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#283400 A comic about Crystal Souls

Posted Lobita on 29 May 2015 - 08:21 PM

Didn't quite know where to put this, feel free to move the topic as needed.

After my last fanart doodles were well-received, I figured I'd make another little comic inspired by AC:CS.

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Hope you like. xD

#262809 Delete all your games, Destroy uneeded consoles

Posted Dikiyoba on 14 October 2013 - 08:05 PM

View PostTriumph, on 14 October 2013 - 05:45 PM, said:

I can haz hyberboles, plz?  kthxbai

Triumph, that is the worst post ever written in the entire history of human existence. If ten million monkeys hammered away at typewriters for an eternity, they still couldn't produce a post so terribly, horrifyingly, gut-wrenchingly, vomit-inducingly awful. Reading that post made my eyes bleed so severely that I passed out and eventually died from blood loss. And then I died two more times because the sheer stupidity of that post made my brain melt and head explode. Writing that post makes you more evil than Satan, Hitler, and Cruella de Vil combined. Triumph, you should be so ashamed that you should crawl into a snake hibernaculum and never, ever come out again.

Dikiyoba could spend weeks detailing all the ways that post is a lexical, intellectual, aesthetic, personal, moral, cultural, financial, anatomical, and equilateral failure, but the awfulness of that post just broke Dikiyoba's computer into a billion fiery pieces.

#261581 Allow me to reminisce, my friends...

Posted nikki. on 08 September 2013 - 03:54 PM

I'm not sure which Spiderweb game I played first. When threads come up asking this question I usually state that I discovered Exile 3 and Nethergate at pretty much the same time, and played them both constantly for a good few months. I completed the demo version of Exile 3 at least three times - finding enough things to do until the Tower of Magi incident on each occasion - and I more or less fell in love with Nethergate. I went crazy for these games, but whenever I tried to work out just when exactly I started playing I always drew a blank.

Now, my memories of that time are really clear. There was a lot was going on around me and I soaked a lot of it up, including playing video games. I have some really vivid memories of SW games, but I was never able to place them chronologically. Likewise, I knew that I didn't join these forums upon finding the games, but I always assumed it was just a few months later. It wasn't really that big a deal anyway - I had the games, and I had the community.

Earlier this year though, I sat down and really thought about my involvement here; my time in the community. I thought about what I had wanted from it, or expected to find, or even just hoped I'd see here, 10 years ago. I thought about what I'd offered in return, and the friendships I'd made, and then, in the singular way that strong memories rise unbidden, I was in my parent's bedroom in a house I used to live in, around 12 years ago. My brothers and I all shared a room at this time, which obviously made space somewhat tight, and so my old 486 computer (which had been given to our family as a gift and had been passed down to me after a nicer computer was bought) had to stay in my parent's bedroom because that was where it would fit. Anyway, there I was, sitting on a mattress on the floor (money was tight, and beds were expensive), craning my head up to see the monitor, worrying I was creasing up the bed, and that my shuffling around was bunching up the duvet inside the cover. I wasn't worrying too much, however, because on-screen I was in Shadowvale, just before the Ruined Hall. As my memory went on, I remembered the sounds, and reading the item descriptions, and exploring each nook of the map. The sun was shining through the window on to me and the sounds of the game transported me away from our much-too-small house, the stress of the move there (that had jumped on me from nowhere and tore us all away from our home), and a whole slew of other, more personal things, and I remembered being happy.

That was in 2001. I know I didn't join this community until two years had passed, but even then I remembered how I hoped that the other people who had played this game - I was sure there had to be some - would have appreciated the sense of escape Nethergate (and Exile!) had brought. I wanted to share every detail of Nethergate with them, and discuss it and continue to be lost within it forever. Nethergate has always had a special place in my heart, even more so than Exile, and I think I finally remembered why.

So that was how I started down the path to where I am now. Ten years ago today, I joined this community in the hopes of finding interesting, like-minded people who might have had similar lives to me - or, at the very least who appreciated the feelings I held for these games, and I succeeded. My time here has hasn't always been bliss, and my life in the Real World has changed pretty dramatically too, but I count myself lucky to have been a part of this place for a whole decade. You're all awesome people, and I've enjoyed almost every minute. ;)

Thanks for sticking with me, and here's to the future!

