SPLINTERLANDS: My CARRION SHADE battle and strategy

A carrion shade is a dark-winged bird that feeds off of the dead bodies of animals and people. They often flock to battlefields and dangerous parts of the wilderness where there are sure to be corpses. They travel in small groups and have no natural predators. Most people fear the carrion shades, though. For to see a group following you is to know your life is in danger. Tales whispered by the elder wise women claim that if you see a single carrion shade perched outside your home, then someone you love will die that night.

What’s up fellow Splinterlanders and Splintercurious? Today I’d like to share my Death battle victory with you. I’ve never used my Carrion Shade in battle until today, but it helped me win this battle and some DEC.

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The ruleset for this battle had an earthquake which means non-flying monsters will take damage each round so I chose the dragon summoner Brighton Bloom who will grant the gift of flight to all of his monsters.Brighton Bloom.png

There was also the rule that ranged monsters using a bow and arrow can shoot while in the front position, but neither my enemy nor I used this ruleset to our advantage.

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I used my Carrion Shade as a sacrificial pawn so my Haunted Spirit could stay in the fight. I also used two magic attack monsters with the leech ability growing their health every time they hit the enemy. I used an armorer who ended up not doing his job. Why do armor repair monsters sometimes not work? Is it a glitch or is it just how they are? Fiends cost zero mana so I put one in the rear to absorb any sneak attacks.

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My enemy only had one flying monster and in the end, it was not enough. I’m one who loves to break the rules, but when playing Splinterlands, paying attention to the rulesets is one of the best ways to secure your victory. You should also look at your enemy’s past lineups and predict what they will do. You can also arrange your cards by speed. I think speed is the least important thing to consider, but it can make a difference in a well-balanced match.

There are so many games that throw around the terms NFT and play2earn, but in the end, they are just centralized scams. Splinterlands has been a truly decentralized NFT game before anyone was using the word NFT. I would love to see them expand to other types of games like RPGs, shooters, and racing games using the same economy one day.

Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_07e05e83f162f24c389f049027760e0c&ref=jeremiahcustis

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Winning some DEC with my new gold foil SHADOW SNITCH for this week’s Splinterlands Battle

Shadow Snitches are created by the conjurers of the Chaos Legion. Weaving Death magic, they breathe life into beings made completely of darkness. The purpose of the Shadow Snitches is to be deployed into lands prior to the Chaos Legion’s invasion. Moving from shadow to shadow, they are listeners and watchers, feeding information back to the Chaos Legion. Once the invasion is complete, the Shadow Snitches still serve a purpose. They can locate and follow high-value targets, reporting back on movements to Chaos Legion leadership. If needed, Shadow Snitches can also capture prisoners and bring them back for interrogation.

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What’s up all my fellow Splinterlanders and Splintercurious? Today I’d like to show you my strategy for winning this battle and my overall feelings toward this wonderful game.Obsidian.png

Every since Obsidian came along as a free-to-use summoner who increases every magic monsters’ attack power by one point, it seems that other players rely on her a lot. I’ve felt dread several times whenever I’ve seen this confident-looking queen of magic show up to wreck my team with her power.Owster Rotwell.png

Well, not today because I’m using an older card from the Untamed days, Owster Rotwell, who will give all of your team the ability to reflect magic attacks right back at ’em. Remember to take the time to look at your enemy’s past five lineups to predict what they will do so you can counter them as I did here.

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Even though she came at me with strong magic killing most of my monsters, my recently won gold foil Shadow Snitch with its reach ability and the powerful Sand Worm and its sneak ability was able to finish them off.Shadow Snitch.png

I must admit I was not a big fan of the Untamed cards. They were goofy looking and did little against the older cards, but these new Chaos Legion cards are both beautiful and strong. I love the artwork for Shadow Snitch. Its hand has a creepy 3D look that reaches out of the screen without the need for glasses.

I often lose to players using all free-to-use Chaos cards while I’m using hundreds of dollars of cards, but with a weaker strategy. At first, I was mad seeing my expensive older cards getting power drained and constantly losing to noobs, but now that I’ve earned a bunch of the new cards it’s not a problem anymore. It’s quite good that a new player with a better strategy can beat an OG like me.

