As I was reading this sub, mainly the section on construction projects, my mind was constantly under threat of blowing up but then I would encounter something about a particular prototype that tied really nicely and neatly into the underlying world. Anyhow, I felt like I was pulled on two sides a bit while reading cos I have a personal difficulty with the sci-fi genre. But I really liked how at the beginning, there was the reference to how the Maw had been incorporated into everyday language in jest. And I must say that despite being a non-fan of sci fi, this is a very complete piece that is already ready to be dropped into a sci-fi game. So full marks. Go to Comment
I haven't really started dedicated gaming yet (will start next Thurs or Wed over at the US) so this article isn't directly useful for me. But I think it has great utility value for most of the members of this site and it's written very succinctly as an article. That I've always liked and appreciated, possibly because I have the tendency to write long unwieldy things myself. Go to Comment
I had actually used Google Docs for brainstorm for a collaborative sub for the Citadel before and it was an enjoyable experience. Like you had pointed out, multiple people could be updating different sections at the same time and we had experienced the slow moving problem (or at least me, I had to keep refreshing the browser after a while else the 'session' would just freeze up). Go to Comment
I get where you're coming from, Muro, but I'm iffy cos the title would then become massive i.e.
Chinese Lore- Weapons (Blades, Spears and Bows), String Instruments, Horses, Myths (creation myths, legendary figures and folklore stories) and Others
I can fully nominate such a title for a Muro award for longest submission title if it exists :P Go to Comment
I get what you two are saying but I never learnt English pronunciation properly so unless someone can collaborate with me on such an undertaking, it's next to impossible to put in full English pronunciation in for all my Chinese subs. At first, I tried to put in some pronunciation for those that I could spell out but then I got slack. Go to Comment
okay, will do that soonish. That is easy for me cos while I don't speak Mandarin fluently, I've got a software where I can find the correct spelling of each Chinese character although that doesn't help with pronunciation at all since the spelling is based on the Mandarin pronunciation. Go to Comment
The Drunken Bats are nice as well but my absolute fav. is the Carcass Thrice-Worms and then the Shadow-Ox. I'm obviously not unbiased but like you said, to hell with unbiasedness and objectivity! Go to Comment
Another Wikily sub of the Cosmic Era that is saved from being dry cos of the itallics and I was almost tempted to give it a 4 for some of the later sections, esp. the part of the Phoenix Engines effectively creating all the villains the can appear time and time again no matter how many times you 'think' them killed. Go to Comment
Like Muro said, the first thing this reminds me of is the Internet addiction problem and the Hikikomori is what the Chinese call "home boy/girl" (literal translation here). And yugen makes me think of meditation.
This is a good sub for showcasing and linking to the other subs of the Cosmic Era (even though I haven't read all the linked ones). I esp. liked the contrast b/w Ukiyo (Floating World) and the French word meaning sinking world that have come to represent virtual reality versus the real world. However, what I felt a little weird about this sub is that it felt like details are missing (at least to me). Or rather, I should say that I somehow expected that the sub would dive into some of the more important/signature social groups floating around in Ukiyo. That might not be your intention and I understand that. It's just that the sub is feeling more like an overview atm. Go to Comment
The actual source I used is a Wiki so yes to what you detected.
As to what you could use these for besides as just McGuffins/random loot, I guess I was mainly thinking that these would be helpful if someone wanted to introduce a new area into their game that's Oriental themed in which case they could just pluck these in and no need to research themselves. One could use these as an excuse to introduce meta-game info in the form of the history/mythology surrounding these weapons. You could even use them to introduce a quest that leads the PCs to discover the truth about a certain section of Chinese history (probably too much work for anyone not ethnically Chinese but I don't know, there might be some Chinese history enthusiasts among the Strolenatis.)
To be honest, my interest in compiling arises purely from my writer's whim so while I do think this would be a kind of utility sub, I haven't really thought much about exactly how the utility would materalise. Go to Comment
Swallow-ox it is, not shadow. But go ahead with the compulsion, would be interesting to see what came up cos my research came up null on these two lifeforms (that's why I had to do literal translations). Go to Comment