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Art / Thanks.
« on: February 22, 2009, 04:38:44 am »
I need to have someone "angelified" either by photoshop or draw/sketched from various pictures.  The art would have to be ready by Tuesday, Febuary 24 at 10 AM EST.  If interested please PM me for more details. 

PC Games / Travian -- City Building Browser Game
« on: December 03, 2008, 02:56:47 am »
My friends have been talking about this game for awhile and the servers just reset to start on 11/28, so I'm hopping aboard.

Here's the main site.
Basically, you start a small village as Romans, Gauls, or Teutons and expand out into an empire.  You can forge Alliances, Confederations (groups of alliances), or simple none aggression packs.  It's a resources per hour per improvement level gathering affair, so the sooner you join the better off you are.

None of us have an embassy yet, so our Alliance is not yet named.  If you wish to join us, place your city in the NE quadrant so we'll all be relatively near each other for trading and defencive purposes.

I'm Arban Sarnath of Sarnathium, located at 49, 87 on American server 4.

If you wish to join on my server here is my reference link. Full disclosure: I'll get 20 gold after your city reaches population 75, which would seem to take 2 to 3 days of actual playing.

I remember some other browser city building game on this forum, but I couldn't find the thread for it.  What was that one? (Not New Steve City.)

Movies / Solomon Kane
« on: October 06, 2008, 07:36:56 am »

Heads up!  Potentially awesome movie on the horizon.  If you don't know why you should be excited -- READ A BOOK!  Solomon Kane wiki.

Here's a fan made movie to wet your appetite.
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Spore: General / Spore on Television (Not Commercials)
« on: September 04, 2008, 10:21:06 am »
The Making of Spore will be on Sunday September 7th at 8/7 PM ET/CT. 

Interestingly, this is the listing on DirectTV:
The Future is Wild and the Making of Spore -- A hypothesis of how the world may evolve in millions of years inspires the video game "Spore."

It's only two hours total.  The Future is Wild has a running time of two hours with commercials anyway, so how do you think they have Spore chopped up and how long will it be?

Thoughts?  Expectations?

Changed the topic.  Any Spore specials or TV events can be collected here.

Spore: General / Vote for Spore
« on: August 06, 2008, 11:24:23 am »
 . . . or don't, if you wish.

At IGN -- The Best Games 2008 Has Yet to Offer?

If you find any other polls, with Spore as one of the options, post them in this thread too.

Spore: Sporepedia Exchange / Slartibartfast's Theriomorphic Menagerie
« on: June 14, 2008, 12:55:59 am »

I'm pretty much just messing around at this point.  The few premade creature I've thought of I'm waiting for the full editor before I try them.  Most of these creature have one or two parts that I decided to "Let me see what this does" and I liked the outcome. 

Currently, I'm having the most trouble adjusting the spine.  I'll want to change the angle between just two vertebra and I have a domino effect of cracking the spine like a whip.

Also, my creatures hate the camera.  They either are unphotogenic or just plain uncooperative.  I swear I was trying to take a headshot of Tube-eye and he just started barrel rolling for no reason.


Spotted Stampede

Swamp Hound


Moving Hazard

False Front Fernback

Spotted Tube-eye




Branch Lurking Nest Robber


Cutsie Poo



PC Games / Blood Bowl
« on: April 07, 2008, 12:29:47 am »
Source Page

Blood BowlRelease date : 2008
Editor: Focus Home InteractiveDeveloper: CyanideSupport : PC, Xbox 360, DS & PSP
Blood Bowl is the video game adaptation of Games Workshop's famous board game of the same name.

A brutal team sport unfolding in a parallel fantasy world based on Warhammer and American football, Blood Bowl invites gamers to form a team of players from such races as: Orcs, Elves, Humans, Dwarfs and many other fantasy creatures, and launch themselves into battle in the bloodiest of arenas. This strategy sports game combines a fine balance of tactics and bone crunching action!

The game offers two game modes. The first, which is fully real time, offers a spectacular gameplay. Intense battles between blocking linemen and daring displays of agility of players leaping and dodging through opponents tackle zones, while powerful spells and dirty trick special plays are unleashed across the pitch; all this creates a highly charged atmosphere. Of course, since it is sometimes difficult to keep an eye on the entire field at once, the game’s interface offers different tactical and strategic setups, while the AI is responsible for managing the players on the field.

The second game mode, an actual turn-based game, is a treat for players of the original board game because it is an exact replica of Games Workshop's tabletop masterpiece. The original rules have been faithfully reproduced, and it contains all of the devices, strategies, play and rhythm of the original game.

The single-player experience allows the player to manage a team throughout an entire season of Blood Bowl, through the Old World of Warhammer. The team will evolve over the course of victories, experience gained and awards won. With its immense depth, the game can almost be considered as a management game, from managing the popularity and sponsorship of players to the purchase and sale of players, as well as their aging, retirement and even death.

In multiplayer, the player will be able to throw down a challenge to other Blood Bowl players and participate in large tournaments on the Internet in order to climb the official ranks.

