Howdy there partners, and welcome to the Wasteland’s finest rodeo! Down here in Texas and good old Oklahoma, things work differently from the rest of the Wasteland. Oh yes, you see here we’re a fine folk, a refined folk, the kind of people who greet you with smiles and a face-full of buckshot if you even think about whipping out your tire iron. Yes, life here is simple, rustic, and downright apocalyptic...submitted by Zapdude277 to OldWorldBlues [link] [comments]
The region in all its glory!
That’s right Wastelanders, it’s time for another exciting dev diary! Today, we’re focusing on just some of the map changes and additions brought to you by the team. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll reveal more about the factions you see before you, more of our other map changes, and give you some tasty insight into the way things work past the Legion’s border.To begin with though, why don’t we delve deep into the twisted guts of the map itself, and pull back the veil on this beautiful view you’d love to call home.
Aren't provinces beautiful?
Every map expansion begins here, the province map. For this update, a big focus for me was returning to my roots when it came to province design. More small, organic provinces, built up into many states that a great number of nations can occupy. The new playable region brought forth in 3.0 feels as dense and lively as the West Coast, without having nearly as many provinces dotted along its shoreline.
There’s a vast variety of terrain in 3.0, from jungle, to marsh, to plains, urban, and deserts. 3.0 feels and plays like a small microcosm of the larger map, an area rich with lore from a game many people don’t even know about.Before we talk about that, though, let’s take a look at the states.
Dare you count all these states?
If you took the arduous time to count all of that before reading, let’s see if you were right! That’s 96 new states. Oh yes my friends, that’s right, your faithful friend here didn’t stutter now, did I? We’ve got 96 new states for you to control, conquer, and explore in 3.0: and they’re full of interesting characters.Why don’t we get on to that, actually?
In 3.0, we’re representing the lore of the often hated and forgotten Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, as well as it’s cancelled sequel; Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 2. Many of you may have never heard about these games, let alone played the first, so it’s time for a little history lesson.
After the defeat of Unity, the super mutant army of the Master fractured into many pieces. Two leaders arose from the ashes, and they led large hordes of mutants out of California to greener pastures for plunder and glory. The important one is Attis, who led his new troops to Texas, in an attempt to uncover the secrets of FEV.
A brotherhood detachment had already left to face off against the first mutant general, and with Attis’ departure, another group inside the Western Brotherhood wanted to chase them down. The Council of Elders said no, fearing another disaster like that which had happened to the first group, but ultimately a splinter faction formed.
It was led by none other than High Elder Rhombus, and he led a group of scribes and paladins to chase down the largest super mutant army in the West, forming what would later be known as the “Texas Expedition.”Settling into the heartland of Texas, this new offshoot developed themselves, recruiting from the local population. They ran them through a training course utilising hologram technology, turning them into initiates. One of these initiates became the protagonist of Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, and went on a large journey, tracking Attis all the way to his target destination: the Secret Vault.
The Secret Vault was the holy grail for Attis, a place where the secrets of FEV were laid bare, and the secret headquarters of Vault-Tec. Built under the nose of the US, it was the control centre of all Vault-Tec infrastructure, designed to facilitate what Vault-Tec promised thousands of Americans: a safe life underground. The Vault was equipped with state of the art facilities to conduct unethical experiments, and was staffed by unique robots unlike anything the player had ever seen before, or since.
Attis would eventually turn himself into a true abomination, an amalgamation of flesh and FEV, taking after the Master’s image in a final face-off against the protagonist.
Thus ended Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 1. We must now go more than a hundred years into the future, a mere decade before OWB starts. The Brotherhood have consolidated their power, but outside threats are pressuring their organisation. Attis Army has split into two halves, led by two mutants respectively. Shale, a die-hard mutant supremacist who wants to reform the Army, and Keats; a super mutant who wishes to create a place in which super mutants and humans live and work together in harmony, free from oppression.
But underneath the surface, a great plot is brewing. Reese, a former member of the Cyphers, a group who despise technology in all its forms, has acquired a broken GECK. This GECK has the ability to mutate anything it touches, twisting the world around it into a mockery of life itself. It is the Corrupted GECK, and Reese has big plans for it. He seeks to destroy the Texan Brotherhood, and plunge the region into chaos.
The protagonist of the cancelled Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 2 went across Texas, on the hunt for many things, but eventually Reese himself. They entered Lone Star, where they found evidence of his tampering, and scouts of the Legion. They travelled throughout Brotherhood territory, watching as the group was set upon by numerous raider gangs, all coordinated and persuaded by Reese.
They visited Austin, where the tensions between the two super mutant factions was growing. Originally, Keats would always die. You could choose between Shale or Keats, but ultimately, he was always assassinated during a speech. But we decided that was boring. Scarlet (our protagonist of choice) saved Keat’s life, becoming bros for life in the process, and Shale was exiled from Austin alongside his goons.
They then travelled, finally, to The Corpse. Within the ruins of a sunken Corpus Christi, Reese’s lair waited in the harbour, and there a final battle ensued. Everything up until now, barring Keat’s survival, is canon. Now, let’s jump into the juicy OWB fanon.
Ultimately winning the fight, Scarlet took his GECK and hauled it across Texas, travelling a great distance to a remote location, far from large and established communities. She put the GECK down in what was to be its final resting place, and became its guardian and protector. Over the decade, its influence spread, creating a beautiful but deadly blood red canopy of mutant fauna, a place the natives of Texas refer to as Eden. Any and all who enter the twisted jungle without permission wind up dead, victim to the protagonist’s legendary assassination skills.
So, there’s your juicy jet high of lore. Now, how about we get onto the region as a whole in OWB’s 2275? Many nations in Texas and Oklahoma, such as Carbon, Los, Shale's Army, Unity of Austin, Lonestar, the Texan Brotherhood, and others are all based in Fallout lore. Since we’re here, let’s go over them all in some more detail.
Pecos: a collection of settler communities from Mexico, who primarily trade with the RRG and Las Granjas. Having struggled to maintain their independence over the last few decades, recent events have continued to destabilise their peaceful towns.
