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    Re: Godfather is the Best Drama Ever

    Good points all around, I love a good rebuttal, so +1 rep. Indeed, tragedy has many other elements that The Sopranos lacks, but while the criminal Tony Soprano is a figure who earns less sympathy...
  2. Re: Bridge southwest of Sekeiza cannot be crossed by either army on battle map

    Well that sucks. Fair enough. Would be good to let players know about this, though, because it makes it impossible to play the battle without auto resolve or waiting another turn if you can somehow...
  3. Re: What an amazing run it's been all these years

    The one and only! It was basically a Tokyo-based Japanese Star Wars furry convention gone wrong after infiltration by organized crime, which has now turned TWC into its own subversive subsidiary...
  4. Re: Bridge southwest of Sekeiza cannot be crossed by either army on battle map

    So nobody's going to address this, huh? :mellow:
  5. Re: What an amazing run it's been all these years

    Welcome back, Darth Ravenous! Unfortunately, though, the rules have changed around here and not for the better. I'm afraid that if you wish to continue posting, you'll have to perform either one of...
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    Re: Claiming Macedonian Kingship

    Just chiming in to say I'm playing with 2.35a and there seems to be nothing wrong on my end in my current Macedonian campaign, where I've been able to build the core factional government building...
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    Re: Godfather is the Best Drama Ever

    Aside from the first optional pathway mentioned, the following ones are all tragic endings as alternatives, and tragedy is usually essential to drama. Dramas don't always have happy endings either....
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    Re: Godfather is the Best Drama Ever

    Hey pal, don't you dare forget Ridley Scott's Alien (1979). ;)



    Yes, there wouldn't even be a Goodfellas if not for the Godfather, but my point was about depth of character, which a six-season...
  9. Re: First Secretary of the Rings / 30th anniversary of Tolkien's work adaptation

    LOL @ blond Soviet Frodo. That was pretty gnarly, but somehow not the cheesiest, oddest, off-the-wall medieval fantasy Soviet film. Ruslan and Ludmila is a strong contender for that.
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    Re: I hate other races

    Akar is a race hustler. He foments and promotes division and fear-mongering to exploit race car tensions in order to advance some personal, political, ideological, financial, or other agenda. In...
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    Re: Godfather is the Best Drama Ever

    :) This was a pleasant exchange, a polite disagreement where both of you offered great reasoning.

    Personally, if we're talking about crime drama as a whole, and not about the cinematic medium of...
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    Re: Some professors are idiot savants

    In one ear out the other, I do remember those days as an undergrad, but then again even subliminal messaging in advertisements tend to affect our brains, let alone clearly enunciated statements at...
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    Re: Some professors are idiot savants

    If you're not literate in Semitic Akkadian with flawlessly legible Cuneiform, you're not a real civilized person, and you can GET OUT.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrkdwadCEAAfQSJ.jpg



    Maybe...
  14. Re: Could have both Phillip II and Alexander looked like in the film "Alexander ( 2004 )"?

    Oops! Good catch. Meant to say Argos, that was a mere brain fart. Also yes, Sparta does receive too much credit in general. :tongue:
  15. Re: Could have both Phillip II and Alexander looked like in the film "Alexander ( 2004 )"?

    LOL. :laughter: Pyrrhus was a soulless ginger indeed, ignominiously killed by a middle-aged Spartan woman throwing a roof tile at his head.

    Yes, the Romans clearly fetishized blond and red hair...
  16. Bridge southwest of Sekeiza cannot be crossed by either army on battle map

    This is a peculiar problem, one that forced me to exit the battle and reload the game, with my army marching to fight in a different location the next turn.

    Basically, in a steep ravine on a...
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    Re: Hordes as viable mid-game threats?

    Ah, there's that at least. Not a bad compromise.



    Over 400 turns is the answer, but yes, I suppose that does make some sense since the player would never have an opportunity to play as the...
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    Re: Hordes as viable mid-game threats?

    Very cool, glad to hear about the continuation of the horde feature, which I've rarely seen, usually among the Numidians and Parthians, but still very cool each time it happens.

    I just wish this...
  19. Re: Could have both Phillip II and Alexander looked like in the film "Alexander ( 2004 )"?

    You're partially correct, although it was the submissive partner in a gay relationship that was frowned upon much more than a dominant one, an attitude also shared by the Romans. You hint at this...
  20. The thread where Tony Soprano murders you

    https://e3.365dm.com/18/03/736x414/skynews-tony-soprano-james-gandolfini_4253599.jpg?20190110140558

    Come on kid, don't act surprised, like you didn't see it comin. You've had this coming for a...
  21. Re: Could have both Phillip II and Alexander looked like in the film "Alexander ( 2004 )"?

