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@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 October 2018 - 12:09 PM)

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/10/16/youtube-experiences-widespread-outage/ Just one of several stories about it.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 October 2018 - 11:59 AM)

*groan* Morons.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 October 2018 - 11:48 AM)

Yep.

@  MEDdMI : (17 October 2018 - 11:45 AM)

people were calling 911 about YouTube being down?

@  MEDdMI : (17 October 2018 - 11:45 AM)

....what

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 October 2018 - 11:39 AM)

Apparently some people freaked out so much they called 911.

@  Pennpenn : (17 October 2018 - 07:33 AM)

I was at work when it happened I guess.

@  Paladin : (17 October 2018 - 07:18 AM)

disappeared completely up its own asshole.

@  Pennpenn : (17 October 2018 - 02:14 AM)

Youtube was gone?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 October 2018 - 11:53 PM)

I actually agree with you MEDdMI, or at least be creative. x.x

@  MEDdMI : (16 October 2018 - 11:29 PM)

Death threats are boring. Get to know the person, then torment them with stuff that really gets under their skin. *evil grin*

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 October 2018 - 10:18 PM)

YouTube is back!

@  Waspinator : (16 October 2018 - 09:55 PM)

Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer.

@  RichardT1977 : (16 October 2018 - 09:27 PM)

BTW for the three of you who haven't discovered yet, YouTube is down.

@  Telly : (16 October 2018 - 08:05 PM)

maybe this is that persons first death threat, and the creativity will come with more experiance

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 October 2018 - 06:14 PM)

Nah. Or at least not near as creative as some of them I've got. This one was a basic "If I ever see you IRL I'll slit you're throat."

@  wonko the sane? : (16 October 2018 - 06:00 PM)

was it at least a creative threat?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 October 2018 - 01:07 PM)

Speaking of which.. Got a deaththeat today on an other messageboard. :D

@  Shockwave 75 : (16 October 2018 - 07:14 AM)

Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pidgeon; no matter what you do it's going to shit on the board and strut around like it won.

@  Pennpenn : (16 October 2018 - 05:48 AM)

Well, there is also the fact that the person you're arguing against won't accept the authority as neutral (or valid or credible) unless they agree with everything that person says.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 October 2018 - 05:35 AM)

Never argue with idiots. They'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

@  Nevermore : (16 October 2018 - 05:21 AM)

Anyone who's ever argued with dumbasses on the internet knows how stubborn and persistent they can be. Dozens of people can tell them they're wrong, and they' just stick their fingers in their ears and go "na na can't hear you!"

@  Nevermore : (16 October 2018 - 05:19 AM)

Especially if its a bet about an objective truth. Chances are, you provide overwhelming evidence for your position, the dumbass won't accept your evidence or will just change the rules and then claim the money you allegedly owe him.

@  Nevermore : (16 October 2018 - 05:17 AM)

I've just been reminded of a life lesson: Never take a bet with a dumbass unless there's a neutral authority accepted by both sides that will decide on the winner.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 October 2018 - 03:42 AM)

Peace was never an option.

@  Waspinator : (16 October 2018 - 02:03 AM)

The war between the cerapods and the theropods continues to the modern era

@  Waspinator : (15 October 2018 - 11:51 PM)

The parrot, once I stopped pressing the button on the toy. It might have gone on forever otherwise.

@  Foffy : (15 October 2018 - 11:43 PM)

Depends. Who won?

@  Waspinator : (15 October 2018 - 11:37 PM)

Should I be worried that my 40-year-old parrot got into a roaring contest with a Jurassic World toy?

@  Paladin : (15 October 2018 - 04:38 PM)

was the bride's name Sarah Connor?

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 October 2018 - 04:38 PM)

A sawed off shotgun is fairly easy to conceal. Of course, they're also illegal.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (15 October 2018 - 04:19 PM)

Maybe they wear a really, really baggy coat.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 October 2018 - 04:10 PM)

I don't wanna think about the body type where a SHOTGUN is concealed carry.