Los: The Church of the Lost has recovered since the fall of the Secret Vault and the death of their old leader Blake. These survivors from Necropolis hope to live out the remainder of their days seeking nirvana within the hallowed streets of Los.
Carthage: a civilised raider nation built over the ruins of Carthage, a town built atop a gigantic and largely untapped natural gas reserve. They use flame to do everything, from powering their cities to cooking their enemies alive.
Carbon: The town of Carbon has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. Recently the town is on an upswing - yet there are some that worry that the raiders that once destroyed their small town may come back again.
The Pursuant: a vicious hunting lodge of civilised raiders who hunt the greatest monsters the wasteland has to offer, from terrifying, legendary Deathclaws, Horrifying Mirelurk Queens, and the most exclusive game of all: man. Traders must constantly be aware, as they are always on the hunt.
Unity of Austin: led by Keats, the ever charismatic super mutant politician and every man, the Unity of Austin is a staunch ally of the Brotherhood, seeking to create a Wasteland in which mutants and humans live side by side through mutual cooperation.
Houston Rockets: the remnants of NASA and Houston’s entertainment industry made a deal. One side made money off of sports, and the other side used the profits to launch rockets into orbit.
The Patrolmen: a group of “protectors” who patrol the I-10 religiously, fighting off raiders and outside threats, while exploiting the communities who exist under their thumb.
Bayou Motors: a trader nation that specialises in, produces, and sells boats and shipping equipment to most of the Gulf.
Gatormaws: a group of violent tribal communities who’ve made the Bayou their home, and make use of their extensive expertise to raid traders who sail along the Red River.
Desperados: a ghoul cartel who split off the Sinaloa after a brutal coup, they’ve taken up shop in Shreveport, demanding “protection fees” from passing traders, lest they die to “local raiders.”
Assassin City Rollergirls: a raider gang steeped in roller derby culture, they skate around the urban sprawl in atomic skates, cleaving heads and splitting Brotherhood power armour like tin cans.
Tubeheads: a cult of raiders and engineers led by the charismatic Mr. Entertainment, the Wasteland’s only late-night variety show host. Cooking segments, raider gladiatorial combat, special guest interviews, all from the pleasure of your own home: courtesy of the Tubehead’s mandatory TV and satellite installation package.
The Last Lodge: a nation of peaceful settlers, draped in masonic imagery, with an outward focus and an emphasis on community.
Scrappers Compact: an alliance of territorial but loyal junkyard settlers, who make a living out of scavenging and selling valuable scrap to the outside world.
Shale’s Army: a warband of first generation super mutants exclusively, led by Shale, one of Attis’s fiercest commanders. Their hatred for all non super mutants is readily apparent, and they make a living out of claiming the lives of their neighbours, ultimately aiming to rebuild Unity from the ground up.
The Chained Choir: a nation of former inmates; ghouls who were subjected to testing by the US army, for research into the potential psionic implementations of FEV.
The Last Patrol: a regiment of national guard who were directly exposed to a nuclear blast, and now patrol the region around their compound, fiercely protecting the rights and liberties of the communities under their charge.
The Texan Arms Association: a coalition of arms barons and factories in the northern Rio Grande who never fully assimilated. Motivated by dreams of liberty and greed, they sell weapons to anyone, and have continued to destabilise the RRG’s politics since its inception. 3.0 will see the TAA exist on game start, and their association’s bid for independence may be welcomed by some of its neighbours who see it little more than prey.
Painted Rock: a group of noble tribal warriors, unwavering combatants who test their young among jagged rocks, and prove their worth against the Wasteland’s toughest foes.
Cypher Warband: a clan of luddites who hold a deep hatred for the old world, and in particular, the Brotherhood of Steel’s core doctrines. They’ve been fierce opponents for decades, but during the events of the cancelled Brotherhood of Steel 2, they disowned their most extreme member—Reese—who left in an attempt to destroy their archenemy once and for all.
Lubbock: a settler community of ghouls and humans, attempting to work together despite their differences. Supported by the Lubbock Expedition, a military effort by Lone Star to secure the highways across Lubbock’s territory, securing their border and reaping the economic benefits of the partnership.
The Ironmongers: a group of mutants who’ve taken over former TAA factories, regularly plundering their gunsmith neighbours. Unlike many other mutants, they construct massive vehicles of brutal machinery, backed up by giant guns and the strength of iron. They’re feared by many, and their iconic “Battlewagons” bring terror and destruction in their wake.
Eden: lead by Scarlet, a protagonist from the protagonist of the cancelled game "Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 2", who dragged Reese’s GECK from The Corpse to a remote location, to contain the spread of its taint from the outside world, and all who would covet its ruinous strength.
Lone Star: the largest trade hub in Texas, all traders pass along its roads and through the gates of its capital city. Its emphasis on sustainable partnerships, justice, and profit have made it a veritable Wasteland boomtown.
Texan Brotherhood: a brotherhood outfit who’s roots stemmed from a desire to crush Attis once and for all, in 2275 the Brotherhood look entirely different to their counterparts out west. Civilised, peaceful, just: they seek moral victories over material, a direction some among their ranks find fault with.
The First People: the combined nations of the Choctaw, Cherokee, and Chickasaw-Muscogee Coalition have banded together in an alliance, protecting one-another from outside threats and developing their communities in a Wasteland sorely lacking hope. Many of them emerged from vaults, and they rebuilt the casinos, infrastructure, and social venues that made their little corner of Oklahoma the darling it was. In 2275, beyond New Vegas, the Big Spend is the premiere destination for tourists, traders, and soldiers looking to experience the best service in the Wasteland. Live music, tasty food, refreshing drinks, and refurbished hotels continue to entice visitors year after year.
In the words of everyone’s favourite doctor, “Well, that’s all she wrote.” Our dev diary has wrapped up, and boy, what a diary it was! What did you think? Are you excited for what you’ve seen of 3.0? Got any thoughts, comments, or suggestions to share? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Discord!
Mapping is a labour of love, and I love doing it. Take care during this difficult time for all of us, and stay safe and healthy!
