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Topic: War of Omens / Campaign, Chapter 5, Journeyman

Originally posted by blindaim:

Vespitol just got buffed. This deck get me through level 2 relatively easy.

2 Supplicant
2 Ballista
Mercenary
Marshal
Spy network
Synod
Tithe
Bounty

That worked. I don’t think I ever used Bounty in a game I won, perhaps that could be Collect Taxes or Prayer, something to boost resources.

 
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Topic: War of Omens / Campaign, Chapter 5, Journeyman

This is killing me. Maxed commons and most uncommons. The first battle is fine, but the second one (gets double allies when bought from bank) is just a matter of luck, and the third one (lose two resources per turn) isn’t even close.

I’ve tried combo decks to get bounty kill as fast as possible, various forms of infinite decks, straight up war decks.

What is working for you?

 
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Topic: War of Omens / Can somebody explain Daramek?

What I’m currently farming Master with is:
Herd of Rats (0)
Stampede (4)
Shepherd (9)
Orphan Gang (3)
Shepherd’s Gift (5)
Herd of Goats (2)
Herd of Goats (3)
Goat Poultice (3)
Scavengers (3)
Starving Mob (5)

Play out your hand until you run out of cards in the bank, and then kill your opponent. Not much thinking involved. The Shepherd spot has gone back and forth between Herd of Boars, Herd of Aurochs, Goat Outrider, Repopulate and Shepherd. Repopulate gets you back in the game quicker after a board wipe.

Vespitole only has an advantage if you are playing against a human. The computer doesn’t chain cards smartly enough to take full advantage of the card draw available to it.

What I hate facing is the Metris steal all your stuff deck.

 
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Topic: War of Omens / Most satisfying feelings of the game

Playing a Metris deck with no win condition. AI was playing Endazu. I ended up with all of their cards, but had to wait for the single Whispering Barbs to charge to 99. That was satisfying.

 
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Topic: Clash of the Dragons / Furious, furious Battle Mages

So what I’m hearing is that I need to join a clan to get this badge?

 
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Topic: Epic War Saga / how does the bar make sense?

Originally posted by bubu:

Imho it’s a stupid mechanism. What is the intention behind it?

So that we can’t just put a weight on a summon button and walk away. I wouldn’t mind if there was anything of interest in the actual gameplay, but the gameplay is just a hoop to jump through on the way to developing your character. (just like all of the other epic war games, but at least on those we didn’t have to pay attention during the fights)

 
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Topic: Kongregate Multiplayer Games / [Kingdoms CCG] Bahamut in storyline

Wow, that escalated quickly.

Reached the end of normal, and got completely rolled by Bahamut. He is a little bit stronger than the opponents you face before him in normal.

Any suggestions on what I should be looking for with the gold I am farming (11,000 as of now)? I was planning to save up for Uunys and go from there. Is there something else that will give me a greater chance of defeating Bahamut?

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: General / Can someone explain the appeal of this game?

I don’t even know what the game is yet. I play about two minutes a day, thirty seconds at a time throughout the day. The play experience so far has consisted of clicking Attack repeatedly.

My other frustration is that it makes me reload the page every time I come back to it. Ad revenue whore much?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Dave Ramsey goes off on the stupidity of borrowing money for a useless degree

Originally posted by Darkruler2005:

Is this in response to my post?

No. I was responding to the delusional person quoted in the OP. He dares to imply that if you don’t have a loan, you can easily take care of a kid with only one of two parents working. That’s blatantly false.

But that isn’t what he implies. What he clearly states is that if you have $100,000 in student loan debt you can’t afford to have a parent stay home with the kids. He doesn’t imply that you can easily take care of a kid with only one parent working if you don’t have debt.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Dave Ramsey goes off on the stupidity of borrowing money for a useless degree

I thoroughly enjoyed this yesterday, I’m glad they transcribed it and put it online.

daveramsey.com

I’ve got to tell you that I’m about to blow a gasket. I’m about to go into orbit. I’ve taken so many calls like this. Where are the parents here? If your kids are that stupid, jack them up! Seriously—$130,000 to get a degree from Columbia in divinity to get a $40,000 job as a minister. Spending $130,000 to get an undergraduate degree in psychology—that’s crazy!! So when you have babies, you go home to be a stay-at-home mom.

I love stay-at-home moms. But you know the number one reason I’m finding out now that people can’t stay home with their kids? It’s their freaking student loan stupidity! I’m not mad at this particular lady that just called. This concept is driving me bananas!
This is what’s going on! You’ve lost your ever-loving minds, America. You are stupid about education—how paradoxical is that? You wander in, spend any amount to get a degree and act like the student loan tooth fairy is going to come in and pick up your stuff. There is no student loan tooth fairy! You have to think.

