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  • 8 Years in the Community!

    1 day ago

    Desayjin RTX Guardian V

    Good morning everyone!

    Today marks my 8th Rooster-versary! Little did I know the adventure and friendships I'd make when I signed up and joined the community. I couldn't be luckier to count so many people as my friends. 


    Thank you all for making these last 8 years amazing and here's to another 8!


    -James

  • RTX Austin & RTX Sydney: A general FAQ & a link dump for you.

    2 days ago

    dizzyblinker Loud person

    Hey Everyone!


    Wow! So it's been two months already since our last update, how the time flies!  We have some cool things upcoming this year, so stayed tuned for a World Community Update here soon!


    But for now, let us turn our attention to #RTX2017.


    If y'all don't already know, the time is nigh for RTX Sydney and if you are some of the lucky folk who will be attending this year's convention.  This is for you!


    If you are not heading to RTX Sydney, but are planning on going to RTX Austin this year, this is for you!


    Every year there are tons of reminders that go out.  And some of them can get lost to the sands of time.  This year, we're trying out something that might be helpful to you lucky RTX goers.  A massive link dump to all things helpful & a quick reminder FYI.


    You ready? 


    Guardian Info (Dates, what to expect as a first time guardian & general public info regarding all things guardian): 

    Check this out for @SailorTweek 's awesome reminder/ general FAQ regarding 2017 Guardians.


    General news blurb about guardian email results & FAQ before you panic about your status. If you applied to be a guardian for RTX Austin, this is for you. RTX Sydney applications were sent out on 3rd of January. 

    Note: Mary is not in charge of Sydney applications.

    Here is a phenomenal video by @kriss explaining guardianship...kinda. Either way, if you're going to be a guardian, watch this. It'll help take the fear out of (or put it in) you. =D


    On a more serious side of things. This journal does a great job at describing how the guardian life actually is.  Sometimes a healthy reminder and a reality check is what can help you decide if being a guardian is right for you.


    A pre-2016 RTX guardian expectation journal. Handy to remember for both new & old guardians.


    An amazing journal by long time guardian @BlackPenguin giving you a blow by blow of what to expect as a guardian from moment 1 to RTX floor ready.  If you've gotten your acceptance email & are having second thoughts about being a guardian, this journal is for you!



    Attending RTX (Con happiness, dates & general con info)

    http://www.rtxaustin.com  <--- Link

    Tix releases are as follows: Jan 9th, Double Gold members (must use code)

    January 11th, First Members (code)

    January 13th, Public (no code needed)

    RTX Austin dates are July 7th-9th 2017

    Need more info for RTX Austin?  Find that Here!


    http://rtxsydney.com  <---- Link

    Tix are still available!  Buy them here!

    RTX Sydney dates are Feb 4th & 5th 2017!

    More info from Bethany regarding RTX Sydney here!


    A stolen journal from our own @MrArcys detailing all the lovely reasons why you should follow  @RTXLines (note: these are two different hyperlinks)  RTXLines is a helpful way to keep up-to-date & is applicable to RTX Austin!


    Additionally, downloading the RTX app!  Super helpful.  Find it on a phone near you!


    Lastly, Convention prep 101 a great, quick reminder of good practices to keep in mind when attending ANY convention, not just RTX.  But as you are all here for RTX, bear this in mind!


    Are you fresh to conventions? Never been to a panel? Awesome person @niriall has you covered with her amazing journal on Panel questions! Highly suggested for attendees old & new!


    In town for more than just RTXAustin? Local resident & community member @Ratatoskr has you covered with things to do & stuff to see in Austin! Check out this Austin, TX community compiled guide here!


    Not sure if you can afford RTX? Awesome numbers gal & resident badass @ErinM has you covered! Check out her tips & tricks to get to RTX with money in hand & with money still in the bank!  Please note, this guide was more intended for the RTX Austin event, but general tips regarding how to save & what you can afford are any event applicable!


    Have more questions that the above links don't answer? Ask them in the RTX 2017 Questions & Help thread! Experienced Guardians and attendees are keeping an eye on this forum and are ready to answer, or to find the answer to, all of your burning RTX questions!


    Additional info: What's good?  What did we miss? Journals or info dumps we need to add in?  Let us know in the comments & please link for us so we can help keep the community up to date!  Wanna be like Steven Tyler & not miss a thing? Put this news post on follow & we will keep updating this as long as we get more info to pass on!

    Welp, that's all for now! 


    See you at the movies RTX!


    -Your fellow cockbites

  • We played Munchkin tonight

    2 days ago

    SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

    And this my sister's very smug avatar in the winning position. 

