Saturday, December 4, 2010

SC2 - Welcome Back Commander

Got this achievement today. Woot! 2125 achievement points. 505 league wins. 978 league games. Nice numbers.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Archilon Shadowheart

Took a couple of photos of my favourite WoW action figure: Archilon Shadowheart. Enjoy!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sirlin.net

Some very interesting articles from Sirlin.net:

Playing to Win

Analyzing Starcraft 2's Ranking System

Entries in UC Berkeley's StarCraft Class

Using genetic algorithms to find Starcraft 2 build orders

Thursday, November 11, 2010

From Bronze to Diamond in 101 Days

An interesting read taken from the US Battle.net forums:

Starcraft 2 Murloc Marine!

Redeemed this bad boy from my Blizzcon 2010 virtual ticket purchase =)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

List of Collective Nouns for SC2


Terran

A harvest of SCVs
A labor of MULEs
A platoon of Marines
A mass of Marauders
A hop of Reapers
An academy of Ghosts
A roast of Hellions
A battalion of Siege Tanks
A hammer of Thors
A squadron of Vikings (in flight)
A pillage of Vikings (on ground)
A flight of Medivacs
A rave of Ravens
A mount of Auto-Turrets
An impasse of Point Defense Drones
A heat of Seeker Missiles
A strike of Banshees
A fleet of Battlecruisers

Protoss

A warp of Probes
A legion of Zealots
A blink of Stalkers
A cast of Sentries
An omniscient of Observers
A pantheon of Immortals
An abscond of Warp Prisms
An invasion of Colossi
A crest of Phoenixes
A prism of Void Rays
A storm of High Templar
A shadow of Dark Templar
A sacrifice of Archons
An arrival of Carriers
A lemniscate of Interceptors
A meeting of Motherships

Zerg

A wiggle of Larvae
A morph of Drones
A grumble of Overlords
A cuddle of Zerglings
A monarch of Queens
A spit of Hydralisks
A burst of Banelings
A watch of Overseers
A glob of Changelings
An intrusion of Roaches
A pit of Infestors
A horde of Infested Terrans
A murder of Mutalisks
A trample of Ultralisks
A tendril of Corruptors
A hive of Brood Lords
A spawn of Broodlings

Feedback is appreciated!
(yes this was inspired by the gaggle of Mutas thread)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Whats in store for Starcraft 2 - Season 2

As taken from the US Battle.Net SC2 forums.

StarCraft II Secrets of the Masters

Season 2 is coming, and it will bring with it a ladder wipe, but at the same time, each player's profile will be upgraded with new UI elements, including awesome new artwork which denotes a player's rank within their division, as well as a record of performance in prior seasons, improved detail pages that are more colorful and rewarding for top players, featured replays, and many more. Matchmaking rating will be preserved, so a single placement match will be all that it takes to find your place on the ladder once again. On top of all these new features, two new leagues will be introduced to highlight the top players in each region: the Master League, which places roughly the top 5% of Diamond players in their own league, and the Grandmaster League, a very special, elite league which is comprised of the top 200 players in each gameplay region, which will be visible to other players

Sunday, October 31, 2010

How To: Four Steps to Diamond

Here's an excellent guide on SC2 fundamentals by Orb. Check it out below:

HOW TO: FOUR STEPS TO DIAMOND

A side Note: My league is not representative of my skill level. I haven't had time to play a league game in two weeks and I am far above a gold level of skill. The information below is solid and I'm sure many diamond leaguers will concur.

Step 1: The Foundation (Unit Control and Base Management)

Starcraft 2 is a strategy game with three very distinct races each varying in their buildings and unit abilities. While each race has comparable units (at least statistically) with the other two races, the units are also diverse enough in application that they make each of the three races very distinct in how they play and feel. Such diversity has lead to an almost overwhelming discussion on the internet of strategies and tactics as the pieces of this three way real time speed chess game are much more adaptable than the pieces in chess.

Many people enjoy the chess like strategy involved in the game. However, the speed and precision necessary tend to make the game more akin to an extended and more complex speed chess game than a normal game of strategy chess where players can take their time to think about moves. The game is much more than who can outwit their opponent with a better strategy and adds the element of who can control their units better into the mix. In a game of chess the ability to physically move your pieces around the board matters little, however, in Starcraft 2 it is painfully critical necessity and takes practice to do well. In order to use their strategies effectively players must not only have a solid understanding of the basic strategies involved including unit strengths, weaknesses, build orders and proper placement, but they must also be able to control their units effectively, precisely and quickly. Having a great strategy will get you no where if it takes you far too long to execute that strategy and you spend the majority of your thought process on what keys to hit and what units to build. Think of playing a timed game of chess using only your mouth to move the pieces, your going to have a hard time even though you may have a perfect strategy. It's time to start using your hands!

