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Stokes's Bristol Nightclub incident in detail (From: The Comeback Summer by Geoff Lemon)

IF YOU’RE LOOKING for a place where misadventure could begin, you can’t go past Mbargo. The nightclub’s streetfront is painted a purple so bright you’ll see it in your dreams. Strings of giant sequins shimmer in the breeze. Its phonically inventive name is spelt in silver letters that climb its three-storey terrace facade. Inside are strips of burning neon, a few booths, floorboards so marinated in drink that they have an ingredients list. Bristol is a student city on England’s south coast crowded with music and nightlife and street art. This is Banksy’s home town, and the tourism board suggests in rather strong terms that ‘you would be a fool not to see his amazing work firsthand’. The same organisation describes Mbargo as ‘intimate’, which is fair for a place where you can catch an STI standing up. Students cram into its modest dimensions while people with names like DJ Klaud battle for billing with £1.50 drink deals over seven sloppy nights a week. To get a sense of the story about to come, consider that it’s the kind of place open until two o’clock on a Monday morning, and that at two o’clock on a Monday morning, Ben Stokes still thought it had closed too early.
The Ashes of 2017–18 had disciplinary bookends. It was after that series that Australia’s two leaders went off the rails in South Africa. It was a few weeks before that Ashes tour that England’s biggest star windmilled his way into his own disaster.
In the early hours of 25 September 2017, Stokes and teammate Alex Hales were barred from re-entering Mbargo after a night out on the piss. A Sunday thrashing of an abject West Indies in an ignored series at the fag-end of the season apparently required ample celebration. After arguing with the bouncer and hanging about at the door for a while, they wandered off to find a casino in the hope of more drinking. They’d barely made it around the corner before getting in the middle of a conflict between four locals. As is said on the internet, it escalated quickly.
The 26 September reporting was bloodless. Withholding names, police stated that a man ‘was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm’ while another went to hospital with facial injuries. England’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss separately confirmed that Stokes was the arrestee, adding that he had been released without charge and that Hales had gamely offered to ‘help police with their enquiries’. Administrators had a good chance of hiding behind that investigation, and the next day Stokes was named in the upcoming Ashes squad as expected. But that night the video emerged.
Bristol student Max Wilson had shot it on his phone, then offered it to The Sun. What he thought was playing hardball was actually lowball: his opening price of £3000 was snapped up by a tabloid that would have paid ten times that. The Sun went on to make a mint by syndicating the rights worldwide. From a window above the fray, the vision showed six men on the street below performing the muddled choreography of a melee. One was right at the centre of it. One was waving a bottle, one dipped in and out, one tried to calm it. Two others floated around the edges. The central figure was unmistakable: red hair burning even in the streetlight as he launched into a series of blows against two of the men, falling to grapple with them on the ground, then following both across the street, swinging punches the whole way. Hales trailed behind, repeatedly and impotently shouting ‘Stokes! Stop! Stokes! Enough!’ The ECB could fudge issues that existed only in thickets of legalese, but not those captured in moving colour. Stokes was stood down from the next West Indies match, then suspended indefinitely. It emerged that he had broken his hand during the fight, something he’d done twice before while punching objects in dressing rooms.
The response in Australia was fierce: Stokes was a thug, a lowlife, a selection that would disgrace England. It was not entirely coincidental that a ban for England’s best player would be handy for the Aussie team, but there was also a cultural split. In England, plenty of people still minimise pub fights as lads letting off steam. In Australia, heavy media coverage as a succession of young men were killed had inverted that tolerance. The discourse now saw any punch as potentially deadly and accordingly reckless. This was more poignant in a cricket context given that David Hookes, the dashing Test batsman and state coach, was killed in 2004 by a pub bouncer’s fist.
The PR situation was bad for Stokes as details emerged of the injuries to the men he’d hit, and that one was a young war veteran and father. Stokes wasn’t officially removed from the Ashes squad through October but stayed behind when his teammates left, hoping for police to dismiss the matter in time for a late dash to Australia. His annual contract was renewed on the due date in case that came to pass. Then 29 October brought a twist in the tale.
‘Ben Stokes praised by gay couple after defending them from homophobic thugs,’ ran the headline. Kai Barry and Billy O’Connell had emerged. Not entirely out of nowhere: while Stokes had made no public comment, this story in his defence had initially been leaked to TV host Piers Morgan after the fight, as soon as the video appeared. Police body-camera footage played in court would later show that Stokes had given the same story to the arresting officer on the night. But no-one knew the identities of the fifth and sixth men in the video, and police appeals had turned up nothing.
It was The Sun again with the breakthrough. Kai and Billy were perfect for a readership not keen on nuance. ‘We couldn’t believe it when we found out they were famous cricketers. I just thought Ben and Alex were quite hot, fit guys,’ said Kai, who was memorably described as a ‘former House of Fraser sales assistant’. The paper had the pair do a full photo shoot: layering the fake tan, showing off chest waxes, mixing Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton into a range of outfits. Their best shot had them standing back to back, heads turned to the camera, in a mirror-image Zoolander moment.
Suddenly The Sun was the England team’s best friend. ‘Their claims could lead to the all-rounder being cleared over the punch-up and freed to play in the First Test in Australia next month,’ it gushed, then gave a tasting platter of quotes: ‘We were so grateful to Ben for stepping in to help. He was a real hero.’ ‘If Ben hadn’t intervened it could have been a lot worse for us.’ ‘We could’ve been in real trouble. Ben was a real gentleman.’ Would it be known forever as Kai and Billy’s Ashes? No. While the Bristol boys provided spin for Stokes’ reputation they didn’t influence the police. With charges still pending there was little choice – not given Strauss had previously sacked Kevin Pietersen for being annoying. Stokes remained suspended through the Ashes and a one-day series in Australia, and lost the vice-captaincy. It was January 2018 before the Crown Prosecution Service laid a charge.
That charge surprisingly came in as affray, a crime that can carry prison time but is classified as ‘a breach of the peace as a result of disorderly conduct’. The men he had punched, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, faced the same count, charged as equal participants in a fight rather than Stokes being charged with assaulting them. Alex Hales was not charged, despite being seen in the video to aim several kicks when Ryan Ali was lying on the ground. Given the underwhelming standing of the offence, Stokes was cleared by the ECB to tour New Zealand, and kept playing until his trial in August 2018, which he missed a Test to attend. None of the three defendants would be convicted.
The reasoning behind the charges was never released and was attributed vaguely to ‘CPS lawyers’. The service gave the case to Alison Morgan, a prosecutor of a class known as Treasury Counsel who usually handle serious criminal matters. Morgan had a scheduling clash and never ended up court for the case, but in 2018 and 2019 she would go on to win damages and admissions of libel from The Daily Mail, The Times and The Daily Telegraph variously for incorrectly reporting that she had been responsible for the inadequate and inconsistent charging decisions.
Morgan’s successor on the case was Nicholas Corsellis QC, who on the first day of trial was permitted by the CPS to request two assault charges be added against Stokes. ‘Upon further review,’ claimed a CPS statement, ‘we considered that additional assault charges would also be appropriate.’ This was patent nonsense from the service that eight months earlier had chosen the lesser charge. Any lawyer knows that no judge will allow new charges once a trial has begun, because the defence hasn’t had time to prepare. But such a request could deflect criticism of the prosecution service by technically making the judge the one who disallows the charge.
Working through the story from the trial and the tape is complicated. You had a Ryan and a Ryan, a Hale and a Hales, a Billy and a Barry and a Ben. You had several versions of events as to who knew whom, who was drinking with whom, who had insulted whom and who had merely engaged in ‘banter’, a word that in modern Britain has to do an unconscionable amount of lifting. The reporting had constantly mixed up the Ryans as to who had which injury, who was in hospital, who had played which part in the fight, and whose mum had which stern words to say about it.
Let’s agree that from now Ryan Ali is Ryan One, the firefighter who ended up with a fractured eye socket and a cracked tooth. Ryan Two can be Ryan Hale, the soldier who scored concussion and facial lacerations. Mr Barry and Mr O’Connell are best known per The Sun as Kai and Billy. In scorecard parlance we’ll leave the cricketers as Stokes and Hales.
Amid the confusion, Stokes and his lawyers built his case in a straightforward way. The UK legal definition of affray is ‘if a person threatens or uses unlawful violence or force towards another person, which causes another person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for their safety’. That means it doesn’t account for violence that harms a target, but violence that might frighten a theoretical bystander. The wiggle room for Stokes was with ‘unlawful’, because the charge excuses violence in defending oneself or others.
This interpretation hinged on the beginning of the video, where Ryan One waves a beer bottle about and takes a swing at Kai. The version from Stokes was that he was minding his own business walking down the street when he heard homophobic abuse. He intervened verbally and was threatened verbally by Ryan One – something that Ryan One denied but that couldn’t be proved or disproved. In fear for his safety Stokes had to nullify that threat by bashing Ryan One before it went the other way. He registered Ryan Two in his peripheral vision as another possible threat, and again had only one recourse.
Stokes also had to convince the jury to disregard testimony from Mbargo’s bouncer that he had been looking for a fight. A solid lump of a man, Andrew Cunningham had not enjoyed his patron’s attempts to get back into the club after the bouncer declined an offer of a bribe. ‘He got a bit verbally abusive towards myself. He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like a cunt and I replied, “Thank you very much.” He just looked at me and told me my tattoos were shit and to look at my job.’ Cunningham described these words as coming in ‘a spiteful tone, quite an angry tone’, and said that Stokes still seemed angry as he walked away.
These were details the doorman had nothing to gain by inventing, but each of them Stokes denied. By his own accounting he had drunk a beer at the game and three pints at his hotel, then ‘potentially had some Jägerbombs’ along with half a dozen vodkas at the club. He insisted that after all of this he was not drunk.
If I may take a moment here to call upon the wisdom of experience – a person who cannot definitively say whether they have had any Jägerbombs has definitely had some Jägerbombs. A Jägerbomb is an experience that does not pass one by. Further to that, a person who says they have ‘potentially’ done something has definitely done that thing and doesn’t want to admit it. A person who has had between 15 and 24 standard drinks in one evening is shitfaced. A person who tries to bribe a bouncer £300 – three hundred quid! – to get into Mbargo – Mbargo! – is beyond shitfaced.
If Stokes admitted that he was drunk then the prosecution could say he was out of control. He claimed clear recall of assessing a threat, feeling fear and deciding to protect himself with force. He confidently denied details from the bouncer’s testimony, like using the word ‘cunt’ or mentioning gold teeth. Yet on other details he claimed a ‘significant memory blackout’. He didn’t remember the punch that saw Ryan One taken away by ambulance. He didn’t remember what the Ryans had said to Kai and Billy, only that those words were homophobic. With no head injury, as one of the few people who hadn’t been hit, he had supposedly suffered this memory loss despite being sober.
The version from Kai and Billy was compatible but vague: they had been walking along, they ‘heard … shouts’ of abuse from an unspecified source, then Stokes ‘stepped in’ and thus they avoided possible harm. They claimed to have been bought a drink by Stokes at Mbargo, although CCTV showed them meeting outside. The overall implication from both accounts was that the cricketers had been pals with Kai and Billy, while the Ryans as per The Sun’s headline were a roving band of thugs.
The reality though is that the Ryans were the ones hanging out with Kai and Billy at Mbargo. Police discussed CCTV from inside the club in questioning and at trial. On that footage the four Bristolians bought drinks for one another, danced together, and Kai was noted to have variously touched Ryan Two’s crotch and Ryan One’s buttock. Ryan One told police that all of this was taken lightheartedly and wasn’t a problem. Indeed, when the Ryans called it a night the other two left with them.
This much is clear from footage out the front of Mbargo, which shows Kai and Billy exit the club and start talking with a subdued Hales and a demonstrative Stokes, who are stuck outside. The vision was played in court to determine whether Stokes was antagonistic towards Kai and Billy, as he appears to impersonate them and to throw a lit cigarette their way. More interesting is that after a few minutes the Ryans emerge, and all six actors in the fight video briefly form a prequel in the one frame.
Ryan Two pats Billy on the chest in friendly fashion with his right hand before clapping him on the back with his left. He moves past and does the same to Kai before leaving the shot. Ryan One stops to speak to Kai. They lean in for a moment, talking, then Kai turns and they walk out of frame together. Billy hangs around for a few seconds at the door and then looks after them and races to catch up. Stokes and Hales remain outside the club to remonstrate further with the bouncers. Whatever discord develops around the corner is between four men who left amicably together minutes earlier.
