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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: *Sigh* I lost my little girl last night... on: July 22, 2008, 10:31:45 PM
Oh man. I've never known sorrow like that of losing my dog. I feel your pain. I lost my last Rottenweiler just two months ago. It stinks. I'll raise a glass in honor of your dog tonight.

Peace,

-Cota
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Reliable incense online? on: July 22, 2008, 10:27:29 PM
I don't get the joke either. But more importantly, I'd like to hear an answer to the original question myself. I just picked up a couple boxes at the hookah store today. 99 cents.

Daehawk, when you buy in that kind of quantity, do you find it gets stale after a while?

-Cota
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting into Civ 4 (+BTS) for the first time on: July 12, 2008, 04:40:25 PM

Quote from: Asharak on July 12, 2008, 04:42:24 AM

Quote from: Cota on July 12, 2008, 03:57:55 AM

Expansion is a real trick to get right. I probably blow it as often as I get it right. The rule of thumb I currently use is this: Depending on the size map you play on, there are two National Wonders that rely on a certain number of buildings to built in your empire before you can build them. They are Oxford University, and Wall Street. Oxford requires a certain number of Universities and Wall Street requires banks. I try to expand to at least that number of cities.

Since you brought it up, I'll share my own rule of thumb. As I mentioned in my last post, I typically play to win the space race. This necessitates being at least large enough to research my way to the end of the tech tree first (or very close to it) and having a large enough industrial sector to produce the spaceship parts first. I'm guided by two things in this: the fact that you can build five SS Casings and five SS Thrusters simultaneously and the fact that a good city ratio is three commerce/science cities for every two production cities. So if I want five production cities to build those spaceship parts with maximum efficiency, I need 7-8 science cities to go along with them. And then I add one for a Great Person farm. So I come to a total of 14 cities.

If I can gain that territory peacefully, great: I'll use my early cities to block off my land and back-fill throughout the game, using a peacemonger/turtling strategy as much as possible. If I get a poor (or even an average) start, though, then at least one war is going to be inevitable to gain that much space.

I find this works reasonably well on Standard sized maps; obviously, the numbers need to be adjusted to the space available on smaller or larger maps.

- Ash

14 cities on a standard map!? How do you manage that? I feel like I'm doing good if I get 14 cities on a huge map. What do you typically run your spending at? Normally, I run a %10 Culture, %10 Espionage, and then hopefully %60 - %80 Science. If I fall below %60 Science for any length of time, I feel like I'm doing a poor job.

-Cota
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 12, 2008, 04:23:26 PM

Quote from: disarm on July 12, 2008, 04:49:16 AM

Quote from: Cota on July 12, 2008, 03:28:43 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 12, 2008, 02:23:08 AM

Cota, ride your bike 5 miles on a hot day and you'll start to appreciate a small saddle. The bigger, the worse.

I used to laugh at the words "bull leg strut." Now I shudder.

Do I want to know what a "bull leg strut" is? Honestly, when I first get on my bike my arse is so sore. It seems to fade after riding a bit, or maybe my brain tunes out the pain. I don't know why I just don't pull the seat off, KY the seat post, and ride it like that!

I have to admit, I've quite enjoyed my short rides so far. I've found places in my own neighborhood I didn't know existed.

-Cota

don't underestimate the importance of picking up some padded cycling shorts if you plan to spend a significant amount of time in the seat...little bit of groin padding goes a very long way.  don't think that biking shorts means you have to be strutting around in tight spandex either.  there are plenty of 'baggy short' options that are like your typical cycling shorts underneath with an outer nylon shell that makes them look just like a regular pair of shorts on the outside...and the pockets are nice when you're riding around town.  the only downside is that cycling attire usually isn't cheap...

I'm definitely thinking about getting some shorts. I looked at them (the non spandex ones!) at the bike shop, but like you said, they are expensive. $50-$70 at my shop. I haven't looked yet, but hopefully they are cheaper on the net somewhere. I read that someone picked up a cheap pair at a sporting goods store too. I might see what they got. Maybe some gloves too. My hands get sweaty and it makes the grips slippery.

