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  1. So after getting the last Nail upgrade and beating the White Defender, I went for the boss to see the first ending. Ended up with 44 hours and 97% completion. The story is fantastically narrated, the final fight using the music to make you understand what is happening is phenomenal. So next is back to the White Palace and killing the Failed Champion before attempting the boss again. Probably a few bits I have missed here and there too. Oh and finishing the Grimm Troupe quest. I'll have to replay the whole thing at some point, if only because I let Zote die - I didn't find him before beat
  2. Guess you've both seen the trailer for Silksong? Glad to know I'm not the only one who found the White Palace above my modest skills. Took me a long time to reach the third bench and tonight I gave up progressing further without the Hiveblood since I don't have it yet. Left to do that, will come back later. Since there are several endings, I wonder if I should attempt the final boss before doing the Palace again, so I get to see two different ones. Btw the record for speedrunning the game is 33 minutes
  3. Black Temple opened and I killed the Soul Tyrant, awakening the Dream Nail. Which means I found the White Palace. Failed Champion is still my bane however, can barely reach the second phase
  4. Ah, I know the feeling. Last night I spent half an hour on a platforming nightmare in Deepnest, expecting a massive reward, and only got a soul fragment for it! I got the Collector's Map, which made me realize I missed a lot of grubs... Going to kill the last Dreamer tonight, but still need to do the second trial and kill the Failed Champion (pure nightmare that one) and the dream version of the Soul Master (not tried yet). Plenty still to do!
  5. Wow finished already? That's some commitment I'm 32 hours in and not finished yet. I killed two of the Dreamers and currently exploring the Queen's Gardens. Encountered the Traitor Lord last night and gave up beating him, his patterns are easy but he was too fast for my level of tiredness, so it'll be for next time. Loving every bit of it so far.
  6. Ah! I'm 24 hours in and I have been actively avoiding the main quest to explore everything. The game is huge and there are always areas to revisit once you've unlocked new skills. Some bosses are pretty hard if you fight them too early... I think my worst encounter so far took me about 25 tries to defeat. Once you've learnt the patterns, it gets easier but some of them are so goddamn fast The map is a bit of a gripe for me; I literally cannot play without the charm that tells me where I am and having to spend a precious notch for this is mildly irritating. But it's minor really.
  7. Great stuff, let me know how you get on :) Should probably post the link for convenience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAO2urG23S4
  8. Anybody played this one? I'm about 18 hours in, nowhere near completing the main quest line as far as I can tell, and it's so good the sequel is already on my wishlist. Not bad for a game that's cheap as fuck. Stylistically, it reminds me of Darkest Dungeon, only cuter; the resemblance is also true in that the game does not hold your hand and is pretty hard. Playstyle wise, it's a metroidvania but scratches my Zelda itch. Strongly recommended.
  9. I'm reading the Stormlight Archive by Sanderson, which may or may not have been discussed here already. I was convinced by the first book and floored by the second, starting the third. I understand why it's popular.
  10. Ysabel is the only one I've never read (once I'm finished the current one). I'd be hard pressed to say which one I liked the least beyond the Tapestry.
  11. Maybe I should read the Tapestry again but I was sorely disappointed after Tigana, didn't even seem like the same author. His characters are great; amusingly enough this could be the closest thing to a flaw for me though, they are a little bit too awesome at times (not in a Mary-Sue way mind). Of course considering the historical narrative it can be passed as expected.
  12. I've finished Children of Earth and Sky and am reading A Brightness Long Ago, both by Guy Gavriel Kay. He's a great story teller and the blend of historical fiction with very developed characters and a light dash of fantasy works wonders for me. I'd recommend anything by him apart from his first trilogy (Tolkien fanboyism to the extreme and not well written, it's got literally nothing to do with everything he wrote after).
  13. I've read that one, and did enjoy it too. Seconded.
  14. I read Monster Train is similar and very good, it's on my wishlist.
  15. Finished Red Country. Great read again, but I can't help being slightly annoyed at how the author picked a bit of his map and decided this was the wild west, with pretty much every single trope present at one point or another (no guns but gunpowder...). While it makes for a change it felt a bit out of place to me. Overall his Northmen characters are easily my favourite, love the depth they're given. Now back to Kay.
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