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Still not too bad.   :guts:

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Site & Forum News / Favicon Update
« on: December 11, 2017, 05:29:23 PM »
It seems that the last time the Favicon was updated was last time I brought it up back in 2005.  Since then, the typical screen resolutions have increased making the 16x16 icon look dated, and there are now mobile icons, touchbar icons, ect. that can be utilized.  It may be time to update it once more. Using the template at https://realfavicongenerator.net/ I was able to make the following

Example of appearance

Example favicons package zip

 This is intended as an example since my artwork is lacking, but with an image of at least 260x260 pixels, they can generate a pretty nice Icon package.

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Site & Forum News / Re: Like SKnet? Donate to Help Us Become Even Greater
« on: December 11, 2017, 05:06:36 PM »
TBH, I can't really think of any tweaks in the short term either that would change anything.  I think a wait and see approach is needed to see how much the change they made really helps/hurts creators, and each one will need to decide if any action/changes are needed based on how it affects them.  Currently Patreon is facing some backlash about the announced change from both patrons and creators, and may revert to the previous method anyways.  But if they don't, as you mentioned with the small number of patrons you are dealing with, we are likely to continue supporting SK.net through the change.  If most are like me, this is likely one of the few, if not the only patreon they are supporting.  Which really minimizes the effects of the change.  And if SK.net's revenue doesn't increase in a meaningful way, changing goals doesn't make sense either.  Although getting to the next translation goal could be fun. :carcus:

In the long term, if things were to get worse, the only change I could see potentially would be to try another similar service in addition to Patreon.  Unfortunately, none have the maturity Patreon has at the moment. But Kickstarter's Drip service may become an alternative, once it gets out of the invite only period, depending on how they handle processing fees themselves.

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Does the digital Issue release the same day as the newsstand(In the case of the upcoming release Dec. 22nd)?  Or is there an expected delay for the digital issue?

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Site & Forum News / Re: Like SKnet? Donate to Help Us Become Even Greater
« on: December 08, 2017, 04:15:08 AM »
No change is planned given that it won't really make much of a difference.
That makes sense. Im guessing the change likely has a greater effect on the creators that receive a larger percentage of their revenue from pledges with low price points. SK.net looks to be getting most revenue from larger contributors which may have helped keep Patreon from charging too much in fees.

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Site & Forum News / Re: Like SKnet? Donate to Help Us Become Even Greater
« on: December 07, 2017, 11:59:43 PM »
Welp, guess there's only one thing to do but increase my pledge so the total rounds up to the next dollar. Whole dollars is generally more convenient for me.
Personally, I figured it ends up being close to the sales tax I have.  and with that, nothing I charge to the card seems to ever come to an even dollar value often anyways.

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Site & Forum News / Re: Like SKnet? Donate to Help Us Become Even Greater
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:40:51 PM »
With the upcoming change to how Patreon Pledges are calculated(where fees will be applied primary to the person pledging instead of the creator), will the pledge goals change to reflect the additional revenue per pledge?  Or any other changes?  Doesn't change my pledge at all, but I could see Patreon's change affect the 1 dollar pledges if there is an additional 37 cents added to the pledge.  Just curious if there was any thought to it.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: November 22, 2017, 03:27:43 PM »
I like the thought of a dream Casca coming to their Aid.  Where Farnese and Schierke get a chance to see the strength and determination of a true Casca.  I figure this fits with the idea that a person cannot be healed without their desire to return.  Casca may return in order to protect that feeling of familiarity and support she gets from Farnese and Schierke as she regains the final fragment.  Since we know that the battle hardened Casca is in there somewhere as demonstrated when she killed her would be rapists.  And the rules of the dream world are determined by the dreamer as explained by the Sovereign.

