Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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SO, I bought Neverwinter Nights. Oh, the shame. And played it last night. And you know what? I'm not that crazy about it. It has two major problems.

  1. It was apparently developed to be on-line multiplayer, and the single-player game is something of an afterthought. You can only have the PC and one NPC in your party at a time, the NPC is entirely AI-run, and the AI isn't that good. My NPC's kept getting themselves killed. That's right, you have no control over the one NPC in your party. You can't even give them weapons or armor. Oh, and the new inventory system reminds me of the one in Diablo, which I didn't especially like.
  2. It's not an isometric game with pre-painted backgrounds like the Infinity Engine games (Baldur's Gate, BG2, Icewind Dale, etc.), but a third-person VR game, something like Tomb Raider. The levels are true 3-D, instead of the exquisitely detailed paintings of BGII,  but have that blocky Quake look to them. The characters are blocky, too. Some nice lighting effects, with real-time shadows from multiple light sources, but even those don't look quite right. Sorry, but the game's ugly.

The most interesting thing about this game is that it ships with an editor, enabling users to design their own levels and their own adventures, then DM their friends through them. This has a lot of potential for fun and creativity, and a rollicking story will always redeem mediocre visuals. I'll be curious to see what people come up with, but I don't think I'll be playing the game much in the meantime.

I so want to write a quest for the +4 Toothbrush of Despair.

Hoped to have a recipe to post, but last night's attempt at chicken-fried steak was awful. This dish has gets made fun of a lot but there's no reason why it shouldn't be good if made properly. However, the recipe I used produced  a steak that tasted mainly like paprika, and a gravy for it that was just plain inedible. Well, shucks.

Tell me how you drive and I'll tell you what kind of an idiot you are. [Flash required]
Swiped from memepool.

meaning: bad, hate
悪意 == akui == malice
悪者 == warumono == rascal
Bottom radical is 'heart, feelings' (心), top is '-sub'(亜). Henshall suggests as a mnemonic:  'Sub-human, ugly twisted feelings are bad'.


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