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    Mikey got a reaction from JadenStar10 in farewell address   
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    Mikey got a reaction from Fourty4 in Deciding the Future of Seven Kingdoms   
    I’ll type up my thoughts Sunday when I get back from NH, but I want to clear up something that I think might be misunderstood: If we retire SK, we aren’t going to disband. For those of you who are mostly burned out with the game, we’d stick around in-game to putter along, and still have the discord and forums up for social stuff and game nights and all that. But it wouldn’t be as an alliance with recruitment, aggressive growth strategies, or any real military planning. Obviously no good for anyone who still wants to take the game seriously and make something of themselves, but we aren’t talking about closing the doors and everybody goes their separate ways. The community will stick around as long as people still like talking to each other. But it won’t be as a competitive PW alliance. 
     
    also for anyone who is still around next month and is interested, I will be sending out a little gift bag of some kind to all members to celebrate our 10 year anniversary on March 15th. It won’t be anything big - likely a small printed scroll with a message from me, and some magnets and a keychain with the SK symbols (old and new). I remember we gave away magnets with the flag a while ago and that was fairly popular. 
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    Mikey got a reaction from Callum in Deciding the Future of Seven Kingdoms   
    I’ll type up my thoughts Sunday when I get back from NH, but I want to clear up something that I think might be misunderstood: If we retire SK, we aren’t going to disband. For those of you who are mostly burned out with the game, we’d stick around in-game to putter along, and still have the discord and forums up for social stuff and game nights and all that. But it wouldn’t be as an alliance with recruitment, aggressive growth strategies, or any real military planning. Obviously no good for anyone who still wants to take the game seriously and make something of themselves, but we aren’t talking about closing the doors and everybody goes their separate ways. The community will stick around as long as people still like talking to each other. But it won’t be as a competitive PW alliance. 
     
    also for anyone who is still around next month and is interested, I will be sending out a little gift bag of some kind to all members to celebrate our 10 year anniversary on March 15th. It won’t be anything big - likely a small printed scroll with a message from me, and some magnets and a keychain with the SK symbols (old and new). I remember we gave away magnets with the flag a while ago and that was fairly popular. 
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    Mikey got a reaction from MC-Master095 in SK Government Shutdown   
    We definitely need to open up a discussion with the members and get some honest talk about what this alliance actually means to itself. If people still want to try and be a real alliance, even quasi-competitively (tier 2 maybe, not as a tier 1 AA for the foreseeable future), they are going to have to be willing to step up and put in the work for that in the gov departments. If nobody wants to do that, then we have to accept the reality that SK as anything more than a social organization is done. I'm fine with that, if that's where we've come. I just hope we don't get the same old 'SK needs more activity and better gov, but I won't be putting anything towards that.' We'll see. If there are enough people who want to put the effort in, then we can try again and see what happens. But if not, I don't really have a problem with stopping active recruitment and just sort of puttering on. We just need to be honest with ourselves and the world that we are mostly just friends hanging out - and not be like UPN and retain any delusions that we are still a major AA. I think it's fine to be a retirement casual AA as long as everyone is clear about it. We'll see what happens, but that is almost certainly the route we end up taking.
    I do understand the fears that if we try and reform again with a new gov, that it will still fail in the end. But if it does, it does. It doesn't really put us anywhere other than back where we are now. If there are enough members who honestly want to give it a try, I'd say go for it, whatever the odds. But realistically we likely aren't going to go that path.
    I still plan on sending out some trinkets or stickers or something to all the remaining members come our 10 year anniversary in march, with something special for the few remaining peeps who I feel have contributed a lot to SK over the years.
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    Mikey got a reaction from Anun Tidera in Poll #230 - Would you rather get an Xbox X or the PS5?   
    Mobile Gamers rise up and candy crush these consoles into the dirt!
    I feel dirty just typing that...
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    Mikey got a reaction from Bradley in Poll #230 - Would you rather get an Xbox X or the PS5?   
    Mobile Gamers rise up and candy crush these consoles into the dirt!
    I feel dirty just typing that...
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    Mikey got a reaction from Anun Tidera in Poll #210 US Election day   
    Ah contemporary politics. This can only go well...
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    Mikey got a reaction from Callum in Poll #210 US Election day   
    Ah contemporary politics. This can only go well...
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    Mikey got a reaction from Bradley in Poll #210 US Election day   
    Ah contemporary politics. This can only go well...
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    Mikey got a reaction from A mere Korutsu [Misato] in Poll #210 US Election day   
    Ah contemporary politics. This can only go well...
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    Mikey got a reaction from ChairmanHector in Poll #154 - Favourite Operating System   
    Linux gang rise up! I didn't know iOS ran on computers, nor can I imagine why anybody would want to use it over MacOS....
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    Mikey got a reaction from Anun Tidera in Poll Shutdown   
    I say we shut down SK.
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    Mikey got a reaction from Anun Tidera in Poll #154 - Favourite Operating System   
    Linux gang rise up! I didn't know iOS ran on computers, nor can I imagine why anybody would want to use it over MacOS....
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    Mikey got a reaction from Nizam Adrienne in The Return of Skribble! - Wednesday at 8pm EST   
    The SK Fridge is in need of new materials, and I am getting the correct apple pencil tonight to finally be able to draw marginally less terrible pictures. That means it's skribble time! I'm planning to launch a game at 8pm tomorrow, eastern time. Anyone interested?
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    Mikey got a reaction from Bradley in Hello.   
    Welcome to SK! You said so much about yourself I feel like I've known you all my life
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    Mikey got a reaction from Bradley in Alternate Heraldry Color Schemes   
    Final Design Submissions
    We've gone through many design changes, color changes, and all sorts of revisions. I am now through making additional designs. It is clear there is no design that will please of all us. But I am confident we can find something that everybody at least tolerates as being equal to the current flag, for which we also have split opinions. Besides, we can always redo the flag again if a clever SK artist comes up with a stellar design. For now though, I don't see any benefit to continuing the design process.
    Please tell me if you have a favorite. Please also include any other designs that stand out to you - for better or worse. Any design not mentioned, I will assume you are ambivalent towards.
     
