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News Comments > Legend of Grimrock Patch Plans
21. Re: Legend of Grimrock Patch Plans Apr 13, 2012, 19:47 jimnms
 
My only complaints so far are, like everyone else, the spell casting system, and that you can't use both hands to attack with. You can put different weapons in each hand, but you only get one attack and dual welding weapons doesn't seem to increase damage.

I loaded up Eye of the Beholder to refresh my memory, because I was pretty sure in EOB you could attack with each hand separately, and I was right. I also thought you equipped spells and cast them like weapons, and I was partially right. When you rest you have to pray/memorize spells. Depending on character level, you can only "load up" so many, for example you can do 4 level 1 spells and 2 level 2 spells. They can be different or the same, like 4 magic missiles, or 2 magic missiles and a 2 flame blade spells. Once you use them, you have to rest to "re-load" them.

I like that in Grimrock you don't have to rest to pray/memorize spells and can just cast until you run out of energy, but having to remember which symbol to select every time before casting is tedious. I wish it would at least remember the last spell you cast so you can continue to cast it rather than have to click each symbol every time before casting. It would be nice to have a spell book in game that you could reference to see what spells you have learned or figured out instead of having to remember them or write them down and look them up if you forget.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock
68. Re: Ships Ahoy - Legend of Grimrock Apr 12, 2012, 06:46 jimnms
 
I finally got to play it after contacting the Almost Human and Humble Bundle support to find out why I was never sent a link to my key and download. A couple of hours after emailing them my PayPal transaction ID's they found my payment, but don't know why it didn't create a link for me. They finally sent me a gift key link until they get the problem sorted out.

I just had enough time to load the default characters and dick around the first level, then I stopped and created my custom party before I had to quit. I just finished playing the first three levels and I want more, but it will have to wait.

Sepharo wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 22:02:
edit: Sorry for crapping up the launch thread. Game looks great for the 10 seconds it runs before locking my video card... I need to hurry to kill the process so that it doesn't eventually bluescreen if I let it go.
Hardware troubleshooting is a bitch. I suggest you beg/borrow/steal spare video, HD, RAM and try them one at a time to see what fixes it. You can also try a stress testing program like OCCT that can stress individual parts of the system. I had one system a while back that locked up only with one game. It turned out to be the PSU. This was before Steam, and for some reason just that one game would lock up the system during the CD check.

My previous system had a PSU go bad, and when it did it messed something up on the MB. It would run fine for months, then start giving me blue screens on start up. All I had to do was open the case, unplug the SATA cable, plug it back in and it was fine for a few months. I still have that system, it's about 6 years old (video card is 3), but it can still run some games.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2012, 14:51 jimnms
 
Verno wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 14:13:
Is it just the usual Paypal form letter type payment confirmation? I would search your spam folder for Humble or Grim, failing that you'll have to contact them directly

It's just the generic PayPal receipt email. I've already looked in my spam folder. I looked at everything the day of and after I pre-ordered. Someone on the official forums suggested using the key re-sender on the Humble Bundle site since the transaction goes through them, but all I got were links to past Humble Bundles I've bought. I've sent email to the the address on the Grimrock FAQ and Humble Bundle people, and I'm just sitting here waiting and a bit pissed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2012, 14:07 jimnms
 
Verno wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 13:44:
Cutter wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 13:39:
Click on the link in the original email you got and you'll now see a link for direct download. I just grabbed it too. Dunno why it's not unlocking on Steam.

Yeah, in the Humble store email you received as an order confirmation, it was present below the steam key. That's where I found mine anyway.

Funny thing is that Valve employees are playing it right now, grr! Guess Gaben has a lot on his plate Jester

I pre-ordered a week ago and the only email I got was from PayPal. I didn't get an email with any link or key.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2012, 13:36 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 13:19:
You should already have a code. When I plugged mine in, it said something about :Legend of Grimrock preorder in my games list. I'm assuming once steam updates it will replace that.
When did you get it? All I got was a receipt from PayPal the day I ordered it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2012, 13:18 jimnms
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 11, 2012, 11:59:
And on the upside, 1 hour to LoG!!! Dunno why we can't preinstall it though. Oh well, I suppose it's not that a big a download but I'd rather have it ready to go for unlock.
It's time, but the LoG site is being hammered. Those of us that bought it direct from them, are they going to email us Steam keys or what. I'm going to play on Steam, but I bought it from the devs to support them and have the DRM free download option too. I wish they would have sent out the keys yesterday so we could have unlocked it on Steam at release time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 11, 2012, 12:03 jimnms
 
The nearest Best Buy to me is about an hour drive. There have been a couple of rare occasions where it was worth driving over because they had a cheaper price than I could find online for something, or the time my PSU crapped out on a Thursday night and I couldn't wait all weekend to have one shipped. I bought a tablet for my mother this past Christmas, and I couldn't decide between two models, so I bought both. One I ordered from Amazon and the other I bought from Best Buy because for that one it was cheaper even after tax and fuel to drive there. She ended up liking the one from Amazon, so I returned the Best Buy one. I didn't have to give them a drivers license, but I do have their stupid rewards card so they're probably tracking me that way.

