Human Tetherball

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  1. Cried in the shower over it man. Dude was "one of us". If he could make it through, couldn't we?
  2. The drugs you can get legally from doctors are generally better than street drugs anyway. Took like 8 or 9 attempts at psych drugs (and two cases of serotonin syndrome) to get my shit right--most experiences were bad--but depression is so much worse that you're usually willing to risk melting your brain to fix it.
  3. Assuming people are going to do it anyway and I can't stop them, might as well offer information to aid in making that safer for people. Look up stuff on erowid. most (if not all, iirc) hallucinogens are serotonin analogs and will be fed through that system. do not mix with SSRIs, SNRIs or MAOIs, as serotonin syndrome is not fun and you could die. If you have a predisposition towards certain mental illnesses, like schizophrenia for example, the altered state could trigger its first occurrence (symptoms manifest in young adulthood, people experiment with drugs around this time, one thing can hasten the other). Hallucinogens can be useful against treatment resistant depression and complex PTSD, but are probably most useful in that capacity in non-consciousness altering microdoses (they alter consciousness but not trippily). I recommend [not doing drugs] using standard blotter doses and synthetics, like LSD, or mescaline (the active ingredient in peyote, which can also be obtained by brewing a certain cactus as tea). A single square of blotter paper can only hold roughly 200ng of water (the vehicle for LSD, and yes it is THAT potent) and the only chemicals on Earth that are dangerous at that dosage are shit like VX gas--even if its 200ng of lead you'd be fine. Know the LD50s of the stuff you use, don't use stuff that is easily tainted: yellow mold is a common source of illness amongst mushroom users due to poor sterilization protocol and quality control by growers. Psilocybin, the active ingredient in mushrooms, can also be produced synthetically and used in more controlled doses. Better living through chemistry. I recommend being in both a good place psychologically and also physically (a chill room with a few friends and some acid rock, or a walk in the forest [bring water, you will forget to drink]). Repeat to yourself, if your trip goes bad, that things will go back to normal in a few hours and that you will be okay; remember, for the average joe this effect is temporary. Do know your family mental illness history. Do not do deleriants like Datura (for the love of god), or high doses of phenylephrine (or whatever is in Benadryl these days, think it's that. operates in roundabout way through histamine system). Do not use dextromorphan, as the doses needed to have effect are fairly harsh on your liver. Do not do salvia or DMT as your first experiences because their effect is brief, but extremely extremely intense. It's okay to start small. Due to how quickly your body adapts to the serotonin boost, you need at least 72 hours between trips, otherwise you're wasting your time and money. Don't make it a habit to use altered states, they can be useful for breakthroughs. Tripping isn't something you do just because it's [usually] fun. You're knocking out your perceptual filter by glitching your serotonin receptors, thus your schemas, and the rearranging you do on the way back will have a lasting effect. Zen Bhuddism is not viable for everyone, as chemical stimulation differs from Kool Aid consumption, but is certainly safer (if done right, though meditation can fuck you up too). Research and supervision are useful for that as well. I've seen a few hallucinogen users lose their shit and take a year to recover. Heavy, frequent use was involved though.
  4. Goins (Goat Control) 2-0 Human Tetherball (Chaos Recruiter)
  5. Up for goats warring with Pacific State team members; will be available until 2AMish

  6. I'll be on here and Discord until the wee hours of morning today for Goats-only duels.
  7. Core sets exist(ed) for a few reasons. Introducing new players to the game; rarity was correlated with complexity. In MRL Cyber Jar was a Rare and MST was an Ultra which is totally backwards. With an online format you have no real rarity system, no physical cards, so all scarcity has to come from your limited/semi/forbidden list. Few players will be new either. At least half of your cardpool needs to be simple shit, with no redundancies in function except in power level. Harpie's Feather Duster and Raigeki could be probably be in there, or Heavy and Dark Hole, or not either, but definitely shit like MST, Soul Taker, etc. Shitty cards need to be playable or tempting, like Horus LV6. I don't agree with MST and Twin Twister being in the same core set, one should come before the other. kinda like shock vs. lightning bolt, or whether or not lightning helix or char/psionic blast will be there. having 2 as a default playable toughness, 3, or 4, matters a lot. In goats, 1100+ DEF is a magic number since Tsukuyomi can't kill it. Berserk Gorilla is more relevant (than it should be) because it can beat good ass 1900s like Airknight and Exarion, but 1000 DEF really hurts it; pretty balanced but it sets the whole power level of the format to what can work with/vs Tsukuyomi or not, whether or not TER utterly makes it irrelevant or not. Honest wouldn't be too bad to add, would it? Chaos Emperor Dragon vs. current bullshit. Big diff in the DBZ scale. Keep things close while having bombs, just know that the format is gonna revolve around supporting them. Sacred Phoenix can only be decent in a certain environment. XYZ combos make almost the entire cardpool useless (and noninteractive). If stats are unclimbable for basic monsters removal and floating will take priority. If you want a combat heavy meta, keep checks on all stats to power ratios and make removal shittier. rush recklessly is relevant where? Why would Dimensional Prison be released before Sakuretsu Armor [or what if neither existed in place of Widespread Ruin or some other weird shit] if Monster Reborn isn't in the picture? Why have Call of the Haunted and Premature Burial in the same core set when they operate very differently but do the same thing. You have a lot of cards that just draw cards. Pot of Avarice and Pot of Duality and Graceful Charity are probably enough--you don't need Allure of Darkness. Or if you do need Allure, cut one of the others. Release early support and reprints to support the archetypes coming in future sets which define core mechanics. For example, including Vampire Lord and Pyramid Turtle in a core set makes a lot of sense, and so does waiting a set (x months) to release Spirit Reaper, Zombie Master, etc [but maybe not broken shit later]. If Marshmallon comes out later, a Ninja Grandmaster Sasuke or Shield Crush would be a "good" "common". Mobius and Zaborg, if you chose to do monarchs, would make sense to release simultaneously. If the meta goes backrow heavy or set monster heavy Granmarg could be useful. Raiza OR Caius should make an appearance but in what context or release order? Decide which keywords [game mechanics] are coming back or not. Do you (players) want a lot of summoning from deck or not? do you want synchros or not? do you want a lot of recursion or a lot of chaos/chaos like stuff? now that we're this far into yugioh they've revisited a lot of their early mechanics and released archetype support cards. you have the advantage now of an expanded cardpool to draw from. a format where spell counters didn't suck would be cool, for example. This is doable but start small and start local. Once you have some empirical data you can try to pitch it from what you learn. Cube drafts in YGO are essentially this concept anyway, just compressed into a single event; ask the people who make good ones how they make those choices. Shitty cards that do rare mechanics in the set can be good instead of obsolete. Breaker > Chiron. Start your entire format with a "strongest card" in mind.
