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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.
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:

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

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?
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( ;) )
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!
Citadel Tavern / Re: Strolenites are we! Forever shall we be!
« Last post by valadaar on January 15, 2018, 08:23:40 AM »
Here! Here!

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."

Citadel Tavern / Strolenites are we! Forever shall we be!
« Last post by Shadoweagle on January 14, 2018, 11:56:24 PM »

Last forum post: January 07, 2016, 09:48:34 PM

Yikes.  :dizzy:

I joined the citadel in December of 2003. I was 17 years old. I had never played a table-top game in my life (I've STILL only played one or two to this date, actually). I was everything you all hate: I was into vampires and dragonball Z style superpowered beings and other such inanity. My only exposure to roleplaying was video games and online chatrooms filled with other edgy teens trying to outdo each other.

My first submission on the citadel was essentially a Raistlin clone and I thought it was super cool how dark and powerful this guy was. It wasn't received particularly well and the early generation of the citadel - Ria Hawk, Siren, CaptainPenguin, EphemerealStability, Manfred, Moonhunter, and others soon called me up on my antics. I could easily have left then. Or I could easily have refused their advice and stagnated as another Kalabar.

Instead, I learned. I ate my humble pie and I adapted. I asked for tips and read other submissions for inspiration. And I got better!

Others joined the citadel around the same time as me. Mourngrym, Echomirage, Scrasamax, Chaosmark, Ancient Gamer, Valadaar and more; all were older than me and had far more experience. All brought with them their own nuances and styles. They built worlds and shared ideas. Because of all of these people I learned enough to begin being proud of my submissions, flawed as they perhaps still were. I contributed enough to and was active enough in the citadel to be allowed to moderate the boards - this was eventually upgraded to an Admin status; A promotion which to this day I don't think I deserved but am still grateful for.

In the years to follow others came along. Wulfhere Kassy, Dozus, and Murometz to name a few. Without equal the time I enjoyed the most on this site was when Scrasamax and Murometz created the Adventurers Upon Return moderated freeform game and I played as my own tragic sandwalker, Moruz. That, and select other games, are some of the highlights of my time here.

In the years on, I made more friends, lost a few as people come and go from the citadel (myself included), and made more yet again. Laughter and ideas were had, worlds were forged from thought alone.

Of course, Strolen has always been here. Turning the cogs, fixing the leaks and greasing the ball bearings. Without his commitment to this site I would never have evolved to how I am now. Cudos to you, Strolen, wherever you may be and however active you are! There are so many others I can name, all of which i've shared experiences with.

For the last several years my inspiration has slipped. I made less posts than I used to, and I found it harder to write. I've found my days have been too long and hard to be able to just sit down and bash out a sub like I used to and it has been feeling more like a chore than a hobby. I've not made a sub in over 2 years and I've not posted in the forums in nearly as long. I've been through a lot lately and life has done what it is wont to do and beaten me with its club, even to the point where i've ended up seeking out professional help. Through all of that, I've never truly forgotten Strolen's Citadel. It's a place I'll always return to, even if it's just for a catch up post once in a while.

This year will have been the 15th year of my membership here. In 2 more years i'll have been a member of this site for longer than I have NOT been a member of this site. In 15 years I started and finished a course to become a chef. I spent 9 years in the industry, bought a house, got married, had a child, had a divorce, moved 1500km from my home town, sold my house, and started a science degree.
I currently have a new partner and am doing my third year subjects for a bachelor of Physics and Maths. My daughter is nearly 5 years old and starts primary school in a week.
And I still keep coming back here.

The reason I came back to the Citadel this time is because i'm thinking about trying my hand at a fantasy novel set in my world of Asydia which I'd been working on here. A high fantasy tale of a Hyparican girl and a strange figure who always seems to be present in her dreams.
The novel may more may not fall flat depending on life, but I came back to harvest all of my submissions for their content and inspiration, and remembered how much I love this place, even as quiet as it is at the moment.

But I just wanted to make a post to say thank you. Thank you all who are here now. Thank you to the old blood who stuck around. Thank you newcomers who i've never met. Thank you those who are long gone and we will never see again. Thank you, Strolen. Thank you late night, drunken chatroom sessions. Thank you, Barbarian horde.
Strolen's Citadel is the people. The prolific posters, the lurkers, the jokers, the critics, the dramatics. Without you I wouldn't be who I am. I would still be in those s**tty chatrooms pretending to be an edgy vampire sitting in the corner of the room waiting for someone to see how cool I was.

Even though I may fall to the shadows again until another time, I will never forget this place and the people in it.
Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by Scrasamax on January 14, 2018, 08:16:45 AM »
The turbo tank cruises through the path that Jerome has charted out for it, making easy work of the rough terrain. It does start slowing down as they enter rougher terrain, and they are close to making the cut east towards the salt pan with a bullet ricochets off the armor shroud of the vehicle.

'Low velocity, large caliber,' Arjan says, grabbing another gear and throwing the vehicle forward.

Outside, Blue is slung around in the gunner's position. He sees the shooters, there are a good dozen of them, on horses and camels. They aren't raiders like he's seen before, these are kill fetishes, people who like to dress up in borderline bondage gear and go out with guns and knives and kill people for fun.

More rounds ping off the armor, from a single shooter. He has an antique rifle, and the rest of the killers seem to have much better weapons, but arent using them

Note - The Thrill Killers have the high ground, and are mounted, there are 10 of them, and they are all armed. Turbo tank is heading up a wide desert wash/flood plain, and the TKs are to the right side of the vehicle, approx 100 meters away
OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: The Silk Road OOC Chat
« Last post by EchoMirage on January 14, 2018, 08:08:05 AM »
What now? :)
Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by valadaar on January 12, 2018, 11:11:44 AM »
Jerome just shook his head.  Had things always been this weird?

Jerome patched his sat data into the vehicles navigation system.  "Around here is where we want to go.  And here. " he pointed to the scavenger's camp, " is where we don't want to.  Too many hostiles."

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