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Wealth Formula Episode 231: Should You Buy a Franchise?
2020.09.28 10:57 Buck_JoffreyWealth Formula Episode 231: Should You Buy a Franchise?
Catch the full episode: https://www.wealthformula.com/podcast/231-should-you-buy-a-franchise/ Buck: Welcome back to the show everyone today my guest on Wealth Formula Podcast is Kim Daly. Now Kim, well she has been in this space, this franchise space for a long time, for the last 20 years and she's been helping people achieve their financial goals, enabling them to get into the franchise opportunities that are most appropriate for them. She's got a lot of incredible background but you know her skills are really matching a client's background interest and skills and ultimately life goals and to matching them into top franchise opportunities and so today we're going to pick her brain get some insight into what may seem like a daunting process, but one that you know I've considered. I know a number of people have considered in the past and with that let me introduce Kim Daly. Kim, welcome to the show. Kim: Thank you Buck it's great to be here. Buck: So Kim I want to just start out by asking you, like how did you get into this space as a franchise consultant? How did you arrive there? Kim: I mean are you questioning that I didn't grow up saying hey I want to be a franchise consultant? Buck: That's right. Kim: Yeah I fell into it like you know a lot of people fall into their thing. I was an entrepreneur and it started many businesses and the first job and the only job I actually had after college, I was on my way to med school and I answered a classified ad in the newspaper, remember the classified ads? And it was for a franchise company and it changed the direction of my life. Buck: So you were going to be a doctor is that right? Kim: Yeah so growing up there were two things I wanted to be Buck. I wanted to be a motivational speaker and I wanted to be a doctor but like how does one become a motivational speaker really right so you go to med school and you want to help people you go to med school but here I am you know many years later and basically I am a motivational speaker I mean I inspire people to the dream of business ownership and using my own entrepreneurial experiences in the last 18 years as a franchise consultant and really becoming an expert and a voice in this industry to help people really understand what franchising is, what's the real value proposition, what are you getting, what are you owed, what are you not owed, how to explore franchising, how to ask the right questions, so that's what I do. Buck: Have you yourself owned franchises and I mean I just obviously don't know a whole lot about your background but have you actually you know owned them yourself and is that part of the experience? Kim: Yes so this business that I'm in called Franchoice. Buck: It's a franchise isn't it? Kim: Yes it is. It's like a franchise, I mean we don't have a franchise agreement we have a consultant agreement but it's the same setup. You said you're from Minnesota we are headquartered in Eden Prairie. So I am supported yeah I'm supported by a corporate office I pay royalties back to my back to my corporate office and so and they go out what they do is they go out and they contract with the very best franchisors. So they're doing all of the homework for me in terms of creating an inventory of opportunities that I can bring to people so that my full-time effort can be dedicated to finding investors who want to learn about franchising and then bringing the two together like a matchmaker. Buck: Got it okay. So let's talk about first of all what is a franchise and why should anyone consider you know buying into a franchise? Kim: Okay sure so you know a franchise investment really, I'm going to go for the investors perspective that's sort of the audience. So a franchise investment is all about buying down the learning curve of starting a business right because you're partnering yourself with people who've already gone out there and figured it out. So the entrepreneurial path is to create as you go right the trial and error the missed opportunities from spending time trying to figure things out and that can become very costly right? And that's why in fact many entrepreneurs fail mainly because they run out of money before they really figure out how to make money. So here on the franchising path where from day one you're gonna pay a franchise fee right which goes to the franchisor and that buys you access to this proven business plan, the initial training, the vendors, technology, a proven marketing plan and ongoing support. So it's this idea that you are in business for yourself but not by yourself. So you're not that entrepreneur out there in the wilderness chopping down trees hoping that you're making up a trail that you know leads somewhere good, you're paying a fee to walk on a trail where the path has already been created and you're going to be supported all along the way. So that's kind of like tactically what we're doing is we're buying this we're buying down the learning curve because we're buying into this proven business plan but ultimately when I'm really working with my investors I really want to make a connection for them to the partnership. So it's one thing to buy into a proven plan but it's another thing to buy into an organization of very strong leadership where the people that you're giving your royalty dollars to have your best interest at heart where they are out there every day looking to grow the opportunity keep your opportunity relevant to the times like a time like we're in right. I've always said for years that widgets will not make an investor happy long, term like buying a you know a particular business because you love the product. Leadership is what makes you happy as an investor. When your leadership can pivot your company in an adverse time can keep your company growing and keep it relevant to the competition and to the changing customer demand I mean we're in business to make money so that's ultimately what keeps your business thriving and growing and makes you money right. So ultimately what you're really buying in a franchise is you're buying a relationship. Buck: Yeah makes sense so and let's talk about you know just comparing that and contrasting that with you know other options and for example you know I before we got on I mentioned you know I've started a few different businesses myself, I would say that it's definitely not for everybody to do that because I think there's as you mentioned there's a significant learning curve frequently. Your idea ends up either you know doing great or you end up losing a bunch of money and then you also fundamentally I think have to have a certain itch and I think that that might be a little different from your typical franchise person who's really looking potentially on something to say I don't need to be this guy who came up with this new idea, I just like this idea of running a business and I don't really want to waste a bunch of money I mean is that kind of the major difference between starting from scratch and franchising? Kim: 100 so well said yeah right franchisees want to take somebody else's idea run with it and make money and you know I talk about building wealth through franchising and the wealth gets created through the scale like it could take an entrepreneur five years to figure out the business and get it up and going and in that five-year time period I could take a franchisee who could own five locations of whatever they're doing right because again not sitting and figuring anything out from day one you are going you're moving toward profitability because you have this proven plan in front of you and you're executing and you're being held accountable you know to execute and to go. Buck: Yeah and then and then the other option of course is to look and say you know go to one of these sites like biz buy sell blah blah blah you know and take a business that you know that is currently on sale that may not be a franchise and potentially buy something like that. I honestly have looked in that space before because again just having some various interests and thinking I'll plug and chug let's do it. The challenge there I've found is being a guy who started businesses on my own, I know there's always stuff buried in closets that if you buy something unless it's a very very significantly large business with operations and things in place and management that you can potentially get screwed. Kim: Skeletons in the closet. Buck: Yeah right is that kind of and I don't mean to be giving you the answers but I'm guessing what the problems are with some of the other approaches to business ownership is that how you would is that kind of what you see in that space? Kim: Yeah you know what you know what Buck I mean when I meet someone and I'm asking you know what are your goals what do you want to use this business for, there are many ways to skin the cat right? Franchising is just one option. I certainly don't try to push everybody into a franchise investment, it's not right for everybody and for that person who may be looking to recover a corporate salary let's say you've been severed from your job and you're looking to you know recover 200 or 300 thousand dollars in income like within three or four months I mean starting a business from scratch is not the answer right it's not going to happen so buying an existing business for sale could be a better fit but the thing you have to you have to know is that if you're buying a business that's throwing off that kind of cash you're paying for that right so multiple of that and so you that ups the risk because now you got to put down you know lots and lots and lots of money compared to if you have the time to kind of allow the business to ramp and like you said you get to be there for every you know hiccup in the business. When people come to me and ask me about buying an existing business for sale I say it's sort of like the difference between having a baby and adopting a teenager right so if you if you adopt a teenager and you haven't been there to like develop the personality and you don't really know like why they have a chip on their shoulder and other than that teenagers all have chips on their shoulders but like you know I see where I'm going with that versus when you have a baby and you're there for every milestone in that child's life and you're developing and nurturing that personality then when they grow up you know exactly how they got to who they are right that's sort of that's exactly what you were saying and that's sort of the difference between the two but I mean again I help people buy into existing franchises that are for sale so it really depends on the investors goals and the time frame in which they would like to achieve those goals assuming that they're realistic and that's part of what I do as their consultant is to help them understand what reality looks like and to make sure that you know any of these owning a business buying a business is the right option for them. Buck: Got it and and so when you when you think about returns on these, well there's two questions I have. One is if you could talk about you know the cost and that sort of thing for franchises you know as a function of returns, how do you typically look at that or is it all over the board? Kim: Okay so the first thing I'll say is as the consultant in the process I never ever make any earnings claims to anybody right it's just not my job I'm not a business broker I don't have a license to sell a franchise so I don't get into the idea of like answering the financial questions. What I do is I teach people what are the right questions to ask I'm not a big fan of asking a business owner like how much do you make because it depends it depends on their you know what kind of tax advantages they're taking advantage of it depends on how they finance their business are they paying off loans was it cash right there's too many depends on that question but so I'm going to teach my candidates how do you really learn the financial opportunity of a business more by understanding what owners are doing when they wake up to go drive that activity right. So I want to teach them how to turn every business sort of into a sales pipeline and understand like where do I apply the gas to drive the maximum speed in this business and you want to go to the top performing franchisees in a system to really hear what they're doing. Oftentimes people out of fear will say, you know I think it's out of fear they think well I'm going to talk to the people who who it hasn't worked out for and I'm like well you know when you turn to the people who it hasn't worked out for what is that really going to teach you. When you turn to the top performing people who've mastered the model to this point in its growth they're going to have a science to what they do especially if they've been able to replicate those results year over year over year. So they can tell you logically, not emotionally, what is driving their top performance. Now if you know what's driving top performance logically then you equally know why people in your business will not be successful so very often when you talk to people who it hasn't worked out for there's a lot of emotion and opinion behind their failure that I find often times no offense to anybody who's ever lost money because it is very disheartening right if you fail in your business but oftentimes it's not the truth it's just their truth does that make sense. That's a very evasive answer to your question, that’s all you're gonna get. Buck: Well you know we're a group of investors a lot of times we want to we kind of want to cut to the chase. And along that line you know you had you mentioned okay well you're trying to you know you lost the job you're trying to replace income. My wonderful audience we many of us are spoiled rotten, we're just looking to make more money all right it's not a sob story it's just you know how do I make more money and and you know from a tax perspective I've addressed the the idea of business ownership many times, the problem is that I've got a number of investors listeners of this podcast who are making you know multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars multi you know even multiple millions of dollars and they are interested potentially in getting involved with business because what they're doing right now is say they’re a neurosurgeon making a million and a half a year and they want they want to do something in the business space but you know what frankly they're not going to be driving to work every morning they may want to be more passive they may be interested in potentially having you know some interest in managing managers but not really beyond that, are franchises something that can be relatively passive for individuals looking to create wealth through owning businesses or is this a all hands on deck kind of thing. Kim: It's a great question and it's definitely can be used as a semi-absentee investment unlike starting a business from scratch that entrepreneurial route which would really require the owner to be there through every stage of it. So if you invest in the right type of business that is set up for semi-absentee ownership that can be manager run that would rely on the manager's expertise to carry out the day-to-day functions rather than the owner's expertise then that that could absolutely be achieved and that's actually how you scale a business and really build that wealth you know and you'll talk to people about you really don't need experience and some for some people that feels counterintuitive and I'm like well you'll hire to the experience of the business I need you to be the CEO who can manage managers who then will work in the business while you work on the business right. So in that semi absentee investor state you might be putting in 10 to 15 hours a week at night or on the weekends and it could even be less than that. There is a highly selective group of businesses that are really more of an investor's play, they're more expensive to get into. So there's always this trade-off of money for time right so the the less time the owner would be putting in the more infrastructure there has to be to support that business right the more time you're willing to put in as the owner the lower that investment could be because you're making up for that infrastructure with your own effort and time does that make sense. Buck: Yeah for sure like anything else I mean I think the more you know generally speaking the higher the risk you know the you're not going to pay as much and if you're looking for things that are turnkey you're going to pay more so I mean it's pretty typical stuff. Let's talk a little bit about the fact that we are in a sort of you know an unusual time you know with this whole pandemic thing I don't know if you heard about heard about it and how is it affecting you know the types of businesses that you deal with or is it all over the board? I mean I'm curious. Kim: Yeah it's been an interesting time and you know this is again when I say like widgets don't make investors happy long term but strong leadership in a franchise does. Never has there been a better time in history and franchising than now to be looking at franchising because you can really see where there are strong cultures and and strong leadership, where franchisees are not panicking there's been a pivot in their business model to maybe a virtual platform to a delivery service. So I mean I've seen franchisors eliminate royalties and turn corporate revenue streams like through online purchases to back to their franchisees reducing royalties like all kinds of things have happened here to help save our franchisees and by the best of the best franchisors. I certainly don't speak for every franchise organization out there I imagine there are some that are really struggling and the leadership hasn't really met the demands but in my little Santa Barbara boutique world here at Franchoice which is the best of the best in franchising Buck: Wait Santa Barbara what are you talking about I didn't know you guys were in Santa Barbara. Kim: Hey I used to live in Boca Raton I usually use that example Boca is like the most perfectly manicured places that's sort of like what we have here in my inventory. I'm not matching people to