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Narok Ra Zorda by gryphon

This is part of a set of posts exploring the world of Quenaunor. The first story of the series is here, and the most recent piece of fiction is here.

Narork ra zorda is a dwarven board game so popular as to be ubiquitous in dwarven culture. It is a strategy game with elements of chance that allow for millions of possible starting configurations. The name literally means “stones and sticks”.

Tags: Gaming, Board Games

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In the beginning, there were humans. There was utopia.

We were immortal, med-tech keeping us well past normal years. Our AI was like a benevolent dictator, gently guiding us, helping us, keeping us from harming each other. Our hive minds connected us to the Library, and we knew every good act and foul deed our race had done across the ages. Art flourished, millions of tear-worthy books written every year, stunning paintings, surreal music. Science boomed, energy becoming cheaper and cleaner as solar power increased in efficiency. We cataloged the DNA of every living species, and brought back the extinct ones. We sent ships, powered by our solar and water energy, to the edge of the solar system. We learned, we flourished.

There were still mistakes. Accidents. Crimes. Not a perfect utopia. But a working one.

Then they came.

Tags: Short Story

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    How can we upvote that dude's work. Its excellent. – kingledion Dec 23 '16 at 1:29
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    @kingledion authors thrive on comments, and I encourage you to leave him some on his posts. If you don't have a Medium account already, you can log in with Google, Facebook, or Twitter (like you do here on SE). I'm sure he'd welcome feedback! And yes, I agree that Jasper's work is excellent. (Tease: there's more coming.) – Monica Cellio Dec 23 '16 at 1:57
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    @MonicaCellio Do upvotes carry between blog post updates (have 24 accumulated over time or are they all from this one?) I'd ask elsewhere but we have no meta-meta-worldbuilding. – Zxyrra Dec 23 '16 at 22:51
  • @Zxyrra they accumulate over time. Instead of creating a bunch of individual meta posts, which would get out of hand, we're editing this post with each new blog post. Votes probably shouldn't be interpreted as votes on the specific blog posts. (If you want to know how those votes have changed over time, you could use the data explorer. But that won't tell you if that's why people are voting on this meta post.) – Monica Cellio Dec 25 '16 at 1:17
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    @Zxyrra You reminded me of this meta xkcd – Xandar The Zenon Dec 29 '16 at 23:15
  • awesome work, great to read :) – Sandy Feb 8 '17 at 22:16
  • Hopefull I might resume and finish the later part of story that I started medium.com/universe-factory/…. I think it's archived, am I too late? – Karan Desai Jul 4 at 11:16
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    @KaranDesai great! It's still there, ready for you to pick it up and continue when you're ready. I'm looking forward to it. – Monica Cellio Jul 4 at 13:47
  • Thanks, I'll submit draft asap on Medium – Karan Desai Jul 5 at 3:30
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  • Thanks James for helping me defeat the "self-answers can't be pinned by the checkmark" problem. – Monica Cellio Feb 21 at 16:13

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    Dang, have we really written that much? I'm impressed. And thanks for putting this together. – HDE 226868 Oct 19 '16 at 2:07
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    We've written a bit, yes. (The volume is why I didn't add author names to this list -- I was already doing enough typing/cutting/pasting. If anybody else wants to, feel free.) – Monica Cellio Oct 19 '16 at 2:09
  • What happens when this post hits the character limit? :-) – Rand al'Thor Oct 24 '16 at 0:52
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    @rand al'thor Add a second post. – Bellerophon Oct 24 '16 at 9:41
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    @randal'thor yes, as Bellerophon said, when we hit the 30,000-character limit on this post we'll just have to add another answer and divide up the entries. :-) – Monica Cellio Oct 24 '16 at 23:32
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    Going forward, we could consider dividing this list by month, especially if we plan to increase our output. – Jerenda Jan 18 '17 at 22:20
  • @Secespitus thanks for adding all those author credits! – Monica Cellio May 3 '17 at 13:11
  • @MonicaCellio No problem. I hope I got them all right with the second edit. I couldn't find/remember a username corresponding with Evan Hoffman Conlangs for Non-Linguists though. – Secespitus May 3 '17 at 13:48

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