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NHL 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs / Pool Prediction Thread ~ Corona-Chan Edition ~



The Lowdown:
Uh, oh. It looks like Corona-Chan here has taken over the globe and has destroyed almost everything that we used to hold, cherish and take for granted: Movies, video games, restaurants, public outings, grocery shopping…heck, even sports, like the National Hockey League, has fallen victim to this merciless succubus. (Damn her!)

But luckily, thanks to social distancing measures, face masks - and a lot more time spent staying indoors - the world that we once knew is slowly making a comeback, much to Corona-Chan’s dissatisfaction. Heck, even the wildlife is happy to see us again, roaming around outside, dumping our sweet delicious garbage for them to eat once more. And what was once thought impossible several months ago has now become a near-sighted reality today: The return of the National Hockey League and the Stanley Cup Playoffs…

…in the summertime…

…yeaaahhh…


But an unusual situation happens to call for an unusual playoffs! As this year, instead of the usual 16 teams battling it out for Lord Stanley’s giant mug, there will be 24 teams instead with 16 teams facing off against one another in a best-of-5 play-in round to see who happens to qualify for the actual Stanley Cup tournament, where it will then be the usual best-of-7 all throughout. In the meantime, the top four teams in each conference (St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas, Dallas, Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia) will play against one another in a round robin type of setting to determine the seedings.

Annnddd…unfortunately, if you’re Ottawa, Detroit, New Jersey, Buffalo (poor Buffalo…), Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose (what the hell happened to you guys this year???), you get the luxury of watching the whole crazy thing unfold in front of hardly anybody in the stands on T.V.! Isn’t that great!?!?!?

This year - who knows what will happen...!? Everybody’s fully rested, rusty as hell, and hasn’t played a meaningful game in months. This year’s Stanley Cup Champion could be almost anybody!

But before that can possibly happen, Corona-Chan could ruin all of the fun and use her deadly Coronas Wave on as many players, coaches, and team personal as humanly possible to put a stop to this. Will she happen to succeed? Or will we have to put an asterisk besides somebody’s name and crown ourselves a champion this October.

Once again, like in other years past, we’ll be running ourselves a little playoff pool where you - yes, you - can potentially win yourselves some sweet, sweet achievos if you can happen to successfully predict who’s moving on and what not. Heck, you can even get an achievement just for showing up and picking nothing but duds! So it’s an event for everybody to have fun and participate in, even if you don't know much about the NHL.

- It’s the ultimate battle of millionaires verses virus. Who shall prevail…???

The Hub Cities:

“The Sacred Sewer Waters Of Rogers Place”
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


“The House That Is Worshipped By Money At Scotiabank Arena”
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Bracket:

The Rules:
Beginning with the best-of-5 qualifying round first, and then the remaining best-of-7 rounds after that, you must pick the winner of each playoff series (listed above) and how many games that each series will ultimately go to. You will also have to pick who you think is going to win the Stanley Cup at the end of the playoffs as well.

You only need (for now) to pick the qualifying round series' first to start things off. After all of the qualifying round series' has been fully completed, you will then provide your picks for the 1st Round, and then the 2nd Round, Conference Finals, and then, finally, the Stanley Cup Finals at a much later date. This way, it provides participants a chance to make a comeback if they happen to bust their brackets out early.

Oh, and there's no need to make any picks for the Round Robin teams. Those teams are already guaranteed a spot into the 1st round by default, so who cares about them (...for now).

- Whomever has the most points at the end of this year’s playoffs will be announced the winner!

  • You are only allowed to enter one bracket per user. You cannot submit multiple brackets under the same username.

  • Once you’ve made your picks for each round and the allotted time limit has passed, you cannot change or alter your picks unless you either contact me in advance via PM or it’s been less than 24 hours from the last post that you made your picks in. If it’s past the deadline, then I'm afraid you’re simply out of luck. (Sorry.)

  • Your Stanley Cup Champion Pick will be locked into place and cannot be changed or altered throughout the playoffs once the initial qualifying round deadline has passed, which is on August. 3rd @ 6 A.M. PST, 9 A.M., EST). Once your Stanley Cup Champion Pick has been officially eliminated, then it’s officially eliminated for good, there's no turning back.

  • In order to compete for the Draft Lottery Winner Award, which goes to the participant(s) that finished the pool in dead last, you basically have to fully participate and make your picks, regardless of what you do, from the qualifying round all the way until the end of the playoffs in order to qualify for this award. You cannot join in later on in the playoffs and score a zero and hope to covet this award; you must participate from start until the end of the playoffs in order to receive this achievement. There are some exceptions, though, like if it’s the final round and you have a massive lead (or, in this case, a massive hole) over the next participant(s) above you and you don’t bother with your final picks, or if there’s an emergency, or you just don’t have the time to do it, then it’s okay.

The Scoring System:
4 Points : If you happen to predict both the winning team and the correct number of the games that the series ultimately went to.

2 Points : If you happen to predict the winning team in a series.

1 Point : If the team that you predict happens to lose the series but you successfully managed to predict how many games that the series ultimately went.

0 Points : You failed to predict either the winner of a series or the correct number of games. (Bupkis!)


2x Multiplier : If your Stanley Cup Champion Pick is involved in a series, you can potentially receive double the points if they happen to get you anything out of it. You can earn up to a maximum of 8 Points if you can successfully predict your Stanley Cup Champion Pick winning the series and the correct number of games that they won by. That’s why is so vitally important to pick a team that you believe is going to go far in the playoffs.

  • However, if you happen to go against your Stanley Cup Champion Pick and pick the other team in a series, you’ll just receive the regular amount of points normally and receive no bonus multiplier based on the result. It might be a good idea to sometimes go against your Stanley Cup Champion Pick for strategic purposes if you think that they're not going to make it out of a series.

