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"I think I've lived long enough to see competitive Counter-Strike as we know it, kill itself." Summary of Richard Lewis' stream (Long)

I want to preface that the contents of this post is for informational purposes. I do not condone or approve of any harassments or witch-hunting or the attacking of anybody.
 
Richard Lewis recently did a stream talking about the terrible state of CS esports and I thought it was an important stream anyone who cares about the CS community should listen to.
Vod Link here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/830415547
I realize it is 3 hours long so I took it upon myself to create a list of interesting points from the stream so you don't have to listen to the whole thing, although I still encourage you to do so if you can.
I know this post is still long but probably easier to digest, especially in parts.
Here is a link to my raw notes if you for some reason want to read through this which includes some omitted stuff. It's in chronological order of things said in the stream and has some time stamps. https://pastebin.com/6QWTLr8T

Intro

CSPPA - Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association

"Who does this union really fucking serve?"

ESIC - Esports Integrity Commission

"They have been put in an impossible position."

Stream Sniping

"They're all at it in the online era, they're all at it, they're all cheating, they're all using exploits, probably that see through smoke bug got used a bunch of times"

Match Fixing

"How many years have we let our scene be fucking pillaged by these greedy cunts?" "We just let it happen."

North America

"Everyone in NA has left we've lost a continents worth of support during this pandemic and Valve haven't said a fucking word."

Talent

"TO's have treated CS talent like absolute human garbage for years now."

Valve

"Anything that Riot does, is better than Valve's inaction"

Closing Statements

"We've peaked. If we want to sustain and exist, now is the time to figure it out. No esports lasts as long as this, we've already done 8 years. We've already broke the records. We have got to figure out a way to coexist and drive the negative forces out and we need to do it as a collective and we're not doing that."

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I am 36 years old, make $66,900, live in Portland OR and work as a Data Coordinator.

Section Zero: Background
Hello all, happy hoildays! I stumbled upon this subreddit not long ago and have enjoyed the commentary and experiences everyone's shared. Wanted to add another perspective from a mid-30s first-gen American. I've had some missteps regarding careers and finances, but I feel like I'm in a slightly better place now. I tried YNAB in the past but I wasn't consistent enough with it. These days I use Mint to monitor my finances and have a "Finance Friday" each month to review all my accounts and spending. I currently live with my partner TJ and his dog RR. We do not combine finances, but he has been unemployed since March. I have helped him with some bills and basic necessities here and there until he finds his next job or career.
My current financial goals are to just maintain a status quo and not get any debt until pandemic times are over. Then I will focus on a house remodeling fund and savings for taking care of my parents.
Growing up, what kind of conversations did you have about money? Did your parent/guardian(s) educate you about finances? My parents taught us about money from a frugal perspective. They are immigrants who worked in food service/factories. There was always this “save save save” mentality. Even when they started their own small business, we saved like there was no tomorrow. In high school, my calculus teacher bought us all “The Millionaire Next Door” book and had us read it as an assignment - that was my first structured introduction to finances.
Did you worry about money growing up? No, there was always food on the table and a roof over our heads. I knew that our extended family would support us if needed.
Was there an expectation for you to attend higher education? Did you participate in any form of higher education? If yes, how did you pay for it? Yes. My dad didn’t finish the high school-equivalent in their country, while my mom did finish high school, but no college. My older and younger siblings took a different path in life after high school. I am the first and only in my family to graduate from college. My parents covered all tuition for my two bachelor degrees with the agreement that I support them fully during their retirement and send them gifts/extra money whenever I can. I feel very lucky and privileged that they were able to provide that education for me.
At what age did you become financially responsible for yourself and do you have a financial safety net? 24 when I went on a work holiday abroad. My family was always available to help when needed, but the experience abroad helped me stand on my own feet. As an adult, I also inherited that “save” mentality and put a lot of my earnings towards savings. I didn’t date until my 30s, lived frugally, didn’t go out to eat/hangout with people, shopped thrift stores, and had very few hobbies. I am starting to “live a little” now though.
Do you or have you ever received passive or inherited income? Aside from the tuition, my parents have helped with a down payment for my first house and living costs during periods of unemployment.

Section One: Assets and Debt
Retirement Balance
If the place I was working at offered a 401k, I would always contribute up to the company match. I started my IRA in my mid-20s and would try to contribute the yearly max. I've stopped that the past 2-3 years though. My Other Brokerage is some play money, but I got tired of staring it and switched to index funds. I haven't contributed anything to it in a few years.
Equity if you're a homeowner
Purchased my first home for $382,000 with 20% down, right before lockdown earlier this year. Perfect timing, right?? I plan to live here until my retirement. My parents contributed $15k while I used most of my savings for the rest.
Savings account balance: $3,073
Checking account balance: $7,800
Credit card debt: I charge everything on my credit card for the points, then pay it off each month using my checking account balance.
Student loan debt: Traditionally no student loan debt as mentioned in Section Zero.

Section Two: Income
Income Progression (listed as gross income with cost of living area):
High School
College and first “career” job
Mental health break
College (again) and second “career” job
Third “career” jobs

Main Job Monthly Take Home:
Monthly Net (paid bi-weekly): $2,758
Deductions:
Side Gig Monthly Take Home:
No side gigs at the moment, but I am thinking of signing up on Upwork.com and doing Excel/data entry projects to help pay the mortgage.
Other Income: TJ’s friend will be staying with us for a month in January, who will pay rent of $800 including utilities. Depending on how that goes, we may take on a roommate in the spare bedroom long-term.

Section Three: Expenses
Mortgage - when I bought the house, the plan was that I would charge TJ a portion of the mortgage costs as “rent”, but since his unemployment I am now covering it all myself.
Regular Monthly Payment: $1677.57
HOA: $30/year
Retirement contribution: Nothing additional than what's been mentioned.
Savings contribution: I used to do $50-100/month, but since COVID I’ve stopped contributing to my savings account.
Investment contribution: None at this time.
Debt payments: $100/month towards TJ's credit card balance of $2,307.
Donations: $10-20/month, usually towards Omaze or Planned Parenthood.
Utilities:
Cellphone: On my parents plan.
Subscriptions:
Gym membership: Pre-COVID I did Orangetheory for a year. I started to pick up free exercise equipment from Craigslist this year, so we have a small garage gym now and utilize YouTube exercise videos instead.
Pet expenses: $10/month. TJ has stockpiled some Costco canned dog food before unemployment, but once that runs out I will likely cover the costs. We also started to make homemade dog food to help supplement.
Car insurance: $460 every 6 months. Car is paid off.
Regular therapy: I will start in the new year. Not sure what the costs are yet, but I will use my HSA to pay.
Vitamins/Medications: $20/month
Groceries & household items: $75/month
Miscellaneous (eating out, house purchases, gifts, etc): $100/month

