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Topic: A Cold Day in Hell Q&A
Subject: great news!


HVAC is a good field. And less than $4k to pay back for an education is WORTH IT.

And yes, I agree with your picks for guard duty - I was hoping you'd leave the inactives behind.


Posted on 2008-02-15 at 15:12:03.
Edited on 2008-02-15 at 15:19:51 by t_catt11

Topic: Sojourn in Middle Earth
Subject: well...


I enjoyed his little wargame blog... feel free to post your own!

Posted on 2008-02-14 at 17:23:14.

Topic: Happy Valentine's Day!!
Subject: hrm


Maybe not traditional romance to everyone, but a couple years back, my wife gave me a baseball glove for my birthday... inside of the glove were tickets to a Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley Field. Being a lifetime Cubs fan (who lived in Alabama, not Illinois), that was a huge gesture.


Posted on 2008-02-14 at 17:09:53.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell Q&A
Subject: heck, yeah!


If you can better yourself, DO IT. Good luck, my friend.

Posted on 2008-02-14 at 16:54:03.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell Q&A
Subject: okay


Well, as soon as I know who is staying behind, and what the marching order is, I'll post the next disast...er...development in this story.

Posted on 2008-02-14 at 16:36:01.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell Q&A
Subject: hehe


Aw, c'mon... "Let;s split up and search for clues!" Make sure to go into dark, scary places alone.

I think the looey is concerned that these two might shoot you in the back if somebody doesn't keep an eye on 'em. Besides, you guys felt pretty good about two four man fire teams; now, you have a big six man team with a two man reserve.

Or something.

Posted on 2008-02-14 at 16:29:31.

Topic: The Official Red Dragon Inn Name Generator thread
Subject: gender


I realized I had left out one important piece - gender. Given names can now be specified as male, female, or either.

I have given this option for surnames, as well, though surnames are generic among almost all cultures. However, a few are not... "Garnsdatter" and "Graelsson", for instance, in a viking-esque naming system.



Posted on 2008-02-14 at 15:16:02.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell Q&A
Subject: fine...


Well, looking at the situation again, your coldgear will certainly do the job... so disregard that silliness by me.

And yes, you could theoretically retreat through the ceiling. By the looks of things, the observatory has not been used in some time, but you should be able to open the ceiling... and if nothing else, toss a rope up to climb.



Posted on 2008-02-14 at 14:21:09.
Edited on 2008-02-14 at 14:23:45 by t_catt11

Topic: A Literary Review Thread
Subject: great idea!


When we were on vacation, I picked up a book that I normally would have left on the shelf - The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell. This one is historical fiction, a genre I wasn't overly familiar with.

It is the story of Uhtred, the son of a minor noble, set against the late 9th century in England. This is the first book of a series written to give us insight into Alfred the Great, and features some truly outstaning writing. I particularly enjoyed the depictions of the Norse invaders, and of life among them.

I cannot recommend this book enough!

Posted on 2008-02-13 at 20:19:04.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell Q&A
Subject: a teensy bit more detail needed...


The looey wants to stay in the presumably defendable observatory. The plan is to post two guards to stay with the station troops while th rest of you explore. I have pointed out that it is cold here, due to the uninsulated roof; not deathly cold, per se, but you'll have to take measures to keep warm.

Kane is against staying here, feeling that the defensibility could mean a deathtrap.

I need to know if you are indeed going to use the observatory as your base of operations, and who you wish to post to guard duty. A revised marching order would be nice, as well, but I can whip something up if you prefer.



Posted on 2008-02-13 at 19:31:46.

Topic: The Official Red Dragon Inn Name Generator thread
Subject: cultures


I agree 100% regarding cultures. If this feature of the site turns out to be appreciated, we'll end up with quite a few various modules.

Posted on 2008-02-13 at 15:59:31.

Topic: The Official Red Dragon Inn Name Generator thread
Subject: here's a start


Here are the principles I'm going to work with. Please, by all means, comment and criticize!

All names will be organized first by race. If you are generating a khord (dwarf) name, you will not want sylvari (elf) names.

