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  1. Axle the Beast

    Swiftblade the First is the Hero of Men

    So I was replaying The Minish Cap recently and, for the first time really, I managed to acquire every sword skill. That was when I realized something I never realized before. I dunno if this was already commonly known or not -- Zelda Wiki mentioned it in their trivia section about the Blade...
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    Majora's Mask Is Great Bay Temple Really Confusing or Rather Simple?

    Question of the thread is pretty straightforward but I'll elaborate on my thinking here... When I first played Majora's Mask I wasn't exactly an experienced gamer, but regardless Great Bay Temple was by far the most confusing area I'd encountered in a video game by that point. I was...
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    A Link Between Worlds Think We Can Expect Dark Link to Make a Comeback in ALBW?

    I was thinking about the themes in A Link Between Worlds, from the return of the Dark World, to the notion of a corrupt Triforce that they hinted at in some of the recent announcements... and it really seems like an ideal time to reintroduce Dark Link. Especially as a focal element. I've...
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    A Link Between Worlds Thoughts on the Audio?

    As most of you probably know from that other thread, this video showed up today, giving us an opportunity to hear the audio from the game directly. What are everyone's thoughts on the audio? Sound effects are primarily taken from A Link to the Past, it seems, with a few additions. They...
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    General Mafia Discussion

    Hey there guys, going to be making a few changes with the Mafia section, and the first is this thread. This thread exists for us to discuss the game overall, as well as the general status of the Mafia section, recent games, players, strategies and roles, as well as talk about what kind of roles...
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    General Zelda Do You Love to Hate Tingle, or Do You Just Hate Him?

    It's common in the Zelda community to complain about Tingle. I however have always liked him, and I wrote a short article all about this a while back. A frequent commenter on the site named BlackRaven6695 -- I have no idea if he comes to the forums or not -- wrote something that, despite not...
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    Silitha Appreciation Thread

    I read over a list of all the bosses in the first Darksiders before I played the game. The only one that particularly interested me was Tiamat, and I took very little notice of Silitha because, well, I wrote her off as just another giant spider. This opinion carried all the way through my...
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    Beginner's Mafia 7 - Game Thread

    I'm the only mentor for this game. Rules - DO NOT PM EACH OTHER ABOUT YOUR ROLES. Mystery and assumptions are the point of this game, so if all the Townies band together through PMs you will ruin this game. Play with integrity. Lying is fine though. Mafia members may lie that they are Townie...
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    League of Legends

    I thought we needed a thread about League of Legends since I saw that a fair number of people on the site were already playing it (and I've been able to convince one or two people to start :P ). League is one game among a special brand of action real-time strategy games, sometimes called a...
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    Beginner's Mafia 7 Signups

    We're running a new round of Beginner's Mafia too! Since it's been a while we'll do it like last time, so I'll just quote from the last signup thread:
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    The Wailing Host = Straga's Early Design?

    I was browsing Darksiders Dungeon Wiki a few minutes ago and was reading about Straga in the original Darksiders, and in the article's gallery, I saw this picture of what is supposedly some old concept art of an earlier design for Straga. Meanwhile, in Darksiders II there's a boss (I have no...
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    Enemy Variety Vs. Enemy Depth

    Some of you probably know about the editorial I posted on this topic earlier this week. You can read that if you want to know my in-depth thoughts on the subject but... Basically, which do you think is better? Having a lot of enemies, or giving each enemy a lot of depth? I myself don't think...
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    Disturbing Pokemon Descriptions

    So I brought this up in the Most Unattractive Pokemon thread, but some of the Pokemon (actually, surprisingly a lot of them) have extremely disturbing or alarming descriptions when you read Pokedex entries or stuff covered in other media. Yamask is the most extreme example, and if you want to...
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    What Kind of Bender Would You Be?

    What element or bending technique would you use if you lived in the Avatar world? (This applies to Legend of Korra as well.) NOTE: I am not asking what you would want to be. I mean, feel free to include that in your description, but I'm specifically asking what would you be. Each bending...
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    General Modern Will Zelda Wii U Play Like Skyward Sword?

    I had a conversation with Caleb and Trevor in one of our staff chats on Skype the other day, and we had this exchange: What really hit me was when Caleb reminded me that they basically did that with the earlier games, starting with Ocarina of Time. This is a strategy I've read about in...
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    Beginner's Mafia 6 (Game Thread)

    Alright, the game has started. I'm hoping for short days, so definitely get to posting and stay active. An active town has the best chances of hunting scum. As for the Mafia, you should try to put yourself in the town's shoes and behave as much like you would if you were one of them. If you need...
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    Beginner's Mafia 6 Signups

    Alright, finally a new Beginner's Mafia! I'll be your mod, and the game will be run pretty much according to what's listed here. If you do not know what Mafia is or need to acquaint yourself with the basics, please read the original Mafia signup thread detailing the game and the rules, and the...
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    Similarities Between the Goddesses/Oracles and the Shamans from BoF2

    This is a thread I actually meant to make well over a year ago, but I sorta just completely forgot about it and only was reminded of it recently. I was browsing an old Nintendo Power (well, old by today's standards), and saw an ad for the GameBoy Advance re-release of the first two Breath of...
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    Skyward Sword Where is the Midnight Merchant?

