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Forum: Games most like Old!MARDEK?
Bacteriophage
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Have you tried Telepath RPG: Chapter 2? (don't bother with chapter 1 - it's really bad) It's a party-based RPG with grid-based combat and a nice system for training characters. However, rather late in that game, there's an annoying stealth segment followed by an even more annoying boat mine segment, both of which were almost impossible for me, so if either is too hard after a few tries, I'd recommend giving up.

If you enjoy it, it's basically a demo for Telepath RPG: Chapter 3 , which is non-free (there's an actual demo for that as well, though I don't know how long it is). It's basically more of the same, with an expanded world, improved combat mechanics, and fewer annoyances (no ridiculous-difficulty action segments).

I've recently bought an have been playing Geneforge 1. It's turn-based and grid-based, with a somewhat lengthy demo (the regions in the demo took me about 5 hours to complete). There seems to be a rather large world, and as far as I'm aware no random level designs. The combat isn't as good as the telepath series, though, and while skill points can be assigned at any time, there is a mandatory class choice at the start (only 3 classes, though). The combat is party-based, but only one character can really be customized (essentially, the main character can summon permanent monster pets). I have experienced some issues of not seeing enemies behind trees and such. Of all these games, this is the most story-driven.

I would also recommend Eight Temples, if you haven't played it. I don't know what it is, but getting equipment in this game is really satisfying. It's turn-based, with combat more similar to MARDEK's. The party members are created at the beginning of the game, and while skills can be assigned at any time, classes are unfortunately chosen at the start. The developer made a walkthrough on the same site, and that has a character creation guide. Or you could just take my word for it and go with a wizard, healer, rogue, and fighter, which is just about the optimal configuration. There's some timing-based events, but not in my opinion much harder then MARDEK. I am generally terrible about RPG puzzles, and so I used the walkthrough extensively. You may have different experiences, though.

Links:
∞ Telepath RPG Chapter 2 ∞
Chapter 3 can be bought from the same site.
∞ Geneforge 1 ∞
But if you actually buy it, there are cheaper options. GOG has it for $15, and I was able to pick it up for $4 in a steam sale.
∞ Eight Temples ∞
The walkthrough can be accessed from that page by looking at "other games by this developer".
Forum: Distractions, and drive
Bacteriophage
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I've been thinking about this a lot lately, starting with an insight I had at the end of last semester. I was consistently feeling happy but unfulfilled, and I did not know why. My insight was that I seem to be significantly worse off emotionally if I do not have a challenging, exciting math or physics thing that I am doing. It's odd, because it doesn't seem to be just a lack of intellectual stimulation; I had interesting and challenging classes last semester, and computer games challenge and interest me often. It seems, though, that I need something else; some sort of inspiration. Both the classes and the games were relatively "self-contained", and while fun, they felt more like diversions than all-consuming passions.

But the strange thing is that even though I seem to need the kind of mathematics or physics thing that makes me stay up late at night, wrestling with a problem, I constantly turn away from such activities. Even when I did have such things, I would almost never feel like working on them. I would work sporadically, some days working for several hours on an interesting thing (I really don't know what to call these. Please accept my linguistic placeholder), but most days (just about all of them, in fact) not working on it at all. I never seemed to feel motivated to work on them, even though I always enjoyed whatever time I did spend.

I am therefore trying to learn how to generate this type of excitement myself (all the other times, there was a teacher involved). I've tried a few times before (without the benefit of my recent insight), but I've always seemed to peter out after a few hours. Some difficulty would come, and that would me give just the excuse I needed to stop working on whatever it was. I have hopes that I won't do that this time, knowing what I know about my psychology, but of course the real test is how I behave in real life. In any case, I now have a university library next to me, so I have moderately high hopes that there will be a good selection of mathematics textbooks there.
Forum: Yellow Fairy or Scarab of Health?
Bacteriophage
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From what I remember, you only need to trade 4 fairies for the scarab of health. The fifth gets you a dreamstone (if you want to beat animus, you'll need it, but not before then.)
Forum: This Website is Depressing
Bacteriophage
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Manliness:

Given that A β Pseudolonewolf himself has masculinity listed as a dislike and has discussed previously his dislike of the stereotypical male, it isn't really that surprising that many others in the community formed around him feel the same way.

