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Best CFD brokers in India

Best CFD brokers in India
Contract-of-difference (CFD) is a financial contract. Two parties get into legal binding that pays the differences in settlement price of the asset. The opening and the closing price of the asset make traders profit/loss.
A unique way of investing in the market through such contracts. There are several CFD brokers in India that offer a range of services. We’ll analyse the best available in the market for successful trading.

CFD Brokers in India
CFD Brokers in India
The Indian market has active traders that keep investing in various assets. For such traders CFDs are a good investment opportunity. Although, it involves risk traders with good market experience can invest to earn profits.
Here, we have the best CFD brokers in India that users can trust for effortless trading:

FP Markets

FP Markets is an Australia based CFD broker that offers its services globally. Indian traders can open their account with the broker to have smooth CFD trading. It offers clients with thousands of CFDs to trade.
The brokerage platform has 60+ forex pairs, shares, precious metals,commodities, cryptos and indices.
Users can enjoy the various technical services that make trading more advanced. It has MetaTrader4 and MetaTrader5 trading platforms, ECN pricing, fast execution of trade and low pricing.
Besides, traders can have the following pros and cons:
  • Regulated broker
  • Tight spreads
  • Good product range to trade
  • Customer support
  • Meta Trading platform
  • Withdrawals are expensive


Pepperstone is a popular forex broker. The platform works to provide the best trading services worldwide. It was established in 2010 and is based in Australia. The broker opened its London office in 2015 to serve its European clients.
It has regulation of severn authorities. Thus, a safe trading platform that makes trading secure. In addition, traders can find various CFD assets to trade on the platform with other products.
Pepperstone has low trading fees, advanced tools and services. The facilities of the broker make trading easy and more effortless. In addition, the broker does not have any inactivity fees, withdrawal fee or deposit minimum or limit.
Other than this, traders can have various other facilities making it easy for traders to invest. The pros and cons of the broker are:
  • Low trading fees
  • Trading platform
  • No minimum deposit
  • Good research tools
  • Educational support
  • Customer service
  • Offers CFDs
  • Basic trading platform


AvaTrade is a 2006 trading platform. It has established itself as a leading forex and CFD broker with its dedicated and advanced services. The broker is working to provide its clients with the best service experience they are looking for.
It operates in more than 150 countries and India is one of them. Indian traders can open their account with the broker and invest in CFDs. The platform is best for the traders as it suits any class of investors.
There are wealth educational tools for beginners along with guides to support. For experts the platform offers comprehensive and advanced facilities to keep them investing in the markets.
The pros and cons of the broker are:
  • Wide range of assets
  • Educational tools
  • Trading platform
  • Comprehensive website
  • Secure
  • Mobile app
  • High inactivity fees


XM is a regulated forex and CFD broker. The parent company of the broker is Trading Point Holding. The broker was established in 2009 and is a known forex and CFD broker.
The broker has regulation of three authorities making it a secure trading platform. The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Financial Services Commission of Belize look after its working.
Pros and cons of the broker give a brief overview why the broker is best for CFD trading:
  • Low CFD trading fees
  • Easy and quick account opening
  • Educational tools
  • Various assets
  • No investors protection for EU clients

InvestBy is one of the leading and the best Forex and CFD brokers, allowing users to trade 350+ assets across all major financial markets, including Forex, Commodities, Cryptocurrencies, indices and Stocks.


CFD trading is a risky investment requiring support of the best brokers for efficient trading. In India traders can have various CFD brokers but in the article we have listed the best.
FP Markets, Pepperstone, AvaTrade and XM are the top four that traders can invest with. They offer a range of CFD trading services with low fees, various products, education facilities, tools and trading platforms.
Overall they are good Indian CFD brokers that allow smooth trading.
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Dec. 7. Qunacy Roundup. Great Currency Reset schedule. Putin & Dolly Parton slam Satan, whose rule is actually collapsing. Electric cars sterilize fetuses. Proof that JFK Jr. is alive. Queen Romana is in good health, thanks for asking.

As usual, anything in brackets [] is my comment.
Judy Byington of Dinar Chronicles summarizes the current GREAT Current Reset goalposts. She even gives her sources. (Note the similarities to the; last 87865 goalpost announcements. Will probably be moved by the time I post this.)
Lost tribes of Israel and space Nazis come out of closet as Satanic rule collapses. There can be no doubt the planet earth is going through changes that are beyond biblical in proportion. That is why an ancient secret society -with roots going back to the biblical Jacob in Egypt- as well as space Nazis on flying saucers are coming out of the closet. This is happening because an esoteric war that has been raging for thousands of years is coming to an end. What we are witnessing is an end to millennia of Satanic rule on this planet.
Let us start with events in China because they hold the key to so much else that is happening and is about to happen. China was touted by top Satanist Klaus Schwab Rothschild (Rothschild=red shield of satan) as the model for their digital human animal farm New World Order. he plan the Satanists had for this planet was to genetically modify every human into farm animal-type obedience, microchip their brains and control every aspect of their lives through constant, intrusive digital surveillance. In other words, literally, turn the planet into a giant human farm. [China implemented all this, blah, blah blah]
Well, the Satanists underestimated the Chinese. Chinese history shows that people will put up with a lot, but, when a certain point is reached, they simultaneously explode into rebellion. That is exactly what happened last week after Asian secret societies mobilized. First, top enforcer and former Chinese President Jiang Zemin died suddenly “after a long illness.” Following that, police and soldiers moved in and started dismantling PCR testing facilities and arresting the white-suited zombie enforcers.
The Asian secret societies are also aware the so-called pandemic was a combination of a 5G electromagnetic attack with the release of viruses by Rothschild-controlled laboratories in China. It is no coincidence that Klaus Schwab Rothschild was spotted at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Washington DC last week.
Putin And Dolly Parton Slap Down Satan As West Realizes Russia Will Never Run Out Of Ammunition. An intriguing new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today first noting President Putin signed into law a bill passed unanimously by the Russian Parliament completely banning LGBTQ propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations, gender reassignment and pedophilia on social networks, in the mass media, films and advertisements, says at near the exact same time this bill was signed into law yesterday, ...but joining President Putin to defend Christianity against socialist Western colonial demonic ideology, world-renowned American music legend Dolly Parton performed her hit song “Go to Hell” during a leftist NBC special programme, where she rebuked the Devil on prime-time television, proclaiming “Satan is real” and warning “He is trying to destroy everything good and beautiful”. [And a bunch of stuff about Western colonial bloodlust & Russia wonderfulness]
Inside Biden’s Billion Dollar, Drunken Gala Dinner [for French President Macron]. Thursday night’s liberal lollapalooza at Tyler Perry Studios’ “White House” was a farrago of drunkenness, paranoia, chicanery, pomposity, and alcohol-fueled rage toward Donald Trump and Elon Musk...Pelosi was tipsy when she arrived at the feast and sauntered to an open bar replete with scintillating bottles of pricey liquor–Clase Azul tequila, 50-year-old Appleton Estate Rum, Macallan Sherry Oak whiskey, and, to top it off, Chateau Margaux grand vin. Chilled decanters of 1959 Dom Perignon sat in ice buckets at every dinner table. As guests donned in tuxedos or ballroom gowns funneled inside the imitation White House, Pelosi lingered at the bar, heartily sampling various liquors while the bartender stared at her in dazed bewilderment...Meanwhile, Pelosi continued indulging in drink and, therefore, losing her inhibitions. At one point in the evening, she made a comment so cringeworthy that those within earshot feigned deafness or simply distanced themselves. Her speech slurred, she said she had “the best and biggest boobs in the House, better even than,” she added with distaste, “AOCs or MTGs.”...Later in the evening a splenetic, irascible Biden was overheard saying that “I need my candy,” after which his personal physician, Dr. Kevin O’Conner, escorted him from the banquet hall to a private room. Biden reappeared 20 minutes afterward, rejuvenated and refreshed, and loquaciously touted his “accomplishments” to rapturous applause. “Candy is Biden’s codeword for Adrenochrome,” our source said. “He was going downhill, so got his shot or infusion, then came back to serenade his sympathetic audience.
[As previously reported, Pelosi was arrested after the banquet & hauled off to Gitmo] AG sources told Real Raw News Saturday morning that Pelosi has been charged with multiple counts of treason and seditious conspiracy—coincidentally, perhaps, the very same charges she told the Department of Justice to level against Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes, [also] The United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps has released the name of a Hollywood producer who was arrested after attending the criminal Biden regime’s banquet last Thursday evening. That person is Eli Roth, an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor whose name is synonymous with torture-porn: Roth is best known for directing the film Hostel, a ghoulish fright-fest in which attractive, scantily clad young women lure horny college boys to an industrial warehouse owned by a secret society...According to a military arrest warrant reviewed by RRN, Roth’s snuff flicks weren’t entirely fictional. The document alleges that Roth sought to make his films as realistic as possible; Before principal filming began on Hostel, Cabin Fever, and The Green Inferno, Roth rented property in Bilisht, Albania, and used his underworld connections to hire members of the Albanian mafia to torture and murder people in ways that would eventually appear in the films.
Not to be confused with the Ark of the Covenant, which houses the two stone slabs of the Ten Commandments, the Ark of Gabriel, which is not mentioned in the Christian Bible, is a mysterious device, a secret weapon that many people are only beginning to learn about. Its legend has been perpetuated by the havoc it has wreaked over the centuries, as well as its potential to be unleashed upon the world.
Wild rumours that a fabled device or weapon called the “Ark of Gabriel” has been found under the Masjid al-Haram Mosque – the holiest site in Islam – are sweeping across the darker corners of the internet.
Legend tells the Archangel Gabriel – who told the Virgin Mary she would give birth to Jesus and dictated the Koran to the Prophet Muhammed – also entrusted an ark or box of “immense power” to the founder of the Muslim faith.
Muhammed was told to bury the ark in a shrine at a “place of worship” – for it to be brought out as the end of the world approaches.
Paranoid survivalists believe Saudi Arabia has uncovered the ark during a major construction project at the Grand Mosque – and handed it to the Russians.
They claim the Russian military is taking the ark to the Antarctic – possibly to a former Nazi UFO base.
...[An] attempt to remove the ark on September 24 caused a massive “plasma emission” that resulted in more than 4,000 deaths – Sorcha Faal claims. More than 2,000 were indeed killed in Mecca on that date – but the deaths were blamed on a stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage...
On hearing the news, Russian president Vladimir Putin reportedly dispatched the naval research vessel Admiral Vladimisky to collect the ark from the Saudi port city of Jeddah – the gateway to Mecca – and take it to the Antarctic. Two Russian battle satellites were launched to protect the Admiral Vladimisky and its precious cargo and a fleet of Russian warships, a salvage tug and oil tanker – carrying out manoeuvres in the Indian Ocean – have been ordered to rendezvous with it.
In other news
JFK Jr.: Most Convincing Photograph That He’s Still Alive And Is Q, Is This!! For me this is the most convincing photo proof that JFK Jr. is still alive. Notice a portion of the US military and others not in uniform… there’s the grey haired fella at the bottom of the Q wearing a dark suit… JFK Jr.? This is a photo of JFK Jr. with the Q team? Sure seems like it don’t it. This photo needs to be shared widely… it needs to be debated… it needs widespread presence on social media. Are we all in this together or what? I do believe so. It’s time we got more familiar with those protecting us.
The people in this photograph are the masterminds and higher levels of the greatest military intel drop in the history of the world, with the founder and original editor of George Magazine… who knew he would have to go away, to be part of the secret mission to not only save America, but also save humanity.
Short note on Queen Romana. She has been under the weather, but treated herself with roasted garlic. She got better "after a visit from BLUE Light Beings/ Friends on her Temples" and has been photographed "out grocery shopping [in Newfoundland] and showing We The People that there is no food shortage." New convoy member Leona. Posting some hard core antisemitism from her followers, not to mention pro-Putin stuff. Also pics of "our Earth Alliance SSP - Solar Warden Space Fighter Crafts".
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Pricing, Panic Selling, and Many Shades of Gray: What I’m Seeing in the Lab Diamond Market

