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Support & Help / Building a new PC
« on: June 16, 2015, 02:38:03 PM »
So, I've decided to build a new PC over the summer to replace my laptop.  I know jack about what makes hardware "good", so I would like to ask your help in finding the components I will need to build a gaming computer.  I've currently set a tentative budget at $750, but this may change if necessary.
Any techies able to help?

Support & Help / Technical Issues
« on: June 11, 2015, 10:39:49 PM »
So, I've been running into issues whilst trying to reinstall Mount and Blade: Warband.  It gets ~80% of the way installed, and then just stops.  When I tell it to continue via the downloads page, it keeps going for a few kilobytes before stopping again.  When I restart it, it starts back where it was originally.  If I try and continue it by pressing play in the library page, it does the same thing, except this time, it includes a message saying there was a disk write error.  Screenshots of import are below.  The first one is when initiating the install, the window that appears after the one that displays disk space is completely blank.  The second screenshot is when trying to reinitiate the download when it gets bogged down.

I should note two things:  One, the thing with the first screenshot has happened to every game I have since tried to reinstall, and two, I have successfully installed other games just fine.

General Discussion / Universal Mary Sue/Gary Stu Litmus Test
« on: December 15, 2014, 01:19:26 PM »
So, I found this on the internet.  If some of you already have ideas for your Metro 2033 RP characters, this is a good way to check their powers.

General Discussion / Food for Thought
« on: November 27, 2014, 01:27:19 PM »
So my History of Science teacher showed us this video.  Certainly makes you wonder.

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Forum Games / Guitar Battle for the Ages!
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:31:46 PM »
So you think you're a guitar god, huh?  Prove it!  Record yourself with any program of your choice and post it here and bask in masturbatory horn-tooting the adoration of all!  Acoustic, electric, and bass guitars are all welcome!

I shall provide the first challenge.  LET THE ROCK OFF BEGIN!!

General Discussion / Gaming Hiatus
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:19:46 PM »
Just yesterday, I noticed that the cord connecting my laptop to my external hard drive had started to become really touchy, most likely because the cable inside was starting to fray.  Today, my computer stopped recognizing it altogether.  I've already ordered a new USB 3.0 cable from Amazon, but it won't be here till at least Friday.  In the mean time, I will not be able to get on Steam, so I apologize if I'm unable to respond to your admin requests.

General Discussion / Post Your Armory!
« on: March 06, 2014, 03:51:32 PM »
Are you a proud gun owner or live with someone who is?  Post your arsenals here!

Don't own guns?  I guess you could post your less impressive collection of swords and/or airsoft or paintball guns here.  get a weel gun

Guns that I own:

First-year model Chinese "Type-56" SKS
Chambered for: 7.62 x 39 mm

Click to see the original size.

Mosin-Nagant M91/30
Chambered for: 7.62 x 54 mm

Click to see the original size.

Guns that my dad owns that I wish I owned:

Pistole vz. 24
Chambered for: 9 x 17 mm AKA .380

Click to see the original size.

Bulgarian AK-74 Kit
Chambered for: 5.45 x 39 mm

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In Character / Allegra Asquith's Character Sheet
« on: March 03, 2014, 12:55:13 AM »

Character Name: Allegra Sibelius Asquith

Age: 28

Fatal Flaw/Defect: Socially Awkward/Antisocial - Raised in a gated community and educated in a public school, Allegra had very little contact with children outside of her social class.  While she tries to socialize with the various other denizens of City 18, she cannot help but sometimes gawk at the uncouthness of her fellow citizens.  Her attempts to keep her dignity and stow her emotions has the unintended side effect of impressing on others that she is an emotionless brick wall.

CID: 16500

Physical Description: Approximately 1.7 meters tall (5'7"), she is not an entirely impressive sight.  She has green eyes and long, black hair with carefully-combed bangs.

Image Reference:  Image is being a bitch, so here's a link: Allegra Asquith

Mental Quirks: While it indeed takes very much to get any sort of reaction from Allegra, there are a few which are guaranteed to breach her mental defense mechanisms, if only slightly.  In general, she has an absolute disdain for uncouth revelry, especially those that involve drunken/high party-goers and loose women with randy men.  On a possibly related note, she also hates all electro music.

