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  1. Realistically, anything worth much and being easily carried would be stolen, even by a master thief after a prize sceptre.If one combs through a mansion or castle to get all keys/information/distraction/whatever to open the vault with the one main target loot, anyone would also take the occasional gold ring or coin purse along the way - even if those smaller things sum up only to about 5% of the main target loot value.The thief would never be absolutely sure to succeed in getting his prize - so easy to get little stuff would also be sought for, especially because it's instant cash/easily fenced loot - you can't directly pay for your daily needs directly with the dukes priced fist-size family heirloom diamond.I for my part feel a loot target objective is never quite really necessary - just information, how much you have, and in the debriefing your overall result.A loot hunt is not less stupid than a key hunt.If you want to feel like a master thief in action, you are after your main target and you take any other loot you can get on the way there. That's it.If I have already done and found I was capable to, I find it immersion breaking to go through all the map again to find this last loot piece in the form of ring hidden in the loo just to get the last needed 1% to check a loot objective. In reality, if I had most of it/almost everything there is/I came for I wanted to get the hell out of there. If you have the vaults content (150,000) in your sack and another, say 5000 gold in other valuables, no sane person would stay back and stubbornly search for the last single needed gold coin to be "perfect".But if some people really like the loot hunt for 100% they can do it anyway, because loot finding results are always displayed.
  2. IIRC the value system seems sometimes rather skewed to me, anyway: Some say, a peasant would never see a single highly valuable gold coin in his entire life; on the other hand, in DM and T1/T2/T3/FMs I have seen pricing information in taverns that list ordinary beverages and tavern rooms for rent in the couple-of-gold-range. So, there has always been some weird inconsistency with pricing, valuing a huge insanely rare main loot gem at, say 2000 gold, and coin purses on guards full of 50 gold or the pricing of a decent meal at a tavern at 4 gold. "Gold" as such has by no means to be 100% gold - it was/would be not unusual to reduce the actual gold content of coins over time, as a means to help public finances. It was a very common thing in history - "old" gold coins, like the oldest francs, were 100% gold and immensely valuable; over the centuries, copper content of newly issued francs went very near or to 100%. So currency "gold coins" and actual gold could be hugely different priced, say stealing a relatively small 100% gold bar could be well worth like 10.000 in "gold" currency. Realistically, loot pricing should be more believable: When a stack of coins, found with gambling guards, is worth 10 gold, then a hugely valuable main loot item like a sceptre should be at least in the 100.000-Range, otherwise you would be no master but more of a petty thief. Smaller valuables amassed, say in the 500-5000 gold range, would be sufficient to "pay the rent" (and some luxuries) for a considerable time, like G.s troubles typically were; stealing the biggest diamond in existence and registering it as just 5000 gold loot however would be pretty lame. Maybe the most easy and elegant way to deal with the issue is to really increase the "gold" currency worth of main/special loot items. You can't frob and pocket a grand piano (albeit impressively valuable), but huge gems/gold bars/artwork certainly can be - going with value descriptions in the 10s and 100s of thousands.
  3. If I may add a few thoughts: Tobacco stuff can be small and valuable. There are very expensive cigars, worth their weight in gold. Small,less valuable loot could be realistically added in a hoard - like a butler or maid, stealing a little a time from the nobs over the years, amassing smaller valuables in a hiding-place (like under their bed). After a bad harvest, ordinary, yet energy-dense food could have higher value than usual - like cheese. Perfume, while small,could be everything from almost worthless to very costly. Even in a medieval setting , non-material things could have value: trading/market information, like knowledge a maid gets by overhearing a conversation dealing with the business of her employers and mentioning that in a letter or diary (pricing info, intent to buy lots of merchandise or land...). Certain medicines can be insanely expensive, yet even be obtained/desired by common people (think of Chinese medicine stuff, like rhinoceros horn, special herbs, hell, even "make love long" pills/herbs would be as sought after and expensive as they are today (let's say viagra costs 10$ a pill, containing 50mg, this stuff would cost 200.000$/kg in bulk - much more than gold);even good, ordinary sleeping pills are sought after by many, could be relatively common yet quite value-dense). Foremen / master workers could have a pocket watch - not the golden, exquisite type the rich carry, much simpler, yet definitely valuable. Certain types of clothing were also extraordinary expensive in past times - satin scarfs/stockings, lace ...