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Site & Forum News / Re: Like SKnet? Donate to Help Us Become Even Greater
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:02:02 AM »
You have my support.  I was able to benefit much back when I was more active.  And now I can benefit even more as I catch up on all I've missed.  I mean there are already 90 Podcasts to listen to.  So far I've only listened to part 1 of the SK series.   :???:  The translations were so important back when the only other options were Evil Genius and Band of the Hawk, which at times stole Puella's work anyways.  And even today as the episodes continue to come out, good translations are important, but at least now we have Darkhorse Translations which aren't too bad either for the back issues.

So I figure with all I gain, its worth a Monthly coffee.

Thanks again, everyone involved.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Guts's Lineage
« on: November 08, 2017, 01:59:34 AM »
So, Miura shouldn't fuck him up like some Jon Snow... on the other hand, he is a Star Wars fan, so maybe he won't be able to resist the pull of "legitimizing" Guts with some kind if impressive background that explains his physical prowess if nothing else.
If Miura decides to do anything with "legitimizing" Guts, I'm hoping it would ignore his physical prowess and instead focus on some potential plot element.  For example a simple relation to some future character that explains why his mother was hung.  I don't think any "legitimizing" is needed, but I wouldn't want anything to trivialize Guts's tenacity.

Or he's an EFL! :puck: :troll:
:ubik:
Suppose I didn't sell anyone on Guts being half-Kelpie. :troll:

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Speculation Nation / Guts's Lineage
« on: November 06, 2017, 04:38:33 PM »
I have had this as a discussion before with a couple friends, and they immediately think that Guts must be special in someway.  Which fits into the "Hero's journey" archetype.  For example Harry Potter was the son of respected wizard, or Luke was the son of the greatest Jedi.  So with this line of thinking, Guts could be special by having a blood relation with a notable character, or royal blood, or in the case of fantasy maybe special strength granted through some sort of mixed birth(Like the part demon/devil that likes to appear so much in anime).

In my opinion, the needs to be special doesn't fit for Guts.  I feel the power of the story pushes Guts to be of Mundane Roots, but with the overall push to show that he is a survivor.  He was born to the death of his mother hanging from a tree.  Abandoned by all, but survives to see another day thanks to Shisu.  Had rough childhood where he was taught to survive or die by Gambino.  Each step of his life demonstrating the strength of the will to survive despite "only being human" or despite unwelcoming odds.  His growth as a character shifts the focus of not just self preservation(Early life), but ensuring the survival of others(OG BoTF, and current traveling party) through his will and resolve breaking beyond the norm of what should be possible with only having mundane roots and manifesting into his many extraordinary feats.

With that in mind, I think that the story has it all wrapped up on his Lineage.  I think he was born to a common woman, maybe hung for being suspected as a heretic, and then taken in by Shisu and Gambino.  I think anything beyond that is likely to be irrelevant.

Just wanted to get an idea of what the thoughts of other readers were on the topic.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: November 03, 2017, 05:49:47 PM »
Long time no see, old boy.
Thanks, good to see a lot of the old faces haven't slacked as much as I have.
Interesting, a 10-year hiatus?! SO LAZY! You've got some catching up to do :void:
I definitely do, Although I caught up with the current chapter, I now need to reread yet to refresh the story in my head, since its had a long time to fade since my last reread.  I told my Wife how long its been since I read it, and she commented, "So this series that you've talked about the last 6 years I've known you, and you haven't even kept up to date since before I knew you."

The community's reaction to the big Femto/SK scene, which was pretty crazy to see at the time.
That was exciting.  One part of that I was unsure of was if SK inadvertently aided in Femto setting off the "Bomb" to merge worlds, or if SK was just unsuccessful in stopping it.

That time in 2009 when Miura answered our interview questions.
Awesome, It's nice to hear that as of 2009, He was thinking of Berserk as 60-70% complete.  To me that means that we may be approaching the final arc within the next 10 years.

Puella's translation of the Berserk Illustrations File interview
I remember this one. 

The Berserk movie trilogy and all the discussion around it
After watching this on Netflix, got me to think it was about time to start catching up.

