Here is our achievement list. Let's see how many we can knock off!
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It's been long enough that I'm kinda hazy on my strategy beyond knowing that I want to pick the templars because I like their storyline better. (Dutifully accepting this makes me a hideous monster who should be stoned but can settle for praying for death. At least I know my options.)
I have decided BioWare can do whatever they want with the romances in DA4 because Josephine and Cullen's romances are honestly a gift and from here on I will happily embrace whatever dramalama they wish to throw at me. I am really interested in Sera and Solas and it looks like the Multiple Romance Mod has made good progress, but I may end up making divergent saves just because I'm so paranoid about conflicts, especially in Trespasser, not to mention they probably both have very different approval gains. In the past waiting to trigger advisor romances just before Wicked Hearts was a good strategy, not just for the pacing but for limiting the amount of content to re-replay, but for party characters I think I actually have to target their approval early on. IIRC I tried to trigger Solas' my first PT but I think I did something to block it early in the game and that was annoying. Sometimes the Solasmancers on Tumblr circulate new interesting details about Solas using flycam and whatnot, and each time I see those posts I'm like I gotta play through it, man. Hurt me good.
For the dozenth time, I really wish this game had a story mode, because I'm genuinely interested in playing through Blackwall's romance as well but these games are so damn long. I have already [mostly] done a completionist playthrough, but even totally skipping collections and non-main areas, IDK. The maps are fun to explore and they're huge. 45 hours for a main storyline PT? There doesn't appear to be a mod that offers story mode unless you auto-level your characters so you can cut a swath through everything. Maybe the fly mod will help.
Some are boring — Shared Diamond Shield letting anyone cast Protect as a SB is of limited utility -- but others (Sentinel's Grimoire, Ramza's Shout relic, Terra's Maduin summoning relic and so on) are very nice.
No telling how long before they fix this bug, so I can't promise it's still in effect, but I just picked up a bunch of nice toys.
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We also have some initial pinch hits. These are people who, after matching was complete, were unable to be matched either because no one offered what they were requesting or because by the time matching got around to them every possibility had already been assigned. Please look at the pinch hits carefully and see if you can create a work for one of these participants.
If you are interested in claiming a pinch hit, please comment below with your AO3 name and which pinch hit you are after. All comments are screened!
EDIT: We have a new pinch hit, number 6. Please look over it and see if you can claim it!
( Pinch Hit #1: Postknight, Pokemon, The Sims, Mystic Messenger, Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, HuniePop - CLAIMED )
( Pinch Hit #2: Akiba's Beat, Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star, Atelier of Dusk Trilogy, Crossover Fandoms, Final Fantasy XIII series, Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, Star Stealing Prince, Tokyo Xanadu, Ys - CLAIMED )
( Pinch Hit #3: Magna Carta: Tears of Blood, Skies of Arcadia, Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Xillia - CLAIMED )
( Pinch Hit #4: Dishonored, Fallout 4, Metal Gear, SOMA - CLAIMED )
( Pinch Hit #5: Tales of Xillia, Star Ocean 2, Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Undertale, Ace Attorney, Okami, Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword, NieR: Automata, Ys - CLAIMED )
( Pinch Hit #6: Fallout 4, Final Fantasy XV, Far Cry 4 - CLAIMED )
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Here is the tag set to make checking easier!
Optional Details in Offers
As already covered over here, the Optional Details field in Offers was left on by accident and I won't be using it for matching. Feel free to write stuff in there, but it will have no impact on what you are assigned to create (except under extraordinary circumstances).
Initially Unmatchables and Additional Offers
When signups close, I will be running matching. If no one is able to create for you you will be an initial pinch hit. If you are not able to create for anyone, you will be contacted and asked to provide additional fandoms or tags for matching purposes. You will have 24 hours to respond. Requests are visible, so as the signup deadline draws near just check to make sure you have some possibilities.
Contact with Participants
Please do not contact your fellow participants directly about their requests while the exchange is running. I will be the conduit for all contact of that nature.
If you were defaulted by me at deadline either in 2015 or 2016 you are not eligible to participate this year until you complete your assignment from that year, and contact me with it. If you are not sure if you are one of these people, email me at press.start.mod@gmail and I'll let you know.
I think that covers everything! If there's anything else, drop it in the comments.
In the wake of the success of the Wonder Woman movie, today I want to talk about something that is only obliquely related to Wonder Woman: shounen series created by women, and shoujo series created by men.
As with all my meta blog entries, I am writing for me me me and will only reference series I have seen.
Short version: Great game, and so far it's been an improvement over the original in every way.
( Long version, no spoilers )