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Old 09-20-2013, 08:39 PM
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So I've found the most addicting game that exists on the internet. No, seriously.

It's here:
http://orteil.dashnet.org/cookieclicker/


Go on. Try it. Try it for just 10 minutes (at least).


If you're not strangely, yet fully addicted after that time, I'll eat my hat.


Please don't hate me later for revealing this--the most addicting game on the internet, and possibly the world---to you all.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:42 PM
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Don't listen to him! It's a trap! For the love of all that is good in your life, STAY AWAY FROM THE COOKIES!

Ok, back to the game.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:43 PM
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Yeah, Hal was one of the unlucky ones to have seen me share it on Facebook first (a few days ago).

I don't think we've done much since.

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Old 09-20-2013, 09:02 PM
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I may be doing it wrong but my wrist does not like this game.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:15 AM
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I'll be damned if I understand the appeal, sorry.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:20 AM
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I may be doing it wrong but my wrist does not like this game.
Actually clicking on the cookie is a non-issue after the first 5-10 minutes (or so) of gameplay, because the amount you get even without clicking gets to be a lot.

Although you can always click on it anyway if you want to go for achievements.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:52 AM
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What happens if i close my window? Will all my hard work be lost forever?
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:53 AM
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It saves every 60 seconds automatically, but you can also save manually at any time on the "MENU" page (top middle).
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:54 AM
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So just to clarify, I can close and when I return to the page, it will bring me back to the last save point?
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:55 AM
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Yes, it should although, I've heard a friend or two who use firefox had their saves wiped due to a cookie (no pun intended) issue.

It also keeps running if you just leave the page up (if anyone is curious), but I understand some don't like to or can't do that.

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Old 09-21-2013, 02:44 AM
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That is pretty addictive.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:40 AM
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It's amazing how greedy it makes you. At first you think 10 cookies a second is freaking awesome. Until you're making 40 cookies a second. Then any method producing less than 40 a second is crap. Until-- holy shit!-- the rockets bring in 100 cookies a second. Then you don't want to waste your time with anything punier.

I'm currently at the Time Machine level, which produce almost 100,000 cookies per second.....and I've gotten to the point where that just doesn't seem fast enough since my goal now is to have 4 billion cookies.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:04 AM
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Amazing, I've spent the first few minutes going "man, how boring is that, why do people think it's addictive?
And now six hours later, I'm buying my 8th antimatter condenser.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:43 AM
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Yeah, it's pretty scary how quickly it takes hold of you.. I've been playing for about three and a half days now (mostly all day, heh).

They even have a wiki about the game. There is much more to this game than meets the eye, it has a pretty evolving storyline, plus a few events that happen (including one major one that drastically changes the play later on).
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:59 AM
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Started last night. I'm up to 3 million cookies per second, and own two antimatter condensers.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:02 AM
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This... This qualifies as addictive? Good heavens, I hope you people never find out about Sid Meier...
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:26 AM
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I think it's mostly because this is a fairly simple game and that it can be left running in the background for the most part (as cookie wealth amasses).
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:27 AM
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It's amazing how greedy it makes you. At first you think 10 cookies a second is freaking awesome. Until you're making 40 cookies a second. Then any method producing less than 40 a second is crap. Until-- holy shit!-- the rockets bring in 100 cookies a second. Then you don't want to waste your time with anything punier.

I'm currently at the Time Machine level, which produce almost 100,000 cookies per second.....and I've gotten to the point where that just doesn't seem fast enough since my goal now is to have 4 billion cookies.
You have to keep recalculating the CPS return on each expenditure. Because at some point, you'll have bought enough time machines to drive up their prices so that suddenly it turns out that another grandma is actually good deal.

And for those of you wearing your wrists out: don't bother. You have to click to unlock certain achievements, but if you're clicking away at 8 cookies per click, you'll feel really stupid later in the game when you can be clicking at 8,000 cookies per click. And then you'll feel stupid again later when you can be clicking at 8,000,000 cookies per click. (And by that time, clicking is such a tiny percentage of your output, the only reason to click is to unlock the achievements.) So my advice is to pace yourself.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:39 AM
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....and I've gotten to the point where that just doesn't seem fast enough since my goal now is to have 4 billion cookies.
Yeah, speaking of.

Ahhh, back in my early days in the game when 4 billion seemed like a lot.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:51 AM
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I may be doing it wrong but my wrist does not like this game.
Yeah, you only click in the game for....about 5 minutes. Then the computer does the rest.

I am addicted and am progressing towards the vast fortune. I'm only in the single digit millions now, but billions will soon poor upon me.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:02 PM
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That feeling you feel the first time you step away for awhile, letting it run, to come back and find a large amount waiting for you.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:09 PM
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Is it me, or are the upgrades not very good value? I mean for a 10,000 cookie upgrade I might as well buy a couple items that cost 10,000 in total. The upgrades are only worth it if you have, say, 20 grandmas?
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:22 PM
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Yes, upgrades really aren't good value. Wait until they're 10% or less of the cost of buying another of the best thing you've already got, and even then, maybe wait longer.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:24 PM
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Yes, the more you have of the items, the better the upgrades work.

