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    posted a message on Answer the question above you

    I only did field trips early in elementary school, and I forgot most of the trips I went on. The only one I remember was visiting a farm. We were told to feed a cow a carrot. It towered over me and I was terrified of it. I thought it was going to eat my hand, so I threw the carrot at it and ran off.

    Who do you want the fifth DLC fighter for Smash Ultimate to be?

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    posted a message on Answer the question above you

    Yes, I make a mean Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

    Do you enjoy Skyrim?

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    posted a message on Answer the question above you

    Well, I’d definitely like a Zelda anime (anyone remember the Palutena reveal for Smash 4?) An anime for pretty much any popular game would be cool, though it may be better to use a new story than use an adaption of an existing story.

    What game do you think should win Game Of The Year (any game, doesn’t have to an existing nominee)?

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    posted a message on The Vending Machine

    You get some dead memes.

    I put in a Switch.

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    posted a message on The Vending Machine

    You get a great suggestion, but when you post it no one posts any feedback or likes the post.

    I put a can of Coke into the vending machine.

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    posted a message on The Vending Machine

    You get one of those old Nokia phones.

    I put in Player_Miner.

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    posted a message on The Vending Machine

    It spits the universe back out—except you, who is a part of the universe, and is now stuck in the vending machine.

    I input a vending machine.

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    posted a message on The Vending Machine

    You get a set of blue teeth.

    I put in a copy of Minecraft.

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    posted a message on Devouring Paradise - Choose Your Adventure

    I'm glad you guys are adding your own input into the story. Some extra flavor is nice.

    Chapter 4: Betrayed

    "Staying in town, huh?" said Morris. "To be honest I expected you to come with me. But that's all right. I should be back with Frederick in the others in no more than two days. If we don't arrive within five days, though, you should probably head to the rendezvous point, where our group is supposed to meet with Jacques' for the final assault."

    You gave your goodbyes, then went to meet the townspeople. Riverside was a rather small community, which prior to the void's appearance, made most of its money from lumber. Some fields of wheat, barley, and cattle to south provided the town with sustenance throughout the year. Now, however, the town was mostly a shadow of its former self. No one worked the mill or the fields, due to how dark it was, and lack of need to labor any more.

    "Being a draman has its perks," said Bartin. "We're virtually immortal. No need to eat, drink, or sleep, though we can still do those things if we want. And, as you have seen," he pointed to his eye which had fully healed by now, "we heal quickly. I don't even know if we can die, honestly."

    "We used to continue doing our jobs after the transformation," said Camilla, "but the lack of any necessity to do so made people less willing to do any work. Honestly, the worst part of being dramen is that we've all grown lazy."

    "Could be worse, though," said Bartin. "At least we still have our free will, unlike those poor souls in the capitol."

    You continue to converse with the two dramen, then meet everyone else in town. Not getting many visitors, they are very interested in the stories you have to tell, and news from outside the Void. Without being able to see the sky or feeling tired, you talk for hours on end, far into in the night. The younger ones are especially interested in your stories and ask to play a game with you. They challenge you to a game of hide and seek, which ends up being a perfect way for you to realize your new abilities. You had enhanced vision, and could smell and hear things from nearly a mile away. Honestly, it no longer mattered that it was dark; your other senses made up for it enough that you were able to tell what was around as if it were as bright as day. It was almost as if you had a sixth sense that projected the entire environment into your mind.

    Your enhancements were far from just sensory, however. You were fast, swifter than any horse. You were strong too. One of the children were hiding in a bush, and attempting to move a branch out of the way, you ended up somehow uprooting the entire bush with one arm. Running around like this was exhilarating. You had never felt a power rush like this before. In your excitement, you jumped up and attempted to fly--then crashed back down.

    "Oof, did that sting?" said Bartin. "Yeah, these wings are kind of wimpy. Maybe you could glide with them, but they're certainly not flying you anywhere. And if you're also wondering, no you don't have any kind of fire breath. At least, none of us have."

    You enjoy this time. It almost feels surreal, and for a time you forget that you are here to kill the dragon that gave you this power. No responsibilities, just having fun. Then, you hear a horn, and you remember the other mercenaries that are coming.

    You, along with the other dramen, gather in street to greet the mercenaries. Frederick is leading the group of mercenaries, and you smile as old friends come into light. It fades though, when you can't see Gordin (or a draman) or Morris.

    Frederick speaks up. "People of the empire, we have come to liberate my homeland from the tyranny of the dragon that plagues it. I am glad to once again breathe familiar air, walk familiar roads, and stand among my own countrymen. Which is why it excessively pains me to do this."

    Frederick drew his sword. "Kill them all."

    You're surprised and suddenly very afraid. You know how skilled Frederick is, and his mercenaries outnumber Riverside's small communities. However, you are a draman now, so it's unlikely anyone besides Frederick could do any lasting damage.

