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Sports Discussion / Re: 2018 World Cup
« on: Today at 05:30:10 PM »
So we're almost done the first round of games. Among other things:
-Iceland seems ready to cause some more havoc
-Germany's stumble against Mexico was an upset, but I don't rate it as a monumental upset. It's a good team being a great one.
-Brazil begins with a sputter
-Belgium looked really good against Panama. Unlike Russia, I think they can go somewhere.
-Tony Adams can go f**k himself with a spool of barbed wire

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Sports Discussion / Re: 2018 World Cup
« on: June 08, 2018, 04:36:26 PM »
If you don't have a team to support but want to back someone, post here and I will draw a random team for you to back in the World Cup.

Eh, give me a random team. Let's make this interesting.

The random team you will be supporting is............POLAN D.

Chodźcie Bialo-Czerwoni!

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Sports Discussion / Re: 2018 World Cup
« on: June 08, 2018, 03:49:58 PM »
As I'm german I'm supporting the reigning world champion. But after the last european championship I support Iceland, too. Hope they will both make it very far in the tournament and Germany will defend the title.

On June 23rd, I'm going to be going to Brauhaus Schmitz on South Street in Philadelphia for their World Cup viewing party for the Germany/Sweden match. I couldn't make the Germany/South Korea match unfortunately, otherwise I'd go to support South Korea and Son Heung-Min.

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I have no knowledge or bias against the individual in question other than the fact that they utilize that particular psuedonym, which hurts me.

Once you watch his videos, it's pretty easy to disregard his handle. Knowledgeable and hilarious.

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"YouTube sports personality UrinatingTree"

This phrase hurts me in my soul.

What did Tree do to garner that kind of reaction?

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Alas, it was not meant to be.

Before the Stanley Cup Finals, YouTube sports personality UrinatingTree predicted a Capitals win, something painful for him because he's a Penguins fan. His reasoning was that Washington was built to counter Vegas's speed and that their overall team strength was the one thing Vegas couldn't handle. He was right, as Washington beat the Golden Knights 4-1 to win their first Stanley Cup.

I'm disappointed it wasn't Vegas. But at least they lost to a team winning their first Cup. That and Ovechkin gets the unfair "choker" label shed off him for good.

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General Chat / Re: Good news / Bad news
« on: June 06, 2018, 03:50:57 PM »
Best of luck to you Creed. I hope you find success in this path.

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I was thinking something.

I'm going to be arriving in Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon, mostly so I can get settled in my hotel room and do some last-minute preparation for the Final Fantasy TCG tournaments because Opus VI comes out three weeks beforehand so the meta will be in a state of flux. I'm planning to go to Rathskeller, the German beer garden on Mass Ave that night because given my schedule, it may be the best time for me to check that place out. Would it be possible for anyone here going to meet up with me there?

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Sports Discussion / 2018 World Cup
« on: June 05, 2018, 07:56:22 PM »
The World Cup is quickly approaching, beginning one week from Thursday. It's gonna be a bitter pill to swallow not seeing the US in the World Cup, but then again, The Netherlands and Italy didn't make it either, so at least we weren't the only ones that embarrassed themselves in qualifying.

So considering the US is not in, and given that the majority of users here are American, my question for you is this: who are you supporting? Me, I'm backing England. Yes, I know it's an exercise in futility, but there's five Tottenham Hotspur players on the England squad, and backing England means I back Spurs in a sense. I can also look past the fact that Danny Welbeck, Gary Cahill, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are on the squad, unlike some folks in England apparently.

If you don't have a team to support but want to back someone, post here and I will draw a random team for you to back in the World Cup.

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Fantasy Cards / Re: Botchamania themed cards
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:09:23 PM »
Several years ago I started a topic about this very thing.

Check it out here.

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Rants Forum / Re: SquareEnix's Tournament Rules Are Stupid
« on: May 29, 2018, 04:07:03 PM »
And I find out from my judge friend Gabe that there IS actually a damage tiebreaker, which was just recently added to the tournament rules.

After each match in Swiss, not only is who won recorded, but the damage dealt by each player is also recorded. At the end of Swiss, ties in the cut to Top 16 are broken by the total damage dealt by a player. Just as an example, let's say a player is 6-2. By virtue of winning 6 games, he would've dealt 42 damage, since you win by dealing the opponent 7 damage. And lets say in the two losses, he dealt four damage in each loss. That's 50 total damage. If there was another player who also went 6-2 but dealt only 48 damage, the player who did 50 would win the tiebreaker and move on.

