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46  General / Non-El-Hazard Topical Discussions / Re: Chinese cookie fortunes... -in bed on: May 18, 2004, 02:24:26 AM
For my brother's birthday we got together along with some of our family and ate Chinese (alas that their spicy chicken couldn't have been white meat :( ) for the first time in awhile. And after getting some of our "fortunes," I was drawn back to this little thread....

Life to you is a dashing and bold adventure... in bed.

You will be awarded some great honor... in bed.

He who knows he has enough is rich... in bed.

The problems of today will be buried by the sands of time... in bed.

(And the last one was "Don't put all your eggs in one basket"-- who knew that the Chinese read Aesop? :D)
47  General / Non-El-Hazard Topical Discussions / Re: EHOL's Top Anime of All-Time on: May 11, 2004, 11:16:24 PM
What if one "anime" has several different series-- of shall we say "variant quality?" *chuckles* El-Hazard itself comes to mind (TMW is #1 or near it, but if all of them are considered it drops quite a bit).


10) Full Metal Panic (I like it, but I've only seen 12 episodes)
09) Gundam [Wing]
08 ) Rurouni Kenshin
07) Ah! My Goddess (now, the manga would be #1...)
06) Love Hina
05) Tenchi Muyo!
04) Bubblegum Crisis (Tokyo 2040 only)
03) El-Hazard (TMW and Wanderers only)
02) Crest/Banner of the Stars
!1!) Inuyasha

Looks about right.

Edit: The quick-command for the sunglasses smiley ( 8 ) )has got to be changed. :P
48  General / Non-El-Hazard Topical Discussions / Re: Well...seeing as everyone else did... on: April 27, 2004, 04:53:40 PM
Fourteen? I can barely remember 14. *laughs* But Happy Birthday, Lar; and I hope you have a good year. :) Doing anything special for your birthday?

And I didn't know I was just a year older than you, Rob-- I figured you were quite a bit older, up there with Eric and Jeff or something. :] I'll be turning 22 in July (the 22nd, which I've oddly been looking forward to, heh) myself.
49  Games / El-Hazard Online RPG / Re: *OOC* Comments and Questions on: April 26, 2004, 08:21:44 PM
And Xan is likewise convalescing....

I'll tell you, the most common problem in online RPing is the powergaming, but you can go too far in the opposite direction. *chuckles* Writing your characters into corners with crippling wounds-- especially when multiple people do it at once-- loses the effect and slows things down.

That being said, maybe one of our moderators (*pokes*) might advance time by a bit so everyone can recover at least a little, and try to get things moving again. I'd post, but I've already said I'm out for "six hours," and maybe two (?) have passed in RP time. :| Just a thought....
50  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: Fence of Defense on: April 07, 2004, 01:09:20 AM
Sure. Go to Tools > AutoCorrect Options and fix the ones that cause problems (normally quotation marks, apostrophes, and the like). Ellipsis... they're under "AutoCorrect," the other troublesome ones are under "AutoFormat [As You Type]."

For example, this entry was copied and pasted from Word. :)
51  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: I want!!!!! on: April 04, 2004, 03:28:10 PM
Ha ha, well; I already knew you were doing that so that random yahoos can't just download a few dozen mp3s and kill your bandwidth, and I understand that-- it adds up pretty fast when you have files several megabytes in size. It's just that there's not really much to "contribute" anymore, and El Hazard music is mostly  impossible to buy (assuming others even have the money-- I do, but I can't vouch for everyone).

So we use the plan B. :] Saves you your bandwidth, anyway-- which since you mentioned the issue with your friends leeching some on the main page when you moved the site, is probably pretty important, heh.
52  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: I want!!!!! on: April 04, 2004, 01:32:54 PM
Rob (our admin) mentioned earlier that he plans on allowing for more "contributers" soon via a quiz or the like sometime in the future.

Alternately, if you have AIM (or IRC or some other file-sharing resource, such as Direct Connect) I could send it to you. I assume you're referring to the opening for The Alternative World? I have that, and a decent enough selection of other El Hazard tracks (but nothing like the comprehensive list Rob has on-site, though).
53  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: El Hazard bit torrent (or the like?) on: April 04, 2004, 02:58:23 AM
Hey, I know how it is. I lived on Edwards Air Force Base (if you don't know where it is, about 90 miles or so Los Angeles) for three years, and I know California anywhere is pretty bloody expensive. *chuckles* But the $60000 figure was based on the 'Valley median programmer salary of $67,000 (or at least it was as of a 2002 survey I read). Not that it really matters, but I do know what I'm talking about. :] Sometimes.

