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Lix Multiplayer Dates / Lix Multiplayer Saturday 2018-12-15
« on: December 06, 2018, 12:51:13 am »
at 18:00 UTC.
Not this Saturday, but the following one. I can't do Sunday that week.

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I apologize for not showing last week- got very busy and totally forgot!

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NeoLemmix Levels / [NFNL] Insane Steve's World
« on: December 02, 2018, 05:33:38 pm »
Insane Steve's World

Insane Steve's World is a level pack of 150 levels for up to date NeoLemmix. These levels are all created by InsaneSteve and compiled from old Lemmix, Cheapo and Lix, some dating back 10+ years. These levels were compiled by mobius and wafflem.
See us for questions about this pack.

I want to thank wafflem for working with me on this pack and doing a lot to make it possible. Also big thanks to all the testers.

wafflem; level updates/fixes, graphics, menu and title creation, backroute testing, music selection and level order.
Nessy, IchoTolot & joshescue: backroute testing, fixes and suggestions

Current version number is: 2 Jan 1, 2019

DOWNLOAD: see attachment:

MUSIC PACK: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mlygubngtfpi5vq/AABzGucJogEZvDCwHSawrzv7a?dl=1


INSTRUCTIONS
-extract "InsaneSteve'sWorld" into a folder called "Insane_Steve's_World" in your levels folder. *I zipped the individual files instead of the whole folder*
-Dump the music files into your music folder.
-Put any style folders into your style folder. (in the case of the missing object for Gronkling's Minimal set; put this 'nxmo' file in the objects folder of the minimal tileset.

everything else should be included with NeoLemmix by default. If there are any problems please report them here.

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Bugs & Suggestions / [BUG] EDITOR-- typing in terrain selection box
« on: October 28, 2018, 05:43:30 pm »
you should not be allowed to type into this selection box ---the dialoguge box where you select the terrain style at the bottom.

As far as I can see typing in here serves no purpose but I often accidentally do it then the following happens;
-it selects nothing then an error pops up and if you click no the editor closes. :| Several times now I've accidentally closed the editor this way (not to mention the escape button also accidentally closing the editor all the time) and it's irritating the heck out of me.

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Level Design / Puzzle Types
« on: October 25, 2018, 01:17:05 am »
I've been thinking (maybe incorrectly) that there are two types of Lemming puzzles; a trick based level and a logic based level. Essentially what I mean is precision tricks like fancy builder tricks, basher half steps etc. These kinds of of tricks may be obscure and difficult to discover for a newcomer but once you know them; the trick is often easy to recognize and spotting them used in a level can be made quickly. Then said levels are not nearly as difficult as they are to a newcomer or anyone who's not familiar with the trick.

An example of this type of puzzle is  "Final Call" by Bullet Ride from his 2nd old pack.
http://lemmings-db.camanis.net/levelpack/ag1zfmxlbW1pbmdzLWRichALEglMZXZlbFBhY2sYhwIM/

spoiler:
the trick in this level is to turn a builder with a blocker at a specific point so that following lemmings will not climb up, which they sometimes do or not depending on positioning.

Now there is a totally different type of puzzle; one which doesn't necessarily require an obscure trick or feature but is centered around the placement or decisions of using basic game functions. I like this type of puzzle better because it can be a challenge to both newcomers and veterans alike in that it doesn't necessarily require or favor intense experience with the game and knowing more about the game doesn't automatically make it easier for a veteran.

an example of this type of level is Pyramid Scheme by Geoff;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaeeUloWzA4&list=PLVWvcY0oGEFydXW47eQEGKJjLJf4t_NIQ&index=15
A similar level/idea but much harder is Clam's "The Floodgates Open"

To be fair; I'm not saying the first example is 'bad'. I myself have made many such levels. I'm just saying I prefer the second type and other people seem to also enjoy those quite a bit. Admittedly the latter level type seems to be much more difficult to create, which is way I guess, there seem to be fewer of these in the custom level scene.
 
I've always wanted to focus on making levels of the latter type but found it quite difficult and many of my own difficult levels are the former. With most of my latter type levels being rather easy.

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Tech & Research / graphics from the PSP and Vita Lemmings?
« on: October 16, 2018, 01:12:32 am »
has anyone ripped/extracted/converted the graphics from any of the PSP games? I'm particularly interested in the two 'new' games that is the new graphics; the machine/factory, haunted house, candy, and space tilesets. Is this even possible in anyway? I'm not interested in this for using it in NeoLemmix or any existing game. I just want the graphics and or sprites in any format is fine. Any and all resources from the game would be nice actually.

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Lix Multiplayer Dates / Lix multiplayer 2018-09-03
« on: September 02, 2018, 06:09:08 pm »
Anyone interested in a game tomorrow September 3rd? (Labor Day in U.S.) Usual Time. 18:00 UTC.

