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  1. Well, I guess I should try as hard as I can to tell you people who might be interested what happened "over there" First of all, sorry Mythos, didn't drive near you. When we were heading that direction there was a huge storm southeast so we turned north. Anyways, lets begin! This would probably be a quick (as possible) story of our trip. And how we viewed America! We arrived at Newark Airport. The border guy behind the desk was very very rude, so not a great start. However, when we got to the rentalcar office, the african-american behind the desk was just awesome. She was helpful, funny and sarcastic. We loved it. Made our day! Big cheers to her! So we drove off, heading east. To Pittsburg if i recall, where we booked our first night. Went in different directions for a while untill we figured out the signing system (which btw, as soon as you get it, is much much better than anywhere else I've been). On the way to pittsburg we ate at (of course) Mc.Donalds. Tastes better than Norwegian McDonalds food! I fell asleep shortly after and woke up as we were walking in to the hotel. Pretty bad hotell actually. The next morning I ate minidonuts for breakfast (baaad idea) and we went GPS searching. After about 2 hours driving back and forth we finally located Best Buy. Here we bought CD's and GPS. And headed for Grand Forks. I drove some of the time and when it got dark my friend took over. We drove all night and arrived in GF at about 6 in the morning. Having NO IDEA what we were supposed to do, or where to eat. McDonalds became the obvious choice. After a day trying to contact our friends, we decided to check out some bars. My friend was driving and I was drinking. After a day of alcohol we met up with Stephanie who were friends with our friends little sister. So she took us to surprise our Norweigan friend. It was good times. Hugging, laughing and all the normal stuff So we went to some parties, and an awesome time and woke up the next morning with INSANE headache. So the following day my friend hung out with our Norwegian friend and her American friends, and I slept all day. Next morning we went downwards and drove all day and all night untill we reached a very small American "Oasis" or something. About 30 minutes outside Las Vegas. It was 117 (If a recall, i remember it was 47 C) F and insane. It was so hot. Never ever experienced anything close. So at night we drove to Las Vegas, just to look around and it was fun! Next day we drove to LA. Here we spent 3 days. no bars! Went to Universial Studios street thing and bought a lot of stuff and saw some movies and had a great time. Funny thing with the shrimp restaurant. And tasted the worst beer EVER. So spent a day there, and spent a day at Venice beach i believe. Was very shocking to come to LA, was not as we had imagined. Not very fun there, and not friendly people at all. Only one friendly there were other tourists. KEEP IT SHORT OYVIND! Was going to drive to Miami and back up to NY, but a huge storm hit Miami and was going to keep staying there for a while so we drove the same way back. Went to Yellowstone National Park. WAS AWESOME. Saw Grizzlybears. And checked in to a random hotel in the middle of nowhere. With no plans we thought we'd check out the local pub. So we went there, played some pool untill some guys told us that "this was their table"... After some talking (and they screaming) we suddendly joined them celebrating someones birthday. Had a great time untill my friend had to urinate and some random big guy told him to get the ***** out or else he would kick both of our asses. Hating people who say stuff like that, we stayed with our new celebrating friends and had a great time with them So no fighting for those of you who wanted that ... Went back to Grand Forks after that, but all our friends had gone to Minneapolis. So we stayed in GF for two days... with nothing to do ... Had awesome lunch at Dennys however. Finally found a place to eat breakfast (Mcdonalds breakfast : Awful!) Then we went to Minneapolis (drive by) and ate at the Hard Rock Cafe and almost got mugged by a black dude which was very