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QT Chess

Nov. 12th, 2017 | 10:28 am
mood: amusedamused
posted by: starmy63 in sounis

I know this is silly, but I'm going to share it anyway. During a game night recently, my 4 year old pulled out the chess set and asked me to play with her. I gave her some very basic, flexible rules and started. As the game progressed and she got bored, the rules began to change until we were playing a version where pawns would pull incredible athletic stunts and leap wildly across the board to tackle offending parties who had dared to capture the Queen. I kept getting the mental image of the battle at the end of QT, with Eddisian soldiers falling to the ground to swipe knees while others leapt dramatically over their backs to mow down the next line.

This got me thinking that an Eddisian (or Attolian, maybe Sounisian) inspired version of Chess has a lot of potential for much awesomeness. It was fun to spend some time considering what those moves and rules might be like. It also got me wondering what types of games each country might have played during downtime. I know you can extrapolate from actual historical games (had some fun learning about Roman Ludas Latrunculorum and could see where Eugenides' off-screen maneuvering during KoA and TaT could be considered the "drop phase"), but it was still fun to indulge my whimsy for a while imagining options.

In case anyone else has an overactive whimsy or likes historical games, this is one site I found that explained Latrunculi concisely. http://www.di.fc.ul.pt/~jpn/gv/latrunculi.htm

Also, I really want this chess set now. https://www.chessusa.com/product/2J-012.html?_vsrefdom=adwords&gclid=Cj0KCQiA_5_QBRC9ARIsADVww16lLlfxaER9fJk8wKpP2d9DlqscEnFhnQXM2maNXY0lVZPS_vB8kJwaApELEALw_wcB

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QT Prints

Nov. 10th, 2017 | 08:10 pm
mood: ecstaticecstatic
music: harry styles - sign of the times
posted by: checkers65477 in sounis

agh_4 , in this post, showed us the block prints she'd done that were based on the countries in the QT books. Well, she very generously sent me copies of the prints and they arrived yesterday!

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Thank you, dear agh_4. I'm going to treasure these.

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ot: more Greece!

Nov. 9th, 2017 | 07:23 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: SJ Tucker--Alligator In The House
posted by: filkferengi in sounis


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Happy Birthday, Sounis!!!

Nov. 2nd, 2017 | 03:47 pm
mood: chipperchipper
music: elvis costello - (what's so funny 'bout) peace, love, and understanding?
posted by: checkers65477 in sounis

Ornon's sheep are wishing Sounis a Happy 12th Birthday!!!

Who would have thought that this community would still be around twelve years
after this epic post?

In honor of sounis 's birthday tell us, people, what do you want to see in the next, final book? Nothing is too over-the-top, crazy, or fan-service-ish. Tell us your ideas, reprobates! What do you hope happens?

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Series Review - "Why I Stopped Reading the Queen's Thief Series

Nov. 2nd, 2017 | 02:27 pm
posted by: checkers65477 in sounis

I don't remember seeing this when it was posted back in May, but here is a terrific review of the series, or at least the part of the series blogger Natalie Zutter has read.

This phrase struck a chord: "On a reread, the brutality of the amputation itself—a point of no return for the rest of the series, mere pages into the second book—made my stomach drop in a way that was wholly familiar. A mix of sick dread and macabre excitement..."

That's exactly how that part made me feel.

I hope she *finally* read KoA and the other books.

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Masked Character Chat Tonight!

Oct. 29th, 2017 | 05:18 pm
posted by: ninedaysaqueen in sounis

Happy Halloween weekend, everyone! Come join us for a masked character in the Conspiracy Room tonight and spider cookies!

The password is HERE. You must be a member of the community to use the chat room. Go HERE for more details. This is a masked chat, meaning no one knows who is playing who, so be careful not to reveal your identity till you're ready to unmask and leave the chat for the night.

5pm Pacific Time
6pm Mountain Time
7pm Central Time
8pm Eastern Time

Check the World Clock for more time zones.

Reserved Characters List

Eddis Helen

When you sign in, be sure to pick a character who is not already on this list. Sign in using just your character name, please, and have fun!

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The Elephant in the Room?

Oct. 28th, 2017 | 07:04 pm
posted by: kiscakat in sounis

Didn't MWT say there was supposed to be an elephant in her next book (e.g. TaT)?

I found the elephant!

I have received your letter of last month. Your handwriting has greatly improved. I am sorry that the archivist would not let you look at the map of the Empire. I am sure that when your tutor returns he will allow it. I have made this map in haste to give to the messenger who leaves today. I will hope you have already seen a better one by the time it reaches you.
Yours in Friendship, -K

The "P" stands for...

                                    ...wait for it....


(Although Pigeon works too...)

Sorry, I couldn't help it.  I JUST thought of this - and it made me laugh!

Is there any form of the name Brinna that could possible mean "sand" or "sandy"?  That seemed like something MWT would do to us...but I can't find it if there is...

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While She Knits - Whatcha Reading?

Oct. 28th, 2017 | 08:27 pm
mood: optimisticoptimistic
music: elvis costello - what's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding
posted by: checkers65477 in sounis

Like, right now? Whether it's the latest bestseller, something for coursework. or guilty pleasure?

Is it good? Terrible? Meh? Tell us all.

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ot: new Penric up

Oct. 28th, 2017 | 08:02 am
mood: giddygiddy
music: Seanan McGuire--Dear Gina
posted by: filkferengi in sounis

Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2017 21:14:21 -0500 (CDT)
From: Lois Bujold
Subject: [LMB] new Penric (#6) now up

Or at least at two-thirds of our vendors.? More info here...


Ta, L.

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ot: Elizabeth E. Wein story

Oct. 26th, 2017 | 03:27 pm
mood: calmcalm
music: Seanan McGuire--My Story Is Not Done
posted by: filkferengi in sounis

on podcast: http://farfetchedfables.com/far-fetched-fables-no-22-elizabeth-e-wein-and-kj-kabza/

Since I know lots of folks hereabouts are partial to her.

Note: there're lots of other stories by authors y'all might enjoy, archived here:


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