HONKAI IMPACT 3rd – Is it worth the storage and loading times?

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Impact to work on your device, then I’d suggest that way over this three-year-old predecessor, but if your device is out of date it’s the next best thing.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.

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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?

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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.


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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.




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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.

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CROC ARCHER

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.Grund.png

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.

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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.

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My first sketch was awful, so I crumpled it up and tried again.

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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.

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I decided on drawing him with an arrow already out so I could show it was tipped with a dark energy crystal.

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I had a box of colored pencils that have never been used, so I decided to sharpen them and add color early on.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!hiveline.png

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Who needs Top Gun when you can play CAPTAIN SKYHAWK?

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.

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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.

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Captain SkyHawk came late in the game for the NES so they had plenty of time to perfect an 8-bit F-14 game.

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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.

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Are you ready for take-off captain? This may look lame now, but before I had a Super NintendoSega GenesisPlayStation, or N64, this was amazing.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.)

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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!

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Alright! We’ve made it to the alien enemy space station with the big eye. Let’s do this!

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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.

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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!hiveline.png

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The Sacred Unicorn – SPLINTERLANDS art contest #188

Hello everybody. Today I’m happy to share with ya’ll my entry for this week’s Splinterlands art contest of the Sacred Unicorn. I usually participate in the Splinterlands weekly battle challenge, but I was inspired to do some drawing this week too.

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.

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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.

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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 CryptoKittiesAxie Infinity, or NBA Top Shot.

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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…

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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?)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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My Lovely DRAGONS help win another SPLINTERLANDS brawl!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!splinterlands divider.png

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SPLINTERLANDS: Tales from the Crypt Beetle

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

Check out his battle:
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The Time Mage will slow down your SPLINTERLANDS enemies

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.”

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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.

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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.png

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.Robo-Dragon Knight.png

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.Xenith Monk.png

The Xenith Monk works well as a secondary tank as long as he’s a level two or higher because he can self-heal.

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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.Venari Crystalsmith.png

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!

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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.

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Thanks for reading about my Splinterlands battle victory today. Get in the game!

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Revenge of an old-school gamer on Super Mario Bros. 3 – part II

What’s up fellow gamers? I finally did it! I defeated Bowser in Super Mario Bros. 3 from the old-school Nintendo Entertainment System or the Famicom if you had the Japanese version. It just took me 34 years to do it. This is part two of my journey to defeat the evil princess kidnapping dinosaur. You can read the first part here.

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I quit after making it to world 4 for part one which I figured was halfway, but things go so hard after that point that it was more like a quarter of the way through even though I was cheating using save states and the rewind time cheat.

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I never used the frog suit or the hammer brothers’ power-ups. I think I’ll play this game again just to have the experience of using those powers. This damn fish ate me at least a hundred times. I would rewind time, try again, and again, and again. Sometimes I got so frustrated that I wouldn’t play the game for days.

What a great super-power rewinding time would be. Even if it was just for a 24-hour period. We could check CoinMarketCap, see which shit-coins made the biggest gains, then do the same thing again the next day like we were Biff from Back to the Future. If you could rewind time and change just one event from your past what would it be? For me, it would be not selling all of my cards. I got greedy and thought selling all of my Splinterlands maxed-out Beta cards would be a good idea because DeFi was all the rage last year. If I had just held on to those cards, I wouldn’t have to worry about money today. Everything happens for a reason. I just hope I get another chance to grow my crypto wallet.

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Super Mario Bros. 3 has to be the best 8-bit game ever made. I wonder if this had been the first game to come out what kind of games would’ve come after it. If I were the CEO of Nintendo I would’ve never stopped making games for the NES. Of course, it wouldn’t make sense to continue making games when you’re trying to sell Super Nintendos, but making just one game a year would be a great way to say thank you to customers and it would also guarantee that your system never becomes obsolete. It would also be interesting seeing how they could innovate and be creative given the technological limits.

