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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:16 pm    Post subject: Yo! So glad to find this forum Reply with quote

Hi, all,

I first picked up Lord Foul's Bane when I was a teenager in the mid-80s. I think the first series was written, but Donaldson was just starting on the second series. I read the first three books voraciously and then anxiously awaited the completion of each of the next three over the next few years.

Recently, I was reminiscing about books I read back then and looked up the Covenant Series. It was only then that I found that more books have been written! I was pleased as punch (if that's a saying) Smile.

I'm currently re-reading the series and am partway through The Power the Preserves. Unlike many books I re-read after a number of year which made me realize how immature I must have been to think the books I was reading in the 80s were any good, Covenant has not let me down. I can honestly say I am actually getting more out of this reading than I did the first time around.

I'm so happy to have stumbled across this forum while searching for a computer background, but I will have to tiptoe around the forum because I'm VERY wary of spoilers. There's much about these books that I have forgotten and I really enjoy reliving the surprises, plus I have never read the third trilogy. SO looking forward to so many books waiting for me.

Quickly about myself - I'm the GM of an Internet company with UK ownership, but run, by me, out of State College, PA. It's a small company, but we get a lot done. I'm a married dad of three avid readers, so I ride the bus into town most days to have some reading time by myself.

Hobbies? Trail running and solo fast-packing and utlralight camping. Fly tying and fly fishing. Building things with my kids (go karts, bike renovations, etc) and traveling with my family.

Looking forward to some great conversations with you all!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello JoeBWan Wave

I do a lot of reading on the bus too, but having read TLD twice now I've reverted to the latest Richard III Society Buletin which I had to put in the queue. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to Kevin's Watch, JoeBWan. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. The Forum will be with you, always.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Watch, JoeBWan!

Plan on traveling with your family of avid readers to Albuquerque next June for Elohimfest, an extended weekend of Watcher fellowship, including dinner with SRD.

May you thrive here...and contribute.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Welcome to Kevin's Watch, JoeBWan. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. The Forum will be with you, always.

^what way said^
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Watch. Very Happy Just stay out of the Chronicles forums and you should be fine.

Luckily for you, we have plenty of other stuff to talk about too, so look around and join in.

Ever read SRD's Gap series? Mordants Need? You may have much to look forward to. Very Happy

Go, join in, post.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings, JoeBWan.

Av knows what he's talking about with the Gap and Mordant's Need, and there are also detectives and short stories.

And a few more words of warning - some of the spoilers live and thrive in not really expected places out of the Chronicles sub-forum, I recommend temporarily being careful with what topics you read in the General Discussion and in the Hall of Gifts, there are some with parodies, fanfiction and other references. Also, if you see any mentions/links to it, you might wish to avoid the GapIntoMirrorLand wiki for now, though that one might mislead more than inform at times.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome to the forums..

Dont be too afraid of the people here.. there not so bad. and please.. do some posting. the more you do the easier you'll find it to get to know the community here.. so yeah come on in

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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100th post for me.. i'm starting to recognize people on the forum Help

Ha, ha! And you're only having to deal with the reasonably sane ones, and you probably do not venture into the 'Tank at all Twisted Evil

We love it when a newbie comes along and gets sucked in. Don't be shy!

Oh! And welcome JoeBWan!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^

I actually joined the think thank thing but i'm pretty scared to get in there... the topics are always so far along before I even see them and sometimes I don't have the courage to read through it all to make a proper response.. I promise u'll see me around there sometime though.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shun the 'tank.
shuuuunnn... Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I actually joined the think thank thing but i'm pretty scared to get in there... the topics are always so far along before I even see them and sometimes I don't have the courage to read through it all to make a proper response.. I promise u'll see me around there sometime though.

[NOTE: anyone can post in the 'Tank again. There's no need to join a group anymore.]

Yeah, caution in the 'Tank is recommended. It can be difficult to join in the middle of a discussion that has already covered a lot of ground. It's generally best to try and get involved right from the start so that you have fair idea of what's been said and where people stand.

It's also a good idea when expressing opinions to either include links or use 'I think' or 'IMO'. Unsubstantiated claims will generally be totally ignored or rigorously examined. Neither is a comfortable experience but it is an aspect of the 'Tank that helps make it such a good political forum. Spoiler:
(The rest of the Watch is all sweetness and light and RAINBOWS!!! Like the end of TLD!!! Big Grin )

That said, the 'Tank is probably the most consistently lively forum on the Watch and the ability of people, often with polar opposite views, to (most of the time) talk civilly with each other can make for top quality discussions. Issues are thrashed out and all sides come to better understanding of where they stand and why.

Come on in and test the water. Add your twocents in a couple of threads and see how you get on. New people and views are always welcome.*

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* That's another $5 that Hashi owes me! Big Grin
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I can honestly say I am actually getting more out of this reading than I did the first time around.


This is the nice thing about the Chronicles. They bear re-reading a couple of times. Like you I read them in my teens. It wasn't until I re-read them in my later years that I full appreciated them.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...don't have the courage to read through it all to make a proper response...I promise u'll see me around there sometime though.


I hope we do.

And you don't need to read through it all. Very Happy Just reply to the latest post...topics in there are more like guidelines anyway. Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yeah, caution in the 'Tank is recommended. It can be difficult to join in the middle of a discussion that has already covered a lot of ground. It's generally best to try and get involved right from the start so that you have fair idea of what's been said and where people stand.

It's also a good idea when expressing opinions to either include links or use 'I think' or 'IMO'. Unsubstantiated claims will generally be totally ignored or rigorously examined. Neither is a comfortable experience but it is an aspect of the 'Tank that helps make it such a good political forum. Spoiler:
(The rest of the Watch is all sweetness and light and RAINBOWS!!! Like the end of TLD!!! Big Grin )

That said, the 'Tank is probably the most consistently lively forum on the Watch and the ability of people, often with polar opposite views, to (most of the time) talk civilly with each other can make for top quality discussions. Issues are thrashed out and all sides come to better understanding of where they stand and why.

Come on in and test the water. Add your twocents in a couple of threads and see how you get on. New people and views are always welcome.*

u.

* That's another $5 that Hashi owes me! Big Grin


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Menolly is advocating the shunning of my Tank and she doesn't even visit us first. *pout*

Actually, Menolly has posted in the Tank almost 200 times. It has been years since her last substantive post (promoting the Watchies and crowing about the Tank disappearing during an April Fools prank do not count), but the myth that she never ventures there is easy to disprove.

The same can be said about her and Mallorys. Twisted Evil
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Hashi Lebwohl wrote:
Menolly is advocating the shunning of my Tank and she doesn't even visit us first. *pout*

Actually, Menolly has posted in the Tank almost 200 times. It has been years since her last substantive post (promoting the Watchies and crowing about the Tank disappearing during an April Fools prank do not count), but the myth that she never ventures there is easy to disprove.


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Hashi Lebwohl wrote:
Menolly is advocating the shunning of my Tank and she doesn't even visit us first. *pout*

Actually, Menolly has posted in the Tank almost 200 times. It has been years since her last substantive post (promoting the Watchies and crowing about the Tank disappearing during an April Fools prank do not count), but the myth that she never ventures there is easy to disprove.


Just some friendly leg-pulling, that's all.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. Exactly why I posted as I did, except what I did was rather more twisting her tail than pulling her leg.
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