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    quote:Originally posted by Prez: My advice? Don't re-marry! We were both divorced, so that was the plan. After 7 years, a kid and a house togther, it seemed silly not to. Marriage really does change some people.
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    *Hand Up* Considering a second divorce, actually. Not much fun. Why do you ask?
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    Shuttle damage with AI pilots

    quote:Originally posted by Grizzle: Thanks Wolfheart. I figured as much, I just didn't recall it being so bad before. Anyhow, after a lengthy repair stop I'm all set to go retrieve my drones and make some money to recoup the repair cost! I could be dreaming, but I think it helps if you make sure the terrain you send them too isn't too hilly. I've taken a new tact early on (i.e., low marine AI). I send NPC's out to deploy all 4 drones relatively close to each other. When it's time to retrieve them, I go myself in a shuttle, set down once and cycle through all for drones from the drone menu, retrieving, emptying and redeploying them. Of course, if you're not the kind of geek who has fun doing menial tasks in a shuttle, you may want to ignore this.
  4. quote:Originally posted by $iLk: [QB] Say what you will about Bill Clinton, but he never allowed his natural urges to interfere with his job. No, from what I understand he went right on working as he satisfied his "urges". Eh, Humor. Right?
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    Universal Combat : A World Apart - NOW ON SALE!!

    Woo Hoo. I just ordered the game on Thursday. I checked my mailbox last night, just to get into the habit of opening the box everyday untill UCAWA arrived. Imagine my surprise when it was already there!! I wanted to post my praise to the postal gods last night, but was so excited that any time I had in front of the PC was spent in-game rather than here.
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    Best Ship Name

    quote:Originally posted by sainta117: These days she's anchored in the inner harbor in Baltimore, so if anyone wants to see her it's still possible. I thought the Constitution was the only Revolutionary War ship still kicking around. Good to know. I use all sorts of names for the various careers I have running at one time. My "main" career is always named Psirat and his vessel is usually Psiclone (Super Carriers), Psiwind (Heavy Carriers), or Psiber (Cruisers). If I'm Droidian, it's Psilon, of course.
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    The Red Planet

    Nice work, Grizzle.
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    Watt was that?

    Truth IS stranger than fiction.
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    Universal Combat : A World Apart - NOW ON SALE!!

    Just ordered today, cheap bast*** ... er, frugal chap that I am. I was going to go the digital download route, but I'm not getting warm fuzzies about the copy protection problems. I just realized that all 3 of my "main games" are putting out a new version this year (Oblivion and X3 should be out for Christmas). With 4 kids, I probably won't be seeing either of those before 2006. Better get UC-AWA now. Look forward to it.
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    UCAWA Review - Worthplaying

    quote:Originally posted by Cruis.In: difficult interface? ... Maybe they also have trouble navigating the start menu programs list in windows. For some people, if its not on the desktop, it doesn't exist.
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    quote:Originally posted by Teknocack Prime: Kind of interesting to go back and see what changed. You know, I like the look of the old interface a little better than the current one. I liked the blue. quote:Originally posted by Teknocack Prime: I'm just having a blast getting blasted from the past! I hear you! I got BCM running on a basement PC (Win98) To show my 12 yr old son. As much fun as it was, it made me appreciate what I have now all the more. Still, I think I'll follow your lead and copy the music over to UC.
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    For the next in the series

    I was wondering if the community was still alive. The forums there seem to indicate it is, but I haven't tried connecting (the game is not currently installed). Check their forums out, maybe they mention when people play.
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    What it means to be poor

