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Posted 28 January 2019 - 09:16 PM

Iím so impressed with how helpful and sincere Dírek sounds when convincing folks not to research their racial techs. She has a future selling used cars if all else fails.
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Posted 28 January 2019 - 09:53 PM

View PostTattersail_, on 28 January 2019 - 04:49 PM, said:

I was just fed up of chasing that extra CT all the time :) This way I can concentrate a bit more on VP's and not worry as much about where the next meal is coming from.


Ditto. Given that we were guaranteed a spot with little to no influence on top of that.
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Posted 28 January 2019 - 09:59 PM

I'm so impressed Blend. How did you know my favorite color is purple?
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Posted 28 January 2019 - 10:00 PM

View PostD, on 28 January 2019 - 03:43 PM, said:

Silly Morghy, Letnev doesn't have wenches or councils. It's always knight out there! No one will get this


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Posted 28 January 2019 - 11:25 PM

The judges are ready to deliver their verdict!

Dírek evokes the feel of an Erikson epigraph, like a surviving fragment of an epic poem, it makes one desire to find out more about these Jol-Nar. Plus, tentacles! But, conversely, where was the reference to fishbowls which is common to all Jol-Nar poetry? And at least one unnecessarily long word in place of a more common one to reflect the academic snootiness of the Jol-Nar? Perhaps these are to be found in the lost sections.

At the opposite end, Twelve has gone down the limerick route. Short, funny, to the point, and it rhymes, all great qualities for absolutely any piece of poetry. Nice twist at the end where the Winnu come to mop up. However, does it spend enough time elucidating upon the Winnu themselves? And does it need to, or does this in fact reflect the behind-the-scenes very nature of the Winnu?

Gnawís gets off to a great start because it actually has a title, which is always useful. It impressively ties together and riffs on real historical events and has its own unique and literally inimitable Nekro style. But is it a bit too heavy-handed in its appeal to my own actions in a previous game, quite blatantly trying to butter me up? Then again, I do like butter.

Morgoth: This is brilliant. Amazing. Riffs off a previous work, gently mocking another race while at the same time extolling the aggressiveness of the Letnev. Quite brilliant. Also quite disqualified, for so many reasons. 1) These are song lyrics, not a poem; 2) You couldnít remember the name of your own race; 3) Iíve had that bloody tune stuck in my head for hours.

Where to begin with Tattsí? I guess it focuses on the Sol throughout, so thatís good? But this is appalling, particularly the hashtag at the end. Did the Solarians lose all their poets in the supernova? Did they get a Solarian child to scrawl this with a crayon on edible paper? However, I would very much have liked to hear more about those toys - perhaps this indecisiveness in itself should be taken as a part of the whole poetic contribution, in which case it emerges into a new light, one which reflects the very flawed humanity of the Sol themselves. This effort perhaps deserves further intensive critical analysis.

One surely must admire the perfect circularity of Tapperís contribution. In sand we begin, in sand we end, via the deepest mines and the highest stars. Quite beautiful. However, one must also surely quirk an eyebrow at the quite literal and straightforward interpretation of the challenge, a synopsis of the Hacan history and their ideology. No Nekro fucking tangent in sight anywhere. Is it memorable, one must ask? Will people pretend to have read this to seem highbrow, while in truth Twelveís limerick has more widespread cultural impact?

I can honestly say that this has been the hardest poetry competition I have ever had to judge. I mean, after disqualifying Morgoth and Tatts clearly coming in last place.

Twelve, Iím going to choose to believe that behind the humour of your entry lies a deeper meaning, a great insight into the Winnu ideology: come across as harmless, forgettable, and pointless even, all to disarm and make your competitors heedless of your actions while you rise to the top, as exemplified by the final line. If this isnít a masterpiece, then Iím not a qualified literary judge.

Twelve is the Speaker. Strategy pick order will be Twelve - Blend - Tatts - Dírek - Macaw - Tapper - Nom - Morgoth - IH
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Posted 28 January 2019 - 11:28 PM

I will set up the threads tomorrow and weíll probably also be able to get started (late) tomorrow. But in the meantime you can start selecting your strategy cards.

Also, do all please look over the map that Blend has kindly created and just double-check you all have the right ships, tokens, etc.

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 11:48 PM

LOL!!! No fucking way. Now granted I did spend close to a half hour on that piece of "poetry" but I didn't think it was deserving of even middle of the pact after reading some of the other works. But hey, I'll take it.
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 12:06 AM

This is an easy Logistics pick.
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 12:19 AM

View Posttwelve, on 29 January 2019 - 12:06 AM, said:

This is an easy Logistics pick.


Heh. Mecatol first turn of next round. At the latest. Possibly this round.

Edit: oops. No. Was looking at Tattsí position not yours.

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 12:22 AM

View PostD, on 28 January 2019 - 03:37 PM, said:

I'm just being silly, not actually complaining! I'm actually looking forward to calling Macaw "the violet violent virus"


Purple people eaters?
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 12:26 AM

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 05:05 AM

I think I will have to go with Trade for the first round. I have a feeling I am gonna be desperate for resources this game.
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 05:11 AM

Song lyrics arent poetry? Bob Dylan won the Nobel Price of Litterature for Letnevís sake
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 05:17 AM

View PostMorgoth, on 29 January 2019 - 05:11 AM, said:

Song lyrics arent poetry? Bob Dylan won the Nobel Price of Litterature for Letnevís sake


Oooh, what is the Nobel Price? $0.02?
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 05:40 AM

View PostBlend, on 29 January 2019 - 05:17 AM, said:

View PostMorgoth, on 29 January 2019 - 05:11 AM, said:

Song lyrics arent poetry? Bob Dylan won the Nobel Price of Litterature for Letnevís sake


Oooh, what is the Nobel Price? $0.02?


A couple of million dollars I believe. But the main boon is the massive sales increase.
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 05:48 AM

View PostMorgoth, on 29 January 2019 - 05:11 AM, said:

Song lyrics arent poetry? Bob Dylan won the Nobel Price of Litterature for Letnev's sake


Khellís an academic. If it makes money it canít be ďartĒ.
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 07:30 AM

I'm going for politics
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 08:22 AM

Blend why would the Jol Nar have the Technology strategy card? They have an ability that allows the secondary of technology to act like the primary. The only difference is, it costs them a CT. I assume Leaderships would be D'rek's first choice but we'll see.
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 08:22 AM

View PostTattersail_, on 29 January 2019 - 08:22 AM, said:

Blend why would the Jol Nar have the Technology strategy card? They have an ability that allows the secondary of technology to act like the primary. The only difference is, it costs them a CT. I assume Leaderships would be D'rek's first choice but we'll see.


I did that. And didnít know that.
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Posted 29 January 2019 - 08:25 AM

View PostGnaw, on 29 January 2019 - 08:22 AM, said:

View PostTattersail_, on 29 January 2019 - 08:22 AM, said:

Blend why would the Jol Nar have the Technology strategy card? They have an ability that allows the secondary of technology to act like the primary. The only difference is, it costs them a CT. I assume Leaderships would be D'rek's first choice but we'll see.


I did that. And didn't know that.


Ah okay,
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