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Spoiler Alert: YOHTAI-GANG-Hearthstone Tournament

Spoiler Alert: AUG 2014 YOHTAI-GANG-Hearthstone Tournament

Hearthstone Throw Pillow Faryna 1

 

The official Hearthstone Pillow as sold by Blizzard here:
http://gear.blizzard.com/index.php/default/hearthstone-throw-pillow.html

Just some of the epic door prizes for our upcoming Hearthstone tournament.

Estimated chance of winning a fabulous door prize: one in 100.

Subscribe to the Geeky Antics blog for more about GANG tournaments and tournament spoilers. Or tune into the Horseplay podcast on Twitch every Thursday night at 11pm EST.

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Ye Olde #Hearthstone Tavern and Inn Issue No. 1 

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The wonder that is woman

The wonder that is woman

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Maya Angelou, Still I Rise

 

What is woman?

What does it mean to be a woman in our time? What is her place in the world? What is her situation? What are her problems?

These are the questions which our clumsy and stumbling journey has brought us as we further reflect on the female gamer and geek – here, on the Horseplay podcast and elsewhere. Warning: this is not a flirtation with feminism. Nor is it an introduction to the self-enamors of a boyish circle jerk.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Woman, like Man, is not to be ignored, rejected or exploited – nor should she get an armful of get out of jail cards to play with reckless whim. Woman belongs here just as does Man. She represents a mystery, a wonder and a good which transcends our infantile ambitions to possess and use her for our own (male or female) purposes. When I say, good, I do not mean a commodity, but a boon, a gift and a blessing.
Immaculate Conception
Mary, Mother of Jesus

It does not require great imagination to understand her as a boon, gift and blessing when we consider her as a mother. But motherhood is not the only blessing, she is a treasure as a wife, daughter, sister, saint, hero, etc. – if she pursues her identity with dignity, grace and love.

Thank you

Thank you, women. And thank you who work, who contribute to culture that lifts up the human spirit, and who serve in causes and missions that bring compassion and hope to all of the human family. Thank you, every woman!

Women have contributed to human history as much as men. And in every noble endeavor including science, art, and culture.
Marie Curie
Women have made great sacrifices and faced great challenges just as much as men. Humanity is blessed by the presence, excellence and gift of great women.
Rosa Parks
Sadly, history and popular culture does not admit to enough of the evidence of women’s achievements and contributions – but we are not so ignorant nor of limited imagination to deny the unrecorded evidence of culture, progress and hope to which women have made contribution.
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Edith Stein
Edith Stein

A woman’s dignity derives from these things and much more. It is a dignity, however, that has often been unappreciated, unacknowledged, and, sadly, much abused.
Queen Rania of Jordan
When the woman rises (as Maya Angelou proclaims in her poem), humanity rises. When the woman rises into a daybreak that is wonderously clear, we rise to it together – men, women and children.
Liu Yang

Folly

There remains obstacles to the full integration of virtuous women within social, political and economic activities. There remains inequalities and prejudices that prevent the woman from being freely herself, a boon, a gift and a blessing. There remains injustice, violence against women, and the abuse of women which are perpetuated by human folly – yours and mine.


This folly ends when we honor the dignity of the woman. It ends when all of us allow ourselves to accept, celebrate and praise her dignity in the individual woman. It ends when the individual woman demonstrates her dignity as a woman and she rejects the vulgar, dehumanizing and savage passions which we must all struggle to reject.

Mother Teresa

Men (and boys) must see women who exemplify what a blessing she is as mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, professional, leader, hero, etc. They must see women of great dignity with their own eyes. Otherwise, the ignorance and folly of men shall continue.

Make it so

If the task seems daunting to women (to be virtuous), the burden upon men must be to search for signs of her dignity, honor her when those signs are demonstrated, and defend her dignity against the savage ambitions and behavior of the stupid.

