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The test will come in how well the patch goes. How long it takes, isn't really that important to me. I expect patch days to have the servers down minimum 6 hours.
They really need to get this patch out smoothly. And it shouldn't introduce new bugs. Those dupe bugs were so annoying.
But what I'm really impressed, with all the fixes they are planning.
And so here's the thing. I really think Bethesda is listening and trying to respond to the players.
First we had the big patch, that people didn't like. So they are making sure patches aren't that big anymore.
Then really fucked up with that canvas bag. That wasn't a mistake. That was someone in Bethesda knowing they couldn't, and making the choice to not say anything and try and slide one past the people who bought one. And then someone in legal making that crappy offer. Till finally someone said, No, there's only one way to make this right. Give them what they paid for.
Then the second patch was much smaller. But it introduced new bugs. So people said, you need better Q&A. So they held off on the console patch for this week, so as to make sure it's right. They can do PCs because hotfixes are possible for them.
And a lot of people said, fix the shit that is broken!
And this patch is filled with lots of fixes. Some I've been looking forward too. And some improvements too!
So yeah, it does seem like they are listening, and then trying to do what we need, to make the game better to play.
I know some are going to say, But it never should have happened or been like this in the first place! Well yeah, agreed, only because I don't think they plan to make mistakes. But I've learned in life, everything humans make is prone to mistakes. And expecting a mistake free world will never happen. No matter how much money is involved.
submitted by /u/Tybber42 to r/fo76
Anime movies/shows that integrate real life events into their stories or uses them as a backdrop and take place in our world (for example Patlabor 2 with the cold war) - preferably mature/serious stories?
I recently finished the Patlabor franchise and I love the second movie in particular.
It deals with the threat of a new war (as well as terrorism) and due to the backdrop of it actually taking place in our world (cold war just recently ended, USA F-16s bomb a bridge in Japan etc.) it gave the Anime urgency and the feeling that it could've been "real" which I enjoyed immensely.
If you want an example of a western show that takes the theme of using real life events as the shows background even deeper, then it would be "The Americans".
Can someone recommend me some more shows or movies that take place in our world, NOT a fictional one, (so our nations and so on even though ofc technology and such can be much more advanced) that use real life events as a backdrop or a starting point to tell their story?
I'd prefer serious/more mature shows/movies but I'll take everything. ;)
Thank you!submitted by /u/Serariron to r/Animesuggest
Each week I thought I'd post these SysAdmin tools, tips, tutorials etc with just one link to get it in your inbox each week (with extras). Let me know any ideas for future version in the comments!
This week is mega list of all the items we've featured to in the last 3 months, broken down into categories, for you to explore at your leisure. I hope you enjoy it.
Free MailFlow Monitor. Rejection / Delay Text Alerts, Group Policies, Alerts By SMTP Code, Trouble Shooting Tools including header analysis. MailFlow Monitor is EveryCloud’s (Our) free, cloud-based, round-trip tool that sends you an alert as soon as there is an issue with your email flow. Settings are adjustable to allow you to choose how much of a delay is acceptable and which types of bounce alerts you want to see. Helps you get to the bottom of a problem before users (or your boss) have even noticed it.
Postman is a popular, free app to make API development faster and easier. It offers a powerful GUI, saved history of requests, flexible monitoring, automated testing with collection runner, mock servers, and unlimited collections, environments, tests, and sharing. It also provides detailed documentation.
Microsoft Sysinternals Suite is all their utilities in one convenient file. Contains the all the individual troubleshooting tools as well as help files, but not non-troubleshooting tools like the BSOD Screen Saver or NotMyFault. A shout out to azers for recommending this one.
RichCopy is a simple tool written by a Microsoft engineer named Derk Benisch. It provides a much-appreciated graphical interface for the very popular Robocopy command-line utility.
Windows Update MiniTool is an alternative to the standard (and sometimes overbearing) Windows Update. It allows you to control updates by giving you the power to search, install, and block Windows updates in any way you like.
Space Monger gives you a graphical image of your whole disk, where large files and folders are easily identified. This handy tool can be run from a USB drive, so you don't even need to install it. Thanks for this one and Windows Update MiniTool go to mikedopp.
UNetbootin is a terrific, cross-platform utility for creating bootable live USB drives for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. Thanks go to Gianks for this one.
CopyQ is a clipboard manager that adds some advanced editing and scripting capabilities. It monitors the system clipboard and saves text, HTML, images and more into customized tabs. From there, the saved content can be copied and pasted directly into any application. Clipboard history is easily searchable and can be filtered. Suggested by majkinetor.
Desktop Info provides a quick view of every kind of metric about your Windows system right on your desktop. The display looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and updates in real time. Gives you a quick way to monitor what any system is up to, while using very little memory and requiring almost nothing from the CPU. This one was recommended by mikedopp.
Healthstone is a lightweight, self-hosted, agent-based system-monitoring solution that runs lots of customizable health checks. The dashboard runs on a Windows or Linux server, and it has agents for the Windows and Linux hosts you want to monitor. You can customize the dashboard to send notifications via email, Pushbullet, or NodePoint tickets whenever a client stops checking in or any of the configured checks fail. Configuration is retrieved from the dashboard by all agents in the form of templates, which are stored in the templates folder and can be customized for your needs. Thanks to mikedopp for this one!
Rufus is another utility for formatting and creating bootable USB flash drives. This one works with MRB/GPT and BIOS/UEFI. Rufus is about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer, or Windows 7 USB download tool when creating a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO. It is also marginally faster for creating a Linux bootable USB from ISOs. We first heard of this one from Gianks, but there were quite a few others who shared the recommendation as well.
Axence netTools is a set of ten free tools for network scanning and monitoring. Includes: Netwatch (multiple host availability and response-time monitoring); Network port and service scanner; Wintools (view of launched processes/services, remote register editor and Windows event log view, HDD/RAM/CPU details, custom queries based on WMI protocol); TCP/IP workshop and SNMP browser; Traceroute; NetStat (list of inbound and outbound connections and open ports); Local info (tables with local configuration details, TCP/UDP stats); Lookup (DNS and WHOIS records); Bandwidth test; and NetCheck (LAN hardware and wiring quality check). This was recommended by DollarMindy as an "easy ping monitor with email alerts."
MediCat USB is a a bootable troubleshooting environment with Linux and Windows boot environments and troubleshooting tools. A complete Hiren's Boot Disk replacement for modern hardware that follows the Ubuntu release cycle with a new update released every 6 months. The DVD version was originally recommended to us by Spikerman "for when you need to helpdesk warrior."
MobaXterm is an enhanced terminal for remote computing. It brings all the key remote network tools (SSH, X11, RDP, VNC, FTP, MOSH) and Unix commands (bash, ls, cat, sed, grep, awk, rsync) to Windows desktop in a single, portable .exe file that works out of the box. The free version includes full X server and SSH support, remote desktop (RDP, VNC, Xdmcp), remote terminal (SSH, telnet, rlogin, Mosh), X11-Forwarding, automatic SFTP browser, plugins support, portable and installer versions but only 12 sessions, 2 SSH tunnels, 4 macros, and 360 seconds for Tftp/Nfs/Cron. Thanks go out to lazylion_ca for suggesting this one.
WinDirStat provides free, open-source graphical disk-usage analysis for MS Windows. You'll get a sub-tree view with disk-use percent and a list of file extensions ordered by usage. This tool was recommended by ohyeahwell, who likes to use it "for freespace as it can be deployed via ninite pro."
IIS Crypto allows administrators to enable or disable protocols, ciphers, hashes and key exchange algorithms on Windows Server 2008, 2012 and 2016. You can also reorder SSL/TLS cipher suites from IIS, implement best practices with a single click, create custom templates and test your website. Available in both command line and GUI versions. EOTFOFFTW tells us, “This tool has been very helpful in configuring SSL settings for Windows IIS servers.”
Ditto saves all your clipboard items so you can access them later. It works with anything that can be put on the clipboard—images, text, html and custom formats. The simple interface includes search and sync functions for ease of finding what you need. Thanks go to Arkiteck for suggesting this one!
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware should be your first stop if you suspect a malware infection. It is the most-effective malware remover—featuring deep scans and daily updates—and blocks malware, hacker, viruses, ransomware and malicious websites that slip through your traditional antivirus. Also available as a full AV program that you can buy if you wish to do so.
Termius is a complete command-line solution providing portable server management for UNIX and Linux systems—whether a local machine, a remote service, Docker Container, VM, Raspberry Pi, or AWS instance (similar to Putty for Android). This cross-platform Telnet, Mosh-compatible and SSH client. Securely access Linux or IoT devices to quickly fix issues from your laptop or phone. Thanks for this one go to blendelabor.
WSUS Offline Update lets you safely patch any computer running Microsoft Windows and Office—even when there's no connection to the Internet or a network of any sort. More specifically, you first run WSUS Offline Update on a machine that has Internet connectivity to download the updates you need and copy the resulting update media to a USB drive. You then use the USB drive to run the update on the target computers. Recommended by mikedopp.
