Under the Rainbow at Rice Fields Restaurant

My wife’s friend was in town and my neighbors asked us to babysit their new puppy, Pepsi, so we took them to the famous Rice Fields Restaurant at the southwest edge of town near Pullman and Rosewood hotels.

It was an important Buddhist holiday so we dropped by this ancient temple on our way to our meal. I’m a Buddhist, but I don’t believe in any of the ceremonies or praying to the monks so I watched the dogs while they did their thing. If Buddha or God are real, I highly doubt they care if we wear special clothes or if we pray to them or not, but it brings peace of mind for people to do so.

Welcome to Rice Fields Restaurant
Welcome to Rice Fields Restaurant

Even though I’ve put the marker on the exact location and told you the general location, I doubt that you can ever find this place. Even if you use Google Maps you’ll have a hard time finding it because it is on a random dirt road with mostly private homes and the sign to turn in is all in Lao language, but if you find this sign then you have made it. They even got all the English letters right which is a rarity here.

They serve mostly beer and Lao or Thai food, but they also have French fries. Do any of you remember the French not supporting the war in Iraq so the military-industrial-complex controlled media tried to change the name to “freedom fries”?

The electric tuk-tuk was popular here about five years ago, but they proved to be unreliable and took too long to charge so they went back to using the same old loud gas-guzzling crappy ones. If you see a tuk-tuk in Thailand you should avoid them like the plague because they are all mafia-connected scammers, but the tuk-tuk drivers in Laos aren’t so bad. You can walk almost everywhere in Luang Prabang or ride a bicycle so they are pretty much unnecessary unless you’re lazy or want some weed.

The restaurant consists of about 30 huts surrounding a rice field and has a great view of the mountains giving it a very chill and natural vibe.

I hated sitting on the ground or on tiny chairs when I first came here, but you get used to it after a while. Each hut has a fan and an outlet for you to charge your phone.

Rapper had a blast running around in the rice field and playing with the other dogs, but Pepsi was out cold once he had some food. They’re not very creative with dog names here. If a dog is all black then it very likely is named “Dom” which means black or “Khow” if they’re white. Brown dogs are often named Pepsi, but I’ve never seen a brown dog named Brown or “Namtang”. Rapper got the next-door neighbor’s dog pregnant and she had 11 puppies so there will be lots of puppy training in the near future, but Rapper is a good alpha leader and daddy-dog so he and I will teach them well.

Thanks for reading about our trip to the Rice Fields Restaurant today. They don’t seem to have a website but their Facebook page is:

You can find them on Google Maps if you search for their Lao name:



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The Boat Races of Luang Prabang

The boat races of Luang Prabang, Laos 🇱🇦 have many local people and tourists enjoying food, shopping, and cheers from the crowd as they drink 🍺eer, and gamble on their favorite teams or villages as they cross the finish line. Whether you’re looking for a unique cultural experience or simply want to take in some delicious local cuisine, the yearly boat race is an event not to be missed. This year felt very commercial and had me missing the years before when people were sitting in the grass and dirt, but maybe I just felt disappointed that no cute girls invited me to drink with them this time.

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The boat race tradition of Luang Prabang has been a beloved part of the city’s culture for centuries. People gather on the banks of the Namkhan River to witness teams of rowers compete. The boats used in this traditional event can be up to 30 meters long and are adorned with vibrant colors that create a festive atmosphere. They will prepare the boats all year long, park them at temples, and have them blessed by the monks for good luck before the race.


Luang Prabang is home to the oldest and most traditional boat race in Laos 🇱🇦. The event has been celebrated annually during the Buddhist Lent since the 16th century when it was used as a way for fishermen to demonstrate their skill and strength. Over time, the races have become a source of entertainment while also honoring the riverside culture and fishing tradition of Luang Prabang. The boats used in this event are powered by oarsmen and steered by a captain who will also bark the rowing orders.


I’ve been invited to join a few teams in my younger years, but I felt my strength-to-weight ratio would be a burden rather than an asset to the team so I’ve always politely turned them down even though I was a pretty good kayaker. I would’ve also lacked the endurance for this as most of these guys have been doing this since they were kids.


They would totally lose, but I think there should be a foreign boat team too. Most local foreigners are fat and lazy and would rather drink beer and complain about their wives, but it would still be fun to participate in this ancient tradition.


There was some controversy last year because the winning team had constructed their boat from steel which is of course much lighter and water-tight than the traditional wooden boats. Their prize money was taken back and handed down to the next team and I’m sure they do a better inspection before the races now. If I were going to cheat, I’d just have a diver attach an electric motor, control it from the sidelines, and turn it on for a boost during the final stretch.


