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Starcraft in General
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1. Txalik, currently. I'm terrible with battle.net accounts, since I'm never on anyway due to interesting problems with connections and whatnot.

2. Nope.

—Alorael, who would play SC more if he could connect with less than an our of fiddling with settings and wires. The games are also quite intimidating now, since none of them seem to involve Starcraft.

[ Monday, May 26, 2003 14:43: Message edited by: Alorael ]
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Announcement on the status of Scorpius and Ed Lemur in General
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People are still discussing, and more or less politely at that. No reason for topic death now.

I think you can twist the words of the Bible to say pretty much whatever you want to hear, and since translations and transcriptions have involved this twisting for several millenia it's inevitable that we're on the receiving end of so much religious propaganda.

—Alorael, who is sure that any book that can prove the Bible's legitimacy has gaping holes in its logic or premises. These holes will only be visible to non-believers, of course. That's the way things work when you try to rationalize faith.
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Living in Valorim in The Avernum Trilogy
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I like Lorelei and Krizsan. Both are very nice cities, Lorelei has a nice central location, and Krizsan is right next to the entrance to Avernum.

—Alorael, who was very tempted to choose Gebra. He's sure he and most other Spiderwebbers would fit right in!
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The "Scorpius Reloaded" picture in General
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Here is me:

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—Alorael, who apologizes for the inconvenience and incompetence.

[ Monday, May 26, 2003 09:02: Message edited by: Alorael ]
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
gaunlet dark legacy in General
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The newer Gauntlets are mindless hackfests with no plot, no thinking, and no point. They are viscerally satisfying, but not really intereseting. Dark Legacy, from what little I've seen of it, adds unnecessary complexity and incomprehensible camera angles to the mix to make a truly bad game, since even the hacking becomes difficult.

—Alorael, who would rather fight a bunch of doomguards in BoE with a god party. It's about the same challenge, and at least in BoE there's always a chance at having a plot jump out and surprise you.
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Club in General
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First of all, I agree with Drakey's assessment. Second, this topic reeks of fruit and other things. Third, boards made for no reason have a bad history of not working out, but suit yourself in making a new one.

—Alorael, who will stay well away. He isn't sure he can handle all, especially if all includes a manse in which meetings are held.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Hmm....Posting Images in Tech Support
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First of all, Geocities doesn't allow remote posting of images. You'll have to post a link, and that one doesn't work.

Second, don't put spaces between the [IMG] and whatever URL follows.

—Alorael, who dislikes Geocities anyway. They are the hosting equivalent of hotmail. There are better alternatives, but nobody uses them.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Announcement on the status of Scorpius and Ed Lemur in General
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Where does Lilith appear in the Bible? She's not anywhere in the first few chapters of Genesis as far as I can tell.

—Alorael, who is sure mangophobia is directed at Drakey, whose unholy passion for fruit (and passionfruit) is probably a sin.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
know any good rpg's like avernum? in General
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AoW is for PC only.

—Alorael, who isn't terribly surprised. After all, it has only been two years since the PC release. They have another good decade before they should think about porting the game to Mac.
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Hi in General
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Welcome to Spiderweb, Kenshin! Because you're new, you deserve a fair warning. Vladimir Scorpius, better known as Scorp, will be sarcastic at every chance he gets. Alec, currently going by the moniker "el presidente," will be equally sarcastic. TM, or Terror's Martyr, will probably also take every opportunity to make fun of you. Just a fair warning. Oh, and Imban seems to be joining the fun today.

Sorry, Scorp, Alec, TM, and Imban. But he had to hear it.

—Alorael, who doesn't like to see newcomers abused without even realizing it. Now at least he will have a chance to recognize heavy, heavy sarcasm and respond accordingly.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
What feature that the Avernum series lacked would you most like to see in BoA? in Blades of Avernum
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Andy: Magic Map is a scenario designer's nightmare. It takes all the challenge out of exploration in many cases. In fact, I'd rather see a way to deactivate the automap entirely in certain areas.

Fighting on horseback, ambidexterity, and more party members all require engine changes, and thus will almost certainly not happen. Ambidexterity also has the problem of doubling the amount of damage done. With the cap at 200, damage is already high enough.

—Alorael, who thinks that choosing not to buy BoA just because of equipment restrictions is just a bit ridiculous. At least give the demo a try before refusing to buy.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Announcement on the status of Scorpius and Ed Lemur in General
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Many gay couples adopt. I don't see very strong reasoning even for the marriage tax breaks.

—Alorael, who also thinks that many gays would be perfectly happy to get all the rights of marriage minus tax breaks for civil unions. They would prefer to get the whole thing, but complete legal indifference to homosexual couples is ridiculous.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Fantasoft? in General
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Well, it's the opposite of Avernum. Avernum was a new engine combined with an old plot. New Centurions is the same old engine with some new eye candy combined with new plot, or as close to plot as Fantasoft gets. Avernum still wins.

—Alorael, who can't think of any other company that so completely refused to make a new product to sell as a new product. New Centurions even has places where it still calls itself Realmz!
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SILLY HATS ONLY! in General
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IMAGE(http://www.mikestshirts.com/images/hat17.jpg)

—Alorael, who bids this topic a fond, sniping-filled farewell for spam.
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Poll for Atheists and Agnostics... in General
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Alec, there is no longer anything that helps procreation, except possibly attractiveness. Evolution in a biological sense isn't going anywhere. However, civilization has brought the new concept of meme evolution. That's what we see when our customs change. The rise of Christianity, the creation of Protestantism, and the current trend towards atheism visible all over are all part of meme evolution.