    A wild band of mercenaries appears!

    A: Fight

    B: Flee

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    posted a message on Devouring Paradise - Choose Your Adventure

    Chapter 3: Dragonskinned

    You run past the bronze draman moaning in pain by the door and sprint down the street towards Morris. However, you are only a few yards away from the house when you are suddenly full of strange pains all over your body. You feel extremely weak all of a sudden, and collapse to the ground. The last thing you see before you black out is Morris running towards you, yelling your name...

    You hear a strange voice, one that you have certainly never heard before, yet feels hauntingly familiar...

    Welcome home. I know we haven't gotten to the best start, but I hope you don't stay mad at me for this. After all, everything I've done has been for your people.

    You then hear some other voices, but they're muffled. You slowly open your eyes to see two blurry silhouettes leaning over you. You blink a couple of times, and they come into focus. The one on the left is Morris, while the one on the right is a navy blue draman. You were laying on a bed in a small cabin, likely not the same one you were in before with the goat.

    "Hey, you're awake!" Morris says in a quiet voice. "It's all right, just get up slowly. You hurtin' anywhere? Alright, just take my hand, I'll help you up. And, uh, don't freak out."

    You lift your arm, but then retract it out of surprise. At the end of your arm was no longer a hand but--a claw? Your arm was covered in scales--no, wait, your entire body was covered! You touched your face, but instead of the flat handsome face you were used to, you had a long, scaly snout. You got up to get a better look at yourself and--yep, that's a tail, and some wings.

    You had turned into a draman!

    "So I'm sure this is a big shock for you," said the blue draman. "I'm guessing you ate some of the fruit here? This would have happened to your regardless, but eating food here greatly speeds it up."

    Morris began to speak. "Yeah, so it turns out we were completely wrong about these guys. Apparently the Void doesn't just change plants and animals, it affects people, too."

    "We were once humans like yourselves," the draman continued. "When that dragon Naurigex invaded and spread his influence, the landscape changed almost instantly. All of our livestock changed soon as well. Our preserved food stayed intact, but some grew tired of it and tried to eat some of the plants and animals around us. They turned into beasts after a day. The rest of us tried to avoid eating the food, but after two weeks here, even we felt Naurigex's influence and were transformed. There is no escape from it."

    "Gordin also ate some fruit," said Morris. "I hope the camp's not in complete chaos right now."

    The door opened, and the bronze draman from earlier walked in, rubbing its eye. "Uh, sorry agin about shooting you," Morris said.

    The bronze draman snorted. "Well, it's not like you could have done any significant damage. One of the perks of being part dragon is that we can heal from virtually any wound pretty quickly. My eye should be fine by tomorrow. Still, I hope that taught you to think before you shoot."

    The bronze draman sat down next to you. "So your friend here explained everything to me. Really, you thought we were cannibals? I mean, I guess you didn't know our true nature, but the whole thing seems kind of silly honestly. Minus the 'getting shot in the eye' part. And maybe the 'stab Richard' part. Richard's that other guy whose house you broke into, by the way. Oh, my name is Bartin, and this is my wife, Camilla. So you're part of a mercenary group who wants to kill the dragon who caused all this? I mean, I get why someone would want to, but is being a draman really all that bad? Though I suppose I would like to see the sun again."

    "Naurigex is extremely powerful," said Camilla, "and his influence grows stronger the closer to the capitol you go. We were only mildly affected, being on the outskirts of his spell, so its only affected our bodies, and only to a relatively minor amount."

    Bartin interrupted. "Yeah, I've heard some of the people at the capitol have become full-fledged dragons and are extremely protective of Naurigex. Even long before that, you're going to run into people who greatly disapprove of your mission and will try to stop you."

    "That's of course assuming Naurigex's influence doesn't completely take over your body and make you his slave before you even get to that part," continued Camilla.

    "And, none of this even really matters, since Naurigex is immortal," Bartin interrupted again. "You can barely damage a draman with your sword. A Great Dragon like Naurigex will laugh off any attack you make on him. He'll probably just gobble you all up in one bite."

    "We have a secret weapon," said Morris. "Frederick the mercenary is on our side, as well as Jaques."

    "Yes, I've heard of them," said Bartin. "If rumors are true their weapons are forged from melted dragonscale itself, so there's a possibility it could damage Naurigex--still, I wouldn't get your hopes up."

    You had a quick meal with the dramen, then Morris pulled you aside. "I've got to go back to camp. I'm worried about what may have happened to Gordin in our absence. But, I'm not sure if it's wise for you to come. You've still got to get used to your new body, and maybe these people can teach you how to use some of your new draman powers. However, I won't force you to stay."

    "Do you want to come with me or stay here?"

