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  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

    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.
  3. Editing CSS for Twine

    Thanks, that's helpful.
  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. 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)?
  6. 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.
  7. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    TL; DR: New PC build won't start up. I could use a fresh pair of eyes. I know this isn't the usual topic of discussion on these forums but there is such a great community of knowledgeable people here that I thought I'd try before diving into the reddit cesspool. I'm upgrading my old PC (essentially a new build since the case, power supply and the DVD-ROM are the only things I'm saving). PROBLEM: Computer won't POST. Fans spin up for 1 sec, onboard LEDs flash, then shuts off. Cycles this way about every two secs until I switch off power supply and unplug. Motherboard has LEDs to indicate problems for CPU, RAM and +VGA. During each cycle CPU LED flashes, then RAM, then CPU again, then dies, rinse, repeat. Link to short video of start up behavior: http://thomsimonson.com/games/PCVideo.mov COMPONENTS: MSI Gaming B150M BAZOOKA LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard MSI GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 GTX 960 GAMING 2G 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 250GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E250B/AM HyperX Fury 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2133 RAM (Desktop Memory) CL14 XMP Black DIMM (288-Pin) HX421C14FB2K2/16 Intel Core i3-6100 3M 3.7 GHz LGA 1151 BX80662I36100 Desktop Processor Thermaltake TR-2 600W powersupply TROUBLESHOOTING: Double checked that CPU is seated correctly and as far as I tell there are no bent pins on the CPU slot (yes I removed the plastic CPU socket cover). Brass standoffs are positioned correctly for board. No contact between the back of the mobo and the case as far as I can tell. No shorts apparent on back of mobo. 4 pin CPU power and 24 pin mobo power connectors firmly connected. CPU Fan connected. Monitor and keyboard connected. Stripped back all the but the essential components necessary get the computer to POST. (motherboard, cpu, 1 stick of RAM in slot specified in mobo manual, using onboard video rather than video card, all front panel case connectors disconnected except power switch and speaker). Same result. Tried using copper wire to short the CMOS reset jumper (I don't have a jumper cap) and also removed onboard battery and held power on button to get it to reset then replaced battery. Same result. I tried powering up without any RAM installed and I did get a beep so at least that much is working. I'm at the end of my rope with this build and would greatly appreciate any suggestions. Thanks in advance.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    My other computer is a Mac.
  12. 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.
  13. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    Thanks. I've already done this. Same problem. But I appreciate your being thorough.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    The Mobo on my old machine is too old to support the DDR4. And no my PSU doesn't have modular connectors. Thanks tho.
  18. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    Yeah I've been thinking that too. When I try to power up using the onboard video it cycles like I described above. But if I plug in the video card it won't even do that. So maybe it's all pulling too much juice. It's a 600W PSU though. Video card pulls 120W and the CPU is about 65W, the SSD is 3.5W when active. I can't imagine that the RAM, mobo and optical drive are sucking up the remain 400W. But clearly something's off.
  19. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    I bit the bullet and went to a local place and picked up another CPU and installed it. Same result. So CPU, Memory and Mobo have all been swapped out with no improvement. PSU worked with previous set up. One thing I didn't think of is that this is a mini-ATX board in an ATX case. I know people who have done this before without problem. I was able to move the stand offs to holes in the correct locations and I can't see any place where the board is making contact with the case. Could the case be the problem?
  20. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    The previous mobo had had a similar problem but it wouldn't cycle at all. CPU LED lit, fans spun for half a sec, then everything stopped and it was dead.
  21. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    I connected the PSU to the old motherboard which still had CPU and RAM installed. System POSTed. So it's not the Power supply.
  22. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    Rechecked the CPU. There appeared to be something on the contacts. Carefully cleaned it with some isopropyl alcohol. Reinstalled. Same result as before.
  23. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    The PSU is one of the few components I retained from the previous system. It was working fine the last time I used it, though that was quite a while ago. I'll double check the CPU seat again and redo the thermal paste. The only positive thing to come out of this so far is that I apparently have applying thermal paste down pat. In all the times I've reapplied it, haven't found any spilling off the sides. Thanks.
  24. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    Yes, in fact this motherboard is the 2nd one. I RMAed the first one because it wasn't working either. The shipped a new one.
  25. HELP: Attempted upgrade of PC gone wrong

    Thanks. I have two more DDRs that I hadn't opened yet, because I wanted the option to return them if necessary. I cracked them open and tried a fresh stick. Same result. This was pack was from a different retailer. I don't have any way to absolutely confirm that they work, but it seems less likely that I got bad sticks from both places.