Thanks for taking a walk along the Namkhan River with me for this year’s boat race. The event changes the date every year as the Buddhist Lent follows the moon’s cycles and not our Gregorian calendar, but it lasts for a few days as there are many boat teams. Maybe I’ll see you here next year.


Zurich Bread Factory & Cafe

If you’re lucky enough to visit Luang Prabang, Laos then you’ll probably notice this cozy cafe and bakery because it’s in the heart of downtown at the base of Phousi Mountain by the Namkhan River.

I think that putting a leash on your dog is evil. How would you like having a collar around your neck and some dumb human pulling on a rope all the time telling you what to do? The only time I give “commands” to my dog and buddy Rapper is when he needs to get on the sidewalk to avoid some jerk driving their vehicle too fast or when some other dogs are sneaking up on him. If you want your dog to follow you then you need to let them take the lead sometimes too and that’s what happened today when he decided to enter Zurich Bread Factory & Cafe. I’m glad he did because I found a cool new place to chill that is dog friendly. 

I’ve walked by this place hundreds of times without entering because it looked expensive, but some things were actually pretty cheap and tasty. The staff was also friendly and spoke English well so I grabbed a beer, pretzel, and a piece of cheesecake.

Good bread can be hard to come by in Asia, but you’ll notice the good smells right when you walk in the door. Laos was a French colony back in the day so they’ve been making good bread for hundreds of years and Zurich Bread Factory & Cafe is keeping with that tradition.

Their alcohol selection was good, but a bit pricey for me so I just went with the local beer, Beerlao. All of these spirits are imported so you can’t really find them cheaply anywhere in Laos. The local beer isn’t much more expensive than water so most people go with that. Beerlao is pretty good. It’s better than any beer you’ll find in Thailand or Vietnam.

I’m an introvert and don’t like being around other people so Rapper and I went upstairs. They have a pretty good view from the second floor which is the highest any building can be in Luang Prabang because it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site that has rules against any buildings looking too modern or being higher than two stories which gives the town a unique mix of Laotian and French architecture. 

You can also lie down and enjoy your meal on these Lao-style sofas. Rapper thought he could relax on them too, but I told him they’re not for him. He’s a clean dog, but like all dogs, he sheds. Thanks for checking out Zurich Bread Factory & Cafe with us today.

website: http://zurichbread.com/our-branches/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/478851929133376/zurich-bread-factorycafe-luang-prabang/

The Road to Phousi Moutain

A lot of photographers swear by taking pictures during that “Magic Hollywood Hour” when the sun is setting so you’ll get the best light, but the light rapidly changes and it gets dark so fast you’ll only get a few pictures. It’s not so hot so there will be lots of people ruining your shots with their selfies, but if you go at noon when it’s super hot you’ll have fantastic light and you’ll be alone.


The temperature was 35 C (95 F if you’re American like me) and I wanted to get to the top fast so a jogged up skipping a step to save time. I thought I had developed myocarditis or irregular heartbeats from the virus and I’ve been super lazy and low on energy for years, but I feel good again after running to the top without getting out of breath or feeling dizzy. The negative effects were thankfully temporary. My dog can totally do this sprint up to the top, but he won’t even try when it’s hot so I left him at home.


I wanted to paint the pagoda on top of the hill so I gathered up what art supplies I could find. I only had black paint so it will have to be a dark painting. I can see it from my door, but it’s very small. I did line up the painting with the actual direction and view of the pagado so anyone who sees the painting will also get their bearings.




I’m not happy with it so I tried photoshopping it. They both are OK, but not what I envisioned. Maybe I’ll ask the landlord for the purple paint and touch it up after it’s dried for a few days. What do you think?


How are all of you fellow HiVe GaMeRs doing? Today I’d like to share with you the only game I’ve enjoyed on HiVe so far other than @SplinterLandsCrypto-Shots. It feels like we’re about to leave this long-ass bear market and see some crypto gains this year. Then again this could be the worst year ever for crypto. You can never know. What I do know is that some of the coins I’ve been holding on hive-engine have gone from being worth a few hundred dollars in 2021 to only a few dollars today, so I’m hoping the opposite is true in the future, and have been scooping up as many cheap coins as I can. It’s fun looking at all the random shit-coins available on hive-engine and sometimes you’ll come across interesting projects like Crypto-Shots here.


Crypto-Shots is both free-to-play and play-to-earn. If you go to https://play.crypto-shots.com/ You can jump right into the game and try it out for free and without messing around with any blockchain logins, but you won’t earn anything. It’s a great feature that more games should have. Imagine if @Splinterlands let you play-for-free, but you got access to EVERY card in the game. Of course, you couldn’t make it play-to-earn, but it would show how fun the game can be for new players.

