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@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 January 2018 - 02:20 AM)

You just did.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2018 - 02:18 AM)

Can I just say that right now... I hate the USA?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (20 January 2018 - 01:34 AM)

There are languages where the days are named for numbers and Sunday is "one". Like Arabic.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 01:31 AM)

Isn't it sort of a religious thing for Sunday to be the start of the week but most people just go with the first day they go to work for the week?

@  unitremover : (20 January 2018 - 01:02 AM)

I feel like I've known plenty of Americans who'd say Monday is the first day of the week.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 12:57 AM)

Personally Monday will always be the first day of the week for me. The notion that Sunday is somehow the first day of the week seems completely nonsensical to me.

@  Pennpenn : (20 January 2018 - 12:57 AM)

I'm fairly sure it is in Australia, but that tends to get blurred because of US influence.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 12:19 AM)

(It's Sunday here in the U.S.)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (20 January 2018 - 12:18 AM)

Anyone here live in a country where Monday is considered the first day of the week?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 January 2018 - 08:40 PM)

Maybe?

@  Patchouli Kn... : (19 January 2018 - 08:38 PM)

But do they search barf?

@  BlackMax : (19 January 2018 - 08:38 PM)

Under water, the fish don't stink.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 January 2018 - 07:42 PM)

I read that at first as "Everyone is a fish...."

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 January 2018 - 06:08 PM)

Everyone has a fetish, I guess.

@  BlackMax : (19 January 2018 - 05:56 PM)

I parsed it as "search barf" at first.

@  Nevermore : (19 January 2018 - 05:05 PM)

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@  Robowang : (19 January 2018 - 02:54 PM)

Oh, hey, that's not the search bar! Whoops.

@  Robowang : (19 January 2018 - 12:48 PM)

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@  MEDdMI : (19 January 2018 - 12:14 PM)

But did you get a Snowbombcyclopsragnarokdoomstorm like the US NE got last week?

@  Nevermore : (19 January 2018 - 11:40 AM)

Netherlands? We got one hell of a storm here in Germany the other day too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 January 2018 - 01:59 AM)

When that happens in Cocoa Beach there's always someone getting out their surfboard.

@  CORVUS : (19 January 2018 - 12:04 AM)

Damn!

@  Telly : (18 January 2018 - 10:29 PM)

holy hug

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

Goddamn look what happened to the Dutch this week.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (18 January 2018 - 06:27 PM)

https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/954066379610628097

@  Locoman : (18 January 2018 - 03:43 PM)

To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand brick and mortar.

@  siccoyote : (18 January 2018 - 04:31 AM)

Who sings the first part of the GIJoe The Movie theme song? (Cobra) Sounds so familiar.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:46 PM)

Also true.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:40 PM)

I hate brick and mortar stores around here.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:38 PM)

But I like the feel of the brick and mortar search a bit more. And I can see inside packages at brick and mortar. True, Amazon has a good return policy, but I like buying once and settling.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 10:37 PM)

I suppose I could save more if I bought more often from Amazon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 10:36 PM)

Closest I got to "free" was 30% off warpath, which just about lined him up to the canadian price had he ever shown up around me. The pile of loot saved me a pile, but it was still pricy.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:34 PM)

Yeah, I purposefully waited on them because I knew they'd be perfect "add onto orders to get free shipping" fodder. Already gotten two that way. Technically "free" and I barely had to wait.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 January 2018 - 09:21 PM)

That's how I feel about Prime Masters. Getting back into collecting last year taught me to be patient, which grants rewards most of the time.

@  Shrug : (17 January 2018 - 09:18 PM)

I want Starscream so hard after seeing him in person, but since he's the one being left behind by every other collector in my area, I feel like I can wait for a sale.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:09 PM)

I mean: I maybe woulda jumped on starscream if I found a sale or something, but it wasn't a priority.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 09:08 PM)

I only wanted the dinobots (cause... volcanicus.) but got saddled with three I didn't want due to the bundling. I'd still be waiting to order if I had waited on individual figures.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Ahh.. I just ordered the whole case cause I wanted too. :)

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 06:49 PM)

Mostly PotP dinobots. Plus some stuff I couldn't opt out of to get those dinobots. And CW warpath... cause he was on sale.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 04:54 PM)

What ya getting?

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2018 - 04:38 PM)

Yay! My package from BBTS is in canada! I might even get it this week!

