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Old 04-10-2020, 07:51 AM   #2241
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I'd like to sign up for this round, please! I suppose quarantine gives us all an excuse to hang out in the Downs!
Yay!

Also taking Nogrod and A Little Green's text message signups and Formendacil's from Facebook, so now we certainly have enough people.

Starting tomorrow sometime during the European day, sign ups still open until then! I will still randomise the order of the players, so don't make any conclusions based on your placement on the current list. And let's try to keep it in the good old max 3 days per person!
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Old 04-10-2020, 04:29 PM   #2242
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Yay!

Also taking Nogrod and A Little Green's text message signups and Formendacil's from Facebook, so now we certainly have enough people.

Starting tomorrow sometime during the European day, sign ups still open until then! I will still randomise the order of the players, so don't make any conclusions based on your placement on the current list. And let's try to keep it in the good old max 3 days per person!
Excellent!

Can't wait to get going, and who knows, we might have a game that can be concluded in less than 2 months.
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Old 04-10-2020, 07:09 PM   #2243
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Old 04-11-2020, 12:52 PM   #2244
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Welcome!

Here is the complete list, and I'm sending out the starting sentence now:

Thinlómien (mod) - write
Kath - draw
Pitchwife - write
TheGreatElvenWarrior - draw

A Little Green - write
Oddwen - draw
Legate of Amon Lanc - write
satansaloser2005 - draw

Rune Son of Bjarne - write
Nogrod - draw
Barandiun - write
Huinesoron - draw
Galadriel55 - write
Formendacil - draw
Urwen - write

Thinlómien (mod) - draw
Kath - write
Pitchwife - draw
TheGreatElvenWarrior - write
A Little Green - draw
Oddwen - write
Legate of Amon Lanc - draw
satansaloser2005 - write
Rune Son of Bjarne - draw
Nogrod - write
Barandiun - draw
Huinesoron - write

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Formendacil - write
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Old 04-13-2020, 03:47 AM   #2245
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who knows, we might have a game that can be concluded in less than 2 months.


I had forgotten how long these games actually take... well, at least did take. Let's see if the quarantine makes people faster to react?

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Old 04-14-2020, 04:44 AM   #2246
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I had forgotten how long these games actually take... well, at least did take. Let's see if the quarantine makes people faster to react?

Good to see you all for long time!
Indeed! And so far it's been quite fast!

Also a heads-up that if you use the email notifications, check that your email doesn't treat them as spam. I could have sent Pitch's sentence on half a day earlier if I hadn't blindly trusted gmail. But lesson learnt, shouldn't happen again!
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Old 04-16-2020, 05:46 PM   #2247
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Old 04-29-2020, 05:38 AM   #2248
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Aaaand we're officially past the halfway marker! I had to shuffle things around a bit, so I am drawing the next picture myself (should be fun ) and then everyone will get to their second round. Hope everyone's been enjoying it so far, I certainly have
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Old 04-29-2020, 05:15 PM   #2249
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Having just completed my second round I can definitely say I'm enjoying it and I can't wait to see the full thread.
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Having just completed my second round I can definitely say I'm enjoying it and I can't wait to see the full thread.
Okay, now I am getting excited!

I have only been at my new job for a month and I am not sure what decorum dictates, is it too soon to use the office xeroxing machine for PT drawings?
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Old 05-02-2020, 01:04 PM   #2251
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I have only been at my new job for a month and I am not sure what decorum dictates, is it too soon to use the office xeroxing machine for PT drawings?
Pfffft, the sooner you accidentally leave an inexplicably weird drawing in the workplace scanner, the sooner you become a household name.
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Pfffft, the sooner you accidentally leave an inexplicably weird drawing in the workplace scanner, the sooner you become a household name.
At my old job I managed that by telling stories about getting urinated on by wildlife...
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Old 05-14-2020, 02:31 AM   #2256
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Sad that I didn't get a chance to join, but excited to see what craziness emerges after having two years to build up since the last game!
I certainly wouldn't be opposed to playing another one right after, if someone else wants to mod!

I think this round went really fast because a lot of people (including a few with the drawing round ) replied quite immediately, and I was using the read receipts and the few people who hadn't even read their pm's in 2-3 days I managed to contact through other ways and after that they were very fast about it too. And it helped me as a mod that I was able to check the situation and send the paper telephone on if needs be several times per day usually. So yeah, everyone can pat themselves on the back!

That being said, I just woke up and I see Form sent me the last sentence overnight. Stay tuned, the paper telephone will be here in an hour or two!
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Sorry guys, technical troubles, I feel like hurling my laptop out of the window right now. I'm going to take a little break and try a little later today...
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Sorry guys, technical troubles, I feel like hurling my laptop out of the window right now. I'm going to take a little break and try a little later today...
Nooo!

This was to be my lunch break entertainment.
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"I never realised how little sense that line makes," Kath muttered when she heard the song through her window. "I'm gonna illustrate why."



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"Really?" asked TheGreatElvenWarrior over the fence that separated their yards. "No, that's not it. That would look like this:"



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Her thought was picked up by Oddwen's roaming psychic abilities (yes, the abilities were roaming, don't question me) that visualised it as follows:


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satansaloser2005 thought this was such a profound thought that she decided to illustrate it for posterity:



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Sadly, the local newspaper got the rights to publish the citation but not the artwork, so their in house illustrator Nogrod had to improvise:



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They wrote (ironically, they had nothing against writing) the thought in their diary, which was later that night taken with all their other property when Huinesoron burgled their house. Struck by the poetic quote, the burglar doodled this in their sketchbook:


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The local grocer Formendacil had heard this a million times already. As a protest, he put this sign on his counter, hoping to silence the chatty customer the next time she'd come around:



Obviously, this was the talk in the neighbourhood for quite a while, as wights are almost as bad gossipmongers as hobbits are. Urwen even called her non-wighty cousin just to tell about the sign that said:

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Wights are immortal. Therefore, Lommy was still around, now working for the wight secret service. She intercepted the dubious phone call, and made notes in hieroglyphs that looked like this:



"Bad agent!" exclaimed her boss Kath. "You just scribbled your notes on top of an authentic William Blake painting! What does that even say?

