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@  Paladin : (26 May 2020 - 08:10 PM)

it's too hugging hot today.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

I'll agree with you on that.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

*Figured -_-

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

I fugured

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 May 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I'm actually sad Cyberverse won't get another season. 2 and 3 (of what I've seen) have REALLY nailed it in being fun little actions shows, like the Sunbow series.

@  Rycochet : (25 May 2020 - 01:00 PM)

Yes.

@  Maximus Ambus : (25 May 2020 - 12:52 PM)

I'm waiting for Animated season 4. Am I insane?

@  wonko the sane? : (25 May 2020 - 11:22 AM)

I'm waiting for the next season to show up on netflix.

@  Sabrblade : (25 May 2020 - 10:59 AM)

Many of us have already watched the rest of the Cyberverse episodes since the whole third season aired in the UK last September.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 10:18 AM)

*9th

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 10:17 AM)

I just saw the 8th episode... omg

@  Bass X0 : (25 May 2020 - 01:28 AM)

Already seen it online.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 09:42 PM)

Who's excited for tomorrow? The only thing that makes Monday worth it is the Cyberverse episodes .-.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 May 2020 - 12:30 PM)

Welcome. I just came into that trick myself recently, so happy to share.

@  Nevermore : (24 May 2020 - 12:05 PM)

Thanks, wonko the sane? for the tip with the cloning. That helped a lot!

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 12:02 PM)

Heheh.... yes... I don't think a sniper would be very good at making a vaccine... 0.0

@  Nevermore : (24 May 2020 - 11:48 AM)

All right! Cloning my old HHD to an SSD and then swapping out the drive was successful, it would appear. Finally.

@  Bass X0 : (24 May 2020 - 11:30 AM)

Scientist Perceptor is. Sniper Perceptor less so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 10:51 AM)

Perceptor would be more responsible.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 10:48 AM)

Oof x~x

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2020 - 10:45 AM)

He'd cure the virus, but he'd probably commit at least two crimes against nature and weaponize a third in the process.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 09:39 AM)

'Horrible consequences' would most likely happen with Brainstorm...

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 08:16 AM)

Totally. And Percy's not even human. XD

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2020 - 06:50 AM)

Can't do much worse than our current government, I say go for it.

@  Sabrblade : (23 May 2020 - 10:13 PM)

Little do we realize that the Perceptor in question is the Mini-Con combiner. :p

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 10:11 PM)

He would!!!

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 10:11 PM)

Horrible consequences? I... Doubt that would happen.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 May 2020 - 09:55 PM)

Even if he would come up with the answer by tomorrow.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 May 2020 - 09:54 PM)

I'd rather not deal with the horrible but unintended consequences of that.

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 09:52 PM)

Lets let Perceptor make a vaccine for COVID-19. Who agrees with me :)

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 08:43 PM)

I'll take your word for it. =D

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 May 2020 - 08:42 PM)

Although the TV edits of Robocop do contain some hilarity

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 May 2020 - 08:41 PM)

I can't think of any instance where sanitizing a film is a good thing.

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 06:42 PM)

.... and thats a good thing? :doh

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 May 2020 - 06:39 PM)

I'm watching Predator on Starz! That means it has all the language and gore uncensored!

@  Sabrblade : (23 May 2020 - 04:23 PM)

*grabs popcorn*

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 12:49 PM)

*watching everyone argue* O^O

@  fourteenwings : (23 May 2020 - 10:22 AM)

By that logic we might as well just get rid of the Shoutbox wholesale! I'd rather have like 3 or 4 things stuck for a week or so than one person dominating the whole thing (no offense Nevermore).

@  PlutoniumBoss : (23 May 2020 - 03:30 AM)

I would argue that "full of something one doesn't read" and "devoid of reading material" are functionally identical at the end-user level. :D

@  NotVeryKnightly : (22 May 2020 - 07:58 PM)

If it emptied, it would become empty.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (22 May 2020 - 07:53 PM)

It would be the same effect as if the shoutbox simply emptied once or twice a week.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (22 May 2020 - 07:27 PM)

I don't see how having walls of the same guy on top whenever I go to any page on this site is "refreshing".

