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Arts, Literature, and Crafts / Lists of Plen, 12d, Twelve
« on: March 17, 2018, 01:31:49 AM »
Seems quite a few lists of metaphysical, astrological, psychological, and mythical entities end up with plen* items. Including Olympian gods, zodiac, archetypes. So below table is my attempt to match them up as best as possible.

Jungian ArchetypesOlympian GodsWestern ZodiacChinese Zodiac
Innocent  Artemis
Magician  Athena
Caregiver  Demeter
Companion  Hera
Ruler  Zeus
Sage  Apollo
Lover  Aphrodite
Explorer  Poseidon
Creator  Hephaestus
Warrior  Ares
Rebel  Hermes
Jester  Dionysus


*(Plen is word I made up to replace twelve in a base twelve numbering system. Because twelve is derived from base ten system, thus a base twelve system would demand a new word for its base. Plen derives from plenty, full, complete.)

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Games General / [LOTGD] Legend of the Green Dragon
« on: December 02, 2017, 05:04:25 AM »
Play my run of Legend of the Green Dragon at http://www.shenafu.com/lotgd/

version 1.1.3 from github, with many of my fixes in order to work on current PHP versions. Changed some names and parameters:
  • Violet => Seungyeon
  • Seth => Xay
  • Degolburg => HanSeung
  • new day => 4 hours real time
  • daily forest fights => 1000
  • daily travels => 30

I installed a bunch of older basic mods, but not all of them work. So expect some issues.

Learning to make my own mods, which can be found at my LOTGD page. Using classes for cleaner code. Including:
  • The Pubic Library - a dirty bookstore, focusing on erotica and dirty humor
  • YellowFour template (much cleaner HTML & CSS viable for any screen size. Uses grid, falls back to flex.)
  • New Races: Fairy (lower damage*, higher defense)
  • New Specialties: Idol (use the powers of your charms)

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Programming / Versatile Separated Values (VSV)
« on: November 12, 2017, 06:05:20 AM »
Versatile Separated Values (VSV)

Proposal: A versatile, efficient, unambiguous, standardized, simple text format for creating tables and lists that's easily read and created by both humans and machines, that supports many variations for any personal style, preferences, and protocols. Can accept any nonspace character (including comma, colon, tab, asterisk, etc.) as delimiter automatically without user input (no annoying popups or options to fill in).

The same simple algorithm will accept almost any delimiter you want. You want commas like CSV? No problem. Or fields separated by tab (TSV)? Sure. How about *NIX files that use colons? We'll take it. Want to mix them up in the same table or file? Go ahead.

Exporting to VSV (creating files)

Rows are separated by newline. 

Header rows are optional. Each header field is enclosed by any of these double matching bracket types:
Code: [Select]
[[]]
{{}}
(())
<<>>

Different header fields may use different brackets types. Mixed bracket types may be employed on the same header row.

When exporting to a VSV file, characters that are found in a header field must not be used as enclosing brackets for that field. Choose a bracket not found in that field to surround that field.

Data rows (non headers) must be led by an explicit nonspace character, called delimiter. Values for that row are placed between two delimiters. The first occurrence of a delimiter on that row is not counted as part of the values.

A null value has zero length, signified by consecutive delimiters with nothing in between them.

A delimiter at the end of the line after the final value is optional, unless the final value is a null value.

Each row may have its own distinct delimiter. A text file may have different rows with various delimiters. Creators can use the same delimiters or mix them for different rows, as long as the desired values on that row are distinguishable (i.e. to prevent delimiter collision.)

When exporting to a VSV file, characters that are found in the values of a given row must not be used as delimiter for that row. Choose a character not found in that row's values as the delimiter for that row.
  • Space and newline cannot be used as delimiter. Any other single character may be used.
  • Letters and numbers may be used as delimiters, but are not recommended.
  • Avoid using header field brackets as data row delimiters. Nevertheless, single bracket at beginning of a row should be read as a legal delimiter.
  • Creators may have their own preferred delimiters. Common delimiters to use:
Code: [Select]
,
:
|
;
*
-
@
#
%
~
TAB

Importing VSV (reading files)

Rows are separated by newline. Leading spaces on each row are discarded and ignored.

If the first two nonspace characters of a row are identical opening brackets, this is a header row. Else it is a data row.

Header fields must be enclosed by both an opening and a closing matching double brackets. Any other text on a header row is discarded and ignored.

