24 Aug


Once upon a time a long time ago, healers triggered air traps… before I played COC! Now they will again in the proposed changes coming soon…


I am surprised by this planned nerf…

claws off our healers.png

In a game where SPAM is coming to dominate the only real training for strategic play since you first get her is the HEALER. Yeah the QW is OP but in quite a different way to a SPAMMED bowler/miner army which is mindless OP! I like the variety the healer adds to the attack, a unit that has no attack herself… more of this kind of unit please!

But as many have pointed out the Queen Healer combination should still be doable, just not so OP, clever spacing of those air seeking mines to prevent QW! I was even thinking it may be possible to trigger them by sending out scouting minions… new nick name CHAFF!


Even if it does end up workable, here I is crossing my fingers, I still think it is a simplification of the game, another lurch to the dumbing down of COC… I am finding as I progress in the game (now on the road to maxing th9) that it drags and drags, if I hadn’t changed to a more active clan I would seriously be slowly letting my COC fall off!

FINAL WORD: SPAM is still the order of the day!




12 Aug

gamers love!

KABAM! make MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS which is sucking in more and more of my free time… The CEO of Kabam, Kevin Chou, wrote about ‘Traditional Retention Metrics in Mobile Gaming’ in an article for VENTURE BEAT  (VentureBeat describes itself as, ‘the leading source for news & perspective on tech innovation.’ )

With regards to retention:

‘We now think exclusively in terms of years — not days, weeks, or months.’

And words to make any gamer’s heart melt:

‘The simple fact is this: if optimization and monetization are the driving focus behind a game’s development, that game is set up for failure. ‘Today, mobile gamers need developers who passionately create games that people who love games love playing.’

Well I hope he truly does practice what he preaches because I really think THE MCOC formula really works for me… MARVEL SUPER HEROES, BEAT EM UP MECHANICS and ever more complicated ALLIANCE related BATTLING.

And that social pull of helping one’s fellow gamer, your teammate that really sticks. At WORK I am struggling to create better bonds with our Manila office, in GAME I am now trying to foster connections over half a planet with total strangers and then help communicate instructions in the heat of battle! Putting into place lines of communication, getting to know all the members and creating standard operating procedures…

I am not sure which is harder, but both are helping develop skills that are quite interchangeable between both worlds of WORK and PLAY!



GAMING: Pokémon GOne?

29 Jul

‘I just don’t see the appeal, is it some kinda mass hypnosis?’

Not even having arrived yet in Argentina and already some reports are stating the NEW GAMING CRAZE that is Pokémon GO! may already be on the decline… cor arn’t we a difficult crowd to please, us modern gamers? Fickle we is…

I have to be honest with you all I am desperate to have a go, and will rush out to play (if my phone can handle it) as soon as it does officially arrive. BUT I do hope (eventually) there is some implementation of the original Pokémon gaming that I so loved the first time around. Although even then I was on the mature end of the Pokemon gamer and missed out on the social side then!

Until then I will keep trying to get back into LOTRO – kids permitting – they are even asking to play themselves (more on this strange development in an upcoming post)…

I will keep hammering away at MCOC, now developed mastery skills in evade and parry and finally the actual fighting game is more fun as well! My Alliance is getting more and more serious in being competitive and that’s going to take quite a bit of energy.

COC is slowly going nowhere fast, but I still am attached to my TH and want to see it prosper…

And finally CR has picked up slightly in my GameDAR as I was accepted into my fellow bloggers clan: Supreme Cream and life in a busy clan is so much different to a dead one…more on this as well in coming weeks🙂

Have a great WEEKEND all🙂





LOTRO: Gently Holistically Improving Community

27 Jul

3rd version due to spelling mistakes…oops!

A reworking on the comment I made on the LOTRO PLAYERS Article, which I found linked on the LOTRO FB page – go and like it🙂

Turbine Reaches Out to the LOTRO Community 

Cordovan, the new LOTRO Community Manager (Looks like Frelorn went during the last TURBINE cuts :()has been posting on the  LOTROCommunity forums, an alternative forum to the official LOTRO forums. WOW this is a great step forward.

