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    posted a message on The Boros Problem...
    Quote from Talore »
    In addition to Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer, I think Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas is underappreciated. Even if you completely ignore the experience mechanic which makes an early-game commander scale into the late game, its CMC of 4 is extremely relevant on a (permanent) creature with so much damage potential.


    A lot of the Kalemne hate comes from the inherent antagonism of her two abilities: Usually you don't have many creature cards in a Voltron deck other than ETB triggers (e.g., Stoneforge Mystic) and hatebears, possibly Gisela, Blade of Goldnight if you can afford her. But the entire reason you're getting more experience counters pushes you to Voltron. Plus, "creatures with CMC 5 or greater" isn't really a RW thing. They can swing that way, but usually with green's help to actually cast them or some means of cheating them into play.
    The main thing about Kalemne is that you really don't have to play her as voltron *or* as stompy. She scales so well with double strike that just getting one or two experience counters over the course of the whole game is enough to make her a beast. You can play a primary aggro strategy with voltron backup and still do just fine with her. Double strike means that she doesn't need much voltron support to become a beast, and she doesn't need any of first strike, double strike, or vigilance from equipment.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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    posted a message on The Boros Problem...
    In addition to Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer, I think Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas is underappreciated. Even if you completely ignore the experience mechanic which makes an early-game commander scale into the late game, its CMC of 4 is extremely relevant on a (permanent) creature with so much damage potential.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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    posted a message on Bill C-16, Transgender Rights and Anti-Discrimmination Practice in Canada
    What exactly are we debating here? You've brought up a lot of related-but-separate points and it is unclear to me what sort of argument is being made here.
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    posted a message on Mothership spoilers 10/26 Ludevic, Kyanios and Tiro and more
    I can't believe that Wizards of the Coast is continuing to support this utter degeneracy. They're complicit with this agenda of making everyone think that cards like Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis are acceptable and should be celebrated. This is an outrage. WotC should be standing up for the values of normal, respectable players instead of catering to the minorities who clearly have a leash on WotC. Making Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis the focus of one of their products just shows that they are growing more bold and reckless. Someone needs to stand up and put a stop to this lunacy. Did we get transported to Bizarro world, where this kind of thing is acceptable? I will be making sure that anyone who is supporting WotC's agenda by playing Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis will be my first target in Commander games, to send a message that their kind is not to be accepted by decent folk.

    Just say NO to group hug!

    W-wait, why are you looking at me like that?
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Deck main images - Saskia deciphered
    Quote from Jivanmukta »
    Quote from Serafiend »
    Love Saskia, it's exactly the commander you want for 'that' guy on the table. You know the one, the person with the esper control deck and a million ghostly prison and propaganda effects.


    As "that guy" I dislike this commander. Not biased at all.
    You play pillowfort decks but you hate grouphug decks? Laugh
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on [[Official]] Unreleased and New Card Discussion
    Quote from Airithne »
    Provided that our read on Saskia is correct, I'm in love. The four color thing doesn't bother me at all, it just gives me more toys to pummel my opponentson with. Grin

    I'm 100% down for Saskia's army, she's amazing and fits my playstyle exceptionally well.
    This. If I had the cards to support a fourth colour I'd totally convert my Queen Marchesa deck into a Saskia deck. Great mechanics, great art. I love going full-out aggro, and she lets you beat up on pillowforts by only having to deal with any one player's blockers. Plus she has full functionality the turn you play her, which is a big plus in my book.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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    posted a message on Why do bookstores and libraries put the Bible in the nonfiction section?
    Quote from Dio »
    Quote from Highroller »
    Quote from Dio »
    The Bible belongs in the fiction section because there is no evidence for the extraordinary claims made by it. At least that's what I thought until BS said that the fiction section is only for contempory fiction. It should be updated.
    Why? Apart from "I don't like religion," what reason would you have to modify the Dewey Decimal System in such a manner?

