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#7116782 Shatterbug by Robert Duke

Posted by Delibirb on 28 August 2018 - 10:02 PM

Hi there, I'm Robert. Of course on here, you know me as kano. I wasn't sure how big a deal I wanted to make of this here, but I hope you'll be interested enough to read a book by someone you (sort of) know.




When a promising young physics student is visited by a future version of himself and gifted a time-travelling armored suit, he is plunged into a life of heroism and responsibility, in the hopes of preventing a tragic future he has only begun to glimpse.
Marco Nieve, taking the mantle of Shatterbug, will have to learn to use the unique abilities of the super-suit to uncover the secrets of both the past and future, all the while preparing for a destined face-off against a mysterious dark foe. As he seeks the answers his paradoxical benefactor was unable to give him, Marco’s nemesis works in the shadows, manipulating events for some unknown goal. It all seems to center around what has yet to happen for Marco and the Shatterbug suit.
However, Marco soon learns that there’s more to being a good man than fighting monsters and bad guys. The technology that powers his suit could change the world; save it even, in the right hands. Would it be right to deprive humanity of positive scientific advancement? Is it even right to be a hero, to fight in a war that you don’t understand?
Marco Nieve’s adventures are something to root for. The lessons he learns along the way—lessons of unique power, perseverance in the face of uncertainty, moral obligation and responsibility, and unconditional unity for a common ideal—will have you turning each page in suspense.



Shatterbug is the first in a series of books that I've been crafting in my head for about eight years. It follows Marco Nieve, who becomes the titular time-travelling superhero Shatterbug.


Shatterbug isn't like most time travel stories, because the Shatterbug suit isn't like most time travel machines. Rather than taking Marco wherever he wants to go, the suit actually separates him into three copies: one in the present, and one five minutes in the past and in the future. Through the suit, they communicate with each other and learn from each other in taking on monsters and supervillains.


Ultimately, he seeks out the answers to three main questions: how does the suit work, why does he have it, and what is the 'darkness' he was warned about? Its a story about finding what it means to be a hero--both in the super sense, and in the societal sense--as Marco tries to provide actual lasting change to the world beyond crime-fighting.


Shatterbug is available on Amazon here (or you can click the cover up top). It's available both in paperback and for Amazon Kindle (or their free Kindle app on any device). It would mean a lot to me if you picked up a copy, and even more if you left an Amazon review. Also, my author Facebookand Twitter pages are available at the respective links.


I promise this'll be the last time/only place I mention this, YCM. Thanks for listening, and thanks for.. wow, five years as of this month.


(As an aside, people who've known me from YCM for some time may recognize someone in the book. Please keep in mind that this is not a self-insert; I chose that persona because it was a character from this, prior to its publication. Their views as expressed 'in character' on this forum do not reflect my own, nor have they ever.)

#7108801 [SOFU] Gravekeeper’s Esper

Posted by Delibirb on 07 July 2018 - 06:40 AM

1 "Necrovalley" card

New field spell confirmed?

#7101971 [Written] Expanding the Duston archetype

Posted by Delibirb on 27 May 2018 - 09:18 PM

What about this:

Coal Duston
Type: Trap
Sub-Type: None
Effect: Activate this card by targeting 1 face-up "Duston" monster you control. This turn, the first card effect your opponent activates becomes "Destroy 1 target 'Duston' monster your opponent controls." If your selected target is destroyed by this effect, Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Fiend-Type/EARTH/Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 1000) to your opponent's field. (This card is NOT treated as a Trap card.) If Summoned this way, it can not be Tributed or be used as Material for Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Summons.

The goal with that is to serve the purpose of more consistency while also fitting the theme of Diamond Duston (in name and effect). Also it can help slow down combos which is always a plus in a stall deck.

Too easy to play around for not being continuous. If you want it to be a trap, this would make a bit more sense:


Activate this card by targeting 1 face-up "Duston" monster you control when your opponent activates a card or effect: That effect becomes "Target 1 "Duston" monster your opponent controls: Destroy it." If your selected target is destroyed by this effect, Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Fiend-Type/EARTH/Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 1000) to your opponent's field. (This card is NOT treated as a Trap card.) If Summoned this way, it can not be Tributed or be used as Material for Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Summons.


I do like the idea of it being a trap monster like Diamond Duston.

#7096966 The Command Tower (EDH Hangout)

Posted by Delibirb on 25 April 2018 - 06:48 AM

My issue with brawl isn't the limited card pool but the fact that it rotates. I understand why they did it, but I just don't like the idea of having to rotate or completely scrap my casual decks.

