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  1. VPN

    I was having trouble with this site and my VPN service before but its fixed now. Before it wouldn't load more than one message unless I had an ad blocker on. The only way to have ad blocker off and have it load more than the topmost message from the sub forums was if I turned my VPN off. This doesn't happen anymore and my VPN is working fine with the site now so whatever you did to fix it thank you.
  2. Just a little thing but the critiq and feedback menu option is missing from the visual arts section. The only way to really get to it is to click all forums and scroll down until you find it.
  3. I am in the United States / East Coast. I did some more experimenting and tried turning off my anonymous VPN service. The page load problem stopped happening. The VPN service is Private Internet Access. It has several dozen servers mine is usually set to NY. Since its a paid service I don't have a problem with speed. The only web site it seems to affect is this one and I'm unsure why. Its like its having trouble routing the ads through the vpn and encrypting it. anyway at least I know now how to stop it from happening and have the ad blocker off at the same time.
  4. never mind safari is the same way. didnt realize the ad blocker was on so it loaded instantly. soon as I turn ad blocker off on safari I have to wait several minutes just to read past the first response of a thread just like chrome.
  5. It appears to be effecting chrome. when I use safari browser it doesn't happen. I tried clearing cache as well as removing all chrome extensions and it continues to lag really badly and only shows the first reply for over a minute. Im not entirely sure why chrome is effected and safari is not.
  6. I understand why you would want visitors to not use an ad blocking program but when I dont it is taking 50+ seconds to load more than the first reply of a comment but when I use a adblocker all replies load instantly. So do something about your ads is causing massive page delays otherwise I dont care how much you nag me im not waiting 5+ minutes just to read  3 threads because of massive ad delays.
  7. I dont have much to add other than I like how they have health bars over their head. the battle scene is in the center of the screen and the life bars there are all in my center of view. I dont have to move my gaze around just to see health and it feels more comfortable that way with everything in my view. Looking up left and up right constantly to see health is annoying.
  8. I think they both look cut out. The one with the border has more of a little big planet feel to it. I like the one without the border though. 
  9. I like that he is not arrogant. The arrogant king has been overused imho.
  10. thats interesting too thanks!
  11. This is some cool stuff. A long time ago I looked into poser for creating my game characters and when you read the fine print it says you can't use their models in commercial software you can only use pre rendered stuff. This was many years ago I don't know if they changed it. It did make me give up on finding something already made for free.
  12. yes thank you!
  13. there is this which is from LPC pixel cup free assets from opengameart. Im not sure if its what you are looking for. http://idrisdose.github.io/LPCGenerator/
  14. what game was it where it's a comic and you can run from panel to panel breaking through walls and falling through floors into panels next to or below the character. I want to investigate that a little more but I never wrote the name down when I saw it.
  15. I like the design of the second ship better than the first. The first seems comical/cartoony.