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The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 3:47:15 AM   
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Oops, that's not it, the beginning I mean. That's the start of "A Tale of Two Cities", a book I much enjoyed in my youth, but not evocative of the stupendous struggle before us now.
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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 3:50:23 AM   
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Darn!!! I Thought it was "A Tale of Two Titties".

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 3:53:44 AM   
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Day had broken cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray, when the gorn turned aside from the main Yukon trail and climbed the high earth bank, where a dim and little-traveled trail led eastward through the fat spruce timberland. It was a steep bank, an the gorn paused for breath at the top, excusing the act to himself by looking at his chronometer. It was three-hundred-and-four o'clicks by the reckoning of the myrmidons. There was no sun nor hint of sun, though there was not a cloud in the sky ...

P.S. Great title, Geoff.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 4:01:02 AM   
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Let's try again:

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

Oh, dear, that's not it either. That's the end of "A Tale of Two Cities" where the Scarlet Pimpernel becomes acquainted with the People's Razor.

You all are going to have to have some patience with me. I'm doing jury duty beginning Tuesday (it would normally begin on Monday, but it's MLK Jr. day). I will begin this campaign without doing a playtest to make sure nothing goes wrong. This will be my seventh or eighth campaign PBEM so I should know what I'm doing by now, but I'm more that a bit rusty. I still have stuff to work out and I'll need all the encouragement I can get.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 4:06:21 AM   
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Well, I encourage you not to adapt any paragraphs from a Robert Ludlum novel to your use. That guy wrote the longest, most confusing paragraphs (and books) ever!

But he came up with great titles, and his books turned into some terrific movies.

Good luck!

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 4:10:39 AM   
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The peanut gallery is out in full force, apparently lying in ambush for me. So be it.

I will begin again.

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.

Oh, no. That's the beginning of "David Copperfield", a wretched, wretched book. I tried to read that awful abomination about seven times and don't think I ever even got to the end of the second chapter. Woe to all who open that extraordinarily long tome, long to no purpose whatsoever.

I will begin this (for real) with what may be the best opening paragraph ever written by mortal man for a work of fiction or fact, but you're just going to have to sit on pins and needles waiting for it.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 4:17:17 AM   
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During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Geoff.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 4:19:06 AM   
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By the way, it won't start with "Call me Ishmael", although that may be the greatest work of fiction ever writ. I've seen a pic or two of Steve and he is no white whale.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 4:20:41 AM   
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Yer not serious, are you? That has to be the worst work of fiction ever. In fact it isn't fiction. It's a documentary about the whaling industry.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 4:36:54 AM   
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Let's try again:

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 4:44:41 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Geoff.


Edgar Allen Poe is above all reproach. I shall not sully his name with my sanguinary tracts.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 4:45:32 AM   
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ORIGINAL: geofflambert

I will begin this (for real) with what may be the best opening paragraph ever written by mortal man for a work of fiction or fact, but you're just going to have to sit on pins and needles waiting for it.


You're going to get some human to write your opening lines for you? Why not just write the best opening paragraph ever written by a gorn?

(Bilge)Water, (bilge)water, everywhere - nor any drop to drink.
(Bilge)Water,(bilge) water, everywhere and all the (message) boards did shrink (away).

No need to thank me!

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 4:50:51 AM   
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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 5:35:09 AM   
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quote:

...so I should know what I'm doing...

So you say, but as this is The Gorn Supremacy we are already acquainted with The Gorn Identity!

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 11:55:29 AM   
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Maybe this is the start?

Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father. But it was an arresting face, pointed of chin, square of jaw. Her eyes were pale green without a touch of hazel, starred with bristly black lashes and slightly tilted at the ends. Above them, her thick black brows slanted upward, cutting a startling oblique line in her magnolia-white skin — that skin so prized by Southern women and so carefully guarded with bonnets, veils and mittens against hot Georgia suns.....


Roger

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 12:11:21 PM   
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On turn 1 God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness....

On turn 2 ......





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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 12:57:12 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

Yer not serious, are you? That has to be the worst work of fiction ever. In fact it isn't fiction. It's a documentary about the whaling industry.


