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I see the reaction is positive so I will now resume exposing myself.
The current theme is name, game, and story time.

First, name:

As already revealed, my first name is Balthasar.
Here, in Poland, this is a very rare name.
I have never met another one so far.
Combined with my last name that's an even more rare combination (maybe even unique)
But my name is normally spelled differently in Polish. ("Baltazar")
This makes me really convinced that this combination of a Polish last name and a first name uncommon in Poland with a foreign spelling might actually be unique.

I have seen my name misspelled in various unexpected ways.
More than once a person delivering a package\ to me used my middle name thinking that "Balthasar" is a company name...
I don't care and actually I find it funny.
At a forum I once said that I don't care how my name is spelled as long as I am able to recognise that it refers to me.
The result was that people started referring to me with various words and made up names witch started with balt-, ended with -thasar, or resembled my name in some other way.
Cool.

Next, some games of collaborative creativity:
with one exception these are games I like to play with my sisters

- "kosmiczne bzdety" - translates kind of to "space bullshit":
very old stuff. when talking with my cousin, we liked to suddenly introduce weird statements and build some crazy narration around it, sometimes with slight elements of roleplay. No longer doing this but that was a great source of ideas for events or situations

- "dwa słowa" - "two words"
Two or more players.
First player says 2 words, each must start with a different letter.
Next player repeats these words from memory and adds 2 more, so that the first word starts with the same letter as last player's last word and the second word starts with a different one.
Every next player repeats everything from memory and adds 2 more words under the same rules.
2 variants: competitive and cooperative.
In competitive version the one who misremembers any word falls out of the game and the last remaining wins.
In cooperative version if you misremember something others help you remember and the game finishes if the story reaches a nice end or is too long for anyone to continue.
Great for:
- creativity,
- memory training.
- having something to do on an otherwise boring walk
I have written down on my computer most texts created this way but it's in Polish language so no point sharing it here.
I used to think that this game will not work in English because of how different this game is but I was proven wrong.

- "szalony komiks" - "a crazy comic":
Two or more players.
We create a comic together, where each person adds one panel, and so on until the end. Results are unexpected because you can't predict what the other person will draw and where will take the story.
Another great game for creativity.
When playing with more than 2 people it's good to have something else to do in parallel because of the wait time between panels.
Drawn panels are usually low quality art to not take too much time - the meaning is more important.
My youngest sister was already playing this with me before she even knew how to write.
I keep an archive of all comics created this way and I have most of them scanned.
But that too is in Polish language so no point sharing it here.
I have one translated example which I can show:
robokomiks.png

(translation is not perfect as the original had rhymes)
Some of these end up better, some worse.
They can be a good source for inspirations and ideas to use afterwards.
One of my videos was inspired directly by one of these comics:
It's in Polish language but English subtitles are available.

- a game about drawing from memory.
People sitting at a table with multiple A5 sheets of paper.
Everyone makes 1 drawing.
Then each pass the drawing in the same direction.
Everyone looks at the drawing they received and tries to remember as much as possible.
Then they remove the drawing from view and try to recreate it form memory.
Repeat until the drawings complete a full circle.
- another good memory training
- much fun to observe how things are misremembered and evolved.
I have an archive of our drawings and I can share here:
http://bicyclesonthemoon.info/d/drawing/gtry-jpg.zip (421MB)

- another game about words and drawings
depending on how many of us are here each comes up with 1 or 2 words and writes down.
All words are revealed at once
and everyone has to make a drawing related to all words.
Here I also have a (small so far) archive of drawings created so far but none of them are scanned yet.


