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RESULTS of the State of the Game Survey: September 2020

Hi all,

It’s time for the results!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond - we had over 1,750 responses, which is great! These insights wouldn’t be possible without your time and support.

As always, neither myself nor this survey are associated with Intelligent Systems or Nintendo in any way. Please direct feedback about the game itself to the official channels.

Now let’s get into it!
 
Previous Survey Results:
April_2020_State_of_the_Game_Survey

~ Demographics ~

53.8% began playing FE:H in February 2017, with 20.0% more joining during the first year of the game. 12.0% of respondents joined during the second year, 8.7% joined during the third, and 4.0% joined during the fourth year (the last ~7 months).

The age range breakdown of respondents is as follows:

75.8% of respondents identified as Male, 18.4% as Female, and 3.0% as Non-binary.

24.6% of respondents have never missed a daily login, while a further 38.8% have missed less than a month’s worth of logins, 11.7% missed 1-2 months, 9.9% missed 3-6 months, 5.8% missed 7-12 months, and 4.7% missed over a year’s worth.

33.5% report being F2P, while 28.7% have spent less than $100, 18.3% spent between $100 - $499, 7.3% spent between $500 - $999, and 8.7% have spent over $1000.

46.6% last spent money on FE:H during the fourth year of the game (the last 3 months), while 6.6% last spent money during the third year of the game, 5.8% last spent during the second year of the game, and 5.1% last spent money during the first year of the game.

~ Summoning ~

“Which of the following banners have you used orbs on at least once?”
  • (86.8%) A New Future (CYL 4)
  • (60.2%) Overseas Memories (3H Summer)
  • (59.8%) Dark Burdens (Fallen Heroes)
  • (57.9%) Legendary Heroes: Edelgard
  • (55.2%) Legendary Heroes: Corrin
  • (53.1%) Book IV Mid: Mirabilis and More
  • (52.9%) Hero Fest
  • (52.2%) Pirate’s Pride
  • (44.5%) Mythic Heroes: Hel
  • (44.2%) Mythic Heroes: Mila
  • (43.7%) Bridal Beloveds
  • (39.6%) Summer Passing (Sacred Stones Summer (mostly))
  • (37.5%) Legendary Heroes: Seliph
  • (31.1%) Light and Shadow (New Mystery)

“Which of the following banners did you use the most orbs on?”
  • (44.8%) A New Future (CYL 4)
  • (8.6%) Overseas Memories (3H Summer)
  • (5.9%) Legendary Heroes: Corrin
  • (5.8%) Dark Burdens (Fallen Heroes)
  • (5.5%) Pirate’s Pride
  • (4.9%) Legendary Heroes: Edelgard
  • (4.5%) Hero Fest
  • (3.5%) Mythic Heroes: Hel
  • (3.0%) Bridal Beloveds
  • (2.8%) Book IV Mid: Mirabilis and More
  • (2.5%) Summer Passing (Sacred Stones Summer (mostly))
  • (2.5%) Legendary Heroes: Seliph
  • (2.3%) Mythic Heroes: Mila
  • (1.7%) Light and Shadow (New Mystery)

“What was your favorite banner?”
  • (37.4%) A New Future (CYL 4)
  • (10.9%) Dark Burdens (Fallen Heroes)
  • (8.9%) Pirate’s Pride
  • (8.5%) Overseas Memories (3H Summer)
  • (5.7%) Hero Fest
  • (5.4%) Legendary Heroes: Corrin
  • (3.3%) Legendary Heroes: Edelgard
  • (2.9%) Legendary Heroes: Seliph
  • (2.6%) Book IV Mid: Mirabilis and More
  • (2.6%) Bridal Beloveds
  • (2.5%) Summer Passing (Sacred Stones Summer (mostly))
  • (2.3%) Light and Shadow (New Mystery)
  • (1.5%) Mythic Heroes: Hel
  • (1.4%) Mythic Heroes: Mila

“Did you spend money specifically to summon on any of the banners below?”
  • (17.6%) A New Future (CYL 4)
  • (10.3%) Overseas Memories (3H Summer)
  • (8.9%) Legendary Heroes: Corrin
  • (6.8%) Dark Burdens (Fallen Heroes)
  • (6.6%) Pirate’s Pride
  • (6.5%) Legendary Heroes: Edelgard
  • (5.8%) Hero Fest
  • (5.1%) Bridal Beloveds
  • (4.9%) Mythic Heroes: Hel
  • (4.8%) Book IV Mid: Mirabilis and More
  • (4.8%) Mythic Heroes: Mila
  • (4.8%) Summer Passing (Sacred Stones Summer (mostly))
  • (3.4%) Light and Shadow (New Mystery)
  • (3.3%) Legendary Heroes: Seliph

~ Summoning Mechanics ~

33.7% spent orbs on the Hero Fest banner AFTER Intelligent Systems announced how they would be compensating players for the Hero Fest banner glitch, compared to 61.7% who did not.

30.5% say that knowing about the compensation for the Hero Fest banner glitch caused them to spend more orbs on the banner than they would have otherwise, compared to 41.5% who say it did not. 28.0% did not spend orbs on the Hero Fest banner.

34.3% feel positively or very positively about the quality of 4* focuses on regular banners, compared to 26.9% who feel negatively or very negatively.

69.7% feel positively or very positively about the quality of 4* focuses on seasonal banners, compared to 7.8% who feel negatively or very negatively.

53.8% report that the system guaranteeing a free 5* after 40 summons generally makes them summon more, while 5.4% report that it generally makes them summon less and 36.1% report no change in their summoning habits on New Heroes banners.

“If all New Heroes Banners used the permanent 40-summons-for-a-guaranteed-5* system that CYL4 used, how would your orb-spending habits on New Heroes banners change?”
  • (1.8%) I would spend fewer orbs than I did before
  • (22.3%) I would spend the same amount of orbs I usually do
  • (10.3%) I would spend more orbs than I did before
  • (62.2%) My spending would depend more on the Heroes offered

~ Choose Your Legends IV ~

“Which CYL4 Brave Heroes have you summoned, whether from the guaranteed choice banner or the regular banner?”
  • (78.0%) Dimitri
  • (73.4%) Claude
  • (65.7%) Edelgard
  • (56.6%) Lysithea

Of the summoning milestones on the CYL4 banner:
  • (20.2%) did not reach any of these summoning milestones
  • (79.7%) reached 40 summons
  • (41.0%) reached 80 summons
  • (19.8%) reached 120 summons
  • (11.1%) reached 160 summons

45.7% say that the free 5* hero at 40, 80, 120 and 160 summons caused them to spend more on CYL4 than they would have otherwise, while 50.3% say it did not.

22.8% say that the potential use of a new Brave Hero in future F2P Guides for content such as Hero Battles influenced their Brave Heroes summons, compared to 74.0% who say it did not.

“If you could only get ONE of the new Brave Heroes, which one would you choose?”
  • (36.8%) Dimitri
  • (28.9%) Edelgard
  • (22.9%) Claude
  • (7.8%) Lysithea

“Which Brave Hero do you believe is the overall strongest?”
  • (60.7%) Edelgard
  • (21.9%) Dimitri
  • (7.9%) Claude
  • (1.2%) Lysithea

“Which Brave Hero do you believe is the overall weakest?”
  • (61.2%) Lysithea
  • (13.7%) Claude
  • (7.0%) Dimitri
  • (1.7%) Edelgard

“Which Brave Hero do you believe has the best art?”
  • (32.9%) Claude
  • (27.3%) Dimitri
  • (20.1%) Lysithea
  • (13.3%) Edelgard

“Which set of Brave Heroes is your favorite overall?”
  • (24.2%) 1st CYL (Ike, Lucina, Lyn, Roy)
  • (19.4%) 2nd CYL (Ephraim, Celica, Hector, Veronica)
  • (11.2%) 3rd CYL (Alm, Camilla, Eliwood, Micaiah)
  • (39.9%) 4th CYL (Claude, Dimitri, Edelgard, Lysithea)

23.6% feel positively or very positively about the addition of Jorge as the CYL4 GHB hero, compared to 33.0% who feel negatively or very negatively.

