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Is anyone here planning to turn up to some of this?

Silent

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Never heard of it, so I guess that's a no from me. hmm

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I thought about checking it out. Received an invitation on facebook.

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I've 'been' before. It's alright. Are you 'going', Silent?

Ash

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I'll try to get along for something if possible.

Silent

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Let us know how it goes. It'd be great if we could ask for an official presence for Phoenix next year.

Ash

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I turned up to a couple of the discussions and took part in a live Star Trek sim. We're just finishing up now, so the transcripts will be up soon.

Plugged us a bit.

Silent

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Good man!!

Ash

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There was actually a brief discussion (in the SimEnc chat) about simming rootings. We have roots in AJJE, which has roots in STF... a site running since 1991.

Seriously, there are some sim sites going that are older than some of our players and certainly before I started simming (in 2003).

Silent

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Yes, I started in 1998 with my most active time as rplayer in 2000 and 2001.

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I've been 'simming' for ... well, a long time, long before I ever knew people called it "simming" (we just called it roleplaying... guess that's my D&D roots). smile

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btw, thanks for talking us up about Star Trek, Silent. We could use a few more ST players.

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Jason Andersen wrote:

I've been 'simming' for ... well, a long time, long before I ever knew people called it "simming" (we just called it roleplaying... guess that's my D&D roots). smile

Ditto on all counts (D&D roots too! Represent! tongue ) except I actually did online roleplay long before I even did D&D...

~Robert

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My first RPG was Iron Crown's MERP (Middle Earth Roleplaying). Man, that was a fun system. My first computerised RPGs were diabolo (which I thought was really crap, more 'click to go here and stab this thing, click to go here and open this chest, click to go here and stab this thing' than a roleplaying game) and Baldurs Gate, which remains one of the most seminal influences on me. It was so immersive! The plot and subplots so engaging. It's still the computer game RPG by which I measure other computer game RPGs. My first online RPG was AJJE. I'd still been playing a lot of PC and console RPGs (like KotOR and Jade Empire) but my MERP group had all either moved away or gotten jobs that kept them from playing. And yeah, I didn't learn the word simming until 2006/7.

Ooh! I LARPed for the first time ever 10 days ago! Met some LARPers practising in my local park and they invited me to join in. :-)

Ash

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I started Baldur's Gate anew this month...

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My first online sim was a 24 roleplay on a no longer existent forum. I played Mike Novak...

Silent

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Krista Bäckman wrote:

I started Baldur's Gate anew this month...

No way!!! How far have you got? Do you have a favourite chapter? What about sub-plots? And do you have Tales of the Sword Coast installed?

Ash

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I remember playing BG... never did make it to the titular city, because i was trying to do all the sub-plots. Bioware packed a TON of content into 5 CDs. Of course, the fetch quests were so often repeated that they have now become bland, but they were novel back then.

My girlfriend got tired of hearing Jaheira exclaim, "Yes, oh omnipresent authority figure?" because it was my favorite part of the game and I kept clicking on her to hear it.

I also still say, "Heya", something I picked up from BG. wink

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BG was my first introduction to Dungeons and Dragons also. I beat the entire base game even with the metric crap tons of sub-plots and side-quests. I did countless side-quests and such and searched the entire map as far as I could in every direction before ever going to the city, even getting myself into tons of trouble with monsters I wasn't ready to fight. That was actually my primary means of finding sub-plots and side-quests was exploring, getting myself killed, and then going back when I was better geared and higher level. I had a buddy that came and hung out while I was playing so he and I sort of cooperatively explored the whole game.

Admittedly once you start that maze before the end of the game, from then on I cheated to finish the game. I attempted to get through it but it was too tough and my buddy was a cheater (in fact, unless he thinks it's a game worthy of a medal, his first recourse always seems to be cheating and game guides which I never understood).

I was also, I think, 15 when I played BG so the notions of power-gaming and building a character to handle whatever the game threw at you were concepts that were still a little beyond me. I understood game mechanics and how to build a character well but I may not have consistently made wise choices since I had an end objective for my characters and if it didn't agree with optimization I likely chose the path I wanted instead of the one that would be optimal. i.e. "I really want this godly fireball spell cuz I wanna be a fire mage" instead of "I could just raise an army of undead and then I don't need to worry about the fact that I have low HP and my THAC0 is high". (I'm just making up an example, I don't recall if Necromancy was an option or if it included an "army of undead" as a spell, or if I ever made a "fire mage"...but this was my logic - bigger, cooler, more expensive, hard to find, and higher level always meant "more powerful". I know better now, of course.)

Favorite quote from BG: "My hotel's as clean as an elven arse." (From right in the beginning of the game - for whatever reason that was the most memorable line in the whole thing.)

Favorite character was the delusional guy with the...rat, was it? He was funny.

~Robert

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Minsc the Rasheman warrior on his dijemma and Boo, his miniature giant space hamster!

"Heya, it's me, Imoen."

And I can still hear the tavern music from that pub...

You know, it occurs to me we should be talking about this in a Baldurs Gate thread in General Chat. I've continued it here.

Ash

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I'd like to get us a session at this.

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That seems interesting.

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Indeed it does.

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Alas, FallFest has been cancelled due to lack of turnout at SciWorld. sad

Silent

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That's a huge shame.

Ash

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