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This game was just way too hard. There is no way I would’ve made it to giant world without an endless supply of quarters or a Game Genie when I was a kid, but I sure would’ve enjoyed seeing this back then. Speaking of endless quarters, I remember when I was a kid in a casino in Deadwood, South Dakota back in the 80s, we noticed that they didn’t lock the quarter collection box for the video games. Back then I thought it was just because grown-ups were stupid and didn’t think that we kids would steal quarters, but looking back it makes sense now. They were using the video game machines as virtual babysitters while our parents were losing serious cash on the slot machines and blackjack tables. Even if they did empty out the quarters, we just needed one. We would drop it down, catch it so it didn’t make a sound, then re-drop it so we’d have as many lives as we wanted.

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These hammer brothers used to give me grief, but playing through the game this time, I learned that the best thing to do is to approach them right away before they start raining down hammers. It’s like if someone intends to hurt you with a sword or a bat, the best thing to do is to get up close to them. It doesn’t seem like the right thing to do, but they can do less damage if you’re closer.

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Another thing I didn’t realize until this run-through is how easy it is to get the star at the end of the level. You don’t have to think about it, run, or time it. Just walk over without stopping and jump up to the box and you will get the star every time. By the time I made it to Bowser, I think I had about 70 lives. This really was a genius way of ending a level. It looks and feels like you broke the game. It’s like an early version of The Matrix as you pass from the colorful world to the inverse digital one.

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How many times did this stupid king get changed into some animal? They all still knew and respected him as king so he should have stayed in bird form. If he really cared about his kingdom this would’ve been best. He could’ve served as an eye in the sky warning his people whenever Bowser and his gumbas were approaching.

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There were a couple of spots where I felt it was just impossible to continue and I wish I hadn’t wasted my infinite flying ability power. Did any of these spots ever trip you up too?

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This evil angry sun even comes after you in the dark? Come on man!

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I’m no fan of mazes. They are truly cruel. I quit playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild because I got stuck in the stupid haunted forest maze and couldn’t get out even with YouTube’s help.

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I had so much fun playing the third Mario game that I went back to play the original, but it was too easy and there is a maze at the end. I didn’t even bother looking up how to beat it on YouTube or care to beat it because I’ve done it many times before and it’s a lame ending. I never liked the second Mario so I didn’t play that at all. Besides, it’s not even a real Mario game. It’s a completely different game that Nintendo converted into a Mario game at the last minute because they knew that the American audience wasn’t going to like the Japanese version of Mario 2. It was exactly like the first one, just super difficult.

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This is it! The final level, Bowser’s castle. Are they just going to let me walk up to it without some hand pulling me away? OK, let’s do this!

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Just wonderful! There are Bowser laser-shooting gargoyles!

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You can’t just jump on Bowser’s head like one of his kids.

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This is the moment I’ve been waiting for…

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If your enemy is stupid enough to destroy or kill themself, then don’t get in their way.

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Later alligator, I mean, Bowser.

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Are you kidding me? This is the ending? A lame joke? Not cool Nintendo. Oh wait, you’re going to play some cool music and flashback to all the worlds I defeated along the way?

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Thanks for reading about my old-school gaming adventure today. Have any of you beat this game without cheating?

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My Kulu Swimhunter battle and why SPLINTERLANDS is the best NFT play2earn game

Kulu Swimhunters are members of a race of squid-like creatures that hunt in packs. They use their multiple tentacles to wield all manner of projectiles, including spears, coral, and even fish. They are very aggressive and are known to traverse oceans, lakes, and rivers, killing for sport and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. They do not value gold or glory and will ally themselves with whoever promises the greatest opportunity to hunt and kill.
The young boy leaned on the ship’s gunwale, staring dreamily into the deep green of the water. His father was a simple fisherman, but the boy fantasized about one day being a naval officer… or perhaps a pirate. Anything but a simple fisherman.

