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habibko 09-08-2009 05:32 PM

•°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vol.16
 
Welcome to the Castle!




Volume 1
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Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 6
Volume 7
Volume 8
Volume 9
Volume 10
Volume 11
Volume 12
Volume 13
Volume 14
Volume 15


Our Mission Statement:
"To be the most dedicated, loyal and fearsome warriors in battle. And to support our fellow warriors with encouragement, companionship and compassion in the face of all adversity. Our primary mission is to ensure peace, tranquility and harmony for all residents of the Castle."



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The Way of the Warrior at the Castle and Beyond

"the Castle's Bushido"




1. Sacred Combat and Respect: In Aikido and other Eastern martial arts, you always bow to your opponent, as a way of expressing what your soul would like to declare: “I honor and respect you as a worthy opponent, and value the opportunity to learn and grow through this combat with you.” Honor and respect your fellow warriors but honor and respect your opponents even more for the opportunity to learn and grow.

2. Uncompromising Integrity: A warrior’s character and his/her honor are steadfast. And his/her word is bond.

3. Serve: A true warrior serves with honor on and off the battlefield.

4. Excellence: Excel as warriors through discipline and relentless will.

5. Preparation: Constantly train for battle and fight to win. Failure is never an option for the warrior. Be ready to lead at a moment’s notice.

6. Reality: A warrior is always grounded in reality. A superficial warrior cannot see how things happen, even though the evidence is everywhere. But a warrior who is centered, conscious, and grounded in reality always has the deeper understanding. The ferocious dog bites the excited warrior. The conscious and centered warrior walks by unharmed. Being centered means having the ability to recover one’s balance. A centered warrior is simply not subject to passing whims or sudden excitements.

7. Kindness: It is a known fact that the greatest martial arts are also the gentlest. They allow an adversary to fall down gently. A great warrior also does not rush into every battle. A great warrior offers his adversaries the opportunity to make crucial self-defeating errors.

8. Live in the present: A warrior has reconciled the past, prepares for the future, but remains firmly entrenched in the present moment. A warrior does not see present experiences in the light of past experiences. Seeing the present through the eyes of the past is a way of remaining in the world of illusion. This is akin to viewing a sunset. Each one is different from the ones before it. Comparing the one being viewed now with past sunsets may detract from a warrior’s ability to fully experience it.

9. Reflection: A warrior has to be able to analyze him/herself objectively and to think in a rational manner when engaging in a discussion and be willing to admit his/her own mistakes.

10. Awakening: chillax with your fellow warriors at the Castle. trying to be too flashy suggests instability. Rushing to judgement gets you nowhere fast. Promoting yourself reveals your insecurity. A wise warrior knows that trying to appear brilliant is certainly not enlightened. In his book, Shambala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa defines warrior as "one who is brave". Bravery, among many things, also involves a willingness to let your defenses be exposed so we can open more fully to life. In Trungpa`s words, discovering fearlessness comes from working with the softness of the heart. So in that spirit, resolve to chillax, learn, and grow stronger from your interactions with your fellow warriors at the castle.

11. Alliance of the Warriors: Consider yourself, each of you, as a warrior with only one wing. And you can only fly if you embrace each other. This is consistent with what the great warrior king, king Leonidas, also believed. He said that in the final analysis, we are only as good as the warrior next to us.

When two warriors move in the same direction, they forge a much deeper bond, based on encouraging each other to honor the sacred presence and basic goodness within them. This often proves to be an unbeatable combination in any battle. Then and only then can these warriors really appreciate their connection for what it is---an alliance of warriors. The castle is an alliance of warriors.


