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  1. In theory, White Sand Vol. 2 is out today, so here's a reaction topic. Several people have reported their copies from Amazon are out for delivery. Google Play still says February 21st. But hey, it's essentially out. What did you think?
  2. We have some exciting news to announce today. So far in order to obtain some unpublished works of Brandon's, you'd have to email him through his sites, and his assistants would distribute them. Well now you won't need to wait for that, because now we will be in charge of distributing out Aether of Night! All you have to do is post in this topic (you'll need a 17S account, but that's it), and our staff will PM you the document. Once we do this, we'll remove your post here. We'll be using this topic as a to-do list for requests. Ideally since we have lots of staff members, we will get this out to you soon, within a week or two. With this change we are unpasswording the Aether of Night board, as now all of you will have access to it if you want it. You may discuss Aether of Night in the Cosmere Theories board, but tag your topic title with [Aether]. We hope you're excited about this, so many of you will be able to get this text in a much more obvious way now! You will receive a .docx file, and if you need to convert it into a .pdf or .epub, there are many converters to do that for you. (We are not distributing the prose version of White Sand, as that will continue to be distributed in Brandon's newsletters.) Thank you Team Sanderson for letting 17S do this!
  3. It should be a link in the newsletter.
  4. Here's the usual typo thread for White Sand Vol. 2, if you see any errors. Or, like in Vol. 1, dialogue being misattributed
  5. The release of White Sand Volume 2 has been a tumultuous one. It's been delayed a long time, but now, today, it is actually out. Several people have reported that their physical copy is out for delivery, so that means it is officially real. However, it isn't totally out yet. You might notice the Kindle version and other ebook versions say you can't get it until tomorrow, February 21st. Ian (WeiryWriter) tells me that this is the case because comics generally come out on Wednesdays in America. I suppose that makes sense that there is some discrepancy in the two markets, so there's some weirdness in the release. Our White Sand Volume 2 reactions thread is here. If you haven't read the first volume, you can pick it up anywhere. In case you missed it, you can also listen to Shardcast's comments on the first volume. You can be sure there will be a Volume 2 podcast soon, too.
  6. Regarding Oathbringer activity on the board: it's about on par with Words of Radiance. The month Words of Radiance came out had 1000 more posts, but, Oathbringer came out November 14th, so the fact that with less time in the month they hit that far is a very good sign. More topics overall have been made in the Oathbringer time period as well. This is rather good news, as I was worried that the Discord server would decrease activity a lot. I think Discord did lower the amount of posts, but the Discord was absurdly active around November and December. Constant Oathbringer discussion 24/7. So things have changed a bit. Just wanted to give my two cents on that from an administrator perspective. Last month I had active shooter training and what the police officer said is exactly this. Extensive training helps prevent that lock up, but in situations you don't know how to handle, you can just lock up. Given Kaladin's care for both groups, it really makes sense to me why this happened, though I can see why someone wouldn't like the scene.
  7. This is really interesting to read the disappointment with Oathbringer. I don't know, maybe the book really clicked for me, but for me personally I did find Oathbringer superior to both Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, and in my opinion it isn't close. I stand by everything I said in the 17th Shard review. I tended to find Way of Kings a lot more filler than killer, whereas Oathbringer goes nearly too fast with killer. It's been a few months since I've read Oathbringer. Maybe my thoughts will change in a few more months after I've absorbed the feedback, but I really loved Oathbringer, and it is my favorite book straight up. I never really felt the middle dragged. Every locale we went to was compelling. But I dunno, IronBars, maybe we are just different people with different tastes, because I thought Words of Radiance to be much better than Way of Kings. I remember when that book came out I read a review that said nothing happened in Words of Radiance, which was very confusing to me. IronBars is certainly entitled to his opinion though even though I disagree with most every point he made, but again, different people have different tastes and that's okay! I find it interesting you liked Moash whereas many really hated Moash sections. (I liked them a lot too.)
  8. In the time honored tradition of TWG's Stupid Titles thread (yes, TWG is back!) and the fact that our rep system is now overhauled, there are all sorts of dumb and exciting promotions that you can have! So, what is your current rank? Plus, I'm sure more than a few of you want to figure out which rank is what. Good luck with that My favorite--and totally coincidental, I swear--person's rank is Peter, at the rank of Rambleman. Okay, it wasn't entirely coincidental, but once I happened to assign Rambleman to that place and I noticed Peter there... well, I couldn't resist. I'm so sorry. Kind of.
