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2020.11.20 15:55 Kurdgela22 Spellbreak improvement ideas
I've been playing Spellbreak since launch and i love it so much, it's the most original and diverse game i have ever played. However i think it needs some polish and i think it has potential to become very popular. I had so many ideas about how to change the game so i made a looong list about some things that i would love to be implemented in the actual game. The reason that it's this long because i thought about every single detail. This doesn't mean game is bad, it means that they can do so many things to improve it. My native language is not english so if there are some stupid grammar mistakes i'm sorry, but i think overall it's fine. Let's start:
Low player count
I think what stops game from progressing is the low player count. it's the most important issue in my opinion, if they can solve this everything will be so much easier. Lot of people download the game, but only few continued so there must be a problem in gameplay. You queue for minutes and then you die in seconds, that is not nice when you start out the game. Some people grind and learn on mistakes, but some of them just gave up and unninstall it right away, because they don't know anything about the game, tutorial gives you very little information about things, only fundamentals. But when you match strong players they know far more than just basics, so here's my solution:
It might seem silly to some people, but tutorial is really important when you start out and for the game like spellbreak with all those crazy combos, skills, runes and mechanics, current one is not enough. I have some ideas to how to change it up:
1. Avira's voice
This Avira Emberdane artwork is nice and everything but man, we already heard her voice in element prologue intros and it's soo nice so please add it, it's a nice touch when you start out a game, you already appreaciate it and the stuff is more memorable that way.
2. Only fire gauntlet?
When you show me fire gauntlet, then it's sorcery and combination with toxic, that's only 10% of what i need to know about them, let me play with every gauntlet and try them out, not one, at the end you can yes, but do the same thing as on fire gauntlet on everything, you can't just say: here you go this is fire, you can learn others by yourself it totally doesn't require any skill to master, come on! And runes there are many of them, showing me the Wolf's blood (which is not gonna lie the worst one) is not enough, you must teach me every single one. Combining elements is very important too, show me then - Dragonfire - check! but there is 20 more, when i finish tutorial in result i know only how to use fire and theoretically that there are some runes and combos bla bla bla! You have to show everything, i know that tutorial must be short, but with the right execution it's doable in productive way.
this is a minor one, but if you tell me there are lots of rarities, just tell me which is the best, which is the worst, all of them.
4. Team and communication step
Avira only tells you that coordination is the key and you have to help your teammate. we know that already. tell me some strategies, for example: when you are low find a cover and heal or shield, or when you're teammate is low push back, don't be aggressive or something, at least teach me that V is the button which activates push to talk, so i can talk to them. You must teach new player that to secure the elimination you have to exile someone, maybe they are new to this genre.
5. Talents and Skills
I think these are very important parts of the gameplay and not saying a word about them in the tutorial is very bad. New players are probably getting outplayed, because they don't know that they're opponents are using something against him that he doesn't even know about. In my eye, that is not fair, tell players everything in the tutorial what they need to know. Of course there is a danger that they will get confused, but if you ask me, if explaining everything nicely confuses them, they can't handle the game in the future either.
I know that Proletariat isn't the big company, and dont have that much budget to sponsor famous youtubers, but when it comes down to increasing the player count, it is the best way. I think they sponsor MarcusakaApostle, he's a nice guy no complains, but i think who watches his content 90% of them already has the game installed. Proletariat should try sponsoring youtubers with lot of views who don't play spellbreak, it would spread the information better i think. If I'm asking for too much I'm sorry it's just what i think they should try.
Lot of players are frustrated with meeting lot more skilled players than they are, i know lot of people uninstalled the game just because of that, so please developers, when there is enough people match them by their k/d not just put the 8 level and 56 level player in one lobby, that is very rude for new players, for now i know it's not possible cause of low player count, but i hope you will do it in future.
Spellbreak is a free2play game so, 70% of the people doesn't spend money on it, they grind for rewards, so if you don't make them happy with grindable content they will leave and that's very bad. Currently there are some things to grind for, but they are not worth that time. For example, when you reach second level on class you get 50 gold, when you reach 17th rank, guess what you get 50 also, come on... Reaching rank 17 can take you 100 games, so for playing this much i get 50 gold, which i need x24 to buy rare skin. Isn't that funny?! I know that you can buy gold with real money and devs just can't give you thousands of them for free, but give cool badge instead of extra gold, some banner, name, idk anything that is cool. Make the work that you put into reaching a higher rank worth it, when i see that next reward is 50 gold and i have to get 100k more xp, i just lose motivation and that's how it is for other people. Mage ranks are even worse every single one of them gives you 50 gold, but on every 5th level you get an amazing gauntlet badge which no one uses, pls make rank up rewards more motivational. This new elemental skins, were the most perfect opportunity to add something grindable, but unfortunately Proletariat missed their chance, but that's okay i have an idea, which leads to my next topic.
If I'm being honest quest are bad. They give you so little xp and is very easy to do. It's very boring, so i thought of introducing new currency to the game. This "currency" will be exclusive to the quests, and there will be exclusive skins which would only be purchasable with this currency. You can get it from only quests, it's pure grind and not purchasable with real money. I think this will spice up quests and more people will get interested in them. Make them more difficult, current ones are just one game tasks, 2 game max for beginners. More difficult=better rewards. Make weekly quests, monthly quests, i don't know go crazy. Make them hard, just put the right prize on it and people will do them.
P.S. pls make quests rotate on current hour, not one day after when it's completed, if you don't want to do some quest it just stays there forever, rotate them on current hour.
Skill ceiling in this game is so high, game has to have something for player to improve in, just playing BR is so time consuming, matchmaking 10 minutes, actual gameplay 10 seconds, that is painful. So i thought about making "practise" mode better, now it's just land, where there are legendary items and 2 standing targets. I think they can do so much more to make it better:
1. Add moving targets
Two standing targets is not enough for practise, these targets are useless, they won't improve anything in player. Proletariat has to add moving targets, and to make it even more interesting, exercises for every single class (for example fast moving targets for Frostborn to practise hitting your shots when people are moving mid air), they can add target which escapes from you and you have to get him with toxic gauntlet or something, everything is possible, standing targets are not "practise".
2. Custom matches
People have been begging for this feature, to play against friends on 1v1, you can practise, it's fun and interesting for knowing how good you are at the game. I don't know if it's hard to add for developers, but there is easy solution to this situation, just let the whole squad join in practise and problem is fixed, i think it's not that hard to do, easy fix-big impact.
Add scrolls to that castle where everything is. When you join practise and for example you want to test out max potential of focused mana on frost you have to find them in chests, why?!
4. Change talents and Main class while in practise
If player wants to try out another talents on class, or another class with same talents, you have to exit, wait, then pick them then again enter, why is this necessary? Some people will just leave and don't join again, cause they don't want to waste their time on that, they rather test it out in game.
Chapter system improvements
Prologue is pretty nice for "test" chapter, but i think they need to polish some details about it.
Avira's speech about elements is nice and all, but it's very boring, it literally doesn't make any difference if it was there or not, just a short story about certain element. Add something to them, this is not enough, at least make it visual that this week represents fire, for example add fire background on the home screen or something make it have a reason to exist.
If you say that we have story and lore behind this, only showing me the text isn't interesting for players.
Make honour quests harder, if you are skilled, it can be completed in one match, that is not right, it should be harder and more rewarding. Make rewards go by order, from less pretty to more nicer stuff, so you can increase xp which you need to reach higher tiers, because now people finished it in a week. So short and easy to complete. Make it harder and more worth it.
One more thing, when you go through all of the tiers in chapters, it's very boring to play the game, you don't want to do quests, honour quests neither, so there is nothing in the game to grind for except class ranks. With excess xp you should get something, for example every 10k xp you get 10 gold or something, it is not necessary for it to be a lot, just add something to continue doing quests and grinding for the prizes.
New game modes
At the moment, i think spellbreak needs more content, something that players will have fun with, short matchmaking, quick games, improving skill and testing builds.
I think this is the best game mode for this situation:
Only 6 players needed, quick matchmaking is checked. Fast paced small map combat, which is focused on practising certain elements. Cause it needs only 6 players you can make people match by k/d so there are some close games between them. Looting is not necessary just give them everything from the start of the match and then your only focus is fighting. You can improve your skill and get better at the game by playing against similar skill players. You respawn and it will work like DeathMatch mode in other games. They can also do voices on getting double exile, triple exile, quad exile, when you hear it you feel more powerful and cool, you get more confident and get addicted to the game. I think this would be nice "cherry on top" thing for Deatmatch and BR too.
I wanted to talk about certain amounts of potions that u can carry.
First, is epic safeguard, i think you should be able to carry 2 of them because they give total value of 50=25+25, so you would rather carry 1 big health potion or 1 big shield because they are more easy to find, and give the same value of 50 right away and there is a potential of finding second one and that would the potential value 100. Which is double the safeguard, i know there is a difference it heals up both shield and health at the same time, but opponent first takes off you shield so you would rather carry 2 big shields and get 100 shield instead of 25 shield and 25 health, i think everything is clear at this point.
Second, uncommon health and shield potions. I think you should be able to carry 3 of them instead of two, here's why: small common potions can give you max value of 90=15x6, cause you can carry six. 2 uncommon potions give you 50, i know green ones are faster to drink, but there is almost double the difference so it's not worth to pick them up over the small six ones. If you carry 3 it will give you total value of 75=25x3 which is reasonable for the less time it takes to drink.
Home screen is the place where you spend most of the time in menu, so changing it's background is very very easy and it would make the eye happy, because visual effects matter, brain gets bored of the same things over and over, change it up it's very easy and effective so do it, there is one picture on loading screen with this one guy with conduit gauntlet, eyes gets tired of the same thing, change it up, it's a simple poster, come on, there is a lot of them just make 10 and rotate them or make them rewardable in class ranks and make it choosable. It would be very appreciated.
3. Drop the items whenever you want
If you don't find other thing to swap, you can't just give your teammate something ( rune, better gauntlet, belt, boots, amulet, etc.) other than potions. it's a very simple thing, i don't know why it's not implemented into the game.
4. Spectate your friends
I think in the br game there should be a way to watch your friend play when he's in a match, just for fun or to teach someone what to do, how to play in certain situations, etc.
Just one more thing before gameplay changes, Make chapter quests visible when you are in the match too, like the basic quests appear.
1. Balance changes
For me and as i know current meta is dominated by stone and conduit, because stone is hitting people where it shouldn't so i thought about giving it a nerf of verticality hitting the enemy, so when you are pretty high up in the air it shouldn't hit you.
Now i wanna talk about conduit, it is very very very very annoying, not only for me but for every fricking community, even spellbreak CEO on streams runs conduit (LOL), jokes aside it needs a nerf. It has so much dps you can't even react, so they should nerf it this way: When you hit five times in a row then you can no longer shoot for 2 Seconds. I think conduit will be still strong, but this will give you some time to react and damage them in return.
2. Frostborn sorcery rework
I love playing as Frostborn, it's very fun and most satisfying class to play with. However i think it has the worst sorcery out of the all gauntlets. Here's why, it was made to freeze people and block shots of lightning, fire and wind , so if you're fighting against someone with frost, stone or toxic and they have harmony equipped it is LITERALLY useless. No other sorcery is useless in situations like this one. So i have an idea to rework it so it's somewhat usable. It only surrounds you so they should make it ball shaped so you're protected from all sides, this ball should absorb every single gauntlet's projectile except other frost gauntlets. Do this or remove freezing immunity from harmony otherwise it's just too useless, buff something i don't ask to make it the strongest sorcery just make it usable.
3. Wind gauntlet damage over distance
I have thought sometimes picking wind gauntlet offhand, but it's too weak when you don't have it's Skills. So I thought about buffing damage over distance a little, cause it does no damage when you're not very close to the opponent not having wind surge puts you at a disadvantage. I haven't seen anyone famous using wind gauntlet as an offhand. To increase its pick rate, i would've increase damage over distance so from medium damage you can still do ok damage instead of "nothing".
We all know Featherfall is bad, so let's mess around with it in cool ways to make it more viable inside of the game.
Featherfall buff: you gain 50% damage reduction on everything while rune is active, if you shoot, this effect stops working.
Teleport is pretty balanced rune, but when you need it most to work (when you're low) it betrays you so hard, it says "invalid target", everything is fine with this rune, just make it more reliable in hard situations.
3. Wolf's blood
I think this rune is cool, but for sacrificing the movement that other runes give you, it has too low of a value to equip, so i thought about buffing it, while rune is activated you can see enemies health within the range. This will give you more information about enemies, so sacrificing more movement will be worth it.
Current state of talents are pretty balanced in spellbreak, there are many builds that are used, but i wanted to buff some talents that no one uses.
1. Tracking: it costs 1 instead of 2 now, effect last longer 3 sec -- 6 sec.
Finders keepers was recently buffed, but i think it's too weak.
2. Finders keepers: increase scroll drop rate even more, when you have it maxed out, it's still not guaranteed to get a scroll from chests, that's what it's supposed to do and it's the same.
Foresight was a very overpowered talent on paper, but in reality no one used it, so i thought about giving it a buff.
3. Foresight: it costs 2 instead of 3 now, unopened epic chests are marked on the map too.
The Class skills are a very nice touch to already interesting combat. However i think some of them need to balanced, or doesn't make sense as it is.
1. Fire gauntlet
First skill: 150% radius (we can all agree that 200% radius on Combust is too much).
Third skill: firewall becomes taller (no one uses firewall for damage, so i thought about changing it up a little).
2. Stone gauntlet
Third skill: on direct hit stun for 1.5 seconds (i think making boulder larger over distance, it is very useless and if you see it, you can dodge it easily, so i thought about giving it other power).
3. Toxic gauntlet
First skill: you are immune to your toxic puddles ( if you're toxicologist and entering toxic cloud makes you invisible, why does the puddles damage you?! at least remove slow effect on player who places them).
4. Lightning gauntlet
Third skill: on cast lightning strike: levitation mana cost -100% for 4 seconds (i think lightning is very strong without this too, so this is too much, but levitation willl be pretty useful too).
Frost and Wind gauntlet Class skills from my perspective they are pretty balanced, they did a good job creating them.
Spellbreak is a very cool game and if you improve it where it needs, this game has infinite potential. If you made it this far, thank you, these are my personal thoughts about reworking some things in the game. This doesn't mean the game is bad, I just thought about every tiny detail that could be polished inside of it.
Thank you for reading!
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) Parenting helpline: Family Lives Family Lives offers a confidential and free helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline). Please call us on 0808 800 2222 for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. Our helpline service is open 9am-9pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday
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2020.11.16 18:22 datarockets Validate Idea before developing an MVP
Entrepreneurs are known to run into dozens of ideas on a daily basis, if not more. While most of them seem to border on absurdity in the beginning, it is often difficult to determine whether or not they would work out in the long run. That’s why the best way of ensuring your idea is worth developing is to learn at the fastest possible pace and have the willingness to try out different experiments.
How’s this helpful?
- Avoid wasting time and resources on something that’s certainly not worth it.
- Learn proactively and pivot your idea at a much quicker pace.
- Validate your product idea without actual budget/coding skills.
- Answering all the questions posed in this guide means it can serve as a worthwhile investor deck. Couple this with running some experiments and you’re well poised to raise money from investors!
- Most critically, it provides a credible framework to separate good ideas from bad ones.
Value Proposition What important truth does your idea uncover that is not mainstream?
The following would be a business version of this question: what is that valuable company that nobody is building? Every correct answer is necessarily a secret: something important and unknown, something hard to do but doable (by Peter Thiel).
It is important for your idea to reveal some unknown, unconventional truth in order to create something of value. Something nobody chooses to talk about aloud, but will become evident to all after it’s unraveled.
Define fundamental value assumptions
At datarockets, we classify three kinds of assumptions:
- Value assumptions: To define the value of your idea and future product.
- Business model assumptions: This affects the manner in which you get your product monetized.
- Growth assumptions: How you’ll ensure growth of your product and continue to attract new customers.
Let’s begin with the basics: the value assumptions! What are your fundamental value assumptions? How does it help to resolve real-world problems?
On the basis of the previous chapter’s statement, it’s best to define the fundamental value assumptions and experiment with them in the fastest possible manner. Leap of faith assumptions
is another popular term for fundamental value assumptions. If your leap of faith assumptions are not true, the whole idea is not viable.
This means that if your failed assumption won’t end up ruining the whole idea, then it’s not vitally important to begin with, thus implying that it can no longer be your fundamental value assumption.
Growth evaluation Does your idea grow with the advancements of supporting technologies (durability)?
Before taking the next step, confirm whether a new, upcoming technology won’t kill your promising idea.
Ex: If you’re intending to develop a startup that teaches people how to drive vehicles, it may make sense to assume that with the advance of self-driving cars your business might get destroyed.
Existing Solutions Research Has anyone implemented your idea / tried to implement it before?
Although a typical process begins with communicating with people whose pain points will be addressed with your product/service, it makes a lot of sense to first research your idea and determine if similar services/solutions are already available in the market. After ensuring that the competition is not excessively intense or your idea provides breakthrough value with its uniqueness, it’s time to proceed further. Find communities that may potentially be facing the problem you’re looking to resolve. Ask how they’re currently dealing with it and if they’d be interested in trying out your way.