    What reason do you have to believe that the Bible is a credible source?
    Being a credible source is not a requirement for being in the non-fiction section, as per the Dewey Decimal System. It is a document of historical significance, which is reason enough for its inclusion. It is not any sort of statement of support for the Bible or Christianity.
    Posted in: Religion
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    posted a message on Spring and Summer Set: Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation
    it would be nice if they made Desert basic land cards (I know its already a land) just like Wastes. and just call it something else.
    That would be horrific. And even without being basic lands I doubt we'd see a Desert reprint due to WotC looking unfavourably upon "archers" as a mechanic over the last few years for mucking up combat math.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Dieknuh follows, hammer in hand. "If this was moved recently, it might lead us to where prisoners are held."
    Posted in: Active Roleplaying Games
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    The dwarf shakes her head, not wanting to think too hard on what happened. The angel's scream is still ringing in her mind. Grunting, Dieknuh addresses the group. "What I want to know," she explains, "is if there are any more survivors from these wretched abductors. I could not live with myself if I left anyone to rot in this gods-forsaken place."

    Pausing, she adds, "though if we're in the clear I'd like nothing more than to rest in a civilized, torture-free bed." To emphasize, she stretches out, wincing where some of the cuts left superficial-yet-painful damage.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Dieknuh sits through the whole ordeal with an utterly stunned look on her face, doing naught but shuffling around when needed. Stuttering, she asks, "W-what... what just happened?"
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Arcana[dice=1]20+6[/dice]
    Perception[dice=1]20-1[/dice]
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Helping Luan up, Dieknuh grabs at the cultist's cloak, attempting to throw the villain off of his balance.
    Assuming Luan can act the same turn he goes back to positive HP, Dieknuh uses the Help action to give him advantage on his first attack roll.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Dieknuh raises her hammer above her head and shouts, charging the Cult Leader.

    Move up, two-handed warhammer attack. Simplicity has its merits.
    Attack:[dice=1]20+4[/dice]
    Damage:[dice=1]10+2[/dice]
    EDIT: That said, it wouldn't hurt to roll higher than a 1.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Dieknuh readies herself with little more than a nod and a grunt. Whoever's behind that door is about to pay for it.
    Posted in: Active Roleplaying Games
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Collapsing onto the ground from fatigue, Dieknuh brings herself to a sitting position and begins to rest. "Let's just take a breather before we go charging in any further. That, ah- that scream dinnae do me well." The dwarf turns her head downwards, shaken but embarrassed all the same.

    Time for a short rest. Dieknuh will expend one hit die.
    [dice=1]6+3[/dice]
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Dieknuh took 9 damage from the scream, so she's at 14hp and could do with a single potion/spent hit die.

    Also yay for Ar Ais, getting me to actually post on MTGS! Laugh
    Posted in: Active Roleplaying Games
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    posted a message on Star Wars: Rogue One
    Quote from Jay13x »
    In any case, Rogue One looks amazing. I'm hoping there are at least hints to the Dark Forces series.
    A nod to Dark Forces would be really great. I'm begrudgingly okay with Kyle Katarn being retconned, especially since it was in favour of a female protagonist, but I still have some great memories from that game.

    Also my god is the new Mon Mothma ever a dead ringer for the old one. Gaping
    Posted in: Movies
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    posted a message on [Easy-Huggable™] Yomako's Positive Place
    I got a ton of chores done yesterday. Feeling productive feels good. Cheers all. Group Hug
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    posted a message on ema full set list [April Fool's 2016]
    Quote from Mizaru »
    Pretty good April Fools' you guys. Maybe next year the mods can lock all the trade threads or something else equally inconvenient to Magic finance as an endorsed fake spoiler.
    Did you make a financial decision based on information revealed on April 1st?
    Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
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    posted a message on Things I'm No Longer Allowed To Do At FNM
    Quote from The_Hittite »
    258. Status among Magic players is not indicated through size/impracticality of hair.
    Everything Yu-Gi-Oh taught me about card games was a lie?!?
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    posted a message on Caitlyn Jenner no longer super-awesome transgender spokeswoman of the world.
    Jesus, what? I'm not calling you a bad guy. I'm not trying to mantle MLK. I thought I was having some casual conversation in WCT, insisting that the subject of trans rights is what should be focused on here rather than much broader complaints about modern political discourse, but then I start getting attacked like I was posting in Debate the whole time. If I wanted a debate, I'd post in Debate. I'm not gonna act like a saint in every public interaction, but it's not like all I do is insular or snarky or whatever you'd call it. For example, if I ever trick myself into writing a transgender-in-Magic article for the front page, it'll be open and constructive because an article with bare opinions is not productive. But do I really have to be like that all the time, in every casual environment?

