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9001  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 08, 2006, 07:56:25 AM
Iit's all pretty similar to normal Civ 4 multiplayer, except now it's done at a certain amount of turns per day.  Just make sure to qeue things up ahead of time in case you have to miss a few turns.

Unfortunately, the way it's setup I can't let you just pick a civ and leader and join in.  I had to set the game to randomly pick a bunch of civs and leaders, then let players choose from that list.

Next turn should be generating at around 4:25am PST, with each turn happening every 12 hours after that.  So 4:25pm PST the third turn generates and so on.

Unfortunately, I can't set the actual times that the turns generate, just the intervals.  Otherwise, I would have set it so that the two turns would generate in the middle of peak hours with a long pause near the midnight hours for the US East coast.

edit:  By the way, LE, the place your settlers start in is usually a very good spot since the map generator will place things in a useful manner aroung a settler.  However, and this can happen often, you'll be one or two spaces away from a really good configuration.  But also be aware that the computer factors in resources that you can't see yet.
9002  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 08, 2006, 04:58:45 AM
Will do.
9003  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 08, 2006, 01:57:49 AM
Don't worry, if 18 players don't show up by the time the first turn generates, AI will take over for all civs that haven't been chosen.

Then, later on, if a new player wants to join, he can take over an AI player.

So, don't get too comfy with that predictable AI neighbor, he may become a player down the line.  slywink

Oh, and I've posted this server info accross many forums, so we'll be getting quite an interesting group of players.
9004  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Turtle's Massive Civilization 4 Pitboss Game on: January 08, 2006, 12:10:42 AM
I've started massive civ 4 pitboss game for anyone to join in.  Pitboss servers are like standalone dedicated servers for Civ games, where anyone involved in the game simply logs into the server, does his turn, then logs out.  As soon as everyone participating does their turn info the server generates the next turn, or if a preset time limit is reached (in this case 12 hours) then it skips the turns of those players who have not submitted.

Basically it's a way to play long, in depth Civ 4 games without having to coordinate schedules or try to pass around a PBEM file (which always seem to get lost).

Connect to:

The settings are:
18 Players
Huge map
Ancient Era start
Standard speed
Simulteneous turns

Turns are set to generate every 12 hours.

As per Tals' discovery, there's a bug involving player settings that messes up the password you set on your civilization.  Do not use alt-d or set your e-mail address to anything or you won't be able to log back into your civ.

Just join in and select whatever Civ you want, you can tell when a Civ has already been selected by the Leader's name being replaced by a player name.

Please let me know if you have trouble connecting as I'm not too sure if my firewall settings are correct.
9005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Hostel on: January 07, 2006, 06:41:06 AM
Can you describe the story behind this movie?

I'm not going to see it, ever.  The previews all seem to glorify how the movie has all this horrific violence, but makes no mention of the basic premise besides people being tortured and killed.

I was just wondering if there's actually a purpose to this tripe.
9006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bloodrayne = Boiled Tripe! on: January 07, 2006, 06:35:58 AM
Actually, it may make it so that those movies are never made in the first place.  I mean he may have the movie option for those licenses, but now that his investors don't have a tax loophole to use, they won't fund him for any of those projects.
9007  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Bloodrayne = Boiled Tripe! on: January 07, 2006, 04:25:46 AM
Word is Germany's government already closed the loophole that allow him and his investors to make money off of bad movies.

I wonder if that'll affect the current crop of movies too.

That means he's out of money folks.  Hurrah!
9008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360]Hmm...external HD-DVD drive announced on: January 06, 2006, 08:06:43 AM
Someone on this forum said that all these versions of the game console will really hurt the 360 in the end.

I hope Sony realizes this and trumps them by having a single unit, even if it's expensive.  And hopefully it'll include some form of hard drive.

MS could have benefitted from games using its built in hard drive, but no longer, they could have benefitted from having games released in the HD-DVD format so that the format reaches a broader audience, but no longer.

They did manage to release early and with a lower price point, but that early victory has been offset by numerous problems and upset developers.
9009  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / When Chihuahuas attack! on: January 05, 2006, 11:12:57 PM
I take it none of you have owned a chihauhau?  They are vicious when angry, they have to be considering their size, and they know how to fight.

My chihauhau, named E.T., was the sweetest little thing until something got it angry, usually my other dog, which was 2 or 3 times its size.  Then they fought it was the chihauhau that won.

