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budokaiman
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Posted: 26th Apr 2017 20:53
Page (it's been a while since I've had a page).

Also, new Ayreon album is out friday.
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Posted: 26th Apr 2017 21:17
Next page is page 1,000! We'll be there in... Well... We'll be there in a couple months!
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Posted: 26th Apr 2017 21:39
Quote: "Next page is page 1,000! We'll be there in... Well... We'll be there in a couple months!"

Unless we try really hard.
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Posted: 27th Apr 2017 08:39
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You're being awfully optimistic, mate.
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Posted: 27th Apr 2017 19:41
<contributes to the cause>
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Posted: 27th Apr 2017 22:13
Quote: "You're being awfully optimistic, mate."

But we never determined how optimistic.
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Posted: 27th Apr 2017 23:01
Quote: "But we never determined how optimistic."
That's okay. As long as we know the rate of change of optimism, we won't know the actual level of optimism anyway.
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Posted: 28th Apr 2017 03:21
Some see the page half empty, I see the page a bare fraction full. #optimism
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Posted: 28th Apr 2017 04:53
Quote: "Some see the page half empty"
Who would see it half empty at this point? It's like 3 quarters empty!!
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Posted: 28th Apr 2017 05:18
The page is full if you have it set to 10 messages per page

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Posted: 28th Apr 2017 10:57
Quote: "The page is full if you have it set to 10 messages per page"
That is not the standard Posting Competition page length however! And lol, that would make this near what, 5,000 pages?

You guys are making this page go by too fast! It was supposed to take 3 months! Now it's ruined!
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Posted: 28th Apr 2017 12:51
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You guys are making this page go by too fast! It was supposed to take 3 months! Now it's ruined!"

Hahahhahahaaa! Speaking of fast...and the furious 8...going to see the movie this weekend! Ooooh yeah! Jason Statham plays a great villain, imo!
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Posted: 28th Apr 2017 20:58
Quote: "You guys are making this page go by too fast! It was supposed to take 3 months! Now it's ruined!"

You were too optimistic.
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Posted: 28th Apr 2017 21:32
Talking of optimism. I picked up Grim Dawn and am not regretting the decision. I am one of those people who got bored on Diablo III fairly quickly, but Grim Dawn has grasped me and I am looking at all of the possible ways I could end up building and focusing my characters. And one touch I do like, you can get a DLC pack for it that...instead of doing what a lot of RPG (particularly multiplayers ones do) and that's provide you with "pay to win" items. instead, you get a "pay to lose" potion, a potion that purposefully makes your life more difficult.

As a game, I would recommend it so far. I am currently doing a Battle Mage build, big heavy armour and heavy weapons, take damage nicely and smash in the faces on my enemies and then come in a drop massive balls of ice from the sky crushing any enemies into the ground and suitable electrocuting those who manage to survive. But the great thing is, I get oodles of customisation when it comes to playstyle. My friend is a Sorceror with a lot of explosives. My Occultist may end up much like a traditional warlock, except a gunslinger at the same time.


Also very happy the new Ayreon album is out, but may listen to it tomorrow, when I can get full appreciation of it. I already heard one of the songs promoting it and loved what I got, with "Everybody Dies", it's a VERY Ayreon song and I like that, and it's such an upbeat song about people dying. But, I don't think it beats Evangelion for the cognitive dissonance of using happy music and morbid topics. The end of Evangelion was made all the more horrifying by how child-like and happy the music was as all this terribly messed up stuff is going on.
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Posted: 28th Apr 2017 21:59
Quote: "The end of Evangelion was made all the more horrifying by how child-like and happy the music was as all this terribly messed up stuff is going on."

