OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016.   Posted by The Seer.Group: 0
The Seer
 GM, 592 posts
Wed 16 May 2018
at 02:31
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
Oh, by the way: two crits that round for you guys. One from Myrrick, the other from the NPC. The two NPC's did their fair share, killing a trog each before going down.

Funny game, this...
The Seer
 GM, 594 posts
Mon 21 May 2018
at 17:21
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
post forthcoming.
The Seer
 GM, 595 posts
Wed 23 May 2018
at 19:10
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
Ugh, work. Sorry, gonna be tomorrow at the earliest.
Boris
 NPC, 3 posts
Thu 24 May 2018
at 23:20
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
I know what your thinking. Who's Boris, right? He's the dead NPC in the corridor. I figured I'd be funny. Har friggin' Harů

So, I know, finally, right? This week, weird. I'm tired and now I've been touched by a stomach flux. Feel like hammered horse shit. But, I got the post up, so that's something. Going to bed now. LOL. Thanks for the patience.
The Seer
 GM, 597 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 15:35
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
Feeling a lot better. Thanks for for the well wishes (queues sarcasm font...)


In all seriousness, I do feel better - 24 hour bug of some sort. I'll spare the details.


We seem to be winding down this combat - you guys played great, got some really good rolls, and those poor NPCs certainly added a few licks before they fell.


Waiting on Myrrick's post, then well move things along. Cheers!

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:36, Sat 26 May.

Bruno Rhunthane
 player, 244 posts
 Fighter and Cleric
 AllAtTheSameTime
Sat 26 May 2018
at 15:58
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
So pleased to hear you're feeling better.... No. Really. Quite pleased. (desperatly looks around for sarcasm font and the realizes he has never bothered with one before, so why start now? oh, wait... maybe this is it? clever. So, that means that all those pervious sarcastic comments weren't taken as such? oops.)

Having those unexpected NPCs with us certainly did help! I really did have to pause and consider not attacking this round to cast CLW on myself before realizing that if just a few of us actually manage to hit we might be able to take them down. Finally.

Go team!

This message was last edited by the player at 15:59, Sat 26 May.

The Seer
 GM, 598 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 16:19
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
Your sarcastic response to my sarcasm made me laugh. Har, Har, Har.
Bruno Rhunthane
 player, 245 posts
 Fighter and Cleric
 AllAtTheSameTime
Sat 26 May 2018
at 17:52
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
In reply to The Seer (msg # 561):

Yer killing me!

This could go on forever.
The Seer
 GM, 599 posts
Sat 26 May 2018
at 21:18
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
No, I'll stop at this point.

1800 posts. Not...too...shabby.

See the rewards thread for your reward...
The Seer
 GM, 602 posts
Mon 28 May 2018
at 16:08
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
I think I am going to start rolling my game dice, instead using the dice roller. My game dice are getting a bit fat, showing some signs of laziness and entitlement. Have to get them in shape. Plus, I've always said that the dice roller here is not as random as regular dice.


That said, no, you can't use your dice too.

;)
The Seer
 GM, 605 posts
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 03:17
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
I'll let others chime in re: searching the rooms before I move things along. I'll give it a day or two.
Uthecar Hornskin II
 player, 316 posts
 Fighter
 HP: 16/20
Sun 3 Jun 2018
at 05:38
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
Good by me there is always the option to do something else.
The Seer
 GM, 607 posts
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 14:32
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
Gang -

A good Roleplaying resource for gamers that I've subscribed to for several years now.

Cheers.

http://www.enworld.org/
The Seer
 GM, 608 posts
Wed 6 Jun 2018
at 23:10
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
Post coming NLT Friday.
The Seer
 GM, 610 posts
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 01:07
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
Reading Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. About a tenth of the way through. It's really good so far. I'm one of the few that didn't like American Gods, so I was skeptical. We'll see how the rest goes, but I've got good vibes so far.

Has anyone read Richard K. Morgan's "The Steel Remains"?
Kullonar
 player, 182 posts
 Half-Orc Cleric/Fighter
 Brother of the Cudgel
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 14:14
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
I highly recommend Joe Abercrombie's The First Law series.
Book 1 > The Blade Itself
Book 2 > Before They Are Hanged
Book 3 > Last Argument of Kings
Bruno Rhunthane
 player, 249 posts
 Fighter and Cleric
 AllAtTheSameTime
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 17:55
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
I liked Neverwhere. The first time I read American Gods I felt the same way, Seer, but then I went back and re-read it last year and enjoyed it much more than I had the first time. I don't know why and I certainly wasn't expecting to. Maybe it's because my expectations were too high through the first read?

I've read the first volume of The Steel Remains. I loved the Takeshi Kovacs novels, but was a bit underwhelmed by the fantasy series. Elements of it are great and as a queer man I was looking forward to a hero who wasn't straight... But, I found it to be a bit discomfiting in an odd way. It's as if he pulled together a group of gay advisers and workshopped the hell of all the homo stuff. In other words, it didn't ring quite true to me and I'm choosing to say that if her were queer it might've worked better. Maybe.

I've heard good things about Joe Abercrombie!
Uthecar Hornskin II
 player, 318 posts
 Fighter
 HP: 16/20
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 18:38
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
Since I started writing in Rpol I really haven't been able to get into any fantasy books, and even stories that are plain fiction seem a harder slog.