More often than not, other people may already be solving the problem you plan to solve. They may be doing that using some tricks or manual solutions. Identify and talk to them about how they tackle such challenges, what is it that they struggle with, and whether or not they’d like to explore your way of doing that.
Based on who your target audience is, join Facebook groups where your target audience is likely to assemble, gather feedback from your own network, or even consider talking to people on the streets.
Remember, whenever you wish to solve someone's problem or fulfil an unmet need in the market, the first step is to get people to stop using other solutions or make changes in lifestyles. After ensuring the problem is worthy of being solved and something that people wouldn’t mind paying for, you’re ready to take the next step. Why do you think your solution is better?
After taking the above steps, focus on the advantages and the distinguishing features of your solutions that set them apart from others. List them in a logical order and then explain why people will find more value in your solution. What value will it bring to them?
Previously, we’d been assessing and validating our Value Assumptions
. Ensuring the viability of your idea was their core purpose. Unfortunately, merely having a good idea to create a long-term profitable product does not suffice. Think about the different ways in which you make money out of your solution via Market Analysis
and Business Model Assumptions
Define your potential target market Narrow down your potential target market. Who is your ideal customer? Why should they pay for your solution?
Targeting everyone essentially means that you’re not targeting anyone in particular. Concentrating on the appropriate target market is a good approach because it lets you maximize your returns on the time, money, and energy you’ve invested. Secondly, it’s far easier to conduct experiments in a narrow market.
Try and define specific groups you wish to target with your service/product alongside their potential sources of revenue. Depending on your idea, you can even group them by job, interests, demographics, etc. Ensure that your target audience will be able to buy your products as the revenue source of each target will be different.
Now, there are some industries where people are very unlikely to pay for additional services. As a case in point, the probability of people paying to use social media for communication purposes is very low. In such scenarios, use your discretion and prepare a draft of your monetization strategy
. While it needn’t be your final blueprint, it will greatly simplify your task by helping you select more attractive markets. Use Google Trends/Semrush to see how many people google solutions for the problem you are trying to solve
Tools like Google Trends or Semrush give you an accurate picture of just how many people are seeking solutions to the problem you’re attempting to resolve. Most importantly, such tools allow you to check who these people are, know what their trends are, and provide a reasonable accurate estimate of the size of your target market. Reach out to five well-known people in the market and ask for feedback on your idea
After gathering the necessary information based on the previous steps, select a market (or a couple of them) that seems most promising. The next step in this phase is to gather feedback from specific groups of people relevant to your market. Doing this will give you plenty of actionable insights and the opportunity to further examine your idea from different perspectives.
Create a portrait of your target audience
In this phase, try to be as specific as possible about all relevant attributes of your target audience that describe them/their lives accurately and narrow them down further - age, gender, interests, position, personality, daily schedule, reading patterns, etc.
Regardless of whether you describe a person or a company, depending on your sales model (B2B or B2C), the approach will remain unchanged. Consider the example from the "1-Page Marketing Plan" book
Conduct target user interviews
According to Eric Migicovsky, a Y Combinator partner, the best firms are those whose founders establish a direct connection with their users. If you happen to be a founder, consider talking directly to the users of your product or solution. In his talk,
Eric cites a useful example of a structure that can be used to hold your user interviews. After tailoring the structure based on our needs and priorities, this is what we’ve come up with:
- What makes the problem difficult for them?
- When did they last face it?
- What have they done to solve the problem?
- What are the things about existing solutions that they don’t like?
- How much would they pay to resolve the problem?
Business Model Assumptions List your business model assumptions (based on the assumptions on what you assume your customers are going to pay and how much)
After defining the problem to be solved, doing user interviews and knowing more about the target audience, it’s now time to brainstorm ways of monetizing your product.
It’s a good idea to first get better informed about various types of business models
before jotting down your assumptions about how your customers would be paying and how much. Put every idea on your mind on the table. Consider these two examples:
- I assume users will pay $15 per month to gain unlimited access to music on my platform (Subscription-based model)
- I assume concert managers will not mind paying $50 to promote their event on my platform if I implement advertising. (Ad-based)
Growth Assumptions List your growth assumptions (what is your plan to rope in new users and how much cost would that involve)
To survive and thrive, it’s critical to ensure your product grows smoothly and plan out ways in which you’ll attract new users or enter into new deals (partnerships). You’ll have a far better picture of your future marketing investment by writing down all possible growth hacking and marketing ideas. (prepare to get startled by the fact that budgets for marketing are often bigger than those for development purposes ;)) Does your growth engine generate new users from the actions of existing users? List out your acquisition loops.
Getting new users effortlessly without spending any money is always a pleasant feeling. In that context, consider exploring acquisition loops
which will make a great addition for your monetization strategies. The core idea behind acquisition loops is as follows: The more users you have, the more users are attracted.
You can implement acquisition loops in the form of referral programs (e.g. Airbnb and Uber offer free coupons/rides for each referred user) or content loops that are user-generated (Reddit, social networks, etc.).
Natural acquisition loops are extremely important when you’re planning to execute an Ad-based business model, because the average revenue per user (ARPU) of ad-based models are lower in comparison to let’s say SaaS. That's why they must acquire new users cheaply to generate sustainable profits and reap massive profits. What’s your assumed revenue source? How would your profits/expenses grow as the number of customers grows (scalability assumption)?
Needless to say, it’s not easy to accurately predict your expenses and profits. Some startups have funding to cover their expenses for two years or so until the venture starts making profits. If that’s not your case, pay close attention to this aspect and foresee your potential scalability issues and expenses.
Competitor Analysis High-level SEO analysis
This step needs us to continue working with product positioning and simultaneously address several key questions:
- How many people are interested in this?
- How difficult is it to rank on the first page of Google?
- What keywords should I use to promote my product or service?
As you begin to answer these questions, it will become crystal clear that some keywords are more popular as compared to others. Some find it really hard to attain a high ranking on Google. Here, our objective is to compare word combinations that translate your business model to identify keywords with a balanced volume and keyword difficulty (KD).
Utilize tools like Semrush, Ahrefs Keyword Finder, Google Ads Keyword tool, etc. to collect the information about Volume, CPC, KD, and leading websites that rank by these keywords
. Competitor overview
Competitor overview is an extremely important step to undertake before proceeding further and it requires you to gather information about your competitors’ users, business models, revenue, etc. We this guide, we want to draw your attention to three attributes:
- Your Advantage
- How Hard to Replicate Your Advantage
- Why Should Customers Buy from You
From these characteristics, it’s clear that you’ll compare your value proposition with your competitors and know what your unique selling proposition is. Learn more about your competitors
Usually, you’ll get more insights from personal interaction with your rivals than from conducting a basic competitor overview. It’s a good idea to reach out to them and know more about how their business is shaping up and the struggles they’re going through. Some effective ways of doing this include:
- Scheduling a demo as a user. When it comes to small startups, you’re more likely to be able to engage in a personal talk with product owners that are very interested in collecting user feedback.
- Contact product owners directly as their competitor. Generally, experienced startup owners are not opposed to the idea of talking to competitors and others from within the same industry. In most cases, they’ll frankly talk about their experiences/struggles, caution you about some pitfalls, and share some additional information that you may find relevant.
- Conduct in-depth research on their personal pages and blogs. In some rare cases, founders openly reveal all the information about the product and its metrics such as conversions, active users, revenue, etc.
Experimental Plan Definition
Until now, you’re likely to have collected several interesting ideas of business models as well as growth assumptions. Now is the time to get them tested. How are you going to test your business and product positioning assumptions?
Let’s face it. It’s not viable to build MVPs for every different assumption. Do the smart thing, instead. There are many tricks that you can implement to test ideas without actual development. We covered some of them in our blog post on the Lean Startup approach
Where can you find your early adopters?
- Landing page. After using builders to develop simple websites with your value proposition, collect early-bird invites or sign-ups for testing the app. This is an effective way of evaluating the interest of users.
- Demo video. Several startups received funding only for the video that explained their vision because the product had already been built.
- Crowdfunding platform. This can be a useful option not only to validate your ideas, but also to identify early adopters and receive payments before you actually develop the product.
- Concierge MVP. Sometimes, you can test the idea manually rather than having a web platform or application.
Now you must locate people who’re facing the problem you plan to solve and get them to test your product/solution. They will not only give you valuable feedback, but also spread the word. By now, you should know how to find them because you’ve already talked to them in the Value Proposition stage.
How are you going to collect feedback?
- Crowdfunding platforms
- Facebook / Reddit / Telegram groups
- Current clients (if your business is running offline for now), etc.
Put differently, how will you communicate with your early adopters?
- Feedback forms
- Facebook groups / Telegram channels
- Email campaigns
Experimentation time! At this stage, you would have every information you need to test the assumptions and begin data collection to identify your product positioning and go-to-market business model.
After launching your demo videos/ landing pages, go ahead and collect some data. Not every idea is explained in the same way, so you may want to quickly run a couple of Google ads to see people’s reaction to various keywords for product positioning.
Putting the metrics on the table will let you see what experiment turned out to be the most successful. Although we offer to check these metrics, it’s your call on whether or not to make changes in this list:
- Conversion rate
- Cost per Signup
- Assumed Average Revenue per User
You may also want to check this helpful guide on Startup Metrics
MVP Scope Definition
If you’ve successfully reached this stage, congratulate yourself for making good progress! You now have a very good reason to believe that your idea is worth developing. Time to define the scope of work by preparing for MVP building:
- Define your go-to-market business model**.**
- Conduct interviews with customers who have signed up. Ask about their expectations and top-3 features they’re looking to implement in the product. Match their expectations with your pricing model.
- Do a cross-analysis of the interviews in order to find out most desirable features. Consider writing simple User Stories.
- Predict revenues for 100/1000/10000 paying customers and calculate your business model’s unit-economics
- Obtain estimates on the numerous features and determine the ones you wish to include in the MVP. Make it a point to only include the most important features that help validate your key assumptions. You can always add the rest at a later stage. Ensure that your budget for MVP is less than 30k-40k.
Yeah, it does look like a long, tedious process. But here’s the good news for you! You can test your ideas quickly and effectively after gaining some experience.
Another piece of good news: if you happen to fail at any stage, there’s no reason to be upset about it, because it basically means that you successfully prevented your money from being wasted on developing a product that was likely to fail in the first place. Sometimes, a back-up option for a not-so-strong idea is to pivot it and repeat the cycle.
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2020.11.16 11:01 katy_zin TIL: SATO Scumbags Forbid you from renting Your Apt in an AirBnB/Hotel like fashion, but THEY Can and Do
My partner and I moved into a new apartment about 9 months ago. For 6 months everything was whisper quiet, and albeit some serious issues with the apartment being in bad condition which SATO blamed Coronavirus on and said they couldn't inspect it properly. Things were generally ok.
However starting September, weeks of increasingly long parties, disruption, madness, fighting and sleepless nights began all of a sudden. Fed up my boyfriend spoke to my downstairs "neighbor" and another neighbor on the same floor about noise and disruption only to find out that BOTH don't even lease the apartment and have no contract with SATO whatsoever.
The person downstairs he spoke to said they leased the apartment for 2 nights over the weekend via AirBnB. Something I know that SATO completely forbids tenants from doing in their ToS, stating that doing so is grounds for termination of the lease: https://www.sato.fi/fi/usein-kysyttya-vuokra-asunnot/alivuokraus-ja-jalleenvuokraus
The other tenant on the same floor said they got the apt from a hotel booking site. After contacting SATO about this my reply went unanswered for 2 weeks and during this time more parties were had people screaming from the balcony, so my boyfriend spoke to downstairs "tenants" again on two more occasions including a cleaner who told he cleans the apartment weekly. This time they remarked they were renting from a company called SleepWell Apartments, which we later Googled: https://www.finder.fi/Kiinteist%C3%B6hallinto/SW+Apartments+Oy/Helsinki/yhteystiedot/3225677
After checking their business and listings, it seems they lease over 100 SATO apartments out in a nightly/monthly fashion at ridiculously over-inflated prices in locations all over Finland. For example one such apartment is available for rent at a price of 1,750€ a month on the same floor as us, but we are paying SATO directly about 450€ less per month. The nightly price is more than 100% what we are paying nightly. The apartments are available on all kinds of hotel and AirBnB styled websites such as Booking and Agoda etc. We checked also AirBnB and found at least 25-something apartments in our area listed there too.
When I contacted SATO again to ask how this is happening illegally and why on earth they aren't doing something about this. That at least 2 people were breaking the lease rules and we had 4 or more other tenants all move out a month or so around the time we moved in and it's been chaos.
They sent my boyfriend this reply, telling us that basically THEY are the ones leasing out these apartments and they can do what they want with them: https://i.imgur.com/cR3UlJo.png
(personal info removed to comply with Reddit's rules)
So. In short, as a tenant your only option is to rent from SATO. You cannot however rent your apartment out in the same fashion that they are allowed to. SATO however, can and absolutely will rent other apartments out on what-ever basis, in what-ever manner and to what-ever people they wish under completely different agreements that can and do cause constant disruption to other tenants who are renting on a full-time basis.¨
Are my boyfriend and I mad for thinking that this is complete bullsh**t? Both my boyfriend and I have complained about the disruption now twice. The email above is the only reply we got. Basically we can do what we want and we won't talk about it. No offer of compensation, no apology, no nothing. Mind you, there is a whole bunch of other issues we had to wait more than 6 months to have fixed because as I said, they blamed Coronavirus for not being able to do a proper inspection before leasing the apartment out to us.
If it wasn't obvious, my partner and I are going to move but we're interested to know whether or not other people here think this is fair and whether other people have experienced this kind of situation. Personally, I think it is incredibly disingenuous and borderline illegal that SATO can basically lead their tenants to believe that everyone living around you is under the same conditions you are with regards to noise. That a minimum level of social decorum is in effect, because you are living alongside other long-term residents. Yet it's possible for your neighbors to be short-term visitors who rent purely to throw a massive party, get sh*tfaced and leave. When speaking to them their replies have been a mixture of "Ok but we don't live here" and "Feel free to call the cops".
Are we nuts for wanting a place that is peaceful and quiet that we pay roughly 1.300€ for a month? Mind you, this started happening around September. So I don't know if it is old news, but it feels like something SATO has done to retain costs from COVID but that doesn't make it any less manageable for us.
edit: So a small amount of people have PM'd me to inform me about how SATO owns these places and can do what they like. I'm aware of how a capitalist society works thanks. The point wasn't that we can't do the same thing as SATO without getting our lease terminated. The point was that we (and I am sure everyone else) were not made aware that whilst we are not allowed to rent out our space in an AirBnB/Hotel type fashion, SATO can and DOES do this. Meaning that we'll have neighbors that are not inclined to follow the same social rules and obligations and we and other long-term lessors must. It would have heavily influenced our decision to rent here if we had been made aware that SATO is renting out apartments next to us to people who are just going to throw non-stop parties in a WGAS
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2020.11.11 19:02 Mellend96 My Opinion of Shadowlands after 150+ hours on the Beta[Long Post Ahead]
As the title says, I've played a ton of the beta fairly recently, mostly solo-play and plugging through the group finder. I've tanked, healed, and dpsed up to and past +15 keys on most of the classes in the game, leveled three times from 50, done a bit of Torghast, a bunch of callings, and just a ton of content in general. I stopped playing as much recently mostly because of how buggy it is, and because as it gets closer I want to start protecting myself from burnout, but I think I've played enough to give a pretty thorough review of it.
TL;DR - The Verdict
I think Shadowlands will be slightly worse than Legion as far as the launch goes. Currently, my major concern is not even really the systems, even though I will go into detail about the issues plaguing them, but just how riddled the game is from a technical standpoint. Half of the stuff in the game simply doesn't work. It feels like I'm playing a badly scripted private server most of the time, which is extremely worrying from a game developer as storied and large as Blizzard, especially since it is reported that they have a massive team working on the game. I submit a new bug report almost every time I log on the beta, and this is not an exaggeration or doomsaying. It really is just that bad. I hope that between now and launch, they can crunch out the last of the issues.
Initially, my impressions from what they previewed at Blizzcon was that this was never going to work. I figured that they were never going to successfully balance them in a way that the player would have actual, meaningful (lul) choice, and that you would in the vast majority of cases, simply take the option that provided you the greatest boon in general. There were also concerns about things like the Venthyr TP being simply too good, forcing people to take Venthyr even if the class ability was terrible. Since then, my stance has changed greatly. I think that, provided they had not backpedaled so fiercely in fear of community feedback, this system could have worked out very well and stood on its own two feet. I think it still can, in all honestly. I will be honest, though. Lore wise, it makes absolutely zero sense for there to be a choice. STORY SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
While I did enjoy the story of Shadowlands, you can boil every zone besides Ardenweal to this. You show up, and there is conflict between the two major factions of the region. As you progress, you find out that the side you are aiding isn't as good as you thought it was, ending in a twist or betrayal. Bastion, Maldraxxus, and Revendreth play this same format out almost exactly, with Revendreth doing it the best imo. However...you help everyone, and none of them are really against each other. Maldraxxus and Bastion have a minor squabble at the Netherwake, I guess, but there isn't really any significant friction between them. It's basically everyone vs. Sire because he's griefing everyone else and helping the Jailer. It simply makes no sense to even have to make a choice in the first place
But again, I think it has potential and could work, and probably will eventually. The only thing standing in its way is...
