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A3 Anama in The Avernum Trilogy
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That's a very intriguing suggestion you have there, goldenking. I'll have to give that a try next time I play A3. I've always loved the doodads and trinkets you get from the Anama, but since I balk at their anti-mage stance, I've always had to procure said trinkets using, shall we say, less than honorable methods.
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what is your group make up? in The Avernum Trilogy
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I forgot to mention that my spearman also weilds a crossbow. Handy for the occasional strategic shot into thick enemy ranks, especially when hasted.

But as far as make-up goes — well, only my lady cleric wears any. It would look silly on my barbarian swordsman, and my mage was teased badly enough at the Tower without that kind of thing going on.
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Sci-Fi and fantasy authors... in General
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Salvatore is good for light, fun reading. I often read his books at bedtime or when traveling.

But I must say that his characters are a bit too angsty. "Oh no! I just killed a horde of goblins that were going to mercilessly torture and eviscerate everyone I know and love! How can I ever live with myself, knowing the horrible things that I've done! Oh, woe is me! Oh worthless, shallow soul that is capable of such hideous crimes against evil-doers! Alas! Alack!"

Repeat for ten pages, at appropriate reflective intervals.

I hated the Cleric Quintet, though. Ugh. Padded beyond belief, angst angst angst, stupid characters, stupid fights, stupid ending. Bah!

I really like his first six Drizzt books, though. Fantastic stuff. Will start in on The Legacy of the Drow sometime next month, probably.
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ohmigod, Ohmigod, OHMIGOD!!! in General
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Profile #3
Hallebloodylujah! Roman-freakin'-numerals!
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what is your group make up? in The Avernum Trilogy
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I use one swordsman, one spearman (with one of these two also good with mechanics), one priest/archer, and one mage.
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ITS TURKEY DAY!!!!!! in General
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ITS TURKEY DAY!!!!!! in General
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What? You mean Canadians have things to be thankful for, too?
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Sci-Fi and fantasy authors... in General
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Lord Foul could also be the Earl of Foul, some district in England which was spelt and pronounced as "Foughl" in Saxon times, but in the intervening centuries the linguistic boogeyman corrupted it into "Foul."
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Nethergate Demo in Nethergate
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Or you could wait, and leave it there until TM is banned again. You'd probably save yourself quite a bit of effort if you just left it there.
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Sci-Fi and fantasy authors... in General
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A.E. van Vogt

Barrington J. Bayley

Frank Herbert

Jack Vance

Stanislaw Lem

Philip K. Dick

Lawrence Miles

H.P. Lovecraft

Douglas Adams

Robert Sheckley

Raymond F. Jones

Jack L. Chalker

Robert E. Howard

R.A. Salvatore

…Uh, as you might have guessed, I read a lot of SF, and very little fantasy.

(I classify Lovecraft as both SF and fantasy, as he falls within that strange borderland between the two genres.)

[ Wednesday, November 23, 2005 16:23: Message edited by: Icshi ]
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A4 - The New Geneforge? in Avernum 4
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I prefer melee to distance attacks. It's much more satisfying! IMAGE(http://www.ironycentral.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ubb/icons/icon10.gif)
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IMG Previews A4. in General
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quote:
Originally written by Synergy67:

Avernum 4 does run in Mac OS 9 as well as OS X. I've been testing it in 9.2.2 with fine results.
That's very good to hear. I know a lot of Spiderweb customers are still using OS 9, and was rather taken aback by this website reporting that it wouldn't work in 9, which would therefore make it impossible for a significant portion of his customer base to play.

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Point and click movement is very useful, as there is more ground to traverse with no more outdoors. You'll use it a lot. You can still move with the keypad as usual.
That's also good to hear! I'm very much a keyboard person when it comes to games. I was distressed by the idea that movement in A4 would be like in Geneforge, all done by mouse.

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not having to resurrect "dead" characters with balms or healers any longer is but one example.
That is an interesting change, but one that won't affect people who "cheat" like me. I.e., when a character dies in a battle we just load the most recently saved game and try again. Maybe I won't do that anymore in A4.
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IMG Previews A4. in General
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Profile #10
quote:
Originally written by Eimp:

Alorael, who still has to put the touches on his alternative theory of intelligent design by Richard White. It's internally consistent except when it isn't.
And which is intelligent except when it isn't. And not so much "designed" as "cobbled together" and "plagarized from the previous universe."
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What books... in General
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Student of Trinity: I've read some of these "mutant" space operas that you mention, and find them very tiresome. Reading one every few years seems to be my tolerance limit for them. Even though they through reality out the window quite often, I find their "unreality" very predictable.

