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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    ACROPHOBIA 34 A Character Autobiographies Hello all, welcome to the 34th edition of Acrophobia. A quick shout out to Emmit, who originally brought this game to the forum. 34 games is impressive, a forum legacy to be proud of. This edition will have a part A and a part B, each with seven rounds. I chose to do this because there are so many interesting options for a round. I had to narrow down a list I made of nearly 40 names to 14. You will be given a character, from whose perspective you will dream up a title for their autobiography using one of three randomly generated acronyms. I would also like to give a warm-hearted shout out to Castellan, a true stalwart of our acronym games. We all hope your sudden absence whilst generously hosting game 33 is the result of a temporary problem. The rules are as usual. All first letters of words must correspond with the sequence of letters in the chosen acronym and any dubious words must be acceptable to the host's own standard of acceptability. You receive 1 point for submitting an entry, 1 point for voting fully, then 3 points per 1st place vote, 2 points per 2nd place vote, 1 point per 3rd place vote. I will use yomi's system of sticking rigidly to deadlines but allowing late entries at the cost of a point for submitting an entry. If you would like to play, send your host - Dolorous Gabe - a PM entitled Acrophobia 34 A: [insert board name here] With your entry PM, you may also send me any characters you would particularly like to be a part of this topic. I may consider bumping my choices for any characters that receive numerous nominations. PART A ROUND ONE: CERSEI LANNISTER Kicking off with some fun, Cersei has decided to compile her memoirs into an autobiography. Will it be honest? Will it be typically vainglorious? Based on her POV chapters, it will surely be entertaining in a crazy kind of way. So what title does she bestow upon it? Create your title from one of the following acronyms: C D F L A S D F H D G Q
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    Probably too late to be in with a chance of winning it (not impossible though) but partaking in the fun of it is what really matters (if you happen to enjoy wordplay games). Anyone can join in at any time so please do send me a Barristan title if you have one. It would appear that I didn't give out an official deadline. I just said it's likely to be Monday. Let's make it Tuesday midday UK time
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    Game of Thrones Whisky on Amazon

    That is true, I guess there is potential for the full set to be worth a lot more than £400 in years to come.
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    Game of Thrones Whisky on Amazon

    They're all at least £10 more expensive than they should be, some £20. The only ones I'd be genuinely interested in trying are the Lagavulin, the Clynelish and the Talisker, partially because I'm a fan of their main expressions but also because the ABV confirms they haven't been fully chill-filtered. But I do struggle to see why I should pay more for a 9yo Lagavulin expression than their 16yo, or a NAS (no-age-statement) expression Clynelish or Talisker than their respective 14yo and 10yo. Oban is a decent whisky but its flagship 14 year old is around £45 and for the quality I find that a little too much, so I really don't fancy forking out £65 for this NAS expression. Dalwhinnie already has an expression called Winter's Gold which can often be found on offer in the £25 range. I do wonder just how different this expression will be from that one, with a premium added to its price tag. But of course these will sell out, so one has to be impressed by Diageo's marketing strategy here. Also, the reasoning for the Targaryen-Cardhu link is sort of reasonable (although Martell would have been a better match on these grounds, book-wise obviously) but the taste profile doesn't come close to matching up. A friendly, sweet and approachable Speyside just doesn't scream Targaryen to me. Diageo owns Caol Ila, so an even peatier, smokier version of Caol Ila would have been a better match up on taste profile. Oh well, those are my thoughts on the matter.
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    PART B ROUND THREE ASSIGNMENT - BARRISTAN SELMY Ser Barristan’s perspective has changed in recent times. Now he is trying to atone for his glorious acts in service of an evil king and failure to recognise his true allegiance in the aftermath of the rebellion, the legendary swordsman is writing his autobiography to help put his wrongs to right. What does he call it? Create the title from one of the following acronyms: A D L O K F T D M D K G Deadline to be Tuesday midday UK time
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    PART B: ROUND TWO VOTING - Old Nan Vote for your favourite three in order of preference 1 Never Ending Legend - Clarified 2 Oversized Lunk Kissing 3 Never Even Liked Children 4 Nan’s Essential Lordling Classics 5 Old Ladies Know 6 Nightfall: Enlightening Lordly Children 7 Nan’s erotica: lovers chronicled 8 Narrator Epic Legends Chronicler I will decide on a deadline to vote in the near future.
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    PART B: ROUND ONE RESULTS Sniffer’s votes (sent by messenger raven) 1st) 8 2nd) 2 3rd) 4 1 Kings Hate Peaches rocksniffer 1+1 +2+2+3+2 = 11 2 Struggling Loyally Dragonstone’s Middle Whelp RhaenysBee 1+1 +2 = 4 3 I, Nation’s manifest autocrat Castellan 1+1 +2 = 4 4 Sieged Liege: Damn Mace’s Wheat Jez Bell 1+1 +3+1+1+2+1+1+1 = 12 5 INTROSPECTION: Notable Mistakes Analyzed. She Who Must Be Obeyed 1+1 +3 = 5 6 King Honor’s Price Howlin’ Howland 1+1 +2+1 = 5 7 Soldiers Learn Discipline My Way Raisin’ Bran 1+1 +1+3+3+3+3 = 15 8 Sometimes Leading Doesn’t Mean Winning Fragile Bird 1+1 +1+2+3 = 8 Raisin’ Bran 15 Jez Bell 12 rocksniffer 11 Fragile Bird 8 She Who Must Be Obeyed / Howlin’ Howland 5 RhaenysBee / Castellan 4 Please do check my tallies. Old Nan round coming up
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    About an hour and a half left.
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    About 30 hours left for Old Nan titles. I accept it is a tricky one.
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    PART B ROUND TWO: OLD NAN Old Nan has seen much and more at Winterfell, yet much of her history is unknown to us. There are some very interesting theories and rumours, so her autobiography is sure to be a fascinating one. With her ancient wisdom and storytelling experience, what would she name her tell-all tale? Create the title from one of the following acronyms: O L K N E L C P I W W D Deadline as above, Tuesday January 15th at 10pm UK time
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    PART B BEGINS ROUND ONE VOTING (vote for three in order of preference) 1 KINGS HATE PEACHES! 2 Struggling Loyally Dragonstone’s Middle Whelp 3 I, Nation’s manifest autocrat 4 Sieged Liege: Damn Mace’s Wheat! 5 INTROSPECTION: Notable Mistakes Analyzed. 6 KING Honor’s Price 7 Soldiers Learn Discipline My Way 8 Sometimes Leading Doesn't Mean Winning Deadline to vote will be on Tuesday January 15th at 10pm UK time
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    Watership Down 2018