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 02:04 PM)

I need a laptop more than a new desktop

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 01:18 PM)

Buying a pre-built computer you should be okay.. It's just the individual parts that jumped huge in price.

@  Paladin : (17 January 2018 - 01:14 PM)

well all the idiots who invested in "bitcoin" will be selling theirs en masse to make ends meet so you might be able to find something cheap if you watch auctions.

@  Benbot : (17 January 2018 - 12:59 PM)

Is now a good time to buy a computer? Or should I wait?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 12:01 PM)

I pointed out that I'm on disabilty.. I don't have to pretend to be an adult anymore. ;D

@  MEDdMI : (17 January 2018 - 11:25 AM)

Also Bayonetta 3.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:55 AM)

Nintendo also announced Dark Souls for the Switch, so those people should shut up.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (17 January 2018 - 10:51 AM)

Apparently people are freaking out that Nintendo announced something for kids and kids at heart. And people are absolutely freaking out about it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 January 2018 - 10:23 AM)

...what?


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#21 Jim S

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:31 AM

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

FP asked me if I wanted to write a Lio Convoy story set in a world where "Beast Wars meets the Hunger Games." I said I needed a few days to think on it, as to be perfectly honest I didn't find the elevator pitch compelling. I didn't want to spend too much time telling stories that didn't resonate with me.

This was December, 2014. Then the Ferguson Unrest happened, and I found it deeply disturbing and compelling. I realized that the abuse of authority was an issue of great interest to me, worthy of exploration, and said yes. The first title, Broken Windshields, is a play off of the controversial Broken Windows theory of policing, and was suggested to me by Bill Forster.

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

Yes, but he's not called that.

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

Maybe we'll see more of that but I feel like there's no real mystery. The war was devastating, much more destructive in this reality than in others. The Autobots were viewed as not much better than Decepticons. Those humans who chose to stand with either side were viewed as traitors.

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#22 Jim S

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 08:37 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?


FSS15 was probably a typo for FSS05 or FSS 16 or FSS-5. Figure Subscription Service 5 (or maybe 16), a nod out-of-universe to Scorponok's origins. In universe, could be anyone.

GEOFAN is Fractyl, yes.

Agent3P is Tripredacus Agent. As to who THAT is, dunno. Maybe Ravage. Maybe his own guy.

ravagekitteh - SG Ravage of course, at least in inspiration. I don't think he's literally in our universe though, like through dimensions travel or anything.

As for Ravage in our universe, I haven't decided. With the Dawn of the Predacus toy, and The Agenda before that, it feels like a shame to not have him be a Predacon of some sort but I haven't hit on a story that feels right for him.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:30 AM

Why was Stilleto given such a radical redesign to her deco (i.e. - purple changed to yellow) and face compared to those of her original design seen in "The Razor's Edge"?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:33 AM

Is Waspinator still around on Cybertron, and if so, what's he up to?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:56 AM

All right, spill. Which really came first, the idea of a murder mystery involving Targetmasters, or the title "Trigger Warnings"?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:59 AM

Why was Stilleto given such a radical redesign to her deco (i.e. - purple changed to yellow) and face compared to those of her original design seen in "The Razor's Edge"?

 

On a related note - from what limited description we get of Sea Panic, he doesn't seem to match up to the Laser Beast, being grey-and-green instead of grey-and-yellow (and I thought I remembered something similar with Fennec, though I might be mistaken). Mistake, or intentional choice?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:11 AM

 

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


Yes, but he's not called that.

What's he called?


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:48 AM

Why was Stilleto given such a radical redesign to her deco (i.e. - purple changed to yellow) and face compared to those of her original design seen in "The Razor's Edge"?

 

You'd have to ask the artist. It wasn't something the script called for I don't think.

 

 

Is Waspinator still around on Cybertron, and if so, what's he up to?

 

Yup. He's always bustin' heads, jumping in and out of bed.

 

 

All right, spill. Which really came first, the idea of a murder mystery involving Targetmasters, or the title "Trigger Warnings"?

 

Chicken and egg? I think the idea of Trigger Warnings relating to Targetmasters was a very early one. The murder mystery story came mostly from Bish.

 

On a related note - from what limited description we get of Sea Panic, he doesn't seem to match up to the Laser Beast, being grey-and-green instead of grey-and-yellow (and I thought I remembered something similar with Fennec, though I might be mistaken). Mistake, or intentional choice?

