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Forum Games / Re: [Results] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: March 14, 2021, 01:14:19 PM »
20 votes total this time. It was closer than I expected.


Napalm Man lurched forth, treads in high gear, unleashing every weapon in his arsenal. Galaxy Man, meanwhile, took to the skies, doing his best to evade Napalm Man's barrage and strategically setting off Black Hole Bombs to limit his opponent's movement.

The battle raged on. Dust and debris filled the air, obscuring Napalm Man's vision. Galaxy Man seized the opportunity.

Napalm Man's vision suddenly cleared as a surprise Black Hole Bomb slurped up the debris filling the area, threatening to do the same to him. Before he could react, Galaxy Man dropped in and delivered a decisive body slam from behind. Napalm Man, unable to escape the pull of the void, was drawn deep into the abyss.

Galaxy Man stood triumphant, claiming the title of Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER!

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I want to thank everyone for sticking with me through all this. The voter turnout was consistently good, even if I got a bit complacent towards the end. I had a lot of fun putting this together and seeing it through, and I hope you all enjoyed the results.

Speaking of results, I'm not satisfied with simply finding out who the Best Robot Master EVER is, and so I kept track of the votes for each Robot Master and did some math wizardry to put together something more substantial. The tournament spreadsheet has been updated to include each Robot Master ranked based on their placement in the tournament and the average percentage of votes received.

You're free to peruse this at your leisure, but here are some items of note that I thought you all would enjoy.

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That's all from me. Thanks for playing!

24 votes are more than enough to move things along.

Napalm Man held absolutely nothing back against Hard Man and Snake Man, determined to take the title for himself (Napalm Man 13.5, Snake Man 12, Hard Man 10.5).

Hard Man and Snake Man have been eliminated!

As the winner of the lower pool, Napalm Man advances to the championship match! In an ordinary double elimination tournament, the winner of the loser's bracket would have to earn two victories against the other finalist to be considered the winner. However, since this is a forum game and playing this match twice over would be wholly redundant, we'll only be doing this once.


The air is thick with tension. Spectators everywhere watch with bated breath as the last two remaining Robot Masters draw near.

On one side is Dr. Light's chromatic interstellar wanderer, Galaxy Man. 7 years ago, he fought valiantly in the championship match of the last tournament, where he took second place in a 3-way battle. Now, on his way to the championship match, he triumphed over the former champion in the hopes of taking the title for himself.

On the other side is Dr. Wily's endless walking arsenal, Napalm Man. 10 years ago, he claimed victory in the Robot Master Hurt 'n' Heal tournament, demonstrating his superiority by outlasting almost 100 other Robot Masters in the ultimate test of endurance. This grizzled veteran has felled many a strong opponent to reach this point.

The crowd goes silent as the pair takes their places, unwavering. The outcome of this match will determine who is crowned champion and awarded the title of Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER!

The Grand Finale
Championship Match

Galaxy Man vs. Napalm Man

My vote: Napalm Man

Forum Games / Re: [Finals] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: March 04, 2021, 05:42:41 PM »
27 votes total. The end is in sight.

In the upper pool...

Neither Hard Man nor Snake Man could stand up to Galaxy Man's otherworldly powers, and found themselves cast into the void (Galaxy Man 16.5, Hard Man & Snake Man 12).

In the lower pool...

Napalm Man was unfazed by the archaic fighting styles of Knight Man and Pharaoh Man, and gave them a taste of modern warfare (Napalm Man 14, Knight Man 13.5, Pharaoh Man 13).

Knight Man and Pharaoh Man have been eliminated!

Galaxy Man advances to the championship match! As for the others, with one loss each, this next match is their last chance to stay in the running and challenge Galaxy Man for the title.

Lower Pool
Finals (Major)
Hard Man vs. Snake Man vs. Napalm Man

My vote:

Napalm Man > Snake Man > Hard Man

Forum Games / Re: [Finals] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: February 28, 2021, 10:09:20 PM »
You'll forgive my lateness. Things on my end have been pretty tumultuous and exhausting, and I frankly just kept forgetting about this for a little while.

In any case, there were 25 votes total. A good turnout.

