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The Unholy Consult / Re: [TUC Spoilers] Esmenet the Angelic Ciphrang
« on: December 06, 2019, 08:25:14 pm »
Buzz-skill.

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Am I helping?

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Philosophy & Science / Re: Multiverse Theories Are Bad for Science
« on: December 05, 2019, 04:06:53 pm »
All these theories and no experiments, science is about falsifiable results if you can't even experiment on your theories it's philosophy not science. All imo of course.

Just for clarity, people agree on this, yeah? One isn't "doing science" if all they are doing is proposing un-falsifiable claims, right? There is some division between theoretical vs. experimental of course, but is there a point where theory is so far from being verifiable that it ceases to be scientific?

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: November 26, 2019, 06:18:46 pm »
The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks (Lightbringer #4) (30)

Hey, I made it to 30, which was my goal for the year, only a month ahead of schedule. Pretty good.

As for the book, it was good. There's actually quite a bit of emotional depth in this one, clearly written by a man who thinks about relationships, especially marriage, a great deal. Rather refreshing for a series, and a genre, geared more towards other things.

I'm going to jump straight to book 5 from here and finish off the series before the year is out. Its a rather big book and I expect it will take a few weeks to finish. Very excited to see where this fantastic series ends.

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The Unholy Consult / Re: [TUC Spoilers] Esmenet the Angelic Ciphrang
« on: November 26, 2019, 12:52:21 pm »
That's definitely something that has been proposed in some form or another.

The nature of the gods being 'outside time' yet seeing events within it, leads to some interesting, yet endlessly regressive, thinking.

On top of the time strangeness, there's also the fact that the events in the books tend to repeat themselves, though in most cases on a larger scale. The First Apocalypse, the first Ordeal, even writ small as the Vulgar Holy War and the Holy War, not to mention all the parallels between the various Anasurimbor men.

Its a very reciprocal system, and Bakker seems very fond of characters creating their own demise. So while I'm not sure its the way the story is going necessarily, I think it would fit within the bounds of what has been set up so far - that the events in the story created the gods which in turn retroactively create the events that lead to their creation.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: November 05, 2019, 02:32:57 pm »
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (The Locked Tomb 1)  (29)

This was a fun book. The main character is a jaunty 19 year old swordsman and she follows about a slightly younger necromancer as a body guard. The story prose begins a bit purple, which after finishing the story I'm happy to write off as 'first novel nerves'. Tamysn Muir does a good job throughout making the characters feel real, and the plot unfolds nicely. There's a lot of humor, which livens up a story that could be rather dark considering it follows around a group of Necromancers.

Maybe not as strong a showing as other recent new authors, like Pierce Brown with Red Rising, or Poppy War by RF Kuang, but its a solid read, and I'll absolutely be looking forward to her finishing this series. Plenty of world building, plot, and characters, to keep me interested.

If you're looking to read something published in 2019, or for new authors, this is a good choice.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: October 30, 2019, 12:01:05 pm »
The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks, Lightbringer 3 (28)

I continue to be impressed with Weeks' writing. The books primary focus is on the plot, but the characters and relationships are unfolding in a complex way that really drives things along. I find myself feeling very strongly for many of the characters, which brings a solid poignancy to many scenes. Some plot twists you can guess or see coming, there are others that are shocking while still making sense in retrospect.

This is still something I highly recommend. It's not in the same vein as Watts or Bakker, but its great fantasy writing if geared more towards 'fun' than 'deep'.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: October 21, 2019, 01:07:45 pm »
 Been waiting for a new series ever since I couldnt finish Red Country, so I'm very glad to hear you liked it.

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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: October 16, 2019, 12:01:06 pm »
Yeah we played a few games of Gloomhaven, there are some quirks like "no sharing or trading" that seem ridiculous for a co-op RPG lol.

7 Wonders base game has a 2 player rule set, but it adds a non-player character to be a 3rd player. Dual I guess was redesigned slightly to make it better for 2p.

Twilight Imperium would be awesome, but I don't have anyone that would want to play a game like that with me. Too much time investment for the others I guess. Games that size (gloomhaven, descent, etc.) just aren't on the docket.

Wingspan is a resource management / engine builder. You get a player mat that has different biomes, and your goal is to get points by placing/growing various birds on your mat. The artwork is brilliant and pleasing, and it seems to be a good engine builder with simple mechanics which can lead you down a couple different paths to victory.

