So I just walked into the Tower of Babil (in Final Fantasy IV for DS — keep up with me, here) and the very first encounter was ludicrously overwhelming: Three fire critters who launched a triple salvo of powerful, all-effect fire attacks. I dragged my sad self away with most of the party dead and Cottaged everyone back to life. Subsequent forays have of course failed to live up to this initial welcoming committee — just as in every other dungeon I’ve slogged through. I will be curious to hear other people’s experiences with this game, so I can determine if this is a deliberate part of the game’s design or just some bizarre fluke present only in my review copy.
Horrible reality update: My girlfriend was selected as one of six graduating students at her school whose work has been strong enough to merit a professional post-grad portfolio review, which generally means great things. Lucrative contracts with photo agencies, for example. For a second there I thought maybe things were going to turn around… but then as she was printing her work at the school lab yesterday, one of her classmates managed to yank her hard drive by the power cord, flinging it off the desk onto the floor. This of course completely destroyed the drive. The drive which contained her entire semester’s work (and then some), which naturally she hasn’t had time to back up in all the 18-hour work days leading up to finals. Even if the data ends up being recoverable, I doubt it’ll be restored soon enough for her review session… and the process will cost a ridiculous amount of money, which of course we (read: I) don’t have in the wake of our past few life disasters.
I’ve never experienced such a persistent, relentless string of modest good news being followed by infinitely worse turns of events as in the past few months. At this point I’m about one setback away from launching a serious research effort into the best-tasting brand of rat poison. I figure if I’m going to give up, I might as well enjoy a tasty demise. Mmmm, poi-son-licious.