just any franchise out there I'm matching them to the best of the best. And the best of the best as validated by their existing franchise owners like it's one thing to be ranked in the top 500 out of you know entrepreneurs top 500 but it's quite another when the majority of the franchise owners that my team would speak with say you know hey I knowing what I know a hundred percent I would do this again you know even if you're not making the kind of money you got in for and they're willing to validate that they would do it again I mean that's amazing validation right and during your due diligence process as you work with me to explore franchise opportunities to find the one that's like the best fit for you, a big portion of what we're going to do is we're going to go out and we're going to interview those existing franchise owners and that question of you know how much money does it really take to get the business going and what kind of returns are there, we're actually going to address it to the people who've invested the money and who are making the return. The franchisor by law has to disclose this information in their franchise disclosure document so the federal trade commission regulates franchising and every year a franchisor must produce what's called an FDD or a franchise disclosure document, it's kind of like the prospectus for a stock right so it entitles you the investor to full disclosure if there's ever been any lawsuits or bankruptcies any fees you're obligated to pay and in there there's a section on the initial startup cost and there's also an earnings claim section. So we can pull numbers out of that franchise disclosure document but I always try to coach my candidates to understand that a document is just that right it's not a living breathing thing that a business is. So in order to really understand the story that those numbers create we have to be in relationship with the people, we have to be out there talking to the franchisor and then taking what we're learning in that book theory from the franchisor and validating that in the real world by talking to their existing franchisees and ultimately I don't know if you're aware of this but a franchise is not yours to buy until the franchisor has offered you the opportunity. So the evaluation that you're going through it's a mutual evaluation and ultimately they say hey Buck: Swipe left swipe. Kim: Right we think you're qualified we want you but do you want us and at that point then it's your business to say yes or no. Buck: Okay so I am listening to this podcast and I'm like oh gosh you know has been telling me that my W2 stuff even though I'm making a lot of money then I need to consider having some business ownership possibility this franchising sounds really interesting this Kim Daly person sounds like she knows what she's talking about. So what happens when I reach out to you and we'll talk about how to reach out to you in a minute. The person who's reaching out to you, tell us a little bit about the process that they go through with you, what that looks like, what you do in the whole process you know and then presumably to the point where you're purchasing some kind of you know where somebody's purchasing an asset. Kim: Okay great I love that question. So the first thing I do in order to bring opportunities to someone is I have to get to know them personally, professionally and financially. Who are you and what are you looking for, what are your dreams, what are your goals, what are you going to use this business investment for? Once we've clearly identified or outlined those characteristics through a basic questionnaire and then about a one-hour consultation phone call then I get to work and I go to go do some research come back a few days later with what I believe are the top three to five options that have available territory where you would like your business to be and that match those characteristics that we've outlined together. So then I would make a high level introduction between you and the franchisors I called this my blind date right blind date round it's like speed dating you're gonna start talking to franchisors you're gonna play the field and I'm gonna become your dating coach and I'm gonna teach you how to like keep your mind open and just go with the flow and have some fun there's so many ways to make money I think that's like the most fascinating part of my business is we get trained on new concepts all the time and it's like what are they going to think of next you know. If there's a business for it there's a franchise of it and there's just so many ways to make money. So once you go through your blind date round and you kind of get your bearings and you have some thoughts and opinions about what I have found for you then we start working together to to pair this list down and then I'm going to really get into the back end coaching like how do you actually explore franchise so that you can be competent that you've asked the right questions, you've done all the right things so when you're ready to say yes or no you can feel very confident in your final decision. And I work with candidates for about one to two months I've been doing this for about 18 years and I'm very consistent around that six week mark if this is the right thing for you don't have to spend six months figuring it out, no offense but no franchisor wants to date you for six months. We want decision makers we want to you know get in there learn the information absorb it move on to the next chapter learn the information absorb it move on and then complete that process and then just say yes or no. And all of my service I should have started out with this but everything I do Buck everything I do for people it's free. Buck: Okay because you're because you're ultimately like a you know like a real estate agent then right? Kim: I’m like an executive recruiter like for franchising. Buck: Right so they they pay you. Kim: The franchisor yeah so it's free. People are like really you're not going to hit me with a backend fee? Never. I'm going to offer you all kinds of coaching but on the flip side of that, what I tell people is when they get if they get argumentative with me I'll be like, you're not paying me any money and you don't have to take any advice I'm ever going to give you right there's no reason for me to mislead you but ultimately it's your life it's your decision so I'm just here to guide you if you want my guidance but at the end of the day people are making decisions on their own. Buck: Yeah understood. Let's talk about what goes into that. So you make the introduction but it doesn't just end up with an introduction right you mean you you're gonna do some due diligence together you're going to say well how you looking at this these are the issues that you're you know that you need to look at okay let's let's look at their uniform circular or whatever those things are called what are the things I need to look at I mean I presume all that's part of the the the process from the consulting side absolutely yep and it used to be called a uniform franchise offering circular excuse me and then it got changed to the franchise disclosure document. So you have looked at franchising before. Buck: I told you you know I have I mean I have entrepreneurial ADD and so I've looked at anything and part of what makes me pretty good at what I do on the investing side is my you know my my desire to constantly be looking at things so yeah I have looked at very briefly I mean I've never really learned enough I've learned enough to be dangerous where I could you know I may have gone to directly to a franchise and said yeah I wonder what it would be like to own a bunch of subways and then they sent me a big you know packet which was called the uniform circular at one point and I was like yeah I'm not gonna go look through this I'm not gonna. Kim: No I save people time I mean ultimately yes if you're going to sign a franchise agreement I think you do need to have familiarize yourself with all parts of that franchise disclosure document but that's where I come in so I'm going to help you go you know I tell people look in the beginning when you're dating multiple franchisors you want to know what's in it for you and what's in it for you is the money so we're just going to pull the money out of that FDD first and we're going to play with the money of the investment and the ROI because if that doesn't make sense you're not going to want to go any further why do you need to know how you're going to sell your business which is part of the FDD if the numbers don't make sense for you right to even want to invest in it. So that's what I do I help save people time and focus them on what's important, I'm going to teach you when it's time to go interview those franchise owners what are the questions what should I be asking we talk about the psychology of interviewing business owners because it's really important that as you're meeting people who own a business that you don't create a limiting belief for yourself about what's possible based on the people that you're meeting in the franchise right. I want to teach you again how to figure out how to drive that gas pedal to your own level of performance. It's something Buck that I did in my business here at Franchoice, I was an average performing inconsistent performing consultant for many years for the first eight years and then I decided to get serious in my business and really maximize what I could control and one year later I had built the largest franchise consulting business ever that had ever been built and so then I didn't want to be a one-hit wonder so then I really had to examine my numbers and figure out the science of what I was really doing to drive that result and then once I did that and repeated it for a couple of years a couple of other very smart consultants came to me and were like hey let me do what you do I gave them my science and now one of them goes on and doubles what I do right and now I also share this science Buck: So this is your, you came up with this franchise? This is your franchise? Kim: No I just jacked the level of performance in my business Buck: So you’re like a super Mcdonald's Kim: Yeah like let's say that let's say that you're validating a business and the average owner you're talking about is I'll use basic numbers just pulling out a hundred thousand. I don't want my candidates to feel like that's a limitation like I can only make a hundred thousand there should be no limit, I mean if you have a if you in some businesses there is an actual cap to how big one location can get and then that's why you'd have to build you know two and three and four and five locations, but that's what I'm explaining that just because the average person in a franchise is performing to a certain level that's not all that's possible, there's always going to be one person who can break free from the pack and produce twice as much or three times as much as everybody else and when you're validating a franchise I want my candidates to go to those people who've broken free from the pack the top 10 of the performers to find out what are they doing to drive that type of result rather than kind of settling for well okay the average performing person is doing this and so that's kind of the number I have in my head I just think that that's a that can be a very limiting belief to begin your business with. Buck: Understood. Well good. What am I missing? Am I missing anything? Is there anything that you think that we ought to know about this process that we haven't already talked to? I mean obviously there's a lot to it but as an introduction. Kim: Yeah you know one thing we haven't talked about are the tax advantages that some franchise businesses can create. So you mentioned we talked about the investor mindset and coming in more as a semi-absentee investor and I have some people that have significant cash flow from a w-2 job and they're looking for tax savings or tax shelters with the business not even necessarily cash flow in the first few years it's more to create that tax shelter and I also have businesses that fit those investors as well so you can look at franchising as replacing your w-2 job like you've been unemployed or you've been downsized or right-sized whatever and you're looking to reinvent yourself right you're 52-54 and you're like listen if I go back I may get laid off in two or three more years so maybe it's better for me to consider just reinventing myself for myself at this stage there's that guy who wants to dive in full term and full time and maybe over time become a semi-absentee owner but then there's the investors such as you mentioned like you know physicians or people that have thriving businesses that are making a lot of money but those to make that money it requires their time and attention like my business requires my time and attention so I have other passive investments that don't require Kim I'm passionate about what I do and I want to be here but you know there's some point in my life where no offense to my people but I don't always want to have to be tied to my desk in order to you know have income coming in so we all have to consider ways to build that revenue that doesn't require us to wake up and exchange our time for money right. And then so there's that investor mindset and a lot of those those investor mindset businesses also as I mentioned can come with some pretty good tax advantages for those people who again are trying to offset big income they're making in their w-2 job or other investments. Buck: Yeah I mean you know specifically I think you know we talk a lot about tax efficiency in this this program you know a lot of people are going to be interested in I think a couple of things one is you know the potential depreciation and elements of that but also to look at these opportunities as potential passive assets and start building those buckets of passive income up that we can do a lot more with so very interesting stuff. Kim how do we get a hold of you? Kim: Okay so my website is thedalycoach.com and that's my last name d-a-l-y the daily coach. I love to give people a little daily dose of Kim Daly on my website. I have videos I have testimonials I mean I cover all kinds of business coaching subjects in my video library I have testimonials where I've gone into the storefronts of people that I've helped change their life and some of the work I'm the most proud of, I love all of my people to death so I ask everybody even those people who didn't buy a franchise but they learned something through my process write me a testimonial. So you'll see hundreds of testimonials and all kinds of you know resources books and other things that you may want to check out and also the contact me form so if you are interested in starting your journey how do you know you're curious you want to learn more about franchising absolutely I'll follow right back up with you and we can begin the conversation. Buck: Fantastic again that's thedalycoach.com and Kim thank you so much this has been a fantastic interview. I think we've got a lot of information here and hopefully some of you are going to go down this road. I may take Kim up on this and go down through the process myself by the way so I'm totally curious and you know me I'm gonna you know I've got my fingers in a lot of different things. So anyway Kim thanks again. Wonderful to have you on the show. Kim: It's an honor to be here. Thank you so much. Buck: We'll be right back
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2020.09.07 14:25 sugardaddyseekingSugar Baby Dating: What's It All About? Does Online Dating Really Work?
For many years, the dating scene included certain resources that would provide people with a chance of finding someone who they truly felt were a perfect match. These services included personal matchmakers, speed-dating services, single cruises, and vacations. Today various new and exciting dating portals called sugar baby or sugar daddy dating sites have opened up in order to bring the affluent older gent and alluring sexy younger woman together. Single or married rich men find this type of relationship extremely satisfying as their lovely sugar babies are skilled at lavishing them with just the right type of attention that leaves any man eager for more! With the unique dating demands of an individual mutually beneficial relationships, most of the standard sugar baby or sugar daddy sites fell flat because they could not perfectly identify which men and which women fell into these categories. Even the traditional online dating websites could not successfully provide the affluent community with a dating solution that worked. However, many dating sugar daddy sites are realizing the potential of this growing niche and are providing valuable services that serve the needs of these discerning men and women. https://preview.redd.it/goz8s8yaypl51.jpg?width=1024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=b6a472ff3d4465f3cfee1aee91c943ac182c3d5e While examining sugar baby or sugar daddy dating, it is essential to consider the caliber of members that a wealthy dating site attracts. If you take a little time to peruse some of the online profiles you will find various opportunities that the men and women of such a specialized dating service afford and expect in return for their mutual gratification. Like traditional dating sites, the profiles along with photo contains a brief description of the member's interests, occupations, lifestyles and so on. You will have an option to search via age, geographic location, and star sign as well as use instant chat functions, messaging, and even virtual winks. Like any other regular dating, it is important to spend time getting to know one another before the meeting. The smart men and women on these sites share the rewards on offer reciprocally. This can take the form of admiration and affection, advice, assistance, and financial gifts from her; although both usually do have very caring feelings for each other. The specialized services that the rich, famous people are accustomed to are offered at sugar baby and sugar daddy dating sites which is why the clients of such services appreciate having the opportunity of meeting like-minded men and women.
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we have revealed our method in our site, anyone could access it to examine whether it is legal or not.
