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noob info in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #135
Take off, you hoser! Adhering to stereotypes is a beauty way to go!

Seriously though, if I was speaking what I posted, that's exactly how I would say it.

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Michael Jackson's album was called Bad only because there wasn't enough room on the sleeve for Pathetic.
- Prince
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Avernum Fanfic in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #2
The dialogue appears to be taken verbatim from the game. I don't think it's terrible (granted, I only read a couple paragraphs), but it seems to be an exercise in futility.

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Author has written 5 stories for Misc. Games.

I probably should actually write something here, eh?

I'm a mom (not telling my age) who adores the Exile/Avernum games. Of all of them, my favorite is Exile 2. Game interface, I think Exile 3 is the best of the bunch. I really miss dual-wielding in the Avernum games (so many cool weapons, so few hands) and area-of-effect spells to help kill those nasty invisible guardians and black shades.

I wish to apologize to my readers for the long delay. I've just being going through a very rough patch, but I will finish the prequel story and move on to Geneforges and Avernum 4. Due to my feelings about Avernum 4, it may be written after I've tackled Geneforge 1-3. Geneforge 4 will not be written until the next game is out, due to the need to know which ending Geneforge 5 assumes.

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Need Avernum Lore in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #3
(Bump.)

I've found the site I was thinking of at first. It's shorter, and strongly derived from D&D.

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http://ziabatsu.comicgenesis.com/avernumd20.html
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Why I Will Not Play Avernum V in Avernum 4
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #10
My pet theory that Look & Feel is the most important criterion after basic functionality for the average end-user gains more support. Nothing inherently wrong with that, just realize that Jeff Vogel probably has bigger priorities when he's programming his games than maintaining separate engines. If I was him, I'd do the same thing - one engine for any games of the same genre.

I didn't mind the different engine, but then again, I haven't played the Geneforge series, so I haven't developed the emotional attachment to each engine.

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Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
- Oscar Wilde
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noob info in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #115
So... how about those Spiderweb Software games, eh?

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Why was I born with such contemporaries?
- Oscar Wilde
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Anyone ever thought of it? in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #4
A short NWN campaign is definitely feasible. A longer one, not so much, as there won't be any community support to speak of. I can't see any reason why not, especially if your friend is an experienced designer already. Legal problems, perhaps?

Must... resist... shameless... plug...

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IMAGE(http://www.cs.ualberta.ca/~script/gifs/se_eye.jpg)

Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

Seriously, get your friend to use ScriptEase if he/she isn't already (click the picture; it's hotlinked). It's much faster, and the default CodePak is large enough now that you can create an entire module without touching NWNScript once.

[ Tuesday, September 11, 2007 17:35: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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You Choice, Your Music.. in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #23
When You're Evil is the only song I've heard by Voltaire. Is the rest of his music that good?

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Do you mind if I sit back a little? Because your breath is very bad.
- Donald Trump to Larry King
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What have you been reading lately? in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #485
Done The Cathedral & The Bazaar by Eric Raymond. The essays in it touched on a number of things, but I found "Homesteading The Noosphere" to be quite interesting. It's an informal study of the inner workings of hacker culture. I didn't actually learn anything from the essay, which was the point; it's supposed to discuss the unspoken cultural norms. One thing I noticed is the parellels between hacker culture and forum culture - not surprising, because forum netiquette is descended from Usenet netiquette.

I stopped by a used bookstore near my house and snatched up half a dozen cheap buys. At a dollar, fifty cents, or ten (!) cents, I might as well add books to my collection if they are availiable, instead of borrowing them from the library. I got Dune and Fahrenheit 451 (in the category of "Always hear about, but never read"), The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (never seen the movie, but it sounds somewhat interesting and was ten cents), God in the Dock by C.S. Lewis (a collection a short articles; never heard of it before), and The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (don't intend on re-reading it, but I own the first four and found a battered copy of the sixth book, so now that particular gap in my bookshelf is filled). Oh, and The Prince by Machiavelli. :D

Of course, with university work picking up, I won't be able to read them for a while. A couple of my U books seem somewhat interesting, though...

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Oscar Wilde: Do you mind if I smoke?
Sarah Bernhardt: I don't care if you burn.
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Spiderweb podcast in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #7
There's not enough activity on the BoA and OBoE front to warrant a podcast. It'd be kinda interesting if there was a short podcast showcasing the artistic talents of members, but I can only think of several members where a podcast would be an appropriate medium. It's a neat idea, but I don't think the community is nearly big enough.

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Everyone like flattery; and when it comes to Royalty, you should lay it on with a trowel.
- Benjamin Disraeli
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Episode 4: Spiderweb Reloaded. Something like that anyway. in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #111
Since when was Nioca a <edit>Spiderweb</edit> mod?

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Be really nice to your friends. You never know when you are going to need them to empty your bedpan.

[ Monday, September 10, 2007 07:25: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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Need Avernum Lore in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #2
Yeah, the Encyclopaedia Ermarian is by far your best resource. There are a few articles that aren't directly based on Jeff Vogel's games and scenarios, but the majority is.

