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Links / Re: Interesting Non-Game Stuff
« Last post by Pariah on November 24, 2014, 02:06:34 PM »
Language stuff, because that's what today is, apparently...

http://zompist.com/kitlong.html <- A nice blog post on conlangs, complete with a nice graphic that I wish I had had back when I was learning Arabic on what all those fun words like epiglottal, pharyngeal, and frictive actually mean in relation to you.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/31904/12-letters-didnt-make-alphabet and this is from Val on letters that didn't make the English alphabet, because apparently we didn't actually deserve two letters to describe the two ways of pronouncing "th."  We are unworthy... :c
Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: The Call of Captain-thulhu
« Last post by Pariah on November 24, 2014, 01:48:17 PM »
Antifreeze is bad for you, it makes you blind, or puts hair on your palms, one of the two...  Bathtub gin, on the other hand, is outstanding.  And by bathtub gin I actually mean that awesome shine that my buddy James's uncle Jim makes.  Yeah, their family is distinctly lacking in the unique name front, namely because James is actually a Jr, and his uncle is using his middle name...  I gave up trying to figure out why they thought this was a good idea years ago.
Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: The Call of Captain-thulhu
« Last post by Scrasamax on November 24, 2014, 12:37:41 PM »
I don't know what the Professor is drinking, but I want some of it, and I think we should buy him some more of whatever it is.

Unless it's something like antifreeze, or bathtub gin
Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: The Call of Captain-thulhu
« Last post by Pariah on November 24, 2014, 12:21:04 PM »
Alright, it is time you mofos.  I am straight going to talk about this nonsensical language shtuff that lazy writers use to make their characters names/lingos sound "foreign" to a non-Inglish ear.  Because this is aimed primarily at native speakers of teh English (whether it be the Queen's or that collection of dialects known primarily as 'Murican) you foreign folks prolly only need to skim it, cause really, all you need to do to make something sound foreign to us rulers of the world (I don't want to hear anything from you Brits, we basically took over the whole primary world power thing from you, so I know that in you time you would've been slightly put out if anyone worth talking to didn't speak English) is use your native tongue.

Sin the First: Apostrophes.  I mean, really, slapping an apostrophe in the middle of a word isn't just stupid, it's lazy.  Unless if you're writing a Sco'ish character, there's really no reason to be using glottal stops just to sound special.  Exceptions include: Scots, 'Arabs (yes, the "proper" transliteration of Arab would include an apostrophe seeing as the 'ayin is generally written with an apostrophe when transcribed into English because there's really no other way to write "I'm currently choking on a cock"); if your conlang actually has glottal stops or a voiced pharyngeal fricative (in the later case might I recommend ʕ as an approximation due to its use in IPA? No? I didn't think so... :c) feel free to use the apostrophe.  Everyone else, can make ʕ noises around the gratuitous I will shove down your hatch.

Sin the Second: C/Ck/K diskishness.  Where the First just reeks of laziness, the second is that of pretentiousness.  Yes, there are real religions that think that Magick (with a capital M and a ck) are a thing, but I'm pretty sure that you're not writing about that in your fantasy setting.  If you are, feel free to disregard and have fun with mages that can't fireball.  Everyone else, STOP IT!!!!!  You're not fooling anyone into thinking that you're "legit" or "have new ideas." In a fantasy setting magic == magick == magik, no ifs ands or buts, and that goes for anything else with a c that you're substituting a ck for, or a k you're subbing in a hard c for, it doesn't matter, don't do this.  If you commit this sin you will be condemned to the ninth circle of hell, to warm Satan's juice crew for all of eternity (with your mouth).  Do not pass go, do not collect 2,000 nuyen.

Sin the Third: Nu instead of new.  I... Just... no... ... ...  Please, don't...  I mean, English isn't exactly the most logical, or beautiful, or perfect, or languagey language out there, but why.  I may not have much respect for the language, but I'm not about to substitute a "u" for "ew" just because "it looks like a thing kids will do."  If you still feel the need to do this, remember this one phrase "If I actually do this and I get famous, no kid anywhere will ever use that word ever" and you should be able to prevent yourself from butchering this poor defenseless language any more than it already has been by Shakespeare.

Sin the Fourth: *h****e.  This is, combined with Sin the Second, is where we get names like Kharne (Carnage -> drop 2nd syllable -> C to K -> +*h***e = Kharne).  Other words that follow this rule are therazine and theramine and roughly a gogool other words, all made up by someone that thought they were being hhote shhite, when they decided to do it but didn't realize that everyone else was doing it too.  No matter how much to want to write that slashfic about your OC Phorne and his adventures with Spock, don't.

Sin the Fifth: Ps(pit it out you useless waste of air). The only reason we have "Ps" as an actual diphthong in the English language is because some highly educated idiots in the past decided out language wasn't already messed up enough by the Norman invasion, so why not throw some Greek and Latin false roots into the language, just so that eight year olds can will college scholarships for their amazing ability to spell words.  DO. NOT. CONTINUE. THIS. ABUSE. OF. MY. LANGUAGE.  I will personally hunt you down and shove those "Ps"'s so far past your colon you'll be tasting them when you burp, for a month.  And before you say anything, no, it does not make you cool to creatively misspell words beginning in 's' solely to make your word look cooler.  On a side note, I'm going to include the diphthong "ph" in this, because it really doesn't matter if you call your magical means of communication a phone or a fone, they're still the same thing (bad example, I know, but this whole sentence was written about the same time as the comment on ellipsises, so you can go phrack an asteroid.)  Also "ae" when and "a" would do, and "gh" and...  You know what, forget it, call them phayrighies for all I care, power to you, I hope you choke and die on all the extra letters.