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MAJOR EVENTSThru Dec 8: Rainbow City - Common Park, FREE/open
Nov 30: Rockets Over the Red - Riverview Park & Louisiana Boardwalk, FREE/open
Christmas in Roseland - American Rose Center, $
Today - Dec 22: Red River Express to the North Pole - Riverview Plaza, $$
Weekends until Christmas: Le Marche de Noel Christmas Market - Shreveport Aquarium
Dec 5: A Country Christmas Carol - BPCC Theatre, FREE/open
Dec 5: A Christmas Carol - The Strand Theatre, $$
Dec 6: Christmas Candlelight Service - Brown Chapel at Centenary College, FREE/open
Dec 6: A Charlie Brown Christmas Live - Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, $$
Dec 6: Tinsel - Line Ave. shopping district
Dec 7: 20th Benton Christmas on the Square Festival and Parade - Benton
Dec 9: KCS Holiday Express - KCS Yard Gate 5, FREE/open
Dec 13: Centenary Christmas Carnival - Centenary College, FREE/open
Dec 13: Fa La La Fest & Makers’ Fair - Broadmoor Baptist Church
Dec 14: Meadows Museum Holiday Makers Market - Centenary College
Dec 21: James Burton’s Louisiana Rockin’ Christmas - Paradise Theatre, $$
CULTURENov 30: East Bank Golf Cart Parade - East Bank District, FREE
Dec 4: December Artwalk - Downtown, FREE
Dec 5: PUBlic Theology - Flying Heart Brewing & Pub, $
Dec 6: Girls Night Out: Holiday Cookie Decorating - Norton Art Gallery, $
FOOD & DRINKWednesdays at lunch: Healthy Food Trucks in Common Park, $
Nov 27: Thanksgiving Hoorah! - The Remington Hotel, $$
Nov 27: Weird Wednesday: Blood Dinner - Bear’s, $
Nov 29: Pitch-Black Friday - Twisted Root Burger Co., $
Nov 29: Black Friday Bash - Great Raft Brewing Co., $
Dec 5: Speakeasy Prohibition Party - Fatty Arbuckles, $$
Dec 6: Making Spirits Bright: a Sipping & Tasting Experience - Hilton Shreveport, $$
Dec 7: Whimsical Waffles & William Joyce - Common Park, $/tickets
Dec 8: Balderas Brunch - The Common Park, $$
LIVE MUSICThursday evenings: Drum Circle in Common Park, FREE/open
Friday evenings: Live Music Dance Nights in Common Park, FREE/open
Nov 26: Tom Carter + PHAT Brothers + Tom Fashho & Ray Sprague (indie) - Minicine, $
Nov 27: Jeremy Hurst (acoustic) - The Remington Hotel
Nov 27: Josh Love (Jimi Hendrix tribute) - Red River Brewing Co., $
Nov 29: Goth Nite V: Holy Witch (post punk/death rock) - Bear’s, $
Nov 30: Justen Jackson + Zay Spade + Mack Swans + Isaiah Polk + Moni (hip-hop) - Bear’s, $
Nov 30: Local Music Showcase Extravaganza - Minicine, $
Dec 1: Home Free (Christmas a capella) - The Strand Theatre, $$
Dec 5: The La-Di-Das (folk) - The Port Grill, $
Dec 5: Luke Combs (country) - CenturyLink Center
Dec 5: PONCE (rock) - Ki’ Mexico, $
Dec 7: Haley Brooke (pop/soul) - The Port Grill, $
Dec 8: Point of Grace (contemporary Christian) - First Bossier, FREE/open
Tuesday: Ernie's; Ki’ Mexico; Noble Savage Tavern; Twisted Root
Thursday: 2Johns; Noble Savage Tavern
Friday: Beauxjax Crafthouse; Haze on Texas; Ki’ Mexico; Noble Savage Tavern; The Three Dons
Saturday: Chicago Night Club
COMEDYNov 29-30: Kris Gardner (stand-up) - LOL, $
Nov 30: Reginald Ballard (stand-up) - Shreveport Convention Center, $$
Nov 30: Ha Ha Holiday Comedy Show (comedy team) - Great Raft Brewing, $
Dec 6-7: C.J. Starr (stand-up) - LOL, $
Dec 7: Socks & Undies Comedy Show (stand-up) - The Queue Tavern 2.0, cover is new socks, undies, or hygiene products for the homeless
MARKETSWeekends until Christmas: Le Marche de Noel Christmas Market - Shreveport Aquarium
Nov 30: Small Business Saturday - Downtown
Dec 1: Holiday in South Highlands Christmas Market - First Baptist Church Shreveport
Dec 6: Tinsel - Line Ave. shopping district
FILMThru November: 1999: The Best Movie Year Ever series - Robinson Film Center
Nov 29: Movies Under the Stars: The Polar Express - Provenance, FREE
Dec 3: Heels & Reels: Just Friends - Robinson Film Center, $$
THEATRENov 29: Michael Carbonaro (stage magic) - DiamondJack’s Casino, $$
Dec 4-5: A Country Christmas Carol - BPCC Theatre, FREE/open
Dec 5: A Christmas Carol - The Strand Theatre, $$
Dec 6: A Charlie Brown Christmas Live - Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, $$
Dec 7: J.D. - East Bank Theatre, $
TRIVIADec 8: Taproom Trivia - Red River Brewing Co., $
Monday: Twisted Root; What’s on Tap II; Ivan’s
Tuesday: The Port Grill; Central Station; Pizza Rev; Daq’s (Southern Loop)
Wednesday: Bar Chord; Chimi V’s; Fully Stacked; Habanero’s; Whiskey Roadhouse
Thursday: Sundance Cantina; Bear’s; Windrush Grill; Retro 521 Coffee & Cafe
ACTIVENov 28: Turkey Trot (5K/half mile) - Common Park, $$
Nov 30: Renee’s Run (5K/1 mile) - Stoner Skate Park, $$
Dec 6: Dashing Thru the Glow (5K/1 mile) - Haughton, $$
Dec 7: Dash Around the Square (5K/1 mile) - Benton, $$
Dec 8: Log Jammer Half Marathon & 5K - Festival Plaza, $$
Saturday mornings: Exercise in Common Park, FREE
Sunday afternoons: Yoga in Common Park, FREE
LIVE SPORTSDec 6: New Mexico IceWolves @ Shreveport Mudbugs - George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum, $
Dec 7: New Mexico IceWolves @ Shreveport Mudbugs - George’s Pond Hirsch Coliseum, $
FOR FAMILIESNov 29 - Dec 22: Red River Express to the North Pole - Riverview Plaza, $$
Nov 30: Sno-Port: The Science and Wonders of Snowflakes - Sci-Port, $
Dec 9: KCS Holiday Express - KCS Yard Gate 5, FREE/open
Shreve Memorial Library
Bossier Parish Libraries
Sci-Port Discovery Center
NEW OPENINGSOpen Now: Nekter Juice Bar (Camp Forbing Marketplace)
Open Now: Fat Calf Brasserie (3030 Creswell Ave.)
