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General Discussion: Raw Deal / Re: Gen Con Badges
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:59:41 AM »
It all depends on where that places you and how long you're staying, in addition to the quality.  Without knowing if you're coming in Wednesday or staying until Monday (or both, like me) and if you're in a high-demand area not downtown (Airport:  SW of town, just outside the outerbelt).

At this point, we might need to spin some of this off into a Tips and Tricks to traveling to Gen Con (or any convention in general).

It's in Lynhurst, just outside the airport. Two beds, staying from August 1 through August 6.

General Discussion: Raw Deal / Re: Gen Con Badges
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:01:47 PM »
And don't forget the most expensive part:  That (expletive removed) hotel.

Not anymore, the badge is more stupid in cost than the hotel (yes the hotel is a bit more, but usually more worth it)

I got a hotel about 7.5 miles from the Convention Center. Two double beds for five nights at about $750. Is that bad?

General Discussion: Raw Deal / Re: Gen Con Badges
« on: February 17, 2018, 09:35:08 AM »
Tim I said the same thing last night, not to mention the cost of badge prices is getting stupid too.....

How much were they before? I was surprised the four day badge was $110. I had figured it was going to be higher.

General Discussion: Raw Deal / Re: Gen Con Badges
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:56:19 PM »
Thanks for posting this. I purchased my badge today and reserved my hotel room for GenCon. I'm gonna search out flights now.

I wanted to organize a group trip with my FFTCG playgroup to GenCon, but none of them are bothering to reply to my emails. I sent them another email saying that we need to act quickly if we're gonna go as a group. Otherwise I'm just going to make my own arrangements.

Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / GenCon Help
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:06:51 PM »
Alright, so I'm talking with a bunch of guys in my area about organizing a trip to GenCon for reasons I stated in an earlier topic. However, I just realized something: I've never been to GenCon and have no idea how far ahead I should make reservations/plan things.

So with that in mind, I've got three questions:

1. How far in advance should I book my flight/hotel/etc.?
2. How far in advance are passes for the con sold?
3. In general, how much should I expect to spend before I get to dropping cash on merchandise?
4. How many days in advance should I arrive to GenCon?

Any help would be appreciated!

Gaming Discussion (Everything Else) / FFTCG North American Circuit
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:58:23 PM »
Last year, the Final Fantasy TCG was an instant hit in North America. So much so that SquareEnix was caught completely off-guard and thus had no contingency plans for an organized competitive circuit. This resulted in Nationals being open entry..........and also limited to 200 participants. Needless to say, a LOT of people were unhappy. The fact that it was open entry also probably explains the poor performance of the four guys that qualified from North America at Worlds.

Thankfully, SquareEnix figured out that they REALLY need to organize things and today announced the competitive series for the game.

Details can be found here.

My thoughts: YES!!! GENCON!!! I've been wanting to go to GenCon, and now I have the means to be able to do so. Thing is though, I wanted to go provided there was a good enough reason for me to attend. With there being two Crystal Cup events, the reason is there. So as of now, I plan to attend GenCon and enter in both of the events. Maybe I can meet up with some of you guys who are attending.

Regarding the Local Qualifiers, I know my local store is trying to get one there. Considering that we're the hub for FFTCG in the Tri-State area, I think we'll get it. I do plan on attending that too.

General Chat / Re: [SPOILERS] Royal Rumble Results
« on: January 29, 2018, 09:01:51 PM »
Seeing Rey Mysterio in the Rumble............. ..he looks like he's in phenomenal shape. I haven't seen him that lean and slender since his WCW days. The fact that he was wearing tights and not the baggy pants was also a throwback. He looked just like he did 20 years ago.

Sports Discussion / Re: Time to update the description of this section...
« on: January 26, 2018, 11:10:16 PM »
This is going to be more successful than people think. The NFL audience is divided. Tired of New England Patriots winning, nobody tackles anymore, players kneel during anthem. Vince couldn't have picked a better time. Also Vince isn't stupid, look how long WWE has been promoted on ESPN. He was reintroducing WWE to that market again. He's had this under his hat for a while.

I think there's other factors regarding the NFL's ratings decline: cord-cutting, losing younger people to sports like basketball and soccer, and the knowledge of what football does to the human body play a factor too.

I certainly believe the national anthem protests have turned a section of the audience off. Whether it's people who disagree with the protests (which is their right to feel that way) or people who cry out "STICK TO SPORTS" (which is impossible), I think it factors in. The New England Patriot dynasty I would argue however is a good thing. Over the years, I've come to believe that dynasties are good for sports. People want to see David vs. Goliath, and they want to see the dynasty fall.

