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This is a thread dedicated to the brainchild of famous mangaka Eichiro Oda. I know we have an anime and manga thread, but that seems too general for such a high profile anime you know? So without further ado... In a semi-colonial era, the world is going through a great turmoil as the seas are littered with pirates and other such riff-raff turning the world upside down. They are all in search of the prize of the former King of the Pirates, the legendary treasure known as the One Piece. It is said; whomever can find the One Piece would become the newest Pirate King with the seas as his throne for all time. But the journey to find the One Piece is a long and hard one, with many dangers at every step waiting to send any pirate to an early grave, such as ocean monsters the size of mountains, hazardous weather patterns that defy all common sense, and the every present shadow of the World Government, and their dogs, the Naval Marines. It's the journey of a lifetime; and for some, the final one. Thus we join the story of a young boy named, Monkey D. Luffy. At a young age, he was cursed with the powers of rubber, and is able to stretch his body to unbelievable lengths, at the cost of his ability to swim. Ever eager for adventure and fun, Luffy sets out to become the next King of the Pirates, along the way he is joined by his crew of misfits, such as the chef Sanji with his heart set on the ladies and his feet set on pounding you to the ground, or the monster racoon-dog reindeer Tony Tony Chopper, a doctor with an A for aid and assault. Join them on their journey as they travel a very fantastical world and meet strange friends and dangerous enemies, all on the journey to become, KING OF THE PIRATES! (I don't know why I go this far sometimes.) So yeah, hard to believe this manga has been running for almost 20 years huh? The anime is just celebrating it's 15th anniversary as well. With almost 20 years of material, and 11 movies, there's bound to be fun times had for a while. So come aboard and watch. Here is the preview of the next episode: Big rule in this thread: ALL MANGA SPOILERS MUST BE IN SPOILER TAGS! IF THE ANIME HASN'T GOTTEN TO THAT INFORMATION, IT MUST BE PUT IN SPOILERS! Oh and check out the anime on Crunchyroll: They update at 10 every week.
How come there is no topic for this ambitious series!? This series, despite being a war game is by no means like Call of Duty or Battlefield. This is a very realistic open world part RPG military simulator. (This what happens when someone has a lot of fun with ARMA 2's editor) First off, there is a official free version of ARMA 2 so download it right now because this series deserves a shot! http://www.arma2.com/free Now on to explaining what the series is. What's Arma? ARMA is an open world part RPG military simulator series that strives for realism when it comes to practically everything(infantry, patrolling, vehicles such as cars, trucks, and planes of various types). So mcuh so that several military groups have had the developers BiS, make several training simulators using the same engines for the ARMA series. You will often find yourself waiting. Whether you just called in an airstrike on an enemy facility or patrolling through a town full of civilians. This game is tense and brutal. Sometimes you control a squad or you are part of it. You don;t have to take their orders but doing so is usually the best option. This game is hard. The best way to win is to use actual military tactics. Managing your squad and yourself is vital. It's all about teamwork. (ARMA 2 screenshot) There will be times where you or one of your squad need to be healed. This can be done through bandaging yourself or the injured person to stop bleeding and applying first aid. You can also drag the injured(preferably to cover). There are MODS like ACE that make this even more realistic. The game isn't just an infantry simulation. it also has vehicles. You can either use them yourself or command your guys to do so. Vehicles include tanks, cars, trucks, buses and various types of aircraft. And as of ARMA 3, there are now boats. As you could imagine, these are all handled very realistically. You need a team of people to operate a tank just like in real life. ARMA 3 is now adding underwater warfare. There will be submarines, scuba gear, periscopes, wildlife and so on. Also specific guns made for use underwater. Which do exist. In prototype form at least. ARMA 3 takes place thirty years in the future and most of the stuff are based on actual military prototypes and concepts so don't expect any hovercrafts or lasers. ARMA is in contrast with many modern shooters in that there is no railroading. The ARMA series takes place on various large islands. To demonstrate how large they are. All of them are over 200 squared kilometers. Skyrim is a mere 40 squared kilometers. The game let's you explore it all at your will and the game let's you approach missions however you want. So much so that since ARMA 2, there's been added RPG elements such as actions in missions affecting what factions(Civilians, different armies, so on) will tell you if you ask for information(You can ask civilians if they've seen anything odd). I encourage everyone to give the free version a try or to buy ARMA 2 or ARMA 3 when it releases. New features the game will have in comparison to it's predecessors include: 3D mission editor Support for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 20km view distance Ragdoll physics Physics enabled vehicle handling and environmental objects (PhysX) Underwater environments, vehicles and diving Weapon and uniform customization Volumetric clouds Hands are properly animated (for example steering a wheel of a vehicle) Render to Texture Improved lighting engine Support for Java Improved flight model from Take On Helicopters Support for 6 degrees of freedom The developers are planning a community alpha release in Summer 2012 and a beta release later on in the year. For videos of Arma 3, look here: http://www.youtube.c...l?feature=watch And have some more screenshots. For more images, go here: http://www.arma3.com...ilance/imagery/
AWROOOO! WE ARE BACK SON! Another year means another October, which means another opportunity to celebrate my most favorite holiday in the world: HALLOWEEN! "But Wolfy, wat u even talkin' about right now" Ah, Member #____, let me explain! You see, back in the glorious year of 2012, right before when we thought the world was gonna end magically, It was a pretty hilarious yet awesome event, seeing the creativity of your fellow members blossom. So you see, due to Mandobardanjusik bringing it to my attention that there was some talk of wanting it back again this year, here we are! RULES! That should cover it? I might add more if I forget junk later, but that's the gist. Oh right, the rewards! People that are new to this will have the chance to be like your older SSMB brethren and don one of the badges from before (listed below). "But Walfy, pls. I was here last year, what's in it for me dawg" Ah no need to be sassy, there's room for you too! Returning participants will be receiving new badges as an upgrade from your old. I mean staying fresh is cool right? I haven't decided on the images yet, so that news will be coming later. But don't fret! If you like your old badge over the new ones I might find, just lemme know after the contest is over and you can still hang on to your old one. Though I just don't want to add another because I'm trying to prevent extremely long badge lists that clog up posts haha. REWARD! Before she became staff, This was decided by the staff team's favorites based on creativity alone (not skill!, keep that in mind everybody!). But this year would like to offer a more community based action. At the end of the contest, those who have entered will be able to message me in a PM with their top 3 choices to be apart of the judging process. Tallying them up along with the staff's choices will result in the final results of who is determined most wolfiest of hedgehogs! --- OK! That's a lot there but it's not actually too many rules! Remember just make a werehogified version of anything you can dream of that's appropriate for the board, as many times as you want to enter, however art medium you want! So yeah, get out there and be creative! I really look forward to the fun we have and the crazy junk we come up with haha! DEADLINE! THURSDAY OCTOBER 25TH MIDNIGHT PST (so at the end of the 24th). WINNERS ANNOUNCED A WEEK LATER ON THE 31ST, HALLOWEEN, YEAH! As a last note, make sure to visit Jeffhog's super awesome event going on at the same time for the full caliber of SSMB Halloween goodness,