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by FACM
Sun Feb 03, 2008 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: In Nomine
Replies: 9
Views: 1939

Re: In Nomine

I don't know of either system you mentioned. There is an official GURPS In Nomine conversion, though. Really, if you wanted to convert In Nomine, all you'd have to do is pick a system you like, decide on a Resonance roll in that system and possibly add a way to keep track of Forces. All the skills a...
by FACM
Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: In Nomine
Replies: 9
Views: 1939

Re: In Nomine

You didn't mention the Redemption mechanic for demons, which works in a similar way. Whenever your character does something against their nature (Ex: a follower of Novalis starting a fight because someone wore the wrong color hat), they gain a note of dissonance. One or two points isn't too terribly...
by FACM
Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: MMO Recommendations?
Replies: 41
Views: 4818

Re: MMO Recommendations?

I've heard Pirates of the Burning Sea feels like EVE-lite. There's no free trial as far as I'm aware yet, but I think there are buddy keys if you know someone else who bought the game. I've been curious about it, but I'm trying to wait to actually try it out first.
by FACM
Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: In Nomine
Replies: 9
Views: 1939

In Nomine

In Nomine is a tabletop RPG set in present time about angels and demons (Jewish/Christian/Islamic angels and demons, not a generic construct of good and evil). It can be run to fill a variety of moods, but the default setting places the world in a relatively wide set of moral grays. Depending on yo...
by FACM
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Components for a Gaming Machine
Replies: 105
Views: 11227

Re: Components for a Gaming Machine

That's an 8800 Ultra , not the slower, weaker G92 512MB parts. I knew there was something I was missing, hence why I didn't take a stronger stance. However, the 8800 Ultra is not a great deal faster than a 8800 GTX. It's a noticeable improvement, but for the price it's a little weak. As I'm running...
by FACM
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Maximum harddrive space with standard parts
Replies: 35
Views: 3447

Re: Maximum harddrive space with standard parts

davean wrote:This about fits my definition of "consumer" :)


My definition of 'consumer' doesn't include devices with a price of "This information isn't public"
by FACM
Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Components for a Gaming Machine
Replies: 105
Views: 11227

Re: Components for a Gaming Machine

I'd go with one of your alternate video cards. the review on HardOCP says that the 3870 X2 is on par (roughly) with one 8800. [citation needed]
by FACM
Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Crappier games being released?
Replies: 119
Views: 7943

Re: Crappier games being released?

I'm curious in part what growing up has to do with the decline of the JRPG. When I was in grade school and early high school, I felt like I could sit down and bust through Chrono, FF6, FF7, FF8, 9, whatever. 10 was the first time I really felt....bleh...about beating/playing through/dealing with a ...
by FACM
Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Maximum harddrive space with standard parts
Replies: 35
Views: 3447

Re: Maximum harddrive space with standard parts

I have a fileserver built on the cheap. 5 500GB drives for storage, and 1 80gb for the OS and temporary storage. It cost under $1000 for a computer with 2.2TB of formatted space. 1 TB drives were pretty expensive at the time, but 500GB drives were (and still are) cheaper.
by FACM
Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Crappier games being released?
Replies: 119
Views: 7943

Re: Crappier games being released?

Most of your points I agree with. I was pressed for time, and didn't get everything I wanted to into that post. But that doesn't mean I'm going to say that all comics and all video games are incapable of telling gripping, thought provoking stories, or that other media are better suited to the task. ...
by FACM
Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Crappier games being released?
Replies: 119
Views: 7943

Re: Crappier games being released?

I disagree with you on the narrative. There are stories that are told in games that cannot be told to the same effect as in any other media. I'm thinking of the Silent Hill games in particular, where though the narrative flows smoothly for you, the player, behind the scenes is a web of "Did pl...
by FACM
Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Crappier games being released?
Replies: 119
Views: 7943

Re: Crappier games being released?

Another trend: people who played games long ago look more fondly on them than modern games, whereas people who have only recently played older games don't always get why they're so great. I suspect nostalgia is a big factor in this debate. Beyond that, you should also notice that the market has chan...
by FACM
Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How many programming languages do you know?
Replies: 119
Views: 34777

Re: How many programming languages do you know?

C, C++, BASH scripting, and COBOL are currently my strongest languages.

I've also used Java, Javascript, VB, a custom assembly for a class, and probably 1 more I'm forgetting.