I arrived relatively late to the LOTRO party and I think the LOTRO community shine had started to wane. Don’t get me wrong it was then shining brightly, it is still, now 4 years later, an inspirational force to be reckoned with but it is far from the multi-faceted and connected happy family it had once been🙂

Any attempt at stimulating interaction between the many diverse LOTRO community groupings can only be praised🙂

Because of its ‘mature’ nature (age not content!) of LOTRO it has led to the creation of many diverse groups with varying opinions and points of view upon almost all aspects of the game… finding a common thread and unifying them all maybe impossible but at least approaching them and starting the conversation is amazingly positive🙂

There are PVP’ers, RPG’ers, solo’ers, PVE’ers, cosmeticers(?), film makers, musicians, hardcore and casual gamers, bloggers, podcasters and twitchers, youtubers and every spin-off and combination, among others we cannot even imagine (I did once imagine of an in game LOTRO Acting Troupe – Commedia dell’arte!) And they all have vested interest in LOTRO, they all have strong opinions and nowadays they all voice them separately.

There are so many creative LOTRO blogs, websites, resources out there, some may have gone to sleep and some (like my own) ticks along slowly but they are still useful and incredible informative. Having others to share creative gaming ideas, not always LOTRO ones, I found so inspiring and many a time it incentivated me back into LOTRO to try something new or different.

Their creativity, leads to our creativity which can be feedback into our LOTRO gaming🙂

It’s a positive vicious circle, or a virtuous circle even!

Cordovan’s post:

“Hello! I wanted to create an account here just to introduce myself, and see what’s going on. I know there’s been some animosity between the community folks and this forum in the past, but AFAIK it didn’t involve me (much?), so I figure this new era of sorts is a good time to say hello. I’m the current Community Manager for LOTRO and DDO (and to the extent AC is still supported, Asheron’s Call.) I’m an old-school gamer and pen and paper nerd. Ask me about my THACO!

There’s a lot of work to do in the LOTRO community in the coming weeks, and I plan to do it. If you have a short bullet-list of what you feel is most important for the community (not development, that’s a different thing), lemme know.” – Cordovan

And leading on from that, as it does so many times with Tsu’s LOTRO blogging, I found something that sparked a memory; the use of holistic by Cordoven led me to instantly remember Douglas Adams’ – ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’. What an awesome book, please read if it passed you by, if you laughed out loud to Hitchhikers, like myself, you will love it!

Holistic: characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.’

Well I can get behind that and I hope it is possible to apply to the LOTRO community🙂

And as I digress down Tsu’s rabbit hole of a blog post I found another quote from the same book:

“Sir Isaac Newton, renowned inventor of the milled-edge coin and the catflap!”
“The what?” said Richard.
“The catflap! A device of the utmost cunning, perspicuity and invention. It is a door within a door, you see, a …”
“Yes,” said Richard, “there was also the small matter of gravity.”
“Gravity,” said Dirk with a slightly dismissed shrug, “yes, there was that as well, I suppose. Though that, of course, was merely a discovery. It was there to be discovered.” … “You see?” he said dropping his cigarette butt, “They even keep it on at weekends. Someone was bound to notice sooner or later. But the catflap … ah, there is a very different matter. Invention, pure creative invention. It is a door within a door, you see.”
Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

I just had to investigate further: to find out if Newton really did invent the catflap?

But as always Wikipedia provided the answer: ‘In an apparent early modern example of urban legend, the invention of the pet door was attributed to Isaac Newton (1642–1727) in a story (authored anonymously and published in a column of anecdotes in 1893) to the effect that Newton foolishly made a large hole for his adult cat and a small one for her kittens, not realizing the kittens would follow the mother through the large one.[6] Two Newton biographers cite passages saying that Newton kept “neither cat nor dog in his chamber”.[7][8] Yet over 60 years earlier, a member of Newton’s social circles at Trinity, one J. M. F. Wright, reported this same story (from an unknown source) in his 1827 memoir, adding: “Whether this account be true or false, indisputably true is it that there are in the door to this day two plugged holes of the proper dimensions for the respective egresses of cat and kitten’ –

An old girlfriend of mine used to crack up telling a story of how a friend used to keep her keys in her cat flaps… I suppose you had to be there!