  4. So. As a non-US citizen I was already used to having to accept to being killed by the US for no particular reason and without due-process as the government/whoever really rules sees fit. I saw it as unavoidable natural ability of the guys who carry the biggest stick. But now not even US citizens are safe from being secretly killed by the state for secret reasons and without due-process. Something very,very fundamental has changed, and I begin to fear the future. For now, I feel safe as a German citizen; but newer history showed things in Europe tend to imitate US developments with a certain delay. The whole thing is looking like a major civilisational decline. http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/09/30/awlaki/index.html Quotes: It was first reported in January of last year that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens whom the President had ordered assassinated without any due process, and one of those Americans was Anwar al-Awlaki. No effort was made to indict him for any crimes (despite a report last October that the Obama administration was "considering" indicting him). When Awlaki's father sought a court order barring Obama from killing his son, the DOJ argued, among other things, that such decisions were "state secrets" and thus beyond the scrutiny of the courts. He was simply ordered killed by the President: his judge, jury and executioner. When Awlaki's inclusion on President Obama's hit list was confirmed, The New York Times noted that "it is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing." "After several unsuccessful efforts to assassinate its own citizen, the U.S. succeeded today (and it was the U.S.). ... What's most striking about this is not that the U.S. Government has seized and exercised exactly the power the Fifth Amendment was designed to bar ("No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law"), and did so in a way that almost certainly violates core First Amendment protections (questions that will now never be decided in a court of law). What's most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S. Government's new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred of due process from the U.S. Government. Many will celebrate the strong, decisive, Tough President's ability to eradicate the life of Anwar al-Awlaki -- including many who just so righteously condemned those Republican audience members as so terribly barbaric and crass for cheering Governor Perry's execution of scores of serial murderers and rapists -- criminals who were at least given a trial and appeals and the other trappings of due process before being killed. From an authoritarian perspective, that's the genius of America's political culture. It not only finds way to obliterate the most basic individual liberties designed to safeguard citizens from consummate abuses of power (such as extinguishing the lives of citizens without due process). It actually gets its citizens to stand up and clap and even celebrate the destruction of those safeguards. What amazes me most whenever I write about this topic is recalling how terribly upset so many Democrats pretended to be when Bush claimed the power merely to detain or even just eavesdrop on American citizens without due process. Remember all that? Yet now, here's Obama claiming the power not to detain or eavesdrop on citizens without due process, but to kill them; marvel at how the hardest-core White House loyalists now celebrate this and uncritically accept the same justifying rationale used by Bush/Cheney (this is war! the President says he was a Terrorist!) without even a moment of acknowledgment of the profound inconsistency or the deeply troubling implications of having a President -- even Barack Obama -- vested with the power to target U.S. citizens for murder with no due process.
  5. I upgraded from XP to 7 and I'm getting the inverted/warped view problem that could be thwarted by disabling Catalyst AI. Problem: Driver Option for Disabling Catalyst AI not available "Disable Surface Format Optimizations" is not having any noticable effect Most weird:In XP I had the problem killed by disabling Catalyst AI with the tool "Radeon Pro". To my discontent said option "Catalyst AI" whatever is missing in my Win7/Catalyst 11.8 preview driver (it was there under XP!) installed version of (the very same!) Radeon Pro. DM is unusable so far; I would very much appreciate any hint how to deal with this pesky issue.
  6. Dammit, the info is already on the board. Please somebody close this thread.
  7. How widespread is this? "Norwegian stores began pulling World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare off the shelves, because Anders Breivik played these games." http://www.giantbomb.com/news/norwegian-retailer-indefinitely-bans-violent-video-games-even-though-no-one-asked/3536/ Can someone from Norway acknowledge this? If true, it would be a new low. How far off the mark can you go?