Well, I am having a deja-vu here. It happens to be quite similar to my previous post, in which I revealed how a player could legally reach an extremely high score in matchday by using multiple accounts at the same time. Now, let's accessing their site to see whether it is the case or not. https://preview.redd.it/krcf6cdnbqg51.png?width=779&format=png&auto=webp&s=38db38e953bac0598f05b49b0dc0ccf2fbccc22c So I have walked through the whole content carefully. They divided their message into 5 parts: about us, method, safety, pricing, purchase steps. So what we are looking for is the method part. In order to save time and effort, I decide to translate this part only. If you are interested in other parts irrelevant to this post, you can google translate them yourselves. I have highlighted some important information in my opinion. --- In order to make our clients feel at ease and trust us, we are willing to disclose all the techniques used in the boosting process for free and provide necessary explanations, so that our clients can judge by themselves whether there is any risk of being banned and decide whether to buy our service after careful consideration. At the same time, any player can verify the authenticity and legalness of these techniques. After four iterations of technology, our boosting process has been designed to be very mature. The majority of these technologies have been legally and time-tested and confirmed not to result in a ban. During the months-long research process, we rejected and discarded many technologies that could have led to greater efficiency but risked being banned. In the end, we arrived at a solution that maximized the known efficiency while ensuring that it would not lead to ban, and successfully took over all rankings from #1 to #5 worldwide. We have proven that this solution is currently ahead of any player in PES mobile in terms of efficiency. In order to remain competitive and further extend our advantage, we will not be satisfied with it, but will continue to research new solutions. For any new technology, we will use minor accounts to test it for at least two weeks, collect relevant experimental data, design formulas and build mathematical models, and then compare it quantitatively with the original technology in terms of efficiency to decide whether or not to replace it. In terms of boosting process, we are currently using the fourth generation of strategy, the principle is to open many minor accounts and control them in groups, so that the main account will naturally match with one of them, and then control the minor account to quit and restart the game, and finally the main account will be rewarded a win 3-0 in seconds, to achieve a controlled, high and stable boosting efficiency. In the actual test, we observed the data collected, and found that in order to keep the probability of a natural match between a main account number and a small number at more than 80%, we need to prepare at least about 130 small numbers to match with the main account number. During the non-popular hours, this number is reduced to about 110, but not below 100 at a minimum. In order to achieve these results, our studio purchased a one-year membership to NBE cloud phones (NBE is one of only a few cloud phones on the market that offers group control) and purchased 200 additional cloud phones, hoping to achieve close to 100% successful natural matching of main and minor accounts. To achieve this, our programmers wrote scripts to automatically create minor accounts and synchronize them with the group-controlled minor accounts. After many practices and adjustments, we arranged the positions and responsibilities of our members as follows. Each computer was responsible for 50 cloud phones (50 minor accounts displayed on the computer screen at the same time, similar to a monitoring screen), and each assigned a member to monitor them. Considering the labour cost, it is inevitable that the minor accounts proceeding to matchmaking must be run by scripts, which is against Konami's game rules and may lead the minor accounts being banned. We pursue absolute safety and prevent Konami's technicians from tracking down the minor accounts, by automatically creating a new set of minor accounts after every five or three days through scripts. For the main account i.e the client's account, we will control it through the whole process manually. In the actual test, with all 200 minor accounts matching at the same time, the main account can match one of the minor accounts in 48.4 out of 50 games on average, winning 3-0 in seconds. This is the core reason why we can boost our rating extremely fast. On the rare occasion that the main account will match a normal player, that's when the two pro-level players in our team will come out and play themselves. To date, they still maintain an all-winning record since this strategy launched. (Both of them have reached 1800 rating pure manually and have numerous matchplay videos and screenshots to serve as proof; clients can obtain them from our receptionist upon request) Using the aforementioned method, our studio managed to overtake the former world no.1 Turkish player TURKIYE in early August. Based on the observation of our technical staff, it is very likely that the Turkish player used a similar method to ours, but not as efficient as our solution. It was confirmed by our legal consultant that the only possible violation of the game rule in the 4th generation solution is that "minor accounts proceeding to matchmaking are run by script". The worst case scenario is that the minor accounts are banned due to it, but it is safe to assume that the main accounts are in no way possible to be affected, as there is no evidence of any relation between the main accounts and these minor accounts. While 200 minor accounts are matching, other normal players' accounts may get matched with these minor accounts and receive the 3-0 second win free-riding benefit. This solution does not negatively, but instead positively affect the experience of other players, and it does not involve any illegal techniques. With a large number of players benefiting at the same time, it is also impossible for Konami to find out the true target of the strategy. In summary, the security of this solution is impeccable, and the practical results have proven so. This is the technical content of our current 4th generation solution. We are disclosing it and providing descriptions free of charge for our clients' peace of mind and trust in us, as we are absolutely confident in our technical capabilities. We believe that no other player or clan in the entire game, other than we Dragon Studios, can replicate and implement the above solution to achieve our current boosting efficiency. The global ranking is the best proof of this. Finally, we hope that the above technical and solution descriptions will be of help to our clients. Please judge for yourself whether there is a risk of banning and consider carefully before deciding whether to buy our service. --- So basically they are using a more powerful version of the method I shared in the previous post, which has been well-known in the Chinese forum. Be noted that I am NOT the person who invented this method. But it comes to my suspicion that the method inventor is one of the founders of the Dragon Studio. And as I inspect the whole logic behind their boosting strategy carefully with regards to the terms of service, I could not find any techniques in it that actually violates the rule. In conclusion, I have to say they have perfectly invented a 100% legal way that could boost the rating at an efficiency that no other player in this game could rival to. I guess one may treat it as an ultimate version of the "multiple-account boosting" method, which is almost impossible to be done by a general player due to extreme costs (it requires at least 100 minor accounts running at the same time to work, and the feasible way at least cost would be buying a bunch of cloud phones). That's the end of this post. As I said before, I only care about the legal facts, as this is the only way you can prove someone is wrong and punish him accordingly (in this case, banning his account). That being said, anyone is free to express their opinion from any viewpoint, so you can comment anything you like below.
2020.08.10 23:39 flatlittleoniondome(UPDATE -- THINGS GOT CRAZY AFTER MY INITIAL POST) Don’t insult a woman because she doesn’t put out on a first date Part 2
I previously vented about a horrible date I had on this sub. You can find it here: https://www.reddit.com/dating/comments/i3y19e/dont_insult_a_woman_because_she_doesnt_put_out_on/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x Things got really crazy afterwards. I'm going to include the entire experience and flesh it out a bit more, because some of the things I didn't mention in my first post are relevant to the craziness that ensued. Scroll to the bottom of my post for a very short summation if you don't feel like reading a lot, but still want to know what happened. *Long because there's a lot to this story, and I'm also bored and lonely and in quarantine. I'm also a writer, so I tend to be longwinded at times* I went from being a social butterfly in regards to dating, to a nearly paranoid hermit. Here's why. I'm 30. I've been on a lot of dates throughout my adulthood, mostly because I enjoy meeting new people and I suppose psychoanalyzing them. That sounds odd -- but I did major in psychology for a reason -- and I just think humans are fascinating. Of course there are certain criteria; no hardcore drug users, no creeps, I don't want to go out with someone my mom's age... I could go on but you get it. This has been a positive in many ways (networking, making new friends, playing matchmaker, gaining insights on dating in general). And sometimes someone surprises me and they are nothing like I imagined -- maybe their photos were bad, or I knew them from work or a formal setting and their personality is markedly different in a casual setting -- and honestly even if it doesn't work out it's cool when that happens because it reminds me not to judge people and to keep an open mind. So I've been on bad first dates. So bad that they make awesome stories and when my friends are depressed. These are awesome little tales I can whip out and make people laugh. When I'm down about being single I even think about these and have a chuckle. (Here is my favorite, feel free to skip.I am sharing these because they're funny and you may want to reread these, or save these to read last, to change your vibe after reading my entire post.)
Once I went out with a recently honorably discharged Marine relocated from another state. We got pulled over in a small town for speeding. He was taken to the station in cuffs because of a speeding ticket that wasn't marked as paid where he was from (he had in fact paid it, he later proved this to me because we dated for a short time afterwards) but the cops at the time wouldn't tell me why he was arrested. We would joke about it all the time later on. The cops had to give me a lift back to my car because I couldn't drive his old truck that was a standard, it was so embarrassing, they gave me a very patriarchal lecture, and he was freaking out because he liked me and thought I would never talk to him again. He had to walk like four miles back to his truck upon release because he refused the cops' offer of a lift. He was a true gentleman, very traditional cowboy type (Stetson hat that came off when he ate, boots and levis, white t-shirt and flannel shirt... Kinda looked like a young Tom Hardy now that I think of it -- maybe that's why this is my favorite bad first date story LOL): Once we went to a river for a picnic and that same truck got stuck and we had no cell signal, so we had to hoof it through national forest for miles to be able to call for help , a mountain lion ended up following us, thankfully he had a conceal to carry, a very old school looking revolver, and I honestly felt like I was in a Western movie or something. He was very protective and knew exactly what to do. Well it didn't work out because he took another girl to the same spot and got stuck again (it was an amazing view), and someone who helped pull his truck out for the second time contacted me and let me know he was two-timing. In his defense I sent mixed messages about dating other people and lived a few hours away, and he was probably a little young for me. Anyway -- thanks for the stories Marine Cowboy Tom Hardy Doppelganger.
But that is all kid stuff compared to my central story. I was on a dumb dating app, not intending or expecting to go out with anyone from the site because I was happy being single and had just ended a relationship with an emotionally draining person. But as I prefaced, I am very curious about people and open minded and that's what came back to bite me. I agreed to go on a date with a guy who I had a lot of shared interests with, same ethnic background (Romanian, which is rare around where I live), and we even had the same birthday. He was very into astrology and Tarot, and esoteric topics in general, including Mythology and Paganism. What stood out to me was that he was also very science-minded, and while being interested in the aforementioned stuff also kept a rational, agnostic attitude about it and approached it more from an academic perspective than a religious one. I was excited because this is rare where I live, in a very religious town. We actually spoke on the phone before we met, which is something I usually insist on to weed out weirdos. In hindsight I realize the first weird thing was after we hung up for the first time, he called me back despite me saying I was going to bed, but I let it go. Maybe he didn't see my text. Fast forward to first meeting. I asked if he wanted to meet at a very populated local park, and he said yes but that he wanted to sit by the tennis courts specifically (these are located on the same street but there are a few houses that separate them from the main park, I thought it was part of the park, but I was wrong it's actually owned by our local university , this becomes relevant later on). I asked if he was into tennis, and he just said "yes". I asked if he wanted to play tennis, and he said he didn't have any equipment. I figured he just wanted to watch people play tennis or something. It stood out but wasn't a red flag. Yet. I got there before him. I watched people play tennis for a while and thought "Oh! maybe this is why he wanted to meet here -- whoever got here first would be able to watch tennis and not be bored waiting!" He spooked me because he snuck up on me. One second he wasn't there and the next he was introducing himself. I am very observant of my surroundings and kept looking for him because he told me which direction he'd be walking from (this was just down the street from his house), and to this day I don't know how he did it. I'm always sneaking up on others, sometimes on purpose because I'm an asshole and sometimes on accident, so this shook me and I was discombobulated. I realized his photos were very bad on his profile -- he was a very attractive guy in person, but in his photos when he would smile in a selfie it just looked off. I don't smile much in photos so I wondered if maybe it was because he was the same but trying to get past it. I dunno how to elaborate any more than that: there was just something distinctly odd about his smile in photos. I didn't notice it in person at all, which made me immediately wonder when we met if I was overly judgmental of people's photos. Hindsight: I'm not. Things start out a little awkward on his part. My style is just say hi, I'm flatlittleoniondome. And start talking like we've met before. Most people love this. I love this. No job interview vibes, just two peeps hanging out. But there was something markedly different about him in person -- on the phone he was chatty, witty, imaginative, seemed to have passion for life. In person, he made fun of people nearby playing tennis because they weren't following the rules and ended up playing some funny/awkward form of tennis-volleyball (they were young teens so I felt he was being a real asshole), he was obviously checking out other chicks (not just noticing people come and go, there's a difference), condescending about nearly everything I talked about, made some weird comment like he was very frugal (on the phone he said he spent too much money on travel and books) and his goal for the month was not to spend money on any beverage, but he was still going to drink coffee. I was like "coffee is a beverage! you're cheating!". He got legit mad and said coffee is a necessity and also he makes it the night before so it doesn't count for the day (wait what?! That makes no logical sense and who wants stale coffee?). ... He also said he has a very strict diet, because he knows exactly what it will look like coming out. I wasn't following and he said "you know, when you shit". At this point I legit wondered if maybe he had some sort of disorder that would affect social interaction, but as someone who is on the spectrum and has friends and family who are, that just didn't feel right. So I thought, oh well -- he's just a jerk and probably trying really hard to appear smart and deep, hence the weird comments. I told him I needed to get home to check on my Ball Pythons as I own and breed them (great way to creep out creepy guys, and also I love them!), but not before he told me I had an orange/brown aura. I said that was cool because I love being outside during Autumn. He just stared at me blankly. I offered to drive him home (why, why, why, flatlittleoniondome did you do that?! \face palm*)*, as he had walked. I guess I was kinda nosy about which house was his. I also wanted to show off my car (ego here -- he said he was surprised I was a professional and not a waitress "or something", he worked at a Fazolis). Literal two minute drive, parked in front of his house, and he asked me out for Thursday (it was Monday). My response was I couldn't for obvious reasons. I could tell he was contemplating inviting me in or kissing me goodbye. He asked me how I felt about a goodbye kiss and I said I had no feeling one way or the other -- again dumb, as he was very weird, but as he was a good looking guy I figured a kiss goodbye for what definitely would be forever wouldn't be horrible. Well this obviously pissed him off, because I was giving him no feedback just to see what would happen (and I think he knew that), and he suddenly started telling me how I looked different than my photos (all of them are recent, no filters, one was a professional headshot the rest were just snaps from my iPhone). I asked him how so, because I was genuinely puzzled. He said he was shocked "someone like me" (he referred to me as an intellectual previously, which I'm not sure was meant as a compliment or an insult), would wear the leggings I had on. They are just plain ole' leggings with a southwestern print, no crazy colors. I must have not reacted the way he wanted because he continued -- he also said I looked heavier in person, and he said I also was darker than he thought I was. I am mixed race (ethnicically Jewish and Native American) and this really pissed me off and made me think he was racist, but I casually said "well yeah I've been in the sun the past week" and laughed. I said "that's interesting, goodnight". He got out of my car and said "I bid you adieu, and not the French kind but spelled that way". I'm assuming he meant to insult me further by a Freudian implication of "not French" as in kissing. Or maybe he was just dumb and I'm reaching. But I replied, "if it's spelled that way, it's French" and drove off, and promptly bought a milkshake and a huge order of mozzarella sticks on the way home, asked some dude friends if I did in fact look bigger in person (I'm ashamed I asked, but the answer was a resounding no and fuck that guy he was just pissed he didn't get laid). Now I wish the story ended here, because it would be one I could laugh about in hindsight, kind of... But maybe not because I had a nagging feeling about this dude -- something I couldn't pinpoint in my minds eye. The more I thought about everything in context, his vibe was just so fucking dark during the date at times, eye contact with no blinking that weirded me out even though I'm usually huge on eye contact, and the negging that was quite cruel. So I googled his name, and HE IS ON THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY. For soliciting sex from a 13 year old when he was 23. He's 38 now for context. If that wasn't bad enough, HE BROKE HIS PROBATION BY PLEADING GUILTY TO STALKING AND GOT SENT TO JAIL FOR 120 DAYS. He was a college student when this happened and the girl was a college student, I'm sure much younger than him. I have access to a few databases and found court documents -- she was a stranger, he stalked her on her route to school and on campus, even on the bus shuttle, and he got kicked out of University and can't go back on campus EVER. I got a message from him the morning after apologizing, and I responded with no worries, good luck out there! because I did not want this guy to be angry at me for obvious reasons. I reported him to the dating site and his profile got taken down. He contacted me again and said "If you had an issue with me you could have just told me" and I played dumb. He believed me and vented about it, admitted to being a sex offender, I pretended to be sympathetic and said I had a family member on the registry for peeing outside (that was a lie, but I do have a cousin who almost got in trouble for peeing outside when we were kids!), and then he stopped messaging me thank God. I usually would have gone no contact, but my town isn't that big and I did not want this person to have a grudge against me. I did some research and I found out he couldn't go to the main park because sex offenders aren't allowed to go to parks with playground equipment. Hence the tennis courts. Also, most people into auras interpret orange as a sexual energy. I think because I don't have revealing photos on dating sites my big, very non-juvenile, boobs probably turned him off since he likes teenage girls. Vomit. I think he's into metaphysical stuff because it's a community that's very open minded and probably more willing to forgive his charges. The diet thing was probably because he was in a cell with a toilet and I'm going to assume in that small of a space you smell your body waste, for lack of a classier term, for a long time. Can you buy air freshner from commissary? Maybe I should consult Orange in the New Black. Also the weird social stuff aligns with anti-social personality disorder more than autism or aspergers, according to one of my diagnostic psychology books from college. I am traumatized. I couldn't stop thinking about, and analyzing, this for days on end. Literally one of the most normal, sane conversations I've had on the phone pre-date. Well dressed and groomed, was very young looking for his age (ew he did actually have the same birthday as me, according to his registration page), and shouldn't have had any issues finding dates... but I now know why he is single. If you had told me, there is a sex offender messaging you, I would have guessed other people as a possibility over this dude. So I bought a background check membership and refuse to ever meet up with anyone from the internet without doing one. Not that face-to-face dating during a pandemic is what I want to do, but even talking on Skype ... I want to know. Paranoid? Yes. Peace of mind? Yes. thankfully he does not know where I live or my full name. And I had installed Ring security system in my house the day we started talking, and I had mentioned it casually. LONG STORY SHORT: Talked to someone online I thought was cool. We talked on the phone and he sounded completely normal and really groovy. Met in person, totally different vibe, totally thrown off, had a nagging feeling and googled him and he was a sex offender and a stalker who had served time in prison. I told the dating site and they removed his profile, I must have been the only one who went out with him recently because he knew it was me, but I convinced him it wasn't because I was afraid of him. Now go back and read, or reread my funny date story. I want to believe there are more Marine Cowboys out there than Registered Sex Offender creeps who make and drink coffee incorrectly, and are actively online scouting for gullible women. Edited for an improper use of a semicolon, clarity, and a spelling error because I'm OCD.
