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Awfully Quiet in General
Shock Trooper
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quote:
- Archmagi Micael , who thinks that adopting Alo's thing might actually be fun. Oh, and welcome darkhero. I wonder if you'll be another invible newbie, or actually post.

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Your life is numbered in seconds, boy.

[ Sunday, May 22, 2005 04:52: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Newbie Alert!!! in Blades of Avernum Editor
Shock Trooper
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Profile #1
The prefix lets you know whether the function returns a number or not. If it's preceded by short, then the function will return a number that you can use in the script. If it's preceded by void, then it'll do something in the game, but won't return a number.
Posts: 293 | Registered: Saturday, May 29 2004 07:00
Newbie Alert!!! in Blades of Avernum
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #1
The prefix lets you know whether the function returns a number or not. If it's preceded by short, then the function will return a number that you can use in the script. If it's preceded by void, then it'll do something in the game, but won't return a number.
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strange question in General
Shock Trooper
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Profile #28
If I read it correctly, I think he's saying that the authors of those criticisms had themselves performed much worse outrages. Hence the hilarity. Plus a pun on Pol Pot's name. :P

EDITed by the Department of Redundancy Department

[ Friday, May 20, 2005 17:26: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Are people inherently amoral? in General
Shock Trooper
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Profile #20
Yeah, it's there, but if there's an equally strong urge to immorality (and let's face it, how many immoral urges do you suppress?), then they just cancel out. Right now, it's advantageous to be, or at least appear, moral. Thus, I wouldn't say the urge to morality is necessarily more powerful than that to immorality. People seem to be immoral when the advantage lies there much more often than remaining moral when it hits the fan. Thus, I'd say that the amoral urge to look out for Number One trumps either of the others.
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Are people inherently amoral? in General
Shock Trooper
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Profile #17
I'm perfectly aware of the differences between the terms. Amoral is just so much less fun than evil!

Said basic thought, as you said, can be considered amoral. Non-agression pacts are much more effective when not broken, hence our extreme reluctance to do so (Morals!).

I'd argue that the fact that we even have to consider killing one another and such things as possibilities certainly puts the kibosh on being inherently moral to any great degree. If morality were entirely reflective of our nature the idea of immorality simply wouldn't occur to us. Since the ideas of morality and immorality crop up and do battle in our minds with great regularity, I'd say that we are most certainly inherently amoral.

[ Thursday, May 19, 2005 18:02: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Bahss Rated... in Blades of Avernum
Shock Trooper
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Profile #51
TM, please keep designing for the people that do like your scenarios. I'll never buy BoE, and I'd like to see the author of my favorite scenario make more (for BoA). Remember, there are only two multi-scenario designers out there. This community is in its infancy. Mayhap it would serve you better to give us some exposition on this renaissance of yore and what it did right, rather than saying that what's out there is not it. You're getting shouted down because you're talking an awful lot about what is wrong and not so much about what was right.

EDIT: Plus, you assume we're familiar with your ideology, and most are not. Again, exposition would've served you well before you brought out your example. Bereft of all context, it does look an awful lot like petty jealousy.

[ Thursday, May 19, 2005 15:09: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Are people inherently amoral? in General
Shock Trooper
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Profile #12
Just judging from the amount of immoral urges I suppress, yes. Testosterone (and a whole bunch of other stuff, probably) tells me every day to kill those of my gender and rape those of the opposite. I don't, obviously, or even entertain the thoughts, but, then again, I've been brought up not to. If I wasn't inherently amoral (darnit, let's just say evil!), I don't think I'd even have those very weak urges, repulsive as I find them. Just because I can fairly easily overcome inherent evil doesn't mean it isn't there.
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Drakefyre, Mariann, Jeff, Linda.. you're all dead. in General
Shock Trooper
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Profile #48
Actually, I think DG just unwittingly leant the clincher to a nice, humorous topic.
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Bahss Rated... in Blades of Avernum
Shock Trooper
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Profile #22
Ah, ye of the game-design successes whose magnitude is eclipsed only by your vagueness when asked to describe them. Put up or shut up, indeed!