You can even get Crypto-Shots to play on your phone. I can never figure out how to get HiVe Keychain to work on my phone so I just play on my PC which is over ten years old but can play the game just fine in Firefox.


If you are playing the free-to-play trial you’ll be invincible for the first three rounds, but if you log in with HiVe or WaX you’ll take damage when the drones shoot you. I’ve only beaten level 0 on medium one time and it was super difficult so I don’t even dare try playing on hard because I know it will be impossible. You probably won’t even clear the first level on easy until you’ve memorized the map.


These are your enemies. The big drones take more ammunition to take out, but the smaller ones are harder to hit.


If the game runs slowly on your PC or phone you can turn off shadows to make it run more smoothly. If you press the ESC button you will enter the pause menu.


You have to have the gun both in your NFT inventory and find it in the game to use it. The starter pack gets you the pistol, grenade launcher, and shotgun. The shotgun works best but has limited ammunition.


The radar shows the drones in red at the top of the screen, but it doesn’t work in medium or hard mode.gun.gif

I bought this gun on the HiVe NFT market, but since it’s level 2 and I’m still level 1 I can’t use it yet. I still don’t understand how to get to the next level in the game. In the Discord chat, they said I needed to stake 80 DOOM in the game. I did that, but I’m still stuck playing level 0.


I think I need to purchase a level 2 character like one of these sexy cyber girls, but they are expensive.


Crypto-Shots is still very alpha or beta at the moment, but I think it has a lot of potential. You’ll only earn about a penny for clearing the first round and you can only play about 22 minutes per day so don’t expect to get rich from this new play-to-earn game, but it is fun playing a Doom or Quake-like game again, especially on the HiVe blockchain.

WaX market:
play the game:

If you only knew the joy of the DOG life

So many people tell me they want a dog, but their situation won’t allow it. If you don’t have a yard or a nice outdoor place then maybe it’s better not to put a dog into your human jail, but if you can and want a dog then I highly recommend it. They bring so much joy, companionship, security, and health benefits to your life. I love my lovely wife and children, but there is a special place in my heart for my dog, Rapper. It takes forever to see your human children grow up, but dogs get big so fast. Rapper went from a scared little puppy to an alpha male with many puppies from several different bitches in only one year.

If you already had or have a dog then I’m not writing this for you because you already know how great these little creatures are and how much happiness they can bring into your life. I’m writing this to convince those of you who are thinking of or have never thought of K9 parenthood.


I don’t like cats at all, but they seem to like me for some reason. This alpha scrapper of a cat was named Trump because he was orange. I’m guessing his original owner was a Democrat. Well whoever she was, she abandoned Trump here in Laos when she went back home so he just stuck around the only house he ever knew. It took a long time for Trump and me to bond with his bad and aggressive attitude and my dislike for his species, but it got to the point where he would go on walks with me and scratch at my door to be let in. I totally forgot that there was a person named Trump so I was confused a few times as to why the news was talking about my cat.


Trump was not happy at all when we adopted Rapper. I had to keep my eye on him because I was really afraid he was going to murder my new puppy, but I learned something interesting from his hatred: All dogs are scared of hissing cats swiping their claws so I tried it on big dogs who were aggressive towards my baby Rapper. I even got a pitbull to tuck tail and run when I cat hissed and pretended to scratch at it.


Sometimes animals are shocked or confused the first time they see their reflections, but Rapper didn’t seem to care at all.


Even though I give Rapper a bath every few days, never get the warm water or shampoo in his eyes or nose, and blow dry him, he still acts as if it’s the greatest injustice in the world. If I ask him, “Do you wanna take a bath?”, he’ll run away.


Even though I love Rapper with all of my heart, trained him, taught him two languages, feed him, and spend a lot of time with him, he still loves Mom more than me. Maybe it’s because she only gave him a bath a few times. I don’t blame him. I would choose her over me too if I were him.


I promise you that owning a dog will improve your physical and mental health. Recent studies have found that owning a dog has been linked to improved cardiovascular health, increased levels of physical activity, and lower stress levels. I would never in a million years go on three walks a day if it weren’t for my little buddy.


This is one of the first pictures I took of Rapper. I imagine he was missing his real mom and wondering why these humans kidnapped him. I brought him back to see her at six months and one year old and he remembered both his real mom and dad and they him, but he still choose to walk back home with me.


Puppy photography can be a real challenge because they never stay still and if you try to get close for a good shot, they get all excited and try to lick you. You should take as many pictures as you can while they are small because they will get big and not so cute super fast.