    Finally watched it. What a disappointment! Whoever wrote the dialogue needs to be banned from writing dialogue ever again. 'Show, don't tell' is clearly lost on him. Tell the story and let the themes come to the viewer, don't have characters blurt out central themes within a quarter of the way in. I actually shouted at the TV on several occasions, especially when Hazel steals Bigwig's agency from him in his big moment. Their inventions definitely added too much humanlike features to the rabbits. Not in the spirit of the book at all! FWIW it had moments I enjoyed, mostly because we were seeing elements of the book not included in the 1978 adaptation. I absolutely cannot forgive such terrible writing though. The inventions stick out a heck of a lot more than a sore thumb would.
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    Tell me about it. I didn't know one person could drink this much whisky over three weeks and survive! I still need to compile entries I received a month ago! See, it's this kind of sense that made me so delighted that you came back to us Cheers for your collective patience, phobiacs! Maybe one day you'll all understand when my new song becomes a massive hit!
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    Can I set the deadline for this Friday? 12 noon UK time. Let's get this show on the road!
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    I'm open to receiving entries. I'll set a deadline in the next couple of days. Happy New Year Acrophobiacs!
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    Rank your 2018 TV shows throughout the year

    Completely agree. I found S5 harder to love than S4 (less of that beautiful bittersweetness that had in tears several times) but its overall thematic arc is even stronger. Knowing where it goes, I found a second viewing incredibly rewarding, elevating it yet again. Very much top for me.
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    Hey all I am suspending the game's beginning till the new year for the sake of a couple of players, if y'all don't mind. I was happy to launch into it but truthfully I could use a little break and I would probably have asked for a couple of weeks' break over Christmas and New Year anyway and December is already pretty busy as it is. In three weeks we'll start it back up again. Sorry about that. I love that loads of entries have already come in for Stannis.
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    ACROPHOBIA 34 PART B More Character Autobiographies ROUND ONE: STANNIS BARATHEON Kicking off Part B, Stannis has decided that a book might be the best way to further his cause. What would he write about Robert and Renly, about Cersei and her brood, about Storm’s End and the Blackwater, about the coming war for the dawn? What do you think he would name his tome? Acronyms: K H P I N M A S L D M W The deadline to enter will be on Tuesday December 11th at 7pm UK time sometime in early January
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    Can't decide whether to start a new thread or to just use this one for Part B.
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    ROUND SEVEN RESULTS Sniffer’s votes: 1st) 6 2nd) 1 3rd) 3 1 WINTER’S HAPPENING, HONESTLY! She Who Must Be Obeyed 1+1 +2+1+2 = 7 2 Catacomb Confessions: Targaryen of Winterfell Jez Bell 1+1 +1+2+2+3 = 10 3 Where Honor’s Headed… RhaenysBee 1+1 +3+3+2+3+1+3+1+1 = 19 4 Winter’s Heavy Heart Howlin’ Howland 1+1 +3+1+3+2 = 11 5 Catastrophic Conspiracy…”TOWER OF WOE” rocksniffer 1+1 +2+3 = 7 6 Why Headless, Hand? honeyed chicken 1+1 +2+1+1+2+3 = 11 7 For My Kids - “Ironic” Fragile Bird 1+1 +1 = 3 The final