[ Wednesday, May 18, 2005 15:34: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Bahss Rated... in Blades of Avernum
Shock Trooper
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Profile #18
TM, it will be a dark day for me if you stop designing for BoA.

Why not just say, in, like, two lines, that Bahssikava's entire storyline is antecedent action, and that it had a ton of filler combat? Why not, then, quickly follow that criticism by remarking on LP's great present-tense plot? Kel's not designing for slobbering masses here; LP is intellectual, whether you agree with it or not.

I wish I'd gotten here before silver edited his stuff away...

[ Wednesday, May 18, 2005 14:14: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Beta Call for Mad Ambition in Blades of Avernum
Shock Trooper
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Profile #2
Adam Higuera

a h i g 3 2 1 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Windows XP

I've betatested Lord Putidus, have designed jack crap, and know my way around a script.

I am, most regrettably, not Imban.

EDIT: Does this mean Day of the Ursidae was just a clever ruse?

[ Sunday, May 15, 2005 16:08: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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The Reanimation in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #26
You could actually make a psychological novel out of this. Go with a protagonist whose brain has been damaged by the cryogenic process, and tell it from his/her point of view. That way, you can even be ambiguous about what the future is really like, and play with the concept of an unreliable narrator. Wouldn't be my cup of tea, but, hey, people call The Sound and the Fury brilliant.

[ Sunday, May 15, 2005 14:14: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Tips for a newbie? in Blades of Avernum Editor
Shock Trooper
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Profile #1
Take a look at the first chapters of a C programming book. The docs don't explain C (which is what AvernumScript is) logic well at all. Once you get that, it's just a matter of finding the calls you need in the appendices.
Posts: 293 | Registered: Saturday, May 29 2004 07:00
Tips for a newbie? in Blades of Avernum
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #1
Take a look at the first chapters of a C programming book. The docs don't explain C (which is what AvernumScript is) logic well at all. Once you get that, it's just a matter of finding the calls you need in the appendices.
Posts: 293 | Registered: Saturday, May 29 2004 07:00
Undead Horde Substitutes in Blades of Avernum
Shock Trooper
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Profile #24
I'd personally like to see the concept of a horde in general replaced by a few dynamic, well-developed, and, of course, powerful human characters. The more I know about what's attacking me and/or why, the better. I'd rather spar with one crime boss who escapes out a window than slaughter a whole dungeon full of undead.

EDIT: Of course, attacks by mysterious unknown characters needn't be explained before the combat, but should be eventually, and the designer should put something in a text box about the player's consternation.

[ Thursday, May 12, 2005 14:40: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Recommended Reading in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #2
Dostoyevsky's The Possessed for something intelligent but light-hearted (by comparison, anyway), or Crime and Punishment/The Brothers Karamazov for a darker story.

If you're feeling modern, I highly, highly recommend David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest.
Posts: 293 | Registered: Saturday, May 29 2004 07:00
C++ problem in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #1
I can't see the problem, but the way I would handle it is thusly: make another project that uses the class, and comment out all of the functions except the constructors and the destructor. From there, make a main function where you just declare an instance. Then, uncomment each member function and test it in main(). If everything goes as planned, then the problem is not with your class.

That said, I don't know if you can make arrays of objects. In my C++ class, we use a "vector" class, which is basically an array, and you can't use objects with it. Anyways, I'd use a linked list that writes to and reads from a data file, if I were you.

EDIT: I also think you need to declare ave up where you declare i. I don't know if it's not allowed, but it makes for ugly code, so I've never done it or seen it done.

[ Tuesday, May 10, 2005 17:11: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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From AOL News 2 in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #22
Pics plz

EDIT: By way of actual content, do they come out exactly like the mother, or horribly malformed?