I love crypto and I love gaming and so far Splinterlands is the best mix of both so far. I want NOTHING to do with the Ethereum blockchain, so don’t recommend any games on that chain, but does anybody know of a better play2earn game right now than this?photopea-interface-ps.png

I used Photopea, a free Photoshop clone, that works beautifully inside of your browser to manipulate my screenshots and added art and story from the LORE tab when looking at cards. Splinterlands uses vector PNG files so they can easily be used in posts like this. The new Chaos cards have border lines around them, but can be easily removed. Thank you for reading about my battle today. What’s your favorite Chaos Legion card?

If you want to get into play2earn NFT gaming without the hassle of paying $30 fees for every transaction on the Ethereum blockchain then I honestly don’t think there is a better option right now than Splinterlands. Get in the game!

Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_1a5fffbce73647d5b2419554f164180d&ref=jeremiahcustis

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7 old SPLINTERLANDS cards to RENT

Now that Chaos Legion has been released, some of the old free-to-play cards are no longer available but are still very cheap to rent. I will be mentioning only one card per splinter minus the summoners and will only recommend level one cards for new players’ sake.

It is time to enter my battles for the brawl. I don’t want to let my fellow guild members down so for just a few DEC, I can really increase my deck’s strength and hopefully help my team win first or second place so we can win more merits.

Prices are always changing, so I won’t go into that other than to mention that you should always compare the Beta and Alpha prices because Alpha sometimes gets forgotten and you can find cheaper prices there. Now let’s take a look at each old card I think you should be renting and why…

Fire

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I usually rent cards for just a day then use them in my brawls, but Cerberus is a truly special card. I once had this card maxed out and sold it so I could celebrate Lao New Year. Those turned out to be some very expensive beers! Cerberus is great because at level one it can self-heal and only uses up 4 mana. I usually put it in the second place to serve as a secondary tank. If you are getting hit with blast attacks Cerberus will usually be able to heal up each round. Of all of the cards I mention here, Cerberus is the number one card you should be renting. I would love to have a Cerberus in real life.

Water

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When I first started playing the game back in 2019 I’d remember seeing Water Elemental in my enemy’s lineup and know I had already lost before the fight began. It has decent speed and ranged attack for 5 mana, but its self-healing ability is what makes it a must-have card.

Earth

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Earth Elemental is slow and only causes one point of ranged damage, but for only 3 mana it has a health of 6 and serves as a great final card absorbing sneak attacks.

Life

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Speed. Speed is what makes Air Elemental‘s ranged attack useful. What other cards have a speed rating of 6 at level one? Just don’t use Air Elemental if the ruleset is where the slow go first.

Death

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Haunted Spirit may be slow, but with a health of 7 and the self-heal ability, it’s a hard card to beat. It works as a great primary tank, but I’ll usually put it in the second position to pick up after my first tank goes down.

Dragon

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A lot of people may disagree with me on choosing Serpentine Mystic, but I love his affliction ability which can take away your enemy’s ability. I’ve won many battles because my Serpentine Mystic took away my enemy’s ability to self-heal.

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Cornealus is a powerhouse. It self-heals 4 points each round, has a health of 12, and can cause 2 points of ranged attack damage. I’ve won many poison gas and earthquake battles because my Cornealus was the last card on the battlefield. Thanks for reading. Get in the game!HIVE LINE.png

My Giant Roc Win and Splinterlands Battle Tip

From far away, a Roc may be mistaken for a normal bird, but once it comes closer its true size can be appreciated. These massive birds never stray from the Burning Lands, most likely due to the warm ground and favorable nesting conditions of the uninhabitable wasteland of The Unknown.

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The Giant Roc is an oldie, but a goody that’s been around since the Alpha days. Its melee reach ability can cause some damage from behind a tank and even serve as a soft tank if the original dies. Being able to fly helps increase its chances of getting a miss and will stay undamaged during an earthquake.

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Even though I’ve used the Giant Roc thousands of times and it’s the very first card on my list, I’m a bit embarrassed to just now notice that it is holding a baby elephant in its huge talons. That’s why these weekly Splinterlands battle challenges are worth participating in. You will notice cards that have slipped past your radar and earn some HIVE and SPT along the way.

Battle Tip

One of the biggest mistakes I see both old and new players making is NOT checking your enemy’s past lineup. It’s a bit harder to do on mobile, but still possible. I think most people are eager to get into the fight and just click away, but knowing your enemy’s habits and predicting what they will do next will improve your win rate. If you hover over their past battles and see that they use MAGIC every time, use cards that reflect or aren’t hurt by their magic attacks. If they always use strong tanks with shields, then use all magic cards to slip past their shields. This is why pro fighters watch hours and hours of their opponent’s footage. On Splinterlands, it only takes a few seconds.

