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Did Jeff know about this while creating Exile/Avernum series? in General
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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

The Bible is *not* copyrighted. It would be pretty hard to track down, say, the descendents of the author of John.
Moreover, copyright is a pretty new concept.
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Small Rebellion: stuck in Blades of Avernum
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In Selathni, I'm supposed to find some papers in a crack in the floor of a storage room.

I found the crack. However, I can't "look" at it and when I walk over it, I get a small message "You notice a large crack in the floor."

What should I do? Or is this a bug?

EDIT: Ahem. Never mind. I just noticed I misread that quest description...

[ Saturday, April 03, 2004 11:51: Message edited by: Milu ]
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What tool do you use to assist? in Blades of Avernum Editor
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I use an ancient program called Writenow 3 to keep track of SDFs. (It opens fast but it's more versatile than Textedit.) In my experience, keeping track of SDFs is vital if I use them more than three times (which I do...)

I've used Appleworks (the spreadsheet is similar to excel) to make a table of the Blades of Exile items. I use that when I need a lot of custom items and/or have to put a lot of items into a different order.

I scribble some notes on papers, too. Especially the general ideas in the beginning. And I map them. If the scenario making project is big, I draw a map of the more detailed plotline(s).

I also keep track of where spells and recipes are sold and other minor things, mostly ideas about what could be cool...

Some monster graphic sketches I've drawn on paper first. I use another ancient program, Superpaint 3, to make my custom graphics.

[ Saturday, April 03, 2004 02:46: Message edited by: Milu ]
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What tool do you use to assist? in Blades of Avernum
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I use an ancient program called Writenow 3 to keep track of SDFs. (It opens fast but it's more versatile than Textedit.) In my experience, keeping track of SDFs is vital if I use them more than three times (which I do...)

I've used Appleworks (the spreadsheet is similar to excel) to make a table of the Blades of Exile items. I use that when I need a lot of custom items and/or have to put a lot of items into a different order.

I scribble some notes on papers, too. Especially the general ideas in the beginning. And I map them. If the scenario making project is big, I draw a map of the more detailed plotline(s).

I also keep track of where spells and recipes are sold and other minor things, mostly ideas about what could be cool...

Some monster graphic sketches I've drawn on paper first. I use another ancient program, Superpaint 3, to make my custom graphics.

[ Saturday, April 03, 2004 02:46: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Whats better essay? in General
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Though I picked one from the available options, Nethergate is my favorite at the moment.
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First impressions of the demo in Blades of Avernum
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quote:
Originally written by spy.there:

quote:
The Creator: You think VoDT is ingenious? Geez, you have no idea what you're missing. It's probably about average, certainly there's nothing incredible about it.
You are right, VoDT seems not to be Jeff's masterpiece. I just played it the second time and had the feeling, that it's rather a quick shot, with few of all these little loving details you find in A3. But still the idea is ingenious, to bring up the theme of pollution of nature. I like that educational ethics in SW-games.

I always considered VoDT better than most BoE scenarios. However, I haven't rated it yet on the BoA CSR tables - I'm waiting for other scenarios to compare it to. (I haven't even played Diplomacy with Dead yet.)

My first impression is that it (VoDT) has improved and hasn't lost its charm a bit. It's a matter of taste. ;)
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Scenario suggestions in Blades of Avernum Editor
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I wouldn't mind seeing LoTR based scenarios.

That there are currently no good scenarios based on books doesn't mean that it's impossible to do them. I personally thought the Arkenstone was nice but it was extremely small. I have (at times) considered doing a scenario loosely based on Tolkien's work, myself. Some certainly hate the idea, others like it.

Many people (writers etc.) steal good ideas. In fact, is there anything that hasn't been invented yet in one form or another? The ideas just have to be developed.

So, good luck for the attempt.
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Scenario suggestions in Blades of Avernum
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I wouldn't mind seeing LoTR based scenarios.

That there are currently no good scenarios based on books doesn't mean that it's impossible to do them. I personally thought the Arkenstone was nice but it was extremely small. I have (at times) considered doing a scenario loosely based on Tolkien's work, myself. Some certainly hate the idea, others like it.

Many people (writers etc.) steal good ideas. In fact, is there anything that hasn't been invented yet in one form or another? The ideas just have to be developed.

So, good luck for the attempt.
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Suicide in General
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Somebody I knew tried to commit suicide when she was maybe 13. Many, many years later she said something like this: "Afterwards I thought of all the things I wouldn't experience or see if I ended my life."

I guess it was at least one important reason why she chose to live.

One who thinks about committing suicide can also become fascinated with the thought of death. It may give you a feeling of power, I think. Some people hurt themselves physically to get that feeling of power.

