When I was in high school I remember this thing coming out called Magic the Gathering. A few kids at school would play this in the cafeteria on breaks and lunch. At one point someone tried to explain the game to me, cause I thought it looked interesting. I don’t think I put in much effort into learning it or they where bad at explaining it.. Something never clicked with it and I lost interest before they could finish. I have since avoid playing Magic the Gathering ever since….. till last night.
For some reason I picked up a mystery bag of old Magic cards at one of the local thrift shops. They where only $3 (It ended up being 200+ cards). I didn’t expect to find any expensive super rare cards, but the art has always fascinated me with them. I felt like I just wanted to look them over. Like this gem from my bag of mystery cards. The image, flavor text, and silliness of this card.
I was thinking of collecting a M13 core set purely as a 249 card set (Akroma’s Memorial is the expensive one at about $20 CAD). The rest drop off pretty cheap and quick. Be fun to just buy a bag every now and then to see if I could complete it, and pick up most the harder stuff as singles over time.
The bag had mostly M13 Core Set commons and uncommon with a mix of others from M11, Zendikar, Avacyn Restored, Gatecrash, and more from around that time. Nothing to exciting.. It’s got more than enough to make a very bad M13 era deck I am sure.
Fast forward to a few hours later when The Dude has gone to bed…
I decide that the best way to see how magic is played was by playing the 2012 release Magic Duels. Its been changed to a free to play on steam and has “Many Bugs!”*
At one point I could not complete a tutorial because the game didn’t give me the card I need to complete it. I backed out of the tutorial and start it again getting the correct card the 2nd time. Another time it would instantly kill me and restart the tutorial. Outside of the tutorials it seems to be a much more stable game. The tutorials also seem very tacked on to a game that at the core I think might have been good.
In any case, I have been using it to learn how the game is played and have some AI to go against. After an hour I can beat the easy AI with out to much damage. I am using a default deck it auto built for me called Magical Armor. Thinking of switching to the default flying Airborne Armor, I really like attacking when I get a few flying. I don’t know enough of the cards to just build my own, so I think it best to just play a default deck and slowly try changing things one at a time.
To go back to the story of the high school cafeteria Magic session. I kinda wish I had payed a little more attention to it. Its actually a interesting game. Some of the cards seem a little complex, but I only have a few hours in to the game at this point. I can see how building a deck or tweaking one could be a very interesting thing to do. I don’t see myself dumping large amounts of money into cards. For now I will stick to AI in the game, and maybe just try to get all the M13 core set for fun.
- This Ontario town will soon accept Bitcoin for property tax (I hope we get some totals for how many people went with the btc option)
- Today, WarCraft 1 & 2 get their first-ever digital launch—and it’s on GOG (Can’t say I played WarCraft II much, but the first one took a fair amount of younger years)
- Emergency declared in NY over measles, unvaccinated barred from public spaces (I really don’t know what to thing about this stuff)
- ‘Thick accumulation of rodent excrement’: Inspectors find filth after chowder rat video (You really don’t expect this kinda stuff can go on in this day and age with all the rules and regulations.. But I guess it can.. Gross!)
- Sony stops selling digital game codes at physical retailers (Sold my PS4 when Monster Hunter World came to PC. I prefer Steam. With all the streaming services, digital stores and stuff we will be back to having to pay to much for stuff we don’t need to get the one thing we want. Funny all this was suppose to fix the big cable companies not offering A la carte.)
- Family who helped Edward Snowden arrives in Canada (Glad they are safe for now. Sad this all happened in 2013 and it does not feel like we changed anything because of this.)
- They didn’t buy the DLC: feature that could’ve prevented 737 crashes was sold as an option (Truly sad it took crashes for this to come to light. Lets just say anything other than seats or eating trays should not be an optional upgrade.)
- The case for denying mass killers fame in order to fight the deadly ‘contagion effect’ (Another one of those things I don’t really know where I stand. I can see the point, but worry this would have the opposite effect. It could also start a slippery slope of governments blocking more than they should from the public.)
