Profile for Sarachim


Recent posts

Pages

AuthorRecent posts
Avernum Mage Poll! Who was craziest? in The Avernum Trilogy
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #25
If he is, do you think he'd admit it?

--------------------
The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Equipment Interpretation in The Avernum Trilogy
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #1
It affects both.

--------------------
The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Tatermedallion- Help in Blades of Exile
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #1
If you have to start over, try focusing your fire on the Avian lords. Killing one will either make the other flee or just end the battle (forgot which in this storyline, sorry.)

--------------------
The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Getting my butt kicked, advice needed in Blades of Exile
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #5
Archery is pretty much totally worthless, as is lockpicking. Don't waste skill points on either. Some people like alchemy, but I've never found it to be worthwhile.

Also, never, ever, ever make a character who is just a preist or just a mage; instead, make all your spellcasters know both. One you've already poured skill points into intelligence and SP, it's a relatively small investment to train in the other school of spellcasting. It makes your spellcasters more versatile, and also means you don't need more than two or three, freeing up extra slots for fighters to do the real work.

For tactics, Thuryl's advice is pretty much dead-on. Always, no matter what, bless anyone who's going to be using physical attacks. Also, don't overlook Light Heal All; it heals almost as much damage as Heal and in general is a better use of SP if more than one PC is hurt.

--------------------
The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
The Oort Cloud in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #11
It probably won't ever be. The planet thing is mostly media hype; even though Sedna is the largest thing we've discovered beyond Pluto, it's only about 20% larger than the second-biggest, and much smaller than Pluto itself. We only started finding planetesimals beyond Pluto a few years ago, so chances are we'll find something bigger before very long.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
The Oort Cloud in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #6
Not to sound pedantic, but the Oort cloud isn't exactly unobserved. We've found bits of it, or at least bit of what we suspect are its innermost reaches.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Naples in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #1
Volcanos don't erupt in such a predictable way. If it might erupt 100 years from now, there's no way of knowing whether it'll really go off in 10 years or 500 years, or not erupt at all for millenia.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Root of all evil in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #171
quote:
Originally written by Solomon Strokes:

Thuryl- you're a med student, right? If the brain is not the only part of the body that controls thought, then take this challenge- remove your brain and have a thought, I dare you. Well, without being able to cut somebody up and poke around their grey matter, no duh it's proof by assertion only- but we can take that brain, remove it and then notice that thoughts stop.
If your heart or lungs were removed, chances are your ability to think would be drastically reduced. Doesn't mean those organs are responsible for thought.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Repeal Amendment XXII in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #10
The only difference between Clinton and every other president in living memory is that his opponents got him to take an oath. Call me crazy, but I'd rather have the president lie about his love life than about non-existant WMDs or secret wars in Central America.

[ Wednesday, January 26, 2005 06:04: Message edited by: Turumby ]
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
In this thread, we have an abstract discussion without befouling pastries of any size in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #34
From a moral perspective, it's hard to see why an inheritance tax is immoral while other taxes are not. Creator (or anyone else), if you have a good argument for why you have a greater right to your property after death than you do during life, I'm all ears.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Root of all evil in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #100
In modern interpretations, God is usually thought of as infinitely wise. While the Old Testament seems to conflict with this at some points, the Abrahamic tradition more or less agrees on God's limitless knowledge AFAIK. Therefore, if anyone is in a position to figure out what the most practical standards of morality are, it's God.

And, of course, power doesn't hurt. The courts can only tell us what to do because they have the police to back them up, but most people don't see that as proof that their judgements are inherently invalid.

[ Monday, January 24, 2005 03:29: Message edited by: Turumby ]
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
THE WORST MAN EVER: Round 1 in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #33
Look up Tunguska, and tell me again Wisey can beat Siberia.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
New Arena RP: The Empire Always Loses in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #7
Dolney has seperate boards for "literate" and "semi-literate."

And they said irony was dead.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Tatterdemalion in Blades of Exile
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #1
I believe the answer is "heron." If that's not exactly right, then I think the clue was in the Bodyguards' town, and I think it came from Arichat.

