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[Article] O V E R D A R K

So I'm looking through my old yearbooks, and I'm realizing that I missed out on a crucial part of my life: during high school, I was supposed to have a punk phase. I can't believe I missed it! It seemed like everyone was rocking their unruly hair, their unkempt clothes, and their general disaffection towards life. Man, Green Day released new records, and there was an unrelenting hatred for all types of authority figures...
Wait, this is just a slab of concrete with newspaper articles from 2020 stapled to it, isn't it.
Regardless, the universe is telling me it's time for me to reclaim my lost childhood experiences; to go back to a better time. Unfortunately, latent legal issues surrounding my controversial "BONG HiTS 4 JESUS" sign prevent me from going within 500 feet of any type of school, so winning the basketball championship and visiting the aquarium are right out. But I can still be the moodiest, edgiest, darkest person on the planet, and now that I've beaten Shadow the Hedgehog all the way through and went to Hot Topic, it's time to build a commander deck that's truly me. Presenting: RAMSES O V E R D A R K!
[[Ramses Overdark]] {2}{U}{U}{B}{B} Legendary Creature — Human Assassin {T}: Destroy target enchanted creature. 4/3 
Ramses is the bad boy your mother would never let take you to IHOP. Not that he'd care; his business is killing, and he's efficient at it too, costing the least out of any commander I've ever written about. You want to sit around and drink tea with your little enchanted princess friends? Ramses Overdark is here to tell you how the real world works. Nothing personnel, kid.

Commander For You

Like a TI-83 Silver Edition, Ramses is a stone-cold calculating problem solver, but he only gets that way with some preparation. See, killing is a business, Ramses' business, and the one thing every business needs is synergy. So call me Nathan Fielder, because I'm going to unveil the plan that will keep this enterprise running smoothly:

Half Up-Front

As a teenager, I procrastinated from my task of being edgy by protesting government-backed financial institutions with the Bitcoin community, and one thing you learn there very quickly is that assassination ain't cheap.
The first and most obvious barrier to breaking 18 U.S. Code § 1117 is his six mana casting cost, and unlike Gabriel, Ramses demands something a little more tangible than a green thumb to appease him. We're going to use the usual fare: rings, trinkets, stones, lockets, relics... archives... spheres? With you as an investor, Ramses' business (which is killing) will make a killing, letting us take full advantage of Revel in Riches as both a ramp tool and backup win condition.
Ramses will also often require additional gas to keep going, whether it be finding a steady stream of enchantments to throw onto enemies, or to finding ways to close out games.

Murder, Inc.

Enchantment payoffs are few and far between in Dimir, so we're keeping this build a bit creature-light; but the ones we take with are absolutely vital for our success. While Ramses is no Cleopatra, he's still managed to form relationships with some important Greek allies:

Poaching Employees

Our deck only runs sixteen creatures, and while being a lone-wolf is edgy, it's not the type of edge I want to be. I feel like I'm a Halloween bobbing apple -- razor edgy; the type of edge that speaks to people, in the very depths of their soul, and causes them to rebel against the man. In the end, I will be so edgy that even those rotten adults will realize I'm right.
Enchant opposing creatures with reanimation-on-death enchantments:
Once opposing creatures are enchanted with one of these Auras, they become juicy targets for Ramses, as killing them will put them into play under your control. Unfortunately, six isn't a critical mass for Ramses; to ensure that Ramses' business isn't killed by a lack of clientele, let's use some recursive enchantments.
Rounding out the auras, we've got a few utility spells we can play for neat effects:
A lot of creatures are going to end up dead, which makes Rise of the Dark Realms a great end-game finisher. But that's boring. Are you ready to learn Ramses' true dark secret? Because here's where I blow your mind.

Drake in the 99 Non-Dragons

Your real win condition is some random uncommon from Urza's Saga.
That makes no sense.
It makes total sense. You start by playing Iridescent Drake, so...
This combo will make you feel like Joker, because your opponents will never see it coming.
You've got some redundancy in the deck in case things don't pan out: use Fallen Ideal as your sacrifice outlet and win condition to swing with an evasive infinity/infinity attacker, or deal damage using Grim Guardian's Constellation trigger. Should Iridescent Drake be interacted with (which is illegal, by the way), use Ill Gotten Gains to get your combo pieces back to hand and recur some protective counterspells.
I'm not a punk, I'm a goddamn dragon genius. Finally, the deck is truly me!

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Ramses Overdark deck for the Commander format is a fun and powerful budget deck for you to try. I hope you enjoyed reading my paper as much as I enjoyed writing-
...Buh?
Oh. I guess I reverted to hastily written high school paper writing. Is that really what I sounded like?
You know, people say you never really realize what you have until it's gone. It's easy to look to memories of better days and feel that melancholy drop in your stomach. It's natural to feel wistful for a time past when rain drips down the window. But the truth is also that you don't really realize what you don't have until you obtain it. Our experiences may be painful now, but that's no reason to give up hope. You can get over darkness. Look forward instead of back, because in that future lies a wiser you.

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[Table] I Am a Strip Club Manager what would you like to know?

