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  1. Comment on Dwarf Fortress to be Released on Steam and itch.io in ~games

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    Quote from the Discord AMA by Toady: Don't bank on it though, there were a lot of questions and Toady is the sort of person who doesn't like to say no directly. I'm guessing later may be anywhere...

    Quote from the Discord AMA by Toady:

    A tutorial could be part of what we do for new players; we'll be able to be more specific later. But it's on the table, yeah.

    Don't bank on it though, there were a lot of questions and Toady is the sort of person who doesn't like to say no directly. I'm guessing later may be anywhere between few months to a few years.

    With the ever-evolving complexity of the game, your best bet is likely the DFwiki or Peridexis's tutorial.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Dwarf Fortress to be Released on Steam and itch.io in ~games

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    Yes, the potential implications to the development roadmap is unfortunate. The brother's health problems have likely made this move a necessity, since Toady has traditionally been very protective...

    Yes, the potential implications to the development roadmap is unfortunate. The brother's health problems have likely made this move a necessity, since Toady has traditionally been very protective of the Dwarf Fortress IP.

    At any rate, regardless of the outcome, this appears to be the gentlest way Toady will be able to make this change - a friendly indie developer who has supposedly guaranteed his freedoms in development, and retaining of the Classic version for free, ala Cave Story+ with Nicalis.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Let's do something different: What are your favorite video game OSTs? in ~music

  4. Comment on 02/28/2019: Nothing villainous to report on the dev log this week, as the bulk of my work time was spent preparing material for an upcoming Dwarf Fortress announcement. in ~games

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    Monthly donations are around $7k/month... splitting threeways, is that really enough to hire another developer at competitive rates? Consider me doubtful. If I had to hazard a guess, better...

    Monthly donations are around $7k/month... splitting threeways, is that really enough to hire another developer at competitive rates? Consider me doubtful.

    If I had to hazard a guess, better integration for modders, possibly some sort of API so DFhack doesn't break every release. Either that, or we may finally get the complete legends mode CSV export. Who knows, really?

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Moved on to Kingdom. Second real manga that managed to capture my interests. It's good.

    Moved on to Kingdom. Second real manga that managed to capture my interests. It's good.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Haha pretty much, why? I don't consider myself a manga fan, many feel too airy for my tastes. Might try Jojo next.

    Haha pretty much, why? I don't consider myself a manga fan, many feel too airy for my tastes. Might try Jojo next.

  7. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Read my first real manga - Berserk. Ran through the entirety of it in less than a week. Welp, guess I'll pick it up again in ten years time.

    Read my first real manga - Berserk. Ran through the entirety of it in less than a week. Welp, guess I'll pick it up again in ten years time.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Would there be any want or need for a Tildes Discord Server? in ~tildes

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    Disagreed. From experience, a Discord would sap activity from the main forum (whether Tildes or Reddit) and move it to Discord, where only a minority of users can view. What is the benefit of a...

    Disagreed. From experience, a Discord would sap activity from the main forum (whether Tildes or Reddit) and move it to Discord, where only a minority of users can view.

    What is the benefit of a Discord over ~talk?

    5 votes
  9. Comment on What is the purpose of the Activity tab at the top? in ~tildes

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    Activity is a fairly nebulous term; it doesn't really convey a direct meaning to the user. The word Forum/Board/Thread would work better I feel - everyone instinctively knows how those work.

    Activity is a fairly nebulous term; it doesn't really convey a direct meaning to the user. The word Forum/Board/Thread would work better I feel - everyone instinctively knows how those work.

  10. Comment on Do you ever feel like glitches can actually make the games MORE entertaining? in ~games

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    The community in particular is very accepting of bugs, given that DF is free and in a perpetual state of development. As a result, the community not only does not abhor bugs, but celebrates and...

    The community in particular is very accepting of bugs, given that DF is free and in a perpetual state of development. As a result, the community not only does not abhor bugs, but celebrates and immortalizes them, oftentimes long after they've been fixed (eg. catsplosions, drunk cats, carp). The old DF quote being "It's not a bug, it's a feature".

    As an example, there was a recent-ish bug where settlements were being populated with thousands of horses. When you took an adventurer to that area, the sheer number of horses spawned would lag the game.

    Bugs from Normal Games: "The game stutters for six seconds before crashing."
    Bugs from Broken Games: "The lighting is weird and the characters have no faces."
    Bugs from Dwarf Fortress: "The horses outnumber us. I have seen settlements with a thousand horses to a man. I have seen them in the deepest caverns. They are everywhere. Liberate te ex equus."

    10 votes
  11. Comment on What are some of your favorite RSS feeds to subscribe to? in ~tech

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    Personally i use Read. It's free of cost and ads, haven't had any problem with it yet.

    Personally i use Read. It's free of cost and ads, haven't had any problem with it yet.

    5 votes
  12. Comment on Where are you from? in ~talk

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    Malaysian represent!

    Malaysian represent!

    2 votes
  13. Comment on What upcoming games or updates are you excited about? in ~games

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    Hollow Knight is having another free DLC coming out. Looking forward to 100%-ing the game after it releases.

