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Literature / Re: Steven Erikson (The 3.5 million word journey?)
« on: August 14, 2017, 04:45:26 pm »
I liked the first one a lot...a LOT.

I had a really hard time getting into the second book (the current one atm). But it gets better and better. I am 100 pages before the end. And i can tell you, if you are a fan of philosophical fantasy (and if you really are a fan of TSA, then you are) you need to read it.
To be honest, as far as non-artificial (as in made-up) depth and real world applicability and examination goes...this trumps Scott's philosophy (TSA philosophy, that is), sorry to say (even if Erikson is not a scholar of philosophy). So much more...punch in it (and as said, applicability).

News/Announcements / Re: Building Better Community
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:32:14 pm »
If women really don't read philosophy I'd say that's more a compliment than an insult to be honest.

lol...say what now? Are you serious? If so, why is that a compliment?

I hope that's ok here...i mean it's not something that was moved here or anything but reading the thread, this jumped out at me. And i'd like more info ;)

Also, if i may, MSJ - I get your sentiment (reaction to Edward), but 1) i think it was unnecessarily passive agressive AND ... to be honest...nobody "owes" you an indepth explanation why they hate or don't like something. Sometimes people just want to vent and get some "yeah, me too!!", you know.
Also, if you really want people to get you your explanations, do you really think that the way you phrased it is the way to go? I am pretty sure a more friendly and constructive "inquiry" would have had more chance of engaging Edward.

Anyway...not trying to be the wise-ass here...just my 2 cents to the communications at hand.

Wil & Madness - yes, i guess i should have waited a few more days...the thread with Scott answering so many questions kind of makes my thread here more or less redundant ^^

Also, maybe i should have browsed a bit more, i admit. Although on first glance i didn't see a dedicated thread to musings for details explicitly after TUC.

Anyway... i guess we can close this thread (or not, some interesting points are being discussed that had nothing to do with my relatively light opening post)

News/Announcements / Re: Quorum
« on: July 31, 2017, 04:23:24 pm »
Cool! Thanks, guys, for laying it out and considering it. And for tolerating my vehemence ;)

News/Announcements / Re: Quorum
« on: July 30, 2017, 09:52:50 pm »
Probably no quorum. Don't count on it at least. Data indicates that not having it dramatically increases forum posting.

It just has its very own charm, so to speak, to talk in real time with fellow fans instead of the usual post structure. I know i will not make up for missed quorum "talks" in other post count. So i am not even sure that this is what it is. We probably have new members and also returning, older members who want to post about TUC and/or TGO atm.

So as said, i do hope you bring it back. It is its own thing...and it was something TSA had (a tradition, if you will) that no other forum i frequent has. I don't think you should kill it.
(mind you, this is speaking from a user stand point. If it is just too much trouble to implement it and/or keep it running, then that is another story entirely)

Finished TUC today.

I will try to write down my thoughts later (and after browsing the TUC subforum, i see that i am at least not alone in being...underwhelmed) although i'm still not sure if i want to post it here. Not sure if a Bakker fan forum is the right place  ;)

Now, to the thread at hand. Right after reading the last sentence of the book my mind was instantly going "Ok...what now?!" . Will we see the third series? Or is this it for Earwa?
If we will see the series that shall not be named, what will it tell? Will it continue immediately after the end of TUC? Or will we get another years long jump into the future?

There surely are some stories to tell, obviously. I mean 2nd Apocalypse, yo! So i guess there is no shortage of stuff to write about.
I do wonder it a good idea? I really think it is worth pondering if it isn't better to just....leave it there, so to speak.

Not much thought, i know. Just lots of (probably uninteresting) questions  ;D

Maybe i will come back later with more actual thought (and/or answers to my own questions).

But i had to get that out of my head...and where better to put it then here?!!

Oh and...bring the Quorum back, damn it!!!!  :P :P ;D ;)

News/Announcements / Re: Quorum
« on: July 30, 2017, 03:14:10 pm »
What?!!? No no no no nooooo... i want the quorum back....yesterday!!!

On a more serious note...please bring it back. It's what made this forum special vis-a-vis other fantasy book forums (ok that and its...special...members :D ;) ). I love the quorum.