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I will preface that I make no apologies for the lack of political correctness of this question I ask... Is there a tacit quota on how many black girls you hire? Fact is I know you need a couple of black girls in the mix for the sake of variety but you hire too much and your club will be considered "the black strip club"? Or, do you hire as many as you want and just space out their shifts so too many are not on the floor at the same time? There is an unwritten rule that is followed. Once a club goes black you can never get it back. We play a lot of rock and techno type music and keep just a few black girls to keep this from happening. What's funny is that the black girls we have don't like it when we hire other black girls and the black guys that come in to our club are typically middle to upper class and would never step foot in a "black club"
the reason they (the black strippers) don't like when you hire other black strippers is because they are afraid that there "spot" is in danger...this is exactly like black pro wrestlers in the 70's who didn't like new black wrestlers in the territory Not so much their spot as their money. In a white club the black girl gets the black girl money but if there are more then one on the floor the few guys who like black girls then split that money between them and its a competition. Its hilarious when you hear them say that they dont like ghetto ass black girls when they themselves are exactly that.
As a former dj. yeah, you got it exactly. the mid range clubs in D/FW area generally did 8-1 w-b girls. there are, or used to be all black clubs, but they generally looked like stereotypes from a bad movie. Bullet holes in the front door, blood stains on the carpet, metal detectors at the entrance. Yea, this looks like a great place to have a few drinks and let my guard down!
How often do you get laid on the job? Never, I bat them away almost daily. Two days ago a very attractive dancer told me that she masturbates while thinking of me and although not easy turned her down. There are girls who when in trouble will grab my cock, bat their eyes, push their tongue into their cheek and Say "but I don't have to be in trouble do I?“ this is a career ender. Managers who stand the test of time do not screw their dancers... Bartenders rarely, but never a dancer. A whole slew of trouble comes from screwing a dancer, they tell everyone, you loose respect, and they expect special treatment. They no longer work for you, you work for them. Simply put, to answer your question, Never. My girl at home is way better looking then most of the girls and doesnt have any of the issues.
I'm reading all your answers with Kenny Powers' voice in my head. Favorite comment so far. You deserve gold, just not from me.
How does your girlfriend feel about you working in this kind of environment and anti social hours? She is ok with the enviroment because she knows I'm a good person but the hours drive her banans and puts a strain on our relationship. This is why so many managers date bartenders. Because they share the same hours and get to see eacother enough.
Does this get you any respect? I can imagine there is a whole slew of different types of women at a place like that, but has anyone (not the girls that try it) ever told you that they respected you for not giving in to this? Or is it just anger for not letting them get away with stuff? I have had three different reactions. There are the girls who were once sweet as could be, would help me with small tasks etc but then completely wrote me off and acted like complete bitches when I shut them down. I have had the girls who are ashamed and embarrassed and then there are the girls who feel appreciated and valued as a person rather then a sex object. From then on They treat you like their father or big brother and are the best dancers you will ever have.
So how many bartenders have you screwed? No comment, If your going to be with a bartender you better be ready to have a relationship and even then shit may get weird working together. It's best to just date outside of your club. It doesnt hurt to go to other clubs where the girls know who you are because then the limitations are lifted but you still have a name for yourself which makes it easy.
Ahh...your girl is reading this, isn't she? She is completely unaware and thinks Reddit is nothing more then the funnies I've shown her on the front page. Lol.
> She is completely unaware and thinks Reddit is nothing more then the funnies I've shown her on the front page. Lol.
What about the owner? He was Black Mailed once so I think he learned his lesson. If your going to screw a bunch of strippers be prepared to be lonley but have meaningless sex all the time. We get old and want more even as men.
How much money does the club make? How much do the dancers make? How much do you make? Is it difficult to open up a strip club? My club generates an income in the Millions every year. Personally I take home between 68 and 73k a year depending on how well the club does. I have a few smart and focused dancers who make over 100k annually but most of my dancers don't make over 40.
How did you get into this job? When your were young did you ever think you would ever work as a strip club manager or something similar? And do you have any funny/creppy story to tell? I never imagined that I would be managing a strip club I always pictured myself doing something in the medical field however like most people I just kind of fell into the business. After the Army, While in college, I worked for a typical night club doing security part time. The club was closing and the owner was a decent guy and tried to help everyone get a new job. Around this time the owner of several strip clubs in my area called him and asked if he knew anyone that was primed for management. He said that he would send anyone he knew his way and this is where I came in. I was told to lie my way into the job and was more then welcome to use his name as a reference. Mentioning his name got me the interview. The day of the interview I was sat at a large round table with 4 older and very well dressed candidates. After waiting for what seemed like an hour the GM of several clubs stepped through the double doors across the room holding a steaming cup of coffee and a cigarette. He confidently walked over to his chair, put his coffee on the table, his cigarette in the ash tray and then leaned over to me seated directly to his left, exhaled a lung full of smoke into my face and shook my hand. Everyone stood up and reached across the table to shake his hand except the man directly across the table who couldn't reach and had to walk around. He interviewed us all in a group setting going through our resumes one by one probing us on our qualifications. It was more then obvious that I was the least experienced person in the room that day and was certain I would not be getting a job. Towards the end of the interview the GM got very serious and said that in order to be considered for the position we would all have to submit a Urine Sample. He looked everyone in the eye seemingly simultaneously and said "does anyone have a problem with that?" everyone responded at the same time with different forms of no. Nobody had an issue with it and after a few awkward seconds of silence he let out a loud bellowing laugh and said that there wouldn't be any drug test today. I was laughing right along with him,reached out grabbed his coffee mug, stood up and loudly said "Are you sure because I'll give you a urine sample right now, no problem! He laughed some more and with a cigarette between his index and middle finger pointed at me and said. "First day on the job and you're already making jokes about pissing in the bosses coffee. I like you, I havd just the club for you. show up to (smallest club they had) on Monday, you'll be training with Chris. I looked at the other guys and smiled looked back at the boss, shook his hand and walked out before anything about that moment could change, and that's how I got my start.
