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  1. Jim Butcher, Small Favors. I read both Proven Guilty and White Night yesterday, and they were really good, especially Proven Guilty.
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  3. 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.
  4. 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 So far in order to obtain some unpublished works of Brandon's, you'd have to email him through his sites, and his assistants would distribute them.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!
  5. If don't already know, Mistborn has been optioned to become a film. That may still mean a fillm won't happen, but it's a cool first step. That won't stop us from talking about choices on actors! I'll start. Personally, I was always a fan of the notion of Nathan Fillion for Kelsier, but then someone brought up Robert Downey Jr., and he might be the perfect choice. For Vin, I'm also pro-Summer Glau, but there's a big Ellen Page movement on TWG. Thoughts?
  6. 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.)
  7. Excellent, glad to see you can make it
  8. Hey all, I will be doing some server maintenance tonight, 9:30pm Pacific / 12:30am Eastern. The Coppermind and 17th Shard will be affected, but Arcanum will not be. The site won't load during this time. Last time I did this, the maintenance went much faster than expected so I don't anticipate it taking longer than a half hour. Check Twitter or Discord for details if it goes longer than a half hour.
  9. Hey guys, It's come to our attention that some signatures (that is, the thing that appears after your post) on the forums are quite unnecessarily long in vertical space. With this in mind, we are changing our guidelines on signature length. I think the previous, very loose guidelines worked for a small community, but as the site's evolved, things need to change, and the rules need to be more strict. Here's the general idea: if you make a really small post (a line or two), your signature should not be much longer--vertically--than the space the forum regularly allots your post to be. When signatures are long, this is very annoying to scroll through when a person writes a one sentence post, and yet it actually takes the space of two or more posts. I think we can all agree that we want the desktop viewing experience on the forum to be as pleasant as possible, and long sigs really hurt that goal. Here are the new signature rules: Image Restrictions The total size of all images in your signature may be up to 500 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall. This means you can have multiple small icons next to each other, but all the images cannot take up any more than that space. It's really important that this is the case. Having images much wider than 500 pixels extends the forum length in the Personal Messenger area, and as for height, we generally want to reduce the amount of scrolling that takes place on topics. Yes, this means you can't have multiple big banners any longer. Sorry. Animated GIFs should also not be used. GIFs cause direct page-load and performance problems. Total Signature Size Look at one of your posts. See that vertical line separating the left-hand side--which has your avatar, post count, and rep count--and the post content? That's the minimum height of your post, regardless of how much or how little you write in a post. Therefore, here is the restriction on signature lengths: if you write a one-line post, your signature should be contained within this vertical line. This makes it so short posts actually appear short and do not cause undue scrolling. Note that images also need to be within that vertical line (in a one-line post), but fortunately, if you have a 500x100 banner, you actually have a lot of room for text--like, say, the theories you espouse, or other pithy lines. Also, as should be obvious, your signature (or posts, for that matter) shouldn't increase the width of the site. This has very rarely occurred, so I'm not concerned, but let's make that explicit. No More Spoiler Tags Some use spoiler tags in signatures to hide particularly long content. There's not much reason for this, and hiding large images in these spoiler tags still means that your browser has to load them. Due to the general unnecessary nature of these, and the increase in page load from hiding lots of things, there should no longer be spoiler tags in signatures. Elimination Score Count This one is specific to the players of the Sanderson Elimination games. There should be no more keeping scores in signatures. There have been concerns brought forward about them, and it’s time to stop having that as part of your signature. In Conclusion We'll start enforcing these rules this Sunday, September 20th. We'll generally PM you to alter it, and if that doesn't happen in a reasonable fashion, we'll remove it. I hope this sounds reasonable! End of the day, your signature should tell us a little bit about you, a personal touch, a bit of flair. It shouldn’t be an all-inclusive autobiographical history of your life, or even your time on the site.
  10. Spoiler tag rule is in force and I see no good reason why it should be altered. I think I've seen some do this and I should drop the hammer on those...
  11. I'm coming for sure! I've been telling Brandon to come to Montana for a very long time. (Though I typically told him that he should come to Bozeman, where I am, haha.) @Windrunner is hopefully coming too. I'm staying at the Con hotel. It'd be great to meet you, @Jess. Usually I drive from Bozeman to Salt Lake, so it is luxurious to just have a three hour drive to Missoula to see Brandon. I'll arrive early Friday afternoon, I imagine. I'm currently trying to craft some top tier questions for Brandon...
