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Avernum V in Avernum 4
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #99
Sorry, I only took a passing look at the Idiot's page. Good reading, though.

Wow, an entire site devoted to everything Evil Overlord related. I'm in heaven...

*cough* So, back to A4... A less "Heroes of Avernum save the world" approach might be better; it'd be nice to see Avernum from an outsider's point of view.

EDIT: Clarification.

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Wouldn't it be easier if Rentar just used a sunlamp on Erika?

[ Friday, March 17, 2006 14:33: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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Avernum 2 graphic 777? in Tech Support
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #1
Unfortunately, I'm on a computer at school, and thus don't have access to A4.

Maybe this helps: I remember getting an error message in A1 like yours. I wasn't able to load Commander Johnston's graphic (very bad to not see someone who gives you a major quest). So what I did was take another graphic, change it so you know it's different, and rename it to the missing graphic. A temporary solution, I know, but at least you'll be able to know who you're missing and your game won't freeze.

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
If an enemy I have just killed has a younger sibling or offspring anywhere, I will find them and have them killed immediately, instead of waiting for them to grow up harboring feelings of vengeance towards me in my old age.
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I've made a script / story in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #265
What do you mean it's not a typo? What kind of play has six acts?

(Calms down and remembers that the world doesn't revolve around Shakespeare).

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
I will not imprison members of the same party in the same cell block, let alone the same cell. If they are important prisoners, I will keep the only key to the cell door on my person instead of handing out copies to every bottom-rung guard in the prison.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Avernum V in Avernum 4
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #97
By Zeviz:
quote:
Have you read Evil Masterminding for Idiots?
This has an uncanny resemblance to the EVIL OVERLORD LIST. Now, once I run out of the 300-odd rules for Evil Overlords to quote, I can use this new list. Thanks!

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
I will not grow a goatee. In the old days they made you look diabolic. Now they just make you look like a disaffected member of Generation X.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
I've made a script / story in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #263
Dikiyoba, I'll have you know that I took Draughts of Doom 101 in my first year of Evil Overlord School. Of course, my display of inepitude could be a mask for me to hide how much I am of a threat. Or is it? Why did I just tell you that? To make you think I'm not much a threat because I tell you how much of a threat I am? Or is it? Mu-ha-ha-ha!!!

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
If my trusted lieutenant tells me my Legions of Terror are losing a battle, I will believe him. After all, he's my trusted lieutenant.

[ Friday, March 17, 2006 10:15: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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March 17 in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #1
I'm going to take Swift's advice to heart today and eat some Irish to celebrate.

EDIT: Spelling.

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Some people are like Slinkys: completely useless, but they bring a grin to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

[ Friday, March 17, 2006 10:00: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Bye in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #44
By MarcusL:
quote:
Look everyone, don't be mean to Ed now! The one who are mean to Ed is mean to me too, and you don't want to irritate me!
What are you going to do, create more spam? I feel comfortable letting the last dregs of sympathy slip away from me, knowing that a major body of water separates you from the majority of SW posters.

I love this thread: My Post Count is going up, up, up...

EDIT: Apparently, UBB doesn't like leading white space. Now I can't make my ASCII art!

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What are you going to do, bleed on me?
- Arthur (Quest for the Holy Grail)

[ Thursday, March 16, 2006 13:08: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Avernum V in Avernum 4
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #78
Thanks Wonko.

Seriously people, these are good BoA ideas. None of them are really long and detailed enough to be the main idea behind A5. I can't really think of any enemy which will take up an entire game. The caves are mostly settled, the Sliths are nice, the Empire is nice, the Vahnatai are overdone, and the demons would suck for a main plot (side-villains are okay, though). They are, however, the perfect length for a scenario or two.

I envision A5 to seem like being beaten to death with feathers; who says evil has to be monolithic?

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"HA HA"
- Inscription on an obelisk in a dead-end, somewhere in the Avernum Trilogy.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Bye in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #38
Ed, your being horrible by rubbing MarcusL's horribleness into Dikiyoba's face, even though you think being horrible is justified because he was horrible.

Just think, you are hurting MarcusL's feelings by saying he is horrible. For someone who appeared out of nowhere to defend you, you aren't taking his feelings into account.

(I could have made unfounded accusations, but I'll wait for the mods to confirm my suspicions.)

EDIT: Tsk, tsk, MarcusL. I was hoping you would actually read the CoC, unlike your friend.

Nope, I'm still going to restrain myself from making unfounded accusations.

