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Well now I have a clear picture of what you're talking about, I agree strongly. The way one can use all these items makes up for a very 'lively' feeling as far as the background is concerned and that is, as you say, a very good thing.
Another one to remind yourselves of Larian <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" />

I am in blood
Stepp'd in so far, that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er.