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Games

Middle-earth CCG

I remember hearing tales of how epic the Middle-earth collectible card game was way back when my local Star Wars CCG scene was still active. As a Tolkien nerd, I’d always wanted to try it out, but… one does not simply play a dead CCG.

Then back in April, Team Covenant streamed a six hour learning game of MECCG.

“How do you even imagine this?”

I was super impressed with just how well it represents Tolkien’s world in game form. Much like the Star Wars CCG, lore and storytelling drive the game design. They are prioritized above all else, including mechanics and probably balance – something you don’t really see in modern games.

I mean, the game essentially requires a detailed map of middle-earth in front of you to truly appreciate the scope and possibilities of what you can do.

Open world, solo mode

Later in the year, Zach shared his rules for an open world, solo mode of the game. This variant re-works the game into a fun solo experience that seemed like the perfect way to finally try it for myself.

So, I finally picked up the pre-constructed challenge decks (surprisingly still available from a player-run web store), printed a custom map playmat (Inked Gaming), and started building hazard decks for open world mode.

Hazard decks

My decks were built with the challenge deck cards I had, along with a few singles thrown in to make things more interesting.

There is room for improvement no doubt, but these should be a good starting point for anyone with a limited card pool to get started with the amazing open world solo variant!

Wilderness (28)

Creature (14)
1 "Bert" - Bûrat
1 "Tom" - Tûma
1 "William" - Wûluag
1 Dire Wolves
1 Ent in Search of the Entwives
1 Giant
1 Giant Spiders
1 Hobgoblins
1 Huorn
1 Lawless Men
1 Lesser Spiders
1 Thunder's Companion
1 Wargs
1 Wolves

Long-event (2)
1 Long Winter
1 Scatha Ahunt

Permanent-event (5)
1 Despair of the Heart
1 Full of Froth and Rage
1 Lure of Expedience
2 Lure of Nature

Short-event (7)
1 Call of Home
1 Dragon-sickness
1 Lost in the Wilderness
1 River
1 The Ring's Betrayal
1 Veils Flung Away
1 Weariness of the Heart
Coastal Seas (14)

Creature (7)
3  Corsairs of Umbar 
1  Marsh-drake 
1  Rain-drake 
1  Sea Serpent
1  Watcher in the Water 

Long-event (1)
1  Eärcaraxë Ahunt 

Permanent-event (2)
1  Despair of the Heart 
1  Lure of Expedience 

Short-event (4)
1  Call of the Sea
1  Dragon-sickness 
1  Drowning Seas
1  Muster Disperses 
Ruins & Lairs (22)

Creature (11)
1  Cave-drake 
1  Chill Douser 
1  Land-drake 
1  Lesser Spiders 
1  Light-drake 
1  Neeker-breekers 
1  Orc-raiders 
1  Orc-warriors 
1  Stirring Bones 
1  Wild Trolls 
1  Wisp of Pale Sheen 

Long-event (2)
1  Minions Stir 
1  Plague of Wights 

Permanent-event (1)
1  Lure of Expedience 

Short-event (8)
1  Arouse Denizens 
1  Call of Home 
1  Chance of Being Lost 
1  Choking Shadows 
1  Greed 
1  Incite Denizens 
1  Muster Disperses 
1  Weariness of the Heart 
Free-domains (16)

Creature (7)
4  Ambusher 
2  Ent in Search of the Entwives 
1  The Border-watch 

Permanent-event (7)
1  Alone and Unadvised 
1  Foolish Words 
1  Lure of Expedience 
1  Lure of the Senses 
1  Rank upon Rank 
1  Rebel-talk 
1  Stormcrow 

Short-event (2)
1  Lost in Free-domains 
1  Muster Disperses 
Free-holds (14)

Creature (2)
2  The Border-watch 

Long-event (1)
1  Times Are Evil 

Permanent-event (7)
1  Alone and Unadvised 
1  Foolish Words 
1  Lure of Creation 
1  Lure of Expedience 
1  Lure of the Senses 
1  Rebel-talk 
1  The Burden of Time 