Did you ever have sex with one of the girls who worked there? If so how did it go? And tell us some crazy stories that happened in the stripclub :) When I first started in the industry I made the mistake of sleeping with two new fresh out of the box 18 year old first day strippers. It went on for a few months and was Amazing! The rumors started circling and I got nervous. I lost a lot of respect and almost lost my job. Never Again. I want to take these girls up on their offers all the time so it's not easy, especialy when they throw themselves at me. Luckily my needs are well taken care of at home.
They come in boxes? Yes, Delivered by U.P.S Wait For it...
That had to have been great. Two 18 year old's learning to get their nasty on...those memories will serve you well in your middle age... Or if i ever go to prison.
What's the weirdest/funniest/least relevant song that's been played while a girl's dancing? My friend told me he heard Let the Bodies Hit the Floor the first time he went. Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Lol, She put her hands on her hips and just gleamed over towards my DJ... He started fist pumping and she cracked up and just went with it. It was a slow Monday and someone paid him too do it. The customers were smiling and laughing so I just let it ride.
I will pay you in bitcoin to get a video of something like this Oh, it can be done. Couple questions... What kind of guarantee do I have you'll actually pay? What song do you want to hear? And what kind of women do you like?
Whats the weirdest request asked of a worker? I'm not sure. Nothing comes to mind. A dancer once came to me in a panic telling me her bag of cocaine was stolen and asked if I would help her find it. I was stunned and just looked at her waiting for her brain to click in and realize who she just asked to help her find her drugs. It never did.
I'm assuming she was fired? Suspended to day shift for a week and we had a long talk. A strip club without strippers is a lonely old bar. We tolerate a lot of nonsense.
Do you ever try to push them in the direction of getting some help for their addictions? Keep a local AA/NA meeting list on hand? A strip club with strung-out or OD'ing strippers is a sad old bar. Noone knows because I send them home if they are messed up. My DJ, security, or myself usually catch it before a customer sees. I don't try to help these girls get off drugs. You'll regret giving a damn everytime.
This comment makes me really sad. One of my friends just started working at a club earlier this year. I have plenty of good girls who dont drink, smoke, or do drugs. They make the most money and typically save their money to open their own business or go to school.
How do you pick the girls? They apply, and if they are good looking enough their first night is their audition... No girl is an employee, they are all independent contractors.
Mmmm, the sweet sound of no vicarious liability... Thats right!
Interesting... Do you assign them shifts or supervise them when they are on the job? If so, then to what extent. Nope, Be here before 7 and there is no fee to work, Every hour after 7 the fee goes higher and higher and higher. Most girls are required 3 shifts a week except for the "Club Dimes" they pretty much do whatever the fuck they want.
Level with me now - Is there really no sex in the champagne room? Very rarely, and when it does happen it's always very awkward and uncomfortable looking because they're trying to hide it and have to contort themselves in awkward position. We have cameras in the VIP and champagne room and if it's being done either my vip security or dj know. some security and DJs will look in the other way for a nice tip. Personally I dont go looking for trouble and would have to stumble on it but if I did see it I would stop it immediately. Usually the girls just meet guys after work and are paid to hang out. They are just using the club as a way to get new clients. The majority of my girls do not take part in this and the ones who do I am typically aware of but at the same time don't care.
Does the cameras have microphones too or do you only check on the VIPs visually? The microphones only record if I press a number sequence on the alarm. This way if robbed and made to deactivate the alarm it goes into silent mode and a phone call is patched directly to the company where they can hear what is being said.
How many have died in your club? None, but some kid got shot in the parking lot a few years ago when he and his friend chased a guy all the way to his car. The guy grabbed his gun and opened fire hitting one of the kids in the gut. He grasped his belly and ran back into the club squirting globs of blood everywhere. It's all on camera and naturally we recieved a seizure warrant for the footage. Word of advice... Never commit a crime within 40 yards of a strip club unless you're wearing a mask and not driving your own car.
What is the easiest way to get a nut off after a night of drinking and going to the strip club as a last ditch effort? Drugs? Be charming? Act like I have $? Spend $ on dances? Or. Try to find the girl who turns tricks? Become a regular at the club, be generous, become known and liked by the girls. That's your best shot at some random drunk night last ditch effort fuck.
Is it true that the girls aren't paid, that the only way they make money is with the money guys throw on the stage and private dances? In my area yes, in other areas the girls make the minimum wage a waitress would. Which is irrelevant because if if it were my club I would just turn around and charge them their hourly wage right back so it would be a wash and on top of that fine them when they were late. Dancers pay to work, it's income for the club. Think of the club and security as pimps. We provide protection and a safe place to work they provide us with a percentage of what they make.
How do you know what they make? The clubs In my area the girls normally have some sort or purse they just stuff the 1$'s into. Yes, but their private dances (the real money) is tracked. Also, I have a close working relationship with the highest earners at my club and we have discussed their earnings.