    I've heard about the Midnight Merchant, a special Sheikah Stone in Skyward Sword that appears in Skyloft around the Waterfall Cave at night if you play the harp, and sell you treasures or something. But I basically ran all around playing the harp and couldn't locate him. Does anyone know where I...
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    Ocarina of Time Completing the Shadow Temple and Bottom of the Well Without the Lens of Truth?

    The Shadow Temple only requires the Lens of Truth because you can't see through the illusions (either objects that aren't really there, or objects you can't see), but the "truth" is there whether you have the item or not, and can still be interacted with properly. So you can actually complete...
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    What's Your Favorite Zelda Game?

    We decided it was a good time to restart this poll, so here it is, fresh and brand-new with no votes and all the current games. :) Me, personally, my favorite Zelda game was Majora's Mask for a long time (and that's what I've voted in all previous polls), until now. With the release of...
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    Funniest Zelda Game to Date?

    One of the things that struck me the most while playing Skyward Sword and really stuck out to me is how funny the game is. Like it's seriously making me re-evaluate my thoughts on how important humor is in the Zelda series, because even though I thought Zelda games needed humor, I think Skyward...
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    Skyward Sword What's the Second Quest Item on the Treasures Screen?

    In Skyward Sword, under the second subscreen, not the quest one but the one that has all your bugs and treasures, in the lower left there's four spaces for sidequest items. First slot is the letter from Cawlin, third slot is the Rattle, and the fourth is the Gratitude Crystals, but what's the...
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    The Whip Sucks... >.>

    Don't get me wrong, I love Skyward Sword. Despite some of my complaints, it really does manage to be one of the most entertaining games of the series and it's certainly my personal favorite. That said, out of all the (generally brilliant) items, I kinda... totally hated the Whip. -.- I mean...
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    Spoiler Multiple Dungeon Themes in Skyward Sword

    In my article about dungeons from a little while back, I discussed dungeons having multiple themes. What this basically means is that dungeons shouldn't just be a simple building filled with random traps and enemies; they should have themes. But I also think that they shouldn't only have a...
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    Definition of the RPG Genre?

    This came up in another thread recently, in the Skyward Sword section, and I've actually been thinking about it for a while. In the video game industry, there's a lot of different genres of games just as there are in any medium. These genres define different types of experiences possible in the...
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    General Art Request a Story Theme

    I'm interested in writing, but aside from some planned fanfictions and original stories that I don't intend to write immediately, well, I don't have much to write. xP I enjoy writing a lot and could use some themes to use for practice. That's where you come in. :bleh: I enjoy trying to write...
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    Majora's Mask Twinmold Without the Giant's Mask

    Feels kinda weird posting a game help thread. Huh. o_0 Basically I'm playing Majora's Mask, but I'm doing a minimalist run (no items that are not 100% essential for completing the game, including heart containers). Naturally, it's really hard and I'm stuck. I've managed to complete Stone...
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    Mafia 6: Castlevania

    Basic Mafia Rules; not the specific rules of THIS game (which are below), but a rough guide to how to play. Mafia Beginner's Guide: has good tips for playing the game. Castlevania Wiki for those who don't know much about Castlevania. Mafia Wiki for those who want to research roles and...
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    Mafia 6 (Sign Up)

    This is the sign-up for Mafia 6! Please post something like "I'm In" if you want to play. I need 23 players. :) This is not a Beginner's Game! We run separate Mafia games for that. If you are totally new, please join that first. If you are not, then you're welcome to play. If I've never seen...
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    Mafia 5 (Sign Up)

    THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER'S GAME. I'd prefer you not sign up if you're not confident in your ability to play, but I don't intend to actually bar anyone at this time (though I may reconsider this depending on how things go.) The original Mafia Sign-Up Thread contains the basic rules of Mafia...
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    Beginner's Mafia 1

    READ THIS ENTIRE POST PLEASE. This is a game for beginners, but to start off you'll need a basic understanding of the game and the setup of this current round. Alright, so here is the official start of beginner Mafia. First off, here are your mentors. They will post advice in this thread if...
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    Beginner Mafia (Sign-up)

    Okay, so I'm hereby starting the first game of Beginner Mafia. I've noticed a lot of newer players joining Mafia, not really knowing how to play and/or getting discouraged from playing against more experienced people. Those who don't know what Mafia is yet, check out the Original Game's sign-up...
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    Mafia Beginner's Guide

