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Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: Gauging Interest for a Revival
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:16:08 PM »
Well, it looks like there isn't much interest in this, so there won't be a revival. To end things, I'm going to post up my "correct" answers.

1. It's legit heat. For me, there's two ways to tell: first, the ironic cheers he gets (when he says he's not going to finish his song and when he says he's never coming back). Second, the smark shouting "THAT'S THE ONLY POP YOU'LL GET!!! I HATE YOU!!!!!" Getting a smark to give such a guttural reaction is a sign you're doing your thing as a heel.

2. If I'm Eric Young, I agree to appear on Alex Jones's show. The day I appear, I walk into his studio eating some Chobani yogurt. Then I spend my time there plugging Chobani yogurt and also praising the CEO's humanitarian work. (The full explanation can be found with some Googling).

3. I would have the Rockin' 1000 play "Volcano Girls" by Veruca Salt. Two reasons for this: first, having a couple hundred drummers playing "Learn To Fly" in sync was hypnotic. "Volcano Girls" has a nice drum part which would be nice to hear a couple hundred people playing. Secondly, this would throw a bone to the female members of the Rockin' 1000.

BONUS: Dilbert's answer involving a wrestling theme was something I did not anticipate, so I have a bonus "correct answer" for this question involving a wrestling theme.

Scene: Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Rockin' 1000 is there, along with fans in the stands. A man gives a signal to the fans in the Curva Sud, who then begin unfurling a tifo. As they do, some elaborate artwork is revealed. They finish the reveal, and it depicts a man, arms outstretched, wearing a sequined robe, and the word "GLORIOSO" underneath. Then, 100 pianists play a familiar intro. And with that, we have Bobby Roode's WrestleMania intro.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: Gauging Interest for a Revival
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:25:45 AM »
Two days remain to post up answers.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Gauging Interest for a Revival
« on: December 04, 2017, 06:18:40 AM »
So now that I'm back, I'm thinking of possibly reviving the Dungeon of Doom. For those who don't know, you can read all about it here.

What I'm going to do is post up three questions here. There is no limit to how many people can answer this round. If you have answers, post 'em! Here goes:

1. I saw this video of Elias Samson and immediately thought "DAMN this guy is a heat magnet!" However, I noticed that he seems to split opinion and some classify his heat as X-Pac heat. Is it legit heat or X-Pac heat, and why do you feel that?

2. You're Eric Young. One day, you get a voicemail on your phone. It's conspiracy theorist/radio nutjob Alex Jones. He actually believes that SAnitY is an anti-Illuminati paramilitary group and has extended you an invitation to his radio show to discuss your "work". At first, you're inclined to ignore the message. But then you think about it, and you get a wonderful awful idea to mess with his.............min d? (If you can call it that). How do you troll Alex Jones?

(Caveat: Dilbert, if you decide to answer these questions, you MUST give me the answer you gave me for this one originally. You already know the "correct" answer, so you're bound to answer how you originally did.)

3. A group of 1000 people in Cesena, Italy did a cover of "Learn To Fly" by the Foo Fighters and asked Dave Grohl to play a show for them. Pick a song for these 1000 Italians to cover. Why would your choice be awesome for them to cover? (Note: Dave Grohl responded and indeed did a show for them.)

You have five days to respond. Should there be enough interest, I could very well bring back the DoD.

Tournament Announcements / Re: What the Funk?
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:36:48 PM »
Figure it can't hurt to there going to be anything there pertaining to the Final Fantasy TCG?

As far as I know probably not.. However, I can try to work it in. I know a few of my Raw Deal players play it. It just hasn't really picked up much in this area yet.

I'm going to bring this up to the FFTCG subreddit to see who would be willing to go there from around the area. I'll also speak with Gabe Cavaliere. He's a local player who has direct connections to SquareEnix, and if there's enough interest they just might be willing to hold an event there. No guarantees though.

Tournament Announcements / Re: What the Funk?
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:27:03 PM »
Figure it can't hurt to there going to be anything there pertaining to the Final Fantasy TCG?