The first nonspace character of a data row is its delimiter. The values of this row are stored between two delimiters or the end of line. A value can have zero length, or null value. There is no value between a line-ending delimiter and end of line (it doesn't count as another value, not even null value).

In PHP, use the explode() function to store a row's values into an array split by the delimiter. For other languages, use a regexp to match the values separated by the delimiter.

Examples

See : http://shenafu.com/smf/index.php?topic=203.msg2089#msg2089

Questions

How to handle values that contain newline?
Can it be used for objects or hierarchy? i.e. in place of JSON, XML, HTML
Can it be used as configuration file? cf. INI, CONF files

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Hacks / Better Tables in SMF forums
« on: October 27, 2017, 08:10:51 AM »
Need for simple ways to create tables in SMF forums.

1. Extend table code to allow various types of formats.
Ex.
type=csv

2. Common types of formats: csv, wiki, markdown, reStructuredText

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Hacks / Futuristic city
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:46:38 AM »
Futuristic city

Aliens invade Earth and enslave humans
Transform cities with future technology
Fast Individual travel for public:
Hi speed overhead rail, you attach to moving platform above you and you slide along the rail; only one person per platform, like zipline. High strong sturdy long Rails connect between distant districts. Arrive to another district in seconds.
Personal propeller to fly anywhere, wear a propeller above you, like personal helicopter. wear on body (not jetpack.) wide Landing Zones around public destinations, like malls. Borrowed for fee.
Fares for these advanced public transit are expensive, poor families cant afford.
Long distant communication. Seamless connection (how?)

Quandary: would you allow to be invaded if they bring future tech that advance, enhance human lifestyle?
Reminds of allowing (communists) invade but they provide tech to your country. Agree to it?

-- Dream 20171023

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Keyboards and Other Interfaces / Generating Images of Keyboard Layouts
« on: October 21, 2017, 01:24:07 PM »
In need of fast way to generate keyboard layouts.

Given layout definition (ex. in JSON), this script should generate an image file (in PNG). Preferably executable in a browser.

Solution in KLA:
[Might not work for some browsers. Works in Vivaldi (chrome).]
In Configuration page, choose the layout, then at bottom, see Layout Image, click Generate button. An small image for the current layout appears adjacent. (The same image remains even if you change layout. So you must manually regenerate if you want another image for different layout.) The image can be clicked for direct download (probably to your browser's default download folder; filename will match layout's name), or right click on the image to open browser menu to view the image in new tab.

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Hacks / MOVED: One-handed Keyboard Layout
« on: October 21, 2017, 07:29:17 AM »

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Hacks / MOVED: PanGalactic Keyboard Layout
« on: October 21, 2017, 07:29:10 AM »

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Hacks / MOVED: Balanced Keyboard Layout
« on: October 21, 2017, 07:28:34 AM »

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Tech Support / [opera] Opera older versions (Presto)
« on: July 09, 2017, 12:09:45 AM »
Opera 11.x and 12.x still the best browsers ever made, even though it has been discontinued. But nothing can match its configurability, ergonomics, efficiciency, and rendering engine Presto.

Download older versions of Opera, up to 12.x. Highly recommended for any OS, especially older weaker computers and VMs. Even Android--although seems to crash often on newer Android versions--but damn it, no other mobile browser can render webpages as perfect looking as Opera Mobile Classic.

http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/

Quick links of Opera 12.x by OS:

Win 64-bit
http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/win/1217/en/Opera_1217_en_Setup_x64.exe

Win 32-bit
http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/win/1217/en/Opera_1217_en_Setup.exe

Debian/Ubuntu 64-bit
http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/linux/1216/opera_12.16.1860_amd64.deb

Debian/Ubuntu 32-bit
http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/linux/1216/opera_12.16.1860_i386.deb

Redhat/CentOS 64-bit
http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/linux/1216/opera-12.16-1860.x86_64.rpm

Redhat/CentOS 32-bit
http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/linux/1216/opera-12.16-1860.i386.rpm

Android
http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/android/mobile/1210/Opera_Mobile_12_1_Generic_Opera_Armv5v7.apk

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Magic: the Gathering / [STD] BFZ - SOI - KLD - AKH
« on: April 15, 2017, 04:01:18 PM »
[STD] BFZ - SOI - KLD - AKH


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Tech Support / Migration to HTTPS
« on: March 14, 2017, 04:37:42 PM »
To enhance security, as regards to logins and passwords, this forum may migrate to HTTPS, TLS, or other.

