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Freodom -

I mentioned ages ago that before we got into this whole living card game thing, the previous time I played any kind of card game that wasn't either bridge or poker was with a Magic: the Gathering Ice Age starter set. The thing about Magic is that as near as I can tell, Richard Garfield pretty much invented the modern collectible card game. All the other card games we play, whether Lord of the Rings , Game of Thrones or Arkham Horror , use mechanics that are functionally almost identical to...

Freodom -

One of the main reasons I got the Game of Thrones card game was so I could obsess about deckbuilding again. My Lord of the Rings deck is humming along quite nicely, and I've even succesfully built a bunch of decks for other people to use that they've come back to play again. But they're kinda done for the moment. So I needed a new reason to obsess over cardgamedb.com . It was going to be Warhammer 40,000: Conquest , actually, but then Fantasy Flight and Games Workshop split ways , and I ended...

Ei avauduta! -

Hmm, I ranted here some time ago about playing and players. Well, it’s apparent she’s not playing although it’s hard for me to understand. We’ll see.

Lauttasaaren Shakkikerho -

The heavily anticipated mega blitz chess tournament of the year concluded in Pori. Here are the results, highlights, observations, and commentary from LauttSSK 2: Ashwin Kumar (2114) Petr Vesely (2076) Jyrki Heikkinen (2020) Pekka Kauppala (2017) Boards 4–1 Results Day 1 – Group A – 7th (54½/84): 11/21 (52 %), perf. 2024 11 (52 %), perf. 1950 16½ (79 %), perf. 2108 16 (76 %), perf. 1981 Day 2 – Division 1 – 22nd (48/108): 1. 13½/27 (50 %), perf. 2161 12 (44 %), perf. 2036 11½ (43...

Poker Wits -

Rake. Something no Poker Player can avoid, at least when playing for real money and playing at non-home game. So it is in order you know all about it, if you don't already. Rakeback is the opportunity so many decide not to tell new players. Instead these people and sites go for personal gain and leave the innocent new player unaware he/she has just lost thousands of dollars of potential gain over time. Unfortunately, the same goes for the "refer-a-friend" services which don't do you or your...

Poker Wits -

A Harvard Medical School study "Sitting at the virtual poker table: results from first ever epidemiological study of actual internet poker gaming behavior" by The Division of Addictions has been released and is in press. [NEWS] Harvard online poker study results , Original Story: Sitting at the virtual poker table: results from first ever epidemiological study of actual internet poker gaming behavior, in press The results from the first ever epidemiological analysis of the actual gaming...

Poker Wits -

When you start playing online poker, you don't that much money to get started, as the poker sites offer great bonuses for the new players which give you a great way to grow your bankroll as you learn the game. How To Boost Your Early Poker Bankroll with Bonuses First Time Deposit Bonuses All poker sites offer you a bonus when you sign up, based on how big of a deposit you make when you open real money account and make your first deposit. The maximum amount of this bonus varies on the different...

Freodom -

Gondor! Gondor, between the Mountains and the Sea! West Wind blew there; the light upon the Silver-tree Fell like bright rain in gardens of the Kings of old. O proud walls! White towers! O wingéd crown and throne of gold! O Gondor, Gondor! Shall Men behold the Silver Tree, Or West Wind blow again between the Mountains and the Sea? - Aragorn, the Lord of the Rings, book III, chapter II Back while we were waiting for the Sands of Harad to show up, the logical thing to do seemed to be to move on...

Antti Alanen: Film Diary -

Inside Llewyn Davis. Carey Mulligan (Jean Berkey), Justin Timberlake (Jim Berkey). Inside Llewyn Davis / Inside Llewyn Davis. US / FR © 2013 Long Trip LLC. PC: StudioCanal / Scott Rudin Productions / Mike Zoss Productions. P: Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. D: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. SC: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. CIN: Bruno Delbonnel – shot on 35 mm – DI: Technicolor Postworks. PD: Jess Gonchor. AD: Deborah Jensen. Set dec: Susan Bode. Cost: Mary Zophres. Makeup: Nicki Ledermann. Hair...

Gearshifting -

Mashups (web apps combining data from several sources into a single context) have long been one of the catch phrases of the Web 2.0 phenomenon. Now they may be coming into a desktop near you, courtesy of Adobe -- and, no doubt, other companies soon thereafter. Enterprise mashup companies have been heavily  funded and hyped, but the key players have mainly been new, small companies such as Serena Software, JackBe or Denodo -- not exactly household names. However, the upcoming beta release of...