SystemRescueCd is a Linux system rescue disk that allows you to administer or repair your system and data after a crash. It can be booted via CD/DVD, USB or installed directly on the hard disk. Many system utilities like GParted, fsarchiver, filesystem tools and basic tools (editors, midnight commander, network tools) are included, and it works on Linux and Windows computers, desktops and servers. Supports ext3/ext4, xfs, btrfs, reiserfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs—as well as network filesystems such as Samba and NFS.
KiTTY is a fork of PuTTY, the popular Telnet and SSH client. It runs on Windows and can perform all the tasks of PuTTY plus many more. Features include portability, predefined command shortcuts, sessions filter, session launcher, automatic log-on script, URL hyperlinks, automatic command and password, running locally saved scripts in remote sessions, ZModem integration, icons for each session, transparency, unfortunate keyboard input protection, roll-up, quick start of duplicate sessions, configuration box, automatic saving, Internet Explorer integration for SSH Handler, binary compression, clipboard printing, PuTTYCyg patch, background images/transparency and organizing sessions you save in a folder hierarchy.
WinMTR is a free, open-source Windows application that integrates the functions of the traceroute and ping utilities into a single, convenient network diagnostic tool. Many thanks to generalmx for suggesting both this and SystemRescueCd!
SSL Labs SSL Server Test is a free online service that will run a deep analysis on the configuration for any SSL web server. Simply enter the hostname, and you'll get a detailed report highlighting any problems found on each server.
Draw.io is a free, browser-based diagramming application that's terrific for creating flowcharts and org charts. It's available as an online application with optional integration to various cloud storage options.
ImmuniWeb® SSLScan allows you to test SSL/TLS security and implementation for compliance with PCI DSS requirements, HIPAA guidance and NIST guidelines. Checks SSL certificate expiration for subdomains, insecure third-party content, and email servers’ SPF, DKIM, and DMARC implementation. Credit for this one goes to pixl_graphix.
BadSSL.com offers a simple, free way to test a browser's security setup. This helpful service was suggested by Already__Taken who advises you to "test what your MITM proxy will happily re-sign and present to you as a valid site."
Testssl.sh is a free command line tool that checks a server's service on any port for the support of TLS/SSL ciphers, protocols, recent cryptographic flaws and more. Recommended by stuck_in_the_tubes who likes it "for when you need to assess protocol encryption without the use of external services."
For access to all of the sysinternals tools on any Windows box with internet, just Win+R and open \\live.sysinternals.com\tools. It's a public SMB share with all of the tools that Microsoft hosts. Thanks to jedieaston for the tip.
BASH keyboard shortcut: 'Control + r' initiates a name/command lookup from the bash history. As you type, this 'reverse incremental search' will autocomplete with the most-recent match from your history.
Darknet Diaries podcast relates the fascinating, true stories of hackers, defenders, threats, malware, botnets, breaches, and privacy. The show's producer, Jack Rhysider, is a security-world veteran who gained experience fighting such exploits at a Security Operations Center. Thanks to unarj for suggesting this one.
StormCast is a daily 5-10 minute podcast from the Internet Storm Center covering the latest information security threat updates. New podcasts are released late in the day, so they're waiting for you to listen on your morning commute. While the format is compact, the information is very high-level and provides a real overview of the current state of affairs in the info-sec world.
Microsoft Cloud IT Pro podcast is hosted by Scott and Ben, two IT Pros with expertise in SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure. The podcast focuses primarily on Office 365 with some discussion on Azure, especially as it relates to Office 365 in areas such as Azure AD and Mobile Device Management (MDM) or Mobile Application Management (MAM).
Datanauts podcast keeps you up to date on developments in data center and infrastructure related to cloud, storage, virtualization, containers, networking, and convergence. Discussions focus on data center compute, storage, networking and automation to explore the newest technologies, including hyperconvergence and cloud.
Cloud Architects is a podcast on best practices, the latest news, and cutting-edge Microsoft cloud technologies. Nicolas Blank, Warren du Toit and Chris Goosen host discussions with various experts in the cloud space to gather helpful guidance and ideas.
Risky Business is a weekly podcast that covers both the latest news and thoughtful, in-depth discussions with the top minds in the security industry. Hosted by award-winning journalist Patrick Gray, it is a terrific way to stay up to date on information security.
The rollBak is a podcast on systems engineering, DevOps, networking, and automation—along with the odd discussion on software development or information security. Conversation is casual with the intention of making complex topics approachable in a way that fosters learning.
Get Started in PowerShell3 is a great jump start video series on starting out in PowerShell. According to sysadmin FireLucid, "It's a great broad overview of how it works and I found it extremely useful to have watched before starting on the book."
Ask Woody is a no-nonsense news, tips, and help site for Windows, Office, and more. You can post questions about Windows 10, Win8.1, Win7, Surface, Office, or browse through their forums. Recommended to us by deeperdownunder.
Learn X in Y minutes is a community-driven site that provides quick syntax for many popular programming languages. Here are direct links for some common ones, kindly provided by ssebs:
WintelGuy offers a handy collection of useful links, calculators, resources, and tools for the sysadmin. Thanks LateralLimey for the recommendation!
How-To Geek is a website dedicated to explaining today's technology. Content is written to be useful for all audiences—from regular people to geeky technophiles—and the focus is to put the latest news and tech into context.
EventSentry is a comprehensive, well-organized resource for Windows security events and auditing on the web. It allows you to see how events correlate using insertion strings and review the associated audit instructions. This was recommended by _deftoner_ as an “online DB where you can search for Windows Event Log by id, os, error code, etc. I do a lot of auditing on a big network thru event log ids, and sometimes I found rare errors—and there is not a good db with all of them. Not even Microsoft has one.”
The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win tells the story of an IT manager's efforts to save his company's dysfunctional IT dept. The company's new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is behind schedule and hugely over budget. Bill is given 90 days to resolve the entire mess—or have his entire department outsourced. An entertaining read, with elements that seem familiar to most system admins. Comes highly recommended by sp00n_b3nd3r.
UNIX® and Linux® System Administration Handbook, 5th Edition, is a comprehensive guide written by world-class, hands-on experts. It covers best practices for every area of system administration—including storage management, network design and administration, security, web hosting, automation, configuration management, performance analysis, virtualization, DNS, security, and management of IT service organizations. You'll learn all about installing, configuring, and maintaining any UNIX or Linux system, even those that supply core Internet and cloud infrastructure. A great resource for anyone responsible for running systems built on UNIX or Linux.
Taming Information Technology: Lessons from Studies of System Administrators (Human Technology Interaction Series)was suggested by AngryMountainBiker, who describes it as "essentially an ethnographic study of system administrators. The authors videotaped and otherwise documented SA's over a period of time and were able to break down a number of fascinating incidents and how to improve the art. I'm disappointed this hasn't been recommended reading for all SA's and maybe more importantly, their bosses, who too often don't really know what SA's do."
Learn Active Directory Management in a Month of Lunches is a practical, hands-on guide for those who are new to Active Directory. It covers the administration tasks that keep a network running smoothly and how to administer AD both from the GUI tools built into Windows and from PowerShell at the command line. Provides best practices for managing user access, setting group policies, automating backups, and more. All examples are based in Windows Server 2012.
Sans Digital Forensics and Incident Response Cheat Sheets provide a collection of assorted, handy incident response cheat sheets. It's a helpful reference for commands, process, tactics, tips, tools and techniques that was compiled by Sans DFIR, the experts in incident-response training.
Ned Pyle's blog from Microsoft's Directory Services Team contains a wealth of posts on best practices and solutions to common issues. While no longer actively maintained by Ned Pyle, the library of information already posted is incredibly valuable. Thanks to azers for bringing this to our attention.
Happy SysAdm has been providing resources, solutions and tips for system administrators since 2010. The blog is written by a Senior Systems Administrator with close to 15 years experience in designing, scripting, monitoring and performance-tuning Microsoft environments going all the way back to Windows 3.1/95/NT4.
Stephanos Constantinou's Blog shares the author's original scripts for PowerShell, Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange On-Premise and Online (Office 365) and Microsoft Azure. His current focus is on retrieving data from systems, editing it and automating procedures. You'll also find a section with some PowerShell tutorials.
Have a fantastic week!!
u/crispyducks (Graham @ EveryCloud)
P.S. Some Extra Free Tools We Put In The Email Version
Clonezilla is free, open-source software for disk cloning, disk imaging, data recovery, and deployment—helping with system deployment, bare metal backup, and recovery. Cloning efficiency is optimized by the program's approach of saving/restoring only used blocks in the hard disk.
SPF Record Testing Tools is a query tool designed to help you deploy SPF records for your domain. It validates if an SPF record exists and whether it is formatted correctly and entered into your DNS as a proper TXT record.
PS Remote Registry module contains functions to create, modify, or delete registry subkeys and values on local or remote computers. This one was recommended to us by IhaveGin.
PowerCopy GUI was recommended by Elementix, who described it as "similar to RichCopy, but it uses .Net, PowerShell, and Robocopy. A good (non-install) alternative." The tool allows you to set up predefined options, one-click access to help and log file, and instant error analysis.
