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3 points · 1 day ago

He probably does have an account worth millions of dollars, but he hasn't asked about it and Mab sees no reason to bring it up.

7 points · 1 day ago

I thought that the time block was for Harry's group specifically.

That would give Molly's group time to catch up.

3 points · 1 day ago

It's just bad.

Take every single harem cliche or 'joke' you could imagine, but with none of the charm or wit necessary to make tired humor feel fresh.

Then make the cast about monster girls, but don't bother to explore their monster natures hardly at all because of a plot contrivance that requires them to appear human 99% of the time.

Then mix in some frequent battles, but overstuff them with pointless narration and painfully un-funny jokes (Every. single. fight. is going to start by explaining what happens when Moka's rosary is removed, and then every. single. fight. is going to end with an annoying character commenting on how long it took) and make the fights completely anticlimactic because the same thing happens every. single. time.

I've heard that the manga is actually decent, largely because it explores a storyline that the anime intentionally ignored, but godsdamn the anime is so bland that it hurts. Any potential that it had to be unique or even just cute is largely squandered. If you want a series about monster girls, there are better options. If you want a battle harem, there are better options. If you want risque comedy, there are better options.

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2 points · 1 day ago

I loved the manga. Watched two episodes of the anime and noped out of there.

"The Future Diary is like crazy good!"

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5 points · 1 day ago

They got the crazy part right....

I agree with you, the only reason I made it this far was because my friend kept pushing the '' it's getting better dude, just watch it'' and psycho pass i remember finding it fun to watch but I can't remember anything about it, guess it didn't stick with me.

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4 points · 1 day ago

Shame on him. If you don't get into Stein's;Gate early, if you don't connect with the characters, then the second part would be pretty meaningless.

I love Stein's;Gate, but even I know that if it should be dropped if you don't like the first three or four episodes.

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1 point · 2 days ago

Had a coworker claim to be out of town for the weekend, with no way to get back.

They then ordered delivery to their house....

He was an idiot....

Awakening this way has grown old. The night after a transformation always seems most difficult. As usual, I can’t recall a single moment from the previous night, and my head aches with the pounding of a thousand hammers into a thousand nails.

I feel a couch beneath me, but it’s not my own. A piece of furniture with tweed fabric will never enter my home. Mark my words. Reaching around the couch, I don’t feel any stuffing protruding from it. So, I didn’t tear it up—which is a relief. The last thing I need on my plate right now is paying a stranger for damaged property.

I have no idea where I’m laying. I have no idea whose place this is. I have no idea who I’ll be rounding the corner to find me this way. I’m naked. I’m sure I appear inebriated. I’m wearing a collar. A collar? I don't wear collars.

I’m a shapeshifter. I’m not a domesticated pet or sadomasochist. No reason exists for me wearing this sign of servitude. Shapeshifters have often been looked down upon by other creatures. They say our ability of transformation is neither intimidating nor useful. I believe they envy our ability to blend and to remain nocturnal. We go unnoticed. We hunt while the rest of the world sleeps. Our world and our prowl often go undetected and uninterrupted by the sapiens. A majority of other creatures aren’t afforded the same luxury. They must dwell within shadows and hide their existence from the rest of the world. What they wouldn’t give for the chance to walk freely at night and conduct their malfeasance. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest to discover another creature did this to me as a way to insult me and my race. They call us dogs. We call them pathetic; we call them disgusting.

What I’m seeing, however, is not pathetic nor disgusting. My vision blurs as my sense return to me. The figure comes in clearer, and I sense familiarity. She’s not my pack. She’s not my kin. No. She’s not even my species. Yet, I know her. This much I can assemble in my post-transformation mess of a brain. As the vision clarifies. I realize exactly who this woman—this creature—is.

“Hey there, Fluffles!” Druscilla calls out to me.

“Fluffles?” It’s all I can muster. Even that, though, sounds weak and raspy as I force it out of my throat.

Druscilla points at the collar around my neck.

I look down and see “Fluffles” engraved on the medallion. I’d roll my eyes if I didn’t feel this tension behind my them. Only Druscilla would think this is an appropriate joke. She’s also the only person that wouldn’t enrage me with this kind of nonsense.

“You couldn’t even give me a cool pet name?” The rasp in my voice softens. “Like Spike? Or Brute?” I shuffle my position on the couch and cover myself with the small, crude excuse for a blanket with which she covered me.

