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Storj Labs Helps NEM, IoDLT Improve Sync Times for MongoDB by 15x

2020.09.28 15:25 beatricepetersson Storj Labs Helps NEM, IoDLT Improve Sync Times for MongoDB by 15x

Storj Labs Helps NEM, IoDLT Improve Sync Times for MongoDB by 15x
Users of NEM's Symbol Platform Can Now Leverage the Benefits of Decentralized Storage When Setting Up New Nodes or Syncing Existing Nodes
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ATLANTA, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Storj Labs today announced an integration with NEM to accelerate sync times for the NEM Symbol platform, improving the performance of connecting new nodes to the network and analyzing blockchain data. The solution—which was built by NEM partner IoDLT—leverages the native MongoDB integration that allows users to easily store data on the Tardigrade decentralized cloud storage service.
IoDLT specializes in creating an affordable internet of things (IoT) solution that leverages the power of the NEM blockchain. IoDLT operates a Symbol node and the team noticed that as blocks are added, which increases the amount of data on the blockchain, it becomes increasingly difficult to sync a full node in a reasonable amount of time. To solve this problem, IoDLT configured MongoDB snapshots to be sent to Tardigrade, making it much faster to quickly rehydrate Symbol's API state to any location across the globe, improving accessibility.
"By using Tardigrade to store and distribute the MongoDB snapshots needed to set up a Symbol node, the process is reduced from 44 minutes to 2-3 minutes, an almost 1,500% improvement," said Bader Youssef, IoDLT Chief Technology Officer. "Our team is proud of the Tardigrade integration we built and we're looking forward to seeing how NEM community members and users take advantage of these new benefits from Tardigrade."
NEM's Symbol is a distributed ledger technology (DLT) built by NEM developers that is designed to deliver high throughput, accelerating sync times for new nodes, data analysis, and reducing costs for node operators. Symbol extracts NEM blockchain data into a MongoDB instance, which greatly improves accessibility. By pushing these MongoDB snapshots to Tardigrade—Storj Labs' decentralized cloud storage service—NEM can make the data even more accessible by leveraging the service's decentralized architecture.
Tardigrade's decentralized architecture makes it a great place to store large datasets that are downloaded from many different locations, such as blockchain data. With nearly 9,000 nodes located around the world, Tardigrade has a very wide distribution, making downloads fast even from remote locations. The platform has been designed to easily integrate with an array of open source software partners including MongoDB.
"To drive wide adoption of blockchains, we need to greatly accelerate their speed and scalability and our team has made this a top priority for NEM," said Dave Hodgson, Chief Investment Officer at NEM Group. "We're excited about this community-led integration with Tardigrade by IoDLT, as it supports the ecosystem's performance goals, while also adding to our decentralized infrastructure. By leveraging new technologies, approaches, and working together with robust projects like Storj to solve some of the biggest challenges in the blockchain industry, we will help drive broader adoption."
Every file uploaded to Tardigrade is end-to-end encrypted by design, erasure-coded for redundancy, and stored across 80 uncorrelated end-points. A file can be rebuilt by downloading any 30 of its 80 parts. This delivers cross-geography redundancy for every file at no additional cost. The platform's decentralized architecture also means that end-points have a greater geographic distribution, making it much faster to download from anywhere in the world.
"It's great to see some of the biggest leaders in the blockchain industry adopt Tardigrade to accelerate performance of their platforms and services," said Shawn Wilkinson, Storj Labs Cofounder and Chief Strategy Officer. "NEM's Symbol platform has the potential to drive adoption of blockchain technologies across the enterprise, government, and consumer spaces, and we're proud to have Tardigrade be a part of this solution."
To drive wide adoption of decentralized cloud storage, Tardigrade delivers performance on par with centralized cloud storage providers, while lowering costs by approximately half. The platform is also easy to start using, with a wide array of bindings for common coding languages and integrations with popular open source software tools, meaning migrating to Tardigrade is often as easy as entering user credentials or changing a line or two of code.
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2020.09.26 01:24 AussieHIFIRE This place will become your home – Home buying incentives

Whether or not you should buy a home is a question that gets asked a lot in the FIRE community. Here in Australia, particularly if you are part of the 35% of the population that lives in Sydney or Melbourne, it’s a huge amount of money both as an absolute number and as a multiple of your income. As a result of the cost whether you buy one or not can have a huge impact on how much money you can put into the investments that you’ll need to support yourself when you retire.
If you do decide that you want to buy a house though, then from a financial perspective now seems to be a great time to do so given the range of incentives from national and state governments. Given how much of a helping hand is available currently I thought it would be a good idea to talk a little about what actually is on offer and how much it can help.
Quick disclaimer: As is always the case you should not plan your finances around what some random person on the internet says. Everything which is written here is of a general nature at most and is certainly not specific professional advice for you and you should not be relying on it when making decisions. I am not recommending you do buy a house, in the interests of full disclosure though my wife and I do own our own home.
Whilst every endeavour is made to provide accurate information at the time of writing you should be talking to a licensed professional about any specific areas of your finances, taxes etc. Also, it’s going to be really embarrassing if it all goes pear shaped and you have to explain that your finances blew up because you read about something from a random blogger.
I also want to be super clear here that I’m not saying you should go out and buy a home. If you want to do that already and you have the finances for it, hey now seems to be a great time in terms of the incentives on offer. If you’ve never had any interest whatsoever in buying a house, feel free to skip this post! If you’re in between, you might as well have a read!
My thoughts on buying a house
Before I get into the details, it’s probably worth very briefly giving my thoughts on buying a house. As with a lot of things I think it comes down to your priorities and what your finances will support. Everyone’s situation is different, if you want to do it and you are happy to accept whatever tradeoffs are involved then go for it! That’s it! At some stage I may do a more detailed post on the pros and cons and various situation etc, but it is not this day!
If you want a more in depth discussion of the tradeoffs then Dave and Pat did a great job of covering the tradeoffs in this podcast which aligns pretty closely with my thoughts on things.
So what’s actually on offer?
As I said above there are different incentives available from both national and state governments, all with various conditions and deadlines and all the rest of it. I’m not going to go through all of it in detail because it’s way too much, but will try to talk about it at a high level and give some example scenarios.
Commonwealth Government incentives
There are 3 main incentives that I’m aware of, these being Homebuilder, First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, and the First Home Super Saver.
I’m not going to talk much about the last one because a) it’s been around for a while already b) it involves superannuation which can be complex to talk about c) it probably gets a little closer to financial advice than I really want to be and d) if you haven’t already been doing it then you may not be able to get much benefit out of it because some of the other schemes are time limited and may expire before you can get much out of this one.
Here’s an explainer though if you’re interested. The short version is that assuming that you do manage to make use of it, you can probably get another $5k towards your deposit as a single person, so $10k as a couple. Which is nice if you can get it obviously, and although not a game changer by itself goes nicely with all the rest of the incentives.
Homebuilder
Homebuilder was introduced as a result of the Coronavirus and gives new home buyers (or renovaters) $25,000 to build a new home (or renovate an existing one). There are lots of eligibility criteria, crucially you don’t have to be a first home buyer for this one unlike a lot of the other schemes. In short the main criteria are:

So if you were looking at buying a house and aren’t in roughly the top 10% of income earners as a household, then it’s an easy way to get an additional $25,000 towards building your house. The scheme is scheduled to expire at the end of this calender year but it is probably a decent chance of getting extended.
First Home Lending Deposit Scheme
The FHLDS (public servants really need to take some lessons from investment bankers in coming up with snappy acronyms) was introduced as a vote buying exercise means of helping first home buyers just before the last national election.
Basically if you have more than a 5% deposit but less than a 20% deposit you would normally have to take out lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) which will cost thousands for dollars, or even low tens of thousands depending on the percentages and dollar amounts involved. Instead of having to do that, the federal government will guarantee the loan to the lender so you don’t have to fork out for that LMI. So it can save you a pretty decent whack of money. Edit: Apparently the quota of 10,000 spots has all been taken up, although perhaps the government will add more spots or some of the reserved loans don't pan out and become available again.
There are limits to the number of loans that will be guaranteed and the guarantees are parcelled out to the various banks, so there may be a tradeoff between getting the best rate and getting access to the scheme. You’d have to work out the numbers to see if it’s worthwhile or not, bearing in mind that if you plan on refinancing to another bank then you probably need your LVR to be less than 20% to avoid having to pay LMI on a refinance.
The criteria for this is much the same as for Homebuilder, but as the name suggests you (and your partner if applicable) need to be a first home buyer. There are also limits to the value of the property you are buying as it’s intended to be for a modest home rather than a McMansion.
In my regional city in Victoria the limit is $600,000 which will get you a quite nice brand new house in a pretty decent area, it seems to be the same amount in Melbourne although that’s obviously a far more expensive place to buy a house. This link will tell you what the threshold is for your postcode.
State and Territory Government incentives
Because I don’t want to turn this into a ridiculously long post with all the various state and territory based incentives on offer I’m just going to stick with what’s on offer with the state I live in which is Victoria. From some very brief googling there appear to be fairly similar schemes in most other states, but obviously you would need to look into this yourself.
The Victorian First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) gives you a grant of $10,000 if you’re in Melbourne or $20,000 if you’re in regional areas towards the cost of building your home. I assume the difference is to encourage more people to move to regional areas, or maybe it costs more to build in regional areas, I don’t know I’m just reporting the rules.
You also get an exemption from stamp duty on purchases up to $600,000 and reduced stamp duty payable on purchases between $600,000 and $750,000. If you’re buying an established home then no cash grant for you, but you do still get the stamp duty exemption or reduction which is nice.
On a $600,000 home, that’s a saving of $31,070 which is a fair chunk of change! Realistically you’re probably not spending that much on a block of land if you’re building, so if you were buying a $300,000 block of land and putting whatever value house on it, you’re saving $11,370.
The criteria for this grant is pretty similar to those for the Commonwealth Government grants, although there’s no income criteria. Basically you (and your partner if you have one) need to be over 18, one of you needs to be an Australian citizen, neither of you have received a first home owners grant previously, and you need to occupy the home as your principal place of residence for at least 12 months. If you’re buying an existing house it needs to have been build in the last 5 years (edited to add the following) and be the first time being sold as a residential property, or apparently if it's been renovated so that it qualifies as being new.
Numbers, sweet numbers!
So what does all of this add up to? Some of the figures are flat dollar amounts, others are dependent on the value of the property and/or the loan. I’ve done up a few scenarios based on different purchase costs, and I’ve assumed for the purposes of the FHLDS that the buyer is using a 10% deposit in each case with the value of the LMI that you don’t have to pay is calculated using this website as there isn’t anything for it on https://moneysmart.gov.au/.
The value of the FHSS also depends on a bunch of stuff like your income and what rates you can get elsewhere etc, I’ve just assumed a flat $5,000 per person but it may be more or less generous depending on your personal situation. Lastly I’ve assume that if you’re building then half the cost of the property is the land, and half the cost is the build. This makes a pretty big difference to the stamp duty which would be payable because here at least you would only pay stamp duty on the land and not the property as well, although there are apparently some exceptions with house and land packages.
Building a $600,000 home
Building a house for $600,000 in a regional area you’ll get the most generous stamp duty forgiveness as well as the greatest saving from FHLDS so I’ll start with that scenario. If you’re building in Melbourne then you need to take $10k off the incentives because of the lower FHOG, otherwise all numbers are the same.
As I said above $600k will get you a very nice house in a decent area where I live, and in other regional areas it would get you an even better house and/or a great area. In Melbourne you’re probably building out in the suburbs but I think it is still a realistic scenario.
Basically between the various schemes you get $45k in cash grants (Homebuilder and FHOG) plus another $5k to $10k in extra savings through the FHSS, then about $23k of costs that you don’t have to pay because of the FHLDS and stamp duty concession. So $73k in incentives for a single person and $78k for a couple. That’s pretty attractive, you’re saving over 10% of the cost!
If you’ve been saving for a while and don’t need the FHLDS, and didn’t trust the government not to change it’s mind on the FHSS, then you’re not eligible for $17k of that as a single or $22k as a couple, but even so that leaves you with about $56k of incentives which is about 9% of the purchase price.
Building a $450,000 home
Next up I’ll look at building a new $450,000 home in a regional area. The lower stamp duty and lower amount of LMI that you’ve had to pay are the only changes here. I’m not going to bother doing this for Melbourne because I’m pretty doubtful that it is actually realistic, although I guess if you build a small flat on a small block of land then it might work. The only change to the numbers would be taking $10k off the FHOG.
In this scenario as a single person you’re getting close to $65k in incentives, as a couple it’s $70k. That’s just under and just over 15% of the purchase price respectively, so a pretty big helping hand!
Even if FHSS and FHLDS aren’t applicable to your situation it’s still about $52k worth of incentives so over 10% of the purchase price.
Buying a $600,000 existing house
The incentives on this scenario change a lot depending on whether the house was built within the last 5 years and if so whether it’s in Melbourne or regional Victoria. In the best case scenario of the house being built in a regional area within the last 5 years then you get $20k from the FHOG. If it’s in Melbourne then $10k. And if it was built more than 5 years ago, then no FHOG for you! Also the limits on the FHLDS apply, so if you’re in some regional cities you don’t have to worry about LMI, if you’re not then you’re on the hook for it.
Using the most optimistic scenario then you might get $68k as a single person or $73k as a couple. Under the least generous scenario though where you haven’t used the FHSS, aren’t eligible for FHLDS, and no FHOG then you only get the stamp duty concession of $31k. So there can be some pretty big swings depending on what applies and what doesn’t.
Buying a $450,000 existing house
I would guess that there are going to be some houses available in Melbourne for this amount, and almost definitely some flats or apartments. In a regional area it can get you a pretty decent house, particularly outside of the bigger regional cities.
As with the buying a $600,000 existing home scenario, there are some pretty big changes in the value of the various incentives depending on what you’re eligible for. In the best case scenario, you can get $51k as a single and $56k as a couple towards your new home, which is over 10% of the purchase price. In the worst case where the only thing you’re eligible for is stamp duty forgiveness, you save forking out $19k. Which isn’t nothing, but is a lot less than the maximum.
Non government incentives
Various land developers and builders also sometimes have deals if you work in certain industries. Villawood for example have a deal for care workers that can save them $20k on the purchase of a block of land (I live in a Villawood estate which is the only reason I know about this particular one). I'm pretty sure I've seen advertising for other developers for savings as well, and some builders although none spring to mind immediately.
Free money yo!
So all up with the various government grants you might get as much as $78k as a couple or as low as $19k depending on your particular circumstances. In percentage terms you might be able to get up to 13% in incentives, which is a pretty good discount compared to those who don’t get the helping hand for whatever reason.
Again, just to be clear I am not in any way recommending that people should go out and buy a house purely because of these incentives. But if you were already planning on doing so or considering it, then there seem to be a lot more government programs to help than are usually available.
Are you looking at buying a house and making use of the current incentives to do so? If you liked this post and would like to read more like it then please subscribe!
Full post with pictures and more importantly tables is here.
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2020.09.19 06:45 danamend Balenciaga Hoodie from Seller LVfactory

Hello everyone,
I hope this review finds you and all your beloved ones safe!
Disclaimer : I didn't receive any discounts or special deals in return for this review.
So i just received my bal hoodie and as I'm delighted with my purchase, I though i'd share with you my joy lol.
I always wanted this specific Balenciaga sweater but would never put more than 1000euros on it, so i kinda moved on, UNTIL, i discovered reddit haha the new joy of my life haha and by extension this amazing review praising the seller. I also added him on instagram and was swooped with his side by side comparison and "la finesse" of his arte *chef's kiss*
Seller : LYFACTORY, wechat : sixhp01 , instagram: lyfactory01, Yupoo : Send him a message, you'll receive an automatic message with the link.
Agent: CssBuy
Price : more or less 54.62$ without shipping = ¥369
Item Purchased : "Bal logo hoodie sweater"
I bought a size XXS, I'm 164cm (not sure if its 5'3?) and 45kg. I usually wear a size eu XS. For example, I buy a XS in Obey men's size. Fits soo oversized props like a -between M and L- in Obey but this the spirit right?
Order timeline :
Fist contacted him : 08/24 as it was my first time using an agent i asked a whole lot of questions but he always took the time to respond, answered kinda late (also I live in Paris so). he sent me his Yupoo album where i found the link to
Payed : 08/26 and well, so long... partner.
Hoodie arrived to warehouse : 08/29 they sent me PSP and I GL.
Shipped via PostNL (From china to Paris) : 08/29 As it was my first time using an agent I had a hard time choosing between carriers. Mostly bc i was afraid of French dave seizing my package. I asked CSsbuy for help but they weren't very helpful. Felt like I was bothering them with my questions (not cool) : they told me to choose DHL bc It was the fastest but when I asked about customs and taxes as i ALWAYS have to pay at least 26e every time I use DHL, they told me : "DHL is the fastest" hum okay. Decided to go with PostNL, again not the fastest but it was cheap :
Weight : 1020g, Freight : ¥115, Server : ¥22.14, Insurance + Vacuum : ¥10 = Total was ¥147.14 (declared 17$ cuz France's a bummer when it comes to la TVA and taxes in general)
Received : 09/17 Actually, It arrived on 09/14 but laposte decided not to deliver it right way.
Mine (Those are the ones I sent to my friend, I'll take better pics if wanted)
PSP
Authentic
Shipping and packaging 10/10 : As I said bellow, was too scared to use DHL even tho they're supersonic. Cssbuy agents shipped the item as soon as I made my mind on what carrier I should choose and paid. They packed it with so much care, I am impressed. PostNL on the other hand, were quite good (less than 16 days - not bad)
Quality 100/10 : This sweatshirt's glorious lol. As soon as i laid my eyes on it, I was in luv lol (dramatic much?). The material feels good worn and doesn't clash at all with my other reondistrict hoodie (the Sinners one). I don't know what's the exact fabric's mix Balenciaga uses as I'm too poor to afford one so I sadly can't compare it with mine but the internet approved so yeah. Tout roule pour moi.
Accuracy 9.75/10 : Went to the Balenciaga's shop in Les champs but couldn't find it lol so can't tell for sure as I never saw a real one but from Vestiaire Collectif and from what the seller wrote and showed on his instagram, it looks legit to me. -0.25 : The only -insignificant- call out is the inside tags as its shorter than the original but again who cares? The XS measures out exactly like the authentic (saw it on the seller's insta). I somehow can't find any XXS sold on the internet.
Communication & Satisfaction 10/10 : And I am sure lacking zeros here. Lvfactory was perfect from A to Z. Helped me with the agent, with choosing the size etc True it was slow but i guess he has many messages to deal with. Thank you!
I hope I didn't forget anything is this review, if so, please don't hesitate to flag it. Also sorry for any eventual english mistake I made hehe.
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2020.09.16 14:50 Spaxton22 21 [M4F] EU - Asian lad searching for his Player 2

Hi my name is Dave, I'm 21 and currently living in a constant state of existential dread and boredom *Czech Republic. It's been a while since I've posted, so here goes again.
I am a person who keeps to himself, rarely opening up to strangers and introverted which means that I don't usually leave the comfort of my home, but I don't mind doing outdoor activities once in a while. Parties are gatherings are not my forte and the same applies for carrying conversations, but clicking with the right people I can ramble hours on end about common interests and anything. I guess that sort of puts me in the ambivert category as well? I can be caring, doting and might overshare too much if I find someone who sits well with me. I am INTP-T if that matters.
Certainly the internet and games overall have shaped who am I as a person. The online world was always an escape for me and over the years I've mastered skill in games got acquainted with the meme culture and amassed plenty trivia. Games wise I'm mostly into competitive titles such as CS:GO, Rocket League, CoD. I'm decent at them, one currently makes me a living. But for the most part, I'm always open to dust off my casual titles collection should the right person come around. Perhaps you can fill the void?
Apart from games I enjoy a variety of music genres and literature wise, I just read manga. Not bound to any specific ones, however I have mood playlists. My all time favourite artist is Owl City, sometimes I just like to leave Spotify discovery run to find something new. Overall I do lean towards more electronic/uplifting/chill music.
Manga and anime culture in general to those who are interested. I read (watch once in a blue moon) mostly romance, action and horror stuff never truly captivated me. I also play osu!.
Loyalty
Capable of devoting myself to something/someone I find worthy.
LAZY (The biggest demon I'm fighting, working on being productive, there's more to it than just pure laziness though).
Sometimes dense and unable to read between the lines.
Bad at social interactions in general and starting convos. Carries a gift basket size amount of self-doubt, anxiety and insecurity.
I'll preface this that I am unsure if I'm seeking a relationship out right, I like to think it takes time to build something like this and I'd be more open to friendship and if circumstances like short distance and such would allow for something IRL I am open to the possibility of it blossoming into something further that as well.
Basically looking for someone who lives in Czechia (zdravím), the countries neighbouring Czechia or very least the EU (and I know I'm shooting myself in the foot since a lot of y'all are US based, sorry).
I am looking for someone who is supportive and caring for their other half. Someone who is interested in me as a person and what I do. Someone who I can exchange weird memes and they'd still get them, someone who I'd have debates until 3AM. Someone who isn't afraid of hardship and or internal conflict, willing to work with the other and willing to stick it through thick and thin.
Similar values in life, and someone who is ideally more into tech & games.
I'm aware that appearance is a big deal to many. I don't really care much about height (I myself am 168cm tall) but I am looking for someone who is somewhat fit, doesn't smoke, drink too much and or abuses substances since I am clean myself. And of course, I'd be wrong if I said that looks do not matter at all so with that in mind, your pic gets mine.
As for age, I'd love to connect with someone around my age +- few years.
If you've gotten this far, please include your favourite music genre/artist/song in the response.
Smoking, religion and pseudoreligious views and vast lifestyle/cultural differences.
Someone who shares my values, is into my personality and sees a meaningful future with me be it just friends or something more.
Someone who wants to just shoot shit with me in games and or exchange music/anime/manga/memes.
Someone who wants to sit down and have a chat about life and share experiences, listen to my troubles and I listen to theirs.
I'm stuck at home so I will most likely respond fast to all messages. Though I will gladly ignore creeps, throwaways and way too short responses. Drop a PM/Chat and say hi!
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2020.09.15 19:22 TheRedMenace32 Pokemon vs. D&D

