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missroflwaffle:

Truer words have never been spoken.

I have literally played them all and love every single little second of gaming no matter what im using to play them on

I would have to disagree with this, actually. I think most people who know me would agree that I am definitely a “gamer” - I play a lot of games, a lot of the time. I own Wii, Xbox 360, and a decent, albeit old PC. If I had money, I would also likely have a PS4.

Obviously, I like all of the different systems. I also play many different genres of games on all of said systems - Smash Bros, Halo, Borderlands, League of Legends, Minecraft, Bejeweled, etc. Yes, yes, I am most definitely a “gamer”.

However! This does not mean I am without my preferences, and as most gamers will, I enjoy playing certain games or genres above others. A “gamer” does not have to love all games equally or become a fanboy - some people are simply better or more attuned to certain genres or systems.

In my case, I have a strong preference towards shooters, as well as fast-paced games in general. Where shooters are concerned, I generally prefer PC. This is not out of being a fanboy for either system, this is a matter of control scheme and availability. There are many, many games available for PC. I would argue that PC has the widest selection of any system out there currently (if I wasn’t on my phone, I’d look it up). I also prefer the PC control system, although I will often hook up an XBox controller for certain games.

As a good example, I play Borderlands, Tribes, Halo, and Warframe a lot. Those are my primary shooter games. All of them are on PC - does that make me a PC fanboy? No, I just happen to like playing them on the PC. I still enjoy playing Halo on the Xbox as well, just not as much as I currently enjoy playing, say, Borderlands. Just because I play one game more than the other does not mean I am a fanboy of that game or system.

As another example, take a look at the control systems for different consoles. Wii/Wii U has the Wiimote/nunchuk, Playstastion and Xbox have two variants of dual-stick controllers, and PC has a keyboard and mouse - as well as every peripheral ever, including PS and Xbox controllers. But let’s leave those out of the equation, and stick with PC-unique control schemes.

I think we can all agree that the Wii’s control scheme is less than condusive to most shooters. The point-to-aim feature is nice, but when you get to the highest tiers of skill, it becomes a little unreliable. Dual-stick controllers, on the other hand, feel much more natural for most people where shooters are concerned. The mouse and keyboard is also a very natural-feeling control scheme for most people - at that point, it comes down to what you grew up with, usually. I grew up on GameCube, and thus got used to that general controller type. This caused me to grow into my current love of Xbox. However, I also love having variety and customization - and there is no better system than the PC for that.

Currently, PC is my favorite system, because it has my favorite game library available (as well as tons of freeware not available on anything else), as well as the aforementioned customization options. My current setup uses a keyboard, an old Logitech mouse with two thumb buttons (I’d love to have more, but that costs money), and a Nostromo gamepad. I’ll also occasionally plug in an XBox controller or a Joystick - it all depends on what game I’m playing.

For point of reference, I use the joystick for flight games, for obvious reasons. I also use a steering wheel attachement for driving games - obviously. For Borderlands, I use the mouse and keyboard, because it feels natural to me. Warframe, on the other hand, feels more natural with an XBox controller. Both are shooters, they just play very differently. For league of legends, I use the gamepad and mouse - I found I hated how spread out the controls were on the standard keyboard layout. Minecraft I refuse to play in Xbox - the controls just feel wrong to me. Terraria I play using the keyboard and mouse, and I despise the on-screen controls of the mobile version.

Moral of the story is, you can have opinions and preferences without being a fanboy.

Moar swords!
A pair of identical one-handers, for use with two-sword/Florentine styles. They each come in at just under 36” total, and took ~5 hours for the pair.
These two swords are probably my best weapons yet. I fixed an awful lot of my poor crafting techniques on these and used a lot of new things I learned. And I finally had access to a real sewing machine.
Tentatively called the Firebrands.

I drew a thing

Top profile of spitfire I guess. Mostly just having fun trying my new tablet, brushes, etc. Had to stop because my pen started acting up. I think it has a broken pressure sensor.

I’ll probably do a little more with this later, this was literally like 20 minutes of screwing around.

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

rowanofrohan:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

New Mace finished today! First time I’ve done a weapon with a removable cover, using the popular drawstring method. 36 inches long, head is 9 inches wide on the diagonal.