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I could tell that coffeehouserec wasn’t much of a magic-user so I could use a strong, but slow tank like the Living Lava to win. The ruleset for this battle was also reverse speed so all slow cards would attack first and fast cards last so the Giant Roc would also be a good choice. I made sure that all of my cards would have a speed of just one or two so we would go first.

My Battle

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I have a level 3 summoner, Qid Yuff, but thought that the new Chaos card, Tarsa would be better even though she’s a free-to-use level 1 summoner because she increases both life and attack power by one point. I sometimes feel annoyed getting beat by new players using all free-to-use Chaos cards, but am also glad to see the game evolving and adding powerful new cards. If only strong players with expensive old cards always won, then Splinterlands wouldn’t grow.

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My Giant Roc was able to do some damage and serve as a secondary tank helping to secure this battle victory.

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I earned almost 6 DEC and 18 rating points to bring me up to 1971, the same year the wise and honorable President Richard Nixon, who was not a crook, brought America off the gold standard. Thank you for reading about my Splinterlands battle victory today. Get in the game!HIVE LINE.png

Check out my battle:
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My Splinterlands Dragons

This week’s Splinterlands Share Your Battle theme was dragons again. How many dragon cards do you have? They are by far my favorite splinter and I was happy to use and post about them again.

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My enemy was most likely on a Death quest because all of his previous battles had also been Death. I find it hard to win with Death unless it’s a low mana battle.Djinn Chwala.png

Djinn Chwala is my favorite card even though it’s a new one. Its thorn ability, shield, and strong health make it a card to be reckoned with. After it died, I was really afraid my enemy would beat me.

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Luckily I still had a Black Dragon that can life leech its enemies every time it hits them with a magic attack. There will be times that this dragon will have a ridiculous amount of life after it’s been absorbing hearts from the rear. I remember when this was a cheap Reward card, but now it is one of my most valuable and powerful cards.

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I gained 38 rating points and 13 DEC for my victory. Do you think it will be possible for one DEC to be worth a whole dollar one day? That would be insane, but I doubt it ever happens, but if it does, people will be making a lot of money with each battle victory. When I first started playing this game in 2019, I dreamed of the day that it would be possible to play this game as a full-time job but would look at the top players in the world and see them only making a few cents per victory. With the coming Land expansion, high DEC prices, rentals, tournaments, brawls, and ever-rising value of the cards, there are many people who can live off the Splinterlands today. I’m not one of them since I’m only a Silver League player, but I think it could be possible soon. Even without the earnings, Splinterlands is a great game. Thank you for reading about my dragon’s victory today.

Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_f769bea4afb2207a21aff71f9e3ee434&ref=jeremiahcustis

Participate in this week’s challenge:
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9 Things I Miss About the 1990s

Technically, MTV was a product of the 1980s, but it was still relevant and watched by young people up until the 2000s. The biggest complaint I remember most of us had was that they used to only play music videos and moved too much to reality TV shows, but as a young person at the time, it felt refreshing to have shows and a whole TV channel geared towards us. My fondest memory of MTV was when we’d stay up all night watching the top 500 videos of all time. The number one video would always belong to Michael Jackson, Madonna, or Guns N’ Roses but we’d have fun arguing which music video would come out on top. Today, we have YouTube and a fairly good algorithm that predicts pretty well which song to play next, but it just isn’t the same as watching MTV back in the day. You can show your kids the videos you used to watch, but can’t recreate the fun of watching MTV with your friends while your parents were asleep. What was your favorite music video? What was your favorite show on MTV?

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I had a hard time restricting this post to just nine things. Feel free to copy my title and make your own post about nine things you miss about that decade. I think I’ll make another post called 8 things I miss about the 1980s too. I don’t think it’s wrong to steal someone else’s title as long as your post is original.

It was fun to remember all the quirks and unique things from the decade of the 1990s. As far as music formats, it was either going to be Boomboxes, Walkman, Minidiscs, CDs, the radio, or even the few of us who still used records in the 1990s, but in the end, I chose cassettes. I used Wikipedia for all of my image resources so some of my decisions were defined by the quality of the picture they provided. I thought restricting my image sources to Wikipedia would be good in case anybody wanted to read more about what I wrote below. I would’ve gone with Sony Walkman for this item, but without the cassette, there wouldn’t be a Walkman.