The god-awful 2016 animation
While the animation was awful for mouth movement, and making everything shiny. I appreciate it as a summary of some of the plot points, even if many things were glossed over, or outright ignored. I'm still likely to pick up the set when it's released in January, Despite the Loud clangs of the Dragonslayer.  And even wouldn't mind seeing more, as I still enjoy seeing adaptations that I can absorb lazily at times.

And of course all of our podcasts
I'll need to check those out.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: November 03, 2017, 02:11:39 PM »
Wow, after 10 years of not reading a new berserk, I have now caught back up.  Although I was hopeful they would be further by now, I am still quite happy they have gotten further in the story than I had expected.  I was still expecting them to be on Roderick's Boat making a few more stops along the way. 

I'm happy to see that Silat and Rickert are at least working together.  And I now have another favorite moment with Rickert's Bitch slap of Griffith. :rickert:

While it will be hard to wait now to get to the event I've been waiting for since I first read through the manga 12 years ago, I am eagerly looking forward to what will happen once Casca's mind is restored. :guts:

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I have the feeling, that when she does return to herself, so to speak, that she will still have symptoms of PTSD.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Sword of Berserk - Sega DreamCast
« on: August 15, 2006, 12:53:09 AM »
The strategy I used was, single downward sword stikes and the repeating bow, while trying to stay defensive.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 275
« on: June 09, 2006, 07:25:57 AM »
This episode shall be multiple kicks of ass.

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Berserk Merchandise / Re: Serial Number 0000
« on: December 06, 2005, 11:24:32 AM »
My guess would be just an "Artist proof".  Click Here for more info.  I personally have an AP of the Casca: Episode of Birth Feast.  And I'm happy with it. :serpico:

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Site & Forum News / Re: An Age of Monochrome
« on: December 06, 2005, 11:19:35 AM »
Looks fantastic.  I like it more than the old even. :isidro:

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Creation Station / Re: CnColors - Elves
« on: December 06, 2005, 11:16:51 AM »
Amazingly beautiful.  Truly enjoy the look on Everella's face. :)

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Shadow of the Colossus
« on: December 06, 2005, 11:13:09 AM »
Well it's not the fault of the people playing if the game is so short... I understand what you mean of course, but you can't blame the player for spending time on it and progressing quickly. :guts:
Yet at the same time, you move to fast through something, you miss the finer details. :serpico:

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Creation Station / Casca Custom Figure
« on: September 13, 2005, 02:26:32 AM »
My friend, Drake Goldwin of Fwooshnet, created this Casca Figure.  He used an Arowyn figure of LOTR, with the head of an appleseed figure, and sculpted the hair and created a makeshift robe.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Skull Knight's helmet?
« on: August 31, 2005, 08:00:17 AM »
Many of the special effects of the manga hint towards SK being hollow.  His voice IMO is meant to be both Supernatural, and to confirm that he is empty inside creating that kind of echo.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 261
« on: August 30, 2005, 08:25:29 PM »
Well, with the Kushan fleet nearby, I'm not sure fleeing the battle by boat will be so easy, even if they manage to find a crew willing to sail to some mystical island.
May not be easy, but a possibility.  I would think that any crew that they can gather wouldn't even mind sailing away if it meant possible escape.  And with Schierke, maybe she would be able to whip up an escape ploy.  Although this is only assuming that the larger attack of the city is imminent, based upon Sonja's vision.

I think that no matter what weapon he has, he'll be better off not taking part in any serious fight. Farnese won't always be there to save him. :void:

Maybe not yet, but he may have more skill than we have seen so far.  We've only seen his useless sword, and the candlestick on an immobilized tiger.  But he should have some skill being a Captain.  Along with the fact that he definitly has some courage.

Hmm yeah, you're just repeating what I said on page 2 though, you know. :SK:
Oops, I should have read more closely.

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Hmmm, do the bakiraka count?

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Cheap, Exquisite Meals
« on: August 30, 2005, 12:51:53 AM »
Cheapest meal I can think of is Ramen Noodles. $0.12 a meal. :carcus:

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