EpicRaptorMan blogged
Yesterday

This series will be a much shorter continuation of the 'Before the Dinosaurs' series. You can read more on the Triassic Period here.

The Triassic Period is notorious for the appearance of the first dinosaurs which appeared at the end of this period. Small carnivorous theropods such as the herrerasaurids were among the earliest known dinosaurs although there is some uncertainty to where exactly these animals lie on the dinosaur evolutionary tree.
Although the earliest, yet most distinct theropods were the Coelophysoidea. These small and agile dinosaurs that included Coelophysis were quite successful and even survived up until the Early Jurassic Period as the ceratosaurs.

Another key group of Triassic dinosaurs were the prosauropods. Prosauropods were relatively large, semi-quadrupedal herbivorous dinosaurs that included the common Plateosaurus.
In conclusion, the late Triassic period was no walk in the park for the dinosaurs and by around 201,000,000 years ago another mass extinction swept across the planet that affected all life. And by the time this extinction caled down, the Earth was in the Jurassic Period and the dinosaurs were free to rule.
Agent Aitch blogged
Aug 17, 17 5:33pm

That moment when - You're playing an RPG, and you just beat a tough boss, and then you realize that one of your characters didn't have a weapon.
Agent Aitch blogged
Aug 15, 17 3:18pm

First aid kits recover all of your energy, while "food" recovers only some (half or less).
Recovery items, extra lives, and ammunition reappear when you leave and return to the area they are found in.
Destroy Compys.
Raptors are a lot bigger when you're outside a building.
If you see a Triceratops, don't just run. Get out of the way.
Don't get hit by Dilophosaurus spit.
Pachycephalosaurus may be territorial, but Alan Grant is more so! Just shoot them.
Shoot the Gallimimus. They will stampede anyway.
You cannot kill a T-Rex.
Don't jump over a dead raptor. Other dead dinosaurs, it's fine.
Don't listen to Dennis. Raptors will attack you whether you shoot them or not.
Mr. DNA lies to you!
If you're inside a building and you hear what sounds like someone sniffling or kicking at gravel, it's probably a Dilophosaurus spitting.
If you're inside a building and a raptor attacks you from behind, run to the nearest exit. Even if you get a chance to turn around before it kills you, you won't be able to see it.
If you're on a roof, look out for raptors, because at least one will jump up there.
Don't pick up raptor eggs. Ian will try to kill you.
Last of all, don't heed the above advice. It is based solely on my own observations and was written in jest.
Captain blogged
Aug 15, 17 10:45am

The man on this site named rekaten
wanted an essay for me to pen
but I don't know him well
so in this limerick I'll tell
him to chat with me one day again.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Aug 11, 17 6:51pm


Usually when you think of the mammals that lived alongside the dinosaurs, you usually think of small, nocturnal, shrew-like animals.
But not Repenomamus. This animal was quite large for a Mesozoic mammal at around 1 meter (3 ft 3 in) in length and an estimated weight of 12-14 kg (26-31 lb) for the larger species; R. giganticus.
The teeth and jaws of Repenomamus suggest that it was carnivorous, but when a specimen of R. robustus was uncovered it revealed the fragmentary remains of a baby Psittacosaurus within its stomach.

Repenomamus lived in what is now prehistoric China during the Early Cretaceous period.
uraniumoreo blogged
Aug 7, 17 4:12pm

So I finished off the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy the other day by watching Hot Fuzz and The World's End. I liked each of the films quite a lot. However I feel like I sort of identified a number of recurring elements found in all of them and so I naturally decided to do a synopsis of another one that I made up off the top of my head. Of course you don't need to tell me what a steaming pile of horse shit this is, I'm comfortably aware of that fact on my own. Of course if you want to you're more than welcome to.

