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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
1. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 23, 2017, 09:40 sauron
 

Anyone willing to part with a first-round draft-pick for Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony? Oh well, no harm in asking.

Anyone willing to part with a hot dog and a beer for James Dolan and the entire Madison Square Garden front office? Nope, didn't think so either...
 
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News Comments > Neverwinter: The Cloaked Ascendancy Launches
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 22, 2017, 09:45 sauron
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 08:40:
Fusey wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 07:21:
I also would sell my first born for a new real NWN game.

I still find it mind-blowing that there was never a 4th Edition DnD CRPG. That version of the game justifiably got a lot of flack from the tabletop community, but a lot of the stuff that pissed off the tabletop crowd would have translated EXTREMELY well to CRPG play. Never happened though, and here we are, 2.5 years into the 5th Ed era -- another great candidate for a CRPG which simultaneously doesn't piss off the tabletop fans -- and still NO FUCKING CRPG VERSIONS!

I'd love a CRPG based on 5E - it's the first version of the game I've really enjoyed since 1E, all those years ago. Seems to strip out all the unnecessary mechanics and focus on the story, which for me is where it's at.

I guess my only minor gripe with tabletop 5E so far is that the adventures have been a little predictable, with the exception of Out of the Abyss. If WotC released a Planescape supplement, I'd be all over it.
 
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News Comments > Halo Wars 2 Released
8. Re: Halo Wars 2 Released Feb 21, 2017, 11:16 sauron
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Feb 21, 2017, 11:11:
Good point guys, thanks for the feedback
I totally forgot about DoW3

Also, if you're into RPGs, don't forget that Torment comes out next Tuesday...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
59. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2017, 10:56 sauron
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 16:48:
sauron wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 15:35:
Cutter wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 14:27:
Ok, seriously though, has anyone here ever had "postoperative myalgia"? Jesus Christ, I feel like I've been run over by a truck several times. I literally hurt head to toe, even in places I didn't know I can hurt. My understanding is the comes from the drug "scoline" they use under general anesthesia - apparently it causes all your muscles to continually contract and relax in order to help move blood and oxygen while you're under. They say it can last 2-3 days but I don't see much on treatment for it...


It's succinylcholine, a depolarizing muscle relaxant:

Succinylcholine

Sorry it's hurting, man. Feel better soon.

Yeah, I kinda figured you'd know. Anything to do for it besides ride it out? Google is surprisingly short on how to treat it considering it's supposed to be pretty common. I'm getting my morphine prescription - as I don't do well with codeine - so I'm hoping that helps. Thanks.

I think painkillers, rest, and time will eventually take care of it. But do be careful with morphine - that stuff is strong and it can be dangerous.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 16, 2017, 15:35 sauron
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 14:27:
Ok, seriously though, has anyone here ever had "postoperative myalgia"? Jesus Christ, I feel like I've been run over by a truck several times. I literally hurt head to toe, even in places I didn't know I can hurt. My understanding is the comes from the drug "scoline" they use under general anesthesia - apparently it causes all your muscles to continually contract and relax in order to help move blood and oxygen while you're under. They say it can last 2-3 days but I don't see much on treatment for it...


It's succinylcholine, a depolarizing muscle relaxant:

Succinylcholine

Sorry it's hurting, man. Feel better soon.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 16, 2017, 10:54 sauron
 
Verno wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 09:44:
Goodwill or really any local non-profit thrift store will take everything. They usually have a drop off spot near the back.

I think the Goodwill stores around here no longer take baby items or electronics, for safety reasons.

Or hobbit roasting pans, apparently. No idea why...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2017, 10:17 sauron
 
Happy Valentine's Day! Mrs. Sauron and I will be going out to dinner tonight at our favorite local joint here in Mordor.

Hobbit sashimi and grog make for a perfect romantic meal. Date
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 13:05 sauron
 
Congrats! Gunnar-man will love it! Don't forget to pick up some tweeds, a shooting stick and a deerstalker before you go.

