MasterVash

Male
from Tulsa, OK

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    • Oh good

      7 years ago

      MasterVash

      I was just thinking I wished RoosterTeeth was like a shittier Facebook. Hooray!

    • Brown Lanterns

      8 years ago

      MasterVash

      In Brightest Day, in Blackest Night,
      I'm not letting you out of my sight.
      Although you may not think it's right,
      Let's do it in the butt.

      ILU internet.

    • I. Hate. Computers.

      8 years ago

      MasterVash

      So I got a laptop for 25bux. It has German XP on it and the DVD drive is wonky. That was in the Craigslist post though, so I knew about that. Apparently the laptop itself is German though. The keyboard layout is weird as shit and there's no way to change it to english XP without formatting. Which wouldn't be a problem if the DVD drive wasn't a jerk. Eventually it read fine so I figured okay, I can format now. That's where the headache started.

      Every time it tried to actually access a CD, it would shut itself off after a few seconds! That was weird and I'd never heard of that happening before. I investigated and the most likely reason was a cooling problem. So I threw it in the fridge and tried to format it in that. It got farther into the XP CD boot sequence but still turned off. So I eventually decided to open it up and clean the heatsink and the rest of the inside. I've cracked open dozens of desktops; I can do a laptop too, right?

      Dicks. I unscrew the twenty-something screws on the bottom, and it won't open. I examine the laptop with a fine-toothed magnifying glass and find two screws I missed. I take those out and still no luck. I break down and look it up online and it turns out I need to slide off a panel above the keyboard, take the keyboard off, and get to it from there. Who knew? I do that and take the keyboard off... and the keyboard cable pulls loose from the motherboard. "That's not good", I say. I see it was clamped in so I try and loosen the clamp... and the clamp breaks. "That's even worse!", I exclaim. I then proceed to yell "Fuck" about twenty times.

      When I get over the keyboard disaster, I see there's a shitton more screws. I unscrew them all, and nothing's moving. I finally decide to give up; the laptop has won. So I pick it up to flip it over... and the panel falls off exposing the fan and heatsink! Hooray! I clean the heatsink, blah blah, get it put back, put all the screws back on the top, slide the cable for the keyboard back in as best I can (which turns out is good enough, whew), put back all the damned screws on the bottom I didn't even need to mess with, turn it on... and it doesn't detect the DVD drive. At all. It gets power, it opens and closes fine and discs even spin when put in it, but XP's device manager says it's not there and so does the BIOS.

      Fucking... fuck. Das Minezweeper, anyone?

    • Your attention, please?

      8 years ago

      MasterVash

      DICKS

      That is all.

    • Bitching

      8 years ago

      MasterVash

      Just broke my PS2. Computer I fixed up encountered the same problem and I dunno what's wrong with it. And my cat shit on the floor. Asscocks.

      This day sucks. How was yours?

    • Dammit, dammit, dammit

      8 years ago

      MasterVash

      So apparently this morning I was given a Run DMC notice for downloading cRAP music for my spinning rims. All I wanted to do was blare it on my hacked Caddy and troll other gangstas by being Superman Jesus and be all "Naw dawg, you's a foo'" when the tried to pop a cap in my ass.

      Translation: I wanted to play World at War on my hacked Wii and be a jerk to an online community that certainly deserves it, but Treyarch was all "FUCK U", sent a DMCA notice, and told Cox to cut my internet.

      Also, looks like I'm back, if by "back" I mean "never actually left but I'm gonna start posting journals again". Hey guys.

    • I made a thing.

      9 years ago

      MasterVash

      Specter

      In Pokemon, you journey as the main protagonist. Questing to be the best, capture creatures, become the champion. As you play, you create memories. The Pokemon you catch, the people you beat, the badges you earn? They're Red's memories. Gold's memories. Ruby's.

      YOUR memories.