Section Four: Money Diary
Monday
6:30am Neighbor starts up their truck. We joke that it's our natural alarm clock. They idle for about 15 minutes before heading off. I go back to bed.
9am My real alarm goes off. I put the electric kettle on for some morning tea. While it's boiling, I do my morning routine: drink glass of water, take synthroid, use bathroom, brush teeth, quick shower. I then make tea - Jasmine Pearl English Breakfast with dark forest mix. I started ordering loose leaf tea in large amounts back in March instead of small bags or single serving packets. Seems more economical since I drink it daily. I let the dog out into the backyard so he can do his morning routine.
9:30am I go through my daily tasks for work. They entail checking processes and reports to make sure they ran successfully overnight. I then answer some emails and catch-up on Slack channels.
12pm Lunch is leftover roast chicken and quinoa from Saturday. I heat it up in the instant pot. Love that thing! Almost every meal of ours involves the instant pot. We hardly use the stovetop. We then walk the dog to the business park across from our neighborhood. There's a very short trail that runs along a drainage creek by the business park. It's quite muddy, but has a nice woodsy feeling. Over the summer, we saw sumac trees there as well. Free sumac spice!
1:30pm Department meeting on Zoom. Our director announces his resignation on the call. Everyone is shocked! Layoffs were announced for next year but this was not a part of it. I think it's a good move for him and he doesn't have to have this worry of layoffs over his head.
3pm I meet with an engineer from another team and talk about a data source they are in charge of. He helps me out in understanding it and we identify most of the fields that I need for a project I’m starting.
5:30pm I check in with my partner. He's been watching LinkedIn tutorials on internal recruiting, job coaching and general computeoffice skills. It's a career change that he wants to make - something where he can talk to and help people. He doesn't have a bachelor's, only an associates, and hopes these tutorials will get him a leg up in the job search. I sent him some entry level HR admin roles the other day and remind him to apply. I then heat up leftovers: homemade chana masala and rice. I add some butter and coconut milk to thin it out, so there's enough for both of us.
10:30pm I take some magnesium, vitamin D and Airborne. I say goodnight to the dog who sleeps in the office. Then I say goodnight to TJ. He sleeps in the spare bedroom on weeknights due to his snoring keeping me up. I'm a light sleeper while he is a pretty deep sleeper.
Daily total: $0
Tuesday
9am I check Reddit Secret Santa. My match seems like a really good person. Not sure what to get, but most likely will purchase something off their wishlist. I wish I was more creative with my gift giving.
11am Meeting with business stakeholder. She submitted a few changes to an existing data process about a month ago. I make the change while on the call and have her test. Success! Marking it off the todo list. I love when we can finish things directly on a call.
12:30pm I come out of my office to make lunch. I notice my partner is not home. I check my messages and see that he's stepped out to pick up a few things. I ask for celery, carrots, and kombucha. $17. I make a quick charcuterie board for lunch: Costco salami, cheese, homemade hummus and Triscuits. It's a simple, fast meal that’s always in our rotation.
2pm My partner is back and we take the dog out for a walk and quick round of disc golf at a nearby park. We mask up and play only a few holes. Disc golf is a pretty frugal activity, you only need 2-3 discs to get started. TJ remarks that my throws are getting better, but then again they weren't great to start with. We talk about Christmas/Birthday gifts on the way back home since he was born on New Years Day. He mentioned snowshoeing but asked to not spend that much. I'll do some research!
5pm I think about personal career projects. Should I put up a portfolio of projects somewhere? I decide to try and pull some Yelp data. There’s not a lot of data points that I was interested in. Regardless, I tinker with it for an hour. TJ asks if I'm hungry. I said not so much, but felt thirsty. Maybe some ginger soup tonight?
7:30pm Dinner is served - ginger carrot soup made in the instant pot. We eat some rice crackers with it. Lately I feel like we've been eating more vegetarian dinners. It definitely helps stretch our food budget. We end the evening by finishing Fargo season 3 on Hulu.
Daily total: $17
Wednesday
1:30am I'm woken up by the dog. He's been sneezing a lot and wheezes at random intervals. TJ doesn't have the money for a vet visit but I've offered to pay as long as he calls to make the appointment. I give the dog some coconut oil, rub his belly until he seems better and go back to bed.
7am Garbage day. We usually put it out the night before but I forgot. I get up to go, but TJ handles it. I think, at least. I'm too sleepy to pay attention and go back to bed.
9am I wake up and rinse some dishes that have piled up and put them into the dishwasher. We both grew up in households that had a home dishwasher, but forbade from using it. It was drilled into us that hand washing saves more water, unless you had a restaurant/industrial dishwasher. I think with modern home dishwashers, that's changed, so I wanted to try it out with our dishwasher and monitor the water bill. Don't have any dishwashing pods or powder, so I put some OxiClean in it.
12:30pm I overhear TJ on a call with a recruiting agency. It seems to be going well, lots of laughing. I heat up some taco lasagna that I freezer meal-prepped last month.
2pm Collaborate on a project at work with an engineer. My manager put me on this project since I was asking for an assignment on a more technical team. I'm learning tidbits here and there, but I don't feel like it's structured enough.
5pm I do an Orangetheory-At-Home workout and try to break a sweat. It's not the same as going to their studio.
6pm Charcuterie for dinner. Our fridge is full of store-bought and homemade pickles that go super well on a charcuterie board.
Daily total: $0
Thursday
7am I wake up tired. The house has been feeling more cold, which woke me up a few times. We keep the temp at 72F during the day, at night around 68F since we thought the bedrooms keep the heat in pretty well. My mistake!
9am I do my usual morning routine and login to work. My team mostly spends the morning sending each other emojis.
11:30am Lunch today is mini quiche, frozen chicken and veggie entree, and hot dogs. Not the most cohesive meal, but it fills the belly.
12:30pm TJ heads out to his mailbox that's 30 minutes away. He is still waiting on his tax return and a 401k withdrawal. His taxes had to be filed by mail for some reason, then the IRS office shut down due to COVID. So he wanted to see if it arrived yet at the mailbox. He also takes the dog to the vet's urgent care on his way. They didn't have any regular openings available until the end of the year, and the dog seemed to be getting worse. I give TJ $40 to mail a gift package to a friend in France and also reiterate that I'll cover the vet bill when he gets it.
4:30pm I pay some bills, my favorite activity (not)! Sewer bill: $59.44 (billed every 2 months). Geico bill: $459.60 billed every 6 months. Then I follow up with my mortgage officer over email. I had sent her some documents for a refinance quote last week, but haven't heard back. Rates keep dropping, so I'm told, but what does that really mean? I do some research on realestate.
5pm TJ messages me and says he'll be back for dinner. I ask him to pick up some Popeyes via drive thru since we both don't feel like cooking today. Popeyes is currently our fancy “going out to eat” food. $24.17 for a 4pc dinner meal and a 2pc dinner meal.
Daily total: $583.21
Friday
8:30am Busy morning at work. My phone is buzzing with emails and Slack messages. I try to answer them while I make tea.
10am Zoom Department happy hour. We reminisce about our director and then play those Jackbox party games. Some of them are hard!
11am TJ asks if he can make me anything for lunch. He suggests savory oatmeal, quick and easy. I tell him that I really appreciate him making meals/doing chores/etc without me prompting. We've been having conversations about "house project management" and mental load because I did most of the chores or I had to continually remind/tell him to do it. I'm really happy to see us progress on this front. I decide to work through my lunch break so I can end the day early. I don't often do that, but I'm ready to get the weekend started.
2pm I check on TJ in the spare bedroom and ask if the dog has been fed yet, since he was nipping at my feet. I notice something off about TJ and ask how he is doing. TJ is depressed about his personal life, career, finances. He doesn't know what to do, spends half the day meditating and reflecting on past trauma. I've been prodding him to get a therapist but he is confused about his insurance. He makes an appointment with a primary care doctor first. I feed the dog some homemade dog-friendly beef stew.
4pm My mom swings by the house (but doesn't enter). She currently works at a school who distributes free USDA food boxes since March. There's often many boxes leftover that would go to waste, so she will grab a box for us. Onions, potatoes, beets, turnips, eggs, cheese, butter, frozen veggies and frozen chicken. She also brought her vintage pasta maker. I asked last week if she ever used it these days and her reply was “no, feel free to have it”. I love pasta and noodles and figure it would be great to make it ourselves as a frugal hobby.
8pm We catch up on Mandalorian and watch silly Youtube videos before heading off to bed.
Daily total: $0
Saturday
9am I open up my web browser and look at Craigslist and NextDoor for free stuff. I've been scouring for free landscape rocks, pegboards, and wood for house projects. I had this grand ambition to redesign our backyard. It faces our neighbor and currently the fence is pretty low. They can see into our kitchen and bedroom and we can see them. But y'know, COVID and going from dual income house to single income means it all has to be put on hold. So I've been looking for free items in the meantime. Over the past months, I've gotten planter pots, plant cuttings, a raised bed, stepping stones, all from free listings. I don't see anything worthwhile so I go and make some tea.
11am I look at Amazon and make some purchases for Reddit Secret Santa. A foodie kit, DVD of their favorite movie, and some cute pens for their writing hobby. $54. I hope they like it!
12pm TJ heats up leftover stir-fry for lunch for us. I put on some Binging with Babish and we watch how to make pasta. We have a plan - TJ makes the pasta, I make the sauce. Perfect date night activity at home. We watch some more videos on pasta and noodles to educate ourselves.
4pm I start prepping veggies. Big batch of onions, canned tomatoes, ground beef and butter in the instant pot. Meanwhile, TJ works on the pasta by following Babish's instructions.
7pm We gorge on fresh made pasta and bolognese sauce. It's so good! We end up watching Fargo.
11pm Usually I'll be in bed by now, but it's a Saturday and not tired yet (probably because of all that pasta). We play some Kirby's Dream Course on the Switch.
Daily total: $54
Sunday
10am Quick walk around the neighborhood with the dog. He's on a new routine now with the medicine he's taking. It seems to be helping his breathing issues.
11am The pasta maker and flour is still out since we didn't clean up yesterday. There's some old pie crust in the fridge so I roll it out with the pasta machine for mini quiches. (Sally's Baking Addiction blog is my go-to place for her all-butter crust and quiche recipes btw). TJ helps by mixing up the eggs.
3pm I play some Genshin Impact (GI) on my phone while TJ plays Starcraft in the office. I don't usually play gacha games, but the Zelda BotW-style of GI appealed to me. A gacha game is a game with randomized characteitem boxes that you use real-money to purchase a “pull” or to spin the wheel. I know the gacha parts of the game can be a real money sink if you get addicted to them, it’s almost like gambling. My main team is Fischl, Bennett, Barbara and Noelle. I level up to AR 22 and look up free-to-play tutorials for the game.
6pm There's some leftover pasta from yesterday, enough for both of us. I throw in some roasted beets to round out the meal. We watch more Fargo while eating. Almost done with Season 3!
10pm I find a tour operator who offers a small, socially-distant snowshoeing tour up on the mountain. I reserve for two people - this will be TJ's Christmas/birthday gift. $75. Off to bed for another workday.
Daily total: $75
Weekly Total: $689.79
Section Five: Reflections
Aside from the car insurance bill, this was a typical week for me, COVID or not. We make the majority of our meals at home and usually splurge on drive-thru/delivery once every other week. I may have overspent on the Secret Santa gift, but I don't often give gifts out to friends. It's not something our family does either. For TJ’s Christmas/birthday gift, we usually talk upfront about costs. I’ve gifted him fancy restaurant experiences the past 2 years, since we can share that experience, but obviously can’t do that now. Snowshoeing is a nice change of pace.
The conversations with TJ this week have given me thought on how to approach him differently about finances and working together in a relationship. I’m still unsure about the future financially, particularly as my parents near retirement age and that TJ has pulled out his 401k to pay his debts. I don't know if I can support both my parents and TJ together, so I am finding ways to upskill and/or side hustles without becoming a workaholic or bogged down by stress.
Writing this money diary was also the first time where I really paid attention to my past income and current income. I might be contributing too much into ESPP that could go towards the 401k or mortgage instead? I also seem to have been underpaid for what I did in past jobs, even in a LCOL area.
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Summary of AEW Angles and Storylines leading into Full Gear, with links to Video