Taking the above analogies and insight into consideration it is my opinion that the best place for a new player to start learning is how to properly control their units and base quickly, efficiently and with as little thought process as necessary. This control of units and base is a large part of what many players refer to as macro (short for macromanagement).

So how do I become better at controlling my units and my base you may be asking? Well the best way is to become familiar and comfortable with the game. The more you play the more the controls will feel natural to you and the easier the management of your base and units will be. But it is important to develop some good habits from the get go that will not only improve the outcome but the speed at which you learn these skills.

Every unit, action and building in the game has an associated keyboard shortcut (also called a hotkey) which if used properly will be far more efficient and faster than using your mouse to click the control box. If you hover your mouse over the lower right control box where (if for instance you have a barracks selected it will show you the units you can build) units and building are highlighter you will notice the hotkey for that unit will be displayed. There are also many webpages with the hotkeys displayed in a neat little list (use google). Hitting that hotkey on your keyboard will allow the unit to be constructed and when building large amounts of units will be much more efficient than your mouse. In order to get better at this you will have to force yourself to do it when you first start practicing. Force yourself to use hot keys for every game you play, do not use the mouse to build anything! Don't be discouraged if at first your speed seems to slow down and you feel that your doing worse. As you get more comfortable your speed will increase and will soon quickly surpass the speed you had when you were clicking everything.

The second step is to memorize what these hotkeys are and try to play games without even looking at the lower right box. Try and recall from memory what keys you have to press to build a factory or star port. One way that will make memorizing the hotkeys much easier is to switch your control profile over to GRID. You can go into the game option under keybindings and switch to the GRID system which will move all your hotkeys to the upper left part of your keyboard and they will be rather familiar even while switching between the various races.

If you have never used hotkeys before I highly recommend that you start with GRID and never look back. If however you are already used to standard then I would still highly recommend switching over to GRID anyways and just getting used to the new layout as I feel that it is far more efficient than the standard layout. However, keyboard layout is very much a personal choice and if you are pulling 200 APM (Actions per minute) with standard layout then why switch? (Because once mastered you may be able to start pulling 300 APM :)

The key to mastering hotkeys is to focus on only Hotkeys right now. Don't worry about build orders, strategies, control groups or anything else at all. Who cares if you get owned while you work on hotkeys! If you try and learn multiple things at once you will learn all of them slower overall and it will make learning them all the more challenging and things will seem overwhelming leading to frustration which is one of the hugest barriers to learning. You will know you have mastered hotkeys when you can build any building, unit or upgrade in the game as instantly as you can think the name of what you want to build. You should be able to think barracks and immediately have a green silhouetted barracks hovering underneath your mouse ready for placement.


After you have mastered hotkeys you will want to move on to control groups as they go hand in hand with one another. So what are control groups? Control groups are simply the numbers 1-10 on the keyboard. You can assign any building and any unit or group of units to control groups. To assign something to a control group you simply select the unit(s) and then hold the control key on your keyboard and then hit a number to assign it to that control group. It will then display on your screen on the horizontal bar in the center.

How you assign you control groups is also a high personal choice and there really is no WRONG way to do it. But what is not a personal choice is WHAT you assign to your major control groups. Most players will agree that you will always want to have your army on a control group and others prefer to put special units such as medivacs and other flying units in a separate control group and casters such as high templars or ghosts in another. A full army may have the entire army on control group 1, the medivacs on control group 2 and the ghosts on control group 3. When you have differant units with differant castable abilities assigned to the same control group you can use TAB to cycle through sub units (Example: Marines and Ghosts in control Group 1 you can use stim pack hit tab and then use snipe). However most players find this method to be less effective than assigning casters to a separate control group. Whatever you decide make sure you pick what you want tweek it and then continue to always assign your control groups in the same manner so you get a standard that your used to quickly.

The other things that players always place in control groups are their production, military and upgrade buildings. Place your main base (nexus, command center, hatcheries) all in one control group. Doing so allows you to use your special abilities (Protoss: CB, Terran: Mules, SS) quickly and allows zerg to select the larva from all of their hatcheries at the same time (Some high level zerg players place hatcheries on different control groups, but for new players stray way from this until you reach higher levels of play).Next place all your military buildings (barracks, gateways, factories, starports) in another and then all of your upgrade buildings on another. I use 4 for my nexuses, command centers and hatcheries and I use 5 for military buildings and 6 for upgrade buildings.

The cool thing about placing different units and or building in the same control group is the ability to use subgroup commands. For instance if you have a barracks, a factory and a starport all on the same control group you can hit the control group number and it will bring up your barracks production. You can then hit tab and it will switch to your factory and hit tab again and it will switch to your star port. Using control groups in this way combined with your mastery or hotkeys will allow you to build any military unit you want quickly and without having to go back to your base to do anything. This also has the added benefit of allowing you to set a rally point for all your military units anywhere on the map very quickly. You can also tab through your upgrades buildings and quickly find whatever upgrade you want to research all without having to go back to your base and find the right building.

