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TechnologyHey Reddit! It’s Peter Laurie, CEO, Junta Pty and Java/Java EE

Jul 18th 2017 by pjlaurie • 17 Questions • 89 Points

Thanks for all the good questions, guys. Catch you another day ...

Hey everyone, I’m Entertainment Weekly’s senior writer Anthony Breznican. This week’s double issue is one of our biggest of the year—our annual San Diego Comic-Con preview—and my cover story this week is an exclusive first look from the set of “Black Panther.” It’s on newsstands now and you can check some of it out on EW.com here: http://ew.com/movies/2017/07/12/black-panther-ew-cover/.

I cover a wide range of books, movies, and TV shows — plus, I will be at SDCC next week. I also write fiction (I’m part of a YA short-story collection called "Behind the Song" that’s out in September, featuring tales inspired by famous songs.) Ask me anything about Black Panther, what it’s like to cover Comic-Con, and whatever else you can think of. That’s why they call this AMA.

You can also find me elsewhere on Twitter at @breznican.

Proof: https://twitter.com/breznican/status/887003676052774912

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How did you get into the industry, and what influenced you to choose this career?

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How different has it been covering The Last Jedi, compared to covering Force Awakens?

Was TFA more secretive and secure, or has it been ratcheted even higher for TLJ?

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Did you ever get to go into the park after hours with friends or any benefits like that?


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Hi Austin I am a resident in IL-6 and have seen your posts on some of the facebook groups. What do you have to offer for me for me to actually vote for you in March and what makes you the strongest candidate announced so far to beat Peter Roskam in 2018?

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Are you ever planning on making more stats available for players? Stuff like highest ranking ever achieved and in which season, most played class, class winrates, etc.


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What is your success rate with death row inmates cases? What is considered a success then?

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Will you continue being a rider?


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Hi Ed, I love your games! Two questions. It seems like the majority of your games are platformers, from more traditional ones recently like The End is Nigh and SMB, to more physics-based ones earlier in your career like Aether and Gish.

  1. Is there something about platformers that draws you to develop those types of games often? It seems like you don't have any difficulty coming up with ideas to keep platformers fresh despite it being a pretty old genre.

  2. Issac is a big step outside this pattern, does it interest you to take this even further and develop more games in other unfamiliar genres, like maybe a Super McMillen RPG?

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Hey Anthony! I'm a big fan of your writing. The other night I noticed a girl on twitter giving you shit for calling Wakanda a fictional place. How often do you encounter these types of people? And do you usually try to respond and set them straight or just not engage with them? Basically, how do you deal with people who are unreasonably offended by something you wrote?


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I wanted to solve hard valuable problems. Also, I also had been doing software development since I was a youngster. I love the creation aspect of it. A good idea, a little bit of time, and a lot of coffee and I can access a 2 billion person market. Powerful stuff. The current value creation centre of the universe. I don't consider it a career per se, I am chasing hard valuable problems. Also, I love building teams of peers to solve hard problems.

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The first foundation of mindfulness is all about bringing awareness into the body. Esp. paying attention to the sensation the breath creates in the body and of course the attention is drawn back into the mind and the memories of trauma...and we gently return the attention to the breath over and over. I also encourage people to utilize trauma healing techniques such as somatic experiencing or EMDR in conjunction with mindfulness practice for trauma resolution. Thanks for your q.


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They feel roughly the same. I wish I had a more exciting answer.

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The benefits were pretty great, we got discounts on food and merchandise in the park and on citywalk. We also got a page (front and back) filled with discounts to many different places and things, ranging from buss passes, movie tickets, sixflags and disney tickets. We never got to go after hours to the park to enjoy rides, mainly because all the rides close at the same time so there isn't anyone to operate them. However, when we got closing shifts, all the employees would stay to clean the ride for about an hour after closing. So a lot of the time there would be a group of about 5-7 people walking through the empty ass park at midnight on our way to the changing room.


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(1) First and foremost, I will advocate, represent, listen to the citizens of the 6th district.

(2) I'm pro-choice, I'm for single-payer healthcare system.

(3) I will serve the 6th district and I will not vote along party lines like Peter Roskam.

(4) I have the ability to motivate the millennials to come out and vote.

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Yes. I don't really like "profile" pages, but I want to do this in a different way. Hopefully more details later this year. Although, I'm not sure it will be handled the same in every region.


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That is a good question. In theory, I have been involved in about 400 cases now, and have lost 6 of my own clients. But others have died when I have been helping on the case too, so that would take it up to maybe 12. That might still sound like a good success rate (388 out of 400), but that is misleading. I used in the past to agree to sentences that were horribly long for people in order to avoid the death sentence, and I now view that as a death sentence carried out in a slower way. And one person I represented at trial was innocent yet he got convicted even if he got life rather than death (thankfully he is out now). Then there are people like Kris who I got off death row, but he is clearly innocent, so that is a dreadful loss. And so forth.

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Yes, definitely.

I see motorcycle riding in a completely different light now, but at the end of the day I know that someday I'm going to get back on the bike in one way or another.


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the short answer is platformers are easy to make, so its more fun and quick for me to write around and design than something more long winded like an RPG or shooter.

yes,after isaac i became pretty obsessed with randomly generated games. mewgenics, 0urobos, and fingered were all randomly generated. RNG based games are diffcult to design around because they require so much content to be good.

i hope to eventually pick up mewgenics againwith tyler and dive into RNG hell once more.

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Yeah, I still can't figure that one out! She seemed to think that I was denigrating Black Panther because I described it as "the fictional African nation of Wakanda."

Look -- I adore Black Panther, and I respect what he means to people. But LOL, "fictional" is not an insult. Come on, folks!

I responded to her because I genuinely wanted to know why she thought that was some kind of put-down. I was just curious. Otherwise, I'd just ignore something like that.

Look, when it comes to Asgard or Tatoonine, you don't have to say "Thor's fictional celestial homeland" or "Luke Skywalker's fictional desert planet." But with realistic-sounding countries like Wakanda or Sokovia, I don't think it's unreasonable to remind people that they're fictional -- especially since young kids often read these stories.

Ask Seth Grahame-Smith how many school kids now think Abe Lincoln killed vampires in his spare time! :)


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Ah, interesting. Sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the reply ^^

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How do you see EW evolving over the next few years? Do you think the magazine will live on in the 21st century?

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Why did you want to do an AMA?


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So the first three items are ones that most of your primary contenders will probably share. The last point about getting millennials out to vote is interesting though. Can you expand on this? You're clearly one of the younger candidates so I am curious what your strategy is for younger voter turnout. Thanks!

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Hi Ben! Do you have any plans for improving the spectating experience? Almost every tournament I've ever watched seems to involve some kind hatchet job to get around the limitations of the client.


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You founded Reprieve?!!! I can't believe I can talk to the founder and cannot think of anything that would remotely interest or impress you so I'll just go into fangirl mode. Just want to say I truly, with a level of passion you don't understand, admire you. The work you do is so important and it isn't acknowledged nearly as much as it should be. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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My son was born w a brachial plexus injury from birth. We have been to specialists most of his life and they say nothing can be done. How severe are your nerve injuries and what kind of surgery are u having


Q:

What's your favorite game of all time? And favorite movie of all time?

What job will you follow in case you were not a game developer?

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How different has it been covering The Last Jedi, compared to covering Force Awakens?

Was TFA more secretive and secure, or has it been ratcheted even higher for TLJ?


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Yep. Happy to share.

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Yes, Refuge Recovery is utilized by many people to recover from primary process addictions such as sex addiction. Although most meetings are mixed with people for whom addiction is manifesting in all ways - substances, sex, food, money - there are some specific affinity meetings that are beginning such as Refuge for food addiction or sex addiction.

The Refuge Recovery book is available for Kindle on Amazon.

Thanks for your qs.


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I hope so. I have a mortgage.

Seriously, though, the publishing business has been in upheaval ever since I started 20 years ago. I've become resigned to the fact that this is just a business that will always be sailing raging seas.

I have confidence in our editors and the leadership on the publishing side. We're doing more video, expanding into radio, doing more live events. The weekly magazine still exists, but we're basically a daily newspaper online. So in many ways, we're growing. The big question is just revenue.

The publishing industry took a crushing hit in 2008 not because people didn't want to read stories, but because the economy tanked and auto manufacturers and airlines and other big-money advertisers began pulling back on that spending.

The key is not getting readers to pay for the product -- it's giving them something to read or watch that they can't live without, so they'll chip in. I'm working hard at that.

The other threat we face is what I call "Belloqing" -- after Indiana Jones' thieving nemesis. That's the whole "There is nothing you can possess which I cannot take away" philosophy that some sites employ. I negotiate access, travel to a set, conduct an interview, and write up a story -- and another site copies and pastes all the highlights. Why go to my site when another has the same thing?

I don't do that to other publications. If they get news that we can't ignore, I write up a brief version, cite both the outlet AND the writer in some cases as prominently as I can, and then explicitly urge the reader to click over and read the original report.

I love pick-ups. I love when I've written something that other sites think is worthy of attention, and I'm grateful if they are willing to type a few words about it. But I think we have to respect each other by not fully poaching those reports. Otherwise, it's journalistic cannibalism. And no one will survive.

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I feel like I have plenty of stories from working at the park and a lot of information that could be useful to people. I was there for around a year and a half and I definitely got to see all the ins and outs of the industry.


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Millennials want someone that are looking out for them. So as a millennial I know the issues that they care the most about.

(1) Equality For Everyone (Keeping Religion Out Of Peoples Lives, Unless They Want Religion Part Of Their Lives) (2) Millennials want a candidate that is committed to their community. (3) Millennials want a candidate that wants greater transparency at the local, state, and federal level. (4) Millennials want a candidate that will actually listen to them and that's what missing from current representatives and other candidates that are not a millennial. (5) Over the years the parties have tried to get the younger generation to come out and vote, but failed, because they had candidates that didn't relate to that generation so then they decide not to vote. (6) Millennials are tired of seeing the same "old white guy/girl" in office. (7) I believe in term-limits for congressman/congresswoman. (8) I believe in single-payer healthcare

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Do you have any plans for improving the spectating experience?

Yes. This is definitely a place we have a lot of room for improvement.


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Hey, you may think that is unimpressive, but it is actually very kind. Sometimes people say the darndest, nasty things. I don’t really care if that is what they want to do – they should have free speech, even if it is nasty speech - but it is not nice. So when someone says something pleasant, it is always heartwarming. Though I should say that what I do gets acknowledged plenty. There are a lot of unsung heroes out there who get far less kudos than I do, including 36 other people in the London office of Reprieve.

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I had a nerve transposition surgery, and my nerve damage was pretty severe, according to the doctor.

I'm not sure how similar it is to a birth defect, however. I'd be glad* to put you in contact with my doctor, if you wish. PM me.


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i cant choose a favorite anything but ill list some games/movies i watch.

zelda, spelunky,mario,fallout 1&2

movies: el topo, THE ROOM, toxic avenger,eternal sunshine, evil dead2, dead alive

job: if i didnt get fired from my animal control job, id definitely still be doing it.

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They feel roughly the same. I wish I had a more exciting answer.


Q:

Steve Tindall mentioned that people aren't doing monolith application development and just doing these smaller applications. Is this your experience?

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Hey Anthony! I'm a big fan of your writing. The other night I noticed a girl on twitter giving you shit for calling Wakanda a fictional place. How often do you encounter these types of people? And do you usually try to respond and set them straight or just not engage with them? Basically, how do you deal with people who are unreasonably offended by something you wrote?

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Why is 50 shades of grey your favorite movie?


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He's for single-payer healthcare system, so probably not.

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In your opinion, which card is most guilty at limiting future card mechanics?


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Have you at any point defended someone you weren't 100% sure that they were innocent? Have you defended someone, got them released or sentence extended, then found that they were guilty?

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My sons nerves they say are completely pulled from his spine. It's his left hand and arm also. His left diaphragm is also paralyzed due to the injury. I will definitely PM u later so I can get more info


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hey! i love your games! do you ver feel like you've designed something in any of your games that was unfair/poorly thought out that you regret implementing? anything specific come to mind?

A:

Given Marvel is your beat, what was the most interesting thing about your Black Panther interviews / what are you most excited about with the film? The photos are awesome. Thanks!


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Kind of.

If you know exactly what your requirements are, and the performance required, etc, and it doesn't change; then you build the monolith.

There are somethings that are hard to build as smaller applications.

A perspective that I have is that we generally don't get to remove complexity, but we can choose where it is. So with something like microservices, we remove the complexity of the monolith, but we pick up other problems.

I've seen several project managers' heads explode when we broke the dependencies of subsystems from monolith out to smaller services. :)

This was what Chris Richardson was speaking about in his presentation (or how I interpreted it).

There's no denying that having microservices helps. But it can hurt. Here's the video I normally throw at the microservices fans... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb-m2fasdDY

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Thanks for the question VRNverity. Yes I have a lot of good memories from the salad days....and yes, many of the next generations of punks reach out and come meditate with me.


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Yeah, I still can't figure that one out! She seemed to think that I was denigrating Black Panther because I described it as "the fictional African nation of Wakanda."

Look -- I adore Black Panther, and I respect what he means to people. But LOL, "fictional" is not an insult. Come on, folks!

I responded to her because I genuinely wanted to know why she thought that was some kind of put-down. I was just curious. Otherwise, I'd just ignore something like that.

Look, when it comes to Asgard or Tatoonine, you don't have to say "Thor's fictional celestial homeland" or "Luke Skywalker's fictional desert planet." But with realistic-sounding countries like Wakanda or Sokovia, I don't think it's unreasonable to remind people that they're fictional -- especially since young kids often read these stories.

Ask Seth Grahame-Smith how many school kids now think Abe Lincoln killed vampires in his spare time! :)

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The day we got hired, they asked us to choose a favorite movie. The hiring staff had made a joke about "you can put 50 shades down and we'll see if you can get it". It was meant as a joke but I decided to pick it to see if it'd fly, and it did. It also served as a conversation starter with guests when the ride would go down. Added benefit being that I was the only person (at least at the time) with that movie on my tag, so it made me just a little unique.


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I will take in a few and post it.

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Stonetusk Boar


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I have often represented people who are guilty. I much prefer it. I don’t really like defending innocent people. To me, the essence of the human condition is that we are all better than the worst 15 minutes of our lives, and the most important questions are to understand why bad things happen, and then try to deal with them in a compassionate way.

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I'll be waiting!


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yes, i think tboi was poorly thought out, but you guys like it that way so ill leave it alone.

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The thing I find most interesting about Ryan Coogler's movie is the prominent role that women have in it. Danai Gurira -- whom we've seen slinging a katana on The Walking Dead -- is just going to make you stand up and cheer as Okoye, the head of the all-female Dora Milaje secret service. (She also has amazing things to do in Avengers: Infinity War, but we'll have to get into that another day.)

Lupita Nyong'o is going to be like a Bond girl fused with James Bond himself as Nakia, a covert agent for Wakanda who jet-sets around the world looking out for its interests.

Then there's Shuri -- played by Letitia Wright -- who is the younger, scrappier hero. Sort of the kid who rises to become a warrior. She's a genius on the level of Tony Stark and is responsible for much of the Vibranium-enhanced tech that her brother uses.

On top of that, you've got Angela Bassett as T'Challa and Shuri's mother, Ramonda -- who is whatever the panther version of a mama grizzly would be. Poised and elegant -- but ferocious when her cubs are threatened.

As the father of a little girl who loves superhero movies, it makes me very happy seeing women get a chance to be strong and brave.