There’s no way to know what caused that friction. If Ryan One did use homophobic slurs, he might have been drunkenly obnoxious for no reason. He might have had an insecure macho response to some extra flirtation. He might have thought unkindness was funny – ‘banter’ once again. Or he might have said something that was misunderstood, as both Ryans insisted in court that they had not used nor had the impulse to use any abusive language.
What clearly didn’t happen was an attack by bigots on random passers-by. This kind of crime is regular enough that an audience understands the horror of it, and this is what was evoked by the public accounts of Stokes, Billy and Kai. All we know is that there was some verbal dispute among the Bristol locals, and that Stokes came along behind them and put himself in the middle of it. Ryan One responded to the interference aggressively and away they went. There are plenty of reasons to look sideways at the idea that Stokes was a saviour. Foremost, neither Kai nor Billy was called upon as witnesses in court. You’d think it would be ideal to have Stokes’ story backed up by those who benefited from his selflessness. But his defence team had developed the impression that the pair had shown a changeable recall of events amid a hard-partying lifestyle, and would be dismantled by the prosecution on the stand.
That raises the question of whether The Sun coached their quotes for the 2017 interview. Despite missing court, Kai and Billy clearly enjoyed the attention. In 2018 after the trial they did a follow-up spread in the same paper about how poor Ben had been mistreated. They got a television spot on Good Morning Britain and glowed about his heroism. In 2019 The Sun wheeled them out once more to say that Stokes should get a knighthood. In 2017 they had ‘never watched cricket’ but by 2019 were supposedly volunteering sentences like, ‘He saved us, now he’s saved the Ashes.’ Whether they were paid for these appearances is not known, but the chance to be famous for a day can be lure enough.
If you find this cynical, consider that on the night in question, the Bristol boys were so deeply moved and thankful for Ben’s intervention that they left him to be arrested and never attempted to find out who he was. Seconds after the video ended, an off-duty policeman reached the scene. You might think that someone grateful to a saviour would speak on his behalf. Instead, said Kai, ‘it all got a bit scary so we walked off. It was too much for me and we went to Quigley’s takeaway for chicken burgers and cheesy chips.’ They didn’t give their hero a thought for over a month while police issued multiple appeals for witnesses.
As for Stokes, he told his arresting officer that ‘his friends’ had been attacked. After three minutes of chat outside a nightclub, these friends were so dear to him that he has never contacted them again: not after the newspaper piece, not after the verdict. He didn’t want to see how they were or thank them for their support. He didn’t mention them by name in his solicitor’s statement after the trial.
The Stokes defence rested on Ryan One’s bottle, which he had carried out of Mbargo to finish a beer, not to use in a Sharks versus Jets amateur production. But once he turned it over to hold it by the neck it became a weapon. Intent and interpretation can change the material nature of things. Part of Stokes’ justification in court was that the bottle implied that the two Ryans might have ‘other weapons’ hidden away. You can understand how a jury could decide that created doubt.
Not being convicted, though, doesn’t give the contents of the video a big green tick. It does not, as his lawyer claimed, vindicate Stokes. Looking in detail, Ryan One is belligerent but his movements telegraph a bluff. Hales is the person he’s gesturing at, but they’re several metres apart when Ryan One cocks his arm ostentatiously, showing off the bottle rather than bracing to swing. He skips forward but Hales skips back and Ryan One doesn’t follow. Kai stretches out an arm to impede Ryan One, who has a drunken stumble, nearly eats pavement, then staggers towards Kai and hits him in the back. That hand is still holding the bottle, but his strike is a side-arm cuff on a soft part of the body. It’s all pretty tame.
This is where Stokes gets involved. Having moved across to protect Hales, he now takes three large steps to run around Kai and booms his first punch at Ryan One. They fall to the ground and the bottle clinks away. Stokes gets to his feet to punch down at the fallen man, while Hales arrives to kick him ineffectively then runs off across the street for some unknown reason. Ice-cream van? Stokes is soon back in the grapple having his shirt pulled up to show off his Durham tan. Ryan Two steps in for the first time to pull Stokes away, prompting a couple more random punches at this new target, then Stokes trips backwards over Ryan One and sprawls in the street. Hales chooses this moment to return and aim some solid kicks at the head of the man on the ground. Nothing so far is a triumph of moral philosophy or the pugilistic arts. But if it all stopped here, perhaps you could say it was somewhere approaching fair. Ryan One has behaved like a turnip and it’s not an entirely unjust world that would give him a whack across the chops. The antagonists have disentangled, Stokes has some distance, it’s time to dust off and go home. Ryan Two steps forward for this purpose with his palm raised in conciliatory style and says, ‘Settle down, stop.’
So Stokes punches him.
It’s roughly his fifth punch overall, and he really winds up into this one. He misses so hard that he stumbles away into the shadows of the shop awnings along the road.
Hales starts shouting for him to stop. Ryan Two backs into the street, still holding his palm up. Stokes closes on him from about five metres away, six large steps, to where Ryan Two is standing on his own. Stokes pushes him a couple of times, as Ryan Two keeps trying to placate him and saying ‘Stop.’ Stokes throws his sixth punch, largely missing as his target ducks.
Ryan Two keeps pulling away and reversing, into the middle of the street now. Stokes follows him, grabbing his sleeve to drag him back. By this point Ryan One has found his feet and walked around behind his friend. Both of them are in the same line of sight for Stokes, and both are backing away. Stokes aims his seventh and his eighth punches, which Ryan Two tries to deflect, as Hales walks up behind Stokes to grab him.
Stokes yanks away from his friend and switches to Ryan One instead, taking seven paces to grab him before throwing his ninth punch of the night. He grabs again; Ryan One blocks that arm and pushes himself back away from Stokes. Ryan Two again intercedes, putting himself between the two with his palms up and his arm extended.
Stokes throws his tenth punch, a right-hander at the face of Ryan Two, then shoves him backwards. Ryan Two backs away once more, four paces. Stokes follows, steadies, lines up, then launches his strongest punch yet, his eleventh, a proper right hook from a solid base, one that cracks across the man’s head and gives him concussion. Ryan Two ends up flat on his back in the middle of the street, his hands still outstretched for a moment in useless protest until they twitch and drop to the blacktop.
Stokes isn’t done. He once more shoves away the restraining Hales and follows Ryan One, who keeps backing away saying, ‘Alright, alright, alright.’ Five more paces from Stokes before another blow at the man’s head. Kai and Billy are now standing over the poleaxed Ryan Two. The video ends, but seconds later Stokes will punch Ryan One hard enough to knock him out too, before off-duty cop Andrew Spure arrives on the scene to bring down the curtain. When the body-camera footage kicks in some minutes later, Stokes is in handcuffs but Ryan One is still laid out in the street. Ryan Two has regained consciousness, folded his shirt under his friend’s head and is asking police for an ambulance.
‘At this point, I felt vulnerable and frightened. I was concerned for myself and others.’ This was how Stokes described that sequence to the court. An elite athlete with years of gym work and training to snap a bat through the line of a ball with astounding power and precision, swinging fists as hard as he can at men with none of those advantages. Punching so hard that he breaks his hand, and repeatedly shoving away a friend so he can punch some more. Frightened and threatened by two targets shouting ‘Get back!’ and ‘Stop!’
The off-duty officer testified that Stokes ‘seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to’ Ryan One, who was ‘trying to back away or get away from the situation’. The student who filmed the video can be heard on the tape at one stage exclaiming ‘Fuck!’ and testified that it was because ‘I felt a little bit sorry about the lad that had been punched and it looked like he had his hands up’. That tallied with the prosecutor’s depiction of ‘a sustained episode of significant violence that left onlookers shocked at what was taking place’.
The defendant stuck to his strategy. ‘No, my sole focus was to protect myself.’ All up, in the 33 seconds of footage after he falls over, Stokes takes 35 steps forward to keep hitting two men who keep trying to get away. Not once is he hit back.
After the verdict, Stokes’ solicitor positioned him as the victim. It had been ‘an eleven-month ordeal for Ben … The jury’s decision fairly reflects the truth of what happened that night … He was minding his own business … It was only when others came under threat that Ben became physically engaged. The steps that he took were solely aimed at ensuring the safety of himself and the others present …’ The statement was impossibly self-righteous and self-absorbed.
If there was anyone to feel sorry for it was Ryan Hale, the second of our two Ryans. He’s the one who emerged from the club with a friendly arm around the shoulder for Kai and Billy. He’s the one who interposed himself to end the fight, then kept putting himself back in the firing line, trying to calm an intimidating stranger while dodging blows. For his show of restraint he got laid out regardless, concussed in the street, then was issued a criminal charge equal to that of the man who hit him, and described in national media as a violent bigot in an untested story to support that man’s defence.
Lawyers for Ryan Two made a more convincing post-trial statement, noting that Kai and Billy, ‘neither of whom were relied upon by the prosecution or the defence team for Mr Stokes, have taken the opportunity to speak with various media outlets about the alleged homophobic abuse that they received in the early hours of September 25. Mr Hale has passionately denied this allegation throughout the course of this case,’ it continued.
‘It is upsetting to Mr Hale that although he was acquitted, the accusation that he was the author of such abuse remains. Both Mr Hale and Mr Ali were knocked unconscious by Mr Stokes, and although Mr Stokes has been acquitted of an affray, Mr Hale struggles with the reasons why the Crown Prosecution Service did not treat him as a victim of an unlawful assault.’Good question. Avon and Somerset police were the investigating force, and they were frustrated by the decision. Ryan Two was filmed clearly not hurting anyone, but police were instructed by the CPS to proceed with a charge. Hales (the cricketer) was filmed fighting but ‘a decision was made at a senior level of the CPS’ not to proceed. Police expected Stokes to be charged with assault but the CPS declined. It doesn’t take a wild cynic to think that placing the same lukewarm charge on three men for vastly divergent behaviour might ensure that none would be convicted, even as the trial would maintain the pretence that a defendant of influential standing had not been given a free pass.
A couple of years down the line, the original interview with Kai and Billy has disappeared. All traces have been scrubbed from The Sun website, its social media history, and even from the Wayback Machine internet archive. Given its headline of ‘homophobic thugs’ and text that names Ryan Two but not Ryan One, the libel liability isn’t hard to spot. Later interviews with Kai and Billy take the passive voice – they ‘suffered homophobic slurs outside a Bristol nightclub’.
The article that was once claimed to exonerate brave Ben Stokes now links only to a missing content page, with a picture of a dropped ice-cream cone and the phrase ‘legal removal’ inserted into the web URL. In terms of consequences, Stokes missed one tour. When he resumed his career in January 2018, the Australians hadn’t yet ruined theirs. Their year-long bans looked much more stringent. But the Stokes case dragged on in other ways. With no criminal liability, the Australians confessed promptly enough for the sporting world to give them the full length of the lash. Their situation was ugly but there was closure. Stokes got stuck in legal stasis, unable to be fully backed or condemned. Instead his issue was always present, a browser full of open tabs that the ECB swore they would read any day now.
Through 2018 Stokes was back but he wasn’t back, in the sunglasses and finger-guns sense. In his return one-day series he nearly cost England a match with 39 from 73 balls in Wellington. His first Test hit was a duck as England got rolled in Auckland for 58. At Trent Bridge while Stokes was injured, England posted a world record 481 against Australia. With Stokes three weeks later at the same ground they made 268. He crawled to 50 from 103, the second-slowest any Englishman had reached that milestone in 20 years. That span covered Alastair Cook’s whole career. It was apologetic batting, acting out responsibility via the scorecard. Stokes was creeping back into the team like he’d been kicked out in a blazing row and was hoping to tip-toe to the sofa.
It was December 2018 before the ECB disciplinary committee ruled on him and Hales. In a ‘remarkable coincidence’, wrote Simon Heffer in The Telegraph, ‘the punishment both players faced in terms of bans from playing at international level was covered by the amount of games they had already missed when dropped by England’s selectors, in the furore that followed the incident’. The verdict compounded the omissions around the case by not addressing the violence at its heart. Nor did Stokes, apologising only ‘to my team-mates, coaches and support staff’, and then ‘to England supporters and to the public for bringing the game into disrepute’.
The implicit next step was to rebuild that reputation. It might have been easier had his court defence not meant that he wasn’t game to admit any fault at all. It might have been easier if he or his advisers had been willing to change tack once the trial was done. Imagine a world where Stokes had stood outside court and apologised for overreacting, for the injuries he’d caused, and for the time and energy he had sucked out of other people’s lives. That would have been a show of responsibility beyond a scorecard. When the time came around to assess forgiveness, it might have meant forgiveness was deserved.
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[Other] These are the top 73 parks in the United States, ranked based on the quality of their coaster collections, as voted by, well... you! This is as close to objective as a ranking will ever get for this. Don't worry, I have some nerdy data to help explain myself.