Also this is only the first 10 or 20 minutes of the film.
  • 99 Red Balloons instrumental
  • Then when it gets to the Bupadumpahdum in the song it shows the "movie studio presents"
  • A film by "Edgar Wright Ripoff"
  • Then when the guitar thing starts Title screen
  • Then when it goes to the main tune it cuts to the protagonist living their miserable life with lots of fast paced jump cuts
  • It's Simon Pegg!
  • He also has some sort of quirky thing of interest that many people either don't have or don't use
  • He just carries it around with him. People don't pay much mind to it but the audience can tell it's out of place and are intended to laugh at it.
  • Gets to work, boss is a prick, gets in a horrible misunderstanding with a client/customer/co-worker that gets him disciplined/sabbatical/fired
  • Goes home, calls girlfriend but obviously he's very emotionally distant/childish so she's having trouble getting through to him
  • Has argument with her, he sits on the sofa and mopes for a bit. Best friend Nick Frost comes home with two cans of Bud Light
  • Funny banter about Bud Light being shit.
  • Then there's a montage of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost getting slashed
  • Wake up the next morning hungover, three missed calls
  • All from the girlfriend, the first one is an old one from like a week beforehand he never got around to checking
  • Second one is from that night and she's like trying to make up with him after the argument
  • Third one is her calling him for help
  • He's all confused so he doesn't really pay that much attention to it, goes out to get the paper, goes to the shop, buys the paper and a cornetto
  • Goes to hand the shopkeeper the change, shopkeeper looks a bit pale
  • Drops the change in the hand, but the coins go through her hand
  • He looks up at her. Her eyes become hollow.
  • He jumps backwards, aghast, knocking over a sunglasses rack and it falls through another customer
  • It's GHOOOOOOOSTS
  • He quickly runs away into the street, onto the path of an oncoming Car
  • The car swerves and nearly hits another ghost
  • Then the driver gets out and says "Oh my god, I am so sorry are you OK?" to the ghost
  • The ghost consumes the driver and he becomes a ghost too
  • Other ghosts begin to notice Simon Pegg watching in horror and band around him
  • He notices an open spot
  • He runs for it!
  • He makes it
  • He runs home to meet Nick Frost who is eating microwave popcorn
  • He's out of breath so he's just speaking nonsense, sort of like me, right now.
I have no idea why I am sharing this waste of time, but maybe I can make a handy buck in 10 years or so when Mid-2000's nostalgia kicks in and the crowd are itching for another Pegg/Wright film.
Captain blogged
Aug 7, 17 4:54pm

Paladin Kah Adi Mundi, better known as Kaharius, has proven time and time again that he ranks in the top percent of members on this site. His various positions as a moderator along with his wide range of interest has made him a site-wide choice as a contender for greatest member. I do not intend this essay to be a romanticized ode to Mr. Kah, rather a testimonial to his accomplishments.

First off, Kah has been granted the high honor of moderating several forums. His current lineup consists of the Action and Shooters genre for PC games, Books & Literature, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, and Sports/Simulation for PC Games. Looking at that lineup shows that Kah is a very adaptive member who has many different interests. He is also in charge of sections of games both in Action and Shooters as well as Sports and Simulation for PC. The PC gets many different games, both published by indie developers as well as the more well known namesakes. This means that Kah will have to keep an eye on a wide variety of games. That sort of honor is not given easily. What makes the position even more powerful is the fact that Kah has only been a member of the site for 4 years. Sure, in a typical 4 year period he should have learned the ropes of becoming a proper member, but when looking at other members who hold mod types like this, most of them have been on the site for much longer. It shows that Kah is an exceptionally mature member who is not held back by seniority. In his mod history, he is also a valued mentor to another up-and-coming mod with Grayson. Not only is his leadership known to his faithful members in his forums, but to his co-mods too.

Second, Kah is a unique person that without, this site would feel lacking. In the time I have known him, Kah has always mocked modesty that so many people abuse. Instead of being gracious for compliments, he outright accepts them. The inspiration for this essay came from him when I jokingly asked if he wanted an essay on why he was the greatest member. Instead of saying something along the lines of "Aw shucks, Cap, that's not necessary," he stated "Yes please" with an emote. This shows that Kah isn't trying to fake modesty in praise taking. He knows his worth and isn't afraid to show it. While it may come off as vain sometimes, it is usually in good fun. On the other side of things, I see it as a display of confidence which is something this world lacks. It is a refreshing sight that someone not only expects the admiration of his peers, but may also demand it. I know this essay is only a sliver of what he may expect as well.

