It’s time for another weekly Splinterlands battle challenge and I’m happy to see it’s using dragons again. I think if I ever get to the point where I have a MAX level summoner, it will be a dragon because they can call upon any splinter. I remember MAXed summoners selling for $50 last year before everything blew up. I highly doubt that day will ever come again. If you could have any summoner at MAX level which one would it be?
I’m a Gold-level player so I need all of my summoners to be at level 3 and above, but I was able to win using my level 1 dragon summoner, Brighton Bloom, who gives everyone the ability to fly.
This summoner comes in handy during earthquakes. Even though my enemy was using a level 3 summoner they lost because only two of their monsters could fly.
I used to get angry whenever I’d lose a battle, but now I’ll either learn from their strategy or if I’m really impressed, invite them to my guild. That’s how I got the idea of putting Wave Brood out front. Even though it’s a ranged attack card, it can attack while in the front and also has the taunt ability so most of the enemy cards will attack it. This gives your other cards a good chance to attack without taking any damage until the Wave Brood dies.
The Chaos Dragon is a powerful must-have card. It has a strong magic attack with the scatter ability hitting random targets. Its shields and strong life make it hard to kill too.
Djinn Oshanus is one of my favorite water cards from the Chaos Legion. You’ll get this card for free eventually because it’s a reward card.
Nerissa Tridawn is a beautiful and strong magic card. I’ll make sure to include her anytime there is a high mana battle.
Venari Wavesmith gives everybody on your team more shields as long as she’s alive so you don’t want her out front, but you don’t want her in the rear either because it’s likely your enemy will be using sneak attacks.
I put the Torrent Fiend in the rear to absorb a few sneak attacks before they killed my Venari Wavesmith taking down everyone’s shields. Fiends are great for all splinters because they don’t use any mana and can mean the difference between victory or defeat in evenly matched battles.
Thanks for reading about my battle today. Get in the game!
Silent Sha-vi are entities from the shadow realm that take the form of giant snakes. They travel in darkness and shadow as if each dark corner is a gateway that leads elsewhere. They have an appetite for slow and creeping deaths, feeding off the escalating fear of the victim. If you think there might be a monster under your bed, it’s probably a Silent Sha-vi.”
What’s up fellow Splinterlanders and Splintercurious? Today I’d like to share another battle victory with you using the Death card, Silent Sha-vi.
I can’t remember using this card before, but it helped me win this battle today. I got it while opening packs and even purchased a gold foil version, but many cards have the sneak ability, so I’ve passed it by until now. Plus, I’m a player who relies heavily on magic attacks and my Death deck isn’t the best. It’s a cool-looking card and has the cripple ability at level 6 and piercing when maxed.
Diemonsharks can be hard to beat with their speed and shields, but I didn’t lose a single card in this battle. I put my Cursed Windeku out front as the tank card because it has the thorn ability. The Shadowy Presence and Furious Chicken were just rear buffers and the Silent Sha-Vi helped finish off my enemy’s rear card and the Diemonshark. Thank’s for reading about my Splinterlands battle victory today. Forget the bear and get in the game!
The Internet is an amazing thing sometimes. Who would’ve thought that a Japanese city pop song from the 1980s would ever become popular with western audiences all these years later? I never listen to Japanese music so I’m not sure how it came up on my YouTube playlist, but something about the black and white picture had me click on it and I instantly fell in love.
I’ve listened to Plastic Love at least a few hundred times in the past month. I just can’t get it out of my head. There is something hypnotic and nostalgic about it. The lyrics don’t start until a minute and seven seconds into the song and there are a few English words throughout the song, but only the ending is fully in English. It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand Japanese because it’s truly an awesome song.
I was a student of Japanese back in high school, but I forgot everything when I learned Thai in the US Army. That was 24 years ago so it’s amazing that I can still read the Hiragana and Katakana characters. I printed out the song and highlighted all the Katakana in red ink. Katakana is usually English but pronounced in a Japanese way. If you are a student of Japanese or ever visit Japan, knowing Katakana can be very useful. I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting Japan a few times but found reading Katakana to be a big help.
There are many covers of Plastic Love in several languages too. I love how the artist captured her look in the English version above.
There is also a Korean version.
After gaining so much popularity, they made an official music video last year. I wonder how she feels about her song blowing up all these years later. There are a few YouTube videos about the song as well.
