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CORAL WRAITH: Untamed Epic Water Monster NFT Card with Magic Sneak Attack

Also known as Warlocks of the Ocean, Coral Wraiths are the dark and frightening sorcerers of the deep. Stories say that they were once air breathers who grew tired of life on land. Through a magical alliance with the Mer Dark, they gave up their lives above the water forever.

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I must admit that this is another card that I failed to notice until this week’s Splinterlands Battle Challenge. It was less than a dollar so I was able to purchase it with the DEC awarded from last season. I’ve won over 20,000 DEC before. What’s the most DEC you’ve ever won?

The Coral Wraith helped win the first battle even though my enemy had stronger cards. It was killed by the Feral Spirit and wasn’t exactly the hero of the game so I decided to battle with it again.

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I put my chicken at the front while my enemy put their chicken in the back. It didn’t make a difference either way. The Coral Wraith was the star card of this battle.

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My Spineback Turtle couldn’t defeat the Haunted Spirit alone. After finishing off all the other cards with strong magic sneak attacks, my Coral Wraith finished the job for the victory. Thank you for reading about my battle today and thank you Splinterlands for creating this great game and community!Coral Wraith (1).png

My first battle victory with Coral Wraith:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=0b7bb3913541995be73e929dac751494744e9914&ref=jeremiahcustis

My second battle where Coral Wraith was the star card:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=c5087536ae7b0d4005c7c55ffe0872ec77972392&ref=jeremiahcustis

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GAMING LIFE

I’ve been a gamer since 1984, but getting GOLD everything in Mario Kart 8 was the pinnacle of my gaming journey.

My life was perfect as a young kid. Everyone felt sorry for me being a bastard so it was like having many dads. My grandfather, I called him Granddad, was the best though. He was a fighter pilot in Vietnam and after retiring from the Air Force he opened his own general aviation airport in Spearfish, South Dakota. He was my first best friend. He would take me everywhere with him. He taught me how to fly when I was just two years old. I have so many fond memories of him teaching me about avionics, flying the pipeline, and proper radio etiquette.atari.jpg

My stupid-ass mom and step-dad forced me to move to shithole Seattle with them in 1984. I remember kicking and screaming and being forced into the truck for the two-day journey west on I-90. I still hate her for it. (I joined the US Army when I was 17 just to get away from her.) My dog and Granddad died when we were there. I fucking hate Seattle. All it does is rain. I would slit my wrists before I ever went back there again. If it got wiped out by a nuclear bomb I’d be so happy.

I remember my step-dad asking me how old I was on the way. I told him, then asked him how old he was. Nineteen was his answer. I remember thinking that was a really big number compared to my four. I also remember going to his uncle’s house on the way and getting bullied for the first time by his kids. It wasn’t that bad. They just said that the sucker they were eating was my soon-to-be-born baby sister. I knew they were joking, but I kind of wished it was true. If it weren’t for her, we’d still be in South Dakota with Granddad and my dog. They didn’t let me play, but I remember they had an Atari 2600. It may look lame today, but it was like a magical box then. They must’ve gotten a newer console because we brought that one with us. I remember playing Pong and some crappy racing game. They were really fun, but when the Nintendo Entertainment System came out, everyone had or wanted one. It was so amazing. I remember playing Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt for years. I didn’t clear Mario until 1989, but by then everyone was like, “Who cares?”

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I’ve had every Nintendo system over the years, even the Virtual BoyNintendo never had the most powerful system (except for the Nintendo 64), that thing was on another level, but they always seemed to make the best games. Mario Kart is by far the best game franchise to have ever been made in my opinion. I’ve been playing it since the Super Nintendo days.

When I was a teacher in Bangkok I had it made. I owned my condo free and clear, had zero transportation costs because I rode a BMX everywhere, and seemed to have money and pussy falling from the sky. I was a single dad but didn’t start work until 5 pm, so I would bring my son with me to work every day after he got out of school. My teenage students would take him shopping and to restaurants while I was teaching. I also had a Nintendo Wii U and a Playstation 4. I earned the nickname “GTA Teacher” from my students because we had so much fun killing cops as Michael, Trevor, or Franklin. I would invite fellow teachers over to my crib after work and we’d BBQ, smoke weed, and drink lots of beer. We’d play a bit of the new PS4 games, but everyone always wanted to play Mario Kart 8 together. My two buddies, Danie, Jim, and I played it online so much that we memorized every track and were probably in the top thousandth players in the world at the time. We had a technique that would help us defeat the A.I. too. We would play two players against the A.I. and had a rule, whoever won first place on the first track was king. The second player would serve as a bodyguard and this was enough to overwhelm the A.I. even though it loved to cheat with the “Blue Shell of Death” on almost every track. If the bodyguard had it, they would only fire it if the king fell back from first place.

