Nicest casino in southern california ...

What’s the nicest casino in the area?

Hi I’m visiting for a couple of days and want to stay at a casino, which is the nicest to stay at. Cleanest rooms, best facilities, more upscale?
Thanks
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What is the nicest casino you have gone to?

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Experiential DD on MGM

Before the pandemic I was a regular poker room patron at MGM National Harbor. They shut down for months but just recently reopened, and more recently opened their poker room back up to the general public.
Now before the pandemic, MGM National Harbor was always packed pretty much 24/7. It’s one of their newer properties and definitely the nicest casino in the DMV area (only other options locally are shitty and older Maryland LIVE and some places in West Virginia you don’t want to go to).
I arrived there last night at 9 PM, which normally would be prime time. Definitely not hoppin’ like it used to be. High roller table games were mostly empty. The slots were operating at maybe 50% max capacity because every other one was turned off to allow distance between the players, but it was very noticeable that even with the reduced number operating most were not being used.
They installed hand washing stations throughout the property around all the games but honestly I barely saw anyone using them which was not good. Face masks are mandatory, but they make you pull down your mask when you enter the casino area and take a picture of your face. All dealers for table games and poker wear plastic face shields. There are plexiglass dividers between dealers and players on most table games, but the side effect of that is definitely less players per table than normal. Spectators are no longer allowed to hang around, you’re only allowed to be at the table if you’re playing. The lack of spectators will have a dampening effect on the enthusiasm of players at certain table games. In fact, the whole energy of the casino was low. Imagine playing craps with no spectators.
Didn’t seem like they could be selling as much alcohol, the lobby and casino bars had earlier closing hours and at 9 PM on a Saturday I was able to walk up to any of the open bars and get a drink immediately, no long lines like the good old days.
The only section of the casino that was more active than usual was the race book which was odd because usually that’s only at half capacity at best when I’ve been in the past.
As for my poker experience, it was interesting. They removed about 25% of the tables they used to have on the floor to allow for distancing, and it’s now maximum 7 players to a table instead of 9. You do the math, they are definitely not making nearly as much off the poker room as they used to be able to. Plus, with 7 players instead of 9 and the lengthy swap out process for players who get knocked out (an attendant has to come and sanitize the seat for you and it took a long time) there were more hands than usual that were played with a reduced rake because there were less than 5 players active.
On top of that, because of the reduced seat capacity the wait list for the 1-3 tables (the most popular) took hella long and people were giving up on the wait and leaving. Also it was very apparent that the higher blind tables were much less in demand, they barely had any waits and that would be unheard of pre-pandemic. That means that the poker players showing up there intend to put less money on the table now.
The poker playing experience is still good if it’s what you like, I was able to enjoy myself despite all the plexiglass alienation. However I don’t know how long they can run this poker room without a COVID-19 case eventually being traced to it, because despite all the effort of distancing and sanitization, they still don’t have a good solution for keeping the chips themselves clean. Unless you neurotically sanitize your hands every time you rake chips, which I guess you could but most people weren’t/won’t, you’re at risk. I played for at least three hours and never saw any type of sanitation of the chips. The only solution I can think for this would be if you had contactless betting where you are separated from your stack, you verbalize your bets and the dealer moves everybody’s chips for them. That would be a big hassle for the dealer and I don’t think players would like it at all but I don’t know how else you could otherwise reduce that risk.
TL;DR - I have no MGM position and don’t intend to open one but I think there’s going to be a rude awakening when ER comes around because people have been piling back into MGM like everything is back to normal. Just because MGM has reopened its properties does not mean it’s anything like it was before. They are operating with many handicaps that will make it literally impossible to achieve anything near pre-pandemic earnings, and this is not going to change any time soon. I also think it’s highly likely they will run into trouble when a COVID-19 case is officially traced to their properties from a gamer that handled chips.
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[Exchange] Mountain Cards [Reno to USA]

Hi everyone :)
I was cleaning my room and unpacking more (I just moved to Reno) and I found three somewhat beat up cards from Yosemite's Ansel Adams gallery. I think they are still beautiful. I also have three cards from the nicest casino in Reno. I will exchange one of these cards for a card of yours. I love the mountains, so that's a plus if you have any mountain cards. Also, only USA this time around because international postage is getting expensive. I will do more WW exchanges in the future though. PM me with your address and which card you want :)
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[EVENT] Big Nigga Casino

A Syrian billionaire named Allen Al-Aladdin will begin construction on the "Big Nigga Casino" in the city of Homs. The Casino will be a giant purple mosque on the outside, but on the inside will be the nicest Casino in the Middle East. Some of the cool shit will include indoor swimming pools, hotel rooms, restaurants, poker, pool, card tables, roulette wheels, strippers, horse races and thousands of slot machines. It will be the dankest shit ever. The cost will be about 3 billion USD, since cool shit costs a lot of money. It should take like 2 years or so, because Allen is fucking loaded with cash.
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I went to a Casino once.

I'm not much for fun, I'm going to be honest here. Never really did anything too outside the law in High School or anything, wasn't one for drinking or smoking. People I knew would get high during school or bring juice and vodka in their water bottles.
However, when I went to Aruba, as a family we decided that it would be okay since it's all legal there. Eighteen is the age for everything there.
And, one night, we went to a casino.
It was somewhat seedy looking but, then again, looks could be deceiving, and the taxi driver told us that it was the nicest casino on the entire island.
Still, it looked somewhat seedy. Pointlessly flashy with that sort of fake nice look that you'd see in a joint like this.
My dad led us all in with one thing on his mind. He's not much of a gambler but he has a sort of competitive spirit to him, which he passed along to my twin sister, the both of them having a deep-seated need to win at everything they do.
He led us to the blackjack table and put his money on the table, starting to play.
I didn't inherit his need to win at everything but it still entertained me. My mom taught us to play blackjack once, a long time ago, and I would lead games at school during indoor recess.
I wasn't in school anymore however, no longer betting drawings or cookies. This was the real world and we bet cash in the real world.
A sour looking waitress came over and took our drink orders. She scowled when I ordered a coke and rum, although that was most likely just her face because she even looked pissed off when I tipped her.
I stood and watched for awhile, watched at the lightning pace the games were played at. Professional gamblers mixed in with tourists like us and it was clear that the gamblers hated us from the moment we walked in.
My family watched as my dad lost hand after hand, my mom lighting up another cigarette as my dad lost another ten dollar bet. She seemed to be feeling the effect of the free alcohol, and neither of my parents seemed to be too concerned with the real life money they were both losing.
I finished the three sips of coke and rum that had been given to me in a tiny plastic cup that was mostly filled with ice, and I checked my wallet.
I had eighty bucks and I was finally ready to play.
And I started winning. Hand after hand, I won more and more money. I only put down forty bucks at first and I quickly made ninety with that.
High on my winnings, I continued to play.
And I proceeded to lose it all just as quickly as I made it. My twin sister, despite being on my side for awhile, demanded to know why I didn't quit while I was ahead.
I just shrugged and stood back from the table with a smile.
And I decided that gambling wasn't something I really wanted to do again.
But it was fun while it lasted.
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Nicest beachfront hotel (with casino?) in AC?

I know Atlantic City isn't what it used to be, but nonetheless, I'd like to go for a weekend getaway. I like the Borgata, but I'd like to be on the actual boardwalk. What's the nicest hotel casino, and if that's a tough ask, what's the nicest hotel without a casino that is on the boardwalk? Thanks!
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TIL that Ralph Englestad, famous at the University of North Dakota for building a 100 million dollar hockey arena, (one of the nicest college hockey arenas) and being a major donor to the university. Was also Anti-Semitic, and even threw a Adolf Hitler birthday party at his casino in Las Vegas.

TIL that Ralph Englestad, famous at the University of North Dakota for building a 100 million dollar hockey arena, (one of the nicest college hockey arenas) and being a major donor to the university. Was also Anti-Semitic, and even threw a Adolf Hitler birthday party at his casino in Las Vegas. submitted by Dr_zoidberged1 to todayilearned [link] [comments]

I live in a small mining town in the mountains of Colorado. Someone is building a massive casino nearby, Pictures Included

