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It seemeth to me, this might be the most appropriate forum for this question to avoid the steaming morass that is the Lounge. In my game, I have a fortune cookie system similar to that of various roguelike games I have played in the past. As you adventure about the land, offtimes you will find fortune cookies which, when broken open, reveal a slip of paper with a message written upon it. Some of the messages are meant to give gameplay hints--ie, hints about certain legendary places, people, events or objects, hints about where to find secrets, etc... Others are meant to be silly and nonsensical, perhaps false horoscopic type information. Others are meant to be misleading, or falsely informative in the same way that the hints are helpful--outright lies, rumors, and trickery. And last, others are meant to be just plain solid inspirational good sense or wisdom, not necessarily in the context of the game, but in the context of life in general. What I am looking for, and the purpose of this thread, is small messages or quotes (non-copyrighted; I don''t need any trouble) of the silly/nonsensical and inspiration/wisdom variety. Game play hints and falsehoods I can handle myself, but I''d like to have a little bit of input on the rest. So, if you have any thoughts or ideas on small sayings (a few lines only), post them here. I''m striving to avoid a M for Mature rating on this game, so please keep it clean and above board. Thank you. Josh vertexnormal AT linuxmail DOT org
Check out Golem: Lands of Shadow, an isometrically rendered hack-and-slash inspired equally by Nethack and Diablo.

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Nobody has ever died of truth - there are too many antidotes. -Nietsche

For any problem there is a solution that is simple, quick, and ultimately worse than the problem.

It''s better to keep your mouth shut and give the impression that you''re stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. --Albert Einstein

The amount of work that needs to be done to complete a project in time is inversely proportional to the amount of time remaining.

There is never enough time to do it right the first time, but there is always enough time to do it over.

The number of theories about a phenomenon is inversely proportional to the amount of knowledge about it.

I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

100 different sparrows make 100 different sounds

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.

Failure is not an option. It comes bundled with your software.

That which does not kill you only postpones the inevitable.

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How about:
" is how you unlock cheat mode."
"Everything I learned, I learned from scraps of paper."
"The best things in life arn''t free, you always have to pay for them one way or antoher."
"All you can eat, is not a challenge."
"Blank slip number 7!! Can you collect them all?"
"To do list: Buy Milk - done, Buy Bread - done, conqur the know world."
"Fire Fighters fight fire, Crime Fighters fight crime, what do Freedom Fighters figh?"

"War is romantic only to dreamers and fools."
"In life you only get one shot at the silver ticket so don''t miss it."


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Writer, Programer, Cook, I''m a Jack of all Trades
Current Design project
Chaos Factor Design Document

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Glad you liked the first batch. Here''s some more. (I notice the dialog for the cookie is a little small, so I chose shorter quotes for ya this time around.)

A penny saved is a penny taxed.

If God hadn''t meant for us to eat animals, He wouldn''t have made them out of MEAT.

The graphics remind me of Quake; 256 shades of brown

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

Husbands are like pancakes - you''ve got to through away the first one.

Never say "OOPS!" always say "Ah, Interesting!"

bug n.:
A son of a glitch

There were computers in Biblical times. Eve had an Apple.

Hit any user to continue.

It said "Insert disk 3..." but only 2 fit.

Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.

If the spoon don''t dissolve, it ain''t coffee!

Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.

The meek shall inherit the earth, if it''s ok with you.

War doesn''t decide who''s right. Only who''s left.

We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse...

Why do drive through ATMs have Braille dots?

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Alright, more goodies.

AP: I can stack as many lines onto the fortune as needed, so don''t worry about trying to fit into the dialog as seen above. It grows with more lines added. I just worry about 3 paragraphs of text boring the player before he finishes reading it, that''s all. Again, thank you very much.

Nervo: Heh heh. I like that one.

cowsarenotevil: That one is going into the string table right now.

Technogoth: "...is how you unlock cheat mode." So is that one.

Thanks, everyone, and keep ''em coming.

Josh
vertexnormal AT linuxmail DOT org


Check out Golem: Lands of Shadow, an isometrically rendered hack-and-slash inspired equally by Nethack and Diablo.

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ya, I was trying to get it to look like the part of the message had been cut off, you know as a gag. Sort of like the hint book for fallout 2 you can find after the game is over.

Perhaps this might work better:
"To access cheat mode press the following three keys: ctrl+"



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Current Design project
Chaos Factor Design Document

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Couldnt resist... here''s a few:

"I started off with nothing, and I still have most of it."

"Racist dalmations commit suicide."

