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Finished: 12 PM Thu 05 May 16 UTC
Private Creative Med 2
2 days /phase
Pot: 60 D - Spring, 7, Finished
The Ancient Mediterranean, Sum-of-Squares Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game drawn
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 4: Dear Fellas. I can't believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an automobile once when I was a kid, but now they're everywhere. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry. The parole board got me into this halfway house called the Brewer, and a job bagging groceries at the Food-Way. It's hard work. I try to keep up, but my hands hurt most of the time. I don't think the store manager likes me very much. Sometimes after work I go to the park and feed the birds. I keep thinking Jake might just show up and say hello. But he never does. I hope wherever he is, he's doing okay and making new friends. I have trouble sleeping at night. I have -- bad dreams, like I'm falling. I wake up scared. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember where I am. Maybe I should get me a gun and rob the Food-Way, so they'd send me home. I could shoot the manager while I was at it, sort of like a bonus. I guess I'm too old for that sort of nonsense anymore. I don't like it here. I'm tired of being afraid all the time. I've decided not to stay. I doubt they'll kick up any fuss. Not for an old crook like me.
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 4: You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I'm an easy target. Yeah, you're right. I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you, but I don't like to hurt people's feelings. Well, you think what you want about me. I'm not changing. I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. 'Cause I'm the real article. What you see is what you get
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 4: ruh roh
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 4: Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
-Will Rodgers
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 4: i decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally;
i never expected it to do anything special for me, yet i seemed
to accomplish far more than i had ever hoped. most of the time
it just happened to me without me ever seeking it.
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 5: Am I mad at you? That’s your main concern after shattering my whole world? Mad for what? Breaking my heart? Or for all the lies? Maybe for letting me put all my trust in you only to be betrayed? How about the fact you didn’t even have the decency to tell me to my face? Or the way you think it’s crazy that I’m crying over it cause to you breaking up is no big deal. Am I mad at you?… no. More like crushed… did I ever really know you?
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 5: Hell no you didn't
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 5: He smashes Harry aganest the wall and says nicely "Did you or did you not put your name in the goblet of fire
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 5: He said calmly
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 5: I am still saving myself from the last time you came knocking at my door. I shattered my wrists to catch myself from falling. After you left, I patched up my own ribcage, bone by broken bone. The truth is, I stopped saying sorry a while ago. I figured out that I was never built to be fragile. I was made from fire, beautiful but annihilating. You didn’t understand that I was not meant to love, I was meant to burn. And I will light the world on fire with my matchstick heart.
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 5: ROSEBUD
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 5: There are mysteries to the universe we were never meant to solve. But who we are and why we are here, are not among them. Those answers we carry inside. I am Optimus Prime, and this message is to my Creators: leave planet Earth alone, 'cause I'm coming for you!
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 5: Autobots, we're going to prove who we are and why we're here!
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 6: "I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world!Who ever thought a little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?! Ah, I'm going! Ahhh"
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 6: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine"
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 6: "I know now why you cry. But it's something I can never do"
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 6: "Go ahead! I take your *beep* bullets! You think you kill me with bullets? I take your *beep* bullets! Go ahead!"
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 6: ...heaven, I'm in heaven ..."
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 6: "I want you to promise me you're not gonna stop this fight, no matter what. No matter what!"
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 6: Promise me, Rose. And never let go of that promise.
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 6: (Tom and Jarry music plays) It's not over!
02 May 16 UTC Spring, 6: Plot[edit]
After the King of England, Uther Pendragon, dies, leaving no heir to the throne, a sword appears inside an anvil in London. The sword bears an inscription proclaiming that whoever removes it will be the new king. No one can remove the sword, which is eventually forgotten, leaving England in the Dark Ages.

Years later, a 12-year-old orphan named Arthur, commonly called Wart, accidentally scares off a deer his foster brother Kay was hunting, causing Kay to launch his arrow into the forest. In retrieving the arrow, Arthur lands in the cottage of Merlin the wizard, who declares himself Arthur's tutor and returns with the boy to his home, a castle run by Sir Ector, Arthur's foster father. Ector's friend, Sir Pellinore, arrives with news that the annual jousting tournament will be held on New Year's Day in London, and the winner will be crowned king. Ector decides to put Kay through serious training for the tournament and appoints Arthur as Kay's squire.

