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Reality-on-the-Norm / Re: Art Activity - Front Page News
« on: 18 May 2018, 06:03 »

This activity will always remain open so anyone can join in at a future date, so don't worry if you can't think of an idea at the moment.

Reality-on-the-Norm / Re: Art Activity - Front Page News
« on: 19 Apr 2018, 06:14 »

Reality-on-the-Norm / Re: Art Activity - Front Page News
« on: 04 Apr 2018, 21:18 »
Have fun.  That's what this is all about.

On the games pages you can sort the games by timeline.  Just be aware that this will sort everything which includes side games (like the quizzes).  If you're concerned about playing in some sort of chronological order, you might want to refer to the timeline ( found here ).  Otherwise I'd say just play them in release order, use the timeline as a reference if you wish, and just have fun.

As for OS, what you're running should be fine.  You'll most likely need DosBox for the earliest games if they refuse to run in windows.

Reality-on-the-Norm / Art Activity - Front Page News
« on: 28 Mar 2018, 04:02 »
One of the things we used to do is have various art-related activities and I thought it might be fun to do one again.  This would be based around a front page news article of The Realiser paper.  There should be enough backgrounds & character sprites to come up with some interesting articles.

Below is a template with the fonts and font size used for the article headline & text and an example I cooked up.

Template (with fonts used):

An Example:

There's no set limit to the size of picture to text (much like real papers, these change day to day), or how they're placed.

Reality-on-the-Norm / Happpy 17th RotN
« on: 17 Feb 2018, 13:22 »
Today marks RotN's 17th Anniversary!  Which is a perfect reason to have some cake today.

Nice job, team!

Here's a couple of 404's:

Page: http://www.realityonthenorm.info/about.php
Section: Below the Question 'There seems to be a lot of characters, just how many are there?',
link 'Cast Line-up of RON'
issue: leads to a 404 Not Found


Page: http://www.realityonthenorm.info/character.php?id=70
link: 'Download character files'
issue: leads to a 404 Not Found


Page: http://www.realityonthenorm.info/game.php?id=101
link: 'The original version can be downloaded HERE.'
issue: leads to a 404 Not Found


Page: http://www.realityonthenorm.info/news.php?month=5&year=2004
Section: 'Demos, news and happiness'
link 'Check HERE for a demo of "Retaliation" by EGAMEACE.'
issue: leads to a 404 Not Found

That news entry was from 2004 and the demo became the final release & is downloadable from the games section (page 6).

Page: http://www.realityonthenorm.info/resources.php
Section: Banner/Header text
Link: 'If you ever need anything else for your game head over to the forums where there are people who can lend a hand.'
issue: leads to a 404 Not Found

edit: fixed

The RoN site is back up.  If there are any errors or dead links, please let me know.

Reality-on-the-Norm / Re: List of unplayable/buggy games
« on: 30 Aug 2017, 03:56 »
As it seems it works I've put the dosbox version of Nightwatch up on the site.  Not sure why it's crashing on me but if it works for others that fine.

Reality-on-the-Norm / Re: List of unplayable/buggy games
« on: 29 Aug 2017, 23:06 »
If you can contact an original game author then it never hurts to get in touch with them, although given the amount of time that's passed it's not always possible to establish contact.  Also, there's no guarantee that the game files have been kept for a recompile.

As for Scorpiorus' fix for Nightwatch- I've checked it out and the game keeps crashing back to dosbox every time I try to go south from the hospital exterior screen with an error message.  If someone else could check this out and see if the game crashes in the same place that would be helpful to know.

The links to Game 39 (ROTN Quiz 2) & Game 54 (Retaliation) have been fixed.

Thanks for taking the time to go through & make this list.

Reality-on-the-Norm / RoN's 16th Anniversary
« on: 17 Feb 2017, 20:51 »
RoN turns 16 today!  Which means it's celebration time and that the series can go for it's drivers license in some countries. :D

Well, we now know what the art style of Retro Wolf's next game is going to be. :-D

These sprites look great and I really like the character (and background) variations in these interpretations.  Looking forward to the seeing more whenever they show up.