You can also add units or building to your control groups by appending them with shift. What this means is that say you have 10 marines in control group 1 and you build 5 more marines and you also want them in control group 1. Well all you have to do is highlight those 5 new marines and hold shift and hit 1 and they will be added instantly to control group 1. This also works for buildings if for instance you build a new barracks you can highlight it hold shift and then hit 5 (or whatever number you use for military buildings) and it will add it to the control group. You should get in the habit of automatically adding buildings to the proper control groups as soon as they start building (before they finish).

If you double click a control group (ie hit the number twice rapidly) it will center your screen on that control group. This can often be a much quicker way of getting around the map. If you have your command center on 4 and your army on 1 you can be attacking your oppents base halfway across the map with your army and then quickly hit 4 twice to go back to your base to build something and then quickly hit 1 twice to go right back to your army all in a matter of seconds. This is also something that your going to have to force yourself to do. Rather than using the mouse to move around or clicking on the mini map just force yourself to assign buildings and units to control groups and then double click your control groups to navigate the map. Backspace can also be used to cycle you through your bases quickly and spacebar will take you the location of the latest action (scv built, army under attack, marine built, ect).

You have mastered control groups when you can effortlessly navigate the map using control group short cuts and can build units effortlessly with out much more thought than 5 marines, 2 tanks and 3 banshees, letting your hands automatically do the correct actions. You also want to automatically set things in their proper groups right when they start building and add your new military units to the correct control group.

This ladies and gentlemen is going to be the foundation of your starcraft 2 house, the place upon which the rest of your starcraft 2 skills will grow into a little house then eventually a mansion. Once you have become a master of hotkeys and control groups you will be able to instantly build any building or unit in the game at will and without much thought, you be able to fly around the map and have your screen centered exactly where you want it. You will be able to build units at anytime without having to go back to your base and your APM will increase. With these skills as your foundation you can now start throwing the walls of your house up and those walls are constructed of build orders and strategies of how to counter and react to this and that. And don't forget your windows (scouting). I wish you the best of luck in the long but rewarding road of building your starcraft 2 mansion.

Check out my youtube channel for videos on allot of what I talked about here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheThinkingGamer



Step 2: The Walls (Strategy, Build Orders, Scouting)

Before you really start focusing on the ins and outs of strategies and build orders I feel that it is very important to first have a solid understanding of and the ability to control your units and buildings otherwise known as macromanagement (or Macro for short). Strategies and build orders will do nothing for you if it takes you too long to implement them and react to your opponents strategies, it's like knowing what you want to do but being unable to do it. Work on your control groups and hotkeys and become a certified expert in building any unit or building at will without much more thought than the name of the unit you want to build. For example if you want to build a starport you should simply be able to think the word starport and your hands will automatically hit the correct keys to have a silhouetted green star port hovering under your mouse. This is called muscle memory and is a reflexive action that you automatically do in reaction to stimulus. When you can do this instantly with every unit and building in the game for every race you are then ready to move onto build orders and strategies.

So what is a build order? Well first off a build order is not a strategy, it is the result and product of a strategy. A build order is, as it's name suggests, simply a specific sequence in which you construct buildings and units to achieve a specific goal. Depending on what you want to do and what your opponent is doing will dictate what build order to use. Therefore, a solid player will have many varied build orders that he has committed to memory to deal with a host of specific situations. In general a build order really only applies to the beginning of a game because by the time you get to the mid or end game things are changing on such a dramatic scale that it's impossible to predict exactly how your opponent will respond. Many times you may find yourself starting with one build order only to scout your opponent and determine that your build order is not going to be effective and you must hastily switch to a different build order.

To begin learning build orders start with one race and learn a basic build order for that race. By basic I mean don't pick something risky like void ray rushes or proxy builds, but rather pick a build order that enables you to build up a solid economy and military that allows you to transition into the mid and late game with the versatility to adapt easily to what your opponent is doing. You should practice this one build order over and over until you can execute it flawlessly from memory without having to think too much about what you should build next. Once you have mastered one build order move on to another while focusing in what that build order is effective against, when to use it and what can defeat that build order.

You will have no clue which build order to use unless you consistently scout your opponent. How will you know which build order to use if you don't know what your opponent is doing/building? It's wise to remember that build orders are chosen not just for @@*!s and giggles but in RESPONSE to your your opponents actions, location, map and race. Having solid intel on your opponents actions at all times in combination with a large repertoire of build orders at your disposal will allow you to counter pretty much anything your opponent is doing.

There is a very good custom map out there on sc2mapster.com called YABOT which stands for Yet Another Build Order Tester. This map allows you to enter in custom build orders of your choosing and then lets you practice that build order over and over until you have mastered it.