[ Friday, December 31, 2004 13:45: Message edited by: Sarachim ]

--------------------
The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
New Arena RP: The Empire Always Loses in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #0
We've just started a new RP, and we're hoping to get as many members as possible. Those of you who remember the old Arena's RP will find this pretty familiar, but for everyone else, it's simple and all the details (as well as the RP itself) can be found here:

The Empire Always Loses

[ Thursday, December 30, 2004 06:24: Message edited by: Sarachim ]
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
New Year's Resolutions in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #33
Unless the equinoxes are precessing a lot faster these days, the stars will not be appreciably different for a couple thousand years. Look for next year to be just like this one.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
A Hypothetical in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #13
If you're going to base punishment on the outcome of actions rather than the intent or the negligence that caused them, it follows logically that accidentally killing someone should be a crime. That would deter people from doing things that might kill somebody, after all. In practice, of course, we would find this absurd and unjust.

Of course, punishing an "accidental" murderer would probably satify the family to some extent. The problem there is that satisfying a victim's thirst for vengeance is not the justice system's job. Its purpose is (or, logically speaking, ought to be) to rehabilitate criminals, to isolate them from society until that rehabilitation occurs, and to deter potential criminals from acting. You can argue which of those is most important, and that's a seperate question. Purely retributive justice is barbaric and inhumane, and punishments that don't serve as deterrants are a waste of the taxpayers' money. If you find yourself wronged in a way the courts can never truly fix, well, vigilantiism is due for a comeback and the private sector is ready to help. :P

Anyway, getting back to Thuryl's question, punishing accidental consequences of a criminal action can't possibly be a deterrant. The actions of each posed an equal threat to society, and which one killed somebody is basically a matter of chance. Their sentences should be the same.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
THE WORST MAN EVER: Round 1 in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #11
If Alcibiades is armed, we have to permit Secretariat to wear some sort of armor on his head. This would likely make the difference between skewering and trampling.

[ Friday, December 17, 2004 01:37: Message edited by: Sarachim ]
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
THE WORST MAN EVER: Worst Men List (Initial) & Discussion in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #25
You mean Scipio Africanus, right? There's at least one other Scipio from the same time period, but he wasn't nearly so successful.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Confused! in Blades of Exile
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #6
The first five stand alone pretty well. After that, each one depends increasingly on the ones before.

As for the rune battle, I recommend blessing and hasting your fighters, and backing them up with Wound spells. Throw everything you've got at one rune- once you kill one of them, you win the fight. It may take a couple of tries, but with luck, you'll get it. As for getting there in time, just don't waste time and you should be okay. If you find yourself short on time, you can save a few moves by moving in combat mode instead of town mode.

[ Saturday, December 04, 2004 14:28: Message edited by: Sarachim ]

--------------------
The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Conflict with Avernum future Storyline in Blades of Avernum
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #4
Eh, I say go ahead and contradict whatever you want. This is Avernum, not Exile, and *i and TM, talented though they are, aren't the same thing as the source material.

--------------------
The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Avernum 4 in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #169
IIRC, being on the surface is mildly debilitating for the Vahnatai, not merely uncomfortable. I think this was part of the reasoning behind their using plagues rather than attacking directly. But I can't remember exactly what the Vahnatai in that surface crypt said, so I may be wrong.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Demo questions **spoilers** in Blades of Avernum
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #2
2. Some Kobolds wandering around in the outdoors north of the school have it. You can either pay them for it, or kill them and take it.

--------------------
The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Singleton Characters? in Blades of Avernum
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #8
I don't think my singleton's ever been hit with forecage. Apparently, monsters are smart enough not to bother.

Anyway, for my singleton, I took a different tack. I started with five levels of mage spells and one of priest spells, and relied mainly on Ice Lances and Bolt of Fire at low levels. As I went on, I concentrated on building up fighting skills, but also trained in mage and priest as well. Combine that with the Divinely Touched skills, and the guy was nearly unstoppable by the time I hit ZKR.

--------------------
The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00
Shah mat in General
For Carnage, Apply Within
Member # 95
Profile #23
The Israeli army will bulldoze whole villages in the Gaza strip, without warning, if they consider them dangerous, and leave the people there homeless. They frequently shoot unarmed, unbelligerent Palestinians. Settlers acting outside the government's mandate are frequently even more extreme, and the army looks the other way from their activities.

The only thing keeping them from being classed as "terrorists" is that they're on our side.
Posts: 567 | Registered: Friday, October 5 2001 07:00

Pages