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About PileOfMeatballs

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    New York, NY
  • Interests
    Writing, photography, video games, reading
  • Favorite Games
    Limbo, This War of Mine, The Stanley Parable
  1. Idle Thumbs Streams

    Chris, you should know that your streams have resulted in at least on copy of RimWorld being sold. I bought it last night and spent nearly 30 minutes comparing the colonist's stats before starting. This is the start of something very dangerous for me, I'm sure. Looking forward to the next stream.
  2. Editing CSS for Twine

    Thanks, that's helpful.
  3. Editing CSS for Twine

    Good Afternoon, You all have given me some awesome advice on past questions so I thought I'd run this by you. I'm writing in Twine and would like more control over the appearance. I've edited the CSS with good results but it's very much a two steps forward one step back process when I'm editing the code in a text editor. I'm thinking that a WYSIWYG editor might help me avoid some mistakes and simplify the process over all. Does anyone have any favorite tools for editing CSS? I've downloaded the free trial version of Stylizer 6 and used it to load up one of my completed stories just to look at the CSS and it wouldn't show it (possibly because it's not in a separate CSS file). Appreciate your thoughts.
  4. So after exploring some alternatives, I've decided to stick with Twine for the moment to write my IF. However, I've got a problem. I'm trying to adjust the passage spacing in the Jonah story format so that passages are displayed without any spacing, giving the text the appearance of a continuous story. I've added the CSS below to prevent display of passage titles and remove choices after player makes a decision, but the passages still have 2 lines worth of spacing between them. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks. #passages { position:relative; padding-bottom: 0em; } .passage { background-color: #f8f8f8; font-size: 1.75em; line-height: 150%; margin-bottom: 0em; } .passage .title { display: none; } .disabled { display:none; }
  5. Question: Alternative to Twine for a Nascent Coder

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I think I'm going to stick with Twine and work through my issues with the CSS for the time being. Thanks again.
  6. Good evening all, I have a problem I hope you can help me with. I've written a few things in Twine and it is a great tool, but I'm bumping up against it's limitations and it's rapidly becoming frustrating. I'd like to do something more visually interesting than twine can handle. I've played with the CSS a bit, but I'd like to work with something more robust. I was a computer science minor in college (a million years ago), and I've done a bit of coding over the years, but nothing too extensive. A handful of websites, a little PHP, Javascript, the occasional VB macro for Excel, like that. So I'm comfortable with the concept of coding, but I'm essentially starting from scratch. No knowledge of C#, never worked in any game engines. I know the inkle ink scripting language went open source for Unity and I've tried to mess around with it but, Unity is a bit much for me to get my head around given my current level of skill. I've also experimented with Gamesalad which is fairly idiot proof, but it seems like writing IF with it is a square peg, round hole situation. Does anyone have any recommendations for game engines that can be adapted to interaction fiction (for a relative novice)?
  7. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    Ugh. Tell me about it. This fucker was a thorn in my side for 3.5 weeks. All good now though.
  8. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    I'm officially up and running. System works. Windows 10 installed (for better or worse). Already played 2 hours of The Witcher III. Thanks again to all of you who help. This whole process would have taken a LOT longer without you.
  9. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    That's my guess. I replaced the case as well but I think if the short was in the case, things would have started up when I breadboarded it.
  10. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    My other computer is a Mac.
  11. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    PROGRESS!!!! I got the computer to POST, all components in. IT'S ALIVE!!! However I have a new problem. I'm trying to install Windows 7 from a DVD and it loads the install program. Ask me the language. The it says that it can't find the CD/DVD driver. I'm using an external DVD drive for this. I've tried putting the MoBo disk in the drive to see if the drivers are there but they are not. I've tried the drive in every USB port the system has. It also doesn't make sense to me that the PC will recognize the drive and load the windows installation program, then fail to recognize it. Suggestions welcome. Thanks again for all your help.
  12. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    Thanks. I've already done this. Same problem. But I appreciate your being thorough.
  13. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    Okay. I've had some time to cool off (and also appreciate how much stuff I can't return and have to put up on eBay). So I'm going to make another effort to get this build off the ground. I'm going to buy a new case, just in case there is a short in one of the connectors, and a new PSU. So I have a new question: For the PSU, I'm looking at 80 PLUS Gold certified PSUs in the 700w - 750w range. With a gtx 960 video card, core i3 processor, 4 DDR4 ram sticks, a 1T Hard drive and possibly an SSD, I think I'm still well within my power budget. Does this sound right to everyone? Thanks again for all your help. All of you Slyboots have been more helpful than any other source I've tapped for info about this.
  14. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    Thank you all VERY much for your help with this. I'm 80% sure that the PSU is the problem, but if I order one and it doesn't fix things I'll be over the time limit to return the components I already have. Basically my patience has passed the point of no return on this little project. I'm RMAing the components I have and when I get the money back (minus fucking open box fees) I'll be looking for an affordable gaming PC. (recommendations on your fav manufacturers are welcome) Thanks again for all your help. Love this community.
  15. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    Latest development. I picked up an ASUS motherboard to see if maybe it was a problem with MSI or that the mini-ATX was making some kind of bad connection in my ATX case. New ASUS ATX motherboard installed. Same problem. UGH!. The only thing I haven't swapped out at this point is the PSU but I powered it up with my old rig and it worked just fine. I think I've finally hit the point where I'm going to RMA all this stuff, eat the open box fees, and just get an Alienware PC or something.