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  1. 5 points
    I grew up with a lot of encouraging from both my parents, but they also held me to a very high standard. Big victories were celebrated, with a lot more focus on academic things than anything else, and this is the thing I normally revert to if I don't pay close attention to my mental health. But academic or economic success isn't everything, especially if you have a shaky mental health situation, and celebrating small victories sometimes can be life saving, at least in the long run. So, with this in mind, I thought it would be cool to start a thread where we can share our big or small victories of any kind, with the idea of having a reminder to do it whenever we can, celebrating each other's advances, and also a place where we can come back on a rainy day and remember that one day months ago where you were proud of an accomplishment. Don't be shy, it's really important to be able to give yourself credit where it's due. I'll get the ball rolling with a couple of things I could think of today. The first one is that somehow I am passing two of my classes with over 100%, and considering I normally do worse on second semesters I'm actually very proud of this. The second one is that yesterday I managed to call both of my parents, which has been a big challenge since I moved away because it reminds me that I'm not there. It's good for me though, because I miss them and the more time I go without calling them makes me feel awfully guilty and increasingly alone, so I'm very happy that I pushed myself to do it. Now it's your turn! (I got this idea from topics like these, go check them out and be happy and healthy!) https://www.madcastgaming.com/ips/forums/topic/25135-self-care-lets-talk-about-mental-illness/ https://www.madcastgaming.com/ips/forums/topic/25184-somebody-loves-you-come-see-why/ https://www.madcastgaming.com/ips/forums/topic/25781-wholesome-empowering-memes/ https://www.madcastgaming.com/ips/forums/topic/25475-what-do-you-want-in-life/
  2. 5 points
    I went on a date for the first time in forever today, with a beautiful man. We ended up just laying in the grass staring at the clouds in the park for hours and just talking. There wasn't any sexual connotation behind it, or aggressive behavior towards that like most men that I've interacted with lately have been. It was just serene, and so easy to open up to him, and him opening up to me. Unfortunately he had to go down to Colorado Springs for the weekend for work, but we had a wonderful time and are planning on getting together again soon, and I'm super excited. It's really hard to get second dates for me, and after how much I've been working lately, and how stressed I've been, today was exactly what I needed.
  3. 4 points
    His worn, tired eyes traveled down the road. The sky was dark. Then again, the sky had been dark for a century, maybe longer, and it would not be light again. The lanterns flickered on the wooden poles. Maybe one in every four gave off continual light. The foggy darkness of early morning would not yield to such a weak attempt to throw off the night. The morning mist was fine, and cold, and reminded him he was alive. Well, he was corporeal, at least. The poor languishing dead between this world and the spirit realm were alive, too, but not like this. Not like him. The air was calm around him, and he suppressed a shudder at the chill. The daisho on his hips rattled anyway, for the shudder could not be contained. Not many carried both anymore- what ceremony required the wakizashi in this broken world? Honor had left, taken its absence with the sun. His eyes wandered back to the Hokora and he knelt. Some felt it foolish to give prayers to those who had taken the sun. He did not brook with those. Did the kami of the mountain take the sun? Did the ancestors rise up to pollute the sky, to make crops fail in the earth? The fools who blamed all spirits were those doomed to be haunted, fail, and join them. A meaningless half-life between Nihon-that-was and the spiritual realm- forever purged and comingled such that all that remains is the honorless misery of one and the desperate hopelessness of the other. He did not intend to join those ranks today, or tomorrow. He offered his prayer to the Kami of the road shrine because to do otherwise was foolish. The Dragons, The Princes, The Oni were to blame; a proper daisho the only real weapon against such. He tapped the edge of his wide-brimmed hat to shake the mist from it, and found his feet again. His eyes traveled down the road again and he felt his breath catch in his throat. Those colors... He could not know the man from this distance, but he knew the shape- an unkempt warrior with the same eyes as his, staring his direction. Certainly, the unkempt vermin had recognized the colors worn on his opposite as well. He dropped his hands to the daisho and gripped them as if to draw both, an unorthodox style even in Edo. He cracked his mouth with some effort and called out neutrally. "Early, my friend, to be on this road. Lost, perhaps?"
  4. 3 points
    Depends on your ranking in the hierarchy of the pedantry club.
  5. 3 points
    I stayed during the entire Town Hall and actively listened as much as possible. I have intense public speaking anxiety, so I don't usually listen. I instead follow the chat. It was very, very worth it to hear everyone's voices for a change, and it challenged me to practice coping techniques for anxiety. I really look up to people like @MadCast: Kitty Stark who are able to sound so charming and confident in front of a whole group of people.
  6. 3 points
    We went out for a lunch date and had a wonderful waitress, so we left a $7 tip on a $20 meal. I've worked in the food industry for years and I really appreciated her hard work, and it also made me very happy knowing that I am financially stable enough to at least do that for someone else. I know that any tip over $5 was rare for me when I worked as a server and it was miserable to work really hard and depend on people who usually didn't appreciate it. I'm more leaving this to remind myself in the future because yesterday as a whole was really nice. I also could have called into work last night since I was unwell Thursday night and felt very tired, but I forced myself to go and it was crazy busy at first, so I'm glad I was there to help my boss. She thanked me for working hard and let me leave an hour early anyway so it all worked out.
