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COC: HEALER SLAMMIN!

24 Aug

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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…

http://forum.supercell.net/showthread.php/1238065-Upcoming-Healer-Changes

 

I am surprised by this planned nerf…

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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!

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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!

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GAMING: COCMCOCCR

21 Jul

COC

Nine whines on and on…

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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…

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

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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!

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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!

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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…

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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!

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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.

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:

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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!

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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!):

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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!

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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!

 

 

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

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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!

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Little Queen

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Purple archers…(lv6 giants 6d5h now!)

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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

LOTRO: back again…

18 Apr

I actually got online in LOTRO this weekend.

Woot!

…for about 20 mins before my kids came and kicked me off the computer.

…oot!

I was itching to get back into LOTRO the whole weekend… was this due to a desire to get back into the newly updated LOTRO? Or due to my growing malaise with casual gaming?

I have been playing:

CoC for must be nearly a year and I can imagine I will keep playing but it is not exactly immersive, long army build times and even longer building upgrade and research times keep this interesting but not exactly relaxing or even a place to spend time having GAMING FUN.

Clash Royale, the new ‘card battler’ game has its moments but they are getting further and further between… and I find myself thinking of developing a good team in maybe 5 years time by simply collecting the free chests; which if you think about it is not exactly gameplay! Its advancement simply for the sake of advancements sake! I had a rare match which was actually fun the other day, where both players were attacking and counter attacking and I lost with his King’s castle on the brink of falling too!

And my main time sink and what has eaten up my morning gaming sessions has been MARVEL Contest of Champions; a basic beat-em-up with collecting mechanics mixed with social grouping and peer pressure and almost constant new rewards to work for individually and very cleverly collectively! I find there is always some kind of incentivation to grind out a new quest, level a hero or beat up the silly computer controlled opponent in yet another ‘versus’ match! And that’s not including the month long story quests for newer heroes and the daily contests needed to unlock upgrade items for your favourite heroes!  The graphics are great, the game runs very smoothly on the family ipad, the sound effects are even pretty atmospheric. Wanting to level Dr. Strange my favourite 4star hero is my main goal but getting Black Widow 4 silver stars and by far my heaviest hitter and Groot my first ever 4 star and others to their max, and being able to take on the game on heroic for even better prizes and maybe even one day getting a 5 star hero… oh dear can you see the addiction….

Oh and I love superheroes and have done so from when I was a kid, and my sons love the game too, my youngest even to the point of claiming to have HULK inside him! Which we constantly remind him he does NOT! My eldest loves to irritate me by using up hard earned in game gold or credits!

But… But… But… its getting tedious and I am starting to realise that it is just a pointless exercise in grinding up levels to get the same heroes (for the most part) stronger and stronger, whereas the core game of beat-em-up is pretty basic and the ‘vs’ mode is quite obviously an AI played version of player selected hero line up! Even this basic beat-em-up would be awesome if head to head with other players. Then no ‘got-to-get-em-all’ gimmick would be needed. Mind you then why am I not just playing Street Fighter?  Oh how I would love to have an arcade SF machine in the living room, exercise n gameplay every morning!

Oh how I digress…

Instead of the latter I am tempted to get back into the lukewarm water of LOTRO MMO gameplay! It has stories, the ME world, the long term grind, mediocre graphics (well on my wife’s non gaming PC I push it to high quality graphics for stationary screenshots!) old school MMO questing, old school MMO advancement…but it offers constant gaming FUN. ‘Offers’, you have to find it but when you find it is even sometimes fantastically immersive and surprisingly GREAT FUN!

I was really enjoying the Bingo weekly adventure, and have my one legged hobbit Opopa fan-fiction project to continue…

Tsukuld was levelling nicely in ROHAN, solo mounted combat crapness ignored, it was enjoyable.

Diverse alts dot the spectrum of levels  and character types throughout LOTRO for diversions sake.

The server consolidation and lag issues arrived and my interest waned markedly… my RW existence has become more time consuming, work is busy (too busy!), kids getting older and more demanding, wife, well is WIFE! Less weekend time to play, fewer long immersive sessions which drove the smaller weekday pre work sessions… I have long battled for an early evening gaming slot where I can log in the same time as my mainly European kin mates… rather than catching them mostly ‘out to lunch’/’working’ during my Argentinian early morning sessions.

I have always loved LOTRO, but I grew tired of the repetition, grew tired of the samey gameplay, grew tired of my RK’s combat rotations, and I found I was not finding FUN often enough,  I am back but I don’t know for how long I will last before I grow tired again!

I hope I find lots of FUN in LOTRO 18.1!

CoC: Treasuring the Lootcart

28 Jan

SO last update has been implemented and we now have Treasury and a Lootcart that appears after being attacked.

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OK thats 333k elixir safe…only a little bit more to go!!!!

The treasury is great and I wish I could move more of my resources into its safe(r) walls… I have been working to get my drags upgrade to lv3 and no matter what I do I am simply unable to maintain 2million plus elixir… with the treasury I will get there eventually… the five star bonus is nice and roll on clan war this weekend… if we actually win one would be nicer.

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Did u know loot smokes!

The lootcart is a pretty weird system… it recoups a small amount of your lost resources but without reducing the attackers reward… so it just springs into existence. I’m sure Terry Pratchett could have explained it… somehow! But the net effect is slightly less loss of resources and that I can like.

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It took me some time but there is a counter until next star bonus is available after you start to find a village to attack! (Bottom left.)

Clan TSU has lost a few good players during the last couple of weeks and we have not grown enough new players to replace them. Activity is down as well 🙂 I am now counted in the top 5 players and I suck at clan war (my main reason I want lv3 drags!)

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OK in top 6! 

