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Forum: News Comments August 23rd, 2021, 12:50
Replies: 8
Views: 644
Posted By Atrachasis
As much as I love Ultima IV, calling it a…

As much as I love Ultima IV, calling it a "philosophical game" really gives it too much credit. It proposes a system of ethics, but never really examines its premises. More religious than…
Forum: News Comments August 17th, 2021, 09:47
Replies: 17
Views: 982
Posted By Atrachasis
Can't really understand why some would opine that…

Can't really understand why some would opine that this looked dated.

Good art direction never gets outdated, no matter the number of pixels.
Forum: News Comments August 3rd, 2021, 13:56
Replies: 27
Views: 1,545
Posted By Atrachasis
I guess the answer is: A bunch of home-office…

I guess the answer is: A bunch of home-office based guys with nostalgic memories and big dreams (good for them!), but no formal structure or financing. About as formalized as any random gaggle of…
Forum: News Comments August 3rd, 2021, 10:33
Replies: 27
Views: 1,545
Posted By Atrachasis
Most likely, your question will remain in limbo…

Most likely, your question will remain in limbo as well, seeing as OnceLost Games Ltd. was dissolved in October 2020.

https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/12007896
Forum: Off-Topic July 19th, 2021, 22:40
Replies: 951
Views: 120,830
Posted By Atrachasis
Had my second shot of Moderna two days ago. After…

Had my second shot of Moderna two days ago. After the first shot, I had neither any side effects (other than the aforementioned sore arm) nor any reaction to speak of. This time, still no side…
Forum: Off-Topic July 19th, 2021, 08:49
Replies: 45
Views: 2,263
Posted By Atrachasis
This may be relevant to your question: …

This may be relevant to your question:

https://xkcd.com/1732/
https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/earth_temperature_timeline.png

What I'm wondering is why Musk, Bezos & Co. aren't jumping at the…
Forum: General RPG June 14th, 2021, 22:51
Replies: 27
Views: 1,947
Posted By Atrachasis
Starflight? Granted, the Old Empire had been…

Starflight?

Granted, the Old Empire had been a presence long in the past, but as pretty much all its knowledge had subsequently been lost, Starflight very much transmitted that sensation of…
Forum: Off-Topic May 25th, 2021, 13:23
Replies: 49
Views: 2,756
Posted By Atrachasis
And with this, I think, you have hit the nail on…

And with this, I think, you have hit the nail on its head. The simple, but intuitive image of there being a universal time that inexorably maches on, pushing us up against the unsurmountable barrier…
Forum: Off-Topic May 24th, 2021, 19:12
Replies: 49
Views: 2,756
Posted By Atrachasis
All this is true. But yet I wonder - isn't life…

All this is true. But yet I wonder - isn't life more about patterns? About patterns of order, of self-organization arising from the chaos, persisting, propagating? In other words, about information…
Forum: Kickstarters May 18th, 2021, 16:43
Replies: 7
Views: 1,689
Posted By Atrachasis
On their own home page? The legal imprint and…

On their own home page? The legal imprint and data privacy declaration, for starters.

It's obnoxious having to deal with the legal stuff, but if they wish to handle 150.000 EUR of other people's…
Forum: Kickstarters May 18th, 2021, 15:24
Replies: 7
Views: 1,689
Posted By Atrachasis
Hmmm… cute idea, and, at least they seem to…

Hmmm… cute idea, and, at least they seem to have some software development skills in their CVs, which is more than quite a few overambitious kickstarter teams can claim.

But they urgently need…
Forum: News Comments April 30th, 2021, 12:57
Replies: 28
Views: 2,185
Posted By Atrachasis
So you think classicist role playing games …

So you think

classicist role playing games

wouldn't catch on either?
Forum: Off-Topic April 25th, 2021, 22:27
Replies: 67
Views: 4,079
Posted By Atrachasis
Nitpick: Sauron was never human, but a Maia. …

Nitpick: Sauron was never human, but a Maia.

