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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby emilymccosh » Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:01 pm

Randy Hulshizer wrote:I credit DMing as a major element in my writing success.


What's DMing?[/quote]

Dungeon Mastering, perhaps?[/quote]

That would be a good one...
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:14 pm

Yes, sorry, Dungeon Mastering. (Must remember that there are many dialects of Geek Speak...)

Having a group of very smart close friends try to kill me for thirty years taught me to think on my feet, to build a story from what the characters do, not from what I want them to do.

Bluntly: it taught me how to Pants.

And thirty years of worldbuilding taught me, well, worldbuilding. And even when it comes to that, I Pants: I do just enough to get the story started, add more as my characters explore, and build a mental model so that the new stuff I add is consistent with what has come before. That's how I build my game worlds -- rough sketch to start, details as needed -- and it's how I build my story worlds.

Does it work? Well, remember the fundamental rule: What works for me might not work for you (or vice versa), and what works for one story might not work for another.

But does it work for me? I like it so far, but ultimately only the readers can judge.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby emilymccosh » Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:12 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Yes, sorry, Dungeon Mastering. (Must remember that there are many dialects of Geek Speak...)

Having a group of very smart close friends try to kill me for thirty years taught me to think on my feet, to build a story from what the characters do, not from what I want them to do.

Bluntly: it taught me how to Pants.

And thirty years of worldbuilding taught me, well, worldbuilding. And even when it comes to that, I Pants: I do just enough to get the story started, add more as my characters explore, and build a mental model so that the new stuff I add is consistent with what has come before. That's how I build my game worlds -- rough sketch to start, details as needed -- and it's how I build my story worlds.

Does it work? Well, remember the fundamental rule: What works for me might not work for you (or vice versa), and what works for one story might not work for another.

But does it work for me? I like it so far, but ultimately only the readers can judge.


Ahh, so just like Howard off the Big Bang Theory... wotf019

Yeah, I can imagine how that would help with your storytelling. (And, yes there does seem to be proof it's working for you wotf007 ) I've never played DM (or D&D), but I guess that's just because I don't have any friends nerdy as I am...

Hmm...I need to work on that...

Thanks Martin!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby disgruntledpeony » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:32 pm

Yes, indeed, dungeon mastering. I keep forgetting that not everyone knows what that means, myself. wotf019 I think I was running a Pathfinder game and a World of Darkness game at that point. I'm a big fan of World of Darkness (modern day horror setting), which has bled into a lot of my recent story ideas. I'm strongly debating on dipping into the setting I created for my Pathfinder game for story ideas, though... I put a lot of effort into that game.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby storysinger » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:40 am

Now we're gaming 29 style.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby bobsandiego » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:51 pm

I've run gamed since 1979.
it's a blast.
my current player don;t know I plan on shutting down my current campaign and that the adventure's end is the big finale.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby s_c_baker » Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:43 pm

Happy thing new!

I mean merry year open!

Uh, MAY ALL YOUR STORIES FIND HOMES, AND ALL YOUR REVIEWS BE INFUSED WITH GOOD CHEER!

Good enough. wotf017

(PS I am a teetotaller, so no I'm not drunk.)
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:02 pm

Happy New Quarter!

(Also not drunk...)

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Rebecca Birch » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:47 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Happy New Quarter!

(Also not drunk...)

wotf013


(What is this drunk you speak of? Can it be made by chocolate? No? Okay, not drunk either.)
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby storysinger » Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:57 am

Whashappening, has shomeone spiked my eggnog. Hic!
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Ishmael » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:42 am

Dunk? Who's Dunk? Is it the same as Dunc?

That is a Scottish nickname. Short for Duncan.

Who was not really king and who was younger than Macbeth and not murdered but killed in battle and nowhere near Dunsinane and apart from that the Shakespeare story is quite accurate apart from the witches and Malcolm Canmore not being the legitimate heir and Macbeth being king for fourteen years not days and having visited Rome and been a jolly good chap by Dark Age standards.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby MattDovey » Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:22 am

I've never DMed (though I've sat at the table a number of times) but a lot of my writing is based in my time spent LARPing. It helps with quickly imagining characters (from all the times I wander in as a barely-fleshed out random to serve a specific plot purpose, and have to spin backstory out on the fly) and keeping them consistent (so used to inhabiting a character and reacting as they do, so I (hopefully) avoid characters acting out of character).

Roleplay, in general, is marvellous for writers.
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Postby storysinger » Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:13 am

307 to go. wotf011
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby Galen » Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:56 am

I make a tiny contribution to the effort of this bold endeavor.

Clearly what a glorious quarter this was.

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby amoskalik » Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:22 pm

29 seems to be a theme around here lately. The first prime after 23 which has its own deep meanings.
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:00 am

Galen wrote:I make a tiny contribution to the effort of this bold endeavor.

Clearly what a glorious quarter this was.


Even tiny contributions keep the thread alive. Thank you!
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Postby storysinger » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:18 am

We need to add a lot of posts here as quickly as possible to get to 5000 faster. Don't just read this thread, make a comment. You can do it.
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Postby emilymccosh » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:42 am

Here, I have a question that should fill up a bunch of answers...

Can someone please explain the Hugo Awards to me in simple language...There is tons of crap to read online, but I have no idea what they're talking about, so...

1) What is the controversy with Sad Puppies...

2) What was all the uproar at the last Awards where a bunch of people voted for No Award?

Thanks! wotf009
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby disgruntledpeony » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:36 am

emilymccosh wrote:Here, I have a question that should fill up a bunch of answers...

Can someone please explain the Hugo Awards to me in simple language...There is tons of crap to read online, but I have no idea what they're talking about, so...

1) What is the controversy with Sad Puppies...

2) What was all the uproar at the last Awards where a bunch of people voted for No Award?

Thanks! wotf009


viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2224&start=0 This does the best job of explaining it that I've seen. (Please keep further discussions about it there as well. The reasons why are explained therein.)
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Postby s_c_baker » Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:09 pm

Whatever you do, don't read the Wikipedia article, which is so pro-Puppy it hurts.
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Postby emilymccosh » Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:57 pm

Thank you both. I'll go read that article. Yeah....I went to Wikipedia a while ago, but I didn't understand most of what I was reading so I just quit. But your advice is noted. wotf007
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:31 pm

It's getting a little quiet around here...

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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby OldDarth » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:41 pm

Bet we're all busy writing, writing, writing! wotf011
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Postby ThomasKCarpenter » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:12 pm

Marco...
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Postby Martin L. Shoemaker » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:28 pm

Polo...
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Postby storysinger » Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:11 am

That was a long time with no post on this thread.
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby ThomasKCarpenter » Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:55 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Polo...


Well, hello there Mr. Nebula Nominated Martin L. Shoemaker. :)

wotf010 wotf010 wotf010

wotf009 wotf009 wotf009

If you haven't read his story, yet. Go now!!!

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Postby emilymccosh » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:37 am

So I have a random question for anyone who might know the answer. The forum statistics at the bottom of the page says "Most users ever online was 136 on Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:16 am". Seriously? The most users I've ever seen online at once is 8. Does anyone know what in the world was going on on Jan 11, 2012??? wotf004
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Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Postby storysinger » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:37 pm

That is a crazy statistic Emily. Maybe one of the long time forumites will enlighten us.
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Postby ThomasKCarpenter » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:39 pm

storysinger wrote:That is a crazy statistic Emily. Maybe one of the long time forumites will enlighten us.


The fact that it was at 3am suggests that it's not real. I don't recall anything in particular around that year that would have led to that many people checking the forum at that time at night. Probably a glitch in the matrix.
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