As you learn more build orders you will begin to see what units and combination if units work best vs other units. You should really start focusing on the statistics of the individual units of every race and know what they are strong against (ie bonus damage) and what they are weak against. This will greatly assist you in picking the proper build order. It is a marvelous sight to behold when you have mastered your hotkeys and control groups and quickly execute the perfect build order in response to the intel your scouting gave you and you effortlessly topple your opponent.

There are many resources on the internet to obtain and study build orders. The forums over at teamliquid.net, youtube (specifically ForceSC2Strategy), the bnet forums and google will all yield more than enough for you to handle for quite some time. Once you have mastered enough build orders to counter pretty much any situation that you can possibly think of your ready to move onto the next step.



Step 3: The Roof (Micromanagement)

So what is micro? Well micromanagement is the fine tuned control of battles. A general sitting on a hill overlooking the battlefield issuing orders to have his calvary flank around or his archers to fire or hold fire is an example of micromanagement. This can also be accomplished and very effective in starcraft 2. You should be able to macro your base effortlessly and have a solid understanding of basic strategies and unit abilities before you start focusing on micro. There is an obvious difference when a General tells his army to charge the opponent with no further commands vs a general that try to use strategies such as flanking, formations, focus fire, ambushes, and terrain to tip the battle in his favor.

While many top players will tell you that macro is far more important than micro, the best starcraft 2 players put equal emphasis on both. It is much more important to learn how to macro before you micro but you should eventually be equally skilled in both. Being able to produce a ton of units will do you hardly any good if you haphazardly send them into battle against an opponent who is controlling the battle and controlling the battle will not benefit you if your not able to replace losses or take too long to do so.

Micro isn't just fancy attack/stop dancing with the mouse or retreating/blinking units to the rear so they stop taking damage. Micro is also about unit position, taking advantage of terrain and other strategic factors such as line of sight and unit composition and positioning/formations. The use of choke points (natural or artificial) can make a huge army's numbers meaningless. The smart use of unit abilities can turn an un-winnable battle into a decisive victory. Using line of sight can have devastating results and small raid parties can really put an economic hurting on your opponent.

Micro is so important in not only starcraft but real life combat that they have entire war colleges such as West Point, Annapolis and the Citadel dedicated to the pure study of warfare and micro tactics. While it's true these schools are designed to study actual warfare the fundamentals and the strategy involved are applicable to RTS games.

Again don't start trying to throw this aspect into your gameplay until your a board certified expert in control groups, hotkeys and base macro with a large number of build orders under your belt and at your disposal. Trying to master all of this at once will slow down your overall learning speed and make it a much more frustrating experience. If you have mastered the other things you will have more mental capacity to focus on learning the task at hand.

The best place to learn macro is from the many high level replays and video floating around. By watching the way some professional gamers micro their armies you will begin to see some of the possibilities. There are also many well written guides, many even on this forum that also have more specific examples and ideas in them.



Step 4: The Shed (True Analysis and Building Build Orders)

By the time you get to step four you will more than likely find yourself in diamond league playing against very good opponents. You will have played many many games and you should have an almost second natured ability to understand each and every unit in the game. Now it's time to get into the true strategy this game offers, now is the time to start thinking many moves ahead of your opponent.

Beyond the build orders lies the true strategy of starcraft 2. The ability to build your own build orders (for better or worse) will only strengthen your strategic understanding of the game. You will have the knowledge and the skill at your disposal to not only decide what unit to go for but how to position those units. You may even find yourself developing build orders not just for general use but for specific maps and even opponent positions on the map. This final step is where the majority of professional level players. They do things to force their opponents into reacting the way they want them to so that they can abuse the situation they forced their opponent into.

Trick plays and adaptive build orders are going to be the bread and butter here. When you start building build orders with the anticipation of how your opponent will most likely react and then building various scenarios for each of the possible outcomes and further scenarios for the outcomes of the outcomes you will be leagues ahead of your friends.

I hope you all find this useful and I plan on doing a new video series with this information in it (though some is already on my YouTube page). Please let me know what you guys think and like the post if you like it!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fenix's 2nd trip to Diamond

Just thought I'd repost this informative post by Fenix which I just read on the SC2 forums. Fenix's profile - http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/profile/384884/1/Fenix/


For the sake of seeing if it was really difficult. I demoted myself to bronze league, just to get back up into diamond. I wanted to see if it was really as difficult as everyone in the lower leagues says it is to get promoted.

To start, i'll tell you a little about myself and playing style.
Myself:
-I am not an excellent player. People like Horst and Funkmunk make me look like a casual.
-I consider myself to be a high Platinum/low Diamond (more on that later)
-I started in gold and eventually worked my way to diamond. (That was when i first got to Diamond a month ago)
-I excusively play Protoss and nothing else (deal with it).