Open Now: Glow Alchemy Kitchen (955 Pierremont Rd.)
Open Now: Sauvage (608 Absinthe Court, outside of Twelve Oaks)
Open Now: Zuzul Coastal Cuisine (1370 E. 70th St.)
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FESTIVALSMay 24-26: Mudbug Madness XXXVI - Shreveport Riverfront, $
CULTUREMay 25: Bring on the Bling! - C&C Mercantile & Lighting, FREE
May 25: Trap + Paint - Artipsy, $$
May 30: Arts & Craft Beer Night - Great Raft Brewing, $
May 31: Ann George “Seasons of Self” Opening Reception - Norton Art Gallery, FREE
May 31: 2019 Fashion Project - Dare Dayclub @ Horseshoe Casino, $$
FOOD/DRINKMay 23: Italian Night & Wine Tasting - Rooftop Terrace of Sci-Port Discovery Center, $
May 23: Crawfish Round 2 - Flying Heart Brewing & Pub, $$
May 24: Blues, Bugs, and BBQ - Sam’s Town Live, $$
May 28: Bossier Taco Tuesday - East Bank Market, $
May 30: Holiday Martini Night - Rooftop Terrace of Sci-Port Discovery Center, $
May 30: Arts & Craft Beer Night - Great Raft Brewing, $
May 30: Vino and Violin - Scottish Rite Temple, $$$
June 1: Food & Wine Pairing - STEM, $$
LIVE MUSICMay 23: Nashville South (country/dance) - Horseshoe Casino
May 23: Kent Gill (classic country) - The Port Grill, $
May 24: Dustin Lynch (country) - Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino, $$$
May 24: Cajun Jamboree: Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns + Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band (zydeco) - Margaritaville, $$
MUDBUG MADNESS HEADLINERS: Amanda Shaw, The Molly Ringwalds, Kylie Frey, Flow Tribe, Chubby Carrier... MUDBUG MADNESS FULL LINE-UP
May 24: Astro Motel + Logan & The Legendaries (indie rock) - Bear’s, $
May 25: Dexter Duran (rock/acoustic) - The Port Grill, $
May 25: Blackberry Smoke (blues/classic rock) - Margaritaville, $$
May 25: Ryker Hall + Juma Spears + Papago Joe + Jerrod Everett (various) - Bear’s, $
May 26: Shreveport Symphony + Kenny Broberg (piano) - First Baptist Church Shreveport, FREE
May 26: Craig Morgan (country) - Legends Theatre at Diamondjacks, $$$
May 30: Dorsey Summerfield (avant-garde jazz) - Diamondjacks, FREE
May 30: Kericah (country/acoustic) - The Port Grill, $
May 30: Hayden Bean (acoustic/ukulele) - Flying Heart Brewing & Pub, $
May 31: REO Speedwagon (rock) - Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino
May 31: Tyler Christiana (acoustic) - Bear’s, $
May 31: In Good Condition (alt) - Red River Brewing Co., $
May 31: Wes Jeans (blues) - Muddy Waters Sports Bar, $
June 1: Sara & Kyle (acoustic) - The Port Grill, $
COMEDYMay 24 & 25: Ernesto Lopez (stand-up) - LOL, $
May 29: Open Mic Night - LOL, $
May 31: Crayfish Comedy Presents: Jokes for Dinner (stand-up/sketch) - The Port Grill, $
MARKETSMay 23: Markets & Music Farmers Market - Provenance
May 25: Bossier Farmers Market - Pierre Bossier Mall
May 30: Markets & Music Farmers Market - Provenance
June 1: Shreveport Farmers Market - Festival Plaza
June 1: Bossier Farmers Market - Pierre Bossier Mall
THEATRE/FILMMay 23-26: Legally Blonde the Musical - Shreveport Little Theatre SLTAcademy
May 23: Airplane screening with trivia - Robinson Film Center, $
May 24: Kick-Off to Summer: The Sandlot - Norton Art Gallery, FREE
May 27: Amazonia screened by filmmaker Roger Beebe - Minicine?, $
May 28: Heels and Reels: Reality Bites - Robinson Film Center, $$
May 30: A Tuba to Cuba: An Evening of Cuban Food, Art, Music & Cinema - Robinson Film Center, $$
June 1: Movies & Moonbeams: Incredibles 2 - Festival Plaza, FREE
TRIVIAMay 26: Taproom Trivia - Red River Brewing Co., $
May 28: Trivia Night - The Port Grill, $$
May 30: Arrested Development trivia - The Missing Link, $$
Sunday: Rotolo’s (E. 70th)
Monday: Twisted Root; What’s on Tap II; Ivan’s
Tuesday: Pizza Rev; Daq’s (Southern Loop)
Wednesday: Whiskey Roadhouse
Thursday: Sundance Cantina; Bear’s
ACTIVEMay 24: Sign-up Deadline for SPAR Safe Summer Basketball League (ages 18-24) - various SPAR gyms
May 24: Mudbug Madness 5K - Downtown, $$
May 24: Fast Friday (cycling) - Columbia Park, FREE
May 29: Sign-ups Open for SPAR Adult Co-ed Softball League - Cargill Park
May 29: Sign-ups Open for SPAR Adult Summer Basketball League - various SPAR gyms
June 1: Run 4 Your Health (1 mile; 4 mile runs) - Stoner, $$
June 1: Yoga in the Gardens - Norton Art Gallery, $
June 1: LifeCycle Benefit Tour (cycling) - Keithville, $$
June 1: DPT Cornhole Tournament - Great Raft Brewing, $$
FOR FAMILIESMay 24: Family Friday at Sci-Port - Sci-Port Discovery Center, $
May 27: Memorial Day Pig Races - Louisiana Downs, FREE
May 31: Food Truck Rodeo - Barksdale Family Housing, $
|What's you're best story about someone trying to con/steel from the casino?||I figure you're looking for some kind of crazy Oceans 11 story (of which there are several in the industry but none on my watch), but honestly the best ones are people trying to steal from the fucking buffet.|
|Mom comes in with two kids and says they're not eating so she shouldn't have to pay. The cashier says OK.|
|Fast forward 15 minutes and the cashier notices that the kids are missing.|
|THE FUCKING MOTHER IS FEEDING THEM UNDER THE TABLE LIKE FUCKING DOGS.|
|Best AMA response ever. have an upvote!||We had set out in the foyer those bags for your umbrella so the floor doesn't get wet.|
|Lady takes one, goes to the buffet, and starts filling it with food. Brazenly. Not trying to hide it.|
|We stop her and she says "what? this is all you can eat?!"|
|"Sit down and eat the contents of the bag then..."||We found a HUGE ziplock bag of food by a table. The "customer" had obviously left it behind.|
|She realized she forgot it and came back to get it about 30 minutes later.|
|You should hire me as a buffet monitor i can pose as a customer then obnoxiously call them out for stuffing their purses with chicken fingers and mashed potatoes w/gravy. "HEY FAT LADAYYY I SEE YOU STEALIN THEM CHIKKAN FINGAZ!"||Have a lady who consistently bitches about having to pay full price since she can't consume a lot because of her gastric bypass.|
|Do you actually have a policy to ask people to leave if you feel they lost more than they can afford? i watched a piece by loius theroux once where he asked this question to some of the managers of a casino and they all said "oh, i know they can afford it, of course we would ask them to stop if they couldnt". but obviously, from a business perspective, this is counter-intuitive towards making profits. so what is your take on this whole thing? and what is the overhead like for running a casino? what are some expenses you have which may be surprisingly high?||We never make judgment on whether or not they can afford it. We really only step in if they come to us or start doing something overt like begging for money or asking for loans, etc. In the macro view, it's very bad for business if we don't do something about problem gambling when it presents itself.|
