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Fat Attack? in General
Shaper
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Profile #39
One word: Lobbyists. If money didn't make a diff in D.C., we wouldn't have them hovering about like a flock of vultures.

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Favorite Class in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #1
I might be inclined to take issue with how you spelled "Infiltraitor." Though it can be fitting enough, depending on how you choose to play her.

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Favorite character in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #3
So far we've got four votes, four different faves.

Vivé la difference!

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
artifacts in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #16
Rolvas, please use the Edit button to fix or add to one of your posts, rather than make a new, largely redundant post. You probably didn't need to create a new thread on the subject either, but maybe that wasn't intentional. I'm going to delete it since you already have all the same info posted here in this thread where it is relevant.

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
Fat Attack? in General
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #37
People may mean well. Institutions, which generally overrule the ability or will of many of the people who comprise them, run by the bottom line.

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More cynical than paranoid, really. And...just because yer paranoid, don't mean they're not after you.

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Fat Attack? in General
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #34
Aspartame breaks down into wood alcohol in your blood stream and cannot break down further. That can't be good.

uponmars: It is discouraging to see how much industry, policy, and culture promotes less than truth, reality, and healthy living. One of our tasks and challenges in life is to accept our personal responsibility to make up our minds and care for our own health. I sure don't trust anyone else to do it for me. I'd rather error on the side of discretion in general.

Disturbing new studies are emerging on possible dangers of toxic chemicals plastics leak into our foods, baby bottles being the main focus. I worry about heating things in plastic in microwaves and using nonstick pan surfaces which slowly erode into my food and go into my body. I can choose to minimize or eliminate their use though no one has conclusively yet shown how exactly this might be damaging me. It took a while to figure out what asbestos and thalidomide were doing to people. At one time, it wasn't even realized how poisonous mercury is.

It's all in your hands, mars. You will have to educate and inform yourself ultimately and live accordingly. Governments and corporations are driven by profit, not your welfare.

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Wishing Well in Avernum 4
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #3
What a greedy well. It's amazing how mercenary inanimate objects which have no use for money can be.

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artifacts in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #5
SUNSTONE BELT — Grosch Pits — Perfected Belt / Deep Focus Orb / Unmelting Ice
(+14% Armor / +40 Radiance (Undead Bane) / +20% Fire Resistance / +20% Energy Resistance)

Yeah, this is really quite worthless, especially since no one has been able to demonstrate that Radiance actually has any observable effect against undead.

Can anyone else verify that the Shapemaster boots only add +2 to skills? I'd have thought I'd have noticed that or that someone would have pointed it out long ago if it were true.

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
artifacts in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #3
GLOVES OF SAVAGERY — Perfected Gloves / Blood Poison / Essence-Infused Skin
(+6% Armor / +2 Strength / +2 Melee / +4 Quick Action / +2 Creation Strength)

Useful to pretty much any build.

IMPERVIOUS CAPE — Perfected Cloak / Purified Essence / Essence-Infused Skin
(+12% Armor / +5% To Hit Chance / +10% To Hostile Effects Resistance Of Creations)

This could be minimally helpful to a fighter/shaper combination, but there are better cloaks to wear instead.

LEGS OF THE TYRANT — Perfected Greaves / Blood Poison / Essence-Infused Iron
(+14% Armor / +8 Vampiric Touch / +5 Melee Weapons)

I like the Flameweaver Greaves better, but this is good for a fighter.

FLAMEWEAVER GREAVES — Perfected Greaves / Crystalline Fibers / Solidified Flame
(+16% Armor / +2 Battle Magic / +2 Fire Shaping / +20% Cold Resistance)

These are important for Fire Shaping if you don't want to invest expensive skill points into Fire Shaping. I made them as my Infiltrator in order to maximize skill point allotment, and they helped me make Ur-Drakons.

SHAPEMASTER BOOTS — Perfected Boots / Ur-Drakon Skin / Deep Focus Orb
(+3 Fire Shaping / +3 Battle Shaping / +3 Magic Shaping / +10% Hostile Effects Resistance Of Creations)

These are also important for shaping ability to avoid spending expensive skill points on shaping instead.

GIRDLE OF SUCCOR — Perfected Belt / Ur-Drakon Skin / Unmelting Ice
(+14% Armor / +2 Blessing Magic / +2 Healing Magic / +8% Creation Armor / +4 Hostile Effects Resistance Of Creations)

Pretty unuseful. Magic sorts (if not most sorts) will want the Girdle of Intelligence usually instead.