Third, Kah is a creative individual. He is known to frequent the graphics forum where he has made some very nice banners. The prefix tags for Retro Gaming were of his origin. Without them, the forum is even more organized with a nice display as well. As a member of Retro Gaming, I am thankful that he took the time to scale and resize images to make a nice display for us to categorize threads. He is also seen the the music forum where he is shown to have a wide taste in music. It shows that he can appreciate the art of music even if he can or cannot play any himself.

Kah is a great member of this site. I am happy to have someone like him to call upon in certain forums. My own progressive initiative has been fulfilled sometimes because of his mod powers. His artistic contributions are quite nice. His peers also enjoy him and it would be an odd thing not seeing him here. In conclusion, Kah is a fantastic member and I do hope this essay is up to his expectation.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Aug 7, 17 2:38am


These fish first appeared in the Devonian oceans some 400,000,000 years ago and they eventually met their end at the close of the Cretaceous period along with the dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and many marine reptiles.
However, in 1938, a sailing boat dragged a living coelacanth from the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of South Africa. As you might expect, this discovery made headlines across the world. Since the rediscovery, the West Indian Ocean coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae) has been located in numerous locations and inbetween 1938 and 1975, 84 individuals were captured and recorded.

In 1997, a second species of coelacanth was discovered in a market on the Sulawesi island in Indonesia. By July 30, 1998 a second Indonesian specimen was captured alive and survived for only six hours -- enough time for scientists to document. The fish was later described in 1999 and was given the scientific name Latimeria menadoensis.

The coelacanth is a good example of a Lazarus taxon. The Lazarus taxon is a taxon that disappears from the fossil record only to reappear again later.
Gamerdude97 blogged
Aug 5, 17 12:48pm

One time in the Starcraft universe there was a squad of marines who were sent to check out some zerg colonies who were starting to breed closer and closer to home. This had the squad worried as any other marine/civilian would have been.

This day was no different than any other days. These guys were tough. They had been placed at their current base of residence under Raynors command. If there were anyone out there to take care of this mission it was squad "Alpha"

Squad Alpha consisted of four members. David (Leader) Tommy (Engineer) Dominic (Heavy machinery) & Johnny (Medic).

On this particular day though, they were five. A former marine, named Jimmy was sent to join squad Alpha on their mission for unknown reasons. Jimmy was known back home for being a retard. He had been discharged a few years earlier for "misbehaving conduct" whatever that meant. Not that squad alpha cared anyway... They just wanted to complete their mission.

...

...

*Bang* -Tommy "Was it really neccesary for you to take that shot on their zerg egg David? Now you've startled the zerglings...

-David "I don't care. A dead coccoon is a good coccoon"

-Johnny "Hey guys! They're coming towards us now! Stop them!"

*Bang* *Bang* *Bang*

David took point behind a big rock. Lifted his head above and took a few shots at the zerglings coming towards them.

David had always had exceptional aim. He didn't miss a single shot.

-Dominic "Goddamn man, you sure took out those zergs allright!"

-David "Now let's go check out why they are coming to close to our base. This isn't normal... not even for zergs.

David takes a deep breath, *sigh* He's not too happy about the zerglings.

Squad Alpha proceeds towards the minor (former) zerg colony. Now dead, to David's exceptional shots. It's hot. very hot. The mar sara desert is unforgiving, but not unexpected. The entire Squad is tired of the heat, but they have to keep going. These guys are on a mission.

-David "Hey Johhny come look at this, this zerg egg is red, what's that about..."

-Johhny "You sure is right. I ain't never seen that before, that's crazy"

*Johnny proceeds to pick up the zerg cocoon*

-Johnny "There seems to be a zergling in the egg, well... a dead zergling that is"

-David "Dominic don't you have a container on you?

