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Saddam Hussein's Execution in General
Shock Trooper
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In addition that the lawyers were murdered, I also believe the human rights groups that said it wasn't a fair trial.

I wouldn't make a judgement as a judge before examining all the evidence, which I can't do since all the evidence is not public. I believe that he is guilty of having people killed but my belief is not enough basis for a verdict. Verdicts in a fair system are based on evidence and rules, not on public opinion or newspaper articles, and that's generally a good thing, in my opinion.

If making political speeches in court is a crime, I don't think anyone deserves a death sentence for that. The verdict should be based on a person's deeds, not on his annoyance.

In any case, the trial was a farce in all respects - so, in my opinion, Saddam's court behaviour made no difference.

quote:
Keeping the moral high ground requires actually doing moral acts.
Exactly.

EDIT: I quote the Independent from September 27, 2006:

"There have been repeated protests and calls for the trial to be a moved to a neutral venue. Ramsay Clarke, who appeared briefly alongside Saddam's defence team, asked for the move, as did Richard Goldstone, the first prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. He said: "It is impossible to have a public trial if you cannot guarantee the safety of witnesses, judges or defence counsel."

Following the dismissal of Judge al-Amari, Richard Dicker, a trial observer for Human Rights Watch, complained: "The government has not only interfered with the court's independence, but greatly undermined the court's own appearance of neutrality and objectivity. The transfer of the judge sends a chilling message to all judges: tow the line or risk removal.""

[ Monday, January 15, 2007 17:03: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Saddam Hussein's Execution in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 1249
Profile Homepage #102
My answer to the poll: no. I oppose the death penalty.

I wouldn't have dared to hope for an abolition of the death penalty in a country that's in a civil war (and where extrajudicial killings of anyone are common) but a fair trial for Saddam or any public figure would have been at least a small step in the right direction.
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Boiling Mudpits - SPOILER - Hidden Room in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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I hope there are more of those hidden rooms.

At least there's a hidden corpse in Spirefield that I didn't notice the first time, behind some trees (or whatever they are).
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#%@# Bugs! in Blades of Exile
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Thanks for the information.

Maybe "item class on space (+take)" and "destroy items" work on my old mac (which I don't have here. I forced myself to test my over-complicated scenario with a half-working OS X BoE. It's a pain.) Anyway, the node chain seems to check correctly whether the item is there or not but it doesn't remove it. I've checked everything about dozen times.

It might be that the program doesn't remove the item because it's a custom item with a custom graphic, or in place when the party enters the town, or something. Maybe not. I dimly recall "destroy items" working before (with the old mac probably) but now it doesn't.

Maybe I'll come up with a way around it, because this is the second-last town in the scenario, so I'd hate to throw it away at this stage.

EDIT: The more I test, the more bizarre this bug seems. The node "item class on space (+take)" works in other towns. And if my party takes the item and puts it back, the node works after that in the town I'm testing. Otherwise it doesn't. Argh.

I hope the file isn't corrupted and I have a "place item" in a wrong place somewhere...

EDIT 2: No, there is no logical explanation for this bug. The only possible conclusion is that a supernatural force tries to prevent me from finishing my scenario. And that must be it.

[ Tuesday, December 05, 2006 07:45: Message edited by: Milu ]
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#%@# Bugs! in Blades of Exile
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There isn't a way to remove items from a space, is there?

Both the "item class on space (+take)" and "destroy items on space" appear to be broken. At least in my current copy of the editor.
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Contest Rules in Blades of Avernum Editor
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Profile Homepage #40
Is it deadline already?

EDIT: seems to be... just checking.

