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


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.


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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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


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…



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


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


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


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


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


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.


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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


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


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

ฉันวาดรูปของ Amber นี้ด้วยดินสอและปากกา


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.


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.


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!

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SPLINTERLANDS: Weekly Battle Challenge with the Haunted Spider NFT

The second form of a Dark Eternal is determined by the state of the soul. Some of the more twisted souls take insect form, and the Haunted Spider is the favorite. The projectile venom and massive, armored thorax make the Haunted Spider a formidable (and intimidating) enemy in any battle.


This week’s Share Your Battle Challenge theme is the Haunted Spider. This seems like an appropriate choice since Halloween is just 17 days away. This may not seem like a powerful card, but once you level it up, it can shoot poison at your enemies.


It’s always hard for me to win when there is a low mana cap. For this battle, it was just 13.


My enemy chose their cards wisely, but I got lucky. They took out my Haunted Spider, but it gave my Undead Archer the opportunity to get in a lucky shot on their Cerberus taking away the three-headed mutt’s healing ability which then let my Haunted Spirit smash all three of their fire cards. Thank you for reading and have a great Halloween!

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Harklaw: My favorite new Legendary Death NFT reward card on Splinterlands

Harklaw has achieved the highest degree of Dark Eternal existence in this realm. For many years it has been ready to cross over to the dark reality, but it has graciously stayed behind. Such is the tradition with the greatest Dark Eternal sorcerers of all time to help with the conversion and advancement of others. Little does the Lord of Darkness know that Harklaw stays behind not to help his fellow Dark to oneness, but to pursue selfish and secret goals. Harklaw has already won the loyalty of some of the Dark Lord’s closest confidants, and together they are concocting a scheme to dethrone him forever.


This week’s Splinterlands Share Your Battle featured the Crystal Jaguar. I’m not too keen on this card and can’t remember it ever winning me a battle, so for this week, I will show you my favorite new card, Harklaw.


I’m not a rich man, but here are my current Legendary cards. I’m broke and haven’t had a job or real income for years so I only have the cards I think are one hundred percent necessary. I think most of these cards are Reward cards.


Harklaw‘s shield made him mostly invulnerable to his enemy’s weak Life attacks. This is a must-have card that you can win simply by playing the game.


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Check out my sexy new NFT battle card: CENTAURI MAGE

The magic of the Centauri people of northern Anumün is so secretive that it is a wonder their Mages make any demonstrations of their powers in the Mount Mox Arena at all. The audiences are always thrilled to see their magic attacks, especially at dusk and sunset, when they create a chillingly beautiful (and deadly) green light show. Not only does this magic rain green fire onto the enemy, but with proper concentration from the Mage, it also refortifies the defenses of the friendly team. Among the Centaurs, those who practice these ancient ways of magic are extremely rare. They spend most of their time close to Kron, protecting him from all the wild creatures outside his Citadel.


One of the things I love about these weekly Splinterlands battle challenges is that they bring awareness to both new and old cards that have slipped past my radar. I’m not a strong Earth player so the Centauri Mage was one of those cards. I didn’t even notice she was a centaur until making this post.

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The Centauri Mage and her ability to return ranged attacks were key to my victory. Both arrows and magic attacks were returned to their source causing them damage like an instant boomerang of karma.

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My battle went so well that after the dust settled, not one of my monsters was killed. Flawless victory! Thank you Centauri Mage and thank you for reading about one of my favorite new NFT cards today. May the power of the Splinterlands be with you. Get in the game!

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SPLINTERLANDS and my Waver Runner NFT battle challenge win

The Wave Runner sees not one but two sets of prey. The first set of eyes scours the ocean for a tasty morsel. The second set of eyes looks above to the skies for unsuspecting flyers. With a powerful swipe of its tail, the Wave Runner can leap out of the water and bring giant birds and dragons alike into the water where its body provides a natural fighting advantage. It’s best to find land or make peace with your soul if you’re unfortunate enough to face a Wave Runner.


I can’t seem to win a match to save my life these days. Before the game became popular I’d soar through the Bronze and Silver Leagues as if they were a joke, but now it seems as if my enemies can predict my moves even though I carefully look at their past matches before I select my cards. Even though I usually choose older, stronger, and better cards, they still seem to win more often than I do. My neighbors must think I’m crazy hearing me scream obscenities alone in my room. My dog will look at me all scared, but I’ll tell him, “It’s not you baby, it’s these cheating A.I. bots!”


I guess you could call me a Splinterlands veteran since I’ve been in the game since 2019 and have once been the top 86th player in the world, but I feel like a total rookie today. All I know is that this is truly a decentralized game and that you should never give up. You won’t get rich quick, but you will see cards go from $1 to over $100 if you are patient.

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For this battle, I sacrificed my chicken by putting him out front. My enemy would’ve won if they’d put their Water Elemental in the rear, but thankfully, they did not.

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My Wave Runner wasn’t the MVP of this match, but he did help us to win. This is a beautiful card, but it brought back a bit of PTSD for me. I’m a pretty crazy and fearless guy. I will fight guys twice my size and ride my motorcycle as fast as the engine will go, but I remember surfing in Monterey, California back in 1999 seeing a dark shadow swim underneath me. At first, I thought it was lovely that another dolphin had come to say hi and possibly swim in the waves with me as I surf, but then I noticed how big the shadow was. After it swam underneath me three times, I started to feel true fear. As it swam away, I could see its tail wasn’t like a dolphin’s and its black eye of death. Luckily for me, it didn’t find me interesting and a big wave came along. I didn’t dare to stand up, rather riding on the board on my stomach all the way to the beach grinding the board’s fins into the sand. I then screamed for my friends to come in and told them what happened.

