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Jeff Vogel's RPG hating rant in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #31
quote:
Originally written by Andrea:

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A definition of RPG based on theme is more meaningful -- a role-playing computer game is one in which you control one or more characters who make significant moral decisions. By this measurement, Deus Ex is more of an RPG than Final Fantasy -- and that's the way I like it, by god.
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What about Galactic Civilizations II, a game in which you play the role of a leader who directs his people, responding to natural and man-made events (revolutions, accidents, etc.), and making ethical decisions almost every time you colonize a new planet (example: The planet has native population. Do you a) colonize only the poles and other uninhabited regions; b) send them to a reservation; c) Free Slaves!)

This game fits your definition far better than most traditional "RPG" games, including VoDT BoE scenario. (Your definition emphasizes moral decisions over direct interaction with NPCs, and most traditional RPGs don't leave player with much choice.) However, GalCiv2 is a typical strategy game and nobody calls it an RPG.

The reason computer game genres are defined primarily by their mechanics is that such definition is more useful to the player. Information on whether the gameplay focuses on strategic utilization of space and resources, development of several characters, or fast reflexes is at least as important as and more easily quantifiable than information on whether the game has a well-written branching plot. You can attach a branching plot with good character development to anything from a strategy game or FPS to a traditional RPG.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Deathmatch Tournament -- Preliminary Nominations in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #69
About admin powers, I assume you are using Episode 3 version of banning that requires physical access to admin CP, because the Episode 1 version would let Drakey and Stareye win all fights by default.

Additional powers:
Alorael - conspiracies (he has been a member of every Spidweb conspiracy)
Nikki - poetry

And this is the first time I've had "nukes" listed as my power. If you want to have more fun with my character, please use EVOL instead. (That dystopian dictator campaign is a bit dated, but it's still amusing and has potential for some humorous scenes.)

PS Stewboy does have potential for amusingly unexpected upsets, like his defeat of the rat boss in Episode 3. And I'd rather see him in here than some random guy whose main weapon is spam. Additional power:
Stewboy - unexpected upsets.

[ Thursday, April 26, 2007 09:01: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Yet another poll in The Avernum Trilogy
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #24
I voted for X because he was the most amusing one. Garzahd might be a champion in personal combat, Erika does more good deeds, and Rentar is more destructive, but none of them are developing an anvil-dropping spell. :P

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Deathmatch Tournament -- Preliminary Nominations in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #40
quote:
Originally written by Gaara of the Funk:

Are there actually that many of us on this site that are impressive or have good gimmicks?
There are over 60 characters in Diki's last script and most of those have at least some special abilities and personality traits. (As opposed to her first script that has a lot more people, but most of them serve same function as red-shirts on Star Trek.) That doesn't even include those who used to be active before, but aren't currently on the radar.

EDIT: More characters:
- Nicothodes with her mechanical pencils.
- Thralni with his chicken gods.

[ Wednesday, April 25, 2007 08:39: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Do I need a registration code? in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #11
quote:
Originally written by Astro Zombie:

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(wonders if Jeff keeps trivial info like all the weirdos that buy his games and their related codes)
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Since Jeff never discontinued selling Exile games and had always promised to give new codes if you lose yours, I assume he still has all his customer records. Spiderweb Software is a business and businesses have to keep track of such things.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Deathmatch Tournament -- Preliminary Nominations in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #38
For those who are confused, this isn't a popularity contest. This is a battle of gimmicks and amusing special powers. (What would happen if characters from Dikiscript fought each other.)

A few more nominations:
- Drew, armed with his witty one-liners.
- Randomizer, because being a mage knowledgeable about Spidweb games would have an advantage even before he got mod powers.
- Fatman, because he was as good as ET at laughing off hostility, but was amusing, rather than annoying.
- And if you have Ed in there, you have to include Shotts as well, because he is a much more iconic troll, actually capable of winning plenty of fights through sheer persistence and variety of weapons. (From badly made BoE scenarios to claiming to have some terrible illness.)

I'll think of more later. It's kind of sad that we are having trouble coming up with 48 memorable characters.