Gitbash is a package containing bash and a collection of other, separate *nix utilities like ssh, scp, cat, find and others—compiled for Windows—and a new command-line interface terminal window called mintty. Recommended by sysacc who tells us he's been "dealing with log files lately and I've been using...Gitbash a LOT... It's part of the Git tools, I love having access to Linux commands on Windows."
Easy2Boot is a collection of grub4dos scripts to be copied onto a grub4dos-bootable USB drive. Each time you boot, the E2B scripts automatically find all the payload files (.ISO, .IMA, .BIN, .IMG, etc.) on the USB drive and dynamically generate the menus. Thanks to Phx86 who says it "creates a very versatile USB drive. It checks a lot of marks other various tools did not. Formats NTFS, your ISO boot disks doubles as standard NTFS storage. Drag and drop .ISO files to the correct folder, then boot directly to them. Boot menu reads the .ISO files and builds a menu based on what is loaded on the drive. No fiddling around with custom boot menus when you add a new .ISO."
CCleaner is the fastest way to eliminate temporary files and Windows Registry problems. Our own Matt Frye says, "When a machine is having problems, this is almost always the tool I use first. It also helps to ensure privacy by getting rid of traces left behind (such as cookies) by web browsers."
Netwrix Auditor Free Community Edition is a great auditing/monitoring tool for the Windows sysadmin. It lets you see changes and access events in your hybrid cloud IT environment, so you can stop worrying you'll miss critical changes to AD objects, file server permissions, Windows Server configuration or other security incidents.
WinSCP is an SFTP client and FTP client for Windows with a GUI, integrated text editor, scripting and task automation. It allows you to copy files between a local computer and remote servers via FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 file transfer protocols.submitted by /u/crispyducks to r/ITProTuesday
For a long time I wished I had a Mirror of Erised to show me what I truly wanted, because hell if I know. I was always jealous of those people who knew for sure. Like no matter how crazy the dream, at least you had something definitive to work towards.
But I was thinking about it and maybe now there is something I truly want, something I'd know I'd see. I don't know if it is better this way. Maybe it was easier before I knew.
I want you, forever.
I want to move to your hometown and have ocean all over my toes as often as feasibly possible.
I want to have two beautiful children, within two years of each other, ideally a boy and girl, but I'm not that picky and name them after your grandparents and bring them to my hometown a couple times a year to see the snow and the skyscrapers and their cousins and their crazy cat lady grandma.
I want an avocado tree.
I want to see the world with you, one piece at a time, from the museums I drag you through to the crazy cuisines and the language struggles and flea market haggles and the most waterfalls.
I want to finally learn to surf no matter how long it takes me.
I want to cook for you and clean for you and care for you, through the long hours of med school and residency and whatever crazy speciality you choose.
I want incredible mind blowing soul altering sex.
I want laugh fits and silly fights and you shushing me through new movies and tv shows and you bothering me while I cook dinner and beating me at pool all the time and being unnecessarily competitive at all things.
I want a houseful of pets.
I want couples costumes.
I want breakfast and coffee in mornings before work.
I want cocktail and cooking adventures on long weekends.
I want to make pancakes and "compote" on Sundays.
I want to argue about what art to hang in our bedroom and where we should keep your plastic sun dancers.
I want to take turns crying and stuttering as we struggle through serious conversations.
I want to text memes back and forth until our memes are no longer cool and our kids roll their eyes at us.
I want board games and dancing and Mario Kart and anime.
I think you will make a great dad and a great husband and a great partner.
I think we complement each other in a lot of ways.
I think you keep me sane and you drive me crazy and you keep me grounded and you calm me down when I'm stressed and make me laugh whatever mood I'm in.
I want your getting frustrated at how fast I read and your being a child in the grocery store and our finding new food items to be sex euphemisms,
I want financial struggles and loans and bills and late nights and early mornings and sickness and long work days and crying babies and angsty teenagers and aging parents and you're going to age so much better than I am and we're gonna have to deal with my racist ass relatives and your job is gonna be hard as fuck from what the tv shows tell me.
And I wanna be there for all of it, crying or laughing or both at the same time.
Love, mesubmitted by /u/ASmidgenOfZippityPow to r/UnsentLetters
GORN VR latest dev diary video (hoping to wrap up game content by end of this year, polishing the game next year)
the latest developer diary for GORN VR is up and they talks about the next update bringing some sense of progression to the title, and more world building. Apparently there's going to be new places, and stuffs.submitted by /u/arthands_vr to r/Vive
Based on my general observation of the community (and to some degree my experience this past week) not increasing the soft cap* to 600 was a big mistake.
For guardians who didn't make it to 600 last season, the goal post got moved another 50 points with no clear way to get up there any faster. For new guardians, they don't have the benefit of the Horror Story light bump from Haunted Forest to close the gap to 600 a bit faster either.
And for those of us in the middle (made it to 600 last season, but don't have the time/resources/dedication to be at 625 already), continuing to have gear dropping below 600 as we maybe climb up to 615 or 620 this week feels a little insulting.
*If you're new here, the soft cap is the threshold where once you reach it, regular world drops will not increase your light level. Forsaken launched with it at 500 - until you hit 500 you can run around, do anything, collect blues, etc. and get drops that were above your current light level. Once you hit 500, you can only increase your light level through milestones, powerful engrams, etc.
EDIT: FFFFFFFUUUUUUU!!! Typo in the title :(submitted by /u/kosamae to r/DestinyTheGame
[Effort Post] Instead of complaining and whining, I have created solutions that may help the community and SuperCell
I am in no ways against or supportive of Supercell's Post. They have responded by talking about the Trade system and the F2P experience, though it may not be in the direction that I and some of you guys anticipated: I respect their response because this shows that they attempted to appeal to the community. There is also proof that tried to make the game better from implementing the trade system in the first place, by introducing new game modes, clan wars, and much more. However, as great as these changes can be from the past 2 years, based on the community, it seems Supercell has lost their direction on their decisions to improve this game. First people complained about trade sniping, but afterwards the problems only grew. This is why that I have made this post.
First off, we have the Trading system; the most complained issue that players are experiencing from the system spamming the clan chat to the inflation of the tokens themselves. In a psychological sense, the main problem with trading is that people want to propose the trade themselves rather than looking through the chat and accepting others. This is because they are giving up a trade token of their own, thus how they can't fully agree if the trade is "useful". Also, the fact that the chat is spammed with trade requests proves that there are enough tokens to go around but as Supercell said, "there is a lack of communication". Players has also been complaining how these tokens are taking up other rewards that they could have gotten and I agree with this. Instead of a magical chest, you get a epic trade token that feels hard to use and not as valuable as the chest. So heres the solution: First Supercell should create a separate tab for trades only and to compensate for the tab space, instead of the word (Chat,War,Friends) on the tabs, put an icon instead so that it saves room. In that tab, there can be as many trades on there waiting to be accepted and it does not influence chat. For the fact that tokens are influencing rewards, put a legendary token in the legendary chest, an epic token in the epic chest, rare in the giant chest, possibly an epic token in the magical chest and a common token in the crown chest. With this in mind, all the rewards that were replaced with tokens gets reverted back to chests with a token inside. This helps with rewards in challenges or tournaments. Also, in the trade tab, have the ability to counter trade as the counter trade will appear in the mail to the recipient, the other person can go back to that tab and change that trade.
Next is the F2P issue; the issue that affects the average player. In the F2P world, there is always a desire for progression and achievement regardless of card levels. If there is a wall that they can not overcome, that would be the real problem. That wall should not stop a player from rising in ladder. That wall is overleveledness. SuperCell has tried to address this issue with free entry challenges and tournaments, but that is not enough. Progression should be based on skill, there is no doubt about that. The main problem seems to be how there are not enough special events and with the reentry fee, the progression is not enough. Supercell did say that the Christmas quests that they have out right now helps F2P players but it seems so minuscule that it really does not matter. Once again right idea, but wrong direction. So heres the solution: Have special quests for players who do not have multiple level 13 cards(like 6 or under/not even a full deck), anything under level 13 defines "underlevelment". These special quests would appear as a weekly challenge with high rewards and no restrictions. For example: A player would get 300 extra gold or 5 gems for each extra win. A player would receive an unlocked silver chest for every 3 wins. Aside from this, players also notice how the gold earned from winning battles is restricted: Remove that restriction and possibly increase the reward for each won battle. As for challenges, almost all F2P players can not afford the reentry fee. For that, the reentry fee or GC (in this case) should be determined by a players circumstance. Using this equation:: x≤100 , x = (20+5y) ; where x is the gem cost for reentry and y is the amount of level 13 cards that the player owns. For 10 gem challenges, it could be :: x≤10 ,x = 1+y ; with the variables meaning the same thing. Lastly, Supercell could promote some kind of resource farming for under leveled players.
Finally Miscellaneous: Emotes and Balancing. Players complain that the emotes need to be more F2P. For that solution: In the shop, instead of costing gems, make it cost gold. (Like 20,000 per emote), that would promote emote usage. For balancing, the SC team should have a criteria of what to balance. An example would be: Tracked games from GC and Top 10,000 only. Consider buffing cards that has below a 3% usage rate and consider nerfing cards that has both high winrate and usage.