Elec Man was no match for Knight Man's tenacity, and so he failed to defend his title of best Robot Master EVER (Knight Man 14-11)!
Pharaoh Man reinforced his timeless authority, weathering Tornado Man's ferocious storm from within his tomb (Pharaoh Man 13-12).
Dust Man inhaled a whole bunch of Napalm Man's explosives, giving him terrible and unspeakable indigestion (Napalm Man 16-9).

Elec Man, Tornado Man, and Dust Man have been eliminated!

Now, we're onto the finals of each pool. After this phase, the champions of both pools will go head-to-head in one final bout to determine the best Robot Master EVER!

Upper Pool
Hard Man vs. Galaxy Man vs. Snake Man

Lower Pool
Finals (Minor)
Knight Man vs. Pharaoh Man vs. Napalm Man

My vote:

Galaxy Man > Snake Man > Hard Man

Knight Man > Napalm Man > Pharaoh Man

Forum Games / Re: [Semifinals] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: February 16, 2021, 05:42:34 PM »
We've accumulated 30 votes this time. An impressive turnout!

In the upper pool...

Hard Man slugged Dust Man right in the gut, causing him to spew the contents of his trash compactor all over the ring (Hard Man 19-11).
Though the battle was close, Tornado Man's swirling vortex couldn't stand up to Galaxy Man's swirling vortex (Galaxy Man 16-14).
Napalm Man laid waste to the jungle Snake Man hid within, but the ensuing chaos made him easy pickings for the predator (Snake Man 16-14).

In the lower pool...

With flail in hand, Knight Man entered the haunted castle, fought through legions of underworld minions, and slew vamipric Shade Man (Knight Man 16-14).
Showing no patience for Nitro Man's modern contrivances, Pharaoh Man's ancient power brought his opponent to a screeching halt (Pharaoh Man 18-12).
In a bombastic and energetic battle, Elec Man and Blast Man matched each other bolt for bomb, until Blast Man ran out of ammo (Elec Man 22-8).

Shade Man, Nitro Man, and Blast Man have been eliminated!

After the major phase, it's onto the final matches of each pool. After that, the grand finals will match the winners of both pools in one final confrontation to determine the best Robot Master EVER!
In other words, there are only 3 more updates before we have a winner!

Lower Pool
Semifinals (Major)

Knight Man vs. Elec Man
Pharaoh Man vs. Tornado Man
Napalm Man vs. Dust Man

My vote:

Knight Man
Pharaoh Man
Napalm Man

Forum Games / Re: [Semifinals] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: February 11, 2021, 02:12:15 PM »
26 votes this time around. I won't lie--I totally forgot about this for a little while, but we're back now!

Burner Man's bear traps weren't enough to slow down Nitro Man, and he quickly found himself burning out (Nitro Man 17-9).
Knight Man enforces both the spirit and letter of the law, and as Gravity Man learned, that includes the laws of physics (Knight Man 17-9).
When Strike Man stepped up to bat, Blast Man pitched the ultimate beanball and sent his unassuming opponent running home (Blast Man 15-11).

Deeming Punk's razor-sharp figure to be nothing short of revolting, Elec Man decided to be rid of him as fast as possible (Elec Man 14-12).
Shade Man demonstrated his mastery of flight by weathering Air Man's aerial onslaught and siphoning his energy reserves (Shade Man 16-10).
Guts Man aptly punched Shadow Man's lights out, but his lumbering frame couldn't keep pace with crafty Pharaoh Man (Pharaoh Man 16, Guts Man 12, Shadow Man 11).

Burner Man, Gravity Man, Strike Man, Punk, Air Man, Shadow Man, and Guts Man have been eliminated!

Onto the semifinals! With only 12 Robot Masters remaining, we're rapidly nearing the end.

Upper Pool

Hard Man vs. Dust Man
Tornado Man vs. Galaxy Man
Napalm Man vs. Snake Man

Lower Pool
Semifinals (Minor)

Shade Man vs. Knight Man
Pharaoh Man vs. Nitro Man
Elec Man vs. Blast Man

My vote:

Hard Man
Galaxy Man
Snake Man

Knight Man
Pharaoh Man
Blast Man

Anything Goes / Re: Cutstuff Sanctuary
« on: February 06, 2021, 10:55:47 PM »
I think I speak for many of us in saying that you're hardly the only person who has regrets over the things they've said and done in past years. I can't help but cringe when I think back on the way I used to carry myself around here: I was hypersensitive, petty, and had little to no grasp of online etiquette, which led to a lot of senseless bickering and unnecessary grief for myself and others.

