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General Discussion / Re: General Discussion
« on: September 28, 2020, 04:24:52 pm »
Hello I have returned to this, the forum of destiny.

Roleplay / Re: OoC: A Voice from the Storm
« on: January 15, 2020, 09:27:14 pm »
As such time has passed, I say we go forward with the collaboration even if nobody else is interested in joining in. I think it's fair to give people maybe until I get home from class tomorrow to express interest in having their characters represented and, should nobody speak up, just do it ourselves then? :P

That would give everyone approximately 18 hours from the time of this post to volunteer to join us in our magnificent brainstorming session.

NationStates / Re: Dispatches and Factbooks
« on: January 15, 2020, 07:15:15 pm »
Just a heads-up for everyone, I've now posted the January 2020 Eco-Report for Refugia! I hope everyone enjoys it <3

General Discussion / Re: The Welcoming Committee
« on: January 15, 2020, 06:31:55 pm »
I actually didn't know what Kami meant during that time. I had heard of the historically most famous Japanese word to North Americans, anime manga otaku hentai kamikaze, and I knew that meant "divine wind", but I didn't put together the fact that kami in that and the standalone word kami meant such a broad array of words.

I think that using animal names for your username is a neat idea. Also, while I liked the one that she had more (it meant Painted Wolf, which was her official name within the tribe), I came around to appreciating the one I was given. I was a sort of naive teenager at the time though and was just happy to have someone who wrote nerdy RPs and played games with me, so I didn't realise I was being fairly well dragged into furry culture  :sweatsmile: I just thought it was neat that she drew us as these characters.

General Discussion / Re: The Welcoming Committee
« on: January 15, 2020, 06:03:37 pm »
I once had a friend who went by Okami online, and then someone shortened it to Kami and she didn't realise that was god or deity in Japanese, and went with it for a while. Once I pointed it out to her in 2007, she kind of had a miniature freak-out because she's super-duper religious and was suddenly faced with the fact that she'd gone by the term "God" online for like two years.

Anyway I had nothing to add. I once went by Silver Fox in Abenaki, because a friend of mine at the time was part of that First Nation tribe and sort of coined that name for me. W˘kwses Wibegwigo, she was M8lsem Sezowozo. But that's the only time I've ever really gone by an animal name online. I think it's neat.

General Discussion / Re: The Welcoming Committee
« on: January 15, 2020, 05:27:57 pm »
Is there anything in particular that makes you avoid forums? I mostly ask so that we can work on fixing whatever might be making you uncomfortable. You shouldn't have to suffer through things if you don't have to.

General Discussion / Re: The Welcoming Committee
« on: January 15, 2020, 05:10:02 pm »
Hi Fish it's so good to finally meet you! Luca has talked quite a bit about you and I was excited to meet you and you seem super nice!

*gives you a proper tea service*
Victoria has been redeemed!

General Discussion / Re: The Welcoming Committee
« on: January 15, 2020, 05:03:09 pm »
Welcome Sakana! It's nice to have you here :)

General Discussion / Re: General Discussion
« on: January 15, 2020, 04:53:39 pm »
It was hard for me to get into Final Fantasy VIII, but I really wanted to. I came to it too late and only had it on the Steam version (this is before the remaster was released), and the camera made me want to die a little bit. Also I guess the beginning is universally accepted to be slow and hard to get into. I really liked Final Fantasy XIII, which I know is an unpopular opinion, and have hit a roadblock on my progression through XIII-2. I played XV through all the fun parts, and couldn't bear to go any further once we got on the train (that's not a spoiler, but should help anyone who's played understand).

Morrowind is one of my all-time favourite games! I got so into the lore and writing of that game, and have replayed it multiple times over the past 20... years... :geh: But seriously, I think it's one of the best games ever made, and that's saying something given the garbage fire that Bethesda would later become.

I also really love Obsidian games! I recommend most of them. Deadfire, Knights of the Old Republic 2, Tyranny... they make some of the best RPGs out there, almost entirely thanks to the fact that they employ some of the best writers to ever be in the video game industry. It makes me happy to talk about them.

General Discussion / Re: General Discussion
« on: January 15, 2020, 03:31:25 pm »
Today has been pretty stressful for both of us. Victoria isn't used to the amount of snow that came down, but we're used to it and both trekked out to get to where we needed to go. Luca's place was open, mine was not. I spent a solid 3.5 hours on a bus today just going to the campus and back!

I wanted to pull a comment from Spider to here because it wasn't really appropriate to keep going in the Guilty Pleasures thread. I love RPGs! What are some of the highlight games for you friend? I'm Final Fantasy garbage at this point, though I generally like anything with good characters and storylines for those characters. Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG, Lost Odyssey.

General Discussion / Re: Guilty Pleasures
« on: January 14, 2020, 07:36:10 pm »
What's your sort of game?

NationStates / Re: Sharkside Society Collates Food Rankings in Refugia
« on: January 14, 2020, 01:29:27 pm »
The secret to fourth place is compulsory veganism  :hawww:

General Discussion / Re: Guilty Pleasures
« on: January 14, 2020, 12:08:10 pm »
My guilty pleasure is sour candies/gum :c I actually do feel guilty for that though because it's bad for me and I don't want to like it, but it's so good.

General Discussion / Re: General Discussion
« on: January 14, 2020, 12:04:34 pm »
I believe in spiders on rollerblades!

Here are a few pictures of our snow.