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Are there any differences between developing for a startup vs a enterprise customer?

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Hi Noah,

Thanks for doing this. I'm a former RR client, so I created a new account just now for anonymity. Honestly, I'd never ask you this in person. I still struggle with addiction and am working to find my path to recovery. Buddhism and Refuge have helped a lot.

My question is: What are your thoughts on Buddhism being "non-theistic" when the "Buddha" is so iconoclastic? There are statues everywhere, it's a very symbolic, ritualistic visual identity.

Thanks for everything you've done for both the punk rock and the recovery world!


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Given Marvel is your beat, what was the most interesting thing about your Black Panther interviews / what are you most excited about with the film? The photos are awesome. Thanks!

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Can I speak to Babs?


Q:

Favorite pizza topping?

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Hey Ben!

On behalf of /r/hearthstonecirclejerk, I have a genuine question for you. What is your favorite Hearthstone meme or copypasta that the community has created?


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When you (or any other lawyer) defend someone that is without a doubt guilty of a sever crime. Do you defend them aiming for exoneration for the crime, or more-of making sure they get a proper trial and only try to battle the counts that could raise doubt? Example: 'Everyone around saw you hit him, but motive behind it is questionable."-Kind of thing. That is one of the things that bothers me about laywers in general, ever since I first saw a trial up close.

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What light do you see it in now?


Q:

Hey Ed, I'm a big fan of your work, especially Super Meat Boy :D

What exactly is your relation with Super Meat Boy Forever? I'm starting to see teasers from Tommy Refenes, the SMB Twitter, SGDQ ads, etc... but you don't seem to ever mention it. Are you still working on that game?

A:

How do you see EW evolving over the next few years? Do you think the magazine will live on in the 21st century?


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That's a hard one, let's keep it high level though.

With startups, it is all about being effective. It doesn't matter how ugly the solution is on the inside as long as it works. You're mostly optimising for being effective in time and money.

With enterprises, and this changes from enterprise to enterprise, you are optimising for things outside of pure effectiveness.

This is a big topic. I'll come back later if the questions slow down, or if I'm asked back. Comment on this if you want more.

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The intention behind the iconic art and statuary of Buddhism is that we see it as a reminder of our own internal wisdom and compassion inside ourselves.


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The thing I find most interesting about Ryan Coogler's movie is the prominent role that women have in it. Danai Gurira -- whom we've seen slinging a katana on The Walking Dead -- is just going to make you stand up and cheer as Okoye, the head of the all-female Dora Milaje secret service. (She also has amazing things to do in Avengers: Infinity War, but we'll have to get into that another day.)

Lupita Nyong'o is going to be like a Bond girl fused with James Bond himself as Nakia, a covert agent for Wakanda who jet-sets around the world looking out for its interests.

Then there's Shuri -- played by Letitia Wright -- who is the younger, scrappier hero. Sort of the kid who rises to become a warrior. She's a genius on the level of Tony Stark and is responsible for much of the Vibranium-enhanced tech that her brother uses.

On top of that, you've got Angela Bassett as T'Challa and Shuri's mother, Ramonda -- who is whatever the panther version of a mama grizzly would be. Poised and elegant -- but ferocious when her cubs are threatened.

As the father of a little girl who loves superhero movies, it makes me very happy seeing women get a chance to be strong and brave.

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No, and don't ask for Babs either.


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I like deep dish cheese pizza.

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Who doesn't love memes? I'm actually working on a "meme review video" of my favorite memes. If I have to choose, I have a special fondness for 4 mana 7/7.


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Good question. My own sense of this is that we are aiming to achieve some good – for everyone. I do like the notion of restorative justice, as in my experience it is good for both victim and perpetrator. Not long ago I was working on a capital case out of Pakistan and had just finished the appeal on my train home, late late at night. Then when I foolishly went to the toilet while we were in a station (never do that!) someone stole my laptop and my papers. I later learned who it was, and that he made £50 for it. So I wanted to meet with him and explain that his actions could have cost someone else in faraway Pakistan his life. And that if he had just asked me for money I would have given it to him. And finally I wanted to make sure he did not go to prison for it, as I thought that would be pointless. But his lawyer would not let me do that, which I thought was astoundingly foolish – sad for me, sad for the guy on trial.

A:

I see how pointless and stupid it is to ride one. There are minimal benefits to be obtained and a substantial amount to be risked by riding one. You'd have to be crazy to want to get on one despite knowing all the risks.

But I fucking love it, and I don't know why. I've come to accept that.And I don't mind being an idiot if it means I can ride again.


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tommy and i are working independently

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I hope so. I have a mortgage.

Seriously, though, the publishing business has been in upheaval ever since I started 20 years ago. I've become resigned to the fact that this is just a business that will always be sailing raging seas.

I have confidence in our editors and the leadership on the publishing side. We're doing more video, expanding into radio, doing more live events. The weekly magazine still exists, but we're basically a daily newspaper online. So in many ways, we're growing. The big question is just revenue.

The publishing industry took a crushing hit in 2008 not because people didn't want to read stories, but because the economy tanked and auto manufacturers and airlines and other big-money advertisers began pulling back on that spending.

The key is not getting readers to pay for the product -- it's giving them something to read or watch that they can't live without, so they'll chip in. I'm working hard at that.

The other threat we face is what I call "Belloqing" -- after Indiana Jones' thieving nemesis. That's the whole "There is nothing you can possess which I cannot take away" philosophy that some sites employ. I negotiate access, travel to a set, conduct an interview, and write up a story -- and another site copies and pastes all the highlights. Why go to my site when another has the same thing?

I don't do that to other publications. If they get news that we can't ignore, I write up a brief version, cite both the outlet AND the writer in some cases as prominently as I can, and then explicitly urge the reader to click over and read the original report.

I love pick-ups. I love when I've written something that other sites think is worthy of attention, and I'm grateful if they are willing to type a few words about it. But I think we have to respect each other by not fully poaching those reports. Otherwise, it's journalistic cannibalism. And no one will survive.


Q:

What's an EE project that you've always wanted to do and haven't for whatever reason?

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Not sure why I got down voted. I was just trying to point out Buddhist art or idol worship evolve from other traditional beliefs that got combine or mix with it.


Q:

Who has been your favourite newcomer interview over the years?

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What is your least favorite ride?


Q:

Would you say you have an eye for detail?

A:

What is the official end date and time of the double quest gold?


Q:

What about those who have multiple "worst 15 minutes"? Doesn't that show that not everyone is better than their "worst 15 minutes"?

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I would disagree that the benefits are few. I can go the same distance on 16L of fuel in my bike as 70L in my truck. I am glad you plan to ride again though. I just got home from work and 20minutes on my bike in stifling heat beats 20minutes in my truck with AC.


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Hey Ed, dumb question time. Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Thanks for the new game, I'm currently tearing my fingers off in the future

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Who has been your favourite newcomer interview over the years?


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Assuming you mean Java EE.

I'm an unashamed fan of service buses. They solve problems beyond delivering the project, it is a perfect tool for operating a business as opposed for an application architecture.

I'd love to sit down and actually write a service bus without all of the UI but in pure JavaEE 7. Simple, lean, and something that we can tune properly. No surprises code. Essentially OSB without the stuff no one ever uses. There's a big opportunity for getting SOAP and REST interoperability right - it hasn't been done properly yet IMHO.

The reason that I haven't done this is that I have some mild attention span problems. Also, OSB is generally good enough.

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Self-care is probably the most important aspect of becoming a teacher- making sure to maintain one's own meditation practice and ethical renunciation. As well as being aware of the projections and transference that the students will inevitably have on the teacher. The Buddha referred to this as Praise and Blame and knowing that both of these are a part of taking the role of minister or teacher.


Q:

Probably Daisy Ridley. She's a blast.

I also really like Amandla Stenberg. You're going to be seeing a lot of her in the future.

http://ew.com/movies/2017/04/27/everything-everything-amandla-stenberg-interview/

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Despicable me. It's a shitty version of the Simpson's ride. There isn't nearly enough immersion when you get in the RV, it's not a very long ride, and the plot to the ride is pretty nonsensical.


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Yes. The military taught me to be as throughout as possible when reviewing items.

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You know, I'm not sure. I kind of feel like Ragnaros has got a big head about the whole thing. Someone needs to take him down a peg. Like, c'mon, chill out, man.


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Interesting point. Oddly, the more bad minutes someone has, the more in my experience the explanation turns out to be rather obvious. I think of one man I represented whose dad used to make him and his siblings play Russian Roulette with a loaded gun, amongst other abuses. And who was horribly sexually molested. Yes, he ended up on death row (I am glad to say we got him off there) but his brother committed suicide and all three sisters ended up in mental hospitals.

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There are many benefits, but to many critics these are not enough to outweigh risking your life every day.

I get what you mean though, I live on the border and crossing is a breeze on the motorcycle. Believe me, I miss it.


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it would have to be chocolate peanut butter! im also a big fan of peach and black cherry ice cream as well!

but i cant eat too much or i get the "mad shits"

A:

Probably Daisy Ridley. She's a blast.

I also really like Amandla Stenberg. You're going to be seeing a lot of her in the future.

http://ew.com/movies/2017/04/27/everything-everything-amandla-stenberg-interview/


Q:

As someone in the tech industry, do you see technological and scientific breakthroughs happening at a steady pace, or more of an exponential rise?

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Hi Noah, Can't even begin to tell you how much your books/teachings/etc. have helped and inspired me so thank you for that!! Any new books on the horizon?


Q:

Rumor has it you're a yinzer. How has that informed (if at all) the way you write for EW?

A:

Hi. I'm going there this summer. Do you have any park tips? Or secrets about universal that would be cool to know?


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What are your thoughts on the electoral college and the senate?

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Hi Ben! Something I've always thought could be utilized more, especially on the pro level, is an increase in cards that focus on board position. Flametongue and Meteor are fantastic cards that can actually be more valuable if you put some thought in during previous turns.

Do you all expect to use this basic mechanic of Hearthstone more in the future, or maybe even in KotFT? Why have there been so few cards focusing on minion placement in previous sets?


Q:

Hi Clive,

I went to the same school as you (& you were the same social and time as my father!) and I distinctly remember you coming back to do a talk (maybe 5 years ago?) about your work and it massively changed my outlook on a lot of what I saw growing up in the bubble (which you can probably relate to). Thank you very much for that.

My question: What do you think about the military bases such as Diego Garcia and do you think they're being used as a more secretive version of Guantanamo Bay?

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Do you mind me asking where you are?

I'm currently in FL, a state with no helmet laws (as far as I'm aware, it might've changed, but I've seen helmetless riders since ive been back ).

I've actually been witness to seeing a guy get scraped off the pavement, for not wearing his helmet, both here and in South Carolina, where itm not sure of helmet laws for the latter.

In both cases, it was heartbreaking. In SC, I saw the EMT give up on the rider, her look of desolation and sadness in her eyes won't ever leave me.

More power to those who try to stay safe, and for the love of God, anyone else, you should try too, as a rider, and those in cars, be fucking careful of the ones on any kind of bike!


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Hi Edmund, how is "the legend of bumbo" going? A General release window yet? And i love "end is nigh" have played ~6h, very fun.

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Rumor has it you're a yinzer. How has that informed (if at all) the way you write for EW?


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Good question.

Steady pace for the most part. But there will be some big disruptions that happen. See Black Swan.

Braindump of tech I'm watching:

  • Battery tech breakthrough will change things. We've been teetering on that one for a while.

  • Quantum Computing feels close, and that will break lots of things. Not only the stuff in the air going forward, but a lot of things that happened in the past that we have logs of.

  • Maching Learning. Big fan. Basically magic, well stats magic. :)

  • Lots more too.

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Hi BradleyKarl123 - thank you.... I am currently enjoying not writing - but my intention is to at some point write a workbook for Refuge Recovery and a commentary on the Eight Guiding Principles of Refuge Recovery. I would also like to write another memoir...


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I am! I grew up in a little town in Western PA called New Kensington, and I went to college in Pittsburgh. I love that city, that area, and I wish I got back there more.

I think it helped to grow up there and be far, far away from the creation of movies. One time, when I was in high school, Bruce Willis came to town to shoot a movie called "Striking Distance." He was on a speedboat, shooting up and down the river. I think the entire region came to the bluffs to watch. Now, it seems so small time. In LA, a movie like that would just irritate people for tying up traffic or something. But to my town, this was like encountering aliens from space.

I really loved movies (doesn't every kid?), so I thought it was cool. I never, ever, ever expected to get a front row seat to the creation of these stories. I like to think that in my writing for EW, I know what might interest that kid like me, who is just dying to know more about the films that are coming his way.

Before EW existed, I subscribed to Premiere magazine and would hang pages from that on my wall, anticipating the films that were coming out in a few months. As someone who writes those stories now, I try to write for that reader -- rather than a business story for someone in the industry. Does that make sense?

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Get there early, make sure you watch the Waterworld show and go along on the studio tour. Those are the most iconic. The rides that I really recommend you check out are Forbidden Journey (Harry Potter ride) and Simpson's ride. The only rollercoaster is The Mummy. The busiest time and longest lines are from 10-3pm. If you get there at opening, you can hit almost every ride without waiting in any lines. As the day gets late, the lines die down almost completely. The shows end before any of the rides close, so do those first.

I can't think of any secrets.


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Electoral College is a outdated system and should be replaced with the popular vote.

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Yep, there will be more minion-placement cards. Glad you like the mechanic!


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Tell your dad to get in touch! (I should add that I am not a fan of private schooling, but neither you nor I had the choice!) In response to your question, though, yes I am certain that Diego Garcia was used for torture flights and so forth, the evidence is very strong. It is pathetic that the UK has not come clean on it. But it is far worse that we would kick all the people off their islands and not allow them back, so the US could have a military base. That is colonialism of the very worst kind, and I cannot believe there is not more of a fuss made about it.

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I'm in Texas, and yeah I totally get what you mean. Riding without a helmet seems insane to me.


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bum-bo is going great, james is slaving away and once the dust settles with the end ill be back on board full time. our release window is december 2017

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I am! I grew up in a little town in Western PA called New Kensington, and I went to college in Pittsburgh. I love that city, that area, and I wish I got back there more.

I think it helped to grow up there and be far, far away from the creation of movies. One time, when I was in high school, Bruce Willis came to town to shoot a movie called "Striking Distance." He was on a speedboat, shooting up and down the river. I think the entire region came to the bluffs to watch. Now, it seems so small time. In LA, a movie like that would just irritate people for tying up traffic or something. But to my town, this was like encountering aliens from space.

I really loved movies (doesn't every kid?), so I thought it was cool. I never, ever, ever expected to get a front row seat to the creation of these stories. I like to think that in my writing for EW, I know what might interest that kid like me, who is just dying to know more about the films that are coming his way.

Before EW existed, I subscribed to Premiere magazine and would hang pages from that on my wall, anticipating the films that were coming out in a few months. As someone who writes those stories now, I try to write for that reader -- rather than a business story for someone in the industry. Does that make sense?


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How are you feeling today?

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I apologize if this is off-topic, but I have been binging on holy texts of various religions (Book of Mormon, Bible, Quran, etc), and have been having difficulty with determining what is seen as the scriptures to read for Buddhism.

What would you recommend a non-Buddhist to read to better understand the faith?

Update: Sorry for spelling error - meant Mormon.


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Perfect sense! I've been a big fan of your work in EW for years. You've done a great service bringing scoops to us fans for years. Thanks!

P.S. Next on my reading list: Brutal Youth!