@  MEDdMI : (15 October 2018 - 04:08 PM)

"If there any objections-" *Both sides pull out ridiculous amounts of weapons against each other*

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 October 2018 - 03:57 PM)

Someone else quips in the comments, "I have heard of a shotgun wedding, but this is ridiculous!"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 October 2018 - 03:57 PM)

I saw a random shipost on Facebook. Evidently, there are people in the U.S. who have to ask wedding guests not to bring their concealed-carry weapons.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 October 2018 - 07:09 AM)

Hey.. I tried to say that google game streaming actually works pretty good... Now if that's depressing, that's a WHOLE nother ball of wax. ;D

@  wonko the sane? : (15 October 2018 - 06:29 AM)

The box is being used exactly as it was meant to: for random conversation. If it's depressing it's because the group whom use it is neither oblivious or stupid and we happen to be discussing depressing things.

@  fourteenwings : (15 October 2018 - 12:27 AM)

I'm starting to feel like the box is being used in lieu of actual serious threads (not to be terrible but seeing this as soon as you get on the forums is depressing).

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 October 2018 - 10:35 PM)

It's shameful that randos in richer countries pretend like it's not happening.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 October 2018 - 10:35 PM)

Small island countries are already sinking below sea level and being consumed by the ocean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 10:28 PM)

Which is why poorer countries are some of the ones most worried at this point, I imagine. Wealthy countries like the US, Canada, etc won't feel the effects nearly as soon

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2018 - 10:05 PM)

Realistically: there doesn't have to be truly catastrophic impacts to screw us all over. Frequent enough storms will disrupt our infrastructure, which will hobble our ability to rebuild quickly and cause pretty big backslides in quality of life. I don't mean "oh no, I can't charge my iphone", more like "dysentery is as common as the flu because the resources just aren't there to clean the water anymore".

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 10:03 PM)

If no, then procrastinate some more

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 10:03 PM)

Well, the most important question: is it going to stop me getting some drive thru at McDonald's?

@  Noideaforaname : (14 October 2018 - 09:21 PM)

It's kinda nuts seeing insurance ads tell everyone multiple 500-year storms a year is the new normal, but the general attitude over is still at best *shrug*.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (14 October 2018 - 08:18 PM)

Sad thing is... Boomers are still leaving their vile taint on a lot of the younger generation.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 08:08 PM)

Certainly the boomers won't live to see it, and they're the worst generation for not giving a shit

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 October 2018 - 08:08 PM)

We're seeing some of it, yeah, but very likely all the truly catastrophic impacts will hit once most of us are dead

@  wonko the sane? : (14 October 2018 - 07:46 PM)

Stupid thing is: We ARE seeing results in our lifetime, but it's still slow enough that we, as a culture, are willing to ignore it despite what the scientists are saying.


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#1 Jim S

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 12:35 AM

I just learned that the first part of the Beast Wars: Uprising finale is going to be a little delayed--thought it was going this week, found out it isn't--but I'd like to keep building on the momentum from the rapid-fire release of the last few stories. I thought I'd do a little Ask Me Anything here. So... go ahead and ask! I'm very keen to talk about Beast Wars: Uprising, but pretty much anything in my body of work is game.

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 12:58 AM

Anything from the already released stories you had to drop?

 

Is their any ideas for bodies of characters that have shown up but aren't described or shown visually that you or Bish have?


 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:00 AM

What goes into the process of deciding which character or characters are to be main focus of each story?

 

What determines which Maximal/Predacon characters get designs based on preexisting toy designs vs. those who get original non-toy-based designs?

 

Is there any chance of seeing some additional BWU fiction set in the past like "Identity Politics" was?

 

Is there any chance we could see any amount of actual story material for the characters that were only briefly mentioned in Blackarachnia's magazine bio before they were either killed off (i.e. - Optimus Primal, Silverbolt, Rhinox) or disabled (Cheetor)?

 

Which character or characters would you say have been your favorite to write about thus far?

 

Is there even the slightest bit of hope for additional fiction of this variety to see continued publishing after the Club's end in an officially licensed format?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:19 AM

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:23 AM

Where Injector?
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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:32 AM

Was Dawn of Predacus ever connected to the BW:U Universe? Before the con, everybody figured it would be.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:02 AM

Since we learned about TFSS 5.0, I've had a lingering suspicion that Tiny Spacewarp was a get-the-popular-character-out last-minute deco change replacing some other use of that mold, because an in-the-planning-stages hypothetical 2017 Sentinel Prime redeco got killed by No More TFCC. Is this plausible, or am I spinning conspiracy theories here?


