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Aran: Yup. Splanglish lapsus mentis.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Wizard of Oz came out, the first one, in 1900, at least in the U.S. It dealt with a kind of saving the world. . . well. . . kind of.

I know this is recent, but I loved the fact that a Sheep called Skippy is saving the world. So to speak.

Kalevala? That's reaching?

Lucian of Samotasa, but one is about flying to the moon and the other includes war but hardly saving the world heroic type. At least not quite.

Actually, this is more of an legend of a legend, so I don't know how true it is or whether to mention it, but here it goes.

According to a theory that is usually laughed at, Neardenthals actually wrote, but they did it in the dirt, or worse, in the shores way too near the water.

Apparently a group of scientists from different parts of the world invented a thingimagij that enabled them to read the traces of Neardenthal writings (this seems like hocus pocus mumbo jumbo to me, but who knows?). And they discovered that, among the many interesting things these people wrote about, there is a legend that would fit the Hero Saving the world theme:

The hero in question (name is full of consonants, so I won't try to write it and get it wrong) and his Autrolopithecus companion/mascot (whom the tribe had somehow managed to keep alive, probably breeding it or something, I don't know) emabarked on a quest that took them through the entire known world in their attempt to save the world from the some evil outer worlders which are rather remeniscent of certain Elder Gods. In the end they managed to save the world and imprison the evil outer worlders in a couple of places where it is rumoured they still are.

Cu Chulainn would also be part of the world, so that's out I guess.

EDIT: URL edited out. It links to a site which attempts to (or has advertisments which attempt to) download malware to your computer.

[ Tuesday, May 03, 2005 09:14: Message edited by: Imban ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Congratulations Ben on that grand milestone in your life. Now you can quit school and retire and live under a bridge. Life will never get sweeter than this.

I hope to be around for your 10000 post. And beyond.

Cheers!

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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So If Benedict XVI is the Phantom Menace and he will destroy the venerable Catholic Church, what are the Clone he is going to use? Is it going to be an army of choir boys? What role will the pedophile priests play in all this?

I wonder who is Benedict's favored pupil that he will turn to the Dark Side? Since we don't have light sabers, I guess they'll have to fight with something else. I'd love to see a huge fight in St. Peter's with that big incense thingy whose name evades me now.

Do they take special communion before they go into battle? And are hostias different for the Dark Side folks? I bet the wine is. Strongen and darker.

Of course you all know this means Benedict will be killed by the son of his pupil and everything in the end will be about an army of cuddly Teddy Bears. Maybe with Barney as their leader.

End of the world indeed.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Primero de Mayo is also a Holyday here in Venezuela. We celebrate it by doing mighty profitable things like going to the beach, getting drunk, etc.

On Sunday we had one of the few worthwhile May 1st celebrations as we had marches on the street in favor of workers right etc.

Since now we're becoming a Socialist country (it seems our Democratic days are over, hah!) we're even more prone to celebrate all coming May 1st, heck, we might even celebrate Labour Day so we can march and our dear President can say how Venezuelan workers are happier than those pesky evil Imperial Ones.

Hah!

Edit: Oh, and I voted for the Nazis. I am sure in about 10 years (probably sooner) we'll be a Fascist country (since by then the days of a Socialist and later Communist Venezuela will be over and passe) and my dear President will say that the Nazis invented it, and he never lies. I love him. And when we're an anarchist country in 2031 and my dear Di, I mean President, says it was those anarchist who began the whole thing, I'll vote for them. Darn straight.

[ Monday, May 02, 2005 21:33: Message edited by: bogus standard candidate ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Hallucinogens are tricky things. As has been pointed out it's a good idea to have a neautral observe in the place if one's going to partake in such an activity. And, needless to say, the observer should be someone of immense trust. Trips are of all colors and tastes and there's little to no way of predicting how it will turn out. One may be in a good mood and the trip be bad, or vice versa, or one can simply have a neutral trip where the only thing that happened was a funky change in perceptions (say, for instance, feeling that the ground one is walking in is not solid, but more like walking over one of those inflatable things at kids' parties)

That said, it also depends on the hallucinogen as some are rather stronger than others. An LSD trip may last a few hours, however some fungi offer trips that last well into the twelve hours radius. There's a fungi that grows in a part of the country that can give you a twenty four hours trip (well, almost that amount, it's rather potent!).