      Missingno is a specter that destroys and distorts memories. When you encounter him, you cannot even comprehend what he looks like. He is a shattered mess. His influence on you is swift and immediate, piercing deeper than merely your initial perception of him. He places a small piece of himself on you. He breaks himself apart and disguises himself as copies of an item you have to conceal himself, while twisting your memories to make you believe you always had hundreds of them. You never found piles of gold nuggets in that cave. There was only ever one real Master Ball. His pieces lie dormant and wait for you to use him to capture new Pokemon, to sell him to store clerks, to “teach” him to the friends who fight for you. He uses you to sew his corruption.

      But it gets worse. If you catch him, he latches onto you. He slowly twists his tendrils into your mind. Your loyal friends in the PC? He corrupts them. Your mind now percieves them as twisted freaks, or even copies of himself. The hall of fame? The Charizard you raised and used to become champion, now proudly displayed as a shining accomplishment? The Tentacruel, Victreebel, Dugtrio? Turned into other Pokemon in your eyes, or worse, horrors. You no longer remember besting your rival with the Charmander you raised. You defeated him with a monster.

      Red didn't go to Mt. Silver to train. He didn't go there to be alone, either.
      He went mad.

    • I LIIIIIVE

      9 years ago

      MasterVash

      I guess you could say I'm tired of /rvb/. Not the people on it; I've made some wonderful friends here, and half of my very best friends have come from here, but I'm tired of the site. Newfags, drama, idiots, useless blog updates, and I'm not a sponsor. I don't care too much about that last one except fuck, I've been a sponsor for FOUR YEARS STRAIGHT. You'd figure I'd get, I dunno, something. Ehh... whatever. I still check the site once in a while to check journal and forum alerts, but this could be my last journal. I wanted it to be a good one.

      I've got a few problems here, but for once I want a happy journal. My mother's retiring at the end of the year, and she's had cataract surgery so she can actually see better than I can. My life right now is quaint, but I like it that way. We got a 37" HDTV which my mom and I use to watch things together all the time. I've been feeling sick sometimes, but happy. My future looks really bright for reasons I'm choosing not to go into, but believe me when I say I'm smiling right now. I feel special, wanted, and content.

      You can consider me officially AWOL. Probably the best way to contact me is on 360. My Gamertag is Scatman Jon. If you're a cool guy (Kratos1, I hope you have a 360), I'd like for you to hang with my friends on there.

      A few days ago I'd been reading some of my old journals and came across this from Skarr...

      I had to do a double take...

      Jon doing a happy journal!? Madness.

      And he's right. My journals are almost always sad. Sorry about that, guys. I guess I used this place as a place to vent but never to share good things. This is why I hope this journal makes you feel good instead of bad.

      Parting words
      Living_Skarr - You were my first friend on here that stuck with me. We've known each other for almost five years. We've had ups and downs, we've changed a lot, but we're still the same deep down and we love each other like brothers. You helped pull me through some pretty painful fires. Thanks, bro.
      Darknez - We've had a relationship, some downs, a lot of ups, and we make each other feel great. I love talking to you, and even though you might not ever see this, I wanted to say how awesome and sweet I think you are. You're always there to comfort me and help me up when I need it, and you've slogged through all my shit and stayed with me. You're the best, and you'll always be in my life.
      Laeria - I haven't seen you for a year. I dunno if I ever will. I miss you, but I remember all the good times we had together. I hope someday you'll look me up again and say hi.
      Cherubael - I remember when I looked up to you like a big brother. I still do, just in a different way now. You're as smart as me, constantly telling me things I didn't know. I don't see you too often now, but it's not for lack of a desire. You should hop on 360 more (just as I should). Hope to see you soon, whippersnapper.
      Inuyasha8794 / Arietta / News_Tengu / God knows what other usernames you have now - For the longest time we were just passing friends on this site. We commented on each other's stuff, but I'm glad we made the jump to MSN. I've had a lot of wonderful conversations with you. You were always there to lend an ear even though you weren't sure how to help, but the simple offer made me feel better. I hope you get your internets fixed soon.
      JediJesus - Ah, you troll, you. Your outgoing and outrageous personality never ceases to make me laugh. You are the fist of justice on an otherwise fail-filled community. I'm gonna miss you bigtime when you ship off. As soon as you catch a break or get some leave time, tell me right away so we can party like it's the TF2 release date.
      Surutar - I met you in the Pokemon thread, one of the places I didn't suspect I'd find such an awesome friend. Always wanting to hang out with me, up for anything when you're not busy with phone sex, and you even give Canadian mouth hugs! I gotta get $2 soon. You've been a great guy all-around.
      Riyoku - We've kind of lost touch, but the talks we've had were great. I'll never forget you trying so hard to help my mother when we were trying to figure out what was wrong. Those memories will never leave me, and I'll always be grateful.
      Kratos1 - We've talked so rarely, but I've wanted to get to know you. It's not often I meet someone in the same city as me that seems as cool as you are. Hopefully you have a 360 or can get your hands on one so we can hang out there sometime.
      Megallica - Kvatch. Have you heard about it?
      Linkvegeta - How could I forget about you? No, really, how could I? I miss hanging out with you. We had fun together, shared good times, and boy did I miss you when you were in the military. We need to find some common ground in 360 games and play together more.