So Cordovan has flung open the door (and maybe the catflaps!) to the community and I hope it grasps his outstretching hand to work together and put the communal house in order. LOTRO community was the GREATEST, is GREAT and can be the GREATEST again.

“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.” 
― Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

TURBINE, Cordovan and LOTRO Community please don’t eff it up again!

LOTRO:More Doors Opening…

25 Jul


Good news from TURBINE (not as oxymoronic as I thought!): Its official LOTRO is going to MORDOR, the land of shadow!

NAKT was the first to bring it to my attention🙂 :

SO I jumped over to LOTRO PLAYERS to confirm:


Good news wakes me from my LOTRO snooze…

I dug up my old Mordor Brewery idea and decided that they would would like to celebrate by whipping the slaves of Núrn into overproduction of the finest special edition beer ever fermented in a MMO – I do wish they would do more brewing in LOTRO! So here it is:

SORT PORT (Danish translates to Black Gate)

The Darkest Stoutest pint ever conceived of, so dark that it glows blackly in the shadows.

Ingredients: Mount Doom roasted barley and volcanic rock flaked barley, and so pale a malt, it’s almost ghostly, complete the mash. Common yeast and the most pungent hops round off the brew. Additionally some of the unfermented wort is soured in the sulfurous doomy airs to be forced back into the beer just before bottling, carbonation was found not to be needed, it has a peculiar chemical perculation or its own!

This really is a pint where we can say it is, ‘Warts and All!’

Something BIG is coming …Hurray for LOTRO and oh my I must get busy…my highest leveled Char is Tsukuld my lv85 RK!





21 Jul


Nine whines on and on…


Strange times in COC as my th9 base is finally nearing completion with only 2 archer towers (1 ongoing) air defenses and teslas (1 also ongoing)  needing their final upgrade before the long wait while maxing walls and other buildings… barracks for troops I don’t use… and of course maxing out all the troops I should be using…my Golems are still lv1 and If I want to start goblin Knifin I will need to lv gobs to 6…


And Queenie is now lv12 and king lv11 …a lot of work to be done here too!


Been shaky time in the clan as leader went off scoutin without tellin us and it was a scary experience… we are down to about 10 active members… and only 3 of them are th9 or above… and one of the most active th8 players left while leader was away! So looks like we will start to have to recruit or the weekly WAR at the weekend which I enjoy will become hopeless! It’s a tough time and if it worsens I may have to start lookin for a new clan!

Other than that I think I have been with the same base design for too long and I am now in the process of a major redesign…which generally involves a lot of online searching and then a lot of modification. And 9 times out of 10 me settling for a variation on my old base design…

My raiding consists of cookin up 20 giants, 3 healers, 11 wizards,  6 hogs, and 4 archers or variations of that backed up with 1 rage 1 heal 4 earthquake and a poison spell. As stated above 99% of time clan castle is empty!  I normally start with a mini queen walk then blast a hole and drop in giants, king and wiz to get to the core… I cross fingers that they either stay with Queen or Giants…HOGS are to go in and take out air defence in the hope of saving healers… Overall is works as in I earn loot but the strategy only hangs together 50% of the time!

Finding the rich dead bases a constant pleasure has become a rarer treat, I actually miss them!

I try to keep my resources used to avoid being too tempting a target but can see as I get to the point of upgrading to th10 I will need to toughen up the base as I am not convinced at its ability to protect my loot!


MARVEL contest of champions MCOC is also very busy at the moment and as we have now quite a tough alliance its startin to get serious… been given officer responsibilities and the minimal ingame tools to carry out the duties are quite frustrating as is my sons and wife running off with the ipad at inopportune moments! If I am to get more serious about MCOC I will actually need a dedicated tablet for it…  and I can’t see my wife falling for that just yet!


