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1241  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Flag Dilemma on: March 02, 2006, 06:52:45 PM
The flag code only applies to the military and the government.  For individuals, you're asking them to honor it as a custom or out of respect.  Trying to impose customs or respect upon people rarely goes well.  

In your situation, I might mention to the neighbor that it's almost time to retire that flag.  You could even mention the local veterans group that does that.
1242  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good "short" games? on: February 27, 2006, 03:56:27 AM
Have you tried Oasis?  It's a combination puzzle/strategy game that plays very fast.  The demo will give you a good feel.
1243  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Talk Strategy's Second Anniversary (& a Contest) on: February 24, 2006, 07:58:54 PM
Yes, my website is going into its third year.  It's hard to believe.  There have been a lot of people here who have helped out by contributing, linking or just visiting.  Thank you for all your support.  The CG/GT guys have been kind enough to link to my site on occasion (and I'm trying to rent Mike for the party).  It's been a big boost.

We're having a celebration contest.  It's no BC contest, but currently we have more prizes than entries so your odds of winning are hard to beat.  

Thanks again.  I'll see if I can keep the place growing for another couple of years.
1244  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 24, 2006, 01:02:01 AM
I guess I can't complain if I get knocked out now.  I was worried about being the first out.  Now my goal is to hold on to 440 BC.  Then I could say, I survived the 3000 years war and all I got was this Chinese occupation.

Of course, I still dream about a stunning reversal, but I'm not holding my breath.
1245  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 21, 2006, 01:18:03 AM
I only saw him as Mali (yellow).  I thought Rome was someone else (started with a 'N'.)
1246  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 18, 2006, 12:03:04 AM
I got a message when I logged in that Dandridge had retired.  I thought that was odd since the server has been doing so well lately.  If he just wanted out, I could have traded places with him.  The subsequent Malinese hordes coming to smite the Chinese would be entirely coincidental. :wink:
1247  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 13, 2006, 08:46:26 PM
Sorry, I was just doing a quick turn.  I thought a peace treaty was self explanatory, but here,

"Mighty Varity of the Chinese, though we respect your power and tremble before the thunder of your armies, we are both surrounded by fierce and powerful and advanced cultures.  This continued war weakens us both when we should be preparing to face the challenges ahead.  Let us put aside our differences now lost in the dust of time and move forward without bitterness.  We as leaders have a responsibility to our peoples to not let this war crush us both.  I'm sure you see the wisdom in this especially when weighed against the miniscule threat our people pose to your empire."

It's kind of embarrasing to see both of us at the bottom of the civ list.
1248  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/FT: Dragon Quest 8, and MP (sold) on: February 12, 2006, 06:41:52 AM
That's alright, I don't really have time to play DQ8, but you're welcome to look at my ELOG list to see if you can find anything interesting.
1249  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its my birthday, its my birthday on: February 10, 2006, 04:13:28 AM
Happy Birthday.

So how old are you anyway?  Myto needs to know how many times to spank you. :wink:
1250  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 09, 2006, 07:45:08 PM
Nice of you to reschedule my execution.  Forgive me if I plan to be late again.   I'll be sure to bring some friends if I can find any.
1251  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: February 08, 2006, 09:57:47 PM
Don't worry, Varity almost has me knocked out.  That might help.   Someone else is bound to be fighting by now.  Then you'll probably see a couple civs band together for protection against the aggressors.  You could be down to a dozen players in a few weeks.

As to the server, I noticed it won't let you connect while someone else is establishing their connection.  It would be nice if it kicked out an error message, but it doesn't.
1252  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game trading experiment on: February 03, 2006, 06:24:45 AM
Quote from: "philosophist_"
Quote from: "Dimmona"
There was a free service a while back called gametrader or something that I used to use all the time that did this - you basically created a list of games you had and a list of games you wanted, and it would match you up with folks.  I ended up trading quite a few games for not much more than a few bucks shipping.

The weird thing was the website was apparently doing great, then got shut down out of the blue one day... no reason was ever given.


game trading zone?

He might mean Switchhouse.  That place was great, but died when they tried to monetize the site.  They tried to do transaction fees like ebay, but no one wanted to pay after free trades for so long.  They drove off a lot of their customer base and never recovered.

It was a nice place that had books, games, cds and other stuff you could list in your profile.  You did the same with want lists.  Then you'd click on anything in your want list or have list and it would match you up with the people who had the most items for trade that matched your wants.  You could then sort by feedback.  They even had a 'swapping' cart system where you could propose a trade.  They could counter offer (kind of like Civ IV).  You only saw personal information on accepted trades.  Then it would even print out mailing labels for you.
1253  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Talk Strategy Interview on: February 03, 2006, 06:05:13 AM
Howdy,

I thought I'd let everyone know I've done another interview.  I hope I'm not annoying anyone yet.  