|Overhead... EBITDA margin of 30% is great.|
|Expenses... I guess crab legs would be too obvious? Besides that, maybe table games labor. You have a 0.5% house advantage at blackjack and have to have a physical person here 24/7 plus a supervisor for every 5-6 games.|
|What games are the biggest money makers for the casino? and coincidentally, Ace, ever ran a sports book?||Penny slots by far.|
|Ha. No. But have worked in casinos that have them.|
|But why do I always win/come out ahead max-betting on the fucking Sex and the City penny slot?||Google "law of large numbers"|
|1) How do you like the city? (So many people hate on it, and I don't understand why). Also, how did you like UNLV and when were you there?||1.) I actually just moved away for a job. I just think Vegas is OK. I moved there when I was in my mid-20s with a decent job so it was cool and exciting then. Fast forward a decade or so and the allure isn't there anymore. It's not "home" and I don't think it will ever will be because of how transient the population is.|
|2) to me it seems like a pretty small about of locals gamble (at least at the strip properties), do you guys keep tabs on those numbers? If so, what is the ratio of your gambling customers?||2.) I don't have the numbers in front of me, but we did a study one time and showed that Vegas has the highest incidence of regularly gambling activity in the nation. I always just felt that was a function of accessibility and self selection on the part of the residents. But you're right that locals don't go to the strip. The marketing offers are terrible compared to the non-strip properties and it's a pain to get to the strip just to get your gambling fix.|
|To what extent is organized crime still present in or around the casinos? Any personal encounters?||Virtually none AFAIK.|
|The industry is very, very heavily regulated. When you get to the executive ranks you have to go through very, very thorough background checks. 5 years of tax returns, 5 years of all cancelled checks, explanations of all withdrawals > $200 and deposits > $500, in depth interview with an agent, etc.|
|The last time I've heard of legit organized crime here in the states (places like Macau are an entirely different story) was in Rosemont, IL I think in the mid-90s.|
|Link to casinoconnectionac.com|
|Damn, all withdrawals over $200? For the past 5 years? "Uh, I dunno, I don't really remember why I withdrew $300 from an ATM 3 years ago. Maybe I spent it buying some off of Craig's List, I dunno."||Yeah, it's really ridiculous.|
|Explain Macau?||The Triad are heavily influential there. Kind of like what you'd imagine in Vegas in the 50s.|
|Holy shit, I live in Des Plaines.||Des Plaines' only problem now is how to more quickly count all the money they're making|
|The scene from Skyfall comes to mind.||Yep.|
|Organized crime is the muscle of the casino, the security guards, the directors of security, the private investigators, the small business owners, the gamblers who launder money through the casinos. Of course the mob isn't like the movies anymore.||Well i'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you on everything except the money laundering despite the fact we have to live by Title 31 Link to en.wikipedia.org|
|It is true that if a person is on a helluva winning streak and is consistantly winning and you cant figure out why... you will demand that he take his winnings and leave and never show his face in the place again? (kick him out for winning).||It's possible but relatively rare. you have to have enough cash to really turn out our lights to get to that point. for the vast vast majority of people, we have more money than you so as long as feel like we can get you back in the door, go ahead and win away|
|So that scene in Rain man is totally bullshit then? Where they consistently win and make $80,000 from a couple of thousand... then are told to GTFO after the casino guys couldnt figure out how they were doing it.||Bullshit only in the sense that couldn't figure out what was going on|
|What gives a person the best odds when playing Blackjack-playing with more decks or less decks? i seem to win more with tables that use 6 decks and my friends do better with 4 decks..||It's a lot more than the number of decks and the casinos use that information asymmetry to their advantage (e.g., $5 SINGLE DECK BLACKJACK!!!) Everything being the same, the less amount of decks the better but we will change the payouts for BJ, rules for splitting and double down, etc. to our advantage. So you can have a 6-deck shoe with otherwise very liberal rules that have a lower house advantage than a single deck show with very unfavorable rules.|
|So with the same set of rules, less decks is more favourable?||Yes everything else being equal|
|Is that just because it's easier to count or is it fancy math stuff.||Fancy math stuff.|
|USING FEWER DECKS.|
|Six Decks: -0.02% Five Decks: -0.03% Four Decks: -0.06% Two Decks: -0.19% One Deck: -0.48%|
|Link to www.onlineblackjack.com|
|Ever seen anyone get naked or have sex in the casino or bathrooms?||Boobs pop out of the cocktail waitresses' uniforms relatively often because they'll get tops 3 sizes too small in order to get bigger cleveage/tips.|
|Saw chick blowing a dude at a slot machine at the entrance of a club.|
|And Vegas has all of these European-style pools so if you're out there "inspecting the grounds" then all those girls are topless.|
|Sweet. What'd you do with the BJ couple? Pic of one of the pools please?||Security was running towards them so I just assumed they got the boot.|
|Pools = just go to imagefap and look for topless beaches.|
|Do you ever feel guilty for all the money people lose to your business?||Of course.|
|Did you see the fictional series "Tilt" on ESPN about 5-7 years ago? Any opinions on it? Did you find it entertaining? Did you find any of it accurate at all?||Vaguely. And when I say that I mean I remember the series and watching a bit of it and that's it.|
|To us, the holy grail of Casino movies is Casino and Rounders.|
|Thanks for the response! I love Rounders, but it seemed to focus more on the players, and more on non-casino-based games, whereas Tilt was as much about the casino management as anything else. I should watch Casino.||Yeah if you're interested in the casino management piece then Casino.|