This helps alleviate things greatly in my opinion, because then even in losing efforts, what you can do against the opponent matters. Still some potential for abuse, like in the final round if it's a "win and in" situation like I described in my initial post, but there isn't going to be a perfect solution.

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Rants Forum / Re: SquareEnix's Tournament Rules Are Stupid
« on: May 28, 2018, 07:07:19 PM »
Well, the first rule is also a Raw Deal rule, so I find myself less phased by the double-loss rule.  It sucks, but I feel like it's necessary for a tie (in Raw Deal in particular) to be a penalty for both parties and not a non-loss, because in Raw Deal it's entirely possible for someone to take a 0-0-5 record into the end of Swiss for basically doing nothing but going to time.

However, the second one - I get WHY they want it done (Magic has had problems as long as I can think of with people at the top conceding at 1-0 or 1-1 to screw certain guys out of the top cut), but there has to be another way to resolve collusion issues regarding concedes.  It's such a normal thing for either the angry-concede or the "I'm drawing dead" concede that the casual tournament player is going to get screwed and banned if the judge feels like judging it as collusion even if it's not. 

Not happy with that second rule at all.

Really, I'm unhappy with the double-loss rule because with the way FFTCG plays, a tiebreaker can easily be found if they want to have definitive results for each match. If a match goes to time, I've got two damage but my opponent has five, I'm clearly ahead and in an advantageous position. Similarly, I think having damage and/or cards left as a tiebreaker would make for more exciting play when a match goes to turns: whoever's behind will go all-out to try and force damage through to win. I can understand a double-loss if it's an absolute deadlock, but if the game state can demonstrate one player is clearly closer to winning than the opponent, then I think it's better to use that as a tiebreaker.

The "No Conceding" rule however ticks me off the most, especially since I wanted to try and minimize it as much as I possibly could by being sportsmanlike and not screwing over an opponent. Yes, there's issues with collusion in Magic, but eventually they figured it out, with the rule now basically being "As long as there's no material gain besides prizes split, agreeing to a draw or a concession is completely fine". SquareEnix doesn't want prize splits, and they're overly paranoid about collusion, hence why they don't allow conceding a match. Collusion's going to happen, and SquareEnix is determined to stamp it out by any means, regardless of the harm their rules could cause.

I'll counter the "most damage" timeout condition by saying that you know there's decks that play from behind on purpose, and that's a BIG blow to them, especially if the opponent stalls on purpose to delay the comeback.  I don't feel like that's a fair solution either.

I'll concede that it could be disadvantageous to comeback decks like that. It may not be the absolute fairest method, but damage to the opponent in my opinion is the clearest way of determining progress in the gamestate.

I know what you mean by intentionally playing from behind. I have a couple of decks that do so. But in most cases, if I'm still behind after several turns, even if I haven't lost, I haven't made clear progress towards winning the game. Such a situation happened last night: I was behind the entire game, and my opponent and I came to a stalemate. I eventually ran out of cards and lost. I was able to force a stalemate but simply couldn't punch through, while my opponent managed to hold off my attempts and even deal another point of damage. To me, he was in an advantageous position and would likely win.

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Rants Forum / Re: SquareEnix's Tournament Rules Are Stupid
« on: May 28, 2018, 09:13:42 AM »
Well, the first rule is also a Raw Deal rule, so I find myself less phased by the double-loss rule.  It sucks, but I feel like it's necessary for a tie (in Raw Deal in particular) to be a penalty for both parties and not a non-loss, because in Raw Deal it's entirely possible for someone to take a 0-0-5 record into the end of Swiss for basically doing nothing but going to time.

However, the second one - I get WHY they want it done (Magic has had problems as long as I can think of with people at the top conceding at 1-0 or 1-1 to screw certain guys out of the top cut), but there has to be another way to resolve collusion issues regarding concedes.  It's such a normal thing for either the angry-concede or the "I'm drawing dead" concede that the casual tournament player is going to get screwed and banned if the judge feels like judging it as collusion even if it's not. 

Not happy with that second rule at all.

Really, I'm unhappy with the double-loss rule because with the way FFTCG plays, a tiebreaker can easily be found if they want to have definitive results for each match. If a match goes to time, I've got two damage but my opponent has five, I'm clearly ahead and in an advantageous position. Similarly, I think having damage and/or cards left as a tiebreaker would make for more exciting play when a match goes to turns: whoever's behind will go all-out to try and force damage through to win. I can understand a double-loss if it's an absolute deadlock, but if the game state can demonstrate one player is clearly closer to winning than the opponent, then I think it's better to use that as a tiebreaker.