Your stupid degree in a stupid field does not have a marketplace value and it doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to get a job! As a matter of fact, it’s an indicator that you’re too stupid to hire! Do not allow your 18-year-old to go $200,000 in debt so they can get a good Christian education in underwater basket weaving. That’s stupid! Stop it!
 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The future of SD

Given that we have an Off-Topic sub forum for exactly the stupid things (oh, is my bias showing?) that are getting locked in SD, then I don’t have any problem with the number of threads being locked. Eventually everyone will come to an understanding of what is appropriate here and we can have serious discussions instead of flipping through pages of silliness and giving up on SD for weeks at a time.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What is the hardest musical instrument to learn?

Originally posted by Ayaniika:

It’s impossible to give a statement on what instrument is the hardest because hardness is subjective.

I disagree. Hardness can be subjective, but many aspects of it are objective.

Compare the clarinet and the saxophone. One has open tone holes, one has closed tone holes. open tone holes are objectively harder to deal with. One has an octave key, one has a register key and “THE BREAK”. Again, one of those is objectively more difficult to deal with. Or trumpet/baritone/tuba vs. trombone. The first groups use pistons which discretely determine which set of notes is possible, while the trombone uses a continuous slide in which any note or fraction of a note is possible. One of those is objectively harder.

The subjectivity comes into play when comparing instruments that have different characteristics. How do you compare the difficulty of the clarinet to the difficulty of the trombone? That is where it becomes somewhat subjective. Someone with missing fingers can’t play the clarinet, but the trombone is still a viable option. Someone with an inability to distinguish pitches can’t successfully play the trombone, but could make music on the clarinet.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What is the hardest musical instrument to learn?

I’ll just comment on the standard instruments, there are things like the theremin and some multi-percussion set ups that are incredibly difficult to learn to play, but they aren’t really used for anything outside of showing off.

Woodwind- Bassoon, all of the challenges of a double, with the added bonus that the fingering doesn’t make any logical sense.

Brass- French Horn, the partials being so close together and the insane range put this one just ahead of the trombone.

String- String Bass, all of the same challenges of the violin, with added issues of finger strength and spacing. Fortunately the string bass isn’t often asked to play the same level of music as the violin, so in practice it isn’t as hard, but that is a function of the music not the instrument.

Keyboard- Organ, hands on multiple manuals (keyboards) and stops (engage different ranks of pipes, or their electronic simulations) and pistons (engages preset selections of ranks of pipes), feet on the pedalboard (another keyboard for the feet) and expression/enclosure pedals (change volume/volume of sets of ranks of pipes).

Percussion- Ignoring one-off multi-percussion set ups, probably drumset, but you could make a good case for tympani as well. Drumset has more to pay attention to, tympani has the challenge of tuning (and changing tuning on the fly).

Of all of those, I would say the organ is hardest, but that could just be because it is the one that I have the hardest time with.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What makes poor people poor?

Necro for relevance?

Well written, if a little strongly worded (NSFW language). Also depressing.

cracked.com

“You’re Always in Survival Mode”
This is the thing that makes everything else so hard to deal with. It is almost as much the emotional and mental drain as the physical burdens. When you are in that position it can be hard not to throw away a weekend, and a paycheck, and sometimes a job, just to take a break and remember why life is worth living. Unfortunately, that puts you even farther from getting out of the suck.

“Your Next Expensive Disaster is Always Around the Corner”

You find yourself thinking, “Man, we could get caught up if this bad [stuff] wouldn’t keep happening!” Then it finally hits you that bad [stuff] happens like clockwork. Not because God hates you, but because you’re poor and you’re using cheap [stuff] that breaks. Maybe you don’t pay the $150 for a plumber, but have a handy friend fix it for you for $50. Awesome, you saved $100! Then six months later you have a leak again, because it turns out he fixed it with rubber bands and Fruit Roll-ups.
Everything in a poor person’s life is a cash vampire. My truck has 170,000 miles on it and the MPG is so bad that every time I start it, the ghost of an Indian appears in the passenger seat and cries. About twice a year, something under the hood grinds to a halt or melts — always another $500 on a tow and repairs. And that was the money I was saving to get a more reliable car.
[], even my own body does it to me. I lost my last job because of chronic back pain, losing my health insurance in the process. Which means I can’t treat my chronic back pain. Can’t afford to get dentist check-ups, so more expensive problems are allowed to grow and fester. And so on.

AMEN! You have to have an emergency fund. The hard part is that if you actually are poor this is incredibly difficult to do. Having $1000 in the bank that doesn’t get touched except for emergencies makes life so much smoother. Having $100 in cash to get you through minor emergencies is also worth way more than the $100.

“No Credit Can be Just as Damaging as Bad Credit”
I guess this has changed since I was young enough to have to worry about it. I never had any trouble finding an apartment are getting utilities turned on when I had no credit history.

“There is an Industry That Profits by Keeping You Poor”
Avoid payday loans/check cashing services, please.

“You Get Charged for Using Your Own Money”
Keep track of your money, don’t spend money you don’t have. Fortunately there is regulation being enacted that should limit some of the worst abuses here, but you have to keep track of your money, if you leave it up to the bank, you will pay dearly for it.

One thing that the author mentioned in passing that is a huge part of his problem, and is a huge problem for so many people, is a child and an ex. Don’t have kids unless you are married. End of story. 90% of the time, stay married. Solves so many problems.