I’ve got some other weapons in the works, using some new techniques I learned recently, so keep an eye out!

How much does that thing weigh?!
Also, be sure there is enough courtesy padding on it. you need 2/3 of your overall length covered in foam.

Regulations actually state handle Length can be 18 inches or 1/3 the total length, whichever is greater, as long as it does not exceed half the total length. The handle in this one is 18 inches exactly, and the total length is 36.5 inches. Perfectly calculated!

Ah yes.  I forget, belegarth. I absolutely HATE that rule. just today, I got hit by a handle and tore my knuckle up pretty bad. I know advice from some guy you don’t know over the internet is going to come off as me being mean, but trust me when I say I’m not trying to; Please shorten that handle lol. effectively, you’re not going to be using the top 10 inches of that handle. 8in is pretty optimal until you start getting into reds. I know some places let 36” count as reds, but still. just know that handles will hurt your friends. :3

Belegarth universally defines 48” as reds, so this will always be a blue. I’ll keep that in mind, though!
(I do enjoy longer handles on weapons, as they allow a much larger variety of grips. It’s always nice to have the option of switching to two handed, even if it still counts as blue damage!)

1. places such as riverbend count 36” as reds as long as the meet requirements (such as weight). They are belegarth as well. but they play by a special rule set.
2. This is me beating a dead horse, but not because I’m trying to correct you, but I don’t want some of my new guys seeing this and not seeing my reasoning behind it. Not targeting you, just giving information to the masses:

This is what happened to my knuckle. Specifically my D knuckle.


NNow let me show you the arsenal



Okay, so the sword on the very left is the sword that did this to me. the sword right next to it is the sword I use.
2 things:
1. The sword next to mine has a handle only 2.5inches bigger than mine
2. I have never blasted someone in the hand with my handle where the one next to mine has on SEVERAL occasions.

Why one might ask? several variables. Where I hold my sword, how long my sword is, how long my handle is, and how I throw shots. As you can see, I have a similar weapon. That handle is 6in long and is right where I’d use it. Also there is nothing wrong with holding courtesy padding. it’s safer anyhow. it also feels better when you get blasted in the hand. Infact, mr. tetsubo up there gets choked up on all the time (that’s the big red). 

I just see it as it’s less likely to hurt your friends if you don’t have as much exposed core/handle. Courtesy padding can always be used as a handle.

My only issue with courtesy padding as a handle is it tends to be a lot thicker, otherwise you bring up plenty of good points! I’ll have to ask around about places that use special rulesets like those, I’ve never actually heard of that!
(I do have a glaive that’s completely covered in courtesy padding, so it’s not alien to me)

Get ahold of some 1/4 volvera :) it’ll be your best “Blue courtesy padding” friend lol. I used blue foam because I have big man hands and I squeeze the crap out of it. Also because I swing with a lot of authority and again, I don’t want to hurt my friends :p

Yeah, check out river bend.
https://www.facebook.com/RiverbrendCombat?fref=ts

They’re pretty cool :p

Not familiar with volvera. I tend to work with a small budget, so I usually use the blue camp pads from Wal-Mart as my blue foam, as well as courtesy padding.

You have yoga mat? typically used for stabbing tips? Use that! it’s squishy lol. 

I typically use low-density polyurethane for my stabbies, from Foam Factory. (http://www.foamdistributing.com/polyurethane-foam-sheets.html)

I’ve also seen yoga matts used, but they can be a little overpriced for the quantity of foam.

Well, for what I use it for, $15 isn’t bad at all for a roll. i can get literally 1000’s of stab tips from it. so really, it’s only 15 cents a stab tip :3 but to each their own.

I’m curious to see how large these mats are, and how large your stab tips are. That seems like a lot of tips for one sheet of foam.

I was mistaken. I’m am wrong here. I can only get 250. But I don’t have to wait for shipping. so there’s that :p ours are 2x5ft. i’ve never run out of a roll. I still have at least half a roll and I’ve supplied probably around 100+ swords (for misc uses)

I bought two rolls a while back, and I’m just now nearing the end of the first roll, but I also use open-cell a lot in larger weapons, so I use a lot more!