Finally, a cursed "story" (don't judge me)
disturbing_story_poor_english.txt
disturbing_story_poor_english.txt
FINALLY CREATED THE REMIX
WOW THIS IS COOL REMIX
YES YOU RIGHT THIS COOL IF COMPOSER WAS ALIVE HE WOULD LIKE THIS
TOTALLY RIGHT HE WOULD HEAD BANG
NO WRONG I KNOW COMPOSER WHEN I WAS YOUNG NOW I OLD BUT I REMEMBER HIM YOUNG HE WOULD NOT LIKE THIS KIND OF REMIX BECAUSE HE NEVER LIKE THIS KIND OF REMIX
OH NO THIS IS UNRESOLVED CONFLICT
BUT WHAT IS REALITY WE NEVER FIND OUT
IN THE MEANTIME COMPOSER IS ALIVE
HE 47 YEARS OLD NOW AND 21 DAYS
BUT HE NEVER LISTEN THIS REMIX
HELLO PLEASE LISTEN THIS REMIX
OKAY
AN THEN HE LISTEN
AND UNTIL
FINISHED
WHAT YOU DOING
NOTHING
YES THIS IS THE PROBLEM WHY NO HEAD BANG
I DONT HAVE HEAD
YOU HAVE
YES
THEN WHY NO HEAD BANG
I DONT LIKE
YOU DONT LIKE THE MUSIC
I LIKE MUSIC
YOU DONT LIKE THE REMIX
I DONT REMIX
THIS WAS COOL REMIX
YES
SO YOU MUST PAY RESPECT TO REMIX ARTIST
NO
BUT THIS REQUIRED VERY ILLEGAL TO NOT PAY RESPECT YOU MUST HEAD BANG THIS IS TRADITION THIS IS LAW
WHAT ARE YOU STUPID
HE THINKING BUT NOT SAY LOUD BECAUSE HE DONT WANT OFFENSIVE BUT THEN HE THINK
I CAN ALSO BE STUPID SOMETIMES WHY NOT NOW
AND THEN HE SAID
OKAY
AND THEN HE START MOVING HEAD QUICKLY AND STRONGLY WITH OVER EXAGGERATED MOTION
SUDDENLY HE LOSE BALANCE AND HIT HEAD ON DESK AND THEN REFLECT AND FALL ON FLOOR VERY DEAD
HE IS NOT ALIVE IN THIS MOMENT
THIS VERY SAD BUT NOW CONFLICT IS RESOLVED
YOU SAID
IF HE STILL ALIVE HE WOULD NOT HEAD BANG
BUT REALITY IS
IF HE NOT HEAD BANG HE WOULD STILL ALIVE

Ok, that's enough for now but rather soon I will make next post where I would like to share a story I make.
I'm a bit afraid to share it in a forum centered around a high-quality story but I will do it anyway, I think.
 

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I see the reaction is positive so I will now resume exposing myself.
The current theme is name, game, and story time.

First, name:

As already revealed, my first name is Balthasar.
Here, in Poland, this is a very rare name.
I have never met another one so far.
Combined with my last name that's an even more rare combination (maybe even unique)
But my name is normally spelled differently in Polish. ("Baltazar")
This makes me really convinced that this combination of a Polish last name and a first name uncommon in Poland with a foreign spelling might actually be unique.

I have seen my name misspelled in various unexpected ways.
More than once a person delivering a package\ to me used my middle name thinking that "Balthasar" is a company name...
I don't care and actually I find it funny.
At a forum I once said that I don't care how my name is spelled as long as I am able to recognise that it refers to me.
The result was that people started referring to me with various words and made up names witch started with balt-, ended with -thasar, or resembled my name in some other way.
Cool.

Next, some games of collaborative creativity:
with one exception these are games I like to play with my sisters

- "kosmiczne bzdety" - translates kind of to "space bullshit":
very old stuff. when talking with my cousin, we liked to suddenly introduce weird statements and build some crazy narration around it, sometimes with slight elements of roleplay. No longer doing this but that was a great source of ideas for events or situations

- "dwa słowa" - "two words"
Two or more players.
First player says 2 words, each must start with a different letter.
Next player repeats these words from memory and adds 2 more, so that the first word starts with the same letter as last player's last word and the second word starts with a different one.
Every next player repeats everything from memory and adds 2 more words under the same rules.
2 variants: competitive and cooperative.
In competitive version the one who misremembers any word falls out of the game and the last remaining wins.
In cooperative version if you misremember something others help you remember and the game finishes if the story reaches a nice end or is too long for anyone to continue.
Great for:
- creativity,
- memory training.
- having something to do on an otherwise boring walk
I have written down on my computer most texts created this way but it's in Polish language so no point sharing it here.
I used to think that this game will not work in English because of how different this game is but I was proven wrong.

