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Always look on the bright side of life... in General
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There should be a rule that you can't sing that until you know who all the philosophers in it are.
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The Community Is Criminally Ignorant: A Study in Blades of Avernum
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People who take things too seriously die younger and have less attractive spouses than those who do not.

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The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
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Blades of Exile Statistical Survey in Blades of Avernum
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We pay Jeff, and that's all the thanks he's after. The designers work for free. And, for foture reference, it's best to let the mods take care of threads that are inappropriate for whatever forum they're in, as that's their job and they tend to be good at it.

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Slime Pit - Secret Room in The Exile Trilogy
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If you mean the secret room near the middle of the south edge of the map, there's a secret passage on level 1 that will take you there. Bang your head against the wall awhile and you'll find it.

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The Community Is Criminally Ignorant: A Study in Blades of Avernum
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t Alec re: E1: Unless my knowledge of E1 is far less than it used to be, the Vahnatai are mentioned by name in the teaser cave.

[ Sunday, October 31, 2004 22:20: Message edited by: Sarachim ]

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The Empire Always Loses: More fun than a kick in the shins!
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Crystals and mold in The Exile Trilogy
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Ah, that makes sense. I remember seeing the location of one I never found in a hint file once, even though I was sure I'd found all six.

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Title in General
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Originally written by Kelandon:

Certain forms of contributions to the community will outweigh just about anything else that you do, though. If you make Blades scenarios, and if they're pretty good, then you can be as right-wing or Christian as you like and hold whatever views you want, and most people around here will still respect you.
*cough*Creator*cough*

What? :rolleyes:
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So are we really dying now? in Blades of Exile
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The BoE Arena isn't really part of Desp. Djur was just nice enough to host its message board for us.

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Crystals and mold in The Exile Trilogy
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It'd help if you told us where you found the ones you already have. For the mold, it's all in the same general area as the witch who gave you the qyest, and it's all outdoors. One of them is past a secret passage right next to where you met the witch, and I think that's the easy one to miss.

For the crystals, have you gotten the one in the Chasm Drake's lair, west of fort Remote? Again, that's the best-hidden one. Two more of them are outdoors on islands in the big lake south of Cotra, and I think a fourth is in the slith island fort on that same lake. I can't remember where the last two are hidden, but I think they're both relatively near the crystal cave itself.

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Different enough to buy? in The Exile Trilogy
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Originally written by burglar ben:

And those ways are?
Trade secret, Benny. :P It's really not worth the time and effort, to be honest.

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Blades of Exile or Avernum? in General
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Blades of Avernum is still very new, and what's out for it now is probably only a very, very small fraction of what will eventually be produced. But Blades of Exile will be oodles of fun right now if you buy it, and probably keep you very happy until such time as you can afford to register BoA. I'd recommend Exile, personally.

As for Nethergate, it doesn't look like Jeff will ever revisit it. A shame, in my opinion.
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Different enough to buy? in The Exile Trilogy
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Originally written by m's devotee:

Divine Thud-
:cool: YEAH-YEAH
or even the unresistable Wound was a nice priest spell. With six level 50 priests you could kill Rentar Ihrno with it. Oh the fun fun fun. If/when jeff does come out with A4, better spells is one of the things that I would dearly love to see.

Really? Wound never did any damage to Rentar for me, even though the game always showed a "1" on the battle view. I had to kill her other ways.

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My theory on stupid people. in General
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"Stupid" is meaningless except as a relative term. Saying "everyone is stupid" is as moronic as saying "everyone is short" or "everyone is ugly." Without someone at the other end of the scale for comparison, the term you use loses all meaning.

Of course, to people who aren't solid concrete from the eyebrows back, this tends to be obvious enough to not need saying.

EDIT: Thuryl is a Turning machine, and so exempt from your universal human norms.

[ Wednesday, October 13, 2004 05:05: Message edited by: Sarachim ]
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Stem Cell Research in General
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Originally written by burglar ben:

Bush did not say he wouldn't fund stem-cell research. He said he wouldn't fund embryonic stem cell research of new fetuses. He recognized, however, the number of untouched fetuses still held in labs across the nation, and would support looking into those. However, using abortion to get stem-cells is destroying life, and adult stem cell research is not.
I will say this once, loud and clear, and expect it not to need saying again.

We do not use abortions to generate stem cells.

Ahem. There we go. No children would be struck down in their infancy in the name of science. The embryos that go into embryonic stem cell research come from the embryos kept in fertility clinics, not aborted fetuses. Furthermore, their use in science is an afterthought, not the reason for their creation. Any embryos that aren't used in research will just be kept frozen until they're thrown away.