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

rowanofrohan:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

New Mace finished today! First time I’ve done a weapon with a removable cover, using the popular drawstring method. 36 inches long, head is 9 inches wide on the diagonal.

I’ve got some other weapons in the works, using some new techniques I learned recently, so keep an eye out!

How much does that thing weigh?!
Also, be sure there is enough courtesy padding on it. you need 2/3 of your overall length covered in foam.

Regulations actually state handle Length can be 18 inches or 1/3 the total length, whichever is greater, as long as it does not exceed half the total length. The handle in this one is 18 inches exactly, and the total length is 36.5 inches. Perfectly calculated!

Ah yes.  I forget, belegarth. I absolutely HATE that rule. just today, I got hit by a handle and tore my knuckle up pretty bad. I know advice from some guy you don’t know over the internet is going to come off as me being mean, but trust me when I say I’m not trying to; Please shorten that handle lol. effectively, you’re not going to be using the top 10 inches of that handle. 8in is pretty optimal until you start getting into reds. I know some places let 36” count as reds, but still. just know that handles will hurt your friends. :3

Belegarth universally defines 48” as reds, so this will always be a blue. I’ll keep that in mind, though!
(I do enjoy longer handles on weapons, as they allow a much larger variety of grips. It’s always nice to have the option of switching to two handed, even if it still counts as blue damage!)

1. places such as riverbend count 36” as reds as long as the meet requirements (such as weight). They are belegarth as well. but they play by a special rule set.
2. This is me beating a dead horse, but not because I’m trying to correct you, but I don’t want some of my new guys seeing this and not seeing my reasoning behind it. Not targeting you, just giving information to the masses:

This is what happened to my knuckle. Specifically my D knuckle.


NNow let me show you the arsenal



Okay, so the sword on the very left is the sword that did this to me. the sword right next to it is the sword I use.
2 things:
1. The sword next to mine has a handle only 2.5inches bigger than mine
2. I have never blasted someone in the hand with my handle where the one next to mine has on SEVERAL occasions.

Why one might ask? several variables. Where I hold my sword, how long my sword is, how long my handle is, and how I throw shots. As you can see, I have a similar weapon. That handle is 6in long and is right where I’d use it. Also there is nothing wrong with holding courtesy padding. it’s safer anyhow. it also feels better when you get blasted in the hand. Infact, mr. tetsubo up there gets choked up on all the time (that’s the big red). 

I just see it as it’s less likely to hurt your friends if you don’t have as much exposed core/handle. Courtesy padding can always be used as a handle.

My only issue with courtesy padding as a handle is it tends to be a lot thicker, otherwise you bring up plenty of good points! I’ll have to ask around about places that use special rulesets like those, I’ve never actually heard of that!
(I do have a glaive that’s completely covered in courtesy padding, so it’s not alien to me)

Get ahold of some 1/4 volvera :) it’ll be your best “Blue courtesy padding” friend lol. I used blue foam because I have big man hands and I squeeze the crap out of it. Also because I swing with a lot of authority and again, I don’t want to hurt my friends :p

Yeah, check out river bend.
https://www.facebook.com/RiverbrendCombat?fref=ts

They’re pretty cool :p

Not familiar with volvera. I tend to work with a small budget, so I usually use the blue camp pads from Wal-Mart as my blue foam, as well as courtesy padding.

You have yoga mat? typically used for stabbing tips? Use that! it’s squishy lol. 

I typically use low-density polyurethane for my stabbies, from Foam Factory. (http://www.foamdistributing.com/polyurethane-foam-sheets.html)

I’ve also seen yoga matts used, but they can be a little overpriced for the quantity of foam.

Well, for what I use it for, $15 isn’t bad at all for a roll. i can get literally 1000’s of stab tips from it. so really, it’s only 15 cents a stab tip :3 but to each their own.