Minidiscs were really cool too. I am a person who rarely feels jealousy. If I see a handsome young man with a good body, I think good for him, and feel sorry for him at the same time for all the pain he must put himself through to look that way. If I see someone who’s rich, I know that material items don’t bring happiness, but one time in 1999, I was at a dance club and I saw a DJ with a clear plastic box full of MiniDiscs and I remember feeling so jealous of him. I loved MiniDiscs for many reasons. First of all, they looked like something from the future. They had the benefits of both CDs and cassettes and were really small too. I think they would’ve been a lot more popular and widely used if MP3 technology had never come along.

Now some of you may be wondering where are CDs? I actually started off this part with MiniDiscs, then remembered that only tech nerds used them. CDs were definitely a big part of the 1990s, but they suck in my opinion. For one thing, they’re still with us today and still suck. The names may have changed to DVD or Blu-ray, but they are still easily stolen and scratched. Although I still have a fond memory of seeing a CD for the first time and seeing its rainbow in the sunlight, I would grow to hate the technology in no time. I do remember that my first CD was The Lion King soundtrack. And the first CD I purchased with my own money was Queen Greatest Hits I & II. I thought it was such a great deal to get my first two CDs for the price of one at Fred Meyer. The first DVD I purchased was Army of Darkness with Bruce Campbell. Do you remember your first CD?

Cassettes are another technology that was around before the 1990s that we all associate with that decade. The technology goes back to WWII and the compact cassettes we all remember came out in the 1960s. Speaking of the 60s, I’d really like to read a post about 6 things you miss from the 60s. I can only guess since I was born in 1980, but ask anybody who was alive back then about that decade and I can guarantee you that their face will light up and they will most likely remember Rock and Roll, NASA, and really cool cars.

For me, I remember getting in arguments with girlfriends in my car about silly things and them ejecting my CD then throwing it out the window. I’d of course stop and search for it only to find it never works again even if I bought one of those fancy CD repairers, but if you did the same to a cassette tape, it would be just fine. I also remember being useful to friends because I was one of the few people who could fix a cassette with just a pencil and some scotch tape.

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Why were movies from the 1990s the best? I was shocked when my girlfriend had never seen a Hollywood movie in her life. She has only watched crappy Thai dramas on Facebook and YouTube, so when it was time to introduce her, I of course showed her Terminator 2, but I started her off with Titanic. I just showed her a few scenes from 1984’s Terminator on YouTube just to introduce her to Sarah Conner and T-800s. I’m not saying all modern movies are horrible. I really wanted to get her into Star Wars so I showed her Rogue One before episodes IV, V, and VI, but she doesn’t even know the prequels exist. She was really shocked to hear what Darth Vader had to say to Luke in Cloud City. How would you break in a Hollywood virgin? So far she’s seen TitanicE.T.Terminator 2Rogue OneA New HopeThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the JediArmy of DarknessGoldenEye, and Red Notice.

I was a teenager in the 1990s, so I remember either straight up sneaking in the back door of the theater or buying just one ticket then sneaking into as many other films as we could. Another trick we would pull to stick it to the man was to have a little gang of friends. One would work at McDonald’s or KFC and sneak out free food. One would work at the grocery store and ignore a bit of shoplifting, and one friend would work at the movie theater and let us watch as many free movies as we wanted. We’d even have the movie ticket in case a company man with a flashlight showed up.

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Speaking of movies, who can ever forget Blockbuster? I think they are a good example of how having a huge ego and thinking you’re king of the hill can lead to your own demise. Blockbuster could’ve bought out Netflix for nothing back in the day, but now they no longer exist.

Be kind and please rewind stickers were even put on DVD boxes by Blockbuster employees. Although I rented my fair share of DVDs and VHS tapes from Blockbuster, I would go there mostly to rent Nintendo games and also remember sneaking into the adult section just to sneak a peek at the adult videos. I always wished I had a pair of star-shaped screwdrivers so I could swap out whatever crappy NES, SNES, or N64 ROMs with the ones I was renting. Did any of you think or actually do that?