Pricing, Panic Selling, and Many Shades of Gray: What I’m Seeing in the Lab Diamond Market
You may be searching for a lab diamond and confused about pricing that you’re seeing in the marketplace. Lab diamonds of the same 4 C’s can be offered at wildly different retail prices, whether by e-commerce, a large retailer, a private jeweler, a wholesaler, or an independent store. The reasons for these discrepancies have less to do with the entity selling the product and more to do with complex wholesale pricing dynamics and the cost of lab diamond production.
The lab diamond industry is currently experiencing a shakeout: a period of consolidation and liquidation following rapid expansion. It’s a tricky time to be a consumer of lab diamonds and more imperative than ever that you know what you’re buying.
Who Am I?
I’m the founder at a lab diamond jewelry company. I spend my days evaluating lab diamonds from around the world, documenting and analyzing changes in quality trends over years. I’ve personally inspected over 15,000 certified lab diamonds over 6+ years (and thousands more uncertified). I evaluate over 100 lab diamonds/week and regularly collaborate with grading labs like GIA to help advance consumer knowledge and education about this innovative product.
This breadth of exposure to and documentation of the lab diamond supply makes me uniquely positioned to comment on changes. After all, this is a product meant to be inspected in person. 360 videos can be manipulated (or even faked), and let’s just say the diamond industry isn’t known for its honesty.
What I’m Seeing
Before I get into market dynamics, it’s important to understand that there are characteristics of lab diamonds beyond the 4 C’s that are directly tied to production output and production cost. Two GIA-certified F VS1 treated CVD rounds can be a whopping 4x difference in cost at both wholesale and retail from one another. Significantly cheaper lab diamonds are often produced with sped up growth and catalysts that can cause defects beyond the 4 C’s like brown and gray color tinge or noticeably blurry material that doesn’t sparkle.
These defective characteristics can get so bad and so obvious that even a non-diamond expert can tell with the naked eye. This effectively means that there are now two categories of lab diamonds in the marketplace: those that look like natural diamonds and those that don’t.
I’ve been raising the alarm about this for a few years now. In some of my past Reddit posts, I posited this eminent bifurcation of lab diamond quality and that consumers would be none the wiser. Now that reality has come true. Two lab diamonds priced significantly in cost from one another likely will not look the same, and those quality characteristics beyond the 4 C’s are directly tied to the cost of production.
My organization continues to see relatively stable pricing for the absolute best quality lab diamonds that look natural, have great make and sparkle, and the cleanest, clearest material. That’s because those lab diamonds are more expensive to produce than the lower cost ones.
We have seen a decline in wholesale pricing for lab diamonds that do not pass our quality control standards, with differences as high as 4x the cost.
The number one question we get asked about lab diamonds: can you tell the difference between a lab diamond and a mined diamond with the naked eye? For years, we said no; and for some inventory out there, the answer remains no.
But with the surging prevalence of low-quality material in the marketplace, the new answer: it depends, and for a lot of the lab diamonds being produced today, yes you can tell the difference.
Is it possible to get a lab diamond that you love, that happens to be super cheap and available from e-commerce? Yes, of course.
Will it be beautiful? I don't know. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I’m here to talk about lab diamond quality and what is causing this phenomenon, not whether you may or may not have been happy with your own lab diamond purchase.
In this post I cover current market conditions for lab diamonds, the defects that can arise in low quality CVD and HPHT, and where the industry needs to go to satisfy consumer demand for natural-looking, nice material lab diamonds in the medium and short term.
For expediency and to make this post readable and usable by the public, I have admittedly simplified some very complex scientific topics. You will see me intentionally use qualifying language like “may,” “most,” “often,” “majority of,” etc.
For the sake and sanity of other Redditors, please refrain from corner-case combatting my post with edge cases. Recognize that I am here to provide guidance and insight on the industry at a high level, and I do not have the ability to cover every single exception in a Reddit post (nor would anyone read it).
How We Got Here
Over the last 3 years, the lab diamond industry has seen both an explosion in demand as well as a significant increase in the number of CVD growers around the world. During COVID, diamond mining and HPHT diamond growing stayed shut much longer than CVD diamond growing. This led to a number of diamond cutting facilities (mostly in India) in need of rough to cut.
In what can only be called a boom era, the number of CVD growers increased, with nascent aspirational growers purchasing re-purposed Japanese reactors of varying quality, many of which are fundamentally flawed technology that leak nitrogen into the reactor. People who had no business growing lab diamonds entered the market, and a lot of them still don’t know what they’re doing. After all, it’s not particularly hard to grow lab diamonds; but it is hard to grow them well.
The manufacturing (cutting) side of diamonds couldn’t get enough. Existing CVD growers started getting pressured (pun intended) to produce more and more with their existing equipment. They started using shortcuts: truncated growth cycles by running the machines hotter and faster; using and re-using cheap seeds; using cheaper hydrocarbon gases; and introducing catalysts like nitrogen or compensating boron to increase production to the maximum degree physically possible.
Lab diamonds got faster and cheaper to produce, but not better. The technology didn’t improve. In fact, these shortcuts came with consequences like color tinges, crystal strain, and lackluster material.
This expansion was accelerated by a sudden uptick in demand over the last 2 years due to consumer education, the lifting of COVID restrictions, a strong US economy and dollar, a war in Ukraine that brought attention to the “conflict” nature of Russian mined diamonds, and a desire for bigger, better at lower cost by the US consumer.
Indeed, lab diamonds are representing an ever-increasing percentage of fine jewelry sold by both independent and online jewelers and will continue to gain market share in the months and years ahead.
However, demand for fine jewelry and luxury goods in general has begun to dip in recent weeks as impacts of inflation, layoffs, fears of recession, crypto crashes, uncertainty around the election, and rising interest rates hamper consumer spending. CVD growers historically operate on extremely low profit margins, meaning that any reduction in demand can have immediate financial consequences.
Manufacturers who bought poor quality lab diamond rough have found themselves in a tough spot: they have a glut of cut and polished inventory with gray and brown tinge and crystal strain, and they need to get rid of it. Historically they’ve been able to offload their inventory to wholesalers in mixed parcels (literally mixed bags of good and bad lab diamonds), but wholesalers have gotten smart about gray/brown tinge and are forcing manufacturers and growers to sell them lab diamonds individually. This has left the lower quality material without a home.
To save cost, some growers have even stopped capturing 360 videos, opting instead to trade their goods entirely by the grading report. This kind of forced selling strategy is obviously concerning as it can lead to fraudulent behavior.
This confluence of events has had a sudden impact on pricing at the wholesale level, forcing some vendors to panic-sell their existing inventory at a loss. This will leave many of those vendors with little to no ability to re-invest in quality inventory in the future, compounding the use of any means necessary to reduce production costs going forward. This requirement to produce more for less can exacerbate a competitive environment in which the actions of a few growers may force higher quality growers to use shortcuts themselves.
This is a downward spiral that likely gets worse before it gets better. This will inevitably lead to the demise of some growers and may cause a reduction in lab diamond supply in the medium term. Simply put: a lot of lab diamond growers who had no business being in this business need to sell out now, or risk going out of business.
If this truly is an industry shakeout, the question remains: will the free market reward the cheapest producers of lab diamonds, or the best? Only time will tell.
Output = Quality
Understanding wide discrepancies in lab diamond pricing requires an understanding of both lab diamond growth as well as wholesale market dynamics.
On the growth side, lab diamond costs of production are associated with how quickly they can be grown. This dictates both the quantity and quality of output. Various shortcuts can alter the output of a CVD grower by 4-5x by adding catalysts and speeding up growth.
What this means:
  • If you use shortcuts, you can grow 5x more diamonds
  • If you use shortcuts, you can grow the same quantity of diamonds in one-fifth the time
  • If you use shortcuts, you can grow the same quantity of diamonds at one-fifth the cost
These shortcuts present lower quality lab diamonds as it relates to the 4 C’s. Warmer color lab diamonds of G, H, and I color are much less expensive to produce than DEF, even with treatment. Rap pricing for these goods has largely “solved” for that phenomenon.
But the real issue lies beyond the 4 C’s. Grading labs are not responsible for reporting on all subjective aspects of a diamond. Instead, reports cover a diamond’s basic quality characteristics as it relates to carat, color, clarity (and for rounds, cut). Color is graded for the presence of any color, not just yellow, culet up. Material issues like strain are not reported as part of clarity.
Below my summary I go in deeper into explanations around BGS and BGP. I could easily expand this post to be dozens of pages long with tons of examples, but for the sake of brevity I’ve kept this high level, and I've not covered every aspect of quality beyond the 4 c's. If you’d like me to expand on some of these topics, just comment. I’ll try my best to do a follow up post or DM you more information.
TL:DR Summary & Where We Go From Here
The lab diamond industry is at risk of losing consumer confidence that a lab diamond is the same, chemically, as a natural diamond. This is especially true if the products do not look the same to a lay person. This in turn can make a consumer question the purchase of a lab diamond altogether.
I was recently challenged on this by a fellow Redditor who asked me: “How can 2 different F VS1 labs look different? Isn't that the entire point of ratings/grading?” before asking if what I had said was “all BS.”
This is a reasonable question, and the answer is that I wish you could simply rely on the grading labs. The discrepancies in lab diamond quality require significant capital investment from sellers who want to guarantee quality.
What should consumers know? There are gorgeous lab diamonds out there, some that rival the world’s best natural diamonds. There are lab diamonds that look indistinguishable from natural diamonds of the same 4 C’s. And they’re available from all manner of sellers.
However, this is still a free market that puts a premium on quality. You shouldn’t be surprised to pay more to get more.
How can you ensure you make a good purchase? Trust the seller and make sure they know what they’re selling to you. If that’s your local jeweler who you have a great relationship with, great. If that’s an e-commerce site, that’s awesome.
I’m not advocating for one retailer over another. Obviously as a lab diamond retailer myself, I am not objective. However, I wouldn’t personally buy a lab diamond totally sight unseen, even with over 6 years and 15,000 lab diamonds behind me. And if you saw what I saw on a weekly basis, you wouldn’t either.
Videos are incredibly deceptive, prone to gray tones, and easy to dupe. I find 360 videos in many cases to be detrimental to in-person QC, not helpful.
Be safe, be smart, and when in doubt, listen to Warren Buffet: “If you don’t know jewelry, know your jeweler.”
BGS: The CVD Defects You Need to Know
A re-cap on CVD growth: CVD diamonds are grown by placing a lab grown diamond seed into a vacuum chamber, introducing hydrocarbon gas (methane), hydrogen, and using microwave energy to break apart the methane. The carbon rains down and deposits on the seed, growing vertically layer by layer in the shape of a cube.
Six main things contribute to how a CVD diamond looks: the quality of the seed used, how many growth cycles a diamond goes through, how hot/fast you try to run the machine, the quality of the methane gas used, whether or not accelerators like nitrogen are added to the reactor, and whether or not you conduct treatments to the crystal, mid or post growth.
B is for Brown
Brown tinge \"H\" color lab diamond
If you run a CVD machine too hot and too fast or if you can’t fully control your plasma, the resulting crystal has more voids at an atomic level and hence, looks brown. Growth catalysts like nitrogen can increase brown. The fastest and easiest way to reduce brown is to simply use a post-growth HPHT treatment. But the better and cleaner way is to run your machine more slowly.
Running your machine more slowly = time = lower output = less revenue.
How it appears to the naked eye: quite literally, brown. Since diamonds are graded for color by the presence of any color, culet up, a CVD diamond can yellowy, brown, or gray in tone. How a lab diamond looks table up can also be very different from culet up since the brown color is cause by voids and not necessarily nitrogen.
Here is a video showing two G colors. The diamond on the left is brown in tinge.
G is for Gray
Gray tinged \"H\" color lab diamond
Treatment of a brown lab diamond can cause a gray hue. This is a result of collapsing voids in the crystal structure as well as exposing graphite deposits in the crystal. During post growth treatment, it’s also possible that carbon atoms revert back to graphitic bonds around the vacancies, leaving microscopic bubbles of gray graphite in the diamond. The gray tone can vary from mild to severe. Even color grades as high as D can have telltale signs of post growth treatment leaving behind a gray hue.
To be clear, post growth treatment of nicer quality CVD can result in beautiful material. Treatment of low quality material can look gray. Garbage in, garbage out.
How it appears to the naked eye: not just gray tinge, but overall dark and lifeless.
Here is a video of a gray-tinged F color lab diamond (left) next to a natural looking E color lab diamond (right).
Is it possible to find brown and gray natural diamonds? Yes. However, the reasons for the tinge is different, how it looks to the naked eye is different, and how those tinges are disclosed is different ("chocolate," "salt and pepper," vs white diamonds).
S is for Strain
Crystal strain in CVD (likely caused by low quality multi-sector seeds)
Crystal strain is blurriness in the crystal caused primarily by the using and re-using of cheap, multi-sector low quality seeds. Good quality seeds versus low quality seeds can vary up to 30-40x in cost!
Strain is due to edge dislocations, or half complete sheets of carbon during the deposit stage of CVD. This creates a warping or stretching of the carbon crystal lattice (basically an uneven carbon structure). If the layers of carbon are not evenly aligned because they’re depositing on an uneven surface, the light scatters inside of the diamond causing birefringence (inconsistent light refraction).
Strain is exacerbated by growth catalysts like nitrogen which speed up production but worsen blurriness.
How it appears to the eye: windex streaks; it looks like you cannot get the diamond clean. It’s blurry and lacks sparkle. Crystal strain does not contribute to clarity grades.
S is also for Striations
Blurry, out of focus material from several growth runs (striations) in CVD
Most CVD diamonds are not grown in one run, but rather in several runs, starting and stopping the machine several times. This iterative growth creates inconsistency in the carbon structure because a CVD reactor at start up has a completely different plasma environment than a CVD reactor running at a steady state.
The simplest analogy I can use is baking a cake, where midway through baking, you add a new layer of batter to the top. Thirty minutes later it’s still a cake, but now the consistency is wrong.
Hence, the CVD diamond can develop striations, or rings of diamond growth. These are easily seen under high-powered deep UV-C light, which requires specialized equipment. All CVD have some level of stria (plural of striation), and some of is not problematic. But extensive growth layers (5+) can make the carbon deposit incorrectly, causing light to scatter and escape in the crystal. The telltale signs are dark rings that run parallel to the table and indicate where the CVD reactor started and stopped.
The more growth cycles the diamond goes through, the cheaper it was to produce. Running your CVD reactor slow enough to reduce growth cycles is significantly more expensive.
How it appears to the eye: the diamond is quite literally out of focus with the carbon layers so misaligned that it looks like you cannot see straight into the crystal. It results in dull, lifeless material. Striations do not contribute to clarity or cut grades.
BGP: The HPHT Defects You Need to Know:
A quick re-cap on how HPHT diamonds are grown:
  1. Small diamond seeds are placed in an insulated growth cell made of Salt and Zirconia.
  2. A metal powder is poured over the diamond seeds, which acts as both a solvent and catalyst for the diamond growth
  3. Graphite is added on top of the metal
  4. The growth cell is then sealed and placed at the center of the HPHT pressure cooker.
  5. The growth cell is subjected to 1 million psi of pressure, and heated to 1500 °C.
  6. The solvent-catalyst metal melts into a liquid.
  7. The carbon above the metal slowly melts as well, and transits through the liquid metal and eventually adheres to the small diamond seeds, growing the crystal atom by atom. It is also possible to re-start HPHT growth on top of existing rough.
B is for Blue
Blue tinged HPHT lab diamond
Because HPHT diamonds are not grown in a vacuum, they are exposed to our atmosphere which is 78% nitrogen. Hence, HPHT diamonds for decades were contaminated with nitrogen and a bright golden orange yellow color.
To grow colorless diamonds, growers must properly prepare the metal discs for those seeds and reduce gapping where nitrogen can leak into the growth cell. This is extremely time consuming and expensive. It simply faster and cheaper to add a significant amount of a ‘compensator’ that cancels out the nitrogen: boron.
If the growers add too little boron, their diamonds are still goldish brown. If the growers add too much boron, the diamonds turn a bluish hue.
Generally speaking, a bluish hue in a lab diamond can be problematic because 1. It can look noticeably different from a white diamond, and 2. It can be mistaken for another gemstone because of its blue color.
Diamonds with present boron are considered type IIb and exist in both lab grown and natural diamonds. However, Type IIb blue-tinged natural diamonds make up less than 0.1% of the gem-quality market. These are also so rare that they are often unaffordable to the public, especially in bridal sizes of 1.5ct+ where they can sell in the millions of dollars, not thousands.
Hence, when I refer to blue tinge as being “unnatural looking,” I am referring to the fact that effectively zero regular consumers could “accidentally” buy a blue natural diamond for an engagement ring. So a lab diamond with a blue hue may be different enough in appearance from a white natural diamond that someone could easily spot the color tinge and question the material.
A blue tinged lab diamond may be fine with you as a consumer, and if you know what you’re buying, that’s great! But it’s still considered a defect.
Some retailers who know very little about the product will confuse a blue tinge with strong blue fluorescence. They are not the same thing.
G is for Gray
A gray tinged HPHT diamond
Instead of using boron, some growers will use titanium or aluminum as ‘getters’ or ‘compensators’ for present nitrogen. When this happen, microscopic titanium carbide crystals can form within the grown diamond which can give the diamond a gray appearance. Gray tinge can also be from irradiating a blue nuanced HPHT stone to try and heal the blue color.
I put a video here of a grayish blue HPHT next to a natural looking HPHT.
P is for Phosphorescence (glow in the dark)
The presence of boron can also cause an HPHT diamond to have bright phosphorescence, which is an orange or blue glow seen after exposure to long wave UV light (such as sunlight), or a standard blacklight. This is problematic because it is visible in the course of everyday life and does not require jeweler’s or specialized equipment to see it. Even a few seconds in direct sunlight can activate the boron. Moving from sunlight to a dark room, an HPHT diamond can glow in the dark, with the glow lingering for several minutes or even hours. This can make the diamond look cloudy/milky in low light environments.
Phosphorescence is not the same thing as fluorescence.
I put an entire post up about this on Reddit.
On left: a handheld UV light (the same as sunlight). At right: obvious phosphorescence zoning. This did not require any sophisticated equipment to see.
The grading laboratories do not offer any information regarding phosphorescence on a certificate. It is only something you can test for in person.
Growers are always looking for ways to mask their sins or reduce their costs. One of the ways that growers may be reducing phosphorescence is by putting the HPHT diamond through an irradiation treatment. This is not the same thing as annealing and instead uses an electron beam to permanently alter the crystal. The main problem with this method is that it turns the crystal a slate blue-gray color which looks very strange in person.
You may think it's super cool that your lab diamond glows in the dark. As long as you know what you're buying, that's great! But it can have consequences. I have personally seen strong phosphorescence in an HPHT diamond affect its appearance in low light environments for hours. This is not a hypothetical academic concept; it is real.
Type IIb natural diamonds can also experience phosphorescence but the way it appears (notably via zoning) is not the same between lab grown and natural.
How to Avoid Buying a Defective Lab Diamond:
  1. Understand the objectives of grading labs such as GIA, IGI, and GCAL
  2. Acknowledge the shortcomings of 360° videos to assess a lab diamond
  3. See lab diamonds side-by-side to see the blue, brown, and blurriness
  4. Check HPHT diamonds for phosphorescence
  5. Find a knowledgeable jeweler with substantial experience with lab diamonds.
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22 Poesie reviews (or, yep, I definitely love cardamom)