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A Warrior Is Born

Outside the walls of safety’s reach
A veil of black prevents to see
Alone and Heart Pounding
Thoughts racing and surrounding

Spears can come and pierce your flesh
Rain will pour and drain your will
However a chance remains still
So you knock on the door
And so it opens some more

Inside the stone
Much harder than bone
With friends, not alone
A warrior’s been born


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PWC US Open - Winners


R2 (UH) : MacTheKnife (15,000 vcash)
R2 (LH) : MacTheKnife (15,000 vcash)
R3 (UH) : habibko - Har-Tru - DrJules (5833 vcash each)
R3 (LH) : Clay Death (17,500 vcash)
R4 (UH) : DrJules (20,000 vcash)
R4 (LH) : miura (20,000 vcash)
QF (UH) : icedevil0289 (22,000 vcash)
QF (LH) : icedevil0289 - Stupid Dream (11,000 vcash each)
SemiFinal:Har-Tru - DrJules (7,500 vcash each)
Final : Certinfy (18,000 vcash)

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Prediction Warriors Contest (PWC) - Rules & Info


- please submit your prediction of the winner of each match in the daily OOP once it's posted in this thread AND PM me with your prediction list as well, submissions are not accepted once the first match of the day has started.

- you are allowed to edit your post as long as the first match hasn't started yet.

- your participation will be nullified if your post has been edited after the start of the first match for any reason (even typo).

- post the full score of the matches chosen under the "tie-break matches" tag, these scores decide the winner in case two contestants were tied.

- the score is decided in the following manner (according to order of priority) :

* tie-break matches winners > sets won/lost > percentage of games won/lost > order of sets won/lost *

- if two or more contestants were still tied after the tie-break matches, the prize is divided between them and all are declared winners.

- everyone is welcome to participate and not just regular posters in the Castle.

- results are announced and vcash is given as soon as possible (usually on a daily basis).

- the judges of this contest are Clay Death and habibko.

good luck and have fun!



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Prediction Warriors Contest (PWC) - Race


Code:

Ranking      Warrior         # of wins

1)            icedevil0289      19

2)            habibko          13

3)            Clay Death        11

4)            miura            10

5)            *Ljubica*        9

6)            JolánGagó        7

7)            MacTheKnife      6
              Stupid Dream      6

8)            Babolat - Dan    5
              Betty            5
              DCM              5

9)            Certinfy          4
              LinkMage          4

10)          DrJules          3
              Har-Tru          3

11)          Arend            2
              Corey Feldman    2
              Nastasya          2
              HeretiC          2
              jonathancrane    2

12)          Saxoner          1
              wacked82          1


note: only the top 8 warriors in the race will be allowed to participate in the World Tour Finals (WTF) PWC at the end of the season, if more than 8 people qualified (ex. 2 1st place, 4 2nd place, 4 3rd place) , I'll hold a special PWC to determine the ones who qualify for PWC WTF around the end of the season.

do your best and climb up the rankings on your way to glory!



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Castle Contests Relief Fund (CCRF)


as members of the Castle know, we hold vcash prediction contests named Prediction Warriors Contest (PWC) for the big tournaments on a daily basis, and we give vcash awards to the winner(s) everyday, to allow the competitions to run smoothly we now announce that the Castle accepts donations for the cause, feel free to donate to me "habibko" and your name will be added to the donators list "Hall of Fame" in this post, thanks in advance, we appreciate your help :)


current total vcash in CCRF: 84,321.08 vcash

Last Donation(s):
Har-Tru - 10,000 vcash:
habibko - 1,000 vcash


Hall of Fame:
in order of the amount of donations given


bad gambler

icedevil0289

*Ljubica*

habibko

DCM

Clay Death

JolánGagó

MrsFedex

Infini.

Stupid Dream

..::Manon::...

FedFan_2007

gio

jonathancrane

TMJordan

MacTheKnife

Pfloyd

Har-Tru

miura

cath777

mimi

Certinfy

Cloudygirl

Arend

zeleni

HeretiC

biological


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in the Castle:

