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Robinson L on I Could Care Fewer
at 18:02 on 24-11-2014 - link
I won't go into most of the stuff here, because frankly, I don't give a damn. (That's actually not true; to be scrupulously accurate, I just don't give enough of a damn to bother lining up my thoughts, let alone typing them out.)
I will admit to having something of a bugbear about the use of the word "lead" on the internet - specifically as past tense as well as present tense, like the word "read." So you'll have people saying "lead" when they meant to say "led." Not sure how much this is related to the stuff you're talking about in the article, other than to that I find it an irritating (mis)use of language.
Also, when people write about the "nineteen-ninetyies" (which is what 1990ies looks like if you spell it out).
Of course, if English is your second language, that's another story - heaven knows, it's confusing enough for us native speakers (so don't feel too badly, Cheriola).
Dan H: Currently we have a situation where it is considered actively prestigious to be ignorant of non-standard usages, such that people actively *overstate* their inability to understand non-standard use of language.
We have a similar situation in the US mainstream in regards to being ignorant of languages other than English, despite it being 1) terribly useful and 2) only frickin' polite. (I haven't read this book but from the description it looks like a close cousin to this conversation.
Robinson L on Take a Deep Breath and Count to Eleven
at 18:00 on 24-11-2014 - link
Jack has an opportunity to look at himself and realise what he's become, and takes a final drastic course of action as a result.
I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark here and guess that he commits suicide.
Because, when you're the protagonist of a horror story and you come to terms with the fact that you're a serial killer, you only really have three options, don't you? 1) decide you're okay with that, and either go on killing, or put the killings behind you and go back to a normal life as if nothing happened; 2) turn yourself in to the authorities; and 3) kill yourself. Of the three, the last option sounds most like "taking a final drastic course of action," so yeah, that's my guess.
(He might also make a suicide attempt which fails, and that could lead to all sorts of interesting consequences, but if I had to guess, I would say a failed suicide attempt is less likely than a successful one.)
- Arthur B on The Reading Canary: Fighting Fantasy (Part 4) at 00:57 on 24-11-2014 - link Makes sense to me - according to You Are the Hero the tacked-on bit was the death curse nonsense at the end, which in retrospect feels like a whole load of setting padding that exists to fluff out the paragraph count and show off Livingstone's worldbuilding.
Ashimbabbar on The Reading Canary: Fighting Fantasy (Part 4)
at 00:31 on 24-11-2014 - link
"Incidentially, the bit where you're given the mission is the first paragraph of a decent length in the book so far, so I'm wondering whether this isn't where the original adventure actually started."
Actually, no; the adventure started at the same point and went the same way until you snuffed the witch; this taken care of, loaded with bounty, you went back to Big Jim to claim your 50 gold pieces because, hey, a deal's a deal.
- Ashimbabbar on Kickstopper: The Archaeology of Firetop Mountain at 00:25 on 24-11-2014 - link I should have stated that Gallimard publishes not only the FF but nearly all gamebooks translated from English into French - and with the same 'standards'. It's mostly of some of those I had been thinking.
Arthur B on Kickstopper: The Archaeology of Firetop Mountain
at 23:47 on 23-11-2014 - link
although, I admit, this can be a merciful decision sometimes
Boo to that, horrifying and deeply inappropriate Fighting Fantasy illustrations are one of the best signatures of the series.
Ashimbabbar on Kickstopper: The Archaeology of Firetop Mountain
at 22:26 on 23-11-2014 - link
"the French translations of the gamebooks by Gallimard sell so consistently well that they've never gone out of print"
even though they're infamous for their mediocrity ( Gallimard has turned a consistently deaf to suggestions by veteran readers ) and Gallimard has an habit of editing many of the illustrations ( although, I admit, this can be a merciful decision sometimes ).
- Arthur B on Last Night A DM Saved My Life at 17:11 on 20-11-2014 - link When Dan and I watched it we actually thought that, whilst the actual specifics of the game are incoherent, the actual gaming group dynamics were shockingly true to real life - better than Mazes & Monsters in some case. You've got the two dorks who are always making inappropriate sexual comments directed at the one woman who'll put up with the gaming group enough to come along, you've got the world-weary, bitter, grumpy DM...