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Virtual Raw Deal / Re: Raw Deal's 20th anniversary!!!
« on: May 16, 2020, 03:38:47 PM »
Wow, crazy 20 years. So many great memories.  :)

Magic: The Gathering Discussion / Guilds of Ravnica Pre-Release
« on: September 27, 2018, 09:37:18 PM »
Is anyone excited about Guilds of Ravnica?

I'm planning on going to at least two pre-releases. Picking Boros for the first and debating between Golgari and Dimir for the second one.

What Guild is everyone thinking of playing for the Pre-Release?

Red/Boros deck wins decks are usually fairly cheap and straight forward. They seem like a good starting point. With Khans of Tarkir focusing on the clans, 3 colour decks are more popular than mono-coloured decks. You could add black cards to the previously mentioned Boros (Red and White) deck and make a Mardu (Red, White and Black) deck. That could be a good jumping in deck as well.

Classic Raw Deal / Re: WWF Raw Deal promotional cards
« on: February 04, 2014, 02:13:02 PM »
Austin is about to "Kick" Undertaker with his fist I see.

I also used to have a set of these. I think I gave them away as prize support for a tournament.

Also Elbow to Face for 8D or less, would have changed the game so much.

Magic: The Gathering Discussion / Re: MTGO Usernames
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:32:09 AM »
I signed up recently, but my activation is in limbo. Will have it figured out soon hopefully.

Username is HalfBadger  :o

Classic Raw Deal / Re: 2013 World Championship
« on: August 18, 2013, 05:16:33 PM »
congratulations to all the players. can't wait to watch it on YouTube once I'm done putting my littlest one to bed. he's half asleep, shouldn't be long.  ;D

Classic Raw Deal / Re: Attention Raw Dealers....
« on: December 12, 2012, 02:53:12 PM »
Do you mean the promo cards or like posters for the store to hang?

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: Questions for Bret Hart
« on: November 20, 2012, 10:19:43 PM »
Hey guys, sorry haven't posted about the interview, TCO is now blocked at work under the category games...  >:(

Anyways I just about ask the Pillman question like my arm was an inch in the air, when one of the organizers said we had to stop questions and move on to the pictures and autograph part cuz Bret had other scheduled stuff to do. Here's a video of part of the interview. Being the first one there I got to sit first row, in front of the camera to the left. It was weird when Bret would seemingly look into the crowd, but then try to avoid looking directly in the camera he'd often look at my direction, because of the angle he was facing. So whenever he's looking below the camera he's basically talking directly to me (or it felt that way at least).

I was going to word the Pillman question more geared to how hard did he have to convince the writers to let Pillman join the group, since he wasn't family and it'd confuse the casual viewer, etc. I also was going to ask him another question that was different from my original question, but I can't remember it right now...

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: Questions for Bret Hart
« on: November 01, 2012, 01:41:54 PM »
Weren't you the other guy who won the Lance Storm autograph from the book mark Morrell book?

No, that was some other Peter K from Winnipeg, who is a Lance Storm fan and loves to read.

I actually never signed up for his book club before he closed it. Combination of having a bunch of book series' I was into and going back to University. Now I have time/book freedom to read whatever,  so if he starts it up again I'd be there.

Anticipatory response, I am not the guy from

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: Questions for Bret Hart
« on: November 01, 2012, 12:59:48 PM »

although i gotta say your question is a pretty good one too Goth.

It's been a while since someone got me and Antigoth mixed up.  ;)

All Canadians look alike? 

On the boards back in the day, when we got a lot of new players, I guess they got us confused, since we're both from Winnipeg and we were both admins and top posters.

In person, although we both have Scottish backrounds and similar facial hair at times, someone might get us confused, other than Antigoth being like a foot taller than me.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: Questions for Bret Hart
« on: November 01, 2012, 11:30:05 AM »

although i gotta say your question is a pretty good one too Goth.

It's been a while since someone got me and Antigoth mixed up.  ;)

Virtual Raw Deal / Re: Virtual 5 News
« on: November 01, 2012, 10:28:07 AM »
the background on that card is AMAZING!

Agreed, awesome job.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Questions for Bret Hart
« on: November 01, 2012, 10:08:24 AM »
I've got seats to a Q & A with Bret Hart tomorrow and was wondering if anyone can come up with a better question than the one I currently am thinking of asking.

"After WWE bought WCW and had the invasion angle, did you have ideas how you would have booked it differently?"

