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Sailing the high seas of Alyria

So I recently go back into Materia Magica, a text based game I started playing way back when I was 14.  It is a dangerously large world that is ever growing with many amazing features not seen in any graphical MMO.  There will probably be some posts about this game in the near future as I get back into the swing of questing and doing other fun things like killing pirates.  Thats right, killing dirty pirates on the high seas.

Although sailing has been apart of MM for close to 5 years I never really had the balls to take an expensive ship out on the high seas where it can be destroyed by poor captaining  like running aground on some tiny island.  And there was always the threat of pirates.  But about a year ago the urge to have a speedy way of getting from continent to continent quickly without worrying about waiting for the NPC controlled ships (they spent 20 minutes irl at a port before disembarking which can really eat into your time when you are on a quest or trying to get somewhere to help out a friend.  Plus there is still so much of the world I haven’t see because the NPC ships do not go there.  So i ponied  up the RU (reward units- points reward for donating to help pay for server costs, can be used to purchase donation items and vouchers for ship if you done have the millions of gold they normally cost) and purchased a Dromond.  Its a fast mid sized ship that can have decent armaments.  I spent a few million getting her decked out with full weapon bays and magic shields and upgraded hulls and set out to kill pirates and loot the sunked remains of their vessels.  This yields gold ingot which can be sold for cash (a decent ammount and a nice fun way of earning back some of gold it costs to deck out a ship so it can survive the high seas.  Well after a year away I decided that I was comfortable enough with my seafaring skills that I would suck up the hit to my bank account and get a Super Dreadnought.  This is the largest ship in the game capable of carrying the most cargo and more than double the weapons of my Dromond while providing more staying power so more pirates can be killed before needing to refuel, repair, re-arm and recharge your shields.  I took the plunge and after a close call with a pirate Corsair after sailing down the Whirlpool to the underworld to spend around 10 million gold on upgraded hulls and magic shields, I now have a newly christened Super Dreadnought proudly bearing the flag of my clan, Clan 138 The Separatists.  Ships stats after the break.

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Materia Magica and the Lost Scripts

So I have been playing a MUD named Materia Magica off and on for several years now.  Well, basically since the start end of middle school / start of high school when I got my first PC (my very own that I built with my own two hands).  And I started off using zMud since it was one of the best know windows MUD clients at the time , still is actually.  I had some basic scripts for that client.  Simple things that would automatically get a water-skin from a bag and drink it when it saw the text “You are thirsty”.  It was fairly easy to set up these Triggers as they are called.  And I had a few macro’s for automatically talking on the different channels in the MUD (formation talk, say, Yell, shout, dream) but I never got into the more hardcore stuff.  And after many years of playing and growing as I have in what OS’s I run, I needed to broaden my horizons for a Linux client.  Something awesome that would let me script some complex things but still be easy to use.  So after a lot of searching I found Tiny Fugue (tf for short).  Its a light weight client that has a robust scripting language and can be run via screen which is awesome.  This meant I could install it on one of my servers and setups a screen session and just let it run.  I could stay connected with a keep alive script if I needed to idle in game for a bit.  Not to be abused mind you but when you have been camping the top floor of the Verity for 2 hours waiting for an angle to spawn so you can kill for the courage mark, you don’t want to let that slip away because you timed out while making a sandwich.  And all of this was lost when I suffered a double drive failure on my web-server where I was running tf from.  And of course I didn’t back any of it up.  That would of been responsible.  So I have slowly been rebuilding my script directory.  Most of it consists of the same time consuming searching of old forums related to MUDs or trying to pick apart code from scripts made by other people in other MUDs.  I did catch a  break in one respect.  Several months ago I wanted to see how my old clan was doing so while at work I searched and found thier forums.  And it turns out I had posted several of my scripts there.  Most importantly was my ship sailing script with some automated actions like equipping the title to your ship when you board it and several macros for listing/creating ship marks.  And all sailing can be done with the numpad.  This means I can kill pirates with less risk of doing something stupid or misspelling a command at a vital moment in the fight.

So anyway.  Most of my current scripts are either entirely someone elses or someone made something I liked and I cut it apart to suit me needs.  So I will eventually post my sailing script and any others I make once I get all the kinks worked out.