- "szalony komiks" - "a crazy comic":
Two or more players.
We create a comic together, where each person adds one panel, and so on until the end. Results are unexpected because you can't predict what the other person will draw and where will take the story.
Another great game for creativity.
When playing with more than 2 people it's good to have something else to do in parallel because of the wait time between panels.
Drawn panels are usually low quality art to not take too much time - the meaning is more important.
My youngest sister was already playing this with me before she even knew how to write.
I keep an archive of all comics created this way and I have most of them scanned.
But that too is in Polish language so no point sharing it here.
I have one translated example which I can show:
View attachment 8370
(translation is not perfect as the original had rhymes)
Some of these end up better, some worse.
They can be a good source for inspirations and ideas to use afterwards.
One of my videos was inspired directly by one of these comics:
It's in Polish language but English subtitles are available.

- a game about drawing from memory.
People sitting at a table with multiple A5 sheets of paper.
Everyone makes 1 drawing.
Then each pass the drawing in the same direction.
Everyone looks at the drawing they received and tries to remember as much as possible.
Then they remove the drawing from view and try to recreate it form memory.
Repeat until the drawings complete a full circle.
- another good memory training
- much fun to observe how things are misremembered and evolved.
I have an archive of our drawings and I can share here:
http://bicyclesonthemoon.info/d/drawing/gtry-jpg.zip (421MB)

- another game about words and drawings
depending on how many of us are here each comes up with 1 or 2 words and writes down.
All words are revealed at once
and everyone has to make a drawing related to all words.
Here I also have a (small so far) archive of drawings created so far but none of them are scanned yet.


Finally, a cursed "story" (don't judge me)
disturbing_story_poor_english.txt
disturbing_story_poor_english.txt
FINALLY CREATED THE REMIX
WOW THIS IS COOL REMIX
YES YOU RIGHT THIS COOL IF COMPOSER WAS ALIVE HE WOULD LIKE THIS
TOTALLY RIGHT HE WOULD HEAD BANG
NO WRONG I KNOW COMPOSER WHEN I WAS YOUNG NOW I OLD BUT I REMEMBER HIM YOUNG HE WOULD NOT LIKE THIS KIND OF REMIX BECAUSE HE NEVER LIKE THIS KIND OF REMIX
OH NO THIS IS UNRESOLVED CONFLICT
BUT WHAT IS REALITY WE NEVER FIND OUT
IN THE MEANTIME COMPOSER IS ALIVE
HE 47 YEARS OLD NOW AND 21 DAYS
BUT HE NEVER LISTEN THIS REMIX
HELLO PLEASE LISTEN THIS REMIX
OKAY
AN THEN HE LISTEN
AND UNTIL
FINISHED
WHAT YOU DOING
NOTHING
YES THIS IS THE PROBLEM WHY NO HEAD BANG
I DONT HAVE HEAD
YOU HAVE
YES
THEN WHY NO HEAD BANG
I DONT LIKE
YOU DONT LIKE THE MUSIC
I LIKE MUSIC
YOU DONT LIKE THE REMIX
I DONT REMIX
THIS WAS COOL REMIX
YES
SO YOU MUST PAY RESPECT TO REMIX ARTIST
NO
BUT THIS REQUIRED VERY ILLEGAL TO NOT PAY RESPECT YOU MUST HEAD BANG THIS IS TRADITION THIS IS LAW
WHAT ARE YOU STUPID
HE THINKING BUT NOT SAY LOUD BECAUSE HE DONT WANT OFFENSIVE BUT THEN HE THINK
I CAN ALSO BE STUPID SOMETIMES WHY NOT NOW
AND THEN HE SAID
OKAY
AND THEN HE START MOVING HEAD QUICKLY AND STRONGLY WITH OVER EXAGGERATED MOTION
SUDDENLY HE LOSE BALANCE AND HIT HEAD ON DESK AND THEN REFLECT AND FALL ON FLOOR VERY DEAD
HE IS NOT ALIVE IN THIS MOMENT
THIS VERY SAD BUT NOW CONFLICT IS RESOLVED
YOU SAID
IF HE STILL ALIVE HE WOULD NOT HEAD BANG
BUT REALITY IS
IF HE NOT HEAD BANG HE WOULD STILL ALIVE

Ok, that's enough for now but rather soon I will make next post where I would like to share a story I make.
I'm a bit afraid to share it in a forum centered around a high-quality story but I will do it anyway, I think.
Appropriate long, did read.
 