I see the input interface as being a tad tricky; to start with (and possibly forever), I will limit access to this portion of the tool.

Names will be divided by given (first) names and surnames (last names). When you enter a name, you'll need to let the system know which you are entering.

A name will consist of x number of syllables that the user will define. A name may optionally use a prefix and/or suffix, as well.

The system will save the name as a whole, flagging it as using a prefix and/or suffix, as well as a count of the other sylables used.


Now, when a regular user asks the system to generate a name, the following things happen.

1. The system decides how long the name should be, by looking at the syllable counts of the names in the database. If 50% of the names have two syllabes, 20% have three, and 30% have one, you have a 50% chance of getting a two syllable name, and so on. The chances of getting a name with a prefix or suffix are similar (syllable counts will still be enforced).

2. Syllables (and, if needed, prefix and/or suffix) are chosen at random and assembled into a name.


If we go by Alacrity's given examples, first names use no prefix or suffix; they are simply single syllables, for the purposes of the name generator. Likewise, to make it work like he has illustrated, all surnames will need to be entered as a prefix and suffix, but will have no other syllables.

So, you'd get a random syllable for first name, followed by a randomly assembled prefix and suffix for a last name.

I expect a lot of growing pains before this works right... but maybe I'll be happily mistaken. I do know that great care will be needed in the setup to ensure that we get "good" names back.



Posted on 2008-02-13 at 15:28:29.

Topic: Apologies
Subject: well...


...hang in there, dude. Hope to have you back soon!

Posted on 2008-02-12 at 20:23:26.

Topic: yet another movie thread...
Subject: one more point...


...and I'll try to hush.

I'm not saying people should not see this movie or read these books. I think that if the author hadn't made some of the very pointed quotes he has made over the years, this would be a nonissue. After all, I run D&D games in a world without the Christian God; instead, we have a pantheon of deities. I don't see a problem with that - it is fantasy, as is Pullman's work.

All I'm saying is that I don't see anything inherently wrong with boycotting something, and that I do see why the boycott was made an issue.


Posted on 2008-02-12 at 20:05:01.

Topic: yet another movie thread...
Subject: well...


...I agree with your points, except for one thing: why is a boycott bad?

It's not as if there was a governmental or other regulatory ban on the movie. Several religious groups got together and said "hey, we don't agree with this guy's clearly stated motives for this series. We think that if you are a Christian, you shouldn't go see it."

People were still free to make up their own minds.


Let's say somebody wrote an anti-D&D book, and for some reason, a movie got made of it. I'd probably say "hey, don't support the movie"; I could see a boycott of such a thing from our site. Does that mean we would be quashing freedom of ideas?

You might decide that you wanted to see the movie, and make a decision for yourself after the fact. I might decide that I didn't want someone profiting from anti D&D propoganda. Would either of us be wrong?


Now, my illustration is clearly hypothetical - such a thing will never happen (because they wouldn't sanitize that script like they did the Golden Compass). But I think the point remains. I don't see the harm in like-minded people banding together to financially disagree with something they disagree with on other levels.

Heh... maybe I just turned this into a forum it shouldn't have been.

Posted on 2008-02-12 at 19:58:39.

Topic: yet another movie thread...
Subject: musings...


Regarding the Golden Compass controversy - Pullman (the author of the books that the movie was based on) is on record as stating that he is "trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief". That's where your outcry comes from - that, and a few other really choice quotes.

However, my understanding is that the studio really sanitized the script to make it palatable for the masses.



I'm wondering, did anyone see Untraceable? My wife wanted to see it, but I just couldn't stand the idea. It could just be advertising, but these two lines just made me want to retch every time they came on the TV:

"...this website is untraceable!" Gasp! We can't figure out where the website is! I guess they are using MAGIC to send us this collection of text and images across the internet. Since, you know, the site is untraceable, I guess my computer doesn't know what computer to ask for the information.

"He's on my wireless network!" Okay, lady. This means that the guy is either (a) in your house, or (b) parked somewhere within, say, a hundred feet or so of your wireless router. This would probably concern me MORE than the fact that he's apparently leeching off of your internet connection.

