Morning Discussion

By Chris Faylor, Oct 24, 2008 6:15am PDT Party on party people, let me hear some noise.

With Halloween coming up, it's costume-hunting time here in Indiana. Problem is, I hopped on the bandwagon far too late. Had I thought about this a few weeks earlier, I could have had a Green Man suit in time for this weekend's pre-Halloween festivities.

But no, I waited until two days before, and there seems to be no way in the entire internet to buy a green lycra body suit and have it shipped here overnight. In fact, I can't find someone in the United States that even has one in stock.

On the plus side, a Green Man suit seems to be the perfect year-round costume, so...

Anyways, it's Friday, and the weekend's almost here. Surely I'm not the only one with weekend plans--anyone reading a good book? Seeing a good movie? Trying to catch up on their gaming time? Going on a zombie walk?

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  • Fable 2

    re: http://www.shacknews.com/laryn.x?id=18267232#itemanchor_18267232 (money "hack")... sorry it took so long to respond. I forgot :[

    Spoiler'd in case people don't want to know and would rather spend more time doing jobs than playing the game :P

    **** This all depends on you owning a few properties at first (vendor stalls, low rent houses, anything) and takes a little while (maybe an hour or so) but it's worth it. ****

    1) Disconnect your 360 from the internet so you can't connect to XBL
    2) Sign into your profile if you're not signed in
    3) Console settings --> edit date --> change year to 2025
    4) Continue your game and you should get some money. Buy as many more properties as you can. Then save and quit.
    5) Console settings --> edit date --> change year to 2005
    6) Continue your game. You won't get any money but wait about 10 seconds or so then save and quit again.
    7) Console settings --> edit date --> change year to 2025
    8) Continue your game and you should get even more money. Buy as many more properties as you can. Then save and quit.
    9) Repeat as often as you need/want.
    10) When you're at a point where you're satisfied with the amount of money you have, you can reconnect to XBL and play as usual. The reason for disconnecting your 360 from the internet is because once you connect to XBL, it sets your clock to the current date and time.

    I did this quite a few times until I had over 500K gold and figured that was enough. That's really more than enough (for now at least). Now I'm getting over 5K gold every 5 minutes (or whatever the timer is). I own just about everything in Bowerstone Market and most of the properties in Bowerstone Old Town, plus a few properties in Oakfield.



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    I need experience. I know a lot of concepts but they aren't helping me because I haven't used them much in a familiar manner - in my own code. If I come up with sample programs to make, I cheat in my head and pick things that I know how to do. I need some example program challenges or something. The problem with those is that usually you start from scratch every new challenge. This means you do the easy stuff over and over, and rarely ever get to the latest subject matter - the point of that challenge. So you know the easy stuff really well, but the new stuff never sinks in.

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