George R. R. Martin everyone.
My favourite thing about this gifset is that George R. R. Martin acknowledges both of these methods without insulting or dismissing the other. He is a fantastic writer and I know that some other fantastic writers swear by their methods and discount the others, which can be really disheartening as a young writer. Hearing him describe both of these methods without dismissing the other makes me very, very happy, as I am very much an architect and I always get so sad when every writer I look up to is like “NO PLANNING. PLANNING BAD. WRITERS DONT PLAN.”
So thank you, Mr. Martin.
I am by and large an architect but I am not opposed to my building gaining sentience and doing what it wants along the way, a la a gardener. So I feel this. I feel it so hard. Also:
"No one is purely an architect or a gardener in terms of writers, but many writers tend to one side or the other."
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN, YOU MAY NOT BE PERFECT, BUT THAT SENTENCE IS. THANK YOU.
Did nobody else notice that he waters his plants with BLOOD?
t3hsiggy said: Oooh, is that Dominion I see behind you?
Well spotted :)
I’ve only got the bast game and the Intrigue expansion. I think my favourite though is Prosperity though, something about big money that appeals to my brain.
I love boardgames, Dominion, whilst it can be a little boring if your opponent is constantly drawing their whole deck and is a bit like multi player solitaire, is one of my favourite games.
Prosperity is definitely my favourite as well. The cards get so over-the-top (looking at you, King’s Court) and silly.
What other games have you got/do you enjoy? I think I saw Ticket to Ride there, as well?
Yeah, Kings Court and Goons….. awesome cards :) I still can’t decide if I *like* dominion, so many of the cards are strictly better than others, even in the same set, that it doesn’t seem like they ever get brought regardless of the kingdom. Admittedly, I haven’t played many games where the kindgom is randomly drawn from all the expansions, at which point interesting interactions might emerge, but there are just some bad cards and it seems like waste.
I love the game, but there are parts of it that nag at me… like the card costings, the really cards at only 5 just isn’t hard to achieve, which renders the cheaper ones much less useful, it’s a thing I puzzle over…
Anyway, Good question, there are soooo many :)
I do have ticket to ride, well spotted, I do enjoy that.
I’ve got Settlers, who hasn’t. I@m kinda done with settlers mostly, I’ve played it utterly to death and it is really quite luck based…. add the Cities and Knights expansion and I’m more interested as I really enjoy the extra layer it adds to the game. I’ll play settler sand have fun, and it’s a great intro to board gaming game… but after easily over 100 games it’s a bit too random for my liking.
Talisman, but I really don’t enjoy it that much, roll dice and move is not fun in my book.,
I love Munchkin.
I adore Smallworld,
I do kinda like Alhambra although I think the best move is *always* obvious and it’s utterly dependent on luck… not played it that much but it seems like there isn’t enough choices to make me feel like I have any, you always do the best thing and the best thing is obvious
Carcasonne, oh wow have I put hours into that. Mostly on the iPad, I love this game, it seems simple, it seems easy…. but there is so much strategy to it, luck, but it’s damn good.
I like Scrabble, sadly enough :)
San Juan is really fun, again mostly on the iPad, in fact the app store has so many good versions of the board games I love and playing them is so much easier a lot of my gaming is done on it.
Loads more probably but those are the ones I goto most often, hows about you? what’s your goto games, what do you love?
Omg board game nerding tiiiime!
I know exactly what you mean about some of the Kingdom cards just feeling worthless to get ever, even if they might have some theoretically-interesting uses. Everything seems so reliant on having specific other Kingdom cards to function optimally. I should look and see if there are some good non-random sets that make use of those kinds of cards.
I enjoy Ticket to Ride when I play it, but I don’t own it and don’t go out of my way for it. Settlers definitely served its purpose as a gateway game for me, but I’m more-or-less through with it these days. Even with Cities and Knights, it is easy to be made irrelevant if others go out of their way for it (especially multiple people, which happens sometimes).
Never played Talisman or Alhambra, but the latter has been on my list for a while now. I’ve found both regular Smallworld and the Underground one to be quite fun, though the Underground one seems much more volatile in terms of area control.
I have several themed Munchkin base sets, but they don’t get a great deal of play unless I have a large group who wants something less serious (and doesn’t want the utter absurd chaos of Killer Bunnies).
I have found I enjoy Carcassonne more and more as I play it. I don’t play often, but it is definitely deeper than it appears at first. Scrabble is of course always solid as far as “classic” kinds of games go.