—Alorael, who would guess, knowing nothing about this fossil, that the hypothesis was that some dinosaur species were still around 20,000 years ago. There's nothing wrong with that theory, especially if those were evolutionary dead-ends that died out. It may not be right, but there's no reason the theory has to be wrong.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Poll for Atheists and Agnostics... in General
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Medicine is also anti-evolution. In the past, sickly people or people with, say, cystic fibrosis didn't live long enough to have children. Now, almost any set of genes, no matter how unhealthy, can be survived with for quite some time. So every gene, no matter how damaging, is reproduced.

—Alorael, who sees a more likely effect of genetic manipulation than superpowered humans. Instead, it's likely that someone will miss the importance of one critical but misunderstood gene, remove it from everyone because it seems harmful, and consign the entire species to death by a new virus.
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Titles in General
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The contest is long gone. It was a translation of something from Novah, the vahnatai language, to English, using Drakey's handy Novah Lexicon.

—Alorael, who can't even remember what was translated. All he remembers is that Djur figured out what it was and cut most of the translation time by just finding the right document.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
know any good rpg's like avernum? in General
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There's Realmz, which is somewhat Exile-like. I don't know if I'd classify it as a good RPG, but you are free to form your own opinions.

—Alorael, who can't think of anything both similar in style and similar in quality off the top of his head. Good shareware is hard to come by.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Major problem!!!!!! in Tech Support
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Zephyr uses a PC, I believe. I'd say the problem probably is either from a lack of a program that can unzip or an incorrect browser setting. Check to see if you have WinZip or another unstuffing program. If you don't, check your browser's settings, especially for downloads.

—Alorael, who has also had downloading problems for some files. On a Mac, holding down the option key sometimes helps. There's probably a similar command for PC's.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Fantasoft? in General
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Fantasoft co-published E1 and possibly E2. It is a separate company, and its best-known product is Realmz. I don't really like Realmz or anything else made by Fantasoft, but you can decide for yourself. Unsurprisingly, the site is http://www.fantasoft.com

—Alorael, who lost all patience with Fantasoft when they made New Centurions, which is a blatant attempt to get Realmz players to pay for registration again for cool new graphics and a slightly modified system.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Poll for Atheists and Agnostics... in General
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Against my better judgement, I will respond to Andy.

quote:
Originally posted by y0d1n2a3:
1. Isn't evolution about "one common ancestor evolving into all organisms on earth"? Nowadays, we see species going endangered then extinct swiftly. We don't see new species appearing, though.
We see species dying out constantly because humans are very quickly changing climates and terrain, crowding out wildlife, and making life very difficult for other species. Evolution, in contrast, takes place over millions of years, or at the very least tens of thousands of years. And even before humans, there were periods of mass extinctions at times of rapid change (the Ice Age, etc.) followed by more stable periods.

quote:
[b]2. Can you find a half-fish and half-frog today? No. Darwin said that they are extinct- but there is a chance that they never existed (or they could have co-existed with amphibians AND fish but went extinct due to natural selection).
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There are lungfish, which can breathe both in and out of water, and a variety of fish that can spend long periods of time on land. Then there are amphibians themselves, which have a stage in life where they are essentially fish, then another where they are closer to reptiles. Then the reptiles finally severed their ties to large bodies of water. If that isn't a clear progression of evolution, I can't think of one.

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3. Theoratically, the "speed of evolution" increases with time. If this is true, we would ahve evolved into another species already.
I've never heard this theory. The speed of evolution isn't constant, but I've never heard any theories that put it any faster than ten thousand years or so for significant change. Homo sapiens sapiens hasn't been around all that long in evolutionary terms. And before Homo sapiens sapiens, we were just Homo sapiens, which evolved from Homo habilis, and so on.

—Alorael, who is sure he has opened the floodgates to a new evolution argument. Oh well. It's been too long since there was a good unsolvable argument on Spiderweb. Almost a week, maybe!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Announcement on the status of Scorpius and Ed Lemur in General
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I'd put religion in a different category from ignorant and homosexual-but-hiding-it. The reasons are different, and while I disagree with them, I can at least understand them. However, just as I don't try to push acceptance of homosexuality on others, I'd prefer if nobody tried to push intolerance on me.

—Alorael, who also dislikes the word homophobia. It should mean fear of homosexuals, not hatred, and he only knows one person who fears them (or feels uncomfortable around them) without hating them or feeling that their sexual orientation is wrong.
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Have u made any graemlins? in General
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I like the graemlin too. With a bit of work and another first on the other side, it could become the symbol for Alec.

—Alorael, who would contact someone about hosting the graemlins. Spiderweb could always use more colorful expressions of emotion.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Announcement on the status of Scorpius and Ed Lemur in General
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LF, homosexuality is accepted here under the CoC. I'm not sure if Scorp is, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

—Alorael, who would like to know whether this relationship was declared under the influence of intoxicating substances like Desperance or OMGJeremy. If not, it's probably not going to last very long.
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999 in General
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I thought TM was the king of kings. Is there a series of monarchs who reign over other monarchs in a pyramidal heirarchy?

—Alorael, who has utterly lost his ability to type and shown it for the past few days. If he says anything unbearably stupid, it's his fingers talking, not him.
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