#7088978 Evigishki Gustkraken & Mind Augus

Posted by Delibirb on 21 March 2018 - 06:46 AM

These two allow for an unprecedentedly long and powerful loop/FTK. The point is to empty your deck, then repeatedly shuffle in the same 4-5 cards to force your opponent to draw (and discard) their whole deck. Even knowing what you're doing, it takes 30-45 minutes, effectively winning the match in a single game. With both of them limited it's infinitely less consistent. There's no good reason to let them be any higher.

#7082867 Please provide me with your best Boss Battle Music

Posted by Delibirb on 25 February 2018 - 04:25 PM

#7052219 Child Molestation, Sexual Misconduct, and Rape Accusations

Posted by Delibirb on 13 November 2017 - 10:02 PM

While I hope and believe that most/all accusations made against these public figures is honest and true, the ability for even one accusation to ruin a career in just a day is... concerning. Yes, there's evidence for these allegations, there's corroboration to back up these accusations, these sources are credible; but what about next time? I fear people will begin catching on that people they dislike can be removed from power with the dial of a phone in a matter of hours. Maybe not literally removed from their position, but the public response is quantifiable and frighteningly powerful.


My sympathies go to any victims of such heinous crimes, not only for what they have gone through, but for how their credibility as victims is or may be tarnished by false accusers abusing the immediate and vindictive societal systems we have instituted.

#7050806 Who would win in a street fight, winter or black?

Posted by Delibirb on 07 November 2017 - 08:04 AM

I'm just surprised they were OK with having their pictures up here.

#7050292 Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Posted by Delibirb on 05 November 2017 - 09:24 AM

So I didn't realize this was coming out so soon, and now I'm three times more hyped for this than I was.

#7036613 [Legend Duelist 2] Pegasus Cards

Posted by Delibirb on 15 September 2017 - 07:06 AM

At long last. Relinquished support.


I am trying very hard to remain composed when confronted with these glorious cards.

#7035191 [MtG] Unstable HASCON Spoilers

Posted by Delibirb on 08 September 2017 - 09:23 PM

So far, just the basic lands. Likely all we'll get, but I thought it warranted a discussion, and not just because they're wonderful.





Notably, they look like they are meant to be perfect re-does of the Unglued basics, but in higher resolution/quality. Even the cloud cover on the Plains is reminiscent.

Unglued Basics

#7031420 16 Personalities Test

Posted by Delibirb on 20 August 2017 - 11:35 PM

Too bad this test is totally fabricated based on what two random people decided they could classify people into or id be all over it.

#7022591 [MtG][Standard] Sultai Desert Midrange

Posted by Delibirb on 15 July 2017 - 09:38 AM

3x Desert of the Glorified
3x Desert of the Indomitable
2x Desert of the Mindful
3x Dunes of the Dead
5x Forest
3x Hashep Oasis
4x Ifnir Deadlands
2x Ipnu Rivulet
1x Island
3x Painted Bluffs
1x Scavenger Grounds
4x Sunscorched Desert
2x Survivors' Encampment
2x Swamp
3x Hour of Promise
3x Splendid Reclamation
2x Torment of Hailfire

3x Hapatra's Mark


4x Ramunap Excavator
3x Ramunap Hydra
4x Shefet Monitor
Ideal situation is to have a large amount of lands on the battlefield, specifically the uncommon Deserts, achieved via Splendid Reclamation of cards milled with your own Ipnu Rivulet. Among those cards should be Dunes of the Dead. Using these, and a Ramunap Excavator to keep your engine online, you can control your opponent's creatures with Ifnir Deadlands, and with Hashep Oasis, make your Ramunap Hydra immense. In the event combat is not the most efficient method of winning, Torment of Hailfire offers a flashier win condition.
Hapatra's Mark protects your Excavator, and Hour of Promise and Shefet Monitor help to search out your land needs.
I'm considering Simic Nissa but am unsure, as blue is really just a splash for the Ipnu Rivulet, and I don't know what would be taken out for her.
Sideboard is also something that needs to be worked out, but I'm really bad at building sideboards.

#7021865 [CIBR] SPYRAL & Subterror Links

Posted by Delibirb on 12 July 2017 - 06:19 AM

Well it also says it can summon them from deck, so maybe that effect is compensation for that.


I get that it'll sorta subvert that by summoning from the deck, but still. Seems like a bad idea.

Look how clever I am.

#7021802 [CIBR] SPYRAL & Subterror Links

Posted by Delibirb on 11 July 2017 - 10:45 PM

Why would you want a Subterror Link Monster? The behemoths reward you for having no face-up monsters. I get that it'll sorta subvert that by summoning from the deck, but still. Seems like a bad idea.