C.W.Holeman III

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Writing Projects

The Dance in the Deeps
First Draft

A Clockwork Armada
First Draft

Quote of the Week

"You're in America now," I said. "Our idea of diplomacy is showing up with a gun in one hand and a sandwich in the other and asking which you'd prefer."

--Harry Dresden [Turn Coat, by Jim Butcher]

Joke of the Week

There are only 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who know binary, and those who don't.

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Everything Else

A place to keep all my random odds & ends; the awkward kitchen drawer of this website.

Ludurmist: A Maker of Games

I have been looking for a word to describe the act/hobby/profession of game creation, & have been unable to find anything. Authors are not called book-writers, nor are tanners referred to as leather makers, nor is a seamstress called a clothes maker. So why do we refer to those of us who spend our time making games merely as "game makers" rather than having a particular word for this?

After scouring the internet, and the OED, I have given up the hope of finding any existing & suitable word. I therefore coin "ludurmist" from the Latin ludus which is "game."

Ludurmist: Noun, /lu'dʊər'mɪst/(lu·dur·mist), one who creates games.

Metal Working, Blacksmithing, Casting, Etc.

Silver melts at 1763.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Can you melt silver in a wood fire? Yes. I've only been able to do it with a shop-vac adding extra oxygen (with a pipe duct taped to the end of the hose). But it can be done.

Utterly Random

Order of Nobility. (British)

I'm always trying to remember the ordering of this, and I haven't found it on the net anywhere in a concise list like this, so I decided to make my own. If you know of any errors, please drop me a line.

  1. King
  2. Prince
  3. Royal Duke (Must be a Prince to get this?)
  4. Duke or Noble Duke (Non-royal.)
  5. Marquis
    • Count (Also known as Earl.)
    • Earl (Also known as Count.)
  6. Viscount
  7. Baron
  8. Baronet (It is hereditary, but is not part of the peerage.)
  9. Knight (Non-hereditary. But the title Esquire was inherited instead.)
  10. Esquire (In the early days, also known as Squire. At first it was what you were before you become a Knight [Ages 14-21 years old]. Later it became it's own title.)
  11. Squire (The stage before becoming a Knight. Ages 14-21 years old)
  12. Page (The stage before Squire. Ages 7-14 years old)