Status: certificate acquired. site also works in http and https. Feel free to opine in this topic.

The original impetus was pushed by Google:
Quote
Nonsecure Collection of Passwords will trigger warnings in Chrome 56 for http://shenafu.com/

To: owner of http://shenafu.com/

Beginning in January 2017, Chrome (version 56 and later) will mark pages that collect passwords or credit card details as “Not Secure” unless the pages are served over HTTPS.

The following URLs include input fields for passwords or credit card details that will trigger the new Chrome warning. Review these examples to see where these warnings will appear, and so you can take action to help protect users’ data. The list is not exhaustive.

Here’s how to fix this problem:

Use HTTPS pages to collect sensitive information

To prevent the “Not Secure” notification from appearing when Chrome users visit your site, move collection of password and credit card input fields to pages served using the HTTPS protocol.

This means users visiting non HTTPS sites will see "Not Secure" in the address bar. https://developers.google.com/web/updates/2016/10/avoid-not-secure-warn

However converting to new URI prefix is not just changing the address. It's a complex process of acquiring SSL certificates and heavy modification to forum code and database to make sure all links are directed properly. It may also have issues with image sources not from other HTTPS sites.

Furthermore is the opinion that the HTTPS itself segregates the internet. Which makes HTTPS less backward compatible. And do most of the web need to be encrypted? Such as this tiny site in the remote recesses of the internet.

Moreover is the delay as the security certs are verified. That means every page will have a second or more of delay before the page is rendered to the user's browser. Which I find very annoying because it can't be prevented or diminished no matter how powerful your computer is.

So this a multi-pronged quandary. One, is it worth the hassle for this tiny site that all traffic be encrypted? For that matter, is it feasible to force millions of webmasters to comply to this authoritarian edict? Two, do we all agree that segregating the internet should be future? Could there be better, passive solutions than converting billions of links to HTTPS?

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Magic: the Gathering / Color Pie Distribution
« on: December 12, 2016, 07:31:14 AM »
Color Pie Distribution of New and Old Mechanics and Effects

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Magic: the Gathering / Civilization: Information Age
« on: October 15, 2016, 07:38:14 PM »
Civilization: Information Age

http://www.magicmultiverse.net/cardsets/538

Features:
  • Planeswalkers are renamed Paragons.

Categories of Major parties
  • Political-Military
  • Techno-industrial
  • Media-Cultural
  • Financial-Realty
  • Religious-pyschology
Each category has one or more factions. E.g. Pol-mil can be U.S., Russia, China, etc. Religio-psy can be Christo, Islam, Buddhist, etc. Or our fictional equivalents.

Minor parties
Such as unions, netizens, rebels, terrorists, hackers, indy, etc.

Mechanics do not have direct ties to the parties. This is not a guild system. That is, there isn't like one mechanic for each party. The mechanics will be more universal or divided however they fit best. Kinda old school design.

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Keyboards and Other Interfaces / One-handed Keyboard Layout
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:59:45 AM »
One-handed keyboard layout

Ideas:
For standard or split keyboards.
Left or right hand.
Shift with thumb or locked for one key.
Layers--one or two.
Numbers or no.

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Music, Movie, TV, & Sports / Song lyrics in Flownetic
« on: May 13, 2016, 06:56:40 PM »
Post songs in original language and in Flownetic.

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SF high school faces backlash after eliminating student elections to engineer diversity

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An attempt to engineer diversity in student government at a public high school in San Francisco has drawn scrutiny from parents who claim faculty tried to replace an appointed student leader with another student because of his Latino last name.

Part of the reasoning behind the change was to “encourage more diversity in our student leadership,” according to Principal Cheryl Foster.

But the attempt reportedly elicited outrage at a community meeting on April 28 from students who wanted the right to vote and parents like Christina Martinez, who said school officials tried to court her son, James Ortiz, 15, onto the student council because of his surname.

The practice could violate the San Francisco Unified School District’s student handbook, under which students have the right to a “free election of their peers in the student government.”

On the third occasion, Ortiz and the white student who was selected as vice president were both called into the office. Faculty then asked the appointed vice president to step down so that Ortiz could take her seat, which he declined.

At the meeting last week, Foster reportedly admitted that freshmen were not allowed “a free and fair election,” according to Teresa Moeller, who runs communications for the Parent, Teacher, Student Association at Wallenberg.

