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[US] Schitt’s Creek (2015) When rich video-store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup in Schitt's Creek. In the same vein of Parks and Rec and The Good Life. Great show!
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PuroVerse - NJPW Presents The Tokyo Summit 2015

PuroVerse - The Tokyo Summit 2015 (featuring matches by NJPW, NOAH, Big Japan and More)
Milano Collection AT opens the show, and states that New Japan are thankful for everyone's participation. He confirms that this is a one off event, and none of the companies collected here today are currently working together.
It's announced that Ring Of Honor will continue to work with New Japan. Roderick Strong will be a participant in the 2015 G1 Climax, and along with New Japan & Ring Of Honor co-hosting shows in USA, this year we will have ROH Live In Japan.
The show opens with a match presented by New Japan.
Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. David Finlay
A rematch from Road To Dominion, Liger and Finlay start with tons of grappling and mat work. They are brawling on the top rope, Finlay lands a headbutt shaking Liger. Liger goes for a Palm Strike, Finlay ducks it and attempts a Finlay Roll once again! Liger reverses and attempts a Hurricanrana off the top, Finlay uses his strength the pull Liger up and hits a Liger Bomb from the top, 1...2...3! David Finlay Jr. defeats Jushin "Thunder" Liger in 10:48 via a Top Rope Liger Bomb.
The New Japan ring announcer welcomes the current commissioner for Pro Wrestling NOAH. It is announced that Yoshihiro Takayama from NOAH will be a representative in the 2015 NJPW G1 Climax.
NEVER Championship Match: Togi Makabe (c) vs. Big Japan's Daisuke Sekimoto
A very strong match, Daisuke worked well with Makabe. There was a section in the match where Daisuke/Makabe were headbutting each other very hard, all of a sudden Makabe dropped to one knee as the crowd exploded. Daisuke took advantage and landed a hard lariat and pinned but only got 2. The finish saw Daisuke impressively get Makabe up for the Argentinean Backbreaker, but Togi reversed landed a King Kong Lariat to the back of the head, then a King Kong Powerbomb for the 3 in 15:12. The fans loved this one.
Razor Wire Boards & Lighttube Bundles Deathmatch: MASADA vs. Ryuji Ito
In a very violent match, MASADA/Ito showed off what Big Japan really is, ultraviolent. MASADA landed a reverse DVD on Ito, with Ito's head landing in the razor wire slicing his face. The referee wanted to stop the match, but Ito refused. The match ended with Ito landing a Elbow Drop off the turnbuckle onto MASADA who laying on a Razor Wire Board holding Tubes in 9:32.
Kota Ibushi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura and Ibushi have a very good match. Not WK good, but good. The finish saw Ibushi try a Phoenix Splash, but Nakamura got up and hit him with a Bomye in mid-air for the three in 17:20.
The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs. Matt Sydal, Ricochet & KUSHIDA
A fast paced match, some crazy spots. The Bucks hit KUSHIDA with a Meltzer Driver on the outside. Ricochet and Steal did a duel Springboard Shooting Star Press to take The Bucks out. The finish saw Omega landing a Contra Code on Sydal for the win in 13:43.
GHC Heavyweight Championship Match: Minoru Suzuki (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada
Suzuki and Okada went to war. Okada hit a beautiful Rainmaker near the end but Suzuki kicked out. The finish saw, Okada try the Rainmaker, spun him round Suzuki spat in his face, locked Okada in a sleeper. Okada slams his back into the corner, turns and Irish whips Suzuki into the other corner, as he runs Suzuki lifts his foot up connecting with Okada's face. Suzuki with a lariat to the back, Double Stomp to Okada's head pretty nasty. Suzuki attempts a piledriver, Okada reverses, spins him, RAINMAKER! No! Suzuki ducks, turns lands a nasty back hand shot knocking Okada loopy and hits a Gotch Style Piledriver for three in 28:30. Suzuki retains the GHC Heavyweight Championship.
Show ends with AJ Styles making a appearance, stepping up into Okada's face. He states that Okada will never take the title from him. He says Gedo has a better chance and laughs. Okada challenges him to defend it against Okada in London, Styles walks off without answering.
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Surya Namaskar at Tokyo Olympics? No, 2015 video from Mongolia viral - Alt News

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@nytimes: Breaking News: A Ukrainian magnate paid Donald Trump’s charity $150,000 in 2015 after Trump gave a video talk. Robert Mueller is said to be investigating.

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(Diplo) Tokyo to Host 7th China-South Korea-Japan Trilateral Summit | The trilateral Northeast Asian summit will meet for the first time since 2015, with a focus on North Korea.

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@nytimes: A Ukrainian magnate paid Donald Trump’s charity $150,000 in 2015 after Trump gave a video talk. Robert Mueller is said to be investigating.

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Request: Paul Allen flair

We already have a Bill Gates flair, but do we remember Paul Allen?
Paul Gardner Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American business magnate, computer programmer, researcher, investor, and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft Corporation with childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975, which helped spark the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. Microsoft became the world's largest personal computer software company.[1] Allen was ranked as the 44th-wealthiest person in the world by Forbes in 2018, with an estimated net worth of $20.3 billion at the time of his death.[2][3]
Allen left regular work at Microsoft in early 1983 after a Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis, remaining on its board as vice-chairman. He and his sister, Jody Allen, founded Vulcan Inc. in 1986,[4] a privately held company that managed his business and philanthropic efforts. He had a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio, including technology and media companies, scientific research, real estate holdings, private space flight ventures, and stakes in other sectors. He owned the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League[5] and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association,[6] and was part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.[7] In 2000 he resigned from his position on Microsoft's board and assumed the post of senior strategy advisor to the company's management team.
Allen founded the Allen Institutes for Brain Science,[8] Artificial Intelligence,[9] and Cell Science,[10] as well as companies like Stratolaunch Systems[11] and Apex Learning.[12] He gave more than $2 billion to causes such as education, wildlife and environmental conservation, the arts, healthcare, and community services.[13] In 2004, he funded the first crewed private spaceplane with SpaceShipOne.[14][15] He received numerous awards and honors, and was listed among the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007 and 2008.[16]
Allen was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009. He died of septic shock related to cancer on October 15, 2018, at the age of 65.[17]
Mr. Allen was an exceptional person, however I'll focus on his philanthropic efforts only.
Allen gave more than $2 billion towards the advancement of science, technology, education, wildlife conservation, the arts, and community services in his lifetime.[13] The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which he founded with his sister Jody, was established to administer a portion of Allen's philanthropic contributions. Since its formation, the foundation has given more than $494 million to over 1,500 nonprofits; and,[111] in 2010, Allen became a signatory of The Giving Pledge, promising to give at least half of his fortune to philanthropic causes.[112] Allen received commendations for his philanthropic commitments including the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy[113] and Inside Philanthropy*'*s "Philanthropist of the Year".[114]
Science and research
📷 Allen (right) studies a brain sample with Allan Jones, CEO of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, in 2011.
In September 2003, Allen launched the Allen Institute for Brain Science with a $100 million contribution dedicated to understanding how the human brain works. In total, Allen donated $500 million to the institute, making it his single largest philanthropic recipient. Since its launch, the Allen Institute for Brain Science has taken a Big Science and open science approach to tackle projects. The institute makes research tools available to the scientific community using an open data model.[115] Some of the institute's projects include the Allen Mouse Brain Atlas, Allen Human Brain Atlas and the Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas. The Allen Institute is also helping to advance and shape the White House's BRAIN Initiative as well as the Human Brain Project.[116]
Founded in 2014, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2)'s main focus is to research and engineer artificial intelligence.[117] The institute is modeled after the Allen Institute for Brain Science and led by researcher and professor, Dr. Oren Etzioni. AI2 has undertaken four main projects, Aristo, Semantic Scholar, Euclid, and Plato. As of 2015 Project Aristo is working to build an AI system capable of passing an 8th-grade science exam.[118]
In December 2014, Allen committed $100 million to create the Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle. The institute is investigating and creating a virtual model of cells in the hope of bringing forth treatment of different diseases.[119] Like the institutes before it, all data generated and tools developed will be made publicly available online.[120]
Launched in 2016 with a $100 million commitment, The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group aims to discover and support ideas at the frontier of bioscience in an effort to accelerate the pace of discovery.[121] The group will target scientists and research areas that "some might consider out-of-the-box at the very edges of knowledge".[122]
Allen launched the Allen Distinguished Investigators Awards (ADI) in 2010 to support scientists pursuing early-stage research projects who often have difficulty securing funding from traditional sources.[123]
Allen donated the seed money to build SETI's Allen Telescope Array, eventually contributing $30 million to the project.[124]
The Paul Allen's flower fly was named in recognition of his contributions to Dipterology.[125]
Environment and conservation
Allen provided more than $7 million to fund a census of elephant populations in Africa, the largest such endeavour since the 1970s. The Great Elephant Census team flew over 20 countries to survey African savannah elephants. The survey results were published in 2015 and showed rapid rates of decline which were accelerating.[126]
He began supporting the University of British Columbia's Sea Around Us) Project in 2014 to improve data on global fisheries as a way to fight illegal fishing. Part of his $2.6 million in funding went towards the creation of FishBase,[127] an online database about adult finfish.[128] Allen funded the Global FinPrint initiative, launched in July 2015, a three-year survey of sharks and rays in coral reef areas. The survey is the largest of its kind and designed to provide data to help conservation programs.[129][130]
Allen backed Washington state initiative 1401 to prohibit the purchase, sale and distribution of products made from 10 endangered species including elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, marine turtles, pangolins, sharks and rays. The initiative gained enough signatures to be on the state's ballot on November 3, 2015, and passed.[131]
Alongside the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), Allen and Vulcan Inc. launched the Smart City Challenge,[132] a contest inviting American cities to transform their transportation systems. Created in 2015 with the USDOT's $40 million commitment as well as $10 million from Allen's Vulcan Inc., the challenge aims to create a first-of-its-kind modern city that will demonstrate how cities can improve quality of life while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.[133] The winning city was Columbus, Ohio.[134]
As a founding member of the International SeaKeepers Society, Allen hosted its proprietary SeaKeeper 1000TM oceanographic and atmospheric monitoring system on all three of his megayachts.[135]
Allen funded the building of microgrids, which are small-scale power grids that can operate independently, in Kenya, to help promote reusable energy and empower its businesses and residents.[136] He was an early investor in the Mawingu Networks, a wireless and solar-powered Internet provider which aims to connect rural Africa with the world, and Off Grid Electric, a company focused on providing solar energy to people in emerging nations.[137]
In 2014, Allen pledged at least $100 million toward the fight to end the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa,[138] making him the largest private donor in the Ebola crisis. He also created a website called[139] as a way to spread awareness and serve as a vehicle for donors to fund projects in need. The site highlighted organizations working to stop Ebola that Allen supported, such as International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Médecins Sans Frontières, Partners in Health, UNICEF and World Food Program USA. On April 21, 2015, Allen brought together key leaders in the Ebola fight at the Ebola Innovation Summit in San Francisco. The summit aimed to share key learnings and reinforce the need for continued action and support to reduce the number of Ebola cases to zero, which was achieved in January 2016.[140]
In October 2015, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced it would award seven new grants totaling $11 million to prevent future widespread outbreaks of the virus.[141]
📷 RV Petrel arriving at Surigao City in 2018
In 2012, along with his research team and the Royal Navy, Allen attempted to retrieve the ship's bell from HMS Hood), which sank in the Denmark Strait during World War II, but the attempt failed due to poor weather. On August 7, 2015, they tried again and recovered the bell in very good condition.[142] It was restored and put on display in May 2016 in the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, in remembrance of the 1,415 crewmen lost.[143]
Since 2015, Allen funded the research ship RV Petrel, which he purchased in 2016. The project team aboard Petrel was responsible for locating the Japanese battleship Musashi in 2015.[144] In 2017, at Allen's direction, Petrel found USS Indianapolis), USS Ward), the wrecks of the Battle of Surigao Strait and the Battle of Ormoc Bay. In 2018, Petrel found a lost US Navy C-2A Greyhound aircraft in the Philippine Sea, USS Lexington) in the Coral Sea and the USS Juneau) off the coast of the Solomon Islands.[145][146][147]
Museums and community institutions
Allen established non-profit community institutions to display his collections of historic artifacts. These include:
Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, is a nonprofit museum, dedicated to contemporary popular culture inside a Frank Gehry–designed building at Seattle Center, established in 2000.[148]
Flying Heritage Collection, which showcases restored vintage military aircraft and armaments primarily from the World War II era, established in 2004.[149]
STARTUP Gallery, a permanent exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque dedicated to the history of the microcomputer, established in 2007.[150]
Living Computer: Museum + Labs, a collection of vintage computers in working order and available for interactive sessions on-site or through networked access, opened to the public in 2012.[151][152]
An active art collector, Allen gifted more than $100 million to support the arts.[153] On October 15, 2012, the Americans for the Arts gave Allen the Eli and Edythe Broad Award for Philanthropy in the Arts.[154] Allen loaned out more than 300 pieces from his private art collection to 47 different venues. The original 541-page typescript of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula was in his collection at one point.[155] In 2013, Allen sold Barnett Newman's Onement VI (1953) at Sotheby's in New York for $43.8 million, then the record for a work by the abstract artist.[156][157]
In 2015, Allen founded the Seattle Art Fair, a four-day event with 60-plus galleries from around the world including the participation of the Gagosian Gallery, David Zwirner. The event drew thousands and inspired other satellite fairs throughout the city.[158]
In August 2016, Allen announced the launch of Upstream Music Fest + Summit,[159] an annual festival fashioned after South by Southwest.[160] Held in Pioneer Square, the first festival took place in May 2017.[161] It was cancelled in 2019 following Allen's death in 2018.[162]
In November 2022, Allen's art collection was auctioned at Chrsitie's New York.[163] It was the biggest sale in art auction history, surpassing $1.5 billion in sales. Six works sold for more than $100 million: Seurat’s Les Poseuses Ensemble (Petite version), ($149 million, with fees); Paul Cézanne’s 1888-90 La Montagne Sainte-Victoire ($138 million); van Gogh’s Verger avec cyprès ($117 million); and Gustav Klimt’s 1903 Birch Forest ($105 million). The auction also included paintings by Botticelli, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Jan Brueghel the Younger. Proceeds from the auction benefitted undisclosed philanthropies. [164][165][166]
📷 Allen and Steve Wozniak at the Living Computer Museum in 2017
In 1989, Allen donated $2 million to the University of Washington to construct the Allen Library, which was named after his father Kenneth S. Allen, a former associate director of the University of Washington library system.[167] In the same year, Allen donated an additional $8 million to establish the Kenneth S. Allen Library Endowment.[168] In 2012, the endowment was renamed the Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment after Allen's mother (a noted bibliophile) died.[169]
In 2002, Allen donated $14 million to the University of Washington to construct the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.[170] The building was dedicated in October 2003.[171]
In 2010, Allen announced a gift of $26 million to build the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health at Washington State University, his alma mater. The gift was the largest private donation in the university's history.[172]
In 2016, Allen pledged a $10 million donation over four years for the creation of the Allen Discovery Centers at Tufts University and Stanford University. The centers would fund research that would read and write the morphogenetic code. Over eight years the donation could be as much as $20 million.[173]
In 2017, Allen donated $40 million (with an additional $10 million from Microsoft) to reorganize the University of Washington's Computer Science and Engineering department into the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering.[174]
Because of my field of study, I appreciate him mostly for his contributions to brain sciences in terms of donations and investments. Mr. Allen was alive when his endowments already had helped researchers usher a new age in neuroscience.
Hence, he's someone everyone can find something to be impressed by. Paul Allen as an industrial pioneer and a philanthropist would be a flair this subreddit should be proud to have along with his childhood friend Bill Gates.
The relationship between Allen and Gates became strained as they argued even over small things.[24] Allen effectively left Microsoft in 1982 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, though he remained on the board of directors as vice chairman.[22][35] Gates reportedly asked Allen to give him some of his shares to compensate for the higher amount of work that Gates was doing.[36][37] According to Allen, Gates said that he "did almost everything on BASIC" and the company should be split 60–40 in his favor. Allen agreed to this arrangement, which Gates later renegotiated to 64–36.[38] In 1983, Gates tried to buy Allen out at $5 per share, but Allen refused and left the company with his shares intact; this made him a billionaire when Microsoft went public.[38][39] Gates later repaired his relationship with Allen, and the two men donated $2.2 million to their childhood school Lakeside in 1986.[24] They remained friends for the rest of Allen's life.[40]

