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StarTopic Nintendo General Discussion |ST29 Feb. 2024| Two Handhelds, Both Alike In Dignity

What Is Your Burning Desire? — Read the ST First


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@Aurc is your dibs for an announcement or release month?
I had to think about it for a minute. I wanna say release month, since there'd be so much more MP4 hype and promo material to work with in that case, but a proper re-reveal surely also marks prime feckin' time for a proper ST... hmm.

If the game finally does get shown off alongside the new hardware, that won't be until we're a bit into March anyway, no?
 
GAMBIT: TRUST THE PROCESS

We are but ants in the endless storm of existence. Always in the dark, always unsure where to go. But even in the infinite ABYSS exists beacons of light. We might feel lost, but there will always be a way, to find a way.

Take HEART. Have faith. Trust the process.
Gambit Viable!
Check:
Willpower

+4 TWO Base Willpower

Threshold: Metroid Prime 14

Let’s Roll…
D1
4 + D2 1

FAILURE (9/14)

I've got to be real here. The PROCESS is highly volatile, and human understanding of the PROCESS is a tectonic tap dance on the utterly unknowable.

You played with fire. And you, my friend, got burned.

I mean literally. You trusted the PROCESS so much that you played with literal fire trying to make dinner. Trust the fire, you thought to yourself. Be enlightened.

Well, something got enlightened. It was you. Enlightened on fire.

Your human body got severely burned. It's gonna smell like bacon in House TWO for at least the rest of the month. Your whole neighborhood saw you – in broad daylight!

The children are calling you "Roast Beefbag" now. You've been banned from the library. Your favorite donut place won't serve you anymore because they don't trust you not to light the place on fire!

But – in a way – that makes you closer to the PROCESS. You understand it now, and you understand distrust.

Maybe that's enlightened after all.

  • TWO loses Gambit Yeah!s x Metroid Prime 4
 
Gambit Viable!
Check:
Willpower

+4 TWO Base Willpower

Threshold: Metroid Prime 14

Let’s Roll…
D1
4 + D2 1

FAILURE (9/14)

I've got to be real here. The PROCESS is highly volatile, and human understanding of the PROCESS is a tectonic tap dance on the utterly unknowable.

You played with fire. And you, my friend, got burned.

I mean literally. You trusted the PROCESS so much that you played with literal fire trying to make dinner. Trust the fire, you thought to yourself. Be enlightened.

Well, something got enlightened. It was you. Enlightened on fire.

Your human body got severely burned. It's gonna smell like bacon in House TWO for at least the rest of the month. Your whole neighborhood saw you – in broad daylight!

The children are calling you "Roast Beefbag" now. You've been banned from the library. Your favorite donut place won't serve you anymore because they don't trust you not to light the place on fire!

But – in a way – that makes you closer to the PROCESS. You understand it now, and you understand distrust.

Maybe that's enlightened after all.

  • TWO loses Gambit Yeah!s x Metroid Prime 4
okay nevermind, maybe @Aurc does belong here
 
Hmm... looks like we had a printing error on the Pocketchumouseman.

And we certainly didn't order any holographics... what the fuck??

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If anyone can figure out what that's about, let me know.
...we got some form of Morse code going on down there...?
 
I had to think about it for a minute. I wanna say release month, since there'd be so much more MP4 hype and promo material to work with in that case, but a proper re-reveal surely also marks prime feckin' time for a proper ST... hmm.

If the game finally does get shown off alongside the new hardware, that won't be until we're a bit into March anyway, no?
Placeholder ST in the hope the showcase is early March?
|ST30 Mar. 2024| It's MotherBraining Prime Time
 
Morse was my first thought too, but it doesn't translate to anything. Then I tried binary, with "0" for dot and "1" for dash and it translates to... STILL ALIVE 🤔

Maybe a sign of live from our red-eyed friend?
Oh shoot, I can't believe I didn't think about that. I literally teach stuff related to binary all the time. Good catch!

