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Everything Else / Ventrilo
« on: July 26, 2008, 02:24:54 pm »
The Unofficial Gaming Steve Ventrilo:

Code: [Select]
Host Name/IP Address:
Port:                 3784
No Password

There is a maximum of eight slots, and the server will remain up as close as possible to 24/7.

Post is edited to stay up-to-date.

EDIT: Discontinued due to lack of interest and activity.

So, I may have found a free online voice chat thing that requires no downloading or needing people to host it or setting stuff up and it will be there forever regardless of whether or not anybody is in the room I think...which from what I can tell solves a lot of problems that people were having with Ventrilo...
And I may have set up a chatroom for the site.

And I may be currently waiting there right now.

If you have a camera attached to your computer, don't click "broadcast now" until you've hovered over the little camera icon above the chat box, clicked select your camera and then clicked microphone only. Otherwise it will show video as well. (I mean there's not really anything wrong with that, but I imagine there are people on here who are comfortable with talking but not so much with sharing their image and I wouldn't want them to accidently put their face onscreen if they choose not to.) Otherwise just click "Broadcast Now" and you should be set.

Everything Else / London to Edinburgh on £8.50 of Fuel
« on: July 15, 2008, 05:18:32 pm »

Click the picture for the story.

This thing can run one hundred kilometers on just one liter of petrol, and is made of streamlined material.

And just look at the beauty of the thing!

Now my question. In the short term, would you rather have an electric car, a hybrid, or one with incredible fuel efficiency?

This is in the short term, meaning the next few years.

PC Games / Multiplayer PC Game Arranging Thread
« on: July 14, 2008, 03:16:45 pm »
There's a thread for Civilization IV with similar purpose, but I thought it would be best that all other games go in one thread, seeing as no other gets as much traffic. The main games I have in mind are those by Paradox Entertainment/Interactive, or even more specifically Europa Universalis III, and maybe Europa Universalis: Rome.

By the nature of the game, there can be oodles of players. In Western Europe alone, there are five major countries at the beginning. Germany is broken down into many little states, as are Italy and India. You an play any nation at all.

And this game encompasses the entire planet!

If anyone has the game, preferably with the expansions, or is considering it, please do so!

Gunner and I have already played a game, and it works like a charm.

If there are any other strategy games that people have in mind for online play, like, say, Warcraft III or an Age of Empires, that would be great too.

Everything Else / ANWR Drilling
« on: June 30, 2008, 01:14:11 pm »
I've been thinking recently, and my knowledge on this issue isn't up to par. I don't like that.

Forgive me Europeans, for this isn't incredibly relevant to you.

Glancing over the wikipedia article, I fall into the opposition, though that it most likely due to some sort of bias. I really can't see a seventy-five cent decrease putting a dent in crude oil prices and tribes in Alaska are staunchly against it. Are we not done with American natives yet?

Spore: Roleplaying and Story Games / [NG]The Maker's Will
« on: April 11, 2008, 08:12:25 pm »
The wind swept across the open field, whistling in the low white strands of groundcover. The sun was low in the sky, a small red circle hovering just over the horizon. Somewhere off in the distance, a quiet echoing was heard. First one pitch, then a different one, each made with careful enunciation, as if being listed. They ended, and the final pitch echoed only for a moment, when a new red light began to glow that had no connection with the planetís sun. The groundcover rippled away from the direction of the rising star, a trail of cloud left in its wake. A moment passed, and the deep rumble of the rocket shook the calm fieldís air. It continued onward and upward. It left the planetary cradle.

Several hundred cycles later, the Serthuk Array began to transmit a long range laser signal into deep space.

//All others in the makerís heavens, we speak to you with joyous souls. To learn from each other is our dearest wish, for as the maker disseminated people across all of existence, so we all share that bond and must know that there are others among us. Come, we welcome you with ready basket to join us in reverence.

Maker of the heavens and giver of life, who places before us our birthplace and right, hear us now and look upon your people, for we have done as you would have us do. All in existence will know your glory when we are once again united, as it was in the beginning.

Spore: Creation Corner / [NG] The Ebame
« on: April 11, 2008, 07:35:44 pm »

Substitute sketch until Flisch makes the final version. All praise to Flisch.

