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Linux: what flavour is your favourite? in General
Guardian
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Profile #2
Ever heard of Knoppix?
Knoppix

If you just want to get an impression of how a Linux system works, Knoppix boots from CD and doesn't have to be installed on your harddisk. It's a Debian based distribution.

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Humans Only in General
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Profile #117
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If you don't like baby example, just insert a mentally handicapped person. Oh wait, you see them no better than animals...

And so we are on a straight road to discussing the value of life, no wait..to discussing whose life has a value.

Dear Tully, once you've eliminated all the weaklings and all that other insignificant crap of animal and plant population, feel welcome to the scorched earth and enjoy.

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Profile #113
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Ah, classic ET. Here he uses weak again; it's a term he's yet to give a coherent definition for, and which represents everything he dislikes.
I'm not so sure that he didn't. He defines success as 'the ability to exert one's will over others' and states that this leads to power, which can only be understood as power over others in this context. He calls those 'strong', who are successful as he defines success. It would follow that whoever is not striving for dominance has to be considered 'weak'.
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I may think animals' pain is insignificant, but I never said that justified humans to cause it. I already explained that making animals suffer makes them weak,
This needs an explanation. Here you state that a human can make an animal feel pain, even suffering. Yet this pain is insignifanct in your eyes. Why?

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Is there a way around my editing blunder? in The Exile Trilogy
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Didn't you save before you went down into the tunnel in Formello? So that you could just return to that save?

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Is there a way around my editing blunder? in The Exile Trilogy
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Profile #7
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and then tried to recall my party but was told I could not do so indoors
If the game tells you that you are indoors, it seems that you are in town/dungeon area. The ice hydra couldn't have attacked you, if you weren't. You need to get outdoors again. The editor can help you to leave town/dungeon.

edit: if your party is not in combat mode while being attacked, you are in some dungeon.

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humans: naturally good or naturally evil?
The question doesn't really make sense, because regardless of how you wish to define them, we wouldn't be aware of either, if we didn't contain both. You can't have a concept of light without having experienced darkness too.

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Kindness is motivated by a desire for the approval of our peers or at the very least a desire to feel good about ourselves.
But compassion is not kindness, Alo. And it has as little to do with self-interest as with putting others' interests above your own. It's more related to empathy than sympathy - walking a mile in your neighbour's shoes.

To quote Albert Einstein:
'A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.'

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I just noticed, the destroyer is up there quite a ways... How is one both a pacifist and a destroyer?
Now in your case that one is easy to answer.
As a guardian of light you are sworn to protect all that is beautiful and vulnerable, and so you go and face all hell and demons alone, if need be. And if Grah-Hoth roars, you roar even louder and slightly wrinkle your nose, because you don't like the stink.

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Compassion is motivated by self-interest as well. By doing something to benefit society, you benefit yourself indirectly, and then there's the ego boost, my favorite.
Your definitions start to make me weep. I suggest you go and buy a lexicon.

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Profile #88
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It is better to resist and be broken than it is to never resist at all.
As a professional it would be part of my task to help build up strength that prevents breaking, but as just myself I fully agree.

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You need deep passion for this path, agree?

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Mmh...you know how diamonds are created, under high pressure and very high temperature. If you see the diamond as a symbol of a person's very essence, extreme adversity can be the forge that brings it forth, meaning: that makes you aware of what you most deeply are. But this is not a path that everyone can follow without perishing, DV. If you win through, you bring back something indestructable - but if not, than you have those who, if they survive will draw hurt to them, because they expect it.

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Stew Boy, boxing may not be the thing for you, but you can learn Judo. With that type of technique, it doesn't matter how physically strong your opponent is or how frail you are. And you won't have to fight all the time. Once they see that you are up to them, they'll withdraw. It will take you only a few months, maybe half a year, to be good enough to defend yourself.

edit: Judo

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That Literary Dog... in General
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Profile #9
:D Vicus quidam a Gallis invictis habitatus invasoribus resistere adhuc non desinit.

