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Re: Making a world feel old For some reason, Warhammer 40k feels "old" to me.
There are those Chaos Gods, Daemons, Dimensions, neverending wars... Giant space ships exist, and most soldiers will use guns and blasters to purge the unclean, but nothing feels as good, as punching orc to death, or slicing heretics with a mighty blade. I think that's because of "religion" in some way. Modern world (at least in western countries) is less and less religious... People are saying, that it smells of "progress"...
And then... in 41st Milenium, we still have religious wars, heretics and inquisition... which can destroy a whole planet with just one word:

February 29, 2016, 04:33:18 PM
Re: A story about abortion Wasn't there a book/game or something like that with a woman being sick with the schizophrenia in prehistoric setting, who thought she hears a "Voice of God". That was a really cool idea too.
March 01, 2016, 03:28:21 AM
Re: Race Drawings
The one with the wolf is my favourite.

March 01, 2016, 04:35:32 PM
Re: How to start creating a good plot?
I want to write about heroic protagonists who try to do the right thing despite not being super powered and fights being very dangerous for them

Wait. If so - they try to do the right thing, or at least, what they feel is a right thing. Our recognition of what is "The Right Thing" evolved over the course of many, many years of development of our cultures. Even now - "good" of one is "evil" for another. Bronze-age societies might not have a complex moral code. Similiar to Hammurabi's code of: "an eye for an eye". Early human societies were primitive, so the laws had to be rudimental, in order for everyone to understand them.

It might be a "good thing" for a druid, to slay an entire village, that was unfortunate enough to be near some random magic-corruption. He might kill them "just in case", and he will even think it is a right thing to do - because he thinks he will save their souls from being corrupted. Just like some people who believed, that by killing a witch, they will save her soul from condemnation. I can bet that villagers from said village, will think differently than druid. A man who tries to save the villagers, might soon enough experience, that sometimes it is better not to interfere in something, he does not understand entirely (villagers are slowly getting corrupted).
Just throwing ideas.

March 06, 2016, 02:15:42 AM
Re: Best Fantasy Cover
Spoiler for Hiden:

I just love the book cover for "The Dark Defiles". From art, through title and to it's "fracture".

ps. Your link does not work.

March 07, 2016, 07:59:29 PM
Re: Inspiration I remember how I saw an image of electric lines in some brazilian city. It was a mass of tangled wires, going out in each and every possible direction. And propably even between dimensions - as I laughed when I saw it 1st time.

For some reason, I started to imagine dragon(s) tangled by ropes and chains... Ideas can strike you anywhere - really.

It's not the same photo, but you get the idea.

March 08, 2016, 02:55:33 PM
Re: Dragonbane's Worldbuilding Questions @Dragonbane - have you ever considered putting a race that is not humanoid?
I know that we can argue about what "humanoid" truly means, but for me it means that a being looks, behave and think just like a human being. If you just want humanoid races in your world, then it's completely fine. You might just want human-like wolfs and human-like lions fighting each other. It's still fine - you do you.

But for me it is not. Putting humans in animal costumes looks just... lazy to me.
I'm going for a rule: If this character can be played as a human, then there is no need for him to be of a different race. I will just color him along (as I have white, yellow, black and green-blue humans to emapthize them with places they are living in). A different race must feel distinctive - not only look a little bit off. They should act and think in a different way. Just look how vastly different our race can be. Just try and compare people from Japan, and those from west Europe. Many different. Much diversity. WOW.

March 17, 2016, 12:23:52 AM
Re: What's your favourite fantasy title? "The Crippled God" - It got me interested into the series of Malazan, and it sounds badass in my language.
"The Dark Defiles" - This sounds even more badass (the cover is sick too!). It speaks to me really loud.
"The Last Mortal Bond" - Just like higher one -althought "Unhewn Throne doesn't sound that badass".
"The Slow Regard of Silent Things" - it's so simple, yet so beautiful.

Basically everything with "shattered". I want this word in one of my books. Or even a whole cycle. I don't care - I just love them too much - "I.e. - Shattered Seas"

"The Blade Itself" - Maybe because there is no way to translate it right in my language. It just speaks to me, just like the 2nd one.
"Heroes Die" - Just like that.
"The graveyard book" - Yet another one that sounds badass and has a sick cover.

Now I realised, that I pick my books because of it's covers and titles. Don't we all?


March 29, 2016, 08:27:43 PM
Re: How realistic do you want your fantasy? Where I live we are being tought about a "sinusoid of literary eras" or "sinusoid of historical periods". You propably have it too - I don't know. Basically, after times of "rationality and knowledge", there are times of "faith and feelings". Ups and downs - just like sinusoid. I could not find anything in english but I transleted this one (propably with some mistakes, but you'll get what I mean):

Propably "now" is the era of rationality in literature, so even fantasy is more and more rational. Maybe in 10-20 years people will get bored of it, and the period of "true fantasy" and surreality will arise.

April 05, 2016, 12:27:44 PM
Re: What do you like or hate in regards to book summaries? What I dislike are:
Giant spoilers that go as deep as 75% of the story.

Or something that was meant to sound epic, but is so overused that it just makes the whole thing boring:
"the chosen one must..." (lay down and die already)
"the fate of the kingdom/world/universe depends..."
"only he/she/them can save..."
"...must find the way to..."
"...explore...newly found feelings to..."

F'rinstance, any book that mentions politics or intrigue gets a +1, but any book that doesn't include a named female character in the summary gets -5

That's harsh xD
I guess it's hard for you to rate many books higher than "3". Negative "3".

What I like is a bit of mystery:
"...must achieve...but not everything goes as planned"
"...will test the power of alliances..."
"...terrible...ravages... and nobody knows why"

I give points for mentioned monsters :D
Even in human skin.

April 12, 2016, 01:43:38 PM