  7. 3 points
    @Hitori has received the necessary votes and is now a Full Member of MadCast. Please join me in welcoming our newest FM: MadCast: Hitori Hitori, you have 10 days to reply that you have read and agree to the Terms of Full Membership. Your permissions will then be updated and your transition to full membership will be complete. Congratulations!
  8. 2 points
    Path of Exile's new league Legion is a huge melee rework and a bunch of new content. This new league starts on June 7th and I'm placing links below, for people who want to check out the game, the resources and start working on a build or figuring out something works. Anyone who has questions feel free to pm me or @MadCast: A1C_Ju in discord or here in this post. Going to be making an official in-game MadCast guild so that anyone who plays has a place to come and play with others and learn the game. Resource links: Legion Trailer Path of Exile Main Page Path of Exile Reddit Page Path of Exile Wiki Page Path of Exile Trade Site Path of Exile Item Mod Database Path of Building - Offline Build Planner Download
  9. 2 points
    During the fight with @MadCast: Wazap I felt overwhelmed with pity and decided to commit seppuku at the end of the duel. Wazap wins this one and I am now dead.
  10. 2 points
    I made @MadCast: Wazap forfeit before I cleansed him of this world. He took no damage, for I am merciful.
  11. 2 points
    Not sure if this one applies, but I love it.
  12. 2 points
    As dark and demented as my usual meme humor is - I have a couple of rare gems I hold onto!
  13. 2 points
    Saturday the 4th of May we will be having a Social Games Saturday! 3PM EST! Games on the docket are Two Rooms and a Boom and Secret Hitler! 2Rooms Rules Goal: Blue Team- At the end of the game, for the President to not share a room with the bomber. Red Team- At the end of the game, for the President to share a room with the bomber. Gambler- At the end of the game, before the team victory is announced, they must predict who will win publicly. If correct, the Gambler wins with that team. How to Play: The group will be divided into equal groups and separated into two Discord rooms. Everyone is given a character card. This is considered secret info unless shared. A 3 minute (or longer) timer is started. The following occurs: 1. A leader is selected. The first person nominated by someone other than themselves becomes the leader of that room. Leaders may be deposed/changed by the current leader giving leadership to a willing player, or by a majority vote of confidence. You can call for the replacement leader to be yourself, unlike the original nomination of a leader. Leaders choose who hostages are each round, but cannot choose themselves. Myself and any chosen volunteers will be in rooms to verify these changes. 2. During the 3+ minutes of the round, you converse with the people in the room with you. You may speak publicly in voice, you may show the entire room your card by announcing your color and role, or you may private message/query anyone IN your room in Discord to privately share cards or discuss teams. The rules at this time: You must stay in that (discord channel) room unless you move to the other room as a hostage later. If you ask to share cards, you must share cards both ways- there is no 'tricking' someone into telling you their card and not telling them back. You can ONLY share cards with someone in your room. If you are later in different rooms, please refrain from messaging that person again for the duration of that game/your time in different rooms. If there are 10 or more players, you may share only the color instead of the whole card (color and role). If you set up color and role, you must show color and role back. You are welcome to lie, bluff, mislead, organize, etc. as much as you want, but you must be completely honest when sharing cards with someone as a trade. (e.g. you can tell the entire room that you are blue, or you can try to get the room to share colors verbally, but if you and someone else are going to share cards, you must TELL THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH about your color and role (unless only sharing color in a 10+ person game). 3. When the round timer ends, Leaders pick 1 hostage (potentially more in a large game- I will instruct if different) to trade rooms. Leaders cannot pick themselves. When leaders have figured out who to trade, the trade happens, and a 2 minute (or longer) timer begins. The third round is 1 (or more) minutes long. More rounds, or longer rounds, may be instituted to facilitate better play in a voice server vs. a physical house as needed. You will be aware of any changes to the rules. 4. We determine who wins by having the President, the Bomber, and everyone else reveal who they are. Secret Hitler https://secrethitler.io/rules
  14. 2 points
    I agree that pineapple pizza is, perhaps, the pinnacle of pizza.
  15. 1 point
    Conversation started in the SFM Election thread and I figured I'd make it into its own thing. I have always viewed voting on any official in any capacity to be more of a responsibility than a right. Outside of rare cases, not voting only says that you don't care enough to vote, and I have no time for you.  It has also always been my view that if you don't vote, you have no right to complain about any elected official. Fight Me
  16. 1 point
    Greetings Agents, With confirmation that Title Update 3 is going to be coming next week, most likely May 16th (as all the maintenance and patches have happened on Thursdays so far), we are going to begin holding weekly events next Saturday, May 18th at 7pm EST. According to the poll this was the most wanted time, so we'll start with this. After the patch, the initial point of this event will be to get people geared up for the raid that will be opening shortly afterwards. Discussing build possibilities, etc after the big changes coming in the patch. Look forward to seeing you in D.C. Agents!
  17. 1 point
    I’d just like to point out to the non-believers here that the Merriam-Webster Dictionary categorizes hotdogs as sandwiches. https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/to-chew-on-10-kinds-of-sandwiches/hot-dog Please remember to keep the discussion civil. I understand that the truth may hurt.
  18. 1 point
    It's not a sandwich. No. Stop it.
  19. 1 point
    MadCast: Epic

