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A3 - savory herbs in The Avernum Trilogy
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Originally written by Excalibur:

In E3 the courier route was the only option for purchasing spells like Quickfire and Shockwave. I'd also use the money to outfit my whole party in mithril armor, and buy my spell casters Micah's gloves.
I still prefer the Lorelei potion method in E3 to do the same. I admit it's a bit tedious, but it's just as effective nonetheless.

[ Wednesday, February 20, 2008 09:27: Message edited by: The Mystic ]

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Defeating the Undefeatable in The Exile Trilogy
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While that may be all well & good, you have to kill Garzahd as one of the main quests, so he doesn't exactly qualify as undefeatable.

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A3 - savory herbs in The Avernum Trilogy
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What I miss in A3 is being able to reset the job listings, which is how I make most of my money early in the game. And I also miss how I used to make a ton of money in Lorelei by buying cheap potion ingredients and then selling the potions I made for a good size profit.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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Getting political in General
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Originally written by BigHungryJoe:

My two cents (and no sense): anyone who actually wants to be a politician isn't worth voting for.

:D

My sentiments exactly. Nowadays it seems like it's not a question of which candidate is most worthy, but which one is the least unworthy.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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Getting political in General
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Originally written by The Ratt:

What if we don't like any of them?
Agreed.

I've been a registered voter since late 1995. Since then, I have yet to see a presidential candidate who's actually worthy of the post, or any politician in general who doesn't run a campaign without resorting to smearing his/her opponent's reputation and kissing a lot of a**.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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HELP! in Geneforge Series
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Originally written by Randomizer:

Jeff does allow copying for the same user to different computers. Especially since it helps him know how well the games work on more configuarations.
Then it's a good thing, since I've needed to do this on several occasions, usually when moving files to a new computer. And as I've said in other similar threads, I always buy the games on CD, which makes the move much easier.

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No canister count in Geneforge Series
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That's the one for G3. I also found one for G2:

sdf 100 7 0

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E3: Escaping out of under the Keep of Tinrya in The Exile Trilogy
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I've never had the Amulet of Return work for me anywhere in Footracer Province; all I get is a message saying I'm too far from Fort Emergence. The priest spell Word of Recall should work fine, however.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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Homeland : The Stone of Night is now officially a freeware game in General
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Originally written by Frobozz:

quote:
Originally written by The Lurker:

RAR is "better" than ZIP
And 7-zip (technically called LZMA) is "better" than RAR. 7-zip also can uncompress RAR files for those who are still stuck with that dinosaur called WinZip.

I prefer ZipGenius, which, I think, actually supports more file types. And I agree, there are programs that are much better than archaic WinZip.

[ Wednesday, January 30, 2008 12:13: Message edited by: The Mystic ]

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If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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Spiderweb Demographics 2008 in General
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Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

Look at all the different races I can get away with making fun of!
Speak for yourself. I'm a second cousin to about half of Europe.

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If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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2007 Movies in General
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Originally written by Actaeon:

As per usual for film adaptations, The Order of the Phoenix and The Golden Compass both failed to match their written counterparts.
I wouldn't know about The Golden Compass (because I haven't seen it), but The Order of the Phoenix paled in comparison to the book.
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Originally written by Diphthongos:

Transformers was horrendous. They completely killed it.
If you think that's bad, I suggest you watch the cartoon "Transformers: The Movie," made back in the 80's. This latest Transformers movie is actually a major improvement over the first one.
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Originally written by Jumpin' Salmon:

I didn't go to the theater once in 2007.
Same here, it's a waste of time & money. I normally just wait until it comes out on video, then borrow it from my local library.

Here's a list of all but one movie I saw from last year, and I was satisfied just seeing them once or twice:
Pirates 3
Ocean's 13
Fantastic Four 2
Harry Potter 5
Transformers

The remaining movie was Hairspray; I nearly vomited from this one, it's so bad. The only way to do justice to this nightmare is to destroy every copy in existence.

I'm very picky when it comes to movies.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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Widescreen in General
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Play it in windowed mode. I do that with all of Spiderweb's games, except for A4 and the Geneforge series, which don't have a windowed mode.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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A3 - Singleton game in The Avernum Trilogy
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Originally written by Maledictis:


I do plan on using both mage and priest spells. It immerses me more, and I very much disagree with the ideals of the Anama.

I've never played A3 as a singleton, but I do know what it's like to play as combination priest/mage. Here's how I start off in A3 with such a PC:
Strength: 2
Dexterity: 2
Intelligence: 4
Endurance: 3
Mage Spells: 5
Priest Spells: 5
Everything else starts out at either zero or its base level. The remaining skill points I save for more Strgength, Dexterity, Intelligence, and spells skills. I also take the "Cursed at Birth" and "Completely Inept" traits; they're not half as bad as you'd think, and make leveling up very easy.

[ Friday, January 25, 2008 08:51: Message edited by: The Mystic ]

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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The Basics of Spelunking - part 3c in The Avernum Trilogy
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Like entering one of the trapped rooms in Erika's tower in E3/A3, and saving the game before you realize you're trapped.

Then again, compulsive saving can be a good thing; there have been many times when I've forgotten to save, and had to redo as much as an hour or two of progress.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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A1 party composition - any pitfalls? in The Avernum Trilogy
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That's about all I make in A1, except the knowledge brew, which isn't available until A3. I also make energy potions until I know the elixir recipie. Considering my playing style mentioned above, I pretty much need them.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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A1 party composition - any pitfalls? in The Avernum Trilogy
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The only reason I get the Find Herbs skill is because it's part of a reward for a quest in Mertis (I just do the quest for the xp).