Even in a game.
Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz


Especially in a game. Because contrary to the anti-social perversions of the infantile and undeveloped gamer, geek or otherwise (of which there are too many), the best games are social activities where we learn and exercise good graces, deepen our relationships with others, and truly enjoy each other.
Angela Gheorghiu
Good women can bring much to a game including sensibility, humanity, coherence, loyalty, organization, communication and, last but not least, community skills.

Let go of the pain and anger

The need to hurt, humiliate, offend and/or dominate others (online or offline) is a symptom of a sickness, a disease and all that pain you now bear up in an undignified and demonic manner.


But do not give up hope. Not on you. Not on us. This is not hell and what is broken can often be mended – especially if the patient is pure of heart.

To think and believe otherwise is to be confused, miserable, broken, and deeply maladjusted.

Or do you believe me to be mistaken? Tell me. Comment below, shout out on Facebook or give me a hat tip on Twitter.

Angela Gheorghiu sings the aria “Vissi d’arte” in Puccini’s opera ‘Tosca’
Stan Faryna
6 June 2014
Fairfax, Virginia

Ye Olde #Hearthstone Tavern and Inn #YOHTAI Issue No. 3

Well met!

Hearthstone Rankings

Some of you are rocking the deck. Some not so much. For the later, we know how you got the trouble on your mind. This song is for you…

 

 

Handshakes and Nods

 

Welcome (and welcome back) to Ye Olde Hearthstone Tavern and Inn. Our friend’s lists are growing, our kung fu getting funky and our murloc sammiches be mighty.

We’re a community that’s about Hearthstone. Hearthstone is an Online Collectible Card Game (CCG) that is easy to learn, yet challenging to master.

If you haven’t been here before, check out the previous issues of YOHTAI.

Issue No. 1

https://geekyantics.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/ye-olde-hearthstone-tavern-and-inn-16-april-2014-issue-no-1

Issue No. 2

https://geekyantics.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/ye-olde-hearthstone-tavern-and-inn-yohtai-issue-no-2/

You can also connect and participate on Facebook, Steam and Horseplay Live!

Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/hearthstone.heroes/

Steam
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/_hearthstone

Horseplay
http://allgames.com/podcasts/horseplay

 

Hearthstone News

 

Ranked Play Season 2: The Black Temple 

Season 2 is coming to a close and the black temple card back will soon be ours. But is that all we get for all the game, shame and grief? Really?! How about some of that shiny, happy sin’dorei glory? Or is that another thing you can do in Colorado but no where else?

Ok, let’s assume the seasonal card back is some kind of lower hanging fruit for lesser murlocs. But why can’t we mix and match the card backs.  That is something we can’t do. Yet.

Black Temple Hearthstone Cardback Faryna

 

2014 Hearthstone World Championship

$250,000 in prizes for the epic plays! Do you have a shot at a cash prize? Be a top 16 Legend player. Seriously? Seriously!

The official competition rules are here.

https://bnetcmsus-a.akamaihd.net/cms/content_folder_media/ETLD1OPHY4D31400717954136.pdf

 

Hearthstone Poster Contest

The Hearthstone Poster Contest is almost over. Vote for your favorite on Facebook at May 29, 2014. Yeah it seems kind of stupid that an iPad promotional event (vote) is only being hosted on Facebook. But we all know how it is – once you work for corporate, you lose 5 points of practical intelligence off the bat. Sometimes, more.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.721839204525517.1073741846.498467596862680&type=1

Here’s an interesting submission by Kris Cooper. Cooper’s artwork has a lot of potential to be used in future Hearthstone content.

What you think?

Kris Cooper Hearthstone Poster

 

Hearthstone Cheats

Hacks

Same four cards! Some of us have seen it done with our own eyes. We don’t want to report. But we do want to know where you get that hack! [laughing]

So what does Aldor Peacekeeper know, right? Follow the rules!?

Tip No. 69

Using up all your mana in a round is not an indicator that you are winning.

