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- https://thatcharacterdies.wordpress.com/ on The Reading Canary: Chaos Sucking at 01:07 on 02-04-2015 - link On the subject of making a story about how both sides are committing terrible acts without making your protagonists monsters or completely passive- I think perhaps the best way is the noir approach. In other words, have your protagonist be basically decent, but caught up in the world of powers far beyond them, and thus unable to enact more than a little change. A good example of this would be John le Carre- take The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Lemas is more or less trying to be an okay person, but his attempts can't compare to the ruthlessness of the powers he's caught between. Of course, there's a reason le Carre tends to have downbeat endings, and noirs tend to be bittersweet or downers.
https://ronanwills.wordpress.com/ on The Reading Canary: Chaos Sucking
at 19:51 on 30-03-2015 - link
I was initially kind of surprised to see this in the axis of awful, but then I read your actual post and thought back to my own experiences with the books and it's perhaps not that surprising.
I read The Knife of Never Letting Go more than six years ago, loved it and ran out to buy the other two. But I found The Ask and The Answer's relentless pacing and breathless prose so exhausting I felt like I had to take a break before tackling Monsters of Men.
That break kept getting longer and longer, and now the book is sitting on a shelf in my room, unread. Now that I know where the story ultimately goes, I'm kind of glad I didn't bother.
I'm willing to bet that if I went back and reread the first two books I'd probably be far less taken with them- it's been long enough that my tastes have changed significantly, and at the time I was young enough that "it turns out that both sides are just as bad as each other" still felt interesting and somewhat revelatory. When the same theme comes up in fiction now (the example that comes to mind immediately is Bioshock Infinite) I find it trite and not at all useful or worth saying.
- Arthur B on Kickstopper: The Archaeology of Firetop Mountain at 00:11 on 28-03-2015 - link Awesome, any idea what made them change their tune?
Ashimbabbar on Kickstopper: The Archaeology of Firetop Mountain
at 23:25 on 27-03-2015 - link
re what I said about Gallimard: they EVENTUALLY gave up and agreed to have the translations corrected by veteran gamebook players, and to incorporate all illustrations.
Actually, the translation of Curse of the Mummy has benefitted from the attentions of two internet buddies of mine.
Arthur B on Kickstopper: The God-Machine is Coming Down and We're Gonna Have a Party
at 17:47 on 27-03-2015 - link
The most successful RPG Kickstarters tend to be a) known names doing a new thing or b) a revival of an old thing, admittedly. On the other hand, the hobby is small enough and open enough to small self-publishers these days that if you put in you can become a known name through indie releases soon enough, provided you aren't churning out utter shovelware.
Whether Kickstarter is the rising tide that raises all the ships is a tricky question, not least because in the past the health of the industry has also had a lot to do with the fortunes of the current edition of D&D. In particular, it's worth noting that Kickstarter doesn't really do very much for brick-and-mortar game shops, though I suspect that those are becoming increasingly irrelevant to people coming into the hobby because it's so much easier to read up about it online if you're curious about it (and if your curiosity hasn't been piqued, you're not going to make the effort to pop into a dedicated hobbyist shop in the first place).
There's also the point that the industry and the hobby are two different things, and the former can only thrive whilst it produces products of use to the latter. Since these days the barrier between participating in this stuff as a hobbyist and getting a product out there and thus making a contribution to the industry is pretty low, I'd say that if the hobby really felt a vacuum somewhere, someone would likely pop up to fill the gap sooner rather than later.
- Jamie Johnston on Kickstopper: The God-Machine is Coming Down and We're Gonna Have a Party at 09:02 on 27-03-2015 - link I wonder whether it works as well for completely new brands / products. Is there a risk of the industry becoming like West End musical theatre, all revivals / adaptations? Or is it more a case of reviving the industry as a whole so that there's a bigger audience for both new and existing companies?
- Arthur B on Fists of Failure at 21:24 on 26-03-2015 - link Wow, that's particularly sloppy.
- https://me.yahoo.com/a/pwQl65QjyO_qKzMVXCk4NkWmA93bTB40uqFXg0tjtoso59j2K3E-#74262 on Fists of Failure at 18:53 on 26-03-2015 - link I'm reading the 2012 mmpb, second printing. On page 48 there is a lengthy description of the entry of the Crimson Fists, centering on their leader Borganor. On all of his subsequent appearances, he's a Howling Griffon. Reinez is introduced as a Crimson Fist wearing Crimson Fist armor, and he stays a Crimson Fist except for page 207, where he's described as wearing Howling Griffon armor. Then in the next scene he's back to being a Crimson Fist. I was almost expecting some explanation like the warping effect of chaos.