Alan Levenson, the photographer who took the black and white photo, fought to get the song taken down only to have him get credit for it later and a lot of internet hate for being greedy. Hopefully, both artists got to cash in on the song’s recent popularity. This is a good case for making everything NFT or blockchain-based. Rather than having crazy censorship AI taking everything down, there should be a 50/50 split between the cover and original artists.
In the song, she sings about a lost love she used to dance with only to see his face and think about him later in life in all the other guys’ faces. Mariya Takeuchi said she never got to enjoy the city pop scene because she was busy raising her children, but her song singlehandedly brought back the genre.
If you can get Genshin Impact to work on your device, then I’d suggest that way over this three-year-old predecessor, but if your device is out of date it’s the next best thing. miHoYo made this game first so you may see some similarities and even the same characters as Genshin Impact, but they are completely different games.
If you’re a fan of anime, then you may enjoy playing this game as much as I have. It has a smash-em-up fast-action arcade feel to it.
The open-world part of the game is quite fun, but it’s a bit disappointing not seeing any updates or expansions. Hopefully, miHoYo makes a sequel soon and lets us interact with each other and NFTs in some kind of metaverse. They had a great idea for a game, but it just feels unfinished, forgotten, and a bit beta.
Who’s your favorite?
I can never remember which kind of character is better suited to attack which other characters, but if you make a team with a good variety and jump between them you can figure it out pretty quickly. Using the wrong kind of attack on bosses can sometimes take up to ten times as long.
The cutscenes are pretty entertaining. I took all of these screenshots while playing on my phone and cropped them with Google Photos. All of the YouTube videos are from my Conversation Gaming channel.
So is Honkai Impact 3rd worth a large amount of storage and long loading times?
It’s hard to say how much space this game will eat up because there are so many options, but it will eat up a few gigs to run properly. It will take forever to load in the beginning and anytime you log back in, but once the game is going it can be a pretty fun experience if you’re on a mobile device. I rate it four out of five stars for a mobile game.
Hello everyone. I’ve tried participating in past Splinterlands art contests before, but I wanted to create my own character this week. I think the Croc Archer would make a good Epic card with both melee and ranged attacks that shatter magical shielding and causes double damage to magical enemies.
After looking through the list of cards, I noticed there was only one crocodilian creature, Grund, so I thought he could use a friend.
The Crocodilian Archers of Praetoria are both rare and ancient. Their raw strength allows them to shoot large steel arrows that no human could ever handle. They are also tipped with dark energy crystals that can shatter magical armor and cause massive damage to magical enemies. Their royal armor and thick skin make them resistant to ranged and melee attacks, but they can be hurt by magic. If they ever find themselves on the frontlines of battle they can also kill with their claws, tail, and deadly jaws.
I did a Google search for “crocodile warrior” and really liked this work by Anthony Argentin so I used it for inspiration. It really helped me get the head right, but I went with stumpier arms and legs.
My first sketch was awful, so I crumpled it up and tried again.
I liked the head on my second sketch, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the arms. If this ever got made into a real card I think him pulling for an arrow and then shooting it would make for a cool animation.
I decided on drawing him with an arrow already out so I could show it was tipped with a dark energy crystal.
I had a box of colored pencils that have never been used, so I decided to sharpen them and add color early on.
In my last drawing, I thought I’d just do a bit of penciling and then do all the coloring digitally, but using the colored pencils first was more fun. I also got another drawing to add to my wall.
I really liked this swamp photo by Ray Bilcliff on Pexels.com because I could use the leaves on the bottom to cover the croc’s feet which I was unhappy with while giving it a layered feel. Even though it’s a real photo, I thought it had a bright cartoonish look that would mix well with my croc.
I just used the technical pen tool and the smudge tool in Sketchbook. I smudged each scale from the outside towards the center then went back and drew the dark green lines again.
I added a picture of a dark energy crystal and used the lasso select tool to copy and paste it to the tip of his arrow. I had to smudge out the smaller crystal, but it mixed well with my drawing. The original pencil flames looked fine so I just stuck with that and blurred it a bit.
I had a lot of fun drawing this. I spent a few hours on the pencil drawing, but it took me a few days to finish up the digital part. I don’t know why I chose a square canvas. It made it harder to share as a thumbnail, but I just cropped it to a 5:4 format and it worked fine. Thank you for reading about my Croc Archer today. Have a good one!
This game definitely was a rip-off of Top Gun, but it’s a major improvement. I remember watching Top Gun in the theater with my Granddad. It was awesome. During the film, he leaned over to tell me that I was sitting next to a fighter pilot. I was a bit confused because I was just seven years old and didn’t understand how you could be a fighter while in the cockpit of a plane but by the time the film was over I understood what he meant. He was a fighter pilot in Vietnam and flew some jets, but the F-14 came after his time and he was in the Air Force.