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Games General / [CCG] MOGEC: Open design CCG
« on: February 27, 2016, 03:44:19 AM »
Main site and wiki: http://mogec.shenafu.com/

MOGEC stands for Open Generic Expandable Customizable Card game. The rules and mechanics are free of copyright so that anyone can create their own cards and sets, and distribute and sell them for profit, if desired. Such cards and sets are compatible with each other regardless of designer, genre, setting, theme, price, origin, etc.

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Description:
The two decks are inspired by the popular genres of video games, particularly dungeon crawler and MMO RPGs. They contain several preview cards for the highly anticipated upcoming set, Dangers of Tsinbork.

Background:
The band of adventurers have driven back the forces of evil. Now they must penetrate the final fortress where the demon lord resides. Unfortunately, the ultimate dungeon is polluted with deadly traps and hordes of beasts and undead at every corner. Can the party survive the gauntlet and slay the demon lord to restore peace to the land?

Deck mechanics and themes:

Dungeon Crawlers represent the heroic party infiltrating into the colons of evil's residence. A combination of experienced wizards, warriors, and rogues who have made it thus far through dedication, teamwork and skill.

Dungeon Crawlers is a blue and red deck that features these mechanics: Untap costs, Vanguard, Arcane Teachings & spells, Disarm. As well as a strong spell-matters theme.

Dungeon Keepers represent the minion horde who serves the dark lord. These ruthless vermin and heartless killers will assault and mutilate any unfortunate soul who enters the keep.

Dungeon Keepers is a black and green deck that features these mechanics: Respawn & manifest, Traps & Detonate, Prize, and Lag. As well as these subthemes: tokens, face-down creatures, necromancy, wild animals, undead.

Mythic cards:

Each deck contains a mythic legend.

In Dungeon Keepers deck:

Diablo, Hell's Keeper 
Prize Legendary Creature - Demon
(Prize permanents can be attacked.)
Whenever a creature attacks you or a permanent you control, it gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
Whenever Diablo, Hell's Keeper attacks, defending player sacrifices a permanent, discards a card, and loses 1 life.
6/6

In Dungeon Crawlers deck:

Atroex, Temporal Watcher 
Legendary Creature - Elemental Warrior Wizard
Prowess
At the beginning of your end step, if you cast a noncreature spell this turn, you may exile the top card of your library. If it's a land card, take an extra turn after this one.
4/4

Decklists and descriptions:

Dungeon Crawlers deck

Dungeon Keepers deck

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Tech Support / [opera] Opera Link disabled; affected performance
« on: February 09, 2016, 08:30:11 PM »
Opera Link and Sync for 11.x and 12.x (including Mobile Classic) no longer in service. This hugely affects these browsers performance due to inablity to find missing servers. Should backup bookmarks and other configuration.

  • Backup entire profile folder to somewhere else.
  • Open opera:config.
  • Disable browser.js updates. Disable all sync settings related to Opera Link and Opera servers.
  • Globally disable javascript, but may enable for each site.
  • Bookmarks might be broken. May have to start new blank bookmarks. Import from old bookmarks file is buggy.

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Games General / [AC2] Asheron's Call 2 Command Line Options
« on: February 05, 2016, 11:33:23 AM »
Use this command to launch AC2 shortcut:

Code: [Select]
"<path to ac2>\ac2launcher.exe" -Username <username> -Password <password> -DataCenter 0 -FauxDataCenter 0 -w Dawnsong -3 -SkipLogin

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Publishing, Distributing & Selling Custom Cards & Sets

Premise: Discuss the legality and ramifications of publishing, distributing, and selling third-party designed cards and sets which are compatible with Magic: the Gathering rules.

You may be enticed to design and sell your own cards and sets if you are not happy with Wizards direction or if you prefer themes and genres that Wizards would never foray in the Magic universe (e.g. sci-fi theme).

The major hurdles are probably the fear of infringing on laws regarding copyright, trademarks, and patents. Copyright and trademarks infringements can be easily avoided, as detailed below. However, many people may be cautious of infringing on the patents owned by Wizards pertaining to Magic and CCGs (collectible card games) in general. Fortunately, all of these patents have expired on or before 2015. Regardless, creating similar games with similar rules are legal, as long as you don't reuse someone else's art and trademarks. Read more about these issues at https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/493249/mythbusting-game-design-and-copyright-trademarks-a .

