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  1. What have you been eating recently?

    Today's episode of Eat It Before It Goes Bad stars "perogies", with special guests "half this bell pepper is mouldy" and "why do we have have so many partially-used red onions in the fridge". (In the grand tradition of threads like What Have You Been Reading Recently and What Have You Been Listening To Recently, use this thread to talk about, well, food you've been eating recently. Drinks too; we're lenient like that. New recipe that you just tried out? Cooking advice? Fancy-pants restaurant that you just visited and want to brag about? Chat about it here!)
  2. Salmon's spontaneous return has made this user content. Does that count?
  3. Let's Play Blades of Avernum!

    You're not missing much. Some time after Bonus Army was released, Lilith uploaded a .wav of her saying "Bonus Army" in a long drawn-out fashion. Think of it as a proto-"Longest Yeah Boy Ever". A couple years later, the .wav was (re?)discovered, and the Shadow Vale gang decided to do their own versions of the clip. Most of the links are 404s now, but the ones that are still around are Aran's, mine, and (my favourite) Niemand's.
  4. Let's Play Blades of Avernum!

  5. Let's Play Blades of Avernum!

    Yay! I'm famous now! You're right, I didn't touch on secret doors at all in the tutorial. Didn't even think of it, to be honest, but personally I don't think it's good design to use them anyway (fite me). Re: Canopy: I remember digging the setting and feel of early Canopy, a lot more than I did TM's other scenarios as of 2005. I know I didn't finish it, but I made the effort of going through the scripts and trying to figure out things from there. It was... perplexing.
  6. oh hey it's been five months since I posted my public beta, I should write a readme file and do an actual release You can download Pesky Goblins here, but more importantly, you can access my now complete Blades of Avernum Design Tutorial here. The tutorial covers every feature that a beginner designer needs to make a basic scenario, and describes the process one goes through in creating a scenario, step by (excruciatingly detailed) step. This has been yet another Things Dintiradan Should Have Finished Half A Dozen Years Ago Production.
  7. Triple Slartifer, Part 12 -- New Rules

    I really was tired when I wrote that.
  8. Other limits: - Can't have more than 20 variables. - Can't have more than 750 strings.
  9. Triple Slartifer, Part 12 -- New Rules

    I'm gonna match every single PDN with "There was no particular meaning to this one".
  10. (9:14:33 PM) Scorpius: im a baby cassowary

  11. (9:14:33 PM) Scorpius: im a baby cassowary

    Can you be a baby secretary bird instead? I need you to take a letter.
  12. Public Beta: Pesky Goblins

    Hello! I am a new scenario designer and I would appreciate it if people could beta test my first scenario: Pesky Goblins. You can download the latest beta version of the scenario here. If you're able to test, post in the thread, and please PM me your feedback when you're done. Thank you!
  13. Public Beta: Pesky Goblins

    The version linked in this thread is Windows-only, you can find the release version for both Windows and Mac here: http://dintiradan.ermarian.net/boa_scenarios/view/8 Unless you were already playing the Mac version, in which case I'll have Tyranicus flogged for not doing the conversion correctly.
  14. Five Factor Personality Model

    Why can't everyone just be thirty year old male Canadians? Much simpler that way.
  15. Five Factor Personality Model

    Guess what Spiderweb? It's the Sixth Annual Take the IPIP-NEO Test Day (actual date may vary from year to year)! Here's my results this year, and here are some ugly graphs.
  16. Let's Play Blades of Avernum!

    One way to avoid getting thrashed in low-level BoA, especially for outdoor fights, is to use the Enduring Barrier spell. I don't think a default priest character is able to cast it, but a custom level one character is able to know it automatically if you focus heavily on the priest skill. Enduring Barrier lets you 'overheal' a character, and this bonus HP doesn't dissipate over time. So cast it on everyone while you're outdoors, wait a bit, and boom -- your characters have a significant amount of bonus HP as no cost. It doesn't help you for those long dungeon crawls, and you can get pretty cheesy by popping out of a dungeon after every encounter to re-cast Enduring Barrier -- but then, you can do the same with spell energy.
  17. Let's Play Blades of Avernum!

  18. Let's Play Blades of Avernum!

    For what it's worth, Settlers was designed to be a tutorial scenario of sorts. TM designed it to be a demonstration of what any novice would be capable of creating. You can find his design notes in DESIGN_PROCESS.txt in the scenario folder (I recommending skipping the DXM step). If you want to learn more, check out this thread on Shadow Vale. Doubly relevant because Lazarus got the idea for 24 Hour scenarios from Settlers, and you'll be seeing a few of those as you do your LP. And all this reminds me that I still need to actually release the 99% complete Pesky Goblins, which is basically "Settlers but with more hand-holding". (What bothers me most about the opening essay for RoR is that Tetragrammaton isn't a name for God. It is, strictly speaking, the name of the name of God.)
  19. Grand Poll 2017: Results Part 3

    Alternatively, just dissolve Calref.
  20. Grand Poll 2017: Results Part 3

    I'm the kind of CCG player who will loudly proclaim that's it's totally possible to enjoy the hobby responsibly by following a strict card-price restriction and overall deck-price limit... only to sheepishly admit that I undo all of that by owning thirteen EDH decks.
  21. The Terrible Thesaurus Game

    "Rainbow road" was my guess too! Also, Diki, donkeys aren't horses, you dirt baron.
  22. Grand Poll 2017: Results Part 1

    I'm Ravenclaw, but only by process of elimination. I'm not courageous enough for Gryffindor, I'm not ambitious enough for Slytherin, and I'm terrible at finding things.
  23. The Gland Scorpion Poll: Arbitrarily-Chosen Members of Ruminantia Taxon

    Always heard them referred to as "pronghorn antelope" or just "antelope".
  24. Let's Play Blades of Avernum!

    Well... For what it's worth, had I been Chessrook, and following his method, I wouldn't have included NH as part of the Bahs/Ex/Magic playthrough. But I still think that the tiny but explicit connection in NH is bigger than the connections in TM's scenarios. For instance, the only connection you state for Settler is "you're working for the Empire" -- presumably the same unnamed Empire that exists not only in the "extended universe" canon of Echoes but also in Vogel's (and most other BoA scenarios') canon. If you played Settlers without knowing who the author was, you would never link it with Echoes.
  25. Let's Play Blades of Avernum!

    Yeah, and if I was doing it, I'd just do them all in release order. But Chessrook wants to do the ones that form a series first, and then the stand-alone ones, so here we are. It's not really a SW thread until we're quibbling about something.