Never played San Juan, but it’s related somehow to Puerto Rico, isn’t it? Puerto Rico is probably my favourite game overall, but it is too heavy to play often. Power Grid falls very near it, but again is a lot of thought for a long time to be able to play.
Agricola has been enjoyable the few times I’ve played it. I received Race for the Galaxy for Christmas and really enjoy it, and being all card-based, it’s not super cumbersome to set up.
The game that gets the most play in my house though is easily Eclipse, with the Rise of the Ancients expansion. It’s nice because it’s got some strategy, some economy, some blowing each other up with spaceships, and it can take up to 9 people. It takes a while, but we don’t take it super seriously and it turns into good fun. (One time, on the final round, one of my friends turned against his alliance and hit all their key sectors, winning the game despite the massive penalty for breaking alliances. He has since had issues forming alliances).
Oh jeez what else have I even got. Tigris & Euphrates! Fantastic game! Monuments always seem too strong, but I might just be bad.
Betrayal at House on the Hill is the newest addition, having picked it up a few weeks ago after playing it at a board game cafe and loving it. We stumbled through at first, but I can definitely see it being a strong game for a while.
I am certain I could go on, but I’m not sure offhand what else I own/have played.
Can I get in on this briefly? There are no Dominion cards that are *strictly* better than other Dominion cards. In that case, you have to factor in the cost as well. There are some cards that are often duds, but that’s inevitable and it makes it all the sweeter on those rare boards where they are actually good. They can’t all be the best card ever!
$5 is actually a significant step up from $3/$4. You can probably reach $5 after the first reshuffle, but it’s much harder to get LOTS of a $5 card compared to getting lots of $3s/$4s, especially since most gainers (e.g. Workshop, Ironworks, Armory) are capped at $4 cost.
I would probably be willing to play Killer Bunnies again. I really hate Munchkin though. The first player to reach lv 9 loses. The second player to reach lv 9 probably loses. The third one probably wins. :P
My understanding is that San Juan is like a thematic sequel to Puerto Rico, but mechanically it is actually really close to Race for the Galaxy.
We need to play less Eclipse and more Agricola. ;)
I still haven’t played Tigris & Euphrates! We should do that sometime.
You didn’t mention 7 Wonders? :P
THIS IS SO CUTE OMFG LOOK HOW HAPPY EVERYONE IS HAVING ALL OF THT FUN AHHHH
This ranks among the best things I have ever seen. It just gets better and better. Enough to warrant my first ever use of the #lol tag.
How to use “and” 5 times in a row grammatically:
A man owned a store called “This And That” and hired another man to make a sign for it. When it was finished the owner inspected the work. He discovered that the spaces were wrong so he said “the space between This and And and And and That is different. Please fix it”
IM SO ANGRY
THIS IS SO GREAT. Almost as great as Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo.
OK, I see how yours works, but I’ve always read it differently:
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
each leaf in the current
spills ripples behind
expanding contours of your memory
fitted to a stranger’s form
if it is you
I can say no longer
your vernal light pervades
each autumn I am
towed by the space of your reverie
(worn by the taste of your words)
if there is rhythm you breathe
if there is timbre you burn
if there is colour you bloom
more vibrant by the absence I cannot trace
flowing as an out-cast prayer
growing to the hour’s edge
come all the leaves brought down in autumn fury
in the wake of you I follow
sunsets streaming on the course
each leaf in the current
dreams of ripples
so I can sleep
Almost unbelievably, another story is breaking on a national level about an African American in the state of Florida who is the victim of the racist “Stand Your Ground” laws. Just like Marissa Alex…
"Three years ago my son Michael was attacked outside of a club in Tallahassee, FL. His attacker admitted in open court that he attacked Michael with no provocation"
His attacker admitted in open court that he attacked Michael with no provocation
Race Reversal: A Hypothetical Scenario Of What Would Happen If Trayvon Martin Were White And George Zimmerman Were Black, And Why Race Has Everything To Do With The Case
If you don’t understand how deeply and viciously racist has been the official and right-wing reaction to the murder of Trayvon Martin, all you have to do is consider what would have been the official and right-wing reaction had the races of Martin and his killer been reversed.