Developer's Website.

The GamingSteve League sign up starts here.

TV / Heroes: Season 2 -- Now with even more spoilers!
« on: September 18, 2007, 01:47:10 am »
Season 2 starts next Monday, September 24. 

If you still have questions about last season ask them HERE, this thread is for the new season.

Heroes Homepage.

Spore: General / Game Head: Will Wright talks Spore
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:36:54 am »
I was just flipping through the channels and stumbled over this on Spike TV. 

Will Wright talks Spore.

Important Talking Points:
Cell stage creatures are not shared.

In replaying the game, you can be facing your own earlier creatures as opponents.

They are planning to release the Creature Editor as a FREE internet download to prepollinate their server.

Everything Else / Remembering tragedies. Please tell us your story.
« on: September 11, 2007, 07:51:04 am »
September 11, 2001

It was a rather normal Tuesday, much like the many that had proceeded it.  I awoke groggy and disoriented like I do every morning; sleep apnea being the cause, as opposed to me being an alcoholic or something. 

It was a little after 9 o'clock (CST) and I went through my normal routine, getting ready for work and school.  I had to be at the campus by 10 to be the Chem 101 lab assistant.  My parents had left for work hours earlier and my little brother had his first class at 8.  Who wants to go to class at 8 in the morning is beyond me.  So, basically, I was home alone.

A little before 9:30 I was done with performing my daily bodily functions, bathing, and clothing myself.  I decided eating something might be a good idea.  I poured myself a heaping bowl of honey bunches of oats and plopped myself down in front of the T.V.

Upon turning the T.V. on, I found some strange made for T.V. movie.  The grainy footage was of a smoking skyscraper, garish red letters were declaring that "AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK!", and some woman doing the voice over was crying "Oh, no -- the other tower is going to collapse!"  I watched as what appeared to be stock footage of a building demolition took place.  I watched as the building fell; then I waited for the cut scene to go back to the "newsroom" or maybe the Oval Office.  I wondered who they would have playing the President.  But, they didn't cut away.  They left the cameras on the smoldering pile of rubble.  No one was talking, the voice overs were just mumbling and crying now.  I thought to myself  "This movie sucks," and I changed the channel.

The exact same thing was on.

"Well . . . ****."

« on: August 10, 2007, 12:17:19 am »
I got to see an advance screening of this Thursday.  I thought it was pretty funny.

It has a rather standard teenage-angst plot, but with a lot of notable twists on reality.

If you do not like juvenile, gross-out humor you will hate this movie.

Remember it's rated R for a reason.  They're not kidding with this one.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

(Sidenote:  On my screening pass it said, and I quote, "This Film is Rated R.  No Children Under 6 Will Be Admitted.")   ???
Even with an adult anyone under 15 should probably not be let in.

TV / Human Weapon
« on: July 21, 2007, 12:08:23 am »
This is a new show on the History Channel.

Upcoming Episodes

Blog Summary.
Finally, a reality TV show worth watching: Two guys travel the globe in search of martial-art masters to train with, learn their traditions and secretive ways, and then take what they've supposedly learned to challenge them in an actual fight! I kid you not. Human Weapon premiers Friday, July 20th on The History Channel and sounds like a winner.

Mixed martial arts fighter Jason Chambers will team up with former wrestler and bodyguard Bill Duff as the two men delve into the back alleys and rural villages of faraway exotic lands to find time honored training halls that teach some of the world renowned classical disciplines. In addition to judo and karate, Chambers and Duff will explore the history and legends behind Escrima stick-fighting (Philippines), Savate (France), Krav Maga (Israel), and Pankration (Greece), just to name a few.

Don't forget that each episode concludes with our hosts squaring off against the best from each style. Viewer discretion is probably advised. Enjoy!

TV / The Search For The Next Elvira
« on: June 13, 2007, 10:51:58 pm »

Casting Call

Press Release:
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is searching for an evil handmaiden to assist with her Halloween hosting duties on the Fox Reality Original, “The Search for the Next Elvira” which debuts on Fox Reality, the only all-reality, all the time cable and satellite network on Saturday, October 13th at 9pm PT/ 12am ET. Natural 9 Entertainment (“Reality Remix”, Fox Reality Really Awards”) is producing the series exclusively for Fox Reality.


An open “Casket Call” will be held on Friday, July 13th at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Ca. - hosted by Fox Reality. Instructions for entering through the open Casket Call are posted at

"We are thrilled to hold the “open casket call” at the Queen Mary - a notoriously haunted Los Angeles landmark. All walks of life are welcome to see if they have what it takes to become the next Elvira.“ says Carol Sherman, Executive Producer, Natural 9 Entertainment.

From the hundreds of horrific hopefuls, Elvira will cut the group down to the unlucky thirteen participants, while the others will be told to “Rest in Peace”. Later that same evening, Elvira will be officially crowned with the title “The Queen of Halloween”.

