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Rants and Stuff / Re: El "poll" nuevo
« on: June 17, 2003, 11:11:09 PM »
My favorite Spanish phrase is one from the game "The Curse of Monkey Island" referencing.... (insert dramatic lead in, followed by stated phrase in foreboding voice) "El Pollo Diablo."

Edit: The fact that this is the most interesting thing I could come up with should give you an idea of just how familiar I am with the Spanish language. But then that was obvious, and I'm wasting space by spelling it out for you all.

Don't mind me... I waste space frequently on forums.

What's this? / Re: AORP?
« on: June 15, 2003, 01:46:52 PM »
My one and only complaint with phpBB is that it doesn't have a real template system, the way YaBB and YaBB SE do. This makes it significantly more time-consuming to change the colors, graphics, and layout of the board. But I understand why you chose it.

I've been wanting to actually build my own forum software from scratch, combining what I feel are the best elements of several different packages. The biggest obstacle is the fact that I hate doing the web design part of it.

But are you sure you don't want to just start from scratch? As I've mentioned before I'd be happy to help out where I can. I have a few of the fundamentals out of the way already, and would be happy to contribute them to the project.

Rants and Stuff / Re: Livejournal
« on: June 15, 2003, 01:37:50 PM »
..and perhaps that is yet another valid argument as to why the Voices in your Head should not be included when tallying the majority opinion on any particular topic.

Role-Playing Games / Re: RPG Sense
« on: June 15, 2003, 01:31:32 PM »
Actually it's a good start. The problem with doing a game system on a BB is it's out there to get stolen by anyone.

Well its just for fun. I'm not really talking about coming up with a publish-quality RPG.. actually I'm just looking for something creative to do on the board when I'm done posting in the Alternate Realities.

The difficulty with a project like that is that everybody might be envisioning a completely different thing.  Somebody might be seeing a fantasy game, others a superhero game, and others a universal system.  With everybody throwing their own ideas in willy-nilly, it will amount only to some unwieldy monstrosity with lots of rules, but no direction.  If you'd like to give us some guidelines (genre, simplicity, setting) it might be more workable.  What is it that you want this game to be able to do?

See above. I don't think it matters how crazy or unorganized this thing gets. About the only use I mean for it to have is to inspire people who are already working on other RPG projects, like the Mad Scientist RPG or the Historical RPG.

Of course, if you guys wanted to do something a little bit more practical, thats an option too. The historical game might be a good one to start with.

Role-Playing Games / RPG Sense
« on: June 15, 2003, 12:03:12 AM »
Several threads on this forum got me thinking.. would it be possible to use a forum thread to collaborate on building a game system? No, I'm not talking about working with an online team to develop a quality game system -- it would be more like a "round-robin" style story, but each poster would contribute their own mostly-self-contained rules that build off of existing rules.

It may not be very balanced, or even very logical -- but I dunno, maybe it could be fun.

For instance, if I were going to start it, I'd write something simple like:

Character Building - Stats

The three primary stats that define a character's abilities are:

Three secondary stats are derived from the primary stats:
Dexterity = Physical + Mental
Charisma = Physical + Spiritual influence
Wisdom = Spiritual + Mental

Maybe a strange idea, maybe a ridiculous one, but its something to do, at least. Comments of all kinds welcome.

Everything Else / RPG Sense
« on: June 15, 2003, 12:03:12 AM »
This topic has been moved to [link=;action=display;num=1055668770;start=0]Role-Playing Games[/link] by Tage.

Everything Else / Re: Word Sense
« on: June 14, 2003, 11:45:17 PM »

Everything Else / Re: Chilling
« on: June 14, 2003, 11:40:06 PM »
I didn't say that I don't believe that Japan has violence issues. Only that this particular situation doesn't in itself suggest a violent culture to me, just a culture that doesn't pay enough attention to the emotional needs of its young.

Edit: I'm not saying that I DO believe Japan has violence issues, either. In other words I'm not taking a position on that in this thread. That is an entirely separate issue, imho.

Rants and Stuff / Re: Livejournal
« on: June 14, 2003, 10:53:19 PM »
I didn't think it was necessary to include them, since you already are the majority. But if you want to include them, I suppose we could -- we just haven't been properly introduced yet. ;D

Video Games / Re: Iraq the MMOG
« on: June 14, 2003, 03:32:32 PM »
LOL... that was most excellent! I'm a UO player and occasionaly stratics poster, so I knew exactly what the "players" were talking about.. it was flawless!

'Course I annoyed several people around me at work by laughing through the whole thing.. but whatever.

Thanks for the awesome post, Fell!

Everything Else / Re: MRAM Chips now practical
« on: June 14, 2003, 03:14:02 PM »
Isn't MRAM founded on the same basic concept as floppy disks and magnetic tape? They work OK as long as you don't leave them near any strong magnetic fields for too long.

Actually, my biggest concern is the need to clear the memory -- one of the most common reasons for restarting the computer is to completely clear the RAM and start fresh when things go haywire (which they are bound to do at some point). With MRAM everything would be basically stored in the RAM by default, including any settings that happened to be screwy.

Everything Else / Re: Spelling
« on: June 14, 2003, 03:10:35 PM »
By the way, a good backup (if you're a Merriam-Webster fan) is Its not a very pretty site, but it gives entries from multiple dictionaries, and includes a great thesaurus to boot.

Everything Else / Re: Chilling
« on: June 14, 2003, 03:08:27 PM »
That is sick and really freaky.. but it doesn't suggest to me that Japan has violence issues so much as some really deep social issues. I hope their government will start to put two and two together on this.

No, its not my place to criticize the accepted practices of other cultures, but there are a number univeral truths in this world, and one is the fragility of the human psyche.

Everything Else / Re: What are you currently saving up for?
« on: June 14, 2003, 02:56:22 PM »
New computer for me, as well. Well technically an upgrade... new case, new CPU, new motherboad, new RAM, new video card, new mouse & keyboard, new modem. So a complete overhaul. I figure I can pull it all off at just under $500.

But first I gotta pay back my parents for the loan they gave me when my car broke down. Five hundred washingtons for that too. :(

Everything Else / Re: Cursive a Dying art
« on: June 14, 2003, 02:41:17 PM »
Hey, those people were doing a really great job of hijacking the thread, and you ruined it, Stacer. ;)

I like the new Gatorade flavors ok -- Freeze, Ice, Fierce, etc -- and would like to try their "Propel fitness water" but find it stupid that they cost like $2-3, and cursive died for me around 5th grade, when I realized I was never going to get it down and really didn't care to. I print, and then only when I absolutely have to. Granted it shows in my handwriting, which is readable but quite terrifying nonetheless.

Like how I combined them both into one sentence, as if they were the same topic? You don't? Oh. Well too bad.

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