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PC Games / Re: Fallout 3?
« on: November 11, 2008, 01:56:20 am »
It's scaled, but not as heavily as Oblivion was, and more stuff is fixed. In the places where you find wasteland raiders, they're always of a roughly similar power level, but in some places (the DC ruins for example) you'll meet tougher examples of super mutants or whatever.

Did you just blow through the main quest? It's pretty short - if you're not open to exploration and letting yourself be distracted by shiny things and places you just bump into on the map, you'll miss out on pretty much everything.

PC Games / Re: Fallout 3?
« on: November 06, 2008, 07:27:37 am »
I am not sure why there is a need for a cap however. But to tell the truth. I am no longer a bit SPECIAL fan. Some of it is good but i would make it more a point by system rather then level based system.

It's funny you should say that - the original Fallout was initially planned to be based on the GURPS tabletop roleplaying system, which is heavily point-based.

Atrellis Xejir, by now, had reached and entered the GPA headquarters, and wasclustered with his delegation around a large table (though eschewing the use of the seating provided). He gazed around at the slowly growing assemblage of strangely shaped beings, and mused aloud into a slim recording device held in one hand while the Crokes panicked in the background.

"Proposal: legislation requiring that all craft transporting dangerous lifeforms have secure storage at least meeting XS33789/Q/BBF or similar technical standard... to prevent disruption to commerce and administration."

PC Games / Re: Fallout 3?
« on: October 18, 2008, 03:05:04 pm »
I got the impression that the only Fallout 3 that would satisfy the good folk of NMA would be Fallout 2 with all the 2s replaced with 3..

Spore: General / Re: First REAL expansion: Space expansion
« on: October 14, 2008, 01:42:47 pm »
If I don't get the parts pack, how will creatures with the new parts appear to me? Or will they just not be downloaded?

Er... obviously no-one really knows yet, I'm just wondering out loud. Out text. Whatever.

// Greetings on behalf of the Xajorkithian Uniform Steering Committee. It is the unanimous consensus of our council that Xajorkis should play a role in this nascent security organisation, to complement and augment our partnership in the similarly newly-formed trading bloc. Our council would like to put forward Artrellis Xejir for the executive role of Chief in regards to Legal Matters. Councillor Xejir lately held the post of Lead Examiner of the Xajorkithian Standards and Compliance Directorate, our legislative and law enforcement body, experience which should fit him well for his proposed role. We have a craft en-route bearing a small delegation headed by Councillor Xejir to your location.

Spore: General / Re: How do expansions work?
« on: October 13, 2008, 06:13:26 pm »
Yeah, you basically install it on top of the existing installation of the original game. It's like a patch, but expensive  ;D

Books / Re: The worst book you've ever read
« on: October 13, 2008, 06:05:08 pm »
The book I probably enjoyed the least while still finishing it was Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men. It's basically a future history (starting in the 1930s or something - well, it was the future for when the book was written) of the human race and its descendants. Sounded like a cool premise, but.. it's so dry, it's like reading a particularly uninspiring history textbook.

The books that annoyed me the most despite being quite good in most respects are from Neil Asher's sci-fi series about the Polity, an interplanetary government administered by a series of superintelligent AIs. Interesting ideas and some good explorations of weird issues, but with an annoying tendency. It's not rare for books to have a snippet of an in-fiction text at the beginning of their chapters; a lot of said texts in these books run along the lines of

If you don't support the death penalty you're a coward who fears personal responsibility. - Jeff McGuyface

I don't mind a story making a case for a political viewpoint in general - but it has to be a little more subtle than an inter-chapter heading just calling me a whiny commie loser. And I will not be lectured on personal responsibility by a person who thinks the best way forward for humanity is to cede all power to a cadre of thinking machines..

Spore: General / Re: First REAL expansion: Space expansion
« on: October 13, 2008, 03:59:47 pm »
Sounds cool.. hopefully there'll be some more detailed (i.e more than a single paragraph) information about it soon...


The creepy stuff will probably be great for giger-esque [okay, maybe not THAT creepy] realism.

Giger-esque realism? I've not seen anything like Giger's work in nature, and I hope never to do so... Brrrrr.... :p

"The Xajorkithian Uniform Steering Committee's budget contains an annual designation of 0.035% of gross national product for foreign aid. As there have been no foreign nations on Xajorkis since the Unification, we have a significant amount stored in abeyance for this purpose, and would be willing to distribute it 50-50 between Kalal and the Suparans. Further investment can be provided, either as a loan or at super-market-rate purchase of stock."

"We suggest the appointment of a board of directors, of proven competence, to oversee the investments of the loaned capital, and ensure that is is most effectively put to use restoring these stricken economies."

"With respect to the esteemed Mon-Krai delegate," a Xajorkithian representative began in an obsequious tone, "We were not led to understand that the Confederation would be undertaking colonisation efforts in its own name. Would you be able to elaborate as to what you feel the role of the Colonization department entails?"

The Xajorkithian delegation were conferring among themselves.

"We need to get a toe on the ramp here," was the general consensus.

The metallic-blue Xajorkithian who spoke earlier clicked his mandibles loudly into the PA system (the ratcheting sound his peoples' manner of beginning a speech) and spoke.

"The success of any trading alliance pivots on the quality of its trade goods. Poor quality items would reflect poorly on all members of this confederation. It's essential that we build a reputation for producing well-crafted, dependable items. To this end, we suggest the establishment of a body to be responsible for defining standards of production, and monitoring and enforcing compliance to said standards. Furthermore, we believe that our experience means that we are singularly well-placed to administer such a body."

"On the subject of security provision," a metallic-blue Xajorkithian with a thin crest muttered, "What about the protection of trade routes from pirates? A shared force might be more efficient than everyone just staffing their own guards.."

Another member of the Xajorkithian delegation chimed in, eager to take advantage of a half-second lull in the discussion: "We'd be interested in a mechanism for formalising technology exchange. A patent system, or production licensing.. there's a number of options. This will be especially important for any collaborative research we may undertake.."

The Xajorkithian craft fell into formation as they approached the landing pad. The main reason for this was to facilitate secure narrow-beam communications between the two halves of the delegation, and the reason for this was to allow the inevitable flurry of bickering to take place. Now that it was established that both halves of the delegation had survived the perilous FTL jump, it was essential to work out just who was in charge of handing out the boiled sweets while the spacecraft were taking off, and other essential duties.

Thankfully, this process was wrapped up with remarkable swiftness. By the time the Xajorkithians had scurried out of their craft and assembled in a rather pleasing fan formation on the landing pad's walkway, everything was settled. Xerut accepted the escort on behalf of the delegation, and the whole group scuttled towards the main trade floor. Some of them had the annoying tendency of walking up corridor walls and scurrying along perpendicular to their escorts, but other than that they arrived in the conference chamber without incident, and quickly got down to the serious business of boggling at the assembled species.

Wow, thought Xerut as she approached a Kratair whom she hoped looked sufficiently important. These guys are tall...

"Precision and fastidiousness upon this facility," she began, a traditional greeting from the tradition of The Standard. "I can't begin to express how excited we all are to make connections like this in the galactic community."

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