General Chat / Re: Can't help myself, I need to boast
« on: November 26, 2017, 04:47:03 AM »
Nice job!

I really appreciate your entire story (especially the last paragraph). Too many times we hear story of the good times and not the bad and people figure nothing can go wrong, or there’s very low risk and that’s just not true. Even mutual funds can be risky. I’ve got a health and science fund where I lost 10% in the first month, but up 25% over last three months. It can be quite a roller coaster in the short term.

If you’re buying individual stocks, make sure it’s with money you won’t miss if you lose it.

All investment has risks, indeed. The risk with mutual funds however are mitigated by the fact that rather than pegging your hopes on one stock, you have a whole basket of them. Sector funds, like your health and science fund, are (for mutual funds) very risky because you're putting money on one market sector, and if it has a steady string of bad news or performance, can drop quickly, especially if it's something dealing with health care, energy, or the mining sectors. If you wanna see a really volatile fund, find a mining fund. Those have been very volatile for some time.

Today I traveled up to Randolph, NJ to take part in a prerelease tournament for the Final Fantasy TCG. It was the prerelease for Opus IV, which is hitting in less than a week. Gamers Heaven has already held two, and the last one is tomorrow, which I am attending. However, after BigPimpin (again, the Brian in this thread's title) came down for the Pauper Tournament at GH which I previously told you all about, I told him I'd get him back and come up his way for a tournament. That happened today, when I went to All-In-One Collectibles in Randolph for the event.

Brian and I got there early and we played a game. I also played a game with his friend John Soto before we began the event. The tournament was a sealed tournament, with us being given nine packs of Opus IV, along with a special prerelease version of the Cloud found in Opus IV. We cracked open our packs and got down to business. In opening my packs, I got the following Legendaries (Ultra Rares):

2 Raiden (1 Foil, 1 Non-Foil)
1 Kefka (Foil)
1 Caius
1 Lightning

The two Raidens I pulled were in the same pack, by the way. As far as I can remember that's the first time I've ever gotten the same Legendary twice in a pack. After looking at my cards, after trying to come up with some coherent strategy, I just went "Screw it" and threw together a Fire/Ice/Lightning deck with all the best cards I pulled. Then it was off to three rounds of play. As it was, Brian and I did much better this go-round. My matches:

Round 1
I ended up facing Dan Covsillos, the guy who won the FFTCG Petit Cup event in NYC a couple months ago. So it was going to be a tough match. As it was, we traded damage until I came to a critical juncture: I had Raiden and a forward in my hand and I was on four damage. Do I dump my hand to play Raiden and clear his board? Or do I play more cautiously and play the forward? I chose the latter, and it cost me. Dan proceeded to get rid of both my forwards and then hit me for the last two points of damage he needed. Afterwards, I revealed I had Raiden in my hand. He asked if I minded hearing his take on what I should've done. I never object to that, so I told him to go ahead. He then said I should've played Raiden. I would've cleared his board and would've won because he would've had no way to recover. Lesson learned.

Round 2
This was against a local player whose name I forget. This match ended up going much better for me. He hit me early, but I was able to get back in and eventually level things. Then I drew Raiden again. Knowing to not waste the opportunity, the next turn, I nuked his board and attacked. While he was able to prevent damage from being done, he expended all of his resources, and the next turn conceded because he had no way to stop me. That got me to 1-1 heading into the last round.

Round 3
Against another local player. I believe her name was Rebecca. I ended up controlling this one from start to finish. Just as she would establish a position, I'd immediately undermine it. The deck I threw together worked wonderfully. I draw Raiden again, nuke her board, game over. I finish 2-1.

For my efforts, I came in sixth place, which was good enough to earn an alternate art Kain promo. Brian did even better: he finished third and picked up a promo as well. I don't know which one he got though.

After that, I went into some constructed play with Brian and John. It ended up being very helpful, because I finally got in significant play time with my recently-built decks and managed to deepen my understanding of them and get how they're supposed to operate.