I haven't watched the original, since it's rather difficult to find, but I've watched the three rebuild films and am eagerly awaiting the fourth. I'm watching Madoka Magica right now though, which could also fit into that description. Kyubey (the thing pictured below) is so adorable before watching the show. After watching the show, it is worse than satan.
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Posted: 28th Apr 2017 23:48
*rolls back and forth sucking his thumb* I have watched all of Madoka. That show can have its nightmare fuel. A colleague came up to me a couple of weeks ago, "I need somebody to recommend me a good anime, something dark and weird" and I was like "Hear me out, how do you feel about magical girl animes?" Followed by an incredibly confused and puzzled expression. I love how it starts off an nice optimistic anime, like how many magical girl styled things might start, like maybe Sailor Moon, a girl stumbles upon these great power to save the world and yay fun happy times. And then realises, they're a) still only teenagers and incapable of carrying that kind of weight on their shoulders, and b) the world of witches and dark things isn't all candyfloss and blossoms and "yay we're heroes! Woo yeah!" and things horribly go downhill from there. I won't offer any spoilers...but...have fun!

But you are right to make the connection because Evangelion was kinda a reversal of the giant robot anime genre, to realise that giving teenagers the weight and responsibility of saving the world is not the wondrous dream it seems, that not only the weight, pressure and responsibility is there, but all the flaws and conflicts people bring and on top of which, monsters capable of destroying the world and all those inhabit it, are frightening and imagine what it'd do to a person's mental state, on top of all that. Which is in a way what Madoka does with the magical girl genre. Neither genres I like or watch, but they were very good animes and really glad my best friend subjected me to both and said friend told me today they picked up Weather Systems and they're hooked, so I have infected them with some good Anathema, so I am paying them back with goodness.

If you can get a hold of the original series of Evangelion and the original movie, it's worth it, you can tell from watching it the writer gradually suffered from a mental breakdown. I've only seen Rebuild 1 and 2, I still need to get a hold of 3. It's a good reimagining of it, but the original I still feel does the insanity stuff better, but I guess because it's spread out more and you get to follow more of Shinji and his general mental decay.

But to see what I mean about the music of Evangelion and the scenes. The song is about staying friends forever and sounds like such a sweet tune, until you realise what's going on...and how in sync EVA pilots are with their units and realise that Asuka probably felt all of that and Shinji could do nothing but watch as he does those things.

[video=youtube]udEk2oax6Tc&t[/video]

The original series is no different in this respect.
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Posted: 29th Apr 2017 00:31
Another Ludum Dare has come and went, I almost completely forgot about it! Though I can never seem to complete a game in time because of work and life obligations lol. Here's a few shots of the game I was working on, which I plan on finishing up this weekend and releasing on Google Play..

Main HUD design and in-game test:


Final graphics in-game style and test:


Anyone else enter and or complete an LD game? Show us yours!
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Posted: 29th Apr 2017 15:32
Nice looking HUD, Moondog! The 'thing' in the background looks cool too. Not sure what it is, but looks cool.
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Posted: 29th Apr 2017 19:42
Quote: "That show can have its nightmare fuel"

If you ever want to watch pure nightmares from start to end, I highly recommend watching Lupin III: A Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

Quote: " I won't offer any spoilers...but...have fun! "

I just finished actually (had the last two episodes of the show and then the rebellion film) and it was quite the ride. Definitely a great anime though.

Quote: "If you can get a hold of the original series of Evangelion and the original movie, it's worth it"

I do plan on getting it somehow eventually, but I've got a very large backlog of anime to get through, so I'm not sure when I'll pick it up.

Quote: "said friend told me today they picked up Weather Systems and they're hooked"

Weather Systems was such a great album. I haven't picked up their last album (Distant Satellites) but I'll probably pick that up and their new album when that comes out in June.
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Quote: "Weather Systems was such a great album. I haven't picked up their last album (Distant Satellites) but I'll probably pick that up and their new album when that comes out in June."


I loved Distant Satellites, but still, prefer Weather Systems. And I cannot wait for the new album.

My first album was The Silent Enigma, which I got the same time as Alternate 4. Sadly didn't get into the albums with Darren White until a little later. However, I do love that they did the Resonance Tour and wish they did a recorded show of it, because the Resonanace Tour was a good tribute to all forms of Anathema and to all fans of Anathema and because it's unlikely to happen again, a professional recording would have been sweet. Fortunately, there are some good fan recordings of parts, like this one of Lovelorn Rhapsody from the gigI went to:



I've yet to link my friend this side of Anathema, they don't listen to Doom Metal, but I told them how drastically they've changed.