Also, the more achievements you have, the more milk you have, and sometimes some upgrades (like kittens) give you big boosts if you have a lot of milk...not to mention what you have to do to get some achievements (like you get one if you buy 50 or 100 of anything), also makes the upgrades help since you usually wind up having 50 or 100 of most things.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:36 PM
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You bastard...
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:42 PM
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Just to try, I bought 82 cursors and the million fingers upgrade (+0.5 cps for each non-cursor object, 50,000,000 cookies) and it only increased by cps by a few 1000, I think.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:58 PM
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You bastard...
How long you been playing now?
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:59 PM
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Just to try, I bought 82 cursors and the million fingers upgrade (+0.5 cps for each non-cursor object, 50,000,000 cookies) and it only increased by cps by a few 1000, I think.
The early ones don't make too much of a huge change (since you're still in the beginning stages)..but later on they start to do some heavy cookie making with each one.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:26 PM
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Very fun. Perhaps not the most addictive online game I've ever played, but definitely lots of fun. I'm up to several antimatter condensers now. I am thinking about quitting but I guess I'll just let it run in the background because... why not?
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:28 PM
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Ahhh, back in my early days in the game when 4 billion seemed like a lot.
Nod. Now it takes longer to type "four billion cookies" than it does to make four billion cookies.

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Old 09-21-2013, 01:33 PM
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Good thing I didn't have anything I needed to do today. Some of the news items are pretty funny, I got one that said "Cookie manufacturer forgoes common sense, lets OCD drive building decisions." I think that's from building in decreasing multiples of 10, which you also get an achievement for.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:48 PM
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Very fun. Perhaps not the most addictive online game I've ever played, but definitely lots of fun. I'm up to several antimatter condensers now. I am thinking about quitting but I guess I'll just let it run in the background because... why not?

There's a lot more to the game than meets the eye. There's a pretty huge event that happens later on (that changes the course of the game some)...and don't even get me started on explaining "Heavenly Cookies" to you (which you get if you "soft" reset your game and that helps makes your rise to power again go twice as fast in only half the amount of time (depending on how many HCs you have))

But that's still far away and the "Advanced Cookie-ing" for ya. You're still in the low stages. Yes, even with a few Anti-Matter Condensers I'd say.

Also, anyone find out about the "Golden Cookies" yet?

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Old 09-21-2013, 02:06 PM
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Also, anyone find out about the "Golden Cookies" yet?
77sec spent clicking "in a frenzy" have never seem so long

I still don't know if it's worth it to keep clicking when you get one of those though.
I currently get 13millions cookies per click with the golden cookie effect, but since I'm also during that time getting 450 millions cps...
I just know I'm bad at math.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:12 PM
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I may be doing it wrong but my wrist does not like this game.
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Actually clicking on the cookie is a non-issue after the first 5-10 minutes (or so) of gameplay, because the amount you get even without clicking gets to be a lot.

Although you can always click on it anyway if you want to go for achievements.
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And for those of you wearing your wrists out: don't bother. You have to click to unlock certain achievements, but if you're clicking away at 8 cookies per click, you'll feel really stupid later in the game when you can be clicking at 8,000 cookies per click. And then you'll feel stupid again later when you can be clicking at 8,000,000 cookies per click. (And by that time, clicking is such a tiny percentage of your output, the only reason to click is to unlock the achievements.) So my advice is to pace yourself.
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Yeah, you only click in the game for....about 5 minutes. Then the computer does the rest.
It's not just clicking. I have carpal tunnel.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:33 PM
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Double-clicking fast on a trackpad tends to move the cursor off the cookie, but I have developed a nifty clicking technique on this laptop.

Hover a finger over the trackpad, and then with the other hand, drum two fingers as fast as you can on top of that finger, making it "bounce" rapidly on the trackpad. Ten clicks per second easily.
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:33 PM
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77sec spent clicking "in a frenzy" have never seem so long

I still don't know if it's worth it to keep clicking when you get one of those though.
I currently get 13millions cookies per click with the golden cookie effect, but since I'm also during that time getting 450 millions cps...
I just know I'm bad at math.
I sometimes do... the one you want to definitely click for is when you get the (very rare) 777x frenzy (that lasts for 13 seconds).
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:16 PM
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At first I thought it was just the clicking, and thought the store was just a scoreboard. I was thinking it was pretty lame, and you'd have to be awfully bored to be addicted to it.

Now, I'm trying to see if I can skip over a producer. My alchemy labs already cost double what a portal would, but I'm seeing if anything interesting happens if I just go straight to time machine (I'll probably be able to afford one this evening, after I get home).
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:29 PM
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I have a rule that 1000 cookies should buy me 1 cps, anything worse is a bad investment. Anyone else have rules or strategies?
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:51 PM
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I created a spreadsheet that calculates the "Dollars/CPS" cost for each new instance I buy of a particular producer. Right now, in order of best investment to worst investment, my list looks like this:

Antimatter Condenser
Cursor
Portal
Time Machine
Alchemy Lab
Shipment
Grandma
Mine
Factory
Farm

The last 3 (mine, factory, farm) are essentially worthless and I will never buy another one. I bought up to 100 to get the achievements for them, and then never again.