I grew up in a small mountain town named Eureka. It was founded in the late 1800s during the gold rush, but after the mines dried up the town began its slow descent into decay. Half the houses are empty or abandoned now.
You can see a picture of the kind of houses here in Eureka:
First house
Second house
When a massive construction project began nearby, it was the talk of the town for weeks. Why would they build something in a sleepy dying town like Eureka? It wasn’t until my sister Selene talked to a few construction workers that we discovered they were building a casino.
A casino up in the mountains, over two hours away from Denver. None of us could understand why they’d chosen here of all places. After a few months of work, the casino was done.
I took a picture of the town with the completed casino in the background to the right. The ten-story-structure sticks out like a sore thumb off in the distance.
Town+Casino
After the casino opened, they hired a few dozen members of the town, offering high paying jobs to work as dealers or cleaning staff. I was already employed as a firefighter, but my sister Selene got a job as a blackjack dealer. She’s a widow with two young kids, so the paycheck was a real lifesaver.
Still, something about the situation seemed too good to be true. The jobs over there paid far too well, and the management was far too accommodating. The fire station where I work is located high on a hill overlooking the town, so I began watching the casino from a distance each day.
I had initially thought that the casino was located in a terrible location, but I was apparently wrong. True, Eureka was hours from any major city, but despite that, a bus full of people arrived every morning and left every evening.
One night I was over at my parent’s house and had dinner with Selene and her kids. I asked her about her experience as a dealer.
“It’s Ok,” she said. “Just a little boring I guess.”
“Boring?” I asked. “I’m surprised you don’t have your hands full.”
“Why’s that?” she asked. “It’s like you said, Eureka’s too small. I never have people playing cards. The casino is almost always completely empty.”
I wasn’t sure what to make of that. If the place was always empty, what happened to the people who I’d seen arriving on buses? “I’ve been keeping an eye on the building,” I said. “A bus full of people typically arrives around 9 AM every day.”
“Really?” she asked, looking confused. “If that’s true, I’ve never seen them.
“I can see it from the fire station,” I said. “If you head out for a smoke break at 9 AM, you’ll probably see them arriving.”
“Interesting,” she said. “I’ll do that. If they’re being processed for their organs or something, I’ll let you know.” She laughed.
“Har har,” I said sarcastically.
The next night she sent me a text calling me over. When I arrived, she was nearly breathless with excitement.
“Orin, You were right,” she said. “A big group of people did arrive, but they didn’t walk into my part of the casino. Instead, they all walked into an elevator at the back of the building. I’m not sure where that goes.” She looked thoughtful. “It was weird. They looked… How can I say it? Desperate? Something about the whole situation was very off. I’m gonna check out the elevator tomorrow.”
I told her to be careful, though, to be honest, I was excited to hear about what she discovered. When I visited my parent’s house the next night, I found her two kids there alone. They told me that Selene had never returned from work.
I called all her friends, then all our neighbors, but no one had seen her since she left for work that morning. Our conversations regarding the casino flooded my mind, then a plan began to form.
Early the next morning I walked across town in my nicest pair of jeans and a button-up shirt. I pushed through the door to the casino and saw that Selene wasn’t lying. The place was all but deserted. Three dozen slot machines crowded the walls surrounding a few tables interspersed throughout the floor of the casino. The only players in the whole building were Bob and Donald, two locals.
I walked up to a nearby table where Bridget, a girl I’d gone to high school with, was shuffling cards. She broke into a grin when she saw me. “Hey Orin, you here for a few rounds of blackjack?”
“I wish,” I said. “No, I’m here to ask about Selene. She never made it home last night.”
Bridget’s expression darkened. “Really? Have you asked around?”
“I already called around. Have you seen her?”
She shook her head. “No, our schedules rarely line up. I’ll be sure to let you know if I--” Her eyes focused on something behind me, and she cut herself off.
I turned around to see the casino’s pit boss watching us both. He was a tall thin man in an impeccably clean black suit. When I turned back towards Bridget, she was looking down at the table and shuffling cards absent-mindedly.
“Well, if you hear anything, let me know,” I said.
She nodded, so I turned around and headed for the pit boss. I stuck out my hand. The temperature of his hand was so hot that I had to pull my hand away after a few seconds.
“Have… have you seen my sister Selene?” I asked. “She hasn’t been seen since her shift here yesterday.”
He smiled. “Sir, this floor is for players. You’re more than welcome to head to the tellers for chips, but barring that I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to leave.”
I stared at him for a long second before stalking towards the door. When I looked back, he was talking with Bridget.
I checked my watch. 8:55 AM, just as I’d planned. I walked around the back of the building and waited as the morning bus pulled around the building. I waited for the telltale hiss of the opening doors and the sound of people descending before I rounded the corner and joined the crowd. None of them paid any particular attention to me as I walked with them into the casino.
The crowd walked through a side door down a hallway to an elevator. Small groups of people entered the elevator as the rest of us waited for our turn. I shot a glance at the casino patrons, surprised at their diversity. There seemed to be people from all different countries and ethnicities. I heard one speaking Japanese and another speaking what sounded like an African language.
My turn came along with a few other patrons in the elevator. A sickly woman hobbled into the elevator beside me carrying an IV that was still connected to one of her veins. We piled in and rode up to the top.
The elevator rose for a few long seconds. I wasn’t sure what I would find, but I steeled myself for something horrible. The elevator’s speaker let out a TING, then the doors opened.
We all walked out onto what looked like a standard casino. Another few dozen slot machines ringed the walls, but on this floor, they were almost all occupied by customers. I took in the scene, confused at why they’d have a ground floor that was almost completely empty when this place was almost--
Selene was dealing cards at a nearby table.
I jogged over and sat down at an open seat. None of the players around me paid me much attention.
“Selene!” I said. “Are you OK? Did you spend the night here last night?”
Her eyes were glassy and confused. She looked up at me with a dumb expression and didn’t respond to my question.
“Selene?” I asked.
“What’s your bet?” she asked me. “This table is for blackjack players only.”
“I…” I trailed off, looking at the players around me. None of them were betting with chips of any kind. “What’s the minimum bet?” I asked.
“Three years,” she responded.
“Three years then,” I said, not knowing what that referred to.
Selene nodded, then began dealing cards. I shot a look down at my hand. King and a 9. Selene dealt out cards for herself, showing a 9. I stood, then leaned forward again. “Should I call the police? Are you--”
“Congratulations,” she said tonelessly.
An almost impossibly warm hand grabbed my shoulder. I spun to see the pit boss I’d spoken to earlier. He gave an impressed smile. “Orin, was it? I’m impressed, truly. Would you mind if I had a word with you?”
I shot a look back at Selene who was dealing the next round of cards. Then I got to my feet, balling my hands into fists. “What did you do to her?”
The pit boss clasped his hands behind his back. “Nothing more, and nothing less than what I’m going to do to you. That is, offer you the chance to play.”
“What the hell is that supposed to mean?”
The pit boss nodded his head towards a nearby slot machine. A woman in a wheelchair pulled a lever and watched the flashing numbers spin. They exploded in a cacophony of sirens and flashing lights. “WINNER WINNER WINNER!” The machine screeched.
The woman in the wheelchair put her feet on the ground and stood up on a pair of wobbly legs that had clearly never been used before.
“As in any other casino,” the pit boss said, “you must wager for the chance to win.”
“She... won the use of her legs?” I asked, feeling light-headed. “Wait,” I said. “I played blackjack just now. ‘Three years,’ Selene told me. What does ‘three years’ mean?” I asked.
“Three years of life, of course. Did you win?”
My mouth felt dry. “I-- Yes, I won.”
He smiled warmly. “Congratulations. I hope you enjoy them. I can tell you from personal experience that watching the decades pass is a bore. Give it some time and you’ll be back to spend them.”
I watched the pit boss’s face. He couldn’t have been more than a few years older than me, and I was in my early thirties. I looked around at the casino. No one was playing with chips of any kind. “So what?” I asked. “I won years of life. That woman won the use of her legs. What else can a person win here?”
“Oh, almost anything. They can win almost anything you can imagine.”
A cold feeling settled in my stomach. “And what do they wager?”
His eyes flashed with greed. “Almost anything. They can wager almost anything you can possibly imagine. Anything equal in value to the item they want in return.” He nodded towards a nearby roulette table.
A man stood by the table, cradling his hands. “Another finger,” he called out. He only had three fingers remaining on his left hand. As I watched, the ball came to a stop, and another finger disappeared from his left hand.
The pit boss extended his hands. “Feel free to try any of our games. Bet and win whatever you’d like.” He reached out and snatched my hand. A feeling of intense warmth passed up my arm to my chest. “There,” he said. “I’ve even given you some house money to get you started. An extra decade of life, on me.”
I ripped my hand away, staring at him in horror. Then I looked back at Selene. Something clicked in my mind. “You offered her the chance to play. What did she want?” I asked.
“Her husband,” the pit boss said. “Quite the sad story. He died two years ago. She wanted him brought back to her.”
“What did she wager?” I asked.
“She wanted the chance to win a soul, the most valuable object in existence. I’m sure you can imagine what she needed to wager for the chance to win it. What she wagered is unimportant. The important question is: What do you want, Orin?”
I stared at Selene with a flat expression. “I’m sure you can imagine.”
His eyes flashed with greed again. “How wonderful. The casino could always make use of another dealer. Feel free to make your wager at any one of our games; I’ll be eagerly awaiting the results of your night. Oh, and do take advantage of our waitresses. We always supply food and drink for ‘high rollers’.” He walked away.
I spent the next few hours trying to decide which game to play. I was going to be wagering my soul, so I wanted the highest chance possible. Slots and roulette were out. I’d done some reading online about counting cards, so I figured that blackjack gave me the best odds.
I walked up to Selene’s table and sat down. “Bet?” she asked with that same toneless voice. “Three years,” I said.
I spent the next hour or so doing my best to remember how to count cards. I knew that low cards added one to my count and high cards decreased it by one, but the casino used three decks. I had read something about how that was supposed to change my calculation, but I couldn’t quite remember how.
Every time I won a hand, I cursed myself for not putting everything on the line. Every time I lost, I breathed a prayer of thanks that I’d waited. And all the while, I kept track of the count.
I had lost fifteen years of life when the count finally reached +5.
“Bet?” Selene asked.
“I wager my soul so you can be free,” I said.
The table around me fell silent. Selene’s eyes flickered, but she showed no other emotion as she dealt the cards. I watched my first card, punching the air in excitement when I saw a Jack. My excitement turned to ash when my second card was a four. Fourteen.
I looked at her hand. One card was facedown, but the faceup card was a King. I swore loudly, staring down at my hands.
“Hit?” she asked. The entire table was silently watching me.
“Hit,” I said, not looking down. The table erupted in cheers. I looked down to see a 7 atop my two other cards. 21. Blackjack.
I looked at Selene who flipped over her facedown card to reveal a 9. 19. I won.
The glassy look left her eyes immediately. She looked around in surprise, then her eyes locked on mine. “Orin?” she asked, then almost immediately began to cry. The entire casino broke out in cheers.
I grabbed her hand and headed for the elevator. The doors had begun to close when the pit boss reached out with a hand to stop them.
“Congratulations,” he said, beaming. He seemed to be honestly excited.
“Shouldn’t you be upset?” I asked.
“Not at all. Casinos love it when we have big winners. It inspires the other players to make larger bets. I imagine I’ll gain two or three dealers before the night is through from your performance.”
“Great,” I said flatly. “Now let us go.”
“Not yet,” he said. “You didn’t just win, Orin. You got a blackjack. And blackjack pays out 1.5 times your bet. You won your sister’s soul and more.”
I stared, not sure what to say. “What are you saying? I won half a soul extra?”
The pit boss grinned wildly. “Just remember what I said. You’ll find living for decades and decades to be a boring experience. After a few centuries, you’ll be back to gamble that half a soul away. Congratulations!”
He removed his hand, and the elevator doors slammed shut.
I helped Selene back to her house. Her children were relieved. I watched them cry, then moved into the kitchen to start making dinner.
It’s been a few days since that experience. The casino is still out there, and buses full of people still arrive. I… I cut my hand pretty bad a few days later. When I checked it an hour later, it had already healed, no scar or anything. I’m not sure exactly what I won at that casino, but there’s no way I’m ever going back.
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Babies bring out the worst in these MILs

I know this is mild, and really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of life, but it still irritated the fuck out of me. Hormones or is this fair?
First off, MIL and FIL have been in our bubble considering FIL works from home and MIL works on an empty college campus and they have showed us that they take this seriously. Since my C-Section is quickly approaching, we figured we should do a last visit before we completely lock ourselves away from the world to reduce our chances of infection even lower. Since MIL is the only one who leaves the house, she reassured us she got a negative result on her Covid test on Tuesday to be extra safe before a masked visit on Christmas Eve. I thought that was lovely. We get there, everyone is masked and we exchange gifts and chat a bit. After that, D(ear)H and FIL run to the garage to do who knows what, and MIL starts telling me about how on Saturday she had been to visit her brother and his wife, her other brother and his husband, my BIL and his wife, and both her parents. She mentioned how lovely it was to be able to see them in person after all this time and it really helped it feel like the holidays!!
Are you fucking kidding me? You see 8 different people, 6 of which work in various jobs with the public, one being in a CASINO and then you have us over a few days later?? I was ready to leave at that point.
THEN I try to get the hint across to my husband, we start gathering our things, and FIL needs one more favor before we go. I’m alone with her again biting my tongue.
She then says “Oh! So-and-so from work did the nicest thing! She gave me this whole box of baby items for the two of you and baby girl. I’m going to go ahead and hold on to it all though, grandmas deserve stuff too.”
..okay? Why even tell me? I don’t know so-and-so, so I don’t care about the stuff really, but why even mention it? Also, why on earth do you think you need stuff at your house? We are in a pandemic, where I now have a better clue as to your worthiness of trust during it, and either way you’re not getting left alone with my baby anytime in the near or distant future.
It all rubbed me wrong. I told my husband about these exchanges, and bless him, he was ready to go to bat, but I told him to just leave this one. We are so close to our baby being here and will have plenty of battles to pick I’m sure.
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Which casino has the nicest rooms of this bunch?

I'm local and have a room comp I'd like to use, but don't really know anything about the different casinos and their rooms/amenities. I would love any info from anyones experiences. Here are my options: Suncoast, The Orleans, Fremont, California, Main Street, Gold Coast, and Sams Town.
Thanks guys!
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I live in a small mining town in the mountains of Colorado. Someone is building a massive casino nearby, Pictures Included