The "No Conceding" rule however ticks me off the most, especially since I wanted to try and minimize it as much as I possibly could by being sportsmanlike and not screwing over an opponent. Yes, there's issues with collusion in Magic, but eventually they figured it out, with the rule now basically being "As long as there's no material gain besides prizes split, agreeing to a draw or a concession is completely fine". SquareEnix doesn't want prize splits, and they're overly paranoid about collusion, hence why they don't allow conceding a match. Collusion's going to happen, and SquareEnix is determined to stamp it out by any means, regardless of the harm their rules could cause.

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Rants Forum / SquareEnix's Tournament Rules Are Stupid
« on: May 28, 2018, 08:34:12 AM »
I'll acknowledge that this rant is kinda dumb, but after some information I found out last night, I need to just say how dumb SquareEnix is in regards to their major tournaments.

SquareEnix is intent on having Swiss rounds go as quickly as possible with their tournaments for the Final Fantasy TCG and is willing to disregard any other concerns there might be. It's an admirable goal, but the rules and regulations in place are instead screwing over other players.

First is the fact that in Swiss, if a match goes to time, there aren't any tiebreakers and the match isn't a draw. If a match goes to time, the players have five turns to determine a winner. If there is no winner, it's a double loss. Just for emphasis, I'm going to repeat that and put it in bold and all caps: IF THERE IS NO WINNER AFTER TIME AND TURNS, BOTH PLAYERS LOSE.

This is already a horrendous rule, because instead of giving an incentive to win, it instead gives an incentive for a player who isn't going to win to screw over his opponent. Mike H, one of the local players here got screwed out of making the Day 2 cut at the FFTCG North American Nationals last year because he would've made it with a win in the last round of Swiss, as well as his opponent. The match goes to time, and his opponent is behind and has no chance, while Mike has a chance to win and make the cut. His opponent decides that he's going to take Mike down with him, and stalls out enough to force the double loss and eliminate them both. This has occurred in other SquareEnix FFTCG tournaments, and it's screwing players more than helping them. Even worse is that there's an easy tiebreaker: whoever has taken less damage wins. Baring that, whoever has more cards in their deck wins. Baring THAT, then either do sudden death (next damage wins) or, if you really want to move things on, flip a coin.

I had decided that I wasn't going to be like that. My plan for the Crystal Cups at GenCon was that if I was in a situation where a match went to time and turns, if my opponent was ahead, I'd concede to give my opponent the win and give them the credit for a good game. I am not one to screw an opponent over, and if I'd been in such a situation, I'd rather someone come out ahead, even if it's at my expense.

Well, I told Mike H my plan and he quickly told me not to do it. I asked why, and he then stated that according to the official tournament rules, conceding a match is considered cheating, and is grounds for an automatic tournament disqualification AND a competitive ban for a length of time at SquareEnix's discretion. Yes, that's right (again, emphasis): I COULD GET BANNED FOR CONCEDING A MATCH, NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OR SITUATION. Conceding a match is considered collusion by SquareEnix, and they do not want collusion of any kind. I also could be in trouble if I was in an unwinnable situation and played through to let my opponent win. That also would be considered collusion and would get me and the other player disqualified.

Not being able to concede a match is some of the biggest bulls**t I have ever heard. Their assumption that conceding is an act of collusion is very flawed and leads to uncomfortable situations. I didn't want to screw an opponent over. Now I find out the rules give me no choice and I HAVE to screw someone over if it comes down to this.

I, along with other players, have voiced my concerns about these rules, feeling them to be counterproductive and a tool for tournament griefers to screw over people determined to compete and win. I don't know if SquareEnix will listen, considering the fact that other suggestions by players have been ignored. But either way, these rules are really, really dumb, and inevitably, players have been and will continue to be screwed.

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Tonight begins the final chapter of the NHL season: Washington is the last obstacle Vegas has to clear to complete something that was thought impossible to achieve, and if achieved, will be impossible to outdo.

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KD8, I upgraded to VIP Seating.

I look forward to meeting you at GenCon!

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Sports Discussion / Re: 1 more win for the Celtics
« on: May 25, 2018, 03:31:20 AM »
I don't think Brad Stevens is getting enough credit. We are watching a coaching clinic. What he's done with the hand he's been dealt is nothing short of astounding. I'm a Boston fan, so I want them to beat the Cavs.