General Chat / Re: TV Tropes
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:48:27 AM »
That's a good idea.

Flau definetly needs an entry, since it's one of the few banned cards in the game. Almost very set has 1 -2 game breakers, because thats how most sets were designed, from one extreme to another.

General Chat / Re: LinkedIn
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:40:43 AM »
Its not bad for creating an online resume, but it does have some annoying emails. I'm never on it, but never hurts to get your name out there.

I agree, it helps to have a professional version of facebook, especially if your job hunting/looking to upgrade your job. The email options for the groups are too limited I think. If they could digest them into 2 weeks or a month time frame that'd be great for me, as I'm not on there that much.

One annoying aspect is the site wanting you to pay to upgrade for better/premium memberships tools. If I'm looking for a (better) job, doesn't that typically mean I'm short on cash and this is another service seemingly praying on the vulnerable. Paying money with the promise of potentially helping you make more money can be tempting.

Has anyone upgraded to a premium membership? Is it worth it?

General Chat / Re: G.I. Joe Retaliation Delay
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:26:36 AM »
I was a huge GI Joe fan in the 80's but will pass on this most likely crappy film.

I was a huge fan of the original cartoons, but like transformers when I watch those old show, I realize how bad the writing etc were, especially when compared to the wave of cartoons in the 90's that focused on the story first, merchandise second. However I do think the writing in the first movie was worse than most episodes of the original cartoons, somehow.

Oddlly enough some cartoons now are worse when it comes to merchandise first and story second, like Yu-gi-oh and beyblades, that are mainly the kids playing with the toys/cards.

General Chat / Re: Settle a debate at work:
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:09:24 AM »
I vote for Degrassi, since I have a minor in Anthropology and the show is more about society than specific characters. Kind of like Menudo ( or whatever that south american boy band's name is). Once the characters graduate high school they get written out of the show (for the last cuople seasons, eariler seasons they followed up for a year or two after grad) and a new crop of students show up.

Also I believe degrassi is played by real teenagers and is canadian.  :P

With the huge variety of cast and characters degrassi can also explore more storylines and in different ways. For example since Degrassi: TNG started like 10 yrs ago, they've had like 5 homosexual characters that received top billing in the opening credits, whose journey through teenage life were all different.

...the revolution will not be verified. / Re: CTE
« on: October 15, 2012, 08:53:02 AM »
I'm a little wary of any sport that needs heavy padding and helmets to absorb impact from other humans (gridiron football, hockey, etc). Too much possibility for wear and tear, that can go unnoticed and build up.

There are many other ways to show off athleticism, we don't need sports that for some to many of players is basically big horn sheep ramming their heads against each other.

...the revolution will not be verified. / Re: Racism and the Internet
« on: October 15, 2012, 08:43:42 AM »
I both are parts of the issue.

Some comments are meant to get a rise out of people. Other times it's someones true feelings and ideaology.

I recall on reading a related article (sorry can't remember the name, something about why we're doomed or why internet brings out so many douchbags) comparing posts in their fairly anonymous comments and their forums (where like here you have register etc and people can track your posts). The anonymous ones are freuqently unreadable, poor grammar, negative etc. The forums are a lot better.

I think there is a lot more bigortry in our society than we realize, it's just suppressed. I recall when Mel Gibson was caught on tape with his anti-jewish comments, some people reported that many hollywood execs/people weren't upset about what he said, but that he was caught. However most of these people possible grew up when bigotry was out in the open.

I think in some ways it'll get better. The only demographic of white americans that voted for Obama over McCain were the 18-35 yr olds. Also the younger generations are more tolerant of homosexual and interracial couples/marriage than the older typically in our society.

Once the top hollywood execs retie/die after a generation or so we'll hopefully have more movies, t.v. shows etc that aren't lazy and go to the default us vs them. There are still attributes that seem to be ok to mock someone for and be deemed superior/the hero, but things seem to be getting better.

Also Idiocracy, has many flaws and I doubt could be anywhere near a prohpecy. I haven't seen the movie in a while so I may recall some things wrong, but 100 IQ is the average, even if people got stupider the average IQ would still be 100. It's a relative, not absolute value. Smarter people and geniuses can born from less intelligent people. My friends who watched this movie with me, said something along the lines of knuckle draggers with keep having more knuckle dragging kids and since they are out breeding smarter people, we'll be overrun by knuckle draggers. This isn't true, as some of those kids couple be very intelligent and/or curious and teach them selves how to learn and understand things.