I'm learning C# and hoping to learn Ruby, if I can ever get motivated to do so.
by FACM
Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D 4th Edition [and other..oh, who are we kidding. 4th Ed!]
Replies: 777
Views: 61210

Re: D&D 4th Edition [and other Gen-Con news]

There's now a preview book for races and classes for D&D4e. I flipped through it briefly. It looks like paladins are getting beefed up a bit, which I'm in favor of. They felt like they needed something a little more useful than Smite Evil and Remove Disease 3/week.
by FACM
Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: How do you pronounce it?
Replies: 264
Views: 140825

Re: How do you pronounce it?

What about the term 'gib.' I didn't see that here. I am referring back to the old school quake/doom games when bodies would fly apart. I say it with the hard-g sound instead of the soft-g or j sound. I use the hard-g as well, being that it's derived from giblets, which I also pronounce with the har...
by FACM
Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Wars Tabletop RPG
Replies: 2
Views: 1128

Re: Star Wars Tabletop RPG

I have issues playing anything P&P based on a license, with Star Wars being the worst offender. There's always someone who knows way too much about said property to allow you to do what you want. I don't care if George Lucas forbade it, I'mma play me a Jedi Wookie. The other, slightly harder to ...
by FACM
Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Copy-Protection Light/Free Games
Replies: 14
Views: 2491

Re: Copy-Protection Light/Free Games

AbNo wrote:DRM consists of a 10-day lifespan on all characters for non-registered characters. A seperate program will "unlock" the game with a one-time action (per release).


That's less DRM and more shareware.
by FACM
Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: <NP Hard> A WoW Community
Replies: 16
Views: 2816

Re: <NP Hard> A WoW Community

Earlyish next year is the expected release date for the expansion, according to some people. Personally, I'd expect something closer to November next year.
by FACM
Wed Dec 26, 2007 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Copy-Protection Light/Free Games
Replies: 14
Views: 2491

Re: Copy-Protection Light/Free Games

I tried Dwarf Fortress. I'll admit that I had no idea what was going on, let alone any idea how to make my dwarves do anything but pace aimlessly. The in-game help wasn't all that helpful, and I didn't expect the manual to be much better. I found the concept interesting, but I couldn't figure out th...
by FACM
Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Copy-Protection Light/Free Games
Replies: 14
Views: 2491

Re: Copy-Protection Light/Free Games

Alright, let's see if I can reply to that all. 1) I can't fix the issue, as moving the DVD off the RAID controller means I have to remove a hard drive. Either the OS drive goes, or the drive with everything else goes. This is not an option for this machine. This will be corrected in my next tower. 2...
by FACM
Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Copy-Protection Light/Free Games
Replies: 14
Views: 2491

Copy-Protection Light/Free Games

My gaming computer, while quite capable of meeting any task at hand video-requirement wise, tends to have one recurring issue with games. Seems that most copy protection schemes don't like my setup. I suspect it has something to do with having the DVD drive on a RAID controller. Most games suffice b...
by FACM
Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Give me a Game
Replies: 19
Views: 1916

Re: Give me a Game

NetHack/Linley's Dungeon Crawl/Angband/etc. Rogue-like games are generally free, highly replayable, and usually require a good amount of strategy to do well in. They're also hard. Really hard. About "build a castle out of toothpaste" hard. Some people will tell you they've beaten a rogue-l...
by FACM
Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:02 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: really basic (i think) networking question
Replies: 15
Views: 1511

Re: really basic (i think) networking question

spelunker wrote: A crossover Ethernet cable should do the trick;


Quoting this for emphasis. You used a regular network cable. That will sometimes give you very partial network functionality, as you experienced. Crossover cables can usually be found near the regular cables, just make sure it's marked Crossover.
by FACM
Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: New Games for me Come the 25th
Replies: 35
Views: 3050

Re: New Games for me Come the 25th

Im hoping for Geometry Wars Galaxies and/or Front Mission myself.
by FACM
Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 239192

Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

No one has yet pointed this out, but the previous post made me remember why I personally hated Squall's weapon. Its a gun-sword. Using it means you are either so bad with a sword, you have to shoot someone with it to hurt them or so bad with a gun you have to have the barrel already lodged halfway i...
by FACM
Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: filesystem (besides zfs because its a given)
Replies: 76
Views: 12702

Re: filesystem (besides zfs because its a given)

Frankly, nobody's ever made a case against EXT* that I've seen. Against certain varients of it in certain scenarios, yes. But not against the whole thing. And I've never seen an argument FOR ReiserFS over EXT*, either. So I go with the default EXT3 because it's fewer keypresses in the partitioner (...
by FACM
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Interesting Roleplaying and LARP Stories
Replies: 149
Views: 20829

Re: Interesting D&D Stories

Similar story: I walked into a tavern, explicitly for this one purpose. me: "Do I see any shadowy figures lurking around the corners?" DM: "yeah, there's one over there" Me: "I walk over and sit down in front of him, and say 'The goldfish weeps blood at noon" DM: "...
by FACM
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 239192

Re: Final Fantasy series.... favorites?