[ Wednesday, April 25, 2007 07:45: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Deathmatch Tournament -- Preliminary Nominations in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #6
Is it just one nomination per person? If so, I'll suggest SoT with his sling and sharp one-liners. If we can nominate more than one, I'll add Kel with his Slith Spear and horde of high-level BoA monsters. Also a generic spammer/flamer could give us some fun. (I am saying "generic spammer/flamer" to avoid giving too much attention to any particular one.)

[ Tuesday, April 24, 2007 09:40: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Learn how it's done. in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #39
(1) What's your main goal in life?
Goal? I thought we were playing baseball. *

(2) If you won a million dollars, what would be your first thought?
There are things money can’t buy... For everything else a million dollars should be sufficient. **

(3) When you are mad; do you usually stay angry or do you yell to release the anger?
:angry: This is such a stupid question! :angry: ***

(4) Tell us an anecdote of anything that happened to you today.
I was filling out a survey until I reached a question asking about what happened today. So I answered that I was filling out a survey until I reached a question asking about what happened today. So I answered that I was filling out a survey until I reached a question asking about what happened today. So I answered that I was filling out a survey until I reached a question asking about what happened today. So I answered that I was filling out a survey until I reached a question asking about what happened today. So I answered ...

(5) What's your current Philosophy on life?
Leave philosophy to philosophers.

(6) If you created a deadly disease, what would you call it?
MUAHAHAHA

(7) What should you be doing right now?
Work.

(8) If this were Southpark, what character do you think you'd be?
I like ‘Z’, but ‘|’ is also good, and ‘`’ is good at messing up computer programs. There are also many characters that don’t even appear on a keyboard.

(9) What occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid ?
An engineer... on a spaceship flying towards other starts.

(10) What happened to those dreams?
I just need question 2 to happen a few hundreds of thousands times to get the money to make it a reality.

(11) Describe the last dream you can remember.
[censored]

(12) If you were a supermodel, which supermodel would you be?
R. Daniel Olivo. Although the telepathic robot from one of later books was also good. I wouldn’t consider most other models to be “super”.

(13) If you had to live in a hole, what kind of creature would you be?
An ant.

(14) If you could have one thing right now, what would it be and why?
As always, my one wish is to have 3 more wishes. Guess what the third one is going to be. :P

(15) Name one thing about you that embarrasses you.
I am running out of funny responses.

(16) Do you usually walk around your house with sandals or barefoot?
If I am walking around the house that means I am outside. Which means I am wearing sandals, or other weather-appropriate footwear.

(17) Have you ever gotten something you really wanted but thought you wouldn't get?
Not really.

(18) Name one thing you are presently excited about or fascinated by.
Only one?

* - This joke is copyrighted by original creator and used here without permission. No part of this joke may be reproduced without explicit permission of its creator, unless you steal it as shamelessly as the author of this post.

** - Except projects that require far more.

*** - Note that I almost never resort to Caps Lock. (Online equivalent of shouting.) Also note that I am having too much fun with footnotes.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
A survey that isn't a poll in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #30
1. If Spidweb closed these forums, what would you do?
- Find another place to lurk.

2. If you could be any creature from a Spidweb game, what would you be?
- A mage.

3. Who would you like to see as a moderator?
- Most of them already are. SoT and Diki are probably the only people I was surprised to not see in the latest round of appointments.

4. If you had to change your user name, what would you change it to?
- Zeviz1 :P

5. What's your favorite spell?
- Major Blessing.

6. What city in the Avernum series would you want to rule?
- Tower of Magi.

7. How old are you?
- My age is the 7th number that is a product of two distinct primes.

8. What country would you like to live in besides the one you're in already
- I'll worry about that only if I have to leave this one.

9. Your favorite Spidweb game is...
- There are many good ones. (G1, G2, and 4, A2, BoE, etc.)

10. Am I annoying?
- If you have to ask, you already know the answer.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Prepare For Glory! in Blades of Avernum
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #33
quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

I'm done. There's no point making another one. ...
http://www.avernum.com/blades/workshop/contestresults.html

Getting 2 out of 3 top spots in the only BoA contest judged by a professional game writer who makes his living designing games like this is as high a praise as any designer can hope for.

