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Helpppppp, Corrupted Unbound One!!! in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #7
Or, if you aren't or don't have a good melee tank, it's worth noting that even bosses can be slowed, if you cast two or three Essense Shackles on them.

And is the corrupted unbound the one in the breeding pits? If so, there's a machine to the south that can help you, if you can lead the thing down there.

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ACS - TNG in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #30
Don Quixote was a guy with lots of advantages who managed to send his life straight downhill by getting addicted to reading 17th century fantasy novels. For all of us here he should be some kind of patron saint.

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Geneforge on the Ermarian Network in Geneforge Series
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #20
It's surprising that 'archive' isn't in the game texts, because it sounds in character. Neither 'encyclopedia' nor 'library' do. So I agree with ET on this one.

I voted for 'geneforge.ermarian' because it was to the point. But maybe 'barred' is better just because it's more obscure, something that only an aficionado would know. That would be in style with the Ermarian site, I guess, which does not host the Avernum Almanac.

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What have you been reading lately? in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #653
You can't be too careful with Macbeth.

Doh!

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What have you been reading lately? in General
Electric Sheep One
Member # 3431
Profile #651
quote:
Originally written by Excalibur:

Now my English teacher says we're going to read the Scottish play. :(
quote:
Originally recited by Kendrick and Mossop:
Hot potato,
Orchestra stalls,
Puck to make amends.

Fixed your curse.

[ Tuesday, January 22, 2008 21:46: Message edited by: Student of Trinity ]

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ACS - TNG in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #2
Jeff has said that he intends to keep his cave world alive indefinitely by keeping the older games playable on new machines, and perhaps with periodic 'Resurrection' style remakes. But I think his plan is to start something new after A6.

I think sci-fi would be cool, too. Geneforge could have been sci-fi with minimal tweaking, really. It's plots and themes are in many ways more like sci-fi than traditional fantasy, anyway. So a rather free, Arthur C. Clarkesque sci-fi could probably work well.

I don't think I want to see gritty post-apocalyptic stuff set on Earth. It's not escapist enough. Post-apocalyptic on some distant far future colony world would be okay, since that would leave many more options open for just what could have happened or might happen next.

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Geneforge wiki? in Geneforge Series
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #44
What about the endless factional debates? You can't just leave them out, but there have already been plenty of debate threads on these boards, and we don't need a second place for individuals to fight it out over whether Takers or Shapers are better or more evil or whatever. The ideal would be to make an archive of concise best statements of the cases for the various sides, and leave it at that.

Despite the ideal of a Wiki, I think that open editing of argument summaries would immediately just turn the argument archive into a debate forum with even less moderating than we have here. So there would have to be some way of approving who writes what.

If Aran hosts the site, he should just decide despotically, after taking whatever advice he wishes. I think that among the people here who have shown interest in these debates there are probably enough level headed and capable writers to champion each side. For that matter, there are probably several people who could summarize all the arguments well and fairly, regardless of which they personally supported, if any.

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Bobby Fischer in General
Electric Sheep One
Member # 3431
Profile #21
quote:
Originally written by Agrajag:

:(

The time for heroes is dead and gone.

We have lots of celebrities, though.

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Bobby Fischer in General
Electric Sheep One
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Maybe the Ephesos thing is about undead somehow? I dunno.

The line about people dying who had never died before is a quote from somewhere, but I'm not sure where, and from what I do recall of the original context it was pretty grim humor (Ireland in the potato famine). But yeah, the point was that everyone dies, so for every generation there comes a time when its heroes die, and of course no-one can fill their shoes.

Nevertheless you may be right, that this time there really has been a drop or a change in the production of role models. Evel Knievel went a while ago, too, right? Maybe it's just ignorance on my part, but perhaps it does seem that in recent decades the only real 'firsts' we've seen have been computer stuff. Which is great and all, but not really heroic, somehow.

Since I'm forty, I sort of expect to see a hero die-off round about now. But are the people I think of as the heroes that have always been there the same people that 20-year-olds have in mind? If so, the current 20s generation may well have a weird time coming up. Hmmm.

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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #620
Hmmm; not all that much actually happens in this chapter. It's got all kinds of nice little vignettes and bits of dialogue, and minor connection actions that move the plot along or explain stuff that has already happened. But nothing significant actually occurs in the latest installment.

A good story can carry some lulls, of course. And maybe there's even a good reason, in the overall pacing scheme, for this one. We'll see.

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Bobby Fischer in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #12
Yeah, man. These days all kinds of people are dying, that never died before.

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Who Should Win in Geneforge 5 in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Electric Sheep One
Member # 3431
Profile #33
Somehow Geneforge reminds me of a cute old poem from some English guy:

quote:

God bless the King! I mean the Faith's Defender.
God bless (no harm in blessing) the Pretender.
But which the former is, and which the latter:
God bless us all, that's quite another matter.



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World building poll in General
Electric Sheep One
Member # 3431
Profile #77
Hey, it's thought-of-a-race-of-thought-creatures! Long time no see! I'm afraid practically no-one here will remember you. Alorael's sig is pretty much the only oldby left these days.

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roman quests in Nethergate
Electric Sheep One
Member # 3431
Profile #1
Wander as much as you like. Everything is terribly urgent, because there is this rival team of Celtic heroes who are just about to beat you to every punch. But somehow, in reality, not.

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World building poll in General
Electric Sheep One
Member # 3431
Profile #74
A race of really long serpents, living in a small Möbius universe. That way they can encircle the world and watch in amazement as they swing their own tails left and right.