After running the site since 2011, I finally decided to closed it down. All that remains is a splash page, and a tweet letting people know that it’s gone. I’m against using the domain for something if the Monster Hunter Community has a use?
It’s sad to see the site go.. But I also feel relieved that I no longer have to make updates to it.
Its hard to maintain a site on something when you get burnt out on that thing. I love Monster Hunter and always will, but its nice to have a break from a game for a while. When you run a site about a specific game or topic , it makes it very hard to take a break from that thing.
Will I miss it.. Time will tell, but for now I think I made the right choice.
Here’s another Weekly Link Round Up!
- Russia Rising (A interesting Podcast exploring the mystery behind Putin’s Russia)
- How an Anti-Piracy Crusading Movie Studio is Keeping Piracy ‘Alive’ (Yet another article on why delaying or limited releases create more piracy)
- Facebook pressured Canada to ease up on data rules, U.K. reports say (Yes Facebook and your Government are Evil)
- If You’re Feeling Stuck, Look Inward (A feel good read)
- Announcing the Humble Book Bundle: Web Programming by O’Reilly! (A great Humble Bundle Book Bundle if your into Web Dev)
- Government pulled social media ads for 3 days after New Zealand attack (Actually a smart move so you avoid being at the beginning of a video you really don’t want to. I am sure a lot of odd people where posting the stream all over)
Been trying to teach Lenny a few tricks when I give him his treats. Make him work a little for them. 🙂
So far we have Stand and High Five down.
I think I might try to start doing a little ‘Link Round Up’. It will just be a list of links. Mostly News, Tech, or Gaming that I think are interesting or worth sharing. Maybe add a comment to them, but keep it pretty light over all.
For now I am going to say it will be a weekly thing (Lets hope I remember).
Let us begin..
- Travis McRae: Sue Me Over EBook Site, I Want the BS Over & Done With (I can see his point… Its still not advisable to keep poking a Sleeping Giant Tokyo City Destroying Monster.)
- Brampton man departs to collect remains of 6 family members killed in Ethiopia plane crash
- Ontario to ban cellphones in classrooms next school year (“Cellphones will be banned in Ontario classrooms during instructional time, starting in September.” I really thought this was already a thing.. I am sort of scared how our school system runs currently from that comment.)
- calc.exe is now open source; there’s surprising depth in its ancient code (I really don’t know how to feel about MS. With the GitHub thing, Doing the Open Source thing for older products, Free Visual Studio, and moving edge to use the Chromium Engine. They seem to be trying to do right more.)
I think I might have just stumbled onto the reason why we have so many Wind and Solar farms in my area.
We have a very large, and soon to be larger still, Natural Gas Power Plant. I was reading into whats involved with there energy production (You know, the stuff you do on Thursday night).
Well it would seem Natural Gas plants are faster at turning on and off than coal, oil, or nuclear plants.
The simple cycle is simpler but less efficient than the combined cycle. However, simple cycle plants are able to dispatch faster than coal-fired power plants or nuclear plants. This means they can be turned on or off faster in order to meet societies electricity needs. Often needed on the grid with wind power and solar power, its purpose is to meet the fluctuating electricity needs of society, known as peaking powerhttps://energyeducation.ca/encyclopedia/Natural_gas_power_plant
I don’t know if this is why, but it makes sense in my head. 🙂
I had a little chuckle when I read one of the release notes in the latest LibreELEC 9.0.0 Release.
Changeable SSH passwords and a default firewall configuration have been added to combat the increasing number of HTPC installs that can be found on the public internet. The increase is partly due to simple maths; our userbase has grown so the number of users inappropriately exposing their HTPC to the internet has also grown. The static password for libreelec is present on most/all password dictionary lists so it’s important we start encouraging users to change it (the first-run wizard will prompt when SSH is enabled).
That’s a really fancy way of saying “We have more people that don’t even know how to plug the thing in, let alone configure it.”