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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Best Recently Released Book
« on: March 28, 2015, 02:27:26 AM »
Hello Fantasy Faction!  :D

As some of you know, I've been ignoring my beloved fantasy genre for a little while now, focusing more on classics, or worse, not being able to find the time to read at all. Lately, however, I've found myself yearning for a return to my literary roots. I have a bit of a vacation coming up, and I'd like to tear through as many books as humanly possible. But I'm not really sure where to start. Due to my self-imposed exile, I have been seriously out of the loop when it comes to releases of books in the past couple years. This is where you all come in. I would love to know what books you all have loved in the past couple years or so. Rain down recommendations upon me!  :D

  • Must be available as either a paperback or ebook in the United States
  • Must be science fiction or fantasy
  • Must have been released in the past two years (or so)

Don't worry about how well-known the book is, or how many awards its won. I probably haven't heard of it, and I almost certainly haven't read it. Thanks, and I've missed you all.  :-*

(I figured we were naming our threads after well-known fantasy novels ;D)

The road was bumpy and unpaved, but Charlemagne's carriage glided over the uneven surface as if it were made of clouds.

"So where are we going because I really want to fight some heroes before my time comes and don't want to dig any more latrines and I want to know when we're going to find hess heroes and crush their skulls," asked Eclipse four the thirty-fourth time, and for the thirty-third time Lord Charlemagne didn't answer. He had told the ogre very clearly that they would not find the heroes, the heroes would find them. Charlemagne just wanted to hasten the inevitable battle, in order to have more time to plan his ultimate world conquest. And so they headed to the river they knew the heroes were traveling on.

Eclipse went back to his naughty-ogress magazine, having seen his question evoke no response.

Charlemagne sat back in his ermine cloak, eyes closed. He might have been sleeping, but then again, he might not have been.

Elfy had buried himself in the carriage's minibar, and was now passed out in his seat.

Jon sat above, keeping an eye out for any obstacles, and continually sharpening his stunningly large array of weaponry.

The parrot was tied to the back of the wagon, having shat all over the interior of the carriage.

And yet, despite these varying attitudes to the journey, none of them could have ever anticipated what happened next.

RPG - Fantasy Faction Style / RPG: Rules, Questions, & Discussion
« on: July 27, 2014, 09:54:49 PM »

1) Have fun. This is the big one. If you're not having fun, or you are disrupting the fun that someone else is having, then you're doing it wrong. The key is to relax - this will get crazy - and just enjoy it.

2) The story gets moved along by posts. This means that if Person 1 posts something, and it involves Person 2's character, that actually happens to that character. If I say that Chill is making squirrel dumplings with me while there's a huge naval battle going on (yes, this was a thing that happened), then Chill is making squirrel dumplings with me. This is especially helpful when someone doesn't post for a few days - their character can stay in the story through other people's posts.

3) If you want to make a big change to the story, drop out, join late, or anything that would seriously impact the game, post it here first. We won't stop you - we can just plan around you. And find humorous reasons for why you've done it.

4) Don't be a jerk. This kinda goes without saying, but still. So much of this is about individuals, all it takes is one person going too far and it all goes to hell. This does not mean you can't be funny. Don't worry about being PC. Don't worry if someone will be insulted because you had their character say something silly. That's fine. Hell, I'm pretty sure my character ended up sleeping with transgender amazons in the last RPG. Just don't make it about the player - keep it about the character.

5) Have fun. This is really, really, really the most important thing. If we break every other rule (and we probably will), this is the one that has to stay in place. Yes, this rule is mandatory.

This is a very low-key game. We're pretty relaxed. Just have some goddamn fun.

RPG - Fantasy Faction Style / RPG: Charlemagne's Recruitment Thread
« on: July 27, 2014, 09:28:18 PM »
Lord Charlemagne sat on his throne of gold. Really it was the bones of his slain enemies, but he'd covered them in gold foil to make it look presentable. His most recent campaign had been a great success, he had successfully gained control of the magically evil Amulet of Tolkeen. But he knew that a great many heroes would to try and steal it from his gloriously terrible hands.

"I should really get some help around here," he wondered aloud.

"Shall I kidnap some of the populace, sir?" asked his butler, who had been stolen from his parents as a child.

"No, I need voluntary help. Put up a poster asking for mercenary help. Maybe we'll lure in some people who want to be evil."



I read Horns at some point last year, and though I didn't necessarily love it, I did really really enjoy it. I know that Joe Hill has a rapidly-growing fanbase, and he has several followers on this forum as well. It's also nice to see Hill really emerge from his father's shadow (He's the son of Stephen King) - he's a wonderful author in his own right, and it's nice to see him get a similar kind of recognition.

