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Drakons, consider the Drakons peoples in Geneforge Series
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Geneforge 4 will be told from the point of view of a front-line fyora.

It'll be a very short game, lasting about ten minutes, and you won't be able to move yourself around since you'll be controlled by the Shaper who created you.

Geneforge 5 will pick up the story where 4 left off. You get to be a Thahd this time.
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Is this Legal? in General
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One of the things I really love about doing business with Spiderweb is that I can visualize the entire transaction. I download the demo, play it, send the code to Jeff along with $32, he sends me the key, I type it in and unlock the rest of the game, and a hintbook arrives in the mail a few days later.

A real person actually does the order processing. I can wrap my little brain around that and it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
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Living Tools Record! in Geneforge Series
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Sorry about the confusion.

I re-read Frank Herbert's science fiction novel Whipping Star last week. It features an alien called a Caleban who has great difficulty communicating using language because its perspective on reality is far different than ours, and has trouble with verb tenses since it sees every point in time simultaneously.

I meant no offense by my jest — it's just that "verb lie at present continuous" sounds exactly like the way the Caleban talked when trying to explain things.

Oh, and it had two names: Fanny Mae, and Thyone. Fanny Mae was a sort of nickname, while Thyone was the name of the star in the Pleiades that was the physical manifestation of the Caleban in our "plane" of reality.
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About a older (not yet found) thread in General
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Profile #61
EDIT: I would like to apologize to anyone who happned to read the original post here. I went a bit overboard on that one. Well, okay, several bits overboard.

I blame the lapse of judgment on jet lag.

[ Friday, January 06, 2006 21:10: Message edited by: Icshi ]
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Wikipedia: Skribbane in General
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Profile #33
I love Irony Central. Many's the hapy hour I've spent reading his hilarious rantings.
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Swords or Spears? in General
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Profile #3
I prefer swords. Spears always struck me as being rather meh. I'd rather hack an arm off than stab them in the abdomen. Seems more, I don't know, expressive somehow.
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Wikipedia: Skribbane in General
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Profile #30
quote:
Originally written by Belisarius:

The Xel'Naga are a major part of the plot of Starcraft. Skribbane is a sideshow.

Are you being intentionally dense here?

I was presenting my argument in light of the phrase "fancruft, meaning that they do not arouse interest to anyone other than fans of Spiderweb and has no place in a general encyclopedia."

The Xel'Naga would not arouse interest to anyone other than fans of Starcraft, and that entry has no place in a general encyclopedia.

Whether the game element is major or minor is irrelevant if "fancruft" is used to refer to any entry that fits the criteria mentioned above.

I don't think skirbbane warrants a seperate entry; I was merely presenting an argument.
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About a older (not yet found) thread in General
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Profile #59
Yes, but first of all you have to get them really, really hungry before you start chopping off bits of themselves to feed them.

But no barbeque sauce, though — it tends to detract from the natural flavor, making for a less satisfying taste extravaganza.
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Like Anyone Cares... in Richard White Games
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Profile #24
quote:
Originally written by Notye but Neyse:

Oh, and I vote Alorael and Student of Trinity as the ones to hold the reins..
Whew. Close call there.

I half-expected to learn that there had been a revolution in my absence, and to find myself decapitatus in absentia.

IMAGE(http://etab.ac-orleans-tours.fr/clg-jracine-maintenon/images/tete2.jpg)

quote:
Originally written by Student of Trinity:

What reins? RWG is a mammoth run amok, pounding down anything in its path, and carrying its puny passengers along on the ride of their lives!
Incidentally, speaking of the reinlessness, I think a headless chicken is a good symbol for the political structure of the White Cult.

You can't cut off its head because, obviously, it doesn't have one.

Mind you, this is a special chicken. It was not deprived of a head. It was created by Richard ex nihilo, sine capite.

IMAGE(http://demoening.homestead.com/files/mthc.jpg)

(Any association with Thralni's Chicken God is purely coincidental, and should not be construed as anything other than a casual collision between a convenient analogy and... er... whatever the other thing should be described as. My hysterically desperate attempts to deny any connection should be not interpreted as hysterically desperate attempts to cover up the truth.)