After the movie, we went to a store called Best. They went bankrupt in the 90s, but they were the shit back in the 80s. They had a ton of Nintendo Entertainment System games and I wanted to own them all, but since we had just watched Top Gun, he bought the game with the same name for me. I thought the game was going to be like a VR simulation and just as awesome as the movie was. Then we got home and played it. It sucked. It was boring and it was way too hard. It wasn’t fun then and isn’t fun now.
Captain SkyHawk came late in the game for the NES so they had plenty of time to perfect an 8-bit F-14 game.
I clearly remember playing it on my NES Advantage controller. It had an arcade-style d-pad, turbo A and B buttons, and it could cheat with slow-motion by it pressing the start bottom repeatedly. As long as your game didn’t go into some menu when you pressed the start button you could slow down time. The only problem was it could get mixed up between players one and two or your friend or sibling could switch it on you when you weren’t looking to make you die.
Are you ready for take-off captain? This may look lame now, but before I had a Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, PlayStation, or N64, this was amazing.
I love those memes where they say that you can’t hear a picture, but if you remember this game then you can hear this right?
It’s time to take out some enemy fighters. You could either try to be an ace and shoot down as many as you could, or you could be a coward and play it safe avoiding their missiles.
How many F-14s were capable of going up to space? Captain Skyhawk’s could. I don’t remember what happened if you failed to dock with the space station. It was pretty easy every time.
Since it was over two decades since I played this game I wasn’t sure which weapon system was the most important to upgrade so I went with maxing out the gun first. I don’t think I used but two or three missiles or bombs this time around, but I eventually maxed them all out too.
I hate playing games on my phone with the stupid non-tactile touchscreen, but playing these old games are worth it now with the ability to play offline ad-free, the save state options, and of course the ability to REWIND time!
This scene probably took a month to create in Microsoft Paint and isn’t very impressive today, but it had a real 3-D let’s fly into space feeling back then.
It took me forever to figure out how to drop the supplies down to our allies back then and it did again this go around. It also reminds me of the only time my Grandad ever yelled at me. We were performing at an airshow in a Piper Cub dropping “bombs”. They were balloons full of washable paint we had to drop on targets on the runway. He told me to drop the balloon on three. One, two, three! “Do I drop it right when he says three or a second after three or was there a four?” was what I remember thinking when he turned back angrily and growled, “I’ve been doing this for 22 years! When I say 3!, you DROP the bomb!” (We still got first place, so my one bad bomb drop was OK competing against our civilian pilot competitors.)
Playing this again on my phone with the rewind and save state ability was a lot of fun, but I wish my emulator had a slow-motion option like back in the day. When Captain Skyhawk’s F-14 wings go back, things go fast!
Alright! We’ve made it to the alien enemy space station with the big eye. Let’s do this!
I did beat this back in the day, but the slow-motion button was on so the game thought I was pressing the start button over and over again, so I never got to see the ending until now.
What is this? Game of Thrones? It’s like they didn’t care at all about good endings to games back in the day. At least Doom II and Super Mario 64 did a good job. Do you remember this game too? Thanks for reading. Now let’s all go watch Top Gun Maverick! May the need for speed be with you!
I’ve been stuck in the country of Laos 🇱🇦 (It’s next to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China.) since one day after my 40th birthday on March 27th, 2020. I had just applied for my work visa when they shut everything down. They said it would be for just two weeks, then two months, now it’s been over two years.
I live in the wonderful town of Luang Prabang which is a UNESCO world heritage site so I don’t have any complaints, but I’ve also been unemployed for quite a while. I was a teacher for a long time, but I started working at a hotel in 2018 and I decided that hospitality was what I wanted to do, then BOOM, Covid-19 came along. I was in the military when I was young, but I got out in 2015 so my GI Bill benefits expired a while ago, but I saw an email from the VA (The Veterans’ Administration) that I could get some job retraining so I took them up on their offer. Most of the jobs were for things like hospital work, welding, truck driving, and other technical jobs, but I noticed that they had a certificate in digital illustration so I chose that.
