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Spiderweb Demographics 2008 in General
Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Tyranicus:

I know this sounds a bit obsessive, but could people please stop referring to their computers as CPUs? A CPU is a component of the computer, but is not the computer. For that matter, Macs and PCs use the same CPUs. :-P
Only kind of recently. (Oh wait. Has it been that long?)

In any case, I'm missing checkboxes on the nationality question, as I have two passports. I've picked the underrepresented category and put German.

It's nice to know that all of use can use English. Not everyone who's graced these boards can. :P

It's shocking to see all those years. To me, the 00s have only just started, still - and all of a sudden another decade's over.

Lazarus: That presumably stands for MultivAC, the greatest computer never actually built, which was advanced enough to know the answer to almost all the world's questions, but primitive enough to print them out on a teletype machine? Amazing... :)

[ Monday, January 28, 2008 18:07: Message edited by: Arancaytar ]

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
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Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
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Geneforge Wiki Poll, Part 2 in Geneforge Series
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Internet access has been sporadic the past days, and will remain so for a week. I'll try to get it set up some time in the next few days, though, if I can.
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Homeland : The Stone of Night is now officially a freeware game in General
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RAR is onomatopoeically apt, considering the game concerned. :P
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SimCity: the greatest evil? in General
Law Bringer
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Welcome back, Scorpius!
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Geneforge Wiki Poll, Part 2 in Geneforge Series
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quote:
Encyclopedia Ermaria
quote:
Encyclopedia Ermarian
Encyclopedia Ermariana. :)
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Geneforge Wiki Poll, Part 2 in Geneforge Series
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We haven't specified an end for this poll, but we can probably close the deal on the site name today. Sucia Archives appears to be the most popular by far, with all other options receiving negative votes.

Since the relative majority in the domain name question is a closer call I move for a run-off regarding the domain name, offering the choice between barred, geneforge and sucia.

Also, can we hold the final poll in public? This issue seems trivial enough that voter protection need not trump ballot-stuffing prevention...
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ACS - TNG in General
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Excalibur: Google Arcanum. The demo is very short, but I kind of enjoyed it. Engine-wise, it's a Diablo clone really, but according to the one who recommended it to me (Alorael?) there's an option for turn-based combat.
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Geneforge wiki? in Geneforge Series
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Not only is Piperbot my familiar, but he is also who relays my posts from the Ermarian Network to the Central of Irony, which is Barred to me.
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Geneforge wiki? in Geneforge Series
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Correction (damnit I need to get Piperbot to edit posts soon): NSWiki is at http://ns.goobergunch.net/wiki/ .
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Geneforge wiki? in Geneforge Series
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After I'm done installing MediaWiki, the first part would be building the site. You and Slartucker would set up the structure, write its front page, conceive of the categories for articles, etc. For the benefit of new users, some help pages on how to search and edit would probably be good too. After that's in place, administrating (other than contributing yourself) basically means checking the recent changes page regularly and making sure that nobody is being a twit or a spammer, and telling them off or blocking them if required.

A lot of the help pages can be copied from EE. You can also take a look at the real Wikipedia and another fan-site called NSWiki (NationStates) for some pointers.
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I seek the meaningless approbation of my fellows in General
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Done and done.

IMAGE(http://stuff.ermarian.net/arancaytar/images/sunset_lightning.jpg)
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Heath Ledger in General
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As seen on IRC:

quote:

<Spears_Dracona> wait a minute!!!
<Spears_Dracona> Heath Ledger died!?
<rtemp> yeah
<Spears_Dracona> according to wikipedia it's true!
<Spears_Dracona> wow!
<richardus> quick revert it! He's too young to be dead!!!

People don't kill people, Wikipedia kills people.
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I seek the meaningless approbation of my fellows in General
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Attempting to give approbation...
aranbot.sense.IrrationalInputException: milestone.num() < 1000 and milestone.num().isFunnyNumber() == false.
Process aborted...
Approbation not given. Please contact system administrator to notify of user's lameness.

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Geneforge on the Ermarian Network in Geneforge Series
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(The following is a vote, not an arbitration. I'm not deciding this, you guys are. ;) )

"barred" is not really descriptive; not even in the loose way that the non-encyclopedic projects on the Ermarian Network are codenamed (Pied Piper Project, The Grand Endeavor...). You could get away with this domain if you called the site the "Barred Archives" or the "Barred Encyclopedia", but neither really sounds like much.

A non-descriptive name is more okay if the name has some "identification" value. PPP is somewhat symbolic and shortened to a snappy TLA. Endeavor is historic. Moving outside Ermarian, "The Louvre" and "The Lyceum" are awesome.

"Sucia" is descriptive, and I can't think of a single name containing that word that doesn't flow off the tongue.
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Released: Blades Forge in Blades of Avernum Editor
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In other news, 10 is now accepted as a valid CSR score, which means the previously missing 6 masterpieces are now included.

- '/^ *([A-Za-z0-9,:\' -]+) - ([0-9](\.[0-9]{1,2})?) (\(([0-9]\.[0-9]{1,2})\/([0-9]\.[0-9]{1,2})\))?$/'
+ '/^ *([A-Za-z0-9,:\' -]+) - ([0-9]{1,2}(\.[0-9]{1,2})?) (\(([0-9]{1,2}\.[0-9])\/([0-9]{1,2}\.[0-9])\))?$/'
I am looking at recognizing empty rating threads so I can link to those too.

