Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Duplicate: Better Than "The Pros" Expected

When Curse of Naxxramas cards were being announced, there was some discussion over the mage secret Duplicate. A number of well-known players talked it down, saying it was ultimately "a bad card that seems good".

I've held the opposite opinion of Duplicate since I first saw it, and even hearing "the pros" bad mouth it never discouraged me from upholding that Duplicate was a strong card (particularly in arena). It can be situationally bad, but playing smart can usually net you a huge benefit with it.

The latest video from Kripparian shows his reversal of opinion on Duplicate with an example of a perfect situation for it.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

World Building is Serious Business

I've been spending a fair amount of time nearly each day helping to build the spawn city and other important locations for The Lazy Dog's "Magical Chaos" Minecraft server. It's intended to be a public server with a mix of survival and roleplay/quest/storyline elements based on the popular "Magic World 2" modpack from FTB (with several distinct changes).

While working on builds are fun and rewarding, we make sure to take breaks and just have a bit of fun. During a little downtime, a couple of our builders ended up making some avatars of a number of our teammates.

I thought these were pretty amusing caricatures. They remind me a lot of the 8-bit era, particularly the early Final Fantasy games. All of the team that's seen these little guys so far have gotten a kick out of them, so it's likely they'll be a fixture on the server officially somewhere. For now though, I should get back to work - there's places to build, quests to write and penguins to launch... ;~P

Friday, October 10, 2014

Dragon Age: Origins Currently Free

Be sure to claim your free copy of Dragon Age: Origins! It's available for a limited time simply by logging into EA's Origin and claiming it from the "On The House" section.

Note that you're not required to download it right away - just claiming it allows you to install and play the game later through Origin. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Doctor Meets Doctor - Hypixel Hyjinks

Last night a few of us Lazy Dogs went on Hypixel to enjoy some minigames. Wellxam was streaming (you can watch the VOD below) and we met up with someone who looked... familiar.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Little Friendly Competition

JodyPlays released a Hearthstone episode featuring yours truly in a little friendly challenge.
I'm pleased that he sees me as a mentor when it comes to Hearthstone. I don't feel I'm nearly as good as he likes to make me out as, but it's nice to know I can help and provide useful advice.

In return, thanks go out to Jody for his initial call to have his viewers play along on the Fossils and Archeology public server (for Minecraft). Many of us are still close friends and we talk and play games online together pretty much everyday. It's a great community (now called The Lazy Dog) that's been growing a little each day, and it's all thanks to you Jody!

Friday, September 26, 2014

MinecraftShorts: Neighbor

If you enjoy funny Minecraft animations, you should definitely check out Element Animation. Recently, they made light of some big Minecraft news...
I've yet to talk about Microsoft's purchase of Mojang and Notch's immediate departure for two reasons. First, I was pretty surprised when I heard about it and have been trying to collect my thoughts. Second, we'll not know for sure how things will turn out until Microsoft makes any announcements or changes - anything else is pure speculation. That said, I'd still like to voice my opinion at some point and will likely give it more attention in a future post.