Most of my classes were about Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I felt that my teachers were just shills for Adobe and for buying a MacBook. Since Laos went lockdown crazy, I couldn’t find a new computer if I wanted to. I also only had an income of $285 for my disability compensation from the VA, so there was no chance in hell I was ever going to afford a brand new computer anyways. It took me a while, but I figured out how to get both programs to work on Linux on my piece of junk old PC with a little help from the Pirate Bay. I wouldn’t recommend it though. It was a total pain in the neck and I could only get 2012 or 2015 versions to work. Overall, I feel disappointed in my learning experience. Online classes just plain suck. I need to be IN the classroom. I need to be able to raise my hand and ask the teacher for help. I will NEVER take an online course as long as I live.
One thing I did find useful from my course was my teacher saying that most digital artists still use good old paper and pencil to get started and then scan to Photoshop so that’s what I did. Since the whole NFT market is crashing I wanted to make fun of some of the other NFT projects I have tried but didn’t care for like CryptoKitties, Axie Infinity, or NBA Top Shot.
The Sacred Unicorn may no longer be the best card for using in Life battles, but it’s still my favorite card so I thought I’d do a few rough sketches and see how it went, but I was happy with the first try and just kept on going with it…
I felt it was time to move from pencil to Photoshop so I added my pencil drawing to my wall of inspiration. If I ever become a famous NFT artist, I’ll mail someone the original pencil drawings. (That’s a big IF right?)
I went to Pexels and did a search for: SKY BACKGROUND and really liked the photo by Oleg Magni. I later got so frustrated with Photoshop that I gave up, quit, and decided it just wasn’t going to work out. I really miss my iPad and the wonderful program of ProCreate so I did a Google search for an alternative and came up with SketchBook. It took me all week to get used to it and to draw the Sacred Unicorn but I absolutely love SketchBook now.
Another problem I had was that NOBODY in Luang Prabang sells or has even heard of a stylus so I had to make my own. You can read my post: DIY: Make your own STYLUS pen at home if you want or need to do the same.
Now that I had my trusty DIY stylus and a good digital art program it was time to get crackin. I tried making the NBA ball in Photoshop, then in Illustrator, then in the Linux versions of Gimp and Inkscape but found it too difficult. The only thing I did with Photoshop was put the pencil drawing over the background image, but if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t have used Photoshop at all and just saved the background image as exactly that in the layers menu in SketchBook. I could probably draw this whole picture all over again in a day if I had to re-do it, but I had fun drawing it which is something I haven’t felt in a long time and I also learned a lot from my mistakes so it’s all good.
If I had been better at using layers, I would have had a much easier time doing this, but I’ll do my next drawing much faster and smarter.
I absolutely love the predictive stroke tool in SketchBook and how you can adjust the level of AI-assisted drawing from 1 to 5. It was a better experience than using either Photoshop or Procreate in my opinion.
Here is the original Sacred Unicorn image from Splinterlands. I used the eye drop tool and the undo tool about a million times. I used the eye drop tool to get the colors right from the kitty, axie, and unicorn, but I’m proud to have drawn this image myself without any tracing. I used to just put an A4 piece of paper over the original Splinterlands art, do a rough trace, then pencil and ink my drawing. Although it is good practice for getting your shading and inking down, it’s still cheating, right? Thanks for reading about my original drawing today. I’m looking forward to doing another sketch. Which Splinterlands card should I use for inspiration next?
How is everyone doing today? I’m happy to share with you another entry for this week’s battle challenge. I defeated my enemy while losing only one card and got a win for my team because of my dragon cards here.
Since this was a battle during an earthquake I needed to use Brighton Bloom because he gives everybody the ability to fly and they won’t be losing two hit points each round. I have my Fire, Water, Earth, Life, and Death summoners at level 3 while Brighton Bloom is only at level 1, but no one else is as useful when the ground shakes.
Djinn Chwala is one of my favorite cards because when enemies attack with melee they will hurt themselves by two points because of his thorn ability. He has decent shields, so he can take a few arrow shots, but he is susceptible to magic attacks. If you equip him with a healer and armorer he can be unstoppable though.
I like speed. I’ll have my cards arranged the fastest ones first when choosing my cards for each match and the Naga Assassin is fast even at level 1.
When looking for the lore art to make this post I noticed some whale (probably a bot) is selling a bunch of maxed-out Naga Assassins for less than $8 so I added $10 of credits from PayPal, bought her, and a few more at level 1 to level up the one I already had at level 2 to level 3 for a few cents.
I’m too far away from the 150,000 power needed for Gold II, so I’ll just rent her out and forget about her for a while.