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I'll check it out, I'm currently working through Cowboy Bebop, but I'll add that to my recommendations...come to think of it, I should be also catching up with my Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, if you've not watched it and want something...odd and difficult to explain, yet amazing at the same time, watch it (JoJo fans tend to have a hard time describing it). Start from the original series. It starts with a nice victorian era drama about a son and an adoptive son competing for their father's inheritance...and then it all goes downhill from there and is riddled with that odd sense of humour we might come to expect to come out of Japan.
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Posted: 30th Apr 2017 10:44
Quote: "I'll check it out, I'm currently working through Cowboy Bebop"

Bebop is so amazing. Watch the film as well, it doesn't really add anything to the series since it's just a side-story but it's still more bebop.

Quote: "I should be also catching up with my Jojo's Bizarre Adventure"

I know of JoJo, though I think I'd start with the manga with that one. Just like with my anime backlog I've got a fair bit of manga to catch up on (though not quite as much, I'm about halfway through Ouran right now and then I've got two box sets of One Piece which comes out to 48 volumes and another 30 or so of Negima to read).
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Posted: 30th Apr 2017 11:23
If you watch the series, you might find yourself with a greater appreciation for Yes. Because part one of the series has Roundabout as its closer and they usually transition it when there's a bit of cliffhanger drama and it works so well.



However, I should probably snag the manga. Though I am running out of bookshelf space.
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Posted: 30th Apr 2017 13:07
Quote: "If you watch the series, you might find yourself with a greater appreciation for Yes"

I do not think that's possible.

Quote: "Though I am running out of bookshelf space"

I bought a Kindle a while ago for that very reason. It's actually really good for manga, it's not perfect of course, but for longer series it's nice to not need an entire bookshelf reserved. Books tend to be quite a bit cheaper, looking at JoJo, it's £9 for the paperback of vol. 1 where the kindle edition is £3.49 so grabbing the entire series is significantly cheaper.
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Posted: 30th Apr 2017 15:40 Edited at: 30th Apr 2017 15:47
Ah, to each their own.

I am currently listening to the new Ayreon album and loving it. I see it's a prequel to the binary album, before the extinction and all that.

And "Into the Ocean", a very Deep Purple sound to it. But then it wouldn't be Ayreon if there wasn't just a huge mishmash of styles.

Quote: "I bought a Kindle a while ago for that very reason. It's actually really good for manga, it's not perfect of course, but for longer series it's nice to not need an entire bookshelf reserved. Books tend to be quite a bit cheaper, looking at JoJo, it's £9 for the paperback of vol. 1 where the kindle edition is £3.49 so grabbing the entire series is significantly cheaper."


I have considered a kindle, but...I also love books and it'd not be quite the same. But still...manga is expensive, especially if there's like 50 volumes in a series, so could be tempting for that purpose. Though I think I will complete my series of Full Metal Alchemist in paperback, as I have about 27 volumes of it already.
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Posted: 30th Apr 2017 18:15 Edited at: 30th Apr 2017 18:21
Quote: "Ah, to each their own."

From that reaction I think you may have misinterpreted my first comment. I just meant that I don't think it's possible to appreciate Yes any more than I already do.

Quote: "I have considered a kindle, but...I also love books and it'd not be quite the same. But still...manga is expensive, especially if there's like 50 volumes in a series, so could be tempting for that purpose. Though I think I will complete my series of Full Metal Alchemist in paperback, as I have about 27 volumes of it already."

I love paperback as well, and there's still a number of series that I still get paperback. Many, because I already started before getting the kindle but in some cases, reading on a kindle simply wouldn't do the art justice. But in a lot of cases it just makes more sense to get for the Kindle. I also like to re-read some of the series, so I don't really want to sell anything when I'm done with it which makes the Kindle nice because I can delete books when I've read them but always can re-download later.
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Posted: 30th Apr 2017 19:11
Ah, I probably did then.

Reminds me, they did the tune for Homeworld and they did a remaster of the game a couple of years ago. Worth grabbing on Steam, it's a good space RTS...but sadly the song was left out of the Remaster because of licensing.