#283310 Not a goodbye topic

Posted On Being a Conflict on 27 May 2015 - 09:45 PM

I've been on Spiderweb for over 13 years. That's longer than I've known anyone but my family and one friend. When I first posted I'd lived in one town my whole life. Since then I've lived in eight towns and cities in three states. I've graduated for the first time, and then a few more times. I've gotten my first job and my first pink slip. I've pleaded guilty in court and I've provided testimony. I've seen death up close and, in a completely unrelated turn of events, I've gotten married.

Most recently, I've taken my first steps towards the goal of letters after my name and gotten my M.D. Residency follows, and maybe a few more letters eventually!

—Alorael, who gives up his cloak of secrecy on repeated urging from the aforementioned spouse. Also maybe as a required professional disclosure. He's not entirely clear on the legal issues.

#267805 Oldschool Leveling Systems Confusing

Posted *i on 27 December 2013 - 12:35 PM

This is the real old school kind of leveling:

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Don't see what's so confusing about it.

#154020 Code of Conduct - Read this please!

Posted On Being a Conflict on 03 December 2009 - 03:18 PM

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1. Cause no harm.
These boards are paid for by Spiderweb Software, a small three-person company run primarily by a guy trying to feed his family. Using this board as a means to solicit, distribute, or discuss cracks or keys will result in immediate, permanent banning! Do not post unauthorized copyrighted material, sexually explicit material of any kind, or about any illegal activities. These boards are not meant for unauthorized solicitation of other products, and all such postings shall be removed. Again, this is a three person company and these forums help them stay in business.

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#284139 The Exile II Anniversary Postcard Project

Posted Lobita on 12 July 2015 - 07:10 PM

Exile II is going to be celebrating its 20th anniversary on October 21st- crazy! :) This is the game that got me into the series, I was completely obsessed as a kid and would play the free demo over and over and over again. I drew fanart and wrote fanfiction about my Nephil character and got trouble for it in school once. These games really influenced me and playing the remake this year reignited that passion. So I came up with a fun fanart idea to commemorate the anniversary.

I am made a set of five postcards, each featuring a different iconic locale in Avernum and the Vahnatai Lands. I'll print three sets- one for me, one for Jeff if he wants it, and one for a random winner through a free giveaway. :)

!!! RAFFLE ENTRY FORM: https://docs.google....-vmabU/viewform
Deadline to enter: October 21th, 11:00 PM EST
Prize drawing to immediately follow.

Here are the postcard images! I'll be printing these out on nice paper, cutting, and packaging them myself.
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I hope you guys are psyched!

#279893 Garzahd is a Noob

Posted Callie on 08 February 2015 - 04:17 PM

Long have I traveled through the dim warrens of Avernum.  I have wrested the Blessed Athame from Empire hands.  I have consorted with many a friend: with the plebeians Ostoth, Enla, and Thompson, but more importantly, with the mighty mages Erika and Rentar-Ihrno.  The king himself has bestowed upon me the mighty demonslayer.  I have slain many an Empire foe, but now I seek only the Burning Reaches.  

Garzahd's fort is ominous.  I rush in, blade in hand, and dispatch the warded infernals.  Um… did I just kill them with divine fire?  Hath hell frozen over?  Is the mighty Garzahd taunting me with weaklings?  Oh hey! A portal… and eye beasts!  Meh. Can you handle six divine fires and three fireblasts?  Losers.  Oh noes! This Empire dude stole my soul! Six divine retributions! Three arcane blows!  Empire dude takes a dirt nap.  I regain my soul, kthxbai. Uh-oh, there's a bunch of lava and some gremli… er, I mean imps. 'sokay, I'll just read this book and make them go away.

I'm finally here! *plays O Fortuna* I'd better buff up.  Oh, and I'll bring along two haakais, they're totally rad.  I am totes ready now.

I meet Garzahd.  He's all like, "Come at me bro.  I am teh 1337 wizard!"  What happened to your face, brah?  Let's do spells together and stuff, 'mkay? Woosh! Quib! Kazam!  Whoa bro, that is one gnarly cave widow you just summoned, I am totally shakin' in my pants.  Uh… is that a cow patty you summoned?  Nvm, it's a hortah thingamujiggit.  