This is an ongoing series I post on my personal page and thought I'd see if it gained any traction amongst the Crabs. Thanks for reading!
Chapter one: Unlikely Friends
Our story takes place in the Bainum Region, a land out over the ocean to the west of Galar. In the Bainum Region, there is a professor who goes by Rosemary. Rosemary is an ex Pokémon Ranger from the Fiore Region. She came to Bainum in order to study Pokémon in the wild. Recently she's come to the realization that she could use some help and decided to convert her Lab into a practical Pokémon Academy, for new trainers. She puts her Academy out there on the internet in search of trainers as research assistants.
Shortly after the ad was posted, Rosemary discovers a boy, floating amongst some wreckage in the nearby Epchord Cove. She rescues him from the debris and brings him back to the lab. He has suffered severe trauma from the wreck of his ship and seems to be unable to recount his past. A strange looking Meowth from the Galar region accompanies him, presumably a family pet/partner. Epsey calls him Wilson. The boy goes by Epsey and he decides to stay around the lab and help Rosemary on a daily basis to help pay for his living expenses.
In the Hoenn region, a girl named Jedidia is torn between two decisions. Her usual gang of friends has split and joined two opposing factions, Team Magma, and Team Aqua. Considering her gang to be her family, she believes she has no one anymore. She catches word of an Academy for Pokémon trainers across the ocean in a place called Bainum, and decides that anywhere is better than Hoenn right now. She takes a plane to Bainum and shows up at Rosemary's lab. Rosemary agrees to take her on as a student, but the two tend to butt heads at time. Jedidia is a very independent person, doing what she thinks is best for herself and disregarding others if she doesnt like what they're saying. Jedidia possesses a strange Psychic power that allows her to communicate with her partner Pokémon, Scoliosis, the Solosis.
A boy named Hugh in Sinnoh comes from a broken home. His father is a great trainer, but hasn't been home in years. Hugh realized at a young age, that his father never cared for anything other than being a strong Pokémon Trainer. Hugh turned into the man of the house at a young age and would train his own body along side his Bidoof, Peanut Butter. He gets word that there is a new Pokémon Academy opening in the Bainum region. He knows Bainum is notorious for being an extremely dangerous region in the wild and thinks 'What better place to train?'. Hugh takes a plane to Bainum arriving alongside Jedidia. Rosemary notes that he has some trouble with conveying much emotion, but he is an exceptional Pokémon Trainer.
Noa is a boy from the Alola region. He is eager to become a Pokémon trainer and receives a Squirtle from Professor Kukui. Noa names the Squirtle Dave, and begs his parents to let him take the Island Trial. They refuse, telling him he will be attending a Prep School for Pokémon trainers in Bainum, the Pokémon Technical Institute. Noa is sent away to Bainum unhappy about being stuck in a classroom for his 'Pokémon Journey'. When he arrives he winds up getting lost and asks for directions to the school. The locals see him dressed in casual clothes and assume he's supposed to be attending Rosemary's School. Officer Jenny gives him a lift and drops him off at Rosemary's lab. Rosemary realizes quickly that Noa is not supposed to be here but she reluctantly let's him stay.
Rosemary celebrates the orientation of her students by holding a small tournament to assess their battle prowess. Noa manages to come out on top in the end, challenging Rosemary to a battle. He comes out victorious and with that our students begin their studies. They spend 3 months in the lab studying Pokémon types, status conditions, etc. in preparation for their journey. At some point during the 3 month leap, Jedidia vanishes leaving a note that says she'll be around, and not to worry about her. As she's always been very independent and stubborn, the others let her go, hoping to reunite the group one day...
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2020.09.15 09:28 DaveJB70 First post, thank you all for existing

Hi all, I'm Dave, a 50M lifelong bachelor. Mostly I just wanted to thank you all for sharing your stories, be they encouraging or expressing the same fears and concerns that most of us have had after being diagnosed. Knowing that I'm not alone, and the wealth of information is greatly appreciated. Thank you all.
After a few weeks of convincing myself that the sores on my junk were probably just skin tears or abrasion, I finally accepted reality and saw a doctor. I'm still waiting on my final test results but everything points to gHSV2, with an initial OB that's finally healing after a few weeks of denial and a few days of valacyclovir.
I suspect I know who I contracted it from, but bear no ill will- she likely didn't know she had it and even if she did it's not like I wasn't a very willing participant, and I didn't ask. It happened, I bear at least some responsibility, and I can't change it- time to deal with it and research. Hopefully I'll reach the point soon where I can include it in my repertoire of self deprecating jokes.
The only person I've told so far is a close friend with oHSV1. I have a couple of 2nd dates lined up next week and thanks in large part to you all I went from being absolutely horrified of disclosure to accepting that it's just one of many potential reasons that a possible love interest might decide that I'm not right for her.
I had NO IDEA how common both HSV1 and HSV2 are. I didn't know... well, anything except the "herpes is forever" scaremongering of my youth. I don't doubt that I'll probably be rejected at some point after disclosing, and I've come to accept it. I'm ashamed to say that before I knew what I do now, I might've done the same even though statistically I've almost certainly been with partners who've had genital herpes, knowingly or not. I could say I'm unlucky to have contracted it from one risky encounter, but I could also say that I'm lucky not to have gotten it before now.
Apologies for the long post. I'm not sure why I'm even writing it except to get it off my chest in front of anonymous Internet strangers, most of whom are young enough to be my kid had I ever had any.
My only suggestion (challenge?) to myself and to the rest of you is to talk about your HSV diagnosis with friends and family members if you can. I'm an HSV newbie, but it's become clear that the number one consequence of HSV isn't physical, but social. Breaking the stigma won't happen overnight, but will never happen in silence. How can we expect others not to shame us if we too are ashamed of ourselves?
To the few who made it this far from my ridiculously long and mostly pointless post, AND to those who didn't, thank you for listening or just being there for each other. It may not feel like it, but you've made a big difference to more people than you know.
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2020.09.14 20:49 TheRedMenace32 Welcome to the Bainum Region!

Chapter one: Unlikely Friends
Our story takes place in the Bainum Region, a land out over the ocean to the west of Galar. In the Bainum Region, there is a professor who goes by Rosemary. Rosemary is an ex Pokémon Ranger from the Fiore Region. She came to Bainum in order to study Pokémon in the wild. Recently she's come to the realization that she could use some help and decided to convert her Lab into a practical Pokémon Academy, for new trainers. She puts her Academy out there on the internet in search of trainers as research assistants.
Shortly after the ad was posted, Rosemary discovers a boy, floating amongst some wreckage in the nearby Epchord Cove. She rescues him from the debris and brings him back to the lab. He has suffered severe trauma from the wreck of his ship and seems to be unable to recount his past. A strange looking Meowth from the Galar region accompanies him, presumably a family pet/partner. Epsey calls him Wilson. The boy goes by Epsey and he decides to stay around the lab and help Rosemary on a daily basis to help pay for his living expenses.
In the Hoenn region, a girl named Jedidia is torn between two decisions. Her usual gang of friends has split and joined two opposing factions, Team Magma, and Team Aqua. Considering her gang to be her family, she believes she has no one anymore. She catches word of an Academy for Pokémon trainers across the ocean in a place called Bainum, and decides that anywhere is better than Hoenn right now. She takes a plane to Bainum and shows up at Rosemary's lab. Rosemary agrees to take her on as a student, but the two tend to butt heads at time. Jedidia is a very independent person, doing what she thinks is best for herself and disregarding others if she doesnt like what they're saying. Jedidia possesses a strange Psychic power that allows her to communicate with her partner Pokémon, Scoliosis, the Solosis.
A boy named Hugh in Sinnoh comes from a broken home. His father is a great trainer, but hasn't been home in years. Hugh realized at a young age, that his father never cared for anything other than being a strong Pokémon Trainer. Hugh turned into the man of the house at a young age and would train his own body along side his Bidoof, Peanut Butter. He gets word that there is a new Pokémon Academy opening in the Bainum region. He knows Bainum is notorious for being an extremely dangerous region in the wild and thinks 'What better place to train?'. Hugh takes a plane to Bainum arriving alongside Jedidia. Rosemary notes that he has some trouble with conveying much emotion, but he is an exceptional Pokémon Trainer.
Noa is a boy from the Alola region. He is eager to become a Pokémon trainer and receives a Squirtle from Professor Kukui. Noa names the Squirtle Dave, and begs his parents to let him take the Island Trial. They refuse, telling him he will be attending a Prep School for Pokémon trainers in Bainum, the Pokémon Technical Institute. Noa is sent away to Bainum unhappy about being stuck in a classroom for his 'Pokémon Journey'. When he arrives he winds up getting lost and asks for directions to the school. The locals see him dressed in casual clothes and assume he's supposed to be attending Rosemary's School. Officer Jenny gives him a lift and drops him off at Rosemary's lab. Rosemary realizes quickly that Noa is not supposed to be here but she reluctantly let's him stay.
Rosemary celebrates the orientation of her students by holding a small tournament to assess their battle prowess. Noa manages to come out on top in the end, challenging Rosemary to a battle. He comes out victorious and with that our students begin their studies. They spend 3 months in the lab studying Pokémon types, status conditions, etc. in preparation for their journey. At some point during the 3 month leap, Jedidia vanishes leaving a note that says she'll be around, and not to worry about her. As she's always been very independent and stubborn, the others let her go, hoping to reunite the group one day...
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2020.09.14 20:34 TheRedMenace32 Welcome to the Bainum Region!

Chapter one: Unlikely Friends
Our story takes place in the Bainum Region, a land out over the ocean to the west of Galar. In the Bainum Region, there is a professor who goes by Rosemary. Rosemary is an ex Pokémon Ranger from the Fiore Region. She came to Bainum in order to study Pokémon in the wild. Recently she's come to the realization that she could use some help and decided to convert her Lab into a practical Pokémon Academy, for new trainers. She puts her Academy out there on the internet in search of trainers as research assistants.
Shortly after the ad was posted, Rosemary discovers a boy, floating amongst some wreckage in the nearby Epchord Cove. She rescues him from the debris and brings him back to the lab. He has suffered severe trauma from the wreck of his ship and seems to be unable to recount his past. A strange looking Meowth from the Galar region accompanies him, presumably a family pet/partner. Epsey calls him Wilson. The boy goes by Epsey and he decides to stay around the lab and help Rosemary on a daily basis to help pay for his living expenses.
In the Hoenn region, a girl named Jedidia is torn between two decisions. Her usual gang of friends has split and joined two opposing factions, Team Magma, and Team Aqua. Considering her gang to be her family, she believes she has no one anymore. She catches word of an Academy for Pokémon trainers across the ocean in a place called Bainum, and decides that anywhere is better than Hoenn right now. She takes a plane to Bainum and shows up at Rosemary's lab. Rosemary agrees to take her on as a student, but the two tend to butt heads at time. Jedidia is a very independent person, doing what she thinks is best for herself and disregarding others if she doesnt like what they're saying. Jedidia possesses a strange Psychic power that allows her to communicate with her partner Pokémon, Scoliosis, the Solosis.
A boy named Hugh in Sinnoh comes from a broken home. His father is a great trainer, but hasn't been home in years. Hugh realized at a young age, that his father never cared for anything other than being a strong Pokémon Trainer. Hugh turned into the man of the house at a young age and would train his own body along side his Bidoof, Peanut Butter. He gets word that there is a new Pokémon Academy opening in the Bainum region. He knows Bainum is notorious for being an extremely dangerous region in the wild and thinks 'What better place to train?'. Hugh takes a plane to Bainum arriving alongside Jedidia. Rosemary notes that he has some trouble with conveying much emotion, but he is an exceptional Pokémon Trainer.
Noa is a boy from the Alola region. He is eager to become a Pokémon trainer and receives a Squirtle from Professor Kukui. Noa names the Squirtle Dave, and begs his parents to let him take the Island Trial. They refuse, telling him he will be attending a Prep School for Pokémon trainers in Bainum, the Pokémon Technical Institute. Noa is sent away to Bainum unhappy about being stuck in a classroom for his 'Pokémon Journey'. When he arrives he winds up getting lost and asks for directions to the school. The locals see him dressed in casual clothes and assume he's supposed to be attending Rosemary's School. Officer Jenny gives him a lift and drops him off at Rosemary's lab. Rosemary realizes quickly that Noa is not supposed to be here but she reluctantly let's him stay.
Rosemary celebrates the orientation of her students by holding a small tournament to assess their battle prowess. Noa manages to come out on top in the end, challenging Rosemary to a battle. He comes out victorious and with that our students begin their studies. They spend 3 months in the lab studying Pokémon types, status conditions, etc. in preparation for their journey. At some point during the 3 month leap, Jedidia vanishes leaving a note that says she'll be around, and not to worry about her. As she's always been very independent and stubborn, the others let her go, hoping to reunite the group one day...
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2020.09.09 18:24 DaveGr0hl Why I sold my Tesla Model S (from the perspective of a real car enthusiast)

I am a long time car enthusiast and just general lover of automobiles. I've owned many cars of several types and configurations: Many, many, Miatas across all 4 generations, a MK7 GTI (I was considering an MK8 but there were too many screens instead of buttons), a W210 E300 Diesel, an E46 M3 with a manual, and a 996 Carrera S modified for track use. As of recently, I've kind of been over the whole "20 year old car as a daily" and also smaller sports cars as I've got a new job in STEM sales that requires me to travel long distances for work, and due to COVID I'd prefer to use cars rather than planes or public transport for travel. I also have a bad back due to me being unable to lose weight due to my natural metabolism, so it was important for the car to be somewhat comfortable on long trips without sacrificing important dynamic qualities like steering feel.
My search led me to a 2015 Tesla Model S P85D in Metallic Brown with a Tesla Pre-Owned warranty. I was enamored by the fast acceleration and sharp handling for such a big, heavy, car. However, a few things quickly became pet peeves. One glaring issue was the panel gaps on the car. The roof and b-pillar were so badly misaligned that I couldn't help but direct my eyes toward it every time I walked out of the car (as us real car guys and not those exotic lovers do!) One time, my boss came out while I was looking at it in the parking lot at my STEM job and said "DaveGr0hl, what the fuck are you doing? You've been staring at the roof of that fucking car for over an hour now, come inside!" I don't think he understood how painful it is for a car enthusiast to see a mildly mismatched body panel on a car.
Second was the interior. For one, the material quality was atrocious for such an expensive car. I often like to rub my fingers up and down the soft-touch door sills of newer cars, because it reminds me of the way my ex-girlfriend's hand used to feel. (she broke up with me because I stopped talking to her for a week after she bought a Rav4 to have space for her kid instead of the glorious Miata) Unfortunately, the injection-molded plastic on the Model S is very coarse and bitter to the touch, reminding me more of my 87-year old grandmother (whose inheritance I plan on using to buy a fleet of brown manual diesel wagons) than any woman under the age of 50. The lack of physical buttons in the cabin is also infuriating, as I enjoy pushing random buttons as I drive in my car, and what little buttons there are don't have enough push feel.
So, after a week of owning a Tesla Model S, I sold it - for a Genesis G70.
Why, you may ask? Simple. For one, the panel gaps on this car are very good. My superiors at work are much more pleased with me now that they don't have to hold up clients on the phone because "Dave is staring at the roof of his car again" and I don't have to explain to them how seeing a slightly mismatched panel on a car for a true car enthusiast is akin to seeing my first-born get run over by a bulldozer. Second, the G70 has a supple, leather lined dash that reminds me of the sweet, soft, delicate hand of my former partner, without any of the annoying "why are you getting so excited? it looks like a grandpa car" talk whenever I see a W211 E55 AMG Wagon. And lastly, but not least, I've always been of the opinion that it's more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car fast.
And, given the fact that, as we all know, Tesla sales are plummeting while sales of Genesis cars are through the roof, I think Mr. Musk would be very wise to listen to me, and, indeed, many of the other auto industry experts on /cars. We have indeed been predicting the downfall of Tesla for years now, and are witnessing our predictions come home to roost as sales of the Model Y plummet.
So that's my story. I hope this subreddit will understand my reasoning and award me with the imaginary internet currency I so desperately need to feel validated. Since I'm sure you will all understand, I'll just say it pre-emptively: Thanks for the gold, kind strangers!
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2020.09.05 12:55 InterestingNews1 Some interesting news in the stock market this week

Growth stocks
Penn National jumped 14% to $58 on Tuesday after Craig-Hallum analyst Ryan Sigdal talked up potential for $75 one year target price and $200 within a few years
Thats a big jump for an extremely volatile stock that has seen 52 week hi/lows of $59.10/$3.73 but the thesis seems sound.
The short version is that Sigdal thinks the new Barstool Sports app can quickly convert 10% or 6.6 million Barstool users at a fraction of the industry average cost and using forecasts from PENN we can estimate future EBITDA of $1.6bn. That would make PENN’s current market cap of $8bn look cheap at 5x forward EBITDA.
The longer version is as follows;
In February, $PENN closed its investment in Barstool Sports in which they purchased approximately 36% of the common stock of Barstool Sports for approximately $163 million.
Barstool Sports is a digital media powerhouse founded by American internet celebrity blogger David Portnoy. With roughly 66 million monthly unique visitors, it dominates the landscape for digital media and sports. It has 14.7 Million monthly unique visitors to its website as well as roughly 66 million followers on Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, TikTok, and Facebook combined. It also has its own radio channel on SiriusXMgger, and founder of the sports and pop culture blog Barstool Sports.
“Dave Portnoy is a marketing genius,” Sigdahl wrote. “If millions of people follow his pizza reviews and stock trading, how many do you think will follow his sports betting recommendations? We think a lot.”
The beauty of this deal is PENN became Barstool Sports' exclusive gaming partner for up to 40 years and has the sole right to utilize the Barstool Sports brand for all of its online and retail sports betting and iCasino products.
Sigdal estimated 10% of the 66 million ‘Stoolies’ could be converted to the new sportsbook app. And based on the initial $163m purchase price for Penn’s Barstool stake, customer acquisition costs would be $30-$35 compared to industry averages of $250. Due to those low customer acquisition costs PENN should enjoy market-leading 30% EBITDA margins.
PENN said in a May release “If we convert 5% of both the 66 million Barstool audience and the 5 million active members in mychoice to sports betting and iCasino customers, we could achieve 13% market share by revenue at maturity” and divulged that would generate revenue/EBITDA of $2.6bn/$0.8bn. Assuming a 10% conversion we get $5.2bn/$1.6bn.
That would make PENN’s current market cap of $8bn look cheap at 5x EBITDA. A multiple of 15x seems appropriate given the huge potential growth as more states legalize sports betting, significant potential cross selling opportunities to iCasino, physical casinos, etc.

Value stocks
The Michaels Companies dropped 14% on Thursday which is surprising given th impressive results it announced. $MIK Comparable-store sales rose 12%, which included e-commerce growth of 353%, and overall revenue increased 11.1% to $1.15 billion, easily beating estimates at $1.01 billion.
Michaels is a unique retailer and a rare opportunity in the retail sector, especially with its current momentum, new CEO, and e-commerce initiatives.
The stock is up 10x from March lows but with a trailing PE of just 9.2 and decent growth (forward PE 6.77) the valuation looks cheap.