I may be tempted to get a kindle at some point, but low on my list of priorities...especially as there are books on my shelf that still need reading and catching up on. I went through a phase of walking into a bookshop, buying something and leaving it on my shelf and repeat. I still need to read the book I got for Christmas, which is by one of my favourite authors, Kazuo Ishiguro. And I don't think I've ever sold any of my books...probably hence my current problem of bookshelf space.
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Quote: "Reminds me, they did the tune for Homeworld and they did a remaster of the game a couple of years ago. Worth grabbing on Steam, it's a good space RTS...but sadly the song was left out of the Remaster because of licensing. "

I think I have that game amidst my horde of games from humble bundles.
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Page (it's been a while since I've had a page)."

No, it's not been a while. It's only been five days ago.

Btw...Fast and Furious 8 was awesome! As expected with such a cast! But...Iron Maiden was still a lot better! Such a great show they gave! \m/
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Glad you enjoyed it, Iron Maiden are an amazing band and one definitely seeing live and am glad you got to.

Also, as I've said I've been playing a lot of Grim Dawn, I picked up this item yesterday, which is quite...pleasant.

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Quote: "Glad you enjoyed it, Iron Maiden are an amazing band and one definitely seeing live and am glad you got to. "

Yeah, definitely! They really know how to entertain the crowd...and the price was not too much. \m/

Quote: "I've been playing a lot of Grim Dawn, I picked up this item yesterday, which is quite...pleasant."

Hmm, not my type of game, but looks like a lot of fun!

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Quote: "No, it's not been a while. It's only been five days ago"

But my post doesn't update in real-time so that message was representative of before the post date.

In other news, I eagerly await my new headphone cord since mine has been chewed through by a cat, and is now making a very low volume buzz and it's annoying.
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Reminds me I still need to replace my headset, though will have to check if still under warranty. But I am not happy with it, given the mic part has gone kaput, the headphones still work brilliantly, but it was a £100 headset and my workaround is I've sellotaped a £1 mic I got from Poundland 10 years ago to the mic of this thing, it doesn't feel right to do it.
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Quote: "I've sellotaped a £1 mic I got from Poundland 10 years ago to the mic of this thing, it doesn't feel right to do it."

That's an interesting solution, a 10 year-old £1 microphone must sound awful though. Fortunately for me, I have ATH-M50X headphones so I only had to buy a new cable (about £15) instead of entirely new headphones like the last time.
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Yooooooooo!

This thread is still a thing! LOL I remember these emoticons:

How've you homies been?
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Greetings! I remember your signature and your name!

On another note, some folks here may remember that I was going to take a small petrol engine I rebuilt and put it on a bicycle, with a unique transmission design of my own, to make a nifty little dirt bike/motorcycle contraption. Sadly, those plans never came to fruition. However, I'm back on track to create another such contraption! I ordered one of those kits online that allows you to motorize a bicycle -- I got the kit I linked. I also have this bicycle, which I bought for $20.00 at a thrift store. It currently looks like this:


It's currently largely disassembled and with the wheels taken off, but I've been doing lots of work to prepare it for the mighty 66cc 2 stroke. The brakes don't work at all, but just need a bit of adjustment. The seat is also brutally uncomfortable, but I don't feel like spending money on a new bike seat... Perhaps I'll sit on a pillow. I also removed the derailleur (whoa, I just spelled that right without spellcheck for the first time in my life), mainly because I dislike them and their complexity, and I can't quite wrap my brain exactly around how they work (I understand how they work, they just seem weird and unintuitive to me). I'll put the chain back on with a fixed mid-low ratio for pedaling the bike to get the engine going (no pull or kick start) or to help the engine up hills and such.

The engine kit arrived today, but I wasn't home and live at an apartment so the delivery person dropped it off at the apartment office. I shall have to go there and pick it up tomorrow, pft!

