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Tomes and Illusions / Re: What books do you read?
« Last post by Apocryphal on May 14, 2015, 12:06:38 AM »
I'm in the middle of the *Southern Reach Trilogy* and struggling a little. Or maybe I should say the book is struggling to keep my attention. It seems to be exploring the same theme that Arkady & Boris Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic explores, only I feel the Strugatskys did it much more concisely and thought provokingly. If I had read this first I might feel different. Furthermore, my previous book was Christpher Pirest's The Islanders, which I really enjoyed. If you haven't heard of it, it's sort of like a cross between Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and A Wizard of Earthsea.

@Aramax: Are you referring to In Viriconium by M. John Harrison? I haven't read it but did read The Pastel City (twice, and the second time with my book club) which I frankly thought was just awful. His work has been acclaimed by writers like Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman (who has called him "a Zen master of prose"), China MiƩville, William Gibson and Clive Barker, who has referred to him as "a blazing original", Harlan Ellison and Iain M. Banks. But I just don't get it.The characters a flat, the world is flat, the plot is full of convenient coincidences, and the naming is atrocious.
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Fields of Challenge / Re: Moonlake's workpile
« Last post by Moonlake on May 13, 2015, 09:47:45 PM »
I knew I had to visit this to give me the motivation to makes subs. Currently working on a sub for a past quest- What makes weapons magic? Another Chinese themed sub, don't know why but this is coming up very frequently now outside of my Dragon Empire setting (or prob. cos the setting itself is on stall and these are coming up as substitutes).
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Citadel Tavern / Re: [THACO's Hammer] Splatbook updates
« Last post by DMRendclaw on May 12, 2015, 07:22:43 PM »
Splatbook 104 - The DMs Grilled!

We're breaking out the Hibachi for this episode! Join DMs Brian, Cory, Fulongamer and Glen as they tackle the hard questions. After a round of emails, they fellas get right to work. First they have a discussion on which class is most subjected to min-maxing or is overpowered, then have another about bringing characters from another game or world into a campaign, then bring things home with a debate about spells and artifacts and balancing them for a game.

You can find us on Osrgaming.org, d20radio.com, Tumblr, Facebook, iTunes, Planetadnd.com and Twitter (@thacoshammer), as well as our home page at http://www.thacoshammer.info. If you are looking for an RSS feed or a different way of downloading the show directly, the address is: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/94174. You can also email the show at thacoshammer@gmail.com, and you can leave a voicemail for the show at 405-806-0555.

People Skills - Which classes do you find are min-maxed.overpowered?
Option Package - Bringing a character or kit from another game into your world: What do you do?
Magic Fingers - What spells/artifacts are game breakers? How do you handle it?

Email from Eff Dee (elven chainmail and thief penalties)
Email from DM Gravedancer (appropriate time or level to give out magical weapons to PCs)
Email from Eff Dee (attempted correction of the hosts on two-weapon fighting)
Announcement from Cory: Winners of the drawn bookmarks (DM Laz, Eff Dee, DM Doug)
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Tomes and Illusions / Re: What books do you read?
« Last post by Dozus on May 11, 2015, 02:35:07 PM »
Just finished Jeff VanderMeer's The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance.

It's a fantastic, satisfying, and somewhat frustrating read. There's a very strong Lovecraftian horror vibe, crossed with spy intrigue and some other elements I can't put my finger on. The stories concern a mysterious Area X, some ecological catastrophe where expeditions are sent in but no one seems to come out, at least not as they once were. It's hard to talk much about the plot without giving a lot a way, but after having read the whole trilogy, there's parts the author doesn't give away. A lot of the book has to do with the impossible, things that lie completely beyond human comprehension, and leaving some - even a lot - of the mystery unsolved keeps that theme.

Suzod recommends! :cthulhu:
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Tomes and Illusions / Re: What books do you read?
« Last post by Aramax on May 11, 2015, 08:12:09 AM »
I like dark fantasy but set in a fantasy world, am re-reading Songs of The Dying Earth a tribute to Jack Vances Dying Earth series, its a collection of short stories where the authers do there best to imitate Vance's style. Very good.

Next is Vironiconium(cant remember auther) A VERY dif take on fantasy tropes, anothe Dying Earth setting. Best alien invasion story EVER!The alien dont even know they are invading! I liked this so much I stopped reading it when I was 90% done so I could re-read it again and get some new material out of it(I do this from time to time w/ stuff I really like)

My favorite book is The Throne of Bone by Brian McNaughton, a dark fantasy take on ghouls.Beware there is some sick sexual stuff in there but the ghouls are so cool. Tip skip the first short story and read it last, I almost didnt read the rest of the book when I started with it,cant recomend highly enuf if you like your fantasy mixed w/ horror
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Tomes and Illusions / Re: What books do you read?
« Last post by Kassy on May 11, 2015, 05:45:52 AM »
I've jumped back into reading heavily over the last month.

3 more Dresden Files novels, the last of which I finished was White Night. I love Jim Butcher's style!

I've also just started reading (maybe 70 odd pages in), Robert Jordan's Wheel of time series': Eye of the World. It seems to be much recommended and from what I've read so far I can see why! I usually expect epics like this to drag forever in the opening (like Game of Thrones did, or seemed to), but I'm into it straight away.
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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: Prehistoric Pitch
« Last post by Moonlake on May 10, 2015, 10:47:06 PM »
btw, Goss, did you try PM Lanfear to ask when he/she would like to come in? No hurries with me, but just thought that's sth you could do to make sure rather than just passively waiting for Lanfear to drop into this thread again, sometimes people forget about where to find a particular thread (I do sometimes) but then again maybe it's not such a big issue here cos anyone would know that it's definitely under the Roleplaying sub-board.
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Tomes and Illusions / Re: What books do you read?
« Last post by Moonlake on May 10, 2015, 10:43:24 PM »
Just finished the Tower and Knife trilogy by Marzarkis Williams. Pretty solid writing, a good layered story and my first experience with the 'grim fantasy' niche.
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Worst movies ever
« Last post by Longspeak on May 10, 2015, 11:06:16 AM »
Every Movie M. Night Shamalamadingdong made after Unbreakable was the worst movie ever.

Unbreakable I'm on the fence about. I have good and bad days.
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Worst movies ever
« Last post by Aramax on May 10, 2015, 07:43:41 AM »
i love Signs!(but then I liked Daredevil and Catwoman ,so what do I know!)
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