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  1. I just woke up from a dream where I was back at school but I was a lousy student. There was one class I was taking but I didn't even really know what it was on. I guess I wasn't really paying attention and I was sort of fumbling my way through it. There were short papers we had to write or take home quizzes we had to fill out or something. There was one homework assignment where we had to answer questions about Doom and I had just gotten my homework back and I was looking at the grades and I got a B on it. And I was thinking to myself... "how the hell do I get a B on an assignment about Doom???" This is a really sad state of affairs. I probably shouldn't be in school. I looked at one of the answers to one of the questions (there was only like 4 questions on the quiz or something) and one of the questions was something like "on which skill levels are there soul spheres" and I had answered on the back of the quiz in large all caps with great confidence ALL OF THEM but that wasn't correct, because some levels apparently had added soul spheres on easier skill levels and I was thinking to myself if the question had been anything else other than skill levels I would have known the answer but since I only play on -skill 4 how I was to know that?


    It's actually not that infrequent that I dream that I am back at school. Sometimes it's a recurring dream (takes place in the same building/class rooms) but often the dreams are different enough in setting/content that I wouldn't quite consider them recurring dreams (just similar dreams). I'm usually quite lost in them, struggling with the assignments, not understanding the course work/how to write the papers etc.

  2. The strangest thing just happened in my Angband game. And I mean strange. So strange, I'm not sure I'll even be able to explain it clearly.


    So I'm playing my game, I'm on DL85 I think, and CL50, I'm mulling over gear setup, and finally make my decision on what I'm dropping from my pack. I tab-switch to file folder and delete another video I recorded (my external drive stopped working). Let me be clear, I did not close Angband. I tab-switch back to the game and the most strangest thing has transpired. The game now shows me on DL72, CL46, in a situation I remember very clearly because I had been recording this earlier and there was a very odd glitch in the recording at this precise point in the past (which you can find on my YT channel). The glitch came about because I accidentally swapped between Angband and another app while recording, and the recording app kept recording the audio of the game but failed to display Angband properly (the video portion of the recording was stuck on the exact same scene as my game has mysteriously just reverted to now). But that's not the strangeness I am here to report on. The strangeness is... why am I suddenly playing Angband from the past?? Stranger yet, all my sub-windows (the ones that tell me what just happened, monsters and treasure near by) are still the DL85/CL50 windows that just happened even though the main window is clearly showing game state from DL72, CL46! I am completely boggled, flummoxed. :eek:


    To ensure that Angband wasn't just displaying some false image of a past game, I do stuff in this past Angband and it all seems real, I kill the beetle again, everything appears normal in this past version of Angband, my inventory is past inventory (when I press 'I', even though the objects-near-by-sub-window show 'true present' DL50 objects!) Stranger yet, the sub-window that shows my inventory shows my present inventory, not the past inventory, so 'I' inventory is showing objects I possessed in this past state, and the window'd inventory is showing what I am holding in the true present!


    Seriously, folks, stranger things have not happened.... 

    Now I don't know what to do. I'm afraid if I close Angband it will save the game in this past state and I'll lose all my recent progress. If I force quit Angband I'll have to replay the level I just played again (as I am not sure I saved during the level). I suppose the latter is my best option, but I really don't want to replay the level as there were nasty sky dragons I killed and an annihilation dragon and two undead pits including black reavers and none of them did any significant harm to me. I'm sure I will not be so lucky replaying the level. /sigh


    To recap: so not only is it strange that the game is suddenly in a past (passed?) state, but it's at precisely the same point in my game's history when it glitched making a screen recording. 


    How did the game ninja-load a previous state? Where would such a previous state be saved? Doesn't Angband continuously overwrite past game states each time it autosaves at the start of a level or when I save the game manually?


    If anyone feels like positing some theories on this extremely strange situation, (and advice on how I might be able to get back to the true present in my game) I would be very appreciative of any help. Thanks!


    EDIT: Coinciding with this I just noticed that Google Chrome reloaded a bunch of tabs it had mysteriously disappeared earlier (Chrome does this from time to time after I've closed my laptop and open it later). So I had only 3 tabs open before going to bed, but now I'm just noticing that all those old tabs that mysteriously had all disappeared are all back now. I notice the old tabs not because visually I see all the tabs, I noticed they were old tabs because I'm reading Harry Potter in one of the tabs and was scratching my head just now as to why the page I was just reading from three chapters ago (I had already read this part). 


    So, yeah, not only has the main window of my game reverted to the past, but my browsing tabs have as well. I wonder if these two passed (past?) versions of computational reality are at the same point in the past? Anyway, this seems more like a glitch in my computer (or in The Matrix) rather than in Angband. 


    Dear Matrix,
    I would like my present back, thanks!