    A: Join Morris and return to camp

    B: Stay in Riverside and learn your power

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    posted a message on Dynamic LOD: More Chunks at a Lower Price!

    LOD, LOD, it's swifter than slow, its fast!

    What is LOD?
    LOD comparison picture from Oblivion
    LOD stands for "Level of Detail." It's a term used for low-quality versions of 3D models and terrain used in modern games to increase the render distance without hurting performance. Older games, especially open-world games, had to use fog to hide the fact that they couldn't render distant terrain, but by using LOD, games were able to overcome this problem without slowing the console to a crawl. By using LOD in Minecraft, we could increase render distance without significantly hurting performance.

    How would it work?

    Normally, LOD is either manually made by 3D artists or automatically generated by a computer program and packaged in the game's files. However, with a randomly generated game like Minecraft, that's obviously not viable. Instead, the LOD must be generated on the fly.

    When it generates LOD, the game creates a bunch of cubes to fill the chunk. It then deletes any cube without a solid block, and assigns a single color to each side of each cube based on texture of the blocks within. It's pretty difficult to explain, but here's a picture of different levels of LOD. On the left is a typical Minecraft chunk, and each version of the chunk is LOD with progressively less detail.
    Minecraft LOD models
    In order to reduce size, LOD models would have no textures, only blank colors based on the texture. Different colors have different priorities. For example, a face will prefer a lava color over stone. LOD models also would have no transparency. In addition, LOD models would not include most blocks that aren't a full block in size, such as flowers and chests. Slabs, stairs, and liquids would be an exception, and would be treated as full blocks for LOD generation.

    When would it generate?

    By default, LOD wouldn't generate at all, and actually has to be enabled manually on a per-world basis. That's because the LOD models can add a lot to the world size (the models I made for this suggestion take about 130kb uncompressed, which isn't a lot, but could significantly bloat world size with a lot of chunks generated). When generating a world, you will have an option to "Generate LOD during gameplay". You can also enable this option from the "Edit World" menu. You can also choose to manually generate LOD for all generated chunks from the "Edit World" menu.

    If you choose to generate LOD during gameplay, then you will have an option for "Chunk updates required", which defaults to 10. Minecraft would keep a list of all chunks that have been edited since LOD for that chunk has been generated. If the number of edits is greater than or equal to the "Chunk updates required" value, then the game will regenerate the LOD for that chunk when the chunk is unloaded. The game will also generate LOD whenever a new chunk is generated.

    How would I see it?

    If LOD is enabled for the current world, there will be an option for "LOD distance" in the video settings. This is basically an addition to your regular render distance. If you have your render distance at 8, and your LOD distance at 7, then you will have an effective render distance of 15 (though chunks beyond the regular render distance will only be visible but not actually loaded). You will also have an option to "Generate distant terrain for LOD", which, if enabled, will allow the game to generate chunks beyond your render distance, then immediately unload them and replace them with LOD. By default this option is off, as it can significantly hurt performance when exploring new areas. It is recommended you only use LOD for chunks that have already been generated unless you have a beefy PC.


    What about multiplayer?

    In LAN play, everyone will generate LOD if it is enabled, though LOD generation distance will be maxed at 5 chunks beyond the render distance. For servers, LOD has to be enabled in the server config file, and you can choose who can generate LOD during gameplay as well:


    This means that Admins, a player named TheGoldenJ, and a user with the UUID 124578 can generate LOD.

    Anyway, if you have any questions, feel free to ask! I probably didn't do the best job explaining, so I don't mind clarifying anything.

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    posted a message on Devouring Paradise - Choose Your Adventure

    Sorry about the lack of updates, I've been busy.

    You jump out of the chimney, and slash at the draman with an overhead swing. Surprised, it gave out a screech and fell backwards. You missed its head, instead hitting its shoulder. Your blade makes a shallow cut, causing some glowing purple blood to flow. It rolls away from you, then scrambles to its feet as it rushes through the door, yelling for help.

    You're alone now, but you don't have much time. You look around the room. It seems like a typical rural dwelling, with two hay beds, a table, a cupboard, and a roasting spit next to the fireplace. It's surprisingly tidy and homey, You notice a wooden hatch in the corner, which probably leads to the basement. The child is probably down there.

    It's pure darkness in the basement, so you light a candle and look around. There's a lot of barrels, sacks, wood shavings, and--a cage? You run over to it, and find, to your surpise, some kind of goat-like creature. It is covered in black wool and has glowing swirls on its horns. It looks kind of young--wait, a goat kid? As in child? Has this been a monumental waste of time?

    Breathing out a sigh of frustration, you head back upstairs, but hear some talking. Peeking out of the basement, you see two dramen at the door, the green dramen you cut earlier and some tall, bronze draman you haven't seen yet. "Is it still in here?" it said, poking its head through the door cautiously.