Exalted Character Concept: Eclipse Caste

This is a rough, rough idea for an Eclipse caste PC for an Exalted game I might play in.  I will post a fleshed out concept as well as some specifics about the character when I have them done.

I am the son of wealthy family who produced and exported exotic fragrances and exquisite alcholic beverages across the land.  My family was framed by a group of nobleman and royal who secretly are trying to privatize all trade so they can set pricing across the entire land and can effectively manipulate the economy as they see fit.  They framed my father, stating he was manufacturing poisons for some unnamed guild of assassins or something equally preposterous.  There was never any evidence and no charges where officially presented but the rumors where enough to hurt our business enough to the point where my father was forced to sell at a fraction of what it was worth.  My father killed himself shortly after and I have been taking care of my mother and living off the money we were given for the sale of our company for the last three years.  The money wont last for ever and my need for vengeance is to great so I have joined with a thief and I attempt to make a profit from stealing.  Always on the lookout for companies that could be owned by the men who ruined my family and trying to rob them blind.  My epic quest is to ruin all of them financially.

Spec Ops, or How To Play Battletech With A Battalion

Spec Ops is a sweet book.  I will admit I have only skimmed it but there are some cool rules for large scale Battletech games in there.  I am currently trying to get the time to site down and pick a battalion sized force to face off against a buddy of mine who runs (or SHOULD BE RUNNING!!!!) our Battletech RPG game.  I came up with 630 points as our pool for purchasing units and I think it should make things interesting.  I will try and take some picks when we actually get to playing but it might be a week or two since I am starting a new job next week.

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Pic is related as it is titled Spec Ops as well as it is super awesome.  The guy who drew it is named FlyingDebris and he does a lot of Battletech stuff and is worth checking out.  Here is a link to his profile on DeviantArt.com.

My Poor Locust

My Locust is currently a smoking pile of useless crap.  I don’t want to go into to much detail but either the Maskirovka (who is hunting me for reason I care not to get into) found me using my true identity and traced the last name back to my family and thier factory in the Outworlds Alliance, killed them and stole my old Locust, sending it to me as a little message.  Or,  my mother and father learned where I was (my dad was always resourcefull) and sent me the Locust to cheer me up.  What has me frightened is that there was no note associated with it.  It was just sitting at a space port in the St. Ives Compact waiting for me when we arrived in system for a meeting with Justin Allard about a covert support possition as a St. Ives unit were we would assist with an assault on Aries.  After thoroughly scanning for explosives and A/V equipment, I have decided to go about finding a replacement engine (or salvaging one from anyone unlucky enough to let me kill them).  If I had my way as well as unlimited resources -Err… any resources for that matter- I would configure her as seen below the break.

I leave you with a conversation I had as Lester McDougan, my Battletech character, while riding in a cab prior to shipping out to Aries for some heavy combat against some mean Liao forces.

Lester – “Hey Driver!  Where can I buy an axe?”

Cabbie – “What type of axe sir?”

Lester – “You know… for people!”

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Uber Enforcer Design

Ok so currently in my groups Battletech campaign I drive an Enforcer (ENF -4R) which serves me well.  It currently is missing massive amounts of armor since we just finished an assault on Aries to destroy a supply depot, a mech facility and a mountain side security outpost. My current Enforcer is configured as seen below the break.  If I was rich like one of my noble born compatriots (who’s wife is trying to kill him) I would configure my baby as seen waaayyyy past the break.

PS. I just bought an old sculpt enforcer to to be my new mini during mech combat. so I plan on trying to do that mini and the mini for my character when out of my mech at the same time. I’ll put some pics up eventually when they are done.

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Dwarf Fortress 64bit hell

OK, real quick. I just wanted to get this up before I got sidetracked with Ogres or fucking Werewolves. If you are fighting with Dwarf fortress on 64bit Linux (native linux version) don’t forget to load your 32bit video libs (xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i586 for nvidia. Be sure to add RPMFusion repo first).  This should cut down on some of the issues.  Keep in mind,  you will still need to install all the other 32bit libs required.  So have fun with that.

Gameboy breaks life

I have some gameboys but I havnt been addicted to it for some time. Currently all my friends have Nintendo DS’s with multiplayer games. But I don’t have one. I am all alone 🙁

-Dr. Sadface