Overall, it was a fantastic day out. I was able to fulfill my promise to Brian to come by his way, and in the process I got to play a bunch of FFTCG, get some Opus 4 early, and then win a promo on top of it. I want to thank All-In-One Collectibles for hosting this event and for being a fantastic venue to play at. Also, they sprang for pizza for us, which was awesome. It was nice to meet John and play some games with him. Finally, it was great to see you again Brian. I'll let you know when the big monthly at GH is occurring in January.

To conclude this post, I have some pictures. These are photos of players holding the cards we were happiest to get.

John Soto with his foil Onion Knight

Steve Molnar (A local who'd come down to GH for the Pauper Tournament) with his Opus IV Lightning

Brian with his foil Opus IV Lightning

Me, dual-wielding my Raidens

General Chat / Can't help myself, I need to boast
« on: November 24, 2017, 08:21:32 PM »
I've been paying much more attention to the markets and I've also dabbled into investing. Besides mutual funds, I'm also investing in individual stocks. I've had temporary success (Community Health, which I bought low, more than doubled, and then dropped back down), poor choices (Chesapeake Energy, which has gone down, though not precipitously), and utter disasters (Teva Pharmaceuticals, which I bought at about $34 a share, and due to an utterly horrid quarter and dividend cut, is now sitting at around $13-$14 share). But I've had one overwhelming success and I cashed in on it partially today.

Earlier this year, I purchased 20 shares of Nintendo stock at $26/share. I bought it about a month before the Switch came out. I was looking at everything and I concluded that while it might not necessarily meet all the hype it was getting, that some of that hype was legitimate and that thus it was worth picking up some shares.

Then the Switch came out and Nintendo took off. It broke through its resistance levels big time, hitting $38/share, then getting up to $45 a share. For most of the past year, it's hovered around $40-$45/share. I held on, figuring that if Nintendo kept doing the right things and exceeding the hype like they did, it would break its resistance levels again.

A strong third quarter took it above $50/share, before it dropped back down two weeks ago. At that point, I acted. I put in a limit sell order on half my stake for $52, meaning that if the price at any point met or exceeded $52/share within the next 90 days, the order would execute at the point I set if it was met or exceeded. I figured that by hitting that point, I'd cash out half my stake, getting back my initial investment, and then playing with house money with the rest of my shares.

I checked the first price that came in today for Nintendo: $52.45/share. A minute later I got an email saying my order executed, 10 shares at $52.45/share.

Nintendo closed at $52.55 a share today, and my unsold shares are now at that price. But I got my money back and now can't lose any more than my initial investment.

As for what I'm gonna do with the money.............. I've wanted a Switch and some games. Now I can get them pretty easily. So in a sense, Nintendo essentially paid for my gaming. All in all, to quote Ice Cube, it was a good day. Nintendo's been pretty much the only thing keeping my portfolio in the green this year.

And lastly, I want to REALLY emphasize that the success I've had is not common. If a stock doubles in price, it's usually over the course of several years. Investing carries a LOT of risk. Investing in individual stock is basically like playing the lottery, only in this case, thanks to data, you're making educated guesses and hoping your analysis is correct, rather than picking blindly and hoping for utter pure luck. If you want to invest, you need to do homework to decide what stock makes sense and what stock is too speculative for your tastes. Also, starting with mutual funds might be a way to get in and mitigate risk.

Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: HYPE! FFTCG Opus IV
« on: November 22, 2017, 06:30:56 PM »
And now it's back up. And it revealed the other Wind Legendary, Onion Knight. THAT card will result in Stupid Onion Knight Tricks, like such:

-Play Onion Knight, 3k damage.
-Red Mage to Haste Onion Knight, another 3k
-Job Change to Lightning Onion Knight, 6k on top of that.

Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: HYPE! FFTCG Opus IV
« on: November 22, 2017, 06:31:28 AM »

The person who was writing the document had to keep killing the Terra spoiler because it wasn't an official spoiler.

