Thursday, April 26, 2018

The problem with horses



my horse in Skyrim


The problem with horses is that you have to keep track of them.

Horses? What horses? I'm talking, of course, about the horses in my WIP, who not only help my characters traverse long distance in shorter times but also allow them carry more stuff, like weapons and armor. Without horses, my characters would only be able to travel about 20 miles a day, unencumbered. A horse, however, allows a person to travel up to 60 miles a day, again, unencumbered*, a big difference, especially when your characters are going from one end of the Duchy to the other. So. I need the horses. But. Then I have to keep track of them. Like the other night I had my characters heading down to the docks and about to find a place to stay for the night when I remembered the damn horses. So then I had to make sure I saw the horses taken care of before proceeding with the rest of what happens that night.


Meanwhile, bought Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis, reading A Gathering of Shadows, book two in the Shades of Magic series, watched all but the last episode of Lost in Space on netflix and upped my highest game score on words with friends aka scrabble to 551.


* how do I know this? Dungeons & Dragons :)

23 comments:

  1. Do you know how long can horses run without stopping? When I was translating Rebel of the Sands, horses were running like for a whole day without breaks... I just thought it was implausible and silly.

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  2. It was a little easier in D&D to forget about the horse. Especially if your DM wasn't on top of things.

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  3. Great post! I can totally relate. In my case, minor characters keep poking their heads up and demanding attention. ~grin~ I, too, played D&D back in the day. Mostly, I just enjoyed distracting my boyfriend though, rather than having that much fun with the game play. Heh... Be well!

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    1. I stayed up all night playing a couple times. I probably still would!

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  4. Ah yes, remembering the things that people need to get around. Glad you don't have that plot hole ;) I bet it's just as annoying to your characters to have to figure out where to put their horses.

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    1. No doubt, but they need them unless they all want to grow old before they accomplish anything, lol.

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  5. Got point about having to keep track of the horses. It's easy to get caught up in the character's forward progress and forget about smaller details like their transportation.

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    1. Sometimes it's the little things that can bog you down.

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  6. Take care of those horses!!
    We don't have Netflix, but I'd love to see Lost in Space!

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    1. It has its flaws, but it's definitely fun.

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  7. LOL! That's epic. I love it. I had to do research about horses and travel not too long ago.

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    1. Coordinating travel can be difficult *sigh* I had to shake my head at myself when I forgot about the horses.

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  8. I never thought about things like horses. I guess you really do need to keep them in mind. How was Lost in Space?

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    1. It was fun, though I haven't yet watched the final episode. I'd give it a solid B.

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  9. Yup, gotta keep track of those darn horses. They're always wandering off. LOL

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    1. They sure will of you don't know where they are!

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  10. I just read "A Darker Shade of Magic" and found it quite enjoyable, though I have to say that your media consumption is more impressive than mine.

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    1. I'm reading the last book now and am definitely enjoying the series.

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