-Cota
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting into Civ 4 (+BTS) for the first time on: July 12, 2008, 03:57:55 AM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on July 12, 2008, 02:42:56 AM

The war is still ongoing, some 1000 years later, but is winding down now with Ragnar and company down to his last 2 cities. I lost a LOT of men along the way, though. It was quite a bloody thousand year period.

That's something I really love about Civ4. Getting into the whole in-character or 'in-civ' bit of the game. That was a defining bit of history in your world! For 1000 years the English and Vikings waged war on another. And now one people stand on the brink of extinction.

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Noob question - how do you decide whether or not to raze cities that you take? what are the pros & cons of razing vs installing a new governor?

I suppose there's a few things to think about when deciding to keep or raze a city. Not surprisingly, it upsets the owner of that city a great deal. You'll get a negative modifier to your relationship that I think lasts forever, or close enough. Raze a couple or more cities, and you'll be enemies for life. The placement of the city is a factor I use. I don't often like how the AI Civ's place their cities, so I'll tear them down and build a new one with my own settler. If the city has wonders or is a religious capital, you'll almost certainly want to keep it. And I suppose another is, do you really need the city? Be careful not to over expand too much too early. It can wreck your economy, and when that goes, so goes every thing else. Expansion is a real trick to get right. I probably blow it as often as I get it right. The rule of thumb I currently use is this: Depending on the size map you play on, there are two National Wonders that rely on a certain number of buildings to built in your empire before you can build them. They are Oxford University, and Wall Street. Oxford requires a certain number of Universities and Wall Street requires banks. I try to expand to at least that number of cities. Otherwise, you'll need to take cities by force. I am generally a peaceful player, so I try to get the cities established peacefully in the beginning.

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The war cost me a lot of time and resources, and I didn't particularly enjoy it. It seemed like an endless production of military units, a lot of give & take, and battles with lots of deaths and not much gained for either side.

This is an important point you made. Wars usually stunt your Civ's growth. At least for me smile. After a long war, you may find yourself falling behind the other Civ's. I don't know if you have met many other Civ's yet, but if you have, you may have noticed that you've lagged behind them since you haven't been able to build up your infrastructure while you were building war units. The plus side, hopefully, is that you have new land/cities and maybe new resources. These can help you make up the ground you lost, if any.

-Cota
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 12, 2008, 03:28:43 AM

Quote from: Eduardo X on July 12, 2008, 02:23:08 AM

Cota, ride your bike 5 miles on a hot day and you'll start to appreciate a small saddle. The bigger, the worse.

I used to laugh at the words "bull leg strut." Now I shudder.

Do I want to know what a "bull leg strut" is? Honestly, when I first get on my bike my arse is so sore. It seems to fade after riding a bit, or maybe my brain tunes out the pain. I don't know why I just don't pull the seat off, KY the seat post, and ride it like that!

I have to admit, I've quite enjoyed my short rides so far. I've found places in my own neighborhood I didn't know existed.

-Cota
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 11, 2008, 10:51:31 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 11, 2008, 04:30:52 PM

I just bought this the other day to tool around town with



That's a handsome bike. That seat, excuse me - saddle, looks a heck of a lot more confortable that the one that came with mine.

-Cota
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 11, 2008, 12:36:40 AM
For what it's worth, I ended up buying the http://www.konaworld.com/08_smoke29.htm (Steel frame Eduardo!)

I rode some other bikes (I wanted to try a Jamis Coda, but couldn't find one close enough), but came back to the Kona. $518 by the time I got done with the accessories. I've only put about 5 miles on it, but I think it'll suit me just fine. I had the shop put a rear rack on it, and I bought a milk crate for it, but I think I'll put some Wald ( http://www.waldsports.com/index.cfm/home.html ) baskets on it. Probably the folding pannier type. Those look pretty handy.

Thanks for the assist, that was a fun crash (unfortunate wording?) course in bicycles.