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Today any game from the 1990s can be easily downloaded and emulated on a phone or PC, but the only ones I keep coming back to are the N64 games. Riding my bike to the “SuperMall” and buying an N64 and a Super Mario 64 cartridge will always be one of my favorite memories from any decade. It was September 29th, 1996, and the electronics mega-store which no longer exists and I can’t remember its name either had a contest on a huge screen. If you could get the secret castle star where you slide down in under 21 seconds, then you could win a free Mario game. It’s one of the moments in time I wish I could use my current gaming skills to go back to. I would also never open or damage that Mario game knowing that it could sell for a million dollars today. There were many great games for the N64, but the first one, Super Mario 64, was definitely my favorite. How many times has that happened in video gaming history? Where the first game was the best? Maybe only ever with the Gameboy and Tetris.

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I never owned or even liked a Honda CR-X, but it seemed like everybody else did back then. My first car was a pickup truck, a Chevy Luv. It was a total piece of junk, but I drove that little guy to San Diego and even to Texas without it ever breaking down. The only reason I got rid of it was because the communist state of California made (and still makes it) almost impossible for any old car to pass emissions. I sold it to a Mexican friend for $500 and he told me it kept on going well into the 2000s. If I were to ask you for a lift today and handed you a one-dollar bill, it would be a total insult, but back in the 1990s, just a few friends handing you one-dollar bills could actually put some gas in the tank.800px-PlayboyLogo.svg.png

I didn’t get my first peak of pornography until I was 16 years old. I’m not a psychologist, but I think it’s perfectly healthy for a teenage boy to see some beautiful naked women. It was very exciting to see. I can’t see how it’s a good thing that kids can see porn so easily before they’re ready to see or even like it. If some boys want to see titties today, all they have to do is open Twitter or do a Google search. I had to bribe a bum to buy my first Playboy magazine at 7-11 and when I was 18 and old enough to buy it legally, I still felt so embarrassed to wait in line and ask the 7-11 clerk for it.

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I grew up on a small airport in South Dakota, so aviation has always been interesting to me. Even when I was a kid, it felt like the technology had hit some kind of wall. When asking my grandfather why it was so, his answer was, “Because the god-damned lawyers ruined it.”

My grandfather had good reasons to hate lawyers and they very well may have ruined general aviation, but surely not military or commercial aviation. The F-16 still looks cool today. Flying on a jet has not changed at all since I was a kid. Well, maybe a bit. The cabin crew got a lot fatter and now there are TV screens, but the general look and feel of commercial aircraft are sadly exactly the same, only worse. How the hell did that happen? It’s stuff like that which fuel conspiracy theories. I don’t have a conspiracy theory, other than that it’s Generation X’s fault. Millennials may be a bunch of whiney-ass bitches, but Generation X was named appropriately. They did X. They did nothing. They definitely are the worst generation. Seriously what did they do besides continue using horrible banking and invent the iPhone? One thing I really miss about the 1990s and before that was the whole airport and airplane experience. I remember you could send your loved ones all the way to their seats and even meet the Captain and take a look at all the aircraft controls in the cockpit before 9-11.

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Before making this post I asked my followers on Facebook and Noise.Cash what they miss about the 1990s. Nothing. I got nothing. What a bunch of like monkeys. I showed a few people my draft of this post and the only thing I got was how they miss landlines. What’s there to miss about that? OK, maybe a few things…

I remember if I wanted to eavesdrop on my parents’ phone conversations, I’d first remove the phone line so they wouldn’t hear me pick up the line, then slowly slide it back in without clicking it and covering the noise of my breathing. Sometimes I’d just break the little snap off and have an extra line I’d use just for listening in on them. There was also the fun of making prank calls before *69 or caller-ID came along. (I still like using the Arnold Schwarzenegger soundboard to prank call people today.)

Today, you can go out and buy the latest iPhone, but unless you truly need it for the camera, you just look like a cunt trying to look cool, but anybody who had a pager back in the day looked cool as fuck. You were either a soldier, doctor, businessman, or drug dealer if you had a pager. I never had a pager, but I felt they were the coolest tech at the time.

Thank you for reading about my 1990s nostalgia. I used Wikipedia for all these images and shared the links to the articles below. What do you miss about the 1990s? What did I forget to mention?

Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTV
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassette_tape
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminator_2:_Judgment_Day
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockbuster_LLC
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CR-X
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_64
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_747
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playboy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pager

STONE GOLEM -vs- UNICORN MUSTANG

The Stone Golems that reside around the Crags of Maglar are quite terrifying to any stranger who wanders into their domain. In spite of their sheer power and weight, these Golems are surprisingly gentle and peaceful. A good day for a Stone Golem is one in which he did a lot of heavy lifting.

