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Geneforge 4: "Not a Shaper" in Geneforge Series
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They were also experienced explorers as opposed to, say, an apprentice Sholai. And I never had a problem mowing down Sholai Scouts and not much trouble killing Sholai warriors. Mages and Augmented Shoalai were a different matter, but that's what my vlish were for.

Dikiyoba is noticing that a lot of characters in Spiderweb Software games in in -ai. Sholai, vahnatai, slithzerikai...
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Oh no you don't. There is no disadvantage when soloing. in The Avernum Trilogy
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Technically, how much loot does a singleton need? They only need one set of equipment so that shop costs are less. Maybe the singleton uses more items, so it might be a little more. They only need to buy five levels of special skills (admittedly, some skills are the same no matter how many people are in the party) so that should mean less special skill cost. And you only need to buy mage and priest spells for one person, so spell costs should be less (at least for me, who gives everyone mage/priest spells).

Dikiyoba thinks that having a singleton haul every single item out of a town to sell it is overkill. Just because Dikiyoba's party of four hauls literally everything out of town (the worthless stuff is dropped and lost forever) so that the party has more money and so that items that the party hordes can be moved in doesn't mean a thing. Dikiyoba also apologizes if this sounds like a rant.
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Time Limit Discussion in Blades of Avernum
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It sounds like the answer is no. No in general and no for a first scenario. Maybe a first version of the scenario could be static so that the scenario is easy to design. A later version, if Dintiradan thinks that the scenario is missing something, could show the passage of time (buildings falling apart, people dying, etc.) Set time limits (for example day 14 means the party loses the scenario) are bad. Passage of time is okay to great, depending on how it is done.

Dikiyoba is personally against time limits because Dikiyoba wants to explore every corner. Dikiyoba will just rescript a scenario temporarily so that Dikiyoba can explore every cranny without having to worry about running out of time. It beats missing valuable loot or having to go through a scenario twice to hit everything.
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I Want to Crush Your Dreams. in Blades of Avernum
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Shh! Don't give Dintiradan too many ideas. I'm doing a scenario with a different culture of Vahnatai.

The little of the Vahnatai culture we see in VoDT seem very similar to the Olgai Clan. Except that they weren't very hostile yet. The pollution of their lands probably wouldn't give them a good view of people, so the destruction of a Crystal Soul could easily lead to a massive search/infiltration party sent to figure out who is responsible and to bang a few heads together...

Dikiyoba.

Edit: Sig change.

[ Monday, January 16, 2006 13:18: Message edited by: Dikiyoba ]
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Bassikhava glitch in Blades of Avernum
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Or going into the character editor while in the scenario and resetting the hostile towns, if that would be easier. That would require exiting that town and coming back before any changes are made. The easiest way to do that may be to enter combat and run!

Dikiyoba is noticing that Bahssikava is getting an unfair share of random glitches. Maybe the other scenarios are jealous and casting dread curse on it.

Edit: Sig change.

[ Monday, January 16, 2006 13:04: Message edited by: Dikiyoba ]
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Observation of MLK, Jr. in General
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No one can live a perfect life and everyone has a least one dark secret that they never share. That doesn't mean everyone should stop trying to live the best life they can. So I can forgive MLK, Jr. for his sins. Especially since he changed the nation in a significant and positive way even though it was dangerous. If only everyone would do so.

Dikiyoba.
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Soon I Shall Be Rich in General
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Well, nobody said criminals were smart. They just have to be smarter than the dumbest segment of society that has money and be just smart enough to not get caught immediately.

Dikiyoba.
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Yarrr... Linux! in General
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If the whole world had a livable minimum wage, that would really change the whole economy. Things would be more expensive to produce so they would cost more. People would be able to buy less. However, more people would be able to buy things. If it is possible and was done, life would have a totally different perspective.

