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Literature / Re: Steven Erikson (The 3.5 million word journey?)
« on: November 01, 2017, 06:50:07 am »
Kharkanas has been put on hold.

The Warrior-Prophet / Re: Achamian in Iothiah
« on: November 01, 2017, 06:46:47 am »
Thanks for all the wishes guys.

I'm currently on The Thousandfold Thought, so you'll likely be seeing more of me in the coming months.  :)

We'll see where I stand on Akka as well ;D
Oh geez, thanks for mentioning that. Be careful where you post/explore around here. Subforums have open spoilers for content up through the book that has its namesake. Ie, the TTT subforum has open spoilers for everything through the end of TTT.

That said, sometime we miss stuff or forget where we're posting. Good luck though! Ask questions as they come up, though maybe you might mention where you are in the story in your posts - future revelations change answers to early questions :).

Take solace in the mysteries themselves while you can.

Thanks for the heads up. I’ve been busy with other stuff therefore didn’t check the forum. I’m almost done with TTT as of today.

I think the open spoiler policy on sub forums is in line with that found on other SFF sites. I’m on Malazan Empire and Westeros and they have the same loose policy. Anything up to the conclusion of that book is fair game.

Literature / Re: Steven Erikson (The 3.5 million word journey?)
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:37:56 am »
My favorite series to this day, not just in fantasy but among all literature. I've read all of them outside  of the Broach and Bauchelain novellas.

I'm not sure either Forge or Dancer's Lament really work as entry points into the world, since they rely on a lot of elements from the Book of the Fallen series.

I enjoyed both Kharkanas books, though they do tend to grind too much for their own good. Prazek and Dathenar would sometimes really get on my nerves

When it comes to the philosophy, I think it's a mixed bag. There are a lot of great discussions that do take place, but Erikson tends to go for the verbose approach, where he will muse upon anything that crosses his mind, regardless of whether it fits into the narrative. I prefer Bakker's more economical approach with an emphasis on tackling specific points, even if it is of a smaller scope.

Either ways, an excellent universe, well worth the time needed to soak it all in.

The Forum of Interesting Things / Re: Return of the City-State
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:51:50 am »
I'm not to keen on the idea of their being more city-states. I think it would lead to an even greater fracturing of the world then what we already have. The internet would also be one of the biggest victims there as each city will be able to impose their own set of restrictions. How would business and travel work in such an environment?

General Misc. / Re: Video Game Thread! What are you playing?
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:28:20 am »
AC 1, 2, and uh either Brotherhood or 3, followed some semblance of a storyline, and were great. Each improved upon the last in a pretty meaningful way. For this reason, I'd recomend playing them in order up until that point, as you'll notice the missing mechanics if you don't.

Unfortunately, the original AC franchise was planned as a trilogy, but the story has gone to hell since they made the decision to scrap that vision and milk the cash cow.

That's the impression i got from them as well. My favorite of the original series is the Ezio trilogy, which does a pretty good job of fleshing out the character. My biggest gripe with the latter iterations is that they completely ignored the present storyline following the Abstergo events of Black Flag. Now, I understand that those segments were never the most compelling parts of the game, but they were crucial to the overall experience.

I haven't played them seriously since maybe AC3, as they felt like reskinned clones each iteration, with the addition of terrible bugs/patches/dlc and the rest of your typical fair for modern day releases that took weeks and months to fix.  typical fair for modern day releases But hey, thats what you get when you churn out a whole 'game' every few months.

I was lucky to only jump into Unity in late 2015, when they had more or less ironed out most of the bugs. Now, Brotherhood and Revelations were full of bugs.

ANYway, AC:O looks like they have gone a new direction. Made it a bit more RPG-y, and less 1-hit-ko-every-enemy-and-boss-with-hidden-blade (in the first handful of games there was little reason to have anything but the starter hidden blade equipped as the doge/counter move was always your highest damaging attack AND fully mitigated any damage when timed properly). Which, if you ask me, sounds like it'll make for a better game altogether :) .

Agreed, I tend to use the hidden blade for most things. Revelations had so much variation with the bombs  you could craft, yet I only tried a few of them.
I like what I've seen of Origins so far. My main concern is what will they do with the present storyline. I really hope we don't spend the whole game in the animus.

The Warrior-Prophet / Re: Achamian in Iothiah
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:10:00 am »
Thanks for all the wishes guys.

I'm currently on The Thousandfold Thought, so you'll likely be seeing more of me in the coming months.  :)

We'll see where I stand on Akka as well ;D

General Misc. / Re: Favorite Style of Music
« on: October 23, 2017, 12:40:58 pm »
Black metal, death metal, heavy metal, a bit of power metal. Basically the good stuff.
Agreed! Great subgenres! Any melodic death metal/folk metal? That's what I've been listening to the most lately. Stuff like Children of Bodom, Wintersun, Ensiferum, Kalmah, etc.
I like a couple of melodeath songs (for example Arch Enemy - Fields of Desolation), but overall it's not my style. Some of my favorite bands include Deathspell Omega and Svartidauði.

Good stuff. Another band worth checking out would be Funeral Mist if you haven't heard of them. They're on the same label as DO.

General Misc. / Re: Video Game Thread! What are you playing?
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:43:48 am »
I'm going thorugh the Assassin's Creed games. Currently at AC 3 (played Black Flag and Unity beforehand).

The Warrior-Prophet / Achamian in Iothiah
« on: October 23, 2017, 11:02:34 am »
When Achamian leaves Esmenet to go to the Library in Iothiah, he encounters a bunch of guards in front of the place. He gives his name as something else yet maintains his surname. Given how popular he is in the Holy War is that really a wise thing to do?

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