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That Literary Dog... in General
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Profile #7
We've done worse things like reading Winnie the Pooh in Latin, Asterisk too. It was fun, believe me, and a good exercise as well.

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Wealth. in General
Guardian
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Profile #105
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I don't care whether they're wrong or not, his statements are morally repulsive.
That is because he moves within a domination - submission pattern. If you read his posts carefully, you'll find that he has the greatest difficulties to grasp an argument that does not blend into this inner landscape, to the extent that he is sometimes not aware of it at all. Thuryl had him nailed, but he didn't recognize it, nor did he realize the why. And that is not so much repulsive as it is seriously disturbing.

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Wealth. in General
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Profile #35
Yeah, he's proud to own that greed for power is the one and only human drive he values and respects. So let him find out where that leads him. If pursued with consequence, this is a very dark road.

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How to raise skills when level. in The Exile Trilogy
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Profile #60
One of your characters has been dumbfounded. Your fighters won't show much reaction to that, but your mage/priest loses the ability to cast higher level spells for a while. It wears off after some time.

As your priest gains levels, he will get access to a mind curing spell.

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Libertarianism - yay or nay? in General
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Profile #61
Oh damn. No, it wasn't a typo. The german word is 'schwinden' and I was thinking in german and got the languages mixed up. :D

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Profile #59
It's helpful though that Emperor shared his father's story, as it explains his mindset. I've noticed that same despise before in people I've come to know who'd risen above humble beginnings. There seems to be a need in some to enforce their newly created identity; their cleaning women and gardeners can tell you a tale.

But you are not your father, and it could just be that you misunderstand the true nature of your father's potential, of his strength. It is not in making money, it's the ability (coupled of course with a natural talent) to focus dedicatedly, one-sidedly and totally on one purpose in life. It is a rare potential, and we are more used to recognize it in the spheres of the arts and sciences. Your father applied it in a very down-to-earth, practical way - creating abundance.

But consider artists. Many are talented, few are chosen. Your father is a genius in his own way. That doesn't mean that everyone can do what he did. You can't want to be a genius. You are or you are not.

If you want to eliminate all those who aren't, we'd certainly never have to worry about overpopulation or dwindling resources ever again. In fact, as their one-sidedness blinds them to whatever lies outside of their focus, they'd probably die out.

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How to raise skills when level. in The Exile Trilogy
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Profile #52
How, Jeff Vogel is very obviously a man who is learning by doing. I can assure you that a lot of technical imbalances are smoothed out nicely in the Avernum series, which is probably one of the reasons why he did the remake.

You'll notice more of such flaws as you'll progress in the game. And yet, it is a beautiful thing. A remake always loses some of the freshness and vitality a story had when it was newly created.

But, to enjoy this beauty, you've got to play the darn thing. ;)

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How to raise skills when level. in The Exile Trilogy
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There is not much on Exile 2 in the forum header, only that one walkthrough by Gamepu. I knew I had a link to a helpsite stored somewhere, and I found it again.

Exile 2

Maybe this could be added to the header?

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How to raise skills when level. in The Exile Trilogy
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Profile #42
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Just where do I head from Draco area to find someone to ID my items?
Formello. I haven't tried to push you in that direction, because...oh well, you'll see for yourself when you get there.

You'll want to reach Formello safely, so you should feel up to the occasional bands of nephilim and bandits that you may encounter.

Doing the nephil quest first though is usually advisable.

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Libertarianism - yay or nay? in General
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Profile #23
The countries that feel best to live in are usually not those that strive for superpower.

In your system, Emperor, the art of earning money would have to be valued above any other art, as a person's sense of value and self esteem would be defined wholly by success in that area.

Can it not be seen as part of a government's job to strive for a balance of values within a society?

Without government funding, indepent research for instance would cease to exist. I shudder to think of the consequences. Social welfare, supporting the needy, also conveys the message that they are valued and not just left to rot. There are many definitions of socalled 'strength' and 'weakness', yours doesn't count for much in my lexicon.

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How to raise skills when level. in The Exile Trilogy
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casting Identify
Not in E1/2.

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