    Prez, your comments were well expressed (and not insulting, woo hoo!). I can't say I'm on board with you 100%, but I cannot deny the validity of the idea that by enabling people to actually survive in "poverty" removes the motivation to leave poverty. I must admit that my sympathy is with the working poor, not the sitting around poor. Yes, yes, some people really do have trouble finding work, but it doesn't take long to recognize the ones who are trully looking. They get up. What gets me going is the way that the poor saps who are struggling to make ends meet are getting nickel and dimed to death. Any time they start to get ahead, the haves find a way to squeeze a little more out of the have-nots. Current gas prices are a handy example. I think most would agree that what we're seeing is more a result of the price rising to meet what the market can bear more than the result of a real shortage. I don't think that the ratio of supply to demand has altered by the same precentage that the prices have jumped (am I being as clear as mud?) This drives all prices up and forces some honest hard working people to work more, and see their families less. Mandating car insurance is another example. Sure, it really does help you when some bozo rear ends you, but it's lining someone's pocket. I'm willing to bet not the pockets that need it most. And I can't get away from the belief that the accident of what family/community you're born into has more to do with your life long earnings than the amount you sweat. There are definitely anecdotal examples of people making quantum leaps in economic status (early captains of industry, certain innovative and lucky individuals today), but I believe that statistically they are negligible. I'll admit to not having done the math to back this up, but I hope you see my point. Does the welfare state do more harm then good? As it's currently structured, probably. You gotta teach a man to fish, not hand him a tuna sandwhich. teach him and, maybe, give the dude a net.
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    What it means to be poor

    quote:Originally posted by Kung-Fu Massa: This thread is starting to get kinda violent. Sorry, if I pulled it that way. It gets my hackles up when someone lables me and expects me to defend positions I never expressed. Chavis and Soback, my "homecoming" remarks were aimed at both of you. Name calling isn't nice, and when used as an excuse to stop listening/thinking... well, it is at best unproductive and at worst, dangerous.
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    What it means to be poor

    What's my "team", exactly? Did you read my post? I'm trying to find any way that your monologue could be considered a response to anything that I (me, not "them dang liberals") said. I'll help you: You know, as humans we're not limited to binary, black/white, on/off thinking. - That's just a fact. I'm basically objecting to the whole Liberal/Conservative dichotomy that peolple artificially impose on an individual's ideas so that they can stop listening to them. "My team is better than yours." Yeah, see you at homecoming... - this would be called sarcasm. I'm comparing that kind of thinking to High School Football rivalries. Sorry, didn't mean to be too subtle. Wealth, while related to hard work, is not a direct result of it. Luck and initial circumstances have a lot of power. - This is actually exactly what I expressed. Read it a few times and don't add anything that I did not say. I don't believe in equal opportunity, or in Santa (but if you see him, don't tell him I said that). - I've never seen either one. The last part was suppossed to be cute. (Still, don't tell him that I said that.) Please note I've not expressed my opinion on welfare or anyone's Mom. - This was suppossed to help black and white thinkers understand that just because I object to the idea that work = wealth, I had in no way endorsed or objected to a "welfare state". I did not address it at all. Trying to understand how that was too subtle. Basically, I have no interest in sectarian, dogmatic arguments in which one is expected to defend the views of another, just because an opinion given puts them on one side or another of some line drawn in someone else's head. Am I really that hard to understand?
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    UCAWA Review - SciFi.com

    "... if learning to manipulate complex subsystems as its own reward excites you)." Wait a minute! Is he calling us geeks? No one told me we were geeks! I thought it was a fair review, overall (though I'm still playing UC *shame*). I liked this part most of all: "It's almost criminal that so much effort by an independent developer has gone into such an ambitious albeit flawed game, and that the end product costs less than a cheap dinner for two." I don't believe there IS another simulation with the sheer number of man-hours that are behind this one.
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    For the next in the series