Since my last Poesie review post (the complete Wonderland collection, posted this past spring), which is when I started realizing how well Poesie works for me as a house, I have taken the opportunity to try a fairly large set of Poesies, including a wide range of samples and decants (with my thanks to Ajevie, u/flouncingsnape, u/definingmagic, and u/wewawalker for making all this tremendous fun of exploring this house possible!) Here are my thoughts (scents in alphabetical order rather than by collection, since in most cases there's just one or two from a given collection), with a few final thoughts at the end (recommendations if you're looking for snuggly and/or cardamom scents) and my usual "here's where they landed in my collection" overview.
A lot of Poesie's perfume oils have an underlying, recognizable vanilla musk base, which works really well for me (in fact, when I put on a Poesie perfume oil in the late summer after not having worn any Poesies for months, I realized that I'd really missed it!), but if you've tried a few and don't love that vanilla musk base, chances are most of Poesie's catalogue may not work on you. Other notes I love from Poesie are their cardamom (I truly think Poesie has the very best cardamom note!), sandalwood, black tea, and - to my HUGE surprise - their leather note. (This from a girl who does not like leather or suede! Read on to find out why I've been converted.) They do cozy, snuggly scents like nobody's business, but I find their more gourmand scents to be too sweet or artificially candy-ish on me. I also branched into some of their darker scents in the last few months and found a few that I really enjoy and one that instantly became a holy grail scent for me.
Several of these - Black Cat Cuddles, Myself Invisible, Perfect Happiness, Sleepy Ghost, and Sweet Sleep - are currently available either as general catalog or autumn scents, if you're looking to add something to your cart for a Black Friday order. (And if you're looking for even more Poesie reviews, HERE is my review post from last winter, when I reviewed 14 Poesie scents including several general catalog scents, several autumn scents, and several winter scents, including a couple of the current "returning winter favorites" and Black Friday gift tier scents too.)

Black Cat Cuddles [Sweet coconut milk spiked with clove, cinnamon & black pepper, incense-dusted fur, flecks of black vanilla bean, a distant pine forest] - When I first put it on, it's milky, almost buttery coconut milk, with some underlying autumnal spices (but not nearly as strong as I expected). After a few minutes for the coconut milk to settle, a blast of trees joins it, and the longer it dries, the more balanced it becomes, with the spices amping up to join the coconut milk and pine. To my devastation, I don't get any incense (and I love incense). But your mileage may vary - I know some other people get all incense and no trees. Personally I would call this one "atmospheric" rather than "snuggly", though I know a lot of folks consider this to be a really cuddly perfume. I'm so glad to have it in my collection! It's not going in my "autumn cozy" section though - I'll wear this on days when I want a more atmospheric scent, with outfits in shades of dark blues and greens to play up the trees.
Blanket [Dry vanilla bean, skin musk, all the winter coziness] - After the tremendous success, for me, of Poesie's snuggly scents with cardamom, I wanted to try this one even though it doesn't have cardamom. 😂 It's incredibly cozy, very pretty. This vanilla isn't in the slightest bit gourmand, and the (slightly baby powder-ish) skin musk makes it very intimate and personal. There's not a lot to this scent, but it's executed beautifully. Snuggly and inoffensive. If you enjoy cozy vanilla scents, this one is worth trying if it comes around again. (I got my 2-ml in Poesie's short-lived "our fall collection's release is delayed so here are a few past autumn/winter scents we found leftovers of" release.)
Cozy [Spicy cardamom + rich vanilla] - I got this one along with Blanket in that past autumn/winter leftovers sale, after I'd been seeking Cozy for ever! I adore Poesie's cardamom note (see also Comfort and Cardigan and Lagniappe X below) so of course this one's been on my wishlist since I first heard of it. Does Cozy have too few notes? Probably. But I don’t care - it's vibrant spiced cardamom and a snuggly, buttery vanilla, and I am happy. On my Poesie cardamom enjoyment scale, this falls below Comfort [Toasted cardamom pods, pink peppercorn, precious resins, sandalwood flower, cashmere blankets, warm vanilla musk] and just above Cardigan [Creamy Mysore sandalwood spiced with cardamom pods & pimento berries, French vanilla, white chocolate, comforting sweater musk].
Crowned [A clean blend of lavender, mint and grapefruit, fluffy marshmallow, royal sandalwood] - This one strongly features the typical Poesie vanilla musk base, so if you don't like that or it doesn't really work on your skin, this might be one to skip past, but if you do like that base (like me!), this is an absolutely gorgeous scent that feels so quintesentially "Poesie". Over that fluffy marshmallow-y vanilla musk base are Poesie's warm, fuzzy sandalwood note (gosh I love their sandalwood), the soft herbal of the lavender and mint, and just a touch of grapefruit citrus vibrancy.
Emmeline Pankhurst [Black tea swirled with vanilla cream, cold rain on stone, soft linen, cozy musk] - Okay, so Poesie's black tea not is as good as everyone says, but my actual success with their tea-focused scents has varied. Twice to Tea [A strongly brewed cup of Earl Grey tea delicately infused with all natural lavender absolute, sweetened with vanilla syrup, and lightened with a splash of milk] really doesn't work for me; Always Time for Tea [Countless cups of black tea loaded with cream, treacle tarts, mini strawberry jam tarts] also didn't work, and I'm still debating about Opening Chapter (see below), but Emmeline Pankhurst is my holy grail cozy tea scent. It's the perfect rainy day tea perfume - the gorgeous Poesie tea note is underlaid by the familiar vanilla musk base, giving it a hint of sweetness without being overwhelming. Even without looking at the notes list, I could make out the linen and stone notes too, which together make this perfume a paradoxical combination of cozy and reserved. Sadly, it doesn't last more than a few magical hours. If this comes back around in this spring's Reissue, I will absolutely upsize this one (this year I got an Ajevie slonk).
French Kiss [Marshmallowy vanilla meringue kisses swirled with blueberry jam] - This one is a highly artificial blueberry note, at least on my skin. Paired with the meringue, it's blueberry candy but with an interesting hit of lemon zest for vibrancy, which I didn't expect but rather enjoyed. However, for a springtime blueberry scent I vastly prefer Nui Cobalt Robin's Egg [Dainty forget-me-nots and lily of the valley, a dollop of whipped blueberry creme, and a cozy birch nest tucked into a flowering dogwood tree], so I ended up destashing this one.
Goblin King [Crystal candy balls, mossy labyrinth walls, a cup of Earl Grey tea, marshmallow, pumpkin pie, a spicy dance, leather pants, a sigh] - This one came as a mystery freebie with everybody's Ghosts & Goblins order - it had the name on the vial but no notes announced, and teased a forthcoming Labyrinth-themed release (and I still think we're going to get a whole Labyrinth collection in 2023). Based on my initial sniffs in the vial, I guessed the notes for this mystery sample were tiare flower (or at least something floral), lime blossom (I got a citrus note that wasn't lemon or lime), and suede. I'm actually quite pleased with my guess! On my skin, the bergamot becomes obvious; it's the same as in Twice to Tea. Happily, without the milky notes of Twice to Tea, Goblin King doesn't go all sour on me. The greenish floral note I got in my first guess was definitely the moss, which is damp and flowery for the first hour or so before this note dissipates. It dries down to a heavily bergamot-scented, suede-like rather than sharp or smoky leather.
Introverted Goblin [Chai tea with extra cardamom, a cozy stack of old books, marshmallow, sweet pumpkin flesh enrobed in warm pumpkin spice] - Pumpkin and chai spices with EXTRA CARDAMOM, over the Poesie marshmallow base? Sign me up!! I couldn't commit to a blind-bought full-size, so I ordered an Ajevie sample and crossed my fingers that I wouldn't regret missing out on the chance to buy a full bottle. Marshmallow and pumpkin make a fluffy, creamy base. Above it are beautiful baking spices (fellow cardamom lovers will want to know that cardamom is definitely here, but not nearly as prominent as in Cardigan or Comfort or Cozy). The "old books" notes is here as a strongly-present but gentle and velvety leather. I'm not one for leather notes, but Poesie is slowly convincing me that theirs works for me, in Tempus Fugit especially, and also in Myself Invisible (see below, for both of these). Introverted Goblin blooms beautifully over the next few hours of wear, the creamy pumpkin coming a bit more forward. This one is a gorgeous cozy autumnal scent and one I'm enjoying very much, but also to my great relief, it's not among my very most favorite Poesies, which is good because it was so limited and I didn't get a chance to try it until now, after the collection had come down (so I can't buy any more unless it comes back next fall).
Just Like Heaven [Delicate lavender, heavenly marshmallow accord, resinous incense] - Right when I first apply it, there's a sort of green, snipped stems aroma. As that starts to dry down, it becomes smoked lavender. About half an hour in, the notes balance out - herbal lavender and a smoky incense on a bed of powdery marshmallows. I should note that this is very different from Stereoplasm Lavender Scarab [Golden amber, English lavender, blackberry, incense] even though it shares the lavender and incense notes over a sweeter base - Lavender Scarab is quite warm and fuzzy, and the golden amber almost pumpkin-y in its creaminess, while Just Like Heaven is much more herbal and smoky.
Lagniappe X [Creamy vanilla custard, golden amber, fragrant vanilla pods soaked in fine cognac, a plume of church incense, rich sandalwood, curls of dark chocolate, marshmallows, organic cardamom, and warm pink peppercorn] - This one is sweeter than I tend to like, hovering right around the line of being too gourmand for me, but because it's not imitating a specific dessert, it works for me, and the sugariness dies down a bit as it dries, to be replaced by the pink peppercorn. Amazingly, every single one of the notes can be distinguished if you look for it. There's a lot to it, lots of notes here - Husband sniffed it and said, "it's kind of piled up, isn't it?" - and although I wonder if it might be even better if it had fewer notes and was a little more directed, I also see what Joelle was going for here, with this mix of her ten favorite notes. There's something so enthusiastically celebratory about this scent, warm and sweet and spiced and undeniably golden. With my great love of vanilla, incense, the distinctive Poesie sandalwood note, and especially CARDAMOM, it's inevitable that I would fall hard for this one (despite the gourmand-ness of the custard and cognac), and I blind-bought a full-size in full confidence that I would adore it - as indeed I do!
Marble Kiss [Gorse blossom, pink marshmallow, sweet sandalwood incense, a wedding coronet of orange blossom, white iris, and rose de mai] - Absolute, sublime gorgeousness. This is the same milky sandalwood base as my beloved Comfort and in Crowned, but instead of spicy warm cardamom as the accent (as in Comfort) or the herbal + citrus of Crowned, here the sandalwood is joined by herbal gorse and some velvety florals, and a bit of extra sweetness from the marshmallow.
Mure [Juicy, ripe blackberries picked straight from the vine] - Stunningly realistic blackberries! Juicy and sweet, tempered by some tartness, acidity, and astringency. There's not a lot of depth to this one - it's very linear and smells basically the same throughout its whole wear - but it's a fantastic layering note, one I've already been playing around with in colder weather but I think it's going to truly sine in summer.
Myself Invisible [Stacked books, spilled ink, black tea, shy violets hiding deep in the forest] - It really is ink! I didn't know that I knew what ink smelled like, but as soon as you apply this, it's immediately obvious. This is a spectacular and completely unisex "dark academia" scent. It's a poet in a flowing shirt frowning over their quill by candlelight as they pen a poem to their beloved. Behind the dark, swirling ink is a handful of fresh violets, and behind that is a hint of leather, which I recognize from Tempus Fugit (see below). This is 100% going in the "dark academia" section of my autumn scents, which interestingly enough (though it's perhaps not surprising, given last year's Quill & Ink collection) is comprised mostly of Poesies - my other Poesie perfumes in this category are Firelight Study, Yet To Be Written, and Wicked Ghost (and then the non-Poesies are Nui Cobalt Black Squirrel and Nui Cobalt Spectral Spidersilk). I'm super thrilled to have finally had the chance to try Myself Invisible; it caught my eye early in my indie perfume journey and I finally got one as the freebie with my Poesie order for Reissue leftovers this past summer. As for longevity on my skin, this one is especially low even for Poesie, gone within just a few hours.
Opening Chapter [A generous cup of steaming Darjeeling tea, a rainy day, a pile of old books all your own] - This one is definitely in the same family as Emmeline Pankhurst, with Poesie's lovely tea note and underlying vanilla musk. This one, though, is much grassier, with an almost tobacco-like chew to it. This scent is sort of on probation, waiting for me to see if I reach for it when I have so many other black tea scents I love. (Thus far, it has not been getting any love, so it's a candidate to join my destash list.)
Perfect Happiness [Crisp green tea, slices of wedding cake topped with coconut, a hint of mint + ginger, white sandalwood] - This was a swap gift and honestly, I wouldn't have picked it out for myself - I don't actively dislike any of the notes, but they didn't stick out to me as something I'd want to try. And that's the beauty of gifts and freebies, isn't it - someone else can help you discover things you never would have otherwise. This is absolutely gorgeous: vanilla with a distinctly white cake flavor, paired with coconut, mint, and ginger, and creamy sandalwood making it smooth, and just a bit of grassy green tea for that little something extra. It's a perfect summer scent.
Rich Ghost [Iso E Super, ruby red grapefruit, rich sandalwood, golden threads of saffron, a hint of jasmine perfume, grey musk, warm amber, marshmallow] - This perfume smells mad expensive, all musk and sandalwood and amber and effervescent grapefruit. I know a lot of us were worried when grapefruit was a last-minute addition to the notes list, but truly, I don't get a separate citrus note from this, just a general brightness, like when you add a splash of lemon juice when cooking just to brighten up the flavors with that acid, but the end result doesn't taste like lemon. This scent isn't fizzy, but could almost be - it feels like a glass of champagne in a really fancy, shimmery dress. Marshmallow doesn't come out until several hours later, when it pops its head out as the base to this perfume, but I couldn't smell it until the top notes had left - which makes this a little strange as a Poesie Ghost given that they're all constructed on a marshmallow base, but here the marshmallow really isn't apparent, at least not for a long while. I'm loving this one; it feels undeniably sophisticated (dare I say "mainstream"?) and I have a humorous worry that I am not cultivated enough for this scent.
Selene [Magnolia grandiflora, moon musk, calming clouds] - Husband, sniffing my wrist, gets a distinct saltwater note, and characterizes this as "moonlight on the beach." Meanwhile I get a very pretty, powdery soap, that opens with an almost-citrus note (though I can't quite identify what type of citrus) but then goes more floral as it dries. It's pretty although rather nondescript.
Shy Ghost [Milky chai laced with warm spices and sweet vanilla is topped with a dollop of whipped cream] - It's definitely in the same family as Cozy with its combination of vanilla and gentle spice. Shy Ghost goes on with that familiar and lovely Poesie vanilla musk base, with an unexpected but short-lived burst of something almost like citrus, then settles into - well, they're exactly right to call this a "milky chai." Where Cozy is a fat, buttery vanilla with spicy wonderful cardamom, Shy Ghost is a very milky vanilla and a more muted blend of chai spices - I get cardamom and nutmeg and maybe some allspice, but no cinnamon, pepper, clove, or ginger. It's incredibly cozy and I love it! In truth, if you have Cozy or Comfort or maybe even Cardigan, you may not need Shy Ghost - it's not that different in overall effect - unless like me you are a fiend for snuggly cardamom scents, in which case Shy Ghost is a must for your collection.
Sleepy Ghost [Marshmallow pillows sprinkled with natural lavender essential oil and absolute for sweet dreams] - It's really gentle and exceptionally lovely. This herbal lavender has no astringency or sharpness whatsoever to it, but almost an undertone of smooth, gentle incense (as in Stereoplasm Lavender Scarab [Golden amber, English lavender, blackberry, incense]). The marshmallow is fluffy and powdery but not overly sugary. It's perfect as a comforting sleep scent.
Sweet Sleep [Caramelized pumpkin flesh, pumpkin pie spices, creamy vanilla, blonde woods, natural lavender essential oil and absolute] - This one is creamy pumpkin pie with a kiss of lavender. In comparison to several other houses' pumpkin + lavender scents (comparative review post coming soon!), Sweet Sleep is primarily the pumpkin and spices, with a sweet (not bitter or herbal) lavender behind it. It doesn't morph much as it wears, and it's perfectly lovely but not my favorite of Poesie's snuggly autumn scents. I actually do prefer Introverted Goblin over this one.
Tempus Fugit [Precious sandalwood, spilled blackberry wine, wheels of golden amber, antique lace, a forgotten rose pressed in the pages of an ancient leather-bound book] - I bought a decant and it immediately became my holy grail blackberry + sandalwood scent, and I'm so thankful that they then let me buy the rest of their bottle! It opens with that familiar and lovely Poesie vanilla musk base, then blossoms into tart, juicy blackberry, velvety golden amber, and the Poesie sandalwood note I love so much in Comfort and Amaterasu [Golden sandalwood incense, rice milk, bright cardamom, amber, dry wheat, and sunflowers] - three extraordinarily different takes on sandalwood, all of them stunning. If I could only remember who recently convinced me to give this a try by promising that the leather wasn't prominent, I would give you a flying hug, because this is amazing, I love it so much, and I'm so grateful to have been introduced to another true love.
Wicked Ghost [Innocent marshmallow encompassed in glowing black amber and resinous incense smoke] - This black amber has more labdanum than my usual favorite amber (golden), but it is tempered by the sweet, powdery marshmallow so that the scent isn't overwhelmingly dark but just a little wicked. I don't get much incense on its own, but it definitely contributes a bit to the overall glowing, resinous quality.

