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  • @Apocryphal said: I suppose that come more to the heart of what I like in RP Gaming, is challenging both character beliefs and player beliefs - or better yet, having the characters do that to one another. If you mean playing / enjoyi…
  • @Apocryphal said: What is the distinction between religious and secular in Tibetan culture? There has not been a lot of research into this. As I understand it Tibetan religion after the 10th century drew a theoretical / dogmatic distincti…
  • @Apocryphal said: @BarnerCobblewood said: If there is no distinction between religious and secular, what distinction is left between Abbots and Kings? Why would such a society even have such structures? Also, what is a monk? C…
  • Hi @Apocryphal. At the beginning you seem to be grounded in a European stance to the world, but the second part is about something else. I'm just not clear what. Seems to me that religion is the original declaration between what is and what might…
  • Thanks for bringing this forward. I think I understand what he is meaning to say (e.g. no story has any end, no picture a frame), but I too disagree with what he has said. Perhaps it's because he is writing to a young person. I also think it is i…
  • @Apocryphal As to reproducing it, I could see Ged and Arha both being played, and a GM. But what I meant is that this book could be a report from a game - where the plot was initialised. I read somewhere that role-playing was an aspect of making the…
  • @RichardAbbott said: I guess one can see her Taoist inclinations coming out - what she typically opposes is not religious sentiment but religious organisational structure. Acts of personal or communal faith are typically celebrated, so long as th…
  • I think this could have been played with the Amber system.
  • I liked the tombs, and liked the way in which 'rules' (e.g. no light) are for the childish Arha, and her servants. The community of the Nameless Ones is small and 'left-behind', compared to the God-king, but finally the unseen destroys the God-king'…
  • I think a theme running through a lot of LeGuin's work is an idea that growing up is taken as putting aside religion, and it is used here to drive the plot (Sorry @Apocryphal ). The Kargish are grown up in that they have put aside religion, and Arha…
  • I find it a bit depressing that Tenar's growing up is complete when she puts aside the 'childish' religions of the God-king and Nameless Ones, and becomes a secularised member of the wizard (technological) society, which she seems likely to never be…
  • Yeah that is a great store. There is always something there - I got the cassette for Always coming home last time I was in.
  • @Apocryphal said: Why not pitch it and run it? Still thinking about this. I thought it was worth reading, and good, but not very 'likeable'. It's not a novel or story, though there is a novel and several stories in it. It's pricey - 22$CA…
  • If anyone reads Always coming home, I'd listen to what you have to say, good or bad.
  • @Apocryphal said: On your profile page, look to the upper right and you'll see a little silhouette of a person with a down triangle. Open that and change your avatar from there. Clicking right on the picture doesn't seem to work (or only works af…