The Past Champions:

The Prizes:

For this year’s winner, the participant(s) who manages to score the most amount of points in this year’s pool will be rewarded with the David Ayres Award that’s worth 10
and the title of champion. You even get a little championship banner hanging above the virtual rafters of RMN Place, alongside previous champions, for all of eternity! (...Or at least until Kentona and Liberty stop paying for the lease.)


But for all of those unfortunate enough to be at rock bottom towards the end of this year’s playoffs, don’t you worry - there’s always next year - with the Draft Lottery Winner Award. You not only get a chance at the number one overall pick, but you also get a single point of
too! That will help restock the cupboards in 10 years time!


For those who have the power to see into the far future and predict this year’s Stanley Cup Champion from the start, you sir (or madam or etc.) will earn the Crystal Clairvoyant, an award that’s worth 5
and would even make Shulk from Xenoblade jealous. (And you managed to even pull it off without using the Monado - so screw him.)


It may seem rather impossible (but then again - who thought we’d ever be having this thing in the first place?), but for the incredibly divine who happen to predict a winner in EVERY single series without a single fault on their record, they will be bestowed the Brackcellent award that’s worth 25
and Mr. Trump’s personal seal of approval of you doing good.


And for the final award, if our dear heroes on skates, wielding sticks cannot lift up the holy grail in time before the final battle finishes because they couldn’t stop Corona-Chan and her third, most powerful form and they are defeated and the playoffs are cancelled, then every single participant here will earn a Corona-Chan Strikes Back award worth a single
point
, as she delivers all of us the sweet, breath of death before laughing maniacally from afar.

The Leaderboard:
1stAddit47 Pts
2ndUPRC37 Pts
3rdKory_Toombs34 Pts
4thKentona25 Pts
5thJDogg17178 Pts

The Players:
Addit's Picks:

Qualifying Round:
Oilers Over Blackhawks In 5
Predators Over Coyotes In 4
Canucks Over Wild In 5
Jets Over Flames In 3
Penguins Over Canadiens In 5
Panthers Over Islanders In 5
Hurricanes Over Rangers In 5
Leafs Over Blue Jackets In 4

1st Round:
Golden Knights Over Blackhawks In 5
Avalanche Over Coyotes In 6
Stars Over Flames In 7
Blues Over Canucks In 6
Flyers Over Canadiens In 6
Lightning Over Blue Jackets In 7
Islanders Over Capitals In 5
Hurricanes Over Bruins In 7

2nd Round:
Golden Knights Over Canucks In 6
Stars Over Avalanche In 7
Islanders Over Flyers In 6
Lightning Over Bruins In 6

Conference Finals:
Golden Knights Over Stars In 5
Lightning Over Islanders In 6

Stanley Cup Finals:
Stars Over Lightning In 6

Stanley Cup Champion:
Dallas Stars

JDogg1717's Picks:

Qualifying Round:
Oilers Over Blackhawks In 5
Predators Over Coyotes In 5
Canucks Over Wild In 5
Jets Over Flames In 5
Penguins Over Canadiens In 5
Islanders Over Panthers In 5
Hurricanes Over Rangers In 4
Blue Jackets Over Leafs In 4

Stanley Cup Champion:
Colorado Avalanche

Kentona's Picks:

Qualifying Round:
Oilers Over Blackhawks In 3
Predators Over Coyotes In 4
Canucks Over Wild In 5
Jets Over Flames In 5
Penguins Over Canadiens In 3
Islanders Over Panthers In 4
Rangers Over Hurricanes In 5
Leafs Over Blue Jackets In 4

1st Round:
Golden Knights Over Blackhawks In 4
Avalanche Over Coyotes In 5
Flames Over Stars In 7
Blues Over Canucks In 6
Flyers Over Canadiens In 6
Blue Jackets Over Lightning In 7
Capitals Over Islanders In 7
Hurricanes Over Bruins In 5

2nd Round:
Golden Knights Over Canucks In 5
Avalanche Over Stars In 7
Flyers Over Islanders In 5
Bruins Over Lightning In 7

Conference Finals:
Golden Knights Over Stars In 6
Islanders Over Lightning In 6

Stanley Cup Finals:
Lightning Over Stars In 5

Stanley Cup Champion:
Edmonton Oilers

Kory_Toombs' Picks:

Qualifying Round:
Oilers Over Blackhawks In 4
Coyotes Over Predators In 5
Canucks Over Wild In 4
Jets Over Flames In 3
Canadiens Over Penguins In 5
Islanders Over Panthers In 3
Rangers Over Hurricanes In 4
Leafs Over Blue Jackets In 4

1st Round:
Golden Knights Over Blackhawks In 4
Coyotes Over Avalanche In 6
Flames Over Stars In 7
Canucks Over Blues In 6
Canadiens Over Flyers In 6
Blue Jackets Over Lightning In 4
Capitals Over Islanders In 6
Hurricanes Over Bruins In 7

2nd Round:
Canucks Over Golden Knights In 7
Avalanche Over Stars In 5
Islanders Over Flyers In 6
Lightning Over Bruins In 7

Conference Finals:
Golden Knights Over Stars In 6
Islanders Over Lightning In 7

Stanley Cup Finals:
Lightning Over Stars In 7

Stanley Cup Champion:
Vancouver Canucks

UPRC's Picks:

Qualifying Round:
Oilers Over Blackhawks In 3
Predators Over Coyotes In 4
Canucks Over Wild In 5
Jets Over Flames In 5
Canadiens Over Penguins In 5
Islanders Over Panthers In 4
Hurricanes Over Rangers In 4
Leafs Over Blue Jackets In 5