Still, I've always been of the mind that identifying and acknowledging past mistakes is a definite sign of personal growth. I think that's something to be proud of, especially if you take the steps to avoid making those very mistakes again. This goes for everyone: be confident and don't sell yourself short, but always have a willingness to learn and grow.

All that besides, those tumultuous years helped me get to know a lot of great people--some of whom I've had the privilege of meeting in-person, and those relationships have helped me build a sort of backbone when it comes to the way I carry myself nowadays. I'm very grateful to those that accepted or even tolerated me, even when I was at my worst.

Forum Games / Re: [Quarterfinals] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: February 04, 2021, 06:15:18 PM »
A whopping 32 votes today--the highest thus far! Maybe I should start letting it sit a little longer, then?

In the upper pool...

Snake Man, with his aversion to being tread upon, laid a nasty trap for the motorist Nitro Man and brought him to a halt (Snake Man 17-15).
Wielders of wind battled it out high above, wracking the firmament, until Tornado Man sent Air Man tumbling down (Tornado Man 19-13).
Hard Man's resilience allowed him to prevail against the ruthlessness of Punk and Blast Man (Hard Man 18.5, Punk 16, Blast Man 13.5).

In the lower pool...

Burner Man and Jupiter's battle left the world around them a smoldering wasteland, from which only Burner Man emerged (Burner Man 20-12).
Shadow Man's ninja training made short work of Solar Man, turning off the sun so that he could run through the night (Shadow Man 18-14).
In the ensuing pyroclasm, Fire Man and Turbo Man burned themselves out, while Pharaoh Man remained standing (Pharaoh Man 17, Fire Man & Turbo Man 15.5).

Jupiter, Solar Man, Fire Man, and Turbo Man have been eliminated!

One update for the major phase and then it's on to the semifinals!

Lower Pool
Quarterfinals (Major) -- Group A

Burner Man vs. Nitro Man
Gravity Man vs. Knight Man
Blast Man vs. Strike Man

Quarterfinals (Major) -- Group B

Punk vs. Elec Man
Air Man vs. Shade Man
Shadow Man vs. Guts Man vs. Pharaoh Man

My vote:

Nitro Man
Knight Man
Blast Man

Elec Man
Air Man
Guts Man > Pharaoh Man > Shadow Man

Forum Games / Re: [Quarterfinals] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: January 31, 2021, 05:19:03 PM »
25 votes today. I was a little late on this one, but I'm not losing any sleep over it.

In the upper pool...

Dust Man drew Strike Man in with his mighty suction and then sent him flying right out of the park (Dust Man 14-11).
In a grudge match over 6 years in the making, Galaxy Man finally triumphed and took Elec Man down (Galaxy Man 19-6).
A battle between brothers, though incredibly close, ended with Napalm Man victorious over Gravity Man (Napalm Man 13-12).

In the lower pool...

Shade Man was wholly unimpressed with Magic Man's cheap parlor tricks and booed him off the stage (Shade Man 16-9).
Sheep Man blindly followed Knight Man to his own slaughter, oblivious to his destiny as mutton chops (Knight Man 16-9).
Guts Man grabbed Blizzard Man and bowled him down the slope, knocking down as many trees as he could (Guts Man 16-9).

Magic Man, Sheep Man, and Blizzard Man have been eliminated!

We have a couple more three-way matchups today!

Upper Pool
Quarterfinals -- Group B

Snake Man vs. Nitro Man
Tornado Man vs. Air Man
Punk vs. Hard Man vs. Blast Man

Lower Pool
Quarterfinals (Minor) -- Group B

Burner Man vs. Jupiter
Shadow Man vs. Solar Man
Fire Man vs. Pharaoh Man vs. Turbo Man

My vote:

Snake Man
Tornado Man
Blast Man > Punk > Hard Man

Shadow Man
Fire Man > Pharaoh Man > Turbo Man

For a while, about half of the weapons were done (by myself, mostly, with assistance from Lego and Badz), a few were partway made, and the rest were merely conceptualized and sprited. Trillster offered to finish the remaining ones for us, and then made them compatible with his own Modular Weapons project. Without his contributions, they probably would have stayed in limbo for a while longer.

