The door to the Mead Hall swings open as your eyes peer within. The dim lights above sway as another crash of thunder overtakes your hearing. It's almost as dark as night inside as you take a few steps in. A slow and near, eerie creaking causes you to turn in alarm, a hand upon the hilt of your sword. Your eyes watch as the door to the Mead hall closes itself, a cold metallic latching that sends a chill down your spine. As you look upon the old wood of the aged door you notice a letter hanging on the back. Hung upon the ancient oak by a number of sharpened hairpins is a piece of parchment. There is writing in a black ink that says "Welcome to the Mead Hall", followed by "Resident Assistant Moderator" and five names in different handwritings. They read “frogbeastegg”, “Monk”, “The Shadow One”, “Ludens” and “Monk” again. All names but “Ludens” have been crossed-out. Someone has also tried to wipe the word “Assistant” away. It appears the leadership has gone through some changes.
You turn and put yourself at ease; it appears that the Hall is rather empty this time of day. Many tables are scattered around the hall as a few patrons sit and drink, telling their own stories to any who would listen. As you begin walking you spy a bulletin board on one of the walls; not much seems to be going on so you pay it no heed. As you reach the bar there doesn't seem to be anyone working; you glance to your right and see one of the corners of the hall nearly overcome by stacks of books. A single table sits there with a chair against the wall. Above the table there's a simple wooden sign saying "Froggy's book corner"; the letters etched into its surface. You're not sure what to make of it as you look to the other corner where a man dressed in the garb of a Japanese peasant-soldier is leaning against the counter, an ancient matchlock gun propped up besides him. He does not notice you, apparently caught up in explaining the importance of correct punctuation to a glazed-eyed storyteller. Nearby a mountain of crumpled papers lay around a table. Countless more pages lie on the floor and hang on the wall by assorted knives and pens. Who could even sit in such disarray? You spy a hooded figure asleep at the table, his head in his arms. It's most likely the Monk, after all he's said to walk around with a hood over his head. Why no one really knows. In the gloom beyond the Monk, you see a deserted table, an ancient tome lying open upon it. You are about to turn back to the bar when one of the book's pages moves. You can just make out a hooded figure, a shadow, delicately raising and turning the page, before it fades out of view again.
You pat the bar and a voice calls out from a door that had escaped your eye before. "Yeah, yeah!" it calls in frustration and disappointment. "I'll be right there!" Soon afterward a man steps out and into the room, walks over to the bar and grabs a glass. Before you can even tell him what you want he begins cleaning it out and tending to his own business. You watch him curiously before he finally says, "Well, ya gonna order something or just stand there all day?" His response draws a slight smile from you. You take a deep breath and look around you, responding, "Sure. Wine will do." He opens a green bottle and pours a scarlet liquid into the glass. You ask curiously, "So, what stories are good here?"
The bartender smiles as he looks at you. He nods over to a door, hidden by a shadow. "The Library's through there," he says as he sits the bottle down.
This thread is created for the purpose of posting links to all the stories in the Mead Hall. I have also rounded up the art posts and literary discussion in this forum. I have tried to get everything right but I am only human, so if you find an error please inform me through PM. Keep in mind that I only update this monthly, so don’t panic if your story doesn’t appear immediately. This thread and the above piece of prose are the initiative of Monk, but due to his recent break from moderating I am now in charge of updating them.
2. Screenshot Threads
3. Play-by-E-mail Campaigns
4. After-Action Campaign Reports
5. Interactive History
6. .Org Story Contests
7. Collaborated Story Threads
8. Stories and Poems (organized by author)
9. Literary Discussion
Note: due to software and server changes some of the older stories are displayed incorrectly, resulting in strange signs and missing punctuation.