[ Thursday, November 30, 2006 22:55: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Pronunciation. in General
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Member # 1249
Profile Homepage #76
Milu is pronounced however you want to pronounce it.
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Because of Nioca and this forum's inactivity ... in Blades of Exile
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Member # 1249
Profile Homepage #6
How many PC's do you play with? 6
How many scenarios have you played? 100+
Absolute favorite BoE scenario? I don't know. I've played too many. (Tomorrow?)
When did you get the registered version of BoE for the first time? 1999, I think
What is the first third-party scenario you played? Nightfall (?)
Favorite all-around scenario designer?Ideas compete, not people. (or something) :-P
Out of your own scenarios, which do you feel is your best? One that's never going to be released.
What is your favorite scenario icon? From left corner, left to right, number 12.
If you could make one BoE scenario into a movie, which scenario would it be? Umm... Quintessence?
What is your favorite spell? Major blessing
What is your favorite item of all time? I don't remember all the artifacts. All speed items are pretty nice.
Have you ever named a place or character in a scenario after someone you know in real life? N/A
What do you think is the absolute most overrated BoE scenario of all time? Ship To Algiers might be it
What do you think is the absolute most underrated BoE scenario of all time? The Za-Khazi Run
If you could fix one bug in BoE or the scenario editor, what would it be? EDIT: Right now Empties have taken the first place. There are other bad ones but this can't be seen until you test AND can't be removed. Grrr.
If you could add one new feature to BoE or the scenario editor, what would it be? OS X compatibility!
What is your least favorite scenario out of those rated 7.0 or higher on CSR? Destiny?
Which scenario do you think is the worst ever? There's lots of horribles, but only one can be the absolute worst. I have actively forgotten the worst ones.
Write down the release dates of all of your scenarios. If you can't remember all of them, do the ones that you can. ?
What is your favorite TM scenario? Nebulous Times Hence, I guess. I haven't played many of them.
What is your favorite Creator scenario? Not sure
What is your favorite scenario in the Spheres trilogy? Quests of the Spheres
What is your favorite scenario in the Adventurer's Club trilogy? AC2?
What do you think is the absolute coolest innovation in a BoE scenario yet? (Others' opinions on this would be interesting.) Essence spells?
What is your favorite BoE fansite? The Blazing Blade is nice
What do you think would happen if Alcritas returned to the Lyceum as an active member once more? No idea
What scenario do you think should have won the first design contest? I don't know
Name one random scenario that has not been mentioned by anyone in this thread (first that comes in your head.) Trouble in Mendor

[ Friday, December 01, 2006 06:44: Message edited by: Milu ]
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What's your opinion... in Blades of Avernum
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Member # 1249
Profile Homepage #48
In my opinion, the town in your screenshot looks modified enough.

I'd like to at least see some version of the scenario itself before making general conclusions about the plot and combat.

Anyway, the screenshots look aesthetically good enough, in my opinion. Undead, spiders and gorgons together can be explained. Whether a scenario is interesting, depends not only on combat but also on what else there is, unless the monsters are unwinnable.

I'm not a fan of Avernum 4, but I still think some of the criticism in this thread seems too black-and-white, or would give me headache if someone said it about an unreleased scenario of mine. I mean criticism like "That's ****, you should do this instead," or making fun of some assumed part of it.
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Random Double Take of the Day in General
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Member # 1249
Profile Homepage #10
There are different anarchist movements. There are anarcho-capitalists and anarcho-communists, and everything in between. An important subject of debate, or so I've understood, is how much organisation structure is too much. Or for example: is an anarchist political party even possible? Or is an informal hierarchy a similar problem as a formal hierarchy?

I don't call myself an anarchist but some of my friends are long-time anarchists.

Another EDIT: The absence of state does not automatically mean unregulated capitalism. It depends at least on what a state is and what else there is when there's no state...

Communists (in theory) have the same goal, that is getting rid of the state in communism.

[ Thursday, September 07, 2006 04:32: Message edited by: Milu ]
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I think in General
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Profile Homepage #47
I didn't like the special effects of Babylon 5 (for example, the space station close-up looked too flawless, like it was made of lego bricks; a too easily recognizable computer animation), nor did I like its plot very much. In the beginning it was more or less interesting, but I couldn't take some of the last episodes seriously.

However, I know many B5 fans. I don't know any Finnish fans of the new Galactica. (That doesn't mean they don't exist, of course.) Anyway, I can't stand Balthazar's woman. And I'd prefer a sci-fi show to have something else interesting than just "us" and "them" and how to separate them.

And finally, I agree with Mysterious Man: Star Trek DS9 was a good show. And so was TNG.
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Blasphlemy!?! (Ver T) in General
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Those can be seen here in winter. It's usually possible to clean the snow with your gloved hand and put a plastic bag over the saddle (or whatever you call it).

My only frustrating experience with bicycles and snow is when I once tried to cycle to an exam in 10 centimeters of wet snow. I didn't get there in time. Otherwise cycling in frozen snow that's been walked on is not so different from cycling in other times. It's just more slippery, especially if there isn't sand in it. But usually not too slippery.

Unless there's something in that picture that I didn't get...
Posts: 259 | Registered: Saturday, June 1 2002 07:00
I think in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 1249
Profile Homepage #1
I don't. Period.

Although, only one season has been shown here in Finland. I've watched it but I like it less than Lost.

It is too allegoric, or allegoric in a wrong way.
Posts: 259 | Registered: Saturday, June 1 2002 07:00
Some Nice Weather in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 1249
Profile Homepage #22
Nothing too exciting happens where I live. No tornados, flooding or anything like that. The most amazing thing I can tell is that my mother once got struck by lightning at my parents' cottage. It was not very bad, fortunately, she just felt odd for some time after it.

Snow in April is not uncommon here in Southern Finland. It usually melts away that month. (Snow in september would be rare.)

