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  1. I hope all listeners enjoy the new WTCC jingle, it was a labor of love. If you dont like it, blame chaos for the memes.
  2. I haven't commented in here in a while, but I think this deserves a mention. First weekend of April, Saturday afternoon, I'll be singing in General Conference! I've known for a while that it was a possibility that my choir could be doing that, but now I've finally had in confirmed and I am THRILLED!
  3. So today I was at work and was thinking about allomancy and FTL technology when I realized that speed bubbles compress space. I can't believe no one has mentioned this before, so I'll act as if this has been proposed before and try and add as much detail as possible. Since I had many hours to work this out, here's what I have: I am basing this on the idea that the cosmere still has einsteinian physics, because I don't think Brandon is just throwing out all that stuff. He's relying on that. And here, there was an idea for a FTL drive called the alcubierre drive. The basic idea is that while no THING can move faster than light, space-time can. So, like surfing a wave, you compress space in front of you, and expand space behind you, and end up going faster than light. So, what I realized is that a speed bubble can't be dilating time without dilating space to some degree or another. Obviously it's not a huge amount, because it's not affecting the people inside enough for anyone to go "huh, this is weird." But, if you're compressing time, you should also to some degree be compressing space as well, based on the whole idea of space-time. And that means with 2 bubbles, you could potentially achieve FTL travel. This idea has several things going for it, but obviously there's a bit more to this process than just a slider and a pulser in a rocket ship. First, this is a relatively viable method of FTL travel, given that unlike many other methods in stories, it doesn't break hard physics. The main issue in the real world is that we don't have a great way to compress space and expand space in the way that an alcubierre drive would require. But huh, look at that! Coincidentally, Bendalloy and Cadmium EXACTLY fit the bill for what you would need! It's almost as if Brandon read about the alcubierre drive at some point, and decided to create speed bubbles to fit the bill, so that they could be around as a power but then later on be realized for their greater potential! Even recently, he's mentioned that there's more to speed bubbles in relation to FTL travel that we haven't figured out yet, and we've gone on and on about the ability for cadmium to enable a "cryosleep" of sorts. This would exactly fit the bill for something reasonable for them to discover in the future once they have a better understanding of realmatics and physics. Speaking of which, real quick, I'll list off what Scadrial needs to get to to have this be a viable technology. First, they need to get an understanding of Einsteinian physics, specifically space-time. Furthermore, they need to understand that speed bubbles are locked on in location to things like the planet, or a moving train. This would allow them to extrapolate that a bubble would stay in place on a spaceship as well. Finally, they need to have completely mechanized the metallic arts in order to get the ship off the ground so that this drive will even work, because it won't work on a planet. Furthermore, I expect them to have figured out how to create spirit webs with allomantic powers that can draw more investiture than even lerasium mistborn would be able to, much less any allomancer born to their powers in that era. So, here's what I'm imagining Era 4 to look like. A long, thin ship stands up on the ground, surrounded by a large, ringed tower. The tower activates, each ring activating a constant upward steelpush on the ship, sending it up and up, faster and faster, like an allomantic rail gun. Once in space, the ship stores its weight as it determines its course by going through similar, larger rings in space. Then, in the back, a large, powerful cadmium bubble activates, and in the front, a similar bendalloy bubble activates. Space time is compressed in the front, and expanded in the back, sending the ship to speeds that are faster than light. In the middle of the long ship, between the large bubbles, smaller, nested cadmium bubbles multiplicatively slow down time for the people waiting through the voyage. It probably also has another form of propulsion, perhaps a solar sail or ionic engines or something. It could land something on a new planet by simply finding a large enough metal deposit to push against as it descends. Now, my hope is that either I will get the chance to ask him about space compression next time I see him, or that someone else will get around to asking it. Given that he worked with Peter closely on the physics of speed bubbles, and that an understanding of space time is fairly universal, I can't imagine that he would create a power like speed bubbles where they manipulate time in such a way, and NOT have it affect space as well, especially as it affecting space leads into exactly the sorts of discoveries we expect from scadrial at some point. Frankly, I'm more surprised that I can't seem to remember this being mentioned before. edit: oh, and I figured I should mention this thought about Era 4 here. Brandon has always made it clear Era 4 isn't going to be the Avengers. My thought is that instead, it's going to be more akin to Star Trek. With a more focused plot line.
