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I always get the shakes before a drop. I've had the injections, of course, and hypnotic preparation, and it stands to reason that I can't really be afraid. The ship's psychiatrist has checked my brain waves and asked me silly questions while I was asleep and he tells me that it isn't fear, it isn't anything important -- it's just like the trembling of an eager race horse in the starting gate. I couldn't say about that; I've never been a race horse. But the fact is: I'm scared silly, every time.
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>Studying for Masters for past 2 years
>Always reading either genre fiction whenever not working
>Get ribbed by my advisor, tell him it is to allow me to not go nuts, relax in the lab
>Graduated with honors after working my ass off
>Receive a letter in the mail today from advisor
>2 Visa Gift Cards
>"For Books (anything that isn't Lord of the Rings bullshit)"
The guy has become like a father to me, even came to my dad's funeral to provide support when he passed last year. I've eaten at his house, drank wine, played board games with his family.
So with this major boon in front of me I ask /tg/: What should I buy with this? No Science Fiction or Fantasy, just straight goodness. I would prefer things that could help me in gaming, stuff that will help me develop some new ideas when I get whatever free time I may luck into.
TL;DR: I got $1,000 to spend on non-gaming, non-genre fiction books. Wat do?
Elegan/tg/entlemen, advice please
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Just over a hundred years ago, the remote borderlands of one of the major kingdoms in our setting were being raided by barely civilized, shamanistic local tribes. To handle the nuisance, an order of holy knights was headquartered in the remote region. Over nearly a century near constant (if low intensity) warfare with the tribes, the knights have made remarkable progress in civilizing the area - many tribals converted to "civilized" religions, new settlements started being created and the most hostile tribes were being kept in check.
This expansion was put on hold abruptly about a decade ago, when certain abuses by the Order came to light - most prominently the large scale overseas trafficking of tribal slaves. The disgraced Order leadership was forced to step down and a ceasefire with the tribes was signed. The Order even withdrew from some contested territories to give itself time to purify itself.
But the peace was temporary and the purification didn't go quite as planned. Two years ago a very radical knight became Grand Master. He talked of the evils of the tribal religion, demon worship, child sacrifice. He said the ceasefire was a disgrace, as was any other hesitation in their just war of bringing salvation and civilization to the borderlands. A year ago the knights violated the ceasefire and struck at a major tribal settlement. It was an attack of unprecedented brutality in the history of the Order. The holiest of all tribal shrines was burned to the ground, the priestesses brutally executed and few worshippers, even among women and children, managed to escape death. The shocked tribes have united and mobilized against the Order to avenge the stunning attack. The largest and most brutal events of the century long struggle for the borderlands have began to unfold.
to be continued
Song of Swords MCXV: I've got the world in my pocket, and it still ain't enough
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Gentlemen, in the previous thread we saw the first public demonstration of the Wounds and Infection system of Song of Swords. And what a demonstration it was. That's life, that's SoS.
Also, I now officially confirm that the next update is to contain a very large number of new weapons, armor, and helmets, as well as clarification and rewrites for special rules regarding them, and a total rework of shields.
Let the Swording continue.