P.S. Dave Ramsey.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Poor

Well written, if a little strongly worded (NSFW language). Also depressing.

cracked.com

“You’re Always in Survival Mode”
This is the thing that makes everything else so hard to deal with. It is almost as much the emotional and mental drain as the physical burdens. When you are in that position it can be hard not to throw away a weekend, and a paycheck, and sometimes a job, just to take a break and remember why life is worth living. Unfortunately, that puts you even farther from getting out of the suck.

“Your Next Expensive Disaster is Always Around the Corner”

You find yourself thinking, “Man, we could get caught up if this bad [stuff] wouldn’t keep happening!” Then it finally hits you that bad [stuff] happens like clockwork. Not because God hates you, but because you’re poor and you’re using cheap [stuff] that breaks. Maybe you don’t pay the $150 for a plumber, but have a handy friend fix it for you for $50. Awesome, you saved $100! Then six months later you have a leak again, because it turns out he fixed it with rubber bands and Fruit Roll-ups.
Everything in a poor person’s life is a cash vampire. My truck has 170,000 miles on it and the MPG is so bad that every time I start it, the ghost of an Indian appears in the passenger seat and cries. About twice a year, something under the hood grinds to a halt or melts — always another $500 on a tow and repairs. And that was the money I was saving to get a more reliable car.
[], even my own body does it to me. I lost my last job because of chronic back pain, losing my health insurance in the process. Which means I can’t treat my chronic back pain. Can’t afford to get dentist check-ups, so more expensive problems are allowed to grow and fester. And so on.

AMEN! You have to have an emergency fund. The hard part is that if you actually are poor this is incredibly difficult to do. Having $1000 in the bank that doesn’t get touched except for emergencies makes life so much smoother. Having $100 in cash to get you through minor emergencies is also worth way more than the $100.

“No Credit Can be Just as Damaging as Bad Credit”
I guess this has changed since I was young enough to have to worry about it. I never had any trouble finding an apartment are getting utilities turned on when I had no credit history.

“There is an Industry That Profits by Keeping You Poor”
Avoid payday loans/check cashing services, please.

“You Get Charged for Using Your Own Money”
Keep track of your money, don’t spend money you don’t have. Fortunately there is regulation being enacted that should limit some of the worst abuses here, but you have to keep track of your money, if you leave it up to the bank, you will pay dearly for it.

One thing that the author mentioned in passing that is a huge part of his problem, and is a huge problem for so many people, is a child and an ex. Don’t have kids unless you are married. End of story. 90% of the time, stay married. Solves so many problems.

P.S. Dave Ramsey.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / Don't do the surveys for free kreds

I usually get about four or five pieces of spam per day. Filled out one of the free offers for Kreds, got 45 pieces of spam in the last 24 hours. And zero Kreds.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why are college kids celebrating?

Let’s see, they’ve been living over half their lives with an undefined fear, the images of 911 seared into their memories during elementary school, the fear of another attack in their minds, the bogey man of terrorism (and specifically OBL) trotted out by their parents and the government, and now that bogey man is gone. That seems like a good enough reason to celebrate.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Tyrant Errors

Only down on Kong, not on Facebook.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Reset Option?

Another vote for a reset option.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / How to reset?

Yes, it is silly, but I would like to reset my account and start over again from the beginning. I can’t find any option to do this. Any ideas on how to make it happen?

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Help for mission 56

And how was it solved?

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Bug: "Application Error:Syntax Error -- Malformed Response"

Originally posted by Nezbit:

Since it’s a MySQL error, it’s probably 1) maintenance (should have been tested, and a backroll of a hotfix should be rolling out soon, I’d hope if that’s the case, since it’s peak player time), 2) the database(s) being used have crashed and need rebooting… until somebody does that, the errors will continue appearing… I’d suggest waiting a bit and trying again in 15+ minutes

Guessing it isn’t maintenance, since they would have to be really silly to be doing that right now.

Hopefully they have something set up to warn them when the system crashes and we aren’t waiting until tomorrow morning when they wake up and see that it was down.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Don't worry guys. They got this.

This will be funnier after they get it fixed.

 
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Topic: Tyrant: General Tyrant Discussion / Bug: "Application Error:Syntax Error -- Malformed Response"

bad time for maintenance :(

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is There Such Thing As Justified Racism?

It depends on if you are including the connotations and common usages of the word, or the actual meaning of the word. In the first case, no. In the second case, yes. If you don’t like people of a certain race because of things that aren’t related to their race (they are poor, they steal, they use drugs, etc), then you are being racist unjustifiably. Those things are not related to their race. If you don’t like people of a certain race because of things that are related to their race, then that would be justifiable racism. I’m not aware of any actual characteristics of a race that people have expressed a disliking for, but it could be theoretically possible.

“All members of this race share this characteristic, I do not like this characteristic, therefore I do not like member of this race” is a valid expression, however it is commonly used with characteristic that are not shared by every member of the race and becomes invalid.