Have now a small rooster of 4-star heroes headed by a Rank 3 Black Widow (duped) and the rest all ready to get there but the dreaded grind for alpha crystals is needed. I was even tempted to spend $30 to get one the other day (due to frustration!) but quickly came to my senses! I am still F2P, not spent a cent!  Will upgrade my colossus next to have 3 heroes at 2000+ rating… and am tempted to get my Dr. Strange to R3 as well… My 3-star heroes and starting to get maxed out and are stronger than my yet to be upgraded 4 stars… And my 2-Stars are over half way to being maxed! – this is important as it enables me to actually progress much more easily (maintain a x3 bonus for longer) in the 3-star Arena battles where I basically earn Gold for upgrading… 4-star arena battles are still tough and time consuming, I am able to get to the ranking stage (200,000+pts) but its not easy or enjoyable…


And finally my last game is Clash Royale, I still play daily but the frustration is building in that I am at level 8, all my deck of normal cards is maxed at 9 and my skeleton horde and knight are stuck…I simply never get any new cards and I don’t even see them up for sale at 2000 gold per pop! And when I do get to the inevitable level 10 upgrading point each card will cost 8000GP!


The battles I take part in are frustrating in the most part in that my opponents generally have much higher cards and I have grown to loath HOGS and Witches… even dropping back down to arena 4 has not improved my chances… And even worse are the spawner matches with an emote totting idiot! Wish there was a surrender button cos its so tempting to smash my phone after one of these…

And I will not start on the insane, inane and idiotic tournament system they introduced… in a game where you sometimes have to wait for half a day for a reason to play… SUPERCELL u dropped this one badly!

I can see me stopping playing sooner rather than later and it’s a shame as there is a simple great game hidden under all the P2W fluff!

So casual gaming continues as the long drought of LOTRO continues.


19 Jul

mobile turbine!

I was shocked into blogging again after discovering the horrible news from WB about TURBINE, further layoffs and yes they will be affecting LOTRO!

COMPANY STATEMENT: “Turbine is transitioning into a free-to-play, mobile development studio, and as a result we are eliminating some positions. The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online games will continue to operate as they do now. Re-focusing and reducing the studio size was a difficult decision for the company, and we are grateful to all of the Turbine staff for their considerable contributions.”

LOTRO: ‘…will continue to operate as they do now.’ – But that is in the sense that it will continue as before which is pretty neglected and on the slow descending spiral to closure… if lucky the game will be able to eventually stay alive in maintenance mode but with it’s expensive IP that probably would not be permanent…

If I could I would advise them to stop jumping onto boats after they have sailed and just milk the old MMO market, they could even get lucky and find there is a resurgence in interest in oldschool grindy MMORPG’s at some point…

I may be inspired to pop back into LOTRO sooner rather than later, but my sons have reached an age where me playing games without them has become almost impossible, and me playing LOTRO with them fighting over the controls equally frustrating!

I wish all affected the best in the future and lets keep our fingers crossed that LOTRO limps on for many years to come!

free to blow

After the world wide success of ‘Pokémon Go!’  TURBINE will be jumping on the bandwagon with ‘Blow Blow Go!’

…And if successful I can even imagine the sequel already, ‘Suck Suck Come!’

Update: Gaming draggin!

1 Jun

A rare thing nowadays a blog from tsuhelm. My MMO’ing remains locked into nothingness, indeed I logged into LOTRO once since the anniversary event ended! And I stayed no longer than a minute😦 I thought the event had broken my drought… it had not, it was a blip of activity. It looks like I missed the daily grind but was not prepared to put in the extra effort to do more.

So casual gaming it is then: As I described in my April post ‘LOTRO Back Again’  I am plodding onwards with CoC, mid th9:


My clan is getting active for some unknown reason… 3 wars in 6 days! Its been fun, I actually did quite well in the last war and that was without my Queen, now lv7! My hogs are over halfway to lv5 which should make my GoWiHo much more effective. And clan castle upgraded to lv5 with 30 clan troop capacity combined with clan level now being lv5 allows me to house a lv5 Golem which is tough as hell!


So being mid Town Hall is always nice, but am slowly running out of affordable upgrades and simply do not have enough time to upgrade all the troops I would like to: My golems are not upgraded, my peccas are only lv2, my drags are lv3, my barbs are still lv 5… (my balloons are only lv3, I don’t use em!):


So the chore of maxing out th9 will drag on and on… longer even than maxing out dragons!