Insider buying
Shares of Camping World Holdings $CWH rose more than 11% on Tuesday after the CEO of the recreational-vehicle lifestyle company continued his string of insider stock purchases, acquiring another 17,525 shares at an average price of $29.04.
It has been a pretty good year so far for Camping World as RV sales are up 8% and the company is undeniably getting a sales bump from the pandemic, longer-term migration out of densely populated cities thanks to cloud computing and remote work. But CWH sees further opportunity as households are increasing seeking access to the outdoors. It estimates some 11 million American households have an RV, and since it operates in just 36 states, there's a possibility it can continue to expand its footprint with approximately eight to 10 new stores a year. With a 2020 PE of 12.0 the valuation looks very reasonable.

SmileDirectClub up 25% SDC after CEO David Katzman bought nearly 1.3 million shares for roughly $10.3 million. His son, Jordan Katzman, purchased 663,130 shares for around $5.3 million and CFO Kyle Wailes invested an additional $153,800. Two other directors also bought smaller stakes.
$SDC is a terrific example of a business that could do very well when people are at home. Its popular teeth-straightening products are a hit with consumers, because they're cheaper than braces. And because customers can get the products shipped directly to their homes without even needing to visit one of the company's SmileShops, SmileDirectClub makes for the ideal stay-at-home stock. Growing quickly with a huge potential market, it’s valuation at 5x revenues ($3.8 bn) looks cheap.
It is estimated that there are 124 million potential orthodontic customers in the U.S. and half a billion worldwide. That's a total addressable market of $245 billion in the U.S. and $700 billion in the rest of the world. That is a global TAM of $945 billion with SmileDirectClub's current market cap amounting to a tiny fraction of that.
The company is high risk and speculative. It faces challenges from the dental lobby, state regulators and a class action suit. However when considered against the huge potential opportunity and reasonable valuation, it looks like a tempting gamble.
This is is not a recommendation to buy or sell. Stocks are not suitable for everyone. Some of the stocks mentioned are risky small cap and/or highly speculative. Please do your own research.
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2020.09.05 12:18 InterestingNews1 Some interesting news in the stock market this week

Growth stocks
Penn National jumped 14% to $58 on Tuesday after Craig-Hallum analyst Ryan Sigdal talked up potential for $75 one year target price and $200 within a few years
Thats a big jump for an extremely volatile stock that has seen 52 week hi/lows of $59.10/$3.73 but the thesis seems sound.
The short version is that Sigdal thinks the new Barstool Sports app can quickly convert 10% or 6.6 million Barstool users at a fraction of the industry average cost and using forecasts from PENN we can estimate future EBITDA of $1.6bn. That would make PENN’s current market cap of $8bn look cheap at 5x forward EBITDA.
The longer version is as follows;
In February, $PENN closed its investment in Barstool Sports in which they purchased approximately 36% of the common stock of Barstool Sports for approximately $163 million.
Barstool Sports is a digital media powerhouse founded by American internet celebrity blogger David Portnoy. With roughly 66 million monthly unique visitors, it dominates the landscape for digital media and sports. It has 14.7 Million monthly unique visitors to its website as well as roughly 66 million followers on Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, TikTok, and Facebook combined. It also has its own radio channel on SiriusXMgger, and founder of the sports and pop culture blog Barstool Sports.
“Dave Portnoy is a marketing genius,” Sigdahl wrote. “If millions of people follow his pizza reviews and stock trading, how many do you think will follow his sports betting recommendations? We think a lot.”
The beauty of this deal is PENN became Barstool Sports' exclusive gaming partner for up to 40 years and has the sole right to utilize the Barstool Sports brand for all of its online and retail sports betting and iCasino products.
Sigdal estimated 10% of the 66 million ‘Stoolies’ could be converted to the new sportsbook app. And based on the initial $163m purchase price for Penn’s Barstool stake, customer acquisition costs would be $30-$35 compared to industry averages of $250. Due to those low customer acquisition costs PENN should enjoy market-leading 30% EBITDA margins.
PENN said in a May release “If we convert 5% of both the 66 million Barstool audience and the 5 million active members in mychoice to sports betting and iCasino customers, we could achieve 13% market share by revenue at maturity” and divulged that would generate revenue/EBITDA of $2.6bn/$0.8bn. Assuming a 10% conversion we get $5.2bn/$1.6bn.
That would make PENN’s current market cap of $8bn look cheap at 5x EBITDA. A multiple of 15x seems appropriate given the huge potential growth as more states legalize sports betting, significant potential cross selling opportunities to iCasino, physical casinos, etc.

Value stocks
The Michaels Companies dropped 14% on Thursday which is surprising given th impressive results it announced. $MIK Comparable-store sales rose 12%, which included e-commerce growth of 353%, and overall revenue increased 11.1% to $1.15 billion, easily beating estimates at $1.01 billion.
Michaels is a unique retailer and a rare opportunity in the retail sector, especially with its current momentum, new CEO, and e-commerce initiatives.
The stock is up 10x from March lows but with a trailing PE of just 9.2 and decent growth (forward PE 6.77) the valuation looks cheap.

Insider buying
Shares of Camping World Holdings $CWH rose more than 11% on Tuesday after the CEO of the recreational-vehicle lifestyle company continued his string of insider stock purchases, acquiring another 17,525 shares at an average price of $29.04.
It has been a pretty good year so far for Camping World as RV sales are up 8% and the company is undeniably getting a sales bump from the pandemic, longer-term migration out of densely populated cities thanks to cloud computing and remote work. But CWH sees further opportunity as households are increasing seeking access to the outdoors. It estimates some 11 million American households have an RV, and since it operates in just 36 states, there's a possibility it can continue to expand its footprint with approximately eight to 10 new stores a year. With a 2020 PE of 12.0 the valuation looks very reasonable.
SmileDirectClub up 25% SDC after CEO David Katzman bought nearly 1.3 million shares for roughly $10.3 million. His son, Jordan Katzman, purchased 663,130 shares for around $5.3 million and CFO Kyle Wailes invested an additional $153,800. Two other directors also bought smaller stakes.
$SDC is a terrific example of a business that could do very well when people are at home. Its popular teeth-straightening products are a hit with consumers, because they're cheaper than braces. And because customers can get the products shipped directly to their homes without even needing to visit one of the company's SmileShops, SmileDirectClub makes for the ideal stay-at-home stock. Growing quickly with a huge potential market, it’s valuation at 5x revenues ($3.8 bn) looks cheap.
It is estimated that there are 124 million potential orthodontic customers in the U.S. and half a billion worldwide. That's a total addressable market of $245 billion in the U.S. and $700 billion in the rest of the world. That is a global TAM of $945 billion with SmileDirectClub's current market cap amounting to a tiny fraction of that.
The company is high risk and speculative. It faces challenges from the dental lobby, state regulators and a class action suit. However when considered against the huge potential opportunity and reasonable valuation, it looks like a tempting gamble.
This is is not a recommendation to buy or sell. Stocks are not suitable for everyone. Some of the stocks mentioned are risky small cap and/or highly speculative. Please do your own research.
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2020.09.02 12:30 InterestingNews1 Penn National jumps 14% to $58 after Craig-Hallum analyst Ryan Sigdal talks up potential for $75 one year target price and $200 within a few years

Thats a big jump for an extremely volatile stock that has seen 52 week hi/lows of $59.10/$3.73 but the thesis seems sound.
The short version is that Sigdal thinks the new Barstool Sports app can quickly convert 10% or 6.6 million Barstool users at a fraction of the industry average cost and using forecasts from PENN we can estimate future EBITDA of $1.6bn. That would make PENN’s current market cap of $8bn look cheap at 5x forward EBITDA.

The longer version is as follows;
In February, $PENN closed its investment in Barstool Sports in which they purchased approximately 36% of the common stock of Barstool Sports for approximately $163 million.
Barstool Sports is a digital media powerhouse founded by American internet celebrity blogger David Portnoy. With roughly 66 million monthly unique visitors, it dominates the landscape for digital media and sports. It has 14.7 Million monthly unique visitors to its website as well as roughly 66 million followers on Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, TikTok, and Facebook combined. It also has its own radio channel on SiriusXMgger, and founder of the sports and pop culture blog Barstool Sports.
“Dave Portnoy is a marketing genius,” Sigdahl wrote. “If millions of people follow his pizza reviews and stock trading, how many do you think will follow his sports betting recommendations? We think a lot.”
The beauty of this deal is PENN became Barstool Sports' exclusive gaming partner for up to 40 years and has the sole right to utilize the Barstool Sports brand for all of its online and retail sports betting and iCasino products.
Sigdal estimated 10% of the 66 million ‘Stoolies’ could be converted to the new sportsbook app. And based on the initial $163m purchase price for Penn’s Barstool stake, customer acquisition costs would be $30-$35 compared to industry averages of $250. Due to those low customer acquisition costs PENN should enjoy market-leading 30% EBITDA margins.
PENN said in a May release “If we convert 5% of both the 66 million Barstool audience and the 5 million active members in mychoice to sports betting and iCasino customers, we could achieve 13% market share by revenue at maturity” and divulged that would generate revenue/EBITDA of $2.6bn/$0.8bn. Assuming a 10% conversion we get $5.2bn/$1.6bn.
That would make PENN’s current market cap of $8bn look cheap at 5x EBITDA. A multiple of 15x seems appropriate given the huge potential growth as more states legalize sports betting, significant potential cross selling opportunities to iCasino, physical casinos, etc.
This is is not a recommendation to buy or sell. Stocks are not suitable for everyone. Some of the stocks mentioned are risky small cap and/or highly speculative. Please do your own research.
https://www.legalsportsreport.com/43882/barstool-penn-stock-upside/
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2020.08.31 23:02 Spaxton22 21 [M4F] EU/Czech this post out

Now that I've gotten your attention with the mediocre pun. Hi my name is Dave, I'm 21 and currently living in a constant state of dread Czech Republic. I'll mention outright that I am Asian :). Long time lurker, rare poster.
I am a person who keeps to himself, rarely opening up to strangers and introverted which means that I don't usually leave the comfort of my home, but I don't mind doing outdoor activities once in a while. Parties are gatherings are not my forte and the same applies for carrying conversations, but clicking with the right people I can ramble hours on end about common interests and anything. I can be caring, doting and might overshare too much if I find someone who clicks with me. I am INTP-T if that matters.
Certainly the internet and games overall have shaped who am I as a person. The online world was always an escape for me and over the years I've mastered skill in games and accumulated a ton of useless memes and trivia. I'm mostly into competitive titles such as CS:GO, Rocket League, Rust and recently I got into CoD: MW. I'm decent at them, one currently makes me a living. But for the most part, I am open to anything as long as I have someone to play with. Perhaps you can fill the void?
Apart from games I enjoy a variety of music and a healthy dose of manga. Not bound to any specific genre, I have mood playlists, my all time favourite artist is Owl City, however I like to sometimes leave Spotify discovery run to find something new. Overall I do lean towards more electronic/uplifting/chill music.
Manga and anime culture in general, I enjoy it casually since it was a natural extension from my comic books obsession back when I was a young wee boy. I read mostly romance, action and horror stuff never truly captivated me.
Loyalty
Capable of devoting myself to something/someone I find worthy.
LAZY (The biggest demon I'm fighting, working on being productive).
Sometimes dense and unable to read between the lines.
Bad at social interactions in general. Carries and unhealthy amount of self-doubt, anxiety and insecurity.
I'll preface this that I am unsure if I'm seeking a relationship out right, I like to think it takes time to build something like this and I'd be more open to friendship and if circumstances like short distance and such would allow for something IRL I am open to the possibility of it blossoming into something further that as well.
Basically looking for someone who lives in Czechia (zdravím), the countries neighbouring Czechia or very least the EU (and I know I'm shooting myself in the foot since a lot of y'all are US based, sorry).
I am looking for someone who is supportive and caring for their other half. Someone who is interested in me as a person and what I do. Someone who I can exchange weird memes and they'd still get them, someone who I'd have debates until 3AM. Someone who isn't afraid of hardship and or internal conflict, willing to work with the other and willing to stick it through thick and thin.
Similar values in life, and someone who is ideally more into tech & games.
I'm aware that appearance is a big deal to many. I don't really care much about height (I myself am 168cm tall) but I am looking for someone who is somewhat fit, doesn't smoke, drink too much or abuses substances since I am clean myself. And of course, I'd be wrong if I said that looks do not matter at all so with that in mind, your pic gets mine.
As for age, I'd love to connect with someone around my age +- few years.
If you've gotten this far, please include your favourite music genre/artist/song in the response.
Smoking, religion and pseudoreligious views and vast lifestyle/cultural differences.
Someone who shares my values, is into my personality and sees a meaningful future with me be it just friends or something more.
Someone who wants to just shoot shit with me in games and or exchange music/anime/manga/meme recommendations.
Someone who wants to sit down and have a chat about life and share experiences, listen to my troubles and I listen to theirs.
I'm stuck at home so I will most likely respond fast to all messages. Though I will gladly ignore creeps, throwaways and "hey"/short responses. If you think I'm worth it, drop me a PM/Chat.
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2020.08.31 23:01 Spaxton22 21 [M4F] EU/Czech this post out

Now that I've gotten your attention with the mediocre pun. Hi my name is Dave, I'm 21 and currently living in a constant state of dread Czech Republic. I'll mention outright that I am Asian :). Long time lurker, rare poster.
I am a person who keeps to himself, rarely opening up to strangers and introverted which means that I don't usually leave the comfort of my home, but I don't mind doing outdoor activities once in a while. Parties are gatherings are not my forte and the same applies for carrying conversations, but clicking with the right people I can ramble hours on end about common interests and anything. I can be caring, doting and might overshare too much if I find someone who clicks with me. I am INTP-T if that matters.
Certainly the internet and games overall have shaped who am I as a person. The online world was always an escape for me and over the years I've mastered skill in games and accumulated a ton of useless memes and trivia. I'm mostly into competitive titles such as CS:GO, Rocket League, Rust and recently I got into CoD: MW. I'm decent at them, one currently makes me a living. But for the most part, I am open to anything as long as I have someone to play with. Perhaps you can fill the void?
Apart from games I enjoy a variety of music and a healthy dose of manga. Not bound to any specific genre, I have mood playlists, my all time favourite artist is Owl City, however I like to sometimes leave Spotify discovery run to find something new. Overall I do lean towards more electronic/uplifting/chill music.
Manga and anime culture in general, I enjoy it casually since it was a natural extension from my comic books obsession back when I was a young wee boy. I read mostly romance, action and horror stuff never truly captivated me.
Loyalty
Capable of devoting myself to something/someone I find worthy.
LAZY (The biggest demon I'm fighting, working on being productive).
Sometimes dense and unable to read between the lines.
Bad at social interactions in general. Carries and unhealthy amount of self-doubt, anxiety and insecurity.
I'll preface this that I am unsure if I'm seeking a relationship out right, I like to think it takes time to build something like this and I'd be more open to friendship and if circumstances like short distance and such would allow for something IRL I am open to the possibility of it blossoming into something further that as well.
Basically looking for someone who lives in Czechia (zdravím), the countries neighbouring Czechia or very least the EU (and I know I'm shooting myself in the foot since a lot of y'all are US based, sorry).
I am looking for someone who is supportive and caring for their other half. Someone who is interested in me as a person and what I do. Someone who I can exchange weird memes and they'd still get them, someone who I'd have debates until 3AM. Someone who isn't afraid of hardship and or internal conflict, willing to work with the other and willing to stick it through thick and thin.
Similar values in life, and someone who is ideally more into tech & games.
I'm aware that appearance is a big deal to many. I don't really care much about height (I myself am 168cm tall) but I am looking for someone who is somewhat fit, doesn't smoke, drink too much or abuses substances since I am clean myself. And of course, I'd be wrong if I said that looks do not matter at all so with that in mind, your pic gets mine.
As for age, I'd love to connect with someone around my age +- few years.
If you've gotten this far, please include your favourite music genre/artist/song in the response.
Smoking, religion and pseudoreligious views and vast lifestyle/cultural differences.
Someone who shares my values, is into my personality and sees a meaningful future with me be it just friends or something more.
Someone who wants to just shoot shit with me in games and or exchange music/anime/manga/meme recommendations.
Someone who wants to sit down and have a chat about life and share experiences, listen to my troubles and I listen to theirs.
I'm stuck at home so I will most likely respond fast to all messages. Though I will gladly ignore creeps, throwaways and "hey"/short responses. If you think I'm worth it, drop me a PM/Chat.
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2020.08.31 07:16 MartynAndJasper A PoppyCock Story

Epilogue
He knew it was a bad idea. Oh yes, he knew! He’d been here before. All too well did he know that using these websites was a bad idea. They were also not conducive to a healthy wallet.
“These Russian ladies are crazy!”, his friend Dave had told him!
Martin had agreed with his best friend. He knew that Dave had his best interests at heart and he knew that he must move away from this addiction. But secretly he knew he was strangely attracted to these Russian ladies. And he was, sadly, not one to learn from his mistakes.

Part 1, Liars and Tigers
Martin had been single now for 7 years. His met his last partner while he worked in South Africa. He was not proud of himself but she was married when he met her. He formed a friendship with her and her husband. They would enjoy playing pool and excessive drinking at a nearby bar. Over time they developed feelings for each other. Over the course of a year they became close. Martin knew this was bed news, someone was going to get hurt. He tried to end the friendship with them both. But the forces of attraction are strong and one night after too many drinks, the inevitable happened.
Shelly had been having yet another of her frequent arguments with her husband. She was very upset. Shelly needed a friend, she was in a bad way and left her home after the argument. She called Martin and he took the day off work to comfort her. Maybe deep down he already knew this was a betrayal to her husband. But he had taken her side of the story.
They went to the local bar to talk about the relationship problems. She told him that she must leave her husband. The day progressed and inebriation ensued. By the time the evening arrived both Martin and Shelly had almost drunk the bar dry!
Shelly did not want to go to her own home that evening. She knew her husband was angry and did not want to face him. So they went back to Martin’s rented accommodation with the intention of Shelly staying in the spare room. This was a mistake! The instant they closed the door behind them the passion that had flamed for over a year erupted. The alcohol had reduced Martin’s inhibitions. Any form of loyalty to her husband had diminished and was replaced with an unstoppable sexual hunger. Lust had taken over them both. They looked at each other and both saw a raw sexual hunger in each others eyes. This was dangerous, it was thrilling, it was intense! They wanted each other so much! The primal urge as old as mankind was all that there was now. He embraced her and kissed her passionately, there was no stopping them now. For five hours that evening they coupled with so much intensity, so much passion! This was heaven! It felt right, it felt amazing! But it also felt wrong, what about her husband!
The next day was a Saturday and normality came back with a vengeance. Guilt loomed deep and dark over Martin. He felt like such a traitor. Which ever way you looked at it he had betrayed a friend. He selfishly wanted Shelley to go back to her husband and to try and forget it had all happened. He still had very strong feelings for Shelly, feelings which far surpassed sexual desire. But he did not want to be the one that split this marriage, in trouble though the marriage was.
It was too late for that now. Later that day the both met her husband at a nearby restaurant and told him the truth. Her husband picked up a nearby knife and slammed it into the table. He shouted at them and walked away.
Time moved on and Shelly and Martin moved in together. Martin believed she was the one. But the relationship was not without its problems, even from the outset.
Shelly had bipolar and could very quickly develop a temper. She would frequently have attacks of rage and throw things across the room at him. Martin became expert at ducking!
Martin also knew he was not perfect (though secretly he knew he was). Shelly told him that he only had two faults; everything he said and everything he did!
Shelly had a very dark side. She had frequent suicide attempts. She would ring Martin while he was at work and tell him she had taken tablets. Then the phone would go dead. Martin lost count of the number of times he rushed back home on his motorcycle to rescue her.
He moved back to Manchester after his contract in South Africa ended. He had enjoyed his time there but it was not a good place to start a family.
He had thought long and hard about his relationship with Shelly. Dealing with the bipolar acts of rage and frequent suicide attempts were a lot to handle. But he also knew that she needed him. She had come from a very unloving family and he thought she would have nowhere left to go if things between them ended. He also believed he loved her deeply and that she loved him too. He moved Shelly into his home to live with him. Plans where afoot to get married later that year. But, dark as life can be, it all came to a crushing ending a few months later when it happened again...
They had been arguing the previous night. Shelly called him while he was at work, she was suicidal once more.
“Tell my mother I love her, I’m going to take tablets”, she had said.
Martin immediately panicked and tried to talk her out of it. Then the phone went dead and she would not pick up further calls. He was 20 miles away, desperate and panicking! He phoned his dad and asked him to go round to help her while he rushed home in a taxi, his dad lived just two miles away.
By the time Martin had rushed home in a taxi an ambulance and the police had arrived a few minutes earlier. Martin’s dad had called them when Shelly had refused to come to the door. They feared the worst.
The police had smashed open the door. It transpired that Shelly was upstairs on the bed shopping online on an iPad. The truth finally came out. Shelly had been using suicide as the ultimate form of control and mental torture. These attempts had never been real attempts or cries for help. It was true that she had bipolar but this cold behaviour was not explained by the disorder. Only now did he realise that this long lasting betrayal was by design. Only now did he learn what this woman was truly capable of.
The relationship ended quickly after that and she flew back to South Africa. Her mother had agreed to take her in.
Martin eventually forgave her, she had come from a bad place and was a survivor. But he would never forget. She had caused so much emotional pain. He would never contact her again because she had so much malice in her heart. But he secretly wished her well and hoped her life would improve. He vowed to himself to stay single now and vowed never again to mess with a married lady! Or so he thought...