Have you ever seen a puppy watching puppies on YouTube under the pale moonlight? After doing a YouTube search for: “TV for dogs”, I was surprised that he actually was interested in watching it. Most of the videos are like eight hours long so if you do have to leave your dog alone at least they have something to look at while you’re gone. They’ll still most likely destroy at least one thing though.


Rapper is your typical deadbeat dad. He’s all lovey-dovey with the girls until they get pregnant then he’ll completely ignore them. He must know that these are his kids because of their scent, but he always seems freaked out and afraid anytime he sees his own offspring. I’m pretty sure that memories or at least familiar scents are passed down from the parent dogs to their puppies because Rapper has gotten about 7 bitches pregnant and has dozens of kids and they all seem to remember me and run up to me even the first time we meet. Has anyone else noticed this too?


I’ve found it is a lot easier to get dogs used to cats than cats used to dogs. Cats just hate dogs deep in their soul. If cats were bigger than dogs they’d surely kill them all. This is one reason why I love dogs more than cats. Imagine if your dog woke up tomorrow ten times their size. They would still love you the same. Now, what would you get if your cat was super big? You’d have a tiger or a lion and we know that is not an animal you could trust.


Take your dog to the beach or let them see snow for the first time and it’s like their inner wolf is released like a kid going to Disneyland.


Thanks for reading about my dog Rapper who can’t rap. If you are a dog lover like me please share some stories, pictures, or parenting tips. If you are thinking of adopting one of these wonderful creatures I hope that my words here may have convinced you to do it. I promise you will be a different person after you do.


Luang Prabang: The secret gem of Asia

I’ve been to about twenty countries, but Luang Prabang, Laos is my favorite spot so far. I’ve been lucky enough to call it home for the last four years and I’d like to share my best photos of it with you today.


Even though it’s a small town it has a very diverse amount of visitors. I’ve met tourists from almost every country, even ones I’ve never heard of before. They love watching Thai shows and listening to Thai music and Lao is very similar to Thai so they can understand Thai, but most people can speak English. Laos was once a French colony so some people can speak French. A lot of people can speak Chinese as well.



Not a lot of people have heard or know about Luang Prabang or even the country of Laos, but everyone knows Vietnam which is next door. Laos is a landlocked country that also borders Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, and China. It’s about a 45-minute flight from Bangkok, but you can also take their new high-speed train from China or Thailand.


When my old Navy buddy invited me to visit him in Hanoi, Vietnam, I had to take him up on the offer so we could talk about our time in Vietnam when we are old men. These guys invited us to drink beers with them. They were some of the best beer drinkers I’ve ever met. When they’d pour a drink they’d always say, “Gombai”, which means buttoms up. When I puked in the street and said, “No more Gombai”, they all laughed heartily.

Kuang Si Waterfall


The first thing we did after arriving in Luang Prabang was visit this fantastic waterfall. If the Garden of Eden were real I imagine it would look a lot like Kuang Si. I recently made a HIVE post and a Youtube video about it.


I’ve spent most of my life as a teacher but realized how much I like working in hospitality after I got a job at Pullman Hotel. It’s an expensive five-star hotel on the way to the waterfall, but there are also many nice guest houses in town that will only cost about $10 a night.


Temples and the King’s House


This beautiful house that looks like a temple was once the king’s home but is a museum today.


You can’t miss Phousi because it’s on top of a hill downtown and can be seen from almost anywhere in Luang Prabang. It also serves as a good marker if you get lost.


La Pistoche Pool and Bar is a great place to bring the kids, have some food and drinks, or just get out of the sun.


They take a lot of pride in their local beer, Beerlao, and rightfully so because it tastes great and usually costs less than a dollar.


Thanks for checking out Luang Prabang today. If you are planning on visiting South East Asia it’s really worth a visit.


Another day in Paradise at Kuang Si Waterfall:

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Pullman Hotel:

La Pistoche Pool and Bar:


More than a mere mount, more than a pet, Pallus is the loyal tower griffin who has been by Riklauniman Adrin’eth’s side since the ranger was a young boy. He found the griffin in the forests near the Anumian city of Lyveria. The majestic creature was beset by a pack of wolves, one wing mauled and badly damaged. He could not fly. Riklauniman felled two of the wolves with his arrows, and the rest fled. He nursed the griffin back to health, and the two have been inseparable ever since. It was Pallus who saved Riklauniman from death after the defeat of the Splinterlands armada at the hands of the legions of Chaos. And when Riklauniman and his elite rangers returned to Praetoria to wreak havoc on the Chaos Empire, Pallus and his kin joined them. Pallus has carried Riklauniman in countless missions against the empire. He may be a beast, but Pallus has come to understand the importance of what they’re doing. He carries not only one of the rebellion’s leaders upon his back, but also his dearest friend, and he will fight to the last to protect him.