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I have added all of the points for the coasters in all of the 73 American amusement parks that house at least one global top 500 roller coaster. I ranked the earned point totals for all 73 parks. (That's how I got to a "Top 73!") For those like me who care exclusively about coasters and collecting quality credits and nothing else, I think this is an EXCELLENT way to prioritize future amusement park trips based on the quality of each park's overall coaster collection. Without further ado, here's what you want to see:

1 (4149 points): Cedar Point - Sandusky, OH

17 coasters

1 - Steel Vengeance (2018, RMC IBox)
8 - Maverick (2007, Intamin Blitz)
28 - Millennium Force (2000, Intamin Giga)
33 - Top Thrill Dragster (2003, Intamin Accelerator)
105 - Raptor (1994, B&M Invert)
113 - Magnum XL-200 (1989, Arrow Hyper)
140 - Gatekeeper (2013, B&M Wing)
173 - Valravn (2016, B&M Dive)
260 - Rougarou (1996, B&M Floorless)
324 - Gemini (1978, Arrow Dueling SCS)
325 - Wicked Twister (2002, Intamin Impulse)
363 - Blue Streak (1964, PTC Woodie)
491 - Iron Dragon (1987, Arrow Suspended)
Unranked: Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Corkscrew, Wilderness Run, Woodstock Express
Average coaster ranking: 260.67/500

2 (3704 points): Six Flags Magic Mountain - Valencia, CA

19 coasters

17 - Twisted Colossus (RMC IBox Quasi Mobius)
26 - X2 (2002, Arrow 4th Dimension)
64 - Tatsu (2006, B&M Flyer)
131 - Full Throttle (2013, Premier Rides Sky Rocket III)
203 - Batman The Ride (1994, B&M Invert)
214 - Apocalypse the Ride (2009, GCI Woodie)
216 - Riddler's Revenge (1998, B&M Stand-Up)
219 - Goliath (2000, Giovanola Mega)
289 - West Coast Racers (2020, Premier Rides Quasi Mobius)
312 - Scream! (2003, B&M Floorless)
342 - Superman: Escape from Krypton (1997, Intamin Freefall)
409 - New Revolution (1976, Schwarzkopf Steel)
413 - Ninja (1988, Arrow Suspended)
455 - Viper (1990, Arrow Looper)
Unranked: Canyon Blaster, Gold Rusher, Magic Flyer, Road Runner Express, Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers
Average coaster ranking: 305.79/500

3 (2735 points): Kings Island - Mason, OH

14 coasters

43 - Mystic Timbers (2017, GCI Woodie)
52 - Diamondback (2009, B&M Hyper)
65 - Orion (2020, B&M Giga)
106 - Banshee (2014, B&M Invert)
116 - Beast (1979, KECO Woodie)
275 - Flight of Fear (1996, Premier Rides LIM Dark Ride)
294 - Bat (1993, Arrow Suspended)
383 - Backlot Stunt Coaster (2005, Premier Rides Steel)
440 - Racer (1972, PTC Dueling Woodie)
Unranked: Adventure Express, Flying Ace Aerial Chase, Great Pumpkin Coaster, Invertigo, Woodstock Express
Average coaster ranking: 305.29/500

4 (2722 points): Six Flags Great America - Gurnee, IL

15 coasters

56 - Goliath (2014, RMC Topper Woodie)
107 - Maxx Force (2019, S&S Launch)
123 - Raging Bull (1999, B&M Hyper)
179 - Batman The Ride (1992, B&M Invert)
229 - X-Flight (2012, B&M Wing)
243 - Viper (1995, SFGA Cyclone)
268 - Superman - Ultimate Flight (2003, B&M Flyer)
330 - American Eagle (1981, Intamin Dueling Woodie)
375 - Vertical Velocity (2001, Intamin Impulse)
378 - Whizzer (1976, Schwarzkopf Speed Racer)
Unranked: Dark Knight, Demon, Joker, Little Dipper, Sprocket Rockets
Average coaster ranking: 327.07/500

5 (2540 points): Hersheypark - Hershey, PA

14 coasters

14 - Skyrush (2012, Intamin Wing)
60 - Storm Runner (2004, Intamin Accelerator)
85 - Candymonium (2020, B&M Hyper)
134 - Fahrenheit (2008, Intamin Multi-Inversion)
152 - Great Bear (1998, B&M Invert)
200 - Lightning Racer (2000, GCI Dueling Woodie)
402 - Sooperdooperlooper (1977, Schwarzkopf Looping Speedracer)
421 - Comet (1946, PTC Woodie)
Unranked: Cocoa Cruiser, Laff Trakk, Sidewinder, Trailblazer, Wild Mouse, Wildcat
Average coaster ranking: 311.53/500

6 (2386 points): Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, NJ

12 coasters

4 - El Toro (2006, Intamin Prefab Woodie)
68 - Nitro (2001, B&M Hyper)
108 - Kingda Ka (2005, Intamin Accelerator)
146 - Bizarro (1999, B&M Floorless)
193 - Batman The Ride (1993, B&M Invert)
259 - Superman - Ultimate Flight (B&M Flyer)
417 - Green Lantern (2011, B&M Stand-Up)
427 - Joker (2016, S&S Free Spin)
Unranked: Dark Knight, Harley Quinn Crazy Train, Runaway Mine Train, Skull Mountain
Average coaster ranking: 301.83/500

7 (2070 points): Six Flags Over Georgia - Austell, GA

10 coasters

59 - Goliath (2006, B&M Hyper)
69 - Twisted Cyclone (2018, RMC IBox)
197 - Batman The Ride (1997, B&M Invert)
199 - Mind Bender (1978, Schwarzkopf Steel)
256 - Superman - Ultimate Flight (2002, B&M Flyer)
313 - Georgia Scorcher (1999, B&M Stand-Up)
360 - Dare Devil Dive (2011, Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter)
485 - Great American Scream Machine (1973, PTC Woodie)
Unranked: Blue Hawk, Dahlonega Mine Train, Joker Funhouse Coaster
Average coaster ranking: 312.55/500

8 (2031 points): Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Williamsburg, VA

8 coasters

76 - Alpengeist (1997, B&M Invert)
80 - Apollo's Chariot (1999, B&M Hyper)
112 - Griffon (2007, B&M Dive)
183 - Verbolten (2012, Zierer Launch)
288 - Loch Ness Monster (1978, Arrow Looper)
352 - InvadR (2017, GCI Woodie)
385 - Tempesto (2015, Premier Rides Sky Rocket)
Unranked: Grover's Alpine Express
Average coaster ranking: 210.86/500

9 (2013 points): Busch Gardens Tampa - Tampa, FL

9 coasters

44 - Montu (1996, B&M Invert)
90 - Kumba (1993, B&M Sitting)
109 - Cheetah Hunt (2011, Intamin Blitz)
114 - SheiKra (2005, B&M Dive)
317 - Tigris (2019, Premier Rides Sky Rocket)
405 - Cobra's Curse (2016, Mack X-Treme Spinning)
415 - Scorpion (1980, Schwarzkopf Silverarrow)
Unranked: Air Grover, Sand Serpent
Average coaster ranking: 277.11/500

10 (1855 points): Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN

9 coasters

3 - Lightning Rod (RMC Launched Topper)
119 - Thunderhead (2004, GCI Woodie)
185 - Tennessee Tornado (1999, Arrow Looper)
232 - Wild Eagle (2012, B&M Wing)
279 - Mystery Mine (2007, Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter)
362 - Firechaser Express (2014, Gerstlauer Family Coaster)
472 - Dragonflier (2019, Vekoma SFC)
Unranked: Blazing Fury, Whistle Punk Coaster
Average coaster ranking: 294.67/500

11 (1819 points): Carowinds - Charlotte, NC

14 coasters

5 - Fury 325 (2015, B&M Giga)
84 - Afterburn (1999, B&M Invert)
93 - Copperhead Strike (2019, Mack Launch)
110 - Intimidator (2010, B&M Hyper)
394 - Nighthawk (2004, Vekoma Flying Dutchman)
Unranked: Carolina Cyclone, Carolina Goldrusher, Flying Cobras, Hurler, Kiddy Hawk, Ricochet, Vortex, Wilderness Run, Woodstock Express
Average coaster ranking: 370.43/500

12 (1795 points): Six Flags Fiesta Texas - San Antonio, TX

10 coasters

37 - Iron Rattler (2013, RMC IBox)
47 - Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster (2018, RMC Raptor)
137 - Superman Krypton Coaster (2000, B&M Floorless)
250 - Goliath (2008, B&M Invert)
314 - Poltergeist (1999, Premier Rides Launch)
426 - Batman The Ride (2015, S&S Free-Spin)
Unranked: Boomerang, Pandemonium, Road Runner Express, Streamliner Coaster
Average coaster ranking: 321.10/500

13 (1739 points): Knott's Berry Farm - Buena Park, CA

10 coasters

45 - GhostRider (1998, CCI Woodie)
66 - Xcelerator (2002, Intamin Accelerator)
167 - HangTime (2018, Gerstlauer Infinity)
191 - Silver Bullet (2004, B&M Invert)
340 - Montezooma's Revenge (1998, Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop)
458 - Sierra Sidewinder (2007, Mack Spinning)
Unranked: Coast Rider, Jaguar!, Pony Express, Timberline Twister
Average coaster ranking: 326.70/500

14 (1715 points): Kings Dominion (Doswell, VA)

12 coasters

20 - Twisted Timbers (2018, RMC IBox)
21 - Intimidator 305 (2010, Intamin Giga)
153 - Dominator (2008, B&M Floorless)
300 - Flight of Fear (1996, Premier Rides Launch)
416 - Racer 75 (1975, PTC Dueling Woodie)
422 - Backlot Stunt Coaster (2006, Premier Rides Steel)
460 - Grizzly (1982, PTC Woodie)
Unranked: Anaconda, Apple Zapple, Avalanche, Great Pumpkin Coaster, Woodstock Express
Average coaster ranking: 359.54/500

15 (1710 points): Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington, TX)

13 coasters

70 - New Texas Giant (2011, RMC IBox)
129 - Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast (1998, Premier Rides Shuttle Loop)
189 - Shock Wave (1978, Schwarzkopf Looper)
207 - Titan (2001, Giovanola Mega)
251 - Batman The Ride (1999, B&M Invert)
452 - Joker (2017, S&S Free-Spin)
499 - La Vibora (1986, Intamin Swiss Bob)
Unranked: Judge Roy Scream, Mini Mine Train, Pandemonium, Runaway Mine Train, Runaway Mountain, Wile E. Coyote's Grand Canyon Blaster
Average coaster ranking: 369.00/500

16 (1666 points): Silver Dollar City - Branson, MO

7 coasters

18 - Outlaw Run (2013, RMC Topper Woodie)
49 - Time Traveler (2018, Mack Xtreme Spinning)
162 - Wildfire (2001, B&M Sitting)
177 - Powder Keg: A Blast in the Wilderness (1999, Premiere Rides/S&S Hybrid)
433 - Thunderation (1993, Arrow Mine Train)
Unranked: Fire in the Hole, Grand Exposition Coaster
Average coaster ranking: 262.71/500

17 (1646 points): Kennywood - West Mifflin, PA

8 coasters

32 - Phantom's Revenge (1991, Arrow/Morgan Hyper)
117 - Steel Curtain (2019, S&S Steel)
261 - Thunderbolt (1924, Andy Vettel/NADC Woodie)
270 - Jack Rabbit (1920, John A. Miller Woodie)
290 - Sky Rocket (2010, Premier Rides Sky Rocket)
390 - Racer (1927, John. A Miller Mobius Woodie)
Unranked: Exterminator, Lil' Phantom
Average coaster ranking: 295.00/500

