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Aspirations in General
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quote:
Tiedän ettei mun kielioppi ole parhaimmasta päästä, mutta jos mä keskittyisin saamaan kaiken täydelliseksi niissä, mä en ikinä sais mitään kirjoitettua. Mä olen todennut, että silloin kun mua alkaa vaivaamaan joku kohta, oli se sitten suomeksi tai englanniksi, niin mä en enää pystykään kirjoittamaan yhtään mitään.
Eipä kai sitä täydellisyyttä voi saavuttaakaan...

Itsekään en pysty etenemään jos keskityn yksityiskohtiin kun olen vasta kirjoittamassa ekaa versiota jostain tekstistä, silloin on pakko keskittyä siihen mitä mä haluan kuvata lukijalle. Sen jälkeen virheiden korjaaminen on vähän helpompaa, kun voi tehdä vaikka kopion alkuperäisestä jos korjauksesta tulee sutta.

Korjaus tekee mestarin ;)

[ Monday, September 13, 2004 15:25: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Scenarios in Blades of Exile
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I just tested it and for me one day is 3700 moves indoors, 370 outdoors.

quote:
Outdoors, I think each move counts as 5 or 10 or something...much more than indoors anyway.
One move indoors is 10 moves outdoors.

[ Monday, September 13, 2004 01:13: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Scenarios in Blades of Exile
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quote:
I have school, and my weekends are packed. Does anyone have any advice for that?[/QB]
If you have only little time, then making the scenario small and stand-alone could be a very good idea. You have to choose your hobbies... I can't think of anything else.
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Scenarios in Blades of Exile
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quote:
Originally written by Wham Bam Shizam:
And also I am wondering if I should even make one because it seems BoE is dying.
If you look at scenario designers' previous comments over the years, BoE has been dying many years now... And still, new scenarios continue to come steadily (good ones, too) and new people start playing the game.

Usually, it's good to start with small scenarios. You get an idea what the designing is like and get feedback (...which MAY kill you but then again it may not, especially if you've had the scenario tested...)

[ Saturday, September 11, 2004 05:22: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Aspirations in General
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Right now I'm writing my bestseller novel. :)

I started with Computer Science... But since I accidentally passed an entrance exam to Creative Writing last year, it's been almost the only thing that I'm interested in.

EDIT: Oh, it seems that I'm not the only Finn here interested in writing. Good luck to us all. :)

EDIT2 in Finnish - to Riibu: Kun noita mielipiteitä kyselit teksteistäsi, niin mä voin antaa oman arvioni, jos kiinnostaa. (Suomenkielisistä siis - englanninkielen vivahteita en osaa riittävästi pystyäkseni semmoiseen.)

Yleisesti ottaen: tarinoiden aiheet herättävät kiinnostusta ja kertomusten kulku myös.

Kannattaa tosin huomioida tekstissä asioita kuten: passiivissa sanotaan aina "oli tehty" tai "ei ollut tehty", ei koskaan "olivat tehty", ja muu oikeakielisyys. Toisekseen, kannattaa harkita tarkkaan, mitkä sanat ovat kirjakieltä ja mitkä eivät (esim. "känny".) Ihan muutamassa tapauksessa lauseenrakennettakin voisi oikoa - yleensä ei kannata käyttää käänteistä sanajärjestystä muuta kuin jos on hyvä syy. Kannattaa myös karsia lauseista minimiin ne sanat, joissa ei ole uutta informaatiota lukijalle, esim: "Marko katsoi veteen ja näki kuvajaisensa heijastuvan säälittävän surullisena takaisin silmiinsä."

Toivottavasti en takertunut toivottua enemmän yksityiskohtiin, mutta tämä on tällaista sinänsä tärkeää kielellistä asiaa, jota tuli mieleen noita lukiessa.

Mutta ihan kiinnostavia juttuja. Toki (riippuu siitä, mitä tarkoitusta varten ne on kirjoitettu) niiden itsekunkin juonta/ideaa voisi varmaan vielä kehittää eteenpäinkin...?

[ Friday, September 10, 2004 11:46: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Nudism in General
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Interesting.

In Finland, people are traditionally naked in sauna, and many still continue that tradition. Also, people often show naked pictures of their babies to their relatives, for example (there's no child pornography or anything involved in that).

Nakedness is totally natural. I could imagine a culture where it was okay to walk around naked. However, I agree that it's often practical to wear clothes outside, at least in the colder parts of the world.
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Where should I start designing? in Blades of Exile
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I was a lurker for a long time back when there was the BoE mailing list. I've even saved some of those emails and now it's nostalgic to read them :) .

However, I didn't join the boards until...

... 2002, apparently.

