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

Bass_X0 will return after these messages ^^^

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


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


@  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)


@  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)


@  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)


@  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.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 10:41 AM)

Oh the end of the Ottoman Empire of course.

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 10:14 AM)

*ahem* 4th of July....

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 08:14 AM)

Nothing of importance has happened before, and nothing of importance will happen again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 08:12 AM)

Nothing of importance happened today.

@  Telly : (03 July 2020 - 09:54 PM)

i want a "i survived 'rona and all i got was this lousy t-shirt"

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 July 2020 - 03:42 PM)

Slogan for 2021: "I Lived, Bitch."

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)

They should make the next book in the Survivors series 'I SURVIVED CORONA VIRUS 2020'

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)


@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:59 AM)

Probably gonna assemble Devastator after work.

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:58 AM)

Ooooh. Overload arrived. He's surprisingly fun.

@  Bass X0 : (02 July 2020 - 04:00 PM)

He's sweeter than the average bear.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 July 2020 - 03:14 PM)

Convert him to Maple Syrup.


March Mayhem 2015: Post Your Bracket!

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#41 Have a Pickle

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:16 PM

I'm not sure why anyone has to take issue with how they're running a fun little game. That's just silly. 


Thanks for putting this together, staff & co.

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:17 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.  :)


Well, as far as the seed setup goes, it wouldn't be too hard to do properly - I mean, you already assigned the seeds to the characters, no problem with that, just saying that the snaking should've been done correctly. All-in-all it's not a big deal, I was just surprised to see that it wasn't snaked (though it's close).


As for the points, that sounds fair to me - I agree that there's reasons to not completely double it.


And lastly, for bracket accuracy - I think it SHOULD just be popular vote. If someone runs the table (obviously I think ROTF Devastator can overcome his low seed!) due to vote popularity, well, so be it. That's how the GameFAQs battle ended up with Tetris L-Block and Draven winning in successive years, breaking the Noble Nine hegemony amongst their character battles. I never get a sense this is supposed to be based on strength of the actual combiner in fiction, just pure popularity.

#43 Magnusblitz

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:24 PM

I'm not sure why anyone has to take issue with how they're running a fun little game. That's just silly. 


Thanks for putting this together, staff & co.


I like fun games too, but, rules should always be obvious up front and make sense for the game and promote healthy competition and 'fun' when possible.


Even in bracket pools and fantasy leagues with no money involved, still best to keep a tight ship on the rules.

Edited by Magnusblitz, 17 March 2015 - 01:25 PM.

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 01:46 PM

Wasn't referring to rules clarification. Was referring to "You guys should have done x instead."

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 04:34 PM

Here's mine.


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#46 LiamA

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 07:37 PM

Are all these guys the same size for this thing?  Several of them are Minicons or Micromasters and their combined form would be about the size of a regular Transformer.

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 07:50 PM

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 08:57 PM


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 04:08 PM

Here's mine if I'm not too late

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#50 SoS

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 07:22 PM

Argghhh, this was sooooo hard! I favored many combiners that I didn't chose in my bracket because I knew they had no chance of winning. Sigh....


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:20 PM

Here's the way it would go down:



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#52 Fenix Twilight

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 09:05 PM

I have to admit, the words "I have no idea what I'm doing" have never been more accurate. :D


But I did have fun filling it out.

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#53 Tigerpaw28

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 09:57 PM

While I would've like to have anticipated some more surprises, I think the reality is that the classic G1 guys are going to dominate this tourney.


That said, I think it'll be fun to see the classic match up of Starscream's Brigade versus Megatron's Stunticons in the final.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:33 AM

Voting is done for round one!

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 12:08 PM

where are God Neptune, Dinoking, Goradora, Aligned Ruination, and The Beast? do they not get to compete?

I call bs if redundancy is the issue. since we have 3 devastators, 2 bruticuses (3 counting his repaint ruination), and 2 superions.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 12:13 PM

where are God Neptune, Dinoking, Goradora, Aligned Ruination, and The Beast? do they not get to compete?

I call bs if redundancy is the issue. since we have 3 devastators, 2 bruticuses (3 counting his repaint ruination), and 2 superions.


None of the Power Core Combiners are there either. I think Ultra Prime from combiner wars is also missing. Also FOC Bruticus should possiblly count since he's technically different then G1 Bruticus.

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#57 Magnusblitz

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 02:38 PM

I've got a spreadsheet we used for at-home NCAA brackets that I've tweaked to use for this. It'll take me a little while to get all ~28 brackets entered in though (gotta do it by hand). I'll try get it done by today, though. Should make it easier to keep track (and see who picked what, etc.)


Also, points per round are going to be 1, 2, 4, 8, 12?

Edited by Magnusblitz, 20 March 2015 - 02:39 PM.

#58 Magnusblitz

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 02:48 PM

BScorpinok75's bracket is a bit messed up at the end. His final four is Devastator, Liokaiser, Predaking, Raiden. But he has Dev over Lio and Raiden over Predaking, but the matchup would be Dev/Pred and Lio/Raiden. Who you wanna pick instead in those matchups?


EDIT: Rosicrucian's bracket is also messed up at the same point. His final four is Nexus Prime, Ruination, Monstructor, Computron. He has Nexus over Ruination and Monstructor over Computron, but the matchup in the bracket would be the two "north" teams (Nexus VS Monstructor) and the two "south" teams (Ruination VS Computron).

Edited by Magnusblitz, 20 March 2015 - 02:55 PM.

#59 Magnusblitz

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 03:19 PM

GB Blackrock's bracket is also wrong, at the same point. His F4 is Defensor, Menasor, Bruticus and Superion. The matchups would be Defensor/Bruticus and Menasor/Superion.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 03:41 PM

And the last mistake... Tigerpaw28 did not pick a winner (of a Bruticus/Menasor final).


Anyways, I've finished the spreadsheet, uploaded as a image here: http://imgur.com/16dYh1b(LARGE IMAGE WARNING)


I'll be happy to edit in BScorpinok75, Rosicrucian, GB Blackrock and Tigerpaw28's fixes when I see 'em.

Edited by Magnusblitz, 20 March 2015 - 03:42 PM.