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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!

 

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A Review Of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”: Tell Your Grandma To Bring The Car Around, She Might Not Like This One

Noah is a movie directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for A Dream), and is about the Old Testament Bible story of Noah. You know the one. No, not the “let my people go” guy, the one with the big partyboat with all the animals.

Just hangin' out, hangin' out, hangin' out with my family, having ourselves a paaaaaaaar-taaaaaaaay

The trailers for this movie were sort of deceiving. I wouldn’t say they lied to you about anything but they did kind of omit a lot of the more interesting parts of the story. It looked like one of those epic history movies but with Bible people and for some reason there was a firesword powered by god in the trailer. Well… Those are part of the movie, alright, but I would like to point at the director again. Darren Aronofsky scoffs at the idea of making a normal movie.

I’m not a religious person but I do have a fascination with religious mythology and the Old Testament is a well of all sorts of weird and kind of cool mythical lore that hasn’t been plundered as much as others, and Aronofsky seems to hold the same view on it.

Most direct adaptations of Bible stories are usually made by Christian filmmakers for Christian film audiences, so they usually range from inoffensive but boring to audiences that are not devout Christians to mildly offensive conservative propaganda to snuff films made by crazy drunk religious psychopaths.

Mel Gibson can't believe I said that and now believes I'm in alliance with the Jewish mafia

Oh yes, Road Warrior, this movie is… Actually, even though it does have it’s fair share of Old Testament-level violence it’s nowhere near as violent as Passion of the Christ.

Honestly this movie isn’t even that insane if you think about it, it’s actually all and all a pretty faithful adaptation of the story and tone of the Old Testament, it tackles pretty much all the focal points of the story. Cain’s descendants are dickbags who don’t care about who or what they destroy, which has led to ruination of God’s green earth, so God wants to drown them all in a flood. Noah and his children are the last from the line of Seth (the third son of Adam and Eve, the one that wasn’t a dickbag but didn’t get ganked), who are a bunch of nomads and one day Noah gets visions of the flood, which leads to the revelation of building the arc to shelter the creatures free of sin.

Really, the movie delves deeper in to the myth than most religious adaptations of it, it brings in things like the Nephelim who helped Noah as a way to redeem themselves to god and also things like how everyone is kind of related already because creationism but people still need to bone to continue the line and how the closer you are in generation to the first of men the more superhuman things you can do like crazy longevity and strength and even some supernatural things.

The acting in the movie is pretty good.  Russel Crowe is really good as Noah, he’s tough and isn’t afraid to shank Cainites who want to get on his godboat but does show that he’s still a man with a conscience and he doesn’t take his choices lightly.

Jennifer Connelly plays his wife and looks super haggard and old throughout the movie. She’s pretty good but there is one scene in the movie with her crying and begging Noah to reconsider a choice where she does go in to kind of funny diva acting territory.

Emma Watson plays Ila, an orphan girl that Noah adopts who becomes the wife of one of Noah’s sons, and as far as the younger actors in the movie she is hands down the best one. Hell, the only good one.

Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham (lel) and Japheth are pretty mediocre actors and spend most of the movie in the background doing nothing of note. Except for Ham. Ham’s substory is kinda funny because it’s him spending half the movie crying about how there aren’t any girls for him to stick his dinger in to and then the other half is him being “fuck you dad! [impotent crying intensifies]”

Mickey Rourke plays Tubal-Cain, the king of the Cainites and the sort of antagonist of the movie. He’s good, makes for a solid villain.

And Sir Anthony Hopkins plays Methuselah, the grandfather of Noah and longest living man according to the Bible. I wasn’t sure if he was supposed to be a villain at first because this is Hannibal Lecter but instead he’s more like my grandpa if he was a mountain hermit with some jesuspowers of the first men.

That’s pretty much it for the actors.

The movie’s visuals are pretty interesting. The CG isn’t realistic but it sort of tries to be, but I don’t think this is bad effects work (like a Shayamalan movie) as the effects do actually have some beautiful shots. I think the idea was to create a sort of storybook aesthetic as these are stories retold through generations. It’s a weird comparison but it’s kind of like the 2013 Riddick movie where the effects aren’t what you would consider top of the line but they do sort of create the aesthetic of paintings in some shots.