Part 2, Russian Exposure
7 years on Martin’s life had improved. He had landed the perfect job and was the happiest he had been for a long while. He had remained single. But all men have urges! This is when he discovered Cam sites and developed an unhealthy taste for beautiful Russian ladies.
He had now been using these cam sites for around 4 months. It was a strange addiction that crept up on him. The sex toys they use online now fascinated him. How one could control these toys from half way around the world. There was a sex toy on the market called the Lush. This was an internal vibrator and its vibration levels could be controlled over the internet. It excited him to watch a lady close to orgasm when she was under the control of a stranger. There was something perverse yet so sexually intoxicating about this prospect.
He had met a lady called Sonya online. She was a beautiful Cam girl and he was instantly hooked. She would almost lead to his ruin...
“I’m married and I have a young son but he keeps me in a cage!”, Sonya had told him after a long control session online.
Sonya wanted to leave the husband she did not love him anymore. She worked hard on the site and they practically lived separate lives.
Although she wanted to leave, the finances were not good and she would struggle without their combined efforts to pay the rent for the flat they were staying in together.
Martin and Sonya had grown close throughout frequent sessions together. Months had passed and the online relationship had grown into more than just an online acquaintance. They had become friends and it was rapidly growing into more, she had said that they had a connection. They had exchanged numbers and contacted each other daily.
They had agreed to meet and try a real relationship after the COVID crisis had ended. Martin planned to meet her in Moscow as soon as this was possible. If they got on well together then she would leave her husband. Martin was considering moving to Moscow permanently.
She shared videos of her life, videos of her and her young son, singing to him in English.
Martin was now learning Russian and Sofya was learning English so they could communicate when they met (dirty talk using Google Translate was, after all, a bit of a kill joy to sexual desire). Feelings grew stronger. Sonya was the last thing on his mind before he went to sleep and the first thing he thought of in a morning.
Sonya, on the other hand, had other things on her mind...
“I do not even have a good computer to work from!”, she had told Martin.
“He keeps the good one for himself and plays video games while I have his old laptop!”.
Multi camming is good use of a cam girls time. It allows them to maximise profits by streaming to multiple locations. But her computer was not powerful enough. Over time, Martin had foolishly learned to trust Sonya. He took out a loan and bought a powerful computer to help her.
Over the course of three months Sonya toyed with Martins emotions and finances. He trusted her fully and believed her when she said she would leave her husband and try a relationship with him. He bought her many gifts and put himself in debt while trying to help her.
The truth once again came to light, this time because of another Russian friend Martin had met online.
Sonya had been lying all along. She had been toying with emotions and playing with his head to con money from him, all the while laughing behind his back with her husband as Martin lavished expensive gifts on her. Having her son sing to him in English showed how low she would go.
“Never again will I mess with married lady!”. Too late Martin remembered his earlier words with regret.
He was destined to be unlucky in love and was perhaps always looking in the wrong places. Long distance relationships are fraught with difficulty. He once again vowed to stay single.
But he continued to watch the Cam girls online. This was an addiction and he was struggling to kick the habit. He still had sexual desire, he was after all a man.
Part 3. The Red Demon
She had sultry blue eyes, hair like fire and a personality to suit. She was young. She was beautiful. And she was probably trouble.
He had been playing with Poppy’s sex toy for a while now, this had been a good session. The effects were starting to show. She had this habit of chewing on her bottom lip when she got excited and saying crazy phrases like “Holy Moley”. Martin had never seen a mole with a hole before so he was not sure what this statement meant. It felt like a cruel way to treat a mammal. But maybe it was some weird Russian phrase, he knew how crazy these chics could be.
He soon found out that she had a penance for dark stories. She would talk about the creaming method. This sounded like some kind of strange sexual activity, but it turns out it was a method for baking cake!
When she was horny she would use phrases like “Old Milk, Smelly Feet and naked Grandma’s”.
What turned this beautiful lady on seemed almost perverse!
While masturbating with her toy she would think about hobos and her grandad puking on her! Russians are strange people indeed.
She was starting to get really excited now though. He could see it in her demeanour. Her whole body was starting to wriggle and he could see she was getting desperate to reach climax. But she knew she would not allow herself to cum. She would not let the Englishman win this game again! She was stronger than that! But oh, that feeling between her legs. It was getting so intense now. Every vibration felt like lightning, her pussy was tingling with desire.
Martin was watching all this from thousands of miles away. He too was very excited and very horny now (though he was not considering dogs puking on couches, because he was normal). But he loved watching her expressions as she got more and more excited. He moaned unintentionally as he watched her. He loved the way her brow furrowed and the way her eyes moved when she was experiencing pleasure. The way she twitched and moved on her chair in excitement. This was her internal battle to contain the intense pleasure. This turned him on immensely.
He knew she was trying to concentrate on the reading. Anything else but the intensity of the pleasure between her legs. She must not focus on the orgasm that was building inside her. It was almost like the vibrations felt like a penis slowly moving in and out of her, teasing her, rocking her, sending her wild. She could almost feel the penis head slipping deeper inside her, in and out, over and over again. It was a perfect fit, tight but slick with her juices. The feeling was amazing. It was getting harder and harder... it was very hard now... to maintain composure.
To try and reduce the tension, she once again thought about a small mammals with holes in them. But this did little to take her mind off the growing excitement.
She knew this was no good, she was losing the battle. She would not win this time. The feeling between her legs was gaining momentum. It was too intense, she knew she would give in to her desire soon.
The change in tempo in the vibrations were causing her to shiver with desire, she had goosebumps! The need to cum almost becoming painful.
She was so wet that she thought the toy might slip out. No! she thought, this no longer feels like a toy, it feels like I am being penetrated over and over again. The cock deep inside her reaching all the way, fully extended. He too was coming close to exploding inside her. This delicious pleasure could not be contained much longer, she was going to cum soon. All over the length stretched deeply inside her.
He wanted her to cum now, he was so ready.
He could not contain himself any longer.
He needed her to cum.
They must cum together!
She gasped as she came, the feeling was intense.
This release they experienced together was seminal!
Mmmmmmm
She took a deep breath and a few seconds to regain her composure. Endorphins rushing round her brain.
In her post-coital state she rolled a cigarette.
Martin just rolled over and went to sleep.
Men can be arseholes.
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2020.08.20 03:49 prplhsct134 Looking for opinions/advice

Hi everyone. First time posting so I apologize for any gaps in info, I’ll try my best.
I’ve spent the last 8? years in some amount of debt. Started with school loans, partied way too hard in my 20’s, traveled a lot without actually being able to afford it. Now I’m 31 and my partner and I are starting to look at our next steps. He earns much more than me and has no debt. I do not want him to pay off my debt. Our rent is $1575/mo + utilities so around $1800/mo. Currently I pay $500 + internet + groceries. We have discussed him potentially paying the full rent in order to accelerate my debt repayment. I am an RN in Alberta, I earn about $90,000 (usually 100-110k, but that’s with overtime and there’s been far less this year). Take home around $2200-2500 every two weeks. Debts: CC #1: $950 CC #2: $8200 CC #3: $10,200 LOC (12.14%): $18,700
I am not 100% sure what my question is. I have looked at Dave Ramsay, I do have $1000 set aside as emergency money. I have about $15,000 in my RRSP.
Best budgeting advice/schedule/strategies to get this down as fast as possible? I’ve considered calling the Credit Counseling Society but after reading some posts on here I’m not sure it’s a good option.
Thank you!
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2020.08.16 17:40 Noovaoo The Chamógelo

**I would like to put a disclaimer here, that all names in the following will be those of pseudonyms. I am not going to disclose the company I work for, and no direct quotes will be used either, everything will be paraphrased. Though I have asked the people related to this story if they were comfortable with me finally disclosing the following events, I don’t want to bring anyone else into the messy situation that this was. Thank you.
Legends have been told in many different ways. There are the myths, the unsolved mysteries and the stories that can send a shiver up anyone’s spine. Places like the catacombs in Paris, the many tunnels around the world rumoured to be laced with undead spirits and bones of the innocent; and the fact that we have only explored nearly 5% of the oceans around us. Of course, many of these tales come from historical stories, campfire fables and articles and blogs from bored teenagers who want to scare someone, like all of those creepypasta stories on the internet. But the following, oh god, the following is absolutely true.
Please do not ever think that The Chamógelo is fake.
I was a journalist in my early twenties, still am to this day. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and thought that well, my life was going to be pretty decent.
I had my career goal just ahead of me and felt comfortable financially with my new job. It was nice; plus I got to see the world for what it was, not the prettied up shit that I wrote in the newspaper. But anyway, journalism brought me anywhere I wanted around the world. Of course, I had to get through all of the ranks to be able to travel first; but as soon as I was allowed to, it was like my dream had finally come true.
I never stayed in one country too long, and actually got to visit a majority of the world. I covered the stories that no one else would, went to the most upsetting countries and locations just to get the story from the people there, and not just copying what another journalist had written online. I soon became the go-to guy for questions about places, and the one they would always choose to send to the newest devastated country. It was taxing, I will admit, but it was my passion.
I don’t remember exactly when this was, but it was sometime in the late 2000s, let’s say 2009 just to give it an actual year. I know not remembering this may seem fake, but my memory from the early 2000s was so blurred because of this incident and I genuinely do not remember much from 2009-2012, so I just assume that such was because of what had happened.
I had just arrived back in New York from a long, excruciating “mission” to Cambodia; taking notes and interviews from the locals about the hauntings of the mysterious Koh Kor island. That was mainly what I did. Many people would classify my work to be that of a paranormal investigator, but I would have to disagree. I never actually believed in ghosts, ghouls or hauntings which was why I was a perfect candidate to send off to these locations. I wouldn’t just shit my pants and run home, no. I stayed for the amount of time given to me by the newspaper and came home when my welcome was finished. Half of the time my scoop didn’t even make it into the papers, but I always posted it online. The world was growing out of the newspaper anyway, so I quickly turned to online blogging and news outlets. But that’s not my point. I had just returned from Cambodia; excited for my break from the catastrophes in different countries, and the exhaustion that came along with jet-lag, exploration and just talking.
I stepped into my dusty house, alone and ready to sleep for an uninterrupted fifteen hours before my phone rang.
It was Micheal Lewis the head reporter, and my boss. We did the casual back and forth of my travels before Mr. Lewis decided to address the reason he called. From my memory; this is what he said:
“I was actually hoping to catch you at the airport, kid.” He started, but I didn’t reply in the second of silence in the air. He began again.
“So, listen. You’re familiar with Greece, right? I mean you’ve been there before and liked it enough, so I’m sending you back. We’ve heard reports of this bullshit hoax called the Smiler, or the Grinner or something up in Athens and we want you to check it out.” Micheal paused again, and this time I decided to speak up.
“Yeah, okay. Uh, listen, Mr. Lewis, I can’t function right now, can we push it until next week?” I assumed that was a pretty straightforward request. It wasn’t like he was the one running around from different countries and feeling all of the physical effects; now was he?
“Sure kid, does Tuesday work for ya?” I rolled my eyes. It was Sunday when he called.
“Yeah, sure,” I said in a monotonous tone before he and I said our goodbyes. I couldn’t even get a week?
Putting that aside though, I didn’t think about Greece for the next day and a half. I slept for as long as my body would physically let me, and when I woke up I began packing. Late on Monday, I received a plane ticket and quite a lot of greek currency in my mailbox; the standard protocol for my seedy boss, How he got the money? I never asked, I never wanted to. I just did what I was told. The more I think about it now, I can see that this whole thing was wrong. This was not how a corporation worked, I was basically an information mule for my company. Regardless of that though, I did my packing and was on the next plane to Greece.
Don’t get me wrong here, I love Greece. It is a beautiful, rich country with more history than the majority of Europe and the Americas combined. This place was my dream location; and I always wanted to retire into one of the beautiful, village-like homes on the coast; overlooking the seas. I always took the opportunity to visit any part of Greece, and always will. Still, to this day I make occasional visits there. I have ties in that country; so if I ever need a place to stay, I basically have a second family there.
And that was who I was going to meet with.
They were a nice family, I mean they are a nice family. The Johnsons were always the first to meet me in Greece, they still are, but what happened sort of put our relationship on hold. This was a very basic family, the Father, the Mother, and two lovely children who I have also decided not to gender. These four grew to be my very close friends. They always had an extra room for me, taught me almost all I know about Greece and genuinely cared for me as one of their own. I was in my early twenties when this story happened, so I was fairly new to travelling at that point and I believe that this was only my second location in the world; so this was the first time I was even meeting my “vacation family” as they called themselves. Oh, how I wish that was all this was; a vacation.
Anyway, we met up and I made my way to my semi-permanent AirBNB. The house was lovely, the family as well, and I genuinely didn’t even want to go on whatever this expedition was going to bring me to; because I was jetlagged, tired and at the time; being pampered by this caring family. I was living the dream, or so I was for about a day, and then I snapped back into reality and realized I had to go to the actual location of the “phenomena” and do my usual investigation or whatever it would be called.
A typical hunt for me included bringing a camera, and a notebook to the area I was supposed to visit; ask the locals about the legend and then go and try to seek it out for myself. Over twenty years of doing this job; I have yet to see anything as terrifying as what I came across that day.
I cannot stress this enough, please never go looking for the Chamógelo, the Grinner, or whatever the people near you call it. I am going to tell you my uncut, true story about this thing, this it, that cannot even be classified as a creature. I am not saying not to look for anything, but god, do not look for this fucking thing. You will absolutely regret it. I do.
So, instead of you going and risking your life to seek out the adrenaline rush that I got from this, I am just going to tell you exactly what happened, sparing no details. I have finally come to terms with what happened in Greece, and I am ready to tell my story. This is a completely true recount of my time in Pentili, Athens’ second highest mountain, and the most truly haunted place that I have ever visited.
So, I don’t recall the exact dates of this event. Like I said before, 2009. I was a twenty-two-year-old trying to get the adrenaline high of a lifetime. When I entered the journaling corporation; Micheal Lewis, my boss, was infatuated with the idea of a young person like me travelling the world as a skeptic and myth-busting creepy legends and stories. For the most part, I was never put into dangerous positions and would often just be sent to prisons, tunnels and asylums around the world, all of which were heavily maintained by the tourist companies that owned them. These were business schemes to drag in bored teenagers and curious adults to read the newspaper again; and though my stories only made it in half the time, I was having fun so why not just continue, right? This being one of my first expeditions, I was ecstatic. I got to climb a mountain with only myself, and the information I brought with me, which included everything I needed to know about the Greek wilderness, a safety guide on how to climb a mountain and of course, the urban legend I was to investigate.
This, unlike any of the other stories I had heard; was actually fascinating to me. The story went; “Εάν φτάσετε στο σπήλαιο Νταβίλη στο δεύτερο υψηλότερο ελληνικό βουνό και απαγγείλετε τη δεδομένη φράση, το Chamógelo θα κάνει μια σύντομη εμφάνιση που δεν θα ξεχάσει ποτέ.” which, in English, roughly translates to; “If you reach the Davelis cave on the second-highest Greek mountain and recite the given phrase, Chamógelo will make a short appearance that you will never forget.” Now, let me make this clear. I was so excited. I didn’t have all of my bearings but I figured I would be fine.
Also, another thing, I refuse to give anyone the phrase that I used. I do not want any readers going to try and find this thing for themselves, and am only disclosing this story because I feel that the world will not be as daft as it once was. But for precaution, the line I recited will not be found anywhere in this retelling.
After interviewing some of the older locals and the Johnsons about this creature, I was met with stories of terror and deformity beyond recognition. I was warned not to go to the cave, not even to step foot unto that cursed mountain; but I didn’t listen. No, I was far too excited now. Anything that caused the locals this much terror was something I needed to see and experience. I wish now that I had listened, and the Johnsons will forever judge me for what I did. But I was just a kid, I didn’t know how bad it could be. I am only writing this to warn you, no matter how fake, or silly this may sound it is more than true, please don’t take this warning for granted. Never visit that cave.
I went alone up the mountain. The kind tour guides of Greece gave me a very brief rundown at the bottom of the summit, before scurrying away to live their personal lives. I thought nothing of the agitations that the locals performed at the end of the trail or the fact that they nearly ran away from the beginning of the hill. No, I was simply too caught up in the fact that I would be getting the hike of a lifetime. This was my first mountain climbing experience and I was so excited to commit to it. Now, that was an understatement. Not even regarding the events that took place inside of the dreadful cave; I was on that mountain, just climbing to my destination for nearly four days.
The hike was treacherous. I was running low on food; my water supply had vanished by the end of day three, and I was quick to assume that my death was going to be slow and painful, not induced by the horror that awaited me in the cave. Fortunately, though, the guides had told me that once I reached the Davelis caves and recited the given phrase, my “Greatest wishes would be granted” and that a large feast would be waiting for me. I doubted it at the beginning of my trek, but the farther I climbed the more I believed such a thing, and by the end of day four I felt my mouth watering and anticipation heighten. The mountain was already playing tricks on me, but all I wanted in my delusional state was the rumoured meats and cheeses I would be met with upon reaching the cave. It was said that there was nothing in the world that could make a person happier. I would be smiling forever, they said.
By the end of my fourth day, I had reached the climax of my journey; the great cave that I was destined at the beginning of the trek to approach, and there it was. It was so easy to miss, only a tiny, manmade trail marked the commencement of the longer trail I had to take to get to the rumoured cave, but I noticed it right away. It was as if, in my haze, it was almost calling to me. My mouth began to salivate, my eyes were running as well. Think of it this way, this was the first time I had seen any signs of civilization in days. My stomach was beginning to eat itself by the middle of day three, and god now I know why people are quick to resort to cannibalism. It was a scary thought, yes but the way some of the preserved, but deceased hikers that I walked by were looking; it was almost too tempting. This mountain was playing tricks on me though, and I would not let it.
As I walked, no, as I crawled up the last little trail I would have to, I began hearing something. A sound that would never, ever leave my mind. In the far distance, there was a small giggle; just above the wind. I swore I heard it, and this was not just a hallucination caused by the lack of every basic necessity I needed at that point. That laugh caused a shiver to run up my spine so fast that I nearly fell down. I did keep going though; the mountain was not going to overcome me. I wouldn’t let it.
I could see it. The cave that everyone had told me about. The sound of the laughter only heightened as I neared the threshold of the Davelis Cave, but the smell of food and alcohol dragged me towards my destination. Before approaching I took a moment to stop and recite the passage, and as soon as I was done; I could smell steaks, porks, all of the meat imaginable as well as some vegetables and even a hint of a pie. The scent reminded me of what the gum that Violet from Willy Wonka, would have tasted like. This smell was excruciatingly delicious, and when I climbed up those steps, bearded and tattered, all I saw on the stone slab for a table, was the most delicious food I have ever seen in my life. The thought of how it got there, or why, didn’t even cross my mind. I had found the food I was promised, and though the main goal of this expedition was more vital than a three-course meal, I didn’t stop myself from starting to eat. The more I ate, the more laughter I could hear and the louder it became. It was not a nice laugh, not a welcoming one either. No, it was the laugh of someone, something who was in all ways insane. I personally had never heard anything like it. Not even the iconic Joker’s laugh could have compared to the maniacal tone within this gutted, loud howling that ricocheted off of the walls surrounding me in the cave. But, I ignored it and continued eating.
Until I was full, the laughter did not stop me from gorging myself with as much food as possible, and when I truly could not eat a single bite more, I began what I came here to do. Unbunk the myth regarding The Chamógelo.
This laugh, I can remember, was becoming so deafening. My head began to pound as I looked through this enormous cave structure to see what, or who I could find. Normally, this would have freaked me out, but after being stranded alone on a terribly cold mountain, I wanted to meet this person. To interview them. They must have been there, right? I mean, maybe whoever it was was in the same situation as me. They came to investigate the mystery and stayed for the beautiful food left on the table by the force unknown. Or perhaps, they were the chef who made all of the delicious food for me.
Whoever they were, I wanted to know more about them. The booming laughter was everywhere now, and it did not sound happy in any way. But I kept on. I recall having spent nearly four or five hours in the cave before finding the person I was looking for; five hours of feeling so full I could be sick, so cold I could fall over at any moment and my head was so sore from this laughter that I nearly turned back. And that was when it got me. As soon as I felt too weak to continue myself, the room I entered next was the room that I had been looking for. This was the room of The Chamógelo, and I had just found it.
Please, if you are already convinced not to go to these fucking caves; stop reading. If not though, please continue because if this doesn’t change your mind maybe you deserve to be its next victim.
What was once likely a very beautiful young woman, was now nothing more than a terrifying husk. The body of whatever this thing was, was elongated, and a terrible austere colour that I hope never to see again. Its naked body was that of a woman’s, but the figure on this creature was completely gone.
Her, no, its breasts had for some reason been torn off and discarded somewhere in the rotten-smelling room, and the hands of this creature were fingerless; but bound tightly with blades protruding from the nooks in its knuckles. I can only assume what was done with those rusty, blood-crusted blades, but frankly, that was when I wanted to leave. I know, I was naive and stubborn but usually, these things were put in places like this to scare away tourists and keep the story going. I knew this thing was not fake. I knew when I saw its terrible face. A face that could not have been replicated by anyone in fear of death just from the sight.
The eyes were hollowed out, and just two black masses with the decaying sclera still drooping from the empty sockets. The nose, well there was no nose at all. It had looked like this creature was made without such a feature and it was disturbing to look at. But the mouth, that fucking mouth still haunts my dreams every night. There was already nothing natural about this moaning, laughing creature, but that mouth is going to haunt me forever. When someone says that one has a smile to both of there ears; that would be an understatement for this thing. Its mouth was pinned to the side of its head by what I can only describe as medieval safety pins. There were no lips, just a giant crater in its face pinned up to appear to be smiling. The skin around this makeshift mouth was creased, bloodied and rotted making me have to assume that this was made to appear like this. Maybe it did it to itself, or maybe The Chamógelo had a maker once upon a time. Whatever it was, that mouth was not something that a human could have done to itself so I do not know, or even want to know how it got there. Inside of this crevice were rows of sharpened teeth, skin fragments and bones stuck between each tooth; and I can safely say that none of these were without bloodstains.
That was all I allowed myself to take in, before turning around and running back out. But it saw me. It saw me and chased me on those legs that I could only have assumed would have broken under the strain. I had more than three hours to run out of this building, or at least I thought I did, but when I rounded the corner I saw the table where I had my feast. It was impossible, but so was the existence of the creature, so I did not question it.
On the table, where I assumed to be the remnants of a great meal, were nothing but rotting bones and decaying human flesh. I looked down at my hands and saw that the rib sauce and dressings that I thought I had caked onto my fingers, was actually a dried red crimson colour. It was blood.
I had eaten humans.
I started to yell and sob but forgot that I had to escape. This creature was still behind me and was catching up very quickly. Before I had time to start running to that door, that door that was not even two metres away, I fell, and The Chamógelo landed on top of me.
I thought this was going to be my death, and sometimes I wish it was. I assumed that I was going to end up on the table of meat and death; just like the humans I had eaten when I arrived. The creature loomed over me, its mouth or whatever that could be called was writhing, it was attempting to smile; even with its permanent grin already attached. The creature pinned me down and stared at me. Regardless of having no eyes in its sockets, it was staring right at me. Drool began to fall from its hole onto my face and chest, but my consciousness was wavering, and soon I felt nothing. The monster towering over me was the last thing I saw, that fucking laughter was the last thing I heard, and when I woke up I was met by the locals I had seen the week before; screaming and yelling for help.
According to the Johnson family, I had come back six days after I left. That meant that this creature kept me in its lair for two more days than I had arrived, and I have no recollection of any of it. They also said that when I came down, the locals had apparently heard laughter coming from up the trail, but no sign of anyone; even with an extensive search.
You’re probably wondering why it didn’t kill me, and I honestly wish I could answer that for you. Frankly, I believe my life would have been easier if it just had.
After the ordeal at the mountain, the Johnsons took me back into their arms; though disappointed in me for not believing them. They healed and nurtured me until Micheal Lewis arrived later in the next week to aid me home.
I will never forget the face of that man when he saw me again. He looked scared, scared of me.
The creature had mutilated me in the cave. I was not in any pain when I woke up, but I still cannot look into a mirror without hearing the sound of that insanity-inducing laughter. I am writing this, sitting in my office with the screen on my computer as bright as it can be; as to avoid catching a glimpse of my face. The face that I used to love, the face that picked up so many attractive partners through the years. I still wish I had listened to everyone’s stories closely, and I wish that I could have taken back my naivety and childishness before trekking up that cursed mountain and doing this to myself.
Please do not go and try to find The Chamógelo in Greece. The creature might not spare your life as it did mine. I cannot have anyone else meeting the same fate as the table of human decay, or the fact that I cannot even look at myself without remembering that terrible time. I wish you the best of luck if you are a traveller, and I do hope you go and solve some myths out there, but if you ever hear a story about The Chamógelo, The Grinner, or any other variation of such; do not investigate. It could cost you your life. Or your sanity. I still hear that distant laughter every time I shut my eyes.
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2020.08.16 17:39 Noovaoo The Chamógelo

