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Gaming / Re: Gamertags, PSN, Steam, Friendcodes, etc,
« on: December 21, 2018, 08:02:10 PM »
Steam: AlienWithABox

BattleNet: MissMacabre#1929

EpicGames (if you wanna play multiplayer subnautica or somethin'): AlienWithABox

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Movies & TV / Re: Doctor Who
« on: December 21, 2018, 07:18:54 PM »
Bumping this so people can talk about S11 now that it's aired!

***YOU DON'T HAVE TO READ THE REST AT ALL, IT'S JUST ME SULKING***

Personally, I'm not following Doctor Who anymore. When Whittaker was cast, I felt in my bones that it was politically motivated and I was really tentative about the new series. I also had this weird gut feeling that I would stop watching Doctor Who. I didn't go off about it or anything but safe to say I wasn't hyped about "omg wamanz" or anything. I was pretty vocal on Twitter that I hoped the new series would be good and not tread into super Fem!Power territory and that I'd stick around to see how it goes. I received so much hate and vitriol from the fandom ("a woman who isn't hyped? must be internal misogyny!") that I was forced to shut up and just sit quietly until very recently.
Every piece of female empowerment marketing, dismissal of past Doctors, and ham-fisted interview pushed me further and further away from Doctor Who.

I watched the first few episodes. I liked the arachnid one...and I love Bradley Walsh...but wow I don't like this series at all. I grew so bored that I just stopped watching. I'm guessing it's finished by now because it's nearly Christmas but I wouldn't know. Just dropped it out of my life. I didn't even miss it. My favourite show.

I've already voiced my opinion on it (finally, after a long time of being too scared to) so I'll copy paste it here:
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I think I understand what that gut feeling was now. Before Peter was announced, I'd nearly dropped out of the Doctor Who fandom due to really not enjoying Matt Smith's era. I don't think there's anything particularly wrong with his era (apart from that convoluted plot arc in S6, what was that?) but it really wasn't my thing. I felt disconnected from it because I prefer my Doctors a little bit aloof and witty, like Jon Pertwee or Tom Baker. I watched each episode but I just felt so drained and not into it...and then one of my favourite actors was announced as the role and I sprang back, knowing it'd be okay.

To be short regarding Peter Capaldi (because I could write you an essay), he's an important person to me. It sounds stupid so I won't go into it, but let's just leave it at this:
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He's important and once he was leaving, it felt like I was drifting back to where I was before he was announced; disconnection.

***END OF SULKING***

I didn't revive this to start a debate or anything, just to encourage people here to update others with how much they enjoyed S11 or whatever and let people know why I won't be following it at all.
(unless someone wants to mention Classic Who or Peter Capaldi in here at all, then tag me!)

Have fun, guys!

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Music / Re: Favourite Artists/Bands/Musicians
« on: December 21, 2018, 06:28:38 PM »
In no particular order:

David Bowie
Misfits
Breaking Benjamin
Bauhaus
The Correspondents
Sex Pistols
System of a Down
She Wants Revenge
Panic! At The Disco
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Hands Like Houses
Half Alive
Die Antwoord
The Amity Affliction
Aurelio Voltaire

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Books / Re: Harry Potter and the Seven Books
« on: December 21, 2018, 06:07:35 PM »
In my opinion, the books go downhill half-way through Order of the Phoenix. I didn't feel the love and passion that radiated from the first three books. I felt like the fame had maybe gone to her head and she was just writing whatever because she knew people would buy it...and judging by how she is now, I think I was right. I tried to read Half-Blood Prince but stopped three chapters in.
I think the movies did a good job with what they were given (I miss Peeves though) and I enjoy them and the DS Games a lot more than the 4th to 7th books.
My favourite book (and movie) is definitely Prisoner of Azkaban and to this day I still rewatch the first three movies pretty often. The scene of Lupin turning into a werewolf gives me chills every time, then hearing the howl anD REALISING THAT IT'S HARRY AND HERMIONE SAVING THEMSELVES, IT'S JUST GREAT!

I will say, I love the world of Harry Potter. It's a good world. I enjoy making up characters and building my own stories set in the HP world. Kids my age were growing up being shaped by HP but I much preferred Skulduggery Pleasant back then.

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Books / What Are Your Favourite Fantasy Books?
« on: December 21, 2018, 05:53:36 PM »
Subject title is pretty self-explanatory. Tell me your fantasy books, whether standalone or series.

Some of mine off the top of my head:
The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer; The Redwall series by Brian Jacques; Watership Down and Plague Dogs by Richard Adams (which are more adventure fiction, I know, but they both have fantasy aspects); The Belgariad and The Tamuli series by David Eddings (details are hazy though); The Dark Tower series by Stephen King (though I'm more into his horror stuff like Pet Semetary and Salem's Lot); too many Neil Gaiman books/comics to count (Good Omens, Neverwhere, The Sandman); and basically anything that Clive Barker has ever created. Literally. Name a Clive Barker story and I've 99.9% sure I've devoured it at some point. I'm also super into Edgar Allen Poe; that's more gothic horror but it has heavily influenced the type of stories I like.

