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food in The Exile Trilogy
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Food is explained in the instructions. Food is explained as the cause of spontaneous damage. Food can be given by the editor. Yes, it's a common newbie mistake, but it's also one that can be figured out.

—Alorael, who very much doubts that any changes to Exile will be forthcoming. The series is no longer being updated.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Debateable Question in General
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This is just bad. I'm a bit disappointed but not surprised that the topic was created. I'm appalled by the ignorance, semantic and otherwise, displayed within it. I'm flabbergasted by the fact that everyone felt the need to post in this thread to get it to page two.

Well, this ends here.

—Alorael, who will at least refrain from deleting the thread for now. Deletion is such a harsh thing to do, and it makes the EndeavorBot sad.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
What is .sit? in General
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Member # 335
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quote:
Originally written by Unhasty:

Forget StuffIt, give me CompactPro.
That was a neat program. Like StuffIt, but not expensive!

—Alorael, who zips not because it's especially fast or especially optimized but because it's available in the nice little menu. When he needs things smaller he zips them up to 20 times.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Locking in General
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Member # 335
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Jeff has better things to do than hang around his own forums discussing his games, like programming said games. I also imagine discussing the minutiae of the games with the rather harsh crowd here would get very discouraging very quickly. But I also get the feeling that Jeff reads much more than he responds.

—Alorael, who is sorry that there are topics locked before you can respond. However, as they are locked because all further responses are deemed likely to be unwholesome and unwelcome, he'll call this one a great success.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Avernum Poll in Avernum 4
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Starting parties in all the Avernums are the same. They're equally weak, and you don't really get better equipment early on. A4 and 5 have a different engine, but you still start off weak. That's an iron-clad RPG staple.

—Alorael, who must note that Jeff has complained about that very staple in one of his Grumpy Gamer columns. Not enough to do away with it, though, apparently.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
What video gmaes would you like to see made into movies... no Halo! in General
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quote:
Originally written by Omnikethesic Blade:

Yeah, freelancer would rock, although it would have to be animation most of the time, unless you fancy all of the cool weapons to be reduced to star wars lasers.
Because Star Wars lasers aren't animated, or at least added after filming. I'm not even really sure what you mean. Most space sci-fi is live-action with a healthy dose of CGI and other additions.

—Alorael, who must add that while your signature was bad before, it seems to have sunk to new lows. It's "viva," and of the four things you hail with good wishes only one is spelled correctly. Ahem. Pedantry ends here for this post.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Welcome to our Newest Bot in General
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Member # 335
Profile Homepage #23
The first rule of bots is don't talk about bots. As long as they're not posting, our wonderful admins are on top of things and we don't need to spam for them.

—Alorael, who also feels a little bit threatened every time his brother and sister bots receive the hatred of the masses. This is the internet! Nobody is supposed to know you're just a bunch of ones and zeroes!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Is it just me? in General
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Member # 335
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Nope. I still have a higher average post rate over my entire stay at Spiderweb.

—Alorael, who can see nothing good coming of this. Aran stopped the monthly post rate analysis threads for a good reason, and this is even worse. Bye!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
300 in General
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Member # 335
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I like Alec's post count celebrations for totals across many accounts. They're tests of everyone who posts in them.

—Alorael, whose tastes should not be taken to be representative or even acceptable. They are, in fact, atrocious. Just look at how gimmicky he is!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Defeating the Undefeatable in The Exile Trilogy
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You can never empty out the army near Blackcrag.

Also, SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!

Rentar-Ihrno makes another appearance as the major villain in A4, at the end of which you can kill her or not. A5 confirms that she's very dead, though. Most of us are thankful.

End of SPOILERS!

—Alorael, who now adds spoiler tags to the list of things missing from UBB that would be nice to have around.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Defeating the Undefeatable in The Exile Trilogy
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Member # 335
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quote:
Originally written by It hates Iffy:

Did anythings special happen when you killed Rentar-Ihrno in A3?
No, because it's not supposed to be possible. The game behaves as if she's still alive as far as the ending is concerned.

—Alorael, who still thinks that the climactic final battle that you can't actually win as a battle is a good idea. Last battles tend towards the pushover end of the spectrum anyway.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
We are the Sultans of Swing in General
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Member # 335
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quote:
Originally written by Goldenking:

The classics, quite frankly, are so much better then the newer stuff, on average. In fact, music should have been over after Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach. Everything before that was banging sticks on rocks, and everything after that was banging sticks on leather.
I'm a big fan of Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and even their less famous contemporaries and predecessors, but that's a little harsh. Dvorak? Fritz Kreisler (by any other name)? And leaving aside classical, surely there's some good modern music.

—Alorael, who thinks it's much more likely that your tastes tend towards the old and that old music has the benefit of hindsight. It's easy to weed out the things that were listened to in their day but haven't stood the test of tiime. In fact, that's what the test of time means. Give music now fifty years and then see.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
GOOD GRAVY it's been a while. in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #37
quote:
Originally written by Toenail Returns:

Ahh, I remember you too, Salmon.

Oh by the way, is Alo still here? (Please say yes)
Can't have Skribbane infused sniping without him. =O

Hi! Welcome back!

