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  1. Any news on Avernum 3 remake?

    Exile 1 had a different premade party than Exile 2, 3, and Blades of Exile. It had to; Thissa and Frrrr obviously couldn't be there. But all of them were a little different. —Alorael, who suspects he added Michael from the later iteration. John, Ariel, and Samantha were definitely the first three.
  2. Any news on Avernum 3 remake?

    I don't think any of us know the answer to that, but it seems unlikely that he gets a bigger cut from somewhere other than his own website. —Alorael, whose memory of the ancient Exile premade party is now foggy. John, Ariel, Samantha. A Michael, perhaps? And two others, now forgotten.
  3. question on classes

    This is definitely true for Avernum, and definitely not true for Avadon, where classes have entirely different abilities. I think you confused the names and posted this in the wrong place. I'm going to move the thread. —Alorael, who will continue Ess's line of reasoning by saying that the original Avernum games, of which Avernum: Escape from the Pit and Crystal Souls are remakes, also had classes as ways to pre-assign points but without significance after character creation. In those games, though, some classes got more skill points total than custom characters built from scratch. Since those points were often assigned in much less than optimal ways, most min-maxers would still use custom characters, possibly with a handful of exceptions.
  4. Level Caps?

    That's a question that only Jeff can answer. But to speculate, because he doesn't want to enable grinding to surmount all challenges. —Alorael, who considers it relatively unlikely that too many levels have been used up in earlier games and rationing forced the cap.
  5. What have you been eating recently?

    Sure. Except not for the most recent holiday, because it was Yom Kippur, famously devoid of eating or drinking anything. So I guess I could say I religiously don't drink wine, but I probably wouldn't have anyway. —Alorael, who encourages a return to regularly scheduled discussion of what everyone consumes, not just him. There's a whole world of nomming and guzzling to discuss!
  6. What have you been eating recently?

    I have actually no idea what you mean. —Alorael, who does not drink... wine. Much. Certainly not regularly with dinner.
  7. What have you been eating recently?

    Lots and lots of lentils. —Alorael, who makes them by the giant vat and then goes through them steadily for a week. He was off the stuff for a while, but easy, tasty, and filling is a hard combination to give up.
  8. Hey Synergy! It's been a while! —Alorael, who is excited for A3.2 as well. E3 was his first registered Spiderweb game and the sprawling world will always have a special place in his heart.
  9. Huzzah! I'm *almost* Dr. Triumph!

    Congratulations, near-doctor! Despite the name, a terminal degree is just the beginning. —Alorael, who confesses to not being certain of the field. What have you disserted on?
  10. GoG Sale

    Spiderweb games are on sale right now at Good Old Games (scroll down a bit through the list). You can pick up the first two entries in the Avadon series for $2 each, all six of the original Avernum series for a total of $1.19, or the whole Geneforge series for $3. If you've been waiting to finish your collection, now's a good time! —Alorael, who brings you this reminder in case your shame at your incomplete collection has kept you from answering the Grand Poll. Nethergate is still on you, though.
  11. The Grand Spiderweb Poll, 2017 Edition: Demographics & Favorites

    Freedom of speech allows religions to have ceremonies for, and recognize, marriages that are not legally recognized or binding. This isn't just academic; this happens, although not all that often. So the distinction already can exist. Where the problem exists is significantly in trying to keep civil and religious marriage equatable even if they aren't necessarily equated. Whether that's a reasonable or good goal is, of course, a matter of dispute that often aligns with the social values liberal-conservative axis. —Alorael, who can see some tempers flaring a bit in this thread. Please remain polite. In particular, no demonizing people for political affiliation or painting with too broad a brush. Keep accusations of bigotry down and disagree with statements, not the fundamental nature and moral value of your interlocutors.
  12. The Grand Spiderweb Poll, 2017 Edition: Demographics & Favorites

    For the list of things that one can be a fan of I bemoan the lack of a N/A option. There are things I simply have basically no opinion on, and other things I have a strong negative opinion on. Why am I deprived of my opportunity to loudly make my complaints known? —Alorael, whose overwhelmingly most frequent mode of transportation is his own two legs. But he went with public transit, because he's pretty sure he takes the train more than he takes taxis or Lyft/Uber. And since his bike has been stolen and he has no car, there's not really another option.
  13. Chatroom?

    Freemium can be obnoxious, and it can make for a miserable pay-to-win competitive environment, but the core idea is that you pay for more of the product. Compared to selling your data, or spyware, I think it has much lower potential for unavoidable and secret evil. —Alorael, who can see the argument that the users/players who get sucked in and dump more money than they really can afford into freemium are victims. But they're victims who also made a choice. And as partly self-inflicted evil goes, freemium rates far below plenty of other things that have made headlines.
  14. Chatroom?

    Businesses offer free services because they're still making money from them somehow. Sometimes it's by directly making money from the use of the service. Sometimes the revenue is advertising; sure, that only works by customers spending money, but it's not like they lose anything. And sometimes the service is essentially a loss-leader: it's good enough that users will donate, subscribe, or buy the add-ons to the free version and make money. —Alorael, who has no idea what model Discord uses. So he did some looking, and it seems to be trying to go freemium. Despite the sneer that goes along with the term after countless awful free to play games, freemium is a perfectly good and benign model.
  15. Five-Dimensional Political Compass

    An argument could be made that where one's thoughts go and how one respond's based on that says something meaningful. You can set up an implicit bias-like version of the test where the questions are flashed quickly and you have to give a response without putting time and conscious thought into it. —Alorael, who would actually find it very interesting seeing how closely unconscious political leanings and manifest beliefs differ. He'd bet largely not by much, but here and there there might be surprises.