Final thoughts:

Where these all landed in my collection:

All year 'round:

I would love to hear if you've had similar - or vastly different! - experiences with any of these, or if I've inspired you to seek out a few new-to-you Poesie scents!
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[BC Orange Animal Bio -Sélections] - [Simply Bare] - [28.4%THC] - [DATE D'EMBALLAGE-2022-09-14]

[BC Orange Animal Bio -Sélections] - [Simply Bare] - [28.4%THC] - [DATE D'EMBALLAGE-2022-09-14]
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I didn't want to leave this stone unturned. I bit the bullet and went ahead and decided I WANTED to try 'THE WORST SIMPLY BARE PRODUCT' ...
Well. I had been warned. Turns out JediMasterZao was spot on on his review. A slight taste of orange zest... a tea biscuit finish ... and otherwise a flower that is less appealing than my cherry ak I had from 1964 before that.
But, I don't know how the others are finding it after a while.. it's special in the sense that I'm sometimes under a sativa high... sometimes slow like under a good indica... and that is surprising.
(It is said to be indica dominant on SB's website. )
Also interesting, this strain is FVOPA certified (so it's certified Organic and Bio both in Canada and the US) !
It does hit, but when you think you were smoking a dud and reviews were even being generous ... then it hits you .. ...
Honestly not a product I would buy again, but still glad to be enjoying it !
My fav was the white runtz, followed by a tie between the banana and the nitro cherry, followed by the gassy pebbles, and then this bc orange animal.
It's both a potent indica and a potent sativa... but it's a bit of a roller coaster.
Buds are sticky, but they barely stick 1-2 seconds because they are way fluffier than any simply bare I ever had.
The smell when you open the bag hits you like a tangerine dream... then as other said.. it goes into a simple orange zest.. then even that fades away... to leave a Goglu biscuit (tea biscuit) smell.
Ashes are salt-and-pepper. Does provide a nice oil ring.
It's not the smoothest simply bare! at all! .. it's indeed my least favorite ... yet still way ahead of other players.
Plus side : being fluffy made it the 'fullest' bag I had from SB.
Still a happy camper. Had to try it .. but I will know that both gentlemans and a few others here .
For instance I know MarkyRoll thinks like me ... I saw your comment 'I was wondering the exact same thing' ... well ... bro you can skip this one... many branches have some white runtz now ... get that if you can :D Worst case... just throw some orange peal in your mason jar with some buds ... you'll have a better sesh.
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Fed - a Bearporn Saga

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Fed - a Bearporn Saga
tl;dr Short-Term Doom, Long-Term Prosperity
I will start with energy, because that is where the economy starts. Everything is energy. All production, all consumption. Debt is just a claim on future energy/resources, and is typically purchased on the expectation of repayment of principal/interest (money is just tokenized energy), based upon an expectation of real economic growth of the debt issuer (assuming interest rates are positive). When you live in a world where everyone has more energy to use and consume on an annualized basis, economies see real growth. The opposite also usually holds true, absent financialization tricks to mask the decline. So, where are we today? Conveniently BP has excellent data on this stuff going back to 1965, and keeps it here:
You can download a spreadsheet there called “Statistical Review of World Energy – all data, 1965-2021.” It has a handy tab called “Primary Energy – Cons capita,” which tells you what the annual per capita consumption of energy is in gigajoules, broken out into various geographic groupings. Here is what that looks like for roughly the first decade of data:
Notice how energy consumption per capita is trending upwards from 1965 to 1973? Those were pretty good times. America had cheap and abundant domestically produced conventional onshore crude oil, and a massive manufacturing base that thrived off of it in the glory days after WWII when we dominated pretty much every market that existed. Unfortunately, in 1973 this thing called an energy crisis happened, as our conventional production was going into decline, and Europe, Japan, and other economic competitors were back on their feet after WWII and seeking to increase their share of the economic pie (using energy).
Note the consistent declines in global energy consumption per capita and OECD consumption per capita during 1974 and 1975. So, what did the S&P 500 do in 1973 when this energy crisis suddenly arrived on the market?
From January ’73 to October ’74, the S&P 500 lost about half of its value. Business plans, debt, and earnings all ran into the hard wall of an energy crunch and reset market expectations as inflation driven by energy shortages reared its ugly head. The E on the P/E side of the equation changed suddenly, and anything based on TTM or pre-crunch estimates was total garbage.
Around this same timeframe, some relevant events also happened. In 1971, Nixon took us off the gold standard and ended the monetary system (Bretton Woods) that had existed since WWII ended. Prior to that dollars could be exchanged for gold at a set rate, but some stagflation in 1971 made the whole system unstable and unworkable for America, so it had to go. By the time the energy crunch hit in 1973, the US knew it needed to do something to stabilize its supply of energy, its global reserve currency, and its access to real assets to fund future growth. So in July 1974, Nixon sends his new Treasury Secretary, former Salomon Brothers bond trader Bill Simon, to Saudi Arabia on a top secret mission. Bloomberg learned about it from a FOIA request decades later, and wrote a cool article about it:
Here’s the tl;dr on the article, from the article itself:
“The basic framework was strikingly simple. The U.S. would buy oil from Saudi Arabia and provide the kingdom military aid and equipment. In return, the Saudis would plow billions of their petrodollar revenue back into Treasuries and finance America’s spending”
That word petrodollar is also important. In early 1945 FDR entered into an alliance with Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia agreed to sell and price oil in dollars. Most other oil producing nations of the world quickly joined the club, and we liked this. If countries outside of the Soviet system needed energy to grow their economies, they needed reserves of dollars, and debt denominated in dollars. We will return to this topic later.
So, we had obtained a fat stack of funding from the Saudis to dig our way out of this energy crisis thing. The process was pretty rocky, resulting in the 1970s, but eventually this nice man named Paul Volcker ratcheted interest rates high enough so that the stagflation could be beaten into submission, while around the same time enough capital had reached E&P companies to enable capex to flood the market with new cheap energy, turning boomtowns of the 1970s like Houston into ghost towns in the 1980s. Newly developed offshore fields in the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea pumped energy like it was going out of style, and the market had a really good time for about 20 years.
Since all of that energy came online in the early 1980s, global consumption per capita has generally trended upwards every year until 2018. We kept finding new ways to economically pull oil and gas out of the ground (new fields, deepwater, fracking shale), and get it into the hands of consumers so they could use more of it to grow the economy. This lifted billions of people out of poverty, allowed the agricultural revolution to feed them with nitrogen fertilizers made from natural gas feedstock, and provided predictably priced (mostly) inputs for heavy industry. This was an all around great thing for business, and American Boomers as a group made a metric fuckton of money riding the wave during the entirety of their working lives.
So, what does the most recent decade of BP per capita energy consumption data look like?
Pretty much a plateau globally from 2011-16, small increase in 2016, top in 2018, and downwards trend since (with 2020 being a big down anomaly for obvious reasons). There’s variation around that whether you look at OECD, EU, Non-OECD, but the peak for all of them is 2018. People have less energy to work with today than they did four years ago.
Unless more energy gets injected into the system, it is very hard to stimulate real growth, and financial instruments (like bonds) that track anticipated real growth reflect that with high prices and low (or even negative) interest rates. In a world where everything is growing, I want my loans to at least reflect the real rate of economic growth, otherwise I am losing money. Looked at bond yields over the past decade lately? They didn’t seem to be pricing in a lot of real growth at any duration. Why do you think that is?
People can argue about the definition of peak oil all they want, but 2018 appears to be at least a localized peak when scaled to global population. The key to reversing this is producing enough energy at a reasonable price, so that people can start using more of it. That would reflect an economy that is growing in real terms. That takes lots of money. Which brings us to the next chapter of this story, a very brief overview of geopolitical stuff that happened from the fall of the Soviet Union to the recent start of World War III.
The year is 1991, the Soviet Union falls and this country called Russia suddenly has a lot of available energy reserves that previously weren’t getting a lot of circulation outside of the walled-off Soviet Sphere. These abundant energy reserves were recognized immediately for what they could be: a giant engine of additional economic growth to fuel the 1990s and beyond. That’s what happened. A country in Europe called Germany had this bright idea to build out a massive heavy industrial and manufacturing base, fueled by cheap Russian natural gas, which could easily be pipelined in from the fields in western Russia and eastern Ukraine. The plan worked, and Germany became an economic powerhouse with a massive trade surplus. Germany did not control the energy it used, though, so its position was precarious. To make matters worse from an economic perspective, over time Germany decided it did not like cheap energy due to environmental concerns, and had this very intense political aversion to nuclear power (another cheap, energy-dense method of generating baseload electricity). So, Germany decided to get rid of its nuclear reactor fleet, reduce its number of coal powerplants, and replace them with natural gas power turbines for baseload electricity generation, supplemented by semi-reliable solar and wind power, which is not suitable for baseload generation.
Eventually this brutal mafia boss named Putin takes over the country, and becomes President for Life of Russia’s energy reserves. He does not care for America, has actively sought to collapse us for decades, did not like the fact that he was forced to sell oil in dollars, and would do anything he thought he could get away with to make Russia strong vs. its competitors, especially America.
Fast forward to his invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. The U.S./Eurozone/Allied response was to hit Putin and Russia with sanctions. Much like prioexisting sanctions on Iraqi or Iranian oil, these sanctions did nothing to actually keep his oil and gas off the market. Putin did not like the sanctions or Allied support for Ukrainians, so he decided to weaponize his most strategic resource: natural gas flows to Europe. Eventually we got to here, where Germany’s 30-year economic miracle died almost overnight:
That is decades of GDP that just got wiped out, on top of all sorts of weird multi-sigma anomalies like $1.5 Trillion margin calls in European electricity futures markets. None of the stonks you own have priced in this reality. Not even remotely. Bonds have seen a ton of volatility (check the MOVE index), and it is really hard to find buyers for treasuries with this much uncertainty around future real economic growth prospects, while this thing called the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates, and starting to sell lots of bonds into this market.
There are billions upon billions of dollars of formerly productive assets sitting in Europe now, completely cut off from reasonably priced energy supplies that allow those assets to be economically competitive. Capitalism really does not like these sorts of inefficiencies, and is designed to fix them, so that costs of production can be as low as possible and competitive. It takes staggering amounts of resources and capital to just move production like that from where it is no longer competitive, to areas where it can be (like on the opposite side of the Atlantic, close to America’s and Canada’s abundant energy resources). Russia probably wouldn’t mind buying that stuff at firesale prices and building out a manufacturing economy of its own next to its own energy resources, but America really would not like that, and the existence of sanctions makes that maneuver pretty difficult. As far as America is concerned, we paid for all of that stuff through an investment called the Marshall Plan about 70 years ago, specifically so that Russia could not have it.
And now we come to the Federal Reserve and the Petrodollar. The federal reserve has only two priorities: (1) full employment; and (2) price stability. Employment is currently close to all-time highs. Price stability is at a place not seen since the 1970s. As we have reached the edge of our petri dish during a supercycle of energy and economic growth, the fuel is dwindling, from both natural (depleting reserves) and unnatural (war) causes. The show simply cannot go on at these levels. We are constantly bumping up against the limits of energy, and it is creating chaos in the availability of reasonably priced energy, which affects commodities and food, which causes inflation, and which restricts real growth. The energy crunch is here.
You can’t just print more dollars and create more energy instantaneously. Europe is about to try by printing Euros to provide subsidies for energy that it doesn’t produce, which isn’t priced in Euros, alongside price caps over the world’s most essential commodity, which it doesn’t control. The UK is getting in on this act, too. This will cause two things: (1) hyperinflation; and (2) energy shortages and rationing.
Meanwhile, that Putin guy is now demanding payment in Rubles for his oil and gas. He wants valuable real assets (foreign currency, hard assets, technology transfers, whatever) for his stuff, just like America gets from the Petrodollar. He is also refusing to sell it to anyone who tries to cap the price of his stuff. This, more than the Ukraine invasion itself, has caused World War III. It is a direct attack on the supremacy of the Petrodollar, which America cannot abide. The Petrodollar is central to our national security strategy. Recently Saudi Arabia has entered the chat, and agreed to sell its oil to Europe and Asia at reduced rates (not fully priced in dollars). It is not clear to me at this point if this is a temporary relief valve to our allies to relieve forex pressures, or if the Saudis have allied with Putin. The fog of war is real, and events are unfolding in real time, but markets hate uncertainty.
Turning back quickly to the hyperinflation issue, what will be the effect of the European countries printing not-dollars to subsidize energy they don’t produce or control in sufficient quantities to meet their needs? The hyperinflation will definitely affect citizens and some businesses quite harshly (Goldman Sachs says 20%+ in the UK, and a government spokesperson affirmed that this was a reasonable estimate). It will also have the effect of concentrating national wealth in a handful of energy production and distribution related industries that are vital to the national security of those countries. Enter the Federal Reserve and America’s greatest weapon (we actually use it, unlike our nuclear stockpile): interest rates and the Petrodollar.
Used properly interest rates and the petrodollar become a many birds with one stone solution to a lot of nagging problems. One, with recent large pro-Putin protests in the Czech Republic, Germany, and other Eurozone countries facing staggering and bankrupting energy bills, there is a risk that these countries could leave Team America, and try to cut a deal with Putin. It would take a while to get past the sanctions, but where there’s political will there’s a way. This outcome is unacceptable to America and can never be permitted.
As the Federal Reserve raises interest rates and sells its massive bond stockpile to combat inflation arising out of the energy crunch, much like it did in the 1970s, all sorts of second and third-order effects start happening, like sovereign debt crises. Countries keep reserves of dollars to buy energy, and as a result of regularly needing to transact in dollars, issue dollar-denominated debt. As interest rates in the US rise and bonds are sold, the global supply of dollars decreases. It is harder to get dollars, and foreign currencies dependent upon a stable or growing supply of dollars depreciate. They need to use more of their own currency to get the same amount of dollars that they used to. Much like the energy situation, a supply/demand imbalance arises. Also, quite a lot of the record high levels of corporate debt around the world are priced in dollars. That debt was also issued predicated upon growth assumptions that probably did not include an energy crisis, World War III, and stagflation. As you might imagine, this can cause a lot of problems.
Why then, do you ask, would America keep raising rates and selling bonds when markets are screaming “hey guys, big energy crisis over here, maybe turn on the liquidity a bit more”? Well, the amount of liquidity it would take to patch the gaping hole in German GDP is beyond anything we can reasonably do. That would lead to hyperinflation in America, which can never be allowed. The only thing that truly threatens the accumulated wealth of a nation (which the Federal Reserve protects in America) is hyperinflation. It killed the Weimar Republic, and it will kill what we currently recognize as the European economy. The wealthy and wealth of this country can survive market crashes, but not hyperinflation. Hyperinflation is an economic weapon of mass destruction, and you just can’t predict the outcome with any reasonable certainty (other than real bad).
Also, we are kinda tapped on liquidity after the Covid money fountain, and finding ourselves at the end of a business/debt cycle while we bump up against the chaotic limits of available energy. So, what happens when the Federal Reserve raises interest rates and sells bonds to continue tightening liquidity into this mess? Something in the global economy pops, starting in Europe (remember that $1.5 Trillion margin call in electricity futures). Hyperinflation destroys their economies, and they need a bailout/reset. In return for the bailout, we can give them the dollars they desperately want (we can create them at will). In return we only ask for all of their critical, national-security adjacent energy assets, which American capital can then operate for them starting from Europe’s new, lower baseline of reset economic growth. Some of the plant and equipment (natural gas turbines, very nice), along with intellectual property, can also be used to develop a more robust manufacturing economy here in America, close to comparatively cheap and abundant supplies of energy. We have done this with our allies before. In March of 1941, before America entered WWII, we sent the UK about 40 mothballed, decrepit destroyers from storage, and all we asked for in return was postwar dissolution of the British Empire and control over the global monetary system. It was a really amazing deal for America. We have profited immensely.
The other part of the puzzle is the staggering amounts of capital that will be needed to properly invest in energy and manufacturing infrastructure in America over the next decade. We basically have to onshore Germany, and replicate their trade balance that just vanished, plus some if we want actual growth. That is just a crazy amount of money, but we have to do it. The problem is that a huge chunk of our economy’s money is tied up in the stonks you retards have been buying hand over fist at a time when bond yields were screaming “NO REAL GROWTH.” Reversing this trend means inversing you. Your stonks gotta be crushed so that we can reset our growth baseline back to something reasonable, providing a multi-year runway of growth that will not bump up against energy limitations and make everything chaotic again. Once that happens, the Fed can turn the money spigot back on and the high interest rates will ensure that capital is allocated efficiently to the sectors where it will be most productive, like energy and manufacturing.
In the short to medium term this is going to be a rather volatile and unpleasant process, if you are not aware of what needs to happen. The old world of globalization is over. The heavy industry and production will be relocated here on our fortress continent, where we can keep our investment safe from bad actors like Russia in an increasingly dangerous world. The pivot is not coming until the reset happens. If you love America, sell your stonks and wait for the crash (or gamble on the timing of it like a degenerate with puts or UVXY, which I am doing), then go long as balls American treasuries, energy, manufacturing, and short dollars so the rest of the world can buy all the stuff we are about to make so we can all prosper. The Fed is on our side. You can make money in any market as long as you are flexible.
In the meantime I will conclude with a few fun bearporn centerfolds that I collected from around the internet:
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Update: Bloons TD 6 v33.2 - Patch Notes!