My farming technique is now using a mix of wizards and archers with giants: GiWiA??? Amounts vary a lot due to clan donations, I am trying to dig myself back to having a slightly less selfish ‘troops given to used ratio’… I am 2000 troops behind at the moment and by far the ‘greediest’ clanner and with so little progression to show for it!

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On a weirder note I mentioned that I intended to upgrade my WB to lv5 and am pretty sure I started the upgrade soon after… I realized after my Wizards were upgraded that they were still lv4… I must admit it is possible that my dizzy brain is mistaken but I am pretty sure they should be lv5! I will send a ticket to SUPERCELL but am pretty unhopeful… I wish I had taken more screenies during that period as I have no pictoral proof!

Oh well…

CoC: PuttiN the N into ing!

20 Jan

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Still low th8… new base design nicked from my clan war opponent this weekend!

I am gettiN bored with basic farmiN Giants 21 Barbs 15 and Archers 68 WB 6 and BK lv8 and whatever is in CC normally archers… GettiN average results nothiN amaziN and still not findiN any inactive bases (Treasure for the takin’!)

Was readiN about GoHO att earlier and Ho attacks …maybe time to switch to hogs…I love the idea of strategically takiN out defences in clockwise and counter clockwise motions…

I was wonderiN if using a batteriN ram of giants could be used instead of the golems to attract fire in the centre instead?

Will experiment and as normal probably fall back to farmiN as described above…

Maybe time to play again with Giant Healer: 4 Healers (can churn these out 1 each from barracks now :)) 14 Giants and 13 wizards…soon to be lv 5, my wb is still only lv4 but looks like that will be my next research project! I cant depend on getting CC troops I desire so they are just bonus 🙂

For further readiN, a nice list of att types here:

http://forum.supercell.net/showthread.php/597189-Full-information-on-main-attack-strategies-and-army-compositions

http://www.clashofclansguidehq.com/army-composition/

CoC: New Hero… Design Competition

27 Oct

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SUPERCELL have created a small competition to draw your own idea of what the new HERO will look like:

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STARTING IMAGE: So a super wizard then!

LINK: http://forum.supercell.net/showthread.php/889530-New-Hero-Art-Contest%21/page18

Prizes are 1000 gems for this stage and the ultimate winner will receive 5000 gems…

So get doodling…

My doodles:

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And my daily commutes and occasional CoC play have raised my base from 50-59: (including the forth builders hut at last!)

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So another month until anyway near getting to th8…at least and the game is starting to drag as the build times stretch out… but I do have a horrible commute to fill!

COC: My Mantis…

2 Oct

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Been th7 for nearly 2 weeks and enjoying it…

LINKS that helped me build my base:

http://www.clashofclansguidehq.com/th7-upgrade-order/

https://www.reddit.com/r/ClashOfClans/comments/2c0mh2/semi_indepth_th_7_guide_strategy/

http://forum.supercell.net/showthread.php/207442-The-Mantis-a-TH7-Variation-of-The-Tempest

The praying mantis is working nicely…today started work on tesla nr2!

Slowly upgraded army camps so have 195 troop space and barracks will be next so I can finally pump out wizards… I don’t know if I really will pump out these fire ball wielding maniacs but its nice to know I can when I want, and can’t wait to use in WAR! Must upgrade em soon!

Upgraded archers and giants to lv 4, and healer is getting her first upgrade… tougher better healers r nice!

Spell factory upgraded…was tough surviving a week without spells but not having them makes raiding more efficient…too easy to waste E on spells when not really needed! Now 3 spells… I like the rage spell but half hour to ‘learn’…will use for WAR.

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Got my dark elixir container almost full of the black stuff…not Guinness unfortunately! My little pump is insufficient for my cravings so targeting of DE containers is the name of the game when not running out of E!

My army composition is approx: 1or2 healers, 1 -3 wizards, 18-22 giants, 6-8 wallbreakers and the rest archers…(30-60)

What’s is that an ArcGi or Giarch?

Tactics…identify air defense (after checking clan house which I normally forget…but am happy that I found u can zap defense troops with lightning…unless flying!) take out nearby buildings with archers, and send in the giants…with 1 in front in case of traps…drop a healing spell.. send in a couple of wall breakers… hope wall explodes and giants head in to air defense… air defense down send in a healer. …(I sometime use em both together!)

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Watch which way giants break and try to add support from archers in that direction, even if they are just drawing fire away from giants… If healer is taken out and other air def is still up, wait and use healing spell if needed…when other air def down or far away send in last healer if available.

Wrap up… send in last troops if needed or running out of time.

When it works tis awesome, when the giants spread all over its can be a mess, especially if I forget to check clan defense and get a nasty surprise that takes out giants (I hate getting a dragon even when drawn out I can waste too many archers!)

CoC: Sillies…

18 Sep

So still no computer at home… I am hoping that I will be able to hop onto LOTRO on the fixed computer after work today…

So until then some more CoC stupidities:

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Still waiting for TH7… 3 more days so will not be ready for ClanWar this weekend 😦 I did find out my firework air defence unit was still able to be upgraded, so that now has 5 days of being offline while it gets hammered into shape 😦

The app upgrade yesterday cost me half a day of coffee break attacks while working as I couldn’t get a fast enough connection to download it! But I did have a string of great attacks on the way home from work… my Barbi (25ish), Archer(35ish), Giant(14), WallBreaker (7or8) Wizard (1 or 2) backed up with 1 or 2 healing spells: all at level III Tot E cost: is 60-80k… and I was making about 70k (profit!) an attack… This morning for some reason I was having a bad patch and I started losing 40k per attack… I will eventually get my balloon research to level III, which leaves only my neglected Goblins at level II.