The movie has the Nephelim, who in this are these malformed rock giants who were once angels that god was disappointed in, and they are great to look at, as they look both strong and horrifying but also very sad and pitiful. They’re not CG on the level of Transformers but they’re designed and animated in a way that creates way more sympathy for these creatures than the highest resolution renders exhaust flaps on identical flipping robots destroying Chicago.

And this movie also incorporates actual science in to it, which probably makes fundamentalists way madder than the shanking and talks of boning in this movie.

Noah Movie By Darren Aronofsky - Nephilem - Giant Monster - Poster / Concept Art

The best sequence in the movie is when Noah tells the myth of creation where the days are a metaphor for billions of years, starting with the big bang, the forming of stars and solar systems, the forming of earth, the origins of life in the ocean to dinosaurs all the way to man and even in the time of Noah it’s implied that evolution still has a way to go because there’s stuff like dogs with armadillo skins.

So, overall,  I really liked this movie. I don’t think it’s even all that offensive to Christian audiences if they’re not the kind that takes the Bible’s word as scientific fact.  I came to see the movie because I heard of all the weird things in it but it ended up being a movie where I actually got invested in what’s happening.

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
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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!

How To Get Hearthstone On iPad Now & Get Started RIGHT

GREAT NEWS, everyone: Hearthstone is now available on iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPoop)!

While many of us are rolling our eyes at the fact that this is a soft launch in test markets and the Android app is still months away, those who happen to have a Crapple device can now enjoy Hearthstone on the can..  See what I did there?  We are going to share how you can join in on the action while also looking at some upcoming features, tips and tricks, and other goodies.

First and foremost, there are two ways you can get the Hearthstone app on your iPhone and iPad.  The easy way is to live in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.  The hard way is moving there just to get your Hearthstone fix wherever you go.

No worries – there is a third way to get Hearthstone on your iPoop device!

What you want to do is switch your Apple App Store region to Canada and trick your device into thinking you are there.  I’m not sure if you have to even have to change your address but this is what I tested successfully:

  1. Go into Settings then iTunes / App Store and tap your Apple ID.
  2. Click View Apple ID and then change your region to Canada.
  3. Agree to the terms then edit your profile.
  4. Choose “none” for payment.
  5. Copy and paste a Canada address from a public listing (i.e. apartment listings).
  6. Choose “none” for payment.
  7. Open up the App Store and download Hearthstone.
  8. Launch Hearthstone and play a match or two – ENJOY!
  9. Receive your FREE “expert pack” after playing one match.

After you test that Hearthstone has successfully installed, you can revert back to your original settings.  The trickiest part is finding an address that is publicly listed.  I recommend using something buried in the search engine results so we’re not all living in the same place (LOL).  Apartment listings, retail stores, and bank addresses are all public domain so it should not take long to find.  The specific steps thereof may vary if you have not upgraded to iOS 7.x yet but it is very easy to figure this out.

Poking The Hearthstone iPad / iOS App
[ source: Hung Tran Nguyen ]
There are two big reasons why the iOS test launch of the Hearthstone app are huge news:

  1. This means the bigger updates are right around the corner.
  2. Deckbuilding games lend themselves well to mobile devices.

I know lots of you geeks and gamers out there have been holding out for Hearthstone to come out on their preferred mobile devices.  Some are just waiting for Blizzard to polish the game further and balance everything out.  Blizzard opted to do a rather soft launch for Hearthstone but I reckon now may be the best time to jump in, unless you rather wait a two or three months for the Android app.

If you are hesitant about trying out Hearthstone, perhaps some thoughts from our own Stan Faryna may provide some  perspective for TCG/CCG newbies:

Assuming the average fight takes 10 minutes…

If you win on average one out of 20 times, that’s 3.3 hours to get one win. And not necessarily any gold in that time with the exception of possible quests and level-ups.

Where’s the “good” game play for the free player?  If you win on average one out of six times, that’s one hour to get to a win. You are unlikely to make gold to buy a pack of cards (or do the arena) with two or three hours of play.

Where’s the “good” game play for the casual player?
What kind of game play should a free player expect?
What kind of game play should a casual player expect?