Update: Bloons TD 6 v33.2 - Patch Notes!
Gooooooooooooooooooooooood news everyone
Update: Bloons TD 6 v33.2 - Patch Notes!


  • Paragon limit was planned to be removed from base gameplay in this update but unfortunately, we have had a bug with this and the limit is still in place. This will be coming in 33.3! Read more about this reasoning over here
  • Resolved an issue where Doomship’s ability targeting could miss-align from target points
  • Resolved a crash quickly double pressing Race! button
  • Resolved a crash when closing the app in the Race Event screen
  • Resolved a crash that could occur exiting custom input mode for a destroyed tower
  • Resolved a crash that could occur returning to main menu
  • Resolved a crash that could occur with low quality devices attempting to join boss lobbies as settings are being changed
  • Resolved a crash that could occur when opening the race event screen without having previously downloaded the player's online data
  • Resolved an issue where Bloonarious Prime's path switching art asset was not displaying correctly
  • Resolved an issue that could occur when exiting out of Boss Menu as rewards are being distributed
  • Resolved a possible infinite load screen issue
  • Resolved an Arcade version issue with names displayed incorrectly under Content Browser

Update: Bloons TD 6 v33.1 - Patch Notes!


  • Base game paragon count restriction increased to 4 in response to feedback that with a restriction having support for 4 player co-op to each push for a paragon is more fair
    • We have heard even more clearly from the community that this was a frustrating change, even for players who didn’t push for multiple paragons. We’re certainly not happy that our balance-focused decision has created such concern, and we certainly don’t want nerf-blaster toting giant head monkes showing up at our doors.
    • Superceding the 33.0 notes, we are planning for 34.0:
      • Continued review of the use of Paragons and discussion with community and creators around Paragon limits overall
      • Maintain a default of 4 Paragons in Boss Events and CT, but allow this to be edited per event, consistent with the Content Browser feature below
      • Provide the Content Browser feature previously discussed, to allow individual Paragons to be excluded and total Paragon limits to be edited for maximum challenge creation flexibility
  • Intro animation for CT will no longer play together with the "Daily Bonus" popup
  • Added Tile Recap title & pop-up to recap mode in Contested Territory


  • Resolved an issue with Sentries not placing on Covered Gardens
  • Resolved visual issues related to disconnecting and rejoining a co-op game on Covered Garden
  • Resolved visual issues related to modified starting round on Covered Garden challenges
  • Resolved an issue with xx4 Buccaneers receiving a small income buff from the Navarch Paragon
  • Resolved an issue with x3x Bomber Ace bombs exploding instantly on Covered Garden with no fall animation
  • Resolved a crash loading a save using a Goliath Doomship set to wingmonkey
  • Resolved some cases in which CT Building 3D elements would carry over into other parts of the game or become duplicated visually
  • Resolved a crash that could occur when adding Geraldo to your Odyssey crew
  • Resolved a crash that could occur when entering and backing out of the CT menu too quickly
  • Resolved a crash that could occur on android devices that did not have google play installed

Update: Bloons TD 6 v33.0 - Update Notes!

New Awesome

  • New Paragon Tower - the Monkey Ace Goliath Doomship!
    • Endless jokes about big planes aside, we’ve been very excited to build and balance the first air Paragon!
    • While we resist thinking about Paragons as 5/5/5+ Monkey Towers, the Goliath Doomship did allow for logical blending of features from all 3 paths, plus we included a powerful activated ability that adds further tactical control that plays out usefully across various map shapes
    • At $800k cash, you will have to make sure your eco game is strong but Doomship’s power is balanced to that lofty setup cost
  • New Halloween game icon
    • Your eyes are not failing, nor is your screen - our icon is simply celebrating the ghoulish colors of Halloween!
  • New Maps
    • Advanced Map - Midnight Mansion
    • Intermediate Community designed map - Covered Garden from u/SuperPsou
  • New Trophy Store Items
    • Heroes: Joan of Arc Adora - Dragon Pet
    • Monkeys: Monkey Ace - Dragonfly Pet
    • Co-op: Psigh emote
    • Game & UI: Banana Farmer - Banana Costume, Glue Trap - Honey Bee skin, Profile Banner - Patchwork, Profile Banner- Sun Rays, Profile Banner - Star Burst
    • Banner winner by DREAD_LEAD (Engineer Foam)
    • Banner winner by LordTeddington (Grand Master Ninja)
  • New Limited Time Items: DDT Bloon Skin - Spider, Avatar - The Scream , Avatar - Monkey Brains.
  • New CT Team Store Items
    • Building Prop: Fortified Castle
    • Base Props: Refracting Telescope, Pirate Crew
    • Water Prop: Mini Pirate Boat
    • Flying Prop: Moon Rabbit
    • Team Banners: Pet Frenzy banner, Contested Territory banner
    • Icons: Kung Fu Kiwi icon, All-Seeing Eyecon
    • Frames: Cognition frame, Ninja Scroll frame

Game Changes / Additions

  • New Languages - Polish and “Monkelish” are now supported
  • Team Browser - Added more intuitive UI to the "Advanced Search" panel
  • Paragon tower placement restrictions
    • We’ve set a maximum of 3 per game in 33.0, as we now have a baseline of general purpose DPS paragons and want to move into more synergies and interesting mechanical interactions between them, which become more interesting when choices need to be made
    • We have heard the clear feedback from the community about this general restriction based on the preview notes and now plan to do the following in future major updates, or minor ones if feasible:
      • Increase the limit to 4, based on feedback about 4 player co-op in particular
      • Include a Content Browser editor function that allows players to set higher limits or unrestricted in player-created Content Browser games
  • Contested Territory
    • The number of steps required to use Relics felt like too many, so we’ve removed Relic Voting from the team store. Now, when viewing any tile players will be able to pop up a full list of their available relics to personally select from.
    • To improve active team coordination we have allowed Vice-Mayors to also set focus markers on the CT map.
    • The total number of focus markers each team can set in CT has been increased from 1 to 4, to allow for diverse preference and strategies.
    • Contested Territory matchmaking improved for better groupings based on activity & overall rank.
    • Added a Daily Reward to welcome back players entering the Contested Territory event.
    • The Main Menu CT Icon now shows a pip displaying available tickets.
    • Tidied the CT Info panel up for much clearer readability.
    • Added a spooky Seasonal Theme to CT screens, in preparation for Halloween!
    • Added Discord & Steam Rich Presence for Contested Territory.
    • Team Banners can now be set on personal profiles, as long as your team owns that banner.
    • Over 32.4 to 33.0 we made general constant improvements to the balance of BanneRelic tile distribution over the CT map.

Bug Fixes & General Changes

  • Team Island should correctly reflect your Team Color in CT
  • Resolved an issue where loading a save and restarting would not allow you to earn a Black Border from that run
  • Resolved a number of background errors in CT
  • Changed team permissions so that Mayors can only only transfer leadership to members who have already been promoted to Vice-Mayors
  • Changing search filters in Team Browser will now trigger a search
  • Resolved an issue where disabling friend requests would not save
  • Resolved a number of map specific placement issues
  • Loading a profile from the cloud will no longer keep boss event saves
  • Resolved a crash on using boss checkpoints
  • Resolved an issue preventing some challenge codes from being searched
  • Resolved an issue where powers could be disabled in unranked co-op Bosses
  • Paragon towers should be correctly sold when their supporting arctic wind platform is removed
  • Resolved an issue with the CT event main menu banner appearing prior to level 30
  • Improvements made to camera zoom in CT
  • Large texture cleanup for all Paragon towers
  • Resolved an issue with logging out of accounts on some devices
  • General cleanup and optimizations of the Team Store
  • A number of localization issues resolved
  • Resolved an issue where players could add duplicate entries to their Friends List
  • Resolved an issue withy friends showing 'default' avatar for their highscores on maps
  • Resolved a number of issues around joining and leaving Teams
  • Resolved a number of cases in which the background for some menus would show entirely black
  • Optimizations made to a number of large textures
  • Team/Friends - Popup dialogs can no longer appear off screen
  • Team Trophy balance now correctly updates visually upon purchase
  • Resolved a minor graphical glitch on Frozen Over map when Cave Monkey is released
  • Resolved an issue with heroes gaining more than one level at a time counting as tiers purchased with the least tiers ruleset
  • Resolved an issue with missing or wrong badges displaying on CT leaderboards
  • Resolved an issue with Team Search not allowing Space entries
  • Resolved low quality splash screen issues
  • Heroes are now purchasable from the upgrades menu in-game
Ice Monkey
  • 5xx Embrittlement now slows MOABs the correct amount with permafrost
  • 250 Absolute Zero now slows MOABs the correct amount with permafrost
Glue Gunner
  • xx4 Relentless Glue no longer targets Bosses/BADs
  • 104 Glue Gunner should no longer sometimes apply green glue assets
Monkey Sub
  • 3xx Submerge subs should now submerge correctly on Quarry
Monkey Buccaneer
  • Buccaneer paragon should no longer mis-align its platforms if upgraded from the trade empire
Super Monkey
  • 025 Legend of the Night now correctly gains crosspath pierce
Pat Fusty
  • Highlighting on Snowman Pat Fusty no longer disappears at Lv3
  • Pat’s legs should no longer sometimes not sink into water when taking a dip
Admiral Brickell
  • No longer clips into ship badly at Lv12
  • Psi is now able to target Leads when the Alchemist Touch relic knowledge is equipped
  • Description spelling errors resolved
  • When fitting multiple sentry items on top of a flagship platform, these will now correctly relocate when creating the Paragon
  • Rejuvenation Potion will no longer reset Paragon cooldowns

