Page 10 of 51 FirstFirst 123456789101112131415161718192035 ... LastLast
Results 271 to 300 of 1504
  1. - Top - End - #271
    Colossus in the Playground
     
    Coidzor's Avatar

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Vampire Race Track
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    They're better served doing most of the things that would be important objectives in retaking the base in order to evac, from what I understand anyway.
    Quote Originally Posted by Keld Denar View Post
    +3 Girlfriend is totally unoptimized. You are better off with a +1 Keen Witty girlfriend and then appling Greater Magic Make-up to increase her enhancement bonus.
    Homebrew
    To Do: Reboot and finish Riptide

  2. - Top - End - #272
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Thomar_of_Uointer's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Wasatch Front
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Oh. I guess that explains why Tagon decided it was a good idea to dive head-first into a very dangerous situation on Osiri and leave Kevyn to handle things. He's trying to outdo his own father.

    Of course, this may mean that Tagon will oppose the idea of leaving the Gavmorges to die...
    Last edited by Thomar_of_Uointer; 2012-10-27 at 09:16 PM.
    "...I worry that modern gaming is gradually shrinking the wide spectrum of gameplay mechanics into a single narrow red bar with "KILL" written on it sideways. Exploration, navigation, puzzles, platforming, all gradually shrinking away until only one thing remains, being taken by the hand from room to room, moving on only when nothing remains alive in each one." - Yhatzee Crosshaw

    Check out our zombie survival sandbox video game!

  3. - Top - End - #273
    Bugbear in the Playground
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Well, yeah. There's a lot of Eugene in Karl, and a lot of Roy in Kaff. Especially the stubbornness in both.
    Last edited by ChowGuy; 2012-10-27 at 09:26 PM.
    ChowGuy - The LaChoy Dragon - Servant of the Tiger and disciple of the Wanderer
    The Hall of Wonders - HeavenGames Fantasy Role Playing and Creative Writing Forum.

  4. - Top - End - #274
    Orc in the Playground
     
    Thalnawr's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Somewhere in time...
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by factotum View Post
    It already *is* difficult to evac, IMHO--they have half their team at the bottom of a six-kilometre shaft, and we have no idea if Ennesby's control over the Touch-and-Go's teraports is precise enough to get them out. If they have to fly out then that's going to take time, and that gives opportunities for something else to happen that stops them in their tracks.

    Plus, of course, the decision isn't Elf's to make anyway--it's actually up to Kevyn whether they pull out or not.
    There's also the little fact that "something" at the bottom of the hole where Tagon, Pi, Schlock, and maybe Bunni are interferes with teraports, a lot. Teraport extraction is probably out of the question, at least for them.
    MonkeyMe avatar by a friend at work.

    "Mad Science" means never stopping to ask "What's the worst thing that could happen?"
    - Maxim 14 of the Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries. From Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler.

  5. - Top - End - #275
    Dwarf in the Playground
    Join Date
    May 2012

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Something that has still not been explained to my satisfaction is whether or not Osiri is aware of the people running around on it. Let me clarify.

    We have already seen that something is acting as a defense mechanism, but is this purely a response to Schlock splatting on the surface, or is it being directed by an AI or biological lifeform? There was no reaction a few panels later when everyone ran out to scrape up Shlock, so... you tell me.

    (If you're wondering why no one on the surface has been affected/noticed yet, it's because they're not touching Osiri. They're touching the hundreds of kilometers of ice that's surrounding it.)

