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River and Leaf Port in Blades of Avernum
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TM Sez:

This scenario isn't completable because the party needs Ritual of Sanctification, an ability that the party is not given.
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River and Leaf Port in Blades of Avernum
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Repackaged as a .zip, since everyone was complaining.
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Is illegal downloading such a bad thing? in General
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Of course, downloading full versions of commercial software is, at least in America, highly illegal. As a matter of ethics and morals, I'd like to think that you probably shouldn't do it, though.

I've heard many people say they prefer to try games before they buy them. Many games have legal demo versions which you can download, and (as a bonus) they're usually smaller and easier to find than a pirated copy of the full version, but some still are released without one. I find it hard to say it is morally wrong to commit piracy in this instance, as you are ostensibly doing it as a precaution against purchasing something useless.

Another issue is old games, especially games which are no longer sold by anyone outside of occasional eBay auctions and such sales of used goods. While I would classify this as immoral - as, in most cases, you are doing it for personal gain at the cost of the person who would have otherwise sold it to you - the simple convenience of the matter, regardless of the amount of money you have, may drive people to piracy.

A third is software that uses an intrusive protection scheme. For some of these, such as Bethesda'a for-pay downloadable content for Oblivion, and games that use the StarForce copy protection system in general, it is sometimes possible to achieve better results through piracy than you would by actually going to the store and putting down money to buy the game. Of course, boycotting companies which use protection schemes of that nature probably sends a stronger message, and definitely sits well with your conscience.

And finally, there's the issue of who illegal downloading hurts. It honestly only hurts software producers if it funnels away profits that they would have otherwise earned. And that's generally my view - if there's no pressing reason not to buy the game and you have the money to spend, buy the game instead of pirating it. If you don't, you're hurting a software developer you like, and that sucks. If you can't afford it, the biggest moral risk in my view would be falling into a habit of piracy - the developer gets the same amount of money regardless of whether or not you end up with his game.

(Random disclosure, since it's related: Despite having paid for a copy of Blades of Avernum, I've illegally downloaded it twice, both times that I've lost my copy due to a hard drive failure. Jeff's customer service with regard to replacing copies of games is great - both times, I've gotten another copy of Blades of Exile within a business day - but it's hard to beat the 5 minute turnaround time on the illegal methods there. I've had to do similar things for a few old games that I own which the CDs have since gone bad for, like Baldur's Gate 1 - and for those, you can't count on the company providing you a quick and free fix.)
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Scenario Download Help Needed! in Blades of Avernum
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.sit are Mac StuffIt archives, so you should get StuffIt Expander if you're on a Mac and use that to extract the actual scenarios.

If you're on a PC, you should download the PC versions.
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How is 638 a milestone? in General
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It's not
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Firing every gun in Blades of Avernum
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Why, sell it and retire wealthy, of course.

Or, more realistically, buy yourself more training and spell levels. :P
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LANgband in General
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Originally written by jamesmcm:

I thought Mangband was internet only, like a MMORPG. My apologies.

EDIT: MAngband doesn't work at all. There are very few servers and the few there are lag so much it's unplayable.

While the 0.7.0 Windows server is listed as having "severe latency issues", have you tried running it yourself? Running your own server is what you'd want for a LAN game, after all.
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LANgband in General
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There's also Mangband, for TCP/IP connections...
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It's About Time in General
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Man, if I still had a copy of that map, I'd be willing to try it again. :P
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It's About Time in General
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Spidweb games have combat that's really all about tactics, whereas Morrowind's combat was just kinda about running away while shooting arrows until stuff fell over in a pile.

I should have tried the gamma thing, though. Maybe if I ever reinstall Oblivion.
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It's About Time in General
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Originally written by Emperor Tullegolar:

I'll concede on that last point. But I think you underestimate the power of the Fallout... and Bethesda. What does everyone have against the Elder Scrolls series?
I didn't mind Morrowind and liked what little of Daggerfall I played, though I found doing combat in Morrowind kinda boring. Oblivion bored me to death before I even finished the first dungeon, what with needing to juggle a sword and a torch.
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It's About Time in General
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On one hand, it's another Fallout. On the other, I've had trouble caring about Bethesda's stuff for a good while now, whereas everything Blizzard makes is made of gold.
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It's About Time in General
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www.blizzard.com
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Return of the Muffin in General
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Your wish to be purged can be accomodated.
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Pen and Paper Anyone? in General
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I've played, uh, AD&D, 3e D&D, Exalted 2.0, Mutants & Masterminds, oWoD, and a homebrew system or two.

Oh, and all versions of Big Eyes, Small Mouth except d20. I just don't like to talk about that on account of its being severely terrible.
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What do people think.. in General
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No, see, RPGs also need gameplay, or you get Xenosaga.

My cat-eared maid is not Feran.
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Welcome to banned.
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Deathmatch Tournament -- Main Thread in General
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So far, borders are white for normal people, cyan for moderators, and pink for ex-moderators.
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Deathmatch Tournament -- Round One, Part Two in General
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WKS vs. Jewels

Jewels is a non-combatant. WKS is not.

Smoo vs. Ash Lael

Scenarios aside, Ash has a chainsaw.

Zephyr Tempest vs. Goldenking

delete Goldenking per Aran

Nicothodes vs. Marlenny

Poor Marlenny falls victim to being a non-combatant, too.

Iffy vs. MagmaDragoon

MD acts first and cleaves Muffin, who finds that he also cannot transform himself from dead to alive.

Zeviz vs. MM

Nuke and pave.

Student of Trinity vs. Niemand

As physics reminds Niemand, having volume just means it hurts when you fall down.

Riibu vs. Lurker

Riibu has known worse horrors than Homeland... barely. Past that, Lurker's got nothing.
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Deathmatch Tournament -- Round One, Part One in General
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Nalyd's BoA acumen is clearly less than stated, given that it is impossible to surpass level 100, even if you cheat!
Nope, Slarty. While I don't actually know if BoA caps leveling, it's at the very least possible to level to 120 or so off of monsters, and to 250 in the HLPM if you choose to become a god party.
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Deathmatch Tournament -- Main Thread in General
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Icshi is Eternity, but I can't really place the image you used for me.
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Muffins n' Hell in General
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It's all your fault, you know.
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