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It’s been a VERY long time

I’ll use this blog as a general dump for all of my writings and thoughts – those that don’t fit inside twitter/gab.ai, that is.

Expect for all earlier posts to be unpublished –
not that it’s a big loss haha.

Touhou 13 Demo / Trial Hands-on [to be finished]

Hello everyone! I’m sorry that I’ve gone for so long (again), and w/o any clear reasons, too… Well, the excuse is, that I’m grow tired of the clutters that I have — through my own mistakes — here in wordpress.com. I even have three useless blogs that cluttered up my dashboards! Anyway, I had just taken the five (!) minutes needed to delete them all, so… YAY! … I should do it from ages ago D:

Anyway, if you follow Japanese dojin gaming scene, you’d notice that the demo of the famous Touhou Project series 13th official game, Ten Desires (Touhou Shinreibyou ~ Ten Desires) — which was supposed to be released at the Reitaisai 8, which was delayed due to the Japanese 8.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami twin disasters in March 2011 — was released this week, on 15 April 2011.

No cover image yet, sorry!

The demo, which is composed of the first three levels of the full game, is released on the internet for free, and can be downloaded from mediafire (ddl) , or from ceena (torrent), or the one I got it from, nyaa.eu (torrent). All of them are setup files, and may need d3dx9_43.dll (DirectX 9 library) to be played properly.

Installation

As for the installation itself, it’s straight and uncomplicated, like normal software install. One thing to note is that, if you do not have Japanese system font installed in your computer, you might see gibberish on the buttons and texts (tested on an US English Win7 Pro x86 SP1). If you are well-versed in application setups however, this won’t worry you in the slightest, due to the common placement of options.

Touhou 13 demo application setup, note that the buttons are all composed of gibberishs common to Shift-JIS to Unicode transliteration mal-function

Note that the buttons are all composed of gibberishs common to Shift-JIS to Unicode transliteration malfunction. Not that it matters much.

 Before Playing

When you click the th13.exe, you are greeted by a window asking you to specify the resolutions you want to play in, which are 640*800, 960*720, and 1280*960 (There are two of 640*800 option, but since my machine can’t display Japanese, I do not know the differences between them, sorry. However, I strongly suspect that the first means full-screen 640*800) (fake-edit : I tried to become less lazy, so I tested them, and yes, the first option is fullscreen! In glorious 640*800! :P)

I still do not know what the bloody lowest ?????? means...

Oh yeah, launching the th13.exe will disable your Aero (Win7 will say “The colour scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic : A running program is not compatible with certain visual elements of Windows”). This is highly puzzling, due to it being 2011, and Touhou IS made for Windows, so… Perhaps it’s because ZUN still loves his XP? Perhaps, but this is certainly interesting…

Anyway, onto the game proper!

Playing the Game

TH13 splashscreen

TH13 title screen -- BTW, in widescreen computers, you'll see black bars on the sides if you go full screen.

Yep, it’s still the same like the previous Touhou games. Not that it’s bad or anything, and I love this style of menus, really.

There are 10 options in all, from Game Start (obvious), the greyed-out Extra Start (Harder bonus stage, unlocked after beating the game in normal mode without continues — not available in the demo, of course), Practice Start (Normal gameplay w/ the ability to choose stages and maximum lives to start with — I do not know why this is greyed out) , and Spell Practice (same as Practice start, only for the spellcards — bosses’ special abilities), Replay (re-watching your saved games), Player Data (High-scores), Music Room (The musical scores of the games with commentaries from ZUN), Option (obvious — however, I noticed that there is no way to set up maximum lives in the option, unlike the previous games (I haven’t played MoF and SA and UFO that much, though)), Manual (in Japanese, of course D:), and Quit

Anyway, on ward to the game!

Daily Ramblings : 8/28/2010

Yosh everyone! How are you?

Yesh…. It’s the 18th day of Ramadhan (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan) now. Still 12 (or 11?) more days to wade through. Not that I’m complaining : Fasting IS awesome, after all~

I got a new theme : Monochrome, by Mono-labs. Isn’t it has a great feel to it? So yes, thanks Kafka Fuura (http://kafkafuura.wordpress.com/ , or twitter.com/ZephyrRz) for recommending it to me.

I will have a vacation on September 5th, for 2 weeks. I find it a bit too fast, but yeah, with Curriculum like this… We get a feeling that the whole point of school is to stress us out… 😦

What I’ll do for today : Install Kubuntu on my older desktop, successfully!