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Ceph at the OpenStack Summit Tokyo 2015

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PuroVerse - NJPW Presents Tokyo Summit 2015 *CARD*

Tokyo Summit 2015 Card
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« L’élève sera le client » : aux Etats-Unis, l’école selon Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg et Elon Musk

« L’élève sera le client » : aux Etats-Unis, l’école selon Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg et Elon Musk
La maternelle de McCarver, à Tacoma, dans la banlieue de Seattle, n’est pas tout à fait ordinaire. D’abord, c’est une école Montessori. A la rentrée, la semaine du 5 septembre, les élèves de 3 ans à 5 ans ont trouvé dans ses salles de classe en bois clair le genre de matériel pensé par la célèbre pédagogue italienne pour développer l’autonomie : seuls ou en petits groupes, sur une table ou un tapis au sol, ils dessineront dans un bac à sable, compteront avec des galets et des cartes ornées de chiffres…

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Autre originalité, l’établissement n’accueille pas les familles aisées habituelles des écoles Montessori : gratuit et installé dans un quartier défavorisé, il cible les 50 % d’Américains privés de maternelle, car trop riches pour accéder aux classes publiques gratuites, et trop pauvres pour payer 13 000 dollars (13 000 euros) par an une école privée.
Enfin, un signe encore plus distinctif est écrit en lettres blanches sur un panneau bleu à l’entrée : Bezos Academy. En effet, McCarver est l’une des cinq maternelles Montessori ouvertes depuis 2019 par le fonds philanthropique du fondateur d’Amazon, Jeff Bezos. Cette structure précise vouloir en créer « 17 autres entre 2023 et 2025, dans l’Etat de Washington, en Floride et au Texas », pour « 1 300 élèves ».

« Faire un prototype, l’améliorer et le déployer largement »

L’essor de ces écoles d’un genre nouveau est, pour l’heure, « modeste », constate Mira Debs, directrice du département de sciences de l’éducation de l’université Yale (Connecticut). Mais la Bezos Academy et son président, Michael George, ont « une approche précise, inspirée d’entreprises comme Amazon », raconte cette autrice d’un livre sur les écoles Montessori, qui, lors d’une séance de dédicaces en 2019, a reçu la visite de ce vétéran de l’entreprise d’e-commerce où il a passé seize ans. « Leur démarche est de faire un prototype, puis de l’améliorer, puis de le déployer largement », analyse-t-elle.
« Nous utiliserons les mêmes principes qu’Amazon, notamment une vraie obsession du client. L’élève sera le client », avait théorisé M. Bezos en annonçant le projet. Que pense Mme Debs de la Bezos Academy ? Elle a été « agréablement surprise » que l’organisation prenne contact avec la communauté Montessori, mais aussi noue des partenariats avec des mairies, des bailleurs ou des maisons de retraite, qui lui mettent à disposition des locaux. Mais, regrette l’universitaire, M. Bezos pourrait avoir « un impact encore plus grand » en soutenant aussi les organisations Montessori existantes qui agissent déjà auprès des populations défavorisées.
Carol Burris, militante de l’école publique, est plus sceptique : « Dans l’éducation, les entrepreneurs de la tech ne peuvent s’empêcher de s’immiscer dans les décisions. Pourtant, quand des milliardaires font un don à un hôpital, ils ne disent pas au chirurgien comment opérer, ironise la directrice du Network for Public Education. Bill Gates, le fondateur de Microsoft, et Reed Hastings, le patron de Netflix, se sont beaucoup impliqués dans le mouvement de réforme de l’éducation, avec l’idée de s’inspirer des entreprises privées. »

Certaines mesures incluses dans les réformes de Barack Obama

Ancien professeur de maths au Swaziland, le PDG de la plate-forme de vidéo à la demande a été jusqu’à diriger le conseil de l’éducation de l’Etat de Californie dans les années 2000 : il y a promu les « charters schools », financées sur fonds publics, mais gérées par des entités privées (par opposition aux 85 % d’établissements américains publics, dirigés par des conseils élus, et aux 6 % d’écoles privées payantes).
La Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates a aussi financé la création de « petites écoles », en démantelant de grands établissements, ou prôné l’évaluation des enseignants en fonction des notes obtenues par leurs élèves lors de tests. Certaines de ces mesures ont été incluses dans les réformes de Barack Obama, dont un ministre de l’éducation employait un ancien de la Fondation Gates, Jim Shelton. Celui-ci a ensuite été recruté par la Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), la fondation créée, en 2015, par un autre couple de la tech intéressé par l’enseignement : le fondateur de Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, et sa femme, Priscilla Chan.
Dès 2010, le duo avait financé, à Newark, une banlieue difficile de New York, un projet controversé fondé sur la fermeture de collèges et de lycées publics affichant de mauvais résultats et l’ouverture de « charter schools ». « M. Zuckerberg et ses alliés n’avaient pas été assez humbles et n’avaient pas assez impliqué les gens localement, raconte Dale Russakoff, ex-journaliste du Washington Post et autrice d’un livre critique. Le projet n’a pas été un échec total, mais pas non plus un succès, car ils espéraient valider un modèle applicable dans tout le pays. »

« Il n’y a toujours pas d’étude sérieuse sur les résultats »

L’incursion des patrons du numérique suscite aussi un débat sur la place de la technologie. La CZI a ainsi donné 142 millions de dollars – sur 840 millions distribués dans l’éducation depuis 2015 – à Summit Learning, une plate-forme en ligne « d’éducation personnalisée ». Pour « apprendre à leur rythme », les élèves peuvent choisir un sujet, accéder à une « playlist » de ressources en ligne, s’entraîner, puis passer un test.
L’enseignant peut aider l’élève quand ce dernier le sollicite, ou lors d’un rendez-vous hebdomadaire de « mentorat ». Le déploiement du service, à partir de 2017, en pleine polémique sur l’impact de Facebook, a suscité des protestations de parents craignant de voir leurs enfants devenir des « zombies » devant un ordinateur, a rapporté le New York Times. Mais la plate-forme – gratuite – est aujourd’hui utilisée par 400 écoles et 80 000 élèves. Et 65 % des professeurs seraient satisfaits, assure la CZI.
Alex Molnar, du centre de recherche National Education Policy Center, n’est, lui, pas convaincu : « Il n’y a toujours pas d’étude sérieuse sur les résultats, et on manque de transparence sur les algorithmes et l’usage des données, même si Summit assure ne pas partager d’informations nominatives. » Pour lui, les magnats du numérique rêvent d’attirer les élèves dans leurs « souks numériques », comme Facebook ou Amazon et son offre de services de fidélisation Prime.

« Egalité raciale et diversité »

Benjamin Riley est, lui, plus mesuré. Pour le fondateur de Deans for Impact, une association de formation d’enseignants soutenue par la CZI, la mentalité de ces fondations a évolué : « La pandémie de Covid-19 a permis de tester de nouveaux usages du numérique, mais a aussi réduit les espoirs qu’il soit la solution dans l’éducation, explique-t-il. Plus largement, le départ d’Obama a marqué le début de la fin du mouvement de réforme de l’éducation. » Lucides, Bill et Melinda Gates admettent l’incidence limitée de leurs initiatives : « Il y a vingt ans, nous aurions parié que notre travail le plus incertain porterait sur la santé, et que l’éducation serait le plus aisé. Cela a été tout le contraire », ont-ils écrit en 2020, prônant désormais des « réseaux » d’échange de bonnes pratiques.
Comme la Bezos Academy, la CZI défend, elle, « l’égalité raciale et la diversité », ainsi que l’approche « whole child » visant le bien-être général (matériel, psychologique…) de l’enfant. Dans le même esprit, le patron de Netflix a, lui, en 2020, donné 120 millions de dollars à des « universités historiquement noires » (HBCU).
Si elle a failli jusqu’ici à changer radicalement l’avenir de l’école, l’éducation philanthropique nous renseigne sur les dirigeants du numérique. Et participe de leur image. Mark Zuckerberg a intensifié son activité pour la CZI consacrée à l’école et à la santé, à mesure que la réputation de Facebook a été attaquée. Il compte parmi ses modèles Bill Gates, brocardé quand il dirigeait un Microsoft dominant et aujourd’hui connu pour sa puissante fondation. Jeff Bezos a, lui, lancé son Day One Fund, dévolu aux sans-abri et à l’éducation, après avoir été longtemps critiqué pour son inaction caritative.

« Ces dirigeants extrapolent leur propre expérience »

Mme Russakoff décèle, elle, une motivation plus personnelle, voire narcissique : « Ces dirigeants extrapolent leur propre expérience. » Ainsi, Jeff Bezos, élevé par un beau-père immigré cubain, est passé par… une maternelle Montessori. Bill Gates et les fondateurs de Google, Larry Page et Sergey Brin, ont, eux aussi, connu cette méthode, « proche du processus d’expérimentation de la tech », observe Mme Debs.
Mark Zuckerberg a, lui, quitté son lycée pour intégrer le très élitiste pensionnat Phillips Exeter, puis a lâché l’université Harvard pour fonder Facebook. « Génie scolaire, il aurait probablement aimé bénéficier de l’éducation personnalisée qu’il promeut », dit en souriant Mme Russakoff. Elon Musk, lui, a assuré dans une conférence, en 2020, « qu’il n’y a pas besoin d’aller à l’université pour apprendre des choses ». Or, le patron de Tesla et SpaceX n’a-t-il pas justement quitté Stanford pour créer PayPal ?
Toujours radical, Elon Musk a, un temps, monté une initiative originale : Ad Astra, une micro-école secrète installée dans l’usine de fusées SpaceX, à Hawthorne, en Californie. Il n’était pas satisfait du sort de ses cinq enfants à l’école Mirman… pourtant réservée aux élèves à fort quotient intellectuel. Il a donc débauché leur enseignant Joshua Dahn, en 2014. Les principes d’Ad Astra ? Ne pas « ségréguer » les enfants par âge, recourir au « jeu » et enseigner « non pas les outils, mais la résolution de problèmes », a listé M. Musk, en 2015, sur une chaîne chinoise.