@  PlutoniumBoss : (22 May 2020 - 06:10 PM)

I don't know, I find the occasional flushing of the box to be refreshing.

@  Telly : (22 May 2020 - 04:20 PM)

but its gets annoying seeing a wall of text from him that takes up most of the shoutbox

@  PlutoniumBoss : (22 May 2020 - 03:53 PM)

Eh, that's just Nevermore.

@  fourteenwings : (22 May 2020 - 12:11 AM)

@Nevermore: Good rule of thumb is if you feel like you need not just multiple statements but also multiple shouts to make a point, best just make a thread.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 May 2020 - 05:36 PM)

Dude, do you just, not know when to stop?

@  Nevermore : (21 May 2020 - 03:35 PM)

Instead of "I have only ten hours to get all my stuff from place A to place B", it's more like "I temporarily stored 90% of my stuff in easily accessible place C in my spare time, so now I have ten hours to get the remaining 10% of my stuff over to the new place before permanently saying goodbye to the old place".

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 May 2020 - 03:33 PM)

At these point you two are just repeating what you already said.

@  Nevermore : (21 May 2020 - 03:32 PM)

Again using my "moving apartments" analogy. If you can store the stuff you don't immediately need for everyday life somewhere else, it reduces the critical time of permanently switching your primary base of residence over to the new place because there's less stuff to move when the time comes.


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#1 Shattered

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Posted 04 April 2015 - 09:22 PM

As March Mayhem 2015 draws to a close, I'd like to take the time to thank everyone who participated. I've had a blast with this event and have enjoyed seeing how much you all have enjoyed it as well. Massive thanks to ChessPieceFace for his work on all of the character graphics, Nightviper for the Eject Report template, bracket graphic, and original suggestion, and Kalidor for the great headers. Thanks as well to Lukeblast, Fnu, and the other staff members who contributed fiction for the event. Thanks to Cheetimus for the winning prize of Combiner Wars Runabout and Runamuck.

More importantly, however, I would like to ask you to participate one more time in the event. This is our first year running March Mayhem, but I can confidently state that it was received well enough to earn a return next year. Which begs the question, what can we do to make this a better experience for you next time?

A couple key points on the top of my list:

1. More lead time: the compressed schedule this year led to an unfortunate overlap in bracket submission date and the end of the first round of voting. That should be easy to eliminate next year.

2. The bracket format was very confusing in terms of later round flow. I picked the bracket format that looks good on a small graphic, but is terrible for properly following flow. We'll have a much more straight forward format for next year.

So again, many thanks and please let the suggestions fly! :)

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#2 SoS

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Posted 04 April 2015 - 10:26 PM

This was extremely fun! I loved it, we need to have more board-wide challenges/activities like this. Like the one from way back, can't even remember the premise...I just remember that it had to do with RID (2001) or coming up with some sort of bio for characters. Yeah, my memory is hazy on that one, I'm sure someone will probably know what I failed to explain here.

 

Anyways, back to March Mayhem. I can't think of anything to add besides the two points you have already mentioned. So I'll use this post for now to give kudos to all of you for such a great event for this community to participate in. This is the stuff that makes this place a nice little community to be a part of.

 

 

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#3 Shadewing

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Posted 04 April 2015 - 11:34 PM

1. More interesting match-ups. I know it doesn't fit with the whole 'strong vs weak' thing or real brackets, but I would much prefer if guys like the Swords bots were pared off against a team they could possibly win against... which would be most anyone not in a G1 series. It would make the first round more interesting and have more variety in the later rounds.

 

2. I remember back when the 'Tranny' awards were a thing, and certain characters would always win; part of me feels there should some sort of counter measure to prevent one team from conceivably dominating every year; since when it comes down to it; this is a popularity contest rather then anything to do with the the actual strengths and abilities of the team. While not a big issue this or next year of course, but considering this a community with many fans set in their opinions, there could be a lot of potential re-runs otherwise... another reason for more interesting brackets as well.