Spoiler for Chapter 1: Progeny:
  “Start again from the beginning.”
  “But mom, it was only half a step off!”
  “I said start again from the beginning.  Do not get sloppy; you will get better, it just takes time.  Also, do not start your sentences with prepositions.”
  Allegra turned back to the grand piano and breathed in deeply.  How many times had she had to repeat this one verse?  Ten?  Twenty times?  She stopped keeping track around five.  As her mother had said before, “There ain’t isn’t no any rest for the wicked”.  In the 12 years that she had been alive, Allegra had certainly known no rest.  Her parents, well, her mother at least, made sure to keep her busy with one thing or another.  Her father was a career politician of the Conservative party in the House of Commons, and Allegra never got to spend any quality time with him.  Her mother was a music teacher who made sure her daughter shared her love of classical music.  What both her parents had in common was the desire to raise a perfect daughter, a daughter who was cultured, persistent, and, most importantly, willing to follow in her father’s footsteps. 
  It took a few years, but her parents were able to program a routine into Allegra’s impressionable mind.  Every week day, she would wake up at 6 AM sharp, make breakfast for herself, and be showered, dressed, and ready by 7 AM.  After school, she would study until dinner then practice each of her instruments (piano, clarinet, and cello) for 30 minutes each before going to bed.  Of all the rooms in her parents' rich, upper-class home, her favorite was the library.  On weekends when she had nothing better to do, Allegra would spend every waking moment that she wasn't studying or practicing buried in a book.  However, what she wanted most of all was something that could be found well within the boundaries of reality and Oxfordshire.  What she wanted was a friend.
  Placing her fingers on the keys, Allegra began to play the opening notes to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.  Tapping her foot lightly to keep in-time, she pressed lightly on each key, just as her mother had taught her.  It wasn’t long before she came to the part of the movement that had tripped her up all these times.  Concentrating hard, she positioned her fingers to reach that one note, only to slip and press the key a step below it.  Stopping immediately on instinct, Allegra heard the words in her head long before her mother said them.
  “Again from the beginning.”
  This time, Allegra sighed loudly in frustration and slumped forward.  Promptly, her mother grasped her by the shoulder and dragged her back up.  The patience slipping from her voice, her mother scolded her, “Do not sass me, Allegra Sibellius Asquith!  You will repeat this until you can play it, and you will do so sitting up straight like a civilized human being!”
  Brought back in line, Allegra nodded, “I’m sorry, mother.  It won’t happen again.”  At that point, a thought occurred to her that she had almost forgotten.  Turning towards her mother she inquired, “Mother, may I ask a question?”
  “You may,” her mother answered.
   Allegra hesitated for a second, unsure of how her mother would react.  Finally, she spoke up, “One of my classmates wanted to invite me to a sleep over at her house.  It’s just down the street on the right.  Do I have yours and father’s permission to go?”  She did all she could not to show any sort of emotion that would betray how nervous she felt.
  Her mother answered with another question, “Who is this classmate?”
  “Her name is Elizabeth Chestminster,” Allegra answered, a smile slowly starting to creep across her face too soon.
  “Chestminster?  Absolutely not!” her mother angrily responded.   “Robert Chestminster is a member of the Labor party, and your father and I will not see you with the likes of him!  I will not let him corrupt your mind!”
  “But mom!”
  “I said no!” her mother yelled, immediately taking Allegra aback.  She had not seen her mother yell since the last time she had thrown a tantrum many years ago.  Turning her eyes down, she breathed in deep and did her best to hold back her tears, “I understand, mother.”
  “Good.  Now, start again from the beginning.”
Spoiler for Chapter 2: The DJ:
Allegra always woke up at six o’clock, and always to Hans Zimmer.  Her blue-haired roommate once asked why, and her answer was simple:  to the former, it was the time she had always woken up at since she was just a little girl, and to the latter, it was because she hated Hans Zimmer.  Slipping out of bed she turned off the music, and flicked on her bedside lamp.  Her eyes adjusting to the light, she slipped on her bathrobe and slippers, picking her way downstairs through the early-morning light.  Reaching the kitchen, she placed a kettle on the stove and switched it on, reaching into the cupboard for the toaster.  She soon became aware of sounds of movement coming from her roommate’s room.  Strange, Veronica never got up this early.