When we were putting our boards into the back of my pickup they thought I was lying until a Japanese tourist came up to me shook my hand and told me that he was happy to see I was still alive and that the shark was as big as my truck. Thank you for reading about my Splinterlands battle and my close encounter with a great white shark today. Get in the game!

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Kobolds have long been considered the most skilled miners in the land. Their small stature and inherent bravery allow them to squeeze into small and risky spaces, and they are very good with tools. Recently, however, the Kobolds have apparently dug too deep into the crust beneath the Molten Mountains. This has allowed an undiscovered race of Fire Ants to breach the surface. These Ants are each about the size of a man’s fist, not large enough individually to pose a threat to anyone, but they are very good at teamwork and they operate through a shared hive mind. The Ant Miners carry tiny tools, which they use to enhance their already-formidable digging skills. They always travel in packs and lines; if you see a line of Ant Miners approaching your home, do not attempt to fight. It’s best to just give up your home.

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Is it just me or do battles seem harder than ever these days? With 10,000 new players joining Splinterlands every day competition will surely increase. I wonder how many bots there are now. I’ve never used the Ant Miners in battle before, but their ability to scavenge health any time a monster dies makes them a useful card.


My battle went well. I didn’t lose a single card. Maybe Splinterlands should add a flawless victory reward like in Mortal Kombat. It’s not always the case, but whoever places out more cards usually wins rather than relying on one really strong card. In this battle, I laid out six cards to my enemy’s three. My Cerberus or three-headed monster dog got down to one health at one point, but his ability to self-heal is what made the difference. Thank you for reading about my battle victory today. Get in the game!

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I remember when you cost a penny, but now you are a must-have NFT if you want victory in your Splinterlands battles. While you may not have any attack power or magic abilities, you save the day very often. Thank you for your selfless sacrifice and sorry for eating so many of your brothers and sisters. All y’all are quite tasty and nutritious though.


For this Splinterlands art contest, I experimented with sketches using open, closed, and divided negative space.

Open Negative Space

Negative space or the empty space around your subject is usually ignored but is an important part of any drawing. For my open negative space drawing, I put the Furious Chicken in the middle of the artboard, small, and in front of the text. When using open negative space neither the text nor subject should touch the borders.

Closed Negative Space

I thought a black background would work for my closed negative space drawing. When using closed negative space, the text or subject should not be fully in frame and will touch our come in from the edges.

Divided Negative Space

I feel that the divided negative space drawing came out best hence it is the thumbnail of this post. I divided the artboard with a brown branch which divided the sky and ground. I felt the green ground would complement the red “Furious” well.


Thank you for reading about my use of negative space today. I hope I explained the three types of negative space well. I started off with a pencil, then inked my sketches and used Inkscape for the digital drawings.

My computer is a total piece of junk I bought at Walmart for $99 back in 2017. It can only run for about an hour before it overheats and freezes up even though I made my room completely air-tight with painter’s tape and crank the air conditioning up on full blast in turbo mode. I have always despised Microsoft and Bill Gates and haven’t touched an X-box or any Windows operating system since 2007. The first thing I do to any computer I own (and sometimes to the great distress of my coworkers with company machines) is completely wipe Windows and install Linux Mint. I never understood why people continue to use crap like Microsoft when Linux is better, faster, and completely FREE. I guess people like being slaves to creeps like Gates.

I got into an argument with a big-ass retired British Sergeant Major back in 2019. He was so mad a me that he punched me down to the floor and kept punching me in the head. It took three people to take him off me. He then took my computer and ripped it in half tearing away the screen in true WWE drama. It still works if I connect an HDMI cable to a TV, so fuck you sir!

I tried using a bootleg copy of Adobe Illustrator I downloaded from the Pirate Bay, but since I’m running it through Wine, I couldn’t save my work for some reason, so I tried using Inkscape for the first time. Inkscape runs fine on my machine but takes some getting used to compared with Illustrator. If you can’t get Adobe Illustrator to work on your PC then Inkscape is a great and FREE alternative.

SPLINTERLANDS: My Grumpy Dwarf Victory

Having run from a great terror on the other side of the world, the Dwarves are new to the Splinterlands. They don’t take kindly to strangers, and since they are now surrounded by strangers, the residents of the Splinterlands have taken to calling them, Grumpy Dwarves. They are quite fierce with axes.


Welcome fellow and future Splinterlands players. Today I’d like to share with you my battle using the Grumpy Dwarf. I honestly haven’t used this card for years. I sold it foolishly for pennies a while back, but since it is a part of my base set of cards it is always available to me. That is a very fair way to reward older players in my opinion, letting us use our old cards at level 1, even though we no longer own the NFT.


The Grumpy Dwarf sadly died in this fight, but he took out my enemy’s Fire Elemental which was useful because it has the blast ability which not only hurts the card it’s aiming for, but the one next to it too!

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We both chose the Living Lava as our tank or first monster. This is a newer card, but it seems that everybody uses it these days.


I put the three-headed monster dog, Cerberus in the second slot because he will self-heal and pick up where the first monster left off if it dies.

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I put the Grumpy Dwarf in the third spot, but I could’ve put him anywhere since he has the reach ability.

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The Kobold Miner has the sneak ability, so I could’ve placed him anywhere too.

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The Creeping Ooze reminds me of Slimer from Ghostbusters. He’s good because he only uses 1 mana and slows all of your enemies down by one point. This can often be the leading factor in your victory.


The only reason I chose the Centaur was that he had a decent amount of health and filled up the possible mana for the battle. His snipe ability was useful in the fight though. Thanks for checking out my battle today. Get in the game!

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