Author Archives: The Plaid Mentat

EVE Online Alliance Tournament

Every year, when the Alliance Tournament comes around, I reserve a bit of time to build a bracket, watch any matches I can, and pay attention to the team statistics and tournament commentary.  I often joke with my friends that … Continue reading

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The Demon Spirit

I’ve been trying to work through my assembly backlog lately, and while doing so, I decided to  listen to R. A. Salvatore’s The Demon Spirit – the second book in the Demonwars Trilogy.  This was a good experience, and gave … Continue reading

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A Phonetic Alphabet of Board Games

A while back, I was trying to spell something for one of my coworkers, and found that I’m really quite bad at phonetic alphabets.  So, as a matter of pride, I thought I would create a phonetic alphabet of board … Continue reading

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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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