1. Before you post a new thread have a look around and see if there is already a thread discussing your topic. A helpful tool for this is the search function at the top of the page. It is better to revive old threads than create new one.
2. Cracking a joke is never wrong, everyone loves a good laugh. But threadjacking by having post after post after post with jokes turns jokes into spam, and no one likes that.
3. PG-13 rules apply as some of our members are quite young.
4. Play nice and have fun.
Who Are The Board Moderators?
The Board Moderators are Majsju, Yoniy0 and Muirenn.
I am the Admin of the Wheel of Time, so lord of this section of the board. Kathana, who is our Special Projects Admin, also spends alot of time around here. Fear us. <img src='http://www.dragonmou...IR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':P' />
Should have done this a long time ago. Here are the online sources me and some others quite often use for useful information.
The Wheel of time FAQ
Question of the Week
Edit: QotW has moved Here
Thus spake The Creator
Edit: New link
CNN Chat 2000
Steven Coopers Timeline
Edit: The old link doesn't work anymore but Steven Cooper's timeline can be found here. http://www.stevenac....ot/wotchron.htm
Wheel Of Time Concordance
A Compendium of Weaponry and Military Costuming
Great map with all armies and other nice bits
Theorylands Interview Database
The Who Knows What Database
Anyone who has others, post them and I'll add them to the list.
tGS (aMoL) Frequently Asked Questions
1. What's The Gathering Storm?
The Gathering Storm is the 12th book in the late Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series. It was completed using his notes and outlines by Brandon Sanderson. Sanderson was handpicked by Harriet McDougal, Jordan's wife and editor to complete the series. Additionally, Sanderson is being assisted by Alan R. and Maria S., who worked with Jordan on the previous novels. Alan and Maria are responsible for maintaining the continuity of the series.
2. Wait. Why is it The Gathering Storm? What happened to A Memory of Light?
Before his death, Robert Jordan announced that the series would be completed with a single, massive novel tentatively titled A Memory of Light. After working on the manuscript for over a year, it became apparent that Sanderson could not complete the series in less than 800,000 words. To give you some perspective, the longest book in the series to date, The Shadow Rising, clocked in at 393,823 words. Outside of WoT, Atlas Shrugged is 645,000 words and War and Peace is 560,000 in the English translation. This would create a book that was unbindable. The decision was made to divide the material into three portions, each published as a standalone novel, complete with prologue, epilogue and at least two major climaxes each.
3. Why not call them all A Memory of Light?
There had been some talk originally of the books being titled "A Memory of Light I: The Gathering Storm", etc. but the computerized system booksellers use now only has room for so many characters. All three books would show up in the system with the same title, so this solution is unworkable.
4. So what will books 13 and 14 be called? Will one of them be A Memory of Light?
Yes. Book 13 will be titled Towers of Midnight. Book 14 will be titled A Memory of Light.
5. So when will the other books be published?
The planned release date of Towers of Midnight is the 2nd of November. Tor is hoping to release A Memory of Light Around the same time next year (2012), but bear in mind these things can change.
. So tell me about this Brandon guy. Is he cool? What else has he written?
Well, Brandon's a big dork. Just like all of us. He has a Master's degree in Creative Writing and teaches part time at BYU in Provo, Utah. He loves the Wheel of Time series and credits Jordan with inspiring his own writing. He's been nominated for the Campbell Award twice, and The Hero of Ages, the third book in his Mistborn trilogy reached the New York Times bestseller list in October 2008. He has written a standalone novel, Elantris, and the aforementioned Mistborn trilogy. He had another standalone novel come out recently, Warbreaker. Warbreaker is was previously published as a free download on his site, BrandonSanderson.com, and is still availliable in the media as of 5/1/10.
Wheel of Time Fan Abbreviations
If you have any additions please post them in this thread and I'll add them when I can.
The Author Abbreviations
1. RJ - Robert Jordan
2. Brandon/BS/BWS - Brandon Sanderson
3. RAFO - Read and Find Out (The stock answer to questions RJ/Brandon don't want to answer)
4. MAFO - Maria and Find Out (Maria is the person in charge of keeping an eye on the facts of the world of the wheel. Brandon MAFO's on details he is unsure of/doesn't know the answer to, and she goes through RJ's notes to find the answer).
The Series Abbreviations
1. WoT - The Wheel of Time
2. tEotW - The Eye of the World
3. tGH - The Great Hunt
4. tDR - The Dragon Reborn
5. tSR - The Shadow Rising
6. tFoH - The Fires of Heaven
7. LoC - Lord of Chaos
8. aCoS - A Crown of Swords
9. tPoD - The Path of Daggers
10. WH - Winter's Heart
11. CoT -Crossroads of Twilight
12. KoD - Knife of Dreams
13. tGS - The Gathering Storm
14. ToM - Towers of Midnight
15. aMoL - A Memory of Light
16. NS - New Spring
17. a) The Guide - The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time.
17. <img src='http://www.dragonmou..._DIR#>/cool.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='B)' /> BWB - Big White Book (aka The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time.)
17. c) BBWBA - Big Book With Bad Art (aka The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time.)
18. DO - The Dark One.
19. AoL - Age of Legends
20. BA - Black Ajah
21. TAR/T'A'R - Tel'aran'rhiod
22. OP - One Power
23. TP - True Power
24. Randland - Sometimes used to refer to the entire world of the Wheel, but mostly just to the are between the Spine of the World and the Aryth Ocean. (i.e. the Wetlands).
25. Westlands - Area between the Spine of the World and the Aryth Ocean (i.e. the Wetlands).
26. RaT - Rand al'Thor
27. Ishy - Ishamael.
28. ToG - Tower of Genjhi
29. AS - Aes Sedai
30. TAS - Tower Aes Sedai
31. SAS - Salidar Aes Sedai
32. DF - Darkfriend
33. AM - Asha'man
34. GLoD - Great Lord of the Dark (as a DF would say )
35. (DoT) NM - Daughter of the Nine Moons
36. CotL - Children of the Light (Whitecloaks)
37. TV - Tar Valon
38. SG - Shayol Ghul
39. SL - Shadar Logoth
40. EF - Emonds Field
I Came, I Read, I Discussed... Now What?
One of our lovely staffers, Claire, asked me to throw this up here for you all.
So... you read The Gathering Storm within 24 hours of purchasing it, and then you immediately came here to talk with other WoT addicts about your favorite or least favorite parts.
Or you've been lurking here since the day the threads went up, trolling for spoilers before the book was released.
Either way, you've probably been here for a little bit now, and after discussing whether such-and-such Forsaken is REALLY dead for the 20th time...you need some spice in your life.
Well, visit the rest of the forums! The forums here at Dragonmount have a little bit of something for everyone; from discussion groups to roleplay to just plain fun.
Check out the New Members Board (http://forums.dragon...board,89.0.html) for more information about the different groups here at DM, they have several stickied topics at the top of their forum packed with information.
And once you've checked that stuff out, be sure to come back here and join a discussion about which viewings of Min's have been fulfilled, or something.