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General Discussion / Meditation
« on: July 20, 2018, 12:46:11 am »
EDIT: don't do what I do here. If you've never meditated, I recommend starting with something called "Shamatha" or something similar which is paying attention to your breath. https://www.vipassanaforum.net/forum/index.php?page=2
The best thing to do is research or talk to an experienced mediator yourself. Meditation is powerful but takes a long time to do anything. Done incorrectly can give you severe problems.


As some of you know, I've began practicing meditation recently, on a regular basis. You may feel free to present your own practices or opinions on it here. I plan to detail my own 'adventures' into meditation, as a total newbie to this.

Meditation has a wide variety of types and applications. As far as I know, it has only health benefits and no risks. I could talk quite a bit more about this but I'll forgo details atm. If anyone would like me to, I can elaborate.

The point of this post is to detail my own journey on this. Like (I suspect) most people on this forum I'm a scientifically minded person. I need proof to believe in great claims. Great claims have been made about meditation and since this is something super simple I can test myself; this is just what I will do.

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The type I've been doing is mainly a simple Buddhist meditation for about 15-20 minutes per day;

this is sometimes called Focused attention meditation.

I don't think it matters when you do it; but time of day may have an impact on the effects. Also note that everything, time, setting, the things around you while meditating as well as past and future events, may very well have a impact on the effects.

-sit cross legged on a hard surface, in a comfortable place, as free from distraction as possible, preferably alone and not in a very bright room and close your eyes. It's not strictly necessary that you sit cross legged but I do this because I'm also exercising; I have poor posture and I'm trying to improve it. You may sit on a chair or even lay down. You should be comfortable. If you're in severe pain that may distract you from the meditation.
The Key is that you are comfortable enough to be without pain (which is distraction) but not so comfortable that you can easily fall asleep. If you begin to feel very sleepy; this is not meditation.

-Whatever your position, try to remain as still as possible. Things obviously sometimes get in the way; like an itch and you should scratch the itch, even if it distracts you. You want to remain still but also free from pain and distractions or movement as possible.

-Focus on something; some methods have you listen to music or hum or chant yourself but I've sat in quiet. You can even think a series of words, poems etc. Or focus on something simple like you're breathing. You should be focused on one thing but not letting your mind wonder. You want to avoid distractions; (anything like a knock at the door will likely pull you out of it). The focus should be on something that doesn't require much though. If you're thinking things like "am I meditating well right now?" you're not doing it correctly.
Note: that it may take  practice to be able to do this effectively. Some of us, especially depending on our current life situation have very active minds. If you are very stressed or worried over something going on, thoughts will bubble up to distract you more often than otherwise. This only means it may take you longer or more practice to get it.


Another type I call "fixed point meditation"

-this is very similar but instead of closing your eyes, keep them open and stare at a particular thing. You should start by having your head level, looking straight ahead, then lower it slightly to a comfortable position so you're looking at the floor or near it. Find something to stare at (doesn't matter what it is) and focus on it and don't look away from it. You may blink, but you may noticed the meditation resetting every time you blink severely.
-As the above; music and mantras (whether spoken aloud or not) may help.


How do I know if it's working?

1) For simple or basic meditation, all that needs to happen is you feel relaxed and forget about whatever's troubling/worrying you or preoccupying your mind. The goal here should be simply to feel better all around. Your mind may feel clearer. You may feel more positive and may have reduced stress. This in turn may lead to an improvement in thinking or your ability to solve problems (maybe a particular problem that's worrying you).

2) For deeper meditation; you'll know immediately when it's working.
-You're breathing will slow and become quieter.
-Your body will begin to feel incredibly still like a statue.
-Your heart rate my decrease and your body temperature may decrease.
-You'll begin to have a very weird, indescribably feeling.
-Afterward you may be filled with a profound calmness and peaceful feeling.

If it's your first time and it disturbs you; keep in mind all you need to do is turn, look away or get up and the feeling will pass immediately. None of this should stick with you to a large degree long after meditation. If it does; seek medical help. I've not yet read of anyone experiencing this problem.

And lastly; don't be afraid. As I've stated numerous times in this blog; I've not yet read of anyone experiencing negative physical or mental health problems directly due to meditation.

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After a few weeks of this type of meditation I can report a few things;

-It most definitely helps me feel relaxed and less stressed. I always do it when I get home from work and after showering. Before I started meditating, I often felt exhausted after work and would spend a while either sitting in front of the TV or PC and just watching a video, reluctant to get to work on anything productive or creative (my actual passions in life). Since I've started this new routine, I feel more alert afterwards and more motivated to do the things I want. And more generally I've found I just waste less time after settling down after getting home.

-After a few days when I actually started 'getting the gist of it' so to speak;
Within a minute or two of meditating in this way I could become aware or define a distinct state in my mind, separate from my ordinary state (doing anything else like typing at the PC or talking to a person, that is). And this state is also definitely different in a subtle way from just 'day dreaming' or closing my eyes to rest and/or go to sleep. Beyond that I cannot describe it.

-After several minutes of this type of meditation I sometime will see images in my mind, coming seemingly from nowhere. The images have been simple and vague. Often blurry shapes, usually flying by at fast speeds or things just so incoherent I couldn't describe them at all. Rarely it's been large sweeping colors of images but very blurry and unable to discern. If I try to focus or think about these things they go away immediately; causing me to wonder if it ever happened at all.