Bush could give a quadrillion dollars to stem cell research and not one human life would be lost. It has nothing to do with your definition of life, or a desire to disregard its sanctity. It's just simple common sense, and to refuse to fund this research is a senseless waste.

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Anaximander's Necklace (E3) in The Exile Trilogy
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No, you misunderstood me. The doomguards don't move, so you don't need barriers or anything. You just need to not attack them.

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Anaximander's Necklace (E3) in The Exile Trilogy
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The easy way to kill Erika is as follows: cast Protective Circle so the blade wall hits one of her doomguards, and then run and hide in another room. The doomguard will split, and whenever a doomguard splits the new one is always hostile, even if the original is friendly. The new doomguard will fight the old one, but as they damage each other the room will fill with hostile doomguards. Once they finish off the one friendly doomguard they'll swarm Erika, who will waste most of her time on spells like Firestorm and Divine Thud that do nothing, or summoning monsters that do more harm than good. It'll take awhile, because Erika will heal herself a lot, but eventually she runs out of SP and the doomguards will bring her down. It's boring, but it's also pretty foolproof.

Or, alternatively, you can get the protective amulets from the Bunker in New Cotra, and just fight her. Note that her doomguards do not move- if you don't attack them or go near them, they won't bother you at all. Makes the fight worlds easier.

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(E2) Secret Armor? in The Exile Trilogy
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Let the thread die, man. Nobody wants to see it suffer.

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Different enough to buy? in The Exile Trilogy
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Originally written by Slasher:

The best part about Exile is that you have a HUGE spellbook of interely useless spells. Sometimes I'll try a new spell like venom arrows, or Slow Group...
Slow Group is actually one of the more underrated spells in the game, especially in outdoor combat. For 4 SP, everything within 12 spaces misses every other turn. Definitely more bang for the buck than any other level 4 spell.

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Rentar - Crystal Soul? in The Avernum Trilogy
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I can't remember offhand. But I do remember that all the crystal soul rituals were performed on the same island within the Crystal Shrine, which would seem needlessly inconvenient if they needed the body, and would at least imply that they could afford to wait awhile. Furthermore, given that a number of the crystal souls we meet were warriors in their physical lifetimes, it stands to reason a few must have been pretty badly cut up or had their bodies lost entirely.

But then again, Alorael was hardly being serious. We don't really need to go to great lengths to refute him. :P

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Ethics? in General
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But the different "local moralities" are not just quaint variations on the same basic theme. True, many of them agree on a number of things, but there are many crucial differences between some major moral systems. And even within a society, there can be disagreements between sizeable segments of the population about whether certain actions are moral or not. Abortion is the obvious example for America, and capital punishment is another good one.

Moral relativism might be dangerous, but it's the only philosophy that makes sense. And if the events of the last three years have taught us anything, it's that moral absolutism is far, far worse.
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Rentar - Crystal Soul? in The Avernum Trilogy
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"—Alorael, who doesn't think there's any way to become a Crystal Soul if one dies of violence. Spurting blood and/or ichor makes it difficult to perform important rituals."

If I remember correctly (and forgive me if I don't, because it's been a while), the trilogy implies in a few places that the ritual to create a Crystal Soul does not involve the body of the recently deceased, and that it can be performed long enough after the physical death that blood-spurting would have ceased to be a problem anyway. A few years a go I could have given you specific references, but my knowledge of all things Exile is not what it once was.

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Ethics? in General
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Thuryl, as I understood it, was stating his issues with universal morality, and divinely-inspired morality in particular, not moral systems that are formed by social consensus. The former would have to work for everybody to make sense; the latter exists as a concept precisely because the former is so elusive. Nonetheless, your implication that the mentally ill have no place in society is just heartwarming.

As for TM, you should read posts more carefully before you reply to them. I don't see how you can interpret what he said as being pro-Plato or pro-oppression.
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Ethics? in General
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Don't you think conscience and morality have a connection, even if they aren't exactly the same thing? What is your conscience, if not your regret when you think you may have done something immoral?
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Ethics? in General
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Ah, but Thuryl, isn't personal morality the very thing that gives rise to unqualified "should" statements? I'm sure that even you with your heart of silicon believe there are some things that are inherently wrong, and you don't do them only because they feel wrong to you.

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Exile vs. Avernum in The Avernum Trilogy
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quote:
Originally written by Garrison:

Not quite. In the long winded and mostly redundant debates between Avernum and Exile, area of effect spells, more spells in general, and ambidextrous capability have been mentioned a few times. But I too am frustrated with Avernum's spell target system.
Sarcasm aimed at you is more wasted than me during happy hour.

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