**I would like to put a disclaimer here, that all names in the following will be those of pseudonyms. I am not going to disclose the company I work for, and no direct quotes will be used either, everything will be paraphrased. Though I have asked the people related to this story if they were comfortable with me finally disclosing the following events, I don’t want to bring anyone else into the messy situation that this was. Thank you.
Legends have been told in many different ways. There are the myths, the unsolved mysteries and the stories that can send a shiver up anyone’s spine. Places like the catacombs in Paris, the many tunnels around the world rumoured to be laced with undead spirits and bones of the innocent; and the fact that we have only explored nearly 5% of the oceans around us. Of course, many of these tales come from historical stories, campfire fables and articles and blogs from bored teenagers who want to scare someone, like all of those creepypasta stories on the internet. But the following, oh god, the following is absolutely true.
Please do not ever think that The Chamógelo is fake.
I was a journalist in my early twenties, still am to this day. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and thought that well, my life was going to be pretty decent.
I had my career goal just ahead of me and felt comfortable financially with my new job. It was nice; plus I got to see the world for what it was, not the prettied up shit that I wrote in the newspaper. But anyway, journalism brought me anywhere I wanted around the world. Of course, I had to get through all of the ranks to be able to travel first; but as soon as I was allowed to, it was like my dream had finally come true.
I never stayed in one country too long, and actually got to visit a majority of the world. I covered the stories that no one else would, went to the most upsetting countries and locations just to get the story from the people there, and not just copying what another journalist had written online. I soon became the go-to guy for questions about places, and the one they would always choose to send to the newest devastated country. It was taxing, I will admit, but it was my passion.
I don’t remember exactly when this was, but it was sometime in the late 2000s, let’s say 2009 just to give it an actual year. I know not remembering this may seem fake, but my memory from the early 2000s was so blurred because of this incident and I genuinely do not remember much from 2009-2012, so I just assume that such was because of what had happened.
I had just arrived back in New York from a long, excruciating “mission” to Cambodia; taking notes and interviews from the locals about the hauntings of the mysterious Koh Kor island. That was mainly what I did. Many people would classify my work to be that of a paranormal investigator, but I would have to disagree. I never actually believed in ghosts, ghouls or hauntings which was why I was a perfect candidate to send off to these locations. I wouldn’t just shit my pants and run home, no. I stayed for the amount of time given to me by the newspaper and came home when my welcome was finished. Half of the time my scoop didn’t even make it into the papers, but I always posted it online. The world was growing out of the newspaper anyway, so I quickly turned to online blogging and news outlets. But that’s not my point. I had just returned from Cambodia; excited for my break from the catastrophes in different countries, and the exhaustion that came along with jet-lag, exploration and just talking.
I stepped into my dusty house, alone and ready to sleep for an uninterrupted fifteen hours before my phone rang.
It was Micheal Lewis the head reporter, and my boss. We did the casual back and forth of my travels before Mr. Lewis decided to address the reason he called. From my memory; this is what he said:
“I was actually hoping to catch you at the airport, kid.” He started, but I didn’t reply in the second of silence in the air. He began again.
“So, listen. You’re familiar with Greece, right? I mean you’ve been there before and liked it enough, so I’m sending you back. We’ve heard reports of this bullshit hoax called the Smiler, or the Grinner or something up in Athens and we want you to check it out.” Micheal paused again, and this time I decided to speak up.
“Yeah, okay. Uh, listen, Mr. Lewis, I can’t function right now, can we push it until next week?” I assumed that was a pretty straightforward request. It wasn’t like he was the one running around from different countries and feeling all of the physical effects; now was he?
“Sure kid, does Tuesday work for ya?” I rolled my eyes. It was Sunday when he called.
“Yeah, sure,” I said in a monotonous tone before he and I said our goodbyes. I couldn’t even get a week?
Putting that aside though, I didn’t think about Greece for the next day and a half. I slept for as long as my body would physically let me, and when I woke up I began packing. Late on Monday, I received a plane ticket and quite a lot of greek currency in my mailbox; the standard protocol for my seedy boss, How he got the money? I never asked, I never wanted to. I just did what I was told. The more I think about it now, I can see that this whole thing was wrong. This was not how a corporation worked, I was basically an information mule for my company. Regardless of that though, I did my packing and was on the next plane to Greece.
Don’t get me wrong here, I love Greece. It is a beautiful, rich country with more history than the majority of Europe and the Americas combined. This place was my dream location; and I always wanted to retire into one of the beautiful, village-like homes on the coast; overlooking the seas. I always took the opportunity to visit any part of Greece, and always will. Still, to this day I make occasional visits there. I have ties in that country; so if I ever need a place to stay, I basically have a second family there.
And that was who I was going to meet with.
They were a nice family, I mean they are a nice family. The Johnsons were always the first to meet me in Greece, they still are, but what happened sort of put our relationship on hold. This was a very basic family, the Father, the Mother, and two lovely children who I have also decided not to gender. These four grew to be my very close friends. They always had an extra room for me, taught me almost all I know about Greece and genuinely cared for me as one of their own. I was in my early twenties when this story happened, so I was fairly new to travelling at that point and I believe that this was only my second location in the world; so this was the first time I was even meeting my “vacation family” as they called themselves. Oh, how I wish that was all this was; a vacation.
Anyway, we met up and I made my way to my semi-permanent AirBNB. The house was lovely, the family as well, and I genuinely didn’t even want to go on whatever this expedition was going to bring me to; because I was jetlagged, tired and at the time; being pampered by this caring family. I was living the dream, or so I was for about a day, and then I snapped back into reality and realized I had to go to the actual location of the “phenomena” and do my usual investigation or whatever it would be called.
A typical hunt for me included bringing a camera, and a notebook to the area I was supposed to visit; ask the locals about the legend and then go and try to seek it out for myself. Over twenty years of doing this job; I have yet to see anything as terrifying as what I came across that day.
I cannot stress this enough, please never go looking for the Chamógelo, the Grinner, or whatever the people near you call it. I am going to tell you my uncut, true story about this thing, this it, that cannot even be classified as a creature. I am not saying not to look for anything, but god, do not look for this fucking thing. You will absolutely regret it. I do.
So, instead of you going and risking your life to seek out the adrenaline rush that I got from this, I am just going to tell you exactly what happened, sparing no details. I have finally come to terms with what happened in Greece, and I am ready to tell my story. This is a completely true recount of my time in Pentili, Athens’ second highest mountain, and the most truly haunted place that I have ever visited.
So, I don’t recall the exact dates of this event. Like I said before, 2009. I was a twenty-two-year-old trying to get the adrenaline high of a lifetime. When I entered the journaling corporation; Micheal Lewis, my boss, was infatuated with the idea of a young person like me travelling the world as a skeptic and myth-busting creepy legends and stories. For the most part, I was never put into dangerous positions and would often just be sent to prisons, tunnels and asylums around the world, all of which were heavily maintained by the tourist companies that owned them. These were business schemes to drag in bored teenagers and curious adults to read the newspaper again; and though my stories only made it in half the time, I was having fun so why not just continue, right? This being one of my first expeditions, I was ecstatic. I got to climb a mountain with only myself, and the information I brought with me, which included everything I needed to know about the Greek wilderness, a safety guide on how to climb a mountain and of course, the urban legend I was to investigate.
This, unlike any of the other stories I had heard; was actually fascinating to me. The story went; “Εάν φτάσετε στο σπήλαιο Νταβίλη στο δεύτερο υψηλότερο ελληνικό βουνό και απαγγείλετε τη δεδομένη φράση, το Chamógelo θα κάνει μια σύντομη εμφάνιση που δεν θα ξεχάσει ποτέ.” which, in English, roughly translates to; “If you reach the Davelis cave on the second-highest Greek mountain and recite the given phrase, Chamógelo will make a short appearance that you will never forget.” Now, let me make this clear. I was so excited. I didn’t have all of my bearings but I figured I would be fine.
Also, another thing, I refuse to give anyone the phrase that I used. I do not want any readers going to try and find this thing for themselves, and am only disclosing this story because I feel that the world will not be as daft as it once was. But for precaution, the line I recited will not be found anywhere in this retelling.
After interviewing some of the older locals and the Johnsons about this creature, I was met with stories of terror and deformity beyond recognition. I was warned not to go to the cave, not even to step foot unto that cursed mountain; but I didn’t listen. No, I was far too excited now. Anything that caused the locals this much terror was something I needed to see and experience. I wish now that I had listened, and the Johnsons will forever judge me for what I did. But I was just a kid, I didn’t know how bad it could be. I am only writing this to warn you, no matter how fake, or silly this may sound it is more than true, please don’t take this warning for granted. Never visit that cave.
I went alone up the mountain. The kind tour guides of Greece gave me a very brief rundown at the bottom of the summit, before scurrying away to live their personal lives. I thought nothing of the agitations that the locals performed at the end of the trail or the fact that they nearly ran away from the beginning of the hill. No, I was simply too caught up in the fact that I would be getting the hike of a lifetime. This was my first mountain climbing experience and I was so excited to commit to it. Now, that was an understatement. Not even regarding the events that took place inside of the dreadful cave; I was on that mountain, just climbing to my destination for nearly four days.
The hike was treacherous. I was running low on food; my water supply had vanished by the end of day three, and I was quick to assume that my death was going to be slow and painful, not induced by the horror that awaited me in the cave. Fortunately, though, the guides had told me that once I reached the Davelis caves and recited the given phrase, my “Greatest wishes would be granted” and that a large feast would be waiting for me. I doubted it at the beginning of my trek, but the farther I climbed the more I believed such a thing, and by the end of day four I felt my mouth watering and anticipation heighten. The mountain was already playing tricks on me, but all I wanted in my delusional state was the rumoured meats and cheeses I would be met with upon reaching the cave. It was said that there was nothing in the world that could make a person happier. I would be smiling forever, they said.
By the end of my fourth day, I had reached the climax of my journey; the great cave that I was destined at the beginning of the trek to approach, and there it was. It was so easy to miss, only a tiny, manmade trail marked the commencement of the longer trail I had to take to get to the rumoured cave, but I noticed it right away. It was as if, in my haze, it was almost calling to me. My mouth began to salivate, my eyes were running as well. Think of it this way, this was the first time I had seen any signs of civilization in days. My stomach was beginning to eat itself by the middle of day three, and god now I know why people are quick to resort to cannibalism. It was a scary thought, yes but the way some of the preserved, but deceased hikers that I walked by were looking; it was almost too tempting. This mountain was playing tricks on me though, and I would not let it.
As I walked, no, as I crawled up the last little trail I would have to, I began hearing something. A sound that would never, ever leave my mind. In the far distance, there was a small giggle; just above the wind. I swore I heard it, and this was not just a hallucination caused by the lack of every basic necessity I needed at that point. That laugh caused a shiver to run up my spine so fast that I nearly fell down. I did keep going though; the mountain was not going to overcome me. I wouldn’t let it.
I could see it. The cave that everyone had told me about. The sound of the laughter only heightened as I neared the threshold of the Davelis Cave, but the smell of food and alcohol dragged me towards my destination. Before approaching I took a moment to stop and recite the passage, and as soon as I was done; I could smell steaks, porks, all of the meat imaginable as well as some vegetables and even a hint of a pie. The scent reminded me of what the gum that Violet from Willy Wonka, would have tasted like. This smell was excruciatingly delicious, and when I climbed up those steps, bearded and tattered, all I saw on the stone slab for a table, was the most delicious food I have ever seen in my life. The thought of how it got there, or why, didn’t even cross my mind. I had found the food I was promised, and though the main goal of this expedition was more vital than a three-course meal, I didn’t stop myself from starting to eat. The more I ate, the more laughter I could hear and the louder it became. It was not a nice laugh, not a welcoming one either. No, it was the laugh of someone, something who was in all ways insane. I personally had never heard anything like it. Not even the iconic Joker’s laugh could have compared to the maniacal tone within this gutted, loud howling that ricocheted off of the walls surrounding me in the cave. But, I ignored it and continued eating.
Until I was full, the laughter did not stop me from gorging myself with as much food as possible, and when I truly could not eat a single bite more, I began what I came here to do. Unbunk the myth regarding The Chamógelo.
This laugh, I can remember, was becoming so deafening. My head began to pound as I looked through this enormous cave structure to see what, or who I could find. Normally, this would have freaked me out, but after being stranded alone on a terribly cold mountain, I wanted to meet this person. To interview them. They must have been there, right? I mean, maybe whoever it was was in the same situation as me. They came to investigate the mystery and stayed for the beautiful food left on the table by the force unknown. Or perhaps, they were the chef who made all of the delicious food for me.
Whoever they were, I wanted to know more about them. The booming laughter was everywhere now, and it did not sound happy in any way. But I kept on. I recall having spent nearly four or five hours in the cave before finding the person I was looking for; five hours of feeling so full I could be sick, so cold I could fall over at any moment and my head was so sore from this laughter that I nearly turned back. And that was when it got me. As soon as I felt too weak to continue myself, the room I entered next was the room that I had been looking for. This was the room of The Chamógelo, and I had just found it.
Please, if you are already convinced not to go to these fucking caves; stop reading. If not though, please continue because if this doesn’t change your mind maybe you deserve to be its next victim.
What was once likely a very beautiful young woman, was now nothing more than a terrifying husk. The body of whatever this thing was, was elongated, and a terrible austere colour that I hope never to see again. Its naked body was that of a woman’s, but the figure on this creature was completely gone.
Her, no, its breasts had for some reason been torn off and discarded somewhere in the rotten-smelling room, and the hands of this creature were fingerless; but bound tightly with blades protruding from the nooks in its knuckles. I can only assume what was done with those rusty, blood-crusted blades, but frankly, that was when I wanted to leave. I know, I was naive and stubborn but usually, these things were put in places like this to scare away tourists and keep the story going. I knew this thing was not fake. I knew when I saw its terrible face. A face that could not have been replicated by anyone in fear of death just from the sight.
The eyes were hollowed out, and just two black masses with the decaying sclera still drooping from the empty sockets. The nose, well there was no nose at all. It had looked like this creature was made without such a feature and it was disturbing to look at. But the mouth, that fucking mouth still haunts my dreams every night. There was already nothing natural about this moaning, laughing creature, but that mouth is going to haunt me forever. When someone says that one has a smile to both of there ears; that would be an understatement for this thing. Its mouth was pinned to the side of its head by what I can only describe as medieval safety pins. There were no lips, just a giant crater in its face pinned up to appear to be smiling. The skin around this makeshift mouth was creased, bloodied and rotted making me have to assume that this was made to appear like this. Maybe it did it to itself, or maybe The Chamógelo had a maker once upon a time. Whatever it was, that mouth was not something that a human could have done to itself so I do not know, or even want to know how it got there. Inside of this crevice were rows of sharpened teeth, skin fragments and bones stuck between each tooth; and I can safely say that none of these were without bloodstains.
That was all I allowed myself to take in, before turning around and running back out. But it saw me. It saw me and chased me on those legs that I could only have assumed would have broken under the strain. I had more than three hours to run out of this building, or at least I thought I did, but when I rounded the corner I saw the table where I had my feast. It was impossible, but so was the existence of the creature, so I did not question it.
On the table, where I assumed to be the remnants of a great meal, were nothing but rotting bones and decaying human flesh. I looked down at my hands and saw that the rib sauce and dressings that I thought I had caked onto my fingers, was actually a dried red crimson colour. It was blood.
I had eaten humans.
I started to yell and sob but forgot that I had to escape. This creature was still behind me and was catching up very quickly. Before I had time to start running to that door, that door that was not even two metres away, I fell, and The Chamógelo landed on top of me.
I thought this was going to be my death, and sometimes I wish it was. I assumed that I was going to end up on the table of meat and death; just like the humans I had eaten when I arrived. The creature loomed over me, its mouth or whatever that could be called was writhing, it was attempting to smile; even with its permanent grin already attached. The creature pinned me down and stared at me. Regardless of having no eyes in its sockets, it was staring right at me. Drool began to fall from its hole onto my face and chest, but my consciousness was wavering, and soon I felt nothing. The monster towering over me was the last thing I saw, that fucking laughter was the last thing I heard, and when I woke up I was met by the locals I had seen the week before; screaming and yelling for help.
According to the Johnson family, I had come back six days after I left. That meant that this creature kept me in its lair for two more days than I had arrived, and I have no recollection of any of it. They also said that when I came down, the locals had apparently heard laughter coming from up the trail, but no sign of anyone; even with an extensive search.
You’re probably wondering why it didn’t kill me, and I honestly wish I could answer that for you. Frankly, I believe my life would have been easier if it just had.
After the ordeal at the mountain, the Johnsons took me back into their arms; though disappointed in me for not believing them. They healed and nurtured me until Micheal Lewis arrived later in the next week to aid me home.
I will never forget the face of that man when he saw me again. He looked scared, scared of me.
The creature had mutilated me in the cave. I was not in any pain when I woke up, but I still cannot look into a mirror without hearing the sound of that insanity-inducing laughter. I am writing this, sitting in my office with the screen on my computer as bright as it can be; as to avoid catching a glimpse of my face. The face that I used to love, the face that picked up so many attractive partners through the years. I still wish I had listened to everyone’s stories closely, and I wish that I could have taken back my naivety and childishness before trekking up that cursed mountain and doing this to myself.
Please do not go and try to find The Chamógelo in Greece. The creature might not spare your life as it did mine. I cannot have anyone else meeting the same fate as the table of human decay, or the fact that I cannot even look at myself without remembering that terrible time. I wish you the best of luck if you are a traveller, and I do hope you go and solve some myths out there, but if you ever hear a story about The Chamógelo, The Grinner, or any other variation of such; do not investigate. It could cost you your life. Or your sanity. I still hear that distant laughter every time I shut my eyes.
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2020.08.14 17:22 EndersGame_Reviewer How to Create Your Own Deck of Playing Cards

