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« on: July 24, 2014, 02:04:16 pm »

I'd really love to see something with the richness of EU done for ahistorical subject matter - say SF or fantasy.
It would require using a background that was really richly developed (and not two-sided) like Traveller's Imperium,
Runequest's Glorantha, or maybe even the SFB universe for the story (anything else would just be a silly amount of effort).
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2014, 05:00:50 pm »

I've been reading David Weber's Off Armageddon Reef and getting so many ideas for a grand epic game set in that world that it's actually distracting when I try to read. Undecided
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2014, 05:16:52 pm »

I've been reading David Weber's Off Armageddon Reef and getting so many ideas for a grand epic game set in that world that it's actually distracting when I try to read. Undecided

You and me, brother. He's pulled a few of these "high-tech characters stuck in a low-tech world" stories before, but OAR really hums right along.
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014, 06:08:46 pm »

I've been reading David Weber's Off Armageddon Reef and getting so many ideas for a grand epic game set in that world that it's actually distracting when I try to read. Undecided

You and me, brother. He's pulled a few of these "high-tech characters stuck in a low-tech world" stories before, but OAR really hums right along.

Yep, I really enjoyed OAR.  However, he's up to how many books in the series now?  8?  They do start to drag.  I think he needs an editor that can stand up to him.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2014, 06:11:08 pm »

I've been reading David Weber's Off Armageddon Reef and getting so many ideas for a grand epic game set in that world that it's actually distracting when I try to read. Undecided

You and me, brother. He's pulled a few of these "high-tech characters stuck in a low-tech world" stories before, but OAR really hums right along.

Yep, I really enjoyed OAR.  However, he's up to how many books in the series now?  8?  They do start to drag.  I think he needs an editor that can stand up to him.

They aren't dragging as bad as the Honor Harrington series, so it may just be the comparison between the two, but I find OAR is actually getting stuff done and the books aren't too badly edited.

You're right, tho. He really needs someone to sit down with a big red marker and just gut his books to something reasonable.
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2014, 06:34:20 pm »

I think I've actually read that. It was okay, I guess.
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2014, 06:59:09 am »

Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time would be perfect for this.
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2014, 01:53:33 pm »

Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time would be perfect for this.
Next on my reading list.
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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2014, 02:09:20 pm »

Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time would be perfect for this.
Next on my reading list.

Gonna be honest, the reading was difficult. The world got more and more involved, and as the books came, I'd lose track of what was going on. I stopped and started the series probably 5 times.

1. Read Book 1. Loved it.
2. Read Book 2. Its cool.
3. Read Book 3. OK, ah, this needs to get moving.
4. Read Book 4. Getting bored.
5. Quit.
6. A year later, start again with book 1, and get a book or two further than last time before quitting again.

Getting an Audible account and listening to the audiobooks of these was perfect. The two readers, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were amazingly good, and probably spoiled me for future audiobooks. I went through all 14 audio books, taking nearly two years. I listened to them strictly on my drive home from work (45 minutes, 5 times per week). I just finished last month, and was kinda bummed.
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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2014, 04:43:07 pm »

I've been considering reading things aloud.

Always wonder about the fair use issues though.
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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2014, 07:27:24 pm »

I've been considering reading things aloud.

Always wonder about the fair use issues though.

It's definitely interesting on two points!

1 - You're changing the format from print to audio
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2 - You're changing the distribution medium from paper to digital file or optical media

Either one of those can be problematic! 

Think about all those libraries with VHS collections that cannot be simply converted into DVDs despite cheap access to both the tools and media with which to do it!
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« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2014, 05:03:48 am »

New thread: http://thegamebox.gamesontables.com/index.php?topic=20.0
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