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Semirrahge (November 4th, 2002, 1:16 am)

Agh. I hit enter before I put anything in here... :) Can you fix so I'll stop doing that, Cruise?

Anyhow, I had an idea that it might be nice to have a place where writers could come for help on the small, nitpicky things... Like how a person shot in the head can't continue standing on his own power. I would assume that most people would know this, but considering the amount of times I've seen in in movies... :)

So, my point is this: Would it be useful to anyone if we were to compile a FAQ, so to speak, of things that can and can't be done in the real world? Like, um... just dyeing your hair a different color won't be a good part of a perfect disguise, because your eyebrows have to be dyed too.

Things like that. I think a good way to figure out what things to put in it would be to hold a question/answer thread... So, I am going to start a thread in the area of MY expertise - that of weapons and explosives.


Narainsbrain (November 4th, 2002, 6:47 am)

I can do an advanced-physics/anything-science thread! Yippee! =) It would be marginally useful, I think, in a site half about science-fiction. ;) If I can manage to stop myself rambling about almost anything I can think of and say something useful once in a while.

By the way, stopping an empty post at the user's end would require some JavaScript, and everybody hates JavaScript... :D At least, Cruise does; I'm open to a little, but not for anything important. And we all know who makes the decisions around here ;)


Hellkeepa (November 4th, 2002, 12:44 pm)


Please do, both of you! However, I don't think I can contribute with a whole lot, except proof-reading and pointing out other flaws. ;-

In other words: Your contrubition would be highly appreciated! :-)

As for the "problem" with hitting enter: It can quite easily be fixed without any JavaScript, but it won't stop you from loading the page...

if ($_POST["Text"] && $_POST["submit"] == "post") {
// Store message
} else {
// Show input form:

Easy, no? ;-

Happy fraggin'!


Eldritch (November 5th, 2002, 9:02 pm)

Weapons!!! OK... Never create a flawless weapon. Your story will then suck, cause it wuld be no fun using it or fighting against it. make it ALMOSYT perfect, if so. Like the Death Star :D


cruise (November 5th, 2002, 9:11 pm)

Considering I know of at least one case where a mna ended up with a steel bar embeded clean through their head, and suffered pretty much no effects except a drastic personality change, I can imagine someone could survive a headshot....or are you just talking about the impact of the bullet taking them off their feet?

Before we lose the point of this thread forever, then its a very good idea, but very hard to do ahead of time...there's no way of knowing what little nitpicky detail people are going to need ahead of time.

But certainly we shouldn't be afraid of pointing out such details, or asking, if need be.

Oh, and just as another aside, check out the series of books "Aces Wild" (Or maybe "Aces High"...I can't find the books on my shelves to check)...they're a series of short story collections, by various authors. Its effectively a cross between comic book superheros and hard if ever you've got annoyed at the scientific nonsense of most comic books (like me), then you'll enjoy these...


Hellkeepa (November 6th, 2002, 1:17 am)


I believe it is "Aces Wild", seem to recall something about a comic series/books called this (never read one, that I can remember anyway).

And I agree with Eldritch: Don't create perfect weapons, like a portable multiple home-seeking nuclear missile (or something silly like that). ;-)

PS: Was testing to see if my example-code had been incorporated, and it had not. I'm disappointed! :-p

Happy fraggin'!


cruise (November 6th, 2002, 1:27 am)

If you're daft enough (and I include myself in that) to hit post without typing anything, then you deserve to have to edit stuff :P

It'll learn us not to do it again :P

That's not the problem

Hellkeepa (November 6th, 2002, 2:09 am)


The problem is that I hit "ENTER" instead of "TAB", thus invoking the "submit" routine...

That's what the above code stops, and that is why I think it should be implemented. ;-)

Happy fraggin'!

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