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    Come join us in our never ending battle against the horde of zombies and sub humans!
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    It all started one fateful day with Bors, Billy and Rowen in voice chat. Bors had been recollecting a story that happened outside his apartment where one man shouted the N-word at another, which violated a rule he agreed to follow; no demeaning identity based-slurs, period. Phal had already been receiving a lot of complaints about Bors from Rowen at this point in time. Most of us make the mistake of using these terms publicly which is why its not really a big deal and its not heavily enforced, we simply delete or mention that these words shouldnt be used in public chats and we move on. However, when Billy noted that to Bors, he told him to "get over it" and abruptly left the voice chat. This prompted Billy to document the incident in his docket which made Bors furious. Just so everyone is aware, Billy's docket exists to protect people from over-moderation. We can't demote or kick people without reason and those reasons have to be recorded for future reference. Members have to break a certain amount of rules to be kicked or banned which has resulted in a positive and clean chat without needing to punish anyone. The idea is to keep the area clean because it elevates the discourse, rather than actually punishing anyone. So Billy keeps a record of every warning he gives and most of the time if the warning is heeded its not even recorded. We sided with Billy because Bors wasn't respecting Billy's job and place within the staff; he saw himself as something bigger or greater probably because of the stature he once held in the community. We had our first tiff based on his lack of respect for Billy's position as well as the rules he signed up for when he set off on this journey with us. Due to his behavior on old Diplo, Phal set him up with a first strike going out the gate as to remind him of his past transgressions against other community members in the events that led up to the schism. The idea was that we'd give him three strikes before we'd have to take major action but, right now, if I had to count we probably gave Bors 10 chances that we never initially agreed for him to have. We were very lenient. Bors did very little at first and we gave him a pass because we realized we never set him up with a direction or expectations of work to be accomplished, but we were sure that after we put him on a track to success that he'd start working again. We were hopeful with the first praetorian release despite its flaws and we were extremely happy with the second. Part of website initiatives were to re-purpose it away from a community posting area towards community content creation .The community had moved along to discord and insisting on forum posts for community communication when a fraction of the memberbase were interested in that mode of communication was asinine. Something had to change. Bors was an excellent content creator and so we chose the praetorian as the flagship of diplomunion.com. So Bors started having issues in his personal life around the time the second praetorian was published and needed to take a step back from Diplo, to which we agreed. We posted many messages of personal assurance and let him know that he could take as much time as he needed to figure things out. Fast forward to the TOG partnership, Spank and Phal needed graphics and other materials from Bors to which he agreed to provide at the dates they were asked to be provided. A praetorian was slated to be released to announce the partnership and everyone was working to ensure the deadlines we set for project completion were met. A huge pride point of the new Diplo team was that we were efficient and fast moving at getting our jobs done, and we accomplished a lot in the 6 or 7 months leading up to the official TOG partnership. The only part of the TOG partnership deal was the graphics/praetorian portion. We continually asked Bors for the materials he agreed to give at the deadlines he agreed to have them on and we kept getting requests for extension after extension. Which was really OK, but the praetorian was postponed around 5 times until it appeared it was going to be postponed indefinitely. All during the while we were asking Bors if a bi-monthly publishing schedule was too much to follow through on, we'd be happy with something released at his own pace. He refused us at every turn and assured us the praetorian would be coming at a future date. As the delays became longer and longer, Phal and I became increasingly frustrated that everyone had finished their portion of the work and the easiest part (i recreated the whole praetorian from scratch in 2 hours in photoshop) was the hold up. I told Bors that in the future I'd be forced to account for the delays and may not even tie any scheduled releases to the praetorian, at which Bors got very upset. He started accusing us of guilt tripping him while I was only pointing out that I couldn't trust his word when it came to praetorian release dates. We didn't talk for a week at which point Bors decided to go full free speech warrior, said that he no longer found diplo fun and started spamming expletives and slurs in the pub. He received multiple warnings and continued to which he was demoted from being a director and his valued member status. He was at the point where he had to break one more rule to get kicked from the server (according to our moderation rules) but I suppose he wasn't aware. At the end I feel betrayed by Bors. I feel betrayed because when I resigned in 2010 it was because I felt that Grunty was railroading Bors at every turn. I've repeatedly stated that Bors was the heart and soul of this community, an overly emotional and very passionate figure who took many things too seriously in an endearing way. But the circumstances of his demotion and departure leave me with my head scratching. In my experience these past 9 months I find that Bors has had a huge issue in keeping his word. Trust is everything to me and he didn't follow through on the rules and guidelines every other director agreed to. He saw himself as above the rules he signed up for. He also didn't follow through on his word with the constant praetorian deadlines. If he said that the praetorian wasn't being released at all we would've moved on and found a different solution, the constant stringing along with the bait and switch really soured my perception of how much I should trust him. Currently, he now spends his days with the people I fought because they were being unfair to Bors. I don't forget their racism accusations, likening him to a white supremacist, the overly dramatic complaints or when he was unwittingly recorded while drunk and humiliated. We always wanted the best for him which is why we pushed for him to get therapy, get his alcoholism under control. In the end, I've been on team Bors for 13 years and the moment I needed him to be on mine, he bailed on me. Bors was the person I handed off the community to in 2010. Bors being disrespected and sidelined was the reason why I resigned in 2011 and a huge disagreement I held with Cniper that flared up from time to time. I paid the domain from my own pocket for 3 years because Bors either didn't remember or was beefing with someone on Diplo, and each time I paid I ensured that nobody knew I was paying behind their back so Bors didn't have to worry about being lampooned for missing out on such a small responsibility. I did so much that Bors would probably never be able to repay and I never expected repayment, but its disappointing. All in all I wish Bors happiness and the best of luck in the future. Its a shame that things ended up this way but I'm sure he sees things differently, but this is my version of events.