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I feel not ready for it but the continuation should continue.

About the past, otherplaces, story & stuff.

So I mentioned that last time that last time I successfully joined a forum was 10 years ago.
Let's go back to 2013 for a moment.

Are you familiar with the webcomic "xkcd"?
At that time I knew about it already.
I was not a big fan but I checked it sometimes.

In 2013 xkcd 1190: "Time" appeared.
A big thing it was.

What first appeared to just be a single picture of 2 people on a beach
was discovered to be changing.
At first every 30 minutes, then every hour the picture changed slightly.
In total it lasted 4 months and over 3000 pictures "frames" and was a cool story.
Interesting experience.

I joined the thread dedicated to "Time" on the xkcd forums which existed then.
that was after "Time" already ended.
I had a few ideas for some picture manipulations, posted them there and somehow stayed.
I liked the place, the community which formed on that thread (called in short "OTT") which continued through the next years,
reaching about 2700 pages 40 posts each.
There was a broad definition of what is considered "related" there so practically anything could end up being discussed.

xkcd forums are dead for some time already.
but the OTT, the Time thread is safely preserved on my server,
and the discussion continues using a redundancy system I set up there.

I admit that I care about the community much more than "Time" even though "Time" was cool.

Ok, next element of the story,

Are you familiar with the another webcomic "Homestuck"?
some of you probably are,
however "webcomic" might not be a most accurate description.

Anyway, at some point in time,
a bit later but still in the past,
I decided to finally check what this thing is.

At that point in time it was already finished but still recent.
I have noticed one more reference to it and I thought
Ok, let's check it.
So I went to it and read everything.

It was just when I accidentally totally messed up the OS so I was reading it from an old Linux version started from a Live CD.
This had 2 unexpected advantages
- there was no font antialiasing so the Courier New font actually looked as intended, pixel-perfect
- Flash worked without complaining

I liked it
not all of it but I did.

Also I was mind-blown by how many ideas, concepts, things which I either used or wanted to use in some my works (drawing, story, idea, ...) I could find in Homestuck in one way or another:
  • time travel, or rather communication through time
  • object generators and stuff like that
  • anachronistic technology
  • secret base in space
  • silly and overcomplicated ways of doing things
  • disproportionate attention to some arbitrary selected detail
  • multiple layers of narration
  • story / world / game being run on a physical medium inside the very same story / world / game
  • isometric projection
  • language game and wordplay
  • story pretending to be something else than it is
  • etc..
Ok, wow.

I shared my thoughts about this and someone suggested that in this case I should totally make a crossover.
I did not make a crossover.
I made something else.

This format known from the MSPA stories
(one picutre, some undertext, pretend interactivity, second person narration, "commands" for next frames)
was just perfect for the story ideas I had in mind.

So I started drawing a story-shaped thing in similar format
"BSTA"
B stands for "Balthasar" (my name),
A stands for "accidentally"
S & T will be possible to determine from the events if we reach an end.

Ok, so there is this story-shaped thing I called "BSTA",
what is it?
some kind of story about things happening, events taking place, a secret base, time stuff, and total confusion.

There are some surface-level Homestuck references, especially near the beginnig
(like retrieving arms, climbing to highest points of buildings, name-entering problems, starting on people's birthdays)
(nothing wrong with acknowledging what was one of the inspirations which made this happen and take place)
but not too important to the story
There are some references to various things I made which probably nobody else knows but again, not important.
One (ok, 2) situation where someone familiar with the Time thread might immediately recognise as hints to when things are taking place (sorry)
I self-inserted myself in 3 independent ways:
- as the "B" character (only character based on real life)
- as the person drawing
- ???
Pictures are in reduced color palettes, most have only 4 colors.
(there is actually a meaning behind color palette choice for the frames)
Some frames are animated, but the animation sometimes might start after a few seconds.
Some frames' narration contains hyperlinks to accompanying audio recordings in WAV format.
Text in picture is shown in the language it's actually in, but the narration and dialogue and all other text under the picture is always presented in English.