scary! Drove a LONG TIME though Chicago again and for some reason... to Canada. So we drove through Canada and up to Niagara Falls. Which everyone in the world should see. Was amazing. Then we headed back to New york and stayed there for the rest of the trip (3 days). Was by far top 2 cities EVER. It was fun, no bad experiences and just... plain awesome. Amazing. Can't say enough about how great New York was. And the pizza: Simply great. Never tasted anything like it. And probably never will SO, went home. Got yelled at by the rental dude for not throwing garbage (we cleaned the car and put it in 2 bags which we thought they wouldn't mind doing for us) ... fun! Went home ! SO, thats the trip. Here are some quick opinions: Americans are mostly very nice. They are polite and helpful. Also very kind. American hotels are very cheap compared to Norwegian. American roads are crazy and awesome. Americans are very different from what I've heard. They are not all fat and crazy, but instead cute and nice. I felt that the laws are wierd. All signs have letters. Not symbols. Thats wierd. And I read you get 15 years minimum if you by accident kill or injure a roadworker? WHAT? What if he throws himself in front of the car?? I was very stressed out. Tolls are wierd. We didnt get the system. So we had to pay like 20 bucks every time for not having a ticket! ?!? A very open people. In Norway, no one EVER speaks to you unless they know you. For some reason, we kept getting talked to by random strangers. It was fantastic. I love the openess and the hospitality you people show. Anyways, had an awesome trip. Could really see myself going back soon. Amazing country. Amazing people. And btw, tip to all you Americans: Be nice to tourists. Not only do they come to experience your country and it's people, they leave a great deal of cash behind for you to enjoy. -- If anyone wants to see photoes, just say so. I have a bunch on facebook. Easier than uploading or whatever. Hope SOMEONE () will find this interesting. And hope someone will read at least half of it Thanks! And thank you Mythos for all great advice!
  2. First of all, communism is an ideology. Or however it's called in English Second of all, America has one of the worst healthcare systems as for now. As far as _I_ know. At least that is what we are told. Or hear from people, news and so on. The good thing about socialism is that the "lucky" take care of the "unlucky". Why should a child who's born in .. Brooklyn have less access to good healthcare when he or she gets sick, than a person born in a rich family? Is that fair? Is that what the American believes are good human values? I love America. But as a Scandinavian with the way we are used to, and the way we look at things, I would never ever ever live in the US. Because of the healthcare. I actually have a brother who got sick there. First of all, the first thing they checked at the hospital was if he was insured. WHAT? Should that matter at all? Anyways Of course he was, going to the US. And btw, he had to go home. They had infected needles, so his arm got all blue. To this day he can't move it around as he used to. :\ So as i said, the country USA, I love. It's healthcare and it's way of taking care of it's less fortunate, not so much To sum up: Socialsm and Communism : two totally different views. Healthcare: In my opinion (and experience) one of the worst in the world. SHOULD NEVER BE PROFITABLE.
  3. what the ... the ronald reagan thing ... how come scandinavia is communist? Is not, nor will we ever be communist. But yeah, the humour is awesome. Laughed!
  4. Thank A L O T for the info. No doubt I'm printing this out to go! Actually we have some friends in North Dakota so we're probably gonna visit them for a while :=) And yeah, the rentalcar was expensive. Since we were both under 24, we have to pay a lot more. I get it, but still it's kind a unfair. For instance, my friend who is drives for a living, like 7-8-9 hours a day, probably knows more about driving than many 24 year old people, if not 30 year old people... Loved the picture btw And had a good laugh reading! Love it! Thanks for a lot of help! I won't forget it! Love!