|Does your casino make any efforts to stop problem gamblers from betting more than they can afford?||Every casino company has policies regarding problem gambling that are audited by the state. Each state also has its own minimum guidelines like mandating that brochures be placed in very visible areas of the casinos, hotline numbers printed on every ad, etc.|
|It's a delicate situation when you think someone might have a problem because, well it might not be a problem. So we generally only do things if they specifically ask us to (e.g., they can ban themselves) or if they start doing something really egregious like asking players or employees for loans at which point we'd probably pull them aside and hand them a brochure and ask if there's anything we can do to help because what they're currently doing is unacceptable (the begging).|
|There's a casino near my house that keeps a full time car appraiser on staff. I've always felt that's a little shady. You ever run into anything like that?||No way.|
|Even though I believe casino gambling should be legal, I find the practice of casino's providing credit to be morally indefensible. What is your opinion on the practice? Would it be a reasonable compromise to allow for more casinos on the stipulation that gambling on a margin is banned?||So if I'm a high worth individual who likes to gamble, your expectation is that I just bring in a suitcase of $100s to gamble with?|
|No, a debit card.||Reasonable.|
|A debit card? not reasonable...a credit limit is the only feasible way some patrons can gamble...most people do not want to walk around with 50k in there pocket...and I'm not sure how you would go about withdrawing thousands of dollars from an ATM machine.||I was being sarcastic. It's a huge competitive disadvantage to not be able to offer credit (e.g., Missouri) because no high roller wants to play there. You'd have to physically go to the bank, withdraw 20K cash or whatever, somehow survive walking to your car, and then somehow survive walking to the casino from your car. TBF, there's also what is called front money which is where you can wire money to us and we will hold it for you but you have to pay the fees vs us offering you credit free. I did have a millionaire player who strictly got his money off of a variety of credit cards and would just do cash advances. We obviously never questioned it but he had apparently had a huge credit line (evidenced by the amount he was able to withdraw) and enough to pay it back (evidenced by him able to come often).|
|notjabba...no one cares if "you believe casino gambling should or shouldn't be legal"|
|How do you know if i am card counting, and do you care if i am not playing for big money?||Primarily odd fluctuations in your betting patterns. $5, 5, 5, 5, then $1,000, then $5, 5, 5, 5 would catch our eye big time.|
|, big money!||We care. Small wins add up.|
|What if i went 5,5,5,20? Would you care then?||At those low levels no one would be on the lookout for you.|
|How automated is the alerting system for this? Pit boss getting info from the sky I assume?||Not very automated. There are a variety of technologies out there designed to thwart this but they're expensive and casinos are too staid to invest.|
|So basically it's just either surveillance or the pit supervisor noticing something odd then starting to keep track of the bets.|
|Might be a silly question, but does stuff ever go down like it does in the movies? Like, say some guy is cheating in one way or another or doesn't take a hint to leave. Is he going to get taken into a back room and get his ass kicked or just escorted out? Taking fingers, breaking knee caps etc. etc.||Nah, too highly regulated these days.|
|At what point do you start looking for card counters? If I'm playing with a $50-200 bet spread am I noticeable? Is the the spread (4:1, 8:1, 20:1) the dollar figure or a combination?||Sorry this isn't my area of expertise so I can't with this level of specificity. I'd think a 4X spread wouldn't be bad, though, but just an educated guess.|
|You could buy a membership to the Green Chip forum (bj21.com), though and read up on the reverse engineering they've done.|
|I would venture a guess that electronic card games have pattern recognition built right in?||I don't know how they do the shuffle. I'd imagine it's a fresh shuffle before every hand like in video poker thus nullifying counting.|
|Well I understand that, but profits on a casino are through the roof, are they not? I assume that there is a relatively low amount of card counters , and that you still will make a very good profit.||Profits aren't as good as you'd think post 2008 economy.|
|Bottom line is that it ain't ever gonna happen. Sorry.|
|What is the biggest amount you have seen someone lose?||I was working at Wynn when Andy Beal played "The Corporation" so that was like $16.5MM he lost to them I believe.|
|That's fucking cool, I read the book detailing the events of this, Link to en.m.wikipedia.org. Any cool stories etc from your point of view from then?||Honestly, everything I found out about it at the time was from 2+2. I didn't have direct access to the players so it wasn't really like I could analyze the session with Phil afterwards.|
|Urban legends of someone winning big at the slots but having it taken away to a glitch. Has this really happened to your knowledge?||Not urban legend. Many cases like this. The player never wins. Google it and you'll find tons of them. E.g.,|
|Link to www.lasvegassun.com|
|This one is international but I think is the funniest. Not only did you "win" $55MM on a machine that stated the max jackpot was $50K but after winning $55MM, you went ahead and played another spin... just in case...|
|Link to www.thanhniennews.com|
|Damn that sucks. Well here is one for you. Did you know that in Panama you can double down at the black jack tables at any point. It gives you a huge advantage and you can win a lot of money that way.||I'd heard something like that. My best friend (avid gambler) went to Costa Rica and basically came back saying he had to totally re-learn BJ when he was down there because of all of their crazy rules.|
|If that's true about Panama, I'm surprised there aren't people haven't just set up shop down there and pillaged that place until they went bust.|
|No i didnt have sex with the hooker but my friend did make out with her drunk.||As would I. What's up with fucking people who just make out? Fucking amateur hour. This isn't fucking 7th grade.|
