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Quicksave? in Avernum 4
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Me too, Arsenic.

And before opening doors or talking to characters.
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To sink or not to sink, that is the question in Richard White Games
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Student of Trinity recently renewed the suggestion that the Richard White Games forum should be moved to the bottom of the dog pile, to sit and sulk in stony silence at the blistery buttock of the so on and so forth.

This poll is to guage the opinion of the Cult Community on this matter, though there are no guarantees that voting will make the slighest bit of difference one way or the other.

[ Thursday, December 15, 2005 16:48: Message edited by: IRA Witch Herd ]

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Voting stopped at December 17, 2005 05:45 PM board time.
You may not view the results of this poll without voting.

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Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Fossils & Diamonds in Richard White Games
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Profile #17
quote:
Originally written by IRA Witch Herd:

Level 8 was pretty fun. I've had trouble with 2-7, and, quite frankly, couldn't finish them.
Once I learned that you're supposed to work with gravity rather than against it, levels 2-6 were a snap. (Okay, so I'm an idiot.) I have yet to tackle level 7 — took a break to write this.

And if anyone's wondering why I'm playing Rock Solid instead of Avernum 4 — well, for various reasons I can't register A4 until I get back from a two-week trip (starting next Tuesday), and am already near the end of the demo, so…

Besides, now that I know how to play Rock Solid properly, it's much more enjoyable. Quite a good game, really.

PS — I love the new banner on the forum mainpage, by the way! IMAGE(http://www.ironycentral.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ubb/icons/icon14.gif)
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
A nation of immigrants in General
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Profile #20
I have the geneology of a mangy alley cat: a little bit of everything, and nobody's been keeping careful track of where each cat in the feline family tree came from.

I've got blood from most European countries, mostly British of all varieties but also some Dutch, but with a bunch of American Indians thrown in during the last couple of hundred years.

And, based on my love of barbarians (Vikings, Mongols, etc.) and my taste in fantasy literature and RPG games, I suspect I have a bit of Cimmerian mixed in there as well. But since I'm the only one in my family with these, uh, "enthusiasms," I think it's a heavily recessive gene that pops up only once in a hundred generations.

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What games? in General
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Profile #31
No one's answered my question about Well of Souls yet. Forgive me if I perish with unsated curiosity as I type this…

quote:
[b]
Any relation to the Jack L. Chalker series?

I knew there was a crappy board game version of his books, but have never heard of a computer game version. Unless, of course, this is completely unrelated.

[/b]
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
some suggestions after playing a bit. in Avernum 4
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Profile #10
Talking about elevation: I think Jeff should incorprate a shifting-view feature similar to that in Stronghold; i.e., the graphics are the same, only the arrangment of them on the screen changes in relation to each other.

Granted, there were some graphics in Stronghold that did look different from different angles, but the majority of them were exactly the same despite the angle. Hence, no huge number of alternate graphics for any item, person, or terrain.
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Fossils & Diamonds in Richard White Games
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Profile #13
:rolleyes:
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Fossils & Diamonds in Richard White Games
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Member # 1528
Profile #11
Many attempts have been made to contact Richard White through the various email addresses which have cluttered his person throughout the years. None came back alive.

If [b]Jeff[/b] — the man whose website is the sole means of income for these games — can't contact him, well… Need I say more?

He has truly and verily ascended, and is now happily frolicking in a realm where no dubious email can touch him.

[ Monday, December 12, 2005 20:39: Message edited by: IRA Witch Herd ]
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Sci-Fi and fantasy authors... in General
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Profile #63
Strangely, I found that to be Dick's most dissatisfying and least interesting novel, even in spite of the van Vogt/Heinlein cameo title character.

EDIT: Gak! I can't believe I missed an opportunity to use the word "eponymous."

[ Monday, December 12, 2005 20:49: Message edited by: IRA Witch Herd ]
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
The Worst Game Ever in General
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Profile #5
I had the demo of a game called Earth 2140 (or whatever the year was), and played it for a full five seconds before snorting in disgust and chucking it out.