Here is a relatively quick summary of the major angles leading into Full Gear. Links to AEW's Youtube, Twitter and Instagram with highlights and clips of what is going on. I'm including other angles that I feel might end up being relevant to Full Gear, but am not attempting to summarize everything.
The Buy In: Serena Deeb (NWA Women’s Champion) vs Allisyn Kay
Summary: Serena Deeb is a wrestling veteran, very skilled in the ring, who has just become the NWA champion, in addition to being an AEW wrestler. Allisyn Kay, a former NWA Champion, wants her old title belt back.
John Silver vs. Orange Cassidy
Summary: Orange Cassidy is a lazy wrestler who can go toe to toe with the best, if he bothers to try. John Silver, a member of the Dark Order, is a little bundle of hyperactive aggression. Orange Cassidy took on the leader of the Dark Order, Mr. Brodie Lee for the TNT championship. While Mr. Brodie Lee won, the Dark Order, and John Silver in particular, want to punish Cassidy for even trying in the first place.
This will be a pretty comedic match, by two people who are genuinely good in the ring.
TNT Title: Cody Rhodes (TNT Champion) vs. Darby Allin
Summary: Cody is the son of legendary wrestler Dusty Rhodes, a charming talker and face of the company. He is the TNT Champion. Darby Allin is a reckless daredevil. They have faced off often over the past year, with Cody barely managing to win every time. Will Darby finally win over Cody?
World Tag Team Titles: FTR (AEW Tag Team Champions) vs. The Young Bucks
Stipulation: If the Bucks lose, they can never challenge for the Tag Team belts again.
Summary: FTR are arrogant brawlers who say they're the best tag team in the world, and they have the AEW Tag Team titles to prove it. The Young Bucks are arrogant high-fliers who say they're the best tag team in the world. They've both been arguing over who is the best for years, and now finally get to prove it. Previously, FTR messed with the Young Bucks by manipulating Hangman Adam Page, taking the Bucks out of the last title match, and the Bucks are still upset about it.
Women's World Title: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. Nyla Rose
Summary: Hikaru Shida is the AEW Women's champion, who had been doing an open challenge for her title. Nyla Rose is a bruiser of a beast, loving to slam women through tables. She's recently gotten Vickie Guererro as her manager. Nyla lost her world title to Shida earlier this year, and has been waiting for a rematch.
World Title Eliminator Tournament Final: Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page
Summary: Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page until recently were tag team champions. Hangman's bad decisions lead to their defeat at the hands of FTR. Now Kenny wants to go back to being a singles star, and Adam Page feels abandoned and hurt. Can the sad drunken cowboy beat his former partner, one of the best wrestlers on the planet? Winner of this match gets a shot at the World Championship.
The saga of Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page is one of the best storylines in wrestling to date. The first chunk of it is summarized here, and the second chunk was summarized by me here.
I am not including the Being The Elite segments here too, even though Hangman has been doing some REALLY good work there, because they are really tied up with other plots and hard to summarize briefly.
Chris Jericho vs. MJF
Stipulation: If MJF wins, he can join The Inner Circle.
Summary: Chris Jericho is a raging egotistical rock star, and leads the villainous Inner Circle. MJF is a spoiled egotistical rich guy, with a massive bodyguard in Wardlow. MJF wants to join the Inner Circle, but has to beat Chris Jericho to prove he has what it takes.
Elite Deletion: Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara
Summary: Matt Hardy, a legend in the ring, has been trying to get Sammy Guevara to reach his full potential by leaving Chris Jericho's side. Sammy doesn't want an old man telling him what to do. They've been feuding for months now, with both of them getting injured along the way. It really needs to end.
This will be a cinematic match, filmed at the Hardy Compound.
AEW World Title "I Quit" Match: Jon Moxley (AEW Champion) vs. Eddie Kingston
Summary: Jon Moxley is a tough bastard, who spent years in the WWE, and beat Chris Jericho to become the AEW World Champion earlier this year. Eddie Kingston has been an indie wrestler for years, struggling to make ends meet before recently joining AEW. Eddie thinks Moxley is a sell out. Moxley thinks Eddie has become bitter and jealous. Once friends, now they're going to practically murder each other in the ring.
NOTE: The promos that both Moxley and Kingston are giving are PHENOMENAL.
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Day-2: Cruising Memories are all we have!!!