Movement in the water below caught his eye, and he leaned over the gunwale, squinting into the depths. A dark shape rose toward the surface. It was emerald green, with two shining orbs set into its surface. As it drew closer, he realized the orbs were eyes. Tentacles waved in the water around it. A squid, the boy thought. He smiled and watched the creature’s ascent with interest. Suddenly, a tentacle shot out of water and threw something at the boy. A dead fish struck him hard in the temple. He winced and staggered, but before he could recover, the tentacle wrapped around his neck and yanked him over the side of the boat. The boy landed in the water with a splash and was quickly dragged down into the depths of the ocean.
-Splinterlands Lore

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What’s up fellow Splinterlanders and Splintercurious? Today I’m sharing another battle using a card I’ve never used until today, the Kulu Swimhunter. I have both this card and its gold foil version, but like many other players, I got stuck in the habit of using the same old cards as usual.

If you’ve never played Splinterlands before and want to join a great community with play2earn NFTs where the players call the shots, then there really isn’t a better game out there right now and I’ve tried a lot.

Splinterlands is like Magic the Gathering or Hearthstone without centralized greedy corporate thugs calling the shots. Your cards are YOURS and no one can take them away from you. (Unless you share your private keys.) It’s also a fun game that I’ve been coming back to almost every day for three years and I’m a very picky gamer. They have wonderful customer support and if you ever have a problem (which I’ve only needed once and they came to the rescue in less than five minutes) they’ll help you out with real human customer service.

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My Battle Strategy

I absolutely crushed my enemy today. (They need to add a reward bonus for whenever you defeat your enemy without losing a single card.)Diemonshark.png

I put my Diemonshark out first as my front line soldier or tank because he seems to win a lot. I also added two healers to make sure he stayed alive after his shields ran out.

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I used to rely on my Sea Monster as my water tank, but the Diemonshark outwins with its shields. This card used to be handed out as a reward card like free candy. I remember MAX level cards being worth less than $10 not that long ago. That’s why I’m scooping up the cheapest Chaos Legion cards right now, maxing them out, renting, and forgetting about them.

People are dumb. They’ll sell and burn cards for nothing. Over time cards that are worth a penny will be worth a dollar. You just have to be patient Splinterlands is like Super Mario. People will ALWAYS play this game. It has a loyal community who doesn’t care what the price of cards are. They like the gameplay. They like the strategy. They just want to win!Deeplurker.png

I used the Deeplurker because this is a strong and nasty card that hunts down the enemy’s weakest card. I feel this card should be nerfed. I’ve been defeated with weaker enemies so many times just because of the Deeplurker. It also has the poison ability at level 6.

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The Creeping Ooze is another card I once discarded as worthless, but now view as a very valuable and MUST HAVE card. It was once less then a penny, but now you can buy a level 1 for $3 and I highly recommend this card because it only costs 1 mana and slows down your opponent which can mean everything in a battle.

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Now let’s take a look at the star of this week’s battle challenge, Kulu Swimhunter… This isn’t a bad card, but unlike most cards, it lacks any abilities. This is why I’ve never used it before. I always look for cards that bring something to the battle within the mana allowed. Some cards can heal, slow down the enemy, poison, break shields, and so on, but Kulu Swimhunter only shoots arrows. How does an octopus hold and shoot a bow and arrow anyways? It helped me secure a battle victory today so no complaints.

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I often lose to level 1 players even though all my summoners are level 3, but today I beat a level 6 player like a chump. That’s another thing I love about Splinterlands. You can defeat a richer and more powerful opponent if you have a better strategy.

Open Letter to Splinterlands…

You guys are honest. Ya’ll have a vision of making the world a better place and not just to make millions then rug pull like most losers in the DeFi, Blockhain, Play2Earn space, but not everyone likes strategy card games.

Splinterlands has great lore and cool characters. There is also a solid economy and a loyal player base. So here is my question…

Why can’t we expand this game and economy to have RPG, racing, and FPS games that could use DECSPS, and LAND?

Land could be played like Sims. All the ranged attack monsters could be played in a Fortnight or GoldenEye 007 like FPS. The rest could be racing in a Mario Kart like game. I’m not sure how the RPG world would work, but including Land and making it look like Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Genshin Impact would bring in lot’s of players and would be totally awesome.

