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The King's Speech

Post  Dysania on Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:36 pm

Okay, it's time for me to open my mouth for realsies, now.

I have spent the last few days trying to decide what to write here. It was surreal, arriving at this point and actually being crowned King. As I'm sure has been said by several people it wasn't the cleanest of circumstances, but I'm not here to belabour that point: I feel it will only become protracted and redundant if so.

Naturally, I'm extremely pleased. Heck, it didn't really sink in until the following afternoon. I was looking out the window when a storm broke suddenly, when Viva la Vida came on the radio. The rain lashed down furiously as the lyrics of that once-overplayed song pounded out over a drum beat: "the old king is dead; long live the King." It made me think of Xan, and wonder how he was feeling after one minute holding that key, and then the walls were closed on him. My mind was brought into focus within that very second.

And then there was a thunderclap perfectly in synch with the chorus. That was just showing off. But it did make me realise I had things to say, and words to put out there.

First of all, eleven months ago I joined this site through curiosity. I almost didn't bother, because I thought I would have more pressing things to do in the coming months. But browsing around, one thing piqued my interest: the two clashing philosophies of people. There were some who were putting themselves out there as contenders, as people to fear. They could talk the talk, but would they walk the walk? There was no one answer, obviously: some could, others couldn't. Meanwhile there was another group of people: ones who were friendly and sociable and amicable, and largely seemed to be there to make friends and have fun. This was also curious: were they just there to play casually, or did they have hidden agendas, racking up favours they could call in when the time was right? Again, there was no simple answer. I don't think there still is.

But I was curious to see which would win out over the other. So against my better judgment, I signed up. I signed up and I tried to blend in with the wallpaper as much as I could... but I knew it couldn't last forever.

And then, like all of us who got close to the end, I became competitive. Ironically, Liar Chess did that to me. There was a point early on when I was planning to drop out with as much money as I could steal. I had these glorious plans to troll people for as many pennies as they would be inclined to give me, and then run off with a fortune, leaving everyone to sink. But no, I became competitive in Chess.

For that, I need to thank the unlikely duo: Captain Obko and monday.

I'm still not quite sure what happened there.... whether it was an intentional Good Cop Bad Cop thing, or if it was the two philosophies coming to a head and forming a strange bedfellowship. Regardless, there were a lot of heated words exchanged between our team and theirs. Though it didn't change the outcome, it did change my outlook: I wanted to play again. And I wanted to play to win.

This is not a backhanded compliment: monday made me realise that people were truly not playing this out of spite, and not everybody was here to trample people into the earth. There was a modicum of kindness beneath the warring words. She stated in another thread one of her fondest memories of the tournament was giving away most of the money she won in that round. I don't think just anybody could have done that with such gusto. And of course, I need to thank Obko, too. Yes: I thank Obko legitimately. His words and aggressive play actually pulled our group together into an act of solidarity. Myself, Masq and Sunako went into revival round with a total understanding we would help one another through this.... while Obko decided he would step into the fray and continue the battle. That proved to be his downfall, as it opened doors for us. But in the cold light of day, I wasn't pissed. I don't think any of us really were. It's just a game. But people had to lose.

So now the dynamics had shifted. There's an old adage: "You can trap more flies with honey than vinegar", and it seemed to be this that was winning out. People were starting to realise the game was getting more intense, so people started to ask: 'if I can't win, who would I like to take it?' This, I suspect, made people change their approaches. And suddenly, everything became more social. The aggressive, ruthless players were still so, but they'd lowered the attitude. The sweet honey players were starting to realise they needed to streamline, causing some harsh choices.

And then Planets came along and slapped everyone in the face.

I'm not posting this to count my victories. I don't think this is the place for such words. I do, however, want to put into context everything that's come to light in the past 11 months, because every person here had a part to play in it. And I'm proud to have been part of it. The fact I came out on top is almost accidental, were it not for the fact I spent hours slaving over possible outcomes, scenarios and tallying the figures in my head. But I know I'm not the only person who did this.

Because I think I finally found out what the Liar Game is truly about. It's not about how you treat other people. It's only slightly about how you play the games yourself.