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I went there recently and I highly recommend downloading the app. Makes it easier to navigate around the park and plan by looking at rides wait times.


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How would you address the poor way Illinois spends money on disability services? For instance, Illinois spends 2.72/1000 of personal income on services for the developmentally delayed. Minnesota spends $6.95 per $1000, yet Illinois spends a greater proportion on housing such people in institutions instead of smaller group housing in communities like MN does. Illinois ranks nearly last in all the states on keeping disabled people segregated and not part of the community.

Social services haven't been paid since January, and there are no hopes for the people stuck in the institutions as long as people's jobs and entire small town economies are based on these institutions. https://psmag.com/social-justice/i-will-no-longer-raise-my-son-in-illinois

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Mr. Brode, greetings friend.

I want to express my concerns about the lack of a legendary Totem in Hearthstone.

We have a legend card for every race except for Totem race.

When would you bless us, the Totem Shaman players, with a legendary Totem card??

Thanks for doing this AMA, Mr. Brode.

And thank you very much for the Un'Goro totem card. I love it!!

◥█̆◤ TOTEMIC YOUR MIGHT ◥█̆◤


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Hi Clive, I'm a UK qualified solicitor based in the US, and have been an admirer of Reprieve's work for years. I was wondering what advice you have for getting into your line of work?

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Tail light

/r/imgoingtohellforthis


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Hey Edmund. Are you happy?

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Perfect sense! I've been a big fan of your work in EW for years. You've done a great service bringing scoops to us fans for years. Thanks!

P.S. Next on my reading list: Brutal Youth!


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Good now, but earlier...

Wrapped up my keynote this morning.

I drew it instead of having slides, which was a great for the last week - didn't have to do slides. However, this morning, it becomes "performance art", which is quite "focusing". I love doing it this way, but mildly scary. :)

How are you feeling today?

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Hi rmumford The Pali Cannon is the oldest Buddhist document equivalent to something like the Bible. If you want to go straight to the root source. But my sense is that reading some of the translated commented upon teachings of the Buddha better serves us. I would recommend a book called Buddhism: A Concise Introduction by Phillip Novak and Houston Smith. As well as Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield of my books Against the Stream gives the best overview.

Thanks for the q


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It's a dark, weird story, but a lot of it is TRUE. :)

If you're in the mood for double-crosses, mayhem, and deep, abiding friendship, I think you'll like it. Hope so, anyway.

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I was never a personal fan of the app but that's because it's not the most accurate thing. All wait time changes go as follow: Ride op sees line gets long Ride op calls his ride's dispatch office and tells them Dispatch office calls central command to let them know CC has to manually update the wait times both at the ride Queues and on the App.

Then again i haven't been to the Park as a guest in 6ish months.


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(1) We can restore faith by coming together (Example: The Resistance) and fighting for a common goal.

(2) I want to be one that motivates the ones that has lost faith in democracy. I will advocate, represent, and listen to all residents of Illinois 6th Congressional District.

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This is a gross oversight on our part. I will see what I can do.

Also, long time no see! Welcome back!


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Yes :) im quite happy today, the release went great and its been fun watching people enjoy the new game so much.

i have a baby now! life has changed drastically and im learning how to function in this new world but im loving it lots.

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It's a dark, weird story, but a lot of it is TRUE. :)

If you're in the mood for double-crosses, mayhem, and deep, abiding friendship, I think you'll like it. Hope so, anyway.


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Niece peep on my bed.

I'm feeling pretty sad.

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Hi Noah, I have a sister who's an addict (heroin) and has no plans to go into recovery. She's on the streets right now. She thinks rehab is a joke, largely, she says, because they shove Christianity down her throat. She's convinced she can get clean on her own -- though she's been using since she was 14 and she's now 30. Do you have any advice for her? Thank you!


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What's in the pipeline for Steven Spielberg? Esp on the Sci Fi front?

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How many attractions did you get to see "with the lights on?" Which ones were less impressive? Which ones were more impressive?


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Hey Ben, will the collection manager get more attention? Big part of the game for me is just collecting the cards and I'd love to see more features for the collection.

Also can the card reveal livestreams show the non golden version of the cards? Makes it easier to see what class the card is for and helps the color blind amongst us.

Looking forward to the expansion! Cant wait what you guys have come up with to fill the end of summer with!


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When did you first discover the Cartel connection in Kris's case? How did the prosecutors not know from the start?

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Did removing nerve tissue from your leg result in impaired function in that leg at all? It seems like a lot to take out.

What do your physical therapy exercises look like, if you're willing to share? I'm currently doing vestibular rehab for chronic motion sickness, and have progressed from slowly turning my head from side to side, to doing the same with my eyes closed. It sounds unimpressive as heck, but it's actually really exciting and useful progress for me. I'm wondering what the paralysis recovery version of that is.


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How would you rate your experience working with Tyler?

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What's in the pipeline for Steven Spielberg? Esp on the Sci Fi front?


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:/

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Well, letting her know that a place like ours RRC does not use a Christian or theistic model could be useful and there is not a lot that can be done is someone is not ready and willing to receive the help that is offered. Sometimes interventions do prove successful if that has not been attempted yet,


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He's got Ready Player One coming up next March!

http://ew.com/movies/2017/07/14/ready-player-one-first-look-photo/

Right now, he's shooting a movie about the leak of The Pentagon Papers to the Washington Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. It's called The Papers and is supposed to be out in January.

That's a tight deadline, but he knows what he's doing.

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The only ride that I got to get a full tour of, lights on and everything was The Simpsons ride. When you get hired as a ride Op, you get a full tour of your attraction, lights on and all. It's for safety reasons so you know how to evacuate guests. It takes a lot of safety clearance to be allowed to get a "track walk" of any ride if you aren't originally from it. I did get to see the inside of the Mummy when it got stuck once. And Jurassic Park when the water was getting drained. The Mummy was pretty cool as you get to see how the track twists and turns inside a sound stage. It all feels so close and cramped. I'd say that the Simpsons was the coolest of all. There are two MASSIVE domes with four stories. Two above and one below ground for seating, and one more at the base of the domes for maintenance.


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No. Trump should be impeached if Robert Mueller Special Committee finds enough evidence. Donald Trump shouldn't even be President, because Hillary had 3 million more votes, but sadly our democracy doesn't believe in the popular vote.

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Ben, will the collection manager get more attention?

Yeah - We recently added way more powerful search functionality (i personally love searching for 'extra'), and deck copying/exporting. We'll continue to add features and refine current ones.

can the card reveal livestreams show the non golden version of the cards?

I will pass your message along to the folks who set those up!

Looking forward to the expansion!

ME TOO!


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The government had to know about the cartel connection in Kris’s case as the Feds had an indictment out on the guy in Room 1214 (across the hall from the murders, with blood on the door) which was returned just before Kris’ trial. I suspected it when I saw that a guy from Colombia was across the hall, and when I learned the victims were laundering FIVE BILLION dollars around the Caribbean - I learned that in 1995. But I did not find out what the government knew until around 2012. And I know they are still hiding a lot, which we are trying to get now in court.

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That was my main concern too, but no, not at all. The only effect is that I kind of can't feel my ankle and right side of the foot. Just a weird, tingly feeling.

I go to 2 physical therapies: The first, at a hospital, consists of exercises and electroshock therapy to stimulate various crucial movements of my arm as well as the accompanying nerves. The second is a a gym, when I perform exercises using more common equipment, to trigger bicep and triceps growth, specifically. I have a physical therapists help me do the exercises I can't complete on my own.

If you want more info, PM me :)


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between 1 -10 id have to rate it fidget spinner

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He's got Ready Player One coming up next March!

http://ew.com/movies/2017/07/14/ready-player-one-first-look-photo/

Right now, he's shooting a movie about the leak of The Pentagon Papers to the Washington Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. It's called The Papers and is supposed to be out in January.

That's a tight deadline, but he knows what he's doing.


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What the hell

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Hey, thanks for doing this.

My Question: How do you feel after the films release and how often do you think you predicted the success or failure?


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Went to the Simpsons ride a couple of years ago. I remember it was the ride we had to wait the longest to get into. Do you think that ride is overrated? I personally did.

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Do you have plans for reducing costs of dust for wild cards,? it's painful to craft any wild card just because you can only use in one mode.


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Will Kris get compensation if found innocent?

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I gave myself radial nerve palsy in my left arm just from passing out inebriated in my computer chair for just a couple hours, if that. I had to wear a cock-up wrist brace for a little over a year and it was agonizing how slow of a recovery it was.

I remember being so ecstatic when after a few months I could lift my thumb a couple solid millimeters.

The estimated average recovery for nerve damage I read is about one millimeter a day.. applied to the entirety of what's damaged. Do you think this is about right, considering the damage you've sustained to your nerves?

Don't be alarmed at the loss of strength, it will come back when you can do what you can do. Thanks for doing the ama!


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Any estimate as to when the Switch version will be released?

A:

Hey, thanks for doing this.

My Question: How do you feel after the films release and how often do you think you predicted the success or failure?


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That said, as an old SQL guy, I'd love the data to be in one big database so I can report on it without it needing to be a distributed job... but that's just me.

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I don't know if I ever predict a film's success or failure. I like when good things succeed, but I'm not really in the prediction game, per se.

For instance, I love Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. Weird name, but that movie is spectacular. Scary, sweet, funny. It was absolutely REJECTED by moviegoers.

Maybe parents thought it was too scary for kids? Maybe the goofy name alienated people? I don't know. It's a treasured movie in our house, though. And it's about something real -- kids lose pets, they lose older relatives, and sometimes, tragically, they lose parents or siblings. Death is a part of life. This movie was about a kid trying to deal with that -- and actually defying it.

But ... it was a total bomb. That bums me out because it makes it harder for another studio to take a risk on a movie like that. But at least it exists.

And I wrote one of my favorite stories because of it:

The Strange Story of Tim Burton's Normal Hometown http://ew.com/article/2012/10/05/tim-burton-frankenweenie-hometown/


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I worked at the ride for a good while and I got to hear the audio so many times that I know it by heart. So to me, the ride is overrated, however, comparatively, I believe it's one of the best rides in the park. Your wait time depends on what time of year you went, and how well staffed they were. In the summer, the ride breaks down because of heat, or we have to shut it down to avoid overheating/fires. We drop one dome, and what was a loading capacity of roughly 360 people every 5 minutes drops by half.

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There is already a perception that your cards reduce in value over time because you can't use them in Standard. I think that's not a healthy perception for the game - and this kind of change would exacerbate the problem. We are going to bring back Wild cards for sale, which should make Wild more accessible.


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It is very unlikely that Kris will get compensated if he is exonerated. Frankly, I just want to get him out of there. My bet is that no matter what we come up with, the State is not going to back down, and even when we prove him totally innocent they will come to us with a deal where they do not want Kris totally exonerated. That is going to be tough, as Kris does not want it, but I don’t want him to die there (and at 78 years old he does not have long to live if treated the way he is treated). And there is his wife Marita, who is 77 herself and who needs to get home. But we will have to cross that bridge when we reach it.

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Yep, that's what all the doctors say. That's why the recovery is 3-4 years. And yeah, it is excruciatingly slow, which is why it's so taxing on the psyche, so I completely understand.

Thanks!


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i dont have much control over console releases, thats all tyrone. but i hear the port is looking great so i dont expect it to take that long.

i wont give a timeline though because that has bit me in the ass a few times in the past.

its also going to release on ps4 as well!

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I don't know if I ever predict a film's success or failure. I like when good things succeed, but I'm not really in the prediction game, per se.

For instance, I love Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. Weird name, but that movie is spectacular. Scary, sweet, funny. It was absolutely REJECTED by moviegoers.

Maybe parents thought it was too scary for kids? Maybe the goofy name alienated people? I don't know. It's a treasured movie in our house, though. And it's about something real -- kids lose pets, they lose older relatives, and sometimes, tragically, they lose parents or siblings. Death is a part of life. This movie was about a kid trying to deal with that -- and actually defying it.

But ... it was a total bomb. That bums me out because it makes it harder for another studio to take a risk on a movie like that. But at least it exists.

And I wrote one of my favorite stories because of it:

The Strange Story of Tim Burton's Normal Hometown http://ew.com/article/2012/10/05/tim-burton-frankenweenie-hometown/


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Do you have any advice for someone who wants to be part of the computer industry, generally using your mind vs. physical labour, but is a little too dumb to be a hard, valuable problem solver?

A:

What's your favourite movie of all time?


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So do you hear anything where Super Nintendo World is gonna be? How it it like working there though? With the Studio Tour and all, do you have access behind the actual soundstages and production with directors and actors and all? BTW, Why did Harry Potter closed at HHN?

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Well met indeed! Thanks for being so present on the subreddit recently.

A while ago, arena rewards were discussed, and how getting common cards is such a "feelsbadman" reward. Is this still being looked at, and what are some of the reasons (maybe things we as consumers don't think about) for including such cards as rewards?

What are your thoughts on the current affordability of Hearthstone? It feels, as a player, that the real thing that locks us out of certain decks is the high numbers of epic cards. The fact that a dusted legendary gets you one epic is a very expensive trade. How was this ratio decided?

I've heard suggestions such as more cards in a pack, maintaining these higher gold, and increasing dust/reducing crafting costs. Do you think any of these ideas will make it into the game?

Thanks for your time, A fan


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Did you attend your unsuccessful clients' executions? Has any client ever made this request? If so are there any last words that have stuck with you?

A:

I've got a hereditary palsy where the myelin doesn't regrow at a normal speed. Had drop foot for about 8 months.


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Ed what keeps you grounded and humble with the multiple successes of your games?

A:

What's your favourite movie of all time?


Q:

Hard and valuable doesn't mean technical. Take a look at product management, UX, etc. There empathy with the user is much more important than deep technical skills - just as hard, just as valuable, probably rarer.

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Hmm ... this will sound weird.

It's Avalon, Barry Levinson's movie from 1990 -- starring a very young Elijah Wood and the German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl as his grandfather. The old guy is a storyteller, and he's the keeper of the family history. Now that the family is in America, they are naturally growing apart and changing. But this little boy and his grandfather, they are the keepers of the stories that hold them together.

It spans a number of decades, and it's just warm, and funny, and heartbreaking. It has a line that I think of all the time: "If I knew things would no longer be here, I would have tried to remember better."

When I go home to Pittsburgh, and places I used to visit are gone ... Or I look at my children, and wonder where the little baby went now that a big kid is standing in front of me, I think of that.

"If I had known things would no longer be here, I would have tried to remember better."


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Some people say that it will be taking over the Mummy sound stage, some say that it will get it's own sound stage next to transformers, no one really knows. I worked as a ride op at the Simpsons so no, I did not get access to areas where things were being filmed. I never had any interactions with directors or actors while they were filming. The sound stages and production areas are really secluded to anyone who isn't supposed to be back there. However, during horror nights, I worked route 666, and to traverse that long stretch land quickly, without having to bump into guests, we would go behind and around sound stages. There's a fence that blocks the area where Exorcist was last year and where the sound stages are, I got to go back there and use it as a detour. WWoHP closes during HHN because HHN is a massive operation. The amount of people working the event is almost the same as during day ops, just more scare actors and less ride ops. WWoHP is also a very big place, it can hold up to 12k people (don't quote me on that) and there is a limit to how many people we are allowed to have in the park during HHN. The average night will have around 22-24k people max. Whereas day operations we can hit over 40k. Fire marshal will only approve in the area of 27 thousand people at MAX. So if WW stays open, then the small amount of people will be there instead of at the mazes. I know that last yea it was opened for an hour or two towards the end of the event's run. Short answer:safety concern/too many people to staff.