[ Monday, August 16, 2004 10:28: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Where do you get your Ideas? in Blades of Exile
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I've usually come up with the story first. I sometimes write down story ideas and detail/special node ideas.

Example: The Leaving

At first, I wanted to make an adventure (or story) from a different point of view, being annoyed that same kinds of plots were being repeated too often... I looked at my story idea list and decided to pick an idea that involved refugees threatened by monsters in Exile. I had tried to make a scenario out of that one before but hadn't succeeded to make it interesting.

I began to develop the story. What would the threat be? Or the solution? Why? After the main plot, I started thinking about obstacles I would add along the way. (Turns out I didn't make very good obstacles - for many players on the Lyceum boards, they are too difficult/involve too much head-banging, are too clicheed diversions and/or simply boring. Fortunately, some have actually liked them...)

Planning and designing the obstacles took a long time. When I had begun that, I also started making the scenario itself and planned rest of the plot twists or obstacles while I was designing.

100 plot ideas for D&D: why not, because who can be completely original anyway...? It's possible to develop an interesting new idea from a used one.

[ Friday, August 06, 2004 02:35: Message edited by: Milu ]
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New scenarios in progress in Blades of Exile
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quote:
Originally written by Bard of the Soul:

I plan on pushing as many limits as I can with it, but while it is in the works, what kinds of plot work do you think? One overriding plot or just a group of smaller quests that can be performed or ignored at the player's whim? Or both?
There should be a good reason, explained to the player in the beginning, why the party would want to go to the dungeon. Mere "treasure hunting" tends to get boring, or doing just errands without a clue what to expect. Some kind of a threat, for example, works fine - it could be revealed at the beginning or at some point as a surprise.

EDIT: Still, a story is important and in my opinion should come first and not be an excuse for details and tricks.

Playing good and bad scenarios, of course, should give you some idea of what works and what doesn't.

[ Wednesday, August 04, 2004 03:49: Message edited by: Milu ]
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New scenarios in progress in Blades of Exile
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More dungeon crawls, please!

Some people still play Angband. A pity that the existing dungeon crawl scenarios tend to be plotless and/or monty haul or otherwise below average.

I've sometimes considered making a dungeon crawl myself.
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Post Your Desktop in General
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http://users.utu.fi/~cmkant/praha.jpg

I took the picture in Prague. I'm old-fashioned and use OS 9.
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The best BoE artist (updated) in Blades of Exile
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There. I have updated my site. It has graphics, too. (As before).

Milu's Blades of Exile Page
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What did you last eat? in General
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Yawn. Some Ruisrokki bread with tuna fish last night. It's 12:00 at noon here and I just woke up.

It was delicious.

[ Wednesday, July 28, 2004 00:10: Message edited by: Milu ]
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The best BoE artist in Blades of Exile
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I agree with TGM, voted Luz.

- Milu
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Good books? in General
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I've recently read Robin Jarvis, too. I like his (?) style but I wonder why he has to repeat the "foreign-people-are-bad" theme. Granted, I've read only two books by Jarvis...

My favourite book after Lord of The Rings... I can't say, there are too many good books. Tolkien ripoffs and cookie-cutter plots? I disagree. I've seen those things in many books but a lot more which I've come across have original and interesting ideas.

One good fantasy book that I recently read and comes to mind is Barbara Hambly's Dragonsbane. Neil Gaiman is one of my favourites, except for American Gods, which I found boring. (It reminded me a bit of Zelazny, I guess.)

I agree, Lies My Teacher Told Me is interesting reading. (Though my teacher tells me as bit different lies than those.)

EDIT: I read Camus's Outsider and Kafka's Castle in school (not sure if it's the same in English) when I was about 16, hated the former and loved the latter. Interesting, maybe I should read Camus' other books. Then again, there are many books I should read.

I also happened to read Asimov's Foundation when I was 10. Didn't understand it. :)

[ Saturday, July 03, 2004 06:44: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Surprise surprise - need help with the Filth Factory! in The Exile Trilogy
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Hi

I don't remember about the fake wall but generally, fireball and shockstorm/forcefield helps in combat, as does Bless Party and Major Haste. Getting these helps a lot.

Later on, the cash won't be a problem. Especially the troglodytes and giants have a lot of it. But you have to register to get to them. And sometimes the target towns in courier jobs are closer.
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Article - The Moral of the Story in Blades of Avernum Editor
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In Small Rebellion, the Hill Runners are indeed depicted as Bad. So is the Empire.

In fact, I disliked Small Rebellion the most of the three BoE scenarios, because I felt _it_ had a moral lesson - a cynical one: you can't change anything for the better, no matter what you try. Moreover, I've seen that moral so many times, it's become boring.

(I would also think that the moral and story in VoDT are not perfect but this didn't bother me as much.

