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Re: (TFT) character generator

if you want, i can look over the code and re create it as a java program.

On Sat, Sep 6, 2008 at 6:41 PM, David Michael Grouchy II <
david_michael_grouchy_ii@hotmail.com> wrote:

> > From: hulkasgt@yahoo.com
> >
> > Speaking of mini-games, I love your character generator program. Is there
> a
> way to input user-created jobs? That is, if I invent a job with a salary
> and
> risk profile, is there a way to include it?
>    Ah, trying to make me cry in front of everyone aren't you.  So I post
> the
> program back in 2001.  Along with it I write this nifty little accessory
> that
> fails completely and utterly.  Its a special web browser built into the
> program that will go to any web page you want, or some preset pages like
> Cas
> Liber's lists of new spells, and with the click of one button it does the
> following.
>    a) reads the page and parses it identifying every single new spell,
> talent, or language.
>    b) comprehends if the new item is a spell and one type, or talent and
> cost
> to learn. And if it is a talent or language if there is a prerequisite to
> learn it.
>    c) parses the description for clues to if the ability qualifies for
> "weapon" for dangerous or job requirements, or "combat" for dangerous
> wizard
> job requirements, or language for scholar requirements.
>    d) automatically add the new ability to its proper listing by IQ and
> qualify its recipient for the available jobs it can apply too.
>    e) if a saved character is emailed to a different program that doesn't
> have that spell, it calls up the web browser with the page that has it and
> asks if you want to add them.
>    I ran the web parser against these pages and it successfully identified
> and added every talent, language, and spell flawlessly.  I was excited.  I
> figured if people could just keep creating and posting new stuff to their
> own
> web pages as they always had been then the program would be a success.  It
> asks nothing extra from the user.  It encourages and rewards the
> contributions
> people are already making.  I even naively imagined a boom in new spells
> and
> creativity on the news group.
>   From my computer these pages scored 100%
> http://members.ozemail.com.au/~casliber/tft/spellist.html<http://members.ozemail.com.au/%7Ecasliber/tft/spellist.html>
> http://www.weirdrealm.com/tft/skill.html
> http://www.reese.org/tft/Combat.htm
> http://www.reese.org/tft/ElemSp.htm
>    I emailed the program to Cas Liber and jokingly asked him to run it and
> "tell me how it's broken and not working"  Turns out it was broken and not
> working.  Windows on any other computer but mine would not recognize the
> legitimacy of my custom web browser and denied it access to the internet.
>  I
> never did figure out how to make a single one of the wide variety of auto
> registry programs I wrote actually work and after wasting weeks gave up.
>   So the next step was going to be an armory, job, and monster lab.  I
> still
> have all the working programs for those but never integrated them.  I gave
> up,
> disillusioned by Microsoft's tyrannical oppression of independent
> developers.
> So, no, there is currently no way to add custom jobs.  And no one is more
> sorry about that than I am.  None the less I apologize.  And thank you for
> listening to my whine about it.
> David Michael Grouchy II
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