-Cota
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting into Civ 4 (+BTS) for the first time on: July 07, 2008, 05:51:21 AM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on July 07, 2008, 04:12:42 AM

Thanks again, Ash, that's a lot of helpful info. I did end up 'spending' the missionary on a nearby city, but now I know to spread them out more.

I wasn't sure how to handle open borders requests, I guess i was too suspicious. My declining the Vikings' request for them might be what ticked them off. They just invaded and attacked one of my cities. Luckily I'd been churning out military units to squash a barbarian town just north of me that was sending out a lot of barbarian units, harassing me.

Granted I'm only only Warlord difficulty (3/10 I think), but any suggestions on handling the invasion? Our borders are touching all the way down the continent. I've seen mounted units, axemen and swordsmen on his side.

Should I be heavily garrisoning my cities, spreading out units along the borders, or maybe launching a counteroffensive? I don't have a very advanced military as I'd been focusing on other things, but I do have access to iron. I have 4 cities all capable of decent production.

Do you know how to build catapults yet? If not, it's going to be difficult for you to counter attack him. If you do know catapults, then you could counter attack him, but it's hard to say without knowing your whole situation.

If you decide to defend though, you will want to build several different defenders. You've seen he has swordsmen and horses. You can counter those units with your own axemen and spearmen respectively. I wouldn't build swordsmen unless you are going to attack him. Also, archers are a good all around defender, they don't really have a unit that counters them, but they aren't particularly strong either. They can be upgraded with the 'city garrison' promotion though which makes them pretty good general defenders inside your cities.

If you haven't noticed yet, the different Civs all have their own personality. Ragnar happens to be a warmonger. Unless you can befriend him, he's going to be trouble until one of you are gone. Religions can be one of the best, earliest ways to make friends (and enemies!). It sounds like you may have just founded your own religion? Does he have a religion of his own? Or one that is prominent in his civ? If not, you could work to spread your religion to him and become the best of friends. Provided one of you doesn't destroy the other one first.

-Cota
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 06, 2008, 07:36:05 PM
Well, what's the difference between a 'Commuter' and a Hybrid? Is that something in between a road bike and a Hybrid?

-Cota
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 06, 2008, 06:58:23 PM
I may have misspoke when I said 1 year and 6 month 'tune-ups'. I didn't know there was a difference between 'tune-ups' and 'adjustments'. I can't be sure what word the shop guys used now. Tune-ups was just the word I used to describe what I thought the guy was talking about. I wish I could get free tune-ups/adjustments what ever for life! I only have the two choices in bike shops that are close enough that I would consider shopping at. Although I apparently live in the bicycle capital of the country, I'd have to drive 20 - 40 miles for more shops. I would be nice to be able to ride your bike to the bike shop, yes?

Disarm, I'm glad you explained your position on Hybrids. Makes me feel more comfortable that I am looking at them. If the main reason to not get a Hybrid is that it won't make it down a mountain trail, then that's fine. I'm too old to go bomb down the side of a mountain on two wheels. I just want to piddle around town, run down to the grocery store, and give the finger to $140/barrel oil.

I never say never though. I have to admit, I got kind of excited about getting a bike after test driving those bikes. I want to go pick one out right now and ride all over the place. I know it will pass though, probably after I pop a lung on my first mile.

Anyway, I appreciate the different view points. It's difficult to get into something like this, for that kind of money, when I have zero experience or expertise to draw from.

-Cota
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bicycles on: July 05, 2008, 11:07:10 PM
Alright, first of all, thanks for tips, suggestions and links. I spent hours the other day looking at those links.

Second of all, for those who asked - I guess I wouldn't have to go more than 10 miles round trip. I'm not real good judging distances though, but it's not far. My main trip, the grocery store is even closer, but as luck would have it, has a monster hill between me and it. My Hemi-fied Dodge Ram cringes at that hill. Ok, not really, but the gas gauge does.

So today, I just got back from the two closest bike shops. I rode four bikes: Scott Sportster P5, Giant FCR 3, Trek 7000, and the Kona Smoke. One shop has the Scott and Giant brands and the other has the Trek and Kona brands.