Avoiding Copyright and Trademarks

There are simple guidelines to avoid infringing on copyrights and trademarks.
1. Don't copy the look of the cards, including the frames and border styles.
2. Don't reuse any illustrations and symbols, including mana symbols and tap symbol.
3. Avoid reusing the same card names and keywords for abilities. (e.g. Haste can be renamed as Celerity.)
4. Avoid remaking existing cards with exactly the same names, cost, abilities, and P/T.
5. Preferably consider different themes and genres (e.g. sci-fi, modern earth, cyberpunk). This is very much recommended and favorable to your product.
6. You may not market the game saying it is "like" or "similar" to another. You may not put Magic and other Wizards' brands and trademarks anywhere on your products and packaging.
7. You may not copy Magic comprehensive rules verbatim. You must rewrite the rules in your own words.

Distribution Models

The most common distribution models for card games are CCG and LCG. CCG (collectible card game) or TCG (trading card game) is what Magic uses. Packs are inserted with cards randomly, and cards of various rarities are inserted at different rates. LCG (Living Card Game) is a newer model by Fantasy Flight Games (FFG). (They also trademarked this term.) New sets and expansions are sold in boxed sets such that cards are packaged in known, nonrandom quantities. Whereas in a CCG you never know what cards you'll get in a random pack, LCG packs from the same expansion have identical cards and amounts. In addition, FFG also sells random packs for the purpose of drafting.

Also consider print-on-demand or selling singles directly to the player.

Ramifications

By incentivizing third-party cards and sets compatible with Magic's rules, we'll see more interesting cards and mechanics not limited by Wizards' schedule and direction. We'll see more complete sets and worlds by custom card creators that will be played openly in stores and casually. Also when Wizards no longer has a monopoly, we may see improvements on official Magic sets.

Please debate whether you like the idea of buying and playing with third-party sets (custom cards). What additional legal hurdles to avoid. What the landscape of Magic would be with compatible sets featuring different genres and mechanics.


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Tech Support / Win98 Utilities Download
« on: December 17, 2015, 08:38:33 PM »
Download links to best Win98 utilities and programs.

Opera 10.63
7-Zip 4.65
Total Commander 32-bit
NotePad++

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Tech Support / [HOWTO] RDP on any Windows version
« on: August 01, 2015, 09:58:35 PM »
Windows Home Premium and below do not allow RDP. Fortunately there is a very easy and unintrusive program to emulate RDP, called AMMYY.

Download from here:
http://www.ammyy.com/en/downloads.html

The file doesn't install anything. Just run the program on both computers and allow each other to RDP.

Instructions for first run:
http://www.ammyy.com/en/admin_screenshots.html

You can also set it as a service so it runs in the background at all times without needing to manually start the program. In AMMYY, go to menu > Ammyy > Service > Install. This only sets it as Automatic and will start upon computer reboot. It doesn't start the service immediately. To start it right away, go to menu > Ammyy > Service > Start.

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Magic: the Gathering / New Basic Lands
« on: July 01, 2015, 10:46:52 PM »
Basic lands beyond the original 5.


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Programming / MTG Utilities: Wordpress plugin
« on: May 20, 2015, 01:29:55 PM »
MTG Utilities is a Wordpress Plugin that enables tags to add mana symbols, card links, and deck lists in your blog posts.

Official page

http://www.shenafu.com/wp/wp-content/plugins/mtgutil/mtgutil.zip

TODO:
  • Card image embed

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Magic: the Gathering / [YMTC] Art Challenge
« on: May 01, 2015, 06:02:03 PM »

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Magic: the Gathering / Ravnica in Chaos
« on: April 30, 2015, 10:31:21 AM »
Ravnica in Chaos experiments with the crust of the color pie (ala Planar Chaos). Furthermore, it pits each allied pair with its rival enemy pair.

Alternate color pie like Planar Chaos

Guild rivalry

Maro mentioned each color pair has an opposing color pair. Coincidentally that means each allied pair opposes a specific enemy pair. ie Azorius/Golgari, Dimir/Boros, Rakdos/Simic, Gruul/Orzhov, Selesnya/Izzet. You can then plan around these subtle rivalries. Like what would a Simic v. Rakdos duel deck look like and how differently would they play? How do their mechanics play into this rivalry? How are the guilds distributed across the block based on this?

ex. Simic vs Rakdos rivalry could go like this. Simic mechanic is Land Creatures. Rakdos mechanic is steal lands, creatures, and artifacts for a turn. Simic has ways to protect their land and creatures, and Rakdos has ways to sacrifice lands and creatures.