Most scenic screen M:TW
Screenshots by –Amon–, Brutal DLX, hellenes, Louis de la Ferte Ste Colombe, Monk, Nigel, Sjakihata and The_Emperor
Sieges and mods
Screenshots by Aymar de Bois Mauri, Duke John and Lord of Storms
3. Play-by-E-Mail Campaigns (organized by start date)
The Glorious Reigns of the Kings of England(completed)
First PBM of the throne room, featuring the English in M:TW and played by Herodotus, ShadesWolf, Ryttare, Chilling, Alrowan, econ21, HopAlongBunny, KukriKhan and Sprucemoose. Single page length (compiled by Demon of Light).
The Glorious Reigns of the Kings of Poland(completed)
Leading the Polish to glory in the second M:TW PMB are Shand994, KukriKhan, LeeJackson, econ21, Doge Enrico II, Chilling, Alrowan, Herodotus and Aleborg. Single page length (compiled by Demon of Light).
The Almohad Khaliphate (I)(completed)
Spreading the Islam over the Medieval world in M:TW 1.1 are Chaoslord, Monk, Cazbol, RisingSun, Apache, o_loompah and econ21. Eight page length.
The Almohad Khaliphate (II)(completed)
Another PBM featuring the Almohads, this time on M:TW 2.0. Participants: Sinan, Monk, Maniac, Mount Suribachi, econ21, Alrowan, Demon of Light and The_Emperor. Single page length (compiled by econ21).
Emperor of Byzantium(completed)
Restoring the Roman Empire on M:TW 2.0. Played by Demon of Light, Mount Suribachi, The_Emperor, Yoko Kono, MiniKiller, Casca, The Wizard and econ21. Seven page length.
The Chronicle of the Holy Roman Empire(completed)
Restoring Roman Empire from a slightly different angle (also in M:TW 2.0) are Cazbol, KukriKhan, Demon of Light, The Witch-King, Econ21, The_Emperor, sprucemoose and oaty. Single page length (compiled by Ludens).
The Kingdom of Aragon(abandoned)
An attempt at leading Aragon to glory in M:TW 2.0. Participants: LadyAnn, Drucius, Mount Suribachi, The_Emperor, econ21, Chimpyang and Tricky Lady. Five page length.
Fury of the Northmen(completed)
Controlling the Viking faction of VI are The_Emperor, Dîn-Heru, Monk, Kristaps and DrHaphazard. Three page length.
Glory of the Tzars!(completed)
Defending Europe from the Tartars and then taking it for the Tzars: a Russian M:TW (2.0 or 2.01) PBM by The_Emperor, Monk, Revenant69, Kristaps, Drucius, Maelstrom and Ironside. Six page length.
The Small Faction Campaign(abandoned)
Postal services, Swiss shepparding sticks and the development of banking: an attempt at creating an multiplayer PBM for M:TW. Participants: Cazbol, Louis de la Ferte Ste Colombe, ShadesWolf and Sinan. Single page length (write-up thread).
Rise of the Turkish Sultans(abandoned)
Responsible for the Rise of the Turks in M:TW 2.0 are The_Emperor, Revenant69, SeljukSinan, Monk, Econ21, Hellenes and Sinan. Six page length.
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition(completed)
Title says it all. A Spanish PBM for M:TW 2.0, unfortunately containing only one write-up. Participants: Revenant69, The_Emperor, Hellenes and Monk. Three page length.
The Holy Roman Empire(abandoned)
First PBM for M:TW 2.01, unfortunately abandoned quite early, by dessa14 and Bevan of Hertfordshire. Two page length.
Are you Hungary for Conquest?(completed)
Leading Hungary to glory in M:TW 2.01 are The_Emperor, hellenes, Cheetah, Dessa, Drucius, Paxx and fruitfly. Four page length.
The Saxon Kings(abandoned)
Saxon campaign for VI 2.01, cut short by an unwinnable position. Participants: by econ21, Major^3, Nigel and The_Emperor. Two page length.