    Cool, I'm an Ensign. I guess I can stop posting for another few years.
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    For the next in the series

    quote:. I think it was called terminus i think its a dead game now. [/QB]Not dead yet. http://www.terminuspoint.com/ It is a lot of fun. But it isn't Battlecruiser. You only got that sort of freedom in the civilian careers. BC is much more a military simulation. To implement something like that... it would be a different game. Coding aside, it would take a lot of work to get the game balance right. Anyway, there are still people playing Terminus, in a multiplayer environment. Knock yourself out.
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    What it means to be poor

    quote:Originally posted by Soback: quote:Originally posted by Chavis: And I don't think you conservative jerk offs qualify. WHAT HAVE YOUR LIBERAL MIND PRODUCED? Karl Marx, Lenin? ROFL Oh no, here we go. You know, as humans we're not limited to binary, black/white, on/off thinking. "My team is better than yours." Yeah, see you at homecoming... Wealth, while related to hard work, is not a direct result of it. Luck and initial circumstances have a lot of power. I don't believe in equal opportunity, or in Santa (but if you see him, don't tell him I said that). Please note I've not expressed my opinion on welfare or anyone's Mom.
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    What it means to be poor

    quote:Originally posted by Jaguar: Being poor is knowing that if you worked harder, had more drive, and learned to save, that you would ba as well off as your Sibling, who would then be asking YOU for help. Being poor is knowing that you are not doing everything that you can do, in this country of opportunity. Being poor is knowing that the education that you could get, is available to you, but you're just too lazy to do it. Being poor is knowing that the government will take care of you, no matter how capable you are... Being poor, is knowing in your heart of hearts, that if you tried harder, worked better, didn't expect things to be given to you on a silver platter, that you WOULDN'T be POOR!!! I don't know, man. That's pretty harsh. I know a lot of lazy people, and I know some people who are poor because they are lazy. However, I know more people who are poor because they are poor. I wouldn't call a person who works 2 minimum wage jobs lazy, but I would call him poor. I don't think I could compare a high school in Beverly Hills with one from an inner city working class neighborhood and seriously call it "equal opportunity". I work for lawyers now. Not one of them had a factory worker for a dad. Don't get me wrong; hard work can get you far. I've worked multple low wage jobs to make ends meet. I work one job and earn more now. I worked for this, but having a father who could loan me the money to get the training I needed more than helped; it made this possible. I guess I feel that your response showed a lack of exposure to some realities of this world that we live in.
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    For the next in the series

    quote:Originally posted by Matchoo: Something I think that might be cool is the ability to buy a missile that doesn't have any explosives(or a minimal amount), and then be able to fill that missile using minerals that you mine on the planets. Different combinations of minerals would have different effects (e.g. Some more powerful than others, some work like dirty bombs, some work better against shields, and some just don't work at all ). Sort of like Alchemy in Space, eh? Cool, but I just don't see it. The Battlecruiser games are more about hardware, stats and tactics, IMHO. (All right. I admit it. I'm still just trying to get my post count up)
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    Space Force Marines !!

    quote:Originally posted by yoyo: Driving a Porsche is too complicated for me - at least for now. One day I'll become a Commander (and will probably destroy DIP ships myself!) ! Now I give up the SFM career (which lasted 3 hours) and start... perhaps a fighter career ? An Elite Force Pilot is actually a good way to learn the galaxy. You can poke around the different systems, see who's who and what's where, but you don't have as much to manage. I normally play a fighter career as a break when I get frustrated. The marine careers are kind of hard and (for me) short lived. As a fighter pilot, you should be able to get repaired and re-armed at friendly stations. You may need to get recharged too. I don't know if FC have a limited charge in Pilot careers, but I would expect it. I've never been out long enough in a fighter to run out of juice, but it would not be fun. You may want to at least start a career in a Cruiser, too. That would be getting your feet wet as a commander, but you wouldn't have to manage fighters and would have less crew. They maneuver better, and you can (sort of) treat them like a big fighter. If this game suits you, you should really consider buying a more recent version. UC is only $20, and the latest version only $30, if your PC can run it. It just keeps getting better.
  23. Releasing them as freeware guarantees that your games will live forever. My grandkids will be downloading x86 emulators and searching the web for tips to get them running, always asking, "If he could do this back then, why doesn't anyone make a game like this now?"
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    For the next in the series

    Yeah. Well, I'm kind of quiet. Still, considering I've been playing since BC3K v2 and that EVERY significant upgrade I've done to my computer has been for a Battlecruiser title, I AM rather sick of being a "cadet".