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E3 in may. in General
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Profile #12
quote:
Originally written by What you say if you say if...:

—Alorael, will not be going. People will be walking around. Walking.
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How did you discover Avernum? in The Avernum Trilogy
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I found Spidweb's website when I inherited an old mac from a family member, hooked it up to the internet (my first computer - freedom was MINE) and googled something like "download free games mac". So then I got the A1 demo, and played it ad nauseum. A while later the A2 demo came out, so I played that to death too. Then I explored the website more carefully and played more or less all the demos, including E1-3 and BoE, and after about a year I managed to persuade someone to let me use their credit card (didn't have my own one then) to register A1 and A2. I've also got A3, BoA and Nethergate now.

I don't know which game is my favourite, but I think I enjoyed playing A1 and A2 best, since I'd played the demos for so long that it was a huge relief once I finally got past the registration barriers. Haven't played any other computer games in the last ten years or so except for Myst and Riven.

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for those of you with humor in General
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"Hi, this is ______ . I'm not here right now, but please justify the existence of my machine."

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United Nations? in General
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Profile #39
Redstart, I've got to ask: how on earth did you get the writing at the bottom of your posts to be back wards?

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Indian Doctor Jailed For Agreeing To Abort Female Fetus in General
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Profile #24
quote:
Originally written by Sir David:

Religion has nothing to do with this. 46 (chromosomes)= human, death of organism containing 46 = murder (or infanticide in this case). It's simple as that.
It is NOT as simple as that. Or else you're over-simplifying. Assuming you believe that life begins at the moment of conception, then yes you can use language in a way that defines abortion as murder, but there is more to it.

I agree with legal abortion, but I also agree that abortion kills a human life, or a potential human life. However, the life of the mother is ALWAYS more important. (I realise that in many cases abortion is not about saving the life of the mother and that she might well be able to support the child.) The legalisation of abortion is not intended to make it easier to kill, it is intended to protect the rights of the mother.

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Indian Doctor Jailed For Agreeing To Abort Female Fetus in General
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Profile #10
quote:
Originally written by Ash Lael:

They would continue, sure, but at a much lower rate.
I doubt it would be a much lower rate. Abortion is legal in India, and I haven't heard anything to suggest that most people want it outlawed. So assuming a majority there agree with abortion, outlawing it tomorrow would do little to discourage people from doing it.

Whether you are pro-abortion or not, the point is that legal abortion does not create any NEW problems, it just makes abortion much safer. Allowing abortion on the basis of gender however, DOES create new problems, and that's what they're trying to prevent at the moment.

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Indian Doctor Jailed For Agreeing To Abort Female Fetus in General
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Outlawing abortion would not solve the problem. Abortions would continue, they would just be illegal, dangerous and exploitative. I don't expect everyone to agree that abortion is morally 'right', but to my mind the problem in India at the moment is not to do with abortion, it is to do with culture and gender equality, as Aran and Alorael implied.

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Modern day classics in General
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Profile #27
His Dark Materials , Philip Pullman. Awesome.

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Call me crazy... in General
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Profile #8
I'm sure this question will be scoffed at by 'older' members and there'll be some simple explanation like saunders and her upeaten account, but MM, how do you manage to be member # 5 when the date you joined is less than a year ago?

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Avernum V in Avernum 4
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Profile #153
I seem to remember Erica scrying in A1 or A2 (seems like the sort of thing she'd do), and Aimee and probably some of the dragons (Khoth/Sulfras?). If so then it's perfectly possible that they all knew about plenty of other caves that were undiscovered by the rest of Avernum, including the Triad mages. The dragons at least knew about the vahnatai lands, and Erica wouldn't necessarily have any reason to let on about all the other stuff she knows. I got the feeling she likes to keep an air of mystery.

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What's your dialect? in General
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Profile #14
Vowel mergers/splits:
Rhyme: trap, bath (the vowels, anyway) - Nya... almost but not quite. The vowel in 'bath' is a tiny bit longer
Rhyme: father, bother - No! How can they possibly rhyme? Can someone give me another word that goes with them?
Identical: cot, caught - No
Rhyme: foot, goose - No
Identical: Lennon, Lenin - No
Identical: pin, pen - No
Identical: line, loin - No
Identical: coil, curl - No
Final vowel of "happy" rhyme with vowel of "meet" - Yes

R madness:
Identical: father and farther - Usually, think it varies a bit
Identical: Mary, marry, merry - No
Rhyme: mirror, nearer - No
Rhyme: fern, fir, fur - Yes
Identical: horse, hoarse - Yes

L madness
Rhyme: salary, celery - No
Identical: fill, feel - No
Identical: fell, fail - No
Identical: full, fool - No

Consonants
Same middle consonant: Singer, finger - No
Identical: Heat, eat - Yes
Identical: Should've, should of (if you were to say "should of") - No (Should've - shooduv, should of - shoodov)
Identical: Wait, weight - Yes
Identical: Wine, whine - No

quote:
Originally written by Jewels:

I have heard it said that folks from the northern middle America have no accent. It's always seemed funny to me since the origins of English (and the 'proper' way to say things) lay in England. Perhaps we just have the least distuingishable accent. Thoughts? Are there any who would know by my speech that I am obviously a middle American?
I couldn't have told exactly which part of North America you were from, but from your answers it's clear that you pronounce words very differently from the way I do so I think your accent would sound quite strong to me, and perhaps mine to you. As for American English, it has its origins more in Ireland than in England (though yes, Irish English did originally come from England). To my ears, although North American accents and Irish accents sound quite different on the whole, they do have in common some r sounds and longer vowels. Those sounds are much less common in England.