As for no one tackling anymore, there's a simple solution: have rugby players teach tackling. They know how to tackle and do so with minimal risk of injury.

Something I found out: you can use a glitch to get onto the balcony Machine Gun Willy (the final boss) is on before the event is triggered in-game for him to come down.

Basically, it involves having Abobo throw you while you're right in front of the balcony. Do it right and he'll toss you up there, at which point you can begin kicking Willy's ass. Here's a demonstration in a playthrough.

Some of you may remember the (godawful) movie The Wizard starring Fred Savage. During it, there's a scene of him talking about someone scoring 50,000 on Double Dragon. That game was one of my favorites as a kid. And when I saw that it was available on the Nintendo Switch this past Thursday, I had to get it. Now I could play the game from beginning to end without having to constantly feed a cabinet quarters.

I buy the game, and then in reading about the controls, I see there's an Elbow Smash move. The controls explained that pressing jump and punch simultaneously would let you throw an elbow at an opponent. To top it off, the move was also hardwired to ZR, meaning I didn't have to time simultaneous button presses.

I begin playing, and then discover that Elbow Smash breaks the game wide open.

The AI in Double Dragon is programmed to have enemies approach you when your back is turned, to back off when you face them, and, when there's multiple enemies on the screen, to try and flank you. Smart move to make it difficult to beat the enemies. But there's just one thing: Elbow Smash attacks BEHIND you. So you'll have your back turned to an enemy, they approach, and then you throw the Elbow Smash, which they walk right into. EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Furthermore, when you Elbow Smash the enemy, even though you attack behind you, the enemy is knocked FORWARD. Meaning you can just move a little bit so your back is to them, then they get up, walk to you, and you throw another Elbow Smash. The game is also programmed so that if there's a weapon on the ground, enemies will drop whatever they're doing to walk to it, pick it up, THEN approach you. So with a little bit of maneuvering, you can basically have the enemies walk into your Dusty Rhodes Bionic Elbow Smash repeatedly. It NEVER picks up what you're doing. Not that you'd expect it to, it's a game from thirty years ago, and programming back then wasn't what it is now. But still, this game bedeviled me as a little kid, and now I'm much older and see that it's pathetically easy.

On my first playthrough, I managed to get to the final stage on one credit. Due to cheap death traps and the fact that the final boss has a machine gun and WILL shoot you (causing you to instantly lose a life), I had to use a continue. After a bit more practice, I managed to beat the game without continuing. A bit more saw me do a no-death run.

So now I know how to score 50k in Double Dragon: Go all Dusty Rhodes on their asses. In fact, I managed to top 80k by doing so, and if not for the fact that I killed some enemies by knocking them into pits/water, I could've reached 90k.

I now really wish I could go back in time and tell seven-year-old me to Elbow Smash for the win. I would've been a hero at the arcades.

Sports Discussion / Comparing English Football and NFL Clubs
« on: January 15, 2018, 04:10:41 PM »
So last week, it was announced that Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium would host a Seahawks/Raiders game. So that got me thinking.......what NFL team equates to which English club? After some thought, here's what I've got:

Pittsburgh = Manchester United: The most successful in their respective leagues and perennial contenders, and both having grating, entitled fanbases.

Kansas City = Arsenal: Two clubs that tease being contenders before flaming out spectacularly, with head coaches who are stubborn and loyal to a fault to their players.

Philadelphia = West Ham: Underachievers with fanbases that're far more dangerous than the teams.

New England = Chelsea: Not notable until very recently, and also incredibly shady with their dealings.

Oakland = Millwall: Both have teams and fans that are infamous for their propensity to violent behavior.

Washington = Newcastle United: Two historical clubs in long declines, with owners that are universally despised by their respective fanbases.

NY Jets = Tottenham Hotspur: Underachievers from the big city who everyone hates for some reason that isn't evident.

Green Bay = Burnley: Smallest of markets, with historical dominance in the 60s as well as fanbases that're bigger outside the city they're based in.

Dallas = Liverpool: Storied, successful clubs, with both team management and their fanbases living 25 years in the past.

Cleveland = Sunderland: Two clubs that have declined to a degree that should be impossible for them.

Minnesota = Aston Villa: Historically snakebitten teams who are far removed from their glory days.

Cincinnati = Stoke City: Clubs consisting of a collection of talented but dirty players, but with fairly sane fanbases.

