battling with LUX VEGA for the first time

Howdy fellow Splinterlanders. Today I’d like to share my battle using Lux Vega, the first neutral summoner, and the Gem Meteor. The Diemonshark also came in handy.


Lux Vega is awesome. She is new but has quickly won my heart and is my favorite card. She’s the only neutral summoner and can raise any monster to its max level except for dragons. She adds one health, one shield, and speed to every monster. At about $700 she is a bit too expensive for me, but I rented her for about $1 for the rest of the season. Can you spot all of the elements in her look? Her left eye has the power of water and the right death. She has a grey outfit representing the neutral and some fire in her hat and card. Her skin is the color of life and her cane has the power of the earth.Lux Vega.png

No one knows who Lux Vega is or where she came from. Some say she is a wealthy heiress from the Mortician city of Beluroc. Others say her origins began as a humble priestess within the Peace of Light Monastery. Still, more say she is a graduate of the Summun Infuria, where she was personally trained by Malric Inferno. Whatever the truth behind her origins, though, one thing is certain: Lux Vega knows how to have a good time.


The Gem Meteor isn’t so interesting at level one, but once you max it out it can make a big difference with 4 ranged attack points, scattershot, and the piercing ability. I don’t think I’ve ever used this card in battle until today. I’d really like it if Splinterlands would show how many times you’ve used a card and its win rate. There are tools that show each card’s win rate, but that is across the entire blockchain and may not be relevant to your deck or play history.


My enemy had strong cards and a good strategy of putting the healer in the rear and a rear healer to heal them up. They put the Pelacor Conjurer out front like most people do, but they should’ve used a strong tank instead. Maybe they thought I was going to rely on magic attacks. That would have been a good guess because it is my favorite way to attack, but not today.


By round 2 it was unclear who was going to win. When you first get the Pelacor Conjurer it seems pretty worthless, but once you max this cool-looking angel out it will surely come in handy.


The Diemonshark is one of the strongest tanks because after it kills it can then trample the next card in line. I used to love the Sea Monster, but the Diemonshark seems to win more even though it lacks the self-healing ability.


By round 4, victory was a sure thing and I hadn’t lost a single card. I know it’s not a priority or that important to the overall fun, but there really should be a bonus for defeating your enemy without losing any of your own cards.


I don’t think there are any Splinterlands cards that can take on six against one. Maybe Kron the Undying if all of the opponent’s cards were weak. Thanks for reading about my battle victory today.luxcard.png

It’s going to take a really special OP card to dethrone my favorite card, Lux Vega. What’s your favorite Splinterlands card?


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Share Your Battle – DRAGONS + the legendary Riftwatcher from Lemell


As a siren, Azura Kye loves spending her days in the sky and her nights deep beneath the waves. She is a third-generation Riftwatcher who grew up listening to her grandparent’s stories of the Chaos Legion’s invasion of their homeworld, Lemell. Azura learned to fight at a young age and grew to become a renowned sorceress. She also has an incredible aptitude for runemancy and has developed a variety of mana-infused weapons and gadgets for her allies to employ in their fight against the Chaos Legion. On the battlefield, she has proven herself repeatedly, facing off against the Legion’s scouts on various realms and harassing their forces with clandestine, insurgent tactics. Once, she even single-handedly brought down a kraken. Subsequently, she rose quickly through the ranks of the Riftwatchers. Time passed, and so too did the old guard. Azura was an obvious choice to replace them. Honored to follow in the footsteps of her predecessors, she now wears the mantle of Runemancer. She is a natural leader and a champion of the people, dedicating her life to stopping the Chaos Legion threat.”

