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Offline canis39

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2014, 04:45:45 PM »
If we are going to start discussing Skyrim mods, we might need a separate Skryim sub-forum!

I think between Steam Workshop and the Nexus, I downloaded about 80 mods or so. There are some unbelievable ones out there that completely changed the game for me. Without mods, there's no way I would have played as much.

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2014, 04:50:16 PM »
We're currently playing TES 1, again.  It's the first time either of us finished it.  We're cheating, of course, but that's okay.  We're lowering the casting cost of all of our spells.  All that does is keep us from having to go back to a town to rest so often.  We still die sometimes, and have to go back to a town to sell loot.

I wrote several mods for TES 3 (Morrowind), and a standalone utility for TES2 (Daggerfall).  The utility repaired all the items in inventory, automatically.  I may have a copy, somewhere, but I don't know if it will still run.

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2014, 05:24:24 PM »
I began my story, but make no promises about the progress.  The muse is fickle, and I am tired these days.  I did finish cleaning and redecorating the home theater or TV room or living room, whatever you want to call it.  This involved scrubbing twenty years of grime off a 22' x 14' hardwood floor and painting the walls with three coats of paint using 2.5" brushes.  It also involved shifting a large pile of boxes of memorabilia (otherwise known as "junk"), repeatedly.

Two days later the new sofa and the two new lounge chairs were delivered.  I felt as if I could sleep for two days without waking, but only slept for ten hours.  Since then I have been fighting allergic reactions to paint, floor cleaner, ceiling tile cement (my husband did that part of the redecorating), leather furniture polish, and summer in general.  The room is gorgeous, at least in my eyes, even with the wall of boxes along the outer wall of the room.  I think of them as a layer of insulation. 

The cats are gradually forgiving our apparent cruelty in throwing out their furniture and dousing the floor repeatedly with water.  I dread to face their reaction when we hire someone to remove the old cement driveway and pour a new one.  Actually, I dread my own reaction, but it has to be done.  The old one was cracking even before its first winter arrived, and after twenty-odd years it is crumbling before our eyes.  Blacktop won't cure the problem, even if we wanted to continually track tar into the house.

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2014, 05:24:33 PM »
I know @solarscreen said to take a break, and it is my normal policy to do exactly what I am told, but in this case I didn't. Seeing @slink's first section got my creative juices flowing and I set out on the storybook challenge. You can find the first installment in the village blog section: http://worldofbanished.com/index.php?topic=306.0


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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2014, 05:55:03 AM »
Wow, @rkelly17!  That's a great start.  It reminds me that, no matter my imagination and facility with words, I was a sciences major and not a humanities major.   :)

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2014, 06:13:25 AM »
Wow, @rkelly17!  That's a great start.  It reminds me that, no matter my imagination and facility with words, I was a sciences major and not a humanities major.   :)

@slink, don't forget that I am retired from a 40 year career of producing high grade, footnoted prose (or whatever you might call it) for a living. It's way easier when you can just make it up.  ;D

I am looking forward to your sci-fi take on Banished.

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #21 on: August 11, 2014, 10:21:11 AM »
I have not had much time (or any) to play the past couple weeks. Thankfully, school re-starts next week and I should have some free time again! I don't know why I ever thought summer time would give me more time to relax!

I will enjoy reading everyone's town stories but it is doubtful I will be able to participate in this one.

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2014, 08:02:23 AM »
I've been going a bit slowly on the story for the last ten days. Our granddaughter has osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) and broke her left femur a week ago Sunday. That required an ambulance to the local ER and then another to Sick Kids hospital in Toronto (130 km) on the Sunday of a 3-day weekend. Then a 4 hour surgery on Monday afternoon to replace the rod in the femur which had gotten bent. Her own doctor, who is an authority on OI, was away, but the surgeon on call is a specialist in fixing lower limbs of pre-adolescents (for our American members, all we had to do to get this level of care was show her Ontario Health Insurance Plan card and pay our taxes). Fortunately no cast, so she came home on Wednesday and after the pain started going down is making a good recovery. We have five steps between the living room (where the TV is--very important for a 10-year old) and the bathroom and by last night she was navigating them by herself with her walker and crutch. Kids! Anyway, we are getting back to normal--at least for us--so more story is on the way.

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #23 on: August 12, 2014, 09:54:22 AM »
@rkelly17   I am so sorry to hear about your granddaughter! I am very glad she is doing well though! It must be difficult for her to have to always try to be careful. I am glad your healthcare is so good. :)

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2014, 11:27:12 AM »

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2014, 09:30:02 AM »
I posted the final chapters of St. Colmcille in the village blogs this morning along with an edited introduction to bring the story together. That will constitute my entry in the challenge. Now I'm going to do a town just to be doing it.

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2014, 09:32:22 AM »
So, this is over now and I'm voting for @rkelly17.  I think there are only two of us competing, so he must be voting for me.  Are we co-winners, or is someone else voting?   ;D

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2014, 10:10:40 AM »
I loved both stories and they were very different. I would love to see two winners.

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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2014, 02:35:49 PM »
yeah, for one : i m very very very bad to make a fairy tell ^^ a storybook.

for 2, i was more in : 5000 citizens project.

but its all good. and now i m more in moddling than ... doing the waterfront. but it s ok there again ^^
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Re: Forum Challenge #6: Best Storybook Village
« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2014, 06:57:05 PM »
I catch up on both stories tomorrow and cast my vote then. I would toihgt but I have 5 mins until raid time and then have to get the kid to sleep, fold laundry, and so forth tonight. I suspect it is going to be a difficult choice though.