...that's good news, at least. If that is from who I hope its from and not...It. Maybe once I finish delivering these muffie cookies, I can dig deeper into this...
 
We need an all hands on deck assault on the abyss!

I call a Unity GAMBIT!

Like the the engine platform leadership, we are placing a “Dignity Fee” on ABYSS AND BOOKS as they are at or over the threshold of 350 dignity. 10% of all dignity earned over the threshold is given to each of house TWO and LOVE (20% total) until a successful COMMUNITY OUTCRY GAMBIT is placed or 20 strikes per house are levied as repudiation of this gambit.
Gambit Viable!
Check:
Knowledge

+2 TWO Base Knowledge

Threshold: 13% HST

Let’s Roll…
D1
4 + D2 4

FAILURE (10/13)

It's finally happening... someone's going to tax the rich!!

But the rich are slippery. And the ABYSS is even slipperier. You put on your little tax gremlin hat to catch them off guard and implement groundbreaking legal precedent...

but... well. hmm.

It's said that in the early days of the American Blight, the belligerent and grotesque Britglish faced off against the belligerent and grotesque Americolonists. According to period lore, something about taxes made one of the factions throw a lot of juice into the juice pit. And there were werewolves.

This... this historical document may have been written by a child...

Anyway, point is, you're the juice now. They threw you into the juice pit. They even got a little boat for effect.

I hope you can swim!

  • TWO loses Gambit Yeah!s x 4
  • None of your frenemies came :(
  • Maybe, in the future, more RAPPORT will change your outcome...
 
Gambit Viable!
Check:
Willpower

+4 TWO Base Willpower

Threshold: Metroid Prime 14

Let’s Roll…
D1
4 + D2 1

FAILURE (9/14)

I've got to be real here. The PROCESS is highly volatile, and human understanding of the PROCESS is a tectonic tap dance on the utterly unknowable.

You played with fire. And you, my friend, got burned.

I mean literally. You trusted the PROCESS so much that you played with literal fire trying to make dinner. Trust the fire, you thought to yourself. Be enlightened.

Well, something got enlightened. It was you. Enlightened on fire.

Your human body got severely burned. It's gonna smell like bacon in House TWO for at least the rest of the month. Your whole neighborhood saw you – in broad daylight!

The children are calling you "Roast Beefbag" now. You've been banned from the library. Your favorite donut place won't serve you anymore because they don't trust you not to light the place on fire!

But – in a way – that makes you closer to the PROCESS. You understand it now, and you understand distrust.

Maybe that's enlightened after all.

  • TWO loses Gambit Yeah!s x Metroid Prime 4
Brilliant post. I'll just say that if The Process is a fire, Samus is a phoenix.

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Nice….

Also….

I call a GAMBIT! Summoning the Man on the Moon! Let’s play Twister. Let’s Play Risk!

The Man on the Moon Spins the twister board and this gambit shuffles the dignity scores of the Houses and Choruses!
Gambit Viable!
Check:
Chaos

+2 TWO Base Chaos

Threshold: Track 10

Let’s Roll…
D1
6 + D2 5

SUCCESS (13/10)

Holy shit. You actually did it!

…but see, if I did that, the scores would get really broken. Like very, very badly. Y’all are still earning passive points from new Yeah!s on old posts.

How’s this: I’ll take a tenth of the last reported scores and shuffle them around as a bonus. Sound fair?

Oh, and your friend still came to say hi!

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  • TWO gains +39
  • LOVE gains +35
  • BOOKS gains +29
  • ABYSS gains +21
 
is it even possible to feel nostalgic for the tears of the kingdom main theme, that’s how that orchestra opening made me feel
Hey I'm starting to feel nostalgic for Nier Automata and I barely played that, like, last year maybe?
 