Since I am one of those people, I will endeavor to explain my reasons for my beliefs, with the caveat that others may have different reasons. My biggest problem is with how the stereotypical manly man interacts with others. He doesn't care about others' feelings, or have feelings himself. He says what he thinks, and if others don't like it, tough for them! They need to man up. He's aggressive, confrontational, and argumentative, and if you don't want to fight him, you're a sissy. If you ever feel sad, you're a sissy. If you are nice, caring, and polite, you're a sissy. In addition to this, there's the "everything is about physical strength; if you can't break your fork in half you're a WEAKLING and not worthy of being talked to" which, while less central to my dislike, is more relevant to the thread in question.

Of course, all this does not mean that lifting weights is inherently bad (far from it; exercise is a positive thing), but there is a certain perceived guilt by association.

All this being considered, however, it is still very rude to respond to someone's thread with nothing but jokes about the word choice of the first post. This does indeed suggest an air of animosity and hostility to people who do not share the same set of narrow views about life, which, it seems, is exactly what A β Pseudolonewolf was trying to avoid on this site.

Advice:

The first thing to keep in mind is that A β Pseudolonewolf has explicitly stated he does not like people giving him advice, such as at the following link: ∞ Fig Hunter ∞ (I recognize this was made before you came here, but it's the clearest explanation of A β Pseudolonewolf's feelings on this issue.) This really explains the issue with your initial comment better than I could.

I'm not really qualified to comment on a), since whether you are an alternate account is known only to you.

As far as b), DarthKitty could probably have been more tactful in his criticism of your tact. It is possible, however, that DarthKitty assumed you had read assertions like the one I linked to above and were deliberately ignoring them, or that DarthKitty was trying to be polite and not succeeding, or that DarthKitty was trying to be polite, succeeded perfectly, and I don't know anything at all about politeness. Of course, only DarthKitty could tell us definitely what happened.

General noxiousness:

I mostly agree with you here, which is why I haven't been posting much here.

I wouldn't say, however, that the cause is necessarily introverts. I've met a lot of negative extroverts in my life. I'm not really sure what's causing it, but I think "group dynamics" have a lot to do with it (people who dislike the site's atmosphere stop posting, allowing the site's atmosphere to drift further toward arguments and confrontation).

PS.

Sorry if I sound overly wordy or formal. I've just finished Pride and Prejudice and I'll be thinking and talking in that style for a few days.
Forum: Help I never even wanted in the first pl
Bacteriophage
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First of all, the problem is not confined to our generation. Every time my grandmother visits our house, she "picks up", which means putting everything in a completely different place, causing us to not know where anything is for a few weeks. When my parents asked her to stop, she was highly offended, and continued anyway.

I would guess that your classmate gets a lot of his self-esteem from helping others. He saw a person who needed his help, and to say that you didn't suggested that his help was not good enough, and by extension, that he was not good enough. Of course, when a person's self-esteem is threatened, one common response is to blame someone else, and it seems that is what happened.
Forum: Let's discuss marriage.
Bacteriophage
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Bacteriophage 21 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTP 5w4 93C
I completely agree that person B should not have trusted person A with his/her money. Still, that point is irrelevant to the main discussion, which is about the advantages of marriage. In this situation, marriage is a beneficial action. By recognizing the possibility that there may be situations in which his/her judgment is incorrect and preparing for those situations, person B is saved from financial ruin. Of course, we all have situations in which our judgment is incorrect, which can be exploited by a person of sufficiently higher intelligence and knowledge. Thus, recognizing this fact and preparing for it is a wise decision.
Forum: Let's discuss marriage.
Bacteriophage
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About the money, consider this hypothetical situation. Person A and person B live together. They are about equally wealthy. Person A, however, really doesn't love person B and just entered into a living-together-relationship so person A could brag about their man/woman-chasing abilities. Person A, however, is also a skilled actor, and person B thinks person A really loves him/her. Whenever the couple buys something, person A always insists that it be made out in their name for "tax reasons" (or some similar nonsense), and person B, having no reason to believe person A doesn't love them (and not knowing much about taxes), cheerfully agrees.