    The New Flag - Dragons or Keeps
    Color schemes have been narrowed down to white/red/gold or blue/white (edit, just for brook who doesn't like either, I added in a Gold/Black). I think both look good. Personally I still think just white/red looks best, but adding in the gold has proven a good compromise with some of you who thought it was otherwise boring. Blue/White/Black also had a lot of approval from those whom I asked, but it doesn't allow us to feature a Red Keep to symbolize the royal power. Not a huge deal imo.
    I have also provided two examples of using the Red Keep as the main image with stars/dragons above. It's something I've been toying with, and is an option for anyone who doesn't like Dragons.
     
    Dragon Designs
     
    Red Keep Designs
    Both are Red/White, but the top symbols (dragon or stars) can easily be done in gold to mirror the white/red/gold dragon motif from the above options.
     
     
     
    Keeping the Phoenix
    All of the new designs intolerable? Well, time to go back to the classic. It has nothing to do with our theme, but we've used it for 9 years and it has a certain symbolism now with SK's history of dying and reviving. My recommendation is to simplify it by removing the stars and the crown over it's head, both of which look poor at smaller scale. Stick to just a phoenix on a background - maybe holding something in it's talons. I have provided two: phoenix with wings and talons outstretched (all of the examples are actually eagles. I couldn't find a phoenix image in this position as it's not a common bird in heraldry, but you can get the idea) and phoenix coming out of flames. Another option for which I couldn't find any images could be having it soaring.
     
    Black and White
    It's a slightly boring color scheme, but it's what we are using now These designs represent the most continuity with the current flag.
     
     
    Adopt Gold on Red. I think it works very well, Lannisters be damned.
     
    Gold or Fire-Orange on Black
     
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    Mikey got a reaction from Anun Tidera in Request gaming roles on Discord   
    Added Town of Salem and EU4. Fuck it I'll add CK2 and HoI4
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    Mikey got a reaction from Xaria in What is your favorite anime   
    To answer seriously, sort of? I mean, it's not Japanese, So if the definition of anime needs to be made in Japan, than no. But the art style is what you might call 'traditional anime style' as opposed to more traditional western styles, and it is animation. In japan it would be considered anime, but then so would Alladin and the Little Mermaid, which probably wouldn't be here. Opinions tend to get pretty divided on the subject.
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    Mikey got a reaction from Rummy in What is your favorite anime   
    I mean, Anime are cartoons. It's literally just the borrowing of the English word animation, and truncating it. Japan itself makes no distinction, and actually refers to western animation as Anime. On the other hand, at least in many western countries, it is also a very vaguely defined genre/ art style. Though where you would fit in works from other countries in the Anime style (like Korean, Chinese, or even a few western ones that copy it), or on the other hand, Japanese animation that sticks to western style, I don't know. Back when it was just the Japanese making "anime" and "manga", that was a lot easier to define. But just as the early anime was copying western animation, the distinctive style they developed over the years has come back and is now influencing other nations, including the American animations that spawned it.
    TL:DR - It's all Spongebob to me.
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    Mikey reacted to Gandalf in What is your favorite anime   
    All anime is cartoons though
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    Mikey got a reaction from Lyro in What is your favorite anime   
    Corey in the House
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    Mikey got a reaction from Fasper in Changes to Membership   
    So here is my fleshed idea of how this works:
     
