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What feature that the Avernum series lacked would you most like to see in BoA? in Blades of Avernum
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If BoA works the way BoE did, items with custom graphics will be impossible to take from one scenario to another.

—Alorael, who also thinks that showing item quality with graphics would make identification less useful. Still, having all different kinds of swords look the same is a bit odd.
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This is a long shot, but.... in Tech Support
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If you were registered on the Ikonboard, your account didn't transfer to the UBB. If you were registered here and you can't use the automatic password mailing, you're pretty much stuck with this new account.

—Alorael, who doesn't know if it's possible for an admin to change passwords or not. It's probably against Spiderweb's policies to do so, though, because it's too easy to steal identities online.
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Spell stuff in BoA in Blades of Avernum
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Forcecage might be useful if its cost was lower, it was harder to resist, and it lasted longer. But it still would only be useful in very limited circumstances.

—Alorael, who thinks there might be ways to use it interestingly in BoA. But the chances of that are pretty low, while the chances of it remaining worthless are high.
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A Few Things Spiderweb Games Have Taught Us in General
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136. Sometimes you get the hacker, sometimes the hacker gets you.

137. Only 10% of the world's population can survive. That 10% will be the ones with the lead pipes.

138. No crime is so terrible that a few errands done for private citizens can't restore your public reputation.

—Alorael, who has learned all kinds of things from Irony Central. A good number of them don't bear repeating in polite company.
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No Taxes! in General
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Part of the need for constant labor is the lovely Puritan work ethic. Americans, and probably Europeans as well, view any spare time as sloth, and sloth as a sin.

—Alorael, who disagrees with Alec to a certain extent. The difference is that socialists see the needs of many as more important than any individuals, while capitalists say that everyone needs to create their own opportunities and work for themselves. There is idealism there; many truly believe that it is possible for everyone to live and thrive in today's economic world.
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"Georgians Plan Whites-Only Prom Party" in General
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quote:
Originally posted by iDavid:
anyway, those fools down there deserve to be ignored. Completely.
No, that's the wrong attitude. If there's racism there, there's racism elsewhere. And it is a problem that needs to be adressed. Shoving the matter into a corner solves nothing.

—Alorael, who believes that as long as racial pride and racial acknowledgement in general exist, racism will exist with them. The only time race can truly not matter is when nobody is any more aware of it than of eye color. That will never happen, though, so in the meantime it is necessary to deal with racism, often with race-conscious methods.
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"Georgians Plan Whites-Only Prom Party" in General
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That's true. But America on the whole is no longer consciously, intentionally racist. Now it's a much harder problem to deal with because most people aren't even willing to admit it is a problem.

—Alorael, who also doesn't think the skewed earnings are entirely due to racism. Much of that problem is from socioeconomic leftovers from slavery and segregation. When you start out on the bottom and everyone is against you, it's hard to get back to the top. Racism is undoubtedly still playing a role, but it isn't the only cause.

[ Friday, May 02, 2003 10:08: Message edited by: Alorael ]
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Palm Sunday in General
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My view is that the Old Testament was God's equivalent of the terrible twos. Now that he has matured a bit, he doesn't need to throw tantrums and divine wrath around. Instead, he has catchy slogans, reward systems (and punishment systems), and other more diplomatic ways to catch more worshippers.

—Alorael, who does agree that a few good miracles would work wonders for God's PR image. He just doesn't seem to care about customer service as much any more, or at least not in the flashy, extravagant, reviving of the dead way he used to.
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Payment System... in General
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You could read Spiderweb's official statement on their online ordering system.

—Alorael, who would say the best recommendation is that there are several thousand members on these boards, most of whom have purchased at least one game and none of whom have ever mentioned problems with online ordering. But if you're still worried, take Felwynne's advice and order by phone or by mail.
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"Georgians Plan Whites-Only Prom Party" in General
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And after all, it has only been thirty-some odd years since the schools were integrated, and the South has its bigoted reputation to uphold.

At least most of America is past that. It's only in the extremely remote backwaters that still resist new inventions like fire that racism is present on that kind of scale (by percent). There are bigots everywhere, but at least they are a minority almost everywhere else.

—Alorael, who has been in some of those very small, rural Southern areas. They're actually quite frightening, especially when you are mistaken for another devoted Christian when, in fact, you are nothing of the kind.
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still support jeff :) in General
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Maybe I'm blind, but I don't see any missing brackets (or braces). He forgot semicolons, though.

—Alorael, who would like to know what library has Huzzah!. It sounds like a most useful and enthusiastic function. Maybe computers would work better if they had peppy programs to run...
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Poor, poor Drakey in General
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RiB wouldn't be so amusing if Drakey hadn't given us predictions for when it would be finished that have been off by more than a year.

—Alorael, who doesn't even care if RiB is good or not. Even if it's worthy of review by Desperance, it would be nice to be able to see that Drakey hasn't been lying to everyone.
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'Wut do u look like?" in General
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Some tattoos look good, but most people just use themselves as billboards or doodle pads and put on random scrawls. That I don't understand. Piercings I can also deal with, although in mouths they tend to distract me from conversations and I can't help wondering what happens when heavily-beringed people trip and hit their faces.

