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Role-Playing Games / RhyDin and the FFGF
« on: September 25, 2005, 02:40:30 AM »
Here's a random question:

Has anyone else on the forums ever gotten involved with AOL's (now moved to AIM, I believe) Free-Form Gaming Forums, also known as RhyDin?

I used to RP in RhyDin years ago (it was the primary reason I wanted my parents to get AOL), and I'm wondering if anyone else ever has, as well.

Role-Playing Games / Black Industries
« on: September 13, 2005, 01:48:35 PM »
Have Black Industries sent us any more supplements?

I know we've reviewed five items, and they've linked to two of those (the Bestiary and the core rulebook) on their website.

They're churning out about a supplement a month, so I'm curious if we're getting any of that, or if they've cut it off.  I'd be interested reading reviews of Sigmar's Heirs or The Old World Armoury.

Rants and Stuff / Rant about This!
« on: September 10, 2005, 04:56:04 PM »
Okay, the point of this thread is to post things that aren't so much "cool stuff found on the internet" as "things that make me want to rant", or the like.  So feel free to post political links, current events links, etc.

Please put a description of the link with the post, so people know what it's about.

Also, please refrain from ranting in this thread.  If you need to rant, start up another thread, so this one doesn't get swallowed up.

Music / RIAA Radar
« on: September 03, 2005, 06:09:38 PM »
A tool for those wishing to boycott the RIAA, or just know what artists/labels/albums are affiliated.

This website has a tool that will help you determine what albums are RIAA "Safe" (unaffiliated), and which are not:

I think, given my current low income and the imminence of flat-fee music subscription programs, I'm going to start boycotting the RIAA, myself.  There are plenty of good groups like the Stonering and E.S. Posthumus which are unaffiliated.

Music / The Customer is Always Wrong
« on: September 03, 2005, 01:50:40 PM »

Your guide to DRM subscription services.

My recommendation?  Avoid them.

Suggestions Box / Thought re: Bios
« on: August 31, 2005, 03:59:31 PM »
Feel free to kick me if this is already implimented, but I've a thought . . .

I'm assuming that Bios are currently appended to each and every review.  However, I know that using an ASP include file (I'm assuming this can be done with PSP, etc., as well), you could actually make the Bio a variable or include call, and so if you updated the bio one place, it would get updated everywhere…

Or is there a reason we particularly don't want this?

Movies and TV / The efficacy of Hollywood's choice in content
« on: August 20, 2005, 05:49:33 AM »
According to an article in this month's Atlantic Monthly, 52% of all movies released are R, while only 4% are G.  However, the R-rated films netted less than 10% of profits, and G-rated moves around 50% of all film profits.

Just goes to show that Hollywood isn't in it for the money.

Writing Group / Pseudonymia
« on: August 16, 2005, 08:53:57 PM »
So I'm trying to figure out what to use as my writing name.  Were I to just stick on my name as I use it, I'd use "Michael-Forest Meservy".  However, I am thinking that "Michael-Forest Meservy" may not be the easiest name to remember, or the catchiest.

So I'm considering using a pseudonym for the sake of the reader.  Ironically, the pseudonym I'm leaning most towards is "Michael Forest", substituting my middle name for my last.  (Has any other author ever used their real name as a pseudonym?)

Of course, if I want to go for the truly pseudonymous, I could use "Jade Knight" or some such, but I think it'd be better to just use my name unless there'd be some big marketing advantage to having a weird name.

So, what say you?  Would it be better to use "Michael Forest" as my writing name, or should I keep my full name, or what?

Writing Group / The art of SASE
« on: August 16, 2005, 08:38:43 PM »
So I'm still fairly new to the application process, and I was wondering if I could get some advice on how to include SASEs with a submission.

When sending off a manuscript (assuming it would fit in a standard manilla envelope), what type of envelope do you normally include (and what type of envelope do you stick it all in)?  Do you apply the stamps on the envelope, or do you include them, but don't stick them on the envelope?  Do you fold up the envelope, or try to keep it straight?

If I'm submitting poetry (that would fit into a standard letter envelope), should I send it all in a full envelope or is it acceptable to fold up the poetry and submit it?  If it should remain unfolded, is it okay to only include a letter-sized envelope, or should the SASE also be full?

I think that should about cover it . . .

Books / What not to read
« on: July 23, 2005, 09:23:16 PM »
This thread is where you post books you've recently read and would recommend others NOT read.  I'll start:

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield.

The philosophy and science of it had holes, and the narrative itself was absolutely awful.

Music / The Pearl Awards
« on: July 20, 2005, 02:20:10 PM »
[Shameless Plug]

Anyone here planning on attending the Pearl Awards ceremony this year?  I don't know how musically inclined this forum is, but I figure someone might be going, or some of you might at least be familiar with them.

For those who don't know what the Pearl Awards are:

Sounds like they'll be hosting a very nice dinner for the Awards this year.

In addition, my sister (April Meservy) has been nominated for two different awards (Best Contemporary Recording and Best Studio Vocalist).  Last year she won the award for Best Studio Vocalist.

I'd attend, but my Dad is taking us boys on a very long vacation up to BC, and so I'm wondering if anyone else will be there to see the proceedings.

Writing Group / On the use of "man".
« on: June 24, 2005, 02:48:24 AM »
I've a general-use question.  Is it acceptable to call non-humans "man" or "woman" in a multi-racial (speci-al) world?

For example, is it okay to refer to a male Elf as "that man", or to talk about a group of female Klingons as "the women"?

That sort of thing.

I've always wondered about this, and find myself naturally wanting to do it, and specifically trying to avoid it.

Role-Playing Games / WFRP 2nd
« on: April 08, 2005, 09:39:36 PM »
Out of curiosity, is anyone planning on doing a review of WFRP 2nd Edition (recently released by Black Industries)?

As a fan of the 1st edition (minus the magic system, which has been completely reworked in the 2nd), I'll probably get it sooner or later.  I'd like to see what the Time Wasters have to say about it, though.

Writing Group / Fun with Words
« on: April 07, 2005, 09:21:49 PM »
Okay, I don't know where to put this, but it relates to writing, so I'm sticking it here.

The point of this thread is to be a place for writers (or anyone who cares) to ask questions about words and how they're perceived, etc.  For example, one might debate about whether or not the individual sees "grey" and "gray" as having separate shades of meaning (I've known more than one person who has).

At any rate, to start off, I've got a question.

Would the term "muzzle and fangs" be redundant, in your opinion?  (In reference to a wolf)  In other words, does "muzzle" include fangs to the point that describing both would appear ludicrous?

Books / What's the best thing you've read in a year?
« on: March 31, 2005, 02:54:34 PM »
Similar to the "What are you reading" threads, the idea behind this one is to provide a bit more of a focus on what you liked, and maybe help people find the best stuff to read.  At least in theory.

At any rate, in my case, the best thing I've read last year I would probably say is My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.  I rather enjoyed the book and way Potok depicts the struggle of a young writer.

Even though it's not Fantasy, it beats out the Wheel of Time stuff I've been reading.

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