    I'm bowing out now. This ***** is starting to get plenty stressful, and that's not what I asked for by posting in this particular subforum. Congrats on baiting me this far; it's a lot further than I'd normally bother with nowadays.
    Posted in: Water Cooler Talk
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    posted a message on Caitlyn Jenner no longer super-awesome transgender spokeswoman of the world.
    Quote from Talore »
    Oh, okay. See I thought the whole basic human rights thing was the important issue here. My mistake! :p
    See? This. This is the problem. You're smugly assuming that you're on the side of human rights and anyone who disagrees with you is against human rights. But have you actually read what Jenner said? She's basing her support for Ted Cruz on human rights as she understands them. Now, maybe her understanding is wrong or incomplete. But getting angry or snarky at her isn't going to fix that, is it? Maybe she'll learn something if you have a civil conversation with her. And instead of smugness, try on a little humility. Maybe your understanding is wrong or incomplete, and you'll learn something if you have a civil conversation with her.

    Where did I assume that anyone who disagrees with me is against human rights? I thought I was just pointing out the relative inanity of what you were talking about.

    I have read what Jenner has said, a hell of a lot. She's a major figure in transgender politics, and that directly affects me. I have to be worried about public opinion, about the state of pro- and anti-transgender legislation. These things can severely limit where I can live in North America, and public backlash against things like allowing transgender people to use public washrooms can increase the already significant risk of being harassed or worse on the street (which has happened to me.) I can barely go a week following transgender issues without hearing about Jenner.

    Ultimately, my job is not to sit down with a rich celebrity and try to educate her or have a debate with her. The literature and dialogue is out there; there are people close to her and over the Internet alike trying to educate her, to hear her out and convince her to change her mind. It is her choice to maintain her stance on transgender issues which a vast majority of transgender people do not approve of. As long as a figure with as much influence as Caitlyn Jenner is advocating positions which the majority of transgender people find unhelpful or even harmful, the only thing to do is to denounce her.

    This obstructionism for the sake of obstructionism is infuriating. Transgender people are in an inordinate amount of danger today. Even in Canada, gender identity is still not a protected class in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I can legally be discriminated against for being transgender. Transgender people have extremely high rates for being harassed, raped, murdered, or driven to suicide. Action needs to be taken now, not after the endless intellectual masturbation of trying to achieve impossible levels of objective knowledge. The rights of so many of us must not be fought for passively, begging for the nice people to see our way instead of critiquing those who we feel are obstructing these vital measures of protection.

    How am I the problem? Every day we fail to act, transgender people are victimized or killed. The gears of marginalization and disenfranchisement are greased with apathy. Acting is the only thing we can do. We must not be driven to fear of offending a public figure because we haven't had tea with them. The voices of the majority of transgender people must not be handwaved just because we could be wrong. We are the victims, the ones affected by legislative negligence. We do have authority on these issues. Our voices matter.

    As an aside for those playing at home, one of my favourite games to play is to read something concerning transgender rights and then swap the subject. Turn transgender into black or women/females and see how the post reads. It is an amusing way to spot how similar the arguments being brought up today mirror other movements, such as the civil rights movement in the 60s.
    Posted in: Water Cooler Talk
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    posted a message on Caitlyn Jenner no longer super-awesome transgender spokeswoman of the world.
    Quote from Talore »
    While not a perfect analogy, she's viewed by many as the trans equivalent of an Uncle Tom.
    *sigh*