I won a gold foil version of her a while back and don’t have any Dragon summoners who can summon level 3 rare cards, let alone a maxed-out one so they will be better served as DEC collectors than warriors for now. I locked them and put them on the rental market and they were rented out immediately. Thanks for reading about my Splinterlands battle and journey today. Have a good one!
Any explorers that delve too deeply into the crypts, mausoleums, and necropolises of the world will find a foe they are unprepared for. Not undead, not liches, and not other monsters that can be found in the deep. Instead, tales are told of the crypt beetles. Enormous insects are found feeding on the corpses within. Most explorers think they are a mere nuisance and will try to scare them away from whatever tomb they are choosing to rob, but things don’t end well for those explorers. These large beetles will defend themselves and their food aggressively. And any explorer that makes it back out alive will have impressive scars to show from the crypt beetle’s bite.”
What’s up fellow NFT gamers? Splinterlands is the best play2earn game in the blockchain space, right? Is there any other game where dedicated players are happy to see prices go down? I’ve been able to max out a few cards for very cheap lately which is something I was afraid would be impossible just a few months ago. In the end, there are only so many cards, and people will merge and burn the current supply so they’ll go up in value in the long run. I personally hope that Chaos Legion sells out slowly so I’ll get the chance to get stronger. I do feel that we’ve waited a bit too long for Land to come out, but after watching the Splinterlands town hall meetings on Youtube every week, I have faith that the team will do things right and have the best intention of us players at heart.
Today I’d like to share a Brawl fight with you. This is actually my son’s account. He’s just a kid and doesn’t understand what NFTs are or why he should be playing this game over his Nintendo Switch games, but I’ve added him to my guild and have been building up and playing his account and Gladius cards over time. He doesn’t have the best cards yet, but I’ll rent a few crucial cards for a day for really cheap before I enter the Brawl so we don’t let down our team. If you’re not owning or already in a Guild, I highly recommend it because you’ll up your game since you’ll know that your whole team is counting on you to win.
The enemy had a Palidon Rakk out front. I’ve never even seen this guy before and was afraid he’d beat us. I mean come on, he can rip trees out of the ground and smash you with them!
The Crypt Beetle wasn’t the strongest card in my selection, but it worked as a good roadblock to help us win. It only has two health points, but the one shield point helped slow down my enemy by two rounds of attacks.
Even though the enemy had a summoner who gives all of his cards the thorn ability which means that every time I hit them with a non-ranged attack I’ll take two damage points, my powerful Kotriphus Bayne has the bloodlust ability which increases all stats after every kill.
In the end, it was just Kotriphus Bayne against the chicken and we were able to add a win to our guild. Thank you for reading about my son’s battle today. Have a great day!
Time Mages are members of the Order of the Silver Shield and close associates of the Wizards’ Council. They are trusted to peer through the fabric of time and reality to foretell the future or manipulate the present by slowing the flow of time. They can also speed up the aging process of armor, causing it to rust prematurely. However, with such power also comes great risk. The future is ever-changing, and the ripples of time can affect everyone. Time Mages must undergo strict training to ensure they don’t abuse their power and use it only for the most dire of circumstances.”
Hello, fellow Splinterlanders. Today I’m happy to share my Time Mage battle with you today because it took me only one try to defeat my enemy with her. Sometimes it takes up to ten times to win with the card of the week or to make it relevant in battle, but not today.
For my summoner, I chose Quix the Devious. I won a Chaos Legion pack and was lucky enough to find him inside. I hope I can win a few more of him in the future because he’s kinda expensive. Even though he’s a level one summoner, he’s a legendary card so he can summon cards higher than level one. He also looks really cool.
Djinn Chwala is my favorite tank. He has both shields and the thorn ability so he’ll usually end up killing the enemy tank and if you provide him with an armorer and a healer he can be unstoppable sometimes.
I just chose the Robo-Dragon Knight because he’s badass. It was also a melee can attack from any position ruleset and I knew he’d do a lot of damage.
The Xenith Monk works well as a secondary tank as long as he’s a level two or higher because he can self-heal.
And now for the star of the show, the Time Mage. She’s beautiful and she also slows down all of your enemies. Since my summoner also slowed down all enemies we had a major speed advantage.
Going into any battle without a medic or nurse is just foolish. You should have a healer for every splinter. Venari Crystalsmith also shoots arrows at your enemies. I’m pretty sure that’s against the Geneva Conventions, but this is the Splinterlands!
The Shieldbearer was the only one to die in this battle. He has the taunt ability so enemies will attack him first. He gave his life for our team’s victory.
Thanks for reading about my Splinterlands battle victory today. Get in the game!