LA Rams = MK Dons: Clubs with success in the not-too-distant past that were moved from their original homes by heartless, money-grubbing owners.

That's what I've got for now. And just so people know, Tottenham Hotspur is my club, so I'm being equal in ripping everyone.

General Chat / My Year In Review
« on: January 01, 2018, 06:49:53 PM »
So it's the New Year, and I've decided to post up here my 2017 and the major things that happened in my life, as well as changes in my personal life. I invite everyone else to do so here. I'll begin:

Two Yanks At White Hart Lane
At the very beginning of 2017, my dad and I took a trip to London for five days. We did plenty there, but the main reason was to see Tottenham Hotspur play West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane. A few years ago, my dad had given that for me as a Christmas present, and after some bumps in my life, I was finally ready to go to The Lane to see Spurs. The train ride itself was an event, because my dad and I got stuck in a car with a bunch of drunk West Brom fans, and one of them ripped a fart that would've put the culprit on trial for crimes against humanity. Also, they were bewildered hearing my American accent and asked why I chose Spurs. I said it was because I didn't want to support "A megaclub like Man United, or a s**t one like West Brom!" They gave me props for the banter. The match itself was wonderful. We were close enough to the pitch that we could hear the players talking to each other. Also, seeing The Once And Future King Harry Kane score a hat trick was amazing. Also, I blew several hundred dollars at the Spurs Megastore. Worth it.
(On an unrelated note, it turns out that the UK is actually now mimicking American beer culture, in presentation, beer types, and such. Also, I discovered that "true" IPAs aren't actually bitter beers. But they've taken to the bitter brand of IPA, calling them "American-style IPA".)

Getting Back In A Game
Shortly after my trip to London, I discovered Gamers Heaven nearby. They'd been around for a year-and-a-half but I'd been totally unaware of them until I somehow found it after Googling something else and decided to check it out. It's since become one of my favorite places to visit. On my first visit, I discovered the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, which I had no idea existed. I was immediately interested, and then found out about the shortage. Eventually I did get cards and liked it enough to begin playing in the local scene there. It also turned out I was pretty good at the game: the first tournament I played in had promo Sephiroths up for grabs, and I finished 4th, good enough to claim one for myself. I've continued to have success, winning a couple tournaments and doing well overall.

But the big thing was how this game has introduced me to a new circle of friends, as well as make me closer to another friend. Regarding the former, I now consider myself a part of the scene at Gamers Heaven and have a circle of guys I play regularly and build decks with. Lately we've also been moving beyond the game and going more into our lives in general. Regarding the latter, I went up with my best friend John (Dilbert on these parts) to a Raw Deal tournament in Allentown, bringing my FFTCG cards to introduce the game to the players there. My intro went better than expected: the immediate reaction when I said I wanted to show them the game was "You have cards? Awesome!" Turns out that the Allentown crew had been interested but didn't know anyone with cards. I was literally the first person to show them the actual cards. As it ended up, I got Brian (BigPimpin) into the game, and he and I have gotten closer as a result. He was able to come my way for a tournament once, and I was able to come his way for a tournament later on in the year. Hopefully we'll have a few more meetings this coming year. His friend John Soto also wants to come my way too.

My Sister Gets Married
This past June, my sister Carolyn got married to a guy I've gotten close to. He's an Israeli-American dude named Jonathan, who's a really cool guy and also someone I was glad my sister fell in love with. Two weeks before the wedding, I took Jonathan to a day trip to the shore because he'd never been to the Jersey Shore previously. The wedding itself was a lovely event, and when it was all done, my sister said it meant a lot that I accepted Jonathan as quickly as I did and the effort that I made to make him welcome. I'd been distant from my sister previously for no reason in particular, but now we're starting to build up a strong brother/sister relationship.

Visiting Israel
A few weeks after the wedding, I went on a week-long trip to Israel to both visit various sites and also meet Jonathan's relatives and friends. It was overall a fantastic experience. I visited various historical sites (City of David, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dead Sea) as well as see what daily life in Jerusalem is like. About the only unpleasant experience I had was being in a car on Saturday that had rocks thrown at it because it was the Sabbath, and for some folks there, that's sacreligious. It also really opened up my eyes to the conflict going on there and how incredibly complex an issue it is. During the party to celebrate my sister and (now) brother-in-law's wedding, I ran into a family friend of Jonathan's........who happens to be a Chelsea fan. We went at it over our respective EPL clubs, but it was all in good fun. Also, spending a day at the Dead Sea was an experience. It was almost like an alien landscape there. It was also really hot (105 degrees Fahrenheit), but honestly not too uncomfortable. It is true that you literally cannot sink in the Dead Sea. It's also true that going in there after you shave is going to be very uncomfortable.