Don’t play cards just because you got mana to burn. There’s cards you need to hang on to for a tight, upcoming situation. Play a card because you can make it work for you. Duh!

Say Something

 

Canned Comments

The canned comments that can be exchanged in a match are lackluster.

Here’s some comments we’d like to see added to the menu.

1. I’m unstoppable except when my hand sucks.
2. I play nekkid. You?
3. Yes. I will accept your surrender, general.
4. Are you eating again?! Make your move or pass, thank you.
5. Are you peeing again?! Make your move or pass, thank you.
6. Could you turn off the frelling tv and finish up this match.
7. I admire your keen skill and undeniable charms .
What comments would you you like to see added to the menu?

Thank you

Say anything. Share anything. Almost anything – let’s not go XXX, ok. [grin]

Open Pack Hearthstone Faryna 4

 

Drink with me, friend. Share with us. Words, dreams, fantasies or art. Send it to me (Stan) at stan.faryna@gmail.com

Job’s done!

Are You A Geek.. The “New”, Sexy Kind?

What is geek? Or who.

 DISCLAIMER:  The opinions and views here, as always, are those of our contributors and not our organization as a whole.  That said, this editorial is meant to provoke and inspire..  Join the conversation.  Labels are never 100% accurate but they do help us connect and identify with each other, no?

If you don’t understand half of the jokes on The Big Bang Theory, that doesn’t mean you’re not a geek. If you can’t explain why Captain Picard is superior to Captain Kirk – that may be a problem. And it’s a problem because geek can be cool. Geek can rock.

It’s been suggested that the historical usage of the term, geek, refers to 20th Century circus performers that challenged conventional perceptions and experience. The bearded woman. The dwarf. The man or woman who would bite the heads off of live chickens. But the term, geek, came back into currency in the last twenty something years and it came back to mean something else entirely.

On the one hand, geek came to be substituted for nerd – a socially  and emotionally challenged, highly intelligent, obsessively compulsive, introverted, fearful personality type. At least that’s what Dr. Seuss seems to imply. [grin] But the present usage of geek is almost sexy and, almost, cool. Geeks can be desirable and geeks might just save the world. Or, at least, we would like to believe that geeks will save the world.

While nerds tend to barricade themselves in their domain of interests and ignore the challenges of ordinary human experience, geeks want to live and they want to feel alive. Geeks get excited about the things that people get excited about – supercars, intercontinental business class flights, and attractive, exciting lovers. All of which means that the geek wants to own acceptance, approval, praise, celebration and, oh yeah, a whole lotta love.

Both geeks and nerds will overthink things. They are information junkies but that doesn’t mean they know how to effectively use information, filter and sift it, make good decisions or act upon it. The geek, however, makes a better effort to derive some kind of value from the data collection. Their motivation to do so, of course, is money, power and influence. Of course, most of them won’t admit to their ambitions. Because it would look bad. It would look Chatlanian.

Beyond the general distinction between the nerd and the modern geek, there’s several behaviors by which you can recognize the new, sexy geek.  Below are five behaviors that I have observed:

Grooming

The new geek knows how to groom and dress up for the occasion. They don’t have to turn it on all the time but when they do, they do it well. They go for the cut, color and style and you don’t get that at a barbershop or low cost, franchise hair cuttery. Male geeks get manicures and pedicures. They shower daily and know a little something about maintenance cosmetics and fragrance.

 

miss-rohr-and-the-woodsmans-pal

 

Of course, you are likely to find them in a bathrobe, underwear or birthday suit at home where no one sees them.

Relationships

The new geek knows how to relate to people that are interesting to them – colleagues, friends, lovers and successful geeks. They have some understanding of how to respect, cherish, support and savor the people meaningful to them. They try to remember birthdays, they choose and give thoughtful gifts and they expect likewise. They can be devoted friends and lovers but only as long as their friends and lovers are interesting, intense, and live up to their expectations.