Well that's it, I know its a long post but thanks for reading, any constructive criticism is welcomed! Of course there are rational thoughts and I respect that considering the state of the game right now, but understand that these ideas I am proposing is what I think is best for the community. If you have any other ideas for solutions to the game, then I would be happy to hear them.submitted by /u/Yellow-Skinned to r/ClashRoyale
Leguna. An orphan. His life changed dramatically the day the thieves’ guild happened to select him for training and development. He would go on to become lifelong friends with a loyal mercenary, the partner of a beautiful magus who was cold as ice, the savior of a mysterious disfigured dark-elf girl with a talent for the Breath, and the unlikely caregiver for a feisty young maiden. And yet, who would be with him to the very end?
In a twist of fate, the child who fought stray dogs for food emerged to be the most infamous assassin in the world. But the intricacies of power are not so easily grasped, and the price of protecting those that he loves is not as simple as he once thought…
Translated by Ryogawa!submitted by /u/matosz to r/noveltranslations
After his consciousness transcended worlds and entered the body of an exiled noble youth, summons arrived for him ten years later to return and succeed the title of the Lord. Faced with a desolate dominion, uneducated common folk, treacherous nobles as well as the current Lord Duke, how will he cope and thrive?
Translated by Ryogawa!submitted by /u/matosz to r/noveltranslations
Since the last few expansions, the ability to fly was (temporarily) removed from us to improve a few parts of the gameplay experience, mainly in regards to exploration and making the world feel "alive". This change to how we can use our mounts is still controversial within the player base, but it's something that many stopped complaining. Personally, I don't really feel so bad for losing our flying mounts during most of the expansion life, but I suppose there's still room for improvement.
What if there was a middle ground between what these players want and the experience Blizzard wants to provide? I started to think about this a while ago and ended up designing "The Travelers". This is a faction that revolves around a few systems that could drastically improve our relationship with mounts, exploration and player progression at the same time.
There are three key parts to make the system work: 1) Explorer Points: encourage and reward exploration and outdoor activities 2) Zone Experience: provide a meaningful progression system tied to exploring the areas of each zone 3) Reputation: long-term goals that embrace the fantasy of riding mounts.
EXPLORER POINTS (EP)
Outdoor content will give you points (like the Artifact Power). Getting EP increases the experience you have with the zone itself, while also giving you the same amount of EP earned as reputation with The Travelers.
Outdoor content that awards EP: - Treasures/Secrets (25 to 100 EP) - Special World Quests (50 EP) - World Bosses (200 EP) - Rare Fishing Pools (50 EP) - Archeology Sites (25 to 50 EP)
Of course, values will probably need balancing, but the goal is to encourage "non-grinding" activities and give meaningful rewards to exploration. If a player does not enjoy exploring around the map very much, killing World Bosses and a few World Quests here and there will eventually give him the EP needed for the rewards.
Your character will have Levels of experience in each zone, starting at Level 0. Each subsequent Level gives permanent rewards within that zone. - Level 1 (Requires 1000 points): 10% bonus movement speed while mounted (non-flying mounts) - Level 2 (Requires 2000 points and Level 1): Unlocks more areas to be explored (e.g.: a hidden cave filled with traps and treasures) - Level 3 (Requires 3000 points and Level 2): Unlocks the Traveler NPC of the zone
Earning a certain Level within all zones of an expansion will also give you some rewards. - Level 1 with all zones: 10% bonus movement speed while unmounted within the expansion zones - Level 2 with all zones: Flying at a reduced movement speed (around 250%) and, possibly, reduced altitude you can reach. - Level 3 with all zones: Flying at full speed (310%)
Getting Level 3 with all zones should take around 4 or 5 months for an "average" player. In half of that time, flying is unlocked is some form after the player has already explored the zones while feeling rewarded to do so.
As a catch-up mechanic, the number of points required to level up each zone could be reduced (Patches X.2 and X.3). Some form of account-wide progression is also recommended to make this system more alt-friendly.
Works similar to the Paragon system. Every 1000 reputation points give you a "Commendation of The Travelers". These tokens can be spent on the Traveler NPCs of each zone to acquire three things: - Special mounts - Permanent perks while using a mount (such as water walking, gathering while mounted and being immune to dazing effects) - Special cosmetic effects that are enabled when using certain mounts (like the particle trails of Ashes of Al'ar).
The cost of each item or perk could vary from a single Commendation to 10 Commendations.
If the system is well received and Blizzard decides to keep using it, there's a clear way of how it could be handled. When a new zone is added to the expansion, instead of rewarding players when they get to a certain Level with all zones, the reward should come when reaching X amount of zones. For example, when patch 8.2 is launched (Nazjatar), reaching Level 3 with six zones of the expansion would fully unlock flying.
When a new expansion is launched, players will have to start again from Level 0 on the new continent while keeping their rewards on the previous expansion. As the Reputation with The Travelers works like the Paragon system, nothing about it needs to change when the new expansion hits the live servers. However, a few items and perks sold by the Traveler NPCs could have their price reduced to improve their affordability for new players.submitted by /u/SampaioDias to r/wow
Most people believe this occurs after they pass on. Others perceive the action to be total darkness. The truth is...our understanding of what awaits us after our ultimate demise can be extremely complicated. But if we find awareness within our hearts and implore for a state of relaxation within our minds, personal Heavens may be obtainable.
Never deviate from your potential vocation.
If you could see something with your eyes closed, would you accept it? If you could feel something without touching it, would you embrace it?
DEEP WITHIN THE CONFINES of unacquainted, mountainous territory, two prominent figures, Lynkcen and his evil conscience, waged their prowess against one another. The incessant battle appeared ancient and eternal.
Lynkcen was the bearer of the venue, and anyone or anything that dared to enter would certainly feel his subtle rage. His face was as cold and blue as if hypothermia had set in. His attire needed no introduction as his T-shirt exhibited three images--his heart, his liver, and his lungs. It was as if one could see directly through the shirt and into his body.
“It’s funny. I had to kill the other guy,” a disguised voice stressed.
“You killed someone?” Lynkcen responded.
“Well, you did, actually. It wasn’t my first manipulation-rodeo. We’ve killed before...hopes and dreams.”
A thunderous clap entered the area. It rattled the floor.
“Don’t bring me into your fantasy-world of deception.”
“There will be no us. There will be only me. I will not be denied.”
“I’m quite aware of your stance,” Lynkcen responded.
“As I am of yours,” the voice returned from behind dark shadows and heavy rain. As Lynkcen leaned back against the jagged wall, his face became ensconced with a blue liquid. There was no indication of what it was as he shifted his attention to his hands. He placed them in front of his eyes to explore what they had become. A grimace was all he could muster at the very sight of his bruised knuckles while they protruded through his skin.
“Lynkcen, you’re sad. Your blood is sad. There is a lot of hate in the world today.”
Lynkcen looked around and gained a better perspective on the location. “What is this? How did I get here?” he asked.
“You’re dreaming, Lynkcen. Well, maybe not dreaming, but you’re certainly feeling some pain as we speak.”
“What are you talking about?”
“You’re presently being treated for a rare type of cancer. Life is cruel.”
Lynkcen felt slight pain on the left side of his face. He lightly grazed the affected area with his fingers. “I’m dead?”
A quick scene of Lynkcen resting on an operating table flashed before him. “Not yet.”
Lynkcen ultimately identified the locale as speculation became obsolete. Somehow he knew they were present within his sedated state of mind, not just his mind as a whole.
“How does your eye feel, Lynkcen?”
Rife with memories from his childhood, Lynkcen created this part of his mind to stash forgettable memories deep within his lost archives. This was one area he declared desolate and barren, and the main reason it was chosen for the battle. No one or thing would be hurt or exposed to its contents, for it would destroy all that was good throughout other regions of his mind. His delightful memories would cease to exist. His passive dreams would become nightmares. Choosing not to divulge this particular information seemed valuable to his mysterious mission.
“Show yourself,” Lynkcen shouted.
Violent tremors and aggressive vibrations escalated in circular motion. Shards of rock and specks of dirt fell from above, crashing upon the significant battlefield of cynicism and mistrust.
“Are you really ready to see me for who you really are?”
Lynkcen glared toward the area the hidden voice bellowed from as his eyes narrowed. His breathing intensified while he straightened his posture. He felt a presence before him, approaching with determination and guile. But the feeling was mutual, and the voice sounded too much like his. He longed to criticize his inner judgment but eventually ceased trustingly.
“I am something more but it is too difficult and hazy to determine,” he said.
“Harboring thoughts are what complete an individual. A person is compelled to strive no matter the consequences. Allow me to shed some light on our dilemma. This is so much more than a conflict. This is an inner struggle. This is a dispute over superiority and dominance.”
Lynkcen shook his head in disbelief. He sensed similar qualities and identical characteristics.
“Skepticism?” his opponent continued.
“Principles...values. You’re on my turf. You’re in my head—my mind.” There was a question of requirement demonstrating clarity within Lynkcen’s ability to respond. He fell to his knees in pain.