By far, this is the feature that will make or break the expac for people, I fear. It's terrible. There is no other way to put it. From every inch of its design philosophy, it's bad. It's not interactive. It's not fun. You don't need it. The first thing I did on beta was level. I didn't make a premade 60 and do end game content. I leveled from 50-60, enjoying the zones and immersing myself, enjoying the leveling perks and new abilities. I hit 60, grabbed my free lego and thought, "Alright, I'm ready to pipe." I queued into a dungeon (didn't even buy my honor gear and upgrade it like an idiot kekw) and got in, and thought I was doing well until I looked at the meters. Then, I realized I had completely forgotten to nab my soulbind and conduits. I got them, requeued, and saw the massive boost to my damage...but I wasn't playing any differently. It was all just passive increases that I didn't interact with at all. Why? Just why, Blizzard? I honestly believe if they were simply removed from the game, and renown given a completely separate function, it would be nothing but a massive positive for the game's health. I have no other feedback. There is nothing that can salvage this system for me. It is just. fucking. awful. Delete it. Blizzard even has stated themselves that Soulbinds and Conduits were added as "tuning knobs" to help them better close the gap between Covenants. in my humble, non-dev opinion, this was a giant mistake. Any feature added specifically as a tuning knob is fundamentally flawed from a game design point in an rpg. If Covenants were absent of this feature, and Blizzard went whole hog on it, I think they would be fine, perhaps even provide (dare I say it) a meaningful choice. But, I'm tired of Soulbinds. And after reading all of this, you probably are too. Let's move on.
I don't feel too strongly about Conduits, honestly. I wouldn't really miss them if they were removed from the game, but I don't think they're in the same position as Soulbinds. I just think they need better tuning and to be freely interchangeable from anywhere. The Conduit energy system is stupid if you play more than one spec. Plain stupid and inhibitive for no other reason than because Blizzard is scared you're too stupid to stop yourself from needlessly min-maxing your character for every boss in the raid (which is one of the reasons people play RPGs, but I digress).
World Quests -
Arguably improved from BFA, believe it or not. They're not required like they used to be, but they do take noticeably more time than before. Some of them are actually...really fun! I'm a pretty "hardcore gamer". I take games very seriously, play competitively, yada yada, but even I like to do silly dumb casual shit every now and then, and some of the quests are pretty enjoyable. And some of them are not. Some of them feel like a 20 minute long chore for no reason other than because the creative minds at Blizzard ran out of Redbull and Whiteclaw so they just slapped another "kill 10 mobs loot 5 skulls kill named mob" quest on the map. Overall, I think they and the Calling system are improved from BFA, but that's honestly not saying much. The simple fact that you are not obligated to log on every day and do your daily sweep is a blessing enough, even if it is solely a resolution provided due to an issue Blizzard themself created.
Weekly Vault -
Thought it deserved it's own mention. It's great. No real complaints besides maybe just take the highest dungeon for every slot instead of taking the average highest for the other two.
Imagine playing PVP in this game LUL
Good so far, but it will get repetitive. It's simply too easy, ironically because Blizzard gives you too much choice, for once. Needs to be more like an actual roguelike and not let you choose at every anima cell. You already can purchase enough powers from the vendor. You simply are too strong too fast, and the mobs just aren't threatening enough in general. More mechanics, better tuning, and this could be a fantastic feature. As it stands, it's good, but not great.
The Maw - Oh boy. What can I say? It's Timeless Isle, except without any of the content. It blows. There's no other way to put it. Blizzard's "large rework" was to change two of the Eye of the Jailer levels and make them even more annoying. If it were up to me, I'd scrap this zone entirely for end-game until 9.1 so they have time to work on it. It is very obvious that they never planned for it to be its own stand-alone feature, which it has been forced to become after they made it so Torghast no longer required keys farmed from The Maw. I can't really say it's bad, because there's nothing there to criticize. It just needs work, plain and simple.
Sanctums, weekly events, miscellaneous stuff -
I didn't do any of this. Go watch a Bellular video or something lmao. Luckily, you really don't need to do any of this unless you need the rep or something.
Dungeons and Raiding - Great! Spent most of my time loving the dungeons. They are WAY more open and far less claustrophobic than BFA, which I despised. The seasonal affix is really enjoyable, almost on par with Awakened imo. Some dungeons are not so great, but that's just how it goes. Even Legion had some pretty ass dungeons. By far my favorite part of the expac so far. Unfortunately, due to time conflicts I couldn't participate in the raid testing, but I have spoken pretty regularly with people who have and watched tons of VoDs on it, and the feedback is generally quite positive. Sire Denathrius has been universally well-received, and I'm looking forward to Castle Nathria.
Class Design (NOTICE I DID NOT SAY CLASS BALANCE BECAUSE THE BALANCE IS STILL NOT DONE, AND FRANKLY, QUITE TERRIBLE) -
Again, pretty good! There are some outliers (RIP Havoc alts, that spec feels like ass to play now), but in general everything simply feels way better to play, which I think has been reflected decently well on retail already.
Non TL;DR Overall Opinion -
I think the game is worth playing, if you're willing to give Blizzard a chance and don't care that the game will be fixed by 9.2. If you don't want to give Blizzard your money for launching an unfinished game yet again, that's 100% completely understandable. I'm addicted, so I have to give them my time and money, but I don't think you should if your trust in them is low. I estimate the game will be in the same shape Legion was by 7.2 by 9.2, so it should be an amazing experience then.
God, why can't they just make the game fun to play?
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2020.11.07 21:54 Talk_ohs Feedback (long)
This is going to be long so grab a snack.
Spellbreak is an amazing game we all love that also has a lot of issues. Lets talk about everything and maybe how to make things better.
This was a great update. You gave us 3 new talents and some new consumables to use. Also the prologue, for free. Ambidextrous was a scary thing to me personally. Being able to have the passive of your offhand gauntlet is big value. However there is another talent that makes this value, not worth it and for only 2 points. Recovery still remained unchanged, which was a surprise to a lot of us. Its no secret that Recovery is the best spirit talent. With all 3 scrolls you get 50% of the damage you've taken back to your health in 6 seconds. Even with the passive of your offhand gauntlet AND 25% mana reduction (3 scrolls) Ambidextrous falls short in comparison. Recovery will keep you alive in a fight, having a constant passive healing. While with Ambidextrous you get exiled faster because you don't have Recovery. Recovery is really just that good that it makes a *potentially* OP talent not that viable to use. This made the game feel exactly the same with little variety, with the only variable being knowledge potions..
Knowledge potions are rare. I personally don't use finders keepers but I don't find knowledge potions that often. But when I do I find 2 maybe 3 of them. While this is all in good fun and made for some great clips, the receiving end feels awful to be on. I think this feels worse than it should because of the match making changes allowing the lobby to stay open longer in order to allow more players to join. Its a feeling of "I died to that and now I have to wait 10 minutes for another game"
Ideas to make things better: A change to recovery is needed to allow more variety of talent builds. Right now its value for 2 points is too great for a lot of other builds to shine. Perhaps increase the time it takes to regenerate the health.
A small change to knowledge potions. Makes it so you can only drink one, but you can still hold them in your inventory if you have already drank one. Perhaps also a visual indicator that someone has a knowledge potion active. Like the head glow we had in alpha.
This may be a little harder to implement but here's an idea for match making. Lower the lobby time by maybe a minute and a half. And if a lobby starts with less than 30 people, instead of filling the rest of the lobby with bots. Make the zone dynamic to how many players are in the lobby. A dynamic zone is one that starts the map with a smaller or larger circle depending on how many players there are. So if the game started with 20 people, you'd start in a smaller circle. But if you had a full lobby the whole map would be available for you to drop from. How would class skills work if we start in a smaller zone? Make the second and third zones short distances from the original circle so you still have that feeling of progressing through a match.
Its something that's kind of a touchy subject. Some people think this is OP some people think that is OP. What actually makes something "OP"? In my opinion its something that has little, to no counter play against it.
First thing that comes to a lot of players mind is stone. While stone does to large chunk damage, it is very easily avoidable. Although this isn't to say it isn't strong. As the stone hitbox is very questionable, it hits way too far off of the ground. The stone gauntlet is also something that is very easy to use for new players. Which is great! That also means its extremely good at being easy to use against new players. This can lead to bad player retention because it leaves them with a feeling of helplessness against something that you seemingly cant avoid. Don't get me wrong stone is very easy to avoid, this isn't obvious to someone trying the game for the first time.
Combust is something that both rewards bad aim and good aim (ignite) however the blast radius is just too large for so much damage. Meaning you can quite literally not hit someone directly at all and still be able to exile them. Combust should help, but not be a significant help like how it is now.
Toxicologists benefit from invisibility rune and shadowstep because they both trigger outbreak. The level 3 skill that gives them a 75% damage increase to their toxic gauntlet. For a toxicologist there's no reason you shouldn't use shadowstep. The extra outbreak from shadowstep is a safe way to secure the solid damage you're looking for from outbreak. While this seems fine for a lot of people, a class shouldn't benefit from a rune to this extent of having movement, stealth, and a significant damage modification. It feels like a must have on toxicologist not only for the extra outbreaks but because its the only way you can get an outbreak on a pyro because they hard counter your clouds so much. However on the receiving end you feel lost. As your opponent continues to go invisible while dealing 75% more damage than normal. You can use your rune to dodge but they usually have the cloud ready to close that gap and remain unseen.
Conduits have a spell that you cant dodge. Lightning travels so fast you cant actually dodge it, sure they can miss some shots. You cant dodge their whole mana bar though especially when the use power surge (unlimited mana for 4 seconds). Even lightning as an offhand is a very oppressive gauntlet as again, you cant dodge a whole mana bar. Unless the lightning user doesn't have good aim, as long as you're in line of sight, you will be taking damage from them. "Just break line of sight" well you aren't always in a position to have something between you and your enemy. Even if you do have line of sight break if you leave then damage is done to you, this is even more powerful with conduits potential energy.
Ideas to make things better:
Decrease how high the stones hitbox is maybe no higher than 2 meters off the ground, possibly decrease the length of the shockwave.
Lower combusts range to 150% or increase damage drop off
Make outbreak not trigger with runes and increase outbreak damage back to 100% (from 75%) or maybe Make it so there's a 7-10 second cool down (runes still trigger outbreak), or decrease the damage of outbreak when triggered by a rune to 20%. (Leggy tox would do 55 with outbreak)
Increase the mana cost of lightning by 10-15 mana for each bolt, this will reduce the amount of unavoidable spam from being in line of sight. Will also balance out power surge giving conduits temporary unlimited mana.
The game is lacking a proper progression system. While we do have the chapters system more specifically the prologue currently. This was a VERY quick thing to progress through. While it was free and we thank you for that, it should have taken more time to earn the rewards. Many people have been done with their prologue for some time now, assuming chapters will be longer. But that doesn't solve the lack of real progression in the game. There is nothing to grind for which a lot of players look for in a game. No reason to actually keep playing outside of just liking the game. You can level up your class and get some great free cosmetics but after you get the afterglow there is nothing to look forward to. You get a legendary emote at level 20, while it is something to be proud of. Its something that is very rarely used in game besides the pregame lobby. Not something that is worth the grind outside of the hardcore players that love the game already. This is where the class skins should've taken place in my opinion, with the base outfit being given at level 20. Then you unlock a set of challenges in the mastery. For example: "as pyromancer get 50 exiles with pyrolysis" and several other challenges similar to that before unlocking the next tier. This was the kind of content a lot of us want to grind for. Would be a nice challenge to get one let alone all 6. A reason to keep playing is what that would be.
Mage rank is something that has a sort of progression to it however it doesn't make sense. you get badges every 10 levels or so to show off on your player card. only thing is those badges represent your level, which is also stated on your player card. The gold is very nice addition, however the XP to level is exponential. While you do give us a lot of gold from level 1-100, after level 30 things get very very slow, and they only get slower and slower. No feeling of progression more so like you got this 50 gold for playing this long. Being level 47 myself, its been a long time since I was level 46. I can only imagine what going from 70 to 71 feels like. Let alone level 99-100.
Ideas how to make things better:
Cant change things that are already given from the classes, that's okay. An idea for progression is making weekly set of challenges (separate from the chapter system) these challenges would not go away if you didn't complete them by the next week. For this you would complete 4 weeks worth of challenges to get a free rare (blue) skin. Not saying this specifically should be in the game, just some sort of thing like this to be able to work for something.
As for mage rank, here's an idea from SirDapper. Make it so XP for each level is 7500xp (not exponential) and give gold every 5 levels. (amount tbd). Add simple cosmetics that level up through out mage rank. such as cloud bursts or artifacts. OR, tie mage rank level to chapters level each season, and add exclusive rewards for reaching milestones such as 50-100-150 etc.
Clash was a nice addition for the game. Great for newer players to get a real hold on the combat without being punished so hard in battle royale. With the current player base it made sense to close the duos mode. While I love BR it seems most of the player base wants something else. I'm sure you're aware of this. Clash should've been temporary (maybe it is idk) And had a game mode with more depth than just throwing DF everywhere to rotate in after that we could actually make content out of.
We know game modes are coming, but this gets to my next point.
This above all is the most important thing out of all of this. I'm not saying you don't communicate, its how. The community live streams are wonderful and always a great time with Andy and Andrew. All though the cant answer many questions as most of the stuff people want to know is still hush hush. The reddit post addressing serious issues are also very good. Mistakes happen. Anyway, going long periods of time in the dark while watching the player base and viewership slowly going down. We have nothing to be excited about the next update because we know nothing about it. Is it going to be balance? content? optimization? We know we get chapters, but chapters are something I'm kind of worried about judging by how quickly I completed the prologue.
We need you guys to talk about the game to us. You do a great job engaging with the community and content creators. But we need to know about the game. Just a simple "Hey we know you guys are looking forward to a new game mode, cant tell you anything yet. But we ARE working on one. Stay tuned" or "were aware of *insert bug here* and preparing to fix" I know not everything can be hot fixed, but even telling us that it cant be hot fixed it good communication. These types of things can really help the relationship between you the developers and us the consumers.
We always hear you guys say "were in this for the long run." We need to know what exactly that means. Right now with the state of the game its very worrying. We need to know what you guys have planned and are planning and are actively working on. (I know we have the road map) We need things to look forward to that aren't months and months away, something more than just a "wait for it"
TLDR. Go get a snack and read the whole thing. <3
We're all kind of nervous for the game. The initial launch hype is completely gone, along with the players and the viewers. We're all wondering what's your next move but its been very quiet from you guys. Which makes us more nervous. We love you guys and we trust you. From our side we cant help but think "what are they going to do?" as we watch the game we love slowly fizzle out..
We love you guys. We love this game.
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2020.11.04 15:00 AutoModerator Happy Cakeday, r/indiebiz! Today you're 8
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2020.11.02 04:59 Pyrrhahaha [Primal][Ultros][FC][C][LFM] is seeking new members to join our tight-knit little family of Fruit Snacks
is a softcore/casual FC looking to recruit players who are interested in enjoying the game at their own pace in a fun, LGBTQ+ friendly, social environment. Currently we're a small (10-12 people online during peak hours, typically at least five people online) group of folks online during all parts of the day, and we're looking for some new people to join our ranks! We've got members from all walks of life and from around the globe. From Kiwi Jesters and Honeydew Knights to Apple Artisans and Raspberry Raiders, there's a place for everyone in the Fruit Crew. TL;DR ->
We're a small, friendly group of Fruits who are looking to expand our ranks with newbies and veterans alike. Between running content, getting caught up on story and helping upgrade your battle gear or crafting/gathering gear as need be, we would love for you to join us as we tackle content new and old. Please contact Enzo Erebus
, Miss Magius
, Raven Vergis
or Juno Elysia
in-game, or Pyrrhahaha#3607
on Discord if you're interested in joining, or you can visit our house and apply directly! Some perks of being a Fruit Snack include:
- Access to our medium sized house, nestled along the lake in The Lavender Beds - with an easily accessible market board and summoning bell right outside of the yard
- A beautiful view of the event plaza right at our doorstep
- Striking dummies at various levels in the yard to practice your rotations on
- Active FC buffs (typically we keep a battle exp buff up 100% of the time and alternate the second buff as necessary)
- A chocobo stable that is free for anyone to use to train up or dye their chocobos
- The cost of purchasing a private room in the FC house will be completely covered, and we can help craft furniture
- High leveled crafters and gatherers to help with gear upgrades
- Multiple experienced level 80 healers, tanks and DPS to tag along for your queues, or just if you need some help or advice
- Access to our FC Discord server
You'll also be thoroughly welcomed with our secret handshake. For newbie players,
we are happy to help you with any questions you have, helping you upgrade your gear, help with dungeons and trials, offer advice on rotations or skills to get for your main jobs, etc. Our focus is on fun and we want to help you enjoy your time in Eorzea.