I liked working at Universal, but it got in the way of school so I quit in February but am working there again this HHN as a scare actor. Nice environment and really, really nice people.

A:

A while ago, arena rewards were discussed, and how getting common cards is such a "feelsbadman" reward. Is this still being looked at?

Yes, we are planning on making a change in an upcoming patch. Details to come.

What are your thoughts on the current affordability of Hearthstone?

It's something we continually evaluate. We're currently seeing some players getting large collections without paying a cent, and that's pretty awesome. We've recently made big changes to the way Legendaries drop in packs, as well as giving everyone a free Legendary Death Knight Hero in the new expansion.


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I have always attended the executions of my clients. It is (in my view, but not in the view of everyone) the last duty I have for people I represent. There are two reasons: one, sometimes you can get a stay even in the middle of the process. Larry Lonchar got a stay with 58 seconds left before his execution. Another person (who I was not representing) got a stay a year back during the execution, as it was botched. But equally, I want to be there so there is someone who gives a damn for the person being killed. It would be very lonely to be all alone. With one of my guys, for example, he had a running joke with me that he would fire me if I did not get his case stopped. And when he was on the gurney he turned to me, smiled goodbye, and mouthed, “You’re fired!”

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Thank you!


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my huge dick. but honestly life keeps me humble. i dont actually think im all that great and im trying to get better and learn from my mistakes.

A:

Hmm ... this will sound weird.

It's Avalon, Barry Levinson's movie from 1990 -- starring a very young Elijah Wood and the German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl as his grandfather. The old guy is a storyteller, and he's the keeper of the family history. Now that the family is in America, they are naturally growing apart and changing. But this little boy and his grandfather, they are the keepers of the stories that hold them together.

It spans a number of decades, and it's just warm, and funny, and heartbreaking. It has a line that I think of all the time: "If I knew things would no longer be here, I would have tried to remember better."

When I go home to Pittsburgh, and places I used to visit are gone ... Or I look at my children, and wonder where the little baby went now that a big kid is standing in front of me, I think of that.

"If I had known things would no longer be here, I would have tried to remember better."


Q:

Hello, why is Oracle paying you to advertise for them while laying off thousands of their own customer support?

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What's your boldest prediction for SDCC's future?


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What was the experience like, and did your job have any serious downsides?

A:

Are you going to do another rap?


Q:

Who was the most intimidating inmate you've come across? And what were his past charges that got him in that position?

A:

Does it get frustrating having to write with the left hand? Or were you already left handed?


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Hey Ed - What are the chances of you making more titles based on your older flash games? I'm very excited for Øuroboros!

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What is your favorite Stephen King book? Also on a scale of one to jaw-dropping, how awesome/friendly/cool is Stephen King in person?


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In all seriousness. I am not an employee of Oracle, though I do do some work for them as a supplier/partner. I have absolutely no insight into how Oracle is organising their personnel.

A:

I think it will shrink. You're already seeing Disney host its D23 Expo, which is like a Comic-Con for its many movies and TV shows and parks. As with Star Wars Celebration, those events become ways to showcase their stories without having to compete with literally hundreds of others.

Movies are ephemeral. They have a few weekends to make their money, then it's off to Blu-ray land. So they need to make the biggest possible impact with possible ticket-buyers. Breaking out from the pack is critical, so I think you'll still see movie panels at Comic-Con, but not as many. And those that come won't bring as much.

TV, however, has a different model. They're not in it for a few weekends, they have years of a series to maintain, and nurturing that fanbase over the long-haul is critical. That's why Comic-Con has become primarily a TV festival. It's a chance to bring the shows and their stars to interact with the fans and nurture that base.

So that's the way I see SDCC evolving in the future. I'm not saying it will go away, or even weaken. In some ways, it's been too big in recent years. Uncomfortable to navigate. I think becoming leaner and more focused will be a good thing for the Con.


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Fun experience, you meet a lot of really nice people. Downside is not getting enough hours. You start off as seasonal (usually, at least I did) and get offered a "part-time" position. You get full weeks of work when in peak season i (ie. summer, HHN, Grinchmas) but when we had slow months, there were times I would get scheduled once every 2-3 weeks. So the seniority kinda fucks you over.


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I am not sure I have ever had an intimidating prisoner, but I have had one occasion when I have been attacked in the visitors room. That was by a very mentally ill person, and it was very sad as it gave the rather nasty warden of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center the excuse to kick me out of the prison.

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I was right-handed, so yeah it was annoying having to learn to write with my left hand.

Although since I was forced to use my left hand all the time immediately after the crash, it didn't seem so frustrating. Just necessary.

It sucked when I had to take written exams, though...


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aether is probably the #1 game id like to make a sequel for. Tyler and i actually made a prototype for it a few years back so its def on the table as a possibility for the future.

0uroboros will be put on hold for a bit but im sure we'll get back to it

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My favorite remains my first: Pet Sematary. I still have the beaten-to-shit old paperback my grandma bought me -- when I failed to persuade her to take 12-year-old me to the movie. I read that thing and it was SO scary, and SO sad, and SO intense. I immediately bought composition notebook and one of those pens with the soft, squishy thing to hold, and began writing scary stories. (The first was called "The Dare," about a kid who is dared by bullies to dig up a dead body and take its skull. He does -- and then SURPRISE the dead body comes to his house that night to take it back. But the kids at school were weirded out that he actually did it, so he threw the head away. The body ends up taking his instead. Ha ha, not bad for 12!)

Anyway, his work means a lot to me. But I've never met him in person. We've spoken on the phone several times and on email a little bit. I think he is genuinely a decent guy and has a great sense of humor, about himself and the larger, twisted world we inhabit.

I'm glad he exists. He is extremely generous and big-hearted. I always say that the scariest man in the world is also one of the nicest.

(If we ever do meet, I'm hoping he won't mind signing that battered paperback I told you about.)


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Fantastic, thanks for the reply, it's just difficult as a co owner of a small business to get help with their product, and I just recently learned about these layoffs. They used to always help instantly, but now I feel like I'm on a constant wait list...Why sell a product and not support it? Again, thanks for your reply :), sorry for bugging you.

Also if you did this AMA outside the advertisement section (if you're allowed to) and in a technical sub and cross post it, it will have much more activity and you will enjoy it more! A lot of people are probably very interested in this topic.

Bye!

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One of the most peculiar shots from the Black Panther teaser trailer is Klaue in London Ambulance Service attire, with a silencer in hand, in what looks like a museum. Could you share any more detail on this scene? Also, could this supposed museum be one of Nakia's stop-off points of interest, as a Wakandan covert agent?


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Is there any creepy story you saw in the park ?

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Hi Ben!

Big fan going back to your first Voice of God announcer duties at BlizzCon. My question is: what is your favorite brand of flannel shirts?


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How long ago did that happen? I met their warden last year and he seemed like a solid guy

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How much has the use of your left arm/hand improved? Is it up to where a dominant side would be or still not as much? I'm curious about how the non-dominant hand learns when it is put into regular use.


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My favourite thing in Isaac is Guppy. Whenever I play I obsessively go for Guppy items and shout "Praise the Gup!" whenever I get one. If I never get one, then the Good Gup has forsaken me. To get all three is the Guppy Dream, it has become a small religion of mine, Guppy is my lord and saviour. Cricket is an apostle, the bums are the holy trinity.

Can you tell us a little about the real Guppy? Love the game dude, it's my all time favourite.

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what is the most memorable piece you can recall working on?


Q:

Wait, they are paying me?! Where do I send the invoice?

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I know that it's a museum with some artifacts from Wakanda. Not sure about the specifics, though. (Ironically, most of the interviews I did on set were conducted at this set, because it was unused at the time.) I kind of wonder if the mask we see Michael B. Jordan put on right before breaking Klaue out of the CIA safehouse is one of these artifacts.


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There's the story of Jennifer from the Simpson's ride. Worker died on the third floor of one of the domes and her spirit roams the halls. Other than that, no.

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J. Crew


Q:

The warden at the GD&CC when I was there was the most heartless bastard I had the misfortune to deal with. But that was 25 years ago or so…

A:

Since I used to write like shit with my right hand anyway, it's hard to draw a good comparison.

In terms of handwriting quality, I think my writing is a little better now than before but that's because I have to focus a little more and pay closer attention.

Because of this and also because I can't hold the fucking paper, I write somewhat slower than before. If I have a stable paper and surface, I write almost as fast as I used to with my right hand, I think.


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when i was an animal control officer i got a call for 7 abandoned kittens, when i got there there were 8 newborn kittens covered in fleas. i knew that they would have to be put down and since one was unaccounted for i brought them all home to danielle to choose one to keep and that one was guppy.

A:

This was one of my hardest interviews - but also one of my favorites.

http://ew.com/article/2012/12/07/whos-afraid-tommy-lee-jones/


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What is your favorite Stephen King book? Also on a scale of one to jaw-dropping, how awesome/friendly/cool is Stephen King in person?

A:

How did she die?


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Brode, what's the takeaway of the team regarding Un'Goro? Why do you guys think it was so successful and what did the team learn from it to make the next expansions even better?

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In my country (Brazil), we have neither death sentences nor life sentences. We have a maximum sentencing of around 30 years, and you can get out in 1/6 of that time with good behavior, even for crimes such as murder. Obviously, many people feel that this is not fair punishment, and that criminals are literally getting away with murder. Point being, the US and Brazil are in opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to punishment, and both seem like flawed approaches.

What country would you say has the best legal system when it comes to this, and what are the things that it does right that others don't?


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Can you just plop your dead arm down on the paper to hold It? When I paralyzed my left hand and still had to count money i would stuff the stack of bills in my lame hand and it at least helped a tiny, little bit because it was clamped into a useless fist otherwise.

I didn't lose the use of my dominant hand though so I couldn't have been nearly as frustrated as you've been.

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Hey Ed! I got The Binding of Isaac for free one month long ago on PSN, and since then I've been a huge fan of the games you've made a lot. It's clear The Legend of Zelda has been a huge inspiration for your work, but are there any other titles or creators of games that influenced your creations?


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What is the most egregious thing you have been able to write off as a work expense? What is the biggest work expense that you regret?

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My favorite remains my first: Pet Sematary. I still have the beaten-to-shit old paperback my grandma bought me -- when I failed to persuade her to take 12-year-old me to the movie. I read that thing and it was SO scary, and SO sad, and SO intense. I immediately bought composition notebook and one of those pens with the soft, squishy thing to hold, and began writing scary stories. (The first was called "The Dare," about a kid who is dared by bullies to dig up a dead body and take its skull. He does -- and then SURPRISE the dead body comes to his house that night to take it back. But the kids at school were weirded out that he actually did it, so he threw the head away. The body ends up taking his instead. Ha ha, not bad for 12!)

Anyway, his work means a lot to me. But I've never met him in person. We've spoken on the phone several times and on email a little bit. I think he is genuinely a decent guy and has a great sense of humor, about himself and the larger, twisted world we inhabit.

I'm glad he exists. He is extremely generous and big-hearted. I always say that the scariest man in the world is also one of the nicest.

(If we ever do meet, I'm hoping he won't mind signing that battered paperback I told you about.)


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She fell into the Hydraulic pit that lifts the ride vehicle up....or something, I don't remember which story it is.

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One of the biggest things that helped was the rotation. I think adding the Hall of Fame and hitting those 6 cards allowed us to see the "freshest" meta yet. This is a bit more of a challenge for the last set of the year. I think if anything, we could have gone lighter mechanically, and saved some of our new mechanics for set 3 of the Year of the Mammoth.

But I think the team did an awesome job on the set, yeah. Dinosaurs!


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I have to say that I don’t think the Brazilian system is a bad one in that regard. In Georgia, where I worked for years, a murder conviction used to generally mean 7 years if you behaved and made an effort to improve yourself. The number of recidivist murderers is actually very small, unlike other crimes. So we have to ask ourselves why we are exacting such a harsh punishment. I have great sympathy with the victims - I have been the victim of 7 serious violent crimes myself - but I don’t see harsh punishment as a way to make society a better place. I always wonder how I would like my own son to be treated. Certainly I try to get him to do the right thing by education, not by beating him or threatening him. Perhaps eventually we will try to treat other people’s children the way we would like to treat our own. I would like to think so.

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Haha that's exactly what I do! The problem is that whenever I put my arm on a surface, it immediately starts sweating, which wets the damn paper.

I'm sorry that happened to you. How did it happen?


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obviously most of myamotos games and his approach to design was super inspirational, esp when pulling from his personal experiences. id say currently jon blow and derek yu are pretty big influence on my work. i like the way think.

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Eh, more often I'm the one eating expenses, usually because of a lost receipt or waiting too long to file. I don't have any crazy expenses. One time, years and years ago, Mark Wahlberg ordered a lot of wine at a lunch interview. I was pretty scared about turning in that expense -- around $400. But the AP bosses just shrugged it off. It didn't happen that often, and it wasn't going to break their bank. But to me, at the time, that was a week's salary!


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what is the most memorable piece you can recall working on?

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It says Universal Hollywood. Hollywood and Orlando are quite different.


Q:

Hi Ben, what are your thoughts of Hearthstone being too expensive for the average player? Will there be some sort of compromise to keep the game affordable and player numbers healthy? Thanks!

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What made you want to take on this kind of career? Also what made you want to represent DR inmates? I know the justice system is broken and is really really flawed. If you can discuss it, what is the most broken rule you've run across?


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I was an idiot and got black-out wasted and then fell asleep in my computer chair. My arm was pinned between the chair arm and my body for a couple hours and when I woke up I tried to shake the blood back into my sleeping hand and it was what I can only relate to having a phantom limb.

I was wiggling both hands and my left one just slowly curled up into a fist. Fortunately when I called my dad he immediately knew what it was and my research began that very morning to recover.

It's so exciting getting that first little wiggle back into your thumb. I remember showing everyone I could that I could wiggle my thumb just a tiny bit.

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Favourite game OST?


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Star Wars Rebels has 1 more season. Any word on what disney will replace it with?

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This was one of my hardest interviews - but also one of my favorites.

http://ew.com/article/2012/12/07/whos-afraid-tommy-lee-jones/


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Foreigners who don't know the language get confused very easily. I never had anyone ask if they were at Disney but we frequently got asked if some of the rides at Orlando were at Hollywood. The most common question I would get was "Is this the Simpson's ride?" while standing under the sign that says "Simpson's ride"

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We are definitely seeing players compete at high levels without spending any money at all. If you want literally every card in the game, that's tougher to do, but we are listening to community feedback here. We recently made pretty big changes to the way our Legendary drops work in packs, and are giving everyone a free Legendary Death Knight Hero with the new set. There will also be a lot of opportunities to earn packs of the new set, through some upcoming events and through the single player missions that will be free with the new set.


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I went to the US to do death penalty work as when I was 16. I was so shocked that it was still being used, so I thought (in the arrogant way of youth!) that I could persuade everyone it was wrong… But I do think my mother’s advice was very good - that if we all work to help those less fortunate than ourselves, then everyone is better off. So I decided at some point that if you look around the world at the people who are most hated, and have least power on their side in a dispute with the government, and get between them and the ones doing the hatred, you can’t really go wrong. And believe me there is no moment, I think, when the imbalance of power between the Government and the individual is more stark than when the Government wants to kill you (and sacrifice you to some mythical god of deterrence).

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Haha I bet! Congratulations on your recovery!