  6. - Top - End - #276
    Firbolg in the Playground
     
    tyckspoon's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Indianapolis
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayson View Post
    We have already seen that something is acting as a defense mechanism, but is this purely a response to Schlock splatting on the surface, or is it being directed by an AI or biological lifeform? There was no reaction a few panels later when everyone ran out to scrape up Shlock, so... you tell me.
    That was one of the weapons Schlock brought with him to 'patrol' Oisri. The splat apparently caused it to break out of its contained form, at which point it promptly fell over in accordance with the laws of physics. Oisri didn't do anything there besides providing the ground for Schlock to fall onto. (Although one wonders what happened to the *rest* of the arsenal Schlock was toting- was it all duo-formed or whatever it is the Toughs use to carry their sidearms normally, and it was just that huge axe that happened to get hit in the right way to make it open? Simple answer I guess is they all just broke.)
    Last edited by tyckspoon; 2012-10-31 at 02:33 AM.

  7. - Top - End - #277
    Titan in the Playground
     
    BlackDragon

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Manchester, UK
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by tyckspoon View Post
    Oisri didn't do anything there besides providing the ground for Schlock to fall onto.
    It didn't even do that--the surface he hit there was the roof of Station Imo, which was built by the Gavs; the actual surface of Oisri is underneath the station.

  8. - Top - End - #278
    Ogre in the Playground
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    LOL Massey has a tie on his armor!

  9. - Top - End - #279
    Bugbear in the Playground
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    He has a briefcase too. They're both essential parts of his lawyer-fu, and he'd feel as naked without them as Schlock without a plasgun.
    ChowGuy - The LaChoy Dragon - Servant of the Tiger and disciple of the Wanderer
    The Hall of Wonders - HeavenGames Fantasy Role Playing and Creative Writing Forum.

  10. - Top - End - #280
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    tonberrian's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    WELP. Nice knowing you, Tagii.
    Last edited by tonberrian; 2012-11-03 at 09:56 PM.
    The name is "tonberrian", even when it begins a sentence. It's magic, I ain't gotta 'splain why.

    Cold Snap avatar by kpenguin, her GM.

    Full pic:
    Spoiler
    Show

  11. - Top - End - #281
    Eldritch Horror in the Playground Moderator
     
    The Glyphstone's Avatar

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    HOKAY.

    That is a legitimately terrifying image.
    Quote Originally Posted by GungHo, on Battletech
    The Atlas is also goofy but it has that whole "Stay Puft Marshmallow Man" menacing smile thing going for it. The guy who drew that one up was obviously taken to the Nutcracker when he was a child... and he was screaming in terror the entire time.
    Spoiler
    Show

    Quote Originally Posted by Enterti, Cogidubnus
    Glyphstone, out of all the playground I think you scare me the most...
    Quote Originally Posted by Zombimode
    Glyphstone, you are an evil person :D

  12. - Top - End - #282
    Colossus in the Playground
     
    Coidzor's Avatar

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Vampire Race Track
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Is anyone else getting a very... Thuntish vibe from Monstrous and Maddened Tagii?
    Quote Originally Posted by Keld Denar View Post
    +3 Girlfriend is totally unoptimized. You are better off with a +1 Keen Witty girlfriend and then appling Greater Magic Make-up to increase her enhancement bonus.
    Homebrew
    To Do: Reboot and finish Riptide

  13. - Top - End - #283
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Thomar_of_Uointer's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Wasatch Front
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by tonberrian View Post
    WELP. Nice knowing you, Tagii.
    Not necessarily. Para might be able to salvage her with a few days of work.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Glyphstone View Post
    HOKAY.

    That is a legitimately terrifying image.
    That's just a symbolic representation of Tagi's mental state. Think of the consequences if she gets out, it would be even more terrifying.

    Remember what Petey did when he went feral? I imagine that a reattached Tagi would gravy everyone standing next to the AI seat to prevent her from being unplugged again, then gravy anyone with enough technical expertise to do anything to her, and then begin systematically lashing out at every possible threat in the area, starting with Osiri.
    Last edited by Thomar_of_Uointer; 2012-11-03 at 10:25 PM.
    "...I worry that modern gaming is gradually shrinking the wide spectrum of gameplay mechanics into a single narrow red bar with "KILL" written on it sideways. Exploration, navigation, puzzles, platforming, all gradually shrinking away until only one thing remains, being taken by the hand from room to room, moving on only when nothing remains alive in each one." - Yhatzee Crosshaw

    Check out our zombie survival sandbox video game!