« Fondations vaniteuses »

Dans les rares images d’Ad Astra, une poignée d’adultes et d’enfants codent sur des ordinateurs ou jouent les apprentis ingénieurs, en cassant un petit pont en bois ou en éteignant un incendie sur une maquette… Ultrasélective, l’école n’a jamais dépassé 40 élèves. Et a fermé en 2020. Depuis, M. Dahn a lancé Astra Nova, une école privée 100 % en ligne et payante – 32 000 dollars l’année. Il assure avoir 150 élèves. Et vante ses modules maison : des petites vidéos de « dilemmes » (« Comment partager un trésor entre le chercheur qui a trouvé la carte, celui qui l’a traduite, etc. ? ») et des jeux collaboratifs (gérer un écosystème océanique, etc.)
Une telle start-up élitiste ne trouverait pas grâce aux yeux des partisans de l’école publique aux Etats-Unis. « Plutôt que des fondations vaniteuses, il faut une taxation des milliardaires pour financer des classes avec moins d’élèves », assume M. Molnar. Et aussi améliorer les conditions de travail des enseignants et les laisser gérer l’éducation personnalisée, énumère Mme Debs. « La philanthropie des milliardaires de la tech ne sera jamais qu’une goutte d’eau par rapport aux 750 milliards de dollars de dépenses publiques annuelles dans l’éducation aux Etats-Unis, souligne-t-elle. M. Bezos devrait appeler à une réforme finançant des maternelles pour tous. » Une telle mesure était incluse dans l’ambitieux plan d’infrastructures présenté par le président américain, Joe Biden, fin 2021. Mais celui-ci n’a finalement pas été voté.
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2023 Bonnaroo Rumor and Confirmation Thread

