I have a number iof things that are out that I want/need to buy.
- New HD to replace the one that is in the process of dying on me. This one is fairly urgent, as it is the HD that has my OS on it, and without it, I am stuck using my wife's laptop. While it is nice, it is slow, and it isn.t mine.
- FallOut 3
- Fable 2
- Gears of War 2
- Subscription to XBox Live for a year.
Unfortunately, my budget doesn't have room for all of the above at once.
The new hardrive is a necessity. There are some nice Seagate 250GB drives at Future Shop, I just have to check at home tonight to see if my system can use SATA drives. My BIOS says that it can, I just don't know if I have the connectors.
With some XBox 360 games that I have finished and that I plan on turning in to Future shop, I should get close to $50 in gift certificates, which will bring me close enough to the purchase price of a game for the XBox. I just finished Gears of War, and was fairly disappointed by the shortness of it. Less than 10 hours, all told. Gears of war, while it is expected to have more story, will still be on the short side of things. Plus, Gears of War 2 has on-line multiplayer as its big draw. I don't have that much time for that. plus, I am more n the mood for an RPg right now.
So that leaves me with Fable 2 or FallOut 3. I am nto sure that you can get a more contrasting pair of games in there, unless you were to throw in a JRPG. FallOut 3 is fairly serious, and is supposed to have a lot of different options. The skill system is supposed to be extremely well-developed, and the game is apparantly fairly true to the FallOut franchise. At the same time, it is fairly dark and serious. Fable 2, OTOH, is a bit simpler, but more of a sandbox game from what I have seen described. It contains a lot of silliness, but apparantly also has a lot of silliness in it.
Decisions, decisions. There is also the option of dropping the gift cards on anothet Hard Drive to expand my goodness and then dual-booting with Windows XP on one and then Linux on the other...
I spent some of the weekend, poking around inside my computer.
I took the sides off, and started it up, trying to figure out which of my HDs the noise is coming from. Turns out it is not coming from my HDs, the clicking/grinding is coming from one of my DVD players. When I put my hand on it, I can feel it vibrating.
However, that still doesn't change the fact that my computer won't start up. I tried putting my Windows Installation disk in the drive and set the drive to be the start-up device, and there was no happiness. No real difference in what happened.
This all started wednesday morning, after the power outage on Tuesday night. My computer stuff is behind a power-bar, and we did lose power once or twice on tuesday night/wednesday morning.
Some tips to keep us all safe this Halloween!
0. Do NOT under any circumstances whatsoever tempt fate.
1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if
it’s really dead.
2. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud, even as a joke.
3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out.
4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they
should not know, shoot them immediately. It will save you a lot of grief in
the long run. However, it will probably take several rounds to kill them, so
be prepared. This also applies to kids who speak with somebody else’s voice.
5. When you have the benefit of numbers, NEVER pair off and go alone.
6. As a general rule, don’t solve puzzles that open portals to Hell.
7. Never stand in, on, or above a grave, tomb, or crypt. This would apply to
any other house of the dead as well.
8. If you’re searching for something which caused a loud noise and find out
that it’s just the cat, GET THE HELL OUT!
9. If appliances start operating by themselves, do not check for short
circuits; just get out.
10. Do not take ANYTHING from the dead.
11. If you find a town which looks deserted, there’s probably a good reason
for it. Don’t stop and look around.
12. Don’t fool with recombinant DNA technology unless you’re sure you know
what you’re doing.
14. No, the previous number isn’t missing; Remember rule 0.
15. If you’re running from the monster, expect to trip or fall down at least
twice, more if you are female. Also note that, despite the fact that you are
running and the monster is merely shambling along, it’s still moving fast
enough to catch up with you.
16. If your companions suddenly begin to exhibit uncharacteristic behavior
such as hissing, fascination for blood, glowing eyes, increasing hairiness,
and so on, kill them immediately.
17. Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed
here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (you’re in trouble if you
recognize this one), anywhere in Texas where chainsaws are sold, the Bermuda
Triangle, or any small town in Maine.
18. If your car runs out of gas at night on a lonely road, do not go to he
nearby deserted-looking house to phone for help. If you think that it is
strange you ran out of gas because you thought you had most of a tank, shoot
yourself instead. You are going to die anyway, and most likely be eaten.
19. Beware of strangers bearing tools. For example: chainsaws, staple guns,
hedge trimmers, electric carving knives, combines, lawnmowers, butane
torches, soldering irons, band saws, or any devices made from deceased
20. If you find that your house is built upon a cemetery, now is the time to
move in with the in-laws. This also applies to houses that had previous
inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible
fashion, or had inhabitants who performed satanic practices.
21. Dress appropriately. When investigating a noise downstairs in an old
house, women should not wear a flimsy negligee. And carry a flashlight, not
22. Do not mention the names of demons around open flames, as these can
flare suddenly. Be especially careful of fireplaces in this regard.
23. Do not go looking for witches in the Maryland countryside.
24. The mentally challenged make vengeful ghosts and revenants, don’t mock them.
The application I am working on is 400 pages, and the prior art for it is 500 pages.
Stolen from seankreynolds.
If you are on my friends list, I want to know 36 things about you.
I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other.
Short and sweet is fine... you're on my list, so I want to know you better!
Comment here and repost a blank one on your own journal.
01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26) Favorite band to listen to when you're mad?
27) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
28) Do you believe in ghosts?
29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30) Do you swear a lot?
31) Biggest pet peeve?
32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
34) Favourite and least favourite food?
35) Do you believe in God?
36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
Lawful Neutral A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.
Monks are versatile warriors skilled at fighting without weapons or armor. Good-aligned monks serve as protectors of the people, while evil monks make ideal spies and assassins. Though they don't cast spells, monks channel a subtle energy, called ki. This energy allows them to perform amazing feats, such as healing themselves, catching arrows in flight, and dodging blows with lightning speed. Their mundane and ki-based abilities grow with experience, granting them more power over themselves and their environment. Monks suffer unique penalties to their abilities if they wear armor, as doing so violates their rigid oath. A monk wearing armor loses their Wisdom and level based armor class bonuses, their movement speed, and their additional unarmed attacks per round.
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Chaotic Good ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
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True Neutral ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (20)
Chaotic Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (15)
Lawful Evil ----- XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Neutral Evil ---- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Chaotic Evil ---- XXXXX (5)
Law & Chaos:
Law ----- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Neutral - XXXXXXXX (8)
Chaos --- XXX (3)
Good & Evil:
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Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Evil ---- XX (2)
Human ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Dwarf ---- XXXXXXXX (8)
Elf ------ XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Gnome ---- XXXXXXXX (8)
Halfling - XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Half-Elf - XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Half-Orc - XX (2)
Barbarian - (-25)
Bard ------ (-25)
Cleric ---- (-6)
Druid ----- XX (2)
Fighter --- XXXX (4)
Monk ------ XXXXXX (6)
Paladin --- (-21)
Ranger ---- (0)
Rogue ----- (0)
Sorcerer -- (0)
Wizard ---- XX (2)
Gears of War 2
They both lie at very opposite ends of the spectrum. GoW 2 is a first person shooter. Much violence (chainsaw gun!!), much blood, guts and gore. Looks very, very cool. Fallout 3, on the other hand, is very much a RPG. It also looks very, very cool. The gameplay (based on the videos) looks very similar to that in the old FallOut RPGs.
So which one do I choose?