Why they allowed the world to have write permission on the document is anyone's guess.

I'm super-pumped for Saturday, can't wait to get my hands on this set.

Agreed about Saturday. I'm hoping I pull a surprise, like a Legendary that hasn't been spoiled yet.

Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: HYPE! FFTCG Opus IV
« on: November 22, 2017, 05:16:37 AM »
That's one thing I'm confused about - do monsters have "summoning sickness" for their abilities when they don't become forwards? 

I already answered this for you, but I'll post up to explain to everyone else.

Monsters can use abilities that don't require them to dull the turn they come into play. Abilities that turn Monsters into Forwards can be used, since they don't require them to dull, but they can't attack the turn they come into play.

The question is whether abilities like Kefka's that give Monsters the ability to turn into Forwards fall under the same restriction.

EDIT: And now I can't access the document showing the current spoilers. Oh well.

Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: HYPE! FFTCG Opus IV
« on: November 20, 2017, 06:33:57 PM »
Here is a list of what's been revealed so far.

Right now I'm seeing a lot of really useful things in this set. The highlights for me are obviously the FFVI cards, and now a few more:

Kefka (Both versions) - The Dark version seems fairly handy if only because he fetches Monsters and that ability is EX Burst. The second ability I've heard differing opinions. Some think it's not that good, others think it could be a game-winner. I know the rules are that Monsters that can turn into forwards have summoning sickness for those kinds of abilities, but it's unclear how that rule interacts with an ability like Kefka's which makes Monsters into Forwards. The Earth Kefka........I'm confused how that's supposed to work exactly. Hopefully it'll be more clear when it's printed as to how it's supposed to work.

Edgar - No surprise, he grabs Sabin for you. Drill is pretty nice too.

Cyan - Bushido is interesting from a thematic standpoint. Not sure how useful it's going to actually be.

Also, the Light Legendary that was inadvertently spoiled.........I saw it and know what it does:

Light Forward
4 CP
7000 Power
When Terra comes into play, you may search for one Summon of cost 5 or less and add it to your hand.
Riot Blade - S2, Dull: Choose one Forward. Deal it 6000 damage. You may search for one Summon and add it to your hand.

Other thoughts:

-Wow. Ramuh is NICE. Cheap, has utility, and also an EX Burst. That's gonna see lots of play methinks.
-Both the Bards in Ice look very good. Cheap plays, and have very helpful abilities.
-Cid Randell and Remedi are going to be this set's Squall/Laguna: Disruptive on their own, but fantastic paired up.

Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / Re: HYPE! FFTCG Opus IV
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:27:47 PM »
Funny that you mention a WOFF character, because this was just revealed as well.

Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / HYPE! FFTCG Opus IV
« on: November 09, 2017, 05:27:43 AM »
More spoilers are coming out for Opus IV, and what I just saw got me HYPED.


My initial thoughts:

Setzer - Pricey, but being able to search for an FFVI character and his mini-Rinoa ability make him useful
Sabin - WOW. THAT is going to see TONS of play in aggro decks. The first ability alone is amazing. His second and third abilities are more situational, but I could see Rising Phoenix enabling you to set up a quick board wipe.
Gau - .......Eh. Kinda expensive, and I am not sure you'll ever get to use Rage all that often.

Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / The Music of Mick Gordon
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:30:05 PM »
Since this involves video games, I figured this should go here.

I'd had praise for video game composer Jake Kaufmann for his awesome work on Double Dragon Neon and Ducktales Remastered. There's now a new star in video game music, Mick Gordon.

What really made him stand out for me was two things. First, he did the soundtrack for the rebooted Killer Instinct. And WOW is it awesome. Some of the highlights:

As soon as the main riff kicks in, it takes you WAY back
Swedish never sounded so badass
Japanese never sounded so sinister
When the singer belts out the chorus, I fully believe she's capable of backing up her threat
So awesome supporters of Panathinaikos FC in Greece sing this one during matches

Then he did the soundtrack for the rebooted DOOM. And holy s**t is it amazing! Highlights:

A classic, brought into the 21st century
Part of the instrumentation is a CHAINSAW
"I played this for my cat. It's now a lion." - YouTube comment
"Doom is a survival horror game. Only the horror is trying to survive you." - YouTube comment

Needless to say, this guy's work is awesome. And personally, I think it's worth paying for (I've certainly done so!).