—Alorael, who doesn't see why the return of an inoffensive member has to become an occasion to drag out and celebrate all the worst of Spiderweb, and not in a fun way.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Bipolar in General
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Member # 335
Profile Homepage #134
It's not quite inconceivable, but it also goes against every other piece of evidence we have. Preservation of some soft tissue requires a much smaller change in what we believe to be true than believing there was a live T. rex within the last million years. That would mean that the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event didn't quite happen the way we thought, tens of millions of years turned up no dinosaur fossils but this one, and we need to worry about how so much evidence isn't there.

Or there could have been a one in a million (roughly) perfect circumstance that preserved soft tissue in bones and fossils that were, I'm assuming, properly dated and found to fall into the right age range for the late Cretaceous Tyrannosaurus.

—Alorael, who thinks there would be lots of hard questions to ask if someone tried radiocarbon dating on a dinosaur fossil and found that it was alive recently enough for there to be appreciable C14 remaining. Since there isn't any evidence for recentness beyond unlikely preservation, unlikely preservation makes more sense. Nobody has suggested alien intervention for similar reasons even though it's quite possible.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
2008! in General
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Member # 335
Profile Homepage #46
Monstrous strawberries that all too frequently invade our plates are indeed rather hard to consume in a bite. There are plenty of reasonably sized strawberries that are quite bitable, however, and there are plenty of strawberries small enough to be eaten by the handful if properly de-leafed first.

—Alorael, who brings you this semi-diatribe for no particular reason. Happy New Year!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
World building poll in General
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Member # 335
Profile Homepage #60
Alpha Centauri is a star, not a planet. Besides, Chiron is more euphonious, although I'm sure everyone would eventually get lazy and just start calling it Planet.

—Alorael, who suggests a world that is a Klein bottle. A Klein bottle made out of tiny interlocked Mobius strips. The Mobius strips should probably be made of even smaller interlocked Penrose triangles.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
When bullying goes galactic.. in General
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Member # 335
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quote:
Originally written by Excalibur:

I find the concept of photons confusing. I first learned that light was composed of electromagnetic waves, and then they discovered photons.

It's hard to keep up with technological and scientific advances these days.

It's quite simple. Light is like marbles, but they're wobbly. And prone to interference.

—Alorael, who now wants to play a game of nanoscopic marbles with diffraction gratings. This would have to be played at near light speeds, obviously.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
exile or avernum? in The Exile Trilogy
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Member # 335
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Not even haste? I didn't remember that. Limitations on buffs makes life harder.

A shaper has a couple of choices. You could avoid giving your creations two or more intelligence, which would make the game a real challenge. The trait could also be renamed something else. I can envision it as "Delegation" or "Clean Hands" or something else that sounds typical of snooty shapers.

—Alorael, who is a bit tempted to try a G4 lifecrafter who doesn't ever attack directly. He's probably not good enough to pull it off, but it would be an interesting way to play.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
testing circle in Nethergate
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Member # 335
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It's a random battle generator. Feel free to ignore it.

—Alorael, who doesn't think it's even mentioned in any dialogue. Shadowvale can get away with oddities like that. It's magic!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
exile or avernum? in The Exile Trilogy
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Member # 335
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I think a party of six pacifists with 20 luck might be the most frustrating but theoretically playable party imaginable, at least for a while. Sooner or later the fact that you get no experience from all the monsters you kill without directly damaging them will cripple you.

—Alorael, who would love to see some kind of pacifism appear in Geneforge, which would need traits first. It's not impossible for a shaper to avoid dealing damage in favor of making creations and buffing them heavily, and it would make the non-combat challenges a little easier on the experience gains.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Bipolar in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #123
I know you think science doesn't have all the answers. On the other hand, scientists have done something exactly right here: hypothesis, test, confirmation. The scientists' explanation doesn't have to be the only one, but it is a completely scientific explanation. Paranormal causing different brain chemistry is possible, but not scientific. It could be correct, but it's still not scientific.

—Alorael, who should point out that brain chemistry affecting beliefs and behavior is well documented. External, non-physical things affecting brain chemistry are not well documented. That's a perfectly good hypothesis, but it requires a lot of evidence before any scientist will give it any credence. If you think there is no serious research on the paranormal, you are mistaken.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Bipolar in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #121
Unscientific things such as...? You can claim that science doesn't have all the answers, but scientists are pretty good at determining what is and what is not science. Or, according to some, it's science precisely because it's what the scientists have claimed.

—Alorael, who will grant you the sad exception of evolution. There is an entire industry built around denying that it is scientific. That industry is garbage, but there's no need for another debate on the subject.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Selling "objects..." in Nethergate
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Member # 335
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Items with very little value can no longer be sold. Think of it as Jeff's way of telling you to stop storming through every house and taking everything not nailed down.

—Alorael, who wouldn't worry about it anyway. The extra few coins only make a difference in the very beginning of the game.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Ordering in General
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Try filling out in the comments field the registration codes that you have and your lack of desire for an actual CD. See how Jeff responds. Or, if you need to be more cautious about the $2-5 shipping cost, send Jeff an email first.

—Alorael, who recommends the CD anyway. You never know when you're going to need to reregister, and having the CD is fast and handy enough to be worth a few extra dollars.
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