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The Time has Come in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #110
Posts aren't evaluated in a vacuum, and I don't even think they should be. If you've built up a history here, you have a known personality, and you've made yourself clear with content before, you're given some leeway with posting junk. Some of your junk is also taken ironically (yes, even when it shouldn't be). More posts and having been around longer means you've had more of a chance to build up that perceived identity that allows you to get away with things.

The other side, though, is that if you make a terrible first impression it will stick around for a while. Think of it like food coloring in water: it only takes a tiny drop of dark coloring to stain your reputation if your total posts just wet the bottom of the glass. Generate enough presence and the dye gets diluted away.

Nioca, Nalyd, and you, ET, were given hard times because you posted in such a way that you were perceived as legitimate targtes of ribbing, both good-natured and not so good-natured. If you had posted differently it wouldn't have happened, and it in fact doesn't happen to many new members. They're less noticeable because they just make their posts and don't get embroiled in fights here.

—Alorael, who concludes that your complaints about the unfairness of Spiderweb are, in a sense, true. The step you're missing is that it's only true for a certain subset of members. There are plenty of ways to join inoffensively. Just because you find the need to be inoffensive itself offensive to your sensibilities doesn't mean Spiderweb should conform to your idea of acceptance of all, no matter how grating they may be.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
The Time has Come in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #92
quote:
Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

I have a dream that one day I may come to a Spiderweb message board where people will not be judged by the size of their number but by the content of their posts.
You know what? I'm not going to argue that no one notices a member number or post count, but those don't make a huge difference. Believe it or not, post content is the biggest contributor to how people are judged here.

—Alorael, who really shouldn't have to comment further on relationships with the Spiderweb community.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Tables, tab stops in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #2
The code tag gives you fixed-width text, so you can use spaces to, well, space text. There's no better solution for tables or tabs.

—Alorael, who supposes one could pick a certain number of spaces to begin each paragraph and write entirely in code blocks if one wanted to. It doesn't seem very reader-friendly, though.

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Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
more dumb questions in Avernum 4
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #2
1. Giscard is in his home southwest of Formello. To get in and get any useful conversation from him you need to find a corpse in the western part of the Eastern Gallery, near Fort Draco, that prompts you to go chat with Giscard about his problems.

2. I can't remember getting any graymold from Hamer.

3. I don't think it's in Motrax's old lair. I recall it being somewhere else under the northern tunnels. Try looking a little bit to the west for chests, bodies, and stairs down into another level that might hold more chests and bodies.

—Alorael, who hopes someone else can help more with 2. And maybe 3, if you need a specific location.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Just tried out Avernum series in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #7
There aren't any definitive guides. It says something about the game's balance that you can do well with any number of character combinations.

It helps a great deal to at least one character capable of mage spells, priest spells, melee combat, and dealing with traps and locked doors. Archery is very optional until A4, where it becomes good. You can even get by without some of those, although it's a challenge.

—Alorael, who favors a sword guy who handles traps, a spear guy who doesn't, and two effectively identical mage/priests. It's not an optimal build for the hardest difficulties, but it's adequate.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Interested in spiderweb games, where to start? in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #11
Geneforge has real-time movement except in combat. You control a single character and your creations (who can be permanent or temporary), sometimes augmented by allies who are also sometimes rather temporary. The games are much more faction-based rather than linear like Avernum. And speaking of Avernum, it's all turn-based and you generally start with the party you end with. There are NPCs who will join you, but if they do they're treated just like any other party member.

—Alorael, who thinks the easiest way to understand gameplay differences is to download the demos and try them. The differences become very apparent very quickly.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
wow in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #13
Guys, please refrain from being trolled. This isn't someone new.

—Alorael, who appreciates haxer's humor slightly. He doesn't really appreciate how everyone else is lining up to take the bait. A little dignity, please!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Another picture thread. in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #3
As always:

IMAGE(http://img167.imageshack.us/img187/4300/Alorael.jpg)

[Edit: Misc[Edit: Miscopied]opied]

—Alorael, who should probably come up with a more recent picture soon.

