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by Serrin
Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: A Valley Without Wind
Replies: 1
Views: 1129

Re: A Valley Without Wind

I played a bit of it, because AI War was awesome. I don't think procedural generation lends itself as easily to platforming as it does to RTS, unfortunately. I see a lot of potential in the game, but right now it boils down to a) grind exploration in buildings b) grind exploring caves for gems c) gr...
by Serrin
Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1951
Views: 568861

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Background: I'm looking for a pirate game my girlfriend remembers from her childhood (teenagehood?). So there's a layer of noise between the source and this post, but I'll do my best. * System: PC. * Year: ~1996-2000. Although it could be older, but probably not. * Perspective: Not entirely sure. Sh...
by Serrin
Wed May 25, 2011 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: X-Com: UFO Defense / UFO: Enemy Unknown
Replies: 456
Views: 142026

Re: X-Com: UFO Defense / UFO: Enemy Unknown

That's an awesome story. I wish half my games turned out that epic. I think half the reason they don't is that once it's practical, I turn UFOs into pavement with blaster bombs first, and ask questions never. On the topic of X-Com, who else is following Xenonauts? They're apparently making serious p...
by Serrin
Sun May 22, 2011 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games Where You Build a City
Replies: 17
Views: 5241

Games Where You Build a City

Call me crazy, or OCD or something, but I have an intense fascination where you build cities in an RPG type manner. To be abundantly clear, I'm not talking about Sim City, or Black and White, or Minecraft, or Starcraft. It's not just games where you build cities, but games where the cities you build...
by Serrin
Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52656

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

If you prove a hundred dollar cable doesn't perform any better than coat hangers, you can conclude a) the hundred dollar cable is a fraud or b) coat hangers are super awesome cables.
by Serrin
Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52656

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

The girl's being a jerk, because all the guy wanted to know if they had some connectors and she picks a fight over his speakers. It's not like they're a gift for her or something. Imagine if the comic went something like this: Do we have any horseradish? I'm picking up dinner for myself. Not fast fo...
by Serrin
Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: MMORPGs: On Permanent Death
Replies: 47
Views: 5359

Re: MMORPGs: On Permanent Death

This is pretty much the idea behind Trials of Ascension, an MMO now indefinitely suspended in development, by a company called Shadowpool.

It was shaping up to be pretty awesome, and quite hardcore.
by Serrin
Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout: New Vegas : It's Anti-Materiel. Not Material.
Replies: 613
Views: 92417

Re: Fallout: New Vegas : It's Anti-Materiel. Not Material.

22. I did a lot of excessive puttering around, counting on Veronica, ED-E, and combat/power armor to keep me safe from mid-level foes.Though I only puttered about areas I knew from previous attempts didn't contain deathclaws or cazadors (okay, I encountered some cazadors, but I did more drugs than a...
by Serrin
Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout: New Vegas : It's Anti-Materiel. Not Material.
Replies: 613
Views: 92417

Re: Fallout: New Vegas : It's Anti-Materiel. Not Material.

As to the Iron Man/Very Hard question: It took me about 6 major tries, with a number of abortive attempts dying on the way to Vegas. My winning strategy went along the lines of tagging speech, guns, and...I forget. Maybe lockpick. 9 int, with an implant around level 4 (maybe I made it by 3......
by Serrin
Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Playing classic RPGs
Replies: 29
Views: 3846

Re: Playing classic RPGs

Dude, I don't care how less old it is, Vampire: The Masquerade:Bloodlines is a classic. At least now it is. Vampire: The Masquerade:Redemption, on the other hand...

no.

But I second the proposed play order. It's based upon sound enough logic.
by Serrin
Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Indie & Small Press Tabletop RPGs
Replies: 171
Views: 116573

Re: Indie & Small Press Tabletop RPGs

So, Don't Rest Your Head sounds awesome, but I'm already up to my eyes in tabletop, so that'll have to wait. I just wanted to comment on how cool it looks. I've recently started as a player in a game of Lacuna Part I: The Creation of the Mystery and the Girl from Blue City . I don't have the rules. ...
by Serrin
Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Multiplying Probability Curves?
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: Multiplying Probability Curves?

Okay, so I think I get it, but shouldn't the middle term be something like....2(alpha x)(1-alpha)? Because what you have, 2 alpha x, comes out to 2(.5x) or 1, which makes the whole thing come out to 1.5, which can't be. If it it 2(alpha x)(1-alpha), then it works out to .5, which gives me .25+.5+.25...
by Serrin
Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Multiplying Probability Curves?
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: Multiplying Probability Curves?