2020.08.10 20:48 flatlittleoniondomeIn hindsight, horrible date was actually a creepy AF date
*Long because there's a lot to this story, and I'm also bored and lonely and in quarantine. I'm also a writer, so I tend to be longwinded at times* I went from being a social butterfly in regards to dating, to a nearly paranoid hermit. Here's why. I'm 30. I've been on a lot of dates throughout my adulthood, mostly because I enjoy meeting new people and I suppose psychoanalyzing them. That sounds odd -- but I did major in psychology for a reason -- and I just think humans are fascinating. Of course there are certain criteria; no hardcore drug users, no creeps, I don't want to go out with someone my mom's age... I could go on but you get it. This has been a positive in many ways (networking, making new friends, playing matchmaker, gaining insights on dating in general). And sometimes someone surprises me and they are nothing like I imagined -- maybe their photos were bad, or I knew them from work or a formal setting and their personality is markedly different in a casual setting -- and honestly even if it doesn't work out it's cool when that happens because it reminds me not to judge people and to keep an open mind. So I've been on bad first dates. So bad that they make awesome stories and when my friends are depressed. These are awesome little tales I can whip out and make people laugh. When I'm down about being single I even think about these and have a chuckle. (Here is my favorite, feel free to skip.I am sharing these because they're funny and you may want to reread these, or save these to read last, to change your vibe after reading my entire post.)
Once I went out with a recently honorably discharged Marine relocated from another state. We got pulled over in a small town for speeding. He was taken to the station in cuffs because of a speeding ticket that wasn't marked as paid where he was from (he had in fact paid it, he later proved this to me because we dated for a short time afterwards) but the cops at the time wouldn't tell me why he was arrested. We would joke about it all the time later on. The cops had to give me a lift back to my car because I couldn't drive his old truck that was a standard, it was so embarrassing, they gave me a very patriarchal lecture, and he was freaking out because he liked me and thought I would never talk to him again. He had to walk like four miles back to his truck upon release because he refused the cops' offer of a lift. He was a true gentleman, very traditional cowboy type (Stetson hat that came off when he ate, boots and levis, white t-shirt and flannel shirt... Kinda looked like a young Tom Hardy now that I think of it -- maybe that's why this is my favorite bad first date story LOL): Once we went to a river for a picnic and that same truck got stuck and we had no cell signal, so we had to hoof it through national forest for miles to be able to call for help, a mountain lion ended up following us, thankfully he had a conceal to carry, a very old school looking revolver, and I honestly felt like I was in a Western movie or something. He was very protective and knew exactly what to do. Well it didn't work out because he took another girl to the same spot and got stuck again (it was an amazing view), and someone who helped pull his truck out for the second time contacted me and let me know he was two-timing. In his defense I sent mixed messages about dating other people and lived a few hours away, and he was probably a little young for me. Anyway -- thanks for the stories Marine Cowboy Tom Hardy Doppelganger.
But that is all kid stuff compared to my central story. I was on a dumb dating app, not intending or expecting to go out with anyone from the site because I was happy being single and had just ended a relationship with an emotionally draining person. But as I prefaced, I am very curious about people and open minded and that's what came back to bite me. I agreed to go on a date with a guy who I had a lot of shared interests with, same ethnic background (Romanian, which is rare around where I live), and we even had the same birthday. He was very into astrology and Tarot, and esoteric topics in general, including Mythology and Paganism. What stood out to me was that he was also very science-minded, and while being interested in the aforementioned stuff also kept a rational, agnostic attitude about it and approached it more from an academic perspective than a religious one. I was excited because this is rare where I live, in a very religious town. We actually spoke on the phone before we met, which is something I usually insist on to weed out weirdos. In hindsight I realize the first weird thing was after we hung up for the first time, he called me back despite me saying I was going to bed, but I let it go. Maybe he didn't see my text. Fast forward to first meeting. I asked if he wanted to meet at a very populated local park, and he said yes but that he wanted to sit by the tennis courts specifically (these are located on the same street but there are a few houses that separate them from the main park, I thought it was part of the park, but I was wrong it's actually owned by our local university, this becomes relevant later on). I asked if he was into tennis, and he just said "yes". I asked if he wanted to play tennis, and he said he didn't have any equipment. I figured he just wanted to watch people play tennis or something. It stood out but wasn't a red flag. Yet. I got there before him. I watched people play tennis for a while and thought "Oh! maybe this is why he wanted to meet here -- whoever got here first would be able to watch tennis and not be bored waiting!" He spooked me because he snuck up on me. One second he wasn't there and the next he was introducing himself. I am very observant of my surroundings and kept looking for him because he told me which direction he'd be walking from (this was just down the street from his house), and to this day I don't know how he did it. I'm always sneaking up on others, sometimes on purpose because I'm an asshole and sometimes on accident, so this shook me and I was discombobulated. I realized his photos were very bad on his profile -- he was a very attractive guy in person, but in his photos when he would smile in a selfie it just looked off. I don't smile much in photos so I wondered if maybe it was because he was the same but trying to get past it. I dunno how to elaborate any more than that: there was just something distinctly odd about his smile in photos. I didn't notice it in person at all, which made me immediately wonder when we met if I was overly judgmental of people's photos. Hindsight: I'm not. Things start out a little awkward on his part. My style is just say hi, I'm flatlittleoniondome. And start talking like we've met before. Most people love this. I love this. No job interview vibes, just two peeps hanging out. But there was something markedly different about him in person -- on the phone he was chatty, witty, imaginative, seemed to have passion for life. In person, he made fun of people nearby playing tennis because they weren't following the rules and ended up playing some funny/awkward form of tennis-volleyball (they were young teens so I felt he was being a real asshole), he was obviously checking out other chicks (not just noticing people come and go, there's a difference), condescending about nearly everything I talked about, made some weird comment like he was very frugal (on the phone he said he spent too much money on travel and books) and his goal for the month was not to spend money on any beverage, but he was still going to drink coffee. I was like "coffee is a beverage! you're cheating!". He got legit mad and said coffee is a necessity and also he makes it the night before so it doesn't count for the day (wait what?! That makes no logical sense and who wants stale coffee?). ... He also said he has a very strict diet, because he knows exactly what it will look like coming out. I wasn't following and he said "you know, when you shit". At this point I legit wondered if maybe he had some sort of disorder that would affect social interaction, but as someone who is on the spectrum and has friends and family who are, that just didn't feel right. So I thought, oh well -- he's just a jerk and probably trying really hard to appear smart and deep, hence the weird comments. I told him I needed to get home to check on my Ball Pythons as I own and breed them (great way to creep out creepy guys, and also I love them!), but not before he told me I had an orange/brown aura. I said that was cool because I love being outside during Autumn. He just stared at me blankly. I offered to drive him home (why, why, why, flatlittleoniondome did you do that?! \face palm*)*, as he had walked. I guess I was kinda nosy about which house was his. I also wanted to show off my car (ego here -- he said he was surprised I was a professional and not a waitress "or something", he worked at a Fazolis). Literal two minute drive, parked in front of his house, and he asked me out for Thursday (it was Monday). My response was I couldn't for obvious reasons. I could tell he was contemplating inviting me in or kissing me goodbye. He asked me how I felt about a goodbye kiss and I said I had no feeling one way or the other -- again dumb, as he was very weird, but as he was a good looking guy I figured a kiss goodbye for what definitely would be forever wouldn't be horrible. Well this obviously pissed him off, because I was giving him no feedback just to see what would happen (and I think he knew that), and he suddenly started telling me how I looked different than my photos (all of them are recent, no filters, one was a professional headshot the rest were just snaps from my iPhone). I asked him how so, because I was genuinely puzzled. He said he was shocked "someone like me" (he referred to me as an intellectual previously, which I'm not sure was meant as a compliment or an insult), would wear the leggings I had on. They are just plain ole' leggings with a southwestern print, no crazy colors. I must have not reacted the way he wanted because he continued -- he also said I looked heavier in person, and he said I also was darker than he thought I was. I am mixed race (ethnicically Jewish and Native American) and this really pissed me off and made me think he was racist, but I casually said "well yeah I've been in the sun the past week" and laughed. I said "that's interesting, goodnight". He got out of my car and said "I bid you adieu, and not the French kind but spelled that way". I'm assuming he meant to insult me further by a Freudian implication of "not French" as in kissing. Or maybe he was just dumb and I'm reaching. But I replied, "if it's spelled that way, it's French" and drove off, and promptly bought a milkshake and a huge order of mozzarella sticks on the way home, asked some dude friends if I did in fact look bigger in person (I'm ashamed I asked, but the answer was a resounding no and fuck that guy he was just pissed he didn't get laid). Now I wish the story ended here, because it would be one I could laugh about in hindsight, kind of... But maybe not because I had a nagging feeling about this dude -- something I couldn't pinpoint in my minds eye. The more I thought about everything in context, his vibe was just so fucking dark during the date at times, eye contact with no blinking that weirded me out even though I'm usually huge on eye contact, and the negging that was quite cruel. So I googled his name, and HE IS ON THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY. For soliciting sex from a 13 year old when he was 23. He's 38 now for context. If that wasn't bad enough, HE BROKE HIS PROBATION BY PLEADING GUILTY TO STALKING AND GOT SENT TO JAIL FOR 120 DAYS. He was a college student when this happened and the girl was a college student, I'm sure much younger than him. I have access to a few databases and found court documents -- she was a stranger, he stalked her on her route to school and on campus, even on the bus shuttle, and he got kicked out of University and can't go back on campus EVER. I got a message from him the morning after apologizing, and I responded with no worries, good luck out there! because I did not want this guy to be angry at me for obvious reasons. I reported him to the dating site and his profile got taken down. He contacted me again and said "If you had an issue with me you could have just told me" and I played dumb. He believed me and vented about it, admitted to being a sex offender, I pretended to be sympathetic and said I had a family member on the registry for peeing outside (that was a lie, but I do have a cousin who almost got in trouble for peeing outside when we were kids!), and then he stopped messaging me thank God. I usually would have gone no contact, but my town isn't that big and I did not want this person to have a grudge against me. I did some research and I found out he couldn't go to the main park because sex offenders aren't allowed to go to parks with playground equipment. Hence the tennis courts. Also, most people into auras interpret orange as a sexual energy. I think because I don't have revealing photos on dating sites my big, very non-juvenile, boobs probably turned him off since he likes teenage girls. Vomit. I think he's into metaphysical stuff because it's a community that's very open minded and probably more willing to forgive his charges. The diet thing was probably because he was in a cell with a toilet and I'm going to assume in that small of a space you smell your body waste, for lack of a classier term, for a long time. Can you buy air freshner from commissary? Maybe I should consult Orange in the New Black. Also the weird social stuff aligns with anti-social personality disorder more than autism or aspergers, according to one of my diagnostic psychology books from college. I am traumatized. I couldn't stop thinking about, and analyzing, this for days on end. Literally one of the most normal, sane conversations I've had on the phone pre-date. Well dressed and groomed, was very young looking for his age (ew he did actually have the same birthday as me, according to his registration page), and shouldn't have had any issues finding dates... but I now know why he is single. If you had told me, there is a sex offender messaging you, I would have guessed other people as a possibility over this dude. So I bought a background check membership and refuse to ever meet up with anyone from the internet without doing one. Not that face-to-face dating during a pandemic is what I want to do, but even talking on Skype ... I want to know. Paranoid? Yes. Peace of mind? Yes. thankfully he does not know where I live or my full name. And I had installed Ring security system in my house the day we started talking, and I had mentioned it casually. LONG STORY SHORT: Talked to someone online I thought was cool. We talked on the phone and he sounded completely normal and really groovy. Met in person, totally different vibe, totally thrown off, had a nagging feeling and googled him and he was a sex offender and a stalker who had served time in prison. I told the dating site and they removed his profile, I must have been the only one who went out with him recently because he knew it was me, but I convinced him it wasn't because I was afraid of him. Now go back and read, or reread my funny date story. I want to believe there are more Marine Cowboys out there than Registered Sex Offender creeps who make and drink coffee incorrectly, and are actively online scouting for gullible women. Edited for an improper use of a semicolon, clarity, and a spelling error because I'm OCD.
