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Left 4 Alone

I bought Left 4 Dead last week. It’s amazing, everyone should get it (for PC, not ShitBox 360) and add “plubby” to Steam. It seems a bit repetitive at times on Single Player, but I imagine that it would be a complete blast with friends…like you!

So buy it NOW! Buy it twice! Buy it on your PC of choice!


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A Nebbish Rock Star Fantasy

Hopefully i’ll be able to return you to a more regular blogging pattern soon, as my backfilling ended this week.

Don’t count on it though, because I just acquired a new Playstation game and it is sensational. I just 5-starred Hotel California, 99% notes hit (only missed four) and i’m pretty pleased with myself.

Yes folks, it’s Guitar Hero: World Tour. Do yourself a favour and pick this up today! (and a console, if you need to. It’s that good.)

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Do you remember when I had a blog? Neither do I!

Updates are likely going to be few and far between over the next two weeks, i’m backfilling a colleague’s role while she goes on two weeks holiday, and it’s a lot of work. I believe the technical term is “A Metric Fuckton of work”. I stayed an hour after work yesterday and still didn’t get everything done. So I won’t have much time to do any bloggery.

My weekend was fulfilling, but kind of meh – I started on the cleaning of my unit. It’s going to be an epic operation that will no doubt be in a permanent status of “not quite finished”. At the moment, I have the priorities done – the area around my playstation and book/CD/DVD/game shelf. The remaining mess from my living room is in a pile of “to be sorted” stuff that i’m going to do this week. I did try and do a special update during the weekend, but I cocked it all up. Maybe next weekend I can try another.

Then there’s my kitchen…the dishes…oh good lord. I’m seriously contemplating just binning all my plates and crockery and starting all over again.

Next, a short plug for the Facebook game Dungeons & Dragons: Tiny Adventures. It’s just a watered-down D&D, but with the events 10-15 mins apart. So you can be doing something…say…work, study, or modo…then go back to your adventure for a second, then go back to you what you were doing. The friend interaction is where all the appeal is, as you can give each other “buffs” (+1 to your total), thus creating a “buff network” where everyone is boosting their friends’ rolls.

So everyone buff me.

…I am so quoting that out of context.

And now…an AustralianGamer signup update in true AG fashion!

*wind whistles through the trees*

…So, what did you think?

In all seriousness, two weeks and still nothing. And not much participation on your end either! Law of averages suggests that if lots of us sign up, the more chance that one of us makes it. The admins are back from an expo, so hopefully they might go to the forum signups to accept the singups of everyone they met at the expo.

As an indicator of how flat-out i’ve been, I started this post on Tuesday, and its Wednesday night that i’m finishing it. Yesterday I had a decklist to share, but it didn’t win any games, so i’m not going to post it.


The last thing I wanted to do is explain the entire point of the blog. I have a lot of different contacts in different quarters all asking me for ideas re: things, or my ideas on magic in general. Rather than forget who i’d told what, I decided to establish this blog. Any ideas I have will be here soon after I have them. So PLEASE stop trying to pre-empt the blog by getting ideas from me…particularly this extended idea I keep teasing. I’m not going to tell you. It’s exciting and promising, but I really want to see if it puts up results first, and I want to take my time with it. So some patience all around would be very much appreciated.

That’s all I have for now.


Until next time,

 – RP.




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If you wanna win, you gotta get a bit larky…

Just firstly, on the “Who’s that Pokemon challenge” – that’s not the whole pokemon, it’s a partial silhouette.
Since last we met, I’ve had not much time to test the Reveillark deck (admittedly, the process was delayed by several games of NHL 09), but here is a quick recap of what I did play. I bought the pieces of the deck, with Archon of Justice being a surprisingly low two tickets. I played a few games in the casual room, went zero and X before winning a match, consisting of one win against a mulligan, my opponent winning game 2, then conceding game 3, then deciding RIGHT I’M SORTED NOW and plowing unashmedly into the Constructed Queue room. I was quite surprised to discover that there is now such thing as a 4-man queue. Given my time constraints, and that the 4-man had three people waiting, I jumped on in.

My first round opponent lead off with an early Wooly Thoctar, but I had a wrath to answer it. He had a backup horde, but a couple Kitchen Finks and a Reveillark were quite good for my “conserve damage” plan and I was soon able to get past his defenses with my fliers.

Game 2 was rather bizarre. He was stalled on mana, and most of it was painful mana. I wasn’t getting very far with my 2 Kitchen Finks and One Mulldrifter. Finally I had him down to 7 Life…he had a bloom tender and had finally pulled out of his land trouble, and I had my three creatures, a Mind Stone and lands….it was at this point he tapped out for what must have been the world’s worst Realm Razer Just to recount, this left the board at:

Bloom Tender
Realm Razer
7 Life


Kitchen Finks
Kitchen Finks
Mind Stone
> 20 Life

Not the best situation for him, especially considering I was one Blue source away from Flashfreeze coming online.

He was able to immediately tap Bloom tender for RGW and O-Ring a Finks, but quickly went to 2 on my turn. He was then able to make another O-Ring for my Mulldrifter, but was forced to block my Finks in order to not die. I got timewalked to be fair, but his next turn yielded not much of note whilst mine gave me a Reveillark.