It's about never giving up. Perserverance. Kicking yourself for making silly mistakes, then picking yourself up and moving forward.

Liar Chess demolished me. I was ready to give up, and was at a low in morale. I already said I found reasons to keep going.... and I'm under no delusions that if I hadn't, somebody else would be writing this post. Probably Xan.

But I didn't give up. When I lost easy points in Liar's Dice, I found ways to turn things around. When I needed to make contracts with people but lacked the money, I scoured around for ways to give them reasons to have faith in me. When I sensed danger on the horizon, reacting to the storm was imperative. I felt a complete outsider for ages: the oldest player in the tournament by a few years, the one who didn't go on Skype or socialise much, the one who was oblivious to manga and anime. But feeling sorry for myself wasn't going to help anyone, much less me. It wasn't enough to roll with the punches; it was important to contribute something in return.

And..... to never give up, even when you're down and the future is bleak. That's now the core of the Liar Game, in my opinon.

Everybody needs to be thanked for making this tournament what it was. I have my people to thank, and I'm sure they're not neccessarily the people you would thank, but that's okay: we can agree to disagree, because that's how the world works. Surprisingly, there are people I remember meeting along my journey, and thinking back, I wonder how things would have been different had we not crossed paths when we did.

My three fellow finalists, I'm glad you made it. Rose, you came in from the cold several months late, but still managed to secure a spot in the final through sheer pluck. That's not something anyone could have done. Xan, I've mentioned you a few times over all this, but you were really formidable, and yet warm and magnanimous. I had a great amount of respect for you, and this certainly hasn't changed. And CRYS. You've made me smile many times over the course of the tourney, and though our paths didn't cross very often, I noticed how I never seemed capable of reading you. You duped me a million times over and I love it Wink

I make no pretentions about my game. It wasn't perfect. I made mistakes. I was used. We all were. I'll never pretend it was a flawless victory. There were obstacles, many of which I stumbled over like a goof. But yeah, the game is what it is. Somoene asked me on MSN if I would have played it differently in hindsight? Well, hindight's a weird thing. You ever find yourself in a maze and then wonder if there was another, simpler path out of it all if you looked hard enough? That's a bit what it's like.

In many ways, I don't think it was ever about the destination. That was a lie we all swallowed.

This was really only ever about the journey. The final spot was a MacGuffin to get us all driving onward with everything we had. But the emotions along the way were real. And I guess for each one of you, those emotions were worth it.

So here we are. End of the line: all change, please. I really hope to see all of you at the next Tournament, because if it ends up receiving half of the energy you guys gave it when at your peak, it'll be electric. And if you give it your best.... what more could anyone really ask for?

Natrually, I want to thank the mod team. Leroy, for getting the engines running early on. Kurifuji, for dealing the early games when things were hinky behind the scenes. Nearco, for stepping in to make those executive decisions when we were at the crunch. Forli, for being a big rascal. Alsab and Tanimura, for stepping up to the mark, albeit briefly. Thank you to all of you. The whole mod team. Except Solario, the skanky bloodclot.

But I now want to make one final gesture. One gesture I would have loved to have made much earlier on in the contest had I had the resources to do it.

And the main benefactor of this is, of course, Masquerade. Without him, I would have never known this site to exist. I would have been totally isolated and demoralised several times over. He gave me a reality check whenever I became too sentimental, and played his own game alongside mine. I regret you didn't reach the final the way you would have liked, but my win was your win, due to the nature of our game on here.

Therefore, I would like to make a final yen transfer to Masquerade. I cover the debt you shouldered at the end of Chun, and give you more to spend. So enjoy. Also, happy birthday you massive grouch. Don't think you're getting away without a mention and/or public humiliation. Wink

But I would also like to make yen transfers to a few other people, too. Because this King has discovered that the journey is worth as much as wealth, and I want a few other people to take some of it.