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Most of my Splinterlands battle challenge posts are all about me kicking ass with that week’s monster. (Look at me smash my enemy, not mentioning it took seven tries to get the right victory. Look how great I am, even though all my cards were at level three while my enemy is a new player.) So today, I’d like to try something different and share a draw I had with a Unicorn Mustang.

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The wild brown Unicorns of Anumün contrast the white Unicorns of Khymeria in many ways. Unicorn Mustangs travel in herds, while Sacred Unicorns are only seen alone. The brown Unicorns are not considered sacred like the white, but they are still protected from hunt and slaughter by a superstitious stigma that no Lyverian dares challenge. When approached in the wild, Unicorn Mustangs act as though anyone and everyone but fellow Unicorns are their enemies.

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This was an odds out with poison gas battle so I put a bunch of weak cards out front and saved my Stone Golem in the rear. Since my summoner gives everyone the throne ability, which causes 2 hearts of damage anytime a melee monster hits any of my cards, I thought I would win this battle with ease, but my enemy chose the same summoner.

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I thought I would take him out with my tree friend, Earth Elemental.

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In the end, we were both down to our last heart of health when the poisonous gas took us both out. It was kind of romantic seeing both monsters go down together. Thank you for reading about my draw today.

Photopea

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My girlfriend is using the computer which has Photoshop on it all day to have a big final class. It’s just an old guy from Korea speaking Korean then being translated into Lao then her and her friends rushing and calling each other trying to figure out how to summarize the meeting. I can’t judge because I just finished the first half of my Photoshop class and I have no idea what’s going on. I do like using Photopea when in a jam or when I just need to do something very basic. It’s not exactly the same as Photoshop, but it’s a great clone and it works better than the cracked version I have on my gf’s computer. It took me just a few minutes to make this picture.

PIRATE CAPTAIN

The Pirates of ΛZMΛRÉ are not to be trusted. Their Captains are among the most cunning (and dangerous) creatures in the Splinterlands. Armed with muskets of secret ΛZMΛRÉan make and prepared for any situation, the Pirate Captains sail the seas looking for treasure.”

ไว้ใจโจรสลัดของ ΛZMΛRÉ ไม่ได้ เขามีกัปตันที่ขี้โกงและอันตรายที่สุดใน Splinterlands พวกเขามีปืนคาบศิลาของ ΛZMΛRÉ และพร้อมทุกสถานการณ์เพื่อค้นหาทองคำอยู่บนทะเล”

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I’ve never even given the Pirate Captain a second thought. He goes all the way back to the Alpha days and is one of those cards that isn’t owned, but free to use because my account is from 2019.

จริงๆแล้วฉันไม่เคยสนใจ Pirate Captain แต่มีเขาตั้งแต่ Alpha ใช้เขาได้เพราะว่าบัญชีของฉันเก่านิดนึงมาจากปี 2019

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I remember when the Pirate Captain cost a penny or two but today he’s worth as much as one of these fiat paper monies with a picture of Lincoln on it.

ฉันจำได้เวลา Pirate Captain มีค่าแค่ $0.01 แต่ตอนนี้เขามีค่าเท่ากับเงินที่เป็นกระดาษที่มีรูปภาพของ Lincoln.

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The Pirate Captain wasn’t alone in this battle because he had the Captain’s Ghost by his side, but unlike Obi-Wan, who never broke the rules even in death, our old friend, the Captain’s Ghost could use magic from beyond the grave to rob our enemy of their special abilities. It was an odds-out and everyone gets max-life battle against a strong enemy with a war elephant. The Pirate Captain did his job and shot down just one NFT’s armor, but it was the ox of ice and our buddy, the Captain’s Ghost who did most of the destruction to win this battle.

Pirate Captain ไม่ได้สู้คนเดียวเขาอยู่กับ Captain’s Ghost ไม่เหมือนโอบีวันพี่ตามกฎหมายเสมอเขาดึงความอำนาจพิเศษของข้าศึกของเราได้ Pirate Captain ทำหน้าที่ของเขาแต่จริงๆแล้ววัวน้ำแข็งกับ Captain’s Ghost ทำลายข้าศึกเยอะที่สุด

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Thank you for reading about my Pirate Captain battle today. Get in the game!

Check out the battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_808d6ed7c6eae535dc2657828d52e591&ref=jeremiahcustis

Participate in this week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/splinterlands/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-pirate-captain

My GENSHiN iMPACT End of the Road

What a fun and beautiful gaming experience this was even for someone like me who’s pretty much anti-phone-gaming. I would like to play it further, but I can no longer continue due to miHoYo‘s unfortunate save state and graphics issues.

