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Jarrod's Fallout 3, Part 2
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Yeah. Graphics tools to easily get the same effect were first appearing around when I was I collecting the caps. Deflated my balloon. Now can do it with a single click in a browser.

There's something to be said for the physicality but I'm not meta obnoxious enough to make a point of creating a piece with no photos or digital tools to plan it. My fascination at the time was Byzantine mosaics, wondering how in heck people "saw" to make them. Now I think about it though, it'd be interesting to try a fractal digital mosaic. See how many levels deep I can go. May have a new project! Thanks Spike. [Image Can Not Be Found] Gonna ask some programming friends when they wake up; I fear it's a trivial problem to code.

grooowrrrr! [menace menace] rrrrowwwr!

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Finkbug said:

Yeah. Graphics tools to easily get the same effect were first appearing around when I was I collecting the caps. Deflated my balloon. Now can do it with a single click in a browser.

There's something to be said for the physicality but I'm not meta obnoxious enough to make a point of creating a piece with no photos or digital tools to plan it. My fascination at the time was Byzantine mosaics, wondering how in heck people "saw" to make them. Now I think about it though, it'd be interesting to try a fractal digital mosaic. See how many levels deep I can go. May have a new project! Thanks Spike. [Image Can Not Be Found] Gonna ask some programming friends when they wake up; I fear it's a trivial problem to code.


We aim to please.  And at some point we will return this thread to Jarrod for F3 discussions.

Ya know what our thread hijacking is like?  It's like going to a friend's house when he/she isn't home, and pulling up a chair on the back porch to await their return. But their return isn't really required.  Just being in a friendly space is.  Put your feet up.  Open that beverage you brought with you.  My son and several of his friends have done this to each other for years.  Now that they are in their 30's, some married, some with kids, they still do the porch hijacking when they just need to get out of their own house for a bit.  I kinda like the idea.

Hi Jarrod.  [Image Can Not Be Found]

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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P. S.  I am envying Jarrod.  I am feeling and smelling impending winter in the air.  The days are shorter.  Jarrod, however, has summer on his doorstep.  Lucky dog.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Spike,  I can now see your links and they work. [Image Can Not Be Found]  I haven't spent any time with them yet.  When I do I will probably have some questions.   Thanks.   Kay

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Spike,  I can now see your links and they work. [Image Can Not Be Found]  I haven't spent any time with them yet.  When I do I will probably have some questions.   Thanks.   Kay


Whenever you're ready, Kay.  Modding is something I had to work my way up to.  It can seem like a daunting undertaking, but all my fear went away after watching Acannova's videos - and I took many notes to refer to as I went about the process.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Yes, the previously missing link showed up for me now as well.

 

And I don't mind forum hijackings, sometimes a nice, winding stroll is infinitely more pleasurable than a hard-core sprint...  and I haven't had a chance to play Fallout 3 for a couple of days, so nice to see the thread continue.  Just put the apartment up for sale here in Sydney, and when that sells will be moving to even sunnier Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and eventually into a house bought as an investment (and in dear need of renovating, which will take up the first few months of my residency there).

 

Anyway, long-winded way of saying that I've been busy, but will hopefully get back to FO3 next week, if not this weekend.

 

P.S. and the weather here is just lovely, at the mo'.  Shame I don't have a web-cam at work to show you guys.

 

P.S.S. also, there was a mosaic of George W that was commisioned, and the artist, who had a sense of humour, whipped up one with porn pics.  I don't think they noticed for a couple of weeks what the pictures were of.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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Jarrod

 

P.S.S. also, there was a mosaic of George W that was commisioned, and the artist, who had a sense of humour, whipped up one with porn pics.  I don't think they noticed for a couple of weeks what the pictures were of.


Ha!  That's even better than Cheney with the oil.

I don't envy you your upcoming moves and renovations.  Those things take a big bite out of one's energy and sanity.  One just MUST play games at times like those to keep one step ahead of the men in the white coats.  As you can see, we'll keep your thread warm for you while you are away doing the necessary.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Well, I posted I was going to play some of the addons and then I disappeared.   Well,  I am still alive and working on it.  I have completed Operation Anchorage.  I wasn't wild about it because so much of it was just fighting.  And without my cute, young squad leader, I would have been toast.  But I got through and it was ok.  