I grew up in a small mountain town named Eureka. It was founded in the late 1800s during the gold rush, but after the mines dried up the town began its slow descent into decay. Half the houses are empty or abandoned now.
You can see a picture of the kind of houses here in Eureka:
Abandoned House
Non-abandoned House
When a massive construction project began nearby, it was the talk of the town for weeks. Why would they build something in a sleepy dying town like Eureka? It wasn’t until my sister Selene talked to a few construction workers that we discovered they were building a casino.
A casino up in the mountains, over two hours away from Denver. None of us could understand why they’d chosen here of all places. After a few months of work, the casino was done.
I took a picture of the town with the completed casino in the background to the right. The ten-story-structure sticks out like a sore thumb off in the distance.
Town+Casino
After the casino opened, they hired a few dozen members of the town, offering high paying jobs to work as dealers or cleaning staff. I was already employed as a firefighter, but my sister Selene got a job as a blackjack dealer. She’s a widow with two young kids, so the paycheck was a real lifesaver.
Still, something about the situation seemed too good to be true. The jobs over there paid far too well, and the management was far too accommodating. The fire station where I work is located high on a hill overlooking the town, so I began watching the casino from a distance each day.
I had initially thought that the casino was located in a terrible location, but I was apparently wrong. True, Eureka was hours from any major city, but despite that, a bus full of people arrived every morning and left every evening.
One night I was over at my parent’s house and had dinner with Selene and her kids. I asked her about her experience as a dealer.
“It’s Ok,” she said. “Just a little boring I guess.”
“Boring?” I asked. “I’m surprised you don’t have your hands full.”
“Why’s that?” she asked. “It’s like you said, Eureka’s too small. I never have people playing cards. The casino is almost always completely empty.”
I wasn’t sure what to make of that. If the place was always empty, what happened to the people who I’d seen arriving on buses? “I’ve been keeping an eye on the building,” I said. “A bus full of people typically arrives around 9 AM every day.”
“Really?” she asked, looking confused. “If that’s true, I’ve never seen them.
“I can see it from the fire station,” I said. “If you head out for a smoke break at 9 AM, you’ll probably see them arriving.”
“Interesting,” she said. “I’ll do that. If they’re being processed for their organs or something, I’ll let you know.” She laughed.
“Har har,” I said sarcastically.
The next night she sent me a text calling me over. When I arrived, she was nearly breathless with excitement.
“Orin, You were right,” she said. “A big group of people did arrive, but they didn’t walk into my part of the casino. Instead, they all walked into an elevator at the back of the building. I’m not sure where that goes.” She looked thoughtful. “It was weird. They looked… How can I say it? Desperate? Something about the whole situation was very off. I’m gonna check out the elevator tomorrow.”
I told her to be careful, though, to be honest, I was excited to hear about what she discovered. When I visited my parent’s house the next night, I found her two kids there alone. They told me that Selene had never returned from work.
I called all her friends, then all our neighbors, but no one had seen her since she left for work that morning. Our conversations regarding the casino flooded my mind, then a plan began to form.
Early the next morning I walked across town in my nicest pair of jeans and a button-up shirt. I pushed through the door to the casino and saw that Selene wasn’t lying. The place was all but deserted. Three dozen slot machines crowded the walls surrounding a few tables interspersed throughout the floor of the casino. The only players in the whole building were Bob and Donald, two locals.
I walked up to a nearby table where Bridget, a girl I’d gone to high school with, was shuffling cards. She broke into a grin when she saw me. “Hey Orin, you here for a few rounds of blackjack?”
“I wish,” I said. “No, I’m here to ask about Selene. She never made it home last night.”
Bridget’s expression darkened. “Really? Have you asked around?”
“I already called around. Have you seen her?”
She shook her head. “No, our schedules rarely line up. I’ll be sure to let you know if I--” Her eyes focused on something behind me, and she cut herself off.
I turned around to see the casino’s pit boss watching us both. He was a tall thin man in an impeccably clean black suit. When I turned back towards Bridget, she was looking down at the table and shuffling cards absent-mindedly.
“Well, if you hear anything, let me know,” I said.
She nodded, so I turned around and headed for the pit boss. I stuck out my hand. The temperature of his hand was so hot that I had to pull my hand away after a few seconds.
“Have… have you seen my sister Selene?” I asked. “She hasn’t been seen since her shift here yesterday.”
He smiled. “Sir, this floor is for players. You’re more than welcome to head to the tellers for chips, but barring that I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to leave.”
I stared at him for a long second before stalking towards the door. When I looked back, he was talking with Bridget.
I checked my watch. 8:55 AM, just as I’d planned. I walked around the back of the building and waited as the morning bus pulled around the building. I waited for the telltale hiss of the opening doors and the sound of people descending before I rounded the corner and joined the crowd. None of them paid any particular attention to me as I walked with them into the casino.
The crowd walked through a side door down a hallway to an elevator. Small groups of people entered the elevator as the rest of us waited for our turn. I shot a glance at the casino patrons, surprised at their diversity. There seemed to be people from all different countries and ethnicities. I heard one speaking Japanese and another speaking what sounded like an African language.
My turn came along with a few other patrons in the elevator. A sickly woman hobbled into the elevator beside me carrying an IV that was still connected to one of her veins. We piled in and rode up to the top.
The elevator rose for a few long seconds. I wasn’t sure what I would find, but I steeled myself for something horrible. The elevator’s speaker let out a TING, then the doors opened.
We all walked out onto what looked like a standard casino. Another few dozen slot machines ringed the walls, but on this floor, they were almost all occupied by customers. I took in the scene, confused at why they’d have a ground floor that was almost completely empty when this place was almost--
Selene was dealing cards at a nearby table.
I jogged over and sat down at an open seat. None of the players around me paid me much attention.
“Selene!” I said. “Are you OK? Did you spend the night here last night?”
Her eyes were glassy and confused. She looked up at me with a dumb expression and didn’t respond to my question.
“Selene?” I asked.
“What’s your bet?” she asked me. “This table is for blackjack players only.”
“I…” I trailed off, looking at the players around me. None of them were betting with chips of any kind. “What’s the minimum bet?” I asked.
“Three years,” she responded.
“Three years then,” I said, not knowing what that referred to.
Selene nodded, then began dealing cards. I shot a look down at my hand. King and a 9. Selene dealt out cards for herself, showing a 9. I stood, then leaned forward again. “Should I call the police? Are you--”
“Congratulations,” she said tonelessly.
An almost impossibly warm hand grabbed my shoulder. I spun to see the pit boss I’d spoken to earlier. He gave an impressed smile. “Orin, was it? I’m impressed, truly. Would you mind if I had a word with you?”
I shot a look back at Selene who was dealing the next round of cards. Then I got to my feet, balling my hands into fists. “What did you do to her?”
The pit boss clasped his hands behind his back. “Nothing more, and nothing less than what I’m going to do to you. That is, offer you the chance to play.”
“What the hell is that supposed to mean?”
The pit boss nodded his head towards a nearby slot machine. A woman in a wheelchair pulled a lever and watched the flashing numbers spin. They exploded in a cacophony of sirens and flashing lights. “WINNER WINNER WINNER!” The machine screeched.
The woman in the wheelchair put her feet on the ground and stood up on a pair of wobbly legs that had clearly never been used before.
“As in any other casino,” the pit boss said, “you must wager for the chance to win.”
“She... won the use of her legs?” I asked, feeling light-headed. “Wait,” I said. “I played blackjack just now. ‘Three years,’ Selene told me. What does ‘three years’ mean?” I asked.
“Three years of life, of course. Did you win?”
My mouth felt dry. “I-- Yes, I won.”
He smiled warmly. “Congratulations. I hope you enjoy them. I can tell you from personal experience that watching the decades pass is a bore. Give it some time and you’ll be back to spend them.”
I watched the pit boss’s face. He couldn’t have been more than a few years older than me, and I was in my early thirties. I looked around at the casino. No one was playing with chips of any kind. “So what?” I asked. “I won years of life. That woman won the use of her legs. What else can a person win here?”
“Oh, almost anything. They can win almost anything you can imagine.”
A cold feeling settled in my stomach. “And what do they wager?”
His eyes flashed with greed. “Almost anything. They can wager almost anything you can possibly imagine. Anything equal in value to the item they want in return.” He nodded towards a nearby roulette table.
A man stood by the table, cradling his hands. “Another finger,” he called out. He only had three fingers remaining on his left hand. As I watched, the ball came to a stop, and another finger disappeared from his left hand.
The pit boss extended his hands. “Feel free to try any of our games. Bet and win whatever you’d like.” He reached out and snatched my hand. A feeling of intense warmth passed up my arm to my chest. “There,” he said. “I’ve even given you some house money to get you started. An extra decade of life, on me.”
I ripped my hand away, staring at him in horror. Then I looked back at Selene. Something clicked in my mind. “You offered her the chance to play. What did she want?” I asked.
“Her husband,” the pit boss said. “Quite the sad story. He died two years ago. She wanted him brought back to her.”
“What did she wager?” I asked.
“She wanted the chance to win a soul, the most valuable object in existence. I’m sure you can imagine what she needed to wager for the chance to win it. What she wagered is unimportant. The important question is: What do you want, Orin?”
I stared at Selene with a flat expression. “I’m sure you can imagine.”
His eyes flashed with greed again. “How wonderful. The casino could always make use of another dealer. Feel free to make your wager at any one of our games; I’ll be eagerly awaiting the results of your night. Oh, and do take advantage of our waitresses. We always supply food and drink for ‘high rollers’.” He walked away.
I spent the next few hours trying to decide which game to play. I was going to be wagering my soul, so I wanted the highest chance possible. Slots and roulette were out. I’d done some reading online about counting cards, so I figured that blackjack gave me the best odds.
I walked up to Selene’s table and sat down. “Bet?” she asked with that same toneless voice. “Three years,” I said.
I spent the next hour or so doing my best to remember how to count cards. I knew that low cards added one to my count and high cards decreased it by one, but the casino used three decks. I had read something about how that was supposed to change my calculation, but I couldn’t quite remember how.
Every time I won a hand, I cursed myself for not putting everything on the line. Every time I lost, I breathed a prayer of thanks that I’d waited. And all the while, I kept track of the count.
I had lost fifteen years of life when the count finally reached +5.
“Bet?” Selene asked.
“I wager my soul so you can be free,” I said.
The table around me fell silent. Selene’s eyes flickered, but she showed no other emotion as she dealt the cards. I watched my first card, punching the air in excitement when I saw a Jack. My excitement turned to ash when my second card was a four. Fourteen.
I looked at her hand. One card was facedown, but the faceup card was a King. I swore loudly, staring down at my hands.
“Hit?” she asked. The entire table was silently watching me.
“Hit,” I said, not looking down. The table erupted in cheers. I looked down to see a 7 atop my two other cards. 21. Blackjack.
I looked at Selene who flipped over her facedown card to reveal a 9. 19. I won.
The glassy look left her eyes immediately. She looked around in surprise, then her eyes locked on mine. “Orin?” she asked, then almost immediately began to cry. The entire casino broke out in cheers.
I grabbed her hand and headed for the elevator. The doors had begun to close when the pit boss reached out with a hand to stop them.
“Congratulations,” he said, beaming. He seemed to be honestly excited.
“Shouldn’t you be upset?” I asked.
“Not at all. Casinos love it when we have big winners. It inspires the other players to make larger bets. I imagine I’ll gain two or three dealers before the night is through from your performance.”
“Great,” I said flatly. “Now let us go.”
“Not yet,” he said. “You didn’t just win, Orin. You got a blackjack. And blackjack pays out 1.5 times your bet. You won your sister’s soul and more.”
I stared, not sure what to say. “What are you saying? I won half a soul extra?”
The pit boss grinned wildly. “Just remember what I said. You’ll find living for decades and decades to be a boring experience. After a few centuries, you’ll be back to gamble that half a soul away. Congratulations!”
He removed his hand, and the elevator doors slammed shut.
I helped Selene back to her house. Her children were relieved. I watched them cry, then moved into the kitchen to start making dinner.
It’s been a few days since that experience. The casino is still out there, and buses full of people still arrive. I… I cut my hand pretty bad a few days later. When I checked it an hour later, it had already healed, no scar or anything. I’m not sure exactly what I won at that casino, but there’s no way I’m ever going back.
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I Played Several "GTA Clones", Here Are My Short Reviews of Mafia II and III, Sleeping Dogs, and Watch Dogs 2

I recently beat Mafia Remastered and decided to not only play the other games in the series but after I was done with them go back and play similar games. Here are my reviews of them:
Mafia II
Overall I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the first Mafia game. I felt like the story kind of fell flat at the end of the game and most of the missions felt disconnected from one another. The shooting in this game is inferior to the Mafia remastered and Mafia III but that is to be expected and it still holds up well for 2020. I enjoyed most of the missions in the game and felt like they were at a good difficulty level where I had to plan my routes through an area but didn't feel overwhelmed. There wasn't much side activities to talk about besides scrapping cars, and all missions have a structured goal to go towards so there is no free roam in the game.
(Ending Spoilers)The story ends falling flat in my opinion, there is no build up to you taking down your mob boss and I feel like Vito would have fought back against the commission if he knew they were going to kill Joe, it felt out of character for him to just accept it.
Sleeping Dogs
I went into this game with low expectations to be honest but it might be my favorite game on this list. The combat is simple but fun, especially using the environment to get kills. You can enter slow-mo shooting when vaulting over objects and firing from your car which is a refreshing change from other games in the genre. As for the story,
The side activities are mostly forgettable but you are required to complete some of them in order to get the nicest outfits and cars in the game. They are usually pretty short and midly entertaining so it wasn't a nuisance to complete them. The racing is point-to-point, which I enjoy greatly compared to lap races, and though there are cars on the road they are spread out enough and easy to pass, especially compared to Mafia III.
As for the story, it has you be an undercover cop infiltrating the Triad, but handles it with nuance and makes you question the protagonist's choices throughout the game. (Ending Spoilers) It is mostly predictable except for the ending of the game where you find out your boss was working with the Triad to catch criminals and tried to have you killed by them as well. This was predictable but I still enjoyed the ending of the game and how you are unsure what Wei Shen's future will be.
Mafia III
The premise of this game is amazing in my opinion. This game starts out great, with a wonderful premise of fighting against the Mafia, but is mired by repeating side-content . The final missions when taking over the districts would be fun in a vacuum, but you often have to repeat the same locations you cleared out when getting to that point.
The side missions are literally driving trucks from the bayou to certain locations in order to get a small reward towards unlocking upgrades, I would recommend playing the game without doing them. I only found Vito's assassination missions fun, the rest are just busy work but allow you to unlock new cutscenes and such with your underbosses. The racing in this game infuriates me to no end. Not only do you have to race in heavy traffic for most of the races where two cars are taking up some lanes, you get T-boned constantly by cars coming in out of camera. Not only that, even if you have the fastest car in the game with all upgrades, the AI cars will catch up to you and even pass you using some secret turbo power that you don't have.
(Ending Spoilers) The game ended pretty well in my book. Shooting your way through the half-built casino and your final dialogue with Sal is definitely one of the series' highlights. Also, I went through both leaving town and staying to run your criminal empire, and both make you feel bittersweet. Unlike alot of people, I think this game was pretty good and think if they ironed out the bugs and repeatable content, this would have been received much better.
Watch Dogs 2
I am about halfway through this game and it is starting to feel like a slog to get through. Every mission has you break into some corporate headquarters in the bay area and find dirt on them or scrub your records. It would have been passable if there was fun gameplay like Mafia III's case but I am just not enjoying the gameplay. It is fun at first to go through and never set foot in the building as your guide your drones through the level, but if one enemy detects you for a split second suddenly everyone in the building knows where you are. There is also a huge disconnect in the game between lethal and non-lethal. I don't imagine DedSec go around executing security workers, but to these guards even setting foot on a premise means they suddenly have the right to kill you, police officers included. Every single one of the mission locations in the game start to blend together and you feel like you are going insane doing the same thing over and over.
The side activities in this game are more developed than the other games, with side missions either being actual new content comparable to main missions are being an uber driver to get money. As for the story, I don't really feel like it is going places and I don't think I will be finishing the game.