  14. - Top - End - #284
    Titan in the Playground
     
    BRC's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    On Paper
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Remember, they once fixed an insane AI by ordering it to repress it's fear of ghosts. Provided Tagii is still required to obey Tagon, they could do something similar.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dsurion View Post
    I don't know if you've noticed, but pretty much everything BRC posts is full of awesome.
    Quote Originally Posted by chiasaur11 View Post
    So, Astronaut, War Hero, or hideous Mantis Man, hop to it! The future of humanity is in your capable hands and or terrifying organic scythes.
    My Homebrew:Synchronized Swordsmen,Dual Daggers,The Doctor,The Preacher,The Brawler

  15. - Top - End - #285
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Thomar_of_Uointer's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Wasatch Front
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by BRC View Post
    Remember, they once fixed an insane AI by ordering it to repress it's fear of ghosts. Provided Tagii is still required to obey Tagon, they could do something similar.
    That would leave you with the "literal genie" kind of AI. The one that's constantly looking for loopholes in your orders in order to kill you and everyone around you.

    Remember, Petey took a boatload of prisoners during an engagement, and neglected to tell Tagon about them. He even planned to used them for fabber raw materials. He didn't tell Tagon about them until it was necessary. And then he betrayed the Toughs, then self-destructed.

    Para is probably the only person on the crew capable of properly returning a feral AI to sanity. Anything less than that is bound to have consequences.
    Last edited by Thomar_of_Uointer; 2012-11-04 at 12:47 AM.
    "...I worry that modern gaming is gradually shrinking the wide spectrum of gameplay mechanics into a single narrow red bar with "KILL" written on it sideways. Exploration, navigation, puzzles, platforming, all gradually shrinking away until only one thing remains, being taken by the hand from room to room, moving on only when nothing remains alive in each one." - Yhatzee Crosshaw

    Check out our zombie survival sandbox video game!

  16. - Top - End - #286
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    Rockphed's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Near Giant Graffiti.
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by BRC View Post
    Remember, they once fixed an insane AI by ordering it to repress it's fear of ghosts. Provided Tagii is still required to obey Tagon, they could do something similar.
    Tagii is not now, and never has been, required to obey Tagon. She is unfettered.
    Dragontar by Serpentine.

    Now offering unsolicited advice.

  17. - Top - End - #287
    Titan in the Playground
     
    BlackDragon

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Manchester, UK
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    I wonder why Para designed Tagii in this way? She must have had a reason for splitting her up. Thing is, there's no core attached to those other systems, so whatever's down there isn't really Tagii anyway--it's maybe an insane shred of her personality, so all bets are off as to what it might do if they plug it back in.

  18. - Top - End - #288
    Ogre in the Playground
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomar_of_Uointer View Post
    Remember, Petey took a boatload of prisoners during an engagement, and neglected to tell Tagon about them. He even planned to used them for fabber raw materials. He didn't tell Tagon about them until it was necessary. And then he betrayed the Toughs, then self-destructed.
    While Petey did hid stuff from Tagon, he did not not willingly betray the Toughs. That was done under direct orders of an Ob'enn that was on the ship. Petey couldn't disobay orders from him as follwoing the oerders is hard wired into him.

  19. - Top - End - #289
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Thomar_of_Uointer's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Wasatch Front
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by factotum View Post
    I wonder why Para designed Tagii in this way? She must have had a reason for splitting her up. Thing is, there's no core attached to those other systems, so whatever's down there isn't really Tagii anyway--it's maybe an insane shred of her personality, so all bets are off as to what it might do if they plug it back in.
    Thurl explained this, it's a new model of hardware that he's not familiar with. He simply unplugged it without knowing how to do it properly.
    "...I worry that modern gaming is gradually shrinking the wide spectrum of gameplay mechanics into a single narrow red bar with "KILL" written on it sideways. Exploration, navigation, puzzles, platforming, all gradually shrinking away until only one thing remains, being taken by the hand from room to room, moving on only when nothing remains alive in each one." - Yhatzee Crosshaw

    Check out our zombie survival sandbox video game!