      I'm so tired... There's more I wanted to add, but honestly I can't think of it. I bet most of my watchers are gone, but hopefully the people I want to see this will be able to. Bye, guys.

    • An update

      10 years ago

      MasterVash

      Wow, has it really almost been a month since I made a journal? Huh. Then again, I haven't exactly been doing much on here. Anyway...

      Two friends were planning to move out of where they were living and come live with me, but neither was able to. I'm bummed that neither could come here, but it's alright. One got in a wreck and the other's family is having problems and he's staying with them. I certainly understand. My mother and I were also expecting the extra money they'd be paying for rent to help us out, but that's not happening. We're gonna figure something out, though.

      Roughly a week ago I noticed a piece missing from one of my back teeth. This is the third time a tooth has chipped, but this time it's chipped so that the remaining area is razor-sharp and is constantly lacerating my cheek. I'm using gum and sections of a washcloth to keep the cheek safe, but it's annoying. However, there may be a small silver lining; this (and an awesome friend) has helped clue me in to the fact that my weak teeth and thinning hair are probably caused by my severe vitamin-D deficiency. And I'm talking osteoperosis-at-age-30 severe. Irreversable-in-five-years severe. It's certainly kick-started my desire to get the deficiency sorted out.

      I kinda have a crisis every other week, I've noticed. I get really sick or really upset about some situation or something new happens or comes up to really get me worked up. Bleah. I try not to make all my journals about whining or complaining, but sorry if I don't seem to succeed.

      On that note, I built a new Magic deck, I'm loving Dissidia, I found an Aeris and a Kefka figure, and I made a new friend. Those are some pretty cool highlights, at least for me.

      Aaand that's about it. Can't really think of anything else. This journal kinda fails, sorry, but I really needed a new one. Catch you guys on the flip side.
      God, I feel retarded for saying that.

  • Comments (4767)

    • Kagome04

      5 years ago

      I know this is random, really random, but how are you doing? :)

    • Arietta

      7 years ago

      Why are you never on msn to im me we could be bonding over video games I'm unable to play at the moment.

      • Arietta

        7 years ago

        Aaaa that really sucks. I hope things get better, I know how a hard break goes and its awful. Also feel free to pop in and im me whenever.

      • MasterVash

        7 years ago

        Wenis broke up with his gf a couple weeks ago and has been over almost every day hanging out. Not complaining, but also means I haven't been around. : < I shall attempt to remedy this.

    • Riyoku

      7 years ago

      VASTERMASH!!!!!

      • Riyoku

        7 years ago

        Not much. I'm rarely on here but I pop up every so often. I just wanted to say hello.

      • MasterVash

        7 years ago

        Hey hey. I'm on here every once in a while heh. What's up?

    • TheCape2

      7 years ago

      Boo

      • MasterVash

        7 years ago

        Nah, but I do MSN. Do you have it?

      • TheCape2

        7 years ago

        I'm currently working night shift in Kansas for an exercise, but I will be home this coming weekend and back on my regular schedule. Do you AIM or Skype?