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Now the weird part:
The past few days I've tried a slightly different technique:

-I will sit and do the above but only for a minute or so to calm myself and get me into a relaxed state.
-Then I open my eyes and now focus on a single object. I don't think it matters what the object is. The key is to look straight at this and nothing else. Keep your body and eyes perfectly still.
(I think this works better for me (for the below purpose at least) because I have a very active mind. And when I close my eyes it easily wonders)

-On demand, if I do this correctly, something bizarre clearly beings to happen to me.
Within just a few minutes, my visual perception changes in a way that is very difficult to describe. I can only explain here, a sort of "approximation" of what is happening, so please keep that in mind when reading this;
-I'm sitting in my room, on the floor and my carpet is brown. The room is lit but dimly; its sunny but the shades are drawn.
-I'm staring at a box of pencils (this is the object I'm using for this demonstration. Specifically; a tiny sticker on the box). I can see of course; the floor and my bed etc, even though I'm focused on the box.
-The floor changes color, or looses it's color. It seems to move, sort of grow larger then it fades away, like it's disappearing. Everything else but the pencil box becomes strange and fades.
-First time a strange whiteness surrounded my field of vision in a circle and felt in a way, like it was closing in on me. Second time it was a black darkness doing the same.
-I became aware or at least it felt like my pupils became dilated. Or I could somehow feel myself staring in a weird way.
I could go on but as I said, these are only approximations. Describing this scenario is super difficult.
-As you might expect; this was a little frightening. The last time my heart literally started beating heavily. So I stopped. The 'feeling my eyes' thing actually was the scariest part. As soon as I look away from the pencil box; everything goes back to normal instantly and I'm okay. I feel fine, alert, not harmed or distressed emotionally in any way. My floor is just the way it should be and my eyes feel fine and normal...

But now, needless to say, I'm feeling very unsure how to feel about this. I questioned my own sanity. Am I really okay? is this normal? ....Well apparently it is... to some extent. If you read up on meditation you'll find a lot of bizarre and at times unbelievable things. Since then I've become much less afraid, though I'll admit it is still a bit unnerving at times.

So now I must admit that I went into this as a skeptic thinking that there was little to this or meditation was merely a way to relax and help you think clearer, but nothing more. I can honestly say there is obviously more to it than that! I want to keep doing it but I'm honestly now nervous about it. I am determined to keep trying however, I will do it a little bit at a time, doing longer/deeper every time. And I will be sure to report back here on what I find.

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Lix Multiplayer Dates / Lix Session July 28 or 29
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:33:51 pm »
anyone up for a session either of these days, usual time?

EDIT: I made a mistake and corrected: Sat and Sunday 28 and 29. Not Friday the 27, sorry

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General Discussion / music
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:46:33 am »
post music you've been listening to lately.

an album I bought (mm maybe almost 10 years ago now :scared: ) Portishead's "third" album. Really amazing imo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBOaLjtR4mw

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Lix Multiplayer Dates / Lix Session May 27
« on: May 25, 2018, 10:12:34 pm »
anyone up for a game on the 27th? (Sunday) The regular time should be open for me but I'd also prefer playing earlier (~2:00 PM-3:00)

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Non-Lemmings Gaming / sokobon
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:20:54 am »
someone showed me this very user friendly sokobon game. Apparently it's also a solving tool (can literally solve levels for you by itself)


It comes with easy tutorial levels and gets pretty hard

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Lix Multiplayer Dates / Lix session Saturday 2018-05-05?
« on: May 05, 2018, 03:35:12 pm »
Anyone interested in playing Lix about 1-2 hours from now?

I wanted to plan this ahead of time but forgot :(

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Lix Main / afk prevension features
« on: May 04, 2018, 09:25:12 pm »
most online multiplayer games have features to ensure the game is not brought to a standstill/ruined because someone is afk. Things happen and sometimes you become unavoidably detained; the rest of the players should not be punished for this.

suggestions:
-While in the lobby and selecting a map/getting ready; once one player selects ready there is a timer; when this timer runs out any players that haven't pressed ready are automatically brought in as spectators.

-Several times there have been situations where people keep switching colors (whether on purpose or by accident) and the game cannot begin as "player ready" status is reset.
   -Either get rid of resetting ready status on color select or divide this process up into two separate modes: color/team select; then map select and pressing ready. Map selection should come first I think; as that determines if it will be a team effort or not.
 

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Non-Lemmings Gaming / Lix or chicken horse Sunday afternoon/evening
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:47:12 pm »
who would be interested in playing either Lix or Ultimate Chicken horse tomorrow around 7:00 PM UTC

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Non-Lemmings Gaming / Sticklings
« on: April 12, 2018, 11:48:31 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6JzARsMwu4&list=WL&index=23&t=2s

I don't recall seeing mention of this anywhere before. Just found it; but it's from at least 2010! :o

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