It's more like "I have 16 six sided dice, Bob has 12 six sided dice, each roll of 5 or 6 is worth 1 point. What are the chances of each outcome?", where an outcome is <me/Bob> wins by N points.
by Serrin
Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Multiplying Probability Curves?
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Multiplying Probability Curves?

Okay, so like most moderately bright educated folks, I made it through college algebra and a bit of calculus, but I've never had a probability and statistics course outside of picking up a few things in algebra. If I'm not using the right nomenclature, it's because I'm ignorant of it, and it's quite...
by Serrin
Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dawn of War 2
Replies: 100
Views: 11421

Re: Dawn of War 2

Feel free to look me up on GFWL for some awesome Last Stand action, if you're good. I have both level 20 sorc and tyrant dudes. My tag is Blarghag.
by Serrin
Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fireball Island
Replies: 8
Views: 1986

Re: Fireball Island

Fireball Island is the shit. I remember playing it when I was about 8 or so. Or maybe it just sucked, I don't really know. All I remember is shooting the little marble fireballs out to kill the other dudes. Which was awesome, by the way.
by Serrin
Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D - Making it Memorable (Split from Character Concept Help)
Replies: 45
Views: 5585

Re: D&D - Making it Memorable (Split from Character Concept

There's one major reason that D&D games should avoid conflict, unless it's planned for at the start: it messes shit up. Part of the metagaming contract is that all PCs have a special shiny PC smell that causes them to cluster together and generally cooperate. This makes the game a lot easier for...
by Serrin
Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Island Survival Games
Replies: 16
Views: 3476

Re: Island Survival Games

That's the one. Although I might characterize its greatness differently.

And as for Lost In Blue, I was thinking of a different game that made me happy to find sticks. Nonetheless, you still need to find and collect sticks and rocks to make stuff.
by Serrin
Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 399036

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Filigree - You seem to have a bit of a theme going on with your games there, namely games that braingently caress you. In that vein, and because you have a gamecube, I cannot help but recommend Eternal Darkness. Also, I'll second Planescape: Torment as one of the best RPGs ever. It's only a little e...
by Serrin
Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Island Survival Games
Replies: 16
Views: 3476

Re: Island Survival Games

Lost in Blue does have an obnoxious amount of puzzling in it. I'm thinking basically the entire last half of the game. But that's only after you've mastered all the hunting/cooking/water-fetching/not dying of malaria or scurvy. I'm pretty sure Lost in Blue is the island game that made me excited to ...
by Serrin
Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Island Survival Games
Replies: 16
Views: 3476

Re: Island Survival Games

There was this one island game, it was a real app, and there was no time limit. In fact, I don't even remember what you had to do, as the game largely played itself. You end up with a little tropical island village full of villagers doing stuff, and I do remember that some people have to farm and so...
by Serrin
Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 399036

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I need something competitive, multiplayer, but that can be played productively solo. It should have advancement, but not be a korean grindfest. It should have PvP elements, or at least really, really deep PvE. That is, you can't faceroll your way through it like WoW. Something like a turn-based game...
by Serrin
Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best song lyrics.
Replies: 57
Views: 9902

Re: Best song lyrics.

Yay Wolfsheim
by Serrin
Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 410356

Re: Team Fortress 2

All I can say is they better take out the achievement for bonking ubered players, now that the Sandman sucks more than a thing that sucks a lot.
by Serrin
Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Greatest Bands Ever
Replies: 79
Views: 7729

Re: Greatest Bands Ever

If you want to define greatest as most talented and influential, okay, but that seems a bit circular, given that both of those are rooted in subjectivity too.

I'll happily concede China, given our imperialist cultural yada yada, and their large rural component.
by Serrin
Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Greatest Bands Ever
Replies: 79
Views: 7729

Re: Greatest Bands Ever

I know I'm silly for bringing logic into a music thread, but if you ask everyone who bought a BSB album which was better, BSB or Nirvana...I'm guessing a lot of people would disagree with you. I agree with you, but I am not a solipsist. Kaniman, I agree with you also. Ultimately, unless someone come...
by Serrin
Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Greatest Bands Ever
Replies: 79
Views: 7729

Re: Greatest Bands Ever

i think this thread should be more like: post ten bands that you think are the greatest bands ever and we'll take an average. how about that. That's much more scientific, but at the same time, we could just go by albums sold, which would more than make up in accuracy what it lacks in precision. Wai...
by Serrin
Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Greatest Bands Ever
Replies: 79
Views: 7729

