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Table Top & RPG Games / Re: Numenera: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Hybrid
« on: June 25, 2014, 06:21:49 AM »
Is the similarity in the name Numenera to Tolkien's Numenor significant to the game, or just no more than a similarity, intended or otherwise?

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Table Top & RPG Games / Re: The great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic
« on: June 25, 2014, 06:17:42 AM »
Yup, I can remember back in the 1980s how one of my friends had to leave whenever we played D&D because it was a satanic influence...

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More research!  Can anybody comment on A) the Atlantis mythos  and/or B) portrayal of Indigenous Peoples in RPG and tabletop games?  Maybe some discourse on the Merfolk and Lord of Atlantis in MtG?  Or really, anything you want to mention.  Thanks!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What do you think of Tolkien?
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:29:01 PM »
Thanks xiagan I appreciate the assist!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What do you think of Tolkien?
« on: June 12, 2014, 03:57:17 PM »
And since I posed the question, I'll also answer it.  I have always felt that Tolkien is THE fantasy author, and I don't really understand when other fans of the genre don't feel the same way.  On the other hand, I'm 45 years old and I'm wondering if it is a generational perspective.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / What do you think of Tolkien?
« on: June 12, 2014, 03:47:31 PM »
Yes, I know it's a less-than-scintillating subject title, but bear with me, it's for research... 

Do you think that Tolkien's work (specifically The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) is just absolutely the standard against which all Fantasy must eventually be judged?  Or do you feel that he may be somewhat overrated?  If you put together a Must-Read list of the genre, would Tolkien be at the top, no question about it?  Or would he be on the list, but near the perhaps not even on the list at all?

And here's the research part...  What year were you born?

Thanks in advance, anyone who feels like commenting, and also thanks in advance for keeping the conversation civil!  :D


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ERB's Barsoom series.  Again.  For something like the dozenth time.   :D

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Contemporary:  Can't go wrong with Hobbs and Lynch!

Classic:  Might try the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander or the Dragonriders of Pern books by Anne McCaffrey...

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Writers' Corner / Re: Describing accents...
« on: June 09, 2014, 02:07:54 AM »
It all comes down to communication, so if you can communicate the fact that the character has an accent, then you can move on with the story.  Louis L'Amour was a master of establishing a first-person character with a back-woods, rough-hewn voice, and then slowly dropping the rural accent, in such a subtle way that he could then tell the story without using any other accent devices, yet the voice of the character was firmly identified.

Additionally, you need to be able to clearly hear the voice or accent yourself before you can convey it to the reader.  For example, what do you mean by an African accent?  The phrase has no meaning, as there is no "African" language.  And even if there were, it may not be enough to simply identify the language... a strong English accent, without further detail, might indicate either an extremely upper-class character, such a royalty, or an extremely lower-class character, such as a back-alley street thug.

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