    LOL. What? There's no link between inherited genetics and homosexuality. It's simply random chance as far as we know, whether determined by the wiring of the brain at birth or during early...
  22. Re: Could have both Phillip II and Alexander looked like in the film "Alexander ( 2004 )"?

    The science of it is still rather inexact, but from what I gather there is no population group that contains a significantly higher percentage of homosexuals or bisexuals than another when the data...
  23. Re: Could have both Phillip II and Alexander looked like in the film "Alexander ( 2004 )"?

    Fascinating! Thanks for sharing and +1 rep to you as always. Cookiegod keeps referencing the depopulation of northern Greece, which would make some sense for the chaotic middle of Byzantine history,...
  24. Re: Alexandria and Memphis shouldn't be surrounded by a desert

    Unfortunately I have not been able to get my hands on a copy of this, but if anyone else can access it that would be hugely appreciated, since it is precisely what is needed to settle this beyond...
  25. Re: Could have both Phillip II and Alexander looked like in the film "Alexander ( 2004 )"?

    LOL. What? Citation needed! Mind you, some Slavs intermarried with Greeks in the Middle Ages, just as some Illyrians and Thracians had done in Antiquity (especially among royalty and nobility due to...
  26. Re: Could have both Phillip II and Alexander looked like in the film "Alexander ( 2004 )"?

    He started it! Seriously, though, it was that kind of thread from the start.
  27. Re: Stand fast, evildoers! Bible Man is here.

    Hi again, Brother Akar! Bible Man here to save the day. You would have to take that matter up with the diocesan bishop of his parish. That matter falls out of the jurisdiction of Bible Man. Bible Man...
  28. Re: Stand fast, evildoers! Bible Man is here.

    Hi Iskar! I'm Bible Man. Nice to meet your acquaintance. Bible Man accepts your position of clerical authority and delegates to you and your cloister the responsibility of putting the one known...
  29. Re: Could have both Phillip II and Alexander looked like in the film "Alexander ( 2004 )"?

    While Val Kilmer is perhaps a bit too Germanic and Colin Farrell a bit too Celtic looking for average Greek facial features, there's a reason they gave Alexander blonde hair. It's because of literary...
  30. Re: Stand fast, evildoers! Bible Man is here.

    Bible Man never jokes. Also, Bible Man is not amused by your flippant tone. You are now under investigation by the agents of our Lord. Please hold still while we process your account and verify that...
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    Re: Ramble on...

    What Cookiegod does for himself he does for the people! He is the hand of God and all those who defy him ride against the tide of history and the divine might of the Lord. Don't be foolish, give the...
  32. Re: Alexandria and Memphis shouldn't be surrounded by a desert

    I'll look into that tonight, along with further primary sources that discuss the Nile. At the very least, as related by the Livius.org article, other authors like Herodotus describe the Nile River in...
  33. Re: Alexandria and Memphis shouldn't be surrounded by a desert

    Heh, topography sure is fun isn't it! ;)

    Notice the discrepancy between maps #2 and #3 around Lake Mariout (Mareotis Lagoon). The second map, which includes place names and territories of...
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    Re: Ramble on...

    You will be sorely missed, Flinn! Please drop by and comment in the Thema Devia from time to time after your retirement from moderation duties. It's the least you can do! ;)
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    The exact km of green landscape? Are you joking? What ancient primary source was ever that thorough aside from rare ostraca/papyri dealing with the plotted boundaries of a farmer's private property?...
  36. Re: Stand fast, evildoers! Bible Man is here.

    Bible Man is most impressed, Brother Akar, for your wholesome fun initiative in spreading the good word of the Lord our God. Amen and high five!

    Unfortunately for you, demon loving...
  37. Re: Alexandria and Memphis shouldn't be surrounded by a desert

    I understand that, but again, even this isn't some arcane stuff tucked away in the special collections archives of a university library somewhere, it's found in mainstream ancient Greek...
  38. Re: Alexandria and Memphis shouldn't be surrounded by a desert

    LOL. This reads like a parody of a reactionary response I would expect from a contrarian.

    I specifically said Alexandria and Memphis. Not sure how to get more specific than the exact sites of...
  39. Stand fast, evildoers! Bible Man is here.

    (This thread, brought to you by Roma_Victrix, is to be read in the sultry, radio-friendly voice of Casey Kasem in a mixed hybrid with Trey Parker's movie trailer narrator's voice for fictional Rob...
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    Re: The Foot Thread

    Got a little surprise for you, Akar. Don't be fooled by a delicate ballerina who certainly has her seedy dark side:

    https://stylecaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ballerina-knives.jpg...
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