[ Monday, August 14, 2006 17:06: Message edited by: Milu ]
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What have you been reading lately? in General
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Newest addition: Coraline, by Neil Gaiman. Children's horror. Short but very good.
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The next Scenerio Design Contest? in Blades of Avernum
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Profile Homepage #27
quote:
Originally written by BainIhrno:

Also, I think anonymous scores promotes BoE/BoA bias. Only one other person will see them and it seems easier to get away with rating based on taste/preference. I still like my discussion idea - it seems the best way so that the personal taste of the judges can't get in the way of the results too much.
Well, in a sense, anonymous judging is opposite to what you suggested. What I thought was actually that judges wouldn't know about each others' scores before they had given one.

EDIT: Yes. Blind judging. Exactly. Not "anonymous" judging.

Another issue that traditionally divides opinions is, what the role of personal taste is in judging (books, scenarios, films...) Is it bias or is it the truth? Because there is no Law of Scenario Designing, or at least none that the judges would have to follow.

In any case, if you (other people) want to judge like BainIhrno suggested, it's your decision of course.

[ Thursday, August 10, 2006 06:26: Message edited by: Milu ]
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The next Scenerio Design Contest? in Blades of Avernum
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I'd personally prefer anonymous scores. This would (in theory) work against bias originating from social relationships.

In my opinion, the fact, whether people (even individual judges) like the scenario or hate it, should indicate - at least partly - whether the designer did a good job or not.

I won't be able to be a judge, I won't have the time. These are just my thoughts.

TM's preliminary judging idea sounds okay.
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What have you been reading lately? in General
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What I've been reading lately:

Ursula LeGuin's Gifts. Not bad so far. Thought-provoking reading, though it's a "children's book".

Stephen King's Desperation. It's been better than I expected, because King wrote it as late as 1996. (His later books that I've read haven't been his best.)

I read this half a year ago: Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It progressed too slowly to my taste but I found the ending very rewarding.

I'm going to return a pile of fantasy and science fiction books to the city library today. I haven't read half of them, so I'll probably borrow some of them again. And some new books.
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Abandonware in General
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First game I remember is Uninvited. My mother played it for me on our first Mac, because I was 6 and didn't know any English. It was a bit too scary for me. I also remember Dungeon of Doom, Dark Castle, Scarab of Ra and dozens of other good old games.

Might and Magic 1 and 2 were slightly newer. The graphics of MM2 were actually smaller and (IMO) uglier than MM1 on a Mac. Theldrow was my favorite game in the 90's before I got a color Mac.

I have many of the old games on my new computer and I'm able to play them, thanks to emulators.
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BoE on Intel Macs in Blades of Exile
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I've thought about buying an old PC in the future. Or maybe a new one, since PC games are easier to get and much cheaper.

But I won't do it until my 5-year old mac dies, at least.

[ Tuesday, July 04, 2006 13:59: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Family Sizes in General
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Profile Homepage #30
I have no brothers or sisters, and my family size is two people, so I can't vote!

Otherwise an interesting poll.
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Anonymity and online identity, yet again. in General
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Every time I google my name, I stop wondering once again why I never get a summer job.

Unfortunately, my name is not very common. I'm the only person mentioned when I search and I still get 4 pages of results.

However, when I search with "Milu", I get 1 340 000 results. Looks like MILU = Multifunctional Intensive Land Use.

[ Tuesday, June 13, 2006 03:20: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Reputation system in BoA? in Blades of Avernum Editor
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I've recently thought about a reputation system for a scenario with two sides. In it there are two kinds of reputation: one describes which one of the different sides you support, and the other is some kind of a general respectability (or whichever is the right word for that), which is harder to gain but makes you more liked by everyone. The general reputation can negate the other reputation for the those who would otherwise dislike you.

The general reputation is gained mostly through side missions, and the other reputation is gained automatically by advancing plot to a certain direction.

(Or has someone already made something like this? I haven't played the newer BoA scenarios.)
Posts: 259 | Registered: Saturday, June 1 2002 07:00
Reputation system in BoA? in Blades of Avernum
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I've recently thought about a reputation system for a scenario with two sides. In it there are two kinds of reputation: one describes which one of the different sides you support, and the other is some kind of a general respectability (or whichever is the right word for that), which is harder to gain but makes you more liked by everyone. The general reputation can negate the other reputation for the those who would otherwise dislike you.

The general reputation is gained mostly through side missions, and the other reputation is gained automatically by advancing plot to a certain direction.

(Or has someone already made something like this? I haven't played the newer BoA scenarios.)
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Problems with Blades of Exile in Tech Support
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Technically, this doesn't make the game unplayable, except for some sound puzzles maybe.

But it's frustrating, because I've been used to playing with sounds on and I like them. I suspect that I may not want to play it because I have other games that are able to play their sounds.

I am also worried, especially because of rumours that it doesn't run at all on Intel macs.

[ Sunday, May 28, 2006 08:02: Message edited by: Milu ]
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