Gearshifting -

While Chrome is pretty exciting in itself, it is only the tip of the iceberg of things to come. Chrome is a key piece in the puzzle behind the Google Cloud -- a pervasive distributed computing infrastructure that will render the present day PC and OS architecture obsolete. Everything (well, almost everything) will be somewhere in the Internet cloud, with just the browser, some pretty limited CPU capacity, and a broadband connection required in the client end. With the emergence of the Cloud...

Freodom -

Doom, doom rolled the drum-beats, growing louder and louder, doom, doom. - the Lord of the Rings, book II, chapter V John Howe: Grima Wormtongue , no year given. ** I have some unusual friends. One of them has never read the Lord of the Rings, but having seen some movies named after it, they were quite taken with, of all characters, Gríma. As it happens, I'd been toying around with the idea of building a Gríma deck for some time, so obviously I took advantage of the opportunity. Grìma is one...

Freodom -

Some years ago, I tried reading George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. It was a horrible experience that I wouldn't recommend to anyone. The books are depressing, badly written and overflowing with utterly repulsive misogyny and racism . The TV show based on the books was slightly better, perhaps because it could hardly be worse and still air, but faithfully carried on the books' emphasis on racism and horrific misogyny. What it to some extent succeeded in was rescuing some of Martin's...

Lauttasaaren Shakkikerho -

Don't Admire Your Opponent There is a phenomenon in all sport, and especially in chess, which I will call as the "aura-effect" . It's when you have so much admiration for your opponent, that you don't notice their blunders, and you sometimes even allow them to magically win from a hopeless position. You have to look no further than the last two World Chess Championships to find the aura effect taking its toll on some of the world's best players. In 2016 Game 10 Carlsen - Karjakin , Karjakin was...

Freodom -

We recently added Carcassonne to our summer board game collection, and it immediately became popular with my extended family. I highly recommend Carcassonne for casual board gaming: it's very easy to pick up, and can accomodate a wide range of play styles from friendly to ultracompetitive. A post shared by Michael Halila (@michaelhalila) on Jun 19, 2015 at 1:44pm PDT I'd say one of the biggest obstacles to getting into Carcassonne is the bewildering variety of expansions on offer, from dragons...

Fishpool -

Reading this rather amazing story about cross-border arbitrage , I could not help but think about how it applies to game design. Here's how the arbitrage math adds up. The ferry costs approximately $275 round trip, and gas is about $8 a gallon in Sweden, which, if we assume our car gets around 30 miles per gallon, gives us $435 in expenses. Throw in food, lodging, and other miscellaneous costs, and the total should come in around $600 or so. Remember, diapers costs more than twice as much in...

Lusikka lattiaan -

Tässä pitää nyt hieman mainostaa kaverini Kaljun sivuja Tuossa heti etusivulla oli maininta mielenkiintoisesta testistä. Kaverini lailla, en itsekkään hirveämmin välitä mistään älyvapaista testeistä, mutta tämä herätti mielenkiintoni. Ihan jo senkin takia että testiin liittyy Wikipedia, jota käytän aika usein. Homman idea on siis siinä, että on liuta kysymyksiä joihin haetaan vastaus painamalla Wikipediasta löytyvää "Random Article" (satunnainen artikkeli) nappia. Se...

Freodom -

At long last, we've gotten our hands on a copy of Arkham Horror: the Card Game , and we're here to tell you if it's any good or not. Nicholas Roerich: Рассвет (незакончена) [Sunrise (unfinished)], 1930 ** Full disclosure: as a household full of H.P. Lovecraft fans and several devout Lord of the Rings card game players, we were very much looking forward to this game. If anyone unfamiliar with the Lord of the Rings LCG happens to read this, I apologize in advance for comparing...

Freodom -

We've been playing the Lord of the Rings living card game for a little over a year now, and over that time, we've managed to infect our passion for it to a couple of other people as well. This has led to the subject of what to buy coming up. There are already quite a few expansions, after all! The best single resource for figuring out what to get is still the New Player Buying Guide at Tales from the Cards , and we have no notions of supplanting it. But since we've been asked, here are our...

