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RPG Discussion / Re: The Vulgar Holy War: tabletop prototype
« on: March 03, 2017, 02:22:26 am »
Thanks everyone. I will post major updates on here, which could take some time...

@Wilshire The IP aspect... I would love to keep it set in the PoN universe, but if that isnt possible I will probably just make a more generic one. The 3D printers, yea, did not even know that was an option. If I went to a board game convention, I figured making all of the clay pieces would set me apart from the others. I will send you a PM for the rules and such.

RPG Discussion / The Vulgar Holy War: tabletop prototype
« on: March 02, 2017, 02:02:54 am »
I have spent a year and a half creating this prototype. It’s developed into somewhat of a mix between “Settlers” and “Axis and Allies.” The goal was to make a tournament style game, something that could be played at a competitive level. I also wanted enough random and organic elements to create high risk and reward situations. All of the pieces are handmade, the board itself has gone through 4 different versions, even a non symmetrical one.

The Vulgar Holy War (working title)
2-3 Players. Turn-based tabletop game. Players collect resources by claiming land or cities. Victory goes to the player who owns four cities by religion. Players balance the line between having a strong army or economy.

Main mechanics:
1. Peace or War?
     a.   The way players plan their strategies to a large extent comes down to whether the season is in peacetime or during wartime. If it’s during peace, players can move freely across the map where there is Empire soldiers.

2. World Events
     a.   At the start of every turn a new World Event card is revealed. If the card is not an elemental card, players can auction to see who can use the card.

3. Tactic Cards
     a.   Head on battles between players usually give a defenders advantage. Tactic cards however, turn the advantage to the attackers. Each flanking force into the defenders land, grants the attacker 1 tactic card. (Attacking from four lands into one gives 3 tactic cards.)

I would love to hear feedback if you see an area of improvement. I am satisfied with the game in terms of stats and balance, but it is not at a Kickstarter level. I would also be happy send over the PDF’s of the board as well as the sheets and rules, if anyone would like to help test the prototype. A first time playthrough takes most people around 2-3 hours, but with experienced players it rarely crosses the hour mark. I even have a spare set of clay pieces, but that would be an expensive shipment, (unless of course, Bakker is reading this and demands the original set.)

I could even do a video playthrough demonstration in the near future. My end vision for this would have each player be a different religion, the green pieces would reflect an Inrithi aesthetic, while red would be Fanim... and blue, Skylvendi.

General Earwa / Re: TSA related art and stuff. (VI)
« on: March 01, 2017, 07:15:51 pm »

News/Announcements / Re: Quorum
« on: January 29, 2017, 06:12:48 pm »
someone recently was turned off by a spoiler on the facebook group, so i think the spoiler warning should be there.

- Cnaiur and Conphas are both a joy to read from their perspectives, and the way they collide in TTT was great.
- Kellhus wrenching the Holy War to his will was unlike anything I had ever read.
- I loved Mimara's female perspective to that of the skin eaters.
- Kelmomas has some of the funniest inner dialogues Bakker has given us, and his study of the Narindar was thrilling.
- Sorweel felt a little out of place, but once his little servant began feeding the earth I was on board... although after TGO I worry he will be too alien.
- And as a bonus I believe its Sarl, who does the prologue, shit was hilarious re reading that in his voice.

Least Favorites:
- Malowebi, despite his interesting tie to Zeum, his chapters were definitely the slower parts, and I never felt any real threat to him in the events.
- Esmenet, for me its hit and miss. I did not like her sleeping her way away across the desert to get to the Achamian in the first book. But I love her perspective of Achamian, it makes him feel like a real person.

The Great Ordeal / Re: [TGO SPOILERS] The DREAMS
« on: October 17, 2016, 01:00:37 am »
So much of the plot goes over my head, but I wonder where exactly do the Seswatha dreams come from? Has this been explained? I know Mimara says something about the relevancy of time, compared to what he has dreamed, (Akka meets Koringhus and dreams of being Celmomas.)

I think Golgotterath is the location of the dreams. Perhaps the Consult have somehow kept alive Seswatha or Nau-Cayuti and the closer a mandate schoolmen, they are able to reach them through dreams. This would explain why Achamian experienced so many differences in the dreams on the frontier so far removed from Atyersus.

General Earwa / Re: Is there any interest for audiobooks?
« on: September 25, 2016, 07:17:10 pm »
I wrote a reply on Bakker's blog on this same subject.

The switch to a different narrator makes sense in that the characters age twenty years, and we have a whole new slew of characters and places. It feels right in my opinion. Also, his slow deliberate style fits Bakkers prose quite well. Don't start a kickstarter over something so trivial.

