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The Angry Druid
10-18-2010, 02:32 PM
Sorry for the late introduction, and breach of protocol.

I've been a long time reader of the series, and of fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy. Favorites being: Frank Herbert, JRR Tolkien, Ursula LeGuin, George Martin, Stephen Donaldson, Isaac Asimov, Roger Zelazny, Orson Scot Card, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Phillip K. Dick, and R.A. Salvatore.

Also liked (at various stages of life): Anne McCaffery, Weis & Hickman, Feist, Brooks, Eddings, Tad Williams, Saberhagen, CS Lewis, Poe, Dumas, DragonLance/etc, Dennis McKiernan, and Piers Anthony (more of the Sci-fi stuff than Xanth).

I discovered the series in the early 90's, in college.

Didn't spend to much time on the internet for WoT purposes, but did hang out of WoTmania for the most part, and some other early fan sites which are now history.

I do cross post here and at DM (hope that's OK), and I also love to check out Linda's ideas at the 13th.

I don't read too much epic fantasy any more, but the WoT release has me VERY excited, so much, I decided to try and do a complete re-read for the 1st time since before CoT came out.

I'm trying to finish my re-read on time, but I'm afraid I may come up short (just started aCoS). This is what usually happens, and I ironically have a much better memory of books 1-6 than 7-11. Some would say that's a good thing, but from understanding where all the arcs are and what everyone is doing before you pick the newest book up, not so much.

Still, good to be here and I'm constantly amazed with the amount of WoT knowledge on display here.

One Armed Gimp
10-18-2010, 03:31 PM
...I ironically have a much better memory of books 1-6 than 7-11.

I'm there with you. I think its because I have those the most. There is a significant drop off between those two groups for me though.

Anyway, welcome!

Zaela Sedai
10-18-2010, 03:31 PM
Consider yourself officially welcomed to Theoryland TAD!!! (You are allowed to cheat on us... we're one bif dysfunctional org...erm family) As I'm sure you've noticed, we have a pretty decent community of WoT fanatics over here. One of the ways that we keep it all friendly is a short list of courtesies we ask people to follow and, once in a while, actually do get followed. Imagine that! Insane people following some sort of order!


1) Don't flood the board with multiple THREADS all at once.
Allow us the time to absorb, evaluate, and discuss, OR LAUGH at one or two ideas, OR JOKES at a time. Some of us like to do a little research before responding and that can take a little time. Of course, we also have those others who are just a bit slow. Read that as "just can't handle more than one thought in their heads at once" or "dial-up modem". Your choice. I'd suggest "have a real life", but not likely. Does anyone still have dial up? Wow...it's getting hard to give the slow people an excuse

Addendum to 1) Try to stay on topic.
Going off on tangents can be super fun and is something we are all guilty of your's truly included but try and keep threads on topic unless, 1) the thread is dead or 2) the thread naturally moves over to another topic. This rule is much more lax for joke threads, pop culture threads...etc.

2) Try to back up your opinions & theories.
You'll get a lot more respect if you can. Quotes from the books (of which you CANNOT read too much) are your best weapon. Quotes from interviews are semi-acceptable. Gut feelings are pseudo-acceptable. Whitecloak blind-faith is best submitted while wearing asbestos panties.

3) Feel free to get as emotionally involved as you'd like.
Discussions can get very heated. But try not to take things personally. Remember: we only insult the ones we love. Or the ones we eventually hand over to the Trollocs.

4) Be respectful.
A lot of people have been around Theoryland for a long time. Being a Youngling means you're new around here. We do understand that you may have been reading WoT forever, but if you're gonna pick a fight regarding a WoT theory with someone who's an Elder, Ancient or Hero, understand that they've been around for a while now, and probably have posting friends. And Tamyrlin is Lord of the Board for a reason: this whole place is his brainchild. Keep that in mind. They also have posting enemies.... a good little bit of information to tuck away.

Addendum to 4: This is an international community.
In regards to the Non-WoT discussion groups, please respect the opinions of people from nations and cultures other than your own, even if you disagree with them or the policies of their leaders and politicians. Try to remember that not everyone here has the same outlook or life experience that you might. If you want to send a letter or e-mail to anyone in particular to indicate any specific moral, educational, intellectual, or genetic deficiencies they may have, feel free. Just please don't do it here.

Addendum 1 to Addendum 4: We don't all agree about the issues regarding the military action in Iraq. Post about this issue at your own risk. Things seem to be under control now. Though, there have been some flare-ups….be careful. We have had our own TLers over there, back home safe and sound, hope it stays that way. (I can't wait to be able to delete this Addendum.)

Addendum 2 to Addendum 4: Please no angry profanity.
If you really need to tell someone off, be creative. And replacing characters with @$$ does NOT constitute creativity. I like tend to like the Shakespearean approach myself. The smarter and more subtle you are with it, just makes the person look that much more an idiot.


Addendum 3 to Addendum 4: Please be nice to Newbies.
We were all new at one time you are one right now and there is no need to come down on anyone for asking questions that to the elder community may be basic knowledge. This is for you to remember after you've been here awhile.


