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Music / Re: Get me into classical/piano music
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:48:46 PM »
Well if you're looking for specific works I have a few you might want to check out.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Gotta start with the Beethoven Symphonies. All of them are worth a listen, but the big ones are Nos. 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9. I'll just post the fifth for now, as it's pretty much the "quintessential symphony" in my opinion, and probably the best representative of Beethoven's music.
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor

Alexander Borodin
This guy didn't write much, but he was a chemist so I figured it was appropriate since you're studying Ochem.
String Quartet No. 2, special highlights to the third movement "Notturno: Andante"

Johannes Brahms
Brahms wrote a great amount of music, and I believe somebody already mentioned the Hungarian Dances (No. 10 is a personal favorite) but I think, like Beethoven, the symphonies are the way to go. Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, it's basically his love-letter to Beethoven.

Frederic Chopin
Chopin is fundamental if you're building a classical library, though 90% of his music is for the piano alone.
Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor

Claude Debussy
He's been mentioned before, but I'll throw out one of his few orchestral works.
La Mer

Frederick Delius
This guy's a bit of an unknown, and a recent discover for myself, but Dvorak gets all the attention for writing American-inspired music.
Florida Suite, particular mention to the third movement.

Antonin Dvorak
Speaking of which...
Cello Concerto

George Gershwin
Always gotta give it up for my man Gershwin, everything of his is great, but of course...
Rhapsody in Blue

Gustav Holst
Everybody knows The Planets, but I'm gonna include it anyway.
The Planets

Franz Liszt
This list needs some more piano music, and while Liszt isn't a lyrical as Chopin he's just as important for piano music. The Hungarian Rhapsodies are classic (personal favorite is No. 6) but I'll go with...
Piano Sonata in B Minor

Gustav Mahler
This guy combines the scale of a Wagner Opera with the precision of a Beethoven Symphony and is just pure magic.
Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, "Resurrection"

Modest Mussorgsky
Another guy who didn't write much, but with another essential piece.
Pictures at an Exhibition (there is also an orchestral version by Ravel worth checking out)

Sergei Prokofiev
While his "Romeo and Juliet" ballet is probably his most famous work, I'll instead stick with one of his concerti. (Though by all means give at least the second suite a listen.)
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C

Sergei Rachmaninoff
He's come up already, but here he is again.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor

Einojuhani Rautavaara
Who? A modern composer, recently deceased (07/27/2016) who's work could use a little more attention, though his work is a bit much at first glance.
Piano Concerto No. 1

Camille Saint-Saëns
Insert French jokes here.
Carnival of the Animals

Maurice Ravel
Another Frenchie who's often overshadowed by Debussy as both were considered "impressionists", but he still wrote great music nonetheless. Bolero gets all the attention, so I'll go with something else.
Concerto for the Left Hand Alone

Ottorino Respighi
Finally have an Italian on this list, wow!
The Pines of Rome

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Rimsky-Korsakov was probably the most professional amateur composer out there, but that doesn't mean his works are amateur.

Franz Schubert
Schubert was an early disciple of Beethoven, being one of the composer to brigde the gap between the Classicists and the Romantics.
Symphony No. 9 in C

Richard Strauss
No, not Johann, but Richard. Possibly the greatest composer of symphonic poems, he sits somewhere between Wagner and Mahler in terms of scale and emotional depth. He also wrote  a few songs which are absolutely sublime.
Also Sprach Zarathustra

Igor Stravinsky
Best known for causing a riot in Paris. I'd start with this, though.
The Firebird Suite

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Possibly the most emotional composer out there, but where to begin?
Romeo and Juliet Overture

Giuseppe Verdi
This man defined Opera in the latter half of the 19th century, so it's no surprise that this selection is possibly his most famous excerpt.
Aida - "Gloria all' Egitto, Triumphal March"

Richard Wagner
From Beethoven to Wagner, this list is pretty comprehensive, but not complete without a Wagner opera. Or should I say four "music dramas"?
The Ring Without Words, a musical summary of Wagner's four operas from The Ring Cycle, which is basically all you need to know about Wagner.

So, there's my list of recommendations. Have at it.

Fixed that for you.

Nintendo / Re: Nintendo Direct March 8 Comments
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:09:43 PM »
Yeah, but equipment costs are not equivalent, it's like saying you need to buy a car in order to drive it, or have a phone to make a phone call. Like, of course you need the console to play video games. The thing is with this you're essentially spending $80 to play it, when if was a standalone product you'd only spend $20, maybe $30.

Nintendo / Re: Nintendo Direct March 8 Comments
« on: March 10, 2018, 05:56:28 PM »
It may be a new gaming experience, but it's an expansion pack, not a standalone game. Unless you can play it without already owning a previously released game, it's nothing more than new content.

General / Re: Gaming Completion Wiki
« on: March 09, 2018, 06:23:09 PM »
I think it'd be a good resource to have a lot of this information in a single place, especially for less popular games that haven't gotten the Wiki treatment. The question I have is to what extent would you like to go with this?

For example I could give a rundown on item locations for games like Banjo-Kazooie and SM64, in addition to just a list of what's needed for 100% completion.

Nintendo / Re: Nintendo Direct March 8 Comments
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:06:04 PM »
I think he meant "new for the Switch". And I believe Mario Tennis was announced last year.

Forum Games / Re: The Fifth Annual(?) NSM Superlatives!!
« on: March 06, 2018, 11:56:55 PM »
But Nebbles has that painting in her bathroom.

The Werewolf Game / Re: TWG CI Sign-Ups
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:48:54 PM »
I get that, but this is mainly a starting point with some presets that players would want anyway. I'm ok with replacing the guardian for another role, or just dropping it altogether for a normal human.