    Full members get to pick one of the following entiteis:
    A great house of Westeros or any of the known world (with the lore justification that you specifically moved to westeros and are setting up a branch of that house here).  You can make your own, as long as it is generally on theme, or medieval in nature. Basically, make it somewhat realistic, not house Deez Nuts with your symbol being a light saber wielding velociraptor. A mercenary company (from the GoT Univerise, or your own, as long as it is named/designed to fit in the universe) The Nights Watch The Warriors Sons (Faith Millitant Order)  
    You can pick a great house in use by another active member with their permission, in which case you will form a cadet branch. Only the prestige of the main branch will count towards the standing of your house in SK, otherwise it would be unfair towards people with unique houses. If your prestige goes higher than the current main branch, you become the new main branch, and they become the cadet branch.
    Individuals start as petty nobles, barely of any note in society. Or if in an existing mercenary company/NW/Warriors Sons - at the bottom rung of that organization. You can work your way up the social ladder (or ladder of your org) by gaining prestige. All individuals will be ranked according to this, and breaking certain thresholds will also upgrade your title - from petty noble to Lord to Lord Paramount, or from say Brother, Knight, Knight Commander, Lord Commander of the Warriors Sons.
    This is a role play thing, like the current awards and peerages. You can compete to make your house one of the 7 Lords Paramount (or increase the standing/fame of your merc company, etc), but it won't bring actual power within the alliance. That is still based on government office. If you don't care about all this, you can just pick a random org (like Nights Watch) and then never bother with it again.
    The King is always #1 on the social rank.
     
    Prestige points can be earned in the following ways:
    Earning awards (different point values for various awards) Participating in or Winning tournaments (more points for winning of course) Working in government. Points based on your rank (eg, regular IA staff -> IA Deputy / 2IC -> Grand Maester) Performing well in the most recent alliance war Participating in game nights / movie marathons / general community activities Activity on the Forums and Discord. This will come later as I need to develop a system to track it. I would have these points decay after 4-6 months, so it is only based on recent activity. No riding past coat tails! Other things you guys can think of, that should cause you to gain or lose prestige. Offer suggestions!  
    Prestige will be tracked in a thread, which will rank all members of the alliance (along with showcasing your crests / heraldry). You get forum pips (the images under your avatar) to show off your current rank, and to put in your Discord status on the server (the closest we can get to pips there), if you so desire. When I finish integrating the SK tools with our website, and we have other pages, I will also make a page for the prestige list, to show it off cooler than we can do in a forum post.
     
     
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    Mikey got a reaction from Squeegee in My Plan To Retire.   
    It's the long con. My pappy always told me, never trust a Valyrian.
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    Mikey got a reaction from Nizam Adrienne in The Fridge of SK   
    Highlights from our giant 13 man Skribble game last night. Sadly I didn't manage to get all of the true knockouts, but here are a few gems:
    Mammo drawing Angry Birds. Bear in mind the "bird" wasn't added until the last five seconds, leaving us with what appeared to be a bleeding toucan and whatever was going on on the right.
    Me trying to draw a witch. Isn't it obvious! It's got the witches hat, plus a Slythern and Huffeldore symbol as hints!
    And finally, our friendly reminder so stay in school kids. Otherwise you'll end up embarrassing yourselves in front of internet strangers while trying to spell accordion.
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    Mikey got a reaction from Fourty4 in The Fridge of SK   
    Highlights from the 4/17/2020 skribble game. Another big turnout with about 16 people filtering in and out over the course of it. Sadly I didn't get a few of these until it started going into the next round, which means they are slightly greyed out and have "XXX is choosing a word" overlaid on them.
     
    iTorchic drawing Hot Bread, occasionally known in some quarters as "toast"

    Smith - "Poisonous"
     
    Clover drawing "Photograph". Apparently not nearly enough people in our game have heard of Nickleback, or the resultant meme ;(
     
    My brilliant rendition of "Jelly"
     
    And finally, another PSA to stay in school, lest you be cursed to spell like Razz....
     
     
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