Last update: December 14th, 2022
Welcome to the Bonnaroo 2023 rumor and confirmation thread. This year we're doing things a little different, at the top of the page there is a link to a Google Docs sheet that's going to have multiple collaborators. If you're interested in being a collaborator, send me a message or email me at [email protected]. All I ask is that you update it in the format that I have set up, makes it easy to copy and paste into the thread
With artist tour dates starting to pop up and festival lineups dropping for 2022, we can get a decent picture of who may be there and who is likely not going to be there due to conflicting dates
Before we begin, here's a quick look at 2019, 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Rumor and Confirmation threads.
How did we do last year? 2/2 correct for confirmed, 3/6 for semi confirmed, 4/8 for rumored, 10/91 for speculative, 1/67 unlikely, and 1/131 out ended up making it. Thanks for the breakdown Topherhov
BONNAROO DATES: June 15th-18th
Please include links to the rumor or confirmation if possible.
Typically speaking, Bonnaroo doesn't have artists come back to back each year.
Any help you guys can get is appreciated. The majority of the finds are done by you all, with that being said let's go over a couple ground rules, same as last year. I may not include every artist that gets mentioned - if I don't add your pick don't be offended. Also, I'm only one person, I'll try to update this post as much as possible - just be patient. The bigger the name, the more likely it's going to be added, especially the "OUT" section.
Here is a quick guide to the different categories in this thread:
Confirmed: (Roo clues with indisputable answers, Artist confirmations, Bonnaroo confirmations)
Semi-Confirmed: (Roo clues with unclear answers, Leaks, Info from reliable sources)
Rumored: (Second hand sources, "I talked to a guy involved with the band")
Speculative: (Open tour dates, in the area, no tour dates in radius within timeframe)
Unlikely: (Tour dates that make appearance seem unlikely, TN dates, overseas before/after Roo)
Out: (No Bonnaroo dates open, TN dates near Bonnaroo, at other festivals/overseas during Roo)
Please note: Take everything in this thread with a grain of salt! Roo clues are sometimes incorrect, artists are sometimes incorrect, etc. In 2019, all of the artists listed under "Confirmed", "Semi-Confirmed", & "Out" were correct. However in the "Possible" section, only 20 artists listed were on the lineup. In the "Rumored" section, only 4/11 artists listed were booked and in "Unlikely", 4 artists listed ended up on the lineup.
Cory Wong / Vulfpeck Roo Clue # 3, Cory Wong specifically confirmed by Festive Owl
Griz Roo Clue # 1/ Festive Owl Confirmation
MUNA Roo Clue #2, confirmed by Festive Owl
Odesza Multiple sources confirms they will be listed as a headline, likely Saturday
Semi-Confirmed/RooClue guess
Paramore Active on tour, no dates in Nashville, Sizeable gap during Roo RELIABLE LEAKER SAYS #2 FOR DAY
Rumored or Extremely Likely
Drake Guessed on Inforoo, Infinity Pass - well known as being a legit source "Confirmed" Infinity Pass goofed and thought it was a joke post, we still love you.
Frank Ocean Inforoo user Little Miss Gravy says Frank is possible Festive Owl says no
Smokey Robinson Inforoo user Little MIss Gravy says same gave them info on frank and Smokey If same source, then no
My Morning Jacket The What Podcast hinted towards themThe What Podcast hinted towards them, kmatyler industry friend says friday late night, pineappl44 heard from source close to band
Paramore Active on tour, no dates in Nashville, Sizeable gap during Roo
Pond Same touring members in Tame, could be referring to Pond.
Tame Impala Roo Bus hearing things are possible, Inforoo user Tranter says they're playing
Tyler Childers Tour has a Bonnaroo sized gap, no Nashville dates
Umprhey's Mcgee Source says they'll be playing Sunday
Yung Gravy Source says they'll be playing
Alt J Announced tour with a few in March
Alvvays On tour, no dates after June 9th, in Europe
America VA on 14th, PA on 16th.
Amos Lee Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
Angel Olson June dates open, touring with Jason Isbell
Belle and Sebastian Tour dates end in May, no TN dates
Bendigo Fletcher Spring tours, no TN dates
Big Gigantic Touring in US, early February date in Nashville
Big Head Todd and The monsters No TN dates on upcoming tour
Billie Eilish Actively touring, doing festivals
Block party touring with Paramore
Bush Actively touring, Ryman in February
Charles Wesley Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
Charley Crockett Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
Dayseeker Spring tour, no TN dates
DJ Mackle Nice Bonnaroo sized gap in tour, NC day before
Doom Flamingo If Umphrys is true, this one is likely
Drake Roofus liked a post that had Kendrick or Drake plz
Drive by Truckers Touring, doing festival datees
DVSN World tour with no TN dates announced
Elderbrook North America tour partially announced with no TN dates
Foals touring with Paramore
Frank Turner Big tour, no TN dates, tour ends before Roo
Genesis Owusu touring with Paramore
Godwin Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
Grace Potter touring with Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Greensky Bluegrass In Iceland June 3rd, a few dates in US very early in the year. active tour
Hippo Campus Touring, no TN dates, scheduled dates June 3rd
Hot Mulligan March 14th in Nashville, iffy.
Iration Nice Bonnaroo sized gap in tour, NC day before
ISOxo Arrtist manager liked a tweet
Jamie XX Actively touring, doing festivals
Jason Isbel Touring, lots of festival dates, a Bonnaroo favorite
Jenny Lewis Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
Jerry Harrison, Adrian Belew (Talking Heads), Cool cool cool (Tukuaz) Touring, no Nashville dates
Joyce Manor North America tour announced with no TN dates, over before roo
Kendrick Lamar Roofus liked a post that had Kendrick or Drake plz
Knuckle Puck Large spring tour, no TN dates
Lana Del Rey Making an announcement, seems like gearing up for a tour
Lewis Capaldi Massive US tour, Nashville date in March, open all of June
Lil Uzi Planning tour
Lotus NA tour, Nashville stop mid February, dates go up to May
Lucius Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
Lydia Loveless Touring with Drive by Truckers
Marcus Mumford (Solo) Actively touring, active on festiveal circuit, in the area
Molly Tuttle Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
Noah Kahan Tour dates surrounding Roo and in area
Noahfinnce No TN dates, tour ends in May
Omar Opollo Spring tour, no TN dates
On step closer spring tour, no TN dates
Oysterhead Posted a Bonnaroo video, Copleland gave it a shoutout.
Passafire Nice Bonnaroo sized gap in tour, NC day before
Pepper Actively touring US, no tour dates listed in TN
PUP North America tour announced with no TN dates, over before roo
Rayland Baxter Spring tours, no Tn dates
Real Friends Large Spring tour, no TN dates
Rebelution Nice Bonnaroo sized gap in tour, NC day before
Ripe (The Band) North America tour, TN date in March, wraps up before Roo
Ruston Kelly Touring with Noah Kahan
See you later space cowboy Spring tour, no TN dates
Sheryl Crow Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
Silverstein Spring tour, no TN dates
Silversun Pickups Actively touring US, no tour dates listed in TN
Sullivan King North America tour announced with no TN dates, wraps up before roo
Sunsquabi Active tour in June in US
SZA Spring tour, no TN dates
Tennis Nashville dates in March, but open otherwise
The Blue Stones Liked a post in regarding Bonnaroo
The California Honeydrops Spring tours, no TN dates
The Dune Rats World tour with no TN dates announced
The Expendables Nice Bonnaroo sized gap in tour, NC day before
The Floozies Actively touring US, no tour dates listed in TN
The Head and the Heart Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
The interupters Big tour, no TN dates, tour ends before Roo
The Motet Actively touring US, no tour dates listed in TN
The Wonder Years Big Tour, Stops in Nashville March 13th, iffy.
Transviolet Possible spring tour has no TN date, ends late May
Tyler Childers Big tour, No Nashville date, Bonnaroo gap.
Valerie June Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
Vance Joy Actively touring US, no tour dates listed in TN
Weezer Playing Railbirds, lots of crossover acts
Weyes Blood World tour with dates announced, TN Date but outside clause
YhettI Actively touring US, no tour dates listed in TN
Zac Brown band Late summeFall tour, no TN dates
49 Winchester Nashville Dates at the end of April
Alexisonfire download fest in Europe
Andrew Bird Dates in Knoxville late March/April
Avett Brothers Playing the Caverns mid April
Bonie Raitt Ends Europe tour June 15th
Boy & Bear Dream Machine Fest in Bali June 8th-12th
Bring me the Horizon Download fest in Europe
Carolina Rose Nashville show in April
Client Liaison Dream Machine Fest in Bali June 8th-12th
Coldplay In Europe week before and week after
Death Cab for Cutie Tour dates end June 17th in Oregon
Evanescence download fest in Europe
Fatboy Slim In Europe weekend before Roo, tour dates throughout AU and EU
Flogging Molly Europe tour starts in May
Girl Talk Dream Machine Fest in Bali June 8th-12th
Glass Animals Artist said they were taking a break after August
Goose Ryman shows but in early April
Harvey Sutherland Dream Machine Fest in Bali June 8th-12th
Hot Dub Time Machine dream Machine Fest in Bali June 8th-12th
Kayzo Large tour announced through May, has March dates in Nashville.
Klangkarussell June 7th in Austria, July 12th in Germany. Seems to be staying in Europe
Mac Demarco Taking a break from touring for the next several years
Metallica Download fest in Europe
Heartland festival in Denmark weekend before
Neal Francis Nashville Dates at the end of April
Nickle Creek Nashville Dates at the end of April
Northeast Party House dream Machine Fest in Bali June 8th-12th
Peking Duk Dream Machine Fest in Bali June 8th-12th
Pendulum Download fest in Europe
Phoebe Bridgers In Nashville May, highly unlikely but exceptions have been made for headliners
Simple Plan download fest in Europe
The Disco Bicuits Three day residency in TN - BUT in mid March
The Heavy Heavy Nashville Dates at the end of April
Third Eye Blind TN Date mid march
White Reaper Stops in Nashville at the end of March
A date in TN from March-August makes someone a bit less likely to attend Roo due to potential Radius Clauses. These matter the most for bigger artists. There are exceptions, like Billy Strings in 2022 who had a Ryman residency the month before but those were reschedules.
Architects Copenhagen fest same weekend as Roo
Arctic Monkeys In Europe during Roo
Ashe Nashville in May
Ashley Cooke Chattanooga in May
Beach boys Shows in Nashville May/July
Bikini Kill Stops in Nashville March and Knoxville in late April
Billy Joel Nashville in May
Blink 182 Tour dates in Cali through whole weekend
Blondie Isle of Wight fest
Bon Iver Playing in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany that weekend
Booka Shade Beyond the Pale (Ireland, Same weekend)
Breland Nashville show in June
Brett Young Chattanooga in May
Bruce Springsteen Tour in Europe during Roo
BTS Mandatory Military
Bury Tomorrow Nashville stops in May
Calum Bergenfest
Caroline Polachek Nashville in May, Primavera before Roo
Chemical Brothers Isle of Wight fest
Chris Stapelton Nashville date in July
Crowded House Shows in Nashville May/July
Dead and Company Will be in PA the day before and NY after HIGHLY unlikely
Dean Lewis Bergenfest
Death cab for Cutie Other side of country
Death Grips Primavera then shows later in Europe
Def Leppard Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium, same weekend)
Depeche Mode In Europe during Roo
Dermot Kenedy Franklin dates in June
Disturbed p!inkpop Fest in Europe
Dogs in a Pile Northlands same weekend
Doom Flamingo Northlands same weekend
Ed Shareen Shows in Nashville May/July
Elle King Nashville date in late April
Ellie Goulding p!inkpop Fest in Europe
First Aid Kit Nashville in July
Florence and the Machine In Europe during Roo
Foreigner Nashville Date in July
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls In Europe durring Roo
Fruit Bats Late April in Nashville
Gang of Youths Isle of Wight in Europe
George ezra Isle of Wight in Europe
George Strait Nashville date in July
Ghost Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium, same weekend)
Gojira Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium, same weekend)
Goo Goo dolls Franklin TN dates
Half.Alive Tour dates in Nashville late April
Hot Chip Beyond the Pale (Ireland, Same weekend)
I Prevail p!inkpop Fest in Europe
Iggy Pop Azkena Rock Festival
Ingrid Andress Nashville show in June
Iron Maiden European tour starts June 13
Jack Johnson Europe tour throughout June
James Bay Isle of Wight in Europe
Janet Jackson TN Date in May
Joshua Bassett TN late March
Joy Wave Playing Nashville mid April
Jxdn TN in april
Kanye Ain't nobody bookin Ye.
Karina Rykman Northlands same weekend
Kaytanada In Europe with Weeknd
Khalid Shows in Nashville May/July
Kitchen Dwellers Northlands same weekend
Kitchen Dwellers Northlands same weekend
Lionel Richie Tour dates in Europe in June
Little Big Town Nashville date in July
Little Dragon Beyond the Pale (Ireland, Same weekend)
Lizzy McAlpine Ryman date in May
Lolo Zouaï World tour dates announced, stops in Nasvhille May
Louis Tomilson TN show in July
Lucinda Williams Azkena Rock Festival
Ludacris TN Date in May
Matchbox 20 Shows in Nashville May/July
Metallica Touring Europe (Also out for 2024)
Mike Gordon Northlands same weekend
Morgan Evans Chattanooga in May
Morgan Wallen Pennsylvania shows during Roo
Motley Crue Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium, same weekend)
Muse Hurricane Festival
Neighbor Northlands same weekend
Nial Hornan Isle of Wight in Europe
OAR Franklin TN Dates
Of the Trees Two night residency at TN Caverns late April
One Republic p!inkpop Fest in Europe
Orebolo Northlands same weekend
P!nk P!inkpop Fest in Europe
Pantera Europe tour during Roo
Parkway Drive Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium, same weekend)
Pete Tong Nocturne Live June 17th in UK
Peter Gabriel Playing in Europe that weekend
Phoenix Festival in Norway June 16th
Placebo Hurricane Festival
Pulp Isle of Wight fest
Queens of the Stone Age Hurricane Festival
Rage Against The Machine Cancelling 2023 tour
Rancid Azkena Rock Festival
Red Hot Chili Peppers p!inkpop Fest in Europe
Robbie Williams P!inkpop Fest in Europe
Sam Fender Italy during Roo
Savannah bananas
Scott Bergenfest
Seven Lions Tour dates in Nashville April 21
Shaniah Twain Playing in Nashville in June
Sigrid Bergenfest
Slipnot Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium, same weekend)
Spiritbox Copenhagen fest same weekend as Roo
Spoon Europe during Roo
Sting In Europe Throught June/July
Stringcheese Incident Northlands same weekend
Sullivan King As per artist, unless management wasn't telling him
Taylor Swift Nashville in May
Tenacious D Touring in Europe
The 1975 Hurricane Festival
The Arcs Dan at P!nkpop
The Backseat Lovers Nashville May 25th
The Black Keys p!inkpop Fest in Europe
The editors P!inkpop Fest in Europe
The Lumineers Hurricane Festival
The Postal Service Other side of country
The Ready Set TN in May
The Script p!inkpop Fest in Europe
The War on Drugs p!inkpop Fest in Europe
The Weeknd Europe tour during Roo
Too Many Zooz Northlands same weekend
Twiddle Northlands same weekend
Two Friends Nashville date in July
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Will be in Europe during Roo
Walker Hayes Nashville show in June
War and Treaty Nashville dates in May
Wet Leg Tour date conflicts
Yungblood Shows in Nashville May/July
Touring Activity
(Nothing definitive, but interesting misc tour info)
The National are gearing up for an album release, last time at Roo they talked about their relationship with Capps and Roo
Paramore are releasing an album, Hayley Williams has been a collaborator with Bonnaroo pods in the past and their 2021 appearance was canceled.
My Morning Jacket - A collective prayer circle will convene towards the end of the year to summon a three hour setlist that was scheduled for the cancelled 2021 Bonnaroo.
Subtronics are on tour and will be in Nashville in March, a sweet spot for outside radius/date clauses.
Tyler Childers seems to be on the festival circuit, released an album.
Primavera Sound is drip releasing their lineup, keep an eye out for that festival as it's in Europe around Bonnaroo time
Tame Impala is playing Lollalapalooza 2023; confirming they will be touring next year.
The Strokes are releasing an album next year
Journey and Toto are touring, no Nashville dates, keep an eye on them
Dawes has TN Dates in March, tour announced up to May
Fever Ray is releasing a new album
Rubblebucket has a Nashville tour date in March, keep an eye out for future dates
Greta van Fleet has postponed shows due to injury, likely meaning a continued to into 2023
Aofie O'Donovan has an April tour date in Nashville, outside radius clause. Keep an eye out for future dates
Hozier releasing a new album
Incubus is planning a 2023 tour
Avett Brothers planning a 2023 tour, dates listed before and after Roo with large summer gap.
Bon Iver is touring in the US for Hinterlands in August but has June dates in Europe before Roo. May be pointing towards ending a Europe tour and heading to the US for a summer tour.
Tenacious D ends their tour June 16th in Europe.
Beale Street Music Fest released a poll of artists you'd like to see, I imagine most if not all of these names listed are going to be on tour next year and available for fests
Alpha 9 has his debut album coming out in early 2023.
Camelphat is actively touring in 2023
Sylvan Esso starts touring next year for Hinterlands
Dolly wants to play Bonnaroo, FestiveOwl says she isn't booked.
Festival Lineups
Okeechobee - Florida March 2-5
Hurricane Festival - Germany June 16-18 (During Bonnaroo, all artists considered out)
Lollapalooza 2023 Brazil (March 24-26. Tame, Blink, Billie Eilish, Drake, Lil nas X, Rosalia)
Adjacent 2023 May 27 and 28th - Blink, Paramore, Bleachers, Turnstile
Hinterlands - Bon Iver, Zach Bryan, Maggie Rogers, August 4-6 Saint Charles, Iowa.
Floyd Fest Black Crowes, My Morning Jacket, Sheryl Crow. July 26-30 Check, VA
Isle of Wight Pulp, Chemical Brothers, George Ezra, June 15-18 (During Roo) in Europe
Sick New World Korn, System of a Down, Deathgrips, Deftones, System of a Down. May 13 Vegas
Old Settlers Festival Yola, Shovels and Rope, Wood Brothers, more Dale Texas April 20-23
Bear Shadow Jason Isbell, Spoon, Head and the Heart, Amythyst Kiah, more - April 28-30 Highland, NC
Backwoods Festival (April 20th - 23rd) at Mulberry Mountain Ark. announced the lineup featuring Big Gigantic, The String Cheese Incident, The Floozies, Keller Williams, Papadosio, The Polish Ambassador, Sunsquabi, Sodown, Maddy O'Neal and more...meaning these artists are on the festival circuit this summer! (Shout out to Lettuce, PPPP, and Andy Frasco, but they played on the farm last year)
“Echoes Through The Canyon” weekend event at The Gorge (WA) June 9-11 2023: -The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby) -Joni Mitchell -Tanya Tucker -Marcus Mumford -Allison Russell
Breakaway: Illenium, Tiesto, Deadmau5, Zedd, Acraze, Gordo, Jessie Murph, John Summit, Sullivan King, Aluna, etc. Charlotte, NC May 5th and 6th
Merlefest -Wilkesboro, NC, April 27 – 30, 2023: The Avett Brothers, Maren Morris and Black Opry Revue, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Peter Rowan, Andy May, Banknotes, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Donna the Buffalo, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Smothers, Kruger Brothers, Laura Boosinger, The Local Boys, Mark Bumgarner and many others.''
Big Ears Fest -Knoxville, TN, March 30-April 2: Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, Devendra Banhart, The Mountain Goats, Tank and the Bangas, Beth Orton, Margaret Glaspy, Kae Tempest, Lucius, The Sun Ra Arkestra and more.
Highwater Fest April 15-16 Charleston SC: Beck, Wilco, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and also features Bleachers, Father John Misty, Big Boi, Orville Peck, Angel Olsen, Guster, Lucius, Bully, Ezra Furman, S.G. Goodman, Madi Diaz, Tre Burt, Shovels & Rope, and more.
Skull & Roses music festival -Ventura County Fairgrounds (CA) April 19 – 23, 2023:
Phil Lesh & Friends, Dark Star Orchestra, Oteil & Friends, Leftover Salmon, Melvin Seals & JGB, Grateful Shred, Sages & Spirits, Boombox feat. Backbeat Brass, Circles Around The Sun, Jerry’s Middle Finger, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, Big Steve & The Assbites, Cubensis, Electric Waste Band with Bill Walton, Moonalice, Dogs In A Pile, Forgotten Space, The Warlocks Of Tokyo, Hyryder, Brown Eyed Women, Xtra Ticket, David Gans, China Cats, Grateful Brass, Billy Iuso with Big Chief Juan Pardo, The Latin Dead, Wall Of Sound, Garcia Birthday Band, Shaky Feelin’, Wahl Bangers, Beam Brothers and the festival’s house band The Alligators.
Primavera Sound 2023 (Spain) May 31st-June 4th, and June 7th-11th:
Kendrick Lamar, Blur, Depeche Mode, Rosalía, The Mars Volta, FKA twigs, St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, My Morning Jacket, Death Grips, Turnstile, Pusha T, NxWorries (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge), Maggie Rogers, Sparks, The Moldy Peaches, Japanese Breakfast, Baby Keem, Ghost, Bad Religion, Måneskin, Four Tet, Darkside, Le Tigre, John Cale, Built to Spill, Christine and the Queens, The Voidz, Alex G, Perfume, Bleachers, Julia Holter, Nation of Language, Black Country, New Road, Shellac, Caroline Polachek, Arlo Parks, Boris, JPEGMAFIA, Beak>, PinkPantheress, black midi, Sudan Archives, Yves Tumor, Be Your Own Pet, and more. Week before Roo, if artists have Europe dates after this they're likely out
Northlands Festival (New Hampshire) June 16-17 SAME AS BONNAROO
The String Cheese Incident, Mike Gordon, Twiddle, Orebolo, Andy Frasco and the UN, Too Many Zooz, Kitchen Dwellers, Neighbor, Doom Flamingo, Dogs in a Pile, Karina Rykman
Shaky Knees - May 5-7th Atlanta We Share Roughly 3-6 artists with this festival
The Killers, Muse, The Lumineers, Greta Van Fleet, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tenacious D, The Mars Volta, Hozier, The Flaming Lips, Cypress Hill, Manchester Orchestra, Grouplove, Placebo, The Gaslight Anthem, Phantogram, The Front Bottoms, Father John Misty, Future Islands, Live, The Walkmen, MANY MORE
Moon Crush Pink Moon - Miramar Beach, FL - April 20-23
The Black Crowes, The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, JJ Grey & Mofro, Trampled by Turtles, Mipso, Marcus King, Myron Elkins, Black Pumas, Wilder Woods, and The New Respects.
Mad Cool Festival - Madrid - July 6-8:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Liam Gallagher, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and Robbie Williams, Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Keys, Machine Gun Kelly, The Prodigy, The 1975, Sigur Rós, Rina Sawayama, Puscifer, Sam Smith, Jamie xx, Paolo Nutini, Angel Olsen, Tash Sultana, Thoe Rose, Sylvan Esso, Touché Amoré, Jacob Collier, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Years & Years, The Hu, Nova Twins, and more.
Kilby Block Party Festival- Salt Lake City, UT- May 12-14:
The Strokes, Pavement, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Pixies, Run The Jewels, Japanese Breakfast, the Backseat Lovers, Hippo Campus, the Walkmen reunion tour, Caroline Polachek, Cuco, Goth Babe, Parquet Courts, Osees, Faye Webster, Lucius, Crumb, Ethel Cain, Frankie Cosmos, Indigo de Souza, Deerhoof, Wednesday, Kate Bollinger, Mannequin Pussy, Westerman, Momma, Grace Ives, Miya Folick, Tanukichan, Deeper, and more are all set to play.
Hangout Fest -Gulf Shores, AL- May 19-21: Possible crossovers
Red Hot Chili Peppers, SZA, Calvin Harris, Paramore, Lil Nas X, Flume, Skrillex, the Kid LAROI, AJR, COIN, GloRilla, Kevin Gates, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Russ, Thundercat, Tove Lo, Yung Gravy, Flipturn, the Maine, Mayday Parade, Mike., and more.
Railbird Festival- Lexington, KY- June 3-5: Possible crossovers
Zach Bryan, Tyler Childers, Weezer, Marcus Mumford, Whiskey Myers, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, The Head and The Heart, Sheryl Crow, Charley Crockett, Jenny Lewis, Lucius, Goose, Nickel Creek, Amos Lee, Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Morgan Wade, Valerie June, Dehd, Neal Francis, Sierra Ferrell, Charles Wesley Godwin, Molly Tuttle, The Heavy Heavy, Madeline Edwards, The Local Honeys, Wayne Graham, 49 Winchester, Town Mountain, Cole Chaney, Flipturn, Calder Allen, Brit Taylor
The Blue Ox Music Festival- Eau Claire, Wisconsin- June 22-24:
The Avett Brothers, Mike Gordon, Pert Near Sandstone, Sam Bush Band, Charley Crockett, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sierra Hull, Charlie Parr, Kitchen Dwellers, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country, The Lowest Pair, Yasmin Williams, Joshua Ray Walker, Them Coulee Boys, Kyle Tuttle, Rainbow Girls, Henhouse Prowlers, Big Richard, The Last Revel, Pixie and The Partygrass Boys, Barbaro, Sicard Hollow, Feed the Dog, Stillhouse Junkies, Mama Said String Band, Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, Jason Dea West, Buffalo Galaxy, The Foxgloves, Black River Revue, and more.
80/35 Music Festival -Des Moines, IA- July 7-8: The War on Drugs, Big Boi, Sudan Archives, Cautious Clay, Blu DeTiger, Deerhoof, Ric Wilson, Gustav, Thumpasaurus, William Elliott Whitmore, and more'
Primavera- Porto, Portugal- June 7-11:
Kendrick Lamar, Rosalía, Pet Shop Boys, Blur and Halsey, Baby Keem, FKA twigs, Fred again.., Bleachers, Daphni, Drain Gang, Pusha T, Sparks, Yves Tumor, Self Esteem, Central Cee, Darkside, Maggie Rogers, The Mars Volta, My Morning Jacket, NxWorries, Arlo Parks, Alvvays, Jockstrap and many others.
Dark Star Jubilee- Thornville, Ohio- May 27-28:
Dark Star Orchestra, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Sam Bush and Joan Osborne, The Wailers, Circles Around the Sun, New Potato Caboose, Cabinet, Dogs in a Pile, Jefferson Mattson & Friends, The Nth Power, Mikaela Davis, The Dirty Grass Players, Yam Yam, Sicard Hollow, Lemon Grass and The Ark Band.
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Nugu Roundup #102 - C=λν - 220710 + Album Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to the latest Nugu Roundup!
What is this?: This is a bi-weekly feature designed to highlight the unknown/underappreciated groups and soloists working hard in the Kpop world that often fall under the radar. Please share your own information, favorite performance videos, fanmeet stories, or anything else relevant below!
In the last roundup we celebrated Pride Month with Lionesses. This week let's check out the future of Cube with LIGHTSUM!
Look at the first comment below for the winner of the 54th album giveaway plus details on this roundup's album up for grabs!
What is Nugu?: While in Korean it literally means 'Who' in the broader Kpop context it refers to groups that are generally unknown amongst the greater public. It doesn't have to mean they're extremely new, though it can, and there are of course varying degrees of 'unknown' which some groups having very strong niche fandoms and others being almost invisible. I take a fairly broad view and will include groups that may be known to some, but who don't have widespread name recognition.
Let's get on with the show...
Who are they?: An eight member girl group under Cube Entertainment. Their name comes from the desire to bring hope and positive energy to everyone and share their light with the sum of the world. Their fandom name is SUMIT meaning that fans with become "IT" the focus of LIGHTSUM and together they will climb the SUMMIT.
Company: Cube Entertainment is known for girl group G-(I)DLE and boy groups BTOB and Pentagon as well as LIGHTSUM, plus a number of soloists including Jo Kwon and Peniel. They are the former home of girl groups 4MINUTE and CLC as well as boy group BEAST and special project groups TROUBLEMAKER and Triple H. They founded the music school and trainee incubator Modern K Music Academy in conjunction with RBW and Shinsadong Tiger.
Debut: June 10th, 2021 with Vanilla (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
First Comeback: October 13th, 2021 with Vivace (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Most Recent Comeback: May 24th, 2022 with Alive (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
YouTube Channel: LIGHTSUM Official
Random Stuff
Trivia: All of the members are fans of Pumpkin Juice which they drink whenever promoting for its health benefits. While the group has official positions they're somewhat fluid in actual performances and MVs with non-Main/Lead positions often getting focus elements in their songs. Another name that was considered for the group was GRIT, an acronym for "Girls Rising in The world", but it was abandoned because of the similarity in name to a Korean brand of yogurt. The group has been appointed ambassadors for the Korean Children's Diabetes Foundation and were representatives for the Korean Department of Defense's Anti-Smoking campaign. They have performed in Austria at the Danube River Music Festival and will be performing in the USA at KCON LA in August.
Soloist of the Week
Who is he?: A male singer-songwriter and soloist under Big Soul Records.
Real Name: Park Haneol
Age: 24 (IA)
Debut: June 8th, 2018 with Only You Don't Know (MV) Live Performance (Link)
First Comeback: August 23rd, 2018 with Can't Even Remember (audio) Live Performance (Link)
Second Comeback: November 20th, 2018 with Leave it at That (audio) Live Performance (Link)
Third Comeback: January 10th, 2019 with Fantasy (MV)
Fourth Comeback: June 17th, 2019 with Anyway (audio) Live Version (Link)
Most Recent Comeback: May 24th, 2021 with Fantasy 2021 (MV) Live Performance (Link)
YouTube Channel: Haneol Official
Random Stuff
Trivia: He is currently competing in the competition show Stars Awakening in the SingeSongwriter group. He gained some public attention for taking part in the Love Task OST pre-debut.
Who were they?: A four to six member boy group who began independent and later signed with 2ABLE company. Their name was inspired by everyone rooting for the underdog and wanting to give inspiration to those who always lost letting them know someday they could win.
Company: 2ABLE Company is also known for disbanded girl group A.DE, soloist Chere, and their acting division 2ACTORS.
Debut: June 14th, 2013 with Can't Stop (audio) Live Performance (Link)
First Comeback: December 31st, 2013 with Delete (audio) Live Performance (Link)
Second Comeback: March 10th, 2014 with Hold My Hand (audio)
Final Comeback: June 26th, 2015 with Zombie Run (MV) Live Performance (Link)
Active Between: June 2013 - Sometime in 2017
Reasons for Disbanding: After 2ABLE signed the group it sent two members to the Produce 101 but though they'd announced a full comeback for the group it never materialized, and appears they decided to simply work with the members as individuals.
Trivia: 2ABLE signed the group in 2016 and signed an additional seven member, but the group never had a comeback under their agency. Member Yongjin Roel were sent to compete in Produce 101. While Produce 101 was ongoing leader of the group Steelo was arrested under suspicion of being involved in a drug smuggling ring in Seoul's Gangnam district as part of a large Seoul Metropolitan Police dragnet that arrested 19 people in total. Yongjin later changed his stage name to Jini and joined the group AWEEK and later MEGAMAX where he is currently a member. Roel changed to going by his real name Wontak and took part in special project group RAINZ and is now a soloist. _______________________________________________________
That's it for today, let's get the discussion on!
As always, if you have any suggestions for groups, content, or things you'd like to see, please let me know in the comments below.
Also as always, a big shout-out to u/not-named-in-credits for founding nugutown and u/sharnaranwan for continuing the work over there.
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The top 10 games from each year from the past 100 years, according to BGG rankings

