(3 replies, posted in Sava's Garden)

Ugh, I agree with you on that article.

See, this is what I perceive as the problem - People allow the "end game" to become more important. How are items or leveling ANY more important at level 60, 70, or (soon to be) 80 than they were at level... five? There's more options? Sure. Harder to get, yes.

...I guess the other issue (besides the lack of RP in general in so many ways)... people think of Game Content and RP as separate.

Your character lives in a magic filled world with hefty magical gear. Why can't obtaining said gear be part of the character's motivation?


People who give up on it in that fashion allow it to snuff out the things they enjoy. There's nothing wrong with giving up on pursuing RP and just enjoying the game for entertainment's sake - I've done that myself... but to blame the game? To say RP is dead?

Poppycock, I say!


Worse still, I know the writer of that article. She should be poked in the eye a billion times.


(24 replies, posted in Steambaths)

Okay, okay, I know "d20" may summon forth boos and hisses, but Fantasy Flight Games is a fine company that produced a mini campaign supplement called "Mechamorphosis". Where players play... robots! If I'm remember right (without googling and whatnot), it's basically Transformers without the trademarked name/story.

In my little universe, there'd be no option to play Decepticons.   tongue  Just like I daydream of the Once Upon a Time where Players could not play Drow in D&D....

I mean, if I have to DM (GM, whatever!), then *I* get to have all the EVIL fun!

Oh. I um... to be on topic more!

I'd be an Autobot (please note I have never watched the cartoon movie or the newer live action movie, and have not watch much of the cartoon series (plural)... only once dreamt that "Passion of the Christ" was about the ressurection of Optimus Prime)...

I'm really not sure WHAT I'd turn into. Or want to turn into.

...most boring Autobot ever. The printing press. Oh yes, loads of excitement! Or do I have to be a car? Heck if I know...

*wanders off again*


(12 replies, posted in EVE Online)

"emerge into the ship (after washing and dressing)"

...but what if I want to run around naked, as the green goo monster, leaving a slimy trail as I go....

So, I have been able to (somehow) pretty-please my way into a Windows friendly version of the program some folks have been using to play StSC - RPG Chat. While setting up my desktop for some upcoming gaming I'm going to try to pull out of my a- ah, magic hat... I thought "Hmm, I'd sure like this to have a unique icon."

But how do you iconize the concept of "roleplaying", or a program that enables it? For most, a d20 comes to mind. The more masochistic might think of the d4 (hm, that would be cute). But in the case of StSC, they don't use dice, and the program itself is not (yet) put together with dice rolling capability...

So I ended up, at this late hour, tinkering in Photoshop and in Imagistik and made two icons that I managed to convert properly. One is the ancient d20 (google image "roman d20") that was put on auction a few years ago now, the other is a pencil crossing a sword. The latter needs some cosmetic work, but the idea is down ...in pixels.

At the end of all that, what's the point of making the icon ONLY for me? If folks would be interested, and if tdb wouldn't mind terribly, I'd gladly tinker together an icon for the program. (I'm sure that there are others more talented but eh, here I am.) 

Really what I need are more ideas. That fit in 32x32 pixels and will size down to 16x16... Teeeeeeny tiny.


(50 replies, posted in Steambaths)

So, I keep helping DH with food stuff, and am always impressed with the things I see here.... not enough to actually make them, but hey. I can dream of it, right?

I'm a lazy American. Maybe not as lazy as some, but definitely lazy. Mine, though female, is the life of the bachelor. I come home, peel off my shoes, shirt, socks... and usually end up popping a Hot Pocket in the microwave. But tonight... I cooked! Wow, it was a crazy night. 15-20 minutes (including photo taking time - 40 minutes to prep them for this post) versus the 3 minutes for a Hot Pocket!

All in pictures - may your deity help your connection. Hopefully the laughs will be worth it. If not, please don't hurt me... too much.

"Some Cheap Asian Noodles, and Discontinued Tuna Steak."

Prep time: 15-20 minutes, with goofing off.
Cost: $1.97US for 6 noodle servings. $1.96US for the single tuna steak.

(Did I mention I am also "frugal" on some things?)












... the candy man can!


(1 replies, posted in Games Discussion)

That depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for roleplaying - it's there, but it's so muddled in inter-player politics in many instances that it is disgusting. Admittedly, I have heard MUCH better things about the European servers - so you may have better luck there.

I played UO for about 8 years. I finally broke when I realized that the roleplayers I played with had lowered their standards so far... well, they went where I could not follow. I was assaulted verbally OOC, and a player broke so many courtesies, showed no respect, and used OOC information willfully... and the community in general accepted that behavior. 
I just stopped logging in one day. That was in September/October 2006.

UO, mechanically, is nothing particularly special either. Nothing is overly 'broken'. I do still have my account, but I think UO continues to exist on the playerbase that simply can't move on for whatever personal reasons, moreso than new players joining it.

The new -client- overhaul will be out soon, but months after that, there will be a new expansion, as has been EA's practice year-to-year.

It's lower requirements are a nice draw for those that don't have the super-computers needed for most MMOs coming out (or even out now).

I may be a little jaded at having seen all the changes over the years, too.


(7 replies, posted in Saga of Ryzom)

I love that shot of Kendrus!

And very creepy image of Jez, with the fire. Very, very interesting.