What’s your favorite Rebellion card so far? I’ve literally won every battle I’ve used Pallus in so far so I’ve fallen in love. It’s good to have a strong reach and flying card that can be used with any splinter. Even if it was a weak card that never got used I’d love to have this card just for the wicked artwork and interesting lore. So who is this Riklauniman guy?


OK, enough about this awesome new card that I’m sure will make it into the meta even though it’s expensive both fiat and mana wise. I just see it winning a lot so you might want to check it out.


My battle today limited the cards which can be used to only common and rare so say goodbye to all those epic and legendary cards. This is usually no problem if you’ve been leveling up overprinted cards for cheap or have been winning lot’s of reward cards. Sometimes the seemingly least valuable boring common cards become real gems when they finally get the 400 combined cards needed to MAX them.


I didn’t even factor in the fact that all cards would have the same health as the one with the maximum amount from both teams, but I chose a summoner that nerfs ranged attacks because it was an archers-only rule. Too bad they chose a summoner which boosted their archers voiding my nerf. My summoner also boosts speed so at least I got that advantage. It seems like most people put out a martyr card to boost their main card now. I love doing this because it feels like I’m getting to use a MAX-level copy even when I never got around to combining the boosted card. This was an easy win because all of my archers were faster and stronger than theirs.


Check out my battle:


Original artwork at NFTShowroom:

Amazing art by the Splinterlands community:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/splinterlands-art-contest-week-271@weirdghostHAIR.pngby @weirdghost

@sephiwolf.jpgby @sephiwolf

Sharks -vs- Sea Monster

There are rumors of Sea Monsters that can swallow a ship whole. The truth is, there are Sea Monsters big enough to swallow the Sea Monster that swallowed the ship whole. Most land lubbers cannot conceive how deep within the planet or how far beyond the horizon the oceans go.


Welcome to the Rebellion days fellow Splinterlanders. Did you get any dope new cards? Did you get your land up and running? These are exciting times. I lack the DEC to get started on Land, but I’ve got everything else ready to start harvesting some grain.

My battle today was a weak magic attack ruleset and we both chose the 🌊water splinter for the extra shields. My opponent went with the more modern water tank while I went with the OG Sea Monster from back in the Beta days because it has self-heal, thorns, and can pack quite the punch even if it is a bit slow. The Tide Biter provided reach support and my healer made the Sea Monster unstoppable as it plowed through the enemy. My opponent would have done better if they had chosen a healer too, but they thought they could destroy me from the rear with sneak attacks while my meatshields slowed them down long enough for me to eat their sharks killing them all from the front with my ancient, but powerful Sea Monster.

I’m glad to see my old cards still kick ass. I feel completely overloaded with information about the new cards, their stats, and how to use them, but I’m glad they didn’t just come along and overpower everything that came before because I put a lot of time and effort into MAXing most of my Chaos deck. I love my Chaos cards. I’m glad they got way overprinted because it allowed me to combine many cards for cheap and even for free from rewards. I’ll probably focus on just a few Dragon, Neutral, and any other Rebellion cards I see constantly destroying me in battle, but I don’t think I’ll be able to or even want to MAX the entire Rebellion deck. I’m also glad to see that Rebellion didn’t even touch my beloved zero or one-mana cards.

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It feels like most of the Rebellion cards are high mana support for Chaos, but I’m sure some gems will show up in the meta that we’ve all overlooked. I’m going to go out on a limb early and say that the dragon Rebellion card, Runeseer Sevaya, is my favorite new card. For only four mana a MAX level card can serve as one of the best defensive cards in the game. We’ll see how useful she is in the meta, but I can see myself renting and eventually buying all eleven cards needed to MAX her out. What about you? What’s your favorite new Rebellion card?


Check out my battle:


Original artwork at NFTShowroom:

Amazing art by the Splinterlands community:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/splinterlands-art-contest-week-270@deddywox.jpgby @deddywox@oscurocactus.jpgby @oscurocactus@biem.jpgby @biem

Going to battle UNPROTECTED

Possibilus the Wise is a leviathan from the future that has adapted to rule on both land and sea. His mission is to find and secure the lost sacred rune tablets of his race that were shattered into pieces and strewn across time and space by the entity known only as Desolation. In his present time, a war rages in his home world of Nyuuldus, but Possibilus is tasked with traveling into the past and the future to find these runestone fragments and return with them to defeat Desolation.