Desktop Version

  • Added Linking Codes to Epic clients

Balance Changes

To encourage challenge diversity using the new extended list of preset rounds in freeplay, we have decided to make a tweak to freeplay income tax to drop it off slightly slower and allow a little more cash to be earned naturally in this range.
  • Round 101+ natural income generation increased from 2% -> 5%
  • Round 121+ natural income generation remains at 2%
Dart Monkey
As Sharpshooter’s crit occurrence didn’t feel frequent enough the overall attack rate has been increased also just to lead better into the T5’s already high rate of fire. Along with this all Crossbow criticals have been standardized, overall with T5 criticals occurring more frequently in exchange for a slight reduction in base pierce to improve Sharp Shot crosspath value. Apex Plasma Master excels generally for the cheapest paragon & how easy it is to start scaling early degrees so is seeing a rate decrease.
  • xx4 Sharpshooter attack cooldown reduced from 0.75 > 0.6
  • xx5 Crossbow Master attack cooldown unchanged
  • xx4 Sharpshooter crit rate changed from 8-12 shots to every 10th
  • xx5 Crossbow Master crit rate changed from 4-8 shots to every 5th
  • xx5 Crossbow Master pierce reduced from 10 > 8
  • Apex Plasma Master attack cooldown increased from 0.3 > 0.35
Tack Shooter
The Tack Zone’s all-purpose high single target & grouped DPS plus cleanup utility scales too well with so many options, as this is primarily intended to be the single-target damage path. To reinforce this we have traded off damage for a bonus to MOABs in order to nerf its unbuffed cleanup potential, so watch out for cluster and Super Ceramics now. Ring of Fire should pick up in that area for cleanup use & general destruction but it has more pierce than it really needs in most scenarios with other important stats sitting lower to compensate for high pierce, so we have shifted this high pierce more into requiring the pierce crosspath in exchange for more base power and an overall buff. Inferno Ring’s meteor will now also follow target priority since that was a fun idea that was worth adding.
  • xx5 Tack Zone damage reduced from 2 > 1
  • xx5 Tack Zone gains bonus damage to MOABs +1
  • 4xx Ring of Fire attack cooldown reduced 0.4725 > 0.315 (buff of +25 > 50%)
  • 4xx Ring of Fire pierce reduced from 60 > 40
  • 4xx Ring of Fire damage increased from 3 > 5
  • 5xx Inferno Ring damage increased from 4 > 8
  • 5xx Inferno Ring MOAB bonus reduced from 6 > 4
  • 5xx Inferno Ring attack speed unchanged
  • 5xx Inferno Ring Meteor now follows Target Priority
Ice Monkey
Arctic Wind hardly gets used for its actual basic intended purpose, which would be cool to see used for more than just causing ice platform bug reports.
  • Arctic Wind aura slow amount increased from 40 > 60%
Glue Gunner
We want to achieve an effect with Bloon Solver’s acid burning through the layers quickly but not instantly, though we haven’t so far achieved a good balance of this along with eliminating Super Ceramics in a timely manner, causing it to be disappointing or impractical on shorter maps. To solve this while retaining the vision we have boosted the ceramic bonus up significantly along with preventing this bonus from overflowing into the children layers.
  • 5xx Bloon Solver DoT's Ceramic bonus damage increased from 2 -> 8
  • 5xx Bloon Solver DoT’s increased Ceramic damage will not skip through extra children layers upon breaking the ceramic layer
Sniper Monkey
After the lower tier nerfs Elite Sniper still remains just a bit too good even without considering its cash production.
  • x5x Elite Sniper price increased from $13,000 > 14,500
Monkey Buccaneer
Monkey Pirates is great for the first couple MOABs but with the long ability cooldown it very quickly falls off after that point, we have pushed it and Pirate Lord’s base stats up to feel more competitive especially with possible Brickell synergy. Trade Empire farming power even with the water requirement feels like it takes off too easily, so the bonus cash it provides will now require T4 Favored Trades for the full benefit.
  • x4x Monkey Pirates Grapes damage increased 1 > 2
  • x4x Monkey Pirates Grapes ceramic bonus increased 1 > 2
  • x4x Monkey Pirates Cannonball explosion damage increased 2 > 3
  • x4x Monkey Pirates Cannonball explosion moab bonus increased 0 > 6
  • x4x Monkey Pirates price increased $4500 > 4900
  • x5x Pirate Lord Grapes damage increased 5 > 10
  • x5x Pirate Lord Grapes ceramic bonus increased 5 > 10
  • x5x Pirate Lord Grapes burn damage increased 1 -> 9
  • x5x Pirate Lord Cannonball explosion damage increased 2 -> 5
  • x5x Pirate Lord Cannonball explosion moab bonus increased 0 -> 10
  • x5x Pirate Lord Cannonball frags damage increased 1 -> 10
  • x5x Pirate Lord Cannonball frags moab bonus increased 0 -> 5
  • xx5 Trade Empire cash per round per merchant when applied to xx3 Merchantmen reduced $20 -> $15
  • xx5 Trade Empire cash per round per merchant when applied to xx4 Favored Trades remains at $20
Monkey Ace
To help you work towards the new Ace Paragon we have reduced Spectre’s lategame ceramic weakness with improved targeting for the bomb projectiles & a large increase to their bonus Ceramic damage to help out later on, to change focus on these projectiles we have also shifted damage around for the darts to deal single target with the bombs providing ceramic AoE cleanup. Flying Fortress’s value drops off by the lategame when you can realistically afford it, so following on with this dart single target focus change at T4 we have added a large MOAB damage bonus to Flying Fortress darts.
  • xx4 Spectre darts & bombs now both have a weaker homing effect
  • xx4 Spectre dart damage increased from 2 > 3
  • xx4 Spectre bomb damage reduced from 3 > 2
  • xx4 Spectre bomb ceramic bonus increased from 2 > 4
  • xx5 Flying Fortress darts now deal bonus damage to MOABs +10
Heli Pilot
Heli’s Razor Rotors don’t scale with higher tiers so improvements have been made specifically to that attack for Dartship & Apache Prime. Support Chinook use is too niche outside of farming for the high cost, so the upgrade cost along with that effective cash gain amount from ability usage has been lowered to retain the same farming while improving niche use. Downdraft has more general use throughout the game and scales better than the more expensive MOAB Shove upgrade though they both see use, so the price of these upgrades has been swapped around. Faster Darts xx1 upgrade will now increase the attack distance of Heli Dart attacks in order to assist with cluttering issues where large numbers of Helis will push each other away from nearby targets.
  • 4xx Apache Dartship rotors damage increased 2 > 4
  • 4xx Apache Dartship rotors pierce increased 10 -> 20
  • 5xx Apache Prime rotors damage increased 2 > 8
  • 5xx Apache Prime rotors pierce increased 10 -> 40
  • x4x Support Chinook price reduced 12,000 -> 10,500
  • x4x Support Chinook crate cash reduced $1800 -> 1650
  • x3x Downdraft price increased 3000 -> 3500
  • xx3 MOAB Shove price reduced 3500 -> 3000
  • xx1 Faster Darts also increases attack distance of dart attacks by +30%
Mortar Monkey
It has been hard for The Bloon Solver & The Biggest One to exist so close in the same price range when they fill the same role but with The Biggest One being simply better and more versatile, so we have ramped The Biggest One to fill a better role but for a higher cost. Artillery Battery’s special stun bonus is completely ineffective against targets which are impossible to stun, so it is receiving a small damage bonus to these targets to compensate. Other similarly priced decamo options are able to decamo DDTs, so Signal Flare feels like a far lesser choice here having this basic decamo utility locked behind Monkey Knowledge, so that’s being freed up.
  • 4xx The Big One shockwave gains bonus to ceramic +1
  • 5xx The Biggest One price increased from $28,000 -> $36,000
  • 5xx The Biggest One can now stun MOAB Class Bloons at a reduced rate
    • MOAB 0.3s, BFB/DDT 0.2s, ZOMG 0.1s
  • x4x Artillery Battery deals bonus dmg to BADs & Bosses targets > 4
  • x5x Pop & Awe deals bonus dmg to BADs & Bosses targets > 10
  • x5x Pop & Awe grants all other x4x mortars bonus dmg to BADs & Bosses > 6
  • xx3 Signal Flare can now decamo DDTs
  • Paint Stripper MK now instead allows xx4 Shattering Shells to remove Fortification from DDT's
  • xx4 Shattering Shells DoT damage per tic increased 1 > 5
  • xx5 Blooncineration DoT damage per tic remains at 5
Dartling Gunner
Rocket Storm being cheaper than its T3 when the T3 is more of a decent stepping stone into the good T4 didn’t quite sit right, so these prices have just been swapped. Buckshot pierce has been increased to help make its attacks cut through more for a chunkier hit. Focused Firing’s distance bonus on 203 due to how it is setup with projectile speed dropoff was a bit less than this written ‘25%’ realistically closer to 18.75%, so this number has been increased enough to give it roughly a true 30% increase in distance.
  • x3x Hydra Rockets price reduced from $5250 > 5100
  • x4x Rocket Storm price increased from $5100 > 5250
  • xx3 Buckshot dartling pierce increased 4 -> 6
  • xx5 Bloon Exclusion Zone pierce remains at 6
  • 203 Focused Firing distance bonus 25% > 40%
Wizard Monkey
Wall of Fire’s exceptional T2 power needs to be moved around for improved crosspathing, along with a slight nerf to Phoenix as it is currently performing too well, and both of these upgrades are shifting some of their power into Dragon’s Breath so it can stand out as more than just a buff to WoF & a stepping stone to Phoenix. Shimmer is prone to missing a lot of camo Bloons due to the low attack rate, we do want it to be slower than other decamos to account for the larger radius and better T5 so we are making the radius benefit more noticable and lowering price
  • 020 Wall of Fire pierce per tic reduced from 15 -> 10
  • 021 Wall of Fire pierce per tic reduced from 19 -> 15
  • 020 Wall of Fire damage Tic rate reduced 0.1 -> 0.15
  • 020 Wall of Fire wall spawn rate reduced 5.5 -> 6.5
  • 120 Wall of Fire duration increased 4.5 -> 5.5
  • 120 Wall of Fire no longer auto-targets but gains a target marker (like x3x Engineer)
  • 030 Dragon's Breath base damage increased 1 > 2
  • 030 Dragon's Breath WoF damage Tic rate remains 0.1
  • 030 Dragon's Breath WoF pierce per tic increased 15 -> 20
  • x4x Summon Phoenix price increased $4000 -> 4500
  • x4x Summon Phoenix pierce reduced 10 > 8
  • xx3 Shimmer radius increased 70 > 80
  • xx3 Shimmer price reduced $1700 > 1500
Super Monkey
Ultravision is a lackluster crosspath with so many other ways to get camo detection cheaper &/or for more towers. The Anti-Bloon is expensive but as a quite underused tower feels it doesn’t live up to the super monkey name for that cost, for now the ability is seeing a cooldown decrease. We feel Legend of the Night’s base tower is more usable now after recent buffs, so without a total need to lean entirely on the passive ability for use we are increasing this cooldown to prevent some issues.
  • x5x The Anti Bloon ability cooldown reduced 45 -> 30s
  • xx2 Ultravision grants bonus damage to camo bloons +1
  • xx5 Legend of the Night cooldown increased 120 > 180s
Ninja Monkey
Sticky Bomb feels like it is in a very strong point right now in a lot of situations, though flash bomb isn’t good enough without a great deal of support leading into it, this shift should open up for challenge viability especially in Alternate Bloon Rounds games.
  • xx3 Flash Bomb price reduced $2750 > 2250
  • xx4 Sticky Bomb price increased $4500 > 5000
Transforming Tonic has always had a large struggle with pierce, rather than directly throwing onto the base pierce we have added crosspathing pierce & rate benefits for transformation enjoyers to now choose between. Acidic Mixture Dip stacking from multiple alchemists / stalling tactics too effectively lowered use of other lead counter options in a way we didn’t like, so the maximum stacks here without Permabrew has been reduced considerably.
  • 140 Transforming Tonic monster pierce increased 6 -> 9
  • 041 Transforming Tonic attack speed increased 0.03 -> 0.024s
  • 2xx Acidic Mixture Dip max number of stacks reduced 200 -> 40
Top path Heart of Thunder doesn’t scale well with tiers for an upgrade with such niche use & generally feels lacking, so it is seeing general power improvements across the board to upgrades that incorporate this attack. Druid of the Jungle’s vines feel too strong already for this, but for quality of life the T4 Jungle’s Bounty Druid will now gain targeting options for the global vine attack, which we hope will make all players as well as Druid fans happy.
  • 2xx Heart of Thunder damage increased from 1 > 2
  • 4xx Ball Lightning (HoT) damage increased from 1 > 3
  • 4xx Ball Lightning (Ball) damage increased from 2 > 3
  • 5xx Superstorm (HoT) damage increased from 3 > 10
  • 5xx Superstorm (Ball) damage increased from 5 > 10
  • 205 Avatar of Wrath applies its full RBE damage bonus scaling to Heart of Thunder
  • x4x Jungle's Bounty vine can now follow tower Target Priority
Spike Factory
Spike Factory 4xx feels it needs a small boost in order to really start feeling worth upgrading to rather than getting multiple T3s in the lategame due to the improved Spiked Mines pierce not being as needed for Super Ceramics.
  • 4xx Spiked Mines spikes bonus to fortified increased 1 > 3
  • 4xx Spiked Mines explosions bonus to fortified increased 1 > 3
The MOAB offense of top path lacks for a mainly dps tower that is quite complex to use, T3 Sprockets already feels underwhelming so is seeing a buff here carrying up to T4, and the 320 crosspath will now be able to double dip on the Fortified & MOAB damage bonuses that it gains. Cleansing Foam is only seeing a slight tweak to help it be more viable if you want to attempt it as 'main camo detection’, and this mainly fixes some issues in ABR games allowing it to catch quick initial camo spawns.
  • 3xx Sprockets buff amount to sentry rate & deployment increased 40 > 50%
  • 120 Sentries can now benefit from both of the moab and fort damage bonuses on one target if that target is a fortified moab
  • x3x Cleansing Foam attack gains 1s of 4x rate on round start
As she’s a little average all around these days with other heroes overtaking in the past years, Gwendolin is seeing some improved quality of life, synergization, and extra juice to the initial hit of Firestorm since currently the ability is, well, not heroic enough and the first impact does very little compared to the DoT.
  • lv3 Cocktail of Fire gains a target selection point
  • Lv5 Pyrotechnics Expert: All Ring of Fire, Signal Flare & Dragon's Breath gain 10% rate & radius (This follows normal buff rules, applying to higher tiers, but not subtowers)
  • Lv18 Pyrotechnics Master: Ring of Fire, Signal Flare & Dragon's Breath buff increased from 10% to 20%
  • Lv10 Firestorm initial damage increased 2 -> 5
  • Lv10 Firestorm initial moab damage increased 2 -> 20
  • Lv20 Firestorm initial damage increased 5 -> 10
  • Lv20 Firestorm initial moab damage increased 5 -> 50
Ezili’s niche use is in an extremely strong spot right now so we shouldn’t really buff her, but anyway Heartstopper & Sacrificial Totem both feel too limited in total possible synergies, these are having quality of life improved and Heartstopper will additionally allow all towers to damage Purple Bloons to open up more combination options and give more reason to use it.
  • Lv3 Heartstopper can now activate if there are Purple Bloons spawned regardless of if they are regrow or not
  • Lv3 Heartstopper now also removes Purple Bloon immunity for duration
  • Lv3 Heartstopper duration increased 6 -> 10s
  • Lv3 Heartstopper cooldown reduced 60 -> 45s
  • Lv7 Sacrificial Totem now gains a targeting option for spawn
  • Lv7 Sacrificial Totem grants an additional pierce to Wizards 1 > 2
  • Lv7 Sacrificial Totem grants an additional attack speed to Wizards 15 > 20
  • Lv12 Heartstopper cooldown reduced 45 -> 40
Adora feels like the perfect target to fill a current hole heroes have, we so far have no real dedicated ‘Fortification Buster’ among us in the hero lineup so giving this to Adora will hopefully allow for new unique use cases that the others don’t fill.
  • Lv3 Long arm of the Light cooldown reduced from 45 -> 35s
  • Lv9 Main attack gains increased damage to fortified Bloons +2
  • Lv13 Main ඞttack fortified damage bonus increased to +3
  • Lv19 Main attack fortified damage bonus increased to +4
  • Lv10 Ball of Light gains increased damage to fortified Bloons +3
  • Lv15 Ball of Light fortified damage bonus increased to +5
  • Lv20 Ball of Light fortified damage bonus increased to +20
Admiral Brickell
We had people request a specific funny use case of Brickell on Ravine, which we respect and approve, and overall we wanted to scale her main revolver attack better into late game, so she is seeing slight and slightly experimental improvements.
  • lv10 Mega Mine explosion no longer blocked by map line of sight
  • Lv12 main handgun damage increased 7 -> 8
  • Lv15 main handgun damage increased 9 -> 12
  • Lv17 main handgun damage increased 11 -> 18
Contested Territory - Relic Knowledge
Most balance time this update was dedicated to actual towers, but a few Relic Knowledge points in CT stood out to us as far too strong or weak & are seeing the numbers update below. In future updates we will be taking a closer look at top & bottom performing relic points, so if you want to have your voice heard on that matter the next month will be the time.
  • Camo Trap: Number provided reduced from 2 > 1
  • Flint Tips: DoT tic rate reduced 2 > 2.5s (4 > 5s total)
  • Camo Flogged: Bonus damage to Camo increased from 1 > 3
  • Hero Boost: Increased XP value increased 10 > 15%
  • Going the Distance: Range bonus increased from 10 > 20%
  • Bigger Bloon Sabotage: It goes without saying the Bigger Bloon Sabotage relic was not intended to apply to Boss Bloons and this has been resolved. This was a bug resolved in 32.2 but deserves mentioning here with the rest of the changes
Looking Forward
We said a lot in 32.0 notes so not as much new-new news here but we restate our commitment to keeping players updated and looking for more ways to get the community involved in future development directions, so your feedback is encouraged, respected, and appreciated.
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Trial of the Alchemist 17

