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From: Jeff Lait <>
Subject: Re: Just a question about roguelike mindset
Date: 2007-11-19 17:13:31
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On Nov 19, 9:55 am, R. Dan Henry <> wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Nov 2007 19:23:08 -0000, Jeff Lait
> <> wrote:
> >On Nov 14, 12:37 pm, David Damerell <>
> >wrote:
> >> Quoting  Jeff Lait  <>:
> >> >I think the sort of people that claim that deaths are random and
> >> >unavoidable are the sort that attack every kiwi on sight, never
> >> >considering the possibility of *not* attacking it.
> >> Guilty as charged.
> >Version 091 has a special signpost in the tutorial for the likes of
> >you.
> I would find it easier if you had chosen to make your level-1 killers
> something other a rather harmless little bird that shares its name with
> a fruit. Something that sounds like maybe you shouldn't mess with it.
> Like "wolverine" or "death snail".

I dunno.  When I saw a kiwi it didn't look that harmless!  They have a
serious beak to them.  Also, I'm greatly suspicious of any bird that
figures it doesn't need to fly anymore.  That strongly suggests it has
something up its sleeve.  Finally, note that the Kiwi has managed to
outlast the Moa, again belying its "harmless" nature.

From e'x'amining a kiwi in POWDER:

The kiwi, native to New Zealand, is peculiar in that it is not just a
flightless bird, but a wingless bird as well.  Its nocturnal habit
allows it to live peacefully in the depths, feasting on insects
snuffled out with its long beak.  Antagonizing the kiwi is strongly
discouraged for that same snout can inflict a devastating piercing
Jeff Lait

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