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by Axiem
Mon 04 Dec 2017, 06:33
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Calendars (for Earth and for conworlds)
Replies: 19
Views: 317

Re: Calendars (for Earth and for conworlds)

Even from a pragmatic perspective, I feel like it would be much harder to get people to accept a non-seven-day week than it would be to fiddle with the months. The week is much closer to the rhythm of living, and how events are scheduled, and that sort of thing. Months are bigger, slightly more amor...
by Axiem
Sat 02 Dec 2017, 18:37
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?
Replies: 33
Views: 1934

Re: Does anybody else get bored of conworlds easily?

I don't know if Lambuzhao or Lao Kou or some of the other, er, more seasoned geopoets have been working on one world the whole time or not. I think Sally Caves is probably the only other person I know who's been working within a single world for a span of decades. Depending on how exactly you count...
by Axiem
Fri 01 Dec 2017, 03:31
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is this a realistic conastronomy?
Replies: 13
Views: 331

Re: Is this a realistic conastronomy?

Ultimately, if you want a system to be "realistic", then you should try to make the numbers be as consistent as possible. But you can also ignore as much as you like (plenty of authors have!), and no one will think the lesser of you. Well, I won't at least ;)
by Axiem
Thu 30 Nov 2017, 04:14
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: What's the difference between a prayer and a spell?
Replies: 23
Views: 1421

Re: What's the difference between a prayer and a spell?

From what I understand of Greco-Roman mythology, at least, there was a distinction. Prayers (and by extension, divine magic) was to the gods, and fulfilled by the gods. Religio Romana had a pretty heavy codified form of this: "do ut des" ("I give so that you give"), where you would basically perform...
by Axiem
Thu 30 Nov 2017, 04:07
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is this a realistic conastronomy?
Replies: 13
Views: 331

Re: Is this a realistic conastronomy?

I don't know that Artifexian gets into the nitty-gritty of the math*; he does gloss over a decent amount. But I also love Artifexian, and it's a great introduction to how this is all linked together. It's a great place to start. *: For instance, I don't know that he ever covers the effect the proces...
by Axiem
Wed 29 Nov 2017, 03:27
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: Is this a realistic conastronomy?
Replies: 13
Views: 331

Re: Is this a realistic conastronomy?

Keep in mind that the only way to answer "is this n-body system stable" is to actually run a simulation of the system and see what happens over millions of years. For your various numbers and such, are you just coming up with them off the top of your head, or are you actually calculating them and ma...
by Axiem
Sat 18 Nov 2017, 01:08
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 803
Views: 24468

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

I've always had trouble getting subscriptions to work in any reasonable way. I never know whether I'll get emails for anything.
by Axiem
Sat 18 Nov 2017, 01:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: English Orthography Reform
Replies: 732
Views: 51429

Re: How deranged is the English spelling system?

The English spelling system is perfectly fine. Strange, yes, but perfectly fine. I really like the property that English has where a person whose dialect I wouldn't be able to understand in speech can still write a letter that I can understand, and vice-versa. Any reform to English spelling that at ...
by Axiem
Sat 18 Nov 2017, 01:04
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Torn
Replies: 15
Views: 1123

Re: Torn

“ observe ” (I think you mean "obverse", or did that change in the language?) “tales” (Likewise, this is "tails", as contrast to "heads") the FANNY *snicker* Your readers are not going to be able to take that seriously at all, especially if they're British, by the way. I'd strongly recommend changi...
by Axiem
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 20:09
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Forum News discussion/feedback thread
Replies: 694
Views: 56809

Re: Forum News discussion/feedback thread

Hm. The button for moving to the next page in a thread is now a much smaller hit target than it used to be. That's a little annoying. I can't say that I'm all that fond of this design, though I also wasn't exactly all that fond of the previous design, either. So, my opinion in that matter is pretty ...
by Axiem
Tue 07 Nov 2017, 18:41
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6209
Views: 363220

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Base: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ȥ

Attempt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C8%A4

As link.



....that only took a half-dozen attempts. But it's working!
by Axiem
Tue 07 Nov 2017, 15:35
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6209
Views: 363220

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Wikipedia mentions Middle High German. I can't, however, link to the exact Wikipedia page because phpBB can't handle it.
by Axiem
Wed 25 Oct 2017, 17:31
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: City limits road signs
Replies: 6
Views: 280

Re: City limits road signs

It's not my municipality, per se, but rather within walking distance of my house. Here's two different municipality limits road signs on the same stretch of road: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6046509,-90.3798005,3a,60y,278.74h,87.59t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQb5uv1xhT_TWpE9AaO81vQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Y...
by Axiem
Fri 20 Oct 2017, 03:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6209
Views: 363220

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

While proximity-based agreement is a thing I've heard in English, I also tend to associate it with a lower level of education/intelligence. But I also am a bit of a snobbish bitch when it comes to things like that, though it's an attitude I've been trying to stop having.
by Axiem
Mon 16 Oct 2017, 02:09
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: One third of the way through the decade
Replies: 69
Views: 5498

Re: One third of the way through the decade

All of my children have been born this decade, so for me personally, that's kind of a big deal. In media, this will probably be remembered as the decade when television had a huge renaissance. Many of the seeds (e.g. Breaking Bad) were laid at the end of the last decade, but it feels like it's reall...
by Axiem
Mon 16 Oct 2017, 01:54
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?
Replies: 34
Views: 1217

Re: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?

I think there's an element to that, especially because cultural things feel like they need more meat, and are harder to change once said. Also, I think conlangs are easier to describe quickly and easily, because there's a pretty well-understood vocabulary for talking about languages (e.g. "my langua...
by Axiem
Sun 15 Oct 2017, 20:38
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Doshsoldash (Salthan card game)
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Doshsoldash (Salthan card game)

the reason I wanted to make each suit cards 5 is 5 is an important number to Salthans A thing I have discovered, also having concultures with important numbers: trying to incorporate those numbers everywhere is a) hard and b) ultimately leaves me with something that feels unrealistic. It certainly ...
by Axiem
Sun 15 Oct 2017, 02:02
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Doshsoldash (Salthan card game)
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Doshsoldash (Salthan card game)

Axiem: Yeah, I fear there's too few cards to make the game interesting. I'm thinking of doubling the deck at least. I don't know what that does to the odds exactly, though the value order of the hands should be the same. For reference: Phase 10 has a 108-card deck (which basically means it's two 54...
by Axiem
Sat 14 Oct 2017, 19:58
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?
Replies: 34
Views: 1217

Re: Are you a conlanger or a conworlder first?

I get the sense that on the whole, the board is filled with conlang-first people, rather than conworld-first people. Though that's also based on the relative velocities in posts between the "Conlangs" forum and the "Conworlds" forum.
by Axiem
Sat 14 Oct 2017, 19:55
Forum: Conworlds & Concultures
Topic: Doshsoldash (Salthan card game)
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Doshsoldash (Salthan card game)

It sounds a lot like Phase 10 or other variants of Rummy, but with a smaller deck, and different scoring rules. Because of that, it feels to me like it's more meant to be a casual game, or a kids' game. I may also be missing something.