Spiritual, Gentle

Theocracy With Democratic Tendencies

Biology: The Ebame are a herbivorous species that stand slightly over two meters. They have five slender appendages that end in smooth, flattened pads of skin that they use to stand; two of the appendages are in motion when walking. These are jointed twice, about one third the way down and one third after that; the joints have a pivot motion and are not restricted to one direction. A thick mane of protective protein strands hangs partway down their lower appendages, and is usually a color somewhere between pale yellow and white.
     Their body is slightly longer than it is wide, and is topped by a small hump, the lower appendeges entering the body along the lower sides, as opposed to the bottom. Along this hump are three tusk-like tubes that are about 1/3 meter long and run from the front to the back of the hump on the top and each side. Their backs sink into the flesh of the species but the fronts are open circles. The Ebame force air through these pipes to create a variety of sounds which they use to communicate, and have a very wide range of frequencies. Along the sides of the hump, which is not covered in the aforementioned mane, is a strip of light sensitive flesh that wraps in a panoramic fashion. Though not providing actual sight, it alerts the Ebame to rapid movement and therefore predators.
     With its base at the front of the Ebame body, just below the hump, a 2/3 meter neck ends in a circular orifice lined with concentric circles of bones set in strong muscle, used to break down food before it enters the digestive tract. The neck is topped by two pivoting eyes that can stretch up to three centimeters from their sockets and look in 270 degrees to the front of the Ebame. The mane extends halfway along the neck.
     Along the neck are two additional limbs, on either side, with only one central joint. At the end of these, three independent digits, about seven centimeters long each, are connected loosely by webbing. The back of the Ebame body is the hardest part, with an inner bony structure doubling as a shield and a counterbalance to the neck.

Home World: The Ebame home planet, Ugoza (Place of Creation), is about four fifths Earth's size, and circles a red dwarf star along the inner region of the narrow Goldilocks zone. Sixty percent of the planet's surface is liquid water, though the atmospheric conditions can reduce this up to five percents in a matter of decades, as massive underground lakes and rivers course along the lush equatorial region. The northern pole of the planet is off the coast of a large island, and experiences minor ice drifts for most of the year. The southern pole is a good distance from land and has a large area of glacier that grows and shrinks throughout the year. The zones that would be considered Temperate by Earth standards exist within a few hundred miles of the polar regions.

Religion: The vast majority of the Ebame believe in a single deity, Jaugo (Father Maker), whose soul inhabits the center of all stars. At the beginning of time, he came into creation alongside his many children, and for a time they all lived in glory and amazement at the existence they inhabited. It was not long, though, before his children began to spread and explore too far.
     It was then, at one time, that Jaugo called for his children to come back to him, but only one child, Oza, returned to him; the others had been lost. Jaugo then commanded Oza that one day he must reunite his siblings. Jaugo had to ensure that the children wandered no farther, so he then commanded the universe to bind them all in place where he may watch them, tearing his soul into countless pieces and creating stars, ever watching the children who had become lightless stars around them. Oza is the child who became Ugoza, and his soul became the Ebame people. It is their divine task to reunite all of Jaugo's children.

Government: The most curious detail of Ebame government is that, unlike almost all other space faring species, their planet is not united under a single central government. The only truly uniting factor is the Serath-Rugoza, or Planetary Council of Interpretations. It is a council of theologians and scientists from all parts of the planet that control a portion of the economy of each nation-state. Through a directed bureaucracy they use this to achieve their eternal mission, as mandated by Jaugo. Projects they have undergone include the design of interplanetary gates and research into quantum tunneling, the creation of powerful radio and quantum transmitters (assisted by certain states with relevant interests), and exploration vessels (same as the aforementioned).
     The Serath-Rugoza also serves as a forum of peacekeeping and the addressing of world problems, within its lower chambers. Representatives accorded by population are granted a vote in the global assembly, which sets the standard for international law, but does not have complete authority over the will of most nation states. An accord has been signed by most states though, that forbids any warfare not condoned by the council, and that the council may represent the planet's people should a fellow child of Jaugo be contacted.
     The most common form of government within the nation states is a multichambered representative body in which theologians are elected to one branch and laypeople to the other.

Spore: Roleplaying and Story Games / A Suntus Transmission
« on: February 24, 2008, 06:01:30 pm »
In the Suntus year 21785T, the first radio construct was created.

The nations of the planet were in turmoil over the divinity of the stars.

The first message was a plea unto them, asking for a response in the melodic Suntus voice.

//Is someone there?
We'd like to know.
If you are there,
Please tell us so.

We come in peace,
And you will find,
In loving friendship,
We will bind.

Suntus is,
Our given name,
And if none hear this;
A horrid shame.

So when you find this,
Plead to stars,
Free us from,
Our planet's bars.//

A century later, the transmission began being received by the advanced species.

What became of this forlorn species?