They're also fast little things, no doubt the cop tried to kick them off but they can dodge pretty quickly.
9010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Wheres our modern day I76? on: January 04, 2006, 03:46:55 AM
Auto assault might be a contender, but it's an MMO.

There's also Full Auto, but that's more a racer than a pure car fighter.
9011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UT 2007 Confirmed as PS3 launch title on: January 03, 2006, 12:35:07 AM
I doubt Epic will pass up the chance of the 360 sales for ut2007, plus the Live framework is just asking for a game like 2007.

This makes me wonder what Sony has planned for the PS3's online capabilities.
9012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: January 02, 2006, 10:47:11 AM
TML, read this quick!  Do yourself a favor and while doing that puzzle, smash any miscellaneous objects you see for extra sand tanks, you'll need them for the segment that comes right after the puzzle.

Hopefully this'll save you two very big sessions of hate.
9013  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / New Sony PSP's - $159.99 shipped Xbox 360 $269.99 on: January 01, 2006, 11:28:49 AM
Well really, if it looks too good to be true, it usually isn't.
9014  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Shadowrun MMO on: January 01, 2006, 02:08:53 AM
I wonder if they even have a license to do this.  Sadly, talent doesn't equal common business sense.

As for the game itself, I'd rather see a normal cyberpunk game without the magic.  I thought Shadowrun was an interesting setting, and one that didn't need the magic elements.
9015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Want to see a weird trailer? on: December 30, 2005, 05:45:33 PM
Too much reliance on name recognition.  The dolls are weird of course, but I wouldn't see the movie because of the trailer.

The Fountain is a really good trailer, weird, quick, but it gets its point accross.
9016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 'Halo' Widescreen on X-Box 360 on: December 29, 2005, 08:09:53 AM
Wow, there's some really crap games on that list.  What was this about mainly top tier titles being ported?  Perhaps their inclusion was just a side effect of getting another game working?

Oh sweet, Yourself Fitness is compatable.  I use it for exercise so that's a good sign.
9017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Hands-On Playtest with Oblivion - New Pics! on: December 28, 2005, 05:35:42 AM
First thing I do when I get the game is I'm going to load up the construction kit, create my own city and use it as a sandbox for radiant AI interactions.

Treating the game like Sim Fantasy Town would be kinda neat.
9018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBox360 Tomorrow? Help Answer My Questions Tonight! on: December 27, 2005, 02:03:14 PM
I'd actually recommend Condemned as a rental.  Most reviews say it's an okay length, but very linear so no replay value.  Just rent it for a week, should cost $7-$9 depending on which video store you use, and play it through.  A second week's rental would still be much less than paying the $50-$60 for the full game.  Nor is this a game you'd want to keep around to show off to family due to its content.

Still, the AI uses the same core as the FEAR ai, so it's top notch.  I hear the environment is scarier too.  But, the story is only okay.
9019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / XBOX Live Diamond on: December 27, 2005, 01:57:37 PM
Eh, I doubt the savings will amount to much.  Although it's still something.

Of course, that's a lot of personalized data they'll gather on you.  Then again, there's so much of that type of data out there it might as well be more numbers.
9020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Compatible Wireless USB adaptors for Xbox 360? on: December 26, 2005, 09:07:05 AM
Does the 360 have a ethernet plug?  If so, you can buy one of the wireless extensions or standalone wireless boxes or something.  I'm not sure what it's called, but I have seen simple devices that are meant to act like a hub but with the ability to relay wireless signals.

Using one of these you could just use a short ethernet cable to hook the 360 to the hub.

Of course, the hub may cost $100 on its own.
9021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Twin Snakes ['Cube] - no love!? on: December 26, 2005, 09:03:12 AM
I'm someone who didn't like MGS2's story, but liked most of the new gameplay elements.

I liked quite a few of the MGS2 characters too, but I felt that many were underutilized (which is odd for an MG game) and some characters that should have returned from MGS1 weren't present for some odd reason.
9022  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Never subtitle a terrorist. on: December 25, 2005, 12:58:13 AM
Almost as good as the intro to Family guy a while back, with Osama trying to record one of his announcement videos, only to keep laughing in the middle of it.
9023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like MS are not the only ones late with dev kits.... on: December 24, 2005, 09:02:24 PM
Yet another unconfirmed story from an anonymous source about a console system.

Um yeah, wake me when there's actually some real news.
9024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UT 2007 Confirmed as PS3 launch title on: December 23, 2005, 10:52:50 PM
Ah, much better, and that line I can agree with.