I first rode the Scott. The dude asked how tall I was and took the bike in the back to set it up, what ever that entails. Not having rode a bicycle in probably 25 years (they used to be called 10 speeds in my day), I had nothing to compare the ride to. So it was my baseline I guess. It rode fine as far as I could tell. It wasn't uncomfortable, and it was easy to stop and go and shift.

The next ride was the Giant, and the dude set it up like the first. It was similar to the first bike as far as I could tell, except for one thing - I could feel every little crack and bump in the pavement. I thought at first maybe it was the tires or something. So when I return with the bike, the dude asks me how I liked it. I told him it was fine, except that I could every bit of the rough pavement. He said, that's because the first bike, the Scott, had shocks on the front forks. Ah hah, I thought to myself. I like shocks. He said it's a tradeoff though, the smoother ride comes at the price of efficiency. Ok, so that is something I will want to factor in. How much weight does it carry? I have no idea. But I liked the feel of the shocks.

Ok, so next store and on to the next two bikes. First up was the Trek 7000. After sizing me up and adjusting the bike, the dude is wheeling it out the door and stops to say something to some lady sitting there in a chair. Turns out, this bike was her bike! She had just bought it, come to pick it up, but it had some defect in the forks and they were going to send it back to the factory. But it was the only one they had of that model in that size, so they gave it to me to ride. Well, that was awkward. Walking out with someone elses bike with them sitting right there. I figured before I set out today, that I would fall off a bike and embarrass myself, and I knew now, that this was going to be the time it would happen. It didn't happen, thankfully. But the bike guy did neglect to mention how to shift the darn thing. The first two bikes had levers, this one had no levers or buttons. It took me an awkward minute as I'm riding off in too high a gear, to figure out the shifter on this one. Works like a motorcycle throttle. Anyways, the ride was fine, didn't seem much different than others really.

The last bike, was the Kona. I don't think anyone here mentioned that brand, but I saw it mentioned in a forum I found from one of the links you guys gave me. It seemed similar enough to the Trek, but I just seemed to 'like' it a little more for some reason. I don't really know why.

So that was my first shopping experience. A couple of things I came away with: My initial budget of $350 is really asking alot, at least for this style/class of bike. The Scott was $399, the Giant was $499 (I think, I didn't write it down), the Trek was $359, and the Kona $349. So $350 is just a bit low by the time you get done buying any accessories. These four bikes were the very entry level of their class. Now one feature I have decided I want, is fenders. And a rack for carrying things. All four bikes can have fenders and racks added to them, and the Kona even came with fenders already installed. As far as dollars go, the cheapest option is the Kona. It gets one star.

Second thing I learned was, I liked the shocks on the first bike, the Scott. The Scott was the only bike who's entry level option came with shocks. I believe you can move up the quality ladder of the other models and get one with shocks, but that'll cost extra of course. So I give the Scott P5 a star for the shocks.

I liked both shops well enough. I know some of you mentioned that that was important. They each carried different brands, so that might be the deciding factor on choosing  the shop. One shop had a 1 year free tune-up but other was only 6 months. I'm not sure how important that is. What's a tune up cost? Or do you learn to do them yourself after a while?

It was a fun trip, and I'm kind of excited about the idea of getting a bike. By the time you buy the helmet, fenders, racks, gloves, lock, lights etc, it's going to cost a good bit more than I first thought. But these seemed like pretty serious bikes (what do I know though, right?) and worth the expense.

I know some of you argued against hybrids, and others argued for them. I did ask about putting road tires on a mountain bike, but the dude seemed sort of ambivalent about that. Maybe I'll make another trip soon and try out just mountain bikes. I gotta say though, the Hybrid, at least in theory, seems to make the most sense for me. And there was nothing about any of the bikes I rode today that said to me - "Don't buy me".

By the way, if I was just going to buy a bike based on style, I'd get one of those Electra bikes! Those are pretty clever looking. I checked them out on the web, and both the shops I visited carried those.