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#8 Jim S

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:19 AM

Anything from the already released stories you had to drop?

 
I feel certain there has been, but nothing of major substance. Cosmetic changes mostly. Scorponok was originally called Scorponaut, for instance.
 
 

Is their any ideas for bodies of characters that have shown up but aren't described or shown visually that you or Bish have?

 
We usually come up with them as-needed in the story. We all liked the Titans Return Mindwipe and thought he might be neat for someone like Psychobat.
 
 

What goes into the process of deciding which character or characters are to be main focus of each story?

 
Sometimes we start with a character and then build the story around him or her. Immorticon was like that... I liked the name, and eventually a story clicked. (False Equivalencies, if I ever have the chance to write it.)  Sometimes it's a request from editorial. Identity Politics came about because FP requested a story to help promote the FSS5 Scorponok figure. Sometimes the idea for the story comes first. Intersectionality was because I didn't like leaving Transmutate and Rampage hanging in deep space when the main thrust of the action was on Cybertron. The idea of the Beast Wars Neo Predacons as the heroes came from brainstorming. 
 
 

What determines which Maximal/Predacon characters get designs based on preexisting toy designs vs. those who get original non-toy-based designs?

 
It's always my preference to have a preexisting toy design. non-toy designs mostly just slipped though the cracks. The exception to that rule was the Destructons, I wanted to keep their unique aesthetic while introducing the idea of them transforming, as teased at the end of Alone Together
 
 

Is there any chance of seeing some additional BWU fiction set in the past like "Identity Politics" was?

 
The finale will have some flashbacks and the like about the past, but most of it will be in the here and now. Should the universe continue, I've got plenty of stories ranging from minus eleven million years all the way to the 34th century. That said, I like that the focus of the universe is the Maximals and Predacons, so I'd mostly want to focus on stories that are relevant to them. I think it's neat to get a glimpse of the mythology, but probably wouldn't write a whole story about, say, Jazz vs Starscream in 1985. But the story of Maxima, Virtue Signaling, is set in the past. So was the aforementioned Immorticon tale. 
 
 

Is there any chance we could see any amount of actual story material for the characters that were only briefly mentioned in Blackarachnia's magazine bio before they were either killed off (i.e. - Optimus Primal, Silverbolt, Rhinox) or disabled (Cheetor)?

 
I'd say the chances are excellent, yessss. 
 
 

Which character or characters would you say have been your favorite to write about thus far?

 
Oooh, that's a toughie. There's one from the first part of the finale who was really difficult to write for but came out very nicely. Wolfang was a hoot, but Bish did most of the heavy lifting there. Longrack was a lotta fun; I love his officiousness. There's a little bit of Arnold J. Rimmer in there.
 
 
How about one question per post from now on?
 
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Edited by Jim S, 19 January 2017 - 03:54 PM.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:25 AM

Is there even the slightest bit of hope for additional fiction of this variety to see continued publishing after the Club's end in an officially licensed format?

 

All things are possible. I enjoy writing for the universe and have contacts at other publishers. We'll see. If that's something you'd be interested in, make some noise. 

 

 

Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

 

Some people have called me the devil. I suppose that means I'd have to say no, but my wife could say yes. 

 

 

Where Injector?

 

Great character. If I have time I'll get to him. 

 

 

Was Dawn of Predacus ever connected to the BW:U Universe? Before the con, everybody figured it would be.

 

VERY early on in the process, I was asked to pitch an idea for what Dawn of the Predacus would have looked like in the BWU universe. It would have been a story where the ghost of Prowl (Prowl II maybe) was acting from beyond the grave to put together a Builder threat, the Magnaboss. In the end, the Tri-Predacus Council itself would have had to intervene to stop the rampage. You can still see the toys solicited as such: https://www.toyarama...-1-pc-p1414.php In the end, though, FP opted to outsource the comic to IDW, so that story got shelved.

 

 

 

Since we learned about TFSS 5.0, I've had a lingering suspicion that Tiny Spacewarp was a get-the-popular-character-out last-minute deco change replacing some other use of that mold, because an in-the-planning-stages hypothetical 2017 Sentinel Prime redeco got killed by No More TFCC. Is this plausible, or am I spinning conspiracy theories here?

