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Description God of death, destruction and decay. Likes fluffy kittens.
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Signed On Jan 15, 2001, 03:31
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 18:16 sauron
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 16:01:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 13:29:
It always amazes me to read what kind of scary weather you got there in the States. And honestly, I have no idea how you can die in a storm.
It varies widely across the country. You have to remember how large the US is. Here in the central part of the country the only real issues are tornados and flooding. Tornados are totally random. You can live in "tornado alley" and never see, let alone get hit by, a tornado for years. Flooding is pretty avoidable, don't live in a flood plain. But for people on the coasts...totally different.

Here in NYC, natural disasters aren't really a major threat, but clear blue skies in September still freak me out.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 15:57 sauron
 
Creston wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 13:56:
Also, Katrina was already a Cat 5 hurricane when it was about to hit land, and it was one of the most powerful C5s ever witnessed. Isaac is a Tropical Storm that may turn into a Cat 1. Quite different scales of destruction there.

Creston

Yeah, I hope it doesn't do any damage. While the mental image of soaked Republican Convention delegates in rubber boats IS pretty appealing, that city has been through enough already.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2012, 09:12 sauron
 
Blue wrote on Aug 26, 2012, 15:11:
sauron wrote on Aug 26, 2012, 14:48:
Very nice results, although keeping it clean and the rust off it is a job. But it's worth it.

Sounds like it may not be properly seasoned. My Lodge pans are very low maintenance.

You can Google about seasoning, but it basically is just cleaning the pan really well, oiling it, and baking it at about 400 for an hour or more.

Thanks! The cooking side isn't a problem, it's the bottom of it that I need to oil now and then. I guess some additional seasoning is in order.


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2012, 14:48 sauron
 
RoboNerd wrote on Aug 26, 2012, 14:19:
I got an email from Newegg this morning and they have the 10.25" Lodge Logic cast iron skillet on sale for $12.99.

I have a Lodge 90g cast-iron skillet, well-seasoned, which I picked up in a second hand store some years ago.

Very nice results, although keeping it clean and the rust off it is a job. But it's worth it.
 
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News Comments > Monster Loves You! Announced
5. Re: Monster Loves You! Announced Aug 24, 2012, 13:48 sauron
 
Monster Loves You wrote on Aug 24, 2012, 12:52:
When human children get lost in those dark and winding thickets, do you terrorize them for fun? Do you help return them to Human civilization to prove that not all monsters are to be feared and hated? Or do you fatten them up for succulent human foie gras?

As an undead sorceror with a discerning palate, I recommend the third option.
 
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News Comments > Broken Sword Kickstarter
19. Re: Broken Sword Kickstarter Aug 24, 2012, 10:59 sauron
 
Broken Sword on the DS was actually kind of great. These games seem to translate really well to touch-sensitive mobile platforms.

The kickstarter I'm really excited about is the one for re-release of Horror on the Orient Express, one of the classic Chaosium tabletop campaigns for Call of Cthulhu:

Chaosium kickstarter

It was initiated during GenCon last week and was only asking for $20,000 so they could include high-quality maps and handouts in the box. It got funded within 24 hours and is currently up to $50,000. The box set should be something pretty special.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 22, 2012, 10:42 sauron
 
Blue wrote on Aug 22, 2012, 10:37:
"Drought makes it easier for police to spot pot plants"

"State police cut down about 100 pot plants later Tuesday at rural sites in Harrison and Clark counties. They plan to burn the plants"...

...then stand downwind, and inhale deeply.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 21, 2012, 10:56 sauron
 
Hope you feel better. I've done something similar before - hurt like hell. A glass of rum before bed helped to reduce the discomfort (don't mix with painkillers though).  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 20, 2012, 11:25 sauron
 
Good luck with the new job! Is she still working in NYC?  
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News Comments > Spector Calls Out Carmack & Sweeney
27. Re: Spector Calls Out Carmack & Sweeney Aug 17, 2012, 10:45 sauron
 
Prez wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 11:29:
I actually agree with Spector's main point (though it appears he doesn't quite understand what John Carmack's job has actually been all this time)...

I do as well, and from other posts in this thread it seems I'm not the only one. The best games I've played have been ones with a deep story and believable characters and NPCs. I think a lot of people also feel that way.

The problem with id software is that they have an ace programmer who designs engines, but then they use the new toy to make the same game they made 5 years previously, only shinier. That's why RAGE sucked.

If someone were to take Carmack's work and uses it to add polish to a game with a deep story and excellent AI, it would sell bucketloads. But id never do that - they don't have anyone as talented with game design as Carmack is with engine design.

Bethesda is probably the only mainstream game design outfit I've seen that talk about AI and seem to make a real effort with it. No accident their games sell so many copies. People love the immersion in their designs, and interesting and believable characters are a big part of that.