I remembered reading about one attempt to create an Avernum d20. It didn't get far, but I tried searching for it anyway. To my surprise, I found this. It's... huge. If your campaign's going to use d20, take a look, if even just for ideas.

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Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
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You Choice, Your Music.. in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #19
To tell you the truth, I've never heard Moxy Fruvous. Just seen Shaun Majumder's impression of Jian Ghomeshi. And I've heard some Crash Test Dummies, but I don't own anything from them.

I'm not that big of a music listener at all. Bigger names of what I do have: the Arrogant Worms, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Collective Soul, Dire Straits, John Williams, Great Big Sea, Jonathan Coulton, Metallica, Rush, Van Halen, and Coldplay.

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Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.
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To whom it may concern. in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #14
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Does anyone have an example of Ed's Emails to *i and can someone discribe his cracking attempts?
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2. You'll have to be a little more forthcoming about reasons before *i starts handing over emails, I think. Doubly so for cracking attempts.
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"More than a simple case of interest..." mh? You wish to use that crack yourself?
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I have a friend who aquired "crack" abilities once and mis-used them, he still regrets it in our Xfire chats
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2. I can demonstrate Ed's presumed "cracking" techniques ... just give me your login name and password.
Fixed your typos. Don't know why I'm so pedantic this morning. Though 'script kiddie-ing' was probably a better replacement.

By Gauldoth:
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Who is Boots and what are these BORK threads? Of all the things here they have been some of the most confusing.
Hmmm... BORK threeds oon Speederveb? Dun't remember unytheeng leeke-a thet. Oor du yuoo meun my Svedeesh Cheff threed oon Pulerees?

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Bork Bork Bork!

[ Saturday, September 08, 2007 06:53: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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Heads will roll in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #14
What's this? Disjointed text in one skinny column?

Aran, have you been playing with Mark V. Shaney again?

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"The answer is either zero, one, or infinity."
"This is Trivial Pursuit, Paul."
"So let's rule out infinity."
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
What are you learning right now? in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #47
By Kel:
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I find it funny that people think my science degree (Astrophysics) is more practical than my humanities degree (Classical Languages). A B.A. in Astro is useless for a getting a job, except in that it's a B.A., which a B.A. in Classical Languages is, too. To get a job in astronomy, you really should have at least an M.A. or a Ph. D., and an M.A. or Ph. D. in Classics is just as good as one in Astro as far as job value.
I'll bet. Astrophysics seems to be a field when the only source of employment is in a government agency or further on in academia.

Anywho, class recap now that I've been in all of them:

CMPUT 301 Introduction to Software Engineering:
Make a HelloWorld program and commit it to CVS! Joy!
(Okay, so it's just a test to see if our repos are working. Still, shouldn't be too hard).

CMPUT 304 Algorithms II:
'Bout what I expected; picking up where Algorithms I left off.

CMPUT 366 Intelligent Systems:
There is free pizza at the seminars. I am pleased.
Seriously, looks to be a great course.

PHIL 365 Philosophy of Computing:
Apparently, Philosophy of Computing means the reading for this course is a from a guy who uses quantum mechanics to explain his proposal of the multiverse. There was a little bit of "Are we just Turing machines?" thrown in. Oh, and a good half hour was spent on "it's a good thing to discuss theories, even after they're proven false/inadequate".

On the other hand, the prof is William Shatner, so it all balances out.

PSYCO 258 Cognitive Psychology:
Yargle.

There is no way that book costs one hundred fifty dollars! I've bought texts three times the page count that've cost half as much! And apparently, twenty dollars are spent on an activation code, so we can go online and do interactive test, allowing us to write reports worth one percent each with pressing questions like, "identify the independent variable".

But the prof seems decent.

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I may be a dumb arse, though this hindsight isn't surprising.
- Aran
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Legends of Divinity OOC in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #701
Heh. Seems like I just posted, and yet all the active participants have posted since then. I'll try think of something.

Or, I'll just perfect the puppy-dog-eye-look, in the vain hope that some RPers will become active again...

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Youpi! The Unix lab has Bon Echo! Almost makes up for the fact that it's running FVWM...
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Down to Earth OOC in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #25
I thought the name sounded familiar. Avernum Reloaded lives on!

And I had expected that more people would play Aesins. Meh, let's see how this works...

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In politics stupidity is not a handicap.
- Napoleon
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Down to Earth OOC in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #23
Youpi! Now I get to be the hippy treehugger!

Well, sort of...

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I inherited a painting and a violin which turned out to be a Rembrandt and a Stradivarius. Unfortunately, Rembrandt made lousy violins and Stradivari was a terrible painter.
- Tommy Cooper
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Down to Earth IC in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #2
In its own macabre way, Luca was glad of the work.

He had chosen the spot at the top of the ravine, rather than within it to avoid the spring melt off. A towering aspen grew precariously close to the edge five paces to his right, its branches just beginning to show the buds that were delayed by the late winter. Luca grunted softly as he tossed another spadeful of packed dirt onto the pile. He needed the exercise – the weeks of walking had built up the calluses on his soles, but the ones on his hands were beginning to disappear. He could tell that by the end of the morning he would get at least one blister on his hands, and his forearms would be sore the next day, but he didn’t mind. At least the ground wasn’t frozen any longer.