I'm a rather docile drunk (and I become even more of a chatterbox), I've never tried to get into a fight with anybody (which is also true in real life, at least since my early teens).

Over here drinking is quite natural, and getting drunk is also rather natural. Women and men drink to the same extend and it's actually a bit of a faux pax if someone doesn't drink. Once one is known company, it doesn't matter. In fact people who don't drink at all are few and far between and they usually have some kind of excuse: religion, they're recovering alcoholics. A friend of mine tells people he doesn't know too well that he is taking a medication that doesn't mix well with alcohol. The funny thing is that if you only order a light beer and you nurse it throughout the night, then there's no problem. It's all rather ridiculous!

We don't have traffic cops (so to speak) so there's little to no chance that someone is going to be stopped while driving drunk. People here often criticize the U.S. because the cities/towns where they've been don't have places that open after midnight where they can go and drink. So, yeah, this is a highly drunk society. Might explain some of the stupid choices we've made in the last 40 years regarding governments, etc.

As for alcohol and women/men relations. It's a bit of a tighrope: if I go with a woman for the first time (it will be to a bar or a disco), then we'll both be drinking. If I drink and she doesn't it's all right (it's expected that the guy will drink) but if she drinks and I don't then it can be a bit embarassing for her (she may end up not drinking if she's interested in her image or throw caution to the wind). In theory both persons are only drinking to get lit, not to get drunk (as one gentleman once told me: sex with alcohol is like a thirsty horse (I never understood that one and he never explained)).

Then there is social drinking: just a bunch of friends hanguing around (usually with a group playing domino) and chatting/drinking. Alcohol is in bountiful quantities (usually there will be an "empty" (which is a box of 24 bottles of beer) or two and a bottle or two of some heavier beverage (rum, maybe, whiskey if one's lucky)) and it's just ingested as the evening fades away.

I enjoy the taste of many alcholic beverages, so I like to drink. I do, for the most part, take care of not going overboard. If I do, I just crash in whatever place I'm in or simply let it evanesce away.

Then there are the tricks to be able to hold more alcohol inside: an empty stomach is a bad idea. My dad, many, many years ago told me to drink a glass of milk before drinking alcohol. I don't know if that's bogus or not but I've been doing it every chance I've got ever since.

There are also the drinking tricks. My favorite is this: get a bottle of beer, a straw and a lighter (matches work as well). Insert the straw inside the bottle and bend the part of the straw that is outside over the border of the bottle. Take the straw out. Light the lighter and gently apply the flame to the bent part, just a bit. Then put the bent straw back in the bottle and drink the whole thing in one gulp. You can skip the flaming part and just hold the bent straw with your hand. As silly as this sounds the straw does help the beer go down faster (or maybe one just fools oneself into believing that!)

(in closing, another bad habit we've got down here is that many people smoke, and a good number of those are social smokers--> conversation + alcohol + cigs tend to go hand in hand here.)

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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"big potato" lol.

(Chicken Pox, yuck. I got it when I was 24. It sucked big time)

All we need to do is get a number of members from this forum to convert to Catholicism, get the entire Seminary curriculum on hooked-on-phonics devices. Getting to be Cardinals might not be that easy, but after a certain well placed accident here and a few calumnious words whispered to the right ear there and presto. The rest is a walk in the park.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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The Young Poisoner's Handbook deals with a young man poisoning a number of people. It's based on a true life event.

Maybe you can research a way to appear to be dead, that might take you out of the house (it might have some problematic side-effects, though).

Does your house have a fire alarm system? No, wait, that wouldn't work and might get you into trouble.

