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  • I enjoyed the chapter with the obelisk - I am curious to learn more about this obelisk and the thing inside. It occurred to me, thinking back the movie Return to the Planet of the Apes, that an ancient nuclear missile might be construed as an obelis…
  • @RichardAbbott But we do know that Essun has changed her identity more than once in her past, which I took to be a clue. And we also know that Essun story takes place after the earth ending cataclysm, but the others seem to be before it, which is my…
  • I forgot to mention: my current pet theory is that Damaya, Syenite, and Essun are all the same person - Damaya the youth, Syenite the young adult, and Essun the mature adult.
  • Thanks for posting these. Chapter 10 - I really liked this one. I've now gotten used to the second person. I'm reconciling this by thinking that I'm reading a letter has written to Essun - so the author is addressing Essun, not me. Which also helps…
  • Hi @MARCC I can't say for sure. I know the publisher is planning to kickstart it within the next few months, so I would guess that it will be available by the end of the summer. You can use it to run a straight historical campaign, if you like, or…
  • > @dr_mitch said: > I know there were Britishisms but I was oblivious to them. Still, I agree it's a very British book. I wonder what will happen in the series when Americans are introduced. They will make it seem like there wasn’t really …
  • Well, there’s Tommy, of course.
  • Did you read The Graveyard book with us? Gaiman had all the Jacks in there - every man jack of them.
  • @clash_bowley That sounds like a pretty broad range of activities. But I would hazard that the casual player would never be able to recreate it from their imagination - they would have had to have been exposed to the library of books that you have i…
  • @RichardAbbott Ha, no worries. I suppose in retrospect all I really liked about the interlude was that it gave a clue as to why this crazy world was as it is. I agree the islands comment was silly. I didn't feel the interlude was really addressing m…
  • Sadly, your players aren't club members, so your reticent self will have to do. :-) What kind of situations did you get up to over the course of those 30 sessions? How much was naval action, how much terrestrial? What excuses did you find for the P…
  • (Quote) I would have said that D&D is pretty much the opposite of a WW2 sub game. For one thing, D&D requires not setting - it's the ultimate kitchen sink in which you can mix ninjas and longbowmen and nobody bats an eye. You can pull in ele…
  • (Quote) Apparently not - I just assumed one was an alternate spelling of the other, but Uckers (with an S) is a board game, and Euchre is a card game. I have not heard of uckers before. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uckers
  • Not sure about Alabaster and Syenite, yet, though so far these episodes are reinforcing the idea that this is a superheroes book in disguise. I guess the technique is question works to show how exceptional Alabaster is, and perhaps the point is that…
  • Yes, quite interested, but not sure how I’d go about it or if I’d be any good at running such a thing. Playing? Hell yes. I haven’t played much in the way of military games. I did play a PBA game called Ross Rifles about being a Canadian Soldier…
  • Was it? In what way?
  • Farty Marty and the ships cook (not sure how his name is spelled since I listened to the audio) who hates speaking to officers, for sure. Actually I quite liked all the officers in the sub and thought they were well drawn and distinct. I’ve read…
  • Yes, I liked this very much and love to bring this kind of thing into Roleplaying when possible. Makes for nice immersion.
  • Since we tend to be in between British and American writing, I seldom really notice and chameleon myself To either we’ll enough. Exposed to both cultures, as well as Canadian, my own writing is probably a hodge podge, too. I spent a summer workin…
  • I didn’t mind that so much, and I rather liked the detail. As I mentioned in another thread, I wonder how many books can be sustained before it starts to get repetitive. And this is something I’d like @clash_bowley to address specifically in this or…
  • I definitely works, or at least seems to have similar potential as surface ships. Pros, to me, are that you really get to exploit the other senses - sound, smell, touch - and I think that could be a lot of fun, both for the writer and the reader. …
  • Compare this to how much we thought we knew about Middle Earth by the time we were 100 pages in. Tolkien made it easy for himself by basically recreating the English countryside in the Shire, which meant he didn’t need to explain things. When someon…
  • Yes, @RichardAbbott ’s answer captures my thinking as well.
  • Last week, you asked about the questions. While I don't find them necessary (and would totally understand if you don't want to continue with them - they are work), they do really help my appreciation of the text and I like how they steer my thoughts…
  • Yes, sorry to hear this @clash_bowley but glad to hear she’ll be out soon. Please let her know we’re rooting for her.
  • Never did.
  • Speaking of which, are we still to have a final wrap-up for The Book of the New Sun @dr_mitch ? If not, I can stow my book away.
  • (Quote) Of course I'm taking it seriously - just trying to enliven my writing. Its not an unreasonable piece of speculation, is it? How am I doing, btw - cold, warm, hot? No spoilers please. (Quote) That's a brilliant choice - simple, sounds nice, …
  • I’m right now seeing these as the intros to three emerging quake-fighters, who are going to join an organization of such people called Fulcrum (aka The Uncanny Seis-Men) who will fight for tectonic Justice. We’ve got the second person ‘Wolverine’ ty…
  • By coincidence, I caught an interview with Karen Armstrong this month. Never heard of her before that. https://cbc.ca/radio/ideas/we-must-recapture-the-lost-art-of-scripture-karen-armstrong-1.5401341 The Corum books were always my favourite Eterna…