I cannot let this stand. It is a work of art with some truly beautiful language...that just happens to be a deep dive into the whaling industry.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 1:02:17 PM   
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I know. I know. All those vested with the authority and knowledge to decide what is literature agree that Moby-Dick is literature. I started reading it assuming that the reading would be transcendent. I didn't expect not to like it. After all, I loved Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird and Great Expectations. But Moby-Dick made me mistrust the judgment of those vested with the authority to deem works of fiction literature.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 1:05:13 PM   
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This AAR didn't even get started before it got hijacked! No boring House Rules. No vows to vigorously slow the Japanese expansion. No reciting of a Pearl Harbor attack with seven damaged battleships that won't be participating in bombardments for a year. We've veered into a master's course in literature!

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 1:17:44 PM   
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Thought of another nautical reference for our Gornish Supreme Commander/Chief Cook and Bottle Washer:

"Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold,
And the mate of the Gornish brig,
And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,
And the crew of the captain's gig!"


Apologies to Sir William Schwenck Gilbert:

http://www.victorianweb.org/mt/gilbert/yarn.html

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 1:29:46 PM   
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While we wait for the main feature......




Attachment (1)

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 1:53:47 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Canoerebel

This AAR didn't even get started before it got hijacked! No boring House Rules. No vows to vigorously slow the Japanese expansion. No reciting of a Pearl Harbor attack with seven damaged battleships that won't be participating in bombardments for a year. We've veered into a master's course in literature!

AH, but the Gorn set the stage with his first post, so we are not high-jacking - merely high-browing.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 2:35:29 PM   
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ORIGINAL: MakeeLearn

While we wait for the main feature......





Wow, I had to save this image. I have not idea how I will use it in my AAR but there must be a way....

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 2:48:56 PM   
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Some more nautical lore:

The Song of the Wreck

By Charles (What the!?) Dickens

The wind blew high, the waters raved,
A ship drove on the land,
A hundred human creatures saved
Kneel’d down upon the sand.

Three-score were drown’d, three-score were thrown
Upon the black rocks wild,
And thus among them, left alone,
They found one hideous gorn.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 2:58:17 PM   
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The Moon

The moon is an amulating, reticulating, circulating body,
divinely devised to revolved around the earth's surface
in never decreasing concentrating circles;
and is divinely devised to promote
a never decreasing increase in the world's birth rate.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/14/2017 3:32:52 PM   
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Gorn free, as free as the wind blows... Eloquent, in a 1970's kind of way and describes your efforts against your AW1Steve opponent.

However, if you have to stick to literary works instead of lyrics, just stay away from Tom Clancy. Though I've enjoyed all of his stories, he took a whole page to describe pushing a button to fire. If you do that with your AAR, you'll never be done.

Looking forward to the AAR. Good Luck!
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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/15/2017 12:30:36 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Roger Neilson 3

Maybe this is the start?

Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father. But it was an arresting face, pointed of chin, square of jaw. Her eyes were pale green without a touch of hazel, starred with bristly black lashes and slightly tilted at the ends. Above them, her thick black brows slanted upward, cutting a startling oblique line in her magnolia-white skin — that skin so prized by Southern women and so carefully guarded with bonnets, veils and mittens against hot Georgia suns.....


Roger


This isn't Gorn With The Wind. Didn't I do that already? Or am I still saving that one up?

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/15/2017 12:31:55 AM   
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Gorn sewed the wind and is reaping a whirlwind.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/15/2017 12:32:43 AM   
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Now is the winter of our discotheque.

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RE: The Gorn Supremacy; stock AW1Steve v. geofflambert - 1/15/2017 12:52:06 AM   
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For the unwashed heathens from the South who wouldn't know Nantucket from Phuket, Moby Dick has about three (maybe more) layers of symbolism and it could not possibly be denser in that regard. As a simple example, the White Whale is a symbol for God and Nature at the same time and Ahab is a blasphemer against the natural order. Melville wrote to his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne (a great author in his own right) that "I have written a wicked book and feel spotless as the lamb." I'll try to relate this as best I can from memory as I don't have it before me; Aristophanes wrote a story about the origins of humankind (tongue firmly in cheek) saying that originally man was actually man/woman with four legs, four arms and two heads, but God (Zeus I think) got p.o.ed at them and threw thunderbolts splitting us all into the two sexes and warned if we angered him again he would split us in half once more and we should have to hop around on one foot then. Ahab has a streaky scar running down his face looking jagged and pale like a bolt of lightning and has had one leg taken by the White Whale. It's not too late to try reading it again while trying to understand what Melville is actually saying. Huckleberry Finn is one of the greatest books ever written in any language but in my view Moby Dick is a little step above.

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