Howdy fellow Splinterlanders. How is your battle progress going? I used to be a Modern player, but I couldn’t seem to win to save my life so I jumped ship back to the Wild and have found more success there. Why did Modern get so difficult? Maybe there are not any bots allowed, but I suspect that people are using battle helpers because they are just too good. It’s OK. I’ll just have fun smashing all the dummy bots in Wild. Plus, I get to use all my cool old Beta cards that I’ve been missing in battle.

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I’m used to getting my way whenever I use the 🌊 water splinter and score an easy victory, but not now. I spent a lot of time and money to get all of my core Chaos Legion summoners up to MAX level so I don’t have any weak spots, but just as I did that it seems they have become obsolete compared to the new summoners like Possibilus the Wise here. I of course lost this battle just like every other battle that I encounter with this new totally OP summoner. It uses 6 mana so I wouldn’t replace my Chaos summoner with it that only uses 4 and I don’t really want to spend money on a second water summoner so I’ll just have to take the loss whenever this beast comes along like any time the dreaded Yodin Zaku appears to blast you to death. Do you have a good strategy for defeating Possibilus the Wise? Do you just magic spam? Do you set up a bunch of thorns?

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We’re at the end of the road for the Chaos Legion. Now that Untamed has been out a long time it’s clear that Kron the Undying was the most OP card from the set. So who was the king card of Chaos?

Rent to Win

Did you get lucky and get a free Inevitable in the recent airdrop? I sadly did not, but someone listed it for rent for one DEC a day for the season so for the next couple of weeks I’ll get the try it out before I decide if I want to buy it or not. Wouldn’t that be a way better way to buy a house or a car? Try it out for a while before you commit. Have you tried renting cards lately?


I’m not sure about the numbers exactly, but I estimate that I was able to rent about $1,000 of powerful cards that I’ve always wanted for about fifty cents for the entire season so this is definitely a renters market at the moment, but soon Land will be launched and will eat up a ton of cards.


I lost this battle today because of the powerful Possibilus the Wise summoner which grants the reach ability to all cards, but also because I don’t have a good strategy for going into battle unprotected. What is your battle strategy for battles without shields?


Check out my battle:


Original artwork at NFTShowroom:

Amazing art by the Splinterlands community:

@sephiwolf2.jpgby @sephiwolf

@bronkong.jpgby @bronkong

@sephiwolf.jpgby @sephiwolf

@catrynart.jpgby @sephiwolf

@yetsimar.gifby @yetsimar

Silence your Summoners

Stitch Leeches are able to heal themselves and others of their wounds. They are found in the deepest caves of the world and are bred from the life energy they take from others. Once they latch onto their victim, they siphon out healing life elements to cure themselves. Magical practitioners have even been trained to use them as portable life magic. However, it is a dangerous practice and comes with the risk of the leech biting them.


Are you having a hard time getting any wins in the game recently? I usually breeze through the Gold League and it’s hit or miss in the 💎 League, but I can’t even make it out of Silver this season. I noticed the other members in my guild are having a hard time too as well as some famous Splinterlands Youtubers. What’s up with that? Is it because the bots were dumb and real human players are harder to defeat? Is everyone using battle helpers? I feel like most of my losses are due to the overpowered Untamed cards so I just have to wait a while longer before they go away into the Wild League.

I don’t use bots or battle helpers because I’m old-school, but I do like to watch the top battles and copy the strategies of the game’s best players and that’s what I did today with this msoen94 and wolflancer Wild battle today. They are both Champion-level players with all MAX-level cards. There are so many cards, rules, and abilities in this battle that it would take all day to explain what their strategies may have been so I just focused on how the winner used a few sneak cards for their victory.


If you’re going to be competing in Brawls or Wild battles then the Silvershield Assassin is a card you can’t live without because it wins a lot with its double strike and sneak abilities. This can come in handy if you kill an enemy on the first strike because the Silvershield Assassin will then strike another enemy. A single card is less than a dollar, but I think you need her at least at level three where she will do two points of hit damage each strike.


If you can get the Stitch Leech leveled up it can pack quite the punch for only 3 mana. Of course, the sneak ability will help you win, but the life leech ability can sometimes get this beast so much health that you can win with it even if it’s your only card left. I’ve seen this accumulate over 20 life points before. You just have to put it in the right place.

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It was interesting to see that the winner didn’t earn that much more SPS than I usually do, but I guess that also depends on how much SPS they have staked. Maybe it is better to settle for a lesser guild if you’re just going to get smashed because you earn nothing when you lose.line.png

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Rise of the Commons

Serpentines are naturally sneaky, but their highly-trained spies can infiltrate even the most secure bases in the Splinterlands. They wear minimal armor because they are never caught. Retractable miniature spears are the chosen weapon of the Serpentine Spies; they can be hidden easily and brandished quickly for many uses.