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“Do you really expect me to believe any of this?” Judge Hector could have said nothing, for his facial contortions communicate his incredulity all too clearly.
“I do, your honor,” Alchemist Ortez says, “for it is the truth. I warned you about the truth.”
“The truth? You speak of a gray-skinned monster that sounds like, I don’t even know, something from a child’s fairytale.”
“I assure you he is no monster.”
“He’s lying!” A voice breaks through the murmur of the crowd. “He’s tricked you with his potions! He killed Everett Day, and now he’s going to get away with it!”
“I am no trickster.” The accused can hardly be heard over their roiling anger. “Not in this, anyhow. But don’t take my word for it.”
Judge Hector turns toward the only other alchemist in attendance.
Alchemist Freya appears pale. She opens her mouth, closes it, and then shakes her head. She looks her colleague in the eyes. “It’s true,” she says as the room grows quiet. “Everything he said is true.”
“Surely, there must be some sort of—”
“No,” she interrupts him. “I saw those memories as clearly as you see me now, Judge Hector. I saw the animal. And though no words can perfectly convey something you have never seen, the accused’s description was… accurate.”
The judge paces, looking around the room for answers, as if he might find another expert opinion in the pews, in the rafters. Finally, he acknowledges Alchemist Ortez. “Then there is more to this story. Much more.”
The alchemist smiles his handsome smile. His tired smile. “I believe we have finally found something we agree on.”
Judge Hector has expended his ammunition. “Very well. Continue your story, Alchemist Ortez.”
But before he can do so, Alchemist Freya raises a hand. “I’m afraid we are out of time.” Her interjection strikes the courtroom like a hard slap.
The judge takes a moment to register the impact. He clears his throat and dabs his forehead. “Surely, we can go on a little longer.” He gestures toward the room’s high windows, behind which gray clouds have rolled in, subduing the late afternoon. “The sun still shines brightly in the sky.”
The creases in Alchemist Freya’s forehead deepen. “Judge Hector, you know the law better than I.” This is debatable. “It is not a matter of whether we can go on. Anything Alchemist Ortez says more than six hours after having been administered vetramin diotide is legally inadmissible.” She dangles a small gold pocket watch. “Six hours have now passed.”
Alchemist Ortez can already feel the effects waning. His tolerance is higher than even Alchemist Freya suspects. She knows he is a psycho-alchemist, but she had not known about his history with sensus oxomine. Three days a week he was up to, but it has been longer now, a fortnight at least. He is not sure. Does he feel worse for it, he wonders? Again, he is not sure.
“Then we begin again tomorrow,” Judge Hector concedes.
Many in the crowd do not like hearing this.
More precisely, they do not like that Alchemist Ortez is still alive, that he is not yet hanging by the neck, his sin on display, his feet kicking beneath the wooden platform in Pilgrim’s Plaza where transgressors go to die. Their position is simple: justice is not, as the judge put it, a process. It is an execution. And after a long day of watching and waiting and holding back their words and their fists and whatever else they keep tucked in their belts, they are no closer to getting what they came for.
“Hang the bastard already!” a voice cries out.
“Send his body back to Gracia!” another adds.
Alchemist Ortez does not bother reminding them that he has never in fact been to Gracia. They do not care. That is beside the point.
A single stelling bounces off the oak banister that surrounds him. Another coin ticks the toe of his shoe. The third one he dodges.
“Stop it!” Judge Hector yells. “Stop throwing things, or you will be arrested! This is unacceptable! Bloody unacceptable!”
Some listen, but not the middle-aged man with salt-and-pepper hair and a flask inside his coat pocket. His coin flies nowhere near the alchemist, hitting a woman in front of him instead. He is dragged away by two guards, kicking and screaming, trying to make his scrawny body heavy. “You fucking bastards! I’ll kill you! You fucking bastards!”
More guards enter the courtroom from both doors.
“Let’s go,” the boy-faced one tells Alchemist Ortez.
The alchemist rises to his feet as another coin flies past him. Briefly, he thinks of Cassy and the value of a stelling. But there is no time for contemplation—only an expedited exit.
As he is ushered into the back room, Alchemist Ortez glances over his shoulder. He sees Miss Day exiting unnoticed. He sees guards restraining another man. He sees pent-up anger spilling into the pews. But he sees the others out there too, the ones who have not left their seats, quietly wondering what really happened.
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Four hours pass.
For the first time since becoming his new accommodation in Aurora, Alchemist Ortez’s prison cell feels warmly welcoming. It is not for its qualities. The stone room is small and claustrophobic. Its single window reveals only a sliver of starry sky through the crisscross of metal bars. The discolored bed is as comfortable as a sack of potatoes. But he is alone in it, and after a day such as this one, it is solitude that Alchemist Ortez values above all else—save, perhaps, his freedom.
A guard passes him on occasion, on the side of free men and women. She brings him food and water, though not enough of the latter. There is another prisoner a few cells down, but the alchemist cannot see his fellow inmate. He does hear him, however, when raspy snores rumble through the prison.
But the hour is not yet late enough for that. Alchemist Ortez has only recently finished dinner—another chicken leg, another chunk of stale bread—and things are still silent. Silence, he has learned, is the only mercy afforded down here.
Until that silence, his much-needed solitude, is interrupted by a familiar face.
“Father Etred.”
“Good evening, Alchemist Ortez.”
The bishop takes a seat on the splintery stool outside the alchemist’s cell. He is not wearing his official robes tonight but rather a pitch-black blazer that reveals its blood-red inner lining as he combs back thinning hair with his fingertips. A silver triangle pinned to his collar glints in the gaslight, marking his place in the holy hierarchy. Father Etred is a state-level bishop, that of Indemere, a position of notable prominence for a man his age.
With his head down, Alchemist Ortez takes a seat on his lumpy bed, and from a distance one might mistake the scene for a confession. A confession, it is not.
“I suppose you’re here to offer me God and forgiveness and salvation, is that it?” the alchemist asks. “Before I find out my fate and whether the gentleman upstairs actually exists.”
“I am,” Father Etred says. “And I am also aware of your feelings on the matter. I must once again remind you that it is never too late, that God will never stop loving you.”
“Ah, yes. The threat of eternal damnation. It is a rather special way to convey one’s love.”
The bishop takes a deep breath through his nostrils. “I didn’t come here to debate you, Alchemist Ortez. Priests normally do this, you know. I wanted to see how you were doing.”
Alchemist Ortez stares out his modest window. “Not dead yet, at least. I didn’t see you in the audience today.”
“As you know, Mr. Day and I were close.” Father Etred pauses. “It is difficult for me.”
“It is difficult for me, in case you hadn’t noticed,” the alchemist replies. “Folk here are particularly fond of hangings. What does your god think of hangings, I wonder? I suppose it matters little. God will not save me. If I am to live, it is the truth and the truth alone that will come to my rescue—if only they’ll believe it. I’m not sure they will. Of course, you know the truth better than most, don’t you, father? You saw what they will refuse to believe.”
Father Etred touches the bandage poking out from under his collar. His chair screaks against the stone floor as he shifts himself closer. “It strikes me that you and I have similar callings,” he says. “People tell us their problems, and we tell them where they might find answers. I wonder… have you ever been on the other side of that arrangement?”
“Have I ever sought the help of a fellow psycho-alchemist, you mean?”
“Or a priest, a mentor.”
Alchemist Ortez does not mention his mentor. “Do you know the story of the Necklace of Azoria, father?”
The bishop shakes his head.
“Few in the Tri-States do,” the alchemist says. “It is an old Gracian tale. There’s this necklace, a simple one with a small green emerald. A father gifts it to his daughter on her wedding day. The daughter grows up and passes down the necklace to her daughter, and so it goes. But each time, the necklace is forged anew according to the tastes of its latest owner. Rubies are added, diamonds, even the silver is laced with gold. In one version of the tale, the necklace is stolen by thieves and bought by a prince. The prince gifts the necklace—no longer the humble piece it once was—to a princess. The question, my pious friend, is after so much change and so much time, is this still the same necklace that a father once gave his daughter?”
The alchemist retrieves a dented tin cup from the room’s only table and drinks the last of his water. “Here’s another story for you,” he continues before the bishop can answer. “A man and a woman conceive a child in a poor fishing village in Gracia. Wanting opportunity for the child, they sail across the Great Ocean to the Tri-States, the so-called land of opportunity. The child is born in Liberty, half an atlas away from his heritage. And still, his parents’ sacrifice is not enough for the child. He leaves them at age sixteen on a scholarship to Saint Adena. At seventeen, he forgets them. He undergoes a long-term memory wipe as one does in order to become an alchemist, and he must become an alchemist. Of this he is certain. The number of times he has seen his parents since can be counted on one hand. He pursues groundbreaking if unconventional research. He travels to Tianma in the pursuit of discovery. He eventually leaves the university because, well, that is another story for another time. He sets up shop as a psycho-alchemist in Dellmere, a city he hardly knows. And a few years later, he receives a letter from the greatest entrepreneur in the Tri-States promising something new, something more. You won’t be surprised to hear that this is an offer he simply cannot refuse. He takes a train across the continent, arrives in Aurora, and indeed he does discover things—more than he had bargained for. And now? Now the alchemist sits in a jail cell, staring out at stars, wondering if they’ll let him out of here alive. Probably not.”
Alchemist Ortez places his tin cup on the hard, uneven floor and reveals a pebble from his coat pocket. Pinching the pebble between his thumb and index finger, he aims carefully, readying the perfect throw, practicing the back-and-forth motion with his entire arm, until finally—the pebble lands in the cup with a satisfying tick.
“What do you think, father?” he asks. “Is this man still that same child once conceived on the sandy shores of Gracia? Or has he forged himself anew too many times? Has he traveled too many distances to get here?”
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Author's note / desperate appeal: Day one of the trial of Alchemist Ortez has concluded, but there is still lots to come—in fact, all the best chapters, if you ask me. First of all, I'd like to thank the person who gave part one of this story a gold award today (you know who you are). I'm also posting Trial of the Alchemist over on Royal Road, where it's seen a bit more momentum and where there's more opportunity for the story to really take off. For that to happen, however, it needs more reader reviews and/or ratings (follows certainly don't hurt either). If you have a Royal Road account, or if you don't mind taking a couple minutes to make one, I would really appreciate a review on the story here. Trial of the Alchemist is something of a strange duck on HFY and Royal Road, but I'm hoping positive word of mouth will help grow a loyal readership. And if my undying appreciation is an inadequate incentive, I would only add that—while this story will conclude in a satisfying way—whether I consider writing a sequel (and believe me, I have ideas) depends entirely on the success of this book. No pressure. Anyhow, day two begins tomorrow. According to my very unbiased wife and friends, it only gets better from here.
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Do you keep track of the Eng. dubs that you watch each year? Here is how I keep track of mine.