    Quote from Talore »
    Nice things like being able to use a public washroom, employers barred from refusing to hire you based on your gender identity, and such?
    Nice things like people talking out their disagreements and a government that actually governs.
    Oh, okay. See I thought the whole basic human rights thing was the important issue here. My mistake! :p
    Posted in: Water Cooler Talk
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    posted a message on Pokémon: The Gathering
    Moved from the Speakeasy to Custom Card Creation
    Posted in: Custom Card Creation
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    posted a message on Caitlyn Jenner no longer super-awesome transgender spokeswoman of the world.
    Quote from Wildfire393 »
    Jenner has never been a great spokeswoman for the trans community. Even almost immediately after she publicly came out, she made comments about how fighting for trans rights isn't that important and trans individuals need to work on being less visible.
    Pretty much this. While not a perfect analogy, she's viewed by many as the trans equivalent of an Uncle Tom. It's a shame that many people are only exposed to trans issues through her.
    You have a political party actively trying to roll back the rights earned by gays, blacks, and the poor and you think it's funny they care?
    I think the level of vitriol being displayed because Caitlyn Jenner doesn't profess the political beliefs she's "supposed" to is why we as a country can't have nice things anymore.
    Nice things like being able to use a public washroom, employers barred from refusing to hire you based on your gender identity, and such? It'd really suck to have to worry about not having nice things like that.
    Posted in: Water Cooler Talk
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    posted a message on Conspiracy 2 Take the Crown
    Announcing Conspiracy: The Empty Throne! An expansion with 221 220 cards!

    I loved that detail XD
    Agreed, that had me actually laughing out loud. I wonder who that assassin is? The lady/knight in the Empty Throne picture looks really badass, too!
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Amanda's MTG Randomness
    That looks way more fun than it has any right to be. :p
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
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    posted a message on [Easy-Huggable™] Yomako's Positive Place
    Quote from Lasersharp »
    Hug


    Hm... what would happen if Aurora walked up to Talore to give her a nice big hug?
    I'd be questioning my own sanity if a fictional character suddenly became corporeal. o_O
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
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    posted a message on [Easy-Huggable™] Yomako's Positive Place
    Constraints, eh? Those can be fun. Guess What I'm Thinkin'
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
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    posted a message on big web spoiler - uncommon colorless dissipate
    So, can we all agree on calling it Devoidipate? dot dot dot
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
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    posted a message on Personal Writing Helpdesk
    This is the community helpdesk for Personal Writing.

    This is an open forum discussion area for questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions you might have for this forum. Nothing is off limits, but we ask that you keep all comments civil. As with all threads, all other MTGS forum rules apply here.

    The following items should not be discussed in this thread:

    • Suggesting, debating, and/or challenging site rules.
    • Arguing or appealing a warning/infraction.
    • Idle chatter or conversation.
    Posted in: Personal Writing
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    posted a message on Muraganda Awakens - Help Needed
    Moved from the Speakeasy to Custom Set Creation and Discussion
    Posted in: Custom Set Creation and Discussion
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    posted a message on Teh Kitchen - Speakeasy Cooking Log
    I've been kinda lax about recording stuff. Teia and I did some experimentation in the kitchen the other day ( Guess What I'm Thinkin' ) and made Roast Potatoes and Chickpeas with Peanut Sauce. It was an attempt to make potatoes and peanut butter work in the same dish, and to that end we accomplished our goal. The specific meal itself had some issues though, so Teia is not too keen on trying it again.

    Today I made a tofu scramble with cabbage, and stuffed it into a flour tortilla which was great.

    Tofu Scramble with Cabbage

    ~1/2 block extra firm tofu
    Couple fistfuls of shredded green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrot
    Lots of minced garlic
    Lots of minced ginger
    Lots of dried chili flakes
    Sichuan Pepper
    Tumeric
    Soy Sauce

    Garlic, ginger, and chili flakes went into an oiled frying pan. I let them heat up before dumping in the vegetables, constantly moving to sweat them down and avoid burning. After it was nice and wilted I added the tofu, mashed with a fork, along with the tumeric, soy sauce, and sichuan pepper. The tofu just needed to heat through and let the soy sauce be absorbed into the rest of the dish. Spicy, peppery, and ready to be nommed. I would've added onion if I had any, and maybe some sort of herb.
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
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    posted a message on Humour regulars, welcome to the Speakeasy!
    Hey there. The staff has decided to merge Humour into our community sandbox. We're fairly lax around here, but please familiarize yourselves with the Speakeasy Rules, as the old Humour forum rules have been dropped. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot Teia Rabishu or Talore a PM.

