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Happy That I'm Here Chapter 2/?

Jeremy Heere/Michael Mell

Summary: Michael has a hard time telling Jeremy something about himself, so he resorts to dropping hints. It’s just up to Jeremy to put the pieces together before he decides that he’s going crazy.

Chapter Summary: Michael is normally a garage sale king, but this time he stumbles upon something particularly spectacular. Jeremy just wished that he understood why.

Chapter 2: Game Boys Always Win

gamelover00135  asked:

How will ipo react when bazz is just silently watching ipo singing and playing his instrument?

Well! Ipo is more of a music player instead of a singer ;D He can sing pretty decently, but when he gets really into his music, he just hums along. Now if he was playing and Bazz was listening without Ipo knowing it, there’d be a couple different reactions. Depending on if Ipo and Bazz are in a relationship at this point, Ipo would either:

1. Stop playing and run away, feeling too embarrassed to keep playing.

or

2. Blush and keep playing, but he’d make more mess ups because he has performance anxiety. At least until Bazz compliments him. Then he’d feel a little less nervous 8)

Exert

We are very proud of all the hard work the Magic Online team did to allow players to play with Amonkhet online this week, right after the paper prereleases.  Yesterday, Magic Online hit an all-time record for the number of concurrent users logged into the system at one time. Clearly, you’re excited, too.

With the release, however, we have noticed a lot of conversations and Game Support contacts around the implementation of exert.  I wanted to make a post discussing implementation of the exert mechanic on Magic Online.

How was exert implemented on Magic Online?

In case you haven’t played with it yet, when you declare attacks you click on each creature you want to attack with.  If that creature has exert, there are two options (or more if a player has a planeswalker or you’re in a multiplayer game): “Attack” and “Attack with Exert”. If you right click on the battlefield to use the “Attack with All” option instead, the attacking creatures will use the default attack option and not exert.

Where is the confusion coming from?

Some players, upon choosing “Attack with All”, expect a second prompt of some kind to select whether they want to use exert and then hit OK, potentially making a disastrous attack that they did not intend to make.

Why was it designed this way?

There are several options that were considered by the team and were not chosen.  It’s easiest to look at the options that weren’t chosen and the reasoning behind the choice:

  1. Have “Attack with All” not attack with creatures with exert, players must add them separately. This option was rejected quickly, because if people select “Attack with All” and hit OK quickly, they won’t have attacked with creatures with exert even though they meant to.
  2. Add a prompt after you declare attackers for each creature with exert. This option was rejected because it required extra clicks. For the base case, you expect to make that decision as you declare attackers, just as you would decide whether a creature was attacking a player vs. a planeswalker.
  3. Add a second “Attack with All” option so that creatures with exert will exert. This option was rejected because it was deemed to be confusing: Are you attacking with all creatures and exerting all of them that can exert, or attacking with only creatures with exert and exerting them all?

Given these considerations, the team landed on the option currently on Magic Online, where the “Attack with All” option implies that you aren’t choosing to exert any creatures.

Before the set launched, the team did not anticipate the current confusion level surrounding how “Attack with All” and exert interact. That’s on us. Getting the right user experience can be tricky, and sometimes things end up more confusing than anticipated. That’s what happened here. Once the confusion started surfacing, we did our best to communicate the functionality through messaging in the Announcements section of the client, on Twitter, and through ORCs which provide in-client support.

Are you planning to change the interface?

We’re discussing our options, but no decision has been made yet. Some of the factors that affect this:

  1. How many players are confused by the interface (based on contacts to our Game Support team as well as feedback we receive from social media)?
  2. Once players realize their confusion, are they adjusting their behavior, or is muscle memory causing them to repeatedly have problems here?
  3. How long would development and testing for a new interface take to implement, and when could the change be deployed to production?
  4. Would players be better served by developers and QA staff focused on this vs. other efforts?

We’ll investigate this and if we plan to make changes, we’ll be sure to let the public know.

Thanks for playing and even if the exert interface didn’t quite match your expectations, I hope you enjoy Amonkhet events on Magic Online!

- Lee

Happy 17 Million Subs, Markiplier!

Happy 17 Million Subs, Markiplier!

@markiplier

Sorry for the late post. I wanted to post it when we hit 17 mil, but you know I’m shy about my art and also I slaved over this for two days please be gentle

This was a pretty fun one to work on. My health is the same as always, so straight lines are absolutely still not a thing I can do, but I’ve been trying to embrace the messier aesthetic and I’m really quite pleased with how these turned out. 

I know it still leaves a lot to be desired, but comparing it to similar things I have done in the past, like the 7 Million Sub art (which also has a dog) or the unholy mess that was the 8 Million Sub art (which I’m trying to give myself a pass on since I was at the hospital that day, but c’mon guys, that was bad) I am definitely improving. 

