Tower of the Hand

Tower of the Hand in 2014: The Community

1/1/2015 9:00:00 AM ET

Tower of the Hand owes much of its success to the great community that's developed over the years. Not only are we appreciative of your continued readership, we also take great pride in how you interact with the site. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of comments posted this year, we saw a record number of votes taken in polls, chapters and episodes rated, lists submitted, and trivia quizzes taken. And before we get to work on breaking those records in 2015, let's reflect one last time on the top comments and commenters of 2014.


Many of this year's top comments were tributes to scorchiebeanie, who sadly passed away in June. You can revisit most of the comments in this thread, but we'd be remiss if we didn't include this comment from Nymuelina, which is not just the highest rated comment of the year, but of all time on Tower of the Hand:

Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Melissa and I am the one that Scorchie would talk about as well as talking about my daughters.

First off, I want to thank Dawn for taking my call and listening to me and Johnny, thank you for all of this.

I do not have any specifics as to what happened other then when I found him, it appears that he passed away in his sleep, peacefully. I have been in touch with his sister in CA as well as two of his friends. His sister has assured me that she will let me know what they are planning and I will then share them with Dawn or will post here.

I have known Scorchie for the past 15 years and he was an AMAZING man with the most GENTLE soul. He meant the absolute world to my children and I, now it is very hard on us because we will no longer be able to hug him, or sit down to talk to him, or to play a game with him...but what is the hardest thing now is knowing that he will not be here to see my grandchildren being brought forth into this world this year. I would often sit back and could envision him being there when my grandson makes his entrance into this world next month, holding him, and of him taking pictures of my daughter and grandson. Then seeing all of that repeat in Sept when my youngest daughter gives birth to my granddaughter. Now, all I have is an image of what could have happen and that is tearing at my heart. He was so looking forward to seeing these babies and being the "quasi-grandfather".

There is so much that I could tell you of this man, but from what I have read so fell in love with him just because of who he was...Gary aka Scorchie

I will always, ALWAYS LOVE him for anything, everything and for nothing at all. He was my soul mate, my best friend and I will always miss him and never forget him.

Thank you all for sharing your memories of him and please, please never forget this amazing man. Save his stories, his comments, and his terrible haikus because he was and will always be:

I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls.
I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn.

Thank you

Other top comments from this year include:


Impsgramma was the most prolific commenter on Tower of the Hand in 2014, but she was followed closely by val and theBloodRaven.

Here is the Top 10 in comments posted:

  1. Impsgramma
  2. val
  3. theBloodRaven
  4. First in Battle
  5. headrush
  6. scorchiebeanie
  7. ObiWonShinobi
  8. Not Today
  9. stile
  10. wisdomcow

Impsgramma is also the poster whose comments received the most likes this year.

Here is the Top 10 in likes received:

  1. Impsgramma
  2. wisdomcow
  3. theDudeabides
  4. theBloodRaven
  5. scorchiebeanie
  6. First in Battle
  7. themountainthatgolfs
  8. damskippy
  9. ObiWonShinobi
  10. WhataboutRikon

There are a few members who may not post as often as others, but when they do, their comments are especially well regarded. Here are the Top 5 members who have the best comment-to-like ratio (minimum 30 comments):

  1. ghostlovesinger
  2. Kim of Starfall
  3. WhereAllDwarvesGo
  4. nerdalert
  5. valyrianspiel

Of course the previous lists aren't possible without people who actually click the "Like Comment" links. Once again, Impsgramma tops this list.

Here is the Top 10 in likes given:

  1. Impsgramma
  2. Not Today
  3. Waiting for Rickon
  4. anabasis888
  5. lomnen
  6. ObiWonShinobi
  7. Autumn Wolf
  8. eep_ann
  9. Burningtime
  10. headrush

Thanks again to everyone who contributed to Tower of the Hand in 2014!

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