|He didn't know that she was a hooker and was just putting the moves on her. He thought he was just really smooth with his broken spanish. What he didn't know what that I paid her to keep quiet about it. He looked REALLY sad when someone else bought her and he realized what she was.||I actually did something similar for my friend after he split up with his whore wife. We wanted to boost his spirits so gave a hooker $100 to go and flirt with him.|
|Shit man in Panama you can get a lot more than flirting for a hundo. Granted she won me a grand and i think i threw her 50 back. Well that and she got to make out with my friend...Worth it. Did your friend end up with the hooker hilarious movie style?||Nah, this was in Vegas, he's cheap, and we're not that generous.|
|How do Vegas casinos differ from Native American casinos? Or are they essentially the same?||Depends in the jurisdiction. in some there is no difference (e.g florida) while others are wildly different (e.g north Carolina)|
|I'm curious as to how they differ. I'm from NC but haven't been to any of the casinos around here.||In NC, for example, games have to be "games of skill" so like on the slot machines you don't just pull the handle and watch the reels go round and round, you have to physically touch the game to stop each reel.|
|That's not true (I've been there).||Admittedly it's been awhile since I've dealt with them (I used to work for Harrah's) but it was like that for awhile.|
|Link to wizardofodds.com (scroll down a bit)|
|They might have some that are like that, but the handful I played (there are a shit ton) were not. Apparently they've got table games there now, too, which is new from when I was last there just a year ago.||Well the states quickly understand that they're leaving money on the table (no pun intended) but creating this arcane regulations.|
|Fastest growing casino region? AC? Vegas? Macau?||Macau.|
|Absolutely nothing domestically.|
|Why? Distance to the large volume of middle and wealthy chinese?||Yes, and whose culture has a high propensity for gambling.|
|Why isn't counting cards allowed? Lets say I was a math genius, isn't it just part of the game then?||Because we reserve the right to serve whomever we please as long as we're not discriminatory against a protected class.|
|I see. It just seems like mocking people for being good. Maybe if I was a black math genius with down syndrome I could get along with it. No offense to either btw.||Perhaps but we're not particularly concerned.|
|Btw, I'm a bit of an advantage gambler myself. I only play low house advantage games, maximize my coupons and promotions etc. so I'm sympathetic but there's just nothing that can be done on the card counting front.|
|Private business CAN discriminate based on protected classes, just bad business to do so.||Then don't come to my casino.|
|Semi-serious question: have you ever crashed someone's hand with a hammer because he/she was found cheating?||Boy do I wish, but no.|
|Could you explain why it is so difficult to get casinos in states that do not already have them? Im from Dallas, and it seems that the Oklahoma casinos are 70%+ Texans. It seems our state is losing a ton of $ to other states. (Oklahoma, Louisiana...)||In Texas it's because your legislature meets relatively irregularly. expansion since the 90s has been predicated on budget shortfalls and using gaming to patch up those holes.|
|Texas' economy has been relatively good so combine that with a conservative legislature that doesn't meet often as we'd have have to have the perfect storm of you having a bad economic run at the same time the legislature is meeting.|
|Trust me, we are ready to pounce when that happens.|
|Okay so a couple of years ago there was a show called "Las Vegas" and it was about a casino.||Hosts are basically your sales team to high worth players. The compensation structure is just like any other salesperson: base + commission.|
|Not sure if you ever saw it, but there was a character named Sam and she was a casino hostess and she was kind of a bitch but I always wanted to be that (casino host not bitch). How can I get into that?||So, if you've never done that kind of work before or sales at all for that matter, you just need to take anykind of remotely similar job and then just keep trying to plug along with the job search.|
|Well I cant wait until it happens. I will gladly donate my fair share for a free Paula Dean buffet.||We've owned land for decades in preparation.|
|You see where companies like PENN have already bought stakes in racetracks there, taking a bet that racinos (adding slots to tracks) will be the states first foray.|
|The owner of Landry's (also owns the Nugget) has said repeatedly that as soon as the law is passed he can have working slots in Galveston overnight.||Yeah. His family (Fertitta) started Stations casinos in Vegas (and MMA) and really big shots in town.|
|Yeah, as a Houstonian and gambler, I am really hoping one day it finally happens. I hate hate HATE driving to Louisiana and I haven't been able to make it out to Vegas in 2+ years.||The folks in Lake Charles and Shreveport do not share your sentiment.|
|I'm sure they don't. Bud of mine wanted to make an ad campaign of just going to Isle of Capri and showing the license plates.||You mean Pile of Debris.|
|Highest progressive payout you've ever seen paid out? And what was the game? And any good stories about throwing out patrons?||That I've physically seen? Probably like a $75K Caribbean Stud.|
|I have been encouraged by many people to get a job there, but no one, even me, knows where I should start. Personally, I don't enjoy gambling and have only been in the Hard Rock a couple times, just to see the lobby and buy shirts with some out of town guests.||Probably on the non-gaming side. Not sure of your educational background but NA with degrees go very, very far very, very quickly.|
|So my question is where would you recommend someone to start in the casino industry, if they don't particulary like/understand gambling?||If you want to work the front line, then hotel front desk or something like that.|
|I don't have a degree yet, but I do have 10 years in B2B (business to business) sales in telephony, so I know a lot about circuits/phone systems/general telecom.||Native American.|
|EDIT: what does "NA" stand for?||So then in your case either work in IT or maybe some kind of sales position like convention sales?|
|Oh I didn't know there would be some sort of sales team with a casino. Sweet. I considered IT, but I assumed it would be in the realm of network security, which I know little to nothing about.||Who do you think maintains the phone switch, PCs, servers, etc.?|