While I keep reading about them closing stores, they've actually opened a new one not too long ago in the same area that already has two. All three are within a 5 square mile radius, and either is about the same driving time from me.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Can Microsoft Come Back: Dan Lyons’s Month Without Apple and Google. Apr 9, 2012, 20:03 jimnms
 
The verdict? Microsoft is making some really nice products these days. What it still can’t do is tie all these products into a single, well-integrated ecosystem.
Last time they tried that, they got sued.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Apr 6, 2012, 16:17 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Apr 6, 2012, 11:10:
In the total biscuit video posted the other day, it looks fantastic, and exactly what I was expecting it to be.

Gonna be fun!

That review is what pushed me over the fence to pre-order it. I ordered it from the developer site so I could get the direct download and Steam key.

Pool of Radiance and Eye of the Beholder were the first two cRPG's I played. I made maps with graph paper, which didn't do me any good in the lower levels when I got lost going through teleporter things and falling through traps. I'll probably wimp out and use the auto map thing, but I might try my hand at making my own maps at first.
 
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News Comments > Fallout Free on GOG.com
11. Re: Fallout Free on GOG.com<br> The original <b>Fallout</b> is being offered on <a href= Apr 5, 2012, 23:12 jimnms
 
In the GoG Forums there is a sticky thread with links to essential mods.  
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News Comments > April Foolin' 2012, Part 3
5. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 2, 2012, 16:39 jimnms
 
xmb1121 wrote on Apr 2, 2012, 13:59:
I kind of wish Gmail Tap was real.

That's not a half bad idea. People have already practically invented a new language shortening texts, so I'd imagine hard core texters would be able to learn Morse code. Any why even need two buttons, all you need is to tap the dots and dashes on the screen, ie. you would tap and hold for a dash.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
18. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 2, 2012, 16:29 jimnms
 
Prez wrote on Apr 1, 2012, 20:32:
Another reason to stay the fuck off of social networking sites as much as possible. Unfortunately more and more organizations are using it as a way to get time-sensitive business-related communiques out, so it is almost a necessity in some cases.

For me, the only way I can rescue and foster dogs in time from the Memphis Animal shelter - which, sadly is not a no-kill shelter - is by reading the announcements on their Facebook. I just fostered five awesome pit bull puppies (all with homes now - WOOT!) that were scheduled to be destroyed at 5pm on the day the announcement came out on Facebook. If saving perfectly good dogs from unnecessary destruction requires a Facebook account, then I'll bite the bullet and do it. On another note, being an active musician without using Facebook page means being out of work quite a bit.

You live in Memphis? I'm just a few hour south of there, and I just drove through Memphis a couple of weeks ago on my way to St. Louis. I adopted my dog from the local humane society. He was an older dog and about to be put down because everyone wants to adopt puppies. I'd love to take in foster pets, but I just can't.
 
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 and Obsidian
27. Re: Wasteland 2 and Obsidian Mar 30, 2012, 20:10 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Mar 30, 2012, 19:04:

I always thought New Vegas was the buggiest of them all.

Other than the eyes on the side of the dogs head (which freaked me out a little, understandably ) I didn't see many bugs.


At launch there was the bug with the facegen that causes stutter and lag. The fix was to use a console command or the hacked dll. I used the console command, which had to be entered every time you ran the game, which also disable achievements (which I didn't know at the time).

I didn't run into many big bugs until later on. One location was so badly bugged it was known to corrupt save games. I had to re-load an earlier save, but I was lucky and caught it early and only lost about an hour. I just went about my business and wrote in my notes to go back when it was fixed.

I think they patched most of the major bugs in the end, but there are still a lot left, like two of the casino's don't return your companion's weapons when leaving. They broke Boone in the 2nd or 3rd patch, and they never bothered to attempt a fix until the last or next to last patch. He still isn't fixed and totally broken when in combat.

The community bug fix is definitely needed. I've contributed a couple of small fixes to it. I fixed one of the casino scripts, which although took a while to figure out, it turned out to be a simple misspelling causing the weapons not to be returned. Another fix I did was when I got a 12ga shotgun and converted my ammo to slugs, I noticed I wasn't receiving any empty hulls. I poked around in the GECK and saw that it defined the percent of shell recovery but not what type of empty shell to give you.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 30, 2012, 19:54 jimnms
 
Just saw this, the devs of Faerie Solitaire are giving away 25,000 free copies to promote the upcoming Faerie Solitaire 2. It's only open for the next ~2 hours, and only 13,600 people have signed up.

http://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/0XItL/faerie-solitaire
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 30, 2012, 16:19 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Mar 30, 2012, 15:22:
There's now a chance that Obsidian may join in the creation of Wasteland 2.