We are seeking new recruits of any age and skill range, from newbie to veteran player, all are welcome. is an LGBTQ+ friendly space. We're open for a trial run with the FC, if you're on the fence about it as well. Typically it seems like our member age range is between 20-30 years old, but any ages are welcome to join us. The more the merrier!
As of late, we've been enjoying leveling our blue mages/learning spells, running older content for mounts and glamour, chasing sightseeing logs, doing treasure maps, decorating houses/apartments and collecting minions.
If any of the above interests you, please feel free to message me in game or on Discord! My name is Enzo Erebus of Ultros, on the Primal Data center and I'm Pyrrhahaha#3607 on Discord. You can also seek out Miss Magius, Raven Vergis or Juno Elysia in-game for an invite if I am not online. If for some reason none of us are online, you can always visit us at The Fruit Bowl to apply at our housing placard directly! Our address is Plot 46, 5th Ward, in The Lavender Beds Subdivision. You can pop up right in front of our house if you take the Lavender Northwest Subdivison aethernet crystal.
-> I'll be quickest to respond on Discord and may not see your message for a while if you PM me on Reddit!
If you'd like to see all of this same text/information again, but with a prettier looking website, check out our Lodestone Free Company Community Post
Thank you for reading! ;D
You'll need to complete this quest to teleport to the housing ward: https://ffxiv.gamerescape.com/wiki/Where_the_Heart_Is_(Lavender_Beds)
is ALWAYS OPEN for recruitment, so no matter how much time has passed since this has been posted, if you're interested in joining or have any questions, feel free to contact me!
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2020.10.29 08:03 xnssjdkgemddn [Breeds] Which breed of dog is right for me?
I'm a first-time dog owner living in an apt. I think now is finally the right time to get a dog since I'm ready to commit and the work circumstances are right. I have friends encouraging me to get a dog but I've been noncommittal until now. I'm leaning toward certain breeds based on internet searches but would welcome feedback. I'd also prefer dogs that are old enough to have figured out how/when to go to the bathroom but are still willing to bond with their owner.
1) Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?
First dog. I haven’t owned but I’ve dogsat friends’ dogs and gotten some pointers. I plan to get a trainebook classes.
2) Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder
I don’t especially want a puppy, I’m drawn to a dog that’s grown up enough to hold it in for more than 2 hrs but will still be willing to bond.
3) Describe your ideal dog.
A mix of weekday couch potato and weekend hiker (like me). I’d lean toward couch potato when we’re at home but I would like a dog that can switch gears and would be excited to run with me if asked.
4) What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?
King Cavalier (cute, friendly, trainable), Dachshund (cute, spunky, compact for apts), Corgi (cute), Boston Terrier (compact, doesn’t bark much, friendly), Glen of Imaal Terrier (AKA pet finder tool said it would be a good match).
5) What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?
All I really want my dog to do is not destroy things, not eat trash off of the sidewalk, not act aggressive toward other dogs or people.
6) Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?
Naw. Maybe jog or hike once in a while but that’s not mandatory. Care Commitments
7) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?
An hour or two of dedicated training/grooming + playing/walking. Once I go back to the office, I plan to hire a walker to come during lunchtime. I have friends who have similar situations who can give me referrals.
8) How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?
I’m thinking a shorter walk in the morning and longer walk in the evening. Total of 30-60 min per day. Dog park and grassy field are 15 min away. I can play with them in my apartment during workday breaks.
9) How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?
A few brushings per week. I can get hainails trimmed, either by myself or by a groomer. I’d prefer a mid- to low-maintenance dog but would commit to taking care of the breed I chose. Personal Preferences
10) What size dog are you looking for?
Small to medium.
11) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?
Shedding: I prefer not much but could handle moderate. Barking: Low to moderate. I live in an apt building and can’t disrupt neighbors too much. Slobber: Hopefully not much. Is that a thing with smaller dogs?
12) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?
Not important. That would be great but doubt it’s realistic for the breeds I’m likely getting. Dog Personality and Behavior
13) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?
More snuggly. When I’m around. Yet independent when I’m not? Probably not 100% realistic but I’m really focused on getting a dog without much separation anxiety.
14) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?
I like independent but I don’t want a dog that’s too untrainable. As long as it’s not destructive, I can handle either.
15) How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?
I don’t need a guard dog. If they’re aloof or friendly, that’s fine. As long as they’re not aggressive.
16) Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?
17) Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?
Aggressiveness to people/dogs, extreme separation anxiety (even for just a few hrs), destroying furniture. I live in an apartment building with lots of units, so lots of barking is probably not good. Lifestyle
18) How often and how long will the dog be left alone?
For the next year… not much. After that, I’d be at work 8-5 most weekdays and would hire a walker to come during lunch. I’d prefer a dog that can entertain themselves if I’m not there but I understand I can’t neglect them.
19) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?
Live alone. So alone.
20) Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?
21) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?
22) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?
Rent, medium sized dog under ~40 lb.
23) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?
24) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?
Pretty mild. Doggy coat for foggy days and perfect sunny days. Additional Information and Questions
25) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.
The only thing I’m wondering about… is it worth giving up my complete freedom to do whatever I want whenever I want? I hear from other dog owners that it’s totally worth it.
26) Feel free to ask any questions below. What gender do you prefer as a male owner? Also, is it worth it?
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2020.10.27 12:36 Morismemento *READ FIRST!* How to Get Started with Couponing
I had lots of people DM me after my weekly posts on freebietalk
asking how I manage to get so many freebs or saying they wished they had my motivation. Well I have the motivation of a sloth on opiates and only recently started couponing (so I don't go full brain dead from pandemic depression) and here's how I started:
My main apps: (These are the main apps I will refer to when posting deals here! I do NOT use paper coupons or newspaper coupons, I don't have a printer, all these deals are 100% accessible phone deals!) 1. Ibotta iOS Android
(my ref code is habqnsv 😀, you'll unlock a bonus deal) A rebate app! The word 'rebate' might turn you off but you won't have to wait 2-4 weeks to get a rebate. Longest I've waited for a rebate was 2 business days and that's for smaller places with hard to read receipts, like sprouts. My walmart rebates are always immediate because they have a barcode on every receipt. Basically you scan your receipt, rebate gets deposited in your account, you can withdraw to paypal once you hit $20 (which isn't as hard as it sounds, if you coupon like me you withdraw $20 every 3-5 days)
My advice: Don't link any of your store accounts (it takes longer to get the rebate) Always submit receipts ASAP! (if you wait you might forget, or lose the receipt) Also sometimes if the receipt is hard to read ibotta asks you to choose what offers you are claiming from a list and to scan the products barcode to verify you got it. I made a rookie mistake once of buying a freeb, eating it, throwing out the package THEN trying to scan the receipt days later and I didn’t have a barcode to scan! ALWAYS Scan to check the barcode to make sure you are getting the correct item. If you scan and it doesn’t say “item does not match” or something like that you are good! NOTE: When I just joined ibotta, the first time I cashed out they "held" my money for around 2 days since i was a first time user. Idk why, I guess to prevent scammers. That was the only time they held my money. Every withdrawal since then, as long as its at least $20, has been immediately sent to my paypal! 2. Shopkick iOS Android
It took a while for me to start using this app but now its one of my favorites. You get "kicks" for scanning certain items, for walking in certain stores, and for purchasing certain items. 250 kicks =$1. You can redeem for a variety of giftcards, even paypal GCs! The minimum payout is $5 (1250 kicks). You get $1 (250 kicks) when you first walk into a store if you join with a ref code. (mine is EARN609696 btw😅)
If you are thinking about purchasing an item because of a great shopkick rebate deal, make sure to scan the item barcode first to make sure you're buying the right item!! Shopkick is SPECIFIC. 3. Store apps (like target circle, CVS extra care)/Coupons.com app (which has all the coupons you find in store apps, which is great for walmart since walmart doesn't have in app coupons) coupons.com app link
takes between 2-4 days to credit your rebates, but there's no minimum withdrawal! all your rebates get sent directly to your paypal you don't have to worry about cashing out!
My most used apps are Target Circle, and Safeway (aka Vons/Albertsons/Jewel Osco) app 4.Fetch Rewards link
My ref code is RUXXB. You get $2 when you join with a ref! Basically its an app where you submit receipts and get points for each receipt. Occasionally there are bonuses and good rebate deals, even freebs! Deals vary per person though. There's lots of receipt bonuses when you first join so its super easy to earn $5 like, immediately. If you have receipts lying around the house scan them! As long as they arent more than 2 weeks old. You cash out in giftcards (like Amazon) These apps have so many deals its overwhelming! How do you know what coupons to combine??
I was overwhelmed at first too, but these 2 blogs helped me get started and I still use them occasionally.
(good for freebs)
Basically they breakdown all the coupons you need for the deal and do the math. It's a great resource but these bloggers are obviously sponsored so they also post lots of not-so-great deals (usually from amazon...) so it can get annoying sometimes, trying to dig through all the mediocre "deals." Which is why I made this subreddit! I only post deals that are cheap AF or free.
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2020.10.24 23:04 FCatDennys A weekend in the life of firearm retail! 10/24/2020
Hello friends! Welcome to the week in the life thread! These are the stories of the crap I've had to endure this year. Enjoy!
Thursday: I have everyone picking up guns from the gun show after their waiting period has elapsed. The big dealer paid me a fat stack of cash to transfer all the guns to people. Three fail the background check.
I scan the stack of guns that they have sent me, a total of 50 guns here. 10 PSA lowers, 20 hi points, 15 Taurus G2/G3's and a few guns I would actually buy for myself - Sig 320's, Glock 26/19/17/43s, that sort of thing.
If anyone wanted the play by play:
NOT A SINGLE PERSON BUYING A TAURUS G2 OR G3 FILLED OUT THE FORM CORRECTLY!
Folks buying Sigs and Glocks were very pleasant to deal with and super friendly.
Two non US citizens - passed no problem
Three people without current ID. Two were super cool and came back with an updated ID. One guy tried to have a conversation with me that went like this.
FC: You still on Fox Drive?
FC: Okay you need to update your license or bring me documentation you live on Fox Drive. Your ID has you on 95th Street.
1: What kind of documentation?
FC: Government docs, ID, anything like that, fishing license, hunting license....
1: I just moved here for work. Give me a break.
FC:: I am giving you a break, I'm not losing my license because you don't have current ID.
1: I got mail, can you take mail?
FC: I need GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTATION.
1: I made a mistake, let me do the form again I'll put my 95th street address on there.
FC: No. I asked you if you lived on Fox Drive, you said you lived on Fox.
1: I have two residences, I'm living at this one while I'm here for work.
FC: Okay, that's fine I just need you to document the new one.
1: Why you gotta give me such a hard time?
FC: Do you own the new place?
1: No I'm renting.
FC: Then I need current ID with the new address.
1: It is current! It's not expired!
FC: If it does not have your current address on it, I can't use it.
1: Man, I've been waiting three days to get this gun!
FC: And you'll wait as many more as it takes until you bring me current ID.
1: I've spent the past three days on my friends couch since the gun show waiting to pick this up!
FC: Let me get this straight. We went from I just moved here for work to I'm renting to I have two residences to you're on your friends couch. Which is it?
1: This is some bullshit!
FC: I'm not losing my license over this. Come back with current ID.
(Editors note: To his credit, he came back a week later with a current ID. Then promptly flunked the background check)
One lady just moved and purchased a fishing license from Walmart and came back.
Another guy went and updated his drivers license but the DL office PUT THE WRONG CITY on his ID since he lives on the edge of a city and they couldn't get it right. Eventually he got a new fishing licenses and picked up his stuff on the third trip. He lived 45 minutes away and was super frustrated at the paperwork nightmare.
The only thing worse than a know it all local cop is a know it all federal cop. I had an ICE agent come by to pick up his Taurus G3.
I hand him the clipboard.
ICE: I forgot my glasses
FC: You need to fill this out.
ICE: I forgot my glasses.
FC: Then take out your phone, magnify it and answer the questions and I'll run your stuff as soon as you are done.
He hands me the clipboard. County is blank. 10A is blank. 12D2 is blank. I hand him back the form for corrections. He marks 10A, he fills out county he marks NO on 12d2. I tell him to re-read 12d2.
ICE: I read it. That's my answer.
FC: No is your answer?
ICE: That's what I said isn't it?
FC: Form has to be done right for me to do your transaction. Re-read 12D2 and look at all the possible answers. Correct it and I'll get your stuff rolling.
ICE: Stop giving me a hard time. I'm not a child.
FC: I'm giving you a hard time?
ICE: You're giving me a hard time.
I remove the form from the clipboard, grab my red sharpie and on the top of it write NO SALE on the top. I pull out a fresh form and a pen and clip it to the clipboard.
FC: That's going in my no sale folder. Start over and do a new one.
ICE: Are you fucking with me?
FC: No. You told me to stop giving you a hard time. I wasn't giving you a hard time when I asked you to correct your form. Now I'm making you do a new form without corrections and you're not getting your gun until I get a 100% correct form. Now, I'm giving you a hard time. Sign on 14 date on 15.
ICE: This is fucking bullshit!
FC: This is the law. Deal with it.
Now he's pissed at his poor choice of career and taking it out on me. He screams and yells and the other people have taken note of his attitude problem.
By the way, if anyone wants to chime in with "Transfers are free money! They don't take any work! Dealers should do them all day long for $10" anytime, I'd love to know how much verbal abuse you'd take for $10 and 35 minutes of work. It's just not worth it. The only reason I did it was to pay it forward.
The day cannot close quick enough. I stop at the local italian joint on the way home, grab a calzone and head home for some much needed rest.
Friday: Show prep day!
I get my loadout worked out at home and I know what I'm bringing. I have three tables lined up for this new show IN THE MIDDLE OF FUCKING NOWHERE. 2 hours there from my house, 2 hours back and again the next day. Before hitting the road, I check my tire pressure and my spare is low. I put air in it and notice that my valve stem is leaking. I run over to Lenny and Sven and they get my spare on the rim clamp and put a new valve stem in for me on the house. It's good to be a regular customer. As I'm waiting I work on some emails! I know you've been missing these!
FC (outbound from Armslist): Hey, I saw you have a Glock 19 Gen 5. I'd like to pick it up, can we find some time to meet today before 8PM? Happy to give you asking price.
1: I don't sell guns to dealers.
FC: Any reason why not?
Subject: $700 Glock 42
Message: Serious? 499 new in store! What’s your real price
FC: Who has them for that price? I just sold a bunch over the weekend at 700. As my stock depletes the price will be going up. Let me know who's got them and I'll send you a finders fee.
A place in Lafayette, I see the mainly go for 600, but good for you if you can sell at 7+. I am trying to find for a friend, and trying to understand what this thing should cost high and low. 499 is the lowest I’ve seen but it was sold when we went. Thank you
FC: So if it was 499 and sold, you want me to price match that? Sure. No problem. I'll do you one better, I'll match the price and the availability. $499 with zero to sell.
Subject: S&W M&P
Message: S&W M&P do you have stock?
FC: The rifles or the pistols?
The Smith and Weston M&P
Subject: Glock 26
Message: what's the best we can do on one?
FC: Picked up or shipped?
I'm three hours away would need to be shipped. I am old and disabled.
FC: Here's the deal with shipping all in you're looking at 700
Can we do any better than that?
FC: Drive over here with cash and you won't have to pay shipping. If you want me to ship I need to get their license.
(img of the local gun store business card)
FC: I need their license not a business card. I can take your credit card if you want but you're not going to get that $700 price.
Can you do paypal? 725.00 all with shipping? Im sure they fit in large prepaid usps priority boxes at 14 bucks each My number is in your text or caller ID
FC: PayPal? Lol. Why would I do that? That’s is a terrible idea.
Ok then what? I need to pay before you ship dont i?
(Sven and Lenny wave me over to the rim clamp)
My phone rings. It's glock guy. Send to VM. It rings again. Send to VM.
Lenny: This bead is being a real bitch to get back on, I lubed it twice couldn't get it.
Sven: This fucking shit we gonna need some starting fluid and I wanted to warn you beforehand
FC: Do what you got to do!
Phone rings again. I pick it up. It's glock guy.
FC: go for FC
1: Yeah I was talking to you about the glocks
(lenny and sven are banging away and setting fire to some starting fluid to seat the bead. They are successful. The shop air compressor kicks on)
FC: I'm having my tire fixed right now I can't hear you can you speak up?
1: About the glock
FC: Yeah what about it? I can barely hear you. I'm having a tire fixed and it's real loud in the garage, can you speak up or email me?
(1 hangs up on me)
Emaiil from 1:
Message: This is complicated and seems like a scam ffl people communicate direct. Real people speak on the phone. Goodbye. Were done
Sigh. This will be a long fucking week.
I get the show loadout packed up. Here's the rest of the friday.
Ordered in a Sig 229 Legion SAO for a customer. Asked the dealer that had it to DOUBLE CHECK to make sure it's a 229 Legion SAO. He says its absolutely a 229 Legion SAO. I have it overnighted. Fedex guaranteed overnight by 1030AM.