Maybe you can repeatedly bore your grand mother to sleep (or grand mother naps) and sneak away and use your computer for fiendish uses instead of homework.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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1001011001000 written April 23, 2005 07:37 PM
Hmmmm, and I though I'd registered in 2003. :/ Time sure flies on the boards.
No kidding, Ben. Sometimes it feels as though you registered in 2003. 33 more posts and you'll reach 1000.

[ Saturday, April 23, 2005 23:01: Message edited by: bogus standard candidate ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Topic: Tema or Topico both work.

(The you in "no comprende" would be the polite "you" as in "usted," the informal "you" as in "tu" would be something like "no comprendes." If you want to say "I don't understand" you can say "no comprendo," in which case you won't need a subject since the ending "o" for the verb "comprender" is unique for "yo" in the present tense. You can be completist and just say "yo no comprendo" but in this case it won't be necessary.)

E_T, if in doubt use a lot of "-er" and "-ar" to put verbs in infinitive and speak in a kind of Englasol (???). Or just summon a Star-Spawn and gingerly (and swiftly!) sneak out of the classroom. Or maybe not.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Lankin plot bug? in Geneforge Series
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Hey Mike. I don't know if it's a bug. There are some problems with dialogue choices in the game. One is in that Island with Lankin as you pointed out (I also went to talk to him after clearing the bugs but couldn't do much).

(later on in the game I found a bit of a dialogue bug, if that the correct nomenclature, with Agatha and the Serviles of Stonespire. And there were other dialogue choices I'd like to have seen, but I've forgotten what they were)

However, if you want to send an e-mail to Jeff reporting this, it won't be a bad idea. Worse thing that can happen is that things will remain the same, however, maybe Windows users might get a more complete game.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Hola Stelar! No tomes esto a mal, pero el resucitar topicos esta bien mal visto en estos foros. No te extrañes si alguien cierra esta cadena.

(Quick English Version: Hi Stelar! Don't take this the wrong way, but resurrecting topics is really badly seen in these forums. Don't be surprised if someone locks this thread.)

(Yikes this topic is old!!!)

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Getting drunk is higly overrated.

I'm currently cultivating some moss on my teeth. It's tasty, so that makes the cultivation a little more troublesome.

[ Friday, April 22, 2005 15:20: Message edited by: bogus standard candidate ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Mis condolencias.

I never had the privilege of meeting any of my grandparents (my parents are well into their seventies, so you get an idea how old my grandparents were), and that is something I wish I had the chance to do.

None of my grandfathers fought in WWII, they fought in the Spanish Civil War. I shall not say in which side, because I rather avoid any controversy in that respect.

Once again, my condolences, and my most respectful salute to the man (this I would have said if he had not fought in any war, as people deserve respect for many other things, but nevertheless).

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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hawk king written April 22, 2005 06:34 AM

EDIT: the reason i usually forget punctuation marks is because when i type im alwayz watchin

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fyt.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Dyl written April 22, 2005 09:55 AM

If i was to go on to the avernum board and say Exile is better now that would be trolling


No. That would be funny.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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You might find this interesting. It's a DOS emulator that exists for both Windows and Macintosh.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Dolphin et al.

Re: Shaper movement through the world. It's interesting what you say (Dolphin) about their m.o. Do you think there are other Sucia Islands out there? It's a good point that the Shapers knew nothing about the Scholai (or at least our character didn't) because I wonder if that can be seen as a contradiction: they seem to be a group that is hellbent on controlling information (specially their own) yet they haven't explored the world enough to know who else populates it. Wouldn't they enforce a stronger observation of their world? That's why I wish the games would give us a little more information about that world.

From GF1 we learned that the Scholai were a nation of sailors/merchants, yet they had not met the Shapers before (apparently, or I'm remembering wrong). Is it because it's very treacherous to navigate in that world? Also. . . again with the memory problem, but I think the Capo di tutti drakoni (sp?) has a pool that works as a scrying device. Is he the only one that posseses such a thing?

