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John Danker

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  1. Procedural ruling

    Investigate using any and all available resources, ask clarifying questions, ensure you understand the entire game state and what lead to it. Intent has a great deal to do with any infraction, the severity of any penalty is based on intent and sometimes intent determines whether there was any infraction at all. Understand the very definition of UC-Cheating, is: 1. Intentional act 2. An attempt to gain an unfair advantage. 3. Knowledge that the act was illegal (depending on the scenario) Inexperienced judges (or those who have never judged) will try and boil scenarios down to a purely mechanical form, rarely are such scenarios ruled upon correctly without considering much more, in fact, you can't possible rule upon such a scenario without deciding upon intent.
  2. PSA for kids in the Yu-Gi-Oh Community

    My response to the whole topic having raised two sons in the gaming community (now ages 15 and 20) is.....that's why parents need to stay involved in their children's lives rather than dropping them off at the door of the local gaming store and using the store as a baby sitter. If as a parent you're not the biggest influence in your child's life, guess who's fault that is? You can possibly understand judging from the subject matter why KDE is very particular about coverage. It doesn't take but an outburst or two in order for negativity to be associated with a brand name in a parent's eyes, deserved or not, perception is each person's reality. Responsible parents tend not to take unnecessary risks.
  3. Suspended List Updated

          "Konami gives people a 2nd chance, Konami cares, stop whining" is an awful argument to tell us to get off its case after people get banned for incredibly dubious reasons after multiple consecutive deck checks specifically targeting them.   Acting like the fact you're all nice guys doesn't allow you to escape criticism for your mistakes, and if we're wrong because you haven't told us all the details that's as much your fault as ours. You DO realize that "Targeting" a player and it taking multiple deck checks to supposedly have a conspiracy against him and set him up for cheating is pretty darn silly don't you? If there was actually a conspiracy and judges were trying to set someone up, do you honestly think it would take them MULTIPLE deck checks to do so? Heck, if a judge were going to be THAT much of a scumbag they could certainly do so in the first deck check. Judges are never to discuss details of any penalty given at events with players other than the player assigned the penalty, doing so would be unprofessional. Penalties not assigned you are none of your business and penalties a judge was not involved in are none of his / her business.   As always, I'm not here to debate these issues, I'm here to inform you.
  4. Suspended List Updated

      That's a broad generalization of what exactly people are bitching about, which is KDE banning/suspending people for things that didn't take place within the tournament venue. It really isn't any of their business if you stole an alligator or not etc. Hell, what does that even fall under within their set of infractions. I disagree completely, it's wise of them to decide to disallow those who are prone to illegal activity from their events, just like it's wise for a parent to prohibit their children from hanging out with "friends" who are a poor influence. If someone is willing to break civil law, they're likely not to bat an eyelash as breaking KDE's policies and rules. Why take the risk? This same thought pattern is reflected in many organizations and competitions. Association with those breaking the law  reflects poorly upon any group, organization, or company. Protecting the company and the safety and integrity of any event KDE runs is indeed their business.
  5. Suspended List Updated

    If KDE didn't believe in giving people second chances, they wouldn't have a process to be reinstated for players to be in good standing again. You guys crack me up, you whine, piss, and moan about KDE doing nothing about cheaters, then when someone gets suspended you whine, piss, and moan that people get suspended.
  6. Would this be (soft) cheating?

    <face palm> Really? Didn't we just go over the definition of cheating? You DO realize why I said, "This isn't that hard" right? How do you people advance on a yearly basis.....assuming you're still going to school that is. Sorry for being so negative, it's unlike me, however, we JUST went over this on this very same thread NUMEROUS times.
  7. Would this be (soft) cheating?

    This is really not difficult to understand. What we have is a bunch of people looking for excuses. Most of you profess to being highly experienced if not "Pro" players, so act like it. Highly experienced or professional players of anything go out of their way to avoid taking unnecessary penalties. In the game of YGO, it's not too difficult to do by simply replacing questionable cards with that of a different rarity. You make the choice, you either reap the benefits or suffer the possible ramifications.
  8. Would this be (soft) cheating?