Besides, I don't think De Vries captured Achamian nor Kellhus characters until far into the first book. Kellhus is too naive and human, for instance... "I shall dwell in my fathers house." is narrated like... "I shall dwell in my fathers house!" Achamian on the other hand is played far too clumsily in the bar scene with Geshrunni. Both narrators are incredible overall though.

General Earwa / Re: The Prince of Nothing: TV series
« on: September 25, 2016, 06:54:21 pm »
You can have erect phalluses as long as they are monstrous or deformed for the Sranc i think, and as long as the camera doesnt dwell on them, because its just part of who they are.

Writing / Re: GRRM Interviews King!
« on: September 18, 2016, 03:23:24 am »
GRRM and Stephen King are a perfect fit - two mediocre authors who mass-produce shitty mediocrities, to the point of defining "airport lit".
this is perfect

The Great Ordeal / Re: [TGO SPOILERS] Momas Almighty
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:53:38 am »
Am I to take it little Kel dead at the end of the book? I am pretty sure Kellhus would be able to figure out the eye glances and his scream at the end.

General Earwa / Re: The Prince of Nothing: TV series
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:24:38 am »
Im a little late to this party but fuck if this didnt make my day. I feel like any of the big production shows could pull off the series with some good direction. As some have mentioned, this would have to be a different type of tv show.

It would be interesting to storyboard out the first episode so to speak. In my mind the prologue would have no music, and be edited without much cinematic flair, this would fit Kellhus's POV well too. After Kellhus flees the Nonmen, it would lead into the title sequence, then into Achamians first scene. I think a solid way to end the episode would show Geshrunni beaten by the fat man / cut to Achamian leaving Atyersus then / cut back to Gehrunni being dragged through the mud. "Something impossibly ancient," "Inconceivably beautiful." And that whole fun dialogue.

The Great Ordeal / Re: [TGO Spoilers] Whale Mothers
« on: August 22, 2016, 04:59:45 pm »
The first time Kellhus met a woman was at Atrithau.And since that part was skipped we will never know what was his reaction.

Unless of course there will be an Atrocity Tale about Kellhus in Atrithau,now that would be cool!!
I loved that moment, how we catch up with Kellhus in medias res fighting/fleeing from Sranc with his little-dunyain. Its one of the great gem's from the first book, so much to read into this paragraph.

 He needed only to assemble these truths into coarse sermons,
and they would surrender possessions, lovers, even children. Forty-seven men had
accompanied him when he rode from Atrithau’s southern gates, calling themselves
the adunyani, the “little Dünyain.” Not one survived the trek across Suskara. Out of
love they had sacrificed everything, asking only for words in return.

While we dont need to see this event, I too would love reading a full description, perhaps even from a civilian's POV in Atrithau. I figured Kellhus probably got as many followers as he could, enough to cross Suskara, but would not want to take full reign of Atrithau, as that would be a distraction, and a potential threat for Ishual's hidden location. I don't remember the second time he talks about Atrithau, but he does mention it later, something along the lines of "the ones who distrusted the most, became his most fervent followers."

The Great Ordeal / Re: [TGO Spoilers] Whale Mothers
« on: August 22, 2016, 02:11:22 am »
I'm now curious how Kel even knew what a woman was the first time he met one.

I'm not going to address the rest of it because it's clear there's no point. But I will say this: I find it amusing that members of a forum dedicated to these books of all thing would think that I choose where I draw the line. That comes from the legion within, guys  ;)
In the first book Kellhus gazes at the mountain slopes during training, and he finds them comparable to a womans back. So he does know the feminine form from somewhere. I always thought that the descendants from the boy-who-lived from Ishual's prologue were the people in the defacing room, but after TGO it is probably more likely the ones chained and unmasked are other Dunyain.

I also dont have an issue with the whale mothers, I dont know why they have been simplified to this on the forums. I think it is a comparison told through Mimara when she was very young, so these are not two hundred foot abominations, but more along the lines of the fat lady from Slither.

General Earwa / Re: Mimara's Father?
« on: August 05, 2016, 02:44:00 pm »

But wouldn't that burn - immaculate conception  (with Esme being an old name 'Such an old fashioned name') but she gives the child away to slavery...
That would be devastating. I feel like Kellhus would know who the father is, especially with Mimara around a few times on the Andiamine Heights, (he could see generations of Nroni fisherman toiling through Akka's face.

On a side note... in The Judging Eye, how did Mimara know where Achamian was to begin with? Let alone find him?

General Earwa / Re: Mimara's Father?
« on: August 04, 2016, 04:33:09 am »
What of Moenghus? He fits the time frame alright.

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