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Guard Dog

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  1. Eh, its the "call of the wild" so to speak. Conquering natures biggest and baddest has always driven man and while there is a much higher probability of death climbing Everest, is it really that much different from skydiving, cave diving, racing Formula cars, etc...?

    Actually it's probably safer than cave diving since you cannot even get to base camp without SOME ability as a climber. A lot of idiots die in caves who did not have the the knowledge of more importantly the equipment to go in. The difference is, in cave diving there is nothing to keep them out. My ex-brother-in-law is a rescue diver for the Lake County Sheriffs Dept in north FL. It was his job to go find the bodies of the aforementioned idiots.

  2. First off remember way back when she was on Caprica and the Cylons took one of her ovaries? Female egg cells and other tissue samples can be extracted from this in order to produce a clone or a Cylon. Now Starbuck may have died but that does not stop the Cylons, devious as they are, to make a simulacrum of Starbuck. A cylon model that has the physical appearance of Starbuck, and knowledge of what the Cylons could gleam from their intelligence reports on her behavior and mannerisms. This new "Starbuck" would be the replacement for the Number 3 model that they boxed.

     

    Starbuck would still be very much dead and gone, but the Cylons would have a "Starbuck" model to mess with the Colonials and specifically the Adamas.

    Hmmmmm. Thats pretty good Sand. :(

  3. In the original Battlestar Galactica Starbuck was killed and then came back. I was kind of expecting it. I know how I would write it up but I am currious what BSG crew will do with it.

    How would you write it? If it were me, they made the decision to kill off Starbuck, right or wrong. If she is not a cylon then she is out of the story except for flashbacks.

  4. no doubt many here don't think that the show has jumped, but we suspect that after the series is over, lots o' former fans will looks back at the final episode o' this year and admit that shark were jumped. sure, the whole season post new-caprica rescue were under whelming, but we thinks that this last episode were the one that sealed bsg's fate. and those o' you fans who did not groan in anguish as they sees starbuck resurrected from seeming death should maybe be a bit ashamed.

     

    HA! Good Fun!

    Totally agree with you. I see now way for the writers to pull this off and have it be anything other than an embarrassment.

  5. Radio Waves in space travel at 3X10^8 m/s. Since the Orion Nebula is the closest to earth (1500 Light Years or 1.5X10^19 m) that will be our example. If a radio wave left earth towards Orion is will arrive in 5X10^12 seconds or 15,854 years give or take a few months. Check my math someone but I'm pretty sure thats right.

     

    I'm pretty sure they are in the same galaxy as earth. The distance between galaxies in reality is so great I'm certain our descendants will find intergalactic travel is impossible. Another example of how big space is. The Pioneer space probe that flew by the outer planets in the 1970's and early 80's has gone beyond the heliopause and left the solar system. It's last radio contact was in 1998, it was travelling at about 400,000 miles per hour and is on a course for the star Lambda Aquilla, 3rd closest to us. At that speed it will take it 2 million years to make the journey. I believe humans will reach that star before Pioneer does.

     

    Sorry Gorgon, I misplaced the decimal here. It's 1585.4 years for a radio signal to reach even the closest nebula.

  6. I think Baldurs Gate was the last game to really give you both. Even BGII was lacking in open explorations. That was nice about Morrowind and even Oblivion, you did not really need to do the main story to enjoy the game.

     

    BTW, has anyone ever tried going to Kvatch at the beginning of the game (in Oblivion)? What happens if you do?

  7. Radio Waves in space travel at 3X10^8 m/s. Since the Orion Nebula is the closest to earth (1500 Light Years or 1.5X10^19 m) that will be our example. If a radio wave left earth towards Orion is will arrive in 5X10^12 seconds or 15,854 years give or take a few months. Check my math someone but I'm pretty sure thats right.

     

    I'm pretty sure they are in the same galaxy as earth. The distance between galaxies in reality is so great I'm certain our descendants will find intergalactic travel is impossible. Another example of how big space is. The Pioneer space probe that flew by the outer planets in the 1970's and early 80's has gone beyond the heliopause and left the solar system. It's last radio contact was in 1998, it was travelling at about 400,000 miles per hour and is on a course for the star Lambda Aquilla, 3rd closest to us. At that speed it will take it 2 million years to make the journey. I believe humans will reach that star before Pioneer does.

  8. Well, this is between Great Britain and Iran. If Bush decides to do a military action against Iran he is even more stupid than he looks. Its bad enough he got us in a two front war.

    If Britain goes, we go. I would not advise a ground camping but a prolonged air campaign will achieve the same ends. I don't like it either. I thought the Iraq invasion was a mistake, but done is done. If you are in for a penny, you need to go in for a pound. I know you want to drop the whole mess and pull out now, but if we do, we'll be back after the next 9-11. Remember what I told you before, when we were packing up to leave in 1991 everyone I spoke to agreed we would have to come back and finish the job one day.

  9. Well, they were in contested borders and on Iran's side without permission.

    Factually incorrect according to CNN and the AP. Either way, Iran knows exactly what it is doing. If they are not punished for this, next time will be worse. They are doing exactly what Saddam did by publicly funding suicide bombers and shooting at NATO planes in the no-fly zone. They are pushing the envelope and testing resolve. They think the west is weak. Stammerring, hesitating, hand-wringing, going to the UN, these are all signs of weakness to them and it will only embolden them. Trust me, they understand only one thing, violence. You repay force with overwhelming force. It will have to be done sooner or later. Might as well get on with it.

  10. I did not mean current games are dumbed down to be easier, they are dumbed down to be less complex. Just for example in Morrowind you could specialize in a certain type of weapon (like short sword, or longsword, etc). In Oblivion they lump everything into one category "blade". In Morrowind some factions contradicted othres, you could not do this AND that, it was this OR that. None of these things make it deep, but complexity increases interest, for me anyway.

     

    As for deep RPG, I don't know what makes a game deep, that will be in the eye of the beholder. My answer would be a little moral ambiguity, where the line between good and evil are a little blurry. Giving the a good PC a chance to do an evil act to serve a greater good for example. Nowadays, what passes for good and evil is a Saturday moning cartoon version. NWN was bad about that. KOTOR2 did it somewhat well, Torment did it better.

     

    Another thing that makes a game deeper is a antagonist you can really identify with. Like Irenicus in BG2, Fujill and Trias in PS:T. Most villians in todays games are cartoonish.

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