Then Garzahd's all like, "I am teh ubergeneral.  You can haz pointy sword?!  Oh noes! My beautiful face!"  Cool story bro, don't tell it again.  Slow! Daze!  Um… I have 10 resistance, and you're like, using spells I learned in high school.  Oh hey, lightning.  Whatevs, I'll just mass heal.  Six divine retributions! Three arcane blows! Poof! Now he's a bunch of pipe ash.  Wait, srsly? Man, it took me longer to kill that eye beast in Cotra.  Then Rentar-Ihrno's all like, "Yo! Here's a portal, bai."

Garzahd is a noob.

#272724 Any leeks about new game?

Posted Kelandon on 15 June 2014 - 07:19 AM

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They do look pretty delicious, don't they? I'm not sure they would grow in Vahnatai Lands, though.

#254209 Riddles

Posted On Being a Conflict on 10 February 2013 - 02:01 PM

I find sexism in the guise of exasperation in the guise of self-deprecation about as unpalatable as unmasked sexism.

—Alorael, who knows it's just a joke (and not a riddle). It's's a very old joke, though, and it hasn't aged well.

#291951 Here are some words for you to read

Posted Neb on 09 September 2016 - 04:43 PM

Huh, I also got married today.


#291947 Here are some words for you to read

Posted sylae on 09 September 2016 - 12:54 PM

I've been putzing around here for the last eight years. My best friends are all from here. There is a long list of things i owe to this community, for making me who I am today.

Today I'm getting married, to someone from SW, and it wouldn't have happened if it weren't for this lovely webforum and all the people who hang out here.

This is short because I'm already fashionably late, but thanks for the good times, and the good times to come :)

#283018 Secret Room in Sixus's Tower

Posted Lobita on 18 May 2015 - 09:09 PM

Well, dang. Here's pretty much what went down in my headcanon while we were wandering around that secret room.

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#269896 What do I do about this girl at work?

Posted Karan S'jet on 02 March 2014 - 08:14 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Internet forum full of timid nerds gives dating advice: "Relationships are scary."

#291979 Spiderweb Games: Now Officially Studied by Academia

Posted Kelandon on 11 September 2016 - 04:50 PM

Um, one of their examples is Bahssikava. In lecture 14, where they mention the BoA editor, the BoA example slide in the pdf is a screenshot from Bahssikava, town 4.

I always wanted something that I made to be forced upon unwilling college students, and now it is!

#287859 I apologize in advance

Posted Agitproprioception on 07 February 2016 - 06:39 PM

This is my fault, but you can also blame Lilith for not discouraging me enough.

Exile: A New Hope
Exile II: The Empire Strikes Back
Exile III: Return of the Magi

Avernum 4: The Black Shade Menace
Avernum 5: Attack of the Generic Soldiers
Avernum 6: Revenge of the Slith

Aside from the bizarre appropriateness of the 4th and 6th titles, I note that the general relative opinions of each game and movie also correlate pretty decently.  (See, again, A4.)  Plus, both original trilogies received an updated rerelease before the second trilogy was released.

#279920 A fun forum game

Posted nikki. on 08 February 2015 - 06:00 PM

So I should've closed this thread with my last post, rather than letting it struggle on a little while longer. There really isn't any potential here for a worthwhile discussion, and whilst not all spam is inherently bad, this is unimaginative, humorless spam. Because of that, and because this is essentially just a postcount-inflating thread, I'm going to close it now.

I guess that means we all lose the game.

#261995 Your thoughts on a good forum

Posted Lilith on 21 September 2013 - 02:37 AM

View PostStudent of Trinity, on 21 September 2013 - 02:28 AM, said:

It's not clear this is relevant, but one odd thing I was taught in the army was that an officer should never be sarcastic. And sergeants have a long tradition of critical humor, shall we say, at privates' expense; but if you listen carefully you notice that it can be insulting or it can be absurd, but sergeant humor isn't sarcastic.

I think the theory was that sarcasm is really dismissive. It talks right past you on purpose, and that says you really don't matter. You can take that as a joke from a peer, but from someone who has actual power over you, it just isn't funny.

wow what a great idea. we should institute a no-sarcasm policy right away

#261874 Non Technological entertainment.

Posted Enraged Slith on 16 September 2013 - 02:54 AM

I collect rocks. I judge their comparative worth by beating them against each other until one of them breaks. The rocks that survive go on to another round and so forth until only one remains. The champions are then pooled until I have enough to pit against each other in a gladiatorial style arena. The sole victor is rewarded a spot in the breeding pits.

#251148 In which I abuse my access to the database for the purposes of statistics

Posted Kelandon on 12 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

Nobody likes me :(