A list of Eng. dubs that I have watched over the last 8 years. Often I will watch 2+ epi., be it the same IP or a different show, at once on different tabs. For example, I might watch the latest epi. of [Name of show] in Eng. on 1 tab and the latest subbed version on another tab.
†broadcast dub
‡not a broadcast dub but streaming weekly when possible
*dubs that were carried over from previous year into current year. As such, the finished date counts for the current year. This includes a dub that had a broadcast dub premiere in mid-October and ended in mid-April the following year. For example, the 2015 entry for “Heavy Object” means the broadcast dub stream finished in 2016. If a show is listed twice (like “Junketsu no Maria”) but has no asterisk, that means that I watched that dub again (be it the broadcast dub or home video dub version). Like, it was sometime in the Summer 2016 I rewatched “Junketsu no Maria’.
Shows like Megalobox and FLCL 2-3, Lupin III (4th-series), DBZ Kai: Final Chapters, DB Super, and MSG: I-BO are usu. excluded as they were mostly seen on Toonami. This list is a streaming watch log.
-Pre-2015 to early 2015: Campione, Dog & Scissors, Infinite Stratos, Infinite Stratos 2, Kamisama Dolls, Laughing Under†, Nyan Koi!, Oda Nobuna
2015: Aizu, A Woman Named, Absolute Duo†, Ah! Megami-Sama (OVA), Angel Beats!, AoT: Jr. High†, Ben-To, Beyond the Boundary, Blassreiter, Blood. Blockade†, Brynhildr, C: Control, Chaos;Head, Chunibyou 1, Chunibyou 2, Clannad 1, Clannad 2, Clannad movie, Code Breaker, Corpse Princess 1, Corpse Princess 2, D-Frag!, Daimao, Damdailer, Digimon 3, Digimon 4, Dinozaurs, DRRR 1, DRRR 2, DRRR 3, Dragonar, Druaga 1, Druaga 2, DxD BorN, Eden of the East, Eden of the East film trilogy, Eureka Seven, Flint, FLCL, FMA:B, Fractal, Freezing Vibrations, Gangsta†, Gurren Lagann, Hanaukyo Maid Team, Heavy Object*, Hidan no Aria, HOTD, Ikki Tousen, Ikki Tousen 2, Ikki Tousen 3, Ikki Tousen 4, Junketsu no Maria†, K, K-ON!, Laughing Under*, Madoka Magica, Madoka Magica movie trilogy, Maken-Ki, Medaka Box 1, Medaka Box 2, Mikagura†, MM!, Momo (Ballad), Muv-Luv 1, Muv-Luv 2, Mon Colle, Murder Princess, Nanatsu, Neptunia, Ninja Slayer†, Nobunaga the Fool, Nobunagun, Oretachi, Outbreak Company, Phantom: Requiem, Prison School†, Ragnarok the Animation, Rideback, Robotics; Notes, Rock Lee, Ruin Explorers, Sands of Destruction, Sankarea, Shining Hearts, Sky Wizards†, Slayers 4, Slayers 5, Solty Rei, Soul Eater, Soul Eater Not, Sora no Oto 1, Sora no Oto 2, Sora no Oto movie, Super Sonico, Tears to Tiara, Tokyo Ghoul 1, Tokyo Ghoul 2, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Tokyo Ravens 1, Tokyo Ravens 2, Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Video Girl Ai, World Break†, Xam`d
2016: 91Days*, 009: Re-Cyborg, Absolute Duo, Afro Samurai, Afro Samurai movie, Baccano, Blood-C movie, Castle Town, Cyborg 009 vs. Devil Man, Dagashi Kashi†, Date A Live II, Deadman Wonderland, Dears, Dimension W†, Divine Gate†, DRRR 4†, DxD Born, Drifters*, Endride†, Escaflowne, Escaflowne movie, Eureka Seven movie, Expelled from Paradise, Fairy Tail, FMA, Gargantia, Garo 1, Grimgar†, Gundam Unicorn (TV ver.), Hal, Heavy Object, Izetta*, Jewel BEM, Joker Game*, Junketsu, Kingdom I, Kingdom II, K-ON!!, K-ON! movie, Lady Death, Lily C.A.T., Little Nemo, Nanbaka*, Magical Play, Magical Index movie, Maken-Ki II, MHA†, MSG: I-BO 1*, Netoge†, No-Rin, Planetarian†, Red Data Girl, Saiki†, Sansha Sanyou†, Sea Prince, Shippuden, Shippuden movie 1, Shippuden movie 2, ReLife*, Shomin Sample*, SM: Crystal, Spice & Wolf 1, Spice & Wolf 2, Suzuka, Street Fighter movie, Tales of Zestiria X†, Terror in Resonance, Unico, Vanadis, World Break, Your Lie in April, Yuri on Ice†
2017: 91Days*, 5 CM Per Second, 18if†, Acca 13†, Akashic Records†, Akiba’s Trip†, Ancient Magus Bride*, AoT#2†, Armitage, Blame, Bamboo Blade, Ben-To, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Blood. Blockade 2*, Chain Chronicle†, Chaos;Child†, Children Who Chased Lost Voices, Classroom of the Elite†, Clockwork Planet†, Code Geass: Akito, Cyb. 009 vs. Devilman, Cyb. 009: Dawn of Justice, DanMachi, Dias Irae†, Dragonaut, ēlDLIVE, Fuuka†, Food Wars 1, Gangsta, Garo 2, Garo 3*, Ghost Hunt, Golden Boy, Gosick, Hajimete no Gal†, Hand Chasers†, Hundred, Hyouka, Izetta*, Joker Game*, Kino’s Journey*, LL Sunshine 2*, Masamune-kun†, Mob Psycho, MMO Junkie*, MonMusu, MSG: I-BO 1, MSG: I-BO 2*, My Hero Academia 2†, Nanbaka†, Paterna, Please Teacher, Please Twins, Project Blue Earth, Psychic School Wars, Rakudai, Sailor Moon Super, Sakura Quest†, Seven Deadly Sins (4-ep season), Shiki, Shinmai 1, Shippuden, Shomin Sample, Show by Rock 1, Show by Rock 2, Show by Rock 3, Sinbad film trilogy, Sky Wizards Academy, Smartphone†, Starblazers 2199‡*, Sword of The Stranger, Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Zestiria X 2†, Tsugomomo†, Tsukigakirei†, Urahara*
2018: Aggretsuko, A.I.C.O, Angels of Death†, *Anime-Gataris, AoKana, Ancient Magus Bride*, AoT#3†*, Baldr Force, Black Bullet, B the Beginning, Black Clover*, Blood Blockade 2*, Blue Sub #6, Boruto, Bungou Stray 1, Bungou Stray 2, Chaika 1, Chaika 2, Children of the Whales, Chio’s School Road†, CCS: Clear Card†, Conception†, Concrete Revolutio 1, Concrete Revolutio 2, DanMachi OVA, Death March†, Dias Irae*, Dias Irae OVA†, Digimon Adv. Tri (1st), Double Decker†, Dragon Dentist, Dream Eater Merry, DxD Hero†, FMP 1, FMP 2, FMP3, FMP 4†, Food Wars 2, FT: Final Season†, FT movie 2 Goblin Slayer†, God Eater, Godzilla movie 1, Godzilla movie 2, Golden Kamuy†, Golden Kamuy 2†, Gridman†, Grimoire of Zero, Hanebado†, Hidan no Aria 2, Holy Knight, How NOT to Summon A Demon Lord†, Island†, Interview with Monster Girls, Katana Maidens†, Kino’s Journey*, Kiznaiver, Legend of Heroes, Listless, Lost Song, LL Sunshine 2*, Magical Girl Raising‡, Megalobox‡, MHA3†, MMO Junkie*, MSG: I-BO 2, NagiAsu, Occultic;Nine, Overlord 1, Overlord 2†, Overlord 3†, Petshop of Horrors, Planetarian, Pop Team Epic†, Princess Principal, Regalia, ReLife OVA, ReZero (first half), RWBY (1st 5 seasons), Sailor Moon, Sakura Quest, Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master†, Seven Deadly Sins II, Shippuden, Shinmai 2, Sirius the Jaeger, Sunday Without God 1, Sunday Without God 2, Stein;s Gate, Stein;s Gate Zero†, Starblazers 2199‡*, Starblazers 2202‡, Taboo Tattoo, Tada-kun‡, Tokyo Ghoul:re†, Tokyo Ghoul:re 2†, Tibetan Dog, Tsukigakirei, Twin Star Exorcists (2 vol. so far), Ulysses: Jeanne D’Arc†, Unbreakable Machine-Doll, Urahara*, Vanadis, Violet Evergarden, Yamada-Kun, YLIA, Yugioh: DSoD, Zombie Land Saga†
2019: 91 Days, Abandoned Sacred Beasts‡, Accelerator†, AnoNatsu, AnoNatsu OVA, Ao-Chan, AoT#3 Part 2, Arifureta†, Assassin Pride†, Astra†, Aura, Boruto, Bungou Stray Dogs movie, Black Clover*, Cautious Hero†, Chuunibyou movie, Conception*, Cop Craft†, Date A Live III†, DanMachi 2, DanMachi: Sword Oratorio, DBZ: Battle of the Gods, DBZ: Resurrection F, Dr. Sione†, Double Decker*, Fairy gone†, Fairy Gone 2†, FT: Final Season†*, Fire Force†, Flying Witch, Furuba (2019)†, Franxx, FT: Final Season*, Goblin Slayer*, Golden Kamuy 2*, Gridman*, HAL, Hensuki†, High School Prodigies†, Index III*, Isekai Quartet†, Jormungand, Jormungand 2, Kabaneri, KADO, Kenja no Mago†, KonoSuba, Kokoro Connect, Kokoro Connect OVAs, Made in Abyss, Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka†, Magical Senpai*, Megalobox*, Mob Psycho 2, MHA 4†, My Roommate Is A Cat†, Nande, Orange, Quintessential†, Ruin Explorers, Radiant*, Radiant 2†, Redline, Release the Spyce*, Re:Zero vol. 2, RWBY (vol. 6), RWBY (vol. 7)‡, RobiHachi†, Rokka, SAO 3, Senran Kagura: Shinovi Master*, Shield Hero†, Shippuden, Shobitch‡, Special 7†, Spirit of the Sun (2-epi.), Starblazers 2202‡, Sunohara-Sō no Kanrinin-san‡, Takunomi, The Ones Within†, The Promised Neverland, The Silver Guardian, The Silver Guardian 2, Tokyo Ghoul:re 2*, Towanoquon (6 movies), Tibetan Dog, Twin-Star Exorcists (vol. 3-4), Ueno, Ulysses: Jeanne D’Arc*, Your Name, Yu-No†, Zombieland Saga*
2020: Africa Salaryman*, After School Dice Club*, Akudama†, AnoNatsu OVA, Appare-Ranman!†, Arte‡, Assassin Pride*, Assault Lily†, BOFURI†, Brynhilldr (OVA), Cautious Hero*, Cells At Work!, DanMachi 3†, Digimon tri (1-6), Dragon Dentist, Dr. Stone*, Eiken, Fairy Gone 2*, Food Wars 3, Fire Force 2†, Fruits Basket Remake Season 2†, Gleipnir‡, Goblin Slayer movie, Hatena Illusion†, HXEROS†, High School Prodigies*, ID: Invaded†, Infinite Dendrogram†, Infinite Stratos (OVA), Interspecies Reviewers†, Infinite Stratos 2 OVA, Isekai Quar†et 2†, K (Movie), Kamisama ni Natta H†, Kimi-Sen†, K-ON! the Movie, KonoSuba OVA, KonoSuba 2, Legend of Heroes movie, LISTENERS†, Little Nemo, Loops-Garous, Made in Abyss Movie #1, Made in Abyss Movie #2, MHA 4*, MHA OVA (2-epi.), My Roommate Is A Cat, Nande, Nande OVA, Nekopara,†, No Guns Life*, O Maidens, Orphen†, Planzet, Peter Evans†, Plunderer†, Radiant 2*, Re:Zero Season 2, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Frozen Bond OVA, RWBY (vol. 7)‡, Ruin Explorers, Sailor Moon R movie, SAO: Alicization - War of Underworld 2nd Season†, Senryuu, The Last: Shippuden, Shippuden, Shippuden: Blood Prison, Shippuden: Kizuna, Shippuden: The Lost Tower, Shippuden: The Will of Fire, Special 7*, Sigrdrifa†, Takunomi, Thermae Romae, Tonikaku†, To Love-Ru, Uzaki-chan†, Zombieland Saga
2021: 86†, 8 Man After, Akudama*, Assault Lily*, Assassin†, AoT Recap, AoT†, A Wind Named Amnesia, Boonies*, Back Arrow†, Baldr Force, Banished†, Black Dungeon†, Boruto, Bottom-Tier†, Bottom-Tier OVA, Cells at Work!†, Cells at Work! OVA, Code Black†, Dokuro-chan, DanMachi 3*, DanMachi movie, DanMachi OVA, DanMachi II OVA, Deca-Dence*, Detective is Already Dead‡, Dragon Goes House-Hunting†, Duke of Death‡, Dynazenon†, EDENS ZERO, Fena†, Fire Force 2*, Furuba (final season)† , Food Wards: Fourth Plate, Gleipnir*, Goddess Dormitory, Horimiya†, How Not to Summon 2†, Isekai Quartet, Isekai Quartet 2*, Kaguya-sama!,Kaguya-sama 2, Kamisama ni Natta Hi*, Kemono Jihen†, Kimi-Sen*, Kokoro Connect OVA/ONA, KonoSuba movie, Kuma Kuma†, LISTENERS*, Love Live movie, Made in Abyss: Movie 1, Megalobox 2†,MHA†, MHA Movie 1, MHA Movie 2, Mieruko-chan†, Motto To Love-Ru, Nuku Nuka (OVA), Nuku Nuku, Nuku Nuku DASH, Obsolete, OreDake†, Orphen†, Ranking of Kings†, Realist†, RWBY (Vol. 8)*, Re:Life, Saint‡, SAO: Alicization - War of Underworld 2nd Season*, SAO movie, Seirei‡, Sentouin†, Shachibato!, Shadows House†, Shikizakura†, Shironeko, Sigrdrifa*, Sonny Boy†, Special 7 OVA, Tamayomi, Talentless Nana, The Promised Neverland 2‡, To Love-Ru: Darkness, TL-R: Darkness 2, Tonikaku Kawaii*, To Your Eternity†, TQQ Season 2†, Vivy†, Wave, Listen to Me!, Wonder Egg†, Zombieland Saga 2
-2022: 86*, Alice in Borderland, Amagi Brilliant Park OVA, AMAIM†, AMB OVA, AnoNatsu OVA, Ao-chan, AoT†, AoT Recap film, AoT OVA, A Spirit of the Sun, Assassin*, Back Arrow*, Banished*, Beast Tamer†, Biscuit Hammer†, Black Summoner†, Cat Planet Cuties OVA, DAL IVl†, Detective is Already Dead*, DiAPT 2†, Dragon Dentist, Dr. Stone OVA, Duke of Death†, Dusk Maiden OVA, Engage Kiss†, FLCL 2, FLCL 3, GARANDDOLL*, Garden of Words, Girlfriend,Girlfriend‡, HigeHiro‡, Josee, Kaguya-sama 3†, Laid-Back Camp‡, Laika*, Love After World Domination†, Love of Kill†, Lupin III Part 6, Lupin III Part 5 OVA, Made in Abyss Movie 3, Mazinger Z: Infinity, MHA OVA, Mieruko-chan*, Obsolete, Pop Team Epic 2†,Overlord IV†, Ranking of Kings*, Realist*, Realist 2†, Redline, Re:Zero 2, Remake‡, Rent-A-Girl 2†, Sabikui†, Seirei*, Shield Hero 2†, Shikimori†, Shikizakura*, Short Peace, Sing "Yesterday" for Me‡, Sonny Boy*, SPY x FAMILY†, SPY x FAMILY2†, SuperCub, The Journey, Typical Nobodyl†, Weakest Crest†
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