Becoming A Homeowner
Literally the day after I got home, I saw a condo up the street from my apartment was up for sale. I went and took a look at it and after some thought and negotiation, had an offer accepted to purchase it. Quite honestly, the whole process was quick and free of any snags. I applied for my mortgage, and was approved in quick order. After a couple weeks of preparation, I finally moved in at the end of September. At first, I thought I was fine staying where I was at, but then realized that the condo would be a better place to live, as well as better for me in the long-term. Overall, I'm glad I made that decision. I'm enjoying my condo, and wish I'd done it sooner. Also, I left on good terms with my landlord: he was so impressed with how well I cleaned up the apartment after I left that he not only refunded my security deposit, but also threw in some extra money because he didn't need to spend as much as he thought he would have to in order to clean it.

Moving Up And Forward At Work
Late last year, I began an "internship" at my employer in their Retirement Center, handling issues specific to various retirement accounts. After working through tax season, management at the Retirement Center was impressed enough to ask me to stay permanently, which in effect was a promotion and raise. After being hired, changes began. Eventually, several members of my team left, and my boss also left the company for reasons unknown to me. But eventually I got a new boss, and she's been great so far. I'm able to apply for a new position in April, so I'm going to be looking at where I should go next.

Those were the big events in my life in 2017. Hopefully 2018 is as eventful.

Sports Discussion / Re: Move over Ronaldo and Messi..........
« on: December 27, 2017, 03:36:10 AM »
I don't think an Englishman is allowed to be anything of Europe anymore ;)

Sorry, but you're not the first person I heard that joke from.

I'll let it slide though. At least you aren't some idiot telling me that Marcus Rashford or Olivier Giroud is better.

Sports Discussion / Move over Ronaldo and Messi..........
« on: December 26, 2017, 07:32:33 PM »
-56 goals for club and country in 2017. The first player not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since 2009 to lead all of Europe in scoring.
-39 Premier League goals in a calendar year, breaking Alan Shearer's 22-year-old record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year.
-Six Premier League hat tricks in 2017, a new record for hat tricks in a single season.
-Eight hat tricks total for 2017, six more than anyone else in Europe.

All hail Harry Kane, the King of Europe.

LoadingReadyRun did an event involving Unstable, the third and most recent Un-Set in Magic history. During that event, M:tG reached heights it can't possibly reach again.

The height of Magic went as follows:

-Wedge, in response to Cameron's Very Cryptic Command, pays eight life to use Spike, Tournament Grinder's ability. It lets you take one banned or restricted card you own from outside the game into your hand. Then come the greatest words ever spoken in Magic history: "Could you hand me the Shahrazad that's behind you?" Cameron's face says it all.
-A bit later, Wedge decides he needs some help and casts Better Than One, which lets him choose anyone from outside the game to be his teammate. He chooses.........Mar k Rosewater. Yes, Maro was present, and yes, he became Wedge's teammate.
-After some more nonsense, Wedge casts Shahrazad. The judge present then explains how exactly the card works, but not before saying that in his entire career as a judge, he's never had to explain the card.
-Wedge and Maro win the subgame, causing Cameron to lose half his life in the main game.
-Wedge and Maro go on to win the main game.

This historical match has thankfully been preserved for future generations. The fun begins at the 9:30 mark.

What could possibly top that?

General Chat / Listen to me on the radio tomorrow!
« on: December 14, 2017, 06:26:32 PM »
Tomorrow night, from 8 PM to 10 PM EST, I will be going back to my alma mater's radio station.

When I was at Millersville University, I was a DJ for their station, WIXQ. After I graduated in 2005, I didn't return until homecoming in 2016. When I was there, I went to a social hosted by WIXQ for station alums and found out they do a fundraiser every year. Station alums donate money to WIXQ, and in turn, they get to do their old show during Finals Week. I am taking part in this, and my show is tomorrow, 8 PM to 10 PM. I'll be doing my classic rock show, "Reelin' In The Years".

You can listen in on their website, 917 The Ville.

Hope you tune in!

General Chat / Re: Daeva's 24-Hour Post-Whore Depot
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:40:51 PM »
he can have my 24 hours too if he wants for today  :laugh: :laugh:

Accepted! Can't stop the party! I'll adjust the topic title to match.