only games that have a ranking were included. some years do not have ranked games.


17222 - Pogs


4869 - Tipp-Kick





719 - Bridge
12102 - Tri-Tactics
20632 - Elfer raus!



20670 - Trap the Cap
20880 - Cootie



15204 - Escalado
20883 - Sorry!


2186 - Oh Hell!
5658 - Nertz
5996 - Camelot
6233 - Belote
7787 - Barbu
7939 - Contract Rummy
14130 - Klabberjass
16107 - Tangrams Competitive Party Game
18924 - Wahoo
20038 - Weltreise


20593 - Battleships
20877 - Battleship


3718 - Rod Hockey
19382 - Finance
19824 - The Laughing Pig


17104 - Lexicon
20111 - Tell Me: The Grand Quiz Game
20890 - Monopoly


19551 - Kan-U-Go
20825 - Slap Jack


18189 - Whot
18688 - El Palé
19539 - Capitaly
19990 - Magic Robot Quiz Game
20053 - Touring England
20447 - Easy Money
20691 - Deutschlandreise


15478 - Hexagonal Chess
20225 - Das kaufmännishe Talent
20752 - Go to the Head of the Class


8517 - American Mah Jongg
15345 - Stock Ticker
17191 - Tripoley
17722 - Mr.Ree!: The Fireside Detective
17833 - Star Reporter


1738 - Spades
6769 - Totopoly
8859 - Buccaneer
17644 - Autobridge
17773 - Speed
18274 - BAS-KET


3342 - Canasta
15744 - Michigan Rummy
18170 - Contack


11476 - Rummoli
16461 - Machiavelli
18153 - Conflict
20595 - Game of the States
20677 - Spare Time Bowling
20847 - Labyrinth


11946 - All-Star Baseball
16978 - Foto-Electric Football


3446 - Hex
12019 - Nok-Hockey
19207 - Estanciero


8949 - Super Farmer
20719 - Tjuv och polis



12204 - Jägerso


2605 - Stratego
17499 - Rich Uncle


1763 - Subbuteo
18876 - Qubic


1852 - Scrabble
20636 - Electric Football


8730 - Clue
13822 - Subbuteo Cricket
20411 - Finans
20895 - Candy Land


10369 - Flutter
11404 - Contraband
18351 - Park and Shop
18392 - Stap op


5094 - APBA Pro Baseball
20853 - Afrikan tähti


12214 - Wembley
15835 - Stadium Checkers
19202 - Blockhead!
19874 - The Merry Game of Floundering


7187 - The Game of Y
16704 - Skunk
17318 - Scoop
20527 - 3D Tic Tac Toe
20779 - Bondespelet


7322 - Mille Bornes
8177 - Bali
9042 - Rome & Carthage
12526 - Astron
17709 - Das Jagdspiel
18037 - Monopoly: Popular Edition
20638 - Explore Europe


5815 - Careers
10207 - Carla Cat
13637 - Bantu
17933 - Sjörövarön
19554 - Test Match


5027 - Eleusis
6257 - Rack-O
10209 - Perquackey
10704 - Jotto
14848 - Troke
16765 - Wide World
19166 - Wangaratta
19336 - Spill and Spell
20709 - Yahtzee


20127 - Curious George Match-a-Balloon Game
20812 - Don't Spill the Beans


7169 - 5ive Straight
10683 - APBA Pro Football
14936 - Gettysburg
14975 - Why
15925 - Dispatcher
18196 - RSVP
19582 - Concentration
20388 - Tactics II
20798 - Scrabble Junior


628 - Diplomacy
4745 - Piratenbillard
5401 - Football Strategy
12407 - Royalty
17011 - U-Boat
17895 - Die grosse Auktion
18785 - Yum
18862 - Long Cours
19334 - The Rolling Moon
20022 - Risk


1871 - Dutch Blitz
3571 - Bughouse Chess
7239 - Yacht Race
10628 - Board and Table Games from Many Civilizations
13427 - Baseball Strategy
13731 - Trade Winds
13864 - Kimbo
14495 - Lie Detector
15534 - Gazza! The Game
15541 - Squatter
notable misses: Hi Ho! Cherry-O, The Game of Life


10750 - Broker
11600 - Le Mans
11733 - D-Day
15109 - Battle-Cry
15637 - Summit
15880 - Civil War Game 1863
16154 - Air Empire
16359 - Chancellorville
16633 - Civil War
18065 - Go: The International Travel Game


1467 - Strat-O-Matic Baseball
2003 - Twixt
4072 - Formula-1
4807 - Password
5456 - Harry's Grand Slam Baseball
5542 - Dogfight
6178 - Bismarck
6921 - Broadside
9344 - Waterloo
9388 - Square Mile
notable misses: Aggravation


3795 - Focus
4685 - Breakaway Rider
6206 - Scarabeo
8245 - Stock Market Game
9200 - Stalingrad
11895 - Krypto
12069 - Haggle
13854 - What's That on My Head?
15281 - Equations
15396 - The Match Game
notable misses: Kismet, Mouse Trap


280 - Acquire
3478 - Midway
4672 - Afrika Korps
5106 - Facts in Five
8675 - Probe
10054 - Quinto
11113 - Oh-Wah-Ree
11453 - So Long Sucker
11672 - Stocks & Bonds
14282 - Phalanx
notable misses: Pie Face


2973 - Nuclear War
6935 - The Battle of the Bulge
7659 - Blitzkrieg
10779 - Breakthru
10880 - The Business Game
11050 - High-Bid
11909 - Kaiser
12353 - Call My Bluff
12965 - Avalanche
17261 - James Bond 007
notable misses: Mystery Date, Operation, Trouble


3081 - Win, Place & Show
8612 - Coup d'État
9531 - Thinking Man's Golf
10806 - Fight in the Skies
13023 - Guadalcanal
15470 - Switchboard
15828 - Magellan
18154 - Thinking Man's Football
20093 - The Game of Shakespeare
20875 - Twister


2409 - Bazaar
4518 - Jutland
4658 - Feudal
4814 - Regatta
6009 - Mr. President
6720 - Score Four
13190 - Sprouts
14283 - Monkey Auto Races
15132 - Ratrace
15136 - Nile
notable misses: Skip-Bo, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, Ker Plunk


3940 - Strat-O-Matic Pro Football
7027 - Battling Tops
7984 - Situation 4
9533 - Kaliko
10407 - Sherco's Grand Slam Baseball Game
10503 - Djambi
10941 - International Movie Maker
11463 - MeM
12681 - The Battle of Britain
13750 - RisiKo!
notable misses: Don't Break the Ice


3351 - Lines of Action
3752 - Anzio
3804 - Venture
5258 - Bowling Solitaire
5666 - Monad
10183 - Playboss
11010 - Barbarossa: The Russo-German War 1941-45
11200 - Wu Hsing
13545 - Origins of World War I
14129 - Hang on Harvey!
notable misses: Ants in the Pants


2568 - PanzerBlitz
3872 - Paydirt
6210 - NFL Strategy
6599 - Ploy
8330 - Bridgette
9768 - Masterpiece
10460 - The Flight of the Goeben
11048 - Mini Shogi
12808 - Joker Marbles
12967 - Quandary


1255 - Sleuth
2294 - Speed Circuit
3601 - Statis Pro Baseball
4271 - Napoleon at Waterloo
6310 - Alexander the Great
7234 - Executive Decision
7327 - Trireme
8081 - Origins of World War II
9329 - Landslide
10713 - Strategy I: Strategic Warfare 350BC to 1984
notable misses: Mastermind, Crossfire, UNO


2339 - Boggle
2910 - Quebec 1759
3882 - What's My Word?
4847 - Statis Pro Basketball
5594 - Winter War: The Russo-Finnish Conflict
5869 - Sports Illustrated Baseball
5891 - Richthofen's War
6458 - Ultimate Mastermind
7390 - Soldiers: Tactical Combat in 1914-15
7728- The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon in Russia 1812
notable misses: Escape from Colditz Castle, Spoons


1432 - Hare & Tortoise
1752 - Escape from Colditz
2868 - War of 1812
3049 - Tally Ho!
4955 - Conspiracy
5147 - Montage
5480 - Statis Pro Football
5771 - Bowl Bound
6139 - Jockey
6140 - Cartel
notable misses: Perfection, Anti-Monopoly


1446 - Wooden Ships & Iron Men
1475 - The Russian Campaign
1481 - Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815
1841 - Rise and Decline of the Third Reich
2173 - Kingmaker
2435 - Panzer Leader: Game of Tactical Warfare on the Western Front
2510 - Crude: The Oil Game
3457 - 1776: The Game of the American Revolutionary War
3463 - Ninety-Nine
4403 - Mahé
notable misses: Hotel Tycoon, Connect Four


2981 - Battle for Germany
3884 - Frederick the Great: The Campaigns of The Soldier King
4106 - Dungeon!
4457 - World War I: 1914-1918
4463 - 221B Baker Street: The Master Detective Game
4483 - Stellar Conquest
4873 - Torbuk: Tank Battles in North Africa 1942
5755 - Cosmic Wimpout
6147 - La Bataille de la Moscowa
6315 - Epaminondas
notable misses: Pay Day


2384 - Panzerguppe Guderian
2889 - Caesar: Epic Battle of Alesia
2952 - Starship Troopers
3218 - War at Sea (Second Edition)
3471 - Terrible Swift Sword: Battle of Gettysburg Game
4090 - Air Force
4127 - Conquistador: The Age of Exploration
4569 - Wellington's Victory: Battle of Waterloo Game - June 18th, 1815
4701 - Submarine
4917 - A Bridge Too Far: Arnhem