86.3% believe CYL5 should add further protections against vote botting, compared to 4.4% who do not.

70.1% believe CYL5 should require Nintendo Account sign-in to vote, compared to 12.6% who do not.

~ Feh Pass and Resplendent Heroes ~

41.2% feel negatively about the addition of the Feh Pass (down 15.8% from the last survey), compared to 11.6% who feel positively (up 1.5% from the last survey). 46.1% are neutral (up 14.3% from the last survey).

40.2% have purchased the Feh Pass, compared to 59.8% who have not. This is a 9.5% increase compared to the last survey, following a 6.7% increase before that.

Of those who have subscribed to Feh Pass, 17.4% have purchased Resplendent Heroes separately (up 12.9% from the last survey), compared to 82.6% who have not.

“Which Resplendent Hero has your favorite art?”
  • (13.4%) Cordelia
  • (12.8%) Eliwood
  • (8.7%) Eirika
  • (8.4%) Olwen
  • (7.5%) Sophia
  • (7.3%) Minerva
  • (6.0%) Azura
  • (5.7%) Lyn
  • (5.2%) Ike
  • (4.1%) Sanaki
  • (4.0%) Roy
  • (3.7%) M!Robin
  • (2.3%) Hector
  • (1.6%) Linde
  • (1.3%) Alm

“Which Resplendent outfit theme is your favorite?”
  • (16.3%) Muspell
  • (15.0%) Askr
  • (14.8%) Nifl
  • (11.5%) Embla
  • (11.5%) Hel
  • (10.3%) Ljosalfheimr

~ Miscellaneous ~

15.8% feel positively about the introduction of Harmonized Heroes, compared to 31.3% who feel negatively.

29.5% have a Harmonized Hero, compared to 70.1% who do not.

14.6% feel positively or very positively about the Resonant Battles game mode, compared to 51.5% who feel negatively or very negatively.

4.6% say that the Resonant Battles game mode influenced them to pull for Harmonized Heroes, compared to 94.5% who say it has not.

34.8% believe the new Arena maps are better than the maps they replaced, while 7.4% believe they are worse, and 36.7% believe they are about the same.

“How often do you use Auto Dispatch in Aether Raids?”
  • (34.3%) All of them, always
  • (0.2%) All of them, in Light Season
  • (3.6%) All of them, in Astra season
  • (24.3%) Only sometimes
  • (37.6%) I never use it

“IV Mango” is the preferred term for Trait Fruit according to 32.2% of respondents, followed by “IVcado” at 28.9%, “Fruit” at 7.6%, and “Dragonfruit” at 6.6%. The remaining 24.7% prefer to just call them Trait Fruit.

39.3% say they will use their first Trait Fruits on a Heroic Grails unit, while 32.9% say they will use them on a Summonable unit, and 1.3% say they will use them on an Askr unit.

58.7% prefer Stat Boosts for Legendary Heroes, compared to 26.3% who prefer Pair-Up.

56.5% generally prefer Regular Duo Heroes, compared to 8.8% who prefer Harmonized Duo Heroes.

1.8% say that the update that raised the minimum hardware/software required to play the game affected their ability to play FE:H, compared to 95.8% who say it did not.

~ Recurring Miscellaneous ~

“Which game do you want a New Heroes banner from the most?”
  • (26.0%) Three Houses (-1.9%)
  • (9.7%) Radiant Dawn (+0.5%)
  • (7.7%) Sacred Stones (+0.2%)
  • (7.5%) Awakening (-3.1%)
  • (6.4%) Genealogy of the Holy War (-1.3%)
  • (6.1%) Path of Radiance (-0.9%)
  • (6.0%) Gaiden / Shadows of Valentia (+2.7%)
  • (5.9%) TMS #FE (+1.9%)
  • (5.4%) Blazing Blade (+1.3%)
  • (5.0%) Fates (+1.0%)
  • (4.2%) Thracia 776 (+0.8%)
  • (2.4%) Binding Blade (+0.6%)
  • (0.8%) Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light / Shadow Dragon (-1.0%)
  • (0.8%) Mystery of the Emblem / New Mystery of the Emblem (-1.1%)

“How much do you care about your rank in the following modes?”
  • (2.90/5.00 average) Arena
  • (2.82/5.00 average) Aether Raids
  • (2.48/5.00 average) PvE game modes with player ranking boards
  • (1.82/5.00 average) Arena Assault

“How have recent changes to FE:H changed your opinion on the game as a whole?”
  • (39.3%) My opinion was positive and has stayed positive
  • (5.7%) My opinion used to be negative, but has turned positive
  • (40.1%) Neutral
  • (9.9%) My opinion used to be positive, but has turned negative
  • (5.1%) My opinion was negative and has stayed negative

~ Intelligent Systems Approval Ratings ~

The approval ratings are calculated by the proportion of Approve responses compared to the number of both Approve and Disapprove responses.

Percent who approve of the way Intelligent Systems is handling:
  • 74.6% - The addition of new heroes / characters to the game (+11.9)
  • 69.4% - The gacha mechanics and summoning banners (+5.5)
  • 59.2% - The story/plot (+9.4)
  • 85.2% - Unranked PvE game modes (Hero Battles, Forging Bonds, Tactics Drills, Lost Lore, Hall of Forms) (-1.2)
  • 50.7% - Ranked PvE game modes (Voting Gauntlets, Tempest Trials, Grand Conquest, Allegiance Battles, Rokkr Sieges, Mjolnir's Strike) (-2.6)
  • 34.6% - Arena (-6.2)
  • 48.0% - Arena Assault (+6.7)
  • 45.8% - Aether Raids (+12.7)

40.5% believe Intelligent Systems cares about its Free to Play userbase (up 10.1% from the last survey), while 34.7% do not. This continues the upward trend from the previous survey, bringing us to 8.8% down from where we were before the February drop).

42.9% approve of the way Intelligent Systems is handling Fire Emblem: Heroes as a whole (up 14.8% from the last survey), while 16.9% disapprove. This continues the upward trend from the previous survey, bringing us to only 2.5% down from where we were before the February drop).

A NOTE ABOUT METHODOLOGY: The overall approval ratings question above has traditionally been the exact percent of Approve responses, as a proportion with both Neutral and Disapprove responses. Note that this is different than the way approval is calculated for individual modes (the proportion of Approve responses compared to the number of both Approve and Disapprove responses), where Neutral responses are excluded. The difference in calculation has continued this way in order to maintain comparability with previous survey results.
For comparisons sake, the overall approval rating trend going by raw Approval percentage over the last 4 surveys is: 50.6% (Dec) -> 22.9% (Feb) -> 28.1% (Apr) -> 42.9% (Sept)
Whereas the overall approval rating trend going by proportion of Approve/Disapprove with the Neutrals excluded over the last 4 surveys is: 82.2% (Dec) -> 41.0% (Feb) -> 51.3% (Apr) -> 71.7% (Sept).

~ Bonus Questions ~

“Who is your Favorite Hero added since the last survey?”
  • Dimitri (Brave) is the winner, followed by Edelgard (Brave), then Claude (Brave).
  • Full results here: [Graph]

“Who is your Most Wanted Hero added since the last survey?”
  • Tibarn (Pirate) is the winner, followed by Corrin (F, Legendary), then Micaiah (Duo, Bridal).
  • Full results here: [Graph].

“What would be the best Harmonized Hero (a pair of two heroes from different games) and why?”:

Rather than selecting a subset of responses this time, the link below is to a google sheet of almost all unique responses. I cleaned it up a little bit to remove “idk” type answers, duplicates, and partial string duplicates, so don’t worry if you don’t see your exact response in it.

[Full Responses].