Dikiyoba finds it odd that the money earned in a year from a federal full-time minimum wage job is below poverty level for a four person family. Obviously, not every person working a minimum wage job is supporting a family, but why is the system set up for failure?
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Yarrr... Linux! in General
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Technically speaking, money is a form of bartering.

Person 1: "I will give you this soda if you give me a green piece of paper with the number one on it."

Person 2: "Okay. Here you go."

Person 1: "Now I will use this green piece of paper with the number one on it with 19 other green pieces of paper with the number one on it to get the DVD of my favorite movie with a special disk of bonus features."

Dikiyoba misses the bartering skills Dikiyoba got from Tor in A2.
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I Want to Crush Your Dreams. in Blades of Avernum
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Yay! I just finished my scenario's third dungeon. Too bad it still has a long ways to go... Hopefully, I will work on scripting/dialoguing a town next weekend.

Just posting something about Dikiyoba's scenario makes it more likely that Dikiyoba will actually finish it.
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A2 question (Portal Fortress) in The Avernum Trilogy
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Aa is completely hardened lava that is very sharp and rough. It's stuff that you don't want to walk on barefoot or slip and fall on.

Dikiyoba is sorry that Dikiyoba missed or can't remember the scenario(s) with the ice. But it proves Dikiyoba's point.
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The nephilim language in The Avernum Trilogy
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If you're hydrophilic, you may be water-soluble. If you're hydrophobic, you may be a lipid.

Dikiyoba.
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Yarrr... Linux! in General
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Let's start a debate about whether pepperoni or Canadian bacon is better on pizza.

Dikiyoba votes for mushrooms for supreme rulers of the universe.
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Empire territory in A2 in The Avernum Trilogy
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Didn't last very long, did it? It sounded like it was built after A1. So we see it up and running in...one game? Not an impressive town.

Dikiyoba.
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I Want to Crush Your Dreams. in Blades of Avernum
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All I'm saying is that it could be done if you really wanted/needed to put food in a cauldron. For one of my experimental scenarios, I created a whole town with custom light sources that could be turned on and off. It was too complex, labor-intensive, and long to be used widely but it was possible. With a little more effort, I could probably have made lights that turned off during the day and turned on at night. Lots of things are possible in BoA. They just may not be good ideas or worth the time to carry out.

This is getting ridiculous. Dikiyoba must stop posting and do actual work.
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Yarrr... Linux! in General
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Unfortunately, the people who would make the best decisions are often not the sort of people who want power and the people who want power are often not the ones who will make the best decisions.

The types of people I absolutely hate are the ones who see the world in black and white. The world's too complex even for shades of gray. People have cones as well as rods in their eyes for a reason: to see in color. There is no simple yes/no or right/wrong (or left/right) answer to any complex issue.

I find a lot of the people who talk in black and white are trying to make an individual decision into a societal one. But there is no way to get a large number of people to all behave in a rational, moral way. Even if you could, the world throws too many other obstacles into people's lives. That's why society has to provide backups for them.

Dikiyoba.
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Holy Mac Windows Batman! in General
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Given that this topic is still going strong, I guess not. People may not like it but they still post here. At least this is a rational discussion. It has trouble staying on topic and it's heated, but it's not a flame fest. It's probably the first discussion I've heard that hasn't dissolved into stupid ranting within five sentences.

Originally by Alorael:

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Your argument for why pornography isn't wrong or degrading because the actors chose their jobs because they're poor and/or uneducated extends a few more steps. They're poor because they're defective or lazy people, and that's their problem. That's also the perfect justification for absolute, unmitigated capitalism[.]
I believe that fits the description of the outdated "social Darwinism" theory very well, which the people on top used to stay on top. We should oppose such ideas because very few people can be on top and even fewer can stay on top for their whole lives. Just ask the dinosaurs.

Dikiyoba.
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6th Test in Avernum 4
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I wasn't refering to A3. I was refering to G2 and G3. Then again, BoA might have come out between G2 and G3 (I have a poor memory. What was I saying?), so I might have been wrong anyway. But I realize now that there were tests in A2 too.