Overall, I would rate the games, in order from best to worst, Sleeping Dogs > Mafia III > Mafia II > Watch Dogs 2
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[S] King's Survivor Gallipoli: Saints Vs Sinners

After I tried to stop this series and start a new series (which failed), I am back in the driver's seat for King's Survivor's final phase, since it would probably have lasted longer if Adobe didn't cancel Flash (thanks for rushing my series, mate!). This season, I tried to do what u/swoldow did before and make a season called Saints Vs Sinners, where 10 people who embody the term "Saint" will face off against the people who embody the term "Sinner", but unfortunately, it seemed like a lot of the people who signed up misunderstood the definition of saints and sinners. For the love of god, someone who is slightly villainous is not a "sinner", and average people are not "saints". Oh well. I guess it's the best I'm gonna get. Here is the cast:
Kahramanca (Saints) Tribe:
Ardet Prifti, 31, Rhythm Guitarist, u/Twig7665
Ardet lived a difficult life. Born in Albania with a family that was associated with the mafia meant that Ardet was never safe, and one day, he came back home to find his whole family had been murdered by the Albanian mafia. He spent years on the street, struggling to survive, before he discovered his musical talent. He played a guitar (which he had to steal), which enabled him to earn money. After a few years of doing that, he moved to the United States, where he did his best to get into the largest music college in that country, and actually succeeded. He met some people that became his bandmates, and soon they were pretty popular in the underground scene. When their fame exploded, Ardet's bandmates grew either egotistical or paranoid, but Ardet saw fame as a way to spread awareness for mental illness. He has now become a strong supporter of mental health charities around the country, and he signed up for Survivor to raise money for one of the charities he supports.
Ava Chrisly, 23, Kindergarten Teacher, u/Gemini_B
Ava was born deaf. After her father died when she was 3, her birthmother struggled to care for her and her 3 siblings. Ava was especially tough since she needed special treatment and one night her birthmother left her on the doorstep of a rich widow with a note explaining how Ava got there. The Widow, not wanting to deal with a deaf child, left her outside where she spent a cold night alone and scared. She came across Marissa, a young girl who ran away from home. Marissa took pity on her and the two banded together.
They spent years together on the street with Ava learning to read lips and Marissa learning sign language. Marissa quickly saw that Ava had a gift with children and encouraged her to find a job with kids. Ava didn’t want Marissa to leave, but then Marissa surprised her by revealing she had a scholarship to a teachers college. Ava went off to the collage and became a kindergarten teacher, but when she returned she learned that Ava had gone to jail for stealing from a rich old woman and using the money to bribe a college administrator. Ava promised she’d help bail Marissa out, and learned about survivor. She’s hoping she can win the million to help free Marissa and get their lives on track.
Chelsea Rutherford, 22, Lifeguard, u/IAmWolfNinja
Chelsea was the heiress to the throne of a foreign country with a corrupt government. The wealth that came with such a status meant nothing to her, since she was utterly disgusted with the actions of her family. Knowing her resentment for their governmental policies, Chelsea's family gradually became verbally abusive towards her. Unable to take any more, she escaped as a teen to pursue her own path. When she arrived in America, Chelsea wanted to do everything she could to erase her dark past and the actions of her family, so she got a job as a lifeguard, where she has saved countless lives. She's occasionally recognized as an heiress, but when it's brought up, she tends to have nervous breakdowns.
Chester "Cap'n" Richardson, 67, Retired Naval Officer, u/swoldow
Some may see him as just the average old man, but Cap’n has seen and done things most people couldn't fathom. Cap’n joined the navy at a ripe young age about 5 years before the Cold War began, and learned everything from afar, slowly working up the ranks. When things got bad in Vietnam, he was given the chance to take charge of a ship during the war, and he immediately said yes. He ran the ship strictly, but he got both respect from everyone, as well as being genuinely liked as a person by his crew. He led them to many naval victories but unfortunately that didn't last, when his ship was shot with a torpedo, which blew the whole thing up and killed everyone on it, except for Cap’n. With the emotional baggage of watching people he has gotten to know kick the bucket, he immediately resigned from the navy after. As a result of the shipwreck, his mindset has changed, as he’s now super overprotective of his family, and still can't let the explosion go after years and years of retirement. He hopes Survivor can help him learn more about himself, and be the thing he needs to live the rest of his life in peace.
Cornelius Von Helton, 52, CEO, u/Gemini_B
Cornelius was raised by a family that had fallen from riches and was in tough times. He never expected to get to go to university but got lucky by getting a scholarship for his creative greeting cards. While at university, he enrolled in a business course and after collage started a greeting card business with some friends. All of his friends quickly gave up on the business, but Cornelius stuck through it. When he made a greeting card that was delivered to Eddie Murphy, the comedian was impressed and hired him to do his greeting cards to his friends, family, and invitations to parties. Quickly other celebrities started to hire his business and many fans wanted to get into the trend. His business rapidly expanded and he soon found himself with a company that covered parties, greeting cards, published books and even dabbled in a touch of Realestate. While in his thirties though, Cornelius was mugged while on a walk in the park and got stabbed. He was quickly rushed to the hospital and while there, he was nursed back to health by his soon to be wife. He claims that she saved his life and proceeded to date her after leaving the hospital. She was reluctant at first, but he quickly charmed her and the two have been married for 15 years now. He has two children, a son aged 10 and a daughter aged 8. He's continued to run his business, but leaves most of the work to his higher-ups as he wants to be able to spend as much time with his family and employees as possible. He views his employees as his family and does his best to remember all their names and make the workspace as nice for them as possible. He's come to survivor because his wife loves the show and wanted to compete, but due to growing health issues can't. She's trained him to win, and he wants to do this and win for her.
Dana Vasquez, 43, Stay At Home Mom, (filler character)
Greg Zimmer, 40, High School Teacher, u/AngolanDesert
Greg is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He is very trusting and kind and will do anything for the people he loves. Since he grew up in Texas, hard work has always been his priority. He knows that if he wants to win this game, he has to work hard at everything he does. Greg decided to be a high school teacher so he could teach his students the importance of hard work. He has been a fan of survivor for a while, so when he saw that applications for survivor were going out, he knew he had to join in. Hopefully, he won’t disappoint his students.
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Wallerby, 52, Baker, u/ghetra
Gwen works at a bakery where she gets to do what she loves every day: make many different kinds of pies. She is a very warm, loving person and has a reputation for helping out whoever needs it, usually by baking for them. Baking takes a lot of patience and strength, and she is stronger than she looks. She naturally has a very loud voice that sometimes irks people, but once they get to know her it quickly becomes endearing. Now that her children are out of the house, she has started reading much more and taking classes on different subjects that interest her. The world is her oyster.
Kirk Smolarek, 62, History Teacher, u/Twig7665
Kirk never had a normal childhood. His mom walked out on his family not long after he was born, and his father was a former Polish soldier with PTSD and a severe drug addiction, leading to Kirk experiencing abuse from him for as long as Kirk can remember. Wanting to escape his miserable life, he smuggled himself on a boat bound for Australia when he was 16. Lo and behold, the ship got caught in a windstorm and ended up sinking, and Kirk and a few other survivors ended up stranded on an island. After spending more than a month there, he was taken back to his homeland after being found there. He ended up being the only survivor of the whole ordeal. He was returned to his deranged father, where the next time his father tried to abuse him, he fought back, causing his father to end up in the hospital. Deemed not guilty because he defended himself, Kirk did not spend time in prison for this. His father on the other hand did spend time there for drug-related charges and child abuse, but was killed by another inmate before he could be released. Kirk then went to college, where he studied history there, and decided to become a history teacher. He then kept that job title for over 40 years now, and despite being in his 60s, he is still an enjoyable presence for his students, as he incorporates unusual teaching methods to make his students interested in what he's teaching. Despite being financially stable, he wants to win the money so he can be well off when he retires in a few years.
Maralyn Sander, 32, Tour Guide, u/Void_Drone
Maralyn gives tours of New York, driving around in her bus, answering questions, watching broadway shows. And she spends most of her money on her family, except for the money she spent on her pink pearl necklace. She enjoys the tours for the most part, but when she's alone she vents about how annoying the tours can be.
Kotu Adam (Sinners) Tribe:
Alexa Station, 20, YouTuber, u/IAmWolfNinja
A 3AM YouTuber who arrived late to the trend, Alexa has a tendency to flex her belongings when no one really cares. She was recently involved in a scandal where she faked her boyfriend's death, causing endless amounts of controversy, and a near arrest. Her sub count is dropping significantly every day, so she joined to help gain her popularity (relevancy) back.
Carter Witworth, 23, College Student, u/JTsidol
Witworth, he was born to a extremely rich family, but his parents didn’t have time for him, but spoiled him rotten, when he got into school, he was known for being a bully, however no one confronted him, and everytime he’d get in trouble or fail a test, his parents would pay his way out, last year, he got a slap in the face, when his parents yet again had to bribe the college board to accept him, they cut off his allowance, he’s playing just for the money, nothing else.
Irvin Eamers, 32, Olympic Sprinter, u/asiansurvivorfan
A born athlete, Irvin loved competing in all sports but wasn’t known to play fair as he was never a team player and would often torment others to win. He started training for the Olympics at the age of 17 and eventually got the opportunity to compete in multiple Olympics where he took home many gold medals. However, they were striped from him when he was caught doping and using steroids to give him an edge in races. After the controversy, Irvin’s current wife left him and he was banned from competing in any future competitions. He came on Survivor for one reason and that is that is the money as he’s currently being sued by the Olympic committee.
Jessica Abrefa, 25, Poker Player, u/Twig7665
Jessica wasn't the most well off growing up, she lived in Alabama, where racism was rampant. As such, she was bullied for her race, until one day, she decided that they will all be wrong about her not being able to do anything because of her skin colour. She publicly humiliated the whole football team at her high school, and that stunt got her expelled in her senior year. She didn't care, and then she decided to run away to Las Vegas, which she did. While there, she started modeling, but found it boring. She then picked up the hobby of gambling, and played her first poker match when she was 21. She proved herself to be a formidable foe by beating one of the top poker players at the time, a dude named Brett Herman. Impressed by her skills, he tried to form a bond with her, but she turned him down due to him being a very paranoid man. Now, Jessica dates and cheats on men almost daily, and is considered one of the top female poker players, despite only playing for a few years. An avid Survivor fan, she wants to be as flirty and manipulative as she is in her real life. The only problem would be meeting another poker player, but she finds it unlikely that she will.
Joey "Wildcard" Caruso, 24, Poker Player, u/wordonthestreet2
Joey did not grow up with the best moral compass as his father notoriously had ties to the mafia. He used the money his father made through illegitimate businesses to gamble throughout his teenage years. When his father learned about his poker abilities and how easy it was for him to manipulate his opponents they began using his poker career as a way to launder mafia money through various casinos. He is known for his excellent poker face and unpredictable style of play which earned him the nickname Wildcard.
Maize Nguyen, 28, Heiress, u/Vicctoryy
From the outside looking in, the Nguyen Family Dynasty of San Francisco looks like a well supported and strong business, but from the inside, things are crumbling apart. The matriarch and patriarch are always at each other's necks over the company, leaving their children to clean up their messes. Maize, being the oldest, has taken it upon herself to lead the company, and she leads with an iron will and even harder iron fist. While she seems like a worthy replacement for her faulty parents, she has never been afraid to leave with force. Anyone at the receiving end of a verbal lashing from Maize is likely to not return to work the next day, or ever again. She is arrogant, rude, demeaning, and yet she gets things done. Saving the company from absolute bankruptcy caused a lot of backlash, but Maize couldn't care less. Success should be accomplished by stepping on the necks of those who aren't ready for the power, and Maize has done that exact thing. Any person in Maize's way has been an obstacle she has to conquer, and with a flip of her finger, that obstacle is no longer a problem. She has never been afraid to crack a few eggs to make an omelette, and unfortunately, those eggs have just been working class people struggling to make minimum wage and put dinner on their table. Too bad for them according to Maize. Maize has come to Survivor to prove that the Nguyen Dynasty is far from over, and their business monopoly will run on for years with Maize at the front of it. She is the iceberg, everyone else is a ship with no idea of what's in their way. Those too bold to step in her way are trampled, quite literally. Maize has no problem with controversy, controversy brings attention, attention brings money, and money brings power.
Molly-Anne Benson, 26, Marketing Assistant, u/ghetra
Molly-Anne is a social butterfly. She loves chatting with people about pretty much anything and loves meeting and getting to know new people. She has a natural charm about her that draws people in, but sometimes people are bothered by how chatty she is. She also loves to gossip and is not above spreading rumors. However, she is rather sensitive and can be set off by just about anything. She frequently will push people's buttons if they offend her and will hold a grudge until the end of time.
Nikki Lopez, 29, Stripper, u/Void_Drone
Randall Martin, 49, Real Estate Agent, u/TDSwaggyBoy
Being a self proclaimed sleazeball, which is a very weird thing to be proud of, Randall's life was never too good. He didn't grow up with a lot of close friends. Sure, people liked him at first, but when they really got to know him they didn't appreciate him nor his antics very much. Randall had to make a name for himself. He quickly found a career in the world of real estate. Not even his co-workers enjoyed his company, but they appreciated his skills. Being a fast and smooth talker really pays off in his industry. And now, Randall wants to put his skills to use in SURVIVOR. How well will that pan out?