~ Feedback ~

As always, I received lots of great feedback, both in your survey responses and in the thread itself. A heartfelt thank you to all participants for your encouragements and criticisms - these surveys wouldn’t be where they are without your feedback. But it’s not all serious; feedback messages also included:

  • #FloofMomGang #GiveLeoAGoodFuckingAltForOnce #NowiRefineWhen #TelliusNewHeroesPlz #ElinciaResplendentWhen #JusticeForDedue #PleaseRemoveLChromInstysIAmBeggingYouICantLiveLikeThisAnymore
  • “There once was a CYL4 banner / That hit my orbs hard like a hammer / The very next day / FloomMom Duo came our way / Now I'm stuck bartering with a loan planner”
  • bonk, go to survey jail”
  • “Am I also allowed to put in "Norne and Azura" for a Harmonized Hero pair? No reason.”
  • “Brace yourself. Winter (armours) are coming!” “Brave Hector's refine has made me so very happy with it's inclusion. Go shove your bow up your butt Legendary Chrom.”
  • “Give me villager alts or give me death”
  • “I expect the next survey to come with +12 to attack, null follow up, and special cooldown reduction.”
  • “The true best Harmonized Hero would be Azura and Roy since it would make me uninstall the game and never want to play a gacha ever again”
  • “My headcanon for the dream storyline is that the evil fairies have the Summoner off picking up pebbles that look like orbs. Fredrickson would be proud.”
  • “Where's the most wanted unit to add to the game question so I can shout my want for Seteth into the void?”
  • “I no longer dab, for Legendary Seliph has finally appeared.”
  • And greetings from Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, the UK, Vietnam, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Toronto, and St. Louis, as well as from many fictional locations!
And some personal/meta comments:
  • “Any chance we end up seeing another Super Serious Survey in the not-so-distant future?” -> I could not believe it’s been over a year since the last one! We’ll have to do one soon!
  • “Feels like the end of an era, not having to count all my five stars” -> I know, right? I may have it return in a side survey for the most hardcore of respondents at some point, since some people are asking about it and it would be good to get data on it every once in a while.
  • “I was looking through your Nornes skills and saw you haven't given her live for bounty yet! It's the best skill for her, what are you doing!?” -> I am a fraud :( I have given her Live for Honor though :P
  • “What do you hope for in FEH?” -> Norne alt, Resplendent Jaffar, and Shamir
  • Multiple people mentioned that they had returned after a long break and were surprised to see Norne instead of Azura! Welcome back!
  • I also missed a bunch of other possible Trait Fruit nicknames, which I knew would inevitably happen. Sorry!

Note: Please don’t ask me to feature your feedback comment; it’s the only guaranteed way to not have your comment added!

Finally, the suggestion to have separate options for serious vs non-serious feedback was a good idea, I’ll try that out on the next survey!

~ Closing Remarks ~

If you missed out on responding to this survey when it was available, consider subscribing to FEHSurveys. This subreddit serves as a place to organize FE:H-related surveys, make new releases more visible, and make it easier for users to see when surveys are active.

Thanks again to everyone who participated! I hope you find the results interesting, and if there’s anything else you think can be discovered from the data, let me know and I’ll do my best to oblige!
 
 
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Subreddit Survey Results

Greetings, exchristian!
The subreddit survey closed on 10 June. Since then, I have been combing through the results, and pulling everything together to publish here. 805 of you responded, which is a small proportion of our 66k members, but probably a good portion of the subscribers who are actually active on the subreddit, and not bad for a first try. I appreciate every one of you who took the time to fill out the survey, who contributed questions, and who provided feedback in the comments of the original post. All advice has been taken on board, and if I do this again in the future, I will change the survey accordingly. But you're here for the stats, so let's get into them!

Part 1: Demographics

Q1: What age group are you in?

Age Number of Responses Percentage
10 or under 0 0%
11-15 40 5%
16-19 136 16.9%
20-24 206 25.7%
25-29 182 22.7%
30-34 121 15.1%
35-39 56 7%
40-44 21 2.6%
45-50 13 1.6%
50+ 28 3.5%
exchristian mostly aligns with Reddit's user base in the age question, with most respondents in the 16-35 range. There are some under 16, which may just be normal for Reddit, but could also be people seeking support with living as a non-Christian in a Christian home in an already difficult part of their lives. Overall, though, this question throws up no surprises.

Q2: What Denomination(s) were you part of?

Denomination Number of Responses Percentage
Non-Denominational 250 31.2%
Baptist 231 28.8%
Catholic 119 14.9%
Other Evangelical 98 12.2%
Pentecostal 97 12.1%
Calvinist/Presbyterian/ Reformed 82 10.2%
Lutheran 47 5.9%
Methodist 39 4.9%
Anglican/Episcopalian 34 4.2%
Church of Christ 31 3.9%
Orthodox 20 2.5%
Seventh-Day Adventist 14 1.9%
Mormon 10 1.2%
Anabaptist (Amish/Mennonite) 8 1%
Plymouth Brethren 7 0.8%
Jehovah's Witnesses 2 0.2%
Other 61 6.1%
A lot of denominations came up here, and I mean a lot. The largest groups are Baptist and non-denominational, which probably reflects the US-centric nature of the subreddit, which we will see in the next question. The sub also leans ex-Protestant, with only 14.9% ex-Catholics and 2.5% ex-Orthodox. The quantity and variety of the self-filled answers made it easier to just group them under 'Other'. A substantial portion of those answers came from offshoots of Methodism, notably the Nazarene (6 responses) and Wesleyan (4) groups. Others included IFB (4), and Assemblies of God (4 - one of a number of Pentecostal-ish groups represented in those answers).
A few peripheral thoughts on this question: I was surprised by the lack of JWs in the sub, but they probably gravitate towards exJW rather than the umbrella sub here, with the same theme applying to the slightly larger Mormon group. I am also intrigued by our Amish/Mennonite contingent. If any of you would be willing to share your experiences with those groups, I'd be very interested to hear.

Q3: Where do you live?

Location Number of Responses Percentage
United States South 220 27.5%
United States Midwest 169 21.1%
United States West 132 16.4%
United States Northeast 93 11.6%
Canada 56 7%
United Kingdom 28 3.5%
Australia 20 2.5%
New Zealand 6 0.7%
Singapore 6 0.7%
The Netherlands 6 0.7%
Germany 5 0.6%
South Africa 5 0.6%
Brazil 3 0.4%
Ireland 3 0.4%
Malaysia 3 0.4%
Romania 3 0.4%
The Philippines 3 0.4%
Czech Republic/Czechia 2 0.3%
Dominican Republic 2 0.3%
France 2 0.3%
Italy 2 0.3%
Mexico 2 0.3%
Norway 2 0.3%
Poland 2 0.3%
In addition to these, there was 1 answer each for: Alaska, 'American living abroad', Austria, China, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, 'Jamaica/UAE', Japan, Latvia, Nagaland, Namibia, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Portugal, The Caribbean, The Nordics, 'USA and Philippines', and Zambia.
The overall picture here is that this sub is overwhelmingly American. 77% of you live in some part of the United States, with another 7% from Canada adding to the North American group. Unsurprisingly, most are from English-speaking countries, although there are more from continental Europe than I expected. By location, we are spread far and wide, but it will surprise nobody who has spent any time on this subreddit that a vast majority of users are American.

Q4: What is your ethnicity?

Ethnicity Number of Responses Percentage
White/Caucasian 643 80.3%
Asian 55 6.9%
Black/African-American 40 5%
Latino/Hispanic 33 4.1%
Mixed Race 20 2.5%
Indigenous North American 5 0.6%
Pacific Islander 2 0.3%
Indigenous Australian 1 0.1%
North African 1 0.1%
I received some criticism for this question, which was fair. It was poorly thought out and poorly worded. If nothing else, I should have made Mixed Race an option to be picked and not left that to the 'Other' field - a very embarrassing oversight. But the results do tell us something. The main thing they tell us is that our subreddit is overwhelmingly white, which also correlates with earlier answers which show American ex-Evangelicals as by far the largest group. I don't know exactly why ethnic minorities are so poorly represented here - my best guess is that it is a reflection of Reddit demographics generally. If others have insights on this, I'd be interested to hear them.

Q5: What gender do you identify as?