[ Thursday, January 05, 2006 17:31: Message edited by: Icshi ]
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Postaroni, Pizzabella! in General
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Profile #65
[ Thursday, January 05, 2006 13:36: Message edited by: Icshi ]
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About a older (not yet found) thread in General
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Profile #57
When it comes to unpleasant death, I'm very old-fashioned and rather Mongolian in my outlook.

IMAGE(http://www.home.earthlink.net/~icshi/MongolianBBQ.jpg)

Mind you, this picture is rather libelous. Mongolians never ate other people. The people had to eat themselves.

I wouldn't want to eat GWB — he'd give me indigestion.
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The End is near... in General
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Profile #48
Forgive me for being immodest enough to tootle my own eschatological horn, but you folks really do need to get a grip on things and come to terms with the facts:

http://www.ironycentral.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=13;t=000162
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Wikipedia: Skribbane in General
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Profile #26
quote:
Originally written by Tyranicus:

[QUOTE]A specific entry for something like skribbane would not be allowed because such things are considered fancruft, meaning that they do not arouse interest to anyone other than fans of Spiderweb and has no place in a general encyclopedia.
If the Starcrafte folks can have an entry on the Xel'Naga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xel'Naga), why can't we have one on skribbane?

I suppose it has something to do with the fact that Starcraft is the national sport of an entire country (South Korea). Maybe once Spiderweb games have become the national pasttime in, say, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, that'll be excuse enough for us to get away with the same thing.

EDIT: Well, well, well, lookie here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vahnatai

So why not skribbane?

[ Thursday, January 05, 2006 12:46: Message edited by: Icshi ]
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
hey there will be nethergate2? in Nethergate
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Profile #19
Seeing how badly Geneforge 3 cheapened its predecessors by rehashing everything, I think a Nethergate 2 would be a disaster.

I read the other thread about improving Nethergate to run in OS X and so on, and hope that's the extent of Jeff's future Nethergaterian ambitions.
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Living Tools Record! in Geneforge Series
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Profile #7
quote:
Originally written by MagmaDragoon:

I'm not lying (verb lie at present continous, I hope)!!!
You talk like a Caleban.

IMAGE(http://www.whatihaveread.net/i/1185.jpg)

Should I call you Thyone, or will Fanny Mae suffice?
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Like Anyone Cares... in Richard White Games
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Profile #21
quote:
Originally written by IRA Witch Herd:

Or perhaps I'll just obviate the whole mess and send a nuclear Ben in your direction.
In case someone takes this comment of mine in the wrong light — which is unlikely, since a substantial period of time has passed in my absence and this quote has gone unremarked — I should point out for the record that such harsh threats are perfectly acceptable in this context. The White Cult is, after all, a religious organization, and extreme violence in reaction to petty disputes is not only a longstanding tradition, it's a core requirement.

IMAGE(http://www.channel4.com/news/microsites/D/dispatches_torture/images/spanish.jpg)

If you ask me, though, I think tactical nucear weapons are more humane.

...For those who die, anyway.
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Our Anthem in Richard White Games
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Profile #20
quote:
Originally written by Periodic Emotion:

This was going to be my Christmas present to Spiderweb, but hey, I'm not Christian so why would I make you wait?
Christmas is a religious holiday for all members of the Cult. After all, I'm sure Richard White must have been Jesus at least once by now.

And since this post is being made in early January we can declare it a holiday retroactively, which has a nice symmetry to it.
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Like Anyone Cares... in Richard White Games
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It isn't reverse psychology. It's just a humorous observation. I think you need to calm down a little. Maybe you need the new and improved implants.

Or perhaps I'll just obviate the whole mess and send a nuclear Ben in your direction.

And as far as the "loathesome and uninspiring" bit — well, that just puts me up there with Richard White! :P

[ Monday, December 19, 2005 19:54: Message edited by: IRA Witch Herd ]
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What's wrong with RW games? in Richard White Games
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Profile #6
quote:
Originally written by Saurion:

What is the problem people have with Richard White's games?
Even though I recognize sarcasm when I see it, I still feel obligated to point out that although his games are shallow and easily mastered, they are fun for what they are and can provide hours of casual amusement.

That's just about it, really.
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Like Anyone Cares... in Richard White Games
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This topic serves two purposes.