Overview: This is my second installment of my memories of cruising. I am doing this for my own sanity and to remind everyone of our positive times in the past and what the future might bring. During these troubling times with politics and a global pandemic, focusing on something we all consider to be positive is good therapy. Add in your comments of how or what you would do on your day-two when cruising. Lets have some fun with this and leave our negativity out. Try just to have fun in our thoughts.
Disclaimer: I am retired 63, a stroke victim yet healthy now, gone on 24 cruises, and spoiled to the core. My reference to the NCL Haven™ is not meant to show what I can afford or I am better than anyone else. It is just my personal favorite experiences. Truth be told, my best cruise was my first. That was 40 years ago, in the cheapest inside cabin on the SS Norway. It was my honeymoon and it was magical. My next cruise in the end of May 2021, will be my 41st wedding anniversary on the same cruise line, now called NCL with my Adult Children. A full circle over 40 + Years.
Day 2: Cruise Memories
06:45 AM: I just can’t sleep in today, just can’t. Shower and in-suite coffee on the balcony. All you can see and hear are lovely waves. This is what I have been waiting for all year.
07:30 AM: First Breakfast in the Haven Restaurant. We start with French Press Coffee, of course. Appetizer of smoked salmon from the side fresh buffet, those danishes are calling my name though. With a huge smile, I order my favorite Breakfast, Steak & Over Easy Eggs skip the potato’s. Whole wheat toast with grape jelly. At the end, I always get one single danish. I am trying to not gain my normal 10+ lbs. from this cruise. I am quite clear in my own mind, I will fail.
09:00 AM: Explore the ship. Even after 24 cruises, going deck to deck is so much fun for me. People are just getting up. Still easy to get an elevator and no real crowds in the main walkways. Important to me to find the cigar bar for later enjoyment and there it is next to the Mojito Bar. Also, where is the slot tournament to be held at 01:00 PM, priorities folks. Where is the gym and finally where all the hot tubs on board.
10:30 AM: Gym. 30-minutes on the treadmill. Attempt to allow a bit of those food calories to get used. I know by day three, the exercise will be doomed. All I can think about is going down those huge water slides and driving the electric go carts. My hope is the lines are not to long. On my way back to my suite, I hear that wonderful sound of metal drums by the main pool. The smile begins to become a part of my day, as it always does on past cruises. Entering my suite, my family asks where I have been. I tell them and they are disappointed I did not take them with me. What I see is none of them have even gotten out of bed yet.
12:00 PM: Lunch by the Haven Pool another favorite pastime. Time for the best cheese burger on any cruise ship. No bun, of course. Really, no bun. French Fries YES, bun no? My wife orders a bottle of wine and takes half of it goes back to the room. God love that upgrade to the Premium Plus Drink Package. My wife loves ordering a bottle vs. a glass. It is a vacation isn’t it. This was her plan and I support it. She loves wine in the suite for night time balcony viewing.
01:00 PM: Slot Tournament, my entire family is entered, it is a tradition. We learned to have a few drinks first, because it is so stressful. We always play and never win. This year, my wife whom never gambles makes it to round two. We are so proud of her and consider that a victory. Since I am in the casino anyway, where is that “Buffalo Gold” machine. I feel the cash leaving my wallet forever. Why do I watch those YouTube Slot Guru’s. They are not good for my pocketbook.
02:30 PM: A littler poorer yet still happy, I get ready for my first water slide experience. Every cruise I do the same thing. I find someone whom is a afraid to do the water slide, and talk them into doing it with me. My record for number of consecutive slides is 10. The issue are those darn stairs, I am no spring chicken anymore. All the kids think I am funny because I am as excited as they are to slide. My last victim was my wife who became a huge fan.
04:00 PM: Did I hear “BINGO” or was it “Deal or No Deal”. It is like a magnet for me. The crowds, the joy of watching someone WIN. I debate myself. Do I start drinking NOW or hold off until right before dinner. Hold off today, smart move. I go back to the suite through the casino watching a older woman (that is saying a lot, I am 63) get a jackpot on the machine that took all my money earlier. Happy for her though, kind of.
05:30 PM: There are some ship snacks waiting on the table in the suite, which is always different every day. Today it is those world famous chocolate covered strawberries. Time to clean up and dress for dinner and the show. My wife as usually, is looking at the sun burn she got sitting on the deck and saying, “I think I over did it a bit.” I notice she is in a very happy mood and the bottle of wine in the room is out. I ask her when she started drinking? She smiles and tells me, 12:00 PM, at lunch. Stupid question on my part. I am the light weight in my family on drinking. However, when I get serious, I am serious. Pre-Dinner drinks on the balcony, it is so lovely.
07:00 PM: Dinner tonight is a specialty restaurant. My habit is to go to the steak place the first night. Martini shaken not stirred, slightly dirty with two blue cheese stuffed olives. Shrimp cocktail, Fresh Bread with really good butter, Blue Cheese Wedge and a Rib Eye Medium Rare Plus. I am so full, I simply can’t eat all the fully loaded potato. Maybe a few bits. I have to sit for a while and have some Coffee with Baileys. I am feeling no pain and starting to relax a bit. New York Cheese cake is the finale. “There is cheating and then there is Cheese Cake!”
09:30 PM: I know I am tired because I would usually be in bed by now. The food, drink and excitement of the day is telling my body, pass on the show. I used to listen to myself, not anymore. I will get my second wind shortly and so will you. The show which on the first night is usually a production. We always sit in the last row on the end by the door. We have seen some fantastic and not so fantastic shows. We are not expecting much. Then the music starts and it is all Latin dancing. 90-minutes has never go so quick. This show was incredible. My wife for the first time was on her feet doing a standing ovation.
11:00 PM: This is when my wife and I start to argue. She wants to party some more, I want to chill in the room. Translation, go to sleep. I know her, the moment she hits the pillow, with the sun she got that day, add the food and drink, that is all she wrote. We get to the suite, on the desk are the passes for the excursion we are taking in the morning, I love that. Never gets old. I, just want to dream again about my next day’s breakfast of Steak and Eggs. Tomorrow I add a waffle I thing. We attempt to look at the agenda for the next day however never make it more then 10-minutes before the waves put us to sleep.
Perfect second day in my book.
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[USA] [H] NES Minis, Games for Nintendo and Sony Systems, Gaming Collectibles [W] Kirby's Dream Land 2 CIB, Etrian Odyssey Nexus cart only, Mario Party 2 box, many more games in list

Looking to trade! I have over 100 confirmed trades :) Right now I am mostly looking for the wants I have listed below, especially the high priority stuff, but I may be open to offers. Just please do not be offended if I say no!
p.s. "CIB" means complete, as in including all the booklets and such that were supposed to come in there, otherwise I will clarify what is included. "NIB" means New In Box, aka sealed, "brand new," in the shrink, etc.
p.p.s. If we are going to trade, all I ask is please be honest about the condition of your items. I can provide pictures for anything I have, please be willing to do the same! Thanks!