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News Comments > New AMD/ATI Drivers
11. Re: New AMD/ATI Drivers Aug 16, 2012, 09:49 sauron
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2012, 23:27:
25% for Skyrim seems kind of unbelievable, unless it was doing something a lot that AMD cards were optimized REALLY poorly for. I'd love to hear a technical explanation as to why they were able to up the perf that much.

I have Skyrim but haven't loaded it up yet. I sure hope Bethesda has savvied up in their rendering code since Morrowind. That game rendered the entire scene you were in, even when you couldn't see parts of it.
 
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News Comments > Divinity Prototypes Missing; Reward Offered
15. Re: Divinity Prototypes Missing; Reward Offered Aug 16, 2012, 09:42 sauron
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 15, 2012, 23:35:
With arcade shooter thing I mean jetpacks strapped on dragons, how is that not arcade shooter? I don't much like joke-fantasy unless it's extremely well done, and jetpacks strapped on dragons ain't it.

Did they have laser beams strapped to their heads? If there was a game with dragons that had jetpacks AND laser beams, I'd buy it instantly.
 
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News Comments > Train Simulator 2013 Next Month
7. Re: Train Simulator 2013 Next Month Aug 15, 2012, 14:41 sauron
 
If they hook it up with Farming Simulator 2012, you could watch all your livestock grow and then drive them to market yourself! And when they bring out Abattoir Simulator 2012, you'll also be able to... ok lets not go there...
 
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News Comments > Farming Simulator 2013
3. Re: Farming Simulator 2013 Aug 15, 2012, 10:50 sauron
 
Hmm, growing 2000 hectares of virtual Cannabis indica sounds pretty entertaining. Royal Kush or Malawi Gold?

I wonder if you can get busted by the virtual DEA?

 
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News Comments > Epic Forms Impossible Studios from Big Huge Ashes
12. Re: Epic Forms Impossible Studios from Big Huge Ashes Aug 9, 2012, 22:19 sauron
 
Prez wrote on Aug 9, 2012, 19:23:
A developer making iOS games may as well be dead as far as I'm concerned, but the key thing in this case is that Epic did a good thing here. These guys woukd be out of work were it not for Epic. Who knows - having all that PC gaming talent close at hand may convince them to fund these guys so they can do a PC game down the road.

Prez, no offense but this is not true - growth in iOS/Android games is huge and the audience is enormous, but most of the titles currently available are super-casual. Believe me, I've tried most of them.

If these folks can produce a compelling title for mobile platforms that includes serious gamers, it'll sell bucketloads and they'll be heroes.

For example, if there was a really great, gritty hardcore RPG for iOS/Android, fans would be all over it, but that space is currently a blank canvas.

Killer RPG app for mobile platforms? Go go go!!
 
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News Comments > Crytek Shanghai Opens
18. Re: Crytek Shanghai Opens Aug 8, 2012, 21:17 sauron
 
Are you guys all living in the 1990s? Cause I have 2 Chinese kids working for me right now from the mainland (ie not HK or Taiwan) and they're incredibly smart and well-educated. And in my field, one of the real heavy hitter biotech companies just relocated all of their R&D from the UK to Shanghai. Not to lower costs, but because chinese universities are producing so much talent, the better to get things done.

I visited China in 94 and yep, it sure was backward then, but things have really, really changed. And no, I'm not Asian, or married to one. That's just the way things are now.
 
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News Comments > Heavy Gear Returning
2. Re: Heavy Gear Returning Aug 8, 2012, 21:11 sauron
 
HG1 was freaking great, but for some reason I never got into the sequel. If they get a remake right, there are a lot of fans out there.

It's a similar situation to Mechwarrior or maybe Tribes, although the current iteration of the latter seems to have hit the nail on the head and the fans love it. Hard to do though.

 
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News Comments > MS TMs Galactic Reign
12. Re: MS TMs Galactic Reign Aug 7, 2012, 18:42 sauron
 
nin wrote on Aug 7, 2012, 15:26:
sauron wrote on Aug 7, 2012, 14:49:
sauron wrote on Aug 7, 2012, 14:45:
I don't even remember the last MS game that was worth playing. Combat Flight Simulator 2? Crimson Skies?

Oh, by the way, thanks to nin for this link:

Crimson Skies redone

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Damn! You got me all excited THAT kickstarter had started!!!!


Haha, your link originally got ME all excited that a kickstarter had started!

To quote a famous beagle, 'He who lives by the lob, dies the lob.'
 
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News Comments > MS TMs Galactic Reign
10. Re: MS TMs Galactic Reign Aug 7, 2012, 14:49 sauron
 
sauron wrote on Aug 7, 2012, 14:45:
I don't even remember the last MS game that was worth playing. Combat Flight Simulator 2? Crimson Skies?

Oh, by the way, thanks to nin for this link:

Crimson Skies redone

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News Comments > MS TMs Galactic Reign
8. Re: MS TMs Galactic Reign Aug 7, 2012, 14:45 sauron
 
I don't even remember the last MS game that was worth playing. Combat Flight Simulator 2? Crimson Skies?  
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