 

I am positive the (unexpected but welcome) popularity of Spacewarp factored into the choice to use her. As to whether or not she replaced some other specific character or it was merely a hypothetical Megatron-plus-Targetmaster, who can say? Megatron has historically been associated with Leader-1 as a sort of Targetmaster, in Armada. Doomshot would have made a cool Targetmaster as well. And with a space shuttle mode, Astrotrain comes to mind as a possibility. 

 

 

Keep em coming!

 

-JimS


Edited by Jim S, 15 October 2016 - 02:28 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:30 AM

Aside from the Immorticon and Maxima stories, are their any other ones you want to write but probably won't get time to do?


 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:44 AM

Aside from the Immorticon and Maxima stories, are their any other ones you want to write but probably won't get time to do?


Yup.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 03:31 AM

Is there any particular rhyme or reason to the traditionally male characters you use as female ones, or are they more or less picked at random?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 04:32 AM

What was the initial spark that became the BWU idea and universe?

Is there, or will there ever be, a Big Convoy in BWU?

Will we learn at some point, even if only in reference, why Spike and co sre considered irredeemable by humanity?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 04:51 AM

Okay Jim, time for something inconsequential! So, the alt.software.dev users. Cyberbee42296 and MesothulasSinner are the easy ones, and then:

FSS15 - ????
GEOFAN - Fractyl?
Agent3P - Ravage?
ravagekitteh - SG Ravage?!

Can you shed any light? Would a BWU Ravage be a still-mobile cassetticon, like Eject, or a fully-downsized Predacon?

Edited by Jalaguy, 15 October 2016 - 04:53 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 05:19 AM

Is there a particularly decrepit Builder locked away in a vault somewhere who spends what time he believes he has left answering questions about the war posed to him by his safe-guarding secretary? :p

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 06:11 AM

Do Beastformers/Battle Beasts exist in the Uprising verse, and if so, any interaction between themselves and Cybertronians?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 07:42 AM

What was the initial spark that became the BWU idea and universe?


I would like to hear Jim's answer for how he got his ideas for the universe. The initial initial spark way back in Transtech Blackarachnia's bio came from the idea that we wanted a bit of a sympathetic character. Even if she was working for a guy potentially more evil than SG Optimus Prime (that guy being SG Alpha Trion). So we pondered the idea of why she would go against the Transtech in such a conniving and twisted way - extracting sparks to steal the empty bodies for espionage meant she had to have a VERY good reason to go that far.

That all led to the idea that the Maximals and Predacons in her universe were kept as slaves under an unreachable aristocracy. Just as the Transtech sat far above the Lowtech. But why would Maximals and Predacons exist if Autobots and Decepticons were still around? Ah, they're too old to fight and force the other factions to do it for them.

The Games then entered into play when Eject was turned into a BWU character. As a guy obsessed with sports - and the chess analogy already in BA's bio - it made sense to make the Maximal/Predacon conflict into a sports thing. Especially with the gladiatorial background in so many TF universes.

Edited by NightViper, 15 October 2016 - 07:47 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:12 AM

Is there any particular rhyme or reason to the traditionally male characters you use as female ones, or are they more or less picked at random?


I hesitate to say it's random, but there aren't any hard and fast rules. One frustration I have with the TF mythology is the dearth of female characters, so for my stories I try to remedy somewhat. For characters with minimal fiction, I generally feel free to reimagine species and faction and personality and, yes, gender. Characters with no specified gender (Major Altitude comes to mind, as does Spacewarp) I'm especially prone to making female as it's not even genderbending in my head.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:16 AM

Is there a particularly decrepit Builder locked away in a vault somewhere who spends what time he believes he has left answering questions about the war posed to him by his safe-guarding secretary? :p

I don't think there is a Vector Prime analog in this universe. If there is, I haven't found a place for him. Maybe in the distant past or future. Safeguard was probably active during the Great War and, being Targetmaster-y, probably isn't alive anymore.

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Edited by Jim S, 15 October 2016 - 08:41 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:20 AM

Do Beastformers/Battle Beasts exist in the Uprising verse, and if so, any interaction between themselves and Cybertronians?

Not as such. Quantum Harmonic Resonance is such that their analogues in this dimension tend to be Cybertronian. We've already seen that with guys like Fennec and will probably continue to do so. The same goes for MASK characters, like Aura and Vampire.

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Edited by Jim S, 15 October 2016 - 08:42 AM.




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