FedEx rolls in at 3PM. I call and ask them for a refund. Service guarantees have been suspended. I could have saved myself a bunch of money by getting standard overnight. Booooo fedex. Boooo.
I crack open the box. https://imgur.com/h3gVh6e
CLETUS YOU SLACK JAWED YOKEL YOU HAD ONE JOB
Fuck. I call the customer and tell him the bad news. I call Cletus and tell him to take it back and he sends over a Fedex return label. God fucking damnit.
The USPS is refusing to deliver or return to sender a pistol that I dropped off and are demanding that I go over there and pick it up because it's illegal to send a handgun through the mail. They tell me if I don't comply they will call the postal inspector and have me arrested. I tell them go call them and have me arrested. This will be fun.
Saturday: 445AM. I drive to the new gun show. Never been there before. I am shoehorned between the dunkin donuts guy and the TRUMP TRAIN 2020 hat and shirt table. I get set up and start checking emails.
Subject: Looking for a SW gun. Thanks
Message: SMITH & WESSON Smith & Wesson S&W SHIELD M2.0 M&P 9MM EZ BLACKENED SS/BLK THUMB SAFETY PRODUCT CODE : 022188879209 $427.99 Mfg Item #: 12436
FC: When do you need it and where did you see this price?
Could be in a week or before I need the gun, additional magazine and a box of 9mm ammo Just let me know Thanks
FC: Can do it all but not at that price
(Name of gun store down the way I've never heard of. I google the address. It's a unit in a mini storage)
I sell two guns all day. One guy is ADAMANT that buying a silencer gives ATF the right to search your house at any given time. I pull out a wad of cash and make a wager with him and tell him if he's so right, the $3000 cash that I have here should make it pretty easy for him to find the law and regulation. He calls me a Richard Cranium.
Fucking hell. Two hour drive back home through the Bayou. Nothing but country roads taking me home today. I leave the show at 510PM and get home around 730 after tanking up at the flying J.
I crash on the couch. It can't be any worse tomorrow. Can it?
The show opens at 10. 2 hour ride down means I can leave at 8AM. I grab a sandwich and hit the highway and arrive at 955AM. I walk in, set my tables up and grab a donut from the dunkin donuts guy. Super cool fella. One of his employees bought a gun yesterday. I make a new friend, Phil the security guard. He was a former cop now working armed security and does towing and repo. I've been thinking about changing jobs and morphing into the worlds best repo operator hooking cars, making bank and giving zero fucks.
I sell nothing the rest of the day. I pack. I go home.
The USPS has lost another pistol in transit and has no idea where it is. Customer is screaming mad at me for sending it USPS. What did you expect for $25? Jesus fuck.
I head down to the postmaster and talk and we're trying to see what's what. I am hoping that a wayward label just fell off or got torn off in processing and it's not a problem. First problem in a decade. Fucking hell.
Over lunch my Puerto Rican Fire Marshal buddy comes by and we hang out and chat for a bit. He talks government work, I talk dealing with shitheads. We're in the same business. I ask how his kid is doing and his girl and babydaddy are wreaking havoc at his house. LONG story short, it should have been a defensive gun use. I sold them the rifle and it's a good thing that they bought a gun BEFORE the whole world went stupid.
I get told the best fire department story. They ran a fire and they needed to get into the adjacent unit of a duplex to cut power. A lt and two firefighters are banging on the front door trying to get the occupants to open up so they can cut the power. They are greeted with 80 year old man BUCK FUCKING NAKED WITH BALLS HANGING 8 INCHES DOWN.
The crew goes in, turns off the power and the homeowner asks them to wait a minute. He turns at the end of the hall and is PEEING WITH THE DOOR OPEN. LT calls for the fire marshal on the radio. FM goes in.
FM: You called me in here just to watch an 80 year old man take a piss?
LT: No. That's just a bonus.
I tell him he needs to open a workers comp claim with the city. PTSD. He can't get the sight of old man balls out of his memory. He laughs.
(Editors note: See the end of this post for more details!)
I get a call from a lady. She wants 9mm bullets. I ask her bullets or ammo. She has no idea what the difference is. I sigh. Time to go home.
Tuesday is therapy day. I head into work early so I can leave work early to get therapy. From all the pain in the ass customers. I get a call from this lady that asked me to help her out on fixing some ATF NFA paperwork. She had the WORST FORMS EVER that needed to be fixed ASAP. It's a fucking disaster. Her situation is bad and she's yelling at me screaming that it's all my fault. It's not my fault and my therapist gets a earful from me about that.
(Editors note: See the end of this post for more details!)
Wednesday is hump day. Whatcha gonna do with all that junk. All that junk inside your trunk. I get a firearm trace FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. What firearm is it? A GLOCK .40. Why? BECAUSE IT'S ALWAYS A GLOCK .40. Bangers LOVE Glock .40's for banging around and street cred. Not 9mm. Not 45. FO-TAY. I get the email from a police department asking for the 4473 and the email signature is "Officer J. Smith, Career Police Officer" as if that's a job title now. For fucks sake.
I sell a gun and a guy cannot remember where he was born. He calls his mom to ask. I LOL.
FC: Go for FC
1: I'm from Ohio can I buy an gun?
FC: As long as it's legal in Ohio. What city are you from?
1: Shaker Heights
FC: Come on down I'll have an answer for you in 15.
I call ATF and get some guidance and pull Shaker Heighs and Ohio laws. Guy comes in TOTALLY STOKED that I can sell him a gun because every other place in town refused him.
FC: What would you like?
1: I want an M4
FC: I'm out of Colts but I have Bushmaster XM15's and M&P 15's.
1: That's not what I want
FC: You want an M4 pattern rifle right?
FC: That's the same thing.
1: Oh okay none of the stores in Cleveland have anything left.
FC: Well what do you want to stay in price wise?
1: Under $1000
FC: I have two M&P's under $1000 left. Here they are. If we start paperwork today you can pick up Monday.
1: On a rifle?
FC On a rifle.
1: But it's not a handgun.
FC: Three day wait.
1: But our softball tournament is running and if we win we stay for another week but if we lose tonight it's back to Cleveland!
FC: Are you shitting me?
1: Thanks anyways!
FC: I need more therapy. I call my therapist and book Thursday.
I check my ammo delivery. It was delivered last week and I didn't sign for it. 6 phone calls to Fedex and Jane the new Fedex girl left it with a neighbor and didn't tell me. Fucking hell.
By 330 I've had enough and I call it a day. I decide to surprise Megan at home with some chocolate and her brother lets me in and we chat a bit. Wayne is a bit younger than me and also works a lot. Megan isn't at home so we chill for a bit. He's getting a jump start on dinner and is doing some prep work.
Since 'ol FC spent the formative years in the back of a restaurant kitchen and wants Megan to have an awesome dinner, I offer to help and throw on an apron. He's making homemade ravioli and needs help watching the sauce and getting some vegetables chopped. Two sets of hands make short order of dinner and meal prep for the week. Meatballs, roasted veg and lasagna are all in the oven.
Megan is still nowhere to be found. Wayne cracks open a bottle of wine and offers me a glass. He does not know I'm a recovering alcoholic and I tell him that my AA sponsor wouldn't like that very much. To break the awkwardness, we turn on Pandora and the dulcet tones of Harry Styles begin to permeate the air.
Sign of the Times is absolutely sublime, his range is exquisite and I can see how the ladies love to get down with his music. It's quite peaceful and well thought out. We chat about music and the arts and sports. I joke with him and tell him the closest thing I've gotten to sports is watching Moneyball. He'd never seen it.
I tell him WTF are you waiting for, you got netflix. The smart TV fires up Moneyball and we are greeted with Brad Pitt (he's so dreamy) and the story of the Oakland A's right at the turn of the millennium and their transformation from small market small budget ball club into a surprisingly competitive playoff contender.
We kick back and enjoy the movie for a while and I get hungry. Wayne tells me there's some popcorn in the kitchen, I throw it in the microwave and three minutes later we've got popcorn. I bring it back and on more than one occasion we both go to grab popcorn at the same time and inadvertently brush hands. Awkwardness but nothing too too bad. We watch the beginings of the Oakland 2002 season turn out spectacularly bad. Then out of left field....
Wayne: Megan tells me you used to be a firefighter.
FC: Yeah it's a long story.
Wayne: Meet anyone that liked the uniform?
FC: LOL. I was not drowning in pussy. I only met your sister after I left the department. Nobody liked me at all, I ha the worlds worst luck. I didn't think I looked that bad.
Wayne: Have a photo? Show me.
(I pull out my phone and load up facebook and pull up my in uniform looking like a badass pictures)
Wayne: Oh my god that's amazing, you look like a totally different person!
FC: The uniform changes some people but in my case it hid a lot of sins.
Wayne: You know, they say everyone loves a fireman....
And just as he said that, I hadn't noticed his arm had crept around my shoulder. He grabbed my neck and pulled me in for a kiss. It was different. Not bad, not great, just different.
On a seminal level, I can't say I was surprised. The most shocking thing about being kissed by a man was how much harder everything was. The firmness of the cheekbones, the lips, the forcefulness of the tongue, all entirely the same fundamentally but in a very subtle fashion different than when I was kissing someone like - his sister.
His tongue darted between my lips. I didn't know what to say, or do, I just sat there stunned. He saw the shock and amazement on my face. That's when he did it again, and I don't know why I didn't stop him. It just felt so good in the moment that I told myself - what's the harm?
I returned the favor and kissed him back, pushing him down on the couch and kissing his neck and nibbling his earlobe. The moans and heavy breathing were familiar, since his sister liked being kissed in the very same spots. I sat up for some air and he took his shirt off and pulled me in for another kiss.
"I want you" he said, as he undid his belt and pulled it off the loops of his pants, handing it to me.
"I've been bad, I deserve a spanking" he mumbled, holding the leather belt between his teeth.
Who am I to deny?
I took the belt, looped it around his neck and used it as a leash as I pulled down my pants and entered him from behind. He felt so tight as if he had not been used in months. As I railed him, the screen flickered back and forth between Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt.
Wayne screamed in pleasure just as I watched Billy Beane make a trade for Rincon on the screen. My rhythm increased as the trade for Rincon just increased my lust for power and desire. I slapped Waynes ass firmly as Billy Beane raised a clenched fist. As Jonah Hill locked up the deal with the owner, my face tightened into a smile like his as my orgasm began to build.
Just as Jonah Hill was closing in, so was I. My breathing intensified. My face clenched. I saw the open palm of the Peter Brand character clench as I felt my own orgasm break free.
And then, the garage door opener started. It was Megan. She just got home. We quickly put clothes back on and pretended like nothing happened in 15 seconds flat. Sitting back on the couch with Wayne running to the bathroom to clean all my jizz out of him, I welcomed her home and told her I helped cook her dinner. She smiled and gave me a kiss. We all sat down to a very awkward dinner.
What a week!
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2020.10.24 00:58 Cahlle [Midgardsormr][FC][Discord][LFM] Kupo is Recruiting Casual and Serious Players!
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We had a bit of a dip for a while but leadership has changed over and we're going full throttle into revitalizing the FC! We already have people coming back online just for us because we have such a good FC family!
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2020.10.22 23:39 LusipherStarLine778 selllestial
To the military or those who abuse females I’m upset the hazers your going to ge3t punished I know about it and just like courts and police I know why you where doing that
I’m going to deal with those men responsible
You do something in my country or my planet Lusphur StarLine there is only one the bullet proof armer your vehicles
Ps your stuff sucks I could do much better though what ever they expect you to die so before I was in America your gun jammed your well at times they said to use stones ricks
They sent you to die you didn’t even have parachutes
The military firmly knows me they wanted the women gone so they could steal and force sex though I mean good men people who force sex are not good men and endanger there whole group
No man no man where the good you’re the bad oh tell that too 1920 through 1960 ad the American soldiers that died in Cuba 4500 men or something
So rick bush just thoughted 1977 just take over then blame me and I would be dead and say I tried to take over
I mean mean it isn’t your word vs existence
So the select lucifers would rule all life bla bla oh really wow they couldn’t keep there mouth shut or not force sex and upset so many others by where so so
Just expecting I would be blamed except wasn’t SO
SO ME LIVING WASN’T PART OF THE PLAN SO planes change oh
So no America isn’t with rick bush or mike Elliot or those fake leaders
Infect one the people that would be immortal and there the in crowd I mean rick bush has done this with 3 other groups blamed them and said he was victim they forced him and said he was so good and brave for turning on them
What is congress secrets act form 1925 to 1960 well that I own America one
So America was going to notice at some point they cant only have there people hence the military spending there bribing people
So that’s A lot of people doing nothing so and they expect to just to and have sex with mother daughter for that money and have them do stuff the people refuse
So they tried this in Germany then got kicked out Germany came to America so it would never happen again yup rick bush did inspire people
I mean not int the right direction thought they where inspired
Its vary rare when people just know they have to do something
So there is no other Lusphur so congress will never pull the name out rick bush stared in the white house so he got kicked out by Germans and America
So congress is with me so again rick bush trying to use my name or who I am so he ran around saying he was Azazel so didn’t have the full name again
There is no way they will ever win rick bush knows this so just holding on so 3 world wars
So I might as well die it is so real and true so I’m just wasting my time while they think they won or are getting some where only place there going is pissing off more people that they have to kill or pay or lock up
So doing some thing like this well I did it like it was nothing rick bush was like help him because where going to take his mane I didn’t need there help didn’t want it
Oh it was your help that made me so powerful oh and your not helping oh such power these word have for you I’m impressed
So there idea was get in power getting in the house then it would just happen
Like here comes the power like with me well I was always powerful
Not just my name
So rick bush is never getting his hair back
I mean they ran out of money well they tried to out bid me laugh I make particles and sold matter and smelt it and they where going to out bid me I’m insulted I mean the vellus was just me having fun
So Brian I’m lucifer rick bush would say oh good I was wondering who the problem was
So there is A lot about computers and AI rick bush didn’t know
So in 1977 they would just out live me with my name and him saying he was and his crazy child um Lusphur StarLine 1.7 to 2.7 in size till rick bush and I had to get taller
Oh there he’s aging see it worked um could t be them saying I was child so rick bush well this is easier once I’m dead
So they couldn’t kill me and then couldn’t frame me and no one believed them for logical reasons and they they where all nuts the whole country was nuts rick bush would say oh so the man in the house says it so it has to be true
Well what Lusphur says is true so then lucifer must be the same
So anyway I know and knew I wonder who dose not know about rick bush even the exo life forms know and 500 light years away oh no one out there knows oh really
So if they kept it small maybe it could have been done for A bit if they had known I was 1.7 to 2.7 and had A child ready
They didn’t Ricky bush was just going to say he was daddy lucifer and dropped by to see his son don’t tell anyone then started opening things and smoking in my house and yelled where is my ash tray
Except I’m sypher life form inventor well everyone has A father so well rick bush didn’t go to school and didn’t know about computers
So really by one week he was kicked out facing treason so
Witch Bryan would clear him of oh not this Brian Briley
So people would just go with what big lucifer said not shorty lucifer
So he didn’t know I was StarLine
So who do you want the kid or the original
The kid they said in unison
Oh he couched them to say that he got to them
What they knew him so he betrayed and blamed his own people and killed them before they could finder him
Um you’re the only one who finders people and women they hate it
So who that kids retired compared to me rick bush would say oh 12 life form most well know if and about in existence oh no that ain't the kid what’s he been telling stories again well we didn’t get along still bla
So they got this story thought noggened out laugh
Except I didn’t have A father oh is that what he said except I had not said it
Rick bush thought people only know people by words
So old bug lucifer would se the record state tell them about my mom and everything so people would know you know since I was big n disrespectful to my parents
So rick bush would explain thing so people would know and well the guards solders cam in and through i=him out like trash
He had gotten A gold watch and cased it say all this money this was the house he would stop off at other houses so if rick bush had not done all of this well
He just thought he could do what ever and so he’s rude or lucifer by are they going to be sorry when they find out who he is
He would say that A lot like ok who are you well well he was some one and important and really most people showed him why he shouldn’t use there name
With Cesar and others rick bush is like huh huh what well this isn’t the normal way to do things and it was obvious what he was doing oh no one was smarter man bush he had a noggin thinker
I mean if not for rick bush mike probably would have killed me
I was impressed at the plan now there is A plan worthy of dying lie real cipher still it was young and didn’t know or understand life forms so it had to find out about people so well why mike is hated so much and so dead even his own Ai didn’t like him
Rick bush would try and act the part of how people would just join him as if he was me nope they ran from him effuse to work with him just like I wouldn’t the he would say I had ordered them to help him or Bryan I mean greatness fallowed greatness
So his child was just as great yup that’s the one that one who do you mean the great one
Rick bush had all these secrets to finding out thing like say the great one and they might say some one so and then he would tell them who the greatest was let me guess rick bush
Wow didn’t see that coming
So yes well
So at firs the said I was on his side or Bryan who pardoned him I guess oh really except I had not and well it was the real Bryan he would always say A name nly say the real one like well could be any Brian or any Lusphur Star Line
So it is going to be ok
I am really powerful in my own right yes vary old 80 trillion though I mean well why you really wouldn’t know of me
I might be older though it dose not matter this is my galaxy though so I protect it and well if rick bush had asked he would have know to not ty anything here I’m not like others
So no the humans are not helping me really all life forms could be one there side I’m really that powerful