-Riftwatchers Splinterlore


Runemancer Kye is a water Riftwatchers card, but she definitely has some dragon-like qualities. She can fly. She can also drain the life of her enemy with each attack making her OP sometimes. I’d be happy to have just a level one of each Riftwatchers card for now but her strong magic attack at level four when maxed could come in handy. Now that Lux Vega has entered the story, my approach to summoners may change. I’ll definitely rent her for the last few days of the season or as soon as I can grind to the Diamond League. I used to fear entering the league of diamonds, but I’ll feel much better with a Lux Vega that can summon any MAX monster unless they’re a dragon. Now that the Chaos Legion will be gone by March I feel that the only summoner I will have maxed was my dragon. There’s just not enough time or money for me to MAX any other summoners, but knowing that I can always rent Lux Vega, I feel confident I’ll do better in the Diamond League even if some of my summoners are at level 5.


My enemy also chose dragons. They should have selected stronger tank cards because it was easy to plow through their front. My favorite part about dragons is that they can choose any splinter, red, blue, green, white, or black. Dragons are usually pretty strong and have better abilities than standard splinters. If I ever quit the game and burn off all of my Splinterassetts, I’d keep all of my dragons just in case I missed the game and came crawling back. It’d be a much easier uphill battle knowing your dragons will be there most of the time. I’m not sure about the percentage of the matches that allow for dragons, but it feels like it’s more than 75% to me. Does anybody know the dragon availability rate?


I had taken out one of their cards from both the front and back by the second round. They didn’t have a foul lineup, but my tank had thorns that damaged the enemy with every melee attack. My knife-wielding angel did lots of damage to their rear while my magic attack cards went to work.


Even though their Chaos Dragon was stronger than mine, it wasn’t enough.


In the end, only those with wings were left because this battle occurred during an earthquake. Runemancer Kye is one of my favorite Riftwatcher cards, but I haven’t been lucky enough to find her in any packs. I can only afford one pack a week so wish me luck and may the power of the dragons be with you!


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Slaying the bear with SPLINTERLANDS and GLS

Half-vampire, the Dhampir are faster and stronger than normal humans. Most have taken to a mercenary lifestyle, never quite welcome with vampires or humans. The Stalker is adept at tracking their prey, then dispatching the target with a silent and perfectly-placed arrow from the shadows.


When I got my California real estate license my mentor at my first and last real estate job told me that anyone could make money when things are good, but only the best can make it through the good and the bad times. Well, I didn’t like real estate. I worked for months never to get a commission, everyone was fake, and it relied on cold sales. I wouldn’t say I like sales. I couldn’t sell a hoverboard to a McFly on the run. I’m also a failed crypto investor so don’t take anything I say here as advice.

I tried mining Bitcoin on my PC when it first came out then would sneak around at 9 pm at night to run hundreds of miners on all of the company’s PCs until someone noticed all of the computers were left on all night only to lose the two coins I eventually mined. I then “invested” in lifetime cloud mining contracts only to find out that “life” only meant as long as things were profitable for the scam company only to drop their contracts. I also invested most of what I had into EOS only to get hacked by a nice-looking app and sold all of my Splinterlands cards right before the magical summer of 2021 for random DeFi projects.

As you can see I’ve screwed up plenty of times along the way, but I have a strong faith and belief in both Splinterlands and GLS. Buying coins and watching charts is boring and is too often the victim of the FUD, but when you have a bad-ass monster that is beautiful and can shoot both arrows and magic or your favorite player then you will be less likely to sell because of emotional and functional reasons.


I started off with less than 50 GLX or Genesis League Governance tokens and expect to double that amount in a week. New DeFi projects are always fun, but the good times never last. It doesn’t matter to me what GLX is worth because it’s like SPS and will let you vote on the game’s future. GLX is a governance token that enables users to participate in the GLS ecosystem. Users with staked GLX will have a say in how the overall game and ecosystem work. I wonder how many GLX or GLGT will be equal to one GLUSD or Genesis League Stable Token. Genesis League Game Time or GLGT seems to drop at about the same rate as Splinterland’s vouchers do.


How many cards or packs do you think will be necessary to play and earn when Genesis League Goals goes live next year? Will you stop earning airdrops if you open your cards? If so I may just hold on to mine until the airdrop is complete.

Join the guild:


If you are not already in a guild then it’s time to start looking around. We are not a bad guild, The Mandalorians, and we are in the 300th or so place and have many openings so there are many spots available, but guilds expect you to have strong decks and to contribute some DEC for construction. What they’ll expect you to pay in DEC will be minimal compared to the SPS we’ll all start earning soon.