18 (1605 points): Holiday World - Santa Claus, IN

5 coasters

6 - The Voyage (2006, Gravity Group Woodie)
82 - Thunderbird (2015, B&M Launched Wing)
141 - Legend (2000, CCI Woodie)
170 - Raven (1995, CCI Woodie)
Unranked: Howler
Average coaster ranking: 179.80/500

19 (1367 points): Six Flags St. Louis - Eureka, MO

9 coasters

132 - Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast (1998, Premier Rides Shuttle Loop)
156 - American Thunder (2008, GCI Woodie)
211 - Batman The Ride (1995, B&M Invert)
283 - Boss (2000, CCI Woodie)
356 - Screamin' Eagle (1976, PTC Woodie)
Unranked: Boomerang, Ninja, Pandemonium, River King Mine Train
Average coaster ranking: 348.67/500

20 (1358 points): SeaWorld Orlando - Orlando, FL

5 coasters

35 - Mako (2016, B&M Hyper)
102 - Manta (2009, B&M Flyer)
128 - Kraken (2000, B&M Floorless)
381 - Journey to Atlantis (1998, Mack Water Coaster)
Unranked: Super Grover's Box Car Derby
Average coaster ranking: 229.20/500

21 (1205 points): California's Great America - Santa Clara, CA

9 coasters

39 - RailBlazer (2018, RMC Raptor)
72 - Gold Striker (2013, GCI Woodie)
187 - Flight Deck (1993, B&M Invert)
Unranked: Demon, Grizzly, Lucy's Crabbie Cabbies, Patriot, Psycho Mouse, Woodstock Express
Average coaster ranking: 366.44/500

22 (1190 points): Kentucky Kingdom - Louisville, KY

6 coasters

19 - Storm Chaser (2016, RMC IBox)
58 - Lightning Run (2014, Chance Rides Hyper GT-X)
355 - Kentucky Flyer (2019, Gravity Group Woodie)
382 - Thunder Run (1990, Dinn Corporation Woodie)
Unranked: Roller Skater, T3
Average coaster ranking: 302.33/500

23 (1166 points): Six Flags New England - Agawam, MA

12 coasters

22 - Wicked Cyclone (2015, RMC IBox)
29 - Superman the Ride (2000, Intamin Hyper)
286 - Batman - The Dark Knight (2002, B&M Floorless)
Unranked: Catwoman's Whip, Flashback, Goliath, Gotham City Gauntlet Escape from Arkham Asylum, Great Chase, Joker, Pandemonium, Riddler Revenge, Thunderbolt
Average coaster ranking: 403.08/500

24 (1157 points): Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - Vallejo, CA

10 coasters

98 - Joker (2016, RMC IBox)
163 - Medusa (2000, B&M Floorless)
304 - Flash: Vertical Velocity (2001, Intamin Impulse)
307 - Superman Ultimate Flight (2012, Premier Rides Sky Rocket)
476 - Batman The Ride (2019, S&S Free-Spin)
Unranked: Boomerang Coast to Coaster, Cobra, Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster, Kong, Roadrunner Express
Average coaster ranking: 384.80/500

25 (1060 points): Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom - Allentown, PA

7 coasters

151 - Talon (2001, B&M Invert)
181 - Steel Force (1997, Morgan Hyper)
215 - Hydra the Revenge (2005, B&M Floorless)
397 - Possessed (2008, Intamin Impulse)
Unranked: Thunderhawk, Wild Mouse, Woodstock Express
Average coaster ranking: 349.14/500

26 (957 points): Worlds of Fun (7 coasters, 3 ranked)

27 (902 points): Knoebels (6 coasters, 4 ranked)

28 (855 points): SeaWorld San Antonio (6 coasters, 3 ranked)

29 (827 points): Universal Studios Florida (4 coasters, 3 ranked)

30 (816 points): Islands of Adventure (4 coasters, 2 ranked)

31 (816 points): Six Flags America (9 coasters, 4 ranked)

32 (704 points): Valleyfair! (8 coasters, 3 ranked)

33 (703 points): Mt. Olympus (5 coasters, 3 ranked)

34 (685 points): Silverwood (6 coasters, 3 ranked)

35 (682 points): Lagoon (10 coasters, 3 ranked)

36 (652 points): Disneyland (4 coasters, 3 ranked)

37 (584 points): Lake Compounce (5 coasters, 2 ranked)

38 (564 points): Indiana Beach (5 coasters, 4 ranked)

39 (481 points): Nickelodeon Universe New Jersey (5 coasters, 3 ranked)

40 (455 points): Six Flags Darien Lake (8 coasters, 2 ranked)

41 (430 points): Waldameer (5 coasters, 1 ranked)

42 (398 points): Michigan's Adventure (6 coasters, 1 ranked)

43 (390 points): Kemah Boardwalk (1 coaster, 1 ranked)

44 (389 points): Adventureland Iowa (5 coasters, 2 ranked)

45 (365 points): Alabama Adventure (2 coasters, 1 ranked)

46 (361 points): Magic Kingdom (4 coasters, 3 ranked)

47 (347 points): Disney's Hollywood Studios (2 coasters, 2 ranked)

48 (340 points): Fun Spot America Kissimmee (4 coasters, 1 ranked)

49 (323 points): Disney's Animal Kingdom (1 coaster, 1 ranked)

50 (288 points): Luna Park (6 coasters, 1 ranked)

51 (275 points): Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (3 coasters, 1 ranked)

52 (273 points): Disney California Adventure Park (2 coasters, 1 ranked)

53 (268 points): Fun Spot America Orlando (3 coasters, 1 ranked)

54 (259 points): ZDT's Amusement Park (1 coaster, 1 ranked)

55 (258 points): SeaWorld San Diego (4 coasters, 2 ranked)

56 (239 points): Playland's Castaway Cove (4 coasters, 1 ranked)

57 (224 points): Beech Bend (3 coasters, 1 ranked)

58 (216 points): Universal Studios Hollywood (2 coasters, 1 ranked)

59 (206 points): Quassy Amusement Park (2 coasters, 1 ranked)

60 (195 points): Sesame Place (2 coasters, 1 ranked)

61 (175 points): Great Escape (6 coasters, 1 ranked)

62 (158 points): Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino (1 coaster, 1 ranked)

63 (156 points): Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier (1 coaster, 1 ranked)

64 (151 points): Bay Beach Amusement Park (1 coaster, 1 ranked)

65 (137 points): Adventuredome (2 coasters, 1 ranked)

66 (127 points): Morey's Piers (7 coasters, 1 ranked)

67 (98 points): Casino Pier (3 coasters, 1 ranked)

68 (97 points): Nickelodeon Universe Minnesota (5 coasters, 1 ranked)

69 (93 points): Frontier City (5 coasters, 1 ranked)

70 (37 points): Adventureland New York (2 coasters, 1 ranked)

71 (17 points): Lakemont Park (3 coasters, 1 ranked)

72 (12 points): Conneaut Lake Park (2 coasters, 1 ranked)

73 (8 points): Belmont Park (1 coaster, 1 ranked)

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The truth about the dbrand Grip...

The truth about the dbrand Grip...
Grips. Let's talk about 'em.
If you've spent any amount of time on this subreddit, you've likely seen at least one post about a Grip case that has fallen apart. Most of you have seen several. We know this because we've seen every single one. We’d like to see less of them. Ideally, none.
Over the past 18 months, we’ve been on an odyssey to fix the underlying problem. What follows is a chronicle of that journey.
Our objectives in writing this post are three-fold. There will be a tl;dr version at the end of this post, summarizing each of the three:
  1. Offer an in-depth technical explanation as to why Grip cases fall apart.
  2. Outline the improvements we've made to the Grip case to mitigate and eventually solve the issue.
  3. Provide some much-needed context as to how widespread the issue truly is, and what our next steps are for affected Grip SKUs.
Since you're still here, you must be in it for the long haul. Assuming an average reading speed of 250 words per minute, this is going to take you nearly 24 minutes to get through. We'll try to make it the most informative 24 minutes of your life. Let's get started.

PART ONE

Why Do Grips Fall Apart?
Most phone cases are made out of a single material. The material itself varies from case to case, though the most common is Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). The Grip case, as a point of comparison, is made of two different materials: an elastomer and a polycarbonate.
The word elastomer is a combination of the words elastic and polymer. That's because it describes polymers that have elastic properties - like the one that forms the outer rim of your Grip case. The elastomer that we use is responsible for two critical properties of the Grip case: impact protection and grip.
If you fell off of a rooftop, would you rather land on a hard plastic surface, or a rubber surface? If you value your life at all, you'd choose the rubber - its elastic properties would absorb much more force from the impact. Guess what rubber is? First one to answer "an elastomer" wins a prize!
Next, imagine you’re a pervert, gently running your finger across every surface of a No. 2 Pencil. Which part of the pencil do you think would provide the most resistance to the tracing of your finger? If you guessed "the eraser," congratulations: you possess a basic understanding of coefficients of friction. Erasers are made of rubber. Rubber has a high coefficient of friction because of its elastic properties.
The Grip case's elastomer isn't rubber - it's our own specially-formulated compound. It's still a useful comparison, as all elastomers share similar properties - provided they have the same degree of Shore Hardness.
One person reading this is asking: “Shore Hardness?” The next section is their fault.

A Beginner's Guide to Material Science
The Shore Hardness scale gauges the hardness of various elastomers. It can be measured with a device called a durometer. You probably don't have one.
  • Low Shore Hardness = softer, more malleable, less dense, more rubber-like.
  • High Shore Hardness = harder, less malleable, more dense, more plastic-like.
If you fell out of a building and landed on a rubber surface with a high Shore Hardness, injury or death would be much more likely.
If you used an eraser with a high Shore Hardness, you'd find it wouldn't actually do much erasing.
Now, what if you made a phone case out of an elastomer with a high Shore Hardness? It wouldn't offer much grip or impact protection.
The Grip's outer rim is made from an elastomer with a low Shore Hardness. As a result, the material is grippy and impact-resistant, but much more malleable and thus more likely to deform. That's why we bond the elastomer to a polycarbonate skeleton.
Polycarbonates don't require as much explanation as elastomers: they're a category of plastic. On your Grip case, the back plate is made of polycarbonate. The elastomer rim is bonded to the polycarbonate plate on all sides of the Grip, providing structural rigidity to the elastomer, fighting to keep it from deforming. At least, that's the idea. As we've all seen, it hasn't worked out that way.
Bonding two distinct materials together is much more complicated than gluing them together. Instead, we rely on a thermal bonding process. Basically, that means we heat both of our polymers to a degree which would turn you from “rare” to “well done” in moments. This heat melts the polymers, which we then inject at a pressure which would turn you from “solid” to “paste” even faster.
Once injected, these two materials get fused together along the seams. To further reinforce the bonds, we use a series of interlocking "teeth" to provide a greater surface area on which the bonding process can occur. Consider these teeth the mechanical bond, which exists to strengthen the thermal bond.

Pictured: Bonding mechanic between the elastomer and polycarbonate.
With that out of the way: why do Grips fall apart?
The elastomer rim around the edge of the Grip case is naturally inclined to deform and stretch. The bonding mechanisms we described above are designed to keep that from happening, but it often isn’t strong enough. As soon as the bond fails at any point, it's only a matter of time until a total structural failure occurs.

PART TWO

How Are We Stopping Grips From Falling Apart?
Philosophically, there are two approaches to take:
  1. We can investigate why, exactly, the bond between the elastomer and the polycarbonate is failing.
  2. We can tweak and iterate the thermal and mechanical bond - strengthening it to the point where it's statistically improbable that your case will fall apart.
We tried the first approach - it's the road to madness. The number of variables is irrationally large. What's the temperature like where you live? The altitude? The humidity? Do you bring your phone into environments that deviate from the ambient temperature of your location? Does your school or workplace have extremely dry air? Do you bring your phone into a sauna? What sort of soap do you wash your hands with? Do you have oily hands? What sort of food do you cook? Do you smoke? How hard do you press on the buttons? What's your angle of approach when you actuate a button? How big are your hands? How often do you take your phone out of the case? Do you remove it from the top, the bottom, the sides?
We could follow all of these roads, find out exactly which factors are causing the bond to fail, then implement preventative measures to keep it from happening - but that would take a decade. We don't have that long. Much like you, we want this fixed yesterday.
So, from the moment we received our first complaint about a Grip deforming around the buttons, we've been making structural, thermal, and mechanical improvements to the design and production process of the Grip case - some visible, some not. Every new phone release has brought a new iteration on the core Grip design, with each one reducing the failure rate, incrementally. We'll bring the receipts in the next chapter. For now, let's highlight the most noteworthy improvements.