Anyway, here is the GalCiv II interview.

As always, feedback and analysis is appreciated.
1254  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: February 01, 2006, 11:08:45 PM
+1 to RightBastard for a slick, professional trade.  Highly recommended.
1255  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Talk Strategy Game of the Year discussion on: January 30, 2006, 08:38:03 PM
Voting is open now.

Right Here.

May the best game win.
1256  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Talk Strategy Game of the Year discussion on: January 30, 2006, 12:03:44 AM
The site emphasis is on strategy and tactical games.  Specifically, its focus is on the virtual war stories arising from those types of games.  However, game of the year is open to all nominations.  Nominations closed out a while ago and now we're cutting the list to finalists.

Voting will begin tomorrow (Monday).
1257  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Private Message Box Size on: January 29, 2006, 04:45:22 AM
Thank you kindly.
1258  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Private Message Box Size on: January 29, 2006, 01:03:26 AM
Now that you've got a whole server, any chance of sharing the love and increasing the allowed size of PM boxes.  The defaults are pretty small for phpBB2 and messages aren't that big.  It seems most people like using PM's for trades (presumably to cut down on spam), so I notice my message boxes keep filling up.  Personally, I like to keep all my past trades archived to refresh my memory.   Just a suggestion.  Thanks.
1259  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Talk Strategy Game of the Year discussion on: January 27, 2006, 06:06:41 AM
Howdy,

Just a reminder to those interested that my website is cutting down the list before voting on the game of the year.  It's not as prestigious as some awards, but it's fun.  The discussion article is Here.  The list of games is Here.  Input is open to all.  Thanks.
1260  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bethesda does Star Trek for PC! on: January 24, 2006, 11:10:16 PM
Bethesda published isn't as exciting as Bethesda developed.  They've been kind of hit or miss as a publisher.  I will keep an eye out for those game.  PC & Xbox 360 does raise a bit of a warning flag.
1261  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 4x ..Sins of a Solar Empire on: January 20, 2006, 08:55:11 PM
I just added a couple of new screenshots and a whole gallery of high resolution versions of all the screenshots.

Plese check it out.
1262  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 20, 2006, 07:48:19 PM
Seconded, connection timeout.
1263  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Full Auto + Free Faceplate on: January 20, 2006, 12:43:43 AM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Agreed....however - Mike and I have started thinking about getting a bunch of white ones and having GamingTrend graphics painted on professionally.  They'd probably be 25 bucks a pop, but I think it'd be awesome.  smile
Why don't you just submit a recommendation to Cafe Press to start selling XBox 360 faceplates then you could offer a full line of GT gear without the sunk cost.
1264  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: January 18, 2006, 09:27:51 PM
+1 to Daehawk for a classic gaming trade.  Recommended.
1265  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 17, 2006, 07:57:28 AM
No, there's plenty of room to get around my city.  I've scouted that far.  He has his warrior at my city gates so he's well inside my meager territory.  I do have a warrior defending.  Odd.
1266  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 17, 2006, 07:10:06 AM
I can't believe I'm already at war.   Verity, I believe, of the Chinese declared war on me.  I'm at a loss to see why.  If he knocks me out, it's not much of a victory (the city's not big enough to be captured).  You might gain a little room.  If the rush fails, a war this early seems crippling to both of us.  Maybe it's a brilliant strategy that I just don't understand?  Thoughts?
1267  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sins Interview on: January 14, 2006, 06:49:56 AM
I just put up an interview with the game's director.

Please check it out.

As always feedback is appreciated.  By the way you might want to vote in the poll while you're there.

I'm working on a GalCiv II interview as well.
1268  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Hammer & Sickle F/S or F/T {sold} on: January 13, 2006, 04:14:21 AM
Multiples are always an option, but if you didn't see anything on the list, it'll probably be a while before I add to it.  I'm sorry, I don't have FEAR.  I think Tron 2.0 is the most recent Monolith game I have.
1269  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sword of the Stars..more info on: January 12, 2006, 05:09:57 AM
Sword of the Stars has a publisher now.  The press release states a Q2 2006 release.
1270  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Hammer & Sickle F/S or F/T {sold} on: January 12, 2006, 05:05:29 AM
Mainly interested in a trade.  Ye Olde ELOG listing.
1271  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 08, 2006, 06:03:36 AM
Count me in.  I haven't been beat up in a while.  Anything I should know about playing a pitboss game?
1272  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Larger PS2 Memory Cards on: January 07, 2006, 12:03:30 AM
I just wanted to add that I tested the memory card with Sony's DNAS online authentication system.  I was concerned that in addition to checking the disk and PS2, it might look at the memory card.  Regardless, the card passed DNAS authentication using the Ratchet Deadlocked online disk which is the latest DNAS version I have.  So no conflicts there.
1273  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [Drama/blog] Getting... tired. on: January 06, 2006, 07:00:05 PM
You want to know the secret to happiness?  It's simple.

