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Creating New Editors for BoA in Blades of Avernum Editor
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #49
quote:
Originally written by Arenaqs:

Perhaps I'm pessimistic, but I think "a few" is understating it.
I think that the amount of really, really horrible BoA scenarios out there, even with some editing help, will never rival the volume of blindingly agonizing BoE scenarios, because even with an easier editor, there's some serious thinking to be done there. I just think the gains in utility and ease for everybody outweigh the fact that there will be more BoA scenarios and yes, quite a few of them will suck.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Creating New Editors for BoA in Blades of Avernum
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #49
quote:
Originally written by Arenaqs:

Perhaps I'm pessimistic, but I think "a few" is understating it.
I think that the amount of really, really horrible BoA scenarios out there, even with some editing help, will never rival the volume of blindingly agonizing BoE scenarios, because even with an easier editor, there's some serious thinking to be done there. I just think the gains in utility and ease for everybody outweigh the fact that there will be more BoA scenarios and yes, quite a few of them will suck.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Creating New Editors for BoA in Blades of Avernum Editor
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #42
Frankly, I think that if these tools make it easier for all the duncecaps who think that the dragons of Avernum are Motrax, Khoth, and Trogdor, so what? There are plenty of OMG LUK AT MEE!!!!!! scenarios out there for BoE, and the classical reaction has to been either to flame to bits/wait until they go away, or if the newbie shows any promise to let them work it out.

These editors make it easier for the idiots, but it also makes it easier for the people who are learning like to get their feet wet before the plunge, and for the veterans who just want a quicker, less tedious way of doing things. This, to me, justifies the possibility that we'll have to ignore a couple more hunks of dreck than we do right now.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Creating New Editors for BoA in Blades of Avernum
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #42
Frankly, I think that if these tools make it easier for all the duncecaps who think that the dragons of Avernum are Motrax, Khoth, and Trogdor, so what? There are plenty of OMG LUK AT MEE!!!!!! scenarios out there for BoE, and the classical reaction has to been either to flame to bits/wait until they go away, or if the newbie shows any promise to let them work it out.

These editors make it easier for the idiots, but it also makes it easier for the people who are learning like to get their feet wet before the plunge, and for the veterans who just want a quicker, less tedious way of doing things. This, to me, justifies the possibility that we'll have to ignore a couple more hunks of dreck than we do right now.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Connection Speed in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #22
Celeron 1000, 256 megs of RAM, 10Mb/s connection through the university, 52x CD-ROM, 52-24-52x CD-RW/16x DVD, a 64 meg old-school Radeon that's a woeful piece of crap but, luckily, I don't play many graphic-intensive games, integrated PoS sound card, 20 gigs on C drive and 80 gigs on D drive, Windows XP Home SP2. Java and Javascript enabled in Opera and Firefox.

It's not great, but what's sad is that I just got through a reasonable upgrade cycle because the thing was basically decomposing before my eyes. That's why the larger hard drive is the slave, it's brand new (replacing a 4GB drive that I really don't want to talk about). So now you know more than you ever wanted to.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
When did you start spidweb'ing? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #21
I got a demo disk with Exile I and Exile II on it. For some reason, they immediately captured my soul, so I played both demos all the way through and promptly forgot about them both for six months. This would have been around...1998, 1999, I think.

Anyway, the really big day for me was when I decided to try and look up the cool cats who made these things. I did so, and the good times rolled. Even if I never did, and still haven't, registered the Exile games (except for BoE) because I ended up waiting for Avernum.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Next Spiderweb Game in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #40
At the end of the day, despite the fact that the plotline can get pretty shallow, I'd still rather play an Avernum game than just about anything else I have. I couldn't analyze it, I couldn't write an essay on the subject, but I can say what I feel.

(Geneforge and Geneforge 2, I never much cared for. Nethergate was cool, though)
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Best? in The Avernum Trilogy
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #14
I'd take Avernum 2 to my own personal grave, but Avernum 3 is still a darned good game, easily the largest of the three and, if you can only buy one, probably stands well enough on its own.

Blades of Avernum is obviously worth a look, but it'll be quite a while before there's enough good BoA scenarios out there for you to get more gameplay in than you would with A3. And, of course, there's just something about one, big, grand epic plot like in A3. Playing a bunch of smaller scenarios just isn't the same, to me.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Board Ethics: Should spamming on round numbers be allowed? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #16
quote:
Originally written by Rowen:

Congrats on the 2000 posts! =>

I'm only at 125 now but I might make it to 2000 in the next twelve years or so.

Well, I registered on October 3, 2001. It is October 13, 2004. I have, counting this post, 203 total posts. I should reach two thousand posts sometime in 2030. In short, my 2000th post spam message will be me having my servant robot telepathically send a hologram to the board while I'm flying in my rocket car.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
List of Members in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #8
There's something vaguely therapeutic about having your member name listed by your number like that. I feel like I've accomplished something.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Who's Lurking? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #89
Because I was afraid posting here would negate my lurkiness, as premonition said, I decided, what the hell.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Accomplishments in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #11
1) Lurking
2) Having absolutely nobody know who I am, despite the fact that I'm here, have been some time (ages), and am an oldbie of sorts.
3) Managing to, to my knowledge, not make any mortal enemies. Though I think I just jinxed myself.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Windows Poll in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #18
Windows XP Home. I'm a good little clone. What's that, Mr. Gates? You want me to...get my shotgun? Okay, but I'm not sure what...kill the unbelievers?
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Adieu, Adieu, Adieu in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #3
Sir Motrax just popped off.
Some will say that's quite a shame.
Others, though, may not.

