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  1. I apologize, to everyone

    Don't have much more to add than what rei said about constant self-improvement being a core virtue. It might help to define "improvement", but the OP's goal of "better relationships with other humans" is a good one to reach for. I lack the forum history to add more, as I don't know the OP or the situation, really. One Aesop that might be relevant, that I have forgotten often and regretted it, is to remember that behind every forum post--no matter how retarded or annoying--is a person. And you rarely get that whole picture. So, erring on the side of "not being too much a dick" is pretty good, considering we're on the Internet. I feel kind of pretentious even posting this tbh but in case it's useful those are some thoughts. Forgiving others for shit that doesn't really matter anymore is also part of "not being too much of a dick".
  2. Week 2: The Sigurimi vs Actual Literal Nuts

    what's the deadline?
  3. "Explain what Yugioh is and what you do when you play Yugioh?" I try to think of conceptual pyramids. [Ctrl + F for ' tl;dr ' ] YGO is a game. YGO is a board game. YGO is a board game played one-on-one. YGO is a board game played one-on-one and the game pieces are cards. YGO is a board game played one-on-one and the game pieces are cards that do different things. YGO is a board game played one-on-one and the game pieces are cards that do different things until one player loses by having zero life points. YGO is a board game played one-on-one and the game pieces are cards that do different things and interact with each other until one player loses by having zero life points. YGO is a board game played one-on-one and the game pieces are cards that do different things like add or remove other cards to the board, or represent monsters that battle each other until one player loses by having zero life points. YGO is a board game played one-on-one and the game pieces are cards that do different things like add or remove other cards to the board, or represent monsters that battle each other until one player loses by having zero life points. A player starts with 8000 life points. YGO is a board game played one-on-one with turns divided into phases and the game pieces are cards that do different things like add or remove other cards to the board, or represent monsters that battle each other until one player loses by having zero life points. A player starts with 8000 life points. YGO is a board game played one-on-one with turns divided into phases and the game pieces are cards that do different things like add or remove other cards to the board, or represent monsters that battle each other until one player loses by having zero life points. A player starts with 8000 life points and five cards in hand; you draw one card each turn from a deck of at least forty cards. [tl;dr:] YGO is a board game. The board is divided into zones where game pieces are placed. It is played one-on-one with turns divided into phases. The game pieces are cards that do different things like add or remove other cards to the board, or represent monsters that battle each other until one player loses by having zero life points. A player starts with 8000 life points and five cards in hand; you draw one card each turn from a deck of at least forty cards. ...etc. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If explaining YGO to someone with experience in TCGs: YGO is like Magic but faster and shittier. If explaining YGO to someone who has played regular card games: Its like Spades/Rook but with more rules about what trumps what and when you can play the suits, and only two people play instead of having partners, but you can play more cards on your turn. If explaining YGO to someone who likes sports but doesn't game: It's like fantasy football, and the cards are players and the game is a season. You pick the team you want from what you got and go head to head and all the players have different stats and abilities. Some cards set up passes, some cards just knock out other players, and the endzone is at 8000 feet. [I know jack shit about football] --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "What is cancer?" Cells are the smallest parts of your body and have different jobs. Cells are the smallest parts of your body and have different jobs. Cells can divide to make more of themselves if they get damaged or worn out. Cells are the smallest parts of your body and have different jobs. Cells can divide to make more of themselves if they get damaged or worn out. They know how to do it thanks to DNA. Cells are the smallest parts of your body and have different jobs. Cells can divide to make more of themselves if they get damaged or worn out. They know how to do it thanks to DNA. DNA is like a library and the books are instructions for making or fixing the things inside them that make them work. Cells are the smallest parts of your body and have different jobs. Cells can divide to make more of themselves if they get damaged or worn out. They know how to do it thanks to DNA. DNA is like a library and the books are instructions for making or fixing the things inside them that make them work; those parts are called organelles and like cells they do different jobs. Cells are the smallest parts of your body and have different jobs. Cells can divide to make more of themselves if they get damaged or worn out. They know how to do it thanks to DNA. DNA is like a library and the books are instructions for making or fixing the things inside them that make them work; those parts are called organelles