Simic vs Rakdos: generation vs desecration
Orzhov vs Gruul: accumulate vs disintegrate
Izzet vs Selesnya: ingenuity vs tradition
Golgari vs Azorius: corrosion vs protection
Boros vs Dimir: direct vs devious

Guild Ideas / Mechanics:

Simic: Simic is about preserving lands and creatures, so let's combine them. Land Creatures (ala Dryad Arbor)
Spoiler:
Shell-Crust Turtle
Land Creature - Island Turtle
(~ isn't a spell, it's affected by summoning sickness, and it has ": Add to your mana pool.")
~ can't attack or block unless you control five Islands.
5/5

Rakdos: domineer* and sacrifice (*action keyword--domineer a permanent = gain control of target permanent until end of turn. Untap it and it gains haste until end of turn.) (domineer seems more )
Spoiler:
Rakdos Defiler
Creature - Demon
: Domineer target land. (Gain control of target land until end of turn. Untap it and it gains haste until end of turn.)
3/3

Boros: Boros are aggressive and direct. Being the colors least about card drawing, they willingly sacrifice logic for their cause.

Zeal N (When ~ enters the battlefield, you may discard a card to put N +1/+1 counters on a creature you control. That creature gains haste until end of turn.)
Spoiler:
Boros Spearmaster
Creature - Human Soldier
First strike
Zeal 1 (When ~ enters the battlefield, you may discard a card to put a +1/+1 counter on a creature you control. That creature gains haste until end of turn.)
1/1

Flame-Kin Flamethrower
Creature - Elemental Wizard
Zeal 2 (When ~ enters the battlefield, you may discard a card to put two +1/+1 counters on a creature you control. That creature gains haste until end of turn.)
When ~ enters the battlefield, it deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
2/2

District Captain
Creature - Angel
Flying
Zeal 2 (When ~ enters the battlefield, you may discard a card to put two +1/+1 counters on a creature you control. That creature gains haste until end of turn.)
When ~ enters the battlefield, creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.
4/4

Dimir: I was disappointed with Cipher and Encode. Doesn't quite match what those words mean. A more fitting ability is to change the text on a card. So introducing Cryptic, which is an ability word so it can go on different types of cards. On permanents, they're activated or triggered abilities. On instant and sorcery spells, they're additional costs.

Cryptic--Change the text of this card by replacing all instances of something with another (in the same class).
Spoiler:
Fishy Tourist Guide
Creature - Merfolk Rogue
Islandwalk
Cryptic--: Change the text of this card by replacing all instances of one basic land type with another. (For instance, change Island to Swamp. This effect lasts indefinitely.)
2/2

Dinrova Specter
Creature - Specter
When ~ deals combat damage to a player, look at that player's hand and choose a red card from it. The player discards that card.
Cryptic--At the beginning of combat, you may pay . If you do, change the text of this card by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (For instance, change red to white. This effect lasts indefinitely.)
2/3

Decrypt
Sorcery
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
Cryptic--As you cast this spell, you may change the text of this card by replacing all instances of one card type with another. If you do, pay an additional . (For instance, change creature to artifact.)

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Hacks / Youtube Loop (search page)
« on: April 18, 2015, 06:03:18 PM »
Use the following page to loop a Youtube video or playlist. You can also save the search in Opera and Firefox and use the shortcut for that search.

http://www.shenafu.com/opera/ytloop.html


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Game Design and Theory / Random Game Ideas
« on: April 06, 2015, 10:49:00 AM »
Any game ideas (awake or dream).

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Arts, Literature, and Crafts / Minimal Alphabet
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:51:34 PM »
Minimal Alphabet

Create an alphabet with no more than 16 letters (two rows on the keyboard).

