I call it; “Darker than Black”
So now that I have a whopping 23 followers, I’m going to do a bit of advertising! This will actually be advertising for the 21 that don’t already know about it, but eh, close enough.
Anyway, the Orange Islands, named after the island chain from the Pokemon anime, is, obviously, a Pokemon site. It’s been around for 7 years, which is impressive for a site of its size (meaning: not that big), and I’ve been around for just about all of it, so it’s pretty close to my heart.
The main hub of activity on OI is the text RPG, which in this context is just the simplest possible way to approximate the classic, turn-based format of Pokemon battles, but with more opportunities for story-telling in a person’s adventure, by virtue of all updates being written out (hence text RPG).
The main draws of the text RPG, though, are the variety of areas that can be explored - the main regions from the first 5 generations of Pokemon games (Kalos is still under construction), as well as Orre, Holon, the eponymous Orange Islands, and two entirely fanmade regions - and our massive collection of fanmade Pokemon.
By virtue of an incredibly skilled Pokemon spriter by the name of Novoni (who has since moved on to the greener pastures of real life), the Orange Islands Text RPG features over 270 Pokemon that cannot be found anywhere else - enough to fill up those two fanmade regions I mentioned earlier. If you want to have a look at some of them, here’s a link to the Orange Islands/Zeralis Regional PokeDex:
So yeah! OI’s been having trouble getting new members of late, so I thought I’d try using this new platform to advertise a little bit. (OI does actually have an official tumblr page, but I don’t believe it’s made any posts in months, unfortunately.) If you like Pokemon, if you like writing (sometime in the near future, I’m hoping to institute some changes to make the RPG more friendly to RPers and writers in general), or even if you just want to humor me, I suggest you check it out!
I’m also a member of Orange Islands, and I can vouch for how awesome it is! You can role play anything you want that doesn’t interfere with the normal game mechanics. (So yes, you can have a legendary Pokemon follow you around, but you wouldn’t be able to use it in the actual battles.)
The community is great, and we even have some amazing artists who’ve done full realistic drawings of canon and fan made Pokemon! (http://orangeislands.net/forums/gallery/category/2-oi-dex-concept-art/)
For those wondering how we figure out everything that happens in a battle, we have our own calculator that has all sorts of fancy and complicated buttons for damage and other calculations. It plays just like a real Pokemon game! (Though slower, since moderators have to do all the updating, but it’s perfect because it gives us writers a chance to show our stuff!)
So like the Izzet guildmage said, if you like Pokemon, writing, or just want to humor us, go check out the Orange Islands! (orangeislands.net)
so anyway, here’s
I made that joke during a duel recently, but using this card instead.
I’m participating in Extra Life this time around!
It’s a way for people to raise money for children’s hospitals by playing games, I’ll be continuing my playthrough of Dust, an Elysian Tail on tough difficulty for the event on Saturday, October 25, starting around 8am.
That’s my Twitch Channel, for anyone who wants to watch and or donate, all the money will be going to Boston’s Children Hospital.
I’ll need to brush up on my skills though, I haven’t even gotten to the first boss yet, and I’ve already had to use my revival stone. See you there!
"I know you’re going to go places Ciela, you’ve never been the type of person to be held down easily once you feel a higher purpose demands for you to move forward." - A fantastic friend
Gandhi has been historically the most aggressive character in Civilization due to an original bug in the first game that caused him to go all-out once he reaches democracy. They just kept the thing going ever since.
To further explain this bug, because I was chatting with mothmonarch about Civilization and other strategy games last night and I never got around to explaining this fully, but I love this story:
Gandhi’s AI in the original game had its aggression set to the absolute minimum (0 on a scale of 0 to 10, I believe, I may have this wrong but the basic idea I’m about to explain is accurate, as far as I can tell). Adopting democracy lowers an AI civ’s aggression by 2 points, so when someone who is fully peaceful loses two points of aggression, they should still be nice and polite, right?
Except this is an old DOS game, and so computer math is in place. What actually happened was that Gandhi’s aggression level ticked backwards two steps, from 0 to 255. On a scale of 0 to 10, Gandhi is now 255 points of pure nuclear rage.
And that’s the story as I recall it, but again I may have gotten some details wrong, so feel free to correct me! After that, as the original poster said, the devs loved the bug so much that they just kept it in as a running joke!
“On a scale of 0 to 10, Gandhi is now 255 points of pure nuclear rage.”
I about pissed myself laughing at this.
I remember reading this a while ago and it’s still amazing!
this goes out to all my new followers.
I think I found something to express my feelings towards any new followers I get.
I forgot to post the dress back when I got it, so here it is. (Need to lose a bit of weight before I wear it in public anyway.)
Stumbled upon this on Facebook today and couldn’t stop laughing.
The good news: Jeskai, my favorite of the Tarkir clans, is running rampant at the Pro Tour. It’s doing basically all of the things.
The bad news: It’s going to be hell to buy into the cards to actually build any of these decks myself, now that they’ve been shown to be so good. Fuck.
(Probably just going to try to build a budget version of the tempo deck: lifegain lands in place of temples/painlands, a few more basics, stuff like Spellheart Chimera instead of the Mantis Riders, and I’ve already got the key one-ofs in Keranos, Narset, and Chandra. I have no idea how I’m going to replace Sarkhan/Stormbreath or the Rabblemaster, though.)
(Also after two prerelease packs and a fat pack I’ve pulled two of every clan charm…except for the Jeskai Charm, which I haven’t pulled a single copy of. I’m sure it can’t cost too much, being an uncommon, but I’ll be damned if I’m not going to pull at least one before I give up and just buy the damn things.)
I got lucky and pulled both planeswalkers, and have a great card base to build a mardu deck. (My favorite) I might spring for some expensive cards, but probably not.