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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
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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.
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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.

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

Architecture:
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.
http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/

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:
https://hbr.org/1999/11/management-time-whos-got-the-monkey
https://blog.codinghorror.com/rubber-duck-problem-solving/


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!




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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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Citadel Tavern / Re: Strolenites are we! Forever shall we be!
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on January 16, 2018, 03:57:49 PM »
Awesome post Shadoweagle! I recently bumped back to the site myself, though only to pick Strolenite brains about books.

Writing a novella is an awesome idea for you! Even reading your post in this thread is pure joy. You have that literary talent, now all that remains is work. Putting in the hours. (Do it!)

I arrived here a year later than you, in 2004, though I had been a lurker since 2002. I found Strolens through an aggregator portal that has since died, but basically it was a bookmark site, describing various roleplaying sites on the web. I visited all of them, and Strolen's stood out in all its glory.

We all owe Strolen a large thank you. He is the pillar of our community and an awesome guy. When you talk to him the next time, whether online or in real life, ask him about his journey into the Norwegian fjords and his trek over the ice-capped mountains to the rune stones of the Swedish forests. It is a legendary tale - and would never had happened had it not been for Strolen's Citadel. Also ask Murometz about AG's walkabout on Manhattan - another epic tale - full of blisters. I miss eating Korean food and going to the movies with Murometz. He always provides popcorn!

When I first arrived I was a troubled man in his late twenties, working on a bachelors degree and on fantasy worlds and in search for someone else - kindred spirits, wherever they may have be. Seems like they were to be found here.

I have changed much, and much of the positive changes has been because of this site, and the people I met here.
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Citadel Tavern / Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on January 16, 2018, 03:29:45 PM »
The idea behind this thread is... I need more books, but I hate spending time reading crap books (or even buying them).

First we present ourselves, and for the fun of it, lets do it in the style of Monte Cook's Numenera roleplaying system:

Quote from: Numenera Character Generation
Character creation has been simplified by having players fill in the blanks to the statement:

"I am a __________ __________ who _________s."
The first blank, the adjective in the sentence, is filled in by a character's "Descriptor", a way to describe the character's strongest characteristic.
The second blank, the noun of the sentence, is filled in by a character's "Type", which is a "Glaive" (a warrior type), a "Nano" (a technology adept type), or a "Jack" (as in jack-of-all-trades).
The third blank, the verb of the sentence, is filled in by a character's "Focus", or what the character is most known for or their special talent.

I am a startup-loving software consultant who reads books on stoic philosophy, architecture and business.

Well, that was fun and also told you what kind of books I am interested in.

Books I can recommend:

Philosophy:
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
Seneca - Letters to a Stoic
Mark Manson - The Gentle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Business:
Robert Kiyosaki - Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Jason Fried - Rework
Eric Ries - The Lean Startup
(Youtube videos) Gary Vaynerchuck - most of his stuff (awesome to use as a mantra to quit messing around and start working)
(TED Talk) Simon Sinek - How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Software and architecture:
Eric Evans - Domain Driven Design: Tackling the Complexity at the Heart of Software
Yevgeniy Brikman - Hello Startup (book in the intersection between business and software)
(Youtube) Greg Young - anything you can find
(Youtube) Udi Dahan - all the talks that are not about NServiceBus (NServiceBus is fine enough, but you want his insights, not his sales pitches)

I also spend a lot of time working on my understanding of the crypto market and the stock market. I am really a novice at both.

Strolenati! Do you have any books for me?
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Strolenites are we! Forever shall we be!
« Last post by Aramax on January 15, 2018, 12:10:54 PM »
You lost me at vampire( ;) )
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Strolenites are we! Forever shall we be!
« Last post by Murometz on January 15, 2018, 11:19:31 AM »
I laughed, I cried, I applauded. Great post SE!! Welcome back!
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Strolenites are we! Forever shall we be!
« Last post by valadaar on January 15, 2018, 08:23:40 AM »
Here! Here!

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Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by valadaar on January 15, 2018, 08:21:56 AM »
"Captain?"  She would know this terrain better then he. Not sure about Blue.  He closed his visor and checked his rocket rifle.  The rockets had much less range in an atmosphere, but their heat-seekers should work nicely.

"Aim for the horses Blue. Better targets and if they are ground-poundin' they ain't a threat." Well, less of one.

"If they persist, forget what I said about the Scavangers. Draw them together and get the hell out in the confusion. Unless you got a better plan Ma'am."

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