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Fatigue and Fans Surpassing the Original

[In this almost tolerable entry, I discuss encountering a broken quest line in Oscuro's Oblivion Overhaul, whine about how tired and depressed I am, and then reveal an excellent discovery of a popular kids cartoon parody on Youtube.]

Bittersweet news for Oscuro's Oblivion Overhaul to Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Baurus is getting locked up, killing the main (freaking) quest line. It breaks at the point where I follow this plucky Redguard into a basement for a little ambush. The result is a persistent "Baurus is unconscious" message even if he's upright, and a perpetually sleeping Baurus if I punch him for 1 point of damage. Even my persistant filling him with arrows failed to rouse him. Even awake, he's an immobile in the face of action and infused with remarkable ventriloquism skills. Vexing.

However, with liberal application of Google-fu, I have found some potential solutions to this and will give them a spin later. I thought I was already running 1.31 of the OOO, but maybe not. Perhaps judicious use of the SetLevel console command will solve this problem if so.

I also discovered that I can, in fact, perform edits even with Oscuro's Oblivion Overhaul in place. That's good news for me, as it means I can have my cake and eat it too. It will require that I disable certain parts of the mod, the bits where my changes conflict with his, but the important part is that it's doable. I think perhaps my earlier impression that I could not may have been caused by a failure to load the Knights of the Nine module into the editor. I expected The Elder Scrolls Construction Set to not be so silly as to load resources it couldn't access, but I may have gone too far.

Aside from that, I'm a bit depressed with not having completed 100% of my homework. My other blog is some quality reading right now: "There's nothing between me and my inevitable death but an empty void of failure, and the reaper is waving to me from across the chasm with a smug grin on its face." Lovely. The problem is a near total willpower breakdown, an enigmatic conundrum of taking responsibility for an inexplicable inability to behave responsibly. I might have caught a cold but, if so, it's a subtle one that merely saps my energy to a level slightly above sleepwalking. The timing of this devastating funk is awkward - next week is spring break.

I ran across some excellent laughs last night, a product of king of YouTube known as LittleKuriboh. He's created a "Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged" series that basically boils down the Yu-Gi-Oh episodes into 4-6 minute segments.

Of course, if it was only that, I would scoff at his geekdom from my lofty pedestal a nanometer higher. What sets it apart is that he cleverly mocks each episode (a quite mock-worthy series in my opinion) complete with some excellent voice impressions.

The author himself is a Yu-Gi-Oh fan, and to these ends he manages to preserve the plot even as he gleefully exploits the logical flaws in the series for a laugh. I have to admit, without the protracted card games to break up the flow, the resulting story is considerably better than the original. The writers may have had more creative talent than I initially realized.


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