HAVE

Mini Consoles
GameCube games, accessories and packaging
N64 booklets
Switch
3DS consoles, games, accessories
3DS boxes and manuals (no games)
DS console, games and accessories
DS boxes and manuals (no games)
GBA games and videos
GBC games and more
GB games and more
GB manuals (no games)
Wii U games and packaging
Wii games and accessories
NES games and accessories
PS3 boxes and manuals (no games)
PS2
PS2 boxes and manuals (no games)
PSX
PSX boxes and manuals (no games)
PC
Strategy guides
Books
Collectibles and posters
Comic Books
Random Stuff

WANT

The high priority stuff:
Lower priority:
Limited Print Switch Games (prefer CIB, also fine with Best Buy retail versions when applicable)
Retail Switch Games
3DS Games
DS Games
GBA
GBC
Game Boy
Wii U Games
Wii Games
GameCube games
PS2 Games
PS3 Games
Strategy Guides
Also if you've read this far, I recently started an Instagram dedicated to video game collecting and would love to connect with others! My username is chillcollector.
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today i am one year sober.

i'm trying not to make too much of a big deal about it but today i am 365 days sober from alcohol. i would've never thought i would get to this day because it honestly felt like the longest year ever because of the PAWS and the debilitating stomach issues i've gone through because of it. But i vouched to myself a life of sobriety and by god i'm gonna do it. but here's my story if you care to hear it:
i hit my rock bottom when i found myself banging at the package store door at 8am every single goddamn day hoping to get a few shots/beers in me so i can get out the nightmarish hangover i was going through day in and day out. i never thought i'd be that person. i would stumble my hungover ass down there every morning with one thought on my mind, alcohol. i would cycle numerous different package stores around town multiple times a day just so they wouldn't think i had a problem, but they're not stupid, they knew.
one day i found a bar in my town (one i NEVER went to because it's scummy af in a scummy part of town) that opens at 6am (for breakfast because of the 3rd shifters that work at the factory next door) but the bartenders served alcohol because 90% of the people in my town are alcoholics. that dug me into the worst downward spiral i've ever been in. i'd usually only get 3 hours of sleep a night if i was lucky and i'd wake up at 5am with a nasty hangover and dread having to wait 3 hours for the packy to open, so this bar would be my home for the next 4 months or so, i'd be the first one in the bar at 5:58am and the bartender would have a beer cracked open for me. a beer (bud/bud light) was $1.50 and a shot of well alcohol was $3, so it was pretty easy to get plastered for cheap. i ran down my bank account going barhopping every single day so i would run up tabs and walk out on them, not purposely..(eventually getting sober and going back to settle all of them with complete and utter embarassment) thank god they didn't care too much because i was a local but it made me feel like a horrible human being. the people i'd meet at this place were complete and utter lowlifes...i'd have to hear their stories of how they used to be hot shit, how they were in the mob, (because i live in an italian infused town) how they're high rollers at the local casinos, and i'd be so fucked up, i'd entertain their stories and become buddies with them..they bought me shots/beers and i had no problem at all being buddy buddy with them. i used to bang one of the new bartenders they just hired and she would hook me up on the regular..and i'd have to hear all the guys talk about how hott she was when she walked away, and they'd do anything to get with her. one night me and her went out and got really drunk together and she slept over, we were both naked and about to eff the living shit out of eachother, but i couldn't get hard so i passed out, the next day she decided to fill me in that her recent ex boyfriend gave her a life changing STD, and that right there could've ruined my fucking life if i went through with that sex.
i was just living a sad ass existence.
eventually something started happening with my body that i was becoming concerned with. not only was i shitting out yellow oily substances 2 minutes after i ate (if and when i ate), but i started feeling very unwell all the time. i just wasn't myself. the alcohol wasn't getting me drunk anymore, it was basically just accumulating in my system and i'd just get extremely messed up hours later. i'd get horrible brain fog and i felt like i was living in an alternate reality where things were just fake as all hell. i felt SO depersonalized. i would drive to the casino and get extremely messed up for free because i'd pretend i was gambling. i was passing out in my car in different parking lots of different casinos and bars. i'd wake up at 3am in my backseat and just be SOOOOO out of it that i'd piss myself and go back to sleep. i would drink my alcohol and throw it up in the bathroom an hour later just so i can keep drinking
it took me 4 detox rehab stints in a 4 month span to realize what i was doing to myself. there is nothing worse than waking up with a group of 50+ strangers going through the same nightmare you are in a place where you're literally locked in, being woken up every 2 hours throughout the night, even though you're going through alcoholic insomnia and aren't getting any sleep anyways
i left rehab and immediately relapsed each time. i saw this girl at the bar that i used to chill with one night and i went back to her place just to chill and drink more. i spent 7 days at her apartment, she bought 30 racks and i drank at her place while she went to work everyday and when she got out, we'd hit the bars..then go back to her house, and we'd drink some more. and that went on for a week. i didn't change my clothes, i didn't shower, i felt fucking disgusting.
one night me and her went to a local bar and got shitfaced. these complete losers came in and sat with us and i got real bad vibes from them. they saw i was feeling down and out so they offered me a bump of cocaine, and i am one of those people who have NEVER touched a hard drug in my life, but i said fuck it and they set me up a line, i ended up denying it in the end because i'm a giant pussy..they all proceeded to do some shrooms and decided we're gonna go to a party. and this party was a banger, and it was 20 miles away in the middle of the woods, they had a live band, and if i wasn't as messed up as i was, it would've been fun af, but it wasnt and i wanted to leave. i spent 4 hours looking for a ride because they were all too tripped out to even function. it was fucking freezing and i walked over 20 miles to her house and it took me a long ass time, literally frozen and drunk, and it was HORRIBLE. that was the night i took my final drink. my last drink.
i developed extreme PTSD because of all this shit. that PTSD is what got me to stop. every single damn time i get the urge to drink, i think of what i went through everyday. every time the thought of beer crosses my mind, i get sick to my stomach thinking about that life i was living. i never want to go through that ever again. i'd rather be sober, depressed and miserable than drunk, numb and SICK all the fucking time. i sometimes drive past these bars i would frequent just to watch the regulars sitting outside drinking their $1.50 can of bud looking miserable af.
i'm just happy to be this far into my sobriety. 365 fucking days bro.
if you read all of this..i appreciate you taking the time to read my story. i know it went on and on but that's how i got from where i was to where i am now. i got a nice built up bank account, i got a beautiful puppy that i love to death, my mother told me yesterday that she's proud of me and i proved her wrong, those words were enough to make it all worth it, because i put her through hell and back
i've finally decided it's time i start dating again..i took that year for myself but i think i'm ready to find 'the one'
but i appreciate all of you. we're all in this together. one sober community. and i hope all of you get to where you wanna be at. thanks for listening
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[H] Hundreds of tradable steam game gifts, removed game gifts, steam keys, more [W] TF2 Keys, Paypal