The second and final round saw me up against a red deck. I was once again on a “preserve damage” plan and a Finks-heavy draw on the play was well suited to this task. So was condemn on his turn 3 Ram-Gang. A-bang-bang!! We played a lot of back-and-forth, I was drawing a lot of land, but so was he, and I had to play in such a way that if he ripped, or was sandbagging Demigod at a couple of points I was just dead, but I managed to get there in the end.

Game 2 was absolutely bee-e-ay-youtiful…for him. Turn 1 Figure, Turn 2 Lasher…I had a Condemn to slow him down, and I managed to stall a couple turns with archon-mannequin, but this just delayed the brutal and inevitable.

Game 3 saw me play an early Sower, and between Mannequin and Reveillark I was able to steal his creatures, use them to chump a couple of times (that “preserve damage” rather than “race” plan) and eventually I somehow won..i’m not quite sure how it happened myself, I just got there.

At the end of the game he made some comment about both games his draw had his lands outnumber his spells by two, and it was the only way I could win. Sadly he left the game before I could deliver the response “well you know, I gotta get Larky sometimes.” We’ll just pretend I did.

Usually I hate when people makes excuses other than “well, that’s magic for ya sometimes” when they lose but this time it didn’t bother me. THANKS FOR THE EXTRA BOOSTER, YOU TWAT!

I’m such a good winner.

Next time: Some red Shuh-mon Shuh-naningans.

Until then,
 – RP

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Anniversary Celebrations and Celebrity Readers

Thank you ReeceP. Your registration has been successful. The administrator wishes to preview all new registered accounts before posting permissions are granted. The administrator has been notified of your registration.

So said the AustralianGamer Forums after I opted to resend the validation for my account.

Happy 1st Week Annviersary, my non-participation in the AG Forums!

To celebrate this undoubtedly monumentous occasion, I propose that my CH readership all register themselves (this is not a membership drive, really) at the forums: and just see how long it takes us all to get on there. Use something close to your real name, something that doesn’t scream “potential spambot”. I’m declaring a race to get active! Register at the forums, leave a comment saying what username you signed up as, and we’ll see what usernames get active first.

Also, if I maybe missed an instruction? It wouldn’t be the first time, so let me know.

Now, an obligatory shout-out to Celebrity reader and all-star Magician, Australian National Finalist Brandon Lau. Brandon, send me that Berlin planeswalker deck, you fiend! My one wasn’t good! (Are you noticing a trend with these decks I post? They all suck!)

This is going to be a first for a CH post, but I don’t have a decklist tonight, I was flat-out at work and am absolutely wiped, so i’m going to turn in early.

Until next time,
 – RP

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Antoine Elves, Bantoine Elves, Other gaming stuff

Antoine Elves was a giant pile of “meh”. It had some explosive moments, none of which lasted longer than a moment, and some funny draws, but it turns out that there really needs to be some card-advantage in the deck.

On that note, I also tried Bantoine Elves, which was a bit more exciting, but the mana kinda sucked. I’ll endeavour to figure out the right mix between powerful spells and mana…it might just turn out to be U/G or something. I’m sure counterspells would help, counterspell make everything better, right?

FYI, Here’s the Bantoine Elves list

// Lands
    8 [UG] Forest
    4 [SHM] Fire-Lit Thicket
    4 [SHM] Wooded Bastion
    4 [EVE] Flooded Grove

// Creatures
    2 [ALA] Mycoloth
    4 [ALA] Ranger of Eos
    4 [EVE] Nettle Sentinel
    4 [10E] Llanowar Elves
    2 [LRW] Elvish Harbinger
    4 [MOR] Heritage Druid
    4 [8E] Birds of Paradise

// Spells
    4 [ALA] Bant Charm
    2 [MOR] Roar of the Crowd
    3 [MOR] Distant Melody
    4 [LRW] Gilt-Leaf Ambush
    3 [LRW] Elvish Promenade


And now, a non-magical tale I have to share. A while back I was googling to find the two videos Yahtzee did before he started making Zero Punctuation (available at The Escapist, obligatory plug) when I stumbled across a couple of podcast appearances he’d made over at the site On..Tuesday I think it was, I signed up to their forums because I wanted to share a story I had that related to some content they’d had on one of these podcasts. I signed up, did my “click here to validate your account” thing. The next page had something about the admins requiring themselves to authenticate each signup, presumably as an anti-spam measure. Oddly though, as we speak I still can’t see any forums when I’m logged in. I can browse ’til my hearts content as a guest…not so much as a member.

This strikes me as somewhat bizarre, especially given that I signed up under my name and last initial, ReeceP, so I can’t imagine that I look like a spambot. The other odd thing is that I can see the members online, and i’ve seen the admins online on multiple occasions. So here we’ll have the “AustralianGamer Forum Countdown” and see how long it takes me to get posting there!

I’ve got a party tonight, but check back here for an exciting-looking extended deck I designed at work. Also my teammate has made a super-exciting standard deck that’s an alternate look at an idea that appeared at PT: Berlin that i’d like to share with you. We’ll see how I go with that, but definitely look out for that extended list.

Until next time,
– RP

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