Sin the Sixth: Doubling of consonants.  "But Professor P," you're saying, "that fragment doesn't have a verb." My reply is to beat you with a turgid fish.  At this point I'm nearing the point of incomprehensibility in my drunkeness, so you're going to have to accept my word that this is a Bad Thing™ and that you shouldn't do it.  I will be honest with you and say that it's so far down the list I didn't even think of it until Tusserk decided to say something and accidentally doubled the k at the end of e's name, at which point I replied that while the use of hard vowels at the end of a name to signify your's is a warrior culture is a thing, it's not actually a crime against all languages everywhere, though it's close.  In fact, compared to the others it's downright tame, mainnly because mosst peopple donn't go arounnd doubbling the midddle consonnant in their worrds.  In case if you were still wondering why it's actually a bad thing, look ye to the preceding sentence.

Among those things that don't quite make it into the category of sins, but merely minor annoyances, are:::

Left to Right writing bias: Because most of our exposure to conlangs comes to us though a couple of phases transliterated into the Latin alphabet and the occasional name, this doesn't actually come up that often, but when you start seeing the actual characters in a language, how often are they presented right to left, as opposed to boustrophedon, left to right, up to down, or down to up?  Those are all actual way of writing that have been (or still are) used in our world, ignoring such wonderful options as corkscrews, it doesn't matter, and "I write the words on bones and stick them in a bag, how the recipient reads them is up to the gods."

Subject, Verb, Object bias:  Forgivable because most (SVO and SOV the two most common structures account for three quarters of sentencing in the world, wikipedia counted) of the languages spoken in meat space are of the SVO orientation, it is, however, not the only form of structure found in natural languages.  But, I'm calling upon you oh nameless hordes of peoples making up languages to fill that empty hole in your life, make something that's VSO, or SOV, or even OSV.  It can be done, the Warao people of the Guyanas did it, so I'm sure you can too.

Abuse of the Common Ellipsis: I will admit that I am a major abuser of this beautiful collection of dots.  Every day I can be found using them, over and over and over...  But it's all right, really.  They exist to provide a visual cue for something that is lacking in a text based medium, namely the sound "um" or the physical action of rubbing your hand on the back of your head.

Umlauts (and other diacritics): If you're just using them because they look metal, don't.  They have an actual meaning, and you are ruining them, you personally.  If there is any higher power(s) s/he/they will take you behind the celestial outhouse and beat you with a hose if you use these beautiful symbols solely because they make Fáirïes happy.  However if you're going to use them for their actual meaning, namely showing with a specificity just what particular vowel sound you're trying to use, feel free.
Therafter / Re: Old School
« Last post by valadaar on November 24, 2014, 09:12:43 AM »
The metallic figure seemed to flinch at Asha's voice and put its hands up.

"Apologies, Madam." it said in a clearly artificial voice. "Would any of you require some refreshments? Darts? Cards? I apologize for the mess, but the maintenance robot has been reassigned."

The robot had stepped a little closer but had stopped, hands still up.

Marcus growled and looked ready to charge it.

Therafter / Re: Old School
« Last post by Carnegie H. Roberts on November 24, 2014, 07:18:24 AM »
Startled, Carnegie quickly raised her rifle and looked through the scope at the figure.

I'll take a perception check, +7 +2 for scope (+9)
Therafter / Re: Old School
« Last post by Asha on November 24, 2014, 06:57:16 AM »
Asha raised her pistol, training it on the humanoid silhouette as she flattened herself against the wall. Cautiously she raised her voice and called out, just in case it was a person and not another corpse bot, ready to begin firing if it proved hostile. "Hello? Identify yourself!"
Therafter / Re: Old School
« Last post by valadaar on November 23, 2014, 08:45:19 PM »
The hallway had a layer of dust that had been disturbed - apparently recently.  Two more locked doors on either side, no keycards.   Then a short set of stairs dropping into a much larger room, extending out further than the torch's light could reach.

Asha's eyes could reach out further, actually able to use the torch's light to better use than her companions.  Room was probably 50' square.  A couple openings on the north wall (left), tables here and there in the room and some odd machines against the east wall (ahead).

She noticed it was getting brighter in here, and looked up.  Panels on the ceiling began to glow, and it wasn't long until her companions could see better in the room.  The ceiling was fairly high up - maybe 20'.

It was obviously some sort of giant kitchen - table, chairs, plates and utensils scattered about.  The machines she saw earlier started to show small lights coming on.

At that moment, a humanoid figure emerged from one of the North doorways, about 40' distant. Just an outline at this moment.

Greetings Traveler / Re: The Dr says
« Last post by Strolen on November 23, 2014, 06:53:47 PM »
I was d.e.d.

And they stole my loot.
RP / Re: Guardians of the Citadel
« Last post by EchoMirage on November 23, 2014, 01:19:14 PM »
Echo saw the vile minion on the ground beneath Mystic, and knew that the fight was over at this spot.
"Look, cloned wizards, one more wimpy than the other" the priestess noted, drawing back the bowstring and going for the legs - it would disperse the images, and incapacitate the real felon.
Verily, Echo would see him punished for interrupting the little tete-a-tete, and he needed to be alive for that (as of now, more options for punishment may become available later).
(20:18:44) Minion: EchoMirage rolls 2d20 and gets 12,1.
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