      • MasterVash

        7 years ago

        Whoa, you're alive! Hey. Haven't talked to you in quite a while. We should totally catch up sometime.

    • Tavros

      7 years ago

      I'll turn my fr on in a bit.

    • Tavros

      7 years ago

      Welp.

    • Kratos1

      7 years ago

      I happened to be in my friend's highrise on the 14th floor playing D&D when the 2nd one hit, so I really felt that one, but other than that yeah not too much

    • Asch

      8 years ago

      Fuckin' add me, bro.

    • Rainbowpulse

      8 years ago

      Request denied!


      haha just kidding. yeah i pop on there also at least once a day. I dislike facebook but everyone else loves it and its handy for keepiong in touch so I continue to use.

    • Rainbowpulse

      8 years ago

      Yeah thats true. although i do like their shorts, and games in real life vids. what do you propose? I bet you dont do facebook or anything. I was kiknda interested in this google+ community. its new and in beta and full but when its not full maybe check it out I dunno just suggesting things.

    • Rainbowpulse

      8 years ago

      Thank you. Im still getting used to coming back here. lets try and do our best and create a new shiny corner full of fun and laughter. Its nice to talk to you again.

    • Rainbowpulse

      8 years ago

      Yes! it's a me. I was gone for awhile, I left this site because it was dead, on my journey I realised that it was dead because many people including myself were just sitting around just waiting for shit to happen. When we want things to happen we have to go and participate , make new friends and other crap I cannot remember right now.

      I had migrated to the escapist magazine web site, i thought ti was refreshing and nice because they had strict rules to follow, after a long while turns out all those rules do is turn people into uptight assholes who think they are better than everyone else. so I decided to return.

      :)

    • Rainbowpulse

      8 years ago

      Oh Jonathan!! *creepy ass smile*

    • Surutar

      8 years ago

      any crates you get I'll take. A lot of people get rid of their crates for free.

    • Surutar

      8 years ago

      Ahoy, Jon! Interested in trying out Star Trek Armada II with moi?

    • Surutar

      8 years ago

      YOU'RE AWAKE!

    • Kratos1

      8 years ago

      I had a RAmarl, but I can play any of the 3 classes or races, i've done a little of everything on the original.

      Oh and my Steam profile is Laguiole

    • Kratos1

      8 years ago

      yeah I have a Steam account, I have TF2 on it, only to find out later that it ran horribly on my computer haha

    • Kratos1

      8 years ago

      If they do get deleted then yeah mine are totally gone haha I wasn't that far anyway. I might re-install it all if you want me to though, first I want to beat Majora's Mask again, which won't take but a few days at most.

    • Kratos1

      8 years ago

      No not really, though I can always redownload it, if you mean like the SCHTACK server. I never had the real blue burst.

    • Kratos1

      8 years ago

      The thing is, since it's a show about a prison break, everything they do towards the plan comes with tension music and zoom ins and things like that, or someone makes a noise at the wrong time and a guard gets REALLY close to finding them. It's like that, but I haven't watched Heroes, so idk.

    • Jiggle_Billy

      8 years ago

      I haven't commented in ages.

    • JediJesus87

      8 years ago

      You haven't been here in almost a year! Imagine all the comics you've missed!


      Oh u

    • Kratos1

      8 years ago

      Ah, it's less wrestling games (although this new one looks crazy fun because it's really over the top in moves and stuff on purpose) and more the fact that Macho Man is back. Though the character creator on wrestling games can make some really hilarious stupidity, like sephiroth vs mario, or doug and skeeter v sonic and tails. And they all look ridiculously horrible.

      So yeah, there's a niche.

      Also nice Gardevoir Xbawks avatar.

    • CountinSheep

      8 years ago

      I have used Pokesav in the past, don't know if that works.

    • Kratos1

      8 years ago

      It's been around 2 years since we bought it, it was a new arcade system then I'm pretty sure, but my brother was the one who got it so I'm not sure of all the details.