Vito Luco, 49, Used Car Salesman, u/swoldow
Vito is the last person you'd want to trust with anything. A true con-artist at heart, he now has a job selling used cars, but his past jobs would make you run away from him in fear. When he was younger, he was a part of a major drug-trafficking operation run by the mafia, and he later got a job selling illegal fireworks, both of which got him to do jail time for a decade. Newly released, he seems to be back to his old ways, as he scams people out of their money daily with his faulty cars. He was born constantly overshadowed by his perfect younger brother, who is a popular politician, while he just swindles from people. As a result, he hates people who play loyally, and wants to prove that evil is the best way to play. He isn't afraid to play hard, as that's what he did all his life, and he'll either win, or go out swinging.
Link to Season
Episode 1: The 20 new contestants are welcomed into Turkey, where their first task is to compete in a challenge for reward. The Sinners tribe win this reward due to having more young and fit members than the Saints tribe. As a result, the Saints are already demoralized as they arrive at camp. Cap'n starts to feel good vibes from Ardet and Maralyn, and takes them under his wing to form an alliance. Ava, on the other hand, reveals that she is deaf to Chelsea and Gwen, and the three form another alliance due to being close to one another already. Cap'n sees this and scrambles to find an idol, and does so. Over at the Sinners tribe, Witworth and Jessica see their opportunity to look for an idol, and they find it, giving them more security, while back at camp, Maize and Nikki get into a fight over thinking that the other has an idol, which neither of them do. Vito becomes the moderator of this fight, saying that the three of them plus Irvin and Molly need to stick together in the long run. Randall sees this alliance form and tries to get Alexa, Jessica, Witworth, and Wildcard on board, which they all agree to at first, but then Wildcard sees this as his opportunity to cause conflict within his tribe, so he becomes content with being a swing vote. The Sinners win immunity, and on the Saints tribe it quickly becomes a race to see who can scrape up the swing votes the fastest between Cap'n's alliance and Ava's alliance. Dana becomes the target for Ava's alliance because of her weakness in challenges and her blind loyalty, while Greg is targeted by Ardet and Cap'n due to his shiftiness. They are able to get Kirk and Dana on board to blindside Greg, and they try to talk to Gwen, but she does not flip. Instead, at tribal council, we end up with a 5-5 split, followed by a 4-4 vote split due to no one flipping. Then a rock draw occurs on the first vote of the season. Ardet becomes the victim of the rocks, sending him out of the game despite never receiving a single vote.
Episode 2: After an explosive first vote, Cap'n tries to figure out who flipped on the six and sent Ardet home. No one tells him who did it, so he assumes it was Ardet. Ava tries to flip Maralyn from Cap'n's alliance, but is unsuccessful at doing so. At the Sinners camp, Jessica and Witworth, despite being closely aligned, argue over who gets to keep the idol, and Witworth ends up keeping it in the end. The Saints pull out a surprise victory over the fractured Sinners, and back at camp, Wildcard decides to snake the alliance he was pretending to work with, and joins Vito's alliance. Their first target is none other than Alexa, who saw this game as nothing other than a tool to get more relevancy back, and it particularly irked Vito, who wanted to play against people who played hard. So together, with his alliance and Wildcard, they vote for Alexa. Meanwhile, the four person alliance realizes that Wildcard snaked them, so they vote for him, and Alexa becomes the second person voted off in a 6-4 vote.
Episode 3: After Alexa's vote off, Irvin tries to bond with Vito, wanting to be his right hand man, and they become closer due to both being sleazy people. Wildcard begins to feel like he's in control, and it starts to annoy people on his tribe. At the Saints camp, Cap'n starts to rub people the wrong way because of his cockiness due to having an idol, but no one catches on to him having an idol, which is good news for him, because he plans on holding onto the idol until the merge. The Sinners win immunity for the third time, and they grow cocky because of this. Cap'n and Kirk, being the two oldest men on the tribe, join forces with Dana and Maralyn to take out their biggest threat in the opposing alliance, Greg. However, the other side has majority, and they decide that Dana has been blindly loyal to the other three, and hasn't been pulling her weight in challenges, so she becomes the third person voted out in a 5-4 vote.
Episode 4: After a somewhat boring vote, Greg starts to get paranoid, since he's already gotten 9 votes and it's only episode 4. He then tries to get the minority alliance to pin their votes onto Gwen, but Gwen gets angry at him for doing so, and they have an argument. At Sinners camp, Jessica tries to talk to Irvin, trying to get his alliance to help hers take out Wildcard, and Irvin tells Vito about the plan, and Vito starts to see Wildcard as not being of use anymore. After losing the reward challenge, the Saints come back harder and beat the Sinners at the next challenge. Wildcard lets Vito know that he is going to vote Maize, since he wants to make a big move early on. This becomes the final nail in Wildcard's coffin, as Vito was quite close to Maize. At tribal council, Wildcard becomes the first unanimous boot of the season, going out in a 8-1 vote.
Episode 5: Vito starts to think that Irvin has been playing way too loyally, and he gets into a discussion with him that slowly devolves into a full-blown fight between them, but Vito, realizing that Irvin would make a bad enemy, tries to make it up to him, and it works. The Sinners win both reward and immunity, and they feel elated about it. Cornelius goes to Cap'n and proposes an alliance to him, allowing them to control things from behind the scenes with Maralyn. He also reveals that he has grown a disdain for Greg, and that they need to flip the numbers on him. They get Gwen and Kirk on board, or so they think, but Gwen blabs to Greg and their alliance, leading to Kirk to flip as well. They decide to vote Cornelius out due to him being the biggest gamer on the tribe, and he goes in a 5-3 vote.
Episode 6: The tribes pack up their things, anticipating a swap, but then the host announces that they will be competing for individual immunity on their tribe, and whoever wins will be safe from the double tribal council taking place that night. Maralyn wins for the Saints, and Vito wins for the Sinners. The Sinners also win reward, earning food to enjoy while they watch the other tribe go to tribal council. Witworth, Jessica, and Randall decide it was now or never to get rid of Maize, who had a fight with Randall earlier that day, but Vito, hearing about this, decides that Randall is the biggest sleaze on his tribe, and he needed to go as soon as possible. In his voting confessional, he states there can be only one sleazy guy on the tribe, and that was himself, so Randall had to go, and Randall becomes the sixth person voted out in a 5-3 vote, and he is bitter as all hell about it. At the Saints tribe, Cap'n becomes angry over the fact he cannot vote in the majority, and it makes the majority annoyed with him, so they decide to vote him off. Luckily for Cap'n, he still has an idol, so he and Maralyn vote for the most threatening player in their minds, Chelsea, and Cap'n plays his idol, sending Chelsea out of the game in a 2-0 vote.
Episode 7: After Chelsea's idol out, Cap'n officially became public enemy number one on his tribe, and he tries to find his rehidden idol, but Kirk finds it instead. Maralyn and Greg have a fight due to the food on their tribe running low, and morale being even lower. At the Sinners tribe, Nikki begins to be seen as an easy goat due to her one-sided loyalty to Vito. Morale at the Saints tribe dips even lower when they lose both reward and immunity. Not wanting to lose again,the majority decide to vote off their oldest member, Cap'n, as a last ditch attempt to prevent them from going on a losing streak. Cap'n and Maralyn vote for Greg, and Cap'n becomes the eighth person voted out in a 5-3 vote, missing out on the jury by one placement.
Episode 8: After Cap'n's vote out, there are only five members on the Saints tribe, compared to the Sinners having seven. The Sinners increase their winning streak by two by winning both reward and immunity. At the Sinners camp, Jessica and Witworth have another fight over the idol, with Jessica insisting that she keep it. This causes the rest of the tribe to be alerted to the fact that Jessica and Witworth have an idol, and Witworth becomes a target because of this. At the Saints tribe, the women form a tight three, and Kirk and Greg are forced to band together to survive. At tribal council, the three women stay strong, and Greg is voted out 3-2 and becomes the first member of the jury, leaving only four Saints left in the game.
Episode 9: With his back up against the wall, Kirk knows that he's probably gone next if he didn't have the idol, which ensured his survival until merge. The Saints finally win a challenge, a reward challenge, but lose immunity once again to the inflated egos of the Sinners. Not much else happens this episode, but Kirk tries to get Maralyn to flip and vote out Ava, but she disagrees to do so, and she votes for Gwen instead, making Kirk not trust her, and he decides to vote for her, while also playing his idol. This causes a 1-1-0 tie between Gwen and Maralyn, and Ava, misunderstanding what would happen if she forced a tie, votes for Gwen while Kirk votes for Maralyn, and Ava becomes the second person in King's Survivor history to be eliminated by default, due to there being no other options, and she becomes the second member of the jury
Episode 10: At long last, the tribes merge into the purple Ucurum tribe, meaning balance in Turkish. Left in the game is Witworth, Gwen, Irvin, Jessica, Kirk, Maize, Maralyn, Molly, Nikki, and Vito. At first, it seems like it would be Saint Vs Sinner, but Jessica and Witworth come to the three Saints left in the game, and they convince them to vote with them come tribal council. Vito wins his second immunity challenge of the season, and his target was Witworth for being the strongest male not in his alliance, and also for lying about not having an idol, which he believed was given to Jessica. At tribal council, the lines cause a 5-5 divide between Irvin and Witworth, and on the revote, Maralyn randomly decides to flip to avoid a tie, and Carter Witworth becomes the third member of the jury, and also another person to go out with an idol in their pocket. He is understandably pretty pissed about this ordeal, but wishes his tribe well.
Episode 11: The day after Witworth's blindside, the nine remaining contestants compete in a reward challenge, which the team containing Irvin, Maralyn, and Vito win. At the reward, Irvin and Vito realize how dangerous Maralyn could be after she starts trying to talk game with them. Soon afterwards, Maralyn finds the idol, and Jessica calls out Molly for following Vito almost blindly. Nikki wins the second post merge immunity challenge, and Vito tries to recruit Jessica for the vote, which succeeds. They then choose to target Maralyn, since she was the most threatening out of the three Saints, and the six remaining Sinners pin votes onto her. Unfortunately for them, Maralyn pulls out an idol, and the Saints vote for Irvin, a potential immunity threat, making him the fourth member of the jury in a 3-0 vote.
Episode 12: After Irvin's blindside, only two men are still in the game, compared to the six women. Nikki is able to find an idol, after thinking that she hasn't been playing hard enough, while Molly gets into a fight with Maralyn over the latter pulling out an idol, which she hadn't wanted her to do. Molly wins immunity, and it becomes a battle of the Saints Vs the Sinners, just like the theme of the season. The Saints go after Maize, wanting to weaken Vito further before going after him, but they are unable to swing anyone over and Vito, fueled by vengeance, gets his alliance to vote for Maralyn. In a 5-3 vote, Maralyn becomes the fifth member of the jury. Back at camp, the final seven become annoyed at Nikki's arrogance after being safe from being voted out, so she becomes a target for the two remaining Saints left. Kirk also becomes a target for being a perceived leader for Gwen, causing him to be target numero uno. After Kirk wins immunity, the target shifts from him to Gwen, due to her being perceived as not wanting to play the game, and rather would be along for the ride, which Vito found unpalatable. Kirk and Gwen then try to vote out Molly for her strength in challenges, and in the end, Gwen gets the boot in a 5-2 vote, making her the sixth juror.
Episode 13: With only six people left in the game, the final reward challenge takes place. Maize wins it, and she shares it with Vito, her closest ally, and Jessica, who her and Vito wanted to bring closer. Soon, they realize what a threat she could be, especially because she's a poker player, she becomes the biggest target instead of Kirk. Luckily for her, she wins immunity. Kirk tries to bond with Maize as a way to get Vito to not vote him out, but it backfires, and he becomes the biggest target yet again. At tribal council, he votes for Molly, but everyone else votes for him, making him the seventh juror in a 5-1 vote and completely eliminating the Saints from the game.
Finale: Jessica, Maize, Molly, Nikki, and Vito remain. Five players who had remarkably different playing styles, but all came from the same tribe. They compete in the second-to-last immunity challenge, which Maize wins, and the biggest target becomes Jessica again, who has proven herself to be the only player not following Vito, and only voting with him just to get further in the game. Vito does not feel the same way about keeping Jessica around, so he and his alliance with Nikki, Molly, and Maize vote for her, and Nikki plays her idol in case someone flipped on her, and Jessica becomes the eighth juror in a 4-0 vote. Back at camp, Vito feels incredibly cocky, and he tries to influence a fight, and he does so between Nikki and Maize. He then goes on to win final immunity, and Nikki tanks her own game with her fight with Maize, and everyone votes her out, causing her to become the ninth juror in a 3-1 vote. The final three consists of Maize, Molly, and Vito. Molly gets criticism for her lack of strategy, only using her social game to get far, and her challenge capabilities. Maize is seen as following too closely to Vito, but the jury is willing to vote for her if Vito tanks his jury speech. He does not, and explains his game in great detail, saying he started out forming a five person alliance on the first night, he commenced the Wildcard blindside, the Witworth blindside, the Jessica blindside, etc. He did it all, but the bonds he formed in the game were genuine, and he didn't intend his villainous backstabbing to be taken personal. In the end, he gets all the jury votes, even from two people he never met, Greg and Ava. Maralyn wins the Fan Favorite for standing up to Vito and her idol play.
Winner: Vito Luco, u/swoldow
Fan Favorite: Maralyn Sander, u/Void_Drone
Potential Returnees (yeah, I haven't done this in a while): Vito, Jessica, Kirk, Maralyn, WItworth, Ava, Cap'n, maybe Ardet, if I do a first boot season
Next season, will be the final season before season 35, I won't spoil the theme for 35, but trust me, it won't be a season to miss. Season 34 however, with the release of the new Island Of The Idols sim, it will feature two King's Survivor Idols, who will be revealed with the sign ups. Next season will be King's Survivor Venezuela: Island Of The Idols!
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Went to Las Vegas for my birthday over last weekend. Wandering around the casino I ran across Mumford & Sons and met the bassist. Nicest guy ever!