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Each building should be leveled up because they all benefit your guild in different ways. It’s fun seeing my team work, build, and earn together.


My guild doesn’t always come in first place, but we’ve shown up to every fight so far.


Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of the women. Only those who have the hearts of true DEC warriors may become a foundling. Losers will only reduce their rank, while champions will rain in glory. Join us and learn the true nature of Beta victory. Rewards are to be ignored. Gold will replace them in time. Learn from your failures and superior enemies. Earn more monsters. Protect the rear and always be one step ahead of your enemies. We ALL need to contribute DEC or our DAILY QUESTS are earned in vain. If you don’t pay or play, then you won’t stay. We have spoken. This is the way.

My battle:


Since my dragon summoner is the only one maxed out, I’ll rely on it a bit too much. Hopefully, Lux Vega won’t be too much to rent. For this battle, I put out a strong tank, a reach attack, a sneak attack, and Dhampir Stalker as my ranged attack. My enemy had pretty much the same idea just using the fire splinter and an opportunity attacker.


I was able to smash through their front sooner than they could destroy my rear. I lost my Dhampir Stalker, but he served as a good meat shield and got off a few rounds before he fell.


If your enemy has strong dragons, it’s better to just bend the knee. Thanks for reading about my gameplay and Splinterlands journey today.


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It is these Temporal Masters that advised the great council until the highest in their order, the High Magus Obin Anvaras, betrayed them. Those that remain hunger for a chance to reknit time and erase the chaos heresy that brought the Legion to the Splinterlands. The horologe node is the first focus. The annulus scepter the second. But to ascend to the highest levels of the craft the anachron time mage must abandon talismans and operate by mind alone. For the rare adept blessed by visions of the turning wheel, they can shift the flow of siphilum in time’s flow by sheer force of will.

“Nodes? Where we’re going, We don’t need nodes.”

— Dr. Ammet Brunneus, Temporal Master


I honestly have no memory of using or buying the Temporal Master, but mine is at level two so I’ve opened this from packs so it just kind of appeared and has cost me nothing to obtain, but it came in handy today with its powerful magic attack that shoots the enemy’s front every other round. This card sure would come in handy at MAX with strong attack and stun abilities. It’s an epic card so it’s unlikely I’ll get another forty-two cards unless I pick some up on the market. The Chaos Legion has gone on long enough that I’ve maxed several cards just by combining all of my rewards, but I want the slow times to bear along because I still lack a strong deck. I think it’s best to max out cheap tanks in each splinter. Even if you only have a strong dragon or neutral summoner, you can kick ass.

My Temporal Master Battle:


My enemy relied on sneak attacks and weak things that could fly, but I brought out a soldier with a huge shield that absorbs attacks, and my Temporal Master was able to knock out several of their cards with each magic attack. He only attacked every other round but wrecked with each strike. I didn’t want to bother waiting for Photoshop to load so I just opened on my browser and used their free online Photoshop to touch up my battle.


Even with all of my enemy’s attacks on my Shieldbearer, it wasn’t enough to kill him while it rained down arrows and magic attacks taking them out one by one. Don’t mess with my life deck!


I really like that magnetic shield that takes all of the pain. I think it’s one of the most OP abilities in Splinterlands. If you can provide them with healers and armorers strong taunt cards can be unstoppable.


You have zero chance. If you only knew the power of the life splinter. Join us or go back to death.

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Thanks for reading about my Temporal Master battle today and thank you Splinterlands for making this game and allowing us to learn and earn from the weekly challenges. There are so many things going on in the Splinterverse right now that it’s hard to focus on where to shop.

Should I max out my Chaos Legion deck or get a bunch of soccer, tower defense, or Riftwatchers cards?

I’m poor so you don’t want financial advice from me, but I’m just getting one of each whenever I can. I hope I can get some land before it becomes too expensive too.


