Gower, The Grandmaster of the Written Word
"He was slightly less unfun."
"Somehow there was comfort in coffee despite his misery; the only comfort in a black world." -- Hornblower in the West Indies
A comprehensive quiz + bonus fan faction about the the underrated cult classic show "Kelly Unicornstrider and Friends" (1982-1985). Questions range from really easy to really difficult.
I think putting this on "publish" makes it so only we can see this. It's just for us, sweetie. I made it to celebrate our anniversary and remember some special intimate moments together over the years in an interesting way as a present for you.
I hope you love it, Natalie, as much as I love you!
(Of course if there's any admin looking at this, or if I messed up, don't read this, because it's got private things in it.)
This is my required report to the full faculty in accordance with the rules noted in the Faculty Handbook (version 15.1, as of October 2017)
"Personally I can only read 16 words in one go before words stop working," wrote Mizal.
This game has sixteen words per path. Not counting "The End." So you can play quickly.
When reviewing, please use precisely sixteen words. That should be plenty for your suggestions and observations.
Note this challenge connected with this game: Write the Last Page!
Articles WrittenBasic Sentence Structure: Additive Sentences
Commendations, Orders, and Titles
Cumulative Sentences, Part 1
Cumulative Sentences, Part 2
Semicolons and Advanced Additive Sentences
Understanding Style: The Sweet Style
Recent PostsBoardgame Thread on 12/22/2022 6:15:26 PM
Yeah, the artwork is not great. Not that it was so great in 1e. I'm bummed that I missed out on some of the 1e factions when they were still in print. I never got the original Phoenix Elf/Tundra Orcs box, Alliances, which is pretty expensive now, and most of the second summoners.
I still look around on ebay every so often to see if I can find some of the older stuff, but when it showed up, it's stupid pricey.
Boardgame Thread on 12/22/2022 5:15:23 PM
Here's a game recommendation: Summoner Wars.
It's sort of like a minis game that you play with card. You buy your faction for like $10-15, and it has everything you need. It's got fun, tactical combat, and the rule set is super slick and easy. You can learn how to play in five minutes, but every card has its own special rules that make them flavorful and interesting, printed right on the card.
Each deck has a bunch of common units, some champions, and a summoner. The goal of the game is to kill the enemy summoner.
So here is what makes the game great. Each faction is incredibly distinct and well balanced. The Cloaks fight dirty and sneaky; Vanguard is highly defensive; Goblins swarm you with a bunch of low quality guys; Skyspears are mobile. And the feeling of each faction is quite different when playing a different faction. I went in on first edition Summoner Wars a while back and at this time I own 19 different factions, which is sort of sad, because now second edition is out and I'm just trying to figure out if I should buy into second edition and start over or fill in the gaps in my 1e game in a brooding sort of way just because. It seems like 2e is really good, like, in every way, so if you haven't played this game yet, you can avoid my fate and just jump right into the better version.
It plays fast. An hour would be a long game. Fast cleanup. You can have a blast with just two factions, but then you'll get addicted and want more.
You can try out Summoner Wars, btw, here. Nothing beats pushing around actual cards and rolling real dice, but it's free to try.
A New Book Club on 11/14/2022 7:26:27 PM
I'm in. Looking forward to having a discussion with everyone who has done the reading assignment.
Fantasy Recommendations? on 11/5/2022 5:43:14 PM
When I have a big stack of essays to grade on my desk, I get really, really shy and also irritable and sort of violent. It's a very specific bashfulness.
But yeah. Read those books. You may need to keep a cheat sheet handy to figure out who the various elf-lords and what the various elf stronghold are, but there's not that many of them. Beren and Luthien and the Fall of Gondolin are great, but The Children of Hurin, especially once you get about halfway in, is primo Tolkien.
Government poll on 9/2/2022 5:47:02 PM
I will report back after I watch it tonight. I suppose it's possible I could be persuaded by the Elven King.
Government poll on 9/2/2022 5:33:06 PM
MHD knows how to win my vote-slash-fealty.
The 2nd Annual MHD Appreciation Week! on 7/16/2022 3:27:00 PM
I'm so pleased that you used the word "etiolated."
Prompt Contest Results on 7/13/2022 9:24:21 AM
I know, I was hedging on some of my scores, but I figured a few point-fives and point-two-fives wouldn't cause too many problems, and might even prevent some ties.
hi on 6/7/2022 1:31:47 PM
Welcome to the site. I do hope you enjoy your time here.
Villains on 5/8/2022 4:24:26 PM
My dearest friend,
You know, or think you know, even before I reply, what I will say. You look at these pages, blurred with droplets that let's call tears for your predicament, but we both know is probably sweat or grease from dinner, and you think, ah, even though everyone else is silent, you can count on good old Gower to reply, to give you some solace in your imprisonment.
You think, as well, that I will make some mild jest, like you having spelled "favor" as "favour" for some insane geographical reason, or possibly say something about a semicolon and move blithely on. Perhaps mention the errant "it's" at the end of one of the last paragraphs. (it's full, uncontainable fury.) But no, no, I will not mention these things.
However, of these matters I say nothing. Indeed, I would like to encourage you to take what you have written and halve it. I think, too often, old friend, that in your eagerness to make that connection with me, the reader, you retread ground that either you already have betrodden--trod--treaded--walked on, or make explict things that would be best left to the imagination. The rhetorical questions followed by the restatements two or three times--(" Doesn’t really add up, does it? Not the recipe for a cold blooded killer that people would expect. I was a good boy. I was raised right. I had a kind and honest soul.---or " I have heard the best place to start when trying to comprehend the mind of a criminal is to look at their background. Where they were born, how they were raised, who their parents were. The age old question of nature vs nurture. How far can the apple fall from the tree?" --- or " What can I say? History belongs to heroes and kings, not career criminals who build their fortunes on a foundation of death and destruction. If this city remembers me at all, it will doubtless be as a grim little footnote in it’s long, wretched saga. An old wives tale used to frighten small children at night."
All lovely sentiments, no doubt, but highly *condensable* and with a prologue like this, I think less is more. We do not wish to tire of this voice, and this voice that repeats and rechews moves from the intriguing to wearying at times, especially when that voice is telling me how cool they are multiple times. Let me decide, in short, if you do things by half.
I would be most interested if you were to revise this prologue and see what you can strip away from it. After all, what else is there to do while you await your death.
Your obedient humble servant,