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@  Verno : (11 July 2020 - 11:20 PM)

2021: :idea :rolleyes :p :D

@  -LittleAutob... : (11 July 2020 - 06:20 PM)

Perfection. :thumbsup

@  Patch : (11 July 2020 - 06:17 PM)

My plans:  :hmm  2020:  :)

@  -LittleAutob... : (11 July 2020 - 06:02 PM)

Our plans for 2020 were as amazing as Optimus Prime. But then 2020 came like Hot Rod.

@  -LittleAutob... : (11 July 2020 - 05:50 PM)

Indeed....

@  Bass X0 : (11 July 2020 - 05:40 PM)

"He who dies with the most toys wins."

@  Rycochet : (11 July 2020 - 01:11 PM)

Hey you, get moving, it's not too far, you're looking good so come as you are. Hey you, you never know what you'll see, when it's through that door with the 73.

@  Rycochet : (11 July 2020 - 01:10 PM)

Hey you, get ready, get on your feet. Get into gear and hit the street.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 July 2020 - 12:46 PM)

I recall number 73 (old british show) discussing the Transformers movie and had the presenters trying to transform a few figures, one argued his deflated beach ball was a Transformer too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (11 July 2020 - 08:03 AM)

And he's a big ball, but he's not the biggest ball of them all. (That'll be Pulse Unicron.)

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 July 2020 - 07:37 AM)

Trypticon so scared my Primus figure he turned into a ball.

@  ▲ndrusi : (09 July 2020 - 09:56 PM)

King Nine, however, will not return.

@  Bass X0 : (09 July 2020 - 05:05 PM)

Bass_X0 will return after these messages ^^^

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 July 2020 - 03:37 PM)

WHATAMIFIGHTINGFOOOOOOOOARRGH

@  -LittleAutob... : (09 July 2020 - 02:06 PM)

Okay?

@  Otaku : (09 July 2020 - 07:47 AM)

@TheMightyMollusk Ah, but the series itself has pronounced "Bass" both ways. ;)  Oh, 90s English Capcom video game voice acting...

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 July 2020 - 03:14 AM)

Looking at my Titan Returns collection I can see they realised they didn't have to paint the Titan Masters after wave one, lazy bums.

@  Maruten : (08 July 2020 - 09:13 PM)

No, I'm going with "fish".

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 July 2020 - 04:19 PM)

He stated that it's in reference to the Mega Man character, so it follows the series' tradition of music names.

@  Cybersnark : (08 July 2020 - 03:59 PM)

The real question is if it's "bass" as in music or "bass" as in the fish.

@  Otaku : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Well, at least now I know how to pronounce @Bass X0 's screen name. ^^'  Rather, I think I'd just forgotten.  In my defense, it really does look like an emoticon or maybe just "decoration", which is what a lot of folks add to their screen names online.  Usually because someone has the name they really want. XD

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Extremely unimpressed with your idea that someone making a negative observation you don't like means they "got triggered."

@  NotVeryKnightly : (08 July 2020 - 11:16 AM)

You know somebody asked "And this would be in relation to... what exactly?"

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 11:15 AM)

Its because someone got triggered over my random musings instead of just ignoring them. If I read one of your comments that is of no relevance or interest to me, I don't feel the need to say so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (08 July 2020 - 10:56 AM)

All this over someone's username lol

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 08:34 AM)

Bazro.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (08 July 2020 - 06:34 AM)

It could be Bass 10-0

@  Nevermore : (08 July 2020 - 06:11 AM)

How do you pronounce yourself? "Bass Ex-O" or "Bass Ex-Zero"?

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 03:23 AM)

I did almost go with Vile Bass X0, because Vile is cool too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 July 2020 - 08:34 PM)

Bossk Saw

@  ▲ndrusi : (07 July 2020 - 04:16 PM)

Bass XD

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 03:43 PM)

And its not Bass XO, its Bass X0, as in Bass, X and Zero from the Mega Man series.

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:33 PM)

@Trpodeca :( :(

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Thats what a gray rock is? Then I'm not one.

@  Trpodeca : (07 July 2020 - 02:12 PM)

Man I just learnt about what seemed like a really cool show, only to realize it was a dream and it dosen't really exist.

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 01:02 PM)

Just something I read that I wanted to share. I heard "gray rock" mentioned in a video, so I looked it up and that was the definition.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 July 2020 - 12:20 PM)

It's a fancy way of saying "Ignore annoying people".

@  NotVeryKnightly : (07 July 2020 - 12:15 PM)

Bass XO has a habit of pasting random drivel here as if doing so were profound.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 July 2020 - 11:30 AM)

And this would be in relation to... what exactly?

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 11:25 AM)

"One strategy for dealing with a narcissist or sociopath is to act like a "gray rock," meaning that you become uninteresting and unresponsive. You don't feed their needs for drama or attention. You don't show emotion, say anything interesting, or disclose any personal information"

@  Nevermore : (06 July 2020 - 07:23 PM)

Oh wow. Studio Series Offroad Bumblebee is awesome. His articulation is amazing.