For a House named after a number, TWO has had terrible luck with the dice rolls lol. Which brings us to our next course of action:

GAMBIT: RIG THE DICE

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Because we are going to beat up the odds and force them to work for us. Ride high or explode in a blaze of glory, House Two! There is no in between!
 
is it even possible to feel nostalgic for the tears of the kingdom main theme, that’s how that orchestra opening made me feel
This is me whenever a song from Persona 5 Royal comes on my shuffle on Marvis.
Or whenever I decide to just jam to this...
 
GAMBIT: I approach ABYSS with a friendly offering: a fresh batch of pumpkin muffie cookies. I wish to get to know their ranks more. Perhaps we can find some common ground, and maybe we could get a hold of another 2us message?
Gambit Viable!
Check:
Empathy

+2 BOOKS Base Empathy
+3 Chorus Faction

Threshold: Makes About 15

Let’s Roll…
D1
1 + D2 1

CRITICAL FAILURE (7/15)

oh no. this is bad. this is very bad.

Your valiant quest for compassion is known far and wide by now — making friends, uniting the FACTIONS, and growing your trusty cookbook.

The ABYSS seeks that kinship. They believe in your goal. “Our kitchen is open to you and you alone,” they say in menacing ultra mono.

You’re ready! You’re willing! You’re baking up a storm!

Oh. You’re baking up a real storm.

The world’s very first ABYSSicane starts right then and there, tearing through worlds both sane and otherwise. Maybe the stand mixer was wired wrong. Or maybe the ABYSS was just hungry…

Both FACTIONS take damage. A new LIMINAL FACTION called REALITY is created for the sole purpose of taking damage.

Don’t give up!! But maybe give it a minute before trying again. There’s a lot of mess to clean up…
  • BOOKS loses Gambit Yeah!s x 6
  • ABYSS loses Gambit Yeah!s x 6
  • REALITY loses Gambit Yeah!s x 6



Well, well, well.

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Very interesting.

Looks like I’ll need to keep a closer eye on things. : - )
 
@Skittzo don’t think we’ve interacted since the Macdonald hire. Too bad the ravens shit the bed but glad it was to the Seahawks benefit at least. Also congrats on getting out from the terrible Angelos ownership for the orioles
 
For someone so afraid of playing second fiddle, choosing a Faction called TWO was an error 😏

GAMBIT - I use The ABYSS' eternal engine to empower LOVE and BOOKS
Gambit Viable!
Check:
Empathy

+2 ABYSS Base Empathy
+3 Chorus Faction

Threshold: 13 - Three Strike As One!

Let’s Roll…
D1
4 + D2 4

SUCCESS (13/13)

You call upon the power of the ABYSS! You, O Conduit, forged in black flame — it courses through you, your soul’s eternal harmonic, ringing true and in perfect harmony.

Clasped with LOVE and BOOKS, it resounds — pulsing through each nerve in waves, gaining speed and power.

You — the piercing arrow — hold center in this quorum of three. You are the Conduit. This is your time.

Have you been sleeping? In a way you’ve never known, you’re finally awake.

LOVE and BOOKS gain power! The ABYSS gains power! And you STRIKE the heart of TWO like never before!!

  • ABYSS gains +60
  • LOVE gains +60
  • BOOKS gains +60
  • TWO suffers -180
  • TWO can reduce this to -60 if they EXALT a member from each other house!

NEW ACTION UNLOCKED!

EXALT

To EXALT a faction, say “I EXALT (USER) of (USER FACTION) in the name of (FACTION)!”

Then say something nice about them!

Both FACTIONS will gain points with a successful EXALTATION.
 
Gambit Viable!
Check:
Empathy

+2 ABYSS Base Empathy
+3 Chorus Faction

Threshold: 13 - Three Strike As One!

Let’s Roll…
D1
4 + D2 4

SUCCESS (13/13)

You call upon the power of the ABYSS! You, O Conduit, forged in black flame — it courses through you, your soul’s eternal harmonic, ringing true and in perfect harmony.