And there's nothing wrong with tests. They're just starting to feel overused without seeming like a realistic situation. I'd rather go out and have a good, solid quest directly related to the game. Why maintain testing arenas when its easier just to send adventurers out to beat up some bandits?

Dikiyoba.
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Dorikas trouble in Avernum 4
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I think someone else pointed out that error in the endgame text, too, so I don't think you were wrong. Admittedly, everything I know about the game comes from these forums because I don't have the game yet.

Dikiyoba will hopefully not have to deal with these sorts of errors by the time the Windows versions come out.
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Helping Jeff advertise in Avernum 4
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Originally by VCH:

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I mean who reads a book twice.[?]
I have a stockpile of books that I own that I have read so many times that several have torn into smaller pieces, many more are close to falling apart, others are covered in food/drink/other spills, and most I can "read" the next half-page or so when I come to the end of a page but don't have a free hand to turn the page immediately.

I also have a few movies which I've watched so many times they are beginning to wear out and several Spiderweb Software games I've played so many times I can follow the story without reading the dialog boxes. Someday, I will end up with a repetitive stress injury.

Dikiyoba finally added the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the stockpile so that Dikiyoba doesn't have to feel bad about rereading them until they are destroyed.

Edit: Forgot quote.

[ Sunday, January 15, 2006 10:32: Message edited by: Dikiyoba ]
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6th Test in Avernum 4
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Just the fact that this is the third game in a row to have "tests" is a bad thing.

Dikiyoba finally writes Dikiyoba's first short post of the day.
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GIFTS? in Avernum 4
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I think that the GIFTS are remarkably resistant to magical experimentation. Somehow they survived the School of Magery in Valley of the Dying Things without any harm.

A GIFTS (in a high-pitched, cute, squeaky voice): "Ooh! What's that?"
Sage Eichler: "It's a scapel. I'm going to cut you open."
A GIFTS: "Yaay! It should be fun! By the way, you're cute. Did you know you were cute?"
Another GIFTS (in a higher-pitched and squeakier voice): "Oh! Oh! Cut me open first. I think you're cuter than Spider does."
Sage Eichler: "What?"
A third GIFTS: "I need a mate. Will you be my mate, cute human? I have a juicy chitrach we can shrare."
Sage Eichler: "Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!" (Sage Eichler runs off, driven crazy by the GIFTS)

Dikiyoba seems to be writting long posts today...
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Stuck. in Avernum 4
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Originally written by kuc:
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King.... Starrus?

Disappointing. Micah and Hawthorne always seemed like such regal names. Starrus sounds like he should be running one of those dingy sailor's inns.
I looked up Hawthorne for a random reason and found this (originally by Merriam-Webster's Dictionary):

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Main Entry:Hawthorne effect
Function:noun
Etymology:from the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Co., Cicero, Ill., where its existence was established by experiment
Date:1962

: the stimulation to output or accomplishment that results from the mere fact of being under observation; also : such an increase in output or accomplishment

No wonder the Empire was so efficient. "I'm watching you. If you don't do your job, you're going to be thrown into Avernum!"

Dikiyoba.

Edit: Fixed quote.

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A2 question (Portal Fortress) in The Avernum Trilogy
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This is just a guess, but I think that ice floors are a "bridge" terrain with cold damage that allows you to boat through it but also walk on it (and take cold damage). At least, I think the ice had cold damage, since I don't remember ever taking cold damage. I never used the boat, though, because of the ice lizards in each corner. You can't enter combat mode in a boat.

The ice floor graphics are still around in BoA if anyone wanted to mess with them...

Dikiyoba.
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Empire territory in A2 in The Avernum Trilogy
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What's the name of the Empire-controlled city you can get into? Since there's no way to kill the Empire soldiers without the Abyss refugees going hostile and the money from turning in sacks of meal is good, I just steal everything I can. Help the war effort however possible and all that.

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