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  1. User0001

    Ghetto modding

    Hi all, I know that the following thread is not about modding, but it's the finest of ghetto I've ever read (and it features our VIPs gogo and stubbie!), so it deserves a link imo. Ghetto PC Maintenance (scroll down to post #8) http://darkmatters.org/forums/index.php?Spectral Hand...c=10110&hl= Edit: the links looks messed up because the forum thinks it's an acronym, but it does work. NamelessBeast Over.
  2. User0001

    What does D.a.r.k mean to you?

    a Nameless one... oops, time to return to topic. Does Anyone Really Know? I do... and we need a smiley with a longer tongue. :PpPpP NamelessBeast Over.
  3. User0001

    Transfering Items

    Is the campaign mode in Sacred:Underworld? If it is, this is the (admittedly complicated) way to go: 1 - Load your SP save of char 1, the one with the items. 2 - Export the char into one of your character slots. 3 - Make a multiplayer game, campaign (sort of co-op) mode, using that exported char. 4 - Drop the items you want to transfer onto the ground, and save the game. 5 - Don't export anything. Close the game now. 6 - Load your SP save of char 2, the one who wants to use the items you dropped. 7 - Export that one as above. 8 - Make a multiplayer game, campaign (sort of co-op) mode, using the exported char 2, but don't create a new one. Load the one you saved in step 4. When you start it, you should see the items. 9 - Get the items you want and close the game session. 10 - Now you can start another SP campaign with char 2 and put the items to good use. I hope that helps. NamelessBeast Over.
  4. User0001

    Battle Mechanics

    Hello darrellp, may I suggest a different strategy to find out (which is unfortunately based on my PC - it involves saving and restoring your char several times, so I don't know if PS2 and/or xbox can do that as well): 1 - Play a new char of your favorite class , but don't use your stat points yet. Keep at least one low damage weapon. 2 - If you have, say, 12 stat points in your pool, save the game and write down all your secondary stats: attack rating, defense rating, chance to hit, all Combat Art damage ratings and regen times, life total, resists, etc. 3 - Now put all your points into Strength and write down the changes. 4 - Restore (from 2) and put all your stat points into, say, Stamina. Again, write down the changes. 5 - Restore again, and try one more stat. And so on, for all stats. That should give you an idea what is useful and what isn't. Be warned that some things might still be ambiguous: for example, if STR adds to weapon damage directly, or if it adds to the physical damage multiplier like weapon lore. Retry with at least one less damaging weapon... if the added percentage is the same, it's a multiplier. Now you can restore again and allocate the stat points to get the best possible mix, or at least a "decent" one. I hope that helps some, and Welcome to DarkMatters! NamelessBeast Over.
  5. User0001

    Not a beauty

    Thanks all for answering my questions so patiently. Wish I could give you a cup of coffee in return, or better yet, an espresso machine. Nice idea Optimus, er, Schot to add numbers to my questions. I'll use that format from now on. 1. Perhaps I can make a FAQ of my own. My modem advice and Schot's explanation on the quote and search features would go there, for example. Perhaps the section "DarkMatters: Rules, Feedback, RSS Feed" could accomodate the FAQ section as well. Then the "READ BEFORE JOINING!" (I.e. rules) and "Recommended for new users" would be close together. Just a thought. 2. The problem is that some keywords are outlawed, for example "FAQ" and "HTML"... I'd really like to search for these two, even if there's another anti-bot test per search, maybe? (like the one on the registration form) I checked for BB Code... It is basically HTML, I.e. if you know how to write HTML, BB Codes are about the same. 4. Oops... I thought of a place where I can put some info which doesn't appear within my sig, but which anyone can read by clicking my name. But then again, I can make my sig clickable and link to my homepage... that would serve the same purpose. 7. So it it becomes hot, it'll stay hot forever (unless someone deletes a post, that is)? No time window required? 9. Can I go back, say if I want to be a "Leaden Juggernaut" again? On a related note, is there a title for users with zero posts? I hope it's not "Nitrous Noob" :giggle: Sorry guys and gals, but there are some more questions: 10a. I seem to waste space on your excellent forum, for example above and below my sig line, "Not a beauty", there are several blank lines which I would like to remove. But they don't appear in the edit window. You (all of you) seem to have the same eight blank lines in your posts (for example, between "gogo" and gogo's sig pic). But I waste even more space: ~100 pixels (guesstimated) between the sig line and the edit/quote/reply toolbar. Is my browser (IE6) bugged, or am I doing something wrong? 10b. Can I keep the small font size I see in the edit window? The font size alone is enough to inflate all my posts to at least double size. Edit: No more questions about User 0001. It's my brother... talk about small world syndrome. 12. Thanks. 12a. Thanks Katran. Nice to see a staff member 'merely' greeting. (So that means my intro is ok with the FDM rules, or you would have told me, I suspect.) 12b. DragonBrother, thanks for debating superpowers with me, and not getting upset about my "flight=lame" line. I still have to adapt to the friendly and polite atmosphere here on darkmatters, which is a refreshing change after some IRC / DII stints. 12c. Greetings gogo, enjoy your :coffee: , and Schot for the really verbose answers. Many are the admins who let the "lesser" users and moderators do the biddings of a new users. You are not. 12d. And of course, thanks to Spunky, stubbie and Silearth for saying hello to a new member. 13. (this number intentionally left blank - one never knows...) Edit: I deleted all references to two certain sacred2.com users. It didn't belong here at all... it only distracted. 15. R mi posts 2 long? NamelessBeast Over.
  6. User0001