and like cells they do different jobs. When cells become too damaged they stop trying to divide. Cells are the smallest parts of your body and have different jobs. Cells can divide to make more of themselves if they get damaged or worn out. They know how to do it thanks to DNA. DNA is like a library and the books are instructions for making or fixing the things inside them that make them work; those parts are called organelles and like cells they do different jobs. When cells become too damaged they stop trying to divide. This is because if they do their job badly they could hurt you. Cells are the smallest parts of your body and have different jobs. Cells can divide to make more of themselves if they get damaged or worn out. They know how to do it thanks to DNA. DNA is like a library and the books are instructions for making or fixing the things inside them that make them work; those parts are called organelles and like cells they do different jobs. When cells become too damaged they stop trying to divide. This is because if they do their job badly they could hurt you. If a cell doesn't know how to stop dividing anymore because that part of the library is missing, it can divide out of control. Cells are the smallest parts of your body and have different jobs. Cells can divide to make more of themselves if they get damaged or worn out. They know how to do it thanks to DNA. DNA is like a library and the books are instructions for making or fixing the things inside them that make them work; those parts are called organelles and like cells they do different jobs. When cells become too damaged they stop trying to divide. This is because if they do their job badly they could hurt you. If a cell doesn't know how to stop dividing anymore because that part of the library is missing, it can divide out of control. If too many of these bad cells grow in one place, they form a lump which makes your body part stop working. [tl;dr] Cells are the smallest parts of your body and have different jobs. Cells can divide to make more of themselves if they get damaged or worn out. They know how to do it thanks to DNA. DNA is like a library and the books are instructions for making or fixing the things inside them that make them work; those parts are called organelles and like cells they do different jobs. When cells become too damaged they stop trying to divide. This is because if they do their job badly they could hurt you. If a cell doesn't know how to stop dividing anymore because that part of the library is missing, it can divide out of control. If too many of these bad cells grow in one place, they form a lump which makes your body part stop working. If your body can't tell them apart from normal cells, they can grow all over your body, which will make more of your body stop working. This is called cancer and it can happen many different ways. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ If explaining cancer to someone who vaguely recalls high school biology: Cancer is when cells fuck up so bad during mitosis they try to kill you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Another thing that helps me break shit down for people, is basically, to become a man of the people. Embrace pop culture. Start following as much shit "normal people" like, and really trying to understand not only the nuts and bolts of the things they like, but why they like them in the first place. People like Game of Thrones for the escapism, the vicarious sex and violence, and nostalgia for a representation of a time period they never experienced, but magical and shit. I don't know shit or give a shit about it, but there's my read on it. You must wear the hide of a basic bitch and spend time with the herd, absorbing as much information (hopefully knowledge too) as possible. This is to grow your metaphor bank. You need access to as many metaphors and similes as possible in order to have the broadest communicative ability. I literally explained hox genes to my girlfriend (she's a Spanish prof., so she's smart but not familiar with biology) with hand motions and tableware at a Mexican restaurant. "Hox genes tell the body where to grow parts, and how much of them to grow. A centipede is just a bug that didn't know when to stop with middle segments, if you notice, they repeat." I motioned with my hands as though they were knives slicing loaves of bread to demonstrate the difference in body segment breakdown. Three slices for an insect, two for an arachnid, however the fuck many for a centipede. The imaginary loaf of bread could be referred to as Arthropoda. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Abstract algebra is like if algebra had babies with philosophy, you know, like __________________ or this [thing they barely remember from high school] if it did X instead of Y or Z also." [I don't know what abstract algebra is, I hadn't heard of it before reading this thread and I didn't look anything up]. Hope this wall of text is helpful rather than annoying. Simple Wikipedia might be a good guidepost. Oh, and you can explain anything to anyone if they use Tumblr so long as you borrow images and terms from Harry Potter or Doctor Who. Being around Dementors is straight up what major depression and anxiety are like.
  4. Actual Literal Nuts vs ALL THE OUTS

    Thanks, I made an assumption based on seeing recruiters, have corrected my post.
  5. Actual Literal Nuts vs ALL THE OUTS

    Human Tetherball (Thunder Dragon Monarchs) > Guerilla Warfare (Beatdown) Human Tetherball (Zoo) > Guerilla Warfare (Beatdown) We had some epic shit going on in there, ggs man.
  6. Da lifes

