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Brandon Sanderson / Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« on: May 08, 2009, 06:53:49 PM »
I just wanted to congratulate Peter on getting officially hired on by Brandon. (Which reminds me, does that make you an employee of Dragonsteel Entertainment, or is it being done another way?) I've known Peter for years and know he'll do a great job.

As everyone on the forums has probably noticed, Peter's very helpful about communicating and keeping facts straight. He's got the detail-oriented nature of an obsessive fan, and the professionalism of an industry editor. So congratulations and keep up the hard work!

Video Games / War. War never changes...
« on: June 06, 2007, 06:55:23 PM »
Prepare to be teased.

Everything Else / I can has lolcats?
« on: June 04, 2007, 11:58:21 PM »
So, these have been going around for a while now. Rather than clutter the Cool Things thread, I figure those of us who are forever amused by lolcats can just post them here. I'll start us off:

Suggestions Box / Still April Fool's, huh?
« on: April 12, 2007, 04:31:24 PM »
Topic says it all. The dark brown section with the page numbers still has "April Fools" in it.

Brandon Sanderson / fiction, philosophy, and rhetoric
« on: April 11, 2007, 07:19:39 PM »
So I was reading through a summary/critic of Atlas Shrugged (for work, no less), and came across a very interesting bit at the reviewer's closing statements. I probably should post this in Writer's Group, but I never go there, and I bet people will see it here too.

"Fiction and philosophy have seemingly opposite objectives in their purposes. Philosophy relies on an inquiry, and the balancing of arguments and counter-arguments, while fiction is a fantastical creation served up for reading by the author. By definition, the marriage of fiction and philosophy can only result in the procreation of rhetoric. By using fiction, one is not bound by any constraints in what one chooses to consider in the philosophical inquiry. Thus, one can architect a fictional work so as to strongly emphasize one side of a debate, while ignoring the other."

I've always thought that the world of speculative fiction was the last bastion of morality literature. Good vs. evil, faith vs. science, and all that stuff. So is fiction a place to present interesting philosophy, or does the nature of fiction necessarily turn any philosophic ideas into nothing more than rhetoric, since the author is making up all elements to suit his/her liking?

EDIT: Bad Tage! Don't forget to link source material--

Video Games / TWG on WoW
« on: March 22, 2007, 04:42:02 PM »
So, for better or for worse, TWG now has an official presence in World of Warcraft.

Server: Nathrezim (PVP, Mountain time zone)
Faction: Horde
Guild Name: TWG

I'll try to keep this post updated with characters to put on your friends list should anyone decide to come hang out with us on Nath. For those playing, please list any characters you've made (and are willing to let us know about).

Tage: Cadamis, Absalom, Koravir, Landsgrave, Jeroth, Grove
Fellfrosh: Fellfrosch, Kareyla
Nessa: Nessarose, Rainmace
Chimera: Zeliot, Liliandra, Kiimera, Jezamyn
Gemm: Kaviopi
Dawncawley: Dragonlady
Parker: Reanth

Friends of TWG:
Matt (Zokai): Prym, Thyn, Lythos
Micah: Talos, Fiera, Sanjar, Brujo, Dred
Blake: Trollhew, Deadhew
Gemm's friend: Xengir

Video Games / Space Station Tycoon
« on: February 28, 2007, 10:42:45 PM »
Today on the front page of IGN's Wii page:

That's the game I'm working on! It's cool that it's getting some major press coverage. Right now I'm designing levels for it, trying to make sure they're challenging and fun. Anyway, fun stuff.

Writing Group / writing theme music
« on: January 16, 2007, 06:58:20 PM »
I figured all you nerdy writers would want to have some theme music as you sat down to do your thing. Well, you can't beat this:

DISCLAIMER: I don't know who or what this is, only that it was described to me as "epic fantasy metal." And no, it's not a joke, they're really serious about it.

Writing Group / What not to do
« on: January 10, 2007, 08:49:10 PM »
So, I never come down here to writer land, but a friend of mine showed me this site that I think you regulars will really appreciate.

Awards for worst opening lines and other one-liners.

Here's a tasty sample:

"I know what you're thinking, punk," hissed Wordy Harry to his new editor, "you're thinking, 'Did he use six superfluous adjectives or only five?' - and to tell the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement; but being as this is English, the most powerful language in the world, whose subtle nuances will blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel loquacious?' - well do you, punk?"
Stuart Vasepuru
Edinburgh, Scotland

Video Games / We have a website
« on: December 15, 2006, 09:55:11 PM »
So, as some of you know, I'm working at a game company now. The game I'm working on is going in to closed alpha (you know, before beta, i.e. it's still REALLY early). Anyway, the website is up, so I figured I could at least post it here:

If anyone's interested in playing the alpha, let me know. Personally I'd recommend waiting until the beta, but if you really want to, I can arrange it.

Site News / Scheduled downtime
« on: May 19, 2006, 03:37:00 PM »
I'm going to be messing with TWG this weekend. First I'll be testing the move process, then actually doing the full copy and move.

Anyway, if you notice TWG getting funky over the next couple of days, don't freak out, it's just me. I'll try to keep it to low-traffic hours.

Site News / On a more serious note
« on: April 24, 2006, 03:40:21 PM »
Congrats to Fell for such a clever poll this week. In related news, I did, in fact, quit my job. Or rather, I gave notice today, but my last working day isn't until May 16th.

So, what does that mean for this site? First, we'll be moving to a new server. I can't keep this one free anymore, and though I could start paying for it, I'd rather just move to a cheaper host. (Yeah, what does THAT tell you about what I think of my company...) Moving will most likely involve a little downtime, but I'll give announcements and such when we get closer to that.

Second, depending on my programming mood swings, TWG may get some work done on it. I'm not promising anything at the moment, I just thought I'd throw that out there.

Anyway, at very least, I want to assure everyone that TWG isn't going away. It started as an experiment all those years ago, and it's been an amazingly successful one. Thanks to all of you who contribute and keep us going. And thanks to the rest of you who come by and visit. :)

Video Games / Battlefield 2142
« on: March 21, 2006, 01:08:29 PM »
If anything were ever able to make me play a Battlefield game, this might:

Video Games / Nival coming to US
« on: March 14, 2006, 02:40:44 PM »
If you haven't heard of Nival Interactive, you're not a fan of tactical strategy games. Which in all likelihood means most of you have never heard of them. However, news of them moving to the US is pretty exciting for some of us:

Video Games / WoW again
« on: February 06, 2006, 07:08:16 PM »
This is the funniest thing I've ever seen on a WoW forum. Make sure you read until at least page 7 to get the full effect.

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