I think those that were actively along had decent interaction. At least, as appropriate to their characters. Kas was there, literally, just to watch over Jez. He was thrilled he got to be as 'active' as he did. To actually stand forward as Jez's guardian. It was also very neat to see.


(7 replies, posted in Saga of Ryzom)

That was intense, and I believe well done. I have no real criticism at all. In fact, it was NICE to see a PnP style scenario pulled off in a game. You and your helper cohorts did very well!

Being the one that made one of the hardest decisions (by far, Jeziellia was NOT the only one making hard choices last night)... I don't at all feel like I was limited. If Jez had left the camp instead of doing something - I know you would have adapted. And believe you me... She almost did not come back to the camp - why do you think she stopped outside? wink

I feel confident in saying those things since there's no way to change her decision.

Her journal entry won't be the best explanation of what happened, I don't think. Maybe it will.

I'm having a hard time writing it. I keep getting this weird lump in my throat, as her mind drifts toward certain thoughts - like the last time she saw him, which happened to be the first and last time he would ever really hug her to comfort her instead of vice versa.



(10 replies, posted in Saga of Ryzom)

The green area next to the shrine will see some constant traffic and some just... loiterers, in Yrkanis. The Bath House in Pyr is a great place. Sauna thing upstairs, the fountain square not far away, plus... the bath! There's a spire in Fairhaven where you can stand out on a balcony 2 floors above the rest of the city. And ... I couldn't really think of places in Zora, as I'm not as familiar with it...

All in all, these sound like good ideas.

Just so long as you are somewhat -visible-. Some people think RP doesn't happen (or that "no one" rps) because they can't SEE it.

Have I mentioned lately how excited I am that you folks came here? *grins*

~E. Player~


(9 replies, posted in Saga of Ryzom)

Oh no! I wish you the best in your recovery from this. Take care of yourself and yours.

~E. Player~


(3 replies, posted in Saga of Ryzom)

I just hope they are helpful to those that are going to be playing SoR. I've been very excited to see new roleplayers in Silan. Most players are too timid to roleplay on Silan (I know I was, despite being an immersive roleplayer in UO for 8 years), and just having a few others to do it with draws those shy ones out.

I'm absolutely excited about new faces, and more roleplayers. I am sorry your home-game was closed though. That's never ever a happy thing.

If there's anything I can help with, don't hesitate to ask. I will do my best.

~Emaelle's Player~


(3 replies, posted in Saga of Ryzom)

Having encountered a number of you (and been delighted to do so!!), I went through the Ryzom forums and dug up some Lore-centric posts that are not always "published canon" by Nevrax, but things left to the devising/guessing of the playerbase. A lot of the information is VERY useful, and at the least are great roleplaying tools, or points of speculation from an IC point of view.

Perhaps my favorite (explaining how /tell commands can be used to make IC contact over many kilometers) is the thread "Regarding the apparent telepathic ability of all Homins on Atys". This also covers things like communicating IC in team, in guilds, and the way people can communicate at such distances within a Region. (Some rp in Region, some don't, and some do it more casually by simply maintaining the character's most basic personality traits.) 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this list and find the information in the threads useful.

Welcome to Atys!

~Emaelle's Player~   

http://www.ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21557 - Regarding Homin Telepathic Ability

http://ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13158 - The Nanoseed

http://ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12711 - Words of a Fyros sage, analgous about the Seed within each homin.

http://www.ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21697 -  Moon, Minerals & Atysology.

http://www.ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21568 -  Names of the Moons discussion.

http://ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22579 - Names of the Moons followup.

http://www.ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25003 - French thread on the discussion of Date/Time.

http://www.ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25894 - An English thread about the same thing, with some other useful links.

http://ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?p=300915 - Names of the Days & Months of Atys.

http://ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25106 - Zorai Pictogram Research/Translation.

http://ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23992 - Faction/Race/Fame informational post.

http://ryzom.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23509 - Guild Listing, though somewhat out of date.

And of course, one of my favorite boards... one of the roleplaying boards: http://www.ryzom.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=78


(10 replies, posted in Saga of Ryzom)

As you become more established in the world, you will find that other homins healing you is more common. As it stands, when you fall in battle, you are unconscious (if you highlight over your constitution on the Identity (p) screen, it says as much).

There are theories on how each Homin has a 'seed' and that only the Kami or Karavan can resurrect you. Of course, there is lore on how not all Homins are 'worthy' of the divine gifts. There are also theories that the resurrection is an aspect of Atys, and not truly Karavan/Kami only - just that the Karavan and Kami keep the secret to themselves so that homins continue to serve them.

Conspiracy theories are not so rare, obviously *grin*

The one theory above works very well. I play it that there was death, and the moment when the homin's Seed (soul essentially) is coaxed back. At that point (much like in tabletop gaming), I always imagine the Homin has a choice - whether to go back or just disseminate into the lifeforce of Atys.

There was an in-game event earlier in the year where an assassin killed the leader of the Trykers with a blade that has the power to permanently kill a Homin, beyond all means of resurrection. This is a very harrowing idea to a Homin accustomed to the Karavan or Kami pulling them back. In an interview from that time frame, one of the canon NPCs was rather flippant with a constable BECAUSE he knew he could not die and had faith in the Karavan, in Jena, to bring him back.

There is also the theory of being too far away for either power to resurrect you. Some people use that when RP'ing long journeys into the old kingdoms.


~Emaelle's Player~