My playing style:
-My biggest macro problem is knowing when to expand
-My biggest micro problem is using my control groups effectively (keeping Zealots at front ect ect)
-My apm is 55-70 on average and about 120-150 during fights.
-I prefer getting Dark Templar rather than robo tech.

Now that thats out of the way, i'll take you on the brief trip on what my experience getting through all the promotions back to diamond was like. I will also explain how i felt each league was like and their overall playing abilities. It took about 55 loses and then one win to get to bronze. NOTE: don't bother telling me you do something people generally do on a different league. No one cares.

Bronze League
-Time to get out of Bronze was 2-3 hours
There was alot of "all ins" in this league. Many people also liked to call me retarded or a noob. 3/3 cannon rushes worked in this league. Only time i lost was to get promoted. Void rays, MM, and 6 pool was most popular. No one scouted.

Silver league
-Time to get out of Silver was 1 day
This is where i personally feel the game is really starting to be played although i did fend off a worker rush soon as i was there. Many people managed to catch me off guard and i had to switch to actaul strategies instead of just making 10 units and killing their base. 3/3 cannon rushes worked in this league. Lost about 4-5 times i think? Builds became more diverse. A couple of people scouted.

Gold league
-Time to get out of Gold was 1 day
Scouting finally has become a norm, even if it is to find where the enemy is located. Rushes become more clever and people start hiding their tech. Started to put effort to get out of this place. Cannon rush worked 3/3 times (although i had to start making them outside the base first). Lost about 8-12 times. Some people upgraded in this league.

Platinum league
-Time to get out of Platinum was 9 days.
This is probably the most underrated league in Sc2. Many people don't give Plats the credit they deserve. Had to put all my skill when in this league. Cannon rush worked once. Speedy 4gate and Zerg fast expand become super popular. Scouting becomes annoying since people patrol their workers around. People upgraded in longer games. Roaches also very popular.
Loses is about same as wins.

Diamond
Some Diamond players are just awful, whilst others blow my mind with their skill.
People begin to micro their workers to deny your making buildings. Sentries are hugely popular and counter-attacking becomes a main style. Many people take map control before killing you for a sure win. Cannon rushing never worked. All sorts of different strats have been thrown at me which keeps me on my toes throughout the whole game. I don't mean to glorify the Diamond league, but many of them are incredibly good.

In the end, If you have been stuck in the same league for a super long time and can't seem to get promoted, chances are you probably belong there. It doesn't matter what "you consider your skill as". You are where you are. It's taken me 11 days to get 4 promotions
Even if you sit on the top of your division, it's not some glitch thats holding you back, it's just you.

TL;DR-Getting promoted is easy.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

True wealth

Time for an idealistic rant, hehe =)

How do I define true wealth?

I think of true wealth as having the means, the potential, to generate wealth. Everyone has the potential to generate wealth. No one is born truly poor. Even physically disabled people find ways to overcome their disabilities in one way or another. True wealth lies in you yourself, the physical and intangible assets most of us are born with, which is a healthy body and mind.

3 cornerstones of wealth:

1. Your health. Remember: "Health is wealth"
A sickly person who has to pay for medication day in and day out is a poor person.

2. A good education
A formal education gives you the tools which you need to provide services for others.

3. Your IQ/EQ/streetsmarts
Your natural intelligence and streetsmarts will enable you to capitalize on opportunities and create sources of income.

With these 3 building blocks, no one will be truly poor. You will have the means to survive in the world.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

SC2 Profile Snapshot Sept 2010

Profile update: Got the Supreme Being achievement and the Egon Stetmann and Rory Swann portraits. Yeah!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My Favourite Games

Now the 3 games which I'm playing regularly are:
Starcraft 2
Cafe World
World of Warcraft

Monday, September 6, 2010

SC2 1v1 - Made it to Diamond League WOOT!

6.18 am 6th Sept 2010. Finally made it to SC2 1v1 Diamond League after 2 gruelling weeks of ladder games. YAY!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Diary of an Overlord


DIARY OF AN OVERLORD

Day 1: Born today at a hatchery. Immediately got orders from the Queen of Blades to head out to the other side of the continent. She told me it could be a while, and recommended that I bring along an iPhone and a ton of batteries.

Day 2: Going as fast as I can. Almost out of view from the hatchery. Watching a movie on the iPhone.

Day 3: Still trucking. Can no longer see the hatchery. Yay. Burning time by trading texts with my overlord buddies.

Day 5: Ran out of batteries already. Nooooooo.

Day 7: Ran into a birth queen spreading creep below me. She was pretty darn cute. Asked her out. Got shot down. Damn. At least she was nice about it.

Day 9: Some zerglings ran by me today. I said hi. They said later fatty, and sped off. Little scrawny pukes.