Druscilla sits next to me. She makes a pouty face, “Awe,” she begins in a mockingly pathetic tone, “but you’re my Fluffles.” Her breath cools the hot beverage contained in a mug positioned delicately between her hands.

Physically, I bite my lip. Figuratively, I’m biting my tongue. She knows just how to raise my ire.

“Here, Fluffles, take this.” Druscilla hands me the mug. “It'll help that throbbing in your head.”

I take a sip. It just tastes so bitter and awful. I force it down, though because—to be honest—it’s not the worst taste I’ve had in my mouth following a transformation. “What the fuck is that?” I couldn’t help asking. I could decipher that she gave me some kind of tea, but other than that, I couldn’t get past how terrible it tasted to me.

“I can see you're a man of culture with a refined palate and expansive vocabulary.” Druscilla. Always so witty with her retorts

“Do you always have to bust my balls?” I force down another gulp of—what I can only assume, at this point—is thinned out black tar.

“I haven’t touched your balls in a long time.” That tight, coy smile nearly reaches her ears.

“Very funny.” I sip again. That’s it. I’m done. I put the mug down on the glass coffee table before me. The ceramic scratching against the glass only aggravates my pounding head. “Seriously, what is that shit?”

Druscilla laughs at me in my weakened state. “You’re cute.” She always has to throw out little comments like that before answering my questions. “It’s a tea made from very rare herbs, leaves, and natural ingredients that are proven to lessen the effects of a shapeshifter’s transformation.”

“Oh,” I begin, “so, it’s not the usual toxicity you provide to your houseguests?”

“Always such a smart-ass, huh, Anson?”

I love the way she speaks my name. “Can’t stop; won’t stop.” I pick up the mug again and just stare at it. I don’t know if I can force this trifle down again. I know it’ll help, though; she never gives me anything that won’t.

“You ever hear the thing about catching flies with honey instead of vinegar?”

“What about catching bloodsuckers?” I know the hatred she holds for that word. It’s always in my nature to just antagonize her and push her away at every turn. I’ve never fully understood it.

“Watch your mouth!” Druscilla’s smile tightened into a purse of anger. “I’ve told you, I’m an x-sang.” Druscilla made that word sound so cool. I hated it. Exsanguinators never seemed cool to me, but they’re the ones that get all of the literature, films, and merchandise. Sure, you’ll see shapeshifters—mostly werewolves—pop up in stuff from time-to-time, but not like the exsanguinators. The laypeople call them ‘vampires’, but they’re just no-good bloodsuckers. Why this fascination surrounds them, I’ll never know.

“X-sang?” I scoff at her. “I’m so glad we don’t have some stupid nickname like that.”

Druscilla lightly places her hand on my shoulder. So soft. Despite her bloodsucking nature, she’s always had the most nurturing touch of any creature I’ve encountered.

“Oh, we have a name we call you guys.” Her tone just sounds so taunting.

“I don’t want to know. . .”

“We call you guys ‘shifties’.” Druscilla scrunches her shoulders and raises her voice to an obnoxiously high octave just to solidify how demeaning she meant that to be.

I can only shake my head. She’s equal parts frustrating and entertaining. I suppose that was always the appeal.

“I take it you don’t approve?” Druscilla prods me like no other.

“Not even a little bit.”

Druscilla pats my back again. To be quite frank, her touch helps calm me more than this grotesque concoction she handed me.

“Feel better, Shifty.” She stands up and begins to leave the room.

“Hey,” I call out to get her attention—something I should’ve done sooner.

She stops and turns to me. “Yes?”

I hesitate. So many words in my head—in my throat. If this conflict didn’t wage within my overactive mind, I’d say them all. The conflict still continues, though. So, all I can say is: “Thank you.”

She smiles and chuckles in the slightest manner. I can see her hesitate. I can only imagine it’s for the same reasons I hesitate. She brushes her ebony hair behind her ear and glances down at the hardwood. “You’re welcome,” Druscilla goes to leave, “Fluffles.”

Druscilla leaves the room; it’s a sight I’ve seen all too often.

I look down and scratch my head. I contemplate my next move.

Suddenly, a pile of clothes hit me in the face.