  5. Landing at Newark airport in New York (New Jersey?).. Going to ... Grand Forks. I think it's what it's called. And from there, we have no idea. Googlemaps said it should take about 24 hours to drive from Newark to Grand Forks, so after that it's pretty much ... whatever Hmm, ok. Illegal. Have a huge fear of ending up in jail somehow... Just seen what they look like in movies and all, and I know that's not reality, but still ... Thanks for the tips guys. If anyone else has a tip, feel free to share =)
  6. Wow, interesting development in this thread. First of all, I don't think any Europeans think the streets are made of gold? Second of all, yeah, we probably think a lot wierd things about all of no. No need to deny that. But my point was, some Americans believe insane things. And it seems sometimes that it is not only the non-educated, but smart people. And it interesting how things work. And YES, you haven't had the need to learn, but you do now :=) I guess. Our world is getting smaller and smaller ... Anyways, about the sports. That is something I really haven't figured out yet. How come EVERYONE in, pretty much, ALL countries, in ALL of Europe, have a "soccer" (football) team in their hearths, while Americans (as far as I know) pretty much thinks it's a girls game. ?? And WHY call it soccer? What has your American football anything to do with feet? You kick it like ... 3-4-5 times a game? It should be called something like American Rugby, or I'm-carrying-the-ball(is it a ball?)-with-my-arm-..ball! Or something Hope I'm not picking a fight here, I like America. But discussions are interesting!
  7. Hello fellow ... people Long time no see as usual ;\ anyway ... going with a friend to America soon, and was hoping to get some tips. We're going to sleep in the car we're renting most of it, some hotels i guess and some other places. But I've heard that sleeping in the car is not safe over there? Which I find wierd, since it's totally safe here ? .. Anyway, any other tips for the trip? only thing we've planned is to visit a Norwegian friend who's also going (she has no idea we're coming too) and that should only take a few days .. So we have like ... 2 weeks of nothing to do ... besides shopping and ... watching American stuff ... Any cool ideas? What is it we HAVE to see? Hope you can help a bit, love Øyvind
  8. I guess I should say congratulations with joining the team also, so congratulations. ! To start up, if you want to make a difference (): When is the beta\alpha\the real deal done? Release date is the ultimate question. Will units be able to walk on walls? How much "hitpoints" will resources have? Like, in Empire Earth, a goldmine never (at least from my experience) hit 0. It has like 999999999 when you start, and no one gathers that much gold. Or, will it be like AoK where resources must be found all the time, because they run out? Or is it an option? hmm, it's all I can think about right now, so .... hit me =D peace.
  9. @Tilanus: I am pretty sure the pedophile thing was for fun :=) But children has nothing to do in a RTS _game_ imo, just makes a complicated game more complicated, and when it gets TOO complicated, most gamers loose interest.
  10. Whats up with all the pedophiles? Children does not have anything to do in a game imo, mostly because RTS games in most cases equals war. And war is no place for children. Also, for a RTS game that already struggles towards making most out of little (thinking about extra models and old computers here) these things are not useful and only take up space. And if you want children that bad (not trying to accuse you of anything ) you could always make a children-mod. However, THAT would be pedophile! So please don't.
  11. Hei! God dag! So, hey everyone! How are you? Just thought I'd make this topic to enlighten everyone! Liverpool and Stavanger (my home) are the two capitols of culture this year. It is an extremely big deal in this city, don't know about Liverpool. Anyway, anyone plan on going over here? My home was about 5 minutes from the city center. Got thrown out however, so I live at Sola, about 15 minutes from the city now ANYWAY, hehe, I guess what I'm trying to say is that this is a really big and expensive project over here, and that you guys should come and check everything out. As a vacation. That is the real deal here, I am trying to convince you to visit Norway and Stavanger in your summer-vacation. That's it for now. Hope someone will come ? ehehehe, I could show y'all the town! I'll buy the beers
