Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This Week in Pangoria Week of May 18th, 2015

This past weekend saw me get 2nd place in a MM2015 draft, and 10th our 74 people in MM2015 sealed. At those number I kind of wish they did a top12, but hey... it was already 4am.

No progress on writing this week, but I have been making plans on the new game IP. Watched Tomorrowland as well. Overall a fun weekend, even if I ended up being sick through all of it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This Week in Pangoria Week of May 11th, 2015

This week was pretty quiet, though I did finally pick up WoW time cards again towards the end. I have some really friendly people that play Magic at my local LGS, and I have to say that interacting with new people over the weeks has really helped my depression/funk that I was in. Had a marathon EDH game overnight on Friday, and I'm really enjoying the format. Overall, I think that the Magic community is one of the friendliest out there.

I was a bit lackluster on projects this week, and I think I've targeted the issue to not liking how I'm starting my story. So I'm thinking of resetting it, or writing out the parts I'm having issues with in less details. We'll see how things go.

I've been debating going to see Mad Max: Fury Road, on one hand EVERYONE I know is saying it's good, on the other, I've fallen asleep on previous Mad Max movies, and I'm afraid I will on this one as well. So I'll skip it and instead I was thinking of looking at some rentals of movies I missed in theaters that are coming out soon.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quick Movie Review of Doom: Hot Pursuit

With a title that belongs in a video game, Hot Pursuit is exactly what it says on it's IMDB tin. The funniest parts were in the previews, and the enjoyment I got out of this movie, was more from going to a $6 Tuesday showing with my wife, than what the movie provided. You can skip it, and hope they do better work in the future.

Best parts were Reese as José Beiber, and the news casts of their descriptions. Everything else was unimpressive for a comedy.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

This Week in Pangoria Week of May 4th, 2015

Pretty uneventful week. I came to a few realizations on my Magic deck this past FNM, and over the weekend after Friday, that I was able to understand the key weaknesses of the deck. Interestingly enough, the weakness is what made the deck fun. The key here is that it was a combo deck with an aggro goal. Which is where it suffered, because unlike normal aggro it wasn't cheap enough, and unlike a combo deck, it didn't just "go off". This means that it was easy for the top tier decks to disrupt.

Where my deck was finally in a good position for, was that it could stymie aggro decks into a game of attrition, and it had enough fuel to get past control decks... controlling. The issue is that i didn't have enough of an answer to Den Protector/Raptor resilience.

Moving on, I put a few more words to digital paper on my novel. Not as much as before, and it is something I'm redoubling my efforts on. Finally, I have been doodling out some character concepts for a new game. Pretty simple idea which I think I can execute rather well. I'm thinking of looking into animation software for it, something like Spriter.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Quick Movie Review of Doom: Avengers: Age of Ultron

This movie is very fun to watch. Super-power team up attacks are fun. Pietro making fun of people for being slow and suffering hubris is fun. Quick, little, not so secret ending that occurred early on in the credits was fun. James Spader is fun. So many times I found myself saying, "Captain America is so cool!" or "Hell yeah, no way Hawkeye would have anymore of that mess!"

I loved seeing more of Hawkeye and all these quiet moments between Bruce and Natasha. There is just so much in this movie, with a great and fun party scene in the beginning, Chekov's guns laying about all over the place. Running jokes and references. It is simply and amazingly fun to watch.

Monday, May 4, 2015

This Week In Pangoria Week of April 27th, 2015

So looks like I'm keeping up with my blogging schedule, which is nice. Big news, is that I got 8th place out of 23 players at FNM (Friday Night Magic) at my LGS (local game store). This is pretty big for me as it means I qualified for prizes.

I managed to write a couple hundred more words for my story. Still not sure what size story I'm writing, but any progress is good. Just have to stay motivated.

I got to see the Avengers 2, and I'm going to be writing up a quick review this week, so I'm looking forward to that as well.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

My First Top8 FNM!

So I managed to place in 8th place this week at FNM. This is exciting after the first few weeks of me being at the bottom of the pile. Out of 23 participants as well! I just felt really good about this and decided to post. My deck is a Rakdos Dash/Control. It currently does poorly against aggro, but seems to do okay with Control and some Mid-range decks.