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System Design: Arcana Overhaul

Posted September 28, 2014 at 07:23 PM by Charybdis (Melodical Musings)
Updated September 28, 2014 at 10:14 PM by Charybdis

Hi all,

So in light of the recent announcement about the changes in the arcana system and the inevitable flurry of discussion that's surrounded it, I wanted to take some time to write down some of the thoughts, goals, and ideas that drove the new design for our in-game arcana in a bit of a "behind-the-scenes" peek and a difference of perspective of what drove us to these recent changes, and where we hope it will drive us to in the future.

Arcana came under...
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The future

Posted August 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM by Charybdis (Melodical Musings)

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Today, your former student presented and he did a terrific job. He was confident, well-spoken, and was able to field questions from the audience. He also thanked your encouragement and your pushing him to apply [for the undergraduate research program], when he doubted about himself.

I thought you would be happy to know that your work is valued. And I want to join him in thanking you for encouraging your students to apply: he is an example of the student that we would like to have
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War/Dance, and the Human Spirit

Posted December 20, 2011 at 01:14 PM by Charybdis (Melodical Musings)

I apologize for the double post in one day, but I really think this is that important.

Go find a copy of "War/Dance", a 2007 documentary film about the Acholi refugees in Uganda. It will change your life.

Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War/Dance

Trailer:
I recently finished reading through and discussing The Help by Kathryn Stockett for a book club. One thing she wrote...
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Reminiscing on Politics

Posted July 29, 2011 at 02:09 PM by Charybdis (Melodical Musings)
Updated July 29, 2011 at 02:58 PM by Charybdis

I have been voraciously devouring biographies, fictional and nonfiction, on political figures for all of my conscious memory. It started with a borderline obsession with Elizabeth I of England, but it began expanding to a study of the political landscape of Europe somewhere between the 1300s and the 1600s, seeing the rapid changes caused by the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation.

That said, I've been having a series of conversations with a friend on how those sorts of real-world...
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Designing the Esh'lahier

Posted July 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM by Charybdis (Melodical Musings)
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In the summer of 2003, I was heavily involved in clan play on Age of Empires II (ranked 8, thank you very much) and playing a turn-based strategy game called Utopia (which...I was not very good at at all). It was on the latter that I ran across a banner ad for this game called Aelyria (it was spelled differently then...!), clicked it, and saw what's up.

I had been involved in online writing sites since about the age of 12, even done some collaborative writing exercises (hence, that's...
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