https://steamcommunity.com/tradeoffenew/?partner=128394910&token=KJaXP3jg
Most non-removed games I'd be happy to trade for store price in csgo keys at paypal value, so a collector can just have the gift. I have no attachment to 99% of this stuff, anymore. Most gifts are certainly less than store price, as well.
Do NOT waste my time by offering other games or other gifts.
Anything priced in cash is the PAYPAL PRICE ONLY
Removed Games and DLCs
[*] AERENA Master Edition (brazil) -- $3
[*] Alan Wake Bundle -- $5
[*] Age of Booty -- $20
[*] Age of Empires Online - Summer Sale Bundle DLC Unlock
[*] Batman Arkham City -- $50
[*] ALL ARKHAM CITY DLC (individual gifts) -- $100
[*] Batman Arkham Complete -- $100
[*] Bayonetta Deluxe Edition -- $150
[*] Batman™: Arkham Origins (preorder which contains
deathstroke DLC sub) -- $10
[*] Ben 10 Game Generator 5D -- $300
[*] Brawlhalla - BCX 2016 Pack -- $150
[*] Brink Prima Official Strategy Guide -- $15
[*] CID The Dummy --- $100
[*] DC Universe Online - Amazon Fury Part I
[*] DC Universe Online - Halls of Power Part I
[*] DC Universe Online Power Bundle
[*] DC Universe Online Ultimate Edition Bundle
[*] DC Universe Online: Home Turf
[*] DC Universe Online: Origin Crisis
[*] Dead Island Epidemic
[*] Dead Island Epidemic DIE Contagion Pack Gift
[*] Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Explosion Pack DLC
[*] Disney Infinity 2.0 -- $130
[*] Disney Infinity 3.0 (Crystal Buzz Lightyear) -- $100
[*] Disney Infinity 3.0 (Darth Maul) -- $100
[*] Disney Infinity 3.0- Rise Against the Empire Playset
[*] Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate - Prima Official Strategy Guide
[*] Dungeonland Gift
[*] Final Fantasy XI -- $650
[*] Funcom Complete Pack (Lego Minifigures + Secret World + Age of Conan DLC) https://steamdb.info/sub/35919/apps/ -- $500
[*] Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online -- $20
[*] Greenlight Submission Subscription -- $200
[*] Gotham City Imposters -- $110
[*] Gun Monkey --
[*] H1Z1: Just Survive - Atlas Cosmetic Skin Pack
[*] H1Z1: Just Survive - Manitoba Cosmetic Skin Pack
[*] H1Z1: Just Survive - Whiptail Cosmetic Skin Pack
[*] Instinct -- $100
[*] IVAN vs NAZI ZOMBIES -- $60
[*] Landmark - Trailblazer Buddy Gift
[*] LEGO Minifigures Online -- $600
[*] Marvel Heroes 2015 - Venom Pack
[*] Marvel Heroes 2016 - Marvel's Captain America: Civil War Starter Pack
[*] Mortal Kombat Kollection
[*] Music Creator 6 + Z3TA+2 Bundle
[*] Nebula Online (RU)
[*] Nebula Online Soundtrack Edition
[*] Nosgoth -- $50
[*] Oath of Genesis -- $100
[*] Pinball FX2 - Paranormal Table
[*] Ravaged
[*] Rambo The Video Game: Baker Team
[*] RIPD: The Game (ROW) Gift
[*] Rocket League® - NBA Flag Pack
[*] Saints Row: The Third Prima Official Strategy Guide
[*] Star Trek
[*] Starvoid
[*] Team Fortress 2 - Quakecon Bundle
[*] Team Fortress 2 - Winter Sale 2012
[*] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
[*] The Dead Linger Gift
[*] The Mixed Pack https://steamdb.info/sub/77497/apps/
[*] The Political Machine 2012
[*] The Slaughtering Ground
[*] TOME: Starter Pack Gift
[*] Transformers: War for Cybertron
[*] Tree of Savior (English Ver.) Founder's Server : Exclusive Access 3
[*] Universe At War
[*] Windborne
[*] Windborne Hero Adventurer's Pack
[*] Yooka-Laylee Toybox
Preorders and various exclusive versions(some contain exclusive preorder content)
[*] Arkham Origins Preorder (comes with exclusive Deathstroke sub) https://steamdb.info/sub/29695/apps/
[*] Bioshock 2 Pre-Order
[*] Bioshock Infinite Pre-Order WW
[*] Brutal Legend Pre-Purchase
[*] Disgaea PC: Digital Deluxe Dood Edition
[*] Dishonored 2 Pre-Order
[*] Painkiller hell & Damnation preorder (comes with exclusive preorder content)
[*] Goodbye Deponia Pre-Purchase
[*] Sonic Generations Preorder
[*] Magicka (1st week promotion)
[*] South Park The Fractured But Whole (preorder DLC included)
F2P Game Gifts and/or general collectibles
[*] Altitude
[*] Air Brawl
[*] Air Buccaneers
[*] Awesomenauts
[*] Brawlhalla
[*] Evolve Stage 2
[*] Ori and the Blind Forest
[*] Proto Galaxy
[*] RIFT
[*] SNOW - Gift for Closed Beta customers
[*] Space Forerunner Fleet Pack Gift (Fractured Space)
OTHER GAME GIFTS
[*] AI War Bundle (20 11)
[*] Alderamin on the Sky: A Stormy Encounter
[*] Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000
[*] ARMA: Cold War Assault
[*] Attack on Titan / A.O.T. Wings of Freedom (SEA)
[*] Batman™: Arkham Knight
[*] Bioshock RU
[*] BIT.TRIP RUNNER
[*] BIT.TRIP BEAT
[*] BIT.TRIP CORE
[*] BIT.TRIP VOID
[*] Bone Complete Bundle
[*] Breath of Death VII
[*] Broken Dreams
[*] Cargo! The Quest for Gravity (vivamedia)
[*] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition
[*] Chaos on Deponia
[*] Cities XL Platinum
[*] Counter-Strike + Day of Defeat Deathmatch + ricochet + Condition Zero (Unknown package 41)
[*] Crusader Kings II: Iberian Portraits
[*] Cthulhu Saves the World
[*] Cubemen
[*] Cubicle Quest (ru)
[*] Dead Bits
[*] Dad Bits Collector's Edition
[*] Deadlight
[*] Death Rally
[*] DG2: Defense Grid 2 Special Edition
[*] Defense Grid: Containment Bundle
[*] Defy Gravity Extended
[*] Despair
[*] Deus Ex Collection
[*] Devil May Cry 3 and 4 Bundle
[*] Devil May Cry 3 and 4 Bundle (RU)
[*] Developer Alliance Bundle
[*] Dino D-Day
[*] Disgaea 2 PC / 魔界戦記ディスガイア2 PC
[*] Disgaea PC / 魔界戦記ディスガイア PC
[*] Disgaea PC: Digital Dood Edition
[*] Disney Mega Pack
[*] DmC Devil May Cry: Costume Pack
[*] Don't Starve + Don't Starve Together gift
[*] Dota 2 Unknown package 16979
[*] Down To One
[*] DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 (China)
[*] DRAGON QUEST HEROES™ Slime Edition (RU)
[*] Duke Nukem Forever Collection
[*] Dungeon Defenders Halloween Costume Pack
[*] Dynamite Jack
[*] Eaten Alive
[*] Ender's Game
[*] Endless Legend™ - Classic Edition
[*] Evolve
[*] Evolve PC Monster Race
[*] Evolve Preorder (l4d included)
[*] Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel
[*] FEAR: Ultimate Shooter Edition
[*] First Assault - Recruit Early Access Pack
[*] Tree of Savior (English Ver.) Founder's Server : Exclusive Access 1 (SEA)
[*] Tree of Savior (English Ver.) Founder's Server : Exclusive Access 3 (SEA)
[*] Tree of Savior (English Ver.) Founder's Server : Exclusive Access 3
[*] Friday the 13th: The Game Pre-Purchase (ru)
[*] Galactic Civilizations I and II Pack
[*] Game of Thrones
[*] Ghostbusters™
[*] Goodbye Deponia Pre-Purchase
[*] Gothic 3 Forsaken Gods EE
[*] Gothic II (NA)
[*] Gratuitous Space Battles
[*] Gratuitous Space Battles - Complete Pack