1st Round:
Golden Knights Over Blackhawks In 5
Avalanche Over Coyotes In 4
Flames Over Stars In 7
Blues Over Canucks In 5
Flyers Over Canadiens In 5
Lightning Over Blue Jackets In 5
Capitals Over Islanders In 6
Bruins Over Hurricanes In 5

2nd Round:
Golden Knights Over Canucks In 5
Avalanche Over Stars In 6
Flyers Over Islanders In 5
Bruins Over Lightning In 7

Conference Finals:
Stars Over Golden Knights In 6
Islanders Over Lightning In 7

Stanley Cup Finals:
Stars Over Lightning In 6

Stanley Cup Champion:
Boston Bruins



The deadline for getting your Stanley Cup Finals pick in is by Wednesday, September 23rd @ 5:00 P.M. PST, 8:00 P.M. EST

NHL 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs / Pool Prediction Thread



The Lowdown:
The long, arduous regular season has finally come to a end… And, thus, the next chapter for 16 of the remaining 31 teams is about to commence, as they all try to kill each other on the ice, both figuratively speaking and on the scoreboard for hockey’s ultimate holy grail (- and a pretty decent cereal bowl to boot): The Stanley Cup...

Who will it be this year??? Will the Tampa Bay Lightning, after having one of the most successful regular seasons in NHL history, and winners of the President Trophy for best regular season team overall be the ones victorious by June’s end? Or will it be one of the more familiar faces from last year, like the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, San Jose Sharks - or even the upstart Vegas Golden Knights, in only their second year of existence. Or perhaps, it may not be any of those guys at all, as the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets or Toronto Maple Leafs might be the ones to shock the entire world and win it all this year! …Oh, and we can’t forget about those pesky Pittsburgh Penguins and last year’s Stanley Cup Champions, The Washington Capitals, can we?

And while those teams, players and fanbases are all tearing each other apart both in the stands and on social media - we’ll be safe right here by running our very own playoff pool for not only the ultimate bragging rights but also for the chance to earn some sweet, sweet achievements that you can proudly display along with your other achievements… Oh, and…yeah, I guess we’ll occasionally talk about hockey on here as well - I suppose...

So whether you’re a real hockey enthusiast - or have no real idea what the f**k you’re even doing – everyone’s invited to come and participate in the pool and also talk about the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs as well. And – who knows? Perhaps this could be your year…

The Bracket:

The Rules:
Starting with the first round first, and then after every subsequent round after that, you must pick the winner of each playoff series (listed above) and how many games that each particular series will end up going to. You also have to pick a Stanley Cup Champion who you will believe will end up hoisting the holy grail at the end of this year’s playoffs as well.

Once the first round has been fully completed, you will then provide your picks for the second round, conference finals, and then the finals at a later date. After everything is all said done, whomever has the most points at the end of this year’s playoffs will be pronounced the winner!

  • You are only allowed to enter one bracket per user. You cannot submit multiple brackets.

  • Once you’ve made your picks, you cannot change or alter them unless you either contact me in advance or it’s been less than 24 hours from your last post that you made your last picks in. If it’s past the last deadline, then you’re basically outta luck, I’m afraid.

  • Your Stanley Cup Champion Pick will be locked into place once the first round deadline has passed and cannot be changed or altered throughout the duration of the entire playoffs. Once your Stanley Cup Champion Pick has been eliminated at any point and time, then it’s officially eliminated for good.

The Scoring System:
For each series that you manage to successfully predict who wins, you’ll then receive 2 points. If the team that you pick loses that series but you still managed to successfully predict the correct number of games that it went to, you will then earn 1 point. And if you manage to predict both the winner and the correct number of games that a series goes to - you will then earn the maximum of 4 points for one playoff series!

However, points can double whenever your Stanley Cup Pick is involved in any matchup. Win or lose, those points will be doubled based on their results, so be extra cautious about who you pick!

The Past Champions:

The Prizes:
This time we have four achievements that you can possibly earn for this year:


For the individuals who are skilled enough (or lucky enough) to earn the most amount of points by the end of this year's playoff pool will then be rewarded with the Alexander Ovechkin Pool Party Award that's worth 10 Makerscore Points and title of this year's champion.


HOWEVER! For those unfortunate enough to earn the LEAST amount of points in this year's playoff pool will earn the dubious distinction of possessing the lowly Eugene Melnyk Award, which is only worth a grand total of 1 Messily Makerscore Point. *shutter*


Also, for those lucky individuals who managed to successfully predict a Stanley Cup Champion at the beginning of the pool all the way until the end of the playoffs will earn the Crystal Clairvoyant in honor of their amazing knowledge into seeing into the far future that's worth 5 Makerscore Points.


And, finally, for all of those lucky individuals that managed to successfully predict the winner of each playoff series all the way until the end of the playoffs without a single blemish on their record will earn the coveted Brackcellent that's worth 25 Makerscore Points if you happen to get it. As long as you successfully predict the winner of every single playoff series, starting from the 1st Round all the way until the Stanley Cup Finals without a fault, you will win this award. Even if you don't manage to successfully predict the correct number of games, or the Stanley Cup Champion from the very beginning of the pool, as long as the teams that you pick wins in each series, you'll still be in the running for it.