  3. Hellbent

    The Doom Confessional Booth

    I still haven't played Sigil. I finally decided I was going to do an FDA yesterday and was wondering why it was so easy when I suddenly realized I forgot to set -skill 4, screwing up the challenge to see how far I could get on first attempt without having seen the wad first. Oh well, I'll try again soon I guess.
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    Share Your Jokes

    For some reason I'm reading Harry Potter, so I'm quoting Miss Rowling, here as I thought this was quite funny... 'So top grade's "O" for "Outstanding",' Hermione was saying, 'and then there's "A"--' 'No, "E",' George corrected her, '"E" for "Exceeds Expectations". And I've always thought Fred and I should've got "E" in everything, because we exceeded expectations just by turning up for the exams.' And here's one from a bumper sticker I saw recently: If you want a stable relationship, get a horse.
  5. Just woke from one of the strangest dreams I've ever had. It wasn't quite as jumbled a mess like most abstract/weird dreams. It was just really creepy.


    I'm not even sure where to start. We were on some kind of field trip? I was back at college or something? It felt like college + summer camp. But something very strange was going on. Very strange. There was intermingled with the main dream almost what you might call a side dream or a reality split where I was actually working, had two of my clients (people with disabilities) with me and only realized sort of after everything went down when I was trying to tell my siblings about what happened that I realized I shouldn't have had them doing the stuff I was doing in the dream.


    The chronology of events is hazy. In the side dream there was a camp fire but it was indoors in a large... something of a utility closet or something, and that fire got a bit out of control in someway, because I was giving my clients a bit too much free reign, I was letting one of them tend the fire and put stuff on it? (Details on that are fuzzy).


    There was also some kind of tech room at the university that we went into, with some AI machines (advanced computers that weren't quite robots but had sophisticated AI) or something... that went a bit awry. Here there was perhaps overlap of the side dream to the main dream since this room of mysterious tech gone bad felt directly related to the main plot of the main dream. Somehow related to this tech room were actual robots zooming around that were creepy as fuck, in the sort of way a really well done horror movie is creepy.


    The robots were these aerodynamic silver things flitting around the college/camp/campus thing we were at. They looked a little bit like giant silverfish, but minus any legs or appendages and they were much larger, about 4 to 6 inches in length (and perhaps even bigger than that). But what they were nobody knew, and they were creating some really weird shit to happen.


    I can't really remember the weird stuff that was happening. I do clearly remember that most everyone there at the college/camp/festival thing were completely ignoring what was going on, and I guess just thought we were crazy; either they didn't realize what was going on or they were in denial... I'm not sure.


    I remember at some point in an attempt to escape the silver slitherers my friends and I went into the woods and were trying to figure out what to do next. The AI of the silver slitherers was causing weird shit to happen. I just can't remember the details of it; so weird and creepy, though.


    I do remember towards the end of the dream that one of our party (not related to my work) wasn't afraid of the silver slitherers, or at least he was very brave and decided something had to be done, and was trying to figure out what they were, where they came from and why they were terrorizing the camp/school. At one point he was trying to isolate one in a camp style bathroom and was trying to 'pin' it down in a matter of speaking; trying to figure out just what it was and what it was up to.


    I couldn't bear to watch so I and the rest of us went outside. There was a terrible omen of something horrible happening: somehow we seemed to all have a similar vision or experience of an eyeball being torn out or something.


    Then some staff type person of the camp/school went into the bathroom to see what all the fuss was (she was a woman, but that didn't seem to matter for her to go into the mens room). But I don't remember her acting freaked out when she saw our friend in the bathroom with the silver slitherer. I think he may have actually been okay/managed to handle the situation in there.


    I do remember trying to have a conversation with someone about all the weird shit the silver slitherers were causing to happen, and how I was just getting really weird looks like I was crazy and people would just get really annoyed/tweaked out with me like I was the plague; not even acknowledging the silver slitherers existed: no one else seemed to be seeing/experiencing what my friends and I were which was basically that the silver slitherers needed to be stopped or the world and reality were going to be forever altered and fubar'd. In fact, a major recurring theme throughout the dream was this tension between everyone else and my friends and I that something seriously f'd up was going down and everyone else being in denial about it in a very standoffish/cold/harsh way towards us.


    I remember how visceral and real it felt the weird shit the silver slitherers were causing to happen, and how creepy it was that other people just thought we were crazy and were completely oblivious to what was going on with the silver slitherers. 


    I also remember one of my friends wanted to get back to his parents house but wanted to procrastinate the arrival time as late as possible and since I was driving him I became adamant that he could get back at any time and that we just needed to leave now. I remember feeling that there would be a sense of relief if we could just drive away from the camp and leave the silver slitherers behind, but that midst all the bedlam and chaos it was hard to gather everyone together and have a consensus about what to do next.