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    Yeah that's some of the bad things, sometimes kids just get cancer and die. I played and talked with Viper pretty much every night for years. I know Jim doesn't have supernatural powers though or else I'd be dead now for some of the mapping choices I've done over the years. Oh I also made the Infestation Forums with Viper for Parasite 2, it's a shame they finally deleted the site just a few months ago.
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    I don't know. I hired this one gypsy lady to curse someone I didn't like at work, and they got cancer. Then they died, in a horrible deepfryer accident. Worked out pretty well I think.
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    So it's this time of the year, I haven't done any so far this year because of lack of time, but I finally have some time to dedicate to crafting a thread that is worth posting. WINTER SEASON First let's start with Winter season (anime that start in December 2018 and end in February 2019): Mob Psycho Season II: ONE's ACTUAL good work, not One Overrated Punch Man, And it's done by Studio bones! Here's the opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epZaT8B31-g After season opinion: wow this anime improved on everything that made season 1 amazing and made it MUCH MUCH better, starting with the HEAVY fucking hitting first episode, jesus christ this season was a roller coaster of feels. RECOMMENDED. The Promised Neverland: The second big hitter of the season, The Promised Neverland was one of the most anticipated anime of the season and it's a thriller! Here's the opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JoFsTDfd-8 After season opinion: some mixed but mostly high opinions about the anime, definitely a mostly recommended anime though, should watch it if you're going for 2019 anime of high to excellent quality. DORORO: Amazon's first foray into big anime! what?!: And the best part of it was that they decided to not go for a MOESHIT anime that sells well with weebs and just that, it's actually an oldschool anime! a remake of an 80s classic anime, what the fuck didn't expect this at all! Here's the opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgQR2O8PGf4 After season opinion: while some issues on some episodes with animation quality, definitely WAY higher quality than ANYTHING Netflix has produced and a fitting remake to the Classic 80s Dororo anime. mostly recommended. SPRING SEASON Now with Spring 2019 (Starting on March), and the anime that aired that season, this season was actually heavily filled with high quality content, or so I thought. Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2: Alright, so the first anime I'm going to mention of course has to be the HEAVY hitter of the season, attack on titan's Season 3 part 2, this season was SO fucking hype you cannot imagine it, it really was incredible what they managed to pull off in 10 episodes: Here's the opening! (Don't watch it if you haven't seen previous seasons, you have been warned): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhYg5NrN-r8 After season opinion: Totally deserving of the hype, WIT Studio brought their A game with this. Recommended Kimetsu no Yaiba: We had an anime with an opening by the fucking incredibly cute Lisa! oh wait, when have I heard this before? *cough SAO*, alright let's not judge the anime by the singer shall we? Here's the opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmanD_s7G3U After season opinion: So yeah, it looks nice, has a catchy opening, and all... too bad that the anime is a generic shonen that made me drop it by episode 8 or 9. Plus some people like the "animation" but the actual coloring makes it all seem like it's a very generic anime, at some point the villain starts to attack with literal paint looking red arrows, it got ridiculous and I dropped it, I heard it got somewhat hype later on but I don't know, watch at your own risk. One Punch Man season 2: Oh boy, so fucking hyped! new one punch man! oh wait, I forgot that this was One's shitty alternative to mob psycho, totally undeserving of the hype, doesn't matter though, the animation is top notch! right?... right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIK39VOoezs After season opinion: meh, that's about what I can say for this shit, the studio that they decided to give this shit was a moetrash studio, who cheapened out on the animation plus not just that but the entire season feels like a fucking dick tease, it literally does nothing or get to anything relevant. It's an okay "watch if you got NOTHING better to do" though. Fruits Basket 1st Season (remake): Beautiful slice of life anime, that's about everything you need to know, it's high quality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80oOmZSMlx0 After season opinion: Really good, if you're into Slice of Life, definitely give it a watch. Boungou Stray Dogs Season 3: Uh, oh god. This is one of those anime that came from the "dark era" of anime where there was nothing better to watch so we watched this shit, it's a heavy yaoi themed anime, with a cool opening/theme and just that, it's really really woman oriented if you're a fujoshi you'll probably enjoy it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEW937Rwl1Q After season opinion: It was okay lol, just that I guess, definitely better