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  1. This is the little shithead that you hear go wild when my roommate takes her for walks.
  2. Always down for a good F2P and an MMO is exactly what we need right now to hype people for the grind of WoW: Classic and BL3. I'm in!
  3. Something that I want to address, joking about HIV/AIDS. It's something that as lighthearted as it seems, is something that plagues the queer community to this day. The false spreading of information on HIV/AIDS, and the fear mongering that the media pressed onto our community completely stripped our culture, and identity. "At the beginning of HIV epidemic, in many countries gay men and other men who have sex with men were frequently singled out for abuse as they were seen to be responsible for the transmission of HIV. Sensational reporting in the press, which became increasingly homophobic, fueled this view. Headlines such as “Alert over ‘gay plague’”, and “‘Gay plague’ may lead to blood ban on homosexuals” demonized the LGBT community." - Avert, 2018 It's a stigma that lives on to this day. It's something I hear consistent jokes about, it's also something that I highly recommend you refrain from using in your day to day. It's become tacky and tasteless. Using it as a mockery is outdated, immature, and impedes the progress that we've made as a society in the prevention, and eradication of HIV. "PrEP. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take daily medicine to prevent HIV. Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken daily. Among people who inject drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74% when taken daily." - The Center for Disease Control, August 6th, 2019 I want to emphasize that quote is from exactly two weeks ago from this posting. It's outstanding what modern medicine can do. PrEP is something that (especially within the queer community,) has become as common place as taking a daily vitamin. You see dating profiles with "HIV- on PrEP" or some other form of disclosure on their HIV status. Getting tested and knowing your status, as well as open communication with potential partners is the major battle for prevention, and eradication of this disease. You can regularly find community outreach centers for LGBT+ that will test you for free for HIV and other venereal diseases. "In a real-world study, many of those newly diagnosed with HIV had a chance to work with a healthcare provider to prevent HIV prior to their diagnoses. Nearly 2 out of 3 patients newly diagnosed with HIV had visited a healthcare facility at least once prior to diagnosis." - Truvada HCP, 2019 "Only 23% and 47% of sexually active men and women, respectively, report receiving a sexual risk assessment, despite visiting a healthcare provider in the past year." - Truvada HCP, 2019 Young adults continue to be the group at highest risk, (ages 20-29) which makes it so important for us to have this discussion. To fight the disease is to fight the old ways of looking at it. This conversation is something that's so commonplace within the queer community nowadays, and it's something I'm immensely proud of our community for. The information is so readily available to you, it's just a matter of seeking it out and learning more for yourself. Break the barrier, and start educating yourselves. Learn where you can get tested. Learn more about PrEP as prevention. As per always if you have any questions you want answered, you can ask them in this thread, or DM me on the forums or Discord. I'm be happy to answer them (to the best of my ability,) privately, or publicly (anonymously,) if you so choose. Spread information, not HIV.
  4. Double posting, but pretty much anything by Jon Bellion. EDITED: The acoustic is much better than the original.
  5. Miley Cyrus, while having some questionable music at times, is an artist I definitely respect. Her newest song is definitely one of my favorites right now.
  6. Honestly the original song is such a fucking bop, but remixed it just does it for me. Also been listening to a lot of Elton John lately. Benny and The Jets + I'm Still Standing are some of my absolute favorite songs in existence.