2020.08.05 10:14 Taslima0321Top 5 International Muslim Marriage Sites With Guaranteed Service
Are you about to get married soon? In that case, you are undoubtedly searching for a suitable groom or bride right now. Getting married at the right moment to the right person at the right age is very important. So, you can’t be careless about choosing the person with whom you will tie the knot. Also, marriage is irreversible, and you can’t just make a thoughtless approach towards marriage to repent for the rest of your life. Therefore, searching for a soulmate over the marriage sites is very important. There was a time when the parents use to find suitable life partners for their children through friends or relatives. But now online matchmaking sites have taken over them as they provide not only a variety of brides and grooms but also numerous options like age, height, caste, location, income, profession, education, and so on. The online matrimonial sites are becoming very popular as they have made the “searching” term easier and quicker. Online marriage sites are highly affordable and safe. Additionally, you can take expert advice by counseling with the marriage experts if you need them. To help you find your perfect groom or bride, we have listed the most successful and reliable five international Muslim marriage sites in this article. These marriage sites specialize in Muslim matchmaking and not just a matrimonial service but understand the importance of choosing the perfect life partner for marriage.
What are the Best International Marriage Sites for Muslims?
For modern Muslim men and women, the internet has provided a unique way to incorporate traditional Islamic beliefs into contemporary forms of socializing through online matrimony sites. All the sites listed here focus especially on finding a Muslim match. They have a vast database which suits your preferences and assist you in choosing your soul mate. These marriage sites are great because you know that both singles and divorcees are looking for a serious Muslim match. Let’s dive into the deep!
Muslima is one of the leading and reliable marriage sites to find a Muslim life partner. If you are looking for the best marriage site for a Muslim bride or groom, Muslima can be ideal for trying out. This online matrimony site has helped thousands of Muslim singles find their perfect soul mate. Unlike the other marriage sites, Muslima can offer you a membership database of 7.5 million (to date) members with the guarantee of introducing you to single and divorcee Muslim women as well as men across the globe. The reason behind the immense popularity of Muslima is the numerous success stories. According to the website, it has over 750 success stories to date. Their website is comparatively simple in its design and functionality. That means it is effortless to learn how to navigate the website and use all of its features. The marriage site offers necessary facilities for the non-paid members and innumerable advantages for the paid users. Having a free membership, you can contact and receive messages from paying members, and you can tailor which email notification you receive from the site. For instance, you will get an email notification if someone expresses interest for you. Undoubtedly, Muslima is the largest site that specializes in international Muslim matrimonial. You must give it a try!
Pure Matrimony is another popular Muslim marriage site that aims to offer a Halal online matrimonial platform for the pious Muslims who are about to begin a marital life holding the faith and the Islamic tradition. The site aims to provide matrimonial services worldwide and show that Muslims are not divided by caste, color, and nations. Like Muslima, Pure Matrimony is also an excellent platform for the singles looking for marriage and long-term relationships to connect and meet. The features of their website are not too complicated, and the surprising fact is that it comes with 12 different languages to browse with. That means a man with the lest technical knowledge can use the website, too. The marriage site promises 100% privacy to the users. With the free membership, a user can access his/her photo, get sophisticated pure matching, advanced advance search options, create and favorite searches, and view others’ profiles. If you have a premium membership, then you can message of contact profiles, answer to the member’s questions, request & see personal photos, receive answers, and the other members can stalk you. Registering for the website is the most straightforward task one can do. The online matrimony site has an app available for both android and ios. So, you can use the site anytime, from anywhere.
Taslima Marriage Media
Taslima Marriage Media is one of the most successful marriage sites since 2011. Currently, the online matrimony agency is providing matchmaking services worldwide. Thousands of happy marriages happened and continue to occur through the agency. The online matrimonial site has been continuously innovating to provide a superior matchmaking experience to the registered members. Taslima Marriage Media has created a global matrimonial web portal aimed at fulfilling the needs of Muslims worldwide. Their online portal is designed for those who are serious about marriage and looking for suitable grooms or brides. Their highly dedicated team is committed to providing all Matrimony related solutions to prospective brides and grooms. In the online matchmaking site, you can create your profile for free. The portal allows the members to search, communicate, interact, and and eventually choose the proper person. By preventing free searches by non-registered members, they are further securing our members’ privacy and ensuring that only people interested in marriage contact the members. Regarding the billing, Users can purchase the Basic package at $40, browse the portal for 45 Days and see the contact details of other users. Also they can send 50 total proposals whom they like. The standard package comes at $65. The users can browse the portal for 90 Days, see the contact details of other users, and send 70 total proposals. The classic package starts at $100. Users can browse the portal for 180 Days, see the contact details of other users. Also, they can send 90 total proposals. A premium package can be purchased at $135. The users can browse the portal for one year and see the contact details of other users. They can send 110 total proposals whom they like.
Founded in 1998, Nikah.com provides matrimonial and online dating services explicitly tailored to Muslims’ particular needs worldwide. The marriage site has attracted more than 2 Million users worldwide since after the foundation. We consider Nikah.com as the pioneer of exclusive Muslim matrimony service. Although the Islamic matrimonial website attracts Muslim singles globally, Nikah.com emphasizes that it is not for those who are seeking an un-Islamic relationship. The marriage website offers the users an in-depth compatibility test and a unique categorized matching system. You can create a profile completely free of charge to see what Nikah.com has for you. The site is very popular with Muslim men and women who are in their mid-twenties and above. People looking for a second chance at love can also find exciting singles or someone like themselves. As we have gone through the user’s review on the site, Nikah.com is excellent from the time of initial contact to the ceremony. And they have very informative, professional and pleasant representatives.
Like the other online matrimonial sites, IslamicMarriage aims to bring single Muslim men and women together for friendship and potentially marriage. Their online matchmaking portal is definitely up to today’s standards with plenty of filtering tools that everyone will like. The user interface is clean and efficient to navigate without complicated features. On the portal, users can match with people from other places if they prefer to while giving them the compatibility to look for other singles or divorcees who live nearby. Most of the members at IslamicMarriage are from the United States. Other places with a significant membership include the United Kingdom, Germany, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Egypt, France, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Nigeria, Canada, and others. The marriage site offers different language choices to browse. It provides complete security to the users as it employs several security features to filter out bots and other unwanted users from penetrating their system. Signing up to IslamicMarriage is entirely free, and registration can be done within minutes. The online matchmaking site does not require email verification to activate your profile. IslamicMarriage offers non-paid users the ability to view other members’ profiles, browse photos, upload 20 pictures to your profile, chat & receive messages, and use their dedicated live chat support function. It comes with three premium membership plans for the users. Prices of these packages start from $22 and end at $32.99 per month. You can upgrade or cancel your subscription anytime. If you are looking for an online matrimonial site that can lead you to serious relationships and eventually marriage, IslamicMarriage will be the best choice.
We strongly advise you to check the terms, features, and pricing before enrolling in any online matchmaking portal. However, browsing a little time over these online matrimony sites once after registering, these trustworthy sites will make you realize that your perfect life partner is just a click away! If you are thinking about joining any of these sites, but you still aren’t sure, we are here to help. Our online matrimonial portal has a lot to offer if you are serious about a lifetime relationship. Ready to start meeting people who dream the same things you do? Visit our full site to begin your journey now!
2020.07.30 09:35 genuineastrologerBest Astrology Analysis on Kundali Matching Using Gun Milan by Name
gun milan by name We have heard in love and arrange marriages if there is more than 18 out of 36 Guns matched? If yes then, what is its meaning? Let us know better using kundali matching by name. According to time and strengths of positions of moons and stars decide the lagna kundli. We can avoid potential risk and consider the probabilities, but it is a wise decision to make Kundali matching and Gun Milan by name. A marriage depends upon affection and loves between two people and also relies on kundli and gun. Kundli matching is a very common thing these days. Kundali matching by date of birth can decide whether there will be successful marriage or not.
Kundali Matching concepts
We should consider or regard Kundali Matching as notification or insurances for a healthy marriage. Have confidence and trust in yourself, and you can change your luck. There are many frauds too in the market and which calls us to think twice before matching kundli. Strengths of individuals will influence each other after a marriage. Powers can be ascertained after utilizing a proper planetary circumstance. Online kundali matching is done these days to easily see the matching stars between the happy couple. Kundli matching for marriage is done whether there are some types of marital problems; if found then answers are suggested.
Importance of Gun Milan By name
2nd house rules family life. Therefore, the placement of 2nd lord its aspect, planetary strength, and conjunction will decide whether the couple will lead a happy married life. Gun Milan by name is done for analysing everything.
7th lord rules marriage and spouse. The 7th lord well placed indicates a caring spouse.
8th house indicates longevity of spouse, well placed 8th house indicates the couple will lead a happy life for long term.
5th house rules children, a well placed 5th house in both kindlis indicates blessing of children
Gun Milan is so important for the Hindu way of fixing a marriage. The kundali is only way which can reveal the person’s character, status, mind-set and attitude to find out the various character traits. Kundali Matching by name makes the complete study of all these things in the horoscopes of the bride and groom. Also, in Vedic Astrology, the process of Kundli matching or guna Milan includes the parameters of individual marriage match making and Manglik dosh check. There becomes an overall score which gets generated by checking these parameters which will decide whether an alliance to be compatible or not.
Online Kundali Matching
As this is going advancement in technology, at the blink of eyes this online kundali matching can be done. There are problems in marriages later like divorce, which must be avoided by careful examination of horoscopes and kundlis. Kundli matching by name with the help of expert astrologers is done by elders in the house. Any Dosha found can be removed with the solutions. All this is the science and numerical calculations of stars and moon, but 100% belief is not possible as it can be changed by own karmas. As marriage is the biggest event of life, it comes once in a lifetime and the spouse and the bride must support each other in each and every decision, so this is way important that all the planning and decisions should be taken beforehand and with the reasonable kundali milan and onlineKundali match can be done as well. All the character traits and stars are studied and then it's called like marriages are made in heaven. If you are looking for the best Matchmaking astrologer online or horoscope reader, then you are in right place. This way you will get to know various things about Kundali Matching and marriage will be a successful one. And services of Tabij.in can be taken to Marriage Matching of couples by calling +919776190123.
2020.07.23 19:06 emmaward21Where To Look For Serious Relationships: Top 5 Online Dating Sites
The modern dating world is hard. As wonderful as it would be to experience your own "meet-cute," like in the Hallmark movies, that simply doesn't happen for everyone. Many of us are too busy with our families, careers, and responsibilities, while the rest of us simply don't know where to begin looking. https://preview.redd.it/fg04vqoa1nc51.jpg?width=910&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=cb6a7e4e12e8e7ac092003fda8292932f2401b8e Online dating services and apps have a bad reputation for being all about the physical side of a relationship. While this is true for some services, there are some websites that are catered more towards finding a serious relationship. Here are our top five picks for the best dating sites and apps to use when you’re ready to settle down with that special someone. 1. Hinge Hinge is one of the most widely-used dating apps for millennials today. Their tagline, "the dating app designed to be deleted," certainly rings true with their unique algorithm. New users fill out a questionnaire that assesses their hopes and expectations for a new relationship. The app will then pair you with compatible users based on those answers. The results don't lie, either. 90% of users who participated in the app's beta trials reported that their first date was a huge success, with 72% stating that they'd be interested in a second date.
