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Role-Playing Games / TWG Dueling League
« on: December 09, 2008, 06:11:17 AM »
TWG Dueling League

Welcome to the TWG Dueling League!

If you're new, the New Dueler's Guide provides a good introduction to the League dueling rules.

Full rules are available here.

Information on ranks and ranking is available here.

Spectators are welcome.  We meet in the AIM room "Arena".  Contact me if you have any questions.

(I figured, given that this is an opportunity to Role-play, and is a game, it would fall under "Role-Playing Games")

Rants and Stuff / TWG's New Dueling League
« on: December 09, 2008, 05:02:11 AM »
Well, here's your opportunity to chime in on potential names for the League.  For the record, I reserve the right to be the final judge on the matter.  If you can come up with a brilliant name we're lacking, then let me know, and I'll consider adding it.

Suggestions Box / Education?
« on: December 03, 2008, 12:13:19 AM »
We know there are lots of educated folks lurking out there.  Here's a chance to get some idea.

Suggestions Box / What are your favorite Thanksgiving foods?
« on: November 12, 2008, 11:28:48 AM »
If your favorite isn't listed here, chime in and I'll add it.

Suggestions Box / Staff Bios Broken
« on: October 24, 2008, 10:36:49 PM »

I get these error notices:
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Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '/header.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5/lib/php') in /home/content/S/p/r/Spriggan/html/twg/bio.php on line 1

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And when are we going to update this...?

Rants and Stuff / I'm migrating back to Utah!
« on: December 30, 2005, 05:55:25 AM »

What do I need to bring up to appease you guys?  I'm driving up to Utah on the 1st, and am planning on leaving most of my gaming stuff here.  I could bring up my Magic decks, but they break a lot of size/edition rules and aren't particularly competetive these days anymore, anyways.

Any other requests?  I'm going to be staying in some apartments in Provo, and I'd be glad to attend TWG "big events".  I'm trying to keep my social life down a notch in general, though, so I can focus on studying.

Everything Else / Free Word Processor
« on: November 28, 2005, 03:32:22 AM »
So, Ari's using Microsoft Works, which is absolutely abominable, and I just discovered it doesn't autosave documents.  This is very bad for Ari; even Eudora and GMail autosave stuff - so why put up with a word processor that doesn't (especially because she's not in the habit of regularly saving, herself)?

At any rate, can anyone recommend a good freeware Word Processing program for Ari to use?

Brandon Sanderson / Hey, EUOL!
« on: November 25, 2005, 03:29:09 AM »
So I was in a psychology experiment today (yesterday) to make a little extra cash, and I noticed the experimenter reading Brooks, so I pitched your novel to him, got him to write it down and everything.

He seems to be a solid Fantasy reader, so hopefully you'll have one more fan now.  =]

Brandon Sanderson / Ask Brandon
« on: November 24, 2005, 03:22:42 PM »
Hey, EUOL.  I have a few questions that I'm really curious about.

1.  How many words is Elantris?

2.  If you're willing to divulge, how much have you made off of the book to date, and what was your initial signing for?

Everything Else / Access/Paradox/Excel help? (or a Recipe Program)
« on: November 15, 2005, 07:37:22 PM »
Okay, so I've got a crazy and ambitious idea, but I need some help.

Does anyone either:
a) know of a free program or website that will allow you to input the ingredients you have, and then will match them to recipes (either recipes already there, or recipes you input) that you have the ingredients for.

b) knows enough about Paradox, Access, or Excel, to help me construct such a thing myself.  I have a real rudamentary knowledge of all three, but not enough to be able to figure out how to do this sort of thing.

Thanks.  It'd save Ari and I loads of time in the long run.

Rants and Stuff / NaNoWriMo names.
« on: November 05, 2005, 11:42:41 PM »
So I'm writing a modern (Fantasy) novel for NaNoWriMo, and I figured it'd be easier to ask for names than make up all of my own.

So, here's your chance.  Throw out names you like, hate, have been thinking of, want to name your children, have named your children, etc.

Bonus points for including background or description (as short as "son of Norman immigrants" or "a name I really loathe" to as complex as you like).

FYI, story takes place in North America, so naming will be biased that direction, but so far surnames have included Jèrrias (Norman), American (English?  Maybe Scottish), and Italian.

Endless Stars / Hey, Mr. P!
« on: October 26, 2005, 03:07:51 PM »
Now that you're all married and back and all (congrats!), are we going to relaunch Endless Stars?

Or is it destined to fall by the wayside now?

Site News / Jade Knight's thread of Proofreadingishnesses
« on: October 25, 2005, 03:21:27 AM »
This is the place where I ask Usage questions and post problems I have, to keep them off of individual threads.

So, for starters:
The Blurb for DS2 has a typo - "sequel's"

Video Games / World of Warcraft Spyware
« on: October 22, 2005, 01:15:49 PM »
EFF release:
Rejoice gaming fans, for the latest new "feature" of Blizzard Entertainment's smash hit multi-player online videogame World of Warcraft is here! No, it's not a new Sword of Destruction or Staff of Power--it's spyware! Yes, unbeknownst to many gamers, World of Warcraft now has an unwanted special feature--a hidden program called "Warden" that snoops gamers' computers, looking for any "unauthorized third-party program" that "enables or facilitates cheating of any type."

According to Greg Hoglund, co-author of "Exploiting Software, How to Break Code," this hidden program opens every process on a gamer's computer, from email programs to privacy managers, and sniffs email addresses, website URLs open at the time of the scan, and the names of all running programs--whether or not those programs, emails, or websites could conceivably have anything to do with hacking.

Blizzard calls this an "anti-cheating system." We call it a
massive invasion of privacy.

Blizzard has scrambled to come up with three responses to the widespread criticism:

Response 1: Warden doesn't collect personal information, so what's the problem?

Well, problem one is that gamers have no choice but to accept Blizzard's word on that. More importantly, if Hoglund is right, Blizzard has a pretty skewed idea of privacy--we can look at your personal info, but if we don't collect it there's no invasion? Hardly. We also wonder how Blizzard's executives would feel if we searched their homes, wallets, and bank accounts and read their letters and emails but didn't write down anything we found.

Response 2: Everyone's doing it. Blizzard points out that many companies use hack-scanning programs.

We all learned the problem with that reasoning from Mom ("If all of your friends jumped off a bridge...").

Response 3: Read the end-user license agreement (EULA).

Blizzard advises gamers of its intent to invade in its terms of service. "People should read contracts," says Blizzard rep John Lagrave.

True enough--people should read contracts. But here's the really depressing part of this story--companies like Blizzard know few people read the terms of service and end-user license agreements that pop up when they install new software or create new accounts, and fewer still have the time, patience, and knowledge to parse the legalese. Without some constraints on what a company can hide within these massive legal tomes, more and more companies will learn that they can invade our electronic privacy for any reason they wish--as long as they disclose it somewhere in the fine print. The cost of such a practice over time is not only access to our personal and private information but also control over our personal computers and devices. Then we really will be prisoners to the Wardens of the networked world.

Webcomics & Free Stuff / Pixel Ninja
« on: September 25, 2005, 02:46:25 AM »
I didn't notice any thread for this ToC review.  At any rate, the link's dead (site under new management, it seems).

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