The Glorious French Empire(completed)
Hunting for French Glorious Achievements in M:TW 2.01 are Revenant69, Mount Suribachi, Major^3, Drucius, The_Emperor, fruitfly, TC27, econ21, insolent1, thrashaholic and AfgonyDuck. Eight page length.
The Glorious Masters of Italy(abandoned)
A PBM for M:TW 2.01 made interesting by the house rules that restrict Italian expansion. Very good write-ups, despite the fact that it was never completed. Participants: The_Emperor, econ21, Revenant69, Monk, Mysterium, Aleksandr Nevsky and Ellesthyan. Five page length.
The Glorious Achievements of Poland(abandoned)
More glory hunting, this time with the Polish in M:TW 1.1. Participants: Chimpyang, Eastside Character, o_loompha, Buka and Oneleupi. Six page length.
The Spanish Reign(abandoned)
The first in a long line of abandoned PBM’s. M:TW 1.1. Participants: nightcrawlerblue, Tricky Lady, Chimpyang and afrit. Four page length.
The Glorious Might of Egypt(abandoned)
Despite being abandoned, this campaign was quite close to the finish. M:TW 2.01. Played by econ21, Drucius, The Wizard, Chimpyang, AggonyDuck, Herodotes and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd. Four page length
King of Sicily(abandoned)
Another attempt at a Sicilian M:TW 2.01 PBM by Demon of Light, RisingSun, Chimpyang, econ21, Tricky Lady and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd. Three page length.
Sultan El Cid(abandoned)
Egyptian featuring El Cid as Sultan. Did not take off, unfortunately. Only participant: Demon of Light. Single page length.
A Concise History of England(abandoned)
English PBM for M:TW 2.01 by Chimpyang, ThijsP, alman9898, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Tricky Lady, mercian billman, YAKOBU and Rufus. Five page length.
A PBM featuring the Crusader States in BKB’s Supermedieval mod that faltered after the first reign. Only participant: the Blind King of Bohemia. Single page length.
Yet another M:TW 2.01 PBM that did not make it beyond the first reign. Only participant: Chimpyang. Single page length.
Featuring Sweden in the Napoleonic mod for M:TW. Did not get past the first reign. Only participant: dessa14. Single page length.
Rise of a Spanish Empire(abandoned)
M:TW Spanish PBM by Xiahou Liao, Yakobu, Tricky Lady, The_Emperor and ThijsP. Single page length (write-up thread).
A PBM of the Spartans in the Hellenic: TW mod for M:TW. Only participant: mercian billman. Single page length.
Another Napoleonic PBM by dessa14 and mercian billman. Single page length.
The Scipii part I and Part II(abandoned)
The first PBM for R:TW (1.0 or 1.1), unfortunately abandoned. Participants: Tricky Lady, YAKOBU, Big King Sanctaphrax and Chimpyang. Single page length (write-up thread).
Rise of the Brutii(abandoned)
The second R:TW (1.0 or 1.1) PBM. Did not take off, unfortunately. Only participant: afrit. Single page length.
King of Gaul(abandoned)
Another R:TW (1.0 or 1.1) PBM that did not take off. Only participant: King Yngvar. Single page length.
Tales of the Julii Part I and Part II(abandoned)
R:TW 1.0 or 1.1 PBM by The_Emperor, Chimpyang, King Yngvar, econ21 and Piko. Only one write-up. Single page length (write-up thread).
Chronicles of the German Tribes(completed)
The first R:TW PBM that achieved victory, and also the first to make use of the R:TW 1.2 patch. Participants by Tricky Lady, Quietus, econ21, Swordsmaster, Yakobu and Craterus. Single page length (write-up thread).
Another R:TW 1.2 PBM that did not make it beyond the first reign. Only participant: Katank. Two page length.
Maintaining the German homeland in R:TW 1.2 by YAKOBU and Tricky Lady. Single page length.
The Eastern Roman Empire(completed)
The first PBM for BI, containing some excellent write-ups. Participants: Dutch_guy, TinCow, econ 21. Single page length (write-up thread).