Match has been around forever, which is a good testament to the service's success. The company is actually so confident that you'll find a partner in less than six months that they offer the service for free to those who don't. The application learns more about you the more you use it, meaning, over time, the service will present you with singles that grow increasingly more compatible with your tastes. It's a win-win. https://preview.redd.it/7oub76ek0nc51.jpg?width=759&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1dd79018f2541ce270f860e7084d61f341e04cfd 3. OkCupid OkCupid prides itself on being a matchmaking site for woke people. The service offers over 20 different sexual orientations and 12 gender identities, making it a safe space for non-binary singles. OkCupid prompts users to openly identify their stances on many hot-button topics in today's society, such as gun control and climate change. The idea is to make users actually read profiles, and deter singles who are only interested in hookups.
Romance and sexual compatibility can only take a relationship so far. Sometimes, differences in career can cause a romance to implode. Elite Singles is a dating platform designed to accommodate those who value their education and professional goals above all else. The number of available singles is a bit smaller, but the service preaches quality over quantity. 5. eHarmony Forget casual dating or meaningless hookups: eHarmony is the ultimate dating site for singles that are looking to get married and settle down. That being said, finding your soulmate isn't going to be as easy as posting a selfie and writing a quick bio. eHarmony prompts all new users to fill out a comprehensive questionnaire that covers over 29 personality dimensions. It's a serious process. https://preview.redd.it/2evdf1fn2nc51.jpg?width=880&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f2330083e6a31ccf384d4b0a3165bcfacd4d7d2f Of course, these five sites aren't your only options out there. There's plenty of other online dating services available for you to pick and choose from. You can find out what other sites are there on mydatingsites.com. It is a service aimed to help you choose the best dating platforms for your purposes among all the options out there. All the sites are divided by interests, preferences, and intentions of the person who is searching for a dating website. If you're really committed to finding your forever partner, check out some of our other reviews. True love may be closer than you think.
2020.07.20 09:59 AmiliajaxReallrishta is that the best on-line pakistani rishta matrimonial service
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2020.07.18 11:08 HomeMomZoneSingle Mom - Can You Be a Single Mom and Still Find Love?
https://preview.redd.it/z1luwtke0lb51.png?width=1200&format=png&auto=webp&s=f604dde86538c0ffa3ef2379f91416e50b4cb062 Do you find yourself in the same predicament as many single moms? Do you want to date but you are having troubles finding a date or finding the time to date? Many single moms face the same issues but there are ways to find dates. There are even matchmakers who will find dates for you by narrowing the prospective dating pool down to people that fit your requirements. Being a single mom doesn't mean that you will be dateless for 18 years or so but it does feel like that some times effective budgeting tips for single moms. As a single mom, it feels like there is no time to date because there is hardly time for yourself. If you are lucky, you get to start each day with a quiet shower and cup of coffee before you start breakfast and make lunches. Then you get the kids up for breakfast and get them ready for school or daycare. After which you are off to work for 8 - 10 hours but your day is just beginning after work. The kids have afterschool activities, homework to be finished, projects for school, daily experiences to talk about, baths to be taken, and don't forget dinner. After everyone is in bed you just want to crash but there is still laundry and that favorite show you were hoping to watch or emails to catch up on. Time is a precious commodity to a single mom. On the nights that you do find a babysitter, would you rather spend it hanging out in a bar hoping to find someone or would you rather be on a date with someone special? Would you rather spend late nights surfing online dating sites hoping to find someone special or would you rather be talking on the phone with someone who you are dating or interested in? A matchmaker can take away the nights of surfing online and hanging out in bars by yourself. They can help you by finding people who match your interests and desires so that your first date can be about finding out if this the person for you. This helps to cut out that awkward first date which leaves you unsure and requires at least one more date that you have to find time for. As a single mom, time is not always easy to find. If you want to go out on a date, you have to find a babysitter. Finding babysitters is not always easy and even if you have one person that you trust with your children, they don't live just to be your babysitter. They are busy themselves and you want to take advantage of each night that you have them. Even on nights when they are supposed to watch the children, things can come up last minute and you may lose out on a planned evening away. A single mom is dependent on someone else just to go out for a night of hoping to find a date. If this happens and you already had a date setup then at least you have someone to talk to on the phone once the children go to bed. Another issue that a single mom deals with is that you don't want the kids to know you're dating. The main reason for this is that you don't want your kids to get attached to someone and then you break up. Kids can get attached to people quickly; sometimes it can be as quick as one date. A single mom is always thinking about protecting her kids so you don't want them to get hurt when you stop dating. Another reason is that you don't want multiple partners in your children's life at once. Dating is rarely about just one person at a time at first because your time is precious and you are trying to find someone from the hundreds of people at the bar or an online dating site At first you may frequently end up dating a couple of different people a month while you weed through all the people. Once you find someone to focus on, you still want to wait to get to know them better before sharing them with your children. The third reason a single mom doesn't want their dates to meet their children is that they need this one thing for themselves for a while. A single mom ends up sharing everything with her children and everyone needs something for themselves at times. When a relationship is new and growing, a single mom needs some time to not only enjoy the attention but to ensure that this person is someone they want to keep in their lives. Finding the one person that you want in your life can be hard for anyone but then a single mom also has to think about how this person will be with their children. A matchmaker can weed out the people who don't want to date a woman with children which cuts out a bunch of useless dates for a single mom. They can also further narrow the field by weeding out people who don't fit your requirements. Instead of having to pick through hundreds of people in the bar or on an online dating site, you only have to pick through people that already meet your basic requirements. Instead of being disappointed by finding someone you like but then finding out that they don't like children, you can start with people who like children and then find someone that you like. Matchmakers are there to save your precious time for important dates that actually have a chance of working out for you. Safety is another big concern for a single mom and actually every woman who is dating. When you met someone at a bar or an online dating site, you don't know anything about their background. You have to rely on what they tell about themselves and you have to hope that they are being truthful. Even then you have no idea if this person is a predator of some type. Knowing where a person lives and works doesn't give you any idea to their nature. Some people can easily present themselves one way and then turn out to be something else all together. Matchmakers can't unfortunately weed out all the con artists and other predators but they can help. They can run background checks on people to ensure that their people are not on any police watch lists or have a police record for a con or abuse. They can offer you one step of protection which is better than nothing. Still safety is an issue and a single mom needs to be extra careful not to give out their home address and other personal details that could lead a date to their home.
2020.07.15 22:45 ivebeenafraidtodiepointcheck.gg is back - find all Halo 2, 3 or Reach games any two players played together
Hey CompetitiveHalo, A few years ago I made a post about a site a friend and I developed that allowed you to enter two gamertags and see all the Halo 3 games they played together. I took the site down earlier this year to make some changes and move web hosting, and I'm happy to say it's finally back up - this time with support for Halo 2 and Reach as well as Halo 3. pointcheck.gg new landing page You can:
Search yourself and a Gamebattles rival -- find out who had the better head to head record in 1v1s
Search yourself and a pro player -- see how many times you beat LxthuL in matchmaking before he blew up
Search two pro players -- see all the 2007 Final Boss vs Carbon or 2009 Str8 vs Triggers Down scrims
Or just search yourself and your friends to dig through old games played together for a nostalgia trip
Some things to keep in mind: Game history is sourced from Bungie.net. Bungie stopped recording matches for all games (2, 3, Reach) on 3/31/2012. No games played after that date were recorded. As a result of the above, accounts are identified by the gamertag they had on 3/31/2012. e.g. Walshy sold his "Yhslaw" account and the person who purchased it changed the name to "djizboss", so you will find Walshy's games on that account by searching "djizboss" I started a Google Sheets doc to record pro player gamertags for this reason. Feel free to add any pro gamertags you know of. Search times: Search times are almost entirely determined by how quickly the Bungie.net web server can respond to our HTTP requests. Average search times should not exceed 35-45 seconds and should be significantly quicker, but searching two players with a lot of total games will increase search time. We're working on ways to cache results for a few hours so subsequent searches for the same player(s) are much faster, but for now please keep this in mind! Feel free to let me know if you check it out and have any problems
2020.07.15 01:00 WidowTalesAdventures in Dating: Options
There are more than a few options one has when trying to find that special someone. Option 1) Go about your daily life and just have faith that the one who is meant to find you will when the time is right. (This is great if you enjoy being alone because this may take a good long while, unless you work in a field that has you interacting with large numbers of people on a daily basis or are involved in many activities outside of work: for example church groups, sports, or other group activities. As they say you’re not going to meet anyone sitting at home on your couch. . . . Or are you? Option 2) Online Dating. As the world becomes more and more fast paced and more people find themselves having to work longer hours just to make ends meet. It’s hard to find time and energy to go out and meet people. If you also happen to be a single parent it also hardly seems worth it to pay for a babysitter just to go out to attempt to meet someone. (Hell, half the time it’s hardly worth it to pay for a babysitter to go out on a date with someone you did manage to meet.) The world of online dating is a tricky one but there are many options ranging from free and simple to expensive and in depth. There are specialized dating sites too. So, if you’re only looking for a farmer or want to only meet other christians, there’s sites for that. It’s easy, convenient, and you can chat with people while sitting in the comfort of you own home. But, it’s not always easy to discern if someone is a great match for you. They can be and say anything online. Lots of catfish and people presenting themselves as someone or something that they’re not. Or saying what they need to say just to get what they want. Sometimes it’s almost as if you wish you could have someone else vet your potential match before you go out with them. Which brings me to your next option. Option 3) Matchmakers There’s always a person that you know, friend, family, or coworker that the moment they find out someone is actively seeking a relationship will volunteer to be your matchmaker. “Oh! Let me set you up! I know this one guy that will be perfect for you!” This can be a great experience if you trust your friends and they truly know what your looking for. This can also be a disaster and end in strained relationships if the opposite is true. Sometimes well meaning family and friends know someone who is a nice person and single and maybe one other detail that they have in common with you and know that you are a nice person and single and they think that should be enough to set you up without really thinking about if you are both really right for each other.
2020.07.13 23:06 xPray4Deathx🛠 Breakpoint Title Update 2.1.0 Patch Notes 🛠
Ghosts, Our latest patch for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Breakpoint, Title Update 2.1.0, will be deployed on July 15th at 9:00AM UTC across all platforms. In addition to highlights and information listed below, please note that our Known Issues List has also been updated. Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions with us as we continue to improve the game.
DOWNLOAD TIME AND SIZE
Please note: Whether you purchased a digital or a physical edition of the game, you will need to download the patch before playing. The size of the patch depends on your platform, region, and preferred language.
PC: 16.79 Gb
Xbox One: ~ 19.09 Gb
PlayStation®4 system: ~ 17.7 Gb
AI Teammates The long awaited AI teammates are joining Nomad’s rank in the next TU. Teammates can be activated and deactivated from the lobby menu, and all of them can be customizable from the same menu.
Regroup – Teammates come back to the players.
Go To – Teammates go to a designated position.
Cleared Hot – Teammates engage with enemy, seeking cover nearby.
Hold Position – Teammates go to the closest cover and stick to their position.
Like in TU 1.1.0, we are bringing new limited content for two weeks. Live Event 2 will start on July 16 and will end on July 29. This event will bring out 9 new missions:
3 hostages rescue missions
3 convoy ambush missions
3 camp assault missions
Those missions will be available for players to pick in the Objectives Board. Each mission fills a gauge that will unlock exclusive time-limited rewards. The missions will be playable again by players once the event is over, but it will not grant more rewards. We will release our full mission briefing for Live Event 2 on Wednesday, July 15. Gunsmith & Weapon Update To improve the customization in the Gunsmith, we have added the ability for players to select a firing mode by choosing two kinds of trigger: single fire or burst. Whichever mode the player choses, it will only impact the shots fired and not have any impact on the damage done.
Single fire – one bullet fired per pressure on the trigger.
Burst – three bullets fired per pressure on the trigger.
To read more about the updates coming to the Gunsmith and various weapons in TU 2.1.0, Click Here Weapons & Attachments Objective Board Update In order to make the objective board menu more valuable and engaging to players, information about weapons and attachments is no longer hidden by default. Even if you have not discovered any intel about a weapon/attachment, it will now show up on the board as a grey tile with the name and silhouette to indicate the weapon family it belongs to. Once you have found intel on the weapon/attachment, it will now have a tag to easily indicate where it can be acquired. These tags include: PvP, Maria’s Shop, Missions, Raid, Ubisoft Club, and Classes Rank 10. Alert Messages Players were missing alert messages in HUD due to settings, so visual improvements were made in the messages to fit the HUD settings. Messages were adapted to be displayed with a discrete visual. Immersive mode does not show alert messages anymore except for “warning” and “immediate action.”
Informative & attention messages:
No faded stripes
Smaller width and text
Text less bold
Slower animation loop
Faster animation loop
Project Titan: New Intel Gathering Phase Variations (out on July 21)
New variations to the intel gathering phase between bosses have been added to the raid pool to bring players more variety. Those variations include new information about objectives and new intel for players to collect, which provide different associated stories for each raid boss. As a reminder, Project Titan resets every Tuesday at 9:00 AM UTC so there will be different intel, objectives, and stories each week for players.