If he can scry other places, has he been able to scry other portions of the world? Because in such an all out war as the one that is scourging the Shaper's right now, I'd imagine that the Drakons would use as much help as possible and so would the Shapers. Now, we've been told the bad stuff has been happening in Terrestria which is a more or less isolated part of the world. Fine. But how isolated is it?

What do you guys think?

As for animal life in general: the Shapers way of establishing their colonies might also explain why we see no other life form other than their creations and some non-intrussive life forms such as birds, since as Shell pointed out we hear their chirps on the soundtrack (at least, I hope they are birds. maybe something else? although that's probably reaching). A rather practical way of life (?) in a way since they have even reduced their lifestock to ornks.

However: what did the Shapers use as lifestock before they learned to create ornks? Perhaps there was lifestock and the Shapers in their obsession to create and control their environment did away with it? And while we're at it, what about game? These guys are a mystery.

When I play these games I always get these very strong Falloutesque feeling. I have this feeling that there was some kind of holocaust in the world. That the proto-Shapers survived this holocaust and learned the art of Shaping as a form of survival as well as controlling their environment. But, then again, sometimes I get the feeling that this is a Dying Earth (or wolf's Dying Sun) and this world is actually the Earth (the fact that the continent is called Terrestria just messed with my mind even more, though it more than likely has nothing to do with anything Earth related (not to mention the Scholai with their name that reminds me of Scholars (though they are merchants and sailors) and Kievians (Kievans?) and Vikings))

And the name of the darned Island means Dirty in Spanish! But in Maritine Spanish it means Rocky!!! And then I find this thanks to google.

(Sucia Island is a rocky island.)

(and there's also an Archeological site in El Salvador called Cara Sucia, but maybe this is reaching)

All I know is that this is one funky, interesting world and I hope we can learn more about it in future games.

One more.

Turrets and Mines: The former has an awareness of its surroundings and the latter has a level of feelings, albeit a primitive one. I can't wait until a crazy Shaper decides to enhance these basic tenets and next thing you know we have chatty turrets and mines who waste their live away philosophizing and plotting (no pun intended) world domination.

[ Thursday, April 21, 2005 21:35: Message edited by: bogus standard candidate ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Welcome Dyl! Are there any Guinnes around that you would care to share with the rest of us? (it has been months since I've tasted one because in this distant and pedestrian outpost we get no Guinnes)

Nethergate.
(Exile: because. (Nostalgia in part, purism (yikes, it sounded like purina for a second), and BoE.)
(Avernum: because. (can't beat how most humans look the same, I love the fake three dimensional landscapes, many other reasons, and BoA)
(Geneforge: Because. (hmmm, well I have many good reasons, I hope, since I've invested too many hours playing them)

Not Quite SpiderWeb But Still Related In A Way:
(SubTerra: Because I've downloaded the demo at least half a dozen times, but I never get myself to register it and I know I darn well should)
(Richard White Games: because I've never played any of them except:
(Homeland: I reserve the rationale for this one since it will be engraved in my tombstone and I'm too superstitious to say anything.)

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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In Ben's defense: could we say that his mistake can be gingerly hovered over, forgiven even, if we consider posting in these forums as a form of informal speech?

(I was tempted to steal Alorael's signature to make a comment on my wet dream to see English turn into a more heavily subjunctive language, but I believe that tempting Him in such a way would be a rather bad idea.)

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Ben: would you like to see TM as a Pope after Benedict XVI? Would you like him to officially set himself as a Pope right now so he can bring an Avignon revival (those were the days!)? Did you mean something like "I'd harshly ever want to see TM as the pope."? If so: would that speak of your tremendous desire to see such an earthwiggling event come to fruition? Or does it all mean that you will not hardly ever want to see this happening, in which case I'm stumped for possibilities.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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StelarBoy: Venezuela (my dear, beloved, adored and revered President was just visited by Mr. Ricardo Lagos the other day to, once again, give away at a penny or two a part of our land (which by the way, you shouldn't take as a criticism of Chile (I love that country!) but as an observation of how mi Presidente has once again acted like a madam who opens the door to the rather exclusive and expensive brothel and announces that all the employees are working for free, or the quotas have been greatly diminished, or you can simply pay as you see fit over an extended period of time (emphasis on extended). but it should be remembered that it is all done for the benefit of the entire Latin American community and the betterment of the world in general (whatever energy agreements the two Presidents signed, not the brothel thing)) Sorry. Will stop the political comments.

