Author Archives: Koveras

Importance of Cultural Archetypes in RPGs

Having recently quit playing Star Wars: The Old Republic (for good this time… I hope), I have been thinking about the game a lot lately–specifically, its class system and how it manages to feel both appropriate to the Star Wars … Continue reading

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More thoughts on karma meters and personality profiles

This is a follow-up to my earlier post on Karma Meters, inspired by several games I’ve played, thoughts I’ve had, and articles I’ve read in the meantime. Two particularly influential treatises have been this article on problems faced by interactive storytelling … Continue reading

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Powershell, SVN Log, and Encodings

To automate packaging changes for our system, we use Powershell in conjunction with the default SVN client to extract relevant commits and then export all files therein to a package directory. After upgrading from SVN 1.6.12 to 1.8.1, however, I … Continue reading

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How to import user group memberships from AD to an SQL Server database

I am currently setting up an Active Directory import for a non-.NET system at work with a very limited set of tools. Essentially, I only have what the standard LDAP query can fetch me and what little logic I can … Continue reading

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An alternative to the Karma Meter

Many computer role-playing games, both classic and contemporary, feature a so-called “karma meter“–an abstract scale measuring how “good” or “evil” the player character is. Said scale is usually singular and one-dimensional, so the player can move either “up” (to sainthood) … Continue reading

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How to install JDK from PowerShell silently

A couple of days ago, I have fought long and hard battle against JDK (Java Developer Kit) installation packages. The goal was to deploy the JDK offline to a custom path on a Windows (XP + 7) system using a … Continue reading

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How to copy HTML tables to MS Excel

A quite simple question, really, but I’ve had some trouble with it today.

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How to make Ace Combat 3 [JP] run on Windows 7 and XP

Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere was an amazing game. There are two problems with it, however. First, it’s real old. Like, PlayStation 1 old. Older than Jesus, as some would say. Second, the export version of it sucks. It’s not a … Continue reading

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What is a trope?

Recently, I have been excessively active on the TV Tropes wiki, and I have noticed that a lot of new “trope” suggestions are not tropes at all. I believe the reason for this is the lack of understanding of  the … Continue reading

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How to configure Macaw in the “noob mode”

I have recently purchased a MIDI keyboard (this particular model, to be exact) to learn playing piano without annoying the neighbours. As I did, however, I had only a vague idea of how to actually synthesize sounds with it. I … Continue reading

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