Imagine a lanky white teenager was walking in a strange neighborhood at night. He’s a good kid—according to one of his teachers “an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness"—although he’s not above making the foolish teenaged mistake of getting caught with an empty baggie with marijuana residue inside it. But he has no criminal record. The worst anyone can say about him is that he smokes some pot, which puts him in the company of nearly half of all American high school students, something more than half of all American adults would legalize. But he’s a good student and has no criminal record. In other words, he’s a pretty typical teenager. A good kid.
Then one night this typical teenager is walking alone in a strange neighborhood, munching on some junk food and talking on his cell phone. And remember that we’re reversing the races here, so now he’s a white kid walking alone in a strange neighborhood, and it’s a black man who steps out of an SUV and starts following him. A black man who outweighs the teen by nearly a hundred pounds. A black man who steps out of an SUV, pulls up a hoodie, and starts following the teen. The kid tells his friend on the cell phone that someone is following him. He tells her because he doesn’t understand why someone is following him. He’s nervous. He’s just walking along, munching on junk food, and someone has started following him.
Finally, he decides to confront the guy. Even though he is nervous, he probably can’t imagine that simply walking in a strange neighborhood would lead to someone shooting him dead. He’s standing up for himself, but the thought of violence, the thought of gunfire, doesn’t even enter his head. But when he confronts the big guy who had been following him, and asks why he has been following him, the big guy pulls a gun. It happens so suddenly, the teen probably barely has time to realize that something serious is now happening. This was just an innocent evening stroll, a big guy had started following him for no reason, and now his life is being threatened. This was just an innocent evening stroll, and now he’s looking at a gun. Pointed at him. By a big guy who had been following him for no reason. A big guy who now shoots him dead.
Three witnesses later report having heard the boy’s desperate cry for help. The police report (pdf) says he was found face down, with his hands under him. He was carrying no weapon. He was carrying no drugs. He was carrying the type of junk food typical teenagers carry. In our reversal of races scenario, the story then is that a lanky white teen was walking in a strange neighborhood, snacking on junk food, talking to a friend on his cell phone, when a large black man stepped out of an SUV, started following him, frightened him, and shot him dead. Imagine the reaction.
Now suppose we find out that the teen’s killer had a history of race-based paranoia. Suppose we find out that the teen’s killer’s neighbors had complained of his aggressive behavior. Suppose we find out that the teen’s killer had once been arrested for “resisting arrest with violence and battery on an officer.” Suppose we find out that the teen’s killer that night had ignored a police dispatcher who had told him to stop following the teen. And suppose that after all that, the much larger black man who had stepped out of an SUV, pulled up a hoodie, and started following the white teen had ended up shooting the white teen dead. What would have been the official response? What would have been the right-wing reaction?
Would a police officer have tried to coach a witness to change her story? Would the local state attorney and police chief have overruled even the lead homicide investigator, who recommended that the killer be charged with manslaughter? Would the police have neglected even to give the killer a routine drug and alcohol test? Would the police have neglected to contact whomever the kid was talking to on the phone just moments before he was shot, ignored the witnesses who contradicted the killer’s story, and later reported that the killer had been bloodied in a confrontation with the dead teen, even though the real time reports suggested no such thing, and even though the police surveillance video shows the killer had no discernible wounds or discomfort, and even though the funeral director who prepared the dead teen’s body for burial says there was no evidence he had been in a fight?
If Trayvon Martin had been white and George Zimmerman black, this would not have become a national story. If they had reported it at all, the right-wing media would have praised Martin for trying to stand his ground before a dangerous violent thug. It defies credulity to think they would be dismissing the killer’s behavior, making despicable excuses such as blaming the kid’s clothing, or if— unthinkable in this reversing-the-races scenario—there had been no criminal charges filed against the killer, dismissing the story altogether. The questions here don’t even need answers. The questions answer themselves.
Had Trayvon Martin been white and George Zimmerman black, Zimmerman would be headed for death row. Right-wing media would be hailing Martin as a hero. A martyr who had stood his ground against a dangerous predator. They would be saying that it’s too bad Martin hadn’t somehow fought back against Zimmerman, and that if he had somehow succeeded in fighting a man so much larger than him, it would have been justifiable if he had left Zimmerman dead.
There is no polite way to explain what has happened. There is no polite way to explain the reflexive defensive rationalizations by the right-wing media and their right-wing fans. This was a racist killing with a racist cover-up and the right wing’s reaction has been virulently and viciously racist. To understand the depth of the right wing’s racist depravity, all it takes is to consider the very different reaction to this horror had the races of the victim and his killer been reversed.
Welcome to post-racial America.