You do not have more pull in my galaxy then I do and you never will
So rick bush wanted to see what the most powerful 80 trillion year old sellestial could do oh ricjk bush would always be more powerful he taught me everything I know if you asked me he was sure I would tell you oh wow
So he was doing A little surprise for his son oh wow let me guess planed to kill me
So this was one of rick bush’s cons or tricks I would show him tricks of the trade oh
Showing off for dear old dad oh wow treason never looked so stupid
So he would have to kill people he didn’t think they bot it
So he is on film I mean I’m always watched and even worse they sent AI to find out about me so even if they could do it they had just made A record of the real Lusphur Starline you stupid fuck
Oh just say it would be ok A few time it wont be and she knows this though I mean just do it anyway
It takes A lot to make things ok real dedication and well I’m just that kind of person every time I am vary good at what I do it is my corner of existence so well I loved being with Germans and showing what I could do no one had seen Me in A long time rick bush would also say t5hese words oh such disrespect
I don’t have A father oh what about Rodney well he is solder and yale he was taken by my exoskeleton and the explosives pulled out
Oh has my son been telling story’s again like wow really happened didn’t tell anyone
Like no this is what happened what tell me again what he said oh I thought you knew where there and you want oh to refresh your memory
Oh yes compared to A rock rick bush was A really smart person didn’t finish 5 grade those people where too slow for him so he just left and being A tough guy that it I was like please shot me no more of this most stupid person
Look probably look at him like he’s crazy now soft town I mean corny awarded most women would run as soon as they could think of A excuse
So if not for all of that mike Elliot would have killed me blamed me and no one would have know maybe
Hard to say it was A very impressive cipher though made A lot of mistakes
And really I invented rebuild humans humans doesn’t even know I rebuilt them right in the middle I was having real problems and thinking of A way to get them to go the right thing
Rick bush wanted killers so wanted things his way so laugh tough of war I mean if I liked feeling powerful I was breath taking so like I would over power any other no one really know what 80 trillion year old sellestail could do not even me
So yes still large sphere in the center and I was that upset them upsetting me was there mistake rick Bush thought I would just fall to pieces
Doesn’t every one well no some of us can call on all of our life forms and particle matter to us
So humans are restraining me I’m so bad don’t you know it hurts rick bush to do this to his own son though he has to kill me that’s why he is hear bla bla
Oh wow well Lord Lite Lusphur Azazel Starline brightest star in A galaxy so let see north star
So cosmos was going to die 1960 isn’t that old
He was like A rock just splat there is your what ever and really rick bush was just implying they had some one powerful real lucifer big old Azazel so nice story well has my son been telling stories again mostly uncle
So I complimented him it well was not too bad execution and everything though flacks that is don’t have family oh
Rick bush well that’s too bad that’s real said and the fact that that meant no him well no family next it me now think hard you sack of human waist
So they had to cover up all of this as well and kill people because he was so stupid though no one knew people like rick bush he had A real heart you know like wow Saying it like ugh
I mean scream if any of my people where like him I would go back kill me self and never have invented life forms
I was thankful that I had nothing to do with rick bush
Like completely wrong way of doing things though he thought they fell for it they where so fooled so bragging to everyone
So yes be doing something that could only work if only A few people where involved and if no one knew and if it was fast
Then bridge to everyone before and after so there was no possible way of covering up or getting away with anything oh maybe it was some other Lusphur starling forbid on name sacred
Well rick bush would say you make your self fail by thinking you might no they where sure he was going to fail
So if not for rick bush well I might be dead his everything he did was just so stupid so even the most fast cleanest thing would never work on me so they knew before they knew during and after at no time did people ever not know so it is all about what the king believes though bla bla
Oh wow so I put the crown on my head and then there was existence
I mean who knew the power of the crown or the power of public chat for secret planning
Like oh talk about treason use another word or better yet don’t and talk about it so records now 25 years latter your grown up and going for it and well
I’m why yes republic and kings we just around waiting for people to kill us never saw that coming die
So no matter what you do to me I might live in 80 trillion years my sphere could dissipate maybe though your only going to be with till 260 billion then bye bye I told you where being evicted oh that will
So well I’m going to be around A while so rick bush had 80 years and well ciphers I can end them see they where humans to Lumiere thinking they could be me so well that was them to me I so well sellestials I mean well
So I mean rick bush thought they would just step into line behind the real big lucifer and things would just be like they where for me
Oh yes they would just say I was A problem and take me out oh wow killing A 80 trillion year old seellestal galaxy is so easy
That must be some name
Oh my name oh so child VS fake man that everyone knows about for doing this so he was just going to flip it around he would do that all the time every one knows this child dose this so unless you where there you wouldn’t know and well it’s a gift rick bush had
Braking with logic and saying that the million year old 1,7 to 2.7 person also sellestsial was always gdoing this and lucifers life was tracked not some kid
Just walk into country and 12 life form types oh its that easy
So if he didn’t do that so much then my be the big score
So well they will hold on as long as they can while I laugh oh wow well just see oh and say hi to cosmos laugh I saw him last he was screaming as I ripped his mind and body apart
Well he did have A good time and lots of sex and hurt lots of people A wonder did he feel the power well as I ripped him apart well I was upset vary upset
So like I say gun and we can end this it is for the best
There not going to give up till they die or are forced and I’m ready for A fight
Oh Azazel’s A push over I will tell the republic so after Passover I’m hunting down the people and freeing hostage
After rick bush like celestial have vessels waiting where you will be going to waiting t kill you only A real celestial can do that so they where just so sure they wanted to pick this fight
So well they will have all the life forms so I’m going to die once they cut me off oh wow too bade humans didn’t know about sellestials
You have to live at lest 4 million years to know about us
So rick bush knew everything I mean humans where so fare behind him
I mean by the time you found out he was fake it would be too late anyway
Always another sucker
Even StarLine Lusphur could be fooled oh wow I thought he didn’t know I was there
Though I would remove my self from them even make other matter so I would never be part of those people
Nope your not going to be3 made of my matter or around me you can be epic suck some where else so you have meet A real sellestal the oldest yes try try try use all that technology I want you to feel like your getting some there before I do wat I do like no hard feelings
And your not going to know my name it is mine so I know humans suck you have sucked for 125,000
Years I gave human A amount of time to stop what they where doing or I would deal with it so I did every person know why and what they did maybe they are sorry I trie3d forgiving they just did it worse not5 knowing I could just go back so they chose to say I was chump and push over call my bluff so I stopped being so nice
I try to be nice though well some take it as weakness so well
And rick bush well he’s going to fix it anyway so might as well do it well you still piss off your own life forms types and so many others many of them are very powerful oh though rick bush big daddy lucifer’s father is always more powerful oh so your Azazel huh wow then I guess I cant torcher you huh so no other galaxy is equal to me by the way I did it the old way the hard way so
So cosmos was going to take out Azazel so I would be dead oh wow I didn’t know well so 100 trillion vs 1960 what ever and 7 to 14 galaxies so you find this out over the next what ever congress and rick bush probably know all of this so
So no Ai ciphers are not A match for me beign80 trillion years old ( stop lying see my some makes things up )
And you just expect people to protect you rick bush so well become A cipher I mean his life forms would kill him he would say my words like he knew so much
Really I was happy being dead I knew it wouldn’t work though they where just so sure and once they had done it there would be no turning back so rick bush know s humans would find out
So he has all these ideas I do help some just because I wanted it to be fare I mean going up vs unified Luspher starline so
Oldest galaxy so well fine even with all the life forms trying to kill me it wont help like giggle your going to do this your sure really really sure like ask about me then come back
Though that is lucifer starline not Brian oh so my name and suddenly I’m not sellestail wow
And rick bush your so powerful and scary
So so I have all his people tracked down and well it wasn’t hard once people knew what I wanted and
Earth bla bla bla and I work in the whole galaxy though no one listen to me earth is where the powers at so laugh goo luck with that hold on believe and do everything you can do and it wont be enough
Well no one had ever attacked me before though well if your going to insist then ok I guess
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2020.10.22 16:44 Geeklat Does Bozja disincentivise 71+ players from doing low level content/roulettes?
We all understand that Bozja is pretty well done. The ability to bring our alts in at 71+ and getting:
- Easy/Faster XP from FATE/Skirmish Farming
- Lockboxes that contain minions/glam/materia/FIREWORKS/mount?/etc
- Memories for Relic Weapons
- Fragments for items to be used to buff you and enhance you within Bozja
- Clusters that can be spent on mount/emote/hairstyle/priority queue for Castrum
- The chance to do skirmishes and unique fights including 1 vs 1 duels
- Castrum queue windows
- If you complete Castrum then currency for some good Lv80 geaaugments
Versus doing leveling/alliance/trial/main scenario roulette and getting:
- Maybe some glamoudesynth materials/gear for alts
I got 5 people to start playing trial not too long ago and they all just hit Heavensward around the same time. Right after Bozja hit they all suddenly were having a lot of issues with groups. Generally a lot of "Tales from Duty Finder" levels of interactions that border from ineptitude to reportable players. This could all be confirmation bias which is part of why I'm seeking input. It feels like all the experienced players are now just doing Bozja and a lot of people going through old content are healers wearing half crafter gear while only casting stone every 5 seconds.
I know that eventually Bozja won't be the "new hot thing" and people could flood back. I understand that's part of why it's slim pickings at the moment, but my greater concern is that it seems far better for you to take any 71+ alt through Bozja in the future. Normally this game has been great about incentivizing players to go and run old content so that new and old players are intermingling and nothing is left behind. We can even see that in the way they made relic farming 100% drop in HW FATEs. It gets a lot of players into those zones right around the time that the new free trial expansion influx of players are hitting those zones. Down the road a bit though, will the majority of 71+ players only level in Bozja and just disappear from roulettes? It feels counter to some of the principles that made the game so all encompassing instead of gated.
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2020.10.21 20:28 proletariat_sloth Prologue Patch Notes!
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Welcome to the Prologue release patch notes! We're all very excited to share this release with you and can't wait to hear what you think. We've written up plenty this past week, so I'll largely be linking to those posts and not repeating myself here. Let's dive right in!
The Prologue will be going live October 22 at 10AM EDT. The servers will come down shortly before then and shouldn't be down for too long.
- Our first new game mode is here! Clash is a 9v9 team deathmatch mode where two teams race to exile enough of their opponents to reach a predetermined score. First one to make it, wins!
- Clash is low on stress, but high on fun! It immediately thrusts people into combat and keeps them there for the duration. Great for learning new classes, blowing off steam, practicing, or just having good time!
- Each side is made up of up to 3 squads of 3 players each.
- Every time a player is exiled, the exiling team scores a point.
- Players roam the map, gathering gear, and leveling their skills, just like in Battle Royale.
- The circle will lead players to designer-placed areas that ensure good gameplay for both teams.
- Upon being exiled, you keep all of your gear and levels but also drop a copy of your equipment that can be looted by other players.
- After being exiled, you'll respawn near your team, high above the battlefield, with full health, armor, and 2 armor shards.
- Of note: Spellbreak's game modes are not set in stone. We'll be experimenting and rotating the available modes over time. We want Spellbreak to grow and change and not be the same thing forever.
- Per the above, with the introduction of Clash, we'll be disabling Duos.
- This release marks the introduction of the Chapter system in Spellbreak! This is the first take and we’re going to be listening to your feedback and evolving it further as we go forward.
- Earn reputation by completing missions for Avira Emberdane and unlock 25 levels of rewards, including exclusive:
- Outfits, including an Epic one!
- Cloudbursts and Afterglows
- Badges, Titles, and Cards
- Come back every week for new quests or level your reputation up by playing and earning XP as normal.
- As a celebration of the Prologue, we're making it FREE for everyone!
- Check out your progress in the Quests and Chapters tabs and see the story as it evolves over time.
For more about the Chapter system, take a look at this post
- It's time to get spooky with a bunch of new cosmetics arriving in the shop!
- We've also added bundles so you can buy a set of items at the same time for a discounted price.
- We've made a change to how lobbies are filled to allow them to better populate with players.
- Now, as more players join, the match countdown timer increases up to a certain point (though it's still capped at a few minutes) so that as long as new players are coming in, they'll be placed in an existing lobby instead of closing down the lobby and spawning a second one. Basically, we're trying to fill one game completely instead of making two half full games.
Bug fixes that deserve a callout
- Fixed an issue with the Lighting Strikes sorcery not striking players in the outside edge of the sorcery.
- Immediately jumping upon stepping in a puddle no longer prevents damage from correctly being applied.
- Fixed a bug where shadow-stepping into a Toxic Cloud caused the dash component of Vanishing Mists to not trigger.
New Talents In this release, we're adding three brand new talents. They're unlocked from day 1 for all players, so get in there and try them out, make new builds, and let us know what you think! Vigor
- Cost: 3
- Cost: 3
- See Future Storms and Mana Vaults
- See Enemies on the Minimap every 10/9/8/5s
- Cost: 3
- Gain Level 1 Skill of Offhand Gauntlet's Class
- Offhand Spell Mana Cost: -5/10/15/25%
For more about talents, please see here
- Vital stone’s immune effect now correctly protects against being pulled by a tornado.
- Finders Keepers
- Cost is now 1 (down from 2).
- Its description now reads: "Chance to find Potions from Chests: +25% / Chance to find Scrolls from Chests: +50/75/100/150%"
- Note: This description is slightly inaccurate. It increases the chance to find potions AND shards.
- Finders Keepers\ has struggled to find a place outside of very specific cases and we've wanted to buff it for a while now. With the changes to consumables, it seemed like a good time to expand its scope!*
- Cost is now 2 (down from 3).
- Fortitude's been overshadowed by other Body talents and we want to make it more appealing by lowering its cost.
- Cost is now 2 (up from 1).
- Scav was always a great deal... Too great of a deal in fact, especially with the introduction of some of the new talents.
- Cost is now 3 (up from 2).
- Long the most dominant pick of any talent category, Fervor was too often a no-brainer for what it gave. This also indirectly lowers the power of some classes/skills as well.
- Now reads: "Run Speed +3 / On Damage Taken: Run Speed +1/2/3/5 (5s)"
- We've added a hefty chunk of base movement speed to Escapist and it's always on. Escapist is now for escaping, engaging, and just running around!
- Now reads: "Consume speed 35/50/65/90% faster / Consumables replenish nearby teammates health and armor for 50% efficacy"
- With the changes to consumables and more plans on the way, we needed to slow Thirsty down a bit as well as make it explicit that it only affects healing and armor. If we wanted to commit to it sharing ALL consumable effects at 50%, we'd likely have to rework it fairly significantly in the process.
- After using a consumable, the player’s vitals bar shows how much they will heal over the duration of the consumable.
- An oft requested feature. You'll now be able to see just how much you'll be healed as it's happening!
New Small Health Potions
and Small Armor Shards.
The current “small” versions that you’re used to have been renamed, given a new rarity, and had their values tweaked up a smidge for better rounding, but are otherwise unchanged. Health Potions
- “After drinking for 2 seconds, heals you for 15 health over 5 seconds.” / “After consuming for 2 seconds, gives you 15 armor over 5 seconds.”
- These are Common rarity.
- They stack up to 6 in a hot bar slot.
- They drop in stacks of 2.
- These are for quick top ups in combat and since they stack to 6, you can carry around a bunch of them. Since they’re common and come in pairs, you’ll also find lots of them.
- These can be used very effectively in combat to give a quick jolt to your vitals.
and Armor Shards
- “After drinking for 3 seconds, heals you for 25 health over 10 seconds.” / “After consuming for 3 seconds, gives you 25 armor over 10 seconds.”
- These are now Uncommon rarity.
- They still stack up to 2.
We’re adding a new potion type called “Safeguard”
that refills both health AND armor. These are primarily for out of combat regeneration but if you can find a longer window mid-fight, it’ll help you recover in a big way. Safeguard Potion
Large Safeguard Potion
- “After drinking for 5 seconds, gives you 25 health and armor over 10 seconds.”
- These are Epic rarity.
- They take up a hot bar slot but cannot be stacked.
- “After drinking for 8 seconds, gives you 50 health and armor over 10 seconds.”
- These are Legendary rarity.
- They take up a hot bar slot but cannot be stacked.
- “After drinking for 1 second, gives you 2 bonus charges to your Rune and your Sorceries.”
- These are Epic rarity.
- They take up a hot bar slot but cannot be stacked.
For more about the new Consumables, check out this post
- When you upgrade a gauntlet or rune, your cooldown no longer resets. Huzzah!
- Similarly, reading a scroll to upgrade Runic Fluency will not cause it to reset.
- The main menu bar has been slightly re-ordered.
- All players now start with the title "Breaker" by default.
- Emotes now loop in the store and collections menus.
- Artifacts now freeze if the player is frozen.
- Frozen boulder has improved vfx and material.
- New sounds added for when players use consumables.
- Spellbreak ID should now always be visible in the "Account Management" or "Add a friend" screens
- Switch now supports gyro controls.
