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October 12th, 2004

The Best One

Right Back With More STUFF

Two bonus points for those who can identify the subject line. :)

First item on the agenda: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, kailucidricwolf!

Second item on the agenda: c/o bearblue, You made my universe go all foamy.

There will be more posts later, including today's Forgotten English and having Middle Earth on the brain ... but I need to space these things out.

-The Gneech

Picky, Picky (More Middle Earth Goofiness)

Is it possible for a song to have continuity errors?

I was just thinking about Annie Lennox's song, "Into the West," at the end of Return of the King, and it has a rather big error that's been bugging me for days.

Across the sea
a pale moon rises
the ships have come
to carry you home

...It sounds very pretty, but the sea is to the west! The moon has to be setting! Unless of course it's in a retrograde orbit, which is not only difficult to maintain, but quite hazardous.

The other possibility is that the planet's magnetic poles flip-flopped between then and now, which it does occasionally. That would explain all the landmasses in the ME maps are different from the ones we know now ... the continents have not just shifted, they've gone ALL out of whack! (Tolkien maintains, after all, that LotR is something that happened "long ago, before the world changed.")

No, wait, that won't work. At the battle of Helm's Deep, Gandalf and the Rohirrim came from the east, blinding the orcs by having the sun at their backs. So therefore, the moon either rises over the mountains, or the song just has a big ol' continuity error.

Then of course, there's the fact that it's just a show, and I should really just relax.

-The Gneech

Garg

I'm an 8th level fighter/rogue for cryin' out loud -- WTF is up with sending me (and my lone henchman, the rogue/cleric!) against some kind of mummy cleric who is capable of casting slay living??? This is a CR 14 monster by himself! Add four skeleton warriors wailing on us (stats unknown, but they've got at least 25 hp -- I'm guessing they're 4th level warriors) and you've got an absolutely INSANE encounter! 0.o

This is, of course, after taking on the undead blackguard and HIS four skeleton warriors. 0.o

Who designed this level, the Marquis de Sade???

-The Gneech

PS: I plugged the numbers into the Online Encounter EL & XP Calculator and it said:

EFFECTIVE PARTY LEVEL: 6
ENCOUNTER LEVEL: 14.3
DIFFICULTY: Obscene
ADVICE TO PLAYERS: Start rolling up new characters.

PPS: In case you're wondering, the game is NWN: Shadows of Undrentide. The difficulty of the whole thing is cranked up a notch from the original NWN, but until now that hasn't been that big a deal -- I just finally started to use my potions and such instead of hording 'em like I usually do. But this particular dungeon is just outa control.

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