The Most Noteworthy Improvements
The first signs of trouble were the buttons. Months before we'd received our first report of a Grip case de-bonding, we saw the first examples of buttons that had bent out of shape.

Pictured: Button deformation.
Why the buttons? Because you press down on them. The force from button actuation puts strain on the elastomer, causing displacement of the material in the surrounding area. Through a combination of time, repeated button actuations and the above-mentioned force, the case would permanently deform around the buttons. This concept is called the "compression set" of the elastomer - Google it.
The solution to this problem was two-fold:
  1. First, we increased the compression set of the elastomer. Essentially, we made it as dense as we could, without compromising on the elastic properties of the material.
  2. Second, we added relief slits surrounding the buttons - they're plainly visible on any newer Grip case model. These relief slits are an escape route for the force generated by button actuation. They also had the positive effect of making button actuation significantly more satisfying (read: clicky).

Pictured: Relief slits to improve button tactility and durability.
Another early issue, pre-dating the first reports of total de-bonding, was a deformation of the elastomer along the bottom of the case - where the charging port and speakers are.
Since we've covered the basics on how the interlock between the elastomer and the polycarbonate creates a bond, this is how the interlocking teeth along the top edge of the polycarbonate skeleton of the Grip used to look.

Pictured: First-gen interlocking teeth on the top of the Grip.
...and here's the bottom of that very same Grip case.

Pictured: First-gen interlocking teeth on the bottom of the Grip.
Notice anything? Around the charging port, there is absolutely nothing keeping the elastomer in place. No teeth, no structural reinforcements... it's no coincidence that an overwhelming majority of early Grip deformations happened along the bottom.
Since then, we’ve added a reinforced polycarbonate structure around the bottom of the Grip case. You'll see what that looks like in a bit.
So, why didn't the launch portfolio of Grip cases have mechanical interlocks or a polycarbonate support structure along the bottom?
The answer may or may not be complicated, depending on how much you know about plastic injection molding. We'll assume the worst and explain the concept of "undercut" to you with a ridiculous metaphor.

The Ridiculous Metaphor
Imagine you had a tube full of melted cheese. Next, imagine you emptied that entire tube into your mouth. Rather than swallowing the cheese, you decide to let it sit in your mouth and harden. Why are you doing this? We don't know. Let's just say you want a brick of cheese that's perfectly molded to the contours of your mouth - a very normal thing to want.
So, your mouth is completely filled with cheese. It hardens. You reach into your mouth to remove the brick of cheese. As you're removing it, you encounter a problem: your teeth are in the way. This wasn't a problem when you were putting the cheese into your mouth, but that was because the cheese was melted and could flow around your teeth. Now that the cheese has hardened, this is no longer the case.
In the world of plastic injection molding, this is an undercut. Our concern was that, by molding a structurally rigid piece of polycarbonate around the charging port and speaker holes, we'd find ourselves unable to remove the Grip Case from the mold once hardened. Imagine spending $30,000 on industrial tooling only to get a $30 phone case stuck inside of it.
Once we saw Grip cases deforming along the bottom cutouts, we knew we'd need to find a way to remove the cheese from your mouth without breaking your teeth. To make a long story short: we did it. The cheese is out of your mouth, and you get to keep your teeth. Congratulations! Now, keep reading.
On newer models of the Grip case, the result is a polycarbonate bridge extending around the bottom cutouts, adding both structural reinforcement and interlock mechanisms to promote mechanical bond, much like the ones which line the perimeter of the rest of the Grip case.

Pictured: Newest-gen structural reinforcement on the bottom of the Grip.
On the subject of structural reinforcements, this design revision was around the time we flanked the buttons with some fins, working in tandem with the heightened compression set and button relief slits, detailed above, to further guarantee that button actuation would have no impact on the overall durability of the Grip case.

Pictured: Lack of button fins on the first-gen Grip.

Pictured: Button fins on the newest-gen Grip.
As an aside: Unrelated to the de-bonding issues, we've also made a number of smaller improvements to the Grip case with each new iteration. For instance, we chamfered the front lip of the case to make edge-swiping more pleasant and reduce dust accumulation along the rim. Those raised parallelogram shapes along the sides of your Grip case that create its distinctive handfeel? We made those way bigger for a better in-hand experience. In short: product development is a complex and multifaceted process. Each new iteration of the Grip case is better than the one that came before, and that applies to more than just failure rates.
Speaking of failure rates: all of these improvements were in place by the time we launched iPhone 11-series Grip cases. The failure rate for these cases decreased exponentially... but didn't disappear entirely.

The Even More Ridiculous Metaphor
With these improvements, we achieved our desired outcome: the case was no longer deforming around the buttons or the charging port. Instead, the structure of the case began to fail literally anywhere else around the perimeter of the phone.
Think of it this way… you’re a roof carpenter. The greatest roof carpenter of all time. Like the son of God, but if he was a carpenter. Unfortunately, you’ve been paired with the Donald Trump of wall-builders.
You're tasked with building a house. You spend all of your time and energy perfecting your roofcraft. You've designed a roof that's so durable, it may as well have been made of Nokia 3310s. Nothing's getting through that bad boy.
The wall guy? Instead of building that wall he said Mexico would pay for, he's been tweeting about the miraculous medicinal properties of bleach while a plague kills hundreds of thousands of Americans.
The point here is that you can build the greatest roof of all time, but the walls need to be strong enough to match.
To strengthen the Grip case's metaphorical walls, we needed to re-design the inside of the Grip case from scratch. More specifically, the mechanical interlock between the springy elastomer and rigid polycarbonate skeleton. We took every tooth at the bonding point between the two materials and made them as large as we possibly could. Then, we added more teeth.

Pictured: Polycarbonate teeth on the newest-gen Grip.
To jog your memory: this is how the teeth used to look...

Pictured: Polycarbonate teeth on the first-gen Grip.
If time proves that these changes aren’t enough, our engineers still have a number of ideas on how to improve the bond between the elastomer and polycarbonate. Will we ever need to implement those ideas? Again - that’s a question only time can answer. Each change might be the silver bullet that puts this problem to bed for good... but there's only one way to find out: it involves real-world testing and, with each iteration, months of careful observation.

PART THREE

So, Where Are We Now?
Have the improvements we've made to the Grip case been successful? You bet.
For the sake of comparison: we began shipping iPhone 11 series Grips on September 30th, 2019. Within six months of that date, we had received 52 reports of structural failures - a big improvement over the early days, but still not good enough.
Fast forward two months. We began shipping Note 10 Plus Grip cases on November 21st, 2019. In the first six months of availability, we received exactly eight reports of Note 10 Plus Grips falling apart. Again, a major improvement over the iPhone series in the same stretch of time. If we'd launched the first Grip cases with a failure rate that low, we wouldn't be writing this post right now and you’d have nothing to read while pretending to do work.
How about the Galaxy S20 series, which began shipping on February 10th, 2020? They're the most recent and improved set of SKUs we’ve made to date, leveraging everything we've learned and making further improvements over the Note 10 Plus. No reports so far. Same goes for the iPhone SE and OnePlus 8 series - these SKUs share all the improvements we've made to the underlying design of the Grip case thus far.
Does that mean these numbers will hold forever? Who knows. That's the thing: every improvement we make, we need to wait several months to see how effective it's been. No amount of internal testing can replace the real-world data of shipping cases to hundreds of thousands of users across nearly 200 countries.
We could always just throw in the towel, make the entire case out of rigid plastic, and call it a solved issue... but that would be the easy way out. The Grip case and its unique design properties can't reach their full potential unless we make incremental improvements - then wait and see how they pan out in the real world.
All of which is to say: it's far too early to say the newest set of improvements have officially solved the problem. While the failure rate is still zero, we need to keep watching. We've made a ton of progress, but we're not going to rest until we've killed this issue for good - without sacrificing the unique properties that make the Grip case stand out in a sea of derivative hard plastic and TPU phone cases.
That's probably enough to inspire confidence in someone who's on the fence about buying an S20 Ultra Grip, an iPhone SE Grip, or any Grip we release in the future. But what if you're one of the people who bought an older Grip model?

"I'm One Of The People Who Bought An Older Grip Model!"
We won't sugarcoat it. The failure rates for older Grip models is way higher than we deem acceptable. Why has it taken us this long to publicly address the issue, then?
Easy: it's not as widespread as you might think. Some humans reading this might be looking at their iPhone X Grip, purchased in 2019 and still intact, wondering what all the fuss is about. That's an important consideration: most people who have functioning, still-bonded Grip cases aren't posting on /dbrand about how unbroken it is. The people who've had issues around total product failure are in the minority.
We're not using the word "minority" as a get-out-of-jail-free card here. It's still a way larger number than we'd ever be comfortable with. We simply don't want our transparency and candor in writing this to be misinterpreted as an admission that every single Grip case we've made for older devices is going to fall apart. Statistically speaking, this is an issue for a minority of Grip owners.
Our philosophy at first was that, while it was unfortunate and frustrating that Grip cases were falling apart, dramatic PR action wasn't necessary. Instead, we resolved to:
  1. Quietly and diligently work in the background to improve the underlying design of the Grip case.
  2. Ship free replacements to anyone whose Grip case had failed.
To date, we've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on shipping fees alone for replacement Grips. As you can imagine, that number gets a lot higher once you add in the cost of actually making the thing. We've been fine with writing these costs off as sort of an R&D expense, since every example of a deformed or de-bonded Grip provides invaluable data on how to improve the product.
Where our strategy backfired was in the narrative that began to take root as Grip cases continued to fall apart. Look at it this way: the failure rate of older Grip case SKUs is anywhere between 1% and 20%, depending on how early we released the SKU. Since the improvements we've already made to the underlying design were rolled out incrementally with each new phone release, that number has been on a steady downward trend.
For the purpose of this thought experiment, we'll go with the earliest, shittiest Grip cases - putting us at a long-term failure rate of 20%.
So, 20% of customers for this device have a Grip case fall apart at some point in the product's lifespan. Every single one of those people writes in to our Customer Experience team about the issue. They all receive a replacement, free of charge.
Since this replacement is identical to the first Grip case they'd received, it also has a 20% failure rate. We're now dealing with percentages of percentages. Stop panicking, we'll do the math for you: that means 4% of these hypothetical Grip owners will have a second Grip case fail on them in the long run.
Four percent is a lot better than twenty… but it's also a lot of people who've been burned twice. These people are going to be extra vocal about how shitty the Grip case is. To be fair, they've got every right.
So, we've got four groups of customers for this SKU:
  • Group A: Has had two or more Grip cases fail (4%).
  • Group B: Has had exactly one Grip case fail (16%).
  • Group C: Bought a Grip which has not failed (80%).
  • Group D: Has not purchased a Grip case (NA%).
Group A is livid about the repeated issues they've had - rightfully so.
Group B, having been burned before, reads about Group A's experience. They take it to mean their replacement will inevitably fail on them as well, and they'll one day get the dubious honor of joining Group A.
Group C, despite not having had any issues yet, reads the experiences of Groups A and B. Then, a significant portion of this group begins to operate under the assumption that it's only a matter of time before their Grip falls apart as well.
Group D reads all of the above and decides they don't have enough confidence in the Grip case to ever purchase one.
A narrative begins to form that this hypothetical failure rate is close to 100%. Worse yet: people with newer phones, unaware that each new iteration of the Grip case has a dramatically reduced failure rate over the last, start to assume their case also has a 100% failure rate. That's where our original strategy - the one where we quietly improved the product in the background while offering replacements for defective units - backfired on us.
This narrative only exists because we've continued to leverage existing stock with too high a failure rate, which, in hindsight, was like pouring gasoline on a gender reveal forest fire of disappointment and regret. This brings us to our next chapter.