ส่วนมากฉันเป็นคนไม่ชอบเล่นเกมในโทรศัพท์แต่ฉันสนุกมากกับเกมนี้ฉันอยากเล่น Genshin Impact อีกแต่ save ไม่ได้และมัน error ที่เดิมเสมอ

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How much money did you drop into this game? Fellow players are spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars trying to get lucky with this gacha star game. I spent $0, so no complaints from me, just a thought…

คุณเสียตังค์ไปเท่าไหร่แล้วกับการเล่นเกมนี้เห็นหลายคนเสียเงินเยอะกับเกมนี้แต่ฉันเล่นฟรีก็เลยไม่มีสิทธิ์ที่จะบ่นอะไรแต่ว่าฉันมีไอเดีย

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miHoYo is a centralized company with the goal of making as much cash as possible, but imagine how great this game would’ve been if it had a decentralized nature like that of Splinterlands where all the weapons and items are NFTs. Even if you lost interest in the game, you could come back months or even years later to find those rare items and characters you won, but sadly forgot about, have seen crazy amounts of value come their way.

miHoYo คือ บริษัทที่เป็น centralized และมีเป้าหมายที่จะได้เงินเยอะที่สุดที่เป็นไปได้แต่ผมคิดว่า Genshin Impact จะดีกว่าถ้าทุกอย่างเป็น NFT เหมือนในเกม Splinterlands สมมุติว่าเราไม่ได้เล่น Genshin Impact มานานแต่พอเรากลับมาเล่นเลยเห็น NFT ของเรามีค่าเยอะขึ้น

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They made $2 billion dollars off this game so far, which means they’re doing the right thing for the stockholders and investors, but as a gamer, I would have actually spent some of my money on those lucky falling stars if I’d known the weapons and characters I could win would be my own NFTs.

ฉันเล่นเกมนี้ฟรีแต่ถ้าฉันรู้ว่าสิ่งที่ซื้อไว้คือ NFT ฉันอาจจะลงทุนตัวจริงในเกมนี้

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Another problem I had with the game was that I was playing it on my phone. I’m an old-school gamer and just can’t enjoy using sluggish and awkward touchscreen controls, especially on a small screen like a phone. If by some miracle miHoYo lets me continue where I left off when I get my PlayStation, then I’ll happily jump right back in, but I can’t be bothered to start all over again. It’s not like this is a Zelda game. Another thing I hate about the save game situation is that your progress is reset if you change servers. What the hell’s up with that? I live in Asia but my kids live in America. So I’m supposed to have two accounts? One for my friends and one for my kids? That’s just stupid. I should be able to change servers without losing all my progress. What was miHoYo thinking?

ฉันเล่นเกมมา 30 ปีแต่จริงๆแล้วไม่ชอบเล่นเกมในโทรศัพท์เลยฉันขอให้เล่นเกมนี้ต่อเวลาซื้อ PlayStation แต่รู้จะเป็นไปไม่ได้ฉันไม่ชอบด้วยที่เปลี่ยน server ต้องเริ่มใหม่หมดเลยฉันอยู่ที่ประเทศลาวแต่ลูกชายอยู่ที่อเมริกาสมมุติว่าอยากเล่นกับเขาฉันต้องเริ่มบัญชีใหม่ทำไม miHoYo ทำแบบนี้วะ

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I really enjoyed Genshin Impact and miHoYo‘s previous game, Honkai Impact 3rd so I’ll be keeping an eye out for what they come out with next. I had some good memories playing Genshin Impact this year, but I remember having to switch between low-resolution and high-resolution mode anytime I wanted to take a picture for fear of my gameplay looking like it came from a PlayStation 2. I really wanted to get this picture of me sneaking past the sleeping robot hoping he didn’t wake up while I switched to high resolution, snapped the shot, and switched back to low resolution again. I’m glad I didn’t wake him up because I never did beat one of these robot things before.

ฉันสนุกกับ Honkai Impact 3rd และ Genshin Impact และจะรอดูว่า miHoYo จะมีอะไรใหม่ฉันมีประสบการณ์ที่ดีในการเล่นเกมนี้แต่ผมต้องเปลี่ยนคุณภาพเสมอที่จะถ่ายรูป

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Amber can unlimitedly shoot fire arrows which made her my favorite character. If the game ever jumped into an online co-op mode I’d make sure I helped out my buddy but from a distance.