|Proof?||What would suffice without outing me?|
|You would know best what you have, however this sounds like it would be easier to prove confidentially to the mods. Things such as work ID, paystub, business card, etc are acceptable forms of confidential verification.||I'll send a pic over to them. Never done this before so wasn't sure.|
|I have a BA in Accounting and am currently a Project Manager (Prior exp in Cost, Tax and Accural accounting, worked for the Big 4, Now I make Warheads for the Army). If I wanted to get into the Casino industry what jobs should I persue. What is the best way to persue them? Do people telecommute? Whats the pay range?||We always need good finance people. There are always other industries they can work in so it's hard to find good people.|
|So I'd say just go be an accountant?|
|We post on all the major job boards and casinocareers.com is the main industry-specific job board.|
|Telecommuting is not a regularly accepted practice.|
|For finance, it's just market rate salary.|
|How did you get your job?||Was in undergrad and needed a job. responded to ad in paper for entry level job. worked my way up.|
|I'm going to guess that wasn't a typo.||Not going to edit for the lulz.|
|You know what, why the hell not? Best way to make money fast?||Well, assuming you have one and only one bet to make, the math always says banker on baccarat.|
|Any tips/secrets for slot machine players? Which one's your favorite type/brand?||Learn to play video poker, blackjack, baccarat, or craps.|
|Anything video scares me..are there 'rules' in place for video poker or Bj blackjack to guarantee payouts or is it completely random? If random, how do we know the game isn't rigged in your favor?||Completely Random.|
|Because it behooves the state not to let us rig the games so they employ strict regulations to prevent such.|
|For example, many states mandate that this company verify the legitimacy of a game: Link to www.gaminglabs.com|
|Those states that don't, do it themselves.|
|I accidently got my gf addicted to video poker but it paid well. Its a better chance and payoff than video slots IMO.||No opinion about it, it is true.|
|Does this only go for high roller tables? Or does it also go for some guy that hits a big jackpot on the slots?||Both.|
|Are security as horrible as people say in Vegas? I've heard from my relatives that purse snatching and such happens quite a bit and security shows up minutes after they were called (so pretty much useless). On the other hand, I've heard some amazing quick response time in Macau. Are these myths?||Need some reference point. Horrible as compared to what. You've got a 3-mile long street with literally a million people on it. There's gonna be crime.|
|Hmmm... how about relative to san diego or fort worth?||I'd say on par to Gaslamp but I'm no criminologist.|
|HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT!? I'm serious, I want the gritty details... You use a sleep number? Memory foam? Standard matress with some box springs? And what kind of pillow to. Oh, oh, and what is the thread count of your sheets...||I'm a minimalist. Same mattress I've had for literally 15 years that I got at a department store. Hypoallergenic pillows from Target. 800 count. Also from Target.|
|Nice! Glad I registered my wedding at Target. Sounds like they got the good stuff.||Decent and reasonably priced. The girls can't tell the difference between it and the really nice stuff.|
|Counting cards actually means that you are playing the game very well and it isn't cheating. How can you justify kicking someone out of a casino for being too good at the game? Also as far as I'm aware it isn't illegal.||No it is not illegal but just like any other business we reserve the right to serve whomever we please (as long as we're not discriminating against a protected class, of course).|
|In essence you are keeping track of how many 10s/face cards and low cards are in the deck because high cards help the player, low cards help the dealer.|
|So if you know that the deck is rich in high cards you bet more and vice versa.|
|I will be attending UNLV for hospitality management in the fall. any tips?||For undergrad? Make the program what you want out of it. Just by graduating no one is going to hand you a huge job but if you do well the brand recognition can really work in your favor.|
|Yep for undergrad. thanks for the answer!||Go Rebels!|
|Does your business invest in gambling addictions or have employee training to prevent those who are gambling addicts from playing in your casino?||I take it you mean gambling addiction treatment... And yes, we do: Link to www.americangaming.org|
|And every employee, at least in the majority of casinos, is trained on how to identify problem gaming.|
|How do you hire trust worthy people, meaning do you have some dude or gal that is like HR on steroids watching people? I imagine you have seen more than one case where there is employee theft or people who are running a front for money laundering?||Well everyone goes through a background check through the state with fingerprints and whatnot then executives go through an FBI-style background check where they check all of your bank records and stuff.|
|But with so much cash floating around there is theft but it's basically like a bank so I can't imagine the incidence to be much higher than with tellers at banks.|
|How much do you make?||Six figures + bonus.|
|Awesome. What was your path to this career choice? Like education/jobs.||I just happened into it. Got entry level job during undergrad and worked my way up. Picked up master's while working.|
|Nice. Went to school for business I presume?||For my master's yes. Have doo doo lib arts degree for undergrad.|
|Awesome! So you managed to get the entry level job with just an arts degrees then worked your way up? Or was the MBA necessary for where you are at now?||I was in undergrad I got the job. It as entry level. $10/hr.|
|Master's not necessary but very helpful to stick out of the crowd.|
|Just noticed your name...classic. At around what limits are you able to get comps for free rooms out in either AC or Vegas? I would assume that Vegas is easier due to the vast amount of rooms, but what are your tips to earning comps faster?||Depends on the property and depends on the game. And by rooms, do you mean like direct mail offers or the ability to walk up to someone and say "bitch, I'm a baller - hook me up!"|
|What do you know of online gambling?||I did a bunch of preliminary work when I was a corporate person.|
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