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  1. 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. 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. I will add more info later. Who is in?
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    @RhaenysBee you got rid of Helena! That Avatar brought a smile to my face every time I looked at it. "Where are these mangoes?"
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    Oh well, it seems my actual casting and auditioning experience hasn't helped me as much as I was hoping in this game. Nor indeed the two NFTS courses I did on directing actors and producing.
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    Tricky, this one. A number of people I don't know but they seem quite smartly chosen by their pictures and imdb info. Margaery Jenna Coleman Kristine Froseth Emma Watson Loras Toby Regbo (I already had him in mind in case Loras came up but one of y'all got the message in before I did) Jeremy Irvine William Brent
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    Acrophobia 33 New experiences! Round 3

    I really hope our dear host is okay. In the meantime, I will put myself forward to host a new game of Acrophobia. As I understand it, rocksniffer is putting together a game of Acrophilia. I, meanwhile, have a topic in mind for Acrophobia. Originally I thought it would be about coming up with titles of autobiographies for certain characters. What I can't decide is whether you should create these titles from their perspective or your own. Your own might offer more scope for humour, so now I'm thinking I should alter it slightly so that it's you writing a biography of the character and creating a title for it from the given acronym(s). Any thoughts? Is there enough interest to begin soon or should I wait a while?
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    I have an idea for an Acrophobia game. Character autobiography titles: if X wrote an autobiography, what would X call it? Alternatively, what do you think would make a great title for X's autobiography? I'll give 2 or maybe even 3 acronym options to choose from. Sorry for clogging this thread, I'll shift this discussion to the Acrophobia thread. But if anyone playing this game fancies a crack at Acrophobia, you're all more than welcome to join us when I get it running.
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    If you want to host an Acrophilia game by all means go for it. I still have too many scars from my last hosting. I am more than happy to host Acrophobia though, unless you already have a topic in mind. I think it'd be best to do a brand new game and just keep hoping Castellan's problem is temporary (I am very much concerned now though).
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    New Elimination Game, #2: Best TV Show with a Female Lead

    Try Orphan Black
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    1st) Vanessa Redgrave 2nd) Helen Mirren 3rd) Judi Dench
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    An honest response to this: I found that round difficult to choose and I could see most of the nominations working in some way so it came down to very little things when voting. I love Black Sails and he is great in that role. He is very intense though and I wasn't personally sure he could pull off the eccentricity of book-Daario. I kinda felt he would be a more intense and physical version of Ed Skrein's Daario. I could be wrong but that was my reasoning. I plumped for Hardy in 3rd just because I felt he could pull off more of book-Daario's personality. Yeah @honeyed chicken might be worth rechecking the scores as Vincent Cassel had a second 2nd place vote not included. All I'll add on the previous round is this: I realise Vincent Cassel is in his 50s now but as soon as I thought of him I couldn't imagine anyone else pulling off every facet of Daario's character anywhere near so well as he could. He can commit wholly to anything and everything.
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    1st) Travis Fimmel 2nd) Ben Barnes 3rd) Tom Hardy
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    Johnnie Walker Readies Game of Thrones Whisky

    It's a pretty gimmicky marketing ploy. Diageo are anathema to many whisky enthusiasts because they mostly tend to adhere strictly to chill filtration, which can seem to diminish the body and mouthfeel of the whisky. I'm not sure taste is affected but I do often feel chill filtered whiskies lack body and/or mouthfeel; it's like you lose something in that middle point after the first taste and before the aftertaste. That said, I may try them (apart from the JW blend) depending on the price. I do love a Lagavulin 16, a Clynelish 14, or a Talisker 10 but these GoT releases are likely to consist predominantly of much younger whisky.
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with choosing someone we think would be closer to the book character. That is what I've been trying to do. The show's recasting of Daario reveals just how different a casting choice can be. It would be boring if we just tried to think of like-for-like nominations. 1st: Lily Allen 2nd: Natalie Dormer 3rd: Rebecca Hall Don't really see any of these working that well though to be honest. I've thought of another option just now. Even though I personally think mine was the best nomination of the bunch, if I could pick again I'd go for Josefin Asplund.
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    Yeah I've been thinking this one through. I've been choosing my own actors as if in the shoes of 'the showrunners that will not be named' ten years ago but when looking through the nominations I've been trying to imagine them in the role at the right age for it.
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    My dear Lady of Tarth, late is the hour to deliver my points that will not count yet I treasure the revelation of your stated preference.
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    1st: Graham McTavish 2nd: Mark Strong 3rd: Jonathan Banks
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    New Elimination Game, #2: Best TV Show with a Female Lead

