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I still haven't convinced my group to try The One Ring with me, but this looks like it could have some cool options for One Ring-style concepts in D&D 5e.
Adventures in Middle-earth™ is our brand new range of setting supplements for Middle-earth gaming using the OGL. Cubicle 7 and Sophisticated Games achieved huge success and numerous awards with our…
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Cancelled my hosting account with 1and1 today, and realized I've had the account with them for just over 10 years. Weird, that's an eternity on the internet. When I set it up I had multiple active domains with all kinds of forums and stuff going on, but social networks took over everything so I don't have much use for hosting nowadays.

I've been meaning to do that for about three years, so it's a real load off my mind.

I decided to switch to nosupportlinuxhosting.com instead, which is $1 a month and seems to be exactly what it sounds like. All I need is to forward some old email addresses, maybe host the odd little project, so hopefully it's just what I need.
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This is something I would like to have understood better back when I was reading and playing Swords & Wizardry for the first time.
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This is pretty fantastic, but you have to read the full comment.
 
The best Stackoverflow answer to "how do I parse my HTML with RegEx?"

sample: "[...]The force of regex and HTML together in the same conceptual space will destroy your mind like so much watery putty. If you parse HTML with regex you are giving in to Them and their blasphemous ways which doom us all to inhuman toil for the One whose Name cannot be expressed in the Basic Multilingual Plane, he comes.[...]"

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It's too hot for this hike. Halfway up, only a million miles to go! 
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Amen to that. 
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Shoot once my kids got piggy banks, that was it for change in the house. My daughter (6) probably has more cash on hand then I do. She doesn't look for it but when she finds it thats that.
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Upgrading to Windows 10...

I've had one of my computers on Windows 7 for a long time, but it was really time to wipe it and reinstall so I figured I'd do that to while upgrading it to Windows 10.

Wow, what a mistake that was.

Few things I ran into:

If you plug the monitor into the video card instead of the onboard video (in other words, if you hook it up correctly), the fresh Windows 10 install doesn't create proper bootable partitions. Seriously.

I eventually decided I should install Win7 and upgrade instead, anyway, to get things Win10 removed from 7 like a DVD decoder. So I didn't fully solve the above.

Windows 7 had a similar issue with the onboard video, but it actually installed correctly in the end.

Windows update doesn't work the first time unless you let it happen on the schedule (which would only fire off 24 hours after the initial time I set). Activating it manually hangs forever. Microsoft's Windows Update fixer and tricks like stopping the update service did nothing. After 24 hours it finally installed 250 updates (I hoped I'd avoid some of that by downloading the latest ISO from Microsoft, but nope).

The Windows 10 upgrade procedure also hangs forever when it checks for updates. The fix turns out to be stopping the Windows Update service when the upgrade checks for updates.

The Win10 upgrade starts over and re-downloads the entire upgrade if it is stopped for any reason.

The automated upgrade that pops up and asks to upgrade is much, much slower than using Microsoft's Media Creation Tool to do it manually. Like many hours for the background download instead of a few minutes for the manual one, on my 175ish Mb/s connection.

After the Win10 upgrade completes it reboots, gives an error code and says there was an unknown SAFE_OS error, then reverts to Windows 7 again.

One whole weekend wasted.

I don't care enough about Windows 10 to put up with this shit. At this point the only thing keeping me going is my engineer brain that can't stand unsolved puzzles, but that brain needs to get back to work.

But I'll be fair, this is the fifth machine I've upgraded, and the first to have so many problems (others had little issues but not like this). That's why I wasn't worried about putting it off until the last second. If I feel motivated this week maybe I'll try and figure it out. Maybe a BIOS update might help, or something like that. But it's looking pretty likely my kids' computer will stay on Windows 7.

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This sounds like most MS Windows installs/updates since like say 4.11 (with networking!)
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Ah hell. +BriAnna McKissen had a camera.

I blame you, +Erik Collett.
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Yup. I brought her. I wish this sounded better... ya know, to represent how we actually sounded!
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That's more like it! Just gotta get back over that peak and down the mountain to the car, now. 
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A complete remake of the original System Shock!

I'm wary, but there's a demo available so when I have time I'll try it out.
System Shock is a complete remake of the genre defining classic from 1994 built by a team of industry veterans. Remember Citadel.
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I'm sure I've ranted about this before, but I honestly think WASD is one of the big blunders of the gaming industry.

ESDF at least would have been reasonable. It would include the nubs every keyboard has to help you find the home row, it would rest your hand in the same position you're already in while typing all the time, it would give you all useful keys under your pinky instead of freaking caps lock and dancing around the Windows key. But no. Every game is dumb instead.

I don't even use ESDF personally, I use SDFC, which may sound weird to some but it still has all the benefits I mentioned above and feels more comfortable to a heavy typer like me (and if you're remapping keys already you might as well do what you like.) At least ESDF doesn't make me shake my head in disbelief.

But my real point is HEY, developers, games being made now don't need to settle for dumb WASD when ESDF is right there. Don't squander your power for good! As a wise man once almost said: The only thing necessary for the triumph of stupid is for smart men to do nothing.
Had history gone differently, it might have been EDSF or even ASXC.
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Love the Q "uake" Key
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