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Macbook Pro in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #10
quote:
Originally written by Tyranicus:

quote:
Originally written by SNM:

TM: Yonah has a far different performance standard than a P4
Did you just call me TM? Wow, I'm not sure whether to be insulted or not.

Umm...no, no! Of course not! :eek:
Sorry. :(

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
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Unique Item Locations. in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #53
Unlike the other Avernums, I'm also finding a lot of high-quality gear that could go either way. I haven't finished yet (I'm in Rentahr's Keep), but there aren't any must-haves so far.
Except possibly the Gazerskin Sandals and the Emerald Chestguard.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
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Av4 Character Editor... will one ever be made in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #5
There's more than one of each of the Girdle's...you'll get another chance. :)

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
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Helping Jeff advertise in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #9
Jeff works alone. If I understand the nature of his life anywhere near as well as I think I do, he will always work alone. Otherwise he wouldn't work alone. If he didn't like working alone in this environment, he wouldn't. He'd be a designer for some corporate entity, like he was for MechWarrior 4.
And one person can only work so fast, so he won't provide us new games any more quickly.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Macbook Pro in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #6
Okay, first of all: I'm not looking to buy this computer. It's Apple's newest laptop and just announced today, folks. ;)

Tyranicus: Yonah has a far different performance standard than a P4; it's actually a decent chip. The 2 GHz version is roughly on par with an X2 3800+. And my 3200+ desktop is certainly more powerful than I need it to be (though I admittedly don't do any video editing or modeling).

[ Tuesday, January 10, 2006 16:14: Message edited by: SNM ]

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Macbook Pro in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #2
Ummm...huh?

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Macbook Pro in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #0
$2000
15.4" 1440x900 display, as bright as a Cinema Display
X1600 Mobility gpu, 128 megs
1.67GHz Core Duo (that's Intel's new and sweet dual-core processor)
667 MHz FSB
512 megs RAM, supporting 2 gigs
80 gig, 5400 rpm drive
Superdrive
1 Firewire 400, 2 USB 2.0, NO Firewire 800
Airport Express, Bluetooh 2.0+, Gig Ethernet
Digital/optical line-in/line-out
built-in mic and iSight
1x14.1x9.6 inches, 5.6 pounds
No mention of battery life (though it's 60 watt-hours)
Cool magnetic-retention powercord

What do you think?

I think it's going to be an awesomely powerful laptop that retains the greatness of an Apple computer. However, the absence of battery life info makes me leery, and I wish they offered multiple sizes (not that it particularly matters for me right now, as I'm probably gonna keep my 12" until I'm out of college in 3.5 years).

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Nimble Fingers in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #17
quote:
Originally written by Slartucker:

I added a line in the door script on my testing copy of A4 to tell me what my Unlock strength is. The result goes up 1 for every point of Tool Use, and goes up 2 for every 3 points of spellcraft/etc! Synergy was correct.
Wait, I'm confused. That's not how I'm reading what Synergy said. :confused:
quote:
Originally written by Synergy:

Tool Use Jump from 0-1 counts as 2 towards total (extrapolation)
Tool Use Jump from 1-2 counts as 1 towards total (extrapolation)
Tool Use Jump from 2-3 counts as 2 towards total (extrapolation)
Tool Use Jump from 3-4 counts as 1 towards total (extrapolation)
Tool Use Jump from 4-5 counts as 2 towards total (extrapolation)
Tool Use Jump from 5-6 counts as 1 towards total (extrapolation)
...
Tool Use = 1.5 x Tool Use points, and the total adjusted points for opening a Difficulty 35 door = 48 points.

Oh, and what's a "UD level bonus?" I clearly don't know my way around as well as I thought. ;)

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Nimble Fingers in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #13
quote:
The A4 manualEffect: Improves the caster’s Tool Use skill by about .75 plus .75 per point of spell strength.
So if I'm reading it properly the equation should be
= Tool Use + ( (Mage Spells + Spellcraft + Magery + Unlock Doors level +1) * 0.75)
Okay, so the +1 is probably not a big deal. But I originally thought the formula was a little different and went to the bother of opening the manual and all, so I figured we could get it right. ;)

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Swords or Spears? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #50
Doesn't the stick have a 4x multiplier, though?