Action Jackson (GWH/PMK/George): MTF Godfather and the one with the most posts, fan of Gaudio, Horna and clay court tennis.
Arend: master of catch-phrases, funny as hell, Nole fan.
arm: Raquel from Portugal, huge Nole fangirl.
bad gambler: hugely generous donator, Fed fan(?)
Babolat - Dan: Dan from UK.
Betty: Betty from near Milan, Italy, all for Muzza (and her general Joh)
~*BGT*~: lover of Roddick and many Frenchies.
biological: Sophie from the UK, fan of Federer and Tipsarevic among others.
cath777: Catherine from Canada, fan of Roger among other players.
Certinfy: Jase from the UK, fan of Murray and Del Potro among others.
Clay Death: The Destroyer from Mississippi, Lord of the Castle, big fan of Clay Court tennis and Nadal the Clay Monster.
Cloudygirl:Tori from the UK, big fan of Gasquet and Rafa.
cobalt60: Doctor Sue.
Commander Data: Tom from Switzerland, Federer fan.
Corey Feldman (AKA Escude): Mikey from Scotland, big Fed and Muzza fan, future General in progress.
DrJules:
EnriqueIG8: Javier, Federer fan.
EternalxJourney: Val from NYC, USA, fan of Roger.
FedFan_2007: Alex from the US, long time fan of Federer and later on Nadal, big movies and anime tard.
finishingmove: Arsen the ever Noletard.
gio: Maja from the USA(?), Nole fan among others (including Rafa and Roger).
Groove Dude (formerly known as Blaze-2006): Jonathan from Spain, fan of Rafa among other players.
habibko: Habib from Jeddah, SA, big fan of Roger.
Nastasya (formerly Harmless): Maya from Croatia, mistress of slash fandom, Federer and Muller rock her world.
Har-Tru: José from Spain, avid fan of Wawrinka and tennis of the good ol' days.
Heners: Teenage aussie boy, fan of Nadal, Sampras and Agassi.
HeretiC: MTF official tennis match analyzer, Nalby fan.
icedevil0289: Usha, Federer fan.
Infini. (infinityfed): Nadine from London, UK, in love with Federer and Roger's Beloved One.
Jewels: Lindy from the UK, fan of Rafa.
JolánGagó: Alex from Spain, big fan of Rafa.
jonathancrane: Jonathan(?) no more description until he starts coming more often lol
leng jai: Adrian from Melbourne, Australia, biggest Haasitard in the history of the universe and admirer of backhand slices and volleys.
LinkMage: Gonzalo from Argentina, in love with Fed and vcash.
*Ljubica*: Rose from London, the biggest Nole fangirl in MTF, and very proud of it too!
lurker: Vicki, fan of Nadal, Djokovic and Hewitt, also likes Ferrer, retired favs are Rafter and Kuerten.
MacTheKnife: Glen from the USA, avid McEnroe fan who still enjoys watching tennis.
marina36: Marina from France, our resident Gasquetaire.
mimi: Mimi(?) from Hong Kong, China, Rafa fan.
miura: Martin from Trondheim, Norway, Roger fan.
MrsFedex: Nat from Spain, proud Fedal supporter and leader of the THERE'S NO GOAT campaign.
Nathaliia: Nathalia from Wroclaw(?), Poland.
Nidhogg: Josef from Sweden.
Pfloyd: Manuel from the US - Florida.
DCM (formerly Sapeod): Daniel from Gress, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, fan of Muzza, Federer and Montanes among others.
Saxoner: Matt from Canada, Roger fan, in his own words: "The Newbie that knows nothing, yet", don't worry Matt you'll get the hang of this place really fast ;)
ShotmaKer: Djou from Madagascar, fan of Federer, Rafter and Edberg.
Stupid Dream: Karin from Utrecht, Netherlands, in love with Fedal.
tangerine_dream: Tangy the big Roddick fan.
trickcy: Lekha from India, fan of Federer.
wacked82: David from (?)
Yiyo: Javier from Madrid, Spain, fan of Nadal, Ferrero, Lalo and Hernandez.
zeleni: Nole fan.

habibko 09-08-2009 05:33 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
A true warrior is someone who strives to be the best they can be at all things (living life to its fullest) and not necessarily as someone who has prowess in the physical/martial arts of battle, but also in the arts of the psychological, mental and spiritual so that one may have the discipline to change our own behaviour to that of living honourable and in a sacred manner.

A person who lives with honour is noble.

A warrior is someone who lives to a strict code of honour AND lives life to the fullest in full awareness and without fear of the unpredictable nature of life and of the constant presence of death.

Death is not to be seen as something to be feared but only another part of the journey and therefore as with all things it is to be faced with honour.

in the Castle we draw inspiration from the great King Leonidas who has achieved immortality by his true warrior spirit that he showed for his country and his people.




one of his inspiring quotes for all ages:

"In the end, a warrior's true strength is the warrior next to him. So give respect and honor to him, and it will be returned to you. First, you fight with your head."


here is a list of our great Castle's Warriors:


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Clay Death
the Destroyer


Lead Warrior, All Infantry Units

Residence:




General habibko
the Supreme Commander of the armies of the North.

