skill with the cards

anonymous asked:

Elboys playing Blackjack at night?

Add is the dealer. He’s probably the most skilled dealer there is. Hence why Raven decides not to play cards with them this time. He sits off to the side, watching the table with careful eyes.

Add grins, teeth practically glinting from the dim light as he carefully shuffles the cards. Raven narrows his eyes as he recognizes the forced shuffle. Add is clearly being unfair, forcing the worst cards in the deck to the top. The tracer, of course, doesn’t give a fuck. He deals the cards, passing two to each player: Elsword, Chung, Ciel, and Ain.

Elsword checks his cards, huffing a breath when he notices it’s way below what he wanted it to be. He taps on the table, signifying for a hit. Add passes a card. Elsword checks it. It’s over 21. He’s out. Cue him sighing with frustration and shoving his share of the Elshards to the center.

Chung doesn’t dare to hit. He’s played blackjack with Add before. There’s no way he’s gonna risk it. He stays silent with his cards adding up to 19.

Ciel doesn’t really remember why he’s here. He only recalls Lu telling him to go to the basement to play some card games with everyone else. But. The basement is very dark. There’s cobwebs everywhere. And there’s basically trash. He ends up ditching the game of cards to clean up the room instead…which is a shame since his cards add up perfectly to 21.

Ain doesn’t know how to play. He stares at the weird symbols on the cards, raising an eyebrow in confusion. Either way, he just sits there, not really knowing what to do.

Add’s grin later turns into a frown. It’s not as fun as he thought it would be. “You all stink,” He hisses, leaning back onto his dynamo and sighing. He doesn’t plan to play blackjack anymore anytime soon. At least he won Elsword’s elshards.

You’re an exceptionally skilled assassin, doing an interview on your deathbed. Your calling card is making a homicide look accidental or natural. You’re known only by your code name: 20-16

Tips for Improving your Social Skills

1. Work on remembering peoples’ names.

2. Make an effort to stay in touch with people – even if it’s only “liking” an occasional photo on facebook, sending a 2 line email, or sending a Christmas card.

3. Develop and improve your listening skills. This includes not interrupting when others are speaking, not trying to control the conversation, and showing a respectful, genuine interest in the speaker.

4. Hold the door for others, and let others out first (in elevators, on trains and buses etc.)

5. When you’re writing an email, keep it brief and to the point. Nobody wants to read a long, boring essay.

6. Keep your voice down when you’re talking on your phone. No-one wants to hear your private conversations (and especially when you’re travelling on public transport).

7. Show a genuine interest in the passions of others. Ask lots of open questions, and find out what you can about their hobbies and interests.

8. When someone joins a conversation you’re involved it, include them right away, and try to bring them up to speed.

9. Don’t be a whiner or find fault with everything. Instead, being affirming, optimistic, and try and find the positives.

10. Be tolerant and patient with other people, and do what you can to accept them as they are.

11. Don’t go on and on – so other people fall asleep, begin to feel annoyed or want to run and hide from you.

12. Don’t argue back aggressively, or try to pick a fight, if you disagree with someone – even if you know they’re wrong.

Intelligence is not a redeeming character trait.

I’m really unbelievably tired of (mostly male) characters being “redeemed” from their bad attitudes, bad manners, poor treatment of other characters, etc. by the big reveal of their supposed genius. 

Being intelligent (no matter how intelligent) doesn’t make a person worth more than anyone else. It doesn’t excuse any of those things. It isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card for bad behavior, and having other skills (no matter what they are) doesn’t justify never prioritizing learning how to not hurt the people around them.

It’s not an excuse. 

And I think this is especially important to bring up for (mostly white) male characters, because actual men outside of fiction are excused by society in the same way that narratives excuse them in fiction. As long as they’re perceived by society as being “more important” than other people (which they already are by default if they’re men, and even more so if they’re white, etc.), any inappropriate, harmful, or offensive behavior toward other people is excused. 

The excuses are always that it would be “hard” for someone who is SO INCREDIBLY GIFTED to… be kind? Show compassion? Consider the effects of their actions on others and act accordingly? 

It’s bullshit. 

Fundamentally the trope is ableist (by basing someone’s worth around their mental capacity), with undertones of classism and racism (in the same ways that IQ tests are classist and racist), and it perpetuates a narrative of male privilege and entitlement.

And by the way, if you were reading this post and thinking “Is this about [specific male character who does this]?” then the answer is yes.

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Valentine’s Day Complete Set

Osomatsu
Skill: When “rock” card is 70 count or less, the probability of occurrence for matsu boxes rises

Appears in the NEET fes Valentine’s event
Valentine’s Limited Costume
Reverse confession from Osomatsu to you
“Ah~ I’m late ‘cause I was at pachinko!”
“Eh!? Chocolates for me!?”

Karamatsu
Skill: When “scissors” card is 70 count or less, the probability of occurrence for matsu boxes rises

Appears in the NEET fes Valentine’s event
Valentine’s Limited Costume
Reverse confession from Karamatsu to you
“Heh… am I too late? Karamatsu Girl”
“Oh!! Bitter!!”

Choromatsu
Skill: When “paper” card is 70 count or less, the probability of occurrence for matsu boxes rises

Appears in the NEET fes Valentine’s event
Valentine’s Limited Costume
Reverse confession from Choromatsu to you
“I have a slightly bizarre story…”
“Thinking about it, I’m very interested in chocolate… among other things…”

Ichimatsu
Skill: When “rock” card is 70 count or less, the probability of occurrence for matsu boxes rises

Appears in the NEET fes Valentine’s event
Valentine’s Limited Costume
Reverse confession from Ichimatsu to you
“Not really… I wasn’t waiting…”
“Oh… chocolate…”

Jyushimatsu
Skill: When “scissors” card is 70 count or less, the probability of occurrence for matsu boxes rises

Appears in the NEET fes Valentine’s event
Valentine’s Limited Costume
Reverse confession from Jyushimatsu to you
“What’s a valentine? Baseball!?”
“A lot!! A lot of chocolate!!”

Todomatsu
Skill: When “paper” card is 70 count or less, the probability of occurrence for matsu boxes rises

Appears in the NEET fes Valentine’s event
Valentine’s Limited Costume
Reverse confession from Todomatsu to you
“Eh? No, I don’t want it, it’s your chocolate.”
“Will we go out for chocolate fondue next time?”

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Halloween Petite Devil || Anzu Futaba SR
“Give Me Candy”

Attribute: Cute
Center Skill: Skill Chance Up
Ability: Perfect Note
Skill: Every 15 seconds: there is a 35..52.5% chance that Nice/Great notes will become Perfect notes for 5..7.5 seconds.
Life: 39

This card is a Limited Card and was only available in the Happy Halloween Gacha Platinum Gacha that ran from the 30th September, 2016 until the 9th October, 2016