More than meets the eye huh? Hmm ok. I'll keep going.

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Old 09-21-2013, 04:39 PM
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I have a rule that 1000 cookies should buy me 1 cps, anything worse is a bad investment. Anyone else have rules or strategies?
It's just all about the your Cps to cost, for every decision you make. I'm finding that this is fantastic for my mental arithmetic, as I've got to estimate the value of everything to make the best investment. I've been trying to work out a good ratio to hold for the different producers, but nothing seems very efficient. It seems like farms, factories, and mines are terrible investments, though grandmas and cursors can be good investments after buying some upgrades for them.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:47 PM
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I'll be damned if I understand the appeal, sorry.
Actually, you'll be damned if you do understand the appeal.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:58 PM
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It's just all about the your Cps to cost, for every decision you make. I'm finding that this is fantastic for my mental arithmetic, as I've got to estimate the value of everything to make the best investment. I've been trying to work out a good ratio to hold for the different producers, but nothing seems very efficient. It seems like farms, factories, and mines are terrible investments, though grandmas and cursors can be good investments after buying some upgrades for them.
According to my spreadsheet, you are correct. Those 3 are the absolute worst investments imaginable (especially the farms wow are they mindbogglingly bad investments). But you do get achievements for getting 100 of each of them, so do that at the very least I say when you have the cookies to spare.

Shipments are not much better, tbh. And you are correct. Cursors and Grandmas are great investments if you have upgraded them a lot.
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:18 PM
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Uh oh!
I think I may have made it to the game changing event that Idle Thoughts was hinting about.

SPOILER:
Was it the One Mind upgrade? It warned me it would all be downhill from there if I did it, and now the news is giving me lots of scary warnings about old ladies! I exported a save just before doing this. Should I go back and undo it it?
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:35 PM
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Uh oh!
I think I may have made it to the game changing event that Idle Thoughts was hinting about.

SPOILER:
Was it the One Mind upgrade? It warned me it would all be downhill from there if I did it, and now the news is giving me lots of scary warnings about old ladies! I exported a save just before doing this. Should I go back and undo it it?
SPOILER:
Yeah, that's the start of some big changes, although nothing game ending. One major change with it is you'll start to get a new cookie, a red one.

The red cookie does everything a golden cookie does, only it has the chance to do THREE of its own things as well (One very, very good (although rare) thing....and two actually pretty bad things). So you take your own risk when clicking it.

Right now you'll get red cookies every so often and golden cookies mostly, but with each upgrade from here on, well.....red cookies will show up more and more and golden cookies will eventually never show up.

Don't want to spoil anything else for you, but let's just say not all hope is lost, though. Keep playing.

Up to you if you want to go back and wait on buying "One Mind" (I did) until you're a bit more powerful with your cookies, but some upgrades (more powerful ones) can ONLY be gotten after buying the "One Mind" one.

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Old 09-21-2013, 05:45 PM
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Eat your hat. now

Really, non addicting and pointless.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:14 PM
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The save system is really annoying. I just lost everything and back down to zero.
I don't know if I'll come back to it.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:18 PM
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Dear Idle Thoughts,

I am presently playing your addicting game.
In doing so I am ignoring my guests except for my best friend who has pulled out his laptop and is now playing the game.
Food is still relatively interesting but conversation is a waste of time that I could be spending managing my cookie kingdom. I may consider ending this game when I get to the point where I am asking my fiancee to run out to the supermarket for a package of Depends, but not if I haven't purchased an Antimatter Condenser first.

I would like to ask for your home address so that I may employ a band of ninjas to come to your house and chastise you harshly.

Sincerely,
Gagundathar the Inexplicable
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:20 PM
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The save system is really annoying. I just lost everything and back down to zero.
I don't know if I'll come back to it.
Damn, that sucks. :/ What browser are you using? I've heard some people lose their saves in Firefox, but IE, Opera, and Chrome seem to be fine.
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Dear Idle Thoughts,

I am presently playing your addicting game.
In doing so I am ignoring my guests except for my best friend who has pulled out his laptop and is now playing the game.
Food is still relatively interesting but conversation is a waste of time that I could be spending managing my cookie kingdom. I may consider ending this game when I get to the point where I am asking my fiancee to run out to the supermarket for a package of Depends, but not if I haven't purchased an Antimatter Condenser first.

I would like to ask for your home address so that I may employ a band of ninjas to come to your house and chastise you harshly.

Sincerely,
Gagundathar the Inexplicable

Hey, now...I warned ya. Even Hal put that warning in the second post.
So hand me a package of Depends that you have and...

...I've been away from the game too long. Forget the rest of the post.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:27 PM
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I seriously have no idea how you guys mix/max this game. My OCD won't allow me to do anything but buy the currently cheapest item. I know it's wrong, but it's all I can do.
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