Gender Number of Responses Percentage
Male 404 50.3%
Female 341 42.5%
Non-Binary 41 5.1%
Prefer not to say 12 1.5%
Genderfluid 2 0.2%
Agender 1 0.1%
Transmale 1 0.1%
These were interesting answers. A quick google search tells me that Reddit overall is over 70% male. But in exchristian, while a small majority of users are men, over 40% are women. As a man, I may be pontificating about something I don't understand, but I wonder if this is connected to the sexism inherent in much of Christianity and Christian teaching. Women may be more likely to leave Christianity than men, because they are more likely to feel unwelcome in a sexist environment. The 5%+ operating outside of the traditional genders may be feeling a similar thing. Trans, Non-Binary, and Genderfluid people probably struggle to find a place in Christianity and Christian doctrine unless they suppress their authentic self. Again, I may be talking out of my arse here, and those with actual experience of this can hopefully provide more insights in the comments.

Q6: What best describes your sexual orientation?

Sexuality Number of Responses Percentage
Heterosexual 469 58.7%
Bisexual 185 23.1%
Homosexual 67 8.4%
Asexual 44 5.5%
Pansexual 15 1.9%
Demisexual 3 0.4%
Queer 3 0.4%
Other 13 1.6%
Of the 'Other' group, most expressed some measure of confusion, with 2 particularly mentioning purity culture as a factor in that. Single answers included Gynesexual, Panromantic, and Sapphic Asexual.
I think we are seeing a similar phenomenon here as with the last question. The larger than average LGBTQ+ representation might be a demographic feature, but it could also be because a lot of Christian doctrine is extremely homophobic, and LGBTQ+ people probably feel unwelcome in Christianity, and have more reason than heterosexuals to doubt aspects of Christian teaching. Again, though, I would welcome further insights from LGBTQ+ people on this issue.

Q7: Which of these options best describes your political opinions?

Political Position Number of Responses Percentage
Left/Liberal 544 68.4%
Centrist/Moderate 225 28.3%
Right/Conservative 26 3.3%
The framing of that question was slightly over-simplified, but it's not a surprise to see that very few people here see themselves as right-wing or conservative politically, both given Reddit's demographics, and given the closeness of large sections of Christianity (especially in the US) with right-wing and socially conservative politics.

Part 2: Education

Q8: What is your current level of education?

Education Level Number of Responses Percentage
College/University Graduate 395 49.2%
Currently at College/University 180 22.4%
Currently in School 110 13.7%
High School Graduate 94 11.7%
PhD/Professorship 20 2.5%
No Formal Qualifications 4 0.5%
A majority of us are either in College/University, or are Graduates. That, again, may just reflect Reddit's demographics, but it is no coincidence that the more someone learns, the less likely they are to remain religious. I have certainly found that in my own experience.

Q9: What type of school were you educated in?

School Number of Responses Percentage
Public/State School 605 75.3%
Religious School 286 35.6%
I was Home-Schooled 122 15.2%
Secular Private School 61 7.6%


Q10: If you went to a religious school, do you believe it contributed towards your deconversion?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 197 38.2%
No 190 38.6%
Not Sure 129 25%

Q11: If you went to a secular school, do you believe it contributed towards your deconversion?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 247 37%
No 290 43.5%
Not Sure 130 19.5%
The answers to Q10 could be unreliable, as more people answered it than answered 'Religious School' to Q9. But it does show that a reasonable percentage of both people who went to religious schools and to secular schools felt that that contributed towards their deconversions. Those will probably be for different reasons, and I think school experiences would be an interesting thing to dig further in to, either in the comments here or in a separate post.

Part 3: Beliefs and Deconversion Experience

Q12: At what age did you stop being a christian?

Age Number of Responses Percentage
10 or under 15 1.9%
11-15 139 17.3%
16-19 211 26.3%
20-24 224 27.9%
25-29 122 15.2%
30-34 54 6.7%
35-39 15 1.9%
40-44 6 0.7%
45-49 10 1.2%
50+ 6 0.7%
Most of us lost our belief between the ages of 16 and 25, and I don't think that's a coincidence. It's the time when you're beginning to strike out on your own in the world, forge your own path, and cast off your parents' preconceptions. It's also the time when you start to think more critically about things, and for many of us thinking critically about Christianity was what drove us to leave it.

Q13: How would you describe your current belief system?

Belief Number of Responses Percentage
Atheist 317 39.7%
Agnostic 238 29.9%
Anti-theist 47 5.9%
Humanist 45 5.6%
Apatheist 26 3.3%
Pagan/Wiccan 17 2.1%
Deist 15 1.9%
Pantheist 13 1.6%
Buddhist 11 1.4%
Unsure 10 1.2%
Agnostic Atheist 6 0.7%
Ignostic 5 0.6%
Satanist 5 0.6%
Spiritual 5 0.6%
Misotheist 3 0.4%
Universalist 2 0.3%
Other 32 4%
Most of the 'Other' answers represented mixed philosophies - a few people have pointed out to me that I should have made this question multiple choice. Single answers included Hindu, Ietsist, Irreligious, Jewish, Left Hand Path, Longhouse Religion, Muslim, Nihilist, Occultist, Panendeist, and Panentheist.
It won't surprise any of us to see that this subreddit is mostly Atheist/Agnostic. However, there are some more spiritually-minded people here, and although they are not a large group they are a noticeable segment.

Q14: If you do not consider yourself an Atheist/Agnostic/etc, how free do you feel to discuss your spiritual views in exchristian?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
1 (Not at all Free) 5 1.4%
2 23 6.4%
3 87 24.2%
4 69 19.2%
5 (Completely Free) 176 48.9%
This seems to have faced a similar problem to Q10, in that many people answered it who should not have. They represent all but one of the '1' answers, and fairly even portions of the others. The answers of spiritually-minded people seem to come out at around the same proportionally as the overall responses. Reassuringly, that means that most do feel free to share their views here, although it also means that there is a minority who do not. While I cannot speak for that minority, one of the answers to the previous question provided a small paragraph on it (side note: try not to do this in surveys, folks. Short and to the point is best). That person said "I don't like to talk about this openly on the sub because I feel like people will see me as spacey and illogical, but that might be because I watch too many hardcore Youtube skeptics".
I think that answer makes sense as a reason some people don't feel entirely free to share their views here. This sub clearly has an atheist majority, and the stereotype of atheists is that we are hostile to any and all spiritual beliefs. It's not a problem with the subreddit, which I've always found to be extremely friendly and open, but one of perception and self-consciousness. But as always, if you feel like I'm grasping at the wrong end of the stick here, feel free to say so - in PMs if you don't want to do it publicly.
Following on from all of that, I'd genuinely be interested to hear more about the beliefs of our more spiritual members - the more niche the better. I'm not that way inclined myself, but the previous question has sparked an academic curiosity.

Q15: Are you 'out of the closet' as an ex-christian?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes, to everyone I know 79 9.9%
Yes, to most people I know 203 25.3%
Yes, to some people I know 387 48.3%
No 133 16.6%
Very few of us have told everyone in our lives that we're no longer christian, but most of us have told at least some people. I imagine that that mostly manifests as people keeping it a secret from family or church friends, or a christian workplace, but being open about it among non-church friends or in a secular workplace.

Q16: If you are 'out of the closet', do your christian family and/or friends accept your decision?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 113 18.9%
No 152 25.4%
Some 333 55.7%
Less than 20% of people's christian circles fully accept them leaving christianity. Christians hate apostates, what a surprise! That a majority have had at least some acceptance is good to see, though, and I am glad for those of you who have experienced that.

Q17: If you are not 'out of the closet', do you plan to come out in the near future?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 86 16.3%
No 163 30.9%
Not Sure 279 52.8%
Most closet-dwellers are unsure if they'll come out or not, with a fairly large minority having decided to keep it a secret, at least for now. A majority for the undecideds is not a surprise. It's a very difficult decision, and you have to weigh up your freedom with the damage you might do to your personal relationships. Not an easy choice.