With all that said, this is the link to it: Link: "BSTA • Bicycles on the Moon"

I'm super afraid of sharing this here, because as I already said this is a forum centered around a high-quality story,
and this is just my strange story I make in my free time just because I want.

Ok, that was much for me,
I have to calm down now.
 

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It's also a big inside joke for us here to hate on Homestuck, but it's probably one of the biggest compounding reasons why we're all here anyway, through direct or indirect means.

I actually met my husband @Avidro online and the first thing we bonded over was Homestuck. And then I think a lot of early Exvulnerum readers found me through my Patron Troll calc or my and @Grogert331 's Title Test.
 
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I mean now I have to tag @Oegyein (he also had/has a Homestuck-style comic called CaveBound )

I will attempt to read BSTA later :)
It's also a big inside joke for us here to hate on Homestuck, but it's probably one of the biggest compounding reasons why we're all here anyway, through direct or indirect means.

I actually met my husband @Avidro online and the first thing we bonded over was Homestuck. And then I think a lot of early Exvulnerum readers found me through my Patron Troll calc or my and @Grogert331 's Title Test.
So that's what the situation is like, then.

Actually, I don't consider myself a very big Homestuck fan even though i really liked multiple aspects of it.

BSTA is created by:
  • Drawing on A4 sheets of paper folded into 15 equal rectangles where 1 rectangle usually corresponds to 1 frame but not always.
  • scanning at 200lpi resolution
  • reducing the scan to a chosen color palette
  • editing the final outcome in Gimp
There is a big zip file
bstasource1.zip (490MB)
which contains all scans, and intermediate Gimp files, and text and other stuff up to frame 561.
(currently at frame 572)
- it's a look inside at how it is made.
 

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I mean now I have to tag @Oegyein (he also had/has a Homestuck-style comic called CaveBound )

I will attempt to read BSTA later :)
Siiiiiiiigggghhhhhhh

I might have to bring it back or reboot it at some point.

It's also a big inside joke for us here to hate on Homestuck, but it's probably one of the biggest compounding reasons why we're all here anyway, through direct or indirect means.

I actually met my husband @Avidro online and the first thing we bonded over was Homestuck. And then I think a lot of early Exvulnerum readers found me through my Patron Troll calc or my and @Grogert331 's Title Test.
WE DO NOT SPEAK OF THE RESULTS OF MY TITLE TEST.
 
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I already mentioned that the banner which lead me to Exvulnerum and the praising reviews on first page made me suspicious of the comic,
but then I discovered the actual reality in which it is an interesting thing to read.

The pattern continues!

Similarly this Cresnov banner:
did not convince me about the forum.
Only later, the Minecraft game made me consider the forum again,
and again my suspicions were proven wrong.

Also, now I just noticed that the ":" look like eyes.
 

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I already mentioned that the banner which lead me to Exvulnerum and the praising reviews on first page made me suspicious of the comic,
but then I discovered the actual reality in which it is an interesting thing to read.

The pattern continues!

Similarly this Cresnov banner:
did not convince me about the forum.
Only later, the Minecraft game made me consider the forum again,
and again my suspicions were proven wrong.

Also, now I just noticed that the ":" look like eyes.
Every time I see that banner I think of what the first letter of each word sounds like as a word.
 

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But have you noticed that both the piano and the whistling are actually
supposed to be the same music piece?
That's BWV Anh. 119 "Polonaise in G minor"
I didn't notice :wha:
 

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For what it's worth, Balthasar, your creative endeavors are inspiring me to resume some of my own creative endeavors that got put on hold because of the drudgery of life.

