AFK_Weye Update
By Dwip July 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm Comments Off on AFK_Weye Update RSS Feed for this post

Version 2.1 fixes a few problems, including: – Issues with the AddTopic bug; – Issues with the manor alchemy chests; – A bad container in the upper manor. Get it here.


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BF2 SP Packs
By Dwip July 30, 2008 at 4:59 pm Comments Off on BF2 SP Packs RSS Feed for this post

[EDIT – Previous method was a lie. This way really does work though] Because I’m probably going to want to know how to do this again, here is the procedure for making BFSP64, BF2AF64, BF2EF64, and the Unlocks678 mods work with each other. 1. Copy the levels from your BF2EF64 levels dir to your BF2SP64 levels dir. They’ll work, just like that. 2. Copy the levels from your BF2AF64 levels dir to your BF2SP64 levels dir. These won’t work at all yet. 3. Copy booster_server.zip from your BF2AF64 dir to your BF2SP64 dir. 4. Extract all files from booster_server.zip into your BF2SP64 dir. Delete the zip. 5. Move the newly created Vehicles folder from your BF2SP64 dir into Objects_server.zip. Delete […]


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Phone Boothing
By Dwip July 24, 2008 at 7:58 pm Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Despite my general aversion to this sort of thing, but because it’s so utterly me, and because I was encouraged to, let us play a little game. Suppose, for a moment, that you have a phone booth. With this phone booth, you will travel through time, collecting 8 historical figures to help you deliver your oral report on their time periods, and to help review the world of San Dimas, 2008. (And yes, I’m talking about what is now a 20 year old movie. Oi.) In the original film, these 8 were: 1. Napoleon 2. Billy the Kid 3. Socrates 4. Sigmund Freud 5. Beethoven 6. Joan of Arc 7. Genghis Khan 8. Abraham Lincoln Now as for my list, […]


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Quote
By Dwip July 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Now is the time To prove What we know to be true: That we shall conquer all. —The Rememberance (Clan Ghost Bear), Passage 155, Verse 2, Lines 45-48


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Maps of Worldbuilding
By Dwip July 20, 2008 at 8:56 pm Comments Off on Maps of Worldbuilding RSS Feed for this post

A little bit of worldbuilding work, here. Firstly, the map: Click for a larger version. This is the third version of this particular map. The first, which got referenced a couple of times previously in this series, was in the default CC3 bitmap style, which is one that I quite like, actually, but one that just wasn’t cutting it for this particular project for some reason. Went through a lot of ideas after that, including trying to make up a style based on the 3rd Edition Forgotten Realms map (which is probably the best the Realms have ever looked, but trying to match that style…holy crap), before settling on ideas out of the Cartographer’s Annual 2007, one of which was […]


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Declaring Victory Over Memory
By Dwip July 16, 2008 at 7:56 pm Comments Off on Declaring Victory Over Memory RSS Feed for this post

Because I’ve had this song stuck in my head for like 5 years now, but always as music. And then last night I remembered part of the lyrics, and thanks to the Power of Google, I am victorious. On that note, would somebody care to explain to me why my default memory for about 2002-2005 is driving in cars in Corvallis? Because I didn’t think I did all THAT much of it, and I definitely didn’t do a whole lot of driving on Highway 99 out by Bi-Mart (always cut over on Harrison/Van Buren), but sure enough there I am. Wonder why.


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Uphill Both Waysism
By Dwip July 15, 2008 at 10:25 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

Because I’m having about 2 minutes in every 10 of internet connection right now. Which is something I remember pretty well from my days in the 90s of dialup, and also how it took about 9 years to download a megabyte. And, I dunno. Has broadband shortened my patience, here? Were we all just ignorant in 1995, and willing to put up with the repeated attempts to refresh to make things work, the slow speeds, the dropping out, because that’s just how it was, man? Or is that, you know, that sort of thing was ok in 1995, but this isn’t 1995, it’s 2008, and seriously, what the Jesus here people? I’m tempted to go with the latter. Hey, working […]


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Also On That Civ Note
By Dwip July 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

I don’t think I’ve ever shown this one, and I’m not sure anybody but Whir has seen it. So behold, the worst start ever: Remember kids. Highlands does not like you.


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Ponderings On the Great War
By Dwip July 15, 2008 at 1:04 pm Comments Off on Ponderings On the Great War RSS Feed for this post

Because I haven’t really talked Civ for a while, and I just played a pretty epic game. Every so often, you have this desire, when playing world maps, to conquer the world. This is the unquestionable natural order of things. The world is there, we desire to conquer it and bend it to our wills, preferably while killing several million of its other digital inhabitants. I had not previously done this, preferring to win instead by space or culture or what have you, becase do you know how much land you need to conquer to go from this: To the winning 51% land? Quite a lot, as it turns out: During the not quite 5,000 years it took to do […]


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More Civil War
By Dwip July 9, 2008 at 4:28 pm Comments Off on More Civil War RSS Feed for this post

Since I was thinking about this earlier, a little bit more blathering on The Civil War. Which is going to be mostly YouTube clips of the thing, hitting what I think are some of the emotional high points, starting with: This clip from Episode 1, which lays out the basis for the thing about as well as anything can, I suppose, or at least gives you enough graphic reason to convince you that slavery is a bad, bad thing. As to these next three, the first 1.5 are the bittersweet ending, and the second 1.5 cover Lincoln’s assassination, a topic I will return to in a moment. This clip from the end of Episode 1, which contains a letter you […]


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Quote
By Dwip July 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm Comments Off on Quote RSS Feed for this post

Tall ships and tall kings three times three what brought they from the foundered land over the flowing sea? Seven stars and seven stones and one white tree. —J.R.R. Tolkein


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Uneditable
By Dwip July 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

In that continued saga of looking at the possibility of editing for various games, let us take a brief glimpse at Civilization IV’s editor. A very brief glance, since, so far as I can tell, the editor that has been provided with the game may as well not actually exist. It turns out that, for something like half of the editing I do, which is random civs in specific spots on a specific map, it turns out that the easiest, most efficient way to make any changes I have is to open the file in Notepad and edit a bunch of random things that look like this: BeginPlot x=19,y=49 BonusType=BONUS_GOLD FeatureType=FEATURE_FOREST, FeatureVariety=0 TerrainType=TERRAIN_PLAINS PlotType=1 EndPlot Deriving the proper X and […]


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Happy Patriotic Explosives Day
By Dwip July 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm Comments Off on Happy Patriotic Explosives Day RSS Feed for this post

As fireworks are called in some parts. In honor of the thing, two versions of a quote, and a little blather. As is my wont from time to time, I’m rewatching that immortal Ken Burns epic, The Civil War. I’ve talked about this series before, and last year at this time, no less, and others have said a lot about it too. And I could say lots more about it, like how the first episode is perhaps the finest piece of documentary filmmaking ever done, but instead I’ll just say this: For the last 15 years or so, I’ve had The Battle Cry of Freedom stuck in my head. It’s my default humming music. Now, as to the quote: “Whence […]


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