NationStates / Re: [Draft] A Clarification of Duties
« on: January 14, 2020, 12:02:01 pm »
I see nothing else that sticks out, and I like the content. I second this.

General Discussion / Re: General Discussion
« on: January 13, 2020, 07:15:32 pm »
:heppy: :heppy: :heppy:


Spam / Re: so like peanutbutter, right?
« on: January 13, 2020, 06:37:35 pm »
The butter gods clearly prefer you add peanut margarine to your ramen.

General Discussion / Re: The Welcoming Committee
« on: January 13, 2020, 06:36:09 pm »
Welcome Silvian :)

Spam / Re: so like peanutbutter, right?
« on: January 12, 2020, 11:52:20 pm »
I haven't actually eaten a nutter butter in so long that I can't even remember anything about them.

If the god of butter wants to trick me into eating dairy then they have another thing coming!

Announcements / I Have Ascended to a Very Limited Godhood
« on: January 12, 2020, 11:45:07 pm »
To sort of re-emphasise what you were saying earlier, I was in no way ready to be a CalRef admin when I was first made one. I had a lot of personal issues I needed to work out, and an intense lack of self-confidence that I was sometimes good at hiding. I had run a few sites in the past, but the pet project I had poured my entire heart into had died only a month or two prior and I was still feeling the loss of that; I'm still feeling the loss of that to a lesser extent. I had some very specific leadership skills, but not the ones that this type of site needed.

What I'm trying to get at is that I made a lot of mistakes the last time around. I would lose my temper, or get baited into arguments, or go too far when trying to help someone else. I desperately wanted CalRef to work, but it wasn't so much out of a love of the community and what it stood for at that time as it was a need to fill the hole that had been left in me with the death of my place. Unfortunately, if you go into something with the wrong motivations, it's very easy to fail at it. Between failing to make Shrine a safe place for literally anyone who was on it and the Sins debaucle, I felt like a massive failure. I felt like I had let the team down, and worse that I had hurt people I cared very much about.

The last year has been good for me. I worked with more limitations, and that allowed me to stretch out and experiment with what my role within the site could be, not just what it had to be by the simplest definition of a station. I was good at making people feel welcome, and making people feel like they had someone who cared about them. And I have always loved writing more than any other hobby, so the RP section was a given. I really enjoyed taking projects and running with them, but it took a long time for me to think up projects that weren't Sinking Lure-adjacent. Not everything could be fixed with a new fictional plot of a new NPC jumping into the mix. We had to expand and start getting creative about how we acted, so that more people would be interested in sticking around.

Which brings us to this. It makes me really happy to be trusted with this again. I'm happy that I can trust myself with this position now. Last time I was given this position, I was afraid of letting everyone else down. This time, I don't feel that same level of anxiety. I know CalRef. I'm a Refugi, which took some time and some education but did eventually happen. And I have ideas about how I can contribute toward making this association of people an actual community. I've really come around to liking you all and wanting you to be here. Even though so much has been lost, we have a lot left to mine out of what we've found. That's not to say we're at the break of some new dawn; community is a tricky thing to bring about. It requires everyone to be on board. If a site or group has forty people, but only three of them post, that looks bad to anyone else who might be thinking of joining. It's a ruin, not a home. And very few of the people in this group really care about it in the way that old online communities cared about one another.

The internet is in a dark place at the moment. There's so little empathy or comraderie. Everyone seems so detached from everything around them. But I'm an optimist; I look at this problem and I see an opportunity to teach people about being friends with one another, to bring people together as a community and make people feel like the old people among us felt when we first found a forum of like-minded people we would eventually become friends with. I want us to be a group that is always talking to one another, a group who likes one another and trusts each other with our problems. If there's something that's bothering us in our real lives, I want us to all feel like we have this safe place to come and talk about those things, where we'll work through it together. I want us to be friends. And I think we can do it.

Thanks for listening to my TED Talk friendos, let's make the internet a better place~

General Discussion / Re: General Discussion
« on: January 12, 2020, 06:41:47 pm »


Spam / Re: so like peanutbutter, right?
« on: January 12, 2020, 02:44:24 pm »
I feel like the butter gods wouldn't like me anyway because I can't have dairy. That also makes it really hard to find butter that I can actually eat on the island :c there's like one type of butter here and all but one product within it has dairy.

Of course I'm just shitposting because I know that you're not talking about butter butter and instead are talking about nutter butter.

General Discussion / Re: horror games are cool
« on: January 12, 2020, 02:25:53 pm »
Oh my god you're right, I totally forgot about the Yiga clan bit! That was pretty obnoxious, even though I don't remember all the details of it, I remember failing several times and having to start over frequently. I still love that game though.

Dedicated stealth games are usually pretty good about it, I really liked the Deus Ex games and the Dishonoured stealth runs.

I totally forgot about that part of Chrono Trigger Rea and now I have the extreme anxiety of it all over again! Oh my gosh what a stressful part of that game.

Spam / Re: so like peanutbutter, right?
« on: January 12, 2020, 02:23:35 pm »
That's exactly what I mean, yeah! When I was, like, 20 and living on my own, I used to have a pack of microwaveable burritos at all times so that I could quickly get food if I started getting super weak from hunger. Now I usually have something simple to make or reheat around.

And yeah, it's great how people are experimenting with other type of nut butters. It's kind of the same thing as people spreading out and trying different grains than just wheat or oats. I really like that experimentation going around right now.

Spam / Re: Pen Nib
« on: January 12, 2020, 01:40:57 pm »
It's illegal in Texas to swear in front of a corpse.

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