I used to be a dancer at a pretty "swanky" club in Dallas. They charged me separate fees for everything! For the house mom, the DJ, and to dance that night. I was anxious about all of this until my "boss" informed me that no-penetration sex, aka bjs etc, are a-okay...and then I got really anxious,... *1. How many girls go through the dance license process that never come back after their first night? *4. Do you ever warn your girls that stripper clothes/shoes/dancing in general is VERY expensive to start up? Or is it fairly cheap in your area? *6. How do you pep talk curvy, or just generally un-confident girls? In my area there isn't a license required for dancers. Just the club. Anyone can try out. I do not warn girls about dancer gear. For about $200 you can buy two outfits and a pair of shoes in my area. I don't hire big girls, we have one and that's enough and she thinks she's a god damn ballerina. For the girls who are nervous I give them a partner which is always one of my kinder, sweeter, non drug addict dancers who will really help them through . I usually don't have to pep talk my curvy girls, they are always full of confidence. Rarely I have to push them to get more dances and then I just tease them about how their just there to party instead of make money or tell them daddy needs a new pair of shoes silly shit like that.
*3. What are the fees you charge your dancers for the amenities? Fees depend on what time the girls show for their shift the later the more expensive so it's tough to to be specific.
*5. How many girls have gotten in fights with CUSTOMERS and lost their right to work at your venue over the years because of it? I've fired several girls for fighting customer but the girls I have now know to tell me what happened and then walk away because I'll handle it.
Ive always wondered why strip clubs arent more active on social networking sites. I would love it if local clubs were more active on instagram/twitter and the like. Im sure there are plenty of times I would drop everything I was doing and drive right out because I saw "Dupree" was wearing X or because girls x, y, z are all working the same shift. I know alot of the girls dont want to show their face but that can easily be worked around. Is the thought that guys will just spank it to the pictures posted and not bother coming in?? a fear of showing the public what their product really looks like?? Or just reluctance from the girls to be pictured in any way?? I have every one of my dancers who have been there for a month or more as a FB friend and post a lineup everynight of each girl on shift and tag them in it. Every friend of the clubs FB and the girls FB is alerted. I started this when I took over my club. No other club in the area does this. Shhh. Great Idea BTW.
Are there any girls who don't want you to let their whole friends list know that they are adult dancers? I'm sure there are, they just block those people from seeing posts they're tagged in. There's a privacy setting for everything on Facebook.
I know its a job, and we all gotta earn money. But in alot of cases, girls working as dancers often do have some issues with themselves/something that has happended to them in the past. Do you never feel guilty sometimes? Or wish in anyway (if you know of a dancer with a horrible background) that you could help them out? Everyday, I keep reminding myself that it's not my fault, and if not for me they'd just work for someone else. After a few months in the industry you don't look at them the same. You see them lie, cheat, and steal and you loose some of that softness in your heart. Don't get me wrong I do have some good hearted girls that are excellent mothers and decent people these are the girl who make the most money but most dancers are sex robot junkie criminals who will rob their best friend.
Are you friend with some of the dancers or is it like, strictly professional and you wouldn't say "hi" if you saw them in the street or while shopping at the mall ? Edit : wrong word. It can sometimes be awkward seeing them on the street, especially when it's Walmart, they're with a customer and he's buying them hundreds of dollars worth of groceries. Or your at the mall with your girlfriend and daughter and your eyes lock. They act like they never saw you and slink away. But, like always, there are acceptions. There are a few who my girlfriend is very friendly with however we never hang out unless we happen to bump into each other while out. What's really strange is when you bump into a guy who's been in your club and with his wife standing right next to him insists that he knows you from somewhere but doesn't know where and no matter how many times you tell him you don't know him and just have one of those faces he keeps insisting. It's always funny to see the moment when they realize why they know you come across their face in a panic when finally they sheepishly agree with you and walk off.
I get not saying hi when a girl is wit a costumer, off course.. but when you're with your girlfriend / daughter ? What's the big deal ? Why not say a quick hi ? Its not an issue for me. It's usually the girl who makes it weird.
Do you have to pay off either police or local criminal organizations to avoid harassment? I am unsure about the police, But we are very close with the largest local biker gang in the city and are protected from organized crime.
Whoa can you add more to this? They stop in on busy nights to check on us and have put the word out that we are under their protection. Only a nobody who doesn't know anyone would try to rob us simply because he has no clue what he's getting into. If someone came in shooting the place up that person would most definitely disappear. You have to understand that these guys are not bad people. They are our police when the police cannot be.
How are they compensated? That's above my pay grade and thankfully I have no idea. Somethings are better to not know.
How did arrangement come to be? Truthfully I cannot discuss it without giving away too much detail and put myself in a situation where I may no longer be anonymous.
It's the warlocks isn't it? They protected a club I worked for in FL. I will not provide any insight into this subject matter for reason of self preservation. But thanks for posting!
What are your thoughts on the Easton Byfield case? He's the strip club bouncer who kidnapped, beat and robbed a patron in the bathroom while another employee video taped it. He's a punk and I hope he gets mouth fucked in prison. I hope that's clear enough.
Do you utilize your pimp hand or is there a more effective method? Hurt these girls $ and they straighten right up. Put them on day shift for a week or take away a weekend and they are angels for at least a week or two. They may run to another club for the weekend but they're uncomfortable and want to come back home.
Is the owner a gangster like Toni Soprano or the 1% MC gang in the area? How do you get along with the neighbors, LE etc? Our owner is an intelligent mid 40's playboy. You'd never think twice if you saw him on the street. Our closest neighbors is another club and we get along well enough.
What's your hours like? And how often per week etc. Officially... Tuesday - Saturday 7pm-3am but it's not uncommon for me to come in a few hours early or few hours late. I'm the GM and little extra stuff is normal. I probably put in 45-50 hours a week which is nothing compared to my last job and I make substantially more $.
Answer if you'd like... You say substantially more? Are we talking money I can live off of and have walking around cash, or just getting by? I've always wondered what the average income of strippers and club GM's was. Obviously they make rent or no one would do it, but nonetheless. Around 70k a year the person I replaced moved to the next bigger club in our chain and does 110 - 120.
Do you ever rent out the place to private parties? I could imagine those kinds of arrangements making hours longeshorter. No Private parties. We have regular customers and that would not be fair to them. We will set aside a portion of the club with plush leather couches and a private stage though!