Q18: Are there any non-christians or ex-christians in your immediate or extended family?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 425 53.3%
No 373 46.7%

Q19: Outside of your family, do you know any ex-christians in your real life?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 505 63.1%
No 295 36.9%

Q20: Do you live in a place where you feel socially at risk if you admit you are no longer a christian?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 158 19.8%
No 258 32.3%
Sometimes (i.e. among family but not among colleagues) 384 48%

Q21: If you do feel socially at risk, how important has exchristian been in giving you a safe space to speak freely?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
1 (Not at all important) 22 3.7%
2 34 5.7%
3 137 23%
4 202 33.9%
5 (Very Important) 200 33.6%
This group of questions shows quite a stark difference. While a majority of us do have other non-christians or ex-christians in our lives, a substantial minority seem to be surrounded by christians, most of them probably in the American south where, from what I read on this subreddit, Christianity is everywhere. That makes exchristian very important as a support subreddit, which I've seen others say here and have felt myself. This community is a very important resource for many people.

Q22: When you were a christian, did you participate in church community activities (i.e. youth groups)?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 716 89.3%
No 86 10.7%

Q23: Do you miss christianity's sense of community?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 257 32.1%
No 420 52.4%
Not Sure 124 15.5%

Q24: Do you feel isolated since deconverting?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Frequently 109 13.7%
Sometimes 287 36.1%
I have in the past 200 25.1%
Never 200 25.1%

Q25: If you have felt isolated, has exchristian helped to reduce that isolation?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 450 70.1%
No 51 7.9%
Not Sure 141 22%

Q26: Outside of exchristian, have you found anything in a secular space to replace the church community?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 353 45.1%
No 429 54.9%

Q27: On the whole, how important has the exchristian community been in helping you through your deconversion?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
1 (Not at all Important) 104 13.8%
2 96 12.8%
3 189 25.2%
4 189 25.2%
5 (Very Important) 173 23%
This is another group of questions which really show how important this community is. Most of us were quite involved in our churches, and although most say they do not miss christianity, a majority have felt isolated at some point, and a large majority of those say exchristian was important to reducing that isolation. The answers to question 27 reflect that again. I think it's really important that this sub exists to help alleviate some of these problems.

Q28: Do you experience rapture and/or tribulation anxiety?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Frequently 59 7.4%
Sometimes 147 18.4%
I have in the past 270 33.8%
Never 322 40.4%
A majority of us have, at some point, experienced rapture or tribulation anxiety. That's hardly surprising, given how strong the 'left behind' motif is in christian preaching and culture. More encouragingly, a majority of those who have experienced this say that they do not experience it now. As someone who has suffered from this in the past, I can reassure you that it does get better. The more distance you put between yourself and your christian past, the easier it becomes to move past that anxiety.

Q29: Have you been diagnosed with a mental illness or illnesses?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 348 43.6%
No 451 56.4%

Q30: Do you believe that christianity has had a negative impact on your mental health?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Yes 667 83.3%
No 58 7.2%
Not Sure 76 9.5%
While a majority of us have not received an official mental health diagnosis, a substantial minority have, a testament to how much of a toll christianity and the process of tearing yourself away from it takes on your mental health. An overwhelming majority also think that it has had a negative impact on their mental health, which will surprise nobody who has spent any time reading the posts on this sub.

Q31: On the whole, has your loss of belief made your life easier or more difficult, or has it had no impact?

Answer Number of Responses Percentage
Easier 481 60%
More Difficult 105 13.1%
No Impact 54 6.7%
Not Sure 161 20.1%
I have realised since writing the survey that this question was too simplistic and doesn't reflect the variety of people's experiences. Nevertheless, a clear majority do consider their deconversion to have made their life easier, and in the light of the mental health questions that is hardly surprising.

Conclusion/TL;DR
So, what has this survey told us? In demographics, a clear majority in this subreddit are white American protestants, with most between the ages of 16 and 35. In both gender and sexuality, it is more diverse than reddit overall, and most are well-educated. A clear majority are either atheist or agnostic, but there is a diverse (if small) group holding alternative beliefs. With most of us only halfway 'out' as ex-christians and with a clear majority identifying christianity as causing mental health troubles, the survey also shows the importance of exchristian as a place on the internet where people in our situation can come together and share experiences. I'm grateful to all of you for being here and for making this sub the place that it is.
And that's a wrap. Well done for making it this far, I guess, and thanks to all of you who responded to the survey. Pulling the data together for this post has been intense, but fun in its own way, and I have enjoyed finding out a bit more about who we are as a community. As I've said throughout, comments, questions, and criticism are all welcome if you have any to share, and I'm very interested to see what the community thinks of the data.
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[F Playing M4A] [Discord] “Could a Heartless Creature Like Me Really Learn to Love?” - Modern Fantasy with a God and Human

”You taught me the courage of stars
Before you left.
How light carries on endlessly,
Even after death.
With shortness of breath,
You explain the infinite.
How rare and beautiful it is to even exist.“
— Sleeping at Last

