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Jan 3 2017, 12:08 AM
1. Nobody is making any money off of this thing. Unless they work for Lego. And Lego is never going to make this. Also, if the fans make this, and it is a success, Lego will try to buy it out and try to ruin it. By ruining it, I mean hide features behind paywalls and destroy the chat system. Terrific.

2. The amount of complexity involved, namely:

A. Seriously, the amount of environment design that goes into this thing is going to be absurd. Even if we just do Spherus Magna post-robot fight, it's going to be a load of matchsticks designing the world.
A. 1. Someone is going to want Mata Nui to be playable though. And Metru Nui. And the entire giant robot.
A. 2 And Okoto. And someone is going to want to have canon romance and to play their protector in the other parts of the map.

B. The amount of 3-D model design. There is no generic Toa model design that can be pallette - swapped.
B. 1 Don't even get me started on the masks and weapons. The more the better and seriously people are going to expect all of them to be there and gameplay design for all of them.
B. 2 The amount of playable races and Toa options is absurd. I still want to play as a Vortixx. I hate my life. Also Makuta characters would be OP and imbalance everything.
B. 3 Even NPCs have to be 3-D designed.

C. There probably should be some kind of story mode. It is possible to retell the official story as a campaign but that would be kinda lame. (Despite the fact that it could be really cool.)
C. 1 If Okoto is a campaign it would have to be expanded, obviously.
C. 2 Spherus Magna needs a kind of story otherwise playing as Glatorian/Agori is lame. Also, something to do once the story campaign is over...but most stories there really suck by default. There's not much beating a Giant Robot fight. sorry. The best I thought of was some sort of territorial battle system, which is BORING.

3. Not really worth the effort due the low number of potential players.


At least, this is what I tell myself at night when this silly dream of mine keeps coming back from the dead. Thoughts are welcome.

Dec 26 2016, 02:47 AM
This post is for the purpose of not filling up the shoutbox with my rambling.

Suffice it to say, most of my life I have spent being underage, and public school filled me with horror stories about how alcohol is bad for you and you shouldn't drink the stuff, because it causes brain and liver damage. Also of course it alters your brains' perception and makes you do stupid things - which is not something I'm cool with. Then they basically told me that consuming alcohol in public, particularly in certain risky environments (and where is NOT a risky environment where mind-altering drugs are served?) was a quick route to rape.

With that said, I have to admit that reasoning is probably at least slightly overblown; if you invite me over to your house party and you have the stuff I'm not going to be "that is the worst thing ever" and unleash my terrible rage of doom (reserved for abusers and liars and manipulators After all, I drink my Sprite and eat my pizza too, and public school told me that those things are bad for you (along with other things like hamburgers, hot dogs, donuts, cupcakes, and so on). To each their own drug of choice; mine just happens to be sugar water and lame music. Lucky me.

With that being said...


Sometime after I left university, my great-uncle and my group of second cousins (quite a large family) invited my immediate family over for dinner. This is usually the most boring affair on earth where the adults talk about things like company management (bad), engineering challenges (interesting), talking about the "kids" behind their back even through I'm sitting RIGHT THERE AT THE TABLE AND HAVE ACTUAL EARS (rage of doom: incoming, the night's cooking (always excellent), and occasionally the next AMAZING OUTDOOR ADVENTURE (not really going to happen, but nice try, Dad).

As you might have guessed, these are all my dad's favorite conversation topics. I occasionally might have snuck in a feature when I was a novelist back in the day, since that drew attention, but since that has fallen by the wayside...well, yeah.

Anyway, so at this dinner was served, to some of my second cousins and great-uncle, a bottle of red wine. My parents declined (my dad has another horror story of a grandfather that drank himself to death, thus fears of alcoholism running in the family), and me and my brother were underage, and said as much. Of course, the aforementioned horror story didn't seem to affect anyone else, despite the fact that they all had the same grandfather too, as all of them drank a certain amount of the stuff.

And I'll admit...I watched to see if anything actually changed. I'm horrible. My great-uncle didn't talk and looked mildly happier, through he was never a great conversationalist to begin with and he's always pretty easygoing anyway. I didn't notice too much out of place with any of the others until after dinner. We had moved out into the living room, and one of my second cousins' wives was sitting on the couch. Her husband was standing right next to her...

...and he tousled his wife's hair, right in front of me.

And she just sat there and just took it. Even smiled.

No. Uncomfortable alarms went off immediately. I doubted it showed much, but inside I was thinking, no.

First, the lady in question was normally quite a self-assertive lady and would never have normally tolerated that. She would have slapped him or rebuked him for that. He was treating her like a little girl. Disgusting. And while the gentleman in question was friendly and affectionate, he was not the type to do something like that in public in front of everyone. Normally, that is.