Firstly, this is one of those "Temporary Farewell" topics that appear in General with alarming frequency around this time of year. (I'll be out of town for the next two weeks starting tomorrow, and will therefore be incommunicado until I get back January 5th.) But since I've always felt more at home here in RWG I decided this forum was the best place to announce my upcoming departure to all disinterested parties, and to encourage innumerable "Golly, my oh my, we'll miss you terribly!" replies that are made for no reason other than to painlessly and safely increase their post counts by a paltry amount. None of which I'll be able to read because, obviously, I'll be out of town, and when I return I'll find that there was a board purge while I was visiting my grandmother and every post made before January 5th has been systematically destroyed.

Secondly, I've finished playing the first 30 levels of Rock Solid and taken screenshots of the little schematic map in the lower right-hand corner showing each solution. I've posted these on my personal webspace here:

Rock Solid - Level Solutions

For some reason Safari won't display TGA images, so you'll have to download each image from the file list. (I don't know about Internet Explorer, Netscape, or any other browsers.)

These screenshots are very small, but can be viewed with either Picture Viewer or Preview at a size that will make the details easier to see. If you're using Picture Viewer, just push Command + 3 and the picture will fill the screen. If using Preview, drag the window sizer to fill the screen then choose "Zoom to Fit" from the View menu.

These were PDFs (OS X's default way of creating a screenshot) then converted to TGA format since they give sharp detail with low file size. Each block appears distinctly in these screenshots, something that wasn't possible with a compressed JPG.

However, some screenshots, for whatever reason, are a bit fuzzy and there's a bit of color overlap between blocks. I tinkered with this, and there's nothing I can do to correct this. But even so it should be clear where to dig, where to put the conveyor belts, etc.

These maps are naturally color-coded, so it's easy to see what's what:

The red block on the map indicates the Main Base, where the diamonds must be deposited.

Gray is scaffolding.

Yellow blocks are conveyor belts. Orange are conveyor belt power units.

White are the mining units placed over diamonds.

Lightly-colored areas are earth, which can be removed by digging.
Darkly-colored areas are rock, which can be removed with dynamite.

I was surprised when I found myself enjoying Rock Solid more than the Avernum 4 demo. I don't know about you all, but I really don't like it very much so far. I've heard the area after the demo is better, but so far it looks like Monster Plague III: Revenge of the Fill-in-the-Blank. Clear out a goblin den. Clear out the haunted mine. Investigate the mysterious plague of monsters blah blah blah oh look a vengeful vahanatai blah blah blah. And the world of Avernum just looks plain wrong with Geneforge-style graphics.

You might go so far as to say that I admired the plot of Rock Solid far more than the Avernum 4 demo... It certainly engaged more of my braincells, that's for sure. And right now I won't even talk about my views on the new engine, world (lack of outdoors, etc.), and interface. I'll undoubtedly buy it, though, just as I always do, if only to experience the complete story.

But enough of that.

So please consider these level solution maps a Christmas present from myself to all of you down in RWG! Some of these levels were quite tricky, and took two or three tries to get right. They sure were fun, though.

IMAGE(http://www.creativecardcraft.com/Christmas%20Present%20-%203403D.jpg)

I'll probably post the last 30 a few weeks after I return.

< ...like anyone cares. > :rolleyes:

[ Monday, December 19, 2005 13:55: Message edited by: IRA Witch Herd ]
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Av2: Suicidal Mage in The Avernum Trilogy
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The whole episode with the Dark Wyrms in A3 gave me nightmares. Whenever playing A3 now, that place still seriously freaks me out.
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To sink or not to sink, that is the question in Richard White Games
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quote:
Originally written by *i:

I've heard that Richard White is Mariann Kriszan's alter ego. :rolleyes:
Now that's interesting… Where did this outlandish notion originate?

I think this takes Richard White's retroactive metamorphic powers a little too far.
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To sink or not to sink, that is the question in Richard White Games
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Profile #6
The official election results:

==========

9 yea

1 confused

2 nay

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I confess to being the single person here suffering from chronic confusion. Which shouldn't be too surprising, really.
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Is this game nothing but combat? in Avernum 4
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Profile #10
That's where holding down TAB comes in handy: it shows you the names of everything around you. Probably the nicest thing about this feature it that you don't have to look individually at every object/creature.
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We Live on Ermarian in General
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Profile #13
Zoiks! I made it into the top ten, and with my promotional anagram and everything.

Score one for the White Cult.

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