?Alorael, who has seen some fairly elaborate piercing setups. His opinion is that it's pretty much okay as long as there are no chains connecting one piercing to another. That has too much potential to turn into a bloody mess if someone else's hand gets caught in it.
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Palm Sunday in General
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I thought Mesopotamia had become more desertified over the past four thousand years or so. It may still have fertile parts, but when it was busy being the cradle of civilization it had far more arable land than it does now.

—Alorael, who doesn't know much about Mother Theresa at all. But just because one organization honors you doesn't make you a wonderful person. Various churches have stood behind many of the worst humans ever to live, and religion in general has caused more than its share of wars and suffering.
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Poor, poor Drakey in General
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Scorp, was dragging arguments up out of the past really necessary? I don't think that does anyone any good, and I do think that it might be something some people would rather not see brought up again.

—Alorael, who doesn't think the post was anything anyone particularly cared about anyway. Just think usual Scorp randomness, only more Spiderweb-related and more biting.
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A Few Things Spiderweb Games Have Taught Us in General
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117. If someone is willing to talk to you, odds are good that they either know something important or have some requests to make.

118. Drugs are bad.

—Alorael, who unfortunately failed to pick up on this last one. Oh well. It's not too late for the rest of you!
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Selkie pelts in Nethergate
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Selkiehome can be reached by taking the bridge south of the Ruined Hall west across the river, following the road south and then west around the forest with the Spire of Ages, then turning south and going down the river before crossing on the bridge. You'll find a cave in the side of a hill by a lake.

Go in, wander around until you reach the chief, and kill him. He'll drop the pelt when he dies.

—Alorael, who almost decided not to answer immediately just because he was told to. Adding unnecessary and emphatic demands like that really isn't necessary.
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BoA species in Blades of Avernum
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quote:
Originally posted by Afkpuz:
And low points in Strength, Endurance, Bows, Pole Weapons, Hardiness, and other similar skills.
They're not especially weak, just thin. And they have higher health and resistance to magic and poison than humans, which would mean their endurance and maybe hardiness are high as well.

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Therefore, to balance a Vahnatai you would need a very slow, strong character with almost no mage skill, AKA Giants or Troglodytes. Or sliths, on second thought...
None of the above are slow, although none are known for dexterity, either. Sliths have quite skilled mages, and troglodyte khazis are not only good mages but good priests as well. Giants aren't quite as magical, but their shamans are nothing to sneeze at either.

—Alorael, who is sure TM would be happy to tell you everything you'd like to know and then some about illithids.
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Palm Sunday in General
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All kinds of Old Testament laws were lost in the switch to Christianity. Of course, many of them are also redundant and even nonsensical. I have yet to be given a good explanation of why it is unacceptable to God to own land or live in Egypt.

—Alorael, who takes the view that God would rather have good people than good followers of the letter of the law. Especially since it's quite easy to overlook one commandment or another.
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Oh man...CHECK YOUR PRIVATE MESSAGES, PEOPLE! in General
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He is talking about BoE, which is also known as Blades on these boards. Pygmalion is Djur's project to create a world creator/editor. In that general sense it is like BoE, but Djur would like it to be better made, more flexible, better supported, and generally as close to perfect as an editor can get.

—Alorael, who recommends actually looking at the Pygmalion forum on Desperance to learn more about it or even throw more ideas at Djur.
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No Taxes! in General
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quote:
Originally posted by Thanatos Starfyre:
Do also remember what the word utopia means...
Literally, it means "no place." Isn't that a nice commentary? Still, although a utopian society may never exist, utopian ideas can be incorporated to some degree in real-world societies.

—Alorael, who doesn't see how taxation is necessary. After all, money isn't necessary, strictly speaking. But there must be some form of organization that receives the benefits of labor in return for services or everything would regress to Hobbes's state of nature, in which strong individuals would be able to take advantage of weak ones in the absence of any organized power.
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Crossfire in General
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But is it worse to be a miser and give only tiny amounts of money to worthy causes or to be overly generous while supporting the International Torture the Children Fund? The first is certainly better for the world, regardless of how you view it morally.

I agree with HawkGirl that it is impossible to be selfless. If you do good, you do it only because you feel good about it. Even anonymous work or donations make you feel like you have done something good. If we didn't like that feeling, we wouldn't do it. Very few people would call themselves immoral, but many would be happy to accuse others because everyone's ideas are different.

?Alorael, who does not think anyone is born with a purpose. There will always be some things that you are good at, some that are more rewarding than others, and some that are hopeless, but nobody is every completely pidgeonholed. Everyone is given certain talents and traits from genes and upbringing, and it is up to each individual to find a good way to use them.
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Spell stuff in BoA in Blades of Avernum
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Mindduel also enables mages to store up far too many excess spell points before facing a difficult enemy. I'm all for odd spells, but only if they aren't unfairly good.

—Alorael, who isn't sure he approves of a spell that encourages picking on apprentice mages, either. There should at least be lesser gains for out-minddueling a pathetic mage!
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'Wut do u look like?" in General
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I've been told I resemble the mailman once or twice...

?Alorael, who doesn't have any pictures of himself on his computer anyway, and he doesn't have a scanner. But trust him, your day is better for not seeing him.
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