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October 16th, 2007
12:16 am
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A few random thoughts
  • For no apparent reason, I have had the word "spondyliosis"* stuck in my head today.
  • I'm posting this from Netscape 4 -- because I borrowed Brainstorm's USB keyboard for one of the classic Macs that roaminrob, Aaron and I set up for a mini-LAN party over the weekend, and I'm too lazy to switch it back out.
  • Marathon netplay is actually as much fun as I remember it being. And now that Aleph One is bringing the fun to everyone instead of the universe's six oldskool Mac gamers, I really ought to share my collection of maps that defy the laws of time and space.**
  • I had so much fun with our Marathon LAN party that I spent the rest of the weekend making a new netmap.**** Hopefully can put the finishing touches on it in the next day or two and get back to my life.
  • I'm happy to report that, even though my browser's old enough to t hink "CSS" is a branch of the German secret police, Livejournal is letting me log in and post just fine. Yay Livejournal!

* Which isn't even the real word -- it's spelled "spondylosis". And, no, it hasn't come up in conversation recently; it just jumped in at random.
** Most notably, the "Pentathings" levels, which are built on a circular arena with five central corridors that repeatedly criss-cross each other even though they have no actual intersections. Also the "Popcorn Popper," which accomplished a truly insane feat of engineering: the level is three rings around a central pit, all of which simultaneously overlap the same 3-D space (and ring the same pit) while existing in different dimensions from each other.***
*** And people wonder where my reputation for dimensional cheese came from.
**** Sadly, no dimensional cheese this time. It's called "Pfhormandy," and your fight centers around a ship that's just come ashore on a broad plain surrounded by canyons. And bunkers. Which you can airstrike (and they can airstrike you back). This is no small feat considering Marathon has no artillery weapons or explosion-creating events.

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Date:October 18th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
Nice to see the pentacle level survived. And apparently bred.

"Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there."
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Date:October 19th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Great googly-moogly, Aleph One is still going? This I must see - along with some of those maps. Clearly the state of map editing advanced a bit.
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Date:October 20th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
Actually, I made those maps back in college - when Marathon Infinity was still being sold in shrinkwrap. I was able to inject so much dimensional cheese due to Marathon's method of polygon rendering: It links polygons based on the connections between them, not based on their 3D location.

Pester me about this later on (perhaps by e-mail), and I'll go home and fiddle with a copy of the Pentathings map pack to do whatever's necessary for compatibility with A1.
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