Day 11: 99 bottles of beer on the wall. 99 bottles of beer. Take one down, pass it around....

Day 15: Passed over a zealot today. Stared at each other for a while. Pooped some creep onto him for the hell of it. He didn't appreciate it.

Day 15.5: Passed over a few zergling corpses. I think that zealot earlier got those little hotshot pukes. Almost made me regret pooping on him.

Day 18: Ran into that same birth queen from before. She was out of energy, and just chilling at the creep edge, waiting. I joked that we should race sometime on non-creep, and she actually laughed. I think she's warming up to me. Her name is Betty, btw.

Day 21: Should have brought sunscreen. Owch.

Day 27: Had a Romeo and Juliet moment today. Ran into a terran aircraft that had just finished shooting some zergling pukes, but amazingly enough, the terran pilot, she didn't shoot me! We stared at each other for a while, and there was definitely chemistry, I could feel it! Ah, forbidden love.

Day 29: Ran into a few hydralisks who hail from the same hatchery as mine. They told me that terran pilot was most likely flying a banshee, which can't shoot airborne targets. I told them to shut their trap, and that they weren't there to feel the sparks fly. They just hating that I'm better looking than them, and almost as fast.

Day 32: Just got a telepathic text from the Queen of Blades. The Overmind administrators are gonna push out a DNA code update to all overlords tonight. My very first evolution! So excited!

Day 33: Ok. My butthole suddenly got a lot bigger overnight. What. the. hell.

Day 33.5: Temporary detour. Queen of Blades told me to pick up four roaches nearby. I asked her what she meant by "pick up", but she didn't reply back.

Day 34: Ok, I figured out what she meant by "pick up". Four roaches inside me now. You don't want to know how they got in.

Day 36: Dropped off the roaches at the edge of some enemy base. Thank heaven I don't have legs, otherwise I wouldn't be able to walk normally for a week.

Day 37: Oh hell no. Queen of Blades wants me to "pick up" a couple Ultralisks??

Day 37.5: Order canceled. During a skirmish, apparently the Ultralisks got stuck in the middle of a bunch of idiot zergling pukes and got blowed up by terran tanks. Part of me feels bad for the ultralisks. Another part of me can't help but feel relieved. You know which part I'm talking about.

Day 40: Another DNA code patch coming. Not looking forward to it, if the previous evolution was any indication. I just hope they leave my face alone, I like being pretty.

Day 41: Woo hoo! I'm actually fast now, baby! Feeling sleek and sexy, like a Corvette!

Day 42: While jetting around, flew over a couple old zergling acquaintances today. Man, they've evolved badly, they're now fat with giant glowing beer bellies, lmao. Who's slow now, ya little @!**s! One of them was crying pretty hard, saying he would never be able to start a family now. I dunno what he was talking about, maybe he's suffering from PTSD.

Day 43: Covering a lot of ground now. Went looking for Betty, found her. She was impressed by my quickness, and said I could easily take her in a "foot" race now. We laughed at her joke, and about other things too. She is definitely showing interest in me. Awesome.

Day 44: Uh oh, heard an entire lair got taken out by invisible air ships this morning. Emergency DNA code patch coming within the hour. Please, not the face!!

Day 44.5: Whoa, I look pretty gnarly now. A slick purple and black, with a lot more eyes all over the place. Hope Betty likes the new look. I think I look even better now, more exotic and stuff.

Day 45: Betty is totally hot for me now. She wants me to pick her up next week to go to the movies. I said yes, of course. But now I'm having second thoughts, I'm not sure if she knows how my "pick up" mechanism works. Maybe we can just walk together to the movies. Well, I can't walk, but, you know what I mean.

Day 45.5: Got officially promoted, my new title is "overseer". Nice to see my hard work paying off. Betty texted me a grats message, too. What a cool chick.

Day 46: The terrans dropped a freaking nuke onto us today. Queen of Blades sending me to this random corner of our territory. Not sure why. Whatever, looking forward to next week with Betty.

Day 48: Seeing something weird in the distance. It's a terran woman, but she's translucent, somehow. I don't get it. Going in for a closer look, she looks kinda hot from here.

Day 48.5: %!@% %!@% %!@%, I asked the Terran woman for her phone number, and she shot me down. Literally! I'm falling to the ground as I speak, iPhone record function, don't fail me now! Betty, I'm so sorry, this terran woman meant nothing to me, I hope you can forgive me -



DIARY OF A GHOST NAMED NOVA:

Day 48.5: Slow day today. Shot down one of those big ugly Zerg balloons while it gurgled at me. For a moment, I felt like the Zerg thing was checking out my butt, too. Weird.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

SC2 - 1v1 Platinum League!

Woot made it to 1v1 Platinum League!!! 10.35pm 22 Aug 2010.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

SC2 - 3v3 Gold!