I find that I respect your creative opinion a great deal, especially since it seems that our minds operate on similar (perhaps parallel, yet far removed) wavelengths, based on the facts that:
  • I also spent a great deal of time in my younger days playing such word games as you described with my friends (and still do with @Zules most evenings),
  • I also endeavored to make a Homestuck fan adventure on more than one occasion,
  • I also used to create collaborative, sequential drawings with one friend in particular back in middle school, though we eschewed panel boundaries for the most part,
  • I also am very hesitant to open up about my past creative endeavors, although for me it is less about humility and more about disdain for my perceived flaws and weaknesses.
With all that said, I'm interested to hear your opinion on my favorite creative contribution to Cresnov so far, the competitive roleplaying extravaganza known as Umbra Rumble.

It's a lengthy read, especially in the original thread, but I did make a condensed version that only includes posts that constitute the "canon" narration of events: Umbra Rumble I - IV (Canon Edit)

It's on indefinite hiatus due to the story taking a sidestep into the strange mind of the Deimon Master, in a separate thread titled Ardent Ascent. (This is one of those "Homestuck fan adventures" I mentioned trying to create earlier.)

If you don't have time to peruse all that or you find it too <insert adjective here> to get through, that's totally understandable. However, like I mentioned, I do feel inspired to try starting either or both projects up again, if enough forum members express interest. I thought it might be something you would enjoy reading, if nothing else.

Anyway, thank you for sharing so much of your personality with us. Oh, and since it seems I haven't officially welcomed you yet... welcome to Cresnov! :semicolondee:
 
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With all that said, I'm interested to hear your opinion on my favorite creative contribution to Cresnov so far, the competitive roleplaying extravaganza known as Umbra Rumble.
I did take a quick look, at Umbra Rumble and I see that this is some creature fight arena game, with rules, roleplay and narration, interactivity, all that in Exvulnerum lore, where deimons fight for our amusement!
Already this seems like an interesting enough concept that I will want to read more.
(Just not now, a bit later, when I have some free time for it)

This reminds me that some years ago I did take part in a creature fight game event.
On video streams of one Polish youtuber, players created monsters via skype call, and then there were fights,
totally determined by virtual dice roll and our role as the mosters' trainers was just to provide some commentary before and after the fight. I created a character which won the second season somehow. Also I wrote a quick rice doll dice roll engine program for it: http://bicyclesonthemoon.info/d/kreatury3000/kreatury.zip

I referenced my character as an action figure appearing in BSTA:
bsta-000123.png

Elephant, but on wheels.
Trunk ends with an actual hand.
Wears a monocle and hat.
Under the hat there is an evil flower growing on the elephant's head.
The flower is mind controlling the elephant but not when covered by the hat.
(under the hat, the flower just sleeps)


In situations like this one here, when I have something more to write but last post is mine, is it preferred that I edit the last post or make a new one?
Different forums have different culture related to this.
 

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In situations like this one here, when I have something more to write but last post is mine, is it preferred that I edit the last post or make a new one?
No law against double posting here. In fact, a new post is best so that others are notified you added something new. :amberapproves:
 

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I did take a quick look, at Umbra Rumble and I see that this is some creature fight arena game, with rules, roleplay and narration, interactivity, all that in Exvulnerum lore, where deimons fight for our amusement!
Already this seems like an interesting enough concept that I will want to read more.
(Just not now, a bit later, when I have some free time for it)

This reminds me that some years ago I did take part in a creature fight game event.
On video streams of one Polish youtuber, players created monsters via skype call, and then there were fights,
totally determined by virtual dice roll and our role as the mosters' trainers was just to provide some commentary before and after the fight. I created a character which won the second season somehow. Also I wrote a quick rice doll dice roll engine program for it: http://bicyclesonthemoon.info/d/kreatury3000/kreatury.zip

I referenced my character as an action figure appearing in BSTA:
View attachment 8408
Elephant, but on wheels.
Trunk ends with an actual hand.
Wears a monocle and hat.
Under the hat there is an evil flower growing on the elephant's head.
The flower is mind controlling the elephant but not when covered by the hat.
(under the hat, the flower just sleeps)


In situations like this one here, when I have something more to write but last post is mine, is it preferred that I edit the last post or make a new one?
Different forums have different culture related to this.
Very Milliganimals :)
 
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