    Remember, you can speak easy in here. dot dot dot
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    posted a message on WOTC is closing the forums on their site.
    Geez. I'm a lot more sad to hear that the D&D forums are coming down too, to be honest. I don't know about the Magic boards, but the D&D thread archives had vast troves of valuable information - if disjointed and full of holes due to constant reshuffling of software. Hopefully 3.5 enthusiasts have already copied all the relevant threads to 3rd-party archives.
    Posted in: Magic General
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Fire Bolt at one of the cultists.
    Attack [dice=1]20+6[/dice]
    Damage [dice=1]10[/dice]
    Posted in: Active Roleplaying Games
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Dieknuh raises her hammer high, ready to accept the scimitar-wielding cultist's charge. Watching said cultist completely fumble however, she decides against attacking. Making an annoyed clicking sound, the dwarf impatiently throws a bolt of fire at another combatant. She then stares at the cultist who fumbled their scimitar, daring them to pick it up.

    Fire Bolt at one of the other cultists, preferably a wounded one.
    Attack [dice=1]20+6[/dice]
    Damage [dice=1]10[/dice]
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Quote from Cythare »
    I thought she was a Wizard that just has a heavy bent towards melee combat?
    This.

    Sorry everyone, been really distracted. Post up momentarily. Shocked
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Quote from Jay13x »
    Kaburi gets a pass. He and I were busy finishing our first article.
    So if I'm an editor, does that mean I get a pass every day? trololololol
    Posted in: Active Roleplaying Games
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    posted a message on First-World Problems
    I went over 24 hours without Internet access Smiledown
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Skipping gricktown would make the story move along far more quickly.
    Posted in: Active Roleplaying Games
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    posted a message on My Planeswalker Persona help?
    Fanfiction belongs here, no worries.
    Posted in: Personal Writing
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Dieknuh uses the opening in the human's swing to kick at his far leg before choking her grip on her warhammer and delivering a tight swing to his upper body.

    Standard two-handed attack, no other actions.
    Attack [dice=1]20+4[/dice]
    Damage [dice=1]10+2[/dice]
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    posted a message on Clan Contest Mafia IX - Epic Legend of Kalevala - Game Over (Town Victory) - Peace and Quiet
    Quote from Iso »
    You consider it a personal attack for me to say "you're stuck in your ways and you could improve your play if you weren't"? What?
    Quote from Iso »
    Please explain to me how that is anything but constructive criticism.
    De-personalizing your speech goes a long way. Using nonspecific pronouns like "one" instead of "you" turns what could be a personal attack into an impersonal statement. Beyond simply replacing pronouns, try to approach the criticism itself from a mindset of addressing the subject in broad terms rather than leveling criticism at an individual. [/editor]
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    posted a message on Clan Contest Mafia IX - Epic Legend of Kalevala - Game Over (Town Victory) - Peace and Quiet
    Reading the Family QT leaves me thoroughly disgusted.

    Quote from Iso »
    ARE YOU ******* KIDDING ME?!? BRIGADE WAS THE INFORMATION ROLE?!?!?

    I might just recommend Teia for Mafia probation for intentionally playing against her win condition.

    Quote from Teia »
    Plus, as I mentioned in hydra chat, the last clanfia had both a tracker and a watcher (and a ninja), so I figured there might be a similar thing this game.
    WEW LAD
    Posted in: Mafia
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    posted a message on Clan Contest Mafia IX - Epic Legend of Kalevala - Game Over (Town Victory) - Peace and Quiet
    Quote from Iso »
    nah brah