Forum Games / Re: [Quarterfinals] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: January 28, 2021, 02:35:55 PM »
21 votes today, including one that trickled in as I was counting and happened to serve as a tiebreaker. Thanks!

Though it was a close match, Blizzard Man ultimately turned Gemini Man and his clones into glistening ice sculptures (Blizzard Man 11-10).
Ballade's arrogance and recklessness proved to be his downfall as Pharaoh Man taught him a lesson in humility (Pharaoh Man 14-7).
Feeling hungry after all of these tough matches, Fire Man turned Hyper Storm H into a delicious whole roast hog (Fire Man 16-5).
Fuse Man and Magnet Man's electromagnetic clash went up in flames when Burner Man got in on the action (Burner Man 13, Fuse Man 9.5, Magnet Man 9).

Gemini Man, Ballade, Hyper Storm H, Magnet Man, and Fuse Man have been eliminated!

And thus concludes the third round! The quarterfinals are up next, and should only take 3 updates to complete. Things are rapidly accelerating!

Upper Pool
Quarterfinals -- Group A

Strike Man vs. Dust Man
Galaxy Man vs. Elec Man
Gravity Man vs. Napalm Man

Lower Pool
Quarterfinals (Minor) -- Group A

Magic Man vs. Shade Man
Sheep Man vs. Knight Man
Guts Man vs. Blizzard Man

My vote:

Strike Man
Galaxy Man
Napalm Man

Magic Man
Knight Man
Guts Man

Forum Games / Re: [Round 3] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: January 28, 2021, 02:22:04 PM »
Voting is now closed! Stay tuned for the results...

Forum Games / Re: [Round 3] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: January 26, 2021, 07:53:35 PM »
20 votes today. Surprisingly, I didn't end up needing to call a tiebreaker, but it came close.

Crash Man unleashed a barrage of bombs unlike any other, but no matter what, Knight Man's shield would not buckle (Knight Man 13-7).
Charge Man had a good run, but Shadow Man proved to be too much for him, and he was finally derailed (Shadow Man 11-9).
Turbo Man veered off-road to ravage the woods with smoke and fire, to which Wood Man succumbed in the process (Turbo Man 13-7).
Enker had hoped to make mutton chops out of Sheep Man, but his barrier spear proved to be an excellent lightning rod (Sheep Man 11-9).
Guts Man and Concrete Man had themselves a good old-fashioned slobberknocker, in which Guts Man won a hard-earned victory (Guts Man 11-9).

As if his last match wasn't shocking enough, Flame Man's campaign was snuffed out when Jupiter's thunder rolled overhead (Jupiter 11-9).
Shade Man's cold-bloodedness allowed him to weather Tundra Man's storm and finally close the curtains on his show (Shade Man 12-8).
Quick Man may be fast, but he'd have to literally be faster than light to have escaped Solar Man's radiance (Solar Man 13-7).
Magic Man released a flock of seagulls from his hat, doing unspeakable things to Dive Man as they flew overhead (Magic Man 13-7).

Crash Man, Charge Man, Wood Man, Enker, Concrete Man, Flame Man, Tundra Man, Quick Man, and Dive Man have been eliminated!

Lots of big names taken out of the game today. Things are getting a lot harder, for sure.

Lower Pool
Round 3 (Major) -- Group C

Gemini Man vs. Blizzard Man
Pharaoh Man vs. Ballade
Hyper Storm H vs. Fire Man
Magnet Man vs. Fuse Man vs. Burner Man

My vote:

Blizzard Man
Pharaoh Man
Fire Man
Magnet Man > Fuse Man > Burner Man

Forum Games / Re: [Round 3] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: January 24, 2021, 03:01:38 PM »
23 votes! This update took a little longer due to some weirdness with both existing and potential ties, but I ultimately found a solution.

In the upper pool...