 Hearthstone is without a doubt the TCG (Tradeable Card Game) for non-TCG/CCG players.   Is there a pay-to-win element?  Sure but what free-to-play game doesn’t have that (the answer is NONE)?  Are there balancing issues?  Absolutely but online games are almost always works in progress.  A look at the development road map may help you appreciate just how much Blizzard is committed to casual and hardcore gamers alike.

Let’s look at a few key points here.  I want to sell you on Hearthstone so we can have Geeky Antics / HorsePLAY! game nights.  Please keep an open mind…

 

Blizzard Has Mastered Mass Appeal

Between the familiarity of their intellectual property, the mythos and universe they have weaved for over two decades, and their accessible (not watered-down) game mechanics, Blizzard has mastered creating mass appeal for their properties.  Virtually everyone has heard of Blizzard, even if they’re not a gamer..  Or they’ve at least heard of World of Warcraft..  Remember that game?

Hearthstone Cameo On World Of Warcraft

Hearthstone is already becoming quite pervasive.  Even before we lucky gamers got into the closed beta, the game was teased in World of Warcraft.  That was back in 2012 and Hearthstone is popping up in more and more conversations.

What’s amazing is how people that would otherwise make fun of deckbuilding games or actively avoid them are enjoying Hearthstone.  For some, it’s the lore and mythos behind the game but, for everyone, it’s the balance and relative ease that makes Hearthstone appealing.

Blizzard has had a fantastic track record bringing niche genres into the forefront and pioneering fresh video game concepts.  Starcraft and Warcraft made RTS games more mainstream than ever, paving the way for eSports.  Diablo made hack-and-slash lootfests a thing.  World of Warcraft got everyone on the MMO bandwagon and introduced billions of gamers to the Warcraft universe.  Now, Hearthstone is bringing TCGs to a much wider audience than Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic The Gathering combined.  Let’s not forget Heroes Of The Storm, which is positioned to make the MOBA/ARTS genre even more of a mainstream activity.

 

You Don’t Have To Do PvP

Expert Mode bot battles should be coming back.  During the Hearthstone beta, you could battle more difficult bots for better rewards.  For some reason, Blizzard gave this feature the axe but there is still Practice mode if you really hate losing or just don’t like PvP.  I get it: no one likes to lose all the time.

Adventure Mode will change things up quite a bit by providing a story-driven single-player experience.  According to the Gamepedia unofficial Hearthstone development wiki, the first installment/episode is set to follow the iOS app release.  Assuming the test launch does not count, we should be about six weeks away from this, likely sooner.

My recommendation is that any new player avoid any PvP matchmaking and stick to friendly duels with friends and Practice mode.  You want to at least grasp the core mechanics and unlock the basic cards for your heroes of choice before diving into more competitive play.  Doing otherwise will lead to unfair expectations and quick judgements.

There are plenty of players out there that do strategy streams, podcasts, and videos.  I am also more than happy to coach new players.  Add me – my BattleTag is Yogizilla#1722.  Hearthstone is definitely meant to be enjoyed with friends.  The community as a whole is friendly so it’s a great place to connect with new geeks!

Learn the basics and the game suddenly becomes more fun..  And you lose less, regardless of the cards.

Hearthstone - Board Layout & Basics Diagram

If you jump straight into human matches, you’re just asking for trouble.  The forced tutorial does a good job of introducing the board layout and basics but a little practice makes PvP much more fun.  You want to at least unlock most of the heroes and core decks before you can find your sweet spot and WIN!

 

Wait..  Is Hearthstone A Pay-To-Win Game?!

Hellz to da NO!

Certainly, the pay-to-win element is there.  I have to reiterate that this is just how free-to-play has to be.  The 20% or so will always make it possible for the rest of us to play for free or on the cheap.   Let’s not forget that video games have business interest and have to make money like everyone else.  It’s only when the pursuit of financial interest over-powers player skill and fun that I would say a game is truly pay-to-win.

We’ll be highlighting EP17 of HorsePLAY! LIVE here on Geeky Antics to dig deeper into the issues of pay-to-win, pesky paywalls, and weak core mechanics.  For now, suffice to say that Blizzard has balanced Hearthstone quite well.  They’ve made it so that skill and fun are still the focus, though paying with time and/or money still give you an edge.