665 - Squad Leader
1152 - Cosmic Encounter
1336 - Ogre
1635 - Rummikub
1718 - Victory in the Pacific
1825 - Pente
2088 - Flat Top
2144 - Machiavelli
2585 - Rail Baron
3030 - War of the Ring
notable misses: Pass the Pigs


1294 - Junta
1920 - Cathedral
2558 - G.E.V.
3645 - Wizard
4037 - Source of the Nile
4049 - Fortress Europa
4109 - Battles for the Ardennes
4385 - Strat-O-Matic Hockey
4795 - The Next War: Modern Conflict in Europe
5381 - Napolean at Bay: The Campaign in France, 1814
notable misses: Simon, Hungry Hungry Hippos


324 - Dune
1293 - Magic Realm
1584 - Um Reifenbreite
2087 - Big Boggle
2111 - The Awful Green Things From Outer Space
2126 - Circus Maximus
2241 - Star Fleet Battles
3386 - Divine Right
3536 - Freedom in the Galaxy: The Star Rebellions, 5764 AD
3663 - The Longest Day
notable misses: Guess Who?, Stop Thief, The Campaign for North Africa: The Desert War 1940-43


325 - Civilization
750 - Can't Stop
1108 - Titan
2094 - Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series
2793 - War and Peace
3006 - Good & Bad Ghosts
3497 - Empires of the Middle Ages
3586 - Samarkand
4099 - Dragon Pass
4318 - Trax


1354 - A House Divided: War Between the States 1861-65
1456 - Axis & Allies
1563 - B-17: Queen of the Skies
2188 - Storm over Arnhem
2586 - Dark Tower
2621 - Car Wars
3067 - Ace of Aces: Powerhouse Series
3103 - Cry Havoc
3849 - Dragonmaster
4444 - Black Spy
notable misses: Trivial Pursuit


103 - Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases
288 - Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
1281 - Empire Builder
1562 - Rommel in the Desert
2093 - Gunslinger
3140 - Illuminati
3160 - Sequence
3168 - Family Business
3433 - Mhing
3820 - Slapshot
notable misses: Phase 10, Upwords


588 - Up Front
920 - Ambush!
1288 - Scotland Yard
1307 - The Civil War 1861-1865
1376 - Empires in Arms
1749 - Take it Easy!
1931 - Wiz-War
1964 - Warhammer: The Mass Combat Fantasy Roleplaying Game (1st Edition)
2292 - Talisman
2424 - Blue Max
notable misses: Jenga, LCR


773 - Wizard
1768 - Balderdash
1959 - Heimlich & Co.
2330 - Vietnam 1965-1975
2684 - The Third World War: Battle for Germany
3066 - British Rails
4053 - Fire in the East
4190 - Conquest of the Empire
4526 - Southern Front: Race for the Turkish Straits
5581 - Metropolis


329 - Advanced Squad Leader
1071 - BattleTech
1337 - World in Flames
1671 - You're Bluffing!
1723 - DungeonQuest
1831 - Code 777
2376 - Pacific War: The Struggles Against Japan 1941-45
2433 - Tales of the Arabian Nights
2747 - Russian Front
3272 - Pax Britannica: The Colonial Era 1880 to the Great War
notable misses: Pictionary


203 - 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
297 - Die Macher
766 - Britannia
914 - Ikusa
1220 - Kremlin
1620 - The aMAZEing Labyrinth
1710 - Werewolf
1839 - Fortress America
2377 - Escape from Atlantis
2430 - RAF
notables misses: Thunder Road, Castle Risk, Fireball Island, Polarity


1195 - Bausack
1663 - Abalone Classic
1869 - Illuminati
2204 - The Fury of Dracula
2349 - Raid on St. Nazaire
2544 - Shark
3223 - Auf Achse
3417 - Black Vienna
3641 - Patton's Best
3693 - 7th Fleet: Modern Naval Combat in the Far East
notable misses: Arkham Horror


1053 - Merchant of Venus
1449 - SET
1755 - Inkognito
2142 - Full Metal Planète
2171 - Blood Bowl (Second Edition)
2252 - Angola
2303 - What the Heck?
2348 - Scattergories
2688 - Clue Master Detective
2506 - Ligretto
notable misses: Girl Talk


584- HeroQuest
597 - Space Hulk
1420 - Ave Caesar
1965 - Taboo
1982 - A la carte
2458 - Turning Point: Stalingrad
2561 - Aliens
2564 - Advanced Heroquest
2784 - Café International
2791 - Escape from the Hidden Castle
notables misses: Electronic Mall Madness, True Colors, Tribond


514 - The Republic of Rome
1302 - Space Crusade
1500 - Eurorails
1564 - Hoity Toity
1624 - HeroQuest Advanced Quest
2001 - Gang of Four
2015 - Daytona 500
2491 - De Bellis Antiquitatis: Quick Play Wargame Rules with Army Lists for Ancient and Medieval Battles
2691 - 1835
2892 - Star Fleet Battles: Captain's Edition Basic Set
notable misses: Halli Galli, Key to the Kingdom


178 - Tichu
820 - History of the World
972 - Quarto
1955 - Cosmic Encounter
1999 - Silverton
2034 - EastFront
2148 - Clue: The Great Museum Caper
2223 - Outpost
2259 - Quo Vadis?
2700 - Master Labyrinth
notable misses: Advanced Civilization, Nightmare, Dark World


222 - Modern Art
948 - Loopin' Louie
1311 - The Rose King
1441 - Breakout: Normandy
1650 - Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War
1705 - 1870: Railroading across the Trans Mississippi from 1870
2026 - Loot
2650 - Nobody is Perfect
2683 - Billabong
2330 - SPQR
notable misses: Don't Wake Daddy


158 - Magic: The Gathering
1048 - Stick 'Em
1374 - Beyond Balderdash
1642 - We the People
1652 - Lifeboats
1686 - Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game
2047 - Timbuktu
2338 - Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel
2497 - Man O' War
2895 - Was sticht?
notable misses: 13 Dead End Drive, Europa Universalis


391 - Blood Bowl (Third Edition)
458 - RoboRally
600 - 6 nimmt!
1183 - Manhattan
1209 - Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
1287 - I'm the Boss!
1377 - Kingdoms
1646 - Wildlife Safari
1777 - Iron Dragon
2328 - Intrigue
notable misses: Catch Phrase!, Talisman (Third Edition)


82 - El Grande
401 - PitchCar
410 - Catan
552 - Medici
560 - High Society
867 - Condottiere
926 - Warhammer Quest
1215 - Necromunda
1239 - 1856: Railroading in Upper Canada from 1856
1246 - Middle-earth
notable misses: Jumanji, The Great Dalmuti


254 - Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
860 - Netrunner
985 - Catan Card Game
1014 - GIPF
1303 - Age of Renaissance
1544 - Show Manager
1571 - Serenissima
2233 - Top Race
2316 - Expedition
2395 - Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix
notable misses: Kill Doctor Lucky


95 - Tigris & Euphrates
302 - For Sale
463 - Bohnanza
946 - Primordial Soup
1005 - Colossal Arena
1199 - Löwenherz
1218 - Turn the Tide
1235 - Quoridor
1412 - Jungle Speed
1530 - Nyet!
notable misses: Chicken Cha Cha Cha, Metro, Mississippi Queen, Fluxx, Twilight Imperium, Fresh Fish


217 - Samurai
512 - Through the Desert
955 - For the People
1042 - Liberté
1081 - Elfenland
1118 - Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper
1163 - Kahuna
1208 - Guillotine
1611 - Mamma Mia!
1694 - 1849: The Game of Sicilian Railways
notable misses: Cranium


167 - Paths of Glory
181 - Ra
272 - Tikal
323 - Lost Cities
371 - Chinatown
405 - Schotten Totten
431 - Roads & Boats
536 - Time's Up!
556 - Torres
682 - ZÈRTZ
notable misses: Ricochet Robots, Vinci, The Starfarers of Catan, Bus, Roads & Boats, Apples to Apples, Stephenson's Rocket


183 - Carcassonne
188 - The Princes of Florence
232 - Battle Line
248 - Hive
417 - Citadels
462 - Taj Mahal
663 - Blokus
764 - Web of Power
775 - Dream Factory
802 - La Città
notable misses: Lord of the Rings, Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit


490 - DVONN
717 - San Marco
721 - Genoa
862 - Winner's Circle
862 - Wilderness War
880 - Zendo
1055 - The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow
1070 - Medina
1074 - EVO
1114 - Starship Catan
notable misses: Risk 2210 A.D., Munchkin


29 - Puerto Rico
123 - Age of Steam
471 - Hammer of the Scots
506 - Carcassone: Hunters and Gatherers
547 - Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
567 - Wallenstein
610 - Mexica
1023 - Keythedral
1187 - Star Wars: Epic Duels
1296 - BANG!


192 - YINSH
387 - Amun-Re
479 - Alhambra
491 - A Game of Thrones
559 - Coloretto
617 - Carcassonne: The Castle
716 - Santiago
774 - Attika
879 - Hey, That's My Fish!
936 - Domaine
notable misses: Ubongo, Fearsome Floors


44 - Power Grid
132 - War of the Ring
145 - Memoir '44
180 - Ticket to Ride
187 - Goa
251 - Antiquity
298 - San Juan
311 - Saint Petersburg
346 - Blood Bowl: Living Rulebook
370 - Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
notable misses: Ingenious, No Thanks!, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Fairy Tale, Tsuro, Cockroach Poker, Niagara, Saboteur, Dungeon Twister, Friedrich, Cockroach Poker


11 - Twilight Struggle
80 - Caylus
83 - Twilight Imperium: Third Edition
126 - Ticket to Ride: Europe
138 - Railways of the World
209 - Glory to Rome
242 - Indonesia
335 - Arkham Horror
383 - Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
392 - Descent: Journeys in the Dark
notable misses: Nexus Ops, Wits & Wagers, Antike, Animal Upon Animal


55 - Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
152 - Commands & Colors: Ancients
163 - Combat Commander: Europe
201 - Shogun
219 - Imperial
285 - Neuroshima Hex! 3.0
290 - Here I Stand
305 - The Pillars of the Earth
317 - Ticket to Ride: Märklin
380 - BattleLore
notable misses: Thurn and Taxis, Taluva, Mr. Jack, Yspahan, Qwirkle, Warrior Knights


19 - Brass: Lancashire
32 - Agricola
65 - Race of the Galaxy
162 - Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries
198 - Galaxy Trucker
210 - 1960: The Making of the President
228 - Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery
299 - Notre Dame
308 - In the Year of the Dragon
369 - Kingsburg
notable misses: Colosseum, Chicago Express, Thebes, Jamaica, Container, Tammany Hall, Biblios


52 - Le Havre
85 - Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
101 - Dominion
104 - Pandemic
118 - Stone Age
149 - Cosmic Encounter
230 - Space Alert
279 - Ghost Stories
282 - Dixit
436 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
notable misses: Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition, Formula D


90 - Dominion: Intrigue
131 - Chaos in the Old World
134 - Hansa Teutonica
137 - Jaipur
186 - Cyclades
197 - Steam
246 - Imperial 2030
264 - Small World
265 - Dungeon Lords
266 - Telestrations
notable misses: The Resistance, Claustrophobia, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Carson City, Tobago, Summoner Wars, Cards Against Humanity, Maria, Ugg-Tect


71 - 7 Wonders
74 - Dominant Species
88 - Troyes
240 - Navegador
241 - Runewars
245 - Alien Frontiers
271 - Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game
277 - Merchants & Marauders
330 - Innovation
341 - Fresco
notable misses: Hanabi, Labyrinth: The War on Terror 2001-?, Forbidden Island, High Frontier, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, Glen More, Vinhos


15 - The Castles of Burgundy
27 - Mage Knight Board Game
54 - Eclipse
100 - Trajan
133 - The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
143 - A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)
146 - Ora et Labora
166 - Village
168 - Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
221 - Dixit: Odyssey
notable misses: Letters from Whitechapel, Takenoko, King of Tokyo, Risk Legacy, Skull, Star Trek: Fleet Captains, Kingdom Builder, Dungeon Petz, Space Empires 4X


13 - War of the Ring: Second Edition
16 - Terra Mystica
42 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
59 - Android: Netrunner
60 - Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
75 - Lords of Waterdeep
78 - Keyflower
109 - Kemet
115 - Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
122 - Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
notable misses: The Resistance: Avalon, Targi, Love Letter, Clash of Cultures, Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery, Tokaido, Coup


18 - Concordia
23 - Caverna: The Cave Farmers
87 - Eldritch Horror
94 - Russian Railroads
161 - Nations
196 - Viticulture
208 - Lewis & Clark: The Expedition
211 - Hanamikoji
214 - Bora Bora
231 - Rococo
notable misses: BattleCON: Devastation of Indines, Forbidden Desert, Sushi Go!, Quantum


25 - Orléans
48 - Star Wars: Imperial Assault
64 - Fields of Arle
73 - Five Tribes
93 - Patchwork
99 - Roll for the Galaxy
116 - Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game
117 - Alchemists
121 - Star Realms
128 - Istanbul
notable misses: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game, Splendor, Xia: Legends of a Drift System, Camel Up


2 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
8 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
17 - 7 Wonders Duel
24 - Viticulture Essential Edition
31 - Food Chain Magnate
33 - Blood Rage
43 - Kingdom Death: Monster
57 - The Gallerist
63 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
84 - Grand Austria Hotel
notable misses: Codenames, Forbidden Stars, Trickerion: Legends of Illusion, Fury of Dracula (Third/Fourth edition), The Grizzled, Baseball Highlights: 2045, Cthulu Wars


4 - Terraforming Mars
9 - Star Wars: Rebellion
10 - Great Western Trail
14 - Scythe
21 - A Feast for Odin
23 - Arkham Horror: The Card Game
34 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
47 - Mechs vs. Minions
61 - Aeon's End
72 - Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
notable misses: Agricola (Revised Edition), Santorini, Inis, Vinhos Deluxe Edition, Secret Hitler, Lorenzo il Magnifico, Inis, Captain Sonar


1 - Gloomhaven
5 - Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition
7 - Gaia Project
12 - Spirit Island
35 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
37 - The 7th Continent
40 - Too Many Bones
45 - Anachrony
49 - Clans of Caledonia
53 - Azul
notable misses: Lisboa, Ethnos, The Quest for El Dorado, Photosynthesis


3 - Brass: Birmingham
22 - Nemesis
26 - Root
28 - Everdell
41 - Underwater Cities
66 - The Quacks of Quedlinburg
69 - Teotihuacan: City of Gods
81 - Architects of the West Kingdom
86 - Rising Sun
102 - Decrypto
notable misses: Welcome To..., That's Pretty Clever, Keyforge: Call of the Archons


20 - Wingspan
36 - Maracaibo
38 - Marvel Champions: The Card Game
39 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
46 - Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated
50 - Barrage
58 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition
70 - Paladins of the West Kingdom
79 - Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon
89 - The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth
notable misses: Res Arcana, Undaunted: Normandy, Dune, Wavelength, The King's Dilemma


6 - Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
51 - Dune: Imperium
56 - On Mars
67 - Lost Ruins of Arnak
76 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
165 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 0
200 - Viscounts of the West Kingdom
218 - Calico
262 - Kanban EV
286 - Praga Caput Regni
notable misses: My City, MicroMacro: Crime City, Marvel United, Imperial Struggle
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[Comics] Ultimatum: You've ruined a perfectly good alternate universe is what you've done. Look at it, it's got anxiety!