  4. We know just enough about darkside magic to know it is even less dramatic than Sandmagery. I very, VERY much doubt that their magic is what will allow them to achieve FTL tech. I'm currently basing this all on the assumption that the FTL tech they use will make sense, it won't be just "oh it's a hyperdrive, it just gets them faster than light," there's going to be a distinct reasoning behind each technology that will allow FTL, probably tied to investiture in some way or another.
  5. Ok, I’ve done more thinking upon FTL tech in other parts of the cosmere. Roshar is pretty obvious, you should be able to create something like an alcubierre drive, using Gravitational fabrials. (Gravitation fabrial and an antigravity fabrial). Sel has a harder time of things due to limitation of their abilities by area, but with connection investiture like in secret history, so long as that investiture can still be used to power Aons or something of that ilk, they should have enough of variety in the magic system to pull off FTL (although, I’m not sure what Aons would be used). The one that stumped me is Taldain, which Brandon states would have been first to FTL if autonomy hadn’t interfered. Thing is, their magic systems are drastically underwhelming, and I haven’t yet thought of another FTL system that would really fit the bill for a world like Taldain. But, Yata pointed out one thing Taldain has going for it- sand. The sand would make a great investiture battery. I’m not sure what they’ll do with these sandy investiture batteries, but they’d be easy to store and refill. I’m sure this has something to do with how they could achieve FTL tech.
  6. Sup peeps, I'm going to get my homework done then maybe say something intelligent. Or not. Not sure why I would need to be intelligent in this game, just dumb luck should do the trick.
  7. The Returned Steel compunding edgedancer will return to face his ultimate nemesis once again. The story will be told. Worlds will tremble at the speed of his passing. Steeldancer, the character, makes his triumphant Return. Hopefully this time I’ll get to finish my story before I die.
  8. be still my beating heart, it's time to THEORIZE ABOUT ALL THE NUTS STUFF WE CAN DO WITH THIS
  9. Oh, what the heck. What’s the worst that could happen. I’ll sign up as the Squiddle, a drawing of a squid that came to life but is still (relatively) friendly.
  10. I still haven't read anything, but my thoughts are that yes, the village was a bit underwhelming in this game. Both in activity, and in power. Because, DANG, the elims had a lot of options! Normally eliminator teams are given very few players, with only a few powerful members if anything! In this case, you had multiple cases of double lives, multiple actions, and I couldn't even one shot a forsaken. Anyway, I think it was still balanced in concept, but our playing definitely ruined us. I still enjoyed it though, I always enjoy getting a power role. Ironically, Rand is technically an orphan, so maybe I'll feel like using him as an RP character in the future... but probably not. Anyway, nice job Fifth, and nice job eliminators (even if I am a bit grumpy you said so little for me to work with).
  11. Huh. I honestly think the village was a little underpowered this game. We only ended up having the ability to go through with 6 lynches, giving us 1 lynch to be wrong. The eliminators had 5 lives out of 20 players, and they were REALLY powerful with the Blight, a ton of creatures and stuff, and a variety of abilties and stuff. I was fairly limited in what I could do, both in that my kill only took a single life from Forsaken and only a single life from the creepers and creatures. I'm supposed to be the Dragon Reborn, and I couldn't hardly stop anything! While I think it was absolutely still possible for the village to win this game, a combination of inactivity/invisibility on the elims part, and then large numbers of creatures wiping us out just made this game perhaps a bit too difficult. However, despite my complaints and my inactivity until what turned out to be the end of this game, I still enjoyed this. And I was on to you, Aman. A reread of everything was making me extremely suspicious of you. Too bad you weren't Aginor, though, I was guessing that Aginor would most likely be hidden in the Fal Dara doc.
  12. I agree. Brandon's pretty smart. I think he has some idea of how this is going to look.
  13. So, nobody has posted in a while, so I'm just going to do a little double post here because I have some things to say. I have suspicions. For reasons, I'm not going to share them. The village should still be able to win this game. Specifically, I've done a bunch of whittling down of who the Emond's fielder could be, and I have it narrowed down to only a few individuals. Hopefully, cross referencing that with information on knowledge of WoT should help (like, What was the very awesome action scene that took place in Crossroads of Twilight?). Also, while I just realized that I had no idea what was up with Cadmium Compounder, I'm honestly lead to believe that he's village right now. Other than that, I'm going to withhold most of my thoughts until the day, where I have an idea of who we should lynch next. Hopefully, by me being vague, the elims will start sweating in their little hidey holes.