The Leaderboard:
1stKory_Toombs29 Pts
T-2ndCap_H23 Pts
T-2ndShinan23 Pts
4thNarcodis22 Pts
5thKentona21 Pts
T-6thAddit15 Pts
T-6thGreatRedSpirit15 Pts

The Players:
Addit's Picks:

1st Round:
Predators over Stars In 6
Blues over Jets In 6
Flames over Avalanche In 5
Golden Knights over Sharks In 7
Lightning over Blue Jackets In 7
Leafs over Bruins In 7
Capitals over Hurricanes In 4
Penguins over Islanders In 6

2nd Round:
Stars over Blues In 7
Sharks over Avalanche In 5
Blue Jackets over Bruins In 6
Islanders over Hurricanes In 7

Conference Finals:
Blues over Sharks In 4
Hurricanes over Bruins In 4

Stanley Cup Finals:
Bruins over Blues In 4

Stanley Cup Champion:
Tampa Bay Lightning


Cap_H's Picks:

1st Round:
Predators over Stars In 4
Blues over Jets In 6
Flames over Avalanche In 5
Sharks over Golden Knights In 6
Lightning over Blue Jackets In 5
Bruins over Leafs In 6
Capitals over Hurricanes In 4
Islanders over Penguins In 7

2nd Round:
Blues over Stars In 6
Avalanche over Sharks In 7
Blue Jackets over Bruins In 5
Islanders over Hurricanes In 6

Conference Finals:
Blues over Sharks In 5
Bruins over Hurricanes In 7

Stanley Cup Finals:
Blues over Bruins In 7

Stanley Cup Champion:
Calgary Flames


GreatRedSpirit’s Picks:

1st Round:
Predators over Stars In 5
Blues over Jets In 4
Flames over Avalanche In 6
Sharks over Golden Knights In 6
Blue Jackets over Lightning In 6
Bruins over Leafs In 5
Capitals over Hurricanes In 5
Islanders over Penguins In 7

2nd Round:
Blues over Stars In 6
Avalanche over Sharks In 4
Blue Jackets over Bruins In 5
Islanders over Hurricanes In 6

Conference Finals:
Sharks over Blues In 6
Hurricanes over Bruins In 5

Stanley Cup Finals:
Blues over Bruins In 5

Stanley Cup Champion:
Calgary Flames


Kentona's Picks:

1st Round:
Predators over Stars In 5
Blues over Jets In 7
Flames over Avalanche In 6
Sharks over Golden Knights In 7
Lightning over Blue Jackets In 4
Leafs over Bruins In 7
Capitals over Hurricanes In 4
Penguins over Islanders In 6

2nd Round:
Blues over Stars In 5
Sharks over Avalanche In 7
Blue Jackets over Bruins In 7
Hurricanes over Islanders In 6

Conference Finals:
Sharks over Blues In 5
Hurricanes over Bruins In 6

Stanley Cup Finals:
Blues over Bruins In 7

Stanley Cup Champion:
Tampa Bay Lightning


Kory_Toombs' Picks:

1st Round:
Stars over Predators In 6
Jets over Blues In 7
Avalanche over Flames In 6
Golden Knights over Sharks In 7
Blue Jackets over Lightning In 4
Leafs over Bruins In 6
Hurricanes over Capitals In 6
Islanders over Penguins In 6

2nd Round:
Blues over Stars In 7
Sharks over Avalanche In 6
Blue Jackets over Bruins In 5
Islanders over Hurricanes In 6

Conference Finals:
Blues over Sharks In 7
Hurricanes over Bruins In 6

Stanley Cup Finals:
Blues over Bruins In 6

Stanley Cup Champion:
Columbus Blue Jackets


Narcodis’ Picks:

1st Round:
Predators over Stars In 5
Blues over Jets In 5
Flames over Avalanche In 7
Sharks over Golden Knights In 6
Lightning over Blue Jackets In 4
Bruins over Leafs In 7
Hurricanes over Capitals In 7
Penguins over Islanders In 6

2nd Round:
Blues over Stars In 5
Sharks over Avalanche In 6
Blue Jackets over Bruins In 7
Hurricanes over Islanders In 6

Conference Finals:
Sharks over Blues In 7
Hurricanes over Bruins In 6

Stanley Cup Finals:
Blues over Bruins In 6

Stanley Cup Champion:
Tampa Bay Lightning


Shinan's Picks:

1st Round:
Predators over Stars In 6
Jets over Blues In 7
Flames over Avalanche In 4
Sharks over Golden Knights In 6
Lightning over Blue Jackets In 5
Bruins over Leafs In 7
Capitals over Hurricanes In 5
Penguins over Islanders In 6

2nd Round:
Stars over Blues In 6
Sharks over Avalanche In 6
Bruins over Blue Jackets In 5
Islanders over Hurricanes In 7

Conference Finals:
Blues over Sharks In 7
Bruins over Hurricanes In 6

Stanley Cup Finals:
Bruins over Blues In 5

Stanley Cup Champion:
Boston Bruins


The deadline for getting your Stanley Cup Finals pick in is by Monday, May 27th @ 4 P.M. PST.

Commercials In Games (Would You Be Okay With This?)



Beat a level? Have a commercial.

So as game companies continue to maximize profits and try to find new ways of generating more income for their respective games and studio branches, we’ve seen the rise and continuous use of such practices such as downloadable content (DLC), microtransactions, special edition perks – and the works. But one unexplored option that got me thinking (with a shred of distain) is the use of running commercial advertisements in games and during gameplay to generate even more revenue for these said companies. With such an obvious idea to obtain even more cash flow here…why haven’t some companies decided to explore this option?

With some games now having DRM restrictions that have to have the user online and connected in order to run certain games nowadays, this is definitely a possibly that game companies can now do because of online streaming and such. The ability to run advertisements during said intervals can definitely be achieved with current technology today, and it makes me wonder if this going to be the next implementation placed in order to generate more income space. Would the consumer base even be OKAY with this idea?

