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    [–] The community needs to stop dismissing toxic behavior as people "as just getting salty." RockBobster 33 points ago in magicTCG

    I think a lot of times it's not that they 'would have won,' but that they would have liked to at least play the game. It can be frustrating to block out 2-3 hours of time only to get hosed on draws all night and feel like you didn't even get to play.

    I play a lot of lantern control and I think that's people's biggest issue with my deck - they feel like they didn't even get to play magic. That issue is a little more nuanced, in my opinion, but still I can understand why it would frustrate people.

    The thing is, there's nothing wrong with feeling frustrated. You can't control much about how you feel, but you can control how you manifest that feeling. If you don't want to talk after the game that's fine, and not shaking my hand isn't hurting anyone. Snide comments and aggressive behavior, though, is simply unacceptable.

    [–] Struggling vs jeskai , and u/w RockBobster 3 points ago in LanternMTG

    Serum visions is sorcery speed and can only get the top card. With opt, you have no way to prevent them from choosing the card second from the top, which makes it incredibly dangerous

    [–] Meta moving towards Lantern? RockBobster 3 points ago in LanternMTG

    Annoying is probably the best word to describe it. I don't think I've ever lost a match that I can trace directly to it, but it complicates certain lines, to be sure, and I never feel bad about naming it with needle once I've gotten cleared away the bigger threats like Jace and Teferi

    [–] Meta moving towards Lantern? RockBobster 4 points ago in LanternMTG

    Online I've been having great success with lantern lately. I was expecting to see way more tron out there, but only run into it maybe one in ten decks or so.

    There's a lot of UW control variants out there which can be tricky, but I don't think they're favored against lantern so that mostly comes down to pilot skill.

    [–] Fantasy Tabletop RockBobster 1 points ago in fantasywriters

    I don't know your group, and maybe they're more forgiving than the people I play with, but you should know that there is a good chance that you're heading for disaster if I'm understanding things correctly.

    First, this sounds rail-roady as all hell. Not everyone wants to play in a plot-less sandbox, but this sounds like a strict railroad. What if the players don't care about the fairytale criminals and would rather go explore something else instead? What if they decide to join the fairytale folk? With the amount of time you're putting in to develop all these characters, I'm concerned that either you or your players are going to leave this campaign very unhappy. Either you will be unhappy because you sunk a ton of time into the campaign only to have the players derail in session one to go explore forgotten temples in search of mcguffins, or your players will be unhappy because you force them to stay on your track whether they want to or not.

    The second thing that worries me is the world without magic. How many of your PCs are using spellcasting classes? Are you going to strip them of all their power? Do you know how unfun it is as a player to spend hours cultivating a spell list, getting used to throwing fireballs for 6d8, and then be told that you're going to spend half a dozen sessions hitting things with a stick for 1d6 instead? Antimagic fields are fun to spice things up, but spending an extended amount of time in an antimagic world sounds frustrating.

    Every group is different, and if you know your players well then you're the best judge of what they will like. That said, this sounds like a disaster waiting to happen from my perspective.

    [–] [JPN] looking for gift trades RockBobster 1 points ago in pokemongotrades

    Your friend code isn't working for me. You might want to double check for typos

    [–] Is the act of writing itself supposed to be fun? RockBobster 4 points ago in writing

    Cook, paint, sculpt, sew, brew beer, dance, compose music - there are a million creative outlets for inspiration. If you get the same thrill by outlining a novel and doing character sketches then do that.

    [–] [Recommendations]for historical fiction RockBobster 2 points ago in histficwriters

    Bernard Cornwell wrote a historical fiction called Stonehenge about, well, the people who built Stonehenge. I've never read the others you mentioned and don't know how comparable it is in style, and while it's still a stone age setting, it might be a bit later than you were looking for.

    [–] Is there any way to prevent a person falling through a ground while trying to phase through a wall? RockBobster 1 points ago in fantasywriters

    I actually think a lot of young writers have a difficult time gauging the limits of their readers' credulity, so it can absolutely be useful to at least remind people that suspension of disbelief is a tool at their disposal.

    It shouldn't be abused as a crutch, but it should be considered as a tool to aid pacing since explaining how something works takes more words than not explaining it, and if you explain every little thing to the reader that will definitely be a hindrance.

    [–] Is there any way to prevent a person falling through a ground while trying to phase through a wall? RockBobster 5 points ago in fantasywriters

    It doesn't run contrary to discussion, though. Suspension of disbelief is a real thing that all fiction requires and there are limits to what a reader will accept without having explanation depending on the genre and even the specific work.

    If someone was writing a hard sci-fi novel that allowed characters to phase through walls, then there damn well better be an explanation of how they're able to control their movement, but in a fantasy novel it can often be left unsaid with implied "magic" accounting for reason.

    [–] Fantasy novel based on Ancient Middle Eastern mythology RockBobster 1 points ago in fantasywriters

    I definitely hope it can work! I'm writing a novel based in ancient sumer right now, so I'm a bit biased.

    From the names of your gods, it sounds like you're planning to be further north in the Phoenician area? What time period were you planning on writing in?

    If you want to trade notes sometime, hit me up. I'd personally love to get a take on what tidbits someone else doing research on the time period is getting inspired by.

