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  2. Martell Spy

    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    Thanks for the info. I'm a fan of the old Romance of the 3 Kingdoms games. Also, a fan of many TW games. So, this is a perfect storm for me. I'm definitely going to pick this up at some point.
  3. CrypticWeirwood

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    Overtly? No, certainly it will not be such a thing. But covertly? Perhaps, and maybe that’s not a bad thing. Remember that what men call the old gods are simply the timeless greenseers. Who better to keep the world in balance?
  4. Areisius

    Was Sansa aiming for Jon?

    You're right about Margaery not being cold or vindictive (I actually liked her character) but she was manipulative.
  5. CrypticWeirwood

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    Oh but maybe you should. Remember that Lord Acton’s famously relevant quote was sent to a bishop, and it concerned the absolute power of monarchs, notably including the elected one I referred to: I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way against holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. The tapestry we call A Song of Ice and Fire shows this to us time and time again. It’s a critical theme. Witness if you would Maegor the First, Aegon the Second, Aerys the Second — even Cersei the Neverth. As Dany gains power she becomes worse and worse. It is the wanting after power that destroys the person and those around them. All Jon’s offices were thrust upon him, not ones of his own volition. As with the three storied Hobbit Ringbearers, that’s why Jon has not fallen prey to the devastating internal corruption that Dany has. And as he sheds power, he becomes better and better. He would have been truly miserable on the Conqueror's pointy throne. How all this applies to Bran and Sansa and Tyrion, we will alas have to wait some goodly while to find out.
  6. Rhom

    Game of Thrones spin off series ideas

    Bakake happens
  7. If it was the ending I'm pretty sure it won't be now.
  8. Triskele

    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    Not really, no disrespect to Lin.
  9. I think they had Drogon fly off with her body to leave it open ended because either they were told to do so by the HBO execs or because RR Martin told them something or didn't tell them that Dany actually dies.
  10. KingintheNorth4

    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    It has finally happened. I never thought I'd see the day. Linsanity is going to the NBA Finals.
  11. Free Northman Reborn

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    I don’t believe this story is culminating in a theocracy of the Old Gods ruling the Seven Kingdoms. That is simply too big a leap from everything that went before. Bran ruling the North, with the North experiencing a revival of Old Gods worship - sure. The Old Gods replacing the Seven in the South - no chance.
  12. BTW, if this is George ending, I am trully lost for words and I am not sure if I want to read the rest of the books. Lets see it. BRAN KING - I am sorry, why would the Iron Islands follow Bran as King??? or the Reach? Or Dorne?? or all the other kingdoms? He is no hero, has no charisma, no armies or dragons. Am I supposed to just accept this? TYRION HAND OF THE KING - Should I just forget he is kinslayer??? wich is a pretty big deal in Westeros? He is the reason House Lannister is falling into pieces after kiling Tywin. The Westerlands probably despise him for making their kingdom weaker. He was the one who brought the Mad king daughter to Westeros and its also a traitor (giving Varys to Daenerys) WTF IS THIS?? JON IS SENT TO THE WALL - The fucking hero who saved th realm from a tyrant who wanted to burn people alive??? he is the only one punished??? THE NORTH GETS INDEPENDENCE, BUT NO ONE ELSE- Yet, no other kingdom wants to be independent too??????what?? Why would Yara Greyjoy bend the knee to Brandon Stark???????? WHY THERE IS STILL A WALL???? - why?????????? I was speechless after the finale. I had no words. This makes no sense. If the books ends like these, it will be a big dissapoitment.
  13. Gendelsdottir

    [Spoilers] Episode 806 Discussion

    I ride on no one's bandwagon. There were things in Season 7 I found sketchy, like that bullshit manufactured tension with Arya & Sansa over Littlefinger. I read the books during the hiatus between Seasons 7 and 8, then did a bit of contrast & compare. And realized that with only 6 episodes to go, there was no way the remainder of the story could be adequately addressed. It was like picking up a secondhand copy of Pandora's Star, reading & reading & reading & bloody reading, pinching the last 50-or-so pages between my fingers and thinking, "No way dude can finish up all the plot threads in this one volume. There has to be another big book." But imagine if Peter Hamilton had done just that - crammed all the remaining story into the last 50-odd pages. That was Season 8 in a nutshell. People were going to be disappointed for a variety of reasons - their character got shafted, plotlines they were enjoying got dropped, whatever - but they gave the show the benefit of the doubt until all possible doubt was gone.
  14. DMC

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    Heh, well yeah sure. Kinda trying to keep religion out of the discussion - think there's sufficient controversy already.
  15. The Mother of The Others

    Why “small folk” and not peasant?

