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Posts - MartinBV

Date: 2010.10.18. 20:59:58
As to winners of the Nobel Prize in literature, I think very few people know more than one or two, if any of them.

The Nobel Price is not awarded for selling many books, or being widely known.

Personally I read a lot of books, but had no idea José Saramago was a writer let alone a winner of the Nobel Price in literature, prior to reading this post.

And I must agree with Viridel that those "which is not" questions are generally not good, as they require a lot of research for people that do not happen to know them. This is specially true for questions about books, film, and music involving productive artists.
Date: 2010.10.18. 06:59:28
I just got two "Important game notice" e-mails for my world 2 character.
The 1st was sent 2010-10-17 at 14:15 and said I had not been logged in for 2 days. I was logged in at that time.
The 2nd was sent 2010-10-18 at 02:55 and said I had not been logged in for 4 days. My last battle where I attacked was at 2010-10-17 21:16.
Date: 2010.10.17. 15:39:59
I have two characters on different servers, one is a dueller the other is a hunter. The way the game is made up, I will eventually run out of quests that I can do, due to all 3 spaces being filled.
The dueller will lose his competitiveness if he starts hunting while the hunter has no chance of completing several of the duel quests.

And Yes I also think it's a bit strange that quests actually cost SE, so coupled with the above I have almost stopped doing them.
Date: 2010.10.17. 08:49:56
Quote: Jade - 2010.10.17. 06:32:03
What illegal drug was once part of the Coca Cola formula?
cocaine <--- marked correct

This is false, coca cola was once made with an ingredient that comes from the same plant, but it never had cocaine in it. It is an urban myth and this question needs to be deleted vased on the stupidity of the person who wrote it.
You are both right and wrong, coca extract is still a part of the formula for Coca Cola. In the original formula the cocaine was not removed from the extract so Coca Cola did indeed contain cocaine.
Date: 2010.10.12. 05:21:48
What was the first question asked to cross the bridge of death in "Monty Python and The Holy Grail"?
What... is your favorit color?
What... is your name? *
What... is your Quest?
What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
This is specialist knowledge.

What is the famous name of Michael Jackson?
Iron Lady
King of Pop *
Queen of Pop
King of Pop n'Roll
Sorry but I think this question as it is stated is nonsense, the answer is easy enough to guess though, (and the idea behind it is good: What was Michael Jackson also known as? or What was Michael Jacksons title?) so I guess it will not be deleted, but I think a possible refusal category should be added for questions like this. Something indicating that the question only makes sense from the possible answers.
Date: 2010.10.09. 18:35:33
The world’s largest aquarium is?
The John G. Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, Illinois) USA
The Georgia Aquarium (Atlanta, Georgia) USA
Oregon Coast Aquarium (Newport, Oregon) USA
Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, California) USA
This one needs a year, as a larger one might be built.

What is the lightest man made element?
technetiumm *
Not really, that honer goes to hydrogen. Hydrogen can be made by combining an e electron with a positron, and both those subatomic particles can be and have been made from other elements, and later combined into Hydrogen.
Date: 2010.10.09. 14:50:48
Which country has the lowest (best) Global Peace index, making it the most peaceful country?
This one needs a year: In 2010 it was New Zealand followed by Iceland, in 2009 it was New Zealand followed by Denmark, in 2008 it was Iceland followed by Denmark, in 2007 it was Norway followed by New Zealand (Iceland wasn't ranked)

How many deadly sins are there?
According to Buddhism there are 5! So this question should include something like in Catholicism or in Western Culture.