And because I do live in an apartment, I'm not really sure how I'll test this thing out... I don't think I'll be riding it on streets (would need to be licensed, insured, registered, extra equipment, etc), I mainly just want to use it to ride around on camping trips and such. I think I should be able to ride it around the apartment parking lot, hopefully it's not too loud though lol. I hear they aren't too horribly loud. If I do pull off this project, I'll have a nifty contraption to ride around while camping! I shall update the progress later on.
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Posted: 5th May 2017 14:28 Edited at: 5th May 2017 14:29
Quote: "given the mic part has gone kaput"

Replace that 'u' with an 'o', and you also have the Dutch/Belgian word for broken.

Quote: "This thread is still a thing! LOL I remember these emoticons: "

Sure it is...we keep it alive, because of those emoticons

Quote: "The brakes don't work at all, but just need a bit of adjustment."

Hahahhaa, that made me laugh a bit! It's kinda contradictory if you think about it.

So, you have one unfinished contraption, and you're going to create another one ? Looks like fun though! Keep us updated with your contraption build.
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Posted: 5th May 2017 18:58 Edited at: 5th May 2017 20:35
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Haha, the previous project was purely in the idea stage. I did rebuild a little old 2HP Briggs & Stratton tiller engine from 1973, but that's about it. For being a 45 or so year old engine, that thing runs pretty well! Granted, it's been quite some time since I've run it as it's up at my dad's house... The carburetor is probably completely clogged by now.

Picked up the kit today! These are just some test fits of a few parts, I was concerned a lot of things wouldn't fit but it all seems to go on just fine!

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Quote: " I was concerned a lot of things wouldn't fit but it all seems to go on just fine!"

I noticed that you left the orange fluffy part (I forget the technical name) for last. I know that part can be a pain to get on, but if you attach it first, it's a lot easier to work around it for the rest of the parts. Just a little tip.
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Quote: "On another note, some folks here may remember that I was going to take a small petrol engine I rebuilt and put it on a bicycle, with a unique transmission design of my own, to make a nifty little dirt bike/motorcycle contraption. Sadly, those plans never came to fruition. However, I'm back on track to create another such contraption! I ordered one of those kits online that allows you to motorize a bicycle -- I got the kit I linked. I also have this bicycle, which I bought for $20.00 at a thrift store. It currently looks like this:"


Sounds like I could have saved myself a bit of money on my motorbike and converted my bicycle. But a nice little project you got going.

Quote: "I noticed that you left the orange fluffy part (I forget the technical name) for last"


I believe it's called a catalytic concatenating furvertor, it turns affection into torque, but can be quite sensitive to handle and they can require a lot of maintenance and attention, but it can pay off if you're willing.
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Posted: 7th May 2017 01:43 Edited at: 7th May 2017 01:43
Also, anybody ever have this happen with Steam?

http://i.imgur.com/UfW4KA2.png

I had two consecutive power cuts whilst trying to play ARK and after booting up my PC after the second, ARK disappeared off my Steam, saying not installed and when I went to the folder manually, it was there and booted up and showed on my Steam as playing it, but seems all my settings had reset, all of my mods needed to be reinstalled and I couldn't connect to my friend's server, instead it would just reboot the game. It's late, so I'll prolly leave my PC switched off and see if it resolves itself or I reinstall ARK. But just an odd thing to occur.
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Posted: 7th May 2017 11:06
Quote: "I had two consecutive power cuts whilst trying to play ARK and after booting up my PC after the second, ARK disappeared off my Steam, saying not installed and when I went to the folder manually, it was there and booted up and showed on my Steam as playing it, but seems all my settings had reset, all of my mods needed to be reinstalled and I couldn't connect to my friend's server, instead it would just reboot the game. It's late, so I'll prolly leave my PC switched off and see if it resolves itself or I reinstall ARK. But just an odd thing to occur."

I haven't had that problem, however I did have an issue with Dishonoured 2 yesterday when I tried to play it, all my settings had been reset, whenever I tried to change the resolution, steam would take focus and by the time I could get the game back into focus, I had about 1-2 seconds to find the "don't revert these changes" button and click it. It took multiple tries.
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Posted: 7th May 2017 11:13 Edited at: 7th May 2017 11:15
Quote: "I noticed that you left the orange fluffy part (I forget the technical name) for last."
Yes indeed! The fluffy part can get impatient, so it is indeed best to put it on last.

