On the Quirks of Level Scaling As Applied to Loot
By Dwip September 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

But first, here is an awesome picture of an Oblivion tower: So, ok. I’m about level 20 or so at this point, and I’m running around this one dungeon in Lost Spires where there’s…actually I’m not quite sure, but let’s say it’s a LOT of bandits. And since it’s level 20, they’ve got some stuff. How much stuff? About this much stuff: That’s (and yes I am crazy enough to calc all this) 2,194.1 lbs of gear, which ended up earning me 83,540 gold, 4 mercantile increases, and took 7 trips to haul in. Among other things, there are 2 full suits of daedric in there, something like 7 mostly complete suits of glass, a mostly complete suit of orcish, […]


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On Dragon Cape Making
By Dwip September 28, 2009 at 3:47 am Comments Off on On Dragon Cape Making RSS Feed for this post

Because I was just talking to Samson about this and because I’d really rather not forget, let’s talk briefly about how I went about recoloring that cape. Basically I followed the tutorial here with some subtle differences. Basically, the sequence was this: First, I fired up GIMP and loaded up the pre-existing cape texture, which was one .dds file that covered both sides of the cape. I only wanted to recolor the outer part and not the gold border (which was part of the original image), so I cut that part out and pasted it as its own image and put the stock texture away for the moment. Then, in the bit I cut out, I went and did layer/color/desaturate, […]


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Widescreen Shiny
By Dwip September 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm Comments Off on Widescreen Shiny RSS Feed for this post

I’ve been meaning to do this since my new monitor got here, but you want to know about how awesome my new monitor is with Oblivion? Well, I’ll show you, but first, a note on characters: This is Astarius. Male Imperial, currently about level 15. Heavy armor blades fighter with a bit of restoration and alteration as well as block, athletics, and mercantile. He’s ok. He got even better after I gave him a dai-katana with 20 frost damage on hit, but he’s ok. He’s also sporting the effects of a plugin I made for myself to give out effective Blades eq at higher levels. Stock graphics and all, but it’s nice, since Blades gear is styling. However, do you […]


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Giant Anniversary Rock
By Dwip September 25, 2009 at 7:33 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Not actually what you may think, although if you guessed that Sarah’s and my second anniversary was a short time ago, you would be correct. As to the giant part and the rock part, it was decided that, in honor of the occasion and since we first met in person for the purpose of seeing U2 on tour in 2005, we ought to go see them on tour in 2009, because really why wouldn’t you do this. And by decided, I mean that it went about like this: Her: U2 is totally playing at Giants Stadium! We are going! Me: I guess I could fight you about this, but why, really? So we hopped the train out there, which is […]


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Random 4e Ponderance
By Dwip September 21, 2009 at 1:49 am Comments Off on Random 4e Ponderance RSS Feed for this post

So we just had this combat in 4e. Probably the biggest thing we ever ran. On the one side: 5 PCs 1 Hobgoblin Captain 3 Hobgoblin Archers 6 Hobgoblin Grunts 1 Macetail Behemoth ——– 16 total On the other: 1 Gnoll Captain 2 Gnoll Marauders 1 Cacklefiend Hyena 1 Gnoll Huntmaster 2 Gnoll Claw Fighters 11 Gnoll Hunters 11 Gnoll Raiders 7 Hyenas ———— 36 total For 52 total combatants. 4793 total XP and level 4. Took us about a session and a half to run, which they did with no rest at all. Probably that’s the most epic fight I’ve ever had, or run. Lots of good moments, from Caradoc’s duel with Sir Robert of Norgood to Ziiran’s criticaling […]


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Pensive Kitten: Now With More SHINY
By Dwip September 18, 2009 at 12:28 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

I may now confidently inform you that the Matrix looks REALLY GOOD on my new LG 24″ widescreen monitor. In case you were really worried, or something.


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Pensive Kitten: Now With White Screens of Death
By Dwip September 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Dear Toshiba Laptop, In case you were feeling put out about my leaving you in the corner for all that time, and in case you were put out about my using my desktop more than you, do not fear. I know who loves me, and that’s you. After all, who saved me after my hard drives went out last November? Why, you, Toshiba Laptop, you did. And who saved me when my whole desktop killed itself in January? Yes, Toshiba Laptop, that was you too. And who saved me for whole months at a time while I replaced defective part after defective part? You, my dependible Toshiba Laptop, you. So once again, Toshiba Laptop, here we are. Just the two […]


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Shiny
By Dwip September 13, 2009 at 2:38 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Because I started up Oblivion again, and I need to get all those picture posts off the front page, we’re going to have an Oblivion post. In which there will be shiny pictures. Because I need to get all the pictures off the…yeah. IT ALL MAKES SENSE. STOP LAUGHING. …anyway. So I finally decided that I wanted to take shiny pictures like Samson does, and since I put a ginormous video card in this thing during the last upgrade, I can pretty much do that thing. After a sojurn reading the helpful advice at TOTO, I finally ended up with this assortment of things: – Oblivion, SI, and all the DLCs; – The Unofficial Oblivion Patch and its various SI […]


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In Case You Thought I Might Not Do It
By Dwip September 1, 2009 at 3:18 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

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