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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Starmongoose on Today at 06:51:24 PM »
@ScottC I am definitely around more than 25% of the time. RUDE!

@Kevadu I think you hit the nail on the head for how I see it. I just want to offer people an alternative. I've been on this forum for 10 years now. I joined when I was a teen and through my posting here got to become a member of staff 7 years ago. I made most of my online friends here, and it was making me sad that as time was moving on, people were coming to our forums less and less.

We held a survey and our readers said they didn't like using forums any more. I can't FORCE people to like it, but I did want to keep our community together, so I thought Discord was a great idea and I really went through a lot of trouble to make it successful. In the beginning I was staying up to 5am my time and getting up to work at 7am. I put thought into how could I ease peoples fears of it being a replacement by purposefully engineering the channels to be a different beast entirely.

Anyway, those are just my thoughts. I just wanted to make it clear I NEVER wanted to hurt the forums. And to prove my street cred, here:

I have spent the most time on these forums than ANYONE.
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Dincrest on Today at 06:13:48 PM »
El Paso taco girl says it all.

..that being said, I much prefer the soft taco.  With the crunchy taco, more food falls out of the shell than gets into my mouth. 
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Kevadu on Today at 06:00:03 PM »
Perhaps it was rude of me to include the "snarky" comment in my post. If that's the case, then I apologize.

That said, I was airing a legitimate complaint about the administrator's direction of the community prior to that, and frankly I don't see what's rude about it given the fact that Discord wasn't intended to replace the forums, but seems to have done just that.

More people using Discord is not "the administrator's direction".  As a non-administrator who uses Discord I find a little insulting.  People are choosing to use Discord because they want to use Discord.  Nobody made anyone do anything.  You are essentially just complaining that there is a more popular alternative.

I still think the forum has its place.  They are different forms of interaction, but for day-to-day chewing the fat kind of stuff I do prefer Discord.  However then I made that really long post about the GPD Win 2 (which nobody responded to...) deliberately on the forums because I figured it was something other people might want to reference in the future.  I could see doing the same thing for game impressions and the like as well.

I don't want to see the forums die either but it's true that they were in decline even before the Discord thing was started.  I would much rather have Discord than nothing.
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Dincrest on Today at 05:36:37 PM »
This conversation needs Grandpa Simpson:

It also needs Marty McFly:

And good point about time zones, Tomara.  I don't think many of us even thought of that. 

As for haps... how about World Cup today, eh?  Japan and Senagal upset Colombia and Poland!  Japan's win makes me forgive that one bullshit penalty call the ref made against Japan that gave Colombia its goal.  If Japan breaks my bracket, I will only be too happy. 

And meh to Russia dominating its group.  They're in a milktoast group anyway and once they and Uruguay make it to the next round, they'll both be iced by powerhouse teams like France or Belgium. 
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Tomara on Today at 04:45:26 PM »
This summer banner is one I will be skipping. None of them are my favourites and I don't 'need' any of them for gameplay reasons, so I'll just spend 15 orbs for one full summon and leave it at that. Besides, skipping banners like this make Legendary banners a little more worthwhile, because there will be more units on there that will be new to me.

Back onto the subject of FEH, I don't know what's worse. Noire as done by Rob Leifield or the fact that she's armed with a lovely bunch of coconuts (diddle le dee)

They milked Tharja for all she's worth (though I guess they could stick a fanservicy Rhajat somewhere someday), guess they felt it was time to move on to her daughter.
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Tomara on Today at 04:36:44 PM »
Discord doesn't really click with me either. I'm in a very different timezone compared to most people here, and it always feels like I'm late to the conversation in chats. The forums feel more laid-back.
General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« Last post by Aeolus on Today at 04:33:32 PM »
Yeah, Astrid's amazing in PoR. Especially if you go Axes on her promotion since nobody cares about Weight in this game (except Mages but they suck even without Wt bullshit) and you can give her a Forged Steel Axe right out of the gate. And that Knight's Ward is complete and utter bullshit (since it secretly contains a +30% Spd growth boost which everybody wants, but only Knights, Soldiers and Armors can equip). It also helps that she's by far the most usable Bow user in the game.

That being said,
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Astrid in RD took one of the largest nerfs in the series and went from being amazing to trash due to horrible availability, savaged growth rates, terrible bases and caps, the game's hate boner for Horses, Marksmen existing, Gatrie stealing the Knight's Ward to graft onto his Armor for a permanent Spd growth boost, and becoming Makalov's beloved. I don't even think Midia was bodied by the Nerf bat this badly (I mean unless you go from FE1 to New Mystery or something, but that is kinda cheating due to how she just got progressively worse as time wore on).

Also, hopefully you're aware of Stefan and his ridiculous recruitment requirements in the Desert chapter.

Most of the griping about Tellus inclusions in FEH comes from the current lack of non-Dragon formshifting characters in general since that constitutes a large percentage of Tellus characters as well as some of the most popular Fateslandia characters still not in the game yet (also Panne and Yarne). As for my own inclusion bellyache, it comes from the lack of Lucia since I like her even if she got pretty badly screwed over in both Tellus games.

Back onto the subject of FEH, I don't know what's worse. Noire as done by Rob Leifield or the fact that she's armed with a lovely bunch of coconuts (diddle le dee). At least Tana stayed on team cuboon so she's easily the top prize for that alone. Kinda disappointed in Ylisse getting in on the Summer banner again though (even though we did get 2 of the top 8 for Summer Alts this time).
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by ScottC on Today at 04:25:44 PM »
Ok if you want certain channels for games, we can do that.  I mean Neal(Dincrist) came right in today and added the Books channel, and everyone was like this is a great idea.  We can do that for certain games/series.  We are always open to suggestions like this.  I know for a fact we do this for new games and movies already.  We had to do it for Trails series almost permanently because we always talk about it.

Just ask,  I am around 75% of the time and Star is around the other 25%.

And I do respect your time to the community.  I want nothing more then you do, to see it grow, but sometimes it sucks and we need to try new stuff.  I sit on Twitch 5-6 hours almost every night for this reason alone.
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Jimmy on Today at 04:21:31 PM »
The boards aren't going anywhere, but they're dying, and have been for some time.

But really, here is my biggest beef: I don't want to jump into Single-Player RPGs on Discord and be confronted with one long thread of conversation. I want to be able to go into various topics people have started and discuss those topics in their own, self-contained thread, as I can on the forums. Honestly, I'd be perfectly okay with Discord, or some other service, replacing the forums so long as they maintained that functionality, and I think new users would appreciate that as well.

And please don't think I don't care about growing the community. I may not be respected amongst the community like Neal is, but I've put a lot of time into this community, and I want to see it thrive in a way that works for old and new members alike.
General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by ScottC on Today at 04:07:26 PM »
And complaints are fine.   But you can use both the forums and the discord, that's all Star wanted you to do when he said to come join us, he didn't ask you to leave the forums. 

No one is replacing the forums, they aren't going anywhere, but the issue isn't that we need to fix it. The issue is newer gamers, new blood doesn't care for old school forums.  You are not going to see new people here very often.  It just won't happen, the trend has changed and as such we as a site need to adjust as well.  We get 3-4 new people on discord a day, they may not join in the convo but they probably enjoy being part of the community.  RPGFan started in an age where "online" reviews were a new thing and print media dominated.  That print media adjusted to the online format and those that didn't died.  And now we need to the same thing.  That's all the Discord/Twitch/Twitter is.
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