    Guess I better find a way to watch Sharp Objects. Still, out of my love for Orphan Black I will make a small contribution to its cause. Heal Orphan Black Hurt Sharp Objects
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    1. Catherine McCormack 2. Rebecca Mader 3. Keri Russell Well done on the entry drive.
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    Cast-o-phobia! Round Six results posted. R.7 voting. R.8 nominations.

    HC, if not all the acrophobiacs are interested I'm sure you can advertise this game to other forum gamers. It is very different after all and might appeal to a wider range of forummers.
  20. BoJack Horseman S5 I think that although it's perhaps less immediately impressive than S4, its core exploration of the question of art and life imitating one-another is extremely strong and was very powerfully correlated to modern real world life. The opening scene on the Philbert set sets this chain off extremely cleverly. There's a very dark irony that runs through this whole season and the ending is perfect. I thought INT. SUB was the standout episode. I loved its framing device and I love how the series often has you in stitches and then hits you with profound character observations and developments. The Diane-centric episode was especially brilliant too, The Dog Days Are Over. I admire the daring episode concept behind Free Churro but I felt the interesting elements of it were arguably too few to stand a whole episode. But honestly, I can hardly express in words that do justice to how much I love this show. I can't imagine that there's a more thought-provoking series being made.
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    Football: Remain in Europe

    Didn't turn up. To be fair to Lyon they had a game plan and pulled it off well but there was really no intensity or desire in the City team. Very sloppy in the middle of the pitch. Missed KDB massively but might not have done had Bernardo started through the middle instead of Gundogan. Fernandinho had an unusually poor game and Gundogan has been well below the standard we expect from him this season so far. Jesus appears to have regressed, hardly looks the same player that arrived at the club. David Silva and Sterling tried their best but couldn't quite make it work and Bernardo played much better when he shifted to the centre when Gundogan went off. Leroy injected much needed thrust, whatever his issues have been he deserves to start the next game. My only explanation is complacency, which kinda kills a Pep team. No room for passengers. And of course, Pep wasn't on the sidelines to rally them into action. I'm sure Arteta will make a good manager but he seemed out of his depth at the moment being in charge in the technical area. The style of the ref didn't suit us though, he was very fussy yet reluctant to brandish cards so the game didn't flow very well.
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    Acrophobia 33 New experiences! Round 3

    A good few more days and I'll be similarly concerned. I think our wonderful host has a history of internet and forum connectivity issues though. Here's hoping everything is okay.
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    As far as threatening umpires is concerned, I'd say it is fairly unique. No other incident cited so far fits that characteristic. Oh yeah, except Serena threatening a line judge! Nadal comes closest but it has been demonstrated that he was careful with his words. Arguing with officials is quite different from threatening them. Nobody condones the former but the latter is a far weightier violation. I think there might be a reasonable debate to be had about whether an umpire should deliver a warning to the coach for coaching instead of sanctioning the player, with maybe a second coaching violation leading to the coach being sent away from the court. But honestly, I cannot see any merit in the idea that Serena was wronged here. The umpire followed the rules as they currently stand. He's known to be strict in his enforcement and Serena should know this as knowing such is part of sporting preparation, as is controlling your emotions. As such, destroying her racket was foolish as well as tempestuous. She only has herself to blame for the exchanges that followed and hence for the crowd unrest.
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    Tennis Volume 7: Roger That!

    I think you're seeing this through the distorted lens of your own fandom. All umpires are different and all the players will be aware of that. Strict or lenient, neither application of the rules is wrong as such. You can argue an umpire should use common sense in judging a situation but frankly Serena only has herself to blame. The crowd would have torn him to pieces wrongly and his absence was clearly for Osaka's sake. Calming the crowd was akin to cleaning up her own mess once she realised there were unpleasant consequences to it. And again, it becomes all about her.
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    Acrophobia 33 New experiences! Round 3

    Screw technology, I shall ready the ravens.
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