I would say that, compared to other deckbuilding games, Hearthstone has the most diverse meta.  I’ve seen tons of different types of decks and combos.  More importantly, every player has a fighting chance if they are patient and learn the strategies behind it all.

Archmage Antonidas - Legendary Card For Mages In Hearthstone

Now, there is the matter of legendary cards.  In some deckbuilding games, expensive and uber-rare cards are almost auto-wins and insta-adds for any deck.  I don’t find that is the case in Hearthstone, though they help without a doubt.

I have not spent any real money on Hearthstone (yet) and I have beaten plenty of uber decks.  I slacked quite a bit during the beta and it’s only now that Season 1 started that I am really doing my time – in a good way!  In my case, I am familiar with the game mechanics of deckbuilding games as a whole so that helps but I have brought new players into Hearthstone and they picked up the game rather quickly.  That proves that it’s not about the cards you own or even how much time you put in.

To me, any game that requires too much investment of time or money is not fun.  You should be able to pick up a game and enjoy it right off the bat.  If it’s a competitive game, time spent mastering the game should be rewarded but new players should also have the opportunity to compete in a fair and balanced environment.

 

Arena Gives You Bang For Your Buck

I totally recommend this game to anyone curious about what makes a deckbuilding game fun.  I will say that it is best to stick to Practice and friendly matches.  Once you unlock the basic cards (one per hero level for a total of 10 unlocks), your deckbuilding options really open up and you’ll be able to try out new strategies.

I would say after at least a week or 12 hours of solid gameplay, you may want to try out Arena Mode.  If you can win at least three matches, you’ll usually get a better deal than buying just one so-called “expert pack”.  The buy-in for Arena is currently 150 gold whereas a card pack costs 100 gold, both around or under $2 USD.  To put this into perspective, you can earn around 300 gold daily in a reasonable amount of time without it feeling like a total grind.

Hearthstone - Arena Mode - 10 Key Levels

Arena is essentially a survival mode where you duel random players until you lose three times.  You can have these matches at your leisure and retire whenever.  Each run can last up to a maximum of ten wins, as you can see by the keys in the image above.  Realistically, you can expect to win two matches at most when you are just starting off.  To date, I have only won about four matches at most on Arena and I am a fairly competent player.

Overall, I think Hearthstone is great right now and will only get better.  This is one of those games I want to play with my friends and our Geeky Antics community.  I have no reservations recommending this game but I do hope this mini guide helps you get started the right way.   Give it a try and look us up.  We’d love to play with you!

HorsePLAY! Zombie Talk Series: Two Podcasts Featuring Zombie Cast!

HorsePLAY! LIVE
Episodes 10 & 11 – Zombie Talk Series Featuring Zombie Cast

Pass the brains and smoked paprika – Zombie Talk is here!

In this special two-episode series, Zombie Cast from AllGames.com joins us for our best horseplay yet. In fact, the geeky antics and shenanigans are so good that we get to talking about tons of stuff beyond zombies and even horror. In Part 2 of this Zombie Talk series, we do manage to get Shawn and Matt to behave bit so we could talk about The Walking Dead and zombies in depth.

Gosh, there are too many hilarious moments and great topics to highlight here.. Well, here is a little taste.. zombie bite, if you prefer:

  • Matt does crossword puzzles and plays with his desk toys to distract us.
  • The truth about Canadian bacon is revealed!
  • A cross-eyed crafter’s Stanley Cup replica unveiled.
  • Now you too can have your very own K-9 (snarky remarks database optional).
  • Beth and Daryl might be going the wrong way on the tracks, away from Terminus!
  • What if Daryl is being set up to be killed off??!
  • The military’s real-life Iron Man project.
  • Matt and Shawn share intimate Fun Facts about themselves.
  • Norma rolls wit da homies.
  • The Walking Dead spin-off show details.
  • Why Shane was a real douchebag.
  • Attack of the Flappy Bird!!

Watch HorsePLAY! EP11 “Night of the Zombie Geeks” HD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STUsNX70kkk

…And, for your convenience, we’ll even embed the video.  Technology OP.

 

HorsePLAY! Zombie Talk Series: The Walking Dead Season 4 & Beyond

Greetings horsies, zombies, and GANGsters!