General Earwa / Re: Eärwa Maps
« on: June 04, 2017, 04:14:45 pm »
I'm a bit sad that the trees didn't make it into the map. Now i think the quite modern rendering of everything but the mountains is kind of...distracting. Colors for different landmarks but mountains as symbols is kind of a mish mash of styles.

But hey, that's still an awesome map overall. So i'm complaining because i love ;)

General Earwa / Re: Zaudunyanicon 2017
« on: May 15, 2017, 01:45:29 pm »
Kellais - we'll put you on speaker phone from your cell  8)

Why did i not think about that!??!!! .... :P ;)

And age?! Pfff.... if you read PoN/AE and like it, you're our kind of people ;)

General Earwa / Re: Zaudunyanicon 2017
« on: May 14, 2017, 09:56:01 pm »
Meeting you guys and meeting Bakker on top...would be awesome to the power of infinity ;)

Unfortunately you all are on the wrong continent for this to be realistic for me :( Anyway, i wish you all the best of times. And do post pictures and make transcripts of your talks (ok, the latter thing is a bit unreasonable to ask for...i know :D ).

I like your measuring-stick, so to speak, almost nothing made a splash like Vampire when it came out. So yeah... lol. 7th Sea was big enough in its day. As i said, when you got your game picked up by WotC, THE rpg publisher, then yeah, you did it. But as you said, anyway... (as an aside, i am not sure i'd want to use 7th Sea mechanics for Earwa...if i'd take roll&keep system, which i really like, btw, i'd take the L5R's grittier).

I agree with the two approaches you cite. It's more or less what i tried to say in my post before yours.

Save or die is indeed quite frustrating. Especially if it is just one roll for a very important situation. Although in the case of PoN and might be appropriate ^^
lol...really, died from shaving?! Well, that sucks, i agree :D

Very much agreed on the suspense thing. There needs to be risk and characters should die...especially if they do stupid and/or careless things. Dying in an unimportant encounter is frustrating but i think it very much depends on how that encounter happened. If it's the players fault they got into such an encounter, death is fair game for me. As i said, if players rush into things foolishly, they have to be prepared for anything. Especially in a world like Bakker's.

And talking shop is what we are here for, right?! .... Right?! ;)

I wouldn't call 7th Sea a short fad. We played it for years. It had good support. It even got taken up by the d20 era and wizards published double-stat books for it. So yeah.

And the second Ed. is already out.

Never played Ars Magica.

I still think Runequest 6 (now called Myhtras) would be perfect for Earwa. I can see me playing a PoN rpg with Blades in the Dark as well, but it'd be a very different atmosphere than with RQ6.
FATE Core is also very much possible if you want a more narrative way to portray Scott's world. It would work well, imo.

Literature / Re: Steven Erikson (The 3.5 million word journey?)
« on: January 30, 2017, 06:16:54 pm »
Dancer's Lament is not bad. But it's nothing to write home about. I mean if you dig the Malazan universe, you absolutely have to read it. So much gold. But as far as writing goes it's just OK.

Although i do have to say that if you find Erikson to heavy/dense, than maybe Esslemont is where it is at with Malazan. Because while he might not be on a level with Erikson and Bakker in his writing, he still is better than a lot of other fantasy out there.

@ Wilshire - Uhhh...ouch... . You're way too young to be saying things like "favorite author forever"!!  :P ;D

Literature / Re: Steven Erikson (The 3.5 million word journey?)
« on: January 29, 2017, 05:37:59 pm »
Yeah, i knew that i wouldn't be welcomed back with my new views...but what i can i's how i feel. Truth shines, or something ;)

Literature / Re: Steven Erikson (The 3.5 million word journey?)
« on: January 29, 2017, 04:55:44 pm »
Funny how tastes differ eh? I can't really get most of the criticisms of the last two pages..especially if you are a fan of TSA. Because a lot of things that can be said about Malazan can be said about TSA.

I have to admit, lately, both authors have disappointed me. I found the latest offers of both to be ... lacking. Fun fact : the thing that you guys seem to think is Erikson's big problem was the problem for me with Bakker's latest....fucking slow and boring until the last 100 pages...but those last 100 pages...oh boy...made up for the whole slog of the first part.

I really do hope though that Bakker gets back on his feet, so to speak. I think the last book tried too hard. He talked himself in some corners with his "explanations". Anyway, this is an Erikson thread, i should talk about Bakker in the threads dedicated to his work.

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