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old school gaming on Halloween with DIDDY KONG

Happy Halloween everybody! It’s still a few hours before it gets dark so I decided to boot up my trusty Super Nintendo emulator and try something new. What are you dressing up as this year? Maybe you think you’re too old to dress up, but some of my best costumes and memories of Halloween are from my adult years. One year, a friend and I bought gorilla masks with hairy hands, rented tuxedos, and went downtown to San Diego. There was a contest for the best costume at the bar we were at, and we won first place.


I was driving up north to Seattle a few months later in the Redwood Forest when my wife was surprised at the size of the trees. I told her the huge trees are why the Sasquatch or the Bigfoot chooses to live there when I found one of the gorilla’s hands while trying to sleep in the backseat. I put the glove on and put it on her shoulder. When she reached over to hold my hand, she freaked the fuck out when she felt and saw the ape’s hand. I don’t remember how many times the car spun out, but I thought we were going to die for sure. It was a good thing it was in the middle of the night and there wasn’t anybody else on the road.


Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest was released in 1995 so it isn’t exactly new, but it is to me. I posted about my gameplay of the original Donkey Kong Country about a month ago when someone commented that the sequel was even better so I gave it a try.


At first, I was wondering where Donkey Kong had gone, but then I could see that Nintendo wanted to try something new and introduce some different ideas. They used the same technique of rendering 3D graphics on I’m sure what was a supercomputer for the time then converting those into 2D sprites. I liked using Dixie Kong as a projectile and her ability to use her hair as a double jump.


The gameplay was fun, but it felt a bit of lesser quality to the original’s level design. It was good that they went away from just strolling left to right and had some vertical levels. It could get frustrating falling down to the start of the level when missing a jump or a barrel though.


Being a Nintendo fanboy it is amazing that I’ve never seen or heard about this game until now. It can be good to get away from the gaming scene for a while because when you come back you’ll have a lot of catching up to do and will have many games to choose from. I’ve been wanting a PlayStation 5 for years now, but when I finally do get one, I’ll have a good library to choose from. I don’t think I want one until GTA 6 comes out anyways. I love reaction videos. Has anyone done a video game reaction video for any gamers who’ve been in a coma for years? Imagine their shock when seeing what kind of games we have today. Thanks for reading about my Diddy Kong gameplay today. Have a fun and safe Halloween!


SPLINTERLANDS: Share Your Regal Peryton Battle

They say there is nothing more beautiful than a Regal Peryton. They prefer to live in the mountains all across the Splinterlands, rarely seen by others. When they soar through the skies, the sunlight catches through their wings and creates rainbows underneath them. Regal Perytons are highly intelligent and consider themselves noble guardians of the natural world, using their magic to help others.


If you like your cards fast and beautiful then the Regal Peryton is for you. I often win with this card when there is a blast ruleset because it will be one of the first cards to attack. Since it can fly, you’ll want to have this card in your deck in case you find yourself in an earthquake battle. I would MAX this card out if I could, but I still have summoners and tanks to get to first. It doesn’t have any other abilities other than flight, but this card is a must-have to add to your collection because it wins a lot. If there is a card that you use a lot then you might as well get the gold foil version because you’ll get a bonus each time you win.


This was a battle where ranged attack cards can fire from the front position so my enemy used mostly archers while I used magic attack cards. Obsidian is my favorite non-dragon summoner because she increases everyone’s magic attack by one point. I used to have one splinter that was all maxed out and one that I would completely neglect, but these days I have found balance is better. All of my summoners are at level 5, but I struggle to get to the Diamond League these days so I hope to get everyone up to level six soon.Cornealus.png

I remember when Cornealus was just a cheap “meh” card, then became meta, and is back to being a less commonly used card today. I wish I hadn’t sold my maxed-out copy, but I was dumb and had FOMO for the DeFi craze of 2021 and sold all of my Splinterlands cards. It was a mistake I don’t plan on repeating.

I usually put Cornealus in the rear to absorb any sneak attacks because it has a lot of life and can self-heal, but since it could attack while in the front for this battle I put it there as my tank. It can work for a tank card out front when it can’t attack for normal battles as long as you provide it with a healer too. It’s not a move I see often, but it can work.