    If you were so good at reading emotions, you'd have known I was town. Wink
    She's not your brah, brah.
    Quote from Puddle Jumper »
    Hmm. A bit disappointed, I'll admit. I'll take some blame for not thinking to lay out a strategy for dealing with the probable massclaim in the scum chat before dying, which I actually thought about doing and didn't. I wasn't necessarily expecting a replacement, much less an actual active replacement, and figured that leaving Ronin's plan as just lurking would probably be good enough. So, as usual, replacing people ends up having a pro-town effect.
    tbh I don't feel that lurking should be rewarded, or something to be proud of if it works. "Not playing" isn't good play, in my opinion.
    Posted in: Mafia
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Dieknuh does her part in hauling debris to the door. "I'm perfectly content with letting those beasts be."
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    So if there's nothing else we want to do, could we skip to the end of the short rest?
    Posted in: Active Roleplaying Games
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    posted a message on [Easy-Huggable™] Yomako's Positive Place
    Quote from Yomako »
    Group Hug

    I like your new avatar Smile

    Who is she?
    Hitagi Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari. Really great character. Part of why I like her is that some of her mannerisms remind me of Teia and I constantly trolling each other. Kekeke
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    "I'm sorry, Strathalmere," Dieknuh replies, "I didn't have much time to hear anything between the beatings." Magic can make the physical pain go away, but the mental echo of those wounds only heal with time - if at all.
    Posted in: Active Roleplaying Games
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    posted a message on [Easy-Huggable™] Yomako's Positive Place
    I am in the Positive Place. With a new avatar. Group Hug
    Posted in: the Speakeasy
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    It should only take 5 minutes to re-prepare spells. I was trying to imply a short rest in my post, but if other people are being impatient then Dieknuh won't stop them >(
    Posted in: Active Roleplaying Games
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    posted a message on Business Idea -- nerd bar/cafe
    The only business advice I can give you is to have business education or to partner with someone who does. Going into this stuff blind is asking for financial disaster.

    As for inspiration and examples of others who have gone this route, I know of two establishments in the Vancouver region which have similar themes - one leaning towards video games and one leaning towards traditional games. Try learning from those who have come before you as much as you can, if you're serious about this.

    Best of luck!
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Oooooooh I feel really good and really bad about those italicized lines. Couldn't help but to make the joke and also to reference what is probably my favourite Shakespeare line.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    "Woah, hey now!" Dieknuh exclaims, rising from her inspection of her equipment. "I believe it would be prudent to wait until I've changed and become re-attuned with my book of spells. Besides," she adds, "I think we could use a little rest, no?"

    The dwarf gathers the contents of the chest and places it in the far corner of the room. She notes the emptiness of her coinpurse due to its light weight as she handles it. Typical. A cut purse may be lost and later found, but curiously they always end up lighter than when you parted with them. Not that starting over again is unfamiliar with me - and Father always said to put money in thy purse.

    "Lady Emeryn," Dieknuh asks, "would you mind covering my back as it were, to ensure that we've no Peeping Toms?" If/once she agrees, Dieknuh changes into her regular attire. After the all clear is given, she then prepares her spells.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Politely shrugging off Strathalmere, Dieknuh strolls into the library with tempered awe lighting her face. She almost fails to notice Reed as he offers Dieknuh the scroll and the dagger. She thanks him, binding both to her belt, before returning to her observation. Softly, she says, "We ought to return for these, if we get the chance. Who knows what knowledge has been lost to time, saved only in these books?"
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Quote from Gerrard"s Mom »
    @Jay: Prayer of Healing has a casting time of 10 minutes Shocked
    Is anyone currently still hurt?

    Dieknuh is down 3hp from max.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    It feels good to be (properly) posting once more. Lots of double-checking details and such! Shocked

    Also I find mild amusement that the average wizard would be totally useless without their spellbook. Dieknuh is not an average wizard. Smile
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Nodding to Paravrax in silent thanks, Dieknuh laces up her new boots. Maintaining as much modesty as her rags allow, she rummages through the room for additional equipment. From one of the cultists she retrieves the book used for recording her tortured cries. She scavenges a belt from one of the corpses, using it to carry the book. Torn, bloodstained robes are made into a makeshift tunic and skirt of sorts. The dwarf then selects a suitable torture implement from the walls to use as an improvised weapon. I may not have my spellbook or weapons, but that doesn't mean that I can't fight.

