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    WOSSNAME -- APRIL 2002 -- PART 3 OF 3 (continued) ... ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 8) MORE DETAILS ON THUD Terry has written a special
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 26, 2002
      WOSSNAME -- APRIL 2002 -- PART 3 OF 3 (continued)


      Terry has written a special introduction to the beginnings of Thud that
      will only be available to visitors of the official Thud web site. The full
      text is now available at http://www.thudgame.com and includes
      details on Virtual Thud, how to become a Thud Master, and even a
      Thud Discussion Forum,

      HISTORY OF THUD (condensed version)

      The role of games in the histories of both dwarfs and trolls has been very

      Perhaps the most famous was the dwarfish game of Hnaflbaflsniflwhifltafl,
      devised by the cunning inventor Morose Stronginthearm for Hugen, High King
      of the Dwarfs. Hugen had asked for a game that would teach young dwarfs
      the virtues of preparedness, strategy, boldness and quick thinking, and
      Morose came up with a board game that has some early resemblance to the
      Thud board.

      The game swept through the dwarfish world, and was very popular. Hugen,
      being well pleased, asked Morose what he wanted as a reward. The inventor
      is on record as saying: "If it please you, your majesty, I ask for nothing
      more than that you should place one plk [a small gold piece then in general
      circulation] on the first square, two on the second, four of the third and
      so on until the board is filled.'...

      Try calculating this for an ordinary chessboard -- it works out
      to 2 to the 64th power minus 1, or 18,446,744,073,709,551,615
      gold plks -- a little less than eighteen and a half quintillion gold
      pieces. (The is the same amount was asked by the inventor of the
      game of chess, Grand Vizier Sissa Ben Dahir, when the Indian King
      Shirham asked what he wanted for it. He asked for grains of wheat,
      and the king was startled to discover that that would be enough to
      cover the entire earth with wheat to the depth of about one inch.)

      The High King readily agreed to this, and had a sack of gold
      brought from the treasury. However, the count had not
      been going on for very long before it became clear that
      what Morose had asked for was, in fact, all the gold in
      the universe.

      This presented a problem for the king, who had given his
      word, but he solved it by producing his axe and ordering
      two of his servants to drag Morose over to the window,
      where the light was better. At this point Morose hastily
      amended his request to "as much gold as he could carry",
      whereupon Hugen agreed and merely had one of his arms
      broken. "For," he said, "all should know that while
      Hnaflbaflsniflwhifltafl teaches preparedness, strategy,
      boldness and quick thinking, it is also important to know
      when not be too drhg'hgin clever by half."

      Want to know more? See



      ConJose is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2002 Hugo Awards.

      A total of 626 people cast Hugo Nominating ballots this year.

      BEST NOVEL (486 ballots cast)
      The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold (HarperCollins/Eos)
      American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Morrow)
      Perdido Street Station by China Miiville (Macmillan (UK)(2000); Del Rey)
      Cosmonaut Keep by Ken MacLeod (Orbit (UK)(2000); Tor)
      Passage by Connie Willis (Bantam)
      The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

      Neil Gaiman is, of course, Terry's co-author for GOOD OMENS.

      For more information, contact:

      PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363 USA
      press@...; http://www.conjose.org/



      Answer the questions and put the letter
      indicated into the spot shown. Read the word
      backwards and discover "the Most Important
      Discworld Animal.". (Note: all spellings are
      from the 1986 Colin Smythe edition.)

      Example: Pratchett - 1st letter: ANSWER: Terry LETTER: T

      1. Neolithic spaceship - 5th letter

      2. Gnome guide to gingerbread cottage - 3nd letter

      3. Former librarian - 7th letter

      4. Second in command of wizards' Order of the Silver Star - 1st letter, last

      5. Very large elderly troll - 6th letter

      6. Most powerful book of magic - 3rd letter

      7. Leader of Morpork mercenaries - 2nd letter

      8. The hub of the Disc - 6th letter

      9. The Henna-Haired Harridan - 3rd letter

      10. A male Weatherwax - 1st letter

      __/__/__/__/__/__/__/__/__/__/ = Most important Disc animal
      1*/ 2*/ 3*/4*/ 5*/6*/7*/8*/9*/10/



      Colin Smythe writes:

      I've just seen the revised, updated edition of Science of Discworld
      (ISBN 0-091-88657-0) selling at GBP 6.99 with its two extra
      chapters, and Science of Discworld II: The Globe (0-091-88273-7)
      at GBP 16.99, both of which are published on 2 May.

      Also, ISIS has now issued The Fifth Elephant on ten CDs
      (ISBN 0-7531-1132-2).

      If you did not get all 3 parts, write: jschaum111@...
      Copyright (c) 2002 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
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