Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Souls of Rebirth

After about 5 hours of game play I made it through the GBA Final Fantasy II bonus game, the Souls of Rebirth. It wasn't too tough except for the beginning part. Sometimes the game would force me to fight monsters that I couldn't defeat. I would have to save often and reload in these cases.

I noticed in the Souls of Rebirth that Blink is an awesome skill. I realized that it stacks! It can be cast repeatedly until the characters evasion is so high that they can't even be hit! Unfortunately, most monsters use spells at the end of the game, but the most devastating spell, confuse, doesn't effect the party much either because even the other party members can't hit each other.

Monday, January 01, 2007


Over Thanksgiving, my brother Jake and I worked on a jig saw puzzle. OMG, it was the hardest puzzle I have EVAAAR worked on. I suppose it would have been harder if we had done it upside down but just barely. I kept egging my brother on by saying, "Just keep helping, It will get alot easier real soon." Well, that was when we had about 100 pieces left. Then it was 50, 30, 20, 10, 5, ummmmmm still not easy. Honestly, when we had gotten down to the last 2 pieces we still didn't know which spot they went in without trying all the combinations to make them fit. Amazing.

It was a 1000 piece puzzle of the painting "Pleasant Day" by Cao Yong. The colors in the puzzle seemed like they may have been a bit faded, because it seemed like all the peices looked alike. The only sections that were easy was the sky and he water.


Last blog for today, I promise. ;-)

Final Fantasy II defeated!

I finally beat Final Fantasy II for the GBA. Man it took alot longer than I thought it would. I had went through the game before on a translated Famicom rom, but the GBA version is much better.

It took me 35:42 hours to go through the game but I went really slow, and even fell asleep a couple of times when I was playing. :-) Final Fantasy games always put me to sleep when I play for some reason. All of my characters where basically tanks. I used one handed weapons and a shield except for the rare occasion when a bow was more powerful. I only cast spells when I needed heals or when a monster had really high defense and was weak against a spell.

I think that this game is a BIG improvement over Final Fantasy I. The story is much more developed and the spells, weapons, monsters, and characters are much more interesting. I thought that the music and graphics were alittle bit better to. The only problem I had was that it took TOO long to level up spells. I wanted to see all the level 10 spells but it just took too long for me to level them up that far. All-in-all this was a very fun game and it definitely kept me busy through Christmas. Oh yeah, I still have the bonus game, Soul of Rebirth, to do too!

Looking forward to Final Fantasy III on the DS!


Subversion Service

Installing a subversion service on Windows is pretty straight forward, but I got tripped up on a couple of things installing it a second time.

  1. First, get Subversion and install using the MSI. The version I installed was 1.42.
  2. Install the windows service. I can't remember if the installer does this automaticly or not. To do it manually just run the following command: svnservice -install -d -r C:\YourRepositoryRoot. This will configure the Subversion service to run as a service and it will look in the C:\YourRepositoryRoot directory for Subversion repositories.
  3. To change the repository root later just run the with the setup argument: svnservice -setup -d -r C:\YourRepositoryRoot.
That should be all that is needed to get the Subversion service up and running. You will of course need to create subversion repositories in the root directory, but I'll leave that to another blog.