Edit: Love your sig Marlenny

[ Monday, March 20, 2006 07:34: Message edited by: Thin Air ]

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Which are windowed? Why not all? in General
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Profile #7
This is what I do on Windows (only tried it with A1 and A2):

Start game. Start game a second time. Quit one game. The remaining game is now smaller, and in the top left hand corner of the screen. Then you can press escape and go to preferences, click on 'Avernum takes up whole screen' (which it will do), then go back to to preferences and unclick it. The game is now smaller than the screen and in the centre, so you can easily click between windows.

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Changes for Better or Worse? in Avernum 4
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Profile #7
Having only played the demo:

Like
- having a new game to play
- seems like a big world...
Sorry, can't really be much more specific...

Dislike
- No secret passages! I loved those in the Exile and Avernum trilogies.
- Prefer the Avernum trilogy graphics in general. It was cool that on the automap a wall was just a line, and you could walk right up to the wall and start bashing into it to find passages. In A4, there's always space between you and the wall and it's a lot less clear on the map what is a space to walk on, and what is just a space between spaces.

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A1 keyboard movement (Windows) in The Avernum Trilogy
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Profile #2
quote:
Originally written by Tyranicus:

For the most part, however, moving two spaces with a mouse click isn't a huge issue.
It is when you're trying to walk through a door, not step on a swamp square, look at something, and especially when counting your moves and trying to hit the right thing in combat.

Is this just some weird way in which the Windows and Mac versions differ then? Something which untechnological people like myself don't understand.

Anyway, as predicted, I'm getting used to it now. Hey ho!

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A1 keyboard movement (Windows) in The Avernum Trilogy
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Apologies if this has been asked before. I did a search and couldn't find anything.

I've just downloaded the Windows A1 demo to mess around with at work. I played the whole game a few years ago on my mac at home. On the mac I move around with the arrow keys and that works fine, but in the version I've just downloaded the arrow keys make me move diagonally, ie the 'up' key sends me northwest instead of north, which is really annoying. If I use the number pad with numlock on then 7, 9, 1 and 3 will send me W, N, E and S respectively, but that's quite hard to use.

The mouse is no good either as one click moves me two spaces.

Is there any way I can change the directions of the arrow keys?

Edit: Also, there's some very weird stuff going on when I look in a character's inventory. I try to 'pick up' something in the inventory by left-clicking on it, but it just flashes and stays there. Then for some reason it works with the right mouse button. ???

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Pricing in General
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Profile #13
Well, thanks for clearing that up Aran.

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Pricing in General
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Profile #11
If BoE gets carbonised or whatever has to happen so that it'll still work on OS X, I wouldn't mind buying it in a few months. Got BoA already. All these "buy this and get that for less" offers are confusing.

Alorael, was it your birthday recently then?

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On this day in 1844 in General
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Profile #2
Warm wishes on your independence day! How do you celebrate?

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Random Observations of the Moment in General
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Profile #7
If you mean the 30k cross country combined, yes I saw that. The Swedish guy didn't win. Neither did the Czech guy. But it's pretty cool how it all happens right at the end. How fit must these people be? Skiing UPHILL for goodness sake.

As for Kari Tråa, I prefer the Canadian girl who won.

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THE ABOMINABLE PHOTO THREAD REVOLUTIONS in General
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Profile #194
If
Ed = Pinky,
who = Brain?

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[ Topic closed ] in General
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Profile #85
I believe you. But didn't you just say that an octopus only has tentacles? Vitally important that this is cleared up.

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[ Topic closed ] in General
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Profile #83
quote:
Originally written by Thuryl:

Fun fact: technically, the appendages an octopus has are called arms, not tentacles. A squid has both tentacles and arms; an octopus has only tentacles.[/QB]
Eh?

I suppose I wouldn't have called them legs, at least.

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THE ABOMINABLE PHOTO THREAD REVOLUTIONS in General
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Profile #9
Well, it's not really my thing, but show us the picture anyway.

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THE ABOMINABLE PHOTO THREAD REVOLUTIONS in General
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Profile #6
Alec, are you a nurse or a doctor or something?

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What would you do with a billion dollars? in General
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Profile #88
I will if the number of people in China is an American billion, and the amount of money I get is a European billion.

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