Plot

”What a beautiful sunny day! It’s the perfect time to go and lounge on the beach.”
”It’s merely a collection of salt water and sand. I don’t see what you find so endearing about it.”
”It’s just fun, silly! You really gotta enjoy life a little more. You never know how long it’ll last, so let’s make the most of it and not pass up this perfect beach day.”
It was a quiet day. Well, it was just moments ago. The sun wasn’t shining out either. On this desolate beach, a flock of seagulls was plucking the sand for leftover food that the humans had forgotten about. There were being quite noisy about it too.
The young man passed by them, attempting to ignore their incessant cries. His expression remained indifferent, although he felt a deep irritation for these birds at the back of his mind.
”Why can’t I kill them? They’re life expectancy isn’t that long anyways.”
”You can’t do that just because they’re being too loud! They’re living creatures too, you know. Just like you and me.”
Could he really be considered a living creature? Living creatures were meant to be imperfect. Unlike him. But he still wondered...
Sighing faintly, he let them be, their noises soon being drowned out by the ocean the further away he got from them.
The deep blue waves were less calm than they usually were, but they weren’t wild. A storm was brewing as grew clouds filled the sky. It was the ideal time when he could rest by the its waters without warranting any attention from those mortals.
He slowly sat down in the beach, his legs bent out in front of him with his arms and chin resting atop his knees. The waves came in, the water slowly rising up and stopped just at it brushed against the tips of his shoes before receding back into the sea.
To think that with the snap of his fingers, he could drown this entire city if he wished to. But he was neither a cruel deity, nor a benevolent one. He merely... came and went, like the tides.
”Man, I don’t know what I’d do if the ocean didn’t exist.”
”The ocean existed long before humans did and it will continue to exist for millenniums to come. It will never ‘not exist.’”
”I know that. But I can’t help but wonder how miserable I’d be if the sea just suddenly disappeared.”
He wasn’t sure how much time had passed before he felt a drop of water land on his cheek. Then another on his hand. The rain had arrived, as expected. It wasn’t long before it began to pour. Not heavily, but there was certainly no one who wanted to be outside right now. No one expect him.
It was oddly soothing—the rain that is—in a way he couldn’t quite explain. It felt like tiny prickles piercing his skin over and over again. He had no reason to fear neither sickness, nor cold, nor pain. He was immune to such mortal feelings. But that didn’t stop his body from being drenched in the downpour.
He closed his eyes and momentarily disconnected from his surroundings. How long has it been since that day occurred? Has it been a month? A year? A century? He could no longer tell. Time was irrelevant to a being whom death would never claim, yet he would still ponder on it. It’s all that’s ever been on his mind since that day. And yet this odd aching feeling still plagued him...
Whatever it may be, he wondered how long it would take for it to eat him alive.
Then, all of a sudden, the droplets ceased to fall. He opened his eyes. It was still raining, but something was keeping the water from landing over his form. Tilting his chin up, his emerald eyes landed on the umbrella hanging over his head, with a hand attached to it. And attached to that hand was a person.
“Hey, are you okay?”
Those were the first words they’d ever said to him. Even if he did foresee this encounter, he could have never predicted what was to come of it.
Greetings guys, gals, and non-binary pals! (If anyone gets that reference, I will love you forever) I’m glad you found this message! Apologies that this is kinda long.
Anyways, I am a nineteen-year-old-female on PST time with five years of roleplay experience. I consider myself to be a third-person, literate roleplayer, meaning that I can write out between 200 and 400 words per response. Sometimes my responses can be much longer than that depending on what’s happening in the roleplay, but that’s just the average amount. I do enjoy including mature, dark, and possibly NSFW themes as they can help enrich the story and the relationship between the characters, but the latter of which only applies if there has been enough build up or a reason behind it. As of right now, I’m looking to find a partner to do this roleplay with.
So, the basic plot I had in mind was a mainly SOL story about an all-powerful god encountering a human and developing a deep bond with them over the course of the roleplay. Pretty wholesome and cute idea, right? Well yeah, it is for sure. I know it does sound kinda cheesy, but hear me out.
I want to write a slow-burn tale between a “perfect” deity who has no hope or sympathy for humankind, or even a care for life in general, and a person who helps him develop human emotions and realize what it means to care for others and just about the beauty of life. There will be plenty of drama, angst, and conflict that goes on throughout the roleplay, and both of their understandings of themselves, the world, and each other will likely grow and change throughout the story.
Now, a very important thing I should mention is that this does not need to be romance-driven. That’s why I wrote my title the way I did, but let me explain further.
In Ancient Greece, the concept of love could be derived into eight different forms: eros, philia, agape, storge, mania, ludus, pragma, and philautia (you can look up online what each of those individually mean). All of these are viable options that can be explored throughout the roleplay, and we don’t even need to focus on just one of them, since love can change overtime. It’s more about on the connection between the two characters and how it develops over the course of the story, whether it be romantic, platonic, familial, or something else.
As for the human, whom you’ll be playing, I don’t really have any specifications. They can also be of any race, gender, sexuality, personality, backstory, etc.. My character will appear to be in his mid-to-late twenties, but depending on what form of love you wish to explore, you can make your character pretty much any age you want. They can be a kid, teen, (young) adult, in high school or college, working a job, have a child, currently in a relationship or is single/divorced, or pretty much anything. Or we could have time pass over the course of the roleplay if that appeals to you. Really whatever ya feel like. There’s no limit to the type of character you can create.
You can (and I would recommend that you) give your character some flaws as well. I know that’s kinda obvious when it comes to character creation, but it’s basically meant to highlight their mortal nature. Whether it’s some sort of irritable character trait that leads to conflict, a physical part of themselves that they’re self-conscious about or even flat-out hate about themselves, a disability that hinders them from accomplishing certain things, or whatever you feel like.
Don’t make your character completely perfect and flawless at everything they do. Or if you do want to make them like that, there must be some sort of reason behind it that makes it believable. Because humans aren’t meant to be perfect, and even the god himself is not truly perfect. The concept of mortality and what it means to be human is one of the topics that I would like to dive into.
Basically, however you want your character to compliment or contrast the more cynical and pessimistic deity is up to you.
Note: I also do enjoy the concept of Omegaverse since it can make things more interesting, so if that happens to be right up your alley, let me know if you want to add it in.
Now that that’s out of the way, here are some basic requirements:
  1. You must be 18 or older. Simple and to the point.
  2. You must have good grammar and be able to write a decent amount. It doesn’t need to be perfect, since spelling errors are inevitable, but just do the best that you can. Also, you don’t need to be able to write me an essay, but don’t send me one or two-liners either. In short, show me that you put in effort into your response.
  3. There is no set time limit for responses. Of course, I don’t want to wait more than a week or a month just to receive one response, but you have no reason to rush if you are busy or need more time. I understand that sometimes real life needs more attention than the roleplay. Trust me, I certainly have my fair share of busy times, especially with everything going on in the world today.
  4. Please don’t ghost me. I know sometimes it can be an easy way out for people, hence why it happens so often, but if you’re no longer enjoying the roleplay, please let me know. I want us to both enjoy roleplaying together. Communication is key.
  5. I only roleplay on Discord, so unfortunately if you don’t have it, we won’t be able to roleplay.
  6. Be open to playing multiple characters. By this, I mean more like side characters (unless you want to have more than one main character). I’ll obviously be doing the same, but I want us to equally contribute rather than just one of us play every other character in the roleplay.
  7. Out-of-character chatting. This is less so a requirement and more of just a hope. It’s nice just to get to talk to someone sometimes, even if it’s about the randomest (autocorrect says that’s not a word but I disagree) things. It’s fine if you don’t want to, but I just think it’ll be more fun and make the roleplay even more enjoyable.
Now, if you read all that, congrats! Have a virtual cupcake. If you’re interested in roleplaying with me, send me a message telling me about yourself and your roleplay style. In your message, tell me about the character you’re hoping to play. You don’t need to give me every single detail about them, but I’d rather know what you have in mind before we get started to make sure that they fit the scenario. Also, include anything important regarding limits or restrictions, if you have any. If you have any questions about the roleplay, feel free to send them my way as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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MAME 0.218

MAME 0.218

It’s time for MAME 0.218, the first MAME release of 2020! We’ve added a couple of very interesting alternate versions of systems this month. One is a location test version of NMK’s GunNail, with different stage order, wider player shot patterns, a larger player hitbox, and lots of other differences from the final release. The other is The Last Apostle Puppetshow, an incredibly rare export version of Home Data’s Reikai Doushi. Also significant is a newer version Valadon Automation’s Super Bagman. There’s been enough progress made on Konami’s medal games for a number of them to be considered working, including Buttobi Striker, Dam Dam Boy, Korokoro Pensuke, Shuriken Boy and Yu-Gi-Oh Monster Capsule. Don’t expect too much in terms of gameplay though — they’re essentially gambling games for children.
There are several major computer emulation advances in this release, in completely different areas. Possibly most exciting is the ability to install and run Windows NT on the MIPS Magnum R4000 “Jazz” workstation, with working networking. With the assistance of Ash Wolf, MAME now emulates the Psion Series 5mx PDA. Psion’s EPOC32 operating system is the direct ancestor of the Symbian operating system, that powered a generation of smartphones. IDE and SCSI hard disk support for Acorn 8-bit systems has been added, the latter being one of the components of the BBC Domesday Project system. In PC emulation, Windows 3.1 is now usable with S3 ViRGE accelerated 2D video drivers. F.Ulivi has contributed microcode-level emulation of the iSBC-202 floppy controller for the Intel Intellec MDS-II system, adding 8" floppy disk support.
Of course there are plenty of other improvements and additions, including re-dumps of all the incorrectly dumped GameKing cartridges, disassemblers for PACE, WE32100 and “RipFire” 88000, better Geneve 9640 emulation, and plenty of working software list additions. You can get the source and 64-bit Windows binary packages from the download page (note that 32-bit Windows binaries and “zip-in-zip” source code are no longer supplied).

MAME Testers Bugs Fixed

New working machines

New working clones

Machines promoted to working

Clones promoted to working

New machines marked as NOT_WORKING

New clones marked as NOT_WORKING

New working software list additions

Software list items promoted to working

New NOT_WORKING software list additions

Source Changes

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Greek & Latin are logical & sensible, not poetic & figurative. also, strong Sapir-Whorf is REAL, y'all

original link: https://reddit.com/badlinguistics/comments/ff356y/english_is_the_easiest_language_to_learn_and/fk2ihp5/
all creds to u/AlthisAraris, who did research, added citations, and made me remove 90% of the snark in the gdoc we used to rant about this. my version contained far more "ding dong you are wrong"
tl;dr: Greek/Latin were (in Western culture) the languages of science/logic, which makes those languages (and their writing systems?) inherently logical. OP does some badhistory.
Note: we use a lot of wikipedia links because a lot of this is easily searchable, public knowledge.
Arguments (Paraphrased):

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Survey results and mod application form

Hi y’all,
The survey has been up for little while, I’ve gotten a lot of answers, most of them very helpful, from you.
So, I wanted to go through the results, for those of you who are interested. I’ll be specific with numbers when interesting, but I will mainly be discussing what I found interesting, informative or the likes, reading this. You can find the mod application form at the bottom.
There are also some general notes at the bottom.
Remember that we have a discord. You can join here: https://discord.gg/U4V4JQH
Q1: Which country or region are you from? Be as vague or specific as you are comfortable with.
The vast, vast majority of you are from the US. To a surprising degree. Among US-citizens New York and California had the most representatives, confirming all of my prejudices about USA, that it’s really nothing but Manhattan and LA. No, I’m kidding.