    Intro - lll Loki lll

    Welcome! It was good to meet you earlier!
  20. 1 point
    Narrowing the discussion to loaded fries vs. poutine being 'the same thing' is like saying 'I wouldn't call a Rueben a Po' Boy.' Of course, you wouldn't, but that's not the conversation being had. You wouldn't call a Lion a Tiger either, but you would call them both felines. Loaded Fries and Poutine are separate entities that don't have an over-arching classification, though I fail to see how they would not be related- both are fried potato slivers, sauced and topped. This is a taxonomical classification exercise- in the culinary world, are hot dogs a member of the sandwich family or a member of some other family, having evolved separately.
  21. 1 point
    But are open faced sandwiches still sandwiches, or are they just a pile of food on top of bread?
  22. 1 point
    I think your intent is the Fellowship award, and I concur with you.
  23. 1 point
    I want to nominate @MadCast: doublestufforeo. I am not sure which award but he has spent the last two weeks helping me find some new cookware based on a thread I had started and has spent a lot of his own time googling and searching for just the right set for me. I can not stress how much I appreciate the help he has given me. He deserves an award for being helpful and his teaching of how to care and what to look for in this stuff.
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  25. 1 point
    MadCast: Munsa

    RP: Red Dragon Inn

    Mansu gestures to the front door. "Drink deeply. If you follow me out that door, only black brine awaits." Idly, he tipped the empty wine glass with a calloused finger before stretching and rising. The gloom outside poured in for a moment as the door opened and shut.
  26. 1 point

