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    posted a message on Introducing the Paragon System
    Haven't played in months, but I will be back for this. As a matter of fact, I can see myself casually doing MF runs for a long time, content knowing that even if I don't find anything, I'm progressing and getting better.

    For a hardcore gamer, adding more grinding will just to contribute to burnout probably. But for someone jsut looking for something fun to sink an hour in occasionally, this will add longevity.

    I'm also cool with transitioning away from gear based MF as you approach very high levels. Paragon levels + NV will be enough to keep NV interesting. Plus, it makes paragon levels more compelling. Not only do you get stat bonuses, but you get to move away from MF gear, making room for gear mods that are combat oriented. So 100 paragon levels = crazy stats +full combat oriented gear.

    Nice move.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    That's an amazing shot Trombone. You have a great eye. Seems like you can always notice the perfect lighting and just make everyday stuff look magical.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    More randomness! Just discovered that Square-Enix released a PC version of FF VII. 9.99 for direct download, and they added online achievements and profiles. So excited!
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    I hate job interviews. I kind of want to move, and the main thing holding me back is that looking for another job would be terrifying. LOL!
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    The can makes it seem citrusy. So I'm in! :P
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    posted a message on Rate The Last Movie You've Seen
    Going way back here. Willow! It's a little ridiculuos, but in an endearing way. 8 out of 10. LOL
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    That's a lot of Coke! Proably my least favorite soda ever. It tastes so heavy (can't describe it better LOL). It's all I can do to finish a 12 ounce can.

    But for some reason I love it if it's from a fauntain machine, as much sense as that makes.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    Quote from Bleu42

    Quote from proletaria

    Quote from Daemaro

    I'm obviously no doctor but it seems like if you're used to caffeine then it would just be harder coming off of it. Aside from normal rehab you're doing your body is basically going to have to relearn how to function without it as a stimulant.

    What exactly are the long term benefits of being off of it?

    Something about blood pressure.

    Damnit proletaria every time I pop on here for just a couple and see a post by you, I have to sit through your damn gif because it's so hilarious =P

    I'm always tempted to read through it again too. First time I payed attention to it, I literally LOL'd.

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    Caffeine withdrawal headaches are awful. Over the last few months, I've gotten used to a lot of Redbull, and I'm slowly trying to cut back down. Tried quiting cold turkey and the headaches were just too much. The gradual approach is working out a lot better for me.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    Yes, you did. :P

    Edit: Actually, did you mean great, like vast, or great like excellent? Ha!
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    :ph34r:
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    :hammy:
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    I didn't even know there were nuclear reactors in Minecraft. LOL! I've only played a little, and researched even less.

    I do know what I want to do though! If I ever get time, I want to get some space reserved online, then build a place full of giant music producing machines, and just make crazy music that people can come listen too. Yep, I'm lame! :P
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    I've always found relationships that start on the internet scary for a variety of reasons. First, you never know for sure someone is at all like their dialog implies. A lot of extremely creepy people will pass tehmselves off as somewhat normal. And a lot of bastards will try to pass themselves off as nice. You have to really read between the lines and take nothing for granted. Ussually I can pick up on fake niceness covering up bastardly intent. But I did have a Canadian Emglish professor fool me once. He knew exactly how to balance at almost too good to be true, and make it believable.

    The other thing I hate is the photo part. What happened to your date was always what I worried would happen to me. If I got complimented too much, I started getting paranoid that I hadn't been fair with photo selections, and I felt like I was misrepresenting. It usually lead to me sending progressively less flattering photos, with disclaimers. And until I met someone in person I lived in fear of the moment our eyes would meet. Was always afraid that as soon as our eyes met, I would see disapointment.

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    @Link I think laptops are worth it for the portability. I like knowing I can game and compute outside, in bed, or wherever. The cost per performance versus a desktop makes it tempting to switch up. The last time I bought a computer I switched from a 13 inch Mac Book Pro to a 17 inch Alienware M17. It's back braking to carry, but worth it when I'm in a gaming mood.

    @GenMakB I started taking melee related skills for lightsaber right away too. I wanted to do Jedi Consular, and then balance between crowd control and weapon finesse based double bladed lightsaber work. It turned out pretty good in the end, but the stat and feat choices I took made things difficult for me before I got that first lightsaber and started learning Jedi skills.

    Pazaak gets a lot easier when you have enough cards. Every planet has at least one merchant with some interesting stuff you can put in your deck, and it gets fairly easy as long as you have the right cards.
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    Quote from GeNMaKB

    Yesterday I bought the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Collection (Knights of the Old Republic and Knights of the Old Republic II) for $19.99 and Neverwinter Nights Complete (Neverwinter Nights plus all three expansions and Neverwinter Nights 2 plus all three expansions) for $29.99.

    I'm going to game the fuck out this month.

    Good plan! I had never played KTOR until last year. I had so much fun with it. They did a good job making D and D rules work for Star Wars, and the story is pretty cool too. I couldn't put it down when I was playing it. I had to know how every sidequest came out, and hear every dialog I could (on the light side.) Then i went back through to try playing sith and burnt out on it.

    I haven't played the second one though.

    Also love Neverwinter Nights. That's maybe the only game I ever cared enough about to min-max. I ended up with this strange monk/dragon disciple/something. Ended up with a very deadly light armored character. Think my favorite charcter was my sorcorer though, even though it was much more difficult.

    Graphics keep getting better but some of the old stuff is still more fun. :P
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    posted a message on Ultimate Random Chat Thread [URT] v4
    I agree with Daemaro on the chicken thing. At this point in history, there are enough people who feel strongly about this, that it will have a noticable impact. I think Azriel's stance is somewhat pessimistic. There are a ton of fast food restaurants, so not eating at Chic-fil-a is a very easy way to send the message that you don't support their politics. I think anything more than a quiet boycott actually does more harm than good at this point. As someone who has had to find a niche in a VERY conservtive environment, I can say, the best way to deal with stuff like this is quietly, and respectfully. The people open minded enough to learn acceptance will in time, and those too hateful to change, are beyond your reach anyway. Beset ignored most the time. It's a dying breed, and they are only more noticable now because they are in a panic that the status quo is shifting and they are unusually frenzied and crazy right now. LOL!

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    Had a good weekend! Watched the movie WIllow for the first time as a grown up. Its actually a very unique, sweet, light fantasy fiction tale. I can't think of anything else quite like it. Also my brother came to visit. We went 4 wheeling in his new Jeep, and he insisted that I try out his Walther 380 auto pistol with laser sights. Something about the whole thign felt less than subtle. I think he thinks I need a gun or something. At any rate, I suck with a handgun, just like when I tried 10 years ago. This time, unlike last time, I had the distinct feeling that at least I do have the capacity to learn. Considering it. LOL!

    Also watched Wanderlust. Laughed constantly! Highly recommend that too.
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