“I’m your Evil Conscience, Lynkcen. Yes, this is your mind. We are deep within your mind’s memories and the reflections of your past. You’ve created the conditions and you’ve set the terms. That brings us here, to your Mind-Battlefield—a place where inner struggles are waged throughout life itself.”
“You and I are all that remain. We both know who you are and what you intend to accomplish.”
“Then you know why I am here...why I am present...why I exist. You see, limits equally exist on both sides, and those limits are boundless.”
Lynkcen’s body intently gained the occupation of a higher status from within his own inconsistencies. The impact and importance of the moment was to leak between the boundaries of the Afterlife and reality.
The voice continued. “You have crossed the threshold now. You are nothing and will continue to be nothing. You’re a “One-Hit Wonder”. You’re insignificant.” A slight pause found some comfort. “You don’t think your purpose warrants my interference?”
Hoping to entice inspiration, Lynkcen summoned a great deal of pride and perfectionism as he limply staggered back to his feet. His tiresome body lacked passion and delight but only for a brief moment. This was in direct correlation with his continuous body sedation.
“I’m more than you will ever know.”
“As I am. I could be a figment of your imagination for all you know, Lynkcen. We are in your mind. No one knows what actually goes on up here. Your attic is pretty creepy.”
Lynkcen’s extraordinary, abnormal blue blood seeped from his pores and loudly fell to the ground beside his feet. The cavernous walls around them equally executed the act. His presence could not be underscored enough while essential, vital conversations whisked toward his ears and demandingly found his mind.
Sighing amusingly, Lynkcen’s evil conscience emerged from the dark corners. He was in body form but physically inside a typical bedroom-door mirror.
“We’re the same, Lynkcen. See your reflection?”
Suddenly, he burst through from the other side. The glass shattered behind him into hundreds of tiny jagged fragments. The mirror reconstructed itself and fell to the ground.
“How is your inner beast these days, Lynkcen?”
“You tell me. You would know, since you are it?”
“You’re funny. I’ll give you that.” He pretended an audience was on hand.
“Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for Lynkcen-the one and only.”
“All of this is a game to you, isn’t it?”
“Why not? Look, you were given a gift that only I can help you with. That is my purpose. That is the job of one’s conscience. I’m your evil side. We all have one. Well, I wouldn’t go that far. I don’t have one because I am one. You need a teacher. Let me help you. We can disobey authority together and rule the Afterlife.”
“No. You desire to rule the Afterlife after you take what was given to me.” Lynkcen’s blood increased in flow, rapidly smothering his body. He recognized that falsification and forgery were at hand.
“Don’t fight it. Let it encompass you. Let the cancer take control of everything you love and hold dearly to your heart. That will allow you to join my team.”
“Stay back! Get away from me!”
Lynkcen’s blood reacted to the education he collected. It offered him peace and tranquility through the pain in his body. It introduced him to a world of hateful conduct and described the reasons for its intrusion. It traveled the exterior contour of his muscles in a spiraling, downward motion. It clamored for consistency. It deftly sedated much of his evil conscience’s criticism while examining certain proclamations.
“You were guided here by an old, feeble-minded woman who misrepresents her authority,” his evil conscience added. “Foolishness accompanied the naive brain-trust.
You should have confided in me. There’s a vision. There’s a plan for life itself. There’s horror. There’s evil dismay that can potentially be unleashed if given the proper treatment.”
Lynkcen desperately protested his position, clutching the unforgivable wall behind him. The blood reacted and briefly detached. He coughed, almost declaring himself exhausted. But his blood had other views and beliefs. It returned and put an electric charge into his adrenaline while softly speaking to him. Clarity and safety ensued.
In the wake of that response, his evil conscience uttered harsh words and then cooed his own gripe, declaring scrutiny and demonstrating discontent. “I will make the greatest attempt to erase you and your so-called purpose. There is always an education to be found." There was an untraceable revulsion in the tone of his voice that cut through Lynkcen’s meaningful and valiant heart. Resentment followed with disgust.
“No,” Lynkcen shouted. The letter “L” briefly etched along the side of his left cheek, oozing with blood. Subsequently, it morphed into a scar, leaving behind traces of sutures.
“You don’t even know why you have been chosen.”
Despite the uncertainty, the doubt and ambiguity, a tear streamed down Lynkcen’s cheek as responsibility began to flow through his body. Vague, descriptive imagery consumed him greatly, leaving him in a state of self-assurance. He felt the acceptance deep within his veins, believing the unbelievable. Gaining another moment of adrenaline and failure at once was a most contenting sensation.
“I can show you everything,” his evil conscience continued. “Make up your mind.”
“Make up your mind, he tells me. We are in your mind, brother.” “We are not brothers,” Lynkcen responded.
Briefly, another scene of Lynkcen resting on an operating table flickered before him. Four doctors primed for surgery looked down upon him with reassurance.
“You’re in good hands, Lynkcen,” a doctor uttered while gently placing her hand on his shoulder.
Returning to battle, this prompted Lynkcen to place his right hand over his right eye. The vision in his left eye became distorted. He repeated this act several times while seeking clarification.
“Haven’t you had enough? I know your fears. I know your weaknesses. I know everything about you,” his evil conscience interrupted.
Stuttering to get his words out, “You don’t know me. I am me.” Now he had no idea where the information had come from, nor did he think something else entirely had taken over his speech, but he eased his mind’s potential power into a sedated sensation. The walls all around them revealed signs of forced entry.
“Tears of ashes will divide, fall and inundate humanity.”
“Do I appear calm?” Lynkcen asked his existence.
It was difficult to tell with the frantic beating of his heart. It was speaking to him through those beats, imploring for his resistance towards his evil conscience. “Before you jump, Lynkcen, are you ready to swim?”
A flashback quickly transported Lynkcen back to the operating table. He became drowsy and relaxed from the concentrated dose of anesthesia pumping through his veins.
“You’re in good hands, Lynkcen,” a doctor told him.
The doctor turned to him, removed his masked and revealed his identity. With a sinister smile, there was Lynkcen’s evil conscience. They glared back at each other. A moment later he gently placed his hands over Lynkcen’s face and a quick struggle ensued.
Instantly, they returned to Lynkcen’s mind. The hospital gurney rolled from Lynkcen’s left and stopped at the immediate center of where they stood.
“Come on, Lynkcen, I’m just having fun with you.”
Uninspired by the enthusiasm surrounding the area, Lynkcen’s evil conscience raised his right hand and conjured an intangible bright light. He struck Lynkcen along his chest and harshly flung him from his drooping position. Lynkcen violently slammed against the wall as more rock fell from above. A subsequent yank and toss to the side then ignited Lynkcen’s notorious purpose. Tiny droplets of his blood splattered against the wall, leaving an outline, an imprint of his frenzied face.
“It’s getting colder, Lynkcen. Brr—you feel that?”
Drawn from a day from Lynkcen’s childhood, the elements changed their course now. The extreme temperatures brought freezing rain, sleet and snow. Each spewed from the clouds that enclosed the area they occupied. His hands locked themselves in a claw- like crippling position due to the freezing air that surged horizontally from the walls.
“It’s time,” Lynkcen told his existence.
Rebelliously, Lynkcen’s evil conscience approached and hoisted him to his feet. He leaned forward in an attempt to invoke his arrogance, lifting Lynkcen’s chin. “Any last blessings?” he asked him.
Lynkcen loosely stood while the dirt from the walls ensconced his face. A mocking, condescending expression followed.
“Time to add more insult,” Lynkcen’s evil conscience continued.
Unappreciative of the proceedings, Lynkcen’s evil conscience gathered callous notions and reached back with his right hand. He brutally slapped Lynkcen across the left side of his face. Lynkcen’s left eye jostled in his head and the blood detached but then quickly retreated. It landed where it had departed from while tiny whispers of beneficial enjoyment escaped. There was neither a reaction nor a response from Lynkcen, and it seemed as though he wasn’t too concerned about the events taking place any longer. The fact that the battle was still trailing him, though, left an unsettling taste in the back of his mouth.
“Let the eye cancer consume you. Let it spread,” he continued.
During these few precious moments of existing, Lynkcen thought it was possible to envisage a credible entry strategy for his response that would leverage the information he had been collecting since the very start of the banter. This would allow for a competitive push and tailored reassurance toward his mind.
“I can feel you trembling, Lynkcen. I can see what is inside of you. You will waste away. A sea of destruction is upon you. You will stray.”
Lynkcen’s eyes were nearly closed now. He understood the fact that he was physically attached to his body from outside of his mind and that those effects from his body were continually plaguing him. This was a transitory lull that allowed for him to manage his words wisely and view his body as it drifted in and out of consciousness. The walls lit up all around them with electric lightning, almost as if his brain’s neurons had ignited. He was pondering, and pondering very carefully and awfully hard about a resolution he’d hoped would not lead to conflict or physical combat.
“This is just what you desire, isn’t it?”
As he absorbed the information, Lynkcen recognized he was being bribed. The enticement might fuel his cancer, he thought. Instead, a simple look around at the inside of his mind was all he needed to achieve. The grotto shifted and responded to his actions. The ground beneath them cracked and swallowed the gurney. This response solicited his affiliation with whatever he was favorably connected to.