And you can sell the herbs you find without your guilt trip; you found them, so you can do what you want with them. I sell about 90-99% of what I pick up, and am not above theft in the game.

[ Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:08: Message edited by: The Mystic ]

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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Bobby Fischer in General
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I have a couple of chess books written by him. He was a real genius of the game.

I have a chess program called (appropriately enough) Chessmaster. I once played several games against an AI in the program based on his playing style, and (to my shock) nearly won one of them.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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A1 party composition - any pitfalls? in The Avernum Trilogy
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Originally written by Kelandon:

If you min-max really skillfully in A1, you end up with an absurdly easy game.
Which is why I started playing it on torment.
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Originally written by Kelandon:

On the mage/priest characters, I raise their Priest Spells and Mage Spells exclusively for a while to get them up to 18 so that they can cast Divine Warrior and Arcane Shield.
Same here, except that when I make the party, I like to give them a level or two of health, so that hand-to-hand combat doesn't mean instant death for my PCs.
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Originally written by Excalibur:

investing in the gymnastics skill is a wise choice
And barter, and pathfinder, and blademaster, and anatomy, and magery (for spellcasters). I never found the find herbs skill to be all that useful, except to clog up valuable inventory space at the most inopportune moments.

[ Saturday, January 19, 2008 07:17: Message edited by: The Mystic ]

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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Which armour provides more protection? in The Avernum Trilogy
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I'd go with the robe, since I'm heavy into spellcasting, so anything that gives an attack penalty is a big no-no for me.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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Windows Vista 32 and 64 compablity with Spiderweb Products in Tech Support
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Originally written by Micawber:

I am running Vista as we speak (32 bit). All spiderweb games work.
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The only remotely tricky thing is the installation; a prompt appears after the first attempt at installation asking if you would like to re-install using compatability mode. I recommend you accept the prompt for trouble-free gaming.

Also running in 32-bit Vista. I had no trouble with installation, but I did have to run E1-E3, BoE, A1-A3, and (I think) BoA in compatibility mode. For reading the help files in the older games, you may need to download a patch from microsoft.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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A1 party composition - any pitfalls? in The Avernum Trilogy
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True enough with the mage spells, but you forget, I like to have them as priests also. So for me, that means a little less mage spells skill, and adding priest spells. But for starting off as a pure mage, I agree, starting knowing Lightning Spray is generally a good idea.

I forgot about Nature Lore, which was called Cave Lore in A1 & A2. Granted, it's good to have some, but I usually just buy it from someone who teaches it for a fee, and use my skill points elsewhere.

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Pick something that works for you.
Truer words were never said, Randomizer. Out of all the playing styles I've seen, no two are identical, and yet they all work.

[ Tuesday, January 15, 2008 11:59: Message edited by: The Mystic ]

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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Treasure in Giant's Caves (E3) in The Exile Trilogy
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Been there, done that. Perfectly understandable.

By the way, I found out how to get to that island. In the Caves of the Giants, there's a staircase in the northeast corner; it's on the other side of the river of lava, so you'll need Firewalk to avoid damage.

However, there's no boat from the island, but a puzzle you need to solve. I'm currently working on solving it.

Edit: Solved it. (spoiler) Apparently, you can walk diagonally on certain spaces of water to reach the edge of the chamber, which creates a new space of land. Start by going northwest for the first space, then start southwest from that new space to create a second space; then cross from the second new space to reach the chests--as long as you have Dispel Barrier.

[ Tuesday, January 15, 2008 10:30: Message edited by: The Mystic ]

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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Treasure in Giant's Caves (E3) in The Exile Trilogy
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Sorry if I wasted your time, I haven't seriously played E3 since early 2004. However, I did take a massive amount of notes on nearly everything, and will look them over.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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G1 canisters in Geneforge Series
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Originally written by V12:

the flag to seek is 100,4
Thanks, I think that's the one for G3. I seem to recall finding one for G2 as well, but I can't remember where I found it.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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A1 party composition - any pitfalls? in The Avernum Trilogy
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Your party actually looks pretty good, considering that I don't care for hand-to-hand (or missile) combat; nothing against you, it's just my playing style. Here's a few tweaks:
-When creating a custom mage/priest, I don't like to start with my spell skill level higher than about 6 or 7, since you can't start off with too many spells higher than that. You can always add more levels later. Also, for spellcasters of any type, I like to start off with Intelligence of at least 4.
-Arcane Lore is cumulative, so it can be spread around the party. One PC with 20 levels of Arcane Lore is like 4 PCs with 5 levels each.
-I never found High Education to be all that useful, but since you have it, keep it; it will help with reading various texts you'll come across.
-No matter the character, I like to start with at least 3 Strength & Dexterity (for a small bonus to weapon stats), and a level or two of Endurance (so I'm not starting out at the minimum).

When playing A1, my party consists of 4 combination priests/mages. They all also have the character traits "Cursed at Birth" and "Completely Inept", which really aren't that bad overall; and with the high XP bonus (60%), my PCs get to the (pitifully low) maximum level quite fast.

[ Tuesday, January 15, 2008 09:12: Message edited by: The Mystic ]

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
Oh well. Another day, another dementia.
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