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Über in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #5
Darn! I thought so! Freddy! "Man and Superman"...d'oh! Gosh, now we can be all existential and stuff. But then, what would it matter? :)
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Über in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #2
Not sure where it got started but it just seems to be another foreign word that has found its way into American slang. Maybe it stemmed from that what's-his-name German philosopher and the (can't do the umlaut) ubermensch....
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Buddy in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #5
As a side note: How can anyone get to know you? You have PM turned off and your profile is not that descriptive. I was going to PM you as to not fill the boards with conversation between just two people. If you'd like PM me, turn yours on and we can go from there.
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Favorite in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #2
And this post is going to help you on your search for a buddy (see Buddy thread)?

Why do you do this? At the very least you should have added the choice of "like all equally". I did not even bother voting.

John
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Buddy in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #3
quote:
Will someone be my friend i don't have any...
Here? Or in real life? If you mean here, maybe you should stop asking for ratings, buddies, and such. Stop "spamming" other threads by responding with senseless posts that do nothing but increase the post count. I have not been in this group a long time at all but I have found these boards to be filled with many great people who have tons of advice and many experiences to share both in the game world and the real world. Post when you have something worthy to add/ask and try to use correct sentence structure (which includes capitalization when required) and please, please, please do not use this bizarre new form of instant-messenger-english.

Please do not get upset. I am not trying to tear you down, I am just trying to offer constructive help. Threads like this remind one of that annoying little brother/sister that just keep bugging you and never let up a bit.

Relax, be yourself, follow the above hints and you will make friends here.

[EDIT] An example of the posts I mean: Your newest thread expecting votes as to which moderators are our favorites. This does not help your search for a buddy. :(

[ Wednesday, May 07, 2003 04:13: Message edited by: Felwynne ]
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Crossfire in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #126
Oh, I wholeheartedly agree with you Kyna. That is why I mentioned the "rose colored glasses" as I know there is much, much more to the problems. As a society we have "created" this problem. Welfare families are essentially stuck in the same neighborhoods (usually considered the "bad side" of town) surrounded by like families. Years of this have shattered hopes and replaced them with merely visions of "this is how life is". There would have to be a dramatic push over time to restore these hopes and dreams and recreate in the young, through better education and better governmental services, that drive to be better, to be more, and to rise above. The first years (probably) would be hard but once people did start "breaking the cycle" they would become examples and others would see the possibilities. It is depressing that in many areas the neighborhood "idol" that has achieved much, as evidenced by fancy cars, jewelry etc, is actually the drug pusher, pimp, or other criminal.

I know you have ideas too. I've seen your profile and can see you are on the front lines. You know of this firsthand and you probably can agree that governments actually invest barely enough to keep essential programs afloat forcing those that depend on help to be pushed even further behind.

I guess the major hurdle, the biggest jump, and the most important facet of this is that more people need to begin caring about their fellow men and more than just a casual donation here or there. We need to really roll up our sleeves and get the job done. There is more than enough in this world, especially with current technologies, that there really ought not be these social problems.

[ Wednesday, May 07, 2003 02:57: Message edited by: Felwynne ]
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Crossfire in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #124
quote:
It is in my interest that everybody has a level of income such that they do not need to a) beg in the streets, b) break into my home to steal, c) any other form of antisocial activity while they are looking for work, or for some reason unable to work.

Good points Saunders! I have wondered before about overhauling the current welfare system along these lines: When you apply you are "hired by the state government" in a sense. You then work a specified number of hours to get "paid". I say set hours because job training/retraining (for new skills, for marketability) would be part of it too. This coupled with a negative income tax would allow people to rise above their current status. Enough money should be generated to allow for increased fundings for schools and state run universities. If we make education more accessible this could allow for some current welfare oriented families to "break the cycle". So often a child raised in the low income environment is stuck in it as they have lower quality schools, less family income so it is difficult to get to college and they wind up in the same loop when they grow up and then their kids are stuck. Gee, raising the lifestyles may even reduce crime in the long run as people develop more pride and see there are ways out of where they are without crime. Yeah, rose colored glasses....

John
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Crossfire in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #123
quote:
By paying a flat amount of taxes, do you mean flat as in "pay the government 10,000 a year", "pay the government 5% of income a year", or "pay the government 5% + 1% for every 10,000 you make a year over this amount"?

I actually meant a % of the income. The negative income tax idea is actually quite interesting. A "line" is determined specifying how much someone working should make per year, for example let's pick 15,000. So if you do not make 15k and are working you get the difference to bring you up to the 15k. If you are not working you get a flat amount to give you something but not all the way up to the 15k mark. Thus there is also an incentive to work. For those above the 15k mark they would pay a % of income which would increase the higher up in income you go. The amounts I give are purely examples but they give the basic idea.

I am not a Marxist by any means but I do think a form of democratic socialism could work well if properly administered (thus the rub, what with crooked politicos and the inherent greed of so many folks).

It does irritate though to think that the US at full farming output could actually feed a good portion of the world, yet people are starving. Sad, sad, sad....and some people, even here in the US have next to nothing but we will pay some clown millions of dollars to play football (or baseball, basketball) a few months out of the year.