    In Emeryn's presence, Dieknuh gives her a warm smile, bowing her head. "Forgiveness? Surely it is I who must apologise, Lady Emeryn. I acted carelessly and brought danger to the whole expedition. I am in debt to all of you." As Dieknuh prepares to leave the room, she reaches for Emeryn's shoulder, meaning to pull her aside for a moment. "Your empathy is much appreciated nonetheless." Grinning, she adds, "This is the second time you've saved now, Lady Emeryn."

    The weary wizard then catches up with the rest of the party, ready to show the other cultists just how much she appreciated her accommodations.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Dieknuh picks herself up with renewed vigour, only to see her final torturer fall. She resists the urge to spit on their corpses before turning to thank Reed with a gruff nod.
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    posted a message on The Five Colour Ecosystem
    What a twist! Kekeke Fun read.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Remember, HP isn't "flesh points," and even a successful attack doesn't mean that you were able to draw blood. Blunt trauma, demoralization, fatigue, all of these are part of the flavour of damage. Maybe you weren't able to slice their throat clean open if they don't drop dead from your attack, but they might've had to block with their bare arm, or became severely winded from desperate evasion.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Sneak attack itself is flavoured to be targeting vital points like the throat.
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    posted a message on Teh Kitchen - Speakeasy Cooking Log
    So TIL that "bread and butter" pickles are just "sugar" pickles. Gogo label tunnel-vision. Anyways I decided to drain ~90% of the brine and replace it with rice wine vinegar, chili flakes, minced garlic, and salt. Significantly more edible now. Kekeke

    Also I fried eggs for the first time in a few years earlier, still got the hang of it. (This is totally not bragging to Teia.)
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    Initiative [dice=1]20-1[/dice]
    Dieknuh sputters and coughs up old blood, struggling against her bonds.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Quote from Gerrard"s Mom »
    The ball bearings are pretty amusing, but what are Wildfire and I supposed to do now?
    Jump over them? You're conscious, I'm sure you could figure something out dot dot dot
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Make sure to check every nook and cranny before freeing Dieknuh. That's how it works in video games, right? If you don't explore everything before the room where the plot cutscene triggers, you might not get a chance to go back for the loot! dot dot dot

    [/acidic sarcasm]
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Quote from Jay13x »
    Talore - Is Dieknuh wearing Heavy Armor? If so, the boots may be for you.

    Iso - I think you should get the cloak.. but please give the sword to Emeryn Smile

    She's only proficient in medium armour right now, but I plan on taking heavy armour proficiency when she hits level 4 and can afford decent heavy armour.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais: Adventure One, "The Silver Road and the Broken Chain"
    They certainly wouldn't hurt for Dieknuh to have, especially if nobody else is planning on wearing heavy armour. She does have teleportation though, so they might be more efficient on an encumbered warrior-type.
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Yes please find Dieknuh. This hiatus has been a lot longer than what I planned Gaaaaaaaaaah
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    posted a message on [Easy-Huggable™] Yomako's Positive Place
    Heya everybody, I haven't popped in for quite a while now. Very tired recently.

    In Magic news, I placed first at FNM for the first time ever this week. Teia and her brother built a Jeskai Heroic deck for me, which I 5-0'd. Haven't played Standard in a year and I didn't know the metagame at all, so doing so well was a pleasant surprise. Only pulled one card of value in ten packs, but that's how it goes sometimes. The deck is very fun to play regardless. The life totals switching from 20-18 to 28-10 on turn 3 is fair and balanced. D:

    Yomako, you have many other talents! You're a really good ear for when others are weary, you're a great brother, you're a diligent completionist, and I've never known anyone better at collecting. Just to name a few. Hug

    Hope everyone is doing well. Group Hug
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    posted a message on MTGS Staff RPG--Ar Ais Spectators and Out-of-Game Commentary
    Dieknuh is supposed to return to the game and everything ;_;
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    posted a message on [Easy-Huggable™] Yomako's Positive Place
    Quote from Teia Rabishu »
    You people would probably not believe how many stuffed animals are in my room. I'm one of those "**** you, I decide if I've 'grown out of' something or not" people, and there's no outgrowing them. arms crossed

    I would believe it. D:
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