Antti Alanen: Film Diary -

No Sparking (US 1927), D: Robert Kerr, C: Ann Christy, Jimmie Adams, William Irving, photo: Robert Arkus. Gli attori di Christie / Christie Men     A cura di Steve Massa.     Le Giornate del Cinema Muto: Al Christie.     Cinemazero, Pordenone, e-subtitles in English and Italian by Sub-Ti, grand piano by masterclass students, 8 Oct 2016. Eddie Lyons, Lee Moran. Photo: Collezzione Steve Massa. Eddie Lyons & Lee Moran BEHIND THE SCREEN (US 1915). D: Al Christie. SC: Al Christie. C: Eddie...




Read.Read.Read -

Release date: April 21, 2015 Author links: Goodreads - Website Publisher: Doubleday Pages: 367 Description (from Goodreads): Missoula, Montana is a typical college town, home to a highly regarded state university whose beloved football team inspires a passionately loyal fan base. Between January 2008 and May 2012, hundreds of students reported sexual assaults to the local police. Few of the cases were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also...

Freodom -

But Celebrimbor was aware of him, and hid the Three which he had made; and there was war, and the land was laid waste, and the gate of Moria was shut. - The Lord of the Rings, book II, chapter II I really have no idea why Tolkien hyphenated ringmaker. He seems to use hyphens inconsistently in double noun formations; e.g. Bilbo riddling with Smaug: I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. (...) I am Ringwinner and Luckweaver; and I am Barrel-rider. - The Hobbit: Inside...

Freodom -

I'm now into my third year of running a Rogue Trader campaign, and since I did a similar post for the Lord of the Rings card game, I realized I haven't posted anything about the various supplements Fantasy Flight Games sells - for the moment - for it. Here's my thoughts on what to buy and what to skip. Definitely recommended: Stars of Inequity Unless you're running a really weird campaign where your players never visit an unexplored star system, I'd say this is the best single expansion in the...

Gaming Time -

The second part of the Angel adventure was played today. We had to reschedule so many times that today we went on despite one player being ill. Everyone survived Shadow Pass (from White Wolf's Midnight Roads ) and managed to play a great gig in Hot Springs after the singer-guitarist had recovered from her wounds. The players who were there expressed an interest in playing a few more times, so we might have a short campaign in our hands instead of a single scenario. I would certainly like that...

Minnin näpertelyt -

International Cricket Captain 2011 doesn't break any new ground, but a wealth of real-life statistics married to a solid management sim makes it worth the investment for any budding cricket captains. The Good Good statistical realism   Well-balanced difficulty. The Bad For diehards only   Flat graphical presentation. UK REVIEW--Few genres cater so directly to a specific crowd as the management sim. Incredibly dense minutiae are a sim's lifeblood, and International Cricket Captain 2011 serves...

Minnin näpertelyt -

People are always looking for opportunity to hit the big time, either in number or card games. They incessantly try their luck by playing until a perfect match to win the game and win the other players. This is not entirely surprising, because just like poker, you can even win $ 10 000, when you play poker online. It is a huge amount of extra money into the game. Poker is a very popular game that has gone mainstream, especially in America. So how do you play poker online? If you know the basic...

Minnin näpertelyt -

Flaky detection and awkward menus seriously hamper this dance fitness game. The Good High-energy workouts   Jazzy neon visuals. The Bad Inconsistent movement detection   Awkward menu interface   Unreliable online play. It's a no-brainer: dance-fitness craze Zumba is good exercise. Try not working up a sweat mimicking the up-tempo jigging of a Zumba instructor, successfully or otherwise, and so much the better if you enjoy the cheesy tunes. But what makes Zumba a vigorous aerobic workout also...

N95 Plaza -

Lately, online poker and poker in general have become very popular. There are satellite-online qualifier tournaments where you can win a ticket to a major poker tournament such as World Poker Tour or World Series of Poker. Major tournaments are televised making poker into a spectator sport. My own experience of poker is limited to occasional online poker during the last year or so. I can't say that I'm an experienced poker player. I just play for fun and many times I play "play money" instead...

Freodom -

While War of the Ring is a fantastically good game, its expansions can also be fantastically hard to get hold of. Their rarity means that when I was lucky enough to see a copy of Warriors of Middle-earth at our friendly local game store, I pretty much bought it immediately. Warriors adds six factions to the game, effectively taking event cards from the base game, like ents, and expanding them into full factions with figures on the board, which the players can activate and mobilize for the war...




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