Residence:




General jonathancrane
the Supreme Commander of the armies of the South.

Residence:




General JolánGagó
the Supreme Commander of the armies of the West.

Residence:




General miura
the Supreme Commander of the armies of the East.

Residence:




General DCM
the Supreme Air Force Commander of the Southern Skies.

Residence:




General Infini.
the Supreme Air Force Commander of the Northern Skies.

Residence:




General Stupid Dream
the Supreme Air Force Commander of the Western Skies.

Residence:




General *Ljubica*
the Supreme Air Force Commander of the Eastern Skies.

Residence:




General MacTheKnife
Supreme Commander of the Marine Forces, Northern Front

Residence:




General Har-Tru
Supreme Commander of the Special Forces, Southern Front

Residence:




General Pfloyd
Supreme Commander of the Special Forces, Northern Front

Residence:




General icedevil0289
Supreme Commander of the Special Forces, Eastern Front

Residence:




General MrsFedex
Supreme Commander of the Special Forces, Western Front

Residence:




Admiral Betty
Commander of Naval Forces, Southern front

Residence:




Advisor Nastasya
Freelancer and Consultant of General habibko of the North

Residence:




General FedFan_2007
Supreme Commander of the Marine Forces, Western front

Residence:




Admiral Cloudygirl
Commander of Naval Forces, Northern front

Residence:



habibko 09-08-2009 05:33 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
Admiral Certinfy

Top Military Stategist of General JolánGagó of the West

Residence:




Fellow Warrior Start da Game
Fellow Warrior in the Castle

Residence:




Commander Groove Dude
Elite Infantry Units to the West

Residence:




Commander cath777
Elite Infantry Units to the North

Residence:




Commander ShotmaKer
Elite Infantry Units to the South

Residence:




Commander Bascule
Elite Infantry Units to the East

Residence:





our official motto:

"Mercilessly we plow the dust of stars, blown about us by the swift desert wind as we drink the universe in a glass of rain. And we, the ultimate masters of the battlefield, take anything that we rest our eyes on."


memo to opposition: no retreat and no surrender, only pray for death.

habibko 09-08-2009 05:34 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
our Castle vol.15 is fast approaching 5,000 posts, please post here once it's closed by mods.

thanks!

the Title's credit goes to Clay Death.

Cloudygirl 09-08-2009 05:56 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
am I first?!

Sunset of Age 09-08-2009 06:07 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
Yes you are Tori. :)

Har-Tru 09-08-2009 07:59 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
first to die Tori? oh yes you are.

icedevil0289 09-08-2009 08:53 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
fourth!:bounce::woohoo::banana::rocker::crazy:

Dini 09-08-2009 08:56 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
Tori

Second time in a row. :ras:

:p

And I'm finally chatting from a computer! :banana:

Clay Death 09-08-2009 09:47 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
wonderfull stuff. we are rocking and rolling at the castle with our new vo. 16.

please start posting here folks so the mods can shut down vol. 15.

posting here now will also expedite the move of this new. vol. 16 to where we belong which is the chat section.



Cloudygirl 09-08-2009 09:50 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Har-Tru (Post 9080600)
first to die Tori? oh yes you are.


MacTheKnife 09-08-2009 09:54 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
Why did we move early this time ?? DId they change the max..

Clay Death 09-08-2009 09:57 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MacTheKnife (Post 9081784)
Why did we move early this time ?? DId they change the max..

i fucked up macky. i just realized what i did. i was not paying attention.

dont know why i thought 4500 posts was when they shut it down when i know better.

sorry about that. they wont touch that vol. 15 until it hits 5000 posts.

my mistake.

FedFan_2007 09-08-2009 09:57 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
CD - we got to 4500 posts so quick. It was amazing.

Sapeod 09-08-2009 09:57 PM

Re: •°o*Do Not Follow The Path, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail/Castle vo
 
Alex. You're badrep didn't appear on my CP :shrug:


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