    A great essay, as always. My fiance and I plan to homeschool our children. She herself was homeschooled, made it to our mutual alma mater, and is currently a bilingual professor when she's not playing video games. I went through the public system, definitely got the occasional suckerpunch to the gut whilst 'faggot' was yelled, and tried hard as a post-grad to work at the careers I was supposed to: food safety, genetics, etc. What I learned from the great educational scam was indeed that the system is Not Your [my] Friend. So, I have given up the rat race and aim to be a novelist because its what I want to do and it's a hell of a lot better than feeling dead inside. And now I have time for things I enjoy, like, Yu-Gi-Oh!. I plan to be a good father and good friend; being a good scientist or good employee mean much less to me. Before the shadow of the grave all is vanity anyway. I definitely recommend that OP read the above as well. SSC is one my favorite sites to read.
  7. Actual Literal Nuts vs ALL THE OUTS

    I work evenings but I'm off on those days, I'd be happy to duel him as well.
  8. Actual Literal Nuts vs ALL THE OUTS

    I will be happy to war in goats any time Wednesday - Friday. I apologize to @Goins for not responding to his challenge on Discord in a timely fashion today.
  9. Da lifes

    I found this reading to be uplifting, and helped me to redefine my goals and expectations from life. It deals heavily with one of the elements of depression, and thus, you may want to read it when you're feeling strong. "You were here first", you'll know what that means by the end. http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/08/16/burdens/ Erik Erikson sort of described life as a series of stepping stones towards self-actualization. You perform your behaviors and follow your schemas until you collide with a brick wall. Some event or pattern in your life forces you to adapt and re-envision yourself in over to get over each "identity crisis" and move on with your life, or else you remain "stuck". Adolescence, young adulthood, maturity, middle age, old age and senescence; every phase of your life requires you to change in order to overcome your problems. "Who am I? What do I value?" Self-actualization is never guaranteed, some people never get there, but if you look at your life and are unhappy, it's time to change things until you are. If you are unhappy with yourself, you need to do whatever it takes, enlist whatever aid, perform any rituals, gain any skills, etc. to become okay with who you are. Kill your demons and embrace what you love. I view psychological counselors as just that: counselors. You ever wanted to pick a wiser person's brain to look at your own life? Get help moving or coping? That's what they're there for. We don't have village elders anymore.
  10. yeah i vape, so what?

    +1 entropy
  11. While we're on the topic of "Tetherball needs primers on basic shit", I've been having a really hard time knowing when to "go in for the kill". I can accumulate some pluses and have the ability to put stuff on the board, but I'm basically always scared that every extension is an overextension, and hold back. Then my opponent blows me the fuck out. Any tips on how to smell weakness?
  12. The Belko Experiment

    this looks dumb, but I can't tell if it will be fun dumb or bad dumb.
  13. Yes, I recommend, with no other deck changes, just throwing in a third Airknight. That's what I am doing. I am doing that now. Now that is the thing I am doing.
  14. In a world without Exarion I actually think this is a really, really good idea.
  15. I got this link on the "Elephant Method" of deck construction for MtG from a fellow DGZer, don't remember who :http://www.starcitygames.com/article/26317_The-Elephant-Method-A-Case-Study.html It's an article by Zvi Mowshowitz that describes a strategy of deckbuilding in MtG, which is useful for Yu-Gi-Oh! This quote summarizes: "Writing out ideal realistic lists for all matchups and then trying to make the unique cards in those lists add up to 75 cards before deciding on the specific 60 for the maindeck and the specific fifteen for the sideboard". Since most games will be post-sideboard, it makes sense to build the side and maindeck simultaneously with the same level of focus applied to each. Skilled YGO players will note which cards do and not "make [their] 55" in their builds. If you find 40 too restrictive at first in terms of thinking of all the stuff you need to deal with, expanding the list to "what makes my 55" may help. @mark 's explanation above of how to evaluate cards individually with the big picture in mind is great. If you know the metagame lists, half your work is already done for you. I also have this excellent screenshot from a post by @OD Superman in Discord in which he explained why a list I posted was inadequate along similar lines to what mark said. [the deck being referred to was an attempt to make a Guardian Sphinx-centric Monarch type build]. It's a great example of bad deckbuilding and good advice. Don't get disheartened if what you make sucks; it's an opportunity to learn and make something better anyway. I now have a more mathematical understanding of how much of X type of card or Y mitigation is needed to handle the common threats of the metagame, right here in this picture.
  16. What games are you currently playing?