What country was the great inventor Nikola Tesla from?
Bosnia and Hercegovina
Not sure I would call this an error, he was from a part of Austria that lies in modern day Croatia, but as Austria is not a possible answer it's OK. But on the other hand it is not strictly speaking correct. I only post this as an example because I'm interested in what people, and specially the moderators, think about this "problem".
Date: 2010.10.07. 22:09:35
To early to say, but it's possible. We still do not know if the planet has an atmosphere or any water. All we really know is that it's there.
Date: 2010.10.07. 20:41:21
Quote: stekkos - 2010.10.07. 18:45:43
As the description says, the more the skill, the less the ammount of damage the pets take from the secondary attacks of the opponent. So if you get attacked and your pets would get hit for 100 damage, they could get 70 for example because of your hard skin level

Thanks for the answer, but as you say, that's what the description says. My question was how much.

Do I need a skill of 1 or 100 to achieve the reduction of 30 damage, in your example, or are there other factors involved? or is it 30% reduction based on a skill level, or a chance.

Secondary attack damages the creature with a percentage of the damage the owner is hit with, equal to the skill level of the one hitting. So if my opponent has a secondary attack skill of 15, and my hard skin level is 0, my pet takes 15% of the damage I do, so if I get hit for 120HP my pet would lose 16HP. If my hard skin level is say 5, how much damage do my creature take? 15 HP (95% of the 16HP), 12HP (10% of the damage I take), or 11HP? or something else entirely?
Date: 2010.10.07. 18:28:45
Quote: D00ml0rd - 2010.10.06. 21:20:23
What year was the lego invented?


From lego corporate website timeline menu

The company and its products now adopt the name LEGO, formed from the Danish words "LEg GOdt" ("play well"). Later, it is realised that in Latin the word means "I put together".
The firm has 6-7 employees.
Ole Kirk places the following motto on the workshop wall: "Only the best is good enough".

Ole Kirk Kristiansen, master carpenter and joiner, establishes his business in the village of Billund, Denmark. His firm manufactures stepladders, ironing boards, stools and wooden toys.
His son, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, starts working in the business at the age of 12.

Had it been "Lego brick", it might have been correct, Lego is the company name. However the Lego Brick was designed in 1949 based on earlier design, among them a Kiddicraft brick by Hillary Harry Fisher Page.
Date: 2010.10.07. 18:13:56
Quote: stekkos - 2010.10.07. 17:41:13
In 2010 what planet was discovered to support life?
Gliese 581e
Gliese 581d
Gliese 581b
Gliese 581g

Please use more diverse answers, at least change the number next to the planet not just the last letter

Erm, on another note, no planet except for Earth has yet been proven to support life, there are indications that Mars might have supported life earlier in it's history, but it has not been proven conclusively
As for Gliese 581g all that is known is that it's a planet between 3.1 and 4.3 Earth masses, in the liquid-water temperature zone of it's star. See the Full research paper or Sky and telescopes blog article about it, for more information.
Date: 2010.10.07. 17:41:03
I have tried to find some information on the skill "hard skin" but all I have been able to find is the description also found on the skills page, except in Hungarian, which google doesn't translate well enough for me to make any sense out of. Except that it does not reduce the damage below 1.

So my question is, how much does the skill help in protecting your pet from damage?
Date: 2010.10.03. 09:13:13
Quote: dark22 - 2010.10.03. 05:52:54
Quote: ChaoticGemini - 2010.04.07. 16:00:13
Pet absorption is not cumulative. You get the average absorption between all your equipped pets. So, I believe that would make your absorption 48.

Sorry for necroing this but I m not sure I understand how this works.
So if the pet absortion is just an average what is the point in having more than one pet in the fight?
If this is true it is better to have 1 pet with absortion on 40 than 4 with 35.
But if every pets absortion is counted and added why would it use average of their absortion instead of just using exact numbers for each one added up?

The point of having more than one pet is to get more damage, if the pets absorption did stack, you would end up in a situation where no-one could damage someone with 3 or 4 high level pets.

In your examples one pet with 40 absorption protects you from 40 damage and deals up to around 20 damage, per combat round, the 4 with an average of 35 protects you from 35 damage, but deals up to around 4 x 16 per combat round.

So you'd still win more fights with the 4 pets.