[*] Greed Corp
[*] Greyfox RPG
[*] Guardians of Middle-earth
[*] Hive With Pillbug, Ladybug, Mosquito DLC Gift
[*] Holiday Sale 2011 Gift: APOX
[*] Holiday Sale 2011 Gift: Dogfighter
[*] Holiday Sale 2011 Gift: Valve Complete Pack
[*] How to Survive - Storm Warning Edition (RU)
[*] Hydrophobia: Prophecy
[*] Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1
[*] Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2
[*] Introversion Complete Pack
[*] Izetta: The Last Witch: Beginning of the War
[*] Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Frightened Corpse
[*] KanColle: Hello, Commander!
[*] Killing Floor Gift (LAM)
[*] Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West
[*] Left 4 Dead
[*] Lilly and Sasha: Curse of the Immortals
[*] Lost Planet® 2
[*] Mahjong Pretty Girls Battle
[*] Make America Great Again: The Trump Presidency
[*] Making History: The Calm & the Storm
[*] Max Payne 3 Rockstar Pass
[*] Mega Man Legacy Collection / ロックマン クラシックス コレク ション
[*] Men of War™
[*] Men of War: Assault Squad - Game of the Year Edition
[*] Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine
[*] Morphopolis
[*] Munin
[*] NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4
[*] NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 (LAM)
[*] NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Bundle (EU)
[*] New kind of adventure
[*] NiGHTS Into Dreams
[*] Orange: LETTER 01
[*] Out There Somewhere
[*] Painkiller Hell & Damnation (RU)
[*] PARTICLE MACE - Soundtrack
[*] PAYDAY 2: A Merry Payday Christmas Soundtrack
[*] Penumbra Collectors Pack
[*] PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist
[*] Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds - Kemomimi Costume DLC
[*] Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds - Kurisu Makise + Level 99 Pack
[*] POSTAL 2 (HK / Taiwan)
[*] ProtoGalaxy
[*] Puzzle Indie
[*] Real Horror Stories Ultimate Edition
[*] Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad with Rising Storm
[*] ReLIFE: Kaizaki Arata (27), Unemployed
[*] Renegade Ops
[*] Renegade Ops - Coldstrike Campaign
[*] Risen 2: Dark Waters
[*] Risk of Rain 2 ROW
[*] Robotex
[*] Rochard
[*] Rome: Total War™ - Collection
[*] RPG Maker VX Ace - High Fantasy Main Party Pack I
[*] RPG Maker VX Ace - Inspirational Vol. 1
[*] RPG Maker VX Ace - The Adventurer's Journey
[*] RPG Maker VX Ace - Zombie Survival Graphic Pack
[*] Sanctum: Collection
[*] Star Saviors
[*] Scooby Doo! & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: Adventure
[*] Serious Sam 3 BFE Deluxe
[*] Serious Sam Classic Second Encounter Gift
[*] Serious Sam Complete Pack (October 2012)
[*] Shadowgrounds
[*] Shelter 2_Pre order
[*] Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015: Do You Still Shower
With Your Dad
[*] Sinister City
[*] Sleeping Dogs: Dragon Master Pack
[*] SNOW
[*] Soul Gambler
[*] Space Empires IV Deluxe
[*] Space Farmers 2-Pack Gift
[*] Fractured Space Space Forerunner Fleet Pack Gift
[*]Space Pirates and Zombies (SPAZ)
[*] SpaceChem
[*] SpaceChem: 63 Corvi
[*] Specialist Early Access Pack
[*] Starbound (china)
[*] Squishy the Suicidal Pig
[*] Syberia
[*] Takedown: Red Sabre
[*] Talisman: Digital Edition
[*] The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: Sneaking Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas
[*] The Deletion
[*] The Guild II Collection
[*] The Hat Man: Shadow Ward
[*] The Howler
[*] The Political Machine 2016
[*] The Ship - 2 Pack Gift
[*] The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
[*] The Walking Dead: 400 Days
[*] Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
[*] Tons of Tomb Raider DLC
[*] Tomb Raider: Anniversary
[*] Tomb Raider: Legend
[*] Tomb Raider: Underworld
[*] Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai – The Tsu Faction Pack
[*] Trine 2: Complete Story Gift
[*] TRON RUN/r Ultimate Edition - Gift Base Game
[*] TRON RUN/r: Deluxe Edition
[*] TrumPiñata
[*] UFO: Extraterrestrials Gold
[*] Uncrowded
[*] Valkyria Chronicles™
[*] Velvet Assassin
[*] War of the Roses: House of Lancaster Armor Set
[*] Wargame Franchise Pack (European Escalation and Airland Battle)
[*] Waveform
[*] Waveform Eris DLC
[*] Why So Evil + Why So Evil 2: Dystopia + Brilliant Bob
[*] Why So Evil 2: Dystopia + Why So Evil + Brilliant Bob
[*] Woodle Tree Adventures
[*] Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches: I've Turned Into Her!
[*] Yooka-Laylee
[*] Yooka-Laylee Digital Deluxe Edition
[*] Ys I & II Chronicles+
Steam Keys
2064: Read Only Memories
7 Grand Steps
A Virus Named Tom
AI War: Fleet Command
Ballistick
Beat Hazard Ultra
Chroma Squad
Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble
Double Fine Adventure Documentary
Dusty Revenge: Co-Op Edition
Ellipsis
Girls Like Robots
GRAV (Early Access)
Guacamelee! Gold Edition
Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition
Guns of Icarus Online
Hand of Fate
Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora Deluxe
Human Resource Machine
Invisible, Inc.
JumpJet Rex
Luna's Wandering Stars
Mini Metro
Monster Loves You
Mushroom 11
Ninja Pizza Girl
No Time to Explain
Nuclear Throne
Overgrowth Steam key
Potatoman Seeks the Troof
Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut
Retro Game Crunch
Rituals
Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball
Rocket Birds: Hardboiled Chicken
ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS
Secrets of Raetikon
shutshimi
Song of the Deep
Spirits
Sproggiwood
Streamline Early Access
Super Galaxy Squadron EX
Super Hexagon
Super Meat Boy
The Swapper
System Shock Pack
Team Indie
Thirty Flights of Loving
TIMEframe
VVVVVV
Waking Mars
World of Goo
ABZU
Husk
Okhlos
Project Highrise
Steamworld Heist
LIMBO
PAYDAY 2 - E3 2016 Mask Pack
PAYDAY 2 - The Golden Grin Casino Heist DLC
Dead Space Steam Key
Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box Steam Key
Crysis 2 Maximum Edition Steam Key
Trine 2: Complete Story Steam Key
Mark of the Ninja
Gunmetal Arcadia Zero (Steam, Humble Monthly)
Eets Munchies Steam Key
Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition
Saints Row 2
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising Steam Key
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
Mirror's Edge Steam Key
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[USA] [H] Games for Nintendo and Sony systems, Nintendo Powers, Strategy Guides, collectibles [W] Kirby's Dream Land 2 CIB, Mario Party 2 box, Etrian Odyssey Nexus cart, more games in list