Storytelling and Roleplaying / The Galactic Mission
« on: February 03, 2008, 11:04:20 am »

The date is January 1st, 2226 CE. The TFS Santa Maria has just launched out of Terran orbit, and is prepared to begin the human exploration of the galaxy. The crew of this ship is not alone. A convoy of colonists is eager to leave Earth and travel to distant corners of the universe. As the ruling Federalist Party, we must now determine the path that humanity will take.

Mission Log: TFS Santa Maria, Acting Captain
We've finally gotten out here, and it's about damn time. The Federal Command hasn't got much of a clue what we're going to do yet, though. There are a few things they're debating. With this new hyperdrive installed, much more is within our grasp. At heading 0 [North] there's some sort of anomoly that they want checked out. Likely an old spacecraft or the like. At heading 90 and 270 [East and West] there's clusters of star systems that many lobbyists are eager to have explored for future colonization. At heading 180 [South] they've detected a large asteroid field; that means there are rocky planets down there like Earth. There's also a bunch of colonists on their way to Mars. If Command recalls them to send off to a different system, so be it, but they would need to be quite vocal to stop them this late. Whatever they choose, I'm eager to get out there.

Reid Tckaiskov

Research: Xeno Research
Planets: 1

Everything Else / Ancient Civilization on The Moon. Wait, what?
« on: November 01, 2007, 03:52:59 pm »

Apparently a bunch of low-res pictures by aging astronauts inform us that there was evidence of an ancient civilization on the moon.

Movies / Final Destination
« on: October 25, 2007, 04:23:59 pm »
There's nothing else on and I saw this, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I usually don't like horror movies though, so its anyone's bet how long until I get squeemish and turn it off.

PC Games / Paradox Games
« on: September 09, 2007, 05:18:49 pm »
Europa Universalis 1 & 2 & 3
Crusader Kings
Hearts of Iron 1 & 2

This is the king company of all strategy games.

I like Europa Universalis 2 & 3, and Victoria the most.

Anyone like these too?

Everything Else / Worlds First Commercial Spaceport
« on: September 04, 2007, 12:45:12 pm »

Some pictures were released, looks pretty neat. Can't wait to stop there on my way to Mars.

Hope this hasn't been posted before like my last topic  :-[

Spore: Creation Corner / Creature Making Resources
« on: September 02, 2007, 02:38:56 pm »
Comprehensive Civilization PDF
Dark Grievi's Classifications List
Fanfic Scales [Relative Sizes]

    Creating Your Creature
      Creating Their Planet
        Architecture & Ships
          Creating Their Culture
            Home Planet
            • Name
            • Map & Picture
            • Average Temperature
            • Distance From Star
            • Rotation Period
            • Revolution Period
              • Ship Picture
              • Architecture Example
              • Creature Picture
                • Monotheism
                • Polytheism
                • Technotheism
                • Astrotheism
                  Basic Biology
                  • Breathing Method
                  • Eating Method
                  • Senses
                  • Locomotion
                  • Limb Use
                    • Method of Communication
                    • Writing System
                    • Alphabet
                    Government Types

                    Pretty much, on research of my own, I broke down gov types to these:

                    Mobarchic (Rule by mob) NOT YET TRIED
                    Capitalist (Private enterprise provides for everything) NOT YET TRIED
                    Communist (Rule by unions) NOT YET TRIED

                    Despostic (Leader is a dictator/despot - NOT HEREDITARY) ROMAN EMPIRE AFTER CAESAR
                    Monarchic (Leader is a king - HEREDITARY) OLD ENGLISH EMPIRE

                    Aristocratic (Elite family groups control government.  HEREDITARY) ENGISH HOUSE OF LORDS
                    Plutocratic  (Elite group determined by social standing) NOT YET TRIED
                    Timocratic  (Elite group determined by money) NOT YET TRIED

                    Representative (People vote for representatives to make laws) AMERICA
                    Direct (People vote on laws directly) SWITZERLAND
                    Monarchic (Ceremonial king/queen) MODERN ENGLAND

                    Ecclesiocracegatic (Rule by Church or anologous religious leader) JESUS AND HIS FOLLOWERS BEFORE HIS DEATH
                    Caesaropapic (Rule by those who claim to rule for their church) THE VATICAN

                    Everything Else / Flash Games
                    « on: August 19, 2007, 03:13:53 pm »
                    Does this belong in PC Games?  ???

                    I did a quick search and didn't find a topic specifically for them. Please correct me if there is one.

                    I just Stumbled this one and think it's very good:

                    Some sort of Ninja-flying-through-forest-jumping-off-branches thing.

                    Everything Else / The Language Game
                    « on: July 29, 2007, 08:05:04 am »
                    The Language Game


                    Right now I'm stuck on round six. "Ur choke efeve" doesn't seem to mean "The dog hears the key."

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