We got a great response from HorsePLAY! EP10 so we are going to continue our unofficial Zombie Talk Series for at least an episode or two more. So far, we have barely scraped the surface wounds so will switch the format up a bit to jump straight into the zombie herd. For tonight’s show, HorsePLAY! LIVE EP11 “Night of the Zombie Geeks”, we will team up with Zombie Cast for a total of five hosts. The focus will be on The Walking Dead but we will try to delve into games, podcasts, books, movies, etc.

NEW!  Did you miss HorsePLAY! EP10?  No worries – here is the HD video, just for you!  We’ll be adding more videos and show highlights so let us know how we’re doing and what you’d like to see more of!

 

So far in Season 4.5 of The Walking Dead, Episodes 9 through 11, we have seen a rather slow build-up. It looks like the show is still committed to fan fare for followers of the comics yet the introduction of Terminus is taking the story into a whole new direction. We have a lot of speculations and predictions on this aspect of the story arc alone.

Here are some topics we will tackle, straight from our HorsePLAY! LIVE show notes:

  • Has Daryl gone derp like Rick?
  • Wait, Beth is the hopeful one and now Daryl seems to be giving up?  Get it together, Daryl!
  • Babies in the zombie apocalypse: hope or nuisance?
  • Lizzie must be related to The Governor – she’s CRAZY!
  • Will Tara go straight?
  • What if Tyreese finds out about what Carol did?
  • Did any of the Season 4.5 scenes lack tension?  Maggie searching for Glenn on the bus, for example.
  • Will Glen be overwhelmed by guilt and give up?
  • WTF?  Bulletproof Maggie!
  • Wait a minute..  Are Daryl and Beth going the wrong way on the tracks??!  That’s not Terminus!
  • An upcoming Daryl-only episode makes us think someone will die.  Will they be bold and kill Daryl or just dump Beth?
  • Spin-off TWD show coming 2015 alongside Season 5.  Any thoughts or additional info?
  • Keep up the zombie talk! Be sure to visit our friends at The Zombie Blog – http://thezombieblog.net – and Zombie Cast –http://zombiecast.net – guys, any other zombie content you wanna share?

In EP10 we raised one particularly spicy question:

How long does The Walking Dead show have before it runs out of steam?

With the TWD spin-off show set for a 2015 release, how long will this current crew of survivors keep us hooked?  The general consensus by Shawn Freeman and Matt Bradford of Zombie Cast in EP10 was that they have one or two strong seasons left, yet there is a world of things they can still do in this universe.. without the spin-off(s).  We are concerned yet hopeful!

There’s lots to say here but I will save it for the show.  I will say this: TWD EP9 and 11 were rather slow but they are definitely building up to something big.  I think they might redeem what has otherwise been a stale season towards the end.  The key is to keep introducing and building up key characters so we can get invested in the experience once again.

I am curious if Robert Kirkman will be bold enough to kill off Daryl.  He’s clearly a fan favorite and what will all the teeny bopper girls do if the stud is gone??  Regardless of how many badasses they assemble, I would say TWD’s strengths reside in the human elements so they should rely less on the zombie battles.  Of course, we love the epic takedowns but it’ll be better if they space it out and make us anticipate those moments more.

What do you guys think about Season 4.5 of The Walking Dead this far?  Let us know in the comments section below!

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Different Zombie Attacks – What’s Worse Than A Zombie Bite?

Tonight’s the big night for zombies on HorsePLAY!  As such, I’ll be posting more zombie content for the next few days or weeks even.  The response has been great so far so don’t forget to join us live on the ObioneX2 Twitch channel – that’s the full experience right there, in HD no less!

Whenever we think of zombie attacks, we think about biting, dookie breath, and maybe clawing (with bum hands – YUCK).  The Zombie Blog breaks down zombie attacks in a way few others have managed to do.  It’s a very thorough analysis.  The main question this article raises for me is quite simple:

What’s scarier or worse than a zombie bite?

TZB goes into the science of zombie attacks in much the same manner Matt Mogk’s Zombie Research Society does.  This here is a look at the types of attacks to prepare for if there ever were a real-life zombie apocalypse.  I appreciate that they even go into the psychological factors of zombie attacks.  Let’s face it: it’s gross enough crushing a huge roach (water or Palmetto bugs, as we call them down South) with your bare hands but imagine zombie guts splattering or exploding everywhere…  Not a pretty picture!