  14. Sorry Doc I was wrong about you. That lynch was very much on me. I'll have to reconsider my suspicions, as I really was convinced he was an elim...
  15. Oh, could Mat shoot me a PM tonight? That would be nice. I might re-evaluate my suspicion of Mr. Doctor today, but I have to focus on completing my last two finals first. Once that's done, I am totally and completely free of any major responsibilities for a couple weeks!
  16. Oh yay I survived. Mr. Doctor. Also, seriously RIP HH. Getting hit twice by the same creature? That sucks. Also, Mr. Doctor, the problem is now my gut is telling me you are suspicious. Yes, and Snipexe was a hardy villager. If you are an elim, it would be smart for you to kill any hardy villagers that there are. So of course you would solidify the lynch, and of course you would pretend to not agree with it. If I may remind you, I ran LG46, I watched first hand as you single handedly fooled the entire village. So, I'm a little more willing to be suspicious of you for the little things, like yes, even "yet" which I may say you didn't apply to any other individual in that post. Granted, if you were an elim, then there would likely be more than one elim on that list, but I feel like it's a slip up. Possibly. Thing is, there's no proof for Randuir being elim, other than the weird Emond's field messages, which honestly are starting to get on my nerves. @randuir, how are you not involved in making these messages at all? Thing is, like Mr. Doctor, Randuir also doesn't have huge tells. Thing is... honestly, I don't know if this is Randuir's style. If it were someone who's more of a troll, like Alvron or Stink, I would be suspicious of them in a heartbeat. But Randuir tends to be a bit more straightforward, and his tells tend to be in his actions. The very same reasons I'm suspicious of Doctor- his actions. One can look as village as all heck in your posts, but honestly I find his vote on Snipexe and his interactions with Brightness to be contrived. Smartly contrived, but contrived. Also, it is somewhat nice to be cleared. Although, I doubt the elims will like it much. I'll probably end up dying tonight, so I guess I'll just do as much as I can before then. edit: reread the writeup, seems Randuir did have something to say! I'm... less convinced Randuir is an eliminator than I am of Mr. Doctor. Also, I'm not sure I like the tag "close to endgame."
  17. @Mr Doctor do you really not have anything to say about my accusations?
  18. I'm nervous about Randuir because if we had a single villager in there, then we could have the Emond's field kill back, making it possible to kill them in a single turn rather than 2. And you really think Mr. Doctor might just straight up be Aginor? And is there any guarantee that Randuir might not be Aginor if he's an eliminator? Paranoia will eat us alive. I currently trust my suspicion of Mr. Doctor, although admittedly after finding several reasons to suspect him I mainly focused on his posts, in particular his interactions with BR, so I didn't pay as much attention to Randuir's posts. I might find time to do more analysis tomorrow focusing on him, and trying to parse what might be going on in the Emond's field doc, but I'm also taking 2 finals tomorrow so.
  19. There is one good thing, the creatures are random. The elims, or even the creatures could double tap a single person. But yeah I agree, it wasn't super great of Rand to kill the least threatening thing atm. Probably would be helpful if we had that Emonds Field kill as well. Because those creatures are going to continue to stack up, and currently it takes Rand 2 turns to kill one of them. I'm now a bit more nervous about Randuir, but I still think lynching Mr. Doctor is the best idea. The primary problem would be if it turns out that Mr. Doctor is Aginor, because they are hardy and a single lynch will not be effective against them. Moiraine is probably our best bet right now, because she could stop an elim releasing another creature, or Padan Fain's thing, or an elim kill.
  20. huh, perhaps. That would become increasingly obvious as more players die. Also, we are in a bad state tonight. We are liable to be attacked 3 times, between the 2 Creatures of Aginor and the elim kill. That's... not great.
  21. Yes, and yet clearly it happened. Sooooo, there's several scenarios I see as possible. 1. Someone has a daytime roleblock of secret origins. 2. Someone used an existing day-time ability on the Blight, and it did weird stuff. 3. Maybe the Blight was roleblocked by everyone putting in an action. That seems slightly less plausible to me, but it might be the case. Whatever happened, I'm a fan of it, and would like it to occur again. It could greatly extend our lifetime here.
  22. So that implies we failed, and yet we took no damage at all. Which would imply that somehow, the Blight was straight up prevented from attacking.