“You might need those.” The weakening voice says to me as my tattered shirt and haggard pants slide down my face. She flashes a wide, toothy grin, flexes her brow, and then disappears from my sight yet again.

A chortle and a “Thanks,” are all I can summon as I swallow past all the words I wish I could say.

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Original Poster2 points · 2 days ago

Wow....

You made this story feel like a part of a larger world. I feel like there is a lot of backstory to explore. Do you write for a living?

Thank you for the kind words. I do some writing, mostly for TV. It’s been my life’s goal to release a novel, though.

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Original Poster2 points · 2 days ago

You are welcome.

From what I see, you have a good chance of achieving that dream someday.

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1 point · 2 days ago

You're just describing a situation where the kitchen has to bust their asses doing all the hard work while you only have to go out to the air conditioned dining room and apologize to people occasionally.

Boo fucking hoo. That is so hard!

I'm sorry you have to deal with shitty customers while the kitchen works their asses off but that does not entitle you to over twice their hourly pay for doing less than half the amount of work.

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1 point · 2 days ago

We are the kitchen and the front room. Pay attention.

1 point · 2 days ago

What do you mean by this? Are you making the food? Are you washing the dishes?

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1 point · 2 days ago

Yes, all of the above.

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50 points · 2 days ago

The "Claim Prizes" button didn't work after my first win. I had to reset the game.

649 points · 2 days ago

Weird South Carolina laws: "Horses may not be kept in bathtubs. It is a capital offense to inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide. ... It is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays."

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99 points · 2 days ago

"You have to carry a shotgun to church with you on Sundays" (to protect your family from "Indian attacks".)

Fair point

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5 points · 3 days ago

Ever read Discworld?

"At about the time Albert was in The Mended Drum arguing with the landlord over a yellowing bar tab that had been handed down carefully from father to son through one regicide, three civil wars, sixty-one major fires, four hundred and ninety robberies and more than fifteen thousand barroom brawls to record the fact that Alberto Malich still owed the management three copper pieces plus interest currently standing at the contents of most of the Disc's larger strongrooms, which proved once again that an Ankhian merchant with an unpaid bill has the kind of memory that would make an elephant blink ..."

I have not read the series but that is great!

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1 point · 3 days ago

I can not recommend you read these books enough. They are hilarious but also internally consistent.

you draw to replace Remand.

you get your spell back.

your opponent is down their counterspell.

+1 overall

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2 points · 3 days ago

Wouldn't you be up two?

You used one card (-1) to draw a card (0) and return a spell to your hand (+1) while their spell fizzles (+2).

47 points · 3 days ago

"Return a spell to your hand" is not +1.

Start by imagining the situation just before casting the first spell.

Then, realize that:

  • at the end of the scenario you will have exactly the same cards in hand, with the only difference being that the Remand got replaced by a newly drawn card -- you have the same number of cards as before
  • your opponent will have one card fewer, as they lost their counterspell
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12 points · 3 days ago

Okay. Sorry, it is four in the morning and my mind is a little fuzzy. I can see the logic. I was thinking of the spell on the stack as already gone and....

You know? I think I will just go to bed now....

how to pick a fight 101

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2 points · 3 days ago

Plot twist, he has only ever seen four anime.

Yeah but that was by WotC on their own site, that isn't a leak.

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-18 points · 3 days ago

Just because it was on their site doesn't mean it wasn't a leak... >.>

I'd say that and the other guy bringing up kamigawa are more of a tease than a leak. Especially the kamigawa bit, it doesn't really tell us anything.

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1 point · 3 days ago

I was actually referencing when they put up the rules for the wrong set a few weeks/months ago...

wait, what? Jesus was never in Egypt. what the fuck is she talking about?

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3 points · 3 days ago

He was. They went there to get away from the King's order to kill every child under two.

As I understand it (which isn't great), it was that within the empire, and especially that their army was dependent on the foreign conscripts, who got training in Roman tactics/operations but maintained more loyalty to their home province than Rome - for the little stake they were given in Rome. School was a while ago though, so I'd defer to someone who knew more.

In this case, since Mary & Joseph would have been Roman subjects before seeking asylum, I have no idea how repatriation would work, though what you say makes sense.
The important thing would to hide their People's Liberation Front of Judea membership cards REALLY well. It's a Life of Brian reference, I swear I'm not a zealot

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3 points · 3 days ago

Seriously, what have the Romans ever done for us?