 

Pray

 

The 30 something new geek has 3 or more friends, was involved in 3 or more romantic relationships and has more than 100 “friends” across social media. They talk about the bad shit is going on in the Ukraine, Egypt, Nigeria and elsewhere.

Neo-hedonism

Though it might be tempting to suggest the new geek is a neo-epicurean, modesty and, perhaps, virtue is not basic to the new geek think. Like the neo-epicurean, the new geek is a materialist. They love life, the world, and the unrestricted promise (false or otherwise) of happiness and pleasure.  Obviously, the new geek makes a poor missionary, patriot, revolutionary, saint or soldier.

Unlike the neo-epicurean, the new geek seeks self-gratification with a little (or lot of) license and zeal. They gush about the things that give them happy – Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest give them a voice for such material, self-centered self-expression. They make passionate customers., but also fickle if you can’t keep it interesting.

 

birthday lobster

Any kind of spirituality a new geek does always comes with a heavy handed materialism. Not a shallow or ruthless materialism – but an undeniable interest in the physical world and one’s physical well-being. The new geek is very comfortable with the paradox of wanting to save the world without the self-denials that come with a deep spirituality.

Gaming

Geeks love games and not just computer or traditional parlor games. They love to game life, excel, compete, and receive honor for their achievements. Every geek has to know and have played Sid Meier’s Civilization and played God-level and won against near impossible odds. It’s the ultimate litmus test of geek sexual performance. Or I jest.

 

Pandamonium Hearthstone Card Back Faryna

 

Seriously, the new geek games in one way or another. Everquest, World of Warcraft, Poker, casino games, day trading, etc. – two or more of these things should evoke nostalgia, fond memories of glory and comrades, and a shit-eating grin for the new geek. Candy Crush and Farmville do not count.

Higher Consciousness

The new geek is not simply egocentric, but his/her egocentrism expands to the far reaches of the universe, multiverse, life, time and culture. So, yeah, the new geek likes sci-fi, fantasy and/or end of the world content. The new geek knows something about Doctor Who, Mad Max, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, Terminator, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Any of which can seem outrageous when such higher consciousness is self-expressed in cosplay or other geeky antics.

But there’s another side to this higher consciousness that is sensible – curiosity, open-mindedness, problem-solving, creativity, empathy, and a deeper connection with the world, with others and with creation. This is often expressed by a desire to do the right thing, save the world, or make a difference.

Luna Moth 3 Faryna May 2014

 

The new geek gives money to causes because that’s how we live out our secret super powers. Batman, Superman and all the X-Men may inspire us, but we can slap down the spare change and make things happen. Five bucks here, 20 bucks there and $100 – more than a few times in a year. They might not have the time to give to the homeless, poor or whatever but they know if they don’t throw money at several causes and fundraisers – they aren’t doing what they can.

Are you the sexy, new kind of geek?

Is there anything else that you would modify or add to this list?    Share them with us in the comments! Because the new geek makes awesome comments.

 

 

Stan Faryna is writing an epic  sci-fi, fantasy, end-of-the-world story that is going to be a multi-week New York Times best-seller and hit HBO TV series. Or so he hopes.

Ye Olde #Hearthstone Tavern and Inn #YOHTAI Issue No. 2

Greetings friend!

This is Sparta!

 

THIS IS, err, YOHTAI – Ye Olde Hearthstone Tavern and Inn. 

YOHTAI is where we can add friends, connect, share, brag, bitch and whine about Blizzard’s game Hearthstone and other things. We also conversate and participate in live and recorded podcasts including HorsePLAY! LIVE and others. And, ok, we do some tips, cheats, and strategies…

If you haven’t read it, check out the YOHTAI Issue No. 1 here:

https://geekyantics.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/ye-olde-hearthstone-tavern-and-inn-16-april-2014-issue-no-1

I’m ready! I’m not ready!

