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@  Cyoti : (20 November 2019 - 11:23 PM)

It's probably stuck on the low priority end of Warden's to-do list.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 November 2019 - 10:45 PM)

Because the only full-body Nightbeat was that Bumblebee with a new head one.

@  Bass X0 : (20 November 2019 - 04:14 PM)

Why has there been no new Minerva toys? I’m surprised at Takara. The Titan Master head doesn’t count.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

On my shelf I have Ginrai donning the Star Convoy armor.

@  Liege : (19 November 2019 - 07:42 AM)

That he is.

@  Benbot : (18 November 2019 - 04:01 PM)

And a good boy

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Hound is at least a very good toy.

@  ThunderWear : (18 November 2019 - 09:11 AM)

Hound is the only other one that even comes close to Chromia in my area, and he ships in two separate waves.

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

This might be how they finally get rid of all the Chromias. I've not seen a shelfwarmer like that in ages.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 08:26 PM)

It's a good deal if you want a full set of Refraktor (and if they have them at your location)

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?


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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!