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for games my favorite soundtracks are katamari damacy, hotline miami, and mewgenics.

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I don't know! But I'm hoping we get another Star Wars series out of Dave Filoni.


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What is the most egregious thing you have been able to write off as a work expense? What is the biggest work expense that you regret?

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You actually enjoyed 50 shades of Grey? What's wrong with you?


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as a director of Hearthstone, what has been the most difficult job you had to do while being in charge?

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What would you say to a law student seeking to get in your line of work today?


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Hey, first off, I'm so so sorry about what happened to you. My family was in a really bad car accident almost 14 years ago, and both me and my sister had this same injury. I'm mostly recovered (if you know to look for some kinda derpy stuff on my left arm, it's definitely noticeable, but I can function pretty normally in day to day life), but my sister's arm is still totally paralyzed, nearly 20 surgeries later.

This brings me to my question - what led you down the path to seek out this specific treatment in Mexico? My family has tried countless things to help my sister recover at least some function in her arm, including transferring an entire muscle and all the accompanying nerves, blood vessels, and whatnot from her leg into her arm, but it didn't work. If you find that this surgery actually gets you to a mostly functioning arm, I'd love to get more information about what exactly you had done, as well as your doctors. Wishing you the best of luck in your recovery!

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Hey Ed,what will you do when someone speedruns The End Is Nigh?


Q:

Do you know what the next Star Wars spin off will be and can't/won't say or could you care to take a guess?

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Eh, more often I'm the one eating expenses, usually because of a lost receipt or waiting too long to file. I don't have any crazy expenses. One time, years and years ago, Mark Wahlberg ordered a lot of wine at a lunch interview. I was pretty scared about turning in that expense -- around $400. But the AP bosses just shrugged it off. It didn't happen that often, and it wasn't going to break their bank. But to me, at the time, that was a week's salary!


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It's a "so bad it's good" movie in my opinion. The dialogue is just god awful.

A:

Trying to figure out how to be a Game Director. It's kind of terrifying.

The advice Dodds gave me: "Don't fuck it up"


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If you are a law student, I would say why on earth would you do anything but the kind of work I get to do? Working in corporate law is just soul destroying, and the main part of your work is just pretty pointless. Working for those who really need it is incredibly rewarding and I love almost every minute of it!

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I will PM you with the details!

EDIT: To answer your question, it was because my parents are Mexican and my insurance is through them. I went to several doctors who all pointed me in the direction of my current doctor.


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watch it

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I don't know. If I knew for sure, I would say. Four years ago, I broke the story that Lucasfilm was doing spin-offs focused on Han Solo and Boba Fett and the bounty hunters. Obviously, Solo is happening, and Josh Trank was doing Boba Fett before he was let go and the film went on the shelf. (I think it's still there, mint in the box.)

I've been on record before saying that I expect they'll revisit Obi-Wan Kenobi in those in-between years from Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. People keep asking Ewan McGregor if he's doing one, and he keeps saying "I don't know, maybe, I would love to."

I think audiences clearly want that. But I also think that won't happen until after the new saga sorts out what it wants to do with Obi-Wan's legacy. If he has ties to the new characters, they're going to want to establish that before connecting the dot back to that in-between era.


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Star Wars Rebels has 1 more season. Any word on what disney will replace it with?

A:

Hi Mr Brode! Thanks for answering some questions. Feel free to answer any/all of the following:

  1. What's the reason for announcing an expansion and not revealing new cards in the following weeks only to dump ~40 cards a few days before the expansion is released instead of having a steady stream of reveals?

  2. In the past you mentioned cards that have been previously nerfed might be un-nerfed and moved into the Hall of Fame in the next standard rotation, what is your/Blizzard's current stance on these cards, specifically Molten Giant? #HoFMolten2018

  3. Has the team ever considered creating a set of free cards that rotates weekly? These cards would be usable in casual and maybe have a crafting discount.

  4. Has the team thought about releasing a few (1-3) cards each month to help keep the game fresh in-between sets? This would provide Blizzard with the opportunity to print hate cards like Golakka Crawler or Eater of Secret earlier or to support decks that did not pan out as you guys had hoped and could serve as "balance patches" in less severe situations.

  5. Can you confirm that each class will have a hero card and a legendary minion in Knights of the Frozen Throne?

  6. In the previous live stream you mentioned that a new ladder experience was in the works, can you share any progress on that?

  7. What's your favourite card in the game?

  8. What are the odds of Hearthstone coming to console?

  9. Rotate Ice Block when?

Edit:

  1. When's the collab with Dre?

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How does one get their feet into the work you are doing?

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I know you're getting a lot of questions and appreciate you doing this. A friend of mine had almost the same injury to his arm from a motorcycle crash where a car crossed his path illegally. He has never regained use a decade later. Did the Mexican doctors use any techniques not accepted in the United States?


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I know you've got a lot on your plate, but are you considering a sequel to Rebirth?

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If Rey is Kenobi's granddaughter, maybe.


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I don't know! But I'm hoping we get another Star Wars series out of Dave Filoni.

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What's the reason for announcing an expansion and not revealing new cards in the following weeks only to dump ~40 cards a few days before the expansion is released instead of having a steady stream of reveals?

We used to do a steady stream of new reveals of about 1 card a day, and it kinda dragged. The feedback we were getting was that hype was slowing down as we got closer to the expansion, and i think that's the wrong direction. Un'Goro had a dip in excitement, but ramped way up towards the release and used a similar strategy. Un'Goro felt awesome - let's see how this one goes!

In the past you mentioned cards that have been previously nerfed might be un-nerfed and moved into the Hall of Fame in the next standard rotation, what is your/Blizzard's current stance on these cards, specifically Molten Giant? #HoFMolten2018

I'm a little torn. I think there are pros and cons. The potential downside I'm most worried about is our ability to make Handlock really insane in Standard going forward with new cards, without pushing it into insanity in Wild. We'd like to make Handlock a thing again - and we can do that in Wild by moving the card that and buffing it, or by making new cards in Standard that are good in both formats. This doesn't mean we won't move/buff it, it's just something we're thinking about.

Has the team ever considered creating a set of free cards that rotates weekly? These cards would be usable in casual and maybe have a crafting discount.

Yeah, but I think there's some complexity there. There are goals you are trying to solve with that suggestion - we are looking at other options that I think hit the similar goals that are maybe a little less complex.

Has the team thought about releasing a few (1-3) cards each month to help keep the game fresh in-between sets? This would provide Blizzard with the opportunity to print hate cards like Golakka Crawler or Eater of Secret earlier or to support decks that did not pan out as you guys had hoped and could serve as "balance patches" in less severe situations.

Yes, we've considered that, limited-time cards that come back from Wild into standard for a while, and other crazy ideas to mix up the meta in between sets. I think it's one of Hearthstone's biggest opportunities. We took a stab at it recently with increasing the total number of cards each year. There are obviously downsides to that, and I think a lot of the ideas we've seen so far to tackle this problem have their own unique downsides. I don't think there's a silver bullet here, but we're trying some crazy things internally, like - what if we change the ladder format for the last month of a set? We tried "block constructed" and it wasn't as fun as we hoped, but maybe there's other formats that mix the game up in crazy ways that are really fun?

Can you confirm that each class will have a hero card and a legendary minion in Knights of the Frozen Throne?

Confirmed.

In the previous live stream you mentioned that a new ladder experience was in the works, can you share any progress on that?

We have a design that we are excited to try. I'm not sure it will be perfect out of the gate, but hopefully players will help us iterate into a great place. I wonder if just mixing it up is the right answer - like doing a new ladder format every 5 or so years. Once we know how long the feature will take to implement, we will start building it. There's a lot of iteration in that process, and once we start honing in on our final implementation, we'll communicate more about what we're planning. Our major goals here are: reduce the monthly grind for top-level players; increase progression for bottom 25% of players; get better match-making. We have another goal for improving the new player ranked experience - that's a separate change that's coming later.

What's your favourite card in the game?

Lord Jaraxxus!

What are the odds of Hearthstone coming to console?

If our players are playing a lot on console, it's the type of thing we'd consider. Right now it's pretty easy to whip out your phone or tablet anywhere - so it's not currently something we're considering.

Rotate Ice Block when?

We wouldn't be doing Wild Rotations out side of Hearthstone New Year. It's definitely a card that matches our red flags for cards that maybe shouldn't be in Standard forever. That doesn't mean we don't want combo decks or freeze mage - it's just that we want things to change each year!

Edit: When's the collab with Dre?

PLEASE IF YOU KNOW DRE, TELL HIM TO CALL ME


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no doubt someday ill do a sequel to isaac, i have a lot of ideas that would require a whole new game but not now!

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Exactly. Or somebody else's.


Q:

Do you know what the next Star Wars spin off will be and can't/won't say or could you care to take a guess?

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Hi Brode, thanks for doing this. I have a question, is there a tournament mode on the works?


Q:

Dear Clive.

Thank you for all the great work you do. I remember the utter desperation I felt just watching "14 days in May" and the memories still almost move me to tears.

How do you deal with the pain and what case hurt you the most?

A:

Hi, thanks for sharing. Do you resent the truck driver for the things you've struggled with? Has it changed your attitude towards living and dying at all? What was the one thing that kept you going during the worst moments?


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Hi Edmund. How did you get the idea for the setting of TEIN? It's really unique. Loving the game so far, but damn you it's difficult!

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Hi Anthony, love reading your reports especially from the Star Wars universe! I wanted to ask you what has been your favourite story from a film set that you've worked on in the past year? Also, when you're writing, how do you separate the inner fan in you? :) Keep up the good work!


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I don't know. If I knew for sure, I would say. Four years ago, I broke the story that Lucasfilm was doing spin-offs focused on Han Solo and Boba Fett and the bounty hunters. Obviously, Solo is happening, and Josh Trank was doing Boba Fett before he was let go and the film went on the shelf. (I think it's still there, mint in the box.)

I've been on record before saying that I expect they'll revisit Obi-Wan Kenobi in those in-between years from Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. People keep asking Ewan McGregor if he's doing one, and he keeps saying "I don't know, maybe, I would love to."

I think audiences clearly want that. But I also think that won't happen until after the new saga sorts out what it wants to do with Obi-Wan's legacy. If he has ties to the new characters, they're going to want to establish that before connecting the dot back to that in-between era.

A:

We've been thinking about it a lot. It's a feature we think makes sense for Hearthstone, but we have nothing else to say regarding it right now.


Q:

In terms of the cases that really hurt, yes that is hard. When they killed Nicky Ingram in 1995, it really effected me. I had known him for years, and I liked Nicky. He was tortured to death in front of me in the Electric Chair. Long story. But if I close my eyes now, 22 years later, I can see the black and white negative of Nicky on the electric chair. It is a bit of PTSD I suppose. Though I do try to keep the focus on the fact that it was Nicky being killed, not me. And one thing he said to me just before they did it has always stayed with me - he said thanks for working for him, but that I had to keep on fighting for all the other guys, and not be too broken up about him. So I guess I took that to heart.

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Cool questions!

It was a car driver, and he(she?) fled the scene. They never caught him. No, I don't really resent him. I mean I know he caused the accident, then drove past me as I lay unconscious, but I never really gave a shit about him. Poor bastard. Do you think he wonders whether I'm dead or alive? I would...

Yeah, it has a little. I feel like I appreciate how fragile everything is, which is something everybody knows but we don't really feel it most of the time. All of a sudden I really get that I'm just a chunk of living meat waiting to die at any moment. But in a way, that's liberating. Sobering even. I'm in pain now, but I also feel very happy with my life. If I died today, I would die content.

My girlfriend probably. We were seeing each other before the accident and started dating a few months after. Of course, my family has always helped me and supported me, but she's the one who was with me during the worst moments. I really don't know where I would be without her, or in what kind of state of mind. She makes me feel normal again, and I thank her for it.


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the setting is based around my interpretation of an emotional apocalypse or even some kind of purgatory/hell setting

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Thank you! Black Panther was incredible fun to cover, but going back a little further, I really loved visiting the set of The Dark Tower. That trip took me to South Africa, which was gorgeous. I tried to work some of the place into the piece.

http://ew.com/article/2016/07/14/dark-tower-idris-elba-stephen-king-gunslinger/


Q:

If Rey is Kenobi's granddaughter, maybe.

A:

Can you give us an update on Hero skins? When I made my article about the progression in Hearthstone (or lack of thereof) it struck me as one of the features moving rather slow.

We are 2 years in since the release of the first skin, Magni and even now we are not yet at a point where all classes have one. On top of that it is not all of those we got that are available with Tyrande being locked behind twitch prime at a time when basically only NA had access to that. No good for EU players like me.


Q:

Can you even discuss your clients clases freely? Where does the client/lawyer privilege end or how can you work around it?

A:

They could be plagued with guilt. Or they could be an alcoholic that doesn't fully remember what happened.


Q:

How did you managed to make a game as big as the end is nigh in only a year?

A:

Exactly. Or somebody else's.


Q:

Can you give us an update on Hero skins?

We will eventually make a new Druid and Warlock hero. :) I can't spoil how we plan on making them available just yet.

Regarding Tyrande - our goal was to find alternate ways for regions that were not eligible for the offer to get access to Tyrande and we've been working with our regional offices to make that happen. We've already done it in many regions - seems like we haven't hit yours yet and I'll follow up on that.

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Privilege depends on what the client wants. With many issues, the client wants me to advocate for him or her in court and also in the court of public opinion, so that is easy. Sometimes that is not the case. For example, in the US it is often not at all in the client’s interest to be public about anything and then I’d be a fool to say much. But it is ultimately all up to the person involved. I can’t say I have ever found it much of an issue…


Q:

Or he could legitimately not give a shit.

We'll never know, so why bother thinking about it?

A:

a lot less than a year! roughly 7 months. the short answer is we cut a lot of corners. aesthetically the style of the game made it easy for me to make a variety of visuals for the game with little effort and technically the engine we were using for 0uroboros was already in place and being used.

also this is the first time where i didnt design all the levels, tyler designed roughly a quarter of the levels (the harder ones)


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Hi Anthony, love reading your reports especially from the Star Wars universe! I wanted to ask you what has been your favourite story from a film set that you've worked on in the past year? Also, when you're writing, how do you separate the inner fan in you? :) Keep up the good work!

A:

Hi Ben! What's the hardest thing to update in the hearthstone codebase that you would love to update? What are some stories/lessons learned deploying and maintaining the hearthstone app?


Q:

I was a juror several years ago on murder trial that depended heavily on the identification made by witnesses. However, other evidence, including some grainy surveillance footage, made it really obvious that the actual perpetrator was nearly a foot taller than the defendant.

Do you have any insight to offer on the (un)reliability of eye witnesses? Do we rely on it too much in the US? "Circumstantial evidence" is so often scoffed at, but I recall reading that circumstantial evidence is generally more reliable than human witnesses. Has that been your experience?

A:

There were no cameras or anything to track the car?


Q:

is switch version of afterbirth+ going to get a update anytime soon?

A:

Thank you! Black Panther was incredible fun to cover, but going back a little further, I really loved visiting the set of The Dark Tower. That trip took me to South Africa, which was gorgeous. I tried to work some of the place into the piece.

http://ew.com/article/2016/07/14/dark-tower-idris-elba-stephen-king-gunslinger/


Q:

I used to do a lot of client engineering on Hearthstone, but I haven't gotten to do that in a long time. That's probably a better question for one of our Engineers, sorry!