I think you forgot "no changing victory conditions". Or is that allowed this time.
I also think that there should be a don't change allegiance rule since both of the previous Mephistopheles games where basicly decided by those deals.

Right, I meant to add that in but didn't. As far as the changing allegiance, I'm tempted to leave it as is, but a player cannot willing switch teams.

The Werewolf Game / Re: TWG CI Sign-Ups
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:02:37 PM »
So I think I'll go ahead and throw in a game to host with my old Mephistopheles concept.

TWG XLIII: My Name is Mephistopheles

X Players:
3 Wolves (red) - The wolf team knows who each other are.
Faust - Seer* (blue)
Gretchen - Guardian* (blue)
X Humans (green)

*There's a 50/50 chance for seering and guardings to be effective. A coin flip will occur between the two roles and the winner's power will work. The other player will be told their power was unsuccessful.

Let’s make a deal,

I have three of my agents scattered amongst you, the goal of the game is to seek them out and kill them. I have given to you, and only by the Grace of God, two allies to help you in this task. I’d rather have nothing more to do with these people, but my hands here are tied.

Your allies aren't terribly effective though, but I'm no monster so I'm willing to shift the balance. You want something to help you, and I can help you get it. I don’t care what it is, and you don’t care how you get it. There is a catch, though, as nothing in this world comes for free.

This is not an ordinary game of TWG, as each player can make a deal with the devil for any reason at any time. You can make a deal for whatever you wish, and I will tell you what it will cost you. I can deny any deal I wish, and you can only have one contract at a time.
Be creative in your deals, you can get anything your heart desires. There are a few ground rules, however; a few deals that the powers that be will not permit me to make:

 - You cannot kill anybody; no insta-lynchings or additional wolfings.
 - You cannot violate the laws of time and space, no phase extensions or reductions.
 - You cannot resurrect anybody; I’m not in the saving business, death is permanent.
 - You cannot prevent other players from being able to make deals.
 - You cannot change victory conditions; the wolves win when their number equal the humans, and humans win when all the wolves are dead.

I have a few ground rules of my own that you should understand before making a deal. I may not be holy, but I never said I wasn’t fair:
 - All deals revolve around fair trade; something must give for you to get.
 - I get to decide what is given up for you to get what you want, and you will be told the cost, but not who will pay it or how.
 - Once the deal is struck, it is final; you cannot back out of it for any reason.
 - You cannot ask for information regarding deals with other players.

Making a Deal:
If you want to make a deal, all you have to do is call me via PM:

“I, [insert name], wish for [the deal you wish to strike] to be executed in the following manner:
List the details.”
I will reply:
“I, Mephistopheles, agree to grant [name] the [deal you wish to make] in the following manner:
 At the cost of [to be determined].”

All you have to do then is reply with the phrase “I agree to this contract” and give your signature, or state that the deal is off. Once the deal is struck it will be given an identification number, randomly generated, and all parties will refer to it as such from that point on.

I advise you to be as clear and detailed as possible, otherwise you will give me the right to execute the deal in any manner I see fitting. If you feel I haven’t lived up to my end of the bargain, you can take your case to the thread and allow them to resolve it by popular consensus through a jury of the damned. Whatever they decide will be final and I will abide by it. You cannot strike the same deal twice, if you back out from an earlier deal you cannot ask me about it later.

Once more to be perfectly clear:
You cannot discuss any aspect of these deals with anybody. You cannot tell anybody that you've struck a deal, the nature of a deal, or question other players about deals they might've had.

Jury of the Damned:
Comprised of all deceased players, it is their duty to decide the legitimacy of the claim against the host and look over all material pertaining to the issue. This happens in real-time and will not interrupt the game, meaning whenever they reach a decision is when they reach a decision. No deadlines, no idle periods of play. Once the player announces he has an issue with me, I will convene the jury and we will handle the matter in private. Once the Jury has made their decision it will be total and final, and their decision will be announced to the thread.

To summon the jury, make a post in the thread saying:
“I want to contest Deal X on the grounds that [state your issue].”
After which I will summon the jury via PM and we will handle it from there. We will both state our cases, with the plaintiff presenting first, and hand the Jury all PMs regarding the deal. They will deliberate with no input from either of us. If necessary we will bring in a third party to resolve the matter, such a party will not be a current player. However, I would advise you to consider if an outcome or occurrence does not happen has you desired or planned, odds are good another player's deal might have had an impact on it.

All deals with me are confidential; you will not be allowed to discuss your deal or its terms to any other player. Doing so is a breach in contract and I have every right to collect your debt. “What is your debt?” you may ask. In order to play this game, you will agree to sign over your soul to me until this game is completed. You have no obligation to sign this contract, and there will be no penalty against you if don’t. However, if you if you think you can survive this game and win, all you have to do is sign on the dotted line.

Name your price,


The Werewolf Game / Re: TWG CI Sign-Ups
« on: March 04, 2018, 09:38:21 PM »

I'm also debating designing a game, depends on how long we have to do so.

Just want to point out that I've suspected Bubbles almost all game.

All caught up now, and it looks like the consensus LKJ. Looking everything over I agree he's been putting in the bare minimum to seem like an active player but hasn't done really anything. His big post about the updates I think is the biggest tell, because I think he's actively trying to distract players from the game at hand by focusing on irrelevant details of the updates and stories.

I still hold that Bubbles is a wolf for similar reasons, but more along the line of "going with the flow just enough to show activity". Her being sick is a convenient excuse for this, but if she were a vanilla human, I doubt she'd even go through the effort if this were the case.


I hoped to do well, but I failed.


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