All the characters, save for Gogo and Umaro have excellent back stories that get developed to fairly intricate degrees. The main party's story, for all 6 or so of them, is good. Everyone else generally missed the boat for a real backstory. I'm rather upset that Setzer's story amounts to this: Locke...
by FACM
Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HD vs Blu-Ray?
Replies: 54
Views: 10819

Re: HD vs Blu-Ray?

All of my media ends up becoming a file on a computer somewhere. The source media makes very little difference to me. I will stick with DVDs until they die, for both [relative] ease of format-shifting and because I'm not paying several hundred dollars for a resolution boost on a movie.
by FACM
Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: New computer not performing as expected...
Replies: 16
Views: 1994

Re: New computer not performing as expected...

I'm tempted to say that it's just the 7300. The '7' indicates the capabilites of the card, like DX9 support or Pixel Shader 3.0 or what have you, and the '300' is a relative level of power. 300, being fairly low in the 1-1000 range, means that it's not that powerful of a card. I don't know ATI's cra...
by FACM
Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game Theory: Making games not feel like math
Replies: 11
Views: 2131

Re: Game Theory: Making games not feel like math

I did an independent project for college this semester with the title "What Makes Games Fun". I think I have an answer that might help a bit, if you can clarify a point or two. You say that FPS games and Diablo don't feel like 'numbers' games. I find the inclusion of Diablo odd, since from...
by FACM
Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pirates of the Caribbean Online
Replies: 4
Views: 1456

Re: Pirates of the Caribbean Online

Pirates of the Burning Sea should be entering Open Beta, if it hasn't already. It's probably a better choice for your pirate gaming fix.
by FACM
Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!
Replies: 246
Views: 48893

Re: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!

If you guys would still like to benchmark Ubuntu vs. Gentoo, I have Copious Free Time and VMWare Server 2. I'll just need someone to describe for me a battery of tests to run. I won't be able to do it until this coming weekend, though - I have crunchtime in a couple of classes this week. As much as...
by FACM
Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: filesystem (besides zfs because its a given)
Replies: 76
Views: 12702

Re: filesystem (besides zfs because its a given)

I used to think that having a filesystem that had built-in encryption was a good thing. I used the NTFS encryption on some documents with sensitive data. Then, I had to reinstall windows, and in the process somehow got a different encryption key. I had a resume, but I can't do anything with it now. ...
by FACM
Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World of darkness
Replies: 323
Views: 44697

Re: World of darkness

Yours weren't Camarilla-associated LARPs, I take it.
by FACM
Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World of darkness
Replies: 323
Views: 44697

Re: World of darkness

Yes, my terms are off. Uratha is the new term for werewolves, and I had to go to white-wolf.com to look that up. I knew Fera was relevant somehow to Werewolf, but was wrong about how. Not that I've done anything in either WoD for years, besides being mostly worthless in a [relatively] huge ass-LARP....
by FACM
Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World of darkness
Replies: 323
Views: 44697

Re: World of darkness

I also mourn what they've done to the spirit world. It used to be rich and symbolic and important. You could run long vision quests and voyages of self discovery and madness in there. Now it seems to just be "a bad place where scary things come from" and the Garou (or whatever they're cal...
by FACM
Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Photoshop Vs. Fireworks Vs. Whatever You Can Name
Replies: 67
Views: 18298

Re: Photoshop Vs. Fireworks Vs. Whatever You Can Name

If I have a drill, a nail, and no hammer, I don't mind using the back/side of the drill to pound it in. Not like it's going to hurt the drill any.
by FACM
Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Does anyone else think FFXII is a rip-off of Star Wars?
Replies: 31
Views: 5615

Re: Does anyone else think FFXII is a rip-off of Star Wars?

I don't watch Heroes, and don't care about it. Back to something closer to the original topic. All RPG's are a ripoff of D&D. And D&D is a ripoff of the wargames that existed before it and medieval fantasy stories.. Eh, I think The Secret of Monkey Island was pretty original. So was System S...
by FACM
Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:29 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: nVidia ForceWare
Replies: 4
Views: 1279

Re: nVidia ForceWare

nVidia recommends the beta drivers usually for performance reasons. In theory, if all they added was a shim or profile for a game not in the current driver, then it shouldn't break anything else. It'll probably help your card run the game better than the current drivers, so I'd go ahead and download...

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