Also, they cast Daniel Radcliffe as the lead, so, really. What's not to love?


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Gaiman-esque Books
« on: April 29, 2014, 04:47:14 PM »
So I've really been feeling in the mood for a Neil Gaiman book lately - the problem is, I've read all the ones that really intrigue me! (So not The Graveyard Book or Stardust). I was wondering what other Factioneers would recommend as being similar to Gaiman, in terms of plot, characters, style... really anything.

I'm actually very curious to see who people think Neil compares to, considering he's found success as a  mainstream author - do the authors that people suggest have a similar chance of a cross-genre appeal?

Anyway, discuss, and try to ignore me as I madly scribble down every recommendation you throw at me.  ;D

General Discussion / What is the best Disney Song of All Time?
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:02:26 PM »
What is the best Disney song of all time? Is it something recent, like Let It Go from Frozen? An older classic, such as A Whole New World from Aladdin, or even Bear Necessities from the Jungle Book? Is there a movie with the best selection of songs overall, but not one that stands out? For the record, my vote goes to Make a Man Out of You, from Mulan.

Writers' Corner / I Have A Character, But No Plot
« on: September 27, 2013, 01:42:29 AM »
Does this happen to anyone else? A character springs into life in your mind, fully formed, but you have no idea what to do with him/her?

Are there any solutions to this, other than either writing out a bunch of crap drafts to figure out what he should be doing, or just hoping for the same sort of spontaneous inspiration that developed he character?

A small (six pages) webcomic written by graphic novelist Faith Erin Hicks about her experience at SDCC this year. I found it really cool, often funny, and made me quadruple check "Go to SDCC at least once" on my bucket list.

What’s it Like Being a Guest of Honor at San Diego Comic Con?

*Fixed the link. -A2M

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / V for Vendetta
« on: March 09, 2013, 11:54:16 PM »
I just read this the other day, and I quite enjoyed it. I found the character of V enthralling and fascinating, and the dystopian world just seemed a bit too realistic for my comfort. ;D Evey Hammond kinda annoyed me, though, as did most of the other female characters, and some of the men. It's not without problems, and I still can't make up my mind about the art style, but overall it was greatly entertaining. I've heard some pretty bad things about the movie (and some pretty good things), but having never seen it, I can't exactly testify. Has anyone else read it here?

Also, I feel like I missed something. Am I supposed to know who V actually is? Because I never figured it out.

Table Top & RPG Games / Favorite Tabletop Games
« on: February 20, 2013, 06:27:30 PM »
Inspired by the main site article here.

What are your favorite games? Not necessarily board, or card, or RPG, but just anything. They don't even have to be fantasy-based.

My favorites would probably be (In no particular order):
-Seven Wonders
-Magic: The Gathering
-Dungeons and Dragons

Although there are many, many others, these are the ones that jump to mind immediately. I love playing games, and have a fair amount of experience with them, but I'd love to hear what you guys have to say and hopefully get a couple of new games to look at.  :D

I'm sorry, but I've seen many people in many different posts mention that they "do" like space opera, or they "don't" like Space Opera, especially when compared to Science Fiction. So my question is: what is the difference between Space Opera and normal Sci-Fi? Is it like epic fantasy vs. sword and sorcery? Or is it something else?

Please help me! (And Pornokitsch, if you help me, I might be persuaded to buy that anthology. Just a little friendly incentive. ;D)

Sci-Fi, Horror, YA & Urban Fantasy Books / The Decline of Science Fiction
« on: January 22, 2013, 12:17:17 AM »
Does anyone else feel that lately, there has been a decided downturn in both the quantity and quantity of science fiction books? With the exception of Scalzi, I find it difficult to think of a single author I have found impressive who published his/her book in the last two or three years, something that would not be at all difficult if I were thinking of Fantasy authors.

Perhaps I am just not thinking of them, or maybe I just haven't read their books. Or maybe they actually are declining. In any case, I would love to hear your thoughts.


He has some really nice things to say about the website and the article in particular. I found it nice to know that such an established and famous author is paying attention to this website!

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / World of Warcraft
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:10:39 PM »
I'm surprised I haven't seen a thread for this game floating around already, considering its enormous popularity, and the obvious fantasy involvement in it.  ;)

I do not play this game anymore, having been hugely obsessed with it about three years ago. Obsessed to the point of losing focus on everything else in my life, which was scary, so I stopped. However, I do still play it from time to time, and I still consider it an excellent, well-made, and above all fun game. I have many fond memories of playing it, though I do not quite hold it in the same esteem as I did a few years ago.

Does anyone else play, or have played this game? If so, please share your experiences!  :)

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