Reality-on-the-Norm / Re: RotN games: DOS vs Windows
« on: 09 May 2016, 21:02 »
Most of the games on the first two pages should be DOS games, with perhaps a few found on page three.  The original versions of The Repossessor, The Postman Only Dies Once, Paranormal Investigation, Monty on the Norm can be downloaded from their respective pages (view game details).  Blastoff & I Spy comes with dos & windows versions in the download.

While you can use Mobygames as a resource, I wouldn't take the info there as 100% accurate.  AGS 2.31 was the final version to have a dos-based editor, so earlier games stand a better chance of being dos only.  Such as:

Lunchtime Of The Damned (AGS 2.14)
Vengeance of the Chicken (AGS 2.14)
RON 2 and 1/2: Fowl Play (AGS 2.15)
Nihilism (AGS 2.15)
Return of Die Vie Ess (AGS 2.20)
Davy Jones C'est Mort (AGS 2.15)
The Lost Treasure of RON (AGS 2.21)
I Spy 2 (AGS 2.56)
Hooky McPegleg, Pirate Postman (AGS 2.21)
Davy Jones is Back (AGS 2.30)
The Chef (AGS 2.31)

If someone's come up an idea that's sparked your imagination, there's nothing that says you can't run with it.  You can always send someone a pm if you're unsure of anything (it never hurts to try to contact someone).

Your sketch background looks promising, and don't forget about Dave Nihilist who is also a barman at Scids.  If you want George working a shift at the beach in your game, just claim that Dave's watching over the bar back in town.

Reality-on-the-Norm / Re: Reality TV questions
« on: 21 Mar 2016, 15:32 »
The Anthony Hahn Library is on the corner next to the municipal building across from Chez Chef & the Red Apt building (try going south of Chez Chef if you're in the town square, or going to the right side of the screen if you're in the red apt exterior).  While you can still get to it in older version of Virtual Reality, I did upload a new version that adds road crossings that make it clearer where the room change spots are in the town square room.

Don't forget, there's also the maps in the faq section on the site.

Reality-on-the-Norm / Re: Reality TV questions
« on: 20 Mar 2016, 01:44 »
See my previous post, although you can read about the time it hosted Big Brother RON if you head to the fiction section on the RoN site. :)

The original intent of the series was that would tell stories that could build upon ideas presented in earlier works.  As time went on and with more games, things started to get overwhelming for newcomers which is why the classifications of: Canon, stand-alone, non-canon were devised to attempt to sort things out into something more manageable.  At end of the day, if you've got a story idea go for it.  If you questions about characters, locations or the series history, don't hesitate to create a forum post and ask.

Re: Jackie working at Dominatrix, she didn't until both you and DarkWater decided she did... in two separate games without talking to each other about it, I'd wager.  Also, it's easy to claim that Nick had sprained wrists & couldn't play drums in "Rock" which is why Chris played them (rationalizations are fun :))

Back to the topic on hand, yay more content, downloading now.

Reality-on-the-Norm / Re: Reality TV questions
« on: 14 Mar 2016, 22:14 »
Reality TV hasn't featured in any games, so the staff are all uncreated/unknown.  Since you want to avoid making new characters I can suggest the following characters would would be easiest to fit into some role at the station as they're not predefined with an existing job/role:

Unnamed Fat Man: Has only appeared in 1 game so far, nothing is none about what his profession is, doesn't even have a name.  Would require new sprites to put him in a suit.

Frank Jones: His profession is unknown (as far as I'm aware).  Would require new spirtes to put him in a suit.

Louis Darcy: Investigate journalist with 25 years of experience.

Jennifer Barnes: An aerobic instructor at the fitness centre.  Could host a morning exercise program.

Mrs. Stringstein: Thakbor's mum.

Edit: It occured to me that students could be working at a location such as Reality TV as part of a school credit co-op education program.

Reality-on-the-Norm / Re: RoN's 15th Anniversary
« on: 18 Feb 2016, 05:35 »
What?  You can't make it out in the swirls, ridges & furrows of the icing? It's was written in chocolate after all. :-D

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