  8. random post: I thought this was neat, but useless.
  9. can we not do dark blue text on black background please?
  10. Sweet list. I've been to a couple post-Exarion goat locals and Zoo took both, I wonder if it's coincidence or data.
  11. A lot of my customers speak English as a second or third language or not at all and only speak Spanish. I've learned some Spanish to try and make them feel more comfortable, to meet them in the middle. It's hard as fuck to be somewhere no one speaks your language and looks at you like an asshole for being from somewhere else. Anyway, there are customers too that barely speak English but speak Mandarin or Tagalog or German...etc. The language barrier itself is instructive in trying to move from one conceptual level to another with very basic but flexible vocabulary, some of which is entirely visual via body language, etc. I tried today to explain to a man the nature of thoroughbred horse breeding, and the economy around it. He was from China, and spoke English with a very limited vocabulary; he was a tourist of course. As a gambler he wanted to know more about it, which is not unusual for Kentucky. Months ago a child from Paraguay taught me how to say that a machine was broken. The methods used were much the same. Keep your sentence structure basic and your vocabulary basic. When you run into a word that probably isn't one they would encounter [breed], you have to make do with a shotgun blast of synonyms [make, create] and hope something sticks, then move on with the sentence so they can infer context backwards from your statement if they didn't catch it at first. It's okay if you can't get it at first, because you can always 'repeat yourself' with simpler forms immediately after, as that builds context further. Give yourself and your interlocutor multiple chances to get it. The Paraguayan kid looked at me strangely when I said "no puedo, er, no puede" <I can't. He/she can't> and pointed to the machine itself. I then said "no trabajar" <doesn't to work (as in, employment)>. The verb wasn't even conjugated, and it was the wrong word anyway, because the literal translation didn't apply to a machine. Of course he put two and two together and understood what I meant, but in seeing an opportunity to teach, he spoke to me in very simple Spanish and fired off about three different ways to say that the machine was broken. I remember one of them, because it's an English cognate, "no funciona" <Doesn't function/work>. I will not forget that for the next Spanish speaker, but I also don't remember the other two synonyms he used. We communicated the concept that he couldn't use the machine because it was broken . "Lo siento, gracias" <[I'm] sorry, thanks>. Much like the metaphor and simile bank, a browse through a thesaurus now and then won't hurt. You may have noticed that from some of my diction in this post. Now, back to thoroughbreds. I was unable to communicate the precise makeup of a thoroughbred, the tradition involved, but I was able to communicate to him that it was an elaborate and difficult process that made them highly valuable; not that he didn't know that information already, but in conversation he just needed to catch what I was saying. The specifics were untranslatable between us--how the pedigree comes from a very small stock that can be traced with good accuracy, how Thoroughbred is a specific breed and thoroughbred used in other contexts just means purebred. He said that he selected horses to bet on based on their "beauty"; one can infer "the look of good breeding stock" from that, and I was unable to get more details but with more time I believe I could have found out which features of a horse he used in his intuitive betting heuristic. I was curious about his method or superstition, as all gamblers have one. Really this all was just small talk, picking a gambler's mind, expressing interest in a person based on the one detail they had given me about their personality. Note: being from China had little to do with that. I rarely ask about a foreigner's homeland, they'd rather know what interesting things there are to do while they're here. "Oh is it really different there?" is awful. Better to use a thought-terminating cliche or platitude to skip the "non-informational non-exchange 'I've said this a million times' part". "Oh, I've heard it's beautiful there." I like that one because it's always true; if they want to tell you about their homeland they will, if they don't it'll end there and maybe they can get a word in edgewise to ask where a good local restaurant is. Humorously, I have encountered no shortage of Japanese tourists who really want to find a KFC while they're here. I'd rather direct them to one of our local soul food places downtown, or hell, Popeye's, but they want to do that so they can scratch a specific itch and tell their friends back home, so: "oh yeah, there's one on second street." [I don't actually remember where the hell it is, it's been awhile since I was asked and I don't eat there if I can get better chicken but you get the point.] I actually hate gambling, but someone who likes something I hate might have something to say I hadn't heard yet so it was worth a try. At a fundamental level, communication depends on being interested in people. As Bill Nye says, "Everyone you meet knows something you don't". In the words of Kendrick Lamar, "Bitch, be humble."
  12. Shining Blue Eyes got me 2- 0 Goat Control > Goat Control (fun match)