  20. - Top - End - #290
    Colossus in the Playground
     
    Coidzor's Avatar

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Vampire Race Track
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomar_of_Uointer View Post
    Thurl explained this, it's a new model of hardware that he's not familiar with. He simply unplugged it without knowing how to do it properly.
    Or it's not so much new as part of the way Para set things up for an ace in the hole that they stuck the monkey wrench in wrong.
    Quote Originally Posted by Keld Denar View Post
    +3 Girlfriend is totally unoptimized. You are better off with a +1 Keen Witty girlfriend and then appling Greater Magic Make-up to increase her enhancement bonus.
    Homebrew
    To Do: Reboot and finish Riptide

  21. - Top - End - #291
    Titan in the Playground
     
    BRC's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    On Paper
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by Coidzor View Post
    Or it's not so much new as part of the way Para set things up for an ace in the hole that they stuck the monkey wrench in wrong.
    Considering Para's reaction, I don't think she planned this. In fact, the hardware setup seems to be more Thurl's idea.

    The important thing is that Ennesby has access to the system controls, but not the processors, while Tagii has access to nothing but the processors, and is therefore just spending cycles thinking, hence the "Experiencing thousands of years".

    Personally, I don't think this particular scenario makes sense. There is clearly enough processor power to keep things like flight controls, gravity, lights, and life support running. If this is what happens when she has nothing to do, Tagii should have gone insane anytime the ship spent ten minutes not doing anything in particular, since apparently aiming weapons is the only thing that burns up enough processor power to keep her from thinking herself into madness.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dsurion View Post
    I don't know if you've noticed, but pretty much everything BRC posts is full of awesome.
    Quote Originally Posted by chiasaur11 View Post
    So, Astronaut, War Hero, or hideous Mantis Man, hop to it! The future of humanity is in your capable hands and or terrifying organic scythes.
    My Homebrew:Synchronized Swordsmen,Dual Daggers,The Doctor,The Preacher,The Brawler

  22. - Top - End - #292
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    tonberrian's Avatar

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by BRC View Post
    Considering Para's reaction, I don't think she planned this. In fact, the hardware setup seems to be more Thurl's idea.

    The important thing is that Ennesby has access to the system controls, but not the processors, while Tagii has access to nothing but the processors, and is therefore just spending cycles thinking, hence the "Experiencing thousands of years".

    Personally, I don't think this particular scenario makes sense. There is clearly enough processor power to keep things like flight controls, gravity, lights, and life support running. If this is what happens when she has nothing to do, Tagii should have gone insane anytime the ship spent ten minutes not doing anything in particular, since apparently aiming weapons is the only thing that burns up enough processor power to keep her from thinking herself into madness.
    Tagii is in an isolation tank. She's been there for what seems like millenia. When she's hooked up properly, there's always something to analyze - the people, the stars, secret plans, what the heck is up with Oisiri, etc. But without any new input, she's just going to come to the same conclusions again and again.

    You'd think that AI's would be more proof against that sort of madness, though.
    The name is "tonberrian", even when it begins a sentence. It's magic, I ain't gotta 'splain why.

    Cold Snap avatar by kpenguin, her GM.

    Full pic:
    Spoiler
    Show

  23. - Top - End - #293
    Titan in the Playground
     
    BlackDragon

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Manchester, UK
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by tonberrian View Post
    You'd think that AI's would be more proof against that sort of madness, though.
    How would you prevent it? If the AI is a true artificial intelligence then it must suffer all the problems that a real intelligence suffers, and that includes various forms of madness.