The big advantage of BitTorrent over DC is that with BT you're more or less guaranteed a decent connection, at least with popular material-- or so I've been told. With DC you'd need to join a bigger hub for a larger pool of users (and the bigger hubs tend to have higher share limits, which, as Saucer said, range from "ludicrous" to "no way in Hell"), and even then some of them might not be sharing much (or, more likely, already have all their slots full).

But so it goes. You get what you pay for, eh? ;)
54  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: My El-Hazard RPG [A VidGame, not a text RP] on: April 02, 2004, 06:15:45 PM
That depends. In a basic 2D view, you'll basically be showing cutouts of the area you're in-- so no, you'd only be looking down on the walls and seeing the "top." If you were using a 3D environment (or a 2D 3-quarters overhead, like the Baldur's Gate games) you'd have to use realistic settings. Having never used RPG Maker I couldn't tell you exactly which. *chuckles*

Ah... I haven't done any spritework since an old DOS copy of Mah-Jongg allowed a user to customize his own tiles, but I might be able to help with a few you haven't drawn yet. If I ever have time I'll try to chip in-- just don't count on it, heh.  :-/

And good job on what you've done so far. :] I'd probably have given up already!
55  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: El Hazard bit torrent (or the like?) on: April 01, 2004, 01:59:25 AM
... $60K a year salary?! Oo;;;  

Hey Bob, wouldn't dad love to hear that quote? :p

Heh heh, yeah, I was being sarcastic myself. I don't know exactly how much Adobe programmers get paid (not being one ;)) but the typical Silicon Valley wage is around $60K-- and yeah, that's a lot more than one needs to make ends meet (even in California!). You might've missed it, but there was actually some advertising years back (might still be, but I haven't seen any for awhile) about programmers talking about how software piracy from private users threatens their livelihood-- which is an out-and-out lie, especially for Adobe (some 75%+ of their sales are to businesses and schools and the like).

As for El Hazard... I didn't even know about it until on a lark a friend sent me the AMV of Fujisawa to "I Get Knocked Down," and it was funny enough I wanted to see more... and did. *chuckles* It's now one of my favorite series, and so far the only thing I've missed has been the stuff I can't find (or can't read, heh, like the Japanese books)-- the radio stuff and the manga (I found the first volume on DC, but that's been it). I don't think it was ever commercially popular-- it did well enough, of course, and that's enough for Pioneer to write a sequel with, heh-- and once people realized there was going to be no additional El Hazard (and the general decline in quality anyway) what fervor there was died down. It happens a lot as anime age... for example I remember the boom years of Dragonball Z when there were thousands of active sites dedicated to it (there's still a bunch, but the craze is nothing like it was).

Stanky-- Acknowledged and replied to. :)
56  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: El Hazard bit torrent (or the like?) on: March 31, 2004, 08:18:23 PM
Rob-- I see; that makes sense. MP3s aren't exactly as bandwidth-straining as video, but a few megabytes a download every time... nah, when I hear a track I like I'll just get it elsewhere; it'd just be neat to listen to something first to make sure it's the song I'm looking for (for example I liked the jazzy ending theme for the second OAV series, but had no idea what it was called... so I had to Google for awhile to get a tracklist, then figure out which one it was, then wait for a user with it to come online...).

Stanky-- DC++ is pretty intimidating for the new, yeah. *chuckles* What kind of connection do you have? You need to make sure you plug your IP number into the active setting (passive users can't join some hubs and can't download as much in the hubs they can join). Also, most hubs have a fileshare limit... for the smaller hubs it's pretty low (0-50MB or so and up to one gig), and you can usually meet that by sharing a few anime episodes and some MP3s. The more popular hubs require more (I share around 20GB, although that'll be closer to 30 if I decide to transfer all of the Wanderers back to my computer from my brother's laptop).

If push comes to shove, on the weekends I could probably share stuff with you; my ADSL uploads around 20kps as long as you have broadband also (comes out to a few hours an episode, but it beats nothing, heh). If you can't find any hubs at your limit (and it'll say what the limit is in their description from the public hub directory)-- or you do but they don't have anyone with El Hazard :D-- PM me and I'll try to arrange something. As said I don't have The Alternative World (and it would probably take a hefty bribe to get me to download more of it to taint my hard drive with ;)), but I have TMW, OAV2, and the Wanderers.

And Rob, thanks for allowing the discussion. *chuckles* I'm not crazy on piracy myself, actually-- and I will be buying myself the OAV boxed set for my birthday in a few months-- but for anime (as well as many software packages) it's the only affordable alternative to outrageous price-gouging (for example I sympathize with the Adobe "your piracy keeps me from feeding my kids with my $60K a year salary" folks, but I'm still not paying a grand for their desktop publishing package!).
57  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: El Hazard bit torrent (or the like?) on: March 31, 2004, 02:26:26 PM
I've never searched for El Hazard online, and I've certainly never used Direct Connect to find any episodes. I've never checked the no-limit anime hubs to find cooperative users, and I've certainly never downloaded any of the DVD rips I of course didn't find.