Quote: "Sounds like I could have saved myself a bit of money on my motorbike and converted my bicycle."
Haha, your dedicated motorbike is probably worth the extra bucks. I don't anticipate this motorized bike being very powerful... I've been on a diet lately, not for health reasons, but because I want to lose weight so this thing will perform a little better with me on it... It doesn't have gears, for instance. Well it does, just one though. I think it ends up being an 18:1 final drive ratio, and the engine is rated for 2.75 horsepower. Not bad per se, but it is a 2 stroke engine so that power will come at higher speeds only. One can buy a variety of mods to make the engine more powerful or more torquey at low speeds, and also shift kits (which make use of the engine's power band through a much wider range of speeds). One of those shift kits though can cost more than the engine kit itself, lol.

My main plan for the bike is for recreation, like riding around on dirt roads while camping. Lots of people get these for daily commutes, as it's an incredibly cheap way to get a very fuel efficient (up to 150 mpg in an ideal world) vehicle.

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Posted: 7th May 2017 18:09
The good news is I got it working again, sure it still took a while, but not as long as it would have to re-download the entire game.
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Posted: 8th May 2017 03:37


This is the best. I was laughing out loud for virtually the entire video

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Posted: 8th May 2017 14:08
Quote: "This is the best. I was laughing out loud for virtually the entire video "

Hahhaahahhaaa, that was funny!

Quote: "Picked up the kit today!"

Nice Kit...Kat, lol! Judging your photo, I'd assume that lovely looking cat was part of the kit ? We had a very similar cat many years ago (like 30 years or so). One time, he stayed away for several weeks...we thought he wouldn't come back again, untill one morning, he stood at the back door...but sadly enough, his lovely tail was missing ! Probably caught in a trap. Back then, some bad people found it cool to use cattails as keyhanger !

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Posted: 8th May 2017 21:14
Quote: "but sadly enough, his lovely tail was missing ! Probably caught in a trap. Back then, some bad people found it cool to use cattails as keyhange"

That is awful. It's great that he came back and was otherwise safe, but the poor cat must have been so scared.
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Posted: 9th May 2017 06:05 Edited at: 9th May 2017 06:06
Quote: "but sadly enough, his lovely tail was missing ! Probably caught in a trap."
Awww, that is terrible. Good he came back though.

Here's the latest progress on my contraption -- it's pretty much done! It still needs some adjustments, tightening of bolts, and I need to tie down cables and wires with zip ties. I also really need to get the brakes working, lol. Some air in the tires and fuel in the tank, and it will be ready to test!



The carburetor has an interesting design. Instead of using a venturi to create a low pressure region, the fuel jet simply relies on the general low pressure created by the resistance at the air intake. As such, when you move the throttle, not only is the size of the air passage adjusted, but a small pin moves in or out of the fuel jet to adjust fuel flow as well. There's a clip on said pin that can be adjusted to adjust the mixture. This, as opposed to an infinitely adjustable mixture screw, means my bike only has 4 possible mixture settings. I suppose that's a good thing though, it removes complexity if anything. I hear these engines are very easy to troubleshoot, albeit equally high maintenance.

Ah yes, I also will have to grind the left pedal crank down a little bit, as it currently runs into the exhaust.
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Posted: 10th May 2017 05:01
Quote: "That is awful. It's great that he came back and was otherwise safe, but the poor cat must have been so scared."

Quote: "Awww, that is terrible. Good he came back though."

Yeah! It was sad to see him like that. It's been 34 years or so, but I remember how it felt seeing him without tail and bleeding. That's when I realized why they say that a cat has nine lives.
Cats are soo awesome! Not that I don't like dogs, but I had better experiences with cats than with dogs.
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Posted: 10th May 2017 18:47
Cats can persevere. We had a cat who lost his leg, we don't know how but he came home after being missing for a couple of days and showed up missing a leg, no blood, he didn't look in pain, but unfortunately, the wound was too infected for the vet to do anything. Wherever he had gone, he had managed to make it home missing a leg.