    Not a beauty

    Many thanks. I think I found the PM inbox: the link named "New Messages", next to "My Controls". Having said that, about 90% (rather than 40%) of the posts on sacred-game are fine, probably because many abusive types (I.e. "register-->post some fecal matters-->ban" life cycle) post very little, or the admins nuke their posts very quickly. About ready-made images: Thanks, you didn't write an answer, but your portrait answers it. About FAQ section: the Search feature doesn't work with a TLA(3-letter acronym). I'm going to try the words "frequently asked questions" then. About flight = lame: why flight if you can get there instantly? And there is no "chance to trap phase-shifters" item mod either (in Sacred). I wouldn't claim that "OMG, PS pWNS flight" or anything like that, but flight is O(N) locomotion while PS is O(1). I found out that the format tags resemble HTML tags, but with square brackets replacing angle brackets. Going to search for more info - I've found tables so far. Edit: Removed the table test - didn't work out. NamelessBeast Over.
  7. User0001

    Not a beauty

    Hello darkmatters.org community, welcome to the "NamelessBeast FAQ" aka "introduction." I followed the questionnaire proposed by Aurora in another thread, http://darkmatters.org/forums/lofiversion/...x.php/t473.html and added a few questions, which I marked with an asterisk. * Name 3 words that other people use to describe you? "Ugly backfighting b...." © my bro. Edit: If that's not clear, the last word is not "beast." *Why did you join darkmatters.org? Because it seems to be more "mature" than sacred2.com Edit: reference to a certain user deleted Abusive users and annoying "1337" guys/gals are a rare sight on DarkMatters, and all the guides on sacred2.com (along with many well-mannered Sacred 2.com users) seem to be at Darkmatters as well. What is something that gets on your nerves? Ignorance, abusive l33t5p34k3r5, mails full of typos (one+ per line), 60% of sacred2.com/battlenet users ;-) What makes you cry? Having to dig through 3 megabytes of gfx (on 56k modem) just to read one 100-char message on someone's blog, and then it's about who's with who at the moment, or who split up... What is your first memory? - Duh... I forgot it. ;-) What level of education have you completed? Ph. D. (That's Physics Doctor, not Money Doctor. j/k) *What sports do you like? Skiing. Cross-country, to be exact. Yes, "the boring kind." But I don't spend half my time on the lift. (If you don't get it... it's an ongoing war between downhill and cross-country enthusiasts.) Do you have any siblings? - A brother. *Do you have any pets? - Two cats. *Their hobbies? - clicking the mouse, running across the keyb/luehntfqwhurtyfoard. STOP IT ALREADY! Favourite milkshake flavour? - I don't like any of them. What do you look like? - "Leaden Juggernaut" says it all. Edit: That used to be my "element" when I had a lower post count. Let's say I'm 10% gial's avatar (on sacred2.com) and 90% Tyne Daly. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? - As tall as my cousin ;-) Can you speak a foreign language? - English and German, and I can read some Latin and French. And I understand that Yaga wrote that he can "speak and write Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and English" without even knowing whether Yaga wrote it in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or (j/k)English. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? - On Mars. If I could... What is your favourite article of clothing? - Shoes. Need to say more? What was the last CD you bought? - SimCity 4k. Mayor name: Meg A. Lopolis. Do you believe in an afterlife? If that's ok with the forum rules about "things we don't speak of" (religion), I'd answer "no." If you could have one superpower what would it be? Phase Shift. (Let's face it, Superman. Flight is lame. Sorry.) Do you have any tattoos or piercings? - Fell into a rosebush last week. Does that count? *What is your favorite quote? - "I'm not that vain..." (Duke Nukem) Do you have a personal motto? - "Audiatur et altera pars": Both sides shall be heard. Yes, even my brother. Sometimes... ;-) May I greet the guys and gals which I've read on both darkmatters.org and sacred-game.com: AgentSmith5150, Aurora, Batman, bhj, Bondbug, Chareos Rantras, claudius, colif, Dobster, DreDBanGeR (who is a pain in the fingers to type), erialc, Genenut, gial, gogoblender, Knuckles, Llama8, Putrescine, rOOster, Rotluchs, Schot, Scleameth(is that tznet_brolly in your sig pic?), Silearth, SolomonGrundy, Spunky, Stéphane, stubbie, Tharkane, Therion X, Timotheus, wimpy, ~Liet~. Special greetings go to: Bondbug ( "Were in central France, a bit left of Bulgaria" o_O ) gial (Your advice is GOLD... Whenever I read you, I'm impressed) gogoblender (for running the forums - a great resource indeed) Rotluchs (for your portrait - I've put it onto my desktop) Schot (for running the forums - a great resource indeed) Silearth (great fanfic-writing skills - how many points did you put there?) Edit: questions removed for easier reading, now that they are quoted within DragonBrother's(#4) and Schot's(#10) replies. Having said that, I want to share a little tip with other modem users: the "IP Board" skin is much easier on the modem than the Sacred skin. NamelessBeast Over.
  8. User0001

