bewilderment over what Arawn has planned. And Finn's ongoing bad day. Overall it's been kind of mixed.

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Beyond the Beyond: Update 87: Walk Like A Faux-Egyptian (Flying Palace)

Beyond the Beyond: Update 87: Walk Like A Faux-Egyptian (Flying Palace)

So in our last episode the team traversed the strange and magical depths of Pity Island. I suppose the biggest pity is that without the Ancient Tablet the island has lost whatever purpose it had and now just gets to be an isolated land of monsters cut off from the rest of the world until someone invents the airplane. Or somehow removes some of the shoals from its shores. I suppose that's also an option.

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Beyond the Beyond: Update 86: Depths of the Earth (Pity Island)

Beyond the Beyond: Update 86: Depths of the Earth (Pity Island)

Having claimed Bandore's Ancient Tablet, which Shutat and his gang somehow managed to completely miss, leaves just one to find. That one tablet rests somewhere on the island known as Pity. Unfortunately the shrine-like structure in the center of Pity actually leads to a dungeon.

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Beyond the Beyond: Update 84: The Lush Land of Aridia (Loose Ends pt. 2)

Beyond the Beyond: Update 84: The Lush Land of Aridia (Loose Ends pt. 2)

Welcome back. Today the team has some more loose ends to tie up before it moves forward with the hunt for tablets. It's best to get this out of the way before diving head first into the next dungeon. Lorele needs a level up so she can join the rest of the team in Enlightenment. She and Domino will always be a bit behind stat-wise just because they won't get those few post 20 levels like the rest of the team but with all the gear that's popping up being for post-promotion classes I consider it more important to keep that up to date.

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Wikipedia and Obscure Games

So, as anyone who has followed my work over the last few years might guess, I've played quite a bit of the Sega CD game Dark Wizard. I do love the game despite it's many flaws. Today though is a post on how information about obscure games like Dark Wizard is often inaccurate. Specifically I'm talking about the game's Wikipedia page. (Go ahead and read it if you haven't. It's short.)

I'm going to quote some parts of the article and explain where they... aren't quite accurate.

"His anger towards Gilliam and the kingdom of Cheshire grew, and he used his knowledge of forbidden spells to summon four demon generals to conquer Cheshire while he attempted to free the dark god Arliman."

I'll ignore the rather run-on nature of this one sentence and how it should be broken up into two or three separate statements. No, what I want to point out is that Velonese does not summon the "four demon generals" as if he opened a gate and four demons answered the call. He literally creates them from his own body. Velonese performs a ritual that separates four ribs from his immortal body and each transforms into one of the demons. They are a part of Velonese which is why he is able to command them as well as why he can resurrect them with the Call Undead spell.

The game's english manual agrees with this. On pages 3 and 4 it states "Velonese used his forbidden knowledge to summon four elemental demons from his own body and ordered them to wage war on Cheshire while he made preparations to break the seal on the Jewel of Darkness and free Arliman."

So close Wikipedia. So close.

"There is no canonical link between the four characters and their stories, and Armer IX, while seemingly the rightful heir, does not appear to exist in the other three scenarios."

This statement is simply wrong. Amon only appears in his own scenario but other vampires take over the town of Loa in every scenario with the same plan of increasing their number. Amon is presumably somewhere in the world keeping a low profile. The other three rulers as well as the lieutenants of the four scenarios do appear. They're civilians going about their lives in their various towns. Finding them all is actually something of a treat. They don't fight because in those alternate stories their paths diverged and they ended up not being motivated to serve the king, embark on adventure, seek revenge, or what have you.

Armer IX can be easily found in the other scenarios. He's in the tavern in Cheshire Town which is right next to Cheshire Castle. If a member of the Holy Army enters and talks to people he'll walk up and insist that he's the rightful ruler of Cheshire. He even does it during Amon's scenario when Armer VIII is thought to still be alive! This isn't some esoteric thing either. It's well known among the fanbase.

On a final note Armer VIII is called Wynrick VIII in the game's english manual. His son is named Armer. No numbers after that name. He's just simply Armer. However there's no Armer in the internal file names of the battle sprites. There is, however, a WENREEK____. It's file MLUNI096.BIN and yes that file is Armer IX's battle scene sprites. I checked. Somewhere along the line Wenreek/Wynrick got changed to Armer but didn't propagate all the way down the line by the time the manual was written.
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Temporary Hiatus

I am rather behind on tasks at the moment so I'm going to take some time to try to get caught up. Updates will be sporadic. Welcome to fall northern hemisphere!
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