Left 4 Dead Boomer

Check out my comments for my thoughts on bloated zombies and the risks beyond explosion or ignition.  Also, for you hardcore zombie fans out there, what are your thoughts on more nimble zombies (not infected I think it’s a facet few zombie stories explore. The fresher the corpse, the greater the range of motion.. Enter pouncing, jumping, and maybe running – SCARY!

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The Zombie Blog

Zombies can attack in different ways in order to infect or kill a person and turn them into another zombie. In this post I will talk about the different attacks.

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HorsePLAY! EP10 – The Zombie Episode PREVIEW

HorsePLAY! is coming back after a one-week hiatus.  Well, maybe we can’t call it a hiatus as it wasn’t like we went on sabbatical or just got lazy.  Obi was under the weather and we’ve been getting hit by power outages here in Georgia so I could not make it.  Heck, we had another blackout last night so hopefully things will settle down in time for our first double-digit episode!

For HorsePLAY! EP 10, we’ll be joined by some of the folks over at Zombie Cast and, if we can nail him down (see what I did there?), Tony Rey of We’re Alive (and other fame).  Eli Sodoom from Knuckleballer Radio may also join us if he can stay awake.  This will be a special episode where we’ll discuss all things zombies but I am sure we will touch upon the infected and undead monsters that purists would never call a z-word.  This will likely be a two-part upload to make up for our week off, too!

Here is a little taste of what we’ll likely discuss…

The Walking Dead Episodes 9 & 10

If you ask me, there was quite a huge contrast between Episode 9 and 10 of the Walking Dead Season 4, particularly with the pacing.  We’ll talk about the wow moments, disappointments, and more predictions.  It’ll be fun to see the different perspectives, especially since Obi has not caught up on the show yet.  Beware – there will be spoilers!

Be sure to tweet us with any topics you’d like us to touch upon.  We’re @Yogizilla and @ObioneX2, guys.  I think we may even go back into previous seasons with some recaps and foreshadowing.  Have you noticed any clues or omens on TWD?  Do share!

Evil Dead - The BOOMSTICK!

Is Evil Dead A Zombie Movie?

With a title like Evil Dead, one would think the franchise is about zombies but that’s a debate that could go either way.  Certainly, there are undead creatures but are these zombies?  This discussion will almost certainly lead to our definitions of what zombies are, as well as distinctions between infected, behemoths, and the non-shambling runners.

Bring your boomstick and prepare to defend your fanboy position.  Regardless of whether you feel Evil Dead is a zombie flick or not, it is one of the best horror flicks ever made.  Campy humor, Bruce Campbell, and gore..  Classic horror right there!

Survive Day-Z

Game Developers LOVE Zombies

Dead Pixels and Day-Z are two examples of video games that embrace zombies.  Video games seem to be chock-full of them, whether they’re the focus of the title or a small part.  Plants Vs. Zombies, SolForge, Guardian Heroes, Left 4 Dead, Dead Island, Borderlands..   Zombies are invading all video games, big and small!

Is it me or do indie developers seem particularly drawn to zombies?  When will ninjas and vampires make a comeback?  Pirates have already started to but zombies seem to be the dominating force…

Dead Pixels Screenshot

Anyway, Dead Pixels.  Super fun game that is reminiscent of River City Ransom.  It has co-op and tons of upgrades.  Give it a try and let us know what your longest run was like.

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Winter Storm Pax? More Like Winter Storm Anus!

Winter Storm Pax should be renamed Winter Storm Anus.  What an asshole of a storm!  Over half a million people were (or still are) in the dark in Alabama, Virginia, and Georgia alone.   People are acting like bigger idiots due to the storm’s aftermath – especially on the roads and in the few stores that stayed open!  I mean, people were buying big-screen televisions while others had real emergencies to tend to.  It’s like Winter Storm Pax was an asshole storm that attracted more assholes to it.  A flurry of assholes!

