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Lazzamore Lazzamore

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 12:52 PM #1 Anyone around?

Hello, I'm Lazzamore. I'd like to get back into Blades of Avernum, but first I want to know if their any chance at all someone other then me would be playing/making the scenarios? I know BoA is mostly dead, and had a rough go at being alive to start with, but I still have fond memories of my first playthrough. While their are some i haven't played, I think it would get a bit dull playing just the same scenarios again, and even worse spending time and effort designing my own if no one's ever gonna try them!

So, would anybody here like to form a new BoA group with me?

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 01:07 PM #2 Anyone around?

Not sure how long since you've played, but you could always play Of Good and Evil, a BoE scenario I ported over a couple years ago :p It's pretty full length, and (to my knowledge) hasn't been played since release.

Excalibur also released Restless Souls, that's pretty good too.

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Posted 21 September 2016 - 01:45 PM #3 Anyone around?

Hm, okay! Its been a while, don't think I've played that one. Where might I find them?

Nevermind, I found them here. My original question still stands, though: If I made scenarios, would anybody else come back?

Edited by Lazzamore, 21 September 2016 - 02:16 PM.


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Posted 21 September 2016 - 03:11 PM #4 Anyone around?

If there was a new scenario, I would play it. For what it's worth, I have every BoA scenario released available for download on my site.
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Posted 22 September 2016 - 05:41 AM #5 Anyone around?

I still follow topics here and occasionally play scenarios.
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Posted 22 September 2016 - 10:58 AM #6 Anyone around?

Same as Tyranicus and Kelandon. I don't regularly play or design scenarios, but I'll play whatever new stuff comes out. The same will be true of maybe a dozen other regulars on this forum.

However, it's really hard to say how many people who aren't regular contributing members of this forum still play BoA whenever something new comes out.
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Posted 22 September 2016 - 12:16 PM #7 Anyone around?

I'm here! I may or may not play a new scenario though (depending on factors like whether it seems interesting, how long/large it is, and whether I feel like I have time to spare).
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Posted 22 September 2016 - 04:57 PM #8 Anyone around?

Many of us may be busy playing the latest game from the Avadon series or a remake of A1 or A2.
Porting games from the Blades of Exile world is the quickest way to produce quality new BoA Scenarios.

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 05:52 PM #9 Anyone around?

Someone should port "Terror From the Park". It's a classic horror story that will give you shivers for days.
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Posted 24 September 2016 - 04:47 AM #10 Anyone around?

I thought it was more of a comedy...
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Posted 24 September 2016 - 06:36 AM #11 Anyone around?

I think it can be done. I will need to create some programs to detect customized terrain, items and monsters...

Code done for program, now I need to write a suitable spreadsheet for doing the actual comparisons.

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 08:55 PM #12 Anyone around?

Ishad Nha: First of all, your buffer is not initialized to zeroes (only variables declared outside a function get that treatment); instead, it's not initialized at all and thus starts out as garbage data. (Also, why are you including <iostream> when you don't even use it?)

Secondly, I wonder if it might be more convenient for you to parse the XML format that the latest Blades of Exile releases can produce? You'd just have to resave it as a .boes in the new scenario editor, change the file extension to .tgz (or .tar.gz), and unpack it with 7zip (which would produce a folder called "scenario" - not the scenario's name, just "scenario"). Just a thought. (It's also somewhat human-readable.) Barring one or two issues I fixed recently (like changing "One-Time Do Nothing" nodes to "One-Time And Set"), the conversion seems to be pretty accurate now. (And I'd love to have someone point out any places where it's not accurate.)
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Posted 26 September 2016 - 09:31 AM #13 Anyone around?

I'd still play! I sometimes do with older scenarios! And, I'm perpetually plinking away at making new stuff. I'll have a weekend where I'll do a lot, and then weeks where I don't touch it, but there is A Something!

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 06:46 PM #14 Anyone around?

I am not a serious coder/programmer! Program prints out okay...
Program prints out data, which is put into a spreadsheet for analysis. To detect customization, data from the relevant scenario is compared with data from Bladbase.exs. Idea is go through each object (monster, item or terrain type) and see how it differs from the default values found in Bladbase.exs.

XML I will need to look into at some point...

Edited by Ishad Nha, 26 September 2016 - 06:49 PM.


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 08:53 PM #15 Anyone around?

I was mainly objecting to your inaccurate comment (it might not have been important for it to be initialized to zeros).

One nice thing about XML is that it can be compared with normal diffing tools. No idea where you'd find such a thing for Windows though (UNIXes generally come with it preinstalled).
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Posted 27 September 2016 - 01:35 PM #16 Anyone around?

I completely forgot, and since Kelandon didn't mention it: "The Magic", by him, was very enjoyable - it ties into the Bahssikava/Exodus scenarios, if those interested you when you played.

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 05:12 AM #17 Anyone around?

Kel's Page is down, I can't access it.
The Magic seems not to be found elsewhere.

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 05:21 AM #18 Anyone around?

View PostIshad Nha, on 28 September 2016 - 05:12 AM, said:

Kel's Page is down, I can't access it.
Hadn't logged in in too long, but it's back up.
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Posted 28 September 2016 - 05:23 AM #19 Anyone around?

The Magic is not listed on True Site or the list of BoA scenarios...

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 05:56 PM #20 Anyone around?

That would be because I last updated my site a month before Kel released The Magic. :p
I'll update it again when I get a chance.
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Posted 14 December 2016 - 01:34 PM #21 Anyone around?

Late to the party but playing this now.

Amazing old-school goodness!

Guess I know what I'll be spending most of my time on during the holidays.




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