It was a Macintosh game released after the Windows game Earth 2160 (or whatever the year was) became really popular, and tried to capitalize on its popularity by stealing the title and preying on unsuspecting Mac gamers. The game itself was totally dissimilar to the Windows game, and was instead a cardboard cut-out version of Starcraft but without the good graphics, interesting story, interesting units, interesting buildings, or, well, anything really.
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
What games? in General
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Member # 1528
Profile #15
quote:
Originally written by Goldenking:

Well of Souls
Any relation to the Jack L. Chalker series?

I knew there was a crappy board game version of his books, but have never heard of a computer game version. Unless, of course, this is completely unrelated.
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
What games? in General
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Member # 1528
Profile #13
Starcraft & Brood War (just recently downloaded Blizzard's Carbonized version of the application that'll run on OS X)

Age of Empires II: Age of Kings, & The Conquerors Expansion

Riven

Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

Star Wars Episode I Pod Racer (the only racing game I like)

Escape Velocity: Override

Ferazel's Wand (including the excellent player-made worlds)

Myst III: Exile

SimCity (the original)

Aces over Europe (which I can still play on my old Compaq Pressario)
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
AV4 IS OFFICIALY OUT! in Avernum 4
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Profile #2
Whoo-hoo! Huzzah! Yippee-skippee!

< Icshi then disappears for the next month >
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Just hit the registration barrier. in Avernum 4
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Member # 1528
Profile #5
EDIT; Duh, never mind. < Smacks self upside head >

[ Sunday, December 11, 2005 17:56: Message edited by: IRA Witch Herd ]
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Fossils &amp; Diamonds in Richard White Games
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Profile #8
IMAGE(http://starwars.deepthi.com/images/star-wars/JAR-JAR-BINKS.jpg)

Lookie lookie, Senator: the-sa Mac Garden have the Rockee Solid gamey! And it gotsey the four-and-half starsies!

http://mac.the-underdogs.org/index.php?show=game&id=736
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Why do you play games? in General
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Member # 1528
Profile #9
100:3! Good grief, that's terrible. I would've expected maybe 100:25 at least. Then again, I'm hardly unbiased about Spiderweb games.

Is 100:3 pretty standard for the shareware industry?

[ Sunday, December 11, 2005 11:23: Message edited by: IRA Witch Herd ]
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
What to do When You're Feeling Down in Geneforge Series
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Profile #4
I never cared much for the Geneforge editors, since you have to tinker with the source files.

One of the funnest times I had was playing through Nethergate with an all-woman party whom I'd cranked up to godlike powers using the character editor. Kinda kinky, but quite a lot of fun.

I also did Avernum 3 with a single super-powerful Nephil swordsman/archer/priest/mage who could hack or burn anything in its path. I made it thorugh the entire game in a matter of days. Very invigorating, and relieves a lot of stress.

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Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Fossils &amp; Diamonds in Richard White Games
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Yes, the diamonds dripping along wasn't too well executed, with half-piles of diamonds appearing at conveyor belt joints and so on. It's also inconvenient that you can't click and drag to create a row of belts, or shovel out an area, you have to click for each individual block.

Level 8 was pretty fun. I've had trouble with 2-7, and, quite frankly, couldn't finish them. Good thing that his site had a page showing all the level codes so you can skip a dozen at a time:

http://web.archive.org/web/19970803120529/www.es.co.nz/~whiterm/Rock2.html

Oh dear. I just had a horrible realization. This forum is "A discussion board for the strategy games Ocean Bound, Lost Souls, and Galactic Core." Rock Solid isn't mentioned! We've overstepped the bounds ordained by the site administrators! We've called down destruction upon us all! We just had to cross that line, didn't we, just for the thrill of being rebellious! And now we're going to pay the terrible, terrible price! My account will be banned, and Kelandon will be pulled down along with me as an accessory after the fact! Oh, thank the Fates, all ye who have not yet posted here! You have unwittingly saved yourselves from our doom!

…Yeah, that'll be the day. :rolleyes:

Let's just pretend "Rock Solid" falls within the cosily nebulous bounds of "Pan Lever: Seventeen apple roving mirror moiety. Of turned quorum jaggedly the. Blue?"
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Christmas Music in General
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Seeing as it's December and all, I was wondering what kinds of Christmas music people here prefer.