    • Kratos1

      8 years ago

      No idea. I'd be more inclined to do it if I wasn't sure I'd screw it up somehow and kill the disc.

    • Kratos1

      8 years ago

      It also comes with the soundtrack CD with tons of old songs like the original Ground Theme, so it'll feel good to own them legally. And with excerpts of when they were in development and quotes and stuff in a cool booklet.

      Plus my SNES doesn't work anymore, so that was part of it, the other part was it looks cool and at least it wasn't priced at 50, only 30

    • Asch

      8 years ago

      I need to be alive again.

    • Surutar

      8 years ago

      oh youglouriousman u

    • CountinSheep

      8 years ago

      I got mine on gbatemp.net. I downloaded a version that was already patched, and from what I see they took those down, but they still have the patch.

    • Asch

      8 years ago

      Oh, nothing much.

      Missin' the interbutts. I got God Hand, though, so that's been keeping me busy.

    • Asch

      8 years ago

      Gee, Jon. Do you even know who I am~?

    • CountinSheep

      8 years ago

      Meh. It's a good enough laptop, seems to have some trouble with DS emulators though. I always found that odd, considering I can ran Modern Warfare 2 on medium/high settings on most options and it works fine, and the damn emulator takes up my CPU like nothing.

    • CountinSheep

      8 years ago

      Mind sharing where you got the 5th gen rom? I have one but it doesn't seem to run well. Maybe it's just DeSmune but when I run the game it uses 100% of my CPU and lags to hell.

    • MasamuneChad

      8 years ago

      !? Nah man those are their manga names (with the exception of Red). If you play as May, Lyra or Dawn it shows they default names as Ethan, Brendan, and Lucas.

      Oh yeah and Ethan's anime counterparts name is Jimmy.

    • chaosdragun

      9 years ago

      Oh dear. =[ I know efficiency and performance optimization is on the developer's to-do list but it's not very high up there. The new versions are notoriously slow particularly as you get 60+ dwarves and animals going on(on my computer at least). But yeah... that's quite a problem considering Diedsyrup is 80+ dwarves last I checked, in addition to way too many animals(160ish? I don't even remember, but it was ridiculous), and Diedsyrup is only 5 game years old. =x

      Hmmm. Well depending on how things go I might try out 40d and maybe we'll be able to do a succession fort on it instead sometime. Right now, I can't do much of anything thanks to Vista's failure... most likely going to have to reformat at this rate since I have to system restore every day in order to convince my computer that it's using an authentic version of Vista...

      Anyways, have 'fun' DF'ing. :D

    • chaosdragun

      9 years ago

      Ah okay, that's actually better than what I was thinking. We are using DF 2010, version 31.12 to be exact. (there's a more recent version, .13, but it seems a little less... stable than the previous ones)

      No worries there, you should be able to use a graphical tileset with no consequences to us whatsoever. I like the ascii personally, just because I got used to it. Looking at the graphical versions always confuses the hell out of me, so I have an idea of what it's like for you to look at the ascii haha.

      Also, Josh and I think it'd be best if we just started a new fortress altogether so you don't have to learn 'everything' just yet(despite the fact I went through all those screenshots to explain as much as I could, haha). I picked a reasonably interesting looking place to start, ran into a werewolf right away, and it appears an aquifer has interrupted dining room plans, but other than that it should be good. But playing some DF ahead of time sounds like a good idea to me. :P There's some big changes from 40d to 2010, but not as many as I was thinking you'd have to deal with. From my understanding, mostly the military system and the healthcare(as you pointed out) are reworked entirely.

      So yeah, doktors... more specifically there's a new noble position that you can assign, Chief Medical Dwarf, which operates as a kind of head to your healthcare system. You can set up a hospital zone(default hotkey for zones is 'i') in a room or wherever, then place beds, tables, traction benches, and containers to hold hospital supplies, and the dwarves should more or less take care of things from there. They'll stock up the hospital with whatever supplies they can find, and when a dwarf gets injured badly enough, another dwarf will pick them up and take them to a hospital bed where they'll wait diagnosis by the Chief. Then, either the Chief dwarf or another dwarf who has the proper jobs enabled(you can create 'nurses' in a way) will do what's required to patch up the dwarf; be it surgery, suturing, cleaning, applying a caste, etc. You really don't need to worry about it too much, turns out all dwarfs can be excellent doctors so long as they have access to enough thread, cloth, soap, splints/crutches, water(hence the well in our hospital), and when necessary, powder to create castes.