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll notice that my art and myself dropped right off the face of the planet for a year, almost two. I had no confidence in myself or in my work, and I let that take me away from what I love to do. It was Mark who brought me back into it. As I mentioned in this post, a lot of things changed for me after I watched the video where Mark talks about how he is excited for failure, because it helps him to grow. Directly after that, simply because one of my roommates put it in the queue on the Chromecast, I watched Mark’s Draw My Life. Although our circumstances are very different, I saw myself in him. I saw myself in the lost person who switched college majors all the time and didn’t know what he wanted. As weird as it sounds, that gave me some hope, which is something I desperately needed. If he can pull himself out, why can’t I?

So here’s the truth: I am in school for advertising, but what I really want is to be a writer. It’s my dream, and my passion is art. I quit both for a very long time, because I couldn’t accept the fact that my illnesses are chronic. I couldn’t accept that I will never “get better”, and that made me stop trying, because why live a broken life, anyway? But just because I’m fractured doesn’t mean I have no value. My brain thinks some terribly sad things, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t write beautiful ones. My hands may be unable to draw straight lines, but that doesn’t mean they can’t draw pretty ones. 

So thanks for helping me learn that, Mark. I know you’ll never see this, of course. I’m not delusional. But I’d much rather have a thank-you unheard than a thank-you unsaid, y’know?

So thank you. 

Because of you, I’m trying again.

~*~

As always, you can find these pieces of art on my Redbubble here. (x) (x) (x)

If you made it this far, thank you for reading my ramble. I know it’s irrelevant to you guys, but it helps knowing that I might not just be shouting into the void.

voltron "ember island players" episode

I hope we have a Voltron episode that’s like ATLA’s “Ember Island Players” (the one with the parody play). It’s extremely campy and it takes place after a few seasons.

-Pidge is played by a very small child with HUGE glasses and they always yell “HACKED!” or “MY FAMILY!” when they appear on stage. Rover is a balloon with a triangle drawn on it.
-Lance gets the best jokes and one liners (despite not having them irl). His actor is extremely tall.
-Shiro is portrayed as the father of the Paladins. (“It’s so true!”) They get his arm wrong. It’s the wrong side.
-Allura’s actress throws someone across the stage in every scene. Her dress is cheaply made and her hair keeps going out of place. The real Allura admires the effort.
-Keith’s actor makes an effort to cross his arms when he isn’t fighting or doing something with them. He runs with his arms crossed. The crowd loses it and so does all of Team Voltron (except for Keith)
-Hunk’s actor carries fake vomit. He also breaks the fourth wall and goes full on meta when he forgets his lines. (“Yeah, let’s just trust these people WE DON’T EVEN KNOW. What could go wrong?”)
-Coran is the only one they accurately portrayed. They got everything right. His hair, his clothes, his mannerisms, EVEN THE MUSTACHE. Coran doesn’t believe that he acts that way.
-Zarkon has a musical number (much like “Springtime For Hitler”). It confuses and entertains everyone.
-The forming of Voltron is shown through pieces of cardboard being waved around and put together while dramatic music plays.
-The sound effects are made by the actors themselves. The Paladins argue over the accuracy. (“My gun doesn’t sound like that!” / “Your actor made that sound like fireworks!”)
-Lance and Keith’s arguments are portrayed like breakups in bad soap operas.
-(“That play was so good I cried” / “Shut up, Lance”)

AU where bitty is on the lacrosse team and manages to keep the lax bros out of smh’s hair long enough that the boys start to get suspicious

word count: 1603

part 1 here


After what Bitty has been referring to in his own head as “The Incident” (with capital letters and all), things between the lax team and the hockey team are… Better? Naturally, Bitty couldn’t tell his team about what had happened, and in fact hadn’t even been pressured to; the teammates who’d been in the house at the time hadn’t even realized he was gone until he was strolling back through the door. So much for having each other’s backs, Bitty had mumbled to himself as he rolled out his pie crust.

But that had been nearly a month ago, and since then, the hockey team hadn’t been over even once to bang at the door with complaints– not even when the house had hosted a party two weeks ago and their music had been loud enough for the bass to be felt a full block away. It’s unusual behavior, and Bitty would be lying if he ever tried to say he isn’t curious about it. The way he sees it, they’re probably just feeling guilty over the whole kidnapping thing. Which is probably fair, all things considered, and Bitty appreciates their consideration. For the most part.

Despite the hockey team’s apparent peace with the lacrosse team, they do still seem a little spiteful. Either that, or Bitty is projecting his own spite onto them; he’s been sitting at the house’s kitchen table for a full two hours now, picking at a now cold tray of bagel bites as he tries to finish an essay. It’s not due until the next Monday, a fact that has Bitty thanking any and all gods who may exist, because there is no way in hell he can finish it tonight with the loud music blaring from across the street. Bitty keeps finding himself bouncing a leg to the beat and staring blankly at his laptop instead of actually writing, and after the fourth time, he finally sighs and slams the thing shut, sliding it perhaps too roughly into his backpack. He deposits the entire bag safely by the stairs before he heads out.

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