Clasped with LOVE and BOOKS, it resounds — pulsing through each nerve in waves, gaining speed and power.

You — the piercing arrow — hold center in this quorum of three. You are the Conduit. This is your time.

Have you been sleeping? In a way you’ve never known, you’re finally awake.

LOVE and BOOKS gain power! The ABYSS gains power! And you STRIKE the heart of TWO like never before!!

  • ABYSS gains +60
  • LOVE gains +60
  • BOOKS gains +60
  • TWO suffers -180
  • TWO can reduce this to -60 if they EXALT a member from each other house!

NEW ACTION UNLOCKED!

EXALT

To EXALT a faction, say “I EXALT (USER) of (USER FACTION) in the name of (FACTION)!”

Then say something nice about them!

Both FACTIONS will gain points with a successful EXALTATION.
I exalt @chocolate_supra of House LOVE in the name of House TWO for their steadfast love of Sonic on a Nintendo forum.
 
However, I have no AFFECTION for House LOVE. I am a Montatwo until my dying breath, and if because of this rivalry, death comes swifter than the grip of old age, then so be it.

I STRIKE LOVE IN THE NAME OF TWO
 
Ooh, new skills? Level up!

I EXALT @chocolate_supra of house LOVE in the name of BOOKS. He truly exemplifies the house of LOVE by being one of the most joyful, upbeat people on the forum and he always makes my day a little better with his attitude and cheer. Even (or especially…) with his shitposts
 
TWO NAT ONES??? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME-

alright hold on lemme get back into character
Gambit Viable!
Check:
Empathy

+2 BOOKS Base Empathy
+3 Chorus Faction

Threshold: Makes About 15

Let’s Roll…
D1
1 + D2 1

CRITICAL FAILURE (7/15)

oh no. this is bad. this is very bad.

Your valiant quest for compassion is known far and wide by now — making friends, uniting the FACTIONS, and growing your trusty cookbook.

The ABYSS seeks that kinship. They believe in your goal. “Our kitchen is open to you and you alone,” they say in menacing ultra mono.

You’re ready! You’re willing! You’re baking up a storm!
So, uh, gang? I might have, uh...
Oh. You’re baking up a real storm.
I might have been baking those muffie cookies for a bit too long. I know they're usually supposed to look kinda lumpy - muffin tops and all, but why do they look like storm clouds?

...why are they rising like storm clouds?

Why is there lightning like storm clouds???
The world’s very first ABYSSicane starts right then and there, tearing through worlds both sane and otherwise. Maybe the stand mixer was wired wrong. Or maybe the ABYSS was just hungry…

Both FACTIONS take damage. A new LIMINAL FACTION called REALITY is created for the sole purpose of taking damage.

Don’t give up!! But maybe give it a minute before trying again. There’s a lot of mess to clean up…
  • BOOKS loses Gambit Yeah!s x 6
  • ABYSS loses Gambit Yeah!s x 6
  • REALITY loses Gambit Yeah!s x 6
...okay, lesson learned. Either learn to harness my newfound magical baking skills for good...or invest in my own portable cooking equipment. Sadly, my quest requires a bit of a detour. Alright, someone hand me a...mop? Or maybe a water pack? How do you clean through REALITY itself...?



Well, well, well.

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Very interesting.

Looks like I’ll need to keep a closer eye on things. : - )
...uh oh. Please, 2us, hold on. I gotta clean up my mess, but we'll find you. I have to keep trying. After all...
Oh damn, new skill!

I EXALT @VolcanicDynamo of BOOKS in the name of TWO, not only for bridging the relationships between all factions, but also for being our main interdimensional link to alter-world Sus!
I got people who are counting on me.
 
Also it hit me that I am technically on fire all the time now thanks to my failed GAMBIT. I vow to be a pyroclastic menace to everyone! Haha! Let MADNESS take hold!

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I STRIKE LOVE IN THE NAME OF TWO
 
but also for being our main interdimensional link to alter-world Sus!
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