The noble members of El Spite have returned to battle the labyrinthine forests of Etria — and, also, the Japanese language. They’re learning new skills and specializations along the way. Yukiko trained hard as a Protector, but now she’s become a Phalanx: A similar role to be sure, but one focused on the art of spear-wielding and plotting defensive formations. Rose has taken up a more drastic change. Formerly a Gunner, she’s abandoned arms altogether to become a Monk, retaining her role as a team powerhouse, but now doing it from the frontlines… with her fists. And also healing her comrades as needed. Toasty remains the feeble weakling; though no longer a Medic, his new role as Farmer mostly seems to involve him trying to put enemies to sleep only to have it backfire, leaving him useless and vulnerable. Perseph moves from Alchemy to the similar mystical artistry of the Zodiac class, dealing elemental damage to all. And Miaow sees the biggest change of all, forsaking the Hexer way, affecting a tan and some snazzier hair color, and specializing in the crossbow equivalent of a squad assault weapon as a Ballista.
(The rest of guild El Spite is deeply disappointed with Miaow, because they had translated バリスタ as “Barista” and were looking forward to delicious coffee to keep them caffeinated during those long nights of dungeon-diving.)
Yes, that’s right. I’ve maintained the same guild members across three different Etrian Odyssey games now. You want to make something of it? I like these guys! We’ve been through a lot together.
Speaking of Etrian Odyssey… the GameSpite bonus book is still in the works, but it’s run into a slight snag. Namely, my attempts to create a comic were really terrible. So I will whip together a replacement feature in its stead and have that wrapped by the end of the month. Also by the end of the month, I hope to have GameSpite Year One, Vol. 2 submitted for press proofing. Editing is well underway! GameSpite Quarterly 5 will probably be delayed a month or two as a result, but people keep asking for Vol. 2… and I would like to have its weight off my shoulders in any case. Please look forward to more details. Extra content for Vol. 2 will include a couple of all-new articles by me, as well as some long-lost (but formerly very popular) articles dredged from the corners of my hard drive….