NB: I first published this article on another site, but figured there would be enough interest from people on this subreddit to reproduce it here, since it gathers some useful information that may help other playing card enthusiasts. It was originally posted here: https://playingcarddecks.com/blogs/all-in/how-to-create-your-own-deck-of-playing-cards
A Guide to Publishing Your Own Custom Deck
Do you want to make your own deck of playing cards? For the modern playing card enthusiast, our current technological climate means that the resources to make your own deck of playing cards are well within reach. Publishing your own custom deck is much easier than you might think. There was a time where the only channels for producing a custom deck were via the few playing card manufacturers that existed around the world. To get a design successfully into print, you needed to be one of the select few artists that these manufacturers collaborated with.
But today it's a brand new world, and the hobbyist playing card designer now has the ability to turn his personal design into something fantastic. Courtesy of technology and of the internet, you don't even need to be a highly trained graphic designer to create something truly beautiful, and if you have the right software and artistic skills, you can design something impressive on your home computer, and get it professionally printed. There's even a chance that your design could even become the next big thing!
Even if your aim is more modest, at the very least you can find a way to bring your design from your computer screen and turn it into an actually published deck. With the help of today's technology, it's really not that difficult to find printers that will produce your playing cards for you. And if you really want, you can even try to harness the power of crowdfunding to get the financial backing needed for a larger print-run, and get your deck into the hands of other playing card enthusiasts.
But how do you go about creating your own deck of playing cards, what are some key elements of this process, and what do you need to know? In this article, we'll help by giving you an overview of everything involved, and share some of the key things to consider. There are five main steps to be thinking about:
  1. Concept
  2. Artwork
  3. Funding
  4. Production
  5. Fulfillment
1. CONCEPT: Your Idea
Before you think about the ways that you are going to achieve your dream of printing your own deck, you want to think carefully about what your personal goal is and have a clear idea of what exactly you are aiming for. There's going to be a lot of decisions that you have to make as part of the process of producing your own deck, so it makes sense at the outset to consider carefully the different factors and choices you have.
Your Theme
What will the theme and central idea of your deck be? It's worth doing some research to see what is already out there. Has the concept of your deck been done before? Has the name you have in mind already been used by an existing project? There's nothing worse than pouring an enormous amount of energy into a project, only to discover that someone else has beat you to the punch, or that a similar product or design already exists. Is your theme just of personal interest, or is it something that you're going to have to bring to the masses? If so, you want to try to find out if it's something that will interest enough people to make your creative efforts worthwhile.
You also have to be careful with projects based on popular music, films, or books. These are typically protected very carefully by laws governing trademarks and copyright, and you'll only be able to use their names or artwork if you get a license to do so. These licensing requirements are typically frightfully expensive and will put such projects well out of reach for the average person.
Your Purpose
Further along the road there will be questions you'll need to answer about the kind of card stock to use, and what company to use for printing your deck. You'll also have to answer questions about the artwork, such as: Are you going to have standard faces, except perhaps for the Jokers and Ace of Spades, or is your deck going to be fully customized? If so, will it primarily be the court cards, or will you have totally custom pips and indices too?
How you answer these questions will usually depend on what you plan to use your deck for:
For card games and magic: Is your deck primarily going to be used for playing card games or for performing card magic? For example, maybe you're a magician and want a custom deck that says something about your brand or image. If so, then you probably want to make sure it remains that everything about it remains clear and functional, and you don't want to deviate too much from the standard formula, or from traditional courts. Otherwise your deck might unnecessarily draw attention to itself, or even suspicion. At the very least, you don't want spectators or fellow gamers distracted too much by novelty, or have cards that are extremely flashy but where the values and suits are very difficult to distinguish with ease, and that the deck isn't even usable.
For collectors: On the other hand, if your deck is geared to be primarily for collectors, then none of this matters too much. Then it is quite fine to have more extensive customization, even if you compromise somewhat on the clarity, because your playing cards aren't intended to be used in performances or games, but rather enjoyed and appreciated as a work of art. You might also want to invest more time and energy, and even cost, into a more glamorous tuck box with embossing and foil, or even a limited edition with a custom numbered seal.
For cardistry: Something similar regarding the clarity of the indices and pips is true of a deck geared towards card flourishing. A cardistry deck has a very different function than a regular deck, so having clear indices and pips isn't your biggest priority. Instead you want cards that look aesthetically pleasing, especially when the cards are moving or displayed. But even then you have to consider whether you want a design that looks optimal in fans and spreads, or whether you are more concerned with how cards look in motion, in spins and twirls. A different focus and emphasis will lead to a different design. This is one reason why some cardistry decks feature geometric designs, while others feature lavish colours. Even a simple choice like whether or not to have a two-way or one-way design on the card backs can have a big impact on how a deck will look when it's being used for flourishing, and you don't want to make the mistake of only thinking about this for the first time only after your deck is in print.
Another important factor will be how many decks you want to print. If you are planning on producing a relatively high volume, of at least 1000 decks or more, that will give you access to the bigger card manufacturing companies, that typically require a minimum order size in that range.
2. ARTWORK: Your Design
What is your deck going to look like? What will the cards themselves look like, and what about the tuck box? This isn't something you want to rush, because it is going to be the key thing that makes or breaks your deck. A poor design won't look good when it's published, nor will it attract buyers.
Your Direction
The purpose of your deck will steer your direction here. So will your personal taste, which will determine what aesthetics you prefer. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Even so, there are principles of design that are almost universally applicable. You should keep in mind some objective criteria, like the concepts covered in my article: What to look for in a quality deck.
For example, cards with black borders will show signs of wear much more quickly, as the white paper shows underneath. This is a practical reason why most playing cards have white borders. Similarly borderless card backs with full bleed artwork may look nice on a computer screen during the design process, but they can be impractical for card magic, because white borders can help disguise reversed cards and certain sleight of hand moves. This is an example where the direction of your artwork will be shaped by the purpose you have in mind.
There are also aesthetic considerations such as aiming for a straight forward overall design on your card back, because something overly busy with too much detail typically won't work well. Experience can play a role here too, because someone who spent a lot of time with playing cards, may be able to give good advice about what works and what doesn't. Colour distinctions between the traditionally red and black pips, and even the arrangement of the pips of the number cards - all of these things involve standards of beauty and excellence, and have implications for functionality and aesthetics.
Your Artist
Once you've got an idea of what you want, you have to decide whether you'll do the artwork yourself, or get an expert in the field to do it for you.
Self-designing: If you are going to do the artwork and design work yourself, you'll want to start with some standard artwork for the cards, then changing these as you go along. Often the printer you are working with will be able to supply you with a starting point. Also check the kinds of files that your printer accepts, and the requirements they have in terms of bleed areas, dimensions, and more. Some fantastic software is available for doing digital artwork, but if you are interested in doing this, expect to spend a lot of time with your computer, exercising your creativity and getting the details right. On the other hand if all you're designing is a custom card back, then this process might turn out to be quite easy, because you can use standard card faces, and all you have to come up with is a custom design for the back of your deck.
Freelance artist: You might find a freelance artist online whose work you like, and perhaps even a very specific design that you want to use for your card backs or another aspect of the playing card artwork. Obviously if you get someone else to do the work, you're going to have to find someone that you can work well with, that communicates clearly and promptly, and where you can afford the extra cost. If it's a graphic artist who is coming up with the artwork and designs for you, you will have to pay for this, and that might cost more than you might think. This will also have an impact on ownership of the final designs, because as a creator and collaborator, they own what is fundamentally their work, which they'll be selling to you. Expect a lot of back and forth communication, depending on how much input you want to have as the design takes shape, unless you prefer to just give your overall concept and let your graphic artist run with it however they please.
Design agency: Even if you do decide to do most of the designs yourself, if you are inexperienced in this area, you might want to pay a graphic design agency to do the final cleaning up for you. In this case you retain all the rights to the artwork, and they are just polishing your overall design.
Publisher: You might collaborate with someone who has a proven record in publishing custom decks, and is interested in working with you on your project. If a publisher is working with you, you'll just be tapping into their expertise in the field, and they'll leave all the actual work of creating the artwork to you, and help walk you through the steps you need to take along the way.
Before getting too heavily invested in a particular graphic design, you have to know which company you'll be printing the decks with. Different playing card manufacturers will have different requirements for the files you have to submit. Typically they will provide information about the kind of files that they accept, including full details about the bleed area, and colour choices.
In this early stage of your project, it's usually a good idea to print a few prototype decks, so that you can check to see how your artwork and designs looks. You may need to use a different company for printing the prototypes, since the larger manufacturers typically won't let you produce only a dozen trial decks. But it is an important step in the process, especially if you are planning a big print run, because that way you can catch any mistakes that might have escaped your notice. It also gives you some decks you can send to reviewers, who will help you spread the word as part of your promotion. You can also use these for making a video trailer and promotional photos of your deck. You'll need all this for the marketing campaign that is essential as part of a crowdfunding project.
Whatever route you decide to go, this isn't a part of the process that you want to rush. Take your time to get things right, so that you can be happy with the result.
3. PRODUCTION: Your Printer
Of the different playing card manufacturers out there, who are you going to use to physically print your cards? As mentioned, this is something you'll have to consider before you even start your graphic design work, because it will have an impact on the types of image files you create, and details like the dimensions and colours.
There are a number of large playing card manufacturers, most of which are quite well known, and but there are also some smaller players worth considering. Which you choose is not just a matter of price, but it also depends on your needs, such as the volume of decks you are producing, and the kind of quality and service you are after. Here are the main contenders:
United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) - This is the industry giant and heavy-weight, which produces the most playing cards in the United States today. It was established in 1894, and was recently acquired by European company Cartamundi. This isn't something you need to worry about too much, however, because USPCC is an established brand, and not likely to stop any of their product line any time soon; if anything they will only get better. The merger with Cartamundi does reduce some of the competition in the industry, but if it means that USPCC can build on its established products and improve them with the benefit of technology and input from Cartamundi, then everyone stands to benefit. One negative to be aware of is that USPCC decks are notorious for having inaccurate registration, which means that occasionally a deck will be printed with inconsistent borders, looking particularly ugly if the design has narrow borders. USPCC also does not do small size orders, so they will only really be an option for you if you are planning on producing at least 1000 deck. But they're one of the biggest and best, which is why so many projects choose to print with them.
Cartamundi - Based in Europe, this is another giant manufacturer of playing cards. However it is only in recent years that they have started to become a big player in the custom playing card market. Previously no playing card projects used them for production, but that has changed over the last year or two. Their style of playing cards looks and feels quite different from a standard Bicycle deck from USPCC, and will also handle differently. Overall their playing cards have been very well received and are of excellent quality, but they aren't for everyone given the different feel. In recent times big brands like Ellusionist have been printing more and more of their custom designs with Cartamundi instead of USPCC, and when a large company like Ellusionist is confident enough to do this, it means you can have confidence in Cartamundi as well. Like USPCC, you will need a decent size order, which for Cartamundi is a minimum of at least 200 decks.
Legends Playing Card Company (LPCC) - LPCC prints the bulk of their playing cards in a factory in Taiwan, and has been a popular choice for many crowdfunding projects due to the high quality of their playing cards. The card stock is extremely durable, even more so than USPCC playing cards, but it tends to feel stiffer and snappier, resulting in a different feel, which is especially ideal for cuts and cardistry. Fans and spreads can start to clump a little over time, but overall LPCC decks are of a standard that almost matches USPCC decks, and exceeds it in some areas, such as the smooth cut on the sides of the deck. And unlike USPCC printed decks, their printing registration is consistently spot on, so a design with narrow borders is never a problem. In a new development, they are also starting to work with another factory in China, where the quality apparently matches that of the Taiwan factory.
Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC) - EPCC also prints the majority of their decks in Taiwan, where they share a factory with LPCC. These two playing card manufacturers are typically lumped together, and although they use different terminology to describe their available finishes and card stock options, their final playing card product is practically identical in most cases. EPCC is managed by Bill Kalush in the USA, while LPCC is run by Lawrence Sullivan in Hong Kong. Much like USPCC, LPCC and EPCC both require a minimum order size of around 1,000 decks.
Hanson Chien Production Company (HCPC) - While not as big a name as the previously mentioned manufacturers, there has been an increasing number of decks produced with HCPC. They offer a decent range of different types of card stocks and other options for printing, with a look and feel extremely similar to playing cards produced by LPCC/EPCC, so I wouldn't be surprised if they employ similar processes, and the same factory in Taiwan for some of their decks. Their playing cards typically have a long-lasting, firm, and snappy stock with an embossed air cushion finish. Their decks closely match the quality and handling of those from EPCC/LPCC, although they haven't produced nearly as many projects.
Taiwan Playing Card Company (TWPCC) - This is another smaller manufacturer based in Taiwan, and is closely linked to their distributor Bomb Magic, which produces magic supplies for the Asian market. Their playing cards are quite similar to the previously mentioned Taiwanese playing card manufacturers, and they also use the same factory and create a similar product. English isn't their first language, however, and in my own experience in corresponding with them, communication can prove to be a challenge.
Shenzhen Wangjing Printing Co (WJPC) - Based in mainland China, WJPC has a large operation. Creators that have used them in recent years include Elephant Playing Cards and Guru Playing Cards. I'm told by those who have used WJPC personally that they have a comprehensive range of options and competitive prices, are easy to deal with, and good in communicating quickly and respectfully. The quality of their decks won't quite match what you'll get from manufacturers like USPCC, Cartamundi, or Taiwanese-based producers, and decks won't fan or spread as smoothly. But they do have an air cushion finish, are very well priced, and the average person will likely be happy with the outcome.
MakePlayingCards - Called MPC for short, this company is one of the smaller players in the industry. They have their own line of playing cards as well, and especially their Impressions series does a good job of showing the kind of potential with UV spot printing, a secondary printing process that adds gloss and a tactile element to the surface of the cards in selected areas. MPC is especially a popular choice for smaller print runs, and they have also been used by a lot of creators needing to print prototypes. They're based in Asia, and have a proven track record of success. Their embossed playing cards are definitely superior to cheaper options elsewhere. Even so the handling of their best playing cards won't match that of playing cards produced by bigger players like USPCC, Cartamundi, and LPCC/EPCC. MPC cards will tend to clump more quickly, and not fan and spread as smoothly in the long run; nor will they faro easily and readily.
Shuffled Ink - This company offers a similar service to MPC, but is based in Florida. Although they occasionally produce some of their products in China, the majority of their playing cards are printed and produced in the United States, and for some creators this will be an important consideration. From personal experience, the quality is quite similar to that of decks by MPC. When you are making a custom deck, you will want to produce some prototypes to see how your design will look on a printed deck, and since that isn't offered by larger companies such as USPCC, manufacturers like MPC and Shuffled Ink are perfect for the purpose. Shuffled Ink can produce cards with a high quality embossed (linen) finish, and they also can print in small quantities, unlike some of the bigger companies.
Noir Arts (NPCC) - Also known as the Noir Playing Card Company, Noir Arts not only prints playing cards but also offers a fulfilment service for shipping them to your buyers and backers. They are based in the Ukraine, so communication may not always be as smooth as it is with some of the other playing card manufacturers, although they do have English speaking staff. They print a high volume of cheap decks for local tourism in Europe, but also have been printing custom playing decks for project creators, and doing production and fulfilment for some crowdfunding campaigns. Their strength lies in producing outstanding tuck boxes, many of which have a quality level easily exceeds a typical deck from other publishers. They do offer embossed card stock, but their playing cards tend to clump quickly, and do not shuffle smoothly or consistently. So the quality of the cards themselves is noticeably less than what you will typically get with a deck printed by other publishers, making them less than optimal for cardistry, magic, or card games, and better when intended just for collectors.
The above list can seem a little overwhelming, so let's narrow down your options a little. For the best quality possible and with a large print run of at least 1000 decks, consider USPCC, Cartamundi, or LPCC/EPCC. If you're just printing a smaller number of decks, such as prototypes or a small print run for family or friends, try MPC or Shuffled Ink; only serious cardists and dedicated collectors will notice that their cards won't fan quite as smoothly, and the average person will still be impressed with the quality and air cushion style finish. You might consider the other manufacturers if you want lower prices, but this comes with an increased risk of a reduction in quality.
Tuck boxes
What about your tuck boxes? Most playing card manufacturers will take care of this for you, and print these along with your deck, for an added cost. There are companies that specialize in producing high end tuck boxes, or perhaps can offer a better rate than big players like USPCC, and the one mentioned the most often with praise is Clove St Press.
Just be aware that this will add an extra step into the production process, so it means that it is an additional thing that can go wrong, and thus can slow down the overall fulfilment timeline. But if you do want something more exotic or luxurious for your tuck box, this is an option to consider.
4. FUNDING: Your Finances
How are you going to finance your deck? Are you going to get help from a crowdfunding platform, or just bankroll everything yourself? A word of caution here: Don't expect to make money from your first deck of playing cards, even if you use crowdfunding! Even if you're using Kickstarter to get financial backing for your project, printing your deck may still end up costing you money. So it's important to carefully do the math, and be aware of everything involved.
Self-funding
If you have deep pockets, you might want to go ahead and funding the project yourself upfront. But this typically involves significant costs up front, and there's no guarantee that your decks will sell. Do you really want to be stuck with boxes and boxes of playing cards in your basement that nobody wants? Another disadvantage of bankrolling your own decks is that you'll need to market them afterwards. Crowdfunding projects aren't just about raising money, but they are also function as a pre-order system and advertising campaign rolled into one, so typically your decks already have buyers at the time they are printed.
On the other hand, crowdfunding can involve a lot of headaches and extra work, and it might be important for you to avoid all of that. But going the self-funding route does have a bigger risk, and you need to be prepared for the eventuality of things not turning out how you'd hoped. Established designers and creators who are certain to sell their product will sometimes self-fund their project, but only because they already have a guaranteed market. Even then many will still prefer using Kickstarter, simply because it gives them a good idea of what the demand is, and it takes care of their advertising and promotion at the same time.
Publisher-funding
If you're fortunate, you might be able to find a publisher that is willing to buy your design outright, and fund your deck for you. In this case you're basically selling them your design, so this might be the best option for someone whose strength is as a graphic designer or artist, and doesn't want to deal with the marketing, production, and fulfilment at all. Examples of companies that have published decks created by other designers included Ellusionist and Murphy's Magic. Ellusionist tends to have in-house designers, and most of their decks fit within their own vision for their brand, and are shaped by this. In contrast, a publisher like Murphy's Magic is more flexible, and has published many custom decks under their label.
Murphy's Magic has their own design team and production team that specializes in playing cards, so some of their playing cards are produced from start to finish completely in house. But you can also submit playing card designs, which they will then adjust to their standards, and then take care of printing, distributing, and even some marketing. To be successful in getting your deck accepted for publishing by them, however, you will need to have a very good design. They get a lot of submissions, and are only going to be prepared to make an investment in your design if they can be confident that they will actually get a financial return on what they put into printing and publishing it. After receiving your proposed design, they have a thorough testing process to see if it fits what they are looking for, and then their development team takes it over. But the plus side is that you don't need to try to scrape together the money yourself. Creators who have succeeded with this model have reported that even this method won't leave them with much money left over, especially if you're paying a graphic designer or artist to come up with your designs in the first place.
Crowd-funding
Although there are other crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo, Kickstarter has easily emerged as the leading platform of choice for creators of custom decks. The advantages of using a crowdfunding platform are obvious: you get money in the bank before you have to start paying the costs of production. And there is always that slim chance that your custom deck will go viral, become popular, and hit the big time. It's happened before!
But the crowdfunding route also has challenges. In today's crowded marketplace, it's not just a simple as putting your deck out there for funding on Kickstarter, and kicking up your heels while you wait for the money to roll in, as backers arrive and pledge money in support of your deck. If anything, it is harder to have a successful project today than ever before. The playing card industry is somewhat saturated, and with new decks coming out all the time, it is very difficult to stand out from everybody else.
If you are going to get your project successfully funded with crowdfunding, you have to have a realistic target figure, and you're going to have to do a lot of marketing to get funded. I've seen many excellent designs fail to meet their target, simply because the creator didn't put enough effort into marketing. This requires a lot of work, and means you need a lot of connections. You need to connect with influencers and reviewers to help you get the word out. You need to be active on various social network platforms and discussion forums. Much of this work will have to be done in advance, so that you're ready to go with your marketing campaign as soon as the project launches, and often you'll even want to be busy doing promotion in advance. Once the project goes live, you need to engage with your supporters, and perhaps announce different goals or bonus items and add-on products along the way to keep up the momentum. This is hard work, and not everyone is cut out to do it.
There are exceptions, and the main one is if you already have an established brand or following. Popular creators and established designers like Jackson Robinson and Giovanni Meroni nearly always get their projects funded very quickly. But these are in-demand designers who have worked hard to build up a successful brand and a legion of fans. If you're Mr Nobody arriving out of nowhere with your first deck, you won't nearly get the same response.
Sometimes a creator will get cross-over supporters from other arenas in which they have had success. For example, Gentleman Wake is a highly respected video reviewer with a large following on youtube, and his Parlour Playing Cards was a big success due to the supporters he could bring in. Similarly magician Chris Ramsay could produce his 1st Playing Cards largely on the back of his successful youtube channel.
But for the average creator, don't expect crowdfunding to be a magical money machine. It's hard work, and all the hidden costs along the way will often mean that you'll be happy just to cross your target goal, without thinking about making a cent of profit at the other end. Kickstarter itself will take a generous chunk of what you make, and there are a lot of other expenses you might not be counting on. There are some successful Kickstarter stories, but in today's competitive and crowded market, in most cases you should just be glad to break even, and at the end of the day you may even end up making a loss. Despite all the glamour and the big numbers you sometimes see on projects, for most creators crowdfunding is largely a way to help advertise their deck and help get connected with a buying public, not a way of actually making a pile of money. Don't embark on this road to generate a reliable stream of income.
That doesn't mean crowdfunding is a waste of time. It's disappointing if your project fails, but surely that is a better outcome than investing over $10,000 into printing a deck of cards that never sells, and be stuck with boxes of playing cards in your garage for the next few years. Crowdfunding also has the advantage of helping spread the word, so it is a form of advertising at the same time. It even gives you the opportunity to make tweaks to your design to help improve it, based on input you get from backers.
If you do use Kickstarter, be smart about it, and plan the timing of your launch well. Smart creators do a build up (e.g. an email list), so that it can start with a bang. And don't have your launch happen at a time where you're less likely to succeed, such as the holidays, or when several other big projects are making so much noise that yours goes unnoticed.
So there are plenty of good reasons to go use Kickstarter to finance your deck. If you are going to go the crowdfunding route, just do your research, know what you are doing, and be well prepared for everything this involves. Do all your homework in advance, including most of your decisions about production and fulfilment. You can expect a lot of questions about the quality of your playing cards, and shipping costs, so you want to make sure you have all these details handy at the time your project launches. You want your pricing to be accurate, and that you are ready to answer whatever queries come your way. If all this sounds like it's a bit too much, you might just want to find a publisher or experienced creator team who knows what they are doing, and can partner with you to help.
5. FULFILLMENT: Your Shipping
Once your decks are printed and produced, how are they going to get to your buyers? Are you going to do all this yourself, or are you going to get a company that specializes in this to do it for you?
Self-shipping
A big advantage of organizing the shipping of your playing cards yourself, is that you can make sure that your buyers get the very best in service. But that is only if you're prepared to put in the effort required, and that may prove more than you think. It will be another enormous commitment of time and resources, and you will need to know what you are doing, or at least quickly learn how to do it.
How much is your time worth to you? Perhaps you're willing and keen to learn what the logistics involves, and will do a terrific job with this. Just be prepared for some real headaches along the way. You will almost certainly have to be involved in untangling cases where a deck doesn't arrive despite you shipping it, goes to an outdated address, or arrives damaged, and problems of that nature.
Fulfilment company
Going with a company that takes care of fulfilment for you avoids all these headaches. But you'll want to make sure that it is a reliable company with a proven track record of success, and a good reputation. If they don't do their job properly, you can't just hang them out to dry, because your backers will blame you as the front man, not the company you're getting to do this job for you. So this is something you want to think through carefully, and not jump on board a company rashly just because they seem to promise much at a cheap rate.
There are companies that will partner with you for the entire process, or even just for part of it, such as the production and fulfilment, and here are a few you could look into using.
Gambler's Warehouse: One of the most popular companies used for fulfilment is Gambler's Warehouse, and they seem to be the leading choice for Kickstarter project creators. They are very experienced in providing fulfilment for crowdfunded projects, and have been the company of choice for many creators over the last couple of years.
Noir Arts (NPCC): Not only will they print your cards for you, but they also take care of the fulfilment of crowdfunded projects if you wish. But I'm quite certain their fulfillment service only applies to decks they have printed themselves, and as mentioned earlier, the quality of their decks is mostly suited to collectors. If you want a deck that handles smoothly and consistently, this probably won't be a good option, even if they offer an attractive price that includes fulfilment.
Art of Play: This is the brand of Dan & Dave Buck, and this is the label under which they produce their own playing cards and run a successful online store. They also have an arm that specializes in fulfilment services for crowdfunding projects, even if they weren't involved in the production itself. They then handle all the logistics and the work of getting your decks into the hands of your buyers and backers.
Murphy's Magic: Another option is to use a company like Murphy's Magic. But first you need to submit a successful design to them, and convince them it's good enough to buy and publish. If you are fortunate enough to come up with something they like, their development team takes over your design, and they take care of printing and distributing it, getting it into the hands of suppliers. Murphy's Magic doesn't sell directly to the general public, so they usually sell decks to retailers who will then market it. Of course you might decide to buy a large stash from them at a wholesale price to sell them yourself. But at least with this method they'll take care of getting the majority of your decks to retailers, and from there they become available to the general public, meaning you don't have to worry about shipping and fulfilment at all.
FINAL THOUGHTS
As you can see, there's a lot to think about, and you want to research your options carefully before embarking on a road towards printing your own custom deck. But don't let the diversity of options scare you either, because it's not hard to get overwhelmed, thinking that the process is much more complicated than what it actually is.
In most cases your choices will become obvious after taking into consideration what you have in mind with your custom deck in the first place. Printing a small number of decks for family and friends, based on a design you've whipped up together on your PC, immediately rules out the industry giants, all of which have a large minimum order size. That leaves you choosing between companies like MPC or Shuffled Ink, and you won't have to worry about organizing shipping and fulfilment either. But if you're more ambitious and are serious about bringing a large scale project to the playing card market, then you'll have to think things through a little more carefully, and going with an established playing card manufacturer like USPCC, Cartamundi, or EPCC/LPCC will make good sense. Either way, your options narrow as you plug in the considerations important for you.
Once you've got some direction, one of the biggest questions you'll have to decide is whether you can manage everything yourself, or whether you need help from someone with experience in the field. Perhaps you're brave enough to navigate the crowdfunding scene on your own, and are prepared to do all the hard work this involves. But for many people, it might be a better idea to partner with other experienced individuals along the way, either by collaborating with a publisher who can do some of the work for you, or by leaving parts of the work to experienced and proven experts, such as a graphic artist, or a company experienced in shipping and fulfilment. One option is to use the services and expertise of a professional consultant, like Max Playing Cards or Don Boyer.
Whatever you decide, this article should make you appreciate all the more the effort it took to bring you the playing cards that are displayed on your shelf or desk right now. And perhaps it might just give you the tools you need to contribute a creation of your own, and bring it to my desk or to the shelves of other playing card enthusiasts around the world!
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2020.08.10 11:48 Spaxton22 21 [M4F] EU/Czech this post out

