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food in The Exile Trilogy
Raven v. Writing Desk
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I believe the Manna spells didn't appear until Exile II, and even then you don't start out with them. That said, the beginning of E2 has more direction and more supplies than E1.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
"Slartucker is going to have a cow when he hears about this," Synergy said.
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Avernum or Nethergate? in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #18
quote:
Originally written by Excalibur:

I'll try to avoid accusations of blasphemy, but it is of my opinion that Nethergate is the least enjoyable game Jeff Vogel has created as of this point in time.
You really ought to explain why.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
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What is .sit? in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #4
Forget StuffIt, give me CompactPro.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
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G5 wishlist. in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #267
I vote for an overhaul of the War Trall's stats, because based on past experience, that's the only thing that's likely to happen. We know the creation models take a long time to make, and the model itself is fine -- not awe-some or awe-full, but fine -- so let's keep using it.

In order to differentiate it from the other two shaping categories, it really needs to be melee oriented. None of this missile throwing business! Take away its ranged attack, but make its melee attack gigantesque. Don't give it quick action or extra AP or funky special abilities. Just give it an attack so strong that it does more damage than a Gazer or Drakon of comparable level. It ought to, given the disadvantages melee (and the entire battle creation set) have even against equally powered missile attacks.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
"Slartucker is going to have a cow when he hears about this," Synergy said.
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exile or avernum? in The Exile Trilogy
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #16
I played most of G3 like that, actually, with the Broken Vlish strategy. I intially avoided raising intelligence in order to fill out all seven Vlish as soon as I could. By the time I got seven, manual control simply wasn't necessary. With a mass energize, nothing survived past turn one (except in scripted encounters, and those got slowed so badly they never moved anyway).

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
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Bipolar in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #129
Synergy is right. Many people have espoused this viewpoint, all the way back to antiquity. It isn't going away. However, it doesn't really show any signs of becoming more prominent (attaining the above critical mass, if you will), either. It's a representative piece of human nature, a sort of collective anima, bearing its own unique insight, but couched in language that repulses.

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Rocky's Revival (World of Avernum Factional RP Revival Discussion) in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
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Profile Homepage #92
quote:
quote:
Alec, by my reckoning (which is rigorously evidence-based), A5 takes place about 48 years after the Olgai tribe awoke. So it isn't 20 years. And the references in the game mention that it is unusual to prepare for Resting again so quickly -- that it was a choice made in light of the whole Rentar debacle. So it isn't a cycle, either. Unexpected, perhaps, but not implausible.
I'm fairly sure there's a quote somewhere in A5 that mentions that the Vahnatai go into Resting whenever there aren't enough resources left in their caves to support them. It's kind of like a strange form of nomadism, I suppose.[/QB]
That quote is in E2 in several places. Maybe Elohi-Bok? It's clearly established as the primary motivation behind the Resting. But in A5, Clodeca of the Olgai tribe says:

"My nation of vahnatai has begun the preparations for sleep. We have been too wounded and too maddened by our contact with your peoples. We need the calm that sleep brings."

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
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exile or avernum? in The Exile Trilogy
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #11
In a game that revolves around making creations that you command to kill things, you can hardly do that and claim to be a pacifist. In Exile 2 at least you didn't control summoned monsters, although that would be pretty flimsy justification itself. But also in Exile 2, you were a pacifist travelling with (presumably) non-pacifists, so it was more like Conscientious Objector status. In Geneforge your PC has total control over whether or not you kill anything, so you can't hide behind pacifism and still fight.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
"Slartucker is going to have a cow when he hears about this," Synergy said.
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Rocky's Revival (World of Avernum Factional RP Revival Discussion) in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #90
Thuryl, are you talking about the pools of water in Avit? Because while those fomented understanding of the Olgai tongue in outsiders, they certainly didn't help the Olgai tribe learn other languages.

Alec, by my reckoning (which is rigorously evidence-based), A5 takes place about 48 years after the Olgai tribe awoke. So it isn't 20 years. And the references in the game mention that it is unusual to prepare for Resting again so quickly -- that it was a choice made in light of the whole Rentar debacle. So it isn't a cycle, either. Unexpected, perhaps, but not implausible.

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OOC: The Vale RP in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #252
And you're not going to tell us what you did to get grounded indefinitely?

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Keeping the Free creations permanently in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #18
quote:
Originally written by The Ratt:

But, Slarty, Anarizzyth (sorry about spelling) brings up a point. If you can clear the zone by killing all the shapers then you could go out the other way, and go to the next zone without ever going through the Cairn Gates. But I doubt this since often to clear a zone you need to see the way to another zone.
Not just often, but almost always. There are very few exceptions.

So let's clarify a few things.