  About Veronica; she was the one person Allegra hoped never to have as her roommate.  Taking after her father, she applied and was accepted to Cambridge University to pursue a degree in political science.  Not content to live in a small, cramped dormitory, Allegra had scoured the local papers for any place nice near the campus.  The only place she could find that was within her price range and distance was a flat only a few kilometers from the campus.  Calling the number, the phone was answered by a woman who introduced herself as Veronica in an accent that reeked of working-class Manchester.  Rather naively, Allegra decided it was best to put prejudices aside and give this “Veronica” the benefit of a doubt, so she agreed to the terms and packed her bags.  Veronica still giggled every time she brought up the look on Allegra’s face when she opened the door to find a blue-haired Manc DJ with a Tesco in her hand and hardstyle blasting from a nearby stereo system.  Out of options, Allegra had no choice but to settle in.  She stayed in her room the rest of the night.
  Allegra popped two pieces of rye bread into the toaster as Veronica made her way into the kitchen.  “You’re up early,” she said without even turning around.  “I couldn’t sleep,” Veronica replied, “I had this wicked idea for a new beat and but I could never get it right, no matter what I did.  Oh, you’re making breakfast?  Could I trouble you for some coffee?”
  Allegra rolled her eyes and loudly groaned as she heard Veronica once again describe her “song writing”.  Allegra had already made it clear to her roommate that her taste in music was atrocious and uncouth.  Veronica had rubbed it off as a joke, but Allegra was not joking.  She absolutely could not stand these synthetic sounds she often heard coming from Veronica’s room which often times sounded like Beethoven rolling over in his grave.  Every time her roommate turned on her stereo “for inspiration”, Allegra had to close her own door and push her headphones tight against her head to prevent her ear drums from being raped any more than they already had been.
  Recognizing that sigh, Veronica glared at her back, “Oi, I heard that!  Just because it isn’t some posh symphony doesn’t give you the right to act all snooty, yeah!”  Allegra finished pouring a packet of coffee into the coffee machine and turned it on, finally turning to face Veronica.  “It might do you some good to actually listen to something like that.  Who knows, you may actually gain some class.”
  “Piss off!” Veronica retorted angrily, “It may actually do you some good to get laid.  Who knows, you may actually lose some attitude.”
  Allegra’s eyes widened in shock and she stiffened, rather caught off guard.  Veronica would normally brush her insults off, but staying up all night must have killed her cool.  “I beg your pardon?  Do you not remember the last few gentlemen you tried to ‘hook me up’ with?”
  “I knew a few musicians and you all seemed like you would get along, but you snubbed every single one of them!” Veronica replied.  “What was that business, now?”
  “While I appreciated your efforts to find me a companion, I do not need any more drama in my life other than that caused by my studies.”
  “What about that pianist?”
  “He was a psychopath.”
  “In bed, maybe.”
  “What?!  How do you-“.  Allegra was immediately interrupted by a whistle as her kettle came to a boil.  Turning the stove off, she proceeded to pull out a tea cup and packet of english breakfast, “Nevermind, I don’t want to know.”
  “And what about that cute violinist?  You two really seemed to dig each other.”
   Allegra caught the toast as it popped up and placed the slices on a small plate, “If you must know, we both agreed we were taking this relationship too fast and mutually decided to keep things professional.”
  Reaching her breaking point, Allegra set the toast down and turned to glare at Veronica, “In all matter of respect, why must you want to be so involved in my life?!  Don’t you understand I don’t need your help?!”
  Without breaking eye contact, Veronica tonelessly replied, “As your friend, I’m here to help you.”
  Allegra mentally tripped, “E-excuse me?”
  Veronica cocked her eyebrow, “You know, a friend?  Someone who watches your back, yeah?  Don’t tell me you never had one?”
  Allegra turned her attention towards the still-brewing coffee maker.  She was silent for a moment before quietly responding, “I don’t believe I have.  I always rather preferred my own company, and my parents didn’t exactly encourage social behavior.”
  Veronica remained silent for a while before replying, “You know, I’m going to a party at one of my other friend’s house.  You wanna come?”
  Allegra looked back at her and small grin crept across her face, “I may be able to clear my schedule up on that day.”
  Veronica smiled broadly, “Don’t forget to bring that violinist.”
Final Chapter: "Metropolis" coming never