"Get your head checked. Visit your proctologist."

"Nothing in life scares me, except for the sudden stop at the end."

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Here goes:

"Man who runs in front of car gets tired"

"Man who runs behind car gets exhausted"

"Man who walks around with hands in pants feels cocky all day"

"War doesn't determine who's right, war determines who's left"

More to come when I can remember/find them.

It is coming...10 years in the making and It is finally coming

-Beavt8r...


[edited by - beavt8r on October 22, 2003 1:25:24 AM]

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*You are immortal, unless proven otherwise*
*Remember, You are unique, just like everyone else*
*thou''ll trepass soon*
*Watch out, it could be YOUR children*

Enjoy these cynical one

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(My own)
"Turn the paper over to get useful information."
"Legolas is gnomosexual."
"The Mutrix has U."

(That one is by some guy from Game Maker forums)
"How do you make it randomly drop evil people from the skies?"

(From fortunes on 'Kevin and Kell' site)
"If the human brains were so simple that we could understand it,
we would be so simple we couldn't."

(Monopoly, but I don't think it's copyrighted)
"Go directly to jail."

By the way, shouldn't the texts be Middle-age-flavoured, or we are allowed to do anachronisms?



[edited by - Chentzilla on October 22, 2003 7:07:27 AM]

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quote:
Original post by Chentzilla

By the way, shouldn''t the texts be Middle-age-flavoured, or we are allowed to do anachronisms?




Golem isn''t really truly Middle-aged or medieval, technically. If anything, it''s a sort of medieval post-apocalyptic; as the story currently stands, human beings have been largely exterminated and are almost a non-issue.

However, the fortune-cookie system is intended to only slightly touch on the realities of the game world. It will offer a few hints about gameplay and things in the game world, yes, but I am not averse to including such brilliant eccentricities as "It said "Insert disk 3..." but only 2 fit." If a certain fortune cookie quote causes the player to chuckle, then it has accomplished it''s purpose, regardless of whether or not it fits the theme of the game itself.

And again, thanks to all who have contributed. My cookie table has more than tripled in size.


Josh
vertexnormal AT linuxmail DOT org


Check out Golem: Lands of Shadow, an isometrically rendered hack-and-slash inspired equally by Nethack and Diablo.

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remember that time you lied to your mom?

doom and misfortune will haunt your pathetic soul for all eterninty...

all your base are belong to us

faliure is not a four letter word

if ignorance is bliss, what''s your problem

YOUR MOM

Take the red pill...

-and a personal pet peeve of mine, which people in chinese restaraunts are apt to do -

DON''T READ THIS ALOUD

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Hehe, I love reading these things. Anyhoo...

"Behind every lose, lies a lesson to be learned"

"Press or click anything to Format Drive..."

"Oh...you''re gonna wish you hadn''t gotten this one"

"We''re watching you"

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Here''s two:
"AAAA! You broke my home!"
"Confucius say, ''Fortune cookie fortunes are a bunch of crock.''"
-Soyouwanna cook a chinese meal webpage http://soyouwanna.com/site/syws/chinese/chinese5.html

"Eagles may soar, but weasels don''t get sucked into jet engines"
-unknown


-J3ll0
"There are too many kids in this tub. There are too many elbows to scrub. I just washed a behind, that I''''m sure wasn''''t mine. There are too many kids in this tub."

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The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked
something.

When everything is coming your way, you''re in the wrong lane.

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don''t have film.

Eagles may soar, but weasels don''t get sucked into jet engines.

If at first you don''t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

If at first you don''t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn''t for you.

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

Experience is something you don''t get until just after you need it.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

The severity of the itch is proportional to the reach.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is
research.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you''ll have to catch up.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you''ve never tried
before.

A fool and his money are soon partying.

Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.

If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.

Drugs may lead to nowhere, but at least it''s the scenic route.

Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

Borrow money from pessimists-they don''t expect it back.

A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

On the other hand, you have different fingers.

Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country.

You can''t have everything. Where would you put it?

Smoking cures weight problems...eventually...

There aren''t enough days in the weekend.

If you had a million Shakespeares, could they write like a monkey?

If you tell a joke in the forest, but nobody laughs, was it a joke?

This isn''t all true.

If a word in the dictionary were mispelled, how would we know?

If God dropped acid, would he see people?

There''s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an
idiot.

"Like all good things, it starts with a monkey.."

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You gotta pawn some of this stuff...

Blue Wizard needs food, badly!

Two chicks with bush are better than one with no hands.

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