@  -LittleAutob... : (06 July 2020 - 11:18 AM)

Oof-

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 July 2020 - 01:10 AM)

I got Studio Series 39 Cogman yesterday and woke up to find he'd decapitated my titans returns figures.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 July 2020 - 10:19 PM)

If I had a sarcasm powered mouth.. ooohh waaaiiittt...

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 05:01 PM)

Heh

@  Bass X0 : (04 July 2020 - 02:56 PM)

"If I had sarcasm-powered legs, I'd do a happy dance...!"

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 July 2020 - 02:39 PM)

The real clones were the friends we made along the way.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 01:47 PM)

So the Emperor in episodes 1 through 6 was a clone?

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:47 AM)

(And the 0th anniversary of the last time I couldn't do math.)

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:46 AM)

Today is the 24th anniversary of the day we fought off an alien invasion with the help of Will Smith.


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March Mayhem 2015: Post Your Bracket!


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#21 Magnusblitz

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 02:05 PM

Can you elaborate more on "winner will be chosen based on the accuracy of their bracket"? Are later rounds worth more? Almost every real March Madness game doubles the points for each additional round...



#22 Princess Viola

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 02:44 PM

my bracket will be way off, but i'll be pleasantly surprised if it isn't

 

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#23 Kalidor

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 02:51 PM

It's really just for fun. Ultimately I'm not sure if we can enforce bracket accuracy, nor should we really penalize people for not getting it right since there's not actually a competition. 

 

I think if you participate by filling out a bracket then we'll put you in the running for winning the loot.

 

We just want people to get into the spirit and have fun. 



#24 Jalaguy

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 03:23 PM

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I maaaay have flipped a coin to decide each match...

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 03:35 PM

WITNESS MORTALS THE POWER OF MY JIVEY EDITING IN MICROSOFT PAINT PART DUEX  SINCE I FORGOT A WINNER

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 05:13 PM

The graphics work is just so cool. And the seeding order seems pretty spot on, some real work went into this.

As I do during March Madness, I am rooting for preconceived ideas to get smooshed into paste.

[Edit: Going to declare myself ineligible since I worked here, I filled out my bracket because it's fun]

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#27 Kalidor

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 07:18 PM

Graphics were done largely by ChessPieceFace. I did the site headers but he did ALLLL the stuff like in my sig. Shattered designed the brackets, created this forum and did all the seeding stuff since we're all sports idiots who have no idea what any of that means and I think Nightviper tweaked the bracket design Shattered had created.

 

Just to give you an idea of how fast this went from idea to completion, the post that says "Hey, here's an idea for a community event" was made on March 9th. 



#28 Galenraff

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 10:27 PM

Right.  I'll just call Defensor "Duke" right now and complain about my bracket all month accordingly.

 

To get to the championship he presumably has to go through Devastator, Predaking, and either Superion or Computron.  That's the more realistic scenario, but I've put in a few upsets because I genuinely believe the votes will progress in a way that will give us some surprises.  So I've tried to make a few predictions that might happen, while still hoping my boy Defensor can get in the groove, so to speak.  :D

 

But watch - Rail Racer upsets and kills me in the first round.  That'd be so typical.

 

 

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#29 Shadewing

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:40 AM

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Based on how I feel is the most likely the fandom will vote; I'll be very surprised if anything non-G1 gets past the second round. THe only thing I am really unsure of is Devastator vs Predaking as both seem equally popular, but went with the one that get more attention. I would also question my Superion over Computron, but Superion again has more media exposure and with his recent CW toys will probably have a big surge in popularity.


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#30 Magnusblitz

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:39 AM

Okay, so, this thread says we have until March 20 to post brackets. But the voting starts tomorrow, which seems wrong. So I've attached a last-second bracket to get in.

 

FWIW, two minor things I would tweak if you do this again (since you guys admit you have no knowledge of how these weird ball-throwing things called sports work, hehe):

 

1) Each round should be double the points of the last round... its tougher to get those picks correct (more chances to be wrong), no reason predicting the championship should be worth the same as predicting Devastator beating Sixturbo!

 

2) The bracket was set up a bit backwards, it should be set up in a proper 'snake' pattern so the #1 and #2 overall seeds can't meet up until the final. Instead, you have #1 and #2 meeting in the semi (and #3 in the same quadrant as #2) while the side of the bracket with #4 and #6 meet up in a semi if seeds hold.

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#31 ▲ndrusi

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 08:31 AM

Equal parts optimism and contrariness.

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 08:42 AM

My ever-not-so-random selections.



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Posted 17 March 2015 - 11:11 AM

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EDIT: I did a Photobucket link first, but then I also attached it. The attachment just doesn't show up large enough to see without clicking on it. 

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#34 BuiLD-ThINg

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 11:19 AM

*whimper*

wHerE BUiLD-tHInG cARd?!