I’m curious to see how large these mats are, and how large your stab tips are. That seems like a lot of tips for one sheet of foam.

about as big as a roll of foam. however, you have to take into consideration that one stab tip is only about 1.5x4in

My typical foam sheet runs about 13$ (not counting shipping) for 82”*36*, which gives just under 500 tips. Most yoga mats I’ve seen are 15-20$ for a sheet half the size. Could just be luck of the draw, though.

muddthebarbarian:

rowanofrohan:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

muddthebarbarian:

burntbacon8r:

New Mace finished today! First time I’ve done a weapon with a removable cover, using the popular drawstring method. 36 inches long, head is 9 inches wide on the diagonal.

I’ve got some other weapons in the works, using some new techniques I learned recently, so keep an eye out!

How much does that thing weigh?!
Also, be sure there is enough courtesy padding on it. you need 2/3 of your overall length covered in foam.

Regulations actually state handle Length can be 18 inches or 1/3 the total length, whichever is greater, as long as it does not exceed half the total length. The handle in this one is 18 inches exactly, and the total length is 36.5 inches. Perfectly calculated!

Ah yes.  I forget, belegarth. I absolutely HATE that rule. just today, I got hit by a handle and tore my knuckle up pretty bad. I know advice from some guy you don’t know over the internet is going to come off as me being mean, but trust me when I say I’m not trying to; Please shorten that handle lol. effectively, you’re not going to be using the top 10 inches of that handle. 8in is pretty optimal until you start getting into reds. I know some places let 36” count as reds, but still. just know that handles will hurt your friends. :3

Belegarth universally defines 48” as reds, so this will always be a blue. I’ll keep that in mind, though!
(I do enjoy longer handles on weapons, as they allow a much larger variety of grips. It’s always nice to have the option of switching to two handed, even if it still counts as blue damage!)

1. places such as riverbend count 36” as reds as long as the meet requirements (such as weight). They are belegarth as well. but they play by a special rule set.
2. This is me beating a dead horse, but not because I’m trying to correct you, but I don’t want some of my new guys seeing this and not seeing my reasoning behind it. Not targeting you, just giving information to the masses:

This is what happened to my knuckle. Specifically my D knuckle.


NNow let me show you the arsenal



Okay, so the sword on the very left is the sword that did this to me. the sword right next to it is the sword I use.
2 things:
1. The sword next to mine has a handle only 2.5inches bigger than mine
2. I have never blasted someone in the hand with my handle where the one next to mine has on SEVERAL occasions.

Why one might ask? several variables. Where I hold my sword, how long my sword is, how long my handle is, and how I throw shots. As you can see, I have a similar weapon. That handle is 6in long and is right where I’d use it. Also there is nothing wrong with holding courtesy padding. it’s safer anyhow. it also feels better when you get blasted in the hand. Infact, mr. tetsubo up there gets choked up on all the time (that’s the big red). 

I just see it as it’s less likely to hurt your friends if you don’t have as much exposed core/handle. Courtesy padding can always be used as a handle.

My only issue with courtesy padding as a handle is it tends to be a lot thicker, otherwise you bring up plenty of good points! I’ll have to ask around about places that use special rulesets like those, I’ve never actually heard of that!
(I do have a glaive that’s completely covered in courtesy padding, so it’s not alien to me)

Get ahold of some 1/4 volvera :) it’ll be your best “Blue courtesy padding” friend lol. I used blue foam because I have big man hands and I squeeze the crap out of it. Also because I swing with a lot of authority and again, I don’t want to hurt my friends :p

Yeah, check out river bend.
https://www.facebook.com/RiverbrendCombat?fref=ts

They’re pretty cool :p

Not familiar with volvera. I tend to work with a small budget, so I usually use the blue camp pads from Wal-Mart as my blue foam, as well as courtesy padding.

You have yoga mat? typically used for stabbing tips? Use that! it’s squishy lol. 

I typically use low-density polyurethane for my stabbies, from Foam Factory. (http://www.foamdistributing.com/polyurethane-foam-sheets.html)

I’ve also seen yoga matts used, but they can be a little overpriced for the quantity of foam.

Well, for what I use it for, $15 isn’t bad at all for a roll. i can get literally 1000’s of stab tips from it. so really, it’s only 15 cents a stab tip :3 but to each their own.

I’m curious to see how large these mats are, and how large your stab tips are. That seems like a lot of tips for one sheet of foam.

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