How often do people "make it rain"? All the time. Usually these are the guys who want to look a certain way at the club. Typically the guys who spend the most do not tip much on stage and dont need to make a spectical of themselves but rather spend their money quietly in the back.
Do you require your girls be open to going private with both genders? While men bring most of the money, some women can too no? No requirments but these girls could care less if its a man, a women, or a cross dressing pirate handing them money.
What is the policy of girls working on their time of the month? LOL, They all sync up and one week out of the month you have 40 emotion basket cases all bleeding at the same time. We would have like three or four new girls for that week if we didnt let them work. You do know that womens menstration periods sync up when they spend a lot of time around one another right?
Wow, I guess none of them are on hormonal birth control (like the Pill) then. If you are on the Pill, your period always comes during the 4th week of the pack, regardless of who you are spending time around. If they work during their periods, are there ever any, um, accidents? Also, what girls tend to make the most money - are looks the only factor? I am sure some of them are... All I know is that one week a month I have girl after girl asking for Tampons. I have had a customer upset because he was bled on and the girl was mortified. He obviously did not pay. The biggest earners in the club are the girls with the best hustle and personality. My best looking girl is an idiot and makes shit compared to most of the girls. She isn't fun to be around and just sits around waiting for guys to walk up to her.
How long do the girls last in the job? i guess the ones that make a lot tend to stay long period of time but what about average ones or ones below average? also what makes them "stand out" from other girls? the dance? looks? i figure most of the girls are above average in terms of looks... so do they have some sort of aura that attracts customers to become regulars? I have a core group of about 15 girls that wil be with me for years. the others constantly revolve around club to club escaping problem after problem being forgiven over and over again. Looks make a girl stand out but what makes a good dancer great is their personality and sex appeal its not all about looks. I have a knockout who is Nuttier then squirel shit and she doesn't make nearly as much as some of my much less attractive down to earth girls you can talk to. Trying to respond quickly forgive my grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
How much money should a guy bring to have a decent time without dropping cash in the back? If you wanted to you could come in, drink sparingly, tip slowley and have plenty of interaction with the girls on and off stage for around $50.
I worked in the strip club business in Vegas as the marketing director...we just did an all nude club that didn't serve any liquor until we got our license. Couldn't you do the same out there? Nude + Liquor is a no go here. But some places just attach a bar so you walk through a door and drink across the hall and then walk back across to see the girls.
Hmm funny. I used to live in Tampa and all the strip clubs there are Full Nude No Liquor. Mons Venus and Odyssey 2001 have been voted very high even in world wide rankings. As long as there is a seperation from the club to the bar they can have a "seperate bar" still attached to club where patrons can walk between the two "seperate businesses."
The one strip club in my town doesn't serve alcohol. I never really understood why. Does it have to do with limiting potential trouble makers/gropers? All nude clubs do not serve alchohol and I think the lawmakers thought naked women and alchohol meant trouble. I'm not sure what the explanation is behind this.
How pathetic are your regular clientele, really? Day shift clients... VERY Nightshift Clients are middle to upperclass and dont seem pathetic. Some of the younger guys seem lonely and just want someone to talk to. the older guys always seem happy and secure in life just big ole perverts wanting to play with girls half their age. My Club is a big party spot for younger people both men and women who just want to have a good time. only about half of my customers come for the strippers.
Do a lot of guys wear jogging pants? Only the smart ones! That and basketball shorts lol but mostly no.
What kind of start up capital do you need to open a strip club? Can it be done with a loan, or do banks avoid investing in a strip club? You need a lot of capitol to open a strip club. As far as bank investments I don't know. The first step is securing a building, liquor license and adult entertainment license zoned for your building. After obtaining these three things you can find investors bank or not.
As a member of the strip club business in vegas as a marketing director...i sometimes felt embarrassed of my job and often at my wifes family functions always veered away from discussing my job, even if I'm praised by friends as the luckiest man in the world... How does your family feel about this business, and do you feel the same when discussing the job? Yes, I hate it. No one says a word and when the men and women split all the guys get all hush hush and start asking me questions. Its very obvious when one of the women look over and I am the center of attention whats going on. My GF Hates it and so do I. I have considered taking a hefty pay cut. 30K+ just to not be in this field any longer.
Why not just lie about your job, and say it's whatever you did before you became a manager? I do, My GF on the other hand has to tell everyone.
Have you ever run across an American born stripper that was not bat shit crazy? Is there a different mindset or level of craziness between foreign and domestic strippers? I have never had an out of country stripper, just out of state and girls from up north are slick little gangsters. Every last one of them have a real "I'll cut your ass" attitude.
Any crazy stories of having to literally throw someone out for being an over-the-top asshole? Ever have to call the police? All the time and all the time. imagine it and it has happened.
One night, I had to deal with a problem. A girl and I headed for "VIP", mostly lap-dancing. Charge by the songs.. i counted up to 3 songs. But i ended up to leave early. But she lied to me. she said i went thou 5 songs. Had to call the manager, he went with her side and had to pay for the fake songs THEN he got the bouncer to kick me out. How would you deal with that? We have a VIP man who counts songs and dances. His word is gold with me. If that were to arrise The customer would have to appear sober and convincing enough for me to check cameras. 9 times out of ten I'm going with my VIP man.
How often do you hear about gross feminine issues? Too Often, WAY too often.
What's the wierdest you've heard? Guys paying a girl to allow him to go down on them... I don't get it and it truly disgusts me. Maybe it's because I know where it's been but that's just wierd and strange to me to want to stick your face in a strangers crotch and pay for it.
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[Table] IAmA: I'm Oliver Hollis-Leick, lead writer and designer behind the new game, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn.