“What? I’m sorry. You mumbled a bunch of gibberish,” his evil conscience replied. He pulled Lynkcen closer. “Unintelligible and meaningless speech. All nonsense.”
Lynkcen’s evil conscience desired separation from Lynkcen’s personality traits. He wanted nothing to do with what Lynkcen was associated with while alive. He flung Lynkcen through another wall.
“How many of these hideaway rooms do you own, Lynkcen? You can hide, but you can’t run.”
His evil conscience sauntered through the hole in the wall and pushed aside some of the crumbling debris. The area now featured a smooth, matte finish which highlighted the warmth and beauty of its source material. Somehow Lynkcen garnered enough knowledge to perceive this concept. More and more his evil conscience became irritated with the jumble of landscapes and emotions which accompanied them.
After a moment of silence, Lynkcen seemed scarcely audible once more. Was this it? Was this the end? Was Evil’s desires taking over his mind and overwhelming his potential righteous status? Was Evil going to emerge and expel its darkened light upon the Afterlife? Were intentions of ridding the world of good becoming true?
As Lynkcen’s evil conscience searched for his prey the temperature rose tremendously.
“My mind is both understated and elegant now,” Lynkcen told him.
Reminiscent of hand-crafted wood sculptures, each wall portrayed statues of important figures in his life. They consisted of family members and dear friends who had tremendous influence on his life. They watched over him.
The haze settled in and around them, and it swarmed around his devious smile. A rush of sweltering heat pounded itself off the walls adventurously. Not allowing his urgency of existing to steal his own inspirational moment captured him immensely.
“Are we playing a game of hide-and-go-seek?” his evil conscience asked. “This is getting to be a nuisance.”
Suddenly, he spotted Lynkcen on his back, face-down, motionless; his attire slightly torn in several areas, his hands finalizing its unfreezing process. Overly pleased with what he had previously accomplished, he dawdled there for several moments, presenting a resentful but gleeful smile.
“You will fade into obscurity.”
“You’ve mentioned something similar to that previously.”
“Ah, you’ve been paying attention this whole time.”
His evil conscience opted to waste no time. He jerked Lynkcen from his stationary state and lifted him up so that their eyes met evenly. The wind-swept rain fell and increased by the second, and it equated to their sole personality. Remarkably, though, Lynkcen’s blood never washed away from his face.
“Sing me a song, a song of sorrow and compassion. Send rose petals from above. Summon songbirds to captivate your existence.”
Lynkcen’s evil conscience’s voice gained a fresh perspective almost immediately, increasing with deception and greed. He tossed Lynkcen once more through another wall as the base of their feet rattled with peril. A quick succession of loud thumps followed, trekking up the crevices. Madness with nominal repercussions seemed presently favorable with an uproar of tumultuous bitterness. It was getting dark fast. It was becoming bleaker for Lynkcen each time he was assaulted.
At this point, Lynkcen was capable of changing the landscapes and terrains of his mind with the snap of his fingers. He understood that when he was a child he had complications breathing while visiting Denver, Colorado. Although it would be tough for him to breathe, it was perfect timing in an attempt to dismantle his evil conscience’s plans.
At the elevation they occupied now Lynkcen’s evil conscience’s breathing became infrequent. It was difficult for him to grab a hold of the air quality. Somehow Lynkcen finally spun the Mind-Battlefield into his favor.
Eventually, Lynkcen’s evil conscience found his way through the gaping aperture and searched once more. Lynkcen was there before him, standing still in the cold, wet snow, immobile with his body wilted and with his head hung low. The wind intensified as the snow increased. For some reason the elements had the reverse effect on Lynkcen. They were merely a factor in each section.
“My objective is clear now: eliminate you and obtain what is rightfully mine,” he uttered as he approached him.
There was no response from Lynkcen. His blood dripped into the snow, but amazingly never altered its whiteness. A pallid plume of smoke rapidly rushed from an indistinguishable area in the wall and faded.
“Your mind feels the battle on the outside. The power that is preserved will destroy you. You chose the wrong you. You opted for the erroneous path. You chose the way of destruction, and now you will succumb to that annihilation.”
With a sense of satisfaction his fingers reached out to brush away some of the flakes that piled upon Lynkcen’s shoulders. He then adjusted his shirt with an arrogant smile. A moment of silence finally captured him as he examined the blood. To express his mockery and employ scorn and derision upon the situation, he lifted the palm of his hand and awaited the presence of several substantial drops.
“The Afterlife will feel Evil’s presence soon enough,” he told him. “Todawn will cease to rise. We have to get you looking good for your own funeral. We don’t want you to be late.”
He stepped back and watched with wicked merriment, all the while smearing both sides of his face with Lynkcen’s blood. He coated it with a sense of enjoyment and unjust suffering. “Pride, power, prestige, good-looks; I got it all. I will be a false deity as others will follow in my footsteps. It’s already starting.”
He stood in front of him once more, watching and waiting. “Liars, cheats, thieves, killers...it has a nice ring to it when you put it all together. Evil will corrupt true worship.It will capture the thrill-seekers. It will seek to ensnare humanity by inducing them withIts lure, persuasion and enticement. Are you breathing my tale yet?”
Lynkcen’s young eyes opened momentarily, but then quickly closed as his evil conscience’s back was to him. “I promise that benevolence and good-will are still accessible in some corners of the world.”
His evil conscience turned back to him with a haughty smile. “There you are. I knew I could haul you out of your cushy lair and expose you to the darkness of injustice.”
Of course, his evil conscience understood wholeheartedly that this journey, this obligation, this responsibility was about much more than individuality. He had been trained by Evil for a specific reason, a fate potentially, collectively larger than the two of them put together. Endearing his existence with what Lynkcen potentially possessed was merely the beginning.
Lynkcen emerged from his trance and seemed revived, but only with limited restrictions. His evil conscience shoved him several times, menacingly expecting a response.
“Fight me. Why won’t you face me and deservingly get what is coming to you?”
Lynkcen clenched his jaw and then released a long breath, never subjecting his existence to strike back. He possessed a barren association with his newly acquired abilities. He was never one for revenge. His silent disapproval was almost definite. In response his evil conscience twirled around and closed-line him, snaking his arm out. Lynkcen’s body rotated twice in midair, landing face-down. He remained twisted and contorted.
Thoroughly enjoying his small victory, the disturbing image boded well with his evil conscience’s appearance. “I will leave a lasting impression on your heart,” he told him, whispering into his ear, clenching his fist.
Lynkcen’s evil conscience forcefully grabbed him around the neck and yanked him slightly upward. His eyes were momentarily sealed shut. The snow merged with his blood as his body heat caused it to stream down his face. His visage was alarming and frightful. The bags under his eyes captured and collected some of his blood. “Only fools travel these roads of misconception.”
Lynkcen was looked at for a long moment, his neck still tightly grasped. As he was released, a hand imprint remained.
“Nothing you do will warrant such gracious treatment.”
His evil conscience privately became annoyed and indignant, reacting to the familiarity of Lynkcen’s potential rank. But in regard to his connections he whispered, “Can you find forever within your pending, forthcoming, menial tasks?”
Again his strong, aggressive, distinctive voice cut through the otherwise rousing air, demanding Lynkcen fight immediately. He turned his back to him and sauntered away, glaring at the walls. He understood what they signified. “Dreams will be lost. Nightmares will be gained,” he quickly added, turning back toward him, catching his breath. “You won’t breathe without me.”
At that point, Lynkcen’s evil conscience smashed his fist through the wall next to him and retrieved a much needed advantage. The value of this benefit was more than he could have hoped for. He fastened a breathing device to his mouth. “Much better. See, there’s still some of me lingering.”
Lynkcen stood still and slowly lifted his head. He scanned the area in front of him, attempting to make out the route he may need to take amid the lumbering pines which cropped out horizontally from the walls. His face was ensconced with tiny streams of his blood weaving, intertwining with one another. His taciturn demeanor was unsettling with his evil conscience, and frustration crept up within his daunting emotions.
“The beauty of one’s mind is anything can happen up here. Every day will be the same,” his evil conscience continued, cynically expressing his desirable urges. “Second best is where you will place.”
Complacency plagued him now. His fingers tightened selfishly around his own neck as a much larger course of disappointment and dissatisfaction urged him to release his jealousy. He scanned the faces in his own head of the captive consciences from the past. None had gone unnoticed, and they sure as though didn’t seem to want to join in on the festivities. They must have been sent merely as spectators, to watch the confrontation as a congregation. Maybe they understood Lynkcen’s evil conscience’s motives and wanted to see for themselves. Maybe they were present only for note-taking for future use. Nonetheless, a vague wonderment cautioned the progression. What was the purpose of this action? Why would Evil send countless Evil Consciences to observe this intimidating chore? Was he not trusted?
Lynkcen appeared inaudible once more, staring straight forward, seemingly in a daze. His evil conscience walked toward him while never removing his eyes from the crowd of consciences that gathered around them. He tossed him once more through another razor-sharp, uneven wall. His rage increased, possibly because of those particular assembling consciences.
