Happy Cinco De Mayo – Celebrate Blizzard & Gaming With Us!

World of Warcraft (WoW) Ogre Pinata / Piñata

YAYAYAY – Happy Cinco De Mayo! *takes a shot*

Tonight, May 5th 2015, we’ll be drinking, probably drunk-streaming, and counting down to the Heroes Of The Storm open beta on May 19th.  We’re counting down to the big Heroes Of The Storm full launch on June 2nd 2015, too.  Lots of Blizzard fanboy status going on.  Plus it’s a good excuse to drink if you’re of age.  Who’s with us?

In our May 4th/5th The G.A.N.G. Minute vlog, we discuss tons of great stuff, including:

  • Yogizilla returns to streaming?
  • Cinco De Mayo late-night Twitch stream plans – to be multicasted on channels GeekyAntics and Yogizilla!
  • Back on Hearthstone, SolForge, Scrolls, and indie games for the strum, yo.
  • Heroes Of The Storm release dates announced: May 19th and June 2nd.
  • We still have Heroes Of The Storm beta keys for our geeky friends.
  • Comcast backpedals on broadband data usage charges.
  • FCC regulations, net neutrality, and Internet as a public utility – what does it all really mean?
  • Jedmartinez25 chimes in about how Internet is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity.  Agreed!
  • Welcome Beard_And_Hat to #TheGANG!
  • Beard_And_Hat advocates Don’t Starve, PS4, and Mag!
  • Blizzard Battle Tag Exchange – join us for Blizzard gaming fun!!
  • BM and toxicity makes it way into Heroes Of The Storm, sadly.
  • Heroes of the Storm is all about raw teamwork.  #WordUp
  • Shout-outs to Cupcakeeenvy, CupcakeNoms, MaidenShyWhiteWolf, RenayeBones, BFT9000, Linkwall, ObioneX2, Melissaaaxd, Jedmartinez25, and F8tl_Blades.
  • Check out our awesome sponsors including ShinyPrints.com -the place to get durable, high-quality, beautiful photo and art print solutions!
  • We miss Internet cafes and arcades.
  • #GamerGate returns.  Are media portrayals skewed?  Is it just the gaming industry that is corrupt?
  • Yogi’s quest to get his gaming rig back up and running.
  • Yogizilla is back on #TeamXBox – XBox One HYPE!!!
  • …And MORE!

Read on for more info on our Cinco De Mayo gaming and drinking plans!

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Ye Olde #Hearthstone Tavern and Inn #YOHTAI Issue No. 4

Welcome to my parlor!

Naxxramas Intro Screen

Handshakes, Nods and Shout Outs

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.

Connect and participate on Facebook, Steam and Horseplay Live!

Facebook Group

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

Steam

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/_hearthstone

You must check out the following awesome podcasts:

A Worthy Opponent Podcast

http://holosuitemedia.com/review/a-worthy-opponent-turn-30-the-magical-mystery-tour/

 Horseplay!

http://allgames.com/podcasts/horseplay

 
Yogizilla Rocking the Arachnid Quarter

Yogizilla Rocking the Arachnid Quarter

Curse of Naxxramas is Live!

The Naxxramas patch downloaded for several of us at GANG and the adventure began. Some breezed through the Arachnid Quarter in an hour but most do not. The Naxxramas AI seems to be cunning and smart. Pay attention to the cards – the new ones are surprising. If you have never ranked better than 20, Naxx may be tough on Normal mode.
Naxx Intro 2
Lag has been a little fierce in the first hours of Naxxramas, but we’re hoping it gets better soon. During lag, it takes a little longer for actions to execute. A day or two, however, is expected as everyone digs into the Naxx.
Bugs:Hogger doesn’t spawn taunting gnolls at the end of turn. This was fixed by 7:30 EDT.
Report your bugs to Stan (see email addy below) and he’ll add them here.
Below is a look at what you’re up against.

Anub’Rekhan

Anub'Rekhan

Anub’Rekhan

Anub’Rekhan’s hero power: (Skitter) Summon a 3/1 Nerubian (Normal)
Anub’Rekhan throws out a whole lotta low-life minions if given half the chance. Don’t let that happen.
Irrelevant?

Irrelevant?

The reward for defeating Anub’Rekhan is a cute little number: the Haunted Creeper.
Anub'Rekhan Reward

Grand Widow Faerlina

Faerlina’s Hero Power: (Rain of Fire) Fire a missile for each card in your opponent’s hand. (Normal)
Faerlina's Defeat

Faerlina’s Defeat

The reward for defeating the Grand Widow Faerlina is a cute little number: the Nerub’ar Weblord.
Faerlina Reward

Faerlina Reward

Maexxna

Maexxna

Maexxna

Maexxna’s Hero Power: (Web Wrap) Return a random enemy to your opponent’s hand. (Normal)

 

The reward for defeating Maexxna: Nerubian Egg


Maexxna Defeated

Maexxna Defeated

Reward for the completion of all three Arachnid Quarter bosses: Maexxna

Arachnid Quarter Reward

Arachnid Quarter Reward

 

Hearthstone News

Ranked Play Season 3 Card Back: The Magical Mystery Tour 

@aworthyopponent is guilty for proclaiming the Season 3 card (Joyful Rainbow) as “The Magical Mystery Tour” card back. Contrary to @aworthyopponent’s suggestion, mind altering drugs are optional when you play this card back.