The sun rose, and eventually the hole was completed. Luca put his spade done and pushed the body into it. Half a moment’s rest, then he began spading the dirt back into the grave. He found that as long as he kept his mind on methodically spooning the earth back into its original location, he could ignore the rank odour that emanated from the corpse through the rough burlap. Somewhat.

The sun rose higher, and finally a mound of loose dirt lay beneath the aspen. Not pausing to rest, Luca drove the marker he had carved the night before by the fire into the ground. The poplar crosspiece bore the simple inscription “The Gardener knows this one.” He reached a hand into his belt pouch, hesitated for a moment, then drew out a sprig of mentha and dried herb-of-grace. After he twined the two around the marker, he grabbed his waterskin and sprinkled the grave with a few drops.

Only then did he drink from the skin. Once he was sated, he picked up his spade and began heading north. He would have to stop at Fort Amity before he entered Somala. Someone would have to be told.

[ Wednesday, September 05, 2007 19:10: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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What are you learning right now? in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #0
I'm starting my third year at the U today, and I'm curious what other forumers are doing. This doesn't have to be undergrad-centric; I'd love to hear about theses or high school options (hey, just because my miniscule K-12 school's idea of course selection was choosing between physics and music doesn't mean they're all like that).

Straight from the Calender...
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CMPUT 301 Introduction to Software Engineering
Object-oriented design and analysis, with interactive applications as the primary example. Topics include: software process; revision control; Unified Modeling Language (UML); requirements; software architecture, design patterns, frameworks, design guidelines; unit testing; refactoring; software tools.
This has a reputation of being a tough projects-based course, but seeing that my work for the last four months has been like this, I don't think it should be too tough.
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CMPUT 304 Algorithms II
The second course of a two-course sequence on algorithm design. Emphasis on principles of algorithm design. Categories of algorithms such as divide-and-conquer, greedy algorithms, dynamic programming; analysis of algorithms; limits of algorithm design; NP-completeness; heuristic algorithms.
Algorithms I was good.
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CMPUT 366 Intelligent Systems
Introduction to artificial intelligence focusing on techniques for building intelligent software systems and agents. Topics include search and problem-solving techniques, knowledge representation and reasoning, reasoning and acting under uncertainty, machine learning and neural networks. Recent applications such as planning and scheduling, diagnosis, decision support systems, and data mining.
Between this course and CMPUT 301, I expect to rewrite the Matrix in an OO language by Christmas.
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PHIL 365 Philosophy of Computing
Emphasis on artificial intelligence, artificial life, and virtual reality. No previous familiarity with computing is necessary.
(Sobs.) I know, I know, my soft option. I have a lot of doubts about this one; a lot of other PHIL courses caught my eye, but you have no idea how much schedule juggling I had to do just to get my required courses in. I had a list of options as long as my arm, but this was the only one that would fit nicely for this semester. As much as I'd like to learn Greek or do philosophy of religion, one late class a week is already too much for me.
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PSYCO 258 Cognitive Psychology
A survey of findings of theoretical issues in the study of cognition, such as perception, attention, knowledge representation, memory, learning, language, reasoning, and problem solving.
Mmmm.

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Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.
- Lord Goring
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What have you been reading lately? in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #477
He's done eleven, and the twelve will be the last. I enjoyed the latest, mostly because of Mat.

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"Um, I think it opens inwards."
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
What have you been reading lately? in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #474
Picked up The Cathedral & The Bazaar by Eric Raymond from the library today. It's one of those books that you always see referenced, but never get around to reading. Actually, my intent was to pick up The Catcher in the Rye, another of those "I'll get around to reading it eventually" books. Of the three copies, one was lost and the other two were checked out. Youpi for holds!

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According to a new study reported in USA Today, three out of four people make up 75% of the population.
- David Letterman
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New Spiderweb product idea in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #26
That, or Planescape: Torment.

Murray was awesomeness squared, though.

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It will be gone by June.
- Variety on Rock 'n' Roll, 1955
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New Spiderweb product idea in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #22
If you want it to be truly authentic, it would only speak at times when speaking would be annoying. Of course, anyone who writes something so intrusive should be dragged out into the street and shot.

Hmmm. Wouldn't be too hard - HTML, XML, and a touch of scripting. Granted, I only know a little HTML, and nothing of the type of scripting that's required, but let's see what I can come up with before I get bored...

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"My knees are lactating."
Posts: 1509 | Registered: Tuesday, January 10 2006 08:00
Down to Earth OOC in General
Guardian
Member # 6670
Profile Homepage #2
As I've said elsewhere, I'll be camping until Tuesday, and classes start Wednesday. So don't expect me to post within a week here (or in Legends of Divinity, or in Nova).

That said, I'm in (as a human, if people want to keep the players on both sides roughly the same).

I thinks we be needing more information on the Iron Farce and Somala, but that's probably going into the IC.

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Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.
- Marechal Foch, 1911
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