-Dominic "I sure do captain"

*After a very brief conversation it is determined that the red zerg egg is to be placed safely in Dominics container in order to bring it back to base to further investigate the possible contamination of the zerg egg*

But then...

-Jimmy "BANEEEEEEEEEEEEELINNNNNGS"

-David "WHAT!? where damnit where"

You see. The specific area where squad Alpha had been stationed had a massive problem with banelings burrowing into the ground. Only then to unburrow and kill marines. A local marine named Patrick had recently died to such an attack in June, which further concerned other marines & squads such as squad alpha.

Furthermore...

-David "I SAID WHERE"

-Jimmy "hahaha I sure got you good there ahaha. You guys should've seen your faces you guys looked crazy wahahah"

*-David proceeds to punch Jimmy in the face... Hard.*

-Johnny "David RELAX RELAX, He's just a dumbass, that's all"

-David "WHAT DID JONATHAN TELL YOU NOT TO DO BEFORE YOU GOT DISCHARGED HUH? NEVER F*CK AROUND WHEN YOU'RE ON A MISSION"

Jonathan used to be Jimmy's former chief back when he was still serving among the marines. Jimmy had made an unpleasant habit of fooling around about baneling attacks before. This mission was no different.

By now Jimmy was bleeding from the face. David, like any other marine, had a solid punch. The army gloves didn't exactly help ease the punch either.

-David "Why was this guy even sent to be with us, we don't need him"

-Tommy "Well captain that decision was not up to us and you know it was decided by higher command now let's finish this before sunset, we've wasted enough time allready let's get moving"

-David "Get up"

-Jimmy "Allright captain"

*Jimmy tries to hide the pain from the wound he suffered from the punch but is failing*

-Johhny "Do you need me to patch you up? I've got bandaids..."

-Jimmy "I'll be fine.... I.. think..."

Once the minor "Situation" had been cleared it was determined that Dominic head back to base with the contamined egg or coccoon as David calls it. They were not far from base and it was safe for Dominic to head back by himself.

After some more walking along the desert there seems to be no more visible signs of zerglings or zergling eggs.

-David "This is really weird, I don't like this one bit, surely the minor colony we saw near our base couldn't possibly have been the only one? They must get nutrition from somewhere but I don't see ANYTHING"

-Tommy "Could they be living underground?"

-David "Not permanentely"

-Tommy "So where are they coming from?"

-David "Well that's what we're trying to figure out right?"

Unfortunately on that day there was a sandstorm that seemed to be brewing up, and if there was one fact of matter that in place in that area, it was that nobody can venture safely in a sandstorm without the proper gear, which, of course, they didn't have at the time.

-Tommy "There seems to be a sandstorm brewing up... We need to get back to base pronto!"

-David "Obviousely we should, grab your gear fellas let's get outta here"

As the sandstorm was brewing up visibility became a challenge. Fortunately all marine squads are required to operate with some sort of millitary version of a satnav. Except this wasn't a navigation system based off of a satelite but a beacon located at the base. Given this information Squad Aplha could safely see in which direction they had to go in order to get back to base.

But then...

-Johhny "What's that bulky shadow over there?"

-David "Where?"

-Johnny "four 'o clock"

-David "I don't know, it's gotta be close... we should check it, but be careful, there could be zerglings... or even worse"

Proceeding towards the shadow. There seems to be a tiny spec of light, projected almost directly at Squad Alpha.

-Tommy "What is this glimmer I'm seeing?"

Nearing the shadow, David takes up his rifle, aims cautiousely, and moves slowly the last 6-7 meters to the shadow. Visibillity is next to nothing, they have to get close to know what they're facing, however paranoia seems to have gotten the best out of David,

-David "Guys stay back and cover me if there is anything, I go to it first. Capiche!?"