I make a yen transfer to monday, for being that sole voice of mercy in a time when I was in dire need of it.
I make a yen transfer to khione, purely because you've been one of the few people to chat with me on msn without ever having an agenda to push.
I make a yen transfer to captain obko/noat. It won't change much, but you did give me money once. And I'm not a total monster.
I make a yen transfer to nemesissy, because I never did get around to doing that cross-dressing dare. My bad; the intention was there. Promise. The willpower wasn't.
I make a yen transfer to solarium king. Yes, you get a mention too, Furby. Go buy some Cheetos with it or something.
I would make a yen transfer to sunako, because you took a leap of faith with me when you first joined. However, I think you've got a better source of yen, right? So instead, I high-five you on the astral plane. Wink

There are other people I have missed off, but as I said before: none of you are forgotten about. There were a lot of people who thought I was a voracious money-grabber. In some ways, they weren't wrong. But I knew yen to only have its limits of worth. I have left myself with 100 million yen: the amount I won in my first game. I am satisfied with that. The person who ends with the most money is Xan. Then Rose, then Crys. I feel that's justified. And as King, my word goes, so nyerr.

And that's me done. I've written way more than I intended, because I got caught up in the trappings of sentimentality. It's only natural after investing nearly a year on the project. And soon, the next. I hope to spend a few weeks catching up on work I've let fall slack, but I want to see as many of you competing in the next tournament as possible: you will make it fantastic, because that's what you're all good at.

There we go. Thank you for reading. King Starmie of Dysania out, bitches. pirat




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Post  Xanatos on Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:14 pm

Nice speech Dys, I think a video would be good but that's just me Wink

Twas an honour to place second in a tournament featuring that higher level of player like yourself, Masquearade, Glass, Obko, I just wish I didn't have to get there the way I did.

But people can keep saying that till the cows come home, it happened, and because it happened doesn't take away from the actual results of R5 and of the entire LGT, congratulations Dysania, Liar King.

Goodluck on defending your crown against all those noobs gunning to make a name for themselves Smile
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Post  Dysania on Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:17 pm

Xanatos wrote:Nice speech Dys, I think a video would be good but that's just me Wink

Twas an honour to place second in a tournament featuring that higher level of player like yourself, Masquearade, Glass, Obko, I just wish I didn't have to get there the way I did.

But people can keep saying that till the cows come home, it happened, and because it happened doesn't take away from the actual results of R5 and of the entire LGT, congratulations Dysania, Liar King.

Goodluck on defending your crown against all those noobs gunning to make a name for themselves Smile

Video? Lol, let's not, eh........ Razz

Thank you for replying. I'm happy you did; it means a lot.

Also get yo ass on MSN some point. I kinda went through the same emotions as you, but in reverse. I had that feeling you described, too.... followed by a weird keysmashlolwtf thing afterward. I know I'd certainly appreciate the catch-up at some point, too. I'm a fairly good listener when I wanna be.

Don't beat yourself up about any of it. You went above and beyond what even you believed you could, and there's no shame to be had there, despite how you may/may not feel. This said, real life shouldn't be put on a backburner the way we did that week, but eh..... *eyes Excel spreadsheet nervously*

It was a blast. The final battle was a fight. And I'm happier for having to wrestle for it than it to have been uncontested. Smile
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Post  Masquerade on Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:57 pm

Thank you for the birthday wishes! And definitely apropo to have this speech/yen transfer on my birthday too Wink

You rock!
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Post  MonkeyBoy on Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:16 pm

I read the first half, then got lazy.

Congratulations, Dysania. (:
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Post  Cryselda on Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:04 pm

I read it all. And even if I didnt start this game as soon as everyone else did, I do remember how different some people seemed to be. It was definitely an interesting journey. ^^

And hahah yes. The people made it much more enjoyable then I thought it would be. It was great being a fellow player with you Dys. I love you

(Enjoy that crown too lol. king )

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Post  Solarium King on Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:18 pm

Yay, I got mentioned! We didn't have many moment, did we xD? Oh well, not a big deal ^_^

Nice speech, by the way, and well done on winning Very Happy.

Through the first half of it, I was like "c'mon, he's gotta have mentioned me at least one time..."

Then I read my part, and I was happy because you remembered me from two or three months back Very Happy.

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