Friday, September 13, 2013

TEXT PLAY: Lufia and the Fortress of Doom (Taito, SNES 1993): Issue #24: Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota, Pt. Two

Some things just take longer than they need to, ya know?

A lot of this was probably my own doing, too, I suspect. Once I got the strategy to beat the Guardian figured out well enough to do it, it seemed like the kind of thing that was simple and easy enough to forget. Just had to start off by having Lufia and the hero hit him with Drain spells, which will take the boss' defense way down, then have Lufia spam Bolt spells while the hero does the same with Drain, while Aguro wails away with his sword and Jerin acts as healer with her Boost spell, which is a party-targeting heal spell she learns at level 28, I believe.

Once we beat the guy, Gades shows up again, and this time, he's got his friend Amon, the Sinistral of Terror, with him. They knock the party on their asses when they rush in, and then say that another one of their buddies, Daos, is about to wake up, too. It's a lot of bad news, but at least the baddies teleport out once they've told us what they had to say.

The good news is that this is one of those times when I could really have used a win at something, and I got it. And better yet, the town of Linze is pretty much a straight shot from the tower, because we're pretty much locked into a path that leads straight there. The downside here is that I suspect we won't be able to go back to the rest of the game world for awhile.

That wouldn't be so bad if Brandt hadn't gone running off after the Alumina we're all looking for just before we got there. The first little old lady we talk to tells us that Brandt has gone off to the Gayas Caves. No, really, that's what they're called and how it's really spelled. This has got to be some kind of translation error or something. I'm pretty sure they were going for something along the lines of a play on the word “Gaia”, which is one name for the Earth, and one of the Titans of Ancient Greek myth.

But anyway, we're going to have to go there and find the guy if we want to get the Alumina shards we need to make Professor Shaia's ship work the way it's supposed to and go get the sword we may well need to beat the game. I get the feeling this may take awhile, but I'm hoping not as long as this did.

At any rate, actually getting underway again is a mission for next time. The plan is that I'll be getting to that soon, but as the song implies, only time knows where it will take us, in spite of our best efforts. See you soon, hopefully. Stay safe, have fun, keep gaming, and as always, DFTBA!

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