- Hopefully fixed the black screen issue for real this time.
- We're really sorry about this taking so long to fix!
- Players with their system date set to before August 18 are now able to log in.
- Just in case you need to be a time traveling island-hopper for some reason...
- Fixed a bug causing the flash freeze sorcery target indicator to display an incorrect smaller radius until the player moves the camera.
- Fixed an infinite loading screen caused by signing out of PSN while on a loading screen.
- Fixed a crash caused by losing internet connection during screen transitions.
- Resolved an issue causing framerate hitching when picking up items.
- Fixed an assortment of Xbox crashes.
- Fixed a bug causing the flash freeze sorcery target indicator to display an incorrect smaller radius until the player moves the camera.
- When servers are down for maintenance, the client now properly reports that instead of giving an authentication error.
- When a player is exiled from a game and in a party with players still in the game, they are no longer incorrectly labeled as “in match” when they return to the lobby.
- Fixed a bug causing the shop tab’s UI to become corrupted after idling on it for a long time.
- If a player fails to enter correct account information, they'll now be taken back to the login screen.
- The "Bored" emote now has the correct icon.
- Parties will no longer be broken up due to network hiccups.
- Fixed an issue causing users with controllers to be repeatedly prompted to press the confirm button through "Lost Password" flow even after confirming.
- Users who exit out of the current match and ready up are now able to unready while party members are in game.
- Fixed a bug causing some users to randomly disband from a party after a match concludes.
- Sound FX of a canceled sorcery will no longer play twice.
- Fixed a rare bug that prevented voice chat from being enabled.
- Players can now see the login queue countdown when logging into Spellbreak with high server load.
- Adjusted Nature's Bounty cloudburst color scheme to better match preview icon.
- Fixed a bug causing unlocked Cards to appear squished when viewed from the rank up reward notification.
- Exiled players no longer get interaction button hints.
- As nice as it would be to drink that potion, it feels a little mean to taunt you.
- Fixed a bug causing the cursor to lose focus when receiving a party invite on the party invites section of friends screen.
- Sound FX for the menu and title screen, mana recharge, and mana depletion are now correctly affected by the sound effects volume slider.
- Improved tracking on emote wheel when using a mouse.
- Setting voice input volume to zero now correctly mutes teammates.
- When one player leaves a party of two or more when all of their teammates are ready, the party no longer instantly joins a match.
- Fixed a number of typos.
- These were the source of deep shame!
- Fixed a number of untranslated strings.
- Fixed a bug causing the spectate camera to focus on the lobby map instead of another player when the spectate button is pressed immediately after being exiled.
- Fixed an issue causing lag when getting exiled.
- Fixed a bug causing the incorrect class icon to appear next to unlocked skill up on Mage Rank up.
- And of course, fixed a whole bunch of miscellaneous crashes.
That's all for now. See you in the Hollow Lands!
2020.10.19 20:06 manoozles [S][USA-NC] The Leftovers from my last sale, PRICES REDUCED (X-T30, F6, GA645zi and more)
Here's whats left from my earlier posting. Prices have been reduced. I can do reduced cash prices if local (pittsboro/chapel hill/carrboro), but totally get it if you want that PayPal G&S protection. Not really interested in trades unless it's a Ricoh GR1v or Fuji GFX Lenses. All lenses and bodies are properly functional and free of any defects that effect performance unless specifically mentioned (no haze, scratches, fungus). Minor dust is expected.
There isn't much wriggle room on these prices but you're free to try. I am open to bundling things though.
PICTURESSSS https://imgur.com/a/NLLqmC2 Fuji X-T30
with 18-55- Mint in box with fewer than 2000 actuations 875 Fuji 23mm 1.4
mint in box with hood and cloth/pouch thing 550 Fuji GA645zi
- 7/10 LCD can make it tricky to set the ISO due to non functioning segments(common with this camera). Definite signs of use but camera functions perfectly. It’s a point and shoot medium format camera, and does exactly what it should. It will occasionally miss focus if you shoot it wide open all the time like all point and shoots do, but it has a hot shoe, which all point and shoots don’t. $550 Pentax 645n
-This camera makes medium format photography so easy it’s almost offensive. I shot a few weddings with it in 2019 and it was like using my 5d mark iv except every shot was in focus with the Pentax.
-excellent condition save for a scuff on the top plate near the edge. Works Perfectly.
75mm 2.8 FA $400
45mm 2.8FA with hood $250
80-160 4.5FA $175
Pentax Flash I'll just throw it in with body
Would prefer to sell it as a kit. $1100 Canon New F1
- This Camera is what the F3 wishes it was. People freak out about the F3 (which is a fine camera in its own right)but this is noticeably denser, the resistance on all the knobs feels better, it ACTUALLY HAS A HOT SHOE, and has a weird partially mechanical shutter (everyhting over 1/60 will work without a battery). This body is in excellent condition with slight brassing on the knobs and body.
This camera includes the Data Back, AE Prism Finder, Focusing screens PF and PE (one is optimized for f1.2 lenses) and grip 300
Canon New FD 50mm 1.2L exterior shows wear but the glass is excellent (off brand hood) 500 $700 for combo Nikon F6
With grip- It’s the best 35mm SLR ever made Perfect metering, more nikon lens goodness. This Camera is in near mint condition with very few signs of use and is desperately begging to be dragged into an active volcano to photograph lava bubbles. 1000
24mm 2.8D $100 SOLD 50mm 1.4D 150 SOLD 55mm 2.8 Micro with hood $100 85mm 1.4D 500 Fuji Klasse S - Purchased new old stock, used a few times and shows no signs of use. Lens is excellent, more manual controls than you can shake a stick at. I bought it because all the hipsters had Contaxes and I wanted the Fuji equivalent. I just realized that when I want a point and shoot camera, I don’t want to have the option to think about controls other than flash. I need something objectively shittier. Includes box and manual,hood, and strap. 1050 SOLD
Olympus Zuiko 24mm F2 (for OM film cameras) 350
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2020.10.18 17:08 Ramy_91 Full Product Research Guide (Repost)
The mods over at dropship keep deleting this post for some reason. So I'll just leave it here so it can be archived.
I've compiled absolutely everything I learned from Youtube, courses and my own experiences into this post. I'm doing this because I hope to help people on here, and also because I've got so many notes and this post is forcing me to put everything together, it's a win-win. Know that I'm a french Canadian, so I may make mistakes throughout the post.
This post will be divided in two parts, first off, how to actually find the potential products? Second, how to evaluate a product and pick the best option for you to start selling right now. I hope you read the entire thing, hopefully you will learn a thing or two. This is going to be a long post so feel free to save it or simply read it when you have time.
Keep in mind that the methods I'm going to state in the first part of the post don't need to be applied at 100%, you can just stick to one and be just fine. But in the second part, I highly suggest you apply everything I talk about.
How to Find Potential Products Method #1 - Facebook
- The first thing you should do on Facebook is go to your Preferences and Interests, and remove anything related to Shopify or Dropshipping. You must do this because some advertisers will hide their ads from dropshippers, it'd be a bummer because this whole strategy is based on spying on what works.
- When you're done with the first step, you can start notifying Facebook that you're looking for dropshipping ads. This is done by going on the Facebook search bar > typing stuff such as "50% off" or "Free worldwide shipping" > Clicking on "Videos" > Interacting with what you see
You should interact by liking, commenting, clicking on the ad, adding to cart, initiating checkout. Do this a few times a day and you should start being flooded by dropshipping ads after a few days.
Method #2 - Instagram If your Instagram and Facebook accounts are linked, you should receive the same ads you would receive on Facebook in your Instagram feed (Every 5 stories and every 5 posts)
- When you see your first dropshipping ads on your feed, this is where the fun begins. You should now install the google chrome extension called "Turbo Ad Finder". It is free and will allow you to filter through your ads.
- From this point, you will be flooded with potential products to sell, but a lot of them will suck. Refer to the product validation methods below to find what could work for you.
Method #3 - Flippa & Shopify Exchange
- This method works by following a bunch of promoting accounts that often do ads. Here is a list of accounts that often promote products you can go follow right now: dailyart, femaleeffect, artistworldly, nathantravel, viraltravelmedia, just1ideas, showertweet, channeltricks, societyfeelings, time4knowledge, desirehotels, sci, hoenest. There are much more, feel free to dm me if you'd like me to share them with you
This method will have you spy on stores
- You have to go on Flippa and/or Shopify Exchange, and see the dropshipping stores for sale. Only identify the top ones, the ones that make a lot of revenue.
- Once you have a list of dropshipping stores, go on each one and paste this right next to their store link (imaginarystore com): /collections/all?sort_by=best-selling
This will allow you to see which products are selling best Method #4 - Ecomhunt + Spying on ads
I'm sure most of you know, but for those who don't, Ecomhunt is a "winning product hunter" which reveals new supposed winning products everyday.
Method #5 - Google
- Go on Ecomhunt and look for their older products, the ones from Page 30 to 90. Find products that may interest you.
- Once you have a bunch of products, use an ad spy tool. The best one in my opinion is AdSpy, it's expensive but offers a free trial. There is a free alternative called BigSpy, but you will have limited searches each day.
- If a product from Ecomhunt is being advertised, great, keep it on the list. If it isn't being advertised, throw it out. Then, refer to the methods below to know if the product is a good opportunity.
Method #6 - Others
- Type Site:myshopify.com "Keyword" on Google to see if someone is dropshipping a certain product. Then, refer to methods stated above and below. So for instance, I'll type Site:myshopify.com "Unicorn slippers" to see if it may be a great opportunity.
This closes it for methods to find potential products. At this point, you should have a list of products that are ready to be validated or eliminated, hang in there!
- You can use thegadgetflow,com to find unique gadgets that may be available on AliExpress
- watchcount,com allows you to see what's trending on eBay
- Go for wanelo,com to see how many "saves" a product has, it may be in demand
- Go on wish,com to see how many purchases a product has
How to Evaluate a Potential Product Please take note that although you don't need to apply everything stated in the potential product research, it is much better to apply everything in the evaluating a potential product part
*.* Product validation theory
Before doing your product research, you should know a thing or two about what products usually work in dropshipping. This way, it will be much easier to narrow down to winning products.
So what products should you go for?
- Products in high demand
; Either a problem solver or a passionate product, something with a broad market (Over 20 million people). The size of the market can be evaluated pretty easily. All you have to do is go on your Facebook Business Manager (Create one if you don't have one, you will need it eventually anyway) > Audience Insights > Type the niche you're considering jumping in > See how many monthly active users are in the niche
- Low availability
; You should strive for products that are unique and new. You should always, ALWAYS, go for products that can not be found in stores. I can not stress this enough, I keep seeing people trying to sell common products with no avail. Sell products that can only be bought online.
; The product must have some sort of "wow" factor, something to grab the viewer's eyes. It is optional but it's better if the product is sort of quirky and fun, and even better if it is customizable. But once again, this last requirement is optional. Full product validation checklist
I made a checklist for you to verify if your product has potential, it should meet all of these requirements, and I mean it, all of them.
- Does the product solve a problem or is it something people are passionate about? People want to solve their problems, whether it'd be pain or an insecurity, they're willing to pay for it. Some products are made for passionate people, for instance, people are passionate about their pets. Note that, if you're a beginner reading this, it is much easier to sell problem solvers.
- Does the product offer a broad market? Use common sense and refer to the method stated just above (Audience Insights)
- Is the product new and/or difficult to find in stores? It must be hard to find so people don't buy it at Walmart or on Amazon.
- Is the product unique and impressive? Does it have a "wow" factor? Will it catch the scroller's eyes?
- Is the product in a downtrend or in an uptrend? There are two ways to verify if a product is trending. First, Google Trends > United-States > Past 5 years > Analyze the chart. Second, you can use the Dropshipping center on AliExpress, I'll elaborate later on.
- Is there any competitor doing well with the product? I will also elaborate on this later on. You can verify this by spying on the ads.
- Does the product have a track record of selling well? It should have at least 1000 orders and be doing well in the Dropshipping center, once again, I'll elaborate later on.
- Would I, or someone I know, be interested in buying the product? Ask yourself and your relatives if you would like this product, this will give you a great idea if it could be a winner.
- Is it a quality product? Verify on BOTH AliExpress and Amazon if the product has great reviews, it should have at least 4.7 stars. Read a ton of reviews, you don't want to deal with angry customers later on.
- Does the product offer a great profit margin? You'll often hear that the product should give you a 2.5x/3x margin, but I think that's wrong. The product should offer you at least a $20 margin. Don't go selling $3 products for $9 because it's a 3x margin, it will be extremely difficult to be profitable.
Once again, your product should meet ALL of the criteria, I repeat, ALL
Now that we're done with the boring theory, let's get to the validation methods. Step #1 - Facebook
Apply this once you have a bunch of ads to evaluate (Refer to the potential product research methods above)
Step #2 - AliExpress
- So once you identified a dropshipping ad, you should first check its engagement (likes, comments, shares) Don't bother continuing with the validation process if the ad has less than 100k views. See the comments, they must be recent and positive, otherwise, cut it off.
- If the ad has over 100k views and the comments are good, move on to the page. It is not a must, but it's much better if the page has over a thousand likes and has been running for over 3 months.
- Now this is the most important part of this method. Go on their page > Page transparency (see more) > Ad library > Filter by All Countries. You now have every ad the page is running in front of you. You should check for ad variations, if a product has multiple ads, it means it's selling. If a product has expanded into different languages, it's even better. If a product has no variations, cut it off.
This is a follow up to Step #1 - Facebook, you should come here only once you found products from Facebook.
Note that although a product is saturated, you can still sell it. It will just take more money and time on your end.
- Type in your product on AliExpress, sort by orders. The top order should have between 1k and 10k orders, this is the best range. Below 1k is too risky, above 10k is too saturated.
That's it for the validation, if everything looks good, jump on it!
- If the product is in the good order range, you must now check the reviews. It should be at at least 4.7 stars, and the reviews must be very positive. Note that on AliExpress, reviews may be fake, especially with electronics. That is why you should also check Amazon's reviews.
- Verify in the shipping methods if the product has ePacket, this will make things so easier.
- If everything is good, you can now move on to the Dropshipping center. You may not have access to it on your account, so just type in "Aliexpress dropshipping center" on Google. You should then link the product page and see how many orders it's getting a day. Ideally, it should get around 3%/day of the total amount of orders, this means the product is trending and selling well.
- Does the product offer upsell opportunities? It is much better to sell products that can be sold with other smaller-profit products. Verify the similar products to see if you could upsell your main product.
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2020.10.17 18:56 krissyomnom NMT treasure hunt!! 4hrs away!!
I'm looking for 5 or so people who want to go on a NMT treasure hunt on my island!
Rules are simple
Stand by the airport upon arrival until 5pm (I will open my gates early so everyone starts 5pm)
All NMTs are finders keepers. (Theres over 100 of them around)
Be respectful of my island (dont pick flowers/shake trees)
Feel free to explore, shop, and look through DIYs.
What you need to bring - Ladder + pole!!!
DM me if you want to join!!
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2020.10.17 17:28 ogcolton How to make Torchlight 3 GREAT
I've recently created two posts, regarding multiplayer functions and trading and id like to throw a couple ideas out there for the overall game. Torchlight 3 has the foundation to be a very serious contender against other arpgs in the genre and in this post i will discuss why and how it can be.
The gold system usually doesn't work all to well and fizzles out in the end game in most arpgs but not in torchlight 3. In my opinion, torchlight 3 did the gold system fairly well. It's needed for things such as crafting and gambling as well as wanting to respond after death in the same spot. I like how its being used currently and I never feel like gold is useless at any point like I did in games such as diablo 3 after a suffice amount of playtime. My main gripe with gold in torchlight 3 is the 20,000k cap it has on it.
20,000 gold limit is far to little and ends up being a bit of a pain in the ass as far as monitoring it constantly goes. Id suggest removing the cap completely or at least raise it to 100,000k so the player can feel accomplished when they look at the amount of gold saved up and not have to constantly spend it when it maxes out so quickly. Having your gold max out after a couple hours quickly becomes an annoyance, especially when you're the type to loot every single barrel in sight (me) XD. At the end of the day, were playing a video game and when collecting gold that's supposed to be fun and meaningful, becomes a chore, that's almost never a good thing.
Since I have recently touched upon this topic I'm going to keep it short and sweet or at least try too! The torchlight series in my opinion has never been that serious. It's never tried to be the king in regards to the arpg genre. You're probably wondering why I am saying that? I say that because torchlight is more of a chill dungeon crawler experience that doesn't take itself that serious.
And with that being said, why not add trading and item sharing? What does this series have to lose by adding it? Were already a small player base compared to the likes of path of exile and diablo so why not take chances? Why not capitalize on the things that diablo 2 did so well back in the day that diablo 3 completely lost sight of? Why not be one of the very few arpgs that adds great quality of life changes to the game that players love!
Trading makes it so that the items you collect in your stash have 'value' and can be used as a currency for the things you may or may not need on a new character in the near future. It creates a whole new social interaction in the game that involves you meeting up with other random players to conversate and make deals. Trading isn't just about item sharing and trades, there's a much larger picture involved that some players disregard. when item sharing and trading is activated in a game that changes the entire way you 'play the game'. It gives you freedom with your loot and playstyle and most importantly makes the loot you do find much more valuable.
