Gold's Vault

It sickens me a bit to find out it’s been 4 months since I worked on the game I’ve been putting together. But I’ve been thinking about it, and I’m working on a new prototype now. Now I just have to decide if I want to finish writing up instructions for it as it is, or add a new feature first which will require reworking a bunch of things…

So far I get feedback from 2 people on a semi-consistant basis, so anyone who speaks up with their preference will in fact be heard.

This is amazing.


This is amazing.

Does anyone recognize this? I found it in a Google search, and it was posted on this mess of a forum post. That signature tells me it’s either fan art by someone or an original creation, and I want to give credit where it’s due.
I’m using this in a game prototype, and I want to give credit where it’s due!

Does anyone recognize this? I found it in a Google search, and it was posted on this mess of a forum post. That signature tells me it’s either fan art by someone or an original creation, and I want to give credit where it’s due.

I’m using this in a game prototype, and I want to give credit where it’s due!

Open Source Flash Editors

So yeah, it took me until today to even think of searching for this, but I know some people who might be interested in knowing there are free alternatives to Adobe’s Flash editor!

This list looks pretty promising for all you Windows folks out there.

Not listed on there is the one I might play around with (which works on all platforms), Synfig.

EDIT: Okay, Synfig is a vector editor, not a Flash editor.

Open source usually means “free for everyone”, so take a look!

I’ve started playing Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door going with only upgrading badge points on level up. I just finished fighting with Hooktail, and I had wondered how difficult the fight would be. I didn’t use the badge to make her weaker, and the fight ended up being TOUGH, but not unbeatable. In fact, far from it…

I noticed along the way just how many ways they give you to beat Hooktail. The badge is easy mode since it makes her weaker and weaker, but you also get 3 Shine Sprites just before the area where the fight takes place, meaning you can run back to Merlon and upgrade a partner if you need it. You can receive and buy items that let you temporarily increase your defense against her massive attack power, and there are a number of badges you can get that improve your stats when you’re at 5 HP or less.

After going through this, I can really appreciate the kind of good design that went behind this first boss. It’s tough, but there’s plenty of ways to go about it, even without the “easy mode” badge!

Yesterday my brother and I stepped into a fast food place owned and run by someone from Mexico. My brother started a friendly conversation with him in Spanish, which is always fun to watch. I understand about half of what my brother says in Spanish, so once in a while he and I end up in a bilingual conversation—very fun!

I do have one friend (who I have yet to meet in person) who speaks fluent Spanish. I’d like to get those two in a room together and see how it goes. It’d probably also be fun to have a bilingual conversation with her too.

Last night I didn’t fall asleep until after 3:00 AM. It was a different sleeping place than normal, so that might affect things, but worth noting is that I did take all my allergy meds that I still think help me fall asleep. Somewhere along the line, SOMEONE suggested that I might just have straight up insomnia, and I’m getting to where I’m willing to consider that possibility. I have a doctor’s appointment in a few weeks, so I’ll bring it up then. I think I managed to put myself to sleep, though, when I remembered a series of thoughts that used to do the trick pretty quickly.

In other news, my iPhone which wasn’t working has been replaced. All the data I cared about was backed up on iCloud, but things like my background and ringtones will need to be set up again manually. I’ll probably spend the next few days breaking it in until I can’t tell the difference between it and the old one.

Well, I believe my dreams have confirmed something I’ve been wondering about. One of my worst fears is driving a car off the road and into deep water. Doesn’t help that where I live, there’s a stretch of road next to a big lake with no guard rails of any kind.

I even know that in that situation, you can’t get the doors open until the car is completely filled with water (which makes me think you can try to get a window open if your reflexes are good enough, but who can count on that?). If you got out, you wouldn’t necessarily know which way is up.There’s more I could say, but it’s sensitive stuff, so I’ll leave it at that.


The Kittening!  Oh my!  What will save the world from such fluffing?

After such a long wait I finally managed to make a new Candy Kittu!  Sorry about that!  ‘>.>

After all those jokes about Kittu planet… Kittu… planet…

Talking Familiars in DnD?

For quite some time now, I’ve been looking for a way to teach a familiar in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 or Pathfinder how to talk. If you choose a raven, you’re lucky enough that it can speak a single language, but no other familiar gets this ability. I know my sorcerer will be able to speak to her familiar one-on-one, but I’m interested in the bit of humor that goes with talking to other characters. My GM is pretty free-wheeling with the rules, so anything I come up with will probably work for the most part, but I have yet to find a reliable way to make this happen. And Google has failed me hardcore.

There is this little potentially breakable issue of “anyone who can speak can potentially use spell trigger items (wands)”, but ravens can already do this, and they can hold wands to boot! I’m looking at an animal with no inherent way to hold a wand. Besides, I’m only halfway interested in my familiar using a wand.

So let’s go over a few things I’ve tried that probably don’t work…

Druids have access to a feat called Wild Speech which lets them speak even when animal form. This could be a base for a talking familiar, but familiars don’t exactly get feats, so it would be something my character has to take (and I’m pretty much committed to feats until 11th level).

The Magic Item Compendium (sometimes called the Book of Wonderful Things) has a Crystal Mask of Languages that lets the wearer speak, read, and write five languages (which my character does have). I could make this at some point and give it to my familiar, but it doesn’t specify whether a creature who couldn’t normally speak could use it.

Learning to speak a new language costs a skill point or two, and familiars share skill ranks with their masters. I spent two points to learn Aquan, so my familiar can probably understand Aquan but can’t speak it?

There really should be some magic item out there that has the Speak With Animals spell as a requirement to allow an animal to speak, but I can’t find one, and I’m not really sure what sort of caster level or cost such a thing would have.

EDIT: The spell Awaken allows an animal to talk (or a tree for that matter) and makes them more intelligent, but awakened animals can’t be familiars. I know some GMs are probably willing to allow a partial version of this so they can talk and get the Charisma boost, but no other benefits… Even that feels like a workaround.

So… Anyone know a decent, reliable way to teach a familiar to talk?