Anyways, thanks again for the tips and suggestions, I took them all with me on my shopping trip today.

-Cota
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting into Civ 4 (+BTS) for the first time on: July 03, 2008, 02:46:52 AM

Quote from: Arkon on July 02, 2008, 07:43:48 PM

Any suggestions on a good starting leader for trying to bump up difficulty?  I managed to win on the second difficulty, but just bumped it up one level to warlord I think it is.  I can't seem to expand anywhere near as fast as the cpu.

I think Darius of the Persians is generally considered to be a good leader for beginners. I think that leaders with passive traits are easier to learn with. Creative, Financial, Organized, maybe also Protective and Expansive. The trouble with some of the other traits is, that you have really play to the strength of the trait to get anything out of them. Philosophical for instance, requires you to be able to set a city up to maximize great people points. Certainly you get the bonus no matter what you do, but to really exploit it, you need to understand and micro-manage it.

One of my personal favorites is the Dutch. Willem? He's Creative and Financial if I recall, and has a great Unique Building. I've never made much use of his Unique Unit though.

-Cota
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bicycles on: July 03, 2008, 02:44:50 AM
I'm thinking about buying a bicycle for running small errands and groceries. Save some gas money, help planet Earth and maybe get a little exercise besides. Trouble is, I don't know much about them. A few months ago, I read a big thread over on old OO about them, but that seemed a little too tilted towards the bicycle enthusiast for what I'm thinking of.

So where do I start? Well, first of all, I reckon I could spend about $350 or so. I hope I can get an entry level bike for that. It seems like a hybrid would be a good choice, but in that thread on OO, it seemed those were sort of frowned upon by the enthusiasts. Now, I know, some might say, "Trust, you'll wish you bought a real road bike. You'll start riding 30 miles a day and you'll be sorry you bought the hybrid", but I really have no interest in cycling as a hobby. Maybe I'll fall in love with it and be sorry, maybe not. But I really just want something to do some short commuting and errands on.

So any brands, styles or accessories someone in my position should look for? There is a bike shop in my neighborhood, I've never been there, but I assume I could get what ever might be recommended there.

Also, what do you cyclers do in the winter/rain? When I was a youngster, I rode motorcycles rain or shine. At least then, it didn't really bother me, but maybe it's different on a bicycle.

Thanks for any tips to get me started,

-Cota

(By the way, I posted this once about an hour ago, but the site crashed or something and it looks like my post didn't survive. I didn't see it and hopefully this isn't the second time this gets posted smile )
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 100 Pushups - 6 week program. Who's in? on: June 21, 2008, 10:00:33 PM
100 push-ups in 6 weeks? Easy. That's only 2.5 push-ups a day! IN!

-Cota
56  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: AoC - Developers update on: June 04, 2008, 04:20:03 PM
I don't think the "visible prison" is a good idea at all. Griefers grief for attention. Putting them on display in a glass box is like giving them a stage. It's exactly what they want. Attention. It's more like a reward than a punishment. I bet you people would end up going to prison on purpose. It's a 'look at me' crowd and what could be better for them. Remove the visible part of the punishment, and you might have something. No chat either, not public or private.

-Cota
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting my butt kicked in Age of Mythology on: May 24, 2008, 03:51:26 PM
I hated this game for it's difficulty. I liked the game well enough, but I could never learn to play passed the 'easy' level. The trouble was, on easy, the AI wouldn't attack. Or do much of anything as I recall. It was too easy and not much fun because of that. The next difficulty level up though was far too much for me. Oh how I wished for something in between. Age of Mythology and perhaps Warcraft 3 were the only RTS games that I was never able to find a comfortable difficulty level to play on.

-Cota
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion mod help on: May 23, 2008, 05:58:36 PM
Yeah, but you have to sign up for some sort of account, or buy something there to download that file.