Thuryl: I think Banks' best books are his stand-alones, such as Against a Dark Background, which is his finest novel to date by far — though, now that I think of it, it's not as space-operay as his Culture books. Oh, and Feersum Endjinn was a stand-alone but neither space opera nor good. So maybe I should retract my praise of Banks as a good space opera writer...

Bayley's very good, though. He hasn't written much lately — his most recent book being the superb Warhammer 40,000 novel Eye of Terror. But he's still certainly the best in that sub-genre since around 1970 or so.
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IMG Previews A4. in General
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Dragons sound likely, what with one of the earlier screenshots being in the ruins of one of their lairs.

Still, all that said, I hope it's not dragons but something we've never seen before. Some ancient race that's never been encountered till now.

Unlikely, though. <sigh> My money's on the dragons too.

Ah well. It's not the end of the world. That's not due for a few months yet.

EDIT: Wowzers:

http://www.insidemacgames.com/info.php?ID=899

Apparently, Avernum 4 doesn't work in Classic. Good thing I upgraded to OS X earlier this year...

EDIT #2: That nephil graphic looks pretty good, doesn't it? :D Gotta love those kitties.

(Not the portrait, mind you, but the graphic of the little guy running around on the screen weilding a bow.)

[ Monday, November 21, 2005 15:37: Message edited by: Icshi ]
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What's your best joke? in General
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Profile #65
I guess that would make her the patron saint of haloes.
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What books... in General
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Only Barrington J. Bayley and Iain M. Banks are writing good space opera anymore. The rest of it is trash. I know, because I've read the first five pages of dozens of modern space operas.

And speaking of the originator of an idea or genre being awful in retrospect after everyone else has elaborated on it in book after book — A.E. van Vogt is one of those authors. He originated so much of modern SF, but modern readers seem to find his prose style and stories rather blech. But there is one thing about his stories that has never been equaled by his successors: all his fiction has a dream-like intensity. He can drop non-sequiturs left and right, and yet it all seems perfectly natural. A lot like Lovecraft in that respect.

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Galactic Core in Richard White Games
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Those are the casual Saturday evening services, which are held on alternate Tuesdays.

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E4 or A4 in General
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IMAGE(http://www.ironycentral.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ubb/icons/icon2.gif) "It's déjà vu all over again." — Yogi Berra

(Except with the addition of some superfluous polling apparatus, of course.)
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Galactic Core in Richard White Games
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As official representative of White on Earth, I welcome the return of intelligent discussion about White's games.

Intelligent discussion and the White Cult will both semi-conduct… or rather semi-exist… if each's conduct exists in conducive counter-balance.

Or something.

You know. Separation of Church and Game. That stuff. But without the elimination of prayer in the middle of level 58 of Lost Souls.

Oh to heck with it. Separation of Church and Game whenever it suits us.

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Would you watch this movie? in General
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Shaved, yes. Ears cut off, no. They're folded back.

Still, I suspect some mishap involving electric razors and barbed wire. Must've fallen into some surrealist version of the Ardennes.
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E4? in General
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quote:
Originally written by NaNoWriMo:

Icshi, isn't it funny that the only word in there that distinguishes the adventurers from ruthless villains is the classification "evil" for the creatures who they kill and whose lairs they rob? :D
Indeed it is. Existential moral relativism in action! IMAGE(http://www.ironycentral.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ubb/icons/icon14.gif) Comes in very handy.
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Soilders? Archers? Knights? and what's your opinion on roads? in Richard White Games
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Reading this topic made me realize that I've never actually played Lost Souls. Sure, I'd downloaded the demo and poked around a bit, but I never actually committed to finishing a game before. So I dug out the demo again…

And I discovered it's a great game! Lots of interesting aspects to it. I beat the first three levels — had lots of fun with the third especially, with those four guard towers in the middle. Couldn't have won that one without archers.

But I still like knights best. They're just about the only way to take out the archers! :D

I don't care much for the roads, though — I have trouble enough as it is counting how far the enemy pieces can move. Maybe with practice, I won't mind them so much and may grow to like them.

Still, at the moment, it looks like I may register the game some time in the next few weeks.

So, a hefty thank you to IT 000 for bringing up Lost Souls. I probably would have never played it again otherwise.
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E4? in General
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RPG = Role-Playing Game.

In other words, a game where you control characters on a screen, infiltrate the lairs of evil monsters, kill them, and steal their stuff.
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Would you watch this movie? in General
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Phooey. No killer robots. Homicidal squirrels just aren't the same.
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