  8. One has to.Mass opinion is too important to ignore.It may serve as an early warning mechanism,marketing tool,policy enabler,financial profit chance and so on. There is a reason bigshots in politics,finance etc. have an eye on it or,of course,try to shape it. It may be mostly filth,but it is filth that makes millions and millions of people move. There is an advantage with propaganda/marketing in media targeted to the lower educated classes:It is usually recognizable as such,and gives an hint/insight into what the elites might be up to,which is otherwise hard to get for unconnected commoners like us.
  9. I'm well aware of that.And it's not the only one of its kind.But I read it occasionally because [really...] they often have cute animal photos AND the comments section seems to show an insight in British popular opinion, which is hard to get from here (Germany). It's not like I'm interested in the nonsense it offers otherwise, yet I feel it is a good example of how the masses tick: I have a very clear opinion of most other people since I realized that most people actually enjoy that unendurable hilarious dirt in TV and many magazines.Having read in a couple of forums was another knockdown in the hope that most people are actually sane. It actually frightens me how...simple many people are. A thing that got me floored recently:The Amy Whinehouse overdose death got MUCH more british media attention than the contemporaneous Norway massacre:And the media was right,discussion forums got many times more posts commenting her death than the attack. But back to the point;more respectable news outlets blow in the same horn: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article4749183.ece http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7232661.stm http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/jun/29/religion-islam-sharia-britain http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/islamic-sharia-law-has-a-place-in-england/6574.html
  10. This just got to me: Well, the opposite side gets bolder, too... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019547/Anjem-Choudary-Islamic-extremists-set-Sharia-law-zones-UK-cities.html I just don't understand if this are natural occurrences or people are agitated from both sides by whoever would profit form any escalations.
  11. In the last days I tried to research the ideas he and people like he have. Basically, they see themselves as victims of "racial genocide" by mass immigration. Their core ideology seems to be this: -Treacherous leftist politicians flood their countries with moslems (well, mostly, Arabs, Turks, Blacks) (This is true to some degree. It varies, but in little spots there have developed Muslim quarters) -They show statistics that predict birth rate differences to such an extent that "foreigner Muslims" will have the democratic majority in 2050-2070 (Predictions are well, predictions. I don't think it's sure that native reproduction will stay so low in Europe or that the Muslim newcomers will uphold their extraordinary high fertility rate; on the other hand, in some parts of Germany, in the Netherlands etc. Muslim immigrant children represent already about 30% of all newborns today;the favorite newborn 1st name in Britain is now already Mohammad) -Based on this,they seem to see themselves as victims of a campaign of "getting rotted out" slowly - what they try to defend against;they feel threatened in their existence, so to speak. They see it as oppression to being forced to suddenly having many Muslim neighbors and having to live with them and having no saying in the matter at all: Often, they mention the analogy of their home being invaded by problematic (poor,aggressive,uneducated,completely other culture) outsiders that suddenly sit on your table and eat your food and use your things and you have to pay for all of this (which, to some degree, seems true:in Europe, most immigrants are attracted to the social welfare system, which is considerable and almost utopic compared with the US). Based on this view, they see it as acceptable and necessary to act in "self defense" - by attacking those people they see as driving forces behind the immigration - about all colours of the left-wing political spectrum. They say the leftists try a Coup d'état by slowly replacing native European population with "brownies" by fertility discrepancy, because most of these immigrants and their offspring will vote pro immigration (leftist/green).Many say the politicians are basically "building themselves a new voter demographic" (in German"Die Politiker wählen sich ein neues Volk"->I'm not good enough to translate this properly). This may be far fetched, but at least in Germany immigrant Arabs/Turks are indeed highly overrepresented in crime statistics.Well, it's not surprising, because many of the immigrants are poor and life off welfare, yet have a more robust "masculine" upbringing and different culture and are usually lower educated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_van_Gogh_%28film_director%29 This dutch guy was killed by Muslim immigrants because he made an Islam-critic movie. Also, much of the knife crime (search any british news outlet for "stabbed"->it's a huge problem there) is perpetrated by the "newcomers" http://truthunlimited.blog.com/files/2010/11/london-muslim-protest-8.jpg http://www.veteranspostnews.com/ImagesM/muslim/muslim3.jpg use google image search "london muslim protest" and you get the picture - but this is not widespread, only local, at least today Some people feel threatened by this behavior and fear a civilizational regression (Sharia Law,killing of homosexuals,less freedom,more crime/feeling threatened on the streets) Other argue, rich/industry elites want mass immigration to press down wages or wanting to distract/cripple the population because of a extended economic downturn (Rise of China Competition,Cheap labor from eastern Europe and so on). Thats about it for now for I have to sleep, but you get a rough sketch of the picture. Mass immigration and the problem of socially acceptable integration of the newcomers has been a hot topic in Europe for almost a decade now - but the sudden explosion of violence in Norway came kind of without warning,the violence didn't escalate steadily, it came out suddenly. I'm afraid many of the thoughts of Anders Behring Breivik are not so uncommon in many heads here. I just hope the situation is not getting worse in the coming years, whatever side going completely ballistic again. Edit: I added 3 typical images circling in those groups. The 1st one is even used in the manifesto of the killer.
