So, for many, many months now, I've been playing an MMO game called Faunasphere. It's a simple game in which you cleanse pollution from the world and breed different kinds of fauna. But despite its simplicity, it's also quite versatile allowing for a variety of different game play styles (levelling, breeding, and/or sphere designing). Unfortunately, the folks there announced today that the game wasn't viable, so it'll be closing down in a month's time. *cry* To be honest, I'd been getting bored with the game in the past couple of months, but even so, the announcement was still a bit... okay a lot of a shock. I haven't spoken with many of the folks in game yet about their plans, but I was wondering if anyone here plays MMOs and if they have any suggestions for other games I might want to check out. (There is a thread over on the forum there, but I thought I'd see if anyone here might have some suggestions as well.) To be honest, I don't know if I'm really going to be able to get into another MMO let alone find one with the same sort of community that FS had, but it might be worth checking out at least. ^^;
Otherwise, I finally bit the bullet yesterday and ordered Hakuouki DS from HMV Japan. ^^; It's the DS version of the original game that led to the anime series. I'm not sure how it'll be let alone what sort of game it really is, but this could be interesting. If anything, it should prove to be a good challenge for the brain. Read?? Whazzat?! ......Although I'll also admit that most likely I won't look too closely at Hakuouki until the lights are turned off over at FS. Despite the frustrations it was still a lot of fun. I'm going to miss it and my fauna. ;_;
The next vol for HakuYou will come out Mar. 1. The title is 伯爵と妖精 あなたへ導く海の鎖 Anata he Michibiku Umi no Kusari (Ocean Chains that Leads to You). Aaahhhh! Slow down! ^^; I'm falling more and more behind on writing summaries. >.<; (Of course, I definitely won't complain about the story progressing... ^^; )
Still reading GH rewrite Vol 1, and I have to admit that while it is the same story, there's definite additions so far to the story. How much of this will continue in the subsequent vols though is a bit questionable since so much is showing up here. ^^; (I'm still only on pg 137 out of 362.) So far, other than the ghost stories mentioned by Mai et al., changes to the story include Bou-san doesn't call Ayako by name when he kicks down the door in the old school house, Ayako's explanation of what happened and how she ended up locked in the room, explanation about the difference between a 'chirei' and 'jibakurei' sic earth elemental vs human spirit tied to a place, explanation of diffs between a 'ghost' and a 'spirit', glossing over of the various accidents that supposedly happened in the old school building (no showing of the actual file), removal of Kuroda claiming to having had her hair pulled and being strangled by a ghost, Kuroda claiming that there was a girl's ghost in the base and her also claiming that the sounds they heard were 'rap sounds' before leaving Mai alone in there (before Naru returns), and Naru explaining about the term 'rap sounds' and how it came to be called such in Japanese afterwards when he finally arrived at the old school house. Lots of little bits and pieces here and there that were mostly added in to the story. I guess that would also explain why the rewrite is >100 pgs longer than the original. ^^;;
BTW, out of curiosity, has anyone written to Del Rey and asked if they were going to try to license the light novels? Just curious.
Otherwise, on the anime front, I've been watching Gosick and think I'll follow this series this season. I don't know how the English version is, but I've started peeking at the light novel for this series. Hopefully I'll be able to actually sit down with it one day and just read them. :P
GH Vol 1 the rewrite arrived today! Yay! ^o^ Just started reading it (first few pages), and the first part (scene where Mai et al are in the classroom after school telling ghost stories) has definitely been expanded. Not sure if this will be the case throughout the book or if this was done because the first two parts were being published in Da Vinci magazine around the same time as the first vol's release. A couple things that immediately stick out: the writing style is much smoother / more normal than the original was, and there's more kanji. So far, it's not difficult to read, but it might be a bit difficult for people who aren't used to reading much kanji. (The original was definitely much easier on that front although oddly enough, not enough kanji can also be difficult to read sometimes. ^^; ) Shall see how the rest of the book goes. Looking forward to sitting down with it tonight.
Also in the arrivals (actually yesterday as the order got split), is the latest HakuYou. I'll post cover/img scans this weekend. Also looking forward to reading this one. :) Hopefully I'll be able to comment about the latest vol, but I suspect I'm going to have to cover territory from previous vols as well. The main feeling I got from my quick flip through was that things are finally seriously moving in the story again. Shall see how that goes. :)
In any case, if all goes well, it might be a bit of a posty weekend. :P