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My own experience as an eyewitness means that I refused to testify against three people who were thought to have put me in hospital with various broken bones one dark night in New Orleans. I thought my ID might be right, but I certainly was not sure enough to send three young men to prison for many years. But to say circumstantial evidence is better is a stretch. Most forensic science is simply not science. I got obsessed with forensic hair analysis because, as an amateur at A-levels, I did lots of science and I thought hair analysis was bullshit. So I wrote a lot about it in 1990-95, about how it was nonsense. Without meaning to say I told you so, the FBI finally admitted in 2015 that they had overstated it for decades. Our Reprieve study shows that more than 100 people were, in the meantime, executed in large part based on it. And there is much more to say (some of it said in Injustice, if you have time to read it!).


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There was one witness, who wrote down the plate number. Unfortunately the registered owner was long dead.

Literally a dead end.

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i believe the switch version will get an update once we have a specific booster pack released. but im not completely in control of this stuff.


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Do you play any other card games outside of hearthstone (gwent shadowverse eternal mtg etc...)?

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Are you familiar with the case of Joe Arridy? He had an IQ of 46 and was executed for the murder and rape of a fifteen year old girl. In 2011 the governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter, formally pardoned Joe. What are your thoughts about this case and, more specifically, the execution of mentally handicapped people?


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Does that mean it was a stolen car? Is it common to find cars with outdated registration in the US?

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Hey Edmund i love you, what genres of music you like?


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I have played so many card games in my life - Magic, Overpower, Wyvern, Netrunner, Pokemon, Battlespirits, WoW:TCG, the Mortal Kombat TCG, Rage.... I freaking love this genre.

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Yes, I have naturally heard of poor Joe Arridy, who was a mentally disabled 23 year old with an IQ allegedly 46. With most of the tests we used to use in the US, you get 45 for taking the test, so that is really only one point above the table on which you are working. Such instances are terribly sad. I had a series of seriously mentally disabled people facing execution and in more than one case the guy was IQ 49. Getting across what kind of limitation that was was hard. The judge said 49 is half 100 so he is half as intelligent as an average person. In the end, I had to get him to confess to assassinating (a word he did not understand) Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan to show how limited he was. And the one thing he did understand was that people were laughing at him, which was dreadfully sad. The legal system is not a good way to deal with disabled people or, indeed, all kinds of unique individuals.


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Yes, they said it was probably stolen.

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i like all good music, but have a hard time getting into rap, country,and general r&b


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what do you say we trade a foil Pikachu I have for the full set of next expansion??

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Wow, that is sad. Thanks for answering.


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Does your mum help with stuff?

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Hey Edmund. Do you love us as much as we love you?


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i have a foil pikachu already, no thanks

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Sadly there are many other stories like that. If ever there were proof that someone was disabled, it would be with Jerome Bowden who was told that he would avoid execution if he scored below 65 on the test, so he tried, got just above it, felt great that he had passed the test, and then said of his final meal that he would save his pecan pie dessert for later.


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Yeah, she honestly helps me a lot. Jokes aside, she helps me in whichever way she can, and I appreciate it. For example, she does the dishes whenever she can because she knows I hate doing them.

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water drips on no


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Can you spoil another Knights of the Frozen Throne card? Please?

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This may not be something you've followed at all, but do you have any thoughts on Omar Khadr's settlement?


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I nearly lost an arm to injury the summer before starting high school. Shoot out to mom for tying my shoes before school.
I had no extension in four of my fingers for two years. Then it took another year of therapy to make them useful. Keep on that grind.

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Why have you decided to compete against yourself in the next great indie platformer(I know they are different partners)?


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Sure!

....starting on July 24th!! :)

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I met Omar Khadr in Gitmo and he was originally just 15 when taken there. He was abused horribly and the things he was said to have said were all abused out of him. What would any of us want to be paid to have our youth taken away from us from 15-25, and to be tortured? I don’t know. I never think money is the answer to these things, the real answer is to stop people doing them. But I don’t have a problem people being compensated.


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Thank you. Congratulations on your recovery!

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i cant stop making platformers. ive made 9 of them over the past 14 years, im slowing down but i dont see myself stopping. id like to think im getting better(go check out my first platformer Clubby The Seal)


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What are your goals with the upcoming ladder rework? What are your biggest challenges? Any idea when you’ll have any news to share regarding this? Thanks! Love all the positive changes recently and look forward to many more!

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What is your work week like, and how do you find any joy in the downtime you have?


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Does it take a lot of willpower to get in the work for the rehab? is it hard? How do you manage it?

I'm in a similar situation in some ways but I'm neglecting the work I should do for it.

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What is your favorite thing about the Binding of Isaac?

(P.s. I love playing Isaac!)


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What are your goals with the upcoming ladder rework?

1) Reduce grind for top-level players.

2) Increase progression for players stuck at rank 20-ish.

3) Get better matchmaking for bottom 25% players.

4) Make the experience better for new players.

We're hoping to make 1-3 better first. #4 is a separate feature for us and is coming later.

What are your biggest challenges?

The biggest challenging is making those things better without losing what we like about our current system. Our current system is SUPER clear about what you need to do to rank up, and I think that's upside. I'm pretty confident we can do both here, though.

Any idea when you’ll have any news to share regarding this?

We have a design we are excited to try out, once we know how it changes through implementation, we are going to announce the details. Hoping for later this year.

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Hey, I would have a TGIM sign if I had anything (Thank God Its Monday!). But I don’t really believe in that. I only wish the day had 72 hours. I keep time sheets for everything for years and years, because I am a nerd. So I can tell you I used to average about 100 hours a week, and am now down to about 75 of what we call work. But I don’t think of it as work because I love it. At the same time, it has always been a principle of mine that we should work hard and play hard, so I used to insist in the US that people took at least 6 weeks holiday a year, as compared to most people in the US getting a few days. Myself, I adore the cricket season (big win for my team, the Mapperton Marauders, last night and I am going on a cricket tour of Pakistan in September where we will be thrashed by much younger and fitter players). I also love building, though this week has involved digging a hole - that involved shifting 18 tonnes of earth - with a single spade, for a secret present for my lad Wilf, who is aged 9 tomorrow.


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God, yes...

Just the sheer amount of "free" time I dedicate to therapy is really frustrating. I think I use the fear of being paralyzed along with the hope of regaining full mobility to help motivate me.

I know how that feels...to be honest, one of the reasons I'm doing this AMA is because I've been kind of falling into a slump recently. This week I've barely gone to therapy at all, which is really rare for me. I just feel exhausted of this all. I'm tired all the time and I just wish things were easy again. Sometimes I just want to send it all to hell and just fucking quit...

But I can't afford that. And I assume you can't afford that, either. In the end we only have this one life, this one body, and one chance. If we fuck it up, it's over. So I know that if I slack right now I'm going to regret it for the rest of my life. You and I both know what we need to do, we just need to suck it up and just do it.

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the replayability and themes


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When will we be able to buy Naxx again?

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Can you share with us what the secret present is?


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I can relate so much it hurts. How much time do you have to dedicate to therapy? I have SO MANY other things I need to do . . . all important, and I don't use that word lightly.

Well, I wish you the best of luck. Show that arm who's the boss.

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I've been a fan of yours since Carrious Welting (sic) on Newgrounds. Where did you get the inspiration for that iconic style?


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Soon! Hoping for sometime this summer.

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Is that you Wilf?


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Usually about 2 hours every day, with short 10 minute exercise bursts throughout the day.

Thank you, likewise!

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i was an animal control officer and had to deal with dead and decaying animals a lot, it was very inspirational


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Hey Ben your joy and passion for Hearthstone is infectious and I'm so glad to see the direction and energy you bring to the game (especially in the face of so much negativity both in the subreddit and the world at large)

What's been your favorite deck to play in hearthstone's history (including open beta)?

Also what kind of pizza did blizzard offices order most often when you delivered to them back in the day?

Thanks for your time and have a great Friday and weekend!!

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Roughly, what percentage of the people you represent are non-white?


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In similar situations as you (not that bad though). I get overwhelmed at the time spent in rehab and then the time after I recover to keep my muscles and nerves healthy. Consistency is a problem when your emotions vary from day to day. I'm also failing at time management so feel you bro. Need to eliminate time wasters so I can rehab 😅

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What mistake stands out to you the most from your latest project that you will try to avoid as best as possible in any future projects?


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What's been your favorite deck to play in hearthstone's history (including open beta)?

I've always loved Control Paladin. I also loved Yogg-and-Load.

Also what kind of pizza did blizzard offices order most often when you delivered to them back in the day?

Gina's Pizza, in Irvine.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/ginas-pizza-and-pastaria-irvine

I get the Calzone, no Ricotta, Meatballs, Cilantro, Mushroom.

Also, get the Rasta Salad with Cilantro dressing. MMMMM

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Over the years, about 70% of the people I have represented have been non-white. On death row in the US, for example, while the general population is 13% black, the death row population is 42% black. In Guantanamo, the non-white Muslim population was 777/778 (I guess the exception would have been David Hicks from Australia), so all of my clients have been non-white.


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Consistency is a problem when your emotions vary from day to day.

Man, I should print this out and frame it for how true it is.

Good luck with your rehab, we can do this!

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i cant say yet what mistakes ive made with the end

but i can say the biggest mistake in the past, that ive made repeatedly would be announcing a new project im excited about much too early


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Hi Ben,

Have you ever played Magic? And if so, what would you say are some things that exist in magic, that could eventually be incorporated into Hearthstone?

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Hi Clive,

How important is your innocence? It seems like today, it doesn't matter if you did it or not. Once you are accused, unless you have money or someone who takes an interest, you will lose against a system with incredible resources.


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Will $100 won through a certain spinner contest pay enough for your surgery?

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Hey Ed, I've enjoyed literally all your games tremendously! TEIN is a masterpiece so far!

Do you enjoy speed-running your own games? Do you have a current PB for how fast you can beat TEIN?


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Yes, love Magic. There's a lot to learn from a game that has a 20+ year history. Not many games manage that, and I'm hoping to grow old with them together. :)

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There is a lot of interesting stuff about innocence. One thing to bear in mind is how self-destructive innocent people are in the legal system. One, they are no help to me (who did it? I don’t know anything about it!). Two, they make terrible decisions. They are 110% sure they did not do it, so they cannot fathom how a jury of 12 people can find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Kris is an example here. He knows nothing about who did the crime. He hired the lawyer who said he would do it for $20K rather than $250K as he felt it would be easy to find him not guilty. He wanted to rush to trial. He agreed to his (dreadful) lawyer’s (dreadful) advice not to put on his 6 alibi witnesses, or to testify. Etc. Etc. I am not blaming him, but the system does not realise the true impact of innocent clients.


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no, im not that good at video games but i like watching


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Hey Ben! /u/bbrode

Any advice for people looking to get into voice acting, specifically within video games? How would somebody go about applying with Blizzard for voice acting jobs/positions?

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In Guantanamo, is there a town outside of the prison? If so, what is it like?


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Hey man its great you are seeing results, even when they are small. Have you tried rehab with Augmented - Virtual Reality? Ive read some good things about it, and it served as a base for a thing i did for a patient in nyc (you can check it at ourkidscandoanhthing in fb)

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how did you decide on the name Peach for your daughter?


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I have no idea!

I have never done VO for a game. /cryface

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Yes, there is a town around Guantanamo. It is a bit of an irony free zone. There is Recreation Road, that leads down past the Guantanamo Golf Course to the cells. There is McDonalds, where I first encountered the bizarre rule that soldiers had to salute officers, and say “Honor Bound, Sir!” The officer saluted back and said, “To Defend Freedom, soldier!” I thought it was a joke, when first I heard it, and I laughed. But they were serious. I wrote about all this in “Bad Men”, there is rather a lot to tell!


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No, I haven't but I'll check it out. Thanks!

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my wife liked the name peach and i liked the name pj, so we met in the middle and named her Peach Jubilee. technically on paper her name is PJ so if she ends up hating the name she has a lot of options


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Hi Ben

While very small hints of the death Knight and monk classes were found in the files of the game during it's release (vanilla, that is), with the introduction of the new Death Knight themed hero cards, the dream of the three missing classes ever being implemented into Hearthstone are all but dead. I know the previous stance on this was that it would be difficult to balance and, ultimately, unnecessary, but I would still like to know -

1) What is the teams current stance on additional, full classes? Has it changed at all with time?

2) Building on the first question- is the dream really dead now? Are Death Knights, Monks and Demon Hunters ever going to be able to represent themselves in Hearthstone?

Thank you for your time :)

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Didn't want to make such an off topic top level comment, but I'm looking at Google maps, and noticed a Guantanamo bay museum... Did you ever visit? Any interesting pieces there? I can't imagine they get many visitors.


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Driver & Rider here. So sorry it happened to your Triumph btw. What a perfect machine. It's my dream bike and I hope you get another when you're ready.

Post-accident, do you ever feel yourself now having a fundamental lack of trust of others on the road?

I've been the victim in two crashes that totalled my cars. one exactly like yours where they made a left like they didn't even see me and I t-boned them, and a worse crash where I was just driving along on a single lane 40mph road, and someone drifted across the center line and hit me head on and totalled my car.

Sold my bike between crashes to help with finances so I don't even have one now, but honestly I've lost all trust in other drivers and as much as I want to ride, just the thought of it gives me anxiety.

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Hi Ed! First of All, I've been playing The End if Nigh a few hours now and I'm really enjoying it. So here's my question: Of all the game you created, which one is your favorite and why? (I know it's difficult to pick just one)


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1) What is the teams current stance on additional, full classes?

A class needs unique "space" - i.e. things they can do that nobody else can do. Only Paladins get Divine Shield, or "setting Attack/Health", or 1-mana Secrets. Mages are the best at AoE and Blasty single-target spells.

I think we are already having trouble carving out awesome space for 9 classes. I want us to find more unique things for Warlock to do, for example. I think adding a 10th class makes this problem much more difficult, as we could be using that space to make our core 9 classes more fun.

Also, you would be less likely to open cards of your favorite class in card packs, the more that we have in the game.

Something I often think about - what is the 'perfect' number of classes? What would be too many? Is 15 too many? How about 50? I kind of think the number even be less than 9, except that we have some important fantasy considerations.

2) is the dream really dead now? Are Death Knights, Monks and Demon Hunters ever going to be able to represent themselves in Hearthstone?

I'm actually super excited about the way Death Knights are coming to Hearthstone! Making a Death Knight starting hero means making an ultra simple Hero Power.... but now we've been able to create much crazier hero powers.... and we've made NINE different Death Knights. I'm super pumped.

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The Gitmo museum is not really a museum, unless they have built one in the last month or two. It is a few pictures at the airport. I hope one day the whole place will become a museum to injustice, so we do not repeat the mistakes of the past again. (The UK had a Gitmo back in the civil war in the 1640s, and it caused such an uproar that we got the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679…)


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Thanks for the good vibes.

Umm, no not really. I mean, all of the trust I had evaporated pretty quickly after I started riding. Now I'm just totally stoic when other people do stupid shit on the road. What's the point in complaining? It is what is it.

I'm sorry that happened to you, and believe me, I know what you mean!

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isaac, honestly its my favorite because my wife and friends like it so much. so that feels like a success to me and makes me happy.


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Any internship opportunities at Blizzard/Hearthstone?

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What is your opinion on some of the documentaries done on Guantanamo Bay?


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May 13, 2005. The day my entire life changed forever. Motorcycle crash. C-4/C-5 fusion. Bracial plexus injury. Right bicep, right deltoid paralysis. Ended my naval career. I have the exact same injury. I wish the best for you. If you want to talk about it, feel free to PM me. It gets better. I have to ask a question. Can you tell me how you found out about the surgery in Mexico?