 

Probably a goof, but I didn't write that bit. 

 

 

What's he called?

 

Not 100% sure. Slammoth maybe ;)

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:53 AM

What was your personal favorite bits of work on Ask Vector Prime and co?


 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:58 AM

Now that we know that Optimus Primal, BW Megatron, Lio Convoy, BWII Galvatron, Big Convoy (thanks to your earlier answers), and Magmatron all exist in BWU, what about Fire Convoy and Gigatron?


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#31 Broadside

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:11 AM

Forget them, what about Galaxy Convoy? :D
(Though I'm curious about the RID Autobots - being "Japanese Beast Era" Cybertrons, would they hypothetically be Maximals or Autobots in BWU?)

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:15 AM

What was your personal favorite bits of work on Ask Vector Prime and co?

 

Wheesh. So many parts of it I loved. Offering Hichikawa-san a forum to finish out his copious Binaltech/Alternity thoughts was a high bar. Getting to delve into Vector Prime's personal life was very satisfying, especially with Richard freaking Newman adding his voice. So was working with Peter Spellos on our Sky-Byte answer. All of the guest columnists were a hoot to write for, but certainly it's Sideways' irreverence, Spacewarp's adventures, and Cy-Kill's sixty-five new GoBots adventures that I enjoyed the most on that front. 

 

So many joyous memories, really. I cherish AVP.

 

 

Now that we know that Optimus Primal, BW Megatron, Lio Convoy, BWII Galvatron, Big Convoy (thanks to your earlier answers), and Magmatron all exist in BWU, what about Fire Convoy and Gigatron?

 

Fire Convoy, maybe, I see him potentially in a future era. Gigatron was around in the ancient days of Cybertron, but he looked more like this:

 

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Forget them, what about Galaxy Convoy?  :D
(Though I'm curious about the RID Autobots - being "Japanese Beast Era" Cybertrons, would they hypothetically be Maximals or Autobots in BWU?)

 

I love Galaxy Convoy, and yeah, he's probably around somewhere, or destined to be a player in the universe in the future. But it's also unlikely we'll see him.

 

I think RID / Car Robots are fair game to be either Maximals or Autobots. In truth, though, there are so many Autobots that I'm probably more likely to recast them as Maximals. Just like modern RID animal-informed Decepticons could be Max/Preds or Decepticons, but are more likely to be Max/Preds. (Probably not Autobots.) 

 

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:36 AM

...and RID Megatron would be "Overlord"? :D

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:49 AM

Do you know what happened to some of the more prominent G1 "Builder" characters or is it not something you pay much mind to unless a specific story calls for it?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 11:53 AM

 

 

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


Yes, but he's not called that.

What's he called?

 

I would go for Optimammoth Prime/Primal. 


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:02 PM

...and RID Megatron would be "Overlord"? :D

 

Mebbe...

 

 

 

Do you know what happened to some of the more prominent G1 "Builder" characters or is it not something you pay much mind to unless a specific story calls for it?

 

Some of them, sure. Others, not so much. Most of the luminaries aren't around anymore. There was a lot of self-sacrifice, some purges, some charge of the Light Brigade moments, some treachery.

 

There are a lot of structures around honoring them. Cyclonus Memorial Tower comes to mind. It's also a good bet that anyone on a coin is no longer with us.

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:12 PM

We have Full-Tilt and Longrack commanding the Dinosaur/Trypticon. Any ideas on the power structure of the Gung Ho?

...and RID Megatron would be "Overlord"? :D


It's a reference to Masterforce Overlord's European G1 name, Gigatron. The wiki folded the two together because "Gigatron" never got any meaningful traction the way the other Godmaster-Powermaster pairings are distinct.

Also, Jim would be following the pattern he used for 13 Demon General Gigatron, who combined elements of both Masterforce Overlord and CR Gigatron.

Me personally, I would prefer to keep all these guys separate, but hey, whatever floats Jim's boat.

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:18 PM

Is all or just most of the alien languages in the Complete AA changed?


 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:22 PM

Obviously Cybertronian-human relations haven't been in a stellar state for some time. But in your head, does that prohibit Prowl II and Prowl 2 from existing?

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 01:27 PM

Do you have any cats?


 

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