  7. Let's talk about Discord etiquette! With lots of people playing in a myriad of games and events there needs to be better organization over voice comms. To start with everyone playing is expected to follow the code of conduct. Not visiting the site or reading it is no excuse. Event Leadership Do not talk over your event leaders. It is extremely disrespectful and slows down the process of getting the events started. If you have an issue with how an event leader is running things, take it up with them in private. If there's still a problem, go to an admin. Event leaders please remind everyone to organize themselves, so that you can better organize your event. Keeping everything kosher between the event attendees and the event leadership will only help us move things along and create a more positive environment for everyone involved. Voice Comms When asking for something, give out your name. Whether you need an invite, healing, etc. Talking in third person can really help. When stating something, please utilize brevity in your statements. Know the audience, and make sure that you're not impeding the event from moving along. We all enjoy a joke, or recapping something fun that happened, but please no soliloquies. Keep chatter to a minimum. With so many people in these events it deafens out others who may need to be heard. If voice comms are too crowded and you need to say something, type it out in in-game chat. Please report anything that breaks the CoC, or any other issues that need resolved to an admin. Thanks! - DSO
  8. Bumping this up just because it deserves to be higher. We've gotten quite a few people involved in it recently, and @MadCast: Shattered is making this the rotating featured game for the month of August. Thank you @MadCast: CoachRivers for getting people set up with memberships, you're the bomb diggity.
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    We will be watching How To Train Your Dragon: A Hidden World. The third installment in the How To Train Your Dragon movie series created by Dreamworks.
  10. Come join me this weekend for How To Train Your Dragon: A Hidden World at 9PM EST! Mark your calendars and don't forget the popcorn and drinks! "From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure."
  11. "Starting next year, Illinois public schools will be required by law to include LGBTQ history in their curriculums. On Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed House Bill 246, which mandates that the subject be taught as of July 1, 2020. The measure stipulates that students must study “the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.” The bill also includes similar mandates for African American history and that of various other groups, including Polish, Irish, Italian, Hispanic and Asian Americans. In keeping with the bill’s objective of promoting a diverse and inclusive history curriculum, it requires that “events related to the forceful removal and illegal deportation of Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression” be taught as well. After the bill passed the state Legislature in May, one of its co-sponsors, Democratic Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago, hailed it as “one of the best ways to overcome intolerance.” “It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment,” she said. “LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.” In a statement released Friday, Victor Salvo, Executive Director of the Legacy Project, a nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy group, called the measure a “life-saving law” that has placed the state “on the right side of history.” “To deny a child information that could give them hope, that could help them feel less alone, that could help them feel like they mattered ― while at the same time condemning them to hearing bigoted slurs in the hallways of their schools ― is a cruelty that every feeling adult has a responsibility to stop.” - Huffington Post CORRECTION: A previous version of this article mistakenly attributed quotes from Victor Salvo of the Legacy Project to Equality Illinois, another LGBTQ advocacy group. This is absolutely massive and wonderful news for the queer community. Educating today's youth about the past will only ensure a brighter future. It may only be one state, but I'm hoping that this is the ripple that radiates around the country.
  12. THOTTYTHEHOTTHOT That has got to be the best username I've seen in a while. I look forward to seeing you around, hit me up if you're ever down for a game.
  13. Pretty sure I've finished Dragon Slayer on my character, does that count as enough?
  14. When that gets up and running, and if you make a creative server, you let me know. I'm all for it.
  15. Hey y'all, Just wanted to let you know I'll be starting events here soon for free to low cost games. I definitely want to get some Tales of Escape going, and possibly Dauntless, and a few other styles of games. If you have any suggestions of games that are free or low cost ($5 or less,) that you'd like to see please let me know. I'm looking at doing Wednesday nights tentatively with my schedule at 9PM EST.
  16. It's important to bring to light these darker more taboo subjects and openly discuss the signs, and the availability of help. Here at MadCast we have an excellent thread already by @MadCast: Kitty Stark Let's Talk About Mental Illness which can be used as a great resource for ailments that may be affecting the way you feel. There is also an existing thread for Community Outreach if you ever find yourself in a sticky situation and need help getting by. MadCast is a community of people who care and want to see you succeed in more facets than just gaming. I can personally attest to this, as I've had to ask for help before, and have been shown nothing but kindness and support. That being said, know that you always have people you can reach out to here in our community, or if you are in immediate need of help there is the crisis call line which can help in a myriad of ways, you don't have to be suicidal to call them. You can reach them at: 1-800-273-8255 If you are LGBT youth (under 25) and are in a crisis you can reach out to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Their number is: 1-866-488-7386 "Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention." - National Alliance of Mental Illness Know the warning signs of suicidal behavior: Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here” but can become more overt and dangerous Increased alcohol and drug use Aggressive behavior Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community Dramatic mood swings Talking, writing or thinking about death Impulsive or reckless behavior Any person exhibiting these behaviors should get care immediately: Putting their affairs in order and giving away their possessions Saying goodbye to friends and family Mood shifts from despair to calm Planning, possibly by looking around to buy, steal or borrow the tools they need to complete suicide, such as a firearm or prescription medication Risk factors for suicide: Research has found that more than half of people (54%) who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. A number of other things may put a person at risk of suicide, including: A family history of suicide. Substance abuse. Drugs and alcohol can result in mental highs and lows that exacerbate suicidal thoughts. Intoxication. More than one in three people who die from suicide are found to be currently under the influence. Access to firearms. A serious or chronic medical illness. Gender. Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to die by suicide. A history of trauma or abuse. Prolonged stress. Isolation. Age. People under age 24 or above age 65 are at a higher risk for suicide. A recent tragedy or loss. Agitation and sleep deprivation. It can be frightening and intimidating when a loved one reveals or shows signs of suicidal thoughts. However, not taking thoughts of suicide seriously can have a devastating outcome. If you think your friend or family member will hurt herself or someone else, call 911 immediately. There are a few ways to approach this situation. Remove means such as guns, knives or stockpiled pills Calmly ask simple and direct questions, such as “Can I help you call your psychiatrist?” rather than, “Would you rather I call your psychiatrist, your therapist or your case manager?” Talk openly and honestly about suicide. Don’t be afraid to ask questions such as “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” or “Do you have a plan for how you would kill yourself?” If there are multiple people, have one person speak at a time Ask what you can do to help Don’t argue, threaten or raise your voice Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong If your loved one asks for something, provide it, as long as the request is safe and reasonable If you are nervous, try not to fidget or pace If your loved one is having hallucinations or delusions, be gentle and sympathetic, but do not get in an argument about whether the delusions or hallucinations are real Even if your loved one isn't in a moment of crisis, you need to provide support. Let them know that they can talk with you about what they are going through. Make sure that you are actively and openly listening to the things they say. Instead of arguing with any negative statements that they make, try providing positive reinforcement. Active listening techniques such as reflecting feelings and summarizing thoughts can help your loved one feel heard and validated. Furthermore, reassuring your loved one that you are concerned for their well-being will encourage them to lean on you for support. One of the best things you can do if you know or suspect that your loved one is contemplating suicide is educate yourself. Learning about suicide, what the warning signs are, and how it can be prevented can help you understand what you need to do as a member of their support system. If possible, be prepared. If your friend or family member has had suicidal thoughts in the past, it's a good idea to have a crisis plan just in case. This means that you'll need to work together to develop the best course of action if a crisis situation should occur. "The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us." - Voltaire MadCast is a community we are all here for each other, if you ever need help please don't hesitate to reach out.
  17. This month you can subscribe for $12 and get Slay The Spire, and Squad, (as well as other games announced on August 6th.) "Humble Bundle sells games, ebooks, software, and other digital content. Our mission is to support charity while providing awesome content to customers at great prices. We launched in 2010 with a single two-week Humble Indie Bundle, but we have humbly grown into a store full of games and bundles, a subscription service, a game publisher, and more." "Since Humble's first bundle in 2010, raising money for charity has been at our core. Everything we sell, from bundles to Store games to our Humble Monthly subscription, gives a share to charity. We feature a different charity sitewide every month. By focusing our community's efforts on one cause at a time, we can work together to make an even bigger impact for each one." If you're interested in Slay The Spire or Squad, why not get them for more than half off the original price and have access to a whole library of others for only $12. I'd highly recommend it! You can also check what they've done in the past, and read more about them as a company.
  18. Someone give this man a medal, this is amazing! Thank you!