    MadCast Open Registration

    Team Name: Male Models Team Captain: BogglersaurusREX K1NCA1D dragoonmaster10 Mastazap NEWMANZ
  27. 1 point
    I came out victorious in my duel against @MadCast: Kitty Stark. We both walked away without being wounded.
  28. 1 point
    Proceeding the death of one "Support Welfare" his successor appears "Zombie Support Welfare" Support Welfare - Zombie Support Welfare Clan- Nanten Eyes- Determined Look- Wanderer Sword- Dual Style- Agile
  29. 1 point
    MadCast: Khaos

    Duelist Sign-Up

    The Nanten welcome your support. Your unorthodox style will serve you well against the clumsy twigs of our enemies. Narrator: It did not.
  30. 1 point
    Opening the door to the inn, Kagono did a cursory glance out of habit to be aware of potential threats. Sensing none, he walked up to the main bar to order and pulled out his coin purse, heavy with the fruits of dangerous labors while at sea the past week. Perhaps after a hearty meal, he would pay the dice table a visit and enjoy himself while he recounted his victory that day to his comrades. It was always a pleasure to prove himself better than those who think themselves above the "lower class". He looked down at the dried blood still on his hands and grinned to himself a little madly. To any passersby, his expression resembled the Oni who prowled the darkest nights and haunted many dreams. While waiting for his meal and tea, he noticed a slim young girl walking towards that bastard Daimyo's table. Tempering his ever-present bloodlust, Kagono wondered what she was even doing among such disreputable company. Her mussed hair and apparent discomfort reminded him of his sister and made him wish she were allied to him instead. Seeing a capable warrior be seduced by that rich filth was a shame, and for once he was not eager to take a life. If only things were that simple... A pair of bowls filled with hot stew and fresh rice were placed on the bar in front of him. He began eating quietly, thoughts of gambling put aside as he couldn't help watching the girl further. He knew he would show no mercy to anyone who supported the corrupt bureaucracy, but part of him hoped she would cross another's path first and save him the pain. The scars covering his body already attested to a lifetime of suffering, and he had much life yet to live. [Open]
  31. 1 point
    I broke @MadCast: QuantaMentat kneecaps in a duel, and he survived with wounded status.
  32. 1 point
    MadCast: Hitori

    Duelist Sign-Up

    Akemi Hanada secretly follows the path of the Hokuten In the lighter hours of the eternal twilight, she is a pure shrine maiden, and under the cloak of the darkest twilight she is a stealthy, light footed samurai. Her eyes are always vibrant with the thrill of the unexpected, and she is never without her concealed naginata that poses as a ceremonial staff. As to her motivations... You will have to earn the right to question them yourself.
  33. 1 point
    MadCast: Vyoletta

    RP: Red Dragon Inn

    She would have ignored the server had they not automatically set the rice wine down at her table. This was definitely unexpected. She looked up with quizzical eyes and listened as the name Daimyo Batosu and invitation were spoken. If her face was pale from blood loss, then it was probably translucent now. This could not possibly be happening. She cursed silently and regretted not going straight home. It wasn't that she was ungrateful or unaware of the honor, but this was not the moment to receive such a gift. She gulped down her nerves and thought frantically about what she would say to redeem herself. He certainly had to know of her loss this afternoon... There could be no excuses from her. She was young, but she was strong. She must face the Daimyo with courage and confidence. They were friends... well, friendly, at least. She picked up the tokkuri of rice wine and made her way to his table. "Thank you, Batosu-sama." She bowed deeply. "I hope you are doing well this evening." As she sat, she felt hyper-aware of how unkempt she must appear and prayed that the Kami would save face for her.
  34. 1 point
    I defeated @MadCast: Vyoletta in a duel, and she did survive with wounded status.
  35. 1 point
    Season 17 begins May 17, alongside the latest Diablo III patch. Read on to learn more about upcoming legendary item updates, new Torment levels, a slew of quality of life changes, and a nightmarish Seasonal buff! https://us.diablo3.com/en/blog/22976066/season-17-the-season-of-nightmares-begins-517-5-10-2019 I, along with many, are stoked for this new season. Come join us on launch!
  36. 1 point
    MadCast: Caster