Addendum 4 to Addendum 4: Please TRY not to feed the Trolls.
Trust me, it ain't easy at times, but ignore the obvious instigators. Just sit yourself down between the Heroes and Ancients sharpening the WTF Couch sticks. There are many on the board who know how to deal with this breed, leave them to it. It can be quite entertaining. If things get too offensive to the population in general, Mods will intervene. Feel free, however, to respond to Gonzo, our Resident Troll, we love him like a red-headed step child.

5) Please don't use the New Users Forum to recruit.
We have plenty of room in the other forums for begging for support for factions, theories, and the TCA. Please let the newbies look around for a while before taking sides in any pseudo-battles. ~looks around~ our biggest offender has not been around for a while ~sniff~


6) Most important: Have Fun!
We do this because we love it and like to think that we are, at least, reasonably intelligent. Hell, some of us have deluded ourselves into believing that we've evolved into supremely intelligent beings! Half the posters here believe that divine supremacy has already come to them! My vote is for Frenzy, and myself, of course. You know the Truth when you see it. Don't let T and her massive bag o' quotes fool you. We will assume some intelligence on your part. You found us, didn't you? Until you prove otherwise…and there are many who have, you'll be safe. If you get hurt if you do prove otherwise, I will offer my one free Healing…but just that once. After that you get to meet a special pair of chains, Mwahahahaa

Remember, you EARN your respect here, it's not given out freely and some may never know the pleasure.


Welcome to our little rounded corner! It’s a great time!



Enjoy!

Zaela Sedai, Official Theoryland Greeter, Mistress of Novices

Confinfantry
10-18-2010, 09:05 PM
Welcome. I seem to have the complete opposite memory. I can remember tons from 7-now but as for 1-6(which I'm also doing a reread) I am shocked about how much I HAVE forgotten... I really need to sticky not it all I think.... Maybe write a WoT for dummies... LOL But once again Welcome to the loony bin! Someone said the beers were over in the eskie I'll send one your way when I can find it...

DahLliA
10-19-2010, 04:33 PM
welcome ! :D

Birgitte
10-20-2010, 03:28 PM
Welcome to the Insanity, Tad! Come visit us in the chatroom. It's fun. We do not make fun of people behind their backs... much. We do make fun of characters behind their pages, though. (Damn Elayne anyway)

I don't remember a whole lot from 7-11. They blend together for me.

Terez
10-20-2010, 04:28 PM
Welcome. I seem to have the complete opposite memory. I can remember tons from 7-now but as for 1-6(which I'm also doing a reread) I am shocked about how much I HAVE forgotten... I really need to sticky not it all I think.... Maybe write a WoT for dummies
WoT for dummies is in my sig.

Sarevok
10-20-2010, 04:44 PM
Even though it has't been updated since Winter's Heart, the WoTFAQ is still an awesome read:
http://www.steelypips.org/wotfaq/

Terez
10-20-2010, 04:49 PM
That is one of the things in my sig.

Sarevok
10-20-2010, 04:57 PM
That is one of the things in my sig.

*goes check*

no, it's not :p

tworiverswoman
10-20-2010, 08:59 PM
Sorry, Sare - it is. :P She has it listed as "rasfwrj FAQ (http://www.steelypips.org/wotfaq/)" - not sure what the acronym is, though.

Welcome to TL, Tad, or Dru, or whatever you prefer to be called. I, for example, am usually called "Tru" because I took exception to having the natural abbreviation lisped once as TWW and suddenly felt like Elmer Fudd had wandered in. :)

Enjoy your stay.

Sarevok
10-21-2010, 04:34 AM
Sorry, Sare - it is. :P She has it listed as "[SIZE=3]rasfwrj FAQ (http://www.steelypips.org/wotfaq/)" - not sure what the acronym is, though.


Grmbl... I checked all her links before making my post. She must have snuck it in after that! :eek:

Yeah, that must be it... right? :o

Terez
10-21-2010, 04:54 AM
LOL, it's been there since I made the thing two years ago. I have only added the 13th depository and forum links since then, I think. I hardly ever even look at it; I just refer people to it.

Also, rasfwrj is short for ra.sf.w-rj which was the Usenet group where the WoT fandom was born. The FAQ makers were from that group.

GonzoTheGreat
10-21-2010, 06:36 AM
Grmbl... I checked all her links before making my post. She must have snuck it in after that! :eek:

Yeah, that must be it... right? :o

LOL, it's been there since I made the thing two years ago.So, obviously, Sare prepared his post over two years ago. Impressive bit of foresight, that, even if he got a little detail wrong..

lowlandr
10-21-2010, 07:33 AM
Welcome!!

So, obviously, Sare prepared his post over two years ago. Impressive bit of foresight, that, even if he got a little detail wrong..

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Nazbaque
02-06-2011, 05:39 AM
The Naz is back welcome number 4:

Welcome TAD!

You may call me Naz!

*Sets himself on fire*

Honestly Sare you shouldn't play with the laws of space and time. You might cause a paradox which will destroy the universe without me being involved!