Went to Las Vegas for my birthday over last weekend. Wandering around the casino I ran across Mumford & Sons and met the bassist. Nicest guy ever! submitted by buddhist32 to pics [link] [comments]

Looking for golf trips in the US to take in mid to late September. Would ideally like a play and stay trip for 4-5 nights or so. Any of you guys got any great recommendations? I am from Wisconsin so was looking for something like Hilton head for starters.

Looking for golf trips in the US to take in mid to late September. Would ideally like a play and stay trip for 4-5 nights or so. Any of you guys got any great recommendations? I am from Wisconsin so was looking for something like Hilton head for starters. submitted by spanky7220 to golf [link] [comments]

Grand Lisboa, Macao.

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A Night in MTA - Part 1

https://youtu.be/PEI2zet48Uc
I woke up. 7pm. Head ringing. The events of last night cast over my mind like a fog at night. God… Another terrible night at the Boris casinos. Those payouts were worse than ever before. I rolled over and look at the bedside table. A cask of Alexandrian vodka greeted me. “Hello mama…” I whispered to myself, and took a swig. Ah, the sweet taste of liquor.
I pulled myself out of bed, stumbling. I wandered over to my closet. “Fire prot or normal prot today?” I mumbled to myself, looking at the array of suits. “Prot it is.” I thought. I got dressed, and wandered out to the balcony, and lit myself a cigarette.
This city is a dump, I thought to myself. I looked out at MTA below. It was a city of scum and villainy. A home for every crook, criminal and degenerate in ‘Realms. And I was tasked with tracking the craziest of them all - Robokaiser. Olympia HQ had sent me to the city to take down the Kaiser Mafia, and I’d been hard at work infiltrating his bootlegging ring. The chief, Vanax, believed he’d been smuggling chocaine all the way from Tchad.
I stubbed out the cigarette, and went back inside. I spread out the list of files in front of me. It was a folder of the biggest scum in MTA… Robokaiser the Mayor at the top, but Vespasian, a major political figure, Ladez, owned of Rokkomart, Aimauri, Robo’s top goon and more covered the papers. These were the men I was tasked to take down. All on my own.
Tonight would be like any other night, or so I thought. As I stepped outside into the dark streets of MTA from my small apartment, the stench hit me immediately. You see, MTA was situated right on a major river, downstream from some serious urban settlements. They dumped sewage, probably illegally, but who cares, into the river - and it floated right down to the city. 24/7, the stink of shit. What a dump. SaikiKusuoh, a local hooker, greeted me. “Hey baby, looking for a good time?”. “Get outta here, whore.” I replied.
The stakeout today would be Rokkomart. Ya see, Rokkomart had this new deal going on - free blast furnace on the weekends. But this real wiz in our tech department, GDAN, had an idea - maybe it was all a coverup. A little sweeten-the-deal for the local business owners to help them move chocaine. So I’d been tasked today with checking out the joint. I walked down the promenade. Flashing signs advertising the ATC, lap dances and pornography greeted me. Fuck this city.
Rokkomart was busy today - no surprise, the blast furnace was open. A few regulars greeted me - Nekowo, Jonpachi were their names. They were hooked on chocaine, that was for sure. Whether they were involved in the smuggling, I don’t know. Rokkomart was a real nice joint. They had electric lighting and central heating, and the waitresses were the nicest in town. I didn’t have time to stop for a drink, though. Nonchalantly, I strolled to the furnace. Aimauri was nowhere to be seen, but Ladez was talking to a figure I hadn’t seen before. I quietly moved towards them, preparing to eavesdrop. That’s when I recognised him. It was someone I’d heard about on the radio before - it was the fuckin’ mayor of Cantina! Posey!
I immediately hid beyond a column, lit a cigarette, and pretended to read a nearby newspaper. I couldn’t hear much over the noise from the bar, but some of what they were saying was coming through. “shipment.... straight from… Chungus.... zoomers working…”. Whatever exactly they were saying wasn’t clear to me, but one thing was: this shit went straight to the top. These chocaine smugglers weren’t small time, there was big money at play.
After a few minutes, they stopped talking. I looked round - nowhere to be seen. But this was my chance. I slipped into the blast furnace, and the room was empty. Just what I needed. I took out my tobacco pouch, and deftly took out the little swab. “Thanks Tomo.” I thought to myself. The wetback was a real quick one, straight from El Paso, who’d designed some of our best equipment. I took some fingerprints, and stepped outside. And that’s when I saw them.
Azdekar and Vendetta, walking straight my way. “Shit!” I realised. Calmly and with composure, I turned on my heels and began walking away from them. I could hear them up pace. So did I. Seconds, later, I broke out into a sprint. “GET HIM!” one of them shouted, I’m not sure which. You see, Rokkomart was an old place. Towering roofs, stern columns, carpets, the whole shebang. When the place wasn’t packed to the brim with customers, it was packed to the brim with cleaners. And that was my out. After I turned round the corner, I saw it - a laundry chute. It was gonna be a tight fit, but my only way out. I ducked into the vent.
“Where da fuck’d he go?” shouted one of the goons. “I dunno, but Ladez is gunna be pissed.” replied the other. Was Ladez onto my trail? Did he see my listening in on him and Posey? This wasn’t good. But I didn’t have time to think about that while I tumbled down into the cleaner’s room. Still, it was good that I’d cased the joint a few days ago. I let myself out by the back of Rokkomart, into a dirty back alley filled with junkies and hobos. “Jeez, you look like shit!” shouted one of the bums - citylion was his name.
I sighed, and pulled my tie up. This night wasn't going my way.
TBC
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How an edgy PC made me want to quit DND

Before I start with the story, I want to preface that I don't have any ill will towards the person playing the character. I also have to say that due to my mental state I sometimes interpret actions as malevolent towards me, so that surely added to my actions in this story.
So, I was invited to a OS (that would last a couple of sessions) the boyfriend of a friend was hosting. I was excited to play, since I was pretty new to DND and wanted to try different groups. In the GM's world we were only allowed to be human and have a non-magic-wielding class. I didn't mind that and thought it would be fun to play a bard which could use charisma to get the party out of trouble. We had the following characters: a bard (me), a child ranger (my friend), a female assassin (not important), a soldier (not important) and a homebrew pirate OP edgelord (the problem playePP).
At session 0 I initially wanted to make a dumb paladin and when I mentioned that PP told me that his character would just straight up kill him for being dumb, so I decided I would do a fairly smart but stereotypical bard instead. I already knew that he would probably dislike my character because he made his pirate edgelord, Dante, a high charisma character.
Fast forward to session 1. We were in the ship of a bad guy that we all supposedly owed money to and he gave us a couple of tasks to fulfill to get rid of our debt. We were supposed to be piss poor characters, having nothing and when character description comes up, PP describes his character as wearing pretty clothes and having a saber on his side. The rest of us literally had nothing but the clothes on our back. My bard didn't even have an instrument, but for reasons Dante was allowed to have a sword. I didn't think much of that by then, because he could pretty much have asked the GM and explained why he had weapons on him, so whatever.
Once we are done with getting our tasks, we leave the ship and the first thing Dante does is holding a fucking gun (which he has too, apparently) to our characters faces and asking us what our deal was, threatening to kill us if we didn't tell him. We all told him of course, not wanting to die at the beginning of the adventure. It was all "in character" at that moment, but slowly I figured that nothing Dante did was "in character" but just a way to make him the coolest, most likeable character of the party.
He was pretty much a dick from then on. Insulting my character at any given moment, even if he didn't do anything, stealing the spotlight from everyone and constantly trying to get the party to do all he wants. There was one of the tasks to manipulate a noble woman and my bard suggested seducing her, only to have Dante come in and suggest the same thing. I then, playing my bard as a bisexual, checked out a guy as well, only to have Dante flirt with him all of a sudden. Dante was supposed to be straight as far as I was concerned but he couldn't let anyone have anything.
My bard eventually decided to try and steal an instrument from his rival to make some money for the party. It would have been an amazing way to play my character, because Dante did most of the talking and rping. As a party it made sense to work on it together, but Dante told us he would do it, since he is the most charismatic (he had the same modifier as me, but okay). This was followed by Dante playing a solosession for at least 5 minutes, leaving us all waiting outside unable to do anything. I got that he wanted to rp, but drinking and talking to the bartender on your own, even after being told my bard's rival was not in the bar, is kind of rude towards your party.
When he came back, he was rude to my character again and since I was bard, I decided to mock him, which ended with Dante threatening to kill me. I took my words back, starting to get pissed at how inconsistent his character felt (insulting everyone and then threatening to slit my throat afer getting mocked). We continued playing, my bard running into the tavern, singing a song and earning some money. Dante, of course, asked to split it between the party which I refused, telling him he did nothing to help with my performance. He then went on to insult my PC as fucking stupid, because he had had a gambling addiction in the past. My bard told him to stop it but he repeated the same insult, to which my bard replied something like "I had more sex than you".
It was a stupid insult and it would have offended no other PC, as it was said in a joking manner, apart from Dante. Dante attacked me, taking half of my HP even when my character, unarmed, refused to fight. He did not kill my character and then we moved on to continue our task.
The story continued and Dante eventually started to become the most inconsistent and annoying PC I have witnessed. He hated my PC, maybe to an extent deservedly so, since he could be annoying at times as well, so I guess I'm partially to blame. Dante was supposed to be this cool, badass, coldhearted character, who was also super charismatic and super smart, even though some of his rolls during character creation were mediocre. He had the habit of beginning to coddle the child ranger, "protecting" her and being in general super overbearing. My friend started to get mad at Dante as well, since he took most of the playing time from us and made the story all about himself. Her ranger also didn't like Dante a lot, since he nearly killed my character and was just an ass to him. She was lawful good, so of course she wouldn't like a dick.
At the end of session 1, Dante received a letter from a dude that was supposed to help us. (We found out later, that the letter contained a threat but Dante kept it from us). He then proceeded to murder the NPC and throw his body in the gutter. By that point I was done for the night and so was my friend. Dante then expected us, especially the ranger, to understand his actions, acting like he had no choice. LG ranger of course didn't appreciate Dante's actions and became more distant towards him, which he tried to counteract with being even more overbearing.
The session ended with Dante going away, announcing his character had something to do that he would play out in a single session with GM. All right, I thought, at least I don't have to sit through another Dante single session with the rest of the party.
Session 2 continued one week later and we played out how our characters would meet the following day. All, except Dante, were there and I was happy to be honest. By that point, I had started playing my character as a joke, which I kind of regret right now, but I was just done, because my bard could not use charisma, because Dante would do all of the talking. I regret that choice now, given that it probably was not the nicest thing to do with the GM and it made my character kind of stupid. I understand that in this story I'm partially to blame as well, but since I figured that it didn't matter what I did, I gave up playing my bard as seriously as I had intended to.
PP then said that he would like to play his solo thing so GM took him in a different channel on TS and the two were gone for 30 minutes, leaving the other players alone. When he returned to the game we saw Dante again, and he had three people working for him. Two soldiers and a bard. Yep, a bard. I think that was supposed to be a fuck you to my character for some reason, but I just decided to ignore it, because hey, if I said anything Dante would have tried to kill me again.
He then went on to say that he soldiers were supposed to protect the child ranger. My character told him that if he wanted to protect her, he should not kill NPCs that are trying to help and could get the party killed. Like an edgelord he replied "I know" and then he called himself a "protector of the innocent". At that point, I couldn't help but cringe. How is your character a "protector of the innocent" when you literally murder random people, threaten people you don't know and tried to murder my bard for making a dumb comment.
By then, I was chatting with my friend about how she felt about Dante and she was just as upset with him as I. She didn't like the fact that he was so OP that he could probably end the OS by himself since he now had three people with him mat all times and had weapons, which we all didn't have. By then, we became very paranoid because he would describe his character as looking similar to the ranger and we feared that they were related without my friend's knowledge. (that didn't turn out to be true, but still, it was weird, because all of a sudden Dante was trying to be this father figure).
Our main goal of this session was going into a casino and ruining the owner's business more or less. The door was guarded by a bouncer and none of my party members did a thing to get him away from the door, so my bard went forward and provoked him to the point of chasing after my bard. Instead of going in or help me, the rest of the party just stood there and watched me getting my ass beat. I messaged my friend again, saying that I was getting mad that no one was doing anything and she said that it was because all the characters except hers were chaotic neutrals, so they didn't give a shit if I died. Yeah, sure. You can be CN and still care about others, but okay. However, Dante in my opinion was not CN at all, but judge that for yourselves.
LG ranger started chasing after my character eventually, begging the bouncer to stop hitting my character (who basically was down by half his hp again) and Dante sent the two soldiers after her, saying "Protect the girl. I don't give a shit about the bard". I managed to pay myself out of getting my ass beat but I was down to 1 HP and the party, minus ranger and I, went in.
I was pissed by then, because my character was the only one who did shit to get them into the casino, but they all were ready to let him die because "that's what CNs would do". I let my character short rest before rejoining them, but decided to have my character not talk as much anymore. I don't want to run down the events in the casino, because it's not really relevant, but the party managed to find what they were looking for and steal it.
I was outside by then, saying my character was too busy crying. That mainly was, because I was so pissed by that point that I was scared I would lose my shit and start yelling at the others. Because while they were inside of the casino they kept on making stupid "where's our shitty bard" jokes. I wouldn't have minded it as much, if he hadn't just nearly been beaten to death while they just watched and basically would have left me to die.
Dante also made a big deal about hitting on every woman he saw within the casino, even the female assassin of our party and then said "yeah, that's what Dante would do: flirt". This annoyed me because it just did not fit with the stone cold "I would kill a defenseless person over fuck all" attidude he normally had. It also was kind of sexist in my opinion and his advances on women would have never worked irl, but what do I know, I'm just a woman.
At one point while the party was stealing papers from the casino, the LG ranger threw hers back in through the window after climbing out because she felt guilty. The paper landed in a room with a shut door next to Dante. Logically Dante was like "I pick up the papers she dropped and take them for myself". My friend then asked him "Uh, the door is closed how did he see it?" He justified it either by saying the door was open or that his perception is that high, I can't remember. It was bullshit though.
After finishing in the casino the group rejoined and Dante dissed my bard again. I can't remember what he said but only that it was uncalled for since he didn't do anything. My bard then replied something along the lines of: "Some people did nothing to help", referring to the soldier who was gambling inside of the casino for the biggest part. Dante then said "Yeah, you didn't do shit."
By then I was done. My bard had nearly died getting them inside the casino, got no help at all from the party and now was being mocked for doing nothing because he was short resting outside after nearly being beaten to death. I said, "Well, my character is pissed now and just runs off."
I was done playing by then. I just didn't have any fun during the game. I loved the setting and the idea and the GM told a great story, but Dante made me livid. The next day I told the GM that I didn't feel comfortable playing with the group anymore, because I felt like Dante was just rude. GM then told me it was my fault for playing my bard as a joke. I totally get why he is saying that now, but at the same time, it is no fun to play with an OP edgelord character that wanted to make the story all about himself: the glorious, coldhearted, yet caring, Dante.
As mentioned before, I interpret certain things to be hostile, when they are not, but I think that Dante's actions were just uncalled for at times and were definitely not CN. I ended up having a mental breakdown after receiving the message from the GM, feeling like I could never play DND again, because I was a horrible player. I do play again now and have even GM'ed for myself. It was just the character of Dante that sent me over the edge. DND is a group game and should be fun for everyone in my opinion. I also have played in the same group minus PP again and had a great time.
tl;dr: Quit two sessions in and ended up having a mental breakdown over an edgy DND character.
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[USA] [H] Nintendo (Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, etc.), PlayStation - Games & Consoles; New swap items at the top of the list [W] PS3 CECHA01 Power Supply, Concrete Genie (PS4), Metroid Zero Mission (GBA)