StelarBoy: there's another Chilean here in the boards, he pops up from time to time. His name here, if I'm not mistaken, is Kel-Aziz (sp). An Argentinian (Ogre, haven't seen him in ages) and a Peruvian. At least as far as I know. I'm probably missing a few other latin american luminaries.

Alo: don't worry, Gringos will be speaking Spanish in no time at all. We're a plague that can't be stopped. Who knows, in a quarter of a century or so Spanglish can be another language.

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A tale from a guy who teaches no more:

At one of the most prestigious universities here (so to speak) and a rather expensive one (second or so) this is what a professor of Electrical Engineer did:

He was lazy and didn't want to an exam. He asked one of the students to do it for him. The student did. Word spread. All the students aced the exam. The teacher, for that and the general fact that he was terrible, was fired.

A few professors, not many thank fu lee, smoke in class from time to time. (actually you, as a student, can smoke anywhere in the university except for the classrooms.)

You can talk to professors during an exam, not a problem. Sometimes professors leave the classroom. And sometimes some people do things, using their bodies so to speak, to get better grades (but this happens in other countries as well, or so I've heard).

Most of the stories I hear about other professors are about their crappy style or the bedtime activities. A few times I've heard stories of professors who have been overtly vulgar to students in the classroom.

(Please, though, don't think that this country is full of crummy professors. We've already had enough bad publicity as it is, those are the exceptions rather than the rule. In general it is like in most other places, I'd imagine, you have a gamma of choices from the worst to the best and, I'd like to hope, a fairly tolerable middle ground (it should be an excellent average instead, though))

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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It's all a conspiracy!

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Hi. Sorry to ask a question that is slightly off topic:

How about the "lower" creations such as "living tools," "traps," "mines," etc. (Pylons too, they also leave gemstones like Spawners. . . a coincidence? Why are gemstones important in the making of those two creations?) These creations are all alive at a certain level. I suppose they don't have intelligence, as such, but. . . are they like trees, for instance? If such is the case, in our world there are those who adore trees to a fantatical level. Are there those in the Shaper world who adore and respect the rights of the "lower" creations to the same fanatical extent?

Also, the funky plants (the one who throw acid splashes and the one that "cast?" inferno) leave behind them regular thorns. Both of them. Is that because they are essentially the same, the only difference being, perhaps, the incantation that is cast (shaped?) at some point during the creation?

I wonder, thinking about the possibilities of GF4 and the fact that we may not begin as a Shaper, if that would mean that the Scholai (to name the only non-Shaper group I know of, other than the Drakons and their ilk) are going to become involve in this war.

One thing I wish could change about these games is that I'd like to have a better idea of how this world is, geopolitically speaking. How much of the world is reigned by the Shapers? What are the other societies/nations/groups that exist? Are the Shaper lands exclusively theirs? (what I'm trying to say is something like this: Are the Shapers surpreme over all of the American continent or are there other groups of people?) Because as this War gets worse and worse, it seems to me that some other groups will take the advantage to join one side or other or simply use the power struggle to their advantage in another way.

A very stupid question: are there birds in these worlds? (I can almost want to say that I remember a description or two mentioning them.) Also, are there any domestic animals? Or for that matter cattle and such. The only cattle like animal I can think of are the Ornk.

What is the role of Shades in all these? What are their rights? Necromancy is frowned upon, or so we have been told in the games. Are we doing them a favor by killing them (like for instance those three ghosts who ask you to kill them in the Pit of the Bound in GF2) or not?

Salud!

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Posts: 604 | Registered: Sunday, June 20 2004 07:00

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