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4000th Post Spectacular

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
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This is my 4000th LiveJournal post! It's time once again to look back at my last 1000 posts. They cover such a vast amount of time that I can't remember which ones were especially significant. So let's just look at 10 of them, in increments of 100:

Post # Date Description
3901 2008-04-18 I acquire an officially licensed plush Companion Cube.
3801 2007-06-03 I arrive in Carlsbad, CA for my second trip there. I also have a new laptop.
3701 2006-06-07 I describe a long-since-abandoned project to scan for suspicious files on windows. I also link to a Kari Byron photogallery.
3601 2005-11-24 I talk about all the TV shows I'm watching, but also about learning win32 programming in python.
3501 2005-07-14 I excitedly present evidence of a windows sync client for Handhelj. It would never materialize.
3401 2005-03-07 I share my thoughts on the first episode of the new Doctor Who series.
3301 2004-10-31 I complain about nobody being logged on to AIM, and observe the passage of time.
3201 2004-05-03 I talk about homework, impending doom, and a common problem I have.
3101 2003-12-31 I decide to post the last screenshots of 2003, then think better of it.
3001 2003-09-15 I share a tip on how to override a user's style on their LJ comment page.

FASCINATING STUFF. I can't wait until I'm celebrating another 1000 LJ posts in the year 2019!

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[User Picture]From: wikle
2009-08-19 11:46 am (UTC)
Ding, you are now a level 46 internet blogger!
Your ability to recognize Godwins Law has increased to level 243.
You have received new ability, Insta Flame Message Board.
Your Perception has increased to 25.
Your Tolerance of juvenile behavior has decreased to 8.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2009-08-19 01:04 pm (UTC)
Heh. A game where your stats go down as you level up might be interesting.
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2009-08-19 01:16 pm (UTC)
Start the player off with all their powers then take them away as the user continues to play? I think they call it Metroid ;).

As a concept I think it could work so long as you replace the lost powers with something else. Otherwise I don't think even Nintendo could dig that one out.

Edited at 2009-08-19 01:19 pm (UTC)
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-08-20 03:29 am (UTC)
PC Game Darklands did it... sort of.

As part of character generation, you could trade character age for skills. Over 35 you would start losing physical points, like str and con to get another year of training skills.

YOu could have a guy that trained his entire life to wield a longsword really really good, but he's by 65 by the time he started adventuring and might fall over if someone actually was able to hit him.

Presumably you'd craft a story of how he was in the crusades or fought bandits or whatever.

I think the best strategy for actually being able to beat the game, which was quite hard, was to get a party of 4 to 35 and head out. You probably won't even spend a decade in the world so you won't lose any significant str, and your skills will go up quite fast.
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