Q2: How old are you?
44.8% are 20-25 (like me!), and 48.3% are 14-19 years old. Which is what to be expected. The oldest was a single person in the age bracket of 31-35.

Q3: What is your current occupation?
We have 4 PhD, and 4 post-grad students, 2 people in the workforce and the rest is split down the middle between high-school and undergrad-students.
I found it funny how many had given their own answers specifying that they are working part time while studying. In my home country, when you are asked your occupation on a survey there is only either student, unemployed, retired or employed essentially, because most people work while studying. Anyway, I hadn’t considered some of you wanted to specify, but I wanted to make clear, that I am fully aware that many, many students also work (including myself)

Q4: If you want to, please tell me about your major: Which are you considering/did you choose and why? If you are out of school or working part-time within your desired field, feel free to tell me what you are working with as well.
So, these are obviously individual answers, but I can say many, many studied or wanted to study the fine arts and Classics (obviously), as well as science (especially chemistry! Are y’all mad scientists?) and psychology. Not a lot of representation from the social sciences and STEM minus S.
My favourite answer to this questions ended with the following: “I live for bringing beautiful things into this ugly world and being dramatic”. If that ain’t this community, then I don’t know what is.

Q5: What’s your gender?
3/4ths identify as female, 10% as male and the rest of you a mix of non-binary (which I forgot as an option, sorry), genderfluid, gender neutral, and prefer not to disclose.

Q6: Where did you first learn of Dark Academia?
Most people found DA on Instagram (36.2%). That really surprised me, since Instagram is one of the only possible social media platforms where I haven’t seen DA.
After Instagram, in the order of frequency, we have: Tumblr, Strange Æons’ video, people IRL, Pinterest (I’m so happy I’m not the only one who still uses Pinterest), Donna Tartt’s novels, Dead Poets society, others

Q7: Explain briefly and with your own words; what is Dark Academia?
Again, individual answers. But honestly, I’m going to be borrowing from a lot of your answers when writing “about”-sections in the future, because most of you were so, so eloquent in your explanations, damn. But since I loved so many of the answers, I decided to turn some of them into user flairs, so go nuts in those!

Q8: Which parts of Dark Academia appeals to you personally?
The most popular answer here, by far, was: The general values of thirst for knowledge, etc, (93.7%) which I think is very neat. Other than that you are generally primarily into the aesthetics, fashion, art, and literature.

Q9: Where did you first learn of DarkAcademia?
The vast majority (79%) of you actively searched for a DA-subreddit and found us. How nice.

Q10: Have you participated in any community activities such as introductions, book club, pen pals or the likes? If so, do you remember which?
Most of the answers to this questions were along the lines of “Not very much, but I’d like to”, which is great. We’re a new community, and according to most literature on the topic, the vast majority of Social media users are spectators, rather than commentator or participators, so that’s to be expected.
But my favourite answer for this questions was:
“yES!”

Q11: What do you most come to the subreddit to find?
Again, primarily discussions on literature, art, fashion, and aesthetics as well as community.

Q12: What would you like more of?
Generally, it seems like you want more aesthetic and outfit-based posts, which I definitely get, I’ve been missing that too. Maybe we should do a weekly thread for outfits or something like that? What do you think?

Q13: What would you like less of?
A large minority (23%) wants less of a discussion of contemporary literature such as The Secret History.
Other than that most of you didn’t have anything you would like less of.

Q14: Do you have any suggestions for things you would love on the subreddit, or things that you don't like that you would like to see changed? Or generally, if you have anything you'd like to be sure you said, now's the time!
Individual answers, here. Many reiterated that you want more fashion and aesthetics -- especially personal examples from users and not picture-perfect outfits/rooms/etc from Tumblr or the likes. I think that is such a good point.
Another person suggested having older members of the community teach younger members in their fields of study. Is that something you would be into? I would love to facilitate a weekly or monthly lecture from someone in the community.

Q15: Do you believe in aliens? Why/why not?
The vast majority believes in aliens, and a big minority said they don’t believe in aliens as the concept, but do believe that there is other life in the universe – I love a pedantic <3

Q16: Do you believe in ghosts? Why/why not?
A pretty big amount of you believe in ghosts.
This was my favourite response: “As a pan-culture cultural folklore phenomenon: yes. As is "I saw a ghost and it stole my cornchips": no.”

Q17: Do you believe in astrology? Do you know your sign(s)? If so, what are they?
Even though, astrology seems to be one of the biggest supernatural trends in recent years, y’all haven’t fallen for that, and most of you don’t believe in it. Some thinks it sort of fun or interesting, and some used it as prompts for introspection. None believed 100%. Most of you were pisces. Like, a third of those who shared their sign was pisces. Pisces are supposedly creative and emotional, very much the artist sign. So that’s fun.

Q18: Do you believe in Myers-Briggs' 16 personalities? Do you know yours? If so, what is it?
Again a lot didn’t believe, but most new their personality type. To literally NO ONE’S surprised the VAST majority are either INFJ or INTJ, which are both introverted people who like to engage with abstract thoughts and organizing said thoughts into plans.
Also, fun fact only a single person had the S (instead of N), making them sensing, meaning more practical and down to earth. I thought that was interesting as well.

Q19: Do you know which Hogwarts house you identify with?
50,7% Ravenclaw (to no one’s surprise), 25,4% Slytherin, 6% Hufflepuff, 6% don’t identify with a specific house, and the rest are either weird combos, Gryffindors or long explanations that I didn’t read.
Q20: What's your favourite book?
A lot of classics like Dracula, Anna Karenina, Kafka, a lot of DA-novels such as If We Were Villains and The Secret History, whoever said “The Perks of Being a Wallflower or The Great Gatsby” – I would have wanted to be your best friend, when I was a freshman, also whoever said Momo, that’s an amazing book and no one knows it, but I’m so glad you do, and honestly it’s such a DA book.
This respond honestly moved me: “I could as soon pick a favourite star from the heavens”.
All in all, I just thought you all in general picked realy awesome books and I’m surprised at how many of my personal favourites I saw among your answers, so that really excites me!

Q21: What's your favourite film?
A lot of really different films were answered. Lots that I have never heard of, although Pirates of the Caribbean, Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse were also represented.
However, this was the best answer: “(and shrek 2 but tell nobody)” – sorry, I just told EVERYBODY.
Also: “A mix between Some Like It Hot and Dorian Gray.” That’s how people generally describe me 😉

Q22: What's your favourite song/album?
Until this survey, I thought Hozier was over and long forgotten. But DAMN you guys sure love Hozier.
“The entire discography of The Smiths” – This was the answer I was expecting.

Q23: Last but not least: Share a short poem or quote, that you love, with me!
Honestly, this question were just for my own sake.
But the American teenager who SHOCKED me by knowing Tove Ditlevsen gets to finish this walk-through off with the poem they shared: "In childhood's long night, both dim and dark/ there are small twinkling lights that burn bright / like traces memory's left there as sparks / while the heart freezes so and takes flight/... Your faith you took with you to great extremes / the first and the last to your cost / in the dark now somewhere it surely gleams/ and there is no more to be lost/ and someone or other draws near to you but/ will never quite manage to know you/ for beneath those small lights your life has been put / since when everyone must forego you"

General notes
Then there were a couple of requests for more STEM and male content, so if anyone was afraid or wary of sharing their STEM or male content, now is your time to shine, the interest is definitely there!
Another note, I’d like to add on: Dark Academia can be a lot of things and I can’t define it for everyone, nor will I try to. However, Dark Academia is not only about being studious or type A. And this subreddit, as long as I am a mod, will definitely not be “conservative” (I don’t mean politically, but rather philosophically). This is an aesthetic inspired by Ancient Greece, Oscar Wilde, Donna Tartt, it is never going to stop being hedonistic and indulgent to a certain degree, and that’s part of the appeal, I think. And also, of course, we’re going to keep being tolerant of everyone no matter race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality.
I also want to be putting a stop to the very repetitive “what should I wear”/”Where should I buy DA-clothes?”, but I don’t quite know the solution yet.