By disabling trading, you're not only taking away from how a player plays your game, but you're also taking away a lot of social interaction and new fun that comes with it. Maybe i want to farm gear to help out new players? Maybe I come across a very rare piece of gear that has value to someone who mains a rail master whom ill never main? Not having trading enabled makes it so any gear i find that ill never use gets instantly scrapped deeming it non-exciting when i find it.
The whole point of the game is excitement finding loot and you severely compromise that feeling by disabling trading. You should know this Max, you saw how many players chose to trade for hours on end in diablo 2! Some people prefer to play the game that way because its how 'they want to play' the game. A video game is meant to be fun, full of choice and freedom and a place we lose ourselves in for endless hours. Not a place where were told what to do and told how to play.
Currently as it stands, the foundation for fazeer's is in a good spot! I'm not saying its great and I'm not saying its terrible. More or less its an average mapping system with a torchlight feel. BUT, it does need to be worked upon and a few things to need to change. In order for torchlight 3 to keep its player base its extremely important that any future updates focus on this mechanic.
End game is what keeps players playing and stopping the game from dying out. With that being said, I feel we need more variety and reasons to push the fazeer's dungeon. Many players are already upset with the lack of reasons to keep pushing further in it and that's a very bad design in itself. I feel the higher you go up in the fazeer's dungeon, the higher the rewards should be!
For example, every level in the fazeer's should reward a higher gold percentage and a higher drop percentage as it progressively gets harder in challenge. That should very well be a no brainer. If the player is required to min max there character to push higher, they should be rewarded and incentivized to do so. By not doing that, it gives the player no reason to push higher other then bragging rights and a badge number ultimately causing the player to get bored and quit the game.
Now on to one of my biggest gripes with this game. I'm an avid multiplayer guy when it comes to arpgs. The sole reason any of us choose to play multiplayer and not single player is because we like to 'play' with other players, be it Randoms or friends. We urgently need a function implemented into the game to be able to quickly join random players in things such as fazeer's dungeon. I would absolutely love to be able to turn on torchlight 3, fast travel to my fort and pair up with randoms to take on a few hours of fazeer loot runs or even push higher.
Having to use social media and forums to find groups is outdated in my opinion. There's no excuse as to why torchlight 3 doesn't have a multiplayer function to quickly form/find a group for the content you want to play. It is 2020 and were heading into 2021, why do we not have this feature in torchlight 3 when many games have been doing this for many years? Mine craft dungeons is a prime example of what happens when a game lacks content and lacks a quick join multiplayer feature. What happens? It dies out, fast.
I should not be forced to spam reddit or discord to find players to play with. This feature should be incorporated into the game. Sure, i can sit in a town hub and spam invites to every player around me for 2 hours, all to be rejected or told that 'You are not in that difficulty'. Or to to find out they're already in a group or they simply have other objectives in mind. That is why, group finder functions work best and have been successful for years.
A fazeer's dungeon group finder tool will go a very long way and I'm sure it'll make a lot of players happy as well. There's a reason why a lot of the players choose multiplayer and trust me when i say this, its not because they enjoy seeing players when there in a town hub for two minutes. It's because they want to 'play' with other players and meet new friends along the way! I would like to add though, that i absolutely love how you can so easily teleport to your friends forts and locations! I would suggest adding a better indicator on the corner screen map though where your friends are when they're out of sight!
Another way you can expand end game is base building! Again, the foundation here is excellent and can also be improved upon. Perhaps when you reach certain points in the fazeer dungeons that you unlock new base layouts and decorations in the near future! That would also show other travelers who pass by that you've conquered higher levels in the fazeer's dungeon! Extra bragging rights you know? It would also incentivize you even more to push higher for things beyond loot and gold! I don't need to go to deep on base building since you guys probably already know what can be expanded upon in this area! Maybe even add themed decorations for Halloween events and Christmas events? ;)
The ultimate goal in the end is to keep the player playing right? Adding decorations and themed items will probably keep those who love base building playing for a very long time and give them a break between farming constantly! It's a great change of pace and sometimes we want to relax a bit and shut our brain off! Base building is a form of meditation in itself! :)
I'm sure many of you already know where I'm going with this one! Seasons is fantastic for game longevity and there's already plenty of arpgs currently doing this! Let's get some seasons and or leaderboards going! Give the players a reason to push that fazeer dungeon as high as possible! That would give the players reasons to make new characters and try out new builds and ideas! Competition is never bad for a game!
With every arpg, comes those players whom enjoy making builds and pushing the highest level difficulty content possible! I would absolutely love to see a diablo 3 like system implemented where i can take a look at the leaderboards and see who accomplished what level and with what build/character used!! Now in my opinion, it'll be a lot better here because we don't have those silly timers forcing us to complete higher tiers in a quicker fashion meaning we can use many more builds even at a slower pace!! Being able to say 'oh look! that dusk mage completed a 152' and that person could create content on how he or she did it helping creators out making content for this game!
Content creators will help this game grow immensely, so why not add features like this in the future to bring more awareness and attention to the game!? We could also add seasons with exclusive pets and cosmetic rewards to participate in them! Pets, wings, glows, weapon armor lights! similar to path of exiles cosmetic approach with an exception that it wouldn't come at a fast rate since they charge money for them! Seasons will most definitely create longevity and have me playing for many years to come!
Phase Beast dungeons:
Ill keep this one short and sweet, please add more variety with the boss encounters! I recently watched a volken video and he suggested the same thing! I found the same negative experience as him, constantly coming across the same bosses in those dungeon fights. It gets very repetitive. Please add more elites and champion boss fights in there but increase there health to match the boss health to make it challenging and increase the loot rewards as i find them very underwhelming and usually just avoid them due to it not being worth it!
Remove level cap:
After level 60, id like to be able to still level up but not receive any rewards. You might ask why? The reason being, an extra incentive to grind more! I will use fallout 76 as a perfect example. Fallout 76 has an infinite levelling system. before there legendary perk card change you were able to level but levelling wouldn't make you stronger past 50. the only reason to level past 50 was bragging rights. The fact you could come across a level 432 character was awesome! You could see how devoted someone was to the game, and how much experience they have as an individual player! It also adds to the grind in a video game! Who doesn't want to be the first level 2000 character? or be able to show off all there play time!? Diablo 3 also had a paragon system but the problem i had with that was it was way to powerful and efficient to just farm paragon levels breaking the game. Which is why I'm saying do not add a power to it. Just make it meaningless level to show account progression or character progression. It doesn't hurt anyone and only gives players another reason to keep playing even if its meaningless to casuals!
Happy loot hunting to everyone in the torchlight community and i apologize if the blog was way to long! Feel free to chime in, in the comments below!! :D
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2020.10.15 20:01 Thevexarecool Respect Space Marines (Warhammer 40k)
"They shall be my finest warriors..." Height:
~7'0" / 7'6" (Armored) Weight:
~400 kg / ~800-Several tons
Acid Spit: (Memory) Consumption: Healing Factor: Resilience: Endurance: Mental Toughness: Senses:
- List of Augmentations: The bodies of the Space Marines have been completely torn apart and retrofitted with super durable bones, enhanced musculature, reaction time, etc. Their blood was rendered immune to virtually all toxins and viruses, could nigh-instantly heal wounds, their bodies were enhanced to the point they are fine having entire limbs ripped off and can fight for weeks at a time, among other more minor enhancements.
Power Armour General: HUD/Auto Senses: Vox:
Strength Unarmored: Striking: Lifting: Pushing: Pulling: Gripping:
Durability Unarmored: Blunt: Piercing: Explosive:
Agility Unarmored: Jumping: Running: Reactions:
Equipment Storm Shield:
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2020.10.15 17:39 erictaylorseyebrows [OC] Punt Rank 2020: Week 5 - Brett Kern Appreciation Club, the continued painful existence of Kevin Huber, PUNTERS THROWING TDs and the birth of Air Townsend. All this and the best video highlights of the week...
Welcome back, Punt Fans, to your slightly later than usual but there's no Thursday Night Football so what else are you going to be doing
edition of our weekly hunt for the King of Punt – it’s /NFL
’s own Punt Rank. If you haven’t been here with me before, the concept is both simple and fantastically
over-engineered. Lemme break it down:
Each punter’s performance against five vital punting metrics
is ranked against every other punter in the league.
Those rankings are combined into a weighted average ranking
– the 2020 NFL Punt Rank.
Punt Heroes rise to the top; Punt Zeros sink to the bottom. Last week’s post and Week 4 standings are available here
for the archivists, and all of this week’s stats analysis and highlights and lowlights in video form are just moments away.
As always I’m excited to get your perspectives on your team’s punter, and you can point me to things that I may have missed or overlooked, so please hit me with your feedback and questions in the comments!
Punt Rank Standings Punt Rank 2020: Week 5 Overall Standings 2020 Week 5: Punt Performance Summary
Good Week for Brett Kern (TEN, +1 to #3).
Eh what do you want to know. If you’re reading this it means you like punting. If you like punting, you know that Brett Kern is a really, really great punter. And, Q.E.D – Brett was demonstrably great against the Bills on (the other) TNF. His three punts this week for the no-longer-significantly-infectious-Titans
pinned Josh Allen and his shorts at the 9, 9 and 3 yard
lines – covering 86% of Average Available Field
which is GOAT tier punting. Here’s the pick of the bunch (his 41 yard precisiobomb corralled at the 3 yard line by Chris Milton) covering 93% of Available Field, and measuring in 7.6 yards better than an average punt from the opposing 44 yard line. Tidy.
In addition to his really really really great punting, the Kerninator also wrangled at least two uttely horrible snaps into decent holds for Gostkowski to continue his kicking renaissance tour, which is a majorly underrated part of the punter job description... Logan Cooke (JAX, +12 to #13).
SPEAKING OF PUNTER HOLDS AND THE EFFECT IT HAS ON KICKERS. Now I’m not saying that Chef had anything to do with the end of Stephen Hauschka’s NFL career on Sunday (0 for 2 within less than two minutes at the end of the first half, not called upon again, then cut PDQ after the weekend), but then I’m not not
saying that either. Luckily for Logan (shoot I think I used that joke last week as well) the punting element of his game was without such ugly question marks. 100%
of his three punts ended inside the Houston 20 yard line, covering 73%, 83% and 89% of Available Field
, sneaking him up to 13th overall. Now let’s see if he can hold onto it. Geddit? Hold?! Pah.
Bad Week for Kevin Huber (CIN, -8 to #24).
On a game where the Bengals only managed the paltry total of 12 first downs (an average of one, yes ONE first down on their 12 offensive drives), K-Hub’s Bad Day was at least somewhat salvaged by the first half holy trinity of Turnover on Downs, INT and Fumble on consecutive drives (2, 3 and 4 – if you’re counting). Without that magical offensive incompetence, he could have been looking at double figure punts (I see you, Tress Way in Washington). As it was, he escaped with just the seven (!), but he takes a slide in the Punt Rank rankings as two of those (admittedly 57 and 60 yard boots) snuck for touchbacks, taking his season touchback percentage total to 26.1%
which is second last in the league, just behind Tommy Townsend (more on him later). None of the magnificent seven made it inside the 20, wiping 13%
off his season long percentage. However, in Kev’s defence, the first of his two end-zone-botherers this week was another case of coulda woulda shoulda
from his coverage team. Alex Erikson heroically made up all the ground to reach the ball as it took a hop into the end zone, but his flailing scoopitty-scoop only managed to floopitty-floop the ball into the wrong side of the pylon. Bengals bungle.
Football is a game of inches, and those couple cost Kev. And, after last week’s feature in Egregious Touchback of the Week where basically exactly the same thing happened
, it’s entirely possible that Kevin Huber is stuck in some kind of awful groundhog day based time loop. That would at least explain this instagram account. Ty Long (LAC, -5 to #23).
Ty Long was the victim of the binary brain of Saints rookie receivereturnerobot automaton Marquez Callaway this week. In Marquez’s awesome little computer mind, he’s going: IF punt_catch_loc > 15 THEN SELECT Return_Like_Craycray FROM Return.Options ELSE Fair_Catch_That_MF
Unfortunately for Ty, six of his seven punts were outside that 15 yard threshold and the big red light on Robot Marquez's head went off like WOO WOO, and he went HAM on bringing those suckers back. 69
(nice) return yards
on the day with a long of 19
wiped almost ten yards off Long's Gross Average for the day and left him at just 53% of Average Available Field
covered. The Chargers have now leaked 149 return yards
for the season which is second worst in the league (behind those irrepressibly awful Jets) and almost three times the league average of 56 through five weeks. Ty will be hoping that they can turn that around before… long. Sorry.
Punt of the week – Week 5 Corey Bojorquez (BUF)
continues his wild oscillation between the sublime and the ridiculous. It’s an odd-week so I guess this week it’s Sublime Corey, whose 71 yard scud missile from his own ten yard line in the second quarter of this week’s edition of Tuesday Night Football Bought To You By COVID-19 was an astonishing 28.3 yards longer than my Expected Net Gain model for an average punt from that spot. Look at this baby fly! Bojorquez booms one.
Punters doin’ shit – Week 5
Hey, it’s Corey Bojorquez
again! Guess he can do sublime AND ridiculous in a single week now. It’s Puntception. Corey’s first punt of the day was coming alllll the way back for 6 until he decided to put his face on the line to put an end to Kalif Raymond’s 40 yard return. BLOOF. Look at him putting on his cap all swag afterwards like yeah I blew that dude up
… Yeah I think tackling with your head is good form?
But that’s not all for Punters Doin’ Shit in Week 5, oh no. We have a bonus double edition! and I include this clip with great enjoyment but also great sadness. Gentlemen and Gentlemen (just being real here), this week Riley Dixon (NYG)
threw a Touchdown pass! For Giants fans reading this is when someone on your team throws the ball into the big painted area at the end of the field and a player (also on your team) catches it. I know this sounds strange and unusual, but it can happen. And it did happen for Riley on this awesome fake field goal toss to Evan Engram, brilliantly narrated by the incomparable Tony Romo in the clip below. Seriously, this call is outstanding… Nobody look at me, doo doo do, you cant see me... Jim Nantz, don't talK to.. IM OPEN, THROW IT
Unfortunately, the play itself was called back due to a player not lined up on the line of scrimmage and the Giants had to settle for a 50 yard field goal. For Chargers and Jags fans reading, this is when your kicker kicks the ball and it goes between the two big tall standy uppy line things. I know this sounds strange and unusual, but it can happen. No TD for Riley, but we have the memories…
Egregious touchback of the week – Week 5
I might start calling this the Kevin Huber Touchback Memorial Column
, after ANOTHER narrow miss by the Bengals coverage left Kev high and dry this week against the Ravens (see Bad Week).
Outside of that shambles, there were only 6 touchbacks on the other 102 punts in Week 5, and most of them were fairly ordinary so there isn’t much egregiousity (not a word but I’m going with it) to discuss. Instead today we’re going to take some time to appreciate Tommy Townsend (KC) who has apparently got some kind of nuclear powered leg and is playing a game called “look how far away I can kick a touchback from”
. For those who haven’t been paying close attention, here’s how Tommy’s rookie season has gone so far in touchback terms. Week 1 –
44 yards, modest. Week 2 –
55 yards, expressive. Week 3 –
only punted once so gave myself a week off from this. Week 4 –
fucken LOLs this is, how about a 60 AND a 65! Week 5 – hold my beer… Oh my god Becky, look at this punt. 67 yards! SIXTY SEVEN!
And that’s from the line of scrimmage - that sucker went almost EIGHTY YARDS in the AIR. It bounced at the two and I think the returner just never even saw it. He probably thought it went into orbit or something. Absolutely ludicrous distance and hangtime here from Tommy. And, thus, I think we have our new moniker for the lad: Air Townsend. Which is also funny because it sounds like hair and he has got long hair.
I’m wasted doing this.
Future of Punt Rank: desperate data plea
So part of my data collection for this analysis used to come from the brilliant Pro Football Reference gameplay finder. Which, as of this week, appears to have been absorbed into Stathead. And they’re now charging $8 a month for access to these individual play description tables, which is a massive punt in the balls.
Without this data, I’ve got no way to calculate Average Available Field coverage, no plus/minus performance against the Punt Expected Net Gain, and no data on punts inside the 5 and 10 yard lines – all of which come from that analysis of the individual punt plays. Whilst this data doesn’t feed the actual rankings (which come from free NFL.com data tables), they are all metrics that really help add context to the basic stats, and are things that people reading have commented on in the past and said they found interesting.
So, if anyone knows of anywhere else where I can access and download these play descriptions for each individual
punt (without manually sifting the ESPN play by play reports!!), then please please let me know in the comments below. Alternatively if the eight people who read this each wanna chip in a buck a month on an ongoing basis so we can pay Stathead then that’d be cool too.
A sad day for punt stat fans to be sure. Fucken big corporate…
And on that note, all that's left is to say I will see you again next week for a likely more analytically constrained but still enthusiastically trying my bestest edition of Punt Rank.
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