    Peasant sounds too Earth-specific. I wouldn't have used it either. And it sounds like piss ant, or pheasant, a less human pure appraisal term, to my ear anyway. Whereas small folk sounds like the lords have more of a heart and are protecting people first, assets second.
  16. CrypticWeirwood

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    In this as in all things, all roads lead to Rome, for the College of Cardinals have always collectively elected a monarch who they know will never produce any heirs. That’s kind of the point.
  17. Martell Spy

    U.S. Politics: You Didn't Think It Would Be So Easy, Did You?

    So, who would be the recipients of the farmer welfare you ask? None other than the Republican Senator worth over 3 million dollars, as of 2015. https://www.opensecrets.org/personal-finances/net-worth?cid=N00001758 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GOP senator applies for farm aid, but maintains support for Trump’s trade war with China Sen. Chuck Grassley owns a farm in his home state of Iowa, and like many of the farmers he represents, plans to apply for tariff relief. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/5/25/18639904/gop-senator-chuck-grassley-farm-aid-trump-trade-war-china
  18. Corvinus

    Video Games: Devils Die Twice

    I've been playing the new Total War game, Three Kingdoms. I only have about 8 hours in. I'm finding it quite addicting, though I was really apprehensive at first. The game borrows from previous titles (Medieval II, Shogun 2, Rome II & Attila, Thrones of Britannia, and Warhammer), and adds new features, at the same time taking out a few. At the heart of it is the characters. While you could say you play with a faction, you're really playing with characters. The factions are defined by their leaders. Developing your characters in the most optimal way both for governing your faction, and for war, is critical, and that includes having good relations between characters. For example, generals who fight together in battle will develop stronger bonds, which translate to additional bonuses. It has the most complex diplomacy and economy systems of any TW game. Like in Shogun 2, food is an important resource, but more so, I think. You can use it in your trade deals. Trading territories is back. The army organization and recruitment is interesting. You can have a total of 3 generals in an army, and each general brings their own "retinue" which can be a max of 6 units. Thus, counting the generals, you'll have 21 units in an army. Recruiting is similar to Thrones of Britannia, but units no longer cost food. For the first time ever, you can't combine partially depleted stacks into full stacks, you have to wait for the units to replenish or proceed with what you got. There are different general classes, each type allowing for the recruitment of certain unique units, on top of the different bonuses they provide. The UI looks nice, and full of information. I don't know how many factions are in total, but the turn taking is fast, and the game runs pretty smoothly. It does have a steeper learning curve due to all the new features. It has a pretty good soundtrack; I really like the main menu music. The battles are still more of the same, but they can have their fun moments. You can choose to play a campaign in Romance mode, or Records mode. Records is the purely historical one, and all generals have cavalry bodyguards, and the battles may take a little longer. Romance borrows some of the fantasy elements from the novel, the main feature being that generals are OP individuals on the field, not as OP as in Warhammer, but still capable of inflicting lots of damage. Duels can take place between generals, with the rest of the troops leaving them be as they fight. One part where CA got lazy is the unit cards. There are 2 options, the grey shadows that only highlight the weapons, which most people hated, and the traditional fully painted cards. You can easily distinguish between units of different classes, but it's harder to distinguish between similar units. For example, I've so far discovered 4 units of foot archers, and there only minute differences on how they look, which could be a problem in the middle of a battle.
  19. CrypticWeirwood

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    The Papal States of the Middle Ages were an absolute monarchy without heirs to take the monarch’s place when he died. The College of Cardinals simply elected a new Pope. And, oddly enough, all of that is still true.
  20. actually, the ending of the show left us with a huge possibility for a Jon and Sansa union in the future. Jon is now with the wildlings, and its believed to be the Next King beyond the wall; Sansa is the last Stark daughter left in Winterfell and her only remain brother cant father children (the show made sure to tell us that in the finla episode). So its shapping up for a repeat of the Bael the Bard song. Funny enough, the first time his song is mentioned in the books its in the chapter where Jon meets Ygrite, his red hair lover. Bael impregnated the Winterfell daughter and their child continued the Stark line. In A CLASH OF KINGS we will have George very quietly making the connection with Jon, Sansa and the tale of Bael the Bard. While was I re reading the books I noticed that George was playing with the chapters orders and trying to tells us some hints of the story by putting characters chpaters next to each other. The first time Jon meets Ygritte on “A CLASH OF KINGS”, chapter 51, she tells him a story of Bael the Bard and the Blue Winter Rose. "North or south, singers always find a ready welcome, so Bael ate at Lord Stark's own table, and played for the lord in his high seat until half the night was gone. The old songs he played, and new ones he'd made himself, and he played and sang so well that when he was done, the lord offered to let him name his own reward. 'All I ask is a flower,' Bael answered, 'the fairest flower that blooms in the gardens o' Winterfell.' "Now as it happened the winter roses had only then come into bloom, and no flower is so rare nor precious. So the Stark sent to his glass gardens and commanded that the most beautiful o' the winter roses be plucked for the singer's payment. And so it was done. But when morning come, the singer had vanished . . . and so had Lord Brandon's maiden daughter. Her bed they found empty, but for the pale blue rose that Bael had left on the pillow where her head had lain."** (A Clash of Kings – Jon VI) The next chapter of the book is chapter 52, SANSA IV. This is the chapter where Sansa has her first flowering. Sansa gets her first period and its now “fit to bear children to the King.” Isnt this amazing??? thats the beauty of having characters surviving the end of the story. Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities
  21. Ser Scot A Ellison