    I've been playing a ton of Overwatch lately. The new ranked season starts here shortly and it would be great to have some teammates if anyone is interested (by here shortly i mean in 8 hours from time of post).
  37. 1 point
    MadCast: CoachRivers

    Jeraax Intro

    Look forward to seeing you around. If you med anything just hollar
  38. 1 point
    Glad this went well for you. I look forward to -possibly- attending the next one.
  39. 1 point
    I'm no connoisseur of memes, but I do have a few that I keep around to make me smile
  40. 1 point
    Friends off.
  41. 1 point
    @MadCast: VoShay and @MadCast: Baal those are Pizzas, none of this silly fruit nonsense, just good, wholesome, healthy, dead animal.
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    Pineapple doesn't belong on pizza. Pizza is a place for dead animals and good spices. The best pizza I have ever had was a buffalo blu cheese pizza that myself and my 6 year old daughter made.
  44. 1 point
    MadCast: VoShay

    Writing Fan Ficiton

    Just about two decades ago because god am I old now, I was part of a Microsoft Zone Star Wars Clan and we had a forum section where we took turns writing scenes for an episodic fan fiction. Eventually, the core-writers got together and wrote most of an actual novel based on the characters we had created. It was pretty fun while it lasted though.
  45. 1 point
    I'm with Major on this one.
  46. 1 point
    Finish med school Become father Better husband All the stuff the major said (specifically guns) World domination (if theres time)
  47. 1 point
    Having played 1 game so far, I can't say it was the best game. It does narrow the range of skill to about 3 divisions, compared with the 4-5 we get in mixed ELO inhouses, but the teams were not particularly fair (2 plats/3 golds vs 2 silvers, 2 golds, and 1 plat) and the game was quite one-sided (29-5, game ended in 21 minutes after all the enemy lanes lost and their jungler fell behind). Discussion on the topic was pretty minimal (talked about warding to avoid the inevitable level 2 jungle Twitch gank, and then Twitch started blue??). Wasn't much to be gleaned from that game that I could not already get from playing a normal (ran an experimental jungle path on Hecarim to rush level 6, got it at 7:00 from getting 2 crabs. Would have been ~7:30 off 1 crab or ~7:45 off 0. Should be doable on most AoE clear champs like Shyvana, Karthus, Kayn, etc). Talking with @MadCast: Namflow after the game, he brought up a point I didn't really think about. I think some people view League of Learning as a place to learn new champions and such, but to make the most of the 5v5 inhouse format, the focus should be on having a deep dive on mechanics, teamwork, and communication rather than learning a champion. The normal game format is better than inhouses for learning new champions/roles, but is worse for reviewing your personal mechanics, and generally has less pressure on your teamwork and communication abilities. Also, this may sound elitist/gatekeeping, but I think League of Learning inhouses is not the best place to hop back into League if you don't already play it a decent amount. It ends up being a fairly competitive environment, so if you are rusty, you are re-learning the game while other people are focusing on improving their mechanics. I did think that the idea of having most weeks be inhouses, and 1 week per month as normals was not a bad way to go about doing League of Learning.
  48. 1 point