Still, even thought I don't need to upgrade to get my gaming goodness, I plan to anyway to play games like Oblivion on the PC with all the mods.
9025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UT 2007 Confirmed as PS3 launch title on: December 23, 2005, 05:59:04 PM
who needs a new pc now? I don't!

Except when you need to do work, etc... Tongue
9026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / UT 2007 Confirmed as PS3 launch title on: December 23, 2005, 07:44:56 AM
I'm not concerned with delays of the PS3, especially considering the 360 launch.

It gives the game developers more time to prepare launch titles, more time for the company to perfect and produce the hardware too.
9027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PSP] Madden 06 -recall on: December 22, 2005, 07:04:41 AM
Sony really should have released many smaller games on memory sticks.  The kind of games that the DS would run.

This way, the load times are cut down along with battery usage.
9028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 anyone?? on: December 22, 2005, 07:02:39 AM
Yep, they'll need more Japanese oriented games, and they've signed up quite a few Japanese developers.

Too bad the Japanese 360 is on a different standard (damn country formats!).
9029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / replayed F.E.A.R. on: December 21, 2005, 08:35:52 PM
If they use it for other games, they really need to soften up the lighting engine to get more dynamic scenes.  The engine is capable of rendering brightly lit areas and bright colors, as shown by a mapper's remake of the Hydro map from No One Lives Forever.  But the shadows are all too dark and hard edged to fit with it.

Considering how well FEAR sold, there's no doubt in my mind that FEAR 2 is coming, let's just hope they actually make use of the interesting cast they setup in the first game, and bring back all that great environment design we found in NOLF.
9030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sunday th 18th: Camping Out? When? on: December 21, 2005, 09:14:56 AM
At least it wasn't spelled as "teh", I hate that.
9031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / DOA4 Controller for the 360 on: December 21, 2005, 01:01:35 AM
There's those X-arcade controllers that are very sturdy and generic.  I think they'll have an Xbox 360 converter available for purchase soon, if not already.
9032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BiA Earned in Blood=co-op goodness! on: December 20, 2005, 10:48:50 PM
The single player campaign is not playable in COOP mode.  Instead, the devs have included a bunch of skirmish maps, often based on the SP maps which you can play through in various ways, including COOP.

These skirmish maps, from what I played in the demo, are actually better than the SP campaign maps since they're made more open and you can fine tune the AI to your liking.  Adjusting things like their accuracy, movement, etc... on an individual basis.
9033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / BiA Earned in Blood=co-op goodness! on: December 19, 2005, 04:11:50 AM
You should try the multiplayer, it's 2v2 each with their own fireteam.
9034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 18, 2005, 07:24:54 AM
Say what you will about his looks, but the voice for V is excellent.  Anyone know who does the voice?
9035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live Arcade game development on: December 17, 2005, 10:24:20 AM
Do a search for it, or you could try asking the makers of one of the PC shareware games that already made the jump.

I suspect there is converting work needed, but if a small company that made Wik can turn around and release the game on Live Arcade, I think it won't be too difficult.
9036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 Agony! on: December 17, 2005, 10:22:33 AM
The store closest to me, at the Westminster mall, is getting 84 units according to the list.

This mall is actually one of the less used malls, but I suspect the best buy there gets a bit of traffic.

I'll probably drive by there early sunday morning and see how things look.  I've resigned myself to getting a box next year.  The only reason why I wanted one for Christmas was to either ebay the thing for much needed college money, or as something to wow my family members with and play some racing/sports games with them on it during Christmas.
9037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox Live Arcade game development on: December 16, 2005, 08:58:46 PM
Considering a few shareware games have been released on the Live arcade already, I think it's just a matter of making a game that's small enough to be put on live arcade, and then modifyin the distribution routine to handle live arcade, then working out a distribution deal with MS.
9038  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 16, 2005, 06:27:46 AM
M Knight Shyamalan has a new movie, looks good and the twist is spelled out ahead of time.


Cleveland Heep rescues a mysterious young woman and discovers she is actually a narf, a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the treacherous journey from our world back to hers. As Cleveland falls in love with the woman, he works together with the tenants to protect his new fragile friend from the deadly creatures that are determined to prevent her from returning home.
9039  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Trailers - DaVinci Code and Poseidon + V for Vendetta on: December 16, 2005, 05:58:57 AM
I love the posters for V, very dynamic.
9040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones on: December 16, 2005, 05:56:15 AM
Sort of like Thief 3's city hub?

Er, well I haven't played Thief 3 yet, but I hear it has a nice central city to move through between missions.
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