CLOAK OF THE SHADOWS — Perfected Cloak / Pure Crystal Shard / Purified Essence
(+10% Armor / +2 Leadership / +2 Mechanics / +2 Stealth / +1 Action Points)

This would be more useful if it were accessible much earlier in the game. However, that +1 Action Point can be combined with other gear to give you double action unhasted by late game. Very useful for the nasty bonus areas and the end game.

Overall, the artifacts are a bit disappointing and uneven, but about half of them are fairly useful at some point. It all depends which kind of character you are running, of course. Some benefit more than others.

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
The Five and their surnames in The Avernum Trilogy
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #10
In Solberg's case, if I were to assign him a surname, it would have to be something a bit absurd, pretentious, yet ultimately nonsensical like Sulfinious Solberg. I found names like Linda, gleaned from Jeff's personal acquaintances, both kind of sweet, yet distracting from the otherwordliness of the games.

I have to admit I did personally appreciate the names of local Washington State towns in the Monroe Province of Avernum III. Monroe is the name of a town near Seattle where a state prison is housed. Paulsbo and Bremerton are towns on the Olympic Peninsula. Some of these names actually sound odd enough to fit in a fantasy world. We also have a lot of tongue-mangling native American named things up here, like our rivers: Stillaguamish, Duwamish, Skagit, Snohomish, and Lake Sammammish and the town of Issaquah, and so forth.

What's in a name?

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
My Poll in General
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #13
I don't get it.

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
Should I buy Nethergate in Nethergate
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #3
Don't let Salmon, Andraste, Zewiz, Riibu, or any number of others here suck you into the very silly online game, Kingdom of Loathing. Of course, if you like very silly...

KoL

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SYNERGY LIST: GF4?Where To Find Stuff And What It Does in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #31
I should have included the spore batons. If someone wants to assemble specific locations/requirements to acquire for me, I'd be happy to add them in. The Rivergate Keep one needs to be specified in exact location. I remember it up in the NE area somewhere. The E. Checkpoint one I have enough to go on so far. There are around four or five green batons and two or three brown ones total as I recall, plenty more than you need to use. I would use about one and a half to two of the green batons and less than one whole brown baton.

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
SYNERGY LIST?Nethergate: Resurrection Items in Nethergate
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #29
Fractal — you're right, I must have missed finding that hidden cubicle. I remember the room behind the barrier with the Wind Warrior. I remember being disappointed there was nothing worth the bother behind it. Somehow I missed the secret area.

Thanks for the addition.

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
Avernum 5, July Update in Avernum 4
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #28
I said it before, and I'll say it again. I'm really looking forward to A5. To put things in perspective, A4 was a good game with some room for improvement. I got a lot of mileage out of it, even though I sorely missed elevation in particular. So much was new and reworked with the new engine and graphics for A4. A lot was improved. It had room to grow, and Jeff is very good at being attentive to the praise and criciticisms of his fans. A5 sounds highly intriguing and promising, and I really am amped to explore it. Jeff is really on a roll, as I think G4 well indicates. A5 should be, well, fantastic. It's great to have a designer you respect who continually improves his craft.

I think it's important to remember than anyone thrives on appreciation, and there's a lot of whining that goes on here, and precious little appreciation by comparison, if you ask me. I don't know how Jeff endures it as well as he does. I am so glad there is one game designer who is accessible, tireless, responsive, and interactive with his fans. You actually have a good chance of helping shape or change the next game by being involved here.

As I am fond of stating, it's not what you say, it's how you say it. I personally am ecstatic that elevations will be returned to the A5 engine. I am extremely grateful that requests like this are heard and accommodated. As is clear, much of what Jeff does is what it is possible and feasible at the present time. Complaining about graphics is pointless and unuseful, because we can trust Jeff will always employ the best he is able to afford and utilize as the tiny company of effectively three he heads. I personally am amazed how much he achieves and how consistently he produces new games.

I want to say, thank you Jeff for being a responsive, creative human being in the process, rather than a faceless, cold corporation who has little interest in the ideas and concerns of his fans. Thank you for making so many great games from which I have derived countless hours of pleasure. Thanks for sticking with it all this time, despite so many of the thankless factors and gruelling challenges.

May the games of Jeff continue to delight us for a long time to come.

Cheers.

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
Fat Attack? in General
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #12
I don't know about elsewhere, but in America there has been the tendency to address obesity as an aesthetic concern, and something that just happens to you. I see it as a health issue, and it indicates we are not eating an optimal diet or living the way we are designed to. I read an interesting article recently which discussed how the best thing you can do to communicate to your body to not age is to keep it in motion. When we are sedentary, our body gets the signal to basically decay. When we are in motion, our body revitalizes itself and its cells. If you want to live longer, thrive, and age gracefully, get active and just say no to all that processed swill that sells for food these days. It's little to do with quantity and everything to do with quality.