This was an exciting match because I was sure I had lost by the second round after losing Cornealus, but Obsidian giving all of my magic attack cards a boost really made the difference.


Even though my Regal Peryton got down to just one life point it managed to stay in the fight. It was a good thing that my enemy didn’t use any sneak or snipe attack cards.


Who wants squid for dinner?Regal Peryton.jpg

Thanks for reading about my Regal Peryton battle victory today.


I’m grinding my way to the Diamond League before the season ends. Once I get to Diamond III, I’ll call it quits. I don’t have the cards or skill to compete at that level plus I’m not sure about the current rules. Do I just need to get my foot in the door one time this season to get Diamond rewards next season or do I need to finish the season in Diamond?


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Ode to Spot: Can a DOG be an Angel?

I’ve always been a dog person so much so that I sometimes dream of being a wolf running through the woods. I seem to have a connection with them better than any people. I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for my big German Shepard Husky mix named Jake who protected my family from a crackhead back in the 90s, but I owe my soul to the handsome Spot here who was also half Husky.


I was sitting downstairs eating a pizza when he ran up to me when I saw him for the first time and he asked for a piece. At first, I thought he was blind in one eye, but it was just a case of heterochromia with his right eye looking like his Husky dad and his left like his mom.


Maybe some people truly don’t know their left from their right like Private Pile in Full Metal Jacket (1987), but I read it as a sign of fake empathy or selfishness whenever people get it confused when describing others. Let’s say Spot really was blind in his left brown eye and someone said that his right eye was blind. Yes, it’s his right eye from YOUR point of view or in the picture, but it’s HIS left eye. They do not imagine being him, just describing an appearance from their point of view, but they don’t actually care to imagine themselves as the person or creature they’re describing. They’re just another fake ass virtue signaler. Maybe you’ve never noticed this about people before, but I promise you that you’ll catch someone doing it soon.

There are thousands of reasons why I don’t like most people, but pooping or peeing in my house are the only things that will make me dislike a dog. It’s super easy to teach both cats and dogs to do their business outside in the woods away from your property and it amazes me that some people actually have to clean up after their animals. You have to ask yourself at that point, who is training who?


The only reason I had Spot wait outside our favorite chicken KFC-wannabe restaurant here is because some little kids were scared of him even though he was the gentlest dog I’ve ever met. I gave him a big piece of chicken so he was cool after that, but I could tell he thought it was a true injustice that I got to eat chicken in the cool air conditioning eating chicken while he had to wait outside.

Maybe some people think I’m crazy or the devil, but I never wore a mask one time during all of 2020, 2021, to now. I never had symptoms, don’t like people, and stay away from everyone, and I never got sick so why the hell did I need to where that face diaper bullshit? I would say passive-aggressive shit like, “I don’t care if I die, so do you think I care if you do?” or “I was an American soldier. How many American soldiers have died of Covid? Zero, only fat Navy dudes, now get the fuck out of my face.” Or I would pull the best trick and pretend not to speak English and ignore anyone asking me to put a mask on which didn’t happen often. Most of the time they were just so shocked that I’d let my dog go shopping with me that they’d not even say anything. I love being a white guy who speaks the local language fluently because no one thinks you know what they say about you and most people think I’m crazy because I talk to my dogs so fuck them anyways.


What’s up with dogs loving to get all dirty? They know it just means they’re going to have to take another bath when they get home.


The only cruel thing I ever did to Spot was throwing him in the Namkhan River here in Luang Prabang. Some dogs have zero fear of the water and will jump right in themselves, but most are like Spot and dislike it. They can all swim though. I’ve heard babies can all swim too, but it seems a bit dangerous to test out. Besides, teaching your kids to swim is a fun memory of you giving them confidence that they will surely pass down to their kids. I used a puppy to convince my son and his friends not to fear the deep end once when I threw it in the pool. Once they saw the tiny little guy could swim and didn’t die they knew that they could too. I don’t know about cats. What happens if you through a kitten in the water? I bet they would be OK too, but I don’t know much about cats.