MOD APPLICATION: https://forms.gle/ZUBhxox5Pt9PzXSg6
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[Online] [5E] [CET][GMT+1] New GM looking for 4-5 heroes to journey through Odyssey of the Dragonlords

Thylea - a forgotten continent where fey creatures make war upon civilization and gods walk the earth in the guise of mortals.
For 500 years, mortals and fey have lived side by side without conflict thanks to the Oath of Peace. Now, as the end of the Oath nears, the Oracle speaks of death and destruction of all mortals of Thylea... unless this catastrophe is averted.
You are part of a group of warriors who have been summoned to the Heartlands in an attempt to avert this coming catastrophe. You each have reasons for answering the call, but rumors of your coming have already spread across the land.
Odyssey of the Dragonlords Player's Guide

Introduction

Hey, I'm Gael, 26, and I am a newbie DM - still very new to tabletop gaming in general - and I'm here to jump headfirst into hosting my first live game. In the past I've both run and participated in roleplaying on multiple platforms (such as forums, e-mail, MMOs etc.) and I've hosted a few play-by-post games with tabletop systems, one of them being D&D 5e with the very campaign setting I am looking to run again.
I am also non-binary (no preferred pronouns, he/she/they are all good for me) and the campaign itself will be LGBTQ+-friendly with NPCs that certainly fit under the umbrella (and PCs can too, of course). As mentioned in the title, my time zone is CET, or GMT+1, (and I'm from Denmark to those of you who might be curious).

The Game

I am looking for 4-5 players to run through the Odyssey of the Dragonlords campaign which will take the PCs from zeroes to heroes (quite literally) through an epic journey in a setting heavily inspired by ancient Greece. What I offer you is a campaign with plenty of character engagement and freedom, which leans towards comedy and drama. I may run this game a bit more lighthearted than intended, but that is more to my style and what I feel comfortable with. There is still room for personal tragedies for the characters and the setting still allows for some dark moments. I am by no means a great actor, but I attempt to make NPCs memorable and engaging for players.
I would prefer players, who are also new to D&D 5e, though any level of experience goes as long as you're good with a fumbling, newbie DM who prefers to stick to basic rules and content. I prefer that you're 18+, open minded, respectful, patient with new players (and your DM) and LGBTQ+-friendly. I expect to run the game on Friday or Saturday evenings (anywhere from 4-10 p.m), though Sunday afternoon is also possible. I prefer to avoid weekdays as I'm often delayed and might be late for sessions.
If all that sounds good to you, here's a few guidelines to keep in mind:

If you're still holding on after my long-winded rambling here, feel free to throw me a message here on Reddit including the following and anything else you think I should know:
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[Online] [5E] [CET][GMT+1] New DM looking for 4-5 heroes to journey through Odyssey of the Dragonlords

EDIT: Thanks to everyone who took their time to post and message me with applications. I honestly wasn't able to find the time to reply to each and everyone of you because my inbox is just flooded! I've gone through everything that was sent me and found 5 players for the campaign - it wasn't an easy choice, I'll tell you that!

Thylea - a forgotten continent where fey creatures make war upon civilization and gods walk the earth in the guise of mortals.
For 500 years, mortals and fey have lived side by side without conflict thanks to the Oath of Peace. Now, as the end of the Oath nears, the Oracle speaks of death and destruction of all mortals of Thylea... unless this catastrophe is averted.
You are part of a group of warriors who have been summoned to the Heartlands in an attempt to avert this coming catastrophe. You each have reasons for answering the call, but rumors of your coming have already spread across the land.
Odyssey of the Dragonlords Player's Guide

Introduction

Hey, I'm Gael, 26, and I am a newbie DM - still very new to tabletop gaming in general - and I'm here to jump headfirst into hosting my first live game. In the past I've both run and participated in roleplaying on multiple platforms (such as forums, e-mail, MMOs etc.) and I've hosted a few play-by-post games with tabletop systems, one of them being D&D 5e with the very campaign setting I am looking to run again.
I am also non-binary (no preferred pronouns, he/she/they are all good for me) and the campaign itself will be LGBTQ+-friendly with NPCs that certainly fit under the umbrella (and PCs can too, of course). As mentioned in the title, my time zone is CET, or GMT+1, (and I'm from Denmark to those of you who might be curious).

The Game

I am looking for 4-5 players to run through the Odyssey of the Dragonlords campaign which will take the PCs from zeroes to heroes (quite literally) through an epic journey in a setting heavily inspired by ancient Greece. What I offer you is a campaign with plenty of character engagement and freedom, which leans towards comedy and drama. I may run this game a bit more lighthearted than intended, but that is more to my style and what I feel comfortable with. There is still room for personal tragedies for the characters and the setting still allows for some dark moments. I am by no means a great actor, but I attempt to make NPCs memorable and engaging for players.
I would prefer players, who are also new to D&D 5e, though any level of experience goes as long as you're good with a fumbling, newbie DM who prefers to stick to basic rules and content. I prefer that you're 18+, open minded, respectful, patient with new players (and your DM) and LGBTQ+-friendly. I expect to run the game on Friday or Saturday evenings (anywhere from 4-10 p.m), though Sunday afternoon is also possible. I prefer to avoid weekdays as I'm often delayed and might be late for sessions.
If all that sounds good to you, here's a few guidelines to keep in mind:

If you're still holding on after my long-winded rambling here, feel free to throw me a message here on Reddit including the following and anything else you think I should know:
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MAME 0.218

MAME 0.218

It’s time for MAME 0.218, the first MAME release of 2020! We’ve added a couple of very interesting alternate versions of systems this month. One is a location test version of NMK’s GunNail, with different stage order, wider player shot patterns, a larger player hitbox, and lots of other differences from the final release. The other is The Last Apostle Puppetshow, an incredibly rare export version of Home Data’s Reikai Doushi. Also significant is a newer version Valadon Automation’s Super Bagman. There’s been enough progress made on Konami’s medal games for a number of them to be considered working, including Buttobi Striker, Dam Dam Boy, Korokoro Pensuke, Shuriken Boy and Yu-Gi-Oh Monster Capsule. Don’t expect too much in terms of gameplay though — they’re essentially gambling games for children.
There are several major computer emulation advances in this release, in completely different areas. Possibly most exciting is the ability to install and run Windows NT on the MIPS Magnum R4000 “Jazz” workstation, with working networking. With the assistance of Ash Wolf, MAME now emulates the Psion Series 5mx PDA. Psion’s EPOC32 operating system is the direct ancestor of the Symbian operating system, that powered a generation of smartphones. IDE and SCSI hard disk support for Acorn 8-bit systems has been added, the latter being one of the components of the BBC Domesday Project system. In PC emulation, Windows 3.1 is now usable with S3 ViRGE accelerated 2D video drivers. F.Ulivi has contributed microcode-level emulation of the iSBC-202 floppy controller for the Intel Intellec MDS-II system, adding 8" floppy disk support.
Of course there are plenty of other improvements and additions, including re-dumps of all the incorrectly dumped GameKing cartridges, disassemblers for PACE, WE32100 and “RipFire” 88000, better Geneve 9640 emulation, and plenty of working software list additions. You can get the source and 64-bit Windows binary packages from the download page (note that 32-bit Windows binaries and “zip-in-zip” source code are no longer supplied).

MAME Testers Bugs Fixed

New working machines

New working clones

Machines promoted to working

Clones promoted to working

New machines marked as NOT_WORKING

New clones marked as NOT_WORKING

New working software list additions

Software list items promoted to working

New NOT_WORKING software list additions

Source Changes

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