-Johnny "You wont see me contesting you on that captain. It's all yours"

Nearing the shadow. David sees that the shadow is infact a car, and old pickup that is. Probably lost in time from another sandstorm at an earlier time. There is no sign of skeletons in the car.

Squad Alpha proceeds...

-David "Guys it's all clear. It's just a car"

-Johnny "We really should check its contents. Could be valuable right?"

- David "I... Guess?"

-Tommy "There seems to be something in the glove box but I can't reach it through the door window and the door is slammed shut (sealed)

As David comes to help Tommy with the door Jimmy for some reason decides to check under the car...

A brief moment of silence is met by the gustling winds of the sandstorm. Followed up by...

-Jimmy "BANEEEEEEEEEELIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING"

-David "WOULD YOU CUT THIS SH*T OU..."

*BOOM*

Davids eardrums gets partially blown out for a few seconds, everything is black. The smell of dust and old rusty parts with mostly dried up oil decrements fill up the athmosphere around them.

There had been banelings hiding under the car.

David still didn't know what exactly had happened. He was very confused.

Jimmy was dead, Johhny was severely injured. Tommy and David had only minor injuries due to being on the right side of the car.

Banelings must've hit Jimmy as he was checking underneat the car.

-David "What just happened. What.... just... happened?"

-Tommy "Banelings man. always the banelings..."

*-David reaches for his satelite phone*

-David "Checkpoint one, checkpoint one, I repeat checkpoint one this is Alpha Squad we've been ambushed by banelings 4,5 clicks southeast of your position over"

-Control "Uhh.... roger that... we have a small rescue team with one car available for potential escort... Any casualties!?

*-David starts assembling the situation by looking at the rest of his squad*

-David "We've got one dead and one injured over"

-Control "Copy that Alpha Squad we should we en route to your position any minute now, we'll reach you as soon as we can Alpha"

-David "Roger that, Alpha out"


The end.

I'm still in the process of writing part 2. Which will be posted once it's done. It will be much longer than part 1 as this is to be considered as an introduction to my fictional world.
EpicRaptorMan blogged
Jul 31, 17 11:55pm


Haţeg island was a large offshore island within the Tethys Sea and existed during the late Cretaceous period. Scientists have estimated that Haţeg island was around 80,000 square kilometers in size and that it was located around 120 miles from the nearest landmass.
The island's isolation and less resources would have an affect on the wildlife that lived there. Haţeg island was an island ruled by dwarf dinosaurs -- an example of insular dwarfism.
Various species of dinosaurs have been discovered here and most were just dwarfed versions of their mainland relatives such as Magyarosaurus dacas which was a small sauropod that only weighed a ton and grew to around 6 meters in length; extremely small for a sauropod.

Magyarosaurus wasn't the only island inhabitant... Various other dinosaurs like the raptor Balaur, dwarfed hadrosaur Telmatosaurus, and the dwarfed ornithopod Zalmoxes.
With the lack of large predators here on Haţeg island a large azhdarchid pterosaurs, Hatzegopteryx took up the position of apex predator. Being able to fly, Hatzegopteryx was not restricted to the island.
Above image credit goes to Vespisaurus.deviantart.
Quill blogged
Jul 31, 17 7:01am

If any of my old friends on this website happen to see this and want to contact me for whatever reason, I can be found on www.supermariobrosx.org/forums under the same name. I'd love to catch up! Alternatively, my twitter is ToonQuill
tsujack blogged
Jul 29, 17 2:31am

downloading FFX/x-2 remaster on steam
Total GB: 34
start time: 6:41pm
current time: 9:30pm , 1.92GB

let's see over night how much it will be
aylia_94 blogged
Jul 28, 17 5:56am

- when you're truly at peace and in touch with yourself, and nothing anyone says or does bother you, and no negativity or drama can touch you.
Agent Aitch blogged
Jul 26, 17 3:25pm

I just recently discovered that there exists a Jurassic Park video game for SNES. I looked it up on YouTube, and it looks really super-fun, and I found some copies on Amazon and eBay for really good prices. The question is, should I buy it, or not?
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