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SimCity: the greatest evil? in General
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quote:
Originally written by Safey:

quote:
Originally written by Rowen:

I would very much like to see medical care placed into the goverments hands (in the U.S) so that it can emulate Canada, the U.K. and other countries that use the socialist medical care system.

At least people can afford to live in that system.

Do you really want to trust the same people who run a screwed up health care system to be poking around in your organs?

Doctors really aren't usually the ones running health care. That honor falls to politicians.

—Alorael, who doesn't know if you feel comfortable with doctors poking around in your organs. He personally doesn't, but that's because he finds organ poking inherently uncomfortable. If someone has to do it, he'd rather it were a doctor.
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SimCity: the greatest evil? in General
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What makes you think SimCity is not all about simulating a top-down police state, or at least a police city? What makes you think it is not deliberate propaganda created to help tomorrow's leaders start oppressing today?

—Alorael, who is about 70% certain that the CIA already has ways to unleash fires, floods, storms, monsters, aliens, and other horrors upon an unsuspecting populace at will. There is no longer anything natural about natural disasters.
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Diversity in General
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Rich, poor, and in-between. Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, animist (why doesn't that one get capitalized?) or Discordian. Denominations if you wish.

—Alorael, who would ask for political leanings if that weren't already covered by regular compass topics.
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World building poll in General
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I can imagine situations in which an odd number of teeth in a mammal makes sense if the extra is in the middle, but what use is there for a fifth leg?

—Alorael, who could perhaps see it if it were adapted to be something other than a walking limb. But another leg? Quadrupeds are already pretty stable and have very nice gaits set up.
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The Bunker: Questions abound (spoilers ahoy) in The Avernum Trilogy
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It's quite possible to avoid killing the crystal souls without any scripted help. Haste, abuse the wait command, and charge for the secret passage before anyone can start frying you.

—Alorael, who just didn't have the patience to wait for the Bunker weapons. Those profoundly powerful makers of magical precision tools need to learn how to cut corners and speed up.
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Diversity in General
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How about religion and economic status? Those are also important markers of minority status, although of course the former only means something if you also give your current location.

—Alorael, who is ethnically challenged as well as ethically challenged. That means he really wants to make terrible race jokes but can't get away with them.
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ACS - TNG in General
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Wasn't me. Arcanum is on my shortlist of games to play when I have Windows or equivalent.

—Alorael, who doesn't know of many steampunk games, period. Arcanum, the Thief series, bits of Myst, and what else?
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shorthand in verbal conversation in General
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I have occasionally responded verbally with lol (sounds identical to the real word loll) and zomg (pronounced phonetically), but only in a very high falsetto, and I always regret it afterwards even though I giggle elatedly.

—Alorael, who has yet to hear anyone use internetisms in person in a non-ironic way.
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Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey in General
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Please don't ruin the forums. Thanks!

—Alorael, who must point out that threads that turn into image posting are on the steep downhill slope to death. The appropriate ending is one of Aran's sunsets, but not every death is pretty.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
roman craft circle in Nethergate
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You could play with scripts and give yourself more, but there's no easy way to do it with the editor.

—Alorael, who recommends stealing from the scripts that are supposed to give you more of those circles as quest rewards and, say, sticking them in ordinary dialogue in Shadow Valley Fort. If you're totally unfamiliar with C/C++ it might be hard.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
What have you been reading lately? in General
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It's a curse in a theater, not on a forum!

—Alorael, who has recently read Gary Shteyngart's The Russian Debutante's Handbook. It reads something like self-consciously highbrow Carl Hiaasen or even a bit like Neal Stephenson without the sci-fi. It's funny and very clever, and it's quite seriously crazy.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Testing Grounds #2 in Avernum 4
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You need to take enough damage every round that you'll accumulate enough (invulnerability the whole time doesn't work), but not so much that you can't stay healed and alive. It's easiest to send in a single character to receive a beating and leave your priest(s) hanging back to cast healing spells as necessary.