    Hollow Knight is having another free DLC coming out. Looking forward to 100%-ing the game after it releases.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on How do I get "good" at art? in ~talk

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    OP is referring to understanding art, which is slightly different than doing art himself. Of course, practice still helps to raise overall art awareness, but one does not expect to become an art...

    OP is referring to understanding art, which is slightly different than doing art himself. Of course, practice still helps to raise overall art awareness, but one does not expect to become an art critic just by practicing art.

    5 votes
  15. Comment on What upcoming games or updates are you excited about? in ~games

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    For the unawares, 'upcoming' in Dwarf Fortress is executed in cycles ranging from 2-3 years (these are the Big Waits). Generally, these contain major feature updates that break save compatibility...

    For the unawares, 'upcoming' in Dwarf Fortress is executed in cycles ranging from 2-3 years (these are the Big Waits). Generally, these contain major feature updates that break save compatibility and adds a new layer to the simulation. In between major cycles are minor feature releases that last several months to a year; these tend to add new mechanics to small parts of the game, and of course, a myriad of bugfixes.

    Timeline of DF update cycles

    2007-2008 marked the introduction of the z-axis, a third dimension of space (before it was like Rimworld constrained to 2 axises)
    2008-2010 overhauled the material system to use real world values, and added complexity to combat systems among other things.
    2012-2014 world activation! History is now simulated as you play, empires rise and fall, wars are waged.
    2016-2018 armies arc, players can now send squads out to raze, pillage and invade their enemies, earning the spoils of war.

    Right now, we are tantalisingly close to infiltration mechanics, involving spies and secret plots to overthrow your fortress from within. There's many more I didn't cover (such as religion and taverns), but if I talked more about DF we'd be here till dawn, so that's pretty much it.

    8 votes
  16. Comment on What upcoming games or updates are you excited about? in ~games

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    May I remark on the impressive strides Toady has made over the past year? Only now are we seeing Toady leverage the world activation that he spent years developing post-34.11 into real substantial...

    May I remark on the impressive strides Toady has made over the past year? Only now are we seeing Toady leverage the world activation that he spent years developing post-34.11 into real substantial mechanics. As a result these days we're getting feature after feature (as opposed to trees or beekeeping).

    In 2016 I wouldn't have said there was a significant different between legacy 34.11 and DF2016, but DF2018 is in a world of its own in terms of mechanics and complexity. The upcoming Big Wait up to the Myth-&-Magic arc may well be seen as the next Golden Age of DF.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~tildes

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    In addition to this, I'd recommend you read this page from the docs on future mechanics, especially the parts involving the reputation system. https://docs.tildes.net/mechanics-future Quoting the...

    In addition to this, I'd recommend you read this page from the docs on future mechanics, especially the parts involving the reputation system.

    https://docs.tildes.net/mechanics-future

    Quoting the final passage from Deimos,

    To be clear, I recognize that this is a dangerous type of system to implement, with the distinct risk of creating "power users" that have far too much influence. However, all systems have similar risks—even if all users are equal, people can form groups or abuse multiple accounts to increase their influence. These types of issues are social and can only be solved with oversight, accountability, and a willingness to punish people that abuse the system, not technology alone.

    20 votes
  18. Comment on Moderators of Reddit, tell us about your experiences in fostering quality discussion and content (or failures to do so) in ~tildes

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    It's interesting to draw parallels in your argument to Tildes. This site, by its very nature (if it ever goes big), will require strict moderation to maintain the stated goal of high quality...

    It's interesting to draw parallels in your argument to Tildes. This site, by its very nature (if it ever goes big), will require strict moderation to maintain the stated goal of high quality discussion. At the same time, the limited number of tildes means that each tilde will be a large community on it's own, almost akin to the default subs of reddit.

    These are two key factors you mentioned above that would cause skilled moderators to leave their position. In your opinion, will Tildes face similar issues with moderation?

    5 votes
  19. Since the moderator community here is quite large, I figure we would have quite alot of interesting perspectives over here in Tildes. Feel free to chip in even if you're not a moderator, or god...

    Since the moderator community here is quite large, I figure we would have quite alot of interesting perspectives over here in Tildes. Feel free to chip in even if you're not a moderator, or god forbid, moderate such subs as T_D. Having a range of perspectives is, as always, the most valuable aspect of any discussion.

    Here are some baseline questions to get you started:-

    • Did your subreddit take strict measures to maintain quality ala r/AskHistorians, or was it a karmic free-for-all like r/aww?

    • Do you think the model was an appropriate fit for your sub? Was it successful?

    • What were the challenges faced in trying to maintain a certain quality standard (or not maintaining one at all)?

    • Will any of the lessons learnt on Reddit be applicable here in Tildes?

    31 votes
  20. Comment on Austria rejects Afghan's asylum bid because he 'did not act or dress gay' in ~lgbt

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    Follow up: https://www.apnews.com/7415a79a5d1242949eb784f899dd0eb8 The official was disciplined following an internal review. Systemic discrimination, or one-off case? Make what of that if you will.

    Follow up: https://www.apnews.com/7415a79a5d1242949eb784f899dd0eb8

    The official was disciplined following an internal review.

    Systemic discrimination, or one-off case? Make what of that if you will.

    8 votes