Even Lyceum ratings, which represent opinions of only a small, albeit quite vocal, fraction of BoA players are very favorable to you. (You are one of only two designers with two scenarios rated above 8.)

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
GF 1 - Shaper Crypt in Geneforge Series
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #13
quote:
Originally written by Agent Dove:

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Good game and imaginative, Jeff. I'd love to write a storyline for you to develop a game from... I need to see how hard it would be to learn how to write one myself, and then decide how badly I want to "shape" it into reality...
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If you want to see people playing the stories you write, take a look at Blades of Exile/Avernum. These games let you make your stories into games for others to play. BoE is easier to use, but BoA (the Avernum version) is more powerful and seems to be more popular now.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Surprises in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #38
Congratulations to the new mods. Good luck, you'll need it. :P

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Spiderweb: The Motion Picture in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #30
Very nice job. Most of the pictures look visually appropriate even when I don't recognise the actors.

Talking about visually appropriate, the actor you've picked for me has the right haircut. Ethnicity, hair color, and even shape of the face are wrong, but you got the hairstyle. :P Aside from that, I don't remember much about Doctor Zhivago, so I am not sure how appropriate the comparison is.

[ Monday, April 09, 2007 19:04: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Happy Passover in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #7
Happy Passover to everybody who celebrates it. :)

[ Tuesday, April 03, 2007 08:16: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Member numbers in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #69
quote:
Originally written by Fallen:

I just logged on since some time. Altough I've be catching the last years up in the last hour, lot's of things look different. The biggest change regarding the spiderwebpart of my life is that I finally registered geneforge...
Hi Fallen. I haven't seen you here in a very long time, so welcome back. :)

[ Thursday, March 29, 2007 09:24: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
G3 Help For TJC Shaper in Geneforge Series
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #13
quote:
Originally written by TJC Shaper:

i keep getting killed by roamers on easy.
wat do i do

p.s. dont close this topic till i beat the game

If you are talking about exploding roamers, make sure you kill them with ranged weapons and attacks. A trick that works particularly well is to enter combat as soon as you see one approaching, kill him, and end combat right away, before his friends show up.

PS Don't worry about this topic being closed. That happens only if the topic is a repeat of an exactly same question asked in another active thread, or if it gets spammed to death.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
eye quene, made for smart ppl,i dumb HELP! in SubTerra
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #9
In case somebody still needs a solution, here is the way I got through on easy difficulty. (Which means that some answers are probably wrong.)

Spoiler below.

My answer, which includes at least some wrong answers, but enough right ones to pass the level in easy mode, is bottom, bottom, top, top, top, bottom, top, center.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
clearing old games in Tech Support
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #5
I just tried Dikiyoba's method and it seems to work fine. However, you should probably copy back Geneforge4Settings.dat file in the "Geneforge4 Saved Games" after the game regenerates this folder. I would also recommend renaming the old Saved Games folder rather than deleting it, so you'd have an option to go back to an older game.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Exile or Avernum in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #11
Short summary from the other thread: Exile has better graphics and spell system. Avernum has better dialogue and skill system and is more polished. Overall, Avernum wins by a slight margin.

As for the more important debate in the thread, I usually go for the Dyspepsi uniform, because I think it looks better than the Cloaka one. I use it only as an MP restorer anyway, so the two are interchangable for me.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Thou hast not shown thy compassion well. Be more kind unto others! in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #83
I use the Maliran Late Entry Rule from the 1981 Grinow Supplement to enter at the Shenfield Southend and immediately advance to Liverpool Street, holding on to a 2-sector free move for later emergencies.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Alorael for Admin in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #23
quote:
Originally written by Lazarus:
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TM FOR ADMIN!!!

The campaign to unban TM is the most widely supported campaign on these forums. In fact, when a question on whether you miss TM was included on a survey a while ago, almost everybody said "yes". (The only two other responses were sniper jokes from people who never miss a chance to make a joke on such surveys.) This level of agreement hadn't been seen on any other question raised on these boards. From politics to music to game preference no other opinion carries as much support on these boards. This is the clear indication that TM is one of the most well-liked members of this community.