    Hi Everyone new on the board

    Thanks. I'll create a new thread in a minute. Don't worry, I won't spam, I'll probably post once/week, several posts at a time. I liked the "Gandalf" comic on page 1, too. That put the "F" in Gandalf like nothing else. :-) Edit: My intro is online... "not a beauty." Can an admin read it and check if it's ok with the rules... I'm most unsure about links to the official Sacred forum. Edit #2: Thanks to the one who gave me a different element than lead... I would prefer something less radioactive, but (sigh) I guess I'm asking for too much, being a new forum user. One more important suggestion about bots: can the forum software scan signature updates for links? One could deny the sig update then, if it contains a commercial link. While that wouldn't eliminate the bot, it would defeat its purpose completely, while (as of now) at least one user / admin gets to read its message. Edit #3 (*sigh*): I was so stupid... the answer to the "element titles" was in Munera's post (#32) already. "Different names" mean Leaden Juggernaut (1 to 4 posts), Polonium Wizard (5 to 9), etc. I was the one who caused the element change. Schot wrote it too, but only now did I get the message. NamelessBeast Over.
  9. User0001

    Hi Everyone new on the board

    How dare you! No web for two weeks, Gogo! (just kidding...) Or maybe a new type, a "bottivorous bot" ? But then again, what do I know, I'm not into BOTanics. The title of "Leaden Juggernaut" is a 99% sure sign of bots? <---(looks at her own title) I'm a bot! Help me! What should I do now, please please help...! :panic: Call Maintenance? Click the "Log Out" button? Or do I have to click the "Back" button until I've undone my registration?
  10. User0001

    Which Defrag program should I believe ...

    This isn't true IMHO, can anyone check that please? Clusters are either available (not in use), or occupied by one file. Defragmenters will move files together, usually in two ways: -if the file isn't stored in N successive clusters, look for at least N successive free clusters and move it there, -always use the first N-cluster sequence possible, so that there are as few gaps between files as possible. -Fragments are considered "familiar" if they belong to the same file. There has been some debate on sacred-game.com recently: the thread was titled "Need help with performance", and the users Schot, Bondbug and colif were in there IIRC. Regarding the wear caused by defragmenters, it is probably better to defragment once or twice per year than no defragmentation at all, since each boot-up will add to the wear if the data are scattered all over the HDD, rather than closely together. Moving a lot of data once is going to save a lot of access cycles in the long run IMO, and if you defrag after everything is installed, you don't have to worry if the drive fails: get a free replacement drive and reinstall. Later, you would have to worry about buying another, and last but not least your data (letters, excel sheets, photos, mp3, etc). The same goes if the defragger messes up the data structures. Anything wrong? Feel free to correct me. I don't want to harm anyone's HDD.
  11. User0001

    How to make a strong password

    Hi fellows of DarkMatters, this thread is a GREAT idea. Please let me add that... profanity is a REALLY bad one (as hinted to by Microsoft in gogoblender's post already). One major ISP collected data about passwords, I believe it was in 2006. They put all processing into one computing job, so that even the admins and other employees couldn't see the intermediate results: -collected passwords of all users, stripped the user names -hashed the individual passwords -discarded the rare hashes (9 or less) -checked all hashes for multiple passwords, discarded the ones which were least used (<10 again) -made a ranking -mailed all users with the frequent password hashes (thus without any knowledge about the pwd itself) -stored the ranking and gave the users 3 months to change their passwords -output the top 200 passwords in an ordered list. Excerpt: and the remaining 5 were in the top 200 as well, along with some misspelled variations (e.g.#2 without the "p") ! Now, if many users think alike, if one of them tries to hack, all others with similar passwords are in danger. More so since the list got published and the hackers know what to try... To make a long story short, profanity in passwords is a bad idea as well. If you have to be "funny," try something creative, like "comeonbraindamagedISPletmeinalready" (another good idea is to type every other letter, thus produce a somewhat lengthy and unreadable, yet easy to remember gibberish like "cmobanaaeIPemiaray"). Little kids ask so many funny, impossible to guess, and (for parents)easy to remember things. You can use these as starting points, too. One more pitfall I can think of: -Please don't use anything VERY popular (Bible, Bill of Rights, Moby Dick, LOTR, James Bond, StarWars, Trek books/movies, etc) to provide initials. Hackers try these, too, and they don't provide more than a million (give or take) of different combinations each. You can use these as starting points, but please use a less predictable conversion scheme than initials.