Not selling everything right now, but a lot is over on my thread at /GameSale.
Anything not specifically marked as "CIB" or "New" is loose. I also follow recommended swap order (lower flair ships first). Pictures of a bunch of stuff are in this album. Feel free to request more if needed.
New since last post
Console Game Boy Advance AGS-001 - Original blue casing, but it's scratched up. You'll probably want to replace it at some point, but it works well and does the job. No charger included.
Console DS Lite - Black. I had 2 DSLs that both had varying issues, so I harvested the good parts and put them together into this one. Works great, good top hinge and casing. There are, from my count, 3 specks of dust under the top lens that I don't have the patience to open it back up again and deal with. Console only, no charger or stylus, but I'll send it out fully charged. Pics.
Console DS Lite-In-A-Bag - Red & Black. See the other DS Lite description? This is the leftovers. Bad top casing, cracked top LCD, broken power slider. Surprisingly, the other things all work great. Lots of decent parts to harvest. Battery, cartridge reader, metal hinge, bottom housing, bottom screen, etc. Pics.
Stuff that’s been on my list previously
Nintendo Switch
• Switch Online NES-Style Controllers (New - I have one pack of 2)
• Switch Online SNES-Style Controller (New - I have 2 controllers)
• Tokyo Mirage Sessions: #FE Encore (CIB)
• Enter the Gungeon (CIB)
• Penny Punching Princess (CIB)
• Collar X Malice - Standard Edition (Switch - new)
Playstation
Console PSP 1001 - Great shape. Includes charger as well as soft sleeve. I've Tested & working fully, reads UMDs just fine. Modded it with LME and installed like 20 emulators on it. Now I understand the hype.
• Hard Rock Casino (PSP - CIB)
• Worms: Open Warfare (PSP - CIB)
• Coded Arms (PSP - CIB)
• Midnight Club 3 (PSP - CIB)
• Wild Arms XF (PSP - loose)
• Disgaea Infinite (PSP - loose)
• Spectral Souls (PSP - loose)
• Blazing Souls (PSP - loose)
• Darkstalkers Chronicle (PSP - loose)
• Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (PSP - CIB)
• God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP - loose in a generic case)
• Madden '06 (PSP - loose in a generic case)
• PS Move Controller - I have 1 of these available, no strap.
• Killzone 3 Rifle Peripheral
• PS Move Eye Camera
• Uncharted - Drake's Fortune (PS3 - CIB)
• Uncharted 2 (PS3 - CIB)
• Uncharted 3 (PS3 - CIB)
• Killzone 2 (PS3 - CIB)
• Killzone 3 (PS3 - CIB)
• Singstar (PS3 - CIB)
• Singstar Vol 2 (I'll include 2 microphones with these) (PS3 - CIB)
• Just Dance 3 (PS3 - CIB)
• Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12 (PS3 - CIB)
• MLB The Show '16 (PS3 - CIB)
• Hasbro Family Game Night 3 (PS3 - CIB)
• Sports Champions (PS3 - CIB)
• Rocksmith (no guitar included) (PS3 - CIB)
• The Outer Worlds (PS4 - New)
• Resident Evil 2 (PS4 - New)
SEGA
Console Sega Genesis - Model 2, console only. Tested & works great. I've cleaned it up so it's in really nice condition.
Xbox One
• Rockband Fender Stratocaster guitar controller - Xbox One, includes shoulder strap. Nice condition. Ideally I'd like to swap this for one for PS4.
Nintendo DS
Console Nintendo DSi - Black, nice condition. Comes with a charger.
• Professor Layton and the Curious Village (CIB)
• Professor Layton and the Last Specter (CIB)
• New Super Mario Bros (CIB)
• New Super Mario Bros 2 (CIB)
• Warioware Gold (3DS - new)
• Detective Pikachu (3DS - CIB)
• Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (3DS - new)
• Nintendogs: Best Friends (DS - loose)
• Mario Kart DS (DS obviously - CIB)
• Yoshi's Island DS (DS - loose, poor condition but works)
• Transformers: Autobots
• ATV: Thunder Ridge Riders/Monster Trucks Mayhem (Dual Pack, CIB)
• Orcs & Elves (CIB)
• Animal Crossing: Wild World
• Scribblenauts
• Spyro: The Eternal Night
• Action Replay Max DS
Nintendo Gamecube
• OEM Indigo GameCube Controller - Kinda beat up but it works
• Animal Crossing (Includes Player's Choice case & manual (manual is in poor condition with what looks like watehumidity damage and notes written in the back "notes" section))
• Action Replay - GameCube (cart only, no disc or cable)
• Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (Case & Disc only)
• Extreme-G 3 (CIB)
Nintendo Wii
• New Super Mario Bros. Wii (CIB, nice shape)
Nintendo 64
• Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (case-swapped with a gray cartridge, the other was completely busted. I'll include it if you want it. Also has an aftermarket label on it.)
SNES
• Mario All Stars + Super Mario World (SNES - dual cart, label isn't great)
• Super Mario World
Game Boy
Console Game Boy Advance AGB-001 - Glacier, excellent condition. Includes battery cover. Not even the yellowing on the stickers on the back, like this is probably one of the nicest condition used GBAs I've picked up in a long time. I'll include a Nintendo-branded GBA carrying case as well as a worm light with this.
Console Game Boy Advance AGB-001 - Indigo, excellent condition. Includes Pelican-brand hard cover, trade cable, light, rechargeable battery pack with battery port & charger block.
Console Game Boy Advance AGS-001 - Reshelled. As much as I'd rather have OEM everything, the old shell was gross, so I had to swap it. It's just a standard black casing, nothing special. New lens as well. Comes with an aftermarket charger. I'll include a Nintendo-branded GBA carrying case with this.
• Pokémon Emerald (GBA - CIB, including poster. I also soldered in a new battery so it’s working great. Label isn’t 10/10, but most people are probably after the box and inserts anyway. Only looking to swap this toward similarly valued items.)
• Pokémon Emerald (GBA - loose, no label. I've soldered in a new battery so seasonal/timed events can happen.) Photos/video of it skipping the "dry battery" screen here.
• Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA - loose)
• Tony Hawk: Pro Skater 2 (GBA - loose)
• Super Mario Advance (GBA - loose, this is the original Mario Bros. 2)
• Tom & Jerry: The Magic Ring (GBA - loose)
• Finding Nemo (GBA - loose)
• Pokemon Pinball (GBC - missing battery cover)
• Official Nintendo Game Boy Advance Carrying Pouch (Looks like this one)
NES
• Big Bird's Hide & Speak
• Bandai Golf: Challenge Pebble Beach
• Demon Sword
• Fester's Quest
• Kid Kool
• The Lone Ranger
• NES Play Action Football
• Top Gun: Second Mission
• CONFLICT
• WCW Wrestling
• Ikari Warriors
• NARC
• Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt (Dual Cart)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game
WANT
Power Supply for a PS3 model CECHA01 (old fat original 60GB backwards compatible model)
• Rock Band 4 (PS4 - I'd like a guitar and drums too). I'd also be interested in an adapter to get all of my PS3 stuff working on the PS4, as I hear that equipment is actually a bit better quality than the new stuff (?).
• Dreamcast OEM Memory Card, Quality Games - Crazy Taxi, Skies of Arcadia, etc.
• Pokemon: SoulSilver (Bix box & inserts only, already have the game & case. The Pokewalker would be a plus, but not a requirement)
• Metroid Zero Mission (GBA)
• Moss (PS4)
• Concrete Genie (PS4)
• Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS, CIB)
• Mario Party 10 (WiiU)
• NES/SNES/N64/GameCube/Switch Offers Note: I currently have most first-party/major release Switch games. Feel free to still offer, though. No interest in Amiibo or Amiibo Cards.
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Accessing all the Vancouver Bridges

