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My Dive Into Magic

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.

Pacifism M13 Core Set

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.

Finally Shut Down monsterhunternews.com

A little while back I posted about having to many sites and not feeling all that motivated to keep them all going. I was mostly referring to monsterhunternews.com.

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.

When to say when…?

So I have had several other blogs over the years, the most successful of them has been MonsterHunterNews.com.

I still love to play the Monster Hunter games, but don’t nearly put as much time into them now. It’s a fair amount of work to keep that site current and up to date in the Monster Hunter News Scene. I have facebook pages, twitter, GNUSocial, Tumblr, YouTube, and who knows what else.. Its a very social driven site I guess..

I have been playing with the idea of dropping that blog and either just sitting on the domain, or sell the domain name. It has a ok ranking right now for a little known site. I don’t want to get into selling the content or the social groups, so would just delete all them.

Its hard when you have spent so much time doing something to stop doing it.. Even if you know its the right thing to do, you still feel like your giving up or walking away.

Would also like to just keep a minimal of online spaces to work in. I could post Monster Hunter stuff here if something really catches my fancy. Or just update casually on my progress in the game.

lakka Bluetooth Controllers Not Saving

So I have been playing around with running lakka on a old thinkpad x201 I have. I was running it on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ but wanted to see what the extra horsepower could do.

Very happy with switching from using the Pi!

In any case I setup some Playstation 4 and Playstation 3 controllers I had via bluetooth to it and every time I would reboot I would lose the settings. I followed the lakka documentation to get the controllers working.

I finally spent some time tonight looking into the issue and it still had the settings. It was just not loading bluetooth services on startup.

I didn’t want to dig into it to much so I just added a quick and dirty crontask at boot that will start the services.

Add this like to Root Cron Task
@reboot sh /storage/scripts/bluetoothloader.sh

Make File /storage/bluetoothloader.sh with the following commands

touch /storage/.cache/services/bluez.conf
systemctl enable bluetooth
systemctl start bluetooth

The above will load the bluetoothloader script on a boot up or reboot. It will then start the bluetooth services.

I can’t help myself, with game sales.


I ended up giving into a few game sales this week with the current Steam Winter Sale. Was hoping I could not buy any games with my current back catalog, but I digress.

Without ado here are the current Steam Winter Sale Purchases:

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Could not pass up getting this game that has been on my radar since before it came out. I just love the art of the cut scenes, and as far as I know a more classic RPG system to the game. I don’t enjoy overly complex battle systems and skills. I do hope they have an option after finishing the game to play all the cut scenes in order. I think it actually came on to my radar from GamingOnLinux way before its release.

It also comes recommended by a fellow blogger over on Me Vs. Myself and I

RiME

Rime only recently came to mind to pick up. I think I actually saw it on one of the “Discovery Queue’s” on Steam to get the holiday cards (Guess the Marketing Machine works). It looked good and Fanatical happened to have it in a sale for under $5 CAD, with 3 other games. RiME is normally a $40 game, so it seemed like a really good deal. Even the current Steam Winter Sale price is $14 for just RiME.

Its the Very Positive Bundle and includes:

  • The Sexy Brutale
  • Dex
  • Bastion
  • RiME

I already own Bastion and played it for a little. It really didn’t grab me to put a whole lot of time into it.

Play Street Fighter V Free

I am a huge fan of Street Fighter II and always will be. I am no expert, but have great memories playing it in the arcade and on my Super Nintendo. Been wanting to try out the latest one, and its free to play from Dec 11th to Dec 18th on Steam.

Just wish I didn’t have to download 28GB to try it. 🙂

Valve Kills Steam Link Hardware

It appears that Valve have stopped making its Steam Link Hardware, and are moving to just using the Steam Link App on Android and iOS.

I have been a fan of the Steam Link since its launch, which is a funny story.. I per-ordered both a Steam Link and Steam Controller through EBGames (GameStop for Canada). I went to pick it up on the day of launch and found a huge line of people! I quickly noticed that everyone was getting copies of Fallout 4 that released the same day. When I got to the counter the guy asked “What system?”. I said “Steam Link, and Controller”.. He paused for a minute and then had to get someone to figure out what I was talking about.

It gives you an idea of the following the device had from the start. I have only ever known 1 other person that owned a Steam Link.

I don’t tend to use the device as my main gaming experience, but it’s really hand to keep on the TV in the family room if on the off chance I want to play something there with Trent or Erika. Its also been handy to play some videos or do anything from the desktop. You can close Big Picture mode and with a controller use the analog stick for mouse and triggers for mouse clicks. Its pretty slick once you get use to it.

So its a little bit of a bummer they are stopping production of the device. I think its more a cause of no one really giving it a chance and assumed it would be crap, than a sign of bad hardware.

I have had no issues playing Lego games or Tomb Raider, or anything like that on it (in Windows or Linux). I would advise against anything like Rocksmith or competitive gaming with it.

2018 Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale

The Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale is in full swing and has several days left. I have been fighting the urge of buying any of the great deals. I have such little time these days to play games, and have a massive back log to play through.

Some notable games I would like to buy, but will wait for a later sale:

Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Chessaria: The Tactical Adventure

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Some of the games I still have to clear from my back log before buying more:

Doom

Kings Quest

Fallout 4

Mad Max

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

Trent and I are also working thought Lego Batman 3 and Lego Star Wars the Force Awakens (Should never have let him start the other till we finished one).