I have a preference for medieval carols, in Latin, French, or German, with particular favorites being "Personent Hodie," ""Il est ne, le divin Enfant," "Quem pastores laudavere," "Riu, riu, chiu," and "Gaudete!"

I also like traditional Christmas carols of all varieties played on Celtic instruments with no vocal accompaniment. The hammered dulcimer is another wonderful instrument for playing Christmas music.

I listen to virtually no "modern" Christmas music, i.e., anything created after 1900 or so.
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
First Mac version released in Avernum 4
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Profile #6
When Geneforge 3 came out, it was the same situation: somebody reported on the file being available for download from the FTP site before the official announcement.

I'd rather have waited for an official announcement, quite frankly. Makes it a more of a grand occasion rather than an "underhanded" one.

I think I'll follow *i's adivce and download it when it's really done.
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Which goblin graphic? in The Avernum Trilogy
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Profile #13
I think it's a bit premature to heft out the karmacinerator guns. He's only made 4 posts for crying out loud, and apart from the confusssing "SSS" busssinessssss he seems an alright guy.
Posts: 907 | Registered: Monday, July 15 2002 07:00
Fossils &amp; Diamonds in Richard White Games
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In order to make the unbearable expanses of time pass more swiftly in anticipation of Avernum 4, I've frittered away an impressive amount of time in the last few days indulging in various fruitless activities.

One of the manifestations of this malinvestment was in poking around on the internet. I found an old link to a now-defunct website of Richard White's, and located a cache of it from five years ago on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine:

http://web.archive.org/web/20001010030053/http://www.es.co.nz/~whiterm/home.html

Apart from the exciting preview of Galactic Core :rolleyes: , there was a demo here of a game I've never heard of before: Rock Solid, from 1996:

http://web.archive.org/web/19970804162212/www.es.co.nz/~whiterm/RockSolid.hqx

I've played the first two levels. You run a diamond-mining operation. You start with a limited budget, and use the funds to dig tunnels, build conveyor belts, and… um… that's it, in order to get the diamonds back to your headquarters.

Oh. You can also build scaffolding, and blow up chunks of rock with dynamite. Gotta love that scaffolding!

IMAGE(http://web.archive.org/web/19991109051835/www.es.co.nz/~whiterm/Rock2L.GIF)

It's mildly entertaining, and rather a nice surprise to find a "new" unsupported unregisterable Richard White game from ten years ago. It even runs okay in Classic.

Okay. I'm ready for Avernum 4 now…

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whats this?! in Avernum 4
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Profile #30
This kind of behavior is, sadly, nothing out of the ordinary. Certain individuals, whose names I need not mention :rolleyes: , became emotionally unstable during the week before the release of Geneforge 3 and exhibited very similar violent tendencies towards themselves (and reality in general).

We — uh, I mean, [b]they[/b] — also became extremely silly.

This condition is termed anticipatory withdrawl, and is defined as being suddenly addicted to and then deprived of a substance which has yet to be introduced to the nervous system.

EDIT: I'm not typing very well today. I wonder why…

[ Saturday, December 10, 2005 15:52: Message edited by: IRA Witch Herd ]
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Farewell, pale imitation! in General
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Profile #35
Really? He is? Cool!

Really? No kidding?

You'd better not be pulling my chain...

EDIT: Goodie. Looks like it's true:

http://refazel.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/9/1.html#000000

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Level Editor for Lost Souls? in Richard White Games
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When playing Lost Souls recently, I was disappointed it didn't come with a level editor and then got to wondering if anyone's created one, as a separate application. I don't think there is, but you never know.

For one thing, not many people have registered Lost Souls. Secondly, from what I can tell, the data files — of which there seem to be none (the information being instead embedded within the application, I suppose, as is the case with Galactic Core) — are anything but tinker-friendly. And lastly, I expect nobody cares enough to exert themselves to such lengths merely so they can create more abysmal maps.
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