So imagine playing some classic Super Mario Bros. 3 that you downloaded for the Switch on the Virtual Console and after every single stage or two that you beat a commercial happens to pop up. Would you be okay with that? What about if a commercial pops up every fifteen minutes or so of playing the game…maybe in the middle of an epic boss battle - would THAT be okay!? Maybe you’re finally sick of all these commercials now and would rather pay an additional ten bucks in order to disable them for at least just the month. Would you be willing to pay that???

Personally, if this ever were to happen (god, I hope not), I wouldn’t even bother with gaming today; I would be SO done...! I already have to deal with tons of commercials running during a Canucks game that drives me to the brink of insanity every few days or so, I don’t really need gaming to do the same thing too…even if I do happen to pay some sort of fee to disable it for a while.

I guess my biggest concern in all of this is will there be a lot of people still playing games with this annoying implementation on? We already got people who don’t mind paying for microtransactions and DLC today – what’s to stop them for paying for disabling commercials or just dealing with them too? It’s a very, very slippery slope.

Anyways, lol – would you still play games with commercials running in them, even if there was a monthly fee to turn them off? Or would that now be the ultimate, last straw that turns gamers away for good.

So…What’s Happening To The What’s Written Section On The Front Page, Anyway?

So, yeah, it’s been an awfully long time since our last writing feature had been announced on the front page now…almost four whole months since the last time it changed! (Jesus, f**k, you guys...) And not only that, but the latest pic of the moment and RMN TV sections haven’t been updated in more than a month for each one! (Someone’s been slacking it off, it seems.)

Now, traditionally for the site, the writing feature, along with the pic of the moment and video sections usually change every week to two weeks or so depending on submissions and such. Since I’ve come back to the site regularly since 2013, these sections have been changed and altered pretty frequently around here, with usually no longer than maybe three weeks tops before any of them happen to change. The staff here have been pretty regular in the past when it comes to dealing with that, so I’m a little bit surprised that it’s taken so long for any of these to change lately.

Is it because there aren’t enough quality submissions that are worthy enough of being featured? Is it because of whoever’s in charge of doing it is being lazy and / or taking a break in the meantime from doing it? I mean, I usually don’t complain about these types of things too much if it takes a little bit of additional time around here because some of the site staff here can get pretty busy with things and such - but four whole months to change at least the writing feature is a bit unusual…and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way.

I mean, it can’t be because we don’t have enough quality submissions. It can’t be.

So what’s the real story behind all this sudden backlog? I’m sure it’s nothing too serious, and I may be overexaggerating things a little bit here, but it would be nice to know what’s going on with it, at least.

[Poll] Girl Guide Cookies, Which Is Your Favorite: Chocolate, Vanilla Or Mint?



You know you want it.

So I was at my local Save-On-Foods earlier today and saw out of the corner of my eye one of greatest traditions around this time known to man: Girl Guide Cookies...where you get to give some small pocket change to some smiling, young pretty faces in the crowd in exchange for some delicious, delicious treats. Mmm…

But then it got me thinking – what’s your favorite favor of cookie? Is it vanilla and nothing but vanilla? Are you a chocoholic or a minty person? Do you even buy Girl Guide cookies at all, or when was the last time you bought some for yourself or for someone else?

As for me, I personally like the vanilla ones the best. The chocolate ones are still pretty tasty, but vanilla is the king of kings for me here. And as for mint? Meh.

Actually, it’s funny, ‘cause when my brother and I were really young and our parents would buy us both a couple of boxes the odd time, my brother would eat nothing but the vanilla ones and then just give me all of his chocolate ones whenever he was finished with the vanillas. The catch was that if I did get the rest of one of his boxes, he would then try to steal my vanilla cookies from one of my boxes when I wasn’t looking. (B*stard!)

- But, yeah, what's your favorite?

NHL 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs / Pool Prediction Thread


The Lowdown:
After a grueling stretch of an 82 game regular season has finally come to a dramatic close, 16 of the 30 remaining teams left will now do battle for hockey’s ultimate holy grail: The Stanley Cup.

Will the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins, champions of last year, manage to repeat themselves as champions once again? Can the Chicago Blackhawks manage to win their 4th Stanley Cup in seven years with Jonathon Toews, Patrick Kane and company? Can the Washington Capitals, after having a President’s Trophy season, manage to break through the entire Eastern Conference this time around and finally win it all? Or maybe it will be one of the many Canadian teams this year, such as the Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators or Montreal Canadians that will finally bring the cup back to Canada after more than two decades?

Just like with the previous years, not only are we going to be discussing and reacting to everything that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs here, but we’re also holding a playoff prediction pool where the winner (or winners) will receive an achievement badge for their ultimate mastery (or complete dumb luck) that is the game of hockey.

The Bracket:

The Rules:
From all the playoff matches that are listed above, you must pick the winner of each playoff series from the 1st round all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and how many games that each particular series will go to.

For each team that you manage to guess correctly that advances you will receive 2 points. If you manage to successfully predict how many games a particular series will happen to go to you will earn yourself a bonus point, even if that particular team that you happen to pick in that series ends ultimately losing in the end. And if you happen to guess both the team that wins and the correct number of games as well you’ll earn up to 4 points in total, so it’s crucial that you happen to get both of them right (if you can).

Also, the team that you pick to ultimately win the Stanley Cup plays a big factor in your pool too, as any matchup that team is involved in will net you double the amount of points, so it’s possible to get up to a maximum of 8 points each if that team not only wins the round but also if you correctly predict the right amount of games for it too!

The Prize:

For this year, the participant(s) that earn the most points at the end of this year’s playoffs will be given the Brent Burns Beard Award that’s worth 5 whole makerscore points with a face that only a shark could love.