Short-event (4)
1  Call of Home 
1  Incite Defenders 
1  Muster Disperses 
1  New Moon 
Border-lands (24)

Creature (12)
1  Abductor 
1  Ambusher 
1  Brigands 
1  Crebain 
1  Lawless Men 
1  Neeker-breekers 
1  Orc-raiders 
1  Orc-warriors 
1  Slayer 
2  Wargs 
1  Wolves 

Long-event (1)
1  Scorba Ahunt 

Permanent-event (6)
1  Alone and Unadvised 
1  Foolish Words 
1  Longing for the West 
1  Lure of Expedience 
1  Rank upon Rank 
1  Rebel-talk 

Short-event (5)
1  Call of Home 
1  Chance of Being Lost 
1  Lost in Border-lands 
1  River 
1  Weariness of the Heart 
Border-holds (17)

Creature (6)
1  Assassin 
2  Sellswords Between Charters 
2  Slayer 
1  The Border-watch 

Long-event (1)
1  Fell Winter 

Permanent-event (5)
1  Alone and Unadvised 
1  Foolish Words 
1  Lure of Expedience 
1  Rank upon Rank 
1  Rebel-talk 

Short-event (5)
1  Greed 
1  Incite Defenders 
1  Muster Disperses 
1  River 
1  Weariness of the Heart 
Shadow-lands (25)

Creature (15)
1  Barrow-wight 
1  Corpse-candle 
1  Dire Wolves 
1  Ghosts 
1  Ghouls 
1  Half-trolls of Far Harad 
1  Lawless Men 
1  Lesser Spiders 
1  Marsh-drake 
1  Orc-lieutenant 
1  Orc-patrol 
1  Orc-watch 
1  Stirring Bones 
1  Wargs 
1  Wisp of Pale Sheen 

Long-event (4)
1  Bairanax Ahunt 
1  Foul Fumes 
1  Plague of Wights 
1  Worn and Famished 

Permanent-event (3)
1  Despair of the Heart 
1  Stench of Mordor 
1  The Moon Is Dead 

Short-event (3)
1  Dragon-sickness 
1  Lost in Shadow-lands 
1  Seized by Terror 
Shadow-holds (22)

Creature (14)
1  Barrow-wight 
1  Chill Douser 
1  Corpse-candle 
1  Crebain 
1  Ghosts 
1  Ghouls 
1  Half-trolls of Far Harad 
1  Little Snuffler 
1  Orc-lieutenant 
1  Orc-patrol 
1  Pûkel-men 
1  Sellswords Between Charters 
1  Stirring Bones 
1  Wisp of Pale Sheen 

Long-event (1)
1  Plague of Wights 

Permanent-event (3)
1  Foolish Words 
1  Nothing to Eat or Drink 
1  The Moon Is Dead 

Short-event (4)
1  Arouse Minions 
1  Stay Her Appetite 
1  Tidings of Bold Spies 
1  Weariness of the Heart 
Dark-domains (20)

Creature (11)
1  Barrow-wight 
1  Corpse-candle 
1  Ghosts 
1  Ghouls 
1  Half-trolls of Far Harad 
1  Orc-guard 
1  Orc-lieutenant 
1  Orc-patrol 
1  Orc-warband 
1  Orc-watch 
1  Stirring Bones 

Creature/Permanent-event (2)
1  Dwar of Waw 
1  Hoarmûrath of Dír 

Long-event (4)
1  Foul Fumes 
1  Itangast Ahunt 
1  Minions Stir 
1  Worn and Famished 

Permanent-event (1)
1  Stench of Mordor 

Short-event (2)
1  Call of Home 
1  Seized by Terror 
Dark-holds (15)

Creature (9)
1  Barrow-wight 
1  Corpse-candle 
1  Ghosts 
1  Half-trolls of Far Harad 
1  Olog-hai - Trolls 
1  Orc-patrol 
1  Orc-warband 
1  Orc-watch 
1  The Great Goblin 