Frankly, if someone did that to me I would feel like punching them in the face. It's not just for disrespect reasons; I hate people touching my hair. But if alcohol could reduce me to a person who would like that sort of thing, even for a second...

I still haven't tasted a single drop. Mostly because I feel like I need my full brain at all times, but still.


The second one's more fun. My family (including me) lived in the town where I attended university ten years before I actually went there to attend university. This led to some cool stuff occurring, one of which was a very long bike ride. The reason being was that the university was in a different part of town then where my family lived ten years ago. So I decided to bike ride across town to where my family used to live.

This quest actually resulted in failure, due to the town in question being huge. I got close enough to see the mall we visited and get a nostalgia attack. It was a lot of fun though anyway. On the way back, I decided to visit an Olive Garden, because pasta is a good idea after a long day on the pedals.

And the waiter walked up to my table: "Would you like to try today's wine sampler?"

I was 19 at the time, and people still think I'm 16 and still in high school. I didn't make the "most likely to be carded until 40" list when I graduated high school, but I should have.

In addition to that, I was carrying my backpack and bike helmet, and while drunk bike riding may not be as illegal as drunk driving, it's probably just as unsafe. In the waiter's defense he might have been tired after a long shift, but still. Bloody Jiminy Hendrix, sometimes you need to break the sales script.

Me: "No! I'm underage!"

The waiter hurried away to put away the wine bottle and change the subject fast. In theory I could have had him hauled off to jail, but I decided to spare the poor guy. He probably just made a mistake, and no harm no foul. Despite this epic faux pas, I managed to order pasta and get home safely.


Anyway, my storytelling style isn't as amusing as Takal nor as drastic as Xinlo, but hopefully it serves. Reactions are welcome.
Dec 12 2016, 06:58 PM
I figure that this falls into the nobody cares category, so I'm parking it down here. If an adminly overlord cares to disagree, I shall not complain & allow it to be moved.

Icon for Hire

Make A Move

(and the rest of the album is awesome too, could be a best-of list on its own)

Icon for Hire
Cynics & Critics
Watch Me
Rock & Roll Thugs

(And it's not worth listening to the rest of the album, because it sucks. Nerves & Sorry About Your Parents are okay in moderation.)

You Can't Kill Us
Too Loud
Supposed to Be
Here We Are

(This album is a mixed thing with lots of ups & downs. I really like War, Happy Hurts, and Under the Knife as well, but all have ehs that keep them off the best-of. Album closers Invincible & You Can't Kill Us are supposed to provide a powerful end to a grim-subject album, and while Invincible is okay, You Can't Kill Us falls off in a mostly piano tune when what you really want is big musical build up. It's kinda a letdown.)


Kelly Clarkson

You Thought Wrong
Miss Independent

Behind These Hazel Eyes
Because of You

(I actually like those ones better than "Since U Been Gone", which is on that album. The album is so bloody famous that every song was released as a single, though if you ever get a chance to listen to "Hear Me" - the one that wasn't - do so.

Also Kelly hates the song Breakaway. )

My December
Never Again
One Minute

(underrated album that's actually pretty awesome.)

All I Ever Wanted
Long Shot

(This album is very weird. While the famous singles are okay, they feel disconnected from the album core which is very good. Then there's a couple of stupid tracks near the end which drag it down, leaving the good stuff overlooked in the middle.)


(And that pretty much sums it up.)

Greatest Hits Chapter 1
Catch my Breath
People Like Us

Piece by Piece
Piece by Piece
War Paint (uh-uh-uh! Uh-uh-uh!
Bad Reputation

(And most of the rest of that album is crummy. Eh.)

And there you have it. For anyone who cares.
Dec 12 2016, 05:55 PM
Because peeps know about this band.

End of Silence
Breathe Into Me
Let Go
Already Over Part 2

Innocence & Instinct
Take It All Away
Fight Inside

Until We Have Faces
Feed the Machine
The Outside

Release the Panic
Perfect Life
Die for You
As You Go

(Not a hard decision.

Of Beauty & Rage
Shadow and Soul
Take Me Over

Still Alive
Step Inside, The Violence
Coming Apart

And there ya go. Post your own, complain about my misguided taste, commend my brillance, but only if you want to, and so on.
Nov 21 2016, 07:19 PM

Agree? Disagree?

This is actually the basis for most secular thought these days, including Nick Lore's Now What? The Young Person's Guide to choosing the Perfect Career. Well, okay, it's not the basis for the whole book.

Here's the weird part of this - a gradual form of self-improvement over time is something I agree with. The problem is, if you get into it, it's more like getting to know a person on a profound level than shutting out "survival" voices. You do have to survive, actually, after all.

I do think that you have to start with cutting bad things out of your brain, but you have to understand what the truth is in order to decide what the lies are to start whacking.

Anywho, just throwing this out there as food for thought. Also, no shame in not reading the whole thing. Tim Urban makes bonesiii look like a master of brevity.
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