“There are simply too many ghastly engagements for one ‘Mistress of the Dark’ to entertain”, says Elvira. “I am searching for someone to share my tricks with - someone to help spread the Halloween spirit.”

No matter what happens, this will be fun to watch.

PC Games / Quantum Star -- Text based conquer the galaxy game.
« on: February 20, 2007, 02:07:47 am »

Phedorus Phase 3 is now open. The game has not started yet, and is not projected to start until the 23rd of February. If you are interested in the game or wish to play, all you need to do is, create an account here and join the game. Good luck to the players, and may the best win!
The game is paused.  You can join, but you really can't do anything but shop and move.

In the year 2092, one hundred and twenty five years after man's momentus Apollo 11 mission to the moon, the four-member crew of the Starship Excelsior became the first the first humans to travel to another star system. The celebrations and excitement on Earth were intense, to say the least. Wild parties were thrown which taxed the resources of police departments around the world, the media was caught up in a frenzied coverage of the event, politicians praised their own efforts and Jonathon Browning, a nondescript technician at the sprawling SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Arizona received the first communication from an alien species.

The United Nations was aghast at the message. Humanity shared a collective sense of rage and indignation. Far from the over-popularised demand of "Take me to your leader", the message was a polite but obviously threatening warning, advising mankind never to leave the Solar System again or risk war with a technologically advanced alien species. After months of heated debate and political manoeuvring, the reply was broadcast into deep space, a challenging request that the aliens mind their own business and steer clear of humanity's expansion into the galaxy.

The response of the aliens was swift and horribly brutal. A fleet of streamlined starships entered Earth's orbit a few weeks later and without provocation or a hint of warning, proceeded to pound into rubble the proud capital cities of the world powers. The resulting chaos plunged Earth into a new Dark Age.

Economies stalled and crashed, countries descended into mayhem and war, famine was widespread and the situation was exacerbated by the accidental launch of a handful of nuclear missiles from various locations around the globe. Fighting against war, famine, long-forgotten diseases, radioactive hotspots and economic ruin, it took almost ten years for a new order to emerge, one ruled by the iron-fisted influence of the new age Corporations.

Gradually order returned to the world under the control of the Corporations. But a fatal shortage of food and raw resources was the only stumbling block to their domination of the planet. Research into space travel was resurrected. In the New Age economies, private companies and entrepreneurs invested funds into the research and slowly a gradual process of integration and alliances gave birth to the first Clans, great organisations that encompassed Corporations, their allies and entire populations. The dawning of the first Warp Engine Drive, combining old Ion Propulsion Engines with experimental Wormhole technology, acted as a catalyst to speed up the development of spaceships capable of instantaneous interstellar travel.

Earth's orbit became cluttered with dozens of orbiting Manufacturing Stations churning out advanced spacecraft to serve the needs of the Clans. Freighters, Battleships, Harvester ships for mining, Colony ships and single-pilot Fighters were built as well as a host of other exotic starships. Rivalry and competition resulted in spates of sabotage and industrial espionage as the Clans fought for supremacy of the new technologies that were being developed day by day.

In 2123, the first interstellar starships left the Sol system and expanded the reach of the Clans to other star systems. These early exploratory missions were to act as the platform from which to launch an all out assault on the galaxy. Star Systems were mapped and explored for signs of fuel or metals, whether from meteorites or planets. Aliens were encountered but humanity's fleets of advanced spacecraft were able to repel many of the attacks. The alien species were many. New alliances and peace treaties were signed but the aggressiveness and savagery of other extraterrestrial species led to many attacks and raids.

As mankind continued the expansion, rivalry and competition took a further step and fuelled wars and arguments between the Clans. Soon all out war was to ready erupt, Clans allied themselves with others and in time not even the Sol System was safe from attacks and raids by rival Clan members.

The year is now 2126. The Clans and individuals have agreed that this will be the year that humanity will at long last colonise the galaxy. A new age has dawned for mankind, an age of interstellar travel, Clan wars, extraterrestrial races and alien raids, an age of colonisation and exploration, an age of Solar Empires.

One of my friends told me about this game.  It should be starting up again next week. 

It sounds like it will play like a text version of Twilight Imperium. 

I'm going to join once I come up with a screen name appropriate to the setting.

There's less than 10 people signed up so far so it's going to get up close and personal really quickly.

See you there.

There are four people playing.  Three of them have never played before.  This should get interesting.

Everything Else / The Future of Computers.
« on: February 12, 2007, 04:44:46 am »
Just thought you'd like to know.

Intel Builds the Fastest Chip Ever

Intel details research chip capable of more than a TRILLION calculations per second

Intel unveils 80-core "Tera" super processor chip

Edit.  Changed the subject to be a broader topic.

81GHz diamond semiconductor created

Flawless Man-Made Diamonds
Fast processors generate lots of heat. Silicon semiconductors break down at around 250°F, but diamonds can take up to 1,300°. As a result, they can run as fast as 81 gigahertz without elaborate cooling mechanisms (the fastest silicon chips run at about 10).

Laser-Emitting Chips Promise Ultrafast Computers

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