  12. Could write a book to discuss this I guess, but I just want to say something about the popsize. Because that is something that is a BIG deal. When you play Age of Empires, doesn't it bother you that the cap size is so small? I realize, back then computers wouldn't handle more units on the screen (It all comes down to computer hardware right?). And that is great at start, but now. Couldn't computers handle a cap size at a thousand in i.e Age of Empires? Just using at as an example. My point: When the cap size in 0ad is to be set, you should consider that computer hardware evolve, so in a few years, more units can be handled. And that is not all, why not make it like in Empires: Dawn of the Modern World, where they have the usual "200, 300" and so on, and then 80.000 (don't know why it is that number), so that people who play on modern new computers can build huge armies! My point is: Cap size should be an option, or at least make it an option to make cap size not matter. If you know what I mean! About the shields: Not slow-down. Would affect a lot of gameplay. However, I think there should be some form of... I know I use a lot of examples and that most of you have never even heard of these games, but Praetorians. When a group (they use group-systems, you control a legion instead of single soldiers) enters the battle, and start a fight with another group, you have no control of what they do. You can pull them back, because they are deep into the fight. It's realistic. I think. You can't control them until the fight is over. This prevents a quick pull-back and flank I think. And also, it should NOT be impossible to flank. It should be up to the player himself how to deal with archers, soldiers and horsemen. Btw: Horsemen should cost much, _IF_ the "run over soldiers" feature is added. (like the ones in the Battle of Middle Earth games) Thanks ;=) And feneur (Erik:p), it's great that you answer us here. * Jeg er takknemlig for det *
  13. Well, a lot of blue screen? No I dont think there are too much bluescreen, as far as I know bluescreen is used when one animate, or people "fly" or drive cars, when you need something computer made. And of course, backgrounds and cities are often bluescreen, but not much fighting and stuff like that, as I said earlier, the fighting scenes are not that impressive. It's just a good series because they manage to capture the Robin Hood ... thing ... you get that good Robin Hood feeling But I have to say that some things in the show REALLY annoys me, it's really bad. Examples are how Robin refuse to KILL, so there are rarely any deaths, and that he won't kill the sheriff, even though he has chances all the time. Because they want to show people that he is so good, however, what people do not understand is that anyone like him would kill the sheriff who are killing innocent people everyday, to save others. It's like war, you have to think that you are killing to save your own soldiers, that if you don't shoot a person you see, he could probably kill someone you know, or someone from your own army if you see what i mean Joseph ehe, but I just talk away, it's a good series, ^^
  14. No actually it's a series. 40 minutes, and about 13-14 episodes. The series (I'm not episode 4 or 5) is following the known line of the Robin Hood story, with some twists. However, they have added some funny elements, that I dont know if I like or not.. But it is an OK series, the fighting scenes are not very good, but the atmosphere is pretty great actually. All in all its just OK imo, but worth watching. And has some really nice landscape scenes!
  15. Just uhm, downloaded (if that is allowed to say, cause it is not legal to download shows) a series called Robin Hood. Anyone seen it or have any comments? I just really hope it's any good. And while I'm at it, is there any fantasy \ middleages \ "lord of the rings" look-a-like series out there? Please don't bring up Xena or something weird like that, i mean a serious and good series! PEACE
  16. Way back, 3-4-5 years ago i was looking for a Lord of the Rings mod to some game, probably AoK or something, and found TLA. Saw 0ad and got interested! Been here from times to times ever since. Used to be more active though... cool thread btw ,)
  17. Hei hei Anders. Som du sikkert kan se i den andre posten litt over er det nok ganske lenge til spillet er ferdig dessverre. Og slik det ser ut på det her core forumet (hvor det er en annen thread om spm) så blir det IHVERTFALL 1 år til man har noe som helst å komme med. En alpha eller beta versjon. Koselig med Norsk right? Peace and love ;>
  18. There will be diplomacy right? Breaking and making alliances is part of every RTS, even though its not used that often. And it happens that people play 4v4 and so on, with much drama and alliances, backstabbing and so on ... Its a part of the game. If you can't handle it, don't play it =p hehe Anyway, don't make it complicated, but if anyone here has played Lord of the Realms 2 (yeah, there is a 3rd, but its RTS not turn-based, so I really didnt like it and dont know how the diplomacy works there), there you can send gifts to please your opponent, send letters of insult or compliment him, and also ask for alliances. It's very fun, at least in the single player. The opponent answer too =D and btw, Lord of the Realms 2 is freeware now I think, graphics are not that good, but it's really fun to play AND units walk on walls! cheers