Spot was so pissed off that I threw him in that he wouldn’t even look at me all day.


It was also the moment when he stopped following me everywhere and became the leader. He kept a good distance from me out of fear and anger, but after this, he led the way on all of our walks.


No one ever said that I couldn’t bring Spot with me to their restaurant. I would have never returned if they did. I think Spot’s friendliness, good looks, and always being clean helped though. Why is dog shampoo more expensive than human shampoo? It even smells better. If I ever run out of it I’ll use the dog’s. If people would ever use my bathroom they’d always notice I had dog shampoo but not the people stuff and would be surprised I used the dog’s. I still fail to see how it’s weird. We’re both mammals with hair right? What could go wrong?


I never taught Spot how to knock on the door, but he knew it was always cool with the air conditioner on full blast all day so he’d go out all night and sleep in my room all day knocking whenever he wanted in. Being half Husky and full of fur he hated going outside in the sun. In this picture, it’s as if he’s asking me why we have to go outside now. It’s too hot for this.


Sit down, shake, and speak are all nice tricks to teach your dog, but “GET ON THE SIDEWALK!” is the first and only command I take seriously. Dogs appreciate that you have their safety in mind and aren’t just bossing them around. I once had a cop here in Laos tell me that my pitbull needed to be on a leash. I told him that I’d never seen any other dogs on a leash here and there was nothing to worry about because she only bites cops. He didn’t know what to say to that. It’s strange that I live in a communist country but feel free to do whatever I want like talk shit to the pigs. I wouldn’t try it in Thailand or America, but I ironically have much more freedom here amongst the commies.


I like going on midnight walks. Some people think it’s a dangerous thing to do, but not when you have a pack of dogs to protect you. When I lived in Bangkok I had over twenty dogs go on walks with me and no one dared to fuck with me. Here in Laos, it’s a much safer place than in Thailand. I’ve only felt like I was in trouble one time when this scary-looking old dude tried talking to me when two young guys snuck up behind me. When I called for these two dogs and the other five showed up they just smiled and walked away.


Spot had all his shots, but he got really sick one day. He had a crazy amount of mucus coming out of his eyes and nose and had difficulting breathing. I took him to the vet every day, but she couldn’t do anything for him. I think he’s one of the unlucky dogs who got Covid from humans, but there’s no way to know. Waking up to him dead and having to bury him was one of the saddest days of my life. Maybe Covid was made by Dr. Fauci. Maybe it was made in a lab in Wuhan. Like JFK’s murder, I don’t think we’ll ever know, but one thing that can’t be labeled as a conspiracy theory is that the CCP knew they had Covid and failed to tell the rest of the world for six weeks. I hope they all burn in hell.


Before Spot got sick he led me to this random supermarket called JC. Since it’s my initials I thought maybe it was a sign. I saw an old friend waiting for his wife to get off work so I drank soju with him out front when I met this wonderful girl who would turn out to be the love of my life. She’s smart, kind, half my age, and truly a good person. Why she loves me? I don’t know, but if it weren’t for Spot I would have never met her.


Spot came to me during the darkest time in my life. My dickhead uncle and his cunt banker wife tricked my ex-wife and me out of the custody of our son back in 2018 and I’ve been depressed, angry, and drunk every day since. I truly believe if Spot had not come along I’d be dead now.

When Spot died my neighbor felt sorry for me and gave me Rapper here. He’s turned out to be a great dog too. Spot never got to make any babies, but Rapper here is a total pimp. He’s gotten so many bitches pregnant that I’ve lost count of how many granddogs I have now. I’m absolutely convinced that puppies inherit their parents’ memories or favorite scents because all 30 of Rapper’s puppies that I’ve seen always run to me whenever I first see them. Have you noticed this too?