The Leaderboard:
1stGreatRedSpirit20 Pts
2ndCap_H16 Pts
3rdAddit14 Pts
4thAnkylo13 Pts
T-5thHexatona11 Pts
T-5thShinan11 Pts
7thKentona6 Pts

The Players:
Addit's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 6
Wild over Blues In 7
Flames over Ducks In 7
Oilers over Sharks In 5
Capitals over Leafs In 4
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 6
Rangers over Canadiens In 5
Senators over Bruins In 6

2nd Round
Wild over Blackhawks In 6
Flames over Oilers In 6
Capitals over Blue Jackets In 7
Rangers over Senators In 5

Conference Finals
Wild over Flames In 5
Capitals over Rangers In 7

Stanley Cup Finals
Capitals over Wild In 7

Stanley Cup Champions
Washington Capitals

Ankylo's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 6
Wild over Blues In 7
Ducks over Flames In 6
Sharks over Oilers In 7
Capitals over Leafs In 6
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 7
Canadiens over Rangers In 6
Bruins over Senators In 7

2nd Round
Blackhawks over Wild In 6
Ducks over Sharks In 6
Capitals over Blue Jackets In 6
Canadiens over Bruins In 4

Conference Finals
Capitals over Canadiens In 6
Blackhawks over Ducks In 5

Stanley Cup Finals
Capitals over Blackhawks In 7

Stanley Cup Champion
Washington Capitals

Cap_H's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 6
Blues over Wild In 6
Ducks over Flames In 5
Oilers over Sharks In 7
Capitals over Leafs In 5
Penguins over Blue Jackets In 7
Canadiens over Rangers In 5
Senators over Bruins In 6

2nd Round
Blues over Blackhawks In 6
Oilers over Ducks In 7
Capitals over Penguins In 4
Canadiens over Senators In 6

Conference Finals
Blues over Oilers In 6
Canadiens over Capitals In 5

Stanley Cup Finals
Canadiens over Blues In 7

Stanley Cup Champion
Montreal Canadiens

GreatRedSpirit's Picks:

1st Round
Predators over Blackhawks In 6
Blues over Wild In 5
Flames over Ducks In 7
Oilers over Sharks In 4
Capitals over Leafs In 5
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 6
Canadiens over Rangers In 5
Senators over Bruins In 6

2nd Round
Predators over Blues In 5
Flames over Oilers In 6
Blue Jackets over Capitals In 7
Senators over Canadiens In 6

Conference Finals
Flames over Predators In 6
Blue Jackets over Senators In 5

Stanley Cup Finals
Flames over Blue Jackets In 6

Stanley Cup Champion
Calgary Flames

Hexatona's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 4
Wild over Blues In 7
Flames over Ducks In 6
Oilers over Sharks In 5
Capitals over Leafs In 5
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 5
Canadiens over Rangers In 6
Bruins over Senators In 4

2nd Round
Predators over Blues In 6
Sharks over Ducks In 7
Blue Jackets over Capitals In 6
Bruins over Rangers In 7

Conference Finals
Blues over Oilers In 7
Canadiens over Leafs In 6

Stanley Cup Finals
Wild over Canadiens In 6

Stanley Cup Champion
Minnesota Wild

Kentona's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 7
Wild over Blues In 4
Ducks over Flames In 6
Oilers over Sharks In 7
Capitals over Leafs In 5
Blue Jackets over Penguins In 7
Canadiens over Rangers In 5
Bruins over Senators In 7

2nd Round
Wild over Blackhawks In 7
Oilers over Ducks In 6
Blue Jackets over Capitals In 7
Canadiens over Bruins In 5

Conference Finals
Oilers over Wild In 5
Canadiens over Blue Jackets In 7

Stanley Cup Finals
Canadiens over Oilers In 6

Stanley Cup Champion
Montreal Canadiens

Shinan's Picks:

1st Round
Blackhawks over Predators In 5
Wild over Blues In 7
Flames over Ducks In 5
Oilers over Sharks In 6
Leafs over Capitals In 4
Penguins over Blue Jackets In 6
Canadiens over Rangers In 6
Senators over Bruins In 7

2nd Round
Wild over Blackhawks In 7
Ducks over Oilers In 6
Capitals over Penguins In 6
Canadiens over Senators In 5

Conference Finals
Wild over Ducks In 4
Canadiens over Capitals In 6

Stanley Cup Finals
Wild over Canadiens In 6

Stanley Cup Champion
Minnesota Wild


The deadline for getting your picks in is on Friday, April 14th by 12:00 P.M., PST.

RMN Events That You Enjoyed The Most, Wish You Entered, And Ones That You Could Have Done Better In

One of the most fantastic and most exciting things about RMN compared to other sites around here is definitely the high abundance of different types of events that we host that rewards its participants in it with achievement badges, makerscore, and sometimes even possible prizes for winning such events. These events can range from making a quick game with a particular theme in mind in under a certain time limit on a team or just by yourself, review and article writing events that test your writing prowess skills - or something on the realm of weird that has you do something that you would least expect doing. This is one of the most wonderful things about RMN that allows its users to challenge themselves but to also have some fun along the way thanks to these wide array of different but creative events.

So I’m sure that the couple of you guys around here have entered a few already in the past, or maybe missed out on entering one that you really regret now that you should have joined before, or an event that you entered but you really feel like you could have done a lot better in. Well - that’s what this thread is here for, as we discuss everything that is RMN Events.