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Two Quests. in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #1
The second quest can be solved through the chitrach tunnels. I believe the proper map is directly south of the chitrach queen-thing, but I'm not sure.
I have no idea about your first one.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
dispel barrier please!!!! in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #7
I actually found the cauldron contents far more difficult than the blue thing in this quest, possibly because I didn't want to do the full bless/haste/blah for those.
But as always, the key to battling a powerful single enemy is slow, acid, and haste. ;)

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Blademaster & Sharpshooter in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #3
You need to actually buy those skills 6 times each (or whatever the requirement is), so any race/trait bonuses don't count either.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Spring cleaning the forums for the New Year. in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #13
Anybody know just how large the forum database is?
I'm mainly just wondering why (since you guys seem to have invested so much time into it) somebody doesn't just send Spidweb a burnable CD, a SASE, and 10 bucks. ;)

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Editing stuff manually in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #2
I keep seeing all the ways to edit the game, and I'm beginning to wonder:
Is there any technical reason one couldn't create an entirely new scenario using the A4 engine? Obviously we have BoA that's meant for it, but this is a different engine, and more importantly (it's my understanding that Geneforge uses the same scripting language) you could do it with Geneforge.
So, er, yeah.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
FIne Slith Spear, not so fine? in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #12
quote:
Originally written by Istara:

The exception might be the guy who charges you 1000 to make you a client, who then makes Warrior's Cloaks and Runed Helms and stuff (which you won't find by that stage, nor ever in multiple quantities).
Ugh, no. While I admittedly found him kind of late, I also found Runed Helms within 1.5 hours of buying them. They're available within the Great Cave, and so is the not-so-stellar Warrior's Cloak.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
To keep or not to keep. in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #18
The various armorsmiths and potionmakers in the game serve the same purpose as the anvil in G3, at least from what I know (I didn't buy G3). It's simply a text-based interface instead of a visual one.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
General Problems/Issues in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #10
quote:
Originally written by Contra:

..And some people might find that offensive? Afterall, I don't think Horus has actually said that he thinks Avernum 4 sucks.
Shockingly, some people don't seem to like TM very much. ;)

And getting vaguely back onto something that resembles the topic: It's really irritating that the pathfinding algorithm lets the PCs just cease movement if they run into somebody.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Avernum 4 for Windows in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #2
I believe the newsletter said March.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Favourite Avernum Game in The Avernum Trilogy
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #5
I also say Avernum 2. It has some fairly important interface advancements over Avernum -- I really like seeing health bars on my opponents and having a quest list -- and has a better story than Avernum 3. Plus actually ending Avernum 3 was irritating.

And probably not least, Avernum 2 was the first SW game I played. ;)

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
General Problems/Issues in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #1
For the first, there are two "change party order" buttons in the "Train" screen. Nonsensical perhaps, but the button is a bit of a misnomer now given the other things that go on there.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Demo restictions ineffective in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #7
I rather suspect that Glafna was referring to this.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Which to buy? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #10
I've always heard that the Avernum games actually included a few extra quests that weren't present in the Exile series.

In any case, the argument for Exile 3 vs. Avernum 3 seems to depend on which you played first. If you don't think there's something terribly wrong with A3, though, you should probably get that one simply because it's newer. ;)

Oh, and are we to assume that you've already played the earlier ones? Because if you haven't I recommend E2/A2 over their respective third installments.

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
Why does Jeff make all the games for Mac first? in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #15
quote:
Originally written by Logalot^2:

quote:
Originally written by Student of Trinity:

What, you don't realize that the infinite superiority of Linux includes the ability to emulate both Mac OS 10.4 and Windows XP, and at twice native speed? See, this kind of ignorance is the only reason why Linux doesn't yet rule the planet.

Or maybe those stats were compiled shortly after that one Spiderweb game was ported to Linux.

Forgive me if I'm misinformed, but somehow I doubt that even a very well equipped x86 (I'm assuming that's the Linux build you're speaking of) could emulate a PPC processor and run OS X 10.4 at speeds twice that of a comprably equipped PPC computer.

I'm in total agreement. Although to be fair, the Intel Developer machines apparently are faster at many tasks than the previous-gen G5s (*cry*), so maybe the x86 OS X is faster emulated in Linux.

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Emulating Windows at that speed is a bit more believable, simply because you wouldn't have to emulate a different processor.
I have heard that at least a few applications are faster in Linux w/ WINE than in Windows, but I rather imagine those are few and far between. Can anybody point me to one besides Folding@home?

My, I seem to be switching positions here. Whoops. :rolleyes:

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There are two kinds of game players...those who are newbies, and those who were.
Posts: 322 | Registered: Monday, April 12 2004 07:00
The Enduring Priest-Tank in Avernum 4
Shock Trooper
Member # 4239
Profile #19
Edit: never mind, I found it.

quote:
At the moment, I'm dealing with my frustration at finding ANOTHER big system of tunnels under the Great Cave. Those chitrach tunnels really made me hate tunnels forever. The Honeycomb didn't help, either. All these tunnel systems are making it increasingly unlikely that I'll play through the game a second time.
Try breaking them up a bit...there's not really any need to tackle any underground map before you come to its (on-map) entrance aboveground. :)

[ Saturday, January 07, 2006 20:04: Message edited by: SNM ]

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