Skills/Traits: Patient, respectful, trustworthy, mature, fluent speaker of the Italian language, classically-trained on multiple instruments

Weaknesses: Reserved, socially awkward, uptight

Accent: Posh English accent (Oxfordshire)

Mannerisms: Allegra takes every step to ensure that her every move is done in a dignified manner.  Upon sitting down, she crosses her legs at the ankles and folds her arms across her lap when she isn't holding something.  If she is holding something she always sits up straight.  When she gets up, she makes sure to check that her clothing is straight and clean.  When speaking, Allegra enunciates every syllable.  She addresses strangers as "sir" or "madam" and only reaches out to shakes hands once formal introductions have been made.  During the entire conversation, Allegra can be observed standing up straight with her hands behind her back when she is not doing anything with them.

Theme Music:
Spoiler for Theme Music:
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"Ask Me Anything" / Ask Hazard Time/Octavia Anything v3.0
« on: February 23, 2014, 04:46:50 PM »
I'm sure there are a few of you who have some burning questions to ask me.  Let's hear them!

General Discussion / Change/Edit Forum Rule #21
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:24:37 PM »
21. Do not post My Little Pony (MLP)-related content on the forums.

First, as an introduction, let me make a concession.  Yes, this rule was at one time needed.  Four years ago, the threat of bronies invading the forums was very real and I consider the action taken to have been necessary.  However, it is four years later and the brony community has matured much since then.  Also, during the three years of which I have been a member here, I have never seen nor heard of a thread outside of Spam being spammed with ponies.  Other than this reason, I do not see why anyone would put this rule in place unless someone is afraid that posting ponies in a thread will derail it and start a flame war.  All of this brings me to my thesis that, in the absence of any such reason for this rule to exist, it should be removed or, at the very least, edited.

Firstly, this rule is redundant.  Spamming, derailing topics, etcetera are all covered by the other rules in the list.

Secondly, why ponies in general?  Where are the other fandoms whose content is just as obnoxious?  How can people talk about anime non-stop in the shoutbox while everyone flips a shit over a single pony picture?  For all this talk of ambivalence towards the fandom, I have encountered very little in the way of actual tolerance here.

Which brings me to my proposed options:

1.  Remove the rule altogether.  It is redundant and discriminatory.  It has no reason to exist.

2.  Keep the rule, but include other fandoms.  A good deal is when everyone is unhappy, right?

3.  Edit the rule to allow pony content in spoilers.  That way, bronies can post their pics and anti-bronies don't have to ruin their beautiful eyes.

Trading / Wanted: 2 Huo-Long Heaters
« on: January 11, 2014, 08:17:08 PM »
Got a chemistry set and need two more Huo-Long Heaters to finish it.  Preferably unique rarity and must obviously be usable in crafting.

General Discussion / What's Your American Dialect?
« on: January 06, 2014, 04:39:22 PM »
So recently my russian teacher introduced me to this online dialect survey made by Harvard University students and published in the New York Times.  It asks you 25 questions along the lines of "What do you call..." and "How do you pronounce..." certain items.  It then compares your answers and shows you cities in the US that have similar dialects.

Try it here:

Here's my result:

Suggestions / Possible Changes to the CCA and OTA
« on: January 03, 2014, 05:45:08 PM »
As the HL2RP veterans can remember, the CCA was far from perfect bad terribad FUBAR.  Here are some suggestions I thought up to make the CCA less OP.  Some of these have already been mentioned in the thread in General Discussion.

1.  Remove augmentations entirely.  The CCA does not need them and they only serve to enable elitism and Fail RP.  I will make a small exception to the OTA, as it makes sense for them to have heightened reflexes and a reasonable amount of superhuman strength, but we don't need robocops who can lift up cars like toys and hear/comprehend whispered conversations from 20 meters away.  Removed.

2.  If R&D makes a comeback, it needs to be populated by people who won't use it as an excuse to pull half-baked spy gadgets or super weapons out of their asses.  R&D should be about improving RP, not destroying it.

3.  Stop treating the CCA as a military organization.  Even in the actual source material, it was plainly obvious that the metrocops were never outfitted nor trained in counter-insurgency.  Their job was to keep the citizenry in line and occasionally bust up smuggling rings.  If rebels are located inside the city, then it should be left to the OTA.  Also tied in with this suggestion is hand-to-hand combat training.  Sure, you could simply play to lose in spite of the fact that you and every officer knows kung fu, but seeing as close to no one practices it and that very few people in the city would have the training or the strength to take on a CCA unit, it doesn't seem viable to have it.

That's as much as I can think of at the moment, I'll update with any more suggestions that come to mind.

Suggestions / Stop it, Slender!
« on: August 27, 2013, 02:53:13 AM »
Just found this new game mode called "Stop it, Slender!"  It's basically a Garry's Mod multiplayer port of everyone's favorite indie horror game.  It's incredibly fun and, when played at night with the lights off, very scary.

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General Discussion / New Headset
« on: July 27, 2013, 06:13:50 PM »
So, my Turtle Beach headset finally broke after less than a year, and I'm looking for something to replace it.  I'm tired of paying a hundred dollars for junk, so does anyone have any suggestions for a good headset under $50?

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