Here in Augusta, everyone was well aware of the state of emergency but very few were prepared.  The wide-scale power outage was only part of the problem.  People were driving like idiots (more so than usual) in the snow and wondering why there were so many car crashes and smashed mailboxes.  Did I mention the hood rats buying big-screen televisions during the whole mad rush?  I know..  First-world problems, yo!

As of around 2pm EST on this pretend holiday, Valentine’s Day, our electricity has been restored.  Georgia Power was diligent, though I am sure they just wanted to make sure they can continue to rape us with their obscene billing rates.  But, hey, power is back up!  Thank goodness, too..  My family was getting antsy.  It was cool to have an excuse to read more, play board games, get to know the neighbors better, and cook outdoors, but you don’t realize how dependent you are on electricity and the interwebz until they’re completely gone.  Kids everywhere must have been really spazzing out (on top of the usual teen drama queen angst)…

How come the Internet doesn’t work?  OMG – I can’t watch my vines!  No XBox LIVE?  No YouTube!  I HATE YOU MOM AND DAD – DIIIIIIEEEEEE!

Seriously though, it could have been much worse.  While some of us were engaging in white whine, there were still people dealing with floods, destroyed homes, smashed cars, and even death.  Trees are still falling and destroying things in their wake.  Down South, most states are not very well-equipped for disasters but the Red Cross was quick to set up camp and the communities really pulled together to help clear up some of the mess.  It was rather inspiring!

The best part about the forced downtime is that I got to get a better feel for what I really want to focus on in the coming years.  I missed doing my Twitch streams, podcasts, and creative writing.  I also missed curating content on social platforms like Pinterest, Tumblr, and StumbleUpon.  Now I’m playing catch-up.  These sorts of disasters, big or small, help you realize what <u>really</u> matters.  It was nice to just enjoy some chill time with loved ones and brainstorm a bit without the pressure or distractions of digital connectivity.

There were quite a few silly things that happened during the blackout.  I’ll be sure to share them on the next episode of HorsePLAY!, especially since parts of the experience certainly felt very apocalyptic (sans the zombies).  I am sure Obi and our guests will have their own stories to share.  Real survival stories in a zombie-themed episode – w00t!

The funniest thing that comes to mind is how our kids were taking long hot showers and did not see the issue with that even after we reminded them that everything in our home runs on electricity (not gas, oil, solar power, whatever).  I love my kids but they can be such derps sometimes.  I blame our schools, pop culture, and reality television.  Our brains are constantly being attacked by pure rubbish from every direction.  Wear your tin-foil hats, kids!

In any case, the funny moments made the otherwise frustrating situation a little more enjoyable.  We certainly made the best of it!  One thing I definitely learned is that we need more survival supplies and bug-out bags or else we’ll be toast in the zombie apocalypse.

I’m curious what your experience has been with Winter Storm Pax.  It doesn’t seem like it was much of an event up North as states like Pennsylvania and New York are far more prepared for inclement weather.  I’m sure folks in smaller towns and cities did not have much of a picnic, especially our friends in upstate New York:

  • Anyone lose power where they’re at?
  • Did you stay put or go to another place?
  • What did you do to keep busy and warm?
  • Did any businesses or restaurants stay open in your area?

Don’t be shy – leave your anecdotes, gripes, and victories in the comments section below!

Winter Storm Pax Lessons:  http://yomar.me/2014/02/14/what-winter-storm-pax-has-taught-me/

HorsePLAY! EP 9 – Who/What Is The Shredder, Anyway?

In EP 9 of HorsePLAY!  we started to reminisce a bit about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  As per our usual style, the discussion somehow derailed into speculation about The Shredder.  So, tell us what you think..  What are Shredder’s origins?

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Don’t forget to check out HorsePLAY! Episode 9 (full HD video link), where we talk about commercialization, exaggerated marketing and special effects, consumer scams, V-Day, and the Super Ad Bowl.  There are tons of interesting updates in our Obligatory News segment, too.

We’ll be showcasing more episodes of HorsePLAY! right here on GANG soon.  Still debating if we’ll sprinkle in the full library to date or just feature select episodes.  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Hmmm, maybe favorite HP! episodes will be the next poll…  Anyway, if you’re viewing this from somewhere other than the Geeky Antics Network Global (GANG) site, be sure to visit us and take the poll.