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776 SeptimusHeap18th Jun 2013 02:00:58 AM from Valle di Muggio, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
Tadpole
Also, "Super Sentai" Stance needs a description of what the trope is.
Dragon Writer
Closing the TRS for Magic Missile (aka Projectile Spell) might have been just a wee bit premature because nobody tweaked the on-page definition to reflect the latest discussion on it. So I did just that. Treating spells like projectiles also means we can mention stuff like Taking the Bullet or Bulletproof Human Shield because it can happen.

edited 23rd Jun '13 7:25:46 AM by Stratadrake

778 SeptimusHeap23rd Jun 2013 07:22:03 AM from Valle di Muggio, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
Tadpole
That didn't look like a discussion to me, more like "that difference doesn't matter". Hence why I didn't act on it.
Dragon Writer
Yeah, there were no real objections to it, but the page itself claimed the distinction was of critical importance, meaning the definition was bad:

Please note that this trope is only about cases where somehow enchanting an object relies upon a spell making contact with it. If Alice creates a fireball (or other Energy Ball) and hurls it at Bob, that's not an example...

Especially when fireballs are one of the most iconic forms of projectile magic.

edited 23rd Jun '13 7:28:40 AM by Stratadrake

Slow Motion Fall is a bit unclear. Is this about people getting knocked down to the ground, being dropped from a great height, or both?
781 StarSword23rd Jun 2013 11:04:10 AM from somewhere in deep space , Relationship Status: In denial
SF-81A Black Knight
Can I get someone to pop into my latest YKTTW, Walking Fishbowl, and offer some advice? Description feels really, really lean right now.

Also, the discussion on the rename of In Soviet Russia, Trope Mocks You to Russian Reversal was shut down prematurely IMHO before the description was cleaned up any. I did a bunch of work on clearing it (clarifying that it counts even if Soviet Russia isn't involved and shoving references to the meme into the example section).

edited 23rd Jun '13 11:06:30 AM by StarSword

782 SeptimusHeap23rd Jun 2013 11:12:52 AM from Valle di Muggio, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
Tadpole
Huh. I thought you had already done that.
783 Noaqiyeum28th Jun 2013 11:24:15 AM from Kcymaerxthaere , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
Double Standard is written exclusively about double standards based on sex and gender expectations.
Take everything with you you want to lose.
Freshly sponged spatial vectors enable propelling through sensory implosion default.
784 SeptimusHeap28th Jun 2013 11:38:11 AM from Valle di Muggio, Switzerland , Relationship Status: Mu
Tadpole
Because that is what the index is about - gender-based differences in tropes.
785 Fighteer28th Jun 2013 02:56:13 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Geronimo!
I just hacked off a big chunk of Our Wormholes Are Different into Analysis and rewrote it to be a lot more concise and to the point.
Dragon Writer
I hope I'm just missing it, but what the hell is a splat ?
787 Fighteer28th Jun 2013 08:50:00 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Geronimo!
It would seem like a term derived backwards from "splatbook", which is a rules supplement to a tabletop RPG. I suppose I could have it the wrong way round, but I am more familiar with "splatbook" than I am "splat". By simple language rules, a "splat" is a character archetype, class, kit, or similar construct for an RPG, and a "splatbook" is what contains it.

I don't really know that we need an article defining the term, as it's not a trope so much as a definition of a thing that contains tropes.
788 Noaqiyeum28th Jun 2013 09:52:33 PM from Kcymaerxthaere , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
The it-thingy
[up][up][up][up] Not all double standards are sex-based, though. If it's exclusively for those only, then the name is misleading.
Take everything with you you want to lose.
Freshly sponged spatial vectors enable propelling through sensory implosion default.
789 MarqFJA29th Jun 2013 09:30:32 AM from Saudi Arabia , Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
O' Allah, save Egypt
"Splatbook" was coined as a pronunciation for "*book", with "*" standing for the large range of words that tend to be attached to "-book" when making RPG supplementals (e.g. sourcebook, guidebook) as well as idiosyncratic names (e.g. clanbooks and tribebooks for World of Darkness). See here for more info.
Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ ḥukm al-ʻaskar
790 Fighteer29th Jun 2013 10:45:27 AM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Geronimo!
That's right. Splatbook is a constructed word, and splat is a back-formation from it. I would redirect splat to Splatbook. Except that we don't have that. Seriously?

edited 29th Jun '13 10:46:45 AM by Fighteer

I could have sworn we had Splatbook, but I'm probably misremembering Splat. Anyway, anyone mind if I just switch them, and redirect splat to splatbook?

And on the description note, I feel like it should say something about crunch and fluff (for the record, currently Fluff redirects to WAFF).

edited 29th Jun '13 11:58:01 AM by Discar

792 Fighteer29th Jun 2013 12:30:44 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
793 MarqFJA29th Jun 2013 01:12:25 PM from Saudi Arabia , Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
O' Allah, save Egypt
For the record, Splat's article does mention the origin of the term from "splatbook", and in turn briefly explains the etymology of that term.
Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ ḥukm al-ʻaskar
There's the minor problem that the definition of Splat is about splats, and mentions splatbooks only for reference's sake.
795 Fighteer29th Jun 2013 03:44:34 PM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Geronimo!
I imagine that if you were to do a search, you'd get a lot more hits for "splatbook" than "splat".
Dragon Writer
And a lot more relevant ones, too.
797 StarSword1st Jul 2013 09:29:17 AM from somewhere in deep space , Relationship Status: In denial
SF-81A Black Knight
I'm finishing a YKTTW left Up for Grabs and could use a hand filling out the description. Current title Merger of Souls.

@782: No, I had proposed the changes and was waiting for a second opinion.

edited 1st Jul '13 9:50:27 AM by StarSword

Petting Zoo Person
Splat is also an onomatopoeia for destroying something with blunt force enough to force its liquids out, equivalent to squish. So you'd get a lot more hits for searching it but they'd be less relevant.
I must be cruel, but to be kind That bad may begin, and worse be left behind
Here's my revision to the first line of Splat so that it will make sense when it gets swapped to Splatbook.

A "splat" is a group or character classification in many Tabletop Games. The most well known splats are the typical 'fighter-mage-thief-cleric' classes, common to games such as Dungeons & Dragons, though racial splats are common as well.

The term comes from White Wolf games. Practically all of their Storytelling System games have a variety of character types, with a variety of names for these character types, and lots and lots of books about these character types, "tribebooks," "clanbooks," and so on. These came to be known as "*books," or "splatbooks."note 

Does that work well enough, or are the changes too minimal?
800 Fighteer3rd Jul 2013 08:45:52 AM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Geronimo!
Are you sure the etymology is from White Wolf? I recall hearing the term used to refer to D&D's various handbooks as far back as 2nd edition, although it may have been after the fact.

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