Posted on March 30, 2015, 12:02:03 AM by Jubal
Forgefyre: End of Chapter One!
James Baillie (Jubal) and Hannah Milburn (HannahM) have completed the first chapter of their story ForgeFyre, hosted on Exilian! Using a mixture of sketches, text, music, and storytelling, ForgeFyre is the tale of two very strange friends as they explore the world around them - a land of musket fire, skin-changers, steam powered contraptions, and mysterious shadows that lurk in the forests. The first 37-page chapter of the story is now all uploaded and available to read - so please do, and please let the creators know what you think (and whether you're looking forward to Chapter 2!) on their forum here. Most of all, enjoy the story and enjoy the ride!
Posted on March 27, 2015, 10:15:15 PM by Jubal
The Middle Earth General Election!
The Middle Earth General Election!The battle for Middle-Earth was over. The defeat of Sauron created a new world and new opportunities; the dawning of the fourth age looked like a new dawn for monarchical government. However, two years after Gandalf left for the West, Aragorn unexpectedly died of a disease contracted from a poorly sanitised sword-handle. There was nothing for it but DEMOCRACY.
Middle-Earth’s general election was about to begin…The Middle Earth General Election is a large, month long (but low-volume on time), online, play by post simulation game that puts the players into the roles of voters or candidates in a very silly and very funny hypothetical parliamentary election across Middle-Earth. Go campaigning in Erebor! Debate the future of the Shire! Discuss how best to combat poverty in Dunland or ensure Dorwinian merchants can sell their wine! It's politics, it's madness, it's Middle-Earth, and it needs YOU to get involved...
Posted on March 21, 2015, 03:06:44 PM by Jubal
Creative Competition: SEVEN
It's another of our site's creative competitions!
The rules are as simple as ever: you have two weeks from now to come up with any creative project that fits somehow to the prompt below. You can do a sculpture, a painting, a poem, a story, a game, a mod, a computer project, some knitting, an essay - the choice is entirely up to you!
Each entry will be judged on three categories:
- Interpretation of the prompt
- Originality/creativity of idea
- Excellence/execution of the project/piece
Marks will be given out of ten for each by a panel of three judges (identities to be announced!).
All of the top five entries will get their work featured in a post on our front page; the winner will get their work featured several times on our Twitter and once on our Facebook pages as well. Citizen winners may additionally gain Triumph Points for winning entries.
Please submit your entries in this thread by no later than the 10th April 2015.
Posted on March 19, 2015, 04:50:21 PM by Jubal
We are seven!
Slightly late, but yesterday was Exilian Day, aka Exilian's seventh birthday!
As I probably say every year, thanks to everyone who's got us this far, new members and old; and well done all on getting us this far.
Here's to a good eighth year!
Posted on February 14, 2015, 02:18:46 AM by Jubal
Happy Cyril and Methodius Day!
HAPPY CYRIL AND METHODIUS DAY
It's that time of year again! Today Exilian celebrates the day of Cyril and Methodius, apostles to the Slavs, and creators of the Glagolitic alphabet. This sanctified day is a festival (non-denominationally) of reading, linguistics, and books. This is more inclusive, quite possibly more fun, and certainly more friendly than certain other celebrations that may or may not take place elsewhere today (though we wish you all the best if you're participating in those!).
What can you do to celebrate has been more or less neatly summed up in this video:
Or to summarise:
- Read a book. Especially if it's about or from eastern Europe.
- Hug a friendly linguist, and tell them how much you appreciate alphabets.
- Tell other people it's Cyril and Methodius day. Spread the word!
- Recommend good books to a friend. Make ALL the reading happen! You can especially do this here.
- Do conlanging/make a new alphabet/do linguistics!
- Donate to a reading-related charity!
For #6, Room to Read is a good option for you to donate to: https://www.roomtoread.org/Donate
They're a charity who specialise in providing books, schooling, and support across the developing world, and particularly trying to improve gender equality in education. It would make this day mean so much more than it ever usually does in the modern world if you could take this opportunity to donate and bring the amazing opportunities that reading can bring to those who might otherwise be denied them.
Have a wonderful Cyril and Methodius day