ชอบมากที่ Amber ยิงธนูไฟได้เสมอกระสุนไม่เคยหมด

Gaming Photography

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Flying was the best part of the game for me. I could never get a good picture flying in HD mode even though my phone was marketed to me as a gaming phone. I’m sure getting screenshots from a console will be easy to do.

ที่ชอบมากที่สุดในเกมนี้คือเราสามารถบินได้

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Stormterror

This part of Genshin Impact should be called Storm Error. If you get stuck in this CGI failure of game design, you can hold down on attack and still beat Stormterror even though you can’t see what you’re doing.

ถ้า Genshin Impact error แบบนี้เราไม่สามารถมองเห็นได้เพียงแต่เรากดปุ่มยิงค้างไว้เราสามารถยิง Stormterror ได้

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I first played Genshin Impact on my iPad Pro when it first came out and it would get stuck anytime Stormterror would show up without any way of getting past the animation scene that was crashing the game. It happened again on my phone, so I can no longer progress in this game, and like I said before I prefer using a Sony PlayStation controller over any touchscreen gaming.

ฉันขอแนะนำเล่น Genshin Impact กับ PlayStation เพราะว่าเราไม่สามารถเล่นใน iPad และโทรศัพท์ได้

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Thank you for reading about my Genshin Impact gaming experience today. What was your favorite moment in the game? Any tips?

ขอบคุณที่อ่านเกี่ยวกับประสบการณ์ของฉันในเกม Genshin Impact คุณมีความจำอะไรดีกับ Genshin Impact ไหมมีคำแนะนำอะไรไหม

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Here’s a sketch I did of Amber first with a pencil then inked over.

ฉันวาดรูปของ Amber นี้ด้วยดินสอและปากกา

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AmberKaeya, or Beidou?

SPLINTERLANDS: Wan’s First Battle Challenge and Elven Cutthroat Win

Elves can be found living in many of the forests of the Splinterlands. They live in the trees but come down often to collect resources from the forest floor. Though the elves are small and beautiful, they always have a seemingly endless supply of concealed knives, with which they are deadly accurate.

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I’ve tried to get a lot of my friends into Splinterlands, but I’m not much of a salesman or recruiter. I did work as a recruiter for the US Army for a few weeks back in 1999 with my recruiter who got me to join. It was really fun to go back to my old high school in uniform and impress all my younger friends. I even got invited to the prom by a few girls, but I didn’t sign up anybody. I have convinced a few buddies to join the military and they found good jobs as officers, but they were Australian and British, so I don’t get any high fives from the US Army, but I’m glad they found careers they like.

One of my students from the hotel I worked at back in 2018 really liked Splinterlands and has turned his original $10 into over $10,000 of valuable NFTs, but he has played every day for years and is really good at buying cards low and selling them high. I’m not much of an accountant and never remember what I bought cards for. I just buy cards I think look cool and let my emotions decide. (Which is why my student is a much better player than me now.) I’m glad he’s doing well with the game, but he’s a dude like me, and dudes like games. It’s hard to get girls here in Laos into games. 99% of them will say, “Koy bo mak game.” Which means, “I don’t like games.” When I told my girlfriend, Wan, that she could use my old account to play she instantly fell in love with the game. She plays it all the time now. I even hear her play it in the bathroom and when I’m trying to sleep. I think she might be the one.

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I explained to her about this battle challenge and that she should use the Elven Cutthroat so I could share her battle. Now she uses her in almost every battle. She just apologized for dropping rank below 100 and losing all the progress to Bronze II, but I told her it’s no problem because the game forgives your losses if you fall under 100, but to be careful not to end the season that way or she’ll receive zero season rewards. It won’t be a problem because she plays the game ALL the time now and I’m sure we’ll get her to Bronze II or maybe even Bronze I by the end of the season.

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I asked her why she chose the three-headed dog and she said it was because he can heal himself. She thought the snake was strong and she thought the Goblin Shaman looked cool, but I think she chose him because he’s the first card to choose from. I then asked her why she chose the Elven Cutthroat and she said it was because I told her to and that she is a badass card that helps her win. This was her first time ever using the Elven Cutthroat, but I see her using it all the time now. I’m so glad that she loves the game too!

Check out her battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_ecec4e8f7cad1969672d59e367adda1e&ref=bountame

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