Mogworld, by Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw

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Mogworld, by Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw

Postby Quatermass » Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:50 am

Okay, so, who here has read it, and who here wants to?

This, by the way, is a fantasy comedy novel by the creator of the Zero Punctuation videos, Ben Croshaw, aka Yahtzee. It's about a student mage called Jim in a fantasy world who is killed, only to be brought back to life by a megalomaniacal necromancer. Problem is, there are strange things happening to the world. Death no longer happens properly, neither does aging, time has gone weird, and some adventurers have a strange syndrome that has them moving and talking mechanically, as well as gradually ceasing to move. And then, there are the strange angel-like beings whom Jim dubs the Deleters, capable of destroying anything in the world, and who have apparently recruited a pastor, Barry, to do the work of a god-like being called Si-Mon.

Now, the twist is pretty much spoiled on the backcover. Jim's world is actually an online RPG like World of Warcraft, currently undergoing beta testing, and the real Simon is a rather lazy but cunning and plagiarising programmer who decides to use the AIs that the development team created for his own gain.

Very Pratchettian in concept, but ultimately its own beast. Pratchett isn't as scatological, anyway.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:08 am

You mean it's not about cats? :(
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Postby Quatermass » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:33 am

Tonyblack wrote:You mean it's not about cats? :(


No. 'Mog' stands for 'multiplayer online game'.
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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:42 am

What about cat's playing multiplayer online games,got any books like that?
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:50 am

ShadowNinjaCat wrote:What about cat's playing multiplayer online games,got any books like that?
Now that sounds like it'd be a good read. :D
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Postby Selkie » Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:55 am

Not multiplayer, online or a book but my cat does like playing computer games...

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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:05 pm

:D :D :D
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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:10 pm

That's defiantly what cats are doing when we aren't looking, :wink: 'cause I don't remember getting that new high score... :shock:

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ShadowNinjaCat wrote:What about cat's playing multiplayer online games,got any books like that?
Now that sounds like it'd be a good read. :D
I'd definitely read it. :P
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Postby Quatermass » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:43 pm

Excuse me, I'm the only one allowed to derail threads on this BBS. I'll have you lot on demarcation charges!

Anyway, back on topic. Mogworld. Very good book, highly recommended to fans of Pratchett.

Here's the preview at Dark Horse Publishing. The preview is actually from about halfway into the book, but it's still good.
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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:19 pm

Sorry Q,off topic again but what's BBS? :?
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Postby Willem » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:29 pm

Baboon Butt Site?
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Postby Quatermass » Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:58 pm

ShadowNinjaCat wrote:Sorry Q,off topic again but what's BBS? :?


Bulletin Board System. It's another term for an internet forum. I think it's the original term.
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Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:45 pm

Thanks. :)
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