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Why doesn't Shaq just pay for the game? Why do you need our money? > First, yes, we have the money and could go out and make the game. We could do it solo, in secret, then release next year and cash in on Shaq's name. What we chose to do instead was to create a crowd funding campaign that would allow people to get involved with the actual creation of the game. The pledges aren't for nothing. We're not asking for charity. $15 gets you a half price copy of the game. Anything up from there and it just gets better. We're offering incredible perks like allowing people to voice characters in the game. We're offering people the chance to invest in the game and actually shape how it gets made. Once the campaign closes we'll be creating a private forum for backers where they can pitch their ideas, help us reflect on our own, and truly collaborate on how they want their project to go. That's a lot better than paying full price for a game and sitting on the sidelines, if you ask me.
Thats a good reason, didn't think of that. Link to ampp3d.mirror.co.uk
Hahaha very funny! :)
On a scale of 1 to Slam jammin', how hardcore will the dunks be? Slam jammin to the power of 34.
What piece of advice or info can you give for those that never played the original? Don't ever play the original.
So I'm ahead of the curve? Definitely. Protect your mind and just focus on our Shaq Fu!
I'll play this in the meantime. I'd steer well clear of that too, if I were you!
Next you'll be telling me not to watch Kazaam! Oh, I wouldn't say that. There's a phrase that goes "If a man does not know his past, he will inevitably repeat it." We don't want that now, do we...
I'm gonna go drink some Shaq soda and sit down to a double feature of Steel and Kazaam. You're in for a long night!
I think it's great that Shaq Fu is accepting Digital Currency Quark for in-game transactions making payments very easy. What is your opinion on that? Of course! It's fantastic! It's a real acknowledgement of the fact that the future is pressing upon us. Why hold back? Let's get our hands dirty and be part of making this stuff a real facet of modern transactions. Can I buy my in game purchases with Crypto currency? Hell yes! Quark coins accepted here!
Sweet, Shaq Fu made new fans for sure by accepting Digital Currencies, ShaQuark for the win :)) :)
Just Quarks? Or are there plans for Bitcoins, Litecoins or, just for the laughs, Dogecoins? Just Quarkcoins. It's a coin we have a lot of faith in and we think it's certainly the coin of choice. Their transaction speed and security is extremely good.
Chaos Dunk? Great name. Very possible!
The name comes from Charles Barkley Shut Up and Jam Gaiden RPG. Amazing little game. I just watched the Youtube video. That's a hell of a finishing move!
Link to www.talesofgames.com. Oliver-- if you and the staff haven't seen this, this is where the Chaos Dunk reference comes from. Y'all should check this game out. Awesome!!!
Are there going to be unlockable costumes that give a nod to the big man's many nicknames? I would love to use the Big Aristotle or the Big Shaqtus. Yes! Powered up character modes for the nicknames!
Is Shaq going to be involved in the soundtrack? Either making music or helping choose music? Yes, Shaq WILL be involved in making the soundtrack!
I noticed you said the game will be a beat'em up style like the DMC series, have you ever played Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks? I highly recommend checking that game out for an example of a beat-em up with fighting game roots. Will check that game out.
Will the story have any ties to reality or is it purely fictional in regards to the setting? Shaq has played in many cities throughout his career, will we see any references to his playing days? Purely fictional. This Shaq Fu character is similar but different to the reality of the big man himself.
As a long time Shaq fan and owner of the original Shaq-Fu on SNES, I am really excited about this project. I wish your team the best! Thanks so much for the support!
In the Indiegogo, you said that there will be a powerup for "every nickname Shaq has ever had." Do you have a comprehensive list of Shaq nicknames? Who compiled it? Can we see it? Most of the nicknames were created by Shaq Daddy himself. You can search for Shaq names online and find pretty much all of them. Just imagine powering up into the Shaqtus, the Big Aristotle, or the Big Diesel. It's going to be amazing!
I remember playing the original game as a kid and thinking how horrible the controls are. Are you doing anything to remedy this or are you going to keep the controls somewhat the same? What was your view on the original? As stated in our developer video on the Indiegogo campaign page, we were very unimpressed by the original Shaq Fu. See A Legend Reborn as a total reinvention of the concept. Controls will be so much better. We'll be going with the usual format that gamers are comfortable with. Not too complex. Very intuitive. Smart, easy, fast. That's our plan.
Will Rick Fox be in the game? Will this game be a 1v1 fighting game like the old or an action beat em up like final fight? What kind of fighting game engine will this title have? This is going to be a classic beat 'em up for the new generation of gamers. The engine is still under development but it should feel like DMC in a beat 'em up suit. Rick Fox is not currently signed up to play a role in the game :)
Are any of the playable characters from the original appearing in this remade version? Our vision is to create a whole new set of characters that will have their own legacy, however, we may well be seeing one or two cameos from the original faces.
I'll be pumped to see at EVO, Shaq Fu Grand Finals: Shaq vs Sett Ra. That would be amazing. Absolutely!
I gather that the game will no longer be a 1vs1 fighter but instead it'll be a beat'em up... Correct. The game is going to be a 3D beat 'em up.
You mentioned that you will be creating a private forum for the backers where they can pitch their ideas to the dev team. Will you also be giving them access to alpha or beta testing? Edit: I just saw that $45 gets you access to beta testing. So I guess my only question is whether or not you guys have a timeline for that stage? It depends on the perks they purchased. We will be honouring those perks that list alpha testing as part of the package. Anyone else will be able to see developments and get updates on progress and news from within the dev team. We want to bring people in on the action as much as possible.
Thanks for the response. Would you go on record as saying you want to bring people in on the "Shaqtion?" For the record "We, at Big Deez, want to bring people in on the Shaqtion! Let's Shaqtivate plan Shaq Fu!"
I'm confident y'all have both the Shaqumen and the Shaqsperience to make this game worthy of press Shaqqolades. I salute you, sir.
Since the original was essentially devoid of one what do you have in mind for the plot so far? The plot is going to be epic. Very tongue in cheek. I like to reference Big Trouble in Little China. It knows how to make fun of itself. You can't put a basketball player in a fighting game and make it straight. It's going to be a laugh out loud experience.
What kind of games would you compare this new Shaq-Fu to? Where are you guys drawing your inspiration from? I grew up on some old school classics like Streets of Rage. I used to love games like that. The arcade feel that is lacking in so many game now. I would say that our major inspirations, beyond Streets of Rage and other games like it, are things like DMC, Ninja Gaiden, and Street Fighter. Love the fast paced, highly responsive and satisfying fight styles. It's all about responsiveness. You wanna hit those buttons and feel the combos lashing out on the enemies.