Anyway...
John
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Crossfire in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #119
Not a communist ideology at all. I never said all would have the same. I only discussed a different method of taxation; one that takes more from those who have and eases the burden on those that don't. Keep political ideologies straight!
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Crossfire in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #117
quote:
Ok, so can this be done with morality?
How about next on the list, the welfare system:
Where to begin? Subsidized housing, food stamps, social security, WIC,...
Oh boy what a topic this is! I love the way the states run lotteries that make loads of cash that never seems to find its way back down. And taxes being used to fund stadiums for pro sports teams that pay their players millions of bucks a year while less than a mile away families are going hungry. There are many, totally screwed up policies.

I like the negative income tax idea. Draw a line at some income level. Everyone below gets money to bring them to the line and everyone above pays a flat amount on their income, no deductions possible. This is a simplistic explanation but the main points are there. We'd have plenty of $ to work with. Well, we'd also have to reign in all that absurd spending congress does and other government levels for that matter.

</soapbox>

John
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Payment System... in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #10
I don't see how anyone could complain. I ordered a two games on a Friday morning (from work :) ) got the code before I left work and got the cd and letter on the following Monday. I live in upstate NY. Excellent service! Excellent games! BoE is next....
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
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Payment System... in General
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #1
How did they get you to "doubt" the payment system? Really, you can give your credit card to pay for your dinner and wind up getting screwed by a credit card thief. Read Jeff's comments on the system and buying from the internet. Read the details on your credit card contract...most cover for theft anyway...and-if you are referring/alluding to the email problems when the hacker got the list-read Jeff's notes on that...he stated clearly that credit card numbers etc were not compromised. I have purchased twice through the links on this site and have had a great experience with it. Have you had a problem?

I have never before dealt with such a responsible, friendly shareware company such as Spiderweb. I feel like when you buy from Spiderweb you become "part of a family" and I feel safe and secure that Jeff takes care of us, his customers and fans.

Also, if the friends are that paranoid, there are alternative ordering methods outlined on the site. I understand some concern, but, despite the media reports there are honest, good dealers online; the bad ones just get all the press. I would say to them "I had no problems. Jeff and his company are great! Buy today!"
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Some Basic Questions in Nethergate
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #6
That's it! I was mis-hitting the number pad a couple times during movement. Cool, I will pick up where I left off. This game is so cool! I was sold on it quickly. The premise alone of Romans versus the Celts was fascinating.

[ Wednesday, April 30, 2003 09:35: Message edited by: Felwynne ]
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Some Basic Questions in Nethergate
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #4
I got the cd already (such fast shipping. This company is great!) but was so curious about the odd message in town and once in the mine about visiting the web site. Since I am not so far in, I may just uninstall what I have and install from the disk.
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Some Basic Questions in Nethergate
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #2
Thought so on lamps versus torches....

The game is decidedly different based on which side you pick, I will say that! I tried the Celts first but then switched to the Romans to follow the help file tutorial a bit. I feel so stupid at times trying to remember who has missile weapons and who doesn't. So dumb.. :)
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Some Basic Questions in Nethergate
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #0
I just bought Nethergate (I had been playing the demo) and received the disk in the mail. I downloaded the full version when I received the email, uninstalled the demo, installed the one I had just downloaded and started playing a new game. Last night I got two messages in different rooms in pink (the messages were in pink) about going to spidweb.com. Was this normal or do I somehow still have a demo version? I noticed when I installed the downloaded copy from the ftp site given in the email that the main screen still has the choice on how to order. Is there something wrong maybe? Should I install from the disk?

Also, question on candles and lamps...how long will they provide light? Are lamps refillable or do they just provide a larger radius of light?

I am still working on the mines (playing the Romans). Taking it slow as the game is still new to me. This game is a great deal of fun and I am hooked already.

I am sure I will have more questions later as I get further in to the story. Thanks for the help.

John
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Exile 2 code problems in Tech Support
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #9
I understand your point. Many games do start out at $50 or so and later you find them in the bargain bin for $10 (Like Planescape Torment as part of a 2 pack for $9.96 at Wal-Mart). I guess it all comes down to "is it worth it to me". To me they are decidedly worth it as they are to many others. I bought Geneforge already and I am waiting for payday to get the Exile trilogy on CD. I have been playing the demo and really think it is worth the money.
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00
Exile 2 code problems in Tech Support
Warrior
Member # 2893
Profile #4
The code you see generated when you hit the register button is NOT the reg code. It goes on the order form when you buy the game.

As for the price... I recently bought a different one, Geneforge, from this site. It is fantastic. I have also downloaded many other demos and I am planning on getting either the Exile or Avernum set. Yes, the graphics may be outdated, but from what I have seen in playing these games the money spent is well worth it to me. If it does not seem worth it to you, that is your call. These are decidedly RPG'er games and not necessarily for those who want better graphics. I played mostly roguelike games with ascii graphics for a long time so Exile, Avernum, etc are real eye candy for me. I guess, to answer in a few words, yes, it is worth the $.

Ef: I posted a question regarding Avernum vs Exile in a different thread. As they are the same plots, I guess, why do you say Exile is better? I am leaning that way having tried both demos. Just curious as to your opinions. Thanks.

John
Posts: 97 | Registered: Friday, April 18 2003 07:00

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