The Antoid Platoon held their ground for this battle victory today, but the Serpentine Spy was the MVP or MVNFT. It had enough speed at level 3 to dodge the enemy’s attacks several times. It has a low amount of health making it the target as it was an Opportunity battle so those misses really gave me the edge.


I am not a fan of the Untamed card set so I was surprised to see that I own so many of them. I think most of the cards are useless and the art looks lame, but I know diversification is important in Splinterlands and you should have at least 1 of every card especially the ones that can fly and the low mana cards. I’m looking forward to seeing the new cards later this year and seeing all of these cards becoming part of Wild.SLiNe.pngbattle.gif

Both my enemy and I chose the Antoid Platoon as tanks because it was a low mana battle and the Antoid Platoon can really hold its own even though it only uses 4 mana. We both put out the martyr rat so we could boost some stats, but it didn’t work out for either of us. The Radiated Scorcher also came in handy because it only uses up 1 mana, but it can shatter the shields of your enemy. I’m getting pretty good at making these animated GIFs of my Splinterlands battles, but it’s not easy to do the first time. First, you have to screen capture your battle move by move or round by round and make sure everything stays in the same position. Then you have to generate the GIF. I use an app on my phone so I have to email the images to myself and download them in the right order or it gets jumbled up. Then you have to crop the image. I think this should all be done automatically when you get the “share your battle” link. It wouldn’t be that hard to program into the game and it would make sharing battles on social media more interesting than still photos.


I really like the idea of only allowing common cards to be used in battle because it gives non-whales a chance. If you only have one BCX of your cards then this makes sense, but if you are working with MAX level cards it doesn’t seem to be any cheaper to have common cards compared to legendary cards because you only need 11 cards to MAX out the legendaries but you need 400 for common cards so the price to MAX comes out the same. MAX level legendary cards will be more productive on Land so maybe we’ll start to see the prices of legendaries go up soon. I still have a lot of cards I need to MAX so I hope Land gets delayed another month or two, but it’s currently being tested on the Mav server so it’s most likely just around the corner. Are you ready for Land? I’m not. I only have 10,000 DEC so I’ll only be able to stake enough for one card. I figure I’ll just use my earnings to save up for DEC to stake on the other four cards over time. What about you? How many cards and Plots of Land do you have ready?


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The Slow Magic Spam

The fearsome woman now known as Obsidian grew up in the remote village of Stonebluff as the last remaining Earth mage. Each year, Earth elementalists went off to compete in the contest, leaving Obsidian to train the next generation of warriors. She wished to join the contest of champions, but the village elders advised her against it, saying she needed to stay behind and focus on training others to use Earth magic.


How are you fellow Splinterlanders doing today? Are you ready for Land? I’m not. I had enough DEC to stake the five cards I was going to put to work, but when card prices dropped, I feared it would be the last chance to MAX them out before Land jacked the prices up so I spent it all on summoners and cards. I figure I’ll just put one card to work for now and put all the earnings it makes into DEC so I can stake the next card and so on. Can I put my MAXed card to work without the full 10,000 DEC? Well, I guess we’re about to find out because Land is now in testing with the Mavs. What is a Mav anyway? How do you become a Mav?


My battle strategy today was the laziest one possible; a magic spam. If you are underpowered or not sure what to do then choosing all magic cards can work because magic will usually pass by your enemy’s shields. It was a battle where slow cards go first so of course I chose all slow cards and so did my enemy, but I committed to all magic cards except for the first one so that’s why I won. Sometimes you have to KISS or “keep it simple stupid” to win. What’s your favorite go-to Splinterlands battle crutch? I’m a dragon lover so when in doubt I’ll go with the purple splinter.Obsidian.png

Obsidian is one of my favorite non-dragon summoners because she boosts the magic attack of all cards by one point. You can counter her with a magic nerfing summoner. There are a few cards that can nerf magic too, but if they die then the nerf dies with them. You can also choose cards that have magic shields and magic reflect to counter the mighty Obsidian. I think getting a bunch of free summoners as reward cards is killing the Chaos core summoner prices, but I am not complaining because I could care less about card prices. I just want to make it to the 💎Diamond💎 and 🏆Champion🏆 leagues. I thought once the bots got kicked out of the Modern League that things would get easier, but that doesn’t seem to be the case because I haven’t stepped foot in 💎Diamond💎 league for over a month now. Thanks for reading about my thoughtless lazy magic spamming battle today. Admit it. You’ve done this before many times too.