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    I made my brother (the actual recipient of the board) go into another room while I was setting it up after dinner. My sister kept going "holy cow" and "what is THAT?" while I was shushing her. She made my brother close his eyes until he was right in front of the table so he would see the whole thing all at once. 


    The expression on his face was priceless. All he could say was, "why don't I have my camera" and "have you shown this to Steve Jackson games yet??". 


    Actual game play is just a little bit awkward as it is now too far to reach across to get cards so we have to pass them to each other but we all had a lot of fun interacting with all the elements of the game board


    We decided that if you are on a space with a container you can roll a die; if you get a 1 you get the object inside other wise you have to discard a card. My sister tried 3 times but failed each try.  So, we will try again on Sunday. 



  • Day 14 progress

    1 day ago

    SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

    After walking with my sister this morning I spent some time in the studio on the painting. I filled in the sky and started color blocking in some of the faces. I'm actually using medium vice water to extend my paint since I'm basically painting on paper and don't want it to warp. Then I spent some time working on an item in the background. 


    I had to actually force myself to stop working and remind myself that not only do I not have to finish it today but I am not supposed to finish it in one sitting. 


    It is important to put the brush down and walk away from a piece for a while and then come back to it. 

  • Mood:

    14 hours ago

    Zydrune "Chloe"

    2017 is going to be the year of succeeding out of pure spite.

  • Pokemon White Randomizer Nuzlocke Journal

    16 hours ago

    Grand-Blazer

    That's right folks, I'm back once again with a new Pokemon Nuzlocke! But this time a little twist has been put on it. This time, I'm still Nuzlocking White, but it's gonna be a Randomizer! For those of you that don't know, that's when RN-Jesus really comes into play and randomizes the Pokemon you encounter, so you can go fishing and run into anything from a Zigzagoon to an Articuno. It's my first time playing one too, so it should be fun.


    Just a reminder on Nuzlocke rules in case you've forgotten though.


    -I can only catch the first Pokemon I encounter on a route. If I kill it, tough luck. Only exceptions are if it's something I've already caught, if it's a shiny or a static Pokemon (stuff that you're given or that shows up in the overworld)


    -If a Pokemon faints, it's dead and I can no longer use it. Normally I have to release it, but I just put it in a Dead box.


    -Nickname all Pokemon. Gotta get attached!


    And just a note, at the time I'm starting this I have exams coming up soon, plus this is on my laptop which I don't get to use incredibly often. So don't expect as frequent updates this time around, at least for the first bit.

    But with that out of the way, let's start our new adventure!


    Day 1 - January 5


    We start off our journey once again as Blazer, in my house with Cheren and Bianca (or not since random trainer names is on) showing up after Professor Juniper delivered our starter Pokemon to be. And the options aaaaare....


    Seviper, Meganium and fucking Palkia! You'll never guess who I picked.


    Bianca, or should I say Doctor Joey, then requested to battle me. She got Seviper herself, so I just got to spam Dragon Breath on her and won easy. Turned the room into a disaster though.


    Then we fought Cheren, or should I say Doctor Marcellus, and his Meganium. More Dragon Breath spams, I won. Went downstairs, apologized to mom, left the house and went over to Bianca's where her dad was yelling at her then went up to the professor's.


    After introductions, I got to nickname Palkia. I was thinking about some water dragons in fiction, and I ended up naming his Riptide, after one of the Seawings in the Wings of Fire novel series. Go check it out, good stuff.


    So then we go off to Route 1 and we get our bullshit capture tutorial, walk into the tall grass and find... 


    Dragonite! FUCKING AMAZING! When I say that I mean it sarcastically because it wouldn't get in the fucking ball, and then my only attacking move was Dragon Breath so obviously I killed it! So Route 1 is a failure for capture. Was forced to quit there due to some stuff irl, but I'm back now baby.


    Team:

    Riptide the Palkia


    ----


    Day 2 - January 6


    Continuing on with the adventure, we saw that Route 1 also offered Wigglytuff and Snorlax. Two Pokemon that I like that probably would've survived Dragon Breath. Great.


    But then we arrived at Accumula Town, and after more bullshit tutorials at the Pokemon Center, we go outside and find Team Plasma making their PETA speech that I didn't read at all because I'm not focusing on plot this playthrough. Though I will focus on Pokehusbando N, who appeared afterwards to battle me. "Doctor" N sent out a Grovyle, which I knocked out in two Dragon Breaths. Apologies to ThankSwalot.


    Afterwards we went over to Route 2 and ran into a Togekiss. Awesome! Amazing find! 


    Then the thing used Sky Attack and killed Riptide. AWESOME! AMAZING! NUZLOCKE IS ALREADY FUCKING DEAD GUYS!