Oh, and by the way, how exactly do you KNOW that he's on your wireless network? Do you have some sort of cool firewall set up that alerts you anytime someone else logs on to your network... yet you don't have the sense to put a decent password on it?


Sorry about the rant. I simply despise the technology references in most movies. "Hmm... the audience is so stupid, we'll just make crap up and pass it off as computerspeak." Just call it magic and be done with it, already!

"The dinosaurs have escaped, and we're locked out of the system by Newman from Seinfeld! Aaargh! Good thing we can just reboot the computer - that makes password problems go away!" ...Jurassic Park

"Hold on, let me download the entire database of top secret stuff onto this floppy disk. It'll be done soon... see? It has a neato progress bar, complete with graphics and sound!" ...half the computer-referencing suspense movies ever made

"You need me to hack into the network? First, you'll have to drive me to the mainframe. Then, I'll need your Hello Kitty phone, some duct tape, and a iPod. Or something." ...Firewall


Kill me now!


Posted on 2008-02-12 at 18:11:35.
Edited on 2008-02-12 at 18:14:21 by t_catt11

Topic: Vote for the Inn
Subject: whoa!


I don't think we've ever gained a spot so late in the rating period! Woot!

Keep voting.

Posted on 2008-02-11 at 16:25:35.

Topic: Chat?
Subject: true, that!


If you want chat to be full, you have to chat. Kind of a chicken and egg type thing.


Posted on 2008-02-11 at 14:29:55.

Topic: Birthday Wishes
Subject: hehe


**in faux Elvis voice** Thank you... thank you very much.


Posted on 2008-02-11 at 14:28:32.

Topic: Will you survive the coming zombie apocalypse?
Subject: Will you survive the coming zombie apocalypse?


74%



Take the test and see what you're made of. My willingness to risk my life to save my family badly hurt my score.

Posted on 2008-02-08 at 18:03:46.

Topic: Suggest tools for the Inn!
Subject: easy enough


The summoned monster thing would be even easier, I'd think.


Posted on 2008-02-08 at 14:13:18.

Topic: Scion: Holy Roads - interest check
Subject: holy cow!!!


You did that on The Movies? As in the game where you start off with silent, black and white movies, and build your studio over the years? Color me IMPRESSED!



Posted on 2008-02-07 at 22:49:46.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell Q&A
Subject: okay, then


The two new guys have agreed to not shoot the lieutenant. Let me know how you guys wanna proceed.


Posted on 2008-02-07 at 22:31:50.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell
Subject: fine.


May 9th, 2025 - 0101
Observatory, Antarctic Research Facility 36, Antarctica

Fields grins a bit at Kernan's commentary on Army cuisine. "All right, ell-tee - you're right, we could use some shut eye without worrying about taking every other watch. And neither me nor Carter is gonna comnplain if you can out us on the next bird headed anywhere but this Godforsaken place."

The corporal glances at his companion, who slowly lowers his weapon. The two frazzled soldiers follow the lieutenant on out into the hallway. At the doorway, they pause, and Fields addresses Hart. "Sorry about that," he states flatly, indicating the flesh wound the ranger sustained in the original encounter. "If you'd seen what we have, you'd understand."



Posted on 2008-02-07 at 22:30:50.
Edited on 2008-02-07 at 22:36:32 by t_catt11

Topic: Suggest tools for the Inn!
Subject: converting results to an image


Wyrmsting, PHP would allow us to do something like that; the GD library will allow us to create PNG images on the fly. You won't be able to do so in HTML (no logic or proceedures in HTML, only structure) or in Javascript (no access to the server, javascript only rund in the user's browser).

I'm sure other server-side scripting langues (perl, ASP) would also make it possible.

I'm thinking that a solution for the Inn would be to let the dice roller know which thread you'd like your rolls posted to, and the system could post them on your behalf. That way, you could see them, but only moderators could edit the messages.



Posted on 2008-02-07 at 22:22:31.
Edited on 2008-02-07 at 22:23:12 by t_catt11

 
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