Further, TM had also been a very effective moderator in the past. Sure, there were some excesses, however, he did an undeniably good job of driving away spammers, flamers, and other trolls.

In addition to this, TM is also a very prolific BoE and BoA designer, with immense contributions to both communities. As the moderator list for BoE and BoA forums indicates, how important of a BoX designer you are is the most important quality for moderating these boards, far ahead of such minor questions as whether you have made more than a dozen posts in the past year.

All of this brings us to the obvious conclusion that TM is in fact the perfect candidate for the Administrator position: he is extremely popular, has extensive moderator and administrator experience (he even ran his own board in the past), and is one of the most important BoX designers. Thus, I fully support Lazarus' suggestion:

TM for Admin!

[ Tuesday, March 27, 2007 15:15: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Alorael for Admin in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #14
More reasons for Alo to be elected to the Administrator position:

9. Every active moderator should be an administrator.

10. It will prove that these boards are a true democracy and the power here belongs to regular forum members, rather than some self-important corporation.

11. We haven't had a moderator election for too long, and this is the next best thing.

12. This appointment will prove that administration truly cares about well-being of the boards, because Alorael replied to concerns about current board climate with a comment along the lines of "problems? what problems? there are no problems".

[ Tuesday, March 27, 2007 14:15: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Alorael for Admin in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #4
7. Newbies will no longer be confused by seeing Alorael with different titles in different subforums.

8. Every person who supports this proposal gets a mod spot when Alorael is installed as an admin.

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Thou hast not shown thy compassion well. Be more kind unto others! in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #30
quote:
Originally written by Clatter of Pebbles:

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You really want harsher mods? Somehow I doubt that. Most people who are well-liked push the envelope plenty, and many newcomers who are insufferable don't actually do anything wrong. These boards are just a form of advertising for Jeff, more or less, and he doesn't want to drive away customers. (Does keeping the worst offenders around drive away customers? Probably, but not as quantifiably.)

More ranting and raving at people who don't quite manage to fit in can be arranged. Actually fixing the fact that not everyone fits in is impossible.
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Actually, ranting and raving itself is the main problem. I am pretty sure Salmon and Slarty aren't advocating more bannings. And I am not asking for bannings either. I am just asking for mods to be more proactive in telling people to play nice and having some punishments for those who ignore their clearly defined warnings.

quote:
Most people who are well-liked push the envelope plenty...
I guess you define "the envelope" far more narrowly than I do, because I can think of very few people (aside from the ones who are perma-banned) who push the envelope enough for it to be a potential problem.

[ Monday, March 26, 2007 15:15: Message edited by: Zeviz ]

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
The U.S. and Iraq in General
Nuke and Pave
Member # 24
Profile Homepage #85
quote:
Originally written by Alex:

quote:
Originally written by Student of Trinity:

Somewhere I read this argument about how anyone who wants to change the United States has to work through the American two-party system: If you can't convince a majority of any half the people, how do you think you can convince a majority of them all?
A majority of the party leadership isn't necessarily the same as the majority of the voters. Would you say the same about a one-party system? E.g., if you can't get the support of the Communist Party of China, you are undemocratic and should shut up. :P
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In the American political system, the candidates from major parties are elected in primary elections, rather than appointed by party leaders. A lot of candidates in these elections are critical of party leadership and some of them do quite well anyway. (For example, Dean on the Democratic and McCain on Republican side in recent presidential elections.)

So the responce to your toungue-in-cheek comparison to a single-party system is that if that single-party chose its candidates the same way American parties do, it would be equivalent to a no-party-system, because anybody could be elected as that party's representative. (A fun historical note: USA origninally had a no-party system, but political parties formed very quickly, to the dismay of some of the country's founders.)

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Be careful with a word, as you would with a sword,
For it too has the power to kill.
However well placed word, unlike a well placed sword,
Can also have the power to heal.
Posts: 2649 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00

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