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  1. In conclusion, AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

    History relies heavily on the written word. It's not that no one cares about the Americas before 1492, it's just much, much easier to speak with some degree of confidence once you get to an era with more written records to analyze.
  2. In conclusion, AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

    I ended up focusing on the Civil War.
  3. Spiders' Amber

    Please stop bumping old threads. Just make a new one, and if necessary, include a link to the old one. There's only one amber. If you gave it to the Queen, then you can't give it to the GIFTS.
  4. In conclusion, AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

    I studied US history. It's not the most fashionable of topics in the historical profession, but it's what interested me. In my case, well, if I have any rich family members, then they are utterly unknown to me. However, I got a pretty good score on the GRE that apparently was key to convincing two universities (one for my MA, and another for my PHD) to give me generous sums of money to come study there. And yes, a LOT of reading. I actually became a much better reader, I believe, thanks to grad school.
  5. [GF4] Monarch's motives?

    "Some men just want to watch the world burn."
  6. In conclusion, AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

    True, but my advisor also encouraged me not to be defensive at the defense.
  7. In conclusion, AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

    Dissertation defended.
  8. 10,000

    Such number. So meaningless. Very congratulatory.
  9. Patch available ?

    It's an old game. How it looks and sounds is just how it is. While you're playing the game, if you bring up the menu (with save / load / quit / etc. on it), you can click Preferences, and then click a box so that the game will ask you about switching resolutions when you open it.
  10. Two numbers matter when shaping creations. There's you skill with a type of shaping (e.g. Magic Shaping), and your skill with particular creation (e.g. your level in Artila). You raise shaping skill with the skill points you earn from leveling up. However, canisters are how you raise your skill with different creations. For example, a Create Artila canister will increase your ability at creating Artilas. You'll need to find a Create Vlish canister to make Vlish. Keep exploring the island and one is sure to turn up! I hope that clarifies things!
  11. G4 Barrier Bros

    For comparison, consider the conversations with Crowley and Miranda if you fail to give Monarch's papers to the Shapers: Crowley: And Miranda: Telling Miranda you "lost" the papers sets flag 42,13 to 5, and then Crowley checks that flag and sees it's greater than or equal to 5. Crowley also checks to see if flag 100,8 is less than 2. In the Rivergate script, when you tell Alwan you helped Moseh, the game sets flag 100,8's value to 2. So, Crowley's text above is contingent on BOTH failing to help Moseh AND failing to deliver the papers. Notice how there's no comparable check in Greta's conversation. The Rebels may not trust you, but they won't give up on you, whereas you MUST do something big for the Shapers in either Ilya or Aziraph to convince them you're useful. What I want to know is whether, after you fail the Shapers in Illya and Aziraph, you are locked out of the Shaper endgame. Will all the Shapers in Burwood and beyond automatically be hostile to you?
  12. G4 Barrier Bros

    Here's the full script from the encounter in the screenshot above. From looking in other scripts, I *think* gf(100,0) might be reputation, with the script giving either section 5 or section 6 depending how low or high that reputation is.
  13. G4 Barrier Bros

    The answer is yes, because they are different goals. The Shapers want you to fix Moseh. The Rebels want you to kill one of the Barrier Zone defenders. That means if you fix Moseh and kill Eliza or Shaftoe, and make sure to report back to both the Shapers and the Rebels about your "success" before trying to leave the province, they'll both be happy with you, you double-crossing no-good swindler.
  14. Huzzah! I'm *almost* Dr. Triumph!

    The Army of the Tennessee. (For anyone wondering, the Army of THE Tennessee was a Union army named for the Tennessee River; nearly all Union armies were named after rivers. There was also a Confederate army called the Army of Tennessee, named for the state.)
  15. Huzzah! I'm *almost* Dr. Triumph!

    As Slarty so punningly suggests, I studied history. My dissertation looks at the wartime experiences / ideology / attitudes of junior officers in one of the Union armies in the Civil War. The most fun I've seen at dissertation defenses is when the members of the committee start arguing with each other while the doctoral candidate quietly watches. Well, that and when the random professor who wasn't on the committee but showed up anyway asks a question completely out of left field that has absolutely no bearing on the dissertation, and you get to watch the candidate try to figure out how to diplomatically say "That's a dumb question that makes no sense in this context."