    But here's something I noticed afterwards. I figured Palkia should be strong enough to take a Sky Attack, since it was just a level 7 Togekiss, but then I realized that Palkia hadn't levelled up at all. In fact, he hadn't gained a single point of EXP. So there's something wrong with the randomizer that I need to fix, which I will for the reset.


    In the meantime y'all can enjoy my fucking salt.


    Dead:
    Riptide the Palkia


    ------


    Second Try

    Day 1 - January 13


    WOOOOO GOT THE EXP BACK! WE'RE STARTED FOR REAL NOW GUYS! Many thanks to Jokerke for that comment about that being a common issue.


    After rebooting the randomizer so it's all new with different Pokemon (RIP Riptide), I got started on our new game again. But since I had already been through the dialogue with Juniper before, I was just spamming my keyboard in hopes of continuing fast. But then I wound up at the name selection and was still doing that, so my name came out to be "AAAAAAA". All caps. So I'm just gonna imagine everyone is screaming in fear whenever they say my name. But anyways, we got to the starter Pokemon and our options weeeeeeeeere...!


    Beedrill, Marill and motherfucking Latios


    For those of you who don't know, Latios is my favorite legendary Pokemon of all time ever, so I immediately picked this thing, though you'd have to be crazy not to. 

    Bianca, or should I say Rich Kid Florentino, then challenged us to a battle again with their Marill. This thing came with Psywave and Heal Block. Not the greatest moveset, with an 80 accuracy making Psywave miss a fair bit, but hey, still gets the job done. And Heal Block will be useful for the first couple gyms and their Potions. But back to the battle at hand, we beat Florentino easy and got EXP for it, woo! 


    Then we fought Cheren, or Rich Kid Daniel, and beat him with more Psywave spams. Left the house, saw Bianca's dad bitch at her and went to the Professor's place. There we got to nickname our Latios, and since he's such a fucking bro we went ahead and called him Kamina. And if I find a Latias I'll be sure to call her Yoko.


    Went off to Route 1 then and got out turtorial on catching again, and then I got myself my first encounter. Gulpin! Nice! Never used a Swalot before, so this'll be a cool experience. I named it Thanks, after my bro ThankSwalot. You've probably seen him around here a few times.


    Went back to my house to heal, then went back onto the Route and found that Krokorok was something else I could've caught. Shame, since Krookodile is probably my favorite Gen 5 Pokemon, but hey, point of a randomizer and a Nuzlocke is to use stuff you normally wouldn't, so whatever.


    Cut things off there for the day, but now I'm back for real baby!


    Team:
    Kamina the Latios
    Thanks the Gulpin


    ----


    Day 2 - January 14


    Continuing on Route 1, we found that we could also have gotten a Floatzel, Azumarill and Rhyhorn. And I would've really loved to get that last one, but it is what it is. We then reached Accumula Town and went through more tutorial bullshit at the Pokemon Centre before getting to Team Plasma's PETA speech. Again. This is getting pretty tiring.


    Blah blah, N showed up after, he's a Rich Kid, and he sent out a Litwick. And boy was this thing was an asshole.


    I had Thanks sent out first, but since he can't harm ghost-types all I could was Poison Gas it and switch. Which I did, but this candle had Minimize, which was going to go really poorly with Psywave's shit accuracy. Thankfully though, I got enough of them to make the poison kill before I got killed by Astonish spams.


    We healed up at the Pokemon Centre then went into the next Route, where our mom gave us Running Shoes. Hurray, I'm faster now. We went into the grass and had our first encounter with a Tyranitar! Awesome! Fucking amazing!


    After a couple Pounds and a Yawn from Thanks, we got the thing in the ball and spent a solid five minutes trying to figure out what to name it. Since it turns into what's basically a dinosaur, I named it after the Jojo Stand Scary Monsters, which turns those it infects into dinosaurs. But since I couldn't fit all those, characters I had to settle for ScaryMonst.


    We then got to battle some trainers like Elite Four Malcolm who had a Wynaut and nothing else. Nice. Some other things that could've been caught on the route include Weavile and Hypno, the former of which would've cool. I've used Tyranitar before, so getting something new wouldn't be so bad, and Weavile is awesome from what I hear.


    At the end of the route we battled Bianca again, who still had her Marill, as well as... another Marill... Man what are the odds of that happening? Kicked her ass anyways. Then we went into Striaton City, healed up and immediately went to Dreamyard to get whatever Pokemon is replacing the stupid monkeys. After beating the trainers in there and getting to her, the girl gave me a Hitmontop. That's actually pretty interesting.


    My immediate thought though was "sick spins", but that sounded too simple. So sick spins lead to TR-8R from Force Awakens, but that didn't seem fitting for Hitmontop, and neither did just "Traitor". So in the end I decided to call it Traytourre. Seemed better than the other two while still keeping some relevance to sick spins. Leaving things off there today. Tomorrow we'll get back to the gym.


