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About Alm888

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  1. Well. for your typical cannon fodder you have some ruffians on the road, "Incompetent Soldiers of Evil Empire"® and so on. Just think of it: it is undead!!! You can not use tools designed to take life from target (e. g. weapons) against something which does not have life anymore (or never had it). It is only natural that undead should be nearly indestructible and this fact will not turn the game in some sort of stealth-game. To put it simple: if one want to deal with undead (s)he should prepare accordingly. Sword should not be an universal answer to anything (aka "if you meet Cthulhu -
  2. The most disgusting zombies I ever saw in a video game were gutted rabbits from "Phantasy Star II". It just needs to be looked at! The way they sit and move, their methods of attack (and the fact that they are rabbits' corpses, not humans') -- all make them truly frightening. And in power department: I heard undead/constructs in "Dwarf Fortress" are quite innovative (read: almost indestructible). How you think you can defeat "skeleton"? I mean, there is no physical matter holding its bones together. Even if it's limb is torn apart nothing prevents it from re-attaching even on it's own. The
  3. When I was under Widows I didn't see any reason to rescue program files. Many Windows applications (those from the Microsoft itself in the first place) just won't work without their registry entries even if all their files were saved on a separate HDD. So, IMO, there is no point to make separate partition or hardware disk for program files. Just let them die alongside OS in case of complete collapse and reinstall them later. And when placed on fast SSD they will load faster (maybe, I don't have one).
  4. When I was under Windows (some six years ago) I witnessed saves to be stored in: 1) ./SAVEGAME/ directory 2) C:/[game name] (yes, right in the root directory) 3) C:/Documents and Settings/[name]/[game name]/ directory 4) C:/Documents and Settings/[name]/Local Settings/[game name]/ directory 5) C:/Documents and Settings/[name]/Games/ directory (this is getting ridiculous) 6) C:/Documents and Settings/[name]/My Games/ directory 7) C:/Documents and Settings/[name]/Мои игры/ directory (yes, in russian. This thing does not know localization support.) etc And that was under XP. I belie
  5. until the game is out i don't really see the hurry though What?! But I want my backer badge, like, NOW!!! *looks at his posts counter* Well... maybe I can wait a little... :-P
  6. Couldn't get through either. I wonder: is it because of "NoScript" (I made sure every script was allowed) or the fact that I used cyrillic letters in my given/family name, or because I didn't provide telephone number (why should I)? Did anyone else try to register with symbols other than "main latin"? Any success without telephone numbers?
  7. Patience, my friend, patience! On the "order" page of the site a message "A to-be-announced platform for DRM-free distribution coming soon for Linux. Stay tuned!" is placed. I think it will not hurt to wait for a month or so before starting a riot provided Obsidian will change thier advertisement and will stop advertising GOG exclusively.
  8. I say NO to Steam. No matter how "unintrusive" it is, it still is 3rd-party software. And it can not be "unintrusive" enough for me: I'm using modem connection (GPRS) as my primary and only way to access internet. Those who knows what GPRS is can say that it is extremely slow and unreliable connection, prone to a lot of "disconnections". I tried to install Steam once and could not even download its own client -- restarted downloading the whole thing from the start every time the connection was severed! There is no way someone can use Steam with such connection (imagine multigigabyte automatic
  9. I see several options: Humble Store and Desura are both good and not contradict each other (albeit I have very little experience with Desura). And there is always one final way of self-distributing (not that it will be needed). As for GOG... well,, I commend their stubborness (or shall I say "firmness"?) regarding Linux support even for games which have native Linux support from developers. But I clearly see GOG can not be reasoned with because where is "ideology" there is no place for reason. As for formats: I find simple elegance in "*.tar.xz" archives. Every installer is a program and, as
  10. Regarding some simple mistakes found in the video: it is clear that the interface is awful. It is encumbered with needless decorations yet lacks any tips and clues for newbies. That part where you can not lower stats beyond basic level isn't explained and (as someone can remember) it was not the case in Fallout 1 and 2 (in fact there it was quite needed for character creation). Yes Chris made a lot of mistakes. But I still remember myself! I was acting the same way. It was long time before I finally managed to get accustomed to the interface. And yes, I also was running in circles and wanted t
  11. I remember playing this game a long time ago. And I must say: it is completly unbalanced. I myself and two my friends chose different ways: I was playing tecno/magic neutral (and thus melee) human character, one of my friends created gun-wielding dwarf and the other preferred elf (of half-elf, I don't remember) mage. In the end I got to level 50 (maximum) and was unable to do real damage because there is no (apparently) good melee weapon (wind-sword is sold in the second city and it was the best I saw), dwarf ended up scavenging for bullets and permanently low on cash and elf was completely d
  12. Elf-hater detected! Seriously, my suggestion is to use native game resolution of 800x600 (instead of current 400x300) and to code directly to VP8 and Vorbis to avoid transcoding losses in time and quality. There is no good in 720p though - stretching of lesser original video will beef up volume and add blur to image. Good job so far!
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