  12. I'm little in a hurry, but have to say that this was a very enjoyable mission overall. Even the intro shows class, and the melting candle is just very good style,spot on, very atmospheric. It shows an artist crafted this wonderful piece, thanks !
  13. While being a nice idea amongst many others, hiding under the bed is not even necessary to hardwire into Darkmod I think. Not all beds would provide hiding space anyway. But then any mission author could make any bed frobable and have the screen go black for a few seconds and reemerge from a viewpoint from under the bed, being not able to move but staying perfectly hidden, seeing only AIs legs. Kind of static camvator or whatever. The mod toolset is crafted fine enough to make such things nicely possible for mission authors.
  14. This is a stealth game. Combat is usually not even secondary, rather tertiary. Enemies should be way more powerful than the player, otherwise you get a shooter or beat em up game like DMoMM. Such brawling stuff is inelegant. A thief should be no robber. Observe, analyze, sneak, outsmart, use clever tools. Thats the way it should work. Imagine that guy in heavy armor, the woman for scale of the cat burglar thief in size. Now the thief starts pushing [and wishes for a fork lift, which would be another thing to implement].
  15. So I post a couple of screenshots that give a good impression of its atmosphere. Some are a little thief-like, so maybe they are even inspiring someone a little bit regarding mission design. Beware, those two are a severe threat to Americans, NSFW or or whatever you wacky folks call it : http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767543772416/BBF01F578DFB51C9EA7AFA603C4A5AAE921CE4EE/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767542853616/DF9B539B7701B3B2358B515B3F6E42A8B01E8C9B/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767542684142/68E8088D9FAA51E7EE3437C4D3AEE2BC8C595ECD/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767541919751/543CA3F5D48FE2BB5003B253DCDA18BC07408CD5/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767541471759/DE72E07E07FCC2E0E37B631244D1FD9F3174B197/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767541078365/9275BC00E2C087A4A8C4A528969EAE36098CEFB0/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767540942925/0445FEF0871CA1F2DCB4138833FF89C39E0A9D91/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767550322363/2363BFDBDF1E912E44F5B1CEE7E5EB525BE1DBAD/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767550323416/67D7B1368C82FA1F9B3F6F508B0D13FCF8723395/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767550320975/5B9CC9D367DFC5A702CDEC4EEB302AC4C58E5BA8/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767550319153/17035E84120E7AC65456F833B6F3CCC39FC9EB9A/#.jpg http://cloud.steampowered.com/ugc/540642767557675327/AC24434F80CEF8C96982623A5655B0789055D072/#.jpg
  16. Yes, but those are outright aggressive and would/should spoil ghosting possibilities. Some "dirt" on the ground that crackles when an AI is walking over it should cause no alert, has the same warning capability and is easier to design in the game (no need to animate guards to hop around with sharp things in their feet and cursing). Not necessarily. The affected ground spot does not need to be huge; the thief should know where he placed it and can walk next to or hop over it. It's main application would be carpeted ground anyway, so jumping over the crunchy sound spot should be possible to do in complete silence. On a second thought: Moss arrow reversal may limit weapon carrying space, I mean numbers 1 to 0 are already used up for arrows and stuff, aren't they ? Better may be an inventory item like a bag of a crackling substance (like rice hulls or such) that could have a couple of uses - just stack them or make a backcounter on it. It could be strewn in front of the thief by using it. And, because I imagine its main purpose in surprise "securing" carpets it should be cheap and have a lot of uses until it is used up - one may need it a lot if one wants to ironman a mansion with many guards, rooms and pickable locks.