Looking to trade! I have over 100 confirmed trades :) Right now I am mostly looking for the wants I have listed below, especially the high priority stuff, but I may be open to offers. Just please do not be offended if I say no!
p.s. "CIB" means complete, as in including all the booklets and such that were supposed to come in there, otherwise I will clarify what is included. "NIB" means New In Box, aka sealed, "brand new," in the shrink, etc.
p.p.s. If we are going to trade, all I ask is please be honest about the condition of your items. I can provide pictures for anything I have, please be willing to do the same! Thanks!

HAVE

Mini Consoles
N64 games
N64 booklets
Switch
3DS consoles, games, accessories
3DS boxes and manuals (no games)
DS console, games and accessories
DS boxes and manuals (no games)
GBA games and videos
GBC games and more
GB games and more
GB manuals (no games)
Wii U games and packaging
Wii games and accessories
GameCube games, accessories and packaging
NES games and accessories
PS3 boxes and manuals (no games)
PS2
PS2 boxes and manuals (no games)
PSX games
PSX boxes and manuals (no games)
PC
Strategy guides
Books
Collectibles and posters
Comic Books
Random Stuff

WANT

The high priority stuff:
Lower priority:
Limited Print Switch Games (prefer CIB, also fine with Best Buy retail versions when applicable)
Retail Switch Games
3DS Games
DS Games
GBA
GBC
Game Boy
Wii U Games
Wii Games
GameCube games
PS2 Games
PS3 Games
Strategy Guides
Also if you've read this far, I recently started an Instagram dedicated to video game collecting and would love to connect with others! My username is chillcollector.
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Quick Dragon Quest of the Stars Review before the Crossover Event (DFFOO Player Perspective)

Hello everyone! I'm a longtime DFFOO player who has recently decided to try this game after the crossover event was announced. I've been on and off DFFOO player who has made it my go-to mobile game for the past few years. With the Dragon Quest of the Stars Event coming out very soon, I thought I would give a quick review for those who might be interested in learning about the game. There is a lack of information on this game since the community and player base is so small. I've been playing the game a TON for the past 2 weeks, and I've done almost everything I possibly could. Since there hasn't been a lot of recent information about the game, I decided to share my findings and help people out who may have questions and may not know where to find answers. Hopefully, this can answer them.

What is Dragon Quest of the Stars?

Dragon Quest of the stars is a mobile gacha game that's based off the Dragon Quest series. It takes you on an adventure with a story, map, and a lot of characters you'll meet throughout the game. It's an active combat turn-based RPG, but since it's mobile, the regular attacks and auto-attacks. You only use the weapon abilities(Physical attacks, support abilities, and magic) and items. You have a team of 3 adventurers that you can customize, and you always have a 4th member who is another player's character. Think of it like this game's version of a friend support. However, they are always in your party up until you finish the boss. The game uses a class system, so the abilities and weapon proficiency changes depending on what class you are. It also uses a stamina system for everything. So events, going through the story, and farming can leave you waiting around.

The Combat

The combat is pretty fun and utilizes a lot of abilities that you gain from going through the story, events, and the gacha system. The abilities have timers for each of them. So if the weapon ability is 20CT, that means it takes 20 seconds for it to be usable, and you have to wait another 20 seconds for it to be usable again. The amount of abilities you can have is around 2 to 6, but it depends on the amount of ability slots you have on the weapon you are using. In short, the better the weapon, the more likely you will have more ability slots, as well as higher ranking ability slots for high rank abilities. Overall, the combat is enjoyable, but it can be difficult and seem unfair with the endgame content. Most of the hardest fights involve trying to stay alive the whole time by defending, healing, and using whatever support abilities you can use to stay alive and prevent damage and status effects. With the easier content, you can blast through the fights with your best abilities. It's not as in-depth as DFFOO, but it's fun and can be very engaging at times.

Multiplayer

I enjoy the multiplayer, but it often feels like the game is dead because of the number of active players. It's pretty active when an event comes out, but it will die down after a few days, which can make it harder to find a game at times. You want to try to join games for bonus item drops, though it can be hard to join them when not a lot of players are making games. There is also a bot problem. The bots are pretty noticeable when you start to learn the ins and outs of the game. They are fine when you are a new player because they are usually overpowered, but you don't want then in your party for harder fights when you need people to use the right food before the match and pay attention. Compared to DFFOO that can feel like a chore to get all of the multiplayer events for the items you need, the multiplayer here is used to play with people for all the event encounters, and the rewards can be really nice if you are lucky with the drops.

The Gacha System

Okay, so here is the game's BIGGEST downfall. The gacha system here is bad. It makes DFFOO look like the most generous game in the world. The banner pulls drop 10 items, with one of them being a guaranteed 5-star, but not a guaranteed banner item. The rate for 5-star items is 7%, and it's a 3.5% chance for a featured item and 3.5% chance for an off-banner item. The non-banner items feel like getting off banner 15 and 35cp items while the banners may have EX and sometimes LD quality items on them. There are also a lot of trap banners, so it's hard to know which to pull on. Of course, it's not going to hurt to do a handful of pulls on any banner when you are new, but it is never worth chasing items in this game. There are purchased gem only banners that guarantee a featured item on the guaranteed 5-star, which means you can only use gems you've purchased. However, there are many items that will be good for a LONG time. You also can breakdown a weapon to put its ability on another weapon, so some of the 5-star non-banner items are not too bad to have. If there were less gem only things, more freebies, and much better drop rates for featured banner items, then I think a lot more people would enjoy the game more. There are also no freebies in the game from the banners.

Things to do in DQotS

There's not a whole lot to do in the game. It does have a JP version that's ahead of the GL version, so we know there isn't too much to come as well. Mostly there is the story mode and events that you can do. Multiplayer can make the events more fun, but it's hard to find a game to join and you have to weed out the bots if you want to do harder content. There is a casino in the game, but right now there are only 2 games and the rewards are meh as best (no falcon sword to win sadly). Leveling up your abilities, gear, and characters are a lot of fun. You can switch jobs at any time, but the job isn't too important for most of the game. You can still used a godly weapon with the best abilities on a level 1 priest and still destroy stuff (though you may die from low HP). I feel like there can be a few more things to do in the game, especially since the franchise is known for having a lot of things to do on the side.

Conclusion (TL;DR)

This is a fun and enjoyable game, but I feel like its lack of player and HORRIBLE gacha drop rates and prices hold it back. The Gacha system feels outdated and needs to be better to maintain the player base. There is also not a whole lot of things to do to keep you interested once you've caught up with the story. The combat events are fun, and even more fun with multiplayer. The stamina system also feels a bit dated coming from DFFOO. I'd say that the game overall doesn't do much of anything better than DFFOO. If I were to have to say something though, I would say maybe multiplayer(when you can find people) and the multiplayer rewards are a little better, though good drops are based off RNG. If you are a Dragon Quest fan you will love this as your side game, just know that it's not going to be a popular game among non-DQ players. I would love it if you could get banner tickets and more gems from the game. You really have to do your research to ensure you are pulling on a good banner for you if you are going to be FTP. The prices for gems are not good, not much better than DFFOO, but they have less featured gem banner or packages. (I would not suggest buying the starter gear, especially the expensive gear packs, the best one is the cheapest one and it's a healer pack). At best, this is just a fun side game for Dragon Quest fans or people who like this style of combat. If you are not, then you will start to realize that the game can be a trap with bad gacha rates and a need for more godly gear to go around so you have a reason to get new items once you get them.

About Me

I not too active on the DFFOO Reddit, but I pop in to look at posts and comment every now and then. I've played a few mobile games and I'm not an FTP player (not a big whale or anything either). I mostly buy the costumes I like and a few gem packs when they are actually good. I'm a big Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy fan, so I tend to be more attracted to these types of games.
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