(BitTorrent is good for more popular material, but for obscure stuff-- like most of El Hazard, heh-- you need to find more specialized sources. Rob's site right here is good for the mp3s once you're a contributer (although I just downloaded the ones I wanted with DC++, since I have nothing worth contributing, heh), and there might be some private sites hosting AVI files... I wouldn't count on it, though. But the Direct Connect hubs have all sorts of anime fans, and I've downloaded all of El Hazard over the course of about two weeks from various users (I deleted most of Alternative World shortly thereafter, heh, but that's a different story). It's not quite as user-friendly as Kazaa Lite or BT, but it's perfectly safe, and great once you frequent some of the hubs.)
58  Games / El-Hazard Online RPG / Re: *OOC* Comments and Questions on: March 28, 2004, 07:51:06 PM
For my part, I've been waiting for the Palace subplot business to be done with. The time factor of the RP is completely skewed since the last several pages have taken less than a few hours to finish... and that makes the "recuperating" time pretty painful for those who care enough to factor it in. *chuckles*

Fuji, you might want to consider moving on to the next chapter or something if you have anything in mind. It'd be better than the RP stagnating here-- if it comes to that (and at this rate...).
59  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: EHPC Bugs... I think on: March 18, 2004, 06:08:08 PM
Nothing wrong with that. I don't think I've ever heard anyone complain about people posting a lot of questions and such-- although you might try editing your posts instead of adding new ones, if nobody's replied since your previous post.

You know what would be fun is to make a FF/CT rpg for El Hazard? I'm not the greatest of programmers whatsoever but I think this would be cool and I'd want to do something like this. What are your views on the whole thing?

The problem with that (and we had a member not too long ago join and claim that Black Isle was making an El Hazard game, which was unfortunately untrue) is just how complex a game like that would be. For example, Square hasn't hit a deadline for their RPGs since [I think] FF7 (FFX-2 doesn't count, since it uses mostly recycled content and a similar engine), and they have a programming team numbering in the dozens. There's graphics work (incredibly intensive), engine coding, and scripting (a complex game like BIS's Planescape: Torment has thousands of dialogue loops and trees)... making a modern (or even semi-modern) RPG is far beyond the ability of one programmer or a small team. Especially for guys that aren't doing it for a living, and so don't have the time to dedicate to the game that full-time programmers would.

I would love to see or contribute to an El Hazard RPG or action RPG/adventure game (probably the best genres for it, although it'd make a swank fighting game or dating sim), but I don't have much time, and I'm only an amateur programmer myself (let's just say I admit to being mediocre at Visual Basic-- derive my level of skill from there  :-/ ).

As cool as it'd be, it's not really possible. Although maybe if all the El Hazard fans that can also program got together... and work pro bono on a game that'd have to be free (copyrighted content)? Yeah, right.

There's always Internet petitions, though. ;) Get one of those Japanese companies to make it (and translate/export the bloody thing...) and we have our problem solved. I don't see it happening, though; since the recent El Hazard series didn't exactly do very well financially.

As for the game itself....

I've played through it a few times, Rob (mostly to see the different endings... the Alielle one is pretty cute, heh); and I appreciate what you've done in making it (and if I haven't said that before, I should have :]). Some of the "translations" (heh) were just so off-base it was hard to play again, though... Makoto's conversation with Afura comes to mind, and Ifurita's "broken computer" gimmick was pretty overplayed. But overall it was funny, and it's hard to say whether Jinnai as a zealot or simply a maniac is better....

I saw a few bugs also, but I can't remember any of them now... next time I play I'll let you know. I hate having a bad memory, heh.[/font]
60  General / Non-El-Hazard Topical Discussions / Re: My computer's dead. :( on: February 29, 2004, 01:02:10 AM
Thanks to everyone who helped. :) I'm on my old computer now, just having finished rereading some of my Ah! My Goddess manga, actually, I managed to pull from the old drive. *chuckles*

It was pretty simple... I went ahead and installed a new drive (only 80GB, but that's more than enough for me, and it was $50 at Circuit City with a rebate-- as long as they don't mess up the mail-back return, anyway), ran the XP disc on it, and it installed without a hitch. From there I copied everything off the old drive and reformatted it... and done. I'll probably start reinstalling my games and software (which, annoyingly, don't work when transferred-- I thought about copying over registry information to try to get around that but I don't think it'd have been worth the hassle) as I need to. With my new job and all I don't get that much time at home. :/

Anyway! Thanks again, folks; and it's good to be back. :]
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