Author Archives: The Plaid Mentat

To Your Scattered Bodies Go

I recently finished the first Riverworld novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, by Philip Jose Farmer.  I haven’t read much in the way of Farmer before this, but I really enjoyed The Dungeon (inspired and edited by Farmer), and now … Continue reading

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Netrunner: Terminal Directive

I recently finished the Netrunner: Terminal Directive campaign expansion.  A the highest level, I enjoyed the expansion, but there were a number of things that seemed like they could have been improved and one thing that I wished would have … Continue reading

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How I Build My Decks

I’ve been playing deck building games for a long time now, but I’ve recently gotten into deck building for Android: Netrunner, and I wanted to share a bit about how I build my decks.  Now, it should be said that … Continue reading

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Hubbard Defense Systems

Hubbard Defense Systems was the last of my glacier decks, and it’s an advanceable ICE deck. I had imagined it as a fast advance deck, and it got close but certainly wasn’t an all-in fast advance deck. As it is, … Continue reading

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Pocket Tactics

I recently had a bunch of armies for Pocket Tactics printed for a special game day at the shop.  There are a lot of things I like about Pocket Tactics, including the simplicity, game length, and ability to mix-and-match a … Continue reading

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Tokositna Defense Systems

Tokositna Defense Systems is a concept deck like Astudillo Defense Systems, with the notable difference that it uses Sentries instead of Code Gates.  This is actually the deck that I wanted to build with the concept, but Code Gates seemed … Continue reading

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Solving the Circles

Occasionally, people come to me when they spot a problem they want to solve and think it might be possible with the application of mathematics.  This is really fun, because it lets me exercise that part of my brain and … Continue reading

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Astudillo Defense Systems

This is a deck concept I’ve had for a while, but when I first thought of it, there wasn’t really the card volume to pull it off well.  The big idea behind this deck is that it’s a glacier deck … Continue reading

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Crucial Conversations

Every year, I try to read something that’s a little more leadership focused so that I can continue to hone my supervisory skills.  This year, I read Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, which … Continue reading

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Hacking Terminal Directive

Once I got the chance to pull out Terminal Directive and start playing it, I noticed that this was less like a campaign game and more like a legacy game.  I’m personally not a fan of legacy games because my … Continue reading

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