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  1. Brandon Sanderson and Mary Robinette Kowal's collaborative audio exclusive short story The Original is out today (September 14th) and available for download! If you want to get it to your earholes as soon as possible, check out these links to your favorite audiobook retailer: Audible | Google Play | Libro.fm | Audiobooks.com | Kobo Clocking in at just under 4 hours of listening time, this short but tense sci-fi thriller is read for you by Audie Award winner Julia Whelan. It follows Holly Winseed, a woman who wakes up to find that she is a replica tasked with hunting down and killing her Original in order to avoid being eliminated herself. Along the way she needs to grapple with terrorists, the underside of a seemingly utopian society, and ultimately the truth about herself. In the end, one of her will remain and one will walk away. For further information, including a sample, see this post on Brandon's site. To discuss The Original, head over to Other Stories or #the-original-spoilers on Discord! Watch out for spoilers and have fun!
  2. Happy birthday! 

  3. For International Games Week (November 3-9) I will be putting together some one-shot, one-page RPG sessions via Discord for whoever's interested. By design, the games will be really easy to get into and rules light, with a hard limit of 2 hours of play time. It's a chance to get together with people and have some fun without all the preparation and baggage. I have a number of games we can play, including but not limited to Honey Heist, Everyone is John, Lasers and Feelings, Oh Dang! Bigfoot Stole My Car With My Friend's Birthday Present Inside, Sexy Battle Wizards, Adventure Skeletons, and Pride and Extreme Prejudice. We can even do a short Mistborn Adventure Game one-shot if people are willing. At the moment I'm trying to gauge interest and get a sense of peoples' schedules, after which we can set up times and decide what games to play. Once those details are hammered out, I'll post updates here in this thread, including links to the Discord server. If you're interested in playing, let me know here or on the 17S Discord, along with a general idea of what times you're available!
  4. The Alethkar map has a city named Savalashi but the map of the Sea of Lost Lights has the Salavashi Trench. I assume this is a typo, although it could be intentional.
  5. Go for it!
  6. Thanks to the graticule in the Oathbringer map of Roshar and Peter's hint that the Rosharan system uses 100 degrees of latitude and 200 degrees of longitude, I was able to update my orthographic map of the planet! (You can see the old thread here.) This version is much more accurate, though not completely perfect—for some reason I wasn't able to exactly replicate the graticule used in the map. You'll notice that the continent is a fair bit smaller than my original assessment. I also updated it to include land cover, better symbology, and some cities that didn't appear on previous maps. I assumed in labeling the latitude and longitude lines that the Prime Meridian that the Rosharans use is the one that goes through Kadrix and that they number their lines out from zero in all four directions. EDIT: I've been informed by Peter on Twitter that the equator is too high; it should go through Kadrix. Like I said, it's not entirely perfect yet.
  7. It's gotta be either Firstborn or Perfect State. I'm hoping Perfect State, cause I absolutely loved that story.
  8. Is there a WoB or WoP anywhere saying what the people on Ashyn call Roshar (the planet) or Roshar (the system)? I searched Ashyn in Arcanum but couldn't find anything.
  9. I didn't cry, but I did have a really visceral reaction to Dalinar's "you can't have my pain." Like, I wanted to jump up and run around the house! I had suspected for like the whole back half of the book that Odium would succeed in making Dalinar his champion and releasing all that bad anticipation was a really strange and cool cathartic experience.
  10. I'd say the numbers on the Frostlands map are almost certainly Rosharan degrees of longitude, but I haven't fiddled with the new info yet so I can't be sure. I originally tried to get them to line up with Earth degrees and couldn't quite make it happen. It does also seem that the Frostlands map is in a different projection than the continent map—when I georeferenced the Frostlands map to line up with the Rosharan one, it deformed it a fair amount. I'd be happy to send you the shapefiles I currently have, @Harakeke, but I am planning to fix them based on the new info we have from Oathbringer and Peter, so you may want to wait until that happens. Your call.
  11. Ooh interesting tidbit. I kind of assumed that they'd have a system based around multiples of ten. I'll have to play around with the new grid and see what I come up with. I was going on the assumption that 90 degrees was the south pole, but in Rosharan degrees it's 100, so yeah, the continent is likely a bit smaller than what I came up with before. I'm a little confused by the canon grid, though, because in an azimuthal equidistant projection the equator should be a straight line rather than a curved one.
  12. Hmm, interesting. I mean, all I did to make the alignment was to resize the existing map so it matched up with the latitudes, presuming that the longitudes would line up as well. In order for the continent to fit within 60 deg. of latitude and 120 deg. of longitude, I would have had to squish the original map, changing the aspect ratio. Weird. I think someone mentions somewhere in the books that if you go south far enough, the sea freezes, so I'm sure there are polar ice caps. I didn't feel like speculating as to their shape for this map, though. EDIT: Also, someone pointed out to me that I misspelled Thaylenah on the original map, so here's an updated one (web resolution again—if anyone wants one in print resolution, feel free to ask).
  13. I'd like to make an equirectangular world map in the style of classroom maps of Earth if I have some time. I also have vague plans to make an interactive globe using Javascript + D3 at some point. I've attached a very early, badly symbolized version of an equirectangular projection. It's not very good stylistically, but it is projected correctly. Yeah, that was part of what I asked when I was getting the positioning and scale correct. You can see below the positioning that I showed Peter on Twitter when I got his approval. Also, I have shapefiles that I'm happy to share with anyone who wants to play around with them.
  14. No worries. There's always new tidbits that I find out, only to realize that most people already knew it way before. I love seeing just how far south it really is!
  15. As far as I'm aware, it's pretty common information that the Rosharan continent is almost entirely in the Southern hemisphere of the planet.