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About Saerain

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    Cognitive neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology, ethical naturalism, synthetic intelligence, constructed worlds, constructed languages, anthropology, interactive fiction, and game design. Also, tea.


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  1. The words that I often see people claiming to have unintuitive pronunciation seem no less intuitive to me than others, so I'm not sure how to answer. I very quickly recognize languages and intuit the pronunciation even if I don't understand of a word of it. This includes conlangs when they are obviously inspired by specific real-world languages. I can't imagine pronouncing Guenhwyvar any other way, and Dair Bhriste looks to me like this.
  2. Preach it. I'm unspeakably tired of being Jesus, and it's the one and only thing that I would single out as the plague what to be avoided like.
  3. Though a gigantic elf-fanatic, I stopped caring about their height some years ago. There are things that bother me so much more about how elves may be depicted that the issue well and truly vanished.
  4. No. They could certainly have a city (or tribal village), especially one populated by non-humans, in which females fulfill certain administrative roles. An advanced human matriarchal society would be ridiculous. This hasn't happened once in the history of mankind and there's pretty obvious reasons for that. ‘Female dominated’ doesn't have to mean what you seem to assume here it would mean, and in a fantasy world surely you can imagine many ways it could happen. Especially once you get into non-humans and bring magic into it, but not necessarily.
  5. The idea that, as a male, I fantasize about being a disgusting stubbly hulk thing, is what makes me uncomfortable. I'll take Hot Batman.
  6. I would hope to see prejudice where it makes sense for prejudice to have arisen—against females, males, elves, orlans, Vaelians, Aedyr, whatever. It adds a measure of believability to the setting wherever there's obvious fuel for this to happen and it's meaningful for those who would like to counteract it. Without a publisher, it would be nice if nothing was sacred.
  7. I wanted to go $165, but I kind of live on a hair's edge when it comes to paying for food and medical bills. So, $20 it was, plus the recent $8 tribute to the Order.
  8. So did I, but you know what's even rarer? Having that experience in multiplayer. Good experiences are better shared, wouldn't you agree? I understand the problem from a budget and prioritization standpoint and agree that it's good they're focusing on the single-player experience, but if it were possible to share the same experience with friends, I couldn't call that a step down. Multiplayer RPGs have been virtually extinct since MMOs took off, so I certainly understand why this question has been coming up about every RPG for the last several years. I do hope multiplayer returns to the genre some day.
  9. Elvish elves of elven Elven elvishness.

  10. For the discussion, not for the hope. Even if I am not in favor of Obsidian dedicating resources to multiplayer functionality in this case, there are seriously ****ty arguments (from people strangely vehement toward experiencing an RPG with friends) that need to be wiped when I smell them. But I didn't realize two weeks was a significant lull for a thread; I apologize.
  11. It looks significantly better than I expected, and I thought my expectations were already fairly high for the budget. I'm mesmerized.
  12. Elves not having souls is pretty standard for a fantasy setting. What. I'm fairly certain that any race ‘not having souls’ is not standard. Examples?
  13. But what? What are some things you'd like to see done differently, and how?
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