5 new intel gathering phase variations in Sector 1
5 new intel gathering phase variations in Sector 2
3 new intel gathering phase variations in Sector 3
Character and Customization New Items in Maria’s Shop (Skell Credits)
Flag Patches for the following countries:
United States, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Algeria, Netherlands, Austria, Thailand, Ireland, Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, Morocco, Finland, Japan, Poland, Spain, South Korea, Romania, Portugal, New Zealand, Italy, Hungary, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Denmark, Norway, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Bolivia, China, Belgium, Australia, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Mexico, and Columbia
Covered Exfil Carbon Helmet
Ninja Half Mask
Sleeveless Jacket + T-Shirt
Large Rainstorm Coat
Hill Set: 2
Strap Chest Harness
Light Carrier Harness
Low Profile Chest Rig
Light Plate Carrier
Marten Plate Carrier
High Density Gloves
Heavy Duty Gloves
Hard Padded Gloves
Utility Work Pants
Forest Tactical Pants
Self-Fastening Tactical Sneaker
Large Collar Sneakers
New Weapons: 1
Muzzle Breaks: 3
762 Control Shield
338 Control Shield
556 Control Shield
Leupold Holo Sight
ASR 100 Round Magazines
Resistance Car Outcast
Blacklist MK. II Standard
New Live Event 2: Resistance Items
Armored Sport Zipped Sweater
Rebel Ballistic Mask
3E Eclipse Balaclava Helmet
Facial Paint: Tiger
Coyote Plate Carrier
Energy Strike Gloves
Thigh Pads Pants
Armored Dual Harness Vest
Armored Soft Gloves
Armored Heat Regulating Tactical Pants
Strike Designator (unlockable and usable after the Live Event is over)
Paladin 9 SNR Survival
New Ubisoft Club Items Ubisoft Forward\*
L3 Insight NVG
Model 2740 LPNMV
\Please note that the following items are only redeemable via Ubisoft Club to players who participated in the Ubisoft Forward stream on July 12 and have their Ubisoft Club account linked to their platform of choice. If you missed the stream, players will have a future opportunity to receive them. We will share closer to the date when players will be able to get them.* New Items in Store (Ghost Coins)
Urban Hero Bundle All items also available individually
Kevlar Ballistic Helmet
Urban Hero Jacket
First Spear Operator Outer Gloves
Blackhawk Terrain Mid Boots
Modern Ninja Bundle All items also available individually
UA Heat Gear Tactical Balaclava
High Tech Infiltration Pants
Blacklist Mk. II Bundle Not available individually
Blacklist Mk. II Desert
Blacklist Mk. II Snow
Blacklist Mk. II Hill
Blacklist Mk. II Jungle
Weapon Reskins: 2
Echelon SMG Custom
Maxim 9 Custom
Observer Mode Coming with the new TU is also the Observer mode in the Ghost War custom matches. The Observer mode will allow an extra person to have a global and individual view on the PvP game ongoing. It includes:
players’ tag and status
position on the map
PvP UI Widgets To improve the quality of the PvP mode in the game, we added the option for players to show or hide several widgets and to modify a couple of settings:
PvP Team Widget – see which playeability is still alive in a game
PvP Team Status Updates – see how many players are left in a game
PvP Score – see the score added after an action
PvP Surveillance HUD – see and modify the surveillance system markers settings
Icon Markers Surveillance System – see the surveillance system markers on the minimap
PvP Kill Log
PvP Sabotage HUD – see and modify the sabotage markers settings
Item drop is also a new feature coming to improve the PvP mode in our game. Players are now able to drop items from the item wheel and allow other co-op players to pick them up. You can drop any consumable that is not a class-specific item or the drone. For example, if you’ve got an extra syringe, drop it for a hurt teammate to pick up and get back in the fight. Have an extra grenade? Spread the firepower to your teammates to corner your opponents. New Ghost War Missions Bringing out new content for our PvP players, we are integrating new Ghost War missions. Those new missions will include new challenges and achievements for our players:-
Pursuer – kill 10 enemies detected with pulse vision Reward: “Pursuer” Title + 2000 Skell credits.
Trapper – Concuss 10 enemies with the shock pistol from Echelon class Reward: 2000 Skell credits.
Support – Buff 10 friendlies with the supply drone Reward: 2000 Skell credits
Defense Drone Specialist – Hit enemies 100 times with the defense drone Reward: 2000 Skell credits.
Made improvements to movement/running animations visible from further camera settings.
Fixed an issue where the DMR rifle caused an instant kill glitch.
This issue has been addressed by the team as per player reports. Please let us know if you still see this occur in game; either the same or in a new form.
Fixed an issue where the Logistics Expert milestone could not be completed.
Fixed an issue which would prevent players from unlocking upgrades for MK2 and MK3 even with perks unlocked in Ghost War.
Fixed several clipping issues on items. See the full list of items impacted by this fix below.
Fury, Fixit, and Vasily figures will now be available by default in the game.
Fixed an issue where NPCs, who are killed with a headshot, would shout.
Fixed an issue where reload input would be triggered if players cancel heal animation.
Fixed an issue where unlocking clues during "What's the plan to extract the Strategist?" investigation would not complete the mission.
Fixed some issues affecting key binding.
Fixed an issue where Echelon Sonar Vision would not mark kamikaze drones during Cerberus fight.
Fixed an issue where shaders would be displayed in high intensity on collectibles or pickable items.
Fixed an issue where taking the Intel would not update the Intel description in HUD.
Added missing UMP CQC and Folding Ironsight models in the Gunsmith.
Fixed an issue where there would be inconsistency on “Damage to Drones” text on upgrades for different weapon classes.
Fixed an issue where Poison Behemoth could get stuck when hitting the chopper.
Fixed an issue where Heavy NPCs wouldn't be killed with hacked turrets or miniguns.
Fixed an issue where Ogre Drones would move near camp before exploding which would alert all enemies nearby.
Fixed an issue in co-op where automated turrets would be redeployed after a host migration.
Fixed an issue where several audio logs on World Lore wouldn’t play or would be cut off.
Fixed an audio issue that occurred with the package drop sound on delivery drones.
Fixed an issue where shooting sound would be missing on C-SFP Baal.
Fixed an issue where the DMR rifle caused an instant kill glitch.
This issue has been addressed by the team as per player reports. Please let us know if you still see this occur in game; either the same or in a new forum.
Fixed an issue where button spamming provided additional health in PvP mode.
Fixed an issue with the Engineer Wasp drones that would sometimes cause them not to deploy.
Fixed an issue where Sync Shot Drone stealth kills were counted as a normal kill in stats.
Fixed an issue where some drones would not be destroyed when hitting vehicles.
Fixed an issue where players were not be able to switch between normal, night, and thermal vision while going up or down ladders.
Fixed an issue affecting Aim Sensitivity option while in a grab animation state.
Fixed an issue where players would get stuck sliding at Auroa Weather Station
Fixed an issue where grabbing an NPC while they were getting out of a vehicle would make the NPC replicate the player’s actions.
Fixed an issue where binoculars would be reversed in Photo mode.
Balanced the cost of crafting bandages compared to the cost of crafting syringes.
Fixed an issue where reload input would be triggered if players cancel heal animation.
Fixed some animation issues related to the Breaching Kit.
Players who were missing binoculars should now be able to find them in their inventory.
Fixed an issue where NPCs killed with a headshot would shout.
Fixed an issue where NPCs would open their eyes after being killed.
Fixed an issue where the player would be able to dive-prone into shallow water.
Fixed an issue where the main character’s arm wouldn’t appear while aiming down sight on certain weapons.
Made improvements to movement animations visible from further camera settings.
Fixed an issue where the healing animation on the left arm wouldn’t be synced when wearing the Fourth Echelon Top and Pants.
Fixed several clipping issues on customizable items. These fixes affect the following accessories: backpacks, right arm tattoos, Heavy Duty Gas Mask, TCI Patrol II Headset, Judge Mask I Assault and Soft Gloves.
Fixed several clipping issues on customizable items. These fixes affect the following pants: Thigh Pads Pants, Forest Tactical Pants, Fourth Echelon Pants, Chino Pants, Fury Pants, and Kyle Pants.
Fixed several clipping issues on customizable items. Theses fixes affect the following tops: Turtleneck Top, Wym Van Dyke Shirt, Kyle T-shirt, and Third Echelon Vest.
Fixed several color issues on customizable items. Theses fixes affect the following items: Coyote Plate Carrier Vest, Wrapped Shemagh, Downcurve Sunglasses, and Scuba Diver items.
Fixed an issue which would make the belt no longer visible when Third Echelon Top is equipped.
Fixed a customization issue on glasses associated with half face mask.
Fixed a customization issue that would occasionally show a floating pouch after equipping Tight Pad Shorts.
Fixed a customization issue on Wolf Mask where the preview and icon of the item would not match.
Fixed a weapon display issue that appeared in the customization tab after opening and closing the identity tab.
Fixed a graphical issue that appeared on Commissar Slacks’ Pants.
Fixed an issue where players were unable to dismantle the Walker Vest received from Project Titan Raid.
Fixed an issue where players could see a black hole on the Shemagh in the customize menu.
Fixed an issue where belt color would change in the bivouac customize menu.
Fixed an issue where unlocking clues during "What's the plan to extract the Strategist?" investigation would not complete the mission.
Fixed an issue where two wasp drones would be invisible in the training center camp during the Black Sheep mission.
Fixed an issue where players would get stuck inside a rock after respawn during An Eye for an AI mission at Darkwood Island Port.
Fixed an issue where an NPC would be missing during Talk to Skell about the Plan objective.
Fixed an issue where prisoner NPCs would get stuck inside their cage during Hostile Takeover Guerilla mission.
Fixed an issue where players were unable to drive a helicopter after killing an enemy that was trying to drive during An Ingenuous Genius when in co-op.
Fixed an issue where the Protect the Programmers objective would sometime fail if a co-op player shot into the vehicle.
Fixed an issue which would prevent players from collecting the last clue and finishing What is the CLAW Project? investigation.
Fixed an issue where holding the Esc key when in bivouac would close and open menu.
Fixed some issues affecting key binding.
Fixed some issues that were affecting text chat while on PC.
Fixed an issue where the Logistics Expert milestone could not be completed.
Fixed an issue where PvP voice chat would not mute properly after leaving squad.
Fixed an issue where a round would not finish automatically when the enemy leaves the team during the loadout phase.
Fixed an issue where Panther Rank & Class challenge could be completed with SMG weapon.
Fixed an issue where defusing a sabotage objective would have no effect if a host migration happens during the action.
Fixed an issue where Engineer's Defense drone would remain highlighted by Sensor Launcher or Intel Grenade if the engineer is highlighted when deploying the drone.
Fixed an issue where PvP player stats would sometimes reset after rebooting.
Corrupted stats will not be restored to their correct value, but they will increase properly once TU 2.1.0 is released.
Fixed an issue where the Drone Hunter perk would not work for Engineer specific drones.
Fixed an issue where toxic gas from Gas Drones would not appear on the minimap.
Fixed an issue where the matchmaking search feedback page was missing on the PvP squad page.
Fixed an issue where players would be pulled into another match when it's found even after quitting the session
Fixed an issue where the performance page would be blocked if the round ends with text chat open.
Fixed an issue where players would not receive the kill assist if several seconds pass after they dealt damage to an enemy.
Fixed an issue where players could not take cover behind specific objectives.
Fixed some issues where parts of maps could be seen before entering a game.
Fixed some issues where notifications and HUD elements would disappear in specific situations.
Fixed terrain issues on some PvP maps. These fixes affect the following maps: Harbor and Stoney Creek.
Fixed an issue where Engineer’s drone would not attack marked enemies hiding behind a wall.
Added red color on enemy markers for Protanopia and Deuteranopia Accessibility Modes.
Fixed an issue on the Construction Site map where players would teleport on the bridge when trying to crawl under it.
Fixed a clipping issue that would happen inside the water tower fence on the Harbor map.
Fixed some animation and gameplay issues on the Stone Creek map.
Balanced Assault Class so it now has three health chunks and 10% Bullet Damage Reduction instead of four in Ghost War.
Fixed an issue where players were previously able to use healing items in the Radiation Circle.
Fixed an issue where marking an enemy would not award points while using the Recon Mastery perk.
Fixed an issue where Echelon Sonar Vision would not mark kamikaze drones during Cerberus fight.
Fixed an issue where sound would be missing during Killed in Action animation if entire squad dies before player during a boss fight.
Fixed an issue where Covered Bump Helmet would not drop on the Raid.
Fixed an issue where players would be stuck in prone position after climbing a platform in Wyvern boss arena.
Fixed an issue where players would respawn out of bounds when killed in lava.
Fixed several issues where character would get stuck in specific locations.
Fixed an issue where shaders would be displayed in high intensity on collectibles or pickable items.
Fixed an issue where changing preset size option to Normal or Small would not change anything on the interface (except for top right HUD elements).
Fixed an issue where taking the Intel would not update the Intel description in HUD.
Fixed an issue where hovering over a weapon's stats would increase the weapon's value displayed.
Fixed an issue preventing players to sort their weapons in Immersive Mode.
Fixed an issue where equipping weapons and gear via HUD prompt would toggle the interface on/off.
Fixed an issue where incorrect weapon categories would be displayed for all vehicles with equipped weapons.