Also any human rights movement was started by someone whose previous generation, thought whatever the movement is against, was fine. Slave trade, slavery, women voting, women owning propery, interacial marriages etc. wouldn't have happened if things were always getting worse.

Classic Raw Deal / Re: On damaged cards
« on: October 15, 2012, 07:53:14 AM »
Heat, Water and/or Pressure is what I was thinking.

I'm trying to figure out how the damaged happened at those specifics spots though. The corner is a typical water damage spot and the sides could be pressure/heat from an elastic.

Was the back damaged as well?

Classic Raw Deal / Re: "EXTREMELY RARE"
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:57:55 PM »
I was having a conversation like this with my dad yesterday. My mom bought a lot of "collectibles" like TY Beanie Babies and Barbie the year 2000 Special Edition. Now they are taking up space and worth next to nothing.
I found as a collector of various things that any product that says special/collectors edition is not a good collectible, investment wise. They typically have more produced than the regularly produced editions of the product. Plus anyone slightly interested in the product will buy one. So high supply, low demand.

Also with Autographs, unless they have authentication they aren't necessarily worth much to others.

Classic Raw Deal / Re: Photos: Gencon 2012
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:43:36 PM »
Wow, looked amazing as always.

Were you trying to punch out the Demon Queen of Spiders?

Classic Raw Deal / Re: Shipping and Handling Fees
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:34:44 PM »
I remember when I started ebaying, miscalculating the total cost of S&H and losing money. Nobody seemed to mind when my S&H fees jumped like $1-2 from one sets of auctions to another.

Isn't it great fun playing the which dollar is stronger today game. I never realized how much you can gain or lose, transferring from USD to CDN any given week.

General Chat / Re: Weird Ways Raw Deal Has Come Up in Every Day Life?
« on: October 03, 2012, 11:37:04 PM »
I haven't been very active in the gaming/sci-fi/fantasy scene for the last couple of years and have changed my look (contacts and shaved head) so many ppl don't recognize me as often at cons etc, so when I do cross paths with other gamers/s/f fans or happen to go to a con here in Winnipeg I find ways to name drop Antigoth's name and the ppl suddenly accept me as a legit gamer/s/f/ fan. ;)

Also being active in the rules forum and being invited into a playtester like exclusive rules forum back in the day, helped me realize that being a rules lawyer means I'm good with logic etc, which helped give me confidence when I was having trouble with school, when I went back to get my Math/Stats degree.

it also helps when watching WWE, because I name many movies that the announcers seemed baffled what to call. Especially signature moves, like Trish's maTrish movie, the announcers tend(ed) to call it a matrix like move. I find giving signature moves cool names, is an under appreciated part of Raw Deal.

Another aspect is selling cards on ebay, not only gave me lots of positive feedback and helping my ebay rating, but gave me experience and confidence to use ebay. Many of my friends and family seem to be intimidated by Ebay would rather put things on Kijiji. This might be easier, I've sometimes research what things go for on ebay and helped ppl (including myself) buy and sell things for good prices. This was especially helpful as a student, when for whatever reason a course switched textbooks used, in between semesters (during the same school year). The University bookstore wouldn't buy back my book. So I went on ebay and my 200+ rating as a buyer and seller, seemed to give me an edge over other ebayers trying to sell the same book, who had primarily used ebay to buy things. Selling items all over the world and getting top feedback gives potential buyers confidence. Thanks Raw Dealers who bought my auctions  ;D

General Chat / Re: G.I. Joe Retaliation Delay
« on: October 03, 2012, 11:05:13 PM »
The first movie was such garbage that I still have fits thinking about it.

I was willing to give the second one a chance for a number of reasons.

I'm a fan of the delay because the whole "convert to 3d" is non-sense, they're doing it to reshoot scenes, and try and save the franchise, which I'm a fan of, because apparently the reviews from the test screenings was that it was unwatchable crap.

So if they can salvage it some how, and make it at least an enjoyable blow up popcorn movie, then it's worth the delay.

Plus it was going to get killed up against spiderman.

Mostly that last one.

Plus Avengers earlier in the summer and DKR about a month later, they may have realized they had step up their game. I'm just waiting for all the action figures to go on sale. it's weird seeing stores having G.I.JOE sections of merchandise for a movie that won't be out for 6 months.

The trailers looked good, I wonder where they went wrong. Also maybe with Tatum's movies doing so well, they wanted to highlight him more. Something for the chicks to check out until Magic Mike 2 comes out...

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