—Alorael, who definitely thinks this test isn't made for parties at a reasonable strength for when they first encounter it.
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ACS - TNG in General
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I think the concept behind A2's Dark Waters and Za-Khazi could be expanded into a full game. Fantasy, sci-fi, or anything else, aloneness, exploration and survival are good things. It even works well in a post-apocalyptic setting.

—Alorael, who also thinks that another A1 style huge open area available from the beginning could go well. It won't happen, but that style of open-ended world exploration is nice and sets the stage well for a series based on the world.
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Bobby Fischer in General
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I'm most grateful to him for Chess960, which makes chess fun for me even as someone unwilling to put the time and effort into memorizing standard openings.

—Alorael, who is even more fond of Fischerandomstratego. For some reason that game never really caught on.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey in General
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quote:
Originally written by Safey:

As far as a police officer sitting in a bathroom waiting to be solicited for gay sex it sounds like similar operations where a female cop will pretend to be a hooker to catch those guys who solicited female hookers for sex.
When the female cop catches guys trying to solicit male hookers, hilarity ensues.

—Alorael, who imagines that getting arrested for soliciting a prostitute is bad. Getting arrested and laughed at for doing it incompetently must be worse.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
World building poll in General
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Actually, no one can think. We're dependent on symbiotes for our sapience, and they're dependent on us for existence.

—Alorael, whose signature says hi to any other thoughts hanging around here. You wouldn't believe how cluttered his head is getting. In other news, this may, in fact, reveal the reason for a third person signature.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Hei! in General
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Hebrew was once my second language bin, but Spanish supplanted it.

—Alorael, who can speak good pseudo-Ladino. Or rather, hu medaber algo que parece Ladino tov a alguien que lo yodea Ladino.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
A1 party composition - any pitfalls? in The Avernum Trilogy
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Luck's mechanical benefits like increased resistance don't stack, but in encounters that require a certain amount of luck your party's total is counted.

The damage reduction from hardiness is quite small. Its real use is in boosting resistances, but I believe the consensus is that points are better spent elsewhere. I might be confusing it with another skill, though.

—Alorael, who thinks you're already pushing the limits of how well the skill system is understood. Jeff hasn't given out his formulas, so everything is determined empirically. Sometimes the only definite truth is that the games are programmed in mathematically counterintuitive ways.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
A1 party composition - any pitfalls? in The Avernum Trilogy
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Echoing Kel here, A1 is quite forgiving of choices that aren't completely min-maxed, especially considering how the preset classes are most decidedly not min-maxed. Your party looks like it's well designed. Some of your choices aren't the ones we jaded number-crunchers might make, but that's not going to be a problem.

—Alorael, who thinks it will be even less of a problem if you aren't playing with the difficulty cranked up to torment level. On normal the game is made for ordinary human beings, not the stat analysts who lurk here.
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Xian Chain Mail in The Avernum Trilogy
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I can't remember what the disadvantage is, actually, but I remember it being hefty enough that I never used the armor. At least one of the Xian items acts like Uranium and randomly diseases your party.

—Alorael, who wouldn't have skipped good armor over a little inconvenience like disease. It's probably worse than that.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Geneforge 4, Indie RPG Of The Year 2007 in General
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Spiderweb has been a shareware titan for years. It's definitely an indie outfit, but it gets notice from reasonably big gaming press. And it's richly deserved!

—Alorael, who once again must note that as harsh as the critics are here of Spiderweb games, the games are still vastly superior to most of what's put out by the gaming industry.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Hei! in General
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Never use Babelfish as a dictionary when you can use the superior WordReference instead.

—Alorael, who wanted to stop at the word Babelfish. It does have its place, though. Sometimes you need to read that page that's all in Sanskrit and you have nowhere else to turn.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Hei! in General
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quote:
Originally written by Kelandon:

Linguae barbaricae.
We're not the vulgar ones, now, are we?

Ani medaber ksat ivrit, aval ani yodeah mah atah kotev. Hace muchos años desde que estudiaba hebreo, y se me olvidan mas y mas palabras.

—Alorael, who at this point can only wait for someone to break out the Quenya.
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