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Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 13:56 on 20-04-2011, Wardog
Also why isn't the King played by Brian Blessed?! WHYYY???!
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at 13:55 on 20-04-2011, Wardog
Sooo...A Game of Thrones then. That's a LOT of exposition. Also did The Hound *literally* have his head stuck in a giant dog helmet?
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at 20:35 on 19-04-2011, valse de la lune
It's possible someone had hung a pair of fake breasts on a door handle or something and he was unable to focus properly on anything else


So I'm not being fair but I can entirely believe this is exactly what happened.
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at 15:57 on 19-04-2011, Ash
@Cammalot: Now I know that you know. I think I share those pedantic tendencies.
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at 15:47 on 19-04-2011, Cammalot
I know, Ash. I laughed. I just have these pedantic tendencies. ;-)
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at 15:38 on 19-04-2011, Wardog
It's possible someone had hung a pair of fake breasts on a door handle or something and he was unable to focus properly on anything else.
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at 15:27 on 19-04-2011, Ash
@Cammalot: I was making a joke. I seem to be quite bad at those.

@Arthur: There is not enough WTF in the world for A Watch On the Rhine. Because a) the Wehrmacht might have been made of a majority of people just doing their jobs but the Waffen-SS certainly weren't and b) killing war prisoners violates the Third Geneva Convention and it's what we call a war crime around these parts.

I'm sure i could find other things to object too but I don't feel like subjecting myself to more of this.
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at 15:14 on 19-04-2011, Cammalot
Coincidentally, the interviewer appears to be female (or at least one of them).

In fairness, that picture is really old. It seems to be from the same photoshoot as his initial author picture. He's cut his hair drastically since, if the photo on more recent books is anything to go by. And the interview was likely conducted long-distance. (A pal of mine writes for that site.)
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at 15:09 on 19-04-2011, Arthur B
Kyra:
Hmmmm...so Codex Alera is Butcher's Ghost?

I do wonder about Ghost. If it's meant to be Ringo's "I'm going to write the worst novel I possibly can" effort, fair enough... but then how does he excuse A Watch On the Rhine?
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at 15:02 on 19-04-2011, Ash
Hmmmm...so Codex Alera is Butcher's Ghost?

OH JOHN RINGO NO

That's about as far in that article I could make it.

Also: look at that leer on Butcher's picture. Look at it. It just screams "I'm scoping out something attached to a human being at around chest-height."

Coincidentally, the interviewer appears to be female (or at least one of them).
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at 14:30 on 19-04-2011, Wardog
Hmmmm...so Codex Alera is Butcher's Ghost?
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at 14:26 on 19-04-2011, Arthur B
Wait, we were reading Butcher's Pokemon fanfic? Caesarchu, I choose you!

Also: look at that leer on Butcher's picture. Look at it. It just screams "I'm scoping out something attached to a human being at around chest-height."
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at 14:09 on 19-04-2011, Ash
According to this interview, Jim Butcher wrote Codex Alera on a dare.

I can't be the only one thinking it explains a lot, right?
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at 08:17 on 19-04-2011, valse de la lune
I'm currently sick of people labeling every single damned narrator in any text of any kind as "unreliable" (Varric *isn't* an unreliable narrator, there's no evidence that he's telling anything but the perfect truth).


"Unreliable narrator" allows you to be pretentious and sounds vaguely ~academic~, whereas "pointless framing device" forces you to acknowledge that you're cooing over nothing.
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at 01:19 on 19-04-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
You know, if you want to kill someone with a roller coaster, most people would just sabotage the track or the safety harnesses.

This is what an engineer does.
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at 00:00 on 19-04-2011, Robinson L
Kyra: I mean most of us managed to avoid putting our 21ness on the internet.

I didn't. In fact, my first three articles here were written at 21. What that says about me is another story ...

Allow me to join my fellow contributors in saying "Good luck Orion!"

Ash: (I confess that I am now tempted to possibly at some point write about something but I have no idea what.)

I think I know the feeling. I hope you do come up with something at some point, and good luck to you as well.
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at 23:15 on 18-04-2011, Arthur B
Good stuff, Orion! Now you too can enjoy the stark existential terror of trying to write something interesting without fearing you're retreading yourself!

Don't think of it as retreading yourself, think of it as developing a theme. ;)
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at 22:50 on 18-04-2011, Shimmin
Well, I saw my housemate go through a section where Varric introduces two different versions, as the article highlights, but I don't think "gives one version, then gets called on it and gives another more plausible one" makes for much of an unreliable narrator, especially as a one-off.
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at 22:33 on 18-04-2011, Dan H
Aw, geez, that first page almost reads like Houellebecq.


Although interestingly, the author insists vehemently that he ain't no Houellebecq girl.

Sort of liked this article on the problem of the unreliable narrator in videogames (with special reference to DAII). I mean, I didn't like the Varric Storytelling Device at all, so I kind of got to the end of the article and thought "well, duh" but, y'know, I was glad someone said it.


I actually thought the comments on that article were more interesting than the original post, chiefly because I'm currently sick of people labeling every single damned narrator in any text of any kind as "unreliable" (Varric *isn't* an unreliable narrator, there's no evidence that he's telling anything but the perfect truth). Somebody also points out that the original post seems to be objecting to a particular narrative device on the basis that despite the fact it works in Dragon Age, and in every other game in which it has ever appeared, it might conceivably become annoying in the future.
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at 20:56 on 18-04-2011, Ash
Good luck, Orion!

(I confess that I am now tempted to possibly at some point write about something but I have no idea what.)
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at 20:53 on 18-04-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Good stuff, Orion! Now you too can enjoy the stark existential terror of trying to write something interesting without fearing you're retreading yourself!

Or maybe that's just me.
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at 20:30 on 18-04-2011, Orion
I've just submitted an article to our esteemed editor. Wish me luck!
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at 20:26 on 18-04-2011, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Aw, geez, that first page almost reads like Houellebecq. Well, except for the fact that Houellebecq at least tries to elevate his personal misery into a general comment about the failings of contemporary European society/the human race at large. He might be wrong, but he's at least being constructive.

I did kind of like LindyLaurel's response in the comments.
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at 19:52 on 18-04-2011, Andy G
Surely, surely, surely it can't be serious??
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