My most recent purchase was Ex Libris - you play as the curator of a town library. You compete with other players for the best/rarest books, trying to impress the city inspector who assigns points based on size, stability, variety, rarity, and theme. Basically you collect cards in various ways, arrange them in alphabetical order as best you can. Its pretty fun, a worker replacement game, and the book titles (of where there are some 600+) are pretty witty and brilliant making it fun to read them.

Also recently played Bargain Quest, though only about 15% of it as we ran out of time. You are a shop owner trying to sell wares to heroes, who then go out adventuring with your gear. If they live and kill monsters, you get fame, and they get gold which they can then bring back for more gear. They can also die, in which case you get no fame. The dead heroes are rotated out with new ones. Each turn you compete with the other players to attract 1 hero to your shop. This one was quite fun, and I wish I played more of it. There's something of a bidding phase each turn where you compete mildly to grab the best customer who can buy your stuff, which means plenty of interactions with other players without be overly competitive.

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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: October 15, 2019, 03:56:03 pm »
7 Wonders has a 2player varient called 7 Wonders dual.

7 Wonders plays pretty well with 3, OK at 4 but not ideal. I don't prefer games that dont allow player interaction, and you only interact with the player to your right and your left. I haven't tried it, but there's an expansion, something to do with Ships, that allows you to trade/etc. with farther away players, which seems like a needed improvement (since the base game allows up to 7 to play, more with expansions).

Its one of the first games that I really played. It can be fun, but its definitely not one that my various groups prefer. I think it gets a bit stale with 4 players and no expansions.

Did I mention I played Wingspan? I feel like I already did, but dont see the post... Its entertaining enough, with a lot of fun mechanics, but again I don't prefer games withotu some interacting with other players, which there isn't any... Hopefully its popularity will mean future expansions that let you foil your opponents!

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: October 14, 2019, 12:53:48 pm »
Could be that the first one is so short you can't get a solid feeling for it. But also, in generally I find people don't like books that are confusing and throw you into the middle of a story that already happening. This is definitely what happens in Gunslinger, so I'm not surprised it is not fondly remembered by many.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: October 14, 2019, 12:13:09 pm »
Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy 1) by  Jacqueline Carey (26)
Carey is a fantastic writer. The main focus of the book is prose, with the setting being close enough to medieval europe that it could be alternate history / historical fantasy, with very little magic. This isn't normal something I seek out or enjoy, but Carey's writing was good enough to carry me through to the end.

Its a great book, drags a bit in the middle, but when it ended I found myself wanting to read more. The POT character is a trained courtesan, who navigates the intrigues of court and much more, though for plot spoiler reasons I can't really say more. For anyone looking to read something that's not so dark with great prose, I would recommend this novel.

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower 1) by Stephen King (27)
This was my first King novel, and while it was a bit weird, I enjoyed it. I don't know what King is known for (other than horror and prolific), but I was impressed by the prose. Its a really short book - less than 7 hours of audio - so the world building seemed stilted, but there was enough  sprinkled in throughout to warrant picking up the sequel.

I've heard this is by far the worst in the series, so I was worried about this book and had low expectations. Maybe that colored my opinion about it, but if this is the worst the series has to offer then there's nothing to worry about. Hard to give it a strong recommendations, but there was also nothing in there to turn me away.

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The Great Ordeal / Re: Sranc POV?
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:47:43 am »
I'm pretty sure there's sranc POV at the start of Judging Eye, where they are tracking the Skin Eaters.

There might be other instances, but not many, and not any I can recall off hand.

(also it looks like you double posted so I removed the other topic)

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The Unholy Consult / Re: (TUC Spoilers) Thoughts on TUC
« on: October 04, 2019, 02:59:38 pm »
For all we know, finding Mommy might have been all that Nau was doing as the NG as well :P .

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I think modern economic theory diverges from previous theory by realizing that humans do not act either rationally nor in their best interest. SO I think that supports your thought there.

I would think stability is, or at least should be, a viable measure of economic value. Things tend to not be great when people don't feel safe. Probably because our economies are built on spending money, when people feel unsafe they hoard it, which makes things even more unstable - downward spiral ensues.

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The Unholy Consult / Re: (TUC Spoilers) Thoughts on TUC
« on: October 02, 2019, 03:24:47 pm »
No-God reminds me of Sin from FFX. Spoilers, its a big ass monster that destroys  cities, and when whoever kills it becomes it the next time around. You break the cycle of rebirth by doing some flim flam involving utilizing the emotions of the previous insertant and killing it in a special way so that it doesn't regenerate.

Kelmomas being a known quantity and hyper obsessed with Esmi is a pretty close approximation of that scenario.

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