The Rise of the Alemanni(completed)
Leading the Alemanni to world domination in BI 1.6 are econ 21, TinCow, Dutch_guy and Zomby_Woof. Single page length (write-up thread).
An epic attempt at reunifying the Roman Empire in R:TW BI 1.6. Excellent write-ups by econ 21, Mount Suribachi, TinCow and Dutch_guy. Two page length (write-up thread).
Heirs of Alexander(abandoned)
Leading the Seleucids in the footsteps of their famous founder in R:TW 1.5 are: Zomby_Woof, Monarch, RabidGibbon, econ 21, Braden, Gaulgath, Glaucus and Severous. Single page length (write-up thread).
Horns of the Bull(abandoned)
Fighting off Rome in R:TW 1.5 are Braden, YAKOBU, TinCow and Severous. Single page length (write-up thread).
If you want to participate in a running PBM or revive an abandoned one, search the Throne Room for the organisational thread of that PBM to see whether there is space or where you can find the save game.
4. After-Action Campaign Reports (organized by start date)
Shogun: Total War
War stories by Maltz
Several very long AAR’s, told more so through screenshots than words.
Swift as the Wind by Nowake
Takeda campaign AAR, written as the memoirs of a Takeda-retainer. Single page length.
How fast are you?
Shimazu-challenge played by Barocca, TosaInu and Sasaki Kojiro. Two page length.
A Baktrian conquest by Copperhaired Berserker!
Unfinished Baktrian campaign with the Europa Barbarorum mod. Single page length.
The Waste Land by Obelics/Artaserse
The hilarious, if not very subtle, adventures of the Parni (Partian) tribe in the Europa Barbarorum mod. This story is not updated on our forum anymore, so the link leads to the Total Realism forum. Unfinished. Twenty-three page length.
Forgotten Chronicle by O’ETAIPOS
Unfinished Makedonian campaign written as an ancient chronicle. Europa Barbarorum mod. Single page length.
The Republica by Megalos
Unfinished SPQR campaign with the Europa Barbarorum mod. Single page length.
A bit of EB-inspired fiction by Zaknafien
Not really an AAR, but inspired by the Europa Barbarorum mod. Well written but unfortunately unfinished story about mercenaries on the Scythian plains. Single page length.
The Selvo Dynasty by kublikhan3
Promising Venetian AAR. Work-in-progress. Single page length.
Not all AARs are listed here, as most of them are posted in the Mead Hall and are therefore considered a story. Have a look in the story-section of the Library for more S:TW, M:TW, R:TW and M2:TW-inspired material.
5. Interactive History (organized by start-date)
Antiochus' Dilemma by Kraxis (completed)
An attempt to avert the decline of the Seleucid Empire from the perspective of Antiochus the Great. Four page length.
Michael's Crucible by Vykke (abandoned)
Set in Byzantium, 1067, this Interactive History tries to alter the course of the disastrous reign of Michael VII Ducas. Seven page length.
Manstein's Woes by Kraxis (completed)
Replaying the battle of Kursk from the German perspective. Eleven page length.
Officer’s Honour by Franconicus (completed)
An alternate version of “Manstein’s Woes”, in which Manstein fights a different enemy. Eleven page length.
The Thirty Years War by Destroyer of Hope (abandoned)
An attempt to avert the end of the Holy Roman Empire. Three page length.
1829 by Mr White (abandoned)
An alternative type of Interactive History that pits forum members against each other at the time of the Belgian war of independence. Three page length.
Duel of the Sea by Kraxis (completed)
Another variant of Interactive History, in which the .Org’s Chapter House commands the German Hochseeflotte against the Royal Navy led by members of an unknown forum. Set at the end of WWI, after the Battle of Jutland. Thirty-one page length.
