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A look behind: Recapping 2013


Mladen

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This is the time of year when we usually turn back and look at year behind us. We celebrate our victories and mourn our losses, hoping that next year will be better. We make New Year’s resolutions to fix or accomplish that what we fail to do last year and we turn the new page for the year to come.



When it comes to Westeros.org forums, it all can be summarized in several words: new members, new posts, exhausting TV season, new novella and a lot of hard, but fun work. We have all spent here a significant time, making this forum so special. From outstanding analyses, astute observations, brilliant posts to crackpot theories, funny threads and inside jokes, the General subforum has been place for every taste you may have regarding ASOIAF.



This year we had so many great moments. From brilliant reread threads, to analyses that made outsiders wish they were among us to some works that can easily be called academic. And from richness of material, I would like to hear what is that what you are going to remember this forum’s 2013. What are the posts, threads, jokes and ideas that thrown your mind and completely amazed you? What did you like this year? And what we should never forget?



OP’s list of memorable moments:


  1. Dr Pepper’s creation of Puddles
  2. Butterbumps’ series of PSA threads
  3. Jon Snow reread project!
  4. Trolling with King of the Starks
  5. Just ad bellum analysis of Robert’s rebellion
  6. E-Ro returning to the board
  7. Milady of York’s essay about Mother’s Hymn
  8. The Princess and the Queen coming out
  9. Boardology resurrected
  10. Rundown of Dance of dragons
  11. Meereenese knot debate
  12. Stannis vs Dany discussions
  13. Ser Pounce and Pussy that was promised
  14. Catch 22 – Dany and misogyny
  15. Howland Reed + Ashara Dayne
  16. The only good crackpot --- Lonmouth = Lem Lemoncloak by Lady Gwyn
  17. Haters failing making any valid point


Personal proud moments:


  1. Animal project
  2. Davos Reread
  3. House Stark of Harrenhal
  4. Feminism in she-wolf symbolism of ASOIAF essay


Please share with us General (ASOIAF) memorable moments and your own accomplishments on the board. Due to heated atmosphere on the board these days regarding Dany and Stannis, please keep it civil.


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Nice list, but you should add the moment where I started a thread for these poor victims...

ETA: Oh and I posted first :P

I forgot our game... I enjoyed it very much, especially the winning part...

yes you did... 35-26

Thanks for maaking, Mladen

I'm going to think about it a few hours and come bach then.

I just thought we should all remember and honor those great moments we all had here in the past year.

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One of the year's probable defining moments for me.:

My final entrance (after finishing book 1) as an active member of the board.


The Stannis/Dany threads have been a huge battleground these past few days.


The rise of a ®Aegon Group resisting the Mainstream Blackfyre theorists.

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One of the year's probable defining moments for me.:

My final entrance (after finishing book 1) as an active member of the board.

The Stannis/Dany threads have been a huge battleground these past few days.

The rise of a ®Aegon Group resisting the Mainstream Blackfyre theorists.

That's all still going on.

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I dont mean to be a downer, but I also miss some members we lost in 2013 like Juli, Lyanna Wildheart (Lady Nastja), and Lion of Judah (Though his account is still active IIRC)





My other memorable moment beside the breakthrough in Ironborn Rights is the one where I came up with Tyrany, though I cant say Im proud of that moment :P :devil:


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This is a good topic Mladen, I approve. :)



Memorable moments and accomplishments:



  • Joined the board this year in May.
  • Made many stupid threads, but learnt quite steadily
  • Made so many friends, I interact with them on a daily basis now.
  • Too many good threads, theories, debates
  • Respect for Cat and Stannis increased after coming here
  • Started hating the Lannister brothers

Accomplishments:



  • No warning points till 2800 posts. ;)
  • Made a good theory about Old Gods , still believe in its legitimacy :)
  • Debunked the very ridiculous but prevalent theory on salt meat here :)
  • Coined the controversial name Apple Stormborn for an unborn child in the fastest thread imaginable, when mods were asleep
  • Held up the shield high against every non sensical Cat and Dany hater. Spreaded some Arya love.
  • Started respecting StanStans
  • Stopped respecting StanStans, now root for Stannis from afar.
  • Have improved personal troll radar significantly


Best/Fav threads of the year:



  • yolkboy's S+B = M thread
  • Quenn Alyssanne's Dragonbinding thread
  • Fire Eater's Rundown of DoD 2.0

Worst threads/notions



  • Total1420's "Arya gets too many chapters"
  • Let's make Jon everything, make all foreshadowings, hints and prophecies point to him.....
  • Sansa is AAR, her menstrual cramps is the bleeding star....
  • Dany is pro-slavery
  • Cat is stupid, Brienne is stupid


For the OP: The thread inspired by pure emotion: Mladen's thread about Tommen possibly not dying.



Maybe will add more later. :)


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That's all still going on.

The ®Aegon threads perhaps.

But the mods have started a holocaust on the Dany/Stannis threads. Entire families of threads butchered, slaughtered in their homes, raped and pillaged by Ironmods. Pulled the children threads from under their beds before raping them and bashing their heads against the wall.

Those few threads they couldn't kill they put in concentration camps and put the threads to work, those that survived were strangled in their sleep, while those couldn't were shot in the forest with the children watching.

Then we mustn't forget how the Mods marched into Stannsaw and killed every Stannis thread, millions died, users murdered.