It’s been a year now since I lost Spot. I’ll always miss him, but can only now write about him without being overcome with emotion. Since I’m putting this down on the Hive blockchain it’s very likely that my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be able to read this post and If they do I want them to know that whatever social or technological changes come their way that nothing beats having a good dog by your side.


trampling angels with my DIEMONSHARK

Diemonsharks travel alone throughout the stars searching for prey and territory. They are fearsome beasts with lightning-fast reflexes. Diemonsharks are extremely territorial and attack any creature that encroaches on their land. The Chaos Legion trains them as transports for equipment. Since they can travel by air, ground, or sea, they are ideally suited for the task.”


The Diemonshark is my go-to tank when using the water splinter. I’d like to MAX it, but it’s a bit expensive so I’m making do with a level 4. With a maxed-out card, you’d be pretty unstoppable when playing in the Diamond League. This is one of my favorite cards and even though it doesn’t have any healing abilities it seems to win more than its predecessor, the Sea Monster.


This was a water -vs- life battle. My enemy was expecting me to rely on magic attacks because that’s what I usually do, but they were wrong and I came at them strong with some ugly melee fish attacks.


Whenever the Diemonshark kills an enemy it can then attack the next in line with the trample ability which can sometimes take them out like dominos. It was clear I was going to win this battle by the second round.


Sometimes this double crossbow shooting angel can cause a lot of damage, but not this time. I enjoyed watching him get destroyed as the last card left unable to shoot. You’re nothing but fish food today Pelacor Arbalest! Now wipe that shit-eating grin off your face.


Thanks for another win Diemonshark! You may be ugly as hell, but I’ll always love you.


How about Genesis League Goals? Did you manage to pick up any packs? I was so angry when I couldn’t buy any packs because of the KYC requirement and was afraid that I’d missed my chance, but the KYC process wasn’t a pain in the neck like all the other times I’d had to do it so it’s all good. It’s not easy to get a Paypal account without KYC so I don’t understand why it’s necessary, but it probably helped keep the presale from selling out quickly. I don’t know if I’m going to get into this new game or just save up my GLX tokens and wait for the next sports game to come along. The only thing that gives me reservations is how the white paper says that only high-end matches will earn GLX tokens so if it takes a lot of investment to make it to the high end I’ll most likely sit on the sidelines and collect the airdrop for a year. I’m not into soccer at all, but I realize what a big deal this partnership is and will surely be proving grounds for many more in the future so let’s hope it’s a success.


It doesn’t look like they’re going to sell out before I get paid at the end of the month so I’ll be able to grab some more packs for $5 and collect even more GLX. I think I’ll open one or two packs and see if I can play the game with that and just hold on to the rest of my packs. I sure wish I’d held on to more Splinterlands Alpha packs that were only $2 in the beginning. I knew they’d be worth a lot more in the future, but I kept thinking that I’d open a gold foil legendary only to get four commons and a rare.


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Loy Krathong 2022 @ Luang Prabang

This festival changes dates each year because it falls on the full moon. It is a Buddhist tradition that was adopted from Hinduism. Some people pray to the water goddess, bless their ancestors, wish for good luck for their relationships, or float the year’s bad luck away. I’ll wish for all of the above. I’ve celebrated it many times with my kids or students, but this was the first time I had a romantic Loy Krathong.


I took my dog Rapper to the river before my wife’s friends arrived at our place to give their offerings to the monks. I was both surprised and impressed that he got into the water because he hates taking baths.


Just as the monks came to our spot it started to rain.


Since it was such an important day the monks needed these boys to help them carry all offerings they received. I guess it’s like Halloween, but they do this every morning at sunrise and only monks get stuff. Some people will give them rice, but most will give them treats and even cash. I like walking my dog early in the morning, but only see about one or two people out every day, but there were hundreds of people on my street for Loy Krathong.


I don’t know what these are called in either Lao or English, but they worked as both a decoration and protection from the rain.


The town made several of these floats from each village and competed for prize money for the best-looking one. I saw them working on this one for several days. I think it got 4th place. They look really cool at night with all the candles when they are set in the river.


It felt like a mix of Halloween and Christmas with all of the candles everywhere. I’ve celebrated Loy Krathong in Thailand many times, but it was a much better and more traditional experience in Laos.