  9. Click here to go to the Ultimate List Google Doc. If you have any question about Brandon's books that hasn't been resolved yet, post them, and I'll just keep aggregating them to this list. This is a resource to be used by people who will have an opportunity to ask questions of Brandon, so it has been decided that if a question has a considerable chance of being RAFO'd with no extra information gained, then we will not add it to this list. There's no point in wasting a question after all. If a staff member decides that your question shouldn't be added you are welcome to appeal the decision by telling us why you think Brandon will answer the question. Admins and/or staff have final calls though. Also any question you submit may be edited for clarity. If you are heading out to a signing this is a great resource for finding a good question about an area that you would like to know more about. If the question you wish to ask is not on this list then I'd appreciate if you checked the Interview Database to see if it has already been answered. A couple tips for checking are: Use keywords in your search, chances if someone has already asked the same question they won't have used the same exact words If Brandon has RAFO'd a question similar to the one you wish to ask, he'll probably do the same to yours After you do one search for some keywords, using "ctrl f" is a useful way to further narrow your search by finding other relevant words on the results page Remember if you do accidentally ask something someone else has its not the end of the world, we won't be mad. Just be sure not to ask Brandon to sign your book with a Cosmere clue. He has requested that we no longer do this and simply ask a specific question. If you ask a question and it has been answered I will post the answer and PM you you to let you know. Let's determine precisely what we know, and questions we must ask in the future!
  10. Because we need more forum games, wee! What song are you listening to right now? I'm listening to Ayumi Hamasaki - sending mail. This CD is really good.
  11. Jim Butcher, Small Favors. I read both Proven Guilty and White Night yesterday, and they were really good, especially Proven Guilty.
  12. Serack, Thanks for the kind words. The software will be open source soonish and you could install it yourself
  13. We heard Variety report this in May 2017, and we have seen many teasers on Facebook and Twitter. But yesterday, Arcturus officially announced the Escape from the Shattered Plains VR experience. It will be out for the HTC Vive, and it will be released March 2nd for $10.99. In this experience, you'll take the role of Kaladin, meet Syl, encounter a highstorm, use some Lashings, and fight some Parshendi. Brandon says in a statement: "“I am beyond excited to finally be able to present this VR experience of The Way of Kings after many months of long, hard work from the teams at DMG and Arcturus. It’s the first time my fans will be able to experience a thrilling adventure in Roshar and see what it’s like to be in the Shattered Plains.” This short form adaptation is written by Joshua Rubin, the lead writer behind games such as Destiny and Assassin's Creed. You can watch the trailer below: There does seem to be some gameplay mechanics from the trailer, with some sort of rudimentary Lashing system, and some sort of fighting mechanics, but I would not expect these to be extremely fleshed out as they would be in a game. Additionally, if you're not familiar with VR, generally the graphical fidelity is worse than standard games because it has to render more for both eyes. Keep that in mind when watching the trailer. Generally, VR experiences are rather short and are very much not complete games. According to the Variety report (which was in May, so this could have changed), the experience is merely 15 minutes long. This has been in development since March of last year and has reportedly cost "seven figures" to make. DMG Entertainment, the people who hold the movie rights to the cosmere (and, in particular, Stormlight), wanted this made mostly to create hype for Hollywood executives so they could understand how cool Roshar is. I think in that context this makes a lot of sense--it isn't really for us, but if you have a Vive, you can do this experience too.
  14. I think that's a consequence of Brandon having them wear white in the prose and not changing it for the graphic novel. Them wearing the same outfit was not a good choice. Yeah, those date moves really kill the hype. No it won't be a video podcast next week. I still need to learn how to video edit.
  15. I have removed the OB Spoiler widget. We are still in the OB spoiler period but I don't think we require the spoiler widget globally across the site now. As a note, OB questions are allowed in Cosmere Q&A when it is has the relevant tag.