60 points · 4 days ago

They sign for it in crayon

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10 points · 3 days ago

That could just mean they are a parent.

5 points · 4 days ago

I think it was Seagrams itself. It wasn't very popular in my area. But the younger kids felt they could avoid suspicion by saying "a real drink", for whatever reason, 7 and 7 was the one I saw the most.

As far as martinis, it wasn't that uncommon to see young people order them, however, I've never seen somebody under 70 (excluding kids who are trying to be sneaky) order a Perfect Martini.

Anybody who doesn't know what that means, it's just a martini but both Dry and Sweet Vermouth.

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5 points · 3 days ago

both Dry and Sweet Vermouth

Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.

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Could you please tell me what you mean by dense? You're the first person to ever read something I made, thanks by the way.

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Original Poster2 points · 5 days ago

You are welcome.

By dense, I mean that it is really information thick without much room to breathe. Let us take one sentence as an example.

"During his last voyage to Idar on Ganimedes, Dylan came across a small group Vinnas."

In that one sentence, we learn about the voyage, where he is going, where he was from, his name, and something about Vinnas. We have no idea where any of that is, or what it is, or why it is important. (Though most people should know about Ganymedes, but that is still assuming information.)

It is hinted that finding Vinnas is important, but we don't know why or even what they are. We try to keep them in mind for the rest of the story, which takes up brain space as we try to read the rest.

This was just from one line. The reader doesn't know what is going to come up later, so they try to remember as much as possible. But considering how information rich the text is, considering we learned at least five things in that one sentence (the guy was named Dylan, he has been on other voyages, this is his last one, where he came from, where he is going, what he found) it tends to bog down the mind a lot.

I understand wanting to make large and vibrant universes, but sometimes it is better to scale back.

What you wrote would have been a lot better in a larger format where the backstory had been doled out in small bits a little at a time, instead of an exposition dump that it became.

I hope I wasn't too hard on you. Good luck in your future writing.

I can see what you mean clearly, funny how I didn't notice that while writing. Thanks again.

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Original Poster1 point · 4 days ago

You are welcome.

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But if you sac Krav he goes to grave, no?

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4 points · 5 days ago

You can send him to the command zone.

Where can I pre order commander pre con decks?

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1 point · 5 days ago

Speak to your LGS.

If you want to order online, then you will have to wait until they are revealed.

Cool, more sac decks for me!

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9 points · 5 days ago

I don't think he understands how big the harpy can get, or how fast it can get there....

Not true in the slightest. Haven't lived until you have 12+ mana and untap with a [[pentavus]] + [[doubling season]] out.

Ballista and the others are very powerful cards for very different reasons.

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3 points · 5 days ago

Don't forget [[Krark-Clan Ironworks]], gives you either infinite tokens or an infinitely big pentavus.

8 points · 5 days ago

When the Gatewatch fought Bolas on Amonkhet, Bolas attacked Jace's mind. Jace knew he would be destroyed by the attack and manged to planeswalk away - he ended up on Ixalan with no memory of who he was previously

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2 points · 5 days ago

I think u/rujensan might have been facetious. Jace's mind has been wiped so many times.... It is starting to become a character trait.

27 points · 5 days ago

It bugs me to no end that the plane and continent are both called Ixalan.

"Lord Vegeta, we have word that Frieza is here to destroy Vegeta!"

"My son, my planet, or me?"

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17 points · 5 days ago

"...yes"

Then why did they disappear with his death in the original time line?

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2 points · 5 days ago

because if they are bound by a ritual, they will stop if he stops.

Key word being bound.

[[Primalcrux]]

[[Hydra Omnivore]]

[[Patron of the Orochi]]

[[Pelakka Wurm]]

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5 points · 5 days ago

I like equipping Hydra Omnivore with [[Blade of Selves]], turns each attack into a prisoner's dilemma. How much are you willing to take to hurt your opponents? Do you trust your opponents to block so you don't take damage?

Beat a guy twice with my W/B control deck that had a chaos wand in it.

Actually beat him with the chaos wand using his aggro spells against him.

At the end he told me that chaos wand was a "trash card" and "should never be used at a pre-release".

Always annoying to get the salty players, chaos wand is great and possibly even great for standard too.

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2 points · 6 days ago

I got to use the wand to kill a guy with their own shock.

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