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bUiLd-ThINg tOo sExY fOR sIG!
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#35 Galenraff

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 11:45 AM

Magnusblitz, sad though it might be, it's possible it's either myself or Gizmoboy who are the most sports-aware on the staff these days.  So the staff did take these things into account, and some decisions were made to balance authenticity with practicality.  Seeding was tough enough (and at least as arbitrary as for NCAA), but to try and seed the "regions" would have been more complex than was necessary.  From my perspective, it's not uncommon to have a tougher region in a given year, so an overall 1 meeting an overall 2 would be like a powerhouse 1v2 meeting in the elite eight before facing an easier 1 seed from a different region in the final four.  So while less elegant, it's sufficiently close to reality without being too unwieldy a process for our first time doing this.

 

We're talking about the points/contest rules/due dates, etc.  Kalidor mentioned this came about in a few days, and we appreciate people bringing up these issues.  We'll address them shortly and let everyone know of any changes (with sufficient warning to adjust entries if needed).

 

Regarding points, I just want to personally advocate for a bracket I play in each year where instead of doubling, the points are 1, 2, 4, 8, 12 ,16.  Yes, it's a lot harder to get the late rounds correct so they should be worth more, but outright doubling seems to render the early rounds too worthless.  By not outright doubling for the last two rounds, you make a lot of closer, more interesting challenges where picking the right loser for each of those rounds can actually make as much of a difference in the score as picking the right winner.  It seems to reward more total bracket accuracy as opposed to just picking the right winner regardless of how inaccurate your early round picks may have been.  Just something to consider and/or suggest to whoever runs your own favorite pools if you like that sort of contest as opposed to some knucklehead winning it just because they pick a Duke or Kentucky or North Carolina to win it all and got almost nothing else correct.  :)


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#36 maroyasha

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 11:52 AM

This is a monarchy, not a democracy! Long live the king!!

 

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#37 G.B.Blackrock

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:00 PM

Magnusblitz, sad though it might be, it's possible it's either myself or Gizmoboy who are the most sports-aware on the staff these days.  So the staff did take these things into account, and some decisions were made to balance authenticity with practicality.  Seeding was tough enough (and at least as arbitrary as for NCAA), but to try and seed the "regions" would have been more complex than was necessary.  From my perspective, it's not uncommon to have a tougher region in a given year, so an overall 1 meeting an overall 2 would be like a powerhouse 1v2 meeting in the elite eight before facing an easier 1 seed from a different region in the final four.  So while less elegant, it's sufficiently close to reality without being too unwieldy a process for our first time doing this.

 

We're talking about the points/contest rules/due dates, etc.  Kalidor mentioned this came about in a few days, and we appreciate people bringing up these issues.  We'll address them shortly and let everyone know of any changes (with sufficient warning to adjust entries if needed).

 

Regarding points, I just want to personally advocate for a bracket I play in each year where instead of doubling, the points are 1, 2, 4, 8, 12 ,16.  Yes, it's a lot harder to get the late rounds correct so they should be worth more, but outright doubling seems to render the early rounds too worthless.  By not outright doubling for the last two rounds, you make a lot of closer, more interesting challenges where picking the right loser for each of those rounds can actually make as much of a difference in the score as picking the right winner.  It seems to reward more total bracket accuracy as opposed to just picking the right winner regardless of how inaccurate your early round picks may have been.  Just something to consider and/or suggest to whoever runs your own favorite pools if you like that sort of contest as opposed to some knucklehead winning it just because they pick a Duke or Kentucky or North Carolina to win it all and got almost nothing else correct.  :)

 

The issue I'm most concerned with is, how are the winners within the brackets chosen? I'm deeply against it being left up to some kind of popular vote. Too much potential for folks to "spoil" a 1-vs-16 seed contest that would never have happened in an actual contest between the characters (assuming, of course, the seeds were at all accurate to their relative strengths). In the actual NCAA basketball tournament, 2-vs-15 upsets are rare, and I don't think a 1-vs-16 upset has EVER happened. I simply can't imagine any popular vote scenario that does the seeding justice.

 

But how to do a contest "randomly"? A coin-toss doesn't really demonstrate the strength of a 1-seed vs a 16-seed, and that imbalance of strength should be addressed. Whatever the set-up is, it should allow for upsets without destroying the relative strengths that we've attributed to the characters.



#38 Shattered

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:11 PM

I know the overlap between the first round closing and due date for brackets is odd and unfortunate, but quite honestly we had so little lead time for this event and the first round is so obvious that I didn't see this as an issue. I'd rather have more entries and have the first round essentially just be a practice round. It didn't seem right to only have a 12 hour window in which to post your bracket. Everyone is on the same page of being able to post their final bracket at the same time. Feel free to edit right up until the deadline. Changes will be accepted right up until the March 20 11:59pm EST deadline.

In terms of the internal mechanics of how we will assess the accuracy of each bracket in terms of winning the Cheetimus prize, we will indeed be using Galen's 1, 2, 4, 8, 12 ,16 system.

#39 Kalidor

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:14 PM

Next year I'll convert the characters to my D20 game system and then battle out with dice and terrain in a Google Hangout that everyone can tune into.  :thumbsup



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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:33 PM

Wow. You really know how sports work!

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