I occasionally consider relocating, but selling Barad-Dur might prove somewhat troublesome. Not to mention moving all those orcs, wraiths and spiders... sheesh.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Blizzard Feb 9, 2017, 12:41 sauron
 
Yeah, the blizzard here in NY is pretty intense. But even so, my daughter (Ms. Sauron Jr) received notice from her middle school yesterday that school would be open this morning. So I got up at 6am and took her to school on time, in hazardous conditions. Then 5 minutes later, I got a call that they were shutting the school for the day, so I had to go back and pick her up, and take her home, and then go to work.

A 3 hour round trip, in a blizzard. I am not amused at all.

 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 High-Resolution Textures
27. Re: Fallout 4 High-Resolution Textures Feb 7, 2017, 10:27 sauron
 
Is this the patch that makes the game... Eh, nevermind.

In truth, I picked up FO4 at half price last year and played it through (70 hours), and it was decent but I always felt there was something lacking. Unlike Skyrim, which I played for 150 hours and could not get enough of.

I guess different strokes for different folks...
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind Announced
10. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind Announced Feb 1, 2017, 08:40 sauron
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 1, 2017, 00:29:
So, uh, how's Skywind coming along?


^ This, absolutely. I check the progress of this mod like once a month - can't wait!
 
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News Comments > EA Financials
10. Re: EA Financials Feb 1, 2017, 08:38 sauron
 
Slick wrote on Feb 1, 2017, 01:00:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 1, 2017, 00:27:
Battlefield™ 1 was our biggest Battlefield launch ever and has a player base more than 50% larger than that of Battlefield 4™ in its comparable launch quarter.

Gee, do something unique and interesting, and do it well, and people flock to you. Who knew?

Bf1 is only unique in the context of the current near-future warfare fad. FPS games had a golden age of world-war era titles, shit the first battlefield game was 1942.

I say bring back the 2142 era, it was unique.

I dunno. I'd play a reboot of BF1942 in a heartbeat, especially if it included the bots.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 31, 2017, 15:29 sauron
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 13:09:
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 09:16:
Pics! We need pics!

Pics of the Bluebot!

Yes! Thirded! Pix plz.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 31, 2017, 10:04 sauron
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 31, 2017, 01:01:
sauron wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 23:03:
DP - apologies.

Somehow I had the impression you were a veterinarian.

I was, but then I went into research. I was in practice in the UK, and found I enjoyed neurological cases. My colleagues hated those cases, and started giving them all to me, and I became a specialist in veterinary neurology.

Anyhow, eventually I did a PhD on the neurophysiology of neuroinflammation, and then a postdoctoral fellowship in the US, and eventually got a faculty position, which is where I am now.

What do you do? Actually, what does everyone here do for a living?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2017, 23:03 sauron
 
DP - apologies.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2017, 23:02 sauron
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 16:20:
sauron wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 15:53:
Cutter wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 13:30:
Typical Ars sensationalism. So science everywhere is suffering because of Trump, eh? Not just a few US scintists who work for the government but all science. Rolleyes

Agreed that's not a very good article. However, there is a strong precedent for science having a rough and rocky time under Republican administrations. For example, NIH funding in my overall research area (Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NINDS) dropped severely under the Bush government, to 9% of all applications for Research Grants, down from 22% of all applications under Clinton. Funding recovered to 15% of all applications under Obama. The same trends occurred throughout the NIH funding apparatus. Bush simply allotted less money to scientific research than the presidents that preceded and followed him.

There are other examples. The most severe was probably Nixon, who went so far as to rescind some federal research grants in healthcare research that had already been awarded. He retrospectively canceled research into new therapies for human disease. That was pretty extreme and had not been seen before, or since.

What are the benefits to public research?

Cutter, c'mon, you're smart, you must have been dreaming when you wrote this. Let me give you an example. Watson and Crick (Cambridge University, UK) were state funded to study the properties of nucleic acids. Their state-funded grants catalyzed the discovery of the structure of DNA, which led directly to the molecular biology revolution that dominates current biological science, and drug development, in the present era. Want to know if a gene is relevant to repair in disease X? Knock it out (or overexpress it) in loss and gain of function studies in cultures in the dish, then repeat these studies in vivo in live animals (fish or mice). This approach has led to hundreds of new therapies for human diseases.

I could give you a thousand other examples of how funding by the US (or UK or Canadian, or Japanese) federal governments has led directly to benefits to human health. The NIH is the worlds largest scientific funding body and was set up specifically to promote research into human health. Successive US presidents have either opened the valve to this funding mechanism (Clinton, Obama), or turned off the flow (Bush).