How much DLC are you expecting to add? The crowdfunding page says that it will be worth over $200 total. Is it really going to be worth that much? DLC is going to be a big part of how we want to keep Shaq Fu alive after its initial release. It's not just a 'fire and forget' type of project. We want it to be continually developing and progressing with DLC content to keep it burning. Our backers will have a lot of say in the type of DLC we create but we're talking levels, characters, apparel, weapons, unique items, mods, all kinds of stuff.
Why a SNES Reproduction cart and not Genesis? I see so many Nintedo reproductions, but not Sega. Also, what sort of characters should are VO perk donators going to voice? We went with what seemed to be the most popular. We could certainly consider doing a genesis version if it seems that people really want one. There are going to be so many great characters that will be voice by the VO perk holders. It's really important to us that we give those backers something they can be proud of and that feels like they really are part of history.
Did you have to alter the doorways in order to get shaq into the building you're working in? We just use the loading bay.
I guess now that I think of it, SNES cart of Shaq Fu are rarer than Sega, so SNES is probably best because someone might do fakes down the line of the Sega ones saying they were the limited reproduction and try to sell them when they weren't. That's a good thought. I would be inclined to agree with you.
Did you just reply to yourself? Fishy. Nope.
Will this game acknowledge how bad the first one was? I think there's enough room in the game for a little reflection on painful past lives :)
When are you planning to release the game? And will we see some gameplay anytime soon? Game will be released in 2015. We can't release gameplay footage until we get neck deep into production. A game goes through a multitude of developmental stages before it looks anything like the finished article.
What current fighting game would you say Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn draws the most inspiration from in terms of mechanics? It's difficult to pin it down to just one. I would think of something like DMC, or Ninja Gaiden, in terms of that fast paced whoop ass kind of action. Lots of people have named God Hand as something to refer to. I took a look and it certainly has some similarities to the kind of mechanic we want.
You just referenced God Hand. Shut up and take my money (oh wait you already did) :)
What's it like working with Shaq? Has he made this face yet: Link to www.miscupload.com. Working with Shaq is awesome! He made that face when we told him we could remake Shaq Fu, only a million times better!
How big of a part was Shaq in the creation of the game? Our guys met with Shaq at his house and talked through the kind of project they wanted to make. Shaq is very keen to be involved in the whole process. His humour and personal flavour is going to be woven throughout the game. It's not just about getting his name and face, it's about getting his personality and flare into the project.
Are there any golden cartridges left? Yes. Get over there now and grab one! Link to www.indiegogo.com
Will there be various suits the characters can wear as perks? Shaq has a line of suits for non-Shaq sized people. There are definitely going to be alternative outfits and there's no good reason we can't have something like that. Suggest it in the private backers group once we open the forum!
I'm on student loan money, dude! Maybe for Shaq Fu: 2 Shaq 2 FUrious I will be able to donate. A Shaq Fu racing game. That's an interesting idea... :)
For the voice over perk, what will contributors actually voice? (Ex. Background noises, a character, etc.) Oh, definitely characters! This is not a cheap shot perk where we get people to voice a creaking door. These are going to be lines in the game, spoken by characters.
What type of game is this supposed to be? Will it be a similar format to the original or maybe a beat 'em up style? Beat 'em up style. Classic, solid, awesome gameplay.
Is there any way I can get this put on a t-shirt? Second, will there be a lot of dunking on Charles Barkley involved. Sure. There is a T-shirt perk on Indiegogo: Link to www.indiegogo.com Dunking on Chuck would be a dream come true!
When choosing to make games I played as a kid; what made you choose shaq fu? Was it really at the top of your childhood ignored ips? Basically, tell me why I should give you money to give me a sequel for a game that I originally regretted buying? (For reference, there are tons of snes ips that have been ignored that could be more fun. Primal Rage, Fighters History, hell even Brutal Paws of Fury (A silly game with unique features released the exact same year) would have peaked my interest more that shaq fighting a mummy. [Edit] from your other answrs it looks like you're not even making a fighting game. You're making a beat 'em up..? Now I am even more confused. Hey. So it just so happened that our development company have contacts that work for Shaq. Our CEO, Matt Karch, came up with the idea of working together with Shaq to make a video game. Matt met with Shaq and they both agreed they wanted to do something. After several hours of discussion it seemed that the one idea that everyone kept coming back to was to make a new Shaq Fu. We think that the beat 'em up genre has been somewhat neglected and we wanted to go down that route. Shaq was up for the adventure and we all decided to go for it. That's how the idea came about. This game is going to be nothing like the original. Same name, different animal.
What was the inspiration to bring such an obscure franchise back from the dead? I can't image there was much of a groundswell, even among old-school gamers. We really wanted to make a beat 'em up game, just like the classics. We felt that the genre had been somewhat neglected. We were put in touch with Shaq and discussed the possibility of making Shaq Fu and he was totally down with it. It's not going to be anything like the original. Not a sequel at all. This is simply a chance to do something really creative with someone as great as Shaq.
Will this game be released for next gen only? No. It's guaranteed a PC release, and, if we hit our goal, then it's going to be released on PS4. PS3, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
How big a part will Artem be playing in the development of this game? Artem has been a fantastic source of creativity so far. We hope that he'll continue to be a part of this all the way to the end.
Hey, if I pledge money for the game and it meets it's goal, do I get the game for a console, or is it just pc? You'd get it for PC and the console of your choice!
This is awesome! Can't believe you guys are remaking this. Are there still more voice over spots available? Thanks! We're really excited about it. And, yes! As of this moment there are 47 VO perks left before we lock it down.
Do you see Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn being played competitively in the future? Definitely. We are holding a Shaq Fu tournament next year where people can actually compete against Shaq!