Mass Destruction
At this point, you're probably aware that a number of Grip SKUs for older phones have been listed as "Sold Out" on our website, and haven't been restocked since.
We stopped production on these cases because we knew they'd have all the same issues as the original production runs. See, it's not as simple as pushing a "make the Grip not fall apart" button at the factory - we'd need to redesign the case from scratch, implementing all of the design improvements we've made up to this point, then re-tool our existing machinery to produce this new version. We'll have more to say about re-tooling a bit later - for now, focus on the fact that some Grips have been listed as "Sold Out".
If someone's Grip case falls apart while listed as "Sold Out", we don't have any replacements to send them. Instead, dbrand's Customer Experience team has been issuing refunds wherever possible, and store credit otherwise. Just in case you're wondering what we mean by "where possible": PayPal doesn't allow refunds on transactions that are more than six months old. Store credit, on the other hand, can be offered indefinitely.
What we've come to realize is that we're never going to be able to escape this downward spiral until we rip the band-aid off and stop stocking these old, flawed SKUs.
Today, we're ripping the bandaid off. As you're reading this, we're disposing of all of our old stock. All of the flawed Grip SKUs are now listed as "Sold Out".
Head over to our Grip listing and take a look at what's available. Everything that you can currently buy is up to spec with the improvements we've made over the past year - meeting or exceeding the standard of quality set by the Galaxy S20 series, the iPhone SE, and the OnePlus 8 series. In some cases - take, for instance, the iPhone 11 series - this means we've already re-tooled our production lines to meet that quality benchmark.
If a Grip case is listed on "Backorder", it means we've begun the process of re-tooling the SKU to match the improved quality standard you've spent the last five hours reading about.
However, if a Grip case is now listed as "Sold Out", that means no more reshipments.
If you own a sold out Grip case that hasn't fallen apart yet: that's great! Don't assume that your Grip is doomed to fail just because we devoted 5661 words to explaining why it might fall apart. You've still got better odds than you would at a casino.
As always, if you run into any issues with your case, sold out or not, shoot an email to one of our Robots. They'll still take care of you - it just won't be with a replacement case… for now.

Mass Production
Remember when we said we'd talk more about re-tooling a bit later? That's right now.
So, why are so many Grip models not being fixed? Why haven't we re-tooled these old SKUs with all of the quality improvements made to the case's build quality? It's a little complicated.
Taking the improvements we've made to the most recent suite of Grip models and retroactively applying those changes to older SKUs isn't a simple task - it would require us to throw out our existing production tools and create new ones, from scratch. Suffice it to say that doing so is a wildly expensive endeavor.
To recoup that cost, we'd need to produce more Grips than we're likely to ever sell for aging, irrelevant hardware. Let's use the Pixel 3 as an example.
If we replaced every single de-bonded Pixel 3 Grip, that would account for about 3% of the MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity) on a re-tooled Pixel 3 Grip case. Now we're sitting on 97% of that MOQ as overstock. Pixel 3 owners have had their phone for nearly two years now. If they want a phone case, they already have one. They're not looking for new Pixel 3 cases, they're getting ready to buy a new phone. Simply put, it’s no longer a viable market.
Now, say the Pixel 3 was a significantly more popular phone - enough that we'd be shipping out, say, 50% of the MOQ as replacements on day one. Now, that's a lot more tempting to us - we'd still lose boatloads of money, but at least it would go towards some consumer goodwill.
To figure out how much money we'd lose on re-tooling, we gave our bean-counting Robots a giant jar of beans and told them to get to work. They emerged three days later. When asked how many beans were in the jar, they gave us a blank stare. When asked if it was possible to re-tool any of our production lines for old Grip SKUs without losing obscene amounts of money, they said:
"Absolutely not."
Still, we're no strangers to throwing away obscene amounts of money to make the internet happy. Remember Amazon gift cards? Those were the days. The only question that remains is "How much money are we willing to set on fire?"
We can't tell you yet. Why? Because we're currently running a detailed cost-benefit analysis on the subject of re-tooling old production lines, on a SKU-by-SKU basis. That's business talk for "the bean-counting Robots have been given more beans to count."
The objective is to determine the viability of producing new-and-improved Grip stock for older phones: how many units would be tied up in replacements for that model, how many we could reasonably expect to sell to new customers, and how much overstock would be left from the MOQ.
From there, we can determine what the financial impact of re-tooling would be and make the final decision on how much cash we're dumping into the ocean somewhere off the coast of the Seychelles. We'll have our results by early next week.
These re-tooled models, if produced, would feature every improvement we’ve made thus far to the Grip case line, plus a few that have yet to be released. Remember how the S20s, the iPhone SE and the OnePlus 8s haven't had any reported failures yet? Picture that, but for the phone you've got.
If we go ahead with re-tooling production lines for your phone, a few things will happen:
  1. The Grip case for your phone will go from "Sold Out" to "Backorder".
  2. Our Customer Experience Robots will shift their communication strategy from "we no longer support your phone," to "we'll get you a replacement once we've got improved units in stock."
None of these things will happen until we've run the simulations on which phones are getting restocked. Why are we posting this today, then? We could have waited a week and had concrete answers to offer about the future of our out-of-stock Grip cases. Well…

Take Our Survey
This is it: your chance to have some say in how much money we set on fire as a goodwill exercise for this whole R&D clusterfuck.
Those simulations we're running? They'll be great for telling us how much money we're going to lose on each Grip SKU, but it won't tell us anything about how much money our customers want us to lose on each Grip SKU.
To that end, we've prepared a survey for people who have purchased a Grip case. We'll be taking your feedback into consideration during our decision-making process.
We have only one request: don't be a jackass. Answer the questions honestly.
Click here to take the survey.

In Closing...
We're sharing a special moment right now. We're all seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
For us, that light is "we're almost done with a year-long R&D effort to stop the Grip case from falling apart."
For you, the light is "the end of a 5661-word marathon of a Reddit post."
We just want to take a minute to recognize that we couldn't have gotten this far without your collective support. At any point in the past year, we might have pulled the plug on the Grip project entirely if we'd reached a critical mass of negative sentiment from our customers. Instead, we've got an army of devotees who have no problem paying us for the privilege of being our guinea pigs.
Product development isn't a one-and-done process. It's easy to forget, but our skins weren't always to the world-class, record-setting, Michael-Jordan-in-his-prime standard you expect from us today. If you happen to have an iPhone 4 skin lying around, apply it and let us know how it goes. You'll immediately appreciate how many process improvements we've made. We weren’t born as the greatest skin manufacturer in history. We got there through a process of methodical improvement. Each jump in quality was driven by a bottomless well of user feedback, sourced from millions upon millions of customers. That, and the competition was comically inept.
It's the same story for the Grip case. Your continued support has enabled us to make huge strides in developing a product that's on the cusp of blowing everyone else out of the water. We're going to keep working until it gets there.

TL;DR VERSION

Please note that by reading this tl;dr, you’re missing out on several outlandish metaphors, including classics such as:
  • Plastic injection molding melted cheese into your face hole.
  • What if Jesus and Donald Trump built a house?
  • How to turn yourself from “rare to well done” and “solid to paste”.
  • Pencil Perverts.

WHY DOES THE GRIP FALL APART?
  • The Grip case is made from two materials: a polycarbonate skeleton and an elastomer frame.
  • The elastomer frame provides the majority of the case's impact protection and grip, but is prone to deformation.
  • We prevent deformation by bonding the material to a polycarbonate skeleton (i.e. the rigid back plate on the Grip case).
  • The bond between the two materials was not as strong as we'd originally anticipated, causing the elastomer to de-bond from the polycarbonate skeleton and the case to sometimes fall apart.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO FIX IT?
  • Through a series of design revisions, we've made countless improvements to promote a stronger bond between the two materials.
  • These changes have incrementally reduced the failure rate of Grip cases. Our most recent SKUs are yielding extremely promising results.
  • Each time we improve the Grip case, we need to play a months-long waiting game to observe the real-world effects.

HOW ABOUT THE GRIPS YOU'VE ALREADY SOLD?
  • Since we're using you as guinea pigs for the purposes of product development, we've been uncharacteristically generous with our warranty policy.
  • However, that warranty policy only lasts as long as we have stock. Once we're out of Grips, we're out of replacements.
  • We've finally reached the point where we need to rip off the bandaid and dispose of all of our Grip stock produced during 2019.
  • If your Grip for any of these older phones falls apart, you can no longer get a replacement.
  • You should still write in to our Customer Experience team if it happens to you - we'll work something out.
  • On the bright side, our Grip SKUs from 2020 onwards have dramatically reduced, if not outright eliminated, the failure rate of previous models. We have no reported cases to date.
  • It's not economically viable to re-tool production lines to apply our improved industrial designs to any of the Grip cases that are currently marked as "Sold Out".
  • We're probably going to do it anyways.
  • We're running the simulations right now to determine which older devices will be re-tooled.
  • Take our survey to help determine which devices we'll be re-tooling.
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31[F4M] New England - BBW seeking connection

There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, AEW, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US, please. No married men.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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31[F4M] New England - BBW seeking connection

There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, AEW, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US, please. No married men.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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32[F4M] New England - BBW seeking company

There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, AEW, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US, please. No married men.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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32[F4M] New England - Seeking connection

There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, AEW, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US, please. No married men.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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32[F4M] New England - BBW seeking company

There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, AEW, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US, please. No married men.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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This probably shouldn't be here, but this is every Sonic game and their levels that I can remember on the spot.

Sonic 1 (16-bit):
Green Hill, Marble, Spring Yard, Labyrinth, Star Light, Scrap Brain, Final

Sonic 1 (8-bit):
Green Hill, Bridge, Jungle, Labyrinth, Scrap Brain, Sky Base

Sonic 2 (8-bit):
Under Ground, Sky High, Aqua Lake, Green Hills, Gimmick Mt. Scrambled Egg, Crystal Egg

Sonic 2 (16-bit):
Emerald Hill, Chemical Plant, Aquatic Ruin, Casino Night, Hill Top, Mystic Cave, Oil Ocean, Metropolis, Sky Chase, Wing Fortress, Death Egg

Sonic CD:
Palmtree Panic, Collision Chaos, Tidal Tempest, Quartz Quadrant, Wacky Workbench, Stardust Speedway, Metallic Madness

Sonic Chaos:
Turquoise Hill, Gigalopolis, Sleeping Egg, Mecha Green Hill, Aqua Planet, Electric Egg

SegaSonic the Hedgehog:
Volcanic Vault, Icy Isle, Desert Dodge, Trap Tower, Landslide Limbo, Wild Water Way, Eggman's Tower

Sonic 3:
Angel Island, Hydrocity, Marble Garden, Carnival Night, Ice Cap, Launch Base

Sonic & Knuckles:
Mushroom Hill, Flying Battery, Sandopolis, Lava Reef, Hidden Palace, Sky Sanctuary, Death Egg, The Doomsday

Sonic Triple Trouble:
Great Turquoise, Sunset Park, Meta Junglira, Robotnik Winter, Tidal Plant, Atomic Destroyer

Knuckles' Chaotix
Isolated Island, Botanic Base, Speed Slider, Amazing Arena, Techno Tower, Marina Madness

Sonic 3D Blast:
Green Grove, Rusty Ruin, Spring Stadium, Diamond Dust, Volcano Valley, Gene Gadget, Panic Puppet, The Final Fight

Sonic Adventure:
Emerald Coast, Windy Valley, Casinopolis, Icecap, Twinkle Park, Speed Highway, Red Mountain, Sky Deck, Hot Shelter*, Lost World, Final Egg
* E-102 Gamma, Amy, and Big only

Sonic the Hedgehog Pocket Adventure:
Neo South Island, Secret Plant, Cosmic Casino, Aquatic Relix, Sky Chase, Aerobase, Gigantic Angel, Last Utopia, Chaotic Space

Sonic Adventure 2:
City Escape, Metal Harbor, Green Forest, Pyramid Cave, Crazy Gadget, Final Rush
Wild Canyon, Pumpkin Hill, Aquatic Mine, Death Chamber, Meteor Herd
Prison Lane, Mission Street, Route 101, Hidden Base, Eternal Engine
Radical Highway, White Jungle, Sky Rail, Final Chase
Dry Lagoon, Egg Quarters, Security Hall, Route 280, Mad Space
Iron Gate, Sand Ocean, Lost Colony, Weapons Bed, Cosmic Wall

Sonic Advance:
Neo Green Hill, Secret Base, Casino Paradise, Ice Mountain, Angel Island, Egg Rocket, Cosmic Angel, X-Zone, The Moon

Sonic Advance 2:
Leaf Forest, Hot Crater, Music Plant, Ice Paradise, Sky Canyon, Techno Base, Egg Utopia, XX, True Area 53