1. You CANNOT progress in the game without passing through the Cairn Gates.
2. Once you pass through the Gates, you can no longer recruit Greenfang.
3. If Greenfang is with you when you pass through the Gates, he leaves.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
"Slartucker is going to have a cow when he hears about this," Synergy said.
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Blades Chat! (Time TBA) in Blades of Avernum
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #15
Heh, I didn't realize there was such a usable web terminal for it -- though in retrospect it seems silly there wouldn't be. Well then, never mind.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
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Keeping the Free creations permanently in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #15
You can't take Greenfang past the gates without cheats. Period.

I tested this a year ago and don't remember the exact mechanisms, but I'm pretty sure an unrecruited Greenfang disappears either at the time you pass the gates, or shortly before that. And Greenfang will not go through the gates with you.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
"Slartucker is going to have a cow when he hears about this," Synergy said.
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Blades Chat! (Time TBA) in Blades of Avernum
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #13
This is just to fix the active topics list.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
"Slartucker is going to have a cow when he hears about this," Synergy said.
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Blades Chat! (Time TBA) in Blades of Avernum
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #12
I would be very surprised. I just registered a new screen name here:

https://reg.my.screenname.aol.com/_cqr/registration/initRegistration.psp?
lang=en&locale=us&createSn=1&sitedomain=www.aim.com&siteState=http%3A%2F%2F
www.aim.com%2Fget_aim%2Fcon gratsd2.adp&seamless=n&mcAuth=%2FBcAG0d2di0AAK85Abrc9Ud2dmkIdoml3ZZvi4wAAA%3D%3D

I logged out just as if I didn't have a screen name. It took about 30 seconds, you just fill out one form.

Look, I'm the last person who will say AIM is better than IRC. It's not. But AIM you install, run, and it works. IRC takes more setting up. Also, AIM is very common these days, but IRC is not. And when you just want to get a high attendance, that's a problem.

[ Saturday, December 29, 2007 07:37: Message edited by: Pompopsych ]

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Bipolar in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #91
The difference between the second-language analogy and the demon example is as follows. People who have learned a second language imperfectly have chosen to invest time and effort learning the language, so might appreciate further refinement. People who prefer nonscientific conceptual worlds have (in the kinds of situation we're imaging, I think) probably been exposed to scientific theories and have -not- chosen to invest time and effort learning them. So while they might theoretically be interested, it seems pretty unlikely.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
"Slartucker is going to have a cow when he hears about this," Synergy said.
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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #499
I'll gladly restore you, Iffy. My Reincownate spell requires an intact soul, not an intact corpse. You'll make an excellent sacred cow. He and She will be most pleased.

I'll also gladly restore Tyranicus. You two can be buddies and can share in His and Herd Mentality.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
"Slartucker is going to have a cow when he hears about this," Synergy said.
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Avernum 5: No items? in Tech Support
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #3
My post about the Avernum 4 error is here.

There doesn't seem to be any solution other than restarting from before the items disappeared.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
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Who Killed General? in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
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Profile Homepage #5
Worst. Double Post. Ever.

[ Wednesday, December 26, 2007 10:40: Message edited by: Pompopsych ]

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
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Who Killed General? in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
Member # 261
Profile Homepage #4
I saw the post above in the active topics list, and immediately thought it was the death of General that was being applauded.

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
"Slartucker is going to have a cow when he hears about this," Synergy said.
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Avernum 5: No items? in Tech Support
Raven v. Writing Desk
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This happened to me once with Avernum 4, as a result of my using the "backtostart" cheat as a timesaving measure -- apparently it can somehow screw up the loading of items into memory. I had to go back to a save previous to using that; they were gone for good otherwise.

Did you use anything like that recently?

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Slarty vs. DeskDesk vs. SlartyTimeline of ErmarianG4 Strategy Central
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What video gmaes would you like to see made into movies... no Halo! in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
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quote:
Originally written by Arancaytar:

(I can't find an example of a game based on a book based on a movie, though.)
That's because when a movie is based on a book, the movie is usually more popular. However, when a book is based on a movie, the book is usually less popular without being any deeper.

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What video gmaes would you like to see made into movies... no Halo! in General
Raven v. Writing Desk
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You know, Wizardry and the Oregon Trail both have 6 party members. And both have death screens showing your own tombstones. I see a crossover movie...

"Werdna, I think I have dysentary."
"Oh no! Here, I'll cast Latumofis."
"Shh! I'm trying to Hide so I can Ambush this Large Pixelated Beast (1)."
"It's a buffalo. Hey, do any of you have extra Leather Armor? I need to trade three sets to an Indian guide to help us get across the river."
"Who needs an Indian guide? I bought this Rubber Ducky back when we were in Independence."
"Yeah, but it won't help the oxen swim. AUGH!!! Every time I try to identify what's wrong with this broken axle, I'm overcome with terror..."

[ Tuesday, December 25, 2007 15:27: Message edited by: Pompopsych ]

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