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See this lump, roughly between my temple and chin? That is my tongue, which has taken residence in my cheek.

[ Thursday, March 16, 2006 12:52: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Bye in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #28
Yeah, I agree with Alorael and Slartucker. Sometimes you have to take the forums with a grain of salt, sometimes you need the entire shaker.

By Slartucker:
quote:
So, Ed, why should we believe you that you are 14 now, when you have previously stated you were 12? If you were lying then, why should we believe you now? Particularly when you've lied so many times.
...Must...resist...OotS...quote!

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I just don't trust you enough to believe that you lied.
- Belkar (Order of the Stick)
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Avernum V in Avernum 4
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #75
Hmmm... I like the dragon idea. Remember, Athron had kids, and there's still that vengeful dragon from VoDT.

By Alorael:
quote:
Now a different (and equally implausible) idea. With greater ties between Avernum and the Empire, greater administrative oversight of Avernum becomes possible and good. Avernum becomes nearly as repressive as the Empire. Some rebel takes up arms and tries to overthrow the Avernite government to return to Avernum's libertarian roots. You get to pick your side. It's like A Small Rebellion all over again, only underground!
You don't even have to make Avernum more repressive. Just use the Scimitar.

By Ephesos:
quote:
Gah!!! No!!! Anything but that! It just screams, "I've got hordes of progressively harder monsters for no apparent reason!"
Crap. There's an evil overlord quote that works perfectly with this, but I don't have the list on this computer. Guess I'll just have to ad lib...

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
I will not use spawners to progressively populate my dungeon while the Heroes are in it. Instead, I will plan ahead, so they are crushed the moment they enter.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Slarty's Comic Strip in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #55
Fitting... only TM has the power to combat the fluffy pink demon of good taste.

Speaking of which, it's March 16. Where is he?

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I am Root, bow before me!
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Avernum V in Avernum 4
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #69
The main problem with a drop-in villain, such as demons, undead, or now the Vahnatai, is that they are seldom developed. Vahnatai as villains had potential: they aren't pure evil, just their schewed honour system lead them to evil acts. Why should demons be treated different? I'm making a small BoA trilogy, and eventually the villains will be demons. And I'll (gasp!) actually be giving each individual demon a character, a purpose for attackng, and 'redeeming' qualities. I'm curious to find out whether they will be seen as more or less evil than before.

EDIT: By Ephesos:
quote:
No... Grah-Hoth was killed/banished in A1. So was Adze-Haaki. So it won't work.
So says you... (Don't worry, Grah-Hoth won't appear in my scenario).

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
I will not turn into a snake. It never helps.

[ Thursday, March 16, 2006 10:36: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
I've made a script / story in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #228
quote:
Troll Master: The flamers will lead the charge in the next forum, though. I have a meeting with one Terror's Martyr.
Dun-dun-dunnnnnnnnn...

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Skribbane...skriiibbaaane...skriiiiiibaaaaaane...
- Alorael
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Poetry in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #12
By Skribbaneking:
quote:
Come one, come all, to the land of dancing bananas!
If you want to live than leave your sanity at the door!
For the dancing bananas and the fluffy turtles are hungry!
Pay your respects, giving your skribbane to Alorael and you canisters to me, or else!
If not the dancing bananas will feed on your corpse!
Almost as good as the Ode to Avernum. Dancing bananas?

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man's sole gesture of defiance
at a hostile or indifferent universe
is standing outside at night
after the requisite number of beers
and with a graceful enormous parabola
trying to piss on the stars
failing magnificently
- attempt (Al Purdy)
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
I've made a script / story in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #223
I'm glad to see I'm showing due concern for Tyran's passing. :)

So, what's a reaperdisk?

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
I won't require high-ranking female members of my organization to wear a stainless-steel bustier. Morale is better with a more casual dress-code. Similarly, outfits made entirely from black leather will be reserved for formal occasions.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Poetry in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #6
Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it...
Both of these compile and run in Perl.

quote:
#!/usr/bin/perl

APPEAL:

listen (please, please);

open yourself, wide;
join (you, me),
connect (us,together),

tell me.

do something if distressed;

@dawn, dance;
@evening, sing;
read (books,$poems,stories) until peaceful;
study if able;

write me if-you-please;

sort your feelings, reset goals, seek (friends, family, anyone);

do*not*die (like this)
if sin abounds;

keys (hidden), open (locks, doors), tell secrets;
do not, I-beg-you, close them, yet.

accept (yourself, changes),
bind (grief, despair);

require truth, goodness if-you-will, each moment;

select (always), length(of-days)

# listen (a perl poem)
# Sharon Hopkins
# rev. June 19, 1995
And for good measure, a haiku as well!

quote:
study, write, study,
do review (each word) if time.
close book. sleep? what's that?
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Inertia makes the earth go round.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
(Brag Thread) Avernum 3! in The Avernum Trilogy
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #9
I remember after finishing the three quests of A1 I sold all my loot, went to Fort Gauntlet, beat up some golems and undead with my bare fists, and returned to the surface.