In part, I put that down to the creativity of those around me and to the fact that I like being part of a living story that I have the power to influence.  Maybe I like producing more than I like reading someone else's fantasy, even though I don't DM.

While much of our writing is passable, some of it is as good a read as you'll get anywhere, and when you're invested in it, it's even better.

I think some of my own feelings on reading novels have been similar to your own disquiet with the Steel Remains series Bruno.  If it doesn't ring true, it sounds false and in this age, there are 100 other things you can do with your time, so why waste a moment?
The Seer
 GM, 611 posts
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 19:07
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
I've read Abercrombie's Last Argument of Kings. I like his stand alone novels better, but that's a reflection of my own disdain for needlessly long series. Robert Jordan ruined it for me. No offense to Brandon Sanderson, but from the first word he wrote to finish Jordan's series (after Jordan died), I knew it was a different voice.

I think that's part of the reason I like short stories and even novellas better than full length, multi volume epics. That and the fact that the endings of 'epics' are almost always anticlimactic.

I suggest "Best Served Cold" from Abercrombie. It is brutal, but excellent.

Uthecar - I'm with you. Rpol feeds my writing instinct...almost. I do still like to read, though.

Bruno - Sometimes the devils in the details, sometimes the details miss the point. Too much information can kill a narrative as easily as too little.

A final thought: part of the reason I write fantasy is because I don't have to do all that research that other genres require.

Good conversation, lads.

:)
Uthecar Hornskin II
 player, 320 posts
 Fighter
 HP: 16/20
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 19:30
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
The Seer:
A final thought: part of the reason I write fantasy is because I don't have to do all that research that other genres require.


Is that why many reading groups have a disdain for fantasy I wonder?  I'll partly argue your point though Seer.  You already know fantasy like the back of your hand, so you don't have to do the research.  Like any genre, there are generally still parameters that need to be adhered to.  I guess fantasy can stretch those parameters a little more than others.  I think we have all been involved in fantasy for so long now a lot of what we read is a given.  We've become subconsciously competent and don't have to worry about the subject matter as much as we need to think about what we are writing.
Bruno Rhunthane
 player, 252 posts
 Fighter and Cleric
 AllAtTheSameTime
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 20:13
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
I actually know of a Sci Fi book group (they include Fantasy as well) here in NYC, Uthecar, so I'm uncertain that all groups disdain Fantasy. Rather, I suspect, that what you've experienced is disdain genre fiction generally or maybe certain genres? ("It's not 'real' literature or 'childish'" or some other b.s.)

I'm okay with series. I'm okay with a long novel. In fact, I'd say I prefer them. (Note: it probably sounds as if I read more than I do.) I like a long soak in the story's world and the character's lives -- as long as the writer has the wherewithal to sustain it. (If not, the series/book gets dropped.) The problem with most series longer than 3 books and many books longer than 400 pages is most authors don't have it in them.

A novella or short story often leaves me wanting more, but then what?
Uthecar Hornskin II
 player, 321 posts
 Fighter
 HP: 16/20
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 20:50
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
You would be right Bruno, my only appraisal of a general disdain was in taking a very small non-scientific sample.  I was in an independent boutique bookshop looking at a notice board advertising for readers to join their book clubs.  I was surprised that the 7-8 requests all specifically poo-pooed by preferred genres so I left the bookshop feeling that I was a less serious reader, but still happy with my preference.  I was obviously in the wrong bookshop.
The Seer
 GM, 612 posts
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 21:11
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
Uthecar Hornskin II:
The Seer:
A final thought: part of the reason I write fantasy is because I don't have to do all that research that other genres require.


Is that why many reading groups have a disdain for fantasy I wonder?  I'll partly argue your point though Seer.  You already know fantasy like the back of your hand, so you don't have to do the research.  Like any genre, there are generally still parameters that need to be adhered to.  I guess fantasy can stretch those parameters a little more than others.  I think we have all been involved in fantasy for so long now a lot of what we read is a given.  We've become subconsciously competent and don't have to worry about the subject matter as much as we need to think about what we are writing.


For me, I think all good reads are character driven. The Emyn Muil means nothing without Frodo, Samwise and Gollem finding the way through. So it doesn't really matter what genre I read if the characters are compelling. I like James Lee Burke for instance...but despite minor procedural or legal research needed to hold a scene together, it's still his lead character, Robicheaux, who drives the plot.

That's why it's a fine line, per my prior post - too easy to info dump on the reader. Frankly, when I read a book, I don't give a crap how much the author knows, but I do care how much the character knows.

Make sense?
The Seer
 GM, 613 posts
Fri 8 Jun 2018
at 21:16
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
One other note - I really like Robert Howard - not just Conan either.

He writes predominantly short stories and novellas because he wrote stories for fantasy driven magazines. So he had limited space to work with, and had crush action and adventure into that space with as much economy of words as he could.

Fritz Leiber is another in that vein, although his Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser series was more a serial than one off stories. As I begin my writing journey, I see a similar path for my characters.

Good stuff!
The Seer
 GM, 620 posts
Tue 19 Jun 2018
at 00:08
Re: OOC: The First Chapter - August 2016
LOL - the summer's just about here in the northern hemisphere. I'll be keeping southern hours, fwiw. Post rates still 1-2/week on my end.