-Cota
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oblivion mod help on: May 23, 2008, 03:22:27 PM
Where are you guys getting these mods at? I wanted to try the Francesco leveling thing, but I don't want to pay to download it or sign up for who knows what to get it. Is there some reputable free site you guys use?

-Cota
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: May 23, 2008, 03:09:28 PM
Ok ok ok, I give up. I'm making Gaming Trend my home page. I once roosted here, after the demise of Gone Gold. But the WoW gold selling/powerleveling ads drove me away to Octopus Overlords. I know those ads didn't last long, but I had made my move. Now I'm back here. I'll miss the PC games forum at OO. That's how it goes. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off the PC section.

-Cota
61  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / IGE Banner Ad on: December 16, 2005, 11:46:26 PM
Not that you'll miss me, but I cannot support a site with those banners. I really do appreciate everything you've done for us gamers up to this point though. Thank you.

-Cota
62  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Free DVD Decoders? on: August 22, 2005, 06:03:58 AM
Well. As I was sitting on the throne of contemplation, I thought to check the Box of Extra Stuff that I always have left over after putting a system together, and lo, there was DVD software in there smile Intervideo or something.

Anyways, thanks for the link Knightshade Dragon.

-Cota
63  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Free DVD Decoders? on: August 21, 2005, 06:41:25 PM
Anyone know where I can get a free DVD Decoder? I've found some that cost $ and some that do ripping I dont need. Are there any freebies that will just allow me to play DVD's on my PC?

Thanks,

-Cota
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Gadget] Pay the Bill or the car won't start on: July 27, 2005, 05:09:43 PM
Anybody know where I can download a "no-pay" crack for my car?

-Cota
65  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Annoying Ad on Home Page. on: July 27, 2005, 05:02:27 PM
I like the new ads. Thanks.

-Cota
66  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Annoying Ad on Home Page. on: July 24, 2005, 11:36:51 PM
Holy Cow. That noise makes me want to hurt people.

-Cota
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What's your GOAT of the Year so far? (PC edition) on: December 03, 2004, 05:14:18 PM
MOO3

-Cota
68  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / 24 hours on: November 23, 2004, 02:35:48 AM
Congratulations Tiny Ogre. I hope everything goes off with out a hitch for you guys. Even though I'm playing EQ2 now, I hope to be able to play WoW at some time in the distant future. I'm sure it will still be around. smile Cheers!

-Cota
69  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / good, free firewall? on: November 23, 2004, 12:51:08 AM
Quote from: "olaf"
Best Buy is selling the retail boxed copy of Zone Alarm Pro 5, the most current version, for 9.99 after a rebate.

That aint free, but its a steal as the program is usually $40.

olaf


No kidding? The free one is sans a few features I'd like to have. I may have to check that out.

-Cota
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RC cars as a hobby. on: November 23, 2004, 12:00:07 AM
I used to race for a couple of years. It's a fun hobby, but can get really expensive if you don't know when to quit. My experience comes from battery RC. I never cared for gas much, too noisy and smelly. Electric cars are pretty damned fast on their own.

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I wonder how durable are the $300 - $500 cars, and do the tracks generally cost money to use? $400 doesn't sound that bad, when you consider it's just a video card, heh. I wouldn't think twice about dropping 4 bills on a vid card.


They are pretty durable, but not indestructable. You can replace every single piece on them though, so it doesn't kill you to break one. I found that anything attached to a wheel is the first thing to break. So be sure to have a couple of spares if you go racing. I got into the hobby with about $300 I think. That got me a truck, AM radio, and some batteries. And I competed fairly well in the newbie class with that. You can spend way more than that though if you want.

Around here, it was the hobby shops that provided the racing circuits. We had outdoor and covered tracks. Costs a couple of bucks to enter and you can get a trophy if you're good. smile Often times the hobby shop would bring supplies to the track if it wasn't on their site in case you broke something you didn't have a spare for.

I'd hit your hobby store and see if they got anything going for RC racers and see what sort of kit you can get into for a start. It's a great hobby.

Edit: Haha. I had to go out in the garage and dig out my stuff after talking about it. Here is what I had when I quit.