    But then in another scene I'm flirting with a girl; or more like she was flirting with me while I'm trying to figure out if our friend in the bathroom had his eye ripped out or whether he was actually in fact more or less fine. I looked down for a moment and saw the girl I was with had an extra left leg. I told myself that must just be a momentary glitch in realty and for sure that could not be right and by the time we got back to the car she had two legs as normal. At the car was another girl I had been developing something with earlier and I got the sense she wanted me to sit next to her but I kinda wanted to sit next to the new girl I had just met and the sun was hitting me in the eyes and washing out my view when I decided to sorta squat between the two seats (the back seats were separated by a small space and were more like boat seats than car seats) while trying to decide where I was going to sit. I think the car belonged to the first girl's mother; that she was a chaperone or something. 


    I really wish I could remember what the hell the silver slitherers were doing that was so problematic other than potentially murdering my friend in some horrible way in the camp-style bathroom. I guess it was more of this sense of a threat that so acutely pervaded reality; of impending doom that the silver slitherers were going to bring down upon everything. The atmosphere of everything being so freakishly fucked and beyond comprehension or control was almost feverishly thick; paranoia was constantly ramping up to near hysteria.  

  6. Hellbent

    My dream about Sigil

    I just woke up from a dream: I decided I was tired of waiting for the perfect time to play Sigil with a blind run for the League that dies to Sigil. So I extract the wad from the zip and when I double click on it it there is only one option and that is to select the Sigil expansion episode. The game loads and a demo starts playing and it is off the rails. It looks like there are new textures or at least the textures have been used in such a way that Sigil looks almost like a new game and is a leap in evolution on JR's last doom maps he made (think of the ones from Thy Flesh Consumed), though it has a similar high octane feel. The game is next level difficulty. The demo starts out with the player winding down to the right a narrow stairway and then dropping down to a lower level where across the way a large pillar lowers quickly and a cyberdemon is on it and its graphics have been altered slightly to be more menacing and scary with a predominance of gray coloring. The pillar he's on dips below the ground surrounding it and then reappears, bobbing up and down quickly in a way that matches the freneticness of the demo (that same frenetic gameplay that was there in John's vision for the first levels of Doom way back when, except now it's been turned up to twelve in a dramatic, natural landscape). The player dodges rockets and moves towards what I guess is a chasm that separates the player from the area where the Cyberdemon is. A pain elemental suddenly pops up in front of the player and just as he does suddenly another platfrom drops down and another cyberdemon is revealed! The pain elemental is quickly annihilated either by rockets from the player, from the cyberdemons or both. The player deftly dodges everything and quickly moves away from the danger. At this point I'm concerned I'm having the game spoiled before making a proper play of Doom League dies to Sigil and I exit the game a bit breathless and thinking, wow, JR has really upped his game. The dream fades out but the thought lingers the rest of the night: can I now not claim to make a blind run of the game when I finally do play 'Hellbent dies to Sigil', or has having seen the demo only for a few moments not quite count as pre-knowledge of the game? Fortunately that was just a dream and I can still play it. I want to hook it up to my 55" TV when I finally play it for the first time, and since using screenrecording software slows the game down I'll record the FDA using a .lmp and maybe record the audio and my reaction with a separate camera. I have yet to successfully play any game hooked up to the 55" TV but I now know I have to set a mode on the TV to make it work properly. Would be a fitting way to play such a seminal wad for the first time. :) P.S. I would have made this post in the thread but I'm trying to avoid spoilers so if you reply to this thread please don't post screenshots or other spoilers. :) (or even how much accuracy my dream my accidentally have).
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    Share Your Jokes

  8. Hellbent

    Share Your Jokes

    Never trust an atom. They make up everything.
  9. Hellbent

    Random Image Thread

    Has this image an explanation? I'm assuming it's photoshopped? Cool either way.
  10. Am I the only one who thinks this doomguy is a bit too cheery/soft?
  11. Hellbent

    SIGIL v1.21 - New Romero megawad [released!]

    Go buy Rechargeable Tyvek Desiccant Packets and Dehumidifiers and drop a bunch of them in the original shipping box that your big box shipped in. Then tape up your box again and store it in a cool, dry place. In 50 years put said box on ebay.
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    SIGIL.... A customer wants to play, but....

    hahahaha, you should have drawn out the delayed aspect of Sigil at least three back and forths; but good show nonethless! One of my favorite Monty Python skits.
  13. Hellbent

    How many classic Doom players are there today?

    there's 10k classic doomers? Dang, I would not have thought it was that high. I'm a classic doomer and I haven't downloaded anything doom related in the past week.... How many people are playing the mobile port? (I think Carmack needs to update it).
  14. Hellbent

    SIGIL v1.21 - New Romero megawad [released!]

    I know, right? What is this, Spear of Destiny?
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    SIGIL v1.21 - New Romero megawad [released!]

    I have to say this is looking far better than I'd ever imagine it could and I am now regretting not ordering the beast box.