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#4 Magnusblitz

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 01:23 AM

So, in general, it was pretty fun. There were a few hiccups, but, first time and all that. And a lot of the aspects were quite well-run, the graphics were nice and the actual voting/commenting system worked very well. I appreciated the old threads being locked but still remaining so I could look back at the votes/comments.

 

I agree that there should be the lead-up time of submitting brackets before the first round. I don't think it really mattered this year - I got the sense people were submitting brackets without checking the results first, no real underhandedness (and the 1st round was almost straight chalk anyways), but it's just common sense.

 

As for the bracket, two main points. One, the visual design could be a lot clearer. I can sorta understand why you were going for a nice square, but... let's be honest, why make it a square? Almost everyone these days has HD monitors which are rectangles. Just make the bracket a rectangle like everywhere else and make the F4 round matchups much clearer (the lines also play into this too, though). Second point - the seeds should be done "properly" with the snake pattern, so the highest seed is always playing the lowest seed each round (assuming the higher seed always moves on, obviously). So, for example, a 32-entrant bracket would look like this: http://i.imgur.com/WtPORHn.png(excuse my crap MS paint drawing). Start with the #1 seed in the upper-left quadrant, go clockwise and place #2 in the upper right, #3 in the lower right, and #4 in the lower left - then "snake" backwards by placing the #5 in the lower left (but as far from #4 as possible), then the #6 in the lower right, etc. The bracket we had for this tourney had the proper first-round matchups, but each pair was placed seemingly random around the bracket.

 

Going forward... I'd love to see this become an annual event, if possible. I think I've mentioned the GameFAQs character battles before... they're always fun, and used to be annual (though now they don't do them every year). There's a lot of room for different themes... can do one year of "best Beast Wars character" or "best Botcon exclusive toy" or "best TV episode", etc. That should be enough to keep it fresh.

 

And you could work in Rhapsody's suggestion regarding "strong vs weak", for example, instead of seeding the tourney straight 1v32, you could break up the contenders into four regions (assuming they have an equal number of entrants) and then seed each one accordingly. For example, if we did "best TV episode" you could have four regions of "G1" "Beast Era" "RID + Unicron Trilogy" and "Animated + Aligned", pick the top 8 for each region and seed them within their regions. This would ensure that at least one from each region would reach the final four, rather than the final four just being four Beast Wars episodes (or whatever). I would only recommend that for things like that, though (where different parts of the fandom would create obvious popularity issues), I wouldn't do it if the theme was just "Beast Wars characters". If Megatron is a #1 seed, he deserves to get Wolfang or whoever as his #32 matchup (and that's why the upsets are upsets!)

 

One last thing... I would put the March Mayhem forum as a subforum in Transformers Discussion instead of Car Wash of Doom... I had trouble finding it at first! But maybe that's just me that only ever goes to Transformers Discussion and never anywhere else...


Edited by Magnusblitz, 05 April 2015 - 01:28 AM.


#5 Magnusblitz

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 01:26 AM

BTW, how did you guys come up with the seeds? Just straw poll amongst the staff?



#6 TheSupernova

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 02:22 PM

I really enjoyed the event as a whole, and I'm looking forward to (hopefully) another fun event next year.  Thanks again to everyone that gave their time, effort, and skills in putting it all together! 

 

(On a bit of a tangent, as a newcomer to The Allspark, I've been really impressed with the community as a whole and the camaraderie amongst the members - new and old alike. I've definitely felt quite welcome here.)

 

You know, I'm not sure I could add much more feedback without unnecessarily repeating what everyone else said so far. I think the major sticking points (bracket design and deadlines) have been well documented, and no doubt will be refined for next time.

 

The one other thing that did grab me, though, was the story aspect that came up in the midst of the Liokaiser/Defensor match. It didn't sway my vote, or anything (as I had voted for Liokaiser already), but I felt it was a nice touch and added a bit of life to that portion of the event. I'm not sure if it's possible, but if there was a (reasonable) way to incorporate stuff like that in a greater role, I think it would add even more fun to the whole thing.