In the comments below, flaunt your OP internet and social game skillz – tell us your Hearthstone ID (Battle Tag), your in game name, your real name (if you dare), your city, connection points, and share your thoughts on Hearthstone with us.

Hearthstone News

Ranked Play Season 1: Pandamonium is almost over

Season 1 is coming to a close at the end of the month, and with it your chances of acquiring the Pandaria card back for your collection.

Pandaria Card Back

Pandamonium Hearthstone Card Back Faryna

 

Fireside Gatherings FLOP

The Fireside Gathering is on. If you can log in three devices on the same router, you can get the Fireside Gathering card back. Blizzard’s big idea, however, was a big flop with hardly any HFG parties anywhere. Blizzard’s lack of commitment and investment in this social event leaves us with some questions about their community skills.

Sometimes, I forget things…

Our genius suggestion: A plushy Hearthstone Pillow awarded to the first 300 Fireside Gathering leaders signed up for the Cinco de Mayo slash This is Sparta bash. What Cinco de Mayo Bash?! Exactly.

Hearthstone Fireside Gathering Card Back Faryna

 

Hearthstone Gear

Show off your Hearthstone gear. Send us a pic of you and your gear and we’ll feature it in YOHTAI. Send the pic to me (Stan) at stan.faryna@gmail.com

Below, the Hearthstone Pillow.

Hearthstone Throw Pillow

TOSH.0

TOSH.0 still don’t got love for the Hearthstone. Whazzup with that? He know internets? Obviously not. Because Hearthstone is one of the hottest iPad app downloads going on. It’s averaging 4.5 stars, got 7086 ratings overnight, and Hearthstone is at the top of the app download list.

Get in there and fight, Maggot!

Tweet Tosh and tell him what’s up: http://twitter.com/danieltosh

 Get in there and fight, maggot!   cc  

The queue sucks!

Get more servers, Blizzard!

Hearthstone Que Sucks Says Faryna

 

Hearthstone Cheats

Some of us are casual gamers – playing less than 10 hours per week. But if you can log in for 30 minutes, you can collect the 40 gold daily quest reward with a little help from you friends at YOHTAI. Log-in, let your friends know you need a “little gold” in the chat and then take turns winning and losing to get that quest reward.

Tip No. 13

No one likes losing most of the time.
If you can’t survive to round 10 in most fights, whip out your credit card and throw down $20 on some cards. But not until you can survive until round 9. Because you need some tested and true ideas about how to play the game before new cards can help.
YOHTAI Groups and Beyond
YOHTAI is on Steam and Facebook!

Hearthstone School

If you’re new to Hearthstone, there may be some confusion about Rankings. We know there’s 25 rankings including Legend. But after you get to rank 20, you proceed (or not) to rank 19. This is not a bug.

Hearthstone Level 18 or 23? Faryna

#YOHTAI Issue No. 3 is here.
Job’s done!

 

Ye Olde #Hearthstone Tavern and Inn (16 April 2014) Issue No. 1

Greetings! Hello! Buna!

This is about Hearthstone. It’s about you. It’s about us. It’s also about games, good game play and, oh yeah, it’s about geeky stuff. Welcome bros, women of astounding warcrafts and (last but not least) transgender, illegal alien immigrant-persons from P3X-774.

Among other things, a good game provides a platform for social experience, frell, and the Noxian ritual of life. It brings people together – friends and family. And/or it allows people to connect and get to know each other. Hearthstone doesn’t do this well. Or not yet. But we can pick up the slack here at G.A.N.G (Geekly Antics Network Global).

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This post and future Hearthstone posts at Geekly Antics will be our official Ye Olde Hearthstone Tavern and Inn (YOHTAI) – where we can add friends, connect, share, brag, bitch and whine about Blizzard’s game Hearthstone and other things. We’ll also be able to conversate and participate in live and recorded podcasts including HorsePLAY! LIVE and others. And, ok, we’ll do some tips, cheats, and strategies.
Why are you here?!
 