    I decided to write this because the Mafia games on ZD have had a little trouble taking off and several players have had trouble getting into it because of inexperience, especially newer players who haven't played a game of Mafia yet and are often killed off early. I wanted to write this to help...
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    Mafia Round 4 (Sign Up)

    This is the sign-up for the 4th game of Mafia. Viral Maze will be the game mod, and the game is going to have a Majora's Mask theme. 23 people will be accepted, first come first serve. Say "I'm in" if you want to sign up. However, in case people have to quit or become inactive, their spot in...
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    Origin of the Song of Storms: Termina

    Okay, so we all know about the Song of Storms. In Ocarina of Time you learn it as Adult Link by talking to Guru Guru (guy at the Windmill). He's angry because a kid came and played the song, ruining the windmill. He teaches you the song, and you go into the past to play it for him, revealing...
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    Majora's Mask Termina's Epona?

    I was playing Majora's Mask the other day and noticed something odd that I previously had payed no attention to or noticed. At the beginning of the game, Link who is clearly from Hyrule is riding on Epona, also clearly from Hyrule. Before even passing into Termina, the Skull Kid steals Epona...
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    Pros and Cons of Universal Healthcare

    PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE POST BEFORE POSTING. So all the discussions I've ever seen about universal healthcare have kind of gone the same way. I don't feel like most of the people I've talked to about it have really looked at the big picture. People in general home in on certain aspects they...
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    Quality Of The Current Administration's Character

    This thread is a United States thing, just so we're clear. So this thread is what it says in the description, but I want to clarify before I get started. This is in a way a political thread, but I'm not talking about the usual things. This is not about views, policies, parties, ideals, etc...
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    English Openings For Japanese Anime

    I propose an interesting discussion. English openings of Japanese anime. These days it's really only anime companies who translate Japanese anime, and they take it very seriously. The opening credits are almost always intact (although they do still chop the ending credits often). That's not...
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    ST: Trying To Be Twilight Princess?

    So, I played through all of Spirit Tracks and I noticed something pretty consistent. This thing really looks up to Twilight Princess. I remember mentioning before the game came out a few of these similarities that we could already see then, but that was more about if the game will actually...
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    The Dead Bleed Penance (MM Oneshot Fanfiction)

    ---The Dead Bleed Penance--- Drama (Rated PG - It's mostly fine but it contains some death references since it deals with ghosts as well as a few frightening analogies.) Alright, so my first fic in a while. I won that fanfiction contest on LoZ.com that I entered Twilight Successors...
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    Mafia (Game)

    Familiarize yourself with the rules before you play. Read everything, and make sure you understand. How to Play The game starts off in the Day which will last 1 week. During this Day period, everyone discusses who they believe is a Mafia member (also called scum). Mafia will post too, and...
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    Evil and Creepy = Cool?

    So, these days out in the world, a lot of people (including me, actually) tend to find things (in fiction, mainly) that are evil or creepy to be very cool. Villains are often the most popular characters, as are creepy ones. In general, badguys are cool. And people seem to also like creepy...
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    Mafia (Signup)

    (Post is pretty much copied from Viral Maze's on LoZ.com, with his permission of course.) Mafia is a RP game of mystery, assumptions, trick plays, double moves, subterfuge and many other big words that describe anything and everything that is sneaky and awesome. Basics Mafia is composed of...
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    A More Mature Zelda

    This is an idea that's been coming up occasionally. I would have posted this in the Zelda Wii section except I mean more to discuss the idea as a whole rather than it being done in ZW. Basically the idea is should Zelda be more mature? Be more violent, bloody, dark, etc. Well, here's...
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    The End of a Savage (TP Oneshot)

    ---The End of a Savage--- Drama (Rated PG-13, mainly for swearing. Many uses of one word in particular. Also has light, mostly nondescript references to injuries, blood, death and even cannibalism at one point... O_o ) Okay! So, the wait is finally over! Those who knew about this fic and...
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    Twilight Successors (TP Oneshot Fanfiction)

    ---Twilight Successors--- Drama/Romance (Rated PG - Pretty much acceptable, but there's some sadness at parts and some mild references to death) So I finished this fic just now, proofreading and all. I started it yesterday, believe it or not. To those who were waiting for my Bulblin fic...
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    Pet Peeves

    Got any pet peeves or minor things that annoy you personally? Me myself, I'm usually a pretty calm guy, but despite that, I am easily agitated. There's a lot of things that get on my nerves, even if they don't flat out piss me off. One of the big things for me is repetition and slowness. I...
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    Equipment System

    Remember the equipment system in Ocarina of Time? The games have always had a variety of equipment, like several sword and shield upgrades, and different clothes. But in the old games these were just upgrades. OoT was the first game to have ones that had different abilities to allow you to get...
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