And when I am not playing with my CoC I can squeeze in some CR… now I am lv7 with most of my cheep F2P deck at lv8, so the chore is simply to save gems n gold to max cards to lv9, (4000 gold a pop and 400 of each card needed) I have had some fun matches but it is mostly tedious Arena 4 combat, pretty brainless stuff, fun when it works but up against a skilled player the game drags!


And that leaves Marvel: Contest of Champions which to be honest I don’t get to play as much as I would want as its difficult to detach my eldest from the ipad! (It does not run on my phone or the kid’s cheep tablets!)  Also being on the ipad I dont really have an easy way to access screenshots from work! But I have been enjoying the ‘Civil War’ event they have been running since the release of Captain America: Civil War… Not only did Kabam! include the themed quests expected they introduced yet more tasks and even altered the interface depending on which side you chose (you can change every 15 days if you so wish!) and this just added to the desire to play!

But the downside is that there are yet more interesting heroes to ‘win’ if lucky or extremely dedicated, or, of course not me, deep pocketed!  Which all add to your hero rooster which all need levelling. Add in the terrible WAR matches, which when they are balanced are great but mostly descend into farce and hopelessness! Even the longer running alliance quests are not exactly riveting stuff, the rewards pail to the WARs but the interaction with team-mates is more focused and easier!

SO basically I am enjoying my casual gaming but it sure does drag!




12 May


Casual Stroll through MMO’s FB page linked me to the following:

World Of Warcraft Designer Gets Real About Complaint That Blizzard Doesn’t Listen

In which as has been stated so often, John Lydgate:

“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”

I do wish big games would stop pretending to cater to EVERYONE! TURBINE u listening?

The comment section discussion descends into the murky waters of ‘how WOW is such a failure nowadays’…

I agree stongly with those in the ‘no it is not’ camp. MMO’s have changed, online gaming has changed…GAMING has changed since 12 years ago!

Having so many players (around 5 million guesstimate and that’s with a subscription system) in this day and age demonstrates that it successful in so many ways.

Blizzard has been keeping lots n lots of minorities happy! The smallest minority being the one… letting those players group with like minded gamers to play the game they want to play within WOW is the key to its ongoing success.

WOW is a game in which I have never partook, although I have craved to join in many times.

If WOW was to fall I would imagine MMO’s across all spectrums would detect the oncoming death of a genre.


CoC: TH NIN(e)

9 May

Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve
Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve
NIN – Head Like A Hole


Been th nin(e) over a month and I am enjoying myself, the early days of a new town hall level are always busy times, lots of new structures to place, base redesigns, new research and new units which give rise to new strategies. I love the Archer Queen, going to lv5 as soon as I can!

lv9 n archer queen

Little Queen

purplearchers n giant being queued

Purple archers…(lv6 giants 6d5h now!)


My base as is…still messing around…

They have also been some nice updates in game which have increased the fun factor.

The latest has really inserted a boost of amphetamines into play… we are talking SPEEDY! Due to reduced construction times Armies can be built and destroyed in much quicker times. The one remaining hurdle, to full enjoyment, is the actual process of finding a base to attack that still grates. It does not take long  before the frustration of not having found that juicy cash cow to milk or that ripe th grape to juice leads to choosing unwisely and which leaves a lingering element of disappointment which is slowly replaced by the lust for ‘gold’ as the next attack army quickly queues up for use…

So it is now possible to farm again, generate a steady trickle of resources and slowly build and upgrade and boy do you need the resources… as the early th golden days pass the th middle blues will start to grow and unfortunately then the th end game will start, the long, long drag to the next th level, of maximizing EVERYTHING before jumping up a level… which I need as mush as a hole in my head…

Clan Tsu (Not my clan) is almost at lv5! Woot! but it’s mostly quiet, we now have four th 9’s and a couple more on the way but as we get to greater heights the clan is thinning. I am glad to not have more pressure of more WAR but a busier reinforcement circle and more in clan chatter would be nice.

Well we cannot have everything we want but I will fight you tooth and nail if u try and take away my CoC from me…

No, you can’t take it, no, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take that away from me
No, you can’t take it, no, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take that away from me
NIN – Head Like A Hole