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Living in Bangkok was wild. We would go to strip clubs and see hundreds of beautiful naked women on stage, go dancing all night long, or just enjoy the best food and vacations, but to this day we all still smile whenever anyone mentions Mario Kart 8. It took a few months of grinding through all the tracks to get perfect runs, but we eventually earned the golden wheels, then the golden hang glider, and eventually golden everything. It really was a superior vehicle. My son recently got the game on his Nintendo Switch and I had one question for him, “Have you earned the golden kart yet?”

Image Resources:

http://cognizantgamer.com/?p=143

http://www.soicowboy-bangkok.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_2600

https://www.usgamer.net/articles/18-12-2017-mario-kart-8-deluxe-how-to-unlock-gold-mario-and-stop-blue-shells

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GAMING

OCTOPIDER

You may be thinking that a spider already has eight legs, so why Octopider? For one thing, the Octopider is much larger than a spider, closer to the size of an octopus. Its legs, although they can scurry like a spider, are actually the tentacles of an octopus. In fact, this monstrosity has nearly all the most terrifying features of both spiders and octopi. The Octopider can move easily in water or on land. Whenever threatened, the Octopider disappears into an inky, venomous cloud. They say the Octopider was a grotesque creation of the Gorlodon, a famed monstrous dark sorcerer of the deep water.

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This week’s challenge theme looks super scary. Imagine the horror as this monster sucks your face off while its tentacles squeeze you to death! Luckily, it’s just an NFT. It has a ranged attack of 3 right from the get-go at level one. The demoralize ability kicks in at level three. This will reduce the melee attack of ALL your enemies which is very useful. At level seven it has the ability to blind making it more likely your enemy misses you when attacking. This is a cheap, but must-have card in my opinion.

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My first battle was a victory thanks to the Haunted Spirit’s ability to self-heal. The OCTOPIDER wasn’t exactly the MVNFT of the battle, (Is Most Valuable NFT a word? It is now 😉 so I battled again.

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This was a good ranged -vs- ranged battle. The OCTOPIDER with its ranged attack of 3 was the heaviest hitter on the battlefield. Thanks for the victory OCTOPIDER, you scary-ass spider of an octopus NFT monster.

My battles:

https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=4e9c32af978f08015b7c260dba0b02cce170aa85&ref=jeremiahcustis

https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=27e7907844ba2fd9cc31a0e3d97776e8e2027e15&ref=jeremiahcustis

This week’s challenge:

https://peakd.com/splinterlands/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-octopider

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SILVERSHIELD BARD

Bards of the Silver Shield have extremely loud voices, and they are not afraid to use them. In battle, the Bard’s song can unify and hasten a team, and their maximum volume has the power to scare away possessing spirits. In the University of Illumination, these musical enthusiasts are trained and ingrained for years in the official sanctioned Lore of the Silver Shield. What they lack in vocal talent, the Bards make up for in storytelling, humor, and wit.

This week’s battle challenge was fun. The SILVERSHIELD BARD, like any other 1 mana card, is a must-have and a keeper of an NFT. If she can survive the battle with her limited health, she’ll remove any negative effects the enemy has caused your front monster.

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As you can see, she’s not that expensive. This isn’t financial advice or anything, but I guarantee she will be worth over a dollar one day. It could be a year or longer though.

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My enemy used the hard to beat Living Lava, but we were still able to earn a victory. My SILVERSHIELD BARD served as empty bait for their Serpentine Spy. Although I was happy to earn a victory, I really wanted to show this card in action so I played again.

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This time her ability was useful. She removed the Pit Ogre’s stun on my Sacred 🦄 Unicorn so we could win again.

Great service

Splinterlands is a great game but they also have some of the best customer service I have ever seen in my life. My student who’s good at the game, but doesn’t own a PC, wanted to sell some DEC and invest in CUB so I told him to send it to me and I would take care of it. Something went wrong when I tried to use the bridge to the Binance Smart ⛓️ Chain. I didn’t know what to do so I emailed customer support at Splinterlands. To my surprise, they had replied within 5 minutes and fixed the problem. Here’s what they said in the email,

I am very sorry about that, it looks like there was an error with our BSC bridge. The DEC tokens have just been sent back to your account in the game and the issue with the bridge should now be fixed so you can try withdrawing them again and please let us know if you run into any other issues.

