So, uh, yeah, we finally got everything squared away regarding a TV deal, contracts all signed, everything looks good to go, but we'd like to do a couple of minisodes before everything gets fully off the ground, just to give the fans something to look forward to and whet appetites and everything.
On Minisode 1, we'll have a couple of matches on the fight card:
MATCH 1: TRISTON RADCLIFFE VS JIM JACKSON
I think these two will be a perfect match as the first match on this card. Triston is cocky from the times I've spoken with him, stubborn in contract negotiations. For good reason: he's fighting for every single chance he can get. The Hands of Stone is probably salivating at the opportunity for this match due to the fact that this falls perfectly in line with his opponent: Jim Jackson. See, I've always had a liking for Taekwondo fighters, they're basically the exact opposite in Radcliffe by their tenants: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and an indomitable spirit. Jim shows all of those and then some with a strong heart. This should be a great match.
MATCH 2: HARLEY VINCENT VS JP FLICK
This match, hoo boy this match. Harley Vincent is primarily a pro wrestler, a damn good one. He always puts on good matches no matter where it is and feels great while doing it. There's one thing to the Young Punk Kid that sticks out: he's trained by fellow GSB competitor Lance Meszaros with his olympic background, so why not give him a firecracker of a match against AES newcomer JP Flick? Flick is a former football coach, I remember watching his team a few times and he helped revolutionize things like the moneybacker defense and option offense. Great mind. But he had a complete career change into MMA and, more shockingly, he's undefeated in the lower leagues with no martial arts experience. I thought I'd give him a shot against Vincent here.
So yeah, just from the title, I guess on the theme of everything recently and I'll make this quick: I'm also going to be stepping down as a community manager.
It's nothing to do with any sort of drama, I'll definitely say that part. I'm perfectly okay with anything but I did talk with the rest of the admin team and I think we all feel like in general this is probably the best route to take. I wanted to do this job for years because, simply put, I love the site, I want to treat the people who go here like my best friends and family because you were all there for me when my mom passed away from cancer. That's something I'll never forget even though all of my worries that I'll be rejected in some way but that's just more my nature of worrying than anything else.
In general I'd like to thank the admin staff. They've helped me become more professional over my time on the site, things I use in my actual job now. I now know about procedures that I can use in my actual workplace. Especially Laura.
And also the people on AES. Again, I love all of you and even if I'm not on the staff anymore I'd like to be someone to help others when my work schedule permits. Like I'd be lying if I didn't say that there was shit that went down but I never took any of it for granted because that's what families do at times. Ultimately through everything, we're a site that gives a shit about efedding. And I think that's kinda what I want to close with: Remember that we're all on the same team at the end of the day and that is to produce some really good efeds.
I'm still going to be around on the site, don't worry about that at all. You're still going to have to deal with my stupid Pokemon characters. I'm nearly done recording GSB's 1st minisode as well, but it's going slowly due to work and R&R from work on the weekends. Plus there should be a new thing character-related on the horizon in the near future.
But in short, I mean this from the bottom of my heart, I love all of you and you all have helped me grow as a person and I can't thank you all enough.
So I thought about making this thread a few days ago but was a bit worried people would take it the wrong way so I decided to wait for it, but I think it'd be a neat idea with all the community growth suggestions going on recently and thought it'd be a good way to drum up some interest in characters beyond just promo feedback. It'd help fed creators with a potential thing to look to if they need to write something for the character. And, in general, might get people to give reasons to care for a character and how they work beyond promos that would work with any character, not just those who have been in AES for a long time. Or, if you have a character who has been in AES for a long time, maybe it'd be good to explain or analyze the character so that anyone new to the site can just pick up this thread and see why they might like them.
There's one anime channel on YT that I'm subbed to, Meti "Not the Bad Guy" (and would definitely recommend a watch), and one of his series is "The Beauty of ______", where he goes into detail about character analysis, mainly for Jojo's characters. Tbh it helped me a lot with like giving ideas on how to develop my own characters in a deeper way. His video on Kars really helped me with Evie. He doesn't just go into just the character though, he goes into the meaning of the name if there is one, the appearance, the reference to the real-life musical artist and how it fits with the characterization or plot, or evolution of a character.
I think this would be a good thread to analyze your own characters' gimmicks, evolution in general, fighting style, appearance or wrestling gear, etc, whatever helped with developing the character. I'd list theme but there's a really good thread for that and I'd be worried if it's infringing on that.
I'll start with my own post in a bit on Tyler Thomas.
So, quick message. After all of the restructuring with the admin team, we'd like to do another survey of the userbase just to gauge opinion. We'll be looking at every single one of these responses, so if you have a concern you'd like to bring up or a comment you want to give to the admin team, feel free to do so!
Hey! I haven't forgotten about GSB at all, don't worry about that. I'm just making this post because I'm going to be starting to book the upcoming PPV cycle and need to sorta finalize the roster. And so, I have a favor to ask:
If you have signed someone up to GSB as a secret signup, please PM me their full signup unless you already have done so. I know I've been very "yeah that's fine go ahead and just tell me who to signup and I can work with that", but I kinda did something stupid and didn't really keep note anywhere, expecting myself to remember. There's a few that I remember off the top of my head, but I worry that I'll make the first few shows with booking and then be hold "hey m8 where's this character" and it will have completely slipped my mind. Just to be safe, if you have a secret signup, PM me and I'll actually fucking keep note of it this time.
If you still want to sign someone up but haven't, now's your chance before I close the deadline. I'll be putting this deadline to about the end of the month because I want to get a show out in December.