As for me, my favorite event that I really enjoyed the most has to be the Game Name Game event that we had back in 2014 where users would have to take a random, silly title name provided by one of the users and turn that said name into a mockup of an actual game. Now, usually when it comes to anything game making related, especially when it comes to events, I usually tend not to enter any of them, considering that I’m pretty slow and feel quite uncomfortable when it comes to making something under a time limit, but I decided to join this one anyways because I suggested a name of an idea that I had that was eligible for me to take - and I couldn’t say no. The results of that was the emergence of one, Brian Okam’s Free Throw Challenge and me learning how to work on something under pressure and within a certain time frame, which I got a lot more done than anything that I’ve ever completed before in the same amount of time. It gave me more of an appreciation to those who can create some of these kind of events games under a certain time limit, and it made me more aware that I can get a lot more stuff done faster if I just cut to the chase and not worry about all the small details. The result of the event landed me an extra achievement for people’s choice and a new game, that’s currently still being worked on, to the family catalogue.

And for one’s that I wished I could have entered back then, I’ll definitely say the Game Page Workshop, Aim For The Stars, Craze And LockeZ’s Boss Battle Event and probably the Super Smash Bros. Tournaments that we had that I skipped out on. The Game Page Workshop would have a been great way to bring back an old game that I’ve been working on for the past few years and finally upload a game page for it and do some pretty CSS stuff along the way, but this was around the time I started to have some personal problems and stuff at home, and I hadn’t touched my game in the past couple of months by then and I still felt a little bit uncomfortable showcasing the thing at its present state, so I skipped out on the event. Aim For The Stars I could have done, since it was pretty similar to the RMN Plays Event but with musical entries this time around. I’m not the greatest person in the world when it comes to describing about music in detail, but I think I could have probably done it and least given it a try. I guess I skipped out on this because of that notion. The Craze and LockeZ Boss Battle thing didn’t really require that much effort on our parts other than picking a side and earning a free achievement for it – and who doesn’t like a free achievement. (I would have voted for Craze, BTW.) And the Super Smash Bros. Tournaments I would have entered if I had more time to play on my Wii U during the time and my time zone wasn’t all f**ked up, but, *sigh*, oh well...plus I'm pretty bad with Ganondorf.

As for the events that I think I could have done better in, it’s has to be the RMN Plays Event and Summer Review Jam events. I only played and commented on three games during the entire RMN Plays Event, and I could have done a lot more during that time but I think I was just too burnt out and needed a break and didn’t bother much. Still, if I did at least eight or ten of those things, I would be like in the top 5 in overall achievements now. Same with the Summer Review Jam event; I could have gotten the other four previous jams but I didn’t enter the event until midway through and only picked up around half of the achievements for it, which blows.

Anyways – what events did you enjoy the most entering in? Were there any events that you wished that you could have participated in? And what events could you have done better in?

Certain Posts Not Appearing On Latest Posts Section

So this is a bit weird.

I made 4 posts today on RMN (well, besides this one), and only 2 of them happened to show up on the Latest Posts section feed out of the 4. Only the status post that I made and a post about the Nintendo Switch never registered and appeared on there, as my status post should have registered right after piano made his topic about Batman: The Animated Series.

I know it’s not a big deal or anything like that, but I’m just wondering why that is and if anybody else has experienced anything like this before? You guys aren’t trying to silence ol’ Addit there, are you?

(…are you???)



EDIT: Hmmm…it would appear that my topic never made the list either, even despite re-refreshing the page after a few minutes after posting it, so now that makes it 3 out of the 5 posts today that hasn’t registered. Strange…

EDIT 2: Now this topic doesn’t even appear in the User Feedback section at all. (The hell…?)

Imagine If RMN Had Such Retarded Article Headings Like The Ones Found On Some Sports Sites


Lol.

If there’s one thing that I can at least nit-pick about when it comes to being a sports fan lately compared to being a gaming fan is seeing some retarded article headings, like the one above, being plastered right on the front page of a site that is beyond a certain level of stupid and outlandishness that it seems like its only real purpose in life is to attract a wide array of traffic and views to not only keep the site afloat but to also keep the team and that said columnist in business, and they do just simply that sometimes...

Luckily, though, for RMN, we don’t have this type of problem, as a majority of our articles posted here are not only quite informative but they also have some real integrity behind them, like an actual human being actually thought out all of it out on its own. They’re not just simply there to just garner traffic and views but to also serve their purpose of helping and informing said users about a particular topic or discussion, and that’s the way it should be.

- But imagine if RMN had such retarded articles headings like this for the site? Think of the calamity and hilariousness that would ensue.

And here, I’m going to come up with a couple of stupid ones myself. You guys are also welcome to come up with some of your own.

  • Is Archeia_Nessiah Completely Overrated As An Artist?
  • The Breakdown Of Liberty: Has She Finally Been Pushed Too Far?
  • fearful: Crazy Or Just A Misunderstood Genius?
  • How Craze Can Get His Groove Back
  • Kloe’s First Month Of Posting May Be The Greatest Yet
  • Kenton Anderson: Is It Finally Time To Retire?
  • Team #shump And The Everlasting Legacy That They Leave Behind
  • nhubi’s Disappearance Gives Kylaila A Big Edge
  • unity Calls Out Lazy Developer, “You’re Just Too Lazy”
  • The Most Important Piece That Makes RMN Tick: Clyve

NHL 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs / Pool Prediction Thread


The long, excruciating 82 game NHL regular season has finally come to a end for most teams, and thus the start of a brand new type of hockey season is about to begin for the 16 remaining: The Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Who’s it gonna be this year?