Red Flood by Franconicus (completed)
Starting as a minor officer in the Luftwaffe of 1940, this interactive history gives the players the chance to climb up and change history. Thirty-seven page length.
17th Century by LegioXXXUlpiaVictrix (abandoned)
Set just after the defeat of the Armada, this interactive history pits the participants against each other as they try to raise their nation to glory. Fifty page length.
The Second Dacian War by Rex_Pelasgorum (abandoned)
Playing as Decebalus, the participants try to hold of the Roman Empire. Two page length.
The Anglo-Zulu war by GiantMonkeyMan (abandoned)
Defeating the Zulus in 1879. Two page length.
Arnhem, September 1944 by Stig (abandoned)
Re-fighting the disastrous Allied airborne assault in the last year of the Second World War. Two page length.
Atlantis Reborn by Marshal Murat (abandoned)
Alternative history focusing on submarine warfare. Single page length.
WW1 by Warluster (abandoned)
A multiplayer interactive, where members take on the part of the major powers of World War One. Tenty page length.
Pro Patria, over troubled waters… by Oleander Arlens (abandoned)
A somewhat unusual interactive history that revolves around discussions of contemporary military equipment. Involves several thread in the Monastery (not the Chapter House). Single page length.
Napoleonic by CountArach (abandoned)
Guess... Five page length.
Germany, 1100 by seignthelas (in progress)
Allowing the players to take on the role of Nobles of the HRE. Single page length.
The first writing contest (closed).
Stories contributed by: Chimpyang, DemonArchangel, Dimeolas, Kaiser of Arabia, Kraellin, KukriKhan (sample story), Monk (contest winner), nightcrawlerblue, Papewaio and The_Emperor (runner-up). Prizes contributed by Dimeolas.
The second writing contest (closed)
Stories contributed by: Aenarion, Alexander the Pretty Good (contest winner), aw89, Azi Tohak, Copperhaired Berserker!, dessa14, Big_John, BobTheTerrible, edyzmedieval, Geoffrey S, Hayduke, ian_of_smeg16, ichi, Ja'chyra, kagemusha, King of Atlantis, Kings Archer, King Henry V, LeftEyeNine, LeoninKhan (The Stranger), Ludens, master of the puppets, Monk (runner-up), Nevyn, RabidGibbon, shifty157, The Shadow One, The Stranger and voigtkampf. Prizes contributed by Kukrikhan and Dimeolas.
The third writing contest (closed).
Stories contributed by: Aenarion, AndresTheCunning, Banquo’s Ghost, Big_John, Dol Guldur, Don Corleone (contest winner), Edyzmedieval, Eclectic (runner-up), Franconicus, Grimsta, Kagemusha, King_Numero, LegioXXXUlpiaVictrix, matteus the inbred, Stephen Assen and The Stranger. The prize was contributed by Dimeolas.
Heresy! Spring writing contest (closed).
Stories contributed by: Agent Miles, Beirut, Crazed Rabbit, Franconicus, Snite (contest winner), Stephen Assen and Warmaster Horus.
7. Collaborated story threads
Exactly how bad are you?
Embarrassing failures by antek, Balamir, bighairyman, Brutal DLX, Celtlan, Crash, DemonArchangel, Derfel Cadam, Erik Blackbeard, frogbeastegg, ham&bacon, hrvojej, ichi, insolent1, Ituralde Lord_PH, Maelstrom, Magraev, Mamushi, Mega Dux Bob, Monk, Mount Suribachi, NinjaX, Old Bald Guy, o_loompah, Pablo Sanchez, Portuguese Rebel, Sam Adams, Satyr, ShadesWolf, ShaiHulud, swifticus, The_Emperor, TheRookiee, Vacuity, Vlad The Impaler and Vladimir. Three page length.
The Warrior Hold
The roots of the Mead Hall. Contributions by Balamir, bighairyman, DemonArchangel, Dîn-Heru, frogbeastegg, hrvojej, JohnCee, karmastray, Lord_PH, Marshal Murat, Mechstra, Monk, Lehesu, The_Emperor. Three page length.