In the comments below, flaunt your OP internet and social game skillz – tell us your Hearthstone ID (Battle Tag), your in game name, your real name (if you dare), your city, connection points, and share your thoughts on Hearthstone with us.
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When you add a friend in game, tell them about YOHTAI! Because the more, the merrier!
What you want?!
Don’t know what to say? Try this:

Good game and thanks for the add. Want to talk, share and brag about Hearthstone? Check out Ye Olde Hearthstone Tavern and Inn (YOHTAI) at https://geekyantics.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/ye-olde-hearthstone-tavern-and-inn-16-april-2014-issue-no-1/… 

Feel free to add the hosts of Ye Olde Hearthstone Tavern and Inn in the Hearthstone game and beyond.  This will also make us friends on all other Blizzard Battle.net games, including Starcraft II Arcade and Diablo III, though I have not tried those yet.
Stan Faryna
Writer, Gamer, Online Strategist and Seer, Entrepreneur and Gardener.
Fairfax, Virginia – USA

Battle Tag:  Faryna#1872
Twitter:  @Faryna
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/Faryna.FanPage
Blog:  http://stanfaryna.wordpress.com
Yomar Lopez (Yogi to friends)
Interactive Marketer, Internet Strategist, Social Media Person, Game Designer (And Fanatic), somewhat-Capable Writer and Co-Host at HorsePLAY! LIVE
Battle Tag:  Yogizilla#1722
Twitter:  @Yogizilla
Facebook:   http://facebook.com/GeekyAntics
Blog:  http://yomar.me
Twitch:  http://twitch.tv/yogizilla
Skype:  Yogizilla
… 
Obionex2 (or just plain “Obi”)
Game Hitman and HorsePLAY! LIVE Co-Host
Battle Tag:  ObioneX2#1894
Twitter:  @Obionex2
Twitch:  http://twitch.tv/obionex2
Skype: HorsePLAY! LIVE
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Tips, Cheats, News, Rants and Raves

In the near future, the issues of YOHTAI will overflow with tips, cheats, rants and raves here. Feel free to contribute. Email your tip, cheat, news, rant, rave or whatever to stan.faryna@gmail.com. Please put YOHTAI in the subject of your email.  We’ll share them in upcoming installments of YOHTAI!
19 April 2014 (Easter Vigil and Yogizilla’s Birthday)
Happy Birthday to Yogizilla (aka Yomar Lopez)!



18 April 2014 (Good Friday and Passover)

Hearthstone ringtones? We’re talking to music producer and artist Adrian Klein about making them for iPhone and Android. Would you donate $2 for your favorite Hearthstone ringtone?

Tip No. 42

You can never have too many friends on this lonely planet – or elsewhere!  
Make (add) friends in Hearthstone by adding a recent match opponent. Or from a shout out (comments) here at the Hearthstone Tavern and Inn.

Hearthstone Add Last Fighter as Friend



Are you a comics fan? The SECRET ORIGINS of the World’s Greatest Heroes in The New 52 can be revealed! This new series start with the origins of The Last Son of Krypton and Kara Zor-El, Supergirl, plus the first Robin, Dick Grayson. Check it out here.

17 April 2014 (Passover)

Hearthstone iPad App

16 April 2014 (Passover)
Hearthstone Tavern and Inn Facebook Cover Art? Would you donate $10 for a personalized Facebook Cover Art? We’re working with some graphic designers to come up with some very cool artwork.
15 April 2014 (Passover)
Tip No. 17

Friends make everything better! 
Having trouble getting through the daily quest? Or it just takes too long? Ask a friend to help you out and let you win the two quest battles in a friendly fight. And don’t forget to return the favor. That’s 40 gold in 10 minutes or less!
Friends help in Hearthstone Quests


Job’s done!