EDIT: ...Though I agree with Drakefyre and Vent in that the pollution wasn't the Bad thing. It was more that some things were left irritably unexplained...
EDIT2: To clarify a bit: What irritated me slightly was that this "evil mage-woman" theme repeated itself again in yet another J. Vogel's game. Why was Vinnia evil?)

[ Sunday, May 30, 2004 13:40: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Article - The Moral of the Story in Blades of Avernum
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In Small Rebellion, the Hill Runners are indeed depicted as Bad. So is the Empire.

In fact, I disliked Small Rebellion the most of the three BoE scenarios, because I felt _it_ had a moral lesson - a cynical one: you can't change anything for the better, no matter what you try. Moreover, I've seen that moral so many times, it's become boring.

(I would also think that the moral and story in VoDT are not perfect but this didn't bother me as much.

EDIT: ...Though I agree with Drakefyre and Vent in that the pollution wasn't the Bad thing. It was more that some things were left irritably unexplained...
EDIT2: To clarify a bit: What irritated me slightly was that this "evil mage-woman" theme repeated itself again in yet another J. Vogel's game. Why was Vinnia evil?)

[ Sunday, May 30, 2004 13:40: Message edited by: Milu ]
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US Conflict Avatars! in General
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Was it two or three years ago when South Korea released 500 or so political prisoners? Well, among other things, the latest Amnesty report says:

"At least 63 trade unionists were arrested. All were awaiting trial at the end of the year. Six trade union leaders committed suicide to highlight the precarious situation of Korean workers."

Not good.

EDIT: I've now read the earlier posts. Go Finland! IMAGE(smile002.gif)

No, it's actually a bit funny how proud we Finns still are about our "winter war". It's rarely mentioned that we put Russians into concentration camps and treated them really badly, at first. We sent some Jews and commies (who were outlawed) to Nazi Germany, although most official papers about that were destroyed. Nazism and the "superiority" of Finns were part of the official propaganda.

[ Wednesday, May 26, 2004 03:43: Message edited by: Milu ]
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L'Internationale (1 Mai) in General
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Työn orjat, sorron yöstä nouskaa
maan ääriin kuuluu kutsumus.
Nyt ryskyin murtuu pakkovalta,
tää on viime ponnistus.
Pohja vanhan järjestyksen horjuu
orjajoukko, taistohon.
Alas lyökää koko vanha maailma
ja valta meidän silloin on.

Tää on viimeinen taisto,
rintamaamme yhtykää
niin huomispäivänä kansat
on veljet keskenään.

Työmiehet, kyntäjät ja kaikki
työkansa, joukko nälkäinen -
maa meidän on ja olla täytyy,
vaan ei laiskain lurjusten
Nälkä meill' on aina vieraanamme
vaan kuin korpit haaskoiltaan
me kerran kaikki karkoitamme
ja päivä pääsee paistamaan.

Tää on viimeinen taisto... jne.

The Finnish version.
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Babysitting released in Blades of Avernum
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The latest Stuffit is at least 7.0.1. Maybe it has got something to do with that. I got the meg unstuffed in OS 9.
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I need the strength of numbers, please help. in General
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I live in Finland. We've ordered all Jeff Vogel's games with credit card. No problems.
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What movies made a big impression on you? in General
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One of the most recent must be the Pianist. It seemed somehow more realistic than Schindler's List.
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I have AUD$3.87 to my name in General
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In Finland, students get about 200 euros financial aid, and rent subsidies for 80% of the rent (if they live on their own and have to pay it). The aid lasts for 6 years or as long as you study.

The higher education (and lower, of course) is free - it's considered to be everyone's equal right. Only entrance exams might cost a few dozen euros.

The problem is that there are no jobs, especially no permanent jobs for young people who graduate. Consequentially, they (we) get paid less. In addition, many young people don't know their rights in the job. (Those rights depend on what job you are in.)

[ Monday, April 19, 2004 02:52: Message edited by: Milu ]
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More classical music and such... in General
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I've played violin about... 17 years? Yep.

I don't listen to classical music actively but I play it. They didn't teach other styles at the conservatory (/conservatoire/whatever it is) where I studied about 15 years. IMAGE(frown000.gif)

I've learned some folk music and the like (fortunately it's usually simple) in addition to "plain" classic music. I've been a street musician for a summer or two.

What do I like? Well, Kabalewski comes to mind first. (That's modern and Russian.) Probably many early modern classics. Mozart, Bach, and others before romanticism are nice but I get bored with them easier.

I wish I could play guitar as well as violin.

About spiders - I would welcome them to our apartment in summertime. They could eat some of the irritating flies. Must play more...

[ Friday, April 16, 2004 11:58: Message edited by: Milu ]
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