Tales of Foolish Kings...
Collapsing empires by Monk, Mount Suribachi, pyhhricvictory, Quokka, The_Emperor and Vanya. Single page length.
Napoleonic battle reports by dessa14, Lord Uxbridge, Marshal Murat and TheSilverKnight. Single page length.
Tales around a fire built of corpses
Circular story that did not get far beyond conception. Contributions by AntiochusIII, master of the puppets and Uesugi Kenshin. Single page length.
By Gertgregoor, (Lion_)Pariya, littlelostboy, L’zard, master of the puppets, RabidGibbon, The Stranger, wonderland, Wakizashi and x-dANGEr. Two page length.
Multiple author story
A story in which each author contributes one paragraph during his turn. Contributions by Bopa the Magyar, Destroyer of Hope, Franconicus, GiantMonkeyMan, Kagemusha, Kraxis, LegioXXXUlpiaVictrix, SwordsMaster and Zomby_Woof. Three page length.
By Big_John, Crazed Rabbit, Eclectic and Silver Rusher. Single page length.
Write a Story…
Story game by Marshal Murat and Orb. Single page length.
The story game
A game in which each participants adds one sentence per turn to the story. Participants: AndresTheCunning, Franconicus, Hepcat, Ichigo, Julian the apostate, Kal ‘Motep, Marius Dynamite, MSB, Sanders619, Shaka_Khan, Specialist290 and Stephen Asen. Two page length.
Another Story game
Identical to the previous one. Particpants: AndresTheCunning, Beefeater, GaintMonkeyMan, Julian the apostate, Kal ‘Motep, Marius Dynamite, MSB, Sanders619, Shaka_Khan, Specialist290, Stephen Asen. Two page length.
Story game No. 3
An another one. Participants: Aemilianus the Younger, Craterus, Crazed Rabbit, Garcilaso de la Vega el Inca, Ichigo, Kal ‘Motep, Omanes Alexandrapolites, Patriarch of Constantinople, Tiberius of the Drake. Single page length.
Towering Rock by Marshal Murat
Story of an Indian trial. Intriguing setting, but does not progress beyond opening. Single page length.
Atoll Highlanders by Marshal Murat
Unfinished WWII story in an alternative universe. Single page length.
War in Lebanon by Marshal Murat
Inspired on the Yom Kippur war. Work-in-progress. Single page length.
Valencia Defence by Marshal Murat
Work-in-progress of a futuristic BF2142 war. Single page length.
The Kingdom of Heaven by master of the puppets
Description of a warrior’s afterlife, followed by the tale of a Viking’s heroic death. The story unfortunately stops when the hero is on his way to the afterlife. Single page length.
A small note to say that I have reorganized the library and included After-Action-Reports and Play-by-E-Mail campaigns. I also included a paragraph in the introduction for myself. The Shadow Ones introduction will be added when he has finished.
Another update to say that I have (finally) added all PBMs to the Library. I earlier included the Interactive Histories, but I forgot to make an update of that. The Shadow One still lacks an introduction, and as he has not contacted me again I shall have to try my own hand at making one for him.
I was about to post a new Library thread, with a full list of updated stories, but i screwed up the transfer from my hd to the .org again, the format wasn't kept so I had to scrap it.
The Library will return and will be split into two threads (one for a PBM archive and one for Mead Hall content) as it's grown to such a massive scale.No longer required, as the cause of the slow down apparently wasn't how large the thread was but how long it had been since a post had been in it.
Anyway. I'll have it (re)posted (hopefully) within the next few days. But for now. I sleep!
edit: Interesting, by posting in the library I musta bumped it up in the data, it no longer takes forever to load.
Handy to know! Enjoy reduced load times until the new one arrives!
Last edited by Monk; 04-04-2008 at 09:46.
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