Edit: brachial, not biracial.

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What has been your biggest inasparation for making games ? and how do you manage discipline?


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I’ve not seen a decent documentary on Gitmo. You should do one. The real problem is when people think they are going to see anything useful when there. The key to Gitmo is that they only show you the propaganda tour (I got in trouble for coining that phrase!) and nothing about the reality. So the real documentary of Gitmo will be the one where they go and ask to do all the things they cannot do - interview prisoners, see a force feeding, etc. - and make a film about what they are not allowed to do.


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I'm sorry about your injury.

My doctor had just given a conference about his nerve transposition technique in several cities around the world, and my previous doctor attended of these. He along with several other doctors, advised me to go see him immediately, as my injury was his specialty.

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life has always been my biggest inspiration when making games, all of the themes and stories in my work come from something personal ive experienced, especially the bad stuff.

i dont have much discipline... i have a hard time not working and i work pretty obsessively. its been an issue for ages and its hard to hold together a functional family when im constantly working/thinking about what im working on and what im working on next.

im currently trying to learn how to be ok with not constantly being creative


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-When working on expansions, how much of it is done in advance? Do you work expansions ahead of the current set or even the upcoming set?

-Are there any card designs that you've either not been able to get to work (a la Patches in TGT) or that haven't found a place in any set so far? If so, could you share your favorite scrapped card ideas with us?

Thanks for doing this AMA Mr. Brode

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A force feeding? How do they manage to do that?


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What exactly about music are you pursuing? Do you write songs or play instruments (with one hand)? I hope you do well with your rehab.

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If you could, would you change anything major in The End is Nigh now? Or are you completely happy with the game and are happy with the reaction and feedback from your fans all over?


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When working on expansions, how much of it is done in advance? Do you work expansions ahead of the current set or even the upcoming set?

We are nearly done with design on set 3 of the year of the mammoth. We are hard at work on the first set of next year, and are brainstorming ideas for the second set of 2018.

Are there any card designs that you've either not been able to get to work (a la Patches in TGT) or that haven't found a place in any set so far?

Yes

If so, could you share your favorite scrapped card ideas with us?

No

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The force feeding is pretty horrid. General Branz Craddock did not like the fact that the hunger strikers were getting publicity, so he said (in the NY Times) that he would make it “less convenient” for them to do it. So they use tubes that are too big (painful!) and instead of leaving the 110 cm tube in after a feeding, they pull it out each time and force it back in. They force the liquid in too fast. And they have done it to Ahmed Rabbani, for example, every day for the past four and a half years. It is illegal (you are not allowed to force feed a competent hunger striker) but there is no legal system that will stop it…


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I was mainly a bass and guitar player all my life. After the accident, I stopped playing entirely. I didn't even want to move my instruments, so I just left everything kind of as is.

Fortunately, I signed up for a music technology class that semester and I picked up the keyboard (which I already owned), while at the same time learning to use DAWs. Soon after I bought a synth, a MIDI controller, and a good looper pedal and starting getting into production kiinda.

Right now, I mainly practice making simplish songs/loops using the looper, the synth, the keyboard w/presets, and the controller, though I rarely write or record anything. I was also gifted a trumpet recently and have been relearning how to play, and it's been a lot of fun!

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if i could change one thing id probably add more warp points and show chapter status on pause


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Do you play other blizz games like overwatch or wow? What is the relationship between the developing teams of different games?

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I think with a tube? Mos Def tried to do it as a demonstration but he stopped before things got too far because it was too much for him. I think you can find that on YouTube...


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Damn. Haha I do hope you can play your guitar again! I wish you luck. Thanks for the AMA, I hope you can give hope to the other patients you go to rehab with.

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Hey Edmund, just wanted to say thanks for everything, your appearance on indie game the movie inspired me to start my own project. The passion you have for gamedev and art is inspirational. Thanks so much.
I would like to ask how do you come up with your ideas?
Do you like how the game industry is at the moment or is there anything you would like to see happening?


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Yeah, definitely. We are very close. I often have lunch with the directors of the other teams. A lot of people on the other teams meet up with each other to share ideas.

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Reprieve helped organise that - you can find it on our youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hQ5xz_5to4


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Thanks! :)

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i base my ideas on real life experiences.

i would like to see the industry or people in the industry express themselves more with their chosen artistic medium instead of constantly talking about it. i feel like it would be more impactful, passionate and moving if people used their work to express their feelings


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My personal favourite card is Dreadsteed. Regardless of how good it is, what is your favourite card you and your team have designed?

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Hi Clive, thanks a lot for taking part and for doing your admirable work.

For your successful cases, do the families of the victims normally accept the verdict (either that the person is innocent, or that the death penalty is not a humane punishment)?


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Sorry still curious, doesn't it hurt from time to time or don't you get random twitches/spasm of your arm?

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Hey Ed, I'm loving The End is Nigh so far and I really like the decision for the soundtrack to cover pieces of classical music. Why did you guys decide to do that as opposed composing entirely original music like Rebirth?


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Lord Jaraxxus

EREDAR LORD OF THE BURNING LEGION

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I try to talk to the victim’s family always. There are very very few cases where that has not been the case, as I hate the pain they go through, and often the lies they are told. Kris’ case is one of the very few where the (sad to say, nasty) prosecutor at the time of the hearing in 1995 said she would have me prosecuted if I tried to talk to the victims, which was very sad, and I am sure they hate me for not talking to them. I wish I could share things with them. More often than not, though, I have had a really good relationship with the victim’s family, and I hope sometimes have been able to help them with their suffering. It is really important to help people understand (where possible) why someone they loved got senselessly killed.


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No worries, ask away!

I have like a general soreness. Imagine how you arm would feel the day after you did a bunch of exercise after a long time of doing nothing. I feel about 50% of that feeling, all the time.

Then I get random flashes of nerve pain that vary in intensity and duration, but usually don't last more than a minute.

And yeah, I also sometimes get twitches or spasms, though more frequently now than before.

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the short answer is we wanted it to be done fast. also it just felt correct


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Would you ever consider separating the mobile and desktop clients to make the desktop client more feature rich? Lobbies, Tournament modes, 2v2? Would love to see more features, would pay for them too!

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Hey Clive! Your current case sounds interesting, and I'll try to follow it and see where it goes.

How do you go about finding these clients, and how do you decide their case is worth taking?


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Wow, how much did the synth + controller run you? Hoping to get new ones of my own when The Budget allows. Got a soundcloud I could check out?

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Do you think of yourself as a game developer or do you feel like you're an artist and designer that sometimes makes video games?


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I don't feel like we have basically ever been restricted on cool new features due to the parity we shoot for between platforms. We have wildly talented UI Designers who are up for the challenge.

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I’ve not got just one case, there are lots going on. But Kris is taking up a lot of my time. I’ve never really “chosen” cases. It used to be just the next guy facing execution. Nowadays, it tends to be someone who is caught up in something really terrible. So one thing we recently brought against Trump was his current effort to assassinate two journalists. He has an assassination list, started by Obama. Lots of people on it. It is mad. It is like we are in the time of the Borgias. Another demented policy decision in response to the “War of Terror” (as Borat calls it).


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Synth was a Roland System One (~$300) and the controller was a maschine mk1 (~$70). I got them both on ebay.

Haha I don't have one! But I'll make one in a bit and upload some stuff.

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i definitely think of myself as an artist that sometimes makes video games, i think this is the one thing that sets me apart from a majority of other people in the industry


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Hey Ben,

I wanted to ask why the decision was made to make Hero Cards of the hero (Rexxar, for example) behave in a way that ignores your alternate hero portrait?

I couldn't care either way, but I'm seeing many people have qualms with (or at least, questions about) the way it was handled. They paid $10 to hide Rexarr and rock Alleria, so I think they're a bit bummed that the card doesn't shift with the deck to become "Deathstalker Alleria" or something. Was it due to the extra work it would require? Would it cause inconsistency and/or confusion?

I think that Hero Cards are an astounding idea, but I can see where people are disappointed in this unique case where they're themed off of our hero entities (Rexxar/Alleria the Hunter class, opposed to say, Hemet Nessingwary as a Hero Card replacement).

Will these Hero Cards ever be non-heroes? Will they ever be depictions of Alleria, Magni, Medivh, etc.?

Thank you so much!!

EDIT: Also, has the team ever considered making "puzzles?" Certain scenarios you had to figure out a la Adventure Mode, maybe with small gold rewards or a weekly rotation like TB? For example, "how much damage do I need to win in one turn?" Thanks again.

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Can you elaborate on and/or provide sources to back up your claim about this assassination list? I don't doubt things like this exist at all, mind you, but I would like to see some kind of proof to that statement if you can provide it.


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cool man don't give up keep making that music

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I noticed you tagged the Indie Game the Movie crew on Twitter earlier this week, could we expect an Indie Game the Movie sequel?


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Hero cards are a new thing that replaces your hero, not transforms them. It's a bit weird because these 9 hero cards feel like a transformation, but it's possible to turn from Anduin -> Jaraxxus -> Deathstalker Rexxar -> Jaina DK Hero -> Uther DK Hero, for example. (assuming you do some weird thoughtsteal shenanigans.) I think seeing the art of the hero helps you understand what's going on in the game, and what Hero Power your opponent is going to be using from now on. If you play Deathstalker Rexxar as Jaina and then it looks like Jaina still but with the Rexxar power... I dunno, that seems very weird to me.

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I recently wrote a long-read about it, and it's been extensively reported in the press: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/state-sponsored-assassination/


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Thanks man!

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i have no idea what they have planned, but theyre filming me right now. so far 20 hours of footage of tyler eating


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Not to make light but have you given yourself "the stranger"?


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Hey Ed, which of your games do you personally find the most fun to play?

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I feel sorry for your boyfriend going to Gitmo. I will say I have found a lot of the soldiers there delightful and most have been really nice to me. They get filled up with nonsense about the prisoners though. One woman there had been told that my client, Moazzam Begg, was Hannibal the Cannibal Lecter, and would bite his way through the bars. He ended up making friends with her, and they are still in touch now that he is home safe in England. Anyway, I hope to meet your boyfriend when he is down there and I visit. But be kind of him and send him lots of care packages, get him on Skype every day, and make sure he has something interesting to do in his spare time - it is a dull place for the soldiers, though I kind of enjoy it now that I only go for a week at a time.


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To my shame, yes I have. It was ineffective, to say the least.

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isaac


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I have a similar problem. May I ask how much it was for the surgery?


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I will PM you!

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i have a design for an rts that i think is super interesting, i cant say why for obvious reasons but id make it stand out with poop and dead things


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I'm sure you have a unique perspective on this - what's your stance on shutting down Guantanamo Bay? Specifically, if you're in favor of closing it (which I'm guessing you are), what should we do with the people in it?

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Was it your fap arm?


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Do you think your creativity has gone down lately? I've seen you talk in your interviews about how pressure and pain was your go-to motivation fuel to make art stuff, and now that you're happy and making money, do you feel like that has affected you?

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Shutting Gitmo is a no brainer. There are 41 people in it. Perhaps 10 would face trial - and they can, as someone like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed boasted on video that he was behind 9/11 so why not just put him on trial. The ones who cannot be tried should not be tried - that has been the rule since 1215, just 802 years ago, when we decided we should give people trials. Why should we change it now?


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Yes T__T

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my creativity has definitely not gone down

the past 3 years for me have been the hardest years of my life and choosing to start a family has made things that much more complicated. money doesnt make people happy and it doesnt fix much


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What can people do to help make this happen?

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Have you tried masturbating with that arm? If so what's it like?


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Hey! BoI is one of my favorite games of all time and since it's partially influenced by the Zelda series, I was wondering what other (if any) game series that you grew up playing could be "punched up" with some of that McMillen Special Sauce™?

Thank you so much for everything that you've contributed to the world, my brother and I have bonded time and again over BoI and it's all thanks to you.

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Keep making noise. Lawyers are only a small part of the battle, by the way. There are thousands of things you can do. Artists can do art. Writers can write. Nobody is without a talent that can help achieve justice...


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To my shame, yes I have. It was ineffective, to say the least.

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ive thought about attempting a mega man, maybe one day


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Have you ever refused a case because of the severity/nastiness of the crimes committed?

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What was the most difficult thing you had to adapt to after your arm was paralysed?


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Hey Edmund been a fan since 2001 when I found dead baby dress up on newgrounds. And just wanted to say thanks for the years of enjoyment. And fuck you for pre-buff Lost.

Given how long you've made games and the variety of them, What is a genre of game you would like to make but haven't yet?

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I have never refused a case because the facts were too bad. Indeed, the worse the facts, normally the more compelling the reason why it happened. But I have refused a case where the individual had money. So I was asked to take on Saddam Hussein’s case and I have no problem with him getting effective representation - his hanging was a sorry reflection on humanity no matter what he did. But he had money and could get others to do it, so I would rather focus on those who have no money.


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The most difficult? That's hard.

Sex, writing, and playing music was the hardest for me at first. After a while, you get used to everything.

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RTS, i have a few loose designs for some. its all about having the time to do it


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How did you learn about Kris' case?

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Glad you lived and are making a recovery! Drove past this same type of accident yesterday morning. Unfortunately the motorcycle driver yesterday did not make it. Were you wearing a helmet?


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I missed out on the Meat Boy stress balls last time... Any chance we could see some for TEiN?

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheEndIsNigh/comments/6hauz1/ash_is_a_ball_now_bounce_him_as_much_as_you_like/

/u/endcmj made it look pretty appealing!

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I learned about Kris’ case from the British consulate in Atlanta. It is a rather sore point, as the nice chap there asked me to help Kris. I went to do that, and naturally said yes, as it is always so hard to say no. And then when we needed financial help to get experts and witnesses, the British government denied that they had asked me to help him. So Reprieve ends up in a big financial hole on it all, and I am a tiny bit pissed off at the Government for reneging on a promise they made at one time to help him by giving him a loan to get his witnesses.


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Full gear, ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time).

I'd be dead if I hadn't.

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its possible, tyrone has actually proposed this idea.

fun fact: i did the math wrong on those stress balls and we lost money on top of having to ship out 500 balls :(


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So, the British aren't coming?

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Anything you'd recommend to new riders? Taking my license in about a month or so, and will be doing ATGATT as well, having been in two minor solo wipeouts so far(once on a illegal 6 gear moped, second during first riding lesson, rider in front braked, I misread the situation and braked too hard on the front brake, and since I was an idiot on the only bike without ABS, down I went. It was very wet and slippery both times).

Locking up the front wheel in pouring rain isn't fun, that's for sure.


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Is Afterbirth coming to Vita for real?

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You are right. The British are not being very helpful to some of our British clients, though I do think they will intervene legally, if not financially, for Kris Maharaj. It does make you think though. Kris was a millionaire back in the day, and paid lots of taxes, and now that he is destitute and was facing the electric chair, you might think the Brits would do what the Germans, the Spanish, the Italians, the Mexicans, and others do, and help prisoners get meaningful representation. They should not leave it just to do-gooders like us!


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Well since you've already taken riding lessons and are ATGATT, I don't have much else to say except good luck!

Watch a Twist of the Wrist 2, if you haven't already.

Find a place to practice if you can and do it every once in a while. Buy a good backpack. Sweatproof stuff for summer and thermals for winter are a must. Don't take passengers until you've ridden 6 months or 1,500 miles. Don't die...

Stay alert, be safe, have fun!