    "I-I think so. I didn't see it leave. Careful, it has a s-sword. Very dangerous!"

    "Oh, come on, it barely scratched you. And look, you're healing already." The bronze draman opened the door fully and started to walk in. "Hey, uh, person? Could you come out please? Um, we won't hurt you. I'm guessing you're new here? We may look like monsters, but we're really-OW!"

    An arrow zipped through the air and hit the bronze draman in the eye. Screeching in pain it fell to the floor. The green draman ran, screaming "EVERYBODY HIDE WE'RE UNDER ATTACK!!!"

    You could easily flee in this chaos. Still, maybe they were peaceful?

    This strange feeling you have is also getting really strong...your vision is starting to get blurry...

    Flee or make reparations?

    A: Run for the hills and retreat back to camp with Morris

    B: Attempt to help the bronze draman

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    posted a message on Devouring Paradise - Choose Your Adventure

    "No way!" Morris is still trying to convince you to stop, but after some arguing, he finally relents. "Okay, fine, I suppose you're right. I'm sure I'd regret it for the rest of my life anyway if I didn't at least try--Alright, you sneak in. I'm not very good at close range, so I stay back here and provide ranged support in case things get hairy. Now, you'd better get a move on."

    You sneak toward the town. Hiding in the shadows, you follow the draman that you heard talking earlier. As you follow it, you can hear it, humming? "My Lady Fair," an old folk tune. You're surprised such a rough creature would appreciate such a song.

    You follow it until it stops at a house. It goes inside and closes the door behind it. However, the door is in plain sight, and there are two other dramen talking to each other on the other side of the street who would clearly see you. You go behind the house to look for another entrance. Nothing, not even a window-wait, is that a chimney? It's a little cramped, and hard to climb in slowly without alerting the draman, but you successfully do so.

    Looking into the room, it's very dark. You can barely make out the draman sitting at a grindstone, sharpening a knife. Then, it stops, and looks in your direction, sniffing the air

    "What in the--" it mumbles. It gets up and walks towards the chimney. It's pretty dark in the chimney, so it might not see you even at point-blank range. Or, you could take your sword and try to stab it quietly.

    Stealth or combat?

    A: Stay hidden

    B: Go aggressive and try to stab it.

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    posted a message on Kaiju

    Honestly? I'd love the idea of a giant beast roaming the world, provided it was neutral and didn't grief. However, I'd need more specifics to support a suggestion like this.

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    posted a message on Devouring Paradise - Choose Your Adventure

    Chapter 2: Dark Infection

    You meet up with Morris and leave the camp, following the road at a brisk pace. "I'm glad you went with me," he said. "Most of the stealthy guys went with Jacques. I was a little afraid that I'd be alone out here. Not my first rodeo, of course, but it's always nicer to have someone to watch your back on these kinds of missions."

    You have no idea what a rodeo is, but decide not to ask him about it.

    The trip was largely uneventful, aside from spotting some strange wildlife in the distance. However, none of it seemed hostile, and you hurried down the road. Soon, the town of Riverside was in sight. "We should try to get a good vantage point of the town before we walk in. Hmm, that hill over there seems like good spot." You climb the small hill and crouch while Morris grabs a spyglass from his bag and scans the town. You can't see his face very well, but you can see his jaw drop. "It can't be...look at this!"

    Morris hands you the spyglass. You look at the town. It's lit up with lanterns allowing you to see the town's single street clearly. Then, you see what alarmed Morris. From a distance, you had seen shadows walking through the town, but couldn't quite make out what they were. Now you could see that they were bipedal beasts, with claws, scales, horns, a tail, and a pair of small wings.

    "Dramen," said Morris. "Half-dragon creatures of legend that usually serve under a powerful drake. They're also known to eat people. If they've taken over the town, then there's very likely no survivors left. We should return to the camp and tell Frederick to skirt around Riverside."

    You continue to look at the creatures, and, despite their distance, can very faintly hear them talking to each other. "Aw man, I can't wait to eat him," says one. "He's the fattest of the bunch. He'll make a great dinner."

    "Why do you get him?" said another. "I'm the one who went through all the trouble of catching him! You know how fast those children can be!"

    You tell Morris what you just heard. "What? How can you hear-- they must be at least 100 feet away! Never mind that, you can't seriously think its a good idea to rescue him. The two of us can't possibly take on this entire town alone!"

    You know Morris is right. You could take out maybe two or three, but there was at least two dozen of them down there. Still, you can't just leave the child. Maybe you could sneak in? This strange feeling you have is also spreading through your body, but it is filling you with...confidence?

    What do you do?

    A: Rescue mission, attempt to save the child

    B: Play it safe, return to camp and come back with a greater force

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