I'll admit I thought Brad Stevens was going to miserably fail. Most college coaches tend to fail because of the vast difference between college and pro ball, and successful college coaches tend not to realize the differences. Credit to Stevens for realizing this.

That being said, I'm hoping it's not Boston, because the city as a whole has had massive success for the past 17 years, and I'd rather not see them have more success. I'll admit it's partly borne of jealousy. As a Philadelphia sports fan, I've seen only one championship in my lifetime.

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Sports Discussion / Re: 1 more win for the Celtics
« on: May 24, 2018, 07:59:34 PM »
You know, if the Celtics somehow win the NBA Championship, there'll be a hint of tragedy with this.

Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland because he wanted to prove he could win an NBA Championship without Lebron James. If the Celtics do win it, it'll prove that they can win an NBA Championship without Kyrie Irving.

Take a few moments to contemplate that.

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General Chat / Promotion Celebration Postwhore-a-thon!
« on: May 22, 2018, 03:25:57 PM »
I recently celebrated two years of employment at Vanguard. Now I've got something else to celebrate regarding them.

For the past year, I've been in the Retirement Center, dealing with complex retirement accounts and the issues associated with them. My year of service came on April 9th, and I applied for a position in Flagship. Flagship is the division that handles high net worth clients, and is considered to be the best department to be in if you want to advance to management or to a specialist expertise role. Three weeks ago, I had my interview. It went well, and my team lead got very good feedback from them. This made me hopeful, but they said it'd be a while before I heard back.

I got word today. The recruiting manager called me and informed me that I had been chosen for the role in Flagship. She formally offered me the position, and I accepted. My training for the new role begins on June 4th.

For the purposes of Vanguard's organization, this is a promotion, which means I'll be going up a pay grade. My training will take two weeks, after which I will be ready to perform.

Because of that, I'm posting this up to celebrate. +1s to everybody!

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Continuing to move on!

Vegas beats Winnipeg 4-1 in their series to book their trip to the Stanley Cup Finals! They will face either Tampa Bay or Washington.

Another text from my Uncle Frank: "If we win the whole f**king thing, the parade had better be at night."

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General Chat / For those who watch Game of Thrones.........
« on: May 19, 2018, 06:55:30 PM »
For those who watch the HBO series, there's some cool news regarding one of the actors in the series.

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, who plays Gregor "The Mountain" Cleagne, is a professional strongman. Two weeks ago he won the World's Strongest Man competition organized by IMG, which is the oldest and most prestigious strongman competition in the world.

But that's not all. Earlier in March, he won the Arnold Strongman Classic. Yes, the event Mark Henry won in its first iteration. It's now behind only World's Strongest Man in prestige, because while WSM requires a blend of strength and athleticism, the Arnold Strongman Classic is all about raw power. And then Bjornsson also won the Europe's Strongest Man competition. He's not the first to win all three, but he is the first to win all three in a single year.

So there you go. The Mountain is now officially the World's Strongest Man. He joins Jon Pall Sigmardsson and the awesomely-named Magnus Ver Magnusson (You can translate that as "Greatness, Son of Greatness" or "Big Man, Son of Big Man". Awesome either way) as winners hailing from Iceland.

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General Chat / Re: Does anyone play in the Lancaster PA area?
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:31:44 PM »
Ah, wasn't aware of that.

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General Chat / Re: Does anyone play in the Lancaster PA area?
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:15:55 PM »
Hey there. As far as I know, there isn't a scene in Lancaster County. The closest there is that I'm aware of would be Allentown. You'd want to talk to dilbert505 and king1050. They're the two guys you can reach on here regarding that.

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One question for the folks going for Raw Deal: Where is the Raw Deal area at GenCon? I don't see one listed on the GenCon website.

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I have registered for the Crystal Cup events. I'll be playing in the Opus VI Sealed on Thursday and then the Saturday Constructed. I am going to be free on Friday. I also signed up for an after-hours event called "Dub That Hentai". I imagine it's going to be sick and twisted............ ....right up my alley in other words.


Mitch does My Gencon badge include this? I love hentai ^~^

All you should be getting is the badge.  Tickets for other events are seperate.


Also, to LawnMowerMan, did you get VIP or regular seating?

I think you meant the question for me. I got regular seating. I assume you're going to be attending Dub That Hentai?

I might be there, depending on circumstances with the Tag Tournament.
I went last year, and that thing is a blast.  Just be warned, you will need to make a fool of yourself in there.

That's why I plan on doing some drinking before the event, so that way I have no shame. Turns out losing 120 pounds destroys one's alcohol tolerance.

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