Now that I've gotten your attention with the mediocre pun. Hi my name is Dave, I'm 21 and currently living in a constant state of dread Czech Republic. I'll mention outright that I am Asian :). Long time lurker, rare poster.
I am a person who keeps to himself, rarely opening up to strangers and introverted which means that I don't usually leave the comfort of my home, but I don't mind doing outdoor activities once in a while. Parties are gatherings are not my forte and the same applies for carrying conversations, but clicking with the right people I can ramble hours on end about common interests and anything. I can be caring, doting and might overshare too much if I find someone who clicks with me. I am INTP-T if that matters.
Certainly the internet and games overall have shaped who am I as a person. The online world was always an escape for me and over the years I've mastered few games and accumulated a ton of useless memes and trivia. I'm mostly into competitive titles such as CS:GO, Rocket League, Rust and recently I got into CoD: MW. I'm decent at them, one currently makes me a living.
Apart from games I enjoy a variety of music and a healthy dose of manga. Not bound to any specific genre, I have mood playlists, my all time favourite artist is Owl City, however I like to sometimes leave Spotify discovery run to find something new. Overall I do lean towards more electronic/uplifting/chill music.
As for manga and anime culture in general, I enjoy it casually since it was a natural extension from my comic books obsession back when I was a young wee boy. I read mostly romance, action and horror stuff never truly captivated me.
Loyalty
Capable of devoting myself to something/someone I find worthy.
LAZY (The biggest demon I'm fighting, working on being productive).
Sometimes dense and unable to read between the lines and reciprocate (go team INTP).
Bad at social interactions in general. Carries and unhealthy amount of self-doubt, anxiety and insecurity.
I'll preface this that I am unsure if I'm seeking a relationship out right, I like to think it takes time to build something like this and I'd be more open to friendship and if circumstances like short distance and such would allow for something IRL I am open to the possibility of it blossoming into something further that as well.
Basically looking for someone who lives in Czechia, the countries neighbouring Czechia or very least the EU (and I know I'm shooting myself in the foot since a lot of y'all are US based, sorry).
As a hopeless romantic would ideally want for someone wholesome, who is reliable and caring for their other half. Someone who is interested in me as a person and what I do. Someone who I can exchange weird memes and they'd still get them, someone who I'd have debates until 3AM. Someone who isn't afraid of hardship and will stick it through thick and thin.
Similar values in life, and someone who is ideally more into tech & games.
I'm aware that appearance is a big deal to many. I don't really care much about height (I myself am 168cm tall) but I am looking for someone who is somewhat fit, doesn't smoke, drink too much or abuses substances since I am clean myself. And of course, I'm happy to swap pics after a bit.
As for age, I'd love to connect with someone around my age +- few years.
If you've gotten this far, please include your favourite music genre/artist/song in the response.
Smoking, religion and pseudoreligious views
Someone who shares my values, is into my personality and sees a meaningful future with me be it just friends or something more.
Someone who wants to just shoot shit with me in games and or exchange music/anime/manga/meme recommendations.
Someone who wants to sit down and have a chat about life and share experiences, listen to my troubles and I listen to theirs.
I'm stuck at home so I will most likely respond fast to all messages. Though I will gladly ignore creeps, throwaways and "hey"/short responses. If you think I'm worth it, drop me a PM/Chat.
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2020.08.07 14:14 houseofpalms 100 per cent down vs mortgage for more space to raise family

I’m on BS 2, currently paying off $16,500 student loan debt. I am paying off $1K/month and am on track to be debt-free by Jan 2022. I am also saving $500/month towards a wedding which will probably happen in 2022.
I (30f) live with my partner (32m) in an affordable in-law apartment, we split the $950/month rent which includes all utilities, internet etc. Combined our pretax income is about $65-70K (take-home is more like $50K). The apartment is big and we really like our landlords (my sister and brother-in-law). My question is, should we stay in this living situation until we have saved up 100 per cent down for a home, which could take 10 YEARS for a $250,000 home saving $2000/month? I anticipate having a baby in 5 years; it’s hard to imagine raising a child in the apartment, which is a one-bedroom. If we decide we need more space, we’d do what Dave recommends for a mortgage, 20 per cent down on a 15 year mortgage.
Another factor in all this is my partner’s student loan debt which is $55,000. I plan to help him pay that off once we are married and my loans are paid off. So the calendar I’m looking at is:
  1. Jan 2022, I’m debt free.
  2. Get married in 2022, partner and I start throwing $2K/month+ at his loans, with goal of paying them off in 2-3 years. Then we’d be debt free.
  3. 2025. Save up 3-6 month emergency fund and have a baby.
  4. Then we start saving up for a home. By 2035 we own a home outright - maybe sooner if our income goes up. Or, we save for a down payment, which would only take 2 years.
How much would we really benefit financially from waiting until we have 100 per cent down vs. a 15 year mortgage? Would it be crazy to try to raise a child from age 0-10 in an apartment where they couldn’t have their own bedroom?
In terms of wealth building, I always thought owning a home should be a priority, but I’m starting to think 100 per cent down should be the priority.
Thanks!
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2020.08.07 10:23 EndersGame_Reviewer The Case of the Missing 40,000 Jerry Nugget Decks

The Case of the Missing 40,000 Jerry Nugget Decks: A Detective Story
NB: I first published this article (with pictures) at PlayingCardDecks here.
Jerry's Nugget Playing Cards. The story of the original Jerry's Nugget decks is a fascinating one, and there are many interesting side-stories to explore about along the way. You can read the main story about the Jerry's Nugget decks in my previous article here: The Legendary Jerry's Nugget Playing Cards.
But the full truth still remains somewhat hidden, and there are aspects about the Jerry's Nugget story that even today we can't totally be sure about. And with the passage of time, several juicy tidbits of lore have become attached to this famous deck.
In this article I invite you to join me in a quest to explore another juicy story that has become part of the Jerry's Nugget legend. Is it true that the final stock of 40,000 Jerry's Nugget decks was bought up from the casino by a mysterious overseas buyer? Because this is an oft-repeated part of the story, that you'll hear whispered rumours about across the landscape of the internet. But this a statement of fact or fiction, and is it truth or myth? It could mean that right now someone is potentially sitting on a small fortune of Jerry's Nugget decks worth around $500 a piece. If it's true.
So please put on your Sherlock Holmes trench-coat and deerstalker hat, arm yourself with a good amount of deductive logic and persistence, and join me as we see if we can really get to the bottom of this mystery, and dredge up the truth behind this famed haul of 40,000 decks!

A Secret Stash of 40,000 Decks?

If you are curious - like I am - and do some digging about the story and history of the Jerry's Nugget decks, it won't take you long to stumble across mention of the claim that a stash of the final 40,000 decks of Jerry's Nuggets was bought up in a single swoop, cleaning out the casino's remaining inventory of these prized decks.
The story about some lucky buyer nabbing a final stash of 40,000 decks is circulated quite widely around the internet. Do a Google search for "40,000 Jerry's Nugget" and look at how many hits this gets! Some places that sell the decks even include this in their ad copy. For example, here's the ad copy over at one online retailer, which was selling authentic decks for $525 before they sold out:
Another online retailer says the same. Many reviewers have parroted this information as well, such as this example. So do various sites dedicated to information about playing cards, such as this example.
As far as many people are concerned, this information is more along the lines of "fact" than fiction, and it's become part of the story that everyone accepts. Little wonder that it is often repeated by collectors in discussion forums about playing cards, and that it has given more than just one person a tinge of envy.

Who is the mysterious buyer?

So who is the lucky guy with 40,000 decks of precious Jerry's Nugget decks hidden in his basement or garage? And is the story even true?
Some of the sources for this story seem quite credible. And they also reveal the buyer's name: French magician Dominique Duvivier. One person quotes Jordan Lapping, apparently among the first cardists to get Jerry's Nugget decks and use them for flourishing.
Dominique Duvivier is a French magician who performs and works with his daughter Alexandra, and together they have a high profile in the world of French magic. They are even well known in the circles of international magic, and were featured on the cover of the June 2013 issue of Genii Magazine.
Norwegian magician Allan Hagen has a long-time interest in the Jerry's Nugget decks, and he also mentions Duvivier's purchase of 40,000 Jerry's Nugget decks as apparent fact in something he posted on Reddit in 2015, where he describes his perspective on their rarity and value.
You'll read similar reports in an article published by Ukrainian cardists Alexander and Nikolay about Jerry's Nugget decks in June 2017. Two things are common to all these accounts: the number 40,000 for the haul of decks purchased by the mysterious overseas buyer. And now his name: Dominique Duvivier.
I contacted a number of different sources, including people who had personal connections with some of the key players who were closely involved when Jerry's Nuggets decks first became a fad among magicians and cardists in the late 1990s. One source told me: "Interesting, the name of the European magician - it was a big secret back then. Someone actually told me his name back then, but it was on the proviso that I never publish it. Well, I see it's out of the bag now."

Was Dominique Duvivier the buyer?

But is there any evidence that Dominique Duvivier was really the mystery buyer whose name had been a carefully kept secret for some time at least? It was time for some more detective work. Google brought me to Duvivier's personal website.
It didn't take long to discover that Duvivier does indeed have a real fondness for Jerry's Nuggets Playing Cards. They are everywhere - in his photos, his videos, and his instagram.
Judging by the many French-language comments on his site, it also becomes apparent that Duvivier is highly respected and appreciated in his home country for his magic. It's also evident from reading some of the comments that his Jerry's Nuggets decks are a signature of his performance. Some even consider them to be the equivalent of a Stradivarius that Duvivier uses to perform with as a master magician.
But it was when I checked Duvivier's youtube channel that I found some real gold: Dominique himself performing with Jerry's Nugget cards in this clip. In fact, if you check out his other videos there, you'll find quite a few where he performs magic with Jerry's Nugget playing cards, like this performance from 2014, this more recent ace cutting routine, and this false shuffle. Duvivier has even contributed a Jerry's Nugget themed trick to the magic industry, entitled Jerry's Nuggets Cards in Bag.
You can watch the promo video for this trick in French or English. His daughter Alexandra Duvivier successfully used it to fool Penn and Teller on their show Fool Us. Here's the episode, and some unseen footage.
But just because Dominique Duvivier happens to really, really like Jerry's Nugget playing cards doesn't prove that he bought out a massive stash of the last 40,000 decks from the casino. So this still begs this question: Did any of this even happen? And is there really someone on this planet with a hoard of 40,000 decks, whether it is Dominique Duvivier or anybody else?
One of my favourite photos on Duvivier's site is this one here, with his haul. If that's any indication, surely the legendary haul was starting to seem somewhat plausible. It was time to ask around, and check in with some of the people who were around when the Jerry's Nugget decks first became the rage.
Of the sources I consulted, few could be considered more reliable than Lee Asher. For many people Lee is synonymous with the Jerry's Nugget phenomenon. He also had close connections with the events of the time, and was instrumental in bringing the Jerry's Nuggets into the limelight in the first place, by singing their paises. He was kind enough to respond when I contacted him for comment about Duvivier's alleged haul of 40,000 Jerry's Nugget decks, and Lee bluntly told me the following:
"This is misinformation. There weren't 40k decks left in 1999. We don't even know if Jerry's even printed 40k decks."
Really? Apparently Lee Asher knew Duvivier personally, and he was the very person who first told Duvivier that the casino even had the cards for sale. He also visited his home and shop in Paris many times throughout this period of time. In Lee's words:
"Without a doubt, I NEVER saw 40k of ANY deck there. That's basically nine pallets worth. The house, their magic shop and night club weren't big enough to house these decks. It also seems Duvivier isn't the last one to buy the remaining decks. Jerry's Nugget Casino believes they sold the last case of cards to someone in Japan in 1999."
Well, it seems that the story had to be put to rest. Was this entire story perhaps just a magnificent urban legend after all? And if it was, where does the number of 40,000 decks come from, and how did this story get so much traction that it spread all around the internet, and is accepted unquestionably by so many people? My task had just become a bit harder, but I wasn't going to give up yet. It was time to try to track down where the many websites that quoted this story got the figure of 40,000 from in the first place.

