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Playing with HTML in Nethergate
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There is such a thing as too much HTML.

—Alorael, who does not approve at all. Especially when he cannot several posts because Desperance seems to have sprouted up...

[ Thursday, October 24, 2002 15:49: Message edited by: Alorael ]
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Family Entertainment / Distribution in Blades of Avernum
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Porn is not physically or mentally harmful, and those who think it is morally wrong can avoid it. Thus, there is nothing wrong with it in a totally impartial light.

That being said, it shouldn't be discussed here, or anywhere on these boards. This topic really needs to end.

—Alorael, who cannot think of any way to gracefully work nudity into Avernum graphics. They are fairly small...
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Family Entertainment / Distribution in Blades of Avernum
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I think this thread needs to end now. Quickly.

—Alorael, who lacks the authority to lock it. So he'll just say that the conversation needs to change.
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Family Entertainment / Distribution in Blades of Avernum
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Perhaps I'm wrong, but I think you could even throw in humans who discriminate against other human groups (although it would be safer and more political correct to choose imaginary groups) as long as you don't force the player to take that view.

—Alorael, who would generally assume that anything is okay as long as it furthers the plot and isn't created solely for its own sake. And if you're relying on shock for a plot, your scenario isn't worth its disk space.
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Family Entertainment / Distribution in Blades of Avernum
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If this works like BoE, Spiderweb will host scenarios pretty much without checking content. Unless something is created as a medium for a message of prejudice or pure pornography, it's probably okay. There are scenario ratings you can choose, so strong language and other minor problems can be covered by rating a scenario R.

There's also an NC-17 option for anything really questionable, but I can't think of any scenario that would require the rating and be worth playing.

—Alorael, who also is fairly sure that there will be other sites hosting scenarios, just as the Lyceum and other sites host scenarios for BoE. And, if worst comes to worst and everyone hates your scenario, you can usually find some site and host it yourself.
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File Sizes in Blades of Avernum
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Big sizes mean lots of custom graphics. The very largest downloads tend to be good, but there are some pretty big ones that aren't worth the negligible download time using high-speed internet access.

—Alorael, who would suspect most BoA scenarios with custom graphics to be significantly larger than BoE scenarios. Instead of four graphics, monsters require at least twelve graphics.
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Few Questions in Blades of Avernum
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Tim Farland has, as far as we know, dropped off the face of the Earth. Luz is still around, and she may try creating some BoA graphics sometime.

—Alorael, who actually hasn't seen Luz post in quite some time. She's either gone or lurking.
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Few Questions in Blades of Avernum
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The scripting will probably be slightly harder to use than BoE's node system, but not terrible. If BoA is at all like BoE, it will be so user-friendly that you won't even need to open the documentation and look for help until you're trying to do very complicated things.

—Alorael, who imagines that this board will qualify as help for the aspiring scenario designer. The included documentation will probably describe all of the basic functions as well.
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Graphics Tool in Blades of Avernum
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Are you using a Mac or a PC?

—Alorael, who has heard that MS Paint is a good choice for the PC side, while most Mac computers bought within the last five or so years came with Clarisworks/Appleworks, which has a decent paint program.
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BoA Question(s) in Blades of Avernum
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Because he'd rather not waste time telling us what he's doing when he could instead be doing it.

—Alorael, who is also under the impression that Jeff rarely visits the forums other than to make announcements and to see what bugs crop up immediately after a game's release. BoA is the exception.
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I wish for you all to pet my fluffy kitten in General
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In my experience, crouching down next to a cat will either earn you a wet, icky nose in the face or many fine, bloody lines across your face. Either way, I'll pass.

—Alorael, who has been greatly amused by watching a cat fall into a bathtub. So much for balance and grace.
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How to Register in Tech Support
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The cheapest and easiest way is probably to order online. Go to the Spiderweb homepage, click on the sidebar entitled "Ordering," and click on the link under the first option.

—Alorael, who would like to take this opportunity to deliver a warning against attempted software piracy. Do not ask for free registration from others, and do not give it to others.
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I wish for you all to pet my fluffy kitten in General
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Are you saying that sly isn't cute? This one may or may not be sly, but it certainly is cute!

—Alorael, who happens to think that most cats are cute. Even when they have runny noses and goopy eyes. Even when they try to claw new apertures in your face.
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Transparency in Tech Support
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As I understand it, Sullust hasn't altered any graphics. However, any occurences of white instead show whatever is behind the graphic. I think he means that characters, monsters, and items show the terrain behind them, but I could be wrong.