Re: Greatest Bands Ever

I followed the directions to the T. 1) Select my least favorite from the ten available. 2) Replace it with one I would prefer to see on the list. Methinks the methodology is flawed, to say the least.
by Serrin
Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Greatest Bands Ever
Replies: 79
Views: 7729

Re: Greatest Bands Ever

Deep Purple
Joy Division
King Crimson
Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd
Faust
The BeatlesKOMPRESSOR
XTC
Incubus
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

Please, continue.
by Serrin
Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best song lyrics.
Replies: 57
Views: 9902

Re: Best song lyrics.

A Rebours - "This Winter" Through a blizzard of regrets I toss and turn and thrash. Flakes fall on my tongue and they taste just like ash. Each obsidian raindrop that collides with my skin Is a souvenir of pain from the black rain of shame. Every burning bridge's warmth is cause to apolog...
by Serrin
Sat May 30, 2009 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World of darkness
Replies: 323
Views: 45100

Re: World of darkness

They're now Vigor and Resilience. Vigor adds its rating to strength or maybe just strength pools (in the manner of blood buff). It's no longer autosuxx. One vitae lasts the entire scene, though. Resilience adds health boxes, and gives you a limited ability to downgrade agg. The houserule Biggleswort...
by Serrin
Fri May 29, 2009 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World of darkness
Replies: 323
Views: 45100

Re: World of darkness

Well, I played a bunch of Masquerade, and loved the everloving shit out of Ascension, but Apocalypse is like Greek to me. Except worse, since I know a little Greek. The whole to-hit thing was a check on Potence. Can't autodamage if you can't hit. Soaking was also something of a check on Potence. Nei...
by Serrin
Thu May 28, 2009 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World of darkness
Replies: 323
Views: 45100

Re: World of darkness

If you condense everything into a single (possibly opposed) roll, then it makes Potence and Fortitude WAY better than they are, and that's saying something. If I were you, I'd just let Potence add its dots to strength for one scene per activition, and ditto for Fortitude and stamina. Autosuccesses b...
by Serrin
Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall
Replies: 216
Views: 44307

Re: D&D: Evolving as a DM

Ever play Tomb of Horrors? If I were a lich, that's exactly what I'd do. The only disbelief there is that it wouldn't be even MORE hardcore. Like, my tomb wouldn't have air in it, I think. Maybe just permanent cloudkill.
by Serrin
Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Wesnoth 1.6!
Replies: 41
Views: 7680

Re: Wesnoth 1.6!

Do I still have to install a zillionty .dlls and code Hello World in Brainfuck before I'm allowed to play?
by Serrin
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 399036

Re: Recommend ME a game (Merged:Several Similar Threads)

You might, maybe, not really want to play an old game called Metal Marines. Either the SNES or PC vesion. You build a, uh, base. And then guys attack you, and you attack them.
by Serrin
Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D - Help with character progression...
Replies: 7
Views: 3475

Re: D&D - Help with character progression...

First, archivist is a great class. Rogue is a good class. Archivist/Rogue is not such a good mix. Anything involving BFZ is also less than good. Y'know, mathwise. Dual wielding is best when you've got insane +k to damage (like, +statmod, or +xd6 sneak attack, where X is a big number). As a level 3 r...
by Serrin
Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 399036

Re: Recommend ME a game (Merged:Several Similar Threads)

Something cooperative, yeah. And it needn't be FPS-related. In fact, something slower and more deliberate might be just the ticket. I don't want to lash out at her and ruin our gaming time just because she doesn't possess my tweaker-like reflexes and can't successfully navigate any map blindfolded, ...
by Serrin
Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 399036

Re: Recommend ME a game (Merged:Several Similar Threads)

So me and my girl-type friend are looking for something we can play together. So I guess that's recommend US a game, but whatever. We're looking for something PC-based, persistent (that is, not Counterstrike or L4D (she really wants to play L4D anyway, but it won't last us forever)), free is good, b...
by Serrin
Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Lord of the Rings Online
Replies: 49
Views: 15450

Re: Lord of the Rings Online

How would you rate the endgame content? I heard it was particularly limited. I doubt I will ever reach it, having been playing on and off for 18 months or so. More on-than-off, now, and I've got my 18 burglar hobbit up to 25 in a week. I'm more in it for the gradual progression--I'm such an OCD com...

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