Where does the figure of 40,000 come from?

With some more digging, the oldest article I could find on the subject was by a card collector who has a collection of fine articles on his site, White Knuckle Cards. This particular article dates back to 2009, and is one of the earliest references to the legendary stash of 40,000 decks that I could find.
This particular article seems to be the first time the figure of 40,000 pops up, pre-dating all the more recent mentions of it. And it's not hard to figure out how it spread from there. On 6 August 2015, someone called "Doctor Papa Jones" added these details to Wikipedia's article on Jerry's Nuggets, evidently relying on the White Knuckle Cards article. As a result the Wikipedia article now read as follows: "In 2000, a private collector purchased the remaining stock of 40,000 decks".
So now this "fact" is on Wikipedia and has some real "credibility". In fact, the number 40,000 stays up on Wikipedia for the next five years unchallenged! And that allows it to spread around the internet and go wild. Because where does everyone go when they're looking for reliable, authoritative, and trustworthy information about something? Wikipedia!
Despite the mention of the magical stash of 40,000 decks, Duvivier's name remained out of the spotlight for a further four years. It was simply a mysterious "private collector" who had purchased the big haul. But in 2019, someone connected the dots to Duvivier, and so the Wikipedia article was changed to include his name.
So how did that happen? Well the supporting reference that Doctor Papa Jones included in his 2015 edit was a link to an article by Dan and Dave Buck, dating back to 7 Dec 2011. This article is also no longer available, but can be tracked down with the help of the Internet Archive here. It doesn't give the figure of 40,000 but does drop Duvivier's name.
So the evidence seems to suggest this development: Apparently relying on the White Knuckle Cards article from 2009 as a source, the number 40,000 first embedded itself in the WIkipedia article on Jerry's Nugget Playing Cards in 2015. Slowly the story grew, until somebody finally connected the dots that were hidden in plain sight elsewhere on the internet, and as a result Duvivier's name gets added four years later. Now things are set up for a great story: Mr Duvivier is sitting on a massive stash of 40,000 Jerry's Nuggets in France.
The story gained even more traction as a result of the revived interest in Jerry's Nuggets that inevitably happened when a tribute deck was printed in 2019. It was inevitable that many would rely on Wikipedia as a source, and so the details even ended up being quoted in ad copy for the reprinted decks. What had previously just been a matter of quiet rumour or speculation, was now considered as fact. Oh, the joy of Wikipedia - it has certainly helped promote quite the legend here!
And it doesn't take a genius to see that if this is true, Duvivier could be sitting on a small fortune. At $500 each, 14,000 decks would be worth around $700,000. Naturally a market flooded with them would drop their value. But even if the going price dropped to $100 a piece, that would still value his holdings at over $100,000. Even if he just sold the occasional decks at $500 a pop, this windfall could generate a nice little secondary income. That is, if the legend is true, a fact yet to be proven....

Revising the figure

Because this year, the Wikipedia article was changed. By now of course the (mis)information about Duvivier's haul had gone far and wide, and a lot of potential damage has already been done. But on 25 March 2020 someone called "TheCongressGuy" changed it to read that Duvivier "purchased the remaining stock of 1,500-2000 decks".
Suddenly the number of Duvivier's legendary purchase had been reduced from 40,000 to something around 5% of the size. A figure of 1,500-2000 seems much more likely. So who made the change and what was their source?
I did some more digging and managed to track down TheCongressGuy. He is Kevan Seaney, who describes himself as an "antique playing cards collector, specializing in the Congress 606 brand" and posts here. In February 2020 he wrote here that he'd learned that Duvivier had not purchased 40,000 decks. I was curious, and eventually found the following video that he posted about this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2pctAEuiZA
And who was his source that Kevan credits for correcting the previous (mis)information about the number 40,000? If you watch that video, you'll find out that it is none other than the great Lee Asher. Lee Asher isn't just "anyone". He's a playing card expert, and the current president of 52 Plus Joker The American Playing Card Collectors Club. He's the guy who first generated public interest in Jerry's Nugget decks, brought them to the attention of cardists like the Buck twins and Chris Kenner, and was later a purveyor of these icon decks via his website. He's also had personal connections with Duvivier, was the person who informed Duvivier that they were available from the casino, and has personally spent a lot of time with him in Paris.
And Lee Asher is a key person that has helped get real Jerry's Nugget decks into the hands of a new generation today. He's the guy who was instrumental in making a collaboration happen between Jerry's Nugget Casino and Expert Playing Card Company, by suggesting that EPCC get the exclusive licence needed to reprint these iconic decks in 2019, as announced in an official press release here.
It's plain that along with EPCC's Bill Kalush, Lee Asher (pictured below) was singularly responsible for getting an officially licensed Jerry's Nugget deck back into the hands of a new generation and into the collections of those who couldn't afford the massive sticker price of the originals. So if anyone has a passion for the original Jerry's Nuggets, it is Lee Asher. Of anyone in this picture, Lee is the person with the most credibility, and his opinion and perspective should carry a lot of weight.
With Asher as his source, Kevan Seaney points out that 40,000 decks of Jerry's Nugget playing cards is the equivalent of around 8 pallets. That's a massive amount, and would weigh around four tons. And it would take up a tremendous amount of space! Kevan cites Lee Asher as saying (via voice messages in Instagram) that in 1999 Asher told Duvivier that he could get the decks from the casino, and that Duvivier bought around 1,500-2000 decks at the time. Lee subsequently visited his home and store - France's oldest magic shop - in France many times. And according to Asher, there was no way Duvivier had room for 40,000 decks. Kevin also says that Lee Asher pointed out to him that these were technically not the final lot of decks sold by the casino anyway, and that the last decks (a "case" of unknown size) probably went to Japan.
Wow. That really changes things! So based on this apparent "new information" from Lee Asher - who to his credit has apparently been saying this all along - Wikipedia gets a new edit by TheCongressGuy aka Kevin Seaney. The impressive figure of 40,000 is reduced to a much more modest 1500-2000, which is paltry by comparison to the much larger figures circulating the internet, and not nearly as impressive a story. But this is only after Wikipedia has been singing a different tune for five years, so the `damage' has been done, and the story of Duvivier's windfall of 40,000 Jerry's Nuggets is already accepted by most people as a true story.

Duvivier's own story

Suddenly it occurred to me to investigate Duvivier himself. Was this perhaps a line of inquiry that might produce some solid leads and definitive facts? Has the man himself ever commented on all these stories about his legendary haul? Could I find anything directly from the man himself that would shed some light on these legends? In fact, why hadn't I thought of this earlier? Just because nobody else seems to have dug up or reported anything from the man's own mouth, doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. I slapped myself for my own foolishness, and headed back to Google.
As it turns out, Duvivier has written about this! But because it's an article in French, it's escaped notice from most people. Since he's popular as a professional magician in France, he not only has his own website, but he also writes his own blog. And sure enough, he's addressed this very topic in a blog article that he wrote in April 2011 under the title "Magiphageuh No 14: Les Jerry's Nugget".
With the help of an online translation tool, we learn this:
"As most of you already know, I only use real "Jerry's Nugget" cards to work with and have been doing so for many years. As these cards happen to be extremely rare to find on the market (I am obviously talking about the original Jerry's Nugget cards and not the recently reprinted ones) and they excite the magical world a lot, I am therefore constantly asked how many I own, how long have I owned them, what deal I made to get them and with whom, why do I have so many cards, why did I choose these specifically, why don't I want to sell them, why, why, eh?! And I hear such amazing stories about myself on these famous "Jerry's Nugget" cards that I decided to speak on the subject myself today."
This sounds very promising! Duvivier then goes on to tell the story about how the Jerry's Nuggets gained their legendary reputation, and the unique qualities they have. In France in the 1970s, American playing cards were quite rarely seen, and Duvivier knew a French pilot commandant called Reyno who loved magic, who would occasionally bring back cards from the US to a small circle of French magicians. At this time even standard Bicycle and Tally Ho decks were prized by these French conjurers, so besides them a Jerry's Nugget deck was considered a real crown jewel.
Over the years Duvivier occasionally got more of the Jerry's Nugget decks, sometimes even an entire case of them at once, especially via his friend Michael Weber, who was his main supplier. We fast forward to 1999, when he finds himself heading to Las Vegas to perform at The Magic Castle. Here's the story in his words, courtesy of an online translation tool:
"In 1999 (if I'm not mistaken) my daughter Alexandra and I were hired to perform for a whole week at Magic Castle and then for a few contracts in Las Vegas. You may think that I had only one idea in mind at the time: a trip to the original casino where my favourite cards were from, Jerry's Nugget! Michael Weber had told me that there were still a few decks for sale there, so as soon as we arrived I immediately asked Philip Varricchio, who had come to pick us up in a limousine, to take us there. He was rather surprised, as we hadn't even put our bags down at the hotel (yes, I'm a fool) and the old Jerry's casino wasn't really known for being a must-see place! So I told him that I wanted to go there to buy Jerry's Nugget cards. According to him it was impossible to get them for the simple reason that they hadn't been around for a long time, but I was so insistent that he finally complied (hey, hey, hey!). When we arrived there, we went to the gift shop of the casino and I asked the salesman if he was selling their decks.
- Yes," he told me, "I have a few.
He shows me a small piece of wall in the back of the store where a hundred decks were on display. I ask about the price. Not even expensive!
- Well, I'll take them," I say (laughs).
And of course I ask if he has more in reserve! Yes, there were about a hundred boxes left (each box containing a large number of cards, 144 decks!). After a little negotiation, the unit price was even lowered to less than $1.
That's it, that's how it happened and that's it. In fact, in all this story, the most difficult, the longest and the most expensive was to get the stock back to France.
Since then, I've been seeing, little by little, the bids going up on these cards in a rather hallucinating way, whereas, of course, that wasn't my initial motivation at all. From the moment I bought the remaining stock, it's as if everyone wanted to own even more! But I just wanted to have enough stock of Jerry's Nugget decks because I'm a card fanatic and these in particular. I use these cards because they're the best cards I know and I've fought like a big man to own enough of them for me (I should mention that I never had a middleman or a partner to buy these cards). Anyone could have done as I did and I don't understand why no one did: you just had to take the trouble to go to this casino, because the cards were available! In any case, now they are all warm and cosy in different safes, which I won't tell you about. They say I'm the person with the most cards in the world, but I have to say I don't care. I know Chris Kenner is the one who planned it, he has a lot of them too. I've been offered golden bridges to sell a few packages, or even my entire stock. I've had some incredible offers over the years. I never intended to create a buzz with these cards: I just use them for my own personal consumption, that's all...because they're my favorite cards."
Probably the key sentence in that account is this, and the best translation seems to be something like this:
"Yes, there were about a hundred boxes left (each box containing a large number of cards, that's 144 decks!)."
The formula is simple: around 100 boxes with 144 decks each. If true, that would mean 100 x 144 = 14,400 decks. Given that this is directly from the horse's mouth, suddenly the story becomes slightly more plausible. So too is his additional statement:
"In all this story, the most difficult, the longest and the most expensive was to get the stock back to France."
That suggests he didn't bring the whole stash to France in one go, which might explain why visitors like Lee Asher and others who saw his home and magic shop never saw any evidence of them. I'm not a French speaker, so I'm happy to be corrected if I'm misunderstanding anything Duvivier has written - by all means check the article for yourself in the original French, to see if I've got it right. But the long and short of it seems to be that Duvivier is saying that what he bought from Las Vegas around 1999 was not a stash of 40,000 Jerry's Nuggets decks, but 14,000 decks.
14,000 is not nearly as impressive a figure. But even though it's only a third of the size of what the legend floating around the internet says, 14,000 decks is still an incredibly impressive haul. Certainly the amount of pictures and videos that show Duvivier performing with Jerry's Nugget cards, seems to suggest that they are very much part of his regular repertoire. It could just be possible, and maybe I've finally found the truth!
Perhaps the most defining photo of all is this one (credited to Zakary Belamy), which shows Duvivier enjoying a bath with his Jerry's Nugget playing cards! Given the value of these playing cards on the market today, some might consider this sacrilege, but it sure suggests he has a large enough supply of Jerry's Nugget cards. At any rate, his collection of them seems large enough that he can even afford to take them to the bath for a photo op along with his favourite yellow rubber ducky.

But is it true?

Was the mystery solved at last? It was time to get back in contact with Lee Asher, and share my findings. But despite the claims of Duvivier in his 2011 article, Lee is not convinced that Duvivier is a credible source. To be fair, this is what Lee Asher has been saying all along, and for years he's been saying that the story about the legendary haul of 40,000 decks wasn't supported by the facts.
Ultimately what this comes down to is: are we going to believe what Duvivier says? For the most part, Duvivier has appeared to have had little interest in setting the record straight, despite the fact that the rumour of him nabbing 40,000 decks persisted as long as it did. And if he does have a large stash, why has he shown little interest in selling any of the decks that he does have, instead being happy to hoard them or use them only for himself? Would he really have spent all the time, energy, and money necessary to ship even 14,000 decks of playing cards across the ocean from the United States to Europe, just for his personal usage, at a time when the street value of these was only a dollar or two a piece? And if he did, where did he put them, and why has nobody ever seen his stash, including those who visited his home?
There are other details about Duvivier's record of events that call aspects of his narrative into question, such as his complete omission of any mention of Lee Asher, who was the one who made him aware of where he could get them. And in those days, the casino gift shop was very small, so is it really reasonable for them to display 100 decks on their back wall, as Duvivier claims in his 2011 article, when they had such little space to work with?
I had some private correspondence with another magician/cardist who has also stayed at Duvivier's house, and that individual expressed similar sentiments. He agreed that there was no evidence of Duvivier ever owning that many decks. Just do the math: 40,000 decks would mean Duvivier could use a brand new deck every single day for more than 100 years before he chewed through a collection of decks that size. Again: very unlikely. If he really did have that many, it would be way more than he could ever use, and surely he would have sold some by now - which he hasn't. This person remains somewhat skeptical, but acknowledges that the figure of 14,000 is a more realistic number that is not beyond the realms of possibility, especially if Duvivier has them locked up in a storage facility in Paris somewhere.
As an educated guess, it seems that there is good reason to cast some suspicion on this story, and there are some aspects about it that seem rather unlikely. Shipping that many decks, at the time only worth a buck or two each at most, all the way from Las Vegas to Paris would be crazy. But a man willing to jump into a bath with a yellow rubber duck and destroy $1000 worth of playing cards in the process strikes me as crazy enough to do it. Perhaps Duvivier's story is true after all.

A final twist

I was now several weeks into my adventures as an investigative journalist, and I was getting ready to wrap up my story and publish it. But there was one final lead that I had not yet explored. If I was really going to try every possible avenue of information, I had to try contacting Dominique Duvivier himself. Why not? Admittedly, the odds of getting a response from someone about his apparent stash of precious Jerry's Nuggets wasn't likely. If there was any truth to the story about his legendary haul, even to some degree, then he's undoubtedly had hundreds of inquiries over the years. Just imagine the long lines of people asking him about his stash, trying to convince him to part with some of it. If yet another email comes in on this subject, he'd probably roll his eyes and press `delete'. He is working full time as a professional magician after all, and has a career to worry about. I couldn't blame him if he was tired of responding to what undoubtedly would be countless messages from prospective buyers.
But I had no intention to buy anything, so as a good amateur journalist, I had to try. It was a long shot, but to my surprise, I got a response from Duvivier the very same day! It wasn't much, but it included one unexpected bombshell - especially after the journey I'd been on so far: "You'll be glad to know that a special article is going to appear in next Genii Magazine. It's called Dominique Duvivier and Jerry's Nugget cards."
I was stunned. Was someone else working on exactly the same story as me, and had they beat me to the punch? Maybe even Duvivier himself? Could it really be true that in little more than two weeks time, the next issue of Genii was scheduled to come out, and would potentially reveal all? Suddenly I knew that I had to wait with publishing my story. In further emails, Dominique was tight-lipped about any more details. At the very least, surely I would have to wait until that issue of Genii was available, and fork out my cash and purchase a subscription in order to read it. I owed it to my readers to explore every last clue, and give them a story that included all the evidence.
So that is what I did. I waited for the July issue to appear online. Digital editions of Genii are released online each month on the 20th of the month. Finally 20th of June rolled around, and I eagerly perused the contents of the latest issue. Nothing. Nothing remotely Duvivier related. Nothing Jerry's Nugget related. Was Duvivier for real? An inquiry with the editor of Genii produced this response: "Not this issue. Coming up." Would it be August or September maybe? Further inquiries produced only silence.
In follow up correspondence with the Frenchman himself, Duvivier told me "I wrote the article myself. It?s quite long." That sounded promising, but it could just be about his love affair with Jerry's Nugget Playing Cards, rather than a "tell all" story about his haul. There still was no guarantee that it would even be published. And I couldn't be sure that it would offer any more information than his blog article from 2011 which already gave his side of the story, or that it would be any more reliable than the version of events he'd provided there. Was it really worth waiting any longer? It was time to share my findings with the world anyway, and I could always provide an addendum to my story if any credible new information appeared.

Final Thoughts

Is this the final word on this subject? No. I've tried to do the best I could based on information available to me, and shared as much as I could with my readers, so that you can form your own conclusions based on the evidence so far. Undoubtedly there are still some missing puzzle pieces, and in future years some new information could come to light that shows that some of my conclusions were misplaced or that puts aspects of this story a slightly different perspective.
Today we are two full decades removed from the time when the original decks first sold out at the Jerry's Nugget casino. And the further removed in time that we come, the harder it becomes to uncover the truth. Memories become murky. As it is nobody at the casino seems to remember the specific details of what happened. At the time they were probably only too glad to get the remaining stock out of their hands, and nobody could have anticipated how these decks would become the famous icons that they are today. Even their chief evangelist Lee Asher has to be somewhat surprised at the turn of events he's produced since first singing their praises some twenty years ago!
So what can we conclude from all of this? Here's some final thoughts that I'll leave you with:
1. Don't believe everything you read on the internet.
Unfortunately, it's a fact of modern life that not everything on the internet is true. And as we've seen, this also applies to sites like Wikipedia. For topics that have a large number of experts or people interested in a particular subject, changing the facts on a Wikipedia article will quickly see the changes being reverted. But with a more niche subject, like Jerry's Nugget Playing Cards, and especially when it concerns circumstantial material that nobody is quite sure about, it's easy for misinformation to enter Wikipedia. And once it's embedded there, eventually the lore spreads and becomes considered as "fact". So it's important to check your sources, and don't take everything you see online as gospel truth - even if it's on Wikipedia.
2. The legend about the stash of 40,000 decks should be put to rest once and for all.
It's a myth, and there simply is no evidence for this claim anywhere. At most, there is the claim from Duvivier himself that he bought up about 14,000 decks. That might be true, but again, we only have his word for this. As a counter-point, there are those like Lee Asher who know Duvivier and have visited him many times, and insist that they never saw any evidence of this. The enormous cost of shipping a large stash like this to Europe already makes it somewhat hard to believe.
There's no doubt that Duvivier is a huge fan of Jerry's Nugget decks, and he appears to own and use them more than most. But in the end, how credible is he? How seriously are you going to take someone who is happy to post a picture of himself in a bath with a rubber duck and playing cards from a Jerry's Nugget deck? Either that means he has far more decks than he knows what to do with, or he is a little loopy. Or perhaps it's a bit of both. You've had an opportunity to read all the evidence for yourself, so you decide.
Either way, we can safely say that there has never been a stash of 40,000 decks, and the jury is out on whether there was even ever a stash one third of this size. But even if the size of the legendary stash turns out to be smaller than first thought, the reputation and magnetism of the Jerry's Nugget decks has only increased in size, and these now iconic decks will remain firmly embedded in playing card lore.
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Update from the writer: After the original publication of this article, Dominique Duvivier personally phoned me on 24 July 2020 to discuss it, and to share his side of this story. He remembers events slightly differently than Lee Asher does. As Duvivier recalls it, his own interest in the Jerry's Nugget decks dates back to the 1970s and 1980s. At that time he was sourcing them from his friend Michael Weber, who along with magicians like Chris Kenner was also interested in these decks. According to Dominique, he only met Lee Asher during his USA tour in 1999, after he had already bought out the remaining stock from the Jerry's Nugget casino. Duvivier confirmed that the figure of 14,000 accurately reflects the approximate number of decks he purchased from the casino at this time. He shipped the majority of these to France by boat, and stored them in a warehouse, intending them to serve as a life-time supply for himself and his family. Look for his story in an upcoming issue of Genii magazine.
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