Woot! Finally achieved 3v3 gold! Now all 3 leagues are gold hehehe.

SC2 Ladder Analysis

SC2 Ladder Analysis: What YOU Need to Know

SC2 Ladder Analysis: Part 2

Diary of a Zergling


Day 1
I just got spawned! There was another guy in my egg, though. Not too sure what to think about that. The creep looks pretty cool, I guess. My job is mostly running around the base. Nothing too awesome going on.

Day 2
A whole mess of Zerglings just got spawned recently. Met up with a whole platoon of them. There were so many I couldn't even remember all their names. Most of them are pretty cool, but some are suspicious as to what our purpose is going to be.

Day 3
The queen sent Zergling #21 to a 'watchtower'. Not entirely sure what his job is. According to other people, he just has to stand there all day. Sounds like he got the easy job!

Day 3.5
Zergling #21's corpse was found about 3 minutes after being deployed. He had 5 Gauss Rifle bullets in his chest.

The queen sent Zerglings #22-24 to go to the watchtower.

Day 4
There was much lament for Zergling #21. Some of my friends are saying that we're all in a suicide mission. I think they're wrong. We're soldiers, not expendable beasts.

Day 6
Day 5 was too hectic...there were six more funerals today. The queen declared she wanted some 'scouting information' and that they served their purpose. More skeptics are arising amongst us. Some zerglings are speaking of a revolt.

Day 7
We all got our wings today! Everyone's suspicions of a tyranny are being quelled by the minute. All the zerglings are much more pleased to be moving so much faster.

Day 8
Our entire army has recently received orders to rush into the enemies' base. Our primary objective is to attack SCVs and run around in circles behind other zerglings attacking SCVs.

Day 11
There was a wall.

There was a god damn wall.

We couldn't break through. No matter how many chewed at the supply depot, we couldn't get through the damned thing. We were forced to retreat, losing 7 more soldiers to a small marine force piled behind the depots. The queen had no comment on this matter. The standard funeral is now being postponed by the swarm for 'important measures'.

Day 15
Mutalisks have begun to be trained at the hatchery. Our queen says they will solve the problem that the wall is causing. I can only hope at this point. I've seen too much.

Day 16
We've gotten recent orders to back up the mutalisk force in our impending attack. Our main goal is still hazy to me, as the mutalisks should be doing most of the work...

Day 21
I've lost all faith in the swarm.

Have you ever seen the bits of your comrades fly past you by a single shot of a Crucio Shock Cannon? Have you ever been so close to the heat of an Hellion that it takes you a minute to realize that your best friend is burning alive? I was hearing every tendon snapping and sinew ripping of my fellow Zerglings. The distorted looks on their faces as they realize they've been hit directly in the skull by a sniper round.

I barely escaped. I should be dead; just like the rest of my platoon. It was only me and 6 others that got away. Over 38 died.

We weren't an army. We were a distraction. The mutalisks were in on it, too. They took out probably 10, maybe 20 SCVs. But how many soldiers was it worth? How much do we have to sacrifice to win this war?!

Day 23
We can see the Terran forces coming over the horizon. They are armed with 2 of those infernal tanks and 4 gigantic mechanical monstrosities I've never seen before. I can taste my death.

Day 34
The Terran are toying with us. The tanks lie just outside of our homeland supported by rotating missile turrets in every which way. We are being contained. Our supplies are running low, we will be out of minerals soon.

Day 47
We have lost all of our resources. An army of Hydralisks and Mutalisks stand before me and my 6 Zergling companions. Our final attack is near.

Day 48
The queen has ordered me to 'test the front'. Alone.






Diary of a Siege Tank

Day 48

Spilled some coffee on myself during an attack. My life sucks.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

SC2 - Made it to 2v2 Gold Division!

Woot! A screenie to celebrate this small victory.

SC2 - Made it to 1v1 Gold Division!

Yay! Made it to SC2's 1v1 Gold Division rank 7, from Silver Division rank 2. I always knew I had it in me, hehe. Here's a screenie to commemorate the occasion!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Unlocked 2 SC2 portraits!

Unlocked the Terran Marine which requires you to win 10 1v1 ladder games as Terran. Also unlocked the Spectre which requires to you complete all Challenge missions with Gold rating.

Starcraft 2

My Starcraft 2 Collector's Edition came a day early. Installed it and went straight into the multiplayer mode. Trying to break into the Silver rated league. Sorta relieved the old-school tactics still work. Siege tank push, 6 pool rush, Dark Templar rush etc etc. Really classic strats from SC1 are being reapplied in SC2.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dual Alliance/Horde AB premades

Organized an Alliance and Horde AB premade where we got "We had it all along" and "Resilient Victory" for both sides. Two of the hardest achievements in AB. Also got Arathi Basin All-Star in the process. Very satisfying.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sindy's Flawless Fang!