than OPM season 2. Carole & Tuesday: An anime by the creator of Cowboy Bebop, of course it has to be HEAVY on the music, hyped as fuck and underrated as fuck too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxFpNkOD5UE After season opinion: Music anime in 2019 lole... definitely a joke. Jokes on you, it was actually great! such a cute anime with an amazing soundtrack, two girls who have a street band duo? yes please! Recommended because Watanabe knows his shit. -------------------------------- SUMMER SEASON Well what can we say about this season other than the fact that it was hyped as fuck for the fact that everyone had gotten back their addiction to anime thanks to shingeki season 3 part 2! Let's see how it does: DR STONE: Well, this anime was hyped as fuck because it's manga was decently rated and serialized on shonen jump, did it live its expectations? Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF4faMbs5oQ After season opinion: Not really, the show uses a lot of *totally not pseudo science but not science either* rushed shit, asspulls, ecchi shit, and so on, the plot is retarded and the main cast are annoying as fuck, what else is there? not much, definitely not worth the hype, plus the manga was drawn by an artist that does the worst hentai I've seen in terms of art style so that makes it even worse, it just looks so similar to it. Not recommended. VINLAND SAGA: Will we ever have an anime about Berserk animated? No way, there's no way a studio could pull it off, it requires so much work! what the hell dude how do you expect them to do it? Plus there's no waifus that you can sell as figuri... shut up moron, let Vinland Saga pass by. This is an anime that was a HEAVY underdog at the start of the season, everyone was hyping Dr Stone and Enen No Shouboutai (Fire Force), while this "lame" anime about vikings was ignored, and so the start of the season went somewhat bad in terms of viewers... let's see the opening though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A8hK-KBRjs After season opinion: First half was PHENOMENAL, this anime is outstanding, another work of art by WIT Studio cementing them as the best studio currently in full standing, what an amazing thing to see a 24 episode season of an anime such as Vinland being produced! RECOMMENDED Enen No Shoubotai (Fire Force): Wow, an anime that looks like it has a high production quality! animation reminds me of blue exorcist? what?! hmm let's hope it's not like Kyoto Saga LOL XD!!!!111 (oh god) Here's the Opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha-l5oFADVc After season opinion: what a shitfest, this was literally blue exorcist kyoto saga v2, It literally was just ecchi and shit plot, plus cringe characters, what the fuck, dropped, gorgeous visuals and no substance. not recommended. Fall Season (Will update opinions after season is over) Boku No Hero Season 4 (My Hero Academia): Studio Bones' heavy hitter shonen anime, My Hero Academia's season 4 is finally here! And I have to say that both the villain and Mirio are going to steal the season after the first 7 or so episodes (especially Mirio Togata). Here's the opening: Before you watch it, just want to point out that the entire opening copied the concept from another opening also by Studio Bones', Eureka Seven's third opening, I just want to take a moment to tell you to watch that anime if you haven't it's incredible. Anyways, let's continue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i04F9cZlXJY during season opinion: anime is still airing, it's pretty good so far! we're so close to the hype point of the first half of the season! mostly recommended for what's to come, it still isn't here so I gotta remain objective about it. will update after season to what I believe will be a recommended. Psycho-Pass Season 3: Before we even get to watching the opening, I just want to point out that Gen Urobuchi (Urobutcher) is the biggest mother fucker in Japan, this retard generates these amazing concepts for anime, gets them started amazingly and then abandons the project halfway through and tells everyone to suck a dick and eat the shit that they started watching when it inevitable goes down the shitter. Season 2 of Psycho-Pass without Gen Urobuchi was such a letdown, it was like day and night vs the amazing season 1, the villain was so childish and literally ridiculous concept of a plot to begin with. Here's the opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQpys1rdD28 during season opinion: anime is still airing, actually haven't gotten to watch it yet because I'm waiting for season to end to binge watch it to give it a fair rating, so far though, I haven't heard that much terrible stuff about it, but I really don't expect much without Gen Urobuchi on it. will update after season is over with a "recommended or not" CONCLUSION I just want to point out that this thread is based on MY view of the year, not others, some people like moeshit might be fine with shit like DR STONE, SAO (yikes) and Kimetsu No Yaiba, sorry but not me. So that's about it folks for anime that caught my attention this year, definitely this was the comeback of anime year, we had so many high quality anime this year that I hadn't seen since probably 2014 and if that. I'll be back for either a seasonal or entire 2020 thread! (still haven't decided)
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