    [–] I've got some MTG Arena Codes to give away. RockBobster 3 points ago in magicTCG

    Can we get an Arena Code Megathread going? There are a lot of us with codes to give away, and it would be nice to be able to just have anyone who is interested comment, and then whoever is giving away the code can post a reply so that everyone knows they are taken care of.

    Otherwise, I think there will be a million posts like this clogging the sub.

    [–] Filling space between plot points? RockBobster 12 points ago in fantasywriters

    Well, I think everything written should aspire to progress two out of three of character, plot, and setting.

    So if OP feels that progressing the plot feels wrong, that could mean that they're noticing this is the sequel part of the scene/sequel sequence and they should be expanding on character and setting instead of jamming more plot points in.

    [–] Well there we go... RockBobster 5 points ago in LanternMTG

    Nothing got banned today

    [–] Alpha Investments Gets Caught Trying to Sell a Beta Black Lotus with Fake Signature, Then Gets Caught Selling It Anyways. RockBobster 4 points ago in magicTCG

    There's no intrinsic value to magic cards; they're worth as much as someone will pay for them. If you offer a major retailer two versions of the same card - one signed (legit), one not signed - all other things being equal then you are correct, they will pay you more for the unsigned version.

    That's because, as OP said, the market for signed cards is smaller, and the retailer is not going to do the legwork to find the person who will pay more. They deal in larger volumes and get better ROI in the long run just marking the signed card as damage and selling it at all slight discount.

    But, and this is important, there are people who DO care about the signature and WILL pay more if their favorite artist/player/musician/first grade teacher has signed the card. So in that specific case, the card is worth as much as they are willing to pay to own it. A Black Lotus signed by Chris Rush is going to fetch a higher price than one not signed by him to the right crowd.

    Does that make sense? You're getting a lot of down votes and wanted to at least try to explain why people are burying you.

    [–] does anyone sneak in writing time at your boring desk job? RockBobster 6 points ago in writing

    I assume you're writing fiction and so should still be in the clear, but if you were writing a textbook or something related to the work you're doing in the lab, that would be close enough in most cases for your company to claim it as their IP if you produced it using company resources or time.

    Again, you're almost certainly fine - I just wanted to clarify, just in case =)

    [–] [Question] Is there a programm for writing where you can switch tabs as easily as in Excel? RockBobster 2 points ago in writing

    You could try something like Notepad++

    It's more often used as a programming ide, but it works just fine as a word processor where you can have multiple tabs open at one. That said, I don't know how well it handles large files.

    [–] What is your best/worst author encounter? RockBobster 2 points ago in writing

    You might appreciate this little music video. Definitely NSFW lyrics, just fyi ;)

    [–] Would creatures with one(ish?) mind and multiple bodies be feasible? RockBobster 2 points ago in fantasywriters

    You should take a look at Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep. He writes a species of 'hivemind-ish' dogs that I think would give you a ton of ideas and inspiration.

    [–] Lantern at Grand Prixs RockBobster 5 points ago in LanternMTG

    Do you have lantern built online? It's not a perfect substitute, but just grinding match after match online will go a long way towards getting you ready mentally.

    Have you played much with the deck in paper? If not, go to a couple FNMs and get used to explaining things quickly to your opponents (lots of reminders about flipping the top card, exile vs yard), and getting used to the manual dexterity aspect of lantern.

    If you're already proficient in both those aspects, then you're pretty golden.

    [–] Where should I pitch political articles? RockBobster 1 points ago in writing

    Not sure, but I'd imagine so. Best way to find out is to call them and ask =)

    They probably won't commit to any specific rate, but may give you a range and maybe some kind of criteria.

    [–] Where should I pitch political articles? RockBobster 2 points ago in writing

    If you're just getting started you're probably better off practicing with a blog or writing up posts on Reddit. I don't think there are many places willing to pay someone with no expertise, experience, or audience to write opinion pieces for them. Lots of people have political opinions, so why should someone pay you for yours?

    If you think the quality of your writing is such that you should be paid for your efforts, then submit to news sources who publish op eds - there are a lot of them, so there have to be a few that would be sympathetic to your point of view.

    [–] Should I be worried about sharing too much of my work on a site like this? RockBobster 3 points ago in writing

    Yup, copyrighting, while still under the umbrella of IP is a very different system from patents. Here is an FAQ from the US copyright office where they confirm your protection.

    So yes, you can post as much as you want and if people try to publish what you've written then you can go after them. That said, if you are looking to go the trade publishing route (as opposed to self publishing) then they're going to give you a funny look if your entire novel can already be found free on Reddit.

    It's still probably best not to overshare if you think you are in for the long haul.

    [–] How do I figure out if my humor is not clear enough? RockBobster 4 points ago in writing

    Alpha and beta readers are your best bet for vetting humour. It's really difficult to determine if something is funny in a vacuum - context matters a lot. You could have two characters say the same line, and for one of them it could come off really funny, while for the other it just sounds awkward or forced.

    If you join a writing group or are having someone critique your work, ask them to circle anything they thought was funny and to also note if there were any lines that feel flat (i.e. They saw there was an attempted joke and it didn't work for them). That way you can see if all your jokes were at least identified, and you can figure out what kinds of things are working and what things are not.