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Even though a few hundred years had passed, TGEW was still nosy about her neighbour's affairs. She went for coffee with a friend, and told her how her weird neighbour was drawing a picture where

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Her friend, Greenie, didn't believe the story. So she sneaked into her friend's neighbour's backyard, and snapped a picture of what was going on inside the house:



Scandalised herself, she sold the picture to the local newspaper. The editor in chief, the psychic Oddwen, published it with the caption:

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Meanwhile on the other side of the 'downs, there was a very bored wight named Legate who was making a collage of newspaper clippings. This caption, he thought, went magnificently with a picture he may or may not have made himself in the long centuries of his wightish life:



Sally, who still thought he was a very profound thinker even though she had had a few centuries more to observe him, bought the collage from him, cut out this particular piece and framed it on her wall. She liked to tell her guests it depicted a scene where

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"That's not well-articulated!" protested Rune when he visited, taking a pen and scribbling on a napkin. "This would be well-articulated!"


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Since the hostess was a thrifty wight, the same napkin was later used by another visitor, Nogrod. He was very puzzled why his napkin should have a picture of something along the lines of

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Another guest, Barandiun, heard him talking, and later had very vivid dreams. Inside their head it looked like this:



Huinesoron had meanwhile graduated from burgling houses to catching dreams. This, they noted in their notebook, had been a dream that told them that:

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The Witch-King never had learned that the Black Breath didn't work on statues.
Their former art teacher Galadriel was still trying pester them to make art. "You should draw that! Something like this!"



Sadly, her example picture was rejected and left to slowly rot on the barrow floor. When Formendacil came by it yet again some centuries later, in 2020, he thought it was a very timely illustration. "Look at this," he muttered. "As if the barrow-wights predicted that

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I see I'm still having technical trouble. Currently trying to fix it...
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Annnnd problem solved! Sorry for the mess, everyone, but this was terrible to sort out. It was so much easier in the good old days of photobucket and everybody's devices having a nicely low resolution that fits an ancient forum like the 'downs...

A recommendation for fellow mods in the 2020s:

1. The sooner you accept you will have to manually* resize every image you get, the easier your life is. (* I actually ran the files through a resizing website as a bulk upload, but still. I made everything 800px wide, but perhaps even less would have been better, at least for the vertical ones.)

2. Google is evil. Drive and photos don't work with the forum code. Use Imgur.
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Old 05-14-2020, 07:15 AM   #2266
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Some real masterpieces (both visual and verbal)!

I had quite forgotten, how talented lot we have here.


Special kudos to Lommy for putting this up and battling through the incompatibilities of the old site and new technology.


It was interesting also, how the horse kept on reappearing time and again.
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It's beautiful... it's so beautiful... *.*

I'm fascinated by the fact that we started with the Argonath and somehow wound up back at statues. The hobbit also popped in and out a few times, and as Nog says, that horse...

Thanks, Lommy! This was great fun.

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I had quite forgotten, how talented lot we have here.
Hear, hear.

It's unfathomable how, in the end, the entire chain managed to come around into current events!
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Nope, I did not know that! However the last two links don't work for me. Quite a good illustration how complicated this can be.

Yeah, I'm curious about how there were certain recurring elements, and I really love basically all the pictures and sentences.

I am laughing at the saga of poor Shadowfax (brilliant sentences and pictures there), and quite fascinated how he turned first into a rodent and then into a hobbit. Pitchwife's piece of art might just be my favourite, but I also love Galadriel's which she apologetically admitted she scrambled together in five minutes. Clearly both approaches work.

Also why do nazgűl and wizards always pop up in Paper Telephone even if they were not in the first sentence??
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Also why do nazgűl and wizards always pop up in Paper Telephone even if they were not in the first sentence??
Clearly it's a thing! At least there wasn't the phantom (I think that alternated with the nazgűl anyway).

But anyway, something amazing! Great pictures - some absolute masterpieces, and sentences too, and there was a great variety! Thanks for modding and all the work, Lommy! And thanks everyone for participating! This was so much fun!
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I second everybody who has complimented the artwork and creative sentences. I loved the flow of the PT, and I really enjoyed all the beautiful works of art made by all of you. It is gorgeous Tolkien art (with dubious content ).

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At least we avoided Gollum this time!
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Pitchwife's piece of art might just be my favourite,
I agree, there was perhaps four or five pictures of extremely high quality, but Pitchwife truly blew me away.

I loved the starting caption, well done Kath for getting the ball rolling in proper fashion.

Of the captions, especially Greenie's was amazing.
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I should probably visit the Downs more often, and probably also frequent a more diverse selection of threads.

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Wow, this was all kinds of awesome:
- Kath's lovely picture, which left me totally clueless what it was supposed to illustrate (although it makes sense!)
- The whole sequence Greenie / Oddwen / Legate (tranformative sentence!) / sally (adorable rabbit!)
- Hui's pic
- Form's visual condensation of a rather complex sentence
- Lommy's William Blake (I wondered where that sentence came from!)
- TGEW's naked hobbit slave (which prompted an amount of full frontal nudity hitherto unknown on these Downs IIRC) and Greenie's picture
- Baranduin's Witch King (btw can we call you Brandy?)
- G55's well-masked weeping angel warding of the Black Breath, and Form's description thereof
Great job, everyone!
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Ah, that was during one of my resurrections...
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