    If you like FPS you need to be playing Titanfall 2. The devs that got fucked over from Infinity Ward after Modern Warfare 2 went on to found Respawn. Respawn was acquired by EA, but because the first game didn't do as well as they hoped, Respawn was pretty much free to do what it wanted with the sequel with little executive meddling. What has resulted has been my favorite shooter of the generation so far, better than Doom due to its awesome multi, and much deeper and faster than its Call of Duty pedigree would imply. The people who knew what they were doing a decade ago at the apex of that shooter zeitgeist all seem to have gone here. Hitscan and projectile weapons with comparable effiicacy, an extremely fluid movement system, grappling hooks, giant robots--what more can man ask for besides marijuana, blowjobs and Mexican beer? It's the closest thing to an arena shooter a stop-and-pop descendant has gotten to, and it's done it far better than Blops 3 or Advanced Warfare. If you're waiting for the new Quake and are playing UT in alpha/beta/whatever it may not be so impressive, but many standard weapons and movement principles from those lineages appear in the game. I will say it's not Tribes. The campaign is also short and sweet, if that matters to you. The cash shop is purely for cosmetics, and one only "prestiges" for cosmetics. A day of online multi or less if you're decent or playing on a 2XP weekend will get you everything. All DLC has been free including new weapons , maps, and modes. A horde mode that was in the first game is soon to be released for this one. The devs actually give a shit about balance and give regular updates. It's as benign as any tumor generated by EA in a long time. I've also been playing Parasite Eve II on Nightmare Mode because of course I am.
  17. Buy DGZ loyalist here!

    Danke, PM'd EDIT: order went through, should all be good. EDIT2: just tried logging in for shits and gigs and it gave me the same 'no user found' message. My order seems to have gone through though so it's not pertinent atm.
  18. Buy DGZ loyalist here!

    TGA is giving me registration issues. First it gave me an "incorrect field entry" error without telling me what it was. Following errors were "email already taken". Figuring that this meant the account actually took, I tried to log in only to find that the site said it could not find a user with that email address. Help? I really want to give you $7.99 If I just need to use the TGA email to request tech help I will, but I'm dumb so I'll gripe here first and ask if someone is willing to buy me a Loyalist account on my behalf via Paypal using their TGA account. Of course, I would send the money first to anyone willing to play escrow for me.
  19. DuelistGroundz username: Human Tetherball Discord username: Human Tetherball Formats: Goats only Expected level of activity: can commit to 4-5 matches per week minimum throughout the 2 month season. On my off days I will have entire days to pour into practice/training/theory. I work second shift 3-5 days per week. Want to be on a team with (list any DGZ users that apply): free agent; prefer to be with a stronger player(s) I can learn from. (Optional) Credentials/why you would be a good team member: I was a judge during the time of goat format and can recall obscure rulings offhand. I'm easygoing, creative, and highly trainable. Have a STEM background [Biology B.A.] and writing background [B.A.<---]. I will learn to play any deck you put in front of me. I will chase the "optimal play" dragon. I will defer to my betters (of which there are many) but am unafraid to share my own thoughts; I know I have little clout here and will try to listen moreso than speak. I do have the common flaw of new Goats players of thinking *I* can add something revolutionary or special to a 12-year old format but at least I am aware of it. My goals are to become a better player and to form better relationships with fellow DGZers. I also feel bad if I don't follow up on commitments so getting me back in line if I slack takes little nudging. Example of my mentality: I still feel bad I haven't gotten into Windows Movie Maker to upload the Goats duels I told Kris I would upload in the Goats thread back in like January, but on the plus side I have also stopped believing in the course of recording clips over multiple sessions to avoid embarrassing myself that anything can be done to improve Perovic.dek.
  20. Get Out

    I don't want to say too much about it, but go see it. It's a smartly executed horror movie that keeps the tension going like few films in the genre have and god damn does it have layers.
  21. Multis try to play mafia together, get utterly destroyed

    I wasn't really curious about Mafia until this clusterfuck. This is pretty good advertisement.
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