--consonants
h k l t f p s n
aspirated (-h), voiced (doubling), nasal (n-)
ng = nk
ny = nl
m = np
th = nf
z = ss
v = ff
ch = tsh
sh = sh
zh = ts
r = lw
r tap = ll
r roll = ln

--vowels
a e i o u . w y
round - flat (u - i) (w - y)
closed - mid - open (i - e - a)
front - center - back (a - . - o)
semivowel (w - y)

--keyboard layout
ye.w fktp
aoui hsnl


--examples
Han Seung Yeon
han siunk yaun

Selina Ren
selina lnen

Tse On Kei
tsea own khei

Lee Hyori
yi hyolli

Dennis Voong
ttenies ffownk

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Magic: the Gathering / Skill and Traits
« on: March 04, 2015, 12:18:02 AM »
(original creation at MagicMultiverse on 29 Apr 2014)


Traits are characteristics of a card that include power, toughness, and skill. Templating will have to be modified to include the new traits. Ideally each trait is represented by a symbol on the card and in rules texts. For instance, an ability that says "Target creature gets +1 [Power symbol]" instead of "gets +1/+0". Then +1/+1 and -1/-1 counters would be replaced by +1 and -1 trait counters, respectively, and they affect all traits. It can be simplified to something like "Put a +1 trait counter on target creature", and all traits will be raised respectively.

Skill is a variable for abilities. For instance, absorb can be assigned as Absorb [Skill symbol]. That means the absorb ability is always updated when skill is increased or decreased.

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Magic: the Gathering / Alternate Color Wheels
« on: March 02, 2015, 07:47:54 PM »

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Magic: the Gathering / A Set in Four Cards (& set ideas)
« on: February 23, 2015, 07:11:33 PM »
A Set in Four Cards


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Magic: the Gathering / [Miniset] UG vs WBR : Words against Swords
« on: February 14, 2015, 04:25:06 AM »
This Miniset is about 150-160 cards. Like Coldsnap and Dark Ascension.

Foreword:
While thinking about making a miniset for experimental ideas, I vaguely remember from way back that people complained that drafting Coldsnap alone was repetitive, not enough variation. Hence to combat that, I want to use a special sheet to add replayability in drafts. Which then reminded me of an older idea I had that had both a special DFC (double faced card) sheet and a very daring concept.

This set is mainly about the colors blue and green against the colors white, black, and red . Whereas will have the majority of double-faced cards, will bear the new experimental Honor system.

Below is the general flavor and differences for each faction:

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counters - tokens
big monsters - big armies
passive aggressive - confrontation
intuition - sensation
metaphysical - reality
words - swords
potential - actual
opening phase - combat phase
temporary, ephemeral - permanent, persistent
future - present
transformation & reproduction - creation & destruction
classless - hierarchical
leviathans & shapeshifters & hydras - angels & demons & dragons

tentative ideas
: flash, Kiora, merfolk, elf, gnome, snake, mutant, illusion, shapeshifter, hydra, wurm, leviathan, druid, wizard, dryad, monk
: human, soldier, cat, cleric, angel, knight, elephant
: rogue, mercenary, zombie, necromancer, demon, shaman, knight, rat
: dwarf, goblin, warrior, berserker, dragon, shaman, hound
Planeswalkers:  Kiora,  Barag (Dwarf, artifice and warfare),  Tibalt,  Gideon,  Susyon (Faerie, storm and harvest),  Gorkhhesh (Dragon, wrath and devastation)
: walls, fortifications, land destruction
: alternate dimension, transformation, copy, clone


Major Mechanics (4-5):
  • Double face cards - majority (2 abilities)
  • Honor system - majority ( get some Fame cards) (4 abilities)
  • Learning - (draw cards and +1/+1 counter to counteract loss of honor)
  • Summon - majority (keyword action = put some token into play) ( summon warrior token tapped and attacking; summon various creature types)
  • Lore - majority (instants, sorceries copy for each same name in grave)

Other themes

  • Lands matter (DFC triggers, Fortifications (3), temp land stealers (3), land destruction (1-3) and search (1-3))
  • Walls (6-10 cards)
  • Vertical cycles: land denial, knights, artifice, summons, mimcry, split creatures

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Games General / [GW2] Character Screenshots
« on: January 31, 2015, 10:10:52 AM »
Post images of your Guild Wars 2 character.

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Magic: the Gathering / [MODERN] Modern decks
« on: January 19, 2015, 12:42:22 PM »

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Magic: the Gathering / New Creature Type Classification : Status
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:39:23 AM »
New Creature Type Classification: Status

Normally a creature's types can be classified as race and class. I propose a third classification: status. Status is appended after race and class on the type line.