America is a land which does not seem to any longer have a concept of personal accountability, so we are all the victim of something that happens to us. That spirit promotes apathy and hopelessness. If I struggled with obesity, I would look at what it serves for me psychologically as well. Food is very psychological and can be a drug and a reward as much as actual controlled substances.

I think the secret to success in darn near everything in life is loving and valuing yourself enough to have the courage and discipline to take care of yourself accordingly. Parents have tremendous responsibility in the tastes they develop in their children as well. If you feed them sugar and chemical-enhanced food, you can't get on their case for not finding vegetables yummy.

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
Social Degradation and Religious Decay (Split from "Life on Europa") in General
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #372
I ponder little matters such as the simple fact that no here alive knows what God really is, what happens after you die, or what God may or may not have done in the ancient past. It is increasingly amazing to me how much we are willing to place absolute faith in someone else...that God or the gods communicated some Truth about reality to someone somewhere and you can subsequently live your entire life depending upon it. Considering how many such beliefs conflict with most others, simple logic tells us that most, if not all people are going to be wrong and disappointed having spent an entire life based upon faulty belief. What a waste.

The real challenge to life is finding and making your own meaning, rather than relying upon any other "authority." Spirituality is, and should be the sort of thing you base only upon your own experience and illumination, if you will, and not on the supposed revelation of any other. Christendom is the result of gazillions of people for many centuries believing what the previous generation did about God becaues so many people had for so long. It doesn't make a lie or error any more true.

Again, what a waste. All I know is I have the sense and belief that the reality of God/the universe is all a lot different, better, and largely unknowable to me in this lifetime, and that's okay. Religion is basically lazy: a belief system/spirituaity borrowed from another, handed to you or dictated by another. Why and how can people blindly trust people they never met and who have been dead thousands of years and may have been flakes, liars, misguided, or subsequently badly interpreted and represtented?

Does anyone who is religious ponder these aspects of simple reality and humanity? When I was, I didn't. That's just it. You can shut down your brain and focus on theology and doctrine and aligning all your beliefs in the walled camp of your mind and your faith. It's safer than facing the painful reality of how much is unknown and uncertain.

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Posts: 2009 | Registered: Monday, September 12 2005 07:00
Harry Potter *WITH SPOILERS* in General
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #46
quote:
Originally written by Dikiyoba:

Dikiyoba will admit to liking less-than-ideal heros more than ideal ones, though.
I agree. I like characters who are real, flaws and all, yet have some quality I can really admire. The thing about Harry is that he possesses no one quality I could really admire. He wasn't a very good-natured or optimistic soul, and he seemed to have shockingly little faith in Dumbledore, Ron, and Hermione, after all they do for him. I found myself getting repeatedly irritated at him for being such a twit.

Good call on Voldemort. I expected something more from him by the end too. It seemed to all end with more of a whimper than a bang.

I enjoyed the book, and it should make an exciting movie once they prune all the boring camping scenes back, but it will not be reread eight times like my Tolkien set has been. I'll read them all a second time, and that, I expect, will be that. I think we've lowered the bar for what great fiction is these days, but maybe that just speaks to how illiterate we've been becoming since the invention of electronic entertainment.

I also had a sense that JK may have been influenced by the last book in what she was writing by thinking about how it might look on the big screen. That felt surreal to ponder while reading, because I know she must have had it in mind.

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Harry Potter in General
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #80
I would have taken Sirius. I related to him the most.

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Avernum 5, July Update in Avernum 4
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #11
I'm not afraid to admit I rather liked Starship Troopers. Sci-Fi with style and a sense of humor. Too much sci-fi is so hard-core serious about itself.

I'm excited to see A5. I can't believe it's already nearing the beta phase. I must be getting old or having too much fun...time is going by fast.

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Life on Europa in General
Shaper
Member # 6292
Profile #74
Hey, this topic has loped along a bit more after all.

I admittedly am the sort who is especially fascinated with the why/what does it mean aspects of the universe. I see no reason this can't couple very nicely with, therefore what can or shall we do with it.

I have the belief that the natural is a physical representation of the spiritual. So, the universe is vast and full of mysteries that will take untold ages to unfold and hopefully explore, because God and our own inner universe of being, so to speak, are equally vast and rich—and probably full of teeming life you have no idea about. Maybe it's a good time to check for parasites.

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