Update notes: finished adding all the bridges, added a link to photos. I will try to format everything to be a bit nicer and/or make a copy at another location that allows for easienicer formatting.
As requested by raleighspritely in the other bridges thread, this post is intended to help generally newer riders figure out specifically how to get onto each bridge in each direction, where all most of the exit options go and any other weirdnesses each bridge may have.
I'll assume you know roughly where you are and roughly how to get to each bridge. Some are easy to find the entrances for (Burrard), some are weird (Cambie, southbound) and some have entrances a long way from where the cars access (Golden Ears) so if they're super weird I'll try and give you more specifics.
Photos from the day showing most of the bridges: https://imgur.com/a/RvTUs0V (missing: 2nd Narrows, KSB, Canada Line, Arthur Liang)
And now to talking about crossing bridges!
Granville - follow the instructions for Burrard or Cambie
If you insist on using the GSB (don't) SB access is easiest via Howe St and NB access at 5th & Granville
Burrard
Easiest to get onto IMO as the access is right at the ends of the bridge
Cambie
Going southbound on Cambie is super weird to get to unless you're already on Nelson St
Lion's Gate
North Bound:
South Bound:
Second Narrows/IronworkersThis is one of the weirdest/awkwardest, particularly at the north end
North Bound:
South Bound
Access is here basically across from Phibbs. Many ways to get to it, but you've gotta get to that spot to go south.
Exiting: takes you down through the trees, watch for the pair of switchbacks. You'll end up at the bottom of Skeena St.
Arthur Laing
I regard this as an "experts only" type bridge that I wouldn't recommend to anyone not comfortable with riding in fairly close proximity to cars. There's no separated lane and just a narrow shoulder. That said, I don't feel unsafe on this bridge for some reason, but that might just be from riding it a bunch and being used to riding next to cars. Anyways, onto how to get on/off:
Southbound: access is via the car ramp at where Marine & Granville all come together in a 6 lane clusterfuck that was meant to be the highway through Vancouver. Normally I access coming off NW Marine, onto the clusterfuck, pick up speed down the hill and (with a lot of shoulder checking) get across the right most lane onto the ramp. Go up the ramp and stick to the right.
Exiting: things get dicey/exciting. You'll be crossing roads at speed so be shoulder checking.
North Bound: you can either access off the paths off Airport Rd here or by riding north along Russ Baker Way and basically sticking right and following the signs to Vancouver.
Exiting: again a bit dicey with some potential lane crossing
Pitt River
This is one of the nicest crossings. All the recently built (or updated) bridges are really, really nice once you're on the deck (Pitt River, Port Mann, Golden Ears + Ironworkers post update).
The cycle/pedestrian lane is on the north side of the span and is nice and wide. Access on the west end requires crossing Belfast Ave/Fremont Connector that loops under the bridge. Since access is all for the one side crossing my instructions are written for West->East travel but basically just do them in reverse for East->West.
Coming from NW (Trabouley Poco Trail/Deboville Slough), you do a couple zigzags and hairpins and crossing Belfast St but you can see your target the whole time so this bridge is honestly one of the easiest to get onto.
Coming from the SW, you go under the bridge parallel to the Fremont Connector then see the access to your left. If you were to keep going on the path instead you'd eventually end up at Deboville Slough.
East end of the bridge drops you in Pitt Meadows. As you exit (eastbound) you can immediately do 180deg turn left to get onto the trails. Another left at the river to go south, north and you can make your way out to Pitt Lake on the trails. To access the trail parallel to, and on the south side of, Lougheed Highway take the left at the river then left again at Ferryslip Rd.
If you go straight Old Dewdney Trunk Rd is a pretty nice ride towards Maple Ridge.
Golden Ears
Alright, this one is possibly the most difficult unless you know exactly where to go, partly because they're a long way along the bridge from where cars access. The Southbound Access is at 113B & Airport Way (Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows). The northbound access is at 100A Ave & 201St (Langley)
Southbound
Northbound
Access is at 100A Ave & 201St. You go up the multilevel round ramp. Your exit will basically be the aforementioned 113B roundabout, you can go straight through it to get onto Maple Meadows Way towards the mall, right will change into 203St as it turns north or go left and west towards the airport.
Canada Line Bridge
This one is on the side of the Canada Line bridge section between Marine & Cambie Station & Bridgeport Station.
North connection is on Kent Ave S @ Cambie. However you have to go east from Kent Ave N & Cambie to turn south to get onto Kent Ave S and access the ramp. If you're coming down Cambie, hang a right on Kent Ave N.
South Connection is at River Road and Van Horne Way.
If you're going North then east, my recommendation is take Cambie north, then cut east at 59th. Kent Ave N between Cambie and Ontario sucks butt and cars are frequently impatient assholes on that section (it's also rough, needs a repave and has a lot of rail tracks).
If you're going north then west you can go west on Kent Ave N and then right on Heather before climbing a bit and taking the westbound route of your choice.
If you're just going north then Cambie, Ontario & Heather are all pretty good choices with Ontario & Heather being quieter. I can't remember how all of Heather's crossings are since I haven't ridden it past 59th in years.
If you're going South, you can go:
Formatting is becoming a pain because this is getting long. Sorry!
Port Mann
This one is like the Pitt River Bridge in that the pedestrian/bike path is only on the north/east side of the bridge deck.
West access is where the Port Mann passes over United Boulevard and where Unite intersects the Mary Hill Bypass offramps. If you're coming off the bridge you can go south/west on United and eventually work your way over towards Braid Station. If you go east on the Mary Hill Bypass you can connect to the Traboulay PoCo trail, Argue St and work your way up to the Pitt River bridge. There's also a mess of trails in and around Colony Farm but you're on your own for that :)
East access is a ways up a pretty decent hill at 152st/112Ave by Dogwood Campgrounds. If you're going north/west, the signage is good. Just don't take the overpass over the highway. How you get to 152/112...up to you. It's a big grid!
Alex Fraser
Ok, this one is another bit of a mess in terms of access. I don't think this one is technically unidirectional like the others, but I recommend riding the same way as cars are travelling and this guide will be based on that. Careful on the deck, there's a bunch of spots where you have to dodge the bases of signs and other spots where the path just shifts left/right.
Southbound:
You've made it over the Queensborough or come in from Richmond. You've made it onto the Annacis Channel bridge and are approaching Annacis island. You'll see a bus-stop on an island, you want to get there (if not busy, drop the curb & cut across, otherwise there's a crosswalk to use), take the crosswalk that goes parallel to the bus-only section of intersection, onto the sidewalk on the far-far side and then left and you'll see the path onto the bridge. You'll get dropped off with the choice of left or right. Left takes you towards HWY17, River Rd which are the two options for getting to the ferry (take River, it's quieter and only marginally slower). Right will take you under the bridge, and after you go past Planet Ice you can go left towards River Rd east, right-then-right to get onto Nordel north/east or just right for the Delta-South Surrey Greenway.
If you're trying to get to South Surrey, go as if you're going up Nordel, get over the overpass, then take the trail that cuts back to the right. This is the North Delta Greenway and is superior to the DSS Greenway in basically every way including being WAY smoother (I ride it on my carbon road bike on 25mm tires).
North Bound:
Starting from Planet Ice, take the path up onto the bridge, ride across, question why you're out here and didn't just take the Massey Shuttle to get home faster...
At the north end of the bridge, you'll end up next to the Annacis exit ramp. At the end of it, you want to take the small crosswalk onto the island with the bus stop, across Cliveden ave onto the island on the far side, then across another little crosswalk onto the path and hang a left. Stick to this path, you'll go back over the Annacis Channel and find yourself at a zig-zagging ramp. At the bottom of that you have the options of:hard right: path through to Hamilton Highway Park where you can take an overpass towards River Rd
left then right: onto Boundary Rd then Dyke rd, you can use this to get over towards Westminster Highway via Fraserwood Way.
left then left (generally recommended): take Boundary Rd north. At Boundary & Boyd you can go right to the Queensborough or left onto Westminster Hwy which you can use to get all the way to Richmond or to connect to River Rd
Queensborough
because New West is at a 45deg angle I'll be using "up/down and top/bottom" for this bridge because it's effectively a hill. Top is 22nd St station end, bottom is Queensborough Landing.
The top connection is just below 22nd St Station. If you're coming from 22nd St station just take the bridge down, it'll drop you on Boyd St. Left takes you to QB Landing. Right takes you to...not a lot. It's narrow, you'll probably have to slow down a bunch as you pass people.
If you're coming from Market Crossing area or New West (both via Marine Dr) I recommend taking the "up" side of the bridge down because it has about 1% of the traffic the "down" side does.
To get to it, the access is the ramp on the "cars up" side of the bridge. Otherwise, you can use the ramp on the "cars down" side to connect to the "down" side.
Either way as you're going down, watch for the hairpins at the bottom!
If you're going up and heading to downtown New West take the "up" side. Head east along Marine/Stewardson. You can eventually head right down a side street to get to S&O because that's why you're in New West right? If not, you're at S&O now. Best way to get through to the rest of downtown is via the Quay.
If you're going up and heading to anywhere else take the "down" side and go all the way to 22nd St Station. Right and past the station connects to 7th Ave across New West. Left you can use to get onto both Marine Dr or Marine Way to go west to Market Crossing, Big Bend, Glenlyon, River District. Straight turns into the BC Parkway and travels under the skytrain past Edmonds, Royal Oak, Metrotown stations.
Knight St
Recommendation: if you can, keep going west and take the Canada Line Bridge. This bridge was NOT intended for cyclists at all as you're about to learn and this section may get a little rant-y.
Northbound:
Southbound (I haven't gone SB on this bridge in a long time)
Access is via the onramp at Inverness & Marine. If crossing SB on Inverness watch for cars not understanding how stoplights work and driving into the intersection.
Take the on-ramp, hop onto the sidewalk.
First exit is Mitchell Island, get across the island. Get back onto the sidewalk.
Second exit is Bridgeport and provided you take that off-ramp you'll end on a sidewalk on Bridgeport pointed west. First intersection will be Sweden Way, turn left for IKEA, right takes you up to Vulcan Way which can be used to connect to River, No5 & No6 Rds.
Opinion: the KSB needs a cycling infrastructure update more than the GSB. The GSB is bad, but at least Cambie and Burrard are basically adjacent.
Oak St Bridge
Disclaimer: I have ridden across this bridge exactly once, only north bound on the southbound side. I will provide links to where I think the access to the NB path is, but I can't guarantee it.
This accesses I used for this bridge are near enough to the Canada Line Bridge so I would recommend just using that. Also the access Oak St Bridge are all off bigger roads so just awkward to get to.
The north end of the SB path is a crosswalk between 71st Ave & 72nd Ave on Oak St. ( https://www.google.com/maps/place/49%C2%B012'22.1%22N+123%C2%B007'49.4%22W/@49.2061485,-123.1325803,765m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d49.2061446!4d-123.1303973 )
The south end of the SB path is at the southeast end of the Shanghai Wonderful restaurant parking lot. https://www.google.com/maps/place/49%C2%B011'30.5%22N+123%C2%B007'10.7%22W/@49.1918179,-123.1201938,191m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d49.1918174!4d-123.1196477
I *think* the south end of the NB path is here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/49%C2%B011'25.0%22N+123%C2%B006'55.9%22W/@49.1902744,-123.1163805,382m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d49.1902728!4d-123.1155145
I don't know how to get there.
I think the north end of the NB path is effectively the intersection of SW Marine @ Shaughnessy St. https://www.google.com/maps/place/49%C2%B012'17.7%22N+123%C2%B007'45.5%22W/@49.2047843,-123.1293076,104m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d49.2049204!4d-123.1293171
Once you're on the bridge it's just ride along until you're at the other end. The surface is weird concrete sections that have all gone a bit convex so it's a weird kinda bumpy ride.
rest to be continued later including: Pitt River, Golden Ears, Port Mann, Alex Fraser, Queensborough, Knight St, Canada Line, Oak St and Arthur Laing. If you need to go between New West and Surrey I recommend just taking the Skytrain.
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[USA] [H] Nintendo (Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, etc.), PlayStation - Games & Consoles; New swap items at the top of the list [W] Mario Party 10 (WiiU), Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (NDS), Moss (PS4)

Not selling everything right now, but a lot is over on my thread at /GameSale.
Anything not specifically marked as "CIB" or "New" is loose. I also follow recommended swap order (lower flair ships first). Pictures of a bunch of stuff are in this album. Feel free to request more if needed.
New since last post
• Pokémon Emerald (GBA - loose, no label. I've soldered in a new battery so seasonal/timed events can happen.) Photos/video of it skipping the "dry battery" screen here.
• Rockband Fender Stratocaster guitar controller - Xbox One, includes shoulder strap. Nice condition. Ideally I'd like to swap this for one for PS4.
Console Nintendo DSi - Black, nice condition. Comes with a charger.
Stuff that’s been on my list previously
Nintendo Switch
• Switch Online NES-Style Controllers (New - I have one pack of 2)
• Switch Online SNES-Style Controller (New - I have 2 controllers)
• Tokyo Mirage Sessions: #FE Encore (CIB)
• Enter the Gungeon (CIB)
• Penny Punching Princess (CIB)
• Collar X Malice - Standard Edition (Switch - new)
Playstation
Console PSP 1001 - Great shape. Includes charger as well as soft sleeve. I've Tested & working fully, reads UMDs just fine. Modded it with LME and installed like 20 emulators on it. Now I understand the hype.
• Hard Rock Casino (PSP - CIB)
• Worms: Open Warfare (PSP - CIB)
• Coded Arms (PSP - CIB)
• Midnight Club 3 (PSP - CIB)
• Wild Arms XF (PSP - loose)
• Disgaea Infinite (PSP - loose)
• Spectral Souls (PSP - loose)
• Blazing Souls (PSP - loose)
• Darkstalkers Chronicle (PSP - loose)
• Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (PSP - CIB)
• God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP - loose in a generic case)
• Madden '06 (PSP - loose in a generic case)
• PS Move Controller - I have 1 of these available, no strap.
• Killzone 3 Rifle Peripheral
• PS Move Eye Camera
• Uncharted - Drake's Fortune (PS3 - CIB)
• Uncharted 2 (PS3 - CIB)
• Uncharted 3 (PS3 - CIB)
• Killzone 2 (PS3 - CIB)
• Killzone 3 (PS3 - CIB)
• Singstar (PS3 - CIB)
• Singstar Vol 2 (I'll include 2 microphones with these) (PS3 - CIB)
• Just Dance 3 (PS3 - CIB)
• Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12 (PS3 - CIB)
• MLB The Show '16 (PS3 - CIB)
• Hasbro Family Game Night 3 (PS3 - CIB)
• Sports Champions (PS3 - CIB)
• Rocksmith (no guitar included) (PS3 - CIB)
• The Outer Worlds (PS4 - New)
• Resident Evil 2 (PS4 - New)
SEGA
Console Sega Genesis - Model 2, console only. Tested & works great. I've cleaned it up so it's in really nice condition.
Nintendo DS
Console Nintendo DS - Old phat one, but a special edition teal color in terrific condition. Includes original charger and stylus.
• Professor Layton and the Curious Village (CIB)
• Professor Layton and the Last Specter (CIB)
• New Super Mario Bros (CIB)
• New Super Mario Bros 2 (CIB)
• Warioware Gold (3DS - new)
• Detective Pikachu (3DS - CIB)
• Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (3DS - new)
• Nintendogs: Best Friends (DS - loose)
• Mario Kart DS (DS obviously - CIB)
• Yoshi's Island DS (DS - loose, poor condition but works)
• Transformers: Autobots
• ATV: Thunder Ridge Riders/Monster Trucks Mayhem (Dual Pack, CIB)
• Orcs & Elves (CIB)
• Animal Crossing: Wild World
• Scribblenauts
• Spyro: The Eternal Night
• Action Replay Max DS
Nintendo Gamecube
• OEM Indigo GameCube Controller - Kinda beat up but it works
• Animal Crossing (Includes Player's Choice case & manual (manual is in poor condition with what looks like watehumidity damage and notes written in the back "notes" section))
• Action Replay - GameCube (cart only, no disc or cable)
• Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (Case & Disc only)
• Extreme-G 3 (CIB)
Nintendo Wii
• New Super Mario Bros. Wii (CIB, nice shape)
Nintendo 64
• Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (case-swapped with a gray cartridge, the other was completely busted. I'll include it if you want it. Also has an aftermarket label on it.)
SNES
• Mario All Stars + Super Mario World (SNES - dual cart, label isn't great)
• Super Mario World
Game Boy
Console Game Boy Advance AGB-001 - Glacier, excellent condition. Includes battery cover. Not even the yellowing on the stickers on the back, like this is probably one of the nicest condition used GBAs I've picked up in a long time. I'll include a Nintendo-branded GBA carrying case as well as a worm light with this.
Console Game Boy Advance - Indigo. It's in excellent condition. Includes Pelican-brand hard cover, trade cable, light, rechargeable battery pack with battery port & charger block.
Console Game Boy Advance AGS-001 - Reshelled. As much as I'd rather have OEM everything, the old shell was gross, so I had to swap it. It's just a standard black casing, nothing special. New lens as well. Comes with an aftermarket charger. I'll include a Nintendo-branded GBA carrying case with this.
• Pokémon Emerald (GBA - CIB, including poster. I also soldered in a new battery so it’s working great. Label isn’t 10/10, but most people are probably after the box and inserts anyway. Only looking to swap this toward similarly valued items.)
• Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA - loose)
• Tony Hawk: Pro Skater 2 (GBA - loose)
• Super Mario Advance (GBA - loose, this is the original Mario Bros. 2)
• Tom & Jerry: The Magic Ring (GBA - loose)
• Finding Nemo (GBA - loose)
• Pokemon Pinball (GBC - missing battery cover)
• Official Nintendo Game Boy Advance Carrying Pouch (Looks like this one)
NES
• Big Bird's Hide & Speak
• Bandai Golf: Challenge Pebble Beach
• Demon Sword
• Fester's Quest
• Kid Kool
• The Lone Ranger
• NES Play Action Football
• Top Gun: Second Mission
• CONFLICT
• WCW Wrestling
• Ikari Warriors
• NARC
• Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt (Dual Cart)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game
WANT
• Rock Band 4 (PS4 - I'd like a guitar and drums too). I'd also be interested in an adapter to get all of my PS3 stuff working on the PS4, as I hear that equipment is actually a bit better quality than the new stuff (?).
• Dreamcast OEM Memory Card, Quality Games - Crazy Taxi, Skies of Arcadia, etc.
• Pokemon: SoulSilver (Bix box & inserts only, already have the game & case. The Pokewalker would be a plus, but not a requirement)
• Metroid Zero Mission (GBA)
• Moss (PS4)
• Concrete Genie (PS4)
• Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS, CIB)
• Mario Party 10 (WiiU)
• NES/SNES/N64/GameCube/Switch Offers Note: I currently have most first-party/major release Switch games. Feel free to still offer, though. No interest in Amiibo or Amiibo Cards.
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