  19. Edit: Sorry for long post, its just that English isn't my strongest language, so I use a lot of extra space to explain! Well, the way I see it, and consider I have NO experience or skills in programming, but how I can think it could be done is this: First of all, units having more health. - I have always wanted a game with huge armies where people die after being hit by 1 (one) arrow, seeing a lot of deaths and more realistic battles. However, the armies had to be huge to make battles last more than 10 seconds. But in this game, I think if long battles are an objective, (and remember I would support any decision you guys make!!) the health should be increased, or damage decreased. In comparison to other RTS's. BUT, much health and "long" battles wouldn't do ANY good if you can choose to walk right through the lines, heading right to ie. archers. Why build archers if the hitpoints is high, and it takes long time to kill each soldier, when this soldier can simply walk through your army and kill the archers. I have the impression that a swordman would kill archers pretty fast, like in other rts games. And how that should be done you ask? Well, it's up to the talented and skilled programmers of Wildfire to figure out, but how I see it, some sort of block. When an army is "holding a line", it should be impossible to walk through. So when you drag over 200 units, ie. soldiers with swords, they would have a formation that make them line up in 2 or 3 lines, making a wide line, with archers in the back. And it should be impossible to cross this, without making a whole in the lines of the enemy. Unless of course, you have horses. This should not be for horses, UNLESS again, you use pikemen in front. This would open up some insane (after my opinion insane AWESOME) new tactics to consider while playing. Not just rushing and not really caring how you line them up. Also, if you would be smart, you would place troops on the rears, like a box, except maybe not putting troops BEHIND the archers. If you guys understand what i mean. I really hope you do, if not, I will explain again ;p Anyway, longer battles with more tactical focus is something I have missed, and I STILL hope for units on walls, just so you know Michael!!! And wow, it has to be the first time I actually say something that was right Yay, proud of myself! And the boarding thing you explained makes sense, and sounds awesome. Would make people have to actually put big, or good troops on ships. But will you get the ship when it's boarded? If not, I really don't see the point! Thanks for the discussion everyone, looking forward to replies!
  20. In my opinion boarding makes playability less easy. Also, the ship turn thing makes things a lot harder. You have to keep in mind that while it sure would be cool if the ships where all you had to control, and RTS game is really complicated, because of all the tasks the player are facing. You have to make sure you have enough food, wood etc. Also, you probably have more than one army, at least I often do more than one battle at the time, and then it's everything else that you have to think, consider and do when you play a complicated RTS. Just hope 0ad is more of a battle game than a recourse game. And it would be awesome if you could actually have long battles, where units couldn't just walk right through the enemys army to get to the, ie. archers. Holding lines was pretty important back then I believe, and 10 men running through the enemys army to kill archers (as one often do in RTS's) is not likely. If that can't be done, the player is forced to think "outside the box", maybe make an ambush on those archers, or plan a good flank. Just what I think anyways
  21. Haha, felt stupid. Didnt see it under your avatar there, I do now however
  22. That could actually been interesting for me, considering that I am a history student at the University. But I guess I was too slow, and even though I probably could have used it a lot, we have great books =p But awesome that you guys do stuff like this, and awesome that THEY does something like this. That is just plain ... great Good job Michael
  23. Already? We wait untill 13th of january if I am right. But you are an American right?
  24. Hello all. Once again I drop by! Good to see some activity on the boards here! Anyway, I was just thinking about Christmas, and the fact that it is over. And then I was thinking (I think alot.. ) about how traditions change from country to country and from family to family. Or does it? Anyway, in my family we always wake up late, go to God's place, the church. After that, we come home where mom is nearly done with the turkey (we always eat that), then we eat, open presents (yeah, in Norway we open presents at Christmas eve, after eating) and then we sit and have a good family time, which in my family happens rarely. SO, how are things done in YOUR family?` loooooove <3
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