Raging tempests Air Man and Tundra Man collided. Ultimately, Tundra Man couldn't weather the storm (Air Man 13-10).
In a maze-navigating competition, Pharaoh Man's methods were outmatched when Punk simply smashed right through the walls (Punk 13-10).
Snubbing Flame Man's crude, inefficient use of oil, Elec Man showed no hesitation and struck him down (Elec Man 14-9).
Shadow Man was quickly outmatched by his opponents' brute strength, and Knight Man fell to Nitro Man not long after (Nitro Man* 12, Knight Man 12, Shadow Man 10.5).

* Though Nitro Man and Knight Man tied in number of votes, Nitro Man outranked Knight Man 12 times out of 23, giving him the win by a hair's width.

In the lower pool...

Splash Woman and Turbo Man competed in a triathlon, which Splash Woman was forced to forfeit due to her inability to ride a bicycle (Turbo Man 14-9).
Frost Man send a large iceberg Dive Man's way, but it was picked up by his sonar and shattered by an array of Dive Missiles (Dive Man 12-11).
Ballade was too quick for Saturn to defend himself against, and found himself at the mercy of a Ballade Cracker barrage (Ballade 18-5).
Sword Man's blade and Buster Rod G's staff were both outmatched by Blizzard Man's humble... ski poles? (Blizzard Man 13.5, Sword Man 11, Buster Rod G 10).

Splash Woman, Frost Man, Saturn, Sword Man, and Buster Rod G have been eliminated!

That weirdness definitely isn't how I wanted to handle it, but I'm glad a solution presented itself anyway. Moving on...

Lower Pool
Round 3 (Major) -- Group A

Crash Man vs. Knight Man
Shadow Man vs. Charge Man
Turbo Man vs. Wood Man
Sheep Man vs. Enker
Concrete Man vs. Guts Man

Round 3 (Major) -- Group B

Flame Man vs. Jupiter
Tundra Man vs. Shade Man
Quick Man vs. Solar Man
Dive Man vs. Magic Man

My vote:

Knight Man
Charge Man
Turbo Man
Guts Man

Flame Man
Tundra Man
Quick Man
Dive Man

Forum Games / Re: [Round 3] Cutstuff 2020's Best Robot Master EVER
« on: January 21, 2021, 02:24:14 PM »
21 votes today. The update was a bit later than I wanted, but it's here all the same.

In the upper pool...

Thanks to his Rebound Striker, Strike Man was well insulated and protected against Fuse Man's electricity (Strike Man 13-8).
A pair of Gemini Men went on the attack, but Hard Man, with his two (2) hands, KO'd the both of them at once (Hard Man 13-8).
Fire Man's burning barrage served only to empower Napalm Man's incendiary explosives, spelling his downfall (Napalm Man 14-7).
Cards, confetti, live birds... Dust Man gathered it all up and sent it right back at Magic Man (disclaimer: no birds were harmed) (Dust Man 14-7).

In the lower pool...

Blade Man came at Charge Man with all of his might, but Charge Man would not be halted by paltry swords (Charge Man 12-9).
Crash Bomber actually healed Heat Man fully, so Crash Man kept firing until his opponent's health bar exploded instead (Crash Man 12-9).
Centaur Man and Hyper Storm H engaged in a footrace, which Hyper Storm H won handily due to his powerful charge (Hyper Storm H 11-10).
Doing battle in the clouds, Tengu Man failed to locate Sheep Man, and dropped like a rock when Thunder Wool struck (Sheep Man 12-9).

Blade Man, Heat Man, Centaur Man, and Tengu Man have been eliminated!

Last batch of the minor phase. Remember, 3-way matchups call for a favorite-to-least ranking, rather than traditional voting!

Upper Pool
Round 3 -- Group C

Air Man vs. Tundra Man
Punk vs. Pharaoh Man
Flame Man vs. Elec Man
Shadow Man vs. Nitro Man vs. Knight Man

Lower Pool
Round 3 (Minor) -- Group C

Turbo Man vs. Splash Woman
Frost Man vs. Dive Man
Saturn vs. Ballade
Sword Man vs. Buster Rod G vs. Blizzard Man

My vote:

Tundra Man
Pharaoh Man
Elec Man
Shadow Man > Knight Man > Nitro Man

Turbo Man
Dive Man
Buster Rod G > Blizzard Man > Sword Man

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