To my friends…

I’ve been talking about this game since 2019. It’s here to stay. It’s fun and it requires strategy and intelligence to win. Why haven’t ya’ll gotten in the game yet? I run the gaming guild called The Mandalorians. Once you’re good at the game I’ll invite you to our team.

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Thanks for reading about my battle victory, strategy, and ideas for the game today. Have a good one and look out for all the arrow shooting octopi!

Check out my battle:
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Participate in this week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-kuluswimhunter

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SPLINTERLANDS: My Radiated Brute battle and intro to the RENTAL market

The spreading blight on the continent of Praetoria twisted both the land and its people. Plants and animals were the first to become corrupted. Fungus sprouted from vegetation and gave them sentience. Animals grew extra limbs, heads, and grew to extraordinary sizes. Then the people fell ill. Some thought it was from the plague brought about by Doctor Blight. Others thought perhaps it was from the poisonous gases that seeped from the fissures near the volcano. Whatever it was, those who survived the sickness were changed. They mutated, grew stronger, and were filled with an uncontrollable rage. Some were unable to control that rage and went on murderous rampages. Others fought to maintain their sanity long enough to protect their family, friends, and neighbors from themselves. They fled into the Jade Thicket, where they became as feral as the wild animals of the continent. The people of Praetoria referred to them as Radiated Brutes.”

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What’s up fellow Splinterlanders? Today, I’d like to share my battle and first experience renting out my cards. I have both a gold foil and standard Radiated Brute but have never used it in battle until today.

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With a speed of 1 at level one, the Radiated Brute would be useful in a reverse speed ruleset where the slowest go first. His reach ability would also come in handy. He costs about six cents right now and only a dollar for a gold foil version which will be level three.

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Never Sell, Just Rent…

With my collection power at 110,000 I’m too far away from the 150,000 threshold to level up to Gold II, but also wasting rental opportunities. I sold all of my max-level Beta cards last year to get into the whole DeFi craze and was happy to be making a hundred dollars a day, but that didn’t last long. If I had just rented out my cards it would have been a better investment by a multiple of the tens of thousands, but I had no idea this game was going to blow up in popularity. Oh well, Chaos Legion is here now and cards are very cheap so we all have another chance to level up our cards.

Having many double sets of both gold foil and standard cards, I decided to rent out as many of my gold foils as long as I stayed above the 100,000 collection power mark.

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Renting out cards within the game is very simple. As long as you make the rental price a bit lower than the suggested price, you’ll usually be able to start renting out your card right away. If you’ve recently used your card in battle you’ll see an error message though. I think it’s a 24-hour wait, but I’m not sure.

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https://PeakMonsters.com is a great tool for seeing your ROI and available cards. I’m not a financial advisor or a DeFi expert, but this is the best DeFi experience I’ve ever had. I really like that my cards are all locked for 30 days incase I get hacked and someone tries to sell off my cards. I personally think there should be a longer lock time than 30 days. What about Splinterlands players in the military? They can be gone for up to a year without access to their cards. I would lock my cards for 999 days if it were an option.

My Battle Strategy

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This was an equal opportunity battle ruleset so monsters will be attacking the weakest enemy. I put my Djinn Chwala out first because he has the thorn ability and plenty of shields. My Radiated Brute was the weakest card so was attacked first, but was able to get off a hit before he died. Carnage Titan has the reach ability so he works well as a secondary tank. The Chaos Dragon is a powerful magic card and Gloridax Magus has the blast ability so they did a lot of damage. I usually put Cornealus in the rear because it has the healing ability and plenty of life. My enemy relied mostly on strong melee attack cards.

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I recently opened the summoner, Quix the Devious, who is a dragon summoner who reduces the enemy’s speed and ranged attack. It’s my first legendary summoner and I was pleased to see that even though it’s a level one, it can summon level 3 common cards and level two rare and epic cards.

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My enemy was strong, but my dragons were just too much for them in the end. You got to love that Chaos Dragon. He’s got a lot of life, plenty of shields, and has a strong magic attack that hits random targets even if there is a taunt. Thanks for reading about my battle and rental experience today. Get in the game!

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