Nonetheless, you may make the case that Sauron was around and meddlesome enough during the second age, and he did craft the rings and thus deserves to…
Forum: Off-Topic April 21st, 2021, 11:54
Replies: 22
Views: 2,026
Posted By Atrachasis
Not always. Excessive reliance on frameworks and…

Not always. Excessive reliance on frameworks and popular libraries may reduce your flexibility. I once had a contractor, who relied heavily on AngularJS, confess to being unable to reproduce a…
Forum: Off-Topic February 16th, 2021, 22:36
Replies: 951
Views: 120,830
Posted By Atrachasis
Even that may turn out to be a poor predictor, as…

Even that may turn out to be a poor predictor, as it doesn't account for regional variations. Frequency of close encounters, and thus infection rates, probably scales as population density squared,…
Forum: Off-Topic February 2nd, 2021, 20:46
Replies: 951
Views: 120,830
Posted By Atrachasis
That's in B-W, which seems to use the same system…

That's in B-W, which seems to use the same system as NRW and three other states.

It's theoretically doable by phone, but they suggested trying the web-based system. Presumably the phone operators…
Forum: Off-Topic January 29th, 2021, 18:29
Replies: 951
Views: 120,830
Posted By Atrachasis
I'm not even close to being in line yet, but I've…

I'm not even close to being in line yet, but I've tried to make an appointment for my 84-year-old stepfather. The telephone hotline suggested using the online appointment system.

OK, great, the…
Forum: Off-Topic January 27th, 2021, 15:51
Replies: 951
Views: 120,830
Posted By Atrachasis
It must be bothering you when playing Polo,…

It must be bothering you when playing Polo, though.

[just testing pibbur's hypothesis]
Forum: News Comments December 30th, 2020, 09:04
Replies: 42
Views: 4,291
Posted By Atrachasis
Yeah, it would be nice - but think about it: What…

Yeah, it would be nice - but think about it: What sounds easier to you: Creating a generalized machine-learning based AI and feeding it enough structured input data about life, the universe, and…
Forum: Off-Topic November 28th, 2020, 15:41
Replies: 951
Views: 120,830
Posted By Atrachasis
Yes, but nonetheless, the high effectiveness…

Yes, but nonetheless, the high effectiveness constitutes reason to be (pleasantly) surprised, given that both Biontech and Moderna used a fairly novel approach by going for an mRNA vaccine. In…
Forum: Off-Topic November 12th, 2020, 14:02
Replies: 951
Views: 120,830
Posted By Atrachasis
A good analysis, as always, pibbur! It's not…

A good analysis, as always, pibbur!

It's not the most contagious disease out there - measles and chickenpox spread even more easily. But - it's able to spread pretty fast if you let it run rampant…
Forum: Off-Topic July 19th, 2020, 16:45
Replies: 951
Views: 120,830
Posted By Atrachasis
If you are interested in the sordid details of…

If you are interested in the sordid details of all the ongoing clinical trials and their status (not only for vaccines, but also for therapeutics), there are much more comprehensive data sources than…
Forum: News Comments June 23rd, 2020, 08:47
Replies: 14
Views: 2,230
Posted By Atrachasis
They appear to have lowered the bar by scaling…

They appear to have lowered the bar by scaling down the content, seeing as "Bigger main land with more quests" has popped up as a new stretch goal at a level within the previous funding target. Even…
Forum: Off-Topic May 10th, 2020, 15:51
Replies: 29
Views: 4,285
Posted By Atrachasis
You're not the only one. I don't mind combat…

You're not the only one.

I don't mind combat as a game mechanic as long as it is executed well, but I agree that it is probably the least imaginative form of conflict resolution. Many are the…
Forum: Off-Topic April 7th, 2020, 10:39
Replies: 951
Views: 120,830
Posted By Atrachasis
I wasn't sure at first about this assertion,…

I wasn't sure at first about this assertion, because of course all other causes of death generate "background noise" in the statistics. But you're right - baseline ~8,000 deaths per day in the U.S….
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