[ Tuesday, May 10, 2005 12:09: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Music Preference in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #27
quote:
Originally written by Demonslayer from Hell:

It's not like I hide the fact that I hate life and everything it stands for.
Bah, grunge is your soulmate, then.

Actually, I don't mind emo; I really don't see why people bash it so much. I've even come grudgingly to like Jimmy Eat World, although I haven't bought their album. If you want to crucify someone for whining go after the "Dad, why didn't you love me?" crowd (Linkin Park, Staind), or the "Stupid government/parents/corporations always telling me what to do" cohort (Antiflag et al, even Greenday of late), or System of a Down, which combines the two. In my music, I always prefer abstract angst to trite family drama or stupid politics.

[ Wednesday, May 04, 2005 17:40: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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The single most annoying part of (Spidweb) RPGs in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #15
quote:
Originally written by Archmagi Micael:

Who ever said that adventuring etc was easy? This just adds the boring, time-wasting side of work into the game. I needs it, or you just fry your brains with too much combat, or too much brain teasers!

Or too much plot and enjoyment!

EDIT: By way of actual contribution, I wish my characters could just carry everything and have done with it. Inventory management is, in general, my least favorite part of RPGing.

[ Wednesday, May 04, 2005 12:33: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Music Preference in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #18
AM, you know that HFS broadcasts on 105.7 now, right? The new antenna is in Baltimore, so you might not be able to pick it up, but it's back, at least on nights and weekends.

I fully plan on attending the HFStival, as well as seeing The Killers when they come to town.

Oh, and Micael, please never again use an acronym for Pirates of the Carribbean, let alone for the subtitle.

[ Wednesday, May 04, 2005 12:27: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Music Preference in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #13
Ah, see, Soundgarden was before my time, so I didn't have to deal with overplaying or anything of the like. Conversely, Smells Like Teen Spirit is still overplayed. Black Hole Sun isn't a very good song; Black Days and Outshined are much better songs, and they actually got released on radio and such. Some of Soundgarden's best stuff never did.

That said, I was mostly joking about the ire and all. I maintain, however, that Chris Cornell is 10 times the vocalist that Cobain was.

BTW, AM, do you listen to DC101 or HFS? I see you're from this area.

[ Wednesday, May 04, 2005 11:19: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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Least Fun Scenarios in Blades of Avernum
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Profile #6
Undead Valley has obviously not been distributed widely enough.

If you pay a little more attention to Canopy, a few of the characters actually are pretty interesting. Honestly, character development in Canopy was pretty much even with Bahssikava in my mind. Canopy's characters just all happened to be ridiculously exaggerated ideologues, where Bahssikava's were RPG stereotypes. Neither bothered me, so neither earned the dubious honor of my vote.

Undead Valley
DaC - buggy
Nine Variations - not really a scenario
RoR - TM has said openly that this was made out of spite, and it shows.
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Music Preference in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 4445
Profile #10
Despite my pretensions, my teenage angst will allow me to enjoy nothing but Alternative Rock. Try as I might, I just can't discern any emotion in anything else.

That said, I like The Killers and The Mars Volta at present, as well as Rage Against the Machine and Metallica, in certain moods. Of the older stuff, I like Led Zeppelin, The Police, Jimi Hendrix, and The Clash, although the tendency, especially of people I don't like to begin with, to overrate The Clash to a ridiculous degree is almost enough to remove them from the list entirely, but they had good stuff. My biggest fanboy obsession, however, is with Audioslave and Soundgarden (nothing arouses my petulant ire more than Nirvana, Pearl Jam, or STP-worship, because, while they were decent enough grunge bands, Soundgarden was obviously the pinnacle of 90s grunge), because I think that Chris Cornell is the best vocal talent in rock since 1990.

[ Wednesday, May 04, 2005 10:48: Message edited by: PoD person ]
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