In that case, regarding the link I posted above, he can replace "Burnsie" with "Scottie" and get the same point.

General Chat / Re: Daeva's 24-Hour Post-Whore Depot
« on: December 13, 2017, 07:15:03 PM »

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: Gauging Interest for a Revival
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:16:08 PM »
Well, it looks like there isn't much interest in this, so there won't be a revival. To end things, I'm going to post up my "correct" answers.

1. It's legit heat. For me, there's two ways to tell: first, the ironic cheers he gets (when he says he's not going to finish his song and when he says he's never coming back). Second, the smark shouting "THAT'S THE ONLY POP YOU'LL GET!!! I HATE YOU!!!!!" Getting a smark to give such a guttural reaction is a sign you're doing your thing as a heel.

2. If I'm Eric Young, I agree to appear on Alex Jones's show. The day I appear, I walk into his studio eating some Chobani yogurt. Then I spend my time there plugging Chobani yogurt and also praising the CEO's humanitarian work. (The full explanation can be found with some Googling).

3. I would have the Rockin' 1000 play "Volcano Girls" by Veruca Salt. Two reasons for this: first, having a couple hundred drummers playing "Learn To Fly" in sync was hypnotic. "Volcano Girls" has a nice drum part which would be nice to hear a couple hundred people playing. Secondly, this would throw a bone to the female members of the Rockin' 1000.

BONUS: Dilbert's answer involving a wrestling theme was something I did not anticipate, so I have a bonus "correct answer" for this question involving a wrestling theme.

Scene: Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Rockin' 1000 is there, along with fans in the stands. A man gives a signal to the fans in the Curva Sud, who then begin unfurling a tifo. As they do, some elaborate artwork is revealed. They finish the reveal, and it depicts a man, arms outstretched, wearing a sequined robe, and the word "GLORIOSO" underneath. Then, 100 pianists play a familiar intro. And with that, we have Bobby Roode's WrestleMania intro.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Re: Gauging Interest for a Revival
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:25:45 AM »
Two days remain to post up answers.

Professional Wrestling Discussion / Gauging Interest for a Revival
« on: December 04, 2017, 06:18:40 AM »
So now that I'm back, I'm thinking of possibly reviving the Dungeon of Doom. For those who don't know, you can read all about it here.

What I'm going to do is post up three questions here. There is no limit to how many people can answer this round. If you have answers, post 'em! Here goes:

1. I saw this video of Elias Samson and immediately thought "DAMN this guy is a heat magnet!" However, I noticed that he seems to split opinion and some classify his heat as X-Pac heat. Is it legit heat or X-Pac heat, and why do you feel that?

2. You're Eric Young. One day, you get a voicemail on your phone. It's conspiracy theorist/radio nutjob Alex Jones. He actually believes that SAnitY is an anti-Illuminati paramilitary group and has extended you an invitation to his radio show to discuss your "work". At first, you're inclined to ignore the message. But then you think about it, and you get a wonderful awful idea to mess with his.............min d? (If you can call it that). How do you troll Alex Jones?

(Caveat: Dilbert, if you decide to answer these questions, you MUST give me the answer you gave me for this one originally. You already know the "correct" answer, so you're bound to answer how you originally did.)

3. A group of 1000 people in Cesena, Italy did a cover of "Learn To Fly" by the Foo Fighters and asked Dave Grohl to play a show for them. Pick a song for these 1000 Italians to cover. Why would your choice be awesome for them to cover? (Note: Dave Grohl responded and indeed did a show for them.)

You have five days to respond. Should there be enough interest, I could very well bring back the DoD.

Tournament Announcements / Re: What the Funk?
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:36:48 PM »
Figure it can't hurt to there going to be anything there pertaining to the Final Fantasy TCG?

As far as I know probably not.. However, I can try to work it in. I know a few of my Raw Deal players play it. It just hasn't really picked up much in this area yet.

I'm going to bring this up to the FFTCG subreddit to see who would be willing to go there from around the area. I'll also speak with Gabe Cavaliere. He's a local player who has direct connections to SquareEnix, and if there's enough interest they just might be willing to hold an event there. No guarantees though.

Tournament Announcements / Re: What the Funk?
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:27:03 PM »
Figure it can't hurt to there going to be anything there pertaining to the Final Fantasy TCG?

General Chat / Re: Can't help myself, I need to boast
« on: November 26, 2017, 04:47:03 AM »
Nice job!