Fantasy Cards / Re: Jim Cornette
« on: November 06, 2017, 06:15:24 PM »
This set needs a "burger towel" card dammit!!!  :laugh: :laugh:

Not before we get a card titled "Thank You, F**k You, Bye!"

Rants Forum / Re: Don't Touch My 401(k)!
« on: October 28, 2017, 06:51:31 AM »
I'm up in Canada, so not affected by this, but I feel like our government is making similar changes in that their thought process is "we'll let the future  worry about it" - and that sucks!

Also, unrelated to the 401(k), but I've noticed a monumental shift in retirement age and planning. Gone are the days when you worked 30 years, retired at 65 and died 10 years later. Many are choosing to work past age 65- to keep social, to keep their mind sharp, then there are some that are working because they have to. But all this doesn't change the fact that we're living longer and need to save and plan for that because regardless of government, no one wants to live the lifestyle that social programs provide for.

You guys up North have RRSPs. They're very similar to 401(k) plans. Thing is, you guys are increasing the limits one can save, whereas here they're talking about drastically slashing what you can save as pre-tax contributions to fund tax cuts.

As for retirement age, I can agree. My grandfather retired from the Army at age 60. My dad's turning 60 this coming January and he's nowhere close to retiring. He might make more time for himself and my mom as he gets older, but unless health issues prevent him, I don't see him as one to retire fully. He'll probably hand leadership of his company over to someone else and stick around as a regular employee. I think I'm similar, mostly because I've gone through unemployment and it sucked. Even if I don't have to, I'd want to work as long as possible just so I have something to do. I'm saving for retirement under the assumption that I won't retire until I'm at least 70 years old, barring health issues, and even then I don't consider that to be set in stone in any way.

Rants Forum / Don't Touch My 401(k)!
« on: October 28, 2017, 04:31:39 AM »
There's talk that Congress could possibly lower the pre-tax cap for 401(k) (and similar) plans to as low as $2400, with contributions after that being post-tax, in order to pay for tax cuts they want to pass. This is something that should be concerning to everyone, and I'm going to explain why.

401(k) plans are designed to encourage people to save for retirement because as it stands right now, a person can put up to $18,000 ($24,000 if they're 50 or older) in pre-tax money into the plan. Because the money put in is pre-tax, it reduces a person's taxable income. Save enough and you end up with a lower tax bill because your taxable income isn't as high and you get a refund of tax you've already paid. Lowering the pre-tax cap is going to screw over tons of people because they won't get nearly the tax benefit they do now, thus ending up with a higher tax bill. Further, it may encourage people to NOT save, because if they're not going to get a benefit, why bother? This will screw those people down the line when they don't have enough money saved up for retirement.

I've already passed $2400 in contributions. If this is lowered, I would be screwed because now I've suddenly got a higher income and a higher tax bill. Now in my situation this is somewhat mitigated because I could put money towards a Traditional IRA and get a deduction on what I contribute. Since employer-sponsored retirement plans (401(k), 403(b), etc.) and IRAs have separate thresholds for saving and don't interact, I can do this. However, there's a few problems.