Help people.

You gain perspective when you help people.  You feel better about yourself when you help people.  You learn about people when you help people (quite useful for a writer).  You meet other people who help people when you help people.   It's amazing how many of your own problems you can solve when you help people.

Don't like churches?  Ok, start with civic organizations that help people.  College quite often seems passive.  When you help people, you're doing something.  Teach English, teach reading, teach computers, straighten out finances, build houses, mentor kids, help people fill out aid forms.  Just do something.  Good luck.
1274  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Pre-Order on: January 06, 2006, 06:43:58 PM
Quote from: "Hetz"
Well, I guess we will wait and see. I am still thinking there will be 2 SKU's....either that or the price of the PS3 is going to be a lot more than people here are expecting. $500+ easily. I can't see it for less than that with a bluray drive, Sony can't stand to lose as much per unit as MS can. They would be a taking a HUGE loss at $399 with a bluray drive.

You're thinking too short term.  If bluray wins, Sony not only gets a piece of every PS3 game sold, but every HD movie sold.  That's a fortune they can't afford to ignore (or lose).  Yes it's a big loss, but it gets them market share in two markets at once.  Sony need the cell to succeed and bluray to succeed.  The only way to ensure that is have the PS3 succeed.  They can't afford to price themselves out of the market any more than they could drop either of those core technologies.
1275  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Devil May Cry 3 - Special Edition on: January 06, 2006, 04:31:55 AM
Count me in the crowd that decided to wait for God of War instead of struggling with the difficulty on DMC3.  Does that make me the target audience?  I'll probably pick it up this time.

I'm a bit surprised more publishers don't do this.  It seems like a good way to cash in money that otherwise would be lost to the used game market.
1276  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Larger PS2 Memory Cards on: January 06, 2006, 04:27:56 AM
Thanks, stop by any time. biggrin
1277  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Serious freakin problems setting up my wireless bridge on: January 06, 2006, 04:26:54 AM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
My Dad once told me the secret to marriage was avoiding the I Told You So's. Good thing you guys aren't married to each other. biggrin
You know, my pastor once told our men's group that men bond by making fun of one another.   It's all done with love.  Besides we're both much happier with our wives.
1278  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Larger PS2 Memory Cards on: January 05, 2006, 06:42:09 AM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I trust you will keep us updated if you have any troubles with it down the road.

And that's crazy, the JavaScript page loading thing.  What's that about?  I've not used PostNuke in a while, is that a new feature or is does it have to do with the stuff on the sidebars?

Yes, if I have problems I'll let you know.  So far so good.  I read a bunch of customer reviews and only found one person who had save file corruption.  So far, I've put it through a bunch of read/write operations without any errors.

It looks like the sale at Circuit City where they had them for $30 is over, but $35 still isn't bad considering that's still less than a 2 pack of Sony 8MB memory cards.

The javascript is just a loading status bar.  They put it in .760 so I got it when I upgraded to .761.  It doesn't really bother me, but if it's annoying I can take it out of the theme.  I'll have to do that sometime when I'm awake.
1279  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Larger PS2 Memory Cards on: January 05, 2006, 03:16:33 AM
I grabbed one on sale.  Here's my review.

Thoughts/questions/comments are appreciated.
1280  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Serious freakin problems setting up my wireless bridge on: January 04, 2006, 10:48:45 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"
I took the wireless bridge upstairs to my computer and ran the setup disk that came with it.   It set up the bridge and some settings in my router "automagically" and at that point the network light on the bridge started flashing.

I then unplugged it and took it downstairs to my 360 and plugged it back in and ran the tests.   BOOM.   It worked!

Um.  Remember that thread where you were asking about the bridge and I said:
Quote from: "Hrothgar"
Yes, the bridges and gaming adapters are essentially the same thing.  You might have to initially configure the bridge by connecting it to your computer, but after that you'll be good to go.

See, I was trying to help you avoid that problem.  It looks like I failed my tech assistance roll.  Glad you got it working in the end.
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