Your turn!

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Comics / Re: Homestuck
« on: December 21, 2018, 04:48:30 PM »
Homestuck...wow.
I haven't heard that name in YEARS!

I strongly followed back in the first 4 years it was out (2009-2013) and waned from then on (IMO, Hussie lost the drive and it showed) until the Omegapause (August 2015) where he basically abandoned Homestuck until he slapped an ending together the next year. I vaguely remember being "ehh" about the ending and moving on with my life.

But back in the day? Homestuck was amazing and I was a big part of the fandom. I played the fan-made game, I used Pesterchum, and I voice-acted Kanaya for fan comics back in 2013. I even lovingly crafted an OC Troll called Demens Bestia (pacifistGamer):
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You won't find me talking much about it nowadays as it's really in the past for me but I used to love it a lot.

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New Members / Re: Greetings Fellow Children of the Night...and Others
« on: December 21, 2018, 04:25:33 PM »
Nice to have an old face return. I'm not sure if we coincided, but regardless, hello, welcome and ahoy-hoy! Hope to see more of you! And remember the immortal wise words of...
Don't be lasagne.

"That one's important. Write it down!"

Haha, I've posted in a few threads at this point. Mainly reviving dead threads to add stuff.

You seem like a delight! Welcome back.
Why thank you! I've seen your posts as I've wandered around here; you seem lovely too!

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Off Topic / Re: The Official "Post Your Extended Signature" Thread!
« on: December 19, 2018, 06:50:09 PM »

i love not being able to use external links

Follow me on Twitter: @AlienWithABox
I make fandom-related video edits on Instagram: @utter_omnishambles
I have a blog that I use for my social media degree, amongst other things: utteromnishambles.wordpress.com
I upload my art on deviantART sometimes: AlienWithABox

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It would also make fighting even more interesting, if her knickers just unravelled themselves into shadow weapons (and left her temporarily without underwear).

... imagine Val fighting alongside Skul and Skul smirking when he sees the shadows, knowing what that means.
Either that, or she uses them like other people do, just motions with the object to direct the shadows.
By flailing them around in her hand or just moving her body...

If anything could make a skull smirk more, that would.


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Off Topic / Re: Sexual Orientation of Original Characters
« on: December 19, 2018, 01:20:02 PM »
To me, a character's sexual orientation is just as innate of a trait as their world-view, gender, likes, and dislikes.
All real life people have a sexual orientation, even if said orientation is a lack of preference or lack of sexuality in general, thus created characters should also have one.

I see this following argument a lot, not just here but on a lot of sites:
"I didn't think about their sexuality at all so I made them straight."
That's a direct contradiction of itself. They obviously did think about their sexuality, albeit briefly, because they've just said they're straight.
Making your character gay or pan or whatever else doesn't take any more thought than making them straight; it's just a matter of tuning in to who your character is.
Unless your character is an emotionless void of a person (which is a completely valid thing to be) they do have some kind of orientation.

It doesn't have to be mentioned often - or at all for that matter - and it doesn't have to be a major part of their character unless you want it to be.
A character doesn't constantly bring up the fact that their female. They just are. It's just a part of who they are, as a fully-fleshed out person.
Orientations work in the exact same way.
It's a dormant trait that you don't have to acknowledge unless they check someone out, get hit on, start being attracted to someone, etc. which is all plot things that you don't have to include if you don't feel like it.

Understanding every detailed trait of your character - even if some of it is never acknowledged outside of the character sheet - shows that you've created a versatile, fully fleshed out character that can function in a large variety of roleplay and story situations without you finding too many gaps.
"They just asked me if I want an orange.....uhhhh, I dunno.....does my character even like oranges???"
Your character should feel so real and tangible to you that, if put in a "hot seat" situation, you'd be able to answer personal questions as your character. that's some theatre kid advice for ya

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I don't have any currently active SP original characters at the moment.
Past ones were two straight women, a bisexual man, a lesbian, and a gay man. variety is the spice of life, friends
The current Necromancer woman I'm writing (head over to the Taken Names thread if you wanna see me struggle to pick her name) has a very China-esque vibe to me, in the way of she doesn't really care about labelling herself one way or another and instead just goes with the flow.
I guess, to wrap that up in a label, it'd be pansexual?
I'll come back later with a list once I have more characters fleshed out.

Anyways, I just felt like imparting my view on the importance of sexual orientations (or lack thereof) as an innate identity trait and how easy it is to strengthen your character and roleplaying flexibility through the simple act of fleshing that part of their identity out. (I mean, what if someone flirts with your character? How will they respond genuinely unless you've at least thought about their preferences and/or attitude towards relationships?)

Back to my character sheet I go!


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May sound boring but I've always gone with a ring. It's easy to conceal and I like the idea of waving my hand around to control the shadows.
If you get the right fit, it shouldn't fall off. I mean, my dad's wedding ring has stayed on his finger (barring the few times he's removed it for a minute) for twenty years.

