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The Hobbit in General
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Member # 4153
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In defense of laugh tracks: If you're looking at a traditional sitcom, or pretty much any form of comedy, a lot of the humor comes from bad things happening to people. If not bad things, then unpleasant, awkward, confusing, or seriously bewildering things that would wreck a normal person's day, and would often not be funny. The laugh track reminds us that we can laugh at these things, particularly with the most awful moments of Schadenfreude. Of course, it's subjective, because a laugh track will only save so many shots to the crotch before you just can't laugh anymore.

Another benefit to laugh tracks is that they give the viewer the illusion that they're in a room full of people laughing along with them. A shallow illusion, admittedly, but it's an angle that might've been considered.

I'll admit that there are other types of humor, because otherwise we'd be a sad sad bunch. But the everyday type of humor (in-jokes among friends, nonsense uttered at 3am, Arrested Development-style awkward stuff) translates poorly to sitcom form, most of the time. That is, it's hard to make something like that last on network tv (see Arrested Development) and to maintain that same level of excellence (one could argue that SNL fits here).

So in conclusion, laugh tracks might just be a necessary element of the craft. Or if not necessary, then at least a well-recognized element that does in fact have a purpose. Personally, I don't particularly like them, but I don't seem to hate them as much as Clavicle does.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Beta Call: A Living Nightmare in Blades of Avernum
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Profile Homepage #4
Hey, congrats, Iffy! That was awfully quick.

Name: Ephesos
E-mail: ephesossh(at)gmail(dot)com
System: Mac OS 10.5.2

(I will happily convert my own graphics)

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
What will scare the heck out of McCain in General
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quote:
Originally written by Jumpin Salmon:

Maybe someday we can move away from a system of primary elections that favor party over participation.
Balderdash. Pork for everyone!

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Sdf errors in Blades of Avernum Editor
Law Bringer
Member # 4153
Profile Homepage #7
quote:
Originally written by Iffy:

begintalknode 3;
state = 2;
nextstate = 1;
condition = (get_flag(3,10) == 0);
question = "Yes, we will help.";
text1 = "Spoiler removed.";
code = set_flag(3,10,1);
toggle_quest(0,1);
break;

begintalknode 21;
state = 11;
nextstate = -1;
question = "*Pay him*";
text1 = "_Here it is then. Good luck on your mission._";
code = change_coins(-400);
reward_give(453);
break;

So with the code fragments in dialogue scripts, you don't need to put "code =" in there twice. Just put it in there once, then the code, then break;

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
No hope for the damned RP [IC] in General
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Member # 4153
Profile Homepage #40
Demarkus nodded, then looked up at the sun. "Yes, it's about time we get going. We should try to get as far as we can before nightfall."

He gathered up his belongings and slung the pack onto his shoulders. It would be difficult to carry, but not impossible.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
No hope for the damned RP [OOC] in General
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Profile Homepage #91
Sorry, sorry, sorry! I'll get working straight away.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Deathmatch Tournament -- Round Two, Part Two in General
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Hooray for a new thread!

  • Aran over ADoS. ADoS may have turtles and brain-stretching images, but Aran has edit powers, and has the ability to observe the battle indirectly via Piperbot, ensuring that his eyes don't break from direct exposure.
  • Drakefyre over Goldenking. This was just an unlucky pairing for Goldenking. His only real shot was to convince Drakey to go work on RiB for long enough to take the match, and we all know that's not going to happen.
  • Dintiradan over Ash Lael. Okay, so creation and destruction may cancel out, but Dinti has more destruction than Ash has creation. Dinti wins with overkill.
  • Nemesis over Emperor Tullegolar. BoA skills versus big red feather. Erm, right.
  • Stareye over Zeviz. Zeviz fought the law, but the law won.
  • Salmon over SoT. Bait, hook, switch, repeat.
  • Jewels over TM. Initially thought to be a draw, TM eventually sought a state of altered consciousness, allowing Jewels to easily take the match while TM is busy fighting the munchies.
EDIT: And I believe that I claim first vote. :P

[ Wednesday, April 23, 2008 12:10: Message edited by: Ephesos ]

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Deathmatch Tournament -- Round Two, Part One in General
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Member # 4153
Profile Homepage #192
If you don't remember him, it's cool. Let it go.

Welcome back, upon. Strange place to announce one's return, but oh well. We've had stranger.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Legends of Divinity OOC 2 in General
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Profile Homepage #30
Seconded. Everything hits the fan for me within about two days of the 5th... and it's the start of the ascension contest for the clan ( :P ). Even a week later would be nice.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Legends of Divinity OOC 2 in General
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Profile Homepage #24
Here's an idea... we had it threatened that the planet would be cut off from the universe, correct? Let's let that happen, and then the ensuing chaos can excuse the now-missing gods/goddesses. And then we can skip ahead a bit.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
Legends of Divinity OOC 2 in General
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Agreed. If given a proper running start, I'd be willing to jump back in.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
An intellectual tidbit in General
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Fair enough. I mean, the fact that it's from a site called Lenin's Tomb should be enough to tell that it's biased within an inch of its life.

At the very least, I'm puzzled by the article. I'm not really sure there's enough there to be anything other than puzzled.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
An intellectual tidbit in General
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Against my better judgment, I offer this article up for discussion, because it seemed interesting. Sure beats spam, anyway.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
SPAM in General
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When properly grilled, it's quite good. At least, much better than it probably deserves to be.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
No hope for the damned RP [OOC] in General
Law Bringer
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Profile Homepage #88
It seems to me that we're not meant to fight the demon directly. I believe that if any of us tried to fight the demon directly, we'd be flattened.

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00
About my scenario in Blades of Avernum
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I second the comments by Slarty and Thralni. No further discussion of it is necessary, and should not spoil what is otherwise a pleasant thread. Now carry on. :P

EDIT: On a happier note, I just found this, which feels as fittingly celebratory as anything.

[ Monday, April 14, 2008 22:40: Message edited by: Ephesos ]

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Gamble with Gaea, and she eats your dice.
Posts: 4130 | Registered: Friday, March 26 2004 08:00

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