However, I don't care to speculate on that very much because I have never considered ending my own life.

I wouldn't consider suicidal people weak, anyway, any more than scitzophrenic people for example, or people who get paid less than other people. Depression can be an illness. I've heard it can prevent you very effectively from doing anything, if it's bad. People do not function like machines - everybody has their limits. OK, suicidal people need someone to talk to (and that's something we all need in life one way or another). Still, like we don't treat fever by jogging, I argue that suicidal people usually need more than someone to tell them to get a grip.

EDIT: And I really meant: They need something _other_ than being told to get a grip... like others have pointed out.

I also consider what Kelandon said very important.

[ Friday, March 12, 2004 04:07: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Naming Creations in Geneforge Series
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It might, but the Fyora is so small and cute...

EDIT: Godzilla doesn't fly, actually, so I think it suits better to a fyora anyway

[ Sunday, February 22, 2004 10:26: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Naming Creations in Geneforge
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It might, but the Fyora is so small and cute...

EDIT: Godzilla doesn't fly, actually, so I think it suits better to a fyora anyway

[ Sunday, February 22, 2004 10:26: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Naming Creations in Geneforge Series
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Fyora/Cryoa: Godzilla
Artila: Mato (finnish, means "worm")
Drayk: Traakki
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Naming Creations in Geneforge
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Fyora/Cryoa: Godzilla
Artila: Mato (finnish, means "worm")
Drayk: Traakki
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What do you do when you're bored? :3 in General
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Stephen King is good though I haven't tried breaking my leg yet.

I'm never bored, except in school. When the lecture is boring, I fall asleep.
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Fave Spiderweb Character in General
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Difficult to say. one of my favorites was that servile hermit in Geneforge 1 who studied living tools and tried to "wake their natural desires" or something like that... There were living tools on the ground with food cups beside them. That was memorable IMAGE(Fave Spiderweb Character_files/smile.gif)

[ Friday, February 06, 2004 12:29: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Anti-Americanism in General
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Hmmm. I probably shouldn't reply to this topic, but...

"Barbaric"? Hmmm... It IS a really political word, but if it has to be used, I'm considering enslaving and slaughtering just as barbaric as "eating fallen enemies' hearts".

It doesn't justify an invasion that there is resistance to it.

History is written by winners and that's why it's necessary to examine it all over again, always.

I'm definitely not saying that US "is the source of all problems in the world". Saddam Hussein's Iraq wasn't either. Neither was Hitler's Germany.

But it's one one thing to say "US is not the source of all problems in the world" and quite another to claim that its foreign policy is justified because the other side kills, too.

I certainly don't wish the US to be destroyed. I wish a peaceful end to its world leadership.

For a start, I wish it was a nation more equal to the others, not above or leading other nations. I wish there was real equality inside it. I wish its leadership to be more diverse in its opinions. For example, there are just two parties leading the whole US and I don't see much ideological difference between them.

[ Saturday, January 31, 2004 14:31: Message edited by: Milu ]
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Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! in General
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In the US (as in Finland)

A) Those who get better jobs tend to come from better off families.

B) Blacks tend to get worse grades in schools. They tend to get paid less and get poorer jobs.

I don't know how exactly Affirmative Action works, frankly. Still, there has to be some way to get away from that kind of a vicious circle.

Women tend to be discriminated against a bit similarily to different ethnic groups in the western societies. In Finland - and we are a country which has been proud of its equality - it's been studied that in schools, boys tend to get good grades with less achievements than girls. There are many, many subtle ways of discriminating. Personal relations, for one.

I don't think anyone has a perfect solution to discrimination (one that wouldn't enable some other discrimination) but still, something has to be done.

...Hmmm, now I see I'm slightly repeating what Custer just said...
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Here We Go Again (Political Compass) in General
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Economic Left/Right: -9.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.82

I think they've changed the questions a bit...
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will spidweb ever change? in General
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I play Baldur's Gate, Geneforge, Exile and Angband the most.

Angband is another ASCII-based game. It and its variants are free. I may sometimes use large amounts of time playing Baldur's Gate - I never get really anywhere in an hour because of the loading times. That's frustrating. Angband may be very interesting for a while but it lacks a plot (other than "fight your way to level 99 and defeat the monster"). So, I find Spiderweb games the most fun.

Hmmm. I love almost all the sounds and graphics of Exile but I hate some sounds of Geneforge very much. Especially the town background sound. But Geneforge graphics are more than good enough for me.

- Milu

[ Monday, October 20, 2003 13:18: Message edited by: Milu ]
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The "About us" topic in General
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I wonder if anyone has the patience to read the topic this far (I don't). But I've always liked answering surveys, so...