1. The maximum for an IRA is $5500 ($6500 if you're over 50 years old)
2. Your income needs to be below a certain amount to claim a deduction

Right now my income is below the threshold to claim a deduction. However, someone like my dad would be screwed because his income is above that threshold, so he'd be putting post-tax money in a pre-tax account, and when he withdrawals it, he'd be paying taxes on it again. Lowering the threshold would especially screw over people who've already got Traditional IRAs and above the threshold, because then they wouldn't be able to do a Backdoor Roth IRA without paying taxes. To explain: Backdoor Roth is when you make too much to contribute to a Roth IRA and too much to take a Traditional IRA deduction. You contribute to a Traditional IRA, convert it to a Roth, then fill out IRS Form 8606 to report your Traditional IRA contribution as post-tax so that your conversion isn't taxed. The problem is that if you already have pre-tax money in your Traditional IRA, you can't just convert the post-tax money. It's converted pro-rata, or in proportion to how much money in your Traditional IRA is pre-tax/post-tax. So someone like my dad would be screwed over even more, because he'd get almost no tax benefit.

If you have any further questions, I can answer them. But hopefully I made this clear enough for you all to understand. Please, call your Congressperson/Senator and tell them DON'T TOUCH MY 401(k)!

Rants Forum / Re: Take that stethoscope...
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:47:23 PM »
Wow man. That is a s**tty experience. You'd said you were really ill on Sunday. I'm glad your doctor is a good one.

I'd say that you should definitely leave a negative review (Though not on Yelp. That site is an extortion racket and no one should do anything with them.) and if you're up for it, file a complaint with the medical board.

Sports Discussion / Re: **** YOU BRUCE ARENA
« on: October 11, 2017, 07:24:30 PM »
If it makes you feel any better, Chile is a 2 time America Cup champion and a finalist in this year's Confederetions Cup, and we didn't classify either =(

Thanks for the sentiment.

Still, at least for you guys, you play in CONMEBOL, which is many times more difficult than CONCACAF. The only real competition we have is Mexico and (currently) Costa Rica. We should be able to outdo Panama and Honduras. The fact that we couldn't is damning. Qualifying should be academic. Six teams play home-and-away, with top three going in automatically and fourth qualifying for a play-in. That we couldn't even qualify for a play-in is just damning. This lies at the feet of the USSF, but ESPECIALLY Sunil Gulati and Bruce Arena.

Gulati is over-protective of MLS. The only thing he's good at is making MLS owners money. Everything else he couldn't give a damn about. Overhauling our youth development? Can't be bothered. Promoting the game elsewhere? Can't be bothered. He's focused too much on filling the pockets of millionaires and billionaires with dollars instead of developing our infrastructure.

As for Bruce Arena, the man is a jingoistic idiot who thinks he's somebody because of all the MLS Cups he won with LA Galaxy. Nevermind the fact that MLS kept changing the rules every year to make it easier for him. His xenophobic refusal to play dual-national players (when every other team in the world does), his insistence that MLS is a top league in the world, and his fetish for past-their-prime MLS players are all many signs of his complete idiocy. Last night proved just how out of touch he is when he said nothing needed to change. Why he hasn't been sacked yet is a mystery to me.

Sports Discussion / **** YOU BRUCE ARENA
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:09:39 PM »
Unbelievable. Just..............w ow.

The United States for the first time in over 30 years isn't going to the World Cup. All the US needed was a single point against Trinidad & Tobago and they were in. The last-place team in the Hex. But instead, they go out and lose to them 2-1. This, combined with Honduras and Panama winning their matches means the US finishes fifth and out of the World Cup in 2018.

The US has the talent. In fact, we've got some of the best talent we've ever had in guys like Yedlin and Pulisic. And we had a fine manager in Jurgen Klinsmann, who might've been lacking tactically, but had done a phenomenal job of finding young dual-nationals and building up the youth system. But he made too many enemies with the USSF, mostly because he dared to speak the truth (ie. American players are better off playing in Europe and MLS isn't really a quality league) and make too many people within MLS upset. So he got sacked after two losses to open the qualifying.

So what does the USSF do in all their infinite wisdom? Rehire Bruce Arena, a tactical moron who can't recruit or develop players, with a healthy dose of American jingoism thrown in. Everything that comes out of that idiot's mouth ("MLS is a quality league", "Christian Pulisic is nowhere near what Landon Donovan was", "I'd like to see those European sissies manage in CONCACAF") made me hope for nothing but the worst for us. I'll admit it. I was hoping we wouldn't make it, because in my opinion, the USSF needed to pay for their short-sightedness and hyper-protective stance regarding MLS. Well, I got my wish.