Effortlessly turning to them, he never shifted from the neck down. He spoke heavily with certainty. “This is where they say my fun begins,” he expressed to them, pointing to his chest. He bowed with an overconfident, self-aggrandizing smirk.
Stepping through the opening in the wall, he pushed aside some of the crumbling debris and paused, searching. Where was he, he thought? Lynkcen seemed to be suppressed by the obscurity, hidden away and concealed. After all, it was Lynkcen’s Mind. He understood where he could tread and what areas were accessible for a respite if a breach had commenced. Knowledge of certain penchants and inclinations within his mind’s secondary thoughts and sanctuaries created subtle uproar with his enemy.
With his eyes scanning the final foreground, he longed for Lynkcen’s presence, intoning, calling for him, shouting for his abilities. He had a power for observation. He had a much larger sense of criticism as well. He was going to finish his duties Evil had set forth for him but in his own fashion and with his personal daunting approach.
“Where are you?” he cooed.
He turned swiftly to his right while a subtle noise quickly nabbed his attention. Lynkcen emerged slowly from the rubble that lay upon him and managed to rise to his feet, still battered, beaten, bloodied and bruised. He tossed aside several sizable pieces of rock, wiping and dusting his body free of the destructive aftermath. A high, spectral laugh floated toward his ears with astronomical speed. It entered his body, eventually breaching his heart’s boundaries. After a sudden jolt, the action fueled his recognition. It rejuvenated his appreciation, refreshing his potential talents and vigorously transforming his outer shell. A transparent side that only he could contain was revealed.
“Petty transformation,” his evil conscience added.
Lasting for merely seconds, his transparency faded away, as he still did not possess the gusto to maintain it for an extended period of time.
Mockingly, his evil conscience had a malevolent, subtle approach to the situation. “Forgive him Father, for he has failed you.” A sinister, more sadistic smile then followed. “He is not worthy to don the labeled mark you have given him.”
There seemed to be something different about Lynkcen now. His physique and appearance remained the same, but he seemed stronger and more apt to garner his impending gifts. He possessed a certain and definable charm that didn’t bode well with his opponent. A vast, massive change filled the air between them, conducting a brief survey of the area. Two never-ending, vast borders were about to converge and engage for each Afterlife-Good and Evil. The short-lived game of jealousy had begun.
Undermining Lynkcen’s appearance, his evil conscience spoke. “The Good will fight to survive between both worlds, reaching for places of respectable judgment and happiness. Their Ladders of Life will extend through the clouds, but will never attain their sanctuaries. Evil will lurk behind them, extending Its scornful hands upon their feet, grabbing, tugging at their heels. In the end they will succumb to the temptation and fall toward Evil’s lair. Then the evil consciences will make their mark and encourage others to do the same, surging with confidence. The Fortress of Minds will fall heavily, and its Todawn will recede into oblivion. I’m going to enjoy watching the precious things humanity holds close to their hearts perish.” He coldly pointed at Lynkcen, mockingly shoving his fingertip into his chest. “And that includes you. Competition, rivalry and war are major parts for survival. Which side are you on?”
The competitive wordplay started as each took shots at the other. They’d hoped to diminish certain plans. Banter flew. Words of wisdom and imprudence were exchanged. And it seemed as though a new and fresh chapter was being written somewhere within the depths of the unknown, and behind the clefts and fissures of the unexplained.
“The air smells even more rotten than ever before.” His evil conscience turned toward the hole and happily watched as the crowd of consciences departed the area. They vanished through the walls, leaving behind no traces of their prior arrival. A derivative agenda had been acquired, he thought.
“You’ve given up. You’ve given up on me!” he shouted to them.
The agonizingly long confrontation finally appeared to be concluding as a level, even playing field emerged. Although the rocky terrain eased its presence into something more, Lynkcen remained confident that the pounding he received was merely an afterthought. He possessed something far greater; belief. It was belief of his mind and what he could accomplish with it.
“What to do? What to do?” his evil conscience said.
A hole punched through the ceiling, giving way to a bright light. Physical words began to shine through the light, creating extensive rays. They were lyrics, verses and texts of goodness and righteousness from all languages throughout humanity’s history. They were meant to attack Lynkcen’s evil conscience and to help Lynkcen recoup. Lynkcen peered into the trees to see any sort of escape route - perhaps a temporary detour to allow absorption of the light into his body. Could he find a way to circle back, lose his evil conscience in a chase, and return to the main site? No, he thought. He needed to remain where he stood, for a lesson was to be learned.
Lynkcen’s evil conscience shielded not only his eyes but his entire existence. He seemed adamant, steadfast on particular issues. But by no means was he harping or stressing. His arrogant feeling bellowed from his stature, demanding some kind of expressive closure.
With his eyes closed, Lynkcen remained silent and never responded, for his transformation had briefly taken his breath away. Eventually, his noncompliance was catapulted into a screeching halt that formidably constructed before his evil conscience’s face. Lynkcen waited as long as he could until slightly turning his head to each side, furiously adjusting its posture. He tightened his fists and became more animated. Soon thereafter he gently opened his eyes. They glistened briefly.
“I’m too much. Just admit it. I’m overwhelming. Give up what you can’t defend. It is our time to reemerge. It is our time to ascend and succeed. We have been confined for too long. It is Evil’s time to expose its lair and churn its beauty on creation.”
“Liar. You think Evil isn’t onto your motives? I would hardly call your desires beauty,” Lynkcen responded, deepening his voice. He inwardly endorsed what was within his body.
“My responsibility,” his evil conscience repeated silently. “It is time for complete and utter damnation upon the Afterlife in which you will soon call home. Disaster, catastrophe, misfortune, heartbreak, tragedy; they all thrill me. My domain will seek to damage all that it can see. This ends now!” He was short, concise, though somewhat impatient. There was an indomitable presence finding him as well, allowing him to be thorough. As a result, he propelled an unknown force toward Lynkcen’s image.
Thrusting forward, Lynkcen formed an “L” with his arms. This action prompted a relentless halt, an unceasing motion. Passion and strength reached the surface of his face
as he desperately attempted to eradicate the yearning that strived to plague him. Previous areas of destruction retreated, gathering and hovering above. Then, with a sense of compassion and entitlement, they flung in various, specified directions, reconnecting with the walls. A rebuilding process appeared to commence.
“The temptation will consume you. You will not make it out of here alive.” “You’re right.”
For several moments they individually stood, steadily maintaining and holding their positions. Lynkcen grunted with pain. Survival appeared readily lost, but he also understood that his stance on all of the issues was needed. A pale, glowing shade of blue twinkled and flaunted around his arms as they shook with verve. He opened and closed his right fist repeatedly, hoping for the right amount of guidance. And at that moment he became what he was projected to be, but within his mind, of course. With an enormous amount of inspiration and urgency he inwardly transformed. Blood flowed uncontrollably toward his heart while his mind’s crevices endured much of the same.
“This will not happen.” His evil conscience propelled his arms forward once more, giving way to a new wave of destruction, more powerful than the last. It was intangible temptation. His predatory demeanor shifted tremendously as several solid blocks of blue ice flung toward the walls.
Lynkcen again met the force head on with his protective shield, but could only muster tiny amounts of the indiscernible guardian. He began to slide back, leaving distinguishable tracks before his view. His grunting escalated as it quickly found its way around the area. It bounced off the walls and retreated back into his mouth. He could hold on no longer.
Lightly easing his back against the wall with his head slightly slanted downward, he grunted with more pain. His teeth sparkled while he tightly shut his eyes, clutching his own boundaries. Enough force was then garnered as he released himself from the force. It vanished between them.
Grimacing with excruciating pain, he gripped his left shoulder, curtailing his breathing. In the process, he swiftly and quietly rejuvenated his body and straightened his posture. Meanwhile, the bright light garnered holes as if evil words had attacked it. The blood on his exterior lengthened with purity and awareness. It seeped and recoiled, discharging in a blue-blushing plume of spray.
The blood taken from his face earlier angered him to the fullest as a remembrance captured his vision. An action so vivid curtailed its intake and appeared before him. Somehow he felt trapped under a vast mesh of spiky wire, entangled in lies of deceit and deception. He subsequently became engulfed by what his evil conscience spoke of.
“Defeating me is not an option. I’ll give you one last chance.” His evil conscience then felt a similar treatment but with maliciousness and hurtful feelings billowing out forward.
Lynkcen ripped his existence free and dismissed the criticism, acquiring a lone, gracious look. Maintaining his disposition, he then released his existence from his motionless state. The two were pulled together, magnetized. And as they met, a loud, phantom-like thump followed. Briefly, they were suspended, inaudible and unable to move. A rare silence found its way between them.submitted by /u/TheRealStevMoochie to r/fantasywriters
I'm doing another one of these reviews again to gather feedback. I really hope you enjoy it. I've changed the format slightly since my last review and this new system will allow you the reader to decide the what you value most while still getting my personal opinion on whether its money well spent.