Creature/Permanent-event (3)
1  Akhôrahil 
1  Indûr Dawndeath 
1  Witch-king of Angmar 

Long-event (1)
1  Minions Stir 

Permanent-event (1)
1  Nothing to Eat or Drink 

Short-event (1)
1  Arouse Minions 
Categories
Music

Top 10 albums of 2020

My 10 favorite albums released in 2020…

Ugly is Beautiful

Oliver Tree

Catchy alt-pop-rock-hip-hop by crazy meme kid.

PLANET’S MAD

Baauer

Huge dance beats, unreal visuals.

Emblas Saga

Brothers of metal

Viking power metal (with extra cheese)!

RTJ4

Run The Jewels

Yankee and the Brave.

Vredesvävd

Finntroll

Troll metal returns!

HOUSE OF ZEF

Die Antwoord

Still ZEF af.

K.G.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Best modern rock band.

Future Nostalgia

Dua Lipa

Disco pop perfection.

Hot Wet & Sassy

TOBACCO

Chill twisted synths are very much my jam.

Ultra Mono

IDLES

Aggressively positive punk music.

Categories
Music

Top 10 albums of 2019

Here’s my 10 favorite albums released in 2019…

Age Of Unreason

Bad Religion

17 albums later, Bad Religion still kick ass.

Watch Do The Paranoid Style

Till I Burn Up

Delicate Steve

More synths, more beats, still Steve.

Watch Freedom

GREY Area

Little Simz

New old school hip-hop.

Watch Offense

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Danny Brown

Danny grows up, but still knows how to have fun.

Watch Dirty Laundry

Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

The Comet Is Coming

Space jazz!

Watch Summon the Fire

Categories
Web Design

What is a WordPress theme in 2020?

When I used WordPress in the past, I always wrote custom themes. To me, the default themes always felt very rigid and uninspired. But after taking a look at the latest release, I’m finally happy to use the default theme on my personal site. Here’s why.

WordPress recently released version 5.3 “Kirk” with the new Twenty Twenty theme. Another boring WordPress core update with another boring yearly theme, right?

Not this time!

First, this is the first core theme that feels like it was actually built with the recently introduced WordPress Block Editor in mind.

Instead of providing a collection of static templates, Twenty Twenty embraces the modular approach with a simple design that enhances block content without getting in the way. The result is a design flexibility that was previously not possible.

Twenty Twenty is actually based on Chaplin, a free theme by Anders Norén who was also the design lead on Twenty Twenty.

He seems to have taken the right approach to building a default theme, and understands how to make structural design choices while still leaving a lot of room for design flexibility.

“The responsibility of a theme is to empower users to create their inspired vision by making the end result look as good, and work as well, as the user intended.”

Anders Norén

New theme, new font

Twenty Twenty also uses a brand new typeface called Inter, designed by Rasmus Andersson.

It’s a modern font family designed for sharpness and readability on screens of all sizes. It’s also optimized for minimal request overhead.

A modern font goes a long way to make all elements of the modular design looking sharp and consistent.

It’s good

All this to say, I think Twenty Twenty is a huge win for anyone still hosting their own blog or personal site.

There’s about a million ways to ‘build a website’ in 2020. But for my money, a self-hosted WordPress CMS is still one of the easiest ways to truly own your content without sacrificing modern CMS features and template design.

Categories
Music

Top 10 albums of 2018

It’s my 10 favorite albums released in 2018!

10

Lucifer II

Lucifer

Super cheesy, but also pretty bad ass 70’s metal.

Watch Dreamer

9

Twisted Crystal

Guerilla Toss

If you like the B-52s, Primus, and art rock you might love this album.

Watch Meteorological

8

Leather Teeth

Carpenter Brut

The best slasher film synthwave.

Watch Leather Teeth

7

You’re Not Alone

Andrew W.K.

Positive party music.

Watch Ever Again