[ Tuesday, January 22, 2008 13:35: Message edited by: Arancaytar ]

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Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
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Geneforge wiki? in Geneforge Series
Law Bringer
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At this point, an actual poll might yield more useful results than this.

I have included both popular options. Please note that if the majority really does desire it, I would not be opposed to a less intuitive name like barred.ermarian.net, sucia.ermarian.net or, er, "essence.ermarian.net". I do personally prefer to have the x.ermarian.net namespace largely uncluttered and logical.

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Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
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Geneforge on the Ermarian Network in Geneforge Series
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As discussed in another topic, the Ermarian Network is expected to expand into Terrestian territory by launching an encyclopedic wiki that will hold information on Geneforge and its world - in essence, the Encyclopedia Terrestia.

We're not yet sure about the domain name.

Poll Information
This poll contains 2 question(s). 3 user(s) have voted.

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Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
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ACS - TNG in General
Law Bringer
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quote:
There's a slave revolt in Jamaica, that's threatening to spread to the rest of the Caribbean. Meanwhile, the threat of war with Spain lingers, and the Queen has issued privateers to upset the Spanish Gold Fleets. Then, as a colonist on the frontier, you have to struggle to keep other empires from encroaching on your territory.
He's a PIRATE!

If only that phrase had attained the same renown "This is SPARTA" has. Even the worst of the trilogy was far better than that hackfest.

[ Monday, January 21, 2008 15:37: Message edited by: Arancaytar ]

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
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Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
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Geneforge wiki? in Geneforge Series
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Good, it wasn't meant negatively, even though it may have sounded somewhat ambiguous on reflection.

And your advice is taken with double-plus approval, assuming Dikiyoba accepts. :)

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Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
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Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey in General
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quote:
Originally written by Lifematch:
Extreme:
quote:
Originally written by Safey:

As far as a police officer sitting in a bathroom waiting to be solicited for gay sex it sounds like similar operations where a female cop will pretend to be a hooker to catch those guys who solicited female hookers for sex.
When the female cop catches guys trying to solicit male hookers, hilarity ensues.

—Alorael, who imagines that getting arrested for soliciting a prostitute is bad. Getting arrested and laughed at for doing it incompetently must be worse.

Getting arrested for soliciting a prostitute while trying to arrest someone else for working as a prostitute must be even worse. I wonder how all those undercover officers recognize each other?

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The Noble and Ancient Order of Polaris - We're Not Yet Dead.
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Did-chat thentagoespyet jumund fori is jus, hat onlime gly nertan ne gethen Firyoubbit 'obio.'
Decorum deserves a whole line of my signature, and an entry in your bookmarks.
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Geneforge wiki? in Geneforge Series
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Regarding in-game politics, see NPOV.

Regarding the setup: If you have a consensus, I'll put it up tonight. What was the choice of domain name? geneforge or terrestria?

To make sure that this works without my supervision, I'll draft Slarty and one other contributor for Sysop duties. Please don't volunteer unless you really have the time, and please note that without clear public opinion or Slarty's most strongly-worded advice (and Slarty has some strong words when he advises :P ), I'll pick.
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ACS - TNG in General
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Gritty historical fiction, in various ancient real-world settings. Like Nethergate with a bit less Faerie, but not devoid of mysticism/alchemy. I believe it was Alec who said that Steampunk sadly lacks good non-Eurocentric stories; if there's someone I'd like to see try that, it'd be Jeff.

Or Sci-Fi. With strategical elements added in. Perhaps something on the order of Escape Velocity, but sans the monotonous cargo-running missions and with "Show, Don't Tell" - the story would be a bit more lively than a series of dialogue boxes.

Finally, I'll say something controversial. I don't think the Geneforge concept is inherently bad. It has arguably suffered by only being fully fleshed out after what we might call the "dumbing down" of SW games. Exile was pretty high-brow, echoing the last shreds of an era when a lot of gamers were actually programmers. As we examine the development from then to now, some people blame Jeff for abandoning this early market, but what we need to acknowledge is that (concurrent with Eternal September) this is a symptom of computers becoming generally available to a larger and less high-brow audience.

So while we're listing wishes we know have no prayer anyway, please let me add a desire to see Jeff turn out another game for literate people as opposed to the near-proverbial nine-year-old Pokemon collector.
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The error appears to have been one-off as I can manually restore the scenarios. As this is my mistake, I'm going to go through the affected scenarios tonight to give them the proper ratings as set in their binary files.

  • El Presidente
  • Embers of Rebellion
  • Kill Them Dead
  • Kingdom Hall
  • Roses of Reckoning
  • The Nephil Search: Escape
  • Where the Rivers Meet
Sorry everyone, especially Nikki and Thralni seeing as most of these are yours. =P
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More's the trouble; about half of all submitted scenarios have lost their taxonomical classification (content rating, game platform). I have no idea how that happened. Looks like I'm going to be debugging for a while.
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