    League of Learning Feedback

    I'm ok with the new changes to league of learning it just doesn't really feel like league of learning anymore which is ok, but I feel like the old format offered a lot better feedback at the end of the game especially for laning phase because you get perspective from both sides and its usually from people have been paying a lot more attention to you play than just from the jungler for example who only looks at you for like 20% of the time. so I think the new format is ok and has some positives to it but I would still like to see the old format played maybe on rotation or something.
  49. 1 point
    Welcome to the MadCast forums. It is our hope that you will take the time to read every thread in New to MadCast so that you are aware of all our rules, policies, and terms. Perusing this entire forum will ensure that you don’t make any mistakes and understand the reasoning behind many of the decisions made in MadCast’s past. In this thread, the Rules, Structure, and Organization of MadCast are laid out so that everyone in our community understands what is and isn’t tolerated, how we conduct our business and the structure under which we operate. Code of Conduct The MadCast Code of Conduct ---which applies to members and non-members alike--- Expects the Following: Admin requests will be respected. People will not be attacked nor will rage be directed at anyone. People will not be called racist or religious slurs of any kind. People will not be expected to tolerate unwanted and unsolicited sexually-charged comments directed at them. Female members and guests' presence will not cause all the males on the website or Discord to begin to act all “macho” or “chest-puffy” toward other guys in some sort of weird peacock-like display. People will not discuss the buying, selling, use, experience, or possession of illegal drugs. People will cease a line of teasing or jest if asked by the target of that jest or someone else on Discord in that channel. The expectations are also summarized as follows: The “others” here are the admins. If anyone asks you to stop ---especially an admin--- you need to stop.
  50. 1 point
    Terms of Full Membership Below are the terms of Full Membership in MadCast. If you are to become a member, or if you are a member, you are expected to fulfill the following terms consistently throughout your time as a MadCast member. Failure to meet these terms will end in the loss of your MadCast tags. You are always welcome to re-apply if your tags are lost due to failure to meet the terms below. 1. Visit the website at least once a month and be a contributing member. An unexplained absence for longer than thirty days will result in automatic dismissal. Moreover, in order to be deemed a contributing Full Member you must satisfy AT LEAST ONE of the following criteria: (1) You must have donated at least 12 dollars over the course of the previous year. This amounts to one dollar a month; (2) You must have run / hosted / led a calendared event (an attempt, regardless of participation, counts) in the last SFM Cycle; (3) You must hold an officer / admin rank in a Main / Focus / Official MadCast game; (4) Your posting average, on the forums, must be .50 or higher; (5) You have written four lengthy articles, guides, tutorials, or walkthroughs for the website’s audience in the last SFM Cycle ; This is equivalent to one per month. (6) You must have been an RFM within the past 2 SFM Cycles; (7) You must have been a full term SFM within the past 3 SFM Cycles; (8) You must have participated in at least four (4) calendared events in the previous SFM Cycle; This is equivalent to one per month. (9) Military or Peace Corps service guarantee membership for the duration of said service; (10) You must recruit someone, that says you recruited them in their intro post, within the past SFM Cycle; (11) Outstanding contributions to be determined by SFMs in the need of other criteria failing. 2. Wear the MadCast tag as follows: MadCast: FullMember. Wearing it after your name or in any other variation is not allowed. We are proud to have you; be proud to be part of us. There is a limit to how many times you will be warned. 3. Be responsible. We do not discriminate in evaluating you for membership based on your age, and we will make no accommodations or exceptions based on your age. You will be treated like an adult; with all rights and responsibilities therein. Take responsibility and ownership in this community. Donate your time or your money, or both. We are all in this together and we all have a vested interest in seeing this place succeed. 4. Be respectful. This does not mean that you should be a yes man to everything that goes on. But, realize that we are all here to have fun, we are not your parents and we do not have to put up with you. Nevertheless, we want to make it clear, no one, in over a decade, has ever been kicked out of MadCast for being opinionated or being a source of constant criticism of the administration. We, the administrators of this community, welcome constructive criticism and provide various avenues for such criticism. Treating people like crap, constant negativity, and being generally an ass-hat is generally frowned upon. If this is, "just the way you are," MadCast is probably not a good fit for you. 5. Be active. Now, any attempt to draw a line here between what is active and what is not is an exercise in futility. The key to satisfying requirements of activity is visibility. The more visible you are the less you have to worry about being inactive. The best medium to demonstrate your activity level is the MadCast website. Now, no one is FORCED to play one game, or play a game they don't want to. Everyone is welcomed to play what they want, but realize that someone who does not see you every day, because you play different games, may wonder what you are up to. The best way to solve this problem is to be active on the website where what game you play seldom matters. These are the requirements to be a Full Member.