—Alorael, who can't think of any better solution than adding very light gray to any white areas either. It's a very strange bug.
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Just browsing when... in Tech Support
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UBB seems to be plagued by errors, especially when there are a lot of people browsing the boards. Unless the error comes back some more, or something serious results from it, it's probably best to ignore it.

—Alorael, who would be happy to see something other than yet another 500 Error.
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Need to get a Flag Number for A3 in Tech Support
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This is the only method for figuring out the SDF's, but it's also very difficult. There are literally thousands of different flags, each of which can be set to anywhere from 0 to 255. Then there's the possibility that several flags could affect a single event.

—Alorael, who believes that the Change SDF option of the editor was put in for alpha-testing purposes only. Unless you have all the A3 code, it's probably not going to help you.
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Avernum Character Editor in Tech Support
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As far as I know, it's impossible to get rid of the abilities once you've given a character the trait that gives them. However, once the trait is removed, all other powers and penalties go away as well. Just don't use the abilities if you're not supposed to have them.

—Alorael, who professes to have used this trick several times to get skills he didn't earn. A3's Inner Strength is particularly useful.
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Need to get a Flag Number for A3 in Tech Support
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Nobody has put together a list of special flags, unfortunately. You'll either have to reload from that old backup or go on anyway. It's still possible to win the game without completing the Troglo/Giant quest, and you may be able to finish it even after killing King Vothkaro.

—Alorael, who wonders if perhaps someone should email Jeff a request for the list of special flags. Surely he has one, and if he includes something like that in the editor, it would be nice to be able to use it.
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Few Questions in Blades of Avernum
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There's really no reason for a new class. The ones that already exist are adequate, since they really have only minimal impact on gameplay. Most Avernum players probably use the custom class anyway.

—Alorael, who can't think of any role a monk would fill that another class doesn't. Besides, a monk's true place is in the Monastery of Madness, learning to wield the feisty slap of pain.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Few Questions in Blades of Avernum
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Underwater scenarios were possible in BoE, using custom terrain and special nodes, so I assume that they will remain possible.

Dual-wielding seems unlikely, since it would require a major change in graphics and some work on the engine. The best you can do is make a single weapon called 2 [whatever it is] and make it two-handed, slightly worse than actually twice the base weapons strength.

[Edit: Off-topic, your signature contains profanity that is banned by the Code of Conduct. Please change it.]

—Alorael, who can't imagine that practice with BoE would hurt. Still, the engines are significantly different, so it may not be as helpful as it could be. But getting BoE is a good idea in and of itself!

[ Sunday, September 22, 2002 11:53: Message edited by: Alorael ]
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BoE-Win-Scenario: Election, problem with the save file in Tech Support
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Save files tend to become corrupted over the internet. You'll have to make the party for yourself with the editor.

—Alorael, who has no explanation of the confusion between BoE and E2. It's just yet another unfixed mistake in Blades.
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I have an idea! in Blades of Avernum
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Attacking a monster that appears far above the space it's on would be difficult, and spell effects targetting it would actually hit below the graphic. The damage would appear too low as well.

—Alorael, who doesn't see why bats don't properly convey flying. If something really can fly, then why would it stick around for you to whack it to death?
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help with blades of exile download in Tech Support
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If you're using a Mac, make sure all the scenarios are in the folder "Blades of Exile Scenarios" and that that folder is in the same folder as Blades of Exile itself. The setup is probably similar for a PC. Also, you can only have 20 scenarios in the scenario folder at once, or some of them will not show up in the custom scenario list of BoE.

—Alorael, who cannot think of any reason the built-in scenarios wouldn't run, unless the folder was renamed.
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/ - qustion in Tech Support
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I believe the Magic Potato was once Lester the [Mostly] Sane, with brackets and not parentheses. I'd check with a name change myself, but I'm too lazy.

—Alorael, who wouldn't mind being an HTML tag himself. It's stylish!
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Help with registration in Tech Support
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I have had my hard drive erased multiple times, and Spiderweb has never had any trouble giving me a new password when I gave them a little bit of information (name, new serial number, etc). You can do it over the phone in two minutes.

—Alorael, who couldn't even find the old registration codes to prove that he had ordered before.
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