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Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
New user titles in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #107
How about "600 lb. Drakon" instead?

—Alorael, who isn't sure that's a reasonable Drakon weight. Maybe Gazers instead.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Interested in spiderweb games, where to start? in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #3
The Geneforge games have more complicated plots and a more monolithic overarching story, so I'd say playing them all to get the continuity right is more important. That said, I jumped in at G4 and had no trouble enjoying the game a lot.

The Avernums are all worth playing, but they also all give you adequate summaries of prior games in the series somewhere near the beginning . You'll miss references and recurring characters, but the games are all fine as standalones.

—Alorael, who recommends playing through the demo of A1 at least. The background of Avernum and the Empire there isn't said as well any other way, and it's rather important.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
The Time has Come in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #5
Hopefully the forum importer will be able to keep everything from the current boards. If not, I have to question what, exactly, makes UBB worth the effort.

—Alorael, who supposes he could step up his posting if required. He'd really rather not, though. Spamming is so 2002. Also, if PDN changes aren't possible, he will be excruciatingly miffed.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
capitalism is flinging this planet apart in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #12
quote:
Originally written by We Didn't Shard of Fire:

Arancaytar Belyen
Ilyaran?

—Alorael, who assuredly does not recognize that surname, sir. Surely Aran doesn't have a surfeit of such names; that's a surefire way to circumvent communication.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
The 2008 Elections in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #38
For experience, I point you to this editorial. For networking, I think Obama is likely enough to know who the right people are without being beholden to that good old boys network that has done so well for the USA for the last eight years.

—Alorael, who doesn't think Bush has done a particularly good job of demonstrating the competence of cronies. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
New user titles in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #97
The boat isn't really sinking. It chugs along slowly but steadily, except now and then it stops, starts shaking ominously, smoke pours out of unlikely places, and we all fear for our lives. Then eventually the boat gets going again, except sometimes it has spontaneously jettisoned a few things unexpectedly. There's no conclusive evidence for catastrophe on the horizon, but it wouldn't really be surprising. Also, like any sane people, we're not really fond of the boat.

—Alorael, who would like to remind you that this isn't a particularly good metaphor. A forum isn't a big boat, it's a series of tubes.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
New user titles in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #88
Money isn't really the issue. Good forum software shouldn't be more than a few hundred dollars at the most, and plenty of good software (phpBB) is free. The bigger issue for Jeff is the hassle of actually doing it, but again, with good software it should be relatively easy. I think the real problem is just that he doesn't want to deal with it and so he won't until the UBB finally dies too thoroughly for resuscitation.

—Alorael, who notes that notes that for an additional fee a commercial forum company may even be willing to do most of the work, including conversion of an existing forum, for you (Invision). Maybe if enough people volunteered to pay for it to be absolutely work-free Jeff would be amenable. But probably not. He's a curmudgeon!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Invalid Script Error in Tech Support
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #1
It sounds like you have corrupted scripts for some reason. The most likely solution is reinstalling the game. You'll want to put your save files somewhere safe so you don't have to start over, and hopefully that will fix everything.

—Alorael, who can give and who is sure others can give advice on where the save files are if you haven't found them already.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
New member rankings. in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #3
This thread is redundant. Locking incoming!

—Alorael, who finds this thread redundant and will therefore close it.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
New user titles in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #40
I've been Your Postliness before. It's nothing new, really, although Postmaster General is a far better title.

—Alorael, whose will only add that Aran more than deserves his custom title. Additionally, if a precedent of decreasing total titles is set, he'll never get a title of his own.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Behold II in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #64
No change for me. Sigh.

—Alorael, who has no comment at this time about any crush he may or may not have on Lleg. No comment!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Behold II in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #52
Both of you are missing irony.

—Alorael, who has now maybe just cost himself a little bit of a chance to move up the list. Would it help if he blustered some more?
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00

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