-Cota
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Master of Orion 3, worth five bucks post-patch? on: November 22, 2004, 11:36:41 PM
No. Save your $5 and play MOO2 again instead.

-Cota
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My Car Accident - 56K Warning on: November 19, 2004, 09:29:50 PM
My God. Go Croman!

-Cota
73  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / EQ2 hints and tips on: November 17, 2004, 04:22:06 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Changes your general facial expression, kind of fun actually.


Wow. I noticed you get a mean face when you're in combat (maybe that's angry?). I can't wait to get in and try those.

-Cota
74  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / EQ2 hints and tips on: November 17, 2004, 03:46:33 PM
Thanks for the info guys.

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/mood [mood] - where [mood] is afraid, happy, sad, tired, angry, none - moods persist until changed


What's that do for you though?

-Cota
75  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Low end systems for EQ II on: November 11, 2004, 09:21:30 PM
Vindel, my buddy is running it on a P4 2.6, GeForce 4 4200, 1 gig of ram and he says he's dialed it in to where it runs fine for the few hours he's into it.

-Cota
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 PATCH details. Patch due out tomorrow on: November 11, 2004, 12:50:48 AM
I'll be too busy with EQ2 to play the game with the patch, but I believe it will it be a great game with the bugs patched. If you liked the first/second one, you'll like this one. The gameplay is almost identical to what I remember from the other ones. But this one has better graphics, better peeps, better sounds, more rides, more detail etc. I'm only sorry that I wont be able to play it patched.

-Cota
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Recent photos taken and 56k warning type stuff... on: November 11, 2004, 12:43:00 AM
Quote from: "Zero"
 I wanna see it


No you don't.

-Cota
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Recent photos taken and 56k warning type stuff... on: November 10, 2004, 09:11:49 PM
Quote from: "SpaceLord"
Ok, I gotta move to higher ground.  ninja


No doubt.

Hey Interloper, are you the guy from Gone Gold that posted a few 'digital diaries' of a couple of hikes you took into the mountains? That terrain sure looks familiar.

-Cota
79  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Panic! SATA devices. on: November 10, 2004, 07:53:09 PM
I bought the Asus P4P800-E Deluxe. It ended up being pretty easy, but it could have been difficult. Win XP boot disc doesn't recognize SATA. You have to provide a floppy disk with SATA drivers on it during the Win XP install unless your motherboard has 'native' SATA support. (Or make a special install CD through some process called 'slipstreaming' which looked more complicated than I wanted to deal with.) I didn't put a floppy drive in my system, so I was worried I'd have to go out to buy a floppy drive and disk.

This board though, supports the first two SATA channels through the bios and after Win XP is installed you can install drivers to access the two raid channels as normal SATA channels fora  total of four regular SATA connections. Then there was question about whether or not you could boot from an SATA optical drive (which is what I bought), but it turns out you can, at least with this mobo. So at one point it looked bleak and like it might take more trips to the store and online returns and exchanges. Plus I was trying to hurry and get this done in time for EQ2. But it all worked out fine without any more trips or purchases. smile

-Cota
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Everquest 2 - first impressions on: November 10, 2004, 07:33:21 PM
I made it through both posts Abaddon. smile Thanks.

I'm pretty much with you on your concerns on certain points.

Locked combat. I don't like it. I don't like kill stealing either though. We'll see how it works, but I sorta figure that is one of those social aspects of the game that just need to be worked out between the players.

The con telling you who will aggro is something else I don't like. I always thought that was part of the fun. Sure it sucks to pull something you think is a solo and the whole camp comes and kills everyone, but some of those events are the also the most memorable looking back on them. Forces you to experiment and learn techniques that you might apply to later encounters and adds a little bit of excitement from the uncertainty.

The crafting I'll differ from you though. Like most things, I think if you give it time, it will not seem so complex and hopefully less boring than a simpler scheme.

I'm still waiting on my copy, so these are just my opinions based on what I've read here. Look forward to your third installment. smile

-Cota
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