round was won individually by RhaenysBee with an extremely clever double-edged title, a brilliant winning title to end the game on. Howlin’ Howland, honeyed chicken and Jez Bell battled it out for the second-most points with three excellent and very different titles. In any other round they could each have been winners. Now to the conclusion of Part A. AND THE WINNER IS… Once more, thanks to everyone for participating and a special thanks to Castellan for reappearing and voting in each and every round. I’ve enjoyed hosting because the standard of entries has been fantastic. Here are the characters and their winning titles: Lovers A Sibling’s Devotion By Cersei Lannister Outcast: Assumed Dead By Jon Connington Pricks, Nitwits, Nincompoops By Olenna Tyrell Aemon: Voluntarily Chained By Aemon Targaryen Tully’s Spit ‘Pon Me?! Die!! By Walder Frey What Lies Beyond Winter By Catelyn Stark Where Honor’s Headed... By Eddard Stark
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    Hey all, thanks for voting and of course thanks for playing. I've enjoyed hosting this edition, I think autobiography titles really suits the game. I am super tired so will probably wait till tomorrow to do the final count. This also gives opportunity for another vote or two to come in. Does everyone want to launch straight into Part B or wait a little while?
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    More Acrophobia Leftovers!

    These are the titles I came up with for Cat when testing the acronyms Dead People's Club Where Love Breeds Wolves Grateful Undead: Claiming Mine Owed
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    ROUND SEVEN VOTING So what is the Ned’s title to his autobiography? Vote for three in order of preference 1 WINTER’S HAPPENING, HONESTLY! 2 Catacomb Confessions: Targaryen of Winterfell 3 Where Honor’s Headed… 4 Winter’s Heavy Heart 5 Catastrophic Conspiracy…”TOWER OF WOE” 6 Why Headless, Hand? 7 For My Kids - "ironic" Round ends once everyone has voted. Will likely be late Monday before I can do the count, so please vote by then.
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    ROUND SIX RESULTS Sniffer’s votes: 1) 2 2) 7 3) 1 1 Don’t… - Preaching Clarity RhaenysBee 1+1 +2+3+1 = 8 2 What Lies Beyond Winter? Howlin’ Howland 1+1 +3+2+3+2+2+3 = 17 3 Who’s Left - “Bloodless Woman” She Who Must Be Obeyed 1+1 +1+3+3+1 = 10 4 Womanly: love, bravery, work Raisin’ Bran 1+1 +3+1+1 = 7 5 Deliverance: Postmortal Combat Jez Bell 1+1 +2+1+1+3+2+3 = 14 6 Desperate Prayers Confessed rocksniffer 1+1 +1 = 3 7 Widowhood Leaves Broken Woman honeyed chicken 1+1 +2+2+1+2 = 9 Jez Bell 60 + 14 = 74 rocksniffer 58 + 3 = 61 She Who Must Be Obeyed 46 + 10 = 56 / Howlin’ Howland 39 + 17 = 56 RhaenysBee 45 + 8 = 53 honeyed chicken 33 + 9 = 42 Raisin’ Bran 33 + 7 = 40 Fragile Bird 25 + 1 = 26 (point for voting) Castellan 1+1+1+1+1+1 = 6 (points for voting) Howlin’ Howland wins the round with a terrific philosophical title, climbing powerfully up the standings in the second half of this game. Jez Bell scores strongly again with a snappy and strong title about undead revenge. It was a fine round of titles fought hard by all. Each can argue a strong case that it deserved more points and in any other round it probably would have got them. Please check my tallies in case a mistake was made. Will give a short extra time to see if one more entry comes in for R7. If you want to change your entry for the last round, let me know ASAP.
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    Acrophobia 34A&B: PART B R1

    Supposed to be just 12 hours till the deadline.
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