My New Formula for gauging whether its worth it is
( Time spent before bored x quality of the game out of 5 > r.r.p )
quality definitions are
played the game it ran flawlessly and I was never bored
played the game it had maybe one or two meh moments or maybe a bug or two that drew away from my enjoyment
played the game but had definitely more than a few moments of meh
played the game but had way more than a few mehs and there were bugs that drew away from my enjoyment of core moments
game is shit
I'm hoping this will allow you the reader to access if you value quality or time or both , for me it's both.
OK so lets begin
Smash Bros Ultimate Genre: fighting R.R.P €70
Smash Bros is without a shadow of a doubt the most unique fighting game in existence. No other fighter is as accessible as this game. What started as an excuse for Nintendo characters to beat the living crap out of each other has exploded into what can be only described as the greatest hits of gaming ...... beating the living crap out of each other. Developed by what can only be described as the hardest working man in gaming history this franchise is one of Nintendo's big hitter s ( yes pun intended ). As a fighting game I have to gauge it on a few categories that are not applied to your standard gaming categories. For fighters whats important is the following
- Accessibility & depth of Mechanics
- Net Code
- Extras ( single player content, extra modes )
Smash bros ultimate has an absolutely and slightly intimating roster of 74 fighters. Now some of these fighters are what Sakurai calls echo fighters ( these are the Kens to unique fighters Ryu both of whom are in the game btw ) but each character has unique easy to use specials that make them completely diverse. They span tons of different franchises from Final fantasy's cloud , the Belmonts from castlevania ( my personal favorite characters) to your standard Nintendo characters like Mario. So trust me the odds of you finding a character you like are pretty damn good
Accessibility & depth of Mechanics
Smash Bros is the Mario Party of fighting games. Every member of your family will be able to easily pick this game up and start throwing out Peachs ass thrust of death ( seriously that's a move look it up , fear her wa cha noise as she thrusts her cheeks of victory at your face). What sets smash apart is that instead of bringing a health bar to zero you build up a damage percentage in an attempt to knock your opponent off the stage, every time you get hit your own percentage climbs as it climbs you will launch easier and fly further when hit.( Note you can actually change to a health bar system ). What's scary is the difference between low level play and pro players, it hurts the brain. There is such depth here. It's not just the figuring out of spacing , what characters are good match-ups for who , who can zone best , what weaknesses do I have. There are mechanics at play that are scary hard to pull off "timing of when" wise ( still easy to input though). These mechanics separate the pros from us rookies and if there is a pro present prepare to die over and over and over. Yet it never feels unfair. Also unlike other fighters items ( can be turned off )will drop around the stage leaving utter chaos in your attempts to grab that bomb or crate etc to chuck at your friends. Lets be fair they had it coming. Did I mention you can completely customize your rule sets right down to the stage changing mid fight well you can. Not only that, you can save these settings so you don't have to manually reset every time.
As with any Fighter it can live or die alone on the stability of its online play ( now smash is best played in person bad mouthing each other and disowning peach and daisy players ). I am happy to say that I have had absolutely no issue thus far in online play ( exception being I suck, like really badly, I play other fighting games and consider myself mid tier but my god I suck at smash ). Matchmaking is actually made based on preferred rule-set which is a nice addition. There's really not that much else to say really
Now in traditional fighters you're lucky to get a story mode or a survival mode. Smash on the other hand just basically says well here have everything. Classic arcade mode sure here you go , Story campaign here you go ( more on this in a second), horde mode yup , online mode yup, training mode yup, 8 player local multiplayer sure why not. Highly customizable collectibles that power up your characters yeah here you go, unique bosss fights yup, Unlockable songs from each franchise that can be played even when the switch is in sleep mode turning your switch into an ipod ... yup and so forth and so on.
You start the game with the original roster of 8 characters and you have to unlock every other character. You will do this organically as you progress . You can unlock them in the campaign ( this is the slowest way ) , you can unlock them using classic arcade mode ( this is the way I did it and it took 15 hours ! and not once was I bored ) , or you can unlock them by just playing with friends, any way you do it, it won't feel like a chore.
Story mode is called world of light and basically a giant winged ball whose name I couldn't care less about wipes out existence except for Kirby who's an absolute beast and doesn't need anyone else to save his ass ( Or Sakurai is playing favorites cause he created Kirby who knows ). You'll traverse an absolutely gorgeously drawn map collecting spirits ( Basically equipable power ups that take the form of characters from other games ) Each spirit is unlocked by fighting said spirit in a battle that uses one of the roster and special conditions be it ground covered in sticky substance to slow your movement etc. It's up to you to decide how to best tackle the battle using spirits ( luckily there's a pick for me button as there are a 1000 + spirits! ) You will encounter other member of the roster on your travels which when fought will unlock the character for the story mode and in other modes if you haven't done that already, Finally there are a handful of bosses sprinkled across the map that are unique and loyal to the franchise they came from be it Dracula needing to be hit in the head etc... The campaign took me a staggering 30 hours and I was never bored however I can see how people would be considering the amount of one on ones but I enjoyed the variety in those fights, I mean most fighting games just give you a series on one on ones no conditions for approximately 5-7 hours.
Instead of achievements there is an art gallery with a challenge or pre requisite to unlocking that piece of art but tbh none of them are that far out of reach and are interesting incentives to try mix up the way you play.
( Hour's played = 65 and climbing X 5* quality > 70rrp ) which is in total
( 325 > 70 ) Yes this game is worth it and so much more
Not once have I gotten bored with smash I knew this going in to be honest but if you looking for 1 game that could fill months if not years of time you will find no better. Did I mention there's DLC fighter coming 1st of which is Joker from Persona 5. Yes its 25 for the fighters pass though you can get them individually for 5.99 each. Each of these comes with a stage and soundtrack so it'll be worth the money and anyway 325! that's how much I've gotten so far.
Again thanks for reading and feedback is much appreciatedsubmitted by /u/nivekyesac to r/NintendoSwitch
Thank you for accepting us into the group, so happy to be here and I would be so grateful for any help that our family is offered. I am the single Mom to 3 amazing daughters. They are 4,5 and 10. When I was a child, I was raised in Foster Care and aged out at 18 after being through 47 different homes in 4 years, so honestly it makes every holiday and every milestone with my girls that much more special. Christmas is very important to me, that they grow up with good memories and know how loved they are. So to say the least I often stress a little too much just wanting things to be perfect for them. Haha. We spend alot of time baking, making crafts, playing in the snow (I must admit I hate the snow but I would do anything for these kiddos lol).
Being a single Mom is hard work, even though it can make things harder with no help with the girls and bills, I am still not ready to get involved with anyone due to a very bad domestic violent relationship that I thankfully escaped from with my children. I am working on raising them to be Happy and Healthy and to make good choices. I know I'm one of the lucky ones and I do everything I can to give my girls a good life and to show them that there are not only good people in the world, but that THEY are good people and how important it is to be kind and compassionate. Unfortunately I was recently laid off and was only able to find a part time position to fill the gaps.I am still seeking a full time position as well. We aren't the worse off by any means but I would be grateful for a little help. We are in Eastern Maryland and expecting tons of snow! My girls are absolutely the best daughters a Mom could ask for. I am very blessed. Pictures : https://imgur.com/a/FAur2D1
About the Girls:
*My Madelyn middle child is my artist, my free spirited animal lover. At 5 years old she has more artistic ability than I do. She is often drawing, coloring and making notes for us. Her current project is helping her little sister learn her letters. I am super proud of her! She loves all animals but to this day she sleeps with the Tiger that her Santas Helpers Santa got her last year. Aspiring artist, loves crayons, markers, paints etc. ALL colors are her favorite, if Rainbow was a color she'd choose that! She likes horses, dogs and kittens the best. Shopkins are an obsession. She always likes horses and unicorns alot.
*My youngest Kayliana is the baby of our family and absolutely relishes in her Princess role. She is adorable, 4 years old and full of giggles, so much so that she makes us all laugh. She is constantly turning everything she can find into dress up items. My couch blankets become her robes, table clothes are skirts, she may as well come with a glitter warning. Haha. She told Santa that she wants a real horse that she can ride to school, and although this is unobtainable it's a great example of how imaginative she is.Loves My Little Pony, Unicorns and the color PINK! Princess, dressup and Minnie Mouse.
*My oldest Kieran is very compassionate and excels in STEM based learning. She was selected a peer leader for her school based on her teachers recommendation letter, compassionate and good grades ( she is one out of only 12 kids in the entire school who were chosen to go around helping others and making the school a better place, so proud Mom moment there). She is sweet, friendly and am awesome big sister! She loves to play the guitar and is learning new songs. Stem activities topped her wish list last year and she spent hours playing with the science kit and helping her sisters make slime and crystals. Slightly into vampires, teen girl genre, advanced for her age and reading on a 7th grade level. She is FULFILLED at 5 gifts, thank you for making her Christmas Santas= you rock!!
Sending good wishes to families and Santa's and the elfs ( moderators), Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
**We have received gifts from another Santa on SLH subreddit
Kieran has 5 gifts :) FULFILLED
Madelyn has 4 gifts :)
Kayliana has 4 gifts :)
Thank you so much SANTAS!!!submitted by /u/MKMsMommy to r/RandomActsOfChristmas