And nice work on the bike DJD. Now you need to build a shell for it and try to make it look like a real motorbike. And speaking of motorbikes, I'm going to the Peterborough bike this weekend, might check out some potential 2nd bikes and also look at some gear. Roadskin are going to be there and I am very interested by their Titanite clothing, which is supposed to be very tough, yet lightweight and has room for armour. With any luck Honda will be there, given the number of new releases they've got this year, I might get to have a good look at the 2017 Rebel. Sadly my dealership don't have them in at their Cambridge branch yet (as they tend to do most of their motorcycles in Bury St Edmonds so they get priority).

Also, I've been playing around with my newer game idea more recently, which I think I mentioned before, after coming up with from seeing damn good bedroom coded RPG's out there, thinking, "why don't I just do one?". Not Abeyance, which of course is now an old idea, which I'll do eventually, but that one would require me to get back into 3D. Instead, it's something I was cooking up in RPG Maker MV. I am seeing myself realistically getting something done in this. Maybe I'll showcase when I've got a demo done. The principle around is to take the classic RPG cliches and set it as a backdrop for a world. You know, 4 heroes wielding weapons of light going against some unknown evil force, seeking the powers of the gods and going on some great adventure to defeat some god-like being. I might even make a few joke references to existing games. This will be for the sake of parody, partly on my frustration of so many games that take the same backdrops, same themes and same gameplay, which is no bad thing but don't really give me a story or characters I care about, so I'll parody the cliches, but add my own depth to it. For example playing Diablo III lately, I feel like in one of the earlier dungeons, the execution of Leoric's wife by Leoric should have been something impactful, something I'd care about, but felt like a copy & paste tragic scene with characters I do not know or care about and that might be because Diablo III had its action in mind, but feels like a shame with those beautifully animated cutscenes, all the backstory and lore that when it comes to story itself and the characters involved, it's a bit...meh. But I am an RPGamer who plays both for gameplay and story.

So what I am planning and working on is my own way of deconstructing the cliches of the type of RPG I'm making, with the aim of having characters you care about and a story you can be invested in (an ambitious claim, but I hope my years of writing and running an engaging roleplaying group pays off). For a start, you don't follow the heroes in the story, you follow a group of common folk, trying to make their way in the world. Much of what the heroes do sits in the background and every so often comes into view. From a gameplay perspective, this means, your characters are not very good fighters and in these circumstances? You make choices on how to get out safely. You may get saved by a hero or a hero may accompany you. Or to use other skills to your own advantage. In it, I am introducing an element inspired by playing point and click adventures. Any quests you do won't always have the obvious answer, kinda like I was doing with Abeyance and one thing I've liked about Divinity: Original Sin (I/II) as well, you get told what needs doing, you get your own clues and it's up to you as the player to figure it out. Talk to people, explore, look around, use items and so on. And with the added element of danger in the world, I want to make each character all the more important and give some room for permanent death to make decisions all the more important. Common folk don't get the option to "respawn" like the heroes. And that's one other thing I am doing with it, hero respawns happen as part of the game's lore, but my take on it is that the heroes' bodies will remain when they die. So, I'd imagine entering a difficult dungeon to find the walls plastered with the corpses of previous hero spawns. There may be opportunities for humour in there, like heroes not having power levelled enough to fight a boss. One I am working on at the moment is the Red Warrior keeping on dying to a dragon and your chat options include telling him to go away, get strong, learn new abilities and return to fight the dragon. There will be twists too, which I won't hint at.

But being RPGMaker, it should be manageable enough with my time to get it out there and nowadays is actually quite a powerful engine in the right hands, and some people have done gorgeous stuff with it (like The Amber Throne). Then when I want to refine it and introduce elements not pre-coded in, I have the ability to code in JavaScript and also, write over the sprites when it comes to doing my own assets. I might pick up something like Aseprite for that. I may also have bought a couple of royal free musical packs, just because I cannot do music to save my life and stock RPG Maker stuff is...meh, as are the sound effects and my choices so far I think work.
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