Clicky Clicky

Not sure how happy I am about it. Obsidian writes good RPGs, but makes horribly buggy games.

Creston

Since most of Obsidian worked on Fallout 2 and the canceled Fallout 3, I wish they would get the rights to the code of the canceled Fallout 3 (not the one Beth released as Fallout 3) and finish it off. I remember reading that it was about 85% complete when it was canceled.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched
7. Re: Skyrim Patched Mar 20, 2012, 22:12 jimnms
 
Techie714 © wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 21:49:
An amazing sandbox RPG with great graphics & mechanics. With a really bland & boring story line....Not to mention dumbed down character stats & management...

...balance issues, useless perk trees... I never finished the main quest, I just stopped playing after getting frustrated with the stupid way some things were done. It started out fun though.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Beta Patch
29. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Beta Patch Mar 16, 2012, 19:35 jimnms
 
I used a first person kill-cam mod for a while, but they still get annoying, so now I use the disable kill-cam mod. I would love for it to be an option like it is in New Vegas.

Will Beth ever make a game that doesn't require dozens of mods to fix bugs and balance issues. There is a better smithing overhaul mod on the nexus. I don't know the name of it since I'm out of town. It basically makes the smithing tree more like the other trees with the base option being weapon/armor improving with 5 increasing levels. Then it branches out to the different metals you can use.

The armor smithing and improving needs more work than fixing the spamming of daggers and bracers. I didn't spam shit to level up, I just played the game and picked up the materials along the way. I was so excited when I got smithing to 100, I immediately ran back to my house to make some dragon scale armor only to find out I didn't have enough scales to make and improve a full set of armor. I decided to look it up on the wiki to see what I needed and I would go about my business and come back when I had enough.

This is when I fin out how screwed up it is. The game, like previous games (and FO3) have a damage resistance cap of 80 or 85. The wiki people figured out what that translates to in armor rating and it's 560 ir 570 something. Any armor rating above that is useless. The glass armor I have already has a rating of over 700, so making dragon armor is pointless. I did make some anyway just to compare, and a full set, fully improved was only had 26 higher armor rating than the glass armor I already had if I fully upgrade it.

I've seen people making insane armors with 6000+ ratings using alchemy and enchanting hacks, but I guess they don't realize they're wasting their time. It would be useful to make armor with ratings higher than the 560/570 if armor degraded.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Can Windows 8 satisfy desktop and tablet? Mar 5, 2012, 15:18 jimnms
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 13:52:
It could if they make the Metro UI optional so desktop users can turn it off (or better yet not even install it), but then Windows 8 wouldn't have anything to set itself apart from Windows 7.
You actually can turn it off, and use the Windows 7 style interface.
Check out youtube for some preview videos.
Not with the latest release of the consumer preview. You can go to a Windows interface, but clicking where the start button used to be brings you back to the metro interface. The registry hacks that worked in previous versions to bring back the old style start menu don't work anymore.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Can Windows 8 satisfy desktop and tablet? Mar 5, 2012, 13:39 jimnms
 
Creston wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 10:52:
No.

Creston

It could if they make the Metro UI optional so desktop users can turn it off (or better yet not even install it), but then Windows 8 wouldn't have anything to set itself apart from Windows 7.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Linux is the world’s fastest growing desktop OS – up 64% in 9 months. Mar 1, 2012, 23:28 jimnms
 
wtf_man wrote on Mar 1, 2012, 22:59:
After Windows 8... it just might be!

Windows 7 will be the next XP and Windows 8 will be remembered along with Me and Vista.

I used to be into Linux back when you pretty much had to download and compile everything yourself, none of this fancy repository stuff (fuck that makes me sound old). FreeBSD was actually the first *NIX OS I toyed with. I let it download all night on my 28.8Kbps dialup connection. Next was RedHat 2.something. I read a few books, and learned on my own UNIX/Linux, the vi editor and BASH scripting. Then I got a boxed copy of RedHat 3 at a computer conference. I still have it, it's really nice and comes with a big thick manual. With no formal training I landed a job at a local ISP using Linux, then later went to work for another ISP migrating their servers from expensive Solaris machines to Linux, and then on to installing networks and Linux servers for local businesses.

Now it's just something I toy with in VirtualBox. I have about half a dozen different distro's installed, but I don't see myself using it as my primary desktop OS any time soon. After all these years, Linux still has a long way to go to be a serious threat in the desktop OS market. When it comes to servers, it would still be my preferred server OS if I were still in that business.
 
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