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i dont know :(


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Why do you include your middle name?

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I am rooting for you. I know a guy in wheelchair from an accident (decades ago) and told him to hang in there -- he said even if they figured out a way to deal with the paralysis his muscles would be too weak for rehab but I am optimistic about that too and I suspect you have an opinion about this?


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Hey Edmund, is The end is Nigh a true story in some way?

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Why do I include my middle name? I don’t! It is Adrian, and I hate it. My last name is Stafford Smith, without a hyphen, because my Dad changed it way back when, and was too cheap to pay the extra £3 to put a hyphen in. He wanted to call me Adrian, whereupon the initials would have been ASS, entirely appropriate perhaps, but not nice for me. So my Mum noticed, and now I am just Clive ASS…


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Muscles can be rebuilt. That's exactly what I'm doing right now. Granted, it's not the same as both legs, but in the end there's always hope for improvement. Always. Even if it's just a tiny bit better, if you do something, anything, you're definitely not going to get worse.

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the end is nigh is based on my experience making video games so its true in a very abstract way


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Lmao thanks for that interesting and hilarious story. I wasn't trying to be a dick; I've just always been curious about the mindset of people who use their middle names.

I guess every case you're involved in is technically a Cl-ASS action lawsuit.

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Pro arm wrestler


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How do you manage to balance your work as a game developer and your personal life? Also, I really love your games!

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I agree about the middle name thing. It’s odd. They do it to people on death row to make them less human.


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i dont. this is an issue, i hope i get better.


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Just reading up on Kris' case.. why do you think he was framed?

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Was it hard to type this with one hand?


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Hey Edmund! Wanted to say that you've been a huge inspiration to me and that it's been a pleasure playing your fantastic games through my teen years and into adulthood. I think I've come a long way since reading the design breakdown included in the SMB Ultra Rare edition when I was 13-or-so, but I'm sure I'd be a drastically different person if not for reading that all those years ago. Media analysis and design are my greatest passions, and I think I might owe at least part of that to you. Thanks for directing me to what I love most. I hope one day I can inspire people half as much as you've inspired me.

Anyway here's my question: Who were/are your inspirations as an artist?

And a question from my friend who doesn't have internet right now: Now that there's nothing quite like Newgrounds in its prime and the competition to get your ideas noticed on the internet has gotten so much tougher, do you have any advice for a creative person trying to make connections with other creative people of different skillsets? She asked me to add that you're a role model to her and that you make her want to pursue her artistic dreams, "or whatever."

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In terms of Kris being framed, there was just a system for it back then. A former police officer told me, and then testified under oath, that they had a deal with the Cartel that when the Cartel wanted to kill someone they would have a cop on duty at the scene to make sure they did not get into trouble. The officer gave me a list of 17 homicides where a corrupt element of the police had been involved. I tried to get the FBI to do something about this, but they showed no interest. Sadly, there was so much drug money around that a cop could make a year’s salary by turning a blind eye, and that was a big temptation. In 1985, fully ten percent of the whole police force there was arrested or fired for corruption!


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Yeah, a little

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growing up the things that inspired me most were stuff like garbage pail kids, horror movies, DnD, mtg,zines,weirdo underground comics , community television and just general artistic weirdos.

i wish i knew but id like to believe there are communities out there if you just put in the work finding them, befriending people and getting your work out there.


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What's the average day like for a lawyer such as your self?

If you could go back to college would you change your interest to a different profession?

What's your favorite part of being a lawyer?

And lastly, how did you decide being a lawyer was your calling?

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I can't even imagine. I'm happy that you're going to physical therapy though!! I've never been paralyzed but I can imagine it's like trying to move something you naturally can't, like your ears for example? Is this true? I've heart it somewhere before. Wishing you the best~~


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Hi, Ed! Huge fan of your work!

It always seems like you have a ton of separate projects at once. I mean, even right now there's End of Nigh which you've only just finished, Legend of Bumbo, Ouroboros, and probably more I'm forgetting. What's it like balancing so many projects at once and how do you handle it?

Also if you had the opportunity to eat the pillsbury doughboy, would you?

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I consider myself incredibly privileged because there is no such thing as an average day. It is the reason why I don’t understand why lawyers think they should be so well paid. We are incredibly fortunate in other ways already. So each day I tend to have something different and fascinating to do. I just wish there were 72 ours in the day. That would allow me to do what I did today much better – I had to dig a huge hole for a sunken trampoline for my kid’s 9th birthday surprise tomorrow. It took two days actually, as it was (I worked out) 18 tonnes of clay. I needed to have about 20 hours to do that, 10 hours to respond to all these questions, then another 40 hours to do some work on Kris Maharaj’s case and maybe 10 to help some of the others in the office, then I would have had a productive day! (Ah, but I need 8 hours sleep and I notice I am already up to 80…)


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No, it's more like not remembering how to move something. Like if you suddenly completely forgot the mental mechanisms to do so, and you're trying to figure it out.

Thanks!

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i tend to have a lot of projects going at once because theres something inspiring about the chaos, its sometimes helpful for me to be thnking about a range of things at once to stay focused and motivated.

Danielle(wife) here, its terrible. send help.


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As somebody from Louisiana/about to take the bar exam here, I first just wanted to thank you for your work in the state, namely that related to LCAC. I've had the opportunity to see LCAC's work over the past year and a half or so and seeing them handle the very worst of the worst cases has been motivating, to say the least.

My question is - how does one get the opportunity to work cases out of Gitmo? Between what I've read and what I've heard it looks like you've either got to be a veteran death penalty attorney or someone who's spent a good stint in JAG corps. Are you aware of anybody who hasn't followed one of those two tracks?

Hopefully Gitmo is closed before the time I would ever be close to meeting the requirements for the civilian attorney pool, but taking on those kinds of cases drew my interest ever since I first started reading about all of it.

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When/if you regain movement in your arm, what is the first thing you will do with your newly restored limb?


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Are we going to see new achievements added in an Isaac booster?

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Not at all. Most of the lawyers who have done cases in Gitmo have been pro bono corporate lawyers. We had a coalition of about 500 at one point, and I would guess that there were about 5 capital defence lawyers, 15 federal defenders, maybe 10 other NGO types, a few academics, and 450 corporate lawyers. Now there are many fewer of us, and the capital and NGO types tend still to be there. You are most welcome, but I should warn you that nobody ever gets paid anything…


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Learn to play the bass again. Hug my girlfriend. Start benching. Play basketball again.

Feel normal.

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yes. i have something planned in a few months


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Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit, believes that the use of legal injection is a way for Americans to lie to themselves that what they are doing is not cruel; that if the death penalty is to remain, people should see the true meaning of this method carried out (e.g. hanging, guillotine, and firing squad). Aside from disagreeing with the death penalty as a whole, and being one who is heavily involved in the matter, what is your opinion on the use of lethal injection?

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How's masturbation?


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I first learned of you from the documentary Indie Games when it debuted on Netflix some years ago. I strongly admire your passion for your art and the human experience.

My question: Do you feel like you were accurately and fairly portrayed in the film?

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He is right of course. Everything about the death penalty is dressed up to make it seem a kinder, gentler form of death. The whole protocol is for the people doing it and watching, not the prisoner. So, first, they strap you down tight and give you a paralytic agent in lethal injection, not because it makes you feel better, but so the watching people cannot see you writhe in agony. With the Electric Chair, they used the big leather flap over the face of the prisoner not for him, but so the witnesses could not see his agony. And so on. Then we have silly things like the last meal – as Nicky Ingram said, why would I want to eat when you are about to kill me? So he asked for a cigarette, which they refused because it was bad for his health (I finally persuaded them to give him a damned cigarette). And so forth. So I would go further than Kozinski. I think you should not just watch the execution, in all its glory, but you should do what Paul Hamann did in 14 Days in May, and follow the last two weeks, to see the impact of it all on the condemned person, all the other prisoners, the guards, and everyone else. It is just barbaric.


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Very well, thank you!

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yes, but they made me sound more sane than i am, also probably helped that other people said crazier things :)


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Do you think we're on the path to abolishing the death penalty in the US? What can us non-lawyers do to help change public opinion and end the death penalty? Thank you so much for your heroic work!

A:

How hard did you find it to carry out everyday tasks without the use of your right arm?


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I really love the tight controls in The End is Nigh! Feels really great so far :)

Do you feel like tight, precise controls are very high up on your priority list? Also, if you had to choose one, what is the most important aspect for you to focus on, when designing a game?

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The death penalty will be abolished in the US. Executions have dropped from a high of 100 to 20 last year. With 2900 people on death row, it would take 145 years to kill those folk, not accounting for new cases, and presumably some would have died of old age by then… The death penalty is a dinosaur, but even in its death throes the T Rex can thrash around very dangerously. But if there is one thing that is certain it is that the history books are no more going to say executing people was a cool idea than we do burning witches at the stake…


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How hard? It depends on the task, really. I am surprisingly dexterous with my left arm and hand now so I can manage my way through most tasks. Though some, like dishwashing, are infuriating and I can never really manage well.

Honestly it is a little frustrating most of the time, but like everything, you get used to it and get better at it.

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tight controls are very important in platformers, because the player needs to feel like theyre in control of their mistakes in order to manage their frustration.

the key to a good platformer is making the player feel like theyre in control of a super hero. no one wants to play as a character hindered by reality.

to me the most important aspect to focus on when designing a game is making sure the games themes and design speak to each other in as many ways as possible.


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How many death row inmates did you represent that are now free today?

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What's your favorite tropical fruit?


Q:

When can we expect afterbirth+ for Xbox one and will boosters be available? I'd pay for a quarterly booster pack on Xbox. Love playing Isaac and always want more

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In terms of how many of my clients are free - actually an amazing number. Not all of them made it as far as death row, but the state was trying to send them there. One astounding sequence involved 171 capital cases in Orleans Parish (New Orleans) back in 1999-2003, where we managed to free 126 of the people. The conservative story here is that they had the wrong person in 74.9% of the time, so that the real killer was still out there. The liberal story was that the whole police system was profoundly dysfunctional if they were arresting the wrong person that often.


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I've read that the defense attorneys in capital cases will often hold back an issue or two at each level of appeal, in order to purposefully stretch out the litigation. Do you think that attorneys who do that should be sanctioned?

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Seeing your title, I immediately wondered if you were CG, then reading his reply to your original post seems like it was really helpful for you. I’m so sorry that you’ve been going through this, but happy that you’re fighting to get back to fitness!

Anyway, do you have any sensation in your arm now? If you can’t feel anything with it, do you keep it in a sling or anything? Also, did you have to go to Mexico because no US hospitals would attempt the procedure?


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Hey Ed, what did you use to make the art and animations in The End Is Nigh and how long did it take you?

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No lawyer holds back issues on appeal, that is just silly. On the other hand, the first appeal may take ten years, and by then the world has changed, and we have all learned a lot, so there is never a time when I have worked on a case and lost the first round and cannot come up with new issues for the second round of appeals. But it is getting very very hard now, under the “Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act” (which is not effective!). Kris Maharaj’s recent victory, being allowed a hearing in federal court on a successive appeal, is a very rare event.


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Thank you! I feel somethings in some areas, and in others I feel almost nothing. In some areas I can feel pain/wetness/hotness/electricity, and in some I can't. It's really weird and interesting sometimes. The other day I burned my skin completely off by accident and I didn't feel a thing.

No, I went to Mexico because it was cheaper and my parents are Mexican.

Shoutout to u/CG_Ops, the badass one-handed rider who helped me with kind words and advice!

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i used flash, i still use flash. it took me about 6 months to do all the art for the game, part timeish.

this game was a lot less graphics intensive for me than my other games, due to the flat shaded style. the great majority of time was spent making levels.


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What is the most interesting case you've worked on?

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Do you find yourself more focused on your interests (music specifically) since your accident? And if so, how, if at all, has your approach to your craft changed?


Q:

Do you like (single- or multiplayer) FPS games?

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In terms of the most interesting case I have ever had, I would have to decline to answer in a sentence. I have had so many, so varied, so fascinating. I could list thirty that would tie for the top one. I guess one day I need to describe all of them in a book.


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Interestingly, yes! I find that I value much more the things I enjoy doing. Since everything is a little more difficult, it's feels like the things that I enjoy struggling to do are the things that are worth it.

I kind of answered that question in another comment:

I was mainly a bass and guitar player all my life. After the accident, I stopped playing entirely. I didn't even want to move my instruments, so I just left everything kind of as is.

Fortunately, I signed up for a music technology class that semester and I picked up the keyboard (which I already owned), while at the same time learning to use DAWs. Soon after I bought a synth, a MIDI controller, and a good looper pedal and starting getting into production kiinda.

Right now, I mainly practice making simplish songs/loops using the looper, the synth, the keyboard w/presets, and the controller, though I rarely write or record anything. I was also gifted a trumpet recently and have been relearning how to play, and it's been a lot of fun!

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multiplayer


Q:

How fast were you going during the crash?

A:

As someone not entirely in the loop it seemed like The End Is Nigh came out of nowhere. When did work start on the game and how much of your time have you been spending on it recently? Thanks for all your work btw, you've made so many of my favourite games!


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About 40 mph. I probably smacked into him like at 35 with the braking.

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so we started work in december 2016, but it was mostly using the foundation of 0uroboros. i worked part time to full time since then and tyler has been working on it full time.

it seemingly came out of nowhere because i wasnt positive that we were going to finish it and didnt want to announce another game that could be stuck in limbo so we played it safe and waited until the last minute to announce and attempt to hype this game.


Q:

Hey man had a very similar accident when I was riding. Lost my arm for about a year or so and now have full movement. The doctors told me I had a 50/50 chance of regaining my arm, what was your percentage?

A:

what is ash? and are you goinng to challange the completionist again?


Q:

Wow, congratulations!

The doctor said he wasn't sure how much I was going to recover, but how much I advance these few years will tell. He said that the goal was a 70-90% recovery.

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youll find out if you play the game a lot and yes i already did


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Yo Ed, any advice for someone new to the indie dev scene who would want to do a one person or small team project? Also how high should a newcomer set their expectations for their first major release? P.S. I've watched Indie Game the Movie countless times as inspiration for trying to get into indie games and have become addicted to watching other indie game documentaries.


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What are some games you like to play/ have been playing in your spare time? I know that you're probably busy alot between the baby and making games, but I'm sure you find some time here and there to play some stuff that isn't yours.

A:

yes! i draft MTG every week with my friends, we play cube. my wife and i also play pokemon go a ton with our friends

we also play a lot of party games on the weekends like times up, telestrations, and a heavily modded version of cards against humanity


Q:

Favourite FARGO season?

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season 2 easily, probably one of the best seasons of any show ive seen on tv


Q:

Good day, Edmund.

I'm curious to know how it is that you use the "language" of video games to create a narrative that complements gameplay. How do you go about designing gameplay mechanics that can also work as story elements?

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this is a difficult one to explain. i attempt to take mechanics that abstractly mirror or complement elements of the games story or theme and run them parallel.

for example, the ends theme is stress and pressure, the feeling that something is going to end soon but never does and questioning if all the effort is worth it. i feel that comes through in the games design, story, and theme


Q:

Any chance you make a new Spewer game or something similiar?

A:

stranger things have happened, but currently no plans.


Q:

Hey ed :) Are there any games planned after your bumbo game? (Ps i just wanted to thank you for the binding of isaac you made thousands of hours more enjoyable for me)

A:

i have no games set in stone after bum-bo. BUT id love to take a stab at mewgenics again, maybe aether, or something totally new