Fixed an issue where RU Long-Range FOV Sight would be marked as owned but couldn’t be equipped.
Fixed an issue where the player info thumbnail in the lobby menu would appear blank in a 4-player co-op.
Fixed an issue where the “filter by name” option in the objectives board menu wouldn’t have functionality for scopes and underbarrels.
Fixed an issue where some missions couldn’t be pinned or unpinned when clicking on its icon from Tacmap.
Fixed an issue where minimap settings would be reset to default when accessing the Macro Tweak custom page after a game reload.
Fixed an issue where AOR 2 Paint would not unlock after the conditions are met.
Added some missing model parts to the Gunsmith, including parts for UMP CQC and Folding Ironsight.
Fixed an issue where scope color did not fit Quantum Theme Pattern.
Fixed an issue where selecting a pre-selected attachment in the Gunsmith would sometimes make the model disappear.
Fixed an issue where “Damage to Drones” text would be inconsistent on upgrades for different weapon classes.
Fixed an issue where the camera would clip when players would aim the LMG Stoner with Ironsight scope
Fixed an issue where Weapon Connoisseur Challenge would not be awarded after getting 80 blueprints.
Fixed an issue where shooting sound would be missing on C-SFP Baal.
Fixed an issue which would prevent players from unlocking upgrades for the MK2 and MK3 even with perks unlocked in Ghost War.
Fixed an issue where the preview for Tactical Vertical Foregrip would be missing in Vector’s Gunsmith.
Fixed an issue that would prevent players from getting material parts after dismantling weapons in Ghost War.
2020.07.11 15:53 al3theiaAnyone else here CF (in whole or in part) because they are the product of someone/two people who shouldn't have had a kid? I (26F) am the IVF baby of a regretful and resentful mother. TW: parental neglect, parental regret, mental health.
Sup fellow bitter and twisted spinsters. I am childfree for all the classic reasons - planet, financial, personal freedom etc - but additionally because I know first hand what it's like to grow up as the child of primarily a mother, but also a father, who didn't really want children after they actually had them. Here, I want to share my story, which perfectly demonstrates the human toll on kids who are born to parents who turn out to not want them. My parents met after they had both been divorced once - my Mum after about 18 months, and my Dad after 20ish years and 3 kids, who lived with his ex wife. They had a big age difference of 16 years, my Mum being the younger. They got together when my Mum was around 30 and my Dad in his mid forties, when his kids were already young teenagers. After a few years together, my Mum tells the story of being in a shopping mall when she saw someone she grew up with on a "down" escalator when she was on the "up" escalator, who was heavily pregnant. She said that at that moment she "knew" she needed kids. This caused my Dad and her to briefly split up, as he didn't want more kids, having already had three. My Dad later relented because he would rather have my Mum and kids he didn't really want than not have her. Unfortunately kids didn't come easy, as my Dad had already had a vasectomy and my Mum had some fertility issues too due to a prior infection, so they eventually did IVF - the result being me and my two younger sisters, one of which was stillborn. Fast forward 11 years: my Dad is now in his early 60s and 'winding down', whereas my Mum is mid 40s still, 'speeding up' in her career, gave herself a whole makeover etc. They get a divorce when I'm 11 and my surviving sister is 6, but remain on goodish terms. My Mum immediately starts dating again through dating sites and matchmaking services, and uses me as her emotional crutch. She tells me all about her dating woes and expects me to be able to give her advice from ages 11-14. By the time I'm 13-14, she is regularly complaining to me that me and my sister are 'very limiting' for her social and dating life and that it's 'irritating' having to find babysitters so she can go on dates. She starts leaving me and my sister alone at home when I'm maybe 14 and going on dates with men she doesn't know apart from through the internet. Some stick for a few months, some are flashes in the pan, but I guarantee that there is not a single birthday party or Christmas or Easter family picture from my age 12-18 where there isn't some random guy that she dated in the picture, hijacking the occasion to play happy families. During this time my Mum suffers huge mood swings and long depressive bouts, sometimes saying things like she has "none of the true ingredients of happiness" and that her life has been "wasted with nothing good in it". She more often says that everything in her life would be fixed if she could just find a partner and a good group of friends to go out and have fun with. Aside from leaving me and my sister at home at every opportunity she gets, she does things like go on a week long vacation with one boyfriend to France so he can look at a property he wants to buy as a holiday home, leaving me and my sister alone during school time when I am 15. She also goes on vacation during my A-levels (end of school exams) with her friends, leaving me totally alone in the house during the most important academic period of my life so far while my sister went to stay with our maternal grandmother. She also showed 0 interest in me after age 18 when I went to University - I don't think she could tell you what my degree was in if asked. Meanwhile, everything my Mum does in terms of parent-ifying me, putting inappropriate emotional burdens on me, neglecting me and my sister emotionally and by leaving us for extended periods of time, gets excused with "but she did so much to have you...all the IVF was hell for her and your father." Dad doesn't get off the hook either. During this time, we stay with our Dad on weekends as suitcase kids, and one time he and my Mum have a huge fight over my sister's behavioral problems, and my Dad tells me that "having [younger sister] ruined our lives and our marriage." He is more emotionally distant than emotionally exploitative of me and my sister, and we never live with him for more than 5ish days at a time. Later, he gets diagnosed with cancer and dies when I am just shy of my 16th birthday, and when my sister is 11. In his will, he leaves pretty much everything to his first three kids who are now adults with their own children. I now live in the States, far away from my Mum, and have very limited contact with her. She found a rich boyfriend who is cheating on his (still married!!!! not divorced!!!!) wife to be with her, so obv all her problems are solved. He has two sons (17 and 20ish) and in our last Skype call she says she is enjoying "having sons" and describes is doing things for them she never did for me or my sister. I have lived with lifelong mental and physical health issues: anxiety which has manifested in so many ways - hypochondria as a child (I was obsessed with all the stress headaches I had indicating that I had a brain tumor), eating disorders as a teenager, severe anxiety and depression from age 17 onward, difficulties forming and maintaining friendships because I have difficulty trusting people won't just disappear - as well as so many stress induced symptoms from the various stressors and traumas of my childhood. After 8 years of medication and a year of talking therapy, as well as the surrogate parents I have found in my in-laws, I have finally begun to heal from my childhood - or rather, lack thereof. And yet - I terrify myself often when I find myself sounding life my mother when I say a certain phrase, or move in a certain way. I am certain that, due to the implicit biases pounded in to me as a child, that I would resent any child I had as a loss of freedom, because for as much as I hate to admit it, I a my mother's child. I know first hand what it's life to be a child of regret. I would never inflict that on anyone, and that is why I am childfree.
Happy Friday, mercs! Edit/Update: It's looking like most of this situation is under control and a lot of this shouldn't apply anymore but I'll leave it up for a couple more days because there is some information compiled in here that is still useful.
Edit: For new issues, please report them in TWI's Bug Forum You can also check the Support database in the PC/Steam Section for possible fixes before resorting to bug reporting. If you have ANY issues or questions in regards to the recent Epic Games Store update or any associated issues or questions please post them here. Between issues regarding connectivity and lots of questions about the new client I thought it be best to post a megathread that hopefully makes things clearer as things are getting posted multiple times. I will update it with resources as we go. Keep an eye out for any announcements. We will announce any hot fix when it eventually comes out. Hopefully we'll see a hotfix soon! TWI seems to be working on one being pushed out ASAP.
Also, as a reminder, if you need to contact the mods, then click on the Message the Mods button in the sidebar. Additional info can be found here in a recent announcement. If you have negative karma, your message will have to be approved before it will be displayed on the subreddit (so be patient, we'll get it approved).
Source: TWI Official Forums >Welcome to our new Epic Game Store players! >We are excited to see so many new faces join the Killing Floor community. With the launch of the EGS build we have confirmed a few issues and are working on a hotfix to address several of them in short order. >* Players are getting non suppressed logs when looking at the EGS server browser which is leading to logs which are gigs large which are causing performance issues on the CPU and hard drive read/write speeds>* Some players are having issues getting servers to show up or find match-made games even after making sure the game is allowed in security software. We are investigating and you can help out by participating in the bug report thread on this very subject: https://forums.tripwireinteractive.com/index.php?threads/epic-game-store-server-browser-matchmaking-connection-investigation-thread.2336211/#post-2342060>* Players who try and filter the server browser or matchmaking games with any filters but the defaults may hide all available servers. For now please only use the default filters.>We continue to look into the remaining issues players report. See you on the Killing Floor!
Matchmaking Problems: I can't connect/I have high ping/There are no servers listed/I can't join any of the servers/anything in regards to matchmaking at this time...
A thread was compiled this morning with a work around: Link This shouldn't be necessary anymore. * All of this seems to steam from a single issue. There is a massive issue with matchmaking currently being investigated by TWI. They are requesting information in order to get this fixed as quickly as possible. If you are so inclined, please click on the link and post requested information which I have copy/pasted just below this sentence. >We've heard reports from several players that even after allowing the game through security software (firewall/antivirus) they still did not see servers in the browser or were unable to matchmake. >We are looking to collect information from these players so we can investigate further into what may be happening. >Please let us know the following: >* Windows OS/Version>* Security software used (anti virus/firewall)>* A game log from a recent attempt to connect (located in mydocs/mygames/killing floor 2/kfgame/logs) Further requested information may be added to this list. * Link to thread --> Connection Investigation Thread * Please post any if the information they are requesting in that thread, not here.
My game keeps crashing!
This seems to also be related to the matchmaking issue. (Tripwire thread Users are reporting crashing in the menus and upon start up. TWI is working on a hotfix.
It's undetermined at this time. It may have something to do with unsupressed logging. (Apparently on EGS they are not suppressed.) From what I understand it is causing the game to create logs that are gigabytes in size. (one user report a 96GB size log) But don't rule out other issues being in play here.
I found a bug, what do I do?
You will need to go to the official TWI forums and post it in this thread. TWI devs do not actively browse Reddit and they have requested that any bugs be posted in their forum.
I heard there was an Epic Online Services Beta?
Yes, there is a beta for Steam that is supposed to allow crossplay between Epic and Steam players. For more information, please see this link: link More technical details can be found here: link
I heard there was crossplay?
It is only between Epic and Steam. Edit: This will only work with unmodded servers until EGS catches up with the times. Crossplay does NOT involve consoles. Please see this link -> link
Here's how to add friends on Epic Games by connecting to Steam or Facebook:
Open the Epic Games launcher, and click Friends.
Click the Add Friend icon.
Click Facebook or Steam.
If you chose Steam, click on your personal Steam account to proceed.(Tip: If your Steam account isn't displayed, make sure that you're signed into the Steam app on your device. Epic Games can't detect your Steam account if you aren't signed in.)
Enter your Steam username and password, and click Sign In.
Wait for the success message, close the browser window, and return to your friends list in the Epic Games launcher.
If you haven't yet verified your email with Epic Games, click Resend Verification Email, follow the instructions in the email you receive, then click I HAVE VERIFIED MY EMAIL. (Important: You cannot proceed without verifying your email. If you don't see the verification email, make sure to check all of your email folders, including spam.)
Select the friends you want to add, and then click ADD FRIENDS. (Note: Even if your Steam friends are playing games like Fortnite, they won't show up in this list if they haven't linked their Epic Games and Steam accounts. If you don't see them in this list, ask them to link their accounts, or just add them as Epic Games friends via their display names.)
Repeat this process using the Facebook option, if you have Facebook friends who use Epic Games.
Source: From the Beta announcement thread "To enable ‘Steam to EGS’ invites, when loading into the main menu and attempt to create a party in-game you’ll have the option to opt-in & sign in to your EGS account. From there, the EGS friends list will be populated and you’ll be able to invite friends from EGS into your Steam party. Don’t have an EGS account? No problem, you can play with your Steam friends the same as before."
How do I add my Steam account to my Epic games account?
See the DLC subreddit wiki entry for more info. You have to purchase the accompanying game on the same platform in order for it to work. If there are other issues, please post those in the comments.
Can I transfer my character?
As far as I know, no you cannot. If anybody knows otherwise, please comment and I'll update. "Due to larger differences in backend services, each platform will be separate in terms of inventory and progression."
Does EGS have a market like Steam?
No. You also won't be able to pass items between the two clients.
How does this change modding and community content Steam?
Source: From the Beta announcement thread "Modding and Community Content is still a vital component to the Killing Floor 2 experience and we have no intention of changing that for PC. The SDK & Workshop will still be available to Steam users the same as before. Cross-play between Steam and EGS will only be supported on un-modded official servers. Future support for modding on EGS along with cross-play on modded servers will be assessed when functionality becomes available and discussed with our partners at a later date."
How do I change the game's language?
Change EGS's language option to English.
I can't see my inventory!
Users are reporting that they can't see anything in their inventory page. A couple of different solutions have been reported.
Verify the integrity of your game.
Also check to make sure your firewall/antivirus isn't blocking the game or the servers.
FYI: Server logs may be bloating your drive
Users are reporting logs bloating their disk space (someone in the forum mentioned their log file was 96gig). If you are running out of room go to C:\Users[username]\Documents\my games\KillingFloor2\KFGame\Logs and delete the files in that forum. It won't hurt your game to delete these. These are basically documentation for when your game crashes.
FYI: Guns may be costing more on EGS than other platforms.
There has been one report that weapon DLCs are 11$USD when normally they're 9.99$ on Steam/Xbox One/PS4. I would be very interested in getting confirmation from other users.
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