It's humiliating that we couldn't get more points than Honduras or Panama. But this needed to happen. The USSF and Sunil Gulati in particular needed a hard punch to the face to demonstrate just how short-sighted they truly were. And I'll still be watching the World Cup next year, because I love football and the World Cup is an event like no other. But still, even though I wanted this to happen............. still sucks.

General Chat / One of the Internet's Greatest Mysteries..........SOLVED!
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:03:43 PM »
For anyone who's a Harry Potter fan, the words My Immortal are instantly recognizable. Even some who aren't fans of the books know about what is considered perhaps the worst best piece of fan fiction of all-time. For those who aren't, here's a primer:

My Immortal is a Harry Potter fan fiction which has a cult following on the Internet. It takes every part of bad fan fiction (disregarding canon, out-of-character portrayals, inserting oneself as a near-perfect individual, bad grammar, bad/hilarious spelling, the list goes on) and cranks it up to hilarious levels. It was written by someone calling themselves "Tara Gilesbie" and unleashed on in 2006. The story's hideousness brilliance drew many detractors......... .....and many fans as well. This was what REALLY kicked off "Dramatic Readings", and it's even spawned a web video series.

However, there were two mysteries to this that for over a decade, went unsolved:
-Who was "Tara Gilesbie"?
-Was My Immortal supposed to be taken seriously, or was it one big joke?

Two weeks ago, we got the answer: "Tara Gilesbie" is a young adult writer named Rose Christo, and the entire thing was indeed one massive joke on her part. On one hand, she regrets writing it, but not because of the story itself, because it was meant to be a joke. Rather, she regrets the grief it caused She does however appreciate people who enjoyed it and thanked them for keeping it relevant. She appreciates such people to the point that when one reader, who went so far as to roleplay Lord Voldemort in flaming her and sending her insulting emails, apologized for doing so, she told the individual to not feel sorry, because she found his flaming/nasty emails funny and one of the highlights of her time as "Tara".

I suggest you read the linked article, because it'll explain things better than I could. But hearing this news brought me back to when I first saw the infamous fanfic. I was at first disturbed.......... .then I found it hilarious. The way I viewed it, I couldn't lose: if it was meant to be taken seriously, I could laugh at how silly that idea was. If it was a joke, it was very well done. Now we know.

Just for the hell of it, I re-read some of it last night. Yep. Still hilarious.

Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / FFTCG US Nationals Decks
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:13:54 PM »
The US Nationals for the Final Fantasy TCG was held this weekend. The champion ended up being a player from Wisconsin, Joe Leszczynski. Top Four all qualified for Worlds in Tokyo later this year. FF Decks today got ahold of the decklists for the Top 12.

Decks can be viewed here.

Few things:
-Ice/Wind making up the finals was a massive surprise. It's not a decktype that saw much play until recently.
-A chocobo-themed deck being the championship deck was also a surprise. Guess the archtype does work, it just needs to be finely tuned.
-Legendary Bartz saw some play with the Top 12. Not bad for a card considered to be a garbage Legendary.
-Mono Water still running strong overall, as is Wind/Water.
-The third place deck is the most unique one I've seen. I think I want to try and build something like that, particularly because I want to use Legendary Ramza.

Locally, we ended up being represented well. Mike Scarbrough, a player whose home store is AU Wilmington, ended up coming in 20th overall. I believe you'd met him Pimpin.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: R.I.P Bobby Heenan
« on: September 17, 2017, 05:13:55 PM »
Even though he'd been ill the past several years, this still hits hard.

I'd given a friend of mine who's in the pro wrestling business my "I Wish Monsoon Was Here" Raw Deal card. He got Heenan to sign it for him. According to my friend, Heenan's face lit up as soon as he saw the card.

I have no doubt that Gorilla Monsoon is eagerly waiting to greet him.

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