»What is your name?
Milu. (I also have a first, last and middle name.)

»What is your quest?
To save the world, both in the real world and in computer games...!

»What is your favorite color/colour?
Red (mostly)

»What is your job (If you are unemployed, what prevents you from having more free time)?
Studying.

»What are some books you like?
The Earthsea trilogy, Lord of The Rings, almost anything by Stanislaw Lem ...hmm... Dragonsbane (Barbara Hambly) was the last good book I read.

»What are some movies/TV shows you like?
Star Trek, Star Trek and Star Trek!

»What are some computer/console games you like?
Baldur's Gate, Exile (&Blades of), Geneforge, Angband, some text-based adventure games...

»What are some bands you like?
M.A.Numminen, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Janis Joplin, Phil Ochs, Violeta Parra...

»What are some songs/musical pieces you like?
Te Recuerdo Amanda, Stairway to Heaven, hmmm...
(Oops, time's running out! I'll be late)

»What do you think various members look like?
Varying

»What did you have for lunch last Tuesday?
That was almost a week ago! Don't remember. Probably nothing.

»What is your age?
over-aged

»What is your species?
Humanoid

»What sort of computer do you use?
An iMac

»What plane are you from?
An aeroplane

»Are you male, female, or "other"?
I won't tell you!

»How many holes do you prefer in the ceiling?
1, for our avocado. If we don't get that hole it will die in our 2,5 meters high apartment.

»When did you last brush your teeth?
tomorrow

»Do you feed lemons to your pet alligator?
I'll try that

»To whom are all your base belong?
???

»What region of the universe are you posting from?
South of North Pole

»What does (§³·ß)Ð/µª=ƒ mean?
It's the meaning of life

»What is the appropriate usage of the word "EVOL"?
Connect it with the word "UTION"...

»Do you own any medieval or medieval-style weaponry?
No, I'm a pacifist...

»Did I forget anything?
Yes, but I won't tell you what it was

AAaaaah! I'm late!! I've got to run to school!
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How old are you? in General
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Nobody seems to be my age... Or maybe they don't dare to tell.

I am... too many years old.
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Culture in General
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At least part of the problem in defining "American culture" may be that US' cultural influence abroad is vast compared to other cultures' influence in the US. In order to get a picture of the culture you must look at it from the outside and there are few places (visible from the USA, that is) that are complete outsiders to "American" or "western" culture.
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Work? What's that? in General
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No, I'm not a productive member of my society. I live on taxpayers' hard-earned money...

In Finland there are no tuition fees in universities and students get small amount of studying money every month for a few years.

My last "job" was a street violinist, at summer when students don't get the studying money (there's a more proper word for it, I just don't know it because it's not required in BoE scenarios). That paid off better than I expected and I was able to pay our rent. Though not much else.
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Culture in General
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The meaning of culture... Hmm.

(I wonder, why do I even try to answer this big a question? Because I'm bored, probably...)

There is the larger culture and there are subcultures. You can have religion and other values but "culture" means sharing certain values with a certain group (that you belong to).At least that's one definition.

Sociologists (for one thing) have studied culture a lot and argued about where to draw the lines between one culture and another.

Can it explain the war in Iraq? I don't know. You can't get outside your own culture and that's an important thing - I too am affected by the western culture though there are differences between Finnish and American culture.

As for the Iraqi culture.... I don't know about that either because I don't know a thing (outside what's been told by the western side of the war mass media) about Iraqi culture. On the other hand, the war didn't depend at all on what Iraqis did.

But I really think that the media has at least some effect on decision-makers. And I think that the media affects public opinion a LOT.

IMO, learning the language is the best way to make sense of another culture (and now I'm talking about different nations' cultures). If you meet a foreigner who speaks your language, it's probably her/his secondary language and he/she probably can't express himself as well as in his/her own language or even understand you completely and perfectly. And language is at least part of a culture, always.

In fact I've taken Arabic courses for that reason... Not that I learned a lot. At least I know that "Taliban" means simply "students".

Hmm. This looks like a very long post that says almost nothing. Grrh.

-Milu-

[ Sunday, September 28, 2003 14:10: Message edited by: Milu ]
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just a thought in General
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I didn't realise how common shoplifting really is...!

Well, maybe my worst crime has been taking part in illegal demonstrations and sitting on the way of the police, because some call it terrorism.

I'm also probably a co-criminal (or whatever the term is) because of not having betrayed about 2/3 of my friends to the police.

[ Wednesday, September 24, 2003 09:57: Message edited by: Milu ]
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