    • chaosdragun

      9 years ago

      Sorry for the triple post, but I forgot to mention something kinda important. Josh was working on a pit trap before the siege hit, and it unfortunately had a cave in at the bottom level, which crippled our 2 miners... they most likely would've been fine if the siege didn't hit when it did... thanks to my design flaw I mentioned earlier, the doctors were never able to operate on or clean the wounded miners so they died(I'd assume) of infection or blood loss. Josh said he had a dwarf or 2 become rookie miners, but they'll be slow diggers for a while. Sorry it may take a while to dig out a suitable room/tomb for your dwarf if you choose to dorf-yourself =[

    • chaosdragun

      9 years ago

      Part 2
      The dining hall room is next, shaped like a grim bearded dorf. The 2 levers at the bottom of his beard control the air lock defense bridges. I'm pretty sure the type of lever = type of bridge it's linked to, so it should be easy to tell which you want to pull(dacite and diorite levers iirc). Not too much else going on here, just Josh's 2 offices and the bottom of his unfinished computer room.

      Below that is the first living quarters floor. My room is on this level, the dorf-shaped room with a pink nose. (I'm mayor presently, and I mandated for some rose gold items so... I made a rose gold chair for myself. :X) Josh and my tombs are here as well. His is the one with the pink coffin and 500 statues. It may or may not be occupied when you get the fort; he died during the siege but he already re-dorf'd himself so he may have just abandoned his former self. Also, my tomb has a 2nd coffin in it next to mine. Which, thanks to Josh's INSENSITIVITY has a cat in it. I wanted my pet cat who died during the first gobbie ambush to be buried next to me, but he decided to spite me for some reason that I forgot, haha. The bridge across the river chasm is here too, retracted currently. The lever near the chasm, naturally, controls that bridge. I also have my cavern-lever-control room here. I don't remember exactly, but, the lever with the red dot near it is definitely the one that controls the support for the cave-in trap(will be seen later). It's a one time pull, keep in mind. The other 2 control the the bridges that access the cavern(including the one shown earlier) but I don't remember which goes to which bridge :X

      I think this is the next level down... should be. Most of the dwarves have their rooms down here. This floor features the well room as well, so regular dwarves can get a safe-drink in case of alcohol deprivation. It wasn't always safe though... turns out grimelings can swim through freaking fortification walls... 2 of them in fact. But that's not a worry anymore, I grated over all the open water spots, so the area should be fine. Also here is Josh's 2 perpetual energy water power plants. Lastly, my beloved drowning chamber in the upper part of the area. The lever room nearby(across the bridge) controls the room. Should you need it, dump your to-be-executed subject into the pit, lock the floorhatch that leads to the access route so they can't escape, then pull the red 'kill' switch to unlock the floodgate that'll slowly flood the room with water. The gray switch can be pulled to refill the storage room afterwards(except during winter since the river freezes over). The yellow switch underneath the red one controls the 'draining pumps'. Just pull it and the windmill-powered screw pumps will drain the pit of water and have it ready for a new subject in no time. Lastly, the yellow switch next to that one controls the bridge, in case the subject can swim or escapes the pit, you can at least strand them on that side.

      Some floors down, I think just 2 is this small area. The cavern-access stairwell goes under this slab of rock(upper right) which is supported by a single support. The cave-in lever mentioned earlier controls that support. Dropping it will cause a devastating(but contained) cave-in which will surely kill anything caught on the floor below. Also pictured is just some exploratory tunnels I dug a while ago.

      Past the cavein area and another bridge, and a bit further down, we reach the cavern. Diedsyrup is blessed/cursed with just one level of cavern, right above the great magma sea. This is where our magma forges and smelters are located. Note that the room is sealed off from the cavern presently, to prevent cavern critters from getting in... but it may be necessary to eventually dig a safe way out so we can collect webs and chop some of those trees.