Ah, the Ultimate universe. The coward's reboot that ended up becoming a masterpiece, which in turn became one of the least popular comic book events of all time (which is saying something). This story has it all: incest (which is totally fine nowadays, haven't you heard?), cannibalism, genocide (omnicide?), a massive god complex, and the mother of all stupid retcons. A debacle that would make Season 8 of Game of Thrones look like a well planned masterpiece. More succinctly, it's Marvel comics punching themselves in the dick for several months, then wondering why they're in agony.
(Quick side note: the name for these comics has changed around a few times, from Ultimate Marvel to Ultimate Comics to Ultimate Universe. I'm just using them interchangeably).
Fair warning: This is one of the biggest and most ambitious writeups I've tried to do, summing up several interconnected comics as well as fan reaction and behind the scenes details, so it runs a bit long. Also, CW for brief mentions of domestic abuse and rape.
In case you don't want to read the whole thing, I've added a TL;DR at the end of each section.

What is the Ultimate Universe

In 2000, Marvel comics was struggling. They'd declared bankruptcy, and had been forced to sell off the movie rights to their biggest heroes: Spider-man, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four (that decision would definitely never come back to bite them in the ass). The bankruptcy was (in part) caused by the longest running issue in comics: continuity. It's hard to get new readers when they have to catch up on 60+ years of material.
So, what's the solution? Bring in a lawyer who'd never worked in the comic book industry before. Which somehow, in defiance of all logic worked. Bill Jemas came up with the obvious solution no one else could: Just make the characters simple. Nobody is reading Captain America to learn about how his mom was part of a Hydra Sunday school (real thing), they're looking for a guy in red, white, and blue who kicks asses and definitely fucks. This was Marvel's hail mary attempt. One of the writers for Ultimate Marvel later admitted that "when I got hired, I literally thought I was going to be writing one of the last — if not the last — Marvel comics".
Holy shit, that actually worked.
There's a lot more history to go into (which may be the source for another HobbyDrama post later), but the long and short of it is that Ultimate Marvel was a success on almost every imaginable level. It was well reviewed by critics, broke sales records, and was almost universally beloved by fans, bringing in legions of new Marvel readers. A large part of this was the writing, with some of Marvel's best writing teams in decades. This writing also saw a shift in the classic tone, with some of the writers behind the Ultimates (basically just the Avengers) explaining that they wrote it like they'd write an Avengers movie, rather than a traditional comic storyline. Not only did that make it more popular and easy to read, it had long lasting effects. If you've ever watched an MCU movie, odds are that a good chunk of the content -- from costumes, to characters, to plotlines -- was taken from an Ultimate comic.
Fun side note: this is actually how Samuel L Jackson became Nick Fury. Fury had been a white guy for decades, but in Ultimate comics, was rewritten to be a Samuel L Jackson clone (hoping to capitalize on the success of Jackson's rising status as a badass). The problem? Sam Jackson was a huge comics nerd, immediately recognized himself, and had his very big legal team contact Marvel. However, rather than a lawsuit, Jackson was happy to allow it to continue -- provided he be guaranteed the right to play Fury in any movie. Marvel agreed (because they couldn't survive another lawsuit, and who really would make a superhero movie anyways?).
Finally, Ultimate Marvel was popular because of the worldbuilding it did. It managed to blend real world politics and superhero fantasy in a way that Marvel and DC have furiously tried (and failed) to replicate since. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Hulk rampaging through New York suddenly became a whole lot less funny, as did general collateral damage. Issues that fans had pointed out for decades became addressed as part of the actual comics. There was debates about use of superhumans in anti-terrorist operations, as well as a "superhuman arms race" that made characters feel grounded in the real world. The poster child for this was the X-men, which involved heavy themes about minorities, discrimination, and terrorism. It also saw a shift from mutants being a race allegory to being a queer allegory, something that has stuck in both comics and movies.
All of these factors combined, along with how hard Marvel advertised them for teens, meant that for a lot of readers, these were their comics. Similar to how Wally West replaced Barry Allen for a generation, the Ultimate Universe was the only one a lot of fans knew. It was hailed as an experiment that had changed superheroes forever, and for some, managed to eclipse the originals. Hell, it even got a trope named after it on TVTropes.
Sorry for running a bit long, but I just wanted to emphasize how influential and popular these comics were, so that you get get a picture of what came next.
A snake in the garden
As Ultimate comics went on, some of its flaws became more evident. First, the inevitable: Ultimate comics had tried to get away from convoluted canon, but after 8 years of material, the cycle had begun again. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as the main Marvel universe, but the bloat was building up, which translated into lower sales.
Another big issue was that (shocking) continuing to keep award winning writing is really hard, especially when the original writers aren't writing anymore. New writers tried to mimic what earlier creators had done, without understanding any of the meaning behind it. Earlier comics had complex discussions on the nature of violence, and the role sex played in human relationships. And then trying desperately to mimic that, you had got a bunch of gratuitous porn masquerading as being "mature storytelling", often with some pretty creepy behavior. Comic books are... not exactly known for their realistic depictions of womens bodies, or giving female heroes normal costumes, but Ultimate comics had some exceptionally bad examples. There was also a whole plotline in Ultimates 3 about Tony and Natasha's sex tape getting leaked, which was shown in graphic detail.
The writer for Ultimates 3, as well as the mind of Ultimatum was Jeph Loeb, who will be a very important player in all this. Suffice to say, Loeb's takeover of the Ultimates (and later the whole universe) was... not great. He was a pretty well regarded writer, who was brought in to try and recreate the success of Marvel's "mature, semi-grounded" heroes after the original writers left. Unfortunately, he had terrible big picture ideas and somehow even worse execution, leading to stilted (or downright stupid) dialogue. It has the vibe of an edgy fanfic, with boobs and blood shoved in so you know it's a big boy story. There were also some... less than ideal choices? Black Panther, one of Marvel's most iconic black superheroes literally had his voice taken away, and was functionally a slave for a while. Oh, and also, he was Captain America the whole time? It was weird.
In fairness to Loeb
I wanted to take this section here to make sure that this wasn't just trashing on Loeb. He's had some great moments in the past, and showed an ability to write good things. Not perfect, but good. A lot of the problems with Ultimatum came from the fact that he was genuinely spiralling. His teenage son had died after a gut wrenching three year battle with cancer, leaving Loeb in a very, very bad place, which he never really got out of. Many have speculated that the nihilistic, blood soaked Ultimatum (and many of Loeb's other comics) was him lashing out at the world, destroying things in a plea for help. You have to ask the question, who the hell put him in charge of a massive fictional universe, and how did none of the people he was working with notice?
TL;DR: The Ultimate Universe was a "back to basics" version of popular heroes that modernized them. It was immensely successful, both in money and fan response. However, as it started to make less and less money, Marvel had Jeph Loeb step in, whose son's death had put him in a very dark place.

Road to Ultimatum

I don't have time to list off every single character in the Ultimate Universe (and that'd be way too long), but if you're ever wondering who a specific character is, here's a list. You also don't need to know too much, since most of them are Marvel's well known characters like Thor, Iron Man, etc.
It's the end of the world as we know it
In 2007, Ultimate Power #8 featured something odd: a banner on the title reading "March On Ultimatum". Fan speculation quickly turned to shock, as next year, new comics dropped featuring a broken tombstone, reading 2000-2008. Fans (correctly) guessed that this meant the Ultimate Universe was coming to an end.
The leadup to Ultimatum was... interesting. Part of this was due to terrible communication. One artist stated in an interview that it would be the end of most (if not all) of the Ultimate Universe. Then, another Marvel source claimed that only one of the long running titles (Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Spider-man) would be ending. Loeb himself referred to it as "the end of the first chapter of the Ultimate Universe". Part of the reason for this may have been that everyone was telling the truth. Inside leaks suggested that Marvel actually planned to end the Ultimate Universe, but changed their minds later.
Fan reaction was mixed. A big part was just surprised that Marvel would even consider ending the Ultimate Universe. Sure, it had hit a few rough patches, but it was still basically a license to print money. However, a decent section of comic fans weren't too surprised. Marvel and DC did this a lot whenever the continuity bloat got too bad: have a big crossover event, "prune the tree", and kill off some minor characters (and maybe a major one) to simplify things. Some were even optimistic. After all, the Ultimate Universe hadn't had a big failure yet. However, what was to come would be worse than even the most pessimistic people could imagine. To keep the analogy: instead of pruning the tree, they took a chainsaw to the trunk, burned what was left, ripped off a few branches, and yelled at the branches to sprout into new trees.
And so it begins
Ultimatum had three series leading up to it: Ultimates 3, Ultimate Power, and Ultimate Origins. Ultimate Power isn't super relevant here. All you really need to know is that Dr. Doom is a dick, Nick Fury worked with him, and Nick Fury was thus banished to another dimension.
The first comic we're gonna go over is Ultimates 3. You remember that Iron Man sex tape? Yeah, this is that story, and it starts on page one. Also, Black Panther is here, along with Valkyrie! Sure, Panther had never showed up before, and Valkyrie had somehow gone from awkward teen cosplayer to an actual nineteen year old goddess (and started fucking Thor), but hey, the Ultimates were back! Nothing could spoil this! Loeb was a bit awkward, sure, but it wasn't like he'd... I don't know, make the entire event all about incest.
Loeb made the entire event all about incest.
A few pages in, Captain America talks to Wanda about a less revealing outfit. OK, he's from the 40s, he has different ideas, big whoop. Sure, Quicksilver threatening to kill him over it is a bit odd, but Pietro has always been a bit of a dick.
And then the Wasp confirmed that Wanda and Pietro were in love. Very clearly and explicitly stated: not "Brady Bunch" sibling love. This was full "cast of the Brady Bunch" kinda love. And Captain America is treated as weird for being disgusted by it, with Wasp brushing it off as "Silly man from the 40s thinks siblings shouldn't fuck! We've come so far! Dr. King would be proud!"
To be clear: These characters had existed for eight years. They'd always been close, but never a hint of anything sexual. Sure, Pietro was overprotective of her, but that had been a staple of his character since way back in the 60s. This reveal came at fans like a semi-truck, with absolutely no buildup, all in the first few pages of the comic.
Still, it was salvageable. I mean, it wasn't like the entire Ultimatum series would be related to incest, right? Right? ...Right?
I shot the Scarlet Witch, but I didn't shoot the Speedster
Wanda and Pietro went on their merrily incestuous way to the ballet, when suddenly, someone fired a bullet at Wanda. Pietro moved her out of the way with superspeed... and then the bullet curved in midair, doing a 180 towards Wanda. Pietro moved closer to catch it... but failed. Wanda was dead.
Also, for some reason, the doctor on the scene saw a woman with a gaping hole in her chest, and announced "I'm going to need to perform CPR". Believe it or not, that didn't work. Because that's not how CPR works. I'm not sure if this was Loeb just not understanding medicine, or him just trying to sneak some necrophilia in there along with the incest.
Wanda's killing would be the spark for all of Ultimatum, setting off a hunt for who killed her. Shortly afterwards, Magneto and the brotherhood of evil mutants show up to claim her body. When Magneto was asked how he escaped his maximum security cell (something that the X-Men had a massive arc about), his basic response was "Maybe I did escape, or maybe this is all a dream." That's about as much explanation as we ever get. Quicksilver then goes with Magneto to find his sister's killer, despite Magneto's years of abuse (including blowing off Pietro's kneecaps with shotguns).
Character development schmaracter schmevelopment
Fans were quick to notice within just the first few issues how absolutely different everyone acted. For one, they were all massive dicks. That had been a bit of a thing for a while, but even more so, and without reason. Hawkeye hunted down a fifteen year old Spider-man, tranquilized him, and held a gun to his head. Captain America, one of Spidey's mentors showed up, stopped Hawkeye... then ran off, leaving Peter unconscious and paralyzed in a snowbank. Also, Hawkeye was now a suicidal psychopath, all of Cap's progress learning about the present had disappeared, Tony was deep into alcoholism (although he'd sober up the instant the plot needed it), Pietro forgave Magneto's abuse instantly, Magneto actually gave a shit about Pietro, etc.. It seemed like Loeb really didn't know what to do with the characters, and was just kinda ignoring everything that had been built up, and throwing a few vague ideas into a blender.
The plot bombs start coming and they don't stop coming
So, speedrunning through Ultimates 3 (because it'd take forever to explain everything)
Oh, and also, Magneto managed to steal Thor's hammer, because Thor apparently forgot he could call it to him at any time. But that's never gonna come up, right?
What's that? More lore dumps you said?
Ultimate Origins, releasing around the same time, took a break from that story about Magneto in order to go back to the very beginning of the Ultimate Universe. Loeb introduced it as
What Ultimate Origin is going to do is sort of tell us how it all began. ... The Ultimate Universe isn't very old, so this isn't a cosmic story. You're not going to see the birth of a planet. What you'll see is how the superhero community was introduced into the human population. So you'll learn the importance of things like the Super Soldier program, which has been hinted at in Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimates 1 and 2. Now, Brian is going to connect the dots.
Here's the issue: The Ultimate Universe was never meant to be connected. In fact, it was specifically built to be as unconnected as possible. Yes, there were crossovers and tie-ins, but the goal was to keep each hero or team as separate as possible. That way, if Captain America loses popularity, Spider-man isn't affected, and so on. So as you might imagine, the whole "It was all connected!" idea, combined with the fact that all of it was a massive retcon, didn't go super great.
Once again, speed running the major plot points:
It should come as no surprise that none of this fit previously established canon. The worst offender was Magneto, who had talked about his entire family being killed in gas chambers... but apparently lied? Him faking his past as a holocaust survivor is fucked up, for very obvious reasons. Adding on to that, he'd never had mental blocks before, and had specifically had his memories erased for close to a year. Apparently he faked that too? Hell, even Ultimates 3, which was happening at the same time, planned by the same people contradicted this story. Not to mention, there had been a few dozen mentions of Peter's parents surviving until he was 4-5, along with photos, videos, etc.
In short, the story went over like shit. There was obviously the racist undertones with Fury, and the whole mess with Magneto, but even without all that, the comic was just... terrible. It smashed a "definitive new canon" into a story that hadn't needed it... then didn't end up actually using half of their big revelations. They tried to connect everything, but really didn't end up doing much.
Also, it included this panel, which I can only assume is Magneto having the worst orgasm face ever.
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
After all that setup, after months of comics and tweets and hints, Ultimatum was finally happening. If you think it was long reading through this writeup, imagine how fans felt at the time. They'd been promised great things, and although there were worries (quite a few more after the flop of Ultimates 3 and Origins), there was still some excitement. Loeb kept hyping it up, saying that
I think the general feeling editorially, and certainly with Brian and me, who are sort of left to our own devices in this world, that there was a time, and this is not to take anything away from the people who have worked in the Ultimate Universe because they've done some amazing, amazing stuff… but there was a time when some truly shocking things were going on there ... Over time that started to tip towards simply retelling stories that had already been retold. Characters were acting in the same manner that they would in the 616 Universe without the same reasoning except that's the way they were.
So we looked at it and had a couple meetings and pitched this idea to the group at the last summit which was I think fairly revolutionary. We didn't think anyone was going to go for it. But they really liked it and it really spoke to what the Ultimate Universe could be and should be in terms of being a place people are reading and going "What the F are they doing? Holy… holy… had to bleep that out… I have to read the next issue! This is bizarre and exciting and adventuresome and character driven!"
(You can read the full interview here)
So not only praising what he was doing, but taking shots at other (generally beloved) Ultimates writers. His description of how the story would go was everything that people hated about the Ultimates: Shock value for the sake of shock value, and poorly written to boot.
TL;DR: Loeb's initial forays into the Ultimate Universe weren't received well. He tried to have a lot of big plot reveals and retcons, which he'd done little to no work actually setting up, much of which contradicted previously established canon. The important plot points to know are that Magneto's kids died, causing him to go a bit crazy, and that mutants were made in a lab by humans.