Finally got this 228 stam trinket last night. Wewt!

Monday, July 19, 2010

PvP goal: Battlemaster

Got Heroic Bryntroll this week. Organized a successful premade for 'Resilient Victory' where we 1-shot the achievement . Now for some pvp action! Aim to get Battlemaster. Need to get 'We Had It All Along. Cough.' where you win AB with a score of 1600/1590. Think will have to organize a premade for this.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

FrontierVille

You can no longer get +1 max energy via the Ox or Peanut collections. The Wheat collection no longer gives an animal ready boost. Energy gain has become more rare than ever. Now the only way to increase your energy bar is to get the Sawmill collection. The Sawmill costs 30k coins and 440 wood. Time to gather wood!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Some FrontierVille Tips

1. Get lots of Oxen. The Ox collection gives a permanent +1 max energy to your bar. They have an 18 hour collection timer too. Very worth it.
2. Grow lots of wheat. The Wheat collection gives an animal ready boost, which can be used to collect an extra cycle from your Oxen. Use your animal ready boost after you've just harvested your Oxen to get the most benefit from the reset timer.
3. Grow lots of Peanuts. The Peanut collection also gives a permanent +1 max energy to your bar. Can be harvested every 4 days though. Have your friends come and tend to your Peanut crops, which speeds up crop growth by 10 hours for each friend's tending.
4. Buy horses. Each horse costs 4 horseshoes and 10k gold. But they give 10 energy every 2 plus days. Very very nice.
5. Forget point 3. Peanuts take too damn long to grow. Focus on points 1 and 2 instead.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A summary of my journey in WoW

Loved classic WoW - played a human paladin on Dragonmaw.
Switched to tauren warrior on Frostmourne, got a Thunderfury.
Skipped TBC, got back to WOTLK as a paladin on Aman'thul.
Switched to Facebook games. Cafe World.
End of journey in WoW.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Zynga rocks!

My favourite Facebook games are developed by Zynga!

1. Cafe World
Great graphics, lots of cool themes with great art! The themes (and decorations) which are introduced every few weeks helps to keep players hooked on redesigning their cafe. Helps to fund Zynga's development as people will spend cash to buy those rare, desirable decorations.

2. Fishville
Lots of people keep fish as a hobby. Developing this into a game is common sense. But the idea of buying rare fish with real cash and then selling them is a bit extreme I think. Good business sense for Zynga though.

3. Farmville
Didn't initially get hooked onto this game, but now I'm a fan. Graphics are not as good as Cafe World's, but there's full-screen mode which is a huge bonus to enjoyment of the game. Many people have gardening as a hobby. Planting and growing crops will appeal to this group of people.

4. Mafia Wars
This is one of the few Zynga games with no Flash animation. But the gameplay is fun and intuitive. Interesting concept too.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

M&M Cafe Up Close and Personal

Took numerous screenshots and merged them in photoshop to get this maximum-zoom pic of my cafe. Enjoy!

My Cafe of the Week submission

Changed the tables and chairs for a more even look and feel. Submitted to Zynga's forums for the cafe of the week competition. Hehe.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Sword In The Stone

Might & Magic Cafe

Tips to having a good time
1. Read instructions on sword-pulling from Merlin at the entrance
2. Pull the sword from the stone
3. Slay the dragon and rescue the princess
4. Kill the shark and the golem and get the treasure
5. Celebrate with a tasty VIP dinner
6. Tip the chef

Cheers! =D

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Refined Might & Magic Cafe Theme!

What should go in the centre? Hehe =D


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Cafe Layout

Fight the dragon to get the sword, then kill the golem and the shark to get the gem! =D


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How to cook perfect soft boiled eggs

Ah Sok taught me this tip over the weekend how to cook perfect soft boiled eggs. 'Perfect' meaning having the egg-white evenly cooked and not being partial liquid and partial solid. After putting the eggs in hot water for about 4 minutes, take them out and let them cool for 1-2 minutes. The residual heat from the egg travels in 2 directions, inwards and outwards. The outward travelling heat will escape into the surroundings. The inward travelling heat cooks the inner part of the egg. This is the secret to Ya Kun Kaya Toast's nice soft boiled eggs.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

105 Buzz Rating!

Woot! Reached Level 21 and got 1 more waiter. Raised buzz rating to 105!! =D


Monday, March 15, 2010

Level 20 in Cafe World!

Reached level 20 in Cafe World. Next level I can get a new employee and most probably hit 105 buzz rating, hehe. Here's a closeup look at my cafe and its 2 prime attractions: the Primal Fishtank and Popcorn Stand =D


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cafe World fan




I'm an avid fan of Cafe World, the super cute facebook game. Just got a primal fish tank and a popcorn stand to spice up my cafe. Damn cute loh!