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#7 Zamuel

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 03:18 PM

And you could work in Rhapsody's suggestion regarding "strong vs weak", for example, instead of seeding the tourney straight 1v32, you could break up the contenders into four regions (assuming they have an equal number of entrants) and then seed each one accordingly. For example, if we did "best TV episode" you could have four regions of "G1" "Beast Era" "RID + Unicron Trilogy" and "Animated + Aligned", pick the top 8 for each region and seed them within their regions. This would ensure that at least one from each region would reach the final four, rather than the final four just being four Beast Wars episodes (or whatever). I would only recommend that for things like that, though (where different parts of the fandom would create obvious popularity issues), I wouldn't do it if the theme was just "Beast Wars characters". If Megatron is a #1 seed, he deserves to get Wolfang or whoever as his #32 matchup (and that's why the upsets are upsets!)

I agree that seeding per "region" is a good idea. Pretty much all other points of worth have been brought up.
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#8 Strafe

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 08:50 PM

I thought it was a fantastic event in both concept and execution. The seeding made sense, the graphics were superb!

Two things.

1. The single post accounts voting. That didn't strike anyone else as odd? Could everyone just make a bunch of alternate accounts to swing the vote? Was I supposed to? That seemed really shady, to me. Everyone should have an opportunity to participate, no matter how active the poster is. But there's also gotta be a way to keep people honest.

2. I really think that hiding the results of a "match" in progress would be preferable, poll structure permitting. Voting for the team you want to win is great, voting out of spite because X combiner team is winning or Y amount of people picked this team seems like it's kind of against the spirit of the thing. Sucks the fun out, a little. In my opinion, of course. Anything to cut down on that, I'd be in favor of. Especially keeping results hidden until the round ends.

 

I loved the collection of ideas behind the event, and the creativity that drove it. Really good stuff, guys.



#9 Kalidor

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 09:12 PM

1. The single post accounts voting. That didn't strike anyone else as odd? Could everyone just make a bunch of alternate accounts to swing the vote? Was I supposed to? That seemed really shady, to me. Everyone should have an opportunity to participate, no matter how active the poster is. But there's also gotta be a way to keep people honest.

 

We monitored for this. It's also why the votes were public. But part of the point was to bring in new users so these new registrations weren't alts, they were people coming from Facebook and Twitter. 

 

2. I really think that hiding the results of a "match" in progress would be preferable, poll structure permitting. Voting for the team you want to win is great, voting out of spite because X combiner team is winning or Y amount of people picked this team seems like it's kind of against the spirit of the thing. Sucks the fun out, a little. In my opinion, of course. Anything to cut down on that, I'd be in favor of. Especially keeping results hidden until the round ends.

 

I can see that point.. but I think part of the excitement at the end was generated by "OH MY GOD, MY GUY IS LOSING!" in a "throwing popcorn at the TV" sense reminiscent of actual close games in sports. I know me and Shattered had a lot of fun there in the final rounds with the public trash talking. That doesn't seem like something that could be done with secret ballot. 



#10 Shattered

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 09:15 PM

Yeah, seriously. For a brief, miraculous moment there, Kal knew what it was to be a sports fan. :D

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 01:10 PM

Yeah, you guys missed the hilarious staff conversations about this, where NightViper and Shattered were all "You guys, we should do a March Madness basketball tournament but with TRANSFORMERS and we can figure out seeds and regions and write commentary and have throwback jerseys and people can submit their brackets and we can have multiple games starting throughout the week just like the real thing!" and most of the rest of us were all "what's a basketball?"


Edited by ChessPieceFace, 10 April 2015 - 01:11 PM.


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 04:58 PM

First time stopping in on a Transformers forum in many many years. Wow, I remember when I did what I believe was the first ever "march madness style" transformers tournament over at TFW2005 back in the early 2000's - Crazy how far that idea has come now! I remember having to fight with the mods/admins to allow me to do it and now this site has fully embraced it. Good on you guys!