In order to educate Arthur, Merlin transforms the boy and himself into fish. They swim in the castle moat in order to learn about physics, but more importantly for Arthur to rely upon intellect in facing dangerous situations (brain over brawn). Arthur is attacked by a pike but is saved by Archimedes, Merlin's pet owl. Arthur is sent to the kitchen as punishment for trying to relate his lesson to a disbelieving Ector. Merlin enchants the dishes to wash themselves, then takes Arthur for another lesson, turning them into squirrels to learn about gravity, and to understand to think before acting ("look before you leap"). During their trip, two female squirrels fall in love with them. Arthur is nearly eaten by a wolf, but is saved by the female squirrel before Merlin returns them to human form. While Merlin's pursuer is first scared then angry at this, Arthur's pursuer is heartbroken. When Merlin and Arthur return to the castle, Ector accuses Merlin of using black magic on the dishes. Arthur defends Merlin, but Ector refuses to listen and punishes Arthur by giving Kay another squire, Hobbs.

Resolving to make amends, Merlin plans on educating Arthur full-time. However, Merlin's knowledge of future history causes confusion, prompting Merlin to appoint Archimedes as Arthur's teacher. When Arthur imagines what it would be like to fly, Merlin transforms him into a sparrow and Archimedes teaches Arthur how to fly. However, during their lesson Arthur is attacked by a hawk and falls into the chimney of Madam Mim, an evil witch and Merlin's nemesis. Mim's magic uses trickery, as opposed to Merlin's scientific skill. Merlin intervenes before Mim can destroy Arthur, and she challenges him to a Wizards' Duel. Despite Mim's cheating, Merlin outsmarts her by transforming into a fictional germ called "Malignalitaloptereosis" that infects her with a chickenpox-like disease, effectively defeating her and illustrating the importance of knowledge over strength.

On Christmas Eve, Kay is knighted, but Hobbs comes down with the mumps, forcing Ector to reinstate Arthur as Kay's squire. This causes a falling-out between Arthur and Merlin, who angrily transports himself to Bermuda when Arthur defends his choices. On the day of the tournament, Arthur realizes that he has left Kay's sword at an inn, which is now closed for the tournament. Archimedes sees the Sword in the Stone, which Arthur removes, unknowingly fulfilling the prophecy. When Arthur returns with the sword, Ector recognizes it and the tournament is halted. Ector places the sword back in its anvil, demanding Arthur prove that he pulled it. Thinking anyone can pull the sword now, Kay and others try unsuccessfully to retrieve it. Sir Pellinore and another knight, Sir Bart, stand up for Arthur and encourage him to pull the sword again. He does so, revealing that he is England's rightful king and earning Ector's and Kay's respect.

Arthur, crowned king, sits in the throne room with Archimedes, feeling unprepared to take the responsibility of ruling. Overwhelmed by the cheering crowd outside, Arthur calls out to Merlin for help. Merlin returns from Bermuda (and the 20th century) and is elated to find that Arthur is the king that he saw in the future. Merlin tells Arthur that he will go on to lead the Knights of the Round Table and become famous, starring in books and even movies, which (as usual) confuses Arthur.
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 6: “Sometimes it seemed to Rome that his life was delicate as a dandelion. One little puff from any direction, and it was blown to bits.”
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 6: I walk a lonely road, the only road I walk, I walk alone...
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 6: “In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them.”
02 May 16 UTC Autumn, 6: movie-quotes-about-love-for-best-movie-quotes-about-love-2015-10.jpg
02 May 16 UTC “We have to go. I'm almost happy here.”

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Carthage
MATV1701 (886 D)
Drawn. Bet: 12 D, won: 29 D
14 supply-centers, 14 units
Persia
Drawn. Bet: 12 D, won: 25 D
13 supply-centers, 13 units
Greece
Buttfacington (100 D)
Drawn. Bet: 12 D, won: 8 D
7 supply-centers, 7 units
Egypt
JoeKerACK (100 D)
Defeated. Bet: 12 D
Rome
WyattS14 (100 D (B))
Defeated. Bet: 12 D
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