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News Comments > Fallout New Vegas 2 Rumor
8. Re: Fallout New Vegas 2 Rumor Jan 30, 2017, 22:46 sauron
 
nin wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 21:10:
the same source that previously accurately predicted the announcements of both Red Dead Redemption 2 and Last of Us 2

Yeah, but who didn't call those????

Also, I would preorder this in a second if Obsidian is involved.


^ This. If they re-boot the NV environment, bring in Obsidian for story and character plotlines, and (critically) give the development team time to breathe, this could be excellent and I'd be all over it. FO4 looked like it had promise, but the final third was obviously very rushed.

To quote some game developer from the 90s (Carmack? Or maybe CliffyB?), a game is done, when it is done. Dont rush things, and give the developers time.

Now, where did I put tha hobbit-flavored popcorn...?
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Hi-Rez Texture Pack Next Week
7. Re: Fallout 4 Hi-Rez Texture Pack Next Week Jan 30, 2017, 22:38 sauron
 
Task wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 21:35:
Do hi-rez textures add story and rpg somehow?

^ This

Flatline wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 21:49:
So I put like 3 or 4 hours into Fallout 4 and walked away. And I'm not sure why, because I can go reinstall New Vegas and put another 15 hours into it without blinking. Something about the game just... felt like a letdown and I don't know what it is.

^ Also this.

I have played everything Bethsoft has released (well, almost, but including Redguard), and something about FO4 just doesn't feel right. I finished the game, but more to get me the heck out of that situation than anything else.

A shame - it could have been so good but the endgame especially was really poor. Worst thing was that the development of the different factions was very uneven. BoS seemed kind of well written but the Railroad faction was really poorly fleshed out.

And beyond that, the whole final third of the game seemed very rushed and unfocused. Disappointing that the game started so well but finished so poorly. Maybe tight development time caught up to them? Glad I got it at half price but even then I almost regretted the purchase. Which is a first for me and a Bethsoft game.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2017, 15:53 sauron
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 13:30:
Typical Ars sensationalism. So science everywhere is suffering because of Trump, eh? Not just a few US scintists who work for the government but all science. Rolleyes

Agreed that's not a very good article. However, there is a strong precedent for science having a rough and rocky time under Republican administrations. For example, NIH funding in my overall research area (Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NINDS) dropped severely under the Bush government, to 9% of all applications for Research Grants, down from 22% of all applications under Clinton. Funding recovered to 15% of all applications under Obama. The same trends occurred throughout the NIH funding apparatus. Bush simply allotted less money to scientific research than the presidents that preceded and followed him.

There are other examples. The most severe was probably Nixon, who went so far as to rescind some federal research grants in healthcare research that had already been awarded. He retrospectively canceled research into new therapies for human disease. That was pretty extreme and had not been seen before, or since.
 
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News Comments > Torment Stretch Goal Changes
39. Re: Torment Stretch Goal Changes Jan 30, 2017, 15:02 sauron
 
MattyC wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 02:24:
yuastnav wrote on Jan 30, 2017, 01:52:
I have to admit, though, that I never played Planescape Torment

*GASP* You need to get on that ASAP. There are quite a few mods that help it feel more 'modern' if you need any links. Torment is absolutely worth the play.

Seconded. You REALLY should play Planescape:Torment. It's just that good.

Regarding the stretch goals, I don't really care too much about them. The main thing is that the base game has to be excellent, with great gameplay, deep characters, and an immersive and profound story.

Darks wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 15:28:
El Pit wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 14:15:
nin wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 14:12:
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 29, 2017, 13:53:
Bwaaahahaha are they sucking ferious??? They delay da game by about two decades and then still deliver only half the shit? Sounds legit ho-humm.

Anyone else relieved you don't have to play the game with cj?


nin, please be more open minded and tolerate chaotic evil characters, too.

Umm, NO! I play Paladin Characters, and we kill Evil characters on sight. Stab

Personally, I play a Chaotic Evil character in many RPGs (and in real life), and take great pleasure in killing Good characters. Especially Paladins. Oh, and Hobbits, of course. Even if the hobbits are also Chaotic Evil.
 
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