Finally: Ultimatum

99 Mutant Balloons
Ultimatum starts with a normal, peaceful day. Reed Richards is about to propose to Sue Storm; the Ultimates are still pretending like having a domestic abuser on the team is super chill; Peter Parker is on a date; and a handful of the X-men are having a fun day on the town.
And then everyone died., really.
A massive flood and lightning storm hit the city, flooding it instantly. This isn't a "streets are flooded" situation, it's "six story buildings are completely underwater". It wasn't just New York: Latveria (and most of Eastern Europe) froze solid, killing everyone besides Dr. Doom, while volcanoes began to form and erupt in South America. Sue Storm managed to push back the wave with her powers... but fell into a coma doing so.
A number of characters died immediately, like Dazzler, Nightcrawler, Beast, and Franklin Storm, while many others were missing. Professor X felt a great disturbance in the force, and almost had a psychically induced seizure. He then telepathically announced to the heroes that Magneto was behind everything, and that they needed to band together to fight him -- or everyone on Earth would die.
The first issue ended with a warning in all bold reading "NEXT: IT GETS WORSE". Ironically, that was very true... just not how Loeb would have hoped.
It gets much, much worse
Cap was caught in the wave, and is stuck in a coma. Thor finds Valkyrie dead, and travels to Valhalla (but Valhalla is also Hel? Don't worry about continuity, Loeb sure didn't) to try and save her from what I can only presume is the goddess of Dominatrixes. There, he finds Captain America, and the two fight some zombies for a bit. Meanwhile, Hank Pym and Hawkeye search for the Wasp, and in one of the most infamous scenes in all of comic book history, they find her. Dead. Being eaten by the Blob. Hank Pym then flies into a rage and bites the Blob's head off.
It's then revealed by Doom that Magneto is behind everything, using Thor's hammer to reverse the magnetic poles.
Magneto then teleports into the X-Mansion (didn't you know? Magnets let you teleport). After giving an unhinged speech about how he will outdo God, Professor X compares him to Bin Laden, Pol Pot, and Hitler. Apparently, the Hitler comment insulted Magneto's imaginary Jewish heritage, causing him to snap Professor X's neck with his bare hands.
Issue three kicked off with Magneto, confirming that the Academy of Tomorrow (the X-men's spinoff in Chicago) were all dead, as were pretty much every significant good-guy mutant (and some of Magneto's own henchmen for some reason), who had been hunted down and killed. The Multiple Man (who could duplicate himself) had been used to create thousands of suicide bombers, destroying nearly every notable world landmark or place of government. That of course included the Triskelion, home base for SHIELD and all surviving heroes. In a dramatic moment, Hank Pym tells Tony to "use the Jocasta files" on Janet's corpse, before heroically dragging every suicide bomber safely into the ocean when he blew up. Again: this is a man who viciously abused (and nearly killed) Jan, who had been an egotistical, selfish douche for years... who Loeb now decided was actually a super nice and honorable guy. Cap and Valkyrie then return from death, with Thor staying behind in Valhalla.
Reed Richards and Doom managed to find Nick Fury, who revealed he knew this was likely to happen, and exposed Doom's plan: Doom had planned to get Magneto angry enough to kill most humans, before stepping in and stopping him, ruling over the survivors. Flawless plan.
But with those losses behind them, it was time for the heroes to band together and save the world! Right?
Oh, also, Spider-man died.
Yeah, in a throwaway scene vaguely set up in a separate side comic, Peter Parker, Ultimate Marvel's very first (and best selling) character was killed when Doctor Strange's house exploded. Strange himself then was gruesomely killed by Dormammu, who was stopped by the remaining Fantastic Four. Spider-man's death was barely acknowledged in the comic, which as you can imagine, left more than a few fans pissed. Also, there was a mysterious glowing figure who showed up to get Dr. Strange's body? And due to an editorial mixup, none of the setup for the fight was explained until a comic months later.
Still though, things were happening. The surviving heroes banded together, found their motivation, and hunted down Magneto. These warriors were on a righteous crusade, a mission that --
Oh fuck, they're all dead.
OK, not everyone. But Angel, a core X-man died almost instantly, in an overly graphic scene where Sabertooth tore him apart. Magneto then managed to kill Wolverine, shredding every single atom from his skeleton to prevent him from ever healing. Once again: breaking all kinds of canon, but Loeb had passed that at this point.
Nick Fury then showed up, and revealed the truth to Magneto, from way back in Ultimate Origins: Mutants weren't special, or pre-destined, or anything Magneto had believed. They were just a lab test gone bad. Obviously, this drove Magneto more than a little insane, since it invalidated his entire life, but he survived just long enough to reverse the poles again, preventing further damage. And then Cyclops blew his head into bloody chunks. Yay team.
Eight days later
The scene then cut to Cyclops standing in front of an angry crowd on the steps of the Capitol. He gave a powerful speech, reminding people that despite Magneto's actions, mutants could still -- holy fuck, someone shot him in the head. Mark off one more X-man I guess.
The scene then moved to Dr. Doom brooding in his castle. The Thing walked in, explaining that Reed had told him everything. And while Reed couldn't stomach killing Doom, the Thing could, crushing his head like an overripe apple.
Finally, the series ends with a scene of Quicksilver (who's apparently alive I guess? Just go with it). He reveals that he helped plan this entire thing, along with Sabertooth, Mystique, and a mysterious shadowy woman. And also he killed Cyclops for some reason.
The last page had the message "Dedicated to Brian, Mark, Bill J, and Joe Q who started it all". Because nothing says "I respect your work" like ignoring eight years of plotlines and development to do your own thing.
The series ended with a death toll that can only be described as catastrophic. Countless civilians dead, untold amounts of vital infrastructure destroyed, and all of their most popular heroes killed off.
Side Issues
In between each issue, there were some tie-ins from each solo line: Ultimate Spider-man, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and Ultimate X-men. Since these were written by the same people who had been doing them successfully for years, they tended to be a bit higher quality -- although Loeb still made all the big calls.
In Ultimate X-Men, Rogue went... well, rogue trying to hunt down Magneto, all while a group of anti-mutant zealots swept through the X-mansion, killing nearly everyone there. The mutant school that they'd been building up, the children that had taken refuge there, the work of eight years of canon -- nearly everyone was killed. Including the (apparently very stoppable) Juggernaut. They then had a... kind of touching tribute to Madrox? It included him reminiscing about his life as his mind starts to fracture, intercut with scenes of the X-men cutting through his duplicates. It ends with Wolverine realizing Madrox genuinely doesn't know what he's been doing wrong -- but kills him anyway, ending the threat.
In Ultimate Spider-man, we got to see a bit more of the chaos on the ground in New York. Spider-man and friends jump into action, with even the Hulk stepping in to help. I want to hate these issues, but they were legitimately some of the best I've read. The final issue contained an especially touching tribute, with a broken J Jonah Jameson looking out his window to see Spider-man diving into the water to save someone. As everyone he knew died, Jonah realized that he'd wasted his life attacking an actual hero. However, fans were more than a little pissed off at the inclusion of Daredevil's corpse. How did he die? We don't know. The fan favorite character was just found in a pile of bodies, killed offscreen. As you can imagine, people weren't thrilled.
Finally, Ultimate Fantastic Four. This was... one of the more out there side stories, but you remember how Sue Storm was in a coma? Well, it wasn't just any coma, it was a superpower coma, and they had to hunt down a specialist to help her, getting a hand from Sue's mom (who is definitely a good guy and no longer working for Doom). Also, the only doctor who could save Sue was a pedophile obsessed with her. Yeaaah. I'm gonna skip most of this, but the TL;DR is that Sue was brought back, with no help from her boyfriend Reed, who ran off to do his own thing.
TL;DR: Ultimatum was poorly done. Little connection or organization between issues, bad writing, and 90% of it just being extremely graphic or sudden things thrown in for shock value. Magneto reversed the poles, tons of people died, most major heroes died, Magneto was killed.

The Reaction

Ultimatum was, on nearly every conceivable level, a failure. In order, the review site Comic Book Aggregator has the five issues scored by critics out of 10 at 6.3, 4.8, 3.7, 2.2, and 2.8, with fan reviews being even lower (4.9, 3.8, 3.2, 3.3, 1.7). The IGN review for the series ended with the reviewer bluntly stating that "Ultimatum is one of the worst comics I have ever read", calling it the "Ultimate nightmare" In a fandom where people can find an excuse to argue about any topic, if you bring up Ultimatum, it's enough to pull everyone together in hate.
The writing, as you may have guessed, was abysmal. It reads like a toddler smashing action figures together, while his older brother looms overhead and delivers edgier and edgier narration of what's happening. Things like the Wasp being cannibalized were thrown in out of nowhere, purely for shock value. Loeb seemed to confuse "You feel sad when I kill all your favorite characters" with the ability to create genuine emotion. There were also some truly terrible lines of dialogue, such as:
If you’re God, then God is dead!
You think you can rape my brain? Xavier tried that and failed.
Think again you giant Zippo -- the freakin' cavalry is here!
Blob: (after eating the Wasp) Hey man, it was nothing personal.
Hank Pym: (Bites off head) It was only personal.
Sabretooth: (as he eats Angel) Murdered an angel. Guess that means I'm going to Hell for sure.
Hawkeye: (Shoots Sabretooth) That's gonna leave a mark!
The dialogue got so bad that some fans made a running joke out of editing the panels to make them more ridiculous and over the top. This is my personal favorite.
People also criticized how interconnected it was. If you wanted any chance at understanding the five issue event, you had to buy around ten other comics, the reading order for which was left extremely unclear at the time. That means that most fans had no clue what was happening, and found out about critical events abruptly, or not at all.
The event also screwed over a number of female heroes. Sue Storm was left functionally catatonic for most of it; the Wasp's entire arc of empowerment got cut short by being eaten, then saved by her "one true love" who had horrifically scarred her; in general they were just left without much agency.
Sales for the comic started pretty well, with 114,230 copies sold. By the second issue, that had dropped to less than 75,000 copies. It managed to pull back up around 85,000 by the end, but even then, it was estimated that Ultimatum had managed to lose over 20,000 dedicated readers, without bringing any new ones in. Sure, those numbers were decently high, but the issue was, they'd killed the golden goose. Ultimate comics hadn't been selling quite as high, but their sales were still steady. Now, readers were dropping left and right, and they didn't have any series to hook them on. Loeb's strategy was to sacrifice eight years of buildup and character development for a few brief moments of sadness and anger. Ultimatum could shock, horrify, and sicken people, just as planned... but there was no plan for what happened next. According to some insider leaks, Marvel had actually planned to end the Ultimate universe fully, but changed their minds, and wanted it to continue.

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