I'm sorry. The haakai made me do it.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Xian Skull! 2 in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #1
This is so lock bait. IMAGE(Spiderweb Software Boards Xian Skull! 2_files/tongue.gif)

Not posting any images, though. What you have to do is get the Fire Extinguister (+) from the Lorelei Hidden Uber-Secren Fire Department and spray it all over the food while your mage casts Ice Lances at it. If you're playing a singleton, grow another arm.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
The next spidweb game. in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #15
In my opinion, the Geneforge engine sucked goats and the Geneforge series as a whole couldn't hold a candle to Avernum's cool factor. But since Avernum's cool factor would be significantly lowered by an Avernum 4, new fantasy series gets my vote. IMAGE(Spiderweb Software Boards The next spidweb game_files/tongue.gif)
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Who is who? in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #16
I'm just Lord Bob. I lurk. And, as such, I observe many things. For instance, if you want to get to know somebody around here, the best solution is to stay calm and listen to your brain as opposed to any other part of your body. Whereas in life, passion is sometimes reward, here, passion is usually flamed.

As is most everything else, actually.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Evil Companies in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #43
I am all in favour of genetically modifying foods. I think that it'll help humanity out in the long run, and in a few years it'll be just like getting immunizations. Most people will see that it's a good idea and just get it done. A few people will claim that immunizations are the devil, but the polio will get them all soon enough.

And I also won't deny that some GM foods taste like sawdust. Then again, a whole hell of a lot of natural foods taste like sawdust too. A lot of it has to do with how they're grown. When companies start growing genetically modified tomatos and such while caring more about individual quality than yield (basically, doing what all those organic growers claim to do without having to worry about spreading animal dung on your food and heroically preventing bugs from getting a foothold), we'll notice a lot less of the paper-mill taste. We'll also have to pay more for tohse plants, but it won't be near as much as the organic growers are gouging us for.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Please read and think about this... I implore you in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #6
quote:
Originally written by Sir Motrax of College Applications:

Windows emulators take up vast amounts of system resources
Just like Windows IMAGE(Spiderweb Software Boards Please read and think about this___ I implore you_files/biggrin.gif)

Seriously, watch in stores for Myst 4: Avernum and Myst 5: Geneforge, coming soon to a computer near you.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Intelligence in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #26
I confess. I'm smarter than everybody. I have an IQ of forty billion. I got my first doctorate thirty-five seconds after I came out of the womb. I have a head the size of a globe. I haven't had an actual conversation in fifteen years because I can divine what they want to say before they say it, anticipate their responses, and thus save myself the trouble of actually talking to them. The FBI once captured me and tried to force me to work in their Brain Mines, but I escaped by making a small thermonuclear explosive out of a paperclip, my shoelace, and 15.67% of a postage stamp.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Evil Companies in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #27
quote:
Originally written by Seaweed:

After all, if it weren´t for Microsoft and IBM, none of us would probably be having this conversation right now.
Well, all the Mac users would (and there's an abnormally high concentration of them on the Spiderweb boards), and the rest of us would probably be here, just using something else (such as a Mac). Oh, and we'd get to play Blades of Avernum first instead of sitting through the wait. IMAGE(Spiderweb Software Boards Evil Companies (2)_files/tongue.gif)

Oh, and as for why the companies are evil...well, Walmart and Microsoft have already been done in detail here and in a gazillion other places on the Internet. I don't actually think IBM's evil, which might explain why I didn't vote for them, but...

[ Wednesday, August 06, 2003 06:36: Message edited by: Lord Bob ]
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Exile games you don't want to play in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #25
quote:
Originally written by Arancaytar:

Swimming Contest with a golem
That would rock.

HA HA HA! I kill me.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
Iraqi aftermath in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #66
quote:
Originally written by X:

A few points:

Water is more of an issue in Iraq than food, not least because all the pumping stations were classified as 'military' targets by the US, contrary to the UN Convention, during both Gulf wars.

Hey, I know that if I had an army that I wanted to win a war with, I'd garrison them in a pumping station. After all, can't you just picture the Americans walking through the water station district, thinking Baghdad pacified with nothing to take but the spoil. When, suddenly...

Besides, if there's one thing this experience should have taught us all, even the most pro-war folks (who would probably call it a good thing), it's that the American government doesn't exactly listen to the UN that attentively when it comes to military matters.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
United States Conflict Avatars (Cont.) in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #103
Free advice: Swearing at somebody when they make a point that you can't retort doesn't mark you as 'the poster boy for emotional maturity'. I know I cared about X's post, moreover, which shoots that 'point' down in flames.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00
5 Random Questions in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 55
Profile Homepage #20
quote:
Originally written by Sir David:

Mr. Bob, your artful summarization ended up doing away with one of your answers...
(off-camera swearing)Oh, crap, we forgot an answer! What will we do? Uh...let's fake it! Year!(/off-camera swearing)

That was on purpose. It's a summary, you see. We thought that question was pure fluff. Yeah. That's good. It's good, right? (yeah, it's good) Good.
Posts: 236 | Registered: Wednesday, October 3 2001 07:00

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