Oh the horror!

And the pussy that was promised! They took the pussy and banned it so hard they felt it in the next generation!

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I dont mean to be a downer, but I also miss some members we lost in 2013 like Juli, Lyanna Wildheart (Lady Nastja), and Lion of Judah (Though his account is still active IIRC)

I drink to them too... Lady Nastja was one of the kindest posters I have ever met...

Some more moments:

1. Ser Barristan Targaryen trolling :)

2. Shipping the unshippable(Forum members) and the moment the balance of Mother Nature was destroyed for good

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The only good crackpot --- Lonmouth = Lem Lemoncloak by Lady Gwyn

I don't even consider that crackpot anymore.

As for other threads:

  • Lies and Arbor Gold
  • The Alysane Mormont thread (her at Deepwood Motte/GNC related)

And for me personally, reading (well, listening) to the books for the first time and joining this forum. Also, I'm starting my first re-read (actual reading).

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This is a good topic Mladen, I approve. :)

For the OP: The thread inspired by pure emotion: Mladen's thread about Tommen possibly not dying.

Thanks, mate. And thank you for mentioning that thread... :)

  • Coined the controversial name Apple Stormborn for an unborn child in the fastest thread imaginable, when mods were asleep

Ah, some have named that unholy union, but you should all remember who came up with that :)

And beside, I think bbstark won with Apple Stormbini

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It's been a good year for theories and such.... I will share a personal list i made...enjoy!

Character mysteries

Howland + Ashara = Meera & Jojen
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/89012-howland-reed-ashara-dayne-meera-jojen/

Shiera + Bloodraven = Mel (the red star bleeding)
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/96824-sbm-mel-the-red-star-bleeding-melony-seastar-part-2-has-been-added-on-pg9/

Lem = Richard Lonmouth
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/96425-crackpot-alert-might-lem-be-richard-lonmouth/

Olenna's Prince - Duncan the Small?
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/87932-olennas-targaryen-prince-duncan-the-small/

Is Howland Reed the Grandson of Duncan the small?
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/96492-a-dragonfly-among-the-reeds-is-howland-reed-the-grandson-of-duncan-the-small/

Ser Morgarth the Merry = Elder Brother
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/97271-from-pawn-to-player-rethinking-sansa-xxi/?p=5075017


Theories

Sansa & the Hound's Cape
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/97271-from-pawn-to-player-rethinking-sansa-xxi/?p=5107176

Jon Snow's Fate
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/99729-jon-snows-fate-ghost-ice-cell/

The Old Gods
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/98970-the-old-gods-the-gods-of-ice-and-fire-long-theory/

Winter fell
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/81078-winter-fell/

Theory of everything
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/89281-the-theory-of-everything/

Dance of the Dragons (2.0 rundown)
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/85752-the-rundown-of-the-dance-of-dragons-20/

Is Missandei a faceless woman?
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/82748-missandei-is-a-faceless-manwoman-perhaps-izembaro/



Lit. analysis etc.

Catelyn's arrest of Tyrion
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/92245-catnapping-a-psa/

Series of essays discussing Tywin
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/96200-a-series-of-essays-discussing-tywin/?p=4915582

Innuendo in aSoIaF
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/99156-a-critical-analysis-of-the-homoerotic-subtextual-paradigm-in-asoiaf/

Blackfyre Triangle
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/86100-aegon-varys-and-serra-the-backfyre-triangle/

Examination of R'hllor
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/90666-examining-the-cult-of-the-red-godwhat-is-going-on-with-them-there-red-priests/

Morality in ASOIAF
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/82379-discussing-morality-in-asoiaf/

Bran's association with darkness
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/97867-three-eyed-crow-as-an-enemy-to-aar-brans-possible-association-with-darkness/

Serwyn of the Mirror Shield

http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/97930-serwyn-of-the-mirror-shield/#entry5024435


Projects

King Arthur paralells
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/87114-a-closer-look-at-arthur-gwenhyfar-and-lancelot/

Animal Project
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/85411-ice-and-fire-animal-project-wolves/

Sansa - Pawn to Player
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/79240-from-pawn-to-player-rethinking-sansa-xvii/


Patterns

Arbor Gold = Lies
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/88071-lies-and-arbor-gold-well-look-what-we-found/

Sapphires = Secrets
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/97218-sapphires-secrets/

Patterns in food
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/95101-the-food-code-of-ice-and-fire/

Sweetness as a negative
http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/96024-sweetness-as-a-negative-in-asoiaf-the-blue-flower-in-the-wall-of-ice-and-danys-future/

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The return of E-Ro and reuniting of the Stanstans was worth waiting for. Those were some dark days.



edit: also not sure if the show subforum is included in the year review, but the advent of Miodrag and the irritation he inspired in so many other posters was great


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I drink to them too... Lady Nastja was one of the kindest posters I have ever met...

Some more moments:

1. Ser Barristan Targaryen trolling :)

2. Shipping the unshippable(Forum members) and the moment the balance of Mother Nature was destroyed for good

1- Oh yeah! You were so mean to her :P (Kidding). This reminds me of another moment where Ser Barry Targ inspired me to found the Trolls Watch ( Which I became the Divine Emperor-Commander of, but its not nice to brag ;) ).

2- Apple Stormborn :wub: (Yeah I prefer that one...)

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