A few months later person A (because they love watching other people be miserable) says "The house is in my name and I would like you to move out. The car is mine, so give me the keys. The bank account is in my name; thanks for all the money. Bye!" If they are not married, person B has very few options. The only protection person B has is an informal agreement between them that person A can always claim is invalid (But person B signed this form that they fully understood that they were giving up all legal rights to their possessions).

If they are married, however, the house, car, and bank account are considered joint property, regardless of whose name is on the deeds. Person B has much greater chances of being fairly treated in this case.

I absolutely agree that living-together-arrangements should not be undertaken with the expectation that they will be dissolved, but there are manipulative people out there with acting skills, and it can be almost impossible to determine that one's partner is like this until it is too late.

The other reason for marriage relates to more practical considerations; the legal system is more likely to recognize two people as "connected" when a marriage is involved. I really don't know much about economics, taxes, or anything else, so I will have to wait for more knowledgeable people to fill the gap there. Still, I can't imagine there would be quite so much argument about gay marriage if it was just a cosmetic thing.

Oh, and I put "other" on the poll. If there was an option for "It's useful legalistically, but irrelevant otherwise", I would have chosen that.
Forum: Parents these days...
Bacteriophage
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Hmm... I generally agree with Tama Yoshi's argument, and since I am not old enough to have experienced time-variation among children, I have no idea if "kids these days" are worse than others. What I would say, however, is that by far the greatest "corrupting influence" on children is other children.

Last year, I lived in a neighborhood where the children had virtually no supervision, and the social dynamics there were absolutely horrible. There was, essentially, a social hierarchy among the 5-11-year-olds. This group had almost all the characteristics associated with stereotypical teenagers, except dependence on fashion and technology as indicators of social status.

It seems that for girls this social hierarchy was primarily based on how many friends you had, and who they were. Lying to sabotage relationships (Susan said she's not your friend anymore, Clara) and alternating back and forth on whether a person was someone's friend or not so as to keep them in a state of perpetually being excessively nice were common. For boys, it was based on how "cool" a person was, and anyone not "manly" enough was met with disdain and exclusion. Parents were generally disobeyed, lied to, and ignored.

My siblings, who went outside to play in this environment, were traumatized by the end of the year. Their behavior was significantly worse during this period. However, when they were later allowed to watch TV relatively unrestricted, there was much less change in their behavior from normal (it was worse, but not by much). People (especially "tough" types) seem to believe that children, left to their own devices, will form healthy friendships and play happily. Indeed, the community reverted to a calm, peaceful appearance when any adult walked by.

Of course, I don't mean that socially isolating children is the answer. Healthy social interactions are a natural part of development and should be encouraged. However, just because a relationship is there does not mean it is positive. Children that play together constantly are not necessarily friends. I suppose the best solution for parents would be simply to observe (directly or indirectly) the relationships their children have.

If the "kids these days are worse than kids in years past" argument is true, my experiences would suggest that lack of parental involvement during social interaction is the driving factor, and both increasing urbanization (more kids in one place means more time spent socially interacting) and an increasing number families in which all parents are working (less parental supervision) would contribute to this trend.

Of course, this is just my experience, so it may not be generally valid (small samples size and all that). Feel free to share your own!
Forum: Favorite Indie Game.
Bacteriophage
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Bacteriophage 21 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTP 5w4 93C
I assume you are referring to day 20, in Creeper World 2: Redemption? I'm not quite sure what went wrong (day 19 seems much, much harder to me). There will be some possible problems that make it seem harder than it is in this spoiler. If you have a different problem, just ask and I'll try to help.

  Spoiler:
Forum: Damage Calculations in MARDEK
Bacteriophage
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My recollections (not necessarily accurate):
1. Defense
2. -10% + -20% = -30%, not -28%.
3. Each point of defense decreases effective enemy attack by 1; thus, if defense is higher than opponent's attack, no damage is dealt.
4. Defense comes first, then -% reactions, then damage soak reactions, then elements.