Sonic Heroes:
Seaside Hill, Ocean Palace, Grand Metropolis, Power Plant, Casino Park, BINGO Highway, Rail Canyon, Bullet Station, Frog Forest, Lost Jungle, Hang Castle, Mystic Mansion, Egg Fleet, Final Fortress

Sonic Advance 3:
Route 99, Sunset Hill, Ocean Base, Toy Kingdom, Twinkle Snow, Cyber Track, Chaos Angel, Altar Emerald, Nonaggression

Sonic Rush:
Leaf Storm, Water Palace, Mirage Road, Night Carnival, Huge Crisis, Altitude Limit, Dead Line, Unknown, Exception

Sonic Rivals:
Forest Falls, Colosseum Highway, Sky Park, Crystal Mountain, Death Yard, Meteor Base

Sonic the Hedgehog:
Wave Ocean, Dusty Desert, White Acropolis, Crisis City, Flame Core, Radical Train, Tropical Jungle, Kingdom Valley, Aquatic Base, End of the World

Sonic Rush Adventure:
Plant Kingdom, Machine Labyrinth, Coral Cave, Haunted Ship, Sky Babylon, Blizzard Peaks, Pirates' Island, Big Swell, Deep Core

Sonic Rivals 2:
Blue Coast, Sunset Forest, Neon Palace, Frontier Canyon, Mystic Haunt, Chaotic Inferno

Sonic and the Secret Rings:
Lost Prologue, Sand Oasis, Dinosaur Jungle, Evil Foundry, Levitated Ruin, Pirate Storm, Skeleton Dome, Night Palace

Sonic Unleashed:
Windmill Isle, Savannah Citadel, Rooftop Run, Cool Edge, Arid Sands, Skyscraper Scamper, Jungle Joyride, Eggmanland

Sonic Colors:
Tropical Resort, Sweet Mountain, Starlight Carnival, Planet Wisp, Aquarium Park, Asteroid Coaster, Terminal Velocity

Sonic Lost World:
Windy Hill, Desert Ruins, Tropical Coast, Frozen Factory, Silent Forest, Sky Road, Lava Mountain

Sonic Mania:
Angel Island*, Green Hill, Chemical Plant, Studiopolis, Flying Battery, Press Garden, Stardust Speedway, Hydrocity, Mirage Saloon, Oil Ocean Lava Reef, Metallic Madness, Titanic Monarch, Egg Reverie
*Encore Mode only

Sonic Forces:
Lost Valley, Spaceport, Ghost Town, Prison Hall, Egg Gate, Arsenal Pyramid, Luminous Forest, Green Hill, Park Avenue, Casino Forest, Aqua Road, Sunset Heights, Capital City, Chemical Plant, Red Gate Bridge, Guardian Rock, Network Terminal, Death Egg, Metropolitan Highway, Null Space, Imperial Tower, Mortar Canyon, Iron Fortress, Final Judgement

(will edit when new games are released)
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32[F4M] New England - Recommend some books to me?

No reddit chat, please.
There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, AEW, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US, please. No married men.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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Random Events for Hope's Last Day

I ran Hope's Last Day for my roleplaying group yesterday, and it was a hit. Generally, our sessions are pretty long, starting in the mid-afternoon and stretching to late at night, so I was concerned that the scenario wouldn't have enough content to last for our usual amount of play-time. With that in mind, I whipped up a small batch of possible random events that could add some new challenges and twists to the proceedings (I also added two extra NPCs for them to potentially rescue and/or act as backup characters, a Kid named Alex Osterman [Ken Osterman's son], and a Marshall named Kyle Leary).
C-Block is presented as-is in the book; this is more or less meant to be the 'tutorial' section of the adventure. After that, every time the players enter a new block of the colony, one player rolls 1d6. On a 4 or higher, it triggers a random event, and the players roll 1d10 to determine the event.
1: A Cry for Help- As you pass through the corridor, a loud pinging sound goes off-- someone is trying to call for help on the base's Intercom. "Hello? Is--....is anyone left? Can anyone hear me? I--....I need some help." Depending on the order of PCs finding people, this could be one of the following: 1) Dr. Komiskey in the MedLab, 2) Ken Osterman in Billy's Bar, 3) Maria Hemming in Tannen's Casino, 4) Kyle Leary in the A-1 Communal Offices, 5) Alex Osterman in the D-1 Recreation and Family Rooms
2: A Fresh Kill- As you enter the corridor, you freeze in place as not far off, you see the black, chitinous shape of one of those monsters, crouched down over a smear of gore and body parts. Whoever that poor soul was, their remains are unrecognizable now, as the creature drags its kill towards an air duct to do God knows what with it. A Passive Xenomorph Drone is eating its prey in the corridor. All PCs who see this must raise their Stress Level by 1, and the PCs must make an Opposed Mobility vs Observation check to avoid detection. Because the Drone is distracted with its prey, it takes -2 to its Observation. If they fail, the Drone turns its attention away from the kill and will become Active. If they succeed, the Drone will drag its kill into the air vent, leaving the area in 1 Turn.
3: A Shortcut- You pass an open hatch, and remember that this leads into one of the maintenance tunnels. You can get just about anywhere from here. PCs effectively get one free "teleport" to any part of the main colony. The location must be connected to the base itself, so external locations like the Air Traffic Control Center and Billy's Bar cannot be accessed this way. After using this shortcut, the players hear something moving in the tunnel behind them. They can close the hatch, sealing it off. If they do not close the hatch, then in two Turns a Xenomorph Scout appears from the vent.
4: Cocoon Room- Looking into one of the rooms, what you see can only be described as a glimpse into Hell. The walls, floor, and ceiling are coated in slimy organic growths, and you can see at least two bodies glued to the walls inside of the unnatural substance. They seem to have exploded from the inside, their faces frozen in a silent scream. In front of them are waist-tall round leathery objects, like eggs, which had opened and let something out. A third egg sits in the corner of the room, still not hatched. All PCs who see this raise their Stress Level by 1. If they enter the room, they can search it, taking an additional Stress but finding a 12 gauge shotgun. If they do not make a Mobility check to move carefully through the room, the Ovomorph will hatch, releasing a Facehugger.
5: Corridor Fire- Something must have caused an electrical short, or maybe someone was careless with one of the incinerator units. Either way, the corridor is blocked by flames, and choked with plumes of thick smoke. This zone contains an Intensity 6 Fire. PCs that have found a Fire Extinguisher may attempt to put the blaze out.
6: Crazed Survivor- A man emerges from a nearby room, a fire axe in one hand and a wild look on his face. Whatever happened to him, it's clearly cost him his grip on reality. With a crazed, mindless shout, he charges towards you, the axe raised to swing.
Strength 5, Agility 3, Wits 3, Empathy 3
Close Combat 1 (Damage 2)
Health 5
Gear: Fire Axe, Flashlight (+2 to Observation)
The crazed colonist makes so much noise that it attracts the attention of the Aliens. In 1d6 rounds, a Xenomorph Stalker enters the area.
7: Flooded Corridor- Some of the pipes have burst open, and much of this corridor is submerged in freezing cold murky water. In order to get across, you'll have to go for a swim. The PCs will have to swim to get from one part of this block to another (for movement purposes, this counts as Crawling). Each Turn they are in the water, they will need to make a Stamina check or begin Drowning. The water is so cold that they will be considered Freezing until they take one Turn to dry off and warm up.
8: Hanging Wires- Part of the ceiling has collapsed, turning the passageway into a tight squeeze. In your way, however, a tangle of exposed wires hang down from the caved-in ceiling, still sparking and giving off whiffs of ozone. You'll have to move carefully to avoid a nasty shock. PCs must make a Mobility check to avoid the wires, or take 1 damage from electric shock.
9: On the Hunt- From behind you, you hear the groan of twisting metal, followed by a clanging as a metal grate is ripped from one of the air ducts. There is a heavy thud, followed by a high, piercing shriek. One of those things has caught your scent, and is now actively hunting you. A Xenomorph Stalker appears two Zones behind the party. The PCs raise their Stress Level by 1, and must decide if they wish to flee or hide from it (staying in Stealth mode) or fight it (entering combat). In Stealth mode, the Stalker is considered Active. If the PCs successfully evade it for three Turns, the Stalker loses interest and looks for easier prey.
10: The Coast is Clear- Despite the eerie quiet, this area appears to be about as safe as you can get in this place. No air ducts overhead, no maintenance hatches nearby, and a big heavy door you can close behind you. This looks like a spot where you may be able to catch your breath for a moment. The PCs reduce their Stress Level by 1.
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32[F4M] New England - Keep me company while I watch AEW?

There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, AEW, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US, please. No married men.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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32[F4M] New England - Keep me company while I watch AEW?

There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, AEW, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US, please. No married men.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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A list of some surprising good fantasy books involving pirates.

Perhaps nowhere does storytelling so totally reverse reality as when it deals with pirates. It’s difficult not to like swashbuckling rogues tweaking the noses of the uptight British ninnies as they ply their brave way across the wild, lusty seas.
Of course, actual pirates were about as romantic as the tortures they would inflict on prisoners, including holding lighted matches to the victim’s eyes or keel-hauling, where a sailor had a rope tied to each arm and thrown off the bow of a ship. The unfortunate was then dragged along the length of ship, scraping against the sharp barnacles and probably drowning.
Fun fact: “Avast!” means “Stop!” or “Stand still!” not “Hello, fellow pirate!”

21. Corsair by Chris Bunch – 2001

Swashbuckling captain Gareth Radnor has taken command of the Steadfast. But the young captain intends more than seeking his fortune. He wants vengeance against the Linyati slavers who murdered his family. Crewed by a motley band of adventurers, his carrack plunges through the salty waves, striking at the Linyati wherever it can.
And then he discovers something more compelling even than revenge: The Linyati aren’t human…
“Hard edged, salty… a fantasy adventure that will keep you up at night reading.”
—Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara series

20. The Mark of Ran by Paul Kearne – 2004

Book 1 of 2 in The Sea Beggars Series
In a world abandoned by its Creator, an ancient race once existed, with powers so extensive that they were seen as both angles and demons. Rol Cortishane was raised in a remote fishing village, ignorant that the blood of this long-forgotten race runs in his veins. Driven from home, Rol is trained in the assassin’s craft and tutored by the beautiful but troubled Rowen. Now they’ve set their sights across the sea in search of the Hidden City and an adventure that will make them legends, if it doesn’t kill them first.
In the non-fantasy world, the Sea Beggars (the name of this series) really existed. They were a confederacy of Dutch nobles, who, from 1566, opposed Spanish rule in the Netherlands. They arrived in large numbers to complain to the king, but some wit told the ruling Spanish regent not to worry, for the large group was “only beggars.” The angry group of nobles did not forget the appellation and henceforth called themselves the Beggars. The most successful Beggars operated at sea (i.e., were pirates) and were known as the Sea Beggars.

19. Of Shadow and Sea by Will Wight – 2015

Book 1 of 2 in The Elder Empire Series
The Guild of Navigators (i.e., swindlers and pirates) has been paid a fortune to secure the Heart, a cursed artifact that will give wild power to its bearer. The Guild’s only lord is greed, their only loyalty to gold, and they would sell the Empire’s freedom for the promise of a quick coin.
Author Will Wight is well regarded for his likable characters and irreverent tone. Most epic fantasies tend to be high-minded and serious, but Wight has a decidedly more down-to-earth approach.

18. Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton – 2009

I’m not a giant Michael Crichton fan. Generally, I think his ideas and research are more interesting than the actual books he creates. This one’s fun, though.
This book was unknown until after Crichton’s death—his assistant found it on a computer. However, there’s evidence Crichton was working on it, on and off, since the 1970s.
Pirate Latitudes is a caper novel set in the high seas with a strong regard to the reality of the times. Because of this, it probably doesn’t belong in a fantasy list like this one. However, it’s a damn fine pirate tale, and that’s good enough for me.
The Historical Novel Society notes: “Crichton’s portrayal of Port Royal and its inhabitants is far more grounded in reality than Disney’s portrayal. Crichton does not gloss over the slavery, addiction and brutality of colonial Jamaica, nor does he endow his characters with abilities beyond their training or station in life.”
So don’t expect Jack Sparrow.