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Odd Ones Out with Cruel Sethropod

Sailors tell many tales of the dangers of the Cruel Sethropods. Armed with strong pincers and teeth as sharp as spears, they attack anything that gets within range. It is nearly impossible to remove a Cruel Sethropod once it has latched on, and many a sailor has the scars to show where they ventured too close.


The 🦀Cruel Sethropod🦀 is a card I dismissed as weak and worthless at first, but I was very wrong because it wins a lot in certain situations like today when I used it to win an Odds Out ruleset or in Little League where only cards with 4 mana or less may be used. It may be a soft card at lower levels, but once you get it to MAX level it really shines even though it lacks any abilities. You have to admit that getting 7 life, 3 shield, and 3 melee attack is a pretty good deal for only 3 mana. I was able to pick this card up slowly for about one cent per card for free because I used the HBD I earned from participating in these weekly Splinterlands challenges. I like to go to the market and scoop up as many of the cheapest cards I can that day that I haven’t MAXed out yet. I’ve MAXed most of my common Chaos Legion cards, but I’ve got a way to MAX the whole deck which is something I failed to do in Beta or Untamed, but I feel I need to do If I’m going to eventually compete in the 🏆Champion League🏆.SLiNe.pngbattle.gif

I don’t usually put my 🦀Cruel Sethropod🦀 into high mana battles, but it worked out today even though it fell in the first round. It used up only 3 mana and put up enough of a roadblock for me to delay the enemy while I used the mana on other cards. There weren’t any magic attacks allowed so I was able to repair armor to the front long enough for my two sneak-attack monsters to destroy my enemy bit by bit from the rear. My enemy relied on ranged attacks. They were strong enough to take out my 🦀Cruel Sethropod🦀 and 🦑Flying Squid🦑 but not fast enough before I took out their team from the back. A lot of Splinterlands players focus too much on their frontal attacks, but forget that sometimes attacking the enemy’s soft rear is the best approach.Cruel Sethropod.png

Thanks for reading about my Odds Out battle using the 🦀Cruel Sethropod🦀 today. I know a lot of players are getting frustrated with all of the delays with the release of Land 1.5, but I’m happy it’s taking forever because Land will surely jack card prices up and I haven’t prepared my DEC or land workers plus we’ve already waited for years so what’s a few more weeks?


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Captain Katie to the Rescue

Not only is Katherine Windrun the best airship pilot in Kyhmeria, but she pioneered the recent creation of these mechanical sky beasts. Because of the crystal propulsion system that can be constructed there alone, Khymeria is the only Splinter that has taken to the skies. Her ship, Windrunner 2 is without a doubt the fastest of the airships. It can be sailed with a crew of as few as four people and a single boiler generates all the steam that is needed to fly the massive vessel.

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Captain Katie is a card you can earn only by participating in brawls. You can’t buy her as she is a soulbound card which means you can’t rent or sell her either. You can 🔥burn🔥 her for DEC if you want, but that would be a big mistake as she is a valuable card if you want to win. Like all Gladius cards, she has the Bloodlust which boosts all her stats each time she kills. She’s a pretty strong card out the gate, but once she gets on a roll she can get way too powerful real quick.


My battle today had two rules. Melee Mayhem and Gladius. Melee Mayhem is a fun rule because it allows melee monsters to strike from any position and Gladius lets you use one of your gladiator cards.

My wife is a way better Splinterlands strategist than I am for several reasons. She doesn’t buy or upgrade any of the cards so she lacks any emotional connection to them. She also isn’t stuck in her ways like I am and she doesn’t always follow the rules like I do. I tend to choose speedy cards first and foolishly select cards that I think look cool. Not her. She just uses what works.

If I had played this battle I would have gone with all melee cards for a strong offense, but she didn’t get all excited about using mostly melee attacks as her enemy did. I doubt I would have gone with Captain Katie either because I’m still stuck with the thinking that using legendary cards, is the way to go. Chaos Legion really is chaotic because some of the most winning cards are the common and rare cards but that doesn’t mean the Legendary cards are bad they just don’t always come with a guaranteed victory as they did with the older cards.

This was a fun match to watch because she also defeated the dreaded Chain Golem. I hate that card because I could never afford it and it would always beat me, but luckily it’s not seen on the battlefield as often as before.

Captain Katie doesn’t look scary or tough in any way, but I’ve seen several YouTubers mention her as a winner several times. I doubt if I’ve used her but a few times, but after today I’ll keep her in mind. Thanks for reading about my better half’s battle today. What are some cards that you’ve overlooked that turned out to be winners?


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