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Fields of Challenge / Re: Monthly Citadel Challenge?
« Last post by Strolen on Yesterday at 11:57:53 PM »
We can do a winter quest.

If you could, write me up a description of what you want and I will put together the quest page.

That is a fun idea SE, but, yeah, a lot of work. :)
Citadel Tavern / Re: Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on Yesterday at 12:01:56 PM »
Thanks Strolen! I have begun scavenging your book tips post for clues to my next Amazon purchase! Good one!

As for the rest of ya... Post some books already! ;)
Fields of Challenge / Re: Monthly Citadel Challenge?
« Last post by Shadoweagle on January 19, 2018, 09:14:42 PM »
But it's so hot right now!  :Thud: But I like the idea. We could also maybe work out some kind of 'Writing Prompts' style quest/challenge similar to the writing prompts subreddit; wherein you're given a sentence or two and you have to build up something around that. Or yeah; give 2-4 themes/keywords/freetexts and people have to write a sub which incorporates all of them in some manner.

I still like the idea of quests though - on top of this stuff, quests can be a less common but more highly rewarded event.

Another random thought:
I'm thinking in terms of way too much effort, coding, participation, graphics and way too much involvement here, but how cool would it be if the major quest events changed the entire layout of the main citadel and submissions for the quest affected it; like group quests which we all need to participate in to finish.
For example, a 'frozen' quest month where the front page of the citadel has an iced over theme, and every submission cracks/melts the ice until the original page is broken free again ( or even just some quest symbol in the side of the main page is encased in ice, and every sub makes more and more cracks in it until it's broken free.)
Or a 'Dungeon Run' theme, where the front page is all dungeon stone themed and super dark, and the cursor is a torch which sheds light on the section you're over. And every Dungeon submission makes the torchlight brighter until we break free (Perhaps the layout of the dungeon changes until the 'final room' where the quest symbol 'treasure' is.

If enough subs are done/requirements are complete, everyone who participated gets a hefty XP bonus plus whatever other goodies we can give.

Yeah, that whole last part is way too much effort but still, nice thought.
Citadel Tavern / Re: Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« Last post by Murometz on January 19, 2018, 08:23:52 PM »
To piggy-back off this thread, Strolen, just bought the Mistborn books and just started reading 💪
Citadel Tavern / Re: Strolenites are we! Forever shall we be!
« Last post by Wulfhere on January 19, 2018, 01:27:08 AM »
Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by EchoMirage on January 18, 2018, 06:07:43 PM »
"I think they may be just trolling, or whatever the wastelanders call this sort of entertainment - why else would they be using such a crude slugthrower first, and nothing else? I know it may sound strange from me, but what if we don't shoot for a moment?" Drat, Blue wanted to shoot them so much. But at the same time, the draenei wanted to live, and test how well the fount within could handle such a situation.

With a deep breath, the neo-ethnic ducked behind the plating around the gun post, and focused that inner fount outward, into a barrier of pure turbulent force between them and the Thrill Killers, imbuing it with a little of the structured chaos so idiosyncratic of Blue. Projectiles entering the barrier would veer off randomly, or rather, randomly in any direction except the tank. At least that was the plan.
The inner gate opened, and Blue guided that strange energy to follow mortal will.

"Floor it."
Citadel Tavern / Re: Strolenites are we! Forever shall we be!
« Last post by Scrasamax on January 16, 2018, 11:45:11 PM »
I joined the Citadel in 2004, a year after getting married. I was 23, and I'm 38 now.

I have really learned how to write here, and have made some friends, and I do wish we w
could recapture the magic that was here in the 2000s, when the play by post games might have 4-5 games going at a time, and there might be 3-4 submissions in a day.

We were really jamming!

We were also younger, and less involved in real life, and I think, in many ways, creatively more free.

Thank you for coming back, and reminding me of those things
Citadel Tavern / Re: Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« Last post by Shadoweagle on January 16, 2018, 08:06:51 PM »
To reinforce one of Strolen's thoughts: Kingkiller chronicles are my favourite books period (First one is a bit better than the second, though.) and waiting for the final book makes my teeth itch!
My only gripe is that it's been so long and the hype has been built up so much that even a masterpiece novel can not live up to the expectations - I think Pat has shot himself in the foot by letting it go on so long.
Citadel Tavern / Re: Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« Last post by Strolen on January 16, 2018, 06:35:55 PM »
I am career military that likes reading books on writing, marketing/gamification, certain leadership (more of the interesting things about leadership vs telling you how to be a leader) and, of course, tons of fiction.