As I’ve said before, new seasonal card backs are lower hanging fruit for lesser murlocs. But until we come up with some OP suggestions, what’s a greater murloc to do?

We are thrilled, however, to have the A Worthy Opponent Podcast team join GANG! Welcome to the awesome, Autumnsbane and Blacklace.

Ranked Play Season 4 Card Back: The Dread

The Dread

Love it?

Me, no.

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. The official competition rules are still here:

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

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

Good luck, Interloper!

Awesome stories by mad geniuses here on the GANG!

One Red Shoe

Everything You Do Is A Snowball

What can Monty Python teach you about writing?

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

4 Of A Kind.. A Fireball House?

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

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

Issue No. 2

http://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 communication 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!

Cake VS. Pie – Who Is The Winner? (Please Take The Poll Too!)

Maple Story - Cake Vs. Pie - Winner Bake All!

Today we are here to continue an ongoing debate.  This will be a culinary battle mixed in with a batter of vlogging, a yearning for good eats (and wimminz), and a call to action for YOU: join the GANG and have your geeky goodness shared with our growing community..  There might even be cake or pie in it for you, whichever you prefer.  Now onto the tasty business…

Cake versus pie…  Which is better?

I’ve been wrestling with this debate for a long time.  If you’ve followed me on the “social medias” long enough you know that I share food-related stuff quite a bit on Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.  I am a foodie.

We as geeks tend to have a stable of snacks, quick meals, and comfort foods.  Nothing beats marathon gaming sessions with your favorite snacks and adult beverages (if you are of age, of course).  I love my sweets but this decision is still tough.  Cake or pie?  Hmmm…  Maybe you can help me!

I talk about a lot of stuff that’s NOT food related in this vlog but one issue I encounter is particularly discerning: whether flan is a cake or a pie.  This here is the tie breaker.  The interwebz provide some useful knowledge.  Wikipedia, which never has false information, says the following on flan:

Not to be confused with crème caramel, also known as flan or flan de leche.  Flan is an open pastry or sponge cake containing a sweet or savoury filling.

Taste Of Home: Flan - Look At Dat Slice!

[ source: Taste of Home ]

Flan is my favorite.  It’s creamy and melts in your mouth..  Hey, stop that smirking.  It’s not just texture.  The flavor is satisfying in ways that only putting it in your mouth can explain..  Except maybe for when idgets make it very eggy (like a terribad egg salad).  Great flan is something to write home about, I promise!  Now that we know flan is categorized as cake, that tips the scales A LOT.

Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake - By Chef Dennis Littley

[ Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake Masterpiece by Chef Dennis Littley ]

Cheesecake is a close second to flan.  These tasty cakes come in many varieties.  Some are topped with marsipan (essentially edible, sugar-rich modeling clay), others have fruity toppers, graham crusts, or cookie crumbs.  The variety in the cheesecake world makes it a clear winner and a great boon for the cake cause.

If you’re ever in NYC, be sure to try some Junior’s cheesecake.  It’s not by any means the best of it’s kind but it rarely disappoints.  Last I checked, there are Junior’s locations opening up everywhere, including one in Grand Central Station that serves sandwiches, beverages, and many varieties of cheesecake.  Ah-nomnomnom!

Pecan pie Is OP..  When made right!Now  in the pie’s corner we have a Georgia favorite: pecan pie.  Thing is, GOOD pecan pie is hard to come by.  The problem with pie of any variety is that people tend to burn the top..  Or they make the filling TOO rich (or too bland).  I have a sweet tooth but, HOLY MOLY, I want to taste the distinct flavors, not go into a coma.

On the flip side, you have to be a special kind of nincompoop to mess up cake.  You bake it in layers and then you add your little touches afterwards.  Let the egg timer be your guide, young padawan!

Supernatural - Dean Says, "PIE!"

In short, I have rarely been disappointed by cake whereas pies often leave much to be desired.  I know that on the show Supernatural, Dean acts like pie is OP.  His love for pie is a bit contagious.  He is very adament about having Sam bring him pie..  And it got me thinking a bit.  Really, he made me question my belief but I think this issue is settled..  At least for me.

…And the winner is…

(You’ll have to skip to the end if you want my final verdict.)

During the“Cake Vs. Pie” Geektastic Vlog two-part series I talk about the need for more women.  We’ll be revisiting that as well as the deep discussion about the good and bad of gamer girls.  As we often do, we provide all sides of the debate to encourage you all to chime in.  Perhaps there is no right or wrong…  But I still choose cake.

…Now it’s your turn!

Leave some comments  explaining why you choose one or the other.  The best part about this debate is that everyone has an opinion and there really is no right or wrong answer..  Except maybe for vegans, unless they cheat on their diets.  For that, I am sorry.

Feel free to share your thoughts on anything else I have covered on my vlog.  I talk about all sorts of random things in my Geektastic Vlog including why I chose XBox over Playstation, the stupidity of pet fees/rent, and my #BirthdayBash on Twitch.  There’s also a Mega Man OST and some more Hearthstone talk (#YOHTAI)!  You can leave us comments below and/or VM at (206) 415-4987.

Thanks to those who encouraged me to share my crappy videos here on GANGnet.  We hope you will do the same (these are our current G.A.N.G. projects and openings)!

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

Cheers, Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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 http://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!