I really appreciate your entire story (especially the last paragraph). Too many times we hear story of the good times and not the bad and people figure nothing can go wrong, or there’s very low risk and that’s just not true. Even mutual funds can be risky. I’ve got a health and science fund where I lost 10% in the first month, but up 25% over last three months. It can be quite a roller coaster in the short term.

If you’re buying individual stocks, make sure it’s with money you won’t miss if you lose it.

All investment has risks, indeed. The risk with mutual funds however are mitigated by the fact that rather than pegging your hopes on one stock, you have a whole basket of them. Sector funds, like your health and science fund, are (for mutual funds) very risky because you're putting money on one market sector, and if it has a steady string of bad news or performance, can drop quickly, especially if it's something dealing with health care, energy, or the mining sectors. If you wanna see a really volatile fund, find a mining fund. Those have been very volatile for some time.

Today I traveled up to Randolph, NJ to take part in a prerelease tournament for the Final Fantasy TCG. It was the prerelease for Opus IV, which is hitting in less than a week. Gamers Heaven has already held two, and the last one is tomorrow, which I am attending. However, after BigPimpin (again, the Brian in this thread's title) came down for the Pauper Tournament at GH which I previously told you all about, I told him I'd get him back and come up his way for a tournament. That happened today, when I went to All-In-One Collectibles in Randolph for the event.

Brian and I got there early and we played a game. I also played a game with his friend John Soto before we began the event. The tournament was a sealed tournament, with us being given nine packs of Opus IV, along with a special prerelease version of the Cloud found in Opus IV. We cracked open our packs and got down to business. In opening my packs, I got the following Legendaries (Ultra Rares):

2 Raiden (1 Foil, 1 Non-Foil)
1 Kefka (Foil)
1 Caius
1 Lightning

The two Raidens I pulled were in the same pack, by the way. As far as I can remember that's the first time I've ever gotten the same Legendary twice in a pack. After looking at my cards, after trying to come up with some coherent strategy, I just went "Screw it" and threw together a Fire/Ice/Lightning deck with all the best cards I pulled. Then it was off to three rounds of play. As it was, Brian and I did much better this go-round. My matches:

Round 1
I ended up facing Dan Covsillos, the guy who won the FFTCG Petit Cup event in NYC a couple months ago. So it was going to be a tough match. As it was, we traded damage until I came to a critical juncture: I had Raiden and a forward in my hand and I was on four damage. Do I dump my hand to play Raiden and clear his board? Or do I play more cautiously and play the forward? I chose the latter, and it cost me. Dan proceeded to get rid of both my forwards and then hit me for the last two points of damage he needed. Afterwards, I revealed I had Raiden in my hand. He asked if I minded hearing his take on what I should've done. I never object to that, so I told him to go ahead. He then said I should've played Raiden. I would've cleared his board and would've won because he would've had no way to recover. Lesson learned.

Round 2
This was against a local player whose name I forget. This match ended up going much better for me. He hit me early, but I was able to get back in and eventually level things. Then I drew Raiden again. Knowing to not waste the opportunity, the next turn, I nuked his board and attacked. While he was able to prevent damage from being done, he expended all of his resources, and the next turn conceded because he had no way to stop me. That got me to 1-1 heading into the last round.

Round 3
Against another local player. I believe her name was Rebecca. I ended up controlling this one from start to finish. Just as she would establish a position, I'd immediately undermine it. The deck I threw together worked wonderfully. I draw Raiden again, nuke her board, game over. I finish 2-1.

For my efforts, I came in sixth place, which was good enough to earn an alternate art Kain promo. Brian did even better: he finished third and picked up a promo as well. I don't know which one he got though.

After that, I went into some constructed play with Brian and John. It ended up being very helpful, because I finally got in significant play time with my recently-built decks and managed to deepen my understanding of them and get how they're supposed to operate.

Overall, it was a fantastic day out. I was able to fulfill my promise to Brian to come by his way, and in the process I got to play a bunch of FFTCG, get some Opus 4 early, and then win a promo on top of it. I want to thank All-In-One Collectibles for hosting this event and for being a fantastic venue to play at. Also, they sprang for pizza for us, which was awesome. It was nice to meet John and play some games with him. Finally, it was great to see you again Brian. I'll let you know when the big monthly at GH is occurring in January.

To conclude this post, I have some pictures. These are photos of players holding the cards we were happiest to get.

John Soto with his foil Onion Knight

Steve Molnar (A local who'd come down to GH for the Pauper Tournament) with his Opus IV Lightning

Brian with his foil Opus IV Lightning

Me, dual-wielding my Raidens

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