Why do you need to crowdfund when, assuming he's in any way involved, you have one of the biggest men with an equal-sized wallet (and dong) seemingly gung-ho about the game? I'm really glad you asked this question. First, yes, we have the money and could go out and make the game. We could do it solo, in secret, then release next year and cash in on Shaq's name. What we chose to do instead was to create a crowd funding campaign that would allow people to get involved with the actual creation of the game. The pledges aren't for nothing. We're not asking for charity. $15 gets you a half price copy of the game. Anything up from there and it just gets better. We're offering incredible perks like allowing people to voice characters in the game. We're offering people the chance to invest in the game and actually shape how it gets made. Once the campaign closes we'll be creating a private forum for backers where they can pitch their ideas, help us reflect on our own, and truly collaborate on how they want their project to go. That's a lot better than paying full price for a game and sitting on the sidelines, if you ask me.
Are there going to be a lot of catch phrases or references to his real life or basketball career or possibly kazam references? Catch phrases are going to be abundant! It's Shaq after all!
Any Kazam references or is he still sore about that? Kazam is a protected IP, which means we can't just throw it in there. However, Shaq has a great sense of humour and I'm sure he knows how to handle a joke. We'll have to see... :)
Ok thanks i know he has a great sence of humor but when it comes to kazam i wasnt sure... Link to www.youtube.com. :D.
Any other NBA player in the game or will you just stick with Shaq and various monsters? It's a complicated affair getting anyone famous to be part of a game. We're totally open to anything here but it depends on a lot of factors that are out of our control. Watch this space!
Holy shit i was Just playing Shaq Fu last night! Why are you remaking it? If you were playing it last night then you should know exactly why we're remaking it! :) It desperately needs reincarnation in a fully functioning body!
Heard you guys were incorporating Quark into shaqfu? How do you imagine it working? Quark will be a payment option for in-game purchases. We're very excited about it. It will be fast, seamless, and easy to use. We're working closely with Quark who will help us integrate the necessary tech into the game.
In all times ive played over the year, ive never learned any combos or special attacks. I pull out the Snes to show the next generation where games came from. My little niece is 10 and she thinks its all started with the Wii. What platforms are you releasing on? I totally get you. I started out on a ZX81 and had to program all my games! I'm only 31 but when everyone else had the latest consoles, I was on my atari 2600 in 1988. My parents did what they could but that stuff was expensive. I used to play Pitfall, Frogger, Tutenkamun, Battlezone. I know exactly where video games began! We'll be releasing on PC. If we hit our base goal then we'll be going live on PS4, Wii U, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Daaamn, your gaming history is way better than mine! Is the game going to be an arcade game on Psn like the Ducktales re-release? Any other new characters like Shazam or Kobe? PS.. also on Steam? It's definitely going to be a digital purchase on the various gaming platforms. Characters like Shazam and Kobe are intellectual property which means, as much as we may want to, that we can't just throw them in. We have a lot of great ideas and we're going to try and find a way to get all the good stuff in the game!
Well thanks man i look forward to playing! got a price point yet? Thank you! You can grab the game right now on Indiegogo for $15 while the campaign is still running. When it's released it will be priced at around $30.
You watch the Power Rangers growing up? I did.
The Green/White Ranger, Jason David Frank is going to be in an episode coming up. I'm pumped. Cool! I remember him as being the most serious. Didn't he have a pony tail?
I'm a big fan of very difficult, very brutal games, right from the start. Is Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn going to have an excruciatingly difficult option from the beginning of the game? IE will we get a "Choose Your Difficulty" screen that says, "Kobe, Medium, Hard, Shaq" choices, maybe with "The Big Aristotle" mode as an unlockable, ultra-difficult setting? I love this idea. We were always going to have lots of difficulty settings but the names you've chosen are very witty! There will absolutely be a mode for people with a death-wish!
Do you intend to make the player vs player combat be balanced for competitive tournament play? Yes.
Now how do you guys really think you can make a better game then the absolute classic that is Shaq Fu? Well... let's just say we have a gut feeling.
Any hot babes in the game? I kinda wanna see the return of Kaori from the original Shaq Fu. Kaori has been requested a number of times. She was a cool character. We're definitely considering bringing one or two faces back from the grave but we've got some fantastic ideas lined up for the new cast. We think people will love them.
Are there any secrets hidden in the game that you can tell us about? Secrets... afraid not. Got to keep 'em secret. All I can say is that there ARE secrets, and one or two of them are BIG!
I just want to know if Shaq will eventually have to fight Barkley as a boss sometime in the game. That would be telling... :)
Is shaq aware of the game? Shaq is very much aware of the game. It was partly his idea.
So you got to work with shaq? So jelly. :)
I had a question about one of the perks on Indiegogo. I wanted to pledge $35 for the DLC and exclusive character, and I wanted to know if it comes with the digital trading card, or do I have to purchase that seperately? You'll get the trading card too!
I saw that your Facebook page is giving people a chance to meet Shaq if they like it. Really? Of course!
So we just like the page and we get picked randomly to meet him? If so, that's awesome. You got it!
1: Any plans for NBA stars to make cameos or anything? It'd be cool to see some other Dream Team players make appearances. Plans: It's definitely possible. As you can imagine, there are certain negotiations that would have to take place to implement that. We are open to everything.
2: Dunk special moves. This isn't a question. Make it happen. Dunk special moves. Duh! Of course! :)
Yeah, in all seriousness, it looks like they care what we think and want. So that's pretty sweet. Definitely. We're always listening to what our backers, and the gaming community, want from our game. We really believe we can make this game in a new and fantastic way by collaborating with the people who will actually buy and play it. We really believe that gamers know what they want and don't want to be spoon fed the latest fads.
Not really a question, but a comment. Reading this thread makes me very happy that I spent a significant portion of my tax return in order to be a part of this project. No regrets. Let's make this game be amazing. You're the man! Thanks a lot for your support!
You should have a special move called "Green Egg and Ham It" :)
I pledged 50 dollars. No question, just wanted to say I'm actually really looking forward to the game, it looks good. :) Thanks so much for the support!
Have you met shaquille o'neal yet, and if you have, how astounded were you by his sheer size? I haven't but Matt Karch has, more than once, and he's a big guy. I'd say Matt was pretty damn astounded.
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