      Even further down, into the walls of the sea itself, we reach the last 'civilized' floor of our dwarves. The adamantine strand extraction room. We only have 3(probably less now...) dwarves that have the work enabled, but I didn't want to mass produce adamantine strands to begin with. The doctors love to scoop them up and use them for STITCHES on injured dwarves... before they can even be smelted into wafers. Down the stair well leads to the adamantine vein. Be very careful with digging it out if you find yourself needing more adamantine. :x

      Kind of rushed through this, gotta get going to my next class soon. Let me know if you have any questions/if I missed anything.

    • chaosdragun

      9 years ago

      Okay, Diedsyrup re-cap as I left it... first of all I embarked in a terrifying swamp biome which oddly enough bordered a serene biome... as such we get unicorns that appear sometimes near the haunted snow patch(not in the screen shots unfortunately, melted with spring). We also had WAY too much 'fun' with Grimelings in the early years of the fort. Those maggots have caused a bunch of trouble, killing a few dwarves if I recall, but they're the least of our concerns now. We also have several captured in cages. I'm not entirely sure how our trade relations are with the humans since Josh(the other overseer) doesn't like trading, and I didn't have them come the last time I played. Dwarven caravans still visited though. No elves. Goblins have sieged us 3 times iirc now. The 3rd is the one Josh is dealing with now, and it's lead by the Goblin's master, some warthog demon bitch thing. Moving on to the fortress itself...

      The surface level, or the majority of it.
      It features both of the entrances to the underground, one which is across the chasm/river(used for accessing wood on the other side) and the slopped entrance that is encircled with the corpses of dead goblins that have died during ambushes on us in the past. To the left of the entrance (roughly the mid left part of the map) is my ambush trapper. A single bait animal gets tied up in the center, gobbies come in to kill it and get caged. This has worked pretty well in the past, though I'm starting to wish we'd had used weapon traps instead of cage traps... Lastly, our Statue Garden(to prevent cave adapted dwarves) and our outside farms are located safely within stone walls.

      Going down a z level we reach the main entrance hall which unfortunately has a horrible design flaw that Josh discovered during this last siege, that he'll hopefully have fixed by the time you get the fort... The trade depot is located here, defended by an airlock defense system(2 draw bridges). The main barracks is here too, where the noteable South Merchants train. They're not much... but they're the best militia squad we have currently. 2 other squads train in there, but they're leather armor meatshields mostly, reserved for desperation. I should probably mention that we have a waterfall in case you didn't notice. The river seperates the map into 3 'pieces' that are impassable by non-flyers except during the winter.

      Down once again, we reach the workshop level.
      Majority of the workshops are here, as well as the hospital where I recently dug out space for a well. A floodgate prevents the space from overflowing with river water; Josh should have taken care of that part by now so you shouldn't have to worry about refilling the well space. Also present is the mass burial area for 'non-important' dwarves. Lastly... the animal room. You can have fun looking over what we've caught over the years. It's getting awfully crowded though, which is why I'm regretting so many cage traps...

      Down further is the food storage floor. Josh is pretty good at making food production stable, so not too much to worry about there, just watch the drink stocks mostly. Josh's bedroom and 'computer' room(which I started on but did not finish in time) is down the hall and to the left, across from our second barracks and the training pit. The Rough Parity trains here, a rookie squad I created recently to hopefully train up some badass Adamantine clad soldiers. They're led by Xena, Warrior Princess, who has a masterpiece adamantine chestplate and sword in her inventory last I checked. Unfortunately... the whole squad is really inexperienced and won't be combat ready for a few years most likely... As for the training pit room, I think Josh is going to use it, but if he doesn't, the 2 levers in the right of the room open the top/bottom set of cages for using training animals, and the orthoclase lever in the double doored room triggers a spike trap near the doorway of the cage room in case you wanted to 'soften up' the animals before unlocking the door. Lastly, this level is the entrance-way to the caverns below(protected by the light blue bridge).