Hard to pinpoint what I like as I am all over the place.

A couple for AG (and I love his entire list...we have been talking a lot about books and inspiring people lately) and some all time favorites that I would recommend a thousand times over for various reasons.

Godel, Escher, Bach aka GEB by Douglas R. Hofstadter  - Cannot recommend more. I am about due to reread that puppy!

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction: Christopher Alexander and others.  Readable architectural concepts from entrances to buildings to room layouts to gardens. Super interesting. I skim and pick more than read it through but I love this book. Now that I am moving into a new home, will be going through parts of it for thoughts.

Just because fiction
Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson - I read it every move I have. Tech and cryptography and a great story.
Mistborn Brandon Sanderson - In a world of good books, the trilogy ending in this revitalized my faith in a great story. One of the most satisfying endings I have read in forever. I wish I could reread it in ignorance.
Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss - So, when the Wheel of Time series finally finished I needed to fill my life with angst and anxiety waiting for the next book. This one did it. I am even more patient for Game of Thrones books to come out. Waiting for the third Kingkiller forever!! They even republished a d**n 10th Anniversary edition of the first two books when the third isn't out yet. WTF Pat??? Read it. You will hate me when you don't have an ending. And how he thinks it will be only one more book I will never know. WoT and GoT all over again....and I love it.

If you like writing books, a few favorites are:
Story Robert McKee - I have about a hundred sticky markers all over that book. I don't often take notes but this one drove me to it!
The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler - Takes The Hero with a Thousand Faces By Joseph Cambell and directs it towards writing. Brilliant. Dog eared to death.
Stein on Writing Sol Stein. - Just, yes, just get it.

I have an entire shelf of them and many more I would recommend but when it comes to actionable advice, these are my favorite.

(aside: two authors I also get their email lists and are very much worth following if you love reading about writing: http://www.stevenpressfield.com  and http://terribleminds.com/ramble/ )

Marketing/gamification --- boring
But fascinating if you get the right books.

Hooked Nir Eyal - Just look up some youtubes talks from him. Lots of free content to get a taste of what he does.

Anything by Seth Godin. Seriously, every d**n book he has written. AND, follow his blog. Most insightful things I get in my email almost every day.

Love Malcolm Gladwell, especially
The Tipping Point Fascinating look at the moment of change for a multitude of things.
Outliers: The Story of Success Wow. Talk about a change of perception. Really makes you think of opportunities from sports figures to billionaires. How many things happen due to circumstances combined with skill/effort.

Leadership, the two things I make everyone that works for me read are free online:

Shelves are a mess, can't find any others without really getting into them and searching. Never organized after the last move and have bookshelves all over the house. New house will have a d**n library where I will organize the stuff again finally!

Great format to focus recommendations AG. I got a little scattered but you know how us book nerds get when you are asking for a list of favorites!

Citadel Tavern / Re: Strolenites are we! Forever shall we be!
« Last post by Strolen on January 16, 2018, 05:07:06 PM »
These moments are what makes it all worth it!

Wow, really took me back to the beginning when we were all just trying to figure it out. I am too scared to look at my first submissions now that you bring it up. Egads. Over time, and all my moves, the people here have been a constant that have kept me motivated and moving with the hobby. Kept me sane in many cases. Moving around so much is hard, but I always had the comfort of the Citadel and the Strolenati to relax and center myself with. If we didn't have the Strolenite bond that you described, I have no idea what I would have done with myself over the years. But you, and the others you have mentioned, and many many more you haven't, continue to make this a place that I will always come back to and always be part of.

Words cannot relay how much the words above mean to me.

And you also reinforce why it is still worth driving forward with Citadel version 167.44b alpha beta nonner. It may take a year to make but, by golly, this site will return like a phoenix reborn...one way or another!

Glad you found your way back! Thank you for taking the time to share your memories. Hope we can help in your latest writing passions!

Remember this? http://knighthawk.strolen.com/

Now I want to figure out StroleCon. Want to hang out with you people!!!!
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