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New Members / Re: Greetings Fellow Children of the Night...and Others
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:54:51 AM »
Welcome back.
Good to be back!

That was genuinely fun to read. Welcome back!
Thank you!  ;D
I try my best to be interesting. :)

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Skulduggery Pleasant / Re: Taken Names and Powers
« on: December 18, 2018, 08:19:51 PM »
I've made up quite a few Taken Names over the years but they were pretty much all OC's as opposed to one I'd use.

Scarlett Crimson who was an Elemental and had the weirdest name combination, looking back. Just call me Red Redderson from Redtown, Redslvania!

I had a short bout of terrible fanon stuff with my canon-retconning character Malarissa Pleasant. She was still training but wanted to be an Elemental.
She was Skulduggery's daughter back from the dead...somehow...why the hell was 12-year-old me so cringy? Anyway, let's NOT!  I never used her outside of daydreaming and drawing her.

I stole her name and made it Malarissa Macabre, my first Necromancer and the closest thing to my personal Taken Name, since I still use it. Clock the username!
Since then I've started caring about name meanings with Bonnie Mistrigri (beautiful wildcard), Florence Salem (blossoming and peaceful), and the ones I've been conjuring up for the OC I'll use on here.

I'm stuck between a name that is killer for a Necromancer name, meaning-wise and two names that sound awesome (still with meaning though).

Originally I was going with Nyx Umbra which I spent a while writing a justification for:
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As I was finishing it up though, I glanced at the other two names and realised how awesome they sounded to me:

Anomaly Vestige and Pernicious Vexation

Anomaly means deviating from the norm and Vestige meaning a mark left by something, leading to a kinda mysterious name.
Pernicious means to have a subtly harmful or destructive effect and a Vexation is a cause of annoyance and frustration, creating a name fit for a snarky, volatile mage.


I have no clue what I'll pick but if any of you have an opinion on it, let me know I guess. All three of the name were made for this character.

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New Members / Greetings Fellow Children of the Night...and Others
« on: December 18, 2018, 07:29:49 PM »


jk


Hello!    again...technically?

I was here before, eons ago, back in the dark age of my early teens. Figured I'd come back now that I'm no longer a tiny gremlin. I'm now a medium-sized gremlin.

Fortunately and unfortunately, 14-year-old me had the common decency to delete her account (either that or it was wiped in an inactivity purge) before she left,
so I had to make a fresh account, which is probably for the best. Even if it wasn't deleted, I don't have access to the email I would have used back then.
But I digress.

Allow me to re-introduce myself:
I'm a horror buff from NSW, Australia who loves movies, video games, fantasy books, and is slightly a bit too obsessed with the man pictured above. I'll tell you a fun fact regarding that later.
I got into the Skulduggery Pleasant series in 2010 when the first book was available to order from the Bookclub catalogue that came to my school.
I read it in a matter of a couple of days and pleaded my mum to buy the rest for me.
At this point, Mortal Coil had just been released. My mum bought me the next two books the following month and Dark Days for Christmas 2010.
I'd get the rest of the books over the next two years until I was caught up (at the time) in late 2012.
From there onwards, things get a bit awry.

When Last Stand of Dead Men released, I was busy engrossed in other books and didn't pay attention to the fact it had released.
I'd already filled my "mum, these are the books I want" quota for my birthday and Christmas anyway.
My mum bought me Last Stand for my birthday in 2014 and my aunt bought me an autographed copy of Dying of the Light for Christmas that year
so I reckoned, since I have all the books at once, I'd re-read them all from the beginning before moving ahead with the last two.

mAJOR YIKES

What I thought would take me no time at all took me right up until January 2016 to complete...and that was just the re-reading; I still had the last two books to do.
2016 and 2017 were a mess because I was doing my senior years of high school, then this past year I've been too busy being a uni student to read  a n y t h i n g !
I didn't even know there was a second 'series' of SP until earlier this year when my friend took a picture of her Midnight copy!
My master plan is to read Last Stand and Dying of the Light (and maybe Resurrection if I get to it) between now and when I start back at uni in February.
I have absolutely nothing to do from now until then so I'm just gonna sit pretty and read.

Wish me luck!

Oh yeah and that fun fact I semi-mentioned earlier:
When I first started reading SP, I had no clue what an Irish accent sounded like so instead Valkyrie was Aussie because it suited her sarcastic tone and Skullduggery had Peter Capaldi's voice.
When Skulduggery's voice was described the first time, I immediately thought of his voice and it's so ingrained into the character for me that he's now and forever going to be my headcanon Skulduggery.
Velvety-smooth, eloquent, and dripping with gravitas, wit, and warm arrogance...it's a perfect fit, as long as you don't pay attention to the fact that he's Scottish. I mean Scottish is close enough to Irish, right guys? Right?

“I don’t need you sensitive, Skulduggery. I need you aloof and irresponsible and arrogant. That’s why I love you. That’s why I let you hang out with me.”


Feel free to message me here if you want, though you'll find me more easily on the Discord.  ;)

It's good to be back!

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