      I'm gonna start a 2nd post in cast this one is too long. :X



    • chaosdragun

      9 years ago

      Ah I see, haha. Well... I'm pretty sure there's been some major changes since the oldest version, but again I don't really know. =[ I might take a look at it(version 23.xx I think you're talking about) and see what differences there are, so I can at least get you up to date with 31.xx. I don't think the learning curve's as bad as people say, especially since you'll be coming in with a good understanding of how the game actually works/plays.

      I hear that... my last fort aside from this succession one had just about everything I could want, but it was boring as hell and I never got any real chances to use the steel armor and weapons that I forged.
      Diedsyrup has been pretty interesting though, I think you shouldn't have too much trouble finding something to have fun with.
      I'll get a little history report written/screenshotted out later, I don't have time for it at the moment unfortunately =[

      Haha, yeah I found it and read a little bit of the beginning last night. It sounds like it's going to be amazing. :P

      There's pretty much no dangers whatsoever as far as I know, you can build a gigantic expansive room underneath 15 z levels of mountain rock and it'll be safe as anything. I tend to build my first few floors every other like that too, so I can dig extra channels for moats if needed(without digging out the ceiling of my dining room or whatnot). I think they removed that cave-in mechanic with the more recent versions; right now the only way of causing a cave in is to create/seperate a piece of natural rock/construction from its foundation, which would naturally cause it to fall and cause a great deal of dust and chaos.

    • chaosdragun

      9 years ago

      Haha, no worries, it's not like we're dwarf fortress bonjwas or anything. :X Plus I'm keeping a copy of every year we save, so we'll be good there. Though, we're using version 31.12 at the moment; when you last played were you playing with any of the 31.xx versions or 40d? I haven't played 40d at all myself but I know there's some big chances from those 2 releases. =o
      As for complex stuff, you might enjoy the drowning chamber I added, since it drains itself automatically at the flip of a switch. :P

      Syrupleaf... I know I've heard of it, I think I read a little of beginning then bookmarked it for later. It's the sequel of sorts to Headshoots if I recall correctly? I'll definitely need to get to reading it then.

      Well, my friend is alright with us adding on another overseer if you feel like taking up the mantle of Diedsyrup for a year. He's about halfway through his current year, but he's having some trouble with a goblin siege at the moment. Depending on whether or not they leave before his turn's up, would you like to take the next turn or go after mine? :o Also - let me know if you want a tour of the fort as I left it to catch you up on somethings beforehand.

    • chaosdragun

      9 years ago

      Step 1. Create floodgate to hold back lava
      Step 2. Set floodgate to lever out in the open
      Step 3. Wait for inevitable tantrum spiral
      Step 4. ???
      Step 5. Fun!

      Also FUCK YEAH someone else who plays. Seen the Dorf Fortress LPs?


      I actually have a fort set up just below(and adjacent to) the surface of a volcano, with a tunnel dug out that would(once breached) leak magma down my main stairwell. :o I actually abandoned that project though, in favor of staging a full out offensive on the HFS. But the lava floodgate would be a nice touch for the aftermath... hmmm...

      Of course, legendary Boatmurdered, and Headshoots is my favorite atm. Do you still play by any chance? :O A friend and I have a succession/bloodline fort going, and we'd both be all for adding another overseer to the rotation.

    • Surutar

      9 years ago

      You should come on xbox live. I am le lonely.

    • JediJesus87

      9 years ago

      Guess who's going to train in Oklahoma?

    • Nevada

      9 years ago

      Aaaaaw, that sucks so much! They were great! They had the largest manga scantilations I've ever heard of.

    • Nevada

      9 years ago

      Dude, thanks for the list on T_Flaems' journal. I'll be using it frequently.

    • Tick

      9 years ago

      Do you want to try a different server maybe one that isnt so crowded, that may be causing it. I'll meet you in the pokemonexperte server.

    • Tick

      9 years ago

      No problem, I just found out I put a Scarf on my lead anyway for some reason.

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