WWII setting I’m making | In progress

Note: Crazy stuffs, I’m having to many caffeine. But yes, it’s still in progress.
Damn, if I have the skill, I’d make a doujin out of this
Yukari Yakumo

Yukari Yakumo

You guys know about the Thule Society? http://goo.gl/Lpvu ? Well guys, it seems that the advisor of Thule was someone we all know, Yukari Yakumo. So yeah, the Nazi actually have access to MAGIC, but since Hitler is someone who couldn’t accept any non-Aryan (Yukari was not a human) helping him, they stay in secret.
So, it’s 1941, and Operation Barbarossa has been launched by Germany. You would think that everything is the same right? The Wehrmacth killing Russies until stopped by Hitler’s strategical stupidity?
NOT SO! The Red Army, far from being disabled! While its generals were slaughtered by Stalin, there was a factor that makes them still capable in battlefield. STALIN GOT ALIEN TECHNOLOGY! As Lunarians predict the future, they discover that Germans will try to colonise the Moon in the future, and they’ll WIN. So the Lunarians lend the Red Army some of their “magics” and war machines.
So, 1941, the Germans were pushed back, and managed to get conquered easily by Generalissimo Stalin, the grim reaper. And he’s now trying to invade Britain too.
The Nazi Germany lost Berlin, and later moved into Paris itself, annexing Vichy France. Britain, in horror of the Communists’ newfound power, secure an alliance with the Third Reich, now led by Hermann Goring, since Adolf Hitler retired for a while after nearly mad when confronting Stalin in the sky on Berlin, with the latter in an airship.
The Japanese Empire, watching closely the Western Front, as their arch-enemy, Russia, manages to reverses the situation in just overnight. They discover the Lunarians’ menace, and doubling their military presence in China, as the Communist Chinese are in full speed to recover the Mainland, with the new technologies.
In Hijaz, Arabia, a man who claim to be from the future brought many AK-74, RPG, and Scud missiles. The Second Arab Revolt, primarily in securing the Holy Land and the Islamic Lands from European influences, proves successful, and now a new Islamic Caliphate has been formed in Medina, with support from throughout the Muslim world. A new bloc has been established. And this mysterious individual is claimed to be working on a weapon capable of defeating even the alien-supported Russia
Italy was relentlessly invaded by the now very strong Russia, and a Red Europe seems inevitable, until Germany-in-exile, with many of her troops retreated safely behind the Maginot Line, attacks Russia with occult magics and strange technology. Missile-equipped armored zeppelins, armored proto-mechs, and submarines raids, and sometimes attack Russian military forces in the mainland.
In the Home Islands front, strange alien airships and freezing rays are held back with conventional aircrafts and fleets. The Americans are petitioned for help, and they’re now reinforcing British positions in the North Sea. Sweden and Denmark are mostly conquered, but the Finns are combating the Red Army with some supports by German and British soldiers.
With conventional armors have few effect on the Air-focused Red Army, will experimental exoskeletons and jets saves Germany from the Red Menace? Does America and Britain have superweapons of their own? What is the mysterious Caliph planning?

You guys know about the Thule Society? http://goo.gl/Lpvu ? Well guys, it seems that the advisor of Thule was someone we all know, Yukari Yakumo. So yeah, the Nazi actually have access to MAGIC, but since Hitler is someone who couldn’t accept any non-Aryan (Yukari was not a human) helping him, they stay in secret.
So, it’s 1941, and Operation Barbarossa has been launched by Germany. You would think that everything is the same right? The Wehrmacth killing Russies until stopped by Hitler’s strategical stupidity?
NOT SO! The Red Army, far from being disabled! While its generals were slaughtered by Stalin, there was a factor that makes them still capable in battlefield. STALIN GOT ALIEN TECHNOLOGY! As Lunarians predict the future, they discover that Germans will try to colonise the Moon in the future, and they’ll WIN. So the Lunarians lend the Red Army some of their “magics” and war machines.
So, 1941, the Germans were pushed back, and managed to get conquered easily by Generalissimo Stalin, the grim reaper. And he’s now trying to invade Britain too.
The Nazi Germany lost Berlin, and later moved into Paris itself, annexing Vichy France. Britain, in horror of the Communists’ newfound power, secure an alliance with the Third Reich, now led by Hermann Goring, since Adolf Hitler retired for a while after nearly mad when confronting Stalin in the sky on Berlin, with the latter in an airship.
The Japanese Empire, watching closely the Western Front, as their arch-enemy, Russia, manages to reverses the situation in just overnight. They discover the Lunarians’ menace, and doubling their military presence in China, as the Communist Chinese are in full speed to recover the Mainland, with the new technologies.
In Hijaz, Arabia, a man who claim to be from the future brought many AK-74, RPG, and Scud missiles. The Second Arab Revolt, primarily in securing the Holy Land and the Islamic Lands from European influences, proves successful, and now a new Islamic Caliphate has been formed in Medina, with support from throughout the Muslim world. A new bloc has been established. And this mysterious individual is claimed to be working on a weapon capable of defeating even the alien-supported Russia
Italy was relentlessly invaded by the now very strong Russia, and a Red Europe seems inevitable, until Germany-in-exile, with many of her troops retreated safely behind the Maginot Line, attacks Russia with occult magics and strange technology. Missile-equipped armored zeppelins, armored proto-mechs, and submarines raids, and sometimes attack Russian military forces in the mainland.
In the Home Islands front, strange alien airships and freezing rays are held back with conventional aircrafts and fleets. The Americans are petitioned for help, and they’re now reinforcing British positions in the North Sea. Sweden and Denmark are mostly conquered, but the Finns are combating the Red Army with some supports by German and British soldiers.
With conventional armors have few effect on the Air-focused Red Army, will experimental exoskeletons and jets saves Germany from the Red Menace? Does America and Britain have superweapons of their own? What is the mysterious Caliph planning?