    Team:

    Kamina the Latios
    Thanks the Gulpin

    ScaryMonst the Tyranitar

    Traytourre the Hitmontop


    ----


    Day 3 - January 15


    To start the day off, we went over to the Pokemon School to fight Cheren, who had gotten himself a Riolu. A bit of a dick punch, but ScaryMonst took care of it along with his Beedrill. We then got to go to the gym, where we fought our way through the trainers before making it to the gym leader. Since Latios replaced Snivy, I got to fight Chili, or should I say Analyst Wayne. He had a Kirlia and a Shuppet, the former of which I left to ScaryMonst and the latter got one shot by a critical Pursuit from Traytourre. Pretty promising for his first fight.


    We got the Trio Badge, and went outside where we met Fennel. She brought us over to her lab for some dialogue I skipped, then she gave me Cut. Great. Taught it to Thanks and went over to the Dreamyard again. Found Team Plasma trying to beat up a Munna and kicked their asses. 


    Afterwards Fennel showed up again to get her Dream Mist, and I checked out the grass. First encounter? Baltoy. Man, this Dreamyard has a thing for sick spins, doesn't it? A couple Psywaves from Kamina and I threw a ball, catching it in one go. Since it's also a spinning Poke, I had to keep up the TR-8R theme, and I decided to call it Claytor. 'Cause you know, clay and traitor, seemed clever. Let me know if you think it's clever!


    Anyways, after that we went on over to the next route, where we fought the likes of Champions Amy&Tia, Rocker Crystal and Cooltrainer Sophie, all preschool people. Then Cheren showed up with a Chimchar and Beedrill to fight me and I won again with no trouble. Bianca came along after and told us about how Team Plasma stole a little girl's Pokemon, so Cheren ran off to get them. I meanwhile got to catching stuff. 


    Walked into the grass and found a Whismur. I had Traytourre out front, which I thought was smart, but he was too high levelled and killed it with a Pursuit. First loss of the game. Luckily I got some redemption in the cave, where I caught a Seismitoad. Named it Atilla, after one of the Punk Frogs from Ninja Turtles. Me and Cheren fought off the Team Plasma grunts, who are sailors by the way, then we left the cave and returned the Pokemon.


    Continuing down the route, I figured I was pretty underlevelled and decided to grind for a bit, since Lenora is level 20 and I still got level 12s. Left things off there for the day since I had to get back to studying.


    Team:
    Kamina the Latios
    Thanks the Gulpin
    ScaryMonst the Tyranitar
    Traytourre the Hitmontop
    Claytor the Baltoy 
    Atilla the Seismitoad

  • So I got me a new PC

    1 day ago

    CaButler

    And it's running better than my old one, so that means I can actually play modern games for a change!


    On that note, as I mentioned before I won't be hopping right into Trails in the Sky SC, as I'll be working on Log Horizon starting tomorrow.  But I will want to work on that.  And while I didn't mind writing out everything, I feel like making a video or streaming it would work out better.  Granted I would need to edit it all first, but I think that's doable.


    Of course, before that happens, I'll see about testing it out first with other games, if possible.  Hence the new PC.  As such, does anybody have recommendations for microphones and capture software?  I have the hardware itself but if there's a recommended software I'll be happy to check that out.


    Thanks in advance.

  • Day 1108: 5 Years Ago

    1 day ago

    topham DHYB

    On this day 5 years ago I spent the night drinking, the last night I spent drinking, and it was one of the last times I hung out with the person that at the time I considered my best friend. 


    It was clear to me, as the weeks progressed, that our friendship had ran its course. I knew that at the end time, we were mostly drinking buddies, and I knew I needed to get to a healthier place. 


    I consider the time that followed particularly revelatory, and I really made a few significant changes in my life. I lost weight, found that I could do more things with my brain, and also just had more time for things! 


    I didn't think much of it at the time, but looking back, I notice that it was one of the most significant changes I've ever made. 


    It's been on my mind for days, but today is the right day. 


    Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 


    Peace -x-

  • Surgery

    2 days ago

    Zydrune "Chloe"

    So Feb 2nd at around 9 AM, I will be going in to get my wisdom teeth extracted.

    To the one wisdom tooth that is actually sideways though:fu

    Jaw dislocation too, but only because my mouth is actually too small for my wisdom teeth as it is.

    Oh well, at least the painkillers will be fun. 

  • I think I'm back.

    1 day ago

    Zydrune "Chloe"

    Judging by how active I've been lately, I think I'm back like I used to be. ...Well not completely like I used to be, but I am totally more active.

    So, hello!!

    I missed my friends, and hello to my new friends!  metal

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