They tried converting to electric tuk-tuks about five years ago, but I don’t see any today. I’m not sure if it’s because of price or poor battery longevity, but they are back to using these ugly-looking things again. They are fun to ride in when you first come here, but I’m quite disappointed they are still a thing.


Luang Prabang has its own brand of beer, but it’s got nothing on Beelao. During the pandemic, restaurants would add free beers to every food order, but I’m still not a fan.


I asked my wife why only the ladyboys dressed up as giants and she said it’s because they are big and Lao men aren’t interested in dressing up. I wish Lao women dressed like this every day. It looks so much better than modern fashion.


It’s really hard to capture the moment at night with a Samsung phone with pictures, but I think this video did a good job. Thank you for checking out Loy Krathong 2022 in Luang Prabang with us. Let’s hope all our bad luck floats away…



The first memory I have of ever seeing any video game is of Pong so I guess that makes me an OG gamer, but I never owned or touched a Commodore 64 so that may disqualify my OG status. Back in the early 1980s, the video game industry was a mess. There were too many consoles and too many shit games. The whole video game industry almost came to an end by 1983 when a miracle happened and that miracle was MarioMario is still a major player today. That’s what I think will be Splinterlands fate. During this bear market with all the scammers and stars pushing NFT junk, it is the only game that I believe will still be around ten or twenty years from now. Nintendo has been around for over a hundred years and has enough cash reserves to last the next 300 years. Just imagine how much Alpha and Beta Splinterlands cards will be worth when you hand your keys down to your grandkids…


I started using Steemit or these days Koreanit back in 2018. I must have been blackout drunk when I bought my first Steemmonsters (Splinterlands) starter pack because I don’t remember playing it until 2019. Just like Bitcoin, I knew this was something special, but I screwed up on becoming a millionaire with both. I still have an ego problem, but it was really bad back then plus I was depressed so maybe it was a good thing I didn’t get a Lambo back then. I had just come back from living in Bangkok for 18 years. I love teaching English to adults, but hate kids so I quit or got fired from any job teaching little shits but excelled teaching business students. Since I can read, write, and speak Thai fluently I thought that my popularity with thousands of students over the years would instantly transfer to my new Steem account @teachinthai but, it did not so I abandoned the account and just started this account and only post in English. Maybe there just wasn’t enough of a Thai community. Maybe my posts sucked. Who cares it’s still a good idea to teach English to Thai people on HIVE. One day I may try it again, but when I met the girl of my dreams in Laos and saw that she loved Splinterlands, I gave the keys to her. She’s only been playing for a year, but I have her fight all my brawls and let her play until we make it to Diamond League because she’s a much more strategic player than I am.


I love that she’s a great player. The only thing I don’t like is that she doesn’t care what the ECR is. She’ll play until things go down to 1%. She couldn’t explain what decentralization or blockchain is, but she is the type of player that Splinterlands needs more of because she’s into it for the fun of the game.


When one of these weekly Splinterlands Share Your Battle posts comes along, I’ll kill my ranking or chances of victory over and over again just to win with the card of the week, but she has a different approach. She only cares about winning so I’ll show her a picture of the card and ask her to tell me when she uses that card and wins so I can post about it.

Her Battle Strategy:

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I’ve never used Tusk the Wide ever. He’s not cool looking, has a weak attack, slow, and uses too much mana, but she put him to good use as a tank to absorb the enemy’s attacks while she smashed them from the rear with sneak attacks after taking out their taunting tank.


Once their tank was gone their healer was no match for two sneak attackers.


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Thanks for reading about my better half’s Djinn Apprentice battle today. I really thought there would be a better play2earn game than Splinterlands after all these years, but nothing has come along yet. I was hoping for something like a VR GTA-like game that also rewards streaming your awesome moments of the Ready Player One like metaverse gameplay, but it also took me two decades to find the one, so like Diana Ross & The Supremes said,

Love don’t come easy
It’s a game of give and take
You can’t hurry love
No, you just have to wait
You gotta trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes


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