I was so impressed with their speedy resolution that I sent them a thank you email and they replied with this,

Well, we fixed the issue with the BSC bridge as soon as we were alerted to it, but it looks like we didn’t see that you had a failed transaction until you contacted us. In any case, we do try to resolve any issues around failed crypto transactions asap and we make sure that no one loses any tokens or assets as a result of our systems.

In this day of age where most companies use cookie-cutter copy and paste fake email replies, it’s really nice to actually have a human take the time to understand, use proper grammar, and fix the problem within minutes. Thank you Splinterlands.

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My battles:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=165d9d12a1a47bd2f8410a0781f2c8f86cf354be&ref=jeremiahcustis

https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=aaf92a9a837d6f835a51bfa02cea216653181328&ref=jeremiahcustis

This week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/splinterlands/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-silvershield-bard

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GAMING

PEACEFUL GIANT

There have always been stories of Giants in the Splinterlands, but recently they began to arrive. They bring tales of a home far across the water that they had to flee from a terrible threat. Luckily, these refugee Giants mean no harm to the Splinterlands. Most of them arrived by swimming across the entire Outer Ocean.

The giant may be a pacifist, but he’ll help you win when used at the right times. If you’re a strong magic or ranged player, he’ll work well as a shield in the front or the rear. We sadly killed all of the Earth’s giants after they built our pyramids and won our wars. I miss them. Shame on us for their enslavement, extinction, and cover-up! At least they peacefully battle on in the Splinterlands. For now… Can NFTs go extinct?

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Oh no! I got a rich Gold carded higher-level enemy. I sometimes feel like the game’s AI has a conspiracy against me and always gives my enemies a bunch of misses. Not today. I was lucky and got way more misses and won this battle. Much thanks to the Peaceful Giant. He gave his life for our victory today. All of the DEC earned in today’s battle will go to his family. There aren’t that many giants left. Maybe we should refrain from using them in battle from now on…

My battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=30fd0c092367a496d695f48e18668650042aeb8e&ref=jeremiahcustis

This week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/splinterlands/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-peaceful-giant

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GAMING

Who wants a GAME BOY when you can have a GAME MAN?

This is a serious DIY project requiring a large squared 3D printer, the silicon guts of an old-school NES or Famicom, screen, and some serious soldering skills. Nintendo could’ve made this happen in the early 1990s . Hopefully, 3D printers get to the point where we can just straight-up print stuff like this soon.

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Where does it end though? If you can encrypt, hide, go off-grid, or whatever we do in the future to avoid Big Brother, what’s going to stop us from printing advanced weapons? I want to print a bunch of T-800s to guard my house, play basketball with, and walk the dog. They will challenge everyone with the standard security question,

Who is your daddy and what does he do?

Cult 3D:
https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/game/nintendo-game-man-oversize-game-boy-famicom-hack

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GAMING

SUPER MARIO 64: Smash Bowser with your Browser

I’ve been emulating this game as soon as I knew it was possible to do so back in the late 1990s. Nothing will ever beat playing the real thing with that awkward alien-looking controller, but this in-browser port works beautifully. It’s smooth. You can save your game and the sound works too.

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After reading this post by Nintendo Life, I thought I’d give it a try…

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The instructions pop up when you start the game. It’s a good layout if you’re using a keyboard. You should be able to play this on your Android phone if you have a keyboard. I tried loading this with the Brave browser first. I could play the game smoothly, but could not hear any sound or save, so I tried again with Google Chrome

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It was too hard for me to jump on the log to free Chain Chop (the big attacking ball) so I hiked to the top again. Hopefully it saves my game this time…

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Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy this online-in-browser-port as much as I do. Now let’s kick Bowser’s ass!

Resources:

https://froggi.es/mario/

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/04/you_can_play_super_mario_64_in_your_browser

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GAMING

Fire Spitter NFT Battle Challenge

Small but mighty, the Fire Spitters have recently descended upon the Dragon Splinter of Draykh-Nahka, where they fit right in. They come from a faraway exotic place only known as the Pocket Dimension. The Pocket Dimension has many key differences to the Splinterlands, but lots of things in common as well. Most of the monsters there are smaller than those native to the Splinterlands, including the Fire Spitter. However, even the smallest Fire Spitters can produce a magnificent blaze, large enough to easily incinerate a cottage in a few minutes.