List of Statuses
Here are some statuses for this proposal:

  • Leader -- leads or governs a group of beings, usually grants bonuses to the people they lead
  • Noble -- elite with high social, political, or economic standing
  • Master -- expert with extraordinary skill, knowledge, or wisdom
  • Rebel -- member of faction opposed to the current government or leadership
  • Ally -- member of a band of adventurers
  • Zombie -- a condition granted to beings returned from the graveyard
  • Survivor -- survives a catastrophe. possibly recurring ability

Examples

Goblin Warchief becomes Goblin Warrior Leader
Leaping Master becomes Human Monk Master

Sample card based on Figure of Destiny:

Figure of Mastery

Creature - Merfolk
: ~ becomes a 2/2 Merfolk Wizard.
: If ~ is a Wizard, it becomes a 4/4 Merfolk Wizard Master with hexproof.
: If ~ is a Master, it becomes an 8/8 Merfolk Wizard Master Avatar with hexproof and trample.
1/1


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Magic: the Gathering / [SOL] So Ling Storyline
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:25:57 AM »
So Ling main plot goes in this thread.

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Magic: the Gathering / [block] Tribal Block Designs
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:09:49 AM »
Refer to Multiverse Designs Magic by democracy for much of my ideas, which I repost in this thread. That democratic set cared about several themes, including quests and control, in addition to tribes. However, this thread for the most part focuses on the tribes, which has more impactful and practical design space.




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Magic: the Gathering / Spells on the battlefield.
« on: September 23, 2014, 08:22:34 PM »
Spells (i.e. instants and sorceries) that somehow make it to the battlefield.


What happens if the permanent side is in the battlefield and it gets transformed or turned face up into a nonpermanent? More reason for the rules to explicitly state what happens to instants and sorceries that somehow make it to the battlefield through whatever means, such as transform or morph. Besides these two popular methods, it can open lots of design space which has been flagrantly avoided.

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For some reason, Microsoft decided to make things harder for admins by removing %clientname% environment variable from terminal sessions in Windows 2008 R2. If your Powershell script depends on the clientname, then you may have taken weeks to figure out why your GPO logon script doesn't run as intended. And naturally, MS tech support is of no help. You may have thought the problem lies in other areas, like user doesn't have permission to run script, or printers drivers not installable by non-admin, or a dozen other undocumented "features" that MS removed or added.

Anyway, here's how to get the clientname of a terminal session in Powershell. You need to download the PSTerminalServices module . Extract this zip file into your terminal server's %WINDIR%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\ . You should see a subfolder called PSTerminalServices. Then in your script you would retrieve the clientname like so:

Code: [Select]
#gets clientname for terminal session
Import-Module PSTerminalServices

##if logging in terminal server, get local client's name
if (Get-Module -name "PSTerminalServices") {
$cpuName = (get-tscurrentsession).clientname
}
else {
## not terminal, but real PC
$cpuName = get-content env:computername
}

The command get-tscurrentsession will retrieve the current user's session information. Then you need the "clientname" member of the object. If the computer is not a terminal server, then get the computername from the environment variable, which is still available in both workstations and servers.

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Magic: the Gathering / So Ling: Battle of the Colors
« on: March 16, 2014, 07:06:39 PM »
Blog on So Ling, including full design process and completed card images with art.

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Tech Support / [HOWTO] NFS Client on Win7
« on: March 05, 2014, 06:26:30 PM »
Quote
As for Client for NFS, that IS built in to Windows 7, it's just not installed by default.

In order to activate the Client for NFS, go into the Control Panel, and go to "Programs and Features".  In the left hand column, you'll see a link for "Turn Windows features on or off".

Select that, and it will open a list box that shows all of the optional components built in to Windows 7.  Some are already activated.  Expand the entry for "Services for NFS".  There are two check boxes under that.  Check them and hit OK.  Windows will install those components and ask to reboot your system.  Once you have rebooted, Client for NFS will be installed.

To use it, go to Administrative Tools->Services for NFS to configure it.  Alternatively, you can use the command line program 'nfsadmin' to configure.

Hope this helps!

Source:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_programs/nfs-client-for-windows-7/42aae25d-d077-4ff9-abdf-7314a589c46d
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754350.aspx
http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/nfs-share-on-windows-kick-the-cifs-habit.15796/
http://istoff.blogspot.com/2013/03/replacing-samba-with-nfs-windows-7.html

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Tech Support / [VLC] Custom lua scripts for online streaming sites
« on: January 05, 2014, 06:26:41 PM »
This topic to download and troubleshoot my custom scripts for various online streaming sites.

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