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Hei! in General
Electric Sheep One
Member # 3431
Profile #65
quote:
Originally written by Thralni:

Does anybody have that problem, that when he wants to speak/write stuff in a different language than his mother tongue, he starts thinking in German, therefor producing only German words? I seem to have it all the time, especially with French.
Yes, I have precisely this problem. Though I learned French long ago and have been learning German only recently, it seems that my French is stored in my brain's 'second language' bin, of which the top layer is now all German.

I am now at the stage where I can say I truly speak and think German. Quite bad German, and I believe my accent is atrocious, but people answer me in German with a funny look instead of switching to English.

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You saw this thread coming!!! in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #42
Obviously this is a false Richard White posing as a different false Richard White, in order to mislead any outsiders who might be getting too close to the decoy secret, which has been carefully placed to dupe the unworthy into thinking they have discovered the first of a fiendishly devious series of subtle and self-referential clues, each fiendisher than the last, and all apparently leading round in a circle back to the original decoy secret, but in reality leading only to a subtly altered copy of it, whose slight but telling difference is itself the final clue to the true location of the second decoy secret.

But by all means go on hoping. The fake is out there.

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Deathmatch Tournament -- Round Two, Part One in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #118
Deathmatch, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so.

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Geneforge 4, Indie RPG Of The Year 2007 in General
Electric Sheep One
Member # 3431
Profile #16
The IMG text about G4's victory is pretty backhanded, actually. And I can't imagine where this 'incessant and perhaps growing criticism' of Jeff is taking place. Jeff's great and all, but if you don't like him, he's pretty easy to just avoid. Stay away from his website, and you really won't have Spiderweb Software shoved in your face by the world very much. So who the heck would bother to spend a lot of time complaining about him?

The text also gives the impression that Jeff is stuck in a rut and simply shoveling out the same stuff he's been doing forever. This is only true in the sense that Halo 3 is still a game of moving lights on a screen, like Pong. Since the original Avernum series, Jeff's games have been changing steadily in basic as well as cosmetic ways. It's only the steadiness of his output, and the incremental nature of its development, that makes Spiderweb's evolution seem slow. It is gradual, per game. Since nobody matches Jeff's rate of production, his rate of innovation per year is underestimated. But compare games 3 years apart and the changes in style and substance are dramatic.

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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #594
Welcome to the boards.

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[censored]! in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #13
You poor sheltered innocents just have no idea what real profanity is like. It'll blister your brain and make your ears rot. Even third hand profanity has been shown in study after study to cause cancer in aardvarks, but the hip hop industry covers it up.

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G5 wishlist. in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #273
That's a good point, that the banal Tralls are perfectly in character as Shaper battle creations. The really creepy Rotghroths and Gazers are rebel and Barzite. But the Shapers also did Clawbugs, Vlish, and Glaahks. And they're getting a little edgier these days. So although I buy that the Shapers have made War Tralls, I think they could also do a nightmare spider thing. And while Tralls may be acceptable for the Shapers, for the game experience I think they're inadequately cool.

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Why do javelins go away? in General
Electric Sheep One
Member # 3431
Profile #9
Your javelin didn't just go away, my friend. You threw it away. Remember?

Now you want it back. But you can't have it back.

You set it free; maybe you broke its heart, or its head; but it's stronger and wiser now than it was when it was with you. It's not coming back. It's its own missile weapon now, out there in the world, making its own choices. Maybe someday it will find another wielder. That will not be you. Learn to deal with this, and you may become stronger and wiser too.

Killing some more monsters may help you with that.

And remember these hard life lessons, when you equip your next javelin. Realize what you're getting into. And if you don't want to pay the price, settle for a sling.

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Locking in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #89
Stillness, the only words I'm trying to put in your mouth are your own. I am simply trying to translate them into something clear, so I am trying to get you to accept a clear paraphrase. This is what one does in intelligent discussions. One spends a good 80% of the time trading paraphrases, to establish mutual comprehension.

The right response to a proposed paraphrase is not rhetorical counterjabbing or parrying with a different topic. It's one of three things:
a) Yes, that's exactly what I meant;
b) No, that differs from my meaning in this respect here ... ;
c) I'm not sure what that paraphrase of yours means; can I paraphrase it in turn like this ... .

It may take a few rounds; that's par.

The reason to do all this should become clear with experience. We all like to think that we have clever ideas. And we all find it much easier to imagine that we have a clever idea, than to actually have one. The temptation is therefore strong and constant, to obtain the pleasure of believing we have a clever idea, by the easier route of delusion. Only by allowing our ideas to be expressed by other people, who do not share our attachment to them, can we be sure how good our ideas really are. Usually, they are not good, and other people's unflattering paraphrases expose their badness. That's not rhetorical trapping; that's truth.

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Locking in General
Electric Sheep One
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Profile #83
Well, it's not resonable to make atheism the criterion for scientific authority. But it is reasonable to ask for scientific work about specified complexity that is not just special pleading against evolution by a handful of cranks.

Complexity in general is a subject of high current scientific interest in several well-funded fields that have nothing whatever to do with evolution. If there were any clear concept of complexity that had real implications for intelligence, hundreds of computer scientists would be all over it, with millions of dollars in grant money and armies of graduate students.

It's conceivable that this is in fact the case, but that the CS research uses different names for the same concepts. Or maybe physicists or analytical philosophers or neurobiologists have been following the same thoughts, with their own different terminology. This is the kind of thing we'd like to hear about. What is not remotely plausible is that half a dozen anti-evolutionists have a solid idea in complexity theory and no-one else cares about it.

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