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Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by valadaar on Today at 10:41:55 AM »
"No @!#$'n idea," shrugged Jerome as he dismounted from the turbo tank.


He shouldered his rocket rifle and activated its infrared tracker.  A few mental commands - rerouted through implants of course -  he was no Psiker, and a couple of his bots dismounted as well.
One could only use the rifle 'buttoned up' as the backblast from the rockets could easily burn or blind an unprotected operator. 

He directed one robot - a suicider - to about 100m between the tank and the likely approach from the Thrill-Killers or 'Qatiwe Tariq'. It quickly buried itself leaving nothing but a filament aerial sticking up.  Another, a small camera drone, he sent up near the top of the white tower where it alighted and began a wide scan with its camera.   The rest of the bots - including a pair of Skelbots currently folded into awkward positions inside their 'privacy' cocoons, he put on standby.  Tom and Jerry were quite useful, but not the most reliable things on God's creation.

Now, to wait and hope for boredom.
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Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by Scrasamax on Yesterday at 07:34:45 PM »
The fount opened, and Blue felt his skin turn to ice. He could feel the air, the moisture, the vibration, and the pulse of the River. It was palatable, and it pulsed through him. On the ridge, the Thrill-killers amusedly kept taking pot shots at turbo tank, but the rounds missed. The few that did hit the vehicle were either tumbling wildly or glanced off the armor at strange angles. This made the killers angry and they gave pursuit for a short distance, but their biological mounts couldn't match the speed of the tank.

Arjan looked over at Jerome, 'Why does the djinn not shoot?' she asked.

They put a few miles between them and the killers, as Arjan brings the vehicle to a halt near a cluster of dingy white metal towers. A transponder, a moisture evaporator, and a solar power generator... one of the terraforming stations that could be randomly found across the world, relics from when the world almost died.

'One who DOES NOT SHOOT AT QATIWE TARIQ!' Arjun barked at Blue, 'Plug us up to the charger.'

She looked at Jerome and his bots, 'We need protection while we charge, and while I make sure those tariq didnt hurt my tank'
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Fields of Challenge / Re: Monthly Citadel Challenge?
« Last post by Strolen on January 20, 2018, 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. :)
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Book tips - Have any? (Also applies to other media)
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on January 20, 2018, 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! ;)
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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.
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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 💪
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Strolenites are we! Forever shall we be!
« Last post by Wulfhere on January 19, 2018, 01:27:08 AM »
Ditto!
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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."
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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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