  16. Hi all, On 12:01am Eastern time, November 14th, Oathbringer will be out, and at that time, you'll be able to discuss full Oathbringer spoilers. (You'll know because various topics in the Oathbringer board will be unlocked.) So we thought to make our policy clear on spoilers: You must preface topics with Oathbringer spoilers with the prefix [OB] in the front You are only allowed to post spoilers and spoiler topics in the Oathbringer Spoiler Board, Cosmere Theories, and some select work-related forums. For posts in the Oathbringer Spoiler Board you do not need to use spoiler tags inside a topic marked [OB]. For Cosmere Theories, you also do not need to put spoiler tags inside your topic if the topic has [OB] in the title. However, for Cosmere Theories, if you are adding Oathbringer stuff to an old theory without the [OB] tag, those must go in spoiler tags and you must make it obvious outside the spoiler tag that the spoiler is regarding Oathbringer content. For select things that do require talking about OB spoilers, in Events, Coppermind, and Arcanum forums, those are allowed but keep OB spoilers in spoiler tags Avoid and minimize spoilers in topic titles--even though those two boards will not appear in the Recent Topics ticker, topic titles still appear in Recent Activity and the forum home. You aren't allowed to post Oathbringer spoilers in places other than listed, even with spoiler tags. It will be nine months and then the Oathbringer board will be re-merged with the Stormlight board and you will not need to tag these spoilers. If you'd like to move something in the Stormlight Archive board to the Oathbringer board, to update it with new Oathbringer information, Report the post and we will happily move it to the Oathbringer spoiler board. Part-by-part Reactions Though the Oathbringer Spoiler Board will be very spoilery, very fast (maybe don't come there until you've read the book, as people do have copies that bookstores sold early), you'll have these five topics for reactions if you want to nerd out: Part 1 Reactions Part 2 Reactions Part 3 Reactions Part 4 Reactions Full Book Reactions For parts 1-4, they will not include the interludes immediately following it. On Discord All Oathbringer spoilers on Discord will be exclusively in the #oathbringer_spoilers channel for the nine month spoiler period and nowhere else.
  17. We're back, and this week we're reading White Sand Volume 1, the graphic novel, in anticipation for Volume 2 which comes out February 20th. We discuss everything that happened, our feelings on the transition to a graphic novel and its quality, analysis of the magic (as you no doubt expect), and what we expect after the three volumes of the graphic novel are finished. Let's talk about spoilers. There will be discussion of the unpublished, White Sand prose version, but we don't talk about big plot points and we stay focused on Volume 1's stuff. But the prose version colors our impression of Taldain, and it's important we talk about how and why that is. Today we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), and David (Windrunner). Next week we will have a Very Special Episode, so stay tuned.
  18. Hello, I have changed your typo in your topic title (Scaladrial) to the correct name of the planet, Scadrial.
  19. Hello, Full book spoilers on Oathbringer open 11/14 12:01am Eastern Standard time. When this topic opens you can discuss all of Oathbringer in this board. This topic, however, is if you just want to discuss the book up through Part Two and want to nerd out a bit about it. If so, you're in the right place. Only stuff through the end of Part Two are allowed. This topic will not contain spoilers from the interludes following Part Two.
  20. Full book spoilers on Oathbringer open 11/14 12:01am Eastern Standard time. When this topic opens you can discuss all of Oathbringer in this board. This topic is our usual book reaction topic. If you have not read the book get out of this thread right now. This will have mega spoilers and I imagine a lot of discussion on the ending! You have been warned! Let's put some extraneous white space here just so you're sure you want to proceed. Okay, let us begin. (Well, at midnight Eastern time at least.)
  21. Hey all, This will be a spoiler thread only for stuff from the prologue through Part One (Chapter 32). It does not contain any interlude discussion. This topic, like our other part-by-part spoiler threads, are for people who maybe read slowly and want to react after each part. After the book comes out do not post any information here beyond Part One. (Yes, I realize many of you who read the previews have already discussed Part One a lot! This one might not get a lot of traction but I imagine Parts 2, 3, and 4 will.) The other part-by-part threads open midnight EST, but this one you can use now.
  22. Yeah, just be calm and respectful, thank you
  23. I do agree that people shouldn't take opinion as fact but you can chill, please. You don't need to be rude and make your point in all caps. Relax a little. We are all friends here.
  24. This is not relevant to 17th Shard Site Discussion, so I have moved this to Mistborn, I guess.
  25. This is it. We finally finished talking about the Oathbringer Tour Words of Brandon. We start with getting on a high horse on effective discourse, and then we talk about Urithiru being a spaceship, and of course, much more. We hope you've enjoyed these, but we are sure excited to do some new stuff too. This week we have Kerry (KChan), Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), and David (Windrunner). See you next week for some non-WoB stuff!