Now I am working on The Pitt .  This upfront seems a bit more interesting to me.  First the slaves.  And second it is set in the bombed out remains of Pittsburgh, PA.   I grew up in an outer suburb of Pittsburgh and once I actually reached the Pitt and looked out over the river, I knew exactly where I was.

So I venture forward.

Spike, thank you for the links re mods.   I have looked at both of them but done nothing yet.   When I started through the You Tube series about how to set your game up for mods,  my eyes began to glaze over and my brain went into catatonia.  I need to go back and see if there are some simple mods that might appeal to me and don't require me doing much.  

But I still have time.  Although Operation Achorage was just ok, it was ok enough that I ordered Point Lookout and Broken Steel.   So maybe I will get to the point of trying a few mods.   The mods that people mentioned that really intrigued me were those that got one inside of many well known places in DC.   

Kay

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Not to hijack Jarrod's thread but kay if you want some gaming company a few of us are getting into Nehrim. It a mod using Oblivion but it plays more like Morrowind which I know you liked. And it's free if you still have Oblivion laying around.

Now back to your regularly scheduled Fallout.

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Kay, Broken Steel (with Point Lookout also on the same disc) was my favorite of the add-ons ( I say add-ons instead of DLC because I only DL'd Zeta).  When you first arrive at Adams AFB be prepared for lots of fighting.  It gets better though, and is a real loot-fest.  I also enjoyed The Pitt.  Point Lookout, then Anchorage, then Zeta complete my 1-5 ratings.

I have my notes taken while watching Acannova's videos.  I'll put them into a form readable by others (without my idiosyncratic shorthand) and send them to you by the weekend.  The process really was easy, although it took time to get it right the first time.  The next time I uninstalled a few mods and installed a few new ones the process was easier and faster.

The process of getting the mods installed remains the same no matter how easy or short the mod is.  Read the mod creator's description of his/her mod, then read all the comments, and the forum threads.  See how many people endorsed, or did not endorse, and read their comments.  These things will help you avoid mods that might be problem-prone, or that are no longer supported by their creators.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Scout said:

Not to hijack Jarrod's thread but kay if you want some gaming company a few of us are getting into Nehrim. It a mod using Oblivion but it plays more like Morrowind which I know you liked. And it's free if you still have Oblivion laying around.

Now back to your regularly scheduled Fallout.


Scout,  I still have the Oblivion discs but I have removed Oblivion from my computer.  So if I reload Oblivion,  would that be enough to get me into Nehrim?   If not,  there is no way  I would go all the way through Oblivion to play a mod even if it were like Morrowind ( a most favorite game).  And then I would kick myself since I only took Oblivion of my computer two weeks ago thinking I would never do anything with it. 

Let me know.  But either way, thank you for telling me.11

Kay 

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Spike said:

I have my notes taken while watching Acannova's videos.  I'll put them into a form readable by others (without my idiosyncratic shorthand) and send them to you by the weekend.  The process really was easy, although it took time to get it right the first time.  The next time I uninstalled a few mods and installed a few new ones the process was easier and faster.

The process of getting the mods installed remains the same no matter how easy or short the mod is.  Read the mod creator's description of his/her mod, then read all the comments, and the forum threads.  See how many people endorsed, or did not endorse, and read their comments.  These things will help you avoid mods that might be problem-prone, or that are no longer supported by their creators.


Spike thank you.  I hope I can live up to your expectations of me as being a person who can actually play a mod.   Kay

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Hell, Kay, if I can do it, anyone can.  You have no expectations to live up to - from anyone.  Besides, the playin' part is no different than playing the base game.  It's the choosing, dl-ing, installing that just takes a bit of time and patience.

I'll post my new load order later tonight in my F3 modding thread in "Kenneth".  I hope I am as lucky with my monster list of 26 new mods as I was with my 1st round of 19.  Fingers crossed, since I haven't had time to start playing the new stuff yet.

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Kay just reinstall Oblvion and then download and install Nehrim. When you are feeling ready, post over in the Nehrim thread and someone can give the few steps. You don't have to play any Oblivion at all, but the game has to be reinstalled if it's been uninstalled.

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I've retired my Oblivion disks, but all of your talk is making it difficult not to re-load it onto my PC.  I will try to resist a little longer.

 

Kay, I enjoyed The Pitt, and Broken Steel - wasn't so hot on Mothership Zeta and Operation Anchorage - those last two really kind of felt like departures from the game world.  Some tough choices you'll need to make in the Pitt, good luck!