  12. There are quite a few quotes that do say there are only three Shards relevant on Roshar: I feel like the Sibling is just a mix of Honor and Cultivation Investiture. They can create Honorspren and other sapient spren, after all, so they could surely do it on a bigger scale.
  13. Guess who forgot to post this news post and tweet this yesterday: this guy! 10/10 great job Eric.
  14. We're at last done with JordanCon today with yet more Words of Brandon, and some are spicy. We discuss aluminum, the Iriali, dragons, how visions work, Odium's inexperience with Devotion and Dominion, the Nightwatcher, and of course, Eric rants about Shard's intents. We also finally learn more about THE BOOMBOX, so basically this is the best episode ever. This week we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), Evgeni (Argent), and Rosemary (Kaymyth). Get me my boombox, Kenton! Send your Who's That Cosmere Character to [email protected], and feel free to leave us a rating or review on iTunes! Subscribe to Shardcast:
  15. 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!
  16. There have been multiple instances of individuals having more than one account in the past month or two. Much of this is involved with Social Groups. I cannot surmise why someone would do this, but it often involves upvote manipulation and trying to manipulate people in multiple social groups, hence me posting this reminder in this forum. Perhaps some find having multiple accounts or joke accounts funny, but this is very serious. Multiple accounts are not allowed. Do not do this. They have never been allowed, and apparently the line in the Rules post that has always been there is unclear, and the additional reminder I posted in 2014 is just as valid as ever. Read this now: This deception is not "fun" and is not funny, and will be swiftly dealt with. Ignorance will not be a sufficient excuse. I have instantly banned people before for multiple accounts, and frankly, due to the three instances of this very recently where we've been generous to not ban people instantly, but we will not continue to be generous in this way. I am lenient on multiple accounts due to if you have login issues (due to Microsoft servers refusing our emails for validation), but that's about it. There are no realistic reasons why users require multiple accounts. Let me know if you have questions. If you had made joke accounts, tell me now and we will deal with them, but these multiple accounts issues will not continue.
  17. Today on Shardcast, we are talking about all of the stuff from JordanCon. This will be a twofer episode, which will be continued next week. Here we discussed Shardblades in the Cognitive Realm, answering a question we brought up last week. We also decide we are going to do an Odium podcast, and you'll see that later. We also talk about urges and demiurges. Yup. This week we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), Ben (Overlord Jebus), Evgeni (Argent), and Rosemary (Kaymyth). Also starring: terrible Skype audio due to mysterious audio drift. Send your Who's That Cosmere Character to [email protected]!
  18. I linked the Apple link in the original post But I did not know that individually they are on sale.
  19. These things are very region based. I'm sorry it's not in your region!
  20. House of Ashes is not at all canonical. It's basically fan fiction.
  21. Today, the first three Stormlight Archive books, The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Oathbringer are available in an ebook bundle for about $30 (specifically, I'm seeing $29.58 today) on many different ebook platforms. If you haven't gotten all three of these ebooks, this is an obscene value. It's 1.2 million words and many hours of entertainment, and all for $30? Yeah, I would say that is a good deal. Also amusing is how in the picture for these, there is a picture of the spines of these three, all using text going down the spine in the new Stormlight font. It doesn't particularly matter for ebooks, though. Here are links to various different ebook outlets for the bundle: Amazon: Google Play: iTunes: Barnes and Noble / Nook:
  22. That's an interesting idea. What sort of information would you want in that podcast about the current Radiants?
  23. Let's not discuss real world religions here. There is a big LDS population in Brandon fans, as well as a big nonreligious population. Let's just keep it to the books. Thanks!
  24. Late April, there was JordanCon, and today on Shardcast, we have brought two cast members, Evgeni and Rosemary, to give us their thoughts on the convention. We also talk about the craziest thing from there, which was the reading of The Traveler, which you should definitely read immediately. It's some of the spiciest cosmere stuff we've gotten in a while. This week we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), Ben (Overlord Jebus), Evgeni (Argent), and Rosemary (Kaymyth). Stay tuned next week and the week after where we do JordanCon Words of Brandon analysis!