Will the Chicago Blackhawks reign supreme yet again and win their 4th coveted Stanley Cup in the last 6 years? Will the Los Angeles Kings manage to get back to the promise land again after missing out on the playoffs from last year? Can the Washington Capitals, and Alexander Ovechkin, FINALLY get over that collective curse that is the 2nd round and make it all the way to the finals after winning the President’s Trophy? Or will some of the new, up-and-coming teams, such as the Dallas Stars and the Florida Panthers be the ones to surprise everybody this year? Or maybe one of the long time underachievers, like the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild or St. Louis Blues might finally be able do it?

Once again, just like with last year’s thread, we’re going to not only disucss and react to all of the Stanley Cup Playoff’s that are going on here but we’re also going to hold a playoff prediction pool where the winner will receive an achievement badge for coming out on top!

- So what are you waiting for? Get your asses in here and show everybody that you know what you’re doing when it comes to hockey, unlike the rest of the Canadian teams that didn’t make it. :(

The Bracket:

The Rules:
The rules of the game are simple: you must pick the winner of each playoff series, from round one all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and how many games each series will go on to and who you think will ultimately win the Stanley Cup.

For each correct guess that you make you’ll receive 2 points. If you manage to successfully predict how many games that particular series will go to you’ll earn a bonus point, even if that team that you pick in that series ends up ultimately losing. And if you not only manage to pick the winner of that series and the correct number of games that it will go on to you can earn up to 4 points for both, so try to get ‘em both right.

And also - be very, very wary on who you decide to pick to win the Stanley Cup this year, as any playoff series that team is particularly involved in will earn you double the points for their efforts. So if you’re picking the Washington Capitals, for example, to win the Stanley Cup and they beat the Flyers in 6 and you both get the team and the correct number of games right you’ll earn up to 8 points for that particular round!

The Prize:

This year, for the participant(s) that earns the most points at the end of the playoffs they will earn this lovely Conn Smythe achievement award that’s worth 5 whole makerscore points and a token of my gratitude, the best kind of gratitude there is! :D

Unfortunately, like most of teams participating in this thing, the losers get nothing. NOTHING!

The Leaderboard:
1st* GreatRedSpirit27 Pts
2ndkentona22 Pts
3rdShinan17 Pts
4thAddit14 Pts
5thankylo12 Pts
6thHexatona8 Pts

The Players:
Addit's Picks:

1st Round
Ducks over Predators in 6
Kings over Sharks in 6
Stars over Wild in 4
Blackhawks over Blues in 6
Panthers over Islanders in 7
Red Wings over Lightning in 4
Capitals over Flyers in 6
Penguins over Rangers in 5

2nd Round
Kings over Ducks in 7
Blackhawks over Stars in 4
Panthers over Red Wings in 5
Capitals over Penguins in 7

Conference Finals
Blackhawks over Kings in 7
Capitals over Panthers in 4

Finals
Capitals over Blackhawks in 7


kentona's Picks:

1st Round
Ducks over Predators in 5
Sharks over Kings in 7
Stars over Wild in 6
Blackhawks over Blues in 7
Islanders over Panthers in 6
Red Wings over Lightning in 7
Capitals over Flyers in 5
Penguins over Rangers in 7

2nd Round
Sharks over Ducks in 7
Stars over Blackhawks in 6
Islanders over Red Wings in 5
Capitals over Penguins in 7

Conference Finals
Stars over Sharks in 5
Capitals over Islanders in 5

Finals
Capitals over Stars in 7


ankylo's Picks:

1st Round
Ducks over Predators in 7
Kings over Sharks in 6
Stars over Wild in 5
Blackhawks over Blues in 6
Panthers over Islanders in 6
Red Wings over Lightning in 7
Capitals over Flyers in 6
Rangers over Penguins in 7

2nd Round
Ducks over Kings in 7
Blackhawks over Stars in 6
Panthers over Red Wings in 6
Capitals over Rangers in 7

Conference Finals
Blackhawks over Ducks in 7
Capitals over Panthers in 5

Finals
Capitals over Blackhawks in 7


Shinan's Picks:

1st Round
Predators over Ducks in 7
Kings over Sharks in 5
Stars over Wild in 4
Blues over Blackhawks in 6
Panthers over Islanders in 5
Lightning over Red Wings in 6
Flyers over Capitals in 7
Penguins over Rangers in 6

2nd Round
Ducks over Kings in 6
Stars over Blackhawks in 5
Lightning over Panthers in 7
Capitals over Rangers in 6

Conference Finals
Stars over Ducks in 6
Panthers over Capitals in 7

Finals
Capitals over Stars in 5


Hexatona's Picks:

1st Round
Predators over Ducks in 7
Kings over Sharks in 6
Wild over Stars in 6
Blues over Blackhawks in 6
Panthers over Islanders in 6
Red Wings over Lightning in 6
Flyers over Capitals in 7
Rangers over Penguins in 6

2nd Round
Predators over Kings in 4
Wild over Blues in 6
Red Wings over Panthers in 5
Flyers over Rangers in 6

Conference Finals
Predators over Wild in 6
Flyers over Red Wings in 6

Finals
Flyers over Predators in 6


GreatRedSpirit's Picks:

1st Round
Predators over Ducks in 7
Sharks over Kings in 5
Stars over Wild in 5
Blues over Blackhawks in 4
Islanders over Panthers in 6
Lightning over Red Wings in 5
Capitals over Flyers in 4
Rangers over Penguins in 5

2nd Round
Predators over Sharks in 5
Stars over Blues in 4
Islanders over Lightning in 7
Rangers over Capitals in 6

Conference Finals
Predators over Stars in 6
Islanders over Rangers in 7

Finals
Predators over Islanders in 5


The deadline for getting your picks in is on Saturday, April 16th @ 12:00 P.M., PST.

- May the best choke artist win!
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