I remember when Splinterlands used to reward this card out like it was candy. It’s now worth over sixty cents! I would like to request an interesting and maybe even depressing bot that shows what all the cards we’ve ever owned would be worth if we never sold, burned, or combined them. If I had just HODLed every card I’ve been rewarded over the years, I would easily have $10,000 now, but I was dumb, broke, greedy, and emotional, so I’ll have to work my way back from monster bottom just like I’ve done two times before. While it’s very exciting that NFTs are selling for millions of dollars, Splinterlands has been making NFTs accessible as rewards for gameplay for years. Even though I regret selling so many of my cards I always remind myself that this whole NFT gaming journey all began with just $10. Show me any other NFT site where all you need is $10 and can grow that into a champion account over time. Right now I don’t know of a better decentralized blockchain-based game than Splinterlands. Do you?

My Fire Spitter Battle:

It took me forever to get a victory, let alone a chance for my Fire Spitter to be useful, but this battle had it safely positioned in the middle helping take out the enemy’s lead monster with a ranged attack of 2. The Fire Spitter is also useful during earthquakes because as a dragon, of course, it can fly. Thank you for reading. Check out my battle: https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=550f392e715608a2c49e04f4af9d6101689262e6&ref=jeremiahcustis

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GAMING

Naga Fire Wizard NFT Battle Challenge

The Flame Naga of the Burning Lands are tough. Not only are they extremely intelligent and skilled in every known weapon, but they have recently been taught magic by order of the Flaming Robe. In the last Mount Mox tournament season, the Flame Wizards really cleaned up.

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Splinterlands, my favorite game, gives you the chance to win NFT battle cards which you can use in rumbles, sell, rent, burn, lend, or just HODL. It’s up to you. Your cards are your cards. Every week they have a battle challenge focusing on a different card.

This is a strong card right from the beginning as it has a shield which protects against melee and ranged attacks at level one and the thorn ability at level five which usually hurts enemies more than they do you when attacked. Even if there is just one heart left, that thorn ability can take out shields or even kill the attacker setting up the monsters behind you for better chances at victory.

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I took a screenshot of my battle above. You can see me at the bottom. I belong to the Mandalorians Guild. We are ranked about the 50th guild. Joining a guild helps build a community within the game as well as earning bonus crypto for every victory, buildings, and brawls.

I put out the chicken first in a classic Splinterlands move. It costs nothing and has just one heart, but a powerful monster will usually waste its first attack on the chicken. After they killed my dog, I was getting worried, but the Naga Fire Wizard‘s shield ability saved the day winning us the victory. Thank you for reading. Check out my battle here: https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=a3673b748985446fa041c9601dca28309117c384&ref=jeremiahcustis

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GAMING LIFE

3 OFFLINE games you should download

Sometimes I really miss the PSP where you had a good grip, controls, and all games could be played offline. Back then I was the only one entertained with a portable screen because smartphones had not become a thing yet. People would accuse me of being antisocial, a nerd, or a zombie. Now everyone is hunched over staring into screens. Most phones become pretty boring and useless if they lack an internet connection, but if you have these three games, you’ll have something fun to do offline.


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Solitaire is a classic game that should come with every phone as it did in Windows 3.1 in my opinion. Back then, most people had never used a mouse so this game served as basic training for the new input device. Now there is a generation of people who’ve only known iPads and smartphones. I can see the anxiety in their eyes when asked to use a mouse or keyboard for the first time. How many people can type without looking these days? How many skills that we were once proud of have zero use today? I remember being proud of my ability to send text messages on my Nokia without looking while riding my bike or being able to fix TV antennas for better signals. What’s your now worthless skill?

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Badland is the only mobile game I can think of that can be played with 4 players on the same screen. The only input necessary is tapping the corner to flap. If you hold your finger down your birds will flap a lot. It’s free on the Google Play Store and 99 cents in Apple’s App Store, but totally worth it. It won Game of the Year, but sadly most people have forgotten about this gem.

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Missile Command: Recharged

A re-imagining of the beloved classic with fast-paced, arcade action where players must defend their bases by blasting an endless barrage of missiles hailing from the sky. Launch counter-missiles to protect your base and target powerups to gain an edge at critical moments. Missile Command: Recharged will appeal to those that fondly remember playing the original or its many iterations, and a whole new generation of mobile gamers that are looking for fast-paced, pick-up-and play, arcade goodness.

I like to play this while waiting at the bank for some reason. They don’t like me very much because every time I’m there helping a friend out with their money transfer problems I always say that none of this would be necessary if they had just used Bitcoin and that the whole banking system is about to join the dinosaurs. One of my students is a bank manager and has worked there for thirty years, but had no idea what fractional reserve banking was. People always ask me about this game so they can download and play it too whenever they see how fun and addictive it can be. How many millions of quarters do you think this game earned back in the day?