The Deacon's Tale

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Re: The Deacon's Tale

Post by Erinys » Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:24 am

Lol...never tried to fit the Roswell incident into the Sotsverse. In general I don't think any of the current races could pass for Greys, even after an ugly crash.

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Re: The Deacon's Tale

Post by brisub » Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:50 am

Erinys wrote:Lol...never tried to fit the Roswell incident into the Sotsverse. In general I don't think any of the current races could pass for Greys, even after an ugly crash.


That's because the Greys are the made-up fake race. The Tarkas were far too terrifying and, well, alien. To make a short story long, it's classified beyond ubersecret and only the top brass at SolForce know anything about it. To make matters worse, if you ask too many questions... Let's just keep this quiet, shall we?
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Re: The Deacon's Tale

Post by brisub » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:30 pm

I finished the book on Tuesday and found it dissatisfying, overall. Not, however, because it wasn't good, but because it was like my understanding of the SOTS game - a mile wide and an inch deep. I think the unedited version would be far better in this case.

For example, the histories of relationships between the characters seem to be based on many events, but are not fleshed out in the book to the point where they make sense. The Sara/Cal Rui relationship, for instance, needed (in my opinion, of course) a significant amount of justification. Similarly, the Thatcher-Cal Rui interactions didn't contain details (reminiscences and the like) that I would expect from such a deep and long relationship.

Being a senior officer in SolForce would be a full-time job. Although in disuse (currently), so would being an archdeacon of the Catholic Church.

An archdeacon is a senior clergy position in Anglicanism, Chaldean Catholic, Syrian Malabar Nasrani, and some other Christian denominations, above that of most clergy and below a bishop. In the High Middle Ages it was the most senior diocesan position below a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church. An archdeacon is often responsible for administration within an archdeaconry, which is the principal subdivision of the diocese. "A cleric having a defined administrative authority delegated to him by the bishop in the whole or part of the diocese."--The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church; edited by F. L. Cross (London: Oxford University Press, 1957; p. 79) Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archdeacon


On a separate note, I couldn't suspend disbelief enough to accept that Cal Rui is both. It might have worked better if he was a senior Sol Force chaplain (hence the importance to both faith and Sol Force) with a lot of his work happening in black ops or whatnot. Still have problems there, too, but it at least shows a balance of two roles.

On the good side, (yes, there is a lot to like about the book) I really love how the game concepts were brought to life during the game. The best (to me) was when the Tarkasians described the Zuul exit of a system as 'using a node as you do' (essentially). The ripping of nodes wasn't really understood at that point, which was a cool thing because it was consistent with analysis of the unknown.

Another excellent part of the book was the philosophies of the differing races. They were foreign and distinct, throughout, rather than depictions or caricatures (as is often the case). The conceptual development of the races in SOTS universe is phenomenal and it adds to the 'feel' of the game as I'm playing it.

*runs and ducks into the sensor shadow of a big asteroid and hopes that the escorts don't see him as they rush to defend the book against the hated brisub interloper*
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Re: The Deacon's Tale

Post by Mecron » Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:15 pm

actually bri...those are your opinions, kinda overly dependent on wikipedia and very light of understanding of history, but still your opinions and no one can or should really beat you up over them.

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Re: The Deacon's Tale

Post by brisub » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:55 pm

Mecron wrote:actually bri...those are your opinions, kinda overly dependent on wikipedia and very light of understanding of history, but still your opinions and no one can or should really beat you up over them.


Well, more on the definition from Oxford, but, yes. Honestly, not the biggest issue I had - I wanted more in the book, mostly. It jumped a lot - maintaining a high pace, where I needed more exploration of why things were what they were. Good immersion, though, and reading it did add to the enjoyment of the game.

Up until I had my first experience with Hiver farcasters. Suddenly, no world was safe... Forget wiping out the Zuul; I think the Hive is enemy #1.
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