    Star Trek: Picard

    JJ sucks. I’m hopeful that Star Trek: Picard will not suck.
  22. CrypticWeirwood

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    If a twelve year old needs to save the world, then so be it. "Once there was a curious lad who lived in the Neck. He was small like all crannogmen, but b rave and smart and strong as well. He grew up hunting and fishing and climbing trees, and learned all the magics of my people." Bran was almost certain he had never heard this story. "Did he have green dreams like Jojen?" "No," said Meera, "but he could breathe mud and run on leaves, and change earth to water and water to earth with no more than a whispered word. He could talk to trees and weave words and make castles appear and disappear." "I wish I could," Bran said plaintively. "When does he meet the tree knight?" Meera made a face at him. "Sooner if a certain prince would be quiet." "I was just asking." "The lad knew the magics of the crannogs," she continued, "but he wanted more. Our people seldom travel far from home you know. We're a small folk, and our ways seem queer to some, so the big people do not always treat us kingly. But this lad was bolder than most, and one day when he had grown to manhood he decided he would leave the crannogs and visit the Isle of Faces." "No one visits the Isle of Faces." objected Bran. "That's where the green men live." "It was the green men he meant to find. So he donned a shirt sewn with bronze scales, like mine, took up a leathern shield and a three-pronged spear, like mine, and paddled a little skin boat down the Green Fork." Bran closed his eyes to try and see the man in his little skin boat. In his head, the crannogman looked like Jojen, only older and stronger, and dressed like Meera. "He passed beneath the Twins by night so the Freys would not attack him, and when he reached the Trident he climbed from the river and put his boat on his head and began to walk. It took him many a day, but finally he reached the Gods Eye, threw his boat in the lake, and paddled out to the Isle of Faces." "Did he meet the green men?" "Yes," said Meera, "But that's another story, and not for me to tell. My prince asked for knights." "Green men are good too." "They are," she agreed, but said no more about them. Little Lord Bran, “rex quondam rexque futurus”, never did get to hear the tale of magics from the Lady of Greywater Watch that day, only the tale of knights that we’ve all come to know inside and out. I’m convinced that understanding the missing tale is as critical to the story’s end as understanding the one he did hear has proven to be.
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  24. There had to be a justification, however cruel, for Dany wilfully destroying her taxpayers, and the great economic centre her own ancestors had built. Dany carrying out mass executions of Lannister soldiers, or destroying Cersei in the Red Keep I fully accept as plausible. Dany just destroying her own property? No. And the only answer the Show could come up with (it seems) is that she wnt mad, because her father went mad. The moral being, don't be born to a schizophrenic.
  25. She will probably go for Jon because he is Rhaegar's son and can bring her North. fAegon got few things going against him. First, Tyrion will convince Dany he is fake, second, by the time Dany arrive he will hold the Iron Throne and third, he will be engaged/married to Arianne. Dany will take him as a pretender who usurped and stole her throne under her name and he is unavailable to marry as well. And Jon has zero pretension on her throne and needs her help, he is single and she is infatuated with that love story of Rhaegar and Lyanna. Plus, I'll bet that Jon will be able to ride on of her dragons while Aegon won't be able to, and since she is obsessed with prophecies and what not - for her its a sign. She will probably insist on formal engagement for Jon to get access to her armies and dragons to fight the Others. I have strong suspicion that Dany will realize truth of L+R=J, before Jon and not tell him about it before starting/forcing on a relationship with him.
  26. CrypticWeirwood

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    It was that truncated scene with Tyrion and Bran in E2. You know, that one with the Vulcan mind meld which Tyrion came out of saying that he thought they’d win when before he’d been so dour.
  27. Free Northman Reborn

    Master thread on what the Show means for the book plot

    Last Hero, master of magic, High priest of the Old Gods, immortal greenseer, sure. Agree with all of that. King of the Seven Kingdoms, nope.
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