P.s. I'm not 100% sure of the exact damage numbers per pet at different levels, but they are not totally off.
Date: 2010.09.29. 07:30:37
According to the book, The Hobbit, what is the answer to the riddle Gollum is unable to guess? What is in Bilbo's pocket?
a golden ring *
a gold coin
a daffodil
a fish

Though I have no trouble answering this one, I'd say it's a specialist knowledge.
Date: 2010.09.28. 05:16:31
Quote: etinixa - 2010.09.26. 23:16:59
If the tomatoe is technically a fruit, falls into the scientific category of fruit, cannot be named among vegetables because of certain qualities that MAKE IT A doesn't matter what you do with it, how you chop it up, whether you blend it or fry it or absorb it through your epidermis..ITS A FRUIT.

This question is used in so many quizzes and so many tests its become a classic to trip ignorami on. It epitomizes the "everyone believes its this, when its actually that" answer.

Its a very good question, please ignore his request. Its one thing to write a bad quiz, but quite another to question a truly epic one!

1st I never got a response to whether I answered the question right or wrong (a hunt ended just as I clicked the answer button) so I don't know what answer is marked as correct.
2nd Whatever the correct answer in the quiz, in the USA a tomato is legally a vegetable, (there is a supreme court ruling stating that,) but for the rest of us its a fruit.
Date: 2010.09.26. 22:37:09
Quote: Kethios - 2010.09.26. 10:18:21
Your reward for participating in the event:

+21 Strength, +21 Attack, +21 Defense, +21 Constitution, +21 IQ, +20 Magic, +20 Thaumaturgy
69 Burnt-out ancient stone
(As a bonus for your outstanding performance, you will get +4 luck as well.)
(If you don't take the reward now, you will automatically get it when you advance a level)

Used SE: 19.664
Effective charge: 14.750
Goblins killed:
Total : 137
And you are level 31.

I'm lvl 23 and got +7, +7, +7, +7, +6, +6, 5 luck and 81 burnt-out ancient stones.
Used SE: 10.400
Effective charge: 7.921
Goblins killed: Total 168
I'm lower level than you, and spent around 50% of what you did, so why did I only get 1/3rd the reward?
Date: 2010.09.26. 00:42:13
Just did some maths on the value of the reward I got:

I spent ~140k SE (Used SE: 10.400 Effective charge: 7.921) killing 168 goblins. Buying the ability levels I received as a reward, would have cost me ~290k SE. In addition I was penalized with 5712 xp (yes xp is a bad thing in this game).

Had I gained those same xp hunting, I would have received 100-120k SE, a bit less than the bonus. Hunting however would not have given me the 3 relics, or the SE and items I looted from the goblins, nor as many burnt out ancient stones.

So all in all a nice reward for my efforts... Now I just wonder if I should have spent more SE on the event, but that's to late now.

Edit: typo
Date: 2010.09.25. 12:41:41
What is a Tomato?

The trouble with this question is that Botanically a tomato is fruit, while it culinary and legally in the US is classified as a vegetable.
Date: 2010.09.24. 20:18:46
Which of the following is not a capital city?
Bangalore <- marked as correct, but it is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka.

If the question had been "Which of the following is not a national capital city?" it would have been correct.
Date: 2010.09.24. 00:18:53
Nice reward, does the increase make the next levels of your abilities that much more expensive? Or is it like the bonus from equipment and clan buildings?

And it seems to me the value of the reward depends heavily on your current ability level.
For instance if you have an ability at 100 increasing it will cost you 9900 SE, and increasing it 10 levels, will cost you 110,385 SE, if the ability is 80 the numbers are 6300 and 72,185 respectively.

The difference of the levels of players abilities within the same overall level is at least 30% (The highest level 24 player has an Ability Total of 415 and the lowest is at 214) If they both spend the same amount of SE and get the same bonus, the value of the bonus will not be the same.