And by the end of A3, every single item I owned was augmented.

Hooray for munchkinism!

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
I will not fly into a rage and kill a messenger who brings me bad news just to illustrate how evil I really am. Good messengers are hard to come by.

(Antony & Cleopatra would have done well to heed this advice...)
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Avernum V in Avernum 4
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #42
All this Nephar talk reminded me of something: remember the, ummm, stupid Sliths in A1 & A2? Not the barbarian ones, but the friendly ones that were only good for menial work. I remember something about a large number being born that way. You don't come across any in A3, and I haven't so far in A4? Does anyone know what was behind all that?

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
All naive, busty tavern wenches in my realm will be replaced with surly, world-weary waitresses who will provide no unexpected reinforcement and/or romantic subplot for the hero or his sidekick.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
magery vs spellcraft in Avernum 4
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #3
The usefulness of efficiency depends on your style. If you're a packrat, or a 'dungeon dabbler', your constant returning to town to sell your items makes the skill redundant. However, if you prefer to blast through the opposition in one fell swoop, and don't like the idea of holding your spellcasters in reserve until they are absolutely needed, efficiency is a very nice skill to have.

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
All bumbling conjurers, clumsy squires, no-talent bards, and cowardly thieves in the land will be preemptively put to death. My foes will surely give up and abandon their quest if they have no source of comic relief.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Help Me. (A.K.A Look at my Scenario) in Blades of Avernum
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #13
Okay, most of what I found has already been posted. I realize this isn't even a beta test, but a few things to consider and a few bugs to squish before you do release it:

- People refer to you as adventurers, even if you're playing a singleton. It's a bit more work, but alternate dialog like Kelandon does in Bahs is nice.

- Not only did Rita not say anything to me, she attacked me the moment she saw me.

- The message box displays every time I enter the smithy, set a SDF to this.

- After getting a message that I can't pass the barriers in the mage tower, I can still pass them.

- The high wall in Fort Orchid is nice-looking, but could possibly obstruct view (probably not a problem in a friendly town, though).

- No quests are listed in my quest list, and I can't seem to advance the plot (could be my fault for a very quick playing, though).

On the whole though, it seems it will be a great way to spend an hour or so. Good work!

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
I will dress in bright and cheery colors, and so throw my enemies into confusion.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Slarty's Comic Strip in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #33
When you speak in the second person, you find it very easy to understand. However, others, such as myself, find it very difficult to understand when you speak in the second person. Therefore, you will never again speak in the second person.

Mwuhahaha!!! (Wow, this is your second evil laugh of the day. You made your quota!)

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The Black Knight always triumphs!
- Quest for the Holy Grail
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Posts from beyond the ban? in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #52
AHA! I saw Stareye's method for finding Arghhhhhhhhh before he edited it out. Now I can evade the mods at will. Oh, the power! THE POWER! Mwuhahaha!!!

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
I will never tell the Heroes how I will foil their plan.

(Oops, back to the drawing board...)
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Avernum V in Avernum 4
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #9
Great ideas, everybody. NOW CHANNEL THAT CREATIVE ENERGY INTO A BoA SCENARIO!!!

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Blades is not dead. Actually, it's technically not alive either. See, it's a hunk of C code...
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Posts from beyond the ban? in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #38
By viking:
quote:
By any chance, is it possible that this ''Argh'' you are talking about is actually Arghhhhhhhh?
Actually, it's arghhhhhhhhh (nine 'h's). But close enough. Maybe you'll get your own name right eventually...

Watch out for them fluffy turtles.

EDIT: (Looks down at InfernalHate's post) (Prepares to bet a fair sum) (Sees *i's post)
Crap. I would have bet a lot too...

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IF I EVER BECOME AN EVIL OVERLORD:
My pet monster will be kept in a secure cage from which it cannot escape and into which I could not accidentally stumble.

[ Monday, March 13, 2006 10:38: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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