17. The Fox by Sherwood Smith – 2007

Book 2 of 4 in the Inda Series
You might want to read the first book in the series, Inda, before diving into this one.
Young prince and military genius Inda, forced to turn mercenary after conspirators engineered his exile from Choraed Elgaer, is gathering allies for a sea campaign against the piratical Brotherhood. But Inda’s attention soon shifts toward the ambitious Venn Empire, which wants to use him as a political pawn.
The hardcover version of this book is significantly cheaper than the paperback. Go figure.
“[L]ively… spare yet complex characterizations and a narrative that balances sweeping action and uneasy intimacy.”
—Publishers Weekly

16. Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding – 2011

Book 1 of 3 in the Tales of the Ketty Jay Series
This is magical steampunk, so it’s a little nuts. I mean that as a compliment.
Sky piracy is a bit out of Darian Frey’s league. Fate has not been kind to the captain of the airship Ketty Jay—or his motley crew. They are all running from something. Crake is a daemonist in hiding, traveling with an armored golem and burdened by guilt. Jez is the new navigator, desperate to keep her secret from the rest of the crew. Malvery is a disgraced doctor, drinking himself to death. So when an opportunity arises to steal a chest of gems from a vulnerable airship, Frey can’t pass it up. It’s an easy take—and the payoff will finally make him a rich man.
But when the attack goes horribly wrong, Frey suddenly finds himself the most wanted man in Vardia, trailed by bounty hunters, the elite Century Knights, and the dread queen of the skies, Trinica Dracken. Frey realizes that they’ve been set up to take a fall but doesn’t know the endgame. And the ultimate answer for captain and crew may lie in the legendary hidden pirate town of Retribution Falls. That’s if they can get there without getting blown out of the sky.
“Beautifully crafted prose and some remarkably imaginative scenes…and Wooding’s sprawling, multifaceted world and rough-and-tumble action will delight steampunk fans.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

15. The King’s Buccaneer by Raymond E. Feist – 1992

Book 5 of the Riftwar Cycle
Long recovered from the ravages of the Riftwar, the land and people of the kingdom of the Isles thrive. Nicholas, the youngest son of Prince Arutha, is intelligent and gifted but vastly inexperienced. In hopes of hardening him, his father sends him and his irreverent squire, Harry, to live at rustic Castle Crydee to learn of life beyond the halls of privilege. But within weeks of Nicholas and Harry’s arrival, Crydee is viciously attacked by unknown assailants, resulting in murder, massive destruction, and the abduction of two young noblewomen. The raiders have come from a pirate haven and are no ordinary foe, while an enemy connected to dark magical forces threaten the lands Nicholas will someday rule—if he survives.
“Feist once again delivers a superior, rousing adventure.”
—Publishers Weekly

14. The Pyrates by George MacDonald Fraser – 1983

The Pyrates is satire, send-up, and love-letter to what swashbucklers have become. It’s a Naked Gun take on Errol Flynn pirates. If you don’t know what “Naked Gun” or “Errol Flynn” is then I envy you because you’re about to discover some great stuff.

13. Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson – 2008

Book 1 of 3 in the Isle Chronicles
Captain Declan Ross searched for riches that will free him and his headstrong daughter, Anne, from the piracy business forever. Bartholomew Thorne, an infamously ruthless pirate, seeks to destroy Ross and any who stand in his way of the legendary treasure hidden by a mysterious order of monks.
Despite featuring a scene where a monk gets skinned alive, this book won a “Mom’s Choice Award” for family-friendly entertainment. Depends on the family, I guess.

12. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – 2007

Book 2 of 3 in the Gentlemen Bastards Series
Initially poised to rob the Sinspire, the notoriously thief-proof casino where the penalty for cheating is death, Locke and his partner, Jean, are unwillingly sidetracked into joining and then leading a pirate crew, swindling their way across the sea as they had previously done on land.
“[C]harming, unpredictable and fast on its feet and stands surprisingly well on its own given its convoluted plot.”
—Publishers Weekly

11. Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe – 2007

Fresh from the monastery, the former novice finds himself inexplicably transported back to the Golden Age of Piracy, where an unexpected new life awaits him. At first, he resists joining the notorious Brethren of the Coast, but he soon embraces the life of a buccaneer, even as he succumbs to the seductive charms of a beautiful and enigmatic señorita. As the captain of his own possibly cursed ship, he plunders the West Indies in search of Spanish gold. From the stormy waters of the Caribbean to steamy tropical jungles, Captain Chris finds danger, passion, adventure, and treachery as he hoists the black flag and sets sail for the Spanish mainland.
Where he will finally come to port only God knows…
“Wolfe…[fills] his story with duels, treachery, ship-to-ship combat and an abundance of accurate period detail.”
—Publishers Weekly

10. The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V. S. Redick – 2008

Book 1 of 4 in the Cathrand Voyage Series
Six hundred years old, the Imperial merchant ship Chathrand is a massive floating outpost of the Empire of Arqual. And it is on its most vital mission yet: to deliver a young woman whose marriage will seal the peace between Arqual and its mortal enemy, the Mzithrin Empire. But Thasha, the young noblewoman in question, may be bringing her swords to the altar.
For the ship’s true mission is not peace but war—a war that threatens to rekindle an ancient power long thought lost. As the Chathrand navigates treacherous waters, Thasha must seek unlikely allies—including a magic-cursed deckhand, a stowaway tribe of foot-high warriors, and a singularly heroic rat—and enter a treacherous web of intrigue to uncover the secret of the legendary Red Wolf.
“Insane god-kings, miniature warriors and sentient animals fight over a powerful ancient artifact in Redick’s dramatic, complex debut… Both adult and young adult readers will find much to enjoy in this tale of sea-faring and bloody diplomacy.”
—Publishers Weekly

9. Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini – 1922

Book 1 of 3 in the Captain Blood Series
This book is a little more subtle than its title would suggest.
Dr. Peter Blood, is an Irish physician who was once a sailor and a soldier. In the aftermath of the Monmouth rebellion, Dr. Blood is arrested for treason. While he did not actually participate in the rebellion, rather he aided a wounded rebel, he is tried and convicted nonetheless. The sentence for treason is death, but King James II has the sentence commuted and instead sells Captain Blood and his fellow rebels into slavery.
“Glorious… I never enjoyed a novel more than Captain Blood.”
—Norman Mailer

8. The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark – 2012

Book 1 of 2 in The Assassin’s Curse Series
Ananna abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. She wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiancé. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.
And when the assassin Naji finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse—with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.
“Clarke’s debut harkens back to the best in fantasy/adventure, offering rock-solid worldbuilding, satisfyingly perilous obstacles and a protagonist whose charismatic ’tude goes way beyond spunk. Ananna’s voice grabs readers from the beginning…and doesn’t let go.”
—Kirkus (starred review)

7. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb – 1998

Book 1 of 3 in The Liveship Traders Series
Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships—rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. Now the fortunes of one of Bingtown’s oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship, Vivacia.
For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy. But the fate of Althea and the ship may ultimately lie in the hands of a ruthless buccaneer who plans to seize power over the Pirate Isles by capturing a liveship and bending it to his will.

6. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne – 1870

While his description of this new thing called a “submarine” is fun even for modern readers, it’s the brilliant but tortured Captain Nemo who steals the show as one of, if not the, best pirate in English literature.

5. The Walrus & the Warwolf by Hugh Cook – 1988

Book 4 of 6 in the Chronicles of an Age of Darkness Series
On his 16th birthday, churlish Drake Douay finds himself exiled from his homeland amid a treacherous crew of pirates on the open sea. Through battles with sea monsters, mysterious cults, weird technology of a bygone age, and the warring gangs of two pirate lords, Drake explores a world of dark fantasy and betrayal with his keen wit and a sharp sword—his only protection from an early death.
Readers are usually divided: this is either one of their favorite books, or the long litany of adventures becomes boring after a while.

4. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed – 2012

Book 1 in the Crescent Moon Kingdoms Series
A finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Crawford, Gemmell, and British Fantasy Awards, and the winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel.
The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion, a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. But these killings are only the earliest signs of a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn the great city of Dhamsawwaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.
“Ahmed’s debut masterfully paints a world both bright and terrible.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

3. Mad Kestrel by Misty Massey – 2008

In a world where infants with magical powers are torn from their parents to be raised by the mysterious and powerful Danisoba, who have a monopoly on magic, Kestrel has managed to keep her abilities concealed—and herself free. First hiding in back alleys as a street urchin, she hid when they killed her parents, and then served as a young tavern maid before escaping to sea, where magic is cancelled by water.
Now an adult, and the quartermaster of a pirate ship, Kestrel loves the freedom of living on the seas. But her way of life could end if anyone on board learns her closely guarded secret—that she has magical control over the wind.
One day a black ship appears, and her life changes. Its captain is a handsome rogue of whom Kestrel is strangely, constantly aware. When Kestrel’s captain is led into a trap and is arrested, she gathers her crew and sets sail in relentless pursuit…
“This rollicking debut combines swashbuckling sea adventure, fantasy and romance with great success.”
—Publishers Weekly

2. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – 1904

Sure, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell are great, but it’s the enmity of the pirate Captain Hook that makes this story exciting.

1. On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers – 1987

This is the inspiration of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but it’s different in many ways and stands well on its own.
Puppeteer John Chandagnac, bound for Jamaica to recover stolen money from his uncle, becomes Jack Shandy after pirates attack his ship and force him to join their crew. Shandy’s struggle to accept his new life grounds the story for readers, even as Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits.
“Powers writes action and adventure that Indiana Jones could only dream of.”
—Washington Post
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32[F4M] New England - Plus sized princess seeking partner in crime

There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US, please.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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31[F4M] New England - Looking for my Wade Wilson?

There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free. Bonus if you come with a costume.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US is ideal.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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32[F4M] New England - Fun Fact: I am into masks and face paint.

No chats!
There's a lot of fish in the sea but maybe I'm looking for an elusive sea monster to reel in and befriend. Reddit is a long shot but I've preferred it to traditional apps so here I am.
Me: Chunky yet funky, occasionally goth, shy until I open up, curious about others, dog and snake lover, awkward, and often ridiculous. Liberal and child-free.
You: Heavily tattooed (not required), into music and snakes, funny, kind, patient, not rude, and not a creep. Also liberal and child-free.
What I'm looking for: I would like to start as friends and we can see how things progress.
I find that I get along best with people when we share some musical tastes, particularly if they're into classic rock, hair metal, and other forms of rock and metal with a bit less Aquanet, usually of the stoner variety. If you like music, that's all well and good, but I'm ideally looking to meet people who chase the high that only live music can give you. If you gone up and down the coast or across the country specifically to see bands you love, you're my kind of person.
Bands/Artists I enjoy include: Sleep, High on Fire, Cancer Bats, Faith no More, Tomahawk, Mastodon, Red Scalp, Steve Miller Band, Ruby the Hatchet, Whitesnake, Winger, Danger Danger, Rancid, Mötley Crüe, Hillbilly Casino, Great White, Ill Niño, Municipal Waste, Sevendust, Deftones, Gallows (Carter era), Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Get the Shot, Red Fang, Left Lane Cruiser, Kyuss, Van Halen, The Doors, Old Blood, Whalerider, Morass of Molasses, Down, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards, Dozer, Mutha's Day Out, Dokken, Slow Roosevelt, Crobot, Peeping Tom, Conan, Lovage, Sasquatch, Monolord, Jamiroquai, Robots of the Ancient World, Rammstein, and many more that I'm blanking on right now.
TV shows I enjoy include: Red Dwarf, Parks & Rec, Shameless, Spartacus, Bob's Burgers, AEW, along with nature, science, and true crime documentaries.
I'm not much of a movie fan but there are a few I'm fond of like the original TMNT trilogy, Mortal Kombat, Dead Snow, WolfCop, Joe's Apartment.
For games, I tend to prefer rpg's. I love the Dragon Quest franchise, FF VI & IV, SaGa Frontier, Wild Arms, Chrono Trigger, Pokémon. I also enjoy tabletop rpg's and collect dice so tell me all about your campaigns.
I'm sure we'll find other things in common along the way. Feel free to shoot me a message. I can be a bit shy while I open up to people, mostly because I struggle with knowing what to say and how to connect. Try telling me a story.
Men 30+ only. In the US, please. No married men.
No reddit chat, please. Normal messaging is preferred so come win me over with your words.
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