 

I finally got the Perforator!  And now I'm out and about trying to find Quantum Nuka for the crazy chick at Girdershade...  but I haven't had a lot of time to play.

 

We've signed a contract for our Sydney apartment, but the purchaser has a 'cooling off' period that will expire at 5pm tomorrow.  Then the fun really begins!

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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Congrats Jarrod!

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Jarrod said:

 We've signed a contract for our Sydney apartment, but the purchaser has a 'cooling off' period that will expire at 5pm tomorrow.  Then the fun really begins!


Wow, Jarrod.  Either you are selling a fantastic apartment at a fantastic price, or the economy there is much better than it is here.  Used to be (prior to 2 years ago) stuff in my neighborhood got snatched up quickly, but now I'm seeing houses/condos sitting for months, and in some cases, more than a year.  Our economy sucks.

I'm happy for you and your family.

Might that house in Brisbane be large enough for a game room?  Just wondering.

Take a deep breath.  Take your time.  Once you get past useable bathrooms and kitchen, the rest of the reno can be done as energy and $$ permit.

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Thanks guys - the purchaser's solicitor asked for an extension until Monday for the cooling off period - and under advisement we've granted them until the end of Friday, so that if they pull out we can still have an open apartment for showing over the weekend.  So just a little longer to wait nervously before everything goes ahead or not.

 

@ Spike - yes, I have been promised a room unto myself to do with as I wish (I believe they're called a 'Man Cave').  I already have plans for what I'd like to do - I have my N64, Xbox, and PS3, 80's toys, Star Wars bobbleheads, DVDs, sci-fi/fantasy novels, magazines, and comics ready and waiting.  My father will be so pleased when I take them out of storage at his place.  Cheapest arcade machines I've seen around are about $500-ish... not an essential purchase, so may be a little while before I get one, compared to everything else.

 

We'll have a fair bit of renovating to do - paint the ceiling, then fix/paint the walls, then replace the carpet (possible get wooden floors), replace internal doors...  Then I can start on my little den of awesome.  The kitchen and bathrooms are usable, just need to look into a little leaking from the showers, although we might replace the kitchen in time.

 

The apartment we're selling was recently renovated (as was the whole building), so it does look tidy.  It's just a one bedder, with private parking, internal laundry, and private store room (we're selling it furnished, otherwise it'd be too expensive to move).  About 30 mins commute to the city centre.  We're asking a fair bit for the apartment, but prices in Sydney are pretty crazy.

 

The Bris house should look better than my Fallout 3 house, at least when we've finished renos.

 

Most nervous thing is what I'll do for a crust - the media industry isn't as big in Bris, and I don't have a job lined up.  Definitely stepping into the void a little!

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Holy moly, Rocky

We were driving home tonight from a concert where we heard Renee Fleming (one of the greatest operatic sopranos today) and off to the right was this gigantic lit up bill board for Fallout New Vegas.  I said, "Burt, this is so great.  It's the billboard for the next computer game I want to play."   He said, "I can't believe I go to see Renee Fleming with a woman who spends her spare time killing people in computer games". 

So what could I say.  I said, "Think of me as a complex person with varied interests."  He said,  "Fine, just don't being the gun along when we go the opera this Saturday."  It is amazing the sacrifices our friends ask of us.  But I will leave the gun at home.

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Holy moly, Rocky

We were driving home tonight from a concert where we heard Renee Fleming (one of the greatest operatic sopranos today) and off to the right was this gigantic lit up bill board for Fallout New Vegas.  I said, "Burt, this is so great.  It's the billboard for the next computer game I want to play."   He said, "I can't believe I go to see Renee Fleming with a woman who spends her spare time killing people in computer games". 

So what could I say.  I said, "Think of me as a complex person with varied interests."  He said,  "Fine, just don't being the gun along when we go the opera this Saturday."  It is amazing the sacrifices our friends ask of us.  But I will leave the gun at home.

Kay 


Weird, isn't it Kay?  Most non-gamers think of gamers as guys (mostly) living in their parents' basements, rarely coming out into the light to eat or shower, much less help around the house.  Yet we gamers know that that is only a small subculture of "gamers".  We are varied.  We can be highly intelligent.  Very cultured.  And clean.  [Image Can Not Be Found]  And just wacky enough to drool over a New Vegas billboard.  And if we must, we leave the gun at home.

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