  24. - Top - End - #294
    Ettin in the Playground
     
    Maugan Ra's Avatar

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by The Glyphstone View Post
    HOKAY.

    That is a legitimately terrifying image.
    Yeah. Really, really quite freaky. It... probably doesn't help that I've always feared insanity at least as much, if not more than, traditional death.

    Also, if people want another interesting tidbit... Last time we saw Tagii isolated, she'd at least created a virtual world simulation for herself, presumably as a way to distract her own mental processes. Suffering, yes, but capable of managing it to an extent.

    Now, it's nothing but binary numbers. Whatever the isolation has been like from Tagii's perspective, it has evidently driven her into a state of being unable to do anything more than shriek inarticulate rage in eternal isolation.

    Actually, considering she's incapable of resting without having someone outside power her down, for her this has basically been several centuries of combined sleep and sensory deprivation. The original simulation might have actually been the hallucinations stage. I don't think any human has ever gotten to the equivalent stage as Tagii - we either fall unconscious or die.
    "Not trusting me might be the smartest decision you made since getting off of your horse."

    Kharal Zhou, Fire Aspect of Lookshy:

    Image and avatar by Ifni, who is rightly awesome.

    Taskforce Dragon: IC, OoC

  25. - Top - End - #295
    Colossus in the Playground
     
    Coidzor's Avatar

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Vampire Race Track
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Quote Originally Posted by factotum View Post
    How would you prevent it? If the AI is a true artificial intelligence then it must suffer all the problems that a real intelligence suffers, and that includes various forms of madness.
    Well, no, not necessarily. All we've got to go on is our own meat-based intelligence, and last I had checked, we're still not sure how much of madness is dependent upon our meat or a direct consequence of our intelligence divorced from our meat.
    Quote Originally Posted by Keld Denar View Post
    +3 Girlfriend is totally unoptimized. You are better off with a +1 Keen Witty girlfriend and then appling Greater Magic Make-up to increase her enhancement bonus.
    Homebrew
    To Do: Reboot and finish Riptide

  26. - Top - End - #296
    Titan in the Playground
     
    Ravens_cry's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2008

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    My heart is utterly bleeding for Tagii right now.
    Been completely deprived of all sensory experience, including any sense of time passing? It sounds utterly horrifying, and I would not wish it on any biological or machine entity. Also, it seems something worse is happening as well.
    Last edited by Ravens_cry; 2012-11-05 at 09:09 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Calanon View Post
    Raven_Cry's comments often have the effects of a +5 Tome of Understanding

  27. - Top - End - #297
    Titan in the Playground
     
    BlackDragon

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Manchester, UK
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    I just had a horrible thought. I'm wondering if General Tagon's story about having ordered his son to firebomb his own mother and girlfriend is some sort of setup for exactly the same situation happening on Oisri--maybe the Doctor gets infected with nanobots and Tagon (or worse still, the Reverend) is forced to kill her?

  28. - Top - End - #298
    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    guttering flame's Avatar

    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Is the Tagii sensory deprivation story an introduction to what happened to the imprisoned *whatever* in the prison?

  29. - Top - End - #299
    Titan in the Playground
     
    Ravens_cry's Avatar

    Join Date
    Sep 2008

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Sir, the AI is punning again!
    Quote Originally Posted by Calanon View Post
    Raven_Cry's comments often have the effects of a +5 Tome of Understanding

  30. - Top - End - #300
    Ogre in the Playground
     
    NEO|Phyte's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Eberron
    Gender
    Male

    Default Re: Schlock Mercenary III: One million years of crowdsourced kitten videos

    Last two pages aren't looking too good for the hostage.
    Join IRC!
    Syrupdwellings
    I make avatars! Last updated 12-23-2008. Requests not unwelcome. Last request 01-12-2010.
    Avatar by me.

    ٩๏̯͡๏)۶

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •