Prequel is the best fucking comic you guys.
Katia just learned telekinesis and the portrayal of her figuring shit out is just so on point. She’s trying to rotate objects the way you do in Oblivion, and everything about this sequence is fucking perfect. Kazerad never ceases to amaze me, and I just need to tell people about it.
Here my strategy for what to do after I facecheck a Caduceus:
"Oh," I will say nonchalantly, "a piece of ice with trace subroutines. How novel."
At this point, I look the corp player dead in the eye, and smile roguishly, to underscore that my “novel” comment is delivered with tongue firmly in cheek; I want to give the impression of someone who plays Netrunner with casual insouciance, not someone who doesn’t realise that tracer ice is actually a fairly common sub-type.
"Hmm," I say, furrowing my brow after the roguish smile has been delivered, to give the impression of someone rapidly performing complex mental arithmetic with barely any difficulty. "I think I won’t bother breaking the subroutines on this one."
At this point I leave a small pause, in case the corp gasps out of surprise, because I don’t want their gasp to drown out the next sentence.
"So," I say. "So, are you going to buff the first trace?"
The trick here is to be so magnetic up until this point that the corp does not pay attention to the actual subroutines.
"Yes!," the corp player will say, with a hint of panic, "yes! I will buff the trace with all of my money!"
They will do this because my casual insouciance – you see, this is why I want to give the impression of casual insouciance – they will do this because my casual insouciance has so unnerved them that they cannot bear to see me successfully making it through any sub routine.
I will then say “Oh no! I suppose I cannot afford to break this trace now you have buffed it so high.” I will still have all my money, but the corp will be left with naught but a measly three credits.
Next, I will say “are you going to buff the second trace?” This serves the dual purpose of reminding them that they need to make the decision, and also putting me back in control of the game. Control of the conversation is crucial for a game such as Netrunner, which is why I frequently play with “peacocks”, gentle conversation starters that allow me to seize my opponent’s attention at times when they are feeling more confident than I can handle (try, for instance, wearing an oversized foam hand during a game).
They will be feeling stung from the fact that they spent all their money on the first trace and I didn’t even combat it, so they will stubbornly refuse to buff the second trace at all. “No, I won’t buff the second trace at all,” they will so.
At that point I smile at them, and say “no backsies”, and steal an agenda to win the game without having spent a single credit. They are cursing themselves by now, but because it is the final game in the World Championship, the tournament judge is forced to step in and cite Fantasy Flight’s “no backsies” rule to them to ensure that they don’t try and get a do-over. I win the game, and am showered with the praise and respect from my peers that I so deeply desire.
This strategy has not yet succeeded but it is only a matter of time.
LONELY ROLLING ALL-STAR
I’ve had this is my mind since I first saw Skelita Calaveras’ name on her packaging haha. I remember seeing it and thinking, no way, is that the same name?? me and my gf were so excited. It turns out their names are different by one letter… but whatever, I can imagine it ;P
Help two chronically ill siblings get their medical treatment
signal boost please
Guys, can you help out my friend Maria?
Okay, but, like, have you seen the official soundtrack titles for the new Planet of the Apes
☼ League of Legends: A New Dawn [x]
Neil Cicierega is a god amongst men. He bends reality to his will.
There is no way a mash-up of Faith No More’s “Epic” and War’s “Lowrider” should ever work in a million years, but Neil did it.
And as if that was not wild enough, he later goes on to take two songs that I have never enjoyed, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” and mash them together into something that I can’t stop listening to, which then transitions seamlessly into the Platonic ideal Wonderwall remix.
I don’t know what Neil Cicierega considers to be his magnum opus, but if I was picking, I’d say it’s the mash-up of Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” with Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body”, and “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba. He even manages to fit in a couple of bars of the Hamsterdance, among other things, and it remains incredibly compelling throughout all of it.
the idea of throwing things is wild to me who even discovered it you are just letting go of shit really hard