    Bottom line is, if you're making an intentional attempt to gain an unfair advantage, then you're guilty of UC-Cheating (Disqualification) If something is not an intentional attempt to gain an unfair advantage, you're not guilty of UC-Cheating. It's really as simple as that. The part that isn't simple? The HJ needs to be convinced that you're guilty of intentionally attempting to gain an unfair advantage, so even if you're not guilty and the HJ is convinced you are, then you're going to be disqualified. So don't give the HJ any more reason than you have to for them to be suspicious. Al the HJ can do is investigate as well as they're capable of and let the evidence they find influence their decision, all within a pretty short time period....so again, don't give them any more reason that you have to to suspect you. Don't let your pride about rarities and bling over shadow what you actual purpose at the event is.
  9. Right now, my personal goal as far as change in the game is to work to make premier events more enjoyable for the player. I think we need to really look at not just the competition but the "Event" to ensure the logistics are sound, the entertainment value is as high as possible (within the budget given) and that staff is every bit as concerned about customer service as it is maintaining the integrity of the event. My personal opinion is that the first day of a YCS is simply too long to be enjoyable, especially for the youth that KDE is trying to introduce into the game as new players. I'm am certainly not opposed to taking lessons from another experienced TCG company in OP and the WoC thought pattern of splitting a tournament into 2 events, then bringing them back together for top cut single elimination in order to bring down the number of swiss rounds is a sound idea. The biggest problem there is that in order to split an event, you need more staff which requires a larger budget. Contrary to what many may think, it doesn't take the same amount of staff to run one event as it does two events even if the number of players for either is equal. I also agree that EOM times have quickly become painful, especially when added up by the end of the day. A new EOM time limit needs to come into play. I'm uncertain what the particulars might be, that's debatable, however, a 15 min. after EOM time limit is reasonable, if neither player has secured match victory by that time, give both players a match victory......the need for the event to move forward is of greater importance than a very few matches declaring a victor.
  10. What makes you think I'm defending "The game"? I've defended people within the game and efforts being made from those people. I don't think anywhere you've seen me write that the game itself is simply outstanding, without major flaws, or that people don't have a reason to want change. What I've done is to be critical about what people expect for how they go about wanting change or attempting to get that change. Heck, I've worked to change the game longer, harder, and in ways that actually CAN change it than any of you. You do have to realize though that at this point, it's business model has been very successful, there isn't a great deal of reason to change the game in their eyes.
  11. San Mateo - An Outsider's Analysis

    Okay, so now we've gone from a KDE Judge used entrapment and then had the player disqualified.....to one of the vendor's staff who had the player escorted out the door. That's a huge difference.....and now you see why one needs to be extremely careful about hearsay.
  12. I can understand venting and how it can be healthy and perhaps even necessary to move on. What I don't understand, especially from someone as intelligent as most we have participating in this discussion, is the desire to demean and belittle others as well as use foul language. Using such tactics only makes the user appear LESS intelligent, unable to maintain control, and to be childish is their demeanor.  My point here is, I want anyone to enjoy their leisure time and you're all entitled to play whatever game you want and hold whatever opinion you wish, however, don't bring yourself and others down by acting in a childish / brat like manner voicing that opinion. At least attempt to make your maturity level match your intelligence level, I realize they don't go hand in hand but at least TRY?
  13. I've never known someone to spend as much time hating on something they've spent so much time doing I don't believe. I'm happy for you that you've moved on Allen....but you really haven't moved on and that was the what my question was about. It has no logic that you spend so much time ranting and raving about a game you've moved on from. That signals to me some possibilities: 1. You haven't really moved on, the game still has a grip on you. 2. You didn't accomplish what you set out to in the game and the only way you can mentally move on it to attempt to belittle it to make yourself feel better about it all. 3. You wish to take as many of your friends with you but you feel the only way to accomplish that is a smear campaign appealing to emotion. A lot of the points you present in the OP are excellent, others hold no water at all. The biggest problem is that you're not yet mature enough, experienced enough, nor have the presence to go about presenting them in a manner in which anyone but brats will listen, you don't yet have the ability to gain the trust and respect of adults yet. You're strongly intellectual.....but your level of wisdom just plummets in comparison.  
  14. How is it relevant how you feel about the game if you've moved on? You've made your choice, wonderful, I respect that.  Right now it appears more of what you're doing is sour grapes than anything else. Another tantrum by a member of DG, why does that not surprise me?
  15. Absolutely respect is suppose to be earned, that was my point. The person / party who needs to earn the respect is the person / party who isn't in control. KDE is in control. If you want to be listened to you'll have to earn their respect in order to be listened to. That's the way the world works, like it or not. As always, I'm not here to debate theory, I'm just giving you the reality.