  17. Well, a shadow bomb may be a bit strange, but if you want to craft fine new tools - how about any a real thief would find useful ? Smokebombs are a good idea, because they are a little bit different from flash bombs: They last for a while, and newly arriving guards would be also affected ! Just think about the possibilities: Robbing one church, but the altar is too heavily lit/guarded. Just steal/do all there is and finish the mission with a voluminous smoke bomb to the altar, allowing for a daring theft on the altar and a quick escape ! Smokebombs can be very handy, much more so than flash bangs. And: They could be augmented with pepper: Believable and useful. They could be relatively cheaply bought compared with other tools and just cause affected AI in the cloud to slowed down/blinded etc.; coughing/sneezing/bowing of the AI should be already available, too. Or you combine pepper and smoke bomb. Design two tools, just copy things together and you have a third. If someone finds the time, how about my old request for an footstep enhancer "bomb" -> the musthave tool for the modern thief who is not eager to be surprised by carpet walking guards while picking a lock or checking out a room.
  18. Well, I'm no drug user, but this felt a bit like a fairytale on acid. Certainly quite different from usual mission approaches. Rough around the edges, but then quite atmospheric at times. Probably a decent start to become a mapper, though. However, I felt the story/background/motivational guide thing was very weak. Do that, go there, find that, BOSSFIGHT (you could'nt go around or BJ) - for some reason it felt a bit like a shooter or World of Warcraft to me there, mission goals felt like pretexts, not personally motivated. If you pardon the question, Shadowhide, but how old are you ? What remains: Short and rather simple, a little bit weird mission with the most beauty-full winter forest in DM so far. With nice extra features like spoken conversations , but not much sneaking. A light snack, so to speak, but it rests well.
  19. Just wanted to make known I updated my ATI graphics driver today and the malloc failure is gone now. Everything is running well (albeit slightly less fast, somehow, but what the heck).
  20. Sorry to interject with something so OT, but may it be true that your wife is named Jana ?
  21. Most splendid. I got only 14/15 though, I wonder where the last one is ... Death got me at the caves, so I'm not as skilled as I thought I am: I missed a more intense climate - howling ice winds, dense snowfall, or dense winter fog. Not so much for reasons of making the season clear, but if an opportunity to implement those in a way that they are limiting seeing and hearing distance comes up like here I feel it shouldn't be left out. Shadowing the lady through fog or dense snowfall could have added up much to atmosphere I think. Well,this mission surprised me with an enjoyable Sunday evening, thank you very much.
  22. Clive Barker’s Jericho. Not brilliant, but not really bad either. And it will suit your system fine.
  23. Well, different culture I guess ... 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kancho 2.[i avoid depictions and links regarding poo/urine fetishes in Japan, but they really seam to very much like it] 3.EVEN actual catastrophes are explained ... anally ... to CHILDREN: And then there are their robotized toilets ... Something sinister may be dwelling in the Japanese mind. Edit:Point of this post was the bizarre children's TV explanation for the disasters of the last days.
  24. Not sure if I'm doing it right - clicking that .linux file